Paul Riedl, Jr., CEO of River Run, was surprised by his team on August 9th to learn that he was named to the Channel Futures DE&I 101.

Riedl had been nominated by an employee of River Run for his outstanding commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion both in his personal and professional life. For a firm of just over 75 employees, River Run has one of the most diverse staffs in the country for Managed Service Providers (MSPs) for IT and Cybersecurity.

Channel Futures is already recognized for selecting the top MSPs in the country through their MSP 501 list. 2021 is the inaugural for their DE&I 101 list. They describe it as follows:

Channel Futures DE&I 101 recognizes individuals from diverse and multicultural backgrounds who are driving diversity, equity and inclusion in the ICT channel through their words, actions and leadership.

The need for DE&I has been acknowledged in the ICT industry for many years. And while any number of tech organizations have received attention for the DE&I programs they’ve launched, it’s the people at the grassroots level who get things started and keep the momentum going. Our list is intended to turn a spotlight on those people. People who are impacting the industry.

The publication of this list represents a milestone for the ICT industry and channel in raising the visibility of individuals who are truly at the center of change in the industry. These individuals are propelling their organizations forward when it comes to innovation, business growth and customer/supplier connections. The Channel Futures team is proud of its role in bringing this list to market recognizing such a great group of individuals.

The Channel Futures DE&I 101 is a list, not a ranking. Individuals can self-nominate or be nominated by others. In this, the list’s premiere year, we received an amazing number of nominations. All submitted names were carefully reviewed by a panel of Channel Futures team members. Our final list represents the best of the best.

See the full list here.