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Penny Thurnau of Powernet honored as one of CRN's 2019 Women of the Channel

Tyler Smith

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Powernet's Penny Thurnau was recognized by CRN's Women of the Channel list for the second consecutive year.

Cincinnati, Ohio, May 20, 2019 – Powernet, Enabling you to connect, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Penny Thurnau, Vice President of Strategic Alliances to its prestigious 2019 Women of the Channel list. The leaders on this annual list are from all areas of the IT channel ecosystem; representing technology suppliers, distributors, solution providers, and other IT organizations. Each is recognized for her contributions to channel advocacy, channel growth, and visionary leadership.

CRN editors choose the list from a multitude of channel leadership applicants and select the final honorees based on their professional accomplishments, demonstrated expertise, and ongoing dedication to the IT channel.

Thurnau was chosen to take over as Powernet’s channel lead after the previous channel VP stepped down. She began rebuilding Powernet’s channel presence by renewing relationships with many master agents and sub-agents, keeping them informed of Powernet’s newest offerings. Through her initiatives, Powernet saw a 500% increase in channel revenue within the first year. Penny was also elected to serve on the Alliance of Channel Women’s Board of Directors in addition to working with the local Dayton, Ohio chapter’s planning committee and co-chairing the committee.

“CRN’s 2019 Women of the Channel list honors influential leaders who are accelerating channel growth through mutually-beneficial partnerships, incredible leadership, strategic vision, and unique contributions in their field,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “This accomplished group of leaders is driving channel success and we are proud to honor their achievements.”

"Over the past year Penny has had a profound impact on Powernet’s channel program,” says Alli Stevens, CEO of Powernet. “The growth we have already seen in the program is exciting and proves that Penny deserves to be recognized alongside all the extraordinary women honored on this year’s CRN Women of the Channel List."

The 2019 Women of the Channel list will be featured in the June issue of CRN Magazine and online at


About Powernet

Powernet enables businesses and communities to connect in the office and globally through our full-service technology lineup featuring Wi-Fi, voice, data and IT managed services, in addition to IP security systems, billing (& back office support applications) as well as domestic and international carrier services.  As Woman-Owned business with more than 25 years of experience our expert sales, engineering, and support teams, provide our partners and clients the unparalleled service and innovative technology they need to achieve their business goals. We service worldwide with offices in Ohio (HQ), Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, and Maryland.

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About The Channel Company

The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequaled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace.  


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