Harry Townsend comes out of retirement to join Chrome River
UK legal IT sales veteran Harry Townsend (who The Orange Rag last encountered at his farewell party in Las Vegas – watching two pirates ships, crewed by half-naked women firing canons at each other on an artificial lake outside the Treasure Island Casino & Hotel in 2007, while an Elvis Presley impersonator sang in the background – or was that all a dream?) has come out of retirement to join Chrome River as regional sales manager for the UK.
Harry Townsend began his career in the legal IT sector in 1977 with Kienzle (later Axxia, now LexisNexis) and most recently concluded with Elite in 2007. A winner of one of the LOTIES Legal Vendor Personality of the Year awards, he now reemerges at Chrome River to expand on the fast-growing company’s international client base, which already includes two prominent UK law firms. “Like Michael Jordan, Lance Armstrong, Pele and Romario, all the great ones come out of retirement”, said Dave Terry, co-founder & COO of Chrome River. “We are delighted to have Harry back as part of our team which also demonstrates our commitment and desire to serve the needs of our expanding international markets.”
Townsend told the Orange Rag that “there is only so much golf you can play and gardening you can do before you start to miss the roar of the greasepaint and the smell of the crowd.” He added that while Chrome River's approach came as a surprise, it made him realise he did miss the challenge of working in sales.
Townsend joins fellow regional sales managers Jim Whitmore and Serge Merkin, both part of the early Chrome River team, and two later hires Scott Brinkerhoff and Karen DeLucia-Goldstein. While Serge Merkin hails from Thomson West, the rest of the sales lineup previously worked at Thomson Elite with Chrome River’s management team of Alan Rich, Dave Terry and Anne (Eddings) Becknell.
Chrome River Technologies Inc provides the only online expense reporting and spend management solution designed specifically for law firms and professional services organizations. Utilising SaaS technologies, Chrome River Expense delivers immediate payback via a service delivery model that requires no hardware, no software and no long-term commitment. Since the launch of Chrome River Expense 24 months ago, in the middle of a challenging economy, 13 of the Global Top 50 law firms have subscribed to the service, with now more than 50,000 individual users accessing Chrome River from 13 countries around the globe.