NEW YORK, Dec. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Serial entrepreneurs and business partners Michael Daniels and Damien Georges have announced the acquisition of HoozeTending, a software company focused on promoting the relationship between bartenders and their patrons.
Founded in 2015 by Jeff Shufelt and Danny Miller, HoozeTending (http://www.hoozetending.com) established itself as a popular application with hundreds of active users around Rochester, New York. Shufelt had to suspend operations for personal reasons. He said, "It was driving me crazy that such a great product was just sitting there doing nothing. I started to talk to potential buyers and quickly realized these were the right guys to drive this forward."
As part of the acquisition, the new owners are rebranding the application and extending the focus beyond bartenders. Establishing the new headquarters in mid-town Manhattan, Daniels and Georges plan to leverage their extensive hospitality network to drive customers and users to the site. Daniels said, "The idea is to make it free for users and hospitality staff while at the same time giving incentive to those staff to promote the application. Venues will have the option to manage a subscription or not. Ultimately this is going to drive revenue at venues."
Georges said he and Daniels see a massive future opportunity with this application. "Any product that fosters a stronger relationship between a business and their customers is going to become essential to that business." He went on to say, "This application goes one step further to empower hospitality staff to create an individual brand and leverage this brand for the benefit of their employers and their patrons."
About the Acquirers
Michael Daniels is the founder and President of Mango Concept (https://www.mangoconcept.com), a firm focused on the development and ongoing management of web and mobile applications. Michael was a Senior Manager of Consulting at BearingPoint Corporation with over fifteen years' experience in building, selling and implementing enterprise software applications. He managed a consulting practice in the Partner community and was directly responsible for the success of several large client implementations including the Department of Homeland Security. In 2006, he received the company's Manager of the Year award. Prior to joining BearingPoint, he was a Consultant at Oracle Corporation and was responsible for several implementations across the US and Mexico. Previously he held the position of Operations Manager while at Lucent Technologies. He was the youngest Operations Manager in their history at the time. Prior to Lucent, Michael completed a tour of duty in the United States Air Force where he held a Top Secret SBI clearance. Currently Michael is the owner of uShuttle, Deedle, and Vext and he is an investor in Cannibal Restaurant.
Damien Georges is the CEO and founder of Hipercept (http://www.hipercept.com), a global services firm committed to the constant innovation and development of services for institutional real estate investors and managers. He is an investor in SiiLA, a data company providing transparency into real estate transactions in South America based in Sao Paulo. He is a partner in Burke and Wills and Manhattan Cricket Club, an Upper West Side restaurant and bar. He is the founder and majority shareholder in Dakar Security, a protective services company licensed and bonded as a private investigation firm in New York State. He is a partner in a concierge business in Medellin, Colombia focused on foreign tourists. Previously Damien was a founder and majority shareholder of Voyanta, an information management SaaS Company that was sold to the Altus Group in 2014.
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