Congratulations to John Byrne for winning the first round of CRN’s Channel Madness tournament! And, a huge THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to vote for him.

In a nail-biter that came down to a difference of fewer than 50 votes, John Byrne was able to fend off a fierce performance by Polycom’s Nick Tidd, winning it 51 percent to 49 percent.CRN Channel Madness Sweet 16

We Need Your Help—Round 2 Voting is Now Open

As Round 2— the Sweet 16—voting begins, we need your help in defending John’s win so he can move on to the Round 3, or the #CRNChannelMadness Elite 8. In this round, John Byrne faces off against NetApp’s Bill Lipsin. In Round 1 voting, Bill Lipsin trailed reigning Channel Madness champ, Sandra Glasser Cheek of Brocade Ruckus; but won the round in a buzzer beater—winning with a 10 percent lead, 55 percent to 45 percent.

As you can see, John is up against some fierce competition in the Sweet 16 round! Your help in voting for John to advance him to the Elite 8.

Round 2 Voting is Now Live—Cast Your Vote Today!

Voting for Round 2 is now live. Please take a moment to vote for your favorite channel chiefs. John Byrne, President for Global Channels at Dell EMC is among the 16 of the channel industry’s most influential channel executives selected by CRN that won the first round of Channel Madness.

HOW TO VOTE: Visit the CRN Channel Madness Tournament of Chiefs Round 2 bracket and click the “Vote Now” button! Be sure to vote before Round 2 voting closes on March 28 at 12:00 pm ET.

SPREAD THE WORD: Tweet out your thoughts using #CRNChannelMadness and #DellEMCPartnerProgram. Or download the bracket here. Choose your favorite chiefs, snap a picture and share it on social media using the hashtags.

The winners of Round 2 will be announced on March 29 when Round 3 voting begins. Good luck to all the Channel Chiefs and may the best chief win!

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