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Ira Feuerstein, Nextiva Channel Program Director, Recognized as 2016 CRN Channel Chief

press release | scottsdale, arizona | february 22, 2016

Nextiva (, an industry-leading cloud-based communications provider, announced today that CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Ira Feuerstein, director of the company’s North America channel program, to the prestigious 2016 Channel Chiefs. This annual list features the top leaders in IT channel who excel at driving growth and revenue in their organizations through channel partners.

Channel Chief honorees are selected by CRN’s editorial staff on the basis of their professional achievements, standing in the industry, dedication to the channel partner community and strategies for driving future growth and innovation. Each of the 2016 Channel Chiefs has demonstrated loyalty and ongoing support for the IT channel by consistently promoting, defending and executing outstanding channel partner programs.

Ira Feuerstein built Nextiva’s channel program from the ground up. In only two and a half years, the program has grown to over 800 top producing partners across the United States. In the past year, Feuerstein has grown the number of channel managers Nextiva employs by 75% and Nextiva’s partner community has grown by over 100%. With a belief that continuous sales and product education is key for program growth, Feuerstein oversaw the creation of a dedicated Partner Learning Portal that houses training videos, webinars, presentations, marketing materials and more. Additionally, Feuerstein is on the road most weeks of the year meeting with partners and hosting roadshow events to increase awareness of Nextiva’s channel program across the country.

"We are honored to present the 2016 lineup of CRN Channel Chiefs, comprised of outstanding executives who move our entire industry forward by cultivating exemplary partner programs and executing cutting-edge business strategy,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. “They represent an extraordinary group of individuals who lead by example and serve as both invaluable advocates and innovators of the IT channel. We applaud their incredible strides and look forward to following their accomplishments in the coming year.”

“It is an honor to be named to the CRN Channel Chief list for the second year in a row. We have one of the fastest growing and most disruptive channel programs in the industry. We’ve only scratched the surface of what our program is capable of, and I can’t wait to see what we accomplish in the next 12 months,” says Ira Feuerstein, Nextiva’s North America channel program director. “It’s an exciting time to be a part of the channel community and cloud communications industry.”

The 2016 CRN Channel Chiefs list is featured in the February 2016 issue of CRN and online at For more information about Nextiva’s Channel Program, please visit

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