DURHAM, North Carolina – July 31, 2019 – SolarWinds (NYSE:SWI), a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today announced that its vice president of Customer Experience and Business Strategy Mike Cullen has been named to the Top Gun 51 list by Channel Partners and Channel Futures magazines. The inaugural list recognizes the premier leaders in the indirect IT and telecom channel.
To select the Top Gun 51 honorees, the publications’ editors invited those who know channel executives best—distributors, master agents, and industry analysts—to nominate leaders who exemplify channel advocacy and leadership.
“Mike defined what it takes to successfully sell managed services in the early 2000s and continues to build upon his legacy as an integral part of the SolarWinds MSP leadership team,” said John Pagliuca, executive vice president, SolarWinds MSP. “A natural-born leader, visionary, and teacher, Mike is revered within the global channel community for his commitment to sales excellence, the customer experience and their profitable business growth. We congratulate him on this well-deserved honor and thank Channel Futures and Channel Partners for recognizing Mike and his fellow Top Gun 51 leaders.”
A managed services pioneer, Cullen has inspired and advised many of the world’s most successful MSPs. In the past year, he spearheaded the popular SolarWinds MSP Institute, and as an advocate for peer-to-peer learning and partnership also inspired the company’s MSP Advice Project.
“Today’s channel leaders must be futurists, accountants, technologists, marketers, and evangelists,” says Lorna Garey, editor in chief of Channel Partners and Channel Futures. “We wanted to recognize these executives based on insights from within the community itself. I want to thank all of the master agents, distributors, and analysts who helped us assemble a list that includes well-known names along with rising stars across a diverse range of companies.”
Channel Partners and Channel Futures will recognize the #TopGun51 at a gala banquet during Channel Partners Evolution, held September 9–12 in Washington, D.C.
Cullen’s profile as part of the complete 2019 Top Gun 51 list is now available on the Channel Partners website.
SolarWinds (NYSE:SWI) is a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT infrastructure management software. Our products give organizations worldwide, regardless of type, size or IT infrastructure complexity, the power to monitor and manage the performance of their IT environments, whether on-premise, in the cloud, or in hybrid models. We continuously engage with all types of technology professionals—IT operations professionals, DevOps professionals, and managed service providers (MSPs)—to understand the challenges they face maintaining high-performing and highly available IT infrastructures. The insights we gain from engaging with them, in places like our THWACK® online community, allow us to build products that solve well-understood IT management challenges in ways that technology professionals want them solved. This focus on the user and commitment to excellence in end-to-end hybrid IT performance management has established SolarWinds as a worldwide leader in network management software and MSP solutions. Targeted for MSPs, the SolarWinds MSP product portfolio delivers broad, scalable IT service management solutions that integrate layered security, collective intelligence, and smart automation. Our products are designed to enable MSPs to provide highly effective outsourced IT services for their SMB end customers and more efficiently manage their own businesses. Learn more today at www.solarwindsmsp.com
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