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April 7, 2009
Indirect channel members showed up in record numbers at the Spring 2009 Channel Partners Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, March 1-3, where exhibitors rolled out spectacular displays of innovation, education and good, old-fashioned fun.
Attendees voted online to determine the Best in Show and PHONE+ shines the spotlight on the winners and runners-up in each of seven categories.
It was “three the hard way,” with a three-way tie for Best Channel Partners Event.
World Telecom Group’s event at the VooDoo lounge had a lot going for it, not the least of which was the spectacular view from the club’s vantage point 51 stories up.
TelePacific Communications’ pervasive Hollywood theme resulted in a party that featured the PussyCat Dolls and put guests center stage at Rio’s I-Bar, where attendees sipped special blackberry cocktails and played with the new Microsoft surface platform.
Intelisys Telecom Solutions’ party at Drai’s is a Channel Partners industry standard. From the den decor to the dance floor, partners partied all night long.
Winner Lightyear Network Solutions’ President’s Club Hawaiian Retreat provides each qualifying agent and a guest with six days and five nights at the Mauna Lani Resort in Hawaii, plus airfare.
Runner-up One Communications’ Once-in-a-Lifetime Masters Club Trip gives top partners in 2009 the opportunity to go to Kenya for a trip “money cannot buy.”
AireSpring took first place with its “Don’t Gamble With Your Commissions” promotion that entered survey respondents’ names into a drawing for $1,000 and the option to risk those winnings for a chance to double them at the roulette wheel. (The winner declined.)
TelePacific Communications was runner up with a “Red Carpet” promotion that let attendees pose for a photo with a Marilyn Monroe lookalike. The photos were presented in an acrylic “film strip” frame.
TMC Communications’ winning theme encouraged agents to “Be a Hero” — no tights necessary, capes optional.
TelePacific Communications’ “Headquartered in Tinsel Town” tied for the runner-up slot with TNCI’s “Doubledown with TNCI.”
BandCon took first place with its best shot — of Karma Tequila.
The runner-up award went to Cbeyond’s handyman special — a tape measure, level, pen and paper tool combo.
Winner Dell Inc. exhibited its multi-tenant remote network management platform MSPs and resellers.
Runner-up MX Logic is the largest independent managed security service in North America with award-winning services, such as e-mail defense, Web defense, disaster recovery and message archiving.
It was “Hooray for Hollywood” all the way for winner TelePacific Communications whose “booth” turned in an Oscar-worthy performance as a red carpet walk.
Broadview Networks was runner-up with a 20’ x 20’ booth that combined the best of form and function with a 360-degree logo banner and pillar-based interactive demos.
All winners will receive a trophy at Fall 2009 Channel Partners Conference & Expo this September in Miami.
PHONE+ thanks all exhibitors for their incredible generosity and creativity in helping to make the Channel Partners Conference & Expo such a success. We’re pleased to be able to recognize their efforts.
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