U.S. Automotive Leaders and Former Cox Automotive & Manheim Executives Join Powerband as Commercialization Advisors

October 02, 2020

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (October 2, 2020) —PowerBand Solutions Inc. (TSXV: PBX) (OTCQB: PWWBF) (Frankfurt: 1ZVA) (“PowerBand“, “PBX” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that two of the U.S. automotive industry’s proven leaders in retail are joining the Company as senior advisors.

John Canales and Brent Green — with a combined seven decades of leadership experience ranging from the dealership floor to software to senior executive roles at the auction houses Cox Automotive Inc. and Manheim — are beginning their advisory roles immediately.

The two men, who are also seasoned entrepreneurs, will assist in the commercialization of PowerBand’s virtual platform that is transforming how drivers and dealers buy, sell, lease, trade and finance vehicles using smart phones and other digital devices, from any location. The platform is being introduced to U.S. markets under the brand DRIVRZ.

“PowerBand is now in full commercialization mode, able to operate in 14 states, with a combined population of more than 200 million,” said PowerBand CEO Kelly Jennings. “John Canales and Brent Green bring the knowledge and leadership that will make PowerBand, and our brand DRIVRZ, a national presence and essential go-to-retail tool for potentially millions of drivers as well as the dealerships who serve them.”

“As we commercialize PowerBand’s virtual transaction platform for dealers and drivers, branded under DRIVRZ, the more than seven decades of cumulative experience and insight of these two automotive leaders will be invaluable,” said PowerBand CEO Kelly Jennings. “We believe DRIVRZ will transform the automotive retail experience for drivers and dealers, removing unnecessary middlemen and making it as easy to buy, sell, lease and finance a car as acquiring a product on Amazon.”

Both Mr. Canales and Mr. Green have each been granted 350,000 Restricted Share Unit’s (“RSU’s”) in the capital of the Company, subject to the Company’s 2020 Restricted Share Unit Plan. 175,000 of their respective RSU’s will vest on October 1, 2021 and an additional 175,000 RSU’s will vest on October 1, 2022.

In addition, the Company announces that it has granted a total of 3,950,000 options, subject to the Company’s 2020 Incentive Stock Option Plan – 20% Fixed Plan, to various employees and consultants. The options have an exercise price of $0.225 and have an expiry period of five years.

About PowerBand Solutions Inc.
PowerBand Solutions Inc., listed on the TSX Venture Exchange and the OTCQB markets, is a fintech provider disrupting the automotive industry. PowerBand’s integrated, cloud-based transaction platform facilitates transactions amongst consumers, dealers, funders and manufacturers (OEMs). It enables them to buy, sell, trade, finance, and lease new and used, electric- and non-electric vehicles, on smart phones or any other online digital devices, from any location. PowerBand’s transaction platform — being trademarked under DRIVRZ — is being made available across North American and global markets.

For further information, please contact:

Richard Goldman, VP Corporate Development
P: 1-866-768-7653
rgoldman@powerbandsolutions.com

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