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Carl Katz, Nextiva’s VP of Channel Sales, Recognized as 2019 CRN® Channel Chief
Nextiva Channel leader honored on esteemed “who’s who” list for channel industry

Scottsdale, Arizona - February 21, 2019

Nextiva (, an industry-leading cloud-based communications provider, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Carl Katz, Nextiva’s vice president of channel sales, North America, to its prestigious list of 2019 Channel Chiefs. The top IT channel leaders included on this list continually 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.

Carl was chosen based on his outstanding accomplishments at Nextiva. From the moment he joined the channel team in 2014, Carl has emerged as a leader by motivating partners and championing Nextiva’s award-winning partner program.

“I am extremely proud of Carl Katz for being named one of CRN's Channel Chiefs,” said Tracy Conrad, president of Nextiva. “Since his promotion less than a year ago, he's made a remarkable impact on the team, from implementing tools to helping Channel Managers empower their partners, growing relationships with our Master Agents, and thinking out of the box for new ways to go to market. Carl is taking Nextiva's Amazing Partner Program to the next level.”

“I am honored to be named among CRN’s 2019 Channel Chiefs,” said Katz. “Nextiva’s Amazing Partner Program just celebrated its fifth birthday. Since its inception, we’ve experienced exponential growth thanks to our Amazing Service, outstanding technology, great company culture, and the best channel partners in the industry. It’s inspiring to look back at all we’ve accomplished. As we set our scope towards the future, there is no limit to what our channel program and partners can accomplish.”

“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.”

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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