Blake Wetzel is vice president of sales for the CenturyLink Channel Alliance. He is responsible for leading an industry-leading sales channel comprised of more than 200 partners who have thousands of agents and sub-agents offering CenturyLink’s communications solutions to business customers across the country.
Prior to his current role, Wetzel served as director of national customer care, business sales support and chief financial officer for the business sales organization at Qwest as well as various financial management positions at MCI Communications.
Richard G. Twilley
Richard Twilley is vice president of business sales, and is responsible for leading the enterprise sales organization for the Eastern Region of the United States. Consisting of 25 states and approximately 500 employees, his organization provides the complete business portfolio of communications products and services to the enterprise business marketplace.
With more than 24 years of experience in the telecommunications and consulting industries, Twilley has held various positions at Sprint/Embarq, and the Michaels Group as a business consultant.
Shaun Trippel is the area vice president of sales providing world-class communications and network solutions to state and local government agencies, K-20 education organizations and non-profit health care facilities nationwide.
With more than 19 years of experience in the communications industry, Trippel has held various management positions at CenturyLink, Verizon and MCI.
Jeremy is a communications and technology executive with over 20 years of experience, in all segments of product development, operations, and brings an entrepreneurial spirit to everything he does.
Prior to CenturyLink Jeremy served in various roles in the technology industry from software to digital media, to other facets of applications and operations of technology and telecommunications companies.
Dick has over 30 years of experience in the IT field working for startups, international companies and in Silicon Valley. Currently he is a Senior Research Analyst for the Aberdeen Group covering virtualization and the cloud. Dick also worked, lived or traveled through more than 60 countries of the world.
Scott is the Vice President and General Manager for the Denver/Northern Colorado market, where he leads a team of over 700. Scott’s focus on leadership and innovation has enabled a rapid evolution of a team-based culture that is highly responsive to changing customer needs. With more than 23 years of professional leadership, Scott has held various leadership positions across field operations, marketing, product development, business development, field sales and retail sales experience.
Frank Grillo is vice president of business marketing, responsible for leading the business product and marketing organizations at CenturyLink Business. Frank and his organization manage the development and implementation of industry-leading products and world-class communications solutions for small-, medium- and large-sized enterprises across the globe.
With more than 20 years experience in various executive marketing and product roles in the communications industry, Grillo also worked at Cypress Communications, LDDS, MCI Worldcom and Z-Tel.
Betty Reynolds is vice president of business sales for the Southwest Region, and is responsible for leading market development, sales, sales engineering and support for CenturyLink Business clients. Her organization paves the way in linking businesses to next-generation technology that enables growth and efficiencies for organizations in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, California and Utah.
With more than 35 years in the telecommunications and broadband industries, Reynolds has held various leadership roles in sales, product and customer care departments.
Rob Roache leads the sales, engineering and sales support teams focused on serving global, enterprise, government and education customers across the Northwest. His teams are focused on solving the business challenges of customers using an extensive portfolio of network, hosting and managed services solutions.
With 25 years in the telecommunications and IT Services industry, Roache has held leadership positions in sales, engineering and operations departments. He has been with CenturyLink since 1991. Most recently, Roache was AVP of Sales, and supported customers located in the company’s Southern region.
Gary runs the technical solution engineering teams for CenturyLink’s Eastern United States Business Solutions Group, supporting Global Cloud, MPLS, SIP, Disaster Recovery and Managed Services for Fortune 1000, government and education clients. Gary has 9 years of tenure with CenturyLink in sales engineering and operational roles
With more than 17 years experience in the technology and managed services industry, Sloper held various management positions at CenturyLink, Exodus Communications and ColoSpace.
Derek Brink is a Vice President and Research Fellow covering topics in IT Security and IT GRC for the Aberdeen Group. He helps organizations to improve their security and compliance initiatives by researching, writing about and speaking about the people, processes and technologies that correspond most strongly with leading performance.
Derek Brink joined Aberdeen in 2007 with more than 20 years of experience in high-tech strategy development and execution, corporate / business development, product management and product marketing, including positions at RSA Security, IBM, Sun Microsystems, and Hewlett-Packard.
Chris Janson is currently Director, Industry Marketing-Education and Public Sector at Ciena. He tracks industry trends and helps customers develop network solutions based on Ciena’s packet optical technologies.
Chris is also an adjunct lecturer at Northeastern University in Boston. He holds an MBA from Boston University and Bachelor of Science from Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Ian is currently responsible for business channel and field marketing support for CenturyLink’s Enterprise, Government and Commercial segments. Prior to this, Ian was Senior Vice President-Marketing for Trilogy Software. Ian has extensive executive leadership experience in product management and marketing, channel and brand marketing in the software development and communications industries.
His other roles include Chief Marketing Officer for Virtela Communications, CMO for Broadwing Communications, and Senior Vice President-Marketing at Qwest.