Dan Foster Is Named 2024 Channel Influencer Award Winner by Channel Futures

February 21, 2024

PHOENIX — Feb. 20, 2024 — Dan Foster, Chief Revenue Officer of Telarus has been named a 2024 Channel Influencer Award winner by Channel Futures.  

Dan Foster is one of 50 individuals recognized by the editors of Channel Futures as a thought leader who has impacted the direction of the IT and communications indirect sales channel in 2024.  He is profiled in a gallery on the Channel Futures website and in a special digital issue that can be downloaded from the website. 

Dan Foster and the other 49 Channel Futures Channel Influencers for 2024 will be honored at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo, March 11-14 at the Venetian Resort & Expo in Las Vegas.  

Since 2018, the Channel Futures Channel Influencer Awards have recognized the industry’s 50 top-performing executives in the technology and communications channel. Channel Futures Channel Influencers are a cross section of industry leaders that occupy the highest level of their organizations. These senior leaders represent the future of the channel. They are recognized as the year’s highest achievers in areas of strategic thinking and innovation in indirect sales channels. In addition to all of the 50 executives honored, in recent years, Channel Futures has recognized two influencers from the list — one from the connectivity channel and another from the IT channel — who are considered the year’s most influential executives.  

This year’s Channel Influencers of the Year are Chris Jones, assistant vice president, sales channel, for AT&T, and Hock Tan, CEO of Broadcom.  Previous Influencer of the Year honors have gone to Gavriella Schuster, formerly with Microsoft and now serving on the boards for Ontinue, Mimecast, Nerdio and Included, as well a strategic advisor for Berkshire Partners and WestRiver Group (2018);  Janet Schijns, formerly with Office Depot and now CEO of JS Group (2019); John DeLozier, formerly with 8×8 and now CRO of C1 (2020); Jay McBain, formerly with Forrester and now chief analyst for Canalys (2021); Rich Hume, CEO of Tech Data, and Christopher Trapp, founder and CEO of Upstack (2022) and Fred Voccola, CEO of Kaseya, and Craig Patterson, senior vice president of global sales for Aryaka (2023).  

The 2024 Channel Influencers join an illustrious group that has left an indelible mark on the entire technology channel, impacting the way today’s most innovative IT and connectivity solutions are brought to market, sold, delivered to customers and supported. These executives selected by Channel Futures have distinguished themselves through their unwavering support of the partner community forging deep and trusted relationships across the ecosystem.  In selecting this year’s influencers, Channel Futures’ editors considered the organization’s partner growth, channel innovation and the individual’s commitment to the indirect sales channel along with the standing each person had among their peers. It was a painstaking process that took place throughout the year and included the perspectives of hundreds of channel executives and industry experts.  

Dan Foster is an integral part of Telarus and our technology advisors’ success. He plays a crucial role in overseeing all revenue streams and spearheading growth initiatives in advance solutions, engineering, and leading technologies, such as AI. With his thought-provoking approach, Dan brings strategic thinking, innovative solutions, and an unwavering dedication to creating a world-class partner experience. His exceptional leadership skills and passion continue to shape our organization and pave the way for future achievements.   

“Throughout the year, Channel Futures carefully tracks the impact channel leaders are having on their company’s overall channel strategy and growth,” said Robert DeMarzo, vice president of content, Informa Tech Channels Group. “Our editorial team also spends time examining the level of innovation these executives bring to the channel when it comes to their programs and go-to-market strategies. With most technology sales coming from the channel today, this recognition is of great importance in the industry. Channel Futures is the only publication recognizing the entire channel — influencers from across the channel ecosystem,” DeMarzo said.  

“From security to managed services, networking to unified communications, Channel Futures editors have the industry covered,” said Craig Galbraith, editorial director for Channel Futures. “By closely monitoring the entire channel ecosystem, they are excited to reveal 50 of the most influential people working in the channel today.”  

About Channel Futures

Channel Futures, a media and events destination for the information and communication technologies (ICT) channel community, is part of Informa Tech. It provides information, perspective and connection for the entire channel ecosystem, including solution providers (SPs), managed service providers (MSPs), managed security service providers (MSSPs), cloud service providers (CSPs), value-added resellers (VARs) and distributors, technology solutions brokerages, subagents and agents, as well as leading technology vendor partners and communication providers.     

Channel Futures’ properties include many awards programs such as the Channel Futures MSP 501, a list of the most influential and fastest-growing providers of managed services in the technology industry; Channel Partners events, which deliver unparalleled in-person events including Channel Partners Conference & Expo and the MSP Summit, and a DEI Community Group, our initiative to educate, support and promote diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) in the ICT channel industry. Channel Futures is where the world meets the channel; we are leading Channel Partners forward. More information is available at  

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About Telarus

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