It’s hard to get bored in a city like Austin where there’s always something going on. There’s so much to do, in fact, that sometimes it may seem a little overwhelming to plan for all of the activities that are taking place. Have no fear – we’ve rounded up some of the best, can’t-miss events happening in Austin this month!

March 5th: Zilker Park Kite Festival

This free event is the nation’s oldest kite festival! The festival will have kite flying contests, food, games and more – what better way to spend a beautiful Sunday in Austin?

March 10th – March 19th: SXSW Music, Film and Interactive Conference and Festival

The event that brings people to Austin from all over the world is almost here. South by Southwest kicks off on March 10th and will be going on through the 19th. Make sure you catch some of the free shows and film screenings that will be taking place throughout the week! Check out the Unofficial SXSW Guide for an incredible list of free showcases and parties.

March 11th – March 25th: Rodeo Austin

Get your country on throughout March at Rodeo Austin, taking place at the Travis County Expo Center. There will be rodeo events, concerts, a livestock show, and more on a daily basis! Tickets are available at www.rodeoaustin.com.

March 17th: St. Patrick’s Day Festival

Austin, Texas knows how to party! This annual celebration at Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms is a family-friendly celebration for all things Irish. There will be authentic Celtic music and dancers, Irish language workshops, and the finest Irish imports. Learn more at www.stpatricksdayaustin.com.

March 31st – April 1st: Austin Urban Music Festival

Join over 15,000 music enthusiasts at Auditorium Shores located at Lady Bird Lake to experience the only music festival focused on R&B, neo-soul, and hip hop music. The full line-up and tickets can be found at www.urbanmusicfest.com.

March 31st – April 2nd: Art City Austin

Art Alliance Austin hosts this iconic 3-day art fair and festival annually. They will be celebrating the fair’s 67th year by hosting over 100 exhibiting artists at the Palmer Event Center. This historic event combines street and contemporary art from local and national artists, earning its title of Austin’s annual Art event of the year.

What Austin events are on your calendar for March? Let us know in the comments below!

January is for getting back in the groove, so here’s some songs you can get your groove on to this month! Give our playlist a listen on Spotify.

 

It’s officially 2017- oh how time flies! Every year, we make a list of our New Years resolutions, yet by March they seem to get moved to the back burner. That’s why this year, we put together a list of simple and achievable New Year’s resolution goals you can hold yourself accountable to. Let’s make 2017 the best year yet!

1. Get more sleep – at least 7 hours a night.

2. Incorporate 30 minutes of physical exercise into every day.

3. Save a portion of each paycheck to spend on yourself.

4. Eat at least one serving of fruit and vegetables daily.

5. Donate to or volunteer for your favorite cause once a month.

6. Learn something new, whether it’s a language, instrument, sport, or subject.

7. Write down one positive thing about yourself every day.

8. Try 20 minutes of meditation a day to help you enjoy life and living in the present.

9. Give at least one compliment a day.

10. Plan more weekend getaways to new places.

What are you planning on adding to your New Year’s resolutions list for 2017? Let us know in the comments below!

Happy 2015, y’all! Here at Wellington Group Marketing & PR, the saying, “New Year, New You” is popular because it reminds us that with the new year, comes the opportunity to make necessary changes. For each member of our team, leading a healthy lifestyle is a priority, which is why many of our New Year’s resolutions revolve around being more mindful of how we treat our bodies. Below are some of our favorite healthy New Year’s resolutions. Feel free to make them yours!

Eating Clean – Eating healthier doesn’t have to be complicated! Many times, it’s as simple as grabbing an apple rather than heading to the office vending machine. Eating clean will leave you feeling more energized and ready to tackle your work.

Work Out – Working out for fifteen minutes is better than not being active at all. When you get home from work, resist the urge to be a couch potato (we know, it’s hard) and take at least 15-30 minutes to get your body moving!

Floss Your Teeth – Don’t you just hate when your dentist asks you if you’ve been flossing?  This year, surprise them by making a resolution to incorporate flossing as part of your nightly routine.  It may seem silly, but neglecting your oral health is serious stuff! Flossing takes less than one minute, so we all have absolutely no excuse.

Get More Sleep – Set a routine and stick to it. If you get tired around 10 p.m., then hit the hay! We promise we won’t call you a granny. Getting adequate shut-eye will leave you more energized during the day and improve your mood. Who wouldn’t want that?!

Wear Sunscreen – According to National Cancer Institute, sun damage starts at an early age. This means we should be wearing sunscreen everyday, and no, not only when we are lounging by the pool. If you aren’t using a facial moisturizer with SPF, make the switch today! 

What are your resolutions this year?

Photos courtesy of utahpeoplespost.com, livinghealthe.com, deltadentalwablog.com, freedigitalphotos.net/Feelart, skincancer.org

We know that finding unique gifts for clients, colleagues, family and friends can be difficult, so the Wellington Group team compiled a list of our favorite things to give and receive for the holidays – Oprah-style! We are a diverse group – two moms, two twenty-somethings, and one Austin newbie – so there is certainly something here for everyone. We hope you’ll find our ideas helpful during the frenzy that is last-minute holiday shopping!

Dawn Psaromatis (Boss Lady)

  1. JCrew gift card and (complimentary) personal stylist
  2. Fitness package including ear budsAthletica gift card for women or Academy gift card for men, an iTunes gift card, an iPod nano, and an iPod holder
  3. Car Detailing that Comes to You
    • Search “car detailing services” in the area where your gift recipient lives, and make sure to look for packages that include:
      • Hand washing
      • Waxing with REAL wax
      • Upholstery and carpets Scotchgarded
      • Leather conditioned with aloe and natural oils
      • Wheel cleaning
      • Ceiling/roof cleaning
      • Vacuuming
      • Headlight cleaning

    4.   Vitamix Professional Series Blender
    5.   10’ ft. Charging Chord for iPhones or iPads 

Emily Kealey (Marketing & PR Ninja)

  1. RMS Luminizer
  2. Shun Premier Chef’s Knife
  3. Lafco Celery Thyme/Dining Room Mini Box of Three Candles
  4. Canon SELPHY CP900 White Wireless Color Photo Printer
  5. BOB Revolution Flex Duallie Stroller 

Rachel Hoffman (Marketing & PR Guru)

  1. 2015 Planner by May Designs
  2. Key Pieces World Map Scarf by Kate Spade
  3. Capri Blue Jar Candle from Anthropologie
  4. Flawless Beyonce Mug
  5. Earth Metal Sunburst Earrings by House of Harlow 1960   

Jessica Negley (Marketing & PR Sherpa)

  1. Kinetic sand by Brookstone (perfect for relieving end of year stress!)
  2. Copper cup for Moscow mules
  3. Santa charm for charm bracelet by James Avery
  4. Hand-embroidered state pillow from Uncommon Goods
  5. Nespresso black vertuoline  

Megan McCurry (Ringleader)

  1. Color Wheel iPhone 5 Case by A Beautiful Mess
  2. Austin Monthly subscription
  3. Print by For the Love of Letters
  4. Jewelry Organizer from Etsy
  5. Essential Oil USB Diffuser and the Every Day Oil Kit from Young Living

Happy Holidays!

It’s the most wonderful tiiiiiiiiiime of the year…

You guessed it  – we’re talking about ACL weekend. From hearing amazing bands to munching on local cuisine, ACL is one of those quintessential ‘Austin’ experiences that, no matter how many times we go, we find ourselves looking forward to each year. However, attending such an event requires some serious advanced planning. So, to make your experience as smooth as possible, the ladies of Wellington Group Marketing & PR have compiled our list of top ACL tips. Give it a read before Weekend Two and roll into Zilker like a pro! 

  • First things first, register your wristband. You can’t get into the festival without doing so!
  • Bring sunscreen and sunglasses. Trust us, you’ll need them.
  • While you’re at it, pack some durable water bottles to fill up while at Zilker Park. Long hours under the Texas sun lead to some serious thirst. Let’s pray for cooler weather!
  • Download the ACL app for a park map, schedule info and real-time updates.
  • Have a backup plan. Cell phone service can be spotty at ACL, so be sure to plan accordingly in the event that you get separated from friends.
  • Texas weather can change at the drop of a hat. To accommodate for cooler evening shows and any unexpected daytime shifts in temperature, bring along a scarf and light jacket.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes. Can’t emphasize this enough. We love Vans, Toms or comfy sandals.
  • Eat at off-times throughout the day when the food lines are shorter. We highly recommend the yummy grain burgers from our friends at Hot Dang.
  • For parents bringing young kids, plan on packing the essentials (diapers, wipes, bottles, etc.) as well as toys or games in the event that your child gets bored (you never know!).
  • Research the music lineup and listen to artists you haven’t heard of before the festival. Who knows, you may just discover the next big thing!
  • Look stylish by wearing a cute fedora or cap. You’ll quickly realize that people put a lot of effort into their ACL looks!
  • Bring a smaller, easily accessible purse or bag to store things like keys and money.
  • Last, but certainly not least, have fun! 

Got any tips to add to our list? Leave us a comment below.

Okay, we admit it – we love Netflix. When we’re not reading awesome books or checking out the latest Austin food truck, sometimes there’s no better way to spend free time than by opening up a new show in the Netflix queue and escaping for a couple hours. But with so many great options available to watch, where does one begin? Luckily for you, the Wellington Group ladies have made it simple. From reruns of The Office to amazing documentaries, check out some of our favorite TV shows and movies to watch on Netflix:

  1. House of Cards
    With more drama than 90210, The OC and every soap opera on television combined, House of Cards is a political nail biter with enough backbiting, scheming and Frank Underwood eye-rolling (played by a very convincing Kevin Spacey), you can finish it quicker than an intern running with a SCOTUS ruling.
  2. Jiro Dreams of Sushi
    Do us a favor and make sure you have your fill of your favorite sushi before watching this hypnotic documentary about the 85-year old Jiro Ono. Considered one of the best sushi chefs in the world with a coveted three-Star Michelin Guide to prove it, we were this close to getting on a plane to Tokyo and snagging a seat at this little ten-seat eatery in a subway station!
  3. Mad Men
    Set in 1960s New York, Mad Men follows the glamorous (and incredibly dramatic) lives of the employees at Sterling Cooper Advertising, centered on the show’s mysterious anti-hero, Don Draper. With spot-on period fashion, humor and a deeply intricate plot, you’ll find yourself wanting to throw on a vintage dress and pour an Old Fashioned while you blast through all six and a half of its existing seasons.
  4. Somm
    If you think you know a thing or two about wine, try to test your wits against these sommeliers that are swirling, drinking and spitting their way to the very top of the sommelier pole. Watching these guys go through the Master Sommelier test definitely makes you want a glass of vino in hand as it can get intense! Bottoms up indeed.
  5. The Office
    Your wildest office antics will seem tame after watching a few episodes of NBC’s deadpan take on the modern workplace, based on the popular BBC series of the same name. From laughing (and, at times, cringing) at Steve Carell’s Michael Scott to cheering on the office romance between Jim and Pam, this comedy truly has something for everyone.

What are you watching on Netflix? 

Happy 2015, y’all! Here at Wellington Group Marketing & PR, the saying, “New Year, New You” is popular because it reminds us that with the new year, comes the opportunity to make necessary changes. For each member of our team, leading a healthy lifestyle is a priority, which is why many of our New Year’s resolutions revolve around being more mindful of how we treat our bodies. Below are some of our favorite healthy New Year’s resolutions. Feel free to make them yours!

Eating Clean – Eating healthier doesn’t have to be complicated! Many times, it’s as simple as grabbing an apple rather than heading to the office vending machine. Eating clean will leave you feeling more energized and ready to tackle your work.

Work Out – Working out for fifteen minutes is better than not being active at all. When you get home from work, resist the urge to be a couch potato (we know, it’s hard) and take at least 15-30 minutes to get your body moving!

Floss Your Teeth – Don’t you just hate when your dentist asks you if you’ve been flossing?  This year, surprise them by making a resolution to incorporate flossing as part of your nightly routine.  It may seem silly, but neglecting your oral health is serious stuff! Flossing takes less than one minute, so we all have absolutely no excuse.

Get More Sleep – Set a routine and stick to it. If you get tired around 10 p.m., then hit the hay! We promise we won’t call you a granny. Getting adequate shut-eye will leave you more energized during the day and improve your mood. Who wouldn’t want that?!

Wear Sunscreen – According to National Cancer Institute, sun damage starts at an early age. This means we should be wearing sunscreen everyday, and no, not only when we are lounging by the pool. If you aren’t using a facial moisturizer with SPF, make the switch today! 

What are your resolutions this year?

Photos courtesy of utahpeoplespost.com, livinghealthe.com, deltadentalwablog.com, freedigitalphotos.net/Feelart, skincancer.org

Black Friday

Thanksgiving evokes images of succulent turkey and pumpkin pie, family reunions and screaming matches over a football game. But over the last couple of years, the fourth Thursday in November has transformed from a time dedicated to family bonding and giving thanks to just being known as, “The Day Before Black Friday.”

In 2012, Americans spent more than $59 billion over the four-day Thanksgiving/Black Friday weekend. Each shopper was shelling out an average of $423. That’s a lot of dough! So, with Black Friday bringing in all this revenue, many stores are starting to open their doors even earlier – on Thanksgiving Day. This lead us to wonder, is Thanksgiving dead?

More and more people are starting to answer “yes” to this unfortunate question, especially due to the outrage brought out by Walmart and Kmart’s recent announcement. Kmart will be open for 41 hours straight starting at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. So, instead of celebrating with their families and resting, retail employees are required to work on Turkey Day. Both stores suffered backlash from angry customers who threatened to boycott the businesses if they didn’t reverse their decision.

Year after year, more stores are caving in and opening on Thanksgiving instead of waiting for Black Friday. The importance of Thanksgiving is slowly becoming lost within shopping carts filled with bargain clothes, toys and electronics. If this trend continues, will Thanksgiving cease to exist?

Either way, we are excited to be celebrating this glorious day at home with our families over a big spread of delicious food. No Black Friday shopping for us!

The once-retired Hostess snack, the Twinkie, made their official nation-wide “comeback” today with a marketing campaign that we just can’t ignore. It has been eight months since the nutritionally challenged treats went on hiatus, devastating many fans across the nation. Alas, their suffering has now come to an end.

This celebratory re-emergence was made possible by the private equity firms, Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co., who made a $410 million deal with Hostess after it filed for bankruptcy. In taking over the popular snack brand, the firms have announced not only the return of Twinkies, but also of CupCakes, Donettes, Zingers, HoHos and Ding Dongs. Sponge cake fanatics rejoice!

While we aren’t exactly scrambling to hit up the grocery stores for some classic treats of our own today, we sure do applaud the ingenious tagline: “The Sweetest Comeback in the History of Ever.” Complete with its clever play on words and its grammar faux pas, the hash-taggable campaign has taken social media sites by storm.

Masterminded by advertising agency, Bernstein-Rein, this aggressive campaign has generated quite the buzz on social media — and rightfully so. In another ingenious move, the company launched an interactive Vine campaign asking users to “prepare their cakeface” and record themselves prepping for the return of their favorite treats. In addition to their impact on the interwebs, Bernstein-Rein played up the anticipation by incorporating outdoor billboards in large cities like New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago, with only three inclusions: the Hostess logo, an image of the product and the “7.15.13” relaunch date.

To top it all off, the agency implemented some good ole’ guerrilla marketing efforts in the same locations as their billboards, taking to the streets with t-shirts and buttons that read, “I saved Twinkies.” As of today, the street teams will also launch a national food truck tour in the same cities, where they will give out free products and continue to spread the word about their sweet comeback.

Hostess noted that they have plans of marketing their products differently this round. They are targeting those between 18 – 34 years old, most of which the company admits most likely do not purchase their products today. With this healthier-eating and more calorie conscious age group in mind, they have plans to develop tasty treats that are lower in calories, higher in fiber and whole grains, and gluten-free, as well as those in smaller packaging sizes.

There are many routes a brand can go when positioning a comeback. We like Hostess’ simple approach, calling it what it was: a sweet comeback. All they had to do was start the clock on the relaunch and leave it to the fans to take care of the rest. Without the loyal Twinkies lovers out there, this campaign would have meant nothing. By allowing their fan base to interact with the brand, share their love for the cream-filled sponge cakes and help celebrate the return of the most popular snack cakes out there, “The Sweetest Comeback in the History of Ever” will be just that. Successful campaigns don’t need to be complicated, as long as you give people something to talk about… and something to look forward to.

You may have heard about the recent Amy’s Baking Company fiasco that’s gone viral over the last week, proving how detrimental social media can be when misused. Owners, Amy and Samy Bouzaglo, have become social media celebrities, with their angry comments retaliating against customers on Yelp, Facebook and Reddit. Even worse, this occurred after being featured on the season finale of Kitchen Nightmares and being dubbed “too far gone” by chef, Gordon Ramsey. Ramsey appears as the levelheaded party when juxtaposed with the Bouzaglo duo (which says a lot!), and for the first time on the show, he decided to quit working with the local Arizona business.

Recently, the couple made claims that they were not behind the all-caps, profanity-ridden posts, and that their account was actually hacked. While this is an unlikely story, they’re sticking to their guns on this one, making clear that they need a serious lesson on crisis management. This public relations nightmare makes us wonder, what steps should be taken at this point? How can the situation be rectified? And is the business, in the words of Ramsey, “too far gone?”

It’s apparent that the Bouzaglo’s could have learned a thing or two from our crisis management DOs and DON’Ts, highlighted in our previous blog post.

To recap:

DON’T shift blame

DO fully apologize – “It’s our fault”

DON’T offer excuses

DON’T behave as the victim

We would also like to add a couple more items to the list:

DON’T insult your customers

DON’T POST ANGRY, ALL CAPS, PROFANITY-RIDDEN COMMENTS THAT ARE PUBLIC ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA SITES, THEN ANNOUNCE THAT YOU WEREN’T BEHIND THEM IN THE SAME EXACT ALL CAPS, PROFANITY-RIDDEN LANGUAGE

And how would we rectify the situation, now that most of the damage is done?

1. Apologize, apologize, apologize. Unfortunately, social media users can smell a lie as soon as it’s posted, and public forums, such as Facebook, make for an unforgiving audience. The hacker story was immediately interpreted as such, and they are seeing the consequences. Owning up to the mistake and apologizing won’t be a quick fix. In fact, it will require much patience while shielding off continued angry feedback. However, it’s the honest route and will prepare them for a clean foundation to rebuild off of.

2. Get Quiet. Silence will allow for time to rebuild. It’s never too late to rebrand your company after a disaster like this. It will take some time and restraint, but it is possible. Going under the radar for a little bit, rather than making noise in an effort to prove themselves to the public, will do them well.

3. Training. While “going quiet,” Amy and Samy clearly need to undergo several levels of training – media relations, social media and customer service. If they are open and willing enough to take this on, the couple will be armed and ready to face their infuriated audience head-on when it’s time.

4. Step Back and Hire Out. No matter what intensive training Amy and Samy endure, we have doubts that they’ll be a perfect fit for manning their social media accounts, marketing presence and customer service initiatives. As business owners, they will need to step back, let go, and bring in a manager to take on customer relations on their behalf. Additionally, with their small business budget, it would be wise to bring on an in-house marketing staff member who understands the needs of the company, but also fully grasps the etiquette desired and conversations necessary to have with the Amy’s Bakery audience.

5. Re-launch. Once comprehensive training has occurred and thoughtful hires have been placed, it’s time to re-launch with a new look and feel. We would suggest making a formal announcement — press release and all – about Amy’s honest, brand new start and the large efforts they have made to get there. After all, this negative publicity has certainly made the couple popular, and now with over 94,000 Facebook likes, there will be large audience ready and waiting to see where they all end up.

Recent update: Amy and Samy actually hired PR firm, Rose+Moser+Allyn, in hopes that they could manage the storm of negative publicity and the “grand re-opening” for Amy’s Baking Company on May 21, 2013. Unfortunately, the relationship didn’t work out and the PR firm quit just days before the re-opening, citing that there were some differences of opinion. We can only hope that the event was a humble and apologetic affair. Perhaps the best thing the owners could do at this point is stay silent until the dust settles in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Fifth Annual NARS Expects 600 Recovery, Remarketing and Lending Professionals in Attendance

DALLAS, Texas – February 25, 2013 –The American Recovery Association, Inc. (ARA), the world’s largest association of recovery and remarketing professionals, enhanced its fifth annual North American Repossessors Summit (NARS) by expanding to a three-day event to include a lender and recovery agent golf tournament, more networking opportunities, and more speakers – all focused on the power of performance.

From April 25 – 27, an anticipated 600 professionals from the collateral recovery and remarketing industries, including collateral recovery professionals, clients, and vendors from across the country, will gather in Dallas to participate in NARS 2013. The summit focuses on open and collaborative discussions that address methods to improve the industry’s challenges and complexities to lay the foundation for the future.

Keynote speaker, James W. Bass, chief executive officer for Auto One Acceptance, will outline the necessary steps for continued profitability through the use of analytics and education. Chief Economist at Manheim Consulting, Thomas Webb, will take a detailed look at the numbers to discuss where the recovery and remarketing industry is heading. Rick Gilman, owner of RGG Communications, will provide insight about how to ride the digital wave to success. Doug Duncan, president of Your HR Solutions, will present on why smart employees underperform.

With industry unification as the event’s main goal, NARS also brought together representatives from various recovery and associations to weigh the value of expanding the state associations and the need for industry compliance. 

To view the full agenda, go to www.reposummit.com/2013-agenda.

The first NARS golf tournament, sponsored by Recovery Manager Pro, will be held at the beautiful Tour 18 Dallas, where golfers experience some of the greatest golf in America. The tournament will be a four-person scramble. Players may register as a team or as an individual (players must include their handicaps). The entry fee is $80 per player with a sack lunch included. The awards presentation and networking event will take place immediately after the tournament at Tour 18 Dallas. Transportation to and from the Omni Hotel and golf course will be provided upon request. The deadline to register is March 15, 2013. To register, email homeoffice@americanrecoveryassn.org or call 972.755.4755.

Headline sponsor, PRA Location Services, will host the annual Cocktail Reception on Friday night open to all registered attendees. MVTrac will sponsor breakfast on Saturday. Lunch sponsor, Digital Recognition Network (DRN), will host a meeting focused on The Strong Getting Stronger: Generating Revenue with LPR. Other sponsors and exhibitors include: ARA ARMS, American+Repossessor, Austin Insurance, Inc.; ConnecToGo, Dynamic, iRepo.com, MasterFiles, McNutt Auto Logistics, MicroBilt, MinuteMan, MVTrac, PDJ Services, Prestige Management & Consulting, Recovery Database Network, RecoveryFirst Insurance, Recovery Manager Pro, Repo Solutions, RISC, SmartAuction, Thomson Reuters, and VTS.

“NARS is the biggest industry event and continues to get bigger each year,” said Mary Jane Hogan, president of ARA. “The addition of the golf tournament, networking and speakers was a result of industry feedback and demand.”

The summit provides the opportunity for a diverse group of industry professionals from various sectors to come together and brainstorm solutions for the most prominent issues, while developing new innovations for adaptation of the constantly changing future.

About American Recovery Association, Inc.

American Recovery Association (ARA) is the world’s largest association of recovery and remarketing professionals. ARA members specialize in locating and repossessing collateral on behalf of lending institutions including banks, savings institutions, finance companies, credit unions, rental/leasing companies, and auto, truck and equipment dealers. A non-profit association, ARA members serve 27,000 national and international cities. All members are certified independent business operators. For more information, call 972.755.4755 or visit the website at www.repo.org.

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67 percent growth in sales generates launch of mobile software brand and new Texas location

AUSTIN, TX – (January 29, 2013) – Headspring, a leading custom software development company, today announced a 67 percent growth in revenue. Headspring grew 50 percent year over year for the past two years and in 2012 exceeded its unprecedented growth cycle.

Continue reading “Headspring Reports Year-End Results and Projections for 2013”

Headspring Honored with “Best Companies to Work for in Texas” Award Based on Its Employees’ Engagement and Satisfaction and the Company’s Benefits and Policies

AUSTIN, TX (Dec. 3, 2012) – Headspring, an Austin-based software development company, today announced it was named one of the 2013 Best Companies to Work for in Texas.

Texas Monthly, the Texas Association of Business (TAB), the Texas State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management (TSC-SHRM) and Best Companies Group, statewide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best Texas companies benefiting the economy, its workforce and businesses. Headspring completed a two-part evaluation involving the analysis of the company’s workplace policies, systems, philosophies, practices, demographics and employee surveys.

“The Headspring team is excited and honored to be named as one of the best places to work in Texas,” said Dustin Wells, CEO of Headspring. “Our company puts tremendous focus on work culture and we’re proud of the passionate and ambitious people that work at Headspring.”

The list is made up of 100 companies and the rankings will be revealed at the Best Companies to Work for in Texas Gala on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in Austin. The results will also be listed in the April 2013 issue of Texas Monthly. Texas Monthly will produce a special publication profiling the winning companies to be released in conjunction with the event.

To learn more the Best Companies to Work for in Texas program, please visit http://www.bestcompaniestx.com. To learn more about Headspring and its community initiatives, visit http://www.Headspring.com or follow Headspring on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/HeadspringAustin and Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/Headspring.

About Headspring                                                                                                          

Headspring delivers custom business applications to help growing companies. The Austin-based company has proudly served Texas businesses since 2001. Headspring is committed to helping local companies compete in their markets by delivering custom software applications for growing companies using consultative and collaborative processes. Headspring provides customers with maintainable custom applications to fit business specific needs to enable continued growth and efficiencies. In 2009, the company was named #127 on Inc. 500, the exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. For more information, go to http://www.headspring.com or call (877) 459–2260.

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Recovery and Lending Professionals Wanted for April 2013 Event

Dallas, TX – November 1, 2012, American Recovery Association, Inc. (ARA), the world’s largest association of recovery and remarketing professionals, is proud to announce the call for speakers is now open for its fifth annual industry event, the North American Repossessors Summit (NARS) on April 26­–27, 2013.

ARA and the NARS 2013 Planning Committee is looking for speakers who can present their thoughts and experiences on topics relating to compliance, analytics, and any other topics of interest to the recovery and remarketing industries. The summit is focused on open and collaborative discussions to address and improve the industry’s challenges and complexities. NARS 2013’s theme is “Power Through Performance” and the hope is to teach attendees how to stand out through analytics, compliance and education.

“ARA is looking forward to hosting the best NARS thus far and we have already been planning for months,” said Mary Jane Hogan, president of ARA. “NARS allows industry professionals to discuss challenges and solutions, and we hope to bring industry experts to the stage.”

In March 2012, nearly 500 people in the collateral recovery and remarketing industries, including collateral recovery professionals, clients and vendors from across the U.S. unified in Dallas to participate in NARS, one of the industry’s most important events. Key industry leaders, including Mike Goins of TD Auto Finance, Michael Dougherty of Weltman, Weinberg & Reis, and many industry clients, shared their valuable insights with attendees. Six hundred people are expected to attend NARS 2013.

Interested speakers may email homeoffice@americanrecoveryassn.org their proposal that needs to include: full name, company, email, phone number, bio, headshot, previous speaking experience, and proposed topic with a description.

 

About American Recovery Association, Inc.

American Recovery Association (ARA) is the world’s largest association of recovery and remarketing professionals. ARA members specialize in locating and repossessing collateral on behalf of lending institutions including banks, savings institutions, finance companies, credit unions, rental/leasing companies, and auto, truck and equipment dealers. A non-profit association, ARA members serve 27,000 national and international cities. All members are certified independent business operators. For more information, call 972.755.4755 or visit the website at www.repo.org.

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