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Kobie Marketing Recognized as One of 50 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the Region by the Tampa Bay Business Journal

St. Petersburg, FL (September 6, 2011) – Kobie Marketing, a recognized leader in the loyalty marketing industry, has been named by the Tampa Bay Business Journal as one of 2011’s 50 fastest growing private companies in the region. The Journal’s annual “Fast 50” list is the most comprehensive look at the fastest growing private companies in the region. The full-service loyalty marketing firm ranks at number 32 in the Tampa Bay area.

Michael Hemsey, President of Kobie shared, “We are in business for only one reason: to drive incremental financial results for our clients from the programs Kobie supports. We accomplish this by engaging our client’s customers, connecting all the touch points of our client’s brand, and a relentless commitment to testing, learning and improving based on business results. Recognition by the business community of our innovation and growth is gratifying, but helping our clients win in the competitive marketplace of today is what this company is all about. That’s why we made the list.”

The “Fast 50” rankings were based on percentage of annual growth over a three-year period. Nominations were solicited from local companies. Local accounting firm, Kirkland Russ Murphy & Tapp established rankings. The list is made up of privately held, locally owned companies that posted a minimum of $1 million in annual revenue and had consistent growth over the three-year period. Kobie Marketing was recognized on the basis of three-year sales growth of 86%.

“Technology is the engine revving the growth of the majority of the companies on the Fast 50. But work force investments fueled their gains, while a commitment to their vision steered them forward,” wrote Margie Manning, Sr. Staff writer for the TBBJ, in a feature article announcing the winners.

Kobie fits Manning’s observations to a tee. Founded in St. Petersburg in the late 1980’s, the company has long been recognized in the highly specialized field of loyalty marketing as a technology innovator who enables and unleashes the power of its 120 associates to drive business results for clients. “Kobie has emerged as the fastest growing loyalty marketing company in America because of our relentless focus on delivering truly loyal brand champions who buy more and inspire others to adopt our client’s brand. The passion and dedication of our staff coupled with our unmatched loyalty management software – Alchemy™ – is key to our success, said Bram Hechtkopf, VP of Marketing and Business Development at Kobie Marketing and a member of the firm’s founding family.

About Kobie Marketing

For over 20 years, Kobie has been a recognized leader in the loyalty marketing industry. Through award-winning loyalty marketing campaigns and continuous reinvention of how firms execute effective programs, Kobie’s clients enjoy incremental revenue, product and household penetration, and brand advocacy.

Today, Kobie Marketing leads the loyalty marketing industry with a relentless focus on delivering the best customer experience, through proprietary technologies and award-winning campaigns. Kobie Marketing is spearheading the mobile loyalty revolution with its Social Media, SMS, MMS and Mobile Application loyalty solutions. Kobie manages loyalty management programs for many of the world’s most successful brands: AMC Entertainment, Bank of America, Barnes & Noble, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Comcast Corporation, Hawaiian Airlines, Royal Bank of Canada, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon Communications. More information is available at

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