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Thrive’s VP of Channel Sales Named 2022 CRN® Channel Chief

Thrive’s VP of Channel Sales Named 2022 CRN® Channel Chief

CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Erik Young, Vice President of Channel Sales at Thrive, to its 2022 list of Channel Chiefs. The prestigious CRN® Channel Chiefs list, released annually, recognizes top channel executives dedicated to the partner community, future business innovation, and channel growth. This is Erik’s third time to be named to the list of channel management movers and shakers, he was also named to the Channel Chiefs list in 2019 and 2021.

As Vice President of Channel Sales at Thrive, Erik is responsible for the success of Thrive’s Partner Program, including onboarding, client engagement, and management of the channel partner sales team and support team. He joined the Thrive team in 2017 and has been the driving force behind the company’s channel growth.

Erik has built a white-glove, partner-centric Channel Program at Thrive that allows the company’s trusted advisors to leverage Thrive as a true extension of their IT team. With over 20 years working in the space, his expertise is pivotal for Thrive to deliver and empower customers in a new landscape of security-driven decision-making.

“Thrive has taken the channel to new levels to empower all partners regardless of their technical competency,” said Young. “As a trusted cyber security advisor, we lead our partners to new areas of revenue that they traditionally haven’t been exposed to. This takes the partners up the technology stack and makes their relationships more valuable to the client. Thrive has expanded nationwide and has entered the UK channel markets with our master agents. We are also expanding globally with the channel.”

“CRN’s 2022 Channel Chiefs recognition is given exclusively to the foremost channel executives who consistently design, promote, and execute effective partner programs and strategies,” said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. “We’re thrilled to recognize the tireless work and unwavering commitment these honorees put into fostering outstanding business innovation and building strong partner programs to drive channel engagement and success.”

CRN’s 2022 Channel Chiefs list will be featured in the February 2022 issue of CRN Magazine and online at