Exeter, Rhode Island, June 19, 2012 -- Carousel Industries, today announced it has been recognized by UBM Channel as a part of CRN’s 2012 Solution Provider 500 list, which ranks the top technology integrators in North America. Formerly known as the “VAR 500”, the Solution Provider 500 ranks the highest producing solution provider organizations in the IT channel from hardware sales, software sales, and managed IT services. Carousel Industries placed 69 in the annual ranking.

The Solution Provider 500 ranking is based on revenue size, and considers each company’s forward-thinking approach to the channel. In particular, the Solution Provider 500 selection panel sought to recognize companies that are building out practices around the data center and virtualization while offering software integration and application development skills. Revenue size is determined by the amount of annual products and services sold over the course of 2011.

“We’re delighted to be recognized once again by CRN for our achievements in the industry,” commented Jeff Gardner, chief executive officer, Carousel. “During the past three years we have put a great deal of focus and energy into building out our data center and virtualization practice so it is nice to see these efforts pay off. We’re putting the same type of focus now into building out our visual communications and collaboration practice and expect to see the same kind of success with this endeavor.”

“The organizations listed in this year’s Solution Provider 500 list are today’s true integration innovators who generate high revenues by putting their customers’ needs first,” said Kelley Damore, Vice President and Editorial Director at UBM Channel. “Their primary role is to engineer ways to leverage technology solutions that help customers exceed their sales goals, drive client satisfaction, expand internationally or accelerate new product development. In essence, they are today’s IT integration leaders for middle market and enterprise customers. We congratulate Carousel Industries for making this year’s list and look forward to covering their continued success.”

Solution Provider 500 Executive Conference and Awards

The 2012 Solution Provider 500 list was announced at the SP500 Executive Conference and Awards, an elite two-day conference designed for high level executives to meet with companies to discuss business models, technology offerings, and partnerships. Held June 5-6 at the Westin Charlotte Hotel in Charlotte, NC, 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 Solution Provider 500 companies.

A sample of the SP500 list will be published in print and online at CRN.com on June 25, 2012.

About Carousel

Carousel Industries designs, delivers and supports technology solutions that become the foundation of our clients’ businesses. This includes unified communications, managed services, 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 2011 revenues of approximately $326 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 1,000 employees working from offices in 30 locations across the US, including over 250 service technicians deployed across the country. For more information visit http://www.carouselindustries.com

About UBM Channel

UBM Channel is the premier provider of IT channel-focused events, media, research, consulting, and sales and marketing services. With more than 30 years of experience and engagement, UBM 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. UBM Channel is a UBM company. To learn more about UBM Channel, visit us at http://www.ubmchannel.com and Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ubmchannel


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