Call Center CEO Reprises Moderator Position on StartupCamp7 Judging Panel

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(January 24, 2013) Willow Grove, PA – CEO and President of AnswerNet, Gary Pudles, will be returning as moderator of the judging panel at IT Expo’s StartupCamp7 this coming January 31 in Miami, Florida. As a judge and moderator of past StartupCamps, Pudles is a welcomed and familiar face to the panel. He is eager to evaluate the new group of young talent and share his experience as an entrepreneur.

“I have started many businesses throughout my career, including AnswerNet in 1998 and SubOut and Splendtastic just this past year,” says Pudles. “I am very passionate about growing a business from the ground up, and really enjoy listening to other entrepreneurs who are just starting out. Hearing their stories and sharing advice is a rewarding experience and a major reason I continue to be the moderator of the StartupCamp panel discussions. StartupCamp7 is my third consecutive year of participation, and I certainly hope it won’t be the last.”

Pudles will moderate the discussion between the panel of judges and startup companies. Each startup is given five minutes to pitch their business ideas to the panel of experts. As the moderator, Pudles will also field questions from the audience. Ultimately, one startup is awarded top honors.

For more information about the StartupCamp, please visit www.StartupCampComm.com. For more information on Gary Pudles and AnswerNet, please visit www.AnswerNet.com.

About Gary Pudles:
Gary A. Pudles is the CEO & President of AnswerNet and co-founder of SubOut and Splendtastic. He is a nationally recognized entrepreneur whose expertise in heading startups and identifying revenue-generating opportunities has made him a success as a business leader, educator and motivational speaker. Pudles is an “Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year” award winner, a published author and a highly sought-after host and interviewer for business and communication trade shows and events.

About AnswerNet:
AnswerNet is the world’s largest privately held telemessaging (telephone answering) firm and full-service provider of inbound, outbound, electronic and business process outsourcing (BPO) call center services. AnswerNet operates over 50 contact centers within the continental United States and Canada. We provide a wide range of services, from our core capabilities of telephone answering, hotlines, customer service sales, lead qualification and market research to a variety of business process outsourcing options including CRM hosting, email management, and order processing. AnswerNet processes more than 60 million contacts every year, for a client base of 35,000. AnswerNet’s award-winning approach has been recognized many times, including in Inc. Magazine’s annual “Inc. 500 List of Fastest Growing Private Companies,” Customer Interaction Solutions Magazine’s “Top 50 Teleservices Agencies” and SmartCEO Magazine’s “List of Best-Run Companies.”

Call Center CEO attends ITExpo’s StartupCamp for Entrepreneurs

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A group of gifted, enthusiastic entrepreneurs gathered this past February in Miami for the fifth annual StartupCamp. This event was developed to provide innovators in technology a chance to pitch their business ideas to leaders within the communications industry. Gary Pudles, President & CEO of AnswerNet (a call center and telephone answering service), was one of the leaders asked to judge at this year’s StartupCamp.

 

Each investor has only five minutes to present, but that was enough time to make an impression on Pudles. “Presenters were engaging, and the service offerings were very interesting,” he said. Pudles also felt that many of the entrepreneurs’ ideas could easily be applied in day-to-day operations at AnswerNet. One company spoke about a device to help index and store voice recordings based upon the words recorded—a helpful tool for call center quality assurance practices.

 

Pudles was also very pleased and impressed with the size of the event. The StartupCamp series has grown exponentially over the years partially due to the caliber of keynote speakers. Last year featured Bob Metcalfe (co-inventor of Ethernet). This year, Sir Terry Matthews (billionaire entrepreneur who founded many companies including Mitel and Newbridge Networks) spoke at the conference.

 

Ultimately, StartupCamp is a catalyst for many entrepreneurs’ careers, driving excited and hopeful audiences to the event. Who could blame them? With past winners such as Michael Koetting’s Hoot.Me, a popular Facebook application for students, the opportunity to technology fame is just a presentation away.