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Channel Partners Expo Marks 10 Years


PHONE+ IS CELEBRATING YET ANOTHER
milestone in 2007. Not only is it the magazines 20th birthday, but its trade show, the Channel Partners Conference & Expo, is turning 10. After a decade, the Channel Partners Conference & Expo remains the communications industrys only event exclusively for The Channel agents, VARs, systems integrators, interconnects, wireless dealers and consultants.

This achievement is a credit to the commitment of the thousands of participants attendees, speakers, exhibitors and sponsors alike, says PHONE+ Group Publisher Mike Saxby. This is your business and this is your show. We are proud of what you have created and we want to thank you.

Early on, PHONE+ found a home in the competitive long-distance and the resale community. By 1997, the resale market was going gangbusters and even expanding into data and local services. At the same time, the agent community started to grow as all the new competitors needed sales help. PHONE+ took them under its wing as well and even started a trade show, the AgENt Conference & Expo, just for them.

Admittedly, the agents were struggling to find their place an association or trade show where they could discuss their escalating concerns about this nascent business opportunity. With the help of many agents (Greg Praske, Bill Power, Mark Solomon, Paul Silicato, Rick Dellar, Rick Sheldon and Ted Schuman to name a few) PHONE+ started the event.

The Channel Partners Show was and is still the only telecom conference tailored to the indirect channel, says Ted Schuman, CEO of PlanetOne Communications Inc., noting in the mid-90s there was no forum of any kind specifically geared toward the interests of the channel. PHONE+ has been instrumental in promoting the channel for many years and my genuine respect, admiration and gratitude go out to their entire team for helping our channel gain integrity and credibility in the telecommunications industry.

Of course, the event is made possible not only by its champions, but its supporters exhibitors and sponsors. Over the years, the nature of the exhibitors has evolved to include providers of various stripes from longdistance and local service providers to managed service and wireless providers to vendors of convergence gear and mobile devices. Sure, there are new vendors every year, but some of them return every year with new and better offers for the channel.

TMC, which celebrates its 10th year in business in 2007, has exhibited at every Channel Partners Show since its inception. It keeps getting better, says Melissa Marsch-Baker, TMCs director of marketing. It provides agents with a great forum for developing new partnerships and learning about the latest telecom products.

PowerNet Global Communications also has been at every Channel Partners event since 1997. We keep coming back because the show continues to offer our company a way to find new agents and to reconnect with existing ones, says Michael McLelan, senior vice president of PowerNet Global Communications, which is celebrating its 15th year in business in 2007.

McLelan says both Channel Partners and PNG are survivors in the telecommunications business. We not only survived, we prospered and grew in spite of opposition, hardship or setbacks, he says, noting he expects both to continue based on the leadership and commitment of their employees.

And, lets not forget the support of the channel. In many ways, reaching this 10-year milestone is as much a result of the success of the channel as of anything else. If the Anniversary event the largest to date is any indication, there is a bright future ahead.

 

Join the Celebration!

Please join PHONE+ and the Channel Partners Conference & Expo staff, along with TMC Communications, at the PHONE+ and TMC booths for the 10th Anniversary Celebration at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Be there on March 4 for cake and champagne!




Paul Silicato and Mark Solomon from Global Systems Telecom thank Dr. Wayne Dyer for presenting their sponsored keynote at the fall 2003 show in Miami.


NFL great Mike Ditka delivers the keynote in Chicago, fall 2004.


The OC192s play at Navy Pier in 2004


Elvis greets visitors to Lightyears booth in the fall 2005 Vegas show.


Phil Rundo of Global Touch Telecom cheers for his win in the 3PV Vegas spa package raffle in D.C., 2006.


TBIs Ken Mercer shows how ecstatic he is to be at the Vegas 2005 expo.


Competition abounds at the golf outing in Vegas, 2004.


ATI shows off its car prize at the spring 2004 expo in Las Vegas.


Bob Eubanks charms the audience with his Vegas keynote in 2004.


The keynote and general session pack the seminar rooms at spring 2006 show.


The spring 2004 show in Vegas boasts a busy and booming show floor.


PlanetOnes Ted Schuman grills carriers at the fall 2003 show in Miami.


Las Vegas head lounge act in 2005? Deal-making.


TelePacifics Dick Jalkut dreams of genie at the Vegas show in spring 2005.


NBA All-Star Charles Barkley motivates partners with humor and anecdotes at the Vegas show in spring 2006.


The PHONE+ sales team meets some American icons at the D.C. show in 2006.


TNCI does the hula at the 2004 Chicago show.


The spring 2006 Vegas show gives TMC a place to show its love for agents.


Partners could follow these outrageous, ahem, lovely blue-haired vixens to Worldlinks booth at the Vegas 2006 show.
   

 


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