Richard is co-owner and COO of Telarus LLC, the largest privately-held master agency in the U. S. An early supporter of embracing the cloud, Richard has been a frequent presenter and panelist for emerging technologies and cloud contact center services. He is a tireless advocate for the independent channel and end users, and serves on multiple advisory councils and industry advocacy groups. Under Richardâ€™s leadership, Telarus has become one of the largest and most respected technology brokers in the nation. He oversees the operations team, IT, marketing, legal and supplier management. Richard has brokered several mergers and acquisitions and frequently consults on valuations within the industry. Murray, who was recognized by Utah Business Magazine as one of the stateâ€™s top â€śForty under 40,â€ť earned a bachelorâ€™s degree in marketing from the University of Utah and started his career in telecommunications by holding sales and marketing positions for Qwest and XO. Richard earned a seat on the board of directors for the Alliance in 2006 and served as chairman of the board from June 2013 through March 2015, and again from April 2019 to the present.