Entrepreneur Seeks to Transform the Way Internet Infrastructure is Sourced and Sold Through Tech-enabled Advisors
NEW YORK — March 2, 2022— Christopher Trapp, CEO of UPSTACK, has been named one of two 2022 Channel Influencers of the Year by Channel Futures, a leading media platform for the IT and communications channel.
Trapp was honored for his success in captaining the UPSTACK tech advisory firm from creation to explosive growth unlike any that has ever been seen in the channel partner world. “Any agent you speak to put significant blood, sweat, and tears into their businesses, and those sacrifices are what made them successful,” Trapp told Channel Futures. “UPSTACK is no different.” He is profiled in a cover story of the 2022 Channel Influencers digital issue available now.
Trapp will be honored at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo, April 11-14 at the Venetian Resort & Expo in Las Vegas.
“The Channel Futures Influencers is an exclusive group of executives who are at the pinnacle of leadership,” said Bobby DeMarzo, vice president of content, Informa Tech Channels Group. “Our editorial team and key advisers carefully selected individuals based on their accomplishments and thought leadership in the partner ecosystem. These individuals stand head and shoulders above all others in the entire channel.”
After 16 years as an internet infrastructure sector executive and entrepreneur, Trapp is laser focused on realizing UPSTACK’s mission to transform the way internet infrastructure is sourced and sold. The UPSTACK platform uniquely combines technology advisors, advanced technology and dedicated customer support resources to select and deploy customized technology solutions for businesses of all sizes.
Under Trapp’s leadership, UPSTACK has acquired more than 20 tech advisory firms in the past 18 months, bringing more than 25 of the industry’s leading tech advisors to the UPSTACK team. He also secured an initial equity investment from Berkshire Partners and a $100 million in financing from MidCap Financial and Morgan Stanley Private Credit to further scale its platform through technology expansion and strategic partner investments.
About the Channel Influencer Awards
Since launching in 2018, the Channel Influencer Awards have recognized the people, technologies, trends and organizations expected to shape the channel in the next year. The awards have been revamped for 2022 to focus will be solely on individuals, with the list of influencers expanded from 10 to 50 honorees.
About Informa Tech
Channel Futures is a media and events platform serving companies in the ITC channel industry with insights, industry analysis, peer engagement, business information and in-person events. Our properties include Channel Futures MSP 501, recognizing the most influential and fastest-growing providers of managed services in the technology industry, Channel Futures DEI 101, honoring and celebrating those who have often been under-represented in tech channels; Channel Partners Events, delivering unparalleled in-person events, including Channel Partners Conference & Expo, The MSP Summit, and Channel Evolution Europe; and DEI Community Group, our initiative to educate, support, promote, and sustain diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) in the ITC channel industry.
Channel Futures is part of Informa Tech, a market-leading B2B information provider with depth and specialization in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector. Every year, we welcome 7,400+ subscribers to our research, more than 3.8 million unique visitors a month to our digital communities, 18,200+ students to our training programs and 225,000 delegates to our events. Channel Futures is where the world meets the channel. We are leading Channel Partners forward. More information is available at channelfutures.com.
Launched in 2017 in New York, N.Y., UPSTACK is transforming the way cloud and internet infrastructure is sourced and sold. Through a powerful combination of the industry’s leading advisors, advanced technology, and dedicated customer support resources, UPSTACK uses actionable business intelligence to architect and source customized technology solutions for businesses of all sizes. With UPSTACK, business buyers streamline IT procurement by tapping into a single source for mission-critical technology services from hundreds of proven providers along with the professional guidance to identify and evaluate the best solutions. UPSTACK’s service portfolio includes colocation and data center, network connectivity, SD-WAN, unified communications, cloud contact center, private and public cloud, security, mobile, business continuity and IoT.