Conway Data Expands Global Presence With The Acquisition Of The Pont Group and Red Hot Locations.

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Conway Data Hires Sean Laughlin as VP to Lead Integration and Global Management of Newly Acquired Economic Development Consultancies

Conway Data Inc. (CDI) announces the hiring of Sean Laughlin to head up integration and strategic development for two companies it recently acquired, The PONT Group (PONT) and Red Hot Locations (RHL).

The New York based PONT Group is a public relations and marketing firm specializing in economic development. With a client base consisting of investment promotion agencies, PONT’s services support the job creation activities of their clients.

“The PONT Group works with a wide variety of economic development agencies from the U.S. and overseas,” said Shirar O’Connor, Principal of the agency, “We specialize in government-to-business and business-to-business public relations that support our client’s business development activities as they pursue corporate investment for their countries, states and communities.”

London based Red Hot Locations works with investment promotion agencies to connect them with corporate investors through custom designed events. RHL also provides foreign direct investment training for economic development agencies looking to expand and improve their foreign direct investment capabilities.

“Our goal is to create investment opportunities by directly connecting investment promotion agencies with global companies that are expanding into new markets,” said Cathy Dawson, Chief Executive Officer of Red Hot Locations, “We create networks with our events and our training programs support the development of skills and professionalism in foreign direct investment promotion.”

“Sean’s years of business development experience will help us seamlessly integrate PONT and Red Hot Locations into Conway Data’s suite of products and services,” said Adam Jones-Kelley, Managing Director of Conway Data, “The net result of the acquisition of these two companies is the most comprehensive offering of services for economic development agencies in the world.”

“Sean comes to us after nearly 5 years of business development management with Starbucks,” added Jones-Kelley, “Starbucks is known for its world-class customer experience, and that is what we want Conway Data clients to have; world-class service and results that our experienced and professional teams can deliver.”

About Conway Data

For almost 60-years, Conway Data has been the leader in providing training as well as products and services to corporate investors and economic development agencies around the world. Conway Data is an international publishing and association management company headquartered in Atlanta. The firm manages the Industrial Asset Management Council, the Development Hall of Fame and the World Development Federation (WDF), offers consulting services and awards the Conway Safe Skies Award.

Conway Data also publishes Site Selection magazine delivers expansion planning information to 44,000 executives of fast-growing firms. The senior publication in the development field, Site Selection is also available via Site Selection Online ( The SiteNet Dispatch, a weekly e-mail newsletter, is delivered to approximately 44,000 industry professionals. The publication also publishes "The Site Selection Energy Report," "The Site Selection Life Sciences Report" and "Site Selection International" monthly e-newsletters.

Conway Data has offices in Atlanta, New York, London, Mexico City, and Kuala Lumpur.

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