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Russell Griffin, Director of Channel Programs at Hostway, Recognized as one of CRN’s 2014 Channel Chiefs

CHICAGO, March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Hostway, a leading provider of cloud, managed and hybrid hosting services, announced today that Russell Griffin has been named one of CRN’s 2014 Channel Chiefs. This prestigious list of the most powerful leaders in the IT channel recognizes those executives directly responsible for driving channel sales and growth within their organization, while evangelizing the importance of the channel throughout the entire IT Industry.

CRN Channel Chiefs were selected by the CRN editorial team based on channel experience, program innovations, channel-driven revenue, and public support for the importance of IT channel sales.

Under Griffin’s leadership, Hostway won a second consecutive CRN 5-Star Award in 2013, grew the partnership organization by more than 30% year-over-year and set the industry standard by helping partners capitalize on the fast-growing cloud marketplace, find recurring revenue streams and expand their influence. Griffin also managed key partner relationships, working with two partners who leveraged Hostway services to transition from startup to IPO status.

“We are pleased to highlight the many executives throughout the industry who work tirelessly to advance the standing of the channel community within their organizations. The CRN Channel Chief honorees lead, inspire and engage peers and serve as valuable advocates to help ensure the health and longevity of the channel within the IT industry. We applaud their efforts and look forward to their continued success,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company.

“Russell was a champion of our most significant channel innovation in 2013, to enable midsize VARs, Integrators and Developers to resell private-labeled cloud services. That solution’s launch coincides perfectly with CRN’s award recipients,” noted Aaron Hollobaugh, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Russell is the third Hostway executive to receive a recent award for shaping the managed services industry, which demonstrates the reach of our efforts.”

“We believe that syndication will play a major role in the the future of cloud services. By enhancing private label capabilities, we’re addressing market demand for a solution that allows consultants to generate revenue by selling cloud services under their own brand,” said Griffin. “This reflects Hostway’s commitment to enable current and future cloud and IaaS resellers.”

The 2014 Channel Chiefs list is featured in the February/March issue of CRN, and online at www.CRN.com. Learn more about Hostway at www.hostway.com.

About Hostway
Hostway Corporation is a leader in Cloud, Managed, Web and Hybrid Hosting. Hostway delivers reliable, secure, and scalable Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions to over 500,000 customers worldwide. Hostway has emerged as one of the largest cloud hosting and Infrastructure-as-a-Service providers in the world due to the company’s expertise in developing secure, multi-tenant hosting environments and is committed to providing SMBs and large enterprises with cost-effective business solutions. Hostway’s core products include Managed Hosting, Cloud Hosting, Web Hosting and Email and Applications. For more information, visit www.hostway.com.

About The Channel Company
The Channel Company is the channel community’s trusted authority for growth and innovation, with established brands including CRN, XChange Events, IPED, and SharedVue. For more than three decades, we have leveraged our proven and leading-edge platforms to deliver prescriptive sales and marketing solutions for the technology channel. The Channel Company provides Communication, Recruitment, Engagement, Enablement, Demand Generation and Intelligence services to drive technology partnerships. Learn more at www.thechannelcompany.com.

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