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Jan. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Miami-Dade Mayor
Carlos A. Gimenez today presented Lyoness Management Americas CEO
Mario Hoffmann with a "Key to the County."
Companies honored at the Beacon Council's Key Ceremony—held this year at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens—represented international banking and financial services, information technologies, telecommunications, professional services and manufacturing, retail loyalty programs, and others.
The significance of the ceremony this year is increased by the continuing US economic crisis and the particularly-affected
Florida economy: In Miami-Dade County unemployment topped 12.6%. And although the jobless rate finally dropped below 9% in
University of Central Florida economist
Sean Snaith says that although
South Florida employment, "is slowly improving…the pace of the improvement continues to be inadequate." The 25 companies honored with Keys will create more than 1,800 new direct jobs, retain 316 jobs, create an additional more than 900 indirect jobs, and property taxes estimated to exceed
Lyoness Management Americas CEO
Mario Hoffmann says, "
Miami is an international business hub and the clear choice to support expansion of our business in North and
South America. We're hiring local talent from the
University of Miami and
Florida International University; and because we are an international company, we are especially excited by the talent pool of multi-lingual professionals we have in
Joaquin Zeledon, Managing Director for Lyoness Management Americas says, "We are enjoying our participation in the
South Florida business community and look forward to providing whatever service we can to the community."
Lyoness Management Americas Marketing Director
Myrna Y. Vaca says, "Lyoness anticipates filling more than 280 positions in our
Miami office. This means new capital investment to the
South Florida economy of approximately
$4,500,000." Lyoness Management Americas provides direction and support to its offices in
New York City,
Sao Paulo. Lyoness is a Loyalty Program with an established international shopping network of more than 2.5 million Members and more than 20,000 Loyalty Merchants in 47 countries worldwide.
For more information about Lyoness:
Myrna Y. Vaca, MBADirector of Marketing and CommunicationsLyoness Management Americas
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