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CompTIA Staff and Association Members Recognized as ChannelPro 20/20 Visionaries

Downers Grove, Ill., June 25, 2015 – CompTIA, the information technology (IT) industry trade association, today congratulated the association’s members and staff recently recognized as ChannelPro-SMB 20/20 Visionaries for 2015.


More than half of the 40 individuals on the list of influential leaders have a CompTIA connection. Representatives of the vendor, analyst and consulting communities, as well as farsighted VARs and MSPs were recognized by ChannelPro-SMB, a leading provider of targeted business and technology information for IT channel partners who serve small and midsize businesses.


Carolyn April, CompTIA’s senior director for industry analysis, was among 20 people honored as a Visionary Channel Player.


“Some of the channel’s best research comes from membership organization CompTIA,” ChannelPro-SMB stated, “and some of CompTIA’s best research comes from April, whose gift for clarifying complex topics makes her a go-to source for insights on IT trends.”



Two members of the CompTIA Board of Directors were recognized as 20/20 Visionaries. MJ Shoer is in his third year as board chairman, while Scott Barlow is a first-time board member. Shoer, president and virtual chief technology officer, Jenaly Technology Group, was cited as a Visionary Channel Pro. Barlow, vice president, sales, Reflexion Network, was named a Visionary Channel Player.


Two leaders from CompTIA Communities groups were honored by ChannelPro-SMB:


Jason Bystrak, executive director, America, Ingram Micro Cloud, and vice chair of the CompTIA Cloud Community, was recognized as a Visionary Channel Player.

Vince Tinnirello, CEO, Anchor Network Solutions, was named a Visionary Channel Pro. He is the vice chair of the CompTIA Managed Services Community.


Other CompTIA Premier Members selected as Visionary Channel Players were Arnie Bellini, CEO, ConnectWise; Len DiCostanzo, senior vice president, community and business development, Autotask; Ted Hulsy, vice president, marketing, eFolder; Jerry Koutavas, president, The ASCII Group; Jay McBain, co-founder and chief marketing officer, ChannelEyes; Austin McChord, founder and CEO, Datto; Joe Quaglia, president, Americas, Tech Data; Dave Sobel, director of partner community, MAXfocus; and Arlin Sorensen, CEO and founder, Heartland Companies. 


Visionary Channel Pros honorees include CompTIA Premier Members Luis Alvarez, president and CEO, Alvarez Technology Group; Amy Babinchak, owner, Harbor Computer Services and Third Tier; Steven Banks, president, Banks Consulting Northwest; Ed Correia, founder and CEO, Sagacent Technologies; Robert Nitrio, CEO, Ranvest Associates; Kevin Royalty, managing partner, Total Care Computer Consulting; and Steven Rutkovitz, president, Choice Technologies.


“This recognition by ChannelPro-SMB is testament to the collective experience, insight and vision available only through CompTIA,” said Nancy Hammervik, senior vice president, industry relations, CompTIA. “We applaud the passion, dedication and commitment of the entire class of 20/20 Channel Visionaries. With their leadership in promoting innovation and growth, our industry is in good hands for many years to come.” 


About CompTIA

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a non-profit trade association serving as the voice of the information technology industry. With approximately 2,000 member companies, 3,000 academic and training partners and more than two million IT certifications issued, CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications and public policy advocacy. To learn more, visit CompTIA online, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.