Get ready for the most exciting event of the year dedicated to the Philippine virtual assistant. The Philippine BPO Virtual Assistant industry is rapidly growing and we need more qualified and trained individuals who can meet this demand. There is a need for skilled people in website development, software solutions , voice and non voice services, front and back end processes. It is forecasted that the IT-BPO industry can expand to 25 billion dollars in annual revenue. If this is achieved the industry will need to employ more than 1.3 million direct employees and a vast force of work at home professionals as well.
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Philippine Virtual Assistant Network
Penny S. Bongato
Executive Director for
Animation Council of the Philippines
Internet Marketing Inc.
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Paul Rivera is the Founder and CEO of Kalibrr, the world's first Massive Open Assessments & Training platform that gets people jobs and delivers pre-qualified talent at scale to companies. Kalibrr is also the first Filipino company to be accepted into the Silicon Valley-based incubator program Y Combinator.
Prior to starting Kalibrr, Paul was Co-founder and President of pioneering BPO company Open Access Marketing, which helped clients such as Mint.com, Friendster, and StumbleUpon scale people operations in Manila. A visionary who believes in making things happen, Paul plans to redefine the way people learn and get jobs in the Philippines and beyond...
Philippine Country Manager
Penny S. Bongato
Executive Director for
As the executive director for talent development at the Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP), Penny Bongato manages all talent-related initiatives for the industry, strategic implementation of competency development for academe and industry, as well as partnering with government and industry stakeholders for the growth and development of the talent pool. In her more than 15 years of HR experience, Penny played several executive HR roles in major outsourcing players in the country (Convergys, Dell and Teletech) and served as vice president for HR of the Philippine American life and General Insurance Company, and regional HR director for Asia Pacific of Headstrong. An engineer by education, Penny completed two engineering degrees – Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management Engineering at De La Salle University. She completed her Masters in Business Administration, Regis Program at Ateneo Graduate School of Business.
Internet Marketing Inc.
Benj Arriola is the SEO Director at Internet Marketing Inc. (IMI), based in San Diego. His innovative SEO approach has helped IMI become one of the fastest growing digital marketing agencies in the country. IMI was recently named #185 on the 2012 Inc. 500 list. With 15 years experience in SEO and web design and development, Benj has worked with all sizes of companies from different countries including running enterprise level SEO campaigns. His firm belief in thorough testing of SEO concepts in actual practice has helped him win several SEO competitions. Benj has spoken on SEO and other related digital marketing topics at PubCon, SMX, OMS and internationally at SEMCon and MORCon. Benj took his BS and MS in chemistry from De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines and recently completed his MBA with emphasis in Information Systems from the University of Redlands, California.
Digital Media Publisher
Ms. Arianne Symmes is a digital media publisher. She holds a BS Civil Engineering degree from the University of the Philippines and a Master's Degree in Engineering from California State University, Northridge. Her professional career has spanned the construction, real estate and information technology industries. Ms. Symmes has assumed top positions in marketing, engineering design, project management and training roles in various projects. Some of her notable construction projects included the Glorietta, Robinson’s Galleria Complex and Towers , RCBC towers, Asian Hospital and Fontana Leisure Parks. She is a great blend of Asian heritage and American business management practice. She spearheads www.globaltechsource.net a digital media publishing, event/video production and information technology firm in the Philippines. Presently she is chairing the 1st Philippine BPO Virtual Assistant Conference to be held this July 2013.
Leo an AB Economics cum laude graduate of the University of the Philippines serves as President of Informatics College a highly respected Information Technology School in the Philippines . Informatics Philippines, established in 1994, is a multinational corporation committed to provide quality training and education in Information and Communications Technology to Filipinos. Informatics has more than 30 centers operating nationwide providing lifelong learning courses on Corporate Productivity, Business Solutions and Higher Education from undergraduate to postgraduate degree completions. The Company has won many awards including the 12th Asia-Pacific Excellence Awards (2005), the National Consumers Council (2001, 2002 and 2004), the National Consumers Quality Awards as Outstanding Computer School. The Company was also elevated to the Hall of Fame award for winning the International Master Franchise of the Year Award (Service Category) for two consecutive years (2001-2002), by the Department of Trade and Industry and by the Philippine Franchise Association. Informatics was also awarded by the Parangal ng Bayan Foundation with the National Consumers Excellence Award for Outstanding IT School in view of its significant contribution to the well-being of the Filipino Consumers. Globally, Informatics has won many awards including the Singapore Brand Awards 2002 and 2003, the Singapore Quality Class for Private Education Organizations (SQC for PEO) as well as People Developer Standards Award. Informatics Philippines is part of a network of training and education companies that operates in over 50 countries spanning Asia, Europe, Africa and South America. Informatics Group is listed on the mainboard of the Stock Exchange of Singapore.
Fine Arts graduate at the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) in 1986; A veteran Animator for more than 25 years now & An Animation Instructor & trainer for 15 years; Done animation for Disney, Hanna-Barbera, Warner Bros, Cartoon network Nickelodeon and Japan’s ANIME shows.
One of the pioneers of the Animation Council of the Philippines(www.animationcouncil.org) since 2000 – present ; Previous President and Currently Board director member. Actively promotes the Animation Industry and our talented artists in business, locally & globally to develop investments, collaboration, partnerships and job opportunities for our local artists & animators. National Commission for Culture & Arts CINEMA committee officer for 2010-2013.
8. Board Director of Business Process Association of the Phils ( BPAP) for 2011-2013
representing the Animation Industry. The Managing Director of Top Peg Animation & Creative Studio Inc. (www.toppeganimation.com) Produced the First All Filipino Children’s animated series called TUTUBI PATROL ( Dragonfly Patrol ) w/c won an Anak TV seal award for its values-oriented theme.
Ken Sproule is the founder and CEO of ko-kard.com a great breakthrough financial gateway payment system to pay virtual assistants. With ko-kard the recipient virtual assistant can have their own Mastercard ATM debit card to receive and withdraw money from over 8,000 BancNet, MegaLink or Expressnet ATM machines in the Philippines without being required to have a bank account. Mr. Sproule has extensive management experience with a global online remittance company and acted as chief operating consumer officer with marquee consumer brands such as Warner Bros., Walt Disney and Coca Cola for exclusive production and distribution rights and as a Managing Director who has cultivated double digit growth portfolio of key strategic accounts such as Wal-Mart, K-Mart, the Home Depot, Toys R Us , Costco and Lowes.
A former Overseas Foreign Worker , Jay turned full time Virtual IT Professional, website developer & Entrepreneur and proved to all that “Working abroad is not the only means of getting a decent dollar paycheck”. Jay is the respected founder of Philippine Virtual Assistant Network a facebook community of 1,200 members that rapidly grew composed of Philippine virtual professionals.
Jay conducts specialty va training and spearheads many online brands including www.myedgelearning.com an education institution & service provider for various tutorials, reviews and other academic services and www.remote-agency.com a company which provides virtual assistants.
Philippine Virtual Assistant Network
8:30 - 9:00 am Registration
9:00 - 12:00 Leo Riingen , President Informatics College
Bryce Maddock , CEO Taskus.com
"The Power of the Philippines: Shaping the Way the World Works"
Paul Rivera , CEO Kalibbr.com
“Using BPO as a Platform for a long term professional career”
“Trends in the Philippine IT-BPO industry”
Ken Sproule, CEO Ko-Kard.com
“Paying Your Virtual Assistant the Easy Way”
12:00 - 1:00 LUNCH
1:00 - 4:30 Grace Dimaranan, Board member Animation Council of the Philippines
“Trends and Career Opportunities in Animation”
Jojy Azurin, Country manager Freelencer.com
“How to Market yourself globally as a virtual assistant”
Jonas Diego, Creative Director Jonasdiego.com
“How to Succeed As a Global Graphic Designer”
Benj Arreola, SEO Director , Internet Marketing Inc.
“SEO Challenges in the BPO environment”
Jay Pasana, Founder Philippine Virtual Assistant Network
“How to setup a virtual assistant business from home”
Arianne Symmes, Digital Media Publisher, globaltechsource.net
“Start your career as an online teacher”
Networking and Sponsors
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