INKAS® WINS GOLD IN STEVIE AWARDS FOR WOMEN IN BUSINESS

November 16, 2019 – Margarita Simkin, Co-Founder and Chairwoman of INKAS® Armored Vehicle Manufacturing, is honored to be recognized during the 16th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business. Ms. Simkin received the Gold Stevie® award for “Female Executive of the Year in Canada”, as well as the Gold Stevie® award for “Most Innovative Woman of the Year in Manufacturing”.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, employees, and the companies they run – worldwide.  The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards. More than 1,500 entries were submitted this year for consideration in more than 90 categories, including Executive of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Company of the Year, Startup of the Year, Women Helping Women, and Women Run Workplace of the Year.

Maggie Gallagher, president of the Stevie Awards, said, “In its 16th year, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business received an outstanding body of nominations from women in organizations of all types, in 25 nations. We are gratified by how meaningful it is to women to win a Stevie Award, and how impactful it can be on the futures of their careers and their organizations.  We congratulate all of this year’s Grand, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners for their achievements.”

Margarita Simkin is honored to be amongst the strong women who are forging their own paths in their industries. “It is an honor to be recognized by such a prestigious award and to be nominated alongside so many inspirational women.” said Margarita Simkin, “Having worked for decades in a male-dominated industry, I am proof that women can make a big impact in business.”

For over 20 years, Ms. Simkin has been building successful businesses and brands from scratch and bringing strategic direction to all of the divisions within the INKAS® Group of Companies. Ms. Simkin believes that diversity is a key driving factor in the company, and she has been instrumental in building INKAS® into a reputable brand known for constant innovation and growth.

Not only has she exceeded expectations and succeeded professionally in her career in a predominantly male industry, but she also continues to be a role model to many young women entrepreneurs in order to encourage them to challenge themselves beyond their perceived limits.

About the Stevie Awards

Stevie® Awards are conferred in eight programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service, and the new Middle East Stevie Awards. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies® recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie® Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com.

INKAS® RECOGNIZED AS THE EXPORT LEADER OF THE YEAR

On November 6, 2019, The Toronto Region Board of Trade hosted the 9th Annual Business Excellence Awards, an evening awards gala celebrating the trailblazers of Toronto’s business community who have demonstrated exceptional growth, leadership and innovation.

INKAS® Armored Vehicle Manufacturing was proud to accept the Export Leader of the Year Award for its remarkable development of sustainable international trade business which contributes significantly to the Canadian economy. Through global expansion and increased brand recognition, INKAS® continuously brings new business to Ontario and creates new employment opportunities across the region.

“This award is an important acknowledgment of how far we have come in the past 20 years,” says Margarita Simkin, Chairwoman, INKAS® Armored Vehicle Manufacturing. “My husband and I started this business with a single armored courier truck, and today we are one of the leading armored vehicle manufacturers in the world, dedicated to our mission of protecting vulnerable individuals.”

One of INKAS®’s competitive advantages is the development of its vast product line and 100% in-house approach to manufacturing, which significantly improves quality control and reduces production time. The in-house expertise from cross-functional teams ensures that the company offers the best possible product to its clients.

INKAS® believes that its people and the diversity of skills amongst its workforce are the key factors that have contributed to the success of the export-oriented business. The company strives to continue introducing technological innovations, growing the company’s offerings, and developing strategic international partnerships.

About Business Excellence Awards

The Annual Business Excellence Awards (BEAs) are a prestigious recognition that celebrates small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and individuals in all sectors of the Toronto Region business community who demonstrate exceptional growth, leadership and innovation. 

INKAS® ARMORED VEHICLE MANUFACTURING NAMED ONE OF CANADA’S FASTEST-GROWING COMPANIES BY GROWTH 500

Toronto, ON – Canadian Business and Maclean’s rank INKAS® Armored Vehicle Manufacturing amongst Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies on its annual Growth 500 list. Despite already being one of the largest armored vehicle manufacturers in the world for over two decades, the continuous innovation in INKAS® products has led to more than doubling their revenue within the last five years.

“We are honoured to be recognized on the Growth 500 ranking,” says Margarita Simkin, Chairwoman, INKAS® Group of Companies. “INKAS® has been successfully deploying numerous new technological and engineering advancements on a global scale for decades in order to protect lives in threatening situations. This recognition is an acknowledgment of the trust placed in us by those who find themselves in INKAS® armored vehicles.”

“The companies on the 2019 Growth 500 are truly remarkable. Demonstrating foresight, innovation and smart management, their stories serve as a primer for how to build a successful entrepreneurial business today,” says Beth Fraser, Growth 500 program manager. “As we celebrate over 30 years of the Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies program, it’s encouraging to see that entrepreneurship is healthier than ever in this country.”

INKAS® constantly seeks out innovation and is challenging what is possible with lightweight armoring and defensive technologies. Safeguarding lives is our priority, and our products are manufactured to the highest quality in order to provide reliable protection to the clients that we serve. In order for the company to continue to grow, we maintain a deep understanding of our clients’ changing needs – whether peacekeeping missions or personal protection. With nearly 20 years of industry experience, INKAS® is a true leader in the field, providing top-of-the-line armored vehicles for banks, law enforcement, corporations, and individuals on a global scale.

INKAS® continuously expands to new sectors and markets as well as geographies. The company invests a significant amount of resources into the R&D of new manufacturing processes, industry-leading technologies, and light-weight armoring composites ensuring that it always stays a few steps ahead of the competition while offering the best possible products.

About the Growth 500 and Canadian Business

For over 30­­­­­ years, the Growth 500 has been Canada’s most respectable and influential ranking of entrepreneurial achievement. Ranking Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies by five-year revenue growth, the Growth 500 profiles the country’s most successful growing businesses. The Growth 500 is produced by Canadian Business. Founded in 1928, Canadian Business is the longest-serving and most-trusted business publication in the countryIt is the country’s premier media brand for executives and senior business leaders. It fuels the success of Canada’s business elite with a focus on the things that matter most: leadership, innovation, business strategy and management tactics.

INKAS® ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF NEW DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

Maor Vaknin is the Director of Finance at INKAS® Group of Companies – a leading conglomerate providing end-to-end solutions for institutions, corporations and individuals on a global scale. Mr. Vaknin is responsible for the overall financial strategy and direction at INKAS®, across all of its divisions. He plans, directs, and evaluates all operations of the financial department to align financial and business metrics in order to support business strategy and positive growth trajectory.

Mr. Vaknin has extensive accounting and financial management experience, with a strong background in financial reporting, financial planning & analysis, as well as budgeting & forecasting. He has previously served in roles such as Senior Finance Manager, Deputy Financial Director, and Regional Financial Controller. Through these roles, he gained substantial insight and experience working with various accounting teams country-wide, as well as with multi-national teams across the globe.

Prior to joining INKAS® Group of Companies, Mr. Vaknin worked for major corporations including John Deere, Deloitte, Lumenis, RCC Construction, Satin Flooring, and more. In each of these roles, he collaborated with banks, financial institutions external auditors, legal advisors, and consulting agencies.

Mr. Vaknin received his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Bar-Ilan University in 2008, and became a CPA in 2009. His education and business acumen have helped shape his overall expertise in financial strategies and direction.

3 SIXTY SECURE ACQUIRES INKAS® SECURITY SERVICES LTD.

3 Sixty Secure Acquires INKAS® Security Services Ltd. Creating One of Canada’s Largest Secure Transport Companies

3 Sixty Risk Solutions Ltd. (CSE: SAFE) (OTCQB: SAYFF) (FSE: 62P2) a leader in the risk management and security solutions services sector is pleased to announce its acquisition of substantially all of the assets and business of INKAS® Security Services Ltd. valued at approximately $13.75 million, payable in cash, shares, vendor take-back note and earn-out.

Today’s announcement launches the Company into a leading role in the secure transport and cash management service sector nationwide.

Highlights of the Transaction

The Transaction brings together two of the leading Security companies in Canada with fully-aligned strategic visions and a strong network of infrastructure. The combined company becomes one of the largest cash management security firms nationally, creating a powerful platform for accelerated growth in Canada and the USA.

  • Becomes one of the largest cash management security firm nationally: 3 Sixty has rapidly gained market share within 3 months of public listing with national capabilities to service additional industries outside of cash in transit.
  • Extensive distribution network and infrastructure across Canada: 3 Sixty has become a nationwide secure solution transport leader to deliver coast to coast service to all our customers.
  • Enhanced revenue diversification: ISSL brings a diversified revenue mix of customers, some of which are leading financial institutions in Canada.
  • Route density and enhanced customer responsiveness: 3 Sixty’s workforce and vehicle fleet immediately increases providing enhanced customer responsiveness, cost-saving enhancements, and improved customer penetration across the country with the support of facilities in Alberta, Quebec and Ontario.
  • Cost Synergies: As a result of the Transaction, 3 Sixty will see cost synergies from combined auto and cargo insurance, access to secure storage facilities, additional access to skilled and licensed transport drivers, enable less than a load (LTL) services and secure storage facilities strategically located near major airport hubs. 3 Sixty will also have direct access to armouring additional vehicles through the former parent company of ISSL.

Thomas Gerstenecker, CEO of 3 Sixty Secure states, “In very short order, and through our vision to directly focus on the public sector, we have experienced rapid growth from a small regional provider to a nationwide presence with a significant vehicle fleet and secure facilities. With this acquisition we become one of the largest cash management operators in Canada. This speaks volumes to the growth of the secure solutions industry and the demand for focused and dedicated services. We are excited and pleased to welcome ISSL to continue the push for an even greater future.”

ISSL Chairwoman Margarita Simkin notes, “This is truly a win-win for our company, the Canadian security sector, our clients, partners and stakeholders alike. Today’s announcement means our team will continue to build momentum and continue to provide exemplary service across the nation and hopefully beyond. We are very pleased to share this vision with the team at 3 Sixty and anticipate truly exceptional results.”

“In conclusion,” notes 3 Sixty’s Gerstenecker, “today’s news propels us to where we can meet the challenges and needs of any company regardless of size and operational complexity. Our strategic plan is on-track and firmly focused on delivering results for our customers, partners, stakeholders and employees while building shareholder value as a trusted leader in this growing industry.”

INKAS® AWARDS “RISING STAR” SCHOLARSHIP

INKAS® Armored Vehicle Manufacturing was proud to announce the 2019 winners of the INKAS® “Rising Star” Scholarships at the annual scholarship awards ceremony held this month at INKAS®’s corporate headquarters in Toronto. The scholarship recognizes outstanding post-secondary students who show promise and excellence in the Engineering and Business fields of study.

“We received an overwhelming number of applications from students all across Canada and the United States, and want to thank those who took the time to apply. The impressive applications made judging very difficult, but ultimately, two students stood out above the rest,” says INKAS® CEO David Khazanski, who had the honour of awarding the 2019 winners. “Congratulations again to our scholarship winners, and we wish them continued success in their academic and professional pursuits.”

The 2019 scholarships go to two students who have gone above and beyond in everything they do, despite the adversity they have had to overcome. INKAS® would like to congratulate Ms. Esther Lopez and Mr. Bhoowaneshwarsingh Jhurry. Ms. Lopez shows a promising future in the field of Business, and Mr. Jhurry shows great vision in Engineering.

In addition to the $1,500 scholarship, the students will participate in a mentorship program, where they have the opportunity to work side-by-side with professionals in their field. The mentorship program will provide the students with meaningful hands-on experience in order to move them forward on the path to success and to open doors for future opportunities.

The “Rising Star” scholarship is awarded to students who share the company’s values for innovation and leadership, as well as the drive to be the best in their field. INKAS® has found great success in its industry, which it accredits to innovation and embracing state-of-the-art technology and engineering techniques. Being in the industry for over two decades, the company is a true leader in the field, providing top-of-the-line security solutions for institutions, corporations and individuals on a global scale.

INKAS® GROUP OF COMPANIES PRESENTS ITS NEW BRANDING

INKAS® Group of Companies, an international corporation comprised of industry-leading companies specializing in offering forward-thinking solutions has unveiled its new brand identity and corporate website. The company’s new website features a completely revamped and modern design which goes hand-in-hand with the evolution that INKAS® has undertook as a brand.

INKAS® commenced operations in 1995 as a local cash in transit provider and to date, has grown to build various successful divisions specializing in armored vehicle and commercial safe manufacturing, metal fabrication, software development as well as financial and environmental solutions. As a result of a constant business development under one roof and significant investment into R&D, the company is empowered to accumulate knowledge and experience from the security, defense, financial and IT sectors enabling INKAS® to offer flexible, integrated, and in many cases pioneering solutions to its global clientele.

“This new branding is much more indicative of the truly innovative and revolutionary solutions that INKAS® provides on a daily basis. We anticipate that our clients and stakeholders will appreciate the new look and feel as well as easier access to key information” says Arthur Yurovitsky, VP of Marketing. “Through a truly collaborative team effort, we were able to strengthen and solidify the INKAS® while our guiding principles and values remain unchanged.”

The new website focuses on promoting the INKAS® vision, core values and principles as well as well as attracting both local and international talent to join the INKAS® team. As a testament to the company’s continued growth and expansion, the corporate website is also available in French and Spanish as well.

INKAS® ANNOUNCES A NEW VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING

INKAS® Group of Companies, a security conglomerate based in Toronto, Canada, proudly announces Mr. Arthur Yurovitsky as its Vice President of Marketing.

Arthur joined the INKAS® team over four years ago as a senior web developer and brings over a decade of marketing experience with him – stemming from his professional experience in web engineering as well as expertise in both traditional and online marketing campaigns.

“We are thrilled to have Arthur join our management team, he has consistently displayed exceptional innovation, foresight and leadership and has been an invaluable member since his early days here at INKAS®,” said David Khazanski, President, INKAS® Group of Companies. “This management change will greatly enhance the strategic communications for INKAS® with a special focus on achieving a higher level of brand awareness, profitability and growth.”

Mr. Yurovitsky has demonstrated excellent experience and leadership in executing comprehensive strategic marketing and communications campaigns to further advance INKAS®’s mission and goals. Arthur will be responsible for the development, integration, and implementation of a world-class marketing strategy affecting customers, partners, employees and stakeholders alike.

INKAS® WAS RECOGNIZED AS THE BEST INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

On March 25th, INKAS® Armored Vehicle Manufacturing has received the Best International Business Award at the 2017 Chinese Canadian Entrepreneur Awards Gala held by ACCE, the Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs. According to ACCE Judging Panel and Steering Committee, this is the first time in the Association history that a non-Chinese enterprise has been nominated and won the award.

“We would like to thank the Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs for nominating INKAS® for the distinguished reward,” said David Khazanski, CEO, INKAS® Armored Vehicle Manufacturing. “We appreciate the support of AirCanada for sponsoring and presenting the Award – it was a truly honorable evening for INKAS®. We aim to become a strong player in the Asian market and develop long-term partnership with stakeholders in order to strengthen business relations between China and Canada”.

For over 20 years, the ACCE has dedicated its efforts to support and connect Chinese business community living in Toronto and has grown into one of the most influential business associations in Canada with positive impact on trade relationships between the countries. The 2017 Awards Gala was held on March 25th at The Westin Harbour Castle and brought together over 1,000 attendees.

INKAS® is a Gold Sponsor of the 2016 Dinner with Scientists

INKAS® Group of Companies is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of the 2016 Dinner with Scientists presented by Sinai Health System.

“INKAS® is pleased to be a part of this wonderful event” – said David Khazanski, CEO, INKAS® Group of Companies. “We are glad to contribute to Sinai Health System that celebrates innovation and excellence and brings together the business, philanthropic and scientific communities to explore the connections that lead to important medical discoveries”.

For over 30 years, Sinai Health System’s Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute has been advancing the understanding of human biology in health and disease, demonstrating that the integration of research into the clinical setting has boundless potential to advance our understanding of the diseases of our time.