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

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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

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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/.

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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

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

LinkeDrive Releases New App For Drivers!

LinkeDrive®, Inc., a leading provider of Driver Performance Management (DPM) solutions for the transportation industry, announces the release of the LinkeDriveR App, continuing their ongoing efforts to improve the end-to-end driver experience and empower drivers with the information they need to succeed.

Available for IOS, Android, and even laptops if drivers prefer. The LinkeDriveR App provides clear, visual, and intuitive communication of organizational goals and driver performance. Hailed by early adopters as the “Driver’s Go-To Hub That Makes a Difference” and boasting rich and easy-to-understand driver reporting and information, this app is a must-have for every transportation organization.

“We are thrilled to launch the LinkeDriveR App, completing our vision of enabling a self-regulating driver. With this new application, we are empowering our drivers with all (and only) the data, insights, and coaching that is needed, when and where they need it,” shares LinkeDrive’s CEO and Founder Jeff Baer. “For our drivers, it is a one-stop-shop, with easy access to intuitive, visual performance details. For our managers, it means that winning results can be driven with little to no effort in the office. With LinkeDriveR, drivers are much more engaged and happier -- and we know that happier and more engaged drivers are more productive, fuel efficient, and safe!”

Major features include:

  • LinkeDrive reporting. Daily MyDrive, Monthly MyScore, 30 / 60 / 90 Day Trends
  • Leaderboards. Easily extensible to any data set to create customized leaderboards (e.g., safety leaders, number of customers' “likes,” PedalCoach Score) and flexible reporting on fleets, regions, business units, and companies.
  • Driver coaching. Complete with personalized driver coaching, infographics, and video training support, including coaching review and engagement adherence scoring
  • Training and onboarding. Full suite of onboarding and training materials, spanning tips, infographics, and videos, for the best possible driver experience.
  • Configuration tuning and customization for drivers. Personalize your account, report delivery preferences, and the look and feel of your app
  • Other functionalities include… Star and create a favorite MyDrive list, easily share MyDrives, add truck specs to your reports

“These days, drivers, and for that matter, society as a whole, have greater expectations on the information that’s available to them in their personal lives, as well as at work. Apps showing progress against goals and performance are more and more commonplace in individuals’ daily lives,” says Tibor Ivanyi, VP of Engineering at LinkeDrive. “The transportation industry in many cases; however, has lagged in these modern approaches to provide the needed information to drivers in a fair and positive way that truly scales. By combining the latest in flexible, web-based, and mobile technologies, with Nobel prize-winning approaches in behavioral science, we’re truly creating a best-in-class experience for drivers with the LinkeDriveR App. The focus of our design is to provide a streamlined interface making it easy for drivers to see the good work they are doing out there every day!”

LinkeDrive’s leading-edge and patented Driver Performance Management (DPM) solution begins in the cab with real-time coaching, followed by context-rich daily, weekly, and monthly engagements with drivers, each attuned to organizational goals and objectives. An operationally streamlined and mobile-friendly portal is available to management, focused on ease-of-use and simplicity. Now with the LinkeDriveR™ App added for drivers, LinkeDrive truly completes their driver-focused DPM ecosystem.

About LinkeDrive, Inc.
Based in Boston, Massachusetts, LinkeDrive is committed to helping trucking and logistics companies improve fuel efficiency, heighten safety, and increase the retention rates of their drivers. The company’s combined expertise in cloud-based, mobile technology and the trucking industry helps it to deliver solutions that accurately measure, coach, and report on vehicle dynamics, fuel usage, and driver performance. For further information, please visit http://www.linkedrive.com/. Follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Linkedrive/) and on Twitter @LinkeDrive.

Posted in: Computers & Software,Technology,Transportation & Logistics,Travel,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.

Reflexis: Unleash the Power of Your Store Associates.

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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

Total Server Solutions Relaunches Brand, Unveiling New Brand Name - Performive

Total Server Solutions (TSS), the first hyper-converged, VMware multicloud provider, specifically built to serve the Mid-Market (MM), finalized its transformation to Performive. With this transformation, Performive launched a new look and feel, while also adding to its product portfolio, creating a full suite of fully-managed, secure, multicloud solutions and services.

“We are at a pivotal point in our growth and our capabilities as a managed cloud provider, making it the absolute right time to reintroduce our brand to our current and future customers,” assesses Gary Simat, CEO of Performive. “While the name may be new, our updated messaging encompasses 15 years of managing customer environments to evolve into hyperconverged, VMware-centric managed multicloud provider.”

The rebrand highlights an expanded infrastructure portfolio that focuses on the team’s long history as VMware experts. The technology offerings include secure, fully managed VMware Cloud, Private Cloud, Bare Metal, Colocation, and an entire suite of Veeam-powered Data Protection Services. To continue to serve customers with excellence, Performive has also introduced three tiers of customer support and engineering/consultancy services to meet Mid-Market IT Teams’ need for more regular access to expertise and time-saving environment management. With the new product and service offerings, Performive customers can focus on driving technology-forward innovations and business solutions in this demanding, ever-changing era.

“The team has been proactively serving our loyal customer base with a performance-first mentality for over a decade. With performance and service excellence as key components of our organization’s core culture, the new brand name was an easy, authentic choice for the leadership team,” comments Danielle Walter, Vice President of Marketing, on the new brand identity. “We can now clearly and concisely tell the story of our past, present, and vision for the future with our updated messaging and product portfolio.”

The new logo and brand imagery’s mountain landscape symbolize that Performive is the experienced guide to lead customers through unchartered terrain of strategizing performant cloud environments that optimize their mission-critical workloads and applications.

Founded in 2005, the organization has gained the attention of several publications and company rankings lists, including becoming recipients of the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 award and 2018, 2019, and 2020’s Pacesetter Award. Performive recently landed a spot on one of the most prestigious rankings list, Inc 5000’s fastest-growing privately owned businesses, which marked the fourth year in a row of inclusion.    

About Performive
Performive is a Cloud Solutions Provider specializing in VMware environments for the Mid-Market. From Private Clouds to Managed Hyperscale, the Performive cloud portfolio is complemented by a robust security and Veeam-powered Data Protection offering to build strategic multicloud environments for growing businesses across the world. Learn more or view our 20+ global locations at Performive.com.

Posted in: Computers & Software,Services,Technology,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

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

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

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

For the 3rd Time, Stable Kernel Receives the Inc. 5000 Award, Ranking No. 3115 With Three-Year Revenue Growth of 124.07 Percent

Inc. Magazine reveals Stable Kernel is No. 3115 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America. The list represents an exclusive look into some of the most successful organizations of 2020 including Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, Patagonia and more.

“We are thrilled to be named one of America’s fastest-growing private companies for the third year. We owe our growing success to the incredible talent we have in-house and our clients who trust us to build innovative, complex software products for their most high-stakes business challenges,” said CEO and Founder Joe Conway.

This marks three out of four eligible years Stable Kernel has been a part of this elite list of businesses, ranking No. 532 in 2017 and No. 1549 in 2019. The company also celebrates a year of achievements from several national and local publications. These awards include Fortune Magazine Certified Great Place to Work, Inc. Magazine Best Place to Work, Atlanta Business Chronicle Pacesetters and Atlanta Business Chronicle Healthiest Employer Award.

“From our beginning in 2013, we've been building a company culture that is authentic and expansive. Our work is guided by our shared commitment to four core values that has helped us create a sustainable, healthy business to support such massive growth,” said Chief People and Culture Officer Jami Sieder.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000. To learn more about Stable Kernel, visit https://stablekernel.com.


About Stable Kernel:

Stable Kernel is a custom software and technology firm founded and based in Atlanta. Our Fortune 500 clients rely on us to navigate the unknown — that space between an identified problem and a future-focused solution. At Stable Kernel, we identify, strategize and execute on custom software that builds your business.

Founder Joe Conway’s roots run deep in tech from training thousands of engineers at Apple, Facebook, IBM, and more. His cachet in the industry attracts the brightest tech talent to build world-class products for brands including BMW, Kimberly-Clark, Carvana, UNFI, Rheem, SCJohnson, Honeywell, Sallie Mae Bank, GoPro, DowDupont, Assurant, Louisiana Pacific and more.

Posted in: Computers & Software,Services,Technology,U.S,Website & Blog

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

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

LJA Engineering Nationally Ranked In Top Ten As Best Firm To Work For By Zweig Group

LJA Engineering has once again been recognized as a Best Firm To Work For in 2020 by the Zweig Group.

The Best Firms To Work For awards honor the best architecture, engineering, planning, environmental, and construction firms (AEC) to work for in North America.

“With recruitment and retention continuing to be the greatest challenges for firms, this contest, the only national best places to work for the AEC industry, is more important than ever,” said Zweig Group CEO Chad Clinehens. “Add the current pandemic to the mix and it is even more critical for firms to find measurable ways to reinforce their culture and the good things they are doing and creating. Celebrating an award like Best Firms To Work For does just that and infuses positive energy into the environment.”

Firms were evaluated comprehensively on firm culture, workplace practices, employee benefits, employee retention rates, professional development, and more – from both management and staff perspective. Awards were given in multiple categories based on firm size and discipline.

LJA Engineering ranked at number seven overall this year and has ranked in the top ten for the past several consecutive years.

LJA is an employee-owned, full-service, comprehensive multi-disciplinary consulting firm. With 36 offices across Texas, Florida, and Oklahoma, LJA offers one-source, one-stop reliability for all of our clients, when and where they need us. Our 1,200 employee-owners stand at the ready with experienced civil, transportation, midstream, rail, flood and drainage, and coastal engineers, plus hydrologists, environmental specialists, planners, landscape architects, construction managers, GIS designers, and surveyors. We can best leverage our resources across our company, deliver expertise-driven teams, increase responsiveness to your specific needs, and individualize project solutions. LJA was recently named #65 by ENR National as a Top Design Firm and as the 2019 Design Firm of the Year by ENR Texas & Louisiana.

Posted in: Business,Real Estate,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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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
  • Partnerships
  • Real Estate
  • Start-ups & Financing
  • Technology Licensing & Protection of Intellectual Property

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™.

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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

To the Moon and Back with Sheyene Gerardi, kicks off its first season with space, rockets and cyborgs.

The Venezuelan model and television personality is back on the TV dial in more than 100 countries. In its premiere season, the show will feature fascinating stories from Silicon Valley, including the world´s most iconic figures such as Elon Musk (SpaceX), Jeff Bezos (Blue Origin) and Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook). Throughout this series, Sheyene Gerardi goes behind the scenes to uncover leading-edge technological developments taking place across the aerospace industry. ¨To the Moon and Back with Sheyene Gerardi" is available to some 600 million TV viewers globally. In the U.S., is´s available to around 45 million households in certain markets through Cable.

Sheyene Gerarardi is a model and one of Venezuela´s most beloved television icons. She beat a prediction of 3 months to live and she has been involved in many philanthropic endeavors over the course of her career. This time she addresses the issue of her social work with a mission to use visual storytelling to amplify social issues and catalize social change. "Science is inherently optimistic. I love being able to use the power of entertainment to create positive change and help audiences to take action, and digital TV allows me to do this in powerful ways.- says Sheyene.

To the Moon and Back is about Sheyene doing what she does best: communicating hopeand celebrating progress, with which she aims to educate audiences on a global level. Sheyene is also executive producing this series. 

Each segment will air Nationwide during half-hour episode to millions of television housholds distributed throughout cable television, reaching approximately 100-million subscribers via Univision, DISH Network, DIRECTV, Verizon FiOS TV, Amazon Prime and more that 600 independent rural cable systems.



Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,Celebrity,Science,Technology,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

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

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.

Posted in: News & Current Affairs,Non Profit,U.S

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

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

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).

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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

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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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

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

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

Distron Announces Million Commitment for Corporate Headquarters Renovation to Better Serve Customers

Strategic investments made to continue company’s growth and longevity

Distron Corporation, a leading electronic contract manufacturer, announced it will commit  million to remodeling its headquarters and an additional 0K in equipment upgrades to enhance productivity. The total investment will result in more jobs, more innovation and more technology for Distron and its customers.

“Distron has had 50 years of manufacturing success in New England, this investment ensures that Distron will continue to grow and meet the needs of our customers for the next 50 years,” said Distron President Robert Donovan. “The renovation will give us the flexibility and space to add to our team and allow us to stay at the top of technology for our industry.”

The equipment additions include a Juki dual nozzle selective soldering system (CUBE460DN) and a Nordson Assure x-ray counting system. The selective soldering system offers excellent flexibility for through-hole application. It is very flexible and is simple to setup and maintain. The Assure counting system allows for live component inventory management increasing productivity and minimizing component shortage downtime.

Distron currently employs more than 120 people at its headquarters, and plans to add more new jobs over the next three years. The renovation and remodel should be completed by the end of 2020. Looking to the future, Distron will have more space and capacity to grow with its expanding customer base.

The Company’s location in Attleboro Falls, MA has been its primary manufacturing facility since 1997. In 2010 a major expansion added 12,000 square feet of SMT assembly, electro-mechanical assembly and warehousing to the facility. The current project will renovate and upgrade approximately 6,000 square feet of office space. The result of the renovation and remodel project will be a more modern and collaborative workplace and will provide a new cafeteria, offices and meeting space.

Creative Business Design, of Hingham MA., will serve as general contractor.

Posted in: Computers & Software,Electronics & Semiconductors,Manufacturing & Industry,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.

Propel Marketing & Design, Inc.
533 E. Ocean Ave.
Suite #1
Boynton Beach, Florida 33435

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

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

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.

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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.

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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 bureaucracy. Instead, team members are hand-selected on a project by project basis. The members have the talent and experience to work together efficiently, quickly and remotely, or in person. With this experience, comes the ability to recognize and develop authentic, strategically big ideas that will resonate and increase brand longevity.

NineLives is placed to disrupt this space and this group is designed to fill the gap for a new business model to better support clients and team members. Essentially, NineLives can scale to fit any advertising or marketing need.

“Now that we are emerging from a global pandemic, the appetite and appreciation for remote work has only increased,” Funke says. “The NineLives Group is filled with all the talent that clients want under one roof and none that they don’t need. It just so happens that our roof is virtual.”

About NineLives Group:
NineLives Group was founded by Erich Funke as a reimagined agency model that gives clients and agencies direct access to scalable, custom built award-winning advertising teams, on a project by project basis. This group of proven leaders has worked with clients ranging from Unilever to Apple, Harman, PlayStation, BMW, LUX, Mazda, Wonderbra, Toyota, NUK, Taco Bell, Kellogg’s Jim Beam, Sony and more. The group provides strategic consulting, branding, media, digital, website, and video production services in order to get idea driven content that works across multiple platforms. Breathing new life into brands. For more information, please visit http://www.ninelives.net.

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

MSI Global Transformation Solutions Joins RES Forum’s Technical Partner Program

As part of the Technical Partner program, MSI has helped develop RES Forum’s Policy Analytics and Risk modules that allow companies to compare (on an anonymous basis) their risk and assignment policies against all other companies. Currently over 100 organizations have input data. For those companies who have already input responses, they will have the ability to change these, model scenarios and see the impact on overall weight and cost of these changes relative to others.

MSI’s Global Relocation division is a leading provider of relocation and Global Mobility Transformation® solutions to organizations worldwide. MSI has a diverse portfolio of services designed to help companies effectively and strategically meet their mobilization needs.

David Enser (The RES Forum) said, “We are delighted to continue our relationship with Timm Runnion and his team at MSI Global Ttransformation Solutions. The quality and service that MSI delivers to corporate clients and transferees is outstanding and that’s why we are excited to have them as one of our Technical Partners.

Timm Runnion, MSI Chairman said, “We too are delighted to build on the outstanding relationship we have with RES Forum and look forward to collaborating on these excellent tools, providing genuine value to our clients and the broader relocation community.” Kim Raymond, MSI’s SVP Global Talent Strategy added: “RES Forum’s values and culture of collaboration, research and shared learning will continue to resonate well with our clients.”

About RES Forum (http://www.theresforum.com). Created in 2006 as an independent community for International HR & Mobility professionals and is now the largest and most active network, specializing in global mobility survey data, modelling and analytics. Over 1850 members from 820 of the world’s leading companies in 41 countries, all mobility professionals, have joined the RES Forum and are active participants in knowledge sharing in an increasingly growing online community.

About MSI (http://www.msigts.com): MSI helps to transform businesses into highly optimized and well executed organizations that can embrace the ever-changing dynamics of the global economy.

Global corporations depend on MSI’s trusted expertise and managed services capabilities in the specialized areas of:

Global Immigration                
Domestic Relocation                 
Global Employer Services
International Assignments
Global Employer Services
Mergers & Acquisitions            
Post-Merger Integration
Change Management                
Diversity and Inclusion            
Recruitment Process Outsourcing
Compensation & International Payroll    
Tax & Equities
Business Traveler Compliance        
Technology & Digital
International PEO                
Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Analytics

Companies grow, compete, and globalize with MSI


Media Contact:
Nick Royle, MSI Global Transformation Solutions | nick.royle@msigts.com | +1 (603) 274 9100


Media Contact:
Ken Scott, The RES Forum | ken@theresforum.com | +44 (0) 7562 986444

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

Armacell’s ArmaFlex® Ultra with FlameDefense™ Technology Becomes First Flexible Elastomeric Foam Insulation to Receive UL Classified Mark

Armacell, a global leader in flexible foam for the equipment insulation market and a leading provider of engineered foams, announced the commercial market release of ArmaFlex Ultra with FlameDefense technology, the first flexible elastomeric foam insulation UL Classified as to UL 723 with a 25/50 rating.

Armacell’s innovative FlameDefense technology helps resist burning and reduces smoke development. In the event of fire, materials that are UL 723 classified will burn slower and produce less smoke, giving occupants and first responders precious extra time. With patent pending FlameDefense technology, ArmaFlex Ultra goes beyond the required building codes and international safety regulations, thus furthering the company’s commitment to safety and energy efficiency.

“Safety is at the center of what we stand for at Armacell and as such, we are constantly looking at ways to improve our products while making safety a top priority,” says Ciro Ahumada, Armacell’s Vice President AMERICAS.

Armacell’s commitment to the National Fire Protection Association’s Life Safety Code drove the pursuit of a UL (Underwriter’s Laboratories) Classification Mark, which mandates that materials are evaluated by independent, third-party testing facilities compliant with UL classified testing and auditing requirements.

ArmaFlex Ultra was tested and proven to have 100 percent consistent and compliant results. The UL Classification Mark gives engineers, specifiers and building owners the assurance that ArmaFlex Ultra will perform consistently year after year. Plus, it meets an IMC (International Mechanical Code) third-party certification standard that no other flexible elastomeric insulation manufacturer has met.

“Insulation is a key material in the buildings in which we live and work every day,” comments Shawn Dunahue, General Manager Marketing AMERICAS. “By choosing ArmaFlex Ultra, customers can be confident they are choosing a smarter alternative — tested, proven and classified by rigorous third-party testing standards.”

ArmaFlex Ultra is a closed-cell, plenum-rated insulation. It has exceptional water vapor permeability and thermal properties. Additionally, ArmaFlex Ultra provides moisture resistance and condensation control to prevent moisture from forming on pipes, a common problem that leads to mold, corrosion and water damage in mechanical systems and buildings.

Introduced in January to engineers and specifiers, Armacell’s ArmaFlex Ultra is now available to the North American commercial market and will be sold through its extensive network of insulation distributors. For more information visit http://www.armacell.us.

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

OTTC Completes Fiber to the Home Build in Phelps, Clifton Springs, Trumansburg, Interlaken, Romulus and Ovid NY

Ontario Trumansburg Telephone Companies (OTTC) is proud to announce that it has completed its 600-mile Fiber to the Home (FTTH) build in Phelps, Clifton Springs, Trumansburg, Romulus, Interlaken and Ovid, NY. OTTC is also the first independent telephone company in Upstate New York to implement the new FlexNAP™ system from Corning, a leading innovator in materials science, into their FTTH build. This system allows for faster, more reliable fiber installation to both homes and businesses. As a result of its innovative fiber build, OTTC was awarded the FTTXcellence Award during the 2019 Fiber Connect conference.

OTTC’s new OTTC Blast router is being deployed to FTTH customers to provide them with the ultimate whole home wi-fi solution. This router gives the customer complete control of their network with the OTTC Smart Home app. This allows the customer to setup guest wi-fi, utilize parental controls, run speed tests, and manage their home network.

Paul Griswold, President and CEO of OTTC says, “We’re on the cutting edge of fiber technology, and our new OTTC Blast Router will provide customers with the most reliable whole home wi-fi solution.”

“Corning is excited to support OTTC’s most recent FTTH build, and proud that our pre-terminated solutions continue to deliver value in deployments across America,” noted Clark Kinlin, SVP of Corning Optical Communications. “OTTC’s willingness to innovate makes them the ideal partner for deploying next-generation solutions like FlexNAP. We’re looking forward to the countless benefits fiber connectivity will bring to the Ontario-Trumansburg community.”

OTTC has been owned and operated by the Griswold family since 1920, and now has 5 generations operating the company. Known for its innovative communication solutions, our 5 generations of family, have prided ourselves in keeping up with the technological times, the company has undergone many evolutions over its 100 years of operations. This has allowed its current generation the ability to provide customers with the latest high-quality and technically advanced communication services.

To meet the advancing needs of customers, Paul Griswold founded Finger Lakes Technologies Group (FLTG) in 1995. In 1999 the company became one of the earliest Cisco partners, and by the year 2000 the company had become a premier Cisco partner with over 100 Cisco Certifications. FLTG’s 3,000-mile fiber network serviced over 75 cities in Upstate NY, and in 2014 FLTG received the New York State Broadband Award for Fiber Innovation. FLTG was also the recipient of Top Work Place Awards for New York State in 2015, 2016, and 2017. In 2017, FLTG was sold to FirstLight. Now known as OTTC, the company continues to provide the largest privately-owned fiber network in Upstate NY.
To stay up to date for promotions and everything fiber to the home related, like OTTC on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OTTelephone.

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The Ontario & Trumansburg Telephone Companies (OTTC) and their subsidiaries form the largest independently-owned telephone Company in New York State, providing phone and internet services to more than 8,000 residential and business customers. Founded in 1920, OTTC is a five generation, family-led business that keeps innovation at its core with nearly 100 years of experience. OTTC offers services in Phelps, Clifton Springs, Trumansburg, Interlaken, Ovid and Romulus. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Ashley Gustafson at 585-313-9794 or email at ashleyg@ottctel.com .

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

Bigge Opens New Crane Rental Location in Biloxi, Mississippi

Bigge Crane and Rigging Co. is expanding again, this time adding a new branch to support our growing operations in the Southeastern United States. Biloxi, Mississippi is now home to the newest Bigge location and will specialize in bare crane rental for Mississippi and Alabama.

The new location will have a wide variety of rough terrain and crawler cranes available for bare rental. Bigge's young and comprehensive fleet includes 80-100-ton capacity Tadano Rough Terrain cranes and 275-330-ton Kobelco Crawler cranes. Combined with the hundreds of cranes capable of being dispatched from the company’s multiple locations around the country and Gulf Cost, Bigge has one of the largest and most modern crane fleets in the US.

Our new Biloxi branch is conveniently positioned at the intersection of Interstate 10 and 110 and will allow us to better serve the region's industrial, commercial and civil infrastructure projects with our Perfect Fleet equipment and 100+ years of heavy lift expertise. To contact Bigge about bare crane rental in Mississippi or Alabama, please visit Biloxi Crane Rental location page, or call us at (228) 265-7497.

We are hiring new staff for the Biloxi location. Interested parties should apply through the Bigge Careers portal.

About Bigge Crane and Rigging Co.

For more than 100 years, Bigge has been one of America’s premier global crane sales, crane rental, and project services companies. Our innovative specialized project teams have also provided heavy lift, heavy rigging, specialized transportation equipment, and innovative engineering solutions for some of the most challenging projects across the US. Bigge currently owns and maintains the largest inventory of new and used cranes for sale in the country. To learn more, visit http://www.bigge.com.

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

VertiMax Announces New Accredited Virtual Training Certification

VertiMax, the world leader in sports performance, functional, and rehabilitative training systems, announced their new virtual certification set to release in July 2020.

VertiMax, firmly committed to supporting and educating the Sports Performance and Fitness community, has created a new virtual certification to support customers and distributors around the world in using VertiMax Platforms and Raptors.

Influenced by recent changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, VertiMax understands that high-quality virtual training has become a necessity for the global sports performance and fitness marketplace. The VertiMax Digital Certification is already approved by the American Council of Exercise, for 0.6 credits and VertIMax is currently in the process of submitting the course to be pre-approved through NASM and AFAA as well.

VertiMax will continue to offer its more hands-on in-person certifications, which were launched in 2019, through its team of accomplished Master Trainers. The American Council on Exercise and NASM has accredited the in-person certification courses and will extend credits to professionals for the new digital certifications as well.

"The Sports Performance and Fitness community are seeking educational opportunities during this time. Adding to their knowledge base, bringing more value to their training and advancing their resumes are all great attributes to attending digital education courses'" Says Jessie Ehren, VertiMax International Training Coordinator. "Attendees will learn training skills and programming with an accredited course conducted by our U.S. Master Trainers."

"This new wave of learning has driven the team to launch its virtual VertiMax Certification Course earlier than planned," says Bryan K. O'Rourke, an executive and investor in VertiMax through his private equity fund Vedere Ventures. "With live events being postponed and canceled, VertiMax took the opportunity to convert the full-day, in-person course with the help of Inspire360 as the host platform along with video tutorials, articles, slides, and assessments."

VertiMax offered digital support throughout the shutdown via their training App, which covers multiple sports and includes in-season and off-season training. "As schools and facilities were forced to close and group gatherings were limited, parents of athletes and fitness enthusiasts sought ways to continue their own or their athletes' training journeys," says Al Marez, COO of VertiMax. "With the support of the VertiMax App, individuals who did not have the experience and elite knowledge were able to coach and conduct their own VertiMax workouts. VertiMax thanks everyone who has adjusted to the new changes and continues to keep performance and fitness a focus as we keep a positive mindset. See you back on the field and court in no time!”

Gary Oleinik, Director of Sales and Marketing of Perform Better UK, said, "As we adapt to unprecedented times, the need for solid online training resources is higher than ever. Virtual training allows us to better serve our clients by adding the value of education when selling top sports performance technology like the VertiMax range."

"VertiMax Certified virtual training supports our customers to the highest level post-sale by providing them with all the tools needed to be a successful Vertimax user," said Oleinik. "We at Perform Better pride ourselves on implementing the best cutting-edge sports tech available and support our clients with the highest quality sports science support. That is what VertiMax offers."

The VertiMax App contains 100's of videos, fitness workouts, and pre-season/in-season/off-season sports programming is available onsite or by downloading on your iOS or Android App Store.

For more information and to register visit https://www.vertimax.com/education.

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About VertiMax

VertiMax provides sports, functional, and rehabilitative training solutions to fitness facilities, training centers, and high school and college athletic programs, including for use by student and professional athletes at home or on the field. Thousands of US high schools and 80% of D1 universities utilize VertiMax technologies and platforms, including their portable Raptor product. Over 40% of professional US sports teams like the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots, among others, utilize the technology extensively.

To learn more, visit http://www.vertimax.com or follow @VertiMax on major social networks.

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

The Leading Provider of White Label Marketing Services in the USA and Canada Expands Product Line and Enters European Marketplace

White label marketing service specialists, yourlabel, expands across Europe and adds to its product line, giving marketing agencies and media companies the opportunity to diversify their service portfolio and create new revenue streams without the extra costs and investments that usually come with growth.

The white label service model is simple, yet effective. When a company partners with yourlabel they can pick and choose from a wide range of marketing services to re-sell to their clients. When the company gets a new order, yourlabel’s team of marketing experts step into action. Acting as an extension of the company, yourlabel fulfills the service and provides all necessary support. Many companies choose to outsource marketing services because it is a cost-effective, efficient, and practical avenue for revenue generation and sustainable growth.

The initial expansion of yourlabel is focused on the UK and offers several unique benefits to the marketplace. As opposed to outsourcing to local providers, yourlabel offers companies access to fresh, unique and innovative perspectives on marketing strategies and services that are not otherwise found in Europe. The favourable exchange rate also makes yourlabel a cost-effective solution for European companies.

“Our expansion into Europe is the first step in getting Canada recognized as a valuable supplier of marketing solutions in the international stage. Our team will bring a wealth of fresh ideas and expertise to the European community. In an already extremely competitive marketplace, agencies who adopt yourlabel early will be able to stand out in the crowd” says Vimal Siva, CEO at yourlabel.

The synergy between the UK and Canada extends beyond just sharing a language, with a time-change of only 5 hours, companies in the UK can tap into yourlabel resources and support during business hours and receive responses in a timely manner. All factors that are a necessity in the fast-paced realm of online marketing.

Renowned in the marketing industry for their extensive white label marketing services, yourlabel is synonymous with excellence in expertise and support. With a full complement of online marketing services available, including PPC, SEO, reputation management, social media management, content development, website design and development, marketing agencies and media companies have the unique opportunity to brand themselves as a one-stop-shop for marketing services, and offer a comprehensive range of marketing services to their clients.

More about yourlabel white label services:
A division of Canadian owned and operated OutReach Media, yourlabel is a fast-expanding white label marketing outsourcing provider that is changing the way marketing agencies and media companies do business. While yourlabel handles the logistics and fulfillment behind the scenes, companies can focus on their sales and client relationships.

Posted in: Computers & Software,Services,Technology,U.S,Website & Blog

StormwateRx LLC Proudly Introduces Frontline™ - the ultimate Industrial Stormwater Catch Basin and Trench Drain Inserts

StormwateRx, in exclusive partnership with Frog Creek Partners, is proud to announce the availability of our newest stormwater treatment product, the patented Frontline™ family of drain inlet inserts.

Frontline™ is available in two common industrial configurations, the Frontline™ CBI (Catch Basin Insert) and the Frontline™ TDI (Trench Drain Insert) both of which offer the same simple installation, operation and high performance that is common to the other StormwateRx products.

Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, StormwateRx, a Newterra Company, designs, manufactures, installs, and maintains stormwater treatment products for customers worldwide. By adding Frontline to the Clara®, Aquip®, Purus®, and Zinc-B-Gone® product lineup, StormwateRx offers industrial facilities the most comprehensive line of industrial stormwater treatment products on the market to aid in compliance with stormwater discharge regulations such as the Multisector General Permit and the Industrial Stormwater General Permit.

Frontline is the first line of defense against trash, oil, hydrocarbons, nutrients, and metals in stormwater runoff. Designed specifically for industrial applications, Frontline offers the best performance and largest adjustable over?ow of any drain inlet insert on the market. Its flexible design fits under the existing storm grate in a drop inlet or a trench drain configuration. Frontline is easy to install—just insert the frame and pollutant filtration devices into your existing storm drain inlet.

Frontline™ is built to last and easy to maintain. Its super-duty, stainless steel construction is designed for years of rugged industrial use. Maintenance takes just a few minutes with readily available, off-the-shelf, replacement filtration and StormwateRx-formulated media inserts. The filtration bags are available for deep or shallow catch basins while the media can be configured to your site’s needs and replaced into the same housing by one person. Monitoring is a breeze using the optional sample port.

Frog Creek Partners president and founder, Brian Deurloo, states, “Stormwater pollution is a difficult problem to solve. Our team believes that an arrangement between Frog Creek Partners and StormwateRx will create immense value for industrial facilities seeking reliable stormwater filtration solutions. StormwateRx and Newterra have a great track record in the water industry and we appreciate the opportunity to become a part of their product lineup.”

Frog Creek Partners is an environmental technology manufacturing company that creates innovative products to remove pollution from stormwater.

Frog Creek is mission driven and dedicated to improving the health of watersheds by building long-term relationships with clients, partners, and anybody else who has a passion for clean water like we do. Because “Clean Water is a Good Thing™.”

With Frontline™, backed by StormwateRx’s proven stormwater expertise and Frog Creek Partner’s manufacturing know-how, you can stop industrial pollutants at the door, keeping your site cleaner and boosting the performance and runtime longevity of your downstream treatment best management practices.

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Financial Education Can Reduce Poverty And Help Americans Escape Its Cycle

The legacy of multi-generational poverty among American families is reaching worrisome levels. Multi-generational poverty is defined as a family having lived in poverty for at least two generations. According to the 2018 U.S. Census, 38.1 million Americans live below the poverty line while a survey conducted by the American Payroll Association found that 74% of the population is living paycheck-to-paycheck.(1)(2) People trapped in a cycle of generational poverty are focused on surviving day-to-day, not planning for the future but tackling their current situation. Jeff Mount, CEO of Real Intelligence LLC, says this can lead to a feeling of pessimism and loss of hope for the future.

“Growing up in a lower middle-class household, I was constantly told I would never be able to achieve much,” Mount said. “Never be able to be a competitive athlete, never be able to attend a great college, never be able to own my own business, never be able to retire. Children in lower and lower-middle class neighborhoods hear this constantly.”

In addition to feelings of hopelessness about the future and the everyday stress of how to pay the bills, people living in poverty often face more health problems due to excessive stress and lack of access to decent health care.(3) Reducing the overall rate of poverty can benefit Americans at every economic level as high rates of poverty cost the U.S. economy more than 0 billion annually in lost productivity, increased health care costs and higher criminal-justice expenditures.(4)

Financial and educational experts say that one way to break the cycle of multi-generational poverty is through education.(5) Not only are states like North Carolina and New Jersey planning to include financial literacy as part of their must-pass-to-graduate curriculum this year, international policy makers have issued a worldwide call to action for more financial literacy for the most vulnerable people in our society.(6)(7)(8)

“Financial literacy is probably the least recognized educational topic,” says Mount. “The education system has ignored this very critical topic for generations due to their commitment to the basics: math, science, literature and history. But financial literacy is incredibly important: it affects enormous life decisions that can impact the lives of others – in either a really positive or detrimental way. When was the last time you heard of someone negatively impacting another’s life because they failed an algebra test?”

The consequences of a lack of financial education can be devastating, according to a poll by the National Financial Educators Council, Americans estimate they lost an average of ,279 in 2019 due to a lack of financial knowledge. The losses can come from increased risks such as bank fees, high credit card and loan interest rates and losses on investments.(9)

In states that require financial literacy in high school, the average credit card debt is lower and young adults haver higher credit scores and lower loan default rates than those in states without the educational requirements.(10)

While sound financial education can make a positive difference at any time, financial investors and planners have a unique opportunity now to make a big change in Americans’ financial planning, health and education. While one-on-one discussions and meetings are essential when advising someone about their finances, apps and online programs have been shown to help individuals of all ages become financial literate.(11),(12) Some tools like Real Intelligence’s Dynamic Mapping financial planning program can help financial planners illustrate and explain the outcomes in a more intuitive way that promotes strategic understanding.

Mount’s path to financial independence started one summer when he was inspired by wealthy clients who encouraged him to expand his vision for his life. “While working as a tennis pro right after college, I was fortunate to secure a job where the people I met encouraged me to learn how to be innovative, entrepreneurial and smart about investing for the future. I am hopeful to pay it forward with the Dynamic Map app.”

About Real Intelligence LLC:
Real Intelligence, LLC is the brainchild of entrepreneurs and industry experts Jeffrey Mount and Mike Helgesen. With 55 combined years of industry expertise and the alliance of both their AI inventions – Dynamic Mapping and training program, Essential Family Office – Real Intelligence, LLC is poised to offer a complete essential tool kit to the next generation of elite Financial Advisors. With strategic, industry-proven training, patented technology, and an unprecedented lead generation opportunity the paradigm of financial services is shifting from the current status-quo. This human-centered approach to financial planning is a consultant’s greatest tool to combat the competitive threat of free programs through robo-advisers and the dangers of irrelevancy. For more information, visit http://www.realintelligence360.com.

1.    Semega, Jessica, “Income and Poverty in the United States: 2018” United States Census Bureau, September 10, 2019, census.gov/library/publications/2019/demo/p60-266.html.
2.    Schlesinger, Jill, “Money: Why are so many living paycheck to paycheck?” Arizona Daily Star, February 1, 2020, tucson.com/business/money-why-are-so-many-living-paycheck-to-paycheck/article_00425632-d114-5eb9-a722-dca27afd7011.html.
3.    Johnson, Tonisha, “Understanding Generational Poverty” Spectrum News 1, August 13, 2019, spectrumnews1.com/oh/columbus/news/2019/08/13/understanding-generational-poverty.     
4.    Brown, Desmond, “10 Reasons Why Cutting Poverty is Good for Our Nation” Center for American Progress Action Fund, December 6, 2011, americanprogressaction.org/issues/poverty/news/2011/12/06/10771/10-reasons-why-cutting-poverty-is-good-for-our-nation.
5.    Jackson, Lauren Bringle, “7 Tips for Breaking the Cycle of Poverty” Self, March 20, 2019, self.inc/blog/7-tips-for-breaking-the-cycle-of-poverty.
6.    Lasure, Kayla, “Financial literacy class to be graduation requirement” Watauga Democrat, February 6, 2020, wataugademocrat.com/news/financial-literacy-class-to-be-graduation-requirement/article_2706ae18-d37b-5f8e-a81c-efd0154a543d.html.
7.    Epperson, Sharon and Manning, Patrick, “Teaching financial education in schools finally catches on” CNBC, February 5, 2020, cnbc.com/2020/02/04/teaching-financial-education-in-schools-finally-catches-on.html.
8.    Georgieva, Kristalina, “The Global Economic Reset – Promoting a More Inclusive Recovery” International Monetary Fund Blog, June 11, 2020, blogs.imf.org/2020/06/11/the-global-economic-reset-promoting-a-more-inclusive-recovery.
9.    “Financial Illiteracy Cost Americans ,279 in 2019” National Financial Educators Council, January 8, 2020, financialeducatorscouncil.org/financial-illiteracy-costs.
10.    Barrington, Richard, “States Where Financial Literacy Education is Working” Money Rates, June 4, 2020, money-rates.com/research-center/financial-literacy.htm.
11.    O’Connell, Brian, “Teaching Kids Financial Literacy During the Pandemic: A Primer” The Kitchen Table Economist, June 9, 2020, thestreet.com/mainstreet/news/teaching-kids-financial-literacy.
12.    McNamee, Paige, “Briefcase babies: How financial apps are helping kids learn about much more than money” Finextra, June 10, 2020, finextra.com/the-long-read/42/briefcase-babies-how-financial-apps-are-helping-kids-learn-about-much-more-than-money.

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A Modern Take on Vintage Safari Wear from Phineas Cole for Summer 2020

This summer, we are excited to present the Sahara Collection from Phineas Cole at Paul Stuart. These new styles by our Creative Director Ralph Auriemma include the perfect silhouettes for stylish occasions to wear while in the city or in the country.

The Sahara Collection is a modern take on vintage safari travel wear. Inspired by the soft earth tones of the desert dunes, Sahara has a rich mix of textures and tones, soft silk and linen blends, vintage archive prints, and statement pieces. Auriemma says, “When designing this collection, I was inspired by the unique ability of the Italian mills that I work with to create these sportswear looks in silk and linen blends, distressed leather and ultra-lightweight suede.”

Traditional menswear silhouettes have been completely restyled to include curvaceous body shapes in unstructured linen and silk sports blazers, a new pant silhouette with a forward pleat, ghurka style waists on hopsack linen trousers, and suede cargo shorts.

There are lots of fantastic jackets to choose from and true to the collection name, Auriemma has included a suede safari jacket, along with a lightweight suede jean jacket, a distressed leather motorcycle jacket, and his favorite; the ultra-lightweight, tan leather motorcycle jacket with a hand-embroidered tiger head on the back.

Special occasions call for fabulous ties and this collection doesn’t disappoint. Auriemma looks back into the archive for inspiration with a silk Paisley Printed Master, green and brown wide silk stripes, and even a charming button pattern to be paired with a horizontal stripe club collar shirt for a dressier look. All of the Phineas Cole shirts feature a rotated sleeve and single needle stitching.

Chilly temperatures call for casual pants with cargo pockets in suede and cotton that pair perfectly with beautiful knits in cotton cable knit boucle, cable sweaters, and a shawl-collared, double-breasted sweater jacket. Paulette Garafalo, CEO of Paul Stuart says, “We design our sportswear collections each season with our customer's fashion needs in mind for every occasion. At Phineas Cole, we love dressing for the weekend and have the perfect wardrobe for it. Sahara offers head to toe style for the beach or the boat; our new styles will make sure our customer arrives perfectly attired."

About Paul Stuart:
Headquartered in New York City, Paul Stuart, Inc. was founded by Ralph Ostrove and named for his son Paul Stuart Ostrove. The store has remained in its original location since opening in 1938. The company designs exclusive collections of men’s and women’s tailored clothing, sportswear, footwear, and accessories.

Additional stores are located in Chicago on East Oak Street and LaSalle Street, and a third boutique in Washington, D.C.’s City Center shopping district. The company operates additional stores in more than 50 locations throughout Japan. Paul Stuart is privately held by Mitsui & Co., LTD company of Japan. https://www.paulstuart.com

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Datacomp Publishes JLT Reports for Colo., Del., NJ, Wyo. Manufactured Home Communities

Datacomp published July 2020 JLT Market Reports for manufactured home communities in Colorado, Delaware, New Jersey, and Wyoming, which include mobile home rent comps, occupancy, and other vital up-to-date data.

JLT Market Reports provide detailed research and information on manufactured home communities in 184 U.S.housing markets. Reports include the latest rent trends and statistics, marketing programs, and a variety of other useful management insights.

Datacomp’s JLT Market Reports are the nation’s #1 provider of market data for the manufactured housing industry. JLT Market Reports are recognized as the industry standard for manufactured home community market analysis.

July 2020 manufactured housing market data published in JLT Market Reports for Colorado, Delaware, New Jersey, and Wyoming include information on 240 “All ages” and “55+” manufactured home communities.

Altogether, the reports from the four states’ manufactured home communities include data representations for 62,673 homesites.

Regional Trends in Manufactured Housing Community Rent and Occupancy

  • The West region manufactured home communities show a year-over-year 0.9% increase in occupancy to 95% as well as a 4.5% increase in adjusted rents year-over-year.
  • Northeast region manufactured home communities show a year-over-year 0.2% increase to 94% as well as a 2.9% increase in adjusted rents year-over-year.


“Looking at the July 2020 JLT Market Reports, the stability of the industry and the value provided in affordable housing is made evident by the consistently strong occupancy rates in varying markets,” Datacomp Co-President and Chief Business Development Officer Darren Krolewski said. “The sustained high occupancy rates also show that the very moderate increases in rent are in line with market demand.”

What’s in JLT Market Reports?
Each JLT manufactured home community rent and occupancy report from Datacomp has detailed information about investment grade communities in the major markets. The detailed information includes:

  • Number of homesites
  • Occupancy rates
  • Average community rents, and increases
  • Community amenities
  • Vacant lots
  • Repossessed and inventory homes, and much more


JLT Market Reports also include management insights that rank communities by number of homesites, occupancy rates, and highest to lowest rents. Established reports show trends in each market with a comparison of July 2020 rents and occupancy rates to July 2019, as well as a historical recap of rents and occupancy from 1996 to present date in most markets.

The July 2020 JLT Market Reports for manufactured home communities in Colorado, Delaware, New Jersey, and Wyoming are available for purchase and immediate download online at the Datacomp JLT Market Report website, or they may be ordered by phone in electronic or printed editions at (800) 588-5426.

Each fully updated report for mobile home communities is a comprehensive look at investment grade properties within a market, enabling owners and managers, lenders, appraisers, brokers, and other organizations to effectively benchmark those communities and make informed business decisions.

About JLT Market Reports
For more than 20 years, countless professionals have trusted JLT Market Reports for timely and accurate management reports on land lease manufactured home communities. JLT Market Reports are currently published for 184 markets nationwide and are recognized as the industry standard for manufactured housing industry data. In 2014, JLT & Associates merged its resources, skills, and expertise with Datacomp, the industry’s oldest and largest national mobile home appraisal company and number one provider of market data for the manufactured housing industry, and MHVillage, the premier website for advertising mobile homes for sale and rent nationwide and publisher of the MHInsider trade magazine for manufactured housing news. For more information, or to purchase complete JLT Market Reports, call (800) 588-5426 or visit http://www.datacompusa.com/JLT.

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TechFrederick Hackathon Teams Create Software Solutions for Local Non-Profits

techfrederick, a coalition of local high-tech companies, completed its second Annual Hackathon this week, yielding incredible results for some Frederick area non-profits.

Hackathon team members Steven Epstein, Cathy Anderson, Matt Layman, Augusta Pinson were named the Overall Winners for the app they produced to benefit SHIP of Frederick County (Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership). The winning team was tasked with creating a responsive mobile application for SHIP that would provide information on available resources for homeless youth.

“The Team’s app exceeded expectations in the biggest way!”, said Ed Hinde, Executive Director, SHIP of Frederick County, “I had planned to replicate an app from a similar non-profit in LA. Now I imagine that LA non-profit will likely want the SHIP app.”

Two additional local non-profits chose winning apps created to meet their own needs and specs. City Youth Matrix chose a winning app designed to be used by volunteers to coordinate youth transport to and from activities. Frederick Fire and Rescue Services (FIRE) chose an app designed to help with their records management.

Started in 2016, techfrederick focuses on connecting local professionals by providing advocacy, education, communication, and networking opportunities. techfrederick’s Hackathon is held annually and ran virtually this year from June 12 to June 26. This year the Hackathon gave local software developer participants the opportunity to build an application that would help one of three non-profits streamline a process or digitally transform their operations in a way that would help them better serve our community!

“The Hackathon went great. It was an awesome experience and a distraction for folks during these crazy times. People really enjoyed building these applications because they know the things they built will get used”, said techfrederick Hackathon Co-Chair Patrick Pierson of IronNet Cybersecurity. “Everyone’s a winner here! We’ve all put our hearts and time into contributing to Frederick County!”, said techfrederick Hackathon Co-Chair Matthew Rodatus of HighGear.

techfrederick has been formed to identify, highlight, support, foster awareness of, advocate for, and develop Frederick’s growing high tech community through community education and human resource development, entrepreneurship training programs and seminars, and related events.

For more information, please contact Amy Pontius, Executive Director, apontius@techfrederick.org . Please visit http://www.techfrederick.org and subscribe to our emails.

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Houston Native, Rashad Garrett Creates Faith of a Mustard Seed Therapy App Bridging the Gap for Accessible Mental Health Services in COVID-19 Pandemic

Houston Life coach, Rashad Garrett, has thrown a lifeline to those struggling with mental health problems during the pandemic and beyond with the launch of his new app, Faith Of A Mustard Seed (FOAMS).

The global pandemic has caused a drastic increase in the number of people dealing with mental health issues. In fact, a Federal Agency emergency helpline dedicated to helping people in emotional distress registered more than a 1000 percent increase in April for their service in comparison to the same period last year. But despite the growing demand for mental health services, therapists are struggling to bring their services online due to restrictions with reimbursement and licensing.

With the current state of affairs, the FOAMS App has never been timelier. Touted as the social therapy app, the FOAMS app offers a space for individuals to grow socially and emotionally by providing help for issues such as depression, anxiety, self-identity, abandonment, insecurities, low self-esteem and much more. Users of the app can access one-on-one personal therapy from the platform’s clinicians that include Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Licensed Therapists, and Life Coaches. Sessions are facilitated via phone, video calls, and live chats; users can even send in-app messages to their counselors.

FOAMS is a black-owned, LGBTQ business blazing the trail for a new kind of Telehealth. When asked about the motivation for creating the app, CEO and Founder, Rashad Garrett, explained: “I wanted to bridge the gap between counseling and technology by providing a preventative source to the society’s growing epidemic of depression. We just want people to have a place to turn to when they feel overwhelmed and or struggling with Mental health issues.”

For those who prefer self-help, the FOAMS app hosts free podcasts that focus on self-help techniques by industry leaders. There is also 24/7 access to forums and discussions moderated by life coaches and special guests as well as articles on topics such as abuse, relationships, panic attacks, depression, and more. FOAMS app also offers motivational apparel for children and adults.

The FOAMS App is available for free download in the Apple and Google app store. For further information, or to shop FOAMS apparel and other merchandise visit https://www.foamstherapy.com/.

Media Contact: Tikiyah
Email: toverstreet (at) relatepublicrelations.com


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The Receptionist announces contactless visitor check-in experience with latest version release

The Receptionist today announced the release of a new Contactless Check-In option for its visitor management system as a way to reduce contact liabilities in businesses and facilities and help minimize the risk of spreading any virus or disease.

After months of intensive research into different screening procedures, interviews with customers to determine needs, and internal product testing, the rollout of the new contactless functionality prioritizes keeping visitors and employees safe during the check-in process when the chances of using shared equipment are at their highest.

“Business leaders around the world have had to rethink how they welcome visitors through their doors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Andy Alsop, President and CEO of The Receptionist. “We wanted to ensure that any solution we produced in response to this need would add lasting value to our customers not only during this time, but far into the future. By making our contactless feature available immediately to everyone using our software, we believe we’re helping our customers keep their visitors and their employees safer and healthier.”

The Receptionist for iPad's contactless feature allows office visitors to check in using their personal mobile device, without needing to physically touch an iPad kiosk or download an additional app, and at no additional cost.

Upon arrival, visitors can use their mobile device’s camera to scan a QR code displayed on the iPad screen, launching a browser that walks them through answering each company’s unique visitor check-in questions.

Additionally, visitors can start the process prior to their arrival by accessing a unique URL provided by the business. They will then be able to answer any questions ahead of their scheduled visit.

Once they’ve answered the check-in questions, visitors will be given a unique QR code on their mobile device to present to the iPad’s camera that will complete their check in and notify the appropriate contact that their visitor has arrived.

Feedback from Receptionist for iPad customers has been overwhelmingly positive in the initial days since the contactless feature’s release.

“As a community of independent health and wellness providers, protecting the health and safety of our Members and their clients and patients is at the forefront of what we do,” said Scott Zimmerman, Founder and CEO of Nexis Wellness. “The Receptionist for iPad has been a critical tool at Nexis for the past three years, and we are confident that our visitors are going to love using the new contactless check in process.”

The initial release of the contactless feature includes the ability to have visitors sign health, security, and/ or liability agreements/statements digitally and print badges (if a printer is available) once a visitor has scanned their QR code to confirm their check-in and log their Covid-19 risk.

Planned future updates include functionality to recognize returning visitors, take photos from the mobile device, search contacts, and more.

“We see contactless visitor check-ins becoming much more the standard rather than the exception moving forward,” said DeLynn Berry, The Receptionist Co-Founder and Director of Engineering, “and we’re going to continue to place our resources into additional functionality that provides our customers and their guests the best experience possible.”

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BlueStar® Celebrates 140th Anniversary of Custom Manufacturing & Quality Craftsmanship in America

BlueStar®, manufacturer of high-performance, customizable appliances for the home, is proud to celebrate a landmark anniversary – 140 years of high quality, custom manufacturing in Pennsylvania that has transformed home kitchens around America.

“We have committed ourselves to making great American handcrafted appliances for 140 years. We are a company that was born in the USA and never left,” said Eliza Sheffield, president, BlueStar®. “From our professional performance ranges to premium refrigeration, each BlueStar appliance is designed, engineered and handcrafted with pride by American workers. We are proud to celebrate our company’s great history of providing high quality, bespoke products that are winning with consumers.”

In honor of its milestone anniversary, BlueStar® is launching a Limited Edition Platinum Series Range, featuring a custom Heritage Blue finish and commemorative star logo with special 140 year anniversary inscription. The Platinum Anniversary range – offered in sizes from 24” to 60” – will be available from July 1 to December 31, 2020 and provides an added value of up to ,640 to consumers. The top-selling Platinum Range Series features searing 25,000 BTU burners, an interchangeable griddle and charbroiler system and an oversized PowR® oven that fits commercial-size sheet pans.

Originally known as the Prizer-Painter Stove and Heater Company, in its early days the company produced a full line of coal ranges, hot water heaters, furnaces and heating stoves, sold under many of the major brand names of the day. Many of those original models are still in service today across America. In the 1950s, Prizer also produced a full line of porcelain enamel cookware that was sold under the brand name Prizerware. Prizer continued to manufacture quality cooking ranges under the Prizer label, as well as for other high-end brands, and took a major step forward with the introduction of its advanced two-coat/one-fire enameling system. In 2002, Prizer introduced handcrafted, high-performance ranges for the residential market under the BlueStar® brand. Since then, BlueStar® has continued to strengthen its reputation as a top manufacturer of high performance appliances for the serious home chef, adding professional-grade custom ventilation and premium refrigeration to its venerable line.

American Workmanship, American Quality
Today, BlueStar® is proud to produce award-winning home kitchen appliances including cooking equipment, kitchen hoods and premium refrigeration in its Pennsylvania factory. Using the finest, commercial-grade materials, each product is built by hand by skilled American workers. The handcrafted quality and performance of its appliances has caught the attention of cooking enthusiasts from home cooks and culinary enthusiasts to professional chefs such as Michael Symon, Paul Kahan and Suzanne Goin, among many others.

BlueStar® has been a trailblazer in color and customization innovation, offering its appliances in 1,000 color choices and 10 metal trim options, as well as any custom color. Many appliance manufacturers offer custom finishes, but none offer the breadth of BlueStar®. BlueStar® also has the ability to color match appliances to paint colors, or match paint colors to appliances for a seamless, integrated look within the kitchen space. An interactive web site tool, 'Build Your Own BlueStar', allows consumers to customize a new BlueStar range or refrigerator – from the intensity of the range’s burners to the color of the unit itself – before buying.

“This 140th anniversary signals an exciting chapter in our storied history. We bring a distinguished legacy and a renewed commitment to deliver high-quality, unique kitchen appliances that can be customized to the individual needs of our customers,” said Sheffield. “We are proud to support our country’s long standing tradition of quality manufacturing. We are looking forward to another 140 years of American manufacturing.”

For information, on the 140th Anniversary Limited Edition Platinum Range, click https://bit.ly/31yvxjX. For general information, visit http://www.bluestarcooking.com.

Tweet this: While it may be our anniversary, it's everyone's celebration. @BlueStarCooking appliances deliver power & performance to American kitchens. #cheersto140years. Find out more: https://bit.ly/31yvxjX.

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Altium Launches the #MyAltiumStories Showcase Contest Celebrating the Passion of PCB Designers Everywhere

Altium is launching an exciting new contest this summer, open to engineers, students, inventors, and companies. The contest will allow PCB designers from all industries and experience levels an opportunity to show off their design work and a chance to be featured on Altium’s popular Altium Stories YouTube channel.

The Altium Stories YouTube channel, launched in late 2019, features short videos showcasing innovative projects designed by Altium users. In mere months the channel has grown to nearly 6500 subscribers and individual videos have received as many as 35,000 views.

The #MyAltiumStories contest gives viewers the unique opportunity to have their own designs featured alongside industry luminaries ArduinoHouston Mechatronics and Piano Arc. Contest winners will also be eligible to win Altium Designer licenses, official Altium-branded merchandise and more.

The contest is just as exciting for Altium, as it gives the company another way to connect with the PCB design community. As Masha Petrova, Vice President of Brand Marketing at Altium, elaborates, “Altium users are more than just customers to us—they’re vital to our success as well as the advancement of future technologies. The #MyAltiumStories contest is a great way for anyone who loves PCB design to show off their creations while inspiring peers and future generations of designers.”

Informative videos showcasing current projects using Altium PCB software tools may be submitted through August 31, 2020.

For detailed contest rules and requirements, please visit: https://resources.altium.com/p/showcase-your-designs-and-win.


Altium LLC (ASX: ALU), a global software company headquartered in San Diego, Calif., is accelerating the pace of innovation through electronics. From individual inventors to multinational corporations, more PCB designers and engineers choose Altium software to design and realize electronics-based products.

The growing demand for smart and connected products is driving advancements in electronics technology. Design trends are demonstrating the need for minimizing power, reducing package size and energy consumption, and prioritizing high-speed design. For over 30 years, Altium has been delivering software that maximizes the productivity of PCB designers and electrical engineers, from idea to board. Users are at the center of Altium’s R&D and business operations. With its unique Business-to-User approach, Altium is focused on developing software that is easy to use and implement, with solutions that enable innovation and deliver industry-leading user productivity.


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After 17 Years, Mt. Cheaha Harley-Davidson in Oxford, Alabama Sells with Help from George Chaconas of Performance Brokerage Services

Performance Brokerage Services, a new car and Harley-Davidson dealership broker is pleased to announce the sale of Mt. Cheaha Harley-Davidson in Oxford, Alabama from Mark Christopher and Jay Pumroy to Josh Russom and Andrew Campbell.

Mt. Cheaha Harley-Davidson in Oxford, Alabama was acquired in 2003 by Jay Pumroy who later partnered with Mark Christopher in 2013. The dealership has been a staple in the community, hosting many events and supporting a loyal Harley-Davidson rider group. Since partnering with the Jay, Toni Christopher, Mark’s wife was instrumental in the marketing details of the dealership and in 2015, began hosting the annual “Rumble on the Loop” featuring live bands at the dealership’s on-site amphitheater. The employees have also been known for providing riders exceptional sales and service throughout the years, just one of many reasons to visit the dealership. Owner Mark Christopher commented, “After much thought and consideration, my partner Jay and I decided to hire George Chaconas of Performance Brokerage Services to advise us on the sale of Mt. Cheaha Harley-Davidson in East Alabama. George aggressively marketed our store and ultimately, we negotiated a deal with our neighboring dealers, Josh Russom and Andrew Campbell. George’s 20 years of experience in advising and brokering Harley-Davidson dealerships was very instrumental and helpful in the negotiations and throughout the buy sell process! He was always available and very responsive. I genuinely enjoyed working with George. When you are considering selling your Harley-Davidson dealership, I would definitely suggest you contact George Chaconas!” Mark and Toni Christopher will continue to own and operate their powersports dealership, Motorcycle Sports located in Munford, Alabama. http://www.motorcyclesportspolaris.com

Over the last 5 years, Performance Brokerage Services has represented for sale over 250 automotive and motorcycle dealerships making it the highest volume automotive and motorcycle dealership brokerage firm in North America.

Josh Russom and Andrew Campbell are the new owners of what will now be known as Hooligan Harley-Davidson. Josh and Andrew currently own Redstone Harley-Davidson in Madison, Alabama and Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson in Hickory, North Carolina. The buyers had been looking to expand their already booming Harley-Davidson enterprise and reached out to George Chaconas who previously provided excellent customer service during the purchase of their two current locations. George C. Chaconas, the exclusive agent for this transaction and the head of the National Harley-Davidson and Powersports Division for Performance Brokerage Services, knew this opportunity would be a perfect strategic acquisition for them. George commented, “I am extremely excited to have helped Josh and Andrew acquire their third dealership. This is an excellent opportunity for them to expand their footprint into the East Alabama market and I look forward to helping their continued growth and success.”

The dealership will proudly display their new name and logo, Hooligan Harley-Davidson at its current location at 231 Davis Loop Road in Oxford, Alabama 36203.

The buyers, Josh Russom and Andrew Campbell, were represented by J. Gregory Humphries, Partner at Shutts & Bowen LLP http://www.shutts.com

About Performance Brokerage Services

Performance Brokerage Services, an auto dealership broker, specializes in professional intermediary services to buyers and sellers of automotive, commercial truck, Harley-Davidson and Powersports dealerships.

The company offers a different approach by providing complimentary dealership assessments, no upfront fees, no reimbursement of costs and is paid a success fee only. Performance Brokerage Services gets paid only after the client gets paid.

With nearly 30 years of dealership brokerage experience, the company utilizes an extensive network of industry related accountants, attorneys, hundreds of registered buyers and enjoys longstanding relationships with most of the auto manufacturers. The intermediaries at Performance Brokerage Services have been involved in well over 700 transactions. Pledging loyal and unwavering representation, confidentiality is vigilantly protected during the selling process and after the transaction closes.

With corporate offices in Irvine, California, 5 regional offices in Utah, Florida, Texas, Virginia and New Jersey, a dedicated Harley-Davidson and Powersports Division, and a dedicated Commercial Truck Division, Performance Brokerage Services provides its clients national exposure with local representation. For more information about the services offered by Performance Brokerage Services, visit https://performancebrokerageservices.com.

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

Meridian Investments Closes Record 7.5 Million LIHTC Fund for R4 Capital

Meridian Investments, Inc. is pleased to announce the closing of R4 Housing Partners XIV, LP., a Section 42 Housing Tax Credit Fund. R4 Housing Partners XIV, LP raised 7.5 million of investor equity and will acquire interests in twenty-eight affordable multi-family rental properties located in fifteen states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Eleven corporate investors participated in the closing. When completed the twenty-eight projects will result in the creation and preservation of 2,758 affordable housing units for families and seniors.

R4 Capital is a nationwide syndicator, lender, loan servicer, and asset manager established in 2011 by its President and CEO, Marc Schnitzer. “Rising to meet the new COVID-19 business challenges to ensure the health and safety of everyone directly or indirectly involved and by partnering with our longstanding clients, we were successful in financing these much-needed projects”, said Marc Schnitzer. “The Housing Credit is our nation’s most successful tool for encouraging private investment in affordable rental housing and we thank the Congress for supporting this public – private partnership.” Schnitzer continued.

R4 Capital’s senior executive team has on average more than 25 years of Housing Tax Credit experience, with a track record that includes over billion of LIHTC equity investments on behalf of more than 200 corporate investors. R4 Capital has continuing relationships with the nation’s top LIHTC developers built over 30 years in more than 2,000 transactions. The firm maintains offices in New York, NY, Boston, MA, Newport Beach, CA, and Austin, TX.

Meridian Investments, Inc. was established in 1981 as a broker-dealer and financial advisor, with Billion in equity placements to over 175 institutional investors. Meridian is active in both the primary and secondary LIHTC markets as well as wind and solar energy renewables and statutory tax advantaged investments. Meridian has offices in Boston, MA. (Braintree), Washington, D.C. (Bethesda, MD.) and Atlanta, Georgia. Meridian is a Board Member of the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition.

Media Contacts & LIHTC Program Information Requests:
Rachel Tall, SVP | Director of Marketing, R4 Capital LLC ,780 Third Avenue, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10017, (O) +1 646 863-6815
Jack Casey, Vice Chairman, Meridian Investments, Inc. (301) 983-5000 Mobile 301-529-7889
Emily Cadik, Executive Director, Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition (202) 434-8287

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

AstroTurf Installs Diamond Series Field for Slippery Rock University

Slippery Rock University Baseball becomes the latest program to join the AstroTurf® Diamond Series family as they have selected the premier synthetic baseball system in the industry.

Slippery Rock’s new field features the AstroTurf Diamond Series RBI System which includes multiple artificial turf components that have been specifically engineered to emulate the look, feel, and performance of both the grass and clay portions of a baseball field. Diamond Series turf systems from AstroTurf® are well-known throughout the sport of baseball for delivering the ultimate in playability, durability, and ballpark aesthetics.

"It's hard to put into words what this is going to do for our program and the school recruiting wise,” said Slippery Rock Head Baseball Coach, Jeff Messer. “This field is as good or better than any D1 school's field out there. Without question, no hesitation at all, it is the premier DII facility in the country. AstroTurf did an outstanding job for us."

Over 139,000 square feet of AstroTurf has been installed at Jack Critchfield Park which includes 12,000 square feet of practice area, pitching mounds and batting cages. The aesthetically pleasing field sports alternating panels of turf, with the Slippery Rock logo at centerfield, and “The Rock” in beautiful text just behind home plate.

“Our players development-wise are going to get so much stronger," added Messer. “There’s no better facility in our conference or in Division II. Everybody is trying to do a little extra to attract that student athlete. This is the gem of our conference now, so it’s definitely going to be a game changer for us without question.”

Slippery Rock University is now a member of a long list of AstroTurf® Diamond Series customers that include elite programs such as Vanderbilt, Michigan, Kentucky, Duke, Ohio State, Washington State, West Virginia, and many, many more.

About AstroTurf
For athletes and sport enthusiasts, AstroTurf® has redefined the way the game is played. The brand offers advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport and specialized synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of high schools, colleges, professional sports teams, and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety. To learn more, visit AstroTurf’s website at http://www.astroturf.com.

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

2020 PrecisionAg® Awards of Excellence Recipients Announced

These five outstanding individuals have demonstrated exceptional work in the use and adoption of precision agriculture technologies and practices. They join 52 individuals and organizations honored by the PrecisionAg Alliance since the creation of the awards in 2007.

The 2020 recipients include:

Crop Adviser/Entrepreneur Award:
Ofir Schlam, Co-Founder and CEO, Taranis
Schlam is a 4th generation farmer, software developer, and computer science expert who merges his background in farming and tech to create precision agriculture technologies.

With Taranis, Schlam has facilitated the technological advancement and distribution of precision farming globally by developing an innovative “digital agronomist” system that sees and analyzes fields at scale and at a depth level that humans cannot.

Under Schlam’s leadership, Taranis has grown from a 3-person garage start-up to a 100-employee company with 17 offices globally, 19,000 customers, 20 million acres of land under management, and million in funding. His vision of how precision agriculture can improve farming worldwide has motivated a range of industry players to hop on board.

More than 60 world-class agronomists have combined their expertise on crop health and proper treatments onto the Taranis platform. Sixteen of the world’s top 20 agricultural retailers - including Wilbur-Ellis, John Deere, BASF, and ADAMA – have partnered with Taranis to make their tech available to agricultural businesses worldwide.

He has secured partnerships with three key organizations: Stratus Imaging, which brings specialized imagery services to Australian farmers; Climate Corp, to provide field photos for crop health analysis; and John Deere, through participation in its Startup Collaborator. Schlam oversaw the acquisition of Mavrx, to provide plane-level imagery. Through Schlam’s vision and leadership, industry players are uniting to spread the value of precision agriculture worldwide.

His Taranis platform combines three visual layers, and its deep learning then uses advanced mathematical models and computer vision to analyze images against Taranis’ database of over 1 million crop health issues (pest infestation, disease, weeds, nutrient deficiencies, etc.) to generate reports of matters affecting yield and perform tassel counts that accurately estimate yield to streamline operations for harvesting.

Educator/Researcher Award:
Jason Ward, Digital Agriculture Team Lead, North Carolina State University
Ward splits time between research, teaching and Extension, and his team covers the full range of production agriculture from moisture sensors in greenhouses to precision ag in commodity crops to a robotic platform supporting pasture animals.

Ward’s program addresses areas of research focusing on quantifying crop lodging damage and automating cotton replant decisions using UAS imagery. In addition to his UAS program, Ward is completing research in mapping sub-field cotton fiber quality for each cotton module sent to the cotton gin, utilizing machine data to improve harvest efficiency, and utilizing robotic systems to improve quality for pasture animals.

At NCSU, Ward led the effort to renovate and develop laboratory space focused solely on Digital Agriculture where faculty can work in both the applied and theoretical digital ag space to create and evaluate technologies. The Suggs Lab for Machinery Systems and Precision Agriculture is a large-scale machinery and small UAS showplace for on-campus tours, external visitors, and Extension agent trainings.

Dr. Ward is active in national and international societies, including membership in the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), ASABE NC Section, Alpha Epsilon Engineering Honor Society, and International Society of Precision Agriculture. He was named ASABE Machinery Systems Technical Community Outstanding Reviewer in 2015, Food and Process Systems Technical Community Outstanding Reviewer in 2014, and New Faces of Engineering in 2010.

Educator/Researcher Award:
Ajay Sharda, Associate Professor and Precision Agriculture Engineer, Kansas State University
Sharda’s work is focused directly on the implementation of precision technologies within crop production. In a very short time, he has become a well-known professional not only for Kansas and the region but both at national and international levels.

He has succeeded in many aspects of his profession, including training graduate students (served as chair to 11 MS & PhD students and as a member of 12 other MS & PhD student committees). He’s worked to improve knowledge of farmers via on-farm studies and science via publications. He sustains one of the largest teams in the country with more than million in research awards, and presents at key industry collaborations with many industries around the globe. He also dedicates time to mentoring undergraduate students in research projects while teaching a precision agriculture course.

His program at KSU is well recognized by peers both nationally and internationally, and he maintains leadership roles in precision agriculture focused groups at both the state and national levels He serves on the planning committee and board for the Kansas Ag Research and Technology Association (KARTA), and leads the precision agriculture program at KSU for on-farm research on precision planting and technology. He is a member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) and International Society of Precision Agriculture.

Farmer Award:
Grant Strom, Strom Farms, Dahinda, IL
Strom and his family operate a 5,600-acre no-till corn grain and soybean operation with some wheat and pasture for a small cow/calf operation. Farm acreage varies widely and includes flat prairie soils, rolling ground, flood-able river bottoms, and timber and clay soils, with moderate to high fertility. The Strom Farm takes into consideration rotation, slope, fertility, and soil type as they plan each year's crops.

He is the third generation to work on the farm full-time, and has long worked with his father to be progressive with testing new technology, whether that was with GPS usage and auto shut-offs 15 years ago or more recently with no-till, sidedressing, and other conservation strategies. Their farm has been in conversion phases for more than a decade, and some of the new structures include a shop and office — things that have helped make them more efficient with their business.

The farm participates in field testing through research trials with their ag retailer, and as yield monitoring equipment has gotten better, they’ve started applying fertilizer based on yield maps, which lets them optimize what they apply and only apply it when it’s needed. Technological advances that aid their 4R nutrient stewardship strategy work even better. Planters and combines are equipped with GPS, yield monitors, and VRT. He also incorporates drone technology. Integrating the data that the equipment generates with soil maps ensures that nutrients are applied solely upon crop needs.

Strom also shares his learnings and experiences, openly speaking to other farmers and the ag industry as whole on the benefits and challenges of using precision farming as a part of his farm management approach.

Legacy Award:
Eric Lund, Founder, Veris Technologies, Salina, KS
Lund founded the soil sensor company Veris Technologies with the goal of helping farmers and their advisors improve yields by mapping and managing soil variability across their fields. Under his leadership, Veris helped pioneer soil mapping and management zones by developing the world’s first on-the-go soil sensor. Its flagship soil electrical conductivity sensor has become a key enabler for management zone-based precision ag, and Eric has served the industry as a true global evangelist for this approach since founding Veris in 1996.

In an era of flash-in-the-pan, here today and gone tomorrow ag tech, Lund is a clear example of professionalism, leadership, and persistence who speaks most loudly through action rather than simply through words. As the founder of Veris, Eric has been a strong advocate for soil sensing, but he has been careful to not overstate the capabilities of Veris sensors.

Eric named the company Veris after the Latin word for ‘truth.’ The sensors reveal the truth about the soil, but he also believes honesty and reliability has been part of their success over the past 25 years.

This integrity can also be seen in the software platform Eric and the team at Veris built. Through its FieldFusion mapping portal, Veris has emphasized quality control and the importance of accurate data, with a team member conducting a visual and analytical review of each field submitted from around the world. Today this cloud-based repository contains more than 1 million acres of soil mapping data.

Eric has demonstrated industry leadership through his continual adherence to sound agronomic practices in pursuit of improved yields and profitability with appropriate implementation of variable rate fertilizer.

About the PrecisionAg Alliance –– The PrecisionAg® Institute, an initiative of Meister Media Worldwide’s PrecisionAg® Global brand, is a consortium of industry organizations that has been a leading source of research, advocacy, and education in the areas precision agriculture and digital farming since 2006. Through membership, partner organizations gain valuable market insights, and their combined resources and expertise reveal best practices and improved ag technology solutions from the farm-gate to the dinner plate. For more information and to see our Alliance Partners, visit http://www.precisionagalliance.com.

About Meister Media Worldwide –– Empowering Global Agriculture
Meister Media Worldwide, founded in 1932 with world headquarters in Willoughby, OH, USA, and operating divisions in Mexico and China is the leading business media and information company serving global agribusiness. Meister Media brands, with products and services in print, digital, events, custom business services and data products, engage agricultural sectors around the globe to provide safe and abundant food to feed a growing world. The mission of Meister Media is to be the trusted partner empowering the business of global agriculture to grow a better world. Contact us for more information. info@meistermedia.com

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

Clean the World and Las Vegas Sands Partner to Conduct Water-Related Studies and Develop Innovative Environmental Solutions

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 innovative projects supporting local water champions in Macao, Singapore and Las Vegas. Managed and operated by Clean the World Foundation, The Drop by Drop Project will be supported by water savings from Sands’ conservation programs.

Drop by Drop supports water programs and nonprofit organizations focusing on four key areas: reinvigorating ecosystems by safeguarding and restoring aquatic ecosystems; leveraging technology by promoting early-stage innovation and solutions scaling for water efficiency; increasing resiliency by strengthening community response to floods, droughts and other water-related risks; and engaging the community by boosting awareness of water dependence issues.

“We have chosen three incredible organizations and are excited about each of the promising projects that have evolved as a result of Drop by Drop. These projects aim to make major contributions to the local communities within Macao, Singapore and Las Vegas, and the ripple effect will be far reaching,” says Sam Stephens, executive director, Clean the World Foundation.

The first of three organizations selected for funding is the University of St. Joseph Macao (USJ), Institute of Science and Environment, located in Macao, China. The university received ,000 in funding to investigate ways to enhance the water quality of Macao’s coastal waters through the use of native wetland plants, especially mangroves, as natural purifiers for water pollution. The university will also explore additional benefits of wetland restoration, including flooding mitigation, shoreline stabilization and habitat restoration for species biodiversity.

The second organization to receive funding is Seven Clean Seas, a Singapore-based social enterprise. A ,000 grant is being used to develop a static, floating system that can be deployed directly onto a river to collect plastic pollution at the source before it reaches the ocean. The system will be designed to be affordable, easily maintainable, mobile and easily replicable, so that it can be scaled and deployed in other regions globally.

The third organization is US-based Get Outdoors Nevada, located in Las Vegas, Nevada. A grant of ,000 will fund a water conservation teacher training program, benefitting over 120 teachers and thousands of students in the Las Vegas area. The grant will also provide water conservation-related field trips for youth in the region to provide real-world examples that reinforce the concepts taught in the classroom.

“Sands understands that water is one of the most critical resources on the planet, vital to sustaining life, supporting livelihoods and providing critical ecosystem services. We know that in order to drive change we must not only focus on efficient water use but also healthy watersheds. Each organization addresses The Drop by Drop Project’s core objectives: reinvigorating ecosystems, leveraging technology, increasing resiliency and engaging the community,” says Katarina Tesarova, senior vice president, global sustainability, Las Vegas Sands.

For more information on The Drop by Drop Project, please visit: http://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 (NYSE: LVS)
Las Vegas Sands 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.


Sandie Beauchamp
Clean the World

Kristin Koca
Las Vegas Sands Corp.

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

Rocket Launches First WordPress Edge Cloud Service, with Built-in Website Security Suite, Increasing WordPress speed by 2-3x world-wide

Lead by Web Hosting Industry Veteran and seasoned startup founder Ben Gabler, Rocket today emerged as an all-in-one Managed WordPress Hosting provider at the Edge of the cloud.

Rocket is Gabler’s vision for bringing WordPress to the Edge of the Cloud with Global Caching and Website Security inherently built-in to the Platform. After spending years working with WordPress users seeking CDN and WAF solutions to layer on top of their hosting provider - Gabler realized there was not only an opportunity to integrate these services but simplify the experience so every WordPress website in the world can effortlessly benefit.

“WordPress users should be able to focus on building and managing their website content without needing a degree in security and performance best practices” said Gabler. “Our platform has a unique footprint at the Edge of the Cloud that not only brings WordPress hosting as close as possible to your website visitors, but it also provides Enterprise Website Optimization and Security tools at no additional cost.”

Starting with the end result, Rocket’s platform enables WordPress users of all sizes to deliver maximum WordPress performance across the globe, while maintaining a secure experience. Rocket delivers a full suite of optimization tools within the platform removing the skill sets and resources needed to manually configure separate plugins and operational settings during a WordPress deployment, optimization or update. WordPress users can now focus on what matters most, making a digital impact..

Rocket Platform Benefits include:

  • Easy to use Control Panel: Modern interface built for WordPress users of all sizes - making it easier than ever to develop, stage, launch, and boost your WordPress Website performance.
  • Premium Servers & Global Footprint: Directly connected with all major ISP networks the platform’s Enterprise grade servers at the Edge of the cloud put your WordPress within arms reach of our Website Visitors.
  • Built-in Caching (CDN) and Proxying: Rocket automatically caches all website content in over 200 locations, no plugin or configuration required. Rocket’s global caching fully supports dynamic content including WooCommerce. We also proxy and cache several third-party scripts like Google fonts to reduce DNS lookups and increase load time on your pages.
  • Always-on Website Security suite: Every WordPress installation includes a Website Firewall (WAF) and Malware Scanning/Patching specifically tuned for WordPress at no additional cost. Protecting every WordPress install from common http attacks, weak password usage, brute-force prevention, and much more.
  • Optimized JavaScript and Images: Our platform can automatically optimize your website’s use of JavaScript and increase page load time by asynchronously loading it. The platform also applies lossless image optimization with WebP support
  • Automated WordPress Updates: Save time, headache, and money with our automated WordPress core, plugin, and theme updates.


As a WordPress plus Edge Solution, Rocket is the only provider to leverage over 200 locations around the world extending the footprint of every WordPress installation. Not only is caching and security built in, the Rocket platform minimizes packet transfer delivering premium performance at increased speeds to site users anywhere in the world.

To build this innovative and easy-to-use WordPress hosting platform, Rocket teamed up with Total Server Solutions. “We take great pride in customizing our global reach and hyper converged cloud offering to support our client’s innovations” said Gary Simat, Total Server Solutions’ CEO. “The Rocket story is one of many partnerships where the result achieved more than each could accomplish individually. Even more, Total Server Solutions is using the Rocket platform to build our WordPress online presence”

“We’re really excited to bring this Product to market with our partners. While the name Rocket may be new, the team behind it is extremely seasoned” said Gabler. “Seeing WordPress evolve from the early 2000’s to where it is today, we’re thrilled to be a part of the WordPress community again. We strongly feel our Platform will really make an impact to provide a better Internet experience for users all over the world”

Rocket’s Simple, Fast, & Secure Managed WordPress Hosting is available today and is priced based on resources required starting at just a month. See full pricing details on our website or contact our Sales team for more information.

About Rocket

Rocket is an all-in-one Managed WordPress Hosting platform built for WordPress Websites of all sizes. We deploy and cache your entire website in over 200 locations with built-in Website Security tools. We primarily compete with WPEngine, Kinsta, and GoDaddy. Our management team comprises hosting industry experts that bring over 30 years of combined experience to the table. With an easy-to-use control panel on top of an Enterprise grade global footprint, we hope to help make the internet a safer place for WordPress users of all sizes. For more information, visit onrocket.com

For more information, media and analysts may contact:
Aaron Phillips
Chief Revenue Officer

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

BirdEye Manifests Market Leadership, Named Overall Leader in Online Reputation Management For 10th Consecutive Time In G2 Summer Report

In this hyper-competitive landscape, businesses must go the extra mile to connect with customers at all times, across all touch points. As many businesses struggle to keep up with this demand, BirdEye is setting the curve. For the 10th time in a row, BirdEye has been recognized by G2 as the highest rated company. BirdEye is the leading customer experience platform for local businesses of all sizes, winning the following recognitions: Leader Overall, Momentum Leader, Best Results, and Best Usability in the G2 Summer Report, in addition to over 100 other recognitions in 8 categories. BirdEye has also received the 2020 Artificial Intelligence Excellence Award by the Business Intelligence group and Most Innovative Tech Company of the Year in the 2020 American Business Awards.

“We are living in the age of the vastly empowered customer, and businesses need to adapt, provide a great experience, and find easy ways to communicate. Businesses who make customer-obsession an everyday competency and learn from the insights provided will be able to rise above the noise and be chosen by even more customers,” said Naveen Gupta, CEO of BirdEye. “BirdEye provides businesses with a suite of tools to lead in the digital transformation process and drive revenue through great customer experience while building a customer insights-driven organization.”

G2 releases Grid and Index Reports on a quarterly basis, ranking companies based on user reviews as well as data from online sources and social networks. Factors considered are customer satisfaction, recency of reviews, and number of reviews, among others.

BirdEye was named the overall leader in the categories of Online Reputation Management, Local SEO, Enterprise Feedback Management Category, Local Listing Management, Live Chat, Local Marketing, Mobile Marketing, SMS Marketing as well as a High Performer in Conversational Marketing. Other recognitions in the G2 Summer Report include Best Results, Easiest To Do Business With, Best Usability, Best Support, Easiest To Use, Fastest Implementation, Best Relationship, Best Meets Requirements, Users Most Likely To Recommend.

BirdEye was also named the Top Feedback Management Software, Top Customer Experience Software, Top Rated in Consumer Feedback, Quality Choice Award, and Top Customer Engagement software by Crozdesk and Top Rated by TrustRadius.

These recognitions from G2, the Business Intelligence Group, the American Business Awards, Crozdesk and Trust Radius show that BirdEye is the undisputed leader in helping businesses of all sizes understand their customers better than ever and utilize those insights to win new business on an ongoing basis. With 60,000+ businesses in 8 countries, BirdEye is continuing to lead in the customer experience and online reputation management space.

For more information, please visit birdeye.com/awards/

About BirdEye

BirdEye is a comprehensive customer experience platform. More than 50,000 businesses of all sizes use BirdEye every day to be found online through reviews, be chosen by customers with text messaging interactions, and be the best business with survey and insights tools. Founded in 2012, BirdEye is headquartered in Palo Alto, and led by alumni from Google, Amazon, Salesforce and Yahoo. BirdEye is backed by Salesforce founder Marc Benioff, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang, Trinity Ventures and World Innovation Lab.

Learn more at http://www.birdeye.com

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

Morgan-Keller Welcomes Kate O’Hara as Director of Corporate Safety

Kate O’Hara has recently joined Morgan-Keller as Director of Corporate Safety. Within this role, Kate will work to further enhance Morgan-Keller’s safety programs and culture through safety training and risk assessment. She will be responsible for ensuring the safety of team members, clients, and subcontractors on all our project sites.

Kate comes to Morgan-Keller with 12 years of experience in the safety field. She graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Safety Management from West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. Most recently, she worked as Safety Director for one of the largest mechanical construction contractors in the United States.

“We are pleased to have Kate join us here at Morgan-Keller,” said Taylor Davis, Morgan-Keller’s Vice President and General Manager. “In her role, she will help to promote and strengthen the safety culture we have in place here at Morgan-Keller.”

Established in 1955, Morgan-Keller Construction is a privately held general contracting and construction management firm with offices in Frederick and Hunt Valley, MD. By providing exceptional construction services for over six decades, the firm has become one of the region’s most respected commercial builders. To learn more, visit http://www.morgankeller.com.

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

With new safety measures in place, Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa in Lake Placid, NY welcomes guests and staff after three-month closure

Cleanliness and friendliness, the hallmarks of the Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa in Lake Placid for over 40 years, are back on display once again as the iconic lodging property started welcoming guests for full-time service on June 26. The Inn just completed soft openings over the weekends of June 12-14 and June 19-21.

The AAA Four Diamond property, offering an authentic Adirondack experience, felt a moral and civic responsibility to do their part in flattening the curve and therefore made the decision to temporarily shut down the resort on March 16. But now, as Upstate New York advances through the state’s four phases of reopening, the staff’s friendliness has started greeting guests once again with open arms. When those visitors now walk through the doors, they notice an elevated level of cleanliness that is noteworthy.

“With the health and safety of our staff and guests uppermost on our minds, we have taken the concept of cleaning, that was thorough enough to help us achieve 36 consecutive AAA Four Diamond awards, and invested time, energy and money into making it even better,” said Ed Weibrecht, Mirror Lake Inn owner. “The past three months have landed us in a completely new and different world thanks to COVID-19. But our guests can rest assured that since March 16 when we closed, we have researched new methods and invested in state-of-the-art hospital-grade cleaning equipment. Equally as important, we have made a commitment to everyone who enters our resort, be they visitors or staff, that they should have the utmost confidence in our consideration of their health.”

In conjunction with the Inn’s return to daily operation, the Northern region of New York is set to enter phase four, also on June 26. To mark the “welcome back”, the Mirror Lake Inn is offering several new packages for stays through December 20, 2020.

  • Stay four nights and get the fifth night free. This deal is applicable for all room types.
  • Stay 14 consecutive nights or more and receive 50 percent off the nightly rate.

These offers must be booked directly with the hotel. Please call the onsite reservations team at 518-523-2544. They will help you make the best decision for your group or family, and can inform you of the myriad of activities that you can enjoy while in Lake Placid.

For a complete listing of Mirror Lake Inn packages, please log on to: https://mirrorlakeinn.com/our-packages/

The luxury seven-acre property offers 130 units all overlooking Mirror Lake and the Adirondack High Peaks. The “single-loaded” construction and design concept of the magnificent resort naturally lends itself to better social distancing as there are less guests in the hallways than traditional lodging properties where rooms are placed on both sides of the corridor. No other Adirondack region hotel is designed in this manner.

With health and safety front and center, here’s what guests and hotel staff can expect when they enter the Inn:

  • As per the Governor’s executive order of May 29, all guests and employees are required to wear face coverings when in indoor common areas including hallways and elevators or wherever social distancing is not possible.
  • Hospital-grade Ultraviolet-C disinfecting tools have been deployed throughout the property to ensure the highest levels of cleaning and disinfection. This will continue.
  • Hospital-grade Electrostatic sprayers have been used to ensure the most thorough levels of disinfection on high touchpoint areas. This will also continue.
  • Remote check-in capabilities are being implemented via a smartphone app, allowing you to check in from your vehicle upon arrival, avoiding the traditional check in process.
  • A task force has been created to monitor the situation and work in conjunction with CDC and local officials to ensure safety protocols are implemented and maintained throughout the resort.
  • All staff will undergo thermal imaging prior to the start of every shift.
  • All staff will complete a state mandated health and safety questionnaire prior to every shift.
  • Any staff member registering a fever greater than 100.4, or who is unable to positively answer the verbal portion of the health and safety screening, will be unable to come on property until cleared by a healthcare professional.
  • All staff will wear PPE equipment while working in common areas or wherever social distancing is impractical.
  • Maximum hotel occupancy has been reduced to 75 percent.
  • Whenever practical, guest rooms will be left vacant for 72 hours for a potential virus to die without a host after each guest departure.


To review the entirety of the Inn’s new policies and protocols, please log on to: https://mirrorlakeinn.com/covid-19-safety/

The pandemic has also resulted in a change to the dining scene inside the Mirror Lake Inn. The View Restaurant, AAA Four Diamond rated the past 13 consecutive years, has been re-imagined and enlarged with greater spacing as part of the new safety measures. The redesign includes hardwood flooring to facilitate better cleaning and sanitation.

Taste Bistro has now been integrated into The View with the bistro’s most popular items to be found on The View’s menu. The end result will present guests with the best of both worlds: a combination of upscale dining and elegant comfort food. Taste’s footprint has become The View Lounge. The hip Cottage Café, on the shore of Mirror Lake, continues to welcome diners and revelers for its 43rd year. The Cottage presents both indoor and outdoor settings, and now features yet a third and fourth open air options to complement its deck and patio. For added service and efficiency, the Inn is implementing “to-go” apps for these restaurants, allowing guests to order and pre-pay electronically from their own device.

The spa and salon are also ready to welcome guests. A physical barrier has been inserted at the check-in desk. Treatment schedules have been altered to ensure ample time for cleaning and disinfecting treatment surfaces between customers. Equipment in the fitness room will also be cleaned and disinfected between guest use. Manicures and pedicures will be limited to one at a time, although booking as a safe group is permissible. The policy is similar for the gift shop. In high traffic areas of the spa/salon, social distance markers have been put in place.

“We are insisting on these protocols for the safety of our guests, employees and the local community,” continued Weibrecht. “Until such time as we, in conjunction with the State of New York, determine that it is prudent to relax these protocols, we will strictly adhere to them and look forward to a time when we might be able to lift those protocols.”


About the Mirror Lake Inn

The AAA Four Diamond Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa is a luxury lakefront resort offering an authentic Adirondack experience. The Inn, rated Four Diamond for 36 consecutive years, offers both Four Diamond world-class cuisine and casual dining options, with impeccable service amid awe-inspiring views. Only one other property in New York State (located in Manhattan), has maintained the Four Diamond designation longer than Mirror Lake Inn. It is the only property in Lake Placid that combines Four Diamond lodging and dining. The Inn's renowned Lake Placid spa pampers the body and refreshes the mind with a comprehensive menu of services. The Inn is conveniently located one block from the restaurants and shops on Main Street in Lake Placid.

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

CloudAccess, a Cloud Equity Group Portfolio Company, Completes Second Add-on Acquisition

CloudAccess, a leading Wordpress and Joomla cloud hosting provider based out of Michigan, today announced that it has expanded its professional service offerings with the acquisition of Miller Media, a Michigan-based web development and search engine marketing firm.

Miller Media is a Google Partner digital marketing agency focused on Internet marketing strategies, usability, conversion improvement, SEO, SEM, design, and development of websites. For over 30 years, the team at Miller Media has worked to bring transformative experiences to the business goals of its clients and the unique needs of its customers.

The add-on acquisition will allow both firms to leverage resources from each other to expand their respective service offerings and create significantly more value for their clients.

“We are thrilled to be teaming up with Miller Media. Combining the expertise and assets from each company presents significant opportunities for growth” said Jonathan Gafill, CEO of CloudAccess.

"Very proud of my team and excited for the tremendous opportunity and synergies that this new partnership with CloudAccess offers” added Dan Miller, CEO of Miller Media.

About CloudAccess
CloudAccess.net is the premiere hosting and support platform for the Joomla and WordPress content management systems. The company developed and has exclusive rights to the Cloud Control Panel (CCP), a custom built, feature-rich, application management portal that is setting new standards within the hosting industry. CloudAccess.net is home to over 15,000 websites and offers an industry-leading support team that supports all core Joomla or WordPress features.

About Cloud Equity Group
Cloud Equity Group is a strategically positioned investment management firm capitalizing on the rapidly expanding industries of web hosting and cloud-based infrastructure. The company’s primary focus is leveraging investor capital in the acquisition of private lower middle market companies that possess high levels of unlevered free cash flow and/or significant opportunity for exponential growth.

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

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Announces Winner of National Writing Award

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) proudly announces that University of Richmond School of Law Professor Leigh Melton, JD; Amanda Bird, Esq.; and Lauren Ritter, Esq., are the recipients of the 2020 John J. Regan Writing Award for their article, “Observing the NOTICE Act,” published in the Spring 2019 NAELA Journal. (View PDF version of the article.)

Watch the Regan Award video.

In making the selection, the NAELA Journal editorial board members note that the article thoroughly covers Medicare's arcane requirement of three-day inpatient admission to a hospital as a prerequisite for coverage of skilled nursing care and how this requirement continues to inflict untold financial hardship on elderly patients who have unwittingly consented to nursing home care believing it would be paid, or worse, deprived them of medically necessary care if they declined to consent knowing that Medicare would not provide coverage as a consequence of the "admission" being classified as "for observation" as opposed to "inpatient." The article helps elder and special needs law practitioners to understand that just doing a better job of providing "notice" of the situation does nothing to remedy what is still an unacceptable situation.

The Regan Writing Award was established in 1996 in memory of John J. Regan — a long-time NAELA member and Fellow, and a pioneer in elder law — and is meant to encourage quality submissions to NAELA Journal from NAELA members and non-members.

NAELA Journal is a publication of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. It covers substantive elder and special needs law topics including preservation of assets, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, disability, health insurance, tax planning, conservatorships, living trusts and wills, long-term care planning, housing and nursing home issues, elder abuse, fraud recovers, age discrimination, and retirement.

Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities. Upon joining, NAELA member attorneys agree to adhere to the NAELA Aspirational Standards. Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations, and others. The mission of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys is to educate, inspire, serve, and provide community to attorneys with practices in elder and special needs law. NAELA currently has members across the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit NAELA.org, or to locate a NAELA member in your area, visit NAELA.org/findlawyer.

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

Modere Hires New Head of Global Operations, Jonee Woodard

Modere Inc., a global company with a category-leading portfolio of live clean lifestyle essentials including beauty and personal care, health and wellness, and household products, today announced its new vice president of global operations, Jonee Woodard.

Woodard joins Modere with 20 years of progressive experience in global supply chain management, from manufacturing to procurement, inventory, logistics and fulfillment. Having begun her career as the Operations and Physical Distribution Manager for one of the top retail department store chains in the United States, Woodard’s subsequent trajectory led to higher and more widely responsible domestic and international operational positions, including Chief Operations Officer and VP Operations for consumer brands, health and wellness, skincare, and beauty companies in the direct selling distribution channel before joining Modere.

Well-regarded for her process-focused and performance-driven leadership style, Woodard has a strong track record of having developed able, independent department leaders while instituting operational best practices that ensure notable and measurable success.

Asma Ishaq, Chief Executive Officer of Modere, says of Woodard’s appointment, “The robust presence we are currently enjoying in 42 international markets requires a skilled leader with the experience and foresight to develop and manage operational strategies in a fast-growth environment. As we continue to grow those markets and launch others, Jonee Woodard presents as the best candidate for this critical role. She is experienced, astute, performance-driven and collaborative, and I believe she will make a very welcome addition to our management committee and team here at Modere.”

“I am honored to join the management team at Modere and to add my expertise in operations at this key moment in time as the company experiences growth across its markets,” commented Woodard. “It’s an exciting time to be at Modere and I am eager to contribute to its further success.”

About Modere
Modere (http://www.modere.com) offers a category-leading portfolio of live clean lifestyle essentials including beauty and personal care, health and wellness, and household products that are equal parts safe, high-performing and scientifically designed. We believe modern health involves pure nutrition, a clean environment and safe ingredients across all our product categories. Modere brings a holistic, live clean approach to well-being, and our products reflect a commitment to excellence and innovation with tested formulas proven around the globe. The recipient of multiple third-party validations, our line includes products that are EPA Safer Choice-approved, EWG Verified™, NSF Certified and gray-water safe. The company is a proud supporter of Vitamin Angels

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

Barnstone Studios Announces the first Gwendolyn Stine Scholarship Winners

They’re students, eager to learn more than they’re getting in high school art classes. They’re moms, who put their art studies on hold for a few decades to raise their kids. One is a retired veteran, wanting to develop his skills and teach art classes at a senior care facility. They come from three nations, and cities literally spanning the country. And all nine are the first recipients of Barnstone Studios’ Gwendolyn Stine Scholarship.

Winners will receive the complete recorded drawing series taught by the late Myron Barnstone, recognized as a leader in bringing classical drawing and design back into mainstream art education. The Barnstone Method classes include an Introduction to Drawing, the Fletcher Palette Control and Color series, Figure Drawing, and the Golden Section, a key component of traditional training learned by master artists through the centuries. Winners will also receive three months of one-on-one mentoring from a Barnstone Master Guide, an elite group of distinguished Barnstone Studios alumni.

Cat Barnstone Szafran, Barnstone Studios Director, said she was thrilled with both the number of people applying for the Gwendolyn Stine Scholarship for its initial launch, and the caliber of the applicants.

“We intended to provide two scholarships for this first quarterly award,” Szafran said, “but so many people donated to the fund to honor Gwendolyn, and support Myron’s legacy too, that we were able to select nine deserving applicants.”

Gwendolyn Stine was already an artist before she began studying with Barnstone at his studio in Coplay, Pennsylvania. The Barnstone Method skills she learned took her art to a completely new level, and earned her national acclaim and numerous awards. Her original pieces are held in private and permanent collections across North America. Before her death on March 11 of this year, Stine was both a Barnstone Master Guide, and a Master Instructor in the Drawing & Painting studio at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona.

June 21, the day the nine winners were notified they were the first to receive the Gwendolyn Stine Scholarship, would have been Stine’s 60th birthday.

Scholarship winners are: Evgenia Asimomyti of Victoria, Australia; Greggy Bazile of Boston, Massachusetts; Analese Bernhardt of Baltimore, Maryland; Gwendlyn Domingo of Cupertino, California; Holly Goeckler of Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania; Andy Harris of Bristol, England; Jeffrey S. Lee of San Diego, California; Patrick Meyers of Bucyrus, Kansas, and Harriet Pearson of Leicestershire, UK.

The Gwendolyn Stine Scholarship will be awarded quarterly, and is supported by the generous donations of patrons. Also, a percentage of the sale of all original Barnstone art and prints goes directly into the scholarship fund. Browse the Barnstone galleries here. https://shop.barnstonestudios.com/artwork/

Applications are now being accepted for the Fall scholarship awards, and must be received by midnight on September 12. For more information, and to enter the competition or donate to the scholarship, click here. https://www.barnstonestudios.com/education/gwendolyn-stine-scholarship/

Barnstone Studios at 202 A East Main Street, Thurmont, Maryland, is dedicated to fostering an appreciation of fine art, and helping to make art education accessible to all who desire to develop their talent and enrich their lives. Additional information about Barnstone Method classes, the Patreon program, private coaching from Barnstone Master Guides, original works or limited edition prints and other related products is available online at BarnstoneStudios.com, or by calling 301.788.6241.

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

Walnut Creek Senior Living Community The Heritage Downtown Reveals Zero Cases of COVID-19

The Heritage Downtown Active Senior Living Apartment Homes in Walnut Creek, CA, has just announced they have had zero cases of COVID-19. With over 100,000 positive cases of the coronavirus in the United States to date, their announcement is both significant and reassuring to the senior citizens who reside at The Heritage Downtown, their family members, as well as the Walnut Creek community.

“Our staff has gone above and beyond to carefully follow the CDC, State, and County guidelines by putting into place stringent safety protocols that protect our senior residents. Our persistence and determination to keep our senior community safe has paid off, and we couldn’t be more relieved by this”, says Jenny Shively, Community Relations Director.

The Heritage Downtown keeps coronavirus safety protocols a priority throughout the day - from start to finish. Some of their daily safety routines include:

  • Diligently following CDC, State, and County Guidelines.
  • Staff member’s temperatures are taken daily.
  • Wearing masks and gloves.
  • Sheltering in place and social distancing.
  • Limiting visitors to “essential visits” only.
  • Staff members answer a COVID-19 screening questionnaire.
  • Thoroughly clean and disinfect the property throughout the day.
  • Delivering healthy meals to its residents in their apartments.


When it comes to preparing healthy meals for their senior residents, they have certainly taken it to the next level. Culinary excellence and farm fresh dining are enjoyed onsite at their very own Newton’s Restaurant. With an ongoing focus on health and nutrition, their Chef JV uses ingredients obtained from local sources - the Walnut Creek Farmers Market and their on-site Chef’s Garden. Newton’s Restaurant emphasizes the fresh cooking philosophy, which is serving locally sourced produce and thoughtfully prepared farm to table meals.

The team members of this San Francisco Bay Area senior community ensure that they maintain a high level of comfort and familiarity while putting their safety precautions into place. “This is an uneasy time for everyone, but more so for those individuals who may be more vulnerable. So not only do we strive to protect our older adult residents physically, but also take steps to keep their spirits high”, states Shively. The caring staff at this Walnut Creek retirement home mitigate the risk of contracting COVID-19 while continuing to provide their 55+ residents with essential programs and activities such as these examples:


  • Providing mentally and physically enriching activities to residents via Zoom to stay busy and connected. This includes fitness classes, discussion groups, independent film links, and more.
  • Organize weekly special events for their senior residents that are presented to them at their doorways - happy hour, ice cream, birthday cupcakes, crossword puzzles, contests, and the like.


Learn More About The Heritage Downtown's COVID-19 Safety Protocols by Visiting Their Website: http:// https://theheritagedowntown.com/the-heritage-downtown-senior-apartment-homes-report-zero-cases-of-covid-19/

Walnut Creek, the home of The Heritage Downtown Active Senior Living Community, has a population of just over 70,000, with only 72 COVID-19 positive cases, as reported by the Contra Costa Health Services, as of June 17th, 2020. These numbers attest to the fact that Walnut Creek, in general, is doing an incredible job shielding its community from this pandemic. This, coupled with the fact that The Heritage Downtown has taken such significant steps in their safety measures, has led to their record of zero cases within their senior housing facility. A statistic that will allow their senior community to feel safe in their own homes.

About The Heritage Downtown
Labeled as the Bay Area’s #1 All-Inclusive Active Senior Living Community, The Heritage Downtown is recognized for its charming and popular location. It’s also known for its incredible amenities, services, programs, and events. These modern active senior apartment homes present an independent resort living atmosphere for those who are 55 plus. They were created for older adults who would like to have an enriched, socially active life, and who are seeking to enhance their mental and physical well-being. The Heritage Downtown offers 24-hour concierge service, award-winning onsite dining, resident gardens, two innovative technology centers, secured covered parking and storage, van & bus shuttle service, and more. Additionally, this outstanding senior community is located within walking distance of many exceptional restaurants and shops within the downtown Walnut Creek area.

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

The Summit Learning Program: Big Promises, Lots of Money, Little Evidence of Success

Virtual learning and personalized learning have been at the forefront of education reform discussions for over a decade. One leader of this sector, Summit Public Schools, has been backed by almost 0 million philanthropic dollars from the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, the Gates Foundation, and others. Summit Public Schools has aggressively marketed its Summit Learning Platform to schools across the United States since 2015. As a result, the Summit Learning Program is now one of the most prominent digital personalized learning programs in the United States.

In Big Claims, Little Evidence, Lots of Money: The Reality Behind the Summit Learning Program and the Push to Adopt Digital Personalized Learning Platforms, Faith Boninger, Alex Molnar, and Christopher M. Saldaña, of the University of Colorado Boulder, provide a thorough analysis of Summit Public Schools, an 11-school charter network operating in California and Washington. Summit Public Schools began marketing its proprietary Summit Learning Program to potential “partner” schools in 2015 as a free, off-the-shelf, personalized learning program; it is now used in nearly 400 schools nationwide.

The marketing message of Summit Learning Program trades on the alleged success of the Summit Public Schools. Summit claims to have developed a “science-based” personalized learning model of teaching and learning that results in all of its students being academically prepared for college. It further claims that its students succeed in college and are prepared to lead successful, fulfilled lives. These successes, it claims, are the result of its unique approach to personalized learning and the use of the digital platform at the heart of its approach.

None of these claims made by Summit Public Schools have been confirmed by independent evaluators. In fact, other than scant bits of self-selected information provided by Summit itself, Boninger, Molnar and Saldaña found no evidence in the public record that confirms the claims. Nor did Summit Public Schools provide the information that the authors solicited in a California public records request.

Despite the lack of evidence to support the claims made by Summit Public Schools, the Summit Learning Program has been adopted by nearly 400 schools across the country. While Summit has offered positive anecdotes and some selected data, there is no solid evidence that “partner” schools are experiencing the promised success; to the contrary, there have been a number of reported incidents of problems and dissatisfaction. Further, the student data collected pursuant to the contracts between Summit and these partner schools presents a potentially significant risk to student privacy and opens the door to the exploitation of those data by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and possibly by unknown third parties—for purposes that have nothing to do with improving the quality of those students’ educations.

Virtual education and personalized learning are at the top of the education reform agenda in large measure because of hundreds of millions of dollars in funding and advocacy by philanthropic organizations (e.g., the Gates Foundation), large digital platforms (e.g., Facebook and Google), and venture capitalists anxious to access the school market.

Exacerbated by the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, schools across the country are struggling to find safe ways to educate their students. The rapid spread of the Summit Learning Program, despite its risks and lack of transparency, provides a powerful example of how policymakers are challenged when faced with a well-financed, self-interested push for schools to adopt digital personalized learning programs. Boninger, Molnar and Saldaña provide policymakers with recommendations to protect the public interest by establishing oversight and accountability mechanisms related to digital platforms and personalized learning programs.

Find Big Claims, Little Evidence, Lots of Money: The Reality Behind the Summit Learning Program and the Push to Adopt Digital Personalized Learning Platforms, by Faith Boninger, Alex Molnar and Christopher M. Saldaña, at:

This research brief was made possible in part by the support of the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice (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,Services,Technology,U.S

Buy one & help save a life: SmartBuy Collection Partners with World Vision

Offering everyday eye health care essentials at an affordable price point, SmartBuy Collection is proud to now also help support mothers and children desperately in need. Every eyewear purchase from the SmartBuy Collection, SmartBuy Kids and SmartBuy Readers will now directly contribute funds going to the program. 

The Mother & Child Health program sees aid workers spending up to 15 years in Zambian communities, working with local leaders and families to identify their unique challenges and help develop lasting solutions together. The communities are given ownership of the program and its results to ensure long-term sustainability. 

“We are beyond proud to join forces with World Vision on helping improve the lives of mothers and their children. No mother should have to die in pregnancy or childbirth and no newborn baby should have to die from easily preventable complications”, says Julia Ritchie, SmartBuy Collection brand manager. 

Globally, ten children under 5 years old will die every minute today from preventable causes. That’s more than 5 million children each year. Fifty percent of those young lives are lost in their first week of life. In addition, more than 800 women die every day from complications in pregnancy or childbirth—99% of them in developing countries. 

“As a brand we believe in providing stylish and affordable eyewear for all. The opportunity to extend this to the health of women and children in Zambia through World Vision is a great initiative”, says Julia Ritchie. 

“We are so excited to partner with SmartBuy Collection”, says Bernadette Martin, Corporate Engagement Manager at World Vision US. “Their support will help us improve the lives of women and children who are most vulnerable, while also bringing awareness to this cause”. 

The program provides life-saving health education and care directly to families in Zambia’s poorest Luwingu district. With proven community-based prevention and treatment interventions, World Vision is able to save the lives of mothers and children and ensure they thrive. 

Browse the SmartBuy Collection here, and actively contribute towards the program with every purchase.

About SmartBuy Collection

SmartBuy Collection is a high-quality, affordable eyewear brand exclusive to SmartBuyGlasses online. The brand offers a wide range of eyeglasses styles and frame shapes, so everyone can find something they love for the best price. From everyday eyeglasses to bold and unique styles, their collection starts from just and includes free 1.5 prescription lenses and shipping. Browse the SmartBuy Collection here. 

About World Vision

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization working in nearly a hundred countries to build brighter futures for vulnerable children. Find out more information about World Vision’s Mother & Child Health program here

Posted in: Health & Medicine,News & Current Affairs,Non Profit,Shopping & Deal,U.S

Allerio Mobile Hub Now Certified by Multiple Cellular Carriers to Enable Telemedicine for First Responders and Healthcare Systems

At Allerio we have chosen to do things differently. At Allerio we solved an important problem with connectivity for telemedicine and remote communications. We knew it had to be portable, it had to be reliable, it had to be secure, it had to be simple, and that it just has to work.

We are proud to announce that Allerio has passed all FCC and carrier certification requirements to operate on three U.S. nationwide networks simultaneously for its Allerio Mobile Hub platform. Allerio is a portable connectivity platform that optimizes cellular connectivity, enabling first responders in the field to reliably record, share, and transmit critical patient and other broadband data for telemedicine at the point of care and in transit.

Allerio CEO TJ Kennedy said, “At Allerio we are passionate about empowering first responders with life-saving technology. When creating Allerio, we looked at what was available for telemedicine at the patient’s location and found that more was needed, so we went to work to solve that problem. We came up with something completely different that optimizes coverage of three nationwide carrier LTE networks in one device that is lightweight, portable and is extremely easy to operate.”

Allerio Corporate Development Officer Jason Karp added, “The Allerio solution is a true step forward in connectivity options, which has been validated by public safety in the field, facilitating telemedicine for faster patient interventions and enabling true community paramedicine.”

The Allerio Mobile Hub platform, which includes all network connectivity, is now available for one low monthly fee. To learn more about Allerio, visit http://www.allerio.com.

About Allerio

Allerio's smart connectivity solution for first responders and other public safety personnel provides a reliable communication platform that facilitates the exchange of critical information and data from the field. Through an easy to use, one-button interface, Allerio offers an efficient and secure “Mobile Hub” to connect devices and transmit rich data in real-time, whether at the incident or in transit in an emergency vehicle. Allerio is headquartered in Duluth, Minnesota with satellite offices spanning the U.S., including production facilities in Madison Heights, Michigan. For more information, visit http://www.allerio.com and follow us on social media.

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

Safe Boating Campaign Reminds Boaters to Boat Sober this Fourth of July

The Safe Boating Campaign, a worldwide effort focused on responsible boating, reminds boaters to boat sober this Fourth of July. Boating under the influence, or BUI, is the leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

“The July 4 holiday is around the corner, and unfortunately has become known for drinking and boating, and deadly accidents,” said Peg Phillips, executive director of the National Safe Boating Council, and lead organization for the Safe Boating Campaign.

“Operating a boat – or even being a passenger – is incredibly risky while under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” continued Phillips. “Drunken passengers can easily fall overboard, swim near the propeller, lean over the side, or stand up in small boats causing the boat to capsize.”

The side effects of alcohol or drug use, such as impaired judgment, reduced balance and poor coordination, are magnified while boating, due to environmental conditions from the sun, wind and boat motion.

“Impairment can be even more dangerous for boaters, since most have less experience and confidence operating a boat than they do driving a car,” said Yvonne Pentz, communications director of the National Safe Boating Council. “Boaters should also always wear a life jacket, similar to wearing a seat belt when you’re in a vehicle.”

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, a partner of the Safe Boating Campaign, in collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard and law enforcement agencies nationwide, is coordinating the annual Operation Dry Water three-day weekend. This heightened BUI awareness and enforcement effort will be held from July 3 to July 5 in every U.S. state and territory.

Since the inception of the Operation Dry Water Campaign in 2009, law enforcement officers have removed 4,095 BUI operators from the nation’s waterways and made contact with over 1.5 million boaters during the annual three-day weekend.

The Safe Boating Campaign is produced under a grant from the Sports Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund and administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. For more information and to follow the campaign on social media, please visit https://safeboatingcampaign.com/.

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

4R Systems Taps Mark Garland as President and CEO to Lead the SaaS Solutions Company to its Next Phase of Growth in the Retail Supply Chain Space

4R Systems, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based machine learning & AI solutions that help retailers optimize their supply chain and merchandising decisions, announced Mark Garland to serve as its new President & CEO. Effective immediately, Garland will be responsible for leadership in all areas of 4R’s operations.

“On behalf of the 4R board, we are pleased to select Mark Garland as our new President & CEO,” said Marshall Fisher, 4R board member and UPS Professor, Operations and Information Management Dept. at The Wharton School of Business. “Mark has been key to our growth since he joined us in 2012. He has created positive change in all areas of our business and has been instrumental in countless operational improvements.”

Prior to assuming the role of President & CEO, Garland served as Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing & Solutions at 4R Systems, where he was responsible for growing the company’s brand and expanding sales.

4R’s new President & CEO, Mark Garland, said, “It’s a great honor to be chosen by our board to lead 4R. I’m proud to serve our entire team as each one has the utmost commitment to the success of our retail clients. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than when a retail client is pleasantly surprised by the increased profit 4R helped them to achieve. We’ve got more good things in store for our retail clients and I’m eager to keep 4R moving forward.”

“We are grateful for the leadership of Kevin Stadler, our former President & CEO," added Fisher. “Stadler and Garland were a great team. We know Stadler will bring success to the new role he has accepted, as he’s an innovator at heart. Mark Garland has earned this leadership role and the entire board is confident he will help 4R navigate uncharted territory in the retail world.”

About 4R Systems
4R is a leading provider of cloud-based, prescriptive analytics solutions leveraging the latest machine learning and AI strategies that help retailers optimize their supply chain and merchandising decisions.

Its innovative SaaS solutions are dedicated to helping retailers improve strategic decisions across the key functional areas of demand planning, omnichannel replenishment, assortment optimization, product markdown and seasonal allocation planning. Its holistic modeling learns your consumer demand including price elasticity, seasonality, localized demand variation, promotion lifts, and substitutability while allowing retailers to control the amount of risk.

Whether a traditional or pure e-commerce retailer 4R’s benefit driven methodology provides a flexible framework of exception-based management and scenario planning to meet the needs of a competitive landscape. Call (610) 644-1234 or visit http://www.4rsystems.com.

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

Celebrate National Sunglasses Day 2020 with the best lenses

Did you know that 5-10% of skin cancers occur on the eyelid? Did you also know that wearing sunglasses with UV protection could prevent this type of skin cancer, as well as other health risks like cataracts, macular degeneration, and eye strain? National Sunglasses Day, a campaign by The Vision Council, is celebrated annually on the 27th of June. The campaign aims to raise awareness about the importance of wearing UV protective eyewear. Sunglasses aren’t just for looks, they are also made to protect you from numerous health risks. 

SmartBuyGlasses is celebrating sunglasses day by educating their customers on the best sunglasses lenses to protect against harmful UV rays. Find your perfect pair of designer sunglasses that offers both style and optimal eye protection with this handy guide! Plus, enjoy an exclusive offer with 30% off all sunglasses lenses when you use the code SUNSMART30 at checkout.

Photochromic lenses

Photochromic lenses, also known as transition lenses, lighten or darken when exposed to different levels of UV light. For prescription glasses’ wearers, this one's for you! You don’t have to worry about forgetting your sunglasses when you step outside because with transition lenses you get the best of both worlds!

Polarized Sunglasses 

Polarized sunglasses block horizontal UV light, reducing glare and providing higher quality vision. Polarized lenses are great near the water as they allow you to see below the surface and reduce light glare reflecting off the water. Polarized lenses are also great for driving on a sunny day, allowing you to see the road more clearly. 

Mirror sunglasses 

Mirror sunglasses, or reflective sunglasses, have a coating on the outside of the lens that imitates a mirror. This is a one-sided mirror, meaning the one wearing the lenses will still see through them clearly, while those on the other side of the lenses will see their own reflection. Reflective lenses reduce sun glare while maintaining a strong color contrast, making them great for water or sports. 

SmartBuyGlasses works hard to provide their customers with prescription and eye health information via their Blog and Optical Center so you can make an informed decision when shopping their large collection of designer sunglasses and eyeglasses. 

Show your eyes some love this Sunglasses Day with a new pair of designer shades!

About SmartBuyGlasses Optical Group

SmartBuyGlasses Optical Group is one of the world’s leading designer eyewear e-retailers with websites in more than 20 countries, including SmartBuyGlasses.com in the US. They offer a catalogue of over 80,000 products from more than 180 brands.

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Real Estate Educator Evie Brooks explains 11 Panama Investing Benefits on ESPN Cover Your Assets Radio Show

Former “Rich Dad Poor Dad” Trainer and Real Estate Educator Evie Brooks explained 11 Panama investing benefits in an “All Things Panama” interview on ESPN 1500 AM Cover Your Assets with Host Todd Rooker last weekend. With over 24 years of domestic and international real estate investing experience in 13 countries and 30 states, Brooks emphasized; “This trend of investing in Panama is an ongoing phenomenon that will continue for quite some time in both real estate and agriculture.”

Host Todd Rooker kicked off this educational interview by sharing; “During the global pandemic, Brooks continues to close deals every week,…not surprising. Primarily due to the soaring demand for organic smart farming investments, avocados, limes, mangoes and more, in Panama where 85% of the food is imported.”

As an educator, Rooker asked Brooks about her “boots on the ground” VIP Tours. Brooks explained; “Many are interested in Panama because it’s an emerging market where people can find additional cash flow from investment properties, gain a second income by starting a new company, invest in organic farms, find a second career in real estate as a whole, and/or retire in a tropical paradise community that speaks English, and is cheaper than living in most major metropolitan areas.”

When asked about what makes Panama so appealing, Brooks replied; “It's all about the bottom line for me, I'm always looking at how to take anything and turn it into an asset with multiple streams of income and exit strategies.” Brooks then expanded on the top 11 reasons why Panama and why now:

1. Tax Benefits – Panama has been referred to as the “next Singapore” because it’s very business friendly with low taxes designed by the government to attract people to move there and/or invest.

2. Don’t have to be a resident to invest – The Panama residency process is appealing to expatriates and retirees, but you don't even have to be a citizen to invest in real estate.

3. U.S. Currency and Protected Territory – All transactions are done using the U.S. dollar, and Panama is a U.S. protected territory.

4. Substantially Lower Prices - Panama real estate prices are typically 25-50% less for the same quality in most major U.S. cities, and the standard of living is more affordable.

5. Strong GDP (Gross Domestic Product) – Over the last 10 years, the Panama GDP before COVID-19, has been between 5.6% and 11.3%.

6. Tropical Paradise – Brooks’ VIP Tours focus on popular areas about 2 hours from Panama City, where the weather has tropical breezes and warm weather year-round.

7. Big City in Paradise – Panama City includes many things anyone would find in a major city, including metros, an international airport, and a new Johns Hopkins Hospital.

8. Panama Canal Expansion – This expansion started in 2016. A new cruise terminal is currently planned to open this winter, along with the anticipated completion of the 4th Panama Canal Bridge in 2023.

9. Hard-to-find Organic Farm Investments – Based on the global population growth estimates of 8.5 billion by 2030, Brooks explained that USDA certified organic farming is a growing investment area with smart greenhouses and long-term investments in trees.

10. Pre-Construction Investments with Low Deposits – Brooks also has access to pre-construction loans where “you put down a very small deposit 10% 20% or 30%, depending on where in the construction it is and then you hold until it's finished."

11. Lock Up and Leave – Investors can also lockup a property and leave it for long periods of time. Brooks’ company can “maintain your unit.” Properties can also be used as vacation rentals or a second home.

VIP TOURS: To learn more, Brooks added, “If you will go watch a very short video on eviebrookspanama.com, I've got two very substantial offers there. And as soon as you sign up for the video for free with your email, I’ll send you information to schedule a free one-hour consultation with me. But if you watch it all the way through, there's also a cash offer for this VIP educational tour to join us for this boots on the ground event that has a maximum of 14 people. We’ll pick you up at the airport, educate you on the country, take you to some of the best restaurants, and then review your goals and different strategies to make money. If you're looking to get involved with some of these projects or just become an expat, it’s a worthwhile experience. You can find out how to become an expat, find a place to rent, and experience Panama. We are truly 'All Things Panama'. And that's what we do.”

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ABOUT - Evie Brooks (Atlanta, GA and Veracruz, Panama) is an elite Real Estate Investment Educator, Keynote Speaker, Investor, Coach, Mentor, Entrepreneur and former Advanced Trainer for “Rich Dad Poor Dad”, who now specializes in Panama real estate and organic agriculture investments. As a disclaimer, Brooks and her employees and affiliates are not investment or tax advisors, and do not offer investment advice. To learn more, visit https://eviebrookspanama.com

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Quotible and Spincar Join Forces to Introduce Immersive Digital Experiences in Lead Response Emails

Quotible, a premier lead response and communication company, and SpinCar, the global leader in digital automotive merchandising, today announced an integration that will enable dealers to deliver advanced digital merchandising experiences within every Quotible quote.

This advanced new integration enables dealers to feature SpinCar’s interactive 360° WalkArounds and Feature Tour experiences in their outgoing lead response sent via text and email. Allowing prospective buyers to explore every aspect of their vehicle of interest directly from the lead response builds greater confidence in their purchase decision. With this new capability, dealerships are able to deliver a better first impression when responding to leads and consumer inquiries.

“As a long time SpinCar customer, I was excited to see the integration between SpinCar and Quotible as it will provides for a more dynamic way to show photos and ‘spins’ of cars to our customers along with an engaging customer quotation tool,” said Bill Feinstein, President of New Jersey Planet Honda. “We now can provide our customers with a fully dynamic quoting environment that will only increase ‘stickiness’ and conversion rates."

“We at Quotible could not be more excited about our partnership with SpinCar, as we feel both companies have an aligned goal to increase conversions for our dealer partners and improve the consumer shopping experience,” said Nick Kaptain, co-founder of Quotible.

“Over the past 6 years, thousands of dealers have upgraded their static, photo-based websites with enhanced digital experiences that truly bring their vehicles to life online,” said Devin Daly, SpinCar Co-Founder and CEO. “We are thrilled to be working with Quotible to be the first in the industry to extend this same technology to the outbound lead response process, and we look forward to welcoming them into our expanding partner ecosystem.”

Quotible is a dealer-founded technology that was created to solve the most common and critical pain points associated with automotive lead response and communication. Quotible replaces static, unengaging CRM email templates with powerful, personalized, and interactive quotes sent by both text and email. Dealers using Quotible deliver a first response that drives engagement, satisfies customers, differentiates the dealership, and most importantly, helps increase contacts, appointments, and closing percentages.

The integration with SpinCar offers various benefits including:

  • Personalized quotes that deliver a multimedia 360-degree virtual exterior and interior walkaround of every vehicle
  • Improved transparency and trust with close up zooming and panning of dealership inventory from every angle
  • More empowered shoppers in full control of vehicle exploration



Quotible is a dealer founded interactive lead response technology that helps progressive dealers all across the US maximize every single opportunity and differentiate from the competition by delivering highly engaging interactive quotes via text and email. Dealers using Quotible deliver a first response that drives engagement, satisfies customers, differentiates your dealership, and most importantly, helps increase contacts, appointments, and closing percentages. To learn more about Quotible, visit Quotible.com


SpinCar offers automotive dealers, wholesalers, OEMs and third-party marketplaces the industry’s most advanced platform for digital automotive merchandising. The company’s suite of products build trust between buyers and sellers by bringing the physical showroom experience to car shoppers wherever and whenever they want. SpinCar’s proprietary shopper behavioral data and digital technology applications enable vehicle sellers to deliver hyper-personalized interactions across the entire car buying journey. To date, the company has delivered more than 700 million shopper interactions across 20 countries. To learn more about SpinCar, visit SpinCar.com.

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VIA AIOps Announces the Next Generation AIOps Application

Vitria today announced the evolution of their Digital Operations suite with the VIA AIOps Application, which enables reliable automation across all layers of service delivery to improve the customer experience and optimize operations.

Customer experience is the ultimate measure of successful digital transformation — the VIA AIOps Application assures service delivery experience across today’s large and most complex ecosystems. The challenge operators face is siloed with noisy monitoring tools that tell them plenty about what is broken, but almost nothing about why and the potential impact to customer experience. In order to stay ahead of customer-impacting issues, operations teams need to leverage automation made available by digital transformation, but first need to separate root cause from symptoms, build trust in the analysis and then understand the potentially impacted population. However, lack of visibility across the entire service delivery ecosystem and ‘black box’ analytics can mask the real cause and make automation ineffective or even dangerous. To fully benefit from their investment in digital transformation, enterprises need less noisy monitoring tools and more comprehensive AIOps applications.

Today, Vitria is introducing VIA AIOps delivering a value multiplier that leverages all the data coming directly from sources or events from existing monitoring tools across the application, network and infrastructure layers in service delivery. VIA AIOps goes beyond traditional AIOps solutions by cross correlating this data with customer experience markers and change management events to provide the complete analysis needed for incident lifecycle automation.

“Today, we bring to market a comprehensive AIOps Application that helps enterprises accelerate their pace of innovation,” said Chris Menier, GM Digital Transformation, VIA AIOps. “Automating the incident lifecycle can maximize the customer experience while optimizing operations. VIA is the only AIOps application in the market that provides total ecosystem observability and explanatory analytics to assure the service experience.”


Is a next generation AIOps application that improves customer experience by providing total Ecosystem Observability, Explanatory AI, and Experience Assurance.

Total Ecosystem Observability—learns dependencies and generates an ontology across all layers of service delivery including application, network and infrastructure performance, as well as customer experience markers and change management events.

Explanatory AI—delivers advanced analytics and machine learning to accurately detect anomalies and determine what is the cause, what is symptomatic, and what customer populations are impacted with visual explanations of all analysis and actions.

Experience Assurance—remedial actions can be automated and customer-affecting issues can be predicted and acted upon prior to customer impact.

Learn More: Bridge CX to Service Operations

About Us

Move from Analyzing Data to Automating Actions. VIA AIOps enables reliable automation by correlating data and events across all layers of service delivery to improve the customer experience and optimize operations. Automation minimizes the incident-to-response lifecycle and overall service and customer impact. VIA AIOps provides total ecosystem observability, and explanatory AI to increase confidence in automation and speed up operationalization. Using VIA AIOps provides experience assurance to your customers — know and act on problems before your customers do.

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International Internship Grant Allows Broward College Students to Participate on a Virtual Internship

5 high achieving students from Broward College (Florida) will complete a 1-month Virtual Internship this summer, after receiving funding from the Armstrong International Internship Grant exclusively offered to Broward College students. The Grant was funded by David Armstrong, former president of Broward College and current board advisor to Virtual Internships. His grant will cover the program fee for the 5 selected recipients to intern with an internationally-based company through Virtual Internships’ program.

The 5 awarded students include:
Ariana Martinez, a film major
William Zachary Dean, a biology major
Annie Villalta, a rising senior at College Academy High School planning to major in political science or economics
Kyle Ozuna, an international relations major
Gia Marquez, a chemical and biomedical engineering major

Recent Virtual Internship program participants have been placed with global small-to-medium enterprises (SME’s) and nonprofits, such as Karen Hilltribes Trust - a community-based organization supporting the Karen people of Thailand.

“Internships provide students with valuable workplace skills and experience for their future careers,” said Armstrong. “Through Virtual Internships, these students will also receive global and international business experience that should enhance their world view and career opportunities. The students at Broward College receive an outstanding academic experience, and these diverse grant recipients will no doubt improve their life and work experience through their internships.”

Due to COVID-19, 2020 has seen a massive push towards remote working for employees and interns alike. Organizations such as Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook will host thousands of worldwide interns through remote and virtual internships this year.

“I feel very honored to have won this scholarship as it helps me participate in a wonderful opportunity to work in the field I eventually want to have a career in,” says Martinez of winning the scholarship.

About starting his internship, Ozuna says he is “most excited to put into action lessons that I have been taught and apply them into the real world. Also, [I’m excited for] the opportunity to be able to step out of my comfort zone to try something new.”

“I am excited to meet professionals with completely different cultures than myself, to begin to learn how they think. I think meeting people is wonderful, especially people who are so different than I am and who are also professionals within their fields. I think the most exciting part will be making lifelong connections with other respected professionals in my field,” says Dean.

When asked what she hopes to accomplish during her internship, Villalta says, “I hope to gain work skills that will potentially boost my employability. I also hope to gain cross-cultural skills that will help me communicate with those who are different from me.”

“I’d like to increase my skills in written communication and problem-solving as well as mastering software and platforms relevant to my career field. Be able to adapt and gain an international perspective and most importantly, be able to demonstrate my potential as a Dominican Woman in STEM,” says Marquez.

Virtual Internships is grateful for its partnership with Broward College and its fundamental belief in the positive outcomes of academic and professional development programs of international nature. Additionally, we thank David Armstrong for his vision and generous support, allowing more students to have the opportunity to gain professional and international experience.

About Virtual Internships
In addition to these 5 students from Broward College, Virtual Internships will be supporting over 1,000 students from around the world to complete a remote international internship this summer. Students wanting to gain global work experience can complete an internship from the comfort of their own home, working 20-30 hours per week for 1-3 months. Virtual Internships’ program follows the highly-regarded National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Career Readiness Competencies framework.

High school students can also access the program through Virtual Internships Foundations programming, which is a structured 4-week part-time internship and career-exploration experience. Those interested in learning more can visit Virtual Internships' Website

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Planet Depos Releases Safety Guide as States and Localities Begin to Re-Open

Planet Depos, LLC, a global court reporting company providing best-in-class court reporting and litigation technology services, has distributed its safety guide, “A Safe Return to In-Person Litigation,” to its clients worldwide. As areas stabilize from the pandemic, government stay-at-home orders are lifted, and law firms return to in-person litigation, Planet Depos has implemented additional safety measures in its administrative and satellite offices.

“We are committed to the safety of staff returning to the field, in addition to all court reporters and guests present at our various locations around the world,” commented Joseph DiMonte, Co-founder and Managing Partner. “We are staying up to date with local, state, and federal orders regarding safe return to the workplace, along with recommended safety guidelines.” Best practices include, but are not limited to the following:

Full Disclosure: Prior to entering a Planet Depos office, all staff, contractors, and guests are requested to disclose if he or she is presenting with COVID-19 symptoms or has had contact with anyone who has tested positive within the last 14 days so that appropriate accommodations can be made.

Advanced Cleaning and Disinfection: Routine cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch spaces and surfaces is maintained in each of the Planet Depos offices per health authority guidelines, including all workspace areas, offices, conference rooms, restrooms, kitchens, and other areas. Signage throughout the offices serve as reminders for all employees, contractors and visitors to promote safety through emphasizing basic infection prevention measures.

Face Coverings: Upon arrival to a job location, Planet Depos staff, contractors and guests are required to wear a face mask.

Social Distancing: Planet Depos staff, as well as contractors and guests, are requested to maintain six feet of social distancing. Maximum capacity of conference rooms and offices is temporarily lowered in accordance with social distancing guidelines.

Plexiglass Barriers: All Planet Depos satellite offices are equipped with Depo Shields, which are strategically placed for client use, and court reporters have been advised to add the shields to their equipment list when covering proceedings. The Depo Shield provides an extra layer of safety by blocking any droplets spread through talking or coughing.

Personal Hygiene: Planet Depos staff and contractors are encouraged to continue practicing good personal hygiene wherever work takes them, including touchless greetings, frequent handwashing, and respiratory etiquette.

Additionally, Planet Depos requires its staff and contractors to ensure depositions taken outside of a Planet Depos office are just as safe as those taken in the office. This includes requiring staff and contractors to wear face masks at any facility during their entire stay, practicing social distancing even when the facility does not specifically require it, and to carry hand sanitizer.

“Planet Depos recognizes that communicating with our clients and with our staff is more important now than ever,” said DiMonte. “Throughout the migration back into the physical workplace, we will continue to review and adopt best practices for health and safety, provide guidance and recommendations to our team, and welcome ongoing feedback from our staff, contractors, and guests.”

With its robust IT infrastructure, Planet Depos will also continue to offer remote depositions in a technologically secure environment from any location that has cell phone or internet access.

About Planet Depos

Headquartered in Washington, DC, Planet Depos, is the only international court reporting agency led by court reporters and world-renowned industry experts. Planet Depos provides court reporting and legal technology solutions throughout the United States and abroad to international law firms, worldwide corporations, and government entities. The Company has extensive experience reporting complex matters around the globe, including arbitrations, trials and depositions. A forward-thinking company, Planet Depos is conversant with the latest technologies and works closely with clients to implement case-winning tools.

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Argos Health Named Black Book’s Top Complex Claims Solutions Vendor for 2020

Argos Health has made Black Book’s list for top-performing vendors among in-demand financial healthcare software, systems, and outsourcing services for the second year in a row, once again being named the number one Complex Claims Solutions vendor. Black Book™ surveyed nearly 1,800 hospital and health system CFOs, revenue cycle executives, and consultants to determine the top-performing vendors.

Eighty-one percent of surveyed CFOs and senior leaders revealed the absolute and immediate need for digital transformations for long term survival of their healthcare organization.

"It would seem most CFOs understand what the pandemic has proved is the need to speed up digital transformation initiatives to not only survive but to prosper in the new normal," said Doug Brown, President of Black Book Research. "For CFOs eager to expedite their organization's digital transformation, the standardization and simplification leaders want in their back-end processes are allowing for less complicated, faster adoption despite the times."

"From the beginning, Argos Health has remained focused on being the best complex claims solution in the industry. The acknowledgment by Black Book for the second year in a row that Argos Health is the highest-rated vendor in customer satisfaction and client experience in the complex claims category is a testament to our staff and their commitment to our customers," said Argos Health CEO, Brent McCarty. "At Argos, we have always felt we offered the highest level of service to our clients. Since Black Book does not involve vendors in the survey process in any way, we are gratified that a completely unbiased survey of the complex claims market came to the same conclusion. As hospitals and IDNs work to overcome the financial impacts of COVID-19 and seek to streamline operations and identify new options for increasing revenue and profitability, Argos Health stands ready to help."

Read the Black Book announcement of its 2020 awards here.

About Black Book

Black Book rankings are based on client experience scores obtained from crowdsourced ballots cast and available through mobile apps, web surveys, remote polling instruments, interview calls, and on-site trade shows and user groups throughout the year. They represent the opinions of healthcare professionals and clinicians from more than 4,600 hospitals, 600 IDNs, 2,800 clinics, 23,000 physician practices, 250 health plans, and nearly 500,000 healthcare industry consumers, and account for 6,000 products and services from more than 1,700 vendors.

About Argos Health

Argos Health is an industry leader in billing and resolving complex claims and prides itself on managing these challenging accounts to achieve maximum reimbursement for healthcare providers. Their team of experts can help get complicated claims, (Motor Vehicle Accident, Workers Compensation, US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and Out-of-state Medicaid), on the fast track for payment.

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Pantomime’s Reality Faucet with Liquid LiDAR for 2020 iPad Pros Brings Realistic Physics to Augmented Reality

Pantomime Corporation has today launched the Reality Faucet augmented reality app which, on Apple’s iPad Pro 2020 models, uses new LiDAR depth tracking technology to seamlessly merge moving virtual objects with real environments in real time. The Liquid LiDAR in-app purchase lets users spray a kind of virtual liquid around their space, where it realistically flows across floors, behind furniture, and over irregularly shaped objects; bouncing off, flowing and pooling around real things; is pulled by gravity, fills containers; and physically interacts with other droplets and even with the iPad itself.

Liquid LiDAR is a milestone in augmented reality across several dimensions:

  • Physics — hundreds of virtual objects collide with the real world — with seamless occlusion as virtual objects disappear behind real ones.
  • Graphics — gorgeous translucent, shiny animated 3D droplets reflect the room, sky, and even details like floor tiles in each rolling, sliding bubble.
  • Sound — dozens of 3D sound sources engulf users via their iPad Pro’s four speakers. Surrounded by liquid — when a big bubble pops behind a user, sounds stay put even as he turns and moves.
  • Performance — high physics and graphics frame rates for hundreds of dynamic, interactive objects — with the user’s environment represented in tens of thousands of polygons — all ideally matched to the iPad Pro CPU, GPU, LiDAR and mobile tracking hardware.
  • Cutting edge hardware and software — the app leverages new LiDAR hardware and iOS 13.4 with new Reality Kit software — all introduced by Apple in late March 2020.


“LiDAR is the biggest leap ever into realistic virtual worlds people can reach into,” says Pantomime co-founder and CEO David Levitt. “Where clunky VR headsets block out the environment and isolate users, augmented reality is about anchoring things in the real world. Until now, the standard for mobile AR was recognizing where the nearest flat floor or wall was. Now AR knows the exact shape of your space and all the irregular objects in it. Seeing virtual objects interact realistically with the real world is a new kind of magic.”

The Reality Faucet app and its Liquid LiDAR in-app purchase are available for 2020 iPad Pros at the App Store today.

Pantomime Corporation, founded in 2014, has created augmented reality apps, earning awards including the Silicon Valley World Cup, patents, and fans with the first physically realistic networked AR experiences.

Pantomime founders Dr. David Levitt and Don Hopkins were on the teams that invented virtual reality and created The Sims™. Their previous apps include the first augmented reality app Invisibility, Pantomime Bug Farm, and Creatures AR.

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Assemble Young Ninja Warriors, the Launch of Conquer Ninja Gym Gilbert is Here

With the success of Burnsville, Fargo, Eden Prairie, Blaine and Woodbury, Conquer Ninja Gyms will soon launch another Warrior Gym at in Queen Creek. Since the foundation of the Conquer Ninja Gyms in 2015, countless people have had the opportunity to train with complete freedom. In essence, all of the gym locations still share the vision of Jake Marshman, who is an avid supporter and participant of spartan tough mudder and spartan race.

The truth is that Eden Prairie was just the tip of the iceberg, Conquer Ninja Gyms want to convey new ideas and offerings to local communities for better health, and better living. Apart from training classes, the new gym will also offer birthday parties with a certain degree of social distancing protocols. The same rules will apply to summer camps. It is a chance to drive the boredom away and enjoy an unforgettable summer. There is a good chance that Arizona may just become a new prime location for Conquer Nina Gyms.

The all-new Conquer Ninja Warrior Gilbert space will adhere to new safety guidelines. Furthermore, the Gilbert Gym will also abide by updated cleaning protocols to maintain complete safety for the gym enthusiasts. Prior to the launch of the new Conquer Ninja Gym Gilbert location, all the relevant and safety regulations are in place. In fact, it will have a limited space to conduct classes for no more than 10 aspiring ninja warriors. The design and structure of the facility cater to the needs of the families. It is ideal for kids who are older than five (5) years.
Simultaneously, there will be 30 minutes of break after each class or gym session for cleaning. Hand sanitization and washing is also mandatory for everyone. Furthermore, Conquer Ninja Gym Gilbert will go through rigorous screening to ensure the safety of the participants. In addition, gym enthusiasts should take a sigh of relief by knowing that the new Conquer Ninja Gym Gilbert will have extra staff to maintain continuous disinfecting and cleaning.
What is interesting is that the new gym is still an open space so that you can train at your specific speed without any pressure. You can sign-up for classes and membership to further enhance your untapped ninja skills. The most defining aspect of all five Conquer Ninja Gym Warrior locations is their sense of communal participation. You will not feel left out but would be able to get the support you need to master your ninja skills. All guests can sign-up for the Conquer Ninja Gym Gilbert classes online. However, make sure you sign the waiver before you enter the new facility.

The new location could not be more ideal for families and individuals to come together and overcome their challenges. It is an opportunity to achieve the perfect fitness that is more important than ever. Contrary to misguided perception, kids need to learn that fitness is fun, not an exhausting activity. The professional teams at Conquer Ninja Warrior Gyms know how to imbue confidence, camaraderie, and strength among participants. So long as you have a positive attitude and willingness to work hard, you are in for a lot of fun. The new Gilbert location wants to represent more than just a fitness center; it wants to help you succeed and feel a sense of accomplishment. You can become a part of the new Ninja Warrior Gym Gilbert and build long-lasting character and skills.
Conquer Ninja Gyms are a chain of Ninja training facilities in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Arizona. The premier fitness and training facilities cater to the individuals who want to become a ninja warrior through an adventurous training schedule. The design of the gyms serves the purpose of kids and as well as adults. The diverse background of the professional trainers at Conquer Ninja Gyms helps participants realize their full potential.

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Coronavirus Crisis: AI Heath-App Helps Seniors Avoid Anxiety & Isolation

The Coronavirus outbreak in the Seattle area nursing home has some seniors scared -- not only of infection, but increased isolation.

“Senior living communities like Aldersgate in Charlotte, NC provide immediate health updates via our software platform, so the right message gets to the right person at the right time,” says Kyle Robinson, Co-founder of North Carolina-based Wellzesta, a health-tech company working with eldercare organizations coast-to-coast.

Each day, tens of thousands of seniors and their caregivers use Wellzesta products to stay connected and engaged. The mean age user of the Wellzesta Life software solution is 84, and 79% of subscribers use the App daily. The elderly are more susceptible to the virus according to health care experts and as a result, may face fewer visitors either by facility restrictions or fear from loved ones.

Seniors who experience social isolation or loneliness may face a higher risk of mortality, heart disease and depression, says a newly released report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, nongovernmental organization.

“Our 500 residents at Aldersgate all get iPads along with training on the Wellzesta app -- our main point of contact. Not only do they get important up-to-the-minute information like the Coronavirus updates – Wellzesta encourages social interaction via the events and calendar feature. It’s easy to RSVP to events and see who else is attending,” says Brooks Shelley, Director of Marketing and Community Engagement.

Seniors can stay engaged by signing up for sponsored events (they can see who is attending), do their own health journaling, or consume on-demand wellness articles and videos. Digital assistants, and digital coaches personalize the experience.

“We always get great info from resident association meetings, but when anyone asks me where to find information, I tell them to look at Wellzesta,” says an 84-year old resident of four years at Aldersgate (a Life Plan Community in Charlotte, NC.)

AI App Helps Seniors & Caregivers Stay Informed & Engaged

“The Wellzesta AI platform is super useful – it enables us to instantly communicate important information and tips to our caregivers and clients,” says Bill Osborne, Owner, Right at Home -- a Veteran approved home care agency with offices in Belmont and South Charlotte, NC. Osborne knows a lot about upper respiratory illnesses - having worked on a critical care helicopter flight team for nine years. As a Registered Respiratory Therapist and Adult Critical Care Specialist with a BA in Health Sciences and Management, Osborne has a deep understanding of virus symptoms and the urgency to share precautions for everyone to stay safe.

“Our caregivers rarely use email while working. Texting isn’t efficient. With Wellzesta’s Thrive, they log on to a password-protected platform, which has everything for them in one place,” according to Osborne.

Wellzesta Thrive is like a security blanket – it keeps me up to date on fun, food and future regarding my work and the world. I share exercises, articles and videos with my clients, which helps us both de-stress and stay healthier,” says caregiver Denise Brown, Right at Home, Charlotte.

About Wellzesta, Inc.
The company's name, Wellzesta is a combination of two words: WELLness and ZEST for life.

Dr. Robinson is the CEO of Wellzesta Inc. Dr. Robinson received a BA in Biophysics from the Johns Hopkins University, and a combined MD + PhD (Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics) degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Co-founder, Kyle Robinson has spent her entire career in senior care and has a BA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned two Masters in Health Care Communication and Gerontology.

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Beyond the myth: Christie introduces the Griffyn 4K32-RGB all-in-one RGB pure laser projector for permanent and staging applications

The new Christie® Griffyn™ 4K32-RGB continues the Christie tradition of delivering unmatched purpose-built laser projection technology for theme parks, indoor and outdoor sports venues, and other environments where there’s no time for downtime. With 360-degree orientation capabilities, and the ruggedness rental and staging customers demand, the Griffyn 4K32-RGB includes patented next-generation Trulife+ all-in-one electronics for a blur-free experience, and unrestricted connectivity to eliminate the time and hassle of removable option cards.

The Griffyn 4K32-RGB is Christie’s first projector to offer new digital convergence giving users the ability to select Red, Green, or Blue individually and adjust each color by remote control, for easy picture-perfect image alignment that saves time and money. Griffyn 4K32-RGB produces an exceptionally wide color gamut, achieving greater than 96% of the Rec. 2020 color space—more than twice the color of Rec. 709 and 50% more than DCI-P3-capable projectors—for a richer, more memorable audience experience. It also features optional high frame rate (HFR) capability to achieve 120Hz at 4K resolution or up to 480Hz with HD resolution for lifelike images.

“Weighing only 175 pounds (79.5 kg) the Griffyn 4K32-RGB is packed full of powerful features that will enhance your audience’s experience including exceptional color, sound performance below 50dB at full brightness, and superior video processing,” said Brad Martin, senior product manager, Christie. “Users can transport their audience to colorful new worlds since Griffyn not only raises the bar for RGB pure laser projection but soars above it. The Christie line of 3DLP® projectors are market leaders in electronics, illumination, and functionality, and the new Griffyn continues that legacy.”

Christie Griffyn 4K32-RGB at a glance:

  • All-in-one, omnidirectional RGB pure laser projector - compact single chassis, no additional components required
  • Up to 34,000 lumens while operating at less than 50dB at full brightness
  • New TruLife+ all-in-one electronics - unrestricted connectivity, eliminating the hassle of removable option cards        
  • New digital convergence via remote control for easy, flawless, image alignment
  • Rec. 2020 color – more than twice the color capability of a Rec 709 projector
  • 4K lens compatibility – compatible with Boxer and our current 4K40-RGB series

The Christie Griffyn™ 4K32-RGB projector ships in the fall of 2020 with a three-year parts and labor warranty backed by Christie’s industry-leading service and support.

About Christie
Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. is a global visual and audio technologies company and a wholly owned subsidiary of Ushio Inc., Japan (JP: 6925). Christie revolutionized the movie industry with the launch of digital cinema projection, and since 1929 has embraced innovation and broken many technology barriers. From the world’s largest mega-events to the smallest applications, our technology—from advanced RGB pure laser projectors and SDVoE technology to image processing and LED video wall display solutions—empowers people to create the world’s best shared experiences. Visit http://www.christiedigital.com.

“Christie” is a trademark of Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc., registered in the United States of America and certain other countries. DLP® is a registered trademark of Texas Instruments.

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

Medical Logistics Management, Inc dba AirEvac International Awarded NAAMTA Global Medical Transport Accreditation

Following a comprehensive audit of administrative documentation, medical practices, and facilities, the NAAMTA Global has awarded Medical Logistics Management, Inc dba AirEvac International with accreditation for their fixed-wing medical transport program. As a result, AirEvac International joins the NAAMTA Global Alliance and is thus privy to the associated benefits.

NAAMTA’s Alliance members are held in high esteem for meeting stringent requirements that define and influence transport operational excellence. AirEvac International demonstrated compliance in each of the numerous standards, offering documentation on processes for safety, aviation, and medical practices. NAAMTA found their compliance to be evident through employee interviews, on-site evaluations, and process reviews, all of which was conducted using ISO 9001:2015 auditing guidelines.

AirEvac International offers the highest quality of medical transportation care by combining the best medical resources and most efficient response times. As a direct service provider of bedside-to-bedside critical care, AirEvac provides repatriation for patients in North America as well as coordination of emergency evacuation throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America.

“AirEvac International prides itself in not only providing exceptional patient care but also for setting the industry standard for patient advocacy,” said Kelly LoCascio, General Counsel and CEO. “With that, we are absolutely exhilarated to be both affiliated with and recognized by NAAMTA and the prestige behind this accreditation. Every team member at AirEvac International continually strives to work above and beyond the NAAMTA standards for the benefit of its patients and we look forward to the advancement and growth of our team under the NAAMTA guidance for years to come.”

Nancy Purcell, NAAMTA Global’s Director of Clinical Operations stated, “NAAMTA Global’s Accreditation program is built on providing standards that focus on quality patient care and the safety of the transport for all involved. The NAAMTA Alliance unifies each accredited organization in the vanguard of continuous improvement for medical transports. Our audit evidenced AirEvac International’s determination to provide outstanding service for the international community. We were very impressed with the expertise of each individual and how their contribution in working succinctly as a team results in successful transports.”

By attaining NAAMTA Accreditation, AirEvac International demonstrates the depth of their medical transport experience through their dedication to improving patient care and cultivating an environment of safety. AirEvac International is made up of industry experts. Now their expertise is proven through a nationally-recognized medical transport accreditation.

About NAAMTA Global

NAAMTA Global is an accreditation standard-bearer for the medical transport industry, offering procedures that include guidelines for developing a quality management system focusing on transport safety, patient care, and continuous improvement. Since its inception in 2009, NAAMTA has worked diligently to be globally recognized by attaining ISO 9001:2015 QMS certification and to implement quality practices into their accreditation program. NAAMTA Global successfully identifies key best practices to improve the standard of performance among EMS providers at a national and global level. Through a dynamic approach to auditing and a vast array of web-based reporting and learning tools for members, NAAMTA distinguishes itself as an accreditation source interested in the improvement of medical transport organizations.

Roylen “Griff” Griffin,
Executive Director
P.O. Box 7
Blanding, UT 84511

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

APG Cash Drawer Advances Jarrett Buckholz to its New Director of Operations for North America

APG Cash Drawer, a global manufacturer of cash management solutions announces the promotion of Jarrett Buckholz to Director of Operations for North America. Mr. Buckholz who celebrated 17 years at APG in June, will lead the company’s North American manufacturing, material management, receiving and warehouse in procurement, development and delivery of innovative cash management solutions.

“Mr. Buckholz brings almost two decades of experience holding previous roles in every department at APG,” stated Paull Griffiths, President and CEO. “He has been a conduit to both accelerating both internal and external growth, building relationships at every level of our company. As we continue to source and supply best in class cash drawer solutions, Jarrett’s wealth of knowledge and expertise will position us to grow in alignment with our strategic initiatives.”

“As the Director of Operations, I am excited to drive customer focus and responsiveness across APG’s manufactured and sourced product lines, while continuing to provide on-time shipments, shipment accuracy and continuous improvement at APG,” stated Buckholz. “Throughout my 17 years’ experience, I have watched APG build on the strong foundation of quality products and customer focus through its emphasis on continuous improvement.  I am excited to help grow that foundation and to spearhead improvements that will make APG, and the support of our customers, even better tomorrow than it is today.”

Mr. Buckholz along with his wife of 12 years and their two children live in the Minneapolis area.

About APG Cash Drawer – APG Cash Drawer, with over 40 years of experience, manufactures a wide range of highly durable and reliable cash drawers that are delivered quickly to the marketplace.  APG has built a reputation as the supplier of choice for cash management solutions for retail, grocery, hospitality, and quick serve for thousands of customers throughout the world. Whether it’s our general application cash drawer, custom designed solutions, or the SMARTtill® Cash Management Solution, our products and brand are differentiated by our ability to deliver innovative technologies that globally enhance efficiency and security at the point of sale. To learn more about our products, visit http://www.cashdrawer.com/ or call at 763-571-5000. Follow us on Twitter at @apgcashdrawer and on Facebook.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,Services,U.S

Global Learning Collaborative Wins 2 Awards in 41st Annual Telly Awards

The Global Learning Collaborative (GLC) announced today its ACT FAST: Insights on Influenza has won two bronze Telly Awards in the categories of Non-broadcast Craft-Editing and People’s Telly Production.

“We are immensely proud of these two awards,” said Rob Braun, President of GLC. “As leaders in healthcare professional education, our content delivers measurable long-term benefits to clinicians and patients alike. The ACT FAST creative team is the best in the industry.”

GLC is dedicated to providing the highest-quality continuing medical education (CME) through unique learning experiences for healthcare professionals. GLC is comprised of four education subsidiaries, including Prova Education, who designed the education strategy for the award-winning programs. ACT FAST focuses on seasonal influenza and personalized treatment plans and features video interviews and modeling animation.

The Telly Awards attracts more than 12,000 entries from top video content producers including the BBC, Conde Nast, Netflix, Ogilvy & Mather, and may others.

Credits for the two GLC bronze awards include:

  • Director of Educational Strategy: Stephen Chavez (Prova Education, a subsidiary of GLC)
  • Associate Director, Supporter Solutions: Ann Early (GLC)
  • Senior Vice President: Sean Barrett (GLC)
  • Vice President, Scientific Affairs: William Mencia, MD, FACEHP, CHCP (GLC)
  • Project Manager: Samantha Cojocariu (ReachMD)
  • Senior Animator: Carrie Stanton (Winding River Productions)
  • Animator: Julie McCartney (Winding River Productions)
  • Senior Medical Education Manager: John Scott, CHCP (Genentech, Inc.)

ACT FAST: Insights on Influenza was supported through an education grant from Genentech.


Global Learning Collaborative (GLC) is a member of the US HealthConnect Inc. group of companies. GLC is the parent organization to Omnia Education, Prova Education, Medtelligence, and the Academy for Global Interprofessional Learning & Education (AGILE). GLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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

Small Plumbing Camera from MEDIT Saves Thousands of Dollars for a Barbados Hotel

The track record of the MiniFlex plumbing camera is a story of how a modest investment prevented a huge financial loss. This compact, lightweight and portable camera, designed especially for narrow pipes with multiple bends, was able to locate a leakage in a swimming pool piping system in a Barbados hotel. Freshwater is scarce and expensive on the island, so fixing the issue saved the hotel management a lot of money, and let resort guests keep enjoying the pool and artificial waterfall without interruptions. The plumbing camera was rushed to Barbados when all other methods to detect the leaking spot within a complex and irregularly shaped piping failed. Once the problem area was successfully detected through visual inspection, the exact spot was located thanks to a signal transmitted by a sonde.

This compact and easy-to-use CCTV system was engineered to inspect narrow piping, such as bathroom and kitchen drains, swimming pools, hot tubs, showers, and sprinklers where larger diameter or less flexible push cables turn out to be useless.

MiniFlex comes with three cable length options, 65.6' (20m), 100’ (30m) and 131' (40m). The tiny 0.76" (19.5 mm) camera head boasts a Color CMOS chip, 12 white high power LED lights and an integrated 512Hz sonde, which works with any locator of the same frequency. The cable and the camera head are water-resistant and able to withstand up to 3 Bar pressure. The patented flexi-tube neck of the cable performs extremely well while running through multiple 90 degrees bends in 1.5’’ pipes and larger and can even navigate a P-trap in a 1.25’’ PVC pipe.

The portable DVR unit of MiniFlex plumbing camera has dual power supply: it can operate on a rechargeable battery (up to 7 hours on a single charge) or use standard 110V AC. The DVR is equipped with a 5.6’’ color screen with 640x480 pixels display resolution. The recorded files are kept on a removable SD card, and the image recording resolution is 720x576 pixels.

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

DUCA Credit Union Helps Canadians Maximize Investments During Turbulent Times

DUCA Credit Union is helping Canadians make their money work harder for them by providing Canadians with high interest rates on deposits and investments, low mortgage rates and profit sharing for its members.

“We wanted to let Canadians know we were open for business and working hard to help them maximize their investments during these unusual times,” says Arthur Krzycki, Vice President, Marketing at DUCA. “Using radio ads is a quick and easy way to reach our clients.”

DUCA’s agency, Northern Lights Direct produced a 30-second radio commercial and are managing the media for the direct response DUCA Credit Union radio commercial entitled, “Times Like These”. The media will run through local Southern Ontario radio stations.

“DUCA’s radio campaign and its evergreen digital campaign has helped them reach their target audience quickly with clear messaging and ongoing updates regarding the current environment,” says Bryan Walkey, CEO of Northern Lights Direct.

About DUCA Credit Union:
Founded in 1954, DUCA is a financial co-operative with 16 branches throughout Southern Ontario and over 700,000 Members. DUCA exists to help people do more, be more and achieve more with their money and their lives by keeping the cooperative philosophy – you are a Member and Owner – at the center of every decision made. DUCA offers personal banking, small business banking and commercial banking services.

The DUCA Radio campaign launched in Southern Ontario regions on April 27th, 2020.

About Northern Lights Direct:
Northern Lights Direct is a fully integrated performance marketing agency with over 35 years’ experience executing successful campaigns. With offices in Toronto and Chicago, Northern Lights Direct provide direct to consumer marketing service to the North American market including strategy, creative, digital, media, and measurement and attribution. We are scientific, creative, predictive marketers that are passionate for your success. We focus on achieving your desired business outcomes cost effectively and efficiently.

Posted in: Marketing & Sales,Services,U.S

Your Home TV® Partners with SimuStream®, Introducing Technology that Allows Consumers to Buy While Streaming Home Product Videos

Your Home Digital CEO, Sean Stockell announced today a new marketing partnership with SimuStream, developer of the nation's first In-Video Call-to-Action Tool. "We're so grateful for the leadership and insight of our Chief Brand Strategist, Kathy Ireland, and the dedication and support of her team members, Tommy Meharey and Miles Robinson for bringing this partnership together. Your Home TV and Simustream is a powerful combination. What SimuStream CEO, Garrett Baxter and his team have developed is brilliant. They've increased video engagement by 30% or more and have enabled shoppers to act on opportunities quickly. Online shoppers today digest data rapidly and take action when best products and prices are identified. Video is the preferred content delivery format today, so SimuStream has really pulled it all together," says Stockell.

SimuStream Chairman, Garrett Baxter says, "When you consider the hundreds of home products featured on Your Home TV, the global reach of kathy ireland® Worldwide and their many home products under license, this partnership represents a video marketing main-stage. Home consumers will now find videos on anything and everything home on Your Home TV and have the ability to view products quickly, take immediate action on offers and sign-ups, or respond to other call-to-action opportunities. We're vastly improving the home shopping experience, and most importantly, we're shortening the sales cycle for our clients through improved video engagement. That's a powerful dynamic and one that delivers tremendous ROI results," says Baxter.

Kathy Ireland, Chair, CEO and Chief Designer of kathy ireland® Worldwide says, "With the rapid emergence of new technology, we continue to explore the most cutting-edge developments that can disrupt their industries, enhance business models and provide customers with innovative solutions and experiences. SimuStream is one-of-a-kind technology and we believe the new strategic partnership with Your Home Digital will truly revolutionize the customer-centric marketing industry." Kathy Ireland serves as Executive Editor of Content and Chief Brand Strategist of Your Home Digital.

"It's a great privilege to live the growth of Your Home Digital and work alongside CEO, Sean Stockell and his team. Your Home Digital has developed unique homeowner resources and provides tangible benefits in both B2B and B2C channels. This partnership with SimuStream is ideal for that reason. We're anticipating exceptional results with SimuStream's technology for Your Home TV viewers and increased sales for our home industry clients. We've changed the landscape in home intelligence and resources and SimuStream helps to build on that momentum," said Tommy Meharey, Board Member of Your Home Digital, and the youngest Board Member of kathy ireland Worldwide.

"This timely alliance between Your Home Digital, led by Sean Stockell, and Simustream, led by Garrett Baxter, is a major solution serving consumers who are looking for informational videos on anything and everything home. When you add seamless capabilities to shop simultaneously while streaming, you create conversions from views to sales in minutes. It’s a wonderful win-win for both consumers and retailers and this partnership will set a new paradigm in the way we will all shop on-line moving forward," says Miles Robinson, Vice President of Production, kiWW and YHD Board Member.

Schedule a SimuStream Demo Today. Write to Marketplace@YourHome1Source.com or call 1-800-860-7210

About Your Home TV®
Your Home TV® is a home products & services video marketing platform developed by Your Home Digital, LLC. Your Home TV® is integrated with YourHome1Source.com (YH1S.com), America's Resource on Homeownership® and offers hundreds of videos on Anything and Everything Home®. Your Home Digital specializes in affordable video production, cost-effective video campaigns and executes high ROI video strategies across web, social and streamed media.

About kathy ireland® Worldwide (kiWW®)
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 SimuStream®
SimuStream is a powerful globally patented technology that allows consumers to make a purchase or fill out forms inside of a streaming video without ever disrupting or leaving the video. SimuStream increases sales conversions, reduces cart abandonment from eliminating redirects, and greatly improves your revenue channel.

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

Cloud4Wi appoints Scott Ackerman as Chief Operating Officer and Board Member

Cloud4Wi, the industry’s leader in location-based customer insights technology, is excited to announce that Scott Ackerman, former CEO of TuneCore, joined the company as COO and Board Member.

"Scott is a seasoned and trusted leader who consistently delivers results. He is uniquely qualified to drive strategic prioritization and accountability within Cloud4Wi, with a laser-focus on operational excellence, and he is a perfect fit with our company culture," said Andrea Calcagno, CEO and Co-Founder at Cloud4Wi. "I have tremendous confidence in Scott's ability to align Cloud4Wi's world-class innovation with industry-leading operational practices to extend our market leadership."

Ackerman will assume responsibility for human resource, finance, support and customer service, and operations. Ackerman will be responsible for the alignment and prioritization of the activities, ensuring operational excellence across the company.

“The opportunity to join Cloud4Wi is very exciting,” said Scott Ackerman, COO at Cloud4Wi. “We find ourselves in an unprecedented situation and I look forward to working with this exceptional team to manage these new challenges and to maintain focus on delivering the company’s strategic growth objectives.”

Ackerman joins Cloud4Wi from TuneCore where he served as President and COO in 2010 and was promoted to CEO in 2012. Prior to joining TuneCore, he held executive operations positions at eHarmony, Orbitz, US Airways and American Airlines. He is an accomplished executive leading global sales, services and operations in high growth technology companies.

About Cloud4Wi
Cloud4Wi is a location-based customer insights solution that enables businesses and organizations to seamlessly and safely collect, analyze and act on customer data. Using real-time behavioral insights, Cloud4Wi empowers one-to-one relationships with customers by delivering perfectly-tailored communications at the right moment. With a 10x faster data collection and +30% lift in click-through rate, location-based customer insights drive results in today's new normal. Leading global companies rely on Cloud4Wi. They include Armani, BAC Credomatic, Burger King, Campari, Carmila, Diamonds International, First Trust, Gruppo FS Italiane, Herschend Family Entertainment, Klepierre, Kudu, Lacoste, Loro Piana, MaxMara, New York Botanical Garden, Prada Group, Talent Garden, The Cordish Companies and Valentino.  Cloud4Wi is headquartered in New York, and has offices in San Francisco, London, Paris, Milan, Pisa, São Paulo, and Bangkok.

To learn more about Cloud4Wi, please visit the website at http://www.cloud4wi.com.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Elena Briola
Tel: +1 (347) 296-8790

Posted in: Business,Services,Technology,U.S

SATISFYD Announces Its Annual List of Top Dealer Award Winners for Highest Customer Satisfaction in the Industry

SATISFYD has announced the winners of its Top Dealer Awards for 2020. Each year, equipment manufacturing dealers who have achieved best-in-class customer experience scores from the previous year are selected by SATISFYD’s recognition program to receive a “Top Dealer” honor.

Only 26 dealers were selected for this year’s industry-recognized award, all of whom have made a significant impact on customer experience in the industry, according to their own customers, respectively. Scores are based on real customer survey data on more than 1,000 dealers of top equipment manufacturers from across the United States, Canada, and Australia.

“It’s not easy to satisfy the high expectations of modern-day consumers. That’s why these elite dealers deserve to be recognized for demonstrating excellent customer experiences on a consistent basis,” shared Emilie Spalla, Vice President of SATISFYD. “We’re honored to present this award each year to dealers who clearly consider customer satisfaction to be a top priority, and we’re excited to continue to support their efforts for many more years to come.”

Of the 26 winners overall, the 10 top-performing dealers will receive an exclusive Certificate of Excellence for customer satisfaction:

Cal-Coast Machinery, Inc.
Cross Implement, Inc.
Greenland Equipment Ltd.
Greenline Service Corp.
Hurst Farm Supply, Inc.
Leslie Equipment Co.
Martin Implement
Midland Tractor Company
Neff Co. Avon
S.H. Dayton Ltd

The complete list of honorees can be found here.

SATISFYD works closely with equipment manufacturers and their dealers to drive growth through managed customer relationships. SATISFYD helps dealers recognize, react and resolve issues identified by their customers, thus empowering them to improve customer satisfaction, increase customer retention, and boost their bottom line.


SATISFYD engineers database-driven survey and customer feedback processes. It specializes in customer and employee experience programs for equipment dealers. To learn more about SATISFYD and its services visit online at http://www.SATISFYD.com or call 1-800-562-9557.

Posted in: Computers & Software,Services,Technology,U.S,Website & Blog

AI “Swarms” Could Shape the Future of Digital Marketing

In nature, when honeybees gather and form a swarm to look for a new nesting site, their efforts can find the best site over 80% of the time.(1) Likewise, people can pool their intellect on a subject, amplifying it using algorithms modeled after the swarms found in nature. “Human Swarming has been shown to enable groups to reach optimized decisions, prioritizations, and forecasts in significantly less time than traditional methods,” said Louis Rosenberg, PhD, CEO of Unanimous A.I., in the latest B2B If You Market podcast. “In other words, thinking together in swarms makes groups smarter and faster.” Dr. Rosenberg explored the impact of “hive minds” in A.I and its future in marketing in Episode 78 of the If You Market podcast “The Role of A.I. in Marketing, with Dr. Louis Rosenberg," hosted by MountainTop Data’s CEO Sky Cassidy and JoTo PR Disruptors’ CEO Karla Jo Helms.

In 2016, Newsweek challenged Dr. Rosenberg’s team to amplify the intelligence of sports fans to predict the Kentucky Derby outcomes. Their Swarm A.I. model predicted a Superfecta—at the odds of 540:1—by connecting 20 horse racing enthusiasts with their digital platform and applying algorithms to their predictions of winners and precise places. “The result was a demonstration that people are smart and can get even smarter when thinking together as a swarm,” noted Dr. Rosenberg. “Now, Unanimous A.I. is focused on using the unique form of A.I. for marketing.”(2)

According to Dr. Rosenberg, real-time swarming can generate more accurate insights from human populations than traditional surveys and polls, especially when using limited group sizes from 20 to 50 people. For example, a recent study compared Artificial Swarm Intelligence to various methods of statistical polling and found that the group was able to converge on the optimal solution at significantly higher rates when swarming as compared to polling.(2) “Will swarming replace polling focus groups? While thinking together in swarms makes groups smarter and faster, there are a number of comparison points to consider,” Dr. Rosenberg noted.

Dr. Rosenberg’s Comparison of Swarms, Traditional Surveys, and Focus Groups:

  • Groups able to converge on the optimal solution at higher rate when swarming
  • Swarming requires simultaneous participation while focus groups do not
  • Polling requires scheduling for groups to gather
  • Swarming facilitated digitally; by participants logging into platform
  • Real-time swarming is better solution where accuracy is paramount


“I’m intrigued by the applications of Swarm A.I. in marketing and wondered when marketing professionals would have some readily-accessible technology application where they could work with a chat bot that allows people connecting to the platform to participate,” Cassidy noted. “Dr. Rosenberg’s response that they have a subscription to a soft offer platform is a solid sign that we’re looking at the future of A.I. in marketing right now.”

Dr. Rosenberg mentioned that in the past, marketing experts relied on human knowledge, wisdom, and intuition in collecting data from the general public. He discussed that “the big push” recently has been in removing the people factor and using big data, noting that this is not nearly as effective as a lot of people think.(3)

“Marketing is all about people, and it was people that created the processes utilizing A.I.,” says Helms, noting that she agrees that A.I. should aim to harness the power of human intelligence.

“In weighing whether swarming will replace polling I see that for applications where accuracy is paramount, swarming is often the superior solution, especially when access to large populations is limited,” Dr. Rosenberg pointed out. “That said, for applications where accuracy is not the highest priority, polling may be a preferred process as it does not require simultaneous participation the way swarming does.”

To listen to the podcast episode on swarm A.I. in marketing with Dr. Louis Rosenberg, visit https://ifyoumarkettheywillcome.com/2020/05/05/78-the-role-of-a-i-in-marketing-with-dr-louis-rosenberg/.

The If You Market podcast is a 45-minute conversation about B2B marketing—new trends, best practices and established tried-and-true. Each episode features a conversation with one expert guest discussing topics like: content marketing, account-based marketing, social media, marketing automation, PR, etc. The podcast airs on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play and Tunein Radio.

About Louis Rosenberg:
Dr. Louis Rosenberg is the Founder and CEO of Unanimous AI, an artificial intelligence company that amplifies the intelligence of human groups using algorithms modeled after swarms in nature. Their Swarm A.I. model predicted the Superfecta at the Kentucky Derby at 540 to 1 odds. Making a fortune at gambling is great, but Louis Rosenberg and Unanimous AI are focused on using their unique form of A.I. for marketing.

About the If You Market They Will Come Podcast:
Meet If You Market podcast host, Sky Cassidy—an accomplished B2B marketing guru. And his co-host, disruptive PR evangelist Karla Jo Helms. Together they talk with industry experts to analyze marketing and public relations tactics from a perspective of data leveraging in marketing, entrepreneurial insight, and a measure of crisis management.

Sky Cassidy is also the CEO of MountainTop Data. MountainTop Data, based in Los Angeles, CA, provides data and data services for B2B marketing. Karla Jo Helms is the CEO and Anti-PR Strategist of PR agency, JOTO PR DisruptorsTM, based in Tampa, Florida.

1. Staff Writer. “Searching For a New Home – Scouting Behavior of Honeybee Swarms,” Academic.oup.com, 20 December 2006. Web.
2. Staff Writer. “Can Humans Use Artificial Swarm Intelligence to Make Smarter, Faster Decisions?” SU.org, 9 September 2019. Web.
3. McFarland, Alex. “Microsoft to Replace Dozens of Journalists With AI,” Unite.ai, 1 June 2020. Web.

Posted in: Services,Technology,U.S,Website & Blog,World

Oregon Fruit Products Debuts New Pantry Staple: Blueberries in 100% Blueberry Juice

With an 85-year track record of manufacturing high quality canned specialty fruit, Oregon Fruit Products LLC added to its range of canned fruit offerings with the release of Blueberries in 100% Blueberry Juice. Packed in 100% unsweetened, not-from-concentrate blueberry juice, the new Blueberries in Juice contain no added sugar and are a healthy and delicious way to get the daily requirements of fruit by eating the berries and drinking the juice.

Blueberries in Blueberry Juice are naturally rich in antioxidants and contain 13 grams of natural sugar. Enjoy the fruit straight out of the can or swap for fresh or frozen blueberries in a favorite recipe. The juice can also be poured right into a glass for drinking, frozen into cubes, or boiled down to a concentrated fruit syrup.

“Even grandma added a little sugar when she used to can blueberries,” says Lisa Klarp, national sales manager for Oregon Fruit Products. “But as Americans are cautioned to watch their sugar intake, we felt that packing the fruit in unsweetened juice would be a delicious way of delivering a lower-sugar option, without compromising flavor.”

Oregon Fruit sources the freshest and most flavorful blueberries and blueberry juice exclusively from the Pacific Northwest, just a few miles away from where they’re packed in Salem, Ore. Blueberries in Blueberry Juice contain Non-GMO Project Verified fruit and juice, are certified kosher, and preserved in 100% recyclable cans without a Bisphenol A (BPA) lining.

Blueberries in Juice is now available on Amazon for .54 for a 4-can pack of 14.5 oz cans.

Oregon Fruit Products LLC
Founded in 1935, Oregon Fruit Products offers a complete line of canned, frozen and shelf-stable premium fruit for consumers, foodservice operators, brewers and ingredients. The company is located in Salem, Oregon and can be found on the web at http://www.oregonfruit.com.

Posted in: Food & Beverage,Health & Medicine,U.S

Adversity Won’t Stop the Health & Wellness Mission of Assuaged, Inc.

During this unprecedented time when the world has seemingly shut down and we’ve retreated into our homes for cover, Assuaged, Inc. is going full speed ahead. Founders Cynthia and Thane Murphy have brought on dozens of interns from all over the globe this year to get their feet wet in marketing, social media content, research, data analysis and human resources for the health and wellness company. Working remotely, some students are earning college credit and others just want to gain experience in this rapidly growing industry.

“We are building an amazing community through Assuaged and having the energy and input of the younger generation only makes us stronger and better,” said Cynthia Murphy.

Assuaged is getting the word out in the hopes of expanding their community of like-minded and goal-oriented people with catchy rap videos about staying safe and healthy during the pandemic, inspirational docs about Cynthia Murphy’s battle with her disability and growing up ‘different,’ and animated explainer videos.

“The current pandemic really highlights the importance of prioritizing our own wellness,” explains Murphy. “Since it can feel like an overwhelming task, we offer support and resources that make it easy and enjoyable to integrate healthier options into daily life.”

Through their website and award-winning app, Assuaged offers hand-selected recipes, products and guides for their loyal following to heal and balance their own bodies with a plant-based lifestyle.

With commercial meat plants in jeopardy due to coronavirus outbreaks, Assuaged’s offerings are all the more meaningful as many people look for alternatives to meat-based and processed diets. Clients can fill out an online form and get a personally curated meal plan.

Assuaged specializes in helping clients with existing health conditions. Both the Murphy’s deal with their own physical and mental challenges – Thane’s struggle with PTSD and Cynthia’s physical and mental issues stemming from her rare craniofacial disorder, have been significantly relieved with an organic, vegan and low carbon footprint lifestyle.

Cynthia and Thane Murphy realize they couldn’t do this on their own. They would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the many people that make up the valued Assuaged community and help advance their mission:

Vasile Tiplea of Vabotu and Creative27 Celebrity Development Team, Alexander Harris & RaQuel Sanchez Kiss the Monkeys Celebrity Partners, Arnel’s Originals, PETA, Maharishi Ayurveda Products International (MAPI), Purium, Journalist Heidi Doerfert, Herbal Healers CBD, NutriAdmin, Barcroft, Born Different, The Mighty, Yahoo, eReleases, Thrive Market, Monday.com, Slack, HubSpot, Hubsnacks, Fiverr, G-Suite, Harvest, Pinterest, Design Pickle, and Rapper Keybeaux.

Curtis Roberts, Esq., Corporate Attorney, David Tyler Bennett Trademark Assets Attorney, Bonnie Hearn Hill and Hazel Dixon-Cooper Content Contributors and Best-Selling Authors, Dumisani Maraire Jr. of Red Carpet Series Celebrity Photographer, Amy Venner Hamdi, Pete Danielson, and Theresa Sanchez Marketing Advisors, Craig and Jenny D., Brand Influencer Partners, Ashley Woods Content Director, and Jason Ast of Qurate Tech, Technology Agency, Rebecca Baron of Carrot Campaign, Abigail the Advocate, Steve Adams, and Staness Jonekos at Eat Like a Woman.

Assuaged especially thanks the Global Unity Foundation and Ryan Long of City Summit and City Gala for bringing them where they are today. Ryan’s spirit and legacy shall live on, and Michelle Marie Matich, for continued advocacy and support.


Paola Marin Veites, Yugg Patel, Ruchika Anand, Jennifer Pagel, Melanie Reilly, Faith Ricca, Nazia Azamy, Travis Mallard, Sara Mahmood, Kevin Ahn, Marlee Septak, Ramin Khan, Edgar Lua-Torres, Ashley Ishibashi, Gauri Ganjoo, Sabrina Rodriguez, Tyquon Jackson, Jeremy Busto, Donna Cobb, Saba Ibraheem, Amanda Tsao, Ashley Sullivan, Monique Gaines-Harris, Molly Garcia, Sean Gallagher, Molly Cardosi, Gregory Sonnen, Veronica Guzman, Emawayish Haile, Eamon Bedford-Panori, My Vu Nguyen, Jennifer Poole, Davide Pigliacelli, Stephen Grover Grover, Namrata Borah, Ranya Pendyala, George Perkins, Aaron Qintian Qi, Wenting Zhu, Victor Schmitt-Bush, Jennifer Brozek, Ari Steinburg, Krishia Mae Brillantes, Holly Mossembekker, Addie Erickson, Varun Thachil, Sidra Qayyum, Anisha Marya, Anna Krebs, Mingyang Yuan, Vanessa Tortora, Rida Syed, Sree Maram, and Syed Bukhari.

To learn more about Assuaged, Inc. please click here.

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ScoreData Announces Close Of Series A Financing from Impact Venture Capital

ScoreData announced today the close of their Series A financing from Impact Venture Capital, a leading Silicon Valley venture firm with offices in Burlingame, and Sacramento, CA.

Impact Venture Capital has a unique approach to sourcing and developing early stage companies. With their global corporate network, they have successfully identified, invested in, and helped to grow, market leading technology companies.

"ScoreData is reinventing how customers and businesses engage with each other. With ScoreData’s predictive applications driven by its ScoreFast AI/ML platform, companies in the financial services, insurance, and healthcare markets will be able to anticipate customer needs, and offer more personalized solutions for their customers,” said Jack Crawford, Founding General Partner of Impact Venture Capital. “We were very impressed with the ScoreData team, their passion, and their innovative approach to building the next generation of AI/ML powered customer engagement platform.”

In the post-Covid19 era, ScoreData empowers indebted individuals and institutions to work together to negotiate their monthly payments (personal loans, insurance claims payments and reimbursements, and healthcare loans) directly with each other.  With increasing unemployment, wage cuts and a decelerating business environment borrowers and debtors are increasingly unable to make payments.

ScoreData helps solve this problem by helping consumers negotiate better deals with their creditors while also ensuring that institutional loss ratios are minimized. We use advanced AI and machine learning to match consumer propensities to pay while optimizing the return on institutional portfolios.

“ScoreData is delighted to be partnering with Impact Venture Capital. We were very grateful for their steadfast support all through the Covid19 lockdown, their deep diligence across our customers and partners, and their insights into markets, and their extensive corporate network,” said Vas Bhandarkar, CEO of ScoreData Corporation. “We partnered with Impact Venture Capital because they deliver value, beyond capital infusion, helping us forge partnerships with market leading organizations.”

Among existing investors participating in the round were RecruitGroup, and Asha Jadeja Motwani.

“We are pleased to participate in the round. ScoreData has built outstanding customer engagement solutions for Recruit Group for our businesses in Tokyo,” commented a spokesperson for Recruit Co., Ltd, Tokyo.

About ImpactVC

Impact Venture Capital is a Silicon Valley-based early-stage venture capital firm that invests alongside corporate venture groups and top tier investors in seed-stage technology startups with a focus on artificial intelligence applied to cybersecurity, robotics, drones, autonomous vehicles, digital health, and other fast-growing industry sectors.

About ScoreData

As businesses of the twenty-first century digitize their business processes, ScoreData Corporation helps re-invent how they engage with customers across the omni-channel using AI and patented dynamic machine learning. ScoreData delivers cloud-native predictive self-service customer engagement solutions to the BFSI and Healthcare industries. Businesses lose billions of dollars because the right customers are not matched to the most optimal agents (bots or humans) empowered with the right actionable tools. As a result, they have sub-optimal outcomes, leading to business losses, and low net promoter scores.

ScoreData's award-winning ScoreFast™ platform solves these problems by combining external data sets and historical data sets, predictively matching agents, to deliver optimally designed offers/advice to these empowered customers. ScoreData uses advanced ranking, matching, nudge and negotiation algorithms to empower both agents and customers to complete these financial transactions. ScoreData is the only predictive analytics company that combines patented dynamic machine learning and AI, with robust algorithms using econometrics that drive business results which are consistently profitable.

ScoreData pricing is performance based, and thus they are the most cost-effective solutions in the industry.

ScoreData Corporation is a privately held company based in Palo Alto, California with customers in the US, Japan, and India.

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Posted in: Business,Finance,Finance Market,Services,U.S

XIMEA Releases 8K Industrial Camera Able to Stream 70 Fps to Production

The well-known high-speed camera line from XIMEA called xiB-64 already includes fast models ranging from 1 Mpix at 3600 Fps to 16 Mpix at 300 Fps. The name of the new addition is CB654 and it offers 65 Megapixels at a remarkable data rate of 70 frames per second when streaming at 10 Bits of RAW image format.

CB654 is utilizing GMAX3265, the latest CMOS sensor from Gpixel which has picture parameters close to sCMOS performance. The 8K consists of 9344 x 7000 which is the world’s highest resolution sensor with Global shutter. The sCMOS level of picture quality is reflected in low noise and Dark current of 2e-/s that makes the cameras suitable for both industrial as well as demanding scientific applications.

There are various grades of GMAX3265 available and XIMEA is capable to supply multiple camera versions to provide different levels of quality and prices. For overall heat dissipation reduction and even better noise results, the cameras are equipped with a fan cooler which can be removed and replaced with a heatsink or water cooling system.

Such high grade sensor deserves an equally impressive interface and it finds this in the face of PCI Express Gen3 with the bandwidth of 64 Gbits and real data throughput of 7000 MB/s – or more than any other conventional industrial camera can compete with. This comes without the need for bulky and expensive frame grabbers or special software.

Additional benefits of PCIe interface are Direct memory access (DMA) with low CPU load and practically zero latency. The cable length can reach up to 300m with fiber optic and bonus GPIO connectors ensure triggering and synchronization. Supplied active EF-mount lens interface enables remote control of aperture, focus and image stabilization. All in a robust housing of 60 x 70 x 40 mm and 250 grams.

Applications examples cover: Flat panel inspection, printed circuit board (PCB) examination, persistent stadium and border security, wide area surveillance, 360 panorama, cinematography, instant replays, Virtual and Augmented reality (VR, AR), Sports imaging and broadcasting, motion capture and aerial or city mapping.

Complete release and download of support material:

For more than 20 years XIMEA has developed, manufactured and sold standard and OEM cameras for machine vision applications in motion control, assembly, robotics, industrial inspection and security, as well as scientific grade cameras for life science and microscopy. The main distinction is based on flexibility of development and production processes, and extremely robust way the cameras are built while still providing highest speed and power. Drawing on more than two decades of experience in the industry, XIMEA offer consists of state-of-the-art cameras with FireWire, USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and smart cameras with embedded PC and GigE interface.

Learn more about XIMEA at http://www.ximea.com

Posted in: Electronics & Semiconductors,Services,Technology,U.S

Diversified Launches New Global Ecosystem of Innovative Technology Managed Services

Diversified, a leading global technology solutions provider known for delivering an unparalleled customer service experience, is proud to announce the debut of a global ecosystem of technology managed services tailored to meet the evolving needs of organizations worldwide. With a diverse team of subject matter experts, Diversified's professional services methodology helps fuel success and technology adoption and is backed by follow-the-sun operations support for remote service and dispatch via the company's 24/7 Global Service Center and five regional network operation centers around the world.

"Investing in and expanding our managed, connected services and ‘as a Service’ offerings has been a key initiative for Diversified as the marketplace has already began to realize the need for such higher-level services," says Johan Claassen, chief operating officer, Diversified. "Our Global Services team is the cornerstone of this focus, staying one step ahead with an innovative approach and next-gen solutions for servicing tomorrow's technology." The exciting new suite of solutions includes four strategic offerings:

  • Adopt® (Dedicated Technology Specialist) - Quickly add to your team for simple break/fix and support or specialized skills including content creation, broadcast/streaming and more
  • Assurance (Equipment Warranty, Service and Support) - Expanded coverage for preventative maintenance, programming support, ticket tracking and more
  • Pulse (Remote Management and Diagnostics) - Helping clients achieve predictable business outcomes, security, stability and longevity across their IoT landscape
  • ReFresh® (Technology as a Service) - The use of equipment generates profits, not the ownership, and this realization is driving organizations to opt for strategic asset management plans


"Technology and even the ways that we source and consume it are evolving," says Stephen Jenkins, senior director of Diversified's Global Services. "At Diversified, we’re proud to be our clients’ supportive partner on their journey toward transformative technology adoption. This new ecosystem provides organizations with strategic tools customized to meet their unique business drivers, enabling our clients to focus on fulfilling their core business objectives—not the technology behind it."

Designed to support global connections and empower the business of tomorrow, Diversified’s Global Services deliver proactive and intentional service measures to maximize the end user’s ROI and demonstrate the value of these next gen technology solutions to key stakeholders.

About Diversified
Diversified is a leading global technology solutions provider delivering a comprehensive suite of solutions to help a diverse clientele achieve the highest performance levels, enhance their operations, increase productivity and drive ROI. Our mission is to enable a digital future—connecting people, technology and experiences, where and when it matters most. Our solutions are experienced by millions every day. Removing the distance. Delivering a message. Powering business. Celebrating fandom. Even saving lives.

Founded in 1993, we’re a global organization serving local needs with 2,500+ employees in 50+ locations worldwide. Learn more at diversifiedus.com and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Posted in: Services,Technology,U.S

Parkson Launches New Products to Improve Lagoon Treatment Capabilities

Parkson Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the TumbleOx™ Nitrification Reactor, which provides a simple, easy to operate and cost-effective solution to reduce effluent ammonia levels in lagoon-based treatment plants. The reactor consists of a partially submerged rotating drum filled with media. The unique media design maximizes surface area for high concentrations of bacteria to form and provides aeration as the media moves in and out of submergence during drum rotation.

TumbleOx is ideal for nitrification of partially treated lagoon effluent and suitable for small biological treatment applications, pre-treatment applications and effluent polishing. Multiple drum configurations are available and can be designed for installation in owner supplied tanks or as pre-packaged factory-built units.

Additionally, Parkson now offers a non-activated sludge lagoon treatment solution that combines Parkson’s Biofuser® lagoon aeration system with the TumbleOx Nitrification Reactor. This complete solution is called the IGNITE™ Integrated Nitrification Process. The IGNITE offering provides an option to achieve low effluent BOD, TSS, and ammonia limits from existing lagoons without converting to an activated sludge process.

“The IGNITE process with TumbleOx Nitrification Reactor gives our customers another solution for upgrading lagoons to meet tighter effluent quality standards,” said Brad Linsey, Sr. Product Manager. “Parkson’s experience in designing lagoon type treatment in conjunction with the new product offerings allows us to provide a fully engineered and coordinated system with guaranteed performance.”

These products add to Parkson’s already comprehensive line of lagoon-based treatment options, which include Biofuser® lagoon aeration, Biolac® activated sludge systems, Wave-Ox™ process control systems, and EZ Clear™ integral clarifiers.

To learn more, visit parkson.com and explore the new product pages. For any inquiries or additional information, contact Lydia Ebert at marketingfl@parkson.com.

About Parkson Corporation:

Parkson Corporation, with offices in Fort Lauderdale, FL; Chicago, IL; Kansas City, KS; and Golden, CO, is a supplier of equipment and solutions for potable water, process water, and industrial and municipal wastewater applications. Parkson designs, engineers, assembles, and manufactures the products it sells into the municipal and industrial wastewater segments. Its factories and warehouses are located throughout the United States. The company was founded in 1960 and is currently in its 60th year of business. Parkson Corporation has been owned by Axel Johnson Inc. since 1967.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,Services,Technology,U.S

Cannes XR Virtual and Positron Announce Finalists of Inaugural Positron Visionary Award for Excellence in Immersive Storytelling

Cannes XR Virtual and Positron, a leader in XR Cinema, announced the jurors and finalists of the inaugural Positron Visionary Award for Best Cinematic VR, and details on the special VR screening program showcasing the frontrunners’ experiences hosted by The Marché du Film Online and the Museum of Other Realities during the all-virtual event set for June 24-26, 2020. Award finalists will be offered a worldwide distribution deal by Positron. The winner of the Award will be announced in a VR ceremony on June 26th at 12:00pm PST and will receive a Voyager® VR chair package delivered to their studio or office and support for bringing their VR film to the Positron XR network.

Viola Davis, Co-Founder & CEO of JuVee Productions, serves as president of an esteemed jury including Christina Lee Storm, XR Producer, "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Virtual Tour" / "Dragons Flight Academy", Jake Sally, (Head of Development, RYOT a Verizon Company), John Canning (Executive Producer – New Media & Experiential, Digital Domain), Josh Nelson (Head of Immersive & Interactive Media, JuVee Productions), and Jeffrey Travis (CEO / Producer at Positron). “We’re thrilled to support Cannes XR and Positron in recognizing the bold vision of talented voices who are using this immersive medium to offer fresh and authentic stories that connect with a global audience,” said Davis. JuVee Productions, helmed by Davis and her husband Julius Tennon, is an artist driven, production company that develops and produces feature films, television, theater, immersive, and interactive content.

Positron CEO Travis added, “Positron was built with a passion to elevate cinematic VR, and through this event we honor some fresh new creatives telling stories in this medium. While Positron is known for its unique VR motion chairs and location-based entertainment platform, we see the virtualization of Cannes XR as an opportunity to help bring the best VR content to audiences. We're excited to partner with Cannes XR and these filmmakers for this first-ever kind of event in VR itself.”

Nearly 200 immersive entries were submitted for the Award. The six finalists of the Positron Visionary Award competition are:

  • Enter The Tomb, Joel Newton
  • Everest VR, Jon Griffith
  • Gravity VR, Fabio Rychter
  • The Great C, Michael Masukawa
  • Lutaw, Michaela Holland and Samantha Quick
  • Wingwalker VR, Malvina Martin and Max Salomon


During the Cannes XR Virtual event open to VR headset users, finalists will screen their work at the Positron XR Cinema on the Museum of Other Realities (MOR) online platform starting June 24th. The entire virtual program will remain available until July 3rd via the MOR application on SteamViveport, or Oculus. Cannes XR Virtual 2D live video stream shot by a virtual cameraman from the MOR, including conferences, pitching sessions and project presentations, will be accessible on the Marché du Film Online. Cannes XR Virtual 2D live video stream will also be available on the Tribeca Film Festival and Kaleidoscope.

A network of partner Location Based Entertainment (LBE) in several major cities in the United States, China and France will offer access to Cannes XR Virtual to journalists and guests who do not have a VR headset. In Los Angeles, Positron will serve as the LBE location for the event.

Cannes XR Virtual is the destination where professionals from the traditional filmmaking industry, XR artists, independent producers, leading tech companies, location-based and online distributors will come together to imagine and shape the future of movies.

About Positron
Positron is on a mission to bring wonder and connection to all audiences through its platform for immersive storytelling. Based in Los Angeles, the team includes filmmakers, mechatronics engineers, designers, software developers and artists. Positron is best known for Voyager®, an award-winning, full-motion VR chair platform that has been called "the future of movies.” The Positron XR Cinema, based on the Voyager system, is available for location-based entertainment venues. Positron XR Cinema is also developing the digital platform for XR content. Positron has worked with leading creators in VR as well as companies such as Universal Studios, Disney, Dreamworks, Verizon, Intel, and many more to bring cinematic VR experiences to audiences around the world.

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

RADLogics Expands Leadership Team to Support Rapid Scaling of Medical Imaging AI Platform

RADLogics™ today announced that Linda McManus has joined the company’s growing executive team as Executive Vice President and General Manager for U.S., Canada, and the Americas. With over 25 years of healthcare technology experience including several high-profile roles with Nuance, she will lead RADLogics’ efforts to scale the company’s medical imaging AI platform and applications user base with particular emphasis on the U.S. market. RADLogics recently announced the company’s novel AI-Powered applications supporting the evaluation of COVID-19 patients are available on the Nuance AI Marketplace for Diagnostic Imaging.

“We are delighted to have Linda join our executive team during this critical and exciting time for RADLogics,” said Moshe Becker, CEO and Co-Founder of RADLogics. “In response to the pandemic, we have successfully deployed our AI-Powered medical imaging analysis solutions globally, and we have seen significant interest in the U.S. market and throughout the Americas. Building on our long-standing strategic relationship with Nuance, Linda will work closely with their customer engagement and marketing teams to rapidly expand access to our AI-Powered solutions that are now available to thousands of U.S. clinicians and radiology teams at connected healthcare facilities through the Nuance AI Marketplace.”

During her tenure at Nuance, Linda McManus held several senior roles in professional services – most recently serving as Senior Director, Enterprise Project Office of their Healthcare Division. She has a proven track record consistently meeting revenue growth plans by orchestrating dynamic and diverse teams to success. Over her two decades working at Nuance, she led the front-end speech recognition strategy and adoption in radiology, which significantly expanded the market share and customer base for Nuance PowerScribe™. She also oversaw the implementation of thousands of new customers including customer upgrades and solution conversions to new platforms.

“I’m thrilled to join the RADLogics team to help the company chart a path for success in North America and South America,” said Linda McManus, EVP & GM for RADLogics in the U.S., Canada, and the Americas. “Not only is there a pressing need for our AI-Powered solutions to help manage and treat symptomatic COVID-19 patients, but AI tools are poised to help meet the high demand on radiology providers and practices due to a dramatic increase of scans that were postponed due to the influx of COVID-19 patients. To help support radiologists as they respond to this new ‘surge’, our solutions will help alleviate the increased burden on U.S. healthcare providers and support better outcomes.”

RADLogics’ AI-Powered software includes algorithms that not only detect abnormalities on chest CTs and X-rays, but also provide automatic triage alerts to the radiologist to help ensure potential findings are reviewed in a timely matter. The company’s solutions provide quantitative analysis of the CT and X-ray images for patients with suspected disease including a volume percentage score that can help monitor findings over time. Access to these applications will help meet the growing demand in the U.S. for these solutions that have the capacity to process 1 million CT and 10 million X-rays studies per day through the RADLogics’ cloud-based platform.

About RADLogics
A healthcare software company developing AI-Powered solutions, RADLogics provides machine learning image analysis solutions to improve radiologists' productivity while enhancing patient outcomes. Based in Boston, MA, U.S., and Tel Aviv, Israel, RADLogics is one of the pioneers in using AI & machine learning image analysis and advanced big data analytics to search and analyze imaging data from CTs, MRIs, PET scans, and X-rays to help reduce diagnostics turnaround time from hours to minutes by automating detection and report generation functions. The company’s patented AI medical image analysis platform enables rapid development of AI algorithms, and provides seamless integration into existing radiology workflow. Visit http://www.radlogics.com to learn more or follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter.

Posted in: Computers & Software,Health & Medicine,U.S

DEUTZ Selects Jacksonville Location for New North Florida Power Center

DEUTZ Corporation has chosen a North Florida location for its newest DEUTZ Power Center. The new facility will be located at 8999 Western Way, Suite 100 in Jacksonville, Florida.

“Florida is a booming market for heavy equipment sales and rentals, and it makes good sense for us to establish another new DEUTZ Power Center there,” said Dominick A. “Nick” Vermet, general manager for DEUTZ Power Centers. “The new Jacksonville location will complement the West Palm Beach Power Center that we launched earlier this ear, helping us continue to provide the top-notch, expert service and parts delivery that DEUTZ customers everywhere deserve and expect.”

While the new DEUTZ Power Center location is currently being branded and configured, customers in North Florida are already receiving DEUTZ parts and service support. The new location’s branch manager, Chuck Scott, comes to DEUTZ with nearly 40 years of experience in engine distribution, sales and service in the Jacksonville area.

“We’ve been working hard to recruit a quality support team and officially open this new DEUTZ Power Center for business,” Scott said. “I’ve been in this industry for many years, and I know the difference that good aftermarket sales and service can make for businesses that depend on power equipment for their livelihoods. I want all our OEMS and their customers in North Florida to rest assured that our new Power Center will continue the DEUTZ tradition of top-notch customer support, helping enhance their productivity and profitability.”

DEUTZ Power Center North Florida will have fully stocked parts counters and provide regularly scheduled and emergency service of DEUTZ engines, either at the Power Center location or at the customer’s site via traveling service technicians. DEUTZ Power Center North Florida will also provide dedicated application engineering and technical sales resources for OEMs that utilize DEUTZ products. Manufacturers can receive custom, value-added production and assembly services that result in the best possible DEUTZ solutions for their engine specification and configuration needs. Power Center customers can also purchase new DEUTZ engines, as well as DEUTZ Xchange remanufactured engines.

To learn more about DEUTZ Power Centers, please visit http://www.deutzsupport.com. For more information about DEUTZ Corporation and its complete line of diesel and natural gas engines, please visit http://www.deutzamericas.com.


For more than 150 years, DEUTZ engines have supplied customized, cost-effective power to a broad array of machine types and market segments. The nine millionth DEUTZ engine was produced in 2015. From its headquarters in Norcross, GA, DEUTZ Corporation, a subsidiary of DEUTZ AG, supports a broad range of engines with capacities up to 620 kW that are used in construction equipment, agricultural machinery, material handling equipment, stationary equipment, commercial vehicles, rail vehicles and other applications.

The company is committed to providing optimized power solutions from the drawing board to prototype to production release. The organization serves as a sales, service, parts, and application engineering center for the Americas, employing nearly 300 people. DEUTZ Corporation also operates a value-added production facility for some of its key OEM partners, as well as an engine remanufacturing facility in Pendergrass, Georgia. Strategically located DEUTZ Power Centers and Service Centers are designed uniquely support both OEM partners and end users. For more information, visit http://www.deutzamericas.com.

Posted in: Electronics & Semiconductors,Manufacturing & Industry,Services,Technology,U.S

Rabbi and Cantor Steven Blane continues to offer his take on America with his new EP release Dancing with Angels

"Dancing with the Angels" is the title track from Steven Blane’s recent EP (5 song) release. It was inspired by a quote by Congressman and Civil Rights Leader Elijah Cummings whose passing affected him profoundly and is meant as a tribute to his humanity and selflessness. It is also symbolic of Blane’s take on humanity and how kindness in life will ultimately serve as the great arbiter of entrance into the world to come.

The themes of each song span a wide array of topics as Blane draws his inspiration from his experience of the world around him. "Worse" is a song about depression and it’s immobilizing effects framed in an uptempo musical progression. "My New Record" is a commentary on the recording business- such as it is. "The Shopping Mall" is an observation of our economy and the drastic transition that is not too subtly unfolding. "Gin Fizz" is about, well Gin Fizz.

The EP is full on Americana- just guitar, bass and fiddle. According to Singer/Songwriter Blane, "I completed the recordings, mixing and mastering pre-Pandemic. But somehow- four of the tracks seem prescient. "

You can find links to the EP here.

About Sim Shalom and Rabbi Steve Blane

Sim Shalom is an interactive online Jewish Universalist synagogue which is liberal in thought and traditional in liturgy. Created in 2009 by Rabbi Steven Blane on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Sim Shalom offers a means of connecting the unconnected.

Rabbi Blane is also the founder and director of the Jewish Spiritual Leader's Institute,
http://www.jsli.net, the online professional rabbinical program and of the Union of Jewish Universalist Communities-ujuc.org.

Sim Shalom, a non profit 501 © (3) tax-exempt organization, nurtures a Jewish connection through its mission of innovative services, creative education and dynamic outreach to the global community.

Rabbi Steve also continues to pursue his love of Americana music and creates songs based on themes of his experience of the world. For information on his Singer Songwriter career visit here.

Posted in: Education,Lifestyle,U.S

New Dallas-Area Restaurant to ‘Serve Great Food with Love and Gratitude’

A bold new dining spot has opened near Nebraska Furniture Mart (off Highway 121, north of Dallas). Seven Doors Kitchen & Cocktails serves chef-inspired shared plates and entrées and has opened its doors for business in the heart of The Colony’s Grandscape development.

Seven Doors, named for its collection of French colonial doors that appear throughout the restaurant, is the brainchild of highly successful husband and wife restaurateurs Kevin Brown and Dianna Lynn.

Brown has every confidence in North Texas’ resilient economy. “That’s one reason we chose this location. We build all of our unique restaurants to last the test of time, and look forward to our long-term commitment to North Texas’ people and economy.”

Dallas restaurant veteran Charles Bruen came on board early with Seven Doors as General Manager: to help shape, lead and bring to life its concept.

“The Dallas area is well-known for its vibrant restaurant culture and superb dining choices, and we are very much looking forward to Seven Doors becoming a part of that,” said Bruen. For summer, he recommends patio dining and one of their specialty drinks-on-tap: a Patio Punch or cold brew Aria Nitro coffee.

Lynn drives the staff and guest experience, which she knows is equally as important as the offerings on the menu created by their longtime associate Chef Jacob Quintana.
There is a neon “Wish You Were Here” sign on the patio, practically begging for selfies and a post.

Love and their enduring gratitude for the space and opportunity are imbued into everything they do, even the water they serve. Using a triple-purified Chrysalli system, water is served from carafes engraved with “Love” and “Gratitude.”

“Other positive vibes can’t be seen but are part of the restaurant’s DNA: subliminal phrases on the canvas underneath the paintings, and words of intention that were written on all walls by staff, prior to the interior being painted,” commented Lynn. “The safety and well-being of our guests and employees are of the utmost importance at Seven Doors. We take extra precautions to ensure this, especially during these times.”

Specials include:

Two-for-One 12-oz Herb Crusted Prime Rib (All Day Monday)
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday from 3-6:30p (Ongoing)
Late Night Happy Hour: Thursday-Saturday from 10p-closing (Ongoing)
Two-for-One Burgers (includes signature "70/30" Burger) (Limited Time)
Margaritas through July 5, 2020 (Limited Time)

Highlighted dishes are the 70/30 Burger with a beef-and-bacon blend; Man Candy, made with a thick center-cut bacon; and the not-to-be-missed “That Sushi Thing,” fresh Ahi Poke wrapped in rice, seasoned and lightly fried.

What: Seven Doors Kitchen & Cocktails
When: Open now
Where: 5774 Grandscape Blvd., The Colony, Texas 75056

Monday-Wednesday 11 am-9 pm
Thursday-Saturday 11 am-10 pm
Sunday 11 am-9 pm (Brunch Starting July 5, 2020 at 10 am)
Happy Hour Monday-Friday from 3 pm-6:30 pm
Late Night Happy Hour Thursday-Saturday 10 pm-Closing

Menu: Click Here
Phone: 972-410-0406


About Seven Doors Kitchen & Cocktails
Seven Doors Kitchen & Cocktails is the brainchild of husband and wife restaurateur team of Kevin Brown and Dianna Lynn. Seven Doors draws you in with the vibrant décor, which includes Seven French Colonial doors from the 1800s. Located in the heart of Grandscape, it is a modern American grill “serving great food with love and gratitude.” The menu features a wide range of made-to-order dishes that include sushi, shared plates, entrees, and desserts. Open daily for lunch or dinner indoors or on the patio. You can also enjoy happy hour in the beautifully appointed bar.

For more information visit: http://www.sevendoorskitchen.com
FB & IG: @sevendoorskitchen

Posted in: Food & Beverage,Lifestyle,Services,U.S

Explore the Area’s Finest Backyards and Outdoor Spaces on the 2020 Austin Outdoor Living Tour

While Austin lends itself to residents enjoying time outdoors all year around, it’s the spring and early summer months that make outdoor living in central Texas the reason so many live here.

The Austin Outdoor Living Tour is returning for a second year to celebrate the outdoor spaces Austin residents enjoy year-round – right in their own backyards. Organized and hosted by the Modern Architecture + Design Society (the group behind the annual Austin Modern Home Tour), this summer tour gives landscape architects and designers the unique opportunity to showcase their skill and talent to the community in which they work. In turn, the self-guided tour gives the community a rare chance to explore some amazing outdoor spaces in their area, while asking questions and engaging the minds behind the design.

“This is a lighter, shorter tour than our annual Modern Home Tour,” says James Leasure, founder of the Modern Architecture + Design Society. “But the principle is the same: come see these amazing spaces. Meet the designers and builders that created them. Get ideas and find inspiration for your own outdoor living space.”

Participants and neighborhoods featured on the 2020 Austin Outdoor Living Tour include:

  • A brand-new outdoor space by Shelter Home Building in the Zilker neighborhood that features an infinity edge pool, spa, cold tub, and incredible yard space.
  • A shared outdoor space with a Mediterranean feel for a four-unit “compound” in Barton Springs, designed by Native Edge Landscape, that features xeric plantings, an outdoor kitchen with storage, and a custom entry Koi Pond.
  • An outdoor space designed by Austin Outdoor Design in the Northwest Hills that gets inspiration from Mexican architect Luis Barragan (and the bright personality of the owners) to create an Austin-inspired take on modern Mexican Architecture and outdoor living.
  • A front outdoor space in Central East Austin, designed by Open Envelope Studio, that reconciles that dual existence of the yard to function as both entry way and living space, while retaining privacy for the owners.
  • A second Austin Outdoor Design project, located in St. Edwards, boasting all the best features for year-round outdoor living, like a custom pool, stone patio framed in steel, a 32” grill built into a limestone countertop, benches with custom cushions, and a fireplace.


NEW SAFETY RULES IN PLACE: In response to COVID-19, the Austin Outdoor Living Tour will have several new rules and policies in place. Tickets will be limited for this event. Entries at each home will be controlled to allow for social distancing in the outdoor spaces. Face coverings are a requirement for all visitors; no one will be allowed entry without a mask covering the nose and mouth. No children under age 12 will be allowed to enter. This year’s tour will be zero contact, including interactions with front door staff and throughout the yards.

Participants on the 2020 Austin Outdoor Living Tour will open their spaces for viewing from 9AM – 1PM on Saturday, June 20, 2020. Tickets to this year’s event are LIMITED. Details on pricing and ticket availability, as well as all rules and regulations for the 2020 Austin Outdoor Living Tour can be found at http://mads.media/atxoutdoor2020/.

About the Modern Architecture + Design Society: Based in Austin, Texas, the Modern Architecture + Design Society was founded by James Leasure in 2010 as Modern Home Tours, to introduce modern architecture and living to people across the nation. Through fun and informative self-guided home tours in dozens of cities across the USA and Canada, the group invites people into some of the most exciting examples of modern architecture and design in the nation. With carefully selected architects, neighborhoods and architecture, the MA+DS Home Tours are unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Not only will you learn about the cutting edge of home design while on our tours, but you might even get an idea or two for your next home project!

Posted in: Building & Construction,Real Estate,U.S

Reports Claiming Charter-School Benefits Hampered by Methodological Issues

Two recent reports attempt to tease out some less-studied charter-school impacts. One asks whether levels of student misbehavior range lower in Pennsylvania charter schools compared with traditional public schools. The second asks whether the competitive threat from new charters alters how public school principals in Texas allocate campus budgets.

University of California, Berkeley professor Bruce Fuller reviewed Are Charter Schools Safer Than District-Run Schools? Evidence from Pennsylvania and Effects of Charter School Competition on District School Budgeting Decisions: Experimental Evidence from Texas. The first report is published by the Reason Foundation, and the second is distributed by the Annenberg Institute at Brown University as part of its EdWorkingPaper series. Researchers at the Reason Foundation authored both reports.

The first study describes how rates of reported low-incidence student infractions are lower in charters, on average. Analyses that include some statistical controls continue to yield results favorable to charters. The author concludes, “The public charter school sector advantages suggest that increasing access to public charter schools in Pennsylvania could improve school climate outcomes for students.”

But the report concedes that the controls included in the regression models are limited and that the results are correlational, not causal. As Professor Fuller notes, it remains unclear whether these differences stem from selection of certain kinds of families into charters or from distinct organizational practices. The lower incidence rate in charter schools pertains to campuses in Philadelphia County, serving large shares of disadvantaged elementary and high school students, but not in other parts of the state.

The second report aims to show that competition from the opening of an imagined nearby charter school can increase principals’ preference for budget autonomy and change how they allocate campus budgets to differing positions and instructional resources. The authors assert that their study offers “experimental evidence” that “anticipated charter school competition has large negative effects on school leaders’ reported spending on certain categories of support staff.”

Yet Professor Fuller explains that few statistically significant effects, including any impact of the hypothetical “treatment,” could be discerned from the study for either of the two outcomes. In addition, generalizability of any findings from this paper is low, because only eight percent of Texas principals chose to participate in the statewide survey.

Overall, Professor Fuller concludes, the two reports pose provocative questions about the possible advantages of charter schools, worth testing empirically, while falling short in building evidence to back their claims.

Find the review, by Bruce Fuller, at:

Find Are Charter Schools Safer Than District-Run Schools? Evidence from Pennsylvania, written by Corey A. DeAngelis and published by the Reason Foundation, at:

Find Effects of Charter School Competition on District School Budgeting Decisions: Experimental Evidence from Texas, written by Corey A. DeAngelis and Christian Barnard and distributed by the Annenberg Institute at Brown University EdWorkingPaper Series, 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,U.S,World

innovaTel Recognizes Dr. Robert Caudill for his National Leadership in Telepsychiatry

Professor Robert Caudill M.D., Director of Telemedicine and Information Technology Programs at the University of Louisville, has published a new paper with the American Psychiatric Association (We're All Telepsychiatrists Now) addressing the positive impact of coronavirus-related regulatory relief on telehealth adoption.

Jonathan Evans, CEO & Co-Founder of innovaTel stated, “I am very pleased to recognize Dr. Caudill’s sustained leadership in the field of telepsychiatry and his strong support for the role for virtual care in addressing the systemic patient access challenges experienced nationally. Likewise, we are grateful for his important contribution to innovaTel’s Strategic Advisory Board.”

Commenting on the article, Dr. Caudill added, “It is naive to say that things are forever changed, but it is hard to see how [psychiatric] practices will ever return to their pre-COVID-19 routines. In-person care, of course, is not going away, but virtual care until now has been clearly underutilized.” He continued, “Nevertheless, the ‘genie is out of the bottle,’ and patients and clinicians who have learned it is not only possible but sometimes even preferable to receive and deliver care from their homes are unlikely to want to go back to the old ways. We’re pulling for the genie on this one.”

Jon Evans concluded, “Working in partnership with community-based provider organizations, over the past 6 years across 14 states, innovaTel has delivered mental healthcare services to patients exclusively via video-based technology. We hope policymakers will support regulatory updates that permanently accommodate the sharply increasing demand for telehealth services.”

innovaTel Telepsychiatry is a nationwide telepsychiatry company that is owned and operated by clinicians. We believe that everyone deserves timely access to mental healthcare and telepsychiatry is an effective solution to increasing access. We employ psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners and licensed clinical social workers that are residents of and licensed in the United States.

For more information on innovaTel Telepsychiatry’s services, please visit http://www.innovatel.com.

Posted in: Fitness,Health & Medicine,U.S

Rentec Direct Awards Tech Mastery Scholarships for 2020

Rentec Direct, the highest-rated property management software solution, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Rentec Direct Tech Mastery Scholarship. Kaitlyn Dickinson of Oregon Institute of Technology, Kyle Coleman of CUNY’s Queens College, Elisha Mann-Robison of Northeastern University and Shanti Mckens of MIT each received a 0 scholarship through the program to pursue their education in technology.

“It’s inspiring to see so many powerful young minds express an interest in helping our society advance by choosing a career path in technology,” said Nathan Miller, President of Rentec Direct. “It’s an honor to support these students and help them continue to grow. We want to encourage future technology influencers who understand the role technology plays in our lives and how vital it is for our future.”

The Rentec Direct Tech Mastery Scholarship is offered to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing an education in computer science, technology or a closely related field. As an internet-based organization, Rentec Direct hopes the program will encourage academic achievement and assist students in achieving their future goals in technology.

The 2020 Rentec Direct Tech Mastery Scholarship recipients include:

  • Kaitlyn Dickinson, a sophomore at Oregon Institute of Technology. Kaitlyn is studying Software Engineering and hopes to help people solve problems by contributing to new discoveries and coming up with her own innovations. Kaitlyn’s dream job is to be a software developer in the aerospace industry.
  • Kyle Coleman, a junior at CUNY’s Queens College. Kyle is currently majoring in Computer Science and has aspirations of being a video game developer. He holds a CompTIA IT Essentials Certification and has created his own video game, LazyCube, which is available in the GooglePlay store.
  • Elisha (Shai) Mann-Robison, a freshman at Northeastern University. Shai is majoring in Computer Science and hopes to be a computer programmer who creates programs that change the world. Shai plans to use his education to understand, collaborate and help solve critical problems.
  • Shanti Mickens, a freshman at MIT. Shanti will major in Computer Science and Engineering and dreams of becoming a software developer that makes a difference. Before graduating high school Shanti created two apps that combine math and sports to help students improve their numerical fluency, both of which are available on the iOS and Android stores.


Applicants were asked to submit an essay judged on creativity, humor and content. The deadline to apply for the 2021 Tech Mastery Scholarship is April 15, 2021. To learn more, visit: https://www.rentecdirect.com/scholarship/.

About Rentec Direct
Rentec Direct offers industry-leading property management software and tenant screening solutions for real estate professionals. Features include online rent payments, tenant and owner portals, the industry’s largest vacancy listing syndication network, full property, tenant, and owner accounting, 1099-MISC reporting and more. Rentec Direct received the Real Estate Company of the Year Award in the 2019 American Business Awards, has been named to the Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies for three years in a row (as of 2019), and was also included on the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Entreprenuer360 list for Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America. http://www.rentecdirect.com

Posted in: Computers & Software,Real Estate,U.S


Swervnation debut album "Born Broke" already is receiving streams in many of the top U.S. cities and International. Producer Dreadrock helps bring out the original hip hop vibe, paying homage to the many of the major artist styles with its sing-along lyrics and references to the Hip Hop generation.

Swervnation is a record label based on Chicago westside created by its very artist Dreadrock that decided to launch it on April 22, 2019, to support his dream and to help artist like himself to have a voice and an outlet through a musical career. Tamille Baker, who currently holds an MBA and a Master's in Education, has joined in partnership with Swervnation, as she has vocalized her support for social projects in Chicago and believes in the cause of this new company.

It makes sense to release Born Broke 2 with producer Dreadrock aka James Samuels being from Chicago, in the midst of pandemic and worry around us, we need a fresh voice, and a new swerv to some positive changes. The album has features that keeps your head rocking.

Few albums (or groups) have been met with such a warm reception internationally. After dropping two projects and 5 music videos and several concert venues the first year, Dreadrock is ready to take Swerving to a new level.

Swervnation:  https://swervnation.com/
Dreadrock: https://dreadrock.swervnation.com/  ;
Shop: https://shop.swervnation.com/

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

Find Out How to Keep Your Mojo for Seven Years Straight

To win once is good. But to win seven times is sensational.

That’s the sentiment inside Kinetic Vision, which just won a Top Workplace award for the seventh straight year.

“It’s a blind-faith effort – meaning we have to make investments in our culture up front in the belief that our programs will have a positive impact,” said Jeremy Jarrett, Executive Vice President of Kinetic Vision. “We always strive to be a great place to work, but it’s an amazing feeling when we get recognized for the work.”

Jarrett revealed that one of the company’s secrets to winning a Top Workplace award is having great benefits such as industry-leading paid time off, maternity and paternity leave, an employer-matched 401K plan, top-notch premium health insurance plans, as well as ‘perks’ like half-day Fridays, grill outs, company parties, health club reimbursements, and recognition awards.

“We have built a great company, but we have never lost sight that it all walks out the door at the end of the day. For us, people are not ‘assets,’ they are the heart and soul of our company,” said Jarrett.

The competition for a Top Workplace award is tough. Over 57,000 employees across a broad spectrum of Cincinnati companies are invited to rate their employers through anonymous surveys. The Cincinnati Enquirer media group, along with their research partner Energage LLC, conducts the Top Workplace survey and asks about various company attributes including culture, execution, and leadership. Those scores are ranked and only the top tier companies win the accolades of being a Top Workplace.

The real story though isn’t from the executives, it’s from the employees. Three employees at Kinetic Vision were interviewed to find out how they felt about the company. All three have worked at the company for at least seven years – which means they voted for the Top Workplace award seven times.

Ryan Barton started as an engineering co-op in 2013 in the company’s Modeling + Simulation group. He is now helping to build new technologies in Kinetic Vision’s Machine Learning + Training Data team. When asked about the Top Workplace award and what it means to him, he said “Seven years has really flown by and I couldn't imagine working with a better group of people during that time."

Laura Wiley has risen from joining Kinetic Vision as a biomedical engineer in 2013 to a Team Lead in the Product Design + Development group. “I enjoy the challenge of medical device projects, and working at Kinetic Vision has given me the opportunity to learn so much more than I thought I would. While pushing through the challenges, I have formed great relationships with my co-workers and clients. The drive I see in my coworkers is why I feel lucky to be a leader and strive to improve Kinetic Vision every day,” said Wiley. In addition to being a new mother, she is also actively involved in helping Kinetic Vision encourage young women to pursue engineering careers.

“I always look forward to doing the survey since it gives us another way to take stock of where we are as a company” said Collin Loch, a mechanical engineer who joined the company in 2013. As a Group Manager in the Product Design + Development group, Loch has worked with several of Kinetic Vision’s Fortune 500 clients. “There was a time last year when I didn't think we would receive this recognition another year. Winning for this seventh year goes to show why Kinetic Vision is a Top Workplace - management is open to employee critiques and everybody is capable and willing to adapt to each other and our customers' changing needs.”

All three agreed that as seven year employees they were looking forward to continuing their careers at Kinetic Vision. This is perhaps best captured by Ryan Barton who simply said “It’s on to the next seven!”

When asked if he had any other secrets to winning the award, Jarrett said “We start every year asking how we can improve – how we can raise the bar again,” adding “We don’t expect to win every year and when we do it all goes back to the people who power this company every day.”

To learn more about the Cincinnati Enquirer Media and Energage Top Workplaces award, click here.

About Kinetic Vision:
Kinetic Vision integrates advanced technologies to accelerate product innovation within a broad array of industries including medical, consumer electronics, transportation, aerospace, and consumer packaged goods. The company is an industry leader in multiple categories, including smart product and medical device development, packaging innovation, product quality engineering, software/app development, machine learning, AR/VR/XR, and visual communication. Kinetic Vision’s breadth of expertise and full suite of software and hardware tools enables them to meet complex product development challenges with an efficient concept-to-production solution. Kinetic Vision is based in Cincinnati, Ohio and has been developing cutting-edge products using advanced technologies for local, national, and Fortune 500 companies since 1988. To contact the company, click here. The company's website is: https://kinetic-vision.com/.

Posted in: Electronics & Semiconductors,Health & Medicine,Manufacturing & Industry,Services,U.S

Hiker launches content strategy publication Adapt

Hiker, an NYC based creative agency, is launching Adapt - a new publication dedicated to inspiring communicators and creatives with ideas for a changing world.

The content featured on Adapt reaches beyond the pandemic, plumbing the depths of current culture to identify useful strategies to adapt communication during times of disruption. Featured stories range from interviews with business owners and communicators, how-to’s for new production approaches, and spotlights on happenings in sports and the arts.

“Our goal is to be a resource for anyone working in communications. A place where they can come to be inspired,” says Gregor Clark, principal and founder of Hiker.

Adapt promises to report on a wide variety of emerging adaptations and best practices - including production, social impact, education, and creativity. As brands and nonprofits respond to shifting audiences, Adapt offers a new outlet for communicators to turn to for information and inspiration.

About Hiker: Hiker is an Emmy, Telly, and Webby-award winning creative agency based in NYC. Located at the intersection of animation, interactive design, live action, and digital innovation, Hiker creates content across many disciplines to help non-profit, agency, and brand marketers stand out, deepen engagement, and unlock their potential for authentic and compelling digital storytelling. Hiker’s commitment to social justice and education has spanned a range of engagements with clients including University of Pittsburgh, UCSC’s Center for Public Philosophy, The New School, and education non-profit Aurora Institute. Most recently, Hiker helped launch brand newsrooms for clients including Under Armour and RE/MAX.

Posted in: Professional Services,Services,U.S,Website & Blog

SELLGPU.com, World’s #1 GPU & CPU Trade-In Site Introduces Trade-Ins for RADEON RX 5000 and GEFORCE GTX 1600 Series Chipsets

SellGPU.com, the world’s #1 mainstream GPU, RAM, SSD & CPU trade-in service, today announced the introduction of Radeon RX 5000 and GeForce GTX 1600 Series graphics cards to its trade-in program. Consumers are now able to virtually trade-in any major component that was released during the past 7 years. The trade-in service provides a straightforward and fast process enabling consumers to easily dispose of their used components.

The process begins by selecting your current GPU or CPU from a dropdown and proceeding to checkout with an instant quote. Once checkout is complete, an anti-static protective mailer and prepaid shipping label are delivered within 2-3 business days in order to simplify the process of shipping. A shipping label can also be delivered by email if speed is a priority.

The trade-in program requires a customer to submit a functional component for trade-in to be eligible. Pricing is largely based on the age and value of the component being sent for trade-in.

US based customers that currently own a GTX 700, GTX 900, GTX 1000, GTX 1600, or an RTX 2000 series GPU or an RX 200, RX 300, RX 400, RX 500, RX Vega, or RX 5000 Series GPU are eligible to use the trade-in program. Most mainstream CPUs released during the past 7 years are also eligible.

SELLGPU's CEO Said Hafez believes the program will provide great value for consumers looking to upgrade to next generation chipsets and platforms incoming this summer 2020 while at the same time do not want to go through the hassle of finding a buyer for their components.

About SellGPU.com
SELLGPU.com is a semiconductor recycler and innovator in the computer component recycling field. The company specializes in providing trade-ins and recycling services to mainstream PC users as well as medium to small sized businesses.

Launched in 2014 by PC enthusiast Said Hafez, SELLGPU LLC quickly pioneered GPU, CPU, RAM, and SSD mainstream trade-ins and built a leading presence in the consumer and enterprise grade computer hardware recycling industry. SELLGPU LLC is an A+ BBB accredited business and has received a fair amount of interest and media coverage from the semiconductor sector.

The company received significant attention as it simplified the process of computer component disposition and has become an industry go-to for consumers and businesses looking to sell their hardware.

For more information about the trade-in program, please visit: https://sellgpu.com/

Posted in: Computers & Software,Electronics & Semiconductors,Manufacturing & Industry,Technology,U.S

The Drucker Institute Launches Bendable, a System for Lifelong Learning

The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University announced today the launch of its community-based lifelong learning system, Bendable.

It will make its debut in South Bend, Indiana, in close partnership with the St. Joseph County Public Library and with support from the Mayor’s Office.

Bendable allows residents of all ages and backgrounds to easily acquire new knowledge and skills through online courses as well as in-person learning opportunities. The system helps individuals find the learning resources that are just right for them. In most cases, content on the Bendable platform is free for the end user.

The Drucker Institute plans to expand Bendable to another 10 to 15 cities over the next five years.

“For too many people, learning ends when they finish their formal schooling,” said Rick Wartzman, head of the Drucker Institute’s KH Moon Center for a Functioning Society. “Increasingly, however, economic opportunity—as well as dignity—hinges upon lifelong learning. Bendable is a system that makes the most highly relevant kinds of learning radically accessible for all of a city’s residents.

“As we launch Bendable,” Wartzman adds, “our ultimate aim is to forge a ‘city of lifelong learning,’ making South Bend more resilient in the face of a fast-changing economy—and now, COVID-19.”

Google.org and Walmart.org provided the lead funding to develop Bendable.

A highly collaborative team created the system over the past two and a half years: IDEO designed the user experience. Carbon Five built the digital platform. Credly put together Bendable’s badging and credentialing regime. And FSG developed an evaluation framework that will help guide day-to-day decision-making and longer-term goals.

The system in South Bend features more than 1,000 learning resources from 18 local and national content partners. They include Cell-Ed, Common Threads, the Drucker Institute, edX, Forever Learning Institute, GCFGlobal, Goodwill Industries of Michiana, Indiana University South Bend, the IT Sector Partnership, Ivy Tech, Khan Academy, La Casa de Amistad, LRNG, Penn Foster, Sokanu, South Bend Code School, Study.com and Venues Parks & Arts.

“Many of the resources you’ll find on Bendable are geared toward learning for work. Some are geared toward helping you improve your and your family’s everyday life. And some are just fun,” said Sarah Zaner, the Drucker Institute’s senior director of lifelong learning. “We’ve tried to put together a learning ecosystem that has real breadth and depth, while still making sure that everything being offered is tailored specifically for the needs and interests of a particular community.”

In South Bend, the St. Joseph County Public Library will administer and steward Bendable. A wide range of local stakeholders—businesses, government agencies, nonprofits, educational institutions, neighborhood associations and other grassroots groups—also have committed to offering a variety of Bendable-related programming and activities.

“We co-designed Bendable with the people of South Bend, and they will continue to shape what Bendable becomes,” said Lex Dennis, the Drucker Institute’s director of lifelong learning. “Bendable is truly community bred, fed and led.”

Among the features on Bendable are Community Collections—personal playlists of learning resources (classes, TED Talks, podcasts, books, etc.) on a particular subject that are put together by South Bend residents. Career Collections are sets of learning resources, curated by local employers, that are aimed at preparing people for some of the most in-demand jobs in South Bend. As users successfully complete Career Collection courses, they will receive digital badges to mark their progress.

For more information, please visit https://www.drucker.institute/programs/bendable/.

About the Drucker Institute
The Drucker Institute is a social enterprise based at Claremont Graduate University. Its mission is strengthening organizations to strengthen society. Its programs help corporate, nonprofit, government and community leaders manage with courage. For more, visit http://www.drucker.institute.

About Claremont Graduate University
Founded in 1925, Claremont Graduate University is one of a select few American universities devoted solely to graduate-level education. The university is a founding member of The Claremont Colleges, which include Pomona College, Pitzer College, Claremont McKenna College, Scripps College, Harvey Mudd College and Keck Graduate Institute. CGU is comprised of seven schools, offering 86 degree and certificate programs. CGU offers a unique transdisciplinary perspective encouraging students to explore issues and education across academic disciplines. CGU is home to the Peter F. Drucker & Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management and the annual Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Awards. For more information, visit http://www.cgu.edu

Posted in: Education,U.S,Website & Blog

University of Michigan MCity and Florida Polytechnic University Become Members of The International Alliance for Mobility Testing & Standardization

The International Alliance for Mobility Testing & Standardization (IAMTS) announced today that the alliance has gained two academic institutions with the onboarding of the University of Michigan MCity and Florida Polytechnic University. With these new additions, IAMTS is now a global, membership-based alliance of more than 20 stakeholders in the testing, standardization and certification of advanced mobility systems and services.

MCity is a public-private research partnership led by the University of Michigan which brings together industry, government, and academia to advance connected and automated vehicle safety, sustainability, and accessibility for the benefit of society through research funding, testing and development facilities, and technology deployments.

“We are pleased to join the International Alliance for Mobility Testing and Standardization,” said Huei Peng, director, MCity. “The work of the IAMTS is critical and will ensure that we coordinate internationally. I’d like to thank SAE ITC and the IAMTS Executive Committee for their leadership in organizing this group.”

Florida Polytechnic University is the newest public state university in the state of Florida. As a polytechnic, the university is focused on STEM and has recently formed the Advanced Mobility Institute as a premier research organization focused on autonomous vehicle validation and verification.

“The progress of autonomous vehicle technology is gated by the ability of the industry to solve the critical safety and validation challenges. I have been involved with IAMTS since its early foundational stages and it is quite exciting to see the progress the organization has made in the past year,” said Dr. Rahul Razdan, senior director at Florida Polytechnic University. “We are pleased to accept IAMTS invitation for membership and plan on contributing to moving the state-of-art forward in this field.”

For more information about IAMTS, including membership, please visit: http://iamts.org or contact info@iamts.org.

About The International Alliance for Mobility Testing & Standardization (IAMTS)
IAMTS is an SAE ITC (Industry Technologies Consortia) program (http://www.sae-itc.com). The SAE ITC team specializes in establishing and managing consortia by providing proven processes, tools and resources. ITC enables public, private, academic and government organizations to connect and collaborate in neutral, pre-competitive forums thus empowering the setting and implementation of strategic business improvements in highly engineered industries globally. Learn more at https://www.sae-itc.com/iamts.

About SAE International
SAE International is a global association committed to advancing mobility knowledge and solutions for the benefit of humanity. By engaging nearly 200,000 engineers, technical experts and volunteers, we connect and educate mobility professionals to enable safe, clean, and accessible mobility solutions. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our philanthropic SAE Foundation, including programs award-winning programs like A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™. More at http://www.sae.org.

Posted in: Education,Services,Technology,U.S

Hindsait Successfully Achieves HITRUST CSF Certification with 360 Advanced

Hindsait, an AI technology company for improved healthcare, today announced the successful completion of their HITRUST validated assessment. Having earned HITRUST CSF certification, Hindsait can now provide a high level of assurance regarding their security and risk management efforts.

“With several leading Fortune 500 healthcare payers and providers entrusting us with their data, which represents more than 40 million patient lives across our solutions, we have invested significantly in ensuring our security infrastructure meets the highest standards,” said Pinaki Dasgupta, CEO of Hindsait. “Hindsait’s achievement of HITRUST CSF certification offers our clients confidence that we keep their members’ health information protected.”

The HITRUST assessment took into consideration the people, processes, and technology behind Hindsait’s Utilization Management and Risk Adjustment Audit Services systems. The certification effort demonstrates that the organization’s clinical review and audit platform meets federal and state regulations, as well as industry-specific requirements for handling protected health information, and that the organization appropriately manages its risk.

The assessment was completed by the professional and independent third-party audit firm, 360 Advanced, Inc.

About Hindsait

Hindsait, Inc. (Hindsait), headquartered in New Jersey, is a leading technology company focusing on healthcare. Hindsait’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology - Software as a Service (SaaS) platform includes a sophisticated Clinical Natural Language Processing (CNLP) platform and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) toolset. The AI platform enables Payers and Benefit Managers to reduce unnecessary health services, human errors, biases, wastage, and fraud, by augmenting Pre- as well as Post-service Medical Necessity reviews, coding review including ‘prior-authorizations’ and ‘payment integrity audits’. Hindsait’s capabilities start with its ability to ingest and translate “unstructured free text” in patient charts within the context of clinical guidelines and business rules.

The AI platform’s RPA toolsets along with its CNLP enabled extractions drive machine learning and predictive analytics. Hindsait’s AI algorithms can quickly sift through thousands of pages of medical records and evaluate, score, and accurately predict medical necessities of diagnostic tests, procedures or medications during pre-service as well as post-service medical necessity reviews and recoupment audits, saving the health plans several tens of millions of dollars in cost-of-care savings, besides administrative review costs.

For Hindsait inquiries, please contact:

Brad Timm
Chief Security Officer
About 360 Advanced
360 Advanced is “Making Better Businesses” through their national Cybersecurity and Compliance offerings. Services provided include SOC 1, SOC 2, SOC 3, SOC for Cybersecurity, SOC for Supply Chain, CSA STAR, HIPAA/HITECH, ISO 27001, PCI-DSS, HITRUST CSF, Microsoft SSPA Attestation, Penetration Testing, GDPR, CCPA and more. In certain states, 360 Advanced may operate under the name of Hiestand, Brand, Loughran, P.A. to meet State Board requirements for CPA firms. To learn more about 360 Advanced, visit http://www.360advanced.com.

For more information on compliance solutions, contact Jim Brennan at jbrennan@360advanced.com.

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Posted in: Computers & Software,Services,Technology,U.S,Website & Blog

ACB’s Study Finds Manufacturers Quickly Adjusted Rebate and Sales Incentive Programs to Adapt to Market Conditions

Contactless shopping has added to an increase in virtual engagement throughout the sales process. For some industries, inventory gluts have led to deeper discounts to move excess products. For others, product shortages have eroded brand loyalty as buyers reach for alternative brands to meet their needs.

“Purchasing habits have been fundamentally changed - when we buy, how we buy and the brands we buy. In the current environment, incentives to drive sales without permanent price reductions, along with the opportunity to engage with customers and rebuild brand loyalty, gain significant importance” - Jack Benrubi, Vice President Business Development, The Advertising Checking Bureau, Inc.

To help brand and product incentive programs navigate these more volatile marketing conditions, manufacturers have adopted ideas and strategies to support their programs.

Kindness is being embraced and extended. In many rebate offerings- special opportunities are offered to Frontliners. Charitable organizations are provided as an additional option for rebate recipients to donate their rebate reward.

Recent strategies have focused on offering flexible extensions for both the eligible purchase period and length of time for submission of claim requests for payment. Although not a viable alternative for all, some manufacturers have increased the value of the rebate and spiff - some even doubling the incentive amount. To simplify program administration, more manufacturers provide virtual online rewards that align with recent increases in at-home and online shopping and offer the opportunity for increased social engagement with their consumers and sales channels.

By deploying creative tactics, manufacturers have discovered opportunities to navigate the current economy and remain positively engaged with their consumers and channel partners.

A complete copy of Rebate and Sales Incentive Program Strategies and Recommendations from ACB experts is available and can be downloaded now.

ACB remains uniquely qualified to address the Marketing Services needs of brands, manufacturers, service providers and their advertising agencies. For more information on ACB services covering Co-op Advertising and Compliance Program AdministrationCompetitive Ad Tracking, Rebates and Sales Incentive program services, please visit acbcoop.com or contact us at sales@acbcoop.com.

ACB is headquartered in New York City with client service offices in Memphis, TN and Tempe, AZ. For additional information, Contact ACB.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,Marketing & Sales,Services,U.S


altumAI announced today that futureWork, the leading worker health and safety software and apps platform have extended the solution to support businesses returning to work.

futureWork was launched in 2017 with a core focus of using technology and data to protect worker health and safety. Since inception, futureWork businesses have monitored their workers risk using the futureWork Supervisor and Worker applications to mitigate risk on the jobsite. The mobile enabled software and apps give organizations insight to understand and avoid risk across organizations with aggregated risk scores, micro-training, coaching, and messaging. futureWork provides workers with tailored insight to understand and avoid their individual risk with risk scores, micro-training, and messaging.

futureWork’s latest Screener and Guest apps and software supports the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions new recommended employer return to work guidelines around education, self-screening, and administrative controls. “While CV-19 has disrupted every aspect of business across the US, one common thread across all industries is that worker health and safety has never been more important,” said Douglas Turk, CEO of altumAI. “futureWork supports the State return to work guidelines of Employee Education, Self-Screening, and Individual Control Measures. Each of these is centered on providing the right information and data to the worker and ensuring communication and engagement occurs across an organization. futureWork is uniquely positioned to deliver and help businesses return to work.”

Learn more about altumAI futureWork Return to Work Program here.

About altumAI
altumAI, the company behind futureWork, uses data, technology, and AI to protect worker health and safety. futureWork is the leading worker health and safety application platform for real-time, mobile-enabled risk awareness, communication, and engagement. futureWork captures and interprets the data that surrounds every worker to identify and avoid risk. To learn more about how altumAI can help your business, please visit http://www.altumai.com.

Posted in: Computers & Software,Manufacturing & Industry,Services,Technology,U.S

Complimentary Webinar to Showcase New Cone Beam CT Accreditation Standards: Presentation to Highlight Key Thought Leaders

RadSite™, a CMS-recognized accrediting agency promoting quality-based advanced diagnostic imaging, is offering a complimentary webinar called 2020 RadSite ConeBeam CT Standards Overview. The webinar will take place on June 17th, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. ET and will last approximately one hour. Click here to register.

“Cone Beam CT imaging represents a new and innovative way to image for certain specialty exams, including dental/maxillofacial, ENT, mammography, orthopedics, and podiatry,” notes Garry Carneal, JD, RadSite President and CEO. “The webinar will highlight the opportunities and challenges associated with Cone Beam CT systems, including the need for national quality and performance standards.”

The session will be moderated by Mr. Carneal and will feature the following speakers:
-William Harrell, Jr., DMD, C. DSM, RadSite Chair, Cone Beam CT Standards Committee, and Assistant Associate Professor at the University of Alabama, Birmingham
-Adam Powell, PhD, RadSite Standards Coordinator and President of the Payer + Provider Syndicate
-Eliot Siegel, MD, RadSite Chief Medical Officer

The webinar is complimentary and pre-registration is strongly encouraged:
-Title: 2020 RadSite ConeBeam CT Standards Overview
-Time: June 17, 2020; 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET
-Register: Click here to register..

“The webinar will describe the two-year standards development journey which has incorporated key performance and manufacture requirements with an eye on developing uniform physics metrics for Cone Beam CT in the near future,” Dr. Siegel elaborates. “This dynamic session also will highlight what RadSite has learned about fine-tuning the final requirements during the beta-test accreditation review period.”

“The new Cone Beam CT Accreditation Program will establish the most detailed standards for specialty imaging that are available for this emerging market,” adds Dr. Harrell. “The Standards Committee spent many hours discussing key aspects of what is required to promote quality-based imaging—including scope of practice parameters for various types of dental and medical providers using Cone Beam CT systems for diagnostic imaging.”

“Utilizing the input of numerous clinical and industry experts, we have drafted high-fidelity standards that address key operational issues, such as the role and prerequisite qualifications of the clinical director, interpreting provider, imaging technologist, and other personnel,” said Dr. Powell. “The session will highlight our next steps for launching the new Dental and Medical Cone Beam CT MIPPA Accreditation Programs.”

As part of its spring webinar series, RadSite hosted two other webinars which can still be viewed by registering below:
-2020 RadSite Standards and Accreditation Updates (recorded on April 15, 2020). Click here to register and listen to the webinar.
-Overview of Cone Beam CT Imaging (recorded May 6, 2020) ET. Click here to register and listen to the webinar.

RadSite offers a comprehensive, affordable, quality-based accreditation program that evaluates providers on established industry standards and best practices. Working with health plans and their participating providers helps raise imaging standards through meaningful imaging quality and patient safety protocols. RadSite is recognized by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and more than 350 payers and radiology benefit managers.


About RadSite™ (http://www.RadSiteQuality.com)

Founded in 2005, RadSite’s mission is to promote quality-based practices for imaging systems across the U.S. and its territories. RadSite is recognized by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as an official accreditation organization under the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) of 2008. RadSite’s programs help assess, track, and report imaging trends in an effort to enhance imaging procedures and outcomes. RadSite also offers educational programs, publishes issue briefs, and underwrites research on a complimentary basis to raise awareness of patient safety issues and to promote best practices. The organization is governed by an independent board and committee system, which is open to a wide range of volunteers to ensure transparency and accountability. To learn more about RadSite, please contact us at (443) 440-6007 or info@radsitequality.com.

Posted in: Science,Services,Technology,U.S

Eastern Computer Exchange and VMUG to Host Webcast on “The Digital Workspace”

Eastern Computer Exchange, Inc. (Eastern), a leading global solution provider, announced today that it will host "The Digital Workspace," a VMware VMUG Webcast, on June 10, 2020. The session will cover the evolution of VMware Horizon and options for hosting VDI, with a Q&A session with the experts.

Led by Eastern’s Eric Tomasello, a 21-year veteran in the private, hybrid and public cloud solutions space, with speaker Steve Blake, senior cloud architect, the webcast will cover VMware’s VDI solution, VMware Horizon and tips for how an organization can leverage public cloud providers to host their virtual desktop environments. "The Digital Workspace" will also include a review of Horizon 7, Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure and Horizon on AWS, with a discussion on how organizations can extend their on-premises Horizon deployment into a cloud provider.

“With the COVID-19 outbreak impacting people across the globe, the shift to a remote work environment has been game-changing,” said Tomasello, director of Cloud Solutions Northeast, Eastern. “It’s more important now than ever for organizations to simplify the way they manage and deliver virtual desktops and apps—on-premises, in the cloud, or in a hybrid or multi-cloud.”

In addition to the webcast, Eastern is also offering a COVID-19 Tech Plan to help customers respond to the current pandemic. The plan includes resources to help businesses accelerate their Virtual Desktop Infrastructure to support a remote workforce.

To register for the webcast, visit the event registration page here. Live attendees who opt in to share their information with Eastern will be entered into a drawing to win a 0 Amazon gift card.

About Eastern Computer Exchange, Inc.
Celebrating its 30th year in business, Eastern Computer Exchange, Inc. (Eastern) is a Westport, CT-based enterprise technology solutions provider with a proven track record of architecting, designing and deploying complex enterprise Hybrid Cloud, Hyper-Converged, Server, Desktop, Elastic Cloud, Isilon and Backup and Recovery solutions. ECEI is a certified partner for industry-leading IT manufacturers, such as VMware, Dell Technologies, Cisco and others.

With offices in 46 locations across five continents, Eastern boasts a team of highly skilled technology strategists to help global organizations deploy the gold standard in enterprise IT solutions.

For more information, visit http://www.ecei.com/, Twitter @EasternCompExchLinkedIn or YouTube

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

Bluegrass Water, a Division of Central States Water Resources, Acquires New Water and Wastewater Systems in Kentucky

Bluegrass Water Utility Operating Company, a division of Central States Water Resources (CSWR), has completed the acquisitions of three Kentucky water and wastewater systems previously approved by the Kentucky Public Service Commission.

“We appreciate the Commission’s continued support of our proven abilities to deliver access to clean and safe drinking water and reliable wastewater systems to Kentucky residents,” said Josiah Cox, President of Bluegrass Water and CSWR.

The acquired systems include 69 sewer customers in the Timberland section of the Joann Estates community in Paducah (McCracken County), 182 sewer customers in the River Bluffs community in Westport (Oldham County) and 339 water customers in the Center Ridge community in New Concord (Calloway County).

Bluegrass Water serves customers in Bullitt, Calloway, Franklin, Hardin, Madison, Marshall, McCracken, Oldham, Scott and Shelby counties; and under the newly approved acquisition agreement will continue to charge the same rates to customers as previous systems owners.

Central States Water Resources (CSWR) is transforming how water utilities work by using technology and innovation to bring safe, reliable and environmentally responsible water resources to every community in the U.S. The company has water and wastewater operations or pending acquisitions across the nation, including in Arkansas, Missouri, Louisiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. Learn more about CSWR at CentralStatesWaterResources.com and Bluegrass Water at Bluegrasswateruoc.com.

Posted in: Services,Technology,U.S

EmpowerMX launches Contact-less MRO Solution for post-pandemic operations

EmpowerMX, the leading cloud-based MRO platform for the aviation industry today announced the launch of Touchfree Electronic Task Card (ETC), a contact-less solution for companies that are planning to resume post-pandemic operations.

“In the new reality, paper-based operations will subject multiple users to physical contact with a paper trail, leading to potential increased spread of COVID-19” said Dinakara Nagalla, CEO of EmpowerMX. “The EmpowerMX Touchfree ETC is an elegant, mobile-ready solution that can works seamlessly with any existing MRO solution to enable operators on the floor to digitally complete tasks without coming into contact with paper.”

As a fully integrated digital platform, Touchfree ETC offers engineers and field operators the ability to collaborate with remote support using built-in video technology in mobile devices. It can also record these support calls and permanently save them as part of the aircraft’s records. With many MROs launching drone inspections, Touchfree ETC delivers the ability to stream the drone footage directly into the mobile device and onto the task card, as well as photos taken with hand -held devices. This will allow the MRO organization to maintain a single point of storage for all aircraft maintenance activities.

EmpowerMX Touchfree ETC is an industry-first electronic task card solution that helps MRO organizations migrate to digital operations in a very short time. Legacy PDF and images that are currently the norm are rapidly digitized with the Touchfree ETC conversion engine, which then makes all data available for any hand held digital device.

Powered by machine learning and artificial intelligence, Touchfree ETC can auto recognize the correct signatories, where they should sign, and if they are qualified to sign, irrespective of the document format. It can seamlessly deliver any technical document that engineers and field service personnel use today—including forms—through mobile devices and can be executed electronically, enabling a fully digital operation.

“Having been in the airline industry for decades, I was excited by the EmpowerMX vision to transform a paper-based operation to a fully digital process, irrespective of the source documents,” said Jim Sturgis, COO at EmpowerMX. “Our product design focus has been to help MRO shops start off using ETC with current projects on the floor, even as they work to bring their legacy paper-based data to the digital realm. It is time for the industry to embrace this path towards a complete digital operation that helps minimize the impact of current pandemic crisis as well as saving very significant costs through improved operational efficiencies and increasing regulatory compliance.”

EmpowerMX Touchfree ETC will meet all regulatory mandates for Clean Operations in the MRO industry, reduce the risk of contact-based virus spread, and help shops provision for workspace employee safety in a frictionless manner.

For more information, contact sales@empowermx.com

About EmpowerMX:
Based in Frisco, TX, EmpowerMX is a leading cloud-based software platform that is designed to accelerate digital adoption in the Airline, MRO, and Defense establishments. Its product suite helps Engineering and Compliance, Heavy and Line Maintenance, Shop and Materials Management.

Posted in: Computers & Software,Services,Technology,U.S,Website & Blog

Schrader Plastic Surgery Reopens Following New Guidelines

Nicole Schrader, MD, FACS, announces the reopening of Schrader Plastic Surgery with COVID-19 specific protocols in place. These protocols include limited office time, universal PPE use, enhanced disinfectant procedures including instrument cleaning and sanitation of exam rooms between patients.

Prior to their appointments, clients undergo extensive screening and receive detailed protocol instructions. Patients are requested to arrive alone. Minor children and those requiring a caretaker may be accompanied by one adult. Forehead scanners will check patient temperatures prior to entering the office. Appointments for anyone with a temperature will be rescheduled. COVID-19 tests are not conducted at Schrader Plastic Surgery. Anyone with symptoms compatible with the virus, or who has a test pending, must reschedule his or her appointment. This office does not treat patients with the virus. Because of the increased risk for individuals over the age of 60 and those with medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, chronic diseases of the kidneys, liver, and lungs, and auto-immune problems, the office has implemented guidelines for scheduling visits.

Low-risk patients will be scheduled as usual with special procedures in place.
Medium risk patients may schedule appointments at the discretion of the provider.
High-risk patients will be advised to carefully consider whether or not an office visit is necessary, especially if they are 80 years old or older. Telemedicine visits are recommended for these high-risk patients to determine their level of need for an office visit. The provider reserves the right to reschedule high-risk patients as a health and safety precaution.

Virtual check-in and check-out has been implemented. Most patients will check in from the security of their cars. This includes using their cell phones to relay their symptoms and reasons for their visits, essentially eliminating the waiting room. Most patients will be escorted directly from their vehicles to exam rooms. The number of patients seen hourly has been reduced in order to maintain proper distancing guidelines and to reduce public interaction within the office.

All staff will be completely outfitted with PPE (personal protection equipment). That includes masks, eye protection, gloves, and where appropriate, protective gowns. Everyone on the staff is screened for fever and other symptoms of the virus two times a day. Face masks or facial coverings are required of all patients as long as they are on the premises. Patients will be asked to wear PPE, clean their hands, and make use of the provided hand sanitizer. Office cleaning adheres to COVID-19 specific protocols. Prior to patients entering them, exam rooms are thoroughly disinfected using recommended, high-level disinfectants. Door handles, countertops, chairs, and keyboards are all included in the disinfectant procedure. Telemedicine will remain available for all patients who have concerns about in-office visits and for those who do not require in-office visits.

Dr. Schrader is a double board-certified physician specializing in facial plastic reconstructive surgery, otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat), and head/neck surgery in Princeton, NJ. Her expertise includes minimally invasive facial surgery, soft-tissue reconstruction, rhinoplasty, and rejuvenation of the aging face. Dr. Schrader has more than 20 years of experience with 13+ years in private practice.

To schedule a virtual or in-office appointment, please call our office at 609-279-0009. You can also use the online form to contact our office. For more information on the specific services offered by Dr. Schrader and her staff at Schrader Plastic Surgery, please visit our website.

Posted in: Fitness,Health & Medicine,U.S

Tantiv4 Announces REZRV™ a Patented Real-time Data Prioritization Software for Enterprise, Industrial and Home Routers or Network Appliances

Tantiv4, a leading provider of IoT and cloud platforms for Enterprise, Industrial and Consumer applications today announced that it has been working closely with Columbia University to develop a patent-protected solution REZRV which mitigates the issue of improper bandwidth usage by a specific application or a networked device. Based on Tantiv4’s ThingaOS™ edge and cloud platform IT managers can manage their work or home networks in a more natural, intuitive and efficient way without going through extensive set up pages on the network router. REZRV is an easy to use application that resides on the home router enabling dynamic policy changes in the home using leading voice platforms.

“Internet is an essential requirement for the business or the home and proper bandwidth management is a vital requirement in today’s world and there is no better proof than in the current COVID-19 situation where the world has transformed from office and school, workspaces to work and study from home environments, “said Lokesh Johri, co-founder and CEO of Tantiv4 Inc. “What this means is that the home bandwidth needs to adapt itself to give you priority to maintain your work efficiency or timely homework submission.”

Excessive bandwidth usage in your network impacts the entire network's performance and affect business-critical services and often leads to network downtime. Simply buying additional bandwidth only treats the symptom of a bigger problem. REZRV uses advanced AI and ML techniques trained for a factory environment where several IoT sensors constantly collect and transmit data. REZRV and Tantiv4’s platform ensures that the data from these sensors is available to all decision-makers in case of an emergency situation ensuring that actions of other users on the network do not lead to network downtime.

REZRV core features include

  • AI and ML based bandwidth management
  • Dynamic Management of User Preferences and Policies
  • Reliable Connectivity for IoT Devices and manage mission-critical data in a factory
  • Improved Wi-Fi signals over distances and reduced packet jitter while streaming content


About Tantiv4 Inc.
Tantiv4 Inc., headquartered in Milpitas, CA, is powering the next generation IoT Edge, Cloud and Voice platforms by providing uniquely architected solutions with a focus on simplifying and solving the pain points that exist in today’s IoT solutions. ThingaOS solutions provide advanced automation using AI and ML algorithms increasing ROI and improve business efficiencies. ThingaOS™ operates on all popular cloud eco-systems, RF protocols and supports all popular controller and voice interfaces.

For more information about this topic, please contact Kishore Moturi at +1 408 396-5962 or email at contact(at)tantiv4(dot)com.
ThingaOS, ThingaAI, FetchitGO, REZRV are trademarks of Tantiv4 Inc. All other trademarks used are the property of their respective owners.

Posted in: Computers & Software,Services,Technology,U.S

“Ancira Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram 2020 Live Music Series at The County Line” benefitting San Antonio Food Bank is live again, starting June 4, 2020

The “Ancira Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram 2020 Live Music Series at The County Line” will be live again in front of guests, starting June 4, on the patio of The County Line Bar-B-Q at 4334 Hyatt Place Drive (on IH-10 West between the Wurzbach and Huebner Road exits, near the Colonnade). Concerts begin at 6:30 and run until 8 p.m.

The series kicked off for its 19th year on March 5 with a packed crowd to Mario Flores, Gabe Garcia, Clay Hollis and Bri Bagwell. The series was suspended due to Covid-19 orders before the March 19 concert. Concerts were resurrected on May 7 as quaranstreamed live concerts for the month of May.

This music series that has always benefited the San Antonio Food Bank will run every Thursday evening from June 4 through July 30, 2020. The restaurant has been open for dining room service since May 1.

“Twenty years ago, County Line made a commitment to hold a music event that would benefit the San Antonio Food Bank—and we intend to keep it that way, even in this Covid world,” says Mike Crenwelge, GM of the IH-10 County Line. "And knowing the intense demand on our Food Bank right now, our support is more important than ever, with so many San Antonians out of work.” In 2015, the County Line was recognized by the S.A. Food Bank for raising food to feed over 1 million people since the music series started.

“We have seen a devastating economic impact from the COVID-19 virus and its domino effect into the lives of our neighbors and friends. The San Antonio Food Bank has worked tirelessly to meet the increase in demand for food and resources, but we depend wholeheartedly on the community to help us in this struggle. The County Line Music Series is an example of the support we desperately need. We are so humbled and grateful to be a part of it,” says Eric Cooper, CEO & President of the San Antonio Food Bank.    

Here is schedule for the rest of the summer, as of May 29:
6/4/2020 Gabe Garcia Band
6/11/2020 Chris Colston
6/18/2020 Mario Flores & The Soda Creek Band
6/25/2020 Brandon Michael Band

7/2/2020 Hayden Haddock
7/9/2020 Jade Maria Patek - 2019 TRR New Female Vocalist of the Year
7/16/2020 Tanner Sparks
7/23/2020 Clay Hollis
7/30/2020John Bauman

Sponsors of the series include Ancira Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram; Treaty Oak Distilling; Rebecca Creek Radio; Rebecca Creek/Enchanted Rock; Stolen X; Heaven's Door Whiskey; Comfort Air/Primo Plumbing; Ozarka and Pure Party Ice.

The County Line Bar-B-Q restaurant on IH-10 has been open for dining room service since May 1 with limited seating and social distancing as dictated by government standards—including masks and gloves for all staff. Tables will be available inside and outside; full bar and dining menus will be available. County Line will continue its robust to-go/delivery options seven days a week for lunch and dinner, with fresh smoked BBQ entrees off its menu, as well as most side dishes. Curbside delivery by masked and gloved staff will keep social distancing by putting order in car trunk or back seat; order to-go online. Delivery available through Uber Eats, Grubhub and Favor.

Visit https://countyline.com/san_antonio/ or County Line’s Facebook for updates, or call 210-641-1998 for information.

NOTE: Photos and recipes can be obtained (and tastings or interviews arranged) by contacting Jeanne Albrecht at 210-392-9047 or jca@jeannebiz.com

Posted in: Food & Beverage,Lifestyle,Services,U.S

When Beauty appearing as a special showcase on this week’s LIVE Stream Episode of Worldwide Business with kathy ireland

Modern Living with kathy ireland® show participant When Beauty will be appearing as a special showcase during the LIVE Stream of this week’s Worldwide Business with kathy ireland® episode! The successful business program will stream online this Sunday, May 31, 2020 and Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 8:00pm ET / PT – two chances to watch each night! This special showcase of When Beauty features Managing Director, Jenny Jhung, as she highlights their innovative dermatologically tested products and their recent availability in major retailers stores in the U.S. and Canada.

Company Spotlight

When Beauty: Currently available at Costco Wholesale for a limited time, you may have spotted the brand’s beautiful kiosk displays during your last shopping trip! When Beauty utilizes advanced bio-cellulose technology to create their game-changing face masks, body masks, and skincare products. The all-natural, coconut-derived bio-cellulose sheet is gentle enough to treat burn patients, and is extremely hydrating - holding fluids up to one-hundred times its dry weight. That’s ten time more than an average fabric sheet mask! Each When Beauty mask is infused with intensely-hydrating yet gentle, non-sticky serum containing sodium hyaluronate (fine hyaluronic acid), ginseng extracts and top-quality effective ingredients and plant extracts to help keep skin happy, healthy, and glowing.

To learn more about When Beauty, be sure to tune as their interview is showcased this Sunday, May 31, 2020 and Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 8:00pm ET / PT during the LIVE stream of this week’s episode of Worldwide Business with kathy ireland®! To shop your favorite When Beauty products, visit Costco (for a limited time), and buy online through Amazon.com, and directly at whenbeautyus.com and whenbeauty.com.

About Modern Living with kathy ireland® and Worldwide Business with kathy ireland®

Modern Living with kathy ireland® and Worldwide Business with kathy ireland® are weekly lifestyle and business television programs featuring real-world insights from corporate executives all over the globe. Hosted by a lifestyle and business mogul, Kathy Ireland interviews some of the brightest minds in industries today. The shows air collectively on Fox Business Network and WEtv as part of their sponsored content lineups, and globally on Bloomberg Television. The shows extend beyond their weekly on-air programming with digital content delivered on various video platforms and across social media.

Posted in: Business,Lifestyle,U.S

NAPCO Launches Live Virtual Technical Support Service for Its Customers

NAPCO, Ltd. (North American Polymer Company) is excited to announce the launch of its newest service, free live virtual technical support. NAPCO wants its customers to have every opportunity to succeed and work with confidence. As a leading provider of small group refinishing training for both bathrooms and kitchens, the company now leads the industry as the premier provider of virtual technical help for refinishers. NAPCO is the first and only refinishing company in the United States to extend free virtual technical support to its refinishers. Now, more than ever, NAPCO is by its customer’s side on every job.

“As virtual meeting tools like Zoom, GoToMeeting, and FaceTime become increasingly popular, we realized how valuable this tool could be for refinishers on the job that need a second set of eyes or a bit of technical advice,” said NAPCO’s Research and Development and Technical Manager, Steve Zamborsky. “Customers have always been able to call or email us with questions. Now we are taking it up a notch so we can be there with you on the job virtually!”

Technical help from NAPCO for its customers is only a click away. Simply reach out to Steve Zamborsky at NAPCO via email (szamborsky@napcoltd.com) or by phone at 800-888-1081, and he will schedule a time to meet virtually. Together, solve technical problems or ask him for advice, tips, or tricks. It is an exciting opportunity to work directly with the experts and solve problems on the job, no matter where you are.

As leaders in the bathroom and kitchen refinishing industry, NAPCO is continually pursuing ways to make our customer’s experience with our products and services even better. NAPCO is rising to the occasion by reinventing technical help for our industry. If a refinisher is on the job and discovers they need some advice on how to apply product or run into an issue that just too difficult to explain over the phone, NAPCO can help. Technical support is always available to customers, allowing them to finish the job smoothly and on time.

Going above and beyond for customers is something NAPCO strives to do regularly. Refinishers should have the benefit of expert advice at their fingertips. Offering this service for free to customers is one more way of making sure professional refinishers are successful in their bathtub and kitchen refinishing businesses.



Since 1979, NAPCO, Ltd. (North American Polymer Company) has provided products, supplies, and training to professional bathroom and kitchen refinishers. NAPCO is headquartered just outside of Chicago, in Skokie, IL, and services all 50 states and five foreign countries. If you are interested in refinishing instead of replacing tubs, tiles, cabinets, or countertops, call 800-888-1081 or visit http://www.napcoltd.com today.

Posted in: Home & Garden,Manufacturing & Industry,Services,U.S

Good Steward Financial Company, LLC Announces New Services for Nonprofit Establishments

Good Steward Financial Company, a virtual bookkeeping and CFO service provider in Burlington, NC, is now working with nonprofits to help these establishments stay on top of their finances. Jasmine Simpson, Chief Executive Officer at Good Steward Financial Company, is working with her team to help nonprofits effectively manage organization finances to ensure missions are able to be carried out.

“Nonprofit leaders often lack the accounting knowledge needed to effectively perform bookkeeping duties for their organization,” explains Simpson. “These groups rely on donors, fundraising events, and grants for their continued operation, and the proper recordkeeping that comes along with it can be tedious and time-consuming. When organizations fail to keep required records, they are unable to show they qualify for an exemption and may lose their tax-exempt status. Nonprofits work hard to serve a mission that they believe in, and these great causes shouldn’t be interrupted by financial administrative tasks. My firm is here to help these groups keep doing what they love without having to deal with the burden of financial records. It is our mission to serve those who serve others.”

To learn more about how nonprofits can use the assistance of Good Steward Financial Company to stay on top of payroll, bookkeeping, and more, please visit: https://ub.goodstewardfinancialco.com/good-steward-nonprofit/

About Good Steward Financial Company
As a company with expertise in virtual bookkeeping, Good Steward Financial Company specializes in helping businesses and nonprofits stay on top of their finances while hitting important deadlines. The firm’s diverse services include:

  • Payroll Assistance
  • Accurate Bookkeeping
  • Monthly Financial Reports
  • Part-Time CFO Services


The work carried out by this organization is based on the foundation of its core values: professionalism, responsiveness, and quality. With staff members having specialized expertise to better serve clients, Good Steward Financial Company provides personal and professional attention to each and every project it faces. The company also boasts an excellent response rate, with competent advice and fast-acting personnel. The quality of the service the team provides reflects the high standards set by each individual staff member.

To learn more about Good Steward Financial Company, LLC, please visit: https://www.goodstewardfinancialco.com/

Posted in: Finance,Finance Market,U.S

Validus Growth Investors Awarded Top Guns Designation by Informa Financial Intelligence

Validus Growth Investors has been awarded a PSN Top Guns distinction by Informa Financial Intelligence’s PSN manager database, North America’s longest running database of investment managers. Achieving the Top Guns distinction means that the Validus strategies are among the top 10 performers within one or more peer groups reporting to Informa. The Validus Global Growth strategy finished with the #1 return for the three-month period and the #5 return for the one-year period. The Validus International Growth strategy finished with the #3 return for the three-month period.

"It is certainly nice to have our strategies honored with a Top Gun rating, especially during times of such market volatility,” said Mark Scalzo, Validus Growth Investors Chief Investment Officer. “We attribute this success to Validus’ proprietary, bottom-up, process which seeks to identify mispriced secular growers that are less dependent on macroeconomic conditions. The results further affirm our mission to achieve the best risk-adjusted outcomes for our clients, regardless of the market environment.”

PSN Top Guns ranks products in six proprietary categories in more than 50 universes and is a resource for institutional asset managers and investors in their decision-making process. Top Gun firms are awarded a rating ranging from one to six stars, with the number of stars representing continued performance over time.

Validus Growth Investors was honored with three total ratings: a 1-Star and 2-Star Top Gun rating for its Global Growth strategy and a 1-Star Top Gun rating for its International Growth strategy.

In the Global Equity universe, Validus Growth Investors’ Global Growth strategy was awarded a 1-Star Top Gun rating, for a top ten return in the first quarter of 2020 along with a 2-Star Top Gun rating, for a top ten return for the one-year period.

In the International Equity universe, Validus Growth Investors’ International Growth strategy was awarded a 1-Star Top Gun rating, for a top ten return in the first quarter of 2020

“Congratulations to Validus Growth Investors for being recognized as a PSN Top Gun,” said Ryan Nauman , Market Strategist at Informa Financial Intelligence’s Zephyr. “This highly esteemed designation allows us to recognize success, excellence and performance of leading investment managers each quarter.”

The complete list of PSN Top Guns and an overview of the methodology can be located on https://psn.fi.informais.com/ (Free registration is required to view methodology).

About Validus Growth Investors

Validus is a research-focused, independent growth equity manager. Using proprietary research methods that evolve over time, Validus implements fundamentally-driven strategies with active risk-mitigation techniques to enhance down-side protection. All of Validus’ strategies employ the same philosophy and process. We seek company-specific growth wherever it leads and no matter how it’s defined by the market. We believe that an active growth strategy with an appropriate investment horizon, stock-specific focus and market risk mitigation deserves a place in every portfolio. For more information, visit http://www.validusgrowth.com.

About Informa Financial Intelligence’s Zephyr

Financial Intelligence, part of the Informa Intelligence Division of Informa plc, is a leading provider of products and services helping financial institutions around the world cut through the noise and take decisive action. Informa Financial Intelligence's solutions provide unparalleled insight into market opportunity, competitive performance and customer segment behavioral patterns and performance through specialized industry research, intelligence, and insight. IFI’s Zephyr portfolio supports asset allocation, investment analysis, portfolio construction, and client communications that combine to help advisors and portfolio managers retain and grow client relationships. For more information about IFI, visit https://financialintelligence.informa.com. For more information about Zephyr’s PSN Separately Managed Accounts data, visit https://financialintelligence.informa.com/products-and-services/data-analysis-and-tools/psn-sma.

Investing involves risk, loss of principal is possible. There is no guarantee that any historical trend illustrated above will be repeated in the future, and there is no way to predict precisely when such a trend might begin. The information is based on the economic and market conditions as of this date. The information is not intended as a discussion of the merits of a particular offering and should not assume that any discussion or information provided herein serves as the receipt of, or as a substitute for personalized investment advice from Validus or any other investment professional.

This material is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute a solicitation. The material is not intended to be relied upon as a forecast, research or investment advice and is not a recommendation, offer or solicitation to buy or sell any securities or to adopt any investment strategy. There is no guarantee that any forecasts made will come to pass.

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The Imagine Learning Language Advantage™ is Featured in “Behind the Scenes” with Laurence Fishburne

Imagine Learning, a Weld North Education company and leading educational technology developer of supplemental adaptive curriculum for PreK through eighth-grade students, announces that its digital curriculum and the impact it has on students is being featured in an award-winning documentary series.

“Today, educators are seeking unique and creative ways to better engage with students,” shares host Laurence Fishburne, as he introduces the newest segment of “Behind the Scenes.” Featuring Imagine Learning’s engaging digital curriculum, the segment explores the importance of language development for all students and the value of leveraging technology to accelerate learning. The documentary will air on exclusive public television affiliates and promoted via commercials on primetime Fox networks and other regional primetime airings including CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Discovery, and CNN Headline News in the top 100 cities.

In these unprecedented times of nationwide school closures, Imagine Learning understands that equipping teachers with the digital tools they need to reach all students is more critical than ever. The Imagine Learning Language Advantage™ promotes rigorous and equitable development of language that accelerates learning across all subjects, transforming students into stronger and more confident learners.

“Imagine Learning is committed to helping districts navigate the shift between teaching students at school to a remote learning environment, ensuring every child, especially those most-at-risk, stays on-track,” shares Jeremy Cowdrey, CEO of Imagine Learning.

Discover how Imagine Learning ignites engagement, maximizes personal relevance, amplifies confidence, and inspires breakthroughs for all learners in this new segment at https://behindthesceneslf.com/ptv-segments/ “Learning Solutions” video.

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About Imagine Learning:
Imagine Learning is a leading educational technology company providing equity of access to learning through supplemental digital curriculum for PreK through eighth-grade students. Our adaptive suite of Literacy, Reading, Math, and Assessment solutions are powered by the Imagine Learning Language Advantage™, a theory of action that promotes rigorous and equitable development of language, enabling students to have deeper comprehension, engagement, and enjoyment of learning. Over 3.5 million students, nationwide benefit from Imagine Learning programs to accelerate their learning. Learn more at https://www.imaginelearning.com/

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Former University of Illinois President Robert Easter Joins The 2Blades Foundation Sustainability Council

“We’re honored and thrilled that Bob will be working with us, given his distinguished career in academia as both an administrator and agricultural faculty member, his consultations with high-level policymakers, and his experience as a grain and livestock farmer,” said 2Blades President Diana Horvath. “He understands what we do and how we fit into efforts to feed the additional 2 billion people who will live on the earth by the year 2050.”

“I was introduced to work of the 2Blades Foundation about three years ago,” Easter said, “and I have been impressed by their genuine commitment to use the modern tools of genetic improvement to address age-old problems such as yield improvement, disease resistance, and sustainable storage of harvested food in crops critical to the nutrition of those with limited resources globally. It is a noble calling and I am delighted to have this opportunity to contribute in any way that I can.”

Dr. Easter was appointed president-designate of the University of Illinois in March 2012, and became the university’s 19th president in July 2012 until his retirement in 2015. Before becoming president, he spent his entire, nearly 40-year career as a senior administrator and faculty member on the university’s Urbana-Champaign campus, where he earned his doctorate in animal science in 1976. He was interim chancellor from 2009-2011, serving as chief executive officer of the 42,000-student campus, and also served as interim provost and interim vice chancellor for research. He presently holds the rank of President and Professor Emeritus.

From 2002-2009, he was dean of the nationally ranked College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Before that, he served as head of the Department of Animal Sciences, where he has been a faculty member since 1976. An expert in livestock feeding, Easter has co-authored a book on livestock production and has written more than 90 peer-reviewed articles, 11 book chapters, and numerous papers for conferences and industry publications. He also has spoken to audiences in the U.S. and 30 foreign countries on livestock feeding.

In 2006, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD), and was appointed as chair of BIFAD in 2007. He also is a Fellow of the American Society of Animal Science, as well as a member of the American Society of Agriculture and Biological Engineers and the Farm Foundation Roundtable. He holds an honorary doctorate from Iowa State University. Easter was also a member of the British Society of Animal Science during his research career.

The 2Blades Foundation, based in Evanston, Illinois, and with offices and laboratories in the United Kingdom, is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. 2Blades establishes and manages development programs addressing significant unsolved crop disease problems in collaboration with leading research institutions around the world in both the public and private sectors.

Visit the 2Blades website at http://www.2blades.org and follow 2Blades on Twitter LinkedIn and Facebook

Posted in: Education,Science,U.S

MatchMySound Partners with GIA Publications and ACDA to Launch Online Singing Solution for Choirs

MatchMySound, along with GIA Publications and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), announced today the launch of My Choral Coach, an integrated music creation platform that provides instant feedback and guided practice for choral directors and their singers.

With My Choral Coach, choral members can sing their part of a piece of music into their computer and the platform will give them real-time feedback on their pitch, rhythm, and tempo. Choral directors can then assess progress and offer input via the messaging component.

“When you combine our technology with the strength and resources of GIA and ACDA, choral groups will have an engaging solution that will keep them making music during this difficult time,” said David Smolover, CEO of Accelerando, which owns MatchMySound. “Our team has designed an easy-to-use platform that works for all choirs, regardless of age or proficiency.”

My Choral Coach will also enable choral groups to create virtual choirs, in which individual singers will record their part in a video, and choral directors can then edit those files into an overall mix. ACDA Executive Director Tim Sharp notes: “While the result isn’t a substitute for in-person choirs, My Choral Coach allows us to hear each singer individually, and to coach musicians on how they fit into the overall performance, even when they can’t hear their fellow singers.”

My Choral Coach will expand the offering in June to include mobile apps for iOS and Android. Choral directors interested in using My Choral Coach for their choral groups can visit http://www.mychoralcoach.com or email info@matchmysound.com for more information on how to implement this new music creation, performance, and feedback platform.

About Accelerando
Accelerando is a music education company that specializes in music assessment technology. Its flagship practice and feedback technology, MatchMySound, powers the apps Achieve Music, MusicFirst’ s Practice First, Piano Adventures’ Sightreading Coach, My Choral Coach, and Marching Band Pro. A respected technology innovator, the company has license agreements with worldwide leaders in music education, including Noteflight, Alfred Music, and Piano Adventures. Accelerando also works with School of Rock, one of the world’s largest music lesson providers. The company recently developed Songley, an app that is transforming the relationship between performing artists and their fans. The company’s mission is to make learning fun, exciting, and affordable, and proudly serves its solutions to publishers, schools, private teachers, student musicians, and hobbyists worldwide.

About American Choral Directors Association
American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) is a professional association of 18,000 choral conductors who represent more than 1 million singers across the country. ACDA members conduct and teach a range of choirs, including school and university-based choirs, community choral groups, professional ensembles, and music in worship. ACDA's mission is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy. Learn more at http://acda.org.

About GIA Publications, Inc.
Founded in 1941, GIA Publications, Inc. is a family-owned company with more than 7,000 choral and instrumental editions in print, as well as hymnals, recordings, a licensing division, and a wide variety of music education resources. In 2013, the esteemed choral publisher Walton Music became part of GIA. Learn more at http://www.giamusic.com.

Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,Education,Media & Communications,U.S

Mass-Vac Introduces MV PosiTrap® Vacuum Pump Inlet Traps that Prevent Premature Pump Failure

Mass-Vac, Inc. has introduced a new line of vacuum pump inlet traps that protect pumps from the byproducts generated by freeze dryers, gel dryers, rotary evaporators, vacuum ovens, glove boxes, and vacuum sterilizers.

MV PosiTrap® Vacuum Inlet Traps come in 4” and 8” dia. sizes for pumps up to 25 and 50 CFM, respectively, and are designed to prevent contaminants from being ingested in the pump; causing premature pump failure. Suitable for vacuum pumps connected to a broad range of laboratory research equip-ment, users can select the appropriate filter media to protect pumps from particulates, acids, organic solvent, hydrogen peroxide, and water vapor.

Made of stainless steel and positively sealed at both ends to prevent blow-by, MV PosiTrap® Vacuum Inlet Traps are available with straight-through and right-angle ports and flange sizes from NW 25 up to ISO 80. Filter elements include SS mesh, activated charcoal for organic vapors, molecular sieve for water vapors, polypro in 20-0.1 micron pore size, and Sodasorb®, for acids.

MV PosiTrap® Vacuum Inlet Traps are priced from 5.00 (list), depending upon configuration and the selected filter cartridges.

For more information contact:

Mass-Vac, Inc.
David Rolph, Marketing
247 Rangeway Rd. / P.O. Box 359
No. Billerica, MA 01862
(978) 667-2393 FAX (978) 671-0014
e-mail: drolph@massvac.com

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,Services,Technology,U.S

MatchMySound Partners with Hal Leonard’s Noteflight to Provide a Comprehensive Online Music Creation and Performance Solution

MatchMySound and Noteflight announced their partnership, as they release SoundCheck, an integrated music creation platform providing instant feedback and guided practice.

“Noteflight’s robust online music notation software, combined with Hal Leonard’s vast catalog of music and SoundCheck assessment, is a huge win for musicians of all ages,” said John Mlynczak, Managing Director of Noteflight, a Hal Leonard company. “We are building an unparalleled single solution where learning to both create and perform music is seamlessly integrated.”

With SoundCheck, students, teachers, and musicians will have the ability to play or sing a piece of music and receive real-time feedback on their performance, to include ratings for pitch, rhythm, and tempo. The platform also provides tools for effective and engaging guided practice, such as tempo adjustment, looping, and backing tracks. SoundCheck will be added to Noteflight and Noteflight Premium in the coming months.

“MatchMySound’s sophisticated feedback technology is an ideal fit for this revolutionary music learning and performing solution,” said David Smolover, CEO of Accelerando. “We are thrilled to partner with the leaders in publishing and online music notation to build SoundCheck and to offer it to music writers and readers, worldwide.”

Teachers, students, and musicians interested in using SoundCheck can contact Noteflight at http://www.noteflight.com for more information on how to implement this new music creation, performance, and feedback platform.

About Accelerando
Accelerando is a music education company that specializes in music assessment technology. Its flagship practice and feedback technology, MatchMySound, powers the apps Achieve Music, MusicFirst’ s Practice First, Piano Adventures’ Sightreading Coach, My Choral Coach, and Marching Band Pro. A respected technology leader in music education, the company has license agreements with major publishers, including Hal Leonard, Alfred Music, Music Sales, and Piano Adventures. Accelerando also works with School of Rock, one of the world’s largest music lesson providers. The company recently developed Songley, an app that is transforming the relationship between performing artists and their fans. The company’s mission is to make learning fun, exciting, and affordable, and proudly serves its solutions to publishers, schools, private teachers, student musicians, and hobbyists worldwide.

About Noteflight
Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Somerville, MA, Noteflight, LLC is dedicated to reinventing the way people create, share, teach, sell, purchase, and now learn to play notated music. Noteflight has over 4.8 million users and addresses both individual music-makers and music educators at all levels with its family of products, available by online subscription. Noteflight also provides a marketplace to purchase and sell music all as digital Noteflight notation files. Hal Leonard acquired Noteflight in 2014 and continues to invest in growth for both the education and consumer music markets. For more information, visit http://www.noteflight.com.

About Hal Leonard
Founded in 1947, Hal Leonard is the world’s largest music print publisher and digital content provider, producing educational publications, songbooks, sheet music, reference books, DVDs, magazines, eBooks, digital sheet music, apps and more. The company is also a major distributor of music technology products, selling and marketing the most popular software, hard goods and accessories available today, to musicians and recording enthusiasts around the world. In its more than 200,000 available publications and products, Hal Leonard represents many of the world’s best known and most respected publishers, artists, songwriters, arrangers and manufacturers. The company is headquartered in Milwaukee, WI and also has domestic offices in Winona, MN; San Francisco; Austin; and Boston, and offices abroad in Australia, Belgium, China, Germany, Holland, Italy, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit http://www.halleonard.com.

Posted in: Lifestyle,Media & Communications,Services,U.S

Brilliant and The Genie Company Announce Garage Door Integration for the Brilliant Smart Home System

Brilliant, the leading smart home control and lighting company, and Genie, the most recognized brand of smart garage door openers, announce a new integration to bring more convenience, simplicity, and security to the smart home industry. Genie’s full line of Wi-Fi enabled garage door openers powered by Aladdin Connect® can now be controlled from Brilliant’s in-wall touchscreen control panels and mobile app.

Brilliant is the first affordable smart home control and smart lighting system that unifies all your favorite smart home devices and makes them easier to use. Homeowners, families, renters, and guests could already control lighting, locks, cameras, music, thermostats effortlessly by using simple voice-enabled touchscreen controls on the walls or the all-in-one Brilliant app. Now they can add garage doors to the list.

Key benefits:

  • Extended Security Control: Check if the garage doors are closed, and open or close them from any room with a Brilliant Control - without needing to carry a phone, download an app, or walk to the garage.
  • Simplified Home Automation: Secure the entire home with a tap or voice command by creating home automation scenes. Example scenes include a “Leave Home” or “Goodnight” scene that would close the garage doors, lock the front door, turn off lights, and adjust the thermostat.
  • In-Wall Voice: Brilliant’s built-in Alexa feature enables the use of voice commands to manage garage access as well as all other smart home features.
  • Unified Remote Control: Use Brilliant’s all-in-one mobile app for iOS and Android to control the entire smart home—lighting, thermostats, locks, Genie garage door openers, Ring cameras, Sonos speakers, and more—from the palm of your hand from anywhere.

“At Brilliant, our mission is to make interacting with all of your smart devices simple, from lights, music, climate, security, and doorbells to whatever comes next. Today, we are pleased to share what’s next: Garage Doors,” said Aaron Emigh, Co-Founder and CEO of Brilliant. “The integration between Brilliant and Genie offers a new opportunity for homebuilders and custom integrators to create more convenient and smarter homes for their customers.”

"We’re excited to partner with Brilliant to offer our customers more convenient ways to control their homes" said Mike Kridel, President of The Genie Company. "Genie and Brilliant are committed to helping homeowners meet their needs now and in the future by working with homebuilders and custom integrators to create a more harmonious smart home experience."

Brilliant currently works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, HomeKit, Sonos, Ring, Schlage, Honeywell, Ecobee, Philips Hue, LIFX, Wemo, ButterflyMX, and more, with new integrations added on a monthly basis. Brilliant also supports hubs such as Samsung SmartThings for connecting Z-Wave or Zigbee products and can connect directly to bridge products from Philips Hue and others. Starting at 9, Brilliant is available in six colors to seamlessly blend with any decor and is available for purchase at http://www.brilliant.tech.

Genie’s full line of reliable, ultra-quiet, Wi-Fi enabled smart garage door openers and controllers are Works with Alexa and Google Home certified. Genie’s line of residential garage door openers includes an award-winning wall-mount version that improves garage aesthetics and includes an automated garage door lock to provide an additional layer of security.

About Brilliant
Brilliant, the leading smart home lighting and control company, creates technology that unifies the home experience through simple and thoughtful interaction. Winner of the CES Innovation Award, the CTA TechHome Mark of Excellence, the IoT Breakthrough Award, and the CEDIA BEST Award. Brilliant is based in San Mateo, California, and is funded by August Capital, Miramar Ventures, The Box Group, and other prominent investors. For more on Brilliant, please visit: https://www.brilliant.tech

About Genie
The Genie Company is based in Mt. Hope, Ohio, and is a leading manufacturer of smart, connected garage door openers and accessories for residential and commercial applications. The Genie® name itself is a well-recognized icon among homeowners, builders, and dealers alike. Genie distributes its openers and accessories through a broad distribution channel of professional dealers, wholesalers, and retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada. For more on Genie, please visit: http://www.geniecompany.com

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,Services,Technology,U.S

Unsung local heroes of FDR Corp. contribute a major force in COVID-19 crisis

FDR Services Corp. a premier healthcare laundry company announced the latest updates on its continued effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, and what it means to be an essential company that contributes to a patient-centered care.

At FDR, our main focus continues to be the health and safety of our hard-working employees and their loved ones; and of course, our partners who treat acutely ill and vulnerable patients around the clock. Since the corona virus pandemic began, FDR has provided the measures across all assets, including the support for our healthcare community that was massively affected by this disease. It’s very important that FDR holds true to its core values, by exercising corporate responsibility through continuous support to the communities and improving lives.

While all our plants continue to operate so that we can meet the aggressive demands of local health facilities, FDR takes every CDC outlined safety precaution to secure a continuous laundry supply chain. All this would never be possible without company's amazing essential workers who put their lives on the forefront of this pandemic every day, in order to deliver the unprecedented quality to our nation’s healthcare. While the front-line workers in hospitals and nursing homes have captured the public’s eye, it’s the unsung heroes like the FDR employees, working behind the scenes, that keep the healthcare system of America rolling. Even though FDR as any local company felt the economic fluctuations, we are very proud of the fact that our employees have our full support in their professional careers, as we understand the uncertainties of our current time and family matters that we cherish so much.

On behalf of the entire team here at FDR Services be safe, and know that we are in this fight together for better health!

Posted in: Fitness,Health & Medicine,Services,U.S

Utility Concierge Integration Launches in New Lone Wolf Marketplace

Utility Concierge®, the original concierge service for connecting home services, is thrilled to announce a collaboration with Lone Wolf Technologies ("Lone Wolf"). Utility Concierge will be featured in the Lone Wolf Marketplace, a library of curated digital tools for real estate agents and brokerages to plug and play into their national transaction management member benefit, zipForm® Plus, or their local/state member benefit, TransactionDesk. Marketplace puts the industry's most innovative tools like the Utility Concierge service, in the hands of real estate agents and brokerages to provide the first end-to-end transaction experience of its kind.

"Marketplace is where real estate professionals can go to find everything they need for their real estate experience," said Jason Cheverton, VP of Strategic Channels at Lone Wolf. "At Lone Wolf, we often compare Marketplace to Netflix. Netflix brought an entirely new way for people to access multiple forms of entertainment that were previously only available in separate locations. Like Netflix, Marketplace brings all of these various real estate tools together, whether they're Lone Wolf solutions or not, and makes it possible for agents and brokerages to find and use them all in a single place—their transaction management solution. And the best part? Unlike Netflix, every agent in the country has a free login to Marketplace through their national transaction member benefit and can start using these tools in their transactions today."

Marketplace makes it easier than ever for real estate professionals to add Utility Concierge to their process. With just a click, agents and brokers can add the built-in Utility Concierge integration to their transaction management solution.

“Lone Wolf Marketplace is an amazing platform and partner for Utility Concierge,” said Gabe Abshire, founder and CEO of Utility Concierge. “Just like we focus on making things easier for homebuyers, Lone Wolf is focused on making things easier for agents. We’re excited to make adding a personal concierge to every team on Marketplace simple and easy.”

About Utility Concierge
Utility Concierge is a revolutionary service for connecting utilities and home services like TV, internet phone, home automation and security. The company’s no-cost, white-glove service provides clients with a personal concierge to customize a whole-home connection plan, place orders and schedule installations for each service—all with a single point of contact. Since its founding in 2009, the company has been dedicated to surpassing great customer service, setting the bar at providing a mind-blowing client experience. Utility Concierge is one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S., making the Inc 5000 list in 2018 as #3091, in 2019 as #1810 and #110 on the inaugural Inc 5000 Series Texas list in 2020.

About Lone Wolf Technologies
Lone Wolf Technologies, a Vista Equity Partners portfolio company, is the North American leader in residential real estate software, serving over 1.4 million real estate professionals across Canada and the U.S. The company offers an ecosystem of technology products designed to simplify the entire transaction process, including software for back office and transaction management. Each element of this ecosystem enables brokerages, agents, MLSs, and associations to operate more efficiently, reduce costs, and increase opportunities for profitability. Lone Wolf's head office is located in Cambridge, ON, with additional offices in Dallas, TX, London, ON, and Fraser, MI.

Posted in: Marketing & Sales,Professional Services,Services,Telecom,U.S

D’Vaughn Bell accepted into Forbes Business Council

D’Vaughn Bell, the CEO of Marqui Management, one of the fastest-growing reputation marketing consulting firms in Allen, TX, has been accepted into the Forbes Business Council, the foremost growth and networking organization for successful business owners and leaders worldwide.

D’Vaughn Bell was vetted and selected by a review committee based on the depth and diversity of his experience. Criteria for acceptance include a track record of successfully impacting business growth metrics, as well as personal and professional achievements and honors.

“We are honored to welcome D’Vaughn into the community,” said Scott Gerber, founder of Forbes Councils, the collective that includes Forbes Business Council. “Our mission with Forbes Councils is to bring together proven leaders from every industry, creating a curated, social capital-driven network that helps every member grow professionally and make an even greater impact on the business world.”

As an accepted member of the Council, D’Vaughn has access to a variety of exclusive opportunities designed to help him reach peak professional influence. He will connect and collaborate with other respected local leaders in a private forum and at members-only events. D’Vaughn will also be invited to work with a professional editorial team to share his expert insights in original business articles on Forbes.com, and to contribute to published Q&A panels alongside other experts.

Finally, D’Vaughn Bell will benefit from exclusive access to vetted business service partners, membership-branded marketing collateral, and the high-touch support of the Forbes Councils member concierge team.

“I am incredibly grateful, excited, and honored to be selected as the newest Official Member of the Forbes Business Council. I am looking forward to networking with the top 1% of the world's business-minded individuals and will continue to offer actionable insight and expertise -- but on a more prestigious platform,” states Bell.

“These past few years have given me many opportunities and I have surpassed many milestones, but this is on the top of my list. A huge thank you goes out to Forbes and the Selection Committee for the recognition and honor.”

Forbes Councils is a collective of invitation-only communities created in partnership with Forbes and the expert community builders who founded Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC). In Forbes Councils, exceptional business owners and leaders come together with the people and resources that can help them thrive.

To learn more about Forbes Councils, visit forbescouncils.com.

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Posted in: Business,Services,U.S

BMW & Volkswagen of Topeka opens showroom to Memorial Day deals

As far as holidays go, few carry such mixed feelings as the annual observance of Memorial Day. While the Topeka community takes the time to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, many also see it as an opportunity to enjoy the simple pleasures too often taken for granted. In the spirit of the holiday, the team at BMW & Volkswagen of Topeka has reopened its showroom doors just in time to take part in Memorial Day traditions with a number of limited-time special offers.

During this time, qualified car shoppers who purchase a new Volkswagen vehicle will be able to opt for deferred payments for up to 120 days on all 2019 and 2020 model-year vehicles when they finance their purchase through Volkswagen Credit. This offer can be combined with 0% APR financing for up to 72 months for most models.

Loyal BMW shoppers can find special offers on many of their favorite models as well. Clients who shop from the dealership’s new BMW inventory will have the option to defer their first monthly payment for up to 90 days with as little as 0.9% APR for 60 months on select models with financing through BMW Financial Services.

These deals will expire soon, so those interested in taking advantage of these offers are encouraged to act fast. All incentives are subject to credit approval through Volkswagen Credit and BMW Financial Services.

Interested parties looking for more information on current offers available at BMW & Volkswagen of Topeka can connect with the dealership team directly by calling 855-978-7611. Prospective clients can also view a full list of current inventory and sales specials online at the dealership’s website, https://www.bmwvwtopeka.com/. BMW & Volkswagen of Topeka is located at 3030 S. Kansas Ave., Topeka, KS.

Posted in: Transportation & Logistics,U.S

FutureAI CEO Presents Brain Simulator II at International AGI Conference

Brain Simulator II – a software platform for proving how Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), the next phase of AI, will emerge – will be the focus of a paper to be presented by FutureAI CEO, Charles Simon at AGI-20.

Noted expert on AI and software developer, Simon, will discuss how Brain Simulator II, an open-source software project, enables experimentation into diverse AI algorithms to create an end-to-end AGI system.

Seamlessly marrying spiking neural networks with symbolic AI algorithms, Brain Simulator II features modules for vision, hearing, robotic control, learning, internal modeling, planning, imagination, and forethought.

AGI-20 is the preeminent annual conference on Artificial General Intelligence. Taking place June 23-26 as a virtual conference due to the coronavirus pandemic, the physical AGI-20 conference tentatively has been rescheduled to be held from September 16-19 in St. Petersburg, Russia.    

Noting the significance of the annual AGI conferences, which are organized by the Artificial General Intelligence Society in cooperation with the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, Simon contends, “New, unique algorithms that simulate biological neural circuits and directly address cognition are the key to advancing AI and ultimately helping it to evolve into AGI.”

According to Simon, the Brain Simulator II platform is able to combine vision and touch into a single mental model. “As a result, it is making progress toward the comprehension of causality and the passage of time,” he explains. “As the modules are enhanced, progressively more intelligence will emerge.”

A unique feature of the Brain Simulator is the introduction of the Universal Knowledge Store which can link information from multiple sources in a biologically plausible way. The Brain Simulator’s virtual entity receives inputs from vision, hearing, and touch and merges it into the knowledge store. Combined, this information provides the basis for understanding that words represent things in an objective reality, how causes lead to effects, and the ability to imagine and plan—all necessary prerequisites for true, humanlike intelligence.

Simon anticipates near-term development for Brain Simulator II will include improved and expanded sensory inputs, expansion of language capabilities, and the ability for the virtual entity to move objects in its environment. This will allow exploration into how the entity learns the basic physics of objects and uses this knowledge to plan object motions to achieve goals.

The proceedings of AGI-20 will be published as a book in Springer’s Lecture Notes in AI series, and all accepted papers will be available online.

In advance of AGI-20, anyone interested in Brain Simulator II can participate in the development process by downloading the software, suggesting new features, and (for advanced developers) adding custom modules. Visit http://brainsim.org. Follow Charles Simon on Twitter at https://twitter.com/futureai3.

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

Industrial Magnetics, Inc. Develops New Arm-Pull for Hands-free Door Opening

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, Industrial Magnetics, Inc.(IMI) has developed the Arm-Pull, a hands-free door opener that allows users to open swing-style doors without using their hands or fingertips.

The new Arm-Pull attaches to latch-less, swing-style doors and allows people to pull the door open using their forearm, wrist or elbow when entering or exiting a room.

Perfect for public restrooms, retail stores, office buildings, and shop floors, the product can be used on metal or wood doors using the magnetic or through-hole mounting options. The product is constructed from heavy duty, stainless-steel as a one piece, laser-cut and precision formed unit for durability and performance.

The company has also devised a way for the Arm-Pull to work on latching doors with lever-style handles by incorporating their "J-Hook" magnetic assembly. The J-hook product holds the door handle in the open position, converting the door into a "latch-less" style that can now be used in conjunction with the Arm-Pull.

The Arm-Pull builds on the success of the company's previously released door opener, the Foot-Pull, which attaches to the bottom of a door and allows people to use the sole of their shoe to pull the door inward.

For a video, images, and additional information on these products, please visit the Arm-Pull / Foot-Pull Door Opener webpage, or contact an IMI product specialist at 800.662.4638.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,U.S

SEOHost.Net COO Reminds Users To Update WordPress To Protect Their Data

SEOHost.net, a leading domain registration, SSL service, and SEO hosting provider, announced the importance of updating WordPress to protect their data.

“By keeping plugins and installation up to date, you can significantly reduce the risk of suffering a successful cyberattack,” said SEOHost COO Terry Cane. “Not only that, but there are also plenty of SEO-related reasons to keep your site secure. A compromised website can and will suffer on the SERP, and it can be difficult to recover after something like that.”

According to a report published by cybersecurity agency Sucuri, 90 percent of all hacked content management system sites in 2018 were running WordPress. According to the agency, experts blamed the vulnerabilities primarily on plugins and themes, configuration problems, and a lack of maintenance on the part of webmasters. Cane said this is not a great surprise.

“WordPress’s versatility is certainly a huge draw of the platform, but the main reason it’s so popular is that it’s easy to use. With its plugin ecosystem and simple interface, it allows anyone to create a website containing anything they can think of,” she said.

Unfortunately, Cane said this means that a large percentage of WordPress webmasters aren’t particularly educated in or aware of cybersecurity. As a result, they’re more likely to engage in bad practices such as poor password hygiene, installing too many plugins, or downloading plugins/themes from unknown third-party sources.

“The most egregious thing I see novice webmasters do - and arguably the most damaging - is slacking on patches,” says Cane. “There seems to be a common perception these days that most cyberattacks are carried out by sophisticated criminal enterprises, but this is false. Most cyber-criminals are opportunists looking for the path of least resistance.”

Indeed, the majority of data breaches are the result of identified vulnerabilities. Criminals bank on finding unpatched websites. And on WordPress, these websites exist in droves.

Cane recommends that users not only patch their WordPress installation but also look into installing the requisite security plugins to protect themselves against everything from spam to malware to targeted attacks.

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Software for Hardware® Announces Release of Version 14

[ATLANTA, GA, May 21, 2020]  Software for Hardware LLC proudly accounced the successful release and rollout of Software for Hardware version 14.  SFH version 14 represents the latest, easiest and most powerful software for small and midsize door, frame and hardware distributors.  Version 14 continues a progression of powerful and easy to use specialized software for distributors dating back to 1996 with version 1.0.  Ian Oxman, co-owner, Software for Hardware LLC stated, "Version 14 builds upon our ease-of-use heritage but combined with much more power.  We've added nearly 20 new features specifically requested and imagined by our customers."  Version 14 contains entirely new proprietary features such as the Purchase Order Status Monitor(tm) which provides distributors real-time visibility to manage hundres of POs simultaneously.

Gary Loderhose, Senior Software Engineer, Software for Hardware LLC, commented, "I've been building the SFH product for over a decade.  While we are quite proud of the new functionality, I am equally pleased with our rigorous alpha and beta testing process.  We involved numerous SFH customers who put the software to real-world use for the past two months."  Mark Dement, President, Stars & Stripes Doors stated, "Stars & Stripes happily participated in the beta testing of v.14.  We appreciate how Software for Hardware incorporates customer feedback directly into the product."  Another beta test customer, Jim Livesay, President, RT Western, added, "I admit to being a demanding customer, but Software for Hardware always steps up and directly addresses my requests.  Software for Hardware proactively included RT Western in the best testing program.  I appreciate that type of vendor relationship."

"It's all about the customer," reflects Lisa Oxman, co-owner, Software for Hardware LLC.  "While we certainly had our own ideas about version 14, we instead took direction from our customers.  We surveyed users, held webinars, countless meetings, and all that feedback created a great software product."  Lisa continued, "True to our business model, all current and active SFH customers receive the v.14 upgrade absolutely free."

In addition to customer-driven features and data processing improvements, version 14 also contains integration with numerous industry and accounting platforms.  Version 14 integrates to the ASSA ABLOY AAOS system and soon to be released an integration to the Allegion Overtur system.  Software for Hardware also integrates with DoorData Solutions providing field inspectors direct access and easier input of inspection data into SFH.

On the accounting side, SFH version 14 continues integrations with Quickbooks, Sage 40, ContractERP and Epicor.  Ian added, "We're committed to ensuring that our product integrates to our clients' prefered accounting system.  Software for Hardware remains the only provider in the industry willing to create customer accounting system integrations as needed by our customers.  We intend to continue to expand our integrations and industry partnerships."

Beyond features and functionality, the true value of any software lies in ease of