It starts with 32 of the industry's most influential channel chiefs. It ends with one.
Thursday kicks off the first-ever CRN Channel Madness Tournament of Chiefs, pitting some of the channel's best-known executives against each other in head-to-head battles where CRN readers vote to determine the victors.
The winners will make their way, round by round, through a bracket, moving closer and closer to the championship match, where bragging rights are at stake. The losers? Better luck next year.
Is it a popularity contest? A beauty contest? A vote for the executive that's advocated on your behalf or a vote against one who didn't step up when you needed help? It's up to you. The power of the vote is entirely in your hands.
One thing's for sure: It will all be a lot of fun.
Culled from CRN's 2015 Most Influential Channel Chiefs list, CRN editors selected the 32 participants, representing a variety of vendors across the technology industry, from startups to stalwarts. Each represents one of four technology "regions:" Cloud, Hardware, Infrastructure and Software. Each vendor was limited to no more than two executives.
Voting for Round 1 opens on Thursday, March 19 at 10amET with 16 executive face-offs, and you can follow all the action on social media with the hashtag #CRNChannelMadness
Tomorrow we'll reveal the match-ups. For now, here's a list of the executives we've selected for CRN Channel Madness.
So, ladies and gentlemen, prepare to choose your chief.
PUBLISHED MARCH 16, 2015