Reliance Partners (Reliance), a leading provider of commercial insurance products and services for transportation and logistics clients, appoints Brenda Wiser to the position of Chief Marketing Officer and announces expansion into Tampa, Florida, to accommodate rapid growth while leveraging the area’s strong industry presence.
Wiser is an accomplished insurance professional maintaining both her TRS (Transportation Risk Specialist) and CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) designations. She also serves on the board of the Motor Carrier Insurance Education Foundation (MCIEF) and speaks regularly around the country educating industry associates on motor carrier insurance coverage and programs.
“Brenda adds 30 years of transportation insurance insights to the team,” says Reliance COO Laura Ann Howell. “We’re thrilled to have her on the team and excited to draw inspiration from her expertise to improve our processes and refine our client experience along the way.”
Reliance’s new location marks the company’s eighth branch office to be located at 2202 N Westshore Blvd, Suite 200, Tampa, FL 33607. The office will join existing locations in Austin, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Birmingham, Alabama; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Victoria, Texas, Sacramento, California, and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Teo Cardenas, previously charged with leading the agency’s first Florida office, in 2018, will remain at the helm in Tampa.
Reliance strategically selected the new location to accommodate an increase in market demands due to factors like the expansion of the Panama Canal, trade agreements with Cuba and other emerging Caribbean and South American economies, and I-4 emphasis as a freight corridor.
“The I-4 corridor has the 10th largest economy in the U.S. with a GDP of more than 0 billion,” says Reliance President Chad Eichelberger. “And with truck freight volumes in the Tampa Bay area projected to increase by as much as 65% by 2040, we’re poised to provide solutions for safeguarding the supply chain networks, like this one, that drive the American economy forward.”
ABOUT RELIANCE PARTNERS
Chattanooga-based Reliance Partners is America’s fastest-growing, privately-held insurance agency focused on the transportation and logistics space. Through the company’s commitment to service excellence and continuous process innovation, Reliance shields thousands of customers against costly risk and accelerates sustainable business growth.
Reliance has been awarded Best Workplace by Inc. magazine every year since 2016, voted 8th Best Workplace in America by Fortune magazine, named one of the most innovative and disruptive companies in freight by Freight.Tech100, and ranked Top 10 private companies in the U.S. for fastest growth according to Inc.com.
Reliance is hiring! To join an award-winning team, please visit our careers page.
For more information, please visit http://www.reliancepartners.com
blumshapiro, the largest accounting, tax and business advisory firm based in New England with offices in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, announced today that Heather B. Bearfield has joined blum’s Advisory Services Group as a partner. She will be based out of blum’s Boston, Massachusetts office beginning December 2019.
Bearfield has more than 15 years of experience in leadership roles managing risk and building information security management programs. Heather has extensive experience in IT Risk Management Consulting, Information Security Governance, Corporate IT Audit and Corporate Operational Risk functions. In her new role, she will serve as a blum Partner for Cyber and IT Risk Services. She will be responsible for managing risk and building information security management programs for blum clients.
“We are pleased to have Heather join our Advisory Services team. Heather brings a strategic, results-driven skillset and a proven track record in helping businesses enhance their risk capabilities. She has been extremely successful in building best practice IT governance, risk and cybersecurity control management tools and processes and is fully committed to blum’s focus on enhancing client value,” said Joseph Kask, chief executive officer of blumshapiro.
“Joining blumshapiro is a wonderful opportunity for me to bring my extensive cyber and IT risk management skills to a firm focused on expanding its advisory services throughout the Northeast and beyond. I look forward to working with forward-thinking, experienced professionals focused on providing clients with world-class expertise in the ever-growing area of global security and intelligence,” said Bearfield.
Prior to joining blumshapiro, Bearfield served as Principal of Cyber and IT Risk Services, National Service Line Leader at Marcum LLP based in Boston. Bearfield has a record of performance, reliability and success at identifying process and control weaknesses, analyzing complex systems and working with clients to streamline operations. A sought-after speaker for many industry events, Bearfield led global and nationwide IT assessments in numerous vertical markets inclusive of manufacturing, banks, financial services, colocation hosting facilities and application service providers. She previously led a security practice involving the execution of Internal/External Vulnerability Assessments, Penetration Testing, Wireless Assessments and Social Engineering.
Bearfield’s professional affiliations include membership in the Information Systems Auditing and Control Association, the Institute of Internal Auditors, Cambridge’s Who’s Who, the Boston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Advisory Board and Nichols’ College Board.
Bearfield is also a national leader in diversity and inclusion programs and has helped develop the Women’s Initiative and Diversity Awareness, among others.
Bearfield received her Masters of Business Administration in 2001 from the University of Vermont (UVM) School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2000 from UVM.
She is resides in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.
blumshapiro is the largest regional business advisory firm based in New England, with offices in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The firm, with a team of over 500, offers a diversity of services which include auditing, accounting, tax and business advisory services. blum serves a wide range of privately held companies, government and nonprofit organizations and provides non-audit services for publicly traded companies. To learn more visit us at blumshapiro.com.
With a myriad of top developers having many off plan offerings in the market, many buyers are perplexed when it comes to spending their hard earned cash. The confusion stems from a huge variety of payment plans and options, and with releases almost on a daily basis it can be hard to keep up with the developments which will be the most popular once completed, and those that will give the best returns. To save any confusion we have hand-picked our current favorite Dubai investments from the very best developers. We have based our selection on reputation, location, successful past projects, value for money and build quality. This is an unbiased view, with no favoritism towards any particular company or brand. We always maintain that by giving rational, honest and transparent advice – clients will be happy to return.
Eden at The Valley | by Emaar
Emaar’s first venture in this location, the strategic position of this development is close enough Dubai’s major landmarks to be a success – but far enough to offer some tranquility to the hustle and bustle of the city. These 3 and 4 bedroom luxury townhouses start at very attractive rates and the payment plan is generous with a 30 month post-handover mechanism. Very much focused on families, this development will benefit from lush parks and green areas, shopping close by at The Pavilion and the classic infrastructure that makes Emaar one of the most respected developers.
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Marina Vista | by Emaar
One of the most anticipated projects, Emaar’s foray into beachfront living will make a positive impact on the local hotspot of Dubai Marina, Palm Jumeirah and JBR shoreline. From 1 to 4 bedroom apartments, classic Emaar styling and all buildings having a close proximity to water, this is one project not to miss. With multiple payment options, a 100 % DLD fee waiver and 2 year post-handover payment plan up for grabs, what is not to like? Whether an investment or to live, you will not be disappointed with what is on offer here…
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Ruba Villas at Arabian Ranches III | by Emaar
Arabian Ranches and Ranches 2 conjure mental images of perfectly executed housing and lifestyle. These incredible success stories for many Dubai expats are now offered in a more affordable package – Arabian Ranches 3. Contemporary, clean and amazing value 3 and 4 bedroom townhouses, Emaar have really hit the nail on the head with this exciting project. Sublime build and facilities, one of the real ‘wow’ plusses of this development will be the kid-friendly lazy river which circles the perimeter. Starting at 1.4m, this is a fantastic opportunity to grab your slice of the dream family playground.
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Jumeirah Living Marina Gate | by Select Group
With an enviable waterfront position in Dubai Marina, one of the best specifications and 5* service within the residence, Jumeirah Living Marina Gate will most certainly live up to the hype. With an expected April 2020 completion date, 100 % DLD fee waiver, 4 year post-handover payment plan and competitive pricing, it is not surprising that there is already limited availability.
Select Group have really upped the game with this masterpiece – give us a call today to make your reservation.
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Expo Golf Villas 5 | by Emaar
EXPO 2020. There is no hotter buzzword today in Dubai. These prime 3 and 4 bed limited premium villas are as close to the action as you can get – how does a few minutes to the site sound? – making them an exciting investment prospect for the next year and beyond. The layouts and finish of these properties are centered around families and with supporting, extensive infrastructure in the surrounding area – make this an incredible proposal. The Championship Golf Course and Al Maktoum airport are literally minutes away… book your spot with the haus team today!
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Signature Livings | by Green Group
If the UAE’s first solar powered residential apartment building, eco-friendly and contemporary design in the popular Jumeirah Village Circle sounds tempting… read on. With a choice of studio’s and one bedroom apartments and one and two bed penthouses, and starting at a budget friendly AED 425,000 – this is a gem of a project. Not only that but with a Q2 expected delivery date, a show home on site, and impeccable build quality; all genuine reasons why this is fast becoming a sell-out development. Boasting up to date features such as smart phone enabled temperature control, Bluetooth enabled sound systems and smart coffee machines in the lobby – The Green Group have genuinely raised the bar with this one.
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If you require factual, current and professional investment advice from a company that cares about your money as much as you do – then get in touch. Our team of off-plan specialists will give honest, clear and tangible advice that has your best interests at heart. Whether you are looking for an entry level apartment, or a panoramic view penthouse overlooking the Arabian Gulf – we are confident that our approach is consistent so that you get the best possible guidance. Get in touch today and let us make your money work for you…easy.
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Safe Harbor CPAs, ranked one of the best CPA firms for the Bay Area community, is proud to announce a new timely post as the firm gears up for tax season 2020. Local businesses and individuals might feel sideswiped by new changes surrounding the State and Local Tax Deductions, or SALT. Revised caps on local deductions can derail plans for a smooth filing for 2020. Business owners and individuals can benefit from the expertise of a CPA well-versed in current tax law.
"In the tax world, things change all the time. Right now, we see several updates in the tax code affecting our clients," explained Chun Wong, Managing Partner at Safe Harbor CPAs. "Many businesses and individuals are still not fully aware of how the deductions around state and local taxes or SALT have impacted California residents. We are here to help the Bay Area sort through the current changes and focus on what they can write-off now to stay in the black."
The Bay Area community can review the new informational page by Safe Harbor LLP at http://www.safeharborcpa.com/you-cant-do-anything-about-sales-tax-but-you-can-about-income-tax-in-california/. Recent federal tax changes, including a cap on SALT tax deductions might mean large tax payments for Californians. Smart tax preparation by professionals in San Francisco could help. A team of skilled accountants knowledgeable in tax law can review itemized deductions to help meet the proper limits for a legally-sound tax return. The CPA's support both small business and corporate tax preparation as well as; S-Corps, C-Corp's, LLC's, and Sole Proprietors can all turn o the CPA firm for tax and financial advice. For example, interested persons can read the newly update page for individual tax return preparation at http://www.safeharborcpa.com/individual-income-tax/.
NEW ‘SALT’ LAWS CHALLENGE TAX PREPARATION FOR SAN FRANCISCO RESIDENTS
Here is the background on this release. San Francisco locals might dread the upcoming 2020 tax preparation season. Accountants are primed to help the community with stifling new laws designed to pull back deductions. Newly enacted tax rules could destroy a well-crafted filing plan and put a business or individual in the red. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017 limits itemized deductions for both state and local taxes. The timing runs from 2018 through 2025. Californians might already deal with the burden of increased costs, including gas, raised toll fees, and sales taxes. Individuals and businesses could struggle to remain solvent after losing specific itemized deductions on top of the added state costs.
For these reasons, Safe Harbor CPAs has announced a new informational post just as the firm gears up for a busy tax season 2020.
ABOUT SAFE HARBOR LLP – A PROFESSIONAL CPA FIRM IN SAN FRANCISCO
Safe Harbor LLP is a CPA firm that specializes in accounting and tax services for individuals and businesses throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and greater California. Safe Harbor CPAs help both individuals and businesses with tax preparation, IRS audit defense, and audited financial statements. The firm prides itself on friendly yet professional service and utilizes state-of-the-art Internet technology to provide quality customer service.
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The staff at Palmer Public School in Nebraska will now have a quiet place to relax and recharge during the school day, thanks to a ,500 School Lounge Makeover® from California Casualty. The new lounge was unveiled Tuesday.
“We are very appreciative to California Casualty for providing this for us,” said Palmer Schools’ Superintendent, Dr. Joel Bohlken. “This will make a big difference because we really didn’t have a place for our staff to go for a moment to unwind and relax before heading back to the classroom,” he added.
Palmer English teacher and school librarian, Mary Gregoski, submitted the winning entry for the makeover. “This means we will now have a place of our own to get a short break before we return to the teaching environment. We are just so grateful that California Casualty thinks about educators,” she said.
The new staff lounge at Palmer School features a TV, two massage chairs, soothing “bubble water wall art,” coffee station, new tables, a refrigerator, and colorful paint and accessories. EON Office designers maximized the area for comfort.
The ,500 School Lounge Makeover giveaway was created to provide educators a more conducive environment to take a break, share time, and revitalize during their long days at school. This is the 13th School Lounge Makeover provided by California Casualty since the program began in 2011.
“We’ve seen the dedication of administrators, teachers and staff firsthand and we’re proud to show our appreciation,” added California Casualty Sr. Vice President, Mike McCormick.
California Casualty has other giving programs that benefit public schools and educators, including:
Learn more about California Casualty and its giving programs at http://www.calcas.com/newsroom.
Founded in 1914, California Casualty provides auto and home insurance to educators, law enforcement officers, firefighters and nurses across the country. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, with service centers in Arizona, Colorado and Kansas, California Casualty has been led by four generations of the Brown family. More information about California Casualty can be found at http://www.calcas.com.
Maritime Insurance International, an independent marine insurance agency, has hired two Marine Insurance industry guru’s to expand their East Coast footprint. The independent marine agency brought on Adam Meyer as Director of Sales – Southeast and Rod Clingman as Director of Sales - Northeast, respectively, as of November 1st, 2018.
For the last 19 years Rod has worked strictly in the marine insurance industry. Starting his insurance career as an underwriter for a P&C company, then moving into sales and product / policy development. He has worked with some of the country’s leading marine agencies and marine insurers. Prior to joining Maritime Insurance, Rod was a program manager for Berkley Recreational Marine (W.R. Berkley Co.)
Adam Meyer graduated Wake Forest University School of Law in 1996, then started his marine insurance career in Cincinnati as a Marine Loss Control Specialist with St. Paul Fire & Marine. He then went on to Chicago to specialize in Mega Yacht and Commercial Marine underwriting as an Ocean Marine Underwriter for St. Paul / Travelers. After 5 years in marine loss control and underwriting, Adam moved back home to North Carolina, where his passion led him to the agency and sales side of marine insurance. Since 2000, Adam has built an impeccable reputation as a specialist marine producer, and led two successful marine divisions.
Both Directors will focus on boat, yacht and commercial boat insurance in their respective regions, further expanding the East Coast and National presence of Maritime Insurance. “The experience and knowledge these two individuals add to our team, on both our products and industry, made this a natural fit for us all. We are excited to have them join our niche agency.” said Maritime Insurance Vice President Garrison Rudisill
About Maritime Insurance International
Maritime Insurance specializes in Boat, Yacht, Marina, Boatyard, Boat Dealers, & Boat Builder insurance solutions. MII has amassed over 100 years of collective experience in the marine industry and has a group of professionals that are unmatched in this niche insurance industry. They pride themselves on providing clients responsive and personal service coupled with competitive markets throughout the relationship. The agency is licensed in 46 states with offices in four port cities.
Offices are located in Charleston, SC; Annapolis, MD; Mystic, CT; and Wrightsville Beach, NC. For more information call 843-606-5270 or visit http://www.maritimeinsuranceinternational.com.
Innovest Global Inc. (OTCMarkets:IVST) (the "Company" or "Innovest"), a conglomerate with operations in commercial and industrial products and services, biotechnology, and building materials, announces that it closed the acquisition of Midwest Curtainwalls ("Midwest") on Friday afternoon.
Innovest has now completed seven transactions to round out a business platform which features million in annual revenue run-rate, from two operating divisions; as well as a Biotech Division, which owns an interest in a developmental brain cancer vaccine. Ninety percent of that revenue has been acquired in the last 45 days. The initial operating companies have grown by approximately 50% since acquisition, and have integrated synergistically.
Dan Martin, Innovest's founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer started Innovest just one year ago. "We've added tremendous intrinsic value to Innovest, while issuing minimal stock, no long-term debt, no risky financing transactions, and a focused effort to grow those assets once acquired. Our 2019 plan will be announced soon and involves all of the tools and progress we will need to supercharge our growth and capture that value for stockholders," he said. "Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of our stockholders, which we appreciate greatly for their confidence. Their support has given us the momentum and opportunity to grow, and I'm extremely thankful to our team for serving that opportunity to an amazing level."
John Yenges, who has been running Midwest as EVP is now it's President. "The acquisition was enthusiastically received by our client pipeline and our team, and I'm excited to couple Midwest with the philosophies and opportunities Innovest provides. I expect spectacular results," said John Yenges. Dan Martin stated, "John doesn't just 'fit in' with Innovest, he adds to Innovest. He brings a unique skillset, his own high energy, great ideas, and a motivated team. He's a true professional and a wonderful person and we are all thrilled to work with him and the people at Midwest".
More about Midwest:
Midwest (click here for their website) has been in business since 1959 and is an industry leader. Their work has international appeal having done major projects in the United States, Barcelona Spain, London England, and Hong Kong. Midwest will add to our Construction & Building Materials Division. They generate eight-figures in annual revenue from specialty commercial construction contracts. This transaction is our most profitable acquisition to-date. It requires the issuance of 2 million restricted common shares of stock with a two-year guarantee, a ten-percent profit sharing arrangement based 2019 booked contracts, and the assumption of approximately 0,000 in ongoing standard banking obligations which are current and in good standing. Midwest is cash-flow positive in the low seven-figure range.
About Innovest Global, Inc.
Innovest Global, Inc. (OTC Markets: IVST) is a conglomerate with operations in commercial and industrial products and services, energy, biotechnology, and health services. Our primary growth strategy is to acquire existing companies in a select few industries, and attract new customers in cost effective ways. Currently, we have a Commercial & Industrial Division, a Biotechnology Division, and a Construction & Building Materials Division.
For more information, please visit: http://www.innovestglobal.com, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook @innovestglobal.
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MyBankTracker.com, a leading financial comparison site that matches consumers to their perfect bank, announced its annual Best of Banking Awards for 2019. The editorial staff analyzed and compared top financial institutions and products throughout the United States across various categories.
MyBankTracker.com increased the number of honors in years past from seven to 13 with additions like the best finance apps, investing tools and robo-advisors. Selections were made by evaluating criteria such as benefits, fees, interest rates, ATM access and other factors.
“When we curated our awards years ago, the focus was on banks,” said Jason Reposa, CEO and co-founder of MyBankTracker.com. “However, with the financial space constantly evolving we decided to change the awards in our tenth year. Now, we not only honor the best banks, but also a variety of financial products that help consumers manage their money on a daily basis such as apps, automated services, and loans.”
Chase took home the award for the best national bank because of its full range of deposit accounts, credit cards, extensive financial services, and investment offerings. The large branch and ATM network and mobile apps also played a part. The best online bank award went to Axos Bank for its free rewards and high-interest checking account, unlimited domestic ATM fee refunds, and no overdraft fees.
Alliant Credit Union was named the best credit union for 2019 for its availability nationwide, lenient membership eligibility requirements, low fees, and competitive interest rates. Four geographic winners were given the honor of best regional bank. Popular Bank received the award for the Northeast with BBVA Compass winning in the South. In the West, Bank of the West received the honor with Huntington Bank taking home the award in the Midwest.
“We’re on a mission - changing the way consumers bank. For years, they had to fit their needs into whatever a bank offered. Now, with tools like the Best of Banking Awards, they can find products to best fit their situation. MyBankTracker.com is putting consumers first,” Reposa noted.
Staff also examined the checking, savings and CD accounts at the biggest traditional banks, online banks, and credit unions to determine which was superior in its product group. Multiple winners were announced in numerous product categories including checking accounts, savings accounts, personal loans, certificates of deposit (CDs), money market accounts, credit cards, brokerages, robo-advisors, money-management apps, tax apps and automatic savings/investing apps. To see the full list of winners and runners-up, visit MyBankTracker.com/banking.
“We want consumers to grow their money in 2019 and decrease charges with features like no-fee accounts - ultimately maximizing their returns. Of course, everyone’s situation is different, so research is key. Not everyone has the time, so our awards can help get consumers on the right financial track to save money in the new year,” Reposa said. “Our advice? Be present. Review your statements. Educate yourself about paying your future you. You’ll likely end up with more money in your pocket.”
The awards were chosen based on various criteria to include fees, interest rates, ATM access and perks. For more information on the methodology and participating banks, visit MyBankTracker.com/banking.
MyBankTracker.com is an independent financial comparison site to help consumers make smarter banking and financial decisions. The company’s mission is to match consumers with their perfect bank account and other financial tools. MyBankTracker provides and tracks in-depth information on more than 5,000 banks, credit unions, and financial products. Using a combination of technology and money-management expertise, the site equips users with easy-to-use tools to compare interest rates, fees and requirements for deposit accounts, credit cards, and various loans. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.
Dallas, TX: KryptoGraphe is pleased to announce that its cryptocurrency portfolio manager is compliant with the GDPR regulations. The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most comprehensive EU data privacy law in decades. Besides strengthening and standardizing user data privacy across the EU nations, it will require additional obligations for all organizations that handle EU citizens’ personal data, regardless of where the organizations themselves are located.
The new regulations are designed to better reflect the interconnected nature of our world regarding consumer’s right to privacy, protection of personal data, and business usage of personal data across the European Union.
The team at KryptoGraphe has updated the app to implement the data protection and privacy policies.
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Our partner and compliance administrator from Hummingwave, Amit Singh says: “KryptoGraphe has been trusted by thousands of its users with their cryptocurrency portfolio information due to its security, privacy, and transparency. Implementing GDPR makes these features so much more visible to users. Recent enhancements let users export their data in a machine-readable format to be used in any other system and to delete their account should they choose to.”
KryptoGraphe encourages safe investing and aims to provide a secure platform to track all cryptocurrency investments.