John Sorensen Recognized As 2018 CRN® Channel Chief

CRN Channel Chiefs 2018COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – STORServer, the leading provider of data protection solutions, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named John Sorensen, Vice President of Finance and CIO, to its prestigious list of 2018 Channel Chiefs. The executives on this annual list represent top leaders in the IT channel who excel at driving growth and revenue in their organization through channel partners.

Channel Chief honorees are selected by CRN’s editorial staff on the basis of their professional achievements, standing in the industry, dedication to the channel partner community, and strategies for driving future growth and innovation. Each of the 2018 Channel Chiefs has demonstrated loyalty and ongoing support for the IT channel by consistently promoting, defending, and executing outstanding channel partner programs.

Sorensen has more than 30 years of experience in information technology, hardware design, software development, design and finance, and spends much of his time at STORServer directly involved with innovative project work. This past year he worked with a large MSP-focused company in the educational industry to migrate their entire off-site disaster recovery appliance from one generation of storage to the latest version. Significantly, this was accomplished with zero downtime, resulting in a much faster migration, lower cost, and simplified management process.

With decades of expertise in the industry, Sorensen is dedicated to providing growing, scalable, and robust data protection offerings for his partners. His ability to continually lead product development strengthens channel partner alliances and reflects the company’s commitment to providing data protection offerings that build and increase revenue in its partner’s organizations.

“The executives on CRN’s 2018 Channel Chiefs list stand out for their exceptional leadership, vision, and commitment to the channel,” said Robert Faletra, Executive Chairman of The Channel Company. “These individuals deserve special recognition for their development and support of robust partner programs, innovative business strategy, and significant contribution to the overall health of a vigorously growing channel. We applaud each Channel Chief’s impressive record of accomplishments and look forward to their future successes.”

“We are proud of John for achieving this recognition and are grateful for his dedication to our company’s mission of providing solutions that are easy to purchase, implement and use,” said STORServer President and CEO Bill Smoldt. “With John’s leadership and expertise, we are able to continue our evolutionary product growth in the enterprise data protection industry to deliver peace of mind to our customers.”

The 2018 CRN Channel Chiefs list, including the 50 Most Influential Channel Chiefs, is featured online at  and will appear in the February 2018 issue of CRN.

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STORServer is a leading provider of data protection solutions and offers the only enterprise data backup appliance that is built to order. Each backup appliance solution is tailored to the customer’s unique environment to simplify the management of complex backup, archive, and disaster recovery needs. STORServer’s appliances feature enterprise-class data backup, archive and disaster recovery software, hardware, services, and U.S.-based customer support. STORServer is proud to now offer IBM Cloud containers and DRaaS in IBM Cloud virtual machines. Companies of all sizes trust in STORServer’s proven appliances to solve their most complex data protection problems. For more information on STORServer, please visit the company’s website at


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