CRN’s annual WOTC award honors women for their accomplishments and visionary leadership within the IT channel
Scottsdale, Ariz. – May 20, 2019 – Two vCORE executives, Vice President of Business Operations Dawn Leavitt and Managed Services Director Colleen Tobler, have earned CRN’s Women of the Channel award for 2019, the company announced on Monday.
The annual award highlights the success and accomplishments of women from all areas of the IT channel ecosystem, including technology suppliers, distributors, solution providers and other organizations.
Each honoree is recognized for her contributions to channel advocacy, channel growth and visionary leadership, according to CRN, a leading source of IT channel news and analysis.
Leavitt, a founding member of vCORE, has guided the company through years of industry-leading growth, bringing responsible financial leadership that has helped the company avoid debt and maintain extraordinary fiscal stability. Tobler is making her second appearance on the WOTC list and led the managed services team to another successful year with 40% growth in 2018.
CRN editors select the award winners from a multitude of channel leadership applicants, who are evaluated based on their professional accomplishments, demonstrated expertise, and ongoing dedication to the IT channel.
“Dawn and Colleen are both exemplary leaders and indispensable members of the vCORE team,” vCORE President/COO Bay Young said. “The company could never have achieved the success that it has today without their contributions.”
Guiding vCORE from start-up to debt-free juggernaut
Dawn Leavitt, VP of Business Operations
After 13 successful years in the financial services industry, Dawn Leavitt joined vCORE’s founding team in 2010 to launch an IT solution provider with an ambitious plan to change the IT channel industry.
“In the beginning, I was the finance and HR team,” Leavitt said. “Company start-up capital came from our savings, and we still operate debt-free and have taken no outside money.”
Following a responsible growth model has helped vCORE maintain fiscal stability in an industry that changes rapidly. The company quickly became one of North America’s fastest-growing IT solution providers, earning CRN’s Fast-Growth 150 award five years in a row from 2014 to 2018.
“As a member of the founding team, Dawn’s analytical thinking and financial prowess have helped vCORE grow rapidly while maintaining an incredibly stable financial position,” company President Bay Young said.
Now, with more than 120 employees across the United States and Canada and over $100 million in annual revenue, Leavitt says she has a great team of finance and HR professionals around her to help the company through its next stage of growth.
“Providing the financial resources, recruiting, and on-boarding support for the tremendous investments we’ve made in our team has provided a challenge for the finance and HR organization,” Leavitt said. “But our fantastic team has met that challenged and excelled.”
Leavitt has also used her position in the IT channel to give back generously, to the community and to the next generation of women poised to enter the IT workforce.
Last year, the company launched the vCORE Women in Technology Scholarship in four states — Arizona, California, Colorado and Hawaii — inviting high school seniors to apply for $10,000 scholarships to study computer science or IT-related majors. vCORE also continues to make significant investments, through donations and volunteerism, in its communities to mitigate homelessness, hunger, and serious illness.
Adding engineering talent to support a growing customer base
Collen Tobler, Managed Services Director
Colleen Tobler is appearing for the second consecutive year on CRN’s Women of the Channel list, after another year of tremendous success leading vCORE’s managed services team.
“In 2018, my goal was to personally engage with more potential clients and continue building stronger relationships with existing clients,” Tobler said. “It has been one of my most rewarding years, to meet and work alongside some very talented people inside and outside of my organization and company.”
Tobler has focused on building up the engineering talent in vCORE’s US-based Enterprise Operations Center, where the company securely manages clients’ IT environments and offers 24x7x365 support.
“We’re investing time and resources to enhance our processes and procedures to enable our engineers to spend more time focused on optimizing our clients’ environments and providing that competitive edge,” Tobler said.
Under her direction, the managed services team has added more infrastructure application engineers to offer additional services to existing clients and provide niche services to new clients. The team has begun providing managed cloud services, from monitoring and alerting to run-and-maintain support. That helped spark a 40% growth in vCORE managed services customers in 2018.
“Colleen leads one of the best managed services teams in North America and does whatever it takes to help clients succeed,” vCORE CTO Stephen Chieng said. “That includes long hours and efforts above and beyond the job description. We are extremely fortunate to have her here at vCORE.”
The 2019 Women of the Channel list will be featured in the June issue of CRN Magazine and online at www.CRN.com/WOTC.
vCORE Technology Partners builds customized IT solutions for more than 150 companies across the U.S. and Canada. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., vCORE was launched in 2010 and has since enjoyed industry-leading growth. Our team includes proven experts in IT solutions, including cloud automation, modern infrastructure, networking, security and managed services. Clients include multibillion-dollar media companies, Fortune 500 members, national health-care providers, global technology giants, data centers and many others.