Channel Influencer Spotlight: Craig Schlagbaum Talks Comcast Success, Qwest-Level 3 Legacy

Comcast Business' Craig Schlagbaum

… all things beneficial going through that roller coaster,” he said.

Looking Ahead

In terms of what’s next in his career, Schlagbaum has his eye on reaching a $1 billion milestone.

“I’ve never built a billion-dollar business,” he said. “Hopefully I can get this one somewhere close to that. But I think ultimately I want to be able to generate a channel that’s viable on that kind of level and doing it from scratch is exceptionally hard if you have to build it from nothing. So I want to be involved in that.”

Schlagbaum also is anxious to see what’s in store with the Internet of Things (IoT).

“I think that, combined with the cloud, is going to drive the technology industry to a whole new plane, where more importantly there will be new species of partners coming in – younger folks – and I really want to help some of those people, share my knowledge and what I’ve learned, and help them build their businesses,” he said. “And if they’re peers of mine, I want to help build their channels because I learned a lot from my bosses back in the day when I was that same age and they took me to a whole new level as well.”

Succeeding in the channel is a “very unique discipline,” Schlagbaum said.

“I was very fortunate to have my father – who at this point is very ill and it’s sad to see – but he taught me a lot of things about the channel, taught me a lot about how it works, and I learned a lot from him and from other bosses as well, and I want to impart that on other people, and I do that already,” he said. “But there’s more to do and more work to be done.”

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One comment

  1. Avatar Matt Heron March 9, 2018 @ 8:59 am

    You and your fantastic team at Comcast continue to greatly influence my role in the Channel at Shaw here in Canada. You have definitely build a strong program, but most importantly, you have built one of the strongest teams I have seen in any industry.

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