Champion Solutions Group Named NetApp East 2019 Growth Partner of the Year at Third Annual Channel Connect Conference

Boca Raton, FL – June 26, 2019 – Champion Solutions Group has been named NetApp East 2019 Growth Partner of the Year for its overall FY19 revenue, year over year growth, key account wins, significant focus on NetApp, and participation in regional partnership activities.

Champion continues to make investments in NetApp solutions and services by enhancing their skill sets in various areas within the NetApp brand. They have been able to grow its customer base and expand footprint within existing accounts. Champion is also 1 of only 2 partners in Florida with the demo capability of NetApp’s hyper-converged infrastructure in their Solution and Innovation Center, and co-facilitates with NetApp the South Florida NetApp User Group—a technical forum that takes place multiple times a year to help the community get the most out of their investments.

“NetApp’s success is closely tied to the success of our regional partners, especially as we build on our data driven customer vision,” said Jeff McCullough, vice president, Channel Sales, NetApp. “Congratulations to Champion Solutions Group on being named NetApp East 2019 Growth Partner of the Year winner. NetApp looks forward to continuing to work together to enable our joint customers to drive innovation and business outcomes for both NetApp and our customers.”

“We are extremely proud to be recognized for our continued growth with NetApp,” commented Greg Larkin, Director of Storage and Data Management, Champion Solutions Group. “Our broad range of expertise with NetApp products, solutions, and services such as hyper-converged infrastructure, storage transformations, and Clustered Data ONTAP, has enabled us to drive positive results for our customers in their evolution to the next generation data center.”

The 2019 Americas Partner Awards were announced on stage at NetApp’s third annual Channel Connect Conference (C3) where strategic partner executives from across the Americas region gathered to hear about NetApp’s strategic vision and engage with NetApp executives.

Some of the other accolades Champion has been recognized within NetApp include:
• NetApp Excellence Award for Clustered Data ONTAP
• NetApp Partner of the Year
• NetApp Insight Award – Outstanding Contribution by a NetApp Tech Team Partner
• NetApp Florida Partner of the Year
• NetApp Solution Architect of the Year
• NetApp Partner of the Year – Unified Flash Solutions

About Champion Solutions Group

Champion Solutions Group specializes in delivering technology services and solutions to help our customers reduce costs, increase productivity, and mitigate risk. We utilize a time-tested and proven methodology to transform the economics of IT data centers. Our solutions change and improve the way people work, interact, and adopt technology. Champion Solutions Group is headquartered in Boca Raton, FL and was founded in 1979. We focus on virtualization, cloud, and data management solutions. https://www.championsg.com/

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Erick Bacallao joined Champion Solutions Group in 2015 after a career of Software Development in Cuba at the National Cancer Care Institute of Cuba, followed by moving to the States with allAware.

 

Champion acquired allAware and its properties and Erick has utilized his extensive background and expertise in IT and Software Development to rise to VP of Product Development in less than 5 years. During this time, Erick has been involved with key projects that led to the launch of numerous products including CSP Boss, Inscape platform and 365 Productivity Insights.

 

Erick has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Havana. He won Gold Medals for Programming from the Ministry of Education in Cuba, and he is certainly still a Gold Medalist for Champion!

 

As President and CEO, Chris is responsible for the development of key strategic alliances and solution portfolio. He leads Champion’s go-to market and execution strategies for integrated offerings in the cloud, in security, and in digital infrastructure, always focusing on improving the customer experience and driving transformative business outcomes.

 

He also aligns key partner initiatives with company strategy and oversees corporate marketing and messaging to gain mindshare with customers and partners. It’s his vision and innovativeness that have catapulted Champion up the ranks to become a $100M+ organization—and one of the most respected solution providers in the industry.

 

Over the past two decades, Chris has also focused on mergers and acquisitions, as well as innovative product development. He is the original founder and an active member on the Board of Managed Maintenance, Inc., a SAAS provider and consulting firm that utilizes their award-winning One-View Portal to help the IT Channel and its customers manage their IT Maintenance.

 

Chris is also the original founder and chief strategist behind one of the original storage cloud providers, Storage Access / BluePoint. During the course of a few short years, he had raised $20M and took that company public on the Toronto Stock Exchange. It has since been acquired by Pomeroy.

 

In 2012, Chris led the acquisition of MessageOps and continued the product development and worldwide launch of its premier SAAS, 365 Command. Built on Microsoft Azure, 365 Command is currently managing over 1 million seats of Microsoft’s Office 365. After achieving this phenomenal milestone, 365 Command and other MessageOps O365 utilities were sold to Kaseya.

 

Over the past 35 years, Chris as worked tirelessly to not only advance his own career, but those of his employees. In addition to leading a $100M organization, Chris can also be found sitting with sales teams, cold calling and coaching, and validating why Champion has been listed on Best Places to Work by both South Florida Business Journal and Computerworld.

Ultimately, the success garnered by Champion Solutions Group, its associated companies, and their employees is due in large part to the leadership of its President and CEO. Perhaps the most fitting award Chris has earned is South Florida Business Journal’s 2013 Ultimate CEO Award.