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Press Release -- February 28th, 2014
Source: Cbeyond

Cbeyond’s Zane Long Honored With 2013 Circle of Excellence Award

ATLANTA, Feb. 27, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cbeyond, the technology ally to small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs), today announced that its vice president of Indirect Sales, Zane Long, has been selected as a winner of the 2013 Channel Partners Circle of Excellence Awards. Long oversees Cbeyond’s national indirect sales force and partner programs.

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2013 Circle of Excellence winners include executives from AT&T, Cbeyond, CenturyLink, Cisco Systems, Citrix, Comcast Business, Intermedia, Oracle, Star2Star Communications, SunGard Availability Services, Time Warner Cable Business Class, Verizon Enterprise Solutions, and VMware. Winners will be honored during an awards ceremony on February 27 at the Spring 2014 Channel Partners Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. The winners will also be featured throughout 2014 in all Channel Partners magazine print issues and on a special Channel Partners Immersion Center at

“Circle of Excellence honors executives for their vision, innovation and advocacy of the indirect channel during a time of transition,” said Khali Henderson, editor-in-chief of Channel Partners. “This new program recognizes IT and telecom channel leaders who are helping their partners create business value for their customers.”

“It’s a great feeling to be recognized for leadership in the channel and more specifically for adding dedicated cloud channel managers, launching the Cbeyond Cloud Academy as well as advocating for a significant boost in channel support staff and portal investment,” said Zane Long, Cbeyond’s vice president of Indirect Sales. “I share this award with all members of the extended Cbeyond team who stand behind the efforts to see our channel partners win.”

Long has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Prior to joining Cbeyond he held various senior leadership positions with GENBAND, Level 3 Communications, Focal Communications, Broadwing and GTE. Most recently he was voted a CRN 2013 Channel Chief and a Finalist for the 2012 Channel Partners Channel Executive of the Year.

Channel Partners editors handpicked a few leaders to join the 2013 Circle of Excellence. The balance were selected from applications submitted through Dec. 31, 2013, detailing the candidate’s leadership in the industry, the channel or their company and highlighting their advocacy for channel support/resources within their own company.

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About Cbeyond

Cbeyond, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBEY, news, filings), is the technology ally for small and mid-sized businesses. We enable our customers to focus on their core business activities by shifting the burden of IT infrastructure management to us. We deliver cloud services, communications and connectivity through award-winning enterprise data centers and a private, IP enterprise network. Founded in 1999, Cbeyond is a technology service provider with a long history of delivering technology and service innovation for small and mid-sized businesses. For more information on Cbeyond, visit and follow Cbeyond on Twitter at

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