MSP 501 Honored at Inaugural Channel Partners Evolution Awards Dinner
CHANNEL PARTNERS EVOLUTION — The inaugural MSP 501 Awards Dinner Wednesday night toasted the best of the best in MSPs from around the world.
The event was jam-packed with companies on the 2018 Channel Futures MSP 501 ranking of the top MSPs globally. Datto and Ingram Micro were the premier sponsors of the event at Channel Partners Evolution.
Rob Rae, Datto’s vice president of business development, told attendees MSPs are big, and massive growth is projected in the coming years. Jennifer Anaya, Ingram Micro’s vice president of marketing for North America, told the crowd of managed service providers that her company is “thrilled to be your business partner.”
Special awards were presented during the event:
- Newcomer Award — Tolar Systems
- Comeback Kid Award — MVP Network Consulting
- Vanguard Award — Infinit Consulting
- Digital Innovator of the Year — Trianz
- Executive of the Year — Jeff VonDeylen, Ensono‘s CEO
- MSP of the Year Third Place — SabinoComp Tech
- MSP of the Year Second Place — Premier Technology Solutions
- MSP of the Year — Cal Net Technology
- Livetime Achievement Award — David Eisner, Dataprise‘s CEO.
In accepting his award, Eisner said the MSP 501 is “really a national treasure.”
“The folks on this list are the top of the top,” Eisner said. “It’s a very interesting business.”
The MSP 501 winners were chosen based upon self-reported financial information such as annual revenue, recurring revenue, growth in supported devices and users, and growth in staff size, among many others.
The event drew more than 100 MSPs of various rankings on the list.
James Nekos, Edge Technology Group‘s CEO, said his company rose nine slots on the latest 501 ranking.
“We did it last year and it really made us think about how we measured year over year,” he said. “So we worked toward it, so that we accomplished something. We focused on growing revenue, recognizing opportunities … how much we made in each line of business, how we used our partners and vendors, and the breadth of services. We’re a global company, so we have eight data centers and nine offices around the world, in Europe and Asia, so recognizing how all that mattered in a measurement was a good milestone for us to document.”
Jim Mullen, vice president of sales at All Covered, Konica Minolta’s managed services business, said his company has ranked on the MSP 501 list for eight years.
“Anytime you can get independent, outside recognition from your industry and your peers, it talks about the capabilities and the talent you have within your organization, so it’s been pretty impressive overall,” he said. “All Covered has been very progressive in the managed services space. We’ve had 27 acquisitions over the last five years so we’ve really invested in this space. I think they recognize the investments we’ve made in the organization.”