Pregame.com Recruits Vertical Sales & Marketing Guru as COO
Las Vegas, Nevada (September 10, 2007) – Pregame.com, the leading provider of sports betting information via the Internet, announced today the appointment of Arnold Gold as Chief Operating Officer to head the company’s daily operations.
Mr. Gold will oversee the logistics and the growth of the company’s sales, large customer base, and vast content of sports analytical information and commentary developed by “sports handicappers” and the Pregame.com community.
Mr. Gold has enjoyed a long and accomplished career as a business entrepreneur in several different industry sectors. His most recent project was for Mobile Productivity, Inc. as acting Vice President of Sales & Marketing/ Management Consultant through his company NextPhase Media.
Mr. Gold was a Founder/ Senior Vice President of ALLDATA, an Automotive Diagnostic & Repair Information provider. ALLDATA had over 55,000 Repair Shop customers with a 91% retention rate. ALLDATA was sold to AutoZone (Fortune 500 Company and the largest retail automotive parts supplier in the US). ALLDATA was funded through venture capital Trinity, Accel Partners, CCI/Triad (now Activant) and Snap-on Tools.
Mr. Gold was co-founder and Senior Vice President of AUTOVIA, which provided the infrastructure, services, and information to improve the efficiency of buying and selling automotive replacement parts online. The company connected parts distributors, car dealers, and local repair shops over the Internet. Shareholders included Cross Point Ventures, Internet Capital Group, and Hearst Publishing.
In addition, Mr. Gold has extensive knowledge of the Health Care Industry. He was co- founder / Senior Vice President of Lear Data, the premier provider of Practice Management software. He sold Lear Data to CCI/ Triad Systems (now Activant). Subsequently, he facilitated joint ventures with the American Dental, California Dental, and the Texas Dental Associations.
“Arnold brings wealth of operational knowledge in the area of sales, marketing, media, customer retention and service, content information databases and Internet based services. We believe Arnold will be able to manage our breakout growth that we will be experiencing over the years.” said RJ Bell, Pregame.com President and CEO.
Commenting on his new position Gold stated “In my 25 years of experience in vertical marketing and technology information services, I am excited to be part of the Pregame.com team. Pregame.com is positioned to be a major player in one of today’s most action packed and largest vertical markets. Pregame.com brings critical content and information on sports to the betting public. R.J. Bell and the team at Pregame.com believe in the noble services they provide to increase betting confidence among the members of the community.”
Pregame.com is this country’s largest sports betting information website, and has been featured by CBS News with Katie Couric, ABC News with Charles Gibson, Nightline, Sportscenter, CNBC, First Take (ESPN2), ESPN.com, ESPN National Radio, Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, LA Times, Newsweek.com, AOL.com, CNN.com, Maxim Magazine, and Forbes Magazine. Additional company information is available at PregameMedia.com.
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