Partners are awarded for their leading sales performance and their effective partnership in delivering managed cloud solutions to today’s enterprises.


ATLANTA, G.A., Feb. 6, 2023 – Cox Business and RapidScale, a Cox Business company, honor their Top Channel Partners of the Year, recognizing partners who achieved leading sales performance and growth for managed cloud and connectivity services in 2022. These partners played a vital role in driving business and helping customers meet their business and IT demands with these solutions.

“Today, businesses rely on our partners when it comes to making strategic technology decisions and preparing for growth,” said Bob Buchanan, senior director of sales at RapidScale. “These award winners have delivered outstanding results, fully committed to our partnership, and provided immense value for their customers.”

“I’d like to congratulate our top-performing partners who have successfully adapted to this ever-changing business landscape and excelled above the rest. We’re honored to be working alongside talented sales leaders in delivering the innovative cloud technologies that will help businesses grow,” said Duane Barnes, vice president and general manager of RapidScale.

“We’re incredibly proud of our partners and all of the milestones we’ve achieved together,” said John Muscarella, vice president for channel sales at Cox Business. “Even though the channel community faced many challenges this past year, the Cox Business Channel Program beat past sales records and we owe it all to the incredible talent and dedication of our world-class partners. We extremely value the business we do together and look forward to more growth and success in the new year.”


2022 Overall Top Performing Distributor – Innovative Business Solutions

Cox Business and RapidScale recognize Innovative Business Solutions as the overall top performing technology services distributor because the team exceeded others in combined connectivity and cloud MRC sold, with over 40% sales growth. The team was strategic in their partnership, taking advantage of Cox Business and RapidScale’s entire ecosystem. Innovative Business Solutions successfully positioned Cox Business’ and RapidScale’s cloud portfolio as a comprehensive IT solution for partners and their customers and set a new record of the most sales in 2022.


2022 Top Performing Cloud Distributor – AVANT Communications

RapidScale honors Avant for further enabling the partner community with leading tools, resources and sales training, which have driven success for partners when selling cloud and “as a service” technologies. Avant has made progressive investments in the right people, processes, and platforms, helping agents transform their businesses. Together, Avant and RapidScale continue to support partners as they pivot their sales approach to focus on more complex solution selling and security so they can maximize revenue with their customers.


2022 Top Performing Connectivity Distributor – Innovative Business Solutions

Innovative Business Solutions is celebrated for achieving the highest amount of connectivity sales for Cox Business. The team’s connectivity tools continue to support Cox Business partners, providing automation and simplifying the sales process. Together, Cox Business and Innovative Business Solutions effectively drove the most opportunities and connectivity sales this past year.


2022 Top Cloud Growth Distributor – Telarus

Telarus is a recognized winner because of their increasing year-over-year growth in cloud sales with RapidScale. This past year, RapidScale’s cloud portfolio played an essential part in their partnership, with Telarus integrating RapidScale’s cloud sales certifications into their internal training. Telarus was instrumental in defining go-to-market strategies that helped highlight RapidScale’s managed cloud offerings in some of their prominent deals. Both teams expect to drive more lucrative opportunities in the upcoming year.


2022 Top Connectivity Growth Distributor – Innovative Business Solutions

Winning a third award category, Innovative Business Solutions is honored for the team’s growth in connectivity sales over the past year. The team worked closely with Cox Business to sell more multilayered solutions that included connectivity and cloud services to partners and their customers.


2022 Top Performing Cloud Partner – Premier Technology Advisors

Premier Technology Advisors was laser-focused on selling RapidScale’s managed cloud services over the past year. The team stayed committed to their partnership, taking advantage of RapidScale’s resources and working closely with the team in identifying opportunities and generating leads. Enterprise Technology Consultant and Advisor Jordan Solendar and his team produced tremendous results, achieving the highest sales performance with RapidScale for 2022.


2022 Top Performing Connectivity Partner – Clear Connect

Despite today’s business challenges and changes in today’s workforce, Clear Connect continued to excel in their connectivity sales. The team became creative in their lead source strategies, which helped drive more business and opportunities. Furthermore, Clear Connect’s hard work and dedication to their partnership led to remarkable sales results this past year.


2022 Top Cloud Growth Partner– ARG

ARG is a long-time partner of RapidScale and has always established trusted relationships with their customers. RapidScale recognizes ARG’s results-driven tactics in their pre-sales and discovery process and their keen understanding of each client’s business drivers. Their sales approach helped identify many cloud opportunities for RapidScale, and their team has shown to take full advantage of RapidScale’s cloud portfolio.


2022 Top Connectivity Growth Partner – Spearhead Premium Services

When selling with Cox Business, Spearhead Premium Services took a multifaceted approach in their sales strategies this past year. The team was creative in executing diverse campaigns that generated leads and new business. They were persistent with their clients and worked closely with the Cox Business team throughout the sales process.


About RapidScale

For IT and business leaders looking to scale, secure, and simplify their IT, RapidScale, a Cox Business Company, is the next-generation managed cloud services provider that aggregates best-in-class cloud technology under a single management portal, enabling IT to accomplish more and providing an exceptional end-user experience. By delivering simple and secure access to company data and applications from anywhere, any time, on any device, RapidScale sets itself apart from other cloud providers by its team of technology experts, award-winning end-user customer support, flexible co-management options, and easy-to-use management portal. For more information on RapidScale, visit

About Cox Business

Cox Communications owns Cox Business and is a facilities-based provider of voice, video, and data solutions for commercial customers. More information about Cox Communications, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at

The commercial division of Cox Communications, Cox Business, provides voice, data, and video services for more than 355,000 small and regional businesses nationwide, including health care providers, K−12, and higher education; financial institutions; and federal, state and local government organizations. The organization also serves most of the top-tier wireless and wireline telecommunications carriers in the U.S. through its wholesale division. For more information, please visit


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