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Virtual event leader onboards former Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO), 8x8 (NASDAQ: EGHT) President, and Polycom (NASDAQ: POLY) executive to lead premium webcasting solution into the next phase of world-class virtual event services

PHOENIX (January 23, 2024)GlobalMeet, the fastest-growing, unrivaled leader in virtual event technology used by 5 out of 10 of the largest US banks, all of the Big Four Consulting Firms, and 50% of Fortune 500 pharmaceutical and biotech companies, today announces the appointment of visionary leader Kim Niederman as CEO. GlobalMeet enables live and fully interactive events to audiences as large as 100,000+ people. Niederman has a formidable track record in steering tech companies to record success and will drive GlobalMeet’s virtual event technology into an epoch of extraordinary expansion, seizing market opportunities in the digital events space like never before.

 

Niederman is a highly respected CEO and industry veteran, having been president at 8×8 and held CEO roles at FreeWave Technologies, Anagran and LongBoard, along with senior executive positions at Polycom and Cisco. He is known as a growth accelerator, adept at refining products and go-to-market strategies to expand influence by delivering exceptional products that resonate with customers. Before joining GlobalMeet, Niederman successfully scaled five companies (public and private) bringing several of them to a $1B+ market capitalization.

 

As GlobalMeet continues to grow in sheer size and impact, Pivotal Group, the company’s private equity sponsor, remains dedicated to finding qualified and passionate leaders to assist in this journey. “With Kim’s contemporary vision and determined approach, GlobalMeet will undoubtedly surpass the milestones that lay ahead,” said Francis Najafi, founder and CEO of Pivotal Group. “This crucial step for GlobalMeet reinforces its brand of being an innovative industry leader and will enable the company to focus on bringing to fruition its strategic roadmap, consistently creating value for customers over the long term. We are ecstatic to welcome him aboard.”

 

Pivotal Group is an investment firm that focuses on companies that lead in their respective market segments while simultaneously showing tremendous growth potential. Through leadership from Pivotal Group and Niederman, GlobalMeet will further lead the way for innovations in the virtual event technology space.

 

“I was drawn to GlobalMeet because of its extremely loyal customer base and highly-rated solutions and services,” said Niederman. “I’m excited by the opportunity to expand GlobalMeet’s already unparalleled offerings by deploying innovative applications of AI and other emerging technologies. I look forward to continuing to build upon a world-class company that is poised to take the virtual events industry by storm.”

 

“As we continue to enhance our capabilities, reaching new market opportunities and a wider customer base, we are thrilled to expand our leadership and welcome Kim to lead our team through this momentous next phase,” said President of GlobalMeet, Michele Dobnikar. “Kim brings a welcomed perspective from his comprehensive background in leadership and technology, and a unique go-to-market strategy that will accelerate GlobalMeet’s success within the events industry.”

 

For more information on GlobalMeet, visit www.globalmeet.com. For more information on the Pivotal Group, visit www.pivotalgroup.com

About GlobalMeet

GlobalMeet is the only scalable, flexible and secure event solution built and backed by event professionals who already have extensive experience in facilitating engaging and accessible hybrid and virtual events. With GlobalMeet, companies can conveniently flex between self-serve and managed events through the same technology, providing a consistent technology experience for small events, big events, and everything in between.

 

The platform is trusted by 50% of the largest U.S. banks, 50% of Fortune 500 pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and the top four of the world’s largest accounting and consulting firms who audit 90% of all Fortune 500 companies. For more information, visit www.globalmeet.com.

 

About Pivotal Group 

Pivotal Group is a private equity firm based out of Phoenix, Arizona, that deploys equity capital in support of strong management teams with unique opportunities. The firm offers check sizes and benefits of a large private equity partner but without the same restrictions and diligence requirements as a fund-based investor. Pivotal invests internal capital, is industry agnostic, and generally seeks a controlling interest in companies across the United States and Canada with a particular focus on corporate divestitures and standalone firms in need of a strategic capital partner.

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Uproar PR for GlobalMeet

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Virtual event company named a leader in several categories by the world’s largest and most trusted software marketplace

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GlobalMeet, a leader in virtual event technology, today announces its recognition as a winner in four categories of the Winter 2024 report by G2, the world’s largest and most trusted software marketplace. GlobalMeet’s impressive digital event solutions, high-grade security and superior support have led the company to be named a leader in the Americas Regional Grid® Report for Webinar and a high performer in the Small-Business Americas Regional Grid® Report for Webinar. GlobalMeet also scored the highest and was deemed the easiest admin and easiest to use among customers with 1-50 employees in the Small-Business Usability Index for Webinar.

 

The acknowledgments from G2 are based on responses from real use cases for each question in the Winter 2024 Index for Webinar and Report for Webinar G2 review form.

 

“At GlobalMeet, we pride ourselves in providing a best-in-class solution for virtual and hybrid event experiences, bringing unmatched stability and scalability to ensure our customers’ most important moments are executed with ease,” said GlobalMeet President Michele Dobnikar. “We are honored to receive these acknowledgments from G2 and believe they are a testament to our continuous work of providing world-class services that allow enterprises and businesses of all sizes to execute and manage events seamlessly from production to execution and everything in between.”

 

The company’s rating in the following G2 reports, including the Americas Regional Grid® Report for Webinar, the Small-Business Americas Regional Grid® Report for Webinar, and the Small-Business Usability Index for Webinar, are based on strategic responses from industry professionals with experience using GlobalMeet’s solution. GlobalMeet’s inclusion in the Usability Index, resulting from 10 or more reviews and five responses for each usability-related question, determined the company’s overall rating amongst other competing solutions.

 

“Rankings on G2 reports are based on data provided to us by real software buyers,” said Sara Rossio, Chief Product Officer at G2. “Potential buyers know they can trust these insights when researching and selecting software because they’re rooted in vetted, verified, and authentic reviews.”

For more information about GlobalMeet, visit www.globalmeet.com. To learn more about what real users have to say (or leave your review of GlobalMeet) visit G2’s webcast review page!

About GlobalMeet

GlobalMeet (a Pivotal Group portfolio company) is the only scalable, flexible, and secure event solution built and backed by event professionals who already have extensive experience in facilitating engaging and accessible hybrid and virtual events. With GlobalMeet, companies can conveniently flex between self-serve and managed events through the same technology, providing a consistent technology experience for small events, big events, and everything in between.

 

The platform is trusted by 50% of the largest U.S. banks, 50% of Fortune 500 pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and the top four of the world’s largest accounting and consulting firms, who audit 90% of all Fortune 500 companies. For more information, visit www.globalmeet.com.

About G2

G2 is the world’s largest and most trusted software marketplace. More than 90 million people annually — including employees at all Fortune 500 companies — use G2 to make smarter software decisions based on authentic peer reviews. Thousands of software and services companies of all sizes partner with G2 to build their reputation and grow their business — including Salesforce, HubSpot, Zoom, and Adobe. To learn more about where you go for software, visit www.g2.com and follow us on LinkedIn.

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Kalie Griffin

Uproar PR for GlobalMeet

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Virtual event leader offers a VIP experience for pre-screening and integrating special guests into a live broadcasted meeting

PHOENIX (October 30, 2023) – GlobalMeet, a virtual events company that hosts engaging and accessible virtual and hybrid events, today announces its Centerstage managed feature. Centerstage is a new system for virtually handling VIP guest speakers for investor meetings, town halls, internal HR meetings and more with a best-in-class approach.

 

With GlobalMeet’s Centerstage, pre-selected guest speakers or audience members can be promoted to the main stage from within a controlled “backstage” greenroom environment, overseen by an experienced event producer. Hastily promoting guests or meeting attendees to panelist positions or for live Q&A without proper vetting or readiness can potentially derail an event. GlobalMeet’s unique approach ensures clients can protect their brand image while delivering an engaging opportunity for the audience.

 

“GlobalMeet prioritizes eliminating friction throughout every aspect of a virtual event for the best possible experience, and this new professional service feature elevates audience engagement to new heights,” said GlobalMeet President Michele Dobnikar. “Audience collaboration and brand perception are crucial for a virtual event’s success. Our expert operators now have the power to provide that participation smoothly, allowing special guests to provide their thoughts during a live event to add context to a discussed topic or to simply ask questions and have them answered live.”

 

Event hosts can incorporate guests into a meeting following a vetting process, catching any potential audio or video issues, empty chair no-shows or disruptive guests before they reach the main stage. Clients remain in control of their meetings, minimizing the risk of bad surprises or events gone wrong while giving a more active voice to audience members and a more empowered sense of connection and collaboration – shining a spotlight on the audience, not just the presenters. Allowing for increased engagement while keeping unexpected disruptions at bay means an event is set up for success.

 

Trusted by Fortune 500 companies, GlobalMeet produces and hosts thousands of virtual and hybrid events annually for a variety of industries. The company’s customizable browser-based events solution provides businesses with an easy-to-use, secure and scalable environment to produce high-profile, engaging webcasts. GlobalMeet allows audiences to interact via Q&A chats, surveys, polling, testing and certification, dynamic layouts and social media interactive features with the click of a button.

 

For more information about GlobalMeet’s Centerstage managed feature, visit www.globalmeet.com.

 

About GlobalMeet

GlobalMeet is the only scalable, flexible and secure event solution built and backed by event professionals who already have extensive experience in facilitating engaging and accessible hybrid and virtual events. With GlobalMeet, companies can conveniently flex between self-serve and managed events through the same technology, providing a consistent technology experience for small events, big events, and everything in between.

 

The platform is trusted by 50% of the largest U.S. banks, 50% of Fortune 500 pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and the top four of the world’s largest accounting and consulting firms who audit 90% of all Fortune 500 companies. For more information, visit www.globalmeet.com.

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Kalie Griffin

Uproar PR for GlobalMeet

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Virtual event leader maximizes streaming capabilities for enterprises through Hive’s VX Platform and premium eCDN services

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GlobalMeet, a virtual event company that hosts engaging and accessible hybrid and virtual events, today announces its partnership with Hive Streaming, a leader within enterprise video experience, to provide companies with powerful tools to secure, control and optimize internal video communication events at every stage, while maximizing their reach and quality. The partnership supplements GlobalMeet’s secure event solutions with access to invaluable video performance and experience insights, including employee engagement analytics from a growing suite of Hive’s next-generation products.

 

“GlobalMeet strives to provide businesses with engaging virtual experiences at every level, and our key partnership with Hive further enhances our customers’ large-scale productions and drives engagement through high-quality video broadcasts,” said GlobalMeet President Michele Dobnikar. “Great video experiences can make or break a company’s ability to survive, thrive and gain momentum, and our companies’ combined 35+ years of experience within the enterprise communication space will ensure the highest quality broadcast possible.”

 

GlobalMeet Webcast integrates seamlessly with Hive’s next-generation video experience products and eCDN solution, providing significant bandwidth savings and up to 99% network offload of video consumption. Hive’s capabilities ensure a high-quality video with easy configuration, without any required installation. Participating businesses can access crucial analytics and metrics of video performance, viewer experience, and engagement down to an individual level to improve communications strategies for events of all sizes and types.

 

“We all know that live video and events play an increasingly important role in the digital workplace. However, it is not always easy to get it right and enhance employee engagement. For GlobalMeet Webcast, corporate events are part of their DNA,” said Johan Ljungberg, CEO of Hive Streaming. “We are very excited about our collaboration which will be a big advantage for customers transforming their enterprise Video Experience.”

 

GlobalMeet’s customizable browser-based events system provides businesses with an easy-to-use and secure environment to produce high-profile, engaging webcasts with Q&A chats, surveys, polling, testing and certification, dynamic layouts and social media interactive features with the click of a button.

 

For more information about GlobalMeet, visit www.globalmeet.com.

About GlobalMeet

GlobalMeet is the only scalable, flexible and secure event solution built and backed by event professionals who already have extensive experience in facilitating engaging and accessible hybrid and virtual events. With GlobalMeet, companies can conveniently flex between self-serve and managed events through the same technology, providing a consistent technology experience for small events, big events, and everything in between.

 

The platform is trusted by 50% of the largest U.S. banks, 50% of Fortune 500 pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and the top four of the world’s largest accounting and consulting firms who audit 90% of all Fortune 500 companies. For more information, visit www.globalmeet.com.

About Hive Streaming

Hive Streaming enables superior video experience to drive change in the enterprise. Hive’s platform supports internal video communication through the entire video event cycle. Before the event, Hive’s platform helps customers to troubleshoot potential issues. During the event, Hive’s eCDN enables ultimate reach and highest quality, prevents failure, and supplies actionable video stream performance alerts in real-time. After the event, Hive’s industry-leading video event analytics gives you a clear overview of video performance, viewer experience, and engagement.

 

Hive Streaming plays an integral role in the video delivery and networking infrastructure of Fortune 500 companies across the globe. For more information, visit hivestreaming.com or visit them on LinkedIn.

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Hailey Kennedy
Uproar PR for GlobalMeet
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Virtual event leader selects seasoned technology roadmap expert to direct new service expansion and digital transformation initiative

PHOENIX (August 29, 2023) – GlobalMeet, a virtual event company that hosts engaging and accessible hybrid and virtual events, today announces the hiring of Ken Roberts as its Chief Technology Officer. Roberts will lead the company’s engineering team and software strategy as it revitalizes its consumer-facing digital offerings, paving the way for incoming features.

 

“The digital event space is rapidly changing, and we are thrilled to welcome Ken onto our team during this pivotal moment,” said GlobalMeet President Michele Dobnikar. “His track record for driving innovation, combined with his talent for team building, strategic road mapping and process engineering, will steer us and the rest of the events industry toward new heights.”

 

Roberts brings over 25 years of experience building and scaling cloud-native SaaS solutions.  Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President of Technology at CeriFi, a market-leading provider of financial services education and training.  He drove the digital transformation of the company’s workforce, platforms, and infrastructure. Prior to this, Roberts contributed significantly to Glynlyon Inc.’s growth as Vice President of Technology, launching multiple SaaS learning and commerce platforms, while building a global technology team.

 

“I have long admired GlobalMeet for their dedication to providing best-in-class digital production. GlobalMeet’s commitment to excellence is palpable in every event they run,” said Roberts. “Leading companies trust GlobalMeet, and I am thrilled to join the GlobalMeet team as we continue to enhance our digital capabilities and expand our global footprint in new and exciting ways.”

 

Pivotal Group, GlobalMeet’s private equity sponsor, searches for highly differentiated and unique companies to acquire. “The main component of any platform we look to invest in is the management team we partner with,” said Francis Najafi, Founder and CEO of Pivotal Group. “Ken’s role will be essential in helping GlobalMeet build out its long-term strategic roadmap as a leader in virtual engagement for the Fortune 500. We are extremely excited to have him on board.”

 

GlobalMeet’s customizable browser-based webcast resources handle thousands of digitally broadcast events annually, providing businesses with an easy-to-use, secure and scalable environment to produce high-profile, engaging webcasts. GlobalMeet allows audiences to interact via Q&A chats, surveys, polling, testing and certification, dynamic layouts and social media interactive features with the click of a button.

 

For more information, visit www.globalmeet.com.

About GlobalMeet

GlobalMeet is the only scalable, flexible and secure event solution built and backed by event professionals who already have extensive experience in facilitating engaging and accessible hybrid and virtual events. With GlobalMeet, companies can conveniently flex between self-serve and managed events through the same technology, providing a consistent technology experience for small events, big events, and everything in between.

The platform is trusted by 50% of the largest U.S. banks, 50% of Fortune 500 pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and the top four of the world’s largest accounting and consulting firms who audit 90% of all Fortune 500 companies. For more information, visit www.globalmeet.com.

About Pivotal Group

Pivotal Group is a private equity firm based out of Phoenix, Arizona that deploys equity capital in support of strong management teams with unique opportunities. The firm offers check sizes and benefits of a large private equity partner, but without the same restrictions and diligence requirements as a fund-based investor. Pivotal invests internal capital, is industry agnostic, and generally seeks a controlling interest in companies across the United States and Canada with a particular focus on corporate divestitures and standalone firms in need of a strategic capital partner.

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Melanie du Mont

Uproar PR for GlobalMeet

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The Phoenix Based Entrepreneurial Investment Firm Plans to Expand The Presence of GlobalMeet and Offerings

PHOENIXApril 12, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The renowned and resourceful Pivotal Group, a Phoenix-based multi-strategy investor and leader in technology, real estate and other business investments, just announced a major asset acquisition of the country’s premier interactive webcast company, which will launch under the name GlobalMeet. The assets were previously a part of PGi, which was located in Atlanta.

 

The assets were purchased for an undisclosed 8-figure sum last week. 

 

Founded by Francis Najafi, who is part-owner of the Phoenix Suns, Pivotal Group has been an active investor in technology companies including: SnapNurse, Network Solutions, NX Systems, Global Capacity and Megapath. In addition to its technology investments, Pivotal Group envisioned, owns, and operates the internationally acclaimed Promontory, a luxury lifestyle mountain community located in Park City, Utah offering its residents and members unparalleled access to exceptional and award-winning amenities for every season.

 

With expertise to assess complex investments, Pivotal Group focuses on opportunities and companies that lead in their market segments, show growth potential, and exhibit attractive margins. Pivotal funds its investments with internally generated capital, allowing speed, flexibility, and patience to deliver today’s most innovative products and services to the market.

 

“We look for highly differentiated and unique platforms to invest in and partner with management. That’s why we are thrilled to have acquired the assets that are now used to operate the GlobalMeet business,” said Francis Najafi, Founder and CEO of Pivotal Group. “The global presence of GlobalMeet in the marketplace and its expected growth over the next decade is significant. We are elated to elevate the GlobalMeet business by expanding its offerings and footprint as a global leader in the webcast industry.” 

 

Michele Dobnikar, President of GlobalMeet, commented, “The asset acquisition and deployment by Pivotal Group is a testament to GlobalMeet being the most scalable and secure interactive webcasting platform for any global company. We are excited by this new endeavor, enabling us to bring even greater levels of services to the world’s largest companies as their go-to virtual event platform.”

 

As the premium webcasting solution for large audiences or high-touch events, GlobalMeet is poised to accomplish the straight-forward goal of empowering people and businesses to communicate confidently. The company will strive to meet the ever-changing communications landscape with versatile technology and real-world expertise, focusing on executing polished, versatile communications at scale.

 

Under Pivotal Group, GlobalMeet looks to grow its footprint. Its services allow for live and on-demand / pre-recorded video and audio webcasts for up to 100,000+ attendees via a proprietary, scalable cloud platform. Five of the USA’s largest US banks will use GlobalMeet as their webcast company of choice. Similarly, 23% of the world’s top 40 banks will use the GlobalMeet Webcast platform. It will also be used by numerous other businesses around the world.

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SOURCE The Pivotal Group