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PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, June 27, 2011 — Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ:BBOX), a leading communications system integrator dedicated to designing, sourcing, implementing, and maintaining today’s complete communications solutions, announced today that it has been recognized by Everything Channel as a part of CRN’s 2011 VAR500 list, which ranks the top technology integrators in North America. Featuring the highest producing technology integrators and solution provider organizations in the IT channel, the VAR500 rankings consider earnings from hardware sales, software sales and managed IT services. Black Box, with revenues of more than a $1 billion, placed 27th, in the 17th annual ranking, up from 69th last year. This marks Black Box’s highest VAR500 ranking to date.
“It is very gratifying to once again be listed in the VAR 500 and to have moved up tremendously in the rankings,” said Terry Blakemore, President and Chief Executive Officer of Black Box. “Because we have partnerships with the world's leading technology communications and infrastructure companies, we are focused on designing best-of-breed, interoperable solutions for our clients as they migrate to next-generation communications environments. Our emphasis on client value and satisfaction is one of the keys to our success.”
“The VAR500 represents the top performing solution providers in the IT community,” said Kelley Damore, VP, Editorial Director, Everything Channel. “Vendors of all sizes rely heavily on the VAR500 list to find those solution providers best suited to sell their products. VAR500 honorees are considered trusted business advisors, integration experts and invaluable partners. Even more importantly, they solve customers’ biggest IT business problems through product integration, training, consulting and services.”
The 2011 VAR500 list was announced at the VAR500 Executive Conference and Awards, an elite, two-day conference designed for high-level executives to meet with VAR500 companies to discuss business models, technology offerings and partnerships. Held June 13-14 at the Sawgrass Marriott in Jacksonville, Florida, the conference focused on channel marketing strategies and direction, offering actionable content to the top solution provider organizations in North America.