[Techtaffy Newsdesk]

CompTIA, a non-profit association for the information technology (IT) industry, has formed a new industry group centered on the growing convergence of telecom and IT.

The CompTIA Telecom advisory council is expected to provide strategic insight and vendor-neutral guidance on the evolving and expanding relationships between agents who resell telecom services and IT firms that focus on data needs.

Jeff Ponts (Executive vice president, DataTel Solutions; Co-chair, CompTIA Telecom Advisory Council): The convergence of voice and data, the emergence of cloud computing and the explosion of mobile technology are some of the factors bringing these two groups together.

Mike Saxby , president, Communications Management Services, will serve as vice chair of the group.

Other members of the CompTIA Telecom advisory council include:

  • Laura Bernstein , president, CRA Telecom
  • Shawn Cordner , chief executive officer, In2itive Marketing
  • Larry Foster , president and general manager, PINNACLE
  • Hilary Gadda , director, telepartner channels, Telepacific Communications
  • Ian Kleninger, chief executive officer, Avant Communications
  • Jack Knocke , owner, The VAR Advisor
  • Michael Paynter , chief executive officer, Tier3 Technologies
  • Greg Plum , vice president, channel development, Start Meeting
  • Bill Potter , chief executive officer, Message Broadcast
  • Peter Radizeski , telecom consultant, Rad-Info
  • Meggin Sawyer , vice president, enterprise division sales, ADTRAN
  • Bryan Schroder , principal, Cynergy Services
  • Richard Williams , executive director, channels, Verizon