Elissa Livingston Named Among Channel Partners “Top Gun 51” Channel Leaders

Elissa Livingston

Rochester Chamber member CloudCheckr announced Elissa Livingston, Vice President of Strategic Alliances, has been named as one of the premiere leaders in the indirect IT and telecom channel by Channel Partners and Channel Futures editors in consultation with a distinguished group of analysts and master agency and distributor executives.

To compile the Top Gun 51 list, launched this year in tandem with the annual MSP 501, Channel Partners and Channel Futures editors invited those who know channel executives best—distributors, master agents, and industry analysts—to nominate leaders who exemplify channel advocacy and leadership.

Channel Partners received nominations from analysts Anurag Agrawal, founder & chief global analyst, Techaisle; Diane Krakora, CEO of PartnerPath; and Jay McBain, principal analyst, global channels, Forrester. Master agents Avant Communications, MicroCorp, PlanetOne, TBI, Telarus, and WTG weighed in, as did distributors Ingram Micro, Tech Data and Pax8. They defined a channel leader as possessing integrity, knowledge and confidence, the ability to inspire others, commitment and passion. He or she must be adept at recognizing the increasing diversity of partner types, revenue models and partner and customer journeys.

“Today’s channel leaders must be futurists, accountants, technologists, marketers, and evangelists,” says Lorna Garey, editor in chief of Channel Partners and Channel Futures. “We wanted to recognize these executives based on insights from within the community itself. I want to thank all of the master agents, distributors and analysts who helped us assemble a list that includes well-known names along with rising stars across a diverse range of companies.”

Hundreds of companies have joined the CloudCheckr channel partner program, helping them innovate around our technology, bringing new offerings to their customers, and accelerating their cloud businesses. Our channel program puts our experts and resources at an MSP and service provider’s command, so they can grow around the most advanced cloud management platform available.