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Rich Goates with Telarus Master Agent Former Vivint Assistant General Counsel to provide an added layer of legal protection for sales partners while streamlining the process to join the master agent as a partner or supplier

Telarus, LLC., master agent of business cloud infrastructure and contact center services, today announced it had hired Rich Goates as its new in-house General Counsel.  In this role, Goates will oversee all legal matters on supplier agreements, agent contracts, base rolls, and any legal issues that arise relating to non-payment of commissions.

“With so much consolidation taking place in our industry, having someone of Rich’s caliber on our staff is essential,” said Richard Murray, COO of Telarus. “Every time two vendors come together, they want to renegotiate a new contract with the surviving master agents. Every new vendor that wants Telarus to represent their services needs a new agreement. As we grow, so does our need for top-notch legal representation, and Telarus will spare no expense to make sure our sales partner’s interests are protected at the highest commission levels possible.”

Over his successful career, Goates has held essential roles at Vivint, where he served as Assistant General Counsel from 2013-2015, and again from 2016-2019 where he was responsible for all legal contracts and compliance for Inside Sales, Retention/Renewal, Collections, and Acquisition Marketing teams. Before joining Vivint, Goates earned his Juris Doctorate in 2009 from Creighton University School of Law.

“I am excited and eager to join the Telarus legal team,” said Rich Goates, General Counsel for Telarus. “Here in Utah and the technology channel, Telarus has built up a tremendous reputation of innovation and ethics.  I believe my skills, my background, and my experience in contract law will provide value to this organization. Telarus’ valued sales partners should feel safe in knowing that I’m here to protect their interests as I continually work to strengthen existing supplier agreements while negotiating new ones. Our mutual safety is ensured with iron-clad agreements coupled with our ability to enforce them legally when required.”

If you’d like to experience the benefit of leveraging supplier agreements negotiated and enforced by Rich Goates, please engage with the Telarus new partner hotline at 877-346-3232 or visit us online at

About Telarus

Built for You, Telarus is the largest privately-held technology services distributor (master agent) in the United States. Our dynamic agent-partner community sources data, voice, cloud, and managed services through our robust portfolio of 185 leading service providers. We are best known for our home-grown software pricing tools and mobile apps that are unique in the industry. To help our partners grow their businesses, we’ve assembled the best support organization in the industry, which includes SD-WAN, Cloud, mobility, contact center, and ILEC specialty practices whose primary goal is to help our partners identify and design the right technology solutions for their customers. To learn more about the Telarus opportunity, please visit, or follow us on Twitter @Telarus.