Solution Provider 500 Awards: Honoring The Best

Solution Provider 500 Awards

To some of us in the channel, the first sign of summer is the annual Solution Provider 500 awards (formerly the VAR500 awards). This year's awards are presented at the SP500 conference in Charlotte, N.C., and recognize companies in six technology practices, as well as special awards for business transformation, executive of the year and company of the year. Here's a look at this year's winners.

Top Technology Practice: Cloud

OnX Enterprise Solutions

OnX Enterprise Solutions, Thornhill, Ontario, receives the award for Top Technology Practice: Cloud. Dave DeGroot, Southeast sales director, accepts the award from CRN's Jennifer Follett. OnX specializes in building critical apps, implementing crucial technology and migrating different platforms. It offers off- and on-premise solutions and grew 23 percent between 2010 and 2012.

Top Technology Practice: Managed Services


TekLinks, Birmingham, Ala., reported revenue growth of 23 percent to $66 million in 2011, with its cloud and managed services business growing at an even more impressive 52 percent. David Powell, vice president of managed services, accepts the Top Technology Practice: Managed Services award from CRN's Follett.

Top Technology Practice: Mobility


MicroTech, Vienna, Va., wins the Top Technology Practice: Mobility award, in part because of its meteoric growth since being founded in 2004. It supports more than 100 prime contracts with civilian agencies and military branches of the federal government and was fourth on CRN's Fast Growth list in 2011, boasting a phenomenal two-year revenue growth rate of nearly 750 percent. Accepting the award from CRN's Steve Burke (center) are COO Steve Truitt (left) and Scott Kaye, senior vice president of channels and alliances.

Top Technology Practice: Security


Nexum has made its mark providing managed security risk management services with expertise in application gateways, content filtering, infrastructure and endpoint security and traffic management solutions. The Chicago-based solution provider has grown sales 34 percent over the past two years. Nexum's vice president of sales, Brian Haboush, accepts the Top Technology Practice: Security award from CRN's Follett.

Top Technology Practice: Storage


Varrow CEO and co-founder Daniel Weiss receives the Top Technology Practice: Storage award from CRN's Burke. Varrow's sales have doubled in the past two years, a testament to its ability to implement virtualization, managed services, disaster recovery and, of course, storage solutions.

The Greensboro, N.C.-based company also has received CRN's Tech Elite distinction for the past two years and is a CRN Fast Growth company.

Top Technology Practice: Virtualization


New York-based IPM receives the Top Technology Practice: Virtualization award for providing virtual desktop implementations, infrastructure solutions, on- and off- premise cloud computing and migrations across the midmarket as well as enterprise organizations. It has forged solid relationships with vendors and has achieved the highest levels of certification with EMC, VMware, Microsoft and Citrix, among others. Managing Director Adam Bari, right, accepts the award from CRN's Burke.

SP500 Business Transformation Award

Advanced Systems Group

Advanced Systems Group President David Sosnowski accepts the Business Transformation award from CRN's Follett. The Denver-based company was founded in 1980 as a ComputerLand franchise and quickly grew to include more than eight stores. In 1992, the company was consolidated into one main Denver location and has since transformed itself into an open systems integrator offering comprehensive consulting services as well as storage and data management solutions.

SP500 Executive Of The Year

Craig Abod, Carahsoft

When he started Carahsoft in 2004, Craig Abod combined his entrepreneurial spirit with more than 20 years of experience in government sales, marketing and contract management. In seven years, he has grown the Reston, Va.-based company from zero to more than $1 billion, generating more than $3.2 billion in total revenue during that brief time. Carahsoft has become the largest government partner and master aggregator for many of its more than 80 vendors, including VMware, Symantec, Red Hat and HP Software. Carahsoft also is a top-ranked GSA Schedule 70 contract holder. Abod accepts the Executive of the Year award from CRN's Burke.

SP500 Company Of The Year

GreenPages Technology Solutions

The Solution Provider 500 Company of the Year award goes to GreenPages, Kittery, Maine. Accepting the award is CEO Ron Dupler (center). The $120 million national solution provider and integrator serves commercial, health-care and financial clients with a team of solution architects that work with each customer to design, develop and deploy customized technology solutions. In March, GreenPages acquired LogicsOne.

Winners' Circle

The winning company executives pose together, officially ending the Solution Provider 500 conference. Stay tuned for more Solution Provider 500 news at, but in the meantime, here's a look back at the 2011 winners too.

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