Image Gallery: Avant Special Forces Summit Featuring 8×8, Verizon

Avant Special Forces Summit 2019 Landing Page

(Pictured above: Avant co-founder Drew Lydecker on stage welcoming attendees to the company’s Special Forces Summit.)

Master-agent Avant recently welcomed partners and suppliers to its Special Forces Summit, held June 10-12, in Chicago.

The sales training brought together the channel community and thought leaders from the company’s key vendor partners for what Avant calls “the industry’s only conference dedicated to sales strategies, tactics and tools that will enable partners to transform their businesses to that of a true trusted adviser.”

Avant says the training had something for every partner looking to improve their skills selling the hottest and fastest growing technology products and services. It was designed for partners who are serious about “taking concrete steps” to increase their IT solutions sales acumen.

This summit also featured Avant’s 10th anniversary celebration, recognized by nearly 1,000 tech industry professionals in attendance.

Other highlights:

  • The rebranding of Avant’s BattleApp platform to “Pathfinder.”
  • The unveiling of Avant Analytics, an initiative to help partners help their customers make more informed tech buying decisions.
  • Always popular awards for partners and suppliers.

Click through our gallery below for images and a recap of the event.

Photos courtesy Avant

Datapipe's Robb Allen
Security Panel

Drew Lydecker hosts a security panel on the main stage with reps from Cyxtera, Alert Logic, Verizon, Trustwave and Masergy.
Avant Special Forces Summit 2019 Pathfinder

JP Tucker, Avant’s director of product, and Drew Lydecker announce the release of the Pathfinder, Avant’s sales enablement tool, formally known as the BattleApp.
Avant Special Forces Summit 2019 Vendor Lounge
Vendor Lounge

Trusted advisers (partners) network with providers during a break in the vendor lounge.
Avant Special Forces Summit 2019 UCaaS
UCaaS Breakout

It was standing-room only in one of the breakout rooms on UCaaS.
Avant Special Forces Summit 2019 8x8

Ian Kieninger, CEO of Avant, and Vikram Verma, CEO of 8x8, chat on the main stage about the keys to a company’s success and how to grow your business.
Avant Special Forces Summit 2019 Fisher House
Fisher House

8x8 and Avant present a check to the Fisher House Foundation, which helps house and care for military and veterans’ families while a loved one is in the hospital.
Avant Special Forces Summit 2019 Navy SEAL

Robert O’Neill, former Navy SEAL and author of “The Operator: Firing the Shots that Killed Osama Bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior,” gives the keynote speech and tells stories about his experience as a Navy SEAL.
Avant Special Forces Summit 2019 Kieninger
What's Next

Ian Kieninger gives the closing keynote, explaining what’s next for Avant and what that means for its channel ecosystem.
Avant Special Forces Summit 2019 Awards

Avant presented more than 40 awards to its top trusted advisers and providers. Pictured here are winners for overall top sales performance for a VAR and trusted adviser.
Avant Special Forces Summit 2019 Closing
Standing 'O'

Co-founders Ian Kieninger and Drew Lydecker receive a standing ovation at the closing keynote as they thank the trusted advisers and vendor sponsors for attending their largest event to date.
Avant Special Forces Summit 2019 Black Tie
Getting Formal

Avant employees gather to celebrate their 10-year anniversary with 1,000 of their trusted-adviser and provider partners at the black-tie closing event held at the Dalcy event hall.

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