Chicago, Illinois—May 14, 2018  AVANT Communications, the leader in channel-sales enablement for next-generation IT solutions, today announced that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named five women leaders to its prestigious 2018 Women of the Channel list. The executives who comprise this annual list span the IT channel, representing vendors, distributors, solution providers and other organizations that figure prominently in the channel ecosystem. Each is recognized for her outstanding leadership, vision and unique role in driving channel growth and innovation.

CRN editors select the Women of the Channel honorees based on their professional accomplishments, demonstrated expertise, and ongoing dedication to the IT channel.

Samantha Carfagnini, senior partner manager, AVANT, is passionate about the services she provides to her partners. “I’m grateful to learn from all of these women and pass on that knowledge to my partner community,” said Carfagnini.

“It is an honor to be recognized again for this prestigious award,” said Jennifer Gallego, executive vice president sales, West, AVANT. “The ever evolving growth of this business and strength the partner community bring to their customers is what drives me every day.”

Sr partner manager, AVANT,  Lynn Kuroski, says “the opportunity to support and build lasting relationships with my amazing partners is the most rewarding part of the business.”

Shannon Orr, senior partner manager, AVANT, began her professional career with AVANT and has been a lead contributor to the growth of their VAR community. “After hitting my personal goal last year, and now receiving this honor from CRN, I only plan to continue my success with AVANT.”

“It is humbling to be amongst a team of successful and aspiring women in an industry that is evolving and changing as more and more young women enter the field,” said Bana Qashu, senior business development manager, East, AVANT.

“This team collectively brings immense revenue producing energy to their work every day,” said Ian Kieninger, chief executive officer, AVANT. “They also have the raw and undeniable energy that radiates from such a strong and successful team of women. I’m proud of our team and their accomplishments every day.”

“This accomplished group of leaders is steadily guiding the IT channel into a prosperous new era of services-led business models and deep, strategic partnerships,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “CRN’s 2018 Women of the Channel list honors executives who are driving channel progress through a number of achievements—exemplary partner programs, innovative product development and marketing, effective team-building, visionary leadership and accelerated sales growth—as well as advocacy for the next generation of women channel executives.”

The 2018 Women of the Channel list will be featured in the June issue of CRN Magazine and online at

AVANT is a channel sales enablement company and the nation’s premiere distributor for next generation technologies. AVANT adds unique value with its focus and expertise in channel sales assistance, sales training, sales guidance, and sales tools to fuel IT services business growth. From complex cloud designs to global wide-area network deployments, AVANT sets the industry standard in enabling its partners and clients to make more intelligent decisions about services, technology and cost-effective communications. For more information, visit  Follow us on Linkedin and Twitter.

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