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Cassidy Turley announces promotions

BY Staff Writer

Minneapolis — Cassidy Turley announced the promotion of five employees at its Minneapolis office.

Brian Woolsey has been promoted to managing director; he previously served as senior VP. Jennifer Pelant has been promoted to associate VP from associate; Mark Richardson has been promoted to assistant chief operating engineer, from lead operating engineer; Angela Samargia has been promoted to senior property manager, from property manager; and Robert Franks was promoted to business manager from senior office manager.

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Bebe beefs up board

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BRISBANE, Calif. — Bebe has named global entrepreneur Narry Singh to the company’s board of directors.

Singh has been an entrepreneur, hands-on executive, adviser and deal-maker for more than 20 years, with a focus on launching and growing businesses in the digital entertainment, new media, e-commerce and software sectors. Singh was recently selected by the United Nations Foundation as one of their Top 10 “Global Entrepreneurs” and will serve as their entrepreneurship and innovation ambassador for two years.

“We are delighted to welcome Narry Singh to the Bebe board of directors. Throughout his distinguished career, Narry has combined visionary thinking with an ability to execute on strategy and build growing businesses. His expertise in digital commerce, in particular, will help to reinforce Bebe’s position as an innovator in the digital space,” said CEO Steve Birkhold.

“I am extremely enthusiastic about joining the Bebe board. The company is to be applauded for recognizing the massive untapped opportunity presented by mobile and digital technologies and business models. I am looking forward to helping advance Bebe’s growth in these and other innovative areas,” said Singh.

Singh was most recently the chief business guru of Outfit7, Inc., a leading mobile entertainment company known for its Talking Friends mobile app, and helped build its presence to more than 650 million users in more than 100 countries. Prior to Outfit7, two of his companies were successfully acquired and another went public with a peak market capitalization of $23 billion. As an adviser, he specialized in helping Global 2000 companies leverage new technologies and business models. He started his career at The Mac Group (later Gemini Consulting) and was the youngest ever partner at the Regis McKenna Group. Singh has served on a number of corporate and NGO boards and was an advisory board member of the World Economic Forum (Davos) global technology committee in 2003.

He received a master’s of science in civil engineering and management from Stanford University in 1992, and his bachelor of science in civil engineering, with honors, from Punjab University in India in 1990.

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Acosta, WWP raise funds for veterans

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Acosta Sales & Marketing, a leading full-service sales and marketing agency in the consumer packaged goods industry, is partnering with the Wounded Warrior Project to hold the 2013 Believe in Heroes campaign.

With more than 30 major U.S. household name brands already signed on to participate and support service members through the campaign, Acosta will raise funds for critical veteran programs provided by WWP, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors. These manufacturers are expected to be just some of the many brands and grocery retailers participating in the 2013 Believe in Heroes campaign.

The campaign will run from Sept. 11 through Veterans Day on Nov. 11. Each participating brand and retailer will help raise funds and awareness for WWP by offering downloadable coupons in a free-standing insert to be circulated to 53 million households nationwide in Sunday, Nov. 3 newspapers. Coupons will also be available via the SmartSource Xpress application. A special Facebook application will be available for the duration of the campaign, which will allow consumers to interact with their favorite participating brands and retailers, download recipes and coupons and learn more about Wounded Warriors’ personal stories.

“In recognition of Memorial Day and National Military Appreciation Month, we are proud to announce our continued support of our servicemen and women through the 2013 Believe in Heroes campaign,” said Robert Hill, president and CEO of Acosta. “Acosta’s broad reach and expertise, combined with our depth of coverage at grocery retailers nationwide, has made it possible to assemble the nation’s leading brands and retailers into a coordinated effort to benefit this important cause, and along with WWP, we thank them for their participation.”

Believe in Heroes was created in 2010 by Acosta to raise funds for WWP and to make a positive impact on the new generation of injured service members who have made significant sacrifices.

Founded in 2003, the Wounded Warrior Project was created to honor and empower service members returning from post-9/11 conflicts who have been injured mentally, physically or both. Its purpose is to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured service members aid and assist one another and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

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