Media Brief - 2017

Date: 13 June 2017

CRN Recognizes Four Eaton Team Members as 2017 Women of the Channel

June 13, 2017 … Power management company Eaton today announced that four employees have been recognized by CRN on its annual list of Women of the Channel. Sommer Goodknecht, Fran Harrington, Stephanie Durden and Amy Tomlin have been awarded the distinction in 2017, and Goodknecht was also named to the 2017 Power 100 list, an elite subset of the overall list honoring women leaders whose vision and influence are key drivers of their companies’ success.

The four Eaton women recognized in 2017 are honored for their unique role in driving Eaton’s channel growth and innovation in the past year, with specific achievements that include the following:

  • Stephanie Durden, partner life cycle marketing manager, played a key role in helping implement internal processes for the sales team focusing on engagement, enabling and educating Eaton’s resellers and partners. This included standardizing processes to help sales teams increase the success of Eaton’s partners.
  • Sommer Goodknecht, channel marketing manager, helped Eaton expand its focus on small solution providers, making smart investments to recruit and nurture these partners. Additionally, she helped Eaton focus on creating additional revenue streams for partners through a revamped learning management system.
  • Fran Harrington, northeast regional midmarket manager, led an initiative to reorganize and train channel sales teams to increase revenue and scale within the channel.
  • Amy Tomlin, national account manager, harnessed her passion for evangelizing channel partners on the importance of power management solutions and grew a key Eaton account by more than 50 percent.

“These extraordinary executives support every aspect of the channel ecosystem, from technical innovation to marketing to business development, working tirelessly to keep the channel moving into the future,” said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. “They are creating and elevating channel partner programs, developing fresh go-to-market strategies, strengthening the channel’s network of partnerships and building creative new IT solutions, among many other contributions. We congratulate all the 2017 Women of the Channel on their stellar accomplishments and look forward to their future success.”

The 2017 Women of the Channel and Power 100 lists are featured in the June issue of CRN Magazine and online at

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