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Historic Flatiron Landmark to Become the Romio Building

New Official Headquarters Will House Company Staff, Experts and Contributors Over Four Floors in New York’s NoMad District

Company Founder and CEO Tarik Sansal Enlists Acclaimed Street Artist James Goldcrown to Create Customized “Bleeding Hearts” Murals for New Office Space

New York, NY – August 16, 2017 – Romio, the soon-to-launch platform that allows users to find and book local services through a trusted network of experts and friends, will debut the Romio Building, its new headquarters, on October 1st, it was announced today by Tarik Sansal, the company’s Founder and CEO. Located in New York’s storied Flatiron District, the offices will feature four floors of space and artwork by James Goldcrown, the renowned street artist whose “Bleeding Hearts” paintings have become an international phenomenon. The offices, which will house Romio’s growing staff and their esteemed panel of experts, were designed by architect Matthew Kelly, who infused the space with earthy materials, natural light, plants and artwork to achieve the perfect melodic tone for the startup company’s home base.

“Romio is a next-generation platform that brings together the most respected experts with discerning users, and we wanted a home that reflects that standard,” said Sansal. “Being a startup, we want to create a fun, vibrant environment that fosters creativity, inspiration, curiosity and a sense of purpose. We don’t look at this space as an office but as a home where the best ideas are thought of, exchanged and executed. I couldn’t think of a better artist to help achieve this than James Goldcrown, whose art is filled with passion and aspiration.”

“I think what Romio is doing is extraordinary, and the passion Tarik and his team are bringing to this is inspiring,” said Goldcrown. “The desire to connect is at the root of their platform, and that is a universal theme that informs many artists, including me. I’m very proud to have my art alive in Romio’s new office, and I hope it provides the right influence as they work to grow the company.”

Goldcrown’s “Bleeding Hearts / Lovewall” series is a critically-acclaimed concept that famously happened by accident. The artist was testing the pressure of spray paint cans while producing a mixed media campaign, and simply sprayed hearts on a door in his studio to get the right thrust. A client happened to see the impromptu mural and bought it on the spot. Sensing momentum, Goldcrown brought the idea to Art Basel in Miami, and his pieces sold out within hours. He has since created lovewalls around the globe, including throughout the US as well as China, Japan, South Korea and Brazil.

As Sansal began building the staff at Romio and planning to open a permanent home, he gravitated toward the “Bleeding Hearts” concept as the core of the new office’s design. He enlisted Matthew Kelly, one of the most creative and respected minds in architecture, to marry the artwork into the construction and layout. Kelly brought his own influences into the project, producing one of the most ingenious office designs for a startup company.

"Tarik was very specific with what he wanted to achieve with Romio’s new headquarters, and I'm heartened by how collaborative and trusting he and his team were with my instincts, vision and design,” said architect Kelly, founder and CEO of the Dreams Become Reality firm. “It was a meeting of the minds, and the result will be something we are all incredibly proud of."

About Romio

Launching this fall, Romio is a platform that allows users to find and book local services through a trusted network of experts and friends. Led by Tarik Sansal, Romio is a social movement to drive genuine prosperity for users of the platform, democratizing digital commerce in a peer-to-peer ecosystem while rewarding loyalty and credibility. To date, the company has secured significant funding from global investors with initial seed funding from reputable names including Bob Gelfond, an early investor of Amazon, and several other successful tech companies. Romio plans to expand to major cities across the US by 2018. The company was founded by Sansal, who previously started OnTargetJobs.com, a roll-up of niche recruitment sites which generated $160 million in revenue. Before that, Sansal formed InvestorPosition.com, a digital destination focused on careers in investment management and banking. Sansal has the distinction of being the very first hire by investor John Moon for his emerging markets hedge fund, Moon Capital, which later became an investment arm of Oak Tree Capital. Sansal previously held positions with Yamaichi Bank, where he worked on its Asian Institutional Equities sales desk, and as a Wall Street research analyst at Sharpe Capital. He is a graduate from the University of Westminster in London.

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Romio Hires Chris Budden As Chief Operating Officer
- Budden Joins Groundbreaking NYC-based Tech Start-up to Build Global Brand
- New Local Services Platform Based on Trusted Recommendations to Debut Early Fall

NEW YORK, July 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Romio, a NYC-based start-up founded by CEO Tarik Sansal, has hired Chris Budden to spearhead operations and marketing to establish the brand, its culture and foster growth of the organization.  Scheduled to officially launch early fall 2017, Romio is a powerful local services platform based on trusted recommendations through friends, family and experts.  Budden will play a pivotal role in implementing strategic marketing tactics to drive adoption and awareness starting in New York City and gradually expanding across the U.S. and globally.

With a soft launch currently underway, Romio will change the way consumers search, discover and book local services – challenging generic search engine research and taking out the "anonymous" from reviews.  For the self-employed community, the platform is a gateway to identify and engage with new customers and increase prosperity.

"Chris brings incredible passion, industry knowledge and deep experience managing integrated teams to Romio," said CEO Tarik Sansal of Romio.  "With award-winning advertising campaigns under his belt, Chris has the right balance of business acumen, creativity and cultural awareness that will help us build an influential global brand inside and out."

Chris Budden was most recently the Group Account Director at Havas New York overseeing a portfolio of highly creative brands, including Dos Equis.  Prior to Havas, Chris led teams at Grey, McCann and mcgarrybowen, managing an impressive roster of marquee brands including MasterCard, Verizon, Staples, Canon and many more.

"I'm joining Romio with great aspirations to grow this new brand into the future," said Budden.  "Tarik Sansal's vision for building a mobile platform to accelerate digital commerce, anchored in trust, is incredibly timely and appealing in today's environment.  With powerful global investors backing the platform and a solid core team and partners, Romio will be a game-changing product."

For more information about Romio or to apply as an expert in a specific service category, please contact marketing@romio.com.

About Romio
Launching officially early fall 2017 in New York City, Romio is changing the way consumers search, discover and book local services by way of trusted recommendations from local experts and through a user's personal social network of friends and family.  Led by Founder and CEO Tarik Sansal, Romio is a social movement to drive genuine prosperity for users of the platform, democratizing digital commerce in a peer-to-peer ecosystem while rewarding loyalty and credibility.  To date, Romio has secured significant funding from global investors with initial seed funding from reputable names including Bob Gelfond, an early investor of Amazon, and several other successful tech companies.  Romio plans to expand to major cities across the U.S. by 2018.


Coming Soon: New Romio Platform To Debut Early Fall In New York City
Local Services Model Based on Trusted Network of Contacts to Revolutionize the Way Consumers Search, Discover & Book Services

NEW YORK, July 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Romio, a NYC-based tech start-up founded by CEO Tarik Sansal, is developing a breakthrough platform to put trust back into online recommendations.  Scheduled to officially launch early fall in New York City—the first of many markets—Romio allows users to search, discover and book local services through a trusted network of friends, family and experts—challenging generic search engine research and taking out the "anonymous" from reviews.  From personal trainers, stylists, dog walkers, tutors and more – the platform will empower users to find the best qualified services.  For service providers, it offers limitless opportunities to grow their businesses. 

"We're incorporating social purpose into the digital economy at Romio, putting power back into the hands of users," said CEO Sansal.  "Our vision is to create a community of trust with a human touch, promoting a fair rewards system that enables individuals to genuinely prosper by getting more involved."

Currently in soft launch, Romio has been actively building its network of experts in New York City for more than a year.  The company is offering incentives to share recommendations in verticals ranging from Real Estate and Fitness to Beauty and many more – by being early to register in a particular category.  Service providers can also begin establishing a base of referrals now to gain Romio status on the platform.  For everyday consumers, this invaluable network will be available in early fall at no charge.

"As an expert in the Pets category, I am so excited to see Romio coming to New York City," said Dana Humphrey, The Pet Lady.  "Led by Tarik Sansal and a passionate team eager to help others, it's an excellent resource for finding trusted pet care providers that are recommended by your own community.  Every day, friends are asking me about who I would use for dog walking or cat sitting, and now I can confidently direct them to Romio to find reliable resources."

To apply for Romio today as an expert or professional in a particular service category, please email marketing@romio.com for more information prior to the official launch, slated for early fall 2017.

About Romio
Launching officially early fall 2017 in New York City, Romio is changing the way consumers search, discover and book local services by way of trusted recommendations from local experts and through a user's personal social network of friends and family.  Led by Founder and CEO Tarik Sansal, Romio is a social movement to drive genuine prosperity for users of the platform, democratizing digital commerce in a peer-to-peer ecosystem while rewarding loyalty and credibility.  To date, Romio has secured significant funding from global investors with initial seed funding from reputable names including Bob Gelfond, an early investor of Amazon, and several other successful tech companies.  Romio plans to expand to major cities across the U.S. by 2018.