SonicWall Continues to Rack Up Awards, CRN Recognizes Another Rising Channel Star


SonicWall continues its collection of industry-recognized awards. The company’s director of solutions engineers, Wayne Wilkening, added to CRN’s 100 People You Don’t Know But Should for 2021. Every year, this CRN list honors the people working tirelessly behind the scenes to support not only their partners, but the broader channel ecosystem, as well.

“I’ve long since had a passion for security and networking fields, and SonicWall has given me the opportunity to immerse myself in both,” said Wilkening. “Taking this journey with our customers and loyal partners has allowed me to solve new problems every day while building lasting relationships across North America. It’s great to be recognized for what I love to do.”

Wilkening is a SonicWall staple, having been at the company for almost two decades. He plays a vital role in helping enable, manage and mentor his team of pre-sales channel and territory engineers across the United States and Canada.

“There are truly talented folks who make game-changing, creative and strategic decisions every day behind the scenes,” said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. “With the 100 People You Don’t Know But Should, we are excited to shine a light on this exceptional group and honor them for their remarkably important work on behalf of their partners and their contributions to the IT channel at large.”

The CRN editorial team compiles the list each year to bring well-deserved attention to the best and brightest who may not be as visible or well-known as some channel executives, but whose roles are just as important. The selections are based on feedback from leading solution providers and industry executives.

SonicWall, founder of the award-winning SecureFirst partner program and SonicWall University, is celebrating its 30-year anniversary in 2021. The company has grown to include more than 17,000 channel partners worldwide and provides them with more training, tools and rewards than ever before.

SonicWall Staff