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Stagwell’s (STGW) Flagship Media Agency Assembly Selected by Lenovo as Global Agency of Record For EMEA, North America, & Latin America


Global omnichannel agency Assembly has been named a Media Agency of Record for Lenovo, one of the world’s largest technology companies. Assembly will lead Lenovo’s full-funnel paid media program for its consumer (including Yoga and Lenovo Legion gaming), commercial (including ThinkPad), and small and medium-sized business segments (including ThinkBook) across North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. Lenovo has brought Assembly on to strengthen its audience-centric and insight-led media approach, with an emphasis on data convergence, performance measurement, and technology, to drive greater marketing effectiveness. The appointment supports the operationalization of Lenovo’s global marketing strategy, which sees agency partners and Lenovo’s Global Media Strategy Center of Excellence working together in an innovative hybrid model. “As the technology and marketing industries undergo a profound transformation in an increasingly fragmented digital ecosystem, marketing needs to adapt and modernize as we navigate this new environment,” said Gina Qiao, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer at Lenovo. “We look forward to working with our new agency partners to continue innovating how and where we tell Lenovo’s vision of smarter technology for all, and to further advance the industry.” Lenovo represents one of the world’s widest portfolio of technology devices, solutions and services, with a bold vision to deliver Smarter Technology for All, from smarter supply chains to human-centered technology that improves the lives of communities everywhere. “It's such an exciting time to partner with Lenovo. With huge opportunities for transformation and growth, we look forward to bringing data, technology, and omnichannel media solutions to Lenovo’s global marketing strategy,” said James Townsend, Global CEO of Assembly and Global CEO of Stagwell Media Network. “This is a partnership aligned in the ambition to continue transforming marketing and we’re grateful for the opportunity to work alongside the whole Lenovo team.” Assembly is part of Stagwell, the challenger network built to transform marketing. “Lenovo is a world-class, globally-recognized brand, and we look forward to growing their business and transforming their marketing capabilities for the future,” said Mark Penn, Stagwell CEO and Chairman. Assembly’s appointment is effective April 2022. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. ABOUT ASSEMBLY: Assembly is made of the ingredients of the modern agency, bringing together data, talent, and technology to deliver a connected set of solutions for media + more to the best brands on the planet. We're home to more than 1,500 of the industry's top talent, who bring unmatched global omnichannel media expertise + data, technology, and business consulting capabilities that help brands find the change that fuels growth. Assembly is a proud member of Stagwell, the challenger network built to transform marketing. Visit for more information. ABOUT LENOVO: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$60 billion revenue Fortune Global 500 company serving customers in 180 markets around the world. Focused on a bold vision to deliver smarter technology for all, we are developing world-changing technologies that power (through devices and infrastructure) and empower (through solutions, services and software) millions of customers every day and together create a more inclusive, trustworthy and sustainable digital society for everyone, everywhere. To find out more visit and read about the latest news via our StoryHub. ABOUT STAGWELL: Stagwell is the challenger network built to transform marketing. We deliver scaled creative performance for the world's most ambitious brands, connecting culture-moving creativity with leading-edge technology to harmonize the art and science of marketing. Led by entrepreneurs, our 10,000+ specialists in 34+ countries are unified under a single purpose: to drive effectiveness and improve business results for their clients. Join us at ABOUT STAGWELL MEDIA NETWORK: Stagwell’s Media Network is a group of leading multichannel agencies home to more than 3,000 experts with an expansive global footprint across 40+ offices in 20 countries, managing close to $5 billion in media. Agencies include Assembly, MMI Agency, Goodstuff and Grason, creative consultancy GALE, B2B specialist Multiview, multi-lingual content agency Locaria, and travel and media experts Ink. The network offers marketers a more dynamic partner for global B2B and B2C solutions spanning data, technology, media, and creativity aimed at accelerating business growth for brands worldwide. Contact Details Assembly Sara Pollack, VP of Marketing +1 917-438-4922 Company Website

April 04, 2022 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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PCMA Private Client’s Aron Rofer Ranked As One Of The Nation’s Top Originators By Scotsman Guide


PCMA, the pioneer and leading voice in Non-Bank Private Client Lending, proudly announces Aron Rofer, President and General Counsel at PCMA Private Client, has once again made the Scotsman Guide Top Originators list, with a recent national ranking of #6 in the country, originating a total loan volume of $235,349,349. Each year, Scotsman Guide recognizes the nation’s top producing mortgage loan originators. Each set of rankings is thoroughly audited, making Scotsman Guide the mortgage industry’s most intensely reviewed, accurate and substantiated rankings of its kind. “Scotsman Guide is the gold standard in reporting for the mortgage industry and we are honored to have PCMA represented in the top 10 NonQM originators list by our very own, Aron Rofer,” said John R. Lynch, CEO and Founder of PCMA Private Client. “Aron continues to raise the bar and set the example in the high net worth origination space, not only at PCMA but in the industry.” “I want to thank the entire PCMA family,” said Rofer. “I could not have accomplished this achievement without their full support. Moreover, it continues to be an honor to serve the needs of the Private Client community as we change how our clients see and experience the mortgage process. I look forward to 2022 as PCMA evolves and grows to further serve the needs of our high-net-worth clientele.” PCMA is the leading Non-Bank Private Client lending organization serving the needs of their mass affluent and high net worth clientele. PCMA offers qualified individuals and institutions bespoke lending solutions across all major residential asset classes. PCMA is a diversified financial enterprise offering private client solutions through a direct to consumer and distributed retail business model. PCMA strives to build trusting and enduring relationships by putting clients and professional partners at the center of all they do. PCMA is headquartered in Orange County, CA. Additional information is available at Contact Details PCMA Private Client Jason Jepson +1 949-394-7033 Company Website

April 04, 2022 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Kivvit’s Megan O’Leary Inducted Into PRWeek’s 2022 Women To Watch Class


Out of almost 250 nominations, PRWeek has selected Kivvit Associate Director Megan O’Leary to be inducted into the 2022 Women to Watch class alongside 24 leading communications professionals. As a member of this prestigious group, Megan has proven she is up for every challenge and ready to go above and beyond to ensure results exceed client goals and achieve creative excellence. “Megan consistently delivers outstanding results as a top strategist and trusted colleague and mentor at Kivvit. She managed Kivvit’s work for the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice (NCCCJ) on behalf of the Council on Criminal Justice, which was named one of the top 40 PR campaigns in the world last year. Megan also led Kivvit’s work on behalf of the Public Religion Research Institute to promote the organization’s groundbreaking insights into the QAnon conspiracy theory,” said Chief Operating Officer Molly Scherrman. Outside of work, she is a mentor through Vanderbilt University’s alumni network, helping undergraduates pursue their career goals and is pursuing a Master’s of Public Policy at Georgetown University. “Every single Women of Distinction and Women to Watch honoree is a role model. They have proven themselves to be tireless, fearless, compassionate, and effective business leaders — especially in recent times of crisis; but even more important, they are, quite simply, good people. Many spend their spare time raising up other women in the industry by educating, empowering, and advocating for them,” said Diana Bradley, associate news editor at PRWeek. Now in its seventh year, PRWeek selects women who have achieved success within their own organization, inspired colleagues and, through innovative and transformative work, elevated the practice of public relations to new heights. The 2022 Women of Distinction will be profiled in the March-April print issue of PRWeek and honored at a celebratory event on June 9 in NYC. Profiles of all honorees can be found at About Kivvit Kivvit is one of the largest and fastest-growing independent strategic communications and public affairs firms in the United States, with over 130 professionals across six offices in Boston, Chicago, Miami, New York, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. Kivvit has earned over 60 awards and recognitions in the past 5 years, including Public Affairs of the Year (Reed Awards), Digital Agency of the Year (PRovoke SABRE North America), Most Innovative Agency (Bulldog Stars of PR Awards), and a Best Agency to Work For (PRovoke). Kivvit also leads O'Dwyer's national rankings of independent communications firms across multiple categories, including #1 for Non Profits, #2 for Energy, #3 for Corporate Social Responsibility, #3 for Real Estate, and #4 for Education. To learn more and see what we do, visit and follow us @TeamKivvit. Contact Details Zach Silber +1 212-929-0669 Company Website

April 01, 2022 09:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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The Smiley Company Illuminates Cities for International Day of Happiness


Timed to International Day of Happiness, The Smiley Company unveiled large-scale projections around the world featuring the iconic smiley logo in the colors of the Ukrainian flag. The projections are in support of the United Nations International Day of Happiness “2022 Happiness for All, Ukraine”* initiative and serve to call attention to and honor the bravery and resilience of the people of Ukraine. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: The Smiley projections appeared on the streets of major cities around the world including London, Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rome and Sydney. As part of this announcement, Smiley also donated to various humanitarian organizations supporting Ukraine and has been using its platform, The Smiley Movement, to further raise awareness and share resources for ways to donate to the Ukraine effort. Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012, International Day of Happiness aims to remind people around the world that actions matter and each person can help build a more compassionate world, wherever they are. Since its inception 50 years ago, Smiley’s mission is to spread good news to demonstrate the immense power in a smile through the spread of positivity, good news and optimism around the world. For more information on how to support Ukraine, visit for a list of charities, ways to donate and resources taking positive action. * This initiative is in support of the United Nations official International Day of Happiness campaign and The Smiley Company is not officially affiliated with the UN or their initiatives surrounding International Day of Happiness. About The Smiley Company: For the past 50 years, Smiley has embraced positivity, creativity, and collaboration, inspiring forward-facing optimism around the world. Born as a symbol for good news in the newspaper France Soir in 1972, Smiley is now a universally recognised TOP 100 global licensing company registered in over 100 countries. Working with brand partners and leading retailers, Smiley spreads positivity through fashion, accessories, beauty, homewares, food packaging, stationery, and entertainment products. A lifestyle brand that encourages everyone to express more empathy, compassion, and gratitude, Smiley is determined to build a better future. About The Smiley Movement: Smiley Movement is a nonprofit community interest company sponsored by the original SmileyⓇ brand. Our vision is to inspire positive change in society by creating a happier, more equal and sustainable world, where everyone works hand-in-hand to address urgent societal and environmental problems. In 2017, philanthropist and social entrepreneur Nicolas Loufrani – Smiley’s CEO – identified a gap in the market between the people looking for opportunities to give back and the millions of charitable causes in need of support. Market research at the time showed ‘92% of the UK public want to do good in the world but are unsure how to’ and ‘82% would volunteer more if they were better informed about the charity sector’. Smiley Movement was born in 2018 to address this need by providing the technology and ecosystems that empower communities around the world to act on issues important to them. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727

March 31, 2022 12:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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CSG Announces Chair Transition


CSG ® (NASDAQ: CSGS) today announced as part of the Board of Directors’ long-term succession planning process that Don Reed, the current Board Chair, will step down from the role at the end of his term on May 17, 2022. Ron Cooper, a current board member and industry veteran, has been selected by the Board to succeed Mr. Reed as Chair effective following the May 2022 Annual Shareholders Meeting. Mr. Cooper has served as a CSG Board Member since 2006. A 25-year cable and telecommunications industry veteran, he served as president and CEO of Clear Channel Outdoor Americas, president and COO of Adelphia Communications and held a series of executive positions at AT&T Broadband, RELERA Data Centers & Solutions, MediaOne and its predecessor Continental Cablevision, Inc. Additionally, Mr. Cooper has served on various boards of directors and committees with the National Cable Television Association, California Cable & Telecommunications Association, Cable Television Association for Marketing, New England Cable Television Association, and Outdoor Advertising Association of America. “CSG is entering an era of accelerated growth and value creation built on the strong foundation established under Don’s board leadership,” said Mr. Cooper. “His forward-thinking vision, which included creating a more diverse board, propelled CSG to the forefront of our industry, and I’m honored to follow in his footsteps. As we continue to elevate every part of our company, we will continue to hold ourselves to the highest standards of integrity, impact, and excellence.” Since joining the CSG Board of Directors in 2005, Mr. Reed has overseen the company’s successful revenue growth from approximately $340 million to over $1 billion in 2021. Under his leadership, CSG’s stock has more than quadrupled in value and in the process the company grew its employee base from 1,500 to over 5,200 people worldwide. “With heartfelt appreciation, I bid farewell to CSG confidently knowing that this incredible company is in great hands,” said Mr. Reed. “I could not be prouder of our exceptional leaders and world-class teams, who continually raise the bar to meet the needs of our customers. With this smooth leadership transition in place, I know CSG will be in an even stronger position to achieve our purpose-driven mission to help create a more future-ready world." # # # About CSG CSG is a leader in innovative customer engagement, revenue management and payments solutions that make ordinary customer experiences extraordinary. Our cloud-first architecture and customer-obsessed mindset help companies around the world launch new digital services, expand into new markets, and create dynamic experiences that capture new customers and build brand loyalty. For 40 years, CSG’s technologies and people have helped some of the world’s most recognizable brands solve their toughest business challenges and evolve to meet the demands of today’s digital economy with future-ready solutions that drive exceptional customer experiences. With 5,200+ employees in over 20 countries, CSG is the trusted technology provider for leading global brands in telecommunications, retail, financial services, and healthcare. Our solutions deliver real world outcomes to more than 900 customers in over 120 countries. To learn more, visit us at and connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter. Copyright © 2022 CSG Systems International, Inc. and/or its affiliates (“CSG”). All rights reserved. CSG® is a registered trademark of CSG Systems International, Inc. All third-party trademarks, service marks, and/or product names which are referenced in this document are the property of their respective owners, and all rights therein are reserved. Contacts: Tammy Hovey Global Public Relations +1 (917) 520-2751 John Rea Investor Relations +1 (210) 687-4409 Contact Details Tammy Hovey +1 917-520-2751 Company Website

March 31, 2022 06:30 AM Mountain Daylight Time

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NFT.NYC to kick off its 4th Annual NFT Community Event at Radio City Music Hall


Each year, NFT.NYC brings together the global NFT community of Brands, Developers, Entrepreneurs, Gamers, Artists, Investors, Collectors, and Enthusiasts. The 2022 event will be hosted across 7 venues in Times Square, including the iconic Radio City Music Hall. Other NFT.NYC venues include New York Marriott Marquis Palladium Times Square The Edison Ballroom The Edison Rooftop The Town Hall Margaritaville Resort Times Square Jodee Rich, NFT.NYC Co-founder, spoke about the growth of the event: “This is our fourth year hosting the event. The addition of Radio City Music Hall to the lineup of great venues will provide an ideal platform for some of the most exciting speakers within the NFT community.” NFT.NYC’s programming at Radio City will be hosted by Coinbase, with exclusive stage sponsor, Ripple. “NFT.NYC brings together the diverse, global NFT community of creators, developers, companies, projects, and educators for an inspirational exchange of ideas. We are thrilled to present NFT.NYC.” — Coinbase “After a positive experience participating at NFT.NYC 2021, Ripple is excited to continue our partnership in 2022 as a Platinum Stage Sponsor,” said David Schwartz, CTO at Ripple. “We look forward to further showcasing the long-term utility and benefits possible for NFTs with the XRP Ledger.” NFT.NYC is attracting the ecosystem’s top projects, presenting new ideas, technologies and launching initiatives to thousands of its attendees. Over 1,000 NFT community members will speak at NFT.NYC 2022. 99 days out from the event, 3,500 attendees (from over 60 countries) have already registered for NFT.NYC. At the same point in the lead up to the 2021 event, only 10% of total tickets had been sold. NFT.NYC expects the 2022 event to sell out early. The 2021 event sold out with 5,600 participants and over 3,000 on the waitlist. NFT.NYC 2022 tickets can be purchased via credit card or cryptocurrency. Ticket prices will increase on May 8th: NFT.NYC/Register NFT.NYC attendees are offered an exclusive rate for accommodation at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. Title sponsors for NFT.NYC 2022 includes eco-friendly blockchain network, Polygon, and leading global crypto and NFT payments infrastructure provider, MoonPay. About NFT.NYC Since its inaugural conference in February 2019, NFT.NYC has hosted events for thousands of attendees that feature the leading speakers and best projects in the Non-Fungible Token ecosystem. NFT.NYC’s Values: 1. Give the Community a Voice Put as many speakers on stage as possible to provide the community with a voice. 2. Connection Bring people together who are working on like projects. 3. Proselytize Educate the global community about the value of NFTs Follow NFT.NYC on Twitter: @NFT_NYC Media Contact Angela Whaley AngelaWhaley@NFT.NYC +1 303 718 0562 Contact Details Angela Whaley +1 303-718-0562 Company Website https://www.NFT.NYC

March 30, 2022 12:12 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Claravine Grows Leadership Team with the Appointment of Olivia Mills, Senior Manager of People & Culture


Claravine, a pioneer in data integrity with its platform, The Data Standards Cloud, has expanded its senior leadership team with the appointment of Olivia Mills, who joins as the Senior Manager of People and Culture. Mills is responsible for supporting the aggressive growth goals of the company to double its headcount this year and to continue to build and amplify Claravine’s strong remote-first company culture, which is centered around a commitment to people development and customer focus. Claravine has a strong foothold in the marketing technology landscape, working with brands like Under Armour, Ancestry and Vanguard, among other Fortune 1000 companies. As part of its expansion this year, the company is planning to hire key roles for teams in the disciplines of customer success, product management & design, sales, business development, marketing, accounting & operations and engineering. Mills will be developing and executing against the growth strategy that focuses on team member empowerment, talent acquisition and recruitment, employee culture in the virtual-first environment as well as diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Claravine empowers a proactive approach to marketing measurement by activating data standards across people and technology – bridging the silos that limit speed and decisions. With a collaborative user interface and strategic integrations with top data management platforms such as Adobe and Google, The Data Standards Cloud platform enables global organizations to define, apply and connect standards across their ecosystem for faster decisions, greater agility and increased ROI. “Claravine’s unique solutions and robust growth strategy for the year ahead have been so inspiring to me. I am eager to find the best talent, build teams and help them grow, enabling the company to continue to be successful,” Mills said. “It’s my job to make sure every new and current employee feels like they have a place and a path forward with the company so that our culture ultimately speaks for itself.” Prior to joining Claravine, Mills served as a Human Resources Consultant for a Colorado-based financial service company where she developed initiatives and implemented processes across recruiting, hiring, onboarding and training, retention and development and DEI. Mills brings her experience in hiring top talent as well as assisting in all areas of change like company culture, compensation and performance reviews, management structure and training. Mills holds a Masters of Professional Studies from The George Washington University as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. “We are extremely pleased to welcome Olivia to our team,” said Verl Allen, CEO of Claravine. “As we continue on our growth journey, acquiring and developing talent is of the utmost importance. People are at the heart of everything we do. Olivia’s experience in leading with a people-first mindset, along with her integrity and candor, make her the ideal fit for our organization.” About Claravine Claravine is a pioneer in Data Integrity for the global enterprise. We empower a proactive approach to marketing measurement by activating data standards across people and technology, bridging the silos that limit speed and decisions. That’s why nearly a quarter of the Fortune 100 use our platform, The Data Standards Cloud, to define, apply and connect standards across their ecosystem for faster decisions, greater agility, and increased ROI. Contact Details Maggie Stasko Kite Hill PR Company Website

March 30, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Fullintel Hub: Real-Time, Human-Curated Media Monitoring With PredictiveAI™

Fullintel, LLC

Fullintel, a leading media monitoring and intelligence service, is proud to announce the launch of its new real-time media monitoring platform with predictive artificial intelligence capabilities: Fullintel Hub. Fullintel Hub combines actionable news curated by AMEC-certified media analysts with a quality assured, automated news feed that delivers ultra-relevant, real-time results. Meanwhile, Fullintel Hub’s PredictiveAI™ technology works tirelessly in the background to highlight which real-time stories have the potential to trend or go viral – helping PR teams get in front of breaking stories earlier. “We’re extremely proud to launch a first-of-its-kind, real-time media monitoring platform that combines our award-winning human curation services with intelligent automation and AI,” said Fullintel President Andrew Koeck. “Fullintel Hub is exactly that: It’s a full-on media monitoring hub that includes a human-curated news feed, a quality-assured automated news feed, along with PerdictiveAI capabilities to help PR teams make faster and smarter decisions.” Clients can use Fullintel Hub to easily build customized ad hoc reports and share articles instantly through social media or RSS. Clients can also ask their dedicated media analyst to customize Fullintel Hub with limitless topics, subtopics, and other custom information. Fullintel’s proprietary PredictiveAI human-in-the-loop machine learning technology is the first-ever AI solution that predicts which stories will trend or go viral. It combines 100-plus proprietary machine learning models with an issues ontology and first-of-its-kind global events database containing 40 years’ worth of annotated data. Fullintel combines best-in-class technology with expert content curation to deliver the most relevant, cost optimized media monitoring, daily news briefs, and media analysis possible. Our analysts curate print, online, social media, broadcast, and influencer opinions in real time – compiled by technology, supplemented and verified by humans. Where technology alone fails, your dedicated analyst has you covered. Fullintel has offices in Cambridge, Mass., Ottawa, Ont. and Nagercoil, India. Contact Details Fullintel Jim Donnelly Company Website

March 30, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Velocity Global to double its workforce by empowering employees to work anywhere

Velocity Global

Company offers unique benefits for remote work, currently employs 600+ in 47 countries Company will double its team for second year running Velocity Global, the leading provider of global employment solutions, today announced that it will more than double in size throughout 2022 to help companies around the world put their people first by letting them work from anywhere. The company currently employs over 600 people in 47 countries across six continents. "We're doubling our team to meet the new reality for our clients and talent — anyone can work anywhere," said Ben Wright, Velocity Global founder and CEO. "We fulfill dreams of a new way to work that puts our people in control of how they live their lives. We do it for our team as an example for our clients of how to attract and nurture the best talent in the world." This year, Velocity Global will add more than 600 team members, following last year’s growth in which the company also doubled in size adding more than 300. Velocity Global proudly offers unique benefits to meet the growing demand for remote work. This includes initiatives that enhance well-being and resilience to reduce work-from-home burnout, workspaces for those who need them, primary and secondary caregiver support, and of course, the opportunity to work from wherever they choose around the globe. “What we are doing at Velocity Global is meeting our people where they are, empowering them to define who they are, and how we as an employer can be a meaningful part of their lives,” said Sarah Fern, chief people officer. “We put our people first in all of our employment practices, whether that is unlimited time off or our signature annual outreach program to travel anywhere in the world to take a coworker or client out for coffee. We work anywhere as a way of living life to the fullest, and deliver that same experience for our clients and talent around the world.” In 2021, the Velocity Global careers page attracted more than 100,000 visits, in addition to talent who found job listings through LinkedIn or other platforms. Of these, a staggering 26,000 people applied for a job, and 300 were employed by Velocity Global. Talent who are ready to be the CEOs of their own careers can visit the company’s careers page. About Velocity Global Velocity Global accelerates the future of work for anyone, anywhere, anyhow. Its Global Work Platform™ simplifies the employer and talent experience through its proprietary cloud-based talent management technology, backed by personalized expertise and unmatched global scale. The platform offers a full suite of talent solutions, including global Employer of Record and Contractor Management, to help companies onboard, manage, and pay talent in more than 185 countries and all 50 United States. Thousands of brands rely on Velocity Global to build international teams without the cost or complexity of setting up foreign legal entities or state registrations. Velocity Global was named a "Leader" in Global Employer of Record services by prominent analyst firm NelsonHall. Founded in 2014, the company has hundreds of employees across six continents. For more information, visit Contact Details Velocity Global Chris McGrath +1 720-650-4348 Company Website

March 30, 2022 07:01 AM Mountain Daylight Time

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