Stoykov joins Agent99 roster

By Jonas Lopez in Marcoms News on
Agent 99 logoPR agency Agent99 has signed on noted financial maven Vanessa Stoykov as a new client.
 
Stoykov carries with her years of experience in the wealth-generation circuit, having founded the Evolution Media Group and No More Practice Education, which produces training videos for financial services professionals. Stoykov was signed following a competitive pitch.
 
Under the new partnership, Agent99 will work to leverage new research from Griffith University as well as launch Stoykov’s “Learn from the Money Masters – The Investment Series,” a new Channel Nine program. Agent99 will also be in charge of branding for Stoykov, including launching a new website at www.vanessastoykov.com.au.
 
“We are excited to work with such a highly regarded agency that values relentless hard work and has an outcomes-focused mentality... the campaign will help facilitate the success of The Investment Series and help me spread the word about why Australian’s need to unlearn everything they think they know about money in order to better their financial situation and their futures,” Stoykov said.
 
“We’re delighted to be working on a campaign that has the ability to overturn the daunting process of retirement for thousands of young Australians. It is an exciting time for Vanessa and we are eager to showcase our creativity and clever thinking by exceeding her expectations throughout the campaign”, said Agent99 director Sharon Zeev Poole.

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