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Tech company hires former Oracle sales leader; Engineering firm grows with acquisition; Company expands with office in New Delhi; Restaurant moves headquarters to Fort Myers
by: Steven Benna Staff Writer

TAMPA BAY
Tech company hires former Oracle sales leader
Tampa-based mobile commerce technology company Mad Mobile named former Oracle sales executive Doug Iverson chief revenue officer.

Iverson has more than 20 years' sales and consulting experience, a statement says. He was most recently vice president of North America Sales for Oracle-Retail, where he worked with the world's top retail brands. Prior to Oracle, Iverson held senior sales positions at ProfitLogic and JDA/i2 Technologies.

Iverson will oversee sales and customers, in addition to go-to-market strategy for Mad Mobile. The firm's software and products work in smartphones, tablets, apps and in-store experiences. Clients include Sysco, Toshiba, Major League Baseball and Mattel.

“As we enter this next phase of growth for Mad Mobile, Doug is a critical addition to the Mad Mobile leadership team,” says CEO Bruce Bennett. “He brings tremendous retail and technology experience, perfect for scaling a global sales organization.”

Engineering firm grows with acquisition
Pinellas Park-based H2R acquired Gannett Fleming's drilling, subsurface exploration and geotechnical testing lab operations in Florida, adding 24 employees to its staff.
Financial terms of the purchase were not disclosed.

Two former Gannett Fleming employees, Dan Hart and Dave Rancman, run H2R, and the partnership between the two companies allows them to team on projects when specialized drilling and testing is needed, according to a statement.

Harrisburg, Pa.-based Gannett Fleming has 120 employees in six Florida offices: Jacksonville, Orlando, Miami, Tallahassee, Tampa and West Palm Beach. This transition from the drilling and geotechnical testing market enables the firm to invest in its core business and advance its strategic growth plans for Florida, the release adds.

SARASOTA-MANATEE
Company expands with office in New Delhi
Bradenton-based immigration services firm Pro-Link Global has opened an office in India.

The company has been making plans to open the office since May, including sending executives there to interview potential employees. The office is at the World Trade Center in New Delhi, according to a release. It has seven employees, with the ability to quickly add more people based on client needs.

This is the third new office Pro-Link Global has opened in the past nine months, following The Netherlands and Australia. “Opening these offices in such a short period of time has been some of my proudest moments since I started this company in 2005,” Pro-Link Global CEO Andrea Elliot says in the statement.

Pro-Link Global, with nine regional offices worldwide, helps U.S. firms relocate employees abroad through visa and immigration services and customized direction and guidance on new locations.

CHARLOTTE-LEE-COLLIER
Restaurant moves headquarters to Fort Myers
Quick-service restaurant 3Pepper Burrito Co. purchased a $760,000 property in downtown Fort Myers that will become its new headquarters.

The restaurant company purchased the 3,756-square-foot building, at 2231 First St., in July, according to a statement. The downtown location, in addition to a headquarters, will be 3Pepper's third location in Southwest Florida. It plans to add three more company-owned locations and a few franchise locations by 2018, the release adds.

LandQwest Commercial represented 3Pepper Burrito in the transaction. “This is an exciting time for the 3Peppers team,” Bryan Myers, a senior associate at LandQwest, says in the statement. “Renovations are progressing quickly. We expect (the) headquarters to open by year-end and the College Plaza location by summer 2017.”

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