Zello Expands Leadership Team to Leverage Traction & Capture Market Opportunity

AUSTIN, Texas (PRWEB) January 16, 2019

Zello, the leading push-to-talk voice messaging app for teams, communities and businesses worldwide, today announces the expansion of its executive team to include four dynamic new hires: Amanda McGuckin Hager, Vice President of Marketing; Thomas Hutchings, Director of Engineering; Mike Neri, Head of Sales & Customer Operations; and Raphael Varieras, Director of Operations.

Beginning this week, all four new hires will join Bill Moore, CEO and Alexey Gavrilov, Founder and CTO to round out the Austin, TX-based Zello’s executive team.

“Millions of Zello users in every country communicate live over their smart devices to solve problems and connect in emergencies,” said Bill Moore, Zello CEO. “With these hires, our company is scaling its leadership and company structure and is poised to accelerate growth and take advantage of market traction.”

Zello is already wildly popular among consumers (& was the #1 app on iTunes when Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean) and is now looking to ramp up its B2B partnerships and engagement.

Founded in 2012, Zello is privately-held and profitable. It enables teams’ communication and cooperation in real time, particularly for desk-less workers, including folks in the retail, manufacturing, construction, hospitality and transportation industries. Current customers include Honda, Restoration Hardware, Starwood/Marriott, Uniqlo, Waste Management, and YRC Freight.

Zello’s purpose-driven culture was endorsed this week by Built in Austin naming the company as one of its 2019 Best Places to Work. That designation recognizes Austin businesses that are going out of their way to provide employees with the support — both financial and non-financial — that they need to thrive.

Here is a breakdown of each of Zello’s new executive leadership hires:

Amanda McGuckin Hager, VP of Marketing

Amanda’s two decades of experience and proven marketing expertise have served several B2B technology companies seeking to grow revenue, market share, and/or company valuation. By implementing strategies, processes, best practices and tactics, Amanda grows company awareness and drives demand for the product, in order to serve sales goals.

Using a data-driven, repeatable and scalable approach, Amanda has built demand generation, product marketing and brand functions for seven venture-capital backed startups, three private equity-backed software companies, and four public companies. She has taken four companies through acquisition.

Thomas Hutchings, Director of Engineering

Thomas brings nearly two decades of engineering leadership experience with a proven track record of delivering name-brand consumer applications and services. Past projects include carefinder.com, an innovative child and adult care services directory; hotels.com, one of the world's largest travel and lodging destination sites; and tunein.com, a hugely popular radio streaming service.

Thomas applies deep technical knowledge alongside the creativity he developed from his early studies as a professional musician to achieve industry-leading results. His areas of expertise include high scale systems, big data analytics, and full stack application development. He holds a BS in Computer Science and several patents in the online radio technology space.

Mike Neri, Head of Sales & Customer Operations

Mike is a motivational and dynamic business executive with a proven track record building high performing sales organizations through mission and vision-based leadership. Mike is a well-rounded leader whose experience and skill set has scaled revenue engines that drive hyper growth while maintaining efficiencies.

As a leader, his focus is on creating satisfied, loyal employees who, in return, create satisfied, loyal customers.

Raphael Varieras, Director of Operations

Raphael is a technology startup executive with an execution mind-set and a bias toward action.

Raphael's passion is to support data-driven decisions with data, analytics, and insight. He started applying these skills in the renewable energy industry, pushing solar technology development forward in California, then later turned his attention to operational positions in software startups like Radian Generation in asset management, Fieldwire in construction, and now Zello.

Raphael grew up in France, graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique, and found his first home in California, before recently relocating to Texas. He also holds a Master of Science from Stanford and an MBA from Wharton.

About Zello, Inc.

Zello is the leading push-to-talk voice messaging app for communities, teams, and businesses worldwide. Millions of Zello users communicate in real-time over any wireless or data network to share updates, connect in emergencies, and solve problems. Founded in 2012 and recognized as one of Austin’s Best Places to Work, Zello is privately-held and profitable. Current customers include Honda, Restoration Hardware, Starwood/Marriott, Uniqlo, Waste Management, and YRC Freight. To try Zello for free, visit zello.com/try

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Canna-Hub Announces Largest Cannabis Business Park in Northern California is Designated as Qualified Opportunity Zone

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (PRWEB) January 16, 2019

Canna-Hub, a California-based real estate development and property management company for the cannabis industry, today announced that the company’s largest development in Williams, Calif., is located in a qualified Opportunity Zone as defined in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

“This is not a coincidence,” said Founder and CEO Tim McGraw. “We started development of the project in early 2017 before Opportunity Zones even existed. The main objective of all our projects is to support the growth of the cannabis industry by providing a comprehensive real estate solution for licensed cannabis operators, while bringing jobs and economic development to cities that need it the most."

The new Federal tax law created Opportunity Zones to attract new investments in low-income communities by providing investors with significant tax benefits. Specifically, investors are able to defer tax payments on recent capital gains if those gains are reinvested in an Opportunity Zone fund or business, and gains on the new Opportunity Zone investment may ultimately become tax free, depending on the holding period for the investment.

“The fact that our largest development is now located in an Opportunity Zone has made what was already a great investment opportunity even more attractive for our investors,” said Co-Founder and CFO Jonathan Charak.

These Opportunity Zone tax benefits are also applicable to the licensed cannabis operators that decide to locate within the Canna-Hub campus, which can create great new opportunities for our tenant’s investors as well.

McGraw added, “The Opportunity Zone designation is yet another of many advantages enjoyed by our operator tenants, along with benefits such as shared security costs and an onsite third-party testing lab. I am very excited to see the positive social and economic impact that the Canna-Hub development will have on the City of Williams.”

The company’s Canna-Hub Business Communities, or “cannabis hubs,” can accommodate numerous license types allowing for third-party testing labs, indoor cultivation, greenhouses, nurseries, volatile and non-volatile manufacturing, tissue culture labs, distribution and transport.

For more information on securing space in Canna-Hub’s Mendota or Williams, California, cannabis hub, visit: http://www.Canna-Hub.com or call 916-620-7999.

About Canna-Hub

CHH LLC (dba Canna-Hub) was formed in 2017 to develop, manage and secure cannabis business parks, which are first of their kind in the industry. Canna-Hub identifies, acquires, and develops or repurposes real estate to create Canna-Hub Campuses. Canna-Hub works with underserved communities to facilitate business-friendly zoning ordinances, entitlements and fees. With over 2 million square feet under development in California, Canna-Hub has committed to build the most sophisticated and valuable real estate portfolio in the cannabis industry and is also seeking opportunities for development and sale lease back investments beyond the West Coast. For details on Canna-Hub and location specifics, visit http://www.canna-hub.com.

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NEST Fragrances Names Maria Dempsey Chief Executive Officer

NEW YORK (PRWEB) January 16, 2019

NEST Fragrances, a leading luxury lifestyle fragrance brand, today announced the appointment of Maria Dempsey as Chief Executive Officer. An accomplished beauty industry veteran for more than 25 years, having held senior-level positions at Lancôme, John Frieda, and Clarins, Dempsey brings to NEST Fragrances a proven track record of executive and organizational leadership, strategic brand vision, and innovative retail and digital successes.

“Since the launch of NEST Fragrances in 2008, we have enjoyed enormous success and significant year-over-year growth,” said Laura Slatkin, Founder and Executive Chairman of NEST Fragrances. “As a result of the tremendous interest in the brand from both our existing and potential customers, we have a meaningful opportunity to develop additional product categories, increase our digital penetration, and expand our international footprint. In order to appropriately capitalize on these opportunities, we require a capable and driven CEO who can organize and position the company for accelerated growth over the next few years. I believe that person is Maria Dempsey. Not only is she an innovative business strategist and dynamic leader, she is also a straight shooter who is ready to roll up her sleeves and hit the ground running. I look forward to working with Maria to help shape a bright future for NEST Fragrances.”

From 2008 to 2017, Dempsey held several senior and executive-level management positions at Clarins, most recently serving as Executive Vice President of Marketing for the Americas, United Kingdom, and Travel Retail. In that role, Dempsey, who was also a member of the Executive Leadership team, helped to conceive, develop, and execute all brand, digital, and retail initiatives. Prior to joining Clarins, Dempsey was President and Board Chair of HM Mane Solutions, her own start-up business venture that launched the revolutionary EasyStraight brand of at-home hair care products distributed in drug stores in the U.S. and Australia. The company was sold to Zotos International, Inc., in 2007.

“I am thrilled to be joining NEST Fragrances and I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to help guide and grow this amazing brand,” said Maria Dempsey. “I am so impressed with what Laura and her team have built over the years: NEST Fragrances is an aspirational yet accessible luxury brand that truly ‘elevates the everyday,’ has a fast-growing legion of loyal fans, and has significant potential to become even more relevant, desirable, and successful. With the enthusiastic support of Jill Granoff and her team at Eurazeo Brands, I look forward to partnering with Laura and the entire team at NEST Fragrances to get to work. There is a lot to be excited about and many good things to come!”

Dempsey began her beauty industry career in 1987 at L’Oréal where she was employed for 12 years, ultimately becoming Vice President of Marketing, Facial Skincare, Sun, Body, and Fragrances in 1997 for the company’s Lancôme brand. From 1999 to 2003, she was Vice President of Marketing for John Frieda Hair Care. Dempsey succeeds Nancy McKay who stepped down as CEO of NEST Fragrances in October 2018.

About NEST Fragrances

NEST Fragrances, the “Company,” is a leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of exceptionally crafted luxury fine, personal, and home fragrance collections. The Company was founded in 2005 by fragrance industry icon Laura Slatkin. NEST Fragrances, the “Brand,” launched in 2008 with a collection of 12 scented candles. Today, the Brand features more than 20 home fragrance collections consisting of luxury scented candles and diffusers in several sizes, liquid soap, and hand lotion. The NEST Fine Fragrances Collection debuted in 2013 and today consists of eight scents available in eau de parfum sprays and roller balls and scented body cream. The Company’s products are sold primarily in North America through a premier network of specialty department stores, beauty product stores, boutique stores and spas, and the Company’s online flagship store NESTFragrances.com.

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