Jun 17, 2015, 06:19 ET
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., June 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- introNetworks' CEO and Co-Founder Mark Sylvester is pleased to announce that it has received the 2015 California Small Business of the Year award for their 805connect project. State Senator Hannah Beth Jackson presented the award to Sylvester and President and Co-Founder Kymberlee Weil at the State Capitol on June 10, California Small Business Day.
"We are deeply appreciative of Senator Jackson and her acknowledgment of the work that we have done over the past year to bring 805connect to life. It's been a year for building and growing awareness of the effort," said Sylvester. "This accolade comes at a perfect time for us as we begin our second year in the community."
The goal of the 805connect network is to be the "connective tissue" for business and community leaders in the Tri-Counties, empowering them to become more aware of the resources that are available in their own county and region before looking elsewhere.
805connect is the outcome of a series of conversations started in 2013 that focused on how the Central Coast community could realize a more vibrant economic future by having a broader, regional view of the challenge. Today, 805connect serves as a catalyst for connections and conversations among businesses and service organizations in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
"It's a work in progress. But I think two or three years from today, it's going to be highly populated and people are going to find jobs more easily," said Mike Manchak, President and CEO, the Economic Vitality Corp. of San Luis Obispo. "The more companies on there, the more it helps attract talent."
ABOUT MARK SYLVESTER: Mark is the CEO and Co-Founder of introNetworks which offers smart social networks that are dedicated to helping people identify and make meaningful connections to who and what matters to them in their work and interests. Since 2003, the company has successfully deployed more than 400 introNetwork Systems across a growing customer base that includes Adobe, British Airways, McCann WorldGroup, NASA, The US Department of Education, HP, Harvard, Autodesk, United Way, Fortune, and Xerox.
Mark has been on the leading edge of software development for more than twenty years. As a co-founder of Wavefront Technologies, Mark and his team developed software that revolutionized not only the entertainment world but the design and video game industries as well. He co-designed Wavefront's flagship product, Advanced Visualizer, the first commercial 3D modeling and animation system. Mark was instrumental in growing Wavefront over ten years to a $45 million company.
ABOUT KYMBERLEE WEIL: Kymberlee is co-founder of introNetworks, where she works with clients to discover how they can strategically accelerate and expand their business potential through effective use of the patented software platform that she and her team have developed.
For three years, Kymberlee co-produced TEDxAmericanRiviera, an independently organized TED event. Her passion was selecting and working with the speakers, bringing forth their ideas worth spreading to the world. This led her to become a speaker coach, working with organizations and individuals with a desire to enhance their public communication skills and crystallize their messages. Coming out of TEDx retirement, Kymberlee executive produced TEDxSantaBarbara in order to bring TED back to her community.
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