Congrats to the 2022 AVANT Vendor Hustle Award Winners

AVANT’s ecosystem of partnerships is absolutely instrumental to our success. Therefore, we would be remiss if we did not recognize and reward those whose passion, drive, and amazing work ethic have contributed to AVANT’s growth and innovation in the channel. We are a lucky organization to consider ourselves the partner of these incredible vendors who went above and beyond last year (and continue to do so) to ensure the success of AVANT’s entire network, from our own employees to our Trusted Advisors to their prospects and end customers.

Shane McNamara, EVP of Engineering and Operations, said it best: “We at AVANT hold ourselves to very high standards. We promise excellence to our Trusted Advisors every day, and we have high expectations for how it is delivered. Those who earned our Hustle Award have not only met, but exceeded, those expectations. They got comfortable with getting uncomfortable. They strive for greatness and work hard day in and day out, and we’re so happy to be able to recognize that incredible hard work!”

Congratulations to all of our winners, including:

  • Don Felman of Genesys
  • Travis Harms of Dialpad
  • Sean Johnston of 8×8
  • Willis Kenner of Comcast
  • Darren Jordan of Lumen
  • Charlie Riola of Cato
  • Joel Rollins of Cato
  • Will Ruben of Talkdesk
  • Adam Sayles of Vonage
  • Julie Underwood of Five9

Check out what some of our winners had to say:

“AVANT is the very best in the business at enabling their agents to win large deals. Lumen fits this sales motion well because we have the products and horsepower clients need and today’s IT decision-makers desire. That includes our Edge product, which is 5 milliseconds or less from 95% of businesses in the US. This is a partnership where strength meets strength.” – Darren Jordan

“You must constantly reinvent yourself, or you are just repeating experiences.” – Willis Kenner

“I am thankful and honored to work with AVANT. Each team member is outstanding and the way they support their Trusted Advisors is world-class. The support we receive as a vendor is incredible as well; AVANT’s team goes the extra mile to understand what we offer to ensure they are putting the very best solutions in front of each client who is looking for Cato’s SASE.” – Charlie Riola

“Thank you to Josh and the AVANT team for a great partnership and for this award! Working with you and your partner community is key to Talkdesk’s success each and every day. The energy, enthusiasm, and passion you bring to our industry is truly unmatched. I’m proud of the amazing work we’ve done together and look forward to seeing what we accomplish in 2021.” – Will Ruben

“It’s an honor to be selected as a recipient for AVANT’s Hustle Award. AVANT’s dedication to innovation and driving partner value makes them a joy to work with. I look forward to continuing working alongside AVANT and their partners.” – Adam Sayles

“We have seen tremendous growth in our relationship with CDW and I am excited for accelerated growth in ’22. From expanding our sales engagement to launching new go-to-market programs, the AVANT + CDW team has been there to help support 8×8 through it all.” – Sean Johnston

“Working with AVANT is like working with family. I love the team so much and am honored to work with them every day. They have the best-in-breed channel team, engineering team, leadership team, pricing team, marketing team – and all in between. The sky’s the limit with what we can do together.” – Julie Underwood