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Top Gun 51 for 2020: Meet This Year's Best Channel Leaders

The list includes nine repeat winners and 42 other individuals who serve in a variety of roles.

Buffy Naylor

July 15, 2020

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The editors of Channel Partners and Channel Futures have announced the Top Gun 51 for 2020.

Introduced last year, the Top Gun 51 recognizes premier leaders in the indirect IT and telecom channel. There were three criteria considered in selecting this year’s group:

  • advocacy for the channel

  • commitment to partners’ business success

  • dedication to earning the channel’s trust

A channel leader possesses integrity, knowledge and confidence. They have the ability to inspire others, commitment and passion. He or she is adept at recognizing the increasing diversity of partner types, revenue models, and partner and customer journeys.

In compiling the Top Gun 51 list, determined each year in tandem with the annual MSP 501, Channel Partners and Channel Futures editors solicited input from those who know channel executives best — distributors, master agents and industry analysts. They helped us compile a list that includes nine repeat winners, plus 42 other individuals representing big names in the channel.

The #TopGun51 for 2020 includes nine repeat winners, plus 42 individuals who serve in a variety of roles across the industry. They will be recognized in a special program during Channel Partners Virtual: Digital Events for the Modern Channel. Because of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the Channel Partners Conference & Expo and Channel Partners Evolution have been combined into a three-day online event, Sept. 8-10.

In addition, three special award winners – Channel Innovator (thought leadership, innovation); Lifetime Achievement Award; and Rising Star (chief in the role less than two years) – will be announced during the program.

Click through our gallery below to learn all about the Top Gun 51 for 2020. Miss last year’s list? Check it out here.

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Buffy Naylor

Managing Editor, Channel Futures

Buffy Naylor is managing editor of Channel Futures. Prior to joining Informa (then VIRGO) in 2008, she was an award-winning copywriter and editor, then senior manager of corporate communications for an international leisure travel corporation and, before that, in charge of creative development and copywriting for a boutique marketing and public relations agency.

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