Shannon Orr of AVANT Recognized as 2020 BraveIT Award Winner

TierPoint Donates $10,000 to A Silver Lining Foundation as Part of AVANT National Channel Manager’s Win

September 22, 2020 — CHICAGO — AVANT Communications a platform for IT decision-making and the nation’s premier distributor for next generation technology, is proud to announce that Shannon Orr, National Partner Manager, has been named the winner of the 2020 BraveIT Award. Orr was honored at TierPoint’s annual conference on Thursday, September 17. The BraveIT conference recognizes industry leaders who exemplify the unique blend of leadership, innovation, commitment, and courage required to succeed in today’s challenging environment.

In addition to receiving a trophy for the BraveIT Award win, TierPoint will also donate $10,000 to A Silver Lining Foundation, which provides cost-free breast health testing and fully funded treatments to women who need financial help. More about Orr’s additional charity work raising more than $100,000 for various charities across 30 different organizations such as Fisher House Foundation and more about the BraveIT Award can be found here: https://blog.tierpoint.com/celebrating-the-2020-braveit-award-winner.

“It’s been my pleasure and honor to participate in so many worthy causes with such incredible organizations and brave leaders, particularly Dr. Sandy Goldberg, who founded A Silver Lining Foundation and has been a true inspiration and mentor for me in my career,” said Orr. “At AVANT, we have cultivated a culture that promotes giving back and being a truly positive force in the community. This BraveIT Award is a testament to how we can all make a difference by focusing on improving the lives of those in our community.”

Shannon began her professional career with AVANT as the 6th employee and has been a lead contributor to the growth of their VAR community. She is originally from West Philadelphia, graduating from University of Toledo in 2011. In her tenure with AVANT, Shannon’s expertise has resulted in four elevations across the sales function, having earned AVANT’s coveted President’s Club Award twice along the way. Shannon co-chairs the company’s charity initiatives, organizing fundraisers and events for regional and global charitable organizations. She also serves as co-captain for the Alliance of Channel Women’s Chicago chapter, having grown the group from 4 to 75 over the course of a year.

“Shannon continues to inspire our team with her mixture of professional achievement and efforts to support organizations and individuals who need it most. We couldn’t be more proud to count Shannon as a member of the AVANT family,” said Ian Kieninger, chief executive officer, AVANT. “The recognition from such a well-respected and trusted partner in TierPoint further validates the immensely positive impact that Shannon is making, and we look forward to seeing what she will continue to achieve in the future.”

More information about the BraveIT conference can be found at https://braveit.tierpoint.com/.

About AVANT Communications
AVANT Communications is a platform for IT decision-making and the nation’s premier
distributor for next-generation technologies. AVANT provides unique value to its extensive
network of Trusted Advisors with original research, channel sales assistance, training, and tools
to guide decision-making around IT services that promote business growth. From complex cloud
designs to global wide-area network deployments to the latest in security services, AVANT sets
the industry standard in enabling its partners and clients to make intelligent, data-driven
decisions about services, technology and cost-effective communications. For more information,
visit www.goavant.net, or connect on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About TierPoint
Meeting clients where they are on their journey to IT transformation, TierPoint (tierpoint.com) is
a leading provider of secure, connected data center and cloud solutions at the edge of the
internet. The company has one of the largest customer bases in the industry, with thousands of
clients ranging from the public to private sectors, from small businesses to Fortune 500
enterprises. TierPoint also has one of the largest and most geographically diversified footprints
in the nation, with over 40 world-class data centers in 20 U.S. markets and 8 multi-tenant cloud
pods, connected by a coast-to-coast network. Led by a proven management team, TierPoint’s
highly experienced IT professionals offer a comprehensive solution portfolio of private,
multitenant, managed hyperscale, and hybrid cloud, plus colocation, disaster recovery, security,
and other managed IT services.