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Kobie Marketing’s Executive Management Team Named as Finalist for 2010 Ultimate Management Team Awards

St. Petersburg, FL (January 24, 2011) – Today, Kobie Marketing announced its executive management team was a finalist for the 2010 Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Ultimate Management Team Awards. Kobie Marketing is the world’s leading provider of full-service loyalty marketing solutions and runs reward programs for many of the world’s most respected brands. The award recognizes the best and brightest executive management teams in the seven-county Tampa Bay area.

With the team’s client focus and exceptional leadership, Kobie Marketing experienced explosive growth during one of the worst recessions in U.S. history and was named as one of the fastest growing, privately held companies in America by Inc. 5000. The management team finished 2010 by receiving PCI and SAS 70 Type II Certifications and near perfect scores on its 2010 Customer Experience Survey.

In 2010, the company was active in the Tampa Bay community and hosted several charity events, including Holiday Food and Gift drives. Michael Hemsey, President of Kobie Marketing, was named as one of the Top 30 Innovators in the Loyalty Industry and spoke at many industry conferences. Also in 2010, Kobie received the most direct marketing awards of any loyalty marketing agency, including two DMA ECHO Award nominations, an International Davey Award, three Summit Marketing Effectiveness Awards, and two Communicator Awards.

“Our relentless focus on the success of our clients’ programs, the customer experience we are privileged to manage on their behalf, and the bottom line profitability of those programs is the foundation of our growth,” said Michael Hemsey, President of Kobie Marketing. “From there, we focus on our employee growth, investments in our products and services, expansion of our infrastructure and offices, our continued commitment to be thought leaders in this industry, international expansion and top and bottom-line financial results. This award signifies a bright, and very fun future, for all of us at Kobie Marketing.”

Executive management teams from all business sectors, including nonprofit organizations, were nominated for the annual awards program.

About the Ultimate Management Team Awards

The Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Ultimate Management Team Awards honors excellence in executive management. An independent panel of distinguished judges chooses nominees. Each year, talented management teams from all business sectors in the seven-county Tampa Bay area enter the competition.