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The Top 10 Microsoft Partner MVPs

There are about 1,000 Microsoft partner MVPs worldwide. Here are 10 whose status as MVPs has been particularly key to their companies' success.

The Microsoft MVP, or Most Valuable Professional, logo is a badge of honor in the IT world. In the Microsoft channel, the badge is something more -- it signifies a champion within a partner company that helps the entire firm establish its market credibility. About 1,000 MVPs worldwide are Microsoft partners. RCP editors have selected the top 10 U.S.-based MVPs for 2011. These are experts whose status as MVPs has an impact on their partner companies' ability to win business.


Charles Allen

Charles Allen (MVP Profile)
Dynamics GP MVP
BKD Technologies LLP
Managing Consultant
Springfield, Mo.

BKD touts Allen's six consecutive years as a Microsoft MVP as a prominent part of its customer marketing.


Amy Babinchak

Amy Babinchak (MVP Profile)
Small Business Server MVP
Harbor Computer Services
President
Royal Oak, Mich.

The Harbor Computer Services homepage highlights three Microsoft designations to establish the company's credibility: the Small Business Specialist logo, its award as the MPN 2010 Partner of the Year as a Small Business Specialist, and Babinchak's MVP status.


Dan Holme

Dan Holme (MVP Profile)
SharePoint MVP
AvePoint Inc.
Chief SharePoint Evangelist
Jersey City, N.J.

AvePoint Inc. hired Holme in late March, in part because of his stature in the Microsoft MVP community, to spread the word about SharePoint among customers and potential customers.


Michael Cocanower

Michael Cocanower (MVP Profile)
Small Business Server MVP
itSynergy
Founder and President
Phoenix

itSynergy uses the MVP logo on its homepage with the text, "itSynergy is proud to be the only company in the Southwest with one of 48 worldwide Small Business Server MVPs on staff."


Mike Snyder

Mike Snyder (MVP Profile)
Dynamics CRM MVP
Sonoma Partners LLC
Co-Founder and Principal
Chicago

Snyder and co-founder Jim Steger are both Dynamics CRM MVPs and display that status prominently in their executive profiles on the Sonoma Partners Web site.


Mark Polino

Mark Polino (MVP Profile)
Dynamics GP MVP
I.B.I.S. Inc.
Principal Consultant
Altamonte Springs, Fla.

When Polino achieved his third consecutive designation as an MVP more than a year ago, Andy Vabulas, CEO of I.B.I.S., said, "We are very proud to have such high-caliber team members, which allows us to offer our clients the options they want from the best and brightest."


Chad Mosman

Chad Mosman (MVP Profile)
Office 365 MVP
MessageOps
Founder and Principal Consultant
Charlotte, N.C.

One of the top-selling U.S. Business Productivity Online Suite partners, MessageOps trades heavily on Mosman's status as one of the first Office 365 MVPs.


Shane Young

Shane Young (MVP Profile)
SharePoint MVP
SharePoint911
Owner and Principal Consultant
Cincinnati

The company that Young founded in 2004 is almost a team of SharePoint MVPs -- colleagues Randy Drisgill, Todd Klindt and John Ross also hold MVP titles.


Dave Sobel

Dave Sobel (MVP Profile)
Virtual Machine MVP
Evolve Technologies
CEO
Fairfax, Va.

Sobel's status as a Microsoft MVP is an important component of Evolve Technologies' customer marketing, both in his bio and in company news releases.


Dan English

Dan English (MVP Profile)
SQL Server MVP
Superior Consulting Services (SCS) LLC
BI Consultant
Minneapolis

In a statement announcing English's MVP status in July, SCS owner John Miller said, "This award is a dual testament to
Dan's expertise and SCS's status as a Microsoft leader."

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