Star2Star Communications, provider of the World's Only Full Spectrum Communications Solution, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Michelle Accardi, President and Chief Revenue Officer of Star2Star, to its prestigious list of 2019 Channel Chiefs. The top IT channel leaders included on this list continually strive to drive growth and revenue in their organization through their channel partners.
Each of the 2019 Channel Chiefs has demonstrated exceptional leadership, vision, and commitment to their channel partner programs. Channel Chief honorees are selected by CRN's editorial staff as a result of their professional achievements, standing in the industry, dedication to the channel partner community, and strategies for driving future growth and innovation.
Michelle Accardi has received this distinction for five consecutive years due to her unwavering dedication to the channel. She has continuously striven for better solutions, processes, and overall improved experiences for partners and customers alike. Over the last year, Michelle led the charge toward a more engaged channel with improvements to quoting and billing tools, enhanced pricing strategies, and more comprehensive training opportunities. She was also at the forefront of introducing Full Spectrum Communications, merging with pan-European company Blueface, and several new products including Star2Star SD-WAN powered by Bigleaf and 4G LTE Failover.
"The individuals on CRN's 2019 Channel Chiefs list deserve special recognition for their contribution and support in the development of robust partner programs, innovative business strategies, and significant influence to the overall health of the IT channel," said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. "We applaud each Channel Chief's remarkable record of accomplishments and look forward to following their continued success."
"I am immensely honored to be named a 2019 Channel Chief, and grateful to my Partners, our Customers, and my Star2Star team," said Michelle, regarding her award. "2018 was a wonderful, exciting year for us as a company, and I am very eager to offer our Partners and Customers even more in the year ahead. We are primed and ready for our best year yet."
"Working with Michelle has been a wonderful experience since day one," added Alan Foy, CEO of Star2Star Communications and Blueface. "She has always been an enthusiastic supporter of our Channel Partners, customers, and the team, and her leadership is focused on bringing the most value to Star2Star. I wholeheartedly congratulate her for this achievement; it is well-deserved!"
The 2019 CRN Channel Chiefs list, including the 50 Most Influential Channel Chiefs, is featured online at www.crn.com/channelchiefs and will appear in the February 2019 issue of CRN.
About Star2Star Communications
Founded in 2006 in Sarasota, Florida, Star2Star Communications empowers global business success with a Full Spectrum Communications Solution. With options ranging from pure to on-premises cloud, Star2Star offers unparalleled value, reliability, quality, and scalability. Star2Star unifies business communications including voice, video, fax, mobile, chat, and presence management. Merged with Blueface, the leading pan-European UCaaS provider, Star2Star possesses a global influence and customer base. Blueface's proprietary cloud voice platform supports businesses of all sizes, ranging from small-to-medium to large enterprises and strategic wholesale customers.
Star2Star's award-winning, patented Constellation™ Network overcomes the reliability and quality limitations of other communications technologies and enables companies to choose the deployment methodology that aligns best with their needs. For businesses who require high-quality voice, redundant networks for continuity, and ultra-reliable communications, Star2Star's unique cloud architecture with the Business Voice+ platform offers the highest guaranteed SLAs in the industry at an affordable price. Businesses with less complexity, who seek the best communications capabilities for their employees and customers, can consider the Business Voice platform the optimal choice.
With a customer retention rate of 99.85%, Star2Star has been recognized by a multitude of leading analysts. In the past eight years, Star2Star was named to the Forbes Most Promising Companies list, the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 five times, and the Inc. 500|5000 seven times. The company was also named by IHS as a Top 10 Hosted Business VoIP/UC Provider and has been in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for UCaaS, Worldwide for the last five years.
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