By: Jackie Schmid on May 13th, 2018
Unified Communications Industry Veteran Joins GreatAmerica Financial Team
Ian Pugh to lead strategy for UC & IT manufacturer programs
(Cedar Rapids, IA) – GreatAmerica Financial Services announced today Unified Communications (UC) industry veteran, Ian Pugh, has joined their team. Ian brings 15 years of experience in the Unified Communications industry to his new role as Director, Strategic Programs for the GreatAmerica Unified Communications and IT business unit. Pugh will be responsible for the GreatAmerica UC and IT manufacturer programs strategy and serve as a liaison between GreatAmerica and the telecommunications industry, including manufacturers and service providers.
"Ian brings an enormous amount of channel experience, industry connections, as well as sales and leadership experience," said Wil Meggers, Vice President and General Manager of the Unified Communications & IT Group at GreatAmerica. "We help Managed Service Providers, IT VARs, and UC channel partners navigate the evolution of the technology market, and Ian's experience as a former leader of a technology company adds insight to that mission."
Prior to joining GreatAmerica, Pugh spent 15 years in leadership, sales and marketing roles at Gsolutionz Inc., a unified communications and collaboration provider in California. The last 5 years he served as the company's president, leading them through a transition to cloud.
"I had the opportunity to be a customer of GreatAmerica in my previous role at Gsolutionz, and I knew they would be a great fit for me," said Pugh. "The UC community is going through a once-in-a-lifetime transformation and look forward to bringing new ideas, products, and partner relationships to our loyal partner community."
Jackie Schmid is the Director of Strategic Marketing of the Unified Communications & IT Group at GreatAmerica Financial Services located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Jackie is responsible for building brand awareness and gaining strategic relationships through creative marketing. Prior to joining GreatAmerica, Jackie worked in the TV News industry as a producer and executive producer at the local CBS and FOX stations where she helped shape the programs delivered to the market. Jackie’s finance career began in 2011 when she joined GreatAmerica to support the sales team serving the Office Equipment space.