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CenturyLink, Mitel, Invite Networks Take Home Telarus Awards

CenturyLink Award at Telarus Partner Summit

(Pictured above: Telarus honored CenturyLink as top supplier at its awards dinner, part of the Telarus Partner Summit in Aurora, Colorado, Aug. 9.)

TELARUS PARTNER SUMMIT — Master agent Telarus on Friday night showered praise on its top-performing partners and suppliers at an awards dinner — the culmination of its annual Partner Summit in Aurora, Colorado.

Invite Networks Award Telarus Partner Summit

Invite Networks accepts its top-performing partner award at the Telarus Partner Summit, Aug. 9.

Invite Networks, a partner based in Salt Lake City that bills itself as “an end-to-end, circuit-to-endpoint, no-nonsense, best-of-breed solutions provider,” took home top honors as Telarus’ No. 1 partner of the year. The company has seen its sales grow a whopping 800% over the past three years. Invite lands squarely in Telarus’ new “diamond” tier, which represents at least $3 million in monthly recurring revenue.

Distributed Computing Inc. of Baltimore, also a diamond partner, took home second place. The company specializes in connectivity, voice, video, managed solutions, billing services, network operations and professional services.

Carrier Consulting, Complete Communications, Core Business Services, Cynergy Telecom, Elite Telecom Solutions, Streamline Communications, vCom Solutions and Pivotel Networks rounded out the top 10. Streamline also took home a special award, Telarus’ “Million-Dollar Rockstar” recognition.

Be sure to read our recent compilation of “Top Partners: Best of the Best,” featuring channel partners and suppliers recognized for their achievements with numerous companies in the industry.

Partner businesses also were honored for being the best in various technology sales:

  • UCaaS: vCom Solutions
  • Mobility: Vatic Outsourcing
  • Cable: Distributed Computing
  • CCaaS: Sumo Communications
  • SD-WAN: Pacific Northwest Telco
  • Network Services: Invite Networks
  • Cloud: Broadband Consultants

Three partners also landed in Telarus’ brand-new Hall of Fame. Streamline Communications, Telepoint Communications and KDG Consulting were inducted for sustained excellence in sales with Telarus.

Suppliers weren’t left out. AireSpring got the hardware for Best Engineering Team “for being super responsive, and can help a client properly engineer complex solutions,” Telarus said. “They are truly the easy button when it comes to SD-WAN deployments.”

Ruby Receptionists was honored as Best New Supplier. Telarus gave a nod to Ruby’s unique partnership with Nextiva, which “enables partners to have a conversation with their customers, to provide a great value-add solution.”

Mitel earned Most Improved Supplier honors, while Telarus recognized CenturyLink as Best Overall Supplier.

“With the acquisitions and diverse offering, CenturyLink has not only taken steps to be a leader in the industry but they’ve taken the time to listen to the partners on ease of doing business, and seems to be one step ahead in making sure their portfolio is diverse and provides customers a full solution with quality products and support,” the master agent said.

Telarus also recognized a half-dozen channel managers for excellence, including Best Local Channel Managers:

  • Tony Elegante, Nextiva
  • Eddie Maldonado, Jive + LogMeIn
  • Beth Burgener, Nice inContact

And Best National Channel Managers:

  • Charles Lomond, Airespring
  • Richard Fry, Mitel
  • Vicki Patten, Rackspace
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