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Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) February 26, 2014
On February 1, 2014, co-hosts Angel Nowlin and Tess Turrin of BusinessRadioX®’s Business Leaders of Today welcomed to the Gwinnett studio Bill Deignan with Molto Marketing and Productions, Lloyd Lofton with American Eagle Financial Services and Anita Atkinson with Patterson and Dewar Engineers to talk about their businesses and careers.
Bill Deignan is Founder of Molto Marketing and Productions, a small, full service media production and marketing firm with extensive experience creating award winning content for clients like Coors Brewing, Aarons, Gem Shopping Network, KB Homes and many more clients of all sizes. Molto Marketing leverages decades of experience creating content to assist their clients in telling their story in a way that builds a foundation of trust among prospects and customers alike. The team at Molto loves getting to the heart of a business’s core values, and bringing them to life on-screen. According to Deignan, “We don’t just show up with a bunch of cameras and lights and start shooting away. We love to spend time getting to know you and your business.”
Also in the studio was Lloyd Lofton, COO of American Eagle Financial Services. Explained Lofton, “We are dedicated to providing consumer and financial products that provide quality with value pricing.” American Eagle operates in two primary market segments – consumer and business-2-business. They wish to establish a successful partnership with their clients, staff members, and partner companies, that respects the interests and goals of each party. According to Lofton, “Success will be measured by our clients choosing us because of their belief in our ability to meet or exceed their expectations of price, service, and expertise.”
Rounding out the discussion was Anita Atkinson who heads the Civil Engineering Department with Patterson and Dewar Engineers, a consulting firm specializing in electrical, mechanical and civil engineering. Primarily supporting electrical utilities, Patterson and Dewar operates from their headquarters in Atlanta with regional offices in Dallas and Amarillo, Texas. “Our clients include mission critical facilities owners, commercial and industrial customers and government institutions, along with electrical utilities, distribution cooperatives, and municipalities,” said Atkinson.
To learn more about these featured guests, listen to this interview in its entirety on Business Leaders of Today.
About Business Leaders of Today:
Business Leaders of Today is hosted by Tess Turrin with basiQa and Angel Nowlin with Nationwide. Each week they give the best business leaders of today a forum to feature themselves and their companies to discuss different topics that pertain to their industry. Listeners have a unique opportunity to pick up various innovative industry tips, expert advice, and insider trends from the brightest and sharpest business leaders out there today. Business Leaders of Today airs on Fridays at 11:30am EST.
About Business RadioX®:
BusinessRadioX® interviews dozens of innovative entrepreneurs and successful leaders each week. Its mission is to help local businesses Get The Word Out about the important work they’re doing for their market, their community, and their profession. With a pro-business slant and a long-form interview format, guests don’t have to worry about being ambushed or talking in “sound bites.” Guests have enough time to tell their whole story and to share their insights and experience without interruptions. BusinessRadioX® hosts are business professionals interviewing their peers, drilling down on the critical issues, and delivering practical information to an engaged business audience. Business topics that are frequently covered include: Law, Finance, Healthcare, Technology, Trade Shows, B2B Marketing, Venture Capital, Training and Development and other issues impacting the business community. For more information, visit: http://www.businessradiox.com.
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SAN ANTONIO (PRWEB) February 27, 2014
Invictus Medical, the San Antonio-based medical device company dedicated to providing newborns with healthy developmental milestones, today announced that Kelly Rodriques has been named to its Board of Directors.
Rodriques is a nationally respected business executive and advisor with an extensive background in investment management and venture capital, and a history of founding companies, creating jobs, and increasing value for shareholders. He currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of PENSCO, Inc., and PENSCO Trust Company in San Francisco. With more than $ 10 billion in assets under custody, PENSCO is a retirement account custodian specializing in alternative assets.
“Kelly Rodriques not only is an accomplished executive, but a widely respected and sought-after advisor who represents the greatest principles of leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship and who has achieved success across an incredibly diverse set of business ventures,” said Tom Roberts, Invictus Medical President, CEO and Board Member. “We are honored to have him as a director of our company and proud to have an entire board with such depth and breadth of experience at every level of business.”
Prior to joining PENSCO in 2010, Rodriques worked as Chief Executive Officer of Totality Corporation, now a software and services unit within Verizon. He also was Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Novo, an Internet marketing and media company sold to Publicis Groupe in 2001. Additionally, he served as Operating Partner of Ignition Growth Capital, where he focused on investing in early- and mid-stage growth companies. Rodriques currently serves as a board member to mobile financial services pioneer mFoundry. He also is a previous board advisor to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America.
“The companies I have founded or led have been diverse in nature, but similar in that they had great people excited to be part of something special,” said Rodriques. “Invictus has that same ‘something special’ – in addition to being fundamentally, financially, and operationally well positioned. That is what I always look at first – the people. Tom Roberts and the leadership team at Invictus Medical and my fellow directors on the board possess three traits that help build great businesses. First, they are doing what they love; second, they know their priorities; and third, they think big. There is great potential for Invictus and those across the marketplace will benefit from it.”
Invictus Medical’s Board of Directors also includes Chairman Steve Dufilho, an accomplished financial services and health care CEO with deep board and governance experience; Lynne Nauss, a well respected global health care and medical device executive; Tom Roberts, President and CEO of Invictus Medical; and, Eric Eisbrenner, Chief Financial Officer of Invictus Medical.
Rodriques graduated from Fresno State University, where, among other accomplishments, he was a world-class collegiate pole vaulter. He competed in the U.S. Track and Field National Championship and in the 1986 World Games in Helsinki, Finland.
Rodriques is married and lives with his wife and three children in Marin County, California, where he is actively involved in youth sports.
Invictus Medical’s technology interest focuses on combating deformational plagiocephaly (DP), a cranial deformity exhibited in infants resulting from repeated external pressure to one area of the head. In addition to being a cosmetic issue, according to a study published in Pediatrics in 2013, DP has been associated with heightened risk for developmental delays in infants and toddlers.
The company anticipates initially marketing its product to pediatric hospitals and NICUs. The company expects to submit its 510k application to the FDA in the first half of 2014 and estimates launching its first product within the year. Invictus Medical closed its seed round of funding in 2013 at 100 percent of target, has raised more than $ 2 million to date, and began its Series A funding in the first quarter of 2014.
About Invictus Medical
Invictus Medical is a San Antonio, Texas-based medical device company that aims to ensure that children are able to attain their developmental milestones. As evidenced by their award-winning innovations, Invictus Medical has been at the forefront of pediatric care since its founding in 2012. Invictus Medical is a privately held company. For more information about Invictus Medical or investor relations, please call Kevin Belgrade at (210) 275-7009.
New York, NY (PRWEB) February 27, 2014
Rothstein Kass (http://www.rkco.com), a leading professional services provider to the financial services industry, today announced that Kevin M. Goldstein has joined the firm as a director in the Business Advisory Services practice in its New York City office. With more than two decades of experience developing strategic planning, business development and technology solutions for many of the industry’s largest financial institutions, Mr. Goldstein will advise clients, including hedge funds, funds of funds, mutual funds, private equity managers, broker-dealers, RIAs and family offices, on matters such as business strategy, new product development, infrastructure, technology assessments and more.
“Kevin is well-respected in the alternative investments space and has a proven track record of developing innovative but practical solutions for a wide range of companies,” said Jeff Kollin, principal in the Financial Services Advisory practice at Rothstein Kass. “His wealth of knowledge and diverse experience will help give our clients the critical competitive edge that helps them stay one step ahead of their competition. He’s a great example of the kind of individual that drives this firm forward, and we are excited to have someone like Kevin join our team.”
Prior to joining Rothstein Kass, Mr. Goldstein was the co-founder and CEO of Auxia Partners, a provider of virtual and cloud technology solutions primarily to alternative investments firms. Previously, he was partner/global head of strategy and business development for NorthPoint Solutions, a technology consulting firm, where he developed and managed the financial services practice with a focus on alternative asset managers. Mr. Goldstein also previously held a senior position in institutional fixed income sales and trading at Citicorp Securities.
“Rothstein Kass has earned its reputation as one of the premier leaders in the alternative investments space because of its high caliber employees and the experiences they bring,” said Mr. Goldstein. “I look forward to working in an environment that values and fosters collaboration with each other as well as clients. I am excited to bring my own perspectives, insights and skills to the team.”
Mr. Goldstein graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College in Maine and earned a Masters of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, concentrating in finance, marketing and management strategy.
About Rothstein Kass:
Founded in 1959, Rothstein Kass is a premier professional services firm serving privately-held and publicly-traded companies, as well as high-net-worth individuals and families. With more than 1,000 professionals, the firm provides accounting, advisory, auditing and tax services, as well as a full array of integrated services such as litigation and forensic consulting and concierge and tax accounting to clients across industry spectrums and in all stages of development. Rothstein Kass is widely recognized as a leader in the financial services space, consistently ranking among the top CPA firms serving the Hedge Fund, Private Equity, Venture Capital, Broker Dealer and Family Office segments.
At the core of Rothstein Kass’ remarkable success is a commitment to hiring, developing and retaining employees with the same entrepreneurial spirit that permeates the sophisticated business and financial services communities the firm serves.
New York, NY (PRWEB) February 25, 2014
Xebec, an experienced professional legal document service in Japan, will begin offering the V-Rooms virtual data room service in conjunction with its document scanning, physical document storage, and on-demand document printing services for Law Firms, Governmental Agencies, and M&A activity.
V-Rooms Virtual Data Rooms is a document sharing solution for highly regulated and confidential information used in such processes as corporate mergers, venture capital solicitations, bankruptcy negotiations, pharmaceutical research and mineral excavation discovery where security, confidentiality and role-based permissions are paramount.
There is a large untapped market for Japanese online document scanning and storage services for legal and business documents. Xebec’s partnership with V-Rooms will help move Japan’s legal discovery process online, which has largely remained paper-based and offline.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to partner with Xebec in expanding our operations in Japan,” said Jesse Placencia, Manager of Partnership Programs at V-Rooms. “During the recent LegalTech conference in New York, Dan Bradbary, our CEO, had the opportunity to meet with the Xebec team to review the launch of our offering.”
V-Rooms Virtual Data Rooms has a variety of security features that ensure document authenticity, including customizable document watermarking, printing and saving controls and even the ability to “UNDO” access to critical documents by revoking access even after they have been downloaded. The V-Rooms partnership program is a global operation with representation in Brazil, China and Europe.
V-Rooms provides a cloud-based, customizable virtual data room (VDR) solution that is designed to streamline document management, collaboration, exchange and archiving for financial, legal and corporate professionals. The V-Rooms Software-As-A-Service (SAAS) secure document portal facilitates the secure exchange of sensitive information providing compliant and auditable transactions. V-Rooms enable the acceleration of complex, information-intensive processes while reducing the time and expenses associated with data distribution, courier, printing and travel. Additional information can be found at http://www.v-rooms.com.
Xebec provides experienced professional legal scanning services, physical document storage, collation and printing services for Law Firms, Governmental Agencies, and M&A activity.
Additional information can be found at Litigation scanning service: http://paper-ediscovery.jp/english/.
New York, NY (PRWEB) February 25, 2014
Casper, the company delivering a better sleep experience with better designed mattresses and a superior delivery system, today announces the close of a $ 1.6 million dollar seed round. Led by Lerer Ventures, the round also includes investments from Norwest Venture Partners, Crosslink Partners, Vaizra Investments, and Correlation Ventures.
Casper’s founding team is a mix of e-commerce professionals and design engineers who share a vision to boost creativity, productivity, and health through an improved sleep experience. Philip Krim, co-founder and CEO, sold over 40,000 beds online through an e-commerce company he started as a sophomore at the University of Texas. Jeff Chapin, co-founder and product lead, worked on R&D and design for Sealy while at IDEO in Boston.
Casper, launching in late Spring, will initially offer a single mattress construction. The mattress is designed and engineered with comfort in mind: it contours to the body, reduces pressure, eliminates sinking in and overheating, but also provides excellent bounce-back – a welcome addition for mattress activities other than sleep. By eliminating costs associated with retail partnerships, distribution, and storage, Casper is able to reinvest in the product.
“We’ve made a concerted effort to focus on the elements that actually affect sleep – you would be shocked at the games retailers and manufacturers play solely for marketing purposes with no added benefit to the consumer,” says Krim. “It’s a liberating opportunity to make a bed from scratch, solely on our own terms.”
“I have been sleeping on a Casper for the last couple of months and I can only say that the sleep is awesome,” says Ben Lerer, Managing Director at Lerer Ventures. “The entire team is perfectly suited to take their vision of what people need for a better night’s sleep and transform the entire category.”
“Mattress shopping is a viewed by a large percentage of the market as one of the more difficult and frustrating shopping experiences, only surpassed by the experience of buying a used car,” said Josh Goldman, general partner at Norwest Venture Partners. “Casper is focused on fixing this archaic process that consumers endure today by bringing a high quality product to the $ 12.4B mattress market at an extremely disruptive price point. We have the utmost confidence that the leadership and design expertise of this team will deliver some much-needed transparency to the sleep industry.”
Casper products will be available in the coming months at http://www.caspersleep.com. The company is currently accepting applicants for their beta testing program.
Casper is rewriting the rules of the mattress industry by providing a universally comfortable sleep experience. With better sleep comes more productivity and creativity. Casper’s mattress is a responsive one – designed to contour to your body, reduce pressure, ensure you won’t sink in or overheat, but also provide excellent bounce-back – perfect for mattress activities other than sleep. By eliminating storage and retail partners, Casper’s superior mattresses cost a third of the closest retail equivalent. Please visit http://www.caspersleep.com/ and follow us on Twitter @caspersleep.
About Lerer Ventures
Lerer Ventures is a New York-based, seed stage venture capital fund led by managing directors Kenneth Lerer, Eric Hippeau, Ben Lerer and Jordan Cooper. LV invests in founders in the earliest stages of a startup’s life, seeking out entrepreneurs with product vision, consumer insight, focused execution, and unwavering ambition. Its portfolio includes BuzzFeed, Warby Parker, Thrillist, Birchbox, Percolate, Sailthru, Fullscreen, Songza, Chartbeat, RebelMouse, Refinery29 and many more.
About Norwest Venture Partners
Norwest Venture Partners (NVP) is a multi-stage venture capital and growth equity investment firm that has partnered with entrepreneurs to build great businesses for more than 50 years. The firm manages over $ 3.7 billion in capital and has funded more than 500 companies since inception. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., NVP has subsidiaries in Mumbai and Bengaluru, India and Herzelia, Israel. NVP makes early to late-stage venture and growth equity investments across a wide range of sectors including: technology, information services, business services, financial services, consumer products/services and healthcare. For more information, please visit http://www.nvp.com and follow NVP on Twitter @NorwestVP.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) February 25, 2014
Carolyn Carpeneti, a leading executive recruiter who has helped build out leadership teams at such iconic brands as Williams-Sonoma, Levi Strauss, Puma, University of Phoenix and Mint.com, announces today the release of a series of short videos examining the executive recruiting business.
The newly published videos include “The Traditional Executive Search Model is Broken,” “Executive Recruiting: The Art vs. The Science,” and “Questions to Ask When Hiring an Executive Recruiter.” All the videos can be found at http://carpeneti.com/about.
As founder of the Northern California-based firm Carolyn Carpeneti & Company, Carpeneti has partnered with companies spanning the spectrum of large global brands to small, developing start-ups.
Carpeneti works closely with CEOs to scale their executive teams and drive full corporate build-outs. She also coaches executives and teams on how to create inspiring corporate cultures that flourish and drive growth throughout an organization.
Carpeneti believes that a successful executive placement happens when you prioritize personality and cultural fit above experience and education. “It takes a brave executive to look beyond a candidate’s pedigree and focus on the art, not the science, of hiring great people.”
In her executive recruiting work Carpeneti also explores the impact of positive energy in corporate cultures. Carpeneti comments that while “talking about the power of positive energy treads perilously close to ‘new age’ speak, it is an extremely worthwhile examination as the presence of positive energy can single-handedly transform companies.”
She adds, “I believe that positive energy inspires people to try and do more. It gives people the passion to unite to do things otherwise thought impossible. There are enormous successes that come from organizations performing at their optimum, with their leadership positively focused and their employees thriving.”
Through speeches, panels and workshops, Carpeneti’s engaging techniques have influenced numerous leaders on how to successfully grow their business, hire game-changing talent and unleash positive energy in their organizations.
About Carolyn Carpeneti
Through her firm, Carolyn Carpeneti & Company, Carolyn Carpeneti has worked with an extensive range of consumer and retail companies spanning large multinational firms, early- and mid-stage start-ups. She specializes in collaborating closely with CEOs and their teams to build out their organizations with visionary, senior executives in marketing, sales, finance, business development and human resources.
In addition to executive level recruiting, consulting and long-term executive search solutions for companies, Carpeneti also works as an Advisor to private equity firms to guide them in the recruitment of strategic advisers, industry experts and Board members. Moreover, she provides human capital due diligence for private equity and venture capital firms before and after the acquisition phase.
Prior to her career as an executive recruiter, Carpeneti founded a high-profile event production and fundraising firm. Carpeneti worked on the production of a number of prestigious, large-scale events such as the 2000 San Francisco X-Games. She also created the annual Women’s Conference, with an attendance of 5,000+ that featured renowned speakers such as Oprah Winfrey, Suze Orman and Madeleine Albright, and focused on changing the lives of others through inspiration and positive energy.
Carolyn Carpeneti currently lives in the Northern California. She is a frequent speaker to corporations and associations on human capital and talent acquisition. You can learn more about Carolyn Carpeneti at http://www.carpeneti.com. Additional video clips may be found at http://www.YouTube.com/user/carolyncarpeneti. You can also follow her on Twitter @CCarpeneti.
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