Boland T. Jones, founder, chairman and CEO of PGi (NYSE: PGI), a global leader in virtual meetings for 20 years, will present the Best Cloud Service Award tomorrow night at the 2011 Crunchies Awards ceremony. But instead of honoring the nominees from the ceremony stage of Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, Jones will commend the group virtually via PGi’s cloud-based video conferencing solution, iMeet – a first in Crunchies’ history.
“With today’s workforce becoming increasingly mobile, cloud tools are must-haves to keep us connected and productive. This year’s nominees for Best Cloud Service all answer the remote worker’s call for services that allow them to work anytime, anywhere and from any device,” said Jones. “It seemed only appropriate to announce the winner of this award using PGi’s cloud-based video conferencing solution, iMeet, and we couldn’t be more pleased to partner with the Crunchies to do so.”
iMeet is PGi’s next generation, cloud-based video conferencing solution that enables up to 15 people to meet face-to-face online – anytime, anywhere, from any device. iMeet expands on the basic video conference, giving users their own personal online meeting room that integrates with their favorite social media and file sharing applications. The iMeet experience is simple and secure – without the hassle of software downloads, hardware investments or IT support. Since launching in January 2011, the iMeet community has grown to over 65,000 people who engage in better video meetings every day.
The 5 th annual Crunchies Awards ceremony, co-hosted by GigaOM, VentureBeat and TechCrunch, will recognize and celebrate the most compelling startups, internet and technology innovations of the year. Winners in each of the 20 categories were selected by the general public, with more than 300,000 nominations submitted online in a little over a month. The Best Cloud Service Award category is new to the Crunchies this year, and the nominees in this category are Asana, Box, CloudFlare, Dropbox, Okta and Twilio.About Premiere Global Services, Inc. │ PGi PGi has been a global leader in virtual meetings for 20 years. Our cloud-based solutions deliver mutli-point, cross-platform, real-time virtual collaboration using video, voice and file sharing technologies. PGi solutions are available via desktops, tablets or mobile devices, helping businesses worldwide be more productive, mobile and green. PGi has a global presence in 25 countries and an established base of more than 35,000 enterprise customers, including 75% of the Fortune 100 ™. In the last five years, we have hosted more than 725 million people from 137 countries in over 65 million meetings. For more information, visit us at http://www.pgi.com. Statements made in this press release, other than those concerning historical information, should be considered forward-looking and subject to various risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are made based on management’s current expectations or beliefs as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management. A variety of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in Premiere Global Services, Inc.’s forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the following factors: competitive pressures, including pricing pressures; technological changes and the development of alternatives to our services; market acceptance of new services, including our iMeet ® and GlobalMeet ® services; our ability to attract new customers and to retain and further penetrate our existing customer base; risks associated with challenging global economic conditions; costs or difficulties related to the integration of any new technologies; service interruptions and network downtime; price increases from our telecommunications service providers; technological obsolescence and our ability to upgrade our equipment or increase our network capacity; concerns regarding the security of transactions; our level of indebtedness; future write-downs of goodwill or other intangible assets; assessment of income, state sales and other taxes; restructuring and cost reduction initiatives and the market reaction thereto; risks associated with acquisitions and market expansion; the impact of the sale of our PGiSend business; our ability to protect our intellectual property rights, including possible adverse results of litigation or infringement claims; regulatory or legislative changes, including further government regulations applicable to traditional telecommunications service providers; risks associated with international operations, including political instability and fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; and other factors described from time to time in our press releases, reports and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to the “Risk Factors” section of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010. All forward-looking statements attributable to us or a person acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.
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