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Red Ventures to hire 500 sales agents

Applicants walk to job interviews after a tour at Red Ventures in this 2011 photo.
Applicants walk to job interviews after a tour at Red Ventures in this 2011 photo. John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charl

Red Ventures plans to hire 500 sales agents this month and next, the Indian Land-based marketing and sales firm said Friday.

The search for salespeople to handle inbound calls comes amid increased demand from 16 clients, spokeswoman Katie Zach told the Observer.

With 2,500 employees now, the 15-year-old company expanded its workforce by 24 percent last year, Zach said.

That’s only a start, CEO Ric Elias told the Observer earlier this week.

“We used to say two years ago we were in the bottom of the second inning; now I think we are somewhere in the third inning,” Elias said. “We feel very confident that our best days are ahead.”

The technology-driven firm founded in 2000 helps clients attract new and retain existing customers with services ranging from research, to taking inbound calls, to business development. Among its clients – which the company calls partners – are Verizon, DirecTV and MetLife.

Most of its sales agents make $45,000 to $60,000 in their first year, Zach said.

The sales recruitment team will interview candidates July 21-22 at Red Ventures’ UNC Charlotte-area office and its Indian Land campus right across the state line from Ballantyne, the company said. Candidates can apply for the interviews on the company’s website, www.redventures.com.

Red Ventures expects 40 percent of the new hires to work in the university area and the rest at its headquarters.

In January, Red Ventures received $250 million from Silver Lake, an international private technology investor. Its other minority shareholder, General Atlantic, a global growth investor, has been with the company since 2010.

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