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Clearwater-Based Digital Media Solutions (DMS) Team Won 2016 Race Across America (RAAM), Raised $50,000 for St. Jude

October 10, 2016 Digital Media Solutions

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Oct. 10, 2016 - On June 24th of this year, the Digital Media Solutions (DMS) team of eight amateur cyclists won the 2016 Race Across America (RAAM). Beginning in Oceanside, California, the team traversed 3,000 miles across 12 states and climbed more than 170,000 vertical feet to reach Annapolis, Maryland just five days, 20 hours and two minutes later. In the process, the DMS organization raised $50,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, accumulating funds from employees, clients, vendors, friends, family and more.

DMS is an end-to-end customer acquisition and retention solution provider headquartered in Clearwater, Florida. On October 19th, DMS is presenting St. Jude with a check for the $50,000 raised during the RAAM race. Since 2014, DMS has raised more than $100,000 for St. Jude. The DMS team admires St. Jude because of their commitment to curing childhood cancer. The St. Jude belief that no child should die in the dawn of life resonates with management, and they have supported the organization whole-heartedly for the past few years.

Despite being comprised of only amateur riders, including one man who had never cycled before, the DMS team set their goal at completing RAAM and winning the race. The race was brutal as the team pedaled through extreme weather including record-breaking, oppressive heat in Arizona and tornadoes, hail, rain and heavy winds in Indiana and Ohio. In the end, the DMS team claimed victory, beating much more seasoned and experienced teams. Joe Marinucci, DMS CEO, had the following to say: "I was so very proud to be a part of this great experience. Each member of the team, crew and riders alike, came together and gave everything they had to win this race in support of a great cause. In the end it came down to our two best riders pushing their limits and leaving it all out on the road over the last 20 miles to pull out the victory. It was truly amazing to watch."

The DMS RAAM team was comprised of the following individuals: Joe Marinucci, chief executive officer of DMS; Fernando Borghese, chief operational officer of DMS; Joseph LeBaron, vice president of product at DMS; Andrew Kalley, a personal trainer endurance coach; Luke Tuddenham, vice president of CPT Global; Dave Notolli, group planning director at Crispin Porter + Bogusky; and Dave Bentley, an infrastructure professional. They were supported by their crew chief Ted Kennedy, from CEO Challenges & Lifetime Fitness. The following crew members augmented the team: Anders Mavis, Davis Fogerty, David Friedlander, Nick Reiter, Scott Kennedy, Maxx Rivera, Jacob Freese, and Bobby Hills.

For more information about the DMS RAAM experience and achievements, visit www.thedmsgrp.com/raam.

About Digital Media Solutions
Digital Media Solutions (DMS) is an end-to-end customer acquisition and retention solution provider. Using actionable data, insightful analytics and proprietary technology, DMS efficiently and effectively reaches, engages and acquires customers for clients across multiple verticals. The DMS team has expertise across all marketing channels to deliver scalable, repeatable and sustainable results. The company's focus is on high-spend industries including consumer finance, education and healthcare. In 2016, DMS was listed as #434 on the Inc. 5000 list and ranked #143 on the Business Observer's Gulf Coast 500 list. To learn more about DMS, visit www.thedigitalmediasolutions.com.

About Race Across America

Race Across America (RAAM) is one of the most respected and longest running ultra-endurance events in the world. RAAM is seen as a pinnacle of athletic achievement, not only in cycling circles but in the greater sporting community as well. RAAM racers must cycle 3,000 miles across 12 states, climbing more than 170,000 vertical feet. RAAM is run by a dedicated group of professionals that brings a strong business and racing background to RAAM, and they have successfully made RAAM the premier endurance race in the world. To learn more about RAAM, visit https://www.raceacrossamerica.org/.

About St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

The mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of their founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay. St. Jude works at the leading edge of science to discover better ways to diagnose and treat childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases such as sickle cell disease. They freely share discoveries so doctors and scientists around the world can use the knowledge to save thousands more children. To learn more about St. Jude Children's Research, visit www.stjude.org.

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Digital Media Solutions

Digital Media Solutions, LLC (DMS), the largest single entry point for scalable and reliable, martech-enabled digital marketing solutions, deploys a robust database of consumer intelligence and leverages massive proprietary media distribution to provide customer acquisition campaigns that grow businesses, offer visibility into the customer experience and provide accountability for every media dollar spent. DMS continues to experience explosive year-over-year growth, with continuous recognition on the Inc. 5000 list, securing its sixth consecutive ranking in 2019, and the Entrepreneur magazine 360 list. Named one of America’s “Best Places to Work” by Inc. magazine and awarded the 2018 Excellence in Lead Generation Award by the LeadsCouncil, DMS brings together some of the industry’s most knowledgeable people, efficient processes and sophisticated technology across the digital marketing spectrum.

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