PITTSBURGH, PA--(Marketwired - September 22, 2015) - Forever, Inc., the one-stop shop for digitizing, editing, printing, permanently saving, and sharing family photos and memories announced today that it has acquired the assets of Life Highlights Digital Media, LLC, a memory management company with a retail operation in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and product development operation in Palo Alto, CA. Life Highlights specializes in digitizing and organizing old photos and videos for families. Among other assets, Forever has acquired the customer list, intellectual property, retail footprint, and digital conversion operations of Life Highlights, and will invest in improvements to the company's existing retail and digital conversion operations. Forever will offer its one stop set of products and services to Life Highlights' extensive customer list, enabling those families to better tell their stories and protect them for generations at www.forever.com.
"This small, but strategic acquisition will increase Forever's footprint in what is one of America's most livable and family-oriented communities -- Green Bay, Wisconsin -- a place where family memories are being created every day," said Forever Founder and CEO Glen Meakem. "This collaborative acquisition will help Forever with our strategic goal of becoming the single place online where people upload, edit, organize, print, and share their memories with the peace of mind that comes from knowing everything will be saved and protected for generations."
While financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, all full-time Life Highlights employees are being retained by Forever and the Life Highlights physical store and processing center will become Forever's first retail location. The founder of Life Highlights, Brenda Broberg, has joined Forever as its Wisconsin Regional Executive.
"Brenda is a well-known entrepreneur, a terrific leader in the memory management space, and a fireball of enthusiasm and energy," said Meakem. "We're thrilled that she and her team are joining us."
Ms. Broberg said, "Glen and I share the vision that family memories are important, need to be shared, and should never be lost. Forever is building a powerful consumer memory management platform that empowers people to easily and securely digitize, organize, and save their memories and life stories for generations. I am proud to join this effort and the larger Forever Team."
Life Highlights has been an innovator in the memory management industry. Founded in 2011, the company created a successful retail business focused on helping people convert legacy photographs and videos to modern digital formats. Current and future customers will be able to continue to convert memories into digital formats, but those memories can now be uploaded to www.forever.com, with the added benefit of Forever's Guaranteed Storage where memories will be available for the lifetime of each customer +100 years, with the goal of storage for many generations more. Forever employees will also offer free classes and workshops at the retail location on how to use Forever's platform of products and services, which includes Forever™ Artisan® (industry leading scrapbooking software for Windows®), Forever Historian™ (Leading organization and photo editing software for Windows), Forever Digital Art, the Forever Print Shop, Forever Guaranteed Storage, and more.
The announcement comes ahead of Forever's upcoming first annual customer conference, FOREVER LIVE! -- A gathering of international photo and organizational experts, photo enthusiasts and family historians. At the event, to be held in Atlanta Sept. 24-27, Meakem will unveil Forever's newest digital scrapbooking design software, called Forever Artisan 5, to nearly 300 attendees.
Forever, Inc. offers the world's first and only guaranteed permanent online media storage and sharing service, which is backed by the patent-pending Forever Guarantee. Forever was founded and is led by Glen Meakem, previous Founder and CEO of the highly successful business-to-business e-commerce company, FreeMarkets, Inc. The team at Forever believes that family memories should never be lost. Forever offers a one-stop-shop for digitizing, editing, printing, permanently saving, and sharing family photos and memories. The company offers highly secure, triple backed up cloud storage, with encryption of critical locator data. It also offers award winning mobile apps for iOS and Android that automatically back up to member accounts at www.forever.com as well as web and desktop apps so customers can access, edit, and organize their content from virtually any device. Forever guarantees customers who buy "permanent sharable storage" that their photos and memories will be saved for their lifetimes plus 100 years with the goal of many generations beyond. The company can make this guarantee because a large portion of the money customers pay for "permanent storage" is deposited into the Forever Guarantee Fund, a restricted fund that acts like a permanent endowment or reserve, with earnings paying for storage, bandwidth, and migration to new file formats for generations into the future.
The company also offers Forever Artisan, the leading digital scrapbooking software, and Forever Historian -- photo organization and management software, as well as Forever digital art, printing, photo scanning and media conversion services.
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