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Windstream's Dan Sterling Named PHONE+ Magazine's Channel Executive of the Year

March 5, 2010

GREENVILLE, S.C., March 5, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PHONE+ magazine, a publication of Virgo Publishing LLC for the telecommunications indirect sales channel, has announced that Dan Sterling, Vice President of Windstream's (formerly NuVox's) dealer channel, has been named the Channel Executive of the Year.

Sterling, along with the other finalists, was recognized at the Channel Partners Conference & Expo. Sterling also will be featured in the April issue of PHONE+.

"PHONE+ is proud to honor Dan Sterling for commendable leadership in the channel," said Mike Saxby, group publisher for PHONE+. "Votes from a multitude of partners show that he deserves recognition for supporting and furthering the success of the indirect channel."

To determine the Channel Executive of the Year, PHONE+ solicited nominations and votes from channel partners. To be eligible, a nominee must have been the top person in the company's channel operations -- at the executive level of vice president or higher -- at a telecom vendor (network operator/service provider/manufacturer). Channel partners were then asked to vote for the Channel Executive of the Year based on nominees' leadership, longevity, innovation and contribution to the indirect channel.

Sterling is a 17-year veteran in the telecommunications industry and an original shareholder of NuVox, which was acquired by Windstream in February. Since NuVox's inception, the dealer program under Sterling's leadership has grown each year. Sterling is based in Greenville, S.C.

About Windstream

Windstream Corporation (Nasdaq:WIN) is an S&P 500 company with about $3.7 billion in annual revenues. Windstream provides phone, high-speed Internet and high-definition digital TV services to customers in 21 states. The company also offers a wide range of IP-based voice and data services and advanced phone systems and equipment to businesses and government agencies. For more information about Windstream, visit

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About PHONE+

PHONE+ magazine is the country's leading publication for communication distribution channels. For more than two decades, PHONE+ has been the undisputed leader in providing news and analysis to alternate distribution channels serving the communications industry. It is the unrivaled resource for resellers, aggregators, agents, brokers, VARs, systems integrators, interconnects and dealers that provide network-based communications and computing services and associated CPE, applications and professional services. PHONE+ has a companion Web site (, a weekly newsletter, an annual buyer's guide, an annual Fact Book and an annual Channel Program Guide. It also hosts the Channel Partners Conference & Expo, the industry's only event exclusively for the channel. For more information, visit

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