April 11, 2019

ConnectWise Named 2019 Channel Influencer Award Winner by Channel Partners, Channel Futures

Pete Sorensen Recognized as Individual Influencer

TAMPA, Fla., April 11, 2019ConnectWise has been named a 2019 Channel Influencer Award winner by Channel Partners and Channel Futures. The program is also recognizing Pete Sorensen, vice president of The IT Nation, powered by ConnectWise, as an individual influencer.

The awards recognize the people, technologies, trends and organizations that will shape the new channel in 2019. ConnectWise was one of nine channel innovators cited as being a thought leader mapping the direction of the new channel.

Beginning as a managed service provider (MSP) itself, ConnectWise is uniquely positioned to understand the needs and challenges of its partners. Because of this strong foundation, for nearly 40 years, the company has been one of the market leaders in providing a comprehensive set of integrated software solutions to its community of partners. ConnectWise is a pioneer in the MSP and broader IT services space, including business management software, cybersecurity solutions and remote monitoring and management software. Today, its award-winning business management platform automates the full lifecycle of technology service delivery, from sales and service to project tracking and back-office functions, for more than 25,000 partners in more than 65 countries.

Sorensen is being recognized for his work in growing The IT Nation, ConnectWise’s global community. ConnectWise’s conferences, networking and training events were unified under The IT Nation brand in 2018, which emphasizes the company’s commitment to providing the opportunities and tools for partners around the world to learn, connect and grow. He came to ConnectWise in early 2018 when the company acquired HTG Peer Groups, an organization where he had served as a managing partner for six years.

“The IT Nation is our vibrant community of IT peers, thought leaders and experts who are looking for a place to make the critical connections that help them do more with less and grow faster,” said Sorensen. “Our partners, prospects, and even our business competitors can take part in different aspects of the community that allow them to access the thought leadership, best practices, networking, and product knowledge that help them create resiliency and build the foundation for growth. I’m honored that my work in this space is being recognized by Channel Partners and its editors and look forward to building on this momentum.”

“2019 is already off to an exciting start with the acquisition by Thoma Bravo and continued growth of the ConnectWise partner program. ConnectWise isn’t just software – and that’s a key differentiator for us,” said Jason Magee, CEO of ConnectWise. “Our success has been founded on deep interactions with our partners, peer groups and IT Nation events, and we are thrilled that these efforts have been recognized by these highly respected channel publications.”

“Our editorial team pored over the most intriguing and significant stories from last year to identify who and what they expect to make the biggest impact on the new channel in the year ahead,” said Lorna Garey, editor-in-chief of Channel Partners and Channel Futures. “These winners reflect the wide spectrum of partner types, technologies and companies we cover on a daily basis, and they're all names you can expect to be hearing a lot moving forward.”

All 55 of the 2019 winners are profiled in a digital publication digital publication available for download from the Channel Partners website.

Winners have also been recognized in the Spring issue of Channel Partners and at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo, where 6,000-plus partners and suppliers converged April 9-12 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

About Channel Partners and Channel Futures

For more than 25 years, Channel Partners has been the undisputed leader in providing news, analysis and education to the indirect sales channels serving the business technology and communications industry. In addition, Channel Partners online delivers a constant content stream of unique and breaking industry news, feature articles and premium downloadable content. As official media of Channel Partners Conference & Expo and Channel Partners Evolution, Channel Partners is the market leader that channel professionals turn to first.

Channel Futures is devoted to helping the architects of the digital revolution better manage their operations and deliver higher-value business solutions to end customers. Leveraging the best of The VAR Guy, MSPmentor, Talkin’ Cloud and more, Channel Futures provides inspiration, insights and tools to the diverse ecosystem of companies that comprise the “new channel,” which includes managed service providers (MSPs), systems integrators, born-in-the-cloud companies, telecom agents, VARs and other market specialists that operate outside of the traditional information and telecommunications technology (ICT) ecosystem.