VISANOW News Release
Philip Schlein elected to VISANOW Board of Directors
Former Apple Computer Director and President/CEO of Macy’s brings strong career in growing pioneer businesses
CHICAGO, IL March 30, 2005 – VISANOW, the industry leader of immigration solutions, today announced the election of Philip S. Schlein to its Board of Directors. Bringing with him a distinguished career in corporate growth and entrepreneurial vision, Phil will help guide the strategic development of VISANOW.
“We are very excited to welcome Phil as a member of our Board. He has been closely involved with many revolutionary companies, like Apple Computer, and has always shown his commitment to establishing the highest quality products and services. Personally and professionally, Phil is an excellent match for VISANOW, and we are thrilled to have him join us in our mission,” said Robert Meltzer, VISANOW CEO.
Phil is currently a Venture Partner with USVP. He joined the venture capital firm in 1985 after a successful 28-year career as an executive in the retailing industry. Prior to USVP, he served as President and CEO of Macy’s California and led the store’s sales growth from $200 million to nearly $1.2 billion and profit growth from $17 million to $108 million. He also worked for R.H. Macy, Inc. and served on the Board of Directors for Apple Computers from 1979 to 1987.
“I’ve been involved with very innovative companies, and I know that successful business plans rely on talented employees. VISANOW applies cutting edge technology to increase the speed and convenience of getting this talent into companies. It has been a pioneer in the immigration industry, and it will remain at the forefront,” Schlein commented.
With USVP, Phil has originated a number of consumer/retail industry investments, including PETsMART, Fresh Choice and The House of Blues. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Catalist, Specialtys, Auction Drop and Oakville Grocery. In recent years, he served on the Boards of Directors of notable Internet and eCommerce ventures, such as iVillage, HomeGrocer.com and NBCi.
VISANOW streamlines the immigration process for corporations and their foreign employees and is the only immigration provider to guarantee its services. Since 1998, it has combined superior client support and innovative, patented technology to revolutionize the manner in which immigration matters are processed. By simply logging on to www.visanow.com, VISANOW clients can experience unprecedented levels of efficiency, responsiveness, legal expertise and quality service. Hundreds of clients have received significant savings in time and money by using the VISANOW process.