Rising To The Challenge: CRN's 2016 Triple Crown Award Winners

The Triple Crown

Throughout the year, CRN assembles a number of lists and rankings, including its Solution Provider 500 list of the largest solution providers in North America according to revenue; the Fast Growth 150, which ranks the fastest-growing solution providers; and the Tech Elite 250 solution providers, with the highest level of certifications from major vendors.

Making one of those three lists is quite an achievement. But to make all three? There are 48 solution providers that accomplished that in our third annual Triple Crown honors this year, with nearly half having made the list a second or even a third time.

Here are the solution providers that had the revenue, growth and technical expertise to be named 2016's Triple Crown winners.

Advanced Computer Concepts

Reza Zarafshar, President

McLean, Va.

Advanced Computer Concepts provides IT products and services to corporate and government customers. Services cover audio-visual and network design, configuration and installation, as well as cybersecurity, collaboration and data centers. The company works with many major vendors, including Cisco, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Lenovo, RSA, Palo Alto Networks and HP Inc.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 143

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 59

All Covered

Todd Croteau, President

Foster City, Calif.

All Covered, the U.S. technology services division of Konica Minolta, provides such IT solutions as digital classroom tools, document management and electronic discovery to help legal investigations. The solution provider also consults to health-care organizations on HIPAA compliance and provides technology services for public school districts and other education institutions.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 110

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 135

Aspire Technology Partners

John Harris, President, CEO

Hazlet, N.J.

Aspire Technology Partners’ technology offerings run the gamut of current IT focal points, such as security, data center, mobility, collaboration, cloud and network infrastructure, and it supports those solutions with a similar services lineup. The solution provider is a Cisco Gold partner, and also works with such key vendors as Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, Veeam and SimpliVity.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 318

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 32

Blue Chip Tek

Jessica Geis, CEO

Santa Clara, Calif.

Blue Chip Tek offers an array of services, including storage optimization, business continuity, network assessments, integration and cloud readiness. It holds high-level partner status with Dell, Amazon Web Services and Juniper Networks, while working with others such as Cisco, NetApp, VMware and Arista Networks.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 253

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 140

Boice Enterprises

Bill Hall, CEO

New Albany, Ind.

Boice is now part of Data Strategy following an acquisition earlier this year. Prior to the merger, it provided technology consulting to clients in Kentucky and southern Indiana, especially in the finance, heath-care, manufacturing and education markets. Hall is now executive vice president in charge of Cisco strategy for Data Strategy.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 308

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 127

Burwood Group

Mark Theoharous, CEO


Burwood Group is a technology consulting firm and systems integrator, focusing especially on cloud, data center and security. It places particular emphasis on the health-care, higher-education and financial services verticals. The solution provider is a Microsoft Gold Certified partner and a Cisco Gold and Master Collaboration partner.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 218

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 61

Business IT Source

Bob Frauenheim, CEO

Vernon Hills, Ill.

Business IT Source, founded in 2009, offers an array of technologies from many vendors, covering such areas as servers, storage, networking and software to mid-size and large U.S. companies. It also offers a variety of services, including IT staff augmentation and project management, aided by the on-staff presence of certified project managers.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 304

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 66

CB Technologies

Kelly Ireland, President, CEO

Orange, Calif.

CB Technologies provides a wide range of offerings around what the solution provider calls its ’four major pillars’ of IT transformation: infrastructure management/cloud, big data, enterprise security and mobility-workplace productivity. The company has strategic partnerships with HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, as well partnerships with OSNexus, Qstack and Supernap.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 245

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 132

Comm Solutions

Paul Black, Principal, CEO

Malvern, Pa.

Comm Solutions is an end-to-end technology and security solution provider, specializing in the design, development, deployment and support at the enterprise level for servers, storage and infrastructure. It works with more than 50 vendor partners, and enjoys elevated partner status with 15 of them, including Cisco, F5 Networks and Palo Alto Networks.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 273

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 150

Comport Consulting

Jack Margossian, President, CEO

Ramsey, N.J.

Comport’s offerings include data management, data protection, cloud, virtualization and converged infrastructure, supported with managed services and security services and risk assessments. The solution provider is a Platinum partner of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and has a dedicated health-care industry practice, buttressed by about 25 other partnerships.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 381

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 45


Nolan Schoo, Owner

Meridian, Idaho

CompuNet is a VAR and managed service provider with eight offices in the northwestern U.S. Its offerings run the gamut of technology, from cloud and security to the data center, the network and mobility. It partners with several key vendors, notably Cisco, which has a presence in six of CompuNet’s eight solution lines.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 140

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 136

Copper River IT

Ben Brucker, President

Anchorage, Alaska

Copper River IT’s offerings cover cybersecurity, virtualization, data center, enterprise network design and cloud architecture. Its markets include health care, education and the federal government, supported with an office outside Washington, D.C. It works with more than 30 vendors, holding strategic partnerships with Juniper Networks, Cisco, Palo Alto Networks, Brocade, ForeScout, Ciena and Adva.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 147

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 54


Steve Johnson, President

Norcross, Ga.

Corus360 provides advanced technology services for the data center, cloud, collaboration, security and information architectures. Its RES-Q line provides a range of disaster recovery and business continuity services. And through its ’People as a Service’ offering, Corus360 provides experts in data center programs and project management, as well as for staff augmentation.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 155

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 10

Three-time Triple Crown Winner


Larry Gentry, President, CEO

Scottsdale, Ariz.

cStor is a developer of data center, cloud and technology solutions that help enable business transformation and cost reduction, and improve competitive advantage. Its practice areas include converged infrastructure, virtualization and data management and protection. Its key partners include Cisco, NetApp, VMware, Citrix and IBM.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 287

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 62

Dasher Technologies

Laurie Dasher, President, CEO

Campbell, Calif.

Dasher Technologies offers a number of solutions across cloud, data center, data analytics, networking and security. It has multivendor demo labs at its headquarters and in Birmingham, Ala., where solutions are examined for interoperability, troubleshooting and performance against benchmarks. Its partners includes both top-tier OEMs and specialty providers.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 170

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 134

Dedicated Computing

Don Schlidt, CEO

Waukesha, Wis.

Dedicated Computing designs and builds custom IT systems that need application-ready, network-enabled platforms. Its capabilities cover design, systems integration, the Internet of Things, cloud and managed services, and it has staff with qualifications and experience in agile programming, Six Sigma and project management.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 177

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 6

Edge Solutions

Julie Haley, CEO

Alpharetta, Ga.

Edge Solutions, founded in 2008, works with customers in several industries throughout the southeastern U.S. Its offerings run across a range of solutions from nearly 40 vendors. Edge Solutions is a Microsoft Certified partner and a VMware VIP Professional partner. Its services lineup covers managed services, IT asset and contract management, and technology training.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 344

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 11

Epic Information Solutions

Arnie Fedorchuk, General Manager

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Epic offers a wide range of technology services, from application development to unified communications. Its Unified Cloud portfolio of Software-as-a-Service solutions blends its services with offerings from Microsoft, Asigra, Salesforce, Kaspersky Lab and Zerospam. Founded in 1995, Epic became part of Manitoba Telecom Services in 2013.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 464

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 65

Ergonomic Group

Kim Girards, President

Westbury, N.Y.

Ergonomic Group, or EGI, focuses on the telecommunications, media, government, education, financial and business services industries. With partnerships with a range of top OEMs, EGI’s offerings run the range of IT, and include its own web-based workflow automation solution. Its services cover IT, logistics and financial services.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 86

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 142

F3 Technology Partners

Tom Colleary, President

West Hartford, Conn.

F3 Technology Partners offers solutions around converged infrastructure, cloud architecture, data protection, virtualization and storage, utilizing partnerships with 10 vendors. F3 is an Oracle Gold partner and a Veeam Gold Pro partner, as well as a Cisco Premier and NetApp Platinum partner. Its service offerings include technology consulting and remote managed services.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 428

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 115

Focus Technology Solutions

Bruce Crochetiere, Founder, CEO

Seabrook, N.H.

Focus Technology Solutions is a strategic IT consulting, technology sales, and managed services provider with focus areas that include data center infrastructure, cloud, virtualization, networking, and backup and recovery. It also provides managed services. Its vendor lineup includes Cisco, Dell, Microsoft, Veeam and Symantec.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 396

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 146 Three-time Triple Crown Winner

Future Tech Enterprise

Bob Venero, President, CEO

Holbrook, N.Y.

Future Tech has consistently won plaudits for delivering breakthrough solutions to some of the largest and most admired global companies. A leader in providing end-to-end enterprise solutions, Future Tech is part of the less than 1 percent of solution providers that are ISO 9001 certified. Among its top partners are Dell Technologies, HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 167

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 114

Groupware Technology

Mike Thompson, President, CEO

Campbell, Calif.

Groupware Technology specializes in data center infrastructure and cloud computing solutions, as well as rack integration. It also offers an array of project-based services, including system assessment, design, testing and migration, as well as 24/7 IT support services. Earlier this year, it received Gold certification from Cisco, one of its more than 25 vendor partners.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 76

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 28


Matt Massick, CEO

Oak Brook, Ill.

IDS is a data center technology integrator and cloud services provider that also provides technology consulting. The company’s primary areas of focus are storage, data protection, disaster recovery, data analytics, virtualization, mobility, networking, servers, security and managed services. It also provides an Asset Management Portal that customers can use to assess their IT assets.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 191

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 50


Behfar Jahanshahi, CEO

Stillwater, Okla.

InterWorks focuses on business intelligence, data management and managing the IT infrastructure. It can manage and maintain a company’s technology operations, and monitor them to warn a customer of any potential problems. It’s a Premier partner of Dell and Alteryx, and a Gold partner of data visualization vendor Tableau Software.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 422

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 120


Peter Castaldi and Patrick Cronin, Co-Founders, Principals

San Ramon, Calif.

Kovarus focuses on solutions in the areas of infrastructure optimization, cloud enablement, enterprise and operations management, and IT-as-a-service. The solution provider’s range of services include DevOps implementation and op-timization, cloud services design and deployment, Docker container implementation, data migration and public cloud architecting.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 104

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 57

Three-time Triple Crown Winner


Jeff Gau, CEO

Saint Cloud, Minn.

Marco provides a range of services, from IT management and telecom carrier services to cloud management and hardware installation and support. It also sells and services copiers and printers, partnering with such vendors as HP, Sharp, M-Files, Canon and Konica Minolta.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 103

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 145


David Matthews, President

Burnaby, British Columbia

Microserve has a presence throughout Western Canada and provides a comprehensive portfolio of solutions and services, from cloud and data center solutions to managed services to videoconferencing and digital signage. The solution provider’s list of more than 200 vendor partners includes top-tier manufacturers Cisco, Dell, IBM and Microsoft.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 255

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 79

Myriad Supply

Andrew Fisher, CEO

New York

Myriad Supply offers an array of technology products, helped by top-level partnerships with such key vendors as Cisco, Dell, Juniper, Arista and Brocade. Its menu of services is also extensive, covering cloud, voice, data center and connectivity, as well as staff augmentation, project consulting and global logistics.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 228

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 20


James Engen, Owner

Grand Rapids, Mich.

Netech, one of Cisco’s top Midwest partners, was acquired in March by Presidio— No. 22 on CRN’s Solution Provider 500. Netech’s expertise lies in cloud, security and collaboration. The 430-employee firm had enjoyed explosive growth before the acquisition, from $100 million in annual revenue in 2010 to about $350 million in 2015.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 79

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 83

Netsync Network Solutions

Diane Gonzales, CEO


Netsync Network Solutions is a HUB-certified, minority-owned solution provider that specializes in collaboration and unified communications, data center and cloud, network infrastructure, wireless and mobility, physical and network security, end-user computing and virtual desktop infrastructure, as well as managed services and staffing solutions. The company has more than 30 vendor partners, and holds Cisco Gold and Master Collaboration partnerships.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 108

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 68



Daniel Pickett, Chairman, CEO

Clifton Park, N.Y.

Solution provider nfrastructure, which has operations throughout the U.S., provides on-site technical and remote managed services, as well as engineering services for IT applications, infrastructure and operations. The company has partnerhips with nearly 60 vendors.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 188

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 89

OneNeck IT Solutions

Phil LaForge, President, CEO

Scottsdale, Ariz.

OneNeck specializes in hybrid IT solutions that include cloud and hosting solutions, managed services, ERP application management, IT hardware and professional services. It also has Tier 3 data centers in Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Oregon and Wisconsin. OneNeck has nearly 40 partners, including strategic partnerships with Cisco, EMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, VMware and Microsoft.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 88

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 117

Park Place Technologies

Ed Kenty, Chairman, CEO

Mayfield, Ohio

Park Place Technologies, which has been in business for 25 years, provides storage, server and network maintenance, and partners with such major vendors as IBM, Cisco, Dell and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. It supports more than 6,500 organizations in 89 countries, from offices in the U.S., U.K. and Canada.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 237

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 80

Peak Resources

Vince DeRose, President


Peak Resources is a consulting and services-led systems integrator with core solution practices in converged infrastructure, compute, storage, security, networking and cloud. Its list of professional services covers architecture, integration, implementation and training. It’s a Premier-level partner for Cisco and IBM, and a Premier solution provider for VMware.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 210

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 76


Tim Burke, President, CEO

Sacramento, Calif.

Quest offers services in security, disaster recovery, business continuity, data backup, virtualization and application development. This year, it received Cisco Gold certification, as well as a Master designation to provide Cisco Powered cloud and managed services. It also secured Platinum status for Veeam’s cloud and service provider program.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 122

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 125

Three-time Triple Crown Winner

Red River

Rick Bolduc, CEO

Claremont, N.H.

Red River provides IT solutions to the federal government, including military and civilian agencies, as well as the companies that serve them. The solution provider’s areas of focus include security, cloud, data analytics, mobility, collaboration and networking, as well as managed services. Strategic partners include Cisco, Dell, Oracle and NetApp.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 52

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 92

RoundTower Technologies

Stephen West, Managing Partner


RoundTower Technologies is a provider of solutions for data center infrastructure, converged infrastructure, cloud automation and orchestration, DevOps and data analytics, transcending the barriers that exist betwen legacy technology silos. The company has offices throughout the Midwest, Northeast and Southeast.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 158

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 131

Three-time Triple Crown Winner

Sanity Solutions

Jason Cherveny, President, CEO


Calling itself ’the sane choice’ for data management, Sanity Solutions provides equipment and services in the areas of data storage and protection, data centers, cloud computing, security and virtualization. It partners with more than two dozen vendors, including Dell, Cisco, IBM and Citrix.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 427

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 102

Three-time Triple Crown Winner

Scalar Decisions

Paul Kerr, President, CEO

Toronto, Ontario

With eight offices across Canada, Scalar Decisions has significant expertise in IT infrastructure, cloud computing and security. In addition, the company provides solutions and services to clients in the media and entertainment industry. Scalar Decisions works with about 80 vendor partners. The solution provider is a Preferred provider of Nvidia and a Star partner of NetApp.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 112

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 63

Sovereign Systems

Matt Cadogan, Managing Partner

Norcross, Ga.

Sovereign Systems, which also has offices in Burlington, Mass., and Doral, Fla., provides an array of services, such as IT infrastructure and virtualization, disaster recovery, cloud computing and IT service management. It has nine strategic partners: VMware, EMC, Cisco, VCE, ServiceNow, SAP, Puppet, Evanios and Veeam.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 277

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 130

Sterling Computers

Jean Moore, CEO

Dakota Dunes, S.D.

Sterling Computers specializes in providing a range of IT solutions to federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as the education sector. The company prides itself on being a single point of contact for solutions architecture, proof of concept, product fulfillment and technology adoption services.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 73

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 41

United Data Technologies

Henry Fleches, President, CEO

Doral, Fla.

United Data Technologies develops a number of solutions for data centers, including virtualization, storage, backup/recovery, networking, security, cloud computing (including Office 365), and collaboration (covering voice/messaging, web-based collaboration, contact centers and audio-visual). On the managed services side, the company covers the service desk, remote monitoring and management, and client services.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 106

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 48


Steve Zembrzuski, President

Cumming, Ga.

Unitiv offers solutions around infrastructure, covering data management, network optimization, security and virtualization. It also offers cloud enablement and cloud-based services, along with customer support and professional services for corporate IT organizations. It has nearly 25 vendor partners. It’s a Cisco Select Certified partner and an IBM Premier Business partner.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 398

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 81

Venture Technologies

Gerard Gibert, CEO

Jackson, Miss.

Venture Technologies offers collaboration and on-premise infrastructure solutions, as well as a variety of cloud services that fall under its VTCloud umbrella. It also offers a series of solutions to public safety agencies. The company has nine offices, most throughout the Southeast, with others in Colorado and Wyoming.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 173

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 31


Ashby Lincoln, President, CEO

Duluth, Ga.

VeriStor provides customized virtual infrastructure and enterprise storage solutions and services to enterprise and midmarket companies. The solution provider’sofferings include private and hybrid cloud, hosted and cloud services, enterprise storage, networking, security, backup, disaster recovery, analytics and software-defined data centers. It also provides technology assessments as part of its professional services menu.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 266

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 107


Christopher Claudio, CEO

Portland, Maine

Winxnet is an IT outsourcing and consulting firm with offices across New England and the Southeast. It works especially with health-care organizations, nonprofits and public sector agencies. Its solutions cover a range of disciplines, such as managed services, outsourcing, security, cloud computing, application and data management.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 492

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 91

Worldcom Exchange

Belisario Rosas, President

Salem, N.H.

Worldcom Exchange offers a broad menu of solutions and services. Its solutions cover such areas as security, infrastructure optimization, server consolidation, storage, and virtualization, as well as desktops and portable devices. Its services lineup includes assessment, break/fix, IT consulting, backup and recovery, virtualization and on-site installation.

2016 SP 500 Rank: No. 93

2016 Fast Growth Rank: No. 84