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Our Commitment to Partners

We strive to lead the industry in channel sales enablement of leading next generation IT solutions by empowering partners to sell cloud, colo, and connectivity solutions through our Intelligent Distribution™ sales enablement platform. We passionately pursue new and leading technology, and are dedicated to investing in the tools, resources and accumulation of intellectual capital that ensures our channel partners can continuously enhance their IT sales capabilities.  

Avant is the premier distributor of next generation IT technologies.

Lead the industry in channel sales enablement of next generation IT solutions.  AVANT passionately empowers people to be the best sellers they can be by:
  • Building platforms and processes for effective sales enablement
  • Providing access to phenomenal sales experts
  • Building market knowledge and intellectual capital
  • Achieving revenue through win-win business models

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Careers at AVANT

Our people make the difference

AVANT is shaking up the industry and changing the way business is done in the channel.  Join our team of passionate and innovative technology industry leaders and be part of the movement.  See our current openings and apply today!

Ian Kieninger

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Ian serves on Comptia’s Telecom Advisory Council and is a cofounder of the Technology Channel Association (TCA), the indirect channel industry’s first trade association. Prior to AVANT, Ian oversaw various advance technology practices at CDW.  

Drew Lydecker

President and Co-Founder

Prior to AVANT, Drew worked as a Voice & Data specialist at CDW. He played a key part in helping CDW become one of the largest telecommunications agents in the world as the number one specialist on the team.

Ron Hayman

Chief Cloud Officer

Ron oversees AVANT’s cloud strategy, specifically building upon the company’s innovative technologies as well as our approach to providing best-in-class cloud solutions to our partners. He brings more than 15 years of experience in IT leadership. 

Alex Danyluk

Chief Strategy Officer

Alex drives Avant’s corporate growth strategy, including leading our marketing, business development and partner program. He has 25+ years of experience in service provider, hosting and managed business services, with a diverse background including Sales, Marketing, Channel Development, Product Management and Engineering.  

Jennifer Gallego

Executive Vice President of Channel Sales, West

Jen joined AVANT in 2009. She began her career at XO where she worked her way up from account executive to Director of Channel where her territory led the country in sales.  In 2017, Jen was named to CRN's Women in the Channel. 

Howard Huerta

Vice President, Partner Channel

Howard brings his considerable partner channel experience to AVANT where he is responsible for building and managing our team of partner managers who serve the traditional telecom agent, MSP, and VAR markets. Formerly with XO, CenturyLink, and Time Warner, Howard is the consummate channel veteran.

Brendan Taylor

Chief Finance Officer

Brendan has more than 15 years of experience, holding various leadership positions in mid-market, B2B technology and professional services companies. Originally from London, England, Brendan joins AVANT from Chicago-based SaaS cloud technology business CVM Solutions, a Kroll Company, where he was responsible for rapidly scaling profits, and delivering predictable and repeatable earnings.

Shane McNamara

Executive Vice President of Channel Sales, East

Shane leads Channel Sales for the East. McNamara brings a wealth of experience and insight to his leadership role at AVANT. McNamara previously served as the senior vice president of business services at Qology Direct. Before that, he was the channel partner vice president at XO Communications and the general manager for Carrier Sales at CDW.