Channel Madness Round 3 Results: Newcomers Cooper, Evans Forge Ahead

Round 3 of the 2023 CRN Channel Madness Tournament of Chiefs showcased strong performances, including two tournament rookies that advanced to the semifinal round.

With titles up for grabs in the Infrastructure, Hardware, Cloud and Security regions, let’s look at which of the Enterprise Eight are advancing to the Field of Four.

In the closest match of the round, Scale Computing’s Scott Mann held off Dynabook Americas’ James Robbins to win the Hardware crown. Mann was victorious with 59 percent of the vote to Robbins’ 41 percent.

Tournament newcomer Ricky Cooper of VMware came out strong in his Cloud region matchup against Veeam Software’s Kevin Rooney. Cooper moves ahead after winning 63 percent of the vote to Rooney’s 37 percent.

Another tournament rookie, Tom Evans of Palo Alto Networks, also advanced to the semifinals with his victory over Arctic Wolf’s Bob Skelley. Evans garnered 78 percent of the vote to Skelley’s 21 percent to win the Security crown.ADVERTISEMENT

In the Infrastructure region, Nutanix’s Christian Goffi came away with 77 percent of the vote, besting NetApp’s Jenni Flinders with 23 percent.

That means Goffi and Mann will face each other in Round 4 as Mann continues his drive to defend his title as the 2022 Channel Madness Champion, while Cooper takes on Evans in the other Field of Four matchup.

Voting in the semifinal round opens today, Thursday, March 30 at 4:00 PM ET and will remain open until Monday, April 3 at noon ET. Then get ready for the final round, which kicks off later Monday. Visit to cast your votes and choose your chief!LEARN MORE: Channel Madness 

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Jennifer Follett is the Executive Editor for CRN where she has been covering the IT solution provider channel for 20 years. She currently oversees CRN magazine and, the website for the industry’s leading channel publication. She can be reached at [email protected].


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