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Dec 9, 2008
UPDATE: Ryan Rancher Sentenced
Update: Birmingham News
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Dec 6, 2008
Manhattan Socialite Dies after nearly 30 Year Coma

Martha "Sunny" von Bulow has passed away in a New York city nursing home after being in an irreversible coma for 28 years.

Von Bulow’s husband, Claus - a Danish born lawyer, was convicted and later acquitted of making 2 attempts to kill his wife with insulin overdoses. He is alive and well living in London.

The story was dramatized in a 1990 movie, "Reversal of Fortune," starring Glenn Close and Jeremy Irons, based on a book by Alan Dershowitz. Dershowitz is a law professor who also defended Claus von Bulow.
Seeking Employment in Atlanta, GA? Here's a Tip!
Ryla, a customer service center located in Kennesaw, GA, is seeking hundreds of new employees by years' end. CEO and founder, Mark Wilson said they expect to add more than 1000 jobs by years' end.

Ryla provides o
utsourced call center and customer contact solutions to a plethora of companies nationwide.

More info from

-- Ryla has made job offers to nearly 3,000 individuals for both full-time and seasonal positions during the period of October 2007 and October 2008 -- more than most area Fortune 500 companies

-- The company moved to using an in-house recruiting model exclusively in 2007, resulting in improved margins and increased employee retention rates. In fact, employees now represent a significant referral pipeline that not only aids in candidate identification, but also supports a heightened commitment from current employees who feel they have a stake in the company's growth and unique culture.

-- Ryla's employee additions would rank the company within the top 15 employers in Cobb County (according to Dunn & Bradstreet).

Ryla has placed its focus on quality of experience for more complex and unique customer contact needs and has maintained that focus over the course of its lifecycle. Unlike some in the call center space, Ryla has not specialized in one or two industry niches and has therefore insulated itself from challenges that meet one type of business or sector such as the financial industry's recent upheaval or the mergers and acquisitions that regularly take place within the energy sector.
Because of its reputation and track record, Ryla has been recognized by several organizations for growth, including rankings in the 75 fastest growing companies in the Atlanta area by the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the Inc. 5000 for 2 consecutive years. Ryla's name has also recently been noted as Minority Supplier of the Year and a top small workplace by the Wall Street Journal and Winning Workplaces.

"Ryla's potential to grow was one of the drivers in our decision to become involved as a supporting funder," comments Andrew Lindner, managing partner for Charlotte, NC based Frontier Capital. "Their potential doesn't come strictly from market opportunity, but from the ability Ryla has to capture and capitalize on that opportunity. They repeatedly prove their value to clients and their ability to maintain focus on what they do best."

Information About Ryla:

Ryla is a leading provider of global customer contact solutions for companies and government agencies requiring Excellent Interactions Every Time.SM Domestically focused, Ryla delivers both ongoing and on-demand customized solutions and staffing to meet each client's business goals, including quick ramp-up, project-based solutions for crisis response, seasonal retail and political needs. Headquartered in Kennesaw, Georgia, Ryla is a different kind of call center, ranked one of the fastest growing private companies in the nation by Inc. magazine and nationally recognized as a top workplace.
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Average starting pay: $10 to $12/hr.
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SOURCE: Ryla Inc.
Ryla Inc. 
Jill Purdy, Public Relations, 704-236-2501, or
Karen Clay, VP Marketing, 678-322-5037,

May 20, 2008
Former Bessemer revenue director Ryan Rancher indicted
Source: The Birmingham News

Posted by Robert K. Gordon -- Birmingham News May 20, 2008 11:07 AM

A grand jury has handed down a 48-count indictment against former Bessemer revenue director Ryan Rancher related to his work as a securities adviser, according to court records unsealed today.

Rancher, 40, is charged with 20 counts of fraud, 10 counts of selling unregistered securities, eight counts of acting as an unregistered investment adviser, nine counts of first-degree theft and one count of a sale by an unregistered agent. Among the victims named in the indictment is Bessemer City Councilwoman Louise Alexander, who said she lost $25,000.

"I thought he was legit," said Alexander, who said that some of her constituents are also named as victims in the indictment.

For more details see Wednesday's The Birmingham News.