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Leading Online Performance Marketing Companies, MediaWhiz and GRS, To Merge

Leading Online Performance Marketing Companies, MediaWhiz and GRS, To Merge

NEW YORK, NY and FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Two of the interactive marketing industry’s leading firms, Global Resource Systems (GRS) and MediaWhiz, today announced they have merged to form one of the largest providers of online performance marketing services. LakeCapital, a private equity firm that invests in growing services companies, first invested in MediaWhiz in August 2005 and will provide further growth capital for the initiative.

The merger brings together MediaWhiz, widely known for its affiliate marketing, co-registration, and lead generation services, and GRS, which has deep expertise in list management and email marketing, while also bringing additional capabilities in affiliate and search engine marketing. This merger more than doubles the size of the business and creates an industry leader with one of the broadest distribution channels available to reach online consumers. Both business units will continue to be led by the entrepreneurs who founded them, Jason Cohen of MediaWhiz and Yannick Tessier of GRS. Each has a history of successfully growing businesses in the interactive marketing industry. Cohen and Tessier’s knowledge, passion, and deep industry relationships will continue to drive impressive growth.

Founded in 2002 by interactive marketing industry veteran, Yannick Tessier, GRS has grown rapidly by implementing the most stringent email marketing compliance standards in the industry and is recognized for its ability to produce strong, consistent, predictable results for its marketer and list owner clients.

In addition to his success in building GRS, Tessier has a proven track record as a successful entrepreneur. He started his first company when he was fifteen and grew it to more than 50 employees before selling it to a strategic acquirer. Subsequently, Tessier worked with several other online marketing ventures, including Mars Music, CyberAds, and Eritmo.

GRS will continue to operate under its established brand and will be led by Tessier, who will also serve as the holding company’s co-president with MediaWhiz founder, Jason Cohen. “GRS and MediaWhiz have worked together extensively for several years by providing each other list management and lead acquisition services, respectively. Leveraging our organizations’ individual strengths and unique value propositions, we will be able to continue to enhance our combined position as one of the industry’s leading companies,” said Yannick Tessier.

“Our merger creates one of the broadest platforms of online performance marketing solutions available to advertisers today,” explained Jason Cohen, co-president of MediaWhiz. “Together, the capabilities of our two firms will allow us to generate an ever increasing number of qualified customers for our advertisers by capitalizing on our ability to reach consumers through a diversity of online marketing channels.”

“We have had extensive contact with leading service providers in this market space and believe we have facilitated the merger of two best-of-breed companies,” noted Kevin Rowe, director of LakeCapital. “By creating a company with this breadth of online distribution capabilities, we have taken a critical step towards building a unique company that is well-positioned to provide superlative results to our clients, marketers who are continually increasing focus on return on advertising investment.”

Global Capital Markets served as the exclusive financial advisor to GRS on the transaction. No transaction terms have been disclosed.
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