CEO and Co-Founder
Ian brings over two decades of experience building innovative technology practices with management roles at both AT&T and CDW. While at CDW, Ian built one of the largest carrier services, mobility and telephony practices in the country. His teams focused on designing a wide range of solutions spanning unified communication, mobility, IP telephony and telecommunication services. Kieninger also held various management roles within AT&T, which included enterprise and global sales, product management, and indirect channel experience. Ian serves on Comptia’s Telecom Advisory Council and is a cofounder of the Technology Channel Association (TCA), the indirect channel industry’s first trade association.
President and Co-Founder
Drew comes from a family of entrepreneurs who have continually pushed the envelope in disrupting the status quo by focusing on high value and high touch solutions. Drew built AVANT to fill a void in the market created by the accelerating pace of change in IT. Prior to this, Drew worked as a Voice & Data specialist at CDW where he played a key part in helping CDW become one of the largest telecommunications agents in the world and the number one specialist on the team. To learn more about Drew, see him profiled on “Let go and Lead” - https://www.gagenmacdonald.com/lgl-print/drew-lydecker.
Chief Experience Officer
Ted possesses an “everything matters” mindset and believes “success is best shared”. As the former Founder and CEO of PlanetOne, Ted's mission as CXO at AVANT is to make it easier for Trusted Advisors to grow stronger and at scale. An advocate for doing the common things uncommonly well, Ted is focused on elevating the partner experience. Ted is a member of CompTIA’s Channel Development Advisory Council, a Founding Member of The Alliance, and sits on several advisory boards for many of the top global carriers. A patriot, Ted served honorably in the U.S. Navy from 1982-1986, and in 2021, was named Honorary Commander to the 944th Logistics Readiness Squadron.
Chief Strategy Officer
Alex drives AVANT’s corporate growth strategy leading marketing, business development and partner program. He has 25+ years of experience in service provider, hosting and managed business services, with a diverse background including Sales, Marketing, Channel Development, Product Management and Engineering in companies ranging from Microsoft, AT&T, and Qwest (now Lumen), to startups including Odin (now Ingram Micro Blue) and Dantis, a cloud MSP.
Chief Financial Officer
Brendan has more than 15 years of experience, holding various leadership positions in mid-market, B2B technology and professional services companies. Originally from London, England, Brendan joins AVANT from Chicago-based SaaS cloud technology business CVM Solutions, a Kroll Company, where he was responsible for rapidly scaling profits, and delivering predictable and repeatable earnings.
Chief Innovation Officer
Chris is responsible for AVANT’s growth and development of strategic initiatives, alliances and potential mergers and acquisition targets. Recognized as one of the “Most Influential” executives by Channel Futures, Chris brings a relentless energy for excellence and 20+ years of experience in business development, strategy, operations, sales, and technology leadership. Previously, Chris served as President and COO of PlanetOne as well as Masergy’s Executive Leadership Team for more than 13 years. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Leeds School of Business and resides in Northern California with his family.
Executive Vice President of Global Sales
Jen joined AVANT at the beginning in 2009 and is one of the original team members. She began her career at XO where she worked her way up from account executive to Director of Channel where her territory led the country in sales. In 2017, Jen was named to CRN's Women in the Channel.
Executive Vice President of Engineering & Operations
Shane brings a wealth of experience and insight to his leadership role at AVANT. He previously served as the Senior Vice President of business services at Qology Direct. Before that, he was the Channel Partner Vice President at XO Communications and the General Manager for Carrier Sales at CDW.
Executive Vice President of Strategic Partners
Erin began his career at MCI Communications where he started as an Account Executive and within 18 months of being a top producer was promoted to a Regional Sales Manager. Erin is a native of Chicago, and when he isn’t focusing growing his strategic partners success, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids, coaching youth sports, playing golf, and is a certified rescue scuba diver.