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365 Connect Founder and CEO Named to Silicon Bayou 100 List of Most Influential Technology Innovators

NEW ORLEANS, LA - 365 Connect, the New Orleans based, award-winning online technology platform provider for the multifamily industry, announced today that its Founder and CEO, Kerry W. Kirby, was named in the Silicon Bayou 100 List as one of the most influential leaders in technology and entrepreneurship in Louisiana for a fourth year in a row.

The Silicon Bayou 100 List, published by Silicon Bayou News, recognizes the most active and influential entrepreneurs and technology innovators in Louisiana today. The list is based on nominations submitted by the public. Judges were asked to consider 7 areas of possible nominee activity during judging. The 7 categorizations were: Entrepreneur, Mentor, Funder, Champion, Organizer, Technology Provider and Service Provider.

This prestigious accolade recognizes Kirby's commitment, creativity, personal compassion, professional contributions, dedication and determination to progress technology in the multifamily industry. His achievements in creating innovative technologies made him stand out in the Silicon Bayou 100 List. Kirby made the list alongside celebrities and influencers across the State. Kirby also served as the Keynote Speaker at the event announcing the Silicon Bayou 100.

Kirby is an entrepreneur and technology innovator with deep roots across the entire spectrum of multifamily housing. Driven by the need for more effective delivery of services to apartment dwellers, Kirby organized 365 Connect in 2003 to bring the benefits of the online marketplace to the multifamily housing industry. Today, 365 Connect is the leader in providing web-based technology platforms to the multifamily housing industry, with an array of platforms ranging from online marketing, leasing and interactive resident platforms. Kirby's focus on leading-edge technology solutions have brought several innovations to the multifamily industry, such as automated social media applications and marketing syndication platforms, both designed to reduce cost and increase efficiencies for multifamily housing operators.

Kirby's personal accolades also include being a contributor to several nationally published books, technology articles and case studies on real estate and technology. Kirby was featured in the BBC Digital Planet program, as well as an array of local and national television and radio appearances. He has led 365 Connect in receiving a total of 24 technology awards, including the Louisiana Governor's Technology Award and an assortment of national and international awards. Kirby has been a guest lecturer at schools, colleges and universities, and a featured speaker and panelist at numerous national and regional events. His passion to foster the next generation of technology innovators has made him one of the most notable supporters of educational events in the New Orleans area.

Louisiana, known as the Silicon Bayou, is rapidly becoming a place where entrepreneurs, technology developers, innovators, and venture capitalists are making great strides in modern technology, according to Kirby. "The state government, economic development groups, universities, start-up accelerators, and many more are supporting entrepreneurship and high growth companies here like never before," Kirby said.

"We are proud to be a part of the technology community," stated Kirby. "As a local company, we want to set an example that great technology is being created right here in Louisiana. Being recognized for my leadership and technology innovations in my home state, is one of the highest honors I have achieved to date in my professional career."

About Silicon Bayou News: Silicon Bayou News is the leading technology media property in Louisiana reaching tens of thousands of visitors and drawing more than 145,000 page-views per month from all 50 states and over 100 countries. Our audience includes tech enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, brands and corporations, early adopters, social media enthusiasts, marketing, PR and advertising agencies, Web 2.0 fanatics and business and technology journalists. Our long term goal at Silicon Bayou News is to foster and support a connected and vibrant community of entrepreneurs and creatives on the Silicon Bayou – and shout about good things happening for the whole world to hear. For more information visit: www.SiliconBayouNews.com

ABOUT 365 CONNECT: 365 Connect was founded in 2003 with an unwavering commitment to transforming how apartment communities market, lease, and retain residents. As a leading provider of award-winning technology platforms for the multifamily housing industry, we deliver a fully-integrated suite of comprehensive solutions that automate marketing, simplify transactions, and serve residents after the lease is signed. 365 Connect allows its clients infinite expansion, robust integrations, and the ability to revolutionize user experiences. Explore: www.365connect.com