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The Channel Company and CompTIA Team Up to Support IT Channel Growth

Jul 28, 2016

Leading organizations partnering on IT channel initiatives and events

Westborough, Mass., and Downers Grove, Ill. – The Channel Company and CompTIA today announced a multi-year agreement to collaborate on a variety of initiatives to benefit their channel constituents.

“Our two organizations have a mutual mission and commitment to help the channel succeed and thrive,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO, CompTIA. "We see great opportunities to build on our individual efforts and jointly deliver impactful resources to help our members companies build stronger businesses.”

“CompTIA and The Channel Company share a long history in evangelizing and fueling the advancement and growth of the IT channel,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. “Our partnership with CompTIA will be on full display during our XChange 2016 conference, as we honor and celebrate the 2016 winners of the CRN ARC awards.”

CompTIA will host the XChange 2016 conference’s closing-night activities, including the CRN® ARC Awards Gala followed by an Awards Networking Party. The 2016 CRN® Annual Report Card (ARC) honors top-performing vendors, as evaluated by their channel partners on criteria in product innovation, support and partnership. The prestigious ARC awards continue to give solution providers an outlet to deliver feedback to vendors and recognize those that are best-in-class partners.

The awards ceremony will also feature the induction of the 2016 honoree into the IT Hall of Fame. Founded by CRN and administered by CompTIA since 2010, the IT Hall of Fame includes more than 110 individuals and organizations responsible for major innovations in IT or growth and progress within the channel.

The XChange 2016 conference, the largest, independent gathering of 800+ of the IT channel’s premiere solution providers and technology vendors, will be held Aug. 21-23 in San Antonio, Texas.

The Channel Company will be participating in CompTIA ChannelCon 2016. The premier training and partnering event for the IT channel is scheduled for Aug. 1-3 in Hollywood, Fla.

The two organizations have also launched a joint newsletter, The Channel Advocate. The monthly newsletter delivers news, research and resources to help companies power their channels.

About The Channel Company
The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequaled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. Follow the Channel Company on www.thechannelco.com, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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, 80,000 registered users 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.

Contacts:
Melanie Turpin
The Channel Company
(508) 416-1195
mturpin@thechannelco.com
www.thchannelco.com

Steven Ostrowski
CompTIA
630-678-8468
sostrowski@comptia.org
www.comptia.org