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Friday, May 30, 2014

ELEVATE97 TEAMS UP WITH MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY
TO BRING FOUNDING MEMBER OF PRICELINE.COM TO COMMUNITY

INNOVATION IN THE WORKPLACE TO BE FOCUS OF EVENT

Green Bay, Wis.— Jeff Hoffman, a successful entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and founder of multiple startups including Priceline.com will share his perspectives on innovation and leadership as part of Marquette CIRCLES, a Northeastern Wisconsin networking event on May 8. Hoffman’s address, From Idea to Execution: How the Most Innovative Business Leaders Find Success, is open to the public.

The event will take place at Elevate97 (formerly Fulfillnet, Inc.) located at 1085 Parkview Drive. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved at marquette.edu/alumni/circles. The cost includes the keynote address, an attendee directory, hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and soda, and tours of Elevate97. Registration and tours begin at 5:00 p.m. with a welcome from Elevate97 CEO/owner Kate Burgess at 5:45 p.m. Jeff Hoffman’s keynote address will immediately follow. Live music and networking will run until 8:00 p.m.

About Jeff Hoffman

Hoffman has been the CEO of public and private companies and has been a part of senior leadership teams for several well-known companies, including priceline.com, uBid.com, CTI, ColorJar and more. Today, Hoffman serves on the boards of companies in the United States, Europe, South America, Africa and Asia. He supports entrepreneurs and small businesses on a worldwide basis. He also works with the White House, the State Department, USAID and similar organizations internationally on economic growth initiatives and entrepreneurship programs. Hoffman received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurship from the National CEO Council for his contributions to the field of entrepreneurship and the 2012 Champion of Entrepreneurship Award from JP Morgan Chase, Citibank and Rising Tide Capital.

About Marquette CIRCLES

CIRCLES is Marquette University’s award-winning business networking program that connects Marquette alumni, parents and friends based on industry and business interests. CIRCLES enables participants to network within relevant business sectors; to find employees, mentors and business associates; and to develop business leads and contacts.

Event Host, Elevate97, Understands Drive to Innovate

Elevate97 (previously named Fulfillnet, Inc. before rebranding in February) started out in a 10 by 10-foot garage in 1997. The company understands that innovation is critical for growth.

Elevate97 occupies 190,000 square feet of innovation space in Green Bay, Wisconsin and is dedicated to showing off world-renown retail brands. The company provides a wide variety of services to get its clients’ brands to stores and homes including environmental and storefront graphics, print, direct mail, fulfillment and technology solutions.

Carhartt is the latest world-renown brand to sign on as an Elevate97 client. Carhartt joins other retail giant clients like kate spade, New Era, Nautica, Pandora Jewelry, TaylorMade-adidas Golf and the Green Bay Packers. With roots in fulfillment, warehousing and direct mail, Elevate97 now also provides large-format printing, environmental graphics and technology solutions—primarily for the retail industry.

“We produce marketing materials of all shapes and sizes. Think little boxes to large storefront environments,” said Burgess, who is a long-time supporter and graduate of Marquette University.

“The pillars of our company are to have fun, innovate, and take personal responsibility in all we do. That personal responsibility includes our commitment to this community by providing jobs, serving our community through volunteerism, investing in local non-profits, and staying right here in Green Bay as we elevate local, national and international brands,” said Burgess. “It’s also why we are so pleased to be a part of the Marquette CIRCLES – Northeastern Wisconsin Networking Event—which will bring people together from throughout our community to talk about innovation. What could be more elevating than that?”