New Website Launched For New Book By Veteran Earl Dusty Trimmer

Press Release-Spring 2022: Earl “Dusty” Trimmer, the combat veteran and author of four books, has released his new website for his current book, Unbreakable Hearts II. Dusty Trimmer says that he wants America to be sure the Vietnam generation and their achievements do not fade away from the memories of today’s Americans. The Vietnam War generation has been fading away because of scores of premature deaths. Dusty Trimmer wants America to be sure, “We Are Not Dead Yet.” The fourth book by “Dusty,” NEW BOOK RELEASE-Spring 2022, the latest in this series, belongs in the homes of every Vietnam veteran, family member, or loved one.

Unbreakable Hearts II provides something long overdue, and that is an everlasting legacy. It is well-deserved and well earned by these great American heroes. The heroics of these amazing warriors have been exceptionally captured in this well-researched 706-page book. The book is a heartwarming and highly passionate account or an expose of what really happened in the war and is still happening to the survivors on both sides that fought there. According to Earl “Dusty” Trimmer, the author of UNBREAKABLE HEARTS II, the book will take the readers’ breath away from the very first pages. It is engrossing and absolutely gripping, right from the first chapter featuring a female Viet Cong heroine called “Apache” to the final chapter dedicated to American soldiers and Marines. They risked their lives trying to save babies and not kill them.

The book is available at most of the major booksellers now. Autographed copies can also be ordered directly from the author. The book is also available in three forms - Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Engram, and other major booksellers. Unbreakable Hearts II was recently named the Book of the Month February 2022 by Anita Finley’s BOOMER TIMES & SENIOR LIFE Magazine for February. “My admiration for Dusty Trimmer has soared into the universe of those who make a difference as dedicated writers and those with an indelible purpose. Once you read this book, you will never forget it,” says Anita Finley, Editor BOOMER TIMES.

Trimmer also dedicates a special chapter to the profound accomplishments of former President Donald Trump for America’s veterans who were denied their rightful healthcare benefits by the Veterans Administration for decades until Mr. Trump stepped up. UNBREAKABLE HEARTS II is available on all bookseller websites like Amazon and website: www.veteransstrikebackgroup.com

Purchases and donations of any amount will go towards the PROUD LEGACY of Vietnam Vet Families.

Earl “Dusty” Trimmer, author/advocate

For more information, visit: www.veteransstrikebackgroup.com

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Julia Hair Celebrates 5th Anniversary With More Promotions

This promotion will be held from May 6, 2022, to May 8, 2022. In addition, they will also provide jewelry gift boxes as fifth-anniversary gifts. Julia combines style, fashion, and quality with women's hair, so whenever you have Julia's virgin hair, you will have a good understanding of the boldness of fashion and life, because they believe in "bringing beauty to the world". They always prefer women as their main customers and use special designs to carry warmth, love, and elegance. The use of this name represents the brand's pursuit of perfection and clarity. Choose Julia's hair to make you beautiful forever.

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World Estimating saves up to 60% in house expense

World Estimating Services is a Dallas, Texas-based construction estimating company. This company has been providing accurate and practical estimating and takeoff services to its clients for decades. Over the years this estimating company has earned a renowned status among contractors, engineers, project owners, and other construction-related clients. As once stated by one of its clients “our construction company has been acquiring lumber takeoff services from World Estimating Services for quite some time. Their services have always proved to be highly helpful and thus we trust in W. E. S. for our construction help.” – Mark Temseal, owner of 96 Lumber Company.

Now as the construction season is coming around the corner World Estimating Services is looking to facilitate construction companies and other related customers. The plan is to help their customers in carrying out the construction work with ease along with a game-changer 30% off on all quotes for estimation. This discount is offered in every estimating service at World Estimating Services such as sitework estimating services and electrical estimating services. World Estimating has already lowered the inhouse estimation expense of around 1200 contractors in North America.

“Our decision to provide this discount is to facilitate the construction season with its smooth and pacing work. We value in benefiting construction all around the United States of America.” As stated by Nathaniel James while talking to us “We understand that during the construction season everything is going in a pacing manner. Contractors are busy beyond what they can manage with more and more new construction projects. We are making sure that they won’t have to delay their work just because they do not have estimates.”

World Estimating Services has valued accuracy with the utmost care ever since it has been offering its construction estimating services or any other service like quantity takeoff services. With its offer to provide estimating and takeoff services with the 40 percent estimator cost, the company intends to make its services even more rewarding than before. While a former client giving his testimonial stated that “We have been W. E. S.’s client for years and have availed electrical estimating services and mechanical estimating services. Our experience with the installation of the electrical and mechanical systems through the services provided by W. E. S. is highly advantageous. We hope to continue working with the construction estimating services.” – Henry Footing, MEP Contractor.

While talking further with Nathaniel James we learn that they offer their customers facilities more than just their sitework estimating services, construction takeoff services, or any other services. He told us about the first experience customers have as they approach our website. As a reputed construction estimating company the facilities provided at World Estimating Services include:

  • Accuracy is our number one concern. We make sure that the highest level of accuracy is ensured in our services
  • Material rates we include in our estimating services are recorded as updated and zip-code based 
  • Chat and email support is available while we also facilitate calls by expert estimators 
  • Our services are apt for budget feasibility, bidding, and estimating profit margin
  • Material quantity is presented along with detailed specifications while labor with their working hours

About the Firm


World Estimating Services is a reputed estimating company with a huge team of estimators and a vast pool of customers. With their team of expert estimators, they offer these estimating and takeoff services for their customers:

  • Construction Estimating Services
  • Construction Takeoff Services
  • Material Takeoff Services
  • Quantity Takeoff Services
  • Concrete Estimating Services
  • Electrical Estimating Services
  • Mechanical Estimating Services
  • Sitework Estimating Services
  • Lumber Takeoff Services
  • Opening Estimating Services
  • Drywall Takeoff Services
  • Finishing Estimating Services
  • Duct Takeoff Services
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Vietnam War Veteran Earl “Dusty” Trimmer Launches His New Website For His Fourth Book Unbreakable Hearts II

Earl “Dusty” Trimmer, the combat Vietnam War veteran and author of three books, has released his new website for his next book, Unbreakable Hearts II. Dusty Trimmer says that he wants America to be sure the Vietnam War generation and their achievements do not fade away from the memories of today’s Americans.

The fourth book, Unbreakable Hearts II is ready for purchase on the website. Buyers can click on the URL and navigate to the ‘About the Book’ section. From here, they will be directed to Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Those looking for autographed copies can purchase the book directly from Earl “Dusty” Trimmer.

“Dusty” Trimmer says the intent behind writing these books that contain interesting details and anecdotes is to keep the memories of the Vietnam War fresh in the minds of today’s generation.

The Vietnam War generation has been fading away because of scores of premature deaths. Dusty Trimmer wants America to be sure, “We Are Not Dead Yet.” The fourth book by “Dusty,” the latest in this series, belongs in the homes of every Vietnam War veteran, family member, or loved one.

Unbreakable Hearts II provides something long overdue, and that is an everlasting legacy. It is well-deserved and well earned by these great American heroes. The heroics of these amazing heroes have been exceptionally well captured in this well-researched 706-page book. The book is a heartwarming and highly passionate account or, instead, an expose of what really happened in the war and is still happening to the survivors on both sides that fought there.

According to Earl “Dusty” Trimmer, the author of UNBREAKABLE HEARTS II, the book will take the readers’ breath away from the very first pages. It is engrossing and absolutely gripping, right from the first chapter featuring a female Viet Cong heroine called “Apache” to the final chapter dedicated to American soldiers and Marines. They risked their lives trying to save babies and not kill them.

“Dusty” has been stressing that America’s Fake Media and left-wing historians have been attempting to paint American war veterans as villains in the Vietnam War. The book is available at most of the major booksellers now. Autographed copies can also be ordered directly from the author. The book is also available in three forms – Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Engram, and other major booksellers.

For more information, www.veteransstrikebackgroup.com

About Earl “Dusty” Trimmer:

Earl “Dusty” Trimmer served with a highly decorated unit of the US Army’s 25th Infantry Division in the bloody years of 1968-69. He began writing his books to share the horror-filled experiences of his warrior buddies in his first book, “Condemned Property?” launched in December 2013. Many Vietnam vets urged him to continue writing. Despite two Ischemic Strokes and one Cerebral Vascular Stroke, leaving permanent impairments, he launched “Payback Time” in 2015 and most recently “Unbreakable Hearts.” All three chastised the VA for its shameful treatment of America’s Vietnam War veterans. Most important, “Unbreakable Hearts” leaves a badly needed and much deserved… LEGACY THAT VIETNAM VETS AND FAMILY MEMBERS CAN BE PROUD OF FOR AS LONG AS THEY LIVE.”

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Bruce Hemming End of the World Book

Bruce Hemming, the famous wilderness survival instructor, and a military veteran, has created this fictional account that creates an end of the world scenario caused by an Electro-Magnetic Pulse Bomb (EMP).  Taking out the entire electrical grid, and pushes people into chaos wherein survival of the fittest is the only way to carry on.

“This survival epic is just what people have been waiting for as it traces the efforts of the three different groups trying to survive the collapse of America,” says the author. “The story is about three small groups of people trying to stay sane and survive in a world controlled by chaos. The remarkable feat of simply staying alive and free will grab your attention as they struggle desperately to survive in this unknown future.”

Just like the pandemic that the world is facing and battling right now, the EMP is a living fiction that could become a fact. The author traces and explores numerous situations that are not far from real life. In many ways, Grid Down Reality Bites is a survival blueprint peppered with an exciting storyline that keeps the readers gripped to the unraveling mysteries.

As people survive and move from one challenging adventure to another, the author builds up the suspense smartly and genuinely, making it tough for the readers to put the novel down.

According to the author, the story is a must-read for all those who potentially face an uncertain future. Grid Down Reality Bites offers several survival tips that can prove to be lifesavers for people. They will know how to recognize dangers and avoid them. In certain survival situations, these tips can mean the difference between surviving and not making it.

The author has his finger on every situation emerging from an end of the world scenario. He recommends the equipment people should have, and the skills they must learn to emerge victorious from such dangerous and challenging situations.

Grid Down Reality Bites has been attracting loads of wonderful reviews on Amazon. Here are a few of them:

 “I’ve read a lot of the survivalist genre fiction and most of it is just awful. This was surprising; it is very well written and informative. Not the usual survivalist fare.”  - Joe Bratcher.

This is a brilliantly clever book and the way it’s written feels so real. Totally brilliant and well worth a read - highly recommend.” - Mrs. J. Sandland

“Fab book really enjoyed it. 3 main groups all trying their best to get through an event they never thought would happen.” - ShazzaG

Here is the link to the book : https://www.amazon.com/Grid-Reality-Bites-Bruce-Hemming/dp/1460980387

About the Author

Bruce Hemming, a noted wilderness survival instructor, and retired military veteran, has personally trained special forces and many others in the fine art of survival. Bruce has created 8 DVDs on wilderness survival that offers highly valuable tips and tricks learned over a lifetime in the wilderness. His techniques have been used successfully in all 50 States.

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Why Choose RCIC Immigration Services Dubai?

Moving home to another country is considered to be one of the most stressful tasks as it requires lots of money and hard work. But you can decrease your stress level by taking help of a reliable and affordable immigration partner who ensures that your immigration process is a smooth one.

There are several immigration consultants in Dubai, among them RCIC immigration services Dubai provides quick and dependable immigration service to various countries. As you know, there are many fraud consultants out there, but you will be surprised to see that there are hardly any RCIC complaints available in the RCIC review section.

Here are some RCIC immigration services reviews that will help you understand the company better.

Who are RCIC Immigration Services?

Based in Clover Bay Tower, Business Bay, RCIC immigration services, Dubai is one of the most professional organizations that provide premium quality and unbiased services to customers from different countries. They have an excellent team of highly qualified professionals who ensure making the immigration process as stress-free as possible. You can get in touch with them through email or phone calls. They are top-voted immigration consultants who got extensive positive RCIC reviews on their website and other social media sites. If you check their site thoroughly, you will get relaxed and happy as they got hardly any RCIC complaints.

Vision of RCIC Immigration Consultants

RCIC immigration services Dubai aims to provide transparent, fair, and ethical immigration services in order to make your journey smooth and hassle-free. If you check the RCIC review section, you will notice that clients from various countries rated their service as best and high-standard. They hardly have any RCCI complaints on their RCIC complain section as they strictly follow international immigration regulations.

What Makes RCIC Immigration Consultants Better from Others?

They are a renowned immigration consultant that offers premium quality service at affordable prices. Continue reading to know why they are best.

  • Transparency– They offer accurate and trustworthy immigration services, ensuring a higher level of transparency, openness, and fair handling. RCIC immigration services reviews reflect their reliability and transparency.
  • Integrity– If you are looking for RCIC complaints, then you will not get disappointed because they have only positive RCIC reviews and ratings on their site. The company serves a professional, impartial, and high-standard immigration service, ensuring a reliable and seamless journey.
  • Commitment–Their professional team strives to deliver excellent immigration services as their key priority is customer satisfaction. You can go through RCIC immigration services reviews to make sure you are choosing the best consultant for your journey.


For Which Countries They Provide Immigration Services?

Here is the list of countries for which they provide immigration services.

  • Canada
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • USA
  • UK
  • Germany
  • Denmark

Because of their vast knowledge and experience in immigration, they have been praised by numerous clients in their RCIC reviews. Customer satisfaction is their top priority; that’s why they always respond to every RCIC complain, if any and resolve it as soon as possible.

Services Offered

They help to apply for different kinds of visas including–

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  • Student visa
  • Immigration visa
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  • Work Permit

Why is RCIC Immigration Services Dubai Best?

The consultants of RCIC immigration are extremely professional and cooperative. They never provide any false information, nor they give any fake assurances of visa approval. Their transparency of work is the reason why they got lots of positive RCIC reviews on their site. You can contact their experts if you face any problems while applying for a visa. Their customer support team handles every RCIC complain carefully and efficiently.

If you have availed of their services, you can write an RCIC review so that others can also understand the benefits of their services.

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Importance Of Online Reputation Management In Current Life Or Time

So you have set up your business and earning quite a good sum every day. Everything is going on just as your expected but you realise that your sales are going down day by day. You keep on thinking that your product quality hasn't changed, your price hasn't changed, then why are people going away from your business? What happened suddenly in every person's mind that they are not choosing your brand anymore. So to look into this, you think to google about yourself on google, and voila! You find loads of negative and potential fake reviews are being posted on various sites every day for the last few days. Pictures and some confidential matter about your company are being spread out there which people are taking into the wrong sense. Now you start to understand why people are going away.

The main point is, what should you do at this very moment? You can't just sit tight and watch your company die. You must take action, but it's simply not possible to search your name and go to every page on the internet and delete it. That's where we, Remove Your Information, comes to the rescue. We are a company that helps businesses, organizations, groups, celebrities to remove unwanted negative information about them online. We know it will be a very difficult job, possibly an impossible job for an individual to find and delete every possible negative thing about them online. And therefore, we provide our services which include:-

  • remove negative links (from any page)
  • Remove news articles from Google
  • Remove negative content from Google
  • Remove information from Google

to anyone who needs a cleanup and wants to improve his reputation online.

Why do you need to remove negative links from the internet?

Some legend said that "Rome wasn't built in one day. But it was destroyed in one". What this line means is that it takes years or maybe decades to build a good reputation in the community, whereas it only takes a single wrong deed to ruin your years of hard work. A single piece of negative thing has the power to negate decades of work. And this is something that is hard to swallow but is possible to everyone out there who has established itself as a brand amongst the people. You need to stay awake; you need to stay alert and guard your business/you like a lion saving his cub. After all, it's about you and your reputation.

So, let's take a step ahead and know how Remove Your Information helps people deleting negative things about them online and why you need it in the first place:-

Online review matters

Whenever we go to a new place, be it a restaurant, bar, school, office, etc., we always go online and search for it. We do that because we want to get a first impression about what are we going to face in the future. And that's where negative links kick in and destroy your chances. Giving people a very bad image on the very first second when they have not even chosen you is a 100% bad sign. These things will not only affect your sales but also hinder your growth since you are not generating anything because of these bad links. We at Remove Your Information will help you remove negative links and remove personal information about your business/you online. Be it anywhere on the internet; we will find the darkest of corners and remove these reviews for you.

Unwanted pictures matters

A picture says a thousand words, and we all know what a single picture can do to your reputation. And therefore, we at Remove Your Information will help you remove any image/GIF that is posted online about you or your business and is potentially harming your reputation.

Internet helps spread word like wildfire

Internet is everywhere. You can find internet in every mobile, every office, every house, and in fact in every potential electronic device. And a thing that has the capacity to reach this many people can give you a tough time if it goes against you. Google, the biggest search engine online, is like the gateway to anything. You can search for anything to everything, and you will find it. And therefore we focus to remove negative content from Google because it is the gateway to hell if it has something against you. Almost 95%+ people use it around the globe and just think about exposing yourself to this much large crowd.

We provide our services to customers around the globe. We are not only the best in the business but also price the most reasonable price that you can find online. Our goal to remove information from Google is aimed at businesses or people who are constantly getting harassed online. It's time you should take a step ahead and remove everything that comes into your way of success.

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Woolpert Welcomes Federal Aviation Expert John Tye as Geospatial Project Manager

Woolpert has hired airport operations specialist John Tye as an aviation geospatial project manager. Tye has more than 27 years of aviation technology and management experience and will work out of the firm’s unmanned aircraft systems hub in Egg Harbor Township, N.J.

Tye previously served as a quality assurance and configuration manager for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Laboratory. He was certified by the International Society of Configuration Management and led teams to plan and execute ISO 9001 and 17025 quality management systems. His expert configuration management guidance supported more than 15,000 deployed systems at more than 400 airports.

Tye said he was drawn to Woolpert by its core values, which tout employees as the firm’s No. 1 asset, as well as its industry leadership in unmanned technologies, research and development.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to help bridge the gap between government and industry and to continue the successful implementation of UAS technology into the National Airspace System,” Tye said. “I also believe that having architecture, engineering and geospatial (AEG) services under one roof is especially beneficial in aviation, where a cost-effective approach is needed for the continuity and consistency of operations.”

Woolpert Senior Associate and Practice Leader Eric Risner said Tye’s vast government aviation experience has prepared him well for this new role, which will engage him in aviation research technologies for contracts with the Federal Aviation Administration.

“As unmanned technologies become increasingly prevalent in commercial industries and the airport environment, we strive to establish best management practices that encourage collaboration and support the FAA’s mission to provide the safest, most efficient aerospace system,” Risner said. “John’s experience at general aviation and commercial airports and his work with DHS brings a lot of value to our team. We are excited to have him on board.”

About Woolpert
Woolpert is committed to a vision to become the premier architecture, engineering, geospatial (AEG) and strategic consulting firm, and one of the best companies in the world. It’s a vision we’ve been fine-tuning for decades. It guides our decisions and investments, provides our clients with optimal solutions and offers our employees unrivaled opportunities. Woolpert is recognized as a Great Place to Work by its employees and is America’s fastest-growing AEG firm. With more than a century of experience, over 1,000 employees and 40 offices, Woolpert supports public, private, federal, and U.S. military clients nationally and around the globe. For more information, visit woolpert.com and connect with us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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AllDayShirts, a Blank T-Shirt Wholesaler, Pays Homage to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Source: All Day Shirts Staff Writer http://www.alldayshirts.com

Emerging from South Florida, hypergrowth blank t-shirt company AllDayShirts.com has exhibited a clear dedication to addressing important social justice and civil rights issues that reign over our society during a pressing moment in time.

Rallying around Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as the day of his celebration approaches, AllDayShirts.com began production of a commemorative and inspiring t-shirt displaying one of the many moving quotes that came from Dr. King during his lifetime.

Currently, AllDayShirts.com is giving away thousands of these t-shirts with orders for free, along with donating 100% of the proceeds generated going directly to the King Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and teaching nonviolence.

View the t-shirt here: MLK Jr. T-Shirt on AllDayShirts.com

The King Center was founded in 1968 shortly after the assassination of MLK Jr. by Coretta Scott King, the wife of Dr. King. It is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the education, research, and training of the nonviolence that Dr. King preached so passionately about during his lifetime. It works at both a domestic and international level and is currently headed by Dr. King’s youngest child, Bernice King.

The King Center is located on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta, Georgia as a part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site where Dr. King’s birth home and church can also be found here

This philanthropic act comes at a crucial time in American society with the powerful and inspiring emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement. The Black Lives Matter movement opposes police brutality and social injustice that people of color currently face in American society, just as Dr. King did years ago.

Company co-founder Brian Roberts said, “We recognize that there are critical civil rights issues that people of color are facing right now in this country. Not only do we recognize them, but we are doing our part to actively create change and help combat these problems."

The quote displayed on the t-shirt is from the legendary account "Letter From a Birmingham Jail," one of the most pivotal pieces of text ever written in American history. The text empowered the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

“It’s amazing how a quote that is nearly 60 years old can have so much relevance to the critical issues we face today in society,” said co-founder Scott Roberts. “He’s truly an inspiring man that shouldn’t just be honored for one day, but throughout the year. He’s a source of strength that people can find motivation from for whatever they are working towards.”

T-shirts have been used countless times in history as a form of expression and a way to spread ideas. The Black Lives Movement specifically has used the t-shirt as a tool of expression and as a method to share their inspiring messages. This, of course, posed an interesting question to answer for AllDayShirts.com, a business that sells millions of different types of blank t-shirts.

What t-shirt should the inspiring design and message be printed on?

Co-founder brothers Scott and Brian Roberts made the choice of going with their best selling Gildan G500 heavyweight 100% cotton t-shirt. Brian had this to remark about their decision: “We wanted to give some character to a t-shirt that is really a staple of our business. What better way to do that than by honoring the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a man of outstanding character.”

For background on the business, AllDayShirts.com is a second-generation, USA owned and operated wholesaler of blank t-shirts and apparel. What started as an experiment with no expectations of success during a financially debilitating global pandemic, All Day Shirts has blossomed into a thriving business. Currently, the website averages around 1.2 million users per month, a number that continues to grow rapidly.

The website provides a place where shoppers can get access to wholesale priced blank t-shirts, hoodies, headwear and more. Thousands of blank, decoration-ready products are for sale on the domain. Customers purchase the blank products to use as a “blank canvas” to then personally apply their own custom designs. Typically, customers apply their designs on these blank clothing products in various ways with the most common being heat press, sublimation, direct to garment, and screen printing.

“Clothing is just such an awesome tool of expression that so many people cherish. We just wanted to provide the blank canvas for communities to pour all of their great ideas and designs onto,” says co-founder Scott Roberts.

The key to the success of AllDayShirts.com is the brothers’ full, complete ownership of all inventory, distribution, and fulfillment of products. The business made the necessary capital investments to have their own warehouses and distribution centers in order to carry out the fulfillment/distribution process themselves. This competitive advantage has allowed the site to rapidly capture large market share.

Now with over 220,000 active customers and over 250 employees, the principles that AllDayShirts.com are built upon have laid the foundation for continued success.

As the new industry leader, AllDayShirts.com is positioned to continue to grow and be an active participant in the blank apparel industry for social change.

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Kalamazoo-Based Jet Charter and Aircraft Management Company RAI Jets Plans to Expand Staff and Capacity in 2021

RAI Jets, LLC, a part 135 operator headquartered at Kalamazoo Battle Creek International Airport (KAZO) that offers jet charter service as well as aircraft management, has announced an expansion in staff and looks to add assets in 2021.

“Although the pandemic initially stalled our business and raises our operating costs, it has inadvertently opened new inroads for us also,” said Becky Bakeman, president of RAI Jets. “We have been able to service businesses, even those with in-house aviation departments, who expanded their use of jet charter for business to include not only the typical top tier employees but the next tier employees as well. Businesses came to us for the scheduling convenience of jet charter but found the safety of our limited capacity and upgraded COVID-19 safety protocols to be a bonus!”

Bakeman also said that personal travelers who had been curious about jet charter took the plunge and booked with RAI Jets, spurred on by safety concerns from the pandemic. In response, RAI has added another pilot to their roster of nine, as well as another maintenance technician.

RAI Jets is also considering additional jet acquisitions to their fleet in 2021 and scouting locations for a potential third hangar. The company currently maintains their original 10,000 square foot hangar at Kirsch Municipal Airport in Sturgis, Michigan (KIRS) and their current 24,000 square feet of hangar space (with 6,000 square feet of office space) at the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek (KAZO).

“We are grateful that our service has been found important to our prospective customers in these hard times,” said Bakeman, “but like most Americans, we are looking forward to a brighter 2021.”

About RAI Jets
RAI Jets LLC is a Kalamazoo, MI-based aviation specialist featuring aircraft management, jet charter and aircraft maintenance services. The family-owned company officially opened in 2009, preceded by more than two decades of generational experience in aviation. For individuals and businesses, the Part 135 operator offers customized, jet charter for business or leisure, as well as turnkey management and aircraft maintenance for jet owners. RAI Jets operates its own fleet of aircraft for charter and offers jet owners (personal and corporate) with the option to offset operating costs by adding their aircraft to RAI Jet’s FAA approved Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate. RAI Jets also offers aircraft acquisition service and hangar space. For more information visit FlyRAI.com or call (800) 247-2834.

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WorthPoint Engages Global Art Expert To Build Comprehensive Database for Japanese Maker’s Marks

WorthPoint Corporation is on track to launch the most comprehensive database of Japanese marks in the antiques and collectibles industry in first quarter 2021. The company is expanding its current archive of Japanese content with the help of Dave Pike, an internationally recognized Japanese ceramics artist and master teacher.

Based in Nara, Japan, since 1994, Pike is a master instructor of Kintsugi and a sought-after lecturer on the topic in Japan and abroad. He first started working with WorthPoint as a writer in 2010. Since 2019 he has been focused on organizing WorthPoint’s Japanese-related content and is currently building the site’s taxonomy for Japanese marks related to ceramics, swords, scrolls and other collectibles.

“When it comes to calligraphy, marks, and other symbols used in Japanese antiques, no two guidebooks are the same in their presentation of this complex material,” said Pike. “WorthPoint’s mission is to untie the knots and make research of these topics easier and fun.”

The company is categorizing thousands of new Japanese identifiers for its M.A.P.S. (Marks, Autographs, Patterns, and Symbols) database while developing specialized content for WorthPoint’s growing Dictionary pages. Pike is also helping to clarify the differences in prices realized for Japanese collectibles in the U.S. versus European-based sales.

There are more than 150,000 marks currently featured on WorthPoint.com. In recent weeks WorthPoint has added 4,100 maker’s marks related to Japanese ceramics, including over 200 Kyushu region marks and more than 1,600 marks related to Kutani ware. Modern and contemporary marks such as Hizen ceramics are also included. WorthPoint also added 3,500 marks related to Japanese tea bowls and swords, available in the Ceramics and Militaria & Weapons categories of WorthPoint.com. The company has an estimated 3,000 marks for Japanese scrolls and swords in the queue for Q1 2021.

WorthPoint started growing its team of Japanese art experts earlier this year with the hiring of recent Georgia Tech graduate Rebecca Seippel, who majored in intercultural studies with a concentration in Japanese. Seippel has studied the Japanese language for 10 years and has researched Japanese art for three. The additional expertise and data are helping WorthPoint build what will be the industry’s most comprehensive repository of Japanese ceramics data and identification tools. When all planned additions are complete, WorthPoint.com will feature images and articles that offer descriptions, translations, dates, names, and other details related to Japanese ceramics and various Japanese collecting categories.

About WorthPoint
WorthPoint Corporation manages the largest online resource for researching, valuing, and preserving antiques, art, and collectibles. The company’s suite of offerings on WorthPoint.com includes a price guide, a resource gallery for identifying more than 150,000 maker’s marks, autographs, patterns, and symbols (M.A.P.S.), and a digital library with over 1,000 books on collectible topics. Through data aggregated from online marketplaces including eBay and leading auction houses, WorthPoint empowers the antiques and collectibles industry by providing a steady stream of new data each month, building on more than 560 million archived prices and nearly 1.3 billion images to improve pricing transparency for sellers and buyers. Based in Atlanta, WorthPoint has subscribers on six continents.

Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,News & Current Affairs,U.S

CIBR Warriors, a New Cybersecurity and Networking Staffing Company, Launches Nationwide

CIBR Warriors has officially launched nationwide to help businesses across the country protect their programs and safeguard their systems through hiring specialized cybersecurity and IT networking professionals. The experienced team at CIBR Warriors works directly with businesses of all sizes and industries to assess their cybersecurity profile and services, and recruit a perfect candidate for its security and connectivity needs. With an estimated 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs expected to go unfilled this year, according to Cybersecurity Ventures, CIBR Warriors is helping to fill this gap by identifying skilled new team members to arm businesses to take on today’s challenges in cybersecurity and network administration.

Since the onset of COVID-19, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced a 300 percent increase in reported cybercrimes – pointing to the urgent need for cybersecurity professionals in nearly every business and industry. Without such protections, cybercrimes can ravage businesses storing customer information, financial data, proprietary products and other sensitive information.

Industry leaders throughout the U.S. have relied on team members from CIBR Warriors to build their organizations across the country and further their careers for over 30 years. With a combined total of 90 years of IT staffing experience, the CIBR Warriors team brings a breadth of knowledge, deep industry ties and a track record of success filling difficult, specialized positions. In addition to permanent, full-time employee staffing, the CIBR Warriors team can also assist with contract solutions and contract-to-hire solutions in the cybersecurity and network administrations fields.

“With businesses relying on technology for their communications, security, data storage and daily operations, especially in 2021, they need professionals who can keep networks and servers running smoothly and maintaining top-notch data security,” said Scott Garfield, executive vice president of CIBR Warriors. “After spending a quarter of century specifically in the staffing industry, I am more convinced than ever of the positive impact the right hire can make in the success of a company, especially in this field.”

CIBR Warriors, the new cybersecurity and IT networking staff augmentation service’s name, stands for the Cyber Institute for Battle Readiness – a nod to the ever-changing landscape of IT and the combined defensive and offensive mindset needed to fight cybercrimes. In addition to providing traditional staffing services for highly specialized roles, CIBR Warriors also boosts a unique advantage through its partnership with national IT training leader MyComputerCareer. Committed to doing the job thoroughly and well, CIBR Warriors will provide ongoing training opportunities to ensure candidates remain current with changing technologies and are able to perform above industry standards for added levels of security.

“The IT sector is booming, and CIBR allows us to fill in the security job gaps in companies across the country for better protection, higher quality work and a true partnership,” said Tony Galati, CEO of CIBR Warriors. Galati is also the founder of MyComputerCareer, one of the most successful IT career colleges in the US. “We are excited to work with businesses across the U.S. to fill open positions, saving valuable company time and money while connecting them with their ideal team member.”

CIBR Warriors is actively working with companies and placing strategic hires starting this month. For more information for those seeking assistance securing a job in IT or prospective business partners with immediate or long-term roles to fill, visit cibrwarriors.com.

About CIBR Warriors:
CIBR Warriors is a leading cybersecurity and networking staffing company providing workforce solutions for businesses nationwide. The team at CIBR Warriors connects its vast network of highly skilled cybersecurity and networking professionals with a business’s specific hiring needs – creating an ideal working relationship and saving companies valuable time and money. For more information, visit cibrwarriors.com.


Posted in: Computers & Software,News & Current Affairs,U.S,Website & Blog

Autism Scholarship Announced by Phoenix Criminal Defense Law Firm

The Feldman Law Firm, a Phoenix law firm, has announced that the firm will once again be offering a ,000 scholarship for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (autism/ASD). The scholarship will be applied toward payment of tuition at a college or at a trade school selected by the winner. Whether you are currently enrolled in school, or if you are currently on an academic break, but anticipate continuing your education in the near future, you may apply for the scholarship.

The aim of the scholarship is to provide an added incentive to those diagnosed with ASD who might otherwise cease their formal educational activities. Tuition assistance, the firm anticipates, will provide this incentive, and thereby help those who apply to move forward with and reach their educational goals.

Anyone with questions about the application, including eligibility, or who would like to learn more about the firm’s scholarship program, should visit our website, which contains the online application, and further information about the process, submission dates, our privacy policy, etc. The deadline for applications is February 18, 2022. The name of the winner will be announced not later than March 4, 2022.

Questions concerning the application and related matters may be directed, by email if possible, to the firm as follows:

Feldman Law Firm
1 E. Washington St., Suite 2240
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Posted in: Law & Legal,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Stertil-Koni Distributor Southwest Lift & Equipment Opens New Arizona Office & Warehouse to Meet Increasing Customer Demand

Southwest Lift & Equipment Inc., an exclusive distributor of heavy duty vehicle lift leader Stertil-Koni, today announced that to fully address growing customer demand for its lifting systems and attendant service capabilities, it has opened a new, dedicated sales, service, and warehouse facility in Queen Creek, Arizona.

The new facility in the Grand Canyon State complements Southwest Lift & Equipment’s long-standing headquarters location in San Bernardino, California.

Headed by its President, CEO and recognized vehicle lift expert, Dean McDonald, Southwest Lift & Equipment has established a well-earned reputation for providing exceptional customer support in all aspects of vehicle lift selection, installation and service.

Explained McDonald, “We are proud to offer our customers – which include public transit agencies, municipalities, pupil transportation providers, private trucking fleets, utilities and others – with the broadest range of high performance, durable and safe heavy duty vehicle lifting systems available anywhere.”

The new Arizona location will offer customers the entire portfolio of Stertil-Koni’s industry-leading products including the telescopic piston DIAMONDLIFT, scissor-style ECOLIFT, full vertical rise platform SKYLIFT, award-winning Mobile Column Lifts, and an innovative line of shop equipment engineered for safety, performance, and productivity.

At the core of Southwest Lift & Equipment’s growth has been its unwavering focus on customer support and service. Explained McDonald, “To serve new and existing customers in Southern California and Arizona, we are extremely proud to have on staff five ALI Certified Lift Inspectors – each of whom has successfully completed the rigorous training and practical experience required to achieve this acclaimed level of lift expertise as certified by the Automotive Lift Institute (ALI).”
Also commenting today was Southwest Lift & Equipment Sales/Service Manager Adison Cayo. “This is a major upgrade. Our service team has grown, and we have exciting plans in place to continue this forward direction for the company.”

Concluded Stertil-Koni President, Dr. Jean DellAmore, “Southwest Lift & Equipment has long been a top performer in the Stertil-Koni distributor network. Under Dean’s leadership, the team shares our commitment to delivering the highest levels of professionalism coupled with a customer-centric philosophy. We congratulate them on their new Arizona location and look forward to their continued success and partnership.”

About Stertil-Koni
Stertil-Koni – proud to be a Buy America company -- is the market leader in heavy duty vehicle lifts, notably bus lifts and truck lifts, and proudly serves municipalities, state agencies, school bus fleets, major corporations, the U.S. Military and more. Stertil-Koni is distinguished by its extensive distributor network across the U.S. and Canada – delivering world-class engineering combined with dedicated local expertise. The breadth of Stertil-Koni’s products meets all ranges of lifting needs and includes Mobile Column Lifts, 2-post, 4-post, inground piston liftsplatform lifts, and its axle-engaging, inground, scissor lift configuration, ECOLIFT. The company’s innovative, inground telescopic piston DIAMONDLIFT is available with an optional Continuous Recess system, ideal for low clearance vehicles. Stertil-Koni USA is headquartered in Stevensville, Maryland with production facilities in Europe, The Netherlands, and in Streator, IL.

Posted in: Business,News & Current Affairs,Services,U.S

Flybits launches 200+ mobile banking experiences with the release of Experience Studio 2.0

Flybits, the leading digital experience platform for financial services, today announces the launch of Experience Studio 2.0. This major update empowers financial institutions to deliver beautifully designed, pre-built, and packaged experiences in real-time, and significantly improve customer engagement at scale. In an era where mobile visits now outweigh branch visits beyond 80:1, it is a critical time for banks to get the digital experience right.

“The complexity and time required to launch and scale personalized, relevant, and privacy-preserved digital experiences have been an ongoing challenge for banks, and we witnessed how much these stakes were raised last year,” says Jordanne Pavao, VP of Product at Flybits. “It’s not enough to simply have the tools and infrastructure to achieve faster time to market, but what is critically important is the way these experiences are created and the context in which the consumer is engaged.”

Experience Studio 2.0 is specifically designed to address and overcome these challenges. Customers can now leverage a vast library of pre-built experiences that were developed using strategies required to deliver a best-in-breed personalized experience, from predictive financial insights and proactive nudges to passive financial education and dynamic policy planning. Digital and data teams can now accelerate the design, delivery, and measurement of experiences that drive customer acquisition, adoption, and retention beyond what’s possible through traditional PFM and bespoke App development practices.

Flybits’ Experience Studio 2.0 offers the following benefits to digital and data teams at financial institutions:

  • Over 200 digital experiences to choose from across every line of business, including credit cards, primary banking, mortgage lending, personal lending, wealth, SMB, financial wellness, lifecycle marketing, loyalty, and much more
  • Turnkey experience templates that decrease time to market by making it easy to design and deliver digital experiences
  • An updated predictive and analytics view that tracks experience performance, with an in-depth look at how target audiences are engaging with active experiences
  • New export capabilities, enabling users to import their performance data into any business intelligence tool of their choosing

In addition to the launch of Experience Studio 2.0, Flybits is excited to release a number of new products and enhancements to be announced in the upcoming months.

Learn more about Experience Studio 2.0

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,Services,Technology,U.S

Meyer Vacation Rentals Named To List Of The World’s Top 50 Vacation Rental Companies

Part of the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast vacation rental and real estate landscape since 1967, Meyer Vacation Rentals was recently named among the World’s Top 50 Vacation Rental Property Management Companies for 2021.

This ranking by Rentals United of the top short-term rental property managers in the world is compiled and published annually and highlights property managers that are “boldly redefining the industry across the world,” according to Rentals United.

The property management companies recognized were required to provide full-service property management services or exclusive marketing services to vacation rental property owners.

Meyer Vacation Rentals, which manages and markets more than 1,000 vacation rental properties in Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan and Orange Beach, Ala., and Perdido Key, Fla., was one of hundreds of nominated companies reviewed for the recognition by the Rentals United team last year.

“As part of the World’s Top 50 Vacation Rental Property Management Companies list, Meyer Vacation Rentals holds a prestigious place with 1,000+ properties,” said Vanessa de Souza Lage, channel manager Rentals United founder and CMO. “Being part of this list gives Meyer global recognition for leadership and commitment to growth within the industry.”

Meyer Vacation Rentals President Michelle Hodges praised the Meyer team for earning this recognition.

“For decades, our Meyer team has focused on being the pacesetter in the industry by exceeding customer expectations. During that time, it has been exciting to see the growth of the industry and the increased demand for vacation rental accommodations,” Hodges said. “There has never been a more exciting time to be a part of the hospitality industry, and the recognition as one of the world’s top 50 vacation rental management companies is a direct reflection of our team’s commitment to service and our shared belief that when a Gulf Coast vacation is involved, Meyer Makes It Happen.”

Headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, Rentals United provides a cloud-based management solution used by vacation rental managers throughout the world for marketing, distribution and operation management.

As the property manager for 1,000+ individually owned vacation condos and homes along the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast, Meyer Vacation Rentals is driven by an unwavering commitment to providing a full range of superior services and support to vacation rental property owners and guests. Meyer Vacation Rentals welcomes more than 30,000 check-ins per year and has been helping vacationers stay, play and create lifelong memories in Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan and Orange Beach, Alabama, and Perdido Key, Florida, since 1967. Learn more at MeyerRE.com.

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SwiftLink Worldwide Announces Launch of New Chicago Mailbox Rental and Virtual Mail Services

SwiftLink Worldwide is excited to announce the launch of two new services designed to provide customers with dependable mail solutions. Since 2008, Swift has been the go-to choice for travelers in need of expedited passports and visas. This year, due to the stagnate state of travel, the company decided to diversify by adding in a full suite of new services including two new mail solutions.

In the city of Chicago, physical mailboxes are in demand, particularly in business saturated locations. SwiftLink’s office is located in one of the busiest districts in Chicago, River North, and experiences a high volume of foot traffic on a daily basis. The company saw an opportunity to meet the needs of its current and future customers by installing 141 physical mailboxes in the space adjacent to their main office.

By renting a physical mailbox from SwiftLink, customers have an alternative to the traditional P.O. Box. They also have their mail delivered to a prime Chicago location and get to use a real, credible address. The mailboxes are available for both professional and personal use and are completely secure.

“Our physical mailbox service starts at just .00 a month. We wanted to make it incredibly affordable for all types of customers. As part of the service, we include management of all envelopes, packages, and deliveries,” said Rob Lee, co-owner of SwiftLink Worldwide.

Customers that rent a mailbox from SwiftLink on a monthly basis also get access to other services offered such as scanning, printing, faxing, shipping, travel services, and more.

The other new mail solution launched by SwiftLink in the summer of 2020 was virtual mail. While working with a multitude of travelers, Swift often heard their customers say they wished they had access to their mail from anywhere in the world. This way, they would have one less thing to worry about during their trips.

When asked about the new virtual mail service, Rob said, “we always listen to what our customers are saying. The fact that they wanted access to mail while traveling the globe was something we hadn’t considered, but then we realized how valuable this type of service could be, and not just for travelers.”

Upon the launch of their virtual mail service, Swift had many customers sign up. The customers ranged from executives, to road warriors, to owners of home based-business owners. As a customer’s mail comes in to SwiftLink, it is scanned. The customer gets an alert whenever mail is received and can then view their mail from their computer, tablet, or mobile device from any place in the world.    

“Living between Shanghai and Chicago has its challenges, but managing my mail is no longer one of them. With Swift’s virtual mail service, I get my important mail scanned to me, and the unimportant mail shredded,” said Toni Aducci, a SwiftLink customer.

SwiftLink’s virtual mail service starts at just .99 per month and customers can sign up online.

About SwiftLink Worldwide

For over 10 years, Swift Passport & Visa Services has been recognized as a global leader in their industry. However, one thing has always set the company apart; their mission to meet the diverse needs of their clients while keeping our team small, adaptable, and customer-centric. While the company’s roots are in travel, it has continued to evolve and onboard new solutions to solve customers’ ever-changing challenges. This mission to serve and provide reliable solutions naturally led to the expansion of our company and the creation of SwiftLink Worldwide. To learn more about the company, please visit: http://www.swiftlinkworldwide.com

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Women In Trucking Association Announces Continued Partnership with Freightliner Trucks

The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) announced today that Freightliner Trucks has renewed its Gold Level Partnership to help the nonprofit organization elevate the issue of gender diversity in transportation and logistics.

Since 2012, Freightliner Trucks has supported WIT. As part of WIT’s mission to recognize the accomplishments of women in the industry, Freightliner Trucks has continued to sponsor the annual Influential Woman in Trucking Award. In addition, Kary Schaefer, general manager of Product Strategy and Market Development for Daimler Trucks North America, serves on the WIT board of directors.

“Freightliner Trucks is proud to be part of WIT”, said Schaefer. “The mission and goals of WIT closely align with those of DTNA and this partnership gives us an opportunity to share resources to promote and celebrate diversity and inclusion in our industry.”

“We are grateful to partner with a key industry leader like Freightliner,” said Ellen Voie, WIT president and CEO. “Their advocacy accelerates our efforts for more diversity and inclusion in the workplace.”

Since 2007, WIT has been committed to encouraging women to consider careers in the trucking industry, addressing obstacles that might keep them from succeeding, and celebrating the success of its members. The first virtual Accelerate! Conference and Exhibition, unveiling its Driver Ambassador Trailer, and providing driver members with free health support programs during the COVID-19 pandemic, are just a few examples of recent initiatives that are helping the organization achieve its mission.


About Women In Trucking Association, Inc.
Women In Trucking, Inc. is a nonprofit association established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry. Membership is not limited to women, as 17 percent of its members are men who support the mission. Women In Trucking is supported by its members and the generosity of Gold Level Partners: Amazon, Arrow Truck Sales, BMO Transportation Finance, Daimler Trucks North America, Expediter Services, FedEx Freight, Great Dane, J.B. Hunt Transport, Michelin North America, PACCAR, Penske Transportation Solutions, Ryder System, Walmart, and Waste Management. Follow WIT on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube. For more information, visit http://www.womenintrucking.org or call 888-464-9482.

About Freightliner Trucks
Freightliner Trucks is a division of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 5-8 trucks and is a Daimler company, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,Services,Transportation & Logistics,U.S

Options Medical Weight Loss Lakeview to Host Grand Opening in January

Options Medical Weight Loss is excited to announce the opening of their 5th location in Illinois located at 3212 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 on Saturday, January 2, 2020 at 8:00am.

The top-rated weight loss clinic will offer customized weight loss programs, FDA approved appetite suppressants, HCG injections, one on one counseling, lipotropic fat burners, B12 injections, and the Options Diet System.

Options Medical Weight Loss is a one-of-a-kind, boutique weight loss clinic that combines the benefits of medical prescriptions and nutrition while patients are managed by their team of professionals. Every patient can choose from their 19 different programs which they customize to each individuals’ goals that vary in duration and cost with respect to each individuals’ goals, medical history, and any social obstacles they may face. “We are excited to bring our successful system to help anyone in Lakeview area that may need it,” said William Barton, President/Co-Founder of Options Medical Weight Loss. “One of the components that’s missing in this industry is the aid of medications and program customization. We feel we deliver both with perfection.”

In 2014, the weight loss clinic opened in the South Loop of Chicago, since then they have expanded in the Chicago area with locations in Glenview, Naperville, Orland Park and now their 5th location in Lakeview. The company also opened in Arizona in 2018, and Ohio in 2019 with plans to expand even more in 2021.

Options Medical Weight Loss attributes their aggressive growth plan to the overall results of their patients, the positive feedback, and the need for a weight loss center that has options for everyone.

“Obesity is on the rise, up to 40% nationwide and our mission is to stop this epidemic one city at a time,” said William Barton.

Unlike other programs, Lakeview residents would now have more weight loss options because there are very few weight loss centers like Options Medical Weight Loss that can address all weight loss needs and manage patient’s medical history at the same time.

For more information about Options Medical Weight Loss, please visit http://www.optionsmedicalweightloss.com.

About Options Medical Weight Loss

Options Medical Weight Loss™ Center is the premier medical weight loss facility offering services in Chicago, South Loop, Glenview, Naperville, Orland Park, Park Ridge, Gahanna, Dublin, the Valley, Chandler/Gilbert, and St. Petersburg. We believe that the true way to not only reach your weight loss goals, but to keep weight off, is by making the proper lifestyle changes with nutrition. We also understand that an individual’s weight loss journey is not always an easy process, which is why we offer FDA approved appetite suppressants including Phentermine as well as other prescriptions used for weight loss, weekly one-on-one weight loss counseling, Lipotropic fat burners, B12 injections, HCG injections, Options Diet System™, Options meals and snacks, Options supplements and more to help assist you during your customized weight loss program. We have over 19 different individually tailored weight loss programs to choose from, aiming to meet your specific lifestyle, habits, and goals. When you visit one of our clinics, you will find that we truly have “OPTIONS for every BODY™”.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Universal Life Church Ministries Wins Legal Victory in Battle with Tennessee

The Universal Life Church Ministries, just before Christmas, earned a significant legal victory in its ongoing battle against the state of Tennessee.

In his most recent order in the case (No. 2:19-cv-00049), Chief Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Northeast Division granted that the lawsuit may continue against the Tennessee State Attorney General Herbert Slatery III and the Clerks and District Attorneys for Rutherford, Williamson, Putnam, and Hamilton Counties.

In June of 2019, the ULCM and a collection of its ministers sued several officials across the state of Tennessee after they began to enforce a law passed by the Tennessee State Legislature that explicitly barred ministers who were ordained online from solemnizing valid religious wedding ceremonies within the State. Almost immediately after filing the suit, the ULCM was able to secure from Judge Crenshaw a restraining order blocking the new law from taking effect.

In a letter sent to its Tennessee-area ministers this week, the ULCM stressed that despite the efforts made by the State to “gum up the works” in the prolonged case they “…remained committed to defending [the] Constitutionally-guaranteed freedoms,” of their ministers in Tennessee and elsewhere.

The Universal Life Church Ministries is a religious organization based in Seattle that has ordained more than 20 million ministers. It is perhaps most famous for its provision of ordinations, and various other religious services, over the internet. The ULCM was founded on the principle that “we are all children of the same universe” and encourages that its ministers abide by only two tenets: “1. Do only that which is right.” And “2. Every individual is free to practice their religion in the manner of their choosing, as mandated by the First Amendment, so long as that expression does not impinge upon the rights or freedoms of others and is in accordance with the government’s laws.”

The Universal Life Church Ministries and its ministers are represented in this case by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,U.S

Taxspeaker Activates 100% Solar Power at the Jefferson Tech Center

Taxspeaker and Sherwood Investments, LLC are closing out 2020 on a bright note, thanks to a visionary investment in solar power installation. As of November 27, 2020, new 100% solar power has been activated in the 25,000 square foot Jeffersonville Tech Center, located at 4403 Hamburg Pike in Jeffersonville.

One of Jeffersonville and the Jeffersonville Commons Area’s largest office buildings, anything that happens here is locally owned by Jeffersonville residents; a glowing step into the future for the whole community. In fact, Jeffersonville’s very own solar experts Star Solar Specialists are responsible for making this solar installation possible.

Ryan Jennings, Taxspeaker’s Vice President and Sherwood Investments’ President, champions the installation as it culminates in a long-anticipated dream: energy independence. The Tech Center’s shift to solar power feels like an exciting next step coupled with the electric vehicle charging station, as Jeffersonville continues to lean into using clean, revitalized energy. This now brings Jeffersonville full-throttle to the forefront of midwestern green energy — all of which has been achieved by pooling forces from local companies.

The installation leverages Indiana’s net metering system, generating 100% of the colossal building’s electricity needs, selling any excess energy production back into the Duke Energy electric grid. Not a single ounce of energy is lost. Taxspeaker, one of Jeffersonville’s hidden technology companies, is the Tech Center’s primary occupant. The business operates four video production studios for webinars and video recording, training facilities, and fulfillment centers for income tax experts.

Jennings notes Taxspeaker is passionate about investing in the future of training for the internet, with the company likewise operating a number of virtual currency mining rigs inside the building. The Tech Center utilizes an incredible 1 GB fiber optic line to annually provide television-quality video webinars, reaching over 25,000 independent U.S. tax professionals.

Now that Taxspeaker’s resources are gaining access to resilient, renewable energy, the installation frees up resources to research state-of-the-art technological applications. It’s a tremendous opportunity for Taxspeaker to continue to trailblaze innovation in the educational consulting field. “This step forward in energy technology parallels our technological advancements in webcast training,” asserts Jennings.

This is just the beginning as Taxspeaker fearlessly adapts to meet today’s dynamic digital revolution. Taxspeaker’s triumphs are good for Jeffersonville, as this cutting-edge technological training company uplifts its community in its race towards the future.

Posted in: Electronics & Semiconductors,News & Current Affairs,U.S

West Physician, Dr. Michael Martin, Recognized by International Journal of Molecular Sciences for Highest Impact of Publication

West Cancer Center & Research Institute is home to more than 100 oncology/hematology specialists with 1000+ publications in numerous esteemed medical journals. This level of commitment to further understand and educate other cancer specialists across the world is why West is considered a premier, adult cancer center.

Participating in clinical research and having publications accepted is a very arduous process, but West providers like Dr. Michael Martin are dedicated to uncovering the mysteries of cancer. His recent publication entitled “Novel Therapies for Relapsed or Refractory Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma” in the November 2020 issue of the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, addressed the most common type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in adults. This paper was of great interest to fellow oncologists both nationally and internationally.

Authors recognized for valuable publications have increased acceptance rates in future journal issues. West Cancer Center is honored to have Dr. Martin and other providers in this select group for the betterment of cancer care everywhere.

About Michael G. Martin, MD

  • Residency: Internal Medicine at Duke University Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Medical Oncology at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
  • Other recent publications:

Distribution of Breast Cancer Subtypes Among Nigerian Women and Correlation to the Risk Factors and Clinicopathological Characteristics.
Adeniji AA, Dawodu OO, Habeebu MY, Oyekan AO, Bashir MA, Martin MG, Keshinro SO, Fagbenro GT.World J Oncol. 2020 Aug;11(4):165-172. doi: 10.14740/wjon1303. Epub 2020 Aug 10.PMID: 32849957

Reliance on Self-Medication Increase Delays in Diagnosis and Management of GI Cancers: Results From Nepal.
Dulal S, Paudel BD, Wood LA, Neupane P, Shah A, Acharya B, Shilpakar R, Acharya SC, Karn A, Poudel B, Thapa RR, Acharya A, Martin MG.JCO Glob Oncol. 2020 Aug;6:1258-1263. doi: 10.1200/GO.20.00202.PMID: 32762562 .

Feasibility of Fewer Fraction Palliative Radiotherapy in Resource-Limited Setting.
Dulal S, Adeniji AA, Martin MG. World J Oncol. 2020 Apr;11(2):76-77. doi: 10.14740/wjon1271. Epub 2020 Mar 29.PMID: 32284776

About West Cancer Center & Research Institute:
West Cancer Center & Research Institute is the region’s comprehensive leader in adult cancer care and research. With a focus on clinical research and the latest treatments,West Cancer Center patients receive the most effective, individualized care possible.

With over 100oncology providers and 7 clinical campuses across the Mid South , our mission is to provide innovative, superior adult cancer care with a singular focus on physician-driven decisions to do what is best for patients, this community, and the future of cancer care. For more information, please visit westcancercenter.org or call 901.683.0055

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Primary ka master- A complete guide for Teaching Aspirants

Teaching jobs are the very first choice of qualified youth as they are one of the finest career options to pursue. In a country like India, where opportunities are already slim, only consistent and guided efforts are more likely to excel. Preparing for any competitive exam is not an easy nut to crack and hence, Primary ka master is here to fetch the required assistance to aspirants in need.

Resource collection, optimum study plan, tips & tricks, on-time notifications and all other vital requirements are managed at Primary ka Master. In order to ease the competitive pressure of aspiring candidates, expert guidance is at a pebbles throw.

Primary ka master, Uttar Pradesh is the number one education portal among teaching aspirants that currently caters for different competitive exams under various levels. Primary ka master shikshamitra news also helps candidates stay updated with any exam related government order and update. Check out what we provide to our aspirants:

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Primary ka Master: UPTET and LT Grade Exams News & Preparation Website

Primary ka master helps teaching aspirants to turn their dreams into reality and encourage them to get their dream in government sector. It provides latest UPTET news, LT Grade news, BTC news, basic shiksha news, basic shiksha parishad, shikshamitra news, current affairs, study materials, notes, preparation tips and other popular Govt exam notifications to help aspirants to crack the govt job exams with best preparation.

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Latest UPTET news & Updates:

UPTET is a state-level teacher eligibility test conducted by UPBEB (Uttar Pradesh Basic Education Board) to shortlist candidates for appointment as teachers in schools of Uttar Pradesh. This is a state level Teacher Eligibility test which is conducted every year. Candidates preparing for UPTET must need to be aware of the complete syllabus of UPTET before starting their preparation. So, one can get all the news related to UPTET exam only on Primary ka master including its exam pattern, subject wise syllabus, step by step guide on how to apply online for all shikshamitra.

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Encore Green Environmental Enacts Phase 4 for ESG and Environmental Land Stewardship

Encore Green Environmental announced a new industry-changing perspective on how to price the cleaning and treatment of by-product/produced water for surface application, based on their successful completion of Phases 1 – 3 in their Total Ecological Solution paradigm. This paradigm fulfills corporate ESG goals and land stewardship initiatives.

The first three phases, which were 1) regulatory/permitting approval, 2) successful treatment of the by-product/produced water, and 3) effective, safe ground application of the water, has now led to 4) industry-changing price structure: performance-based-pricing.

PBP, or Performance-Based-Pricing, has two components. As Encore Green Environmental uses their patent-pending Conservation By-Design™ method to re-purpose energy industry by-product/produced water for agriculture and conservation, they commit to not charge for the water treatment unless they perform – defined as cleaning the water to regulatory requirements and soil health needs.

The energy company, in turns, commits to internally calculating their total costs of water disposal, which includes the often overlooked costs of trucking, piping, personnel, as well as the cost of new water. Each of these costs is replaced by EGE’s Conservation By-Design™ method.

“This makes the conversation to be comparing apples to apples” says Darlene Nash, CEO of Encore Green Environmental. “This new paradigm allows not only the energy industry to identify their true water disposal costs, but also the treatment industry to have a transparent pathway for implementation.”

Encore Green Environmental is able to take over water disposal tasks on producing wells, as well as to offer water disposal as an operating expense per barrel on new wells, instead of a capital expense to install infrastructure. Not only will this be more economically feasible, it leads to a path of environmental sustainability.

“We’ve been overrun with bait and switch schemes in this water cleaning space. We’re actually an agriculture company, that has found new sources of water for ag. Our goal is always to lead with the needs of the land, which is the essence of the ESG goals that corporate America has identified,” says John Robitaille, President of Encore Green Environmental, Wyoming.

Encore Green Environmental remains technology agnostic, casting the best water treatment system for each project. Recently in Wyoming, EGE completed the first-ever, fully permitted surface application of cleaned produced water. The beneficiaries of this project was a path to regenerative agriculture and better air quality stewardship.

For more information, visit EncoreGreenEnvironmental.com

Posted in: Energy & Environment,Manufacturing & Industry,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Avenues at Creekside Multifamily Property under New Ownership

Sherman Residential is proud to announce its acquisition of Avenues at Creekside Apartments, a 2013-constructed Class A multifamily community located in New Braunfels, Texas.

Avenues at Creekside is in the rapidly growing submarket between San Antonio and Austin. Major corporations, such as PNC Bank and Continental Automotive, are expanding to New Braunfels and planning to add over 1,000 jobs. With additional access to both downtown San Antonio and Austin’s top employers as well as inclusion in Texas Education Agency’s top-ranked Comal Independent School District, residents benefit from a prime location.

The 32-building property boasts 395 units and a curated combination of privacy features and community benefits, including:

  • Large apartment homes offering up to four bedrooms, multi-level floor plans, and elevator access
  • Privacy conveniences such as direct entry, attached garages or assigned carports, personal patios/balconies, and complimentary virtual fitness memberships
  • Comprehensive community amenities, such as a 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center, newly renovated clubhouse with business center, splash park and playground, and fenced-in pet park


On November 12, 2020, Sherman Residential purchased and assumed the management of the property. Scott Gould, Sherman’s Senior Vice President, states:

Sherman Residential is proud to announce the acquisition of the Avenues at Creekside Apartments located in New Braunfels, Texas. This acquisition continues our long-term commitment to the Austin/San Antonio apartment markets where we expect to expand our portfolio in the coming years.

With a dedicated team, they look forward to creating a true sense of community for its current and future residents.

Sherman properties benefit from a national support team with decades of experience. The company has been family-owned for three generations, since 1922, and is headquartered in north suburban Chicago. It manages a successful portfolio of multifamily properties across the country. To learn more about its current holdings and investment opportunities, visit shermanresidential.com.

To see the difference Sherman is bringing to Avenues at Creekside, schedule an in-person or live virtual tour of the property or learn more at avenuescreekside.com.

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,Real Estate,U.S

Las Vegas Wedding Chapel to Giveaway Dream Honeymoon Package

Amid a worldwide pandemic, love conquers all as couples flock to Las Vegas to tie the knot. Chapel of the Flowers gives couples another reason to travel to the “Wedding Capital of the World” this winter by giving away a Dream Honeymoon Package to one lucky couple who gets married at their wedding venue.

Top-ranked Chapel of the Flowers has partnered with destination wedding and honeymoon travel agency, Ever After, to award one lucky couple with a Honeymoon Package. This package includes a 3-night stay at a 5-star all-inclusive resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico, or Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Couples interested in entering this contest must get married or renew their vows at Chapel of the Flowers between Nov. 1, 2020 and Jan. 31, 2021, and fill out the entry form at bit.ly/dreamhoneycontest. The contest entry form must be submitted by Jan. 31, 2021 at 8 p.m. (PST).

This honeymoon package is valued at approximately ,000. The winner will be randomly selected and contacted no later than Feb. 5, 2021 followed by a Facebook announcement. The winning couple can enjoy their honeymoon or romantic trip any time between Mar. 1, 2021 and Dec. 17, 2021. Go to http://www.littlechapel.com/wedding-blog/honeymoon-giveaway for more contest details.

“This year has been so difficult for so many couples planning their wedding,” said Donne Kerestic, CEO at Chapel of the Flowers. “We wanted to reward someone that chose to get married at Chapel of the Flowers during the last months of our 60th anniversary with a honeymoon to look forward to next year.”

Visit Chapel of the Flowers Diamond Anniversary specials and contests to see exclusive offers that commemorate their 60th anniversary.

About Chapel of the Flowers

Chapel of the Flowers, located on the iconic Las Vegas Strip, is celebrating its 60th anniversary the entire year of 2020. Performing over a quarter of a million weddings and vow renewals since 1960, the chapel has become one of the most popular wedding chapels in Las Vegas.

Chapel of the Flowers is the largest full-service chapel in Las Vegas with professional wedding planners and a team of wedding photographers, florists, and ministers to ensure every aspect of the wedding day is personal, easy, and stress-free. The stunning and immaculate property expands over an acre with five onsite wedding venues. From micro weddings of 10 guests to large ceremonies with 80 guests, the chapel has a location to fit any wedding style.

Known for their exceptional wedding planning services, Chapel of the Flowers has earned numerous awards on TripAdvisor, The Knot, and Review Journal’s Best of Las Vegas. The iconic chapel has also been featured on popular TLC shows, “Say Yes to the Dress” and “90 Day Fiancé”, as well as music videos for Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts.

During the pandemic, Chapel of the Flowers has been promoting love and safety by implementing the “Safe and Clean Program” as their pledge to do its part to combat the virus by performing wedding ceremonies safely. This program includes a robust cleaning routine using EPA/ FDA certified products and safety equipment. More information on the company's COVID Safe and Clean Program for weddings and employees is available on Chapel of the Flowers website.

Chapel of the Flowers is honored to be one of the preferred venues in Las Vegas, the wedding capital of the world.

Posted in: Lifestyle,News & Current Affairs,Services,U.S

Georgia Bulldogs, The Libman Company Announce Multi-Year Extension with Primary Presence During Basketball Season

Georgia Bulldogs Sports Marketing, on behalf of the University of Georgia Athletic Association, Inc. (UGAA), today announced an extended relationship with The Libman Company, a family-owned business that has been making quality cleaning tools since 1896.

The multi-year extension marks a continued relationship between the Bulldogs and Libman, who will continue to be the “Exclusive On Court Mop” used by the Georgia Bulldogs. The brand also will have a significant presence at Stegeman Coliseum during the basketball season.

“We’re thrilled to be aligning our brand with the Georgia Bulldogs, one of the most respected athletics programs in the country,” said The Libman Company President Andrew Libman. “We take pride in the quality of our products, and we know college athletics is a smart avenue for amplifying Libman’s visibility.”

The Bulldogs’ relationship with Libman was secured by Georgia Bulldogs Sports Marketing, the locally based JMG team, which is dedicated to Georgia.

“We’re excited to continue our relationship with Libman and fans will continue to see Libman prominently displayed during the basketball season,” said Alan Thomas, Associate Athletic Director – External Operations for the Georgia Bulldogs. “Libman is the industry leader who joins a list of prestigious companies in aligning with the Bulldogs. We are proud to have them as a partner”.

The Libman Company, the leading brand of cleaning tools, manufactures products from brooms and mops to more specialized tools for kitchen and bathroom cleaning and industrial uses. Libman has partnered with a number of NBA franchises, NCAA institutions and NCAA conferences. For more information about the Libman Company, please visit http://www.libman.com.

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Wilson Legal Group P.C. Announces a New Dallas Super Lawyer Rising Star

Wilson Legal Group P.C., Attorneys and Counselors at Law, announces a new rising legal star and scholar – Mrs. Leigh Caudle Whitaker. Mrs. Whitaker has five years of litigation experience both in intellectual property and family law. Her practice is focused primarily on divorce, child custody, property division, trademarks, intellectual property litigation and general business matters. Mrs. Whitaker’s education and wide-ranging experience provide her with a unique ability to counsel and advocate for her clients. She has worked as a law clerk for a civil and family law litigation firm in Houston, and as an associate attorney for a personal injury firm in Dallas. Mrs. Whitaker is known for her attention to detail and her focus on the best interests of her clients.

Mrs. Whitaker was selected by Super Lawyers as a Rising Stars Honoree for 2021. This peer designation is awarded only to a select number of accomplished attorneys in each state. The Rising Stars selection process takes into account peer recognition, professional achievement in legal practice, and other cogent factors.

Mrs. Whitaker lives in Dallas and earned her undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Arlington and her law degree at South Texas College of Law. She is licensed in the State of Texas, and in the Federal District Courts of Texas – Northern District, Eastern District, Western District and Southern District.

Wilson Legal Group P.C. provides legal representation for corporations and individuals. Our attorneys are located in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex; however, the firm provides services throughout the United States as well as overseas.

Posted in: Law & Legal,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Anthem Off-Road Wheels Launches New Viper Model Off-Road Wheel for Jeeps, Trucks & SUVs

The Anthem Off-Road Viper is the newest addition to the Anthem family. This wheel has an incredibly aggressive design that looks ready to take on even the worst of conditions off-road. The Viper is a full-face styled wheel which gives it the bold look that it bolsters.

The designer, Jon Chartier, says that his inspiration came from many places. One being car wheels of all things, he liked the look of car wheels with really small windows and wanted to be able to put that into an off-road wheel. He said he wanted to try something new and different, most wheel companies right now are creating multi-spoke wheels and he wanted to go in a different direction and shake things up with the full face design. Once the design came to fruition he decided it was too heavy and took out bits and pieces to lighten it up. Once he saw the final product he thought it looked like an airplane turbine which is where the Viper name came from because of the Viper Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft.

Some of the most notable design features of the Viper include “Anthem Off-Road” engraved into the outer ring of the wheel. This is something that isn’t incredibly common in the truck wheel market and Anthem has executed it very well. Around the outlet lip of the wheel there are pockets that actually make the wheel pair really well with just about any tire design. Finally, if you look closely at the spokes of this wheel, you’ll notice that they’re actually designed to direct air inwards towards the brakes to help with cooling.

If you didn’t know, Anthem custom drills their wheels to fit just about any bolt pattern meaning no matter what you drive, Anthem Off-Road will be able to accommodate your bolt pattern so you can run a set of Vipers on your vehicle. This is something that is pretty uncommon in the world of aftermarket wheels and it’s why Anthem Off-Road is loved by so many outdoor enthusiasts.

In a market that is so flooded with large spokes and massive windows, it’s refreshing to see that Anthem Off-Road has taken a step back and created a more closed-off wheel that still maintains that same aggressive styling that the off-road market demands. The Anthem Off-Road Viper is among one of the most versatile and aggressive designs to be released all year.

Anthem Off-Road Viper Specs
Diameter: 17, 18, 20 inches
Width: 8.5, 9, 10 inches
Finishes: Satin, Gloss Black

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Team Waste Incorporates New Technology Plays a Role in Lowering Trash Services Cost

Over the past decade, new emerging technologies have revolutionized numerous industries, products, and services. Many come to mind, but none of these advancements seem to apply to the solid waste business. After all, how complex can picking up waste be? There have been many new technologies available to waste collection companies to increase productivity, lower cost, and provide better services for their customers.

All Team Waste construction and demolition collection vehicles are equipped with tablets that provide drivers with their daily route sheets routed in sequence through sophisticated routing software. Through these tablets, our Team can make adjustments in real time by re-routing either a single route or the entire fleet without having to make a single call to a driver. This allows for safer driving practices, and allows us to make adjustments to meet customer needs. Drivers also use their tablets to communicate route progress and report site issues to our office staff. This allows for better estimate collection service completion, and solve site issues that could cause a delay to collection service completion faster.

Residential and front-end fleet utilizes a service verification software with onboarding computer that captures real time route collection services. In addition, trucks are equipped with up to six cameras giving our back office a birds-eye view of all daily collection routes. When initially delivered, waste containers are geo-located to their exact site or home location. Then when serviced, a time stamp is confirmation of service is created along with actual video footage of the service being completed. This helps verify service completion for customers, resolve site issues or incidents, improve driver training, and provide a higher quality of service to our customers.

Lastly, the front-end fleet is equipped with onboard scales that weigh each container emptied on route. This enables precise customer weight audits. These audits can give insights into whether a customer is currently being over serviced or potentially under serviced. The vast majority of time, customers have been over serviced by previous haulers without even knowing. This has led to hundreds, and sometimes thousands of dollars for businesses. With customer weight audits, Team Waste can help right size a business’s waste collection needs in order to save them money over the long term.

About Team Waste
Team Waste believes technology plays a vital role in providing the best service at the fairest price to our customers. With the Mid-Souths newest and most technologically advanced fleet, we believe we are your best choice when it comes to waste collection needs. Give us a call today so you can see how technology in waste can help you save money and provide better waste collection service.

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Astro Pak Appoints Jennifer Kaushek as Vice President of People & Culture

Astro Pak has long been known for its “people-first” corporate culture and on September 14th, it announced the appointment of Jennifer Kaushek as its first VP of People & Culture. Reporting directly to Astro Pak President Ken Carroll, Mrs. Kaushek has been given the mandate to build upon and expand the company’s commitment to putting the growth of its employees first.

Mrs. Kaushek joins the company after serving as a key member of the leadership team at Irvine-based Stretto where she was responsible for the oversight of all HR and administrative services. She helped manage the company’s rapid growth from 100 employees to 360 within that period. Prior to that role, she spent 20 years at Hyundai Motor America. In her career at Hyundai, she served in nearly every level of HR, including senior management. Her experience included employee relations, compensation and benefits, talent acquisition and talent development and management.

Mrs. Kaushek notes that her experience at two such dissimilar business climates have given her a unique ability to serve the needs of the company’s employees. Astro Pak’s culture empowers employees to remain with the company for decades even as the company continues to experience extensive and ongoing growth. She points out, “Not only do I know what career development and longevity mean, but I also know where the potential challenges are when a company continues to expand.”

“I was drawn to Astro Pak by its people-first culture as part of its overall company values,” Mrs. Kaushek continues, “the leadership team made it clear that they really value their people and there are already great processes and people in place. I look forward to collaborating and engaging with our employees, teams and departments across our organization to support Astro Pak’s continued growth and our programs to recruit, retain and nurture our talent.”

Posted in: Business,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Stratodesk Announces the Worldwide Availability of the Windows Virtual Desktop Linux Client on Stratodesk NoTouch

Stratodesk, leader in delivering VDI, Cloud, and IoT endpoint solutions, today announced the official support for the Windows Virtual Desktop Linux Client on Stratodesk NoTouch software. As enterprises around the world look to migrate their Windows instances to the Cloud, IT leaders rely on Stratodesk NoTouch to streamline Windows Virtual Desktop endpoint deployments. Stratodesk enables secure remote access to Microsoft Azure to end users anywhere in the world, right at a time when the world needs these solutions most.

"What we’ve been able to achieve by working together with Microsoft is to deliver an all-in-one option for consuming Windows 10 in the Cloud,” says Stratodesk Global Solutions Engineer, Rich Severson. “Not only can workers access and connect to the Cloud anywhere in the world, they are able to do so securely, remotely, directly out of the box, and IT teams are able to provide the best, most seamless service to their remote teams.”

“Windows Virtual Desktop can be accessed across devices and locations around the world with Stratodesk,” said Kam VedBrat, General Manager, Windows Virtual Desktop, Microsoft Corp. “With remote work now the reality for many organizations, the integration with Stratodesk helps maintain employee productivity while providing the flexibility and ease-of-use that is the Microsoft standard.”

Now that support for Microsoft Windows 7 has ended, enterprises are looking for alternative ways to ensure ongoing productivity in their deployments. Stratodesk provides an answer, thanks to its ability to convert hardware – x86 or ARM – into a Windows Virtual Desktop endpoint. Together, the integrated solutions also offer an incredible value proposition to enterprises by enabling remote work. In addition to connecting remote workers around the world to Azure-hosted Windows 10 instances without needing Windows on the endpoint, Stratodesk enables a host of added benefits to imbue IT leaders with the essentials they need to make remote work more effective than ever. These benefits include support for top VPNs, as well as add-ons like Cloud Xtension and NoTouch Go – the USB-based, bootable NoTouch endpoint.

IT leaders can learn more about the joint solution by visiting https://www.stratodesk.com/solutions/wvd/

About Stratodesk

Founded in 2010, Stratodesk is redefining end user computing by delivering an all-in-one solution for VDI, DaaS and IoT markets. Stratodesk’s cutting edge Linux-based OS and management suite, NoTouch, is the hardware-agnostic solution that enables companies to cost-effectively manage their entire secure digital perimeter. Stratodesk solution works seamlessly across x86 and ARM/Raspberry Pi based hardware products to provide a unified platform for all your endpoints. It increases endpoint security, simplifies user experience, and allows customers to maximize the benefits of their existing desktop hardware through PC conversion. Today with nearly one million licenses deployed across multiple industries including healthcare, finance, retail, and education. Stratodesk is the fastest growing EUC company with offices located across the United States, Europe, and Russia.

Posted in: Computers & Software,News & Current Affairs,Technology,U.S,Website & Blog

Happiest Minds Partners with Io-Tahoe to Deliver SmartData with a Single Enterprise Data Automation Platform

Happiest Minds Technologies Limited, a ‘Born Digital . Born Agile’, digital transformation and IT solutions company and Io-Tahoe have entered a strategic partnership to provide their esteemed clients with effective Data Discovery and Adaptive Governance solutions. These capabilities will help improve data security and also mature digital resilience within companies and minimize their data risk exposure. Happiest Minds, as a Reseller Partner of Io-Tahoe, is committed to enhance data protection programs and improve business performance for its customers.

Priya Kanduri, CTO, Vice President, Cyber Security, Happiest Minds Technologies said, "We have strong offerings and credentials in data compliance, including GDPR, CCPA, HIPAA and other similar guidelines within the sensitive data protection space and this partnership with Io-Tahoe will strengthen it further by adding the capabilities of Data Governance, Sensitive Data Discovery across platforms and Hybrid Cloud Environments with AI-driven Data Cataloging features."

Leveraging Io-Tahoe's SmartData platform powered by AI/ML technologies, Happiest Minds' 'Data Compliance as a Service' solution will be able to accelerate your organization's data privacy & compliance lifecycle by implementing data discovery, data quality management and facilitate deep analytics & governance. Some of the key solution features include:

  • Automated Data Discovery – across heterogeneous data sources/platforms
  • Auto-Generated Smart Data Catalog – removing all manual effort
  • Automated Data Flows & Data Lineage
  • Data Quality Assessments
  • Regulatory Compliance & Policy Mapping
  • Automated & Continuous Data Governance


Ajay Vohora, Chief Executive Officer, Io-Tahoe, "Happiest Minds is at the forefront of helping the world’s smartest enterprises to strengthen their digital resilience. Together with Happiest Minds we will addresses the challenges organizations face as they attempt to unleash the power of data and capitalize on new digital market opportunities while also ensuring their data assets are protected and compliant with regulatory policies and security controls. This partnership is another endorsement of our data automation technology and our business, and an even bigger opportunity for our joint customers. Together, we combine the three pillars needed for success - outstanding technology, the right skills, and the business smarts to deliver excellent results.”

About Happiest Minds Technologies:
Happiest Minds Technologies Limited, a Mindful IT Company, enables digital transformation for enterprises and technology providers by delivering seamless customer experiences, business efficiency and actionable insights. We do this by leveraging a spectrum of disruptive technologies such as: artificial intelligenceblockchainclouddigital process automationinternet of things, robotics/drones, securityvirtual/augmented reality, etc. Positioned as ‘Born Digital . Born Agile’, our capabilities span digital solutions, infrastructure, product engineering and security. We deliver these services across industry sectors such as automotive, BFSI, consumer packaged goods, e-commerce, edutech, engineering R&D, hi-tech, manufacturing, retail and travel/transportation/hospitality.

A Great Place to Work-Certified™ company, Happiest Minds is headquartered in Bangalore, India with operations in the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia and Middle East.

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About Io-Tahoe
Io-Tahoe is the leader in Enterprise Data Automation software, harnessing the power of our patented data automation technologies to help organizations empower employees to achieve more. Companies around the world, rely on Io-Tahoe data automation technology to guide action and drive change that results in millions of dollars saved.

With origins in both industry and the open-source community, Io-Tahoe has always been devoted to simplifying data, sharing knowledge, and pursuing truths. Founded in 2017, Io-Tahoe brings together data engineering, science, and analytics on an open, unified platform so data teams can collaborate and innovate faster.

Venture-backed and headquartered in New York (with offices on three continents) and a growing ecosystem of global partners, including Google, IBM Red Hat, AWS, SalesForce, Microsoft, Service Now and others, Io-Tahoe is on a mission to help data teams solve the world's toughest problems. For more information, visit https://www.iotahoe.com/

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giftya Adds Visa Credit As Additional Redemption Option

giftya, the personalized, digital smart gift card platform, now enables gift recipients to link their giftya e-gifts to their Visa® credit card, in addition to debit cards, for seamless redemption at any of giftya’s 5000+ national and local partner merchants.

This linkage establishes giftya as the industry’s first truly “Smart Gift Card” enabling the recipient to either link to a credit or debit card; use as e-gift code; or convert the value into a Visa Gift Card.

Additionally, giftya is the only platform in the industry that enables recipients to switch their gift for redemption with a different merchant than originally issued.

For small to mid-sized merchants who cannot afford to undertake a proprietary gift card offering, this provides them with the ability to offer a Visa gift option without the need for any additional system processing infrastructure, implementation, training or cost. For larger, national merchants, this provides another option to drive revenue to their existing gift offerings.

“giftya provides consumers with even more convenience and secure redemption options,” said giftya founder and CEO, Jason Wolfe. “Additionally, it enables consumers to convert their giftyas to pay for more essential needs if they desire.”

Ease of use -- Personalized -- Secure
Using the giftya mobile app or website, purchasers can personalize their giftya by uploading a photo, video and/or wrapper and record a message before securely texting their e-gift to loved ones and friends. Unlike physical gift cards, giftya’s proprietary platform has no risk of loss or theft. Recipients are notified of their gift within seconds. Once recipients decide how they would like to redeem their giftya, the connected account is automatically credited the gift amount until the giftya is used in full. Additionally, for those that are environmentally conscious, using giftya at scale can cut thousands of tons of plastic gift cards from ending up in landfills, lessening the world’s carbon footprint and the effect of physical gift cards on the climate.

Giftya, a Telos Gifting, LLC company, is reinventing gift giving with a meaningful no loss, no waste e-gift. Giftya enables you to text a personalized gift for any national or local merchant in the U.S. within seconds. Visit https://www.giftya.com for more information.

Posted in: Finance,News & Current Affairs,Services,U.S

zpizza Powers Up Promotions with AI-powered Enterprise Intelligence

zpizza is scoring impressive results from its latest round of promotions, with the help of an Enterprise Intelligence solution from Hypersonix.

“There were significant gains in traffic and sales,” said Brandi Babb, VP Operations of zpizza, which operates and franchises a chain of gourmet-casual restaurants under its zpizza banner in Arizona, California and Oregon. “We ended up with the impact we had hoped for, and more.”

Late last year, zpizza had deployed an advanced AI solution from Hypersonix to improve analytics and decision support across its store network. The challenging operating environment of the pandemic motivated a fresh look at how its promotions were structured.

Said Ms. Babb, “Hypersonix has helped us drive real change. We have been able to test and evaluate promotion designs and model their impact before rolling them out throughout the system.”

The two promotions were designed and deployed based upon Hypersonix Promo Intelligence analyses. Highlight of the results included:

  • Average Store traffic increased by 9% chain-wide
  • Store promotion sales for the two deals jumped by 2.7X and 8X
  • Top 9 stores saw extremely strong uptakes with traffic increases ranging from 32 to 107% during promotion, with one store seeing a 132% increase


Notably, half of the top-performing stores had been categorized as “hard to influence” because other recent promotions had not been effective there, said Ms. Babb. “Hypersonix Promotion Intelligence helped us identify promotions that lifted traffic in those locations.”

After the COVID-19 pandemic forced the company to close its dining rooms last Spring, insights from the Hypersonix platform were crucial for making the right adjustments to the company’s promotional approach, said Ms. Babb.

Tried-and-true zpizza promotions like “Free Slice Day” which focused on its vigorous dine-in lunch trade, were suddenly less relevant with many customers working from home instead of nearby offices. The company pivoted to deals like 50% off any large pizza, and family bundles, which appealed more to at-home dinner occasions.

“We actually pulled our marketing plan last March, and in full honesty, we were adjusting it week by week for the first few months based on what we were seeing in the data,” she said.

Founded in 1986 in Laguna Beach, California, zpizza is an artisan-inspired pizza chain that appeals to traditional pizza lovers, health-conscious consumers, and gourmet palates. It offers hand-tossed pizzas and a complete menu of engaging appetizers, salads, and sandwiches, inspired by California and a healthy way of life.

“zpizza is a nimble company that quickly recognized the strategic benefits that can be realized from a smart Enterprise Intelligence system,” said Rama Rao, Hypersonix co-founder and Head of Product and Data. “It is very rewarding to observe how our solution has helped the company to optimize promotional offers and react faster to changing market conditions.”

Hypersonix offers a unified, AI-powered Intelligent Enterprise Platform for e-commerce, grocery, restaurant, hospitality, and other consumer-focused industries. The solution leverages the latest innovations in augmented analytics, data science, machine learning, and Natural Language Processing (NLP) to turn data into actionable intelligence in real-time, allowing decision-makers to make better, faster, and more confident daily decisions.

“Overall, these promotions were a very strong validation of actionable recommendations from Hypersonix intelligence, and we plan to continue implementing more like these,” Ms. Babb added, “I am incredibly happy to see the direct impact of the data supporting our strategic goals.”

About Hypersonix, Inc.

Hypersonix offers restaurants a unified, AI-Powered Intelligent Enterprise Platform enabling profitable revenue growth. Built with the latest innovations in augmented analytics, data science, ML and NLP, it incorporates a full array of descriptive, diagnostic, predictive, & prescriptive intelligence. Hypersonix customers enjoy a holistic understanding of what's happening in their business, why it's happening, and what they should do about it.

Intelligence Apps offered by Hypersonix include the latest AI-enabled innovations and best practices for merchandising, marketing, store operations, and supply chain management. It works with all existing applications eliminating silos and offers unparalleled ease-of-use for technical and non-technical decision-makers. The platform offers a simple, fast ‘"Google-like’" experience supported by ‘"Jarvix,’" a virtual assistant.

Designed for Retail, Restaurant, Hospitality, e-Commerce, Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), and Brand Manufacturers. Hypersonix helps clients drive profitable growth, save money and improve customer engagement. Founded in 2018 by former executives from SAP, PayPal and IBM, the company has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, TechCrunch, along with other outlets. It is based in San Jose, with offices in Sacramento, California and Bangalore, India.

Posted in: Electronics & Semiconductors,Manufacturing & Industry,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Memorial Healthcare System Earns 'Most Wired' Recognition

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has recognized Memorial Healthcare System with its Performance Excellence Award. The Hollywood, FL-based provider was certified at level 9 (out of a maximum 10) in the 2020 Digital Health Most Wired program, a ranking that places it above 97% of the more than 30,000 organizations that participated in the annual survey.

Memorial was the only organization in Broward County certified at level 9 or higher and has been rated among the most wired healthcare systems in America for more than a decade.

The CHIME program assesses how effectively organizations apply core and advanced technologies into their clinical and business programs to improve health and care in their communities. Level nine and ten organizations are described in CHIME’s report as often being leaders in healthcare technology that actively push the industry forward.

“We’ve had a longstanding commitment to implementing technology that benefits patients and families, so we’re pleased to again be considered among the most wired in the healthcare industry,” said Memorial Healthcare System CIO Jeffrey Sturman. “Especially this year, with the coronavirus pandemic, it’s more important than ever to lead in the digital space while so much is changing about how we deliver healthcare.”

Organizations at all stages of development, from early to industry leading, were surveyed by CHIME, an executive organization dedicated to serving senior healthcare IT leaders. Participants were judged on the adoption, integration, and impact of technologies in eight areas: infrastructure, security, business/disaster recovery, administrative/supply chain, analytics/data management, interoperability/population health, patient engagement, and clinical quality/safety. (View Memorial’s scorecard here).

“The Digital Health Most Wired program underscores why healthcare organizations keep pushing themselves to be digital leaders and shows what amazing feats they can achieve,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell P. Branzell. “This certification recognizes exemplary performance in 2020.”    

CHIME believes its assessment enables organizations to benchmark their efforts against a defined, worldwide, industry standard in order to determine where to invest financial and human capital.

Memorial Healthcare System (http://www.mhs.net) is one of the largest public healthcare systems in the U.S. and a national leader in quality care and patient satisfaction. It is highly regarded for a patient and family-centered approach at facilities that include Memorial Regional Hospital, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Memorial Regional Hospital South, Memorial Hospital West, Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Health Specialty Center in Wellington, and Memorial Manor nursing home.

Among its many awards and recognition are Modern Healthcare magazine’s “Best Place to Work in Healthcare,” Florida Trend’s “Florida’s Best Companies to Work For,” and Becker’s Hospital Review’s “150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare.” In a recent report (“Humanizing Brand Experience”), the Denver-based consulting firm Monigle named Memorial the top health system brand in America, based on consumer surveys.

To learn more, visit mhs.net.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,News & Current Affairs,U.S

International Transportation and Logistics Titan Awarded 2020’s Most Admired CEO

John Falcone, CEO and Chairman of the Board at Falcone Capital Holdings, LLC has been named a 2020 honoree of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Most Admired CEOs.

This prestigious annual award recognizes Atlanta based CEOs who have demonstrated exceptional leadership through innovation, stellar financial results, a commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace, while also making significant contributions to the Metro Atlanta community.

Despite facing the headwinds associated with Covid-19, Social Unrest in core cities, and a “new normal” in the workplace, John Falcone propelled the Falcone Brand of Companies’ to record revenue and growth, which amounted to increased employee headcounts, and the boosting of their salaries and bonuses. Additionally, via their non-profit organization, The Falcone Foundation, Inc., Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) was able to be donated to nursing homes and businesses throughout the Region and across the entire United States.

When asked to comment on this year’s honor, John Falcone stated, “As someone who does not forget their humble beginnings, I will continue to lead our companies’ by example to the best of my ability while always putting our clients, employees, vendors and communities first.”

About Falcone Capital Holdings, LLC:
Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, Falcone Capital Holdings, LLC is a global leader in International and Domestic transportation and logistics. Operating across six continents through our wholly owned subsidiaries and partner offices, the Falcone Brand of companies are synonymous with premium and cutting-edge services across all modes of international and domestic transportation. The Falcone Companies are licensed, bonded and insured through all federal and state agencies including the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and is a certified and validated member of the Customs Trade Partnership against Terrorism (C-TPAT).

For more information, please visit http://www.falconecapital.com.

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,Transportation & Logistics,U.S

Plant-Grow Inc. announces no-risk farmer program for beneficial microbes to improve plant yield and profitability

Plant-Grow Inc., a company that provides the latest plant growth technology and equipment for the agricultural industry, announces a risk-free program for new customers to try our innovative solution to improve soil fertility and increase NPK conversion uptake for plants.

Farmers are at a crossroads and face many challenges including low domestic demand, storm recovery, international tariffs, stored supply and competition. Plant-Grow expects to help American farmers level the playing field with its patented products.

The trial program enables farmers to be confident that the Plant-Grow's beneficial microbes actually improve yield and profit. A new customer pays 50% at the delivery of Plant-Grow product, and if the farmer does not see a positive return on investment, then Plant-Grow will refund the initial payment. Should the grower have a positive ROI, the remaining 50% will be due upon harvest.

Plant-Grow is confident of its products’ efficacy - recently, the program was trialed with the participation of 20 farmers elevating yields by an average of 20 percent. Plant-Grow microbial technology has garnered excellent results with row crops such as rice, corn, cotton, soy, and wheat plus a variety of other plants including almonds, peaches, walnuts, pistachios, grapes, sugarcane, tomatoes, chili peppers, carrots, onions, cherries, and berries.

Being a bio-innovation company, Plant-Grow has developed a platform specially designed for agriculture along with environmental water treatment solutions. Over the years, Plant-Grow has dedicated their time and energy to restoring soil health and solving the water crisis globally. “When there are healthy soil and sufficient supply of water, we can expect that there will be sustainability in the food supply. We have dedicated our best effort to come up with our first product that can effectively enhance the growth of the roots.

Through our microbial solutions, a healthy plant can be produced. Our microbial solutions are not only for the current agriculture environment but will also impact the next generation,” expresses June Gitau, Managing Director of Plant-Grow Kenya. The microbial solutions are patented and patent-pending through the IP boutique firm The Patent Law Office, PC.

The use of Plant-Grow products contributes to healthy soils that contain microbes necessary for preventing disease, reducing plant stress, and restoring nutrients. The microbes help plants absorb nutrients more efficiently, reducing run-offs into our streams and lakes. Thus, it's a win-win for the earth and for farmers.

Posted in: Agriculture & Farming,News & Current Affairs,Technology,U.S

Ninety-Five Percent of People Want to Travel Within Next 15 Months According to Vacation Survey Hosted by Dream Vacations

The recent Vacation Survey conducted by leading travel agency franchise Dream Vacations revealed that there is an incredible pent up demand for travel, as a result of COVID-19, with nearly 95 percent of those surveyed planning on taking a vacation in 2020 or 2021. Approximately 1,500 people participated in the survey which took place in July and August 2020.

Key findings of people surveyed include:

  • 95% want to take a vacation in 2020 or 2021
  • 60% feel confident with the enhanced health and safety protocols proposed by the cruise lines
  • 70% know and trust the value a travel agent provides
  • 78% realize that travel agents provide additional exclusive perks in addition to the promotions offered by cruise lines and resorts
  • 50% will go on a cruise for their next vacation, 18% will stay at a resort, and the remaining 32 percent have other plans
  • 37% hope to go to the Caribbean; 21% plan on staying in the U.S.; and 15% are going to Europe for their next vacation, while the remaining 27% selected different destinations.


“As a travel agency, we conducted this survey to gain a better understanding of how COVID-19 has impacted consumers plans to take vacations going forward,” said Drew Daly, senior vice president and general manager of Dream Vacations. “Now more than ever before people are recognizing the value and expertise that working with a travel agent affords and our agents are prepared to best serve clients when the surge of travel resumes.”

Dream Vacations travel agents serve as advocates for their clients and educate them on what the new vacation experience entails as it relates to health and safety protocols, documents needed and more. They provide their professional expertise and personalized service to match the best vacation that will meet their client’s budgets yet exceed their expectations. In addition to selling cruise, all-inclusive resorts and tour vacations, Dream Vacations agents also have access to thousands of private villas around the world through a partnership with Villas of Distinction®.

For more information or to book a dream vacation, please visit http://www.DreamVacations.com or call 800-278-4736.

About Dream Vacations
Travel agents with the top-ranked home-based travel agency franchise Dream Vacations have the resources to plan and create seamless vacation experiences for their customers while offering the best value. A member of the International Franchise Association, Dream Vacations is part of World Travel Holdings and has received franchise partner of the year, a top-ranking status, by all the major cruise lines as well as national recognition for its support of military veterans. For more information about Dream Vacations, visit http://www.DreamVacations.com and follow on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/OfficialDreamVacations.

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,Travel,U.S

New report by iSeatz details major changes to rewards strategies at major banks

50% of major credit cards have pivoted their rewards strategy to accelerate point earning for food delivery purchases since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new whitepaper by PaymentsSource and iSeatz. The whitepaper - Banking Rewards & Dining: A Changing Landscape - details both sea changes in consumer spending and the resultant strategic shifts brands such as Mastercard, Citi, Capital One, and US Bank are making to leverage these new behaviors.

Download Banking Rewards & Dining: A Changing Landscape Here >>

“Travel earning and redemption has always been the gold standard of rewards products, however coronavirus has made it clear that a travel-only portfolio cannot sustain a card’s presence at the top-of-wallet during a pandemic,” said iSeatz CEO Kenneth Purcell. While usage of rewards points for travel has been gradually recovering, usage of loyalty-integrated food delivery has soared more than 100%. “Consumers are looking for ways to use their points that are convenient, safe, and provide everyday value.”

Food delivery in the US is a B industry
70% of Americans order takeout or food delivery
10% use a food delivery app more than once per week

The food delivery industry is expected to grow more than 20% in 2020, driven largely by lockdowns and concerns about the safety of in-person dining. Although Americans are returning to restaurants, usage of food delivery apps, and increased order frequency, is expected to remain post-pandemic. 60% of Americans now say they order takeout at least once per week, and orders of loyalty-integrated food delivery still remain nearly 35% above average despite more than 80% of restaurants being open for dine-in.

Additionally, the report dives into the trends driving dining-related rewards over the past five years, which kicked off with Capital One’s launch of the Savor card, specifically targeting high-spending foodies. Since then, major issuers have been in an arms race to deliver the most food-related bang for the cardholder buck. Chase partnered with Tock, and just last week announced enhancements to their partnership. Amex acquired reservation platform Resy in 2019. And since March other cards have, at a bare minimum, increased the earn acceleration for food purchases.

iSeatz launched point redemption for food delivery in early October, based on the belief that cardholders are craving new ways to use points that don’t require travel, and that simply amping up point-earn for dining-related spend won’t be enough for brands to maintain deep connections with their customers. iSeatz has powered point earning food delivery solutions for both IHG and Wyndham Hotels since spring 2019. The redemption solution will be the first of its kind and is now available for loyalty programs of any size, offering access to food at more than 150,000 restaurants, purchasable with loyalty currency. This will be the first of several new integrations aimed at brands who are looking for ways to engage their highest value loyalty members with non-travel offerings.

Posted in: Food & Beverage,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Web Privacy Protection Gains a New Advocate: PubWise Taking Clients Beyond GDPR Compliance

PubWise has announced its commitment to protecting the privacy of internet users in coordination with the recent changes in US and EU internet privacy guidelines. Going beyond mere compliance, PubWise has partnered with industry leaders and policymakers to demonstrate their allegiance to resolving privacy concerns within the programmatic advertising industry.

The International Advertising Bureau has recently released it's Gold Standard 2.0, which increases cross-industry transparency while standardizing the use of consumers' data. PubWise is listed as an approved vendor for the IAB, who leads the charge in protecting web visitors' privacy with their well-known Transparency and Consent Framework (TCF) model, which is now in the v2 stage. The vetting process for IAB's Approved Vendor List ensures that publishers have access to credible solutions.

PubWise is also offering a Consent Management Platform to complement its Managed Wrapper solution. According to CTO Stephen Johnston, "Our CMP solution is not a revenue generator for PubWise, but we felt it was important to protect the interest of our clients." CMP tools are a great step towards being GDPR compliant.

Earlier this year PubWise received a Pacesetter Award from Atlanta Business Chronicle. PubWise was listed as #18 of the Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies in Atlanta. Also in 2020, Technology Association of Georgia recognized PubWise as its Top 40 Most Innovative Companies in Georgia.


Established in 2016 in the "Silicon Valley of the South," PubWise is a revolutionary, SaaS-based Prebid.js management service for web publishers that are virtually guaranteed to increase advertising revenue.

PubWise is the only Prebid.js management service offering Smart Path Optimization Technology (SPOT™), which uses AI to deliver an optimized ad configuration matched to user segments, with tailored demand inclusion that improves net revenue while improving latency. PubWise provides a turnkey platform to deploy, manage, monitor, and optimize Prebid.js. PubWise is committed to protecting publisher value and data with clear auction dynamics, no-arbitrage and transparent fees. US and EU revenue and traffic reporting is done with ease with PubWise Analytics.

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,Services,Technology,U.S,Website & Blog

Being Brave 2020 Calls for an End to the Pandemic of Domestic Violence by Listening to Survivors & Providing Housing with Supportive Services

Long before Covid-19, survivors of domestic violence knew all too well what it was like to endure days of social distancing, to suffer years of isolation, and to yearn desperately for a cure for their lives. They longed for someone to see them, to hear them, to help them. Being Brave 2020 calls for an end to the pandemic of domestic violence by listening to survivors and then giving them the comprehensive support they need to changes their lives.

“Preliminary research shows that domestic violence has worsened during Covid-19, but we will not know the full effect for years,” says Reverend Susan Kramer-Mills, executive director of the Town Clock Community Development Corporation. TCCDC is one of only 40 facilities in the US providing permanent, affordable housing with supportive services to survivors of domestic violence.

“What I do know is that we empower survivors of domestic violence to transform their lives when we provide them a safe place to live, allow them time to heal, and give them the skills they need to succeed,” points out Kramer-Mills. Being Brave 2020 raises awareness for this housing-first solution.

Being Brave 2020 will be an online event (Thursday, October 22, 2020, at 7:30 p.m.) celebrating the inspiring stories of Town Clock CDC residents and other survivors. Entertainer Sheryl Lee Ralph will be honored with the Being Brave Award for empowering women through her philanthropy. New Jersey heroes to be honored for helping survivors through their community service will be: Leslie Maxie, OLY, Maxie Media Group, (Outstanding Advocate Award); Det. Danny Gallardo, New Brunswick Police Department, (Outstanding Provider Award), and Debbie Maddock, Sophie's Bistro, (Outstanding Volunteer Award). Honoree bios. The event will highlight, #HearMeSeeMe a unique art program that is helping residents find their voices. #TheManStand will feature the stories of men who stand up to domestic violence.

Returning as Being Brave’s Presenting Sponsor is Cadillac. The Gold Sponsor is Sandra Soriano, Vice President, Town Clock CDC Board of Directors. The Champion Sponsor: Bentley Dock. Full sponsor list.

“We are honored to partner again with Town Clock CDC on Being Brave, especially in the midst of a global pandemic as we purpose to never stop arriving. Unprecedented times and difficult circumstances are not new to us and the community of domestic violence survivors. During times like this, we must continue to demonstrate flexibility, agility and resilience as we’re on a journey to redefining the boundaries and limits of mobility through groundbreaking innovation,” said Alexis Kerr, head of Multicultural Marketing at Cadillac.

Hosting again this year will be Lisa Guerrero, Inside Edition’s award-winning, internationally acclaimed chief investigative journalist. Featured advocates and entertainers include: Dr. Arabia Mollette, Covid-19 physician, health expert and survivor; Melonie Daniels, international singer and performer; Dr. Melanie R. Hill, Gospel Soul violinist; Ahmed "JKing" Wallace, performer, and Lauren Weinstein, award-winning artist & cartoonist. Full lineup and biosInitial press release.

Domestic Violence

According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship. It can include physical and sexual violence, psychological abuse and financial control. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence finds that 57% of homeless women cite Domestic Violence as cause of their homelessness, and 33% of women have experienced domestic violence in their lifetime. The Childhood Domestic Violence Association cites that children of domestic violence are six times more likely to commit suicide, 50% more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, 74% more likely to commit a violent crime and three times more likely to repeat the cycle of abuse in adulthood.

Town Clock CDC – 1 of 40 in US

Town Clock Community Development Corporation is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization http://www.TownClockCDC.org. Town Clock CDC’s facility (Dina's Dwellings) opened in April 2016 after the sanctuary of the 200-year-old First Reformed Church of New Brunswick was transformed into 10 long-term affordable housing units with supportive services for survivors. In October 2020, Town Clock CDC expanded its facility by transforming the church’s sexton house into a home for a mother and up to five children. This housing model is one of only 40 establishments of its kind in the entire United States, and remains the largest, permanent housing program for survivors of domestic violence and their children in New Jersey. In 2019, Town Clock CDC launched the Being Brave Event & Award.

Posted in: Law & Legal,Lifestyle,Living,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials is Successful in Carbon Footprint Reduction, While Attaining RC14001:2015® Certification

Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials Inc., the leading global manufacturer and recycler of high-performance thermoplastic shapes, and engineering solutions provider, is pleased to announce that they’ve taken another positive step forward in achieving their long-term vision in North America, of 100% renewable energy procurement. Most recently, the company’s three Pennsylvania sites located in Reading, Scranton and Delmont, are the first of their locations in North America to make an investment in Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). As a result, all Pennsylvania locations can now proudly say that 100% of the electricity that they use in manufacturing is from renewable sources, reducing the emissions associated with the generation of that electricity to zero.

Bruce Seidel, North American Director of Manufacturing at Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials, says that “This accomplishment is a fantastic stepping stone for us, as we continue to realize our vision of fully operating through clean energy in North America. Our commitment to our KAITEKI values is what drives us to continue to focus our efforts on energy reduction projects, and this monumental achievement at our Pennsylvania locations is a great testament to all of the hard work that our team has invested into making this a huge success.”

In addition to this announcement, the company is also celebrating another significant milestone. Effective September 1, 2020, five of their North American sites in Reading, Scranton, Delmont, Wytheville, and Fort Wayne, have attained the Responsible Care® RC14001:2015® Certification, which also includes ISO 14001:2015 Certification. Responsible Care® 14001 is the chemical industry's global initiative, practiced in 52 countries, under which chemical companies work together to continuously improve their health, safety, environmental, and security performance. It combines the elements of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) Responsible Care initiative, with those of ISO 14001, the internationally recognized environmental management system standard.

Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials is the first of several Mitsubishi Chemical America (MCA) companies to be certified. Heidi Freeman, MCA Regional Manager for Product Stewardship and KAITEKI, stated that “This has certainly given all of us a boost of confidence, as multiple other group companies look ahead towards achieving their certification within the next few months.”


KAITEKI refers to “the sustainable well-being of people, society and our planet Earth.” It is an original concept of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group that proposes a way forward in the sustainable development of society and the planet, in addition to serving as a guide for solving environmental and social issues.

James Kohler, Corporate Quality Engineer and North American KAITEKI Coordinator at Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials, says that “Our contributions to KAITEKI take shape in many different forms. I am proud of our North American teams for coming together, to realize KAITEKI through our shift towards 100% Renewable Energy Procurement in Pennsylvania, and through our RC14001:2015® and ISO 14001:2015 Certifications. This is only the beginning, and I am very excited to see what we can keep accomplishing and improving in the near, and far future.”

Overall, the company is pleased to see that their long-term visions for success are now coming to fruition, as they continue to focus their attention on vital energy reduction programs, and embodying the strategic pillars that come with their Responsible Care® RC14001:2015® Certification. Looking ahead, as the team continues to make investments in sustainable projects, one thing is for certain – the spirit of KAITEKI is alive and well at Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials.

About Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials

With more than 80 years of experience, 30 branch offices in 20 countries, and a team of technical service experts, engineers, and application development managers, Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials** is the Global, vertically integrated leader for researching, developing, recycling, and manufacturing high-performance materials. Our products make the world a safer place by providing solutions across all industries- food processing and packaging, aerospace and defense, semiconductor, oil and gas, medical and life sciences, renewable energy, construction and heavy equipment, and electronics.

Registered trademarks of Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials include: Acetron®, CleanStat®, Duratron®, Ertalyte®, Ertalene®, Ertalon®, Fluorosint®, Ketron®, Nylatron®, Proteus®, Sanalite®, Semitron®, Techtron®, KyronMAX® and TIVAR®.

**Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials, formerly Quadrant EPP, was officially named on April 1st, 2019.

Learn more at http://www.mcam.com and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/mcamconnect/

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Outrider Recognized by Gartner in the “Cool Vendors in Supply Chain Execution Technologies” Report

Outrider, the pioneer in autonomous yard operations for logistics hubs, today announced that it has been named a 2020 “Cool Vendor in Supply Chain Execution Technologies” by the world’s leading research and advisory firm, Gartner Inc. According to Gartner, “When considering vendors for this research, we looked for those with solutions that could help supply chain execution organizations target digital investment in the areas that can improve productivity in difficult economic times and do so with tangible returns on investment.”

Distribution yard operations are necessary for transitioning goods between the road and the warehouse. Today’s yards are run much like they have been for decades with repetitive, manual tasks performed in hazardous working conditions. Disruptions caused by COVID-19 have highlighted the need for automated distribution yard technology to improve supply chain resiliency.

“The pandemic highlighted that we must deploy more dependable, predictable, and sustainable ways to move goods around the globe,” said Andrew Smith, Founder and CEO of Outrider. “In our opinion, the Cool Vendor recognition is a testament to Outrider’s impact on the industry to increase the efficiency, safety, and sustainability of yard operations while contributing to overall supply chain resilience.”

According to the report, “Supply chain execution organizations are notoriously vulnerable to business disruptions and economic slowdowns. While supply chain execution and logistics organizations are on the front line and critical to fulfilling customer demand, they are highly dependent on the effective performance of both human and physical assets. Under normal circumstances, logistics organizations are perceived as high-functioning, ‘well-oiled machines.’ However, supply chain execution is highly susceptible to disruptions, and at the same time, it is also often the first to feel extreme pressure to concentrate on increasing productivity to address cost reduction ambitions.”

Outrider is first-to-market with a three-part, integrated system, which includes management software, autonomous vehicles, and site infrastructure. The system enables customers to move trailers to and from loading docks and parking spots, hitch and unhitch trailers, robotically connect and disconnect trailer brake lines, track inventory of trailer locations, and centrally monitor and control all functions.

Outrider is exclusively focused on yard automation to move trailers full of freight efficiently and safely through distribution yards. Since its launch from stealth mode in early 2020, the Outrider team has grown to more than 110 employees, which includes a world-class engineering team.

Outrider’s engineering team leads collectively have more than 100 years of hands-on experience in ground-vehicle automation and robotic material-handling development. Tech talent has roots at firms and institutions like Tesla, iRobot, Lockheed Martin, Amazon, Aptiv, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Carnegie-Mellon, Duke University, Northwestern University, and Purdue University.

The full Gartner 2020 "Cool Vendors in Supply Chain Execution Technologies" report by Dwight Klappich, Bart De Muynck, Carly West, Simon Tunstall, September 30, 2020, is available to Gartner subscribers here.

Gartner Disclaimer:
Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in our research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Outrider™
Outrider, the pioneer in autonomous yard operations for logistics hubs, helps large enterprises improve safety and increase efficiency. The only company exclusively focused on automating all aspects of yard operations, Outrider eliminates manual tasks that are hazardous and repetitive. Outrider’s mission is to drive the rapid adoption of sustainable freight transportation by deploying zero-emission systems. Outrider is a private company backed by NEA, 8VC, and other top-tier investors. For more information, visit http://www.outrider.ai

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,Transportation & Logistics,U.S

YourHome1Source and Money Management, Changing How America Overcomes Financial Challenges

Two leaders in financial education have teamed to provide an array of helpful resources for U.S. home buyers and homeowners. Money Management International (MMI) and YourHome1Source (YH1S.com) are collaborating to provide practical guidance across important financial topics such as Creating a Home Budget, Repaying Credit Card Debt, Understanding Credit Scores, Preparing to Buy a Home, Recovering from a Natural Disaster, Avoiding Home Foreclosure, and more.

"This is our company mission in action. This is why we developed YH1S.com - to be a one-stop trusted resource for home buyers and homeowners on important home-related financial matters. This moment in time is so rewarding for our team. Money Management has been committed to financial counseling since 1958, and their helpful guidance has benefitted millions of families over the years. It's an honor and privilege to work closely with MMI on educational content, especially knowing our combined efforts will lead to improved, tangible solutions for more people facing real-life financial challenges. Combining our resources to reach and help more Americans is extremely rewarding, and bolsters our commitment at work each day," says Sean Stockell, Publisher of YourHome1Source.

“MMI is pleased to help YH1S.com support prospective and current homeowners in achieving their goals,” said Jim Triggs, President and CEO of MMI. “As one of the nation’s largest nonprofit credit and housing advisors, we strive to make life affordable for everyone through innovative solutions and partnerships. Collaboration with YH1S.com is a natural fit, benefiting people as they seek their own path to achieving The American Dream. Our certified experts stand ready 24/7 to help individuals and families overcome the barriers they face and increase their confidence to lead financially healthy lives.”

"Our company always brings solutions for success to families and entrepreneurs. Our partnership with YourHome1Source is an extension of that philosophy," says Kathy Ireland, Chair, CEO and Chief Designer of kathy ireland® Worldwide (kiWW®). "Knowledge is key to empowerment, especially now, as so many individuals, families and businesses are facing difficult choices brought on by the pandemic, YourHome1Source is now able to offer everyone the education and tools needed to make informed decisions."    

ABOUT kathy ireland® WORLDWIDE (kiWW®): https://www.kathyireland.com/
kiWW® is listed at #26 in the world by License Global Magazine. Kathy Ireland is one of the most influential businesswomen in the world today and according to Fairchild Publications, Kathy is one of the 50 most influential people in fashion. Furniture Today also names Kathy one of the most influential leaders in the furniture industry. Kathy has graced the cover of Forbes Magazine twice (2012, 2016) and was featured on the cover of SUCCESS magazine in August 2019. kiWW® is the recipient of many awards including several Good Housekeeping Seals.

ABOUT MMI: https://www.moneymanagement.org/
Money Management International (MMI) is changing the way financial challenges are solved. MMI helps create, restore, and maintain a life of financial wellness through empowered choices. For over 60 years, our clients have achieved financial confidence through nonprofit programs that educate, motivate, and liberate. MMI inspires action by delivering expert professional guidance and timely solutions aligned with our clients' goals. Experiencing a financial challenge? Find your solution 24/7 at 866.864.8995 and?MoneyManagement.org.

ABOUT YOURHOME1SOURCE® https://www.yourhome1source.com/
YourHome1Source® (YH1S.com), America’s Resource on Homeownership® is a leading online resource for home buyers and homeowners covering many home-related topics including home buying, building, remodeling, furnishing & décor, home loans, insurance, home inspections, home security, smart-home technology and more. Visitors find tips, emerging product announcements, savings opportunities and home project solutions, and can view hundreds of home product videos on Your Home TV. Other resources include home plan and resource books, home valuation tool, home budget worksheet, mortgage calculator, photo galleries, checklists on home loans, buying, selling, building and access to free credit reports, credit scores and ways to protect personal identity and financial information.

Posted in: Finance,News & Current Affairs,Real Estate,U.S

GiangisKitchen.com to Launch Private Membership Group Featuring Exclusive Content

Award-winning blog GiangisKitchen.com, which features simple, delicious, elegant and nutritious recipes that can be created by anyone in just 30-45 minutes, has announced that it will be launching a private membership group.

The private membership group will offer members exclusive content each day of the week:

  • On Monday, the blog’s founder Giangi Townsend will share some very special tips and tricks for kitchen gourmets of all experience levels — from those who are brand new, to those of who have been cooking for many years.
  • On Tuesday, members can send in any question(s) that they would like Giangi to answer about cooking, menus, kitchen tools, shopping, and anything else.
  • On Wednesday, Giangi will answer all of the submitted questions in a live Q&A session.
  • On Thursday, Giangi will release the following week’s menu.
  • On Friday, Giangi will take an item from the following week’s menu and provide a live step-by-step cooking lesson.


In addition, members will be able to purchase GiangisKitchen.com cooking classes at 60 percent off the regular price.

The activities in the private membership group will be streamed live on Facebook. However, members who do not have a Facebook account can access all of the recorded material directly on the GiangisKitchen.com website in a special members-only section.

Membership in the private membership group costs .99 per month. However, to celebrate the launch, members who sign-up during the initial launch period will only pay .00 per month for the first year.

“We have received so many requests over the years for a members-only section, and finally we are thrilled to announce that it will soon be available,” commented Giangi, who was named Best Food and Lifestyle Blogger — Southwest USA by CV Magazine, and who recently launched the ebook Back to Basics: Cooking 101 – A Beginner’s Guide to Cooking.

More information on the new GiangisKitchen.com benefit-filled private membership group will be published on the website's blog in the near future.

For all other information on GiangisKitchen.com, including advertising, marketing and media inquiries, email giangi(at)giangiskitchen(dot)com or visit http://www.giangiskitchen.com. Facebook users are invited to follow Giangi’s Kitchen at: https://www.facebook.com/giangiskitchen

About GiangisKitchen.com

GiangisKitchen.com is a popular and award-winning blog that features simple, delicious, elegant and nutritious recipes, geared to everyone: working moms, dads, grandparents, empty nesters, teenagers, and anyone else with a desire to prepare a great evening meal for their family in just 30-45 minutes. Access GiangisKitchen.com is free, and no sign-up is required. The website also features money-saving offers and coupons, and is optimized for all screens including tablets and smartphones. Visitors can also subscribe to get a weekly recipe round-up delivered to their inbox.

Posted in: Food & Beverage,News & Current Affairs,U.S,Website & Blog

1099 Pro Software Simplifies Reporting for Tax Year 2020


The biggest change for 1099 Pro’s Tax Year 2020 1099 software is the introduction of Form 1099-NEC Nonemployee Compensation. Per the IRS, filing entities are to issue 1099-NEC: 1) to someone who is not your employee and you paid at least 0, 2) if you made certain payments to an attorney, or 3) if you backup withheld federal income tax. Prior to this year, nonemployee compensation (NEC), was reportable on Form 1099-MISC Miscellaneous Income, Box 7, and had a separate reporting deadline when compared to other boxes on the 1099-MISC form. Moving forward, form 1099-NEC has a January 31st recipient mailing and IRS filing deadline. 1099 Pro encourages all filers to familiarize themselves with 1099-NEC now, and ensure that their accounting system is setup to accurately reflect NEC amounts versus other amounts still reportable on 1099-MISC.

Looking further ahead, the IRS has also indicated that the 1099-NEC is not expected to participate in the Combined Federal State Filing (CF/SF) Program. This exclusion from the CF/SF Program is a serious downside with the transition to the 1099-NEC form. Filing entities will most likely have to create state specific accounts and report 1099-NEC information to each individual state that they operate in – as opposed to the IRS forwarding this information to the states after receiving it. 1099 Pro’s Enterprise software supports the creation of such state direct files, which often deviate from the IRS’s standard format.

Additional 2020 changes include:

  • Form 1042-S: Revised Chapter 3 Status Codes and backup withholding rate.
  • Form 1098: Extended Box 5 Mortgage Insurance Premiums (MIP) reporting.
  • Form 1098-F: New Box 8 code. The IRS also does not have any finalized reporting requirement, or deadline, for filing the 1098-F as of yet.
  • Form 1099-MISC: Removed nonemployee compensation (NEC) and section 409A income reporting. Retitled Boxes 7, 9, 10, and 14. Renumbered Box 15a to Box 12 and Boxes 16, 17, 18 to 15, 16, 17, respectively. Eliminated Boxes 15a and 15b. Revised IRS paper and electronic filing deadlines.
  • Form 1099-PATR: Retitled Boxes 5–11 and new Boxes 12 and 13.
  • Form 1099-R: Renumbered after Box 11. Changes to distributions for qualified birth and adoption.
  • Form 5498: New Box 14b code. RMD age increased from 70½ to 72.
  • Form W-2: Employee TIN truncation (SSN masking) on employee copies. Increased social security wage base.


Both 1099 Pro’s 1099 software and W-2 software feature a complete suite of features that are un-matched in the industry. Extensive user resources are available for every step of the filing season.

Sample import files in Excel templates are provided for all form types. These files include dummy records, that illustrate how to format data, and header records, that auto-map data to the correct fields. Import Wizards automatically apply business rule validations to imported data—thus ensuring the highest likelihood of IRS/SSA data acceptance.

All 1099 software and W-2 software products offer extensive report options. Some examples are: Control Totals reports for all box amounts, Error & Warning reports, Form Counts by Filer reports, and Unfiled Forms Summary reports (which list records by filing status and are invaluable to ensure that records are not overlooked during the filing season). Corporate Suite software features enhanced reports including Federal & State Balancing, State Quarterly and others.

Print recipient tax forms directly to blank paper, preprinted forms or generate PDF digital copies. 1099 pro supports all standard IRS layouts and offers multiple custom or combined layouts. Customers can also outsource print, mail and electronic filing (eFiling) to 1099 Pro’s competitively priced SOC I TYPE II Service Bureau.

1099 Pro’s 2020 1099 software creates electronic files for direct submission to the IRS Filing Information Returns Electronically (FIRE) System and additionally and supports state direct filing. Additionally, 1099 Pro’s 2020 W-2 software creates electronic files for direct submission to the SSA Business Services Online (BSO) site. Electronic filing via the Service Bureau is available for all software products at competitive rates. Corrections and reprints are also fully supported for all products.

Extensive resources are available to quickly onboard new users of 1099 software and W-2 software. Video tutorials demystify importing, printing, eFiling creation, Service Bureau eFiling and other tasks.

The 1099 Pro WIKI hosts sample import files for 1099-NEC, 1099-MISC and all other form types plus software installs, updates and more. LiveChat Support provides real-time solutions for all software products and services. Live phone support is available to registered and demo users with extended January hours.

Since 1989, 1099 Pro, Inc. has produced industry-leading tax reporting software for 1099 informational returns, W-2, 1042-S, ACA 1095, and FATCA 8966 forms. 1099 Pro software imports data from Excel or text files and processes printing, electronic filing, and corrections. 1099 Pro’s hosting and data processing facilities are SOC I Type II certified. 1099 Pro, Inc. also supports the Common Reporting Standard for AEOI reporting via CRS Pro software.

Posted in: Business,Computers & Software,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Sundyne Appoints Neil Langdown Commercial Excellence Leader and Vice President of Asia

Sundyne, a global leader in the design and manufacture of mission critical pumps and compressors, today announced that Neil Langdown has been promoted to a new strategic role of Commercial Excellence Leader. Neil will also continue to serve Sundyne customers in his current role as Vice President for Asia.

Neil Langdown has worked at Sundyne since 2018, where he has focused on oil & gas and petrochemical markets. In his newly appointed roles, Langdown will focus on creating value by leveraging IOT condition-based monitoring to develop new business models and service offerings. Neil will also work to improve efficiency & profitability by digitizing business processes and enhancing the customer experience through seamless platform integration.

Prior to Sundyne, Neil held leadership positions in related industries, as Managing Director for Bedford Pumps for the water industry and Sales & Marketing Director at Siemens for power generation. In additional to his OEM experience, Neil also has extensive service & support experience as Aftermarket Director for Wartsila and General Manager of Hayward Taylor’s Service Division, concentrating on pumps & motors for Subsea and Nuclear markets.

“Neil’s 20-plus years of experience and his innovative strategic focus will be essential in driving commercial excellence around the globe, and also accelerating Sundyne’s success throughout Asia,” said Sundyne’s CEO Mark Sefcik. “We’re building a world class management team, and executives like Neil bring a wealth of experience that will help Sundyne’s customers address their business needs.”        

Neil earned his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Loughborough University, and did his graduate work in business at Edinburgh Business School’s Heriot-Watt University. Neil Langdown will continue to be based from the UK, and can be reached at: Neil.langdown@sundyne.com.

About Sundyne:
Headquartered in Arvada, Colorado with operations and presence in Europe, the Middle East, India, Asia, Japan and China, Sundyne is a leading manufacturer of precision-engineered highly reliable, safe, and efficient centrifugal pumps and compressors for use in hydrocarbon processing, chemical processing, power generation, industrial, and high-pressure water applications. Sundyne is the world leader in delivering low-flow, high-head integrally geared centrifugal pumps and compressors as well as a leader in the supply of safe and leakage-free sealless magnetic drive centrifugal pumps and diaphragm compressors. Sundyne pumps and compressors designs are compliant with the industry’s most stringent API, ANSI/ASME, and ISO standards. To learn more about the Sundyne family of precision-engineered pumps and compressors, please visit http://www.sundyne.com.

Mike Dean

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,News & Current Affairs,U.S

HealthyChildren.org Celebrates Halloween with Spooktacular Sweepstakes Event

HealthyChildren.org, the official American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) website for parents, celebrates Halloween by giving away ten 0 Visa gift cards in the site's Spooktacular Sweepstakes event.

Registered users of HealthyChildren.org may enter once each day during the event which runs October 22 through October 31, 2020. Winners will be drawn daily and announced on Facebook as they are confirmed. View the full contest rules.

About HealthyChildren.org
The only parenting website backed by 67,000 AAP member pediatricians, HealthyChildren.org offers trustworthy, up-to-the-minute health advice and guidance for parents and caregivers, along with interactive tools and personalized content. Registered users enjoy a customized home page featuring articles appropriate for their children by age, as well as a free monthly e-newsletter.

The site also offers a Find a Pediatrician service, an Ask the Pediatrician tool, a KidsDoc Symptom Checker, and more than 5,000 articles in English and Spanish.

Posted in: Family & Parenting,Fitness,Food & Beverage,News & Current Affairs

FieldAware's "Year Zero" Benchmark Study Finds Service Organizations Accelerating Technology Adoption and Poised for Growth During Recovery

FieldAware, the leader in made-for-mobile, cloud-based field service hub solutions, today announced the release of, "Benchmarking the New Normal From Year Zero". This state-of-the-industry end-user survey report examines insights from over 200 service organizations. The new findings shed light on how the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing field service providers to focus on growing their business instead of merely surviving.

Published in partnership with Field Service News, the only business journal globally dedicated to the field service industry, the 21-page report shows that over the next 12–18 months, almost three-quarters (73 percent) of field service providers are focusing on business growth. Yet, 78 percent of respondents are under pressure to reduce service costs or improve service levels due to the pandemic's impact on their customers.

In fact, today, due to investments field service companies have made into their business's technology, the majority (73 percent) can access asset data remotely, and (66 percent) can now offer some form of advanced, preemptive outcome-based service offerings.

"Our industry is led by passionate and creative professionals who work in partnership with their customers to use innovation and technology to address their evolving needs," said Steve Mason, COO of FieldAware. "It is now clear the most singular effect the pandemic has had on our industry has been to accelerate widespread creative service thinking and facilitate the rapid adoption of innovative technologies to resolve what would otherwise be insurmountable challenges."

"We are truly on the cusp of a new era of field service as our industry has been accelerating the development of new innovative offerings built upon cloud services, advanced analytics, and mobile applications," he added. "What COVID-19 did was put a strong catalyst in place to focus our efforts on rapid adoption."

The report is the first of two based on comprehensive quantitative primary research derived from over 200 field service management professionals. It examines the financial impact of the lockdown, the changing dynamics of customer relations in a post-pandemic world, the continued focus on customer excellence, the shift to outcome-based services, the emergence of hybrid remote/on-site service delivery models, the introduction of a new era of connected field service, and more.

The study did find many field service providers (57 percent) have faced challenges and experienced issues with customers being unable to pay because of restricted cash flow and continued cost reduction pressures. Nonetheless, it also revealed that field service providers continue to work in partnership (78 percent) with their customers. This finding is fundamental to the formulation of new innovative service offerings and their successful adoption by customers, which is a sign of optimism that the post-pandemic recovery period will go well.

"For months, our industry has wondered what the future will look like, and now we know -- a move to preemptive outcome-based service offerings, hybrid remote/on-site services, and a renewed focus on empowering field resources to quickly resolve issues and mitigate service disruptions," said Mason. "The good news is that field service providers can leverage best-of-breed innovation from multiple sources within the FieldAware service hub to meet market demands, placing them in a strong position for growth over the next 12-18 months of recovery."

About FieldAware:

FieldAware is a cutting-edge, cloud-based, mobile field service management hub, empowering companies to transform their field service with automated processes and streamlined operations. FieldAware is advancing field service with comprehensive solutions including optimized scheduling, dynamic and intelligent forms capture, robust reporting and analytics, AR, and IoT. FieldAware’s flexible platform streamlines technician enablement and digitizes business processes while automating the collection and dissemination of field and back office information. Combining our award-winning, easy to use/easy to adopt software with the industry’s best implementation and support services, FieldAware provides rapid ROI, accelerating improvements in productivity, safety, compliance, customer satisfaction, reduced environmental impact and revenue growth. Visit http://www.FieldAware.com.

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,Technology,U.S

Arizona Used Truck Dealer Running Special Financing on All Used Inventory

Trucks Only is a used vehicle dealership group with locations in Mesa and Apache Junction, Arizona. The dealership group is currently running a financing special on all used vehicles in its inventory. Any person who finances a used vehicle with Trucks Only will have no monthly payments for 90 days. This special offer is only available for a limited time, so potential customers are encouraged to act fast.

Trucks Only is also buying used trucks. Unlike many dealerships, however, Trucks Only will buy lifted trucks. Parties looking to sell their trucks can get a free, no-commitment quote by entering basic information such as year, make and model. Some specifics are also required, like mileage and drivetrain. At an in-person appraisal, a Trucks Only expert technician will perform a thorough inspection and revise the online estimate, if necessary. After that, the truck’s owner can choose to accept or decline the offer. Sellers can potentially leave with a check for the agreed upon amount on the same day. To learn more, individuals can visit the Trucks Only Sell Us Your Truck page.

To get more information on anything listed above, interested parties can visit the Trucks Only homepage or call the corresponding dealership location. The Mesa phone number is 480-844-7071. The Apache Junction phone number is 480-584-8454. Trucks Only Mesa is located on 550 S. Country Club Drive, Mesa; Trucks Only Apache Junction is located on 837 W. Apache Trail, Apache Junction.

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,Transportation & Logistics,U.S

Energy Savings Construction Announces Duradek Vinyl Decks & Roof Decks, a Waterproof Deck Solution That Works

Duradek Authorized Professional Installer, Energy Savings Construction, announced today Duradek Vinyl Decking, a single product solution for long-lasting waterproof deck protection. The Duradek system provides the ideal solution for residential and light commercial outdoor living spaces, including decks, flat roof decks, and balconies.

“Duradek completely seals the deck substructure, so water never reaches the building envelope and completely protects everything below. That is why Energy Savings Construction recommends Duradek vinyl deck membranes that are designed for strength, durability, and slip resistance.”

Features and benefits of Duradek include:

  • Membranes provide long-lasting, low-maintenance waterproof protection.
  • Includes attractive pedestrian deck surface in one single product solution.
  • Built-in UV resistance and mold & mildew inhibitors.


Duradek vinyl decking is available for installation and immediate enjoyment, including an industry leading warranty that gives real protection for homeowners. For more information on Duradek, visit https://energysavingsconstruction.com/duradek-waterproof-vinyl-decking.

About Energy Savings Construction: After being in the construction industry for 31 years, Virgil McKenzie (Owner) realized that energy efficiency is the best home improvement anyone can facilitate for their home. Energy Savings Construction has been specializing in building performance for over 10 years and has helped homeowners save money and improve the value of their home.

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,Real Estate,U.S

The 7 Most Important Secrets of Successful Root Cause Analysis

System Improvements Inc. is pleased to share the 7 Secrets of Successful Root Cause Analysis, to spread the news about its effective, thorough, and credible root cause analysis training through TapRooT®, and to extend an invitation to the 2021 Global TapRooT® Summit in Knoxville, Tennessee, June 14-18.

In the 7 Most Important Secrets of Successful Root Cause Analysis, the first tip shared is a key foundation for reliable root cause analysis:

1. Your root cause analysis is only as good as the information you collect. Many root cause systems operate as a “standalone” module. Information goes in and an answer comes out, without helping investigators collect accurate information. Some root cause tools actually develop a hypothesis first, then assimilate information to verify or disprove the hypothesis. Extensive research has proven that once an investigator becomes invested in a particular hypothesis, her/his brain automatically looks for “facts” to confirm the hypothesis and disregards “facts” that are counter to the hypothesis, resulting in the investigator finding what she/he wants to find.

2. Your knowledge (or lack of it) can get in the way of a good root cause analysis.

3. Understand what happened before why it happened. Beginning by asking “Why” is jumping to conclusions. This often leads the investigator to presume, rather than seeking to understand.

4. Interviews are not about asking questions.

5. All human performance problems cannot be solved with discipline, training, and procedures.

6. Many people cannot see effective corrective actions even if they can find the root causes.

7. All investigations do not need to be created equal (but some investigation steps cannot be skipped).

Learn more about the 7 Secrets and thorough and credible root cause analysis in the article.

Please contact System Improvements Inc. at 865.539.2139 to discuss the role of TapRooT® Training in your organization.

About System Improvements Inc. – TapRooT®

Founded in 1988, TapRooT® solves hurdles every investigator faces. TapRooT® root cause analysis takes an investigator beyond his or her knowledge to think outside the box. Backed with extensive research in human performance, incident investigation, and root cause analysis, TapRooT® is a global leader in improved investigation effectiveness and productivity, stopping finger-pointing and blame, improving equipment reliability, and fixing operating problems.

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,Technology,U.S

FEI to Host Top Regulators From SEC, FASB and PCAOB at Annual Corporate Financial Reporting Insights (CFRI) Conference

Financial Executives International (FEI), the association of choice for CFOs and other senior-level finance executives, will hold its 39th Annual Corporate Financial Reporting Insights (CFRI) Conference. For the first time, the event will be hosted virtually on November 2,4,9,11,16 and 18. As with prior years, FEI continues to host an exclusive speaker roster, providing CFRI attendees with invaluable access to business-critical information regarding financial reporting trends, strategies, and tools. Attendees can earn up to 24.5 CPE credits after registering here: https://www.financialexecutives.org/Events/Conferences/Corporate-Financial-Reporting-Insights-Virtual-Con/Info/Register.aspx.

Sessions will be conducted by financial leaders from major organizations such as American Express, Crowe, Deloitte, EY, Facebook, Google. IBM, Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Merck, Microsoft, PayPal, Pfizer, PepsiCo, and PWC. These presenters will be joined by key representatives from the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB).

Conference Chair Aaron Anderson, Treasurer for PayPal Holdings, Inc. and member of FEI’s Committee on Corporate Reporting, said, “We are operating in unprecedented times of economic, societal, and personal disruption. To effectively lead our organizations and people through these challenges, we must come together as a profession and share experiences, gather insights, and ultimately take action. To this end, no conference can match CFRI in terms of caliber of speakers and relevancy of topics. We are confident that professionals who attend the conference will walk away empowered and equipped with strategies to succeed personally and professionally.”

Mark Zandi, Chief Economist of Moody’s Analytics and Alex Gorsky, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Johnson & Johnson will deliver impactful insights through keynote and interviews on November 9 and 16 respectively.

“This year, CFRI will focus on training financial leaders on how to not only manage but embrace the post-pandemic business environment. With engaging keynotes exploring the pandemic’s impact moving into 2021, from the state of the profession to leadership perspectives, including the presidential election and what might unfold in the U.S. and global economies. Corporate Financial Reporting Insights rounds out an agenda with first-rate experts across various fields of relevance ranging from regulators to tech scientists, and may be the single-most important conference for financial professionals this year,” said Andrej Suskavcevic, CAE, president and CEO of FEI and FERF.

The CFRI conference is made possible through the support of the Financial Education & Research Foundation, and the event sponsors, including Diamond Sponsor Microsoft; Platinum Sponsors Deloitte, EY, Kaplan, KPMG, OneStream, PWC, and Workiva.

Agenda and Registration Details
Visit the CFRI website for the complete agenda, speaker biographies and registration details regarding both in-person and livestream attendance. Additionally, join the Twitter conversation at #FEICFRI2020.

About FEI
Financial Executives International (FEI) is the leading advocate for the views of corporate financial management. Its more than 10,000 members hold policy-making positions as chief financial officers, treasurers and controllers at companies from every major industry. FEI enhances member professional development through peer networking, career management services, conferences, research and publications. Members participate in the activities of more than 65 Chapters in the U.S. FEI is located in Morristown, NJ. Visit http://www.financialexecutives.org for more information.

Posted in: Finance,Finance Market,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Ideanomics Reports 1066 EV Sales Activity for Q3

New York October 16, 2020 - Ideanomics (NASDAQ: IDEX) announced its Mobile Energy Global (MEG) division’s sales activities for the month of September and Q3 2020. For the period starting September 1, 2020, through September 30, 2020, MEG delivered a total of 423 units. For 3Q 2020, the period starting July 1, 2020, through September 30, 2020, MEG delivered a total of 626 units. The company also invoiced an additional 440 units in Q3, which are pending expected delivery.


Total Units Delivered – Q3 2020



“We are very pleased that our MEG business experienced sequential growth, month over month, throughout Q3, and the 440 units pending delivery gets Q4 off to a strong start. This growth, fueled by a combination of previously announced deals and new deal origination, along with improvements in our operational efficiency, helps us achieve our goals for 2020 and sets the stage for growth at scale going into 2021,” said Alf Poor, CEO of Ideanomics.


About Ideanomics

Ideanomics is a global company that facilitates the adoption of commercial electric vehicles and supports next-generation financial services and fintech products. Our electric vehicle division, Mobile Energy Global (MEG) provides group purchasing discounts on commercial electric vehicles, EV batteries and electricity, as well as financing and charging solutions; we refer to this business model as sales to financing to charging (S2F2C). Ideanomics Capital provides fintech services that include intelligent and innovative solutions powered by AI and blockchain. Together, MEG and Ideanomics Capital provide our global customers and partners with more efficient solutions for a greener economy.

The company is headquartered in New York, NY, with offices in Beijing, Guangzhou, and Qingdao, and operations in the U.S., China, Ukraine, and Malaysia.



Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains certain statements that may include "forward looking statements". All statements other than statements of historical fact included herein are "forward-looking statements." These forward-looking statements are often identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believes," "expects" or similar expressions, involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, and include statements regarding our intention to transition our business model to become a next-generation financial technology company, our business strategy and planned product offerings, our intention to phase out our oil trading and consumer electronics businesses, and potential future financial results. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, they do involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties, and these expectations may prove to be incorrect. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of risks and uncertainties, such as risks related to: our ability to continue as a going concern; our ability to raise additional financing to meet our business requirements; the transformation of our business model; fluctuations in our operating results; strain to our personnel management, financial systems and other resources as we grow our business; our ability to attract and retain key employees and senior management; competitive pressure; our international operations; and other risks and uncertainties disclosed under the sections entitled “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in our most recent Form 10-K and Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and similar disclosures in subsequent reports filed with the SEC, which are available on the SEC website at www.sec.gov.. All forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these risk factors. Other than as required under the securities laws, the Company does not assume a duty to update these forward-looking statements.


Investor Relations and Media Contact

Tony Sklar, VP of Communications

55 Broadway, 19th Floor New York, New York 10006

Email: ir@ideanomics.com


Valerie Christopherson / Lora Wilson

Global Results Communications (GRC)

+1 949 306 6476


Posted in: Automotive,Business,Finance Market,News & Current Affairs,Technology

Electrical Wholesale Distributor Joins Fight Against Cancer by Launching Campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The fight against cancer is a fulltime job. Even during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the fight must continue. City Electric Supply is proud announce the launch of a campaign that was created to help win that battle. Throughout the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, CES will be collecting donations for the American Cancer Society (ACS). CES will match the total number donated at the end of the month, up to ,000. Employees and customers at the over 500 U.S. branches across North America are encouraged to participate. American Cancer Society Executive Director Keenan Delaney says there’s never been a greater need than right now, as they’re experiencing a significant decline in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The American Cancer Society relies on the financial gifts from individuals, community organizations and corporate partners to help fuel our mission to attack cancer from every angle. If current trends continue, we may have to cut funding for cancer research by 50 percent,” said Delaney. “We’re extremely grateful to City Electric Supply and their employees and customers for contributing money to help ensure cancer doesn’t get the advantage during these challenging times.”

For the American Cancer Society, the end of breast cancer begins with research. COVID-19 has disrupted that research. ACS’s research program has played a role in many of the prevention, screening, treatment advances that help save lives from breast cancer today. Making a donation means funding the future, which gives ACS the ability to continue providing guidance for those who want to learn about breast cancer through their screening guidelines as well as information about breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.

“These funds will fuel groundbreaking research, support education and prevention efforts, provide free cancer-related information 24/7 and offer critical services for people with cancer who need them,” said Delaney. “Cancer hasn’t stopped, so neither have we.”

Getting regular screenings, according to ACS, is the best way to detect breast cancer early, which could be lifesaving. During these challenging times, it’s extremely important that regular breast cancer screening is continued, but they’ve declined in 2020.

The ACS estimates that more than seven million women delayed or declined mammograms during the first half of 2020, which translates to 36,000 potential delayed breast cancer diagnoses. This is why during these unprecedented times, it is extremely important to not forget our fight with cancer and help the American Cancer Society continue their efforts in preventing, finding, treating and surviving breast cancer

"The news of breast cancer diagnosis can instantly happen to anyone," said CES Cares Social Impact Manager Karen Gray. "Since 2016, we've successfully donated almost 0K to the American Cancer Society to help the brave people taking on this battle."

The City Electric Supply donation will be made to the American Cancer Society through the company’s social impact division, CES Cares. CES Cares serves as the company’s umbrella for all of the philanthropical, charitable and volunteer efforts in which the company and its employees participate. Link to make a donation: https://donate.cityelectricsupplymarketing.com/

Tips from American Cancer Society:

  • Postmenopausal women who walk at least 7 hours a week lower their risk of breast cancer by 14%.
  • Postmenopausal women who lose 10 or more pounds and keep it off for at least 5 years might reduce their risk for breast cancer.
  • Women who smoke may be at an increased risk for breast cancer.
  • ACS recommends all women with average risk should begin having yearly mammograms by age 45


About American Cancer Society: The American Cancer Society funds scientists and medical professionals who study cancer across the United States. We provide millions of dollars to multiple grants each year. The American Cancer Society’s mission is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer. We’re the only cancer organization offering services and support for every aspect of a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

About City Electric Supply (CES) is a family-owned electrical wholesale distributor headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The company was founded in 1951 by Tom Mackie in the United Kingdom and expanded to the United States in 1983. Today, CES employs more than 3,000 people in over 500 branches across the U.S.

CES is dedicated to providing personalized service and support for customers in the residential, commercial, and industrial marketplace. While CES is a large company, it prides itself in keeping its founding principle of empowering people to make local business decisions by providing customers tailored services for all their electric supply needs.

Posted in: Electronics & Semiconductors,Health & Medicine,News & Current Affairs,Services,U.S

New Peer-Led Partnership Association Aims to Earn Partnerships a Seat at the Executive Table; Adds ecosystem veteran Jay McBain as advisor

Partnership Leaders, the exclusive membership organization for executives from the best Partnerships, Business Development, and Ecosystem teams in the technology industry, focused on elevating the role of the partnership leader to the c-suite, announced the next stage in its growth with the launch of an annual membership program and added ecosystem veteran Jay McBain, Principal Analyst at Forrester as it’s first outside advisor. Founded in December 2018, the new membership model offers exclusive content and programming to support the education and networking needs of the SaaS Partnership community.

Today there are over 175,000 SaaS companies, whose longevity and success will depend on the interoperability of their platforms with complementary technologies, supporting the growth of vibrant service partner ecosystems, and fostering business development opportunities to meet growing customer expectations and demand. Partnerships play a key role in forging these connections. However, the partnership function is still relatively nascent in its development as a discipline. There are more than 100,000 leaders of Partnership organizations in the US tech industry, yet there are less than 500 C-level Partnerships (Channel, Alliance, BD or Ecosystem) executives at these companies. In addition, 76% of CEOs believe that ecosystems will be integral to their business model moving forward.

The partnership leader role has not yet risen to the ranks of required C-suite positions, with clearly defined responsibilities and a well-recognized career roadmap. Partnership Leaders seeks to address these challenges. “The lack of C-level partnership execs exemplifies a tremendous opportunity for the partnership community.” Says Jay McBain, Principal Analyst at Forrester. “Partnership Leaders provides a unique space and the peer-support needed for leaders to take action and elevate their role to the level of recognition it deserves.”

The Partnership Leaders community includes leaders from rapidly growing teams from technology companies around the world. Membership is available to all partnership leaders, regardless of function, and includes executives and team leaders in partnerships, business development, partner marketing, partner operations, and product leaders supporting partnership initiatives. The community is focused on empowering one another in their respective roles, knowledge sharing, and paving the way to success together through real-time conversations in the Partnership Leaders online community. Invite-only channels are set up for thoughtful conversations unique to select interest groups such as Women-in-Partnerships and executive roles. Topics of discussion range from best practices for overcoming common obstacles in launching partner programs to handling change management when scaling partner organizations.

Partnership Leaders paid members receive exclusive benefits such as:
? Access to the Partnership Leaders online community where members can ask and answer questions and address challenges together real-time across threaded topics.
? Regular virtual roundtables and networking events focused on key topics like “How to collaborate with other departments to accomplish partnership goals.”
? Networking opportunities including curated Member Matchmaking to facilitate members connecting to teach, learn, and identify business development opportunities together.
? Opportunities for members to showcase their expertise through Partnership Leaders’ Spotlight Series of content and The Partnered Podcast.

Ecosystems represent the next key competitive advantage for companies in the technology world and the official launch of Partnership Leaders is a key step in getting Partnerships a seat on the executive leadership team.

About Partnership Leaders:
Partnership Leaders is on a mission to elevate partnerships in modern technology companies. We’re a community of executives and leaders from the best Partnerships, Business Development and Ecosystem teams in tech. Founded by SaaS industry veterans Chris Samila, Asher Mathew, and Tai Rattigan, Partnership Leaders is a peer-led members community. For more information visit https://www.partnershipleaders.com/

Posted in: Computers & Software,News & Current Affairs,Technology,U.S,Website & Blog

Clean Air Task Force Founder Armond Cohen to Speak at Dickinson College

The founder and executive director of the Clean Air Task Force (CATF), Armond Cohen, will explore practical solutions to fight climate change in virtual public lecture from Dickinson College. The talk, “Hedgehogs and Foxes: Toward Climate Pragmatism,” will take place via livestream on Monday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. EDT. A link to view the lecture will be available at https://www.dickinson.edu/cohen.

Cohen’s lecture is part of The Sam Rose ’58 and Julie Walters Prize at Dickinson College for Global Environmental Activism, which was presented to Cohen earlier this year. The 0,000 prize is given annually to an individual or organization that makes a defining difference and advances responsible action on behalf of the planet, its resources and people.

Cohen, widely recognized for his thought leadership on climate, draws his lecture’s title from the philosopher Isaiah Berlin, who cited a fable about two kinds of thinkers: “The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” Cohen will explain how “hedgehog” thinkers embrace single solutions to problems, while “foxes” see complexity, contingency and risk. Cohen will argue that climate pragmatism embraces multiple strategies and technologies, and a variety of market and policy approaches, to find what works.

Since its founding in 1996, CATF has been a leading force in reducing air pollution and climate pollutants from the nation’s power plants, industries and vehicles. Drawing on his roots as an environmental lawyer, Cohen has led CATF in campaigns to limit emissions from coal power plants and diesel engines. CATF has also led efforts to spur interest in “firm” renewable energy, like superhot deep geothermal energy and next-generation nuclear energy. In addition, CATF’s work led to the first-ever federal “price on carbon,” which provides a tax credit for capturing and storing carbon dioxide underground.

Cohen joins a distinguished group of prior recipients of the Rose-Walters Prize, including the Natural Resources Defense Council; Our Children’s Trust, the advocacy organization representing 21 young plaintiffs in the landmark federal climate change lawsuit Juliana v. United States; Brett Jenks, CEO of conservation nonprofit Rare; environmental activist, author and journalist Bill McKibben; Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Kolbert; award-winning actor and environmental activist Mark Ruffalo; Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives and former EPA administrator Lisa Jackson; and award-winning nature photographer James Balog.

About Dickinson College
Dickinson is a highly selective private liberal-arts college of 2,300 students and a national leader and innovator in sustainability education. Students are challenged through classroom studies, living laboratories, service learning, student-faculty research and study abroad to build the knowledge and skills that are needed to create a sustainable world. Opportunities for hands-on learning include working with community groups to protect local watersheds and air quality, learning about solar energy, growing food on the college’s USDA-certified organic farm and producing biogas from food waste. Sustainable practices and values are underscored by a commitment to climate neutrality, green building practices, socially responsible investment and diverse community engagement. Dickinson’s achievements and leadership have earned the highest recognitions from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Sierra Magazine, the Sustainable Endowments Institute, The Princeton Review and Second Nature. https://www.dickinson.edu.

About Clean Air Task Force
Clean Air Task Force is a nonprofit environmental organization of scientists, engineers, MBAs, policy experts, lawyers and communications professionals in offices across the U.S. We work to safeguard against the worst impacts of climate change by catalyzing the rapid global development and deployment of emerging and proven low-carbon energy and other climate-protecting technologies through research and analysis, legal advocacy, promoting thought leadership and partnership with the private sector. For more information, please visit https://www.catf.us.

Posted in: Education,News & Current Affairs,U.S

ASDS Members Elect 2020-21 Leadership to Take Office During ASDS Virtual Annual Meeting

Voting members of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) recently elected five new leaders to the second largest professional medical specialty society for dermatology in North America. Their terms begin tomorrow during the 2020 virtual Annual Membership Meeting when President Marc Brown, MD, discusses highlights from this unusual year and passes the virtual gavel to 2020-21 ASDS President Mathew Avram, MD, JD.

The 2020-21 officers are:

  • Mathew Avram, MD, JD, President
  • Sue Ellen Cox, MD, President-Elect
  • Vince Bertucci, MD, FRCPC, Vice President
  • Kavita Mariwalla, MD, Secretary
  • Dee Anna Glaser, MD, Treasurer
  • Marc Brown, MD, Immediate Past President
  • Rhoda Narins, MD, Historian / Parliamentarian

Vice President: Vince Bertucci, MD, FRCPC
Dr. Bertucci will ascend to President-Elect in 2021-22 and President in 2022-23. “Member education is arguably the most important of ASDS benefits. I am keen to put into place enhanced educational offerings with courses that draw on global speakers and experiences, modern and user-friendly online educational materials, expanded mentorship opportunities and more. While dermatologic surgery faces many challenges, I remain very optimistic about our future. I strongly believe that there is no better way for our organization to guarantee its success than through engagement of early-career dermatologists. Further development of programs directed to this group will ensure that both the next generation of dermatologic surgeons and the ASDS will flourish.”

Board Member: Anna A. Bar, MD
“I am a passionate advocate for advancing the national reputation of our organization and its members. The long term security of our specialty must be our top priority. I support continued emphasis on marketing dermatologic surgeons’ skills so that the public will seek out an ASDS member as THE expert in all skin procedures. We need to continue educating the public, media and regulators that board certified dermatologists are the gold standard to diagnose and treat skin problems and perform aesthetic procedures.”

Board Member: Nazanin Saedi, MD
“Even prior to COVID-19, nationwide changes in health care administration were increasingly discussed. Rather than avoid this change, we need to be active participants of the conversation, helping to ensure we can continue to provide the highest level of care and services for our patients. These conversations are all the more relevant, as the current pandemic has dramatically altered the landscape of dermatologic services now, and probably will have a lasting effect for the future.”

Board Member: Divya Srivastava, MD
“As more non-physicians and non-core physicians advertise themselves as dermatologists, we must ensure that our patients are safe from laser injury, filler complications and delayed diagnoses of skin cancer. We must continue to be vigilant at the state and federal level to support the physician as the leader in team-based medicine and oppose independent practice of medicine by non-physicians.”

Nominating Committee: Terrence Allan Cronin, Jr., MD
“There really isn’t any other society like ASDS that looks out for our specialty and provides the leading educational experience in dermatologic surgery for our members. The leadership of our organization is on record when it comes to the education of the public, our members and policy-makers. In order for this to continue, it is imperative that we elect leaders that are aware of the many threats that face our specialty but are also grounded in the rich history of the dermatologists who came before us.”

2020-22 Resident Representative: Elizabeth H. Cusick, MD
The Resident Representative to the ASDS and ASDSA Boards of Directors holds a two-year term providing input and guidance to the Society and Association in their efforts to expand outreach and services to dermatology residents. Dr. Cusick is a Chief Resident in dermatology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York. She received her undergraduate degree at Brooklyn College and attended medical school at SUNY Stony Brook. Her interests include medical and integrative dermatology.

About the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) is the largest specialty organization exclusively representing dermatologic surgeons who have unique training and experience to treat the health, function and beauty of skin throughout every stage of life. ASDS members are recognized as leaders in the field of cosmetic and medically necessary skin surgery. They also are pioneers in the field; many are involved in the clinical studies that bring popular treatments to revitalize skin and fill and diminish wrinkles to the forefront. Their work has helped create and enhance many of the devices that remove blemishes, hair and fat, and tighten skin. Dermatologic surgeons also are experts in skin cancer prevention, detection and treatment. As the incidence of skin cancer rises, dermatologic surgeons are committed to taking steps to minimize the life-threatening effects of this disease. For more information, visit http://asds.net.

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Lydia Adams, VP of Marketing & Communications of Personiv Wins Gold Stevie® Mentor of the Year Award in their 2020 Awards for Women in Business

We are proud to announce that Lydia Adams, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Austin-based outsourcing provider Personiv has been named the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the Mentor or Coach of the Year category in the field of Marketing, Public Relations and Social Media for the Stevie Women in Business Awards, chosen among more than 1,500 candidates for such an honor across the globe.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business recognize women executives, entrepreneurs, employees and the companies they run – worldwide. The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards with their Women in Business winners chosen in more than 100 categories in Gold, Silver, and Bronze levels. This year’s winners were determined by the average scores of more than 180 business professionals internationally, working on seven juries.

“It is a great honor to be named as a Mentor of the Year for the 2020 Women in Business Stevie Awards. As someone who has benefitted from mentorship from other women throughout my career, I understand the impact of strong leadership, and I am truly and deeply humbled by this designation,” Adams said. “I owe this award to my incredible team members – both past and present – who have given me the opportunity to embrace my role as a mentor, while I thank my own personal mentors who have taught me so much about what it means to be a successful leader.”

Lydia Adams is the Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Personiv – an outsourcing and offshoring company – where she oversees the internal and external marketing and communications initiatives of the organization, which employs nearly 2,500 employees at five sites in three countries. Adams works tirelessly to center the experiences of the human beings who work at Personiv – and those that are helped by the solutions it offers.

Among Adams' accomplishments being recognized by the Gold Stevie® award are the results of her spearheading of Personiv's rebrand and website launch – a 260 percent year-over-year increase in site visitors – and a 388 percent year-over-year increase in lead generation in the wake of a reinvigoration of the company's marketing content strategy. Most recently, Adams led the initiative to start the podcast, CFO Weekly, which also won a 2020 Gold Stevie award in it’s first year for Best Business Podcast.

“The people we employ at Personiv are the best, and we invest heavily in their success with a focus on engagement, training and especially mentorship,” David Lesniak, CEO of Personiv said. “It is wonderful to see our own marketing executive leader, Lydia Adams, recognized on the global stage for living our core value of strong, positive and effectual leadership that enriches the lives of our team members and in turn, provides quality services to our customers.”

Maggie Gallagher, president of the Stevie Awards, said, “In a year like no other in our lifetimes, we’ve produced a cohort of amazing, Stevie-winning women, organizations, and achievements like no other. At all times our winners show themselves to be fearless and indomitable, but their leadership and example are especially valued this year. We congratulate all of our Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie winners."

The Stevie Awards will stage its third annual Women|Future Conference virtually on November 12-13. Details and registration are available at http://www.WomenFutureConference.com.

About Lydia Adams
As VP of Marketing & Communications at Personiv, Lydia Adams is responsible for all marketing and communications strategy and implementation for the organization, from branding and messaging to advertising and lead generation. She has more than 15 years of marketing and communications experience in a variety of industries including business services, engineering and higher education. Adams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Texas A&M University and a Master of Arts degree in Mass Communication from Texas State University.

About Personiv
For more than three decades, Personiv has been the partner businesses trust to develop and implement customized outsourcing solutions for everything from customer experience and back office to finance and accounting and digital. Austin, Texas-based Personiv provides flexible, scalable people-powered solutions that deliver high-impact, high-quality results at half the cost. For more information, visit http://www.personiv.com.

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in eight programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. 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.


Posted in: Business,Marketing & Sales,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Animatronics Industry Giant Launches Education Company focused on STEM

If you’ve been to a popular theme park, you’ve seen one of Garner Holt’s creations. The impressive technique of magically bringing fantasy characters to life is what makes us all feel like we’ve escaped reality and can fully embrace the fun of being part of the story.

Imagine that same magic applied to learning about science, technology, engineering, art, and math. This is precisely what Garner Holt Education through Imagination has done. Where other STEM or STEAM programs may be successful with separate subject focal points, the unique aspect of animatronics not only seamlessly blends science, technology, engineering, art, and math but represents over 50 distinct and promising careers.

Combining animatronics with the concept of a makerspace, Garner Holt Education through Imagination has designed and implemented the ideal STEAM learning environment for schools, appropriately named, AniMakerspace. These custom designed AniMakerspaces bring a level of fun and entertainment to learning complex scientific concepts and are a step up from the traditional makerspace.

AniMakerspaces are like a miniaturized version of Garner Holt Productions, and by learning from their experts, Education through Imagination is able to use that knowledge to design very powerful and effective learning experiences.

The AniMakerspace gives students the opportunity to practice different models of design thinking through hands-on experiences that enliven the continuously evolving relationship between science, engineering, robotics, manufacturing, and automation.

The most rewarding thing for any educator is to see kids enjoy learning and AniMakerspaces are what gets kids excited to come to school. The best thing about AniMakerspaces is that no matter what career students go into, they are learning the valuable 21st century skills of creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking.

Help us get one in every school in America and make learning magical.

Posted in: Education,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Adopting Data Standards Initiative elects board of directors

Adopting Data Standards (ADS), a non-profit private investments industry coalition, recently marked its one-year anniversary electing its first board of directors.

Appointments to the ADS board of directors include Marianne Stenberg of Swedish pension fund AP2, Paulo Nunes of IHS Markit, Daniel Gregor of Allianz Capital Partners, and Rich Carson of Cambridge Associates.

A purpose-driven organization, ADS also marked its anniversary by holding its first annual meeting of members. ADS is bringing together asset owners, fund managers, and other industry providers to define much needed digital data standards for the benefit of all participants in the markets for private capital.

As an independent organization, ADS’ goal is not to develop another reporting template, but instead to develop a data standard (or a “data dictionary”) to support the many templates and best practices already used in the industry.

Speaking on behalf of ADS, director Marianne Stenberg of Swedish pension fund AP2 explained, “It takes an enormous amount of time and money for investors like AP2 to scrub and normalize the data they are receiving from their private fund managers; but if institutions work together, with ADS, we can solve this.”

Director Paulo Nunes of IHS Market added, “There is significant potential for scale and automation with ADS because a common reporting language is the key to unlocking data efficiency for everyone. IHS is teaming up to benefit all market participants.”

Finally, board member Rich Carson of Cambridge Associates added, “Cambridge Associates supports ADS because we think - working together - we have a shot at making investing in private markets better for investors, fund managers, and service providers. We want to work with like-minded industry leaders to try and make that happen.”

Find out how to join one of the most forward-thinking organizations in private capital at http://www.adsinitiative.org.


Posted in: Business,News & Current Affairs,U.S

FIG Agency Recognized on the 2020 LinkedIn Top Startups List

FIG, Storytellers for the Information Age, is pleased to share its inclusion onto LinkedIn's 2020 Top Startups List, which ranks the 50 U.S. companies that have stood out this year, attracting investment, employees and attention.

LinkedIn editors and data scientists parsed hundreds of millions of actions generated by LinkedIn’s 171+ million members in the U.S., looking across four pillars: employee growth; jobseeker interest; member engagement with the company and its employees; and how well these startups pulled talent from their flagship LinkedIn Top Companies list.

FIG is thriving against all odds in the pandemic, producing outstanding work this year for clients like Waze, Kabbage, Zillow, CNN and Benjamin Moore whilst continuing to invest in innovation and systems to transform how the agency produces incredible work.

"This list means such a lot to us because it’s based on actions within the LinkedIn community, said Judith Carr-Rodriguez, Partner & CEO, FIG. We are thrilled to be in such good company as breakthrough brands like Masterclass, Brooklinen and Robinhood. We can prove that stories scale brands, so when we help companies cross the chasm from niche to mainstream, we have a personal playbook for success."

To learn more about the FIG agency and the work they do, please visit FIGAgency.com.

About FIG

FIG was born in 2013 from a desire to create a smarter, more nimble alternative to the traditional agency model. We believe that stories are the best way to convey information and persuade people so we have built our thoroughly modern agency to deliver on this. We are Storytellers for the Information Age, on a mission to raise the bar in our industry by improving the quality and effectiveness of the stories told. Our clients include Zillow, Benjamin Moore, CNN, and Diageo. We are proud to have been named as one of Inc Magazine’s Best Places to Work in the US, honored in the AdAge Agency A List 2018, 2019 and 2020, as well as being included on Inc 5000, the definitive list of the fastest growing privately held companies in America. For more information, visit http://www.figagency.com.

Media Contact

Kristen Mondshein


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Readers' Favorite Announces Its 2020 International Book Award Contest Results

Readers' Favorite has become the fastest growing book review and award contest site on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

In addition to reviewing for some of the biggest names in the literary industry, as well as the first-time independent author, they host a respected award contest which receives thousands of entries from all over the world. Because of their large submission numbers, they are able to break down their contest into 150+ genres, where each genre is judged separately, ensuring authors only compete against books in their specific genre for a fairer and more accurate competition.

Their contest attracts submissions from independent authors, small publishers, and publishing giants such as Random House, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, with contestants that range from the first-time, self-published author to New York Times bestsellers like J.A. Jance, James Rollins, and #1 best-selling author Daniel Silva, as well as celebrity authors like Jim Carrey (Bruce Almighty), Henry Winkler (Happy Days), and Eriq La Salle (E.R., Logan).

Over the years, Readers' Favorite has caught the eye of industry leaders who have graciously offered to support their contest by providing services free of charge. Readers' Favorite contestants have a chance for the opportunity to have their book made into a movie or TV show, to be published by a multi award-winning publisher, to be represented by a renowned publicist, and to be represented by a respected literary agency. In addition, all authors are automatically entered to win one of more than 250 prizes worth a combined total of ,000 just by entering the Readers' Favorite International Book Award Contest.

Please visit the 2020 Award Contest Winners page to view all of this year's award-winning books. Each award winner features reviews and detailed information about the author, including contact information. Most authors offer free copies of their book to schools, libraries and charities.

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,U.S

Haute Residence Welcomes Sebastian Acosta To Its Exclusive Real Estate Network

Haute Residence is pleased to welcome Sebastian Acosta to the exclusive Haute Residence Network as its representative in the real estate market of the Brickell Key and Brickell areas of Miami, FL.

Sebastian Acosta is a highly respected real estate agent, speaker, and book author. He has mastered this business thanks to hard work, strong ethics, and full dedication to his profession. He has consistently been a top producing agent in every company he has been with since he started in this business. Sebastian has helped buy and sell over 350 properties since 2013. Book author of "Make Millions with Foreclosures and Short Sales" (2008) and recent best selling new business book on Amazon (2018-2020) "The Million Dollar Listing Social Media."

Visit Sebastian Acosta's Haute Residence profile: https://www.hauteresidence.com/member/sebastian-acosta/

Visit Sebasitan Acosta's website: https://www.sebastianacosta.com/


Designed as a partnership-driven luxury real estate portal, Haute Residence connects its affluent readers with top real estate professionals, while offering the latest in real estate news, showcasing the world’s most extraordinary residences on the market and sharing expert advice from its knowledgeable and experienced real estate partners.

The invitation-only luxury real estate network, which partners with just one agent in every market, unites a distinguished collective of leading real estate agents and brokers and highlights the most extravagant properties in leading markets around the globe for affluent buyers, sellers, and real estate enthusiasts.

HauteResidence.com has grown to be the number one news source for million-dollar listings, high-end residential developments, celebrity real estate, and more.

Access all of this information and more by visiting http://www.hauteresidence.com

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Michael C. Bush, CEO Great Place to Work, to Keynote at 2020 Global Wellness Summit on Why Equitable Workplaces Are Better for Business

The Global Wellness Summit (GWS), the foremost gathering of international leaders in the multi-trillion-dollar global wellness economy, today announced that Michael C. Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work® and renowned workplace culture expert, will keynote at its conference November 8–11, 2020, at The Breakers Palm Beach, Florida. The theme of the 2020 GWS is “Resetting the World with Wellness,” and Bush will be one of the experts exploring how innovative and more democratic wellness concepts could transform human life post-COVID-19.

Bush’s presentation, which will include new research conducted during the pandemic with hundreds of the world’s leading CEOs, is entitled, “A Great Place to Work For All,” and is based on his organization’s inclusive leadership model and book by the same name. Bush will outline the importance of wellness and inclusivity in creating positive workplaces and quantify the ROI that these businesses achieve, such as typically outperforming peers in the stock market.

“The pandemic has created a major shift in work culture—forcing many businesses to become more flexible when it comes to remote workers, for example. At the same time, there’s been an acceptance of the fact that racial inequality permeates every aspect of our lives. These two monumental moments have created new challenges and opportunities for business leaders across the globe,” said Susie Ellis, GWS chair and CEO.

Great Place to Work is a global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures, operating in over 60 countries, providing the benchmarks, framework and expertise needed to create, sustain and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. The company is responsible for popular workplace lists, including “Best Workplaces for Women,” “Best Workplaces for Millennials,” and “Best Companies to Work For.”

Bush’s popular workplace culture book "A Great Place to Work For All" has garnered kudos and recommendations from CEOs of some of the world’s leading companies, including Intuit, Salesforce, Kaiser Permanente, PwC and Marriott International. Said Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff: “The most successful companies have a higher purpose and are built on a foundation of trust, growth, innovation, equality, and making the world a better place for all. "A Great Place to Work For All" shares the essential values that every organization should follow to thrive in the future.”

More about Bush:
Michael C. Bush is a global chief executive with over 25 years of experience leading small and mid-sized organizations through transformational growth. Driven by a love of business and an unwavering commitment to fair and equitable treatment, in 2015, Michael acquired ownership and currently serves as the global CEO of Great Place to Work. Bush set a new mission for the company: to build a better world by helping every organization become a Great Place to Work For All™ by the year 2030.

Bush is also a sought-after speaker and regular contributor to Fortune and has been featured in numerous publications, including Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Inc., ThriveGlobal, Huffington Post, CNBC and TED.

Capacity at the 2020 Summit is limited; delegates are urged to register ASAP. To learn more about the Summit or to register, click here.

About the Global Wellness Summit: The Global Wellness Summit is an invitation-only international gathering that brings together leaders and visionaries to positively shape the future of the .5 trillion global wellness economy. Held in a different location each year, Summits have taken place in the US, Switzerland, Turkey, Bali, India, Morocco, Mexico, Austria, Italy and Singapore. The 14th annual Summit will take place at The Breakers Palm Beach, FL, from November 8–11, 2020. The 2021 GWS will be held in Tel Aviv, Israel, November 15–18.

Posted in: Business,News & Current Affairs,U.S

ProAct Safety’s Founder Compares and Contrasts BBS and HOP; Recording now available from the RASP Live Networking Event

ProAct Safety, a recognized pioneer of safety excellence strategies, announced its founder and CEO, Terry L. Mathis, lead the live networking event discussion around BBS and HOP, answering many attendee questions. The live event held on August 26th was recorded and is now available on demand at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_9FY3_Hm8o.

Mathis’ session, “BBS vs. HOP: Either, Neither…or Both?,” details the similarities and differences between the two programs and helps attendees determine which will work best for their specific culture.

“Having Terry as our special guest to discuss BBS-vs-HOP brought a fresh and practical perspective from an exceptionally talented and gifted orator. The feedback we have had from attendees has been incredibly positive and I am looking forward to having Terry share more of his wisdom, insight and experience in this very popular and often misunderstood subject,” said Sonni Gopal, RedRisks.com.

For more information about ProAct Safety events, visit http://proactsafety.com/events.

Mathis, ProAct Safety's founder and CEO, is known for dynamic presentations, work and writing in the fields of behavioral and cultural safety, leadership, and operational performance. He is a regular speaker at ASSE and NSC, as well as company and industry conferences. He has been a frequent contributor to industry magazines for more than 15 years and is coauthor of five books, including bestsellers STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence (WILEY, 2013) and Forecasting Tomorrow: The Future of Safety Excellence (SCE Press, 2015). Terry has been listed four consecutive times as one of ‘The 50 People Who Most Influenced EHS’ by EHS Today. Learn more about him at http://www.TerryLMathis.com.

ProAct Safety is a global safety excellence consultancy. The company has completed more than 2,000 successful safety strategy, leadership, culture and behavior-based safety projects in nearly every major industry worldwide. Learn more at http://www.ProActSafety.com.

Founded mid-2019 by Sonni Gopal, Redrisks.com has rapidly grown as a digital platform for risk and safety professionals. Offering a plethora of technical resources and live events with world class leaders, Redrisks.Com is highly respected and well recognized within the risk and safety community. Learn more at https://www.redrisks.com.

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,U.S

Global Banking & Finance Review Magazine Launches its Native Android & iOS Apps

Global Banking & Finance Review Magazine, a world-renowned financial magazine, has launched mobile apps that make the magazine’s valuable content accessible to the public at no cost.

The magazine covers global topics on business, finance, banking, technology, trading, insurance, investing, and leadership. The magazine has evolved from the growing need to have a more balanced view of informative and independent news within the financial community. 

The experienced contributors of the magazines provide in-depth information that grants valuable insights into the latest happenings in the relevant fields. Leading players and key figures of the industry can gain this critical information from within the finance sector for free via the newly launched apps. Launching these apps is a part of Global Banking & Finance Review’s consistent efforts to make quality financial information accessible, palatable, and easily available to the public.

The Finance magazine provides ground-breaking coverage across various topics from across the world. The magazine is divided into Asian, African, American & European sections, offering articles, news, and analysis written by experts within various industries. Information like this, although extremely important and valuable, is not easy to access even in the Age of the Internet. That is the gap GBAF is seeking to address with its new apps.

With these apps, Global Banking & Finance Review has made it easier for the common man to access information that can radically change the way they manage their financial lives. To make the experience even better, the apps carry no ads. Of late, people have started going to great lengths to avoid being bombarded with ads while making use of free content. The Global Banking and Finance Review apps offer an ad-free experience while giving access to all the issues of the Global Banking & Finance Review Magazine. Smartphone users can now view all these magazines and use them to form better financial decisions.

Click on the following links to download the apps

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RAI Jets Hosts NATA General Aviation Advancing America Meeting at Kalamazoo Battle Creek International Airport

RAI Jets, LLC, a part 135 operator headquartered at Kalamazoo Battle Creek International Airport (KAZO), hosted a General Aviation Advancing America meeting at their aircraft hangar for the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) on Sept. 14. The meeting was one in a series of events being held at various locations across the country to promote and advance the awareness of airports as runways for economic development, job recovery, and emergency response.

“We were glad to interact with educators, members of the business community, and local government to call attention to the importance of general aviation to the area, and also, how the pandemic has even brought opportunities for growth within certain market segments,” said RAI Jets President Becky Bakeman.

With masks, hand sanitizer and safe social distancing protocol in place, Ryan Waguespack, NATA Senior Vice President, facilitated the town hall meeting held in an informal Q&A style. The small, but impressive group of about twenty attendees included representatives from Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Western Michigan University, and K-RESA (Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency), members of the Kalamazoo Airport Board, representatives from corporate aviation departments, and staffers from the office of Congressman Fred Upton of Michigan’s sixth district.

One topic of discussion was the impending reduction of flights out of KAZO by American Airlines which is expected to begin Oct. 7. Meanwhile. RAI Jets has seen the pace slowly pick up and has found that in many cases, companies are using general aviation more frequently.

Some of the company representatives at the meeting said their corporate jets, once reserved only for the highest tier employees, were now being used by employees that typically flew the commercial airlines. Management felt it was a safer option for all their employees.

The pandemic has also brought people to jet charter who were not using it before, like companies without in-house aviation departments. As airlines continue to cancel and condense their flight schedules, these companies have appreciated the convenience of scheduling on-demand flights through jet charter and the peace of mind that they are flying aboard a COVID-19 safe flight. Likewise, RAI Jets is seeing more wealthy, first-time leisure travelers try jet charter. These people could always afford the service, but they were not compelled to use it until the pandemic.

So when will commercial aviation rebound to its normal levels? Nobody can say. However, aircraft operators like RAI Jets have taken extraordinary measures to keep their passengers safe from the coronavirus, and jet charter remains a solid alternative to the commercial airlines.

About RAI Jets
RAI Jets LLC is a Kalamazoo, MI-based aviation specialist featuring aircraft management, jet charter and aircraft maintenance services. The family-owned company officially opened in 2009, preceded by more than two decades of generational experience in aviation. For individuals and businesses, the Part 135 operator offers customized, jet charter for business or leisure, as well as turnkey management and aircraft maintenance for jet owners. RAI Jets operates its own fleet of aircraft for charter and offers jet owners (personal and corporate) with the option to offset operating costs by adding their aircraft to RAI Jet’s FAA approved Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate. RAI Jets also offers aircraft acquisition service and hangar space. For more information visit FlyRAI.com or call (800) 247-2834.

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,Transportation & Logistics,U.S

Virdition Announces “Students in Motion USA” Online Creative Arts Competition for Talented Young People Nationwide

Virdition, a social networking company for the entertainment industry, announces the first annual ‘Students in Motion USA’ national online creative arts competition. Talented student performers from across the U.S. are invited to enter and compete remotely from home. The national bracket-style competition, Students in Motion (SIM) is open to all performers ages 5 to 18 to compete online for a grand prize ,000 scholarship and cash prizes while helping parents and teachers at the same time.

In addition to a grand prize scholarship starting at ,000, 73 starting cash prize winners will be named. The term “starting cash prizes” means that the competition’s cash prizes will grow as the competition grows. The SIM main competition is free to enter and audience voters can vote to support their favorite student talent at no cost.

The Students in Motion USA competition is a unique online talent competition open to talented young people in the performing arts including:

  • Musicians
  • Singers
  • Artists/painters
  • Poetry/spoken word
  • Drama
  • Dance


Virdition’s student talent competition is designed to help performing arts schools and teachers earn money for classroom supplies by offering opportunities to become affiliate partners of the competition and share their competition link with student audiences on social media. Similarly, it helps parents of student contestants earn money in the form of tips and possibly earn ad commissions along the way for school supplies and clothing. Most important, it gives students opportunities to compete for a scholarship and cash prizes.

Virdition provides students with essential tools for success from the start. Upon successfully registering, every contestant receives a free limited portfolio on the Virdition platform. The portfolio is attached to their voting page for audiences, entertainment industry professionals, and people in their social media networks to view.

“As a contestant, your portfolio is your chance to tell your story and showcase your talent,” says Virdition founder and CEO Will Quinones.

“The ‘Students in Motion’ competition invites industry professionals from major entertainment companies whose jobs are to find tomorrow’s stars, to look view our contestants in action. With that in mind, a portfolio acts as each student’s talent resume in the entertainment field, to which you will add your biography (BIO), audio, video, and images for review,” Quinones says.

How the Students in Motion competition works:

SIM will not have formal judges for this competition. Votes will be tallied from each student’s social media account supporters. Entry costs are free for the main state and wildcard competition, while individual category fees are each.

Qualifying Round – 50 state winners
This SIM competition is entirely online voter-based. In order for a contestant to move on from the qualifying round to the bracket round, they are required to earn the highest number of online votes among all contestants in their state. Qualifying states must have three or more active contestants.

Wildcard Winners

Fourteen Wildcards will be included in the bracket round of 64 contestants, so contestants who don’t win their state still have a chance to advance as a wildcard.

Bracket Round of 64

Once a contestant wins their state by votes or wildcard, he or she will then advance to the bracket round to compete head to head against other state winners. To advance to the next bracket round, contestants must beat their opponents by having the highest number of votes at the end of the round. By winning a bracket round, contestants not only win the bracket round’s posted cash prize but they also advance to the next level of competition. Votes renew back to zero in each round so contestants that advance from round to round will start on a level playing field.

Best-In Category Competitions

During the entry process, contestants may also compete in one or more of 10 “Best-In” category competitions for a starting cash prize of 0 and a trophy. These Best-In awards categories will run parallel to the main competition and will end when the main bracket competitions end. Even contestants who are eliminated in any round of the main competition can continue to share and compete in their Best-In category or categories to the end of the competition and remain eligible to win cash prizes in each category entered.

Best-In category competition fees are .00 per category. Entries are closed for these categories after completing registration to the main bracket competition. The Best-In categories include:


  • Musicians
  • Singers
  • Art/Painting
  • Poems/Spoken Words
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Kids 5 to 7
  • Kids 8 to 11
  • Teens 12 to 15
  • Teens 16 to 18


As September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Virdition chose to launch a SIM fundraiser to benefit St Jude Children’s ® Research Hospital in conjunction with the official launch of the “Students in Motion” Competition.

Since founder Danny Thomas opened St. Jude in 1960, the facility's ongoing mission has been to advance cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. No child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay. SIM is committed to reaching its fundraising goal of ,000. To learn more about the fundraiser and to make a contribution, visit the Students in Motion Creative Arts Competition’s St. Jude fundraising website.    

For more information about the competition and tp register, visit the “Students in Motion” website. To learn more about other talent competitions, visit the Virdition platform, email willq(at)virdition(dot)com or call 813.477.2177.

About Virdition

Founded in 2009 by Will Quinones, Virdition is a virtual auditioning and competition networking site for the entertainment industry. Quinones developed Virdition (virtual audition) to give talented individuals everywhere unique online functionality to showcase their talents, build their portfolios, find opportunities to present their talents, compete with others and achieve success.

Developed for performers and agents, the Virdition online platform fills a void for talented musicians, performs, actors and models to gain visibility among agents and agencies looking for fresh, new talent without the demand for costly and time-consuming travel to audition locations. To learn more about how Virdition’s contest entry and audition platform works, view the “Understanding our Competition Bracket” video.

Posted in: Education,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Wall Street Technology Association (WSTA) and C-Sweet Announce a Webinar on “How We Can Make a Difference"

C-Sweet, a rapidly growing organization with a mission to foster and renew executive level relationships for women across sectors in business and industry in partnership with the Wall Street Technology Association (WSTA®), announce a new Webinar – “How We Can Make a Difference” – set for Thursday, October 1, at 11:30 AM PDT.

With highly-charged racial events happening this summer and COVID-19 “work from home” guidelines, face-to-face meaningful conversations with management and staff on resolving issues of race and philanthropy are more difficult than ever. How can we, as individuals and corporations of all sizes, make a difference when the issues feel so large? This event explores possible solutions.

C-Sweet has assembled two non-profits, Thrive Scholars (formerly SCS Noonan Scholars) and Zonta International, as well as a representative from the Zenith Insurance company, for a panel discussion discussing their work and how corporations and individuals can make a difference.

“With all the issues polarizing the country, we wondered how we as individuals, or as companies, can make a difference,” said Dianne Gubin, President of Amplify Professional Services Inc, an executive search and IT consulting firm, and Co-CEO of C-Sweet. “We invited Thrive and Zonta, two non-profits focused on solutions, to discuss the scope of their work and how to get companies and individuals involved.“

“We found that many well-known corporations are teaming with non-profits to help make the world a better place,” said Beth Hilbing, Sr. Program Manager and Principal IT Business Partner at Boeing, as well as Co-CEO of C-Sweet. "We want to explore this type of partnership and, by doing so, hopefully show others how to do this right if they’re not sure of what direction to take.”

This program is the third in a three part series C-Sweet produced in response to the national outcry over racial injustice. The first program discussed Racial Relations in the Workplace, the second explored Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) in business, and this session examines how we as individuals and companies can make a difference.

C-Sweet corporate sponsors for this program include Key Information Systems (a Converge Company), Interpublic Group (IPG) and Google.

Panelists include:
Martha Sanchez, Executive Director, Thrive Scholars
Christi Matthews, Regional Director, Zonta International
Eden Feder, EVP Human Resources, Zenith Insurance Company
Lois Ungar, Chief Financial Officer, SBL Ventures

Registration and Featured Non-Profits
To register for this free online event, go to https://www.csweet.org/Events and sign up.

Thrive Scholars helps high-achieving under-represented students graduate from top colleges and achieve career potential. https://www.thrivescholars.org

Zonta International stands for women’s rights. Zonta is an advocate for equality, education and an end to child marriage and gender-based violence. http://www.Zonta.org

About the Wall Street Technology Association (WSTA)
The WSTA facilitates educational and networking events where members meet and exchange ideas and best practices that assist them in effectively capitalizing on technology advances in areas such as Cybersecurity, Analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Data Management, Cloud, Blockchain, Digital, Architecture, etc. and dealing with financial industry business challenges. Founded in 1967, the WSTA is a not-for-profit association with a long history of evolving to meet the needs of its members.

The WSTA hosts virtual and in person seminars, roundtables, panel discussions, and social events. These events offer many opportunities to learn about leading technologies, as well as network and share information with industry colleagues. The WSTA’s educational Digital News provides additional content and information about the WSTA and industry-related activities. The website is a dynamic resource providing access to additional resources including webinars, white papers, videos, and information about other industry events. For more information, please visit http://www.wsta.org.

About C-Sweet
C-Sweet creates opportunities for women across sectors for business development, brand acceleration, partnerships and expanded career paths through curated receptions and digital engagement. This includes female CEO, CFO, COO, CIO / CTO, CMO, President, Vice President and Director level attendees, as well as Founders across industries. Executives in finance include Venture Capital, Private Equity, Institutional Investment, Investment Banking, Family Offices, Hedge Funds, and more for women across sectors for business development, brand acceleration, partnerships and expanded career paths through curated receptions and digital engagement.

C-Sweet™ fosters executive level relationships for business development, collaboration and expanded career paths. The group focuses on creating expanded professional networks of female colleagues in leadership positions to foster innovation. The group creates new opportunities for trusted and confidential exchange and business / career development as members connect with others to freely brainstorm and discuss challenges facing individual projects and your business.

C-Sweet women support Women on their way to the top and extend a hand to those that follow through the creation of learning and networking opportunities that lead to professional growth and personal development.

The organization offers exclusive educational networking events, panels and keynotes regularly. To sign up for the mailing list and attend future events, send email to: CSweetExecs@gmail.com . To join C-sweet, or become a sponsor, go to http://www.csweet.org.

Posted in: Business,News & Current Affairs,U.S

euShare Launches First Application exclusively designed to Share the Health

Application euShare is the first application dedicated to sharing the health for at risk populations and their family members. At risk populations have a greater risk of communicable diseases like coronavirus and common cold, due to multiple factors. The application is a platform for employees and consumers to rate their experience with a business based on how well that business or service is protecting its employees and consumers from the spread of communicable diseases.

The application is in its first stages of development, and many valuable updates are underway. Soon users will have access to custom SikScores, and SiKIndexes to help at risk travelers, and their family members plan trips and vacations. The Sikscore helps determine how well a specific business is doing to protect employees and consumers. A SikIndex includes the SikScore and other data in a specific region. These are used to help individuals determine which lodging, shopping, and dining facilities are practicing infection control measures. Travel and route planning services are projected to be available as early as this fall.

Application euShare is dedicated to sharing the health for all people in a concise platform that is accessible for all populations. euShare is currently available for download on the Google Play Store, and we are working to provide Apple iOS users with an option soon.

Posted in: Computers & Software,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Skyline Products Dynamic Message Signs and Klover Smart Parking Mobile App Help Ease Traffic Congestion for the City of Breckenridge

Skyline Products produces the industry’s most advanced and reliable ITS-Grade® dynamic message sign (DMS) systems that are Designed to be Bold, Engineered to Last. A new case study reveals how the City of Breckenridge manages traffic during the busy ski season – relying upon a traffic management system that combines Skyline dynamic message signs with the Klover Smart Parking application to influence driver behavior.

The resort town, which attracts millions of visitors annually, determined that the primary source of winter congestion was created by visitors who, upon entering Breckenridge, were unable to find immediate parking. Unfamiliar with the town or not knowing which lots were full, visitors would circle the town’s two main roads in search of available parking spots.

To resolve this traffic congestion, the City of Breckenridge implemented an intelligent wayfinding system to direct visitors to available parking as they entered the town. Using Skyline dynamic message signs and the Klover Smart Parking Application, city traffic engineers, and parking lot attendees can:

  • View the status of all lots from one convenient dashboard,
  • Orchestrate parking notifications across dynamic message signs, social media, or mobile applications,
  • Remotely update lot status with just one click.


“The Breckenridge implementation of this joint Skyline/Klover solution demonstrates how smaller agencies now have access to affordable, scalable transportation infrastructure,” shared Skyline Products CEO Chip Stadjuhar. “Thanks to Klover’s innovative cloud-based platform, agencies no longer need large IT teams or huge budgets to implement intelligent traffic solutions. Our offering is affordable, easily implemented, and easy to use.”

Read Skyline’s case study about the Breckenridge/Klover implementation here. Agencies can see a live Klover demo – allowing them to see first-hand just how easy Klover integrates with their existing ITS devices and third-party applications. Request a Klover demo.

About Skyline Products
Skyline Products helps transportation professionals solve their most complex traffic flow, parking, and safety problems through custom, engineered-to-order, intelligent transportation systems (ITS). Since 1970, Skyline has invested heavily in research and development to create the industry’s most advanced and reliable ITS-Grade® dynamic message sign systems and software solutions that are Designed to be Bold, Engineered to Last. Much of the ITS industry has adopted and currently specifies innovations that were originally developed by Skyline. Our team of industry experts is ready to design a solution customized to the needs of the project, and our collaborative approach ensures customers purchase the right solution – not just a standard solution. Learn more at SkylineProducts.com.

About Klover
Located in Greenwood Village, CO, Klover provides a subscription-based intelligent transportation system for businesses and transportation departments that doesn’t require a large investment in software or infrastructure. The Klover Smart Transportation Platform includes point solutions for cloud-based device management, smart work zones, smart parking, travel times, incident management, and move-over awareness. Learn more at https://klover.io.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,News & Current Affairs,Transportation & Logistics,U.S

New Brama by Vinotemp Microwave Ovens add Versatility and Convenience to the Kitchen

Vinotemp®, the leading wine storage solutions and appliance provider, today announced the addition of two microwave ovens to its appliance line, Brama by Vinotemp. Both the over-the-range option along with the built-in or counter-top option offer modern design aesthetic, navigable interfaces and a variety of cooking options including a smart, Sensor Cook function.

“The ability to offer a full suite of kitchen appliances coupled with the continued growth of the microwave cookware segment drove our decision to add microwave ovens to our line of Brama appliances,” states India Hynes, CEO of Vinotemp. “And by offering both an over-the-range microwave and a built-in or counter-top microwave, we’re providing options when it comes to adding versatility and convenience to the kitchen.”

The Brama Over the Range Microwave (1.6 cubic feet, 1000 watt) features surface (task) lighting along with a two-speed exhaust fan, while the Brama Built-In Microwave (2.2 cubic feet, 1200 watt) includes a memory function that saves the desired power level and time for up to three items that are most often heated/cooked. Both options offer:

  • Sensor Cook Function

When this smart function is selected, sensors inside the microwave work to detect humidity released by items being cooked, and the data is used to automatically adjust the optimal cooking time.

  • Multi-stage Cooking

For the best results when using a microwave to cook, different power levels at different lengths of time may be necessary. The Multi-stage Cooking functionality allows the microwave to automatically change from one stage to another.

  • Ten Power Levels

From softening butter and thawing meats to baking cakes, cooking pasta, scrambling eggs, sautéing onions, boiling water, making candy and cooking meats, a variety of power levels work to efficiently heat and/or cook almost anything.

To learn more about Vinotemp’s newest Brama offerings, and other appliances and wine storage solutions, visit vinotemp.com.

About Vinotemp®
Since 1985 close attention to market demand and non-standard ideas have made Vinotemp® the leading provider of diversified wine storage solutions utilized worldwide residentially and by renowned resorts, restaurants, hotels, and the yachting industry. In 2019 Vinotemp expanded its product offering to include residential kitchen appliances. Find more information about Vinotemp by calling 800-777-VINO (8466) or visiting vinotemp.com.
Find Vinotemp on Facebook.com/Vinotemp, Instagram @Vinotemp, and Twitter @Vinotemp.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Avenu Insights & Analytics Launches the Clearview Justice Portal

Today Avenu Insights & Analytics (Avenu) launched its new Clearview Justice Portal (CJP). CJP is an applications integration platform offering a comprehensive suite of public-facing applications that enables Courts to provide a modern experience for its constituents, while also acting as a single point of “contactless” interaction with the Court. CJP will provide jurors with an enhanced jury experience allowing easy, streamlined and socially distanced interactions with the court system – features that are now more important than ever due to COVID-19 precautions.

“We’re thrilled to launch this state-of-the-art digital solution for streamlining the court system,” said Paul Colangelo, CEO of Avenu. “Avenu has decades of experience using digital technology to transform everyday procedures in government. Clearview Justice Portal makes court processes easier and more effective, in everything from managing jury attendance to storing and sharing court documents and information. It also provides citizens with a simplified and improved jury duty experience that is “contactless” and promotes social distancing.”

CJP features a flexible and extensible plug-in-based architecture that allows courts to implement and deploy CJP functionalities as needed. Additionally, CJP can integrate with non-Avenu supplied justice applications, enabling workflow improvements for any existing court system.

“Jury service is a vital civic responsibility and the cornerstone of the American judicial system,” said Keith Ellery, Avenu’s Justice Solutions Business Unit Owner. “But jury service today is difficult, time-consuming and labor-intensive. With CJP, we’re able to use digital and automation technology to make jury service simpler and more convenient than ever before. We think that’s a win-win for the courts and the broader public.”

About Avenu

As a leading provider in state and local government solutions, Avenu has partnered with over 3,000 state and local governments to boost revenue, optimize operations, and reduce costs. Avenu provides revenue enhancement and administrative solutions that uncover new sources of untapped revenue and deliver software that streamlines day-to-day operations. State and local governments partner with Avenu to increase revenue without raising taxes, streamline internal operations, and improve services by enhancing connectivity for constituents. Avenu is a portfolio company of Mill Point Capital. To learn more, visit http://www.avenuinsights.com.

About Mill Point Capital

Mill Point Capital is a private equity firm targeting control investments in lower-middle market businesses, with a focus on industrial and business services companies in North America. Mill Point’s experienced team of investors and Executive Partners seek to enhance the value of portfolio companies by executing transformative strategic initiatives and operational improvements. Mill Point is based in New York, NY. For more information, please visit http://www.millpoint.com.

Posted in: Business,Finance,News & Current Affairs,U.S

AllKindsofTherapy.com Expands to U.S. Boarding Schools

These initial boarding schools are all nationally accredited for their academics and are non-profit boarding schools. The boarding schools who are partnering with allkindsoftherapy.com are primarily focused on being a boarding community with few, if any, day students. Adding traditional boarding schools to All Kinds of Therapy furthers the mission of providing the facts in an easy to understand way for parents investigating the continuum of care for teens and young adults in treatment. “Google reported in 2019 that 7% of daily searches are healthcare-related and families who are searching for niche information about teen treatment and young adult treatment are staying for 2 minutes to find the facts on allkindsoftherapy.com,” said Jenney Wilder, M.S.Ed., owner of the website.

According to the Association of Boarding Schools, there are 198 traditional boarding schools in the United States. There is a subset of boarding schools that entertain the application of a student who successfully completed a treatment program. This cohort of schools has smaller student populations, intentional ways of creating a community for their whole school, and sometimes have an expert clinician or specific diagnosis that transition or integrate into their community. These specialized boarding schools utilize strong Advisor/Advisee relationships, small classes, and various other types of academic and emotional supports to assist all their students’ continued success and growth. “Listing our facts on allkindsoftherapy.com’s new section for specialized boarding schools allows us to connect with a valued demographic among our prospective students and families,” said Matthew Woodhall, Head of Woodhall School in Connecticut. He went on to explain, "Students who have made demonstrable progress in a therapeutic milieu, possess a keener self-awareness and freshly developed coping skills, which in turn provide a solid foundation for them to build upon their personal, academic, and co-curricular success in our school community.”

“Every stage of the recovery process is crucial for a student, including the transition from a therapeutic environment into a mainstream school. Small boarding schools offer subtle but critical structures to ensure student success, and parsing out these characteristics cannot always be found in most online directories or school-based websites,” said Holly McGlennon Treat, M.Ed., Director of Boarding School Advising at The Bertram Group in Westport, CT. Allkindsoftherapy.com provides easy to understand information that will help families compare all levels of treatment to transition programming for teens and young adults. The therapeutic process is not a straight line. Whether a parent is searching online for the the right clinician, intervention, family coach, therapeutic consultant, psychologist, takes time and trust to go through the process.


About All Kinds of Therapy
Launched in 2015, allkindsoftherapy.com is a web-based platform that focuses on interventions, assessment, and varying types of treatment to transition programming for ages 30 and under. All the advertisers on the website must answer revealing facts about their treatment model, clinicians' training, licensing, etc, and offer a level of transparency, unlike any other online treatment, boarding school, or professional directory. The web platform allows the visitor to compare side-by-side, residential options, boarding schools. The professionals listed in the ‘Expert section’ are parent coaches, tele-therapy, tele-assessment, therapeutic consultants who reveal details about their practice. The monthly blog allows parents to learn the questions to ask when hiring professionals or enrolling their child and gather a greater understanding of a dynamic Family Choice Behavioral Healthcare industry.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,News & Current Affairs,Services,U.S

Professional Physical Therapy Announces Telehealth Certification for Clinicians

The clinical excellence department within Professional Physical Therapy has developed a training and certification program to better cater to both our therapist’s and patients’ needs in providing world-class care. With the rise in virtual and telehealth physical therapy services, the program stands to identify exceptional individuals who are most experienced and best suited for providing virtual care.

The certification criteria was created to ensure as little difference as possible between an in-clinic evaluation and a video visit. Therapists who have completed at least 15 prior telehealth sessions, have greater than one year of clinical experience, and have been recommended by operations and the clinical excellence team, are invited to the training sessions to begin the certification process.

Individuals who pass a comprehensive written exam are then required to participate in a mock-telehealth appointment with an education team member. After successful completion of all aspects of the program they are identified as a Professional Physical Therapy Certified Telehealth Therapist.

Todd Herzberger PT, MSPT, CDNS, Chief Operating Officer at Professional Physical Therapy states, "We are proud to offer our patients and clinicians a best in class method to limit disruption of care during very trying times. Our robust telehealth certification process ensures that the exceptional care delivered in our brick and mortar locations continues via the leverage of technology as a treatment method. Our clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction scores prove that telehealth is a viable option for our patients that are not able to make it to the clinic."

"Our certified telehealth provider program exemplifies Professional Physical Therapy’s commitment to clinical excellence. We are very proud to offer our patients video visit options with providers that have undergone a rigorous certification process to ensure exceptional care delivery if they are not able to attend one of our state of the art physical facilities. This has helped us maintain our nationally recognized outcomes with our patients who elect to utilize telehealth as their preferred method to access Physical and Hand therapy care," states Director of Clinical Outcomes at Professional Physical Therapy, Owen Lennon PT, DPT, OCS.

Professional Physical Therapy currently operates widely across five of the Northeast states. For more information and a list of all Professional Physical Therapy locations and services, please visit http://www.professionalpt.com.

About Professional Physical Therapy
Professional Physical Therapy, headquartered in Melville, New York, is a leading provider of outpatient physical and hand therapy and rehabilitation services throughout the New York Metropolitan area, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Professional’s patient-centric treatment philosophy is focused on providing exceptional, compassionate care to the entire person, and not just their injury. Their licensed Physical Therapists design customized treatment plans, using the most innovative therapeutics, to help patients achieve and exceed their goals. Service offerings include telehealth, in-home physical therapy, and outpatient physical, hand, and occupational therapy in over 180 clinics throughout the Northeast.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,News & Current Affairs,Services,U.S

ZorroSign Partners with DocuXplorer to Provide Seamless Integration of Document Management and Digital Signature Solutions

ZorroSign, Inc., a global leader in blockchain-based digital signatures and digital transaction management, today announced a new strategic partnership with DocuXplorer, a leading Document Management Solution. DocuXplorer’s native integration with ZorroSign will allow a seamless process from document management through to encrypted electronic signing of documents. DocuXplorer customers will be able to quickly send, sign, and file contracts.

ZorroSign and DocuXplorer regularly seek out new alliances to further expand product offerings for customers. As a result of this partnership, users can now execute documents, then store, access, and share those documents with complete security and compliance with industry regulations including SEC, Sarbanes Oxley, FINRA, GDPR and HIPAA. Businesses that go paperless can reduce their processing errors by an average of 90 percent (BP Trends) and achieve 70 to 80 percent efficiency improvements when implementing electronic signature solutions (Forbes).

“We are thrilled to partner with ZorroSign to offer their leading-edge digital signature services to our growing client base,” stated Mr. Wyman, spokesperson for DocuXplorer. “Partnerships like this demonstrate our efforts to regularly deliver new value-add services to our customers.”

DocuXplorer provides a complete document management solution for document handling and storage. The software provides users with an extremely effective, yet easy-to-use, method of quickly finding, sharing and accessing all types of documents, both scanned-in paper and electronic. DocuXplorer uses a familiar File Explorer-style interface, making it a simple yet robust, low-cost solution that requires little training and virtually no technology expertise.

“People use ZorroSign because they know that it is safe, it is secure, it is authentic and most importantly, they know that the person that they are transacting with is the real person. We can prove it,” said Shamsh Hadi, ZorroSign’s chief executive officer. ZorroSign is the first Blockchain Tokenization based eSignature, digital signature and Digital Transaction Management (DTM) Platform that offers digital document tamper and fraud detection technology.

Sign up today for your free trial: http://www.zorrosign.com/signup.

About DocuXplorer
Since 1997, DocuXplorer has provided thousands of its users with an end-to-end document management and archiving solution, including award-winning document management software, consulting services, taxonomy training, a cloud-based solution and secure online backup of its clients’ data. It was named one of the top solution providers by OCR World magazine for its advanced optical character recognition and one of the Top 20 providers of document management software by Capterra. For more information and to try DocuXplorer, please visit http://www.docuxplorer.com.

Save a Tree – Plant a Tree
Through its #PaperlessLife initiative, every time ZorroSign customers save a tree by not printing paper, ZorroSign plants a tree on their behalf. Saving the planet is a core part of ZorroSign, as using this technology saves trees, water and our carbon footprint. For more information about our Paperless Life initiative visit: http://www.zorrosign.com/paperless-life.

About ZorroSign
ZorroSign, Inc. is a leader in digital signature technology and the global provider of ZorroSign DTM—a secure platform delivering digital signature and digital transaction management. ZorroSign’s patent-pending 4n6 (“forensics”) technology offers post-execution fraud detection, verification and authentication of legally binding electronic signatures, digital signatures and documents using proprietary blockchain tokenization. ZorroSign DTM streamlines end-to-end digital transactions with bank-grade protection and security certificates that never expire—allowing governments, corporations, and individuals to eSign documents, request signatures on documents and forms, build workflows, automate approval processes, and more leveraging machine learning and artificial intelligence. For more information, visit http://www.zorrosign.com.

ZorroSign, ZorroFill, ZorroSign (patent-pending) 4n6 Token, and JustZSign, are registered trademarks of ZorroSign, Inc. and/or its affiliates. All other trademarked names or terms used in this document are the property of their respective owners.

Posted in: Business,Finance,News & Current Affairs,Services,U.S

C&K Holdings Forms New Strategic Partnership with Northstar Transport Services

C&K Holdings is proud to announce a new strategic partnership with Northstar Transport Services. Northstar joins the established power team of SEI Acquisition, LLC, C&K Trucking LLCAV Logistics LLC, and Skyline Express to create an even larger network of trucks, drivers, and resources for customers seeking superior drayage transportation and management.

Northstar is led by Al Iannelli, the company’s president and CEO and an industry leader in the intermodal trucking business. Iannelli is a consummate leader who has dedicated a lifetime of service to the transportation industry and most recently served as president of Polaris Intermodal.

“We are proud to partner with a company with an excellent reputation that is led by such an experienced, well-regarded name in the industry as Mr. Iannelli,” said Peter Pace, vice president of sales at AV Logistics, LLC and C&K Trucking, LLC. “This new partnership will help us expand our network and increase our capacity to serve clients. We are looking forward to seeing what more we can achieve together.”

“This partnership will allow us to increase capacity and offer fully-integrated services to all steamship lines, freight forwarders, customs brokers, 3PLs, and beneficial cargo owners," said Iannelli. “The increased capacity is a value-add for our customers too.”

The partnership was effective as of August 2020.

About C&K Trucking, LLC
C&K Trucking is one of the largest intermodal trucking companies specializing in the drayage of containers and trailers between ports, railroads, and shippers in a safe and efficient manner. C&K has 900 owner operators completing over 600,000 moves annually. Founded in 1974, the company has more than four decades of experience. They hold to a unique business model of controlling all terminals as company operations, creating greater accountability, consistent processes and tighter controls. Visit C&K Trucking at cktrucking.com.

About Northstar Services, LTD
Northstar Services, LTD is an asset-based carrier which offers trucking and drayage. The company offers fully integrated services to all steamship lines, freight forwarders, customs brokers, 3PLs, and beneficial cargo owners. For more information about Northstar Services, call 856-423-0700.

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,Transportation & Logistics

Little Steps Opens New Glenview Location, Launches Florida Company to Reach More Patients

Little Steps Pediatric Therapy has opened a second location in Glenview, Illinois and launched a new sister company in Florida to expand educational programs and reach new patients in need of therapeutic services. The new space in Glenview also allows for social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

After the pandemic prompted many schools to switch to virtual learning earlier this year, the Little Steps team decided to develop programming to help parents and supplement remote education. The pediatric therapy provider already offered a preschool readiness program to promote early learning and skills like social interaction, fine and gross motor skills, pre-writing, pre-language and more. As of this fall, Little Steps also assists children with skills like reading, handwriting and speech via enrichment pods for Pre-K through 5th-grade students.

The pods deliver supplemental instruction in core areas and are limited to eight participants each to allow for proper distancing. Each pod meets for 2.5 hours per session and is led by a team of Little Steps therapists. Please visit the enrichment pods section of the therapy provider’s website for more information.

The new Glenview site – located at 1850 Johns Dr. – allows Little Steps to deliver that socially distanced programming to assist children with e-learning, explained Jaime Passaglia, founder of Little Steps.    

“It’s been tough for parents trying to help their kids with remote learning,” Passaglia said. “We felt there was a need to bridge the gap with our enrichment pods. Our team has worked some of their e-learning instructions into the programming as well.”

Passaglia also launched a sister company, Little Steps Florida LLC, in Florida in August after team member Erica Vitaliano moved there. Vitaliano is a pediatric speech therapist and has served as the director of speech therapy services and Early Intervention therapy services for Little Steps. She now offers Early Intervention services and teletherapy in Florida. Passaglia plans to secure office space for the new company soon.

In addition to the two new locations, Little Steps already had sites in Chicago, Highland Park, Wilmette and Glenview to serve children throughout the Chicago metro area. The company focuses on delivering compassionate and comprehensive care – including pediatric physical, occupational and speech therapy – to children of all ages. For more information, please call 847-707-6744 or email info@littlestepspt.com.

About Little Steps

Little Steps Pediatric Therapy is a privately-owned company composed of pediatric professionals focused on delivering physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and behavior therapy to children of all ages in the Chicago area. Our team is determined to provide comprehensive and educational care to change the lives of children one step at a time. To learn more, visit littlestepspt.com.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,Lifestyle,Living,News & Current Affairs,U.S

HRMP to Exhibit at Self-Insurance Institute of America Virtual National Conference

HRMP, a leading provider of administrative service support and reinsurance to group insurance carriers, is proud to announce that it will be an exhibitor at the Self-Insurance Institute of America's 40th Annual National Conference and Expo to be held as a virtual event October 12-15, 2020.

Founded in 1990, HRMP offers third-party administrative and reinsurance support to underwriters, insurance carriers, and reinsurers in partnership with A.M. Best “A” rated carriers and reinsurers.

The Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc. (SIIA), works to protect and promote the business interests of companies involved in the self-insurance and alternative risk transfer industry. SIIA members include self-insured entities, third-party administrators, captive managers, excess/stop-loss/reinsurance insurers, and other service providers. The organization provides its members with informational and educational resources as well as networking opportunities and legislative/regulatory representation.

HRMP President Jim Mange commented, “HRMP is proud to support the Self-Insurance Institute of America at its upcoming conference. We have been an exhibitor at SIIA events for many years, and we are excited to participate as the association launches its first virtual national conference. HRMP sincerely appreciates the important benefits SIIA provides for its members.”

Founded in 1990, HRMP, LLC, is a distinctive third-party administrator positioned to offer creative solutions to underwriters, insurance carriers, and reinsurers. Our unique solutions include back office or run-out administration, auditing services, life conversions, and more. HRMP, LLC, is a member of the Aran Insurance Services Group. For more information, visit https://www.hrmp.com/.

Posted in: Education,Finance,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Transtector’s New Cat6a and Cat5e Cables Provide Single Source for Ethernet Surge Protection

Transtector Systems, an Infinite Electronics brand and an industry-leading provider of end-to-end power and signal integrity solutions, has launched a comprehensive line of Ethernet cable assemblies, complementing the company’s full range of highly reliable, versatile data surge protection and NEMA-rated enclosures, and providing customers with a single source for total Ethernet surge protection solutions.

This new product line includes Cat5e and Cat6a cables in a broad range of configurations, with different flexibility and shielding options, as well as engineering to all key industry standards. Cable lengths range from 1 foot to 250 feet, providing solutions for long background cable runs or short in-panel jumpers.

Key configurations are in-stock for same-day shipping, part of Transtector’s company-wide commitment to meeting the urgent requirements of its customers.

“Ethernet is ubiquitous, and in all types of industries and applications,” said Dustin Guttadaauro, Product Line Manager for Transtector. “Our well-established surge protection devices and NEMA enclosures are deployed in Ethernet applications worldwide. Now Transtector provides the cables you need to complete the installation with just one trusted supplier.”

Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) applications require reliable components to ensure network integrity. From surge protection to cabling, Transtector builds all of its products to industry-leading standards.

Transtector’s Ethernet cable options include:

  • Cat5e and Cat6a, all with TIA-1096 standard RJ45 connectors
  • Double-shielded or foil-shielded
  • Indoor/outdoor-rated
  • Industrial jacket for oil, UV, chemical, water resistance (based on configuration)
  • Low-smoke, zero-halogen jacket available
  • Range of PoE length ratings
  • Burn rating options to meet specific code requirements

In addition to use with PoE devices, these new cables are ideal for all types of data/Ethernet applications, including PLC/PC controls, WLAN amplifiers, transportation and antenna systems, industrial installations, premise wiring and more.

Transtector’s Ethernet cables are in-stock today for same-day shipping. The company’s customer support team is available 24/7 to help customers configure a complete Ethernet surge protection solution, including cables, significantly streamlining the purchasing, delivery and deployment processes.

For more information, visit Transtector.com.

About Transtector Systems:

Transtector Systems leads the industry with a comprehensive product portfolio and specialized expertise in consulting, design and manufacturing of AC, DC, data and signal surge protection, communications power cabinets, EMP protection and power quality engineering services. Transtector provides valuable end-to-end power and signal integrity solutions for markets that include telecommunications, medical imaging, transportation, energy, security, and the military.

About Infinite Electronics:

Based in Irvine, Calif., Infinite Electronics offers a broad range of components, assemblies and wired/wireless connectivity solutions, serving the aerospace/defense, industrial, government, consumer electronics, instrumentation, medical and telecommunications markets. Infinite’s brands include Pasternack, Fairview Microwave, L-com, MilesTek, Aiconics, KP Performance Antennas, PolyPhaser, Transtector, RadioWaves, ShowMeCables, INC Installs and Integra Optics. Infinite Electronics serves a global engineering customer base with deep technical expertise and support, with one of the broadest inventories of products available for immediate shipment.

Posted in: Electronics & Semiconductors,Manufacturing & Industry,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Philatron Launches New Brand Philaflex™ Cables for the Ultimate in Flexibility for Electrical Cables

Philaflex™, the Ultimate in Flexibility for Electrical Cables by Philatron. As one of the top manufacturing experts of extra flexible electrical cables, Philatron continues to be the industry and military leader in flexible cables.

As advancements in high tech equipment continues to grow there is a need for more flexible cables for applications of airport 400 hertz ground support, automation, building - construction installation, crane service, diesel locomotive, electrical vehicle charging, extension cords, military, mining, pendant/traveling, power supply cords, portable power, robotics, stage lighting, ship-to-shore power, switchboard, and tray cable.

For flexible cables used for today's high-tech equipment and cable installations - especially with installations of large size cable of THHN 4/0 AWG or larger - flexibility means everything! The new groundbreaking Philaflex™ material is engineered to provide a superior solution. This material allows the electric cable conductor's insulation and cable jacketing to be more flexible than any other standard flexible cable available today. Philaflex™ also solves cold weather conditions that cause cables to become ridged.

Phil Ramos, Jr., CEO and Owner of Philatron, stated, "This new Philaflex™ material is lighter with more flexibility, but also provides higher voltage cables.”

Most Philaflex cables are UL/CSA listed and RoHS compliant with a temperature rating of +105°C to -40°C.
Philatron provides USA made quality cables that can be trusted.

About Philatron Wire and Cable
A leader in technology, creativity and innovation, Philatron Wire and Cable is a major wire and cable provider in the USA, manufacturing a full range of wire and cable products. As an industry leader in manufacturing, design, development, technology, and marketing, with over 40 years of service Philatron values core competencies offering copper drawing, roping, cabling, extrusion, injection molding, coiling and assembly. Markets served: Aerospace, Auto/Heavy Duty Trucking, Electrical, Entertainment, Medical, Military, Mining, OEM, Oil & Gas, Transportation, and Utility/Power. Certified ISO/IATF 16949 (Quality Program) & SDVOSB (Veteran Owned Business)

Visit us at: philatron.com
For additional information contact:
Tammy Ashton
Vice President – Sales and Marketing
tashton(at)philatron(dot)com - 562.802.2570 / 800.967.9147

Posted in: Electronics & Semiconductors,Manufacturing & Industry,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Alboa installs 85 Christie laser projectors for its 13 entertainment centers

The Mexican entertainment chain Alboa, part of the Cinemex Group, has recently acquired 85 Christie® 1DLP® laser projectors for its 13 entertainment centers dotted around the country. The integrator T&T Cinema oversaw the roll out.

Alboa Entertainment Halls embrace a mix of bowling, pool tables, sports bar, food, mixology, stages for live shows and spaces for events for 50 to 1000 people. It has 13 centers all over Mexico with a total of 175 bowling alleys, and another seven new centers are scheduled to open in the next few months.

Alboa has always acknowledged the major role that AV plays in its centers as the best option for ensuring unique experiences for its customers. The chain was already using Christie lamp-based projectors but decided to make the move to laser projection technology in order to give its audiences a whole new level of image quality, as well as to reduce costs and increase efficiency.

“Besides the fact that laser projection guarantees improved image quality, with up to 20,000 hours of virtually maintenance-free operation it means a considerable cut in running costs, and no expenditure in replacing lamps and filters,” explained Fernando Poblador, Alboa’s Infrastructure Manager.

Poblador also underscored the greater potential of laser projection when compared with other display technologies like LED. He pointed out that “laser projection gives you the flexibility to ensure high quality images whatever the available space.”

Likewise, Alboa’s head of infrastructures highlighted his confidence in Christie as its supplier of choice: “Here at Alboa we are always looking to forge alliances with the leading companies in their sector, and Christie, the world’s preeminent projection brand, has always offered us the perfect solution for each of our projects.”

Alboa has installed various models from the Christie GS series, ranging from 5600 to 13,000 lumens and with resolutions from HD to WUXGA, with the Christie DWU630-GS model being the standard in most of its entertainment centers. The GS Series has built-in Christie BoldColor technology for the most life-like images and natural color reproduction possible with laser ?illumination

On average, every Alboa center uses five projectors to screen sports, music and entertainment as well as in the bowling area, projecting onto a single screen with a gain of 1.8.

Fernando Poblador is particularly pleased with Christie’s service response: “For Alboa, the post-sales service is perhaps the most important factor in any business arrangement. We have always been able to rely on the full support and back-up of Christie Mexico, thanks to which we have built up a very good rapport and a long-term relationship.”

For Clayton Brito, Sales Director of Latin America, Enterprise, Christie, this operation is a further link in the long-standing relationship between Christie and the Cinemex Group: “We couldn’t be happier with the trust Alboa and the Cinemex Group have placed and continue to place in us. Alboa’s entertainment centers all over Mexico have a reputation for offering their customers an unbeatable entertainment experience. We are delighted with the fantastic way that they have been putting our projectors to use in order to enrich their centers with powerful visuals.”

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,Technology,U.S

Nicholson Law Firm Launches Innovative Website and Brand

Nicholson Law Firm, PLLC is pleased to announce its newly launched website and brand since completing a successful ownership transition. As the firm’s practice areas include personal injury, traffic accidents, civil litigation, and church and nonprofit law, the website features a robust resources library for users to access detailed information about specific concerns – from boat accidents and social security disability, to property disputes and church formation and incorporation.

The website’s streamlined and intuitive navigation allows visitors to quickly locate data about relevant case results, news stories about state laws impacting practice areas, frequently asked questions, and links to local, regional, and national resources. An interactive chat feature offers users the opportunity to connect with a live agent, 24/7, at no cost or obligation.

“Our mission at Nicholson Law Firm is to deliver experienced and compassionate legal support, so it was extremely important to our team to provide a wealth of information on our new website, to aid in research related to personal injury and our other practice areas,” Neil B. Nicholson, Esq., Managing Attorney, Nicholson Law Firm. “We consider this an opportunity to empower our fellow community members with knowledge that can assist them today, or in the future.”

The website leverages the latest functionality and programming features, providing an improved, user-friendly experience. Both the website and brand were designed and developed by Just Flow Events & Marketing (justflownh.com) of Manchester.

The Nicholson Law Firm website is accessible at https://nicholson-lawfirm.com.

Nicholson Law Firm, PLLC is dedicated to delivering experienced legal services at a fair price. With a focus on compassion and collaboration, the team works to provide satisfactory outcomes to clients in its four major practice areas: personal injury, traffic accidents, civil litigation, and church and nonprofit law. Headquartered in Concord, New Hampshire, Nicholson Law Firm has additional offices in Keene, Manchester, and Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. The firm is also licensed to provide services to clients in Massachusetts and Vermont. For information about Nicholson Law Firm, visit https://nicholson-lawfirm.com.

Posted in: Law & Legal,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Zuper Raises .1 Million Seed Funding and Announces New CEO

Zuper, provider of a leading intelligent workforce and customer management platform, today announced it has raised .1 million in seed funding, led by Prime Venture Partners and participation from Gunderson Dettemer and Gemba Capital. The company also announced the appointment of former Microsoft product leader Anand Subbaraj as Chief Executive Officer.

Since its founding in 2016, Zuper’s workforce management SaaS platform has empowered more than 500 service businesses and thousands of users globally in the residential and commercial cleaning, HVAC, electrical, Internet Service Provider, plumbing, and landscaping industries to modernize their operations and provide an on-demand booking experience for customers. To date, Zuper has facilitated more than 2 million work orders worldwide across the U.S., EMEA and APAC.

The global Home Services Market is expected to grow 19% from 2019-2026 and reach USD .13 trillion by 2026 according to Verified Market Research. Today, many service companies fail to provide a consistent and informed experience to customers across all communication channels. They lack effective solutions to track employees, their locations and work progress and there is near zero visibility on the field-workforce. Customer behavior and expectations are changing rapidly, and companies need to evolve with on-demand service models that personalize the experience and provide customers with real-time alerts for ETA and possible service delays.

“Zuper was founded to enable service businesses to embrace our digital future, provide their customers with a frictionless, on-demand experience, and improve the productivity and efficiency of their workforce,” said Anand Subbaraj, CEO of Zuper. “The founding team formulated its hypothesis based on personal customer service experiences and started reaching out to companies in different parts of the world to understand common pain points and validate market demand. It quickly became apparent that there was a huge unmet need for a comprehensive workforce management platform focused on providing customers with the best possible experience from booking appointments to interacting with company employees. At Zuper, we are tackling this problem at scale and see a significant runway for growth, especially in our current COVID-economy.”

With the new capital, Zuper will continue to invest in platform innovations, as well as sales and marketing to fuel aggressive growth and expansion in North America and other key geographies. It will also invest in talent to support this growth and is hiring across all functions in the U.S. and India.

"SMBs are experiencing two powerful trends - they now manage an increasingly distributed workforce while their customers expect an on-demand service experience,” said Shripati Acharya, Managing Partner, Prime Venture Partners. “Zuper’s mobile-first, intelligent workforce management solution provides SMBs with complete visibility to what work is being scheduled, as well as the location, employee and status for every job. At the same time, their end customers are able to request, pay and track the order through a few taps on their mobile. The pandemic has further accelerated this trend and with it the demand for Zuper’s solution. We are delighted to be a part of Zuper’s mission to transform the service delivery and management for SMBs."

Zuper’s intelligent workforce management platform helps service organizations manage, modernize and transform the field and remote workforce. By leveraging the power of AI and Machine Learning, Zuper helps organizations improve productivity and utilization of the workforce by automating repetitive tasks that impact efficiency. The Zuper Platform includes a white-labeled mobile and web application for a modern consumer experience, back-office application to manage, govern and operationalize the workforces, native mobile applications in iOS and Android for workforce collaboration and service 360 to grow business with data.

The end-to-end platform offers features such as:

  • Smart scheduling and dispatching
  • Work order management
  • COVID-19 Compliance
  • Intelligent location services
  • Quotations and invoicing
  • Inventory and contract management.


Zuper was founded in August 2016 with offices in Seattle, U.S & Chennai by Raghav GurumaniKarthik Rao and Vijay NarasimanAnand Subbaraj, joined Zuper as CEO in 2020 having spent more than 13 years in Microsoft as a Head of Product in Azure Data. The enterprises and midsized businesses using Zuper across thousands of employees have benefited from significant operational advantages including a 50% increase in workforce utilization, 35% reduction in service turnaround time, 45% increase in customer adoption and profitability, and 30% reduction in costs.

The company has also launched COVID-19 Compliance Pack for businesses to manage operations post lockdown. The solution helps businesses across different industries ensure their workforce stays compliant and up-to-date with the latest COVID-19 protocols and guidelines.

With this investment, Prime Venture Partners has invested in nine startups in the SaaS sector including MyGate, Quizizz, and HackerEarth. The early stage fund, led by serial entrepreneurs Amit Somani, Shripati Acharya, Sanjay Swamy and Amit Somani focuses on startups that not only need capital but also require mentoring to transform them into disruptive companies. The fund has a portfolio of more than 25 companies spread across sectors such as Fintech, SaaS, Healthcare, Consumer, B2B etc. The fund recently announced the addition of Dr. Ashish Gupta as Partner Emeritus to further strengthen its investment team.

About Zuper
Zuper enables organizations with field service teams to collaborate seamlessly and provide the best possible customer experience through its intelligent workforce and customer management platform. By leveraging the power of AI and Machine Learning, Zuper allows service businesses such as residential & commercial cleaning, HVAC, electrical, Internet Service Providers, plumbing, and landscaping to efficiently manage their operations and workforces from anywhere and dispatch the right person with the right information at the right time. The company also helps organizations maintain COVID-19 compliance and create a safe environment for employees, customers, and the community through its ZuperCCPack. Founded in 2016, Zuper Inc. is headquartered in Seattle and has offices in India and the Middle East. For more information visit https://zuper.co/.

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,Services,U.S

Students with Disabilities Facing Remote Learning During COVID-19 Need Help, But the Recommendations in a Recent Brief Fall Short

A brief published earlier this summer by ExcelinEd provides recommendations to education policy leaders for the delivery of special education services during the COVID-19 school closures.

Professor Elizabeth Kozleski of the Stanford University reviewed Special Education and Distance Learning: Supporting Students Through the Pandemic. She concludes that it offers only minimal support for policymakers in funding the research and development work that lies ahead as remove education continues for students with disabilities.

The brief notes Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ statement that the core features of implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Act must remain in place and that no waivers for the delivery of special education services are allowable. It also notes that families and advocates are deeply worried about learning progress and loss of learning because of the national pandemic. In response, the brief provides four sets of what it labels “best practices” for school and district leadership.

Professor Kozleski explains that these recommendations come up short, in part because they assume that current knowledge among school professionals is sufficient to make the desired special education and technological leaps. In fact, the necessary knowledge and capacity are barely emerging. Further, the recommendations do little to address the unequal distribution of resources in schools, which include access to well-prepared teachers and related services personnel qualified to teach students with disabilities, particularly using distance learning approaches.

Given these concerns, coupled with the lack of research anchoring its recommendations, the brief offers little to policymakers or practitioners currently struggling to make distance learning work during the pandemic.

Find the review, by Elizabeth B. Kozleski, at:

Find Special Education and Distance Learning: Supporting Students Through the Pandemic, written by Patricia Levesque and published by ExcelinEd, at:

NEPC Reviews (http://thinktankreview.org) provide the public, policymakers, and the press with timely, academically sound reviews of selected publications. NEPC Reviews are made possible in part by support provided by the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice: http://www.greatlakescenter.org

The National Education Policy Center (NEPC), a university research center housed at the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education, produces and disseminates high-quality, peer-reviewed research to inform education policy discussions. Visit us at: https://nepc.colorado.edu

Posted in: Education,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Svelte Jersey Pocket Tool Case Keeps Cycling Essentials Easily Accessible

WaterField Designs, a local San Francisco manufacturer of laptop sleeves, bags and cases for digital gear, introduces the Jersey Pocket Tool Case—an upscale pouch for a cycling tool kit, cash, card, key, and phone. Available in two sizes for small or large smartphones, this intuitively-designed, ballistic nylon and full-grain leather case is so comfortable that after a few miles, it virtually disappears. The Tool Case is designed to fit even a slim European jersey pocket and remains within easy, single-handed reach via a convenient finger loop.

“The comfort secret of the Jersey Pocket Tool Case is the large surface area and how well it fits into my jersey pocket. After a few miles, I forget it’s there,” said company owner Gary Waterfield. “Ballistic nylon is durable and water-resistant, so with that side against my body, everything inside stays dry. The special sauce is the zippered pocket on the distressed leather front that lets me quickly access my key, cash, and glasses cleaning cloth. And, unlike saddlebags, this case switches easily from one bike to another.”

The main compartment of the Jersey Pocket Tool Case fits all the all the Velominati cycling collective Rule #31* essentials. (*Spare tubes, multi-tools and repair kits should be stored in jersey pockets.) Phones have become almost vital on bike rides for checking Strava or for emergencies, so the new case includes a dedicated, scratch-free smartphone compartment. A quick-access front pocket stows a house or car key, multi-tool, credit card and ID.



  • Main compartment includes a soft-lined smartphone pocket and additional pockets to stow a mini pump, spare tube, CO2 cartridge, patches, multi-tool, and tire levers.
  • Zippered front pocket stows cash, cards, ID, and a glasses cleaning cloth.
  • Sturdy ballistic nylon helps block sweat and keep contents dry.
  • Full-grain leather panel, in a choice of four colors, adds a touch of luxury.
  • Gold interior liner brightens interior for increased visibility.
  • Case slides easily out of a jersey pocket or work bag using a clever top finger loop.
  • Smooth-gliding waterproof zippers grant easy access.
  • Two sizes fit small or large iPhones.
  • Each size fits narrow European jersey pockets.


The Jersey Pocket Tool Case maintains a barely-there feel while carrying everything a cyclist needs to provide assurance while out on a ride. The stunning leather design befits even the most decked-out cycling set up.

See the WaterField Cycling Collection.

Availability & Pricing
Jersey-Pocket Tool Bag
Price: .
Colors and materials: Full-grain, distressed leather—black, red, grizzly, blue. Black ballistic nylon. Lightly-padded, no scratch phone liner. Waterproof zippers. Gold rip-stop nylon interior.
Two sizes: Pro—7 x 1 x 3.75 inches; 3 oz. Pro Max—7.5 x 1 x 4inches; 3.1 oz.

Available now from WaterField Designs’ online store at sfbags.com.

About WaterField Designs
WaterField Designs is an innovative San Francisco designer and manufacturer of bags and cases for tech-savvy consumers who want to stylishly and responsibly transport their technology. WaterField manufactures custom-fitted, high-quality cases and bags for a full-range of laptop computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming devices and other digital gear. All products are manufactured to exacting standards entirely in San Francisco. Company founder, Gary Waterfield is an avid livelong cyclist who regularly participates in cycling events and has toured the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. More information at "Our Story”.

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,Shopping & Deal,U.S

GoCardless for Salesforce Billing Powers Recurring Payments on Salesforce AppExchange

GoCardless, a leading fintech for recurring payments, today announced the launch of GoCardless for Salesforce Billing on Salesforce AppExchange, the world’s leading enterprise cloud marketplace. It provides Salesforce customers with direct access to the GoCardless global bank debit network to help them take control of their domestic and international recurring payments.

The fully integrated application enables businesses to bring sales, billing and payments processes together within the Salesforce platform to have a 360° view of their customers across the whole lifecycle. Fully automated payment collection via bank debit means businesses have better visibility of their payments flow, helping them manage and reconcile their payments all from within Salesforce Billing.

MeilleursAgents, a French property service that brings together buyers, sellers and estate agents to facilitate the process of selling homes, has been reaping the benefits of using GoCardless and Salesforce together. “The integration of GoCardless with Salesforce was very quick and easy to set up. We’ve reduced the amount of time spent managing payments by seven days a month and have decreased our volume of customer churn,” said Antoine Gaudin, Deputy CFO, MeilleursAgents.

“We are delighted to launch GoCardless for Salesforce Billing on AppExchange. By using a pull-based payment method like GoCardless, companies can automatically collect payments directly from their customers’ bank accounts. This helps businesses to drive down total costs, reduce failure rates and decrease churn, as well as improving cash flow,” said Hiroki Takeuchi, CEO, GoCardless.

About Salesforce AppExchange
Salesforce AppExchange, the world’s leading enterprise cloud marketplace, empowers companies to sell, service, market and engage in entirely new ways. With more than 6,000 solutions, 8 million customer installs and 90,000 peer reviews, it is the most comprehensive source of cloud, mobile, social, IoT, analytics and artificial intelligence technologies for businesses.

Additional Resources

Salesforce, AppExchange and others are among the trademarks of salesforce.com, inc.

About GoCardless
GoCardless is a global leader in recurring payments. The GoCardless global payments network and technology platform takes the pain out of getting paid for more than 55,000 businesses worldwide, from multinational corporations to small businesses. Each year GoCardless processes USbn of payments across more than 30 countries. GoCardless is headquartered in the UK, with additional offices in Australia, France, Germany, and the United States. For more information, please visit http://www.gocardless.com and follow us on Twitter @GoCardless.

©2020 GoCardless Ltd. All Rights Reserved. GoCardless is a registered trademark of GoCardless Ltd in multiple countries. Third-party trademarks mentioned above are owned by their respective companies. Unless explicitly identified as such, nothing in this press release should be construed to the contrary, or as an approval, endorsement or sponsorship by any third parties of GoCardless Ltd. or any aspect of this press release.

Posted in: Business,News & Current Affairs,Services,Technology,U.S

TextUs and Textkernel Partner to Help Staffing Firms Source and Contact Candidates Faster

TextUs, the only business-class texting platform built for the staffing industry, and Textkernel, a specialist in machine intelligence for matching people and jobs, announced today that they will be joining forces to help staffing firms automate candidate sourcing and outreach.

Together, TextUs and Textkernel will allow you to identify candidates who are a potential match for an open position and then reach out to those candidates automatically via text messaging, all seamlessly from your Bullhorn ATS. Instead of manually locating quality talent and reaching out to them one by one, this partnership allows you to skip the tedious work so you can focus on the important stuff: building relationships, connecting people with their dream job, and scaling faster.

Textkernel’s highly advanced semantic search, sourcing and matching technology, is the only solution that allows staffing professionals to create a match based on either a job description or resume with just one single click, identifying and shortlisting your top candidates, from your Bullhorn database or external sources. No more manual sorting through legions of mismatches and poor fits to get to the top candidates who have what it takes. The seamless Textkernel and TextUs integration enables recruiters to leverage Textkernel’s proprietary semantic search and match technology to source from their Bullhorn database and then contact those qualified candidates through TextUs. You’ll engage passive candidates more easily, connect with hard-to-reach talent, and increase your speed-to-market.

“You’ll essentially be able to generate tear sheets of qualified candidates while you sleep,” said Erich Hugunin, Chief Revenue Officer of TextUs. “And the beauty of this partnership is that, through your ATS or CRM, TextUs can reach out to those candidates automatically so you’ll have meetings booked by the time you wake up.”

"We're excited to announce our partnership with TextUs. It allows staffing professionals not only find and shortlist and reach out to the best candidates within seconds. This enables recruiters to really scale their efforts in an efficient, yet engaging manner," said Chris Conrad, Director of Sales North America at Textkernel.

Looking for more information on the specific benefits of this partnership? Click here for more info or to book a demo.

About Textkernel
Textkernel works with over 1,000 HR and staffing organizations and HR software vendors worldwide to bring the latest in artificial intelligence technology to our customers’ fingertips. We work with companies across multiple industries delivering multilingual parsing, semantic search and match, and labor market intelligence solutions.

As industry pioneers we leverage over 19 years of experience to translate state-of-the-art AI thinking into technology solutions that work for you.

About TextUs
TextUs is the leading business-class text messaging™ software designed to dramatically improve how businesses communicate with their leads, candidates, and customers. TextUs currently serves sales, staffing and recruiting, SaaS, higher education, HR, healthcare, property management, financial services, and nonprofits. With a 98% read rate and up to 40% response rates, TextUs delivers business-class text messaging combined with integrated cloud voice features to connect businesses with their customers in real-time.

Posted in: Business,News & Current Affairs,Services,U.S

American Security Products Rolls Out an Industry First with Its Revolutionary BFX Gun Safe

American Security Products, known worldwide as the provider of security safes and security solutions to the consumer and commercial marketplace, introduces its latest innovation, the revolutionary BFX Gun Safe.

The BFX Gun Safe provides the best in class groundbreaking features for high security burglary and fire protection of guns and valuables. The Active 4x defense system and unparalleled DryLight™ fire protection puts BFX in a category that is unmatched in the industry.

American Security’s tough BFX Gun Safe contains the industry’s only corrosive resistant plated bolt work, which drives the longest solid steel locking bolts deep into the body of the safe protecting against severe pry attacks.

Demand for improved security for guns and valuables has become a major concern for both consumers and retail / wholesale distributors. American Security meets the ongoing demands of these markets with the BFX gun safe technology that outperforms all other manufacturers in the industry.

“We’re confident that BFX will answer the demands for the ultimate security for guns and other high value items,” commented Bob Sallee. “With features like the invincible Active 4x defense system and the revolutionary DryLight™ fire protection material, the BFX gun safe essentially has no rivals,” he added.

Gun shops, full line safe retailers and wholesale distributors can purchase from the BFX Gun Safe directly from American Security starting September 15, 2020. Consumers and individuals interested in purchasing a BFX can find them available in gun shops, full line safe retailers, and locksmiths in mid to late October, 2020.

About American Security Products
American Security Products is a global leader of security safes and security solutions, protecting the assets of clients throughout the world, and offers an extensive array of security safes and consulting services, delivered with the highest degree of quality, integrity and responsiveness. American Security got its start in late 1940, housed in a small building in Paramount, California, where founder, Glenn Hall set up shop with little more than a welder, a lathe, and a desire to build strong, reliable safes.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,News & Current Affairs,U.S

The 2020 EWF Virtual Conference “Empowering Women In Cybersecurity, Risk & Privacy: Enhancing Business, Resilience & Trust” Agenda is LIVE!

The Executive Women's Forum on Information Security, Risk Management & Privacy (EWF) is thrilled to announce that the 2020 EWF Virtual Conference "Empowering Women In Cybersecurity, Risk & Privacy: Enhancing Business, Resilience & Trust" agenda is LIVE! For the first time, the EWF is introducing EWF Conference Scholarships, as part of our commitment to breaking down barriers that prevent underrepresented women.

The EWF Conference is an exclusive opportunity to interact with more than 500 thought leaders GLOBALLY in Information Security, Risk Management, and Privacy. Join us for a three-day event, including a Leadership Track, to equip you with the skills you need for advancement. Attendees will learn from the most accomplished and influential women in our field. Gaining exposure to new ideas and approaches, developing best practices, and building trusted relationships with the best and brightest is an excellent and abundant investment return. The deadline to register for the EWF Virtual Conference is October 7, 2020. To register, view the agenda, learn more about the conference and our speakers, please visit our Conference page here. Save 0 by using discount code: EWFVIRTUAL20.

"In this unique year, the EWF is excited to show our resilience and our community's resilience with a completely virtual conference," said Lynn Terwoerds, Executive Director, EWF. "As always, we have a great lineup of speakers, networking events, and a platform that supports a compelling conference experience."

Scholarship recipients will receive a full conference pass to the 2020 EWF Virtual Conference giving them access to the 3-day programming, including pre/post sessions, Rising Leaders Forum Workshop for millennials, an on-demand library of recorded content, and the conference platform and app.

"The EWF believes in diversity and inclusion in our membership, program offerings, and events," said Mary Wei, Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement. "We have established scholarships to the EWF Annual Conference as part of our commitment to breaking down barriers for underrepresented women in our industry."

The deadline to submit for the EWF Conference Scholarships is September 30, 2020! To apply, see eligibility, and to learn more about the EWF Conference Scholarships, please visit https://www.ewf-usa.com/page/EWFConferenceScholarships.


About the Executive Women's Forum on Information Security, Risk Management & Privacy:
Founded in 2002, the Executive Women's Forum on Information Security, Risk Management & Privacy (EWF) is the largest member organization dedicated to engaging, advancing, and developing women leaders in Cybersecurity, IT Risk Management, Governance Risk & Compliance, and Privacy. The EWF serves emerging leaders and the most prominent and influential women in our field by facilitating programs and events throughout the year, including an Annual Conference, regional meetings, leadership development, and mentorship programs and interaction with global thought leaders through an online community. For more information, visit http://www.ewf-usa.com.

Posted in: Family & Parenting,Law & Legal,Lifestyle,Living,News & Current Affairs

Asymmetrex Reports the First Quantitation of “True” Tissue Stem Cells In Stem Cell History

“True” in stem cell science and stem cell medicine has a peculiar meaning. When applied to tissue stem cells, it reflects what has not been knowable instead of what is known. Since the earliest history of tissue stem cell science and medicine, no means existed to count tissue stem cells that maintain and regenerate the organs and tissues of children and adults. The need for an effective counting method has limited progress in stem cell research and medicine for decades.

The tissue stem cells that maintain organs and tissues are called “true” stem cells to distinguish them from other more numerous precursor cells in the body that also have important roles in building mature tissues and organs. However, other precursor cells – also known as committed progenitor cells – which are in fact produced by true stem cells, differ from true stem cells in a crucial respect. They have short lives before they turn into mature cells that eventually die. Only true stem cells have lifetimes for as long as the human lifespan. For the same reason, true stem cells are sometimes called “immortal” stem cells.

Because of the difference in lifetime, progenitor cells do not work for stem cell therapy and gene therapy. To be successful, stem cell therapies require true stem cells; and gene therapies must target true stem cells with their curative genetic engineering. Asymmetrex director, James L. Sherley, M.D., Ph.D., says, “So, it is no surprise that now being able to count and determine the dosage of true stem cells routinely, in all areas of stem cell science and medicine, has got to end up making a big difference for patients. With Asymmetrex’s advance, stem cell-blind research and stem cell-blind medicine are no longer acceptable practices.”

The company’s recent report, published in OBM Transplantation, describes the first-ever quantification of several different therapeutic tissue stem cell types. True blood stem cells obtained from both bone marrow and cord blood, which are approved for stem cell therapies, were counted for the first time. These stem cells are also in active use by many companies and centers to improve transplantation therapies and to develop gene therapies. Several different types of stem cells in use for clinical trial investigations were counted. The report also shows how the ability to count true stem cells is a new powerful tool for drug evaluations that can accelerate progress in the development of new pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical medicines.

Beyond presenting the first technology for counting true stem cells, the new report describes Asymmetrex’s discovery of true stem cell counting algorithms. The newly discovered mathematical formulas allow rapid, inexpensive determination of stem cell number and dose. The new algorithms open the path to future automation of true stem cell counting. The new counting technology is free for evaluation on the company’s website.

About Asymmetrex

Asymmetrex, LLC is a Massachusetts life sciences company with a focus on developing technologies to advance stem cell medicine. The company’s U.S. and U.K. patent portfolio contains biotechnologies that solve the two main technical problems – production and quantification – that have stood in the way of effective use of human adult tissue stem cells for regenerative medicine and drug development. Asymmetrex markets the first technology for determination of the dose and quality of tissue stem cell preparations (the “AlphaSTEM Test™”) for use in stem cell transplantation therapies and pre-clinical drug evaluations. Asymmetrex is a member company of the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute BioFabUSA (ARMI) and the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MassBio).

Posted in: Health & Medicine,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Keith Woods invited to join Phoenix Business Journal Leadership Trust

Keith Woods, CEO of KB Woods Public Relations, has been invited to join Phoenix Business Journal Leadership Trust, an exclusive community for influential business leaders, executives and entrepreneurs in Greater Phoenix.

Keith was chosen for membership by the Phoenix Business Journal Leadership Trust Selection Committee due to his experience, leadership and influence in the local business landscape and beyond. As the head of KB Woods, Keith has most recently received wide acclaim as producer of Phoenix Business Journal’s series of virtual award shows, including 40 Under 40, and Outstanding Women in Business. Recently Keith received a Certificate of Digital Marketing from Cornell University.

“Phoenix’s thriving business community is powered by leaders like Keith Woods,” said Ray Schey, publisher of the Phoenix Business Journal. “We’re honored to be creating a space where the region’s business influencers come together to increase their impact on the community, build their businesses and connect with and strengthen one another.”

As an invited member, Keith will contribute articles to the Phoenix Business Journal website and participate alongside fellow members in Expert Panels. He will connect and collaborate with a vetted network of local leaders in a members-only directory and a private forum on the group’s mobile app. Keith will also benefit from leadership and business coaching, an Executive Profile on the Phoenix Business Journal website, select partner discounts and services and ongoing support from the community’s concierge team.

Keith Woods said, "I've been very proud of my allegiance with the Phoenix Business Journal over the past several years with my PR agency KB Woods. Now I'll have more opportunities to engage with readers across the Business Journals 47 markets in the United States, along with many other CEO's and executive managers, with columns and expert panel discussions."

The Phoenix Business Journal Leadership Trust team is honored to welcome Keith to the community and looks forward to helping him elevate his personal brand, strengthen his circle of trusted advisors and position him to further impact the Phoenix business community and beyond.

About KB Woods Public Relations:
Phoenix PR, digital marketing, and video marketing firm KB Woods was founded by Keith Woods in 2010 as the solution for start-up, growth, and large businesses that wanted to outsource their media and PR departments to a third-party expert. Discover more at online at kbwoods.com.

About Business Journals Leadership Trust:
Phoenix Business Journal Leadership Trust is a part of Business Journals Leadership Trust — a collective of invitation-only networks of influential business leaders, executives and entrepreneurs in your community. Membership is based on an application and selection committee review. Benefits include private online forums, the ability to publish insights on bizjournals.com, business and executive coaching and a dedicated concierge team. To learn more and find out if you qualify, visit trust.bizjournals.com.

Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,Marketing & Sales,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Adweek's Brandweek Steering Committee Expands with New Members

Adweek, the leading resource for the brand marketing and advertising community, today announced the addition of new members to the Brandweek Steering Committee, a select group of senior marketing leaders who will continue to advise and guide Adweek on its mission to help marketers learn and grow.

New members include:

  • Bozoma Saint John, CMO, Netflix
  • Cynthia Chen, President, Consumer Health, North America, Reckitt Benckiser
  • Deborah Yeh, CMO, Sephora
  • Fernando Machado, Global CMO, Restaurant Brands International
  • Greg Welch, Senior Partner & Practice Leader, Spencer Stuart
  • Jeanine Liburd, Chief Social Impact and Communications Officer, BET
  • William White, CMO, Walmart


They join existing Steering Committee members:


  • Antonio Lucio, Global CMO, Facebook
  • Denise Karkos, CMO, SiriusXM
  • Heidi Browning Pearson, CMO, NHL
  • John Dillon, Chief Brand Officer, Denny’s
  • Julian Duncan, CMO and SVP of Social Responsibility & Impact, NFL Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Kellyn Smith Kenny, former Global CMO, Hilton
  • Lynne Biggar, CMCO, Visa
  • Musa Tariq, former Global Head of Marketing, Airbnb Experiences
  • Rick Gomez, Chief Marketing, Digital and Strategy Officer, Target
  • Vineet Mehra, Global Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Customer Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance


“The Brandweek Steering Committee brings the most dynamic and innovative leaders from the brand community together to help us to better serve marketing professionals,” said Jeffrey Litvack, CEO of Adweek. “The impact this committee has already had on the industry, since its formation in early 2019, is beyond noteworthy… it’s momentous.”

The Brandweek Steering Committee has been instrumental in shaping Adweek’s tentpole event, Brandweek, especially its 2020 incarnation. Fully reimagined for a virtual world, this year’s Brandweek includes several new features that grew out of discussions with the Brandweek Steering Committee, including intimate Masterclasses, Taste of Brandweek social sampling events and Brandweek Lift, a program where minority-owned businesses can attend Brandweek free of charge and connect with senior business leaders.

Another suggestion, discussed in their first meeting of the Brandweek Steering Committee, led to the formation of the Adweek DEI Council, a group of leaders who have helped Adweek keep diverse voices and concerns front and center, as well as the expanded focus on talent development and equipping the industry for the future.

About Adweek
Adweek is the leading source of news and insight serving the brand marketing ecosystem. First published in 1979, Adweek's award-winning coverage reaches an engaged audience of more than 6 million professionals across platforms including print, digital, events, podcasts, newsletters, social media and mobile apps. As a touchstone of the advertising and marketing community, Adweek is an unparalleled resource for leaders across multiple industries who rely on its content to help them do their job better.

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,U.S

The Mission Continues Awarded Nearly .5 Million In Investments From Partners To Strengthen Communities

The Mission Continues, a national nonprofit that empowers military veterans to continue their service in their communities, has received five investments totaling nearly .5 Million from new and long-time partners The Boeing Company, NFL-Bob Woodruff Foundation, Corporation For National and Community Service, The New York State Health Foundation and the National Philanthropic Trust, as recommended by the Schultz Family Foundation.

These investments will empower The Mission Continues’ efforts to fuel ongoing veteran-led service efforts within under-resourced communities, combat food insecurity resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, and improve veterans’ mental health by creating social connection and volunteer opportunities.

This summer, the veterans nonprofit launched Operation Nourish, an initiative that prioritizes veterans’ mental health by mobilizing them in support of combating hunger. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, rates of household food insecurity have more than doubled and one in six Americans report not having enough food to eat. The Mission Continues’ veterans are coming together to host food drives, run mobile food pantries, deliver meals to the elderly, make improvements to local community centers providing food and more.

“During this pandemic, our veterans are doing what they do best - showing up for the communities they’ve worked with for years,” said Mary Beth Bruggeman, Marine Corps veteran and president of The Mission Continues, “We’re incredibly grateful for these generous investments from our partners which will ensure that this work is able to continue and scale effectively. Through efforts like Operation Nourish, veterans will strengthen social connections while helping to support community members who have been hardest hit by this pandemic.”

The Boeing Company has invested Million in support of Operation Nourish as part of the company’s commitment to partnering with organizations that improve access for and address inequities in communities of color. Through Operation Nourish and other community initiatives, veterans with The Mission Continues mobilize to grow, collect and distribute food in underserved communities.

The organization's Service Platoon Leaders are being supported by a partnership between the NFL-Bob Woodruff Foundation through a "Healthy Lifestyles and Creating Community" grant. These veterans lead groups of community volunteers through service projects that provide direct support to vulnerable communities impacted by COVID-19.

The nonprofit's leadership programs, which engage veterans in virtual and in-person curriculum oriented towards personal and professional growth, connection with other veterans and creating community impact, have also received support from the National Philanthropic Trust as recommended by the Schultz Family Foundation, a long-time partner of The Mission Continues.

As part of an initiative known as Mission: Vet Check, the New York State Health Foundation has awarded a grant to The Mission Continues’ New York-based Service Platoons to engage in veteran-to-veteran buddy checks throughout the state. Throughout the pandemic, veterans are reporting higher levels of social isolation, depression and anxiety. The buddy-check model is one way to ensure veterans are connected to the resources and services they may need.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency for volunteering and service, has contingently awarded the organization a Day of Service grant. The Mission Continues is actively seeking match partners to realize this award. The nonprofit will utilize this grant in the execution of their 2021 MLK Jr National Day Of Service, when thousands of veterans from across the nation will come together in service and in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.

These investments highlight each organization’s deep commitment to veterans’ empowerment and will have a positive impact on hundreds of veteran participants pursuing community-based leadership and personal development in 50+ cities nationwide.

For more information about The Mission Continues' leadership development programs for veterans, their response to COVID-19 and local service projects across the country, visit http://www.missioncontinues.org.


The Mission Continues is a national veterans organization dedicated to the empowerment of veterans as community-based leaders. We invest in veterans and under-resourced communities, developing new skill sets and equipping a growing veteran volunteer movement with the tools to drive positive change. Our programs in 50+ cities nationwide deploy veteran volunteers alongside nonprofit partners and community leaders to combat food insecurity and strengthen communities. To learn more, visit http://www.missioncontinues.org.

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,U.S

Keeping New York City Connected

In early March, the COVID-19 pandemic swept into the Tri-State region, closing doors to businesses, restaurants, and schools while hospitals were overwhelmed with sick patients. On March 27th, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo suspended all “Non-Essential” construction in New York State; however telecommunications & data centers were included on the State’s essential infrastructure list.

Several Local #3 IBEW contractors worked around the clock keeping the region connected 7 days a week the past 5 months, including Hugh O’Kane Electric Co. They had over 100 electricians working in New York City during the peak of the pandemic, responding to telecommunications emergencies and continuing network infrastructure and wireless buildouts. As entire industries began working remotely, schools shifted to online learning, and telehealth up ticked, the telecommunications networks that New York relies on became more essential than ever.

Hugh O’Kane Electric Company was a telecommunications first responder to the ‘93 World Trade Center Bombing, the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks, and Superstorm Sandy. “As the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly spread across the Tri-State area, we knew our telecom crews would be relied upon to maintain and build the complex telecommunications networks that keep New York City connected. The same brave men and women that worked around the clock following terrorist attacks and natural disasters are the same brave Hugh O’Kane Electric employees that continue to work through this pandemic,” says Executive Vice President John O’Kane.

While Hugh O’Kane Electric has always invested in best-in-class safety equipment for their personnel, they worked with an external safety consultant to immediately put a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place, staggering working crew’s start times and sanitizing trucks and equipment daily. “We worked tirelessly to keep our employees safe, but it was still their choice if they felt comfortable working through the pandemic. Thanks to our employees, Hugh O’Kane Electric was able to continue servicing our nearly dozen telecommunications customers in the Tri-State area 7 days a week these last 5 months.”

The Hugh O’Kane Electric Company is comprised of a traditional fiber optic infrastructure division and a mobile wireless division. With over 30 years of experience in wireline fiber construction and maintenance, HOK’s telecom infrastructure division employs over 85 technicians who place, splice, and test fiber optic cable for wireless and enterprise networks throughout the Metro Area. With approximately 25 technicians, HOK’s wireless division services wireless, 5G, and small cell construction for several Mobile Telecom Franchises and directly to multiple Mobile Network Operators. Working together, the telecom infrastructure division and the wireless division are a true turn-key solution for the current and future needs of the industry.

The demand for wireless and 5G deployment has only been amplified by COVID-19. “Connectivity is more critical than ever and at Hugh O’Kane Electric we are proud to be a part of the near and long-term network solutions” say John O’Kane. “As our Company did during 9/11 and other major events over the past 30 years, we have worked alongside our customers during this pandemic and will continue to safely service their needs this year and for years to come.”
To learn more about Hugh O’Kane Electric, visit http://www.hokane.com/.


About Hugh O’Kane Electric
Hugh O’Kane Electric Company, Inc. (HOK) has been a leading provider of electrical construction and maintenance services to businesses in the Greater New York metropolitan area since 1946. HOK is licensed to provide Electrical services throughout New York City and Long Island. The company has installed power, lighting, fire alarm, security, data systems, specialty infrastructure systems, and specialty network systems for a wide range of industries and institutions.

The HOK Telecommunications division provides leading-edge design, construction, installation and maintenance of state-of-the-art telecom networks for wireline, fiber optic, and wireless networks. With its staff of electricians and technicians available for immediate response, HOK specializes in high-quality, fast track jobs. The company’s reputation is built upon attention to detail while meeting clients’ time frames and budgets.
For more information, please visit http://www.hokane.com.

Posted in: Electronics & Semiconductors,News & Current Affairs,Telecom,U.S

Diamante Blockchain to be featured on Advancements with Ted Danson via CNBC

Diamante Blockchain, a global fintech company creating a dedicated financial ecosystem for the diamond and luxury good space, will be featured on ‘Advancements with Ted Danson’, to be televised Sunday, September 13th at 2:30 pm ET via CNBC. The program will also be distributed to Voice of America Television, which reaches more than 200 cities in 140 countries across the globe. In the exclusive feature, CEO Dinesh Patel and the Diamante team provide insight into the Company’s unique vision, mission and approach, and why distributed ledger technology (DLT, or blockchain) is so important for the diamond and luxury goods sectors.

“The impact of blockchain in the diamond industry goes beyond just modernizing the supply chain,” explains Chirag Jetani, Diamante’s Chief Operating Officer. “Our goal is to convey that the full embrace of DLT can revolutionize the diamond industry and that this revolution is happening now. We are honoured to be featured on Advancements, and hope the program broadens awareness of the power of DLT and its ability to help the industry.”

About Diamante Blockchain

Diamante Blockchain is a fintech company leveraging blockchain technology to create a dedicated ecosystem for the diamond and luxury goods sector. The Diamante ecosystem consists of (i) Diamante’s proprietary blockchain (DiamanteNet), (ii) industry stakeholders (the Diamante Consortium) and (iii) Diamante’s ecosystem payments network (PayCircle). Learn more at diamanteblockchain.com.

Posted in: Business,Finance,News & Current Affairs,Technology,U.S

Murrieta Genomics President John Powers Presenting SimplSeq to First Look SoCal Innovation Showcase

Murrieta Genomics, the launch pad for genomic sequencing startups, is pleased to announce that one of its incubator companies, SimplSeq, has been selected to present at the virtual First Look SoCal Innovation Showcase 2020 being held September 15 and 16 from 9 am to 3 pm (Pacific Daylight Time) both days.

The event is presented by the Alliance for SoCal Innovation and the Los Angeles Venture AssociationAlexandria Real Estate Equities and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati have sponsored the event, enabling all interested investors and entrepreneurs to attend at no charge by registering here. September 15 will host the Life Science track, and a Technology Track will be hosted the following day.

“It is an honor to be chosen as one of the 30 most innovative early stage companies in Southern California,” stated John Powers, President of Murrieta Genomics and SimplSeq’s CEO. “I am excited to share with the audience how SimplSeq is about to transform the genomic sequencing industry.”

The First Look SoCal Innovation Showcase is an annual event that celebrates the best early-stage teams commercializing tech and life science breakthroughs from the top research institutions in Southern California. Startups will have an unparalleled opportunity to connect with top-tier investors and successful serial entrepreneurs. The day’s program will feature a lineup of quick-pitch presentations, each followed by investor-led Q&A, and panel discussions with key investors and industry leaders.

“While most of the recent groundbreaking developments in genomics have been around sequencing technology and data analytics, we believe that a real opportunity exists in the front end,” said Mr. Powers. “Thousands of labs are processing millions of samples every year that can benefit from our patent pending technology. Our process will enable them to produce more comprehensive results in less time, with fewer opportunities for errors. For the first time, labs can retain the original DNA material for future testing. It’s really a game-changer.”

The keynote speaker for the Life Science track is Dr. Agay Nirula, Vice President of Immunology at Lilly Research Laboratories. Prior to joining Lilly, Dr. Nirula held leadership positions at Amgen and Biogen Idec and was involved in several research programs and regulatory filings spanning diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, and vasculitis.

Investors participating in the Investor Panel in the afternoon session include Kairos Ventures, Alexandria Venture Investments, Westlake Village BioPartners, Amgen Ventures, Rivervest and Caltech.

About Murrieta Genomics
Murrieta Genomics provides access to next generation sequencing technology for researchers in the health, veterinary, agriculture, forensics and direct to consumer industries. The company is a true business incubator, offering mentorship and guidance from both the scientific and business perspective to aspiring genomic-related entrepreneurs. The founders of Murrieta Genomics have extensive background in business, finance, science and technology. They are supplemented with a prestigious advisory board from both business and science. The company provides Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) services, hands-on consulting, review, appraisal, and guidance. In addition, it provides help with company value propositions and potential seed funding support to qualified incubator graduates. For more information visit http://www.murrietagenomics.com.

Murrieta Genomics is part of the Murrieta Innovation Center, a building owned by the city of Murrieta and dedicated to supporting life science companies. The Innovation Center has medical device, therapeutic, software, clinical research and of course genomic companies that are working hard to advance new ideas and innovations that can impact the world in a positive way. The Center is also a resource for all types of local startup companies, offering services and workshops from a local SBDC, several veteran organizations, a SCORE branch and more.

Murrieta Genomics has an established collaborative Memorandum of Understanding with the University of California, Riverside and recently became a tenant of the University’s Life, a 3,000-square-foot space in the Multidisciplinary Research Building specially outfitted to house startups in the life sciences, agriculture, biotechnology, and medical technologies, and is the first of its kind in the region.

In addition to an array of state-of-the art laboratory equipment, tenants will have access to UC Riverside research core centers across campus, such as a nanofabrication cleanroom, proteomics, stem cell core, and plant transformation, through a service agreement. Tenants will also have the opportunity to interact and collaborate with UCR researchers, faculty and students, attend seminars, access patent research services and entrepreneurial development workshops, and use UCR’s SBIR/STTR Resource Center, which guides applicants through the process of obtaining commercialization development grants from the federal government.

About SimplSeq
SimplSeq, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Murrieta Genomics. The company was formed in November of 2019 to develop new methods for extracting, isolating, purifying and preparing samples for genomic sequencing. It has filed three patent applications around its technology and plans to bring its first products to market in early 2021. For more information, visit https://simplseq.com.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,News & Current Affairs,Services,U.S

Instructional Technologies Inc. Offers New and Updated Hours of Service Online Courses for Fleets

Instructional Technologies Inc. (ITI), providers of training solutions for the transportation industry, today announced its 2020 HOS Change Management Package to help fleets address Hours of Service rule changes that take effect on September 29, 2020. The offering includes an updated PRO-TREAD Hours of Service online course, a free training video that covers the changes in driving regulations, a webinar discussing practical applications, and a printable poster to provide information on the new rules to drivers, managers and dispatchers.

“Hours of Service is one of the most critical training topics for every fleet because HOS violations are the most frequent cause of out-of-service fines,” said Nathan Stahlman, COO at ITI. “Even if all of your drivers use compliant Electronic Logging Devices, of the top 20 violations in over two million roadside inspections in 2020, five were related to ELD issues. That’s why fleets need to provide training to their drivers about the HOS rule changes immediately, and updated training going forward. With our HOS Change Management Package, ITI is making important information for drivers, managers and dispatchers about the changes available in an easily accessible and understandable way.”

The new 2020 Hours of Service rules from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) pertain to short haul operations, sleeper berth, 30-minute off-duty breaks, and adverse driving conditions. All portions of the ITI 2020 HOS Change Management Package explain these changes.

  • The PRO-TREAD updated Hours of Service online course includes the 2020 HOS changes. Current clients can assign the course via the Sentix learning management system. Course progress and completion is tracked and documented in the Sentix LMS.
  • The short course, 2020 Hours of Service Changes is available through Sentix for current ITI clients. Fleets that are not clients can access the course free as a video but it will not include documentation of completion. It is ideal for managers, driver managers, dispatchers and other support personnel.
  • ITI is also hosting a webinar – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FMCSA’S NEW HOURS OF SERVICE RULES – at 10 a.m. PDT on Tuesday, September 15, 2020.The live 30-minute program, featuring ITI’s Senior Training Specialist Roy Broomfield, will include a complete overview of new Hours of Service rules and examples to help understand exactly what the changes mean for fleets and drivers, and a question and answer period. Registered participants will also have access to a video of the presentation. REGISTER HERE


The 2020 HOS Change infographic is available free as a printable poster to anyone that registers for either the webinar or the free video course.

About Instructional Technologies, Inc.
Founded in 1995 and based in Vancouver, Washington, Instructional Technologies Inc. (ITI) is the leading provider of online training to the transportation industry. The company’s commitment to training is based on the principles of mastery learning, accurate and automated record keeping, and up-to-date information that ensure personnel have been effectively trained and detailed records kept. ITI makes fleets and warehouses safer and more profitable through its large PRO-TREAD® and ClearDrive™ libraries, On Ramp™ ELDT (Entry Level Driver Training) for CDL schools, and its Sentix® learning management system. Transportation and logistics companies choose ITI because of its automated learning management system, custom training capabilities, flexible lesson methodologies, and engaging 3D animations that improve retention, ensure subject matter mastery and lower the total cost of training. For more information, please visit http://www.instructiontech.net

Posted in: Education,News & Current Affairs,Transportation & Logistics,U.S

TalentKeepers Expands Solutions to Support DIY Employee Engagement and Retention Surveys

TalentKeepers, a leading provider of employee engagement and retention solutions for over 20 years, announced today the addition of four new offerings specifically tailored to organizations looking for employee engagement strategies and content to implement within their internal HR systems.

TalentKeepers addresses the needs of organizations that have the capability to implement employee surveys but need the employee engagement and retention expertise to successfully launch surveys, analyze the data, communicate the results, and ultimately drive change. TalentKeepers offers their experience and skills to these organizations through carefully developed packages of relevant information and tools geared for success.

"We're bringing these new solutions to market just in time for organizations looking to increase engagement during the challenging times faced by organizations across all industries in 2020," said Christopher Mulligan, CEO at TalentKeepers. "We've selected our most successful tools, developed through years of research and use within thousands of organizations, and made them accessible for organizations of all sizes."

The four new packages offer flexibility for organizations to choose the right tools for their needs. Plus, the packages work great together to create a full-featured engagement solution.

Survey Essentials Package
Everything required to successfully administer an engagement survey. From what questions to ask, how to analyze results, and how to create action plans that get results, this validated survey system can be leveraged to improve engagement, retention and performance.

Creating a Culture of Engagement Package
An effective survey enhancement, this audit of 6 key talent management areas provides a "Culture Rating" and identifies proven strategies for improvement.

Leader Engagement Effectiveness Package
The ultimate "Toolkit" for leaders to engage their employees. Guides and best practices provide leaders with the confidence to engage their teams and drive increases in key business performance metrics.

Engagement & Retention Leadership Training Series
These 11 online courses offer skill development opportunities for Operations leaders and Human Resources professionals to build core engagement competencies. Useful for all employees in leadership roles.

"We're thrilled to be filling a need in the market," added Mulligan. "By offering this flexibility, any organization can benefit from our experience, from those simply looking for content to those seeking a fully turn-key solution."

TalentKeepers also offers full-service employee engagement and retention solutions, with access to TalentKeepers' team of Industrial/Organizational psychologists to assist with solution design, customization and implementation.

About TalentKeepers
TalentKeepers® is celebrating 20 years of providing award-winning employee engagement and retention solutions to help organizations around the globe increase their performance. We're a recognized leader in innovative onboarding tools, employee engagement surveys that drive growth and accountability, HRCI and SHRM certified training for HR professionals, unique eLearning leadership engagement programs, teambuilding tools, and much more. Twice we have won HR Executive Magazine's Product of the Year award. TalentKeepers provides successful solutions for organizations spanning high tech manufacturing, retail, hospitals and healthcare, banking and financial, secondary education, colleges and universities, as well as local and state governments.

For more information about TalentKeepers, visit talentkeepers.com.

Media contact:    
Laura Spear, 407-660-6041 x127

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,Services,U.S

Award-Winning Author Laurel McHargue Teams Up with Professional Counselor Nadine Collier to Produce Unique Self-Help Book

When author Laurel McHargue completed her first 2,000-piece jigsaw puzzle, her friend Nadine Collier, a licensed professional counselor, suggested she should write a book about lessons she learned from the experience.

"I was never a puzzler," said McHargue, "and the idea of writing about my struggles and ultimate success intrigued me. I started the monster puzzle--the first one I've ever done on my own--during a period of quarantine at the start of the pandemic."

McHargue convinced Collier to collaborate with her, and together they completed and published Peace by Piece: 10 Lessons from a Jigsaw Puzzle! , a "fresh exploration of timeless life lessons."

"Many of my clients are struggling with anxiety and loss of motivation during this pandemic," said Collier, "and this book provides proven techniques for overcoming life's daily challenges. There are more than ten lessons in its pages, and a lot of humor, too."

"There's a great balance between contemporary wit and professional wisdom in each chapter," said McHargue. "We embellish our work with quotes from renowned sources from the past and present, and relevant stories from people we know."

The following chapters start with helpful life lessons McHargue discovered while puzzling and end with Collier's reflections and questions for consideration:

  • Patience and Persistence
  • Time Matters
  • Walk Away!
  • The Sum of Our Parts
  • The Little Things
  • Help?
  • Focus
  • A Different Perspective
  • Look Below the Surface
  • Celebrate!


"You don't have to be a puzzler to appreciate this book," said McHargue. "The lessons we share are applicable to any challenges readers might face in times of pandemic and, hopefully, beyond."

Laurel McHargue lives in Salida, CO, where she writes in multiple genres and hosts the podcast Alligator Preserves. She also raises ducks.

Nadine Collier lives in West Michigan, where she provides counseling services and enjoys boating on the Great Lakes with her husband.

McHargue and Collier would like to thank Mark Lumb for interviewing them about their book on his Jigsaw Chill Zone YouTube channel.

Posted in: Books & Literature,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Harvard and Cornell Grad Duo Shake Up The Kitchen Remodeling Industry

According to a 2019 Trulia survey of over 1300 US homeowners, 90% of those who own a home plan on remodeling it at some point. When it comes to remodeling, a study by the National Kitchen and Bath Association revealed that kitchens rank among the most popular rooms in the home to remodel. In fact, more than 10 million households spend more than billion on kitchens and kitchen remodels every year.

Yet, the industry has had its fair share of challenges, with many contractors and renovation companies following antiquated business practices and failing to take advantage of modern-day technology and systems.

As a forward-thinking kitchen remodeling company, Kitchen Infinity has made it their mission to leverage the power of technology, systems, and communication platforms to improve the customer experience while improving efficiency and producing superior results.

Founded with Passion and Purpose

Founded by Dean Scaduto, a Harvard University grad (2011) and George Kocher, a Cornell alum (2011), Kitchen Infinity was founded out of both passion and purpose. Both Scaduto and Kocher have a true passion for design, innovation and bringing transformational kitchen remodels from concept into reality.

According to the founders, although new and exciting products and materials have made their way to market over the last decade, the kitchen remodeling industry has lacked significant innovation when it comes to the contractor’s role and process. Kitchen Infinity aims to bridge this gap, leveraging the power of technology, people and processes to help their customers bring their dream kitchen to life.

Both founders have a long and documented track record of success in former careers, including that served as a former United Nations International Consultant (Scaduto) and former Barclay Investment Banker (Kocher).

Transforming the Heart of Homes and Bringing ‘Dream Kitchens’ to Life

As a full-service kitchen remodeling company, Kitchen Infinity is both capable and experienced in transformative designs, unique styling, customization and beatification from floor to ceiling.

From traditional and timeless designs, to contemporary and abstract, their team of seasoned professionals brings an element of creativity, passion and dedication to results that stands shoulders above the competition.

Kitchen Infinity isn’t just a kitchen remodeling company. They believe in the positive impact the right kitchen can have on the lives of their customers. The kitchen is the heart of a home. It is where memories are shared, and where meals are prepared with love and care. The right kitchen remodel can improve the value of a home while increasing its utility, complementing architecture, and establishing a warm and inviting or energetic space to enjoy time with loved ones.

Streamlined Process: Improved efficiency, better experience, and superior results

Kitchen Infinity has placed a premium on not just superior craftsmanship and results that exceed expectations, but also the customer experience from start to finish.

In an industry where contractors are often hard to reach, don’t return phone calls, or only want to deal with the demo and rebuild, Kitchen Infinity stands out as a company dedicated to streamlining processes, providing unbeatable support, and going above and beyond the call of duty.

Leveraging technology, the company has streamlined every stage of the process, from initial inquiry and consultations, to digital design demos and project progress from first hammer swing to cleanup and inspection.

About Kitchen Infinity

Headquartered out of the tri-state area, the company’s service area has expanded to cover New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and South Carolina.

Kitchen Infinity is a full-service kitchen remodeling company, providing affordable, custom kitchen solutions aimed at helping discerning homeowners bring their vision to life.

Those interested in learning more about the company or in obtaining a free no-obligation price quote are encouraged to reach out via their official website or by way of the media contact information below.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,News & Current Affairs,Services,U.S

MiniCo Publishing Introduces Updated Multi-Media Platform for Self-Storage Industry Education and News

MiniCo Publishing has introduced a new multi-media website, which offers a wide range of education, information, and news resources for self-storage industry professionals. The fully mobile-responsive website offers intuitive navigation, robust search capabilities, and streamlined access to information.

The website offers thousands of free articles, a more robust news category, a new video area, an industry event calendar, sponsored content from vendors, and classified advertising. Highlights such as Publisher's Picks articles and featured videos will be updated frequently to address current and emerging industry trends. All content is now free and organized by industry topic to make it fast and easy to search for specific information.

A key feature of the website is the redesigned and improved Self-Storage Buyer’s Guide listings, which now offer more information about vendors including videos, downloadable resources, and featured vendors.

MiniCo Publisher Poppy Behrens commented, “We are very excited about the opportunity to give our customers, readers, and advertisers a better online experience with streamlined access to thousands of resources in a multi-media format. With the launch of our new website, MiniCo Publishing has truly become the Education Destination for Self-Storage for today's industry professionals.”

About MiniCo Publishing
MiniCo Publishing is a leading publisher of trade periodicals and information resources for the self-storage industry. The company’s flagship publication is Mini-Storage Messenger, the leading monthly trade magazine covering the global self-storage industry. Other publications include the Self-Storage Almanac, Self-Storage Canada, Self-Storage Now, and the Self-Storage Buyer’s Guide. MiniCo Publishing is a division of MiniCo Insurance Agency, LLC, a member of the Aran Insurance Services Group. For more information, visit https://www.ministoragemessenger.com/.

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,U.S

Regroup Unveils Updated Mass Notification Platform Built to Meet Changing Client Needs

Regroup Mass Notification, an award-winning provider of emergency and day-to-day mass notification technology, today announced the release of its fully updated platform. This highly anticipated upgrade was driven by customer feedback, requests, and more than a decade of experience in delivering millions of critical and emergency notifications.

The renovated Regroup solution is a high-performance platform that directly responds to the needs of organizations across many industries that 10+ years ago didn’t need a mass notification system, but now see it as an essential tool for keeping people and their assets safe. The new enhancements — combined with previous features such as robust API integrations, a versatile set of mobile applications, unparalleled 24/7 client support and more — continue to place Regroup as the leader in the field of mass notification.

The many improvements in the newest Regroup product launch include:

  • Powerful delivery speeds will allow organizations to send up to 20,000 voice calls, 65,000 text/SMS, 100,000 emails, and 540,000 push notifications per minute
  • Enhanced mapping features that enable powerful geo-targeted alerts to be sent to client-specific locations such as offices, neighborhoods, school locations, and more
  • Powerful and consolidated reporting for message delivery, response rates and more
  • Easier message sending with greater customization options
  • Highly customizable administration permissions and rules and unlimited groups, templates, and admins allowed in every account
  • Built-in solutions for commonly-requested customer support items
  • Streamlined implementation and initial set-up for new clients
  • Redefined and elegant user interface for IT professionals and every admin in the system
  • Security and hosting from industry leader Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • An enhanced dashboard for users at all levels of administration


“Our whole team worked together to ensure this upgrade to our platform was completely customer-driven,” said Chris Utah, the Chief Operating Officer of Regroup. “This latest version of Regroup is a direct response to our clients’ requests and suggestions, and addresses their wants and needs. Every update to our platform was specifically chosen to help our clients keep people safer and better informed.”

Interested parties can join a free webinar on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 1:00 p.m. EDT to see a live demo and presentation of the new Regroup Mass Notification platform.

To learn more about Regroup Mass Notification, and how its advanced notification solutions are helping organizations overcome communication challenges, please visit http://www.regroup.com to request a free customized demo.

About Regroup

Regroup Mass Notification empowers better mass communication that keeps people safe and informed at all times. The company’s award-winning, cloud-based mass communication platform is what clients across North America and around the globe rely on to send both emergency and day-to-day communications to millions of people. By enabling one-click messaging to mobile devices, landlines, social media, email, websites, and more, Regroup Mass Notification helps organizations keep people safe, strengthen operational resilience, mitigate risk, and thrive in an increasingly unpredictable world.

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,Services,Technology,U.S

CAMO® STARTER Clips Featured in Pro Remodeler’s Top 100 Products for 2020

CAMO® STARTER Clips, part of the CAMO family of innovative products to help build a better deck, have earned a spot on Pro Remodeler’s Top 100 Products for 2020. Chosen by its readers, Pro Remodeler’s Top 100 list includes products that generated the most reader interest over the past 12 months.

Designed to eliminate face-fastening of the first and last board on any grooved decking installation on wood joists, CAMO STARTER Clips help achieve a completely fastener-free surface. The clips are easily installed by lining up the clip with the back edge of the joist, centered with the cross-joist, and fastening. Once the clips are in place, a grooved deck board can be tilted into the clip. Each package of STARTER Clips covers 30 linear feet and includes 25 clips and 25 screws made with 304 Stainless Steel for corrosion resistance.

“It’s an honor to see CAMO STARTER Clips on Pro Remodeler’s Top 100 Products in the Decks & Porches category alongside some of the top deck brands in the industry,” said W. Scott Baker, CEO, National Nail. “We aim to eliminate hassles for deck builders. STARTER Clips make quick work of starting grooved deck installs, so contractors can install up to 5X faster with our family of innovative CAMO products. The result is the upscale look of a truly fastener-free deck surface.”

For the best grooved decking installation, contractors should use STARTER Clips with CAMO EDGE™ Clips (for 90-degree deck patterns) and EDGEX™ Clips (for any angled deck pattern). Both clips are one-pass fasteners requiring no partial installation—EDGE Clip legs hug the joist and EDGEX wings fit in the board groove staying in place until they are fastened with the CAMO DRIVE™ stand-up tool or the Never-Miss™ Guide that comes with each pail of Clips. To learn more about CAMO STARTER Clips visit http://www.camofasteners.com
To view the Pro Remodeler Top 100, visit http://www.proremodeler.com/top-100-products-2020-decks-and-porches%C2%A0

About CAMO
CAMO exists to provide the best deck fastening installation experience for hardworking folks who take pride in their work and value their wallet. That’s you. Whether you install decks for a living, offer to help build them with a buddy, or maybe build just one in your lifetime, CAMO products are engineered to save you time and ensure your work looks and performs as you expect it should. CAMO®. The Better Way to Build a Deck. For more information or to locate a dealer, visit camofasteners.com or call 1-800-968-6245. Be sure to "Like" @camofasteners on Facebook and @camodeckfasteners on Instagram. Search CAMO Fasteners on YouTube to find our channel or check us out on Pinterest.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Puffy Introduces New Modern Rug To Make Contemporary Decor Easy

Puffy - one of America’s fastest-growing bedroom companies, has today released a luxurious modern area rug, the latest addition to its rapidly expanding range of mattresses, bedding, and furniture.

The modern rug is available in two versatile sizes and has been designed to add contemporary flair to any bedroom or living area easily. The style and soft finish of the Puffy area rug follow the brand’s commitment to innovating thoughtful and minimalist decor products that allow customers to decorate homes with ease.

“We believe in the power of simplicity. All our customers are passionate about different styles of home and bedroom decor - we get that. When we create products, like our new modern rug, we like to keep this in mind and innovate comfortable decor that can work in harmony with existing aesthetics. While still adding our signature touch of luxury, of course,” said Puffy CEO Arthur Andreasyan.

Inspired by minimalism with a luxurious finish, the team at Puffy introduces the all-new rug in two adaptable hues: soft ivory and elegant gray.

Standout Features Of The Puffy Area Rug:

Area rugs are a home decor essential that can effortlessly transform the look of a room. Many rugs boast durability but don’t stand the test of time, especially in high-traffic areas such as the bedroom and living room. The Puffy team set out to take the humble rug and create a design that perfectly blends durability and luxury.

  • High pile - with a pile height of 1.5”, the Puffy Rug is generously fluffy, adding a warm and inviting ambiance to the room.
  • Super-soft comfort - The area rug is perfectly plush underfoot - it’s soft enough to lay down on and relax!
  • Non-shedding - expert stitching and premium materials make Puffy’s modern rug non-shedding so customers can be sure it will stand the test of time.
  • Premium jute backing - high-quality jute stops the rug from slipping and sliding.
  • Easy to spot clean - the Puffy area rug is easy to spot clean inevitable spills so the rug can stay looking fresh all year.
  • Versatile sizes - customers can choose from a 5’ x 8’ area rug or a 6’ x 10’ area rug and finish any room with a touch of comfort.


The Puffy area rug joins a growing collection of recently released comfort products steering the company’s transition from mattress company to a complete bedroom solutions provider. Other recent launches include the Puffy faux fur blanket, body pillow, ultra-soft bed sheets, and the memory foam dog bed.

“We’ve quickly expanded beyond making incredibly comfortable mattresses - and it’s an exciting time for us. Offering a total bedroom and home decor solution to our customers is the bigger vision. It's truly humbling seeing so many customers transform their sleep and relaxation habits by utilizing our comfort products. We stand by our commitment to simplify comfort choices by constantly optimizing our customer experience to be faster and easier. We believe in minimizing distracting jargon, and developing uncomplicated products that look elegant, and feel amazing. I think the Puffy Rug will be a hit - I just got one for my bedroom!” said Puffy CEO Arthur Andreasyan.

Like every product in Puffy’s range of mattresses, bedding, and furniture, the Puffy Rug can be purchased with free shipping, lifetime warranty, a 101-night sleep trial, and a 100% money-back guarantee.
To find out more about the Puffy Rug, visit: https://puffy.com/products/puffy-area-rug

About Puffy

Puffy is a mattress company currently operating in the United States and Canada. The Puffy team is committed to developing the most luxurious mattresses, bedding, and bedroom furniture that you can buy online. The company was founded on the idea of creating mattresses and bedroom products that feel like sleeping on a cloud.

Puffy has been featured on The Talk and was recently awarded Best Mattress of 2020. Puffy sells all products direct-to-consumers online. For more information visit https://puffy.com.

Posted in: Lifestyle,Manufacturing & Industry,News & Current Affairs,U.S

eLearningClasses.com An Online Academy Powered by Artificial Intelligence & Human Instructors Launched

Global Banking & Finance Review launched its e-learning platform called eLearning Classes offering on demand online courses across various streams like Business, Finance, Trading, Marketing, Technology & more. Education is known as a never-ending journey that helps individuals expand their knowledge and learn new skills to stay competitive in today’s market.

eLearningClasses.com grants its members access to an array of interactive and fully online courses comprised of different subjects, guaranteeing them a leg up on the competition. eLearningClasses.com is an innovative online academy powered by artificial intelligence and real human instructors, offering students an exclusive interactive educational system with access to resourceful videos, e-books, quizzes, and certificates that will help them achieve their educational goals. Through the eLearningClasses.com students will be able to learn as many skills they want with eLearningClasses.com unlimited course program. This program allows subscribers to enjoy unlimited access to all courses at a monthly flat rate with no risks. Subscribers can choose as many courses as they want to enrol in, obtain all course materials at no extra cost, and learn at their own pace.

eLearningClasses.com uses the state-of-the-art educational tools which are powered by artificial intelligence to make world-class education affordable and accessible to students across the globe. For a subscription fee of .99 /month, students get access to all the online courses, lectures, worksheets, assessments, eBooks, Audio Books and more. Paid subscribers also get their questions answered by trained instructors and experts from Global Banking & Finance Review & have access to social discussions on their platform’s forums. The e-learning platform launched with over 100 courses and offers a few free online courses as an introductory offer. To Top it off, eLearningClasses.com is also offering a 25% discount on their monthly subscription fee of .99 which would bring the subscription fee to below a month. If you wish to avail this discount, use the coupon code off25 when checking out. 

Global Banking & Finance Review is a leading brand name in Banking & Finance. A media powerhouse with its own print & digital magazine and website portal with a combined readership of over 3 million readers annually. Global Banking & Finance Review has been a leader for the past decade providing analysis, opinion, reviews, news & interviews covering various topics. The initiative of launching its own e-learning platform is to make quality education accessible and affordable.

View all the free online courses by following this link on eLearning Classes 

“Our Mission is to ensure quality education reaches those who need it the most and at a price which can be affordable by all,” said Wanda Rich who is the Editor of Global Banking & Finance Review. She also commented that “Learning is a continuous process and it takes more than few courses to get a deeper understanding of a subject, this is the main reason why we decided to launch an unlimited learning experience at a monthly fee of .99.”

Global Banking & Finance Review is a leading brand name in Banking & Finance. A media powerhouse with its own print & digital magazine and website portal with a combined readership of over 3 million readers annually. Global Banking & Finance Review has been a leader for the past decade providing analysis, opinion, reviews, news & interviews covering various topics. The initiative of launching its own e-learning platform is to make quality education accessible and affordable.

View all the free online courses by following this link on eLearning Classes 

“Our Mission is to ensure quality education reaches those who need it the most and at a price which can be affordable by all” said Wanda Rich who is the Editor of Global Banking & Finance Review. She also commented that “ Learning is a continuous process and it takes more than few courses to get a deeper understanding of a subject, this is the main reason why we decided to launch an unlimited learning experience at a monthly fee of .99”

Posted in: Business,Education,News & Current Affairs

Cruise Planners Launches New All-Inclusive Resort System Further Expanding its Land-Based Travel Offerings

Cruise Planners recently launched a new “All-Inclusive Resort System” to help its travel advisor network sell more land-based travel. The new system will allow its travel advisor network to search from hundreds of all-inclusive properties based on supplier name, destination, client budget, resort amenities, client travel style and more. Rather than having clients navigating multiple sites and muddling through information, Cruise Planners advisors can now deliver all-inclusive resort information via their recently updated websites or through cohesive, beautifully designed and mobile-friendly “Resort Sheets” to ultimately close more sales.

“While cruising isn’t an option right now due to voluntary pauses in service, we want to ensure our travel advisors can offer their clients alternative vacation options,” said Michelle Fee, CEO and founder of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative. “The pent-up demand fueled by the pandemic is forcing families to change vacation plans, and while our travel advisors have always been able to book land-based vacations, having this new system will provide them better tools to promote and sell them,” Fee said.

Consistent as Leader in Land
Cruise Planners remains the top global seller of Sandals Resorts worldwide and each year continues to expand its mix of business in the land-based travel marketplace. Next month, the company will be hosting its next installment on the wildly successful “Where2Next” Virtual vacation series for consumers, this time focusing on all-inclusive vacation options, continuing to emphasize vacations consumers can experience now or plan for 2021 and beyond or plan for 2021 and beyond.

“I remain bullish on the travel industry recovery and feel that land-based travel remains an opportunity for full-service travel advisors, so I am thrilled about our All-Inclusive Resort System,” Fee said.

About Cruise Planners
Cruise Planners, the nation's largest home-based travel advisor franchise network and an American Express Travel Representative, has more than 2,500 franchise owners who independently book vacations and travel experiences for their clients. Headquartered in Coral Springs, Fla. since 1994, Cruise Planners provides its travel advisors with access to award-winning, innovative marketing; cutting-edge mobile technology; dynamic, hands-on training; lead-generating tools, as well as professional coaching and development. Cruise Planners has achieved top producer status with every major cruise line, many land vendors and maintains a philanthropic drive earning an International Franchise Association FranTech award for innovation, the Cruise Lines International Association highest honors and Magellan Awards from Travel Weekly. Learn more at http://www.cruiseplanners.com

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,Transportation & Logistics,Travel,U.S

Germinator Mobile Sanitizing and Disinfecting Expands to Phoenix, Arizona

Continuing on its rapid national expansion - Germinator Mobile Sanitizing and Disinfecting - a broad-spectrum sanitization, disinfection and deodorization provider - is proud to announce it has opened doors in Phoenix, Arizona. The company will offer door-to-door sanitizing and disinfecting services for businesses and residents throughout the area.

Germinator provides a 100% safe and non-toxic sanitizing and disinfecting process, utilizing breakthrough technology scientifically proven to help reduce the threat of harmful bacteria and viruses similar to the novel coronavirus.

Best friends since childhood, Greg Cook and Robert Blankenship will own and operate Germinator Phoenix. An Arizona resident of nearly 30 years, Cook resides in Phoenix with his wife Annette; their four children Kelsey, Kylie, Dylan, and Austin; and his parents, who live a short drive away in Prescott. He was motivated to open a Germinator franchise as a way to play a front-line role in helping to keep the community safe.

“I’ve spent most of my life in Arizona and it’s where I’ve built my family and career,” said Cook. “I’ve developed a true love for the community and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. Now, more than ever, businesses and residents are relying on high-quality sanitizing and disinfecting services to keep their homes and businesses safe as we try our best to go about our daily lives. I wanted to do my part in restoring confidence to the community by helping create comfortable environments.”

Having previously lived in Phoenix, Blankenship – who now resides in Miami, Florida - has ties to the community and a passion for the Germinator brand. He is the founder and CEO of WebFindYou, the first All-In-One Digital Marketing Technology that provides companies, agencies, and freelancers with a more streamlined and efficient way to maximize a company’s online visibility and grow their brand, leads, and sales with less hassle, reduced costs and increased revenues. Through WebFindYou, Blankenship has spearheaded the successful launch of all 21 Germinator franchises. His passion for the brand led him to embark on the opening of Germinator Phoenix.

“I truly believe in the Germinator brand and have witnessed firsthand how big of a role these franchises have played in helping to keep communities across the country safe during these difficult times, especially without the use of harsh and toxic chemicals,” said Blankenship. “Germinator Phoenix allows us to fill a void in the market, giving the community access to a top-notch sanitizing and disinfecting process that is followed with an application of long-lasting protection from mold, mildew, and odor causing bacteria.”

Germinator - which is headquartered in Atlanta - was founded by Jeff Gill in 2015, with the vision of providing a safe, effective and non-toxic method of proper sanitizing and disinfecting for businesses and households. Since February, the company has launched Germinator locations in major cities across the U.S.

“We’re excited to welcome Robert and Greg to the Germinator family to spearhead our launch into the Arizona market,” said Gill. “I’ve worked with Robert for eight years now, and he has a true understanding of the vision and mission of the company. We’re confident that the Phoenix franchise is going to be extremely successful.”

Germinator utilizes a two-step process to sanitize and disinfect surfaces as well as provide long-lasting protection against odor-causing bacteria, bacteria which cause stains and discoloration and fungi such as mold and mildew, and algae. The first step - Genesis - harnesses the power of hypochlorous acid (HOCl) to destroy bacteria, mold, mildew, viruses and odors caused by bacteria. HOCI is a non-toxic, near-neutral pH, hospital-grade sanitizer and disinfectant. The second step applies the Germinator's Shield - an invisible microbial coating that protects surfaces for an extended period of time against the growth of mold, mildew and odor-causing bacteria. Both products are EPA registered and safe for humans, pets and the environment. The company’s highly trained field specialists employ best practices using electrostatic sprayers and wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as appropriate.

Upholding the highest standards of sanitizing and disinfecting, Germinator makes claims that are scientifically supported and within EPA regulations. In an effort to research and further validate its practice of sanitizing and disinfecting surfaces, the company recently created the Germinator Scientific Advisory Board. The board is made up of key leaders such as Dr. Roscoe M. Moore, Jr - who was an Assistant to the United States Surgeon General for five administrations.

"During these unprecedented times, the need to focus on sterilizing agents within our country's airports, public spaces, and offices in order to decrease the spread of viral pathogens such as Coronavirus is essential," states Dr. Moore. "I am extremely happy to be a part of the Germinator team and lend my expertise in public health and regulatory affairs to what I feel is an immense asset to the containment effort."

The company continues to expand across the country, providing communities with a proactive solution to help free environments from harmful germs, bacteria, and viruses. With Germinator, society can now have peace of mind and the freedom to live or work in a sanitized and disinfected environment. Arizona businesses and residents can learn more by visiting https://www.germinatorphoenix.com or calling (602) 932-7406.

Posted in: Business,Health & Medicine,News & Current Affairs,Services,U.S

Cano Health selects Tejano Musician Jay Perez as Ambassador for its San Antonio Medical Centers

Cano Health, LLC, a leading population health management company and operator of primary care medical centers in Florida and San Antonio is happy to announce that it has selected Tejano musician Jay Perez as ambassador for its South Texas medical centers.

In this capacity he will serve as community advisor, advertising talent, and creative consultant for Cano Health, helping the company build brand awareness and championing programs that resonate with the local community.

Mr. Perez, known to many as “The Voice”, is an award-winning Tejano singer-songwriter and native San Antonian with a deep understanding of the community. “Knowing that San Antonio is a City rich in culture and coming from a family that has its own health issues, I have seen up close what a lack of health care can do to a family and a community... I feel it is extremely important for me to use my platform to raise awareness and promote quality health care,” says Perez.    

Edward Vargas, Texas Vice President for Cano Health, says the company is dedicated to transforming healthcare for San Antonians and its seniors by activating excellence in primary care, in-home visits, pharmacy delivery services, and expanded telemedicine for patient safety and convenience.

“Jay is an important local influencer in the San Antonio community. His dedication to our community and his character reflect our core values,” says Vargas. “We want San Antonio to know that Cano Health is committed to improving patient and community health by delivering superior primary care medical services, while forging a life-long bond with our patients.”

San Antonio is Cano Health’s first stop as part of its national expansion. The company will soon be opening a retail location and full-service medical center at 7031 Marbach; and three other medical centers at 100 S. Zarzamora, 2925 West Ave, and 6623 Zarzamora by the end of the year.

About Cano Health
Cano Health operates primary care centers and pharmacies and supports affiliated clinics in Florida, Puerto Rico, and now San Antonio that specialize in primary care for seniors. As part of its care coordination, Cano Health provides sophisticated, high-touch population health management programs such as home visits, telehealth, transition of care, and high risk & complex care management. Cano Health's personalized patient care and proactive approach to wellness and preventive care is what sets it apart from competitors.

Cano Health was recently recognized by Inc. magazine for the second consecutive year as the fastest-growing health care company in the nation and 39th among all US companies as part of its annual 5000 ranking. For more information visit http://www.canohealth.com.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Taskade: All-in-One Collaboration Platform Launches Free Real-time Workspace for Remote Teams and Y-Combinator Startups during COVID-19

The first all-in-one real-time organization and collaboration platform Taskade launches free upgrades for teams and individuals. This week, the team behind Taskade announced they are removing the limitations on the number of projects and tasks for all free accounts. Taskade users will now be able to create unlimited projects, templates, and invite an unlimited number of collaborators into their workspaces, all for free.

Following its debut at Y-Combinator’s demo day, Taskade set out on a mission to make remote collaboration simple. The platform helps remote teams stay competitive in the modern workplace by cutting down unnecessary friction in planning, organizing, and decision making, says Taskade CEO John Xie.

While remote teams can cherry-pick the tools they work with, the number of options available on the market makes for some really tough decisions. More often than not, trying to juggle several solutions means that meaningful, focused work takes a back seat.

Now that the need for remote collaboration tools has soared due to the COVID-19 lockdown, Taskade's offering seems like a sound proposition. Instead of adding yet another brick to the wall, the company takes a step back and combines document outlining and editing, visual mind mapping, video conferencing and task management in one, simple and elegant tool.

Apart from the upgraded free package, the platform offers two paid tiers for small businesses and enterprise-grade clients. Their unlimited plan ( per user) removes the cap on storage space for files and attachments. It also unlocks priority support and custom onboarding. The enterprise package is priced individually and adds extended security, control, and support.

If you have used tools like Asana, Trello, Todoist, Zoom, Notion, Microsoft Teams or Slack, you will feel at home as Taskade combines all the essential ingredients needed for remote collaboration into one simple tool. Another good news is that it’s available on all popular operating systems, including Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and as a browser extension and syncs in real-time.

Last year, the company secured a M seed investment from Y-Combinator and Grishin Robotics.

”We believe Taskade is fundamentally changing remote team collaboration by providing one tool that teams need to get work done effectively. Taskade provides a real-time, device-agnostic and cross-platform experience to end-users. We are excited to be part of the journey with the Taskade team,” said Dmitry Grishin, managing partner at Grishin Robotics.

If you’re interested in taking the app for a spin, head over to https://www.taskade.com/ to create a free account. You can also download Taskade’s mobile and desktop apps for all your devices at https://www.taskade.com/downloads/.

About Taskade

Based in San Francisco and Singapore, Taskade is a real-time organization and collaboration platform for remote professionals and distributed teams who want to stay competitive in the modern environment. Taskade helps its customers get work done together, faster and smarter by providing one tool for tasks, notes, mind mapping, and video conferencing, in one remote-first platform. Some of its happy customers include teams at Uber, Shopee, Capital One, YCombinator, Lyft, Compass, Activision, Booking.com and Transferwise.

Posted in: Education,News & Current Affairs,Technology,U.S,Website & Blog

Reflexis ONE for Banking Platform Selected by Top U.S. Bank

Reflexis Systems, Inc., the leading provider of intelligent workforce management and execution solutions for multi-site businesses in retail, food service, hospitality and banking, announced today that a second top U.S. bank has selected Reflexis ONE™ for Banking to transform their branch operations.

Reflexis ONE for Banking provides a best-in-class solution for branch staffing optimization and mobile tools for improved employee engagement. The solution simplifies work for branch employees and increases time spent directly with customers, driving productivity and improved client outcomes.

Banking executives have realized the value in looking outside of their industry for best practices to optimize branch performance, and they have found that retailers have overcome many of these same challenges. Reflexis has worked with the world’s largest retailers since 2001 to drive workforce efficiency, effectiveness and productivity and is uniquely well positioned to help banks adopt many of these learnings.

With AI and machine learning powered forecasting, automated schedule optimization and mobile-first Employee Self-Service, banks can ensure they have the right staff in the right place at the right time to improve client engagement. In addition to driving staffing efficiencies, the Reflexis ONE for Banking platform increases employee engagement and satisfaction in the scheduling process.

“Reflexis is thrilled to welcome a second top U.S. bank to our roster of more than 275 forward thinking banks, retailers, food service companies and hotels,” said Brett Friedman, Chief Revenue Officer at Reflexis.

“We’re confident that Reflexis ONE for Banking will streamline labor scheduling and branch operations processes, as we’ve done for our retail customers since 2001,” said Brian Wallace, General Manager of Banking at Reflexis. “This will improve the customer experience and increase operational efficiency, employee satisfaction and sales effectiveness across their national network of banking centers.”

About Reflexis Systems, Inc.
Reflexis Systems is the leading provider of intelligent workforce management, execution and communication solutions for multi-site organizations in retail, food service, hospitality and banking.

The Reflexis ONE™ intelligent work platform is used by our customers across the globe to simplify execution, improve communication and optimize labor decisions. Today, over 275 leaders in retail, food service, hospitality and banking are leveraging Reflexis ONE™ to achieve measurable improvements in customer engagement & associate productivity and retention.

Reflexis Systems is privately held and headquartered in Dedham, Massachusetts and has offices in Atlanta, Columbus, London, Düsseldorf, and Pune (India), with additional sales presence across Europe and Latin America. For further information, please visit http://www.Reflexisinc.com.

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Posted in: Finance,Finance Market,News & Current Affairs,Services,U.S

Ozark River Manufacturing makes NSF-Certified Portable Sinks Because Hand Washing is Not Just for the Bathroom Anymore

Martin Watts, Founder and CEO of Ozark River Manufacturing, wants to get hand washing out of the bathroom!

Experts may argue about gloves, masks and even social distancing, but one thing the CDC, WHO and other authorities agree upon, is this: hand hygiene remains the front line defense against the spread of disease. Since 2004, Ozark River Manufacturing, leaders in hand wash compliance, has been delivering safety and convenience in the design and delivery of NSF-certified portable hand sinks.

Ozark River Manufacturing may be small (16 employees), but it’s the only manufacturer of its kind that was able to meet the immediate demand of an order for the Jacob Javits Center “makeshift hospital” in NYC in the wake of the 2020 pandemic.

Now, organizations including restaurants, retail, office complexes, manufacturers and non-profit organizations are devising strategies to safely reopen and operate; recognizing the importance of NSF-certified portable sinks, which require no plumbing, in public areas, near entrances, and employee break rooms ... not just in the bathrooms.

Founder and CEO, Martin Watts, who holds several patents, is a tireless ---and enthusiastic --- inventor and entrepreneur. He has become an authority on hand washing protocols, the importance of NSF certification, and how manufacturing remains an essential business. Watts has a vision for how the future may look for manufacturing, business and public health/safety. His company, Ozark River Manufacturing, helped to keep other businesses open during the pandemic, and is now part of safe reopening and ongoing healthy operation strategies nationwide. MGM Grand, Sony Pictures, Toyota, Boeing, Cracker Barrel, and Turner Construction are just a few of the companies that have contacted Ozark River for information on the quick addition of hand washing stations for their customers and employees.

Watts oversees a team that provides a critical and convenient solution to improve personal hygiene and the ability to comply with state and local hand wash codes, as well as fight the spread of diseases like Covid-19. The company’s everlasting commitment to provide a top quality product that is essential to maximizing safety is why Ozark River Manufacturing is the world’s foremost portable sink manufacturer. Ozark River portable hand sinks feature instant hot water technology and convenient quick connect tanks. Without the expense of plumbing, users gain the hygiene benefits of instant hot water in both indoor portable sinks and outdoor portable sinks.

New York’s Jacob Javits Center, a 2.1-million-square-foot convention center within the densest, most populous American city, became a makeshift hospital as the city fought Covid-19. Ozark River Manufacturing delivered 70 sinks to the Javits Center within days, the only manufacturer of its kind that was able to meet the demand of that order so quickly.

Ozark River Manufacturing is a small but mighty, 40,000 sq. ft. portable sink manufacturing facility located in the heart of Middle Tennessee; a perfect example of efficiency for providing time saving delivery to the entire contiguous United States. From restaurants and food service businesses that gain new convenience and opportunities as a result of Ozark River Portable Sinks®, to educators and daycare centers that have healthier students and fewer absentees, to businesses that are now in hand wash code compliance due to implementing the use of portable sinks – the Ozark River team takes great pride in every portable hand sink they manufacture.

Watts fosters a team culture that is supportive and solutions-oriented with consistent communication and positive reinforcement.

With attention to quality that is as pure as the hot water they dispense, all Ozark River portable hand sinks feature instant hot water technology and convenient quick connect tanks. Without the expense of plumbing, each customer gains the hygiene benefits of instant hot water in both indoor portable sinks and outdoor portable sinks.

The CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water whenever possible as proper hand hygiene reduces the amounts of all types of germs and chemicals on hands.

"We built a business on compliance, but our new focus is on prevention," Watts says. "It's time to get hand washing out of solely the bathroom and into public areas; at entrances, in break-rooms and more."

Ozark River Manufacturing supports Global Handwashing Day, observed annually on October 15th.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Learning Sciences Corporation Ranks 66th in Software Industry, 535th on the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing U.S. Businesses After Three-Year Revenue Growth of 862%

Learning Sciences Corporation has secured its reputation as a national leader with an international impact in workforce education with its ranking of #66 in the Software Industry and #535 of the fastest-growing privately-owned companies in America, achieving a three-year growth in revenue of 862%.

The Inc. 5000 list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. The Inc. 5000 recognizes private companies using a complicated set of quantitative metrics of growth and revenue. The 2020 Inc. 5000 achieved an incredible three-year average growth of over 500 percent, and a median rate of 165 percent, aggregate revenue was 9 billion in 2019, accounting for over 1 million jobs over the past three years.

Founded in 2008 by company President Peter Ranzino, Learning Sciences Corporation is a learning and development company providing expertise in the design, development, and deployment of workforce web-based training programs for each employee’s skill sets. The learning experiences created are authentic, interactive, and accommodate multiple learning styles.

The company hosts access to client courses, tracks, and maintains critical training data, for over 100,000 employees of its national client base each week.

Learning Sciences' approach to customized platforms and technological advances in the training environment has led to their continual 12-year growth in a variety of industries in both private and public sectors.

In Entertainment, Television, Film, and Sports Broadcasting, clients include NBC Sports and its Summer and Winter Olympic Broadcasts, the IATSE Training Trust Fund, Fox Corporation, Fox Sports, FX, Disney Films and its umbrella of numerous production companies, like Lucas Films and General Hospital, NBC Universal, 21st Century Fox, and ABC.

Petrochemical and manufacturing clients include Citgo Petroleum, Phillips 66, Conoco Phillips, and British Petroleum. In the public sector, the State of Louisiana utilizes customized training and testing platforms in numerous executive, state, civil service, and law enforcement agencies including the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS), Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH), Louisiana State Police (LSP) and Office of the Attorney General (AG), among others. Louisiana State University, professional, and trade associations also utilized Learning Sciences software and programs.

“We focus on optimizing our clients’ workforce, advancing their organization and its performance. Our ability to develop individual skills, then cultivate and grow that skillset is the key to our client’s success in an ever-changing business climate,” said Peter Ranzino.

“We have been fortunate to work with and for some of the world’s smartest companies and the brightest minds in business. What we learn from these companies and their executives has been invaluable to our success,” he added.

Learning Sciences management team operates a variety of learning and technology disciplines. Ranzino credits client referrals as their main source of new client acquisition, acknowledging that their software and learning development team members have earned a reputation for being customer-centric providing authentic, interactive learning experiences customized to each clients' needs, which are result-driven, and cost-efficient to deploy. Their corporate culture embodies research-based design principles, best practices for workforce training, content mastery, and proven quality assurance standards.

The team members Ranzino recruits and employs are highly skilled Instructional Designers with doctoral degrees in Instructional Technology, Graphic and Web Designers versed in learning methodologies, and IT professionals deploying best industry practice. The company’s methodology identifies and qualifies the skills and management acumen for any workforce position, tactical or strategic.

Learning Sciences Core Competencies:

  • Instructional Design & Analysis
  • Instructional Writing
  • Curriculum Development
  • Custom Content Development
  • Learning Management of Systems Analysis & Configuration
  • Learning Technology Development & Deployment
  • Training Data management & Hosting
  • Learning Mobile Application Development


Peter Ranzino, Managing Partner Bio/Photo Link: https://www.learningsciencescorp.com/peter.html

Learning Sciences Corporation congratulates the 5000 independently owned companies and employees who made the 2020 Inc. 5000.

Posted in: Education,News & Current Affairs,Services,U.S

BLUEFIN, LLC a Subsidiary of Mantis Innovation Group, LLC Partners with Crenshaw Consulting Group, LLC

O2 Investment Partners, LLC (http://www.o2investment.com) is pleased to announce that through Mantis Innovation Group, LLC (http://www.mantisinnovation.com), Bluefin, LLC has acquired and partnered with Crenshaw Consulting Group, LLC (http://www.crenshawconsultinggroup.vpweb.com) and its leadership team to enhance both companies’ service offerings, geographic presence, and talented employee group.

Miah Dancy, President of BLUEFIN, LLC, commented, “We are excited to welcome Crenshaw to BLUEFIN. Crenshaw has been an exceptional business for many years, providing expert solutions to its clients. We value its longstanding success, and we commit to providing its team of dedicated employees the resources they need to grow that success even further. Vickie Crenshaw brings exceptional technical expertise to our management team, and we look forward to working closely with her to continue providing superior service to Crenshaw’s customers.”

Crenshaw has a long history of providing the highest quality roof consulting services to a wide variety of customers in both the public and private sectors, including city, county, and state agencies, school districts, as well as major U.S. insurance carriers. The entire Crenshaw team will join BLUEFIN’s staff, and Crenshaw’s owner, Vickie Crenshaw, PE, RRO, RRC, will remain an owner in the combined business and become a Senior Vice President within the BLUEFIN organization.

Vickie Crenshaw commented, “Crenshaw is very proud of the legacy we have established and nurtured over the past 16 years. We view this transaction as an opportunity to continue growing, and we welcome the chance to provide an expanded service offering to our clients. Culturally, this is an excellent fit for us, and we are excited for our future with BLUEFIN.”

Joe Vallee of O2 Investment Partners added, “The addition of Crenshaw Consulting Group creates tremendous opportunity for both BLUEFIN as well as the broader Mantis Innovation Group platform. When combined, Crenshaw adds focused expertise in design services and creates an opportunity for Mantis to provide additional software-enabled services to improve facility performance and reduce operating and capital costs. Vickie and her team have built an exceptional business, and we look forward to accomplishing great things together.”

About Mantis Innovation Group, LLC:

Mantis Innovation Group, LLC is a technology-driven firm employing proprietary software and data analytics to improve facility performance. Mantis’ service offering includes electricity and natural gas procurement; proactive roof, pavement, and envelope management; roof design and quality assurance; demand management; energy monitoring; and solar / renewable implementation. Mantis is headquartered in Houston, TX, with additional operations in Dallas, Texas; Waco, Texas; Coppell, TX; Trenton, New Jersey; Burlington, MA; West Springfield, MA; King of Prussia, PA; Harrisburg, PA; and Brunswick, ME.


BLUEFIN is the nation’s leading provider of facility asset management and facility energy consulting services to clients with large facility footprints. BLUEFIN delivers an innovative portfolio approach to asset management that significantly reduces costs while improving facility performance.

About Crenshaw Consulting Group, LLC:

Crenshaw Consulting Group, LLC is a design, engineering, and consulting firm specializing in roof systems, waterproofing, exterior wall systems, lab analysis, forensic investigation, quality assurance, and construction observation. Crenshaw has expertise in complex site-specific plans and specifications for renovation, re-roofing, repair, and maintenance jobs.

About O2 Investment Partners:

O2 Investment Partners is a Midwestern based private equity firm that seeks to acquire majority interests in lower middle market B2B services, technology, and select niche industrial companies. The firm invests in businesses with earnings growth potential and a clear path to the creation of shareholder value.

O2 invests with a view toward partnering with management to build and grow the business and take it to its next stage of development. This requires not only a clear vision and strategic plan to create shareholder value, but a close partnership and alignment of interest with management.

Additional information is available at http://www.mantisinnovation.com http://www.bluefinllc.com http://www.crenshawconsultinggroup.vpweb.com http://www.o2investment.com

Posted in: Business,Finance,Finance Market,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Victor Foods announces increased production capacity of their clean label hummus products to accommodate more grocery chains in the western USA

VICTOR FOODS is a Spokane-based company specializing in clean label hummus products. Winner of the best locally produced foods (not only hummus) in the Inland NorthWest consecutively for the past 8 years. While VICTOR FOODS products are not “officially certified” organic, organic chickpeas are the main ingredient. Being a clean label product, VICTOR FOODS hummus has:
NO preservatives,
NO blended or filler oils (canola, soy),
NO dairy,
NO gluten,

The authentic and delectable hummus flavors of VICTOR FOODS are, also, very low in lectins (anti-nutrients) due to a unique proprietary cooking process. To keep all the natural nutrients from degrading, VICTOR FOODS does not pasteurize their products.

“We take great care to ensure that we have the most clean label of any hummus brand,” Victor Azar, founder of VICTOR FOODS, declared passionately. “We replicate a home-made, hand-crafted product by soaking and cooking the beans correctly with a proprietary process.”

By not including filler oils, Victor’s hummus products have as little as half the calories of many other brands.”

For the past ten years, VICTOR FOODS has been serving independent stores and regional grocery chains throughout the Pacific NorthWest, USA. At this time, there is more capacity to accommodate additional grocery chains who appreciate offering a healthy, clean and tempting product to their evermore critical and demanding shoppers.

Article URL: https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/popular-hummus-chickpea-brands-contain-153700047.html

Victor Foods Ad: https://youtu.be/pVExAX_TGwE

Victor Foods URL: https://www.victorfoods.com

Posted in: Food & Beverage,News & Current Affairs,Services,U.S

Merchants Fabrication, Inc. Announces New General Manager

Merchants Fabrication, Inc. (MFI), a full-service metal plate and structural shape manufacturer specializing in the machine building industry, is pleased to announce that John Bernier has joined the company as General Manager. Mr. Bernier joins MFI with over 30 years of manufacturing experience. He has extensive experience in operational excellence, manufacturing operations, and engineering, with a proven track record of exceptional quality management and customer relations skills.

“We’re just getting started,” commented Mr. Bernier. “MFI has been in the business a long time and we want our community to know that we’re not going anywhere. We have a lot of exciting projects and plans up our sleeves and are looking forward to engaging more with local businesses. Our extensive metal fabrication skills and abilities put us in a solid position in the marketplace and allow us to respond quickly to customer requests at a very competitive price”.

MFI has extensive history and experience in sub-contract manufacturing work, specializing in the aerospace, paper, food and beverage, medical, and specialty equipment industries. Their capabilities range from custom fabrication work, prototyping, and custom design to waterjet cutting, CNC punching, welding, and more. A full list of MFI’s capabilities can be found on their newly renovated website.

“Customer centricity is a hallmark to MFI,” added Mr. Bernier. “Our clients are the lifeblood of our business, and we are committed to ensuring exceptional quality, integrity, and service to our clients, both present and future.”

In business for over 55 years, MFI is dedicated to delivering only the most exceptional quality projects and service to their clients, both present and future. To learn more about MFI, visit http://www.merchantsfabrication.com.

Posted in: Business,News & Current Affairs,Services,U.S

Men’s fashion brand, Chuck Brass launches a national campaign searching for influencers who understand the BrassRing

You know who they are. The guys are walking tall and stand out in a crowd. And, when it’s time to play and relax with friends, they put on the styles that let everyone know they’re reaching for the brass ring. Now’s the time to help make them famous.

It’s one of the most talked about new men’s clothing labels and Chuck Brass is seeking Millennial and Gen Z men who are interested in a career as social fashion influencers. This announcement is a rare opportunity to launch a rising star across all social media platforms. Winners can be Brass Ringleaders, interacting not just with their friends and social channels, but with nationally recognized creative agencies, stylists, and photographers who conduct award-winning campaigns.

It’s easy to get started too. We have all of the assets for publication and media awareness on our website. Potential Brass Ring candidates can visit chuckbrass.com beginning August 1, and apply there for the chance to share with the world all the buzz about Chuck Brass clothes.

Here’s what we want potential Brass Ringleaders to know:

  • The Chuck Brass brand is igniting worldwide, and you can be part of the explosion as a Brass Ringleader. Chuck wants you to show him how you grab The Brass Ring, where you are - having the best time while looking awesome.
  • Brass Ringleaders have a direct channel to the company. That means involvement in new product launches, and giving feedback that shows from the ground up what customers want. Our national consultants will sign lucky Brass candidates by several criteria described on the website and winners selected by September 31st, 2020.
  • Winners will consult with Chuck Brass marketing teams across the nation who work one-on-one with influencers who will receive free merch and apparel. Our creative teams will coordinate with each Brass Ringleader to build personal brands along with Chuck Brass clothes, and the flavor of a Brass-clad life. Your brand. Your movement.


Aspiring Ringleaders can apply at https://www.chuckbrass.com/pages/the-brass-ring.

Posted in: Lifestyle,Living,News & Current Affairs,Shopping & Deal,U.S

HomeSeer Announces New Smart Home Hubs Powered With HS4 Software

HomeSeer continues its 21-year pursuit of smart home excellence with the release of 3 new smart home hubs. HomeTrollers Pi, Plus & PRO are powered by HS4 smart home software which features locally-managed (cloud-free) automation and includes several new features and integration options.

Chief among the improvements is an all new mobile-friendly interface that provides full system management from any device. Built-in support has also been added to view and record security cameras and an automatic backup function allows quick system recovery if needed.

Several free plugins have been released for easy integration with popular smart home products & technologies including Z-Wave, Zigbee, Philips Hue, Ecobee, Harmony Hub, Tuya, MyQ, Wemo, Rachio, LIFX and more. As with previous hubs, full support is also included for smart speakers, devices and cloud services from Amazon, Google and IFTTT.

HomeTroller Pi and PRO hubs are shipping now. HomeTroller Plus hubs will ship later this year. For more information on HomeTroller hubs, visit https://homeseer.com/home-controllers/

HomeSeer’s free remote access service (MyHS) has also been enhanced to include paid “Premium” options for users who need unified control of multiple systems and users, or require more storage space for system backups and camera recordings. Learn more about MyHS Premium here: https://homeseer.com/myhs-premium/

HomeSeer Technologies, LLC is a leading provider of smart home systems based in Bedford, New Hampshire. Its smart home software and hubs allow users to integrate and automate everything in their homes, including lights, thermostats, sensors, door locks, security systems and much more. HomeSeer systems are locally managed for performance, reliability and security. Visit https://homeseer.com/ for more information.

Posted in: Computers & Software,News & Current Affairs,Services,Technology,U.S

Modular Building Institute-Sponsored Offsite Construction Expo is Going Digital – Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the now-digital Offsite Construction Expo – Denver, proudly sponsored by the Modular Building Institute (MBI). This two-day digital expo will start on September 16 and conclude September 17. The Expo will closely follow the format of previous in-person Expos and will feature educational presentations, digital booths from industry exhibitors, and person-to-person communication over video and chat. This event will mark the sixth year that MBI has sponsored the Offsite Construction Expos.

Attendees and exhibitors alike will benefit from the variety of modular vendors and component suppliers all in one virtual room. Past Expo exhibitors have included offsite construction contractors, traditional contractors that have integrated offsite methods, offsite factories, transportation companies, BIM suppliers, materials suppliers, and consultants of all types of offsite construction processes. A number of MBI members exhibit at the Expos on a regular basis.

Exhibitors at the Denver digital expo include the following companies:

  • Modular Building Institute
  • Innovative Structural Engineering
  • Johns Manville
  • Precision Structural Engineering
  • Guerdon, LLC
  • Horizon North Logistics Inc.
  • ICC Evaluation Service
  • neUdesign Architecture
  • Z Modular
  • BestGen Modular
  • Phoenix Modular Elevator
  • USG Structural Panels


“We’re very excited to be bringing the excitement of OSCE online,” said Dave Sikora, OSCE’s business development director. “There’s no doubt that COVID has presented some challenges for us, but we think this Expo is really going to exceed expectations.”

If you are interested in learning about offsite construction, the Offsite Construction Expo is the place to be. The event is only 9 for all attendees.

Speakers at the Denver Expo include MBI member Shawn Lothrop, CEO of Innovative Structural Engineering. He’ll be speaking about the advantages and value of structural engineering for modular and offsite construction.
John Beddow, CEO of Guerdon, LLC, will be addressing affordable housing. Rhys Kane's (Horizon North) session will also explore the topic. Chris Waters from Z Modular will speak on new markets and challenges for modular construction and Troy Tiddens (neUdesign Architecture) will speak on the means and methods of offsite design.

Two additional digital Expos—each targeted to a specific North American region—are planned for 2020. OSCE Toronto is planned for October 21 and 22. OSCE Washington DC is scheduled for November 18 and 19. Each Expo is planned and run by association management company HardimanWilliams, LLC. The Modular Building Institute is sponsoring all three OSCE events in 2020.

For more information about sponsoring, attending, or exhibiting at Offsite Construction Expo, please visit http://www.offsiteconstructionexpo.com.

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,Real Estate,U.S

CPF Lures Launches Its Brand-New Fishing Lure Company

CPF Lures is proud to establish itself as the newest fishing lure company in Kissimmee, Florida with a focus on soft plastic baits.

For the first time ever, CPF Lures launches its brand-new fishing lure company.

CPF Lures, a Kissimmee-based fishing lure company, is proud to establish itself as the newest fishing tackle provider in Florida. Founded by Chuck Pippin Jr and Jason George, CPF Lures stands for Chuck Pippin Fishing Lures. Founded in 2020, the company provides fishing worms, creatures, claws, and so much more.

According to the company, "Chuck began his career as a Bass fishing guide in 1997 on West Lake Toho and the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, during his junior year at the University of Central Florida. After graduating, Chuck moved to Clewiston, Florida, and spent 5 years as a guide at Roland Martin's Marina on Lake Okeechobee. During this time, he began his career as a professional tournament angler fishing both the FLW Tour and the B.A.S.S. Southern Opens. In October of 2002, Chuck moved back to the Orlando Florida area to continue a guiding career on West Lake Tohopekaliga, the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes and other Orlando area lakes."

A few of Chuck Pippins sponsors include businesses such as Ranger Boats, Evinrude Outboards, Toho Marine & Outdoors, Minn Kota Motors, Humminbird, 13 Fishing, and D.O.A. Lures.

Chuck goes on to say, "We started CPF Lures with a vision of perfecting fishing lures & tackle. Offering increased durability and higher quantities of baits, CPF Lures develops baits for the tournament pro and fishing guides who require a better quality solution."

The company continues to share that, "we wanted to make a product specifically for the tournament angler or professional guide. Our Pro Series baits are scientifically engineered for durability and usability. The soft plastics are durable enough to allow for multiple hook sets, allow you to catch more fish, yet are soft enough to puncture easily with a hook. The spongy feeling of the baits helps fish hang on longer due to the true to life feeling. Currently we offer our baits in 25 & 50 at a time in durable, recyclable, stack-able containers. However, we look to expand to traditional 10-count bags in the near future."

Want to learn more about Chuck Pippin Fishing Lures?

Website http://www.cpflures.com.

About CPF Lures: Official Disclaimer: "CPF Lures is a fishing lure company founded in 2020 in Kissimmee, Florida. CPF Lures stands for Chuck Pippin Fishing Lures, named after one of the founders, Chuck Pippin Jr."

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Polyurea-Polyaspartic 1-Day Coating Systems: A Recipe for Disaster

Polyurea-polyaspartic 1-day coating systems can be a recipe for disaster. Concrete coating expert Robert Hanson of corporate GarageFloorCoating.com cautions consumers and coating companies about quick-cure, 1-day polyurea-polyaspartic garage floor coating systems.

The More Things Change

In an article written way back in 2007 in Residential Concrete Magazine (Jeanne Fields, December 15, 2007), titled “Garage Floor Coatings Pickup Speed”, Fields reported that epoxy garage floor contractors were discovering that polyurea-polyaspartic quick-cure systems could increase profits because of their quick installation time. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

1-Day Systems: A Recipe for Disaster

Flash forward 13 years and many less experienced floor coating contractors still hype these systems. But Robert Hanson, founder of GarageFloorCoating.com, warns that polyurea-polyaspartic 1-day coating systems are a “recipe for disaster.”

“Our concern is that the public is being misled about the capability and performance of these products and systems,” says Hanson. “The allure to the customer is the promise of a coated garage in one day. So many companies are jumping on this 1-day-system bandwagon.”

The Truth about 1-Day Systems

The reality? 1-day garage floor systems simply don’t meet commercial specifications. Application of a polyurea-polyaspartic direct to concrete isn’t recommended...unless the average measured moisture level in the concrete is less than 1.0%. Why? The ability of a polyurea-polyaspartic to bond strongly to concrete is hindered by moisture. Anything above 1.0% is a problem. And the flooring system is only as strong as the first (“primer”) coat. How many concrete slabs will have moisture readings below 1.0%? Not many!

In addition, this simple 2-coat system uses far less material. In fact, it creates a floor that is about half the thickness of a commercial-grade installation. The result is that 1-day polyurea-polyaspartic flooring systems are less durable and susceptible to peeling.

Hanson reminds us that “When a product fails, the cost and time to remove it and re-apply it proves very costly. As well, it’s a major inconvenience to the customer. We learned the hard way years ago when we had to re-coat close to one hundred floors due to failures with these 1-day systems. It’s a recipe for disaster.”

An Alternative to the 1-Day System

Hanson recommends using a 100% solids epoxy as the primer coat (or a moisture-mitigating epoxy if moisture levels are higher than 4.0%). In any space with vehicular traffic (garages, driveways), the primer coat is topped with a polyurea-polyaspartic. Then, one or more clear coats will produce the most durable flooring system. With this correct approach, the installation time is at least 2 days in duration...certainly not one!

How does Hanson know this? His company, GarageFloorCoating.com has been installing residential and commercial floor coating applications for over 23 years. They use water-based moisture mitigating or 100% solids epoxies as the primer coat. Only in the rarest of occasions will a polyurea-polyaspartic go direct-to-concrete.

Advantages of Polyurea-Polyaspartics

But once the primer coat is applied, polyurea-polyaspartics make for great color and top coats. In fact, these products are in a category all their own. Polyaspartics provide excellent wear, extreme UV and chemical resistance (oils, gasoline, acids). And they prevent plasticizer migration from hot car tires. Best of all, the quick-cure characteristic of a polyurea-polyaspartic allows for faster installations in hot or cold temperatures.

Where Can Polyurea-Polyaspartics Be Used?

Polyurea-polyaspartics are excellent for use in garages, driveways and anywhere vehicles are parked. They’re also excellent choices for most industrial settings and businesses (like an auto repair shop) that just can’t shut down for days. We’ve successfully used this product in large commercial spaces too, including aircraft hangars and automobile dealerships.

The Final Say

There’s an old saying that goes “If you don’t have the time to do it right, then when will you have the time to do it over?” This certainly applies to mass-marketed 1-day polyurea-polyaspartic flooring systems. So many coating companies are telling their customers that these 1-day systems are a magic bullet.

But why would a contractor emphatically hype a “1-day” flooring system? Because less material and less labor equals more profit. If your prospective installer suggests a 1-day polyurea-polyaspartic system without first measuring the moisture in your concrete floor, let the buyer beware!

Headquartered in Phoenix, AZ, Garage Floor Coating.com (GFC) has been coating concrete with their proprietary epoxy, polyurethane and polyurea-polyaspartic products for over twenty-three years. With dealerships and franchises throughout the US, the company continues to expand and is always looking for individuals with a strong business acumen to open new dealership locations.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,News & Current Affairs,Services,Transportation & Logistics

Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) Receives Phase Two Funding for Deep Learning Multi-Sensor Fusion Development

Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) has been awarded a Phase Two grant from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Ground Vehicles Systems Center (formerly TARDEC). Based on the progress achieved during Phase One, ASI was chosen to continue development of a Deep Learning (DL) architecture that will support sensor fusion in environments with limited, or no, GPS. Specifically, ASI is making rapid advancements in triangulating data inputs from traditional cameras, LiDAR, and radar to feed machine learning that will provide clearer visibility, predictability, and safety in environments where GPS integrity is restricted or where GPS cannot be utilized at all.

"The objective is to create clearer real-time understanding of an autonomous vehicle’s surroundings, especially when navigating through compromised weather, environments, or conditions," said Jeff Ferrin, Chief Technology Officer at ASI. "As self-driving vehicles advance, especially for industrial use, the need to utilize machine learning, deep learning, and other artificial intelligence algorithms to improve performance in challenging environments only increases. Therefore, the success of this project is critically important – not only for the direct application within the U.S. military, but for applications across ASI’s multiple lines of business."

In the case of a deep learning architecture that fuses information from LiDAR, radar and cameras, the innovation could not come soon enough for some industries – especially mining.

"As global mining operations re-evaluate orebody economics and redesign mines as a result of automation, mining operations will become increasingly complex and dependent on technology. By association, the need for advanced visibility and situational awareness increases exponentially," explains Chris Soccio, General Manager of the Ferrexpo Yeristovo operations. "In locations where GPS or communications networks are compromised or unreliable, the ability to leverage machine learning fed by three diverse input methods becomes not only immediately desirable, but essential to ensure system redundancy for safe and efficient mining."

ASI expects to complete the Phase Two assignment by September 2022.

About ASI

Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI) is a world leader in industrial vehicle automation. ASI serves clients across the world in mining, agriculture, automotive, government, and manufacturing industries with remote control, teleoperation, and fully automated solutions from its headquarters and 100-acre proving ground in northern Utah.

Posted in: Automotive,Manufacturing & Industry,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Aqua-Tots Swim Schools Opens 113th Worldwide Franchise Location

Aqua-Tots Swim Schools has announced the opening of its 113th worldwide franchise location in Atlanta’s upper westside. Located in the shopping area of Westside Village at Moores Mill, along Marietta Boulevard and Coronet Way, Aqua-Tots Westside Village is now serving families in West Atlanta, Midtown and Buckhead. They officially opened their doors on Monday, August 17, 2020.

Aqua-Tots Swim Schools has been the leader in the swim instruction industry since 1991, offering comprehensive swim curriculum for children as early as four months old. With over 100 locations in 14 countries, families all over the world experience the dedicated, year-round, indoor swim facilities where their children can become safe and confident swimmers by completing the proven Aqua-Tots curriculum.

The 4,500 sq. foot swim school is the sixth Aqua-Tots location in Georgia and fourth Atlanta area location for Franchise Owners Andrew George, Jesse Rhodenbaugh and Tommy Fisher, who also own locations in Alpharetta, Briarcliff and Roswell, Georgia.

“We’re excited to serve the families of West Atlanta, Midtown and Buckhead,” said Franchise Owner Jesse Rhodenbaugh. “This year’s pandemic has caused many parents to work from home. Children are also at home, and they are bored. This has resulted in an increased rate of drowning all over the country. In fact, 69% of children who drown are not expected to be in or near a pool at the time of an incident. We are very proud to offer families in Atlanta a year-round place to equip their children with the water safety skills they need for a lifetime.”

According to the National Institutes of Health, “Consistency in formal swim lessons reduces the risk of drowning by 88% among children ages one to four years old.” That’s an encouraging reality since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that drowning is the leading cause of unintentional, injury-related death among children ages one to four.

Aqua-Tots Westside Village is committed to keeping families safe, healthy and comfortable when attending swim lessons. As such, they have implemented the Aqua-Tots Full Circle of Safety to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their swim school. These procedures focus on a modified swim school environment for the health of their families and staff, safety of their lessons and cleanliness of their facility. Preventative measures include social distancing in the lobby, hand sanitizer stations, enhanced cleaning procedures, masks for swim school staff and temperature checks for staff prior to each shift.

Additionally, a properly maintained and sanitized pool is still considered a safe environment for children and families. According to the CDC, “There is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, spas, or water play areas. Proper operation and maintenance (including disinfection with chlorine and bromine) of these facilities should inactivate the virus in the water.” The Aqua-Tots pool contains a commercial sanitation and filtration system which maintains the proper chlorinated levels.

For a limited time, those who enroll in monthly swim lessons will receive a free swim lesson to get started. Aqua-Tots Westside Village is open seven days a week and encourages families to reserve a spot in small group (4:1 ratio), semi-private (2:1 ratio) or private (1:1 ratio) lessons before classes fill up. Aqua-Tots Westside Village will also feature the Special Needs Aquatic Program (S.N.A.P.), which tailors lessons to each child’s special needs and abilities, Fast Track, which serves as a jumpstart to lessons, and birthday parties.

Aqua-Tots Westside Village is now hiring front desk staff and swim instructors. To apply, please contact Aquatic Manager Ally Gibson at westsidevillageam@aqua-tots.com. If you’d like to learn more about Aqua-Tots Westside Village or to pre-enroll in swim lessons, visit aqua-tots.com/atlanta-westside-village or call (770) 927-8155.

About Aqua-Tots Swim Schools

Aqua-Tots Swim Schools serves over 100 communities worldwide, offering dedicated, year-round, indoor swim instruction, community outreach and drowning prevention education to children of all abilities from four months to 12 years old. As the world’s largest swim school franchise, their hand-selected instructors are passionate about teaching children how to remain safer in and around the water, using tried and true curriculum, 29+ years in the making and trusted worldwide to teach 2.9 million swim lessons annually. To learn more, visit http://www.aqua-tots.com.

Posted in: Education,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Super Senior Athlete Author and Activist Bonnie Frankel Helps Others During These Uncertain Times Being a Positive Role Model and a True Hero and Releases Her New Book

What makes a hero? That is a very important question, with more than one answer. “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” (Joseph Campbell) “A hero is somebody who voluntarily walks into the unknown”. (Tom Hanks) “A hero is no braver than an ordinary person, but he or she is brave five minutes longer.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson). All of these statements can easily be said about Bonnie Frankel, super athlete, author and activist who at 75-years old is still breaking the rules, while continuing to remain young in body, mind and spirit. She is truly a woman of inspiration who has accomplished much by doing the extraordinary.

While most seniors are huddled indoors during the Covid-19 pandemic and quarantine, Bonnie Frankel is leading the way. She is releasing her new book, Bonnie’s Theory - Finding the Right Exercise, and is teaching and motivating people about how to remain positive, calm and healthy during these uncertain times.

No stranger to adversity, she is a true survivor. In 1993 Bonnie singlehandedly changed an NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) rule, and was the oldest female to compete in a Division 1 collegiate sport, now known as “The Bonnie Rule”. She had also faced breast cancer, divorce, a suicide attempt, hip replacement, and homelessness, but overcame it all by self-rehabilitation through exercise.

Crossing her path when she was an older student returning to college, was her running instructor Olympic champion Tommie Smith. He along with athlete John Carlos had raised their fists in a black power salute after winning the gold and bronze medals in the 1968 Olympics in the 200-meter run, reminiscent of today’s Black Lives Matter movement. Tommie saw true talent in Bonnie, and recommended that she compete in track as he noticed her “fast feet”. He became her mentor and coach, and told Bonnie that she would be “The George Foreman of running.”

Later when she was 60, and after undergoing a hip replacement due to Sickle Cell Anemia (Bo Jackson’s Disease), Bonnie had a chance introduction to meet John Carlos who was friends with Tommie Smith. He was so impressed with her ability and in her changing an NCAA rule that he decided to coach her to qualify for the Olympic trials in 2004.

Today with the Black Lives Matter movement in full swing, along with the Covid-19 crisis pandemic, and the presidential election right around the corner, Bonnie is no stranger to hard times, challenging personal difficulties, and triumphs.

Her latest project is to bring awareness to raise social security income so that current generations can live more comfortably in the world. This is especially important during these tough times when many people can’t afford food, housing, or the cost of living. Recently, senators Schumer, Warren and Wyden have unveiled a plan to raise these benefits by 0 during Covid-19 through 2021.

According to Bonnie Frankel, “People can’t survive by living off their social security benefits alone. They should be able to live comfortably without fearing poverty. The current system doesn’t work. The cost of living has exceeded many people's ability to properly take care of themselves.”

USA Today once wrote that if ever there were a made for TV movie, “The life and times of Bonnie Frankel” is it.

For further information: Contact Bonnie Frankel at her website: https://www.bonniefrankel.com/

Bonnie’s Theory – Finding the Right Exercise is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/BONNIES-THEORY-FINDING-RIGHT-EXERCISE-ebook/dp/B07WD9C432,

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bonnies-theory-bonnie-frankel/1134584919?ean=9781979966771

Good Reads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19697264.Bonnie_Frankeland

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/bonnie-s-theory-finding-the-right-exercise-by-bonnie-frankel-and-linda-furlong

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Tellwut Launches Tellwut Insights to Provide Ease of Access to Market Research

Tellwut is excited to announce the launch of Tellwut Insights, our new DIY platform along with access to custom support services and our weekly Omnibus program providing ease of access for businesses utilizing our platform to gain affordable and valuable market research.

Tellwut provides data and analysis through surveys accessing our large North American community (panel). Use our DIY platform or Tellwut will work with you to run personalized targeted surveys to gain valuable data and allow you to make informed market decisions. Our engaged community of respondents will answer your questions to give you a better understanding of the consumer landscape.

With competitive price points, Tellwut Insights is created to democratize market research to become more affordable for businesses. Tellwut Insights also offers a level of efficiency as answers can be rapidly gathered and distributed real-time responses.

Tellwut Insights serves as a mediator between businesses and the Tellwut platform, giving clients access to a willing and diverse panel of consumers providing businesses data towards an informed decision-making process. Tellwut Insights reporting provides clients with comprehensive data allowing analysis according to numerous demographic and psychographic separations.

Tellwut Insights seeks to provide greater access to companies for informed decision making and provides varying options for quick and affordable insights. Examples of Tellwut Insights case studies can be found on our reports page.

About Tellwut

Tellwut® is a North American community of individuals dedicated to expressing their opinions through online surveys based upon a wide variety of topics in exchange for rewards and the Tellwut community experience. Tellwut Insights uses its proprietary survey and panel member management application along with the Tellwut community to provide a platform for organizations to send surveys to their stakeholders or to crowdsource and conduct online market research quickly and easily; thus allowing businesses a clearer understanding and insight into their products or services, customer attitudes, and potential business opportunities.

Posted in: Marketing & Sales,News & Current Affairs,Services,U.S,Website & Blog

Swiftly Announces Collaboration with SMRT to Accelerate Expansion into Asia

Swiftly, the leading big data platform for public transit, today announced an investment round from SMRT Ventures, the Corporate Venture Arm of transport operator SMRT.

The collaboration with SMRT enables Swiftly to further expand its activities in the Asia region. Established in 2015, Swiftly has sales, marketing, and customer success operations in North America, Western Europe, and Asia. Asia is a large opportunity for Swiftly as its economies depend heavily on public transit to support their rapid economic and population growth.

Swiftly has created the first cloud-based data platform specifically designed for public transit data and operations. Unlike legacy transit software, Swiftly leverages big data and sophisticated algorithms to drive efficiency across the transit operations to boost the rider experience. Further, the platform includes a suite of APIs that enable public transit networks to connect and integrate services with other modes of transportation.

Swiftly has seen rapid growth and has more than doubled in size over the past twelve months. “We are thrilled to partner with SMRT as we look to accelerate our growth into Asia,” said Jonathan Simkin, Co-Founder & CEO of Swiftly. “Beyond growth, one of our core goals at Swiftly is to build a transportation community where we can share best practices that we observe around the world. We’re delighted to be able to include SMRT and Singapore within this network to broaden the scope of our reach.”

SMRT, Singapore’s leading public transport operator, serves more than 3 million passenger journeys daily via bus, rail, taxi and other public and private transport services. SMRT’s investment in Swiftly (via SMRT Ventures) aims to deliver innovative technologies and new business models in urban transportation.

“As a board member and historical investor, one of our key goals is to help Swiftly realize their vision to help make public transit more efficient and sustainable everywhere around the world,” said Xavier Gury, International Investment Director at Via ID. ”Thanks to our international platform, we’re excited to have made the partnership connection between SMRT and Swiftly. SMRT is a perfect partner now for Swiftly as it expands into Asia, one of the fastest growing and most dynamic regions in the world.”

About Swiftly:
Swiftly has created the first big data platform specifically designed for transportation data and operations. Swiftly works with over 80 city transit networks around the world, including MBTA in Boston, Capital Metro in Austin, VIA in San Antonio, VTA in San Jose, and MDOT MTA in Baltimore, supporting over 5,500 transit agency professionals and impacting over 1.5 billion passengers per year. Swiftly has helped customers improve arrival predictions by up to 30% and complete planning projects up to 90% faster, resulting in increased ridership, fewer passenger complaints, and more efficient transit operations.

Posted in: Computers & Software,News & Current Affairs,Services,Technology,U.S

Commonwealth Collaborates with JPMorgan Chase to Boost Emerging Technology Innovations for Financially Vulnerable Americans

Today, Commonwealth and JPMorgan Chase announced their collaboration to address the challenges and opportunities that emerging technologies present to lower- and moderate-income people’s financial lives. As part of the two-year initiative, Commonwealth will conduct research, understand and document the financial landscape for financially vulnerable people, examining usage patterns of emerging technologies with a focus on how they garner trust.

Emerging technology is already shaping the financial landscape, and COVID-19 has only accelerated its disruption. 64% of financial services executives expect to become mass adopters of AI and 77% expect AI to be an essential driver across the industry within two years. Lower-income workers are already experiencing barriers to financial services. Commonwealth data shows 43% of lower income workers do not have a savings account. But as fintechs and social impact innovators progress towards folding technology like artificial intelligence (AI) and big data analytics into their products, a major risk exists.

If the needs of financially vulnerable, lower- and moderate-income Americans are not addressed, our financial system will become even more fractured. But if they are, the financial landscape could shift to include new people and drive widespread financial security and opportunity.

“Emerging technology will play a central role in the post-COVID economy--but the question is, will this hurt or help America’s most financially vulnerable?” said Commonwealth Co-Founder and Executive Director Timothy Flacke. “A time of disruption provides an opportunity to include new people in the financial system--but only if technology is intentionally designed and distributed based on a thorough understanding of the needs and aspirations of these customers.”

This initiative builds on Commonwealth’s prior work with JPMorgan Chase, which tested savings tools for lower-wage workers. Commonwealth will research, understand and document the financial landscape for financially vulnerable people, examining usage patterns of emerging technologies with a focus on how they garner trust. The initiative will examine how emerging technologies can address acute financial challenges faced by financially vulnerable people during COVID-19, and on the path to recovery.

Data will be disaggregated by race, gender and age, and will consider the role of place, recognizing that economic disruptions often have different impacts across communities. As part of this effort, fintech and nonprofit innovators will field test research findings on the ground with their financially vulnerable consumers to produce more accurate, nuanced insights.

Commonwealth will produce tools and resources that inform and influence fintech and social impact innovators to harness the power of emerging technologies like big data analytics and artificial intelligence in a way that addresses the needs of financially vulnerable Americans--transforming the landscape for decades to come. Importantly, the project will include discussions and collaboration with key stakeholders, fintechs and experts in emerging technology and ultimately findings will be disseminated through digital assets and events including a private stakeholder convening and a public webinar.

Commonwealth has a long track record of helping financially vulnerable people build savings and financial security. For the past 20 years, the organization has built innovative solutions that make people financially secure and work towards financial opportunity for all, helping people accumulate over B in savings.

For more information on Commonwealth’s work, visit http://www.buildcommonwealth.org.

About Commonwealth
Commonwealth strengthens the financial opportunity and security of financially vulnerable people by discovering ideas, piloting solutions, and driving innovations to scale. For nearly two decades, Commonwealth has designed effective innovations, products, and policies enabling over 750,000 people to accumulate more than billion in savings. Commonwealth understands broad changes require market players to act. That’s why we collaborate with consumers, the financial services industry, employers, policy-makers and mission-driven organizations. The solutions we build are grounded in real life, based on our deep understanding of people who are financially vulnerable and how businesses can best serve them.

Posted in: Finance,Finance Market,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Story of Sisterhood, Friendship Wins Silver for Arbonne at the 2020 Telly Awards

- Ad was part of rebranding campaign aimed at Latin, African-American and general markets

  • Campaign featured real stories from real Arbonne Independent Consultants
  • This is the 6th Telly Award for Sinema Films, other awards include campaigns featuring Bruce Willis


The video production company Sinema Films spot ‘Sisters and Friends’ has won a Silver trophy at the 41st Annual Telly Awards. The spot was produced for the global, holistic lifestyle brand and social selling giant, Arbonne. It tells the real-life story of two Arbonne Independent Consultants, as they help each other build their social selling business with the Arbonne brand. One of the Consultants plays mentor and business advisor to the mentee, and as their businesses flourish, they forge a strong, steadfast friendship. The story is an intimate, feel-good narrative about the experiences of entrepreneurs, and it plays particularly well for the mobile screen.

“This is a big honor for Arbonne. We are very proud that the warmth of our Consultants’ story resonated with our audience and is recognized by the Telly Awards Judging Council. Sinema Films did an excellent job in producing this campaign,” said Arbonne CMO, Carole Diarra. The Tellys are one of the most competitive awards to win with more than 12,000 entries each year. Previous winners include BET Networks, Bloomberg, CBS Interactive, Comcast and Conde Nast.

The spot is part of a rebranding campaign aimed at sharing the brand values of Arbonne through the stories of its' diverse community. In the campaign, Diarra was committed to telling honest, authentic stories about the Arbonne community. “Our Independent Consultants come from all walks of life. They are nurses, accountants, students, parents, triathletes and more. They are truly a global community coming from around the world, and in many ways, they are also from right next door. Each one of them brings a unique story to the table and that’s what makes our community so special. We wanted to capture the true experience of using and selling Arbonne products within a circle of friends. We wanted to tell their stories without any fabrications because the stories are inspiring on their own.” Indeed. Diarra’s aim at authenticity seems to have hit the mark, the larger rebrand campaign won three more Gold statuettes.

“’Sisters and Friends’ is a brief look into how these two amazing Arbonne women have supported and celebrated each other in their personal and career growth. When women support other women, incredible things happen. We were very humbled to be invited to work on this campaign, it is beauty, friendship, and community – it is magic,” said Noel Maimu, Sinema Films’ executive producer. The commercial production company handled both creative concept and production, taking the campaign from copy to final videos. “Clients are increasingly looking for a one-stop agency that does both – creative and production. As a production agency, we are faster, and more cost-effective, our clients are happy with our capabilities,’ Maimu added.

Since 1980, Arbonne International, LLC, has been creating personal care, beauty and wellness products crafted with plant-based ingredients, and grounded in science and clinical research. Arbonne’s philosophy of healthy living to improve Mind. Body. Skin.™ combined with the entrepreneurial business opportunity fosters a holistic approach, focusing on the whole person to flourish inside and out. Earlier this year, Arbonne became a Certified B CorporationTM, reinforcing its commitment to balance people, planet and profit.

This is the 6th Telly Award for Sinema Films. Other wins include a global ad campaign for an energy drink starring Bruce Willis and Miss Universe and an Olympics television spot.

Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,Lifestyle,Living,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Nirmata EKS Manager for Day 2 Kubernetes Operations now available on AWS Marketplace

Nirmata, Inc., a leading provider of Kubernetes management platform has announced the availability of Nirmata EKS Manager, an integrated solution designed for AWS users, in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) marketplace.

Adoption of Kubernetes in the enterprise continues to accelerate and Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) is one of the most popular managed Kubernetes services today. As EKS adoption grows, enterprise teams are faced with several challenges around Day 2 Kubernetes operations. Nirmata EKS manager has been designed to address these challenges.
Nirmata EKS Manager solves the problem by providing on-demand cluster provisioning, centralized visibility, and compliance, multi-cluster application management for EKS.

More details of our solution:

  • On-demand cluster provisioning: Development teams need the ability to provision clusters on-demand but they do not want to deal with configuring networking, storage, and other infrastructure components. Nirmata’s unique approach allows operations teams to create predefined cluster configurations that can be used by developers to provision clusters that are secure and compliant.
  • Centralized visibility and compliance: As the number of clusters grows, operations teams need full visibility across these clusters and also need the ability to set policies to ensure compliance. Nirmata provides comprehensive visibility into cluster and node health, resource allocation, and utilization as well as costs across all your clusters in any AWS region. Nirmata also includes the open-source Kyverno policy engine along with predefined best practice policies to ensure workloads running on the clusters are secure and compliant.
  • Multi-cluster application management: Increasingly, applications need to be deployed and managed across multiple clusters for high availability or these applications deliver some common core services (e.g. security, monitoring, etc.). Streamlining the application management across multiple clusters ensures that your clusters are always up-to-date and consistent. Nirmata provides a robust application management tooling to make multi-cluster application deployment a breeze.


“Enterprises are accelerating their digital strategies and have truly embraced Kubernetes as their foundation. Our mission is to accelerate the enterprise cloud-native journey,” says Jim Bugwadia, Founder and CEO at Nirmata. “As enterprises adopt Kubernetes, they are increasingly faced with challenges related to Day 2 Kubernetes operations across multiple clusters. Enterprise platform teams need to strike a delicate balance between enabling developer agility and flexibility while ensuring compliance and controlling costs. Nirmata EKS manager integrates tightly with Amazon EKS, and several other AWS services, to deliver a comprehensive Kubernetes platform for enterprises of all sizes.”

Customer-centric SaaS

Nirmata EKS manager is delivered as a secure and scalable cloud-based service (SaaS) and has an integrated chat tool to reach our global customer success team. Our customer-success team partners with our customers across their entire journey and is always available 24/7 for enterprise customers to help with Kubernetes issues. The Nirmata EKS Manager offers integrated billing with AWS, so customers can enjoy the benefits of “pay-as-you-grow” pricing and a single bill for their cloud services.


Nirmata EKS manager is available now in the AWS marketplace.

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About Nirmata, Inc.

Nirmata is a unified management plane for Kubernetes clusters and workloads built for enterprise DevOps teams. Nirmata enables self-service cluster provisioning, provides visibility, health, metrics, and alerts, ensures compliance via workload policies, and streamlines application deployments across clusters.

For more information, visit us at https://www.nirmata.com. You can also follow Nirmata on GitHubTwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.

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NFP Acquires EFG&M Management, LLC, Expanding Its Employee Benefits Presence in Central Texas

NFP, a leading insurance broker and consultant that provides property and casualty (P&C), corporate benefits, retirement, and individual solutions, today announced the acquisition of EFG&M Management, LLC, in a transaction that closed effective July 1, 2020.

EFG&M, an employee benefits broker located in the Austin Metroplex, serves employers in central Texas. With over 30 years of experience supporting employers in central Texas, EFG&M will help to expand NFP’s presence in a diverse and growing area. Don Eddleman and Carl “Hap” Feuerbacher, two of EFG&M’s co-founders, will join NFP as vice presidents and report to Kevin Brown, managing director of NFP's retail sales and distribution operation in central Texas.

“I’m excited to welcome the EFG&M team to NFP,” said Brown. “NFP is focused on growing in key markets by adding talented professionals, specialized expertise and deep relationships that elevate our ability to meet the dynamic needs of our clients. Don, Hap and their team support this focus and will play a large role in our ability to grow in the central Texas market.”

“Our values of providing exceptional service and consultative expertise to clients align perfectly with NFP’s,” said Eddleman. “Joining NFP gives us access to additional resources that enhance our ability to expand relationships and support our clients with tailored employee benefit solutions.”

About NFP
NFP is a leading insurance broker and consultant providing specialized property and casualty, corporate benefits, retirement and individual solutions through its licensed subsidiaries and affiliates. NFP enables client success through the expertise of over 5,600 global employees, investments in innovative technologies, and enduring relationships with highly rated insurers, vendors, and financial institutions. NFP is the 5th largest benefits broker by global revenue, 6th largest US-based privately owned broker, and 8th best place to work in insurance (Business Insurance); 10th largest property and casualty agency (Insurance Journal); and 12th largest global insurance broker (Best’s Review).

Visit NFP.com to discover how NFP empowers clients to meet their goals.

Posted in: Business,News & Current Affairs,Services,U.S

Clean the World Foundation and Las Vegas Sands Partner with Get Outdoors Nevada to Improve the Health of the Las Vegas Watershed through Teacher Training Programs

Clean the World Foundation, a global leader in water, sanitation, hygiene, and sustainability has partnered with Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS) to facilitate The Drop by Drop Project. A collaboration between Clean the World Foundation and initiative co-founder Sands, The Drop by Drop Project will reinvest capital from water stewardship efforts into three innovative projects supporting local water champions in Las Vegas, Macao, and Singapore. Managed and operated by Clean the World Foundation, The Drop by Drop Project will be supported in part by savings from Sands’ conservation programs.

The second organization selected for funding was Get Outdoors Nevada (GON), who will use the funding to conduct six water conservation teacher training programs for 120 teachers. In addition, the funds will support transportation for approximately 30 science and water-related field trips for thousands of students.

Healthy environments create healthy communities. Protecting the environment requires an engaged community that understands the importance of its natural resources. This is especially true of Southern Nevada, which depends almost entirely on the Colorado River and Lake Mead for its water resources. “Teachers are vital to inspiring the next generation to protect and care for our scarce water resources,” says Aaron Lynn Leifheit, Education Program Director, Get Outdoors Nevada. “Teachers will be offered two types of programs The Discover a Watershed and Project WET. These trainings will equip teachers with the tools, knowledge, and resources they need to become good water stewards and impart this information on students of all ages.”

“It is important to support organizations that support science-literacy and water stewardship, just as it is important for our teachers to be well versed in the importance of water resources to our local environment and community,” says Katarina Tesarova, senior vice president, global sustainability, Las Vegas Sands.

Sam Stephens, executive director of Clean the World Foundation, says that GON is proactively helping protect the Las Vegas watershed, a critically important Southern Nevada resource. “Educating the leaders of tomorrow on the importance of water conservation is a vital component to maintaining long-term sustainability goals. Facilitating this type of project is fundamentally why the Drop by Drop Project exists.”

For more information on The Drop by Drop Project, please visit: https://cleantheworldfoundation.org/dropbydrop

About Clean the World
Clean the World Foundation is an international development and global health nonprofit operating hygiene-focused emergency relief initiatives, and WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) education programs, targeting vulnerable communities in the United States and around the world. Clean the World Foundation is the 501(c)(3) non-profit sector of Clean the World’s social enterprise responsible for all soap and hygiene kit distribution both domestically and globally as part of many of its comprehensive WASH programs. Clean the World Foundation engages volunteers, donors, and other outcome-focused organizations around the world to provide hygiene supplies and education curriculum to support its global health programs. Since 2009, Clean the World Foundation has served over 10 million individuals through its global WASH programs. A copy of the official registration and financial information for Clean the World Foundation may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by visiting https://www.fdacs.gov/ConsumerServices. For more information, visit us online: https://www.cleantheworldfoundation.org.

About Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS)
Las Vegas Sands Corp. is the world's pre-eminent developer and operator of world-class Integrated Resorts. We created the meetings, incentives, convention, and exhibition (MICE)-based Integrated Resort. Our industry-leading Integrated Resorts provide substantial contributions to our host communities including growth in leisure and business tourism, sustained job creation, and ongoing financial opportunities for local small and medium-sized businesses. Our properties include The Venetian Resort and Sands Expo in Las Vegas and the iconic Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Through majority ownership in Sands China Ltd., we have developed the largest portfolio of properties on the Cotai Strip in Macao, including The Venetian Macao, The Plaza and Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Sands Cotai Central, and The Parisian Macao, as well as the Sands Macao on the Macao Peninsula.

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Latent AI Wins 2020 Startup of the Year Award from IoT World

Latent AI, creators of the Latent AI Efficient Inference Platform (LEIP) and the latest spinout from SRI International, has been recognized as the 2020 "Startup of the Year" from IoT World during their virtual awards ceremony on August 12, 2020.

The IoT World 2020 virtual awards program highlighted exemplary IoT projects, products, and people in 13 categories, with 81 finalists from over 600 total nominations.

The categories in the 2nd annual competition spanned the IoT ecosystem from Industrial IoT to Edge Computing to Consumer IoT, including deployment in such verticals as manufacturing, energy, healthcare, and the public sector. A mix of editors, analysts, researchers, consultants, and industry experts participated in the judging process.

The IoT World 2020 Startup of the Year finalist list included several other impressive young companies developing cutting-edge IoT solutions such as Zededa, Cohesion, Pointr, Luminance, NanoLock Security, and Senra.

Latent AI, launched in 2018 by co-founders Jags Kandasamy and Sek Chai, is backed by DARPA technology and is the latest SRI International spinout. Latent AI's technology, a suite of software tools designed with AI developer and engineering teams in mind, simplifies and accelerates the AI workflow from training to deployment. Latent AI transforms the way developers train AI for inference through adaptive AI technology. This enables rapid AI application development on lean edge devices at scale, works anywhere, and seamlessly adapts, regardless of framework, OS, architecture, or edge hardware.

Latent AI’s LEIP SDK allows compression of neural nets running on any edge AI hardware target in the edge continuum, enabling the Internet of Things. LEIP compresses conventional AI models by 10x without a noticeable accuracy change and allows deployment on inexpensive microcontrollers, DSPs, and other processor cores typically found in edge devices. With many thousands of compelling edge AI applications yet to be developed, Latent AI will solve AI workloads efficiently, even at the edge of the networks.

LEIP provides intelligence to migrate to the edge for local processing for any number of use cases such as face detection algorithms running locally within security cameras or appliances, or Siri-like voice interfaces working instantly even when network connectivity is missing.

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About Latent AI, Inc.

Based in Menlo Park, CA, Latent AI, Inc. is an early-stage venture spinout of SRI International, dedicated to building solutions that enable the adaptive edge to transform AI processing. Latent AI is well-funded by Steve Jurvetson, from Future Ventures and Autotech Ventures, with support from Fortune 500 clients. The Latent AI Efficient Inference Platform (LEIP™) brings AI to the edge by optimizing for compute, energy, and memory without requiring changes to existing AI/ML infrastructure and frameworks. Jags Kandasamy and Sek Chai are the founders of Latent AI. They bring decades of combined industry experience and R&D expertise in machine learning AI (lifelong learning), computer vision, embedded systems, IoT applications, and efficient computing.

Press Contact:
Cyndy Sandor
VP Marketing


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OSNEXUS QuantaStor 5.7 Now Available on Red Hat & CentOS 7

OSNEXUS, the leading developer of grid-scale software-defined storage solutions, today announced the general availability of QuantaStor 5.7. The new release includes Ceph one-click storage auto-configuration capabilities, metadata offload features, and the availability of QuantaStor on Red Hat RHEL and CentOS 7.8.

“Our customers at major MSPs like IBM Cloud have been looking for QuantaStor on Red Hat in order to meet high security requirements and to enable better integration with enterprise software products within the platform,” said Steven Umbehocker, CEO of OSNEXUS. “QuantaStor 5.7 is a major milestone for us with the new Red Hat support and will be followed with a number of new security features due out in the QuantaStor 5.8 release in Q4/20.”

Release Highlights

IBM Red Hat & CentOS 7 Support - QuantaStor now runs on RHEL and CentOS 7.8, enabling governments and large organizations to deploy QuantaStor's scale-out software-defined storage platform on the same Linux operating system that's used for general operations and compute. This makes it easier for organizations to implement common security, monitoring, and log collection practices across all their systems.

Advanced Scale-out Storage Configuration - QuantaStor 5.7 now has one-click auto-configuration of storage media for Ceph based scale-out storage clusters. Administrators can now set up complete Ceph clusters for scale-out file, block, and object storage in as few as 10 clicks in the web management interface.

Metadata Offload - QuantaStor now ships with OpenZFS v.8 and integrates with the latest metadata offload features to boost performance for parity based Storage Pool configurations.

For more information, visit osnexus.com.


Founded in 2010, OSNEXUS enables organizations to manage their storage as composable infrastructure with its QuantaStor™ industry-leading Software Defined Storage (SDS) platform. The QuantaStor platform provides scale-out file, block, and object storage on commodity hardware as an easy-to-manage storage grid solution.

QuantaStor, deployed by Fortune 500 companies and major research institutions, addresses a broad set of storage use cases ranging from backup & archive, HPC, big data, cloud computing, virtualization, and high-performance applications through it’s scale-out grid architecture.

Connect with OSNEXUS

© 2020 OSNEXUS Corporation. All rights reserved. OSNEXUS and QuantaStor are trademarks or registered trademarks of OSNEXUS Corporation. Product features, specifications, system requirements and availability are subject to change without notice.

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Now Open: Kind Oasis Modernizes Milwaukee’s CBD Shopping Experience with Premium yet Affordable Products

Buying CBD products in Milwaukee no longer has to be intimidating and confusing. “From the beginning, we’ve been dually-focused: to provide premium yet affordable CBD, and create an inviting space for our community to learn about, experience and purchase these goods,“ says Salem Kashou, the owner of the Eastside’s newest CBD store, Kind Oasis™, located in the former Kashou Carpets building on 2169 N Farwell Ave.

“In the last few years, we’ve seen an explosion in the popularity of CBD in Milwaukee and beyond,” explains Kashou. “Unfortunately, we’ve also seen a corresponding increase of pop-up stores selling overpriced, and sometimes, untested products from people who know little about what they’re actually selling. Our goal is to make the everyday shopper more comfortable and better educated about the various types of CBD so they can achieve optimal therapeutic effects at the most affordable pricing in town.“

Co-owner Erik Willms, who is originally from Mequon, lived the last 10 years in Montana. Much of that time was spent creating and refining techniques used for the concentration of cannabinoids. He will utilize his experience to improve industry standards for both product quality and consumer price.

“Our aim is to set the bar for CBD quality in Milwaukee,” notes Willms. “We’ve seen the wide-ranging comforting benefits that come with using quality CBD for chronic muscle and joint pain, insomnia, anxiety, focus, stress, and even depression. That is why we place such a huge emphasis on education and third-party testing. And we only provide medicated products from reputable brands with the strictest adherence to quality control and testing. You’ll find only the best Hemp-derived CBD products at Kind Oasis.”

The store, which opened in June, might be best described as a family-friendly, CBD wonderland. It features over 100 CBD products ranging from oils, softgels, tablets and gummies to sports balm, vape cartridges and a unique line of pet products. Besides selling its own Kind Oasis™ branded items, the store carries a large selection of Wisconsin-owned CBD brands, as well as national brands such as Medterra®, Plant People®, and Green Roads®. Just CBD-curious? The store also carries a thoughtfully curated gift selection including goods for the home, kids, pets, outdoor living, and lifestyle.

Also unique to Kind Oasis is the store’s free event space to foster Milwaukee’s creative community. This space can be used for educational seminars, community events and fund-raisers, as well as an option for local artists, musicians, fitness gurus, and others to host their own pop-up events.

“We’ve created an open, inviting space for the people in our community,” says Kashou. “In today’s environment its now more important than ever for all of us to find wholeness and balance together with plant-based relief.”

Kind Oasis stays committed to the health and safety of all guests. To keep everyone safe inside the store Kind Oasis offers masks for all shoppers, hand sanitizer throughout the store, and continuous cleaning of high-touch surfaces, in addition to touchless payment processing. More so, the stores spacious and open environment promotes natural social distancing. Kind Oasis launched an e-commerce website with free shipping on all orders for wellness seekers not in town, or too busy for instore shopping.

Kind Oasis is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am – 7 pm. The store is located at 2169 N Farwell Ave on Milwaukee’s East Side.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,News & Current Affairs,Services,U.S

LeadCrunch Ranks No. 35 on the 2020 Inc. 5000

king of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, Patagonia, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

“Our artificial intelligence delivers the best targeting, segmentation, and highest quality B2B leads.” explained Olin Hyde, CEO and co-founder. “Our growth was fueled by a great need in enterprise marketing: better data, better targeting, and better results. Our technology achieves just that.”

Not only have the companies on the 2020 Inc. 5000 been very competitive within their markets, but the list as a whole shows staggering growth compared with prior lists as well. The 2020 Inc. 5000 achieved an incredible three-year average growth of over 500 percent, and a median rate of 165 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was 9 billion in 2019, accounting for over 1 million jobs over the past three years. LeadCrunch posted growth of 7,249 percent, placing it in the top 99.3% of all companies in the Inc 5000.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000. The top 500 companies, including LeadCrunch, will be featured in the September issue of Inc., available on newsstands August 12.

“The companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 come from nearly every realm of business,” says Inc. editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk. “From health and software to media and hospitality, the 2020 list proves that no matter the sector, incredible growth is based on the foundations of tenacity and opportunism.”

The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring the companies on the list will be held virtually from October 23 to 27, 2020. As always, speakers will include some of the greatest innovators and business leaders of our generation.

LeadCrunch uses artificial intelligence to drive new revenue growth for business-to-business enterprises. The technology identifies new opportunities, segments, markets, and audiences. It automatically collects, cleans, and creates (where needed) more than 30 billion data points on more than 10 million companies and 400 million business professionals worldwide. LeadCrunch’s AI is 217% more accurate at targeting and classifying company data than traditional data sources. This data advantage enables LeadCrunch to help its clients better target, segment and prioritize their target accounts and, optionally, expand their addressable market by an average of 84% while delivering leads with a 99.5% accuracy and acceptance rate.

CONTACT:     Nick Arnaiz, (209) 712-8352, nick.arnaiz@leadcrunch.ai

More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000

The 2020 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2016 and 2019. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2016. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2019. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2016 is 0,000; the minimum for 2019 is million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.

About Inc. Media
The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit http://www.inc.com.
For more information on the Inc. 5000 Conference, visit http://conference.inc.com/.

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Ephesoft Shortlisted as a Global 2020 SaaS Award Finalist

Ephesoft, Inc., a leader in content acquisition and data enrichment solutions, is a finalist in the 2020 SaaS Awards Program in the Best SaaS for Business Accounting or Finance category. Ephesoft was selected as a finalist for Semantik Invoice, a cloud-based data acquisition product shown to improve accuracy and reduce cost for invoice processing.

Now in its fifth year of celebrating software innovation, the Software-as-a-Service Awards program accepts entries from around the world, including the US, Canada, Australasia, EMEA and UK.

“It is an honor to make the SaaS Awards shortlist, as it validates the Ephesoft team’s diligent work to deliver innovative SaaS technologies that save companies time and money,” said Ike Kavas, founder and CEO of Ephesoft. “As organizations seek to reduce accounts payable costs and move more transactions to the cloud, we see a market for highly scalable solutions with quick ROI like Semantik Invoice and are pleased that our industry peers concur.”

Semantik Invoice, released in May 2020, is geared to help finance and accounting departments expedite invoice processing by utilizing knowledge graphs. Built from the ground up on a multi-tenant public cloud serverless architecture, this SaaS solution performs a semantic extraction to invoices, extracting critical invoice data using artificial intelligence / machine learning with 97% accuracy. Semantik Invoice is the first point solution on the Ephesoft Semantik Platform, which turns flat data into context-rich information to fuel data scientists, business users and customers with meaningful data to automate and amplify their business processes.

SaaS technology is continually adapting and innovating. Semantik Invoice is designed to not only help companies be competitive, accelerate processes and cut costs by over 30%, but it is also poised to enable customers to easily adopt new features, functionality and integrate with other solutions in the future as new technology emerges.

“Software-as-a-Service’s force for positive disruption never seems to abate, with seemingly unending solutions for modern business,” said James Williams, head of operations for the SaaS Awards. “This year is of course a special case, with SaaS not only at the forefront of remodeling existing business processes but also agilely responding with pioneering solutions to unavoidable global disruptions. Indeed, SaaS technologies are now celebrated as providing new and inventive ways for organizations to perform what might have once seemed simple tasks in a changing international landscape. From fulfilling orders to arranging meetings, SaaS technologies are more important than ever.”

Final SaaS Awards winners will be announced on Tuesday, August 25, and the program will return in spring 2021. Hundreds of organizations entered, with international entries coming from North America, Canada, Australia, UK, Europe and the Middle East. To view the full shortlist, please visit: https://www.cloud-awards.com/2020-software-awards-shortlist/.

About Ephesoft
Ephesoft is the leader in Context Driven Productivity solutions, helping organizations maximize productivity and fuel their journey towards the autonomous enterprise through contextual content acquisition, process enrichment and amplifying the value of enterprise data. The Ephesoft Semantik Platform turns flat data into context-rich information to fuel data scientists, business users and customers with meaningful data to automate and amplify their business processes. Thousands of customers worldwide employ Ephesoft’s platform to accelerate nearly any process and drive high value from their content. Ephesoft is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., with regional offices throughout the US, EMEA and Asia Pacific. To learn more, visit ephesoft.com.

Media Contacts:
For Ephesoft
Kristin Brocoff, 949-400-4899

Christina Gillham, 646-868-5174

For the SaaS Awards
James Williams – head of operations

Notes for editors
About the SaaS Awards
The SaaS Awards is a sister program to the Cloud Awards, which was founded in 2011. The SaaS Awards focuses on recognizing excellence and innovation in software solutions. Categories range from Best Enterprise-Level SaaS to Best UX or UI Design in a SaaS Product.

About the Cloud Awards
The Cloud Awards is an international program which has been recognizing and honoring industry leaders, innovators and organizational transformation in cloud computing since 2011. The awards are open to large, small, established and start-up organizations from across the entire globe, with an aim to find and celebrate the pioneers who will shape the future of the Cloud as we move into 2021 and beyond. Categories include the Software as a Service award, Most Promising Start-Up, and “Best in Mobile” Cloud Solution.

Finalists are selected by a judging panel of international industry experts. For more information about the Cloud Awards and SaaS Awards, please visit https://www.cloud-awards.com/.

Appended: Shortlist
Best SaaS for Business Accounting or Finance

  • Yooz Inc.
  • Xero Ltd.
  • Apiax AG
  • Sage Intacct
  • Vena Solutions
  • VersaPay
  • Wolters Kluwer TeamMate
  • Workiva
  • Ephesoft
  • Esker Inc.
  • Avalara, Inc.
  • Bill.com
  • Botkeeper
  • Century Business Solutions
  • FinancialForce
  • Ordway
  • Sage South Africa (PTY) Ltd
  • Securitize
  • Tipalti, Inc.

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SPJ Solutions Achieves Four VMware Master Services Competencies

Accomplishing these competencies demonstrates that SPJ Solutions is committed to helping organizations accelerate their digital transformations by leveraging their validated services delivery capabilities around advanced VMware technologies. The Master Services Competencies (MSC) earned by SPJ Solutions are as follows:

  • VMware Cloud on AWS
  • Network Virtualization
  • Data Center Virtualization
  • Cloud Management and Automation


Sudhansu “Suds” Pati, SPJ Solutions’ Chief Technology Officer, “We are very excited to have achieved four VMware Master Services Competencies. SPJ Solutions has made a huge investment in developing our VMware consulting practice, and have been a very committed partner to VMware and their VAR community. We will continue to expand our VMware practice and skill set to provide high-level of expertise on all VMware technology areas, just as we have with VMware NSX, for which we are a committed deployment partner.”

“VMware is pleased to recognize SPJ Solutions for achieving four Master Services Competencies. This achievement shows customers that partners like SPJ Solutions are dedicated, invested and have validated expertise in advanced VMware technologies,” said Sandy Hogan, SVP of Worldwide Commercial and Partner Sales, VMware. “We value SPJ Solutions as a VMware partner, and appreciate their efforts in achieving this VMware distinction as they work to increase their service delivery capabilities.”

VMware Master Services Competencies are designed to help partners demonstrate customer-centric solutions and technical proficiency, with proven success and expertise in a specialized area of business. These competencies also allow partners to differentiate in six specific solution areas.

VMware partners can achieve VMware Master Services Competencies in:


  • Cloud Management and Automation – Designates expertise in delivery of VMware Cloud Management and Automation solutions and services with deep understanding and execution of cloud management design principles and methodologies.
  • Cloud Native – Designates partner organizational expertise to run and manage VMware Modern Application solutions. Achieving this competency validates partners' deep understanding of Kubernetes core concepts and proficiency in networking, security and application lifecycle management to ensure the continuous delivery of applications on Kubernetes-based platforms.
  • Data Center Virtualization - Designates expertise in delivery of VMware vSphere environments and digital infrastructure services with deep understanding of and execution in Data Center Virtualization design principles and methodologies.
  • Digital Workspace – Designates partner organizational expertise to design, deliver and support the ongoing management of customer apps, data and virtual desktop solutions whether on-premise or cloud delivered. Achieving this competency validates partners’ deep understanding and execution on VMware Horizon and VMware Workspace ONE end-user computing solutions.
  • Network Virtualization - Designates expertise in the delivery of VMware NSX environments and services with deployment and optimization of NSX environment capabilities.
  • VMware Cloud on AWS - Designates expertise in the delivery of hybrid cloud solutions based on VMware Cloud on AWS. This service provides an operationally consistent and familiar way to run, manage and secure applications in a hybrid IT environment.


VMware Partner Connect empowers partners with flexibility to meet customers’ needs, making VMware technologies and services opportunities more accessible. Partners now have an enhanced experience that delivers simplicity, choice and innovation, and recognizes and rewards partners based on the value they bring to customers.

About SPJ Solutions Inc.

SPJ Solutions specializes in the architecture/design, deployment, support, and training of VMware NSX and other software-defined network and software-defined data center technologies. We bring experienced, certified staff to every client engagement with the goal of quickly and successfully delivering our projects, training your staff, and allowing you to achieve self-sufficiency.

To learn more about SPJ Solutions and cITopus please visit our websites: http://www.spjsolutions.com and https://citopus.com/

The cITopus logo is a registered trademark of SPJ Solutions Inc., El Dorado Hills, CA.

VMware, vSphere, Workspace ONE, Horizon, and NSX are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other marks and names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective companies.

Partner Contacts:

Paul Wong, President

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Coverage of International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) virtual meeting featured on AuntMinnie.com

For the second straight year, radiology portal AuntMinnie.com, part of Science and Medicine Group, has launched a new special section dedicated exclusively to the proceedings of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) annual meeting.

AuntMinnie's RADCast@ISMRM is available at radcast.auntminnie.com and features wall-to-wall editorial coverage of the premier medical conference dedicated exclusively to MRI. Important topics at the 2020 conference include the following:

  • Alternatives to gadolinium-based MRI contrast
  • Reducing the ecological impact of MRI scanners
  • MRI in low-resource countries
  • New applications of artificial intelligence and MRI
  • Holographic visualization of human anatomy
  • Efforts to improve the safety of MRI scanning


"We're pleased to once again be offering coverage of the ISMRM annual meeting," said Brian Casey, editor in chief of AuntMinnie.com. "This year's virtual format for ISMRM 2020 is a perfect complement to our exclusively online coverage."

ISMRM's mission to educate the MRI community continues with this year's virtual meeting, even in an era of social distancing, according to Lawrence L. Wald, PhD, 2019-2020 ISMRM president.

"Sharing research, networking, precipitating new thinking, and inspiring thought that does not come easily in isolation -- that is the goal of our annual meeting," Wald said. "It’s been a challenging year for all of us, with plenty of isolation, but I am confident that the virtual meeting can achieve these goals. I look forward to participating in it with you. It has been an honor serving the society as the 2019-2020 ISMRM president."

AuntMinnie's daily editorial coverage of ISMRM 2020 will run from August 8 to August 14.

About AuntMinnie.com

AuntMinnie.com is the premier online destination for radiologists, radiation therapists, interventional radiologists, and related professionals in the medical imaging industry, while AuntMinnieEurope.com serves the European radiology community. AuntMinnie.com and AuntMinnieEurope.com feature the latest news, communities, continuing medical education, and board review education for medical imaging physicians, clinicians, residents, and medical students across the world. AuntMinnie.com and AuntMinnieEurope.com are part of Science and Medicine Group.

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Innovative Discovery adds iCONECT to FedRAMP-authorized cloud environment

iCONECT receives FedRAMP approval through Innovative Discovery for its Review Platform

iCONECT, a digital document archiving platform company, today announced that its been approved for the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) with Innovative Discovery of Arlington, VA. Innovative Discovery achieved full FedRAMP authorization for its iCONECT eDiscovery platform in July 2020. It currently is only one of a handful of platforms that are available in a secure FedRAMP-hosted environment.

FedRAMP is a government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and monitoring for cloud-based products and services. Its authorization process included an in-depth examination of the solution’s data security and data governance capabilities, as well as the security practices of its administrative services and logging capabilities. To achieve this, iCONECT worked with Innovative Discovery under the supervision of the FedRAMP Program criteria and has undergone an extensive scrutiny of security process implementation and rigorous auditing of its platform and processes by outside consultants.

Beyond listing on GSA, Innovative Discovery is committed to complying with the regulatory requirements set forth by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and enforced by the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC). From initial creation to the time it is deleted, ID consults with clients to establish workflows and procedures to increase compliance, mitigate risk, and improve the organizational structure of client’s data.

“By adding the iCONECT platform to our FedRAMP portfolio of available technology solutions, we’re committed to offering solutions that are designed to meet the needs of the various government agencies that we serve,” says Kim Taylor, CEO of Innovative Discovery.

As a foundational company in the eDiscovery landscape, iCONECT continues to innovate, optimize efficiencies and streamline the identification, collection, review, analysis and production of legal documents and multi-media files. Through the award-winning intuitive interface of its flagship platform, iCONECT is already used by hosting providers, law firms, legal departments and government agencies worldwide to collect, organize, search, sort and produce evidence in some of the world’s largest and most complex legal cases and archival projects.

“Working within the Innovative Discovery FedRAMP environment is next level,” said Ian Campbell, president of iCONECT. “This FedRAMP status allows Federal government agencies to leverage the power of the iCONECT document and multi-media review technology.”

Innovative Discovery partners with law firms, corporations, and government agencies to provide service, guidance, and consultation throughout the information lifecycle. Our team of lawyers, technologists, forensics professionals, and cybersecurity experts work closely with clients to develop tailored workflows to effectively and efficiently manage data and mitigate risk. Should litigation arise, ID offers the tools, services, and know-how to help you win your case. Visit the ID website at https://www.id-edd.com.

iCONECT software has been selected for use in some of the world’s largest high-profile projects such as the ENRON investigation, BP-Oilspill, NASA-Columbia Return to Flight, FDIC-900+ Banking Investigations and most recently the creation of a public access archive for the 30,000 JFK document and audio files released by the CIA. iCONECT was recently named one of the ‘30 Fastest Growing Tech Companies 2019’ by Silicon Review. To learn more visit http://www.iconect.com

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Los Angeles Business Attorney Michael Saryan Named Rising Star at Structure Law Group, LLP

Structure Law Group, LLP is pleased to announce that Los Angeles Business Attorney, Michael B. Saryan, has been selected to the 2020 California Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Mr. Saryan has been recognized for his remarkable work in the area of Business/Corporate and Securities. Mr. Saryan is a Los Angeles business lawyer with a focus on venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, private securities offerings, and commercial transactions. He has represented businesses in various stages of their lifecycles, ranging from formation-stage startups to Fortune 500 companies, in a broad range of industries, including technology, manufacturing, real estate, hospitality, financial services, and blockchain.

Mr. Saryan’s practice includes advising companies, boards of directors, private equity and venture capital firms, and high net-worth individuals and families in public and private M&A transactions, partnership arrangements, joint ventures, public and private capital raising transactions, business litigation, and general business matters.

You can see Michael's Super Lawyers profile by clicking here.

Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process, which results in a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

The Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. Super Lawyers Magazines also feature editorial profiles of attorneys who embody excellence in their practice of law. For more information about Super Lawyers, go to SuperLawyers.com.

About Structure Law Group, LLP

Structure Law Group, LLP is a California business law firm with offices located in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. SLG provides legal services to companies of all sizes as well as individual entrepreneurs with a national and international practice. SLG assists clients in all areas of California business law including start-ups and financing, business litigation, merger and acquisitions, employment law, intellectual property, debtor and creditor rights and commercial real estate. SLG is a dedicated team of legal professionals who have a solid understanding of companies of all sizes as well as businesses and entrepreneurs. SLG is committed to providing an exceptional client experience through innovative and cost-effective legal services and solutions. Practice areas include:

  • Business Transactions
  • Business Litigation
  • Construction Contracting & Payment Claims
  • Corporations
  • Debtor & Creditor Rights
  • E-Commerce
  • Employment
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
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Posted in: Law & Legal,News & Current Affairs,Services,U.S

Mosquito Shield of Southeastern Pennsylvania Surpasses 3,000 Customers

Mosquito Shield Franchise Corporation, a leading residential mosquito and tick control service with over 50 locations across the United States, today announced that Mosquito Shield of Southeastern Pennsylvania, owned by Tina and Rick Brogan, has become the company’s first franchise location to surpass 3,000 customers.

Of this milestone, Mosquito Shield President David Briggs said, “It is a remarkable accomplishment for any local business to reach more than 3,000 paying customers. Tina and Rick have set the standard for building an excellent team, proving the value of our service, and following through on our goal of customer satisfaction. We couldn’t be any prouder to have them as owners and to have such a great team operating in Southeastern Pennsylvania.”

Mosquito Shield of Southeastern Pennsylvania was established in 2013 as one of the flagship franchises of Mosquito Shield Franchise Corporate, which until then, had been operating as a single entity out of Massachusetts.

“Residential mosquito and tick control are among of the fastest-growing home services in America,” said Mrs. Brogan. “Rick and I entered the space fairly early on when Mosquito Shield began franchising and invested in establishing a valuable local brand in and around West Chester.”

That investment has paid off, and the franchise now covers an area emanating out from West Chester to Coatesville and Philadelphia, following the Delaware River north all the way to New Hope. This year alone, Mosquito Shield of Southeastern PA has added over 1,200 new customers - and the season isn’t done.

“We are happy with how our business has grown each year,” said Mr. Brogan. “We knew when we purchased the franchise that the environmental conditions and dense population of Southeastern Pennsylvania made for a mosquito hotspot. Having grown up here, Tina and I knew there was a real need for this service, and we were right. We’re thrilled to be among the most successful local mosquito and tick control providers in the nation.”

Mosquito Shield President, David Briggs, noted that the COVID pandemic has actually benefitted his business.

“While many businesses have struggled because of stay-at-home orders, such conditions have created a booming market for our services because people are left to enjoy the summer from their own backyards, rather than on vacation or at restaurants or large gatherings,” said Mr. Briggs. “With folks investing more to make their yards leisure-time destinations, our service has increased in value. Tina and Rick are leading the pack, but this is a record growth year across the company. We’re tracking to almost double our customer base year-over-year.”

About Mosquito Shield
Founded in 2001, Mosquito Shield is America’s leading residential mosquito and tick control service. The company has invested nearly two decades developing an innovative approach to pest management that features a proprietary blend of all-natural oils and select control products, and a responsive spraying schedule designed around real-time pest population analysis and weather conditions that results in a higher visit frequency of every 10-17 days. Mosquito Shield also offers a proprietary tick control service, Tick Shield™, and special event service Event Shield™.

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,Services,U.S

Proctorio’s Data Security Methodology Confirmed by Leading Information Security Company

A leading information security consulting company, has completed a comprehensive Security Assessment of Proctorio’s approach to data security.

After a month-long engagement conducted from June 24 to July 24, 2020, White Oak Security, Inc. has conclusively found that Proctorio’s downloadable Browser Extension appropriately implements Zero-Knowledge Encryption, meaning that Proctorio never possesses the encryption keys for the audio or video that is stored. Zero-Knowledge Encryption guarantees that no one outside of approved institution representatives, including Proctorio employees, ever has access to exam-related data.

White Oak Security also confirmed that the Browser Extension’s cryptographic functionality was implemented appropriately, signifying that Proctorio is “adequately hardened” to resist external tampering or intrusion. Finally, White Oak Security determined that video and audio for all exams are stored in the proper geographical regions in compliance with national/local data privacy laws.

“Since inception, Proctorio has put data security first,” says Mike Olsen, CEO and Founder of Proctorio. “Proctorio leads with transparency and the public release of White Oak Security’s Security Assessment results confirmed what we have known all along: Proctorio’s protection of test taker privacy is unparalleled in the remote proctoring industry.”

Proctorio puts the security of student users at top priority. In early June 2020, Proctorio alone was ruled to be GDPR compliant and privacy centric by the Amsterdam District Court, encouraging the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) continued usage of Proctorio’s remote proctoring services despite student concerns regarding privacy.

GDPR’s seven principles are: lawfulness, fairness, and transparency; purpose limitation; data minimization; accuracy; storage limitation; integrity and confidentiality; and accountability. In the case of security breaches that leak personal data, institutions are expected to communicate the incident with clients in a timely manner to ensure a quick escalation and resolution process.

With test takers in all but four countries around the world, Proctorio never requires the collection of biometric data or any personally identifiable information beyond what is already required to access each institution’s Learning Management System. Additionally, Proctorio conducts daily vulnerability and penetration tests to assess server strength against a potential attack. In seven years of providing remote proctoring services, Proctorio has maintained a 99.991% uptime with a collective total of eight minutes of downtime since 2013.

Proctorio is backed by Microsoft Azure data centers located in multiple international regions, allowing Proctorio to have the infrastructure necessary to be limitlessly scalable without users experiencing service interruptions or data loss. Proctorio has administered over 18 million exams since inception in 2013. Proctorio proctored 2.5 million exams in April 2020 alone, signifying a 900% year-over-year increase in the number of exams proctored from April 2019. Despite the remote learning challenges exacerbated by COVID-19, Proctorio remains firmly committed to upholding academic integrity without compromising test taker data to ensure that test takers around the world can rightfully and safely earn their degrees and certifications.

For more information on the Security Assessment’s results, visit Proctorio’s Data Security page.

About Proctorio:
Proctorio’s Learning Integrity Platform is a live and fully-automated, remote proctoring service that provides a scalable, cost-effective solution to validating test taker identities, activity and originality during online exams. Proctorio ensures the integrity of distance learning and online certifications while protecting institutional accreditation, increasing the value of online degrees and credentials, and helping institutions grow their programs.

Proctorio’s customizable, secure exam settings, recording options and live ID verification allow institutions to set-up unscheduled, on-demand proctoring specific to their assessment needs. Proctorio ensures fairness for test takers by increasing accountability, securing exam content, deterring cheating, and promoting a culture of integrity while improving learning outcomes.

About White Oak Security, Inc:
White Oak Security is a practitioner-led organization with a team of highly-experienced professionals that utilizes industry-leading tools, techniques, and testing methodologies to ensure a thorough and complete penetration test. The organization partners with clients to provide in-depth application and infrastructure penetration testing, red team, and threat emulation services.

Posted in: Computers & Software,News & Current Affairs,Services,Technology,Website & Blog

SqwaQ Demonstrates BVLOS UAS Flight Capabilities for Controlled Airspace

SqwaQ, a leader in communications technology for robotics, autonomy and aviation, revealed today that it has successfully demonstrated its patented airborne LTE drone communications technology for multiple partners. The technology enables drones, helicopters, air taxis and other connected aircraft to share the same airspace rather than being segregated. This eliminates the need for UTM (Unmanned Traffic Management) restrictions and resolves other obstacles that have been delaying wide-scale, routine UAS integration into the airspace. Rather than segregating or restricting drones, SqwaQ enables safe, unfettered integration into controlled airspace while also resolving Remote Aircraft ID, Pilot Credential Verification, Flight Path Management and other challenges that have limited UAS operations.

Easily integrated or retrofit into commercial UAS, the SqwaQboard is a compact, 3”x6”x1” communication module weighing only 270 grams that aggregates six 3G/4G LTE connections into one, multi-redundant data pipe to broadcast four pilot view and downward cameras or sensors simultaneously, plus multi-redundant command and control (C2) and headroom for an array of avionics like Mode-S transponder, ADS-B in/out and VHF radio. These and more capabilities are already patented or patent pending.

The SqwaQboard leverages the redundancy of communicating with multiple networks and towers simultaneously for more robust, redundant performance. Built to conventional AS9100 and DO-160 aviation safety standards, it is the first and only carrier approved device authorized for Airborne LTE Operations. The company worked with regulators and cellular network owners for over 2 years just to gain that access. As a result, SqwaQ can provision customized bandwidth services on 600 cellular networks across 130 countries and provide affordable roaming across entire regions like North America or the entire EU. This gives the customer a seamless experience because SqwaQ provides the hardware, data services and warranty support on both, eliminating any finger pointing if a problem arrises. It also means users can fly across wide spanning regions without losing connectivity because the six modules can roam across dozens of cellular networks simultaneously.

SqwaQ can enable a remote pilot in New York to fly a properly equipped unmanned aircraft through controlled airspace in Los Angeles with the experience of actually sitting in the cockpit. Multiple pilot view cameras can be supported to stream live, 360 degree views around the aircraft as well as the normal downward cameras or sensors. Nationwide command and control has less than 1/2 second latency round trip. The remote pilot could even talk to air traffic control via an onboard VHF radio just like manned aircraft, enter the traffic pattern, Ident with Mode-S or ADS-B transponder as directed, and then land at LAX airport per ATC approval. To air traffic control, the experience would ‘feel’ like any other manned aircraft routinely handled. The entire experience could also be automated so ATC can remain alert to thousands of active drone flights at any moment without the burden of managing them unless they want to use airport facilities. Gradually, that function could be automated and extend to manned aircraft as well, so air traffic controllers could manage 4-10 times the number of aircraft they handle today.

“Autonomy and industrial IoT require robust, redundant communications. SqwaQ is delivering today what 5G still won't do in ten years. We have prominent partners working under NDA to liberate drones and fly unfettered in the airspace. That won't happen with the plastic Chinese toy drones so commonly sold today of course. We're excited to have major stakeholders in multiple countries pursuing this with us,” said Ted Lindsley, CEO.

About SqwaQ
SqwaQ is an SD-WAN and MVNO service provider focused on high-value mobile, Industrial IoT applications that demand reliable multi-redundant connectivity. Verticals include aviation, telemedicine, ground robotics, autonomous vehicles, oil and gas, and commercial construction. Founded in 2018, the company has more than a dozen patents issued or pending and wholesale bandwidth agreements with major cellular networks to provision custom data services on over 600 cellular networks across 130 countries. Learn more at http://www.sqwaq.com.

Posted in: Computers & Software,Electronics & Semiconductors,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Phantom Screens Wins Two Top 100 Awards in Home Building Industry

Phantom Screens, North America’s leading provider of retractable screens, is pleased to announce they have been recognized with reader-choice award wins with Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler magazines for their retractable door and motorized screens. The annual top 100 product roundups are determined by its readers and recognize the best and most innovative home building products in the U.S.

According to the National Association of Home Builders, despite the current global pandemic, the remodeling industry is seeing a growth this summer with outdoor living being a top priority for homeowners. More people are spending time at home this year, and many are turning to home improvement projects particularly when it comes to blending living spaces and creating functional, multi-purpose areas within the home.

“This is a gratifying accomplishment for the Phantom Team to be awarded by two top publications in our industry,” said C. Esther De Wolde, Chief Executive Officer of Phantom Screens. “We’re all about improving the living spaces of homeowners by delivering comfort and a greater connection to the outdoors without sacrificing curb appeal. These recognitions are an encouragement to us that we’re delivering on our promise to our clients and design/build partners.”

Phantom Screens offers a full line of screening products which includes their industry leading retractable door screens, oversized retractable door screens (for opening glass walls), retractable window screens and motorized screens for covered outdoor spaces and large openings. Phantom’s screen solutions bring fresh air, comfort, energy efficiency, shading and privacy to homeowners while keeping bugs out. Their products are fully customizable to blend seamlessly with any home design and disappear out of sight when not in use to preserve the home’s aesthetics. In addition, Phantom’s motorized screens can integrate with smart home technology, furthering ease of use and convenience.

The full list of winners can be found in the August 2020 issues of Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler. Both magazines are business-to-business publications owned by Scranton Gillette Communications that focuses on the U.S. housing industry.

To learn more about Phantom’s full line of products, please visit http://www.phantomscreens.com.

About Phantom Screens
Founded in 1992, Phantom Screens is North America’s leading provider of retractable screens. Phantom Screens offers customers a variety of retractable screen solutions for doors, windows, multi-panel systems and outdoor spaces. Phantom Screens products provide customers with insect protection, solar shading, temperature control and enhanced privacy in living spaces. For more information, visit http://www.phantomscreens.com.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,News & Current Affairs,Real Estate,U.S

Phoenix Recovery Academy Officially Opens Enrollment for Alternative Learning Environment

For two years; organizers, advocates, and supporters have been tirelessly working towards opening a high school for young people who need an alternative learning environment that supports their recovery from substance use disorder. On that foundation and mission, the Phoenix Recovery Academy (operating as a program under Phoenix Foundation of Maryland) is now officially opening enrollment for the 2020-2021 academic year.

“This school will be a light in the dark,” says Sara Varga, Head of School for Phoenix Recovery Academy. “Seeing the culmination of the hard work and dedication of the community volunteers, including our board members, means lives will change, and hope will be afforded to so many families worried right now,” concludes Varga.

Phoenix Recovery Academy will be accepting rolling admissions with an inaugural first day scheduled for August 31. This non-public high school will service adolescents grades 9 through 12, is tuition-based with scholarships available, and is open to students who are as serious about their education as they are about their recovery from substance use disorder.
Applications can be filled out online at http://www.phoenixrecoveryacademy.org or e-mail svarga@phoenixrecoveryacademy.org .

More on Phoenix Recovery Academy:
Founded in 2020, Phoenix Recovery Academy serves central Maryland and beyond. Located at 117 E. Church St. in Frederick, Maryland, the Phoenix Recovery Academy is the first recovery high school to serve Maryland in 20 years. The Phoenix Recovery Academy models itself as a place of education while being a critical support structure for adolescents to succeed in their recovery from substance use disorder. Phoenix Recovery Academy and similar schools allow students an alternative to a traditional high school setting; a setting where they work towards their personal goals in recovery, while continuing their education.
Find more information online at http://www.phoenixrecoveryacademy.org.

Posted in: Education,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Everest Rehabilitation Hospitals Cuts Ribbon on Another Post-Acute Care Hospital

Everest Rehabilitation Hospitals today cut yet another ribbon for the opening of its newest 36 private bed, 41,000 square foot, modern post-acute care rehabilitation hospital in Keller, Texas (N. Ft. Worth) at 791 S. Main Street. The hospital provides comprehensive rehabilitative services and around the clock registered nursing care to patients overcoming a variety of debilitating illnesses and injuries such as stroke and other neurological disorders, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations, orthopedic and other chronic complex medical conditions.

Jay Quintana, Everest Rehabilitation’s CEO and co-founder said, “While our traditional hospital ribbon cutting festivities are dampened by the Coronavirus; we are ecstatic about opening our fourth identical, 36-bed rehabilitation hospital in Keller, Texas. Our newest Keller, TX location is centrally located in the heart of the fastest growing part of the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex. We look forward to providing exceptional post-acute health care to the communities of Keller, Southlake, Bedford, Ft. Worth, Westlake, Trophy Club, Roanoke, Grapevine, Watauga, Colleyville, North Richland Hills and beyond. Rehabilitation hospitals, like Everest, are extremely valuable to the communities we serve as we complete the continuum of care to get patients home. We whole-heartedly believe that patients thrive best when their environment and care far exceed their expectations in the high energy, high quality, modern hospital setting at Everest.”

Omar Jenkins, Everest Rehabilitation’s CFO and co-founder said, “We started looking for a site in this part of the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex over four years ago and finally the perfect five acre site became available after an exhaustive two year search. We are excited to be able to provide one to one physical therapy care to our patients, five to seven days a week in this region. Our strong nurse to patient ratio contributes to optimal outcomes in our post-acute care, naturally lit hospitals.”

The hospital project represents a million dollar investment in the community and includes numerous uncommon hospital details akin to a luxury hotel. The project includes spacious, state of the art physical therapy gyms, a large outdoor (park like) mobility courtyard for therapeutic use, a HydroWorx aqua therapy system, a fully furnished Assisted Daily Living apartment where a patient can practice “every day” activities, several family gathering areas, a large open dining hall, a real therapy car, in-house dialysis and an in-house pharmacy. Everest Rehabilitation hospitals provide interdisciplinary care with physician-led teams of therapists focused on improving a patient’s quality of life in a modern and naturally lit setting. Each identical 36-private bed Everest Rehabilitation Hospital is carefully designed to expand by 18 additional private rooms. The entire infrastructure (dining, kitchen, parking and mechanical) is already in place for every hospital to support the bed expansion. The Keller, TX physical rehabilitation hospital is a prime location for these room additions.
About Everest Rehabilitation Hospitals, LLC

Everest Rehabilitation Hospitals LLC, based in Dallas, Texas, is a multispecialty acute care physical rehabilitation hospital company focused on providing high quality, physical rehabilitation care. Everest is passionate about patient care; striving to create healing and nurturing environments for all patients that not only meet their medical needs but address their emotional and social needs as well. Patients are guided through the necessary steps to reclaim daily life, recover function, and return to an optimal quality of life by combining the latest treatments, technologies, and research with a unique interdisciplinary team approach involving the patient and family from day one. Everest provides the highest level of care available to patients with disabilities caused by injuries or illnesses, or from traumatic accidents.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Thermal Proximity Systems Announces Safety Offerings in Response to COVID-19

Thermal Proximity Systems Helps Businesses & Public Institutions Return to Work Safely

  • Company Provides a Regimented and Automated Approach to Determining Body Temperature Allowing Companies to Comply with CDC, Government & Healthcare Guidelines
  • Solution Automatically Provides the Visibility and Insight to Understand if Employees, Customers, Students or Visitors are not Physically Distancing allowing Organizations to Minimize the Risk of COVID-19 Exposure


As America continues to open across all industries and public institutions with increasing velocity, many organizations are seeking to gain an understanding of how to facilitate the process of having employees and customers return to work safely in both public and private spaces.

While most companies are committed to ensuring a safe workplace, few understand the requirements and implications related for reopening safely. To help alleviate some of the uncertainty and provide clarity in uncertain times, Thermal Proximity Systems is focused on three (3) problematic areas:


  • Measuring an individual’s body temperature to ensure a fever is not present.
  • Checking to ensure an individual is wearing a mask, if applicable.
  • Monitoring and alerting you to groups that are not practicing physical distancing.


These vitally important practices are automatically performed via a non-invasive and anonymous approach driven by proven AI-assisted technology and software that alerts staff to issues in real-time.

In addition to providing the appropriate automated technology functions, Thermal Proximity Systems works closely with clients to provide guidance, processes, and practical approaches to ensure individuals can return safe, stay safe and be confident within their facility or workspace.    

“The emergence of COVID-19 has created a life-altering situation that could potentially be life-threatening for some. With our years of physical security, video surveillance and network expertise we felt an obligation to help organizations fundamentally transform the way they prepare and think about reopening their facilities,” said Amy Friel, Thermal Proximity Systems’ Co-Founder and COO. “Many organizations, however, rush to embrace a return to work posture without a clear plan, or a precise understanding of the implications of this move. Thermal Proximity Systems was founded to help organizations weigh the pros and cons of safely returning to work, school or entering public gathering spaces and make educated and informed decisions based on practical advice and supported by automated technology platforms.”

Thermal Proximity Systems is poised to assist organizations who look to return safely to work or educational institutions who are now planning for the arrival of students and faculty in the Fall. The company’s experience, flexibility and business experience will be vital in helping organizations navigate the public safety issues that are present in reopening.

Pricing and Availability Furnished upon request

About Thermal Proximity Systems
Thermal Proximity Systems helps organizations safely reopen and remain open using cutting edge technology that provides confidence and assurance that people are at the proper temperature and physically distancing without invading individual privacy.

We take a three (3) pronged approach that includes Advisory Services to help you look at various approaches to reopening, Thermal Protect®, our highly accurate, thermal body temperature monitoring solution is effective for quick and accurate detection of elevated body temperature and Distance Alert® our distance monitoring solution which provides you up-to-the-moment data on the proximity and concentration (not just capacity) of everyone at your location using real-time tracking of personal devices, allowing you to create a distance-friendly environment in today's new normal.

George Mellor
Thermal Proximity Systems

Posted in: Health & Medicine,News & Current Affairs,Services,Technology,U.S

Back to School Blues: Perceptyx Finds Work Productivity Expected to Decline As More Schools Switch to Remote Learning

Perceptyx, the leading employee listening and people analytics platform for enterprise organizations today released new data showing productivity for working parents is set to decline at the start of the school year, as the recent surge in COVID-19 cases has led to schools moving to complete or part-time distance learning.

More than 60 percent of working parents believe that carrying out distance learning from home will place an extremely difficult burden on their family, while over half report they will be both distracted to either a “moderate” or “great” extent on days when their children are learning from home and that their work productivity will decline. Over 40 percent are also worried either a “moderate” or “great” extent about their job security due to their children learning from home.

Perceptyx previously reported a considerable increase in productivity and a decrease in the desire to return to the physical workplace near the end of May, just as the school year was coming to a close.

“Undoubtedly, school decisions will impact parents’ willingness and even ability to work in the physical workplace, leading to a potentially significant decline in productivity as work-at-home parents are once again forced to play the roles of employee, parent, and teacher during the workday,” said Brett Wells, Director of People Analytics at Perceptyx. “To mitigate the negative impact remote school can have, including the potential exodus of working parents, we recommend employers reevaluate their return-to-work strategies and leave policies, and consider adding new benefits to support employees and their new reality in any way they can.”

While school this fall will undoubtedly look different in every situation, the largest portion of parents are still uncertain about sending their children to a traditional classroom. Surprisingly, a quarter (26%) report they are not sending their kids back to school at all, while forty percent say it will depend on the school district's plans. As of the end of July, 41 percent say their school district has not communicated a clearly defined return-to-school strategy.

When it comes to mothers and fathers, Perceptyx found that there was not a great disparity between roles when it came to distance learning having a negative effect. The data did find, however, that working mothers who are in senior leadership positions (e.g., executives/vice presidents) are most at risk of feeling the extra burden, pressure, and challenges that distance learning brings to their workday. They are more than 1.5 times more likely to report they do not intend to stay at their current employer for at least the next 12 months as compared to fathers.

“It is clear that for working mothers in senior leadership positions, we risk losing decades of progress towards breaking the “glass ceiling” because of the demands of distance learning,” Wells noted.

Working parents aren’t the only ones who will be impacted by remote learning this fall, as non-parent co-workers report that they are feeling the disruption even now before the return to school.

  • 39% of non-parents believe their co-workers who are parents are more distracted.
  • 29% of non-parents believe their co-workers who are parents are less productive.
  • 25% of non-parents say their workload has both increased and become more difficult to manage because of their co-workers who are parents.


Perceptyx also found that how an organization supports employees faced with distance learning plays a huge role in retaining these individuals. Ninety-two percent of employees who strongly agree their organization is providing the flexibility and support to work from home when children are at home intend to stay at the organization for at least the next 12 months. This drops to 66 percent for employees who do not agree their employers are providing flexibility and support.

“To adequately support working parents, organizations must be willing to consider cases at the individual level,” continued Wells. “Open and honest conversations are paramount, and a well-crafted employee listening and action plan can enable organizations to identify support areas that employees will value the most. Through these discussions and discoveries, organizations can create new ways forward.”

About Perceptyx
Since its founding in 2003, Perceptyx has been redefining the employee listening industry, delivering enterprise-level employee surveys and people analytics to more than 30% of the Fortune 100 today. With an unrivaled technology platform and a tailor-made, flexible approach, the Perceptyx technology makes it easy for managers, HR, or business leaders to discover insights deep within large and complex organizations, driving meaningful action to improve business outcomes. Driven by a deep intellectual curiosity and a culture of innovation, Perceptyx is challenging the status quo—to help people and organizations See The Way Forward.

Posted in: Business,News & Current Affairs,Services,U.S

MediaVillage Announces 0 Million Investment Goal to Advance Industry Diversity and Education Programs

After more than a decade of research to identify key drivers of sustained growth of advertising-supported media, and presentations to more than 1,000 industry leaders, MediaVillage and AdvancingDiversity.org are announcing today a 0 million 10-year investment goal to expand the industry’s activation of diversity and educational programs. The 0 million goal represents a commitment to generate, by 2030, 50% growth in advertising revenues and to achieve 50% industry-wide diversity representation.

Based on data from its research on the impact of cultural shifts on business growth, MediaVillage developed and launched diversity and equality initiatives in 2011 as Women in Media Mentoring Initiative and, with industry funding, has since implemented diversity programs focused on gender equality (WomenAdvancing.org) in 2013, diverse employee retention (1stFive.org) in 2014, masculinity management (The Future of Men) in 2016, ageism (The Age of Aging) in 2018, and the Advancing Diversity Council Hall of Honors in 2017.

Last January, based on MediaVillage research, the Advancing Diversity Council was formed to Advance Diversity from Advocacy to Activism through funding of several proven industry initiatives and programs. These programs were recently announced in conjunction with the creation of the Media and Advertising Industry Advancing Diversity Fund.

MediaVillage research has identified educational programs as a key contributor to diversity advancements. MediaVillage founder Jack Myers reports: “Business growth today requires a strong foundation of new majority talent; integration of diverse talent across capabilities and responsibilities; and dedicated commitment to easily accessible and user-friendly learning tools.” Myers adds, “The advertising and media industry under performs in each of these essential resources vs. most major industry categories, and it has failed to effectively and collectively activate, expand and communicate the successes.”

Myers, the nation’s leading practicing Media Ecologist, has been on a mission for more than a decade to advance the media and advertising community’s investments in diversity and education. “Our funding commitment reflects the community’s decade-long recognition that there are institutional and systemic failures in advancing diversity to which the industry has clearly not sufficiently responded. But the corporate community has not stood still. Thanks to a decade of industry investment and development, MediaVillage has in place the strategies, market intelligence, relationships, resources, communications tools, capabilities, team and credibility to profoundly move the needle measurably and quickly forward,” Myers noted. “With billions invested in technology advances, it’s finally hitting home that media and advertising growth will lag without meaningful investments in diversity and education.”

What’s Next for Advancing Diversity and Education Initiatives at MediaVillage

Over the past two years, Myers has been pounding on the message of diversity and education, generating funding support, and ramping up capabilities at his MediaVillage home base. More than 150 media industry companies, agencies, organizations, educational leaders, journalists, and subject matter experts currently contribute to MediaVillage educational content and Advancing Diversity initiatives. Myers often uses the MediaVillage subscriber base of 20,000 influencers to advance activist positions on diversity issues. MediaVillage hosts several well-known columnists who write on a spectrum of issues impacting the industry and an educational archive of more than 14,000 original, exclusive and continually updated articles, podcasts, videos and reports. MediaVillage is underwritten by membership fees.

U.S. advertising investments by marketers, excluding investments with Google, Facebook and Amazon, have declined steadily for two-decades and are forecast to decline an average 1.5% annually to 2025 (impacted by Covid-19). An AdvancingDiversity.org industry diversity census published earlier this year established media industry ethnic diversity at 14% among senior-level professionals and 24% among junior-level team members. Black professionals represent 6.5% of industry employees, with Black males representing only 1.6%

MediaVillage was founded in 2009 by Myers, a long-time industry consultant and executive at Metromedia Outdoor, ABC Radio and CBS-TV, with original funding from 12 media companies and agencies. Notes Myers: “MediaVillage is the only organization that represents all industry constituencies and is dedicated solely to industry growth in a rising tide model.“

Among MediaVillage’s newest initiatives:

  • As part of Myers’ series of Leadership Conversations, the MediaVillage Media Education Summit will take place on August 13 at 1:00pm ET. The webinar’s theme, “The Future of Media, Marketing, Advertising & Journalism Education – for Industry Professionals, Educators, Students & Job Seekers,” will feature Dean Mark Lodato, S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University; Dean Gracie Lawson-Borders, Howard University, Cathy Hughes School of Communications; Andrea Press, Media Studies Department Head, University of Virginia; plus a special keynote address.
  • As part of the organization’s 10-year 0 million investment goal, it has launched an AI-based search tool at MeetingPrep.com to serve the knowledge needs of educators, job seekers, brand managers, and professionals across the media and advertising ecosystem.
  • MediaVillage’s new Watch, Listen and Learn platform provides member companies with audio and visual learning tools and resources for the creation and delivery of educational content to multiple under-served communities including brand executives, educators and students.


Currently, MediaVillage is home to more than 100 independent educational and diversity focused websites, many underwritten by leading companies and organizations, including the Ad Council, Association of National Advertisers, A+E Television Networks, a4/Altice, Active International, Ampersand, AT&T Media, Cadent, Comcast, Crown Media, Discovery Communications, DISH Media, Female Quotient, IPG, NBCU, National Public Media/NPR, Nielsen, NY Interconnect, Outfront, Pandora, Publicis Media, She Runs It, Spectrum Reach, Standard Media Index, UPtv/Aspire, Verizon, Vevo, ViacomCBS, Walt Disney Company, and The Weather Channel.

For more information, visit https://www.mediavillage.com/about-us/

For interviews with Jack Myers, or a copy of a White Paper on “The Case for Education & Diversity as Tools for Business Growth on Marketing & Media,” please contact Diane Stefani at diane.stefani19@gmail.com.

About MediaVillage:
MediaVillage is the media and advertising community’s leading education and diversity activist. Through our collective impact approach, we implement effective and cost efficient B2B growth solutions. For the past decade, MediaVillage, in collaboration with partners across the marketing ecosystem, has been developing innovative strategies for generating growth through education and diversity programs. Today, more than 150 companies, organizations and industry leaders are MediaVillage members. Follow @mediavillagecom (Twitter) @MediaVillageCom (Facebook) @advdiversity

About Jack Myers:
Jack Myers is founder of MediaVillage and is the nation’s leading Media Ecologist, a practice founded by Marshall McLuhan and advanced by his mentee, and Jack’s mentor, Dr. Neil Postman. For more than 40 years, Jack has been singularly dedicated to identifying, developing, and introducing solutions to the challenges confronting media companies. He’s a noted expert on generational and gender shifts, the impact of technological advances on business economics, and the dynamics of business growth and decline. His background includes executive roles at CBS Television, ABC Radio, Metromedia Outdoor, Television Production Partners, and UTV Cable Network. Follow @jackmyersbiz

Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,Education,News & Current Affairs,Services,U.S

Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) partners with Google to provide Security Training Scholarships for members

Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) has partnered with Google to create the Security Training Scholarship for women wanting to move forward in cybersecurity.

“Google is proud to partner with WiCyS and SANS to provide scholarships to WiCyS community members for premier security trainings. Google believes one of the ways we help grow representative talent pools is to deepen our partnerships with organizations such as WiCyS that serve underrepresented communities. By supporting efforts to provide greater access to free learning, Google is committed to bringing more diversity and inclusivity to the security community,” said Sarah Morales, Google Outreach Program Manager for Security.

This new opportunity will offer 100 WiCyS members the chance to launch and/or advance their careers in cybersecurity within the next 1.5 years through a skills development training program. Even for those who have no previous cybersecurity experience, they will have the opportunity to progress through four stages.

First, participants will engage in CyberStart Game, where they will be introduced to topics such as Linux, web attacks, programming and forensics. They will build technical skills and creative thinking. Stage 2 will see technical aptitude for cybersecurity learning and fundamental skills tested in the SANS CyberTalent Assessment. In Stage 3, the top 12 performers will embark in online interactive hands-on learning with 48 modules of foundational material. After this stage, participants will receive a certificate of completion from SANS. Throughout the final stage, students will continue advanced SANS training courses along with career mentorship and soft skills guidance with an opportunity to take the Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) exam. Once all stages are complete, participants will be ready for careers in cybersecurity.

“Google and WiCyS are leading the way in providing opportunities for underrepresented groups to discover their cybersecurity talent. With their support, 100 women will learn and practice hands-on cybersecurity skills in a fun, safe online environment with top performers before taking fundamental training and earning industry certifications,” said Alan Paller, founder of SANS Institute. “This program is an outstanding example of innovative organizations creating new opportunities to increase diversity in cybersecurity and bringing new talent into the field.”

WiCyS is a national nonprofit dedicated to bringing women together in cybersecurity from academia, research and industry to share knowledge, experience, networking and mentoring. This is yet another opportunity that is helping advance women in the male-dominated field of cybersecurity.

“This initiative was very important for WiCyS to launch and facilitate,” said Lynn Dohm, executive director of WiCyS. “It opens doors for positive professional development experiences to our community during these tiring COVID-19 pandemic times.”

The deadline to apply is Aug. 2. Fill out the application here: https://www.wicys.org/sans-security-training-scholarship

About WiCyS:
Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) is the premier nonprofit organization with international reach dedicated to bringing together women in cybersecurity. Founded by Dr. Ambareen Siraj from Tennessee Tech University through a National Science Foundation grant in 2013, WiCyS offers opportunities and resources for its members and collaboration benefits for its sponsors and partners. The organization’s founding partners are Cisco, Facebook and Palo Alto Networks. WiCyS’ strategic partners include Amazon Web Services, Bloomberg, Cisco, Facebook, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Google, HERE Technologies, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Nike, Optum, Palo Alto Networks, SANS Institute, SpearTip, Target, University of California San Diego, and Verizon. To partner with WiCyS, visit https://www.wicys.org/become-a-partner

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Financial Recovery Group Achieves HITRUST CSF® Certification to Manage Risk, Improve Security Posture, and Meet Compliance Requirements

Financial Recovery Group, Inc. (FRG), a leading provider of interactive software to health plans and physicians groups to improve financial performance, today announced the AccuReports® and Audit Tracker applications have earned Certified status for information security by HITRUST®.

HITRUST CSF Certified status demonstrates that the organization’s AccuReports® and Audit Tracker systems have met key regulations and industry-defined requirements and are appropriately managing risk. This achievement places Financial Recovery Group, Inc. in an elite group of organizations worldwide that have earned this certification. By including federal and state regulations, standards, and frameworks, and incorporating a risk-based approach, the HITRUST CSF helps organizations address these challenges through a comprehensive and flexible framework of prescriptive and scalable security controls.

"HITRUST plays an important role in how our prospects assess and choose vendors. FRG has always been committed to meeting the most rigorous industry standards for information security, and our work to achieve this designation reinforces that commitment," said Keith Robertson, President of FRG.

“HITRUST is continually innovating to help streamline and simplify how organizations assess information risk and manage compliance in a cloud environment,” said Jeremy Huval, Chief Compliance Officer, HITRUST. “We are happy that Financial Recovery Group, Inc. has taken the steps needed to achieve HITRUST CSF Certification—a designation which provides added confidence to their customers.”

About Financial Recovery Group, Inc

Since 1999, Financial Recovery Group (FRG) has worked with health plans and physician groups to improve financial performance through online analytical reports and claims audit recovery services. Trusted by national HMOs and over 700 Independent Practice Associations (IPAs), Medical Service Organizations (MSOs) and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), FRG brings industry leading medical economics capabilities to healthcare enterprises. FRG’s proprietary algorithms and rigorous processes make it easy to consolidate and evaluate complex health plan data sets. Clients in value-based care agreements gain the power to build informed medical cost improvement plans and boost risk pool, shared savings and incentive plan payments.

Posted in: Finance,News & Current Affairs,Services,U.S

Operation Homefront and CSX to Distribute School Supplies to More Than 1,000 Military Families

As families nationwide prepare for the start of another – although arguably very different – school year, CSX will join Operation Homefront to distribute more than 1,000 backpacks and essential school supplies to military children in Jacksonville, Florida; Clarksville, Tennessee; and Fayetteville, North Carolina as a part of Operation Homefront’s annual Back-to-School Brigade® (BTSB).

"We are so grateful for the generosity of the CSX Corporation who has stepped up for another year, through their Pride In Service campaign, to help us serve these very deserving military families at a time when unexpected deployments, unemployment and reduced work hours, along with the other stresses of military life, have hit them very hard,” said Margi Kirst, Chief Development Officer of Operation Homefront. “These donated supplies will help our military children have a strong start to their school year, while easing the parents’ financial burden of the back-to-school season.”

The ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a huge toll on military families. This year, more than ever, these deserving families will benefit from a program that helps offset finances they would normally use for school supplies and allow them to apply their funds to other critical needs. As part of Operation Homefront’s mission to build strong, stable, and secure military families, the Back-to-School Brigade® program is supported by CSX and its Pride in Service initiative to ensure military families receive the support they need – when and where they need it.

"CSX worked closely with Operation Homefront to evolve our shared efforts to meet the needs of military families safely and effectively, as the nation continues to be challenged by COVID-19," said Bryan Tucker, Vice President of Corporate Communications at CSX. "We are proud to continue to positively impact military children through our Pride in Service initiative and these Back-to-School Brigades."

The BTSB is Operation Homefront’s nationwide collection of school supplies and backpacks that are distributed to the children of military families as well as to all ranks of wounded, ill or injured veterans and their families. The annual program is sponsored by national partners Dollar Tree and SAIC and during this year’s campaign, Operation Homefront will distribute its 400,000th backpack since 2008, saving military families more than million in back to school expenses.

This year’s Back-to-School Brigade® events will have a different look relative to past programs to adhere to all federal, state and local COVID-19 guidelines. Events will be delivered in a drive-through format with volunteers following CDC guidelines.

About Operation Homefront: Founded in 2002, Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so that they can thrive – not simply struggle to get by – in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. Recognized for superior performance by leading independent charity oversight groups, 91 percent of Operation Homefront expenditures go directly to programs that support tens of thousands of military families each year. Operation Homefront provides critical financial assistance, transitional and permanent housing and family support services to prevent short-term needs from turning into chronic, long-term struggles. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and the support from thousands of volunteers, Operation Homefront proudly serves America’s military families. For more information, visit http://www.OperationHomefront.org.

About CSX: CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products. For nearly 200 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation’s economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation’s population resides. It also links more than 230 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and farming towns alike. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at http://www.csx.com.

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Nura Pain Clinic Welcomes R. Scott Stayner, MD

Nura welcomes R. Scott Stayner, MD. Dr. Stayner will serve as the pain clinic’s Medical Director of Nura Ambulatory Surgery Centers.

In his new role, Dr. Stayner will oversee Nura’s interventional services at the clinic’s newly renovated state-of-the-art pain treatment facility in Edina, Minn. The expanded and updated clinic was officially unveiled in March 2020 and offers comprehensive pain management, with all evidenced-based pain treatments available under one roof.

Dr. Stayner has practiced interventional pain management since 2012, using a combination of interventional procedures, physical therapy, behavioral health counseling, neuromodulation and medications to help patients manage chronic pain. He was inspired to specialize in Pain Management after helping care for his grandmother, who suffered from debilitating back pain despite various surgeries and high doses of opioids.

“Dr. Stayner’s personal passion for alleviating chronic pain, his impressive technical skills and his holistic approach to pain management make him an ideal addition to Nura’s medical team,” noted David Schultz MD, Nura founder and CEO.

Dr. Scott Stayner is board certified through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education in both Anesthesiology and Pain Management. From 2013 to 2017, he served as a member of the Montana Medical Association’s committee addressing the state’s opioid crisis. As a committee member he educated primary care physicians on best practices for managing chronic pain and the role of opioid medications in pain management. Dr. Stayner has published book chapters and journal articles on safe practices for opioid prescribing. He also is a frequent lecturer for the UC Davis Pain Fellowship Program and has co-authored multiple publications with its faculty.

Dr. Stayner completed his anesthesiology residency at the University of Minnesota, his Fellowship in Pain Management with the University of California, Davis, and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis.

Nura (formally MAPS Medical Pain Clinics) was founded in 1995 by David Schultz, MD, a pioneer in interventional pain management. In his work as a practicing anesthesiologist in the 1990s, Dr. Schultz realized the need to treat chronic pain patients with a more comprehensive approach and went on to found the region's first multidisciplinary pain management clinic, coordinating high tech interventional procedures with in-house physical therapy and psychology services. Nura’s mission is to give chronic pain sufferers their lives back.

At Nura patients can receive chronic pain evaluation, medication management, physical therapy and behavioral health counseling as well as interventional pain procedures and surgeries, all in the same clinic. This is a critical advantage for patients who otherwise may receive fragmented and poorly coordinated pain management by multiple providers at multiple locations.

Nura’s multidisciplinary approach to pain management includes medication management, physical therapy and behavioral health coordinated with minimally invasive interventional procedures such as nerve blocks, spinal injections and nerve ablation. For more complex chronic pain problems, Nura offers a full range of implantable pain control options including spinal cord stimulation, dorsal root ganglion stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation and targeted spinal drug delivery.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,News & Current Affairs,U.S

BabyLiveAdvice Partners with March of Dimes, Weeks After Being Named an Awardee in the J&J Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge

BabyLiveAdvice is pleased to announce a new partnership with March of Dimes, the leading non-profit fighting for the health of all moms and babies. The organization has also received an award from the world’s largest and most broadly-based healthcare company, Johnson and Johnson.  

Recognized as an innovative tech health application, BabyLiveAdvice supports mother and parents virtually through their journey from preconception to early childhood and everything in between. Offering virtual access to a national network of mom providers such as midwives, nurse practitioners, lactation consultants, nutritionists, mental health professionals even a dentist. All provider come from various cultural background and via translation services can speak in all languages. Moms can join online live support groups, pre and postnatal classes or receive individual consults straight from their cell phones. 

Through their partnership with March of Dimes, BabyLiveAdvice will connect families to vital telemedicine support while helping the Arlington, VA-based non-profit develop the virtualization of their program offerings and learn from user experience. In addition, BabyLiveAdvice will provide a portion of its proceeds from its telemedicine platform to support healthy moms and strong babies.

“We are happy to announce our collaboration with March of Dimes to provide virtual support to mothers and their babies,” says Sigi Marmorstein, founder and CEO of digital health platform BabyLiveAdvice. “We all know of the stressful and uncertain times when bringing a baby into the world, and that is especially true in current times with the coronavirus pandemic. Our partnership with March of Dimes will assure that mothers and parents get access to the right advice and support needed to negotiate through these turbulent times, so that they and their babies remain safe and healthy.” 

This development comes after recent recognition of BabyLiveAdvice as one of the awardees in the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate Quick Fire Challenge in Maternal and Newborn Health, together with the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). Nurses from around the world were invited to submit innovative ideas aimed at improving maternal & new-born care – including but not limited to neonatal care, obstetrics, and women’s health.  

“Access to quality healthcare for all parents, wherever they may be, is critical to winning our fight for healthy moms and strong babies,” said Stacey D. Stewart, President and CEO at March of Dimes. “Through this partnership with BabyLiveAdvice, we will gain valuable insight into how moms and parents utilize telehealth platforms, so that we may incorporate those learnings into our new virtual care and support programs.” 

The BabyLiveAdvice digital platform has been designed to support, educate, and empower mothers and parents. The core aim of BabyLiveAdvice is to ensure women feel confident by providing the right information and enhancing their knowledge about pregnancy, delivery, breastfeeding, infant care, and more. BabyLiveAdvice connects with mothers and parents, with the aim to help them achieve better health before, during and after their pregnancies.

BabyLiveAdvice provides personalized, ongoing support both nationally and internationally, for the whole family, including moms, dads, grandparents, foster and adoptive parents. Virtual counselling is provided by BabyLiveAdvice through video and chat components to enhance the convenience factor for mothers. If moms have a concern about their health condition or that of the baby, they can get help online quickly and effortlessly.

According to Marmorstein, BabyLiveAdvice has been receiving a steady flow of moms seeking advice and support since the site launched. They have also been experiencing a larger surge in visitors to its site since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The service had thousands of visitors to date. They are recommended to others by 95 percent of their customers. They enjoy a high appointment adherence of 79 percent, and their visitors report an impressive 68 percent adherence to lactation. 

The goal of the healthcare platform is to reach one million moms around the World. Their services are being used by hospitals, employers, insurers, care organizations, and non-profits, because they believe that only BabyLiveAdvice offers trusted technology, proven results, turnkey solutions, and sustained engagement. Marmorstein believes that the recently conferred Johnson & Johnson award, along with the March of Dimes partnership, will help them get closer to that goal.

By partnering with March of Dimes, one of leading organizations supporting pregnant women and families during the COVID-19 pandemic, BabyLiveAdvice will be closely monitoring current data and enhancing its capability to provide parents and families 

For more information, visit https://www.babyliveadvice.com/

About BabyLiveAdvice:

BabyLiveAdvice is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA and is on a mission to make sure that every mother and her baby are safe and healthy. From 2018 to date, the platform has helped thousand mothers and families, from all over the US and the world, to successfully navigate their parenthood journeys. Parents can get one-on-one support in their language by a caring provider from BabyLiveAdvice whenever they require.

Posted in: Family & Parenting,Health & Medicine,News & Current Affairs,Professional Services,Technology

Qvinci Releases its Second Generation What If Business Intelligence and Predictive Analytics tool, The Cashflow & Forecasting Optimizer

Qvinci® Software has released its second generation of its wildly popular What If forecasting and modeling tool. 

This new solution with Qvinci’s new Model Merge Technology is the most robust forecasting solution for accountants, franchises, dioceses and SMBs giving you the ability to define your future and monitor the progress.

  • Create virtually an unlimited number of What If models and forecasts to show the ongoing granular impact of the present COVID-19 crisis (or any other future scenarios) on their business’ income, expenses, profitability and cash over time—and highlight the best path forward 
  • Set the Report Options to cover a truly customizable range
  • The reference period can be set as a single month, a range average, or seasonal 
  • The first What If month and the beginning reference month are fully customizable
  • Finally, there is a 12 month What If to Actual presentation with integrated charts and graphs 
  • As the Chart of Accounts changes, Qvinci’s Model Merge Technology keeps the parent-child relationship intact and slots any new accounts correctly in the model instantaneously


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Users make intelligent and timely adjustments to one or many accounts to establish an actual forward-looking 12-month roadmap, such that you immediately see your adjustments and their impact on the running cash balance and P&L performance for the next 12 months. What can be more relevant today!

Bonus: Qvinci is also releasing new versions of the Top 10 Expenses BI Templates that can be added to your reporting packages that present unique views of the top 10 expenses as a percent of income. The variations include:


  • Reporting Month vs Prior Month vs Same Month Prior Year
  • Last 3 Months vs Prior 3 Months vs Same 3 Months Prior Year
  • Reporting Fiscal YTD vs Last Fiscal YTD vs Last Fiscal Year


Qvinci Once Again Delivers!  To introduce this game-changing technology, Qvinci has a live webinar scheduled for Wednesday July 29, 2020 at 12:00pm CT with its storied inventor, serial entrepreneur and renowned turnaround expert Charles Nagel, Founder and CIO of Qvinci. 


Posted in: Computers & Software,News & Current Affairs,Services,Technology,U.S

First Heritage Mortgage Opens New Branch in Columbia, South Carolina

First Heritage Mortgage, LLC (FHM), a leading independent mortgage lender, has opened a new branch in Columbia, South Carolina, and continues to rapidly expand its presence throughout the Southeastern United States. The new office (Branch NMLS ID #2000649) is located at 120 Cromer Road, Lexington, SC 29073.

FHM specializes in providing personalized home financing solutions to make homeownership achievable for as many people as possible within the communities it serves. FHM has been ranked one of the Top 100 Mortgage Companies in America by Mortgage Executive Magazine, one of the Top 75 Mortgage Lenders by Scotsman Guide, one of the Best Mortgage Companies to Work For by National Mortgage News, and most recently was named a Top Workplace by The Washington Post. The company originated more than .5 billion of mortgage loans in 2019 and is poised for significant growth in the coming years.

The Columbia location is FHM’s second office to open in South Carolina within the past two years, joining the company’s Charleston location, which opened in 2019. The new Columbia location also marks the 15th branch office for FHM, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary this December.

“We’ve found incredible opportunity within South Carolina,” said Chip Beveridge, SVP and Southeast Regional Manager of First Heritage Mortgage. “We are excited to open our new branch in Columbia and offer innovative mortgage solutions, in-house construction lending, competitive rates, and the personalized service FHM is known for to homebuyers and business partners across this thriving market.”

The Columbia branch is led by well-known local home financing expert Jacob Crowder (NMLS ID #198432). As Branch Manager, Crowder oversees all branch operations, customer interactions, and relationship development. Crowder has over 15 years of local mortgage banking experience and has called the Columbia region home for his entire life.

“Jacob has a remarkable track record and will use his extensive experience to benefit customers, business partners, and fellow team members,” stated Alex Wish, President of First Heritage Mortgage. “As FHM continues to expand, we are staying true to our roots by assembling the right people and building our branch presence around them. We look for talented leaders who understand our culture and our commitment to excellence. Jacob embodies these things and is an outstanding addition to our growing team.”

Prior to joining FHM, Crowder acted as Mortgage Loan Officer at First Community Bank of South Carolina, having held positions at Union Mortgage Group and 1st Choice Mortgage/Equity Corp. of Lexington before that. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Clemson University.

“I am thrilled to join FHM,” said Crowder. “It’s exciting to be part of a company with such a great organizational culture and wide array of mortgage solutions, including personalized products for people who may not meet the strict lending requirements of banks. I look forward to better serving the Midlands community which I care deeply about, and to forwarding the company’s success in this new branch.”

To learn more about the Columbia branch, customers and business partners can contact Jacob Crowder at 984-228-6246 or email jcrowder@fhmtg.com.

About First Heritage Mortgage, LLC
Founded in 1996, First Heritage Mortgage, LLC (FHM) is one of the largest privately-owned mortgage companies in the Mid-Atlantic, originating more than .53 billion in mortgage loans in 2019. The company is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, with 15 branch locations across Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and California. As a direct lender, FHM controls every aspect of the mortgage process from start to finish in a local branch, allowing the company to provide deeply personalized mortgage solutions to its clients and business partners. Learn more at https://fhmtg.com.

First Heritage Mortgage, LLC is an Equal Housing Lender | Company NMLS ID #86548 (http://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org) | Columbia Branch NMLS ID # 2000649

Posted in: Business,Manufacturing & Industry,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Ardent Privacy raises seed funding to help businesses automate Data Minimization and Privacy Compliance

Ardent Privacy, a Maryland-based data privacy company, announced today that it received a 0,000 investment from TEDCO's latest 0,000 funding round. TEDCO identifies, invests in, and helps grow technology companies in Maryland.

"We are excited to partner with TEDCO to pursue our mission to help companies in their data privacy journey. Enterprises are losing data in breaches not only because they are under attack, but also due to a lack of data hygiene and the absence of a data-centric security approach. Enterprises need a "Marie Kondo" tidying up approach for organizational data as they are challenged with data deluge and privacy compliance requirements at the same time. Our innovative data minimization technology will help companies reduce privacy risk and simplify compliance with CCPA and upcoming privacy regulations," said Sameer Ahirrao, CEO of Ardent Privacy.

"We believe these companies are in a critical area of known need, setting them on a path to build strong businesses here in Maryland," stated Frank Glover, lead director, TEDCO Seed Fund, and director, Maryland Venture Fund.

Companies have growing challenges with privacy with increased scrutiny of personal data by regulators, heightened consumer expectations, and the changing global environment. On July 16, CJEU (European Union's top court) struck down the EU-US Privacy Shield agreement. It found the Privacy Shield invalid due to inadequate privacy, surveillance, and data protection rights for the transfer of personal data between the EU and the US. The California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) was enacted on January 1, 2020, and enforcement began on July 1. Companies holding Californian's data are accountable for consumer data they own, and negligence can result in huge fines. Fourteen more states are in the process of passing similar laws. Virginia recently (July 1, 2020) enacted their Insurance Data Security Act enforcing security compliance for insurers and producers in Commonwealth.

Ardent Privacy Solution

Ardent Privacy's AI-driven solution helps companies reduce their unwanted or excess data footprint to become compliant and resilient in case of a breach. It provides deep discovery capabilities essential to meet privacy requirements for compliance, such as data subject access requests (DSAR). Organizations collect and retain vast amounts of personal data which represents a substantial liability for privacy compliance. For example, CCPA holds companies accountable for consumer data they own, and negligence can result in huge fines. By utilizing the Ardent Privacy solution, companies can reduce risk and liability by limiting excess storage of personal data. Data minimization reduces the costs associated with securing data and storage. It is vital for companies to know what data they have and only keep what they need to do business.

About Ardent Privacy

Ardent Privacy helps enterprises to comply with data privacy regulations such as the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), insurance data security laws, and more. Ardent Privacy's AI-powered data privacy platform provides a quick and easy to use data minimization solution to discover, identify, inventory, map, minimize, and securely delete personal data. Ardent achieves data minimization using machine learning and artificial intelligence to report on large data sets in hours rather than days.
LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ardent-privacy


TEDCO enhances economic development growth through the fostering of an inclusive entrepreneurial innovation ecosystem. TEDCO identifies, invests in, and helps grow technology companies in Maryland.

Posted in: Computers & Software,News & Current Affairs,Services,Technology,U.S

Venminder Launches Exchange Network for Collaboration Between Vendors and Third-Party Risk Professionals Accelerating Due Diligence Efforts

Venminder, an industry recognized provider of third-party risk management solutions, today announced they have launched the Venminder Exchange, a secure 2-sided network for the flow of Venminder’s proprietary analyzed vendor data.

To achieve industry standards and meet regulatory requirements, organizations must complete detailed due diligence reviews on their vendors. This is often a time extensive exercise involving the gathering of documentation, artifacts and sending/receiving of questionnaires from vendors and then giving all that information to an appropriate, qualified expert to review it for risks. Since the expertise needed varies based on the area being reviewed, it is a huge drain on valued internal resources or requires multiple dedicated hires. With the Venminder Exchange, thousands of already completed Control Assessments have been added by Venminder’s qualified and certified experts, including CISSPs, CPAs and paralegals, and added to the searchable exchange for purchase.

“We are very excited about the launch of the Venminder Exchange and what it means for the future of due diligence for all sides involved – vendors and their clients and prospects,” said Dana Bowers, founder and chief solution architect of Venminder. “The Venminder Exchange will be a valuable asset to third-party risk professionals for quickly finding risk scores on their vendors and purchasing the assessments as and when they need. For vendors, it provides transparency and knowledge into the risk assessment process that is inherently vital to every third-party risk management program. Collaboration between all parties will undoubtedly improve the outcome for everyone involved.”

The Venminder Exchange launched this week with the first of many planned phases. The company is currently inviting vendors into the exchange to view and collaborate with Venminder on the assessments that have been completed on their organization. This advance period will give vendors the opportunity to learn how an independent third party, such as Venminder, views their stated controls and associated risk. Venminder will also offer training to vendors on how to accelerate the due diligence process by proactively sharing their Venminder assessments with clients or prospects. In the final phase, the Venminder Exchange will be available, by invitation only, to third-party risk professionals across the globe, who can register, search vendors, preview scores and go through the authorization process, with the vendor, of purchasing the full Control Assessments.

“Venminder is an all-in-one partner for all things third-party risk,” said James Hyde, CEO of Venminder. “We are extremely unique to the market in that we are 100% dedicated to third-party risk. While it’s fairly common to find initiatives for sharing access to a library of control documents, Venminder completes the final mile by actually assessing the documents and assigning a risk score saving valuable time and resources to complete the risk assessment process. We take our commitment to the market quite seriously evidenced by our library of thousands of Control Assessments, continued development of our world-class software platform, staffing of respected domain and subject matter experts as well as our ongoing certified education offerings. This newest edition of The Exchange is the next chapter in Venminder’s continued rapid growth by optimizing and streamlining the due diligence and risk assessment process for our clients and vendors alike.”    

Venminder has now grown to over 800 customers across all industries and is on track to deliver over 30,000 Control Assessments in 2020. The Venminder Exchange will allow the company to distribute Control Assessments more efficiently and facilitate the building of vendor relationships. The Control Assessments include risk ratings and assessments covering:

  • The financial health and viability of a vendor
  • A vendor’s SOC reports, including an assessment of their internal control environment, areas of concerns and any recommended next steps
  • A review of the vendor’s business continuity and disaster recovery documentation, including plans, testing and recovery point and time objectives
  • A review of the most critical elements of a vendor’s cybersecurity preparedness to identify areas of potential weakness


For more information on Venminder and the Venminder Exchange, please visit https://www.venminder.com/platform/exchange.

About Venminder
Venminder is an industry recognized leader of vendor risk management solutions. Dedicated to vendor risk, the company is the go-to partner for software, assessments on vendor controls, ongoing monitoring, certified subject-matter expertise and education.

Posted in: Business,Computers & Software,News & Current Affairs,Technology,U.S

Consult PR congratulates its CEO, David Blotnick, on his appointment as President of the Palm Beach Executives’ Association

The Executives’ Association of the Palm Beaches (PBE - Palm Beach Execs), recently appointed David Blotnick as their new President. David Blotnick is the CEO at Consult PR, a multi-national digital marketing firm based in West Palm Beach.

The Palm Beach Execs is a prestigious network of top business leaders in the area. The purpose of the Executives' Association is to refer, relate, and disseminate information, which aids members in obtaining new business. The PBE is also a member of a nationwide network of similar associations, known as the International Executives Association, whose beginnings date back to the 1920s.

In an invited comment about the recent appointment, David Blotnick expressed that he was honored at the opportunity to head such an amazing organization.

“I’m very honored to be the President of this prestigious group. I’m pleased that the fellow members chose me to be President of this very fine organization.” - David Blotnick, President of the Palm Beach Executives Association and CEO of Consult PR.

During his presidency, David intends to make an impact on the association and its members, with a specific focus on navigating their return to normalcy during the dynamic times of this pandemic and expanding the group’s internet and social media presence.

The entire team at Consult PR wishes to congratulate David on this prestigious appointment and look forward to seeing what he will accomplish during his presidency and beyond with the Palm Beach Execs. Congratulations, David!

Posted in: Business,News & Current Affairs,U.S,Website & Blog

Charlotte Plastic Surgery Physicians Named to 2020 Charlotte Magazine Top Doctors List

Charlotte Plastic Surgery, a nationally renowned plastic surgery and skincare practice, announced today two of its physicians have again been named as Charlotte Magazine’s 2020 Top Doctors, based on a peer survey sent to 3,000 licensed physicians.

Dr. Kevin L. Smith and Dr. Theo Nyame, both certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, are two of nine physicians recognized in the specialty as top plastic surgeons who exemplify excellence in their medical field.

“I have been practicing plastic and reconstructive surgery for over 40 years and it’s vital to not only be respected by your patients, but to achieve the respect of your peer community as well,” said Dr. Smith, previously named to the Top Doctor list in 2006, 2009 and 2010. “Being named to the Top Doctors list again, and being considered a top plastic surgeon, validates the work we do as a practice and the level of results we achieve for our clients.”

This is Dr. Nyame’s second year being included on the list, made even more impressive by the fact that he is one of the newer doctors with the practice. “Since joining Charlotte Plastic Surgery in 2016, it has been a pleasure to work for one of the most trusted and well respected plastic surgery practices in the country,” said Dr. Nyame. “I am extremely proud to be included among the top plastic surgeons in Charlotte.”

Dr. Smith has been with Charlotte Plastic Surgery since 1987. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, and then attended George Washington University for his Master of Science degree, before attending Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Smith completed his general surgery residency at Thomas Jefferson University and his plastic surgery residency at Eastern Virginal Medical. In addition, Dr. Smith holds a fellowship in hand surgery at the Hand Rehabilitation Center at Thomas Jefferson University.

Dr. Smith is certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. In addition, Dr. Smith is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, associate clinical professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and member of the Board of Medical Advisors for the Society of Medical Aestheticians.
Dr. Nyame graduated magna cum laude as an undergraduate at Cornell University; graduated from Harvard Medical School, where he was a Phiffer Fellow; and completed his aesthetic surgery fellowship at Gold Coast University Hospital in Queensland, Australia.

Among his many honors, Dr. Nyame won a surgical teaching award and was named a Hollis L. Albright and Linnane Scholar at Harvard, was an Omega Psi Phi scholar with the highest national grade point average and received the National Medical Fellowships Emerging Leadership Award. He also has served as a clinical adviser to skin/trauma research centers at Medizinische Universitat Wein in Vienna, Austria, and Pacific Private Hospital Breast
Academy Center in Queensland, Australia.

About Charlotte Plastic Surgery

Founded in 1951, Charlotte Plastic Surgery is one of the oldest and most trusted plastic surgery practices in the country, with six board-certified plastic surgeons, skin health specialists and nurse injectors, providing the highest level of service and care. Charlotte Plastic Surgery’s mission is to renew the quality of life and increase the confidence of our patients through restoration, preservation and enhancement of physical form and function. The senior physicians of Charlotte Plastic Surgery are all members of The American Board of Plastic Surgery. Among our top medical accreditations, Charlotte Plastic Surgery is certified by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities (AAAASF). For more information, please visit https://www.charlotteplasticsurgery.com/top-plastic-surgeons/.

About Charlotte Magazine
For 50 years, Charlotte Magazine has provided compelling narrative storytelling, stunning photography, unbiased dining advice and much more. Its products reach upscale, affluent and educated readers throughout the metro Charlotte area. As Charlotte’s premier media lifestyle brand, Charlotte Magazine connects with 500,000 readers every month through print magazines, website, social media, e-newsletters, signature events, and more. For more information, please visit http://www.charlottemagazine.com.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Patterson Legal Group Gives Away 300 Backpacks with School Supplies for the 2020–2021 School Year at Wichita Law Office

Patterson Legal Group is pleased to announce that their law firm will host a backpack giveaway on Thursday, August 27 at their law office located at 3105 E. Central Avenue, Wichita, Kan. 300 backpacks stuffed with school supplies will be handed out from 5:30 p.m. through 7:30 p.m., while supplies last. The law firm decided to host the backpack giveaway to help offset costs associated with preparing for the 2020-2021 school year.

The law firm is hosting two other backpack giveaways in St. Joseph, MO on Saturday, August 8 and Topeka, KS on Saturday, August 29.

“Parents with school-age children may find this upcoming school year extra challenging because of financial difficulties related to COVID-19 closures. That is why our team decided to host a backpack giveaway. We wanted to assist our community neighbors to offset back-to-school costs and give students tools to make the school year a success," remarked Managing Partner, Gary Patterson.

Social distancing and other precautionary measures will take place to ensure the health and safety of all participants. Those interested in attending are advised to arrive early as supplies are limited and will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis while they last.

For more information about the Patterson Legal Group backpack giveaways, please contact Ella Reusser with Patterson Legal Group at (888) 687-2400, or via email at ella@pattersonlegalgroup.com. You can also contact the law firm by sending a direct message through their Facebook page.

More About Patterson Legal Group, L.C.

Patterson Legal Group is a personal injury law firm with offices located throughout Kansas and Missouri. Founded on the principle of helping injury victims pursue their legal rights, they are not afraid to take on large insurance companies or to hold negligent persons accountable for injuring a client. Their lawyers are champions of consumer rights with a strong track record for helping people suffering from personal injury or disability. Learn more about the specific legal services and community outreach activities of Patterson Legal Group at pattersonlegalgroup.com. You can also connect and socialize with their legal team through the law firm’s Facebook page (/PattersonLegalGroup/).

Posted in: Law & Legal,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Valley Bank Partners with Vikar Technologies To Accelerate Loan Processing

Vikar Technologies (“Vikar”), a leading provider of Loan Lifecycle Management solutions announced today that Valley National Bank (Valley) has selected Vikar to automate their commercial loan onboarding process to improve cycle time, enhance data integrity and to reduce compliance risk.

The Vikar Loan Lifecycle Management solution greatly reduces the time it takes to onboard and service commercial loans by providing an end to end digital experience straight through to core banking systems. The Vikar solution eliminates re-keying of data, provides pre-configured business rules to eliminate errors, and provides a seamless experience for bank employees and clients.

"Valley strives to deliver the best, most efficient banking services to our customers. By working with Vikar, we are able to leverage a rules-driven engine and strong data aggregation capabilities to reduce processing time and improve accuracy for our commercial loan borrowers" said David Goldberg, Director of Loan Servicing for Valley National Bank. 

“We are thrilled to have Valley as a client”, said Glenn Bolstad, CEO of Vikar.  “Valley’s adoption of our solution for their loan servicing operations will greatly increase the amount of loans they can onboard and service without additional headcount.  This will ultimately allow them to deliver great experiences for their customers while  optimizing their efficiencies.”

About Vikar Technologies
Vikar Technologies combines modern technology and deep industry experience to help financial institutions digitally transform their business. Our Client Lifecycle Management (“CLM”) and Loan Lifecycle Management solutions provide workflow automation and data aggregation with open APIs for the front, middle and back office; enabling our customers to onboard and maintain clients and loans in a complete, end to end digital experience.   For more information, visit http://www.vikartech.com

About Valley
As the principal subsidiary of Valley National Bancorp, Valley National Bank is a regional bank with approximately billion in assets. Valley is committed to giving people and businesses the power to succeed. Valley operates many convenient branch locations across New Jersey, New York, Florida and Alabama, and is committed to providing the most convenient service, the latest innovations and an experienced and knowledgeable team dedicated to meeting customer needs. Helping communities grow and prosper is the heart of Valley’s corporate citizenship philosophy. To learn more about Valley, go to http://www.valley.com or call our Customer Service Center at 800-522-4100.

Posted in: Computers & Software,Finance,News & Current Affairs,Services,Technology

SharpLaunch Announces Matterport Virtual Tour Integration to Support Remote Commercial Real Estate Touring

Commercial Real Estate (CRE) marketing platform SharpLaunch has announced an integration with Matterport to support 3D virtual commercial real estate tours for landlords and brokers in the era of social distancing.

Matterport’s 3D technology will be integrated as a standalone module that seamlessly embeds virtual tours into SharpLaunch property websites. These tours are designed to provide a facsimile of hands-on tours of commercial real estate - something that is no longer easily accessible in the “new normal” of the post-COVID world.

“Matterport has seen a sharp rise in the demand for digital twins of properties so that buyers can tour them virtually in stunning 3D,” says Robin Daniels, Chief Marketing Officer, Matterport. “We’re excited to see SharpLaunch integrate with the Matterport platform to provide their commercial real estate customers with our immersive 3D tours and help them engage prospects from anywhere in the world.”

Matterport is the leader in virtual tour technology across all industries including real estate, architecture, engineering, travel, and much more. Their 3D platform allows commercial real estate brokers and landlords to showcase properties in a variety of creative ways - capturing the essence of an in-person tour and augmenting it with key information about individual components of the space.

“Both SharpLaunch and Matterport are focused on creating forward-looking technology for commercial real estate marketing,” says Bob Samii, SharpLaunch CEO. “The addition of the Matterport module provides our clients with another way to showcase their commercial properties, create an impactful digital experience, and stay ahead of the competition.”

As the leading marketing technology for commercial real estate, SharpLaunch is an optimal medium to display Matterport virtual tours on any device, seamlessly integrating with the marketing processes and workflow of brokers and landlords.

About SharpLaunch

SharpLaunch is an all-in-one digital marketing platform for commercial properties. It provides an easy-to-use suite of marketing tools specifically built for CRE building owners, asset managers, and brokers who want to improve asset visibility, streamline marketing activities and save time.

Visit: https://www.sharplaunch.com/

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,Real Estate,U.S,Website & Blog

Aquarion Water Company’s Journey into Month-End Close Automation

SkyStem LLC, a provider of automated month-end close account reconciliation software, is pleased to announce Aquarion Water Company’s success story on reducing the time spent on their month-end close process with ART. Aquarion Water Company, a subsidiary of Eversource, is a public water supply company for Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire residents with approximately 230,000 customers. Founded in 1857, as a means to deliver fresh water to sailors and merchants, the company has evolved into the largest investor-owned water utility in New England and is among the seven largest in the United States.

“ART helped significantly reduce our audit research time, as we can now go through various periods and find whatever is needed within minutes,” said Aquarion Water Company’s Corporate Controller. “I wish we had adopted ART sooner as the automated process was smoother than a manual process.”

Since implementation, ART has enabled Aquarion Water Company to achieve the following:

  • Decrease financial statement risk through high quality reconciliations.
  • Better satisfy internal and external auditors.
  • Instantly access reconciliations and supporting documents.
  • Faster and easier electronic sign offs.
  • Reconciliation process is standardized and centralized with ART’s standard forms.


For more information on Aquarion Water Company’s success and benefits from adopting ART, read the case study here.

About SkyStem LLC
Headquartered in the heart of New York City, SkyStem delivers a powerful month-end close solution for organizations seeking to streamline their financial processes. The company’s flagship solution, ART, is an enterprise technology that helps CFOs and Controllers shorten the month-end close and the time to issue financials by automating balance sheet reconciliations, managing month-end tasks, performing flux analysis and providing insightful reporting. The web-based solution streamlines and eliminates up to 90% of manual activities while strengthening internal controls and corporate governance.

Posted in: Computers & Software,Finance,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Automated Business Designs Named One of Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® in 2020

Automated Business Designs (ABD), developers of Ultra-Staff staffing software, was named one of Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® in 2020. This prestigious honor is the fifth consecutive year that ABD has been recognized by Chicago’s Best and Brightest program.

The Best and Brightest Program honors companies that distinguish themselves as having the most innovative and thoughtful human resources approach. An independent research firm evaluates each company’s entry, based on key measures in various categories including Compensation, Benefits and Employee Solutions, Employee Enrichment, Employee Education and Development, and more. Organizations must complete a rigorous application demonstrating their employees are provided with the resources and support for both professional and personal success. Additionally, organizations are judged by confidential employee responses. Those overwhelmingly positive responses helped ABD receive this distinguished recognition.

“We feel so honored to be recognized as one of Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® for 5 straight years,” said Terri Roeslmeier, President and CEO of Automated Business Designs. “Our employees mean a great deal to us, which is why we want to do everything we can to continually ensure they are well-compensated, always growing both professionally and personally, and sincerely enjoy what they do every day.”

ABD’s nomination included details of their comprehensive benefits package, which includes 100% Blue Cross Blue Shield health care coverage for each employee paid for by ABD. The company was also recognized for its innovative best practices and employee education. Last year, the Vice President of Systems Engineering introduced “Mornings with Molly,” which has seen an increase in attendance and popularity among employees. “Mornings with Molly” are optional bi-weekly training sessions that invite team members to take a deeper dive into the products ABD offers. These sessions have helped cross train all departments in the company and have opened up an environment for sharing tips and ideas for product enhancements. In addition to professional education, personal education is at the forefront at ABD. Annually, the leadership team invites a licensed financial advisor to conduct a session on managing 401K retirement plans. These advisors are available for free one-on-one consultation throughout the year.

ABD’s nomination also highlighted the company’s work hard play hard attitude. Birthday celebrations, team outings, FitBit® contests, and parties are all part of the culture at ABD. They always find an excuse to have a party whether that is to celebrate Barry Manilow’s birthday or to play their annual Hide and Go Peep Easter Scavenger Hunt Game, where they hide Peeps around the office and see who can find the most. It’s all part of the culture. With play though, also comes giving. As a team, ABD participates in fundraising walks and sponsors charity dinners throughout the year.

“I love working for ABD because they promote a culture based on team collaboration and giving back to the community,” said Sandy Lund, Controller at Automated Business Designs. “ABD’s positive culture makes work a fun and gratifying experience.”

The recognition of employee achievements was also demonstrated in the nomination. From giving out esteemed awards to employees at the ABD client meeting, to just simply recognizing someone in an email for receiving accolades from a client, all achievements are recognized.

These are just a handful of the reasons why ABD is one of the Best & Brightest Companies to Work For® in Chicago. To learn more about Automated Business Designs and Ultra-Staff EDGE staffing software, visit http://www.abd.net. The staffing software provider will be recognized by the National Association for Business Resources during the Best and Brightest Digital Winner Celebration on Friday, July 24th.

Details about the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® program are available at https://thebestandbrightest.com/.

About Automated Business Designs
Automated Business Designs, Inc. has been in business for 37 years, producing the staffing and recruiting software solution Ultra-Staff EDGE. ABD offers a customizable staffing experience that benefits both clients and candidates through an integrated front office, back office, web suite, and mobile application. ABD is an active member of the American Staffing Association (ASA), National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS), Wisconsin Association of Staffing Services (WASS), New York Staffing Association (NYSA), and board member status in the Illinois Search and Staffing Association (ISSA).

Posted in: Business,Computers & Software,News & Current Affairs,Services,U.S

A Mother’s Journey: Raising a Child with a Cleft Condition

It’s a day Caitlan Williams and her husband will never forget. A day where happiness and hope quickly turned to fear. “It was April 2004. I’d just delivered our first child, a boy. Right before my baby was handed to me the delivery physician said, “don’t worry we can fix this.” I wasn’t sure what she meant,” said Williams. “Then, I saw my child for the first time. I was overcome with love, confusion and worry,” she added.

Williams’ baby, Jack, had a significant tear in his lip (cleft lip) and a hole in the roof of his mouth (cleft palate). “I was scared. I cried and cried. I didn’t know anything about this condition,” Williams said.

Williams is sharing her story as July is National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness and improve understanding of orofacial clefts (clefts of the lip and palate) and other conditions of the head and face.

A person born with a cleft condition can face a host of health complications including difficulty with eating, drinking, speaking, and hearing, as well as social stigmatization. “In public, people would stare and whisper. Doctors told me my son would need metal and screws in his mouth. It was all so overwhelming,” said Williams.

The new mom made a lifechanging decision, “I left my career as a lawyer and pursued becoming a nurse,” Williams proudly stated. “I wanted to be educated from a medical standpoint to best help my child,” she added.

Jack has had five cleft related surgeries. More are scheduled to help correct his speech, lip, nose, and jaw. “Today, my son is a bright 16-year-old who loves video games, animals and playing the piano. Being a nurse has helped me make better and more informed decisions for my son. It also gives me the strength and skills to help other parents with children born with a cleft condition,” Williams said.

Williams has volunteered with Operation Smile, an international nonprofit that offers free surgeries to children born with cleft lip and cleft palate. “There are so many people living with a cleft condition. Donating my skills and time to Operation Smile is a way for me to support children like Jack and to offer families hope,” Williams concluded.    

About Operation Smile: Operation Smile has provided hundreds of thousands of safe surgeries for those born with cleft lip and cleft palate. With more than three decades of expertise, Operation Smile creates solutions that deliver free surgery to people where it’s needed most. As one of the largest medical volunteer-based nonprofits, Operation Smile has mobilized thousands of medical volunteers from a wide range of medical specialties from more than 80 countries. Operation Smile engages public-private partnerships to advance health care delivery, train local medical professionals to provide surgical care for patients in their communities, donate crucial medical equipment and supplies, and increase access to surgical care so that everyone living with cleft is treated. Visit operationsmile.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,Lifestyle,News & Current Affairs,U.S

SafeSend Announces Technology Collaboration with Thomson Reuters™

SafeSend today announced a strategic agreement with Thomson Reuters™ to help tax professionals drive firm efficiency, elevate client service, and eliminate various labor-intensive aspects of completing professional tax preparation engagements.

The alliance will have the organizations collaborate to build a technology integration that will fully streamline the process that starts at final review and sign-off of completed tax returns, offers an intuitive, and self-guided client experience, and ends with the firm’s receipt of electronically signed e-file authorization forms. Users of Thomson Reuters market leading UltraTax CS™ and GoSystem Tax RS™ tax preparation solutions will benefit from the newly enabled workflow integration that tightly links to the award winning SafeSend Returns assembly, delivery, and e-sign solution.

SafeSend Returns customers that license UltraTax CS or GoSystem Tax RS have been utilizing the SafeSend Returns technology to digitally assemble final returns, securely deliver them to clients, and automatically collect e-signatures. SafeSend Returns currently supports 1040, 1041, 1120, 1120s and 1065 returns prepared in both Thomson Reuters’ tax packages. The new agreement paves the way for an enhanced automated process for how completed tax returns flow directly from UltraTax CS or GoSystem Tax RS to SafeSend Returns creating a more seamless process and adding additional time savings with every return.

“Automation is in our DNA, and we’re thrilled to partner with a world class organization like Thomson Reuters that has set the bar for sophisticated workflow solutions and digital process innovation,” said Scott Fleszar, Chief Operating and Strategy Officer, SafeSend Returns. “The firms we engage with that are using UltraTax CS or GoSystem Tax RS are progressive and have high expectations of their technology providers for cloud based solutions that save them time, allow them to work from anywhere, and offer a secure, high-end client experience. The new seamless integration coupling SafeSend Returns with UltraTax CS and GoSystem Tax RS will allow firms to optimize all areas of their tax practice.”            

“If the past several months have taught us anything, it is that operational flexibility, employing digital processes, and relying on cloud based solutions are critical if firms wish to remain viable and avoid client service disruptions amidst the new normal,” said Steve Dusablon, President and CEO, SafeSend Returns. “Offering direct integration from UltraTax CS and GoSystem Tax RS to SafeSend Returns provides another opportunity for progressive firms to bring efficiency to the last mile of tax engagements. And circumvent operating challenges brought on by Covid-19.”

The agreement represents the cooperation of two market leading technology providers coming together to add value and make the tax preparation process easier for their mutual customers. “Thomson Reuters has a proven track record of cloud-based product innovation, collaborating with leading organizations across the profession, and leveraging process automation technology,” said Dusablon. “We are guided by a common vision – laser focus on helping firms optimize workflows and delight their clients with innovative technology. Our alliance will unlock additional value for our mutual customers.”    

About SafeSend Returns
SafeSend Returns, a SafeSend cPaperless solution, is the multi-year winner of the CPA Practice Advisor Technology Innovation Award. Built on innovative technology, SafeSend Returns has redefined the way accounting firms digitally assemble and deliver tax returns for their clients. SafeSend Returns eliminates the manual and labor-intensive elements many tax departments experience producing client ready tax returns prepared in CCH Axcess™, CCH ProSystem fx™, Thomson Reuters UltraTax CS™ and Thomson Reuters GoSystem Tax RS™ saving firms per return. With over fifty percent of the Top 300 accounting firms using SafeSend Returns, we are the premier tax return assembly and delivery solution of progressive firms.

SafeSend cPaperless is also the developer of foundational products for the accounting profession including TicTie Calculate and SafeSend, the complete bi-directional document exchange system. Visit safesend.com to learn more about our digital solutions. ###

Posted in: Business,Finance,Finance Market,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Alchemy Launches World’s First Hybrid Branch and Mobile Lending Operating System

Alchemy Technologies, (“Alchemy”) a Fintech Infrastructure Company announces today the launch of their next generation of lending operating system that combines brick and mortar operation and online lending experience under one seamless solution.

Incubated in the past six months with two major player national brick and mortar financing companies, Alchemy and its clients finally unveiled this much anticipated solution into production. We also successfully migrated all of the existing customers and loans into the new lending system.

“Working day and night with some of the most forward thinking brick and mortar operators has been an eye opening experience. Not only did we bring their operations to the 21st century, our technology also allows them to acquire customers from new channels. Their customers can transact at home and complete a finance transaction from end to end, they can also visit branches and complete the transactions there as well,” said Timothy Li, CEO of Alchemy.

The Alchemy’s new online and brick and mortar hybrid solution is built for today’s environment as well. With COVID19 spreading around the world. Our digital, touch-less solution provides a great way of servicing those health conscious consumers in a completely different way.

While preserving the charms of brick and mortar locations, customers now have a choice of either visiting a branches or to continue their experiences on their mobile phone. This solution enables our brick and mortar clients to continue their operations even during a shut down scenario due to COVID19.

Some of our most exciting features are:

  • Seamless handling and completing applications whether the application started online or in store.
  • Buying leads from online lead generators and direct interested customers into an online or a branch experience
  • Integration with touch screen for signing promissory notes in branch.
  • Mobile friendly experience that allows customers to apply, upload document and sign their application.
  • Integrated and load physical pre-paid debit card at the branch.
  • Seamless refinancing functionalities
  • Branch open and closing as well as cash drawer functionalities.
  • Full integration with online lead generators
  • Direct Mail functionalities
  • Call center technology integration
  • Distinct Branch and Online Underwriting Strategies
  • Full integration with Debit Card and ACH payment gateways.
  • Integrated Collections module
  • General Ledger integration
  • Rule of 78 for state licensed lenders and effectively update ever changing state by state rules and regulations.
  • Check printing technology that allows branches to create checks for customers and paying expenses.


We are pleased and excited to bring this new technology to market and provide a whole new experience for brick and mortar operators as well as their clients.

About Alchemy
Alchemy Technologies is a world first fintech infrastructure company offering out-of-the-box technology, algorithms, and servicing to launch financial products for Banks, Specialty Financing Companies, Point of Sale Financing, and FinTech startups alike. Our leasing solution reduces the barrier to entry and brings tremendous value both in our software and industry know-how. Our end-to-end infrastructure offering includes end user experience, merchant experience, loan origination system, decision engine, loan management system, payment gateways, and secondary market access. Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Posted in: Computers & Software,News & Current Affairs,Services,Technology,Website & Blog

IO-Link Adds Flexibility and Control to Capacitive Smart Sensor

Balluff designed its new block-style capacitive smart level sensor with IO-Link for applications with highly conductive fluids like acids and bases, using smart level 50 technology to compensate for foam and deposit build up. And thanks to its IO-Link interface, it delivers expanded application and setting options.

IO-Link’s automatic parameter setting allow the user to see the upper and lower hysteresis values allowing easy and precise adjustments that aren’t possible with a potentiometer. Once unplugged, the sensor goes into standard I/O mode (SIO).

“This IO-Link version is a good addition to an already great portfolio of sensors,” said Jack Moermond, engineering partner manager with Balluff. “The addition of IO-Link provides more flexibility and more control. It is great for those who are using IO-Link in their applications, but it also can be preset with IO-Link and then used in standard mode.”

This capacitive sensor reliably detects fluid levels through non-metallic containers up to 10 mm thick, making it well suited for a wide variety of industries including packaging, food and beverage, metalworking and general factory automation.

Key features:

  • Detects levels through walls of non-metallic containers up to 10 mm thick
  • For highly conductive media such as acids and bases
  • Compensates for foam and residues using smart level 50 technology
  • Operating modes: standard I/O mode (SIO), IO-Link mode


Learn more at: http://www.balluff.com

About Balluff Inc.
Balluff Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of Balluff GmbH, Neuhausen, Germany. Balluff is a leading supplier of networked IO-Link control system architectures that unlock the potential of the IIoT and Industry 4.0. Balluff offers a wide range of intelligent IO-Link and industrial Ethernet sensors in a variety of technologies including inductive, photoelectric, capacitive, and magnetic as well as magnetostrictive linear position sensors, magnetic tape linear encoders, industrial RFID systems, and industrial vision systems. Balluff provides cost-saving, process-enhancing solutions to machine builders and manufacturers to control, regulate, automate, assemble, position, and monitor manufacturing, assembly, and packaging sequences. Industries served include: automotive, packaging, food processing, beverages, tire, primary metals, conventional and alternative energy, semiconductor, plastics, and fluid power.

Posted in: Electronics & Semiconductors,Manufacturing & Industry,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Glamorous New Seaside Al Fresco Cafe Unveiled At Los Angeles' Iconic Art Deco Hotel Shangri-La

Los Angeles’ Art Deco Hotel Shangri-La has further elevated its culinary excellence with the launch of its chic al fresco dining space. Boasting panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Monica’s city skyline, The Sidewalk Cafe is the latest addition to the iconic LA destination, a continental style café tucked alongside the glorious coast.

Vibrant white Tulip chairs lined up in a Parisian fashion on the hotel’s VIP roped off pavement outside among the palm trees – where guests can enjoy timeless rituals such as the morning parfait and croissants, lunchtime pizzas made in Santa Monica’s only wood-fired oven shaded by umbrellas, or a leisurely dinner with a Pacific Ocean view while taking in the extraordinarily intense sunsets. Offering internationally inspired, Californian-infused cuisine, everything on the menu is locally sourced, organic seasonal ingredients, from Santa Monica Farmers Market.

Santa Monica’s chic new Parisian style café has been designed for the ultimate outdoor dining experience with dedicated attention from the hotel’s talented team, on hand to create unmissable dishes. The concept has been inspired by CEO Tamie Adaya and GM Armond Khosrovyan, with a varied menu fizzing with flavours, and a design that features space age tables and chairs that were originally designed by Eero Saarinen, of the famed TWA Flight Centre.

Ms Adaya said: “People coming together - dining outside - eating and drinking immediately makes any city come alive again. The Hotel Shangri-La is bringing summer to the streets with a degree of improvisation, vibrancy and spontaneity. Our Sidewalk Café gives our iconic hotel a continental sheen – a bit of Paris on the Pacific that visitors, residents and regulars alike will enjoy surrounded by palm trees and spellbinding ocean views.

“It’s an enticing and intimate space. When you feel like gazing at the ocean on a balmy summers day while sipping your coffee, a glass of Chablis or Shangri-La cocktail, The Sidewalk Café is the ultimate seaside dining spot in Santa Monica for an eclectic alfresco experience.”

Entrees include Whole Branzino accompanied by sautéed baby squash, zucchini and heirloom fingerling potatoes drizzled with a citrus butter sauce, Whole Red Snapper, roasted beets, turnips and heirloom fingerling potatoes, and a 12oz. New York Steak with a purple potato purée and a mushroom cognac sauce. For dessert, groups can tuck into the signature Shangri-La Knickerbocker Glory – the only place in the USA that offers this unique and delicious dish which features Vanilla and strawberry ice cream topped with strawberry compote, pineapple chunks, pop rocks, whipped cream and meringue.

A series of safety features has been put in place to protect both staff and customers, and the space will have a limited capacity in compliance with guidelines set by the State of California, the City of Los Angeles and the City of Santa Monica.

Offering lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, The Sidewalk Café is open every day 7am – 9pm Reservations can be made online at OpenTable

Rates at Hotel Shangri-La start at 6 for a timeless luxury room per night. To experience more visit Hotel Shangri-La

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,Services,Travel,U.S

Richard Karr Motors Offers GM Employee Pricing for Everyone

Richard Karr Motors is slashing prices this month with its GM Employee Pricing for Everyone promotion. The dealership is offering exciting discounts on select in-stock vehicles, bringing the prices down drastically. Shoppers looking to purchase a new Buick or GMC vehicle will find that with this pricing offer in place, the vehicles at Richard Karr Motors fit the bill.

Shoppers around the Waco area can take advantage of this employee pricing offer on select in-stock models, including the 2020 Buick Encore, 2020 Buick Envision, 2020 Buick Enclave, 2020 GMC Terrain, 2020 GMC Yukon and more. Richard Karr Motors is offering over ,000 off of select Yukon models and over ,000 off of select Terrain vehicles.

The GM Employee Pricing for Everyone promotion is bringing the price of select 2020 Encore models down by more than ,500 and the price of select 2020 Envision models down by over ,800. Shoppers considering a new 2020 Buick Enclave can save over ,000 on qualifying models.

Richard Karr Motors currently houses nearly 100 new Buick, Cadillac and GMC vehicles along with over 80 pre-owned vehicles. Located just a short drive away for Killeen, Temple, Whitney and Hillsboro shoppers, Richard Karr Motors will fit the bill for automotive shoppers throughout Central Texas.

Anyone can view the dealership’s entire new and pre-owned inventory online by visiting the Richard Karr Motors website, https://www.richardkarr.com/. Those with specific inquiries or who wish to schedule an appointment with dealership staff can contact a member of the Richard Karr Motors team by calling 254-262-0981. Richard Karr Motors is located at 900 W Loop 340 in Waco. The dealership is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,Services,U.S

Telos Gifting, LLC completes Global Vendor Certification Program with Mastercard®

Telos Gifting, LLC announced they will now be able to produce on-demand Mastercard Gift and Reward cards for its clients. This certification with Mastercard is a huge step forward for the company as it provides a competitive edge for corporate reward and loyalty gift cards. In prior weeks, Telos also announced its integration and partnership with the Qolo payments hub as an on-demand processor.

No stranger to the gift card industry, Telos Gifting, LLC is owned by the former founder of GiftCards.com, Jason Wolfe. He and the team at Telos have over 20 years of experience in the gift card space. Their on-demand fulfillment center which once operated for 10 years under GiftCards.com will be able to print, pack, and ship reward cards within 24 hours.

Much time and effort have gone into preparing the facility which will include new Datacard MX 6000 machines, brand new inserters, personalization equipment, and sanitized packaging capabilities.

With Qolo and the Global Vendor Certification Program with Mastercard, Telos Gifting platforms, Perfectgift.com and GiftYa can take a corporate bulk order of Mastercard customized cobrand cards at 3:00 p.m., print them by 4:00 p.m. and have them shipped out to arrive at clients at 8:00 a.m. the next day. “This is unheard of in our industry. In the time of Amazon Prime, we are leading the pack and providing a much-needed service,” commented Jason Wolfe.

More information on Telos Gifting can be found here.

About Telos Gifting, LLC
Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Telos Gifting occupies the building at 495 Mansfield Ave in Greentree, Pennsylvania. Telos Gifting, LLC, owns and manages PerfectGift.com, GiftYa.com and GiftCardGranny. Telos Gifting was formed in 2019 by Wolfe, LLC a fin-tech incubator, to re-enter the gift card market after selling GiftCards.com in 2016.

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Postgrad and Gap Year Options from Legendary Idyllwild Arts Academy in Southern California

Film students wishing to put off their first year of college because of COVID-19 have two exciting alternatives thanks to the Idyllwild Arts Academy Film and Digital Media Department.

Department Chair Shelly Short and her colleagues—all of them experienced film industry professionals—will offer to postgrads as well as gap year students the chance to earn a Film certificate as they focus their studies on Directing, Writing, or Post-Production.

Postgrads who finished high school this past spring will live on the Academy's forested 205-acre mountain campus. In this beautiful natural setting, they can stay healthy among a student body of well under three hundred, for whom meticulous safety measures have been prepared by the school’s Student Services office. Classes with both the Film Department and Idyllwild Arts' innovative academic teachers will give the postgrads an extra year of preparation for college.

The Academy’s Film Department emphasizes hands-on instruction for all Film majors, of a kind often missing from college. At some of the top college Film programs, students never touch a camera until their junior year.    

In contrast with the postgrad program, the gap year program will be all-online and will not include academics. Gap year students will receive Film assignments to complete on their own and will meet with each other and their teachers in weekly Zoom sessions.

For young people eager to climb onto a fast track to a filmmaking career, the Post-Production concentration will offer professional Avid User Certifications in Media Composer and Pro-Tools, with testing after a sixteen-week or a thirty-two-week intensive. The Directing and Writing concentrations will also give students an edge over other first-year college Film students.

Admission counselors are happy to give more details about these two programs to students who ask about applying to the Academy.

About Idyllwild Arts Academy and Summer Program
The forested 205-acre Idyllwild Arts campus sits two hours inland from Los Angeles and an hour and one refreshing mile above Palm Springs. The campus hosts Idyllwild Arts Academy, where talented high school students from around the world specialize in their chosen arts disciplines while studying challenging college-prep academics, and the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program, offering immersive workshops in every arts discipline to people of all ages and skill levels. Both the Academy and the Summer Program accomplish the Idyllwild Arts mission of changing lives through the transformative power of art. http://www.Idyllwildarts.org

Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,News & Current Affairs,Society & Culture,U.S

Texas Premier Locksmith Offers 10% Off for New Customers for a limited time

Texas Premier Locksmith is offering new customers a 10 percent discount on their residential locksmith services, automotive locksmith services, and commercial locksmith services in Dallas, Texas for the months of July and August this year.

While many consumers have only used locksmiths in times of emergency, locksmith services go far beyond emergency lockouts. Residents of the Dallas area can use their discount for any combination of these services:

Lockouts (Residential, commercial, or home)
Ignition key replacement
Rekeying locks
Changing, installing, or repairing locks
Sliding door locks
Entry gate locks
Screen door locks
Keyless deadbolts
Decorative handle sets
Access control systems
Door closers
Panic bars
Safe installation and repair
File cabinet services
Master key systems
Garage door repair
Whether a customer needs a single service from Texas Premier Locksmith or several, the discount can be applied to the total bill, including service costs and materials. Many businesses and homeowners let repairs and security fall to the wayside or make plans to upgrade locks or install a new security system later, but with discounted services from Texas Premier Locksmith, there’s no reason to keep adding to a growing to-do list.

Texas Premier Locksmith is a local locksmith company that is owned and operated by proud Texans. The Dallas location offers same-day services and quality materials for optimal security. All technicians are licensed, insured, and trained to provide the best possible service, which is why Texas Premier Locksmith is the first choice of countless homeowners and businesses in Dallas and beyond.

About Texas Premier Locksmith
Texas Premier Locksmith provides expert locksmith services in Dallas, TX and its surrounding suburbs. Learn more about their services by visiting https://www.txpremierlocksmith.com/service-area/dallas-tx/, calling 972-301-2292, or stopping by their storefront at 6959 Arapaho Rd., Suite 125, Dallas, TX 75248.

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Sharing is Caring, PPE from Vietnam to UK - Rainbow bags for homeless people

News Press Release
“Sharing is Caring! PPE from Vietnam to UK!!, Rainbow bags to homeless people.!!!”
The Brighton based hotel group, who own the Charm Hotel & Spa has supported the NHS, frontline workers, homeless people, and local Charities during the Coronavirus pandemic by donating personal protective equipment. The group have also offered 80 rooms of accommodation across their 3 hotels in the City. Most heart-warming, the management and staff have come in to produce breakfast rainbow bags for homeless people in Brighton & Sussex and gone out to distribute them daily.
The Golden Lotus Investment group which owns the hotels has rallied to support hospital trusts by providing vital equipment including masks, gowns, goggles and gloves to the NHS and frontline workers including care homes and others on the frontline of caring for those who might have contracted the Covid-19 virus. PPE has also been donated to some Care homes and charities in Sussex including Chestnut Tree House, nr Arundel and St Barnabas House in Worthing.
The hotel group has dedicated its resources during this lockdown which has affected its business like the rest of the country to support those impacted by the outbreak of Covid-19 by joining forces with a manufacturer in Vietnam, where the owners come from and who are producing PPE as the outbreak continues to put a strain on the NHS, Care Homes, Charities, frontline workers and those in need in Brighton and around Sussex.
Vietnam was regarded as highly vulnerable, given its long border and extensive trade with China, densely populated urban areas, and limited healthcare infrastructure. But Vietnam’s cost-effective containment strategy resulted in only 352 confirmed cases and no deaths in a population of almost 100 million people. The country was among the first to lift virtually all domestic containment measures.
Leo Nguyen, Managing Director of the group of Hotels, said: “Vietnam has been very lucky so since the outbreak of Covid-19, our priority here has been the safety and wellbeing of our employees, our customers and our local communities in Brighton and all over Sussex and our contribution is to say thanks to the awesome NHS staff and all those front line workers who have remained focussed on doing the right thing for all of us.”
Sam Jones from the procurement Unit of Surrey & Sussex Health care NHS Trust said, “We have received the boxes of PPE from the Charm Hotel, so thank you very much for the generous donation. We did not realise there would be so much. It was a very nice surprise.”
Jo Bacon, Corporate & Gifts Fundraiser for St Barnabas said, “We are so grateful for your very kind and generous donation of PPE for our Care Teams at Chestnut Tree House and St Barnabas House – thank you so much. “
The hotel group also offered the UK Gov Covid 19 Response team use of 80 rooms from their 3 hotels in the City, The Charm Hotel & Spa, The Sea Spray and the Topps Hotel in Regency Square for healthcare staff and key workers.
NHS workers are putting in so much and deserve support and recognition. These are extraordinary times. We are all just thinking on our feet and this is one way we could help.


Bedroom Suites at the Charm Hotel & Spa, Brighton start from £90 and include breakfast which is an impressive affair at the Charm. The buffet selection includes fresh juices, pastries, fruit, and waffles, while you can order hot dishes such as eggs Benedict and a full English breakfast off the menu. For the Charm Suite Spa package, the price is £70 (two sharing) with a 30% discount. For more information and to book
• Call the hotel on +44 (0)1273 021 085,
• visit the www.thecharmbrighton.co.uk, follow the hotel on
• Facebook@thecharmbrighton.co.uk and on
• Twitter@charm_hotel.

For more on this Press Release please contact AHPR on 07850 736544 or email ambrose@ambroseharcourtpr.co.uk


The Charm, Brighton is a sensational new luxury boutique hotel, now with a new Spa Suite in the heart of Kemptown, Brighton. The hotel offers designer living in a traditional setting and the recent refurbishment has transformed the 200-year-old building into a stylish and modern hotel with a reassuringly classic ambience. Each room in the elegantly refurbished historic building has been thoughtfully designed to provide all our guests with the most comfortable and restful hotel VIP experience. Our inspirational interior designers have created a delightful and luxurious look and feel, enhanced by ethereal and original artworks in every room.
The Charm – Brighton Boutique Hotel & Spa, 20-21 New Steine, Brighton. BN2 1PD East Sussex. UK Tel +44 (0)1273 021 085 Email – info@thecharmbrighton.co.uk www.thecharmbrighton.co.uk

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Native Arts and Cultures Foundation to Gain Ownership of Yale Union Building in Historic Repatriation of Property; After one decade, Yale Union to dissolve in 2021

The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) and Yale Union (YU) are proud to announce the transfer of ownership of the land and historic Yale Union building at 800 SE 10th Avenue in Portland, Oregon, from YU to NACF.

“Together, the NACF board and staff believe that this free land and building transfer will set an example for recognizing the value of Native ownership of property in urban areas across the nation,” says NACF President/CEO Lulani Arquette. “It’s liberating and encouraging to witness this kind of support for First Peoples of this country. The potential for local community and national partnerships around shared interests through Indigenous arts and cultures is wide open. We are deeply grateful for this transformative opportunity afforded NACF by YU board and staff, and stand united with all to reclaim Native truth, engage anti-racism, and address important issues we face today.”

NACF is a Native-led national organization committed to mobilizing Native artists, culture bearers, communities, and leaders to influence positive social, cultural, and environmental change. As such, it focuses on strengthening Native arts, providing artists and the creative community with the resources and tools they need to be successful, and expanding awareness and access to Native knowledge and truth. NACF is accepting this special property with great appreciation for what came before. We honor and respect the elders past and present, and acknowledge the land that this building sits on and the previous Native tribes and peoples who inhabited the land.

“I am proud of what we have accomplished with Yale Union over the last decade. Having been able to fulfill our mission through the unearned privilege of property ownership, it’s now time that we hand over the keys!” says Flint Jamison, President, Board of Directors of Yale Union. “I am inspired by NACF’s leadership, unwavering commitment to their mission, and capacity to operate on a large scale. I am eager to listen and learn from them as they use the land and historic building to fulfill their vision.”

The new national headquarters for NACF will be called the Center for Native Arts and Cultures, and the property will continue to be a site of contemporary artistic and cultural production. The building will benefit the local community and be a strong cultural asset for the city of Portland. NACF has just completed a planning process that determines its national programming and includes a vision for how it plans to maximize opportunities in the new space. The building will be a vibrant gathering place for Indigenous artists and local partnerships. It will provide space to present and exhibit, places to practice culture and make art, and areas for cultural ceremony and celebration. There will be opportunities for broad community learning, including workshops and seminars covering pertinent issues relative to decolonizing space, anti-racism, and environmental justice.

The process to transfer Yale Union’s historic property to NACF began in mid-2018 with discussions between YU’s then Executive Director, Yoko Ott, and YU’s Board President, Flint Jamison, regarding art institutions’ potential for proposing models of restorative social change. Ms. Ott then made initial contact with NACF’s President/CEO, Lulani Arquette, which led to NACF conducting a thorough feasibility study. In December 2019, NACF’s Board of Directors approved to move forward with taking ownership of the property. Both NACF and YU would like to acknowledge Ms. Ott’s vision and leadership in initiating this transfer of ownership.

Since opening in 2010, Yale Union has provided public programming and presented the work of hundreds of artists through the labor of its dedicated board and staff, and the incalculable support of its donors, volunteers, colleagues, and friends. It has created and fostered a cultural community by hosting countless events, providing subsidized studio space to dozens of local artists, and facilitated numerous community programs. It has preserved its historic building and used its 9,400 square-foot exhibition space to present the work of internationally-recognized and under-represented artists in Portland. Through its publishing imprint, YU has published ten books, and it has housed a unique and publicly accessible art library.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Yale Union has suspended in-person events for 2020, but it will collaborate with NACF to co-present artistic programming in 2021. Later that year, Yale Union will dissolve its nonprofit. The property transfer to NACF will serve as a natural culmination of Yale Union’s decade-long mission to support artists, propose new modes of production, and stimulate an ongoing public discourse around art. Yale Union’s board and staff sincerely thank all of those who helped in achieving its mission and building a community of artists around the Yale Union building and beyond.

Visit https://www.nativeartsandcultures.org/media-kit for a media kit and more information.

Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,Lifestyle,News & Current Affairs,U.S

TEA and AECOM's definitive global attraction attendance report shows moderate performance in 2019

Year 2019 was a year of moderate performance for the world’s most popular theme parks and water parks, and a variable year for museums depending on region, according to the most recent TEA/AECOM Theme Index and Museum Index, released on July 16, 2020 and available free online. Globally, Disney remains the top theme park operator, and the Louvre in Paris remains the world's top-attended museum.

John Robinett, Senior Vice President - Economics, AECOM said, “After clearing the half billion attendance mark in 2018, the world’s top theme parks, water parks and attractions continued to climb to 521.2 million in 2019 for a 4.0% annual growth rate as represented by the top 10 attraction groups. The Asian operators once again dominated - with OCT, Chimelong, and Fantawild all reporting high single- or double-digit increases.”

Robinett added, “As a whole, 2019 was a rather mild-mannered year in the industry, with stable results in the established European and American markets being supplemented by moderate growth in Asia. This could indicate that some pre-recessionary pressures were building under the surface before the tectonic COVID-19 shifted the foundation of the world’s health and economies.”

The 20 most-visited museums in the world performed well and remained relatively stable in 2019, globally attracting some 105.5 million visits overall compared to 108.1 million in 2018.
The current, full report and all prior editions back to 2006 are available to download free of charge from the TEA website and the AECOM website.

The TEA/AECOM Theme Index and Museum Index is an annual, calendar-year study, jointly produced by the Themed Entertainment Association and the Economics Practice at AECOM since 2006, tracking attendance numbers of the world's top visitor attractions. Charts are accompanied by analysis from industry specialists in the Economics practice at AECOM. The report studies the sector by region (The Americas, Asia-Pacific, EMEA), the global market as a whole and the top operators. In 2012, TEA and AECOM expanded the annual attendance report to include the Museum Index, looking at the world’s top museums and studying them by region.

TEA COO Jennie Nevin said, "The Themed Entertainment Association is delighted to continue its longstanding collaboration with AECOM to produce the TEA/AECOM Theme Index and Museum Index, which the industry and press depend on as a critical resource year after year. The Theme Index helps TEA in its mission to educate and enrich the industry and promote best practices that lead to success and innovation."

The Top 20 theme parks in North America saw 1.2% growth overall in 2019, representing 1.9 million new visits. The top 20 water parks in North America added nearly 200,000 visits in 2019, an increase of 1.2% over 2018. The top 10 water parks in Latin America passed the 10.0 million mark in collective attendance for the first time - 10.2 million visits representing a 2.5% year-over-year increase.

Kathleen LaClair, Associate Principal - Americas, AECOM, said, “Collectively, we’re seeing the operators and parks in this sector doing all the right things – make strategic acquisitions, invest in new lands and rides, extend the season and customer base with new events, and focus on the guest experience to drive performance. These practices will continue to be important as the industry moves forward.”

The visitor attractions sector in the Asia-Pacific region overall showed attendance growth of 1.6% for calendar year 2019.

Chris Yoshii, Vice President – Economics, Asia-Pacific, AECOM, said, “The most dramatic increases in Asia’s theme park markets in 2019 were in China. Chimelong Ocean Kingdom became China’s top-attended theme park. Its 11.7 million visits in 2019 reflect an 8.4% increase from the prior year, coming in about 500,000 higher than Shanghai Disneyland. OCT, already the largest theme park operator in China, rose in the ranks above Universal Parks and Resorts to be the third-largest in the world.”

Beth Chang, Executive Director – Economics, Asia-Pacific, AECOM said, “Chinese tourists have been staying closer to home, which is good for domestic markets but has meant lost revenue to other countries. Operators are working to salvage what they can of the summer season, with an emphasis on local markets. The development pipeline remains strong.”

In the EMEA region, the 20 top-attended theme parks in 2019, all in Europe, exhibited stability, with relatively flat attendance. Disneyland Paris kept its rank as most-attended theme park in the region. In the water parks sector, Northern Europe and the UAE continue to dominate this region.

Jodie Lock, Senior Associate Economist, AECOM, said, “Growth in EMEA theme parks and water parks in 2019 was primarily driven by operators rolling out new rides and attractions, new hotels, and special events and celebrations, backed by strong marketing. The Middle East has seen much development. Looking ahead, in light of decreased tourism and restrictions related to COVID-19, parks will likely put new emphasis on generating revenue.”

Asia’s top 20 museums gained global market share and Europe’s manifested significant attendance growth in 2019, while in North America, visits to the top museums declined due to a variety of factors.

Linda Cheu, Vice President at AECOM, said, “History shows that attendance swings at the world’s top museums are primarily driven by the presence or absence of blockbuster exhibitions. The size and character of the industry will likely shift post-pandemic. Attendance declines for 2020 are inevitable, and recovery will take time. However, the performance of museums in 2019 demonstrates continued public enthusiasm for what museums have to offer.”

The 2019 TEA/AECOM Museum Index also includes a special list of new and noteworthy museums around the world, charted by region.

The 2019 TEA/AECOM Index is a portrait of calendar year 2019, which ended prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020 the global visitor attractions industry is facing significant new challenges, and the current report touches on these while remaining primarily focused on 2019. As 2020 continues to play out, the effects of the pandemic and other factors shaping the future of the industry will be studied in detail and presented in next year’s report.

The TEA website and AECOM website are the official sources to view and download the most recent, full version of the TEA/AECOM Theme Index and Museum Index, as well as past editions dating to 2006, free of charge.

Judith Rubin, editor of the report and director of publications for TEA said, “The TEA/AECOM Theme Index and Museum Index stands as an invaluable and meticulously researched business and educational resource. Members of the media, researchers, analysts, industry companies, operators and investors, students and many others turn to it year-round for statistics, industry background and insight. Now in its 14th annual edition, it shares a wealth of historical and current information."

TEA International Board President Michael Blau of Adirondack Studios said, "The TEA/AECOM Theme Index and Museum Index is an important aspect of how our global membership association serves the global industry with information and resources. TEA values its continuing partnership with AECOM."

Since 2006, TEA and AECOM have collaborated to produce and publish the annual TEA/AECOM Theme Index and make the report available free as a resource and reference for business and education. It was expanded to include the Museum Index in 2012. The TEA/AECOM Theme Index and Museum Index is a definitive and widely cited global resource benefiting the international attractions industry and many other sectors including financial, real estate, education, hospitality, retail, travel and tourism. It is a vital reference for the media. It is published in PDF format on the TEA and AECOM websites, and in a limited print edition.

AECOM is the world's premier infrastructure firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from planning, design and engineering to consulting and construction management. We partner with our clients in the public and private sectors to solve their most complex challenges and build legacies for generations to come. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, governments, energy and the environment, our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm with revenue of approximately .2 billion during fiscal year 2019. See how we deliver what others can only imagine at aecom.com and @AECOM.

Through its activities in the global themed entertainment community, TEA helps lead the conversation about how great guest experiences are conceived and realized, and helps focus attention on themed entertainment as a vital niche of popular culture and its essential role in global economic development. As a nonprofit membership association representing the creators of compelling places and experiences worldwide, TEA encompasses some 1,800 member companies and produces a full calendar of conferences and events including the prestigious, annual TEA Thea Awards. TEA was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in the Los Angeles area. Visit teaconnect.org and @tea_connect. #TEAthemeindex #TEAdigital

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New BarTender® Software Designed for Small Business

Seagull Scientific, maker of BarTender software, today announced the release of BarTender Starter Edition, the newest addition to their product lineup.

Designed to help small businesses and departments, Starter Edition is built on the same BarTender technology that the world’s largest and most demanding enterprise environments trust to power their mission-critical labeling. Starter Edition features a straightforward, easy-to-understand way to create labels that use dynamic data sourced from databases like Excel or CSV, making it ideal for brands enrolled in the Amazon Transparency program.

“Starter Edition offers capabilities that no other software on the market does,” said Harold Boe, Seagull Scientific’s president and CEO. “Unlike other products geared to the small business sector, it supports multiple users across multiple computers with the ability to update, modify and print templates. That’s a differentiator that we think creates significant value for users who are looking for a solution that can scale and grow as their business does — they can add more advanced features when needed with a simple upgrade to a more powerful edition.”

With Starter Edition, new users can be up and running in minutes using BarTender’s intuitive design tools, smart wizards, built-in business logic and an extensive library of sample label templates. The product enables +1 / -1 incremental serialization for product traceability and regulatory compliance, and includes sophisticated design tools and over 400 preformatted, ready-to-use components based on 105 barcode symbologies and more than a dozen standards.

The BarTender Starter Edition is available through an extensive global network of resellers and partners. For more information, visit the Seagull Scientific website.

About BarTender by Seagull Scientific
BarTender software by Seagull Scientific transforms data into the labels, barcodes, documents and RFID that drive business. Hundreds of thousands of companies in supply chain, manufacturing, chemicals, healthcare, food and beverage, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, logistics and other industries trust BarTender with the labeling and marking processes that keep their businesses running.

With corporate headquarters and software development in Bellevue, Washington, USA, and branch offices in Madrid, Taipei and Tokyo, BarTender is available in more than 150 countries through a global network of local partners.

Learn more at http://www.seagullscientific.com.

Posted in: Computers & Software,News & Current Affairs,Services,Technology,U.S

Xuron® Introduces Model 2275 Quick-Cutter That Cuts Cable Ties Perfectly Square Without Leaving Spikes

Xuron Corp. has introduced a new, ergonomic cutter especially designed for cutting cable ties and leaving smooth and flat ends without spikes, to prevent people from being scratched and injured.

The Xuron® Model 2275 Quick-Cutter features the patented Micro-Shear® bypass cutting technology that cuts cable ties square rather than pinching them and leaving spikes which can cut or scratch people. Designed for rapidly cutting cable ties, regardless of their application, this tool provides a full cutting capacity along the entire length of their blades.

Ergonomically designed with the proper cutting leverage, the Xuron® Model 2275 Quick-Cutter has soft rubber hand grips that are comfortable to hold in either hand, a Light-Touch™ return spring, and no awkward finger loops. Originally developed for the cabling harness industry, it is ideally suited for attaching signs and shades, securing tote boxes, and many other uses.

The Xuron® Model 2275 Quick-Cutter sells for .95 (sugg. list). Literature is available upon request. Distributor and dealer inquiries are invited.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,News & Current Affairs,U.S

ChargeAfter is First Fintech to Launch Visa Installments in the U.S. and Signs Strategic Partnership to Integrate with Cybersource

ChargeAfter, the leading technology platform for Multi-lender Point of Sale Financing today announced a partnership with Visa to integrate with the Cybersource payment management platform. ChargeAfter is also launching Visa’s installment solutions on the ChargeAfter financing platform in the US.

The strategic partnership enables Cybersource’s merchants worldwide to now access and offer consumers more choice and flexibility in the way they pay through personalized point of sale consumer financing. With its global reach, modern capabilities and commerce insights, the Cybersource digital platform offers payment management capabilities to merchants and acquirers in over 190 countries and territories around the world.

With the launch of Visa’s installment solutions on the ChargeAfter platform, participating U.S. merchants can offer their customers an installment payment experience at checkout using a Visa card they already have in their wallet. Eligible Visa cardholders will have the option to divide their total purchase amount into smaller, equal payments over a defined time period. 42nd Street Photo and Tire Agent are already offering Visa’s installments solutions to their US buyers through ChargeAfter.

“As COVID-19 continues to change retail as we know it and drive more shopping online, merchants are adapting to the new realities of online payments; offering alternative payment methods for consumers who are expecting affordable financing options to help them complete their purchases now and pay later,” said Meidad Sharon, CEO of ChargeAfter. “Our collaboration with Visa is a giant leap forward in bringing quick, convenient, accessible, and safe payments to consumers when and where they are ready to purchase - online or in-store. By combining ChargeAfter’s financing platform with Visa’s solutions, we have created a powerful network for multi-lender Point-of-Sale Financing.”

This announcement follows Visa’s investment in ChargeAfter and partnership that was announced in February 2020 to distribute point of sale financing through Visa’s global network of acquirers, gateways, and financial institutions. Working together, the companies aim to further the distribution of consumer financing tools and help merchants drive higher transactions, and approve upwards of 85% of POS financing applications.

“We’re delighted to continue the momentum of our collaboration with ChargeAfter and bring innovative solutions to our clients globally to help them meet an increased consumer demand for simple and flexible payment options,” said Shahar Friedman, Head of Visa Innovation Studio, Tel Aviv. “Through our global collaboration efforts, we aim to make it easier for merchants and acquirers to use Visa’s Cybersource and installment solutions to offer a range of personalized financing options to their consumers at the point of sale, empowering their customers to manage their payments in a way that works best for their unique needs.”

About ChargeAfter
ChargeAfter is a leading multi-lender financing platform connecting retailers and lenders to offer shoppers personalized financing options at the checkout.

With its data-driven decisioning engine and network of global lenders, ChargeAfter delivers the most relevant financing offers to consumers from multiple lenders based on credit type – resulting in credit approvals for up to 85% of customer applications. ChargeAfter streamlines the distribution of credit into a single platform that retailers can implement swiftly both online and in-store. The company’s growing lender network offers seamless integration to lenders seeking to grow their customer base while expanding into new retail markets.

ChargeAfter investors include PICO Venture Partners, Propel Venture Partners, Visa, MUFG, BBVA, Synchrony Financial, and Plug and Play VC.

Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, ChargeAfter has offices in Dallas, New York, and Tel Aviv.

Posted in: Finance,Finance Market,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Kin Insurance Announces Condo (HO6) Insurance for Floridians

Kin Insurance, the insurance technology company that’s simplifying home insurance, today announced its latest innovation: condo insurance for Florida. Condo and townhome owners can apply online now at Kin’s website and get a quote in minutes with their address and a few details.

The new insurance product, designed exclusively for Florida condo owners, is a continuation of the company’s top-rated homeowners insurance experience: easy online signup, digital policy management, stress-free claim payments, and customer service that outshines every insurer.

“Our goal is always to create a product that reflects the needs of real homeowners. What’s exciting about our condo product is how customer-centric it is,” said Sean Harper, CEO and co-founder of Kin. “We want to reach as many condo owners as possible and show them a superior insurance experience.”

Kin can quote townhouses, rowhouses, or high-rise units, regardless of whether the condo is used as a primary, seasonal, or home-share residence. The company can even insure condo units that are owned by LLCs or trusts. That’s a stark contrast to most condo products available today – many insurance companies don’t cover seasonal use, short-term rental risks, or property owned by a trust.

Kin condo insurance policies offer open-perils coverage for the dwelling, protecting units for hurricane wind damage, fire, theft, vandalism, and much more. Policies also include coverage for personal property, loss of use, personal liability, medical payments, and loss assessments, a necessary safeguard for condo owners who might face unexpected expenses levied by their homeowners association.

To learn more about Kin’s brand-new condo product or to get a quote, visit kin.com/condo-insurance.

About Kin
Kin Insurance is an insurance technology company that exists to change home insurance from what it is to what it should be. Founded in 2016 by seasoned financial technology entrepreneurs Sean Harper, Lucas Ward, and Stephen Wooten, Kin leverages thousands of property data points to customize coverage and prices through a super simple user experience. Kin manages the Kin Interinsurance Network (KIN), a licensed insurance carrier and reciprocal exchange owned by its customers who share in the underwriting profit. Because of its efficient technology and direct-to-consumer model, Kin provides exceptionally low prices without compromising coverage. The company is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with an office in St. Petersburg, Florida, and is currently hiring in both offices. For more information, visit http://www.kin.com.

Posted in: Lifestyle,News & Current Affairs,Society & Culture,U.S

Propel Marketing & Design, Inc. Offers a Discount on their SEO Program: Ready. Set. Rank! During COVID-19

Propel Marketing & Design, Inc., a South Florida based Marketing Agency, is pleased to announce its SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Program “Ready. Set. Rank!” at a discounted price to help struggling businesses during the COVID pandemic.

This class is designed for entrepreneurs, small business owners, consultants, and marketers looking to generate more leads, website traffic, and brand recognition online.

“In today’s current climate, now is a great time to work on reaching your target audience through the accessibility of this program,” explained Darcy Sullivan of Propel Marketing & Design.

Sullivan continued, “The program is designed to provide quick wins and long-term digital marketing strategies that will ensure your business goals are met.”

Through Ready. Set. Rank! students will be able to experience the best of online learning from the comforts of home and at a lower price than ever before.

The program is designed to radically propel a brand’s online presence and website’s organic rankings in just 12 weeks with a proven 3-step program.

The program comes in three stacks, each section building on top of the other:

Stack #1 – Ready.

  • Students clarify their business-offering and wrap their head around what digital marketing tactics are working for them and against them
  • Spy on their competition to find out what’s driving traffic form their brand
  • Discover how and where to find ideal customers with clarity
  • Learn how advancing technologies like mobile, social media, voice search, Rank Brain, AI, and others are a driving force for search engines and how to leverage them (without feeling like you’re in a tech tizzy)


Stack #2 – Set.

  • Set their website up to perform in a way that’s appetizing to website visitors and in a Google-friendly style
  • Complete a step-by-step website audit to find where SEO improvements can be made
  • Follow the foolproof formula to improve website rankings
  • Stake claim on the right social media sites to gain maximum exposure
  • Develop an easy-to-implement content strategy to ramp up webpage rankings
  • Learn how to write content in a way that both Google and your audience will love


Stack #3 – Rank!

  • Find which online directories are worth students’ time and how to submit information to online directories properly
  • Come up with a simple plan of action to start generating rave reviews online
  • Get high-quality website backlinks
  • Learn the process of creating external distribution channels to get in front of potential new customers
  • Learn what’s important to measure through website analytics, without drowning in data


During this program, Propel Marketing & Design will highlight some of the core elements of creating an SEO plan that truly works for all types of organizations.

This program is ideal for any business that is just getting started with SEO or currently running an active campaign.
To avoid missing out on this course at its lowest price ever, it is suggested to register as soon as possible.

Registration details can be found at http://www.propelyourcompany.com/ready-set-rank.

About Propel Marketing & Design, Inc.
Propel Marketing & Design, Inc. is a full-service internet marketing agency, located in Boynton Beach, Florida, that specializes in SEO (Search Engine Optimization), social media, website design, email campaigns, search engine marketing, public relations, graphic design, and marketing workshops. Propel works with clients to create effective and unique marketing strategies to help raise their online profile and support their business objectives. For more information please visit http://www.propelyourcompany.com.

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National Environmental Education Foundation Announces Changes to 2020 National Public Lands Day Festivities

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) has announced several changes to this year’s National Public Lands Day (NPLD), the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort for America’s public lands, in light of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

“Due to social distancing requirements remaining in place for the foreseeable future, many public lands sites will be unable to host large, in-person NPLD events,” said Meri-Margaret Deoudes, president and CEO of NEEF. “As always, our primary concern remains the health and safety of all those involved in NPLD events, including site managers and volunteers. With this in mind, we are excited to announce that NEEF is embracing our ‘new normal’ by expanding the available options for volunteers during this year’s NPLD on September 26, 2020.”

NPLD 2020 will include virtual events designed to connect the public to iconic parks, national forests, marine estuaries, and other public lands sites. These online events will serve as an alternative for NPLD site managers who are uncomfortable with or are not allowed to host in-person events due to local regulations. This will also provide an avenue for volunteer engagement to those who may not normally be able to participate.

NPLD 2020 Virtual Events will be tied to specific public lands sites at the federal, state, and local levels, and will be hosted by a qualified guide—such as park or forest rangers or local conservation group member—who will help lead participants through the event and answer any questions they may have. NEEF is collaborating with its federal and established NPLD partners to cultivate virtual events, including live discussions with rangers and conservationists, educational projects for children of all ages, and virtual tours of national parks, marine sanctuaries, and other awe-inspiring outdoor spaces.

In addition, NEEF is bringing back its popular NPLD Highlighted Site Sponsorship to support individual events taking place on NPLD. Sponsorship funds will be awarded through a competitive process.

“This year’s sponsorship will focus on providing funding to public land sites that host innovative and high-quality virtual events that emphasize active engagement rather than passive activities,” said Kevin Butt, senior director, Environmental Sustainability, at Toyota, the national corporate NPLD sponsor. “Virtual volunteers will be able to participate in multiple events on NPLD that will create a positive impact to conservation from the comfort and safety of their homes.”

Though NEEF is embracing virtual events for NPLD 2020, public land sites that wish to host in-person events—in accordance with local rules and regulations regarding COVID-19—can still register their event on the NEEF website and take advantage of the resources and promotional tools.

“COVID-19 has upended many aspects of daily life in this country, and our public lands are no exception,” said Deoudes. “NEEF greatly appreciates the outpouring of support we have received from our partners and supporters as we work to adapt our NPLD 2020 plans during this unprecedented time. We look forward to another successful NPLD this year.”

Visit http://www.neefusa.org/npld for more information and to register your event for NPLD 2020.

Posted in: Energy & Environment,Lifestyle,News & Current Affairs,U.S,World

Sweet-Hart Deal! Hollywood’s Kevin Hart partners with Detroit Beverage Maker Nailah Ellis

Superstar comedian Kevin Hart is investing in Detroit beverage maker Nailah Ellis and Ellis Island Tea.

Ellis Island Tea is an all-natural beverage, handcrafted from a recipe inspired by Ellis’s Jamaican great-grandfather, who came to America through Ellis Island more than 100 years ago. Made with real herbs, including hibiscus, Ellis Island Tea is rich, red, smooth and flavorful.

The story always matters to Hart. An artist and an author, Hart knows an audience looks for truth and a way to connect. So, when Ellis introduced him to her family tea, he was intrigued.

The tea’s history and Ellis’s own backstory of starting with nothing at the age of 20, brewing tea in her mother’s kitchen and selling it from the trunk of her car around Detroit resonated with Hart. Hart’s own story is one of resilience and perseverance – working small clubs and honing his craft for years before becoming a bankable star who commands million-plus a movie.

“There were a lot of people pulling for Nailah,” said Hart, who was impressed by the Detroiter’s determination and hustle. “Her name just kept coming up and coming across my radar. So, I figured there had to be something to it.”

Ellis won BET’s Queen Boss business competition and her company’s growth has been chronicled in national media, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, MSNBC, The Financial Times, The Root 100 and Black Enterprise. Accolades and awards have poured in, but Ellis has always focused on building a business that endures.

Today, Ellis has her own Detroit beverage production facility and is the largest Black female beverage manufacturer in the United States. Her tea is an emerging national brand sold by retail giants Sam’s Club and Costco and airport concessioners across the country.

Hart’s investment comes at a critical time – Ellis Island Tea will be rolling out in Walmart this month and will soon debut in Target and CVS. With Hart’s backing, sleek new packaging, competitive pricing, and new e-commerce options, Ellis expects rapid growth.

Ellis has always given a nod to the man who inspired the recipe for Ellis Island Tea – her Jamaican Great-Grandfather Cyril Byron.

“Cyril’s story is one of a true risk taker. He came here with nothing but his dreams,” Ellis said. “He went on to become a head chef on Marcus Garvey’s Black Star Line and then the owner of Byron Caterers, one of the most successful Black-owned catering businesses in the Bronx.”    

Cyril was an optimist, an activist, an entrepreneur and a pragmatist, she said. When he passed down his tea recipe for future generations, Cyril said ‘This recipe is to be sold, not told.’

Hart also is a big believer in building for the future. The soon-to-be father of four has said that “You’re supposed to set up for the next generation…if you’re not doing that, you’re not doing your part.”

Ellis takes that seriously as well. She is building upon the dreams of her ancestors, hoping to pass on a legacy to her two young daughters. She’s also proud to be providing jobs for Detroiters like herself.

“We all need opportunity,” she said. “I’ve been given mine and now I’m paying it forward and providing that for others.”

Ellis Island Tea is the only Jamaican Sweet Tea made in America. It is an all-natural bottled tea made from hibiscus with a smooth, refreshing flavor. Ellis Island Tea comes sweetened with pure sugar cane and honey or in an unsweetened version that is crisp and tart.

When she founded her company back in 2008, Nailah Ellis realized a lifelong dream to become an entrepreneur. Brewing Ellis Island Tea continues a family legacy. The tea is based on a recipe created by her Great-Grandfather Cyril Byron, a Jamaican immigrant, chef and entrepreneur who told his family the recipe was to be “Sold, not told.” Ellis-Brown honors those words every day working from her company headquarters in Detroit where the tea is brewed.

Posted in: Food & Beverage,Living,News & Current Affairs,U.S

Pandemic Impact Fund is Excited to Launch 0M Venture Capital Fund

The world is decades behind in pandemic readiness. Entrepreneurs can help. The Pandemic Impact Fund will put private investment to work in early stage tech companies with innovative solutions to detect, mitigate and respond to pandemics, and to build a more resilient future.

The pandemic has impacted everyone and everything: how we live, work, learn, socialize, exercise, travel, raise our children. The Pandemic Impact Fund will focus on four areas of pandemic readiness:

Know Faster: It took too long. The Fund will invest in startups that can speed identification of a potential pandemic and understand its movement through a population via surveillance, testing, analytics, population health, GIS, AI.

Fix it Faster: Velocity matters - even before an epidemic reaches pandemic scale. The Fund will seek startups working on rapid drug development platforms, novel disinfection technology, medical devices that can speed recovery, contact tracing and social distancing apps/tools, mobile and telemedicine.

Make Work, Work: Work, and consequently the economy, have suffered. The Fund will invest in technologies that help keep the economy (and life) running during a crisis including teleconnection, collaboration, business continuity, EdTech, robotics, HR tech.

Do Better Next Time: COVID-19 has exposed cracks in life as we knew it. The Fund sees these as opportunities including timely and accurate communication, food and toilet paper security, supply chain, process & manufacturing resilience.

The veteran team of investors includes Peter Adams, co-author of Venture Capital for Dummies, Wiley, 2013, and executive director of the Rockies Venture Network. With over 125 investments across 50+ companies over the last 5 years alone, including needle-free injection startup, PharmaJet, and telehealth provider, CirrusMD. The investment team has a honed process and a passion for accelerating impact while targeting top quartile returns. Peter commented, “We decided to take the same advice we give our portfolio companies: Success requires focus! Our focus now is pandemics because we can’t afford to get this wrong next time, whether a subsequent surge or the next pandemic.”

"An entrepreneurial and collaborative culture drives Colorado’s innovation,” commented Katie Woslager, Senior Manager of Advanced Industries at the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, “That same spirit can be found in the Pandemic Impact Fund. Colorado innovates its way through adversity, and this fund offers a vital source of capital for startups leading the way forward to pandemic solutions and resilience."

For more information regarding the Pandemic Impact Fund, please contact Sue Stash at 303-589-8135 or sue@pandemicimpactfund.com or visit our website at https://pandemicimpactfund.com/.

About the Pandemic Impact Fund: The Pandemic Impact Fund, L.P. is a 0 million Delaware limited partnership fund investing in early stage, tech startup companies addressing pandemic detection, mitigation and response and future resilience. Its portfolio companies will make significant contributions to pandemic readiness while delivering venture returns, with or without a pandemic.

Securities Notice
The material provided herein is for informational purposes only. It does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any interests in the Fund or any other securities. Any such offering of the Fund will be made only in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in the Fund's Private Placement Memorandum. Prior to investing, investors are strongly urged to review carefully the Private Placement Memorandum (including the risk factors described therein), the Limited Partnership Agreement and the Subscription Documents, to ask such questions of the Investment Manager as they deem appropriate, and to discuss any prospective investment in the Fund with their legal and tax advisers in order to make an independent determination of the suitability and consequences of an investment. The fund is operating under a Regulation D 506C exemption from SEC registration.

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,Non Profit,Society & Culture,U.S

Philadelphia Based Media Company Launches Exciting New Digital Marketing Agency Targeting Healthcare Practices - Curis Digital

Philadelphia Digital Marketing Powerhouse Media Components – Launches Curis Digital, a full-service Brand Strategy and Digital Marketing company focusing on HomeCare Agencies, Dental and Medical Spas and Aesthetic Practices. “Having an already robust portfolio of clients within the Greater Philadelphia area in these categories made our decision to expand services for their growing needs much easier,” said Denis Sinelnikov, President and Founder of Media Components. “In a time where precise messaging, strategic content and more dialed-in marketing tactics is needed more than ever. Curis Digital will provide that hands-on and enhanced level of service,” continued Sinelnikov.

Being an entrepreneur requires expertise, business savvy and a keen insight to grow an enterprise, but the reality is that the most intrepid and well-intentioned owners and doctors are typically expert in one thing – their own area of specialization. “Curis Digital is just the partner that every healthcare practitioner needs to identify their key market segments, engage them, then convert new business in today’s new marketplace,” said Rocco Iacobellis, Chief Marketing Officer of Curis. With a history of digital marketing experience to a variety of industries, Curis Digital was created from the legacy and continued success of its parent company Media Components who has been delivering full-service brand strategy and digital marketing solutions for over 20 years. Curis means healthcare in Latin and as such, the perfect defining name of this organization.

Today, healthcare practices can look to Curis Digital for brand strategy consulting, website development, social media, SEO|SEM, video production and expert content development. For more information about how Curis Digital can help your practice grow and profit, check us out at CurisDigital.com or contact us at (215) 396-3307. It's never too late to gain a winning edge! We’ll get back to your inquiry as well on info@curisdigital.com

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Patient Payments Spike in June Amid Covid-19 Crisis, says Mnet Health

Mnet Health, the leading end-to-end payment solutions and patient billing services provider for the surgical industry, reports that it saw an increase in total patient payment by 1.6% compared to the period prior to Covid-19.

Despite the coronavirus crisis, more patients either paid in full, made larger payments, or established payment plans:

  • Payment in full increased by 2.0%
  • Payment size increased by 3.3%
  • Payment plans established increased by 13.3%


The current pandemic has changed nearly every aspect of people’s lives and consumer spending is no exception. The way patients seek out and pay for care is changing dramatically due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Lockdown measures and infection risks have restricted what consumers can spend money on. With restaurants and shops being shut and air travel being suspended, spending is generally down across many, if not all, industries.

Consumers became less inclined to spend more on non-essentials. Many expect their household income to continue to fall in the coming months as 1.5 million Americans filed new unemployment claims for the week ending June 13.

Last year, nearly one quarter of Americans reported having unpaid or past-due medical bills. Millions are now facing some tough choices like determining which bills to pay and which to put off. But why the increase in patient payments during the pandemic?

Here’s what Mnet discovered:

More patients are staying at home and are easier to contact. Even after the lockdown restrictions were eased, they were far more available and easier to be reached. Mnet’s patient contact percentages went up by 44.6% as a result.

This trend is in line with patients increasingly using telehealth and online shopping. Even as local officials lift restrictions, many people are still wary and plan to wait longer before resuming their old routines.

Patients have more time to devote to resolving their balance. Oftentimes in order to resolve a balance, the patient and Mnet would need to communicate with the insurance company. This process typically takes extra time and hasn’t always been easy to accomplish with patient’s busy schedules and the limited time to make contact with insurance companies.

However, during the pandemic, Mnet’s length of time on the phone with patients increased by 5.6%. This means longer and more meaningful conversations with patients which also led to more payment in full and more payment plans established.

With the pandemic, patients have had more time to sit down and review their finances. According to the latest TransUnion Financial Hardship Report, 60% of consumers plan to reach out to the companies that manage their accounts to discuss payment plans.

Patients are concerned with keeping their account in good standing to protect their credit and are changing their behavior as they spend less on vacationing and eating out. Instead, they are using their money to pay down debt and keep their credit lines open.

A recent survey by Money Done Right and Google Consumer Surveys showed that 43 percent of Americans plan to use their stimulus money to pay off debt. The CARES Act provided stimulus checks of ,200 to individuals with annual income below ,000 and ,400 to married couples filing taxes jointly who earn under 0,000.

A recent Harris Poll also found that nearly one-half of Americans (48%) are concerned the virus-induced recession would impact their credit score.

During these uncertain times, more patients wanted to pay in full or establish a payment plan. Patients from all financial classes expressed that they wanted to pay their provider as well as protect their credit.

Patients are expressing gratitude to those on the frontlines in the healthcare system who are working tirelessly to take care of their local community. Some healthcare workers in certain states do not even receive extra hazard or crisis pay for working during the pandemic.

Patients have made it clear that they are showing their gratitude for hard working medical professional heroes by paying their financial responsibility in a timely fashion. Mnet has received more thanks and appreciation for the medical staff who attended them in calls with patients.

Overall, patient-pay performed at a much greater rate than the pre-coronavirus months of June. The pandemic has put the healthcare industry in the spotlight and has caused patients to rethink their financial situation in these unprecedented times.

With its mission to help patients pay, Mnet will continue to track patient payment performances closely.

How healthcare providers help patients pay during this time of crisis will have a lasting impact on their business and the communities in the future.

About Mnet Health

Mnet is a revenue cycle service & technology provider partnering with the surgical industry to provide custom patient-pay solutions to surgical hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and management companies. As of 2020, Mnet is serving over 700 surgical facilities nationwide both directly and in support of centralized billing offices. Mnet’s brand, PaySUITE, is a platform of payment technologies that helps providers improve the patient financial experience while boosting collections performance. For more information, visit https://mnethealth.com/.

We believe every patient deserves a helpful, transparent, easy to navigate financial experience in healthcare.

Posted in: Fitness,Health & Medicine,News & Current Affairs,U.S

AmeriCash Loans Launches a Website Promising an Improved Customer Experience

New year, new (and improved) website. In June 2020 AmeriCash Loans invited customers to explore its brand-new website. The launch of the new AmeriCashLoans.net unveils a completely retooled digital experience.

Understanding the need for faster speeds and improved navigation, AmeriCash Loans’ new website features a modern design that lets customers quickly find and access important information. The lender’s commitment to its customer-first approach was a driving force behind the redesign, which promises faster loading speeds on all user platforms. It’s the latest in AmeriCash Loans’ efforts to meet its customers’ needs while exceeding their expectations.

“We are so excited to launch the new AmeriCashLoans.net for a better customer experience” says an AmeriCash Loans company spokesman. “The website design was created to give our customers access to the application, informative blogs, and new additional information in a clean format that is easy and fast to navigate.”

Although the web address remains the same, “AmeriCashLoans.net,” customers can expect a dramatically different look with the new minimalistic design and the addition of new pages. They can seamlessly discover everything from nearby physical locations, customer reviews, and new financial content.

Best of all, loading times are faster than ever. No matter if customers access the website on tablets, mobile devices or desktop computers, they can experience reliable speed as they click through the site and log into their customer portal. If a question ever arises, customers can contact a customer support representative directly through the forum on the website or simply access their phone and e-mail at the bottom of each webpage.

The new and improved AmeriCashLoans.net is designed for everyone in mind, from applicants to returning customers, to curious minds looking for information through the variety of blogs offered on the AmeriCash Loans website. These educational blogs provide key insights on a range of topics. The blogs are a go-to resource for anyone interested in learning more about the lender’s products and services, how to save money, tips on making (and sticking to) a budget, notices about events happening in the community, and giveaways.

Strong community ties are another part of what sets AmeriCash Loans apart. During the 2019 holiday season, the lender sponsored several drives in the communities in which it resides, including a “Stuff the Bus” event to collect nonperishable food items ahead of Thanksgiving and a “Christmas Wish” event to help a local Chicago family’s Christmas wish come true.

About AmeriCash Loans

AmeriCash Loans has come a long way since it opened the doors to its first location in Des Plaines, Illinois, in 1997. From expanding to include online applications to opening neighborhood stores in more than 60 convenient locations, AmeriCash has continually strived to change and adapt to best meet the needs of its customers. As this lender keeps growing, the website will keep evolving and updating to ensure a top-notch experience to new and repeat customers.

Consumers can apply for loans in person at a location near them, or online at http://www.AmeriCashLoans.net/Apply. Questions? Call 888-907-4227 to speak with an experienced representative.

Posted in: Business,Finance,Finance Market,News & Current Affairs,U.S

LogRhythm Announces Entirely Free and Virtual Security Conference

LogRhythm, the company powering today’s security operations centers (SOCs), announced that its RhythmWorld 2020 user conference will take place as an entirely virtual event from Sept. 22–24. Now in its fourth year, RhythmWorld is the ultimate conference for security professionals across industries looking to grow as a practitioner and improve their organization’s security operations. Attendance is completely free, and registration is officially open to LogRhythm customers, partners and members of the security community.

RhythmWorld 2020 will provide deep-dive learning sessions, comprehensive training, access to technical LogRhythm experts, and feature an epic capture the flag event. Sessions attendees should look forward to sessions such as:

  • Thinking Like the Adversary to Thwart Cyberattacks
  • Threat Hunting with MITRE ATT&CK Technique ‘X’
  • Women in Security Power Panel
  • Live Red and Blue Teaming in LogRhythm


In addition, LogRhythm executives — including CEO Mark Logan, Chief Security Officer James Carder, and Chief Marketing Officer Cindy Zhou — will host panels and fireside chats with leading security executives, including:


  • Abid Adam, group chief risk & compliance officer of Axiata Group Berhad
  • Sam King, CEO of Veracode
  • Chris Mitchell, chief information security officer of the City of Houston
  • Avani Desai, partner and president of Schellman & Company
  • Kip James, vice president and chief information security officer, global information security, TTEC


“LogRhythm is committed to providing our global community with the cybersecurity resources they need, and we’re excited for more participation from our international customers and partners by holding RhythmWorld virtually,” said Logan. “This security conference is as much about learning from LogRhythm’s own team of experts as it is learning from prominent security industry leaders and fellow attendees. We look forward to providing more of our community with those same quality learning experiences as they’ve come to expect with our in-person events.”

LogRhythm began its RhythmWorld conference series in 2017 to enable its customers to engage in peer-to-peer learning, discover security trends and best practices and help its users maximize their knowledge and use of the LogRhythm NextGen SIEM Platform. Last year, participation increased by over 100 percent, with more than 400 customers and partners in attendance. Ninety-three percent of attendees indicating they gained value by attending the conference, enhancing their security industry knowledge, and expand their use of the LogRhythm NextGen SIEM Platform.

More speakers will be announced over the coming weeks. For more information on the event, to register, or to sponsor the event, please visit logrhythm.com/rhythmworld.

About LogRhythm

LogRhythm empowers more than 4,000 customers across the globe to measurably mature their security operations program. LogRhythm’s award-winning NextGen SIEM Platform delivers comprehensive security analytics; user and entity behavior analytics (UEBA); network detection and response (NDR); and security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR) within a single, integrated platform for rapid detection, response, and neutralization of threats. Built by security professionals for security professionals, LogRhythm enables security professionals at leading organizations like NASA, XcelEnergy, and Temple University to promote visibility for their cybersecurity program and reduce risk to their organization each and every day. LogRhythm is the only provider to earn the Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for SIEM designation three years in a row. To learn more, please visit logrhythm.com.

Posted in: Computers & Software,News & Current Affairs,Technology,U.S,Website & Blog

New ODU SPC 16 - Single Power Connector for High Power Applications

ODU, a worldwide leader in designing and manufacturing high-performance connector solutions and cable assemblies, is introducing to the market ODU SPC 16, the robust single power connector solution.

The ODU SPC 16 is a robust single power high voltage and high current connector. This connector benefits of the ODU LAMTAC technology, a high performance contact system with maximum current carrying capacity.

ODU SPC 16 has a robust housing made of engineered plastics and a bayonet locking system that ensures a quick and easy mating. The single power connector is IP65 in mated condition, can stand currents up to 615A/1,000 V, and has up to 5,000 mating cycles, making it a highly reliable and stable connector solution. Additional product features include: touch proof IP2X, operating temperature range of -40 °C up to +60 °C, crimp termination type for the plug and a screw termination for the receptacle, cable cross section of 150 / 185 / 240 mm² and 6 color coding options.

ODU's new high power connector solution, ODU SPC 16, is ideal for various applications, such as but not limited to stationary power distribution, emergency generators, and mobile power supply trucks. For more info go to: https://www.odu-usa.com/connector-solutions/electrical-contacts/odu-spc-16/

ODU Group: Global Representation with Perfect Connections
The ODU Group is one of the world’s leading suppliers of connector systems, employing 2,300 people around the world. In addition to its company headquarters in Mühldorf am Inn (Germany), ODU also has an international distribution network and production sites in Sibiu/Romania, Shanghai/China and Tijuana/Mexico. ODU combines all relevant areas of expertise and key technologies including design and development, machine tooling and special machine construction, injection, stamping, turning, surface technology, assembly and cable assembly. The ODU Group sells its products globally through its sales offices in China, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Korea, Romania, Sweden and the US, as well as through numerous international sales partners. ODU connectors ensure a reliable transmission of power, signals, data and media for a variety of demanding applications including medical technology, military and security, automotive, industrial electronics, and test & measurement.

Posted in: Business,Electronics & Semiconductors,News & Current Affairs,Technology,U.S

Tompkins International Launches New Mobile App to Help Businesses Ensure Facility Safety & Compliance During COVID-19

Tompkins International, a leading supply chain consulting and solutions firm, has announced the launch of SentryCheck, a new solution to help businesses operate safely and effectively amid the recent COVID-19 pandemic. The easily configurable mobile application can prompt users to perform time-sensitive tasks, record critical inputs, automatically send corrective action alerts and more.

“With warehouses operating around the clock to meet customer demands during the pandemic, it is more important than ever for businesses to verify that all processes and procedures are being followed to keep their facilities safe,” said Denny McKnight, CEO of Tompkins International. “By leveraging Tompkins’ 45 years of supply chain experience, SentryCheck provides businesses with the validation they need to ensure the health and safety of their employees and customers throughout COVID-19 and beyond.”

SentryCheck offers complete data transparency with cloud reporting and dashboards, allowing compliance teams to monitor all facilities from a single view. It provides automated tools to ensure all facilities comply with their company’s COVID-19 procedures, including Workplace Entry, Facility Sanitation and Remediation & Communication, as well as other customizable checklists and tasks. Additional features include:

  • Hourly, daily, weekly and monthly required tasks accessible from any iOS or Android device
  • Customizable task management checklists for any operational needs
  • Secure cloud-based storage of all task observations, activities and audit commentary
  • Corrective action alerts sent immediately via text or email
  • Photo, video and audio capture with notes for accurate recordkeeping
  • Consistent and complete reporting and analytics with subscriptions


In addition to the new mobile app, Tompkins International also offers free digital resources to help businesses overcome operational challenges and deliver on customer demands during COVID-19. The company’s COVID-19 Resources hub includes educational and thought leadership content that focuses on the impacts of COVID-19, successful supply chain reinvention strategies and other related topics to help businesses flourish in these uncertain times.

To learn more about SentryCheck or to schedule a demo of the solution, please contact us at info@sentrycheck.com.

About Tompkins International
Tompkins International is a global supply chain consulting and solutions firm dedicated to helping clients achieve supply chain excellence and profitable growth. Founded in 1975, Tompkins has integrated its decades of experience in strategy, commerce, logistics and technology into an ecosystem of four business units: Supply Chain Consulting, Material Handling Integration, Robotics and Applied Technologies. By combining best-in-breed services and technologies, Tompkins delivers a true end-to-end supply chain solution enabling clients to improve the customer experience and ensure long-term success. Tompkins is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina and has offices throughout North America and in Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit http://www.tompkinsinc.com.

Posted in: Business,News & Current Affairs,Services,Technology,U.S

GoReact Launches New Features for Online Courses

This week, GoReact—the #1 video-based assessment tool for online curricula—announced four extensions to its video coaching technology for higher education.

GoReact allows students to record themselves demonstrating their level of competence and makes those recordings available to instructors for comment, peer review, and formative assessment. These new capabilities will give students and educators enhanced options for videos to be recorded.

In these times, it’s essential to have as many high-quality options for online education as possible. The recently released tools from GoReact are paving the way for a more flexible, engaging, and equitable learning experience.

“These tools are a timely response to increased demand for video assessment that works with previous classroom models, as well as emerging online and hybrid approaches,” said Brent Bingham, GoReact’s Chief Strategy and Product Officer. “Knowing that educators and students are already coping with so much change right now, we designed these features to be simple, intuitive, and easy to implement.”

The new features include:

Extended Multi-Camera Support: GoReact recording sessions can now host up to nine participants. This feature also allows for more camera angles during presentations, student teaching, performances, and skill demonstrations.

Screen Capture: Presenters can share their computer screen during GoReact recordings. This feature seamlessly allows instructors and students to share documents, images, YouTube videos, applications, and so much more.

Picture-in-Picture: Presenters can overlay the feed from their webcam while simultaneously sharing their computer screen. That means that instructors can still see student presenters while they present what is on their screen when using GoReact’s new screen capture.

Mobile Friendly: To create a more equitable experience, students can now record and leave feedback in GoReact from a mobile browser. Students can join group recordings, leave peer feedback, and view an instructor’s feedback from their smartphones.

As instructors prepare for the upcoming fall semester, these four features are now live and available to users in all regions.

About GoReact
GoReact is a Utah-based learning technology company that facilitates video observation, coaching and assessment for rapid skill development and improvement. It’s an incredibly popular platform used in more than 600 colleges and universities worldwide. Visit us at goreact.com or find us on FacebookLinkedIn, or Twitter.

Posted in: Education,News & Current Affairs,Services,U.S

Advertising Veteran Erich Funke Launches Ninelives Group Under One Worldwide Virtual Roof

NineLives Group is being launched by Erich Funke. Building his career on running creative departments at agencies such as Chiat Day, FCB, BBDO, Saatchi & Saatchi, Funke’s experience inspired him to launch a new advertising model. This group offers clients the immediate advantage of direct access to a broad, robust global network of talented, experienced ex-agency individuals from every aspect of marketing.

“It’s never been easier to work with great people no matter where they are. I’ve been fortunate enough to work all over the world, fostering relationships with some of the best minds in advertising along the way,” stated Erich. “I realized my experience and network is a huge asset and something both clients and creatives can benefit greatly from. To design it, I listened. To clients, to see what they want from their agencies. And to creatives, to discover how they want to work. The two needs perfectly align - clients want access to the people doing the thinking and they want a more cost effective, nimble process - creatives want ownership from start to finish, working with clients with whom they can build trust.”

NineLives eliminates the expensive redundancies of overpriced office space, unnecessary meetings, and layers of bureaucrac