"We are pleased to once again honor the year’s top channel managers," said Khali Henderson, editor-in-chief of Channel Partners. "Each one has earned the demonstrated respect and loyalty of their partners, and it’s a pleasure to be able to recognize the winners for a sixth straight year."
Each year since 2007, Channel Partners readers have voted for their top 15 channel managers. For the 2012 contest, agents, VARs, dealers, interconnects, brokers and consultants in July nominated 71 candidates; then, in an online ballot available July 17-Aug. 23, more than 700 of those qualified channel partners chose the final 15. Eight of the winners are new to the Channel Partners Top 15 Channel Managers lineup; of the seven making a reappearance, two are four-time winners and four are three-time winners. Marano is a three-time winner.
All Top 15 Channel Manager recipients were honored today during the general session of the Fall 2012 Channel Partners Conference & Expo in Orlando. For a full rundown of the results, click here. Winners also are profiled in the October issue of Channel Partners magazine and online in an exclusive, lighter-side photo gallery that went live at 1 p.m. Eastern time.
Marano has worked as senior manager of strategic partner development for Intelisys for one year; he has been in the indirect channel for 10 years. Over the next year, Marano predicted the channel continuing to take shape in a certain way.
"I see business partners committing more to master agents since carrier channel programs are focusing more resources and support that way," he said. "There will also be an increase in revenue as business partners take advantage of commissions for ‘aaS’ solutions that were previously not an option for them to offer their end users."
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About the Channel Partners Conference & Expo
Hosted by Channel Partners magazine, the Channel Partners Conference & Expo is the telecom industry’s only event exclusively for the channel. The fall event is taking place this week in Orlando. The spring conference is set for Feb. 27-March 1, 2013, at The Venetian in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.channelpartnersconference.com.