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Agents Steamed Over Trinsic Bankruptcy Fallout

The post-Trinsic-bankruptcy plot thickens. And if it werent for the fact that were talking about telecom, the story would sound an awful lot like a soap opera. It all started in February, when Trinsic Inc., the former Z-Tel Technologies Inc., filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. After much back-and-forth, private equity firm Platinum Equity LLC landed Trinsics […]

Carrier and Channel Executives Debate Partners Value

While each partner and each vendor follows a different course, they are all trying to arrive at a similar destination profitability. How to get there is a matter for debate. The community at channel partners is in agreement on at least one thing the indirect model presents a promising path. What that path should look […]

Wailin on the Mississippi Saxophone: Michael J. Howard

Some people call it a blues harp. Some people call it a mouth organ. Some people call it a tin sandwich. Michael J. Howard, president of agency Advanced Business Communications Inc., calls it his passion. Michael J. Howard This self-taught harmonica player remembers the exact day he picked up the instrument July 4, 1980. At […]

PlanetOne Honors Presidents Club Winners

Winners and spouses mingled at the 50s-style formal reception. Master agency PlanetOne Communications Inc. recognized members of its Presidents Club at a weekend event March 22-24 at the swanky remodeled Valley Ho Hotel in Scottsdale, Ariz. In keeping with the theme of the revered resort, which has been restored to its 1950s glory, PlanetOne agents, […]

Table of Contents

  Vol 21, No. 5 May 2007 SHOP TALK DIGIUM TAPS MAINSTREAM CHANNELS SPEAKEASYS PARTNERS A BEST BUY FOR RETAILER CISCO TARGETS SMALL BUSINESSES PLANETONE HONORS PRESIDENTS CLUB PLATINUM EQUITY WINS TRINSIC AUCTION NEWS BRIEFS PORTFOLIO FITTING IN Conferencing seeks its place in a unified communications world. TOOLBOX CHANGING GEARS Quick time to market has […]

Just What Are You Looking For?

By Peter Radizeski, RAD-INFO In response to Khali Henderson’s story about PlanetOne’s exclusive Platinum offer, I am wondering what agents are looking for. Is 1 percent to 3 percent more of commission what you want? Better back-office support? Easier quoting ability? (I would like that, especially from L3, Sprint, Embarq, Qwest and GX.) Sales Training? […]

PlanetOne Unveils Exclusive Agent Option

Master agency PlanetOne Communications Inc. announced at its Presidents Club meeting Friday at the Valley Ho Hotel in Scottsdale, Ariz., that it has created an exclusive agent tier as an option for its subagents. The new platinum level carries the highest commissions and an additional bonus structure. PlanetOne CEO Ted Schuman said the program is […]

PlanetOne Adds to Executive Team

PlanetOne Communications Inc. has named Bernadette Richardson vice president of sales and marketing. Richardson will be responsible for aggressively expanding the indirect channel for PlanetOne, the company said. She has served as president of TMC Communications and has been in charge of all marketing functions for HCC Telemanagement. Since leaving TMC Richardson has completed her […]

XO Localizes Channel Support

XO Communications Inc. in fourth quarter 2006 reorganized its channel support organization to provide localized decision-making a move that has received positive response among the companys top agents. The company tapped its top channel executive Jim Delis to be its president of business service sales. When the person running indirect gets put in charge of […]

Verizon 2007 Contract Contested

After nearly a year of talks with former MCI and Verizon agents, Verizon Solutions Partner Program (VSPP) executives in November unveiled the companys 2007 contract, which did little to quell the growing chorus of concern surrounding the combination of the two carriers agent programs following their merger. Former MCI agents (fMCI as they are known […]

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