CARLSBAD, Calif., March 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- NTN Buzztime, Inc. (NYSE Amex: NTN), a leading social entertainment and integrated marketing platform for bars and restaurants, is pleased to announce the hiring of senior level sales professional, Tony Duckett as its Executive Vice President (EVP) of Sales.
Duckett, with more than 23 years of successful revenue generation, business development, restructuring and sales leadership experience, will be tasked with leading Buzztime's subscription sales and account retention staff. Duckett's role will include managing the company's subscription sales initiatives for chain and independent locations and directing the team tasked with improving customer engagement through onsite restaurant and bar entertainment support.
"With Buzztime's rich history of developing engaging platforms that excite restaurant and bar owners as well as consumers, it's thrilling to join a company that embraces creative thinking and is on the forefront of media and technology with its product offerings," commented Tony Duckett, EVP of Sales for NTN Buzztime, Inc. "I look forward to working with the team to move the company forward by deepening our current customer relationships and attracting new accounts with fun and exciting offers and programs."
"With the hiring of Tony Duckett, Buzztime brings in another top senior level professional with a proven track record to build our community of restaurants and bars for our advertising partners, shareholders and the 1,500,000 registered players," noted Michael J. Bush, President and CEO of NTN Buzztime, Inc. "I am confident that Tony and his staff will continue to engage our current customers with innovative offerings but more importantly initiate new programs and processes that will act as a framework to grow our subscriber network."
Tony Duckett has gained valuable experience and strategic insight in entrepreneurial business development, leadership and marketing awareness in various fields including, technology, managed services, film and music. Most recently he was Vice President of Sales for Aramark Uniform Service in Los Angeles responsible for developing a new go-to-market strategy for the sales organization that integrated Aramark's value proposition into their customers' business goals. By making this change, Aramark became more than a vendor; they became a necessary and valued business partner to their customer base.
Prior to Aramark, Duckett was Senior Vice President of Sales at Nexicon Inc., a technology- based Venture Capital firm designed to help copyright holders protect their intellectual properties by tracking illegal downloads of music, movie, software and gaming. Additionally, Duckett headed up the Business Development team as president of Umbrella Entertainment, Inc. He has also held executive level positions with Bowne & Company, Nortel Networks, Tandem Computers, Sony and IBM. Duckett earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Lafayette College in Economics and Business. In addition, he played professional basketball in Europe and with the Atlanta Hawks.
Buzztime employs its network of approximately 3,900 bars and restaurants to strategically reach targeted audiences in a unique way. Additionally, Buzztime engages more than 1,500,000 players who participate in over 50,000,000 bar trivia, cards and sports games each year on its network.
Buzztime provides clients with branded sports and interactive bar games that align with the brands' marketing campaigns; live hosted trivia tournaments throughout the United States; and direct-to-consumer marketing initiatives through Buzztime's social networking and e-mail marketing campaigns.
NTN Buzztime, Inc. (NYSE Amex: NTN) is a leading bar and restaurant social entertainment and integrated marketing platform. Trusted by approximately 3,900 and restaurants in North America since 1985, Buzztime integrates trivia, card and sports games with in- and out-of-venue messaging and communication tools. With over 1,500,000 registered consumers and more than 50,000,000 games played each year, Buzztime players spread the word and invite friends and family to their favorite Buzztime location to enjoy an evening of fun and competition. With Buzztime entertainment and marketing solutions, bars and restaurants attract new customers, turn casual visitors into regulars, and give guests a reason to stay longer. For the most up-to-date information on NTN Buzztime, please visit www.buzztime.com or follow us on www.facebook.com/buzztime or www.twitter.com/buzztime.
This release contains forward-looking statements which reflect management's current views of future events and operations, including but not limited to statements about company expertise, development, new accounts, programs, offers and relationships, player experience, added value and number of locations, players and games. These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include the risks of adverse economic conditions, failure of customer and/or player demand, lower market acceptance or appeal of both existing and new products and services by particular demographic groups or audiences as a whole, termination of partnership and contractual relationships, the impact of competitive products and pricing and technical problems or outages. Please see NTN Buzztime, Inc.'s recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for information about these and other risks that may affect the Company. All forward-looking statements included in this release are based on information available to us on the date hereof. These statements speak only as of the date hereof, and NTN Buzztime, Inc. does not undertake to publicly update or revise any of its forward-looking statements, even if experience or future changes show that the indicated results or events will not be realized.
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