About the Guest:

Drew Lydecker – Co-Founder & President, AVANT

Drew Lydecker is the Co-Founder and President at AVANT, a global leader in powering next generation technology decisions. Drew comes from a family of entrepreneurs who have continually pushed the envelope in disrupting the status quo by focusing on high value and high touch solutions. Drew built AVANT to fill a void in the market created by the accelerating pace of change in IT. AVANT’s market research, resources and technology helps Trusted Advisors support their customers to achieve their business transformation objectives, by navigating the ever-changing IT landscape. From complex cloud design to global wide-area network deployments, AVANT empower Trusted Advisors and clients with access to the global marketplace of Cloud, Colocation and Telecom service providers that are disrupting todays IT landscape.

About the Host:

Craig Patterson – SVP of Global Channels, Aryaka

Aryaka's SVP of Global Channels, Craig Patterson, is a seasoned Channel professional with over two decades of experience in leadership roles within the technology industry. He has successfully built global sales and marketing organizations and award-winning Channel programs that surpass traditional standards.

Since joining Aryaka in 2021, Craig has made it a priority to cater to the unique requirements of Partners and alternative channels across North America, EMEA, and APAC. He has implemented disruptive go-to-market strategies that embrace his passion for Channel advocacy, fostering a culture that prioritizes results-based outcomes.

Craig's leadership style is centered around innovation, integrity, culture, diversity, and creating opportunities for his team. He is a multi-award winner, including 2022-2023 CRN Channel Chief, 2022 Channel Futures Circle of Excellence, and Top 20 Channel Leader.

In his spare time, Craig enjoys spending quality time with his family and indulging in his love for ice hockey (Go, Avs!). He also serves on the Colorado Amateur Hockey Association Board, where he supervises adaptive hockey programs.

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