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Ric Elias to Speak at Life is Beautiful Event

Red Ventures CEO joins Tony Hsieh, Foo Fighters and other difference-makers on stage in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, N.V. — Red Ventures CEO and Hudson Miracle survivor Ric Elias takes the stage today at 3:30pm PST as a featured speaker at the 2nd annual Life is Beautiful Festival in downtown Las Vegas, joining a long list of notable musicians, business leaders, chefs, artists and celebrity guests including Kanye West, Penn & Teller, Cat Cora and more.

Elias will revisit his experience as a passenger on Flight 1549, which crash-landed in the Hudson River in 2009 and, for the first time, share how this experience affected the way he ran his business. “I was given the gift of a miracle, of not dying that day,” said Elias in his 2011 TED Talk. “I was given another gift, which was to be able to see into the future and come back and live differently.”

His presentation is part of the Learning is Beautiful “Giving up the Grind” session, designed to bring together inspiring business leaders from around the world to share how they’ve combined profit with purpose. Elias will close the session which also features Zappos CEO, Tony Hsieh, and Banana Republic Co-Founders, Mel & Patricia Ziegler.

“Life is Beautiful is about inspiring people. It’s about offering messages of hope and encouragement through a unique experience,” said Life is Beautiful Founder Rehan Choundhry.

About Ric Elias

Ric Elias is the CEO of Charlotte, NC-based Red Ventures, a technology-enabled platform for growing marketing and sales businesses in dynamic global industries. Under Ric’s leadership the company has received numerous awards for its unique, innovative culture and exponential growth. In 2010, one year after the flight, Red Ventures reported growth of 62 percent and was ranked #1 on Charlotte’s Best Places to Work List. The company has grown more than 30 percent each year since and is poised to grow more than 40 percent in 2014.

Ric’s leadership style earned him noteworthy recognition in 2011, when he was named an Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year. His unique perspective and inspirational views have been featured on CNN, TED Talks and MSNBC.

About Life is Beautiful

Life is Beautiful is an inspirational company dedicated to helping people conquer their fears and chase their dreams. Its signature project, the Life is Beautiful Festival was founded and launched in 2013 as a highly successful lifestyle event featuring marquee musicians, chefs, artists and speakers. Held in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, Life is Beautiful Festival attracted more than 60,000 patrons in its first year, and is now branching out to an international online forum for social change.

About Red Ventures

Red Ventures is a team of entrepreneurial minds who disrupt and improve every step of the marketing and sales funnel. Founded in 2000 and headquartered just south of Charlotte, N.C., Red Ventures has more than 2,200 employees and is the largest technology-enabled platform in the US for launching and growing sales and marketing businesses. Success at Red Ventures is driven by proprietary technology, advanced data analytics, and the company’s greatest competitive advantage: its people.

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