Trio from AVANT Honored in CRN’s 2020 Women of the Channel

CHICAGO May 11, 2020 —  AVANT Communications (“AVANT”), a platform for IT decision-making for next generation technologies announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named three women leaders – Jennifer Gallego, Shannon Orr and Bana Qashu –  to its esteemed 2020 Women of the Channel list. Recognizing the unique strengths, vision, and achievements of a select group of women, this prestigious, annual list acknowledges channel leaders who are blazing a trail for future generations. These women are from all areas of the IT ecosystem, including technology vendors, distributors, solution providers, and other IT organizations. 

The CRN® editorial team selects the honorees to celebrate a list of exceptional women acclaimed for their contributions to channel advocacy, growth, thought leadership, and dedication to the IT channel.

“I am honored to be selected by CRN, once again, for this prestigious award,” said Jennifer Gallego, executive vice president sales, West, AVANT. “For more than ten years now, AVANT has worked with our partner community to bring value to their customers. I am driven by my talented colleagues and our dedication to growth and evolution.”

Shannon Orr, national partner manager, AVANT, began her professional career with AVANT and has been a lead contributor to the growth of their VAR community. “I am grateful to have gotten my start at AVANT, an environment where I have been able to thrive. I look forward to continuing to achieve great things and am humbled by CRN’s recognition.”

““Thank you to CRN for celebrating such an accomplished group of women. It takes a village to build a brand in the channel and build successful markets and I am grateful to my village — the partners, providers, my team, industry friends and family — for allowing me to serve them in my role with AVANT and in the channel. Everyday, we bring our uncompromising selves, and I am eager to see the strides we will continue to make,” said Bana Qashu, Senior Director Channel Sales, AVANT.

“CRN’s 2020 Women of the Channel list recognizes an accomplished group of influential women leaders whose strategic vision and unique achievements accelerate channel growth through cultivated partnerships, innovative thought leadership, and unwavering dedication to the IT channel,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “We are proud to honor them for their accomplishments and contributions to driving channel success.”

“Jen, Shannon and Bana bring incredible value to the team, and it’s wonderful to see them recognized for their achievements,” said Ian Kieninger, chief executive officer, AVANT. “We need more strong and aspiring women who are leading the industry.”  

The 2020 Women of the Channel list will be featured in CRN® Magazine on June 8 and online at www.CRN.com/WOTC.


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.


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