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Joy Tan Joins Nine Rivers Distillery’s Board of Directors

Longyan, China, March 11, 2022 – Nine Rivers Distillery today announced that Joy Tan, former President of Global Media and Communications at Huawei Technologies, has been appointed to its board of directors. Tan brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in marketing and communications for Fortune 100 brands and will be responsible for helping the distillery set and execute its branding strategy.

“It’s rare that you get the opportunity to help lay the groundwork for something big,” said Tan. “And not only is Nine Rivers going to be huge – it’s going to be different.” Nine Rivers Distillery officially broke ground in February 2022. It’s a fully crowdfunded, grassroots project with a 17,000 square-meter site in the mountains of Longyan, scheduled to begin producing spirits in the second quarter of 2023.

“Nine Rivers represents the perfect combination of age-old western traditions with modern advances in technology in the distilling industry.” continued Tan. “We’ve got a group of over 100 whisky lovers from all over the world, each bringing passion for the industry and a unique set of skills to this project. It’s a great honor to be a part of this team.”

Jay Robertson, CEO of Nine Rivers Distillery, said: “Joy’s immense depth of experience in marketing and cross-cultural communications will be critical for putting Nine Rivers – and China – on the international whisky map. She has a brilliant mind for navigating complex business environments and will help us tell our story in a way that truly resonates with whisky lovers around the world in this digital age. We’re lucky to have her.”

Before starting her own consulting firm in 2021, Joy Tan spent 14 years in various senior marketing and communications roles at Huawei Technologies. Prior to serving as the VP of Public Affairs for Huawei USA, she was the President of Global Media and Communications at Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen, where she led the company’s communications efforts in over 100 countries and regions. She was instrumental in building the company’s internal communications capabilities and elevating Huawei to one of the top 100 brands in the world. Prior to Huawei, she worked with a number of large US companies in marketing and branding functions.

Joy Tan is passionate about the environment and women in tech, and regularly speaks on these topics with groups like the World Economic Forum, Women in Tech International, and the UN Science, Technology and Innovation Forum.

Tan studied Biology at Tsinghua University in Beijing and holds a Master’s Degree in Neuroscience from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where she was a PhD candidate before shifting gears to pursue an MBA in Marketing from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Minerva Serrano Awarded 2021 Enterprising Women of the Year Honors

Minerva Serrano, the co-founder of Activus Connect, a premium provider of Customer Experience Outsourced Solutions operating across the Continental U.S. & Puerto Rico, has been named a winner of the 2021 Annual Enterprising Women of the Year Award.

Serrano will be honored at the 19th Annual Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration & Conference, to be held from Sunday, November 14 to Tuesday, November 16, at the Wyndham Grand in Clearwater Beach, Florida.

This long-running, prestigious awards program recognizes the world’s top women entrepreneurs. It is widely considered one of the most prestigious recognition programs for women business owners in the U.S. and globally.

Activus Connect, a certified owned and operated Women & Minority organization lives the ethos of Elevating Experiences and has the distinction of being comprised of industry experts who have collectively helped to shape what is commonly referred to as the “at-home, work-from-home, virtual-agent delivery model.”

“It is a great honor to be recognized among women entrepreneurs who are successfully leading their businesses while at the same time sharing their expertise and knowledge to inspire and guide future women leaders,” Serrano said. “This is validation that building a business is just as much about the impact you have outside of work as it is about the business itself. I have always been passionate about empowering those around me, and through Activus Connect, I have found an even larger stage from which to drive social good. My hope is that this award serves as a beacon of hope, encouragement, and courage for all women who have an entrepreneurial aspiration.”

“Over the last year, hundreds of thousands of women around the world were asked to adapt to working from home while also caring for their families when the global pandemic required us to work remotely and safely. As a mother and entrepreneur, I am grateful myself to have the opportunity to build and run a successful business at home and to support others who choose to do the same,” Serrano also said.

Activus Connect is an industry leader in the evolution of the traditional BPO-Contact Center, leveraging their SmartVirtualâ„¢ platform, the most advanced approach to outsourced CX service delivery in the industry.

This solution brings together the most secure cloud-based ecosystem of technologies, analytics, and virtual management practices, enabling the friendliest, smartest, most efficient & effective outcomes for brands and their consumers. The company provides multilingual, multichannel, voice & non-voice customer care, sales, retention, social media moderation, and technical support across all verticals.

At their core and in their actions, Activus Connect is a values-based business focused on doing what is right above anything else. They do so with passion, integrity, respect, authenticity, and joy, aiming to enrich lives and cultivate communities locally and globally.

“Winning the Enterprising Women of the Year Award is a lifetime achievement for a select group of outstanding women entrepreneurs from across the U.S. and around the globe. These honorees have shown remarkable business growth, leadership in their communities, and mentorship of other women and girls. I could not be prouder of these phenomenal women leaders,” Monica Smiley, Publisher/CEO of Enterprising Women magazine, said.

Marianne Kirkland Joins Tech Data As IT Manager

Marianne Kikland, Tampa Bay WITI Network Director moves from Software Engineering Manager at DocuPhase to Information Technology Manager for Enterprise Delivery at Tech Data.

"It's exciting to join a company that shares my set of values: "integrity, excellence, accountability, collaboration and inclusion." Tech Data is one of Fortune's "World's Most Admired Companies."

Marianne is a highly qualified and results-driven IT Manager with over 20 years of leadership experience. Her drive is to boost revenues and cut company costs through innovative management techniques. She is both organized and diligent, with excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. She has repeatedly built motivated dynamic and efficient teams.

Marianne is a valuable WITI member and Network Director.

Valarie Williams Promoted to Senior IT Business Operations Specialist/Project Manager Coordinator

In 2014, Valarie began working with Magellan Health in the position of Senior Administrative Specialist in the Information Technology division and provided administrative support to approximately 400 IT team members.

In 2016, came a promotion to Executive Assistant to Officer, where she solely supported the Chief Technology Officer, his directs, and on most occasion, the entire IT Division (825+ associates) – keeping the division together with 20+ years of experience!

In 2020, came the promotion to Senior IT Business Operations Specialist/Project Manager Coordinator – still with the IT Division, thus working as the IT liaison between the company's Facilities and Worksite Strategic teams – site management – working to keeping processes and teams working cohesively and smoothly! Such a position has brought forth opportunities of knowledge growth, working with additional senior leaders/associates, as well as expanding her horizons in other areas.

Valarie is one of the leaders of Magellan's Women in Technology group and a recent member of the WITI network.

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