17th Annual List Ranks North America’s Top 500 Technology Integrators

Exeter, Rhode Island, May 23, 2011 -- Carousel Industries, a leader in data networking and converged communications, today announced it has been recognized by Everything Channel as a part of CRN’s 2011 VAR500 list, which ranks the top technology integrators in North America. Featuring the highest producing technology integrators and solution provider organizations in the IT channel, the VAR500 rankings consider earnings from hardware sales, software sales and managed IT services. Carousel placed number 89 in the 17th annual ranking; an improvement from its number 202 ranking in the 2010 list.

The VAR500 is a list of the largest value-added resellers, solution providers and integrators in North America by revenue size. Revenue size is determined by the amount of annual products and services sold over the course of 2010.

“We are extremely pleased to have been recognized by Everything Channel as one of the nations’ top technology integrators,” said James Marsh, Sr. Vice President at Carousel Industries. “This award further validates the success that Carousel has enjoyed this year due to our focus on delivering solutions that enhance our customers’ businesses.”

“The VAR500 represents the top performing solution providers in the IT community,” said Kelley Damore, VP, Editorial Director, Everything Channel. “Vendors of all sizes rely heavily on the VAR500 list to find those solution providers best suited to sell their products. VAR500 honorees are considered trusted business advisors, integration experts, and invaluable partners. Even more importantly, they solve customers’ biggest IT business problems through product integration, training, consulting and services.”

VAR500 Executive Conference and Awards

The 2011 VAR500 list was announced at the VAR500 Executive Conference and Awards, an elite two-day conference designed for high level executives to meet with VAR500 companies to discuss business models, technology offerings, and partnerships. Held June 13-14 at the Sawgrass Marriot in Jacksonville, Florida, the conference focused on channel marketing strategies and direction, offering actionable content to the top Solution Provider organizations in North America. Attendees learned the secrets for uncovering new market opportunities from industry experts, peers and fellow VAR500 companies.

A sample of the VAR500 list will be published in print and online at CRN.com on June 20, 2011.

About Carousel

Carousel Industries designs, delivers and supports technology solutions that become the foundation of our clients’ businesses. This includes unified communications, virtualization, Voice over IP (VoIP), video conferencing and collaboration and data infrastructure solutions. Since Carousel was founded in 1992 we’ve grown an average of 30% - 50% per year with 2010 revenues of over $220 million. Today we have over 5,000 customers, including 35 of the Fortune 100. Carousel has been recognized by both VAR and CRN Magazines as one of the top technology integrators in the US and we’ve been listed in the Inc. 500/5000 seven times.

Carousel is headquartered in Exeter, RI with over 850 employees working from offices in 23 locations across the US, including over 250 service technicians deployed across the country. For more information visit http://www.carouselindustries.com

Everything Channel

Everything Channel is the premier provider of IT channel-focused events, media, research, consulting, and sales and marketing services. With over 30 years of experience and engagement, Everything Channel has the unmatched channel expertise to execute integrated solutions for technology executives managing partner recruitment, enablement and go-to-market strategy in order to accelerate technology sales. Everything Channel is a UBM company. To learn more about Everything Channel, visit us at http://www.everythingchannel.com.

About United Business Media Limited (http://www.unitedbusinessmedia.com)

UBM (UBM.L) focuses on two principal activities: worldwide information distribution, targeting and monitoring; and, the development and monetization of B2B communities and markets. UBM’s businesses inform markets and serve professional commercial communities - from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewelry traders, from farmers to pharmacists – with integrated events, online, print and business information products. Our 6,500 staff in more than 30 countries are organized into specialist teams that serve these communities, bringing buyers and sellers together, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

Contact for Everything Channel
Scott Regan, Senior Marketing Manager
Everything Channel

Contact for Carousel Industries
Jeff Touzeau
Public Relations
Hummingbird Media, Inc.
(914) 602-2913