Calling him the “Knute Rockne of the channel,” CRN magazine recently named Arnie Bellini, CEO of ConnectWise , the leading business operating system designed exclusively for IT service providers, VARs and MSPs, among the Top 25 Most Innovative Executives of 2010.
Part of its annual ranking of 100 Top Executives, CRN selected Bellini as one of the most innovative executives finding new ways to bring hot technologies and service opportunities to the channel in its November 23 article. Besides comparing him to Rockne, one of the most inspirational and charismatic college football coaches of all time, CRN also said that Bellini “has provided the platform technology, sweat, blood and inspiration to power SMB VARs to higher ground.”
Bellini was also praised in the CRN article for setting up ConnectWise Capital, a $20 million investment fund to bring innovative channel-only products to market. Initial investments include CharTec (hardware as a service) and LabTech Software (a remote monitoring and management specialist).
“It’s both personally and professionally gratifying to be selected by such an influential publication as CRN as one of the most innovative executives in the channel this year,” said Bellini. “ConnectWise has had such an amazingly successful year that it would be easy to sit back and rest on our laurels but the reality is that we’ve only just begun. Our success fuels the success of all of our partners and we are committed to ensuring that they continue to efficiently grow their business and increase revenue. I won’t say that we should ‘Win one for the Gipper,’ but I will say that I look forward to providing even more inspiration, innovation and improved business value to those in the IT Nation throughout the upcoming year and beyond.”
Earlier this year, CRN magazine named Bellini to the Channel Chief list for the second straight year; as well as recognizing ConnectWise executives Jeannine Edwards and Linda Brotherton for their accomplishments in the technology industry two years in a row. ConnectWise has won several other awards this year for its company and professional services automation software, including: being one of the top contenders for the ASCII Cup for its proven commitment to the channel; three Breakaway 2010 awards at Breakaway, the annual conference hosted by CompTIA; named among the top products of 2010 and Best Channel Vendors in Managed Services by Business Solutions magazine; and receiving the MSP 100 award.
CRN magazine provides news, information and analysis to assist solution providers and technology integrators in growing their businesses successfully. The magazine’s content includes exclusive interviews with industry leaders, market trend data, business news and product reviews. It also examines technology trends and analyzes news and current situations relevant to solution providers. CRN is available online at http://www.crn.com
Designed exclusively for the IT Channel, ConnectWise is the leading IT business software for service providers, MSPs, technology consultants, integrators, and developers. Today more than 44,000 IT professionals rely on ConnectWise to achieve greater accountability, operational efficiency and profitability. According to the 2010 MSPmentor 100 list, more than half of the top 100 IT-based managed serviced providers worldwide use ConnectWise. ConnectWise fully integrates CRM, sales, help desk ticket and tracking, project tracking, IT service management, SLAs, dispatch scheduling, mobile IT services, time and expenses into a singular IT management software to dramatically streamline IT companies. Over the last 28 years, ConnectWise has become the premier business operating system for IT solution providers. ConnectWise APIs are accessed by over 300 organizations, including ConnectWise partners and industry leaders of the IT Nation. For more information visit www.ConnectWise.com or call 800-671-6898.