Telarus on Monday announced it has hired industry veteran Anton Loon as senior partner development manager. In his new role, Loon will lead recruiting efforts and work with Telarus channel partners in Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Cincinnati to expand their data, voice, cloud and contact center practices.
Loon comes to Telarus after 15 years at PowerNet (formerly PowerNet Global) where he rose to the rank of vice president of channels, leading their nationwide sales efforts.
“We are excited to welcome Anton as our new senior partner development manager,” said Mike Gottwalt, Telarus’s regional vice president for the Midwest. “We’re huge fans of his work. He knows this business, he knows who the players are and, most of all, he knows the value Telarus brings to our partners.”
“Anton is highly responsive, knowledgeable about UC – our fastest growing product line – and has a track record of overachievement,” Gottwalt said. “He’ll be focused on getting our valued partners in his territory the education and resources they need to expand into the fastest-growing areas of technology brokerage: cybersecurity and cloud contact center.”
Loon has held several roles within the channel during his career. Before being promoted to vice president of channel sales for PowerNet in 2014, he spent more than 10 years as partner channel manager. Prior to joining PowerNet, Loon was a channel manager at Primus Communications and Cable & Wireless. During his time at both companies, he developed a reputation for responsiveness, building successful teams and always doing the right things for his partners.
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“With over 15 years of working with Telarus in a channel management capacity, I am proud to join their field sales team as the senior partner development manager in the Midwest,” said Loon. “With Telarus’ acquisitions of CarrierSales and VXSuite, the amount of expertise they have in cybersecurity, contact center, mobility, colo and cloud is unparalleled.”
“I have already met many Telarus partners during my tenure at PowerNet and am very excited to help them unleash their growth potential using all the 200 providers in our portfolio. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to help Midwest partners expand beyond their traditional product lines, so they can benefit from the opportunities that cloud represents.”
Loon is the second senior partner development manager to be hired by Telarus in less than a month. In mid-November, Randi Robison joined the master agent to recruit new partners and support existing partners in Utah and Idaho.