Sr. Manager Corporate Indirect Procurement
Ace Hardware Corporation
Fraz has proven record of generating and building relationships, managing strategic initiatives from concept to completion, designing change management strategies, and coaching individuals to success. Fraz has 18+ years of professional experience ranging from technical configuration, commercial consulting, BPO consulting, category management and full scale organizational procurement transformation (people, process & systems). Fraz Baig is a co-founder of Flying Mustangs a non for profit organization dedicated to helping individual volunteers make a difference in their local communities.
Vice President and Channel Chief
John DeLozier is a key member of the 8x8 leadership team and holds the position of Channel Chief, VP Channel strategy and execution. John is highly decorated and well-respected in the channel community bringing more than 20 years of experience in business management and channel development. John’s charge includes overseeing the development and execution of the 8x8 partner program. John comes to 8x8 from CenturyLink, where he helped create the award-winning Channel Alliance Partner Program.
Zeeshan (Zee) Hussain
Senior Vice President and Channel Chief - Partner Solutions
AT&T Services Inc.
Zee oversees 3 indirect channel programs – AT&T Partner Exchange®, ACC Business, and AT&T Alliance Channel®. Under his leadership, Partner Solutions is undergoing a dramatic transformation. A swift rollout of revolutionary enhancements has set the stage for rapid growth and success for solution providers and the channel. With this revitalized culture of enablement, exceptional customer service and expanded choices, Zee is positioning indirect channels to join direct channels as an essential source of revenue and growth for AT&T. Since becoming channel chief of Partner Solutions in 2017, Zee has received several prestigious industry awards. These include CRN’s 2018 50 Most Influential Channel Chiefs and Channel Partners’ 2018 Channel Influencer Award for Channel Innovator.
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
As Chief Marketing Officer, Gaurav is responsible for the company’s marketing strategy, marketing communications, brand and customer experience. He also is responsible for the company’s digital ecosystem which involves digital engagement with the customers, from buying solutions to obtaining support and automated services for provisioning. A dynamic and passionate leader, Gaurav has held marketing executive roles since 1996 and has extensive experience creating enterprise marketing strategies to grow revenue. Throughout his career, Gaurav has continually pushed the boundaries combining both the art and science of marketing, to deliver the best possible outcomes for customers and the business.
Vice President, Indirect Channels
Craig Schlagbaum is the Vice President of Indirect Channels for Comcast Business. In this role, Craig manages Comcast’s indirect channel team and the overall indirect channel programs for Comcast Business. Prior to Comcast, Craig managed the indirect channel team for Level 3 Communications and NTT/Verio and he was a key architect of the Qwest Business Partner Program. Craig has spent over 28 years in various indirect channel roles in sales, marketing, and business development with NTT/Verio, Qwest Communications, IBM Corporation, Sony Corporation, and Intelligent Electronics. Craig was recently named one of the Top 10 Channel Sales Leaders in CRN and was also named as a Channel Influencer in Channel Partners Magazine in ‘18, as well as a Top 10 Channel Chief for 10 years running from 2008 to 2018.
Executive Director, National Partner Program
Cary Tengler is the Executive Director of the Comcast Business National Partner Program and is responsible for national indirect sales partnerships and strategic business development. Cary joined Comcast Business in 2011 with over 20 years of experience in technology and telecom markets. Prior to Comcast, he led Pillar Data Systems’ US channel sales efforts and at Level 3 Communications was responsible for the company’s Master Reseller and Technology Alliance programs. Cary has built and managed numerous channel sales programs at Apple, CBS, Simon & Schuster, and Verint. He is a recognized expert in the voice and data services field and speaks at numerous industry events. Cary received a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Northeastern University.
Senior Manager of Emerging Technology and Market Business Segments
Robert Shidla is Senior Manager of Emerging Technology for Verizon Wireless’ Enterprise and Market business segments. Robert has over 20 years of experience in the technology sector, including senior leadership positions in IoT architecture, information security, professional services and software development. His current focus is on leading national consulting and architecture teams responsible for enabling Verizon’s global enterprise client’s complex IoT solutions by leveraging 4G and 5G networks, Wireless Security services, as well as Verizon’s ThingSpace platform. Robert holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Saint John’s University in Minnesota.