Our team is passionate about technology and helping our partners succeed. We work to make the channel better every day, and we have fun doing it.
Now, meet the people that lead the charge.
Our team is passionate about technology and helping our partners succeed. We work to make the channel better every day, and we have fun doing it.
Now, meet the people that lead the charge.
Starting an early SaaS company has given me excellent perspective from both a vendor’s point of view—the need for an effective go-to-market strategy—and a service provider’s point of view—how to efficiently position and sell multiple solutions to their clientele. There is a fundamental need to change the basic role of distribution for cloud products. Effective distribution is highly essential to service the SMB market.
As part of a channel strategy, it is important that the channel partner is well-equipped to sell and service a product. This is where a distributor can be transformative. Distributors no longer need to ship physical products but need to standardize the billing and provisioning processes to simplify the adoption of new products for the channel partners. They need to show partners how to be effective merchandisers of cloud products. In my role as CEO, I help define how we help our partners achieve that.
The spontaneous combustion I see every day is what I love most about Pax8. I am thrilled about the fantastic work that is being done without too much specific instruction. Because leadership is providing a clear vision, and there is a strong sense that we are transforming an industry, empowered people self-start a work environment that is engaged, thoughtful, and passionate.
I am inspired to build new companies, to witness the relentless progression of a thoughtful idea to practical reality, and to see people flourish in their careers.
The best piece of advice I can give is to understand your audience, get it right, and always, always do it with excellence and integrity.
As Chief Technical Officer and co-founder of Pax8, I help the organization realize the vision of delivering the “Cloud Wingman” experience to every partner at every touchpoint. This experience starts with a powerful selection of the highest quality cloud products, vetted for technical proficiency, reliability, and margin. Then it continues with support services to help make our partners successful in the cloud ecosystem. This includes product selection guidance, provisioning, installation, technical support, billing, and how to present the product to partners’ clients.
My past experiences in developing computer technology, and building several technology startup companies prior to Pax8, have left me with unique perspectives about the best strategies to build a successful technology business. These strategies are useful in promoting alignment between diverse groups, such as sales and technology development, and to specify how various functions, such as marketing, operations, finance, training, and R&D, work together to achieve overall business objectives. Importantly, these experiences also help me relate to partners and their needs as they build their own businesses.
My first career-oriented job after college was at Bell Laboratories as a circuit design engineer. My initial assignment was to design digital circuitry for the ESS 5, which at the time was the latest “electronic switching station” that routed long distance telephone calls. When I completed that assignment, my supervisor assigned me a software task. He asked me to write firmware code for a chip on the same system. I objected, stating that my goal was to be a “hardware designer,” not a “software programmer.” My supervisor warned me at the time that such “black and white” views are often the Achilles’ heel of business endeavors. Following a series of further discussions, I learned to focus on the overall business objective rather than the type of work that reaching that objective might involve. I took this lesson to heart in all my endeavors from that point forward.
I offer this pearl of wisdom: “Be passionate in all you do.” Be passionate about what the products do and what it means to the clients when those products are placed into service. It is a passion that makes you feel alive, derived from a sense of disrupting the status quo to make the world a better place.
I lead the team that finds, launches, and manages great cloud products built for our partners. My job is to listen to our partners, so we can find the right cloud products for them to grow their recurring revenue business.
I wear Crocs and socks. In other words—I’m the boss of me.
Great teams inspire me, especially ones that find a way to maximize the unique capabilities of each member in pursuit of a shared goal. There is nothing better than working on a team that has chemistry and knows how to win together. We before me…all day long!
Our CTO, Michael Dehmlow, is the smartest person I’ve ever worked with. He figures out solutions to technical problems as fast as anyone I know, but his secret sauce is understanding the business driver behind the problem. This makes his solutions better.
Have fun, work hard, and keep learning. And always thank the passer! That’s a basketball saying that emphasizes thanking a teammate for contributing to your success.
I am the technology mastermind like the Wizard in Wizard of Oz.
I once worked on a NASA project, where we replaced a 100 man-year sub-system.
The way people work together really inspires me. I come from a big family and, even though we all grew up in the same house, we have so many different skills and interests. I learned from a young age that we accomplish so much more when individuals come together to be part of something bigger. I love seeing a group create something that none of us, independently, could do on our own. That’s part of why I love being here at Pax8. We have such an extraordinarily talented R&D team, and we do things every day that I can’t fathom doing on my own.
I have the best recorded time on the Taurus constellation of the real-time strategy mobile game, Auralux.
The pursuit of perfection only hinders us. When we think of the perfect horse, we may say it feeds itself, never gets hurt, or breaks down. But, ultimately, if we spend all our energy pursuing the perfect horse, we will never create a Cadillac – or a jet plane. Our perception of perfection is an unrealistic goal, and a hindrance to progress. That is why I challenge my team to improve everything by 1% as often as possible. This is an achievable goal and leads to an agile culture of continual improvement. My team loves to say they had a “5% day.” When they build on that enough times, they reach new heights never before imagined.
As the Chief Revenue Officer, it is my job to remove all obstacles between our partners and the optimization of their revenue. I am always looking for new ways to innovate and bring fresh ideas into our ecosystem.
I am inspired by great leadership. To me, this means purposeful intent to have a significant impact on a market or an industry. Our team embodies the belief that we can do anything we set as our goals. This combination motivates me every day, and I share that motivation with those I interact with.
I am incredibly driven by the work I do each day to enable the success of those who work with me and those we serve within our partner community. As one of the youngest CROs in the industry, I set the bar high for myself and those on my team. Even though I am a leader, I consider myself a student who is always learning. I believe luck is when preparation meets opportunity. Be prepared for when you get your first shot to do something big.
As an avid outdoorsman and hunter, I enjoy being on the mountain to see the sunrise and sunset. Being one with nature brings me back to center at times when I can feel the pressures of the world.
The best advice I would give is to think bigger, because you can do anything.
A key part of my role is to ensure that every employee is equipped to contribute to delivering on the Pax8 Wingman Experience. This is our ultimate goal, and it can only be achieved with a singular focus across the organization.
Pax8 is constantly evolving, and I love being a part of that evolution. We have such a dynamic environment, and our employees are always up for the challenge. Such positive energy and commitment across the organization makes Pax8 a great place to work.
I am always inspired by the creative ideas of others. Whether the ideas are business-related, creatively expressed through artistic means, or an idea that turns into an action, I am constantly in awe of how individuals can look at things differently and innovate.
Most of my creative thinking happens when I wake up at 4am.
I love to be outdoors, whether it is playing tennis or just exercising. But what I enjoy the most is the competitiveness of the sport. There is nothing sweeter than winning.
I provide value by offering exemplary technical service and support for our partners. In my role as Chief Information and Security Officer, it is critical that we safeguard our partners’ data with strong governance, risk, and compliance standards.
I love the culture at Pax8. You can feel the energy and enthusiasm when you walk through the building. Everybody is willing to jump in to assist others, regardless of the department they work in. The commitment to excellence, dedication, and loyalty to the company are evident.
I used to catch fireflies in a jar when I was kid—which provided a soft glow of light when I went to bed—and listened to west coast baseball games on my transistor radio as I drifted off to sleep.
I spent 15 years of my career at the White House, traveling in support of four different presidents. During that time, I traveled with the presidents about 200 days per year and managed operations for events in 42 countries while interfacing with 93 other world leaders.
I try to be as diverse in my personal interests as I have been in my career. In my younger years, I ran a lot, and at one time, considered professional bowling. As I got older, I took up bicycle riding and competed in several 100-mile bike races. I still hike a lot and enjoy being actively engaged with my sons in their soccer, wrestling, cross country, and track activities.
We believe the broader channel is converging at a rapid pace. MSPs, VARs, and Agents – all of these partner types are being transformed by SaaS, the cloud, and the way end customers want to consume IT. Having owned my own MSP and having most recently owned the cloud strategy for the largest Master Agent, Intelisys, I have a unique perspective on where the channel is going next.
I’ve had the awesome opportunity to be a part of changing the industry a few times in my career. Pax8 is absolutely doing that again. It’s exciting to be a disruptor, redefining how the channel views the market and how the channel will do business going forward.
Pax8 is a young, innovative, and aggressive company that will change the way our industry works.
Big ideas inspire me. Being able to see those big ideas turn into reality is what charges me up the most.
My hobby is playing restaurant. It’s a hobby that has gone horribly wrong because it is now my wife’s full-time job. Love you, honey!
I love to challenge people to think bigger and to reconsider what’s possible. Too often we’re blinded by obstacles, excuses, and our past. Suppose for a moment you weren’t restricted—what could you imagine? What could you create? What could you do that has never been done before?
I’m inspired by the energy at Pax8 and the can-do attitude of so many people here—never accepting the status quo and always believing we can make improvements.
The smartest person I have ever worked with is John Street. His breadth of knowledge in so many areas is incredible. He is extremely insightful and a great collaborator.
The best advice I would give is to always try to make improvements to processes and the organization. Realize that each of us can make a difference.
I started my entrepreneurial career at the age of 6, selling greeting cards on the streets of the Bronx.
My role as VP of Corporate Development is to make sure all the forward-facing teams (Sales, Marketing, Service Delivery, Product Management, etc.) have the tools and information necessary to be successful.
I love that no day is ever the same at Pax8.
My first job after public accounting was with a technology startup. The CEO and COO were brought in by the investors, as they had the experience and the resumes to take the company to the next level. The lesson I learned when that company floundered was that the best resume in the world is no match for the passion, vision, and execution of entrepreneurs. Founders have a personal, vested interest in the success of the company, whereas hired executives typically do not.
I find it challenging to find a healthy work-life balance. I have been very fortunate to have worked for great people along the way who have allowed me the flexibility needed to achieve (or at least try to achieve) this balance.
If I am not at work, I am painting—taking an idea, a vision, and creating art.
In my role at Pax8, I drive operational efficiency and key initiatives across the organization. This enables us as a company to better serve our internal stakeholders and our partner community.
In my 20+ years in IT, with more than 10 years in the channel, I’ve had the opportunity to serve in engineering and operational roles dedicated to providing the best partner experience in procuring cloud services.
I’m inspired by a team that embodies diversity. Demographic, experiential, and cognitive diversity allows us to approach problems from every perspective. We develop the best solutions when we can test our ideas against opposing points of view.
Trust and respect come from building relationships and elevating others around you. The key is wanting success for others as much as you want it for yourself.
I would describe myself as a problem solver who develops technology solutions to enable business growth and retention. Throughout my career, I have developed an internal database that has helped shape my perspective and acts as a compass when guiding and advising our partners.
I’ve always been drawn to smart people who can simplify something profound.
I am inspired by my children and motivated to provide them a bright future.
I volunteer often with my family. Our time together usually includes at least one service project.
I admire the details and the art of historical buildings. I could walk around for hours studying the structures.
My core responsibilities encompass the security, reliability, and innovation of the tools and processes used to build, deploy, and maintain Pax8 applications, tools, and platforms.
I am inspired by problem-solving for others.
My biggest challenge was working in the public sector. I have great respect for our public leaders.
When I am not at work, you’ll find me on the golf course, playing ice hockey, or riding my motorcycle.
My leadership style motivates my team to go fast but always check their work.
As VP of Finance, I oversee all accounting and finance functions, from billing and collections to budgeting and forecasting. Externally, I ensure that we continue to deliver on our promise to partners of simplified billing. Internally, it is my responsibility to deliver accurate and meaningful financial information to stakeholders of the company.
I am inspired by perseverance. It’s so easy to let any small setback feel like a defeat, but I have been lucky to know some amazing people through my life who have persevered through major, life-altering challenges with incredible grace and positivity. Having this influence helps me remember to stop and put my problems or challenges into perspective and focus on end goals to get me through the hard times.
I started learning how to ski before my 2nd birthday. My mom was a collegiate ski racer and was anxious to get me started, to say the least! Now that I have two young kids, I am keeping the tradition alive and teaching them to ski at a young age.
As we continue to grow and build out our team, it is important to remember that no task or project is too small or insignificant. A big part of our success has come from having a team that is willing to dive in and be hands-on with anything that is asked of them. It can sometimes be difficult to figure out how all of the pieces fit together, but each person on the team makes a huge impact and plays an important role in building the success of Pax8.
I love that Pax8 is a pioneer in the cloud space and that I get to be part of a team that’s building this incredible company.
I help our partners leverage new cloud capabilities that give them a competitive advantage in the market.
I am named after Cleveland Abbott, my mother’s track coach and my father’s football coach at Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama. While he passed away the year I was born, he built a great legacy at the university. He was the first African-American member of the USA Track & Field Board and the first African-American member of the United States Olympic Committee in 1946. My full name is Cleveland Abbott Lewis.
The smartest person I know is my brother, Bill Lewis. Since I was a kid, he always had the answers, no matter the topic.
The best piece of advice I would give is talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.
I am passionate about helping and developing our employees in their career journey. When our colleagues have the skills, knowledge, and tools they need to support our partners, that naturally leads to a positive, engaging experience.
I am inspired by those who face adversity and deal with it head on with positivity and inner strength. One of my closest friends is a breast cancer survivor, and she is my hero. She has a great attitude and lives every day to the fullest.
Smart is not just IQ for me. It’s EQ—emotional intelligence. I have been fortunate to work with several high EQ leaders who helped me to leverage my core strengths and enhance my own EQ and leadership skills.
For me, there is no place like the mountains of Colorado. That is my happy place. I feel a sense of peace and rejuvenation every time I go. I love to hike, ski, camp, and play golf.
Have an open mind, listen, and see every interaction as an opportunity to learn. I believe in listening and learning first, and then leading.
Based on market trends and our partners’ insight, I help solve SMB technology and productivity concerns. Each day I come to work, I have the opportunity to aid in the development, training, and execution of our sales team at Pax8.
Architecture was the first profession I felt as a true calling, which I learned about myself when I was 12 years old. I can recall drawing the design of a home on graph paper and then making it come to life by hand-building it. I loved the imagination, careful planning, and questioning my judgment that took place. Little did I know that the art of building and all of the challenges that come with it would translate into my future career.
I’ve learned that I am a builder. I love to plan by looking at potential challenges from multiple angles, gathering input and feedback from individuals, and, like building a home, creating a solid foundation to build upon.
My strengths include emotional intelligence, problem-solving, and building a great culture.
I am inspired by how Pax8 started with an idea and a team of people who believed in it.
When I am not at the office, you will find me playing the guitar, snowboarding, or climbing a mountain.
The best piece of advice I would give is to have tolerance for adversity and uncertainty because it is one of the most vital skills to learn.
I provide a voice for the partner community within Pax8 as it pertains to service delivery, product consultation, and implementation support.
Our organization is made up of amazing people all connecting with a shared mission. This is a culture of builders, people excited to attack everyday activities, and create something new.
I am passionate about coaching and delivering the lessons of sportsmanship and competition to individuals of all ages. After coaching high school basketball for ten years, and dozens of youth programs, I took over one of the largest Special Olympics basketball programs in the state several years ago. Our program provides an opportunity for over eighty individuals, ranging in age from eight to sixty, to play basketball.
I challenge my team to always understand the ‘why’ in what we do. It’s important to be able to understand our partners and the challenges they face. We should never be so caught up in the day-to-day aspects of what we do that we lose sight of the heart of the role.
I grew up in a very small town in western Colorado. The town was small enough that it kept the exact population total on the city limit sign, and when I moved out for school, they had to change the number from 246 to 245.
I’ve always had a passion for animals. As a young girl, I dreamed of becoming a vet so I could help and save all the animals. However, my education and career took me down the path of working in technology. Even though I love animals, I am thankful that I work in technology because I truly love what I do. In my role at Pax8, I get to help our partners and share the Pax8 story.
Even though I didn’t become a vet, I did rescue an adorable fur baby named Poppy. She is the best thing that has ever happened to my family. She is the heart and soul of our home. I often wonder who rescued who.
I love working for a company that spends so much R&D and time listening to our partners. This empowers us to build the best platform and programs, while offering the right tools, resources, education, and events to support and enable our partners to buy, sell, and manage cloud. Working at Pax8 is truly a family—we all are extremely driven, dedicated, and passionate humans who want to make a lasting impact on the IT channel and the lives of our partners.
If you have traveled with me, then you know I love to pick where we eat (check out Where_Would_Jen_Dine on Instagram to learn more about my adventures.). I’ve always been a foodie, world traveler, and wine connoisseur. I LOVE to explore new places and experience new cultures wherever I go.
They say I am a true Leo, and I couldn’t agree more. Leos are creative and confident. I started dancing, gymnastics, and cheerleading as a very young girl. This fueled my love of being on-stage and performing. Now in my career, I get to speak on behalf of Pax8 at industry events. I love telling the Pax8 story and sharing our value. The Wingman + Wingwoman experience has been built by and for our community of partners.
A motto I live by and teach my team to live by is, “Be Your Brand”.
I lead our development and quality assurance teams. Our focus is to provide quality technical solutions to the business problems faced by Pax8 and our partners.
I’m an aggressive problem solver. I believe that given any problem, our team can come up with a solution, and I encourage the team to be creative in their efforts as well.
I have a slight obsession with Notre Dame. I grew up there, I went to school there, my first job was there, and now I proudly hang my “Code Like a Champion Today” sign in my office.
I’m very fortunate to work with an incredibly talented and smart team here at Pax8. I get the opportunity to learn from experienced executives as well as collaborate with a dynamic, driven team in my department.
I try to get everyone on my team to treat each new challenge as an opportunity. There’s always more we can learn and ways to improve.
I spend a lot of my time meeting with partners, media, and analysts. They always have amazing ideas, and I am eager to listen and learn. After more than a decade working in the tech industry, I am excited about how Pax8 is making a lasting impact in the industry and leading the cloud movement.
I am inspired and fascinated by entrepreneurs—those who have taken a risk to start something new. Their ideas, innovations, and inspirations leave a lasting impact.
I have a passion for adventure. As a child, I was always exploring—whether on the playground at school, in the woods, or riding horses. As an adult, my love for travel, independence, and adventure continues. I’ve travelled all over the world and lived in 11 different cities across the country. There is so much I still want to see and do.
I love animals. When we moved to Colorado, I rescued a beautiful Great Pyrenees named Cody. He brings our family so much love and joy. And he gives the best hugs!
When I worked for U.S. Congress, I was exposed to so many different people with diverse cultures. The diversity of thought and viewpoints helped shape my perspective in so many ways. It taught me about the importance of social impact and how to appreciate, learn from, and respect all people.
Two years ago, I started a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and empowering future technology leaders. The technology industry is growing and changing rapidly. Through the nonprofit, we are bringing IT leaders together to help build the future pipeline of technology leaders through education, training, and outreach.
Education is as important as life’s essentials like air, food, and water. Education is critical to your success—both personally and professionally. Always invest in education. It is an investment in yourself.
My focus, and primary role, is to expand the Pax8 line card. This includes both well-known MSP brands and new, emerging vendors. Our vendor vetting process is quite extensive and must have the most fundamental basics MSPs need to do business.
Right out of college, I started my own direct sales business. At its peak, I employed 50 people across two locations. After selling my company, I moved into channel technology sales. This experience made it very easy and natural to connect with and understand MSPs.
I was one of the first Pax8 sales reps. I recruited and managed more than 100 MSP partners throughout the country.
For us to do our job well, it is important to spend time with our partners. The more we know, the more value we can add to their businesses.
In my free time, I love taking my RV out for trips with my wife and dogs. I am passionate about photography, being in nature, and snowboarding.
The marketing team works hard to deliver an amazing partner experience. We understand that our partners can buy cloud solutions anywhere, but they choose Pax8 because of the experience they have when they work with us. We have built a very partner-centric brand that focuses on creating value for our community. The Pax8 Cloud Wingman represents our dedication to delivering value-added services and continued world-class support to our partners. Most technology distribution organizations are not driven by creativity or attract creative people. Our founder is not a linear thinker, and that allows for experimentation, tinkering, and crazy ideas. To me, Pax8 is not as much a company as it is one, big crazy idea.
I am very human-centric in my approach to marketing. I think B2B marketing is often really boring and lacks emotion. I think my creativity has been a quality that has helped Pax8 make a real connection with our community and differentiated us from our competitors.
READY. FIRE. AIM.
As VP of Technical Support, I help shape and drive the partner support experience. I have carved out goals and KPIs that will directly contribute to both the Wingman Experience and Pax8 key business objectives. Striving to deliver a next-level support experience is my goal on a daily basis.
With over 15 years of experience in the MSP industry, I understand how partners operate and the level of support they deliver and expect in return. It is my mission to deliver a level of engagement that will allow our partners to focus on their business and clients.
I have always pushed myself to the extremes. One of my greatest achievements was thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail with my brother. We spent five months covering 2,000+ miles. Not all days were easy walking, but I am proud of the accomplishment.
At a previous MSP, I used my industry experience and knowledge to help a company reshape their procurement and selling practice. I was able to build in margins and a refined quoting process. They were previously selling everything at cost. I sold so much hardware and associated services that we were able to go from renting a 400-square-foot office to the owner buying his own office space.
My former hobby was skydiving. I have accomplished more than 600 jumps, but have slowed down since the birth of my son and pending arrival of my second child. Currently, my hobby is rock climbing.
Pax8 is bold and disruptive. As a company, Pax8 is less concerned about the competition and what everyone else is doing than about the future of distribution and what partners will need in the days, months, and years ahead to be in a position to disrupt their own markets. I love the innovative, electric energy that inspires the team.
I have a great deal of experience in the telecom and IT channels, spanning years, markets, and continents. And, I am a writer at heart. Even though my career has grown beyond a pure writing role, I love almost nothing more than conveying complex ideas in writing — inspiring people to take action, learn something new, or make a connection.
As cliché as it may be, my children inspire me. My two boys inspire me every day to be a better human – not just as their mother, but in every facet. Becoming a parent is the single most humbling experience of my life so far. Before my first son was born, I thought I knew so much more than I actually did. He and his younger brother have taught me a capacity for love that I couldn’t comprehend before they existed. They have taught me tolerance, flexibility, integrity, and deep empathy. I want to be the kind of person that makes them proud, which influences every choice I make.
My biggest interest is traveling. The travel bug bit me hard in college, and I went everywhere I realistically could. Unfortunately, these days the vast majority of my travel is for business, not pleasure.
Two of the most important characteristics a person can possess are competency and accuracy. Competency doesn’t mean you always do it right or that you always know what to do. Instead, the most competent people know their limits and recognize and embrace strengths in others. If you’re accountable — truly accountable — you are humble, and you are honest. You own your decisions and the results of your actions (or inactions). A team of people who are genuinely competent and accountable is unstoppable.
As Vice President of Channel Development, I am responsible for bringing new revenue initiatives to life. What excites me the most is the challenge of building these around the ever changing technology landscape. I get to work with our massive partner ecosystem to help us form these initiatives – partners play an active role as the lifeblood of our success.
I am full of grit and big ideas. Together, they drive the vision home. When I was 10, my dad shared this quote with me: “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there” – Will Rogers (actor, cowboy). It became apparent very quickly that although I thought I always had my ducks in a row, there would be no results without some serious effort. This quote, along with some trials and errors, has grown my passion for execution. There’s no better place to put this into practice than at Pax8 where we get to lead the way and innovate like no other distributor (or no one else) has in this space.
I am greatly inspired by challenges, especially those that people think are impossible to overcome.
My hobbies change often, but right now I’m really into CrossFit, which is directly related to my affinity for new challenges.
I always encourage my team to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. If you’re not uncomfortable, you’re not growing.
My core objective is to make Pax8 accessible worldwide. My ability to make decisions quickly and stay focused on long-term goals assist in helping Pax8 accomplish its mission.
I am primarily motivated by the successes of others. As I observe employees and colleagues eclipse milestones and achieve growth in their career, their drive and determination are inspirational.
My Track & Field coach in college was one of the most inspirational and effective leaders I have had the pleasure of working with. As one of the most decorated college coaches, producing 27 National Championships over a 30-year career, he has shown an extraordinary ability to build incredibly successful teams. He inspires each individual athlete and coach to push their limits to deliver the level of performance expected from champions. And he has proven that his process is repeatable.
Consistently work hard and put in the extra effort. It won’t go unnoticed here at Pax8.