ATLANTA, Feb. 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cbeyond Inc. (Nasdaq:CBEY), the technology ally to small and mid-sized businesses, announced today that Zane Long has been named one of UBM Tech Channel's CRN 2013 Channel Chiefs. This prestigious list of the most influential and powerful leaders in the IT channel recognizes those executives directly responsible for driving channel sales and growth within their organization, while evangelizing and defending the importance of the channel throughout the entire IT Industry. Cbeyond's innovative cloud and communications services portfolio comprises enterprise network, cloud and security offerings which help small and medium-sized businesses save resources, sustain systems, secure information and serve customers. The company's channel partner program offers master agents and VARs immediate and long-term earnings with residuals paid for the life of the customer; dedicated Channel Manager support; Partner Access, an online partner portal; and advanced Cloud Academy Partner/Customer deep immersion training programs and channel integration with cloud subject matter experts. For over ten years, Channel Chiefs were selected by the CRN editorial team based on channel experience, program innovations, channel-driven revenue, and public support for the importance of IT Channel Sales. "The 2013 Channel Chiefs list recognizes vendor executives dedicated to driving channel programs in the IT marketplace," said Kelley Damore, senior vice president, editorial director, CRN. "Our annual Channel Chiefs issue is a must-read for IT solution providers evaluating new vendors or looking to expand solution offerings. These are the people, the products and the programs that any savvy solution provider needs to know. We congratulate this year's Channel Chiefs for their stellar record of business innovation and applaud them for their continued dedication to the partner community." Selected by CRN's editorial staff, the 2013 Channel Chiefs list is featured in the 2/25/13 issue of CRN Magazine and will be featured online at www.crn.com . "Zane's commitment to the industry and growing Cbeyond's indirect channel is truly remarkable," said Bob Morrice, executive vice president, Sales, with Cbeyond. "Under his leadership Cbeyond will continue to introduce the very latest in advanced cloud infrastructure technologies, ground-breaking compensation models, and transformational business opportunities."