Black Box Awarded 5-Star Rating in CRN’s 2014 Partner Program

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Annual Guide Recognizes the Very Best Channel Partner Programs in the Market.


PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA – July 8, 2014 Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ:BBOX), a leading technology solutions provider, announced today it has been awarded a 5-Star rating in the CRN 2014 Partner Program Guide. The annual directory is the definitive listing of technology vendors that service solution providers or provide products through the IT channel. The 5-Star Partner Program rating recognizes an elite subset of companies that offer solution providers the best partnering elements in their channel programs.

To determine the 2014 5-Star recipients, The Channel Company’s research team assessed each vendor’s application based on investments in program offerings, partner profitability, partner training, education and support, marketing programs, resources, sales support and communication.

“We’re honored to receive the 5-Star rating from CRN for the second year in a row,” said Steve Runkel, Black Box’s Vice President of Sales, Technology Products Solutions. “CRN’s Partner Program rating system underscores Black Box’s commitment and effort to provide its channel partners with the support, resources, tools and award-winning networking technologies they need to grow their business and remain profitable.”

“Solution providers have a lot of choices when it comes to selecting vendor partners. Identifying the right vendor, with the right technologies and the right approach can make all the difference,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. “Our annual Partner Program Guide and 5-Star rating recognizes the very best channel programs available in the market today to help solution providers determine which vendor delivers the best partner elements for their individual business goals.”

The 2014 Partner Program Guide is featured on CRN.com.

About Black Box

Black Box is a leading technology solutions provider dedicated to helping customers build, manage, optimize, and secure their IT infrastructure. Black Box delivers high-value products and services through its global presence and over 4,000 team members. To learn more, visit the Black Box Web site at http://www.blackbox.com.

About The Channel Company

The Channel Company is the channel community's trusted authority for growth and innovation, with established brands including CRN, XChange Events, IPED, and SharedVue. For more than three decades, we have leveraged our proven and leading-edge platforms to deliver prescriptive sales and marketing solutions for the technology channel. The Channel Company provides Communication, Recruitment, Engagement, Enablement, Demand Generation and Intelligence services to drive technology partnerships. Learn more at http://www.thechannelcompany.com.

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