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Hilton partners with The Suite to help senior leaders impacted by recent layoffs


Hilton, a leading global hospitality company, will be partnering with The Suite, a private career management platform & network for executives, as part of their continued efforts to support their Executive Alumni who were impacted by a company-wide layoff in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. As a result of this partnership, Hilton Alumni will be able to leverage The Suite to effectively manage their job search and take the next step in their careers. As members, they’ll gain access to exclusive executive jobs listed directly by The Suite’s partner companies, and powerful Member Tools like Compass, which provides members with role specific compensation data across every function and business stage.

Hilton has been doing a great deal to ensure that their alumni land on their feet, and have created a dedicated resource center to connect them with role openings and benefits they can utilize on their search. As of now, their resource center provides access to dozens of companies that are actively hiring and/or offering support to those impacted. As one of their Partners, The Suite is committed to helping their alumni in any way that they can.

“When life challenges our resolve, we must continue to move forward. Finding a new role can be difficult, but we are there to support our members where they need it most.” Said George C. Mazzella, The Suite’s CEO & CoFounder. “It is part of our mission to assist job seekers in ways that no other platform does. We’ve got their backs.”

In response to the recent layoffs, The Suite is offering all Hilton Alumni free access to premium platform services, including access to a dedicated career expert to guide them through every step of their job search. If you’d like to join like Hilton Alumni and become a member of The Suite, sign up to start getting the support you deserve. We’d love to have you.

About The Suite

The Suite is a Private Career Management Platform & Network built for executives. We created The Suite in order to transform the way people grow their careers, expand their networks, and discover opportunities. As a member, you’ll gain access to exclusive executive jobs listed directly by companies and our powerful Member Tools, designed to take your career to the next level.

https://thesuite.io/

About Hilton

Hilton is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 18 world-class brands comprising more than 6,100 properties with more than 971,000 rooms, in 119 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, Hilton welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its 100-year history, earned a top spot on the 2019 World’s Best Workplaces list, and was named the 2019 Global Industry Leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices.

https://www.hilton.com/

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HyPoint Hires Industry Veterans, Joins California Hydrogen Business Council To Accelerate Development Of Zero-Emission Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology


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Our expanded team shares decades of experience engineering and delivering next-generation energy solutions to global markets — as well as more than 65 U.S. patents — and together represent a new hydrogen fuel cell vanguard.” – Alex Ivanenko, co-founder and CEO, HyPoint

HyPoint, the company developing zero carbon emission hydrogen fuel cell systems for air transportation and urban air mobility, today announced that it has hired several new key executives to drive HyPoint’s technology development and go-to-market strategy. The new hires bring decades of engineering and leadership experience in hydrogen fuels, polymer nanocomposites, robotics, and related technologies.

The company also announced that it has joined the California Hydrogen Business Council (CHBC), a membership-based trade association that advances the commercialization of hydrogen in the power production, energy storage, and transportation sectors. With its membership HyPoint joins the likes of Honda, Ballard, Linde, Plug Power, Nel Hydrogen, ITM Power, and many more.

“We are very pleased to have HyPoint join the CHBC as a member,” said Bill Zobel, Executive Director, CHBC. “HyPoint’s fuel cell systems for the air transportation and urban air mobility market will contribute to the diversity of our broad membership and help the CHBC inform California decision-makers on the emergence of hydrogen fuel cell solutions in the aviation sector.”

The news comes just weeks after Urban Aeronautics, a leader in eVTOL aircraft, announced that it has partnered with HyPoint to explore the development of an advanced version of Urban Aeronautics’ CityHawk eVTOL powered by HyPoint’s cutting-edge, hydrogen fuel cell stack technology.

“We look forward to collaborating with HyPoint on the integration of the next generation of hydrogen fuel cell systems for eVTOL transportation and the urban air mobility market,” said Rafi Yoeli, CEO of Urban Aeronautics. “As a high-power, 100 percent environmentally friendly fuel, hydrogen is key to the future of eVTOL aircraft.”

Key leaders join HyPoint to fuel the future of hydrogen-powered air transportation


  • Dr. Brian Benicewicz, Ph.D., Head of Science — Benicewicz has held positions as Educational Foundation Distinguished Professor and SmartState Endowed Chair in Polymer Nanocomposites, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of South Carolina; professor and director of the NY State Center for Polymer Synthesis at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and various scientific and management positions in the private sector as well as Los Alamos National Laboratory. He co-founded H2Pump, a manufacturer of electrochemical hydrogen purification systems and invented the PBI high temperature membrane found in many fuel cell systems in stationary, portable, and automotive applications. He holds almost 50 issued U.S. patents. He received his B.S. degree from Florida Institute of Technology and his M.S. and Ph.D degrees in polymer chemistry from the University of Connecticut.

  • John Vogel, Chief Engineer of HTPEM Stack — Vogel is responsible for developing the power generation module including stack design, stack materials, balance of plant design, and algorithm of operation. He is an experienced business leader, product developer, and innovator and has been a leader in the alternative energy industry for over 15 years. He has held executive level operations, engineering, and product development positions and has successfully received and managed multi-million-dollar government programs including awards from the DOE, DOD, and NYSERDA. He is a founder of Combined Energies, where he is responsible for engineering and product development activities and was instrumental in securing the company’s first NYSERDA grant to begin the development of a novel DC to DC converter for renewables and energy storage. He holds several patents including US9413271: Power Conversion System with a DC-DC Boost Converter. From 2011 to 2016 Vogel held the position of VP of Technology Development at GE Ventures. Prior to GE, he held various leadership positions at Plug Power for over 10 years, most notably in the development of the residential CHP system GenSys Blue, the world’s first high-temperature proton exchange membrane residential fuel cell. Vogel holds a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering from the United States Military Academy and a Master of Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University.

  • Rhonda Staudt, Chief Engineer of HTPEM MEA — Staudt is responsible for fuel cell development including design of MEAs, gaskets, manufacturing, and tooling. She has been a leader in the alternative energy industry for over 15 years and has held various senior management positions in operations and engineering. She is a founding member of Combined Energies, where she directs the company operations focused on DC to DC converter technology for alternative energy. During her career, Staudt successfully executed multi-million dollar government programs, including awards from the US Department of Energy (DoE) and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Prior to Combined Energies, she was the Director of Operations at H2Pump. H2Pump developed hydrogen purification systems using LTPEM and HTPEM. Prior to H2Pump, she was VP of Operations for Plug Power’s Stationary Fuel Cell Division. Plug Power is the leading developer of fuel cells in the US. Staudt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University and a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

“Delivering on the promise of a future with ubiquitous zero-emission air transportation — powered by hydrogen fuel cells — requires the best and brightest minds,” said Alex Ivanenko, co-founder and CEO of HyPoint. “Our expanded team shares decades of experience engineering and delivering next-generation energy solutions to global markets, as well as more than 65 U.S. patents, and together represent a new hydrogen fuel cell vanguard. We are incredibly excited to work together, and with CHBC, to bring hydrogen fuel cell technology into the mainstream.”

About HyPoint

Based in Silicon Valley, HyPoint is a VC-backed manufacturer of next-generation hydrogen fuel cell systems. HyPoint’s turbo air-cooled hydrogen fuel cells feature zero CO2 emissions and game-changing energy performance for the air transportation and urban air mobility market. HyPoint’s unique offering is based on several patented innovations including a HTPEM membrane, a lightweight bipolar plate, a catalyst recipe, and an industry-leading “turbo” air-cooled system. The combination of these technologies enables a lightweight climate-independent fuel system with extended lifespan that increases operational time by 5X and utilization rate by 10X while decreasing TCO by 90%. To learn more, please visit hypoint.us.

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Emtec Announces Appointment of New Board Members and Leadership Transition


Emtec announces appointment of new board members and leadership transition.

Our new board members share our commitment to operational excellence and delivering greater value to our clients. We are fortunate to have them on our team and look forward to integrating their perspective into the successful execution of our strategic plan.

Emtec, Inc., a global IT consultancy, announces the appointment of John Raveret, Gregory Cowan and David E. Fraimow, Esquire to its board of directors effective immediately.

John Raveret is a senior executive with successful track record of developing and executing growth strategies across the software and IT services industries. He possesses a strong financial acumen, as well as a deep understanding of the IT services and consulting market. He currently serves as Founder and Managing Director of Cordatus Advisors LLC., a corporate development advisory and outsourcing services firm. Previously, he served as an integral member of the leadership team that grew Cognizant, a global IT consulting and services firm.

Gregory Cowan is an accomplished senior financial executive with approximately 40 years of collective experience, consisting of 11 years with PWC and almost 29 years in various industries including technical services. He most recently served as Executive Vice President and CFO of VWR, a global supplier and service provider to the scientific, healthcare and education sectors. Mr. Cowan is currently on the Board of Osmotica Pharmaceuticals and serves as a member of the Compensation Committee as well as Audit Committee Chairman for the enterprise.

David E. Fraimow, Esquire is a Senior Managing Director with LBC Credit Partners, responsible for managing a portfolio of LBC’s investments, overseeing legal and credit documentation, as well as serving on the firm’s Investment Committee. He has more than 30 years leveraged finance, valuation, restructuring and legal experience.

“Our new board members share our commitment to operational excellence and delivering greater value to our clients,” said Sunil Misra, CEO and President, Emtec. “We are fortunate to have them on our team and look forward to integrating their perspective into the successful execution of our strategic plan.”

The appointment of three new board members concludes Emtec’s leadership transition plan which was initiated last year with the appointment of Sunil Misra as CEO and President.

Executive Chairman and Founder Dinesh Desai will continue in his role and focus on long term strategy.

Rick Johnson, Emtec’s VP of Operations, has stepped into an expanded role as Emtec’s Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, Mr. Johnson has overall responsibility for Emtec’s Finance, Legal and Compliance, and HR functions.

Ravi Chennupati, Emtec’s Director of Finance, has been promoted to Chief Accounting Officer and will continue to lead Emtec’s accounting functions.

About Emtec

Emtec is a global IT consultancy dedicated to helping world class organizations in the enterprise, education, and government markets drive transformation and growth by employing the latest enterprise technologies and innovative business processes. We empower our clients to accelerate innovation and deliver amazing client experiences to better compete and ultimately lead in their industry. Our “Client for Life” approach is built upon over 20 years of delivering rapid, meaningful and lasting business value. Our offerings span the IT spectrum from Advisory, Applications (Enterprise, Custom, Mobile and Cloud) as well as Intelligent Automation, Analytic, Cyber Security and Infrastructure Services. https://www.emtecinc.com/

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Zelgor Games Appoints Veteran AAA Game Designer Andres Gonzalez Lead Designer


Andres Gonzalez - Zelgor Games' Lead Designer

Andres Gonzalez – Zelgor Games’ Lead Designer

“Andres needs no introduction to the game industry and community. We are incredibly excited and honored to be able to benefit from his talent and experience.” – John Fanning, Jr.

Zelgor Inc. today announced that veteran AAA Game Developer Andres Gonzalez joins Zelgor as Lead Designer focusing on preparing for the launch of its first game, Noobs in Space, this fall. Mr. Gonzalez brings twelve years of experience in AAA game development, working on Game Design.

Mr. Gonzalez brings his ability to synthesize a bold creative vision and expert technical solutions that have been instrumental in the success of numerous multi-platform AAA game titles. At Irrational Games, Mr. Gonzalez was Lead Designer on BioShock Infinite DLC Burial at Sea and Lead Combat Designer on Bioshock Infinite, which received critical acclaim and numerous awards. At the 17th Annual D.I.C.E Awards, Bioshock Infinite was nominated for six awards and won Action Game of the Year. It was awarded “Best Shooter” by VGX and Metacritic, a video game review aggregator, rated BioShock Infinite a 94 out of 100 indicating “Universal Acclaim” and “Must Play” status. Mr. Gonzalez also contributed to titles such as Saints Row: The Third and Red Faction: Guerrilla.

Mr. Gonzalez holds a Masters of Interactive Technology: Digital Game Development from The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Simon Bolivar University.

Zelgor Games’ Founder and CEO, John Fanning, Jr., stated, “Andres needs no introduction to the game industry and community. We are incredibly excited and honored to be able to benefit from his talent and experience. He is a great addition to our growing team, and we will lean on his wealth of experience and insight. Everyone at the company is proud to welcome him on board the Zelgor mothership.”

About Zelgor Games:

Zelgor Games is building mobile games that enable Noobs to control the Universe! Whether it’s utilizing cutting edge location technology, or making sleek and straightforward hyper-casual games, Zelgor Games aims to create an entire galaxy of interconnected games and content.

To learn more about Zelgor Games, visit Zelgor on Netcapital.

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Veteran Human Resources Professional Adam Currie to Lead Groundworks Human Resources


Adam Currie

“Adam Currie has proven himself at companies with strategies and business models that, in many ways, match our own,” commented Mike Irby, President of Groundworks.

Groundworks Companies®, the nation’s largest privately owned foundation services company, today announced the hiring of Adam Currie as Vice President of Human Resources to lead the continued efforts of their Human Resources department to support the organization’s long term objectives. With nearly a decade of executive HR experience gained at visionary, multi-branch organizations. Currie specializes in talent management, rewards programs, and labor economics and provides an ideal mix of skills as the company continues to build its human capital resources

Currie comes to Groundworks from TruGreen, the nation’s largest lawn care and outdoor services provider, where he served in multiple roles including his most recent position as a director and HR business partner. As HR Director he was an integral part of the success seen by the over 16,000 employees. Over a four-year period, Currie played an important role in expanding TruGreen’s human resources support, rising from a project management position to his director-level post. Before entering the home services field, Currie worked in numerous HR and executive compensation positions with USAA.

“Adam Currie has proven himself at companies with strategies and business models that, in many ways, match our own,” commented Mike Irby, President of Groundworks. “Our executive team is focused on understanding and building the kind of talent necessary for fast growth in a diverse, nationwide, and highly competitive environment. We believe Adam has the leadership and HR expertise to develop this side of our business.”

“Groundworks has an exciting vision to bring world-class financial, HR, and business management expertise to the home repair and services industry. Its mission, vision, and culture closely align with my career experience,” noted Currie. “I’m excited to help Groundworks support its multi-location, multi-brand assets by developing a deep resource of exceptional employee talent.”

Currie received his B.S. degree in industrial and labor relations at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He then went on to earn an M.B.A. from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. Currie is looking forward to relocating to Virginia Beach, VA with his family. The former standout college football quarterback, Currie intends to spend his free time in the outdoors with his wife and two sons when possible.

About Groundworks

Groundworks® is the nation’s largest privately held foundation services company. Headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA, the company provides foundation repair, basement waterproofing, crawl space repair and encapsulation, and concrete lifting. Groundworks is comprised of AFS Foundation & Waterproofing Specialists™, Complete Basement Systems®, Florida Foundation Authority™, Foundation Recovery Systems™, Foundation Repair of Western Colorado™, Indiana Foundation Service™, Innovative Basement Authority™, JES Foundation Repair™, Mount Valley Foundation Services®, Ohio Basement Authority™, Ohio Basement Systems™, Tar Heel Basement Systems™, A-1 Sewer & Drain™, Independence Materials Group™ and Bizwiz Software™. Since 1986, the combined companies have helped nearly 1 million homeowners protect and repair their most valuable asset, their home. Groundworks operates over 30 offices that serve Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Minneapolis, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. The company has been named numerous times to the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies, BBB integrity award and Best Places to Work. For more information, visit https://www.GroundworksCompanies.com.

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10Pearls Welcomes Joshua Konowe to Lead & Scale Digital Innovation and Transformation Practice


“Joshua is joining the team during an exciting period of continued expansion [and] his track record of building high-performance products at scale is going to be a major asset to our company” says Imran Aftab, CEO of 10Pearls.

10Pearls, an end-to-end digital technology services company, is pleased to welcome Joshua Konowe as Vice President, Digital Innovation Practice. Joshua will lead and scale the 10Pearls digital innovation and new product development group which has been experiencing high growth.

“Joshua is joining the team during an exciting period of continued expansion,” says Imran Aftab, CEO and Co-Founder of 10Pearls. “His track record of building high-performance digital products at scale is going to be a major asset to our company.”

Having another industry leader who intuitively understands the client and their need for innovation is critical. Joshua additionally helps future-proof the already successful Lean Product Accelerator program or LPA™. The LPA is a hyper-accelerated method for businesses that need quick design, validation and prototypes that they can take to market in weeks (not months). In the current COVID-19 business climate and post-COVID world, companies want and need to innovate faster than ever.

“It’s amazing to see how many great products 10Pearls has developed for an impressive portfolio of clients. In an industry lacking differentiation, the quality and creativity of their work stands apart,” Joshua Konowe.

Joshua Konowe is a serial entrepreneur and award-winning leader of both national and international SaaS and media businesses; including GoCanvas, Silent Circle, eAgent, and Uppidy. Joshua currently mentors at his alma mater, The University of Kentucky, gave a TED talk on trust in 2016, and gives back to the community in a variety of ways – most notably as an advisor to the Children’s Science Center of Northern Virginia.

About 10Pearls:

10Pearls is an end-to-end digital technology services partner helping businesses utilize technology as a competitive advantage. They help companies digitalize existing business processes, build innovative new products, and augment their teams with world-class creatives and engineers. 10Pearls has broad expertise in product management, user experience/design, cloud architecture, software development, data insights and intelligence, cyber security, emerging tech, and quality assurance which ensures that the solutions they deliver address real business needs. They serve a diverse clientele from Global 2000 enterprises to high-growth startups across many industries including healthcare, education, energy, communications, finance, real estate, and technology. 10Pearls’ many long-term, successful partnerships are built upon trust, integrity and successful delivery and execution. To learn more, visit  https://www.10pearls.com.

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American Tinnitus Association Elects New Board Members to Expand Services to Tinnitus Community During Pandemic


The American Tinnitus Association has elected four members to its board of directors to expand its leadership and help it better understand and respond to the challenges that the coronavirus pandemic has created for the tinnitus community. Frequently referred to as ringing in the ears, the chronic condition often is exacerbated by increased stress and anxiety, which are at unprecedented levels due to wide sweeping uncertainties linked to the pandemic.

“All of us have been touched in one way or another by the virus, and the ATA will navigate this by drawing on the insights of those affected most – tinnitus patients – and the expertise of healthcare providers, and researchers,” said Jill Meltzer, AuD, and Chair of the ATA Board of Directors. “Our board is comprised of these voices, so we hear firsthand what we need to know and do today to ensure that the entire tinnitus community is in a better place a year from now.”

The American Tinnitus Association is North America’s only nonprofit dedicated solely to advancing treatment, research, and education into the management of tinnitus.

“Every year, we receive extraordinary applications from members of the public who want to share their time and expertise to help the ATA continue to meet the needs of the public, from educating doctors on how tinnitus can be managed and helping patients find qualified healthcare providers to funding international research initiatives aimed at curing and treating tinnitus,” Meltzer said.

The ATA is committed to improving the lives of approximately 26 million adults in the United States with tinnitus. Meltzer emphasized that diversity of perspective and experience, as well as the ability to empathize and communicate effectively are critical, particularly since the tinnitus community – like everyone else – is no longer easily able to meet in person.

Newly Elected ATA Board Members:

Sharzad Cohen, AuD, MS, is the owner and lead audiologist of Hearing Loss Solutions as well as Auditory Processing Centers in California. Cohen has extensive experience working with the public and other professionals to raise awareness of hearing health and the dangers of loud noise. Cohen developed tinnitus after giving birth to her son in 2004, and it informs her approach to helping patients and healthcare providers understand tinnitus management and treatment options. Cohen said, “I believe in the mission of the ATA, which is focused on finding solutions and answers for tinnitus.” She is trained in tinnitus management, including Tinnitus Retraining Therapy. She also is an expert in the evaluation, programming, and management of cochlear implants and bone-anchored hearing aids. Cohen earned her AuD from the University of Florida and her MS from California State University, Northridge.

Stelios Dokianakis, AuD, MS, is founder of Holland Doctors of Audiology in Holland, MI. Dokianakis noted that Jack Vernon, PhD, and co-founder of the ATA, was an early influence in his decision to dedicate himself to tinnitus education and its management. He has worked as a clinician helping patients manage hearing loss, tinnitus, and hyperacusis for almost 20 years. He has noise-induced tinnitus, which informs the work he does with musicians to safeguard their hearing. “Working with patients has afforded me deeper empathy, compassion, and an increased appreciation of the ATA’s role [in the tinnitus community].” Dokianakis also moderates a tinnitus support group to give people a forum to express their experiences and learn about ongoing activities in the field of tinnitus. He earned his AuD from the AT Still University of Health Sciences in Kirksville, MO, and his MS in Communication Science Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Allan C. Mayer, Jr., MBA, is a retired marketing executive with more than 30 years of experience in strategic business leadership across a variety of industries. Mayer has had tinnitus for about 10 years and is keenly interested in patient outreach efforts, advocacy, and advancing progress toward understanding and curing tinnitus. “Personally, my biggest challenge with tinnitus has been understanding why it’s relatively mild one day, then incredibly strong and annoying the next.” Mayer is the founder and president of ConsumerView Research and also served as a partner at The HMC Company for more than 20 years. He served as a member of the National Institutes of Health’s National Advisory Board for Arthritis, Musculoskeletal & Skin Diseases, as well as the president of the Board of the National Psoriasis Foundation. Mayer earned his BS in Speech Science from Northwestern and his MBA from Arizona State University.

Re-elected Director:

Jinsheng Zhang, PhD, is a professor of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences & Disorders at Wayne State University. He heads a tinnitus research laboratory that investigates the mechanisms of noise- and blast-induced tinnitus and related traumatic brain injury, as well as the development of pharmaceutical and medical device solutions. His research has been published extensively and funded by numerous federal and private agencies. He has trained close to 50 residents, post-doctoral candidates, and graduate students. He organized a special issue on tinnitus, which appeared in the journal Frontiers in Neurology. Currently, he and Grant Searchfield, PhD, are editing the volume “The Behavioral Neuroscience of Tinnitus,” by Springer. Zhang has served on the ATA board since July 2015 and is a former Chair of the ATA’s Scientific Advisory Committee.

About the ATA

The core purpose of the American Tinnitus Association is to promote relief, prevent, and find cures for tinnitus, evidenced by its core values of compassion, credibility, and responsibility.

The leading cause of tinnitus is exposure to loud sound that damages an individual’s auditory system; the second leading cause is head or neck trauma. Tinnitus also is the leading service-connected disability for U.S. veterans.

The ATA is wholly funded by individual donors and companies to fulfill its critical mission. Please donate and/or consider becoming a member so the ATA can continue to improve the quality of life for those living with tinnitus and to educate the public on its prevention. See http://www.ATA.org for more information.

If your tinnitus is causing you distress, getting help is crucial. Call 1-800-634-8978, if you need general guidance on tinnitus management and seeking care.

http://www.ATA.org

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FastSpring Appoints Mark Lambert as Chief Financial Officer


Fastspring CFO, Mark Lambert

Fastspring CFO, Mark Lambert

“I am excited to join FastSpring because the business is well-positioned to play a pivotal role as a commerce partner in the global market expansion taking place in the software and SaaS market right now.”

FastSpring, a full-service ecommerce partner for software and SaaS companies, today announced that Mark Lambert has joined as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Lambert will be responsible for the Finance, Revenue Operations, and Legal departments at FastSpring. Lambert brings over a decade of experience in the CFO role at several high-growth technology companies with substantial international footprints.

“As FastSpring continues to grow at a rapid pace and increase in complexity,” said David Nachman, CEO, FastSpring. “The role of the CFO is absolutely essential to our continued success. I’m excited to welcome Mark Lambert to the team and look forward to our next chapter of growth.”

In his most recent role, Lambert played a central role in helping Wrike, a leading B2B SaaS project management and collaboration solution, grow from $60M to $120M. Prior to Wrike, Mark served as CFO of multiple high growth venture capital-backed companies. Earlier in his career, Lambert spent seven years at Yahoo, where he focused on acquisitions. In this role, he was deeply involved in completing and integrating 16 acquisitions, including notable companies such as Overture, Hotjobs, and Inktomi.

“I am excited to join FastSpring because the business is well-positioned to play a pivotal role as a commerce partner in the global market expansion taking place in the software and SaaS market right now,” said Mark Lambert, CFO, FastSpring. “In my role, I believe in building a strong business, a great company culture, and a connection with our local and global community that we can all be proud of for years to come.”

About FastSpring

FastSpring is the trusted ecommerce partner for companies that sell software around the world. Companies using FastSpring’s full-service ecommerce solution sell more, stay lean, and compete big. Founded in 2005, FastSpring is a privately owned company headquartered in Santa Barbara with an office in Amsterdam. For more information, please visit https://www.fastspring.com.

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SQUAN Promotes Carolyn Hardwick to President, Engineering


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Carolyn’s ability to foster long-term executive-level associations, effectively lead dynamic teams and adapt to our fast-paced industry has aided her professional successes and will continue to do so in her new role as President, Engineering.

SQUAN, an industry leader in design/build services for telecommunications network infrastructure, announced today the promotion of Carolyn Hardwick from National Director, Business Development to President, Engineering.

With over two decades of experience in the telecom/wireless industry, Hardwick will continue to effectively support SQUAN’s business expansion efforts by leveraging her wealth of professional understanding, deep technical, operational and strategic leadership. The promotion will allow Hardwick to bring much more to SQUAN’s development as wireline, fiber and wireless carriers continue to come together and increase pressure on operational excellence.

“Carolyn’s ability to foster long-term executive-level associations, effectively lead dynamic teams and adapt to our fast-paced industry has aided her professional successes and will continue to do so in her new role as President, Engineering,” said SQUAN CSO Keith Pennachio. “Throughout the years, Carolyn has been committed to ensuring SQUAN’s drive for excellence, whether its contract negotiation, client relations, creative approaches or result-driven solutions.”

Hardwick’s extensive career in the industry includes long tenures at a variety of telecommunications institutions where she was able to build her professional familiarity. Prior to joining SQUAN, Hardwick served as National Account Director at KGPCo, managing Multiple System Operators (MSOs) in the cable telecommunications sector. She has held director-level positions at both Bluestream Professional Services and SBA Communications Corporation managing client relations, contract negotiation, business strategy, marketing and identification of new revenue opportunities. Other roles include Site Development Manager at Southeast Towers, LLC, property and Construction Manager at AirGate PCS, Alamosa PCS and Sprint-Nextel.

Today, Hardwick serves as President of the Women’s Wireless Leadership Forum (WWLF). She is also a member of the global organization Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), as well as ten state wireless association programs. Hardwick holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from The University of Charleston as well as a Bachelor of Science in Administrative Management from Clemson University.

About SQUAN

SQUAN combines its unique and in-depth knowledge of network engineering and fiber construction to solve complex and evolving telecommunications problems around macro networks, small-cell, DAS, 5G, IoT and smart cities for wireless, wireline and enterprise customers. SQUAN is focused on the evolution of communications networks of all types and how new technologies are changing the landscape of infrastructure. SQUAN provides design/build and advisory services for backhaul, small-cells, C-RAN, fiber, Right-of-Way, technical installs and maintenance. For more information visit: http://www.squan.com or contact SQUAN’s head of strategy, Keith Pennachio at kpennachio(at)squan(dot)com.

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EZLynx Partners with Netstar, Inc. Telecom Navigators to Provide Complimentary Internet Service Provider and Telecom Services


Through EZLynx’s partnership with Netstar Inc. independent insurance agents can easily access a free consultative service designed to procure the best voice, internet, cloud and security services for their businesses.

Netstar, Inc. is a leading telecom and cloud solutions expert with more than 20 years of experience helping organizations find the best IT strategies to allow their businesses to effectively communicate with their clients. As a trusted advisor, Netstar gives thousands of customers peace of mind by cutting through the confusion of the communications industry and ensuring that they receive the best value for a complete and unified communications solution.

Insurance agents’ number one goal for their communications services is to provide stellar service to their customers. With Netstar’s help, agents will find the perfect phone system, one that will function the same at home as it does in the office and is capable of effectively handling their call capacity and load leveling.

“Just as insurance agents find coverages that best protect their customers’ interests, Netstar discovers the perfect package of communications services that enable businesses to run smoothly and efficiently” said Tony Cheng, Principal Partner at Netstar.

“Ezlynx’s goal is to provide services to meet Agency IT Operations while enabling them to focus on increasing market share and running their book of business better,” said Srinivas Vaddi, EZLynx product manager.

Netstar, Inc. is the latest addition to the EZLynx Connect platform. EZLynx Connect provides third-party businesses an avenue to distribute their products and services directly within the EZLynx platform. The EZLynx framework has been opened and carrier and vendors have been invited to work side-by-side with EZLynx’s technologists to innovate and integrate solutions to better the agency workflow.

About EZLynx:

EZLynx is one of the leading software solutions for independent insurance agencies. In 2003, EZLynx pioneered real-time rating, enabling agents to generate quotes from multiple insurance carriers with a single data entry point. EZLynx has continued to create innovative software solutions that transform every facet of agency life, including agency management, client self-servicing, sales pipeline management, marketing and communications, accounting, eSignature, and more, all available on a unified, one platform solution. Over 20,000 agencies rely on EZLynx to provide more than 4 million home, auto, and package transactions every month. Learn more at EZLlynx.com

About Netstar, Inc.:

Netstar, Inc. brokers over 130 telecom, internet, cloud, and security service providers to business clients throughout the US and Canada. Our Seattle based team undertakes the cumbersome process of researching, evaluating, and selecting vendors for technology products and services on behalf of our clients. Clients engage us from vendor selection through service activation to ongoing support. We provide our services to our clients on a complimentary basis.

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