Upshift Raises $3.7M in Series A Financing, Led by Indeed’s HR Tech Investment: On-Demand Staffing Platform Expands with New Round of Funding

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DOWNLOAD OFFICIAL UPSHIFT/INDEED PRESS RELEASE AS WORD DOC here —>>> Official Release Upshift and Indeed March 3 2020

[COLUMBUS, Ohio ~ March 3, 2020]  Upshift, the leading on-demand staffing platform, has closed $3.7 million in Series A funding to expand its team and accelerate growth across the country.


Upshift’s smartphone- and web-based platform connects people looking for extra work or new jobs with understaffed employers in the hospitality and light-industrial sectors, helping meet the nation’s high demand for temporary staffing solutions.

Online job platform Indeed’s investment arm, HR Tech Investments, led the funding round with participation from Columbus-based Rev1 Ventures and Data Point Capital.


We look for innovation, and the Upshift team is transforming the future of work. Upshift is leading the transformation of the staffing industry, and we see tremendous growth potential,” said Ryan Helon, executive vice president of investment funds at Rev1 Ventures.

And with its tremendous revenue growth, Upshift is certainly showing just how important serving the needs of the gig economy is shaping up to be.”

People in 15 cities in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and North Carolina rely on Upshift to find work that supports their needs and fits their schedules. There are now tens of thousands of employees using Upshift’s platform to find shifts at over 1,000 businesses ranging from medium-sized hotels to Fortune 500 companies.

Takeya, COSI and the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center are just a few of the many companies in the hospitality and light industrial sectors partnering with Upshift in Columbus.

Unlike most gig economy companies, Upshift directly employs all those who work on its platform. This means that people working are covered by traditional employment relationships including workers’ compensation, unemployment and other employee protections.

That also means Upshift’s business clients do not take on the liability typically associated with 1099 staffing models.

Upshift’s pre-screening process for employment is rigorous and includes an in-person interview with a staff member. Only 12 percent of those who apply to Upshift successfully complete the screening process.

This, combined with Upshift’s intuitive, easy-to-use technology and strict disciplinary policies, means over 95% of Upshifters successfully complete committed shifts. That’s more than double the industry standard for success.

We’re thrilled to partner with Indeed, Rev1 and Data Point as we continue to partner with more companies and help people find work,” said Alex Pantich, Upshift co-founder and COO and 2014 graduate of The Ohio State University.

Alex Pantich cofounder Upshift

Alex Pantich, Cofounder of Upshift

I’m glad that so many of our partners and Upshifters have found success with Upshift in central Ohio, and we are excited to serve our clients and employees even more in the future!”

About Upshift: America’s leading on-demand staffing platform, Upshift services the hospitality and light industrial sectors and helps connect people to both flexible and long-term work. Its industry-leading success rates of over 95 percent are more than double industry standards. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Upshift helps connect people and businesses in 15 major metro markets.

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Upshift Raises Three Point Seven Mill Series A Indeed Rev1 Ventures Data Point Capital Official Press Release

Official Press Release from Upshift, Indeed, Rev1 Ventures and Data Point Capital

WLWT-TV Channel 5 NBC Cincinnati coverage of Ronnie Grandison Sports Academy opener

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❤️ MEDIA ALERT ❤️ Ribbon-Cutting + Open House: 1 WEEK AWAY! NBA vet Ronnie Grandison (Celts, Heat, Knicks) opens new, rebranded, HUGE AND EXPANDED Ronnie Grandison Sports Academy next Sunday, January 5, 2020, from 1-4 pm

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12.29.19 —- download: MEDIA ALERT – ribbon-cutting Open House for Ronnie Grandison Sports Academy Sunday Jan 5 2020

Ex-NBA vet Ronnie Grandison expands, launches the new Ronnie Grandison Sports Academy with Ribbon-cutting, Open House next Sun., Jan. 5, from 1-4 p.m.


Ronnie Grandison of Cincinnati, NBA vet of five teams (Celtics, Knicks, Heat, Hawks, Hornets), opens new Ronnie Grandison Sports Academy (fdba RG Basketball Academy)




RG Basketball Academy, part of Kids First Sports, rebrands as Ronnie Grandison Sports Academy, doubling with 6 new basketball courts, eight volleyball courts.


ONE WEEK FROM TODAY! Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020 – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.


RG Basketball official LOGO

7900 East Kemper Road, Cincinnati OH 45249 (Sycamore Township).


Coach Ronnie has been training Cincinnati athletes for 20+ years. More classes, more kids, more families = a screaming demand for more space. Problem solved!


Grandison tapped Cincinnati United Contractors (CUC) for the new 50,000 SF facility.

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Robbie Grandison Basketball Academy exterior

The new Ronnie Grandison Sports Academy opens January 5, 2020, with a Ribbon-Cutting and Open House from 1-4 p.m.


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Dr. Robert Dietz, SVP and Chief Economist at the NAHB, delivers 2020 Economic Forecast in Cincinnati today (Savannah Center, West Chester) at event organized by Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati. Sponsored by The Thomas J. Ackermann Co., Inc. (photo of Dr. Dietz, too)

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Rob Dietz Chief Economist National Home Builders Association at Cincinnati HBA November 26

[CINCINNATI, Ohio ~ West Chester, Savannah Center ~ Nov. 26, 2019] Dr. Robert Dietz, Chief Economist at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), is in Cincinnati today to deliver a 2020 Economic Forecast organized by the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati.

Dr. Dietz, also a Senior Vice President at the NAHB, is responsible for housing market analysis, forecasting and industry surveys, and housing policy research.

Prior to joining the NAHB in 2005, Dr. Dietz worked as an economist for the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation. He has testified before Congress on housing, economic and tax issues.

Today’s event is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at The Savannah Center in West Chester. 

Dr. Dietz is a leading expert on home construction analysis and trends and has been cited and appeared on CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, and other news media. He is a native of Dayton, Ohio, and earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the Ohio State University in 2003.

Fast-forward this CNBC clip (below) to 1:16 to see Dr. Dietz in action:

Some pre-event 2020 Economic Forecast highlights from Mr. Dietz:

  • Single-family construction is expected to grow modestly in the near-term due to lower mortgage interest rates, low unemployment, and improving income growth;
  • However, housing affordability challenges are an ongoing concern, particularly due to regulatory barriers for new housing supply. NAHB estimates about a quarter of typical newly-built home’s price is due to government policies and fees;
  • Housing affordability can be improved by reducing regulatory barriers and increasing housing construction;
  • The skilled labor shortage remains a persistent headwind for home construction volume growth. This is a problem that must be confronted by the industry as a whole, via local building associations working with trade schools and community colleges.




Cincinnati powerhouse Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS) names Dan Steward as new Chief Financial Officer

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Episcopal Retirement Services ERS names Dan Steward as new CFO Chief Financial Officer

Dan Steward has been named Chief Financial Officer of Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS).

Prior to joining ERS, Dan had nearly 20 years of experience serving in auditing and consulting roles for both for-profit and non-profit middle market organizations in a variety of industries with a specialty focus in the senior living industry.

Dan is a certified public accountant (CPA) and was most recently an audit partner at RSM US LLP, a national public accounting firm.

In his role as CFO, Dan will provide strategic leadership and management for all accounting, financial analysis, financing, and insurance reimbursement processes of the organization.

I am looking forward to joining ERS at a time of incredible growth in their mission,” said Dan.

I was drawn to ERS because it is such a mission-focused organization. I was looking for a role where I could offer the insights I have gained as a CPA to ERS and to continue to build upon the management of strong financial performance of the company.”

Dan has a customer-driven approach built on developing strong relationships with the residents and staff he serves.

Dan will oversee the financial performance of an organization that operates three continuing care retirement communities, 30 affordable living communities and three community-based services.

We are happy to have Dan Steward join ERS as our CFO,” said Laura Lamb, President and CEO of ERS.

From his CPA experience, Dan had a specialized focus in the senior living and affordable housing industries. Through these experiences, Dan will provide strong financial acumen, leadership skills and industry best practices to help guide ERS’ financial policies and practices well into the future.”

Dan has been active in community service and volunteering.

He is a past board member of the JDRF Dayton Chapter and was the committee chair for their largest annual fundraiser event, the Walk to Cure Diabetes.

He also has served as a youth sports coach, volunteered in his church’s youth ministry and has been an active supporter of the Countryside YMCA and Ronald McDonald House.

Dan earned his Bachelor of Science of Business from the Farmer School of Business at Miami University with a double major in accountancy and finance and has been a CPA since 2002.

Contact: Mr. Bryan Reynolds, ERS Director of Integrated Marketing (513) 979-2243

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Walworth Junction HOMEARAMA® 2020 on WLWT-TV Channel 5 starring T.J. Ackermann

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$900K down, $4.1M to go: Laura and Paul Kitzmiller, Diana and David O’Brien of Anderson Township (Cincinnati) launch $5M IMPACT Fund at IMPACT Autism with $500,000 donation, establishing IMPACT Autism Endowment, anchoring Impact Innovation at The University of Cincinnati, celebrating 20-year anniversary of The Mayfield Golf Classic ~ ORGANIZERS: $400K in additional pledges have been secured ~ Mayfield Golf Classic at Coldstream Country Club Oct. 21, 2019 is sold-out, online auctions still open

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Press Release – Download Word doc: 900K down and four point one million to go – press release FINAL

$900K down, $4.1 Million To Go

Local Anderson Township couples Kitzmillers, O’Briens launch $5M Impact Fund with $500,000 donation, anchoring IMPACT Autism Endowment, funding Impact Innovation program at UC

 Campaign to raise $5M that will fund UC program started in 2014, serving autistic/challenged students.

Laura and Paul Kitzmiller, Diana and David O’Brien put their $$ where their hearts are.

Mayfield Golf Classic, supported by CORE Resources and IMPACT Autism, celebrates 20 years.

[CINCINNATI, Ohio ~ October 19, 2019] Paul Kitzmiller, et al, have seen their local non-profit machine benefitting autistic kids and their families, IMPACT Autism, grow beyond any early expectations.

For years, there’s been a major golf outing fundraiser and telethon, raising hundreds of thousands (Mayfield Golf Classic, 20-year anniversary this Monday, Oct. 21, at Coldstream Country Club).

Then, a foundation (IMPACT Autism).

A few years ago, an expansion into technology, education and employment (Impact Innovation at UC).

Today, they are still all about community outreach, events, and strategic initiatives. But someone, something, or somebody needs to keep the lights on at IMPACT Autism, and the invaluable teachers and assistants at UC paid.

Enter: the new $5 million drive, announced in concert with the 20-year Mayfield Golf Classic. The money is currently being raised through donors and private individuals, as the “Impact Fund” campaign.

It will vest the IMPACT Autism Endowment, which finances Impact Innovation at UC. The major players are the Kitzmiller, Mayfield, and O’Brien families, IMPACT AutismCORE Resources Inc., and friends and supporters of all the aforementioned.

Kitzmiller, his wife Laura, and their lifelong friends Diana and David O’Brien – through their namesake charity, IMPACT Autism, and its main event, the upcoming Mayfield Golf Classic – have committed $500,000 to launch the endowment at IMPACT Autism.

Impact Innovation, a day program teaching real-world skills in an authentic collegiate environment, was launched in 2014 by IMPACT Autism and the University of Cincinnati. Another $400,000 has also been pledged from anonymous individuals.

The future is now at the University of Cincinnati, where its program for persons with intellectual disabilities has already helped over 150 students attend an engaging program.

Entering adulthood can be challenging for anyone. For those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, it can be extremely difficult,” said Paul Kitzmiller, president and CEO of CORE Resources Inc. of Anderson Township.

Their opportunities for meaningful employment and personal fulfillment are severely limited. Our program changes that, by immersing them in an inclusive, safe environment that allows individuals to learn, grow, and improve their own lives.”

IMPACT Autism was founded in 2006 by the Kitzmillers and O’Briens. Paul and Laura Kitzmiller and Diana (Mayfield) O’Brien are childhood friends. The O’Briens are raising triplets with severe autism.

Since 2006, IMPACT Autism has raised and donated more than $4 million to causes associated with dealing with autism.

Coming out of high school, the future can be overwhelming: What do they do now?” said Diana O’Brien.

With the help of some truly amazing people, that answer can be, ‘Next lives here, at the UC Impact Innovation program.’ “

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 Contact: Mr. Paul Kitzmiller (513) 309-1513 (txt-friendly)

IMPACT Autism announces endowment $500K from Laura Paul Kitzmiller Diana David OBrien financing Impact Innovation at University of Cincinnati PR by Andy Hemmer

IMPACT Autism press release on $500K contribution from Laura and Paul Kitzmiller, Diana and David O’Brien, launching IMPACT Autism Endowment to finance Impact Innovation program for autistic and challenged students at the University of Cincinnati

MEDIA ALERT: Upscale, high-end Cincinnati legend in interior design David A. Millett Inc. to open new, 48,000 SF David A. Millett Design Center and Showroom in Hyde Park (I-71 and Dana) next Thursday October 10 from 6-9 p.m., featuring 100+ furniture manufacturers + exquisite, new-to-Cincinnati Caracole Boutique and Marge Carson lines

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David Millett Design Center Showroom opens October 10 in Hyde Park


Upscale interior designer David A. Millett Inc. unveils upper stratus of high-end living at new 48,000 SF David Millett Design Center and Showroom, featuring 100+ manufacturers + exclusive Caracole, Marge Carson lines


David A. Millett, owner/founder of David A. Millett Inc., + friends, family, clients & such.

Paul Seston, president of Caracole Furniture, high-end manufacturer based in High Point, NC

Representative of Marge Carson furniture, world’s largest private furniture firm, of Pomona, CA


Grand Opening and official Ribbon Cutting of new 48,000-square-foot David A. Millett Design Center and Showroom, high-end gallery featuring furniture, art, accessories, showcasing Cincinnati artists alongside international talent.


Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 6-9 p.m.

2200 Dana Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45208.

High-profile intersection of I-71 and Dana Avenue exit, Cincinnati, Hyde Park.


To realize bigger, better, more incredible opportunities than David A. Millett Inc. has experienced in its first four decades, this esteemed, high-end Cincinnati design house needed a new home, a facility providing Showroom, Warehouse, Office and Event Center functions – unlike any of its previous half-dozen Cincinnati homes. With CORE Resources Inc. as the taskmaster, David A. Millett Inc. has successfully crafted its own future, and vision, to maintain its leadership position in quality and high-end design. Come see us on the 10th!


This is the next generation of David A. Millett Inc.: the David A. Millett Design Center and Showroom. Think of David A. Millett v2.0, edition 2020: Four decades of listening, learning, and turning thoughts, ideas and dreams into reality. Everything culminates with the kickoff next Thursday, celebrating the opening of the new David A. Millett Design Center and Showroom.

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Media Alert for David A. Millett Design Center opening Thursday 10/10


WCPO Channel 9 feature on Saint Thomas School of Fort Thomas, Kentucky, named 2019 National Blue Ribbon School – PR by Andy Hemmer

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Saint Thomas School of Fort Thomas Kentucky named 2019 Blue Ribbon School on WCPO Channel 9 PR by Andy Hemmer

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