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Amy Williams of PIER Group Recognized as a Power 60 Solution Provider Among CRN’s 2021 Women of the Channel

Jasper, Indiana, May 14, 2021 – PIER Group, Partners in Education and Research, today announced that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Amy Williams, CEO/Owner, to its 2021 Power 60 Solution Providers list, an elite subgroup of honorees chosen from the highly regarded Women of the Channel list.

The women honored on this year’s list pushed forward with comprehensive business plans, marketing initiatives and other innovative ideas to support their partners and customers, helping them through the uncertainty brought on by the global COVID-19 pandemic. CRN celebrates these exceptional women for their leadership, dedication, and channel advocacy.

The Power 60 Solution Providers are chosen by the CRN editorial team based on their contributions, expertise, and dedication to building strong solution provider businesses. The award recognizes an exclusive subgroup of elite industry role models who continue to drive professional success through leadership and dedication to their own organizations and the entire IT channel.

Amy, commencing right out of college, has been in the IT Channel for more than 29 years. During her first 25 years, Amy served as VP of Marketing and Partner Relationships for a localized IT partner in the Midwest. This role provided Amy the responsibility for building, managing, and maintaining strong relationships with many of the industry’s leading IT manufacturers where she formed hundreds of relationships with some of the tech industry’s leading channel chiefs. In January of 2018, Amy made the difficult decision to leverage her experience and channel skills to start her own company, PIER Group LLC. Amy’s new organization was formally founded in January 2018. The company’s sole focus, is in helping our country’s leading research entities continue to advance research and innovation, keeping our country in a leadership position on a worldwide scale. PIER Group provides specialized consulting, design, implementation, and support for many of the nation’s largest research networks and most critical high-performance research compute clusters. Due to their strong relationships with Vendors and Distributors, the PIER Group team was able to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our clients. This included – expanding net terms, developing new offerings to meet the shift to remote learning, and creating processes to allow for safe execution of onsite engagements. Philanthropy, is a flagship of the company as well.

“CRN’s 2021 Women of the Channel list acknowledges accomplished, influential women whose dedication, hard work, and leadership accelerate channel growth,” said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. “We are proud to honor them for their many accomplishments and look forward to their continued contributions to the IT channel.”

PIER Group’s CEO, Amy Williams said, “I am grateful and humbled to be recognized by CRN for this award. Our partnerships and channel relationships have been instrumental to our continued growth and success for these many years. On behalf of PIER Group and our amazing team, thank you.”

The 2021 Women of the Channel and Power 60 Solution Provider award will be featured in CRN Magazine on May 10th and online at

About PIER Group

PIER Group formed in early 2018, as the result of a group’s passion for the Research and Education industry. We are a team of professionals with an average of 20 years of experience serving the R&E community. At PIER Group, we are passionate about research and education, and work hard every day to continue delivering the best possible technology for the best possible value to R&E customers across the country.

About The Channel Company

The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers, and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequalled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. 

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