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Gary Christian Joins Contact At Once! as Chief Financial Officer


New pick reinforces a commitment to maintaining a unique company culture and continuing an aggressive growth strategy.

Contact At Once!, the company that pioneered live two-way communications in advertising, announced today that Gary Christian has joined its executive team as chief financial officer (CFO).

Christian, a veteran finance and operations executive, has worked for multiple high-growth software companies, including another Software-as-a-Service provider.

He brings a broad range of financial and operational experience to the company, including deep expertise in capital acquisition and management, profitability growth and customer retention. Christian began his career with a major accounting firm and advanced to executive management roles in health care, before transitioning to the software industry.

We conducted an exhaustive search for a CFO who could help us sustain our aggressive growth trajectory while maintaining our unique company culture,” says John Hanger, Contact At Once! president and CEO. “We believe Gary’s expertise will add tremendous value to our team.

Christian received his Bachelor of Accounting degree from Bob Jones University. He is a member of the CFO Technology Roundtable and the Technology Association Group of Atlanta.

Contact At Once! pioneered the use of live chat in ads, enabling more connections between online shoppers and businesses. More than 12,000 users of automotive chat, apartment chat and Real Estate chat rely on Contact At Once! to drive incremental sales opportunities from their websites and increase the return on advertising investments. Contact At Once! has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of America’s fastest growing private companies for two years in a row and was named to the Deloitte 2012 Technology Fast 500. For more information, visit www.contactatonce.com.

Aaron Hassen

Lead evangelist for the #1 rated live chat and mobile text provider, Contact At Once!. His passion for merchant-to-consumer communications began in 2004 when he founded a locally successful online and print classified advertising company. After selling the company to a competitor in 2008, Aaron went on to lead the marketing departments of several high-performing (INC 500, Deloitte Fast 500) technology firms. In 2010, Aaron took on the role of Director of Marketing for Contact At Once! and, alongside VP of Sales, Ed Parkinson, began educating the automotive marketplace about the benefits of instant communication with shoppers. Today, it is estimated that approximately 40% of auto dealerships include live chat on their websites, an increase of nearly 28% from 2010.

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