These MSPs, announced as part of the 11th annual MSP 501, demonstrate excellence in the managed services field.

Kris Blackmon, Head of Channel Communities

September 10, 2018

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We are proud today to announce the 2018 winners of the MSP 501 Special Awards. These managed service providers (MSPs) demonstrate a willingness to take risks and a deep familiarity with the MSP market, two characteristics that are critical to channel companies looking to stay ahead of the curve.

The awards are part of the 2018 MSP 501, the first, largest and most comprehensive ranking of managed service providers (MSPs) worldwide. Our editorial team did a deep dive on each of the five winners announced here, as well as Channel Futures’ three finalists for MSP of the Year. The winner of this award will be announced at the MSP 501 gala at Channel Partners Evolution, Oct. 9-12, in Philadelphia, where all MSP 501 and Special Award winners will be honored.

The MSPs that have earned one of these coveted awards have demonstrated innovation, grit, creativity and agility in business models and go-to-market strategies. In addition to being featured on the site, profiles of the winners are included in the Channel Partners Online fall print edition, available now.

The 2018 MSP 501 Special Award Winners are: 

  • Newcomer Award – Tolar Systems, Inc #498

  • Comeback Kid – MVP Network Consulting #129

  • Vanguard –  Infinit Consulting #228

  • Digital Innovator of the Year – Trianz #316

  • Executive of the Year: Jeff VonDeylen, Ensono #4

The finalists for the 2018 MSP MSP of the Year Award are: 

 Channel Futures extends the warmest congratulations to these leaders in the managed services field. With MSPs such as these, the outlook for the IT channel is bright indeed.

About the Author(s)

Kris Blackmon

Head of Channel Communities, Zift Solutions

Kris Blackmon is head of channel communities at Zift Solutions. She previously worked as chief channel officer at JS Group, and as senior content director at Informa Tech and project director of the MSP 501er Community. Blackmon is chair of CompTIA's Channel Development Advisory Council and operates KB Consulting. You may follow her on LinkedIn and @zift on X.

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