Argo Visa Appoints Laura Horton to General Manager Role

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Experienced business leader joins visa services firm to oversee company’s growth

Argo Visa, the first company connecting visa applicants with former U.S. visa officers who prepare them for a successful interview, today announced that Laura Horton has joined the company as general manager. In this position, Horton will be responsible for overseeing Argo’s overall operations through the company’s next phase of growth. She will also focus on business development, forging strategic partnerships, and hiring.

Horton brings to Argo over 15 years of experience in the e-commerce, government, higher education, consulting, non-profit, and high-tech hardware and SaaS industries, in organizations ranging from high-growth startups to large corporations. “Laura’s diverse and extensive experience could not be a better match for Argo, particularly at this stage of the company’s evolution,” noted Argo Visa co-founder Ron Vergnolle. “We’re fortunate to have someone of her caliber help guide the company forward, particularly at a time when U.S. employers are struggling to find and retain workers during our country’s ongoing labor shortage.”Co-founded in 2018 by Vergnolle and immigration attorney and former U.S. diplomat Chris Richardson, Argo employs a staff of former consular officers who together have conducted over one million visa interviews during their careers with the U.S. Department of State. For the first time, these former officers offer foreign nationals true insider information to demystify the visa interview, explaining what is happening behind the visa window and empowering them to proceed to their interview fully prepared and confident.

"Argo is transforming a critical step in the visa process and I'm excited to lead this exceptional team into our next chapter,” noted Horton. The opportunity for Argo's ongoing growth is as limitless as the aspirations of the people and businesses we serve worldwide." Before joining Argo, Horton served as senior business development partnerships lead for Shopify, spearheading partnerships for SMB and enterprise user acquisition at scale. Previously, she led a key growth market for Intel Corporation’s cloud business from $0-120M in annual revenue, served as chief of staff leading day-to-day operations for a $6B business within Intel’s cloud business, and a team implementing a digital transformation of Intel’s global supply chain, M&A, finance and ERP systems. Horton helped launch Girls Who Code’s first DC Metro chapter and is passionate about connecting people with life-changing opportunities in the workforce, a passion stoked over four years leading resume and interview workshops for DC’s homeless community. At Argo, she looks forward to bridging her love for scaling businesses with her passion for connecting people with life-changing opportunities - this time in the form of a visa. Horton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Communications, emphasis in Leadership, from Asbury University.

About Argo Visa
Argo Visa’s team of former U.S. consular officers speak 14 languages, have worked in over 34 countries, and have played a part in more than one million immigration visa application decisions. Argo is the world's first company to create a cutting edge technology platform that connects visa applicants with former visa officers who have personal experience with how decisions are made on who is eligible for a U.S. visa. These officers were responsible for adjudicating nonimmigrant visas for tourism, studies, and employment, as well as immigrant visas for permanent residence in the United States. By using Argo, clients gain the best and most accurate information on how to prepare for a successful visa interview and benefitting from the insider perspective of Argo’s team of highly skilled and experienced immigration experts.

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