Faces Of The 2013 Next-Gen 250 (Part 1)

Channel Upstarts

Focusing on an emerging technology or new business practice was once a solution provider's ticket to growth. But with the rapid changes sweeping the IT industry -- and the channel -- expanding into a lot area like cloud computing, virtualization or mobility is no longer just for ambitious solution providers. It's a requirement that solution providers evolve to meet customer demands.

Some solution providers, of course, stand out from the pack when it comes to transforming their business or breaking into new technologies. And so we present this year's edition of the CRN Next-Gen 250, a snapshot of solution providers who are zeroing in on emerging and potentially lucrative technologies such as cloud computing, unified communications, virtualization, mobility, and business analytics and business intelligence. All of the companies on our list have only been in business since 1998. The following is a random sampling of the solution provider's making this year's CRN Next-Gen 250 list. For part two, click here.

Allied Technology Group, LLC


Location: Little Rock, AR

Top Executive: Matthew Humphries, Managing Partner

Top Partnerships: Adtran; APC; Barracuda; Blackberry/RIM; Cisco; Citrix; Citrix; Dell; Dell; HP; HP-Storage; McAfee; Microsoft; Microsoft; Microsoft-Cloud; Nortel; Polycom; Symantec; Trend Micro; VMWare; Websense; Hewlett Packard

Alura Business Solutions LLC


Location: Plymouth Meeting, PA

Top Executive: Jason Derstine, CEO & President

Top Partnerships: Cisco; Citrix; Comcast; Dell; Microsoft; Mitel; Shoretel; Trend Micro; Verizon; VMWare

Alvarez Technology Group, Inc


Location: Salinas, CA

Top Executive: Luis Alvarez, President & CEO

Top Partnerships: APC; Blackberry/RIM; Buffalo; Cisco; Dell; Dell; D-Link; HP; IBM; Lenovo; Microsoft; Microsoft; Novell; SonicWall; Symantec; Symantec; Trend Micro; VMWare; Hewlett Packard; Doubletake

Aptaria Inc


Location: McLean, VA

Top Executive: Andrew Lawlor, CEO & Chief Architect

Top Partnerships: Google; Salesforce

Atlantic Metro Communications


Location: Parsippany, NJ

Top Executive: Matthew Lombardi, CEO

Top Partnerships: Barracuda; Brocade; Cisco; Dell; Google; Juniper; Kaspersky; Microsoft; NetApp; Oracle; Redhat; Seagate; VMWare

Bardissi Enterprises


Location: Hatfield, PA

Top Executive: George Bardissi, President

Top Partnerships: Adtran; APC; Cisco; Dell; D-Link; HP; IBM; Intel; Microsoft; Netgear; Sony; Symantec; Toshiba; Trend Micro; VMWare; Watchguard; Hewlett Packard; Doubletake

BizCarta, Incorporated


Location: Dublin, OH

Top Executive: Kevin Casey, Chief Executive Officer, President

Top Partnerships: Condusiv; Dell; Fortinet; Kaspersky; LANDesk; Lenovo; Moka5; Veracode

Brightplanit, Inc.


Location: Buffalo, NY

Top Executive: Skip Gould, President and Chief Executive Officer

Top Partnerships: Adtran; APC; CheckPoint; Cisco; Citrix; Dell; HP; IBM; Juniper; Microsoft; Microsoft-Virtualization; Nortel; Novell; Polycom; Q Logic; Quantum; Sophos; Symantec; Trend Micro; VMWare; Hewlett Packard; PGP; Doubletake

C Forward, Inc


Location: Covington, KY

Top Executive: Brent Cooper, President

Top Partnerships: 3COM; CheckPoint; Cisco; Dell; HP; Juniper; Lenovo; Microsoft; Symantec; Trend Micro

Centre Technologies, Inc.


Location: Houston, TX

Top Executive: Chris Pace, CEO

Top Partnerships: APC; Brocade; Cisco; Citrix; Citrix; Dell; Dell; F5; HP; Microsoft; Symantec; Trend Micro; VMWare; Websense; Hewlett Packard

Cloud Strategies LLC


Location: Cedar Knolls, NJ

Top Executive: Pete Zarras, Founder and President

Top Partnerships: Microsoft; Microsoft-Cloud; Rackspace

Core Business Services, LLC


Location: Medford, OR

Top Executive: Scott Anderson, President & CEO

Top Partnerships: Dell; Lenovo;

Cumulus Global, LLC


Location: Westborough, MA

Top Executive: Allen Falcon, CEO

Top Partnerships: Google



Location: Augusta, GA

Top Executive: Charles Johnson, Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Top Partnerships: APC; AT&T; Barracuda; Cisco; Citrix; Dell; HP; IBM; IBM-Storage; McAfee; Microsoft; Novell; Symantec; Trend Micro; Viewsonic; VMWare; Watchguard;

Emerge Technologies, LLC


Location: Erlanger, KY

Top Executive: Jesse Kegley (pictured), Richard Brown, Darron Scanlon, & Timothy Witte, Managing Partners

Top Partnerships: APC; Brocade; Cisco; Citrix; Commvault; EMC; HP; Lenovo; Microsoft; Symantec; Symantec; VMWare

Endurance IT Services


Location: Virginia Beach, VA

Top Executive: Blake White, President

Top Partnerships: Apple; Cisco; Citrix; Dell; Juniper; Microsoft; Novell; VMWare; Doubletake

F1 Computer Solutions, Inc.


Location: Warrenton, VA

Top Executive: Mary Lieb, President

Top Partnerships: APC; Apple; AT&T; Barracuda; Cisco; Dell; Fortinet; Fortinet; HP; IBM; Lenovo; Microsoft; Symantec; Trend Micro; VMWare

Falkor Group, LLC


Location: Chicago, IL

Top Executive: Brent Allen & Ben Wilson (pictured), Co-Founders

Top Partnerships: Cisco; Citrix; Dell; HP; Intel; Lenovo; Microsoft

Gaeltek, LLC


Location: Manassas, VA

Top Executive: Amanda Harper, President

Top Partnerships: Dell; HP; Intel; Lenovo; Microsoft; Microsoft; OKI Data; OKI Data; Trend Micro; Viewsonic

Hillsouth Corporation


Location: Florence, SC

Top Executive: Robby Hill, Founder/CEO

Top Partnerships: APC; Cisco; Dell; EMC; HP; Intel; Microsoft; Microsoft; Quantum; SonicWall; Trend Micro; VMWare

Ipanema Solutions LLC


Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Top Executive: Steve Tutino, Technology Project Manager & Principal

Top Partnerships: Adtran; Avaya; Comcast; Dell; HP; Microsoft; Microsoft; Ruckus; Samsung; Symantec; Time Warner; Trend Micro

LIBANGA Computer Systems


Location: Zionsville, IN

Top Executive: Mario Guerendo, President & CEO

Top Partnerships: Acer; Barracuda; Cisco; Dell; D-Link; D-Link; HP; Lenovo; Lexmark; Microsoft; Symantec; Toshiba; Trend Micro; VMWare; Xerox; Xerox

Liberty Technology, Inc.


Location: Griffin, GA

Top Executive: Ben Johnson, CEO

Top Partnerships: Blackberry/RIM; Cisco; Dell; EMC; Intel; Lenovo; Symantec; Xerox

Marathon Consulting, LLC


Location: Brooklyn, NY

Top Executive: Scott Wilson, CEO

Top Partnerships: Cisco; ConnectWise; Dell; Eaton; HP; Intel; Lenovo; Microsoft; SonicWall; VMWare

Mavidea Technology Group, LLC


Location: Bloomington, IL

Top Executive: Jamie Mathy (pictured) & Erik Barnlund, Co-Owners

Top Partnerships: Dell; HP; IBM; IBM-Storage; Lenovo; McAfee; Microsoft; Samsung; SonicWall; VMWare