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Jon Kalaugher, CEO, Naverisk
Kalaugher sold his seven-year-old MSP business in 2009. Now he's leading Naverisk, an "all in one" Remote Monitoring and Management, Service Desk, Time Tracking and Billing platform. Naverisk has consistently doubled it's global IT service provider/MSP partner base each year since commercial launch in mid-2009. Naverisk has offices in New Zealand and the United Kingdom with further international expansion underway.
Jeff Kaplan, CEO and Founder, Breakthrough Technology Group
Kaplan has led the company to be honored by AT&T for the second straight year as its Top Revenue Producing Channel Partner. In addition, BTG is also one of only three companies worldwide to have earned the Platinum Solutions Provider Champion distinction for 2011.
Zak Karsan, VP of Business Development, VaultLogix
Since VaultLogix's inception, Karsan ranked among the leaders who built VaultLogix into one of the top cloud backup and recovery companies in the industry. He has been named Channel Chief for three consecutive years, been awarded Ingram Micro's Cloud Services Vendor of the Year, and now has over 600 MSP/VAR contracted reseller channel partners. Karsan is at 125% YTD of his business development team goal. A familiar face at channel and MSP conferences, Karsan influences corporate strategy and product direction VaultLogix. He is an active member on the CompTIA IT Security Community Executive Council.
Jacob Kazakevich, President, OS33
Under Kazakevich, OS33 has built a software platform that transforms VARs and MSPs into cloud services providers. The company's Webtop GUI allows service providers to rapidly give customers cloud-based access to applications, files, email and collaboration software.
Philip Kelly, Network Engineer, Circle Computer Resources Inc.
Kelly has developed a cloud offering that has reduced client costs by 20 percent and internal costs by 40 percent. After all clients are converted, this offering will produce over $130,000 per month and over $1,500,000 per year in annual recurring revenue.
Bruce Kennedy, Managing Director, Expert Solutions Providers
Kennedy has led his company to 439% annual revenue growth and has recently added three offices in Australia while actively pursuing acquisitions locally and abroad. In the last six months Kennedy has more than doubled his staff organically and will continue to expand the global team in 2013. Kennedy values his key partnerships and recently Expert Solutions Providers (ESP) was recognized as the largest N-able partner in Asia Pacific. The success Kennedy has achieved with ESP has seen him recently appointed as CEO for Presilient -- another Managed Service provider with a global footprint. Kennedy continues to nurture the rapid international growth of ESP.
Myles Keough, CEO, Spade Technology, Inc.
Keough in 2011 grew annual revenue by 50%, including a 40% increase in recurring revenue. This is the third year in a row the company has achieved an over 30% increase in both categories.
Michael Kiefer, Chief Operating Officer, BrandProtect
Kiefer has been in the managed services industry for more than a decade. From 1998 to 2001 he was director of US Service Provider Channels at Cisco, where he created and directed Cisco Managed Services with ILEC's and CLEC's. He has held similar MSP-focused positions at Avaya and SecurePipe. He now focuses on managed Internet reputation and regulatory services.
Colin Knox, CEO, PASSPORTAL Inc.
While growing a mid-tier MSP, Knox spearheaded the development and creation of PASSPORTAL MSP to solve the prominent problem of password management for MSPs. He has grown his MSP (XCEL Professional Services) from a one-man shop to a staff of 12 in the past three years (over $2 million in revenue). And he took PASSPORTAL MSP global with subscribing IT firms in Canada, USA, England, Ireland, United Arab Emirates, India, and the Netherlands in only 8 months.
Shannon Kohn, Director of Marketing and Channel Relations, Datto Inc.
Kohn is the unofficial "trade show warrior" and partner advocate for Datto. She has spearheaded numerous programs that resulted in doubling Datto's partner base in 2011 and helped the company achieve 300 percent revenue growth for the third consecutive year.
Renil Komitla, CEO, Paxterra Solutions, Inc.
Komitla has grown Paxterra to a 350+ people company in toughest economic times. He is responsible for Paxterra's overall execution, strategy and vision. Komitla has executed successful acquisitions in MSP space to achieve sustainable growth rate. He an MS in Computer Science from University of North Carolina.
Jakobus Koorts, CEO, Numata Business IT
Koorts started Numata Business IT in 2005 at age 19 with just enough capital to print business cards. Numata has been rated as the No. 5 MSP in Africa for two consecutive years and has expanded to five different locations throughout South Africa, managing international and national clients.
Enrique Krajmalnik, President and CEO, Servoyant, LLC
Krajmalnik has launched an MSP-focused SaaS solution that does not require scripting expertise. Prior to founding Servoyant, he launched Illumen, an MSP in Denver, Colo.
Rob Kurver, CEO & Co-Founder, Voipro International BV
Kurver co-founded Voipro, now a leading hosted voice and cloud communications developer and provider in the Netherlands. The company was a Deloittte Technology EMEA Fast500 member in 2011, with greater than 1000% growth in five years. In 2012, Kurver was also a mentor at StartupBootcamp Amsterdam, where he mentored a pay-per-use billing startup.