CRN® 2020 Channel Chiefs List Honors Corey Kerns from Collabrance

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Feb 11, 2020

Video Above: Learn more about Corey Kerns, what he enjoys most about his role at Collabrance, and where you can find him outside of work.

Corey Kerns at Collabrance Recognized by CRN as an MSP Leader for His Influence in the IT Channel

CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, named Corey Kerns, Vice President and General Manager at Collabrance as a 2020 Channel Chief. The CRN editorial staff selected this year’s Channel Chief winners for their dedication, industry prestige, and exceptional accomplishments in driving the channel agenda and evangelizing the importance of channel partnerships.

“The IT channel is undergoing constant evolution to meet customer demands and changing business environments,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “CRN’s Channel Chiefs work tirelessly, leading the industry forward through superior partner programs and strategies with a focus on helping solution providers transform and grow. Our team here at The Channel Company congratulates these outstanding individuals for their dedication to the channel.”

Corey was chosen due to his outstanding commitment, ability to lead, and a passion for progress within the channel through their MSP programs.

Who is Corey Kerns, Vice President & General Manager at Collabrance?

As someone who could be considered the life of the party, Corey sits in the middle of the team in the front office and heart of activity. When asked for the big corner desk, he’s quick to decline so he can be accessible and involved. As a leader, his best days are on the floor amongst team members, talking, engaging and helping. Corey has won a peer-nominated “Outstanding Achiever” award at GreatAmerica 3 times due to his tenacity, performance and leadership.

Image Above: Corey Kerns enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters.

During his lunch hour, you can typically find Corey exercising at the gym where he also volunteers on their board. He does not love scary movies, but he does love the outdoors, sports, being a father, husband and family man. His biggest fulfillment at work is watching his team, the company and others at work - grow both personally and professionally.

What milestones has Corey accomplished at Collabrance?

Corey started at Collabrance in 2016, and in less than a year in his role as the new Vice President and General Manager, has relaunched 5 new solutions for MSPs to capture more opportunities in their local markets. He has played a critical part in helping Collabrance be recognized as a Top 100 MSSP (MSSP Alert), MSP 501 Winner (Channel Futures), Top 20 Most Promising IT Services Company (CIO Review) and a Top 10 Security Provider (Enterprise Security Magazine). MSPs working with Collabrance have been able to increase hardware sales, upsell existing accounts and close multiple new accounts.

“Corey’s ability to manage the ever so difficult balance of standards and customer service is remarkable for a new General Manager,” shares Greg VanDeWalker, Senior Vice President of IT Channel & Services at GreatAmerica Financial Services and Collabrance. “In a short amount of time in his new role he has been able to solidify the entire team to work as one swift unit. He has lead Collabrance to multiple record months of performance.”

What’s on the horizon for Corey and Collabrance?

“We see the growing market for MSPs to scale their business with cybersecurity. Collabrance has created the solutions, services and dedicated resources to equip MSPs to capture more opportunities end users are seeking to better protect their information and data. As the IT Channel continues to evolve at a rapid rate, so will the demand for cybersecurity offerings and Collabrance is ready to help both MSPs and their end-user customers.”

Corey has become a featured speaker on cybersecurity in the industry, presenting at events and webinars. In his first year as the General Manager and Vice President, he launched two new events focused on cybersecurity bringing together a series of subject matter experts to educate the community on how they can grow their business as a “Managed Security Service Provider.”

What’s Corey’s secret to motivating a team and driving company performance?

Image Above: Corey Kerns presents during an internal quarterly review where he shares performance, celebrates successes and motivates the team.

What legacy does Corey hope to instill at Collabrance? Happiness. Through team meetings, sharing motivational books, or one-on-one conversations, Corey reminds every team member to make happiness their #1 priority.

“We recognize the best way to provide excellent service is to have happy and engaged team members. I believe if our team is happy, outstanding performance will naturally follow.” – Corey Kerns

Congratulations to all of this year's honorees! CRN’s 2020 Channel Chiefs list will be featured in the February 2020 issue of CRN Magazine and online at


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