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Three GoTo Partner Leaders Named on CRN’s 2022 Women of the Channel List

GoTo | May 20, 2022

GoTo
GoTo, the only flexible work company that makes it easy for small and midsized businesses to connect and support customers and employees with products such as GoTo Connect and GoTo Resolve, today announce that CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has named three of GoTo’s partner leaders to its Women of the Channel list for 2022. Recognized leaders include Amanda Jardine, Vice President of Channel Marketing, Erin Skoch, Senior Director of Partner Management, and Melissa Van Dover, Director of Channel Marketing.

With an aim to empower its growing ecosystem of partners with more ways to attract customers and grow their businesses, our Women of the Channel played a major role in the evolution of GoTo’s new Partner Network, which launched alongside the company rebrand from LogMeIn earlier this year. Bringing over 15 years of experience in all facets of channel marketing to the team, Amanda Jardine leads by example with her proven expertise in team building and management, partner recruitment and performance product marketing, and event management. Erin Skoch, now on her third consecutive Women of The Channel award win, works with GoTo’s Channel Managers and Partner Community in growing revenue through partner relationships, and assisting them in meeting their growth and revenue goals. Lastly, Melissa Van Dover, combines five years of digital marketing and brand development experience to drive GoTo’s continued goal to connect and engage with its clients – all while claiming the title of Amazon best-selling author.

“The awards given to these incredible leaders in our company are so well deserved. As our new partner program expands across the globe, each of these women have played an integral role in driving GoTo’s communications and support products onward and upward while using their leadership skills and creativity to contribute to the channel, This award from CRN is a true testament to their commitment to growth and innovation to meet the unique needs of GoTo partners.”

Michael Day, VP of global partner sales at GoTo

GoTo is excited to be celebrating its innovative team members with such an honorable award while expanding across the globe with its channel partners. Each team member, including these women, have played a critical part in restructuring GoTo’s partner network to be able to scale with growth and align their performance with benefits and additional revenue opportunities.

About GoTo:
GoTo’s flexible-work software including GoTo Connect, GoTo Resolve, Rescue, Central, and more is built for small and midsize business IT departments, but powerful enough for the enterprise. GoTo software is designed to support end-users' unified communications & collaboration (UCC) and IT management & support needs, and nearly 800K customers contribute to the more than 1 billion people joining meetings, classes, and webinars through GoTo’s UCC products, and half a billion connections on the company's remote access and support tools. By building its secure, easy-to-use software, GoTo is committed to ensuring the time at work is well spent so that time outside of work is better spent. With over 3,000 global employees and over $1 billion in annual revenue, the remote-centric company’s physical headquarters is in Boston, Massachusetts, with additional offices and thousands of home offices in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and beyond.

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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