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True Entrepreneurship (and happens to be Green, too!)

April 27, 2011

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October 8, 2010

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American Clay DIY Game-Changer: Plaster ROLLS-ON w. Up & EZ!

September 29, 2010

AMERICAN CLAY’S NEW ‘Up & EZ!’ BINDER MAKES CLAY PLASTER ROLL-ON

UP TO 8 LEED POINTS, TOP INDOOR AIR QUALITY & BEAUTY JUST GOT EASY


Albuquerque, NM (September 2010) – American Clay Enterprises, Inc. has created a game-changer in the world of wall plasters.  Message? Throw away that hawk!  With the help of the company’s new Up & EZ! binder material, the long-hoped for roll-on application of their celebrated, healthy clay plaster interior finishes is ready for release. Up & EZ! is being shipped to local dealers who have been anticipating the no-VOC, mold resistant and easy-to-use product that continues to contribute up to eight (8) LEED points—along with timeless beauty and creativity—to any project.

American Clay can replace paint with this completely reemulsifiable–and therefore repairable—binder that is added to any of the color-integral American Clay premier Legacy products (Loma, Porcelina and Marittimo) to make it a roll-on product, as well as serving as a hardener.

Up & EZ! Roll-on Binder from American Clay

American Clay CEO and co-Founder Croft Elsaesser has been working hard toward this goal. “We have been developing a product that would eliminate the hawk-to-trowel process for Do-It-Yourselfers, one of our most respected customer groups.  We are incredibly excited to know that anyone now can grab a roller, and put the clay on the wall, followed by a simple pass with a trowel…thereby changing the air quality in any room, and providing the DIYer ease-of-use and total creative control!”

Yes, you will still need that trowel, but only once the clay is already rolled on with a 1¼” nap roller.  American Clay realized over the years that the process of moving the clay from the hawk to the wall with a trowel can intimidate a typical DIYer.  With the new Up & EZ! binder, they had several inexperienced DIYers—who barely had ever painted–test the new roll-on process. In under seven hours, these novices taped walls, rolled on 280 sq ft of LOMA (with Up & EZ! mixed in) in two coats, trowelled back the clay, compressed it, cleaned the roller and trowel, and put the furniture back. They also found that cleaning the clay off the roller was much quicker and easier than with paint, since there is no thick latex binder involved.

American Clay is also posting today a “How-To” video on their website and YouTube Channel, downloadable instructions/brochure, examples, as well as pricing on their site (http://americanclay.com/your-diy-info).  For dealers/distributors, a sell sheet and MSDS sheet is also available now.

As with the Legacy products, this new binder is a non-toxic, safe choice for your walls, bringing humidity and temperature moderating qualities to your room’s environment.  Adds Elsaesser, “It took us a year of rigorous third-party testing to assure our team that we had a no-VOC material to provide the homeowner.”

The Up & EZ! system keeps the price of American Clay’s Legacy products at $1.00 to $1.45 per square foot, when installed by a DIYer.

Just like American Clay’s existing product line, Up & EZ! Is suitable for most substrates, making it that much easier for the DIYer to obtain the texture, beauty and comfort of our classic earthen plasters. It will be sold in 1-lb. individual packets, available through American Clay distributors and dealers listed on http://www.americanclay.com.

ABOUT AMERICAN CLAY ENTERPRISES, INC:

American Clay Enterprises, Inc., based in Albuquerque, NM, produces patented, award-winning, all-natural interior wall finishing products.  Their Earth Plasters and the commercial ENJARRE single coat plaster are a unique combination of clays, aggregates and natural pigments that offer builders and consumers a natural, elegant and durable option. There is no off-gassing nor inherent waste on-site.  The plasters contain no VOCs, are non-flammable, are mold resistant (without toxic fungicides), absorb odors, provide temperature and humidity buffering, repair/clean easily and come in recyclable packaging.  American Clay, with an extremely low carbon footprint, is uniquely manufactured in the U.S. and made of materials found in the U.S.  The products and various workshops are available through their New Mexico office or through their retailers and distributors across the U.S. For information on products, ordering, technical specifications, product application and additional resources and links:  www.americanclay.com.

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DIYer 'after' shot with Up & EZ!

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American Clay Enterprises, Inc. Develops Training Program, Increases Business Opportunities for Union Locals with the Help of O.P & C.M.I.A.

March 18, 2010

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Albuquerque, NM (March 2010) – American Clay Enterprises, Inc., makers of the patented, award-winning, natural and healthy plasters for interior walls and ceilings, is working with the Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons International Association (OP&CMIA) developing an American Clay training program for the Union Locals. After great success in doing so last year with Plasterers Local 66 in San Francisco, Shaylor Alley, American Clay’s VP of Technical Support, and Gerry Ryan, the Director of Training for OP&CMIA, have spearheaded the program.

American Clay participated in the OP&CMIA booth at last month’s World of Concrete in Las Vegas. Typically the Cement Masons are focused on their ‘concrete thing’, states the American Clay Newsletter, and the Plasterers demonstrate high-end finish products. This year, in anticipation of rolling out the American Clay program, the masons did ‘wet wall demos’ of American Clay products. “It was sheer joy watching these professionals, guided by Isaac Leos, experiment and perfect American Clay walls,” states Peggy Cunningham of American Clay, who attended the event.

“We had not been thinking about ‘concrete professionals’ as American Clay prospects, but clearly we were missing something!” adds Alley. “No one came to the booth looking for plaster, however booth representatives were asked over and over: ‘I’m here to find new and innovative products for our customers. This looks cool! Can my guys learn American Clay?’ Everyone is thinking outside the box now, to increase business opportunities.”

Last year, the Plasterers Union 66 announced funding from the California Labor Federation and State Building & Construction Trades Council of California (SBCTC) to prepare journey-level workers for transitioning into the new green economy. Having discovered American Clay, the Journey person plasterers were able to upgrade their skills and offerings using the revolutionary green interior plaster wall finish.

Many attendees at OP&CMIA who were looking for new and innovative products for their customers were excited to find out more about American Clay and eager to have their contractor and applicators learn to apply American Clay.

ABOUT AMERICAN CLAY ENTERPRISES, INC:
American Clay Enterprises, Inc., based in Albuquerque, NM, produces patented, award-winning, all-natural interior wall finishing products. Their Earth Plasters and the commercial ENJARRE single coat plaster are a unique combination of clays, aggregates and natural pigments that offer builders and consumers a natural and elegant option. There is no off-gassing nor inherent waste on-site. The plasters contain zero VOCs, are non-flammable, are mold resisting (without toxic fungicides), absorb odors, provide temperature and humidity buffering, repair/clean easily and come in recyclable packaging. American Clay, with an extremely low carbon footprint, is uniquely manufactured in the U.S. and made of materials found in the U.S. The product and various workshops are available through their New Mexico office or through one of the growing number of retailers and distributors across the U.S. The website, http://www.americanclay.com, offers information on products, ordering, technical specifications, product application and additional resources and links.
U.S. PAT No. 7,485,186 B2

Entt. Biz Leader Emilio Diez Barroso is New Chair for Global NonProf that Supplies Books, Libraries, Schools

November 4, 2009

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NON-PROFIT ‘THE WORLD IS JUST A BOOK AWAY’ APPOINTS LEADING BUSINESSMAN EMILIO DIEZ BARROSO AS NEW CHAIR

TWIJABA WILL END INAUGURAL YEAR PROVIDING OVER 10,000 CHILDREN WITH BOOKS AND LIBRARIES

Los Angeles, CA, USA (November 2009) – Non-profit organization The World Is Just A Book Away (TWIJABA)—which supplies books, and builds libraries and schools for children in developing countries—is honored to announce Emilio Diez Barroso as its new Chairman.  Overseeing an impressive Board gathered over the organization’s successful inaugural year and a half by Founder James J. Owens, Diez Barroso’s impressive resume, business acumen and contacts make him a premiere choice to lead the next phase. Chairman and Founder of NALA Investments, LLC, Diez Barroso is recognized as one of the most powerful Latinos by Poder Magazine (2009) and The Hollywood Reporter (2007).

“It is an honor and pleasure to be involved with The World is Just a Book Away,” says Diez Barroso, who is also an avid reader. “I believe in the vision of its founder, James Owens, and what the organization stands for. This is an opportunity to leverage my resources and collaborate with a great group of people with the intention of bringing value through books to the lives of children.”

Diez Barroso’s company is a private investment holding company with operations across various industries including communications, transportation, energy, consumer products, real estate, IT infrastructure, media and entertainment. He has held senior level positions and sat on the board of most NALA owned businesses including most recently NALA Films, a production company that produces and finances feature films, television content, and new media.  Diez Barroso was raised in a highly successful business world:  his family created the two largest Spanish-language media companies in the world, Televisa (NYSE:TV) and Univision (NYSE:UVN),

He has been recognized with multiple awards in Latin America and currently sits on the board of directors of Summit Entertainment, a worldwide theatrical motion picture production and distribution studio; of MLA Partner Schools, a non-profit organization working to improve schools and empower neighborhoods in some of the most disenfranchised communities in Los Angeles; and Affinity Mobile, LLC, a telecommunications solutions provider, to name a few.

The continued mission of The World Is Just A Book Away (www.JustABookAway.com) is to bring hope—in the form of books, libraries, and schools—to thousands of children in developing countries. The program was launched in Sidoarjo, Indonesia, site of the mudflow disaster that displaced more than 60,000 people and destroyed many schools.  By the end of 2009, TWIJABA’s first year: 10,000-plus children will have access to books, 20,000-plus books will be provided, 22 school libraries will be built, and one Mobile library will serve an additional 28 schools.

Diez Barroso, who reads two to four books each month and calls The Alchemist “one of the most impactful books for me”, is looking forward to picking up on Owens’ momentum and accomplishments. “I want to have a positive impact in everything we do, from our internal meetings to our outreach to the communities we touch. I want to help grow the organization into a self-sustained entity with a qualified team executing on every front and secure stable funding sources that allow us to implement long term strategies.”

TWIJABA has attracted a strong and varied list of supporters across business, entertainment and academia. Advisory Board members include Jenny Ming, former President of Old Navy and one of Fortune magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in American Business”; Jim Ellis, Dean of the USC Marshall School of Business; and Tim Monich, highly-respected dialect coach of Hollywood.  Prominent non-Board supporters include Queen Noor Al-Hussein, Desmond Tutu, Jane Goodall, Lois and Buzz Aldrin, Shirin Ebadi (2003 Nobel Peace Prize), Yo-Yo Ma, Muhammad Yunus, and the late Natasha Richardson.

The non-profit also enjoys the enthusiastic support of students and young professionals, dispelling the idea that being on a Board is restricted to the over 40 age group.  TWIJABA’s Board has members in their 30s, and Owens created the “Ambassadors” program as a stepping stone for the younger participants.

With Diez Barroso taking on the day-to-day Chairmanship, Owens is able to focus on the overriding mission of TWIJABA and attend significant events where he is invited to participate, and spread the word about his organization. The first weekend in November, he will attend “Festival of Thinkers” in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which brings thinkers together from across the world to share ideas, foster thinking, and inspire college-age men and women in the region.  In March, he attended Education Without Borders 2009 Conference in Dubai, UAE, as a Distinguished Guest and Mentor. Owens, who is assistant professor of clinical management communication at the USC Marshall School of Business Center for Management Communication, is also focused on the completion of his book featuring submissions from more than 70 of the world’s most prominent people about their love of reading and books that inspired them.  He plans to donate all the profits from the future book sales to non-profits, including TWIJABA.

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Travelex Continues Support of ‘NT Live’ Pilot Season; No. of U.S. Theaters Hosting Broadcast Doubles

September 18, 2009

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TRAVELEX BRANDS SELF THROUGH INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT OF ‘NT LIVE’, SUCCESSFUL LIVE SATELLITE DELIVERY OF NATIONAL THEATRE

OCTOBER 1st ‘NT LIVE’ PREMIERE OF SHAKESPEARE’S “ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL” EXPANDS REACH THROUGH DOUBLE THE U.S. MARKETS

WHAT: Travelex, a leader in international payments and foreign currency exchange, for global travel and business, is the international supporter of the National Theatre’s (UK) bold pilot season foray into satellite transmission of their live stage performances filmed in high definition, called “NT Live”.  Having successfully premiered in June, delivering the broadcast of Phèdre to 50,000 people worldwide with rave reviews, NT Live brings William Shakespeare’s “All’s Well That Ends Well” to audiences on October 1st.  Due to the highly positive response to this unique experience from the public and media—“remarkable” and “stunning”—this next performance will be shown in at least double the number of U.S. markets.

Travelex’s consistent, key support of the arts—providing value and service—through emerging opportunities and technologies, strongly aligns with Travelex’s business mission to consistently pursue new methods in easing transactions for consumers or business-to-business.

The broadcast is of the highly acclaimed production of All’s Well That Ends Well directed by Marianne Elliott, written by William Shakespeare. While the first broadcast outing, Phedre, was a success, the process is still experimental, with every play having its unique challenges, such as a different theater setting (the National’s largest, the Olivier, with open stage and fan-shaped auditorium), new cast, and in this case, how will Shakespeare transmit.

Travelex serves over 30 million customers every year.  In the Americas, TRAVELEX is the largest non-bank foreign exchange specialist, with trading floors in New York City and Toronto, serving over 6,000 commercial customers.  The three divisions:

  • Global Business Payments features GlobalPay’s Payee Manager, the first vendor management system that offers the combined advantage of an electronic payment enrollment system, vendor management tool and payment platform in one simple web-based application.
  • Retail Services—available at retail outlets and shopping malls, in airports and online—address key ongoing challenges encountered by travelers worldwide.  Travelex’s Cash Passport™ gives a new twist on the pre-paid currency card.  Other programs are Currency Return Guarantee and Rate Watch.
  • Outsourcing Group provides financial institutions and travel agencies with a myriad of product offerings, including the Cash Passport™, CashPax™-prepackaged banknotes, drafts and wires.

The upcoming “NT Live” season includes “Nation” based on a novel by Terry Pratchett and adapted by Mark Ravenhill (Jan. 30, 2010), and Alan Bennett’s new play “The Habit of Art” (April 22, 2010).

WHY or  REACTION TO NT LIVE:

“The National Theatre made history last night.” – Guardian

“Thank you so much!! We live on a small island in Maine and saw your production of Phèdre last night – HD live in Damariscotta, Maine. Feels like the world has just opened up to us!… We will reserve tickets for all your HD productions!”

“I am a senior on a fixed income in Toronto, Canada and no longer able to afford to attend the

local theaters I used to. HD broadcasts are a godsend for me, and others like me. I saw

Phèdre last night in one of the local Cineplex theatres…I look forward to

seeing more of your productions on HD. This one was superb!”

“The biggest limitation for the remote audience was not being able to convey one’s profound

appreciation to the cast and production team by applauding at the end.”

“Never in my life have I seen a stage show been shot so professionally.”

WHEN & For a complete list of U.S. dates, times & locations, please check:

WHERE:                       www.ntlive.com, click on “Venues & Booking”

Many broadcasts occur on Oct. 1st on screens across the United States; however some markets will be time-delayed, based on availability.

TICKETS:

Ticket prices vary by venue.  The average ticket price is $20.  Contact local venues for ticket information.

ABOUT TRAVELEX:

Global Business Payments: Travelex is a global foreign exchange specialist providing the payment and receipt of domestic and international funds for businesses of all sizes. For more than 30 years, Travelex has provided clients with sophisticated market knowledge, leading edge technologies and practical and innovative solutions tailored to individual requirements. The Travelex worldwide network handles one million beneficiaries on behalf of 38,000 businesses in 35 countries. For more information, visit www.travelexbusiness.com/na.

Retail: Travelex is the world’s largest foreign exchange specialist with over 700 retail branches in more than 20 countries, at key airport, seaport, rail and tourist locations. Over 40% of travelers – 1.7 billion passengers a year – pass through airports where Travelex operates including the major gateways at Amsterdam, Beijing, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, New York, Rome, Sydney & Tokyo. Every hour, Travelex provides foreign currency to more than 2,000 customers.

Outsourcing: Travelex is the world’s foreign exchange, business payments specialist and leading provider of travel insurance, operating through subsidiaries and branches in these regions: the Americas, United Kingdom; Europe, Asia Pacific; and Middle East and Africa (EMEA). As one of the world’s leading providers of outsourced travel money to banks, travel agencies and other retailers it provides products including its prepaid currency card to over three million channel customers annually. Through its world-leading automation Travelex offers consumers a full range of delivery channel options including telephone and Web-based ordering. For more information about Travelex or Cash Passport visit www.cashpassport.com and/or www.travelex.com/outsourcing.

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American Clay Turns 7 Yrs., Launches in China As “Reverse Outsourcer”

September 17, 2009

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AMERICAN CLAY ENTERPRISES, INC., CELEBRATES SEVEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY BY LAUNCHING ‘REVERSE OUTSOURCING’ TO CHINA

‘CLAY WALLS’, KE LAI GIANG, IS NEW PHRASE IN CHINESE LEXICON

MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS DEFINE THE COMPANY’S FIRST SEVEN YEARS


Albuquerque, NM (September 2009) – America has it, and the Chinese are betting that their upwardly mobile middle class wants it.  American Clay Enterprises, Inc., is celebrating their seventh anniversary with the signing of a Chinese distributor for their award-winning, patented earth plaster finish for interior walls that is all natural, healthy, and produces neither off-gassing nor inherent waste on-site.  As the first U.S. based, U.S. materials, and U.S. made earth plaster finish, American Clay is excited to be “reverse outsourcing”, even to the point of helping fill what could be empty shipping containers returning to China, thus helping get close to maintaining their carbon footprint that is the lowest per pound of any commercially produced wall finish.

Distributed in almost every U.S. state, as well as Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Antigua, Thailand, and now China, American Clay has built a company that people and businesses understand is positive to be involved with, both in mission and financial terms.

”The last seven years have been an amazing roller coaster that would not have taken place without the passionate applicators that are really drawn to who we are and what we stand for as a company.  I’m proud to have given them a fresh tool, as well, to grow their business,” states CEO and co-founder Croft Elsaesser.  “With our distribution, we’ve been very strategic, but China was an unexpected opportunity that came our way with an energetic new company there looking to provide products that filled a growing niche within their marketplace.”

Witnessing China’s recent receptivity to green building materials and having received the patent for his earth plaster finish in February, Elsaesser was ready to expand his company’s exporting options.  When Elsaesser went to China in Spring 2009 to teach application of the earth plaster, and make the deal, he found an eager audience and a fascination with his expertise in natural finish materials.  In China, the target audience is the burgeoning middle class that is paying more attention to their interior surroundings, loves beauty, has money to pay for more improvements, and is more aware of climate change and how industrial growth plays a role.

In order to describe “clay walls”, a completely new phrase was created for and added to the Chinese lexicon, putting two particular symbols together for the first time—clay walls = Ke Lai Giang (pronounced kay lay chi-ahn).  American Clay, specifically, is Mei Ke Lai (pronounced may-kay-lie).  The Chinese distributor has created a website (www.americanclay.net) to mirror American Clay’s U.S. site.  Croft will return to China this year to offer more application training, and the company’s VP of Marketing will go to share tips on how to sell American Clay.

The past seven years have proved tremendous growth for the company that started in a barn, experimenting with different mixtures of clays and aggregates to create a highly consistent, durable, and easy-to-use all-natural product, which are American Clay plasters.  Since then, major accomplishments include:

  • Awarded patent relating to the earthen plaster formulation created by Elsaesser
  • Consistent product innovation
    • Single-coat, commercially-focused Enjarre (cuts application cost by 1/2)
    • Natural Depths color line
    • Packaging reuse and recyclability
  • Signed on 22 distributors and over 200 dealers over time
  • Trained over 500 applicators worldwide, and created workshops with help from our dealers wherever American Clay is distributed
  • Tested and confirmed American Clay earth plasters resist mold
  • Outstanding New Green Product 2004, NAHB
  • Best Product choice by Architectural Record and by BUILDERnews
  • Can contribute up to seven (7) LEED points
  • The first business to sign on to provide job-training for Green Collar Vets
  • In National Building Museum’s exhibit on new directions in sustainable architecture
  • Participated in top design showhouses, including Kip’s Bay, D.C. Design House, Los Angeles Magazine green house, and Good Housekeeping’s Your Good House
  • Consistently positive media recognition, including CBS Early Show, ABC-TV’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Danny Lipford, shows on HGTV, DIY, and Planet Green; New York Times, Wall Street Journal, House & Garden, Domino, Architectural Record, Dwell, Sunset, Hanleywood and Meredith publications, etc.
  • Recognition by top green media, including Sustainable Industries, Environmental Design + Construction, eco-structure, Solar Today, MNN, Mother Earth News, Natural Home, etc.

The coming months will bring the results of their yearlong energy savings experiment, Dynamic Solar, as well as a revamped, even more highpowered and active, website.  American Clay understands the importance of online access to complete information so people can take action once they are inspired, and their website has proved that from the start.  They are actively involved on YouTube, Twitter (http://twitter.com/AmericanClay) and Facebook (American Clay) as well.

ABOUT AMERICAN CLAY ENTERPRISES, LLC:

American Clay produces patented, award-winning, all-natural interior wall finishing products. Their Earth Plasters and the commercial “Enjarre” single coat plaster are a unique combination of clays, aggregates and natural pigments that offer builders and consumers a natural and elegant option. There is no off-gassing nor inherent waste on-site. The plasters contain zero VOCs, are non-flammable, are mold resisting (without toxic fungicides), absorb odors, provide temperature and humidity buffering, repair/clean easily and come in recyclable packaging. American Clay, with an extremely low carbon footprint, is uniquely manufactured in and made of materials found in the U.S. American Clay Enterprises, Inc., is based in Albuquerque, NM, and its products are patented.  The product and various workshops are available through their New Mexico office or through one of the growing number of retailers and distributors across the U.S. The website, www.americanclay.com, offers information on products, ordering, technical specifications, product application and additional resources and links.

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Travelex: B2B Proactive, Efficient Travel Offerings Highlighted Through Bold Arts Sponsorship

September 3, 2009

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TRAVELEX’S BOLD ECONOMIC STEP IN PAIRING WITH BOLD TECH TO BRING UK’S NATIONAL THEATRE TO THE MASSES REFLECTS PROACTIVE APPROACH TO FUTURE

INT’L. PAYMENT CO. TAKES THEATRICAL SPONSORSHIP GLOBAL, ARTS/TECH CONNECTION UPS BRAND RECOGNITION IN U.S. MARKET

Louisville, KY  (August 2009) – In harsh economic times, TRAVELEX, the leader in international foreign exchange and payments for global business, took a bold step and supported use of a bold new technology to increase the company’s name recognition globally, and especially in the United States.  TRAVELEX told its longtime arts partner, the UK’s prestigious National Theatre, that it would help deliver its theatrical performances onto screens in movie theaters and performing arts venues worldwide this 2009-10 season via satellite. This has successfully been done for New York’s Metropolitan Opera the last few years.  But it is the first time live theatre has experimented with delivery to the mass audience, and is sure to be a predictor of the future. The first play of the season, PHÈDRE starring the great Helen Mirren, was seen on June 25th by 28,000 people worldwide, and with additional screenings, audiences reached close to 49,000 across 19 countries.  The next play is “All’s Well That Ends Well” with an October 1st initial live broadcast.

Lloyd Dorfman, Chairman of Travelex, says: “NT Live is a major innovation in theater.  We’re enormously proud to be part of it – the result of a seven-year partnership with the National Theatre, one of the world’s most respected theaters.  Day-to-day, Travelex is committed to helping connect people and businesses across the globe.  We really hope that this initiative makes world class theater accessible on a truly worldwide scale.”

The idea of using emerging technologies to innovate, providing value and service, strongly resonates with TRAVELEX’s mission to consistently pursue cutting-edge methods in easing foreign exchange transactions. This mindset has driven TRAVELEX’s Outsourcing Group to deliver foreign currency solutions to thousands of financial institution and travel agency customers every year.  In the Americas. TRAVELEX is the largest non-bank foreign exchange specialist, with trading floors in New York City and Toronto, serving over 6,000 commercial customers.

TRAVELEX Outsourcing provides financial institutions and travel agencies with a myriad of product offerings including:

  • The Cash Passport™ prepaid MasterCard® and the Visa TravelMoney card
  • Foreign Currency banknotes
  • CashPax™-prepackaged banknotes perfect for tips and incidental spend upon arrival in a foreign country
  • Drafts and Wires

This same type of support created TRAVELEX’s arts sponsorship initiative of a £10 ticket for the National Theatre, which began in 2003 and has since helped hundreds of thousands of British enjoy theater-going, making the theater affordable for the everyman/woman. The idea of the low-priced ticket has naturally progressed into their commitment to NT Live, reemphasizing their brand values of leadership, forward-thinking, value, and service to everyone.  TRAVELEX strongly believes in consistent, key support of the high arts through emerging technologies and opportunities, especially in a down market, when people need their spirits lifted most.

The pilot season of NT Live will next feature “All’s Well That Ends Well” (Oct. 1). “Nation” (Jan. 30, 2010), and “The Habit of Art” (April 22, 2010).  The average ticket price is $20, varying by venue.

ABOUT TRAVELEX:

Travelex is the world’s foreign exchange, business payments specialist and leading provider of travel insurance, operating through subsidiaries and branches in these regions: the Americas, United Kingdom; Europe, Asia Pacific; and Middle East and Africa (EMEA). As one of the world’s leading providers of outsourced travel money to banks, travel agencies and other retailers it provides products including its prepaid currency card to over three million channel customers annually. Through its world-leading automation Travelex offers consumers a full range of delivery channel options including telephone and Web-based ordering. For more information about Travelex or Cash Passport visit www.cashpassport.com and/or www.travelex.com/outsourcing.

Travelex Brand Message / B2B Payment Solutions Highlighted in US by Bold Arts Sponsorship

August 22, 2009

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TRAVELEX’S SUPPORT IN DELIVERING UK’S NATIONAL THEATRE TO THE MASSES REFLECTS PROACTIVE APPROACH TO FUTURE

INT’L. PAYMENT CO. TAKES THEATRICAL SPONSORSHIP GLOBAL

Washington, DC (August 2009) –TRAVELEX, a leader in international foreign exchange and payments for global business, took a bold step in supporting the UK National Theatre’s new NT Live initiative. As a longtime arts partner of the prestigious theater, TRAVELEX committed to helping deliver its performances onto screens in movie theaters and performing arts venues worldwide this 2009-2010 season.  The NT Live performances are streamed through satellite, which has successfully been done for New York’s Metropolitan Opera. The first play of the season, PHÈDRE starring the great Helen Mirren, was seen on June 25th by 28,000 people worldwide, and with additional screenings, audiences reached close to 49,000 across 19 countries.  The next play is “All’s Well That Ends Well” with an October 1st initial live broadcast.

Lloyd Dorfman, Chairman of Travelex, says: “NT Live is a major innovation in theater.  We’re enormously proud to be part of it – the result of a seven-year partnership with the National Theatre, one of the world’s most respected theaters.  Day-to-day, Travelex is committed to helping connect people and businesses across the globe.  We really hope that this initiative makes world class theater accessible on a truly worldwide scale.”

Innovation and forward-thinking is what has driven TRAVELEX to serve over 30 million customers every year, sending business payments to 230 countries & territories and managing over 35,000 business’ needs.

TRAVELEX Global Business Payments is an international payment and receipt specialist and focuses on innovation, and launching products and features that are one-of-a-kind.  Their new vendor management system, GlobalPay’s Payee Manager, is the first vendor management system that offers the combined advantage of an electronic payment enrollment system, vendor management tool and payment platform in one simple web-based application.  TRAVELEX specializes in implementing customized payment solutions that allow you to spend less time managing your payments, and more time managing your business.  TRAVELEX:

  • understands the complex needs of businesses and the challenges of managing international payments
  • is focused and successful because worldwide business payments are their business
  • has partnerships with over 4000 financial institutions worldwide
  • the online payment system means there is no need to download new software and you can be up and running quickly

This is the same thinking that created the arts sponsorship initiative of a £10 ticket for the National Theatre, which began in 2003 and has since helped hundreds of thousands of British enjoy theater-going, making the theater affordable for the everyman/woman. The idea of the low-priced ticket has naturally progressed into their commitment to “NT Live”, reemphasizing their brand values of leadership, forward-thinking, value, and service to everyone.  TRAVELEX strongly believes in consistent, key support of the high arts through emerging technologies and opportunities, especially in a down market, when people need their spirits lifted most.

The pilot season of “NT Live”–broadcasting live performances of plays onto cinema screens around the world—will next feature “All’s Well That Ends Well” (Oct. 1). “Nation” (Jan. 30, 2010), and “The Habit of Art” (April 22, 2010).  The average ticket price is $20, varying by venue. (www.ntlive.com)

U.S. Media inquiries, please contact Julie Du Brow (julie@dubroworks.com) at 310-821-2463.

ABOUT TRAVELEX:

Travelex, one of the world’s leading providers of foreign-exchange and international-payment solutions. Accommodating more than 30 million customers annually puts Travelex in the top position as the largest international payment specialist.

Each year, payments are handled for more than 38,000 businesses and 4,000 financial institutions. And beneficiaries in more than 230 countries experience the advantages of Travelex’s offerings. From retail travel money to cross-border business payments to travel insurance to traveler’s checks, customers around the globe are assured exceptional service complemented by value, simplicity and efficiency.

Acknowledged worldwide as foreign-exchange specialists, Travelex is committed to providing business, retail and outsourcing customers with a multitude of innovative products and services. Travelex is recognized as a trusted brand with the unique ability to serve clients virtually anywhere, in any trade currency.  For more information, visit www.travelexbusiness.com/na. In the United States, commercial payment services will be provided by Travelex Global Business Payments, Inc. or Travelex Currency Services, Inc.

Visit travelexbusiness.com/na/about/compliance for a complete list of U.S. state licensing.

TRAVELEX is International Supporter of ‘NT Live’ (UK Natl Theatre)

July 2, 2009

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TRAVELEX IS INTERNATIONAL SUPPORTER OF ‘NT LIVE’, THE ROYAL NATIONAL THEATRE (UK) LIVE SATELLITE PROGRAM THAT DEBUTS THIS WEEK ACROSS THE U.S.


BEGINNING JUNE 25th ‘NT LIVE’ INITIAL PROGRAM FEATURES HELEN MIRREN IN ‘PHEDRE’

WHAT:   TRAVELEX, the international foreign exchange and payments provider for both consumers and B2B, is the international sponsor this year for the UK’s Royal National Theatre foray into satellite transmission of their live stage performances, called “NT Live”.  Since 2003, TRAVELEX has sponsored the National Theatre’s £10 ticket.  This award-winning and critically-acclaimed initiative has helped over 1 million British enjoy theater-going, making the theatre affordable for the everyman. The initiative is aligned to the TRAVELEX business, sharing their brand values of innovation, value and service. The idea of the low-priced ticket has naturally progressed into their commitment to “NT Live”, a bold technological opportunity that will deliver live performances from the most respected theatre in the world, to the world. 

TRAVELEX strongly believes in consistent, key support of the high arts through emerging technologies and opportunities, even and especially in a down market, when people need their spirits lifted most.

TRAVELEX has made a name for itself by providing both commercial entities and consumers with an extensive list of products and services to meet all of their foreign exchange needs, while offering unparalleled service. In the Americas, TRAVELEX is the largest non-bank foreign exchange specialist, with trading floors in New York City and Toronto, serving over 6,000 commercial customers.

The pilot season of “NT Live”, the new initiative by the UK’s Royal National Theatre to broadcast live performances of plays onto cinema screens around the world will launch with a broadcast of Phèdre, by Jean Racine in a version by Ted Hughes starring Helen Mirren (The Queen) & Dominic Cooper (Mamma Mia! film), directed by Nicholas Hytner.

The upcoming “NT Live” season includes “All’s Well That Ends Well” (Oct. 1). “Nation” (Jan. 30, 2010), and “The Habit of Art” (TBD).

WHEN &                       For a complete list of U.S. dates, times & locations, please check: 

WHERE:                       www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/47486/venues-amp-booking/united-states.html

Many broadcasts occur on June 25th on screens across the United States; however some markets will be broadcast a week or two later, based on availability.   Screening locations include the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Director’s Guild Theatre in New York; the Mann Theatre in Hollywood, CA; the Shakespeare Theatre Company in D.C.; the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago; the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis; and many more.

TICKETS:        

Ticket prices vary by venue.  The average ticket price is $20.  Contact local venues for ticket information.

 

ABOUT TRAVELEX:

Travelex is the world’s largest foreign exchange specialist, with offices in 35 countries, nearly 700 retail branches and 16,000 commercial customers. The company’s retail branches are located at key airport, seaport and rail locations, in addition to worldwide tourist and business centres. Nearly 40 percent of the world’s airline passengers, over 1.3 billion people, pass through airports at which Travelex’s business operates. This includes the major gateways at London, New York, Hong Kong, Frankfurt and Sydney. Travelex operates two North American foreign exchange trading floors – located in New York City and Toronto.

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The Group’s principal activities are organised into three divisions: Global Business Payments, Retail and Outsourcing.

Global Business Payments: 
Travelex is the world’s largest non-bank provider of commercial cross-border payment services. The business provides international payment services for commercial and personal customers, with products comprising multi-currency spot contracts, forward contracts and options. The Global Business Payments division was enhanced by merging Ruesch International, which was acquired during 2007 for $440m, with Travelex’s Commercial Foreign Exchange (CFX) division.

Retail: 
Travelex is the world’s largest retail foreign exchange specialist, with over 700 branded retail branches, principally in airports and tourist locations. The business sells banknotes and other foreign exchange and travel related products and services to individuals travelling for business and leisure purposes.

Outsourcing: 
The business provides outsourced travel money services by supplying the foreign currency needs of financial institutions and travel agencies, as well as by fulfilling the individual orders of their customers. Products and services include banknotes, wholesale banknote fulfillment, the distribution of insurance policies and the issuing of prepaid cards.

The Group operates through its subsidiaries and branches in four regions: the United Kingdom; Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEA); Americas and Asia Pacific.

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