CHICAGO – Monday, February 11 – Nitel, a leading nationwide next-generation technology services provider, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Taylor Castranova, vice president of sales and account management, to its prestigious list of 2019 Channel Chiefs. The top IT channel leaders included on this list continually strive to drive growth and revenue in their organization through their channel partners.

Each of the 2019 Channel Chiefs has demonstrated exceptional leadership, vision, and commitment to their channel partner programs. Channel Chief honorees are selected by CRN’s editorial staff as a result of their professional achievements, standing in the industry, dedication to the channel partner community, and strategies for driving future growth and innovation.

Last year, Castranova expanded Nitel’s account management team and aligned dedicated account managers with all customers. By conducting regular strategic business reviews and serving as a dedicated point of contact for both partners and customers, the team has improved the customer experience and increased residual payouts for partners. In the upcoming year Castranova looks forward to the launch of Nitel’s partner certification program, which will increase the effectiveness of partners’ sales efforts through in-depth training on Nitel’s advanced solutions like managed security and SD-WAN.

“The individuals on CRN’s 2019 Channel Chiefs list deserve special recognition for their contribution and support in the development of robust partner programs, innovative business strategies, and significant influence to the overall health of the IT channel,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “We applaud each Channel Chief’s remarkable record of accomplishments and look forward to following their continued success.”

“I am honored to be named among the most influential channel chiefs,” said Castranova. “We’ve taken huge strides in the past year to give partners the attention, resources and tools they need to uncover and qualify opportunities. I’m excited to build upon that momentum in 2019.”

The 2019 CRN Channel Chiefs list, including the 50 Most Influential Channel Chiefs, is featured online at and will appear in the February 2019 issue of CRN.

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