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Contact: Stacey Swank
Pinellas County Economic Development
(727) 464-7425 or sswank@pinellascounty.org
Kobie Marketing announces a corporate headquarters expansion 
in Pinellas County | 255 New Jobs Projected

PINELLAS COUNTY, FL (March 14, 2016) - 
 Kobie Marketing, a global leader in fully-integrated, customer loyalty marketing and customer retention agency, today announced a significant expansion of their headquarters in Pinellas County, Florida. The growing company projects hiring over 250 new employees over the next several years.

Currently, Kobie has nearly 200 full time employees. Clients include major brands across retail, banking, travel, hospitality, telecommunications, restaurant, and CPG industries. As an industry pioneer, delivering end-to-end strategy, technology and program management solutions, Kobie has provided innovative loyalty experiences to the world's most successful brands.

"Kobie has been headquartered in beautiful downtown St. Petersburg since 1990. I am pleased to announce our plans to expand our Kobie footprint within the community that we've called home for more than 25 years, Pinellas County," said Ashby Green, CFO of Kobie Marketing. "I'd like to commend the talented team at Kobie on an incredible history and a bright future! You all have been integral to our success, and we're looking forward to the continued expansion of our team."

"We're thrilled to announce Kobie Marketing has selected Pinellas County as the community best suited for their corporate headquarters and the continued innovation and growth of their company," said Commissioner Charlie Justice, Chairman of the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners. "I want to congratulate and thank the team at Kobie for creating over 250 new jobs in Pinellas."

"Kobie Marketing, Inc., headquartered in downtown St. Pete, illustrates the story of what's happening in the new St. Petersburg," said St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. "This dynamic, award-winning marketing company is thriving here, expanding rapidly and attracting new talented employees to our city. The company, and its employees, are engaged in giving back to our community through their philanthropic endeavors. We're glad they call St. Petersburg home."

"The expansion of Kobie Marketing's headquarters was a competitive process, and we're pleased that the management team considered all of the options and chose Pinellas." said Mike Meidel, Director of Pinellas County Economic Development. "We'd invite other companies to investigate our technology workforce, quality of life and business climate in Pinellas. We think they'll come to the same conclusion."

During its 25 years in business, the company has been profitable every year. After launching Alchemy in 2008, that growth has accelerated: over the past 5 years, Kobie has been named on Inc. 5000's fastest growing companies, and has enjoyed both regional and national recognition in the loyalty marketing and technology industry.

Kobie Marketing is a part of a growing list of global employers that are headquartered in Pinellas County.  That list includes HSNi, Raymond James, Jabil Circuit, Tech Data, iQor, Triad Retail Media and PODS.
The project was made possible through strong partnerships between Enterprise FloridaPinellas County, the City of St. Petersburg and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

Applicants interested in exploring career opportunities with Kobie Marketing should visit: http://www.kobie.com/careers.
About Pinellas County Economic Development
Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED) works with existing businesses to encourage expansion and seeks to attract new companies with high-wage careers to our community. Through investment tools, business classes, professional consulting services, trade missions to open new markets, and strategic partnerships, PCED fosters a pro-business environment and promotes the ideal business climate of Pinellas County, Florida. Learn more at www.pced.org.

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