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Simpleview Named to Inc. 5000 List

Tucson company one of America’s fastest growing for 11 years running

TUCSON, Ariz. (September 21, 2017) - 2017 marks the 11th consecutive year that Tucson-based travel tech company Simpleview has earned a place on Inc. Magazine’s annual Inc. 5000 list, a noteworthy ranking of America's fastest-growing private companies. Companies such as Microsoft, Pandora, LinkedIn, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000. Of tens of thousands of companies who have applied for the list, only a tenth of a percent have managed to earn a spot 11 times, according to Eric Schurenburg, President and Editor in Chief of Inc. Media.

"We’re honored to be on the Inc. 5000 list again this year, in the company of so many incredibly driven, creative organizations,” said Ryan George, CEO of Simpleview. “We keep striving to provide the most pertinent, valuable digital marketing tools and services to our DMO customers ... and we keep growing to best meet their evolving needs," he added.

Simpleview is part of the number one fastest growing industry according to the Inc. 5000, as well: travel and hospitality. Founded in 2001, Simpleview provides Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs) with integrated customer relationship management (CRM) and content management system (CMS) platforms, responsive website design and creative services, digital marketing solutions, mobile apps, and revenue generation options. Simpleview works with over 540 travel and tourism clients across six continents, opened their first European office last year to assist in global expansion, and showed a 3-year growth rate of 58%.

The 2017 Inc. 5000 was unveiled online at Inc.com on August 16th. Complete results of the Inc. 5000 can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.

About Simpleview

Simpleview is the travel and tourism industry's leading provider of CRM, CMS, website design, digital marketing, revenue generation, and mobile technologies for destination marketing organizations (DMOs). Simpleview employs 200+ staff and works with over 540+ customers in North America and around the world, from meeting and vacation destinations the size of Paducah, Ky (population 25,018), to 16 of the top-20 meeting destinations in the U.S., to the country of Norway. www.simpleviewinc.com

JTED Invitation to Judge: Student Design Contest

Greetings from the Arizona Design Education Network. We're off to a good start at various schools around the Tucson area, and have plans in place for our first area-wide contest of the school year. For it, we'd like to invite you to contribute by being a judge. Below is a brief overview of the project. 

Otoño in The Old Pueblo 
(presented by the Pima County Superintendent's office)

3 Design Projects:
- Logo for All Souls Procession
- Photo-Illustration for Nightfall
- Seasonally-relevant PSA page layout for Zocalo magazine

If you accept, we'll send you an email form next week. On it, you'll be able to click to vote for favorites, and add comments/feedback.The whole process can be done from your desk or cellphone, and should only take a couple of minutes of your time. 

We'll also invite you to attend the opening ceremony of the exhibit on Wednesday October 5th at the Superintendent's office in Downtown Tucson. At it, student work will be displayed, catered food from Flowing Wells HS culinary arts and live music by Catalina Foothills HS orchestra, plus student-recognitions will be made based on the feedback that was provided by all you local professionals. 

Please use our online judging registration form, on which you can indicate if you'd like to participate. Feel free to share it with any other local industry professionals that might be interested.

Executive Excellence Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Executive Excellence Awards

 Oro Valley | Marana | Sahuarita | Tucson | Green Valley | Pima County


Tucson Local Media is looking to honor the top executive leaders in our region. Formerly the CFO Awards, we have expanded our award categories to include multiple positions of leadership within organizations. 

NOMINATE BELOW

Our five Tucson Local Media publications — Inside Tucson Business,
Explorer News, Marana News, Foothills News and Desert Times 
— will work together
to gather nominations received. They will then be submitted to a panel of independent judges who are tasked to name the top three finalists in each category.

Submission Details

Nominations must be made on-line. Please select both a category for your business (Large Company, Small/Medium Company, Non-Profit, or Government/Education) followed by a category for your executive, CEO*, COO*, CFO*, or Executive Level Department Leader (*or equivalent title for their business). Nominations will close on Friday, September 15, 2017 at 5p.m.

Who Is Eligible

Executive level leaders in Oro Valley | Marana | Sahuarita | Tucson| Green Valley | Pima County who are making a significant impact in their industry and community. 

Awards Dinner

Finalists will be our guests and recognized during an awards dinner where rankings will be announced on Nov. 1 at Desert Diamond Casino on S. Nogales Hwy

Questions? Contact Laura Horvath at (520) 797-4384 or laura@tucsonlocalmedia.com


Submit your nomination here

https://www.insidetucsonbusiness.com/events/


PRSA Ethics Month Seminar

Each year the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) celebrates ethics in September. This year, the Southern Arizona PRSA Chapter has recruited a world leader, right from our backyard, to present at this month’s luncheon. 

Dr. Paul Melendez, Founder of the Center for Leadership Ethics, and Professor at the Eller College of Management, University of Arizona, will give a special presentation on ethics.  As a leader in the field, he will discuss ethics in organizational life as well as in journalism… and yes, he will address “fake news.”  His presentation will be fun and interactive and will include an ethics test, table top discussions, and short case study. 

The link RSVP is: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ethics-month-seminar-tickets-37290341415

PRSA Ethics Month Seminar

Ad 2 Tucson Public Service Campaign - Call for Applications

Applications are now live for our annual Public Service Campaign! We will be partnering with a local Tucson nonprofit to provide marketing and advertising free of charge.

Apply here: http://bit.ly/2i7iVvi

Do you know a nonprofit that might be interested? Help us spread the word and share with your friends!

Registration Now Open for Master Class “After the Basics” Weekend Photo Seminar by Award-Winning Tucson Photographer Steven Meckler

 

 

When: Saturday, November 4th and Sunday, November 5th

Where: Steven Meckler Photography Studio 121 S. 4th Avenue

Details & Registration: http://www.mecklerphotography.com/seminar/

Seminar students will gain knowledge and vision of what strong composition and skilled use of lighting contributes to making a great photo through slideshows, critiques, demonstrations and student discussions.

This is an intermediate through advanced course for those who know how to use their camera and want to get the most out of it. The class will analyze many of Steven’s images, critique participant’s work and see demonstrations. Presentations will involve important concepts of composition, light and the many decisions that go into making an outstanding photo. Discussions will range from the best lens choices, to choosing the optimal time of day to shoot, and much more. Gain a behind the scenes glimpse of a professional photographer’s life, studio and equipment. Attendees are invited to put down the camera, channel their imagination and learn from a weekend exploring the nuances of creative technique. 

This course will be packed with information and important tips about all facets of photography. The heart of the seminar will include critical thinking about why photos are made and how to accomplish a perfect image. By looking at some of Steven’s commercial and editorial images, students will be able to ask the important “why” questions discuss basic principles involved in capturing an engaging image.


Steven Meckler came to Tucson by way of Brooklyn, New York. He developed his love of photography in high school and graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. After a stint as a medical photographer at Sloan-Kettering Memorial Hospital in Manhattan, Steven moved west and set up his studio in downtown Tucson. He first focused on building a solid commercial photography business with clients such as JC Penney, Intel, IBM, Pella Windows, New York Magazine and Phoenix Home & Garden, among many others. But the core of his success comes from the many local businesses, ad agencies and magazines he has had the pleasure of working with over the last thirty-plus years.

Steven was an adjunct professor of digital photography at Pima Community College for 14 years and has taught workshops and continuing education classes for high school photo teachers through the Arizona Department of Education. He also coordinates and teaches an annual series of photography workshops for Tucson high school photo students.

Focus HR, Inc. hits the bull’s eye hiring Tucson news anchor and community leader, Kristi Tedesco as Director of Marketing & Sales

TUCSON, Arizona, August 5, 2017 – Veteran journalist and award-winning community advocate, Kristi Tedesco has signed on as Director of Marketing & Sales for Focus HR, Inc.  Tedesco has enjoyed a 23-year career in broadcast journalism and is joining Focus HR, Inc. in its ongoing mission to support small and medium-sized businesses in 29-states plus the District of Columbia.

“Our mission is to deliver a trusted full suite of human resource solutions to Arizona Businesses with excellence and integrity,” said Tracy Cole, Founder and President of Focus HR, Inc. “Kristi is an elite marketing leader with superb talent. She will drive value and success for our team and clients!”

Kristi thought long and hard about making the move from broadcasting.  “I need to spend more time with my sons, 15-year-old Jonny and 12-year-old Connor,” said Kristi. “The T.V. news schedule wasn’t matching their needs anymore and Focus HR, Inc’s commitment to relationships and ‘doing the right thing’ speaks my language.”

Kristi grew up in Tucson and graduated from the University of Arizona in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in Communications. She will help refine Focus HR, Inc.’s public message and will work directly with new clients.  

You can reach Kristi by emailing kristi@focushr.net or by calling 520-351-1333.

About Focus HR, Inc

Focus HR, Inc. is a woman-owned human resource services provider established in 2003.  The FOCUS team of specialists provides a variety of business solutions including payroll services, benefits administration (e.g. employee health insurance & 401K retirement plans,) worker’s compensation, and compliance protection. Protecting People and Performance with Principlesis the Focus HR, Inc. way. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Simpleview Announces Partnership with Act-On Software to Expand Product Portfolio with Marketing Automation

TUCSON, AZ, July 12, 2017 – Simpleview, a leading provider of CRM, CMS, and digital marketing technologies for destination marketing organizations (DMOs), today announced it has joined the Act-On Strategic Consulting Partner Program to deliver Act-On’s Marketing Automation software to destination marketing organizations across the globe. By adding Act-On to its current email marketing offerings, Simpleview is uniquely positioned to address the inbound and outbound marketing needs of DMOs and further enhance their customer relationship management processes. 

Partnering with Act-On gives Simpleview’s DMO clients access to best-of-breed  lead-to-revenue management (L2RM) tools designed to help DMO teams boost awareness of their destination, generate more qualified leads, increase local business engagement, and drive greater leisure travel demand. Act-On Software collects social and behavioral data to guide further interactions with prospects. It then automates communications and key processes for better lead nurturing, lead scoring, email messaging, and social engagement. As an Act-On Strategic Consulting Partner, Simpleview now offers the ideal channel for DMOs to take advantage of Act-On marketing automation services at a price point that is unmatched in the industry.

“We are beyond excited to partner with Act-On,” said Ryan George, Chief Executive Officer at Simpleview. “With the ongoing success of our digital marketing department, we recognized that there are increasingly sophisticated ways for our customers to engage their customers and prospects. After evaluating multiple widely recognized vendors, we chose to partner with Act-On based on the sophistication of their tools, the depth and breadth of their support infrastructure, and the open nature of the application programming interface (API) that will allow for seamless integration with Simpleview CRM.”

“We look forward to partnering with Simpleview to combine our best-of-breed marketing automation solution with their industry-leading CRM to help more DMOs worldwide drive better business outcomes and maximize customer lifetime value,” said Bill Pierznik, SVP of Business Development at Act-On Software. “This relationship will empower more destination marketers to take advantage of modern marketing tactics to grow their business.”

Simpleview will continue to offer and support email marketing and eProposal products from their longtime partner Distribion. Like Distribion, Act-On will play a key role in supporting Simpleview’s digital marketing team, as Simpleview not only stands behind the products and services they offer to clients, but uses them as well.

About Simpleview

Simpleview is the travel and tourism industry's leading provider of CRM, CMS, website design, digital marketing, revenue generation, and mobile technologies for destination marketing organizations (DMOs). Simpleview employs 200+ staff and works with over 540 customers in North America and around the world, including 16 of the top 20 meeting destinations in the U.S. www.simpleviewinc.com

Tucson Advertising Hall of Achievement Honorees Announced

Tucson Advertising Federation Educational Foundation (TAFEF) and American Advertising Federation Tucson (AAF Tucson) have announced that Steve Lynn, Chris Mooney and Balfour Walker will be inducted into the Tucson Advertising Hall of Fame on Thursday, September 7, 2017. Nickolas Duarte has been selected to receive the 2017 Next Generation Award. Doug Myers and Lisa Hilton will be recognized with the AAF Silver Medal Award. All presentations will be made at the same event.

The Advertising Hall of Fame seeks to recognize the very best among Southern Arizona marketing and advertising professionals who have led, mentored and inspired others to succeed in this industry, while preserving the legacy of our past and promise of our future through the next generation.

The Next Generation Award, founded in 2014, recognizes those outstanding advertising individuals, age 40 and younger, who are making a significant impact on the industry through their leadership, career achievements, community contributions and inspiration to others to excel.

The Silver Medal Award program was established by the American Advertising Federation (AAF) in 1959 to recognize men and women who have made outstanding contributions to advertising and who have been active in furthering the industry’s standards, creative excellence and responsibility in areas of social concern. Annually, local advertising federations bestow this honor upon outstanding leaders in their communities.

The Hall of Fame Awards event will take place on September 7 at Hacienda del Sol in the Casa Luna Ballroom, 5505 N. Hacienda Del Sol Rd from 5:30 to 7:30 pm and is open to the public.  For additional information on this year’s inductees and tickets, please visit http://aaftucson.org/meetinginfo.php?id=133&ts=1494271945.

AAF Tucson and Ad 2 Tucson are comprised of more than 300 local advertising and media professionals. They serve as a collaborative hub for a full spectrum of industry experts and bring together today’s leaders and tomorrow’s stars from the fields of advertising, marketing, communications, interactive and media.

Tucson Advertising Federation Educational Foundation (TAFEF) is the 501(c)3 component of AAF Tucson, dedicated to facilitating education of the next generation of media professionals. TAFEF was born from a focus on the future and in making sure our industry’s next generation has access to learning opportunities they need to be successful. 

American Advertising Federation Challenges Industry to Fulfill Diversity & Inclusion Promises

WASHINGTON DC, July 7, 2017—In an effort to help companies act on commitments to diversity and inclusion, the American Advertising Federation’s (AAF) Mosaic Center is launching “#DiversityInAction,” 20 days of actionable practices designed to increase recruitment, recognition and leadership opportunities for multicultural professionals and to encourage the industry to portray multicultural communities in a realistic way. The campaign will be shared on the AAF’s social media channels beginning Monday, July 10 and concluding Friday, August 4.

The #DiversityInAction campaign is based on the AAF’s Mosaic Principles, a guide for companies and agencies to include common diversity practices that are essential to addressing not only the demands of consumers, but to better reflect society as a whole. Each week, a different Mosaic Principle will be highlighted and each day a new action item will be offered, supported by resources from the AAF, industry professionals and successful diversity initiatives.

“Many companies in our industry have publicly committed to diversity and inclusion and their belief in the Mosaic Principles. #DiversityInAction is designed to move individual executives and corporations from commitment, to action, to tangible results,” says Constance Cannon Frazier, Chief Operating Officer of the AAF.

The campaign can be followed on the AAF’s social media channels: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn at @AAFNational and on the AAF’s website here.

Creating an inclusive industry has been a priority of the AAF by way of its Mosaic Center for more than two decades. The Mosaic Center serves as a resource and advocate for the value of diversity and inclusion and is committed to helping advertising and media reflect the country’s evolving cultural makeup. The AAF uses a substantial portion of its resources to implement a myriad of programs that promote and advance multiculturalism within the industry including the Mosaic Awards, Mosaic Media Image Awards, Most Promising Multicultural Students program and Mosaic Career Fair and Conference.


About the American Advertising Federation

Established in 1905, the American Advertising Federation (AAF), acts as the "Unifying Voice for Advertising." Its membership is comprised of nearly 100 corporate members made up of the nation’s leading advertisers, agencies, and media companies; a national network of nearly 200 local clubs representing 40,000 advertising professionals; and more than 200 college chapters with 5,000 student members. The AAF operates a host of programs and initiatives, including the Advertising Hall of Fame, the Advertising Hall of Achievement, the American Advertising Awards, the National Student Advertising Competition, the Mosaic Center for Multiculturalism and AdCamp for high school students. Follow us on social media: , , Instagram and LinkedIn.