The Club 50 Advisory Board

Club 50 is managed by a member advisory board. The board helps structure the activity and development of the Club.

The advisory board members are:

Craig Schlagbaum

SVP and Channel Chief – Comcast Business

Craig Schlagbaum is the Vice President of Indirect Channels for Comcast Business. In this role, Craig manages Comcast’s indirect channel partner team and the overall indirect channel programs for Comcast Business. The program has achieved great success and was named as a top indirect channel program for the industry in both Channel Partners’ Magazine as well as Computer Reseller News (CRN) from 2011 to 2016. Prior to Comcast, Craig managed the indirect channel team for Level 3 Communications and NTT and he was a key architect of the Qwest Business Partner Program. Craig has spent over 26 years in various indirect channel roles in sales, marketing, and business development with NTT/Verio, Qwest Communications, IBM Corporation, and Sony Corporation. Craig was recently named in ’15 one of Top 10 Channel Sales Leaders in CRN and was also named as a Circle of Excellence Winner in Channel Partners Magazine in ‘16, as well as a top 10 Channel Chiefs for 8 years from  2008 to 2016.  Craig holds a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Craig currently resides in Denver Colorado.

Joe Sykora

Mr. Sykora was previously the VP of Americas Channels and Enhanced Technologies for Fortinet, Inc (FTNT) from 2010-2017. He supported Channel, Distribution and Enhanced Technologies efforts for North America and South America.

Mr. Sykora previously was the President/CEO of Fortress Network Security which he founded in 2001. Fortress Network Security provided managed Internet Security, Network Security, Wireless Security, Virtualization and Hosted Virtualization Solutions. Fortress Network Security has been recognized for both national and international projects, including secure wireless and comprehensive IT security deployments for organizations of all sizes.

He has spoken and presented to the public on many topics such as: Internet and Network Security, Wireless Security, Mobility and Remote Access, and Encrypted Messaging Solutions

Sandra Glaser Cheek

VP, Global Partner Organization – Ceridian

Proven leader with a reputation for innovation and who inspires teams to challenge the status quo, execute and excel. Leads with a clear vision and point of view while encouraging creativity and collaboration. Extensive experience in leading global teams and a track record of delivering sales and marketing results that deliver exceptional partner experiences and accelerate revenue. Entrepreneurial attitude and thrives in global environments.

Taylor Macdonald

SVP Channel Sales – Sage Intacct, Inc.

SaaS sales and channel executive with global experience in sales, indirect channels and executive management at growing software/technology companies. Extensive experience with building channels with leading CPA firms. Own the relationship with AICPA and CPA.com. Led the channel team at Intacct from 0% to over 50% of the new revenue while growing at 35% compounded and creating over $300 million dollars in enterprise value. Culminated in purchase of Intacct by Sage for $850 million in 2017. 
 
Channel chief at Intacct, Deltek and Sage Software. Prior experience as founder and president of Macdonald Consulting Group – leading worldwide ERP VAR for Sage Software (formerly State of the Art) and Great Plains Software (now part of Microsoft). Passed CPA exam. Named to the Top 100 Most Influential People in the Accounting Industry list 17 times. 
 
Frequent and top rated keynote speaker at Channel Focus (10+ years in a row), AICPA Tech Conference (24 years in a row), Information Technology Alliance (ITA), channel and industry events. Topics include: Selling to SMB market, SaaS trends, Cloud ERP, consulting practice profitability, channel development and business building. 
 
Specialties: Channel architecture, channel leader, sales & field sales, Cloud ERP, SaaS business transformation, business development, channel marketing, channel strategy, worldwide channel partner recruitment and development, channel program creation, implementation and execution. SMB expertise. Deep expertise in the financial and accounting software applications market. Channel 3.0.