Michael Stephens is the Agent/VAR/Private Equity indirect channel leader at Rackspace. He oversees the company’s channel sales organization and is responsible for driving growth within the above stated practices. He brings more than 20 years of technology industry and channel experience to Rackspace. From 2013 to 2016 as Vice President of Customer Lifecycle Management, Michael led sales engineering, technology specialists and post-sales support at CenturyLink, helping grow the company’s channel revenue exponentially through a customer and partner-first strategy. Michael's leadership roles in operations have included inside sales, sales support, order entry, billing and collections. He has also led various teams within product, marketing and process management for LCI International and Qwest. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in communications systems management from Ohio University. He also holds a Master of Science degree in information and communication sciences from Ball State University. A native of Ohio , Michael lives in Denver with his wife and two children.