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Unedited press release follows:
Redbox Fosters Innovation and Entrepreneurship at TechWeek & SPARK Chicago
Redbox Executive Mark Achler Honored Among the TechWeek 100 for Impacting the Global Business and Technology Landscape
OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL–(Jul 22, 2011) – A notable player in the Chicago tech industry, redbox, America’s destination for movie and game rentals, will be an active participant in TechWeek, a four-day expo kicking off today with the goal of fostering the technology, web and interactive communities. Redbox is also the title sponsor of SPARK Chicago, a unique entrepreneurial event that will help create, build and launch three Chicago-based startup companies from scratch in just six days.
Mark Achler, senior vice president, new business, strategy and innovation, redbox, has been named to the TechWeek 100 — a list of the most influential, visionary or disruptive technology leaders in Chicago. TechWeek 100 gives credit to those individuals who are impacting the business and technology landscape on a global scale, from managing fast-growing technology companies to inventing new computer programming languages. Achler explores new business and innovation opportunities for redbox and recently led the charge to offer video game rentals at redbox locations nationwide.
“Celebrating innovation is a passion for me, both personally and professionally,” said Achler. “I am lucky to work at redbox and live in a city that embraces and encourages the entrepreneurial spirit. TechWeek is indicative of the new culture of connectivity emerging in Chicagoland and within Chicago-area companies such as redbox.”
Redbox Vice President of Marketing, Amy Gibby, also will participate in the TechWeek panel discussion, “The New Commerce: Bridging Online and Offline,” exploring how major factors such as social sharing, product data, customer engagement, hardware technologies and real-time analytics are reshaping how consumers shop.
Redbox Automated Retail, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Coinstar, Inc., offers new release DVD, Blu-ray Disc® and video game rentals through its network of conveniently located, self-service kiosks. Redbox has rented more than 1.5 billion movies and is available at approximately 27,000 locations nationwide, including select McDonald’s restaurants, leading grocery, drug and convenience stores, select Walmart locations and Walgreens locations in select markets. For more information, visit www.redbox.com.