GROWconnections Announces New CEO, New Growth Markets, and Innovative New Concept

GROWconnections, an intelligent networking platform with a twist, welcomes expansion in 2014

SAN DIEGO - March 6, 2014 - GROWconnections, an intelligent professional networking platform, announces Scott Weinbrandt, a seasoned Technology Executive, as position of Chief Executive Officer. The announcement comes at a time when the company also has plans to enact an expansion along with newly reformed creative strategies.

“We were overwhelmed with highly-qualified applicants from high-tech powerhouses, but Scott had everything that we were looking for in a leader,” said Russ Hall, GROWconnections' founder and visionary. “Scott understands the intersection of technology and professional networking, and has an extensive enterprise background, which he clearly demonstrated during Dell and Gateway’s meteoric rise in the Enterprise Solutions space. He has a recognized ability to set strategy, lead large teams and drive growth and innovation at great scale. This is a great development for our company.”

With over 25 years of experience, Mr. Weinbrandt has an extensive background in senior management with Fortune 500 companies such AST, AT&T-GIS, Dell, and Gateway. As an entrepreneur he  successfully  founded and  led two companies from inception to financial exit, with public company experience as a CEO.

After serving for nine years as an executive at Dell Inc., leading Dell's Enterprise Solutions group, setting strategy for the education division and leading Dell ventures public sector efforts, Mr. Weinbrandt joined Gateway Inc. as SVP, enterprise solutions group.  After Gateway’s merger with eMachines, he also ran the business division and product services  organization for Gateway. Following his executive positions at Dell and Gateway, Mr. Weinbrandt successfully founded two start-ups through financial exit, then joined Helix Wind, Corp. at a very early stage, serving as President/CEO and Chairman of the Board. Mr. Weinbrandt accelerated Helix Wind’s growth in the small wind alternative energy market taking the company public. He has been a board member for Meltronix and MiNT, both companies in the semiconductor manufacturing industry. In addition, Mr. Weinbrandt has been an Entrepreneur in Residence with CONNECT, and  a coach and mentor for Clean Tech Open.

“It’s a great privilege to be asked to lead GROWconnections at this important stage for the company,” said Mr. Weinbrandt. “Through Russ’ personal experience as a private banker, Russ recognized a dislocation with the way that service providers use traditional networking meetings to develop business. GROWconnections is disrupting the networking arena by creating a business acceleration platform that instrumentally helps business professionals connect in a relevant way. I look forward to capturing the enthusiasm of the business community, and leading the next evolution of GROWconnections' success in the years to come.”

About GROWconnections:

GROWconnections accelerates business development for service providers. Using proprietary matching and learning algorithms, GROWconnections reduces wasted time, energy, and money spent attending offline networking functions where one can only hope to establish a relevant referral relationship.

So what’s the twist? In the current age of social media, there are an overwhelming number of professional and social networking sites...GROWconnections has changed the game entirely by combining the two into one. This fresh new concept strategically correlates professional connections with personalized relational components to create the ultimate networking experience for users.

With a tremendous number of service categories such as CPAs, attorneys, real estate, sales professionals, consultants, and agents of all types – GROWconnections creates networking partnerships that don’t just work...they last.