Lifeboat Executives Named 2015 CRN Channel Chiefs

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Bill Botti and Vito Legrottaglie recognized for strengthening distributor’s channel effectiveness and building reseller service levels.

Lifeboat Distribution, an international value added distributor for virtualization, security, business continuity and other technically sophisticated products, today announced that two of the company’s corporate executives—Executive Vice President Bill Botti and Chief Information Officer Vito Legrottaglie—have been named to the 2015 CRN Channel Chiefs list.

The executives were recognized for their achievements in driving key changes in Lifeboat’s channel partner organization, including the addition of key product lines, a new regional field sales organization, new warehousing and virtual software license key management systems.

“We are thrilled at this recognition for Bill Botti and Vito Legrottaglie,” said Simon F. Nynens, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Wayside Technology Group, Inc., parent company of Lifeboat Distribution. “With their teams, they are leading significant changes at Lifeboat, increasing our market presence, enhancing our vendor and reseller customer relationships and staging us for future growth.”

The CRN Channel Chiefs list recognizes the most powerful leaders in the IT channel who hold direct responsibility for driving growth and revenue for their organizations through their channel partners. Individuals are selected for inclusion based on their track record of channel accomplishments, standing in the industry, dedication to the partner community, and plans for driving future business innovation and channel growth.

“Each year, our editors carefully vet an extensive group of highly accomplished channel executives to highlight those exemplary individuals who earn the mantle of CRN Channel Chief. These executives strive to advance the success and standing of the channel community within their organizations. The 2015 CRN Channel Chiefs lead by example and serve as valuable advocates to help ensure the health and longevity of the IT channel. We applaud their accomplishments and look forward to their continued success,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company.

The 2015 CRN Channel Chiefs list is featured in the February 2015 issue of CRN, and online at

About Lifeboat Distribution
Lifeboat Distribution, a subsidiary of Wayside Technology Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WSTG), is an international value added distributor for virtualization/cloud computing, security, application and network infrastructure, business continuity/disaster recovery, database infrastructure and management, application lifecycle management, science/engineering, and other technically sophisticated products. The company helps vendors recruit and build multinational solution provider networks, power their networks, and drive incremental sales revenues that complement existing sales channels. Lifeboat Distribution services thousands of solution providers, VARs, systems integrators, corporate resellers, and consultants worldwide, helping them power a rich opportunity stream, expand their margin+ services revenues, and build profitable product and service businesses. For more information, visit, or call +1.800.847.7078 (US), +1.732.389.0037 (International), +1.888.523.7777 (Canada), or +31.36.8200.236 (Europe). Follow Lifeboat Distribution on Twitter (@LifeboatVAD) and Facebook (LifeboatDistribution).

About The Channel Company
The Channel Company, with established brands including CRN, XChange Events, IPED and SharedVue, is the channel community’s trusted authority for growth and innovation, 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

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