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Coravin, Inc. Signs on to Use Enhanced Retail Solutions' Retail Analytic Software

Coravin, Inc., a Burlington, MA company focused on changing the way wine is served, sold and enjoyed through its revolutionary wine preservation system, announced today it has chosen Enhanced Retail Solutions (ERS) retail analytic software to help better study the business with retail partners. Coravin designs and markets the Coravin Wine Preservation System, which uses proprietary patented technology to access and pour wine from a bottle without pulling the cork. The partnership with ERS enables efficient management of Coravin’s rapidly growing distribution.

ERS is a top provider of Retail Analytic and Demand Planning to retailers, licensors and their vendor partners. ERS clients use their consulting and software to analyze product sales and trends as well as to better forecast their inventory needs. ERS tools transform vast quantities of data into meaningful, actionable opportunities. Their experience in retail management, along with their extensive software development background combine to offer consulting and software aid in managing and studying the performance of inventoried items.

“We wanted a more efficient, automated way to capture and consolidate Retail Sell-Out data”, said Scott Montgomery, Senior Vice President of Sales, The Americas at Coravin. “I witnessed firsthand how Enhanced Retail Solutions’ software benefited a top CPG company and thought Coravin could benefit similarly.”

About Enhanced Retail Solutions LLC: 
Enhanced Retail Solutions is a New York based software and consulting firm specializing in Retail Analysis and Demand Planning for the manufacturer and their retail partners. ERS' state of the art software tools and consulting deliver critical data quickly, easily and cost effectively, adding over one hundred million dollars to their clients' bottom line. ERS' broad customer base includes industry leaders in consumer products, toy, apparel, footwear, home textile, electronics, home décor, home improvement, housewares, jewelry and food industries. For more information, visit https://www.EnhancedRetailSolutions.com.

About Coravin: 
Coravin, Inc. is a privately held company located in Burlington, Massachusetts focused on changing the way wine is served, sold and enjoyed. Coravin designs and markets the Coravin Wine Preservation System for wine enthusiasts, restaurants, wine stores and wineries. Unparalleled in craftsmanship and design, Coravin uses proprietary patented technology to access and pour wine from a bottle without pulling the cork. Wine enthusiasts can now enjoy wine sealed with corks without feeling the need to commit to the whole bottle, allowing them to enjoy any wine, any time- whether they want a sip, a glass, or more. After enjoying a glass of wine, the remaining wine in the bottle will be perfectly preserved for weeks, months, or even years. For more information, please visit http://www.coravin.com.

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

HIP Video Promo presents: Nick Vivid premieres his mesmerizing "Ricochet" music video on Earmilk

Watch the Nick Vivid "Ricochet" video premiere on Earmilk

Amidst a wash of synths, the song begins. For thirty seconds, the signal ebbs and flows, suggesting the tidal tug of ambient music. Then an electrofunk bassline begins, and “Ricochet” snaps into focus: suddenly it’s as danceable, propulsive, hypnotic, irresistible as any pop hit. Yet the voice, when it comes in, isn’t that of a pop singer – it’s got way too much personality for that. It’s high, urgent, confident, slightly unearthly, redolent of glam and playful indie rock. Right at the two-minute mark, organ chords impart classic rock grandeur to the track. Sixty seconds later, the mood changes again. A deliciously skronky guitar is introduced, and it scrawls all over the mix. The synths fade out, and we’re left with distorted six-string over a live drum kit that could have motored along with a garage classic.

This four-minute journey from meticulously manicured electronic soundscapes to loose, organic, squalling Downtown guitar-rock (with many exciting stops along the way) is brought to you by one of the most imaginative guys left in New York City. Nick Vivid is a local rock star, yes, and a celebrity south of 14th Street; more than that, he’s a master of sonic texture, a craftsman with the soul full of disobedience, and a visionary, risk-taking recording artist. He’s also something of a philosopher too: “Ricochet” turns on a statement of purpose that doubles as autobiography. “All that matters is I came back,” he tells us, “no matter what it took to get here.”    

That journey he’s alluding to has been a long and fruitful one. Nick Vivid may look young, but he’s been involved in the New York music scene for many years – years during which he’s appeared on many of the city’s most storied stages, honed his craft as the engineer and producer in the town’s studios, and tried his hand at pop, rock, funk, hip-hop, electronic and experimental music. Blissed Out, his latest full-length, is a record of those travels, and it presents Nick Vivid as a musician of uncommon versatility, vision, and skill. Hear a chorus of his, and it’s a cinch you’ll be singing it to yourself for a week, at least.

The clip for “Ricochet” might seem superficially straightforward. But as is true for Nick Vivid’s song, the video manages to pack a surprising number of ideas into its short running time. Everything you need to know about this essential artist is visible here: his swagger and his relationship to the beat, his sense of style, his relationship to his city (it’s shot on a concrete playground), his creative restlessness, and his devotion to his craft. Just as the song changes, the video does, too – the shifting moods of “Ricochet” are approximated by alterations in lighting and camera angles. Nothing stays steady, but everything feels right.

Watch the Nick Vivid "Ricochet" video premiere on Earmilk

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Visit HIP Video Promo for more information on Nick Vivid.

Posted in: Business,U.S

KnowBe4 Acquires CLTRe; Shines Spotlight on Security Culture Measurement

KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training (SAT) and simulated phishing platform, today announced the acquisition of CLTRe —pronounced “Culture”— a Norwegian company focused on helping organizations assess, build, maintain and measure a strong security posture. CLTRe will continue to operate as an independent subsidiary of KnowBe4, and service customers globally. CLTRe’s Toolkit and Security Culture Framework will be available to all KnowBe4 customers later this year.

According to The 2018 Cybersecurity Culture Report, 95 percent of organizations see a gap between their current and desired organizational cybersecurity culture. With 94 percent of malware being delivered via email (2019 DBIR), it’s clear that working with users to minimize cyber risk and improve security culture is key.

The 2018 Security Culture Report shows the value of being able to measure culture, helping organizations to demonstrate the effectiveness of their organizational security controls, as required by GDPR, CCPA and other regulations. Interestingly, the finance industry demonstrated an overall healthy improvement in culture from 2017 while the real estate industry showed a decline.

CLTRe created the CLTRe Toolkit and the Security Culture Framework, which work in tandem to help organizations gather evidence about their current security culture and how it changes over time. The acquisition of CLTRe is advantageous for both KnowBe4 and CLTRe clients; KnowBe4 users will gain access to a research-driven measurement platform to show how their security culture program matures over time. And CLTRe clients will be introduced to the industry’s most progressive and easiest-to-use SAT and simulated phishing platform to help educate users and change their behavior.

CLTRe measures the seven dimensions of security culture: behavior, responsibilities, cognition, norms, compliance, communication and attitudes.

Quotes: 
Stu Sjouwerman, CEO, KnowBe4 
“Today’s announcement brings KnowBe4 very valuable tools to help our customers measure what matters – their security culture – so they can make decisions about how to improve. We’re excited to welcome Kai and the CLTRe team to the KnowBe4 family and to enhance our European presence while supporting more global customers.”

Kai Roer, CEO, CLTRe 
“KnowBe4 is a leader in innovation and has a wonderful track record for growing quickly but with a very specific focus on improving security at the human-level. This is a natural fit for our evidence-based analytics and measurement tools, as KnowBe4 customers will now be able to measure their security cultures, benchmark against their industry sectors, and pinpoint exactly what kind of security culture they have. With KnowBe4 and CLTRe, organizations can gain true insight into their security culture, improve their security with pinpoint accuracy, report their progress to their board of directors, and educate their users to make smarter security decisions.”

Perry Carpenter, Chief Evangelist & Strategy Officer, KnowBe4 
“From my former life as a Gartner analyst, I have a strong appreciation for evidence over opinion, which is what CLTRe gives to its clients in the form of a data-driven examination of their security culture. To change user behavior and address awareness, we have to understand and change security culture. CLTRe gives organizations the tools to understand where they are today so they can get to where they want to go tomorrow.”

Espen Otterstad, CISO at Abax (CLTRe customer) 
“Our work with CLTRe has been important to helping us gauge the maturity of our security culture over time. Now that CLTRe is part of KnowBe4, we have a very real way to advance the maturity of our program and test the knowledge of our user’s understanding via KnowBe4’s fresh content, engaging trainings and simulated phishing tests. The combination of CLTRe and KnowBe4 means that we can improve security within our organization through training and phishing tests, and manage our security culture program while proving ROI.”

About KnowBe4 
KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, is used by more than 25,000 organizations around the globe. Founded by IT and data security specialist Stu Sjouwerman, KnowBe4 helps organizations address the human element of security by raising awareness about ransomware, CEO fraud and other social engineering tactics through a new-school approach to awareness training on security. Kevin Mitnick, an internationally recognized cyber security specialist and KnowBe4's Chief Hacking Officer, helped design the KnowBe4 training based on his well-documented social engineering tactics. Tens of thousands of organizations rely on KnowBe4 to mobilize their end users as the last line of defense.

Number 96 on the list Inc. 500 of 2018, number 34 on 2018’s Deloitte's Technology Fast 500, and 2nd place in Cybersecurity Ventures Cybersecurity 500, KnowBe4 is headquartered in Tampa Bay, Florida, with offices in Brazil, England, the Netherlands, Germany, South Africa and Singapore.

About CLTRe 
CLTRe was established in 2015 to accurately answer the question, how do you measure security culture? Pooling the knowledge and experience of its co-founders and a wider team of experts together, CLTRe provides effective and easy-to-use tools that use proven social scientific methods and principles to provide evidence-based results and enables organizations to assess, build and improve their security culture. CLTRe’s software offering is aptly named the Security Culture Toolkit.

Posted in: Services,U.S

Virid Announces the Signing of the National Wildlife Federation

Virid, a team of eCommerce experts providing a comprehensive software and services solution for growing retailers, announces the signing of their new client, the National Wildlife Federation, on their Cloud platform marketAgility. For over 15 years, marketAgility has been the go-to eCommerce platform for brands experiencing explosive growth.

Virid will be leading the NWF to a responsive site with more mobile-friendly payment options, while also aligning the NWF eCommerce site with their current branding elements. Virid will be handling replatforming of the 2 NWF branded shop sites including shopnwf.orgcardshopnwf.org, and the shop Zoobooks, and shop Ranger Rick.

“We chose Virid because of their expertise and proven track record in the eCommerce industry as well as their high-touch customer relationship approach to our partnership,” said Dawn Rodney, Vice President Innovation and CMO at the National Wildlife Federation. “They understand our needs and share our vision for how eCommerce can fuel our work safeguarding wildlife conservation for future generations. We’re thrilled to be partnering with them.”

About Virid: Virid is a team of eCommerce experts providing a comprehensive solution for growing retailers. Virid’s unique offering includes enterprise-grade hosted eCommerce platform marketAgility, with 24/7 monitoring, website development, and ongoing technical and strategic support from a results-oriented team. For more information, please visit https://www.virid.com/.

About the National Wildlife Federation: National Wildlife Federation has a rich history. Founded in 1936, the NWF was one of the very first organizations to recognize the vital importance of protecting America’s wildlife and public lands. In the intervening years they have become America’s largest and most trusted conservation organization with 51 state and territorial affiliates and more than six million members. For more information, please visit: https://www.nwf.org/.

Posted in: Technology,U.S

PracticeLink Magazine to Sponsor PracticeLink Live! Houston – A Free Physician Career Fair May 23, 2019

According to ACGME, the state of Texas has the third-largest number of residents with more than 7,207 residents and 1,754 fellows for the 2018-2019 academic year. The 290 specialty programs and 403 subspecialty programs rank Texas third-largest in the nation. Houston area institutions, such as Texas Association of Community Health Centers and Texas Health Huguley will exhibit at the career fair alongside other regional and national organizations.

Both the career fair and seminar are open to residents and fellows as well as practicing physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. The casual, family-friendly environment provides a chance for physicians and advanced practitioners to connect with recruiters and find the best fit for their first, or next practice. Premium food and drinks, along with parking, are available at no charge. Pre-register for the event to receive a Amazon.com eGift Card at the door.

Seven hiring organizations with local job opportunities as well as organizations specifically seeking physicians for regional and nationwide opportunities will take part in the event. Featured organization, Charleston Area Medical Center, will be in attendance. Visit our website for a complete list of participating organizations.

PracticeLink Live! Houston takes place at Houston Marriott Medical Center on Thursday, May 23, 2019. The career fair begins at 5:00 p.m. and continues until 8:00 p.m. The optional job-search seminar begins at 6:30 p.m.

Visit our website for more information or to register for this free event. For specific questions, contact Sarah Griffin at Sarah.Griffin(at)PracticeLink(dot)com or call 800-776-8383.

About PracticeLink: 
PracticeLink.com is the most widely used online physician job bank. More than 20,000 physicians and advanced practitioners register with PracticeLink.com each year in their search for a new job with thousands more searching the Job Bank confidentially when looking for a new practice. Over 1,000 recruiters, representing more than 5,000 health care facilities nationwide, use PracticeLink to recruit physicians and other health care providers.

About PracticeLink Magazine: 
PracticeLink Magazine is a free, award-winning, career advancement publication that reaches over 80,000 residents, fellows and job-seeking physicians. PracticeLink Magazine is owned and operated by PracticeLink.

PracticeLink is headquartered in Hinton, W.Va., with a second office in St. Louis, Mo.

Posted in: Business,Services,U.S

St. John Vacation Rental Owner Shares Story of Resilience on Travel Show

Nearly two years after the island of St. John was devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Category 5 storms that touched down within two weeks of each other, Love City vacation rental owner Karla Gustafson celebrates the city that emerged from the storms. When Matt Landau, host of The Vacation Rental Show, chose to film the fourth episode of his web series on the island and at her rental, Gustafson opened his eyes to a story of resilience—from tropical flowers back in full bloom to a 4,000-person community that’s closer than ever before.

“I wasn’t on the island for Hurricanes Irma or Maria. There were horrific photos of the damage on TV and in newspapers but I couldn’t reach anyone on St. John. Power was down, cable was down, Wi-Fi was down, and phones were down. I finally received a text from a friend: ‘house gone.’” said Gustafson. “What do you do when something like that happens? You pack up a box of clothes, some solar lights, a battery radio, and ship that box to a friend. You do whatever you can to help out.”

Gustafson, who now resides part-time in the Maine but was a full-time resident of Love City for over 10 years, gravitated to the island because of its natural beauty and sense of camaraderie—so much so that she quit her job to move there after her first time visiting. Her vacation home, Tropical Blessings, is her way to share her appreciation of the island with guests from across the world.

“It was very tough to cancel all vacation rentals. More than one person said to me, ‘as long as you have a roof we don’t need anything else.’” said Gustafson. “People from everywhere wanted to help St. John. Some sounded almost ready to pack a chainsaw in their luggage. I was so touched by how much people cared.”

The island welcomes visitors again—who are returning enthusiastically—and Tropical Blessings is available for rent. As portrayed on The Vacation Rental Show, Gustafson’s love of the island, deep personal connections to its community, and warm approach offer travelers the chance to experience the Love City that exists beyond the borders of the large resorts—the most well-known of which still remains shuttered.

“Great destinations, not unlike great people, go through ups and downs,” said Landau in the fourth episode of his web series. “When I got the call that the island was open for visitors again, I started to wonder: what’s it like to vacation somewhere that could really use your help?”

A show that explores the emerging world of vacation rental rentals and seeks to change the way people travel, The Vacation Rental Show combines the feel of premium television with the immediacy and versatility offered by modern digital distribution. Season 2 launched in March.

Throughout the filming of the St. John episode of the show, Gustafson introduced Landau to friends and neighbors, including boat captains, an underwater photographer, and Abby Hendricks, a community organizer who rallied residents behind recovery efforts. At the conclusion of filming, Landau and Gustafson hosted a community dinner and dance party at Tropical Blessings, prepared by island chef Shaibu Abdulai.

“Karla is the quintessential vacation rental pioneer: quirky, visionary and committed to doing things her way,” said Landau. “She was the connector beneath each and every experience we had, person we met, and memory we made.”

Tropical Blessings is a Caribbean-themed luxury vacation villa just off the shores of Frank and Turner Bays. For more information, visit tropicalblessings.com. The Vacation Rental Show is a travel web series dedicated to showcasing the magic of the vacation rental movement. Watch the St. John episode and more on the Vacation Rental Show channel on YouTube.

Posted in: Travel,U.S

Brain Sentinel Diagnostic Services LLC Receives Innovative Technology Contract from Vizient for the SPEAC System

Brain Sentinel Diagnostic Services LLC announced that it has received an Innovative Technology contract from Vizient, Inc., the largest member-driven health care performance improvement company in the country. Brain Sentinel Diagnostic Services is an independent diagnostic testing facility that provides the SPEAC® System. The new multi-year contract began in April 2019 and is based on a recommendation of the SPEAC System by clinical experts in this category who serve on one of Vizient’s member-led councils. Vizient awards Innovative Technology contracts for technologies that demonstrate an ability to enhance clinical care and reduce the risk of harm to patients or providers, while simultaneously raising the standard of patient care and safety.

The SPEAC System is a FDA cleared, first-of-its-kind, monitoring system advancing surface electromyography (sEMG) as a biomarker for seizures with a positive motor component. The technology monitors patients via a lightweight, wireless monitor worn on the belly of the biceps to continuously record, analyze, and report sEMG signals of motor events. The continuous objective, physiological signal-based data captured by the SPEAC System may assist providers with diagnostic decisions for their patients.

Additionally, the System will alarm to alert caregivers of sEMG signals that may be associated with generalized tonic-clonic (GTC) seizures, the most dangerous seizure type. In a clinically validated, published study, the SPEAC System’s GTC seizure detection algorithm demonstrated equivalent sensitivity with the gold standard, video EEG, in detecting GTC seizures.

The struggle to gain control over seizures is real for patients with refractory seizure disorders. It can be difficult for physicians to obtain quantitative seizure data from a home environment. Harnessing continuous sEMG data coupled with in-depth event analysis, audio-recordings of alarmed events, and seizure alerting allows patients to “speak” to their providers in a way not possible before. The SPEAC System’s wireless sEMG Monitor is typically worn for months at a time, increasing the likelihood of capturing seizure events and improving diagnostic yield for physician review. “The SPEAC sEMG Monitor can be worn by the patient for much longer periods of time than what current inpatient and ambulatory seizure diagnostic technologies offer today,” said Chris Fashek, CEO of Brain Sentinel. “The SPEAC System fits seamlessly in the diagnostic pathway for people living with epilepsy.”

The SPEAC System is used in acute care facilities to record sEMG data for physician’s review. Simultaneously it can alert nurses within an average of 5.3 seconds from the onset of a GTC seizure [Halford, 2017], a life-threatening event that can go unnoticed even by specially trained staff [Malloy, 2018]. The SPEAC System/Monitor may continuously capture important diagnostic data to inform clinicians about seizure events while the patient is admitted to a med-surg unit, cardiac care unit, Emergency Department, and even in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit.

At the end of each SPEAC prescription period, a clinical impressions report, prepared by an ABPN-Certified Epileptologist, is delivered to the referring physician. The summary report of physiological data gathered over an extended time frame is yet another tool for physicians to help guide therapeutic decision-making, prioritize surgical candidacy, and confirm efficacy of a prescribed treatment plan.

The SPEAC System may also be used for continued outpatient monitoring where the diagnostic data may be helpful to help prioritize high value epilepsy surgery candidates, to evaluate post-craniotomy patients to ensure seizure freedom, and to foster prompt post-discharge follow-up, enabling the physician to identify potential problems that could lead to readmission or other complications.

“We are excited and thrilled the SPEAC System has been designated by Vizient as an Innovative Technology,” said Fashek. “We aim to help Vizient members better serve their patient population suffering from uncontrolled epilepsy and raise the standard of seizure care that leads to improved patient outcomes.”

“Hospitals and providers are continuously looking for innovative solutions that demonstrate an ability to enhance clinical care or patient safety, and those that improve an organization’s care delivery and business model,” said Debbie Archer, Director of Procurement and leader of the Vizient Innovative Technology program for suppliers. “After a full review of the SPEAC System, Vizient’s member council agreed this solution offers an incremental benefit over other products and recommended it for an innovative technology contract.”

Vizient represents a diverse membership base that includes academic medical centers, pediatric facilities, community hospitals, integrated health delivery networks and non-acute health care providers and represents approximately 0 billion in annual purchasing volume. Through its Innovative Technology Program, Vizient works with member-led councils and task forces to review potentially innovative products. If it is determined that a product is innovative, Vizient may award a contract outside of the competitive bid cycle.

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Brain Sentinel Diagnostic Services LLC is a privately held Independent Diagnostic Testing Facility based in San Antonio, Texas specializing in robust and reliable diagnostic monitoring for patients living with seizure disorders. The company provides the FDA De Novo cleared SPEAC® System: The Sensing, Portable sEMG, Analysis and Characterization System. The SPEAC System is the first non-EEG, physiological signal-based epilepsy monitoring and alerting system available by prescription. The company is accredited/certified by The Joint Commission and is focused on delivering world class service for patients, caregivers, and providers.

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

The 14th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party On Governors Island “Countdown To The Twenties”

2019 begins JAZZ AGE LAWN PARTY’s official “COUNTDOWN TO THE TWENTIES”.

Each hour draws us not only nearer to the 100th anniversary of Prohibition and the rebellious Jazz Age it triggered but to the most glamorous and entertaining event of the summer – JAZZ AGE LAWN PARTY. June 15-16, 2019 Saturday & Sunday, August 24-25, 2019 Saturday & Sunday.

Enjoy our new LATER HOURS of Noon – 6 pm, reduced admission prices, Aperol Spritzes, cocktails, rosé, and gourmet picnicking.

And, of course, take in the finest Jazz Age entertainment and dancing in the world. 
Join us this summer as the clock winds down to this incredible and historic milestone. 
Our 14th year on Governors Island will be one for the ages!

Now celebrating our 14th year, the Jazz Age Lawn Party has awoken the vibrations of a timeless zeitgeist. Originating as a small gathering of friends longing for the simpler charms of a bygone era, the event has evolved into an international destination, the world’s most beloved and longest running event of its kind. The vibrant optimism and inventiveness of Jazz Age culture and its living legacy continue to resonate with generation after generation.

Governors Island becomes the backdrop for this cultural phenomenon for the fourteenth year this summer. This trip through time begins with a breezy ride aboard a ferry boat with breathtaking views of Manhattan and Lady Liberty en route to NYC’s hidden gem, Governors Island. Once ashore, a sprawling green awaits, nestled under a canopy of century-old trees, caressed by fresh sea air, surrounded by historic architecture—a dream where the clock stops, nestled right in the heart of New York Harbor.

Refreshing summer cocktails will feature APEROL SPRITZ, our signature cocktail, as well as Prohibition Distillery, makers of Bootleggers 21, the official gin and vodka of Jazz Age Lawn Party, crafted in Roscoe, NY. Chilled VieVité, Côtes de Provence Rosé, ice cold beer, lemonade, and soft drinks will also be on hand. Widely anticipated by flappers, sporting gents and tiny tots alike, the event has been revered year after year by The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vogue and countless media around the globe. Some of our fabulous new features include great new ticket package bargains, even shorter lines, gourmet food trucks, and other special surprises. As always, a delightful array of offerings abounds throughout the day.

PERFORMANCES: *MICHAEL ARENELLA AND HIS DREAMLAND ORCHESTRA is the world’s premier Jazz Age dance orchestra, specializing in the Hot-Jazz of the 1920s. Conductor, composer, musician, and crooner Michael Arenella presents a personally transcribed, one-of-a-kind songbook for your listening and dancing pleasure *DREW

*RODDY CARAVELLA AND THE CANARSIE WOBBLERS – this fun-loving dance troupe conjures the rebellious and exuberant spirit of Roaring ‘20s youth

*GELBER & MANNING BAND – feuding vaudevillian lovebirds quarrel, coo and make beautiful music together

*QUEEN ESTHER – paying tribute to jazz royalty of yore

*PETER MINTUN – world’s greatest piano man

ACTIVITIES:

*DANCE LESSONS turn you into an Oliver Twist who knows the hottest dance moves of the decade

*VINTAGE PORTRAITS – You Ought To Be In Pictures, perched upon one of our Paper Moons

*BATHING BEAUTIES AND BEAUS PROMENADE – pull that itchy wool number out of the mothballs and parade it for all to admire (For entry email: bluevoon@aol.com)

*1920s MOTORCAR EXHIBITION get up close and personal with flivvers and Tin Lizzies

*CHARLESTON DANCE CONTEST see who’s the Bee’s Knees in this lighthearted dance-off

*THE HIGH COURT OF PIE CONTEST (Sunday, August 25thonly) 
(For entry email: govislandpie@gmail.com)

*KIDLAND carnival games and prizes for juniors and Flapperettes

OFFERINGS:

*TWO EXPANSIVE, JUMBO-SIZED WOODEN DANCE FLOORS set up right on the lawn

*TWO STAGES featuring the finest Jazz Age entertainment in the world all throughout the day 

  • Refreshing summer cocktails including APEROL SPRITZ - the signature cocktail of the Jazz Age Lawn Party and well as retro cocktails featuring PROHIBITION DISTILLERY’s infamous Bootlegger 21 vodka and gin, as well as Q SODA.

 

*HALF-PRICE Vievite’ Provencal Rose, by the glass or bottle, available in all “Rose Lover” and “Bonnie & Clyde” packages. ( a glass, a bottle!!)

*Also featured in all “Rose Lover” and “Bonnie & Clyde” packages: 
La Mere Poulard Butter Cookies, Ritter Sport Chocolate, Belvoir Lemonade, Kusmi Exotic Iced Tea, FOUND Sparkling Water and more surprises from our sponsors!

*RADEBERGER PILSNER presents a pop-up Beer Garden, featuring iced cold beer ON-TAP

*POP-UP BARBER SHOP by PRORASO, the Italian men’s grooming brand. Get a facial treatment or shave, right on the lawn!

*C.O. BIGELOW ROSE LOUNGE – Ladies will enjoy a respite from the Summer heat (fainting couch included) and a place to freshen up with roses, featuring some of Bigelow’s favorite rose-themed products: C.O. Bigelow’s new Iconic Collection Body Care in West Village Rose scent, cult classic Rose Salves and Rosewater Spritz Stations featuring Gülsha Ultimate Rosewater.

*GOURMET PICNIC MARKET featuring New York’s fanciest picnicking fare and gourmet food trucks along with sweet treats, ice cream, and old-time snacks. Plenty of old fashioned lemonade, soda, juices, water, and iced tea to whet your whistle 

  • PAPER MOON PHOTO BOOTHS - New and Improved this year, hosted by POP SHOP PHOTOBOOTH, will print your portraits ON-THE-SPOT to take home!

 

*CHILDREN’S PARADE – Sundays, June 16th (Father’s Day) and August 25th, 3 pm at the MAIN STAGE. 
Open to all adult-supervised children 12 and younger. 
Vintage-inspired kiddie-couture encouraged! 
Prizes for kids and Dads on Father’s Day! 
To participate, please bring your baby-faced beauties to the MAIN STAGE at 3 pm on the Sunday of each event weekend.

*VINTAGE CLOTHING VENDORS AND ARTISANS – a veritable village of timeless treasures and inspired creations to take home

*DREAMLAND GENERAL STORE – for your comfort and convenience offers picnic blankets, parasols, hand fans, assorted sundries & more

Facebook.com/JazzAgeLawnParty | Facebook.com/MADreamlandOrchestra Instagram: @JazzAgeLawnParty | @MADreamland Twitter: @JazzAgeNYC | @MADreamland #JazzAgeLawnParty #JALP2019

For Tickets, visit: http://www.JazzAgeLawnParty.TicketFly.com

Posted in: Food & Beverage,U.S

Tickets for The Sixth Annual Art of Cool Festival Go On Sale May 18

Produced by The DOME Group LLC, the 2019 sixth Annual Art of Cool Festival will be held September 27-29th in downtown Durham. The main venue will be the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, located at 408 Blackwell Street. Additional venues include: the Durham Armory, Motorco Music Hall, Carolina Theatre, the Pinhook and The Masonic Lodge. AOCFEST 2019 tickets go on-sale to the public on Saturday, May 18th at 10amET through Eventbrite.

Three-time GRAMMY® award-winning singer-songwriter, New York Times best-selling poet, and critically acclaimed actor Jill Scott will headline the AOCFEST stage on Friday, September 27th. Dreamville Records singer-songwriter Ari Lennox will also perform at AOCFEST Friday evening. Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels will hit the Motorco Music Hall stage with a live rock performance.

Run DMC, one of the most influential acts in the history of hip-hop culture, will headline AOCFEST on Saturday, September 28th. This iconic group has sold tens of millions of records worldwide and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. Whodini, one of the first rap groups to add a R&B twist to their music, will also grace the AOCFEST stage Saturday evening.

Additional confirmed AOCFEST performers for this year include: NC hip-hop producer, rapper and scholar 9th Wonder presenting 95Live; NC native and saxophonist Marcus Anderson; classically-trained string instrumentalists and hip-hop duo Black Violin and British soul singer-songwriter Omar. More national and local acts will be announced on a rolling basis.

“We are excited about the lineup and activities planned for AOCFEST 2019,” said Sulaiman Mausi, CEO, The DOME Group LLC. “We are working to become one of the top independent music festivals in the nation, to expand the festival’s mission and to deliver a great cultural experience for loyal Cooligans and newcomers alike.”

“We are particularly proud to have AOCFEST 2019 be a part of the Durham 150 year of events,” said Lesleigh Mausi, Co-Founder and Vice-President, The DOME Group LLC. “It is a privilege as entrepreneurs to continue to build something that will prominently position the Durham community artistically and economically for years to come.”

Ticket offerings include General Admission and VIP. Local Hotel partners are offering special AOCFEST rates and packages available now on a first-come first-served basis.

For more details, visit http://www.aocfestival.com and follow Art of Cool Festival on Facebook, and AOCFEST on Twitter and Instagram.

ABOUT THE DOME GROUP LLC 
The DOME Group, LLC is a trusted producer of live entertainment events, including top-billed concerts and music festivals for both urban and mainstream markets since 2007. The DOME Group LLC owns and operates the Durham NC-based Art of Cool Festival. With two regional offices in the United States, The DOME Group LLC promotes and produces sold-out events including Mary J. Blige, Big Sean, Kirk Whalum, T.I. and Young Jeezy, The Isley Brothers, Nas, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, KEM, India.Arie, Smokey Robinson, The Whispers, Anita Baker, Erykah Badu, Toni Braxton and countless others. The DOME Group LLC provides programming for some of the nation’s most state-of-the-art venues including The Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre and other venues in Detroit, Greensboro Coliseum, Durham Performing Arts Center and various venues in North Carolina as well as Chevitz Arena in St. Louis, MO. The company also books major artists for university homecoming shows, community events and for corporate clients nationwide.

Posted in: Gaming,U.S

Empire Heating and Air Conditioning, an Atlanta HVAC Company, Celebrates its 34th Anniversary

Empire Heating and Air Conditioning proudly celebrates the company’s 34th Anniversary since its founding in 1985. Martin and Gila Hoover started Empire in the “old Austin Carwash” building in downtown Decatur moving to the current location at 783 DeKalb Industrial Boulevard in 1990.

Empire enjoyed great growth serving the “In The Perimeter” homes and businesses for many years primarily by recommendations to friends and family. In 2001 Empire began expanding their service territory north and east. Empire heating and air conditioning’s service territory now includes the majority of DeKalb, Fulton, Forsyth and Gwinnett counties.

“Empire was founded on simple core principles to treat our customers as we would like to be treated, to deliver superior service by skilled tradespeople and provide fair up front simple pricing,” states Gila Hoover.

Founded on honesty and character, the company still holds true to these principles.

Empire Heating and Air Conditioning is known for their fast, friendly, and professional services and works daily to do so. In trying to better meet this goal, the company has made some changes to their website featuring new images and a more user-friendly site navigation. Many services are now categorized under Air Conditioning or Heating so users can easily find the service they need.

In addition to the company’s 34th Anniversary, the Empire Team is celebrating the recognition of several new awards, including the 2018 Intown Readers’ Choice Award and their 14th consecutive year receiving the Angie’s List Super Service Award.

“The one thing that sets us apart is our people. We have an awesome team of technicians, installers, dispatchers, managers and associates that work hard to do what it takes to get the job done. Our senior technicians are NATE certified, and many are also NCI and DET certified to deliver the best possible service,” exclaims Hoover.

Empire holds Georgia licenses for Electrical, Conditioned Air and Plumbing along with many certifications.

As a leading heating and air company in Atlanta, Empire Heating and Air Conditioning provides 15 different specialized services ranging from equipment replacement to indoor air quality testing and ductless split air conditioning and heat pumps. The company is an active member of multiple top-level associations, such as Air Conditioning Contractors of America, Conditioned Air Association of Georgia, PHCC, and more.

“Gila and I would like to take a moment and thank our customers for their continued support over the years,” states Martin Hoover, Empire Heating and Air Conditioning owner. “Whether we worked together just once or multiple times, every customer is important to us and has helped us reach this special milestone.”

“We always try to make our services affordable, as we understand sometimes heating or air issues arise at the most inconvenient times,” Hoover says.

On the website, viewers can find several HVAC coupons and financing options. The company is currently running specials for an Air Conditioning Tune Up and well as several rebate and special financing offers for Daikin and American Standard heating and cooling products.

For more information on Empire Heating and Air Conditioning or their HVAC services, visit https://empirehvac.com/ or call 404-294-0900.

Posted in: Automotive,Services,U.S

Planet DDS Selected as One of Inc. Magazine’s Best Workplaces

Planet DDS, the company behind industry-leading Denticon cloud-based enterprise dental practice management software, was recently recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of America’s best workplaces.

Inc. Magazine’s Best Workplaces list compiles the results of a broad nationwide survey to identify those companies that have created exceptional workplaces displaying vibrant culture, deep employee engagement, and strong benefits. From a field of 2,000 finalists, Inc. Magazine selected 346 winners of this distinction in 2019.

As part of the evaluation process, each finalist submitted to a company-wide employee survey, the results of which helped form a composite score. This year, an average of 74.2% of all surveyed employees across all companies stated that they were engaged by their work. Planet DDS scored 94.8% on this key measure.

According to Inc. Magazine, the strongest engagement scores came from companies that prioritize the most human elements of work. These companies are leading the way in employee recognition, performance management, and diversity.

"With today's tight labor market, building a great corporate culture is more important than ever,” said Inc. Magazine Editor-in-Chief James Ledbetter. “The companies on Inc.'s Best Workplaces list are setting an example that the whole country can learn from."

Eric Giesecke, Planet DDS CEO, noted, “We recognize that some of our most important stakeholders are our employees. If employees are engaged, they will do great work for our customers, who will in turn help us grow our business and achieve strong financial results.”

Denticon by Planet DDS is the only proven, time-tested software offering that was built from the ground up for multi-location groups in the cloud. Denticon allows dental organizations to break free from the constraints of desktop software with a comprehensive solution that includes the tools needed to standardize, centralize, and grow. All while reducing IT cost and enhancing security. Learn more about Denticon at http://www.planetdds.com.

Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today's innovative company builders. Winner of Advertising Age’s “A-List” in January 2015, and a National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012, Inc. has a monthly audience reach that’s grown from two million in 2010 to more than 20 million today. For more information, visit Inc.com. 

Posted in: Services,U.S

Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty Chosen to List Portland’s Iconic Floating Home on the Willamette River, The Aqua Star

Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty has been chosen to list one of Portland’s most iconic floating homes, ‘The Aqua Star.’ Long hailed as an artistic masterpiece in and of itself, the 2,800 square foot home on the Willamette River was listed this week by Jason Mendell, broker, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty.

Fondly named The Aqua Star by owners Buzz and Pam Gorder, the home has been described as a ‘floating fantasy’—like living in a sculpture reminiscent of the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum. The Aqua Star was the first home featured on Home and Garden’s Extreme Homes series and has since become a Portlandia icon and has been featured in movies.

The 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom home was built by current owner, Buzz Gorder, who combined incredible passion, design and innovation to create a retreat style of living incorporating many Well Building features. The one-of-a-kind home boasts bright light and sweeping panoramic views from every room bearing witness to nature interacting with urban living.

This idyllic dream home is perfect for an active lifestyle or enjoying the tranquility of the natural environment from your home. The interior is inspiring with artistic features around every corner with sustainable design components throughout, including silos as domes. For video lifestyle images of this spectacular home click here.

The Aqua Star has 15-foot ceilings with floor-to-ceiling windows and offers both secure privacy and scenic flair for a unique living experience. Imagine watching Portland’s famed Christmas ships, spring and fall runs of chinook salmon and enjoying year-round boating, kayaking, sailing, stand-up paddling and swimming out your doorstep. The Aqua Star also offers access to the East Bank Spring trail for cycling, running past Oaks Bottom Natural Preserve to downtown Portland, swimming in the no-wake Holgate Channel, 10-acres of shoreline walking trails, and Sellwood-area restaurants and shops.

“We chose Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty to list our beloved home because of the team’s proven and creative marketing methods—and Jason demonstrates an outside-the-box style that matched our home perfectly,” says Pam Gorder, owner. “The national and international partnerships of Cascade Sotheby’s offer access to global exposure and marketing that the home so richly deserves. We wanted a one-of-a-kind iconic realtor for our one-of-a-kind home. We look forward to finding the next steward who may want to create their own Portlandia experience on the river!”

Other features of this extraordinary property include: 

  • Spacious outdoor decks and dock for boat moorage
  • Light, bright living rooms that bring the outside in
  • Energy Star heating and air conditioning
  • Open concept floor plan
  • Eclectic 3D art sculptures throughout, specially created for the home
  • Expansive windows that soak in all levels of day & night
  • Whimsical touches delight, from leopard print countertops to brightly colored walls
  • Ample space for an additional ‘Tinder’ or ADU to be built on the opposite dock
  • Relax in nature on this calming ‘liquid lot’
  • Ample space for gatherings, the current owner once hosted an event that had over 200 attendees

 

About Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty

For over a decade, Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty has been an innovative leader in the regional residential real estate market. Our brokers are passionate masters of their craft, combining local expertise and global connections to set the standard for real estate guidance in Oregon and SW Washington. We have grown and evolved in rhythm with market and technology advancements and seen significant progress and change in our communities. Along the way, we have never lost sight of what inspires us—the endless beauty and distinct landscape of our remarkable place here in the Pacific Northwest. It is this deep—almost sacred—sense of place that we share with our clients and compels us to accompany them on the journey to buying or selling a home. Cascade Sotheby’s is powered by the global prestige, heritage and fortitude of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand. In an ever-changing real estate market, that gives us staying power. Today, we have 12 offices and nearly 300 brokers that form the most expansive luxury and lifestyle real estate network in the Pacific Northwest. This exceptional team of brokers all share one belief—your best life begins with a home that inspires you.

For more on this stunning and unique property, contact Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty broker, Jason Mendell, at 503-349-4711.

Media Contact: Claudia Johnson, 503-799-2220

Posted in: Home & Garden,Real Estate,U.S

Award-Winning, "Stranger Things" Creators Ross & Matt Duffer ('07) to Deliver Chapman University Commencement Speech

WHAT:     Matt and Ross Duffer, the 2007 Chapman University alumni who created the Netflix hit “Stranger Things,” will deliver this year’s commencement speech at Chapman. The Duffers’ speech will kick off Commencement Weekend when the class of 2019 gathers for Closing Convocation, the all-University assembly where degrees are conferred and graduates participate in the ceremonial turning of the tassels.

WHEN:     Friday, May 17, 2019 at 7-9 p.m. PDT (Duffer Brothers from approximately 8:05 – 8:25 p.m. PDT)

WHERE:    Chapman University, Orange, Calif.

WHO:     Matt and Ross Duffer (’07), award-winning creators of “Stranger Things,” with season 3 beginning on July 4, 2019 exclusively on Netflix.

DETAILS:     Although this is a sold out and ticketed event, photos and videos of the Duffer Brothers’ Commencement speech will be available upon request. Please contact Lara Wyss at lwyss@chapman.edu for more information. The ceremony will also be webcast live, which can be viewed through Chapman University’s official Facebook page.

The Duffers are 2007 graduates of Chapman’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, where they collaborated on numerous projects, including the short horror film “Eater.” In 2017, they returned to campus to receive the Alumni Achievement Award at the annual Chapman Celebrates gala. As part of the visit, they also met with students and shared insights about their filmmaking journey in a panel discussion before an overflow crowd.

About Chapman University 
Chapman University is California’s third largest private university and ranks fifth in the U.S. News & World Report listing of Best Regional Universities in the West. Chapman is categorized by the Carnegie Classification as an R2 “high research activity” institution and offers personalized education to more than 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Chapman strives for diversity and inclusion by recruiting and supporting students representing a variety of backgrounds, experiences, learning styles and unique talents. The campus has produced a Rhodes Scholar, been named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars and hosts a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society. Founded in 1861 and based in the City of Orange, California, Chapman also includes the Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus, 21 miles south in the Irvine Spectrum, Orange County’s technology hub. In 2020, the university will open its 11th college, the Fowler School of Engineering in its newest facility, Keck Center for Science and Engineering.

Posted in: Education,U.S

DUNAPOL® C Pour-In-Place Polyurethane Insulation Implemented at Major LNG Projects

DUNA-USA, a manufacturer of polyurethane and polyisocyanurate foams and chemicals for the aerospace, automotive, insulation, marine, and construction industries, has partnered with Insulations Inc. an oil and gas industry insulation contractor, to provide DUNAPOL® C foam-in-place polyurethane system for valve insulation at both Cameron LNG and Freeport LNG export plant projects.

After a testing process conducted in collaboration with multiple engineering firms, the DUNAPOL® C system was approved, and production initiated by Insulations Inc. in January 2019.

“With the DUNAPOL® C system, we documented noticeable efficiency improvements over traditional valve and flange insulating techniques. DUNAPOL® C enabled us to perform the valve insulation scope in faster, safer, more cost-effective manner, while still maintaining the high-quality level of work we take pride in,” states David Branton, President of Insulations Inc. “Insulations Inc. has made the capital and resource commitments to be the industry leader for LNG & Ethylene Foam-in-Place (FIP) applications, and we’ve seen great success in both the Freeport and Cameron LNG plant projects” adds Branton.

Historical valve and flange insulation protocol involves using fabricated rigid sheets, requiring a high amount of labor with lots of waste material and bond joints. Pour-in-place systems eliminate waste entirely and drastically reduce labor hours, providing a cost and time-effective improvement on existing technology.

The dimensional stability of the pour-in-place system, and the excellent cell structure are just a few of the features in a long list of outstanding mechanical, physical and thermal insulation properties of DUNAPOL® C. “Our collaboration with Insulations Inc., along with the quality of the DUNAPOL® C polyurethane systems, confirms the efficiency of foam-in-place insulation technology in the US market,” says Andrea Benedetti, CEO of DUNA-USA.

The foam-in-place technology is relatively new to the North American market but has a successful track record in LNG applications throughout the globe and is widely accepted as the most efficient insulation process for valve and flange applications. “We foresee a continued growth and use of the foam-in-place technology in LNG and ethylene projects throughout North America over the next few years, with a product made entirely in the US,” adds Benedetti.

Insulations Inc. is headquartered in New Orleans, LA, and has been in business for over 40 years. They specialize in providing high-quality construction services such as tank insulation, fireproofing, heat tracing, fabrication, refractory, painting/coating, abatement, and scaffolding. They operate in multiple industries such as refining, gas processing, chemical, power, pulp and paper, LNG, industrial, and marine. Additional information may be seen at: http://www.insulationsinc.com.

DUNA-USA’s Polyiso foam and PU systems are primarily targeted towards oil and gas, cryogenic, and LNG insulation applications and is the core business of the DUNA Group. The DUNA Group, comprised of DUNA-USA, DUNA-CORRADINI, and DUNA-EMIRATES, has been manufacturing foams, chemicals and adhesives since 1957, and specializes in the research and development of high-quality polyurethane foams and chemicals. DUNA has locations in the USA Italy, and United Arab Emirates. Additional information may be seen at: http://www.dunagroup.com/usa

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,U.S

This NJ Top Dentist Believes Communication Is Crucial Between Doctor & Patient

At Stiles Dental Care, founder and NJ Top Dentist, Dr. William H. Stiles leads his practice by following the Golden Rule of Dentistry: form a trusting, long-lasting relationship with each patient. By following this rule, Dr. Stiles is able to change a patient’s life by creating the smiles of their dreams. This is what pushes him to provide top rated services at each appointment.

“While it’s important for dentists to listen to patients to understand what’s desired, it’s equally crucial for patients to listen to their dentists so they understand what options are being suggested,” says Dr. Stiles. “This attention to detail creates an appealing smile and great results.”

His Medford, New Jersey based practice is outfitted with cutting-edge technology including a CEREC machine, which is the latest 3D innovation providing single-visit crowns, inlays, and onlays.

“This one-appointment CEREC crown means no messy impressions, no temporary crown, no second injections, and less time in the dental chair,” Dr. Stiles explains.

To stay abreast of emerging technologies, Dr. Stiles has completed more than one thousand hours of continuing education courses at some of the country’s most prestigious institutions such as Spear Education, Dawson Academy, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Dr. Stiles says, “We want you to be confident knowing that we are a team of highly trained and skilled clinicians. We pride ourselves on providing the care you need to keep your smile healthy.”

To learn more about this NJ Top Dentist and Stiles Dental Care, please click here: https://njtopdocs.com/nj-dentists/williamstilesdmd/.

About Us 
NJ Top Dentists is a division of NJ Top Docs. NJ Top Docs is a comprehensive, trusted and exclusive healthcare resource featuring reviewed and approved Top Doctors and Dentists in New Jersey online in an easy to use format.

NJ Top Docs only reviews and approves providers based on merit after they have been extensively vetted.

NJ Top Docs is a division of USA Top Docs which allows patients to meet providers online before making their appointment.

For more information, please click here to contact us or visit http://www.NJTopDocs.com.

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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

Wheelwell Closes M Financing to Supercharge the Automotive Aftermarket

Wheelwell Inc., the first and largest social-commerce company for the automotive market, has closed million in financing from several prominent investors with deep experience in funding highly successful social-commerce businesses such as Houzz, Poshmark, Trulia, and Wish. This round was led by James Currier of NFX Capital and Hans Tung of GGV Capital.

The current round of funding builds on previous angel investments from individuals that included Steve Yankovich (former VP of product at eBay), John Couch (fomer EVP of marketing at Apple), and Jeff Bonforte (former SVP of communications products at Yahoo). As part of the transaction, James Currier has joined Wheelwell’s board of directors.

Based in San Francisco, the heart of technology innovation in the world, Wheelwell is attacking the automotive aftermarket industry from all angles by combining revolutionary AI (artificial intelligence), advanced data analytics, and deep marketing integrations with Google and Facebook. The foundation of Wheelwell and its rapid growth has been driven by a large social community of automotive enthusiasts that have enabled Wheelwell to achieve industry-leading conversion rates.

“We know from experience that peer validation gives consumers the confidence they need to make purchase decisions — in fact products on our site that feature content generated by our members convert to sales two times better,” said Wheelwell CEO, Peter J. Nielsen. “Wheelwell has its sights set firmly on being the center of the universe for all things automotive. The automotive aftermarket industry is a gigantic opportunity for us. Last year, 7B was spent on parts, service and advertising in the US alone. The online sales channel has almost doubled over the past five years — and is expected to double again in the coming years. We’re on a mission to connect auto enthusiasts with their peers, the best parts, and the thrill of automotive sports.”

Unlike old-tech competitors such as AutoAnything, CarID, and Summit Racing, Wheelwell is built from the ground up to cater to the needs of today’s connected automotive enthusiasts. The future of ecommerce is mobile, and with over 70% of its million-user audience interacting with Wheelwell on handheld devices, all aspects of the Wheelwell experience have been optimized for frictionless user interaction and ecommerce on any platform.

To fuel rapid expansion, Wheelwell has implemented an advanced, AI-controlled ETL database system, rivalling that of Amazon, that enables automatic and instantaneous updates of both new and existing products. Due to these new systems, Wheelwell has been able to double its number of manufacturing partners in 2019 and continues to add close to 100,000 new products every month.

A sector that is poised for transformation by disruptive technology

The automotive aftermarket industry is experiencing an increase in acquisitions and consolidations, with AutoZone’s subsidiary, AutoAnything recently being acquired (0M estimated) by Kingswood Capital Management, and Driven Performance Brands adding companies such as Flowmaster, Dinan and APR to its portfolio. Wheelwell is poised to outperform those companies that provide a singular service—but lack social network effects and a strong technology underpinning—by marrying advanced technologies and technology partnerships with the industry’s top advertising platforms.

“GGV was among the first investors to recognize the unique ability of social commerce companies to disrupt e-commerce. Indeed, companies like Poshmark are classic examples of how to execute this strategy in the apparel industry,” said Hans Tung, managing partner at GGV Capital. “When we met Wheelwell, we saw an opportunity for them to achieve what others have not in the automotive aftermarket: seamlessly integrate social with e-commerce.”

“At NFX, we have been extolling the power of market network businesses for years. As market networks combine the best elements of networks like Facebook with marketplaces like eBay, we believe that market network-based companies will produce the most formidable companies in the coming decade,” said James Currier, managing partner at NFX. “I see Wheelwell capturing the untapped potential of the automotive market by bringing together consumers, manufacturers, and service providers in a way not seen before in this industry.”

About GGV 
GGV Capital is a global venture capital firm that invests in local founders. As a multi-stage, sector-focused firm, GGV focuses on seed-to-growth stage investments across Consumer/New Retail, Social/Digital & Internet, Enterprise/Cloud and Frontier Tech sectors. The firm was founded in 2000 and manages .2 billion in capital across 13 funds. Past and present portfolio companies include Affirm, Airbnb, Alibaba, Bitsight, ByteDance (Toutiao), Ctrip, Didi Chuxing, Grab, Gladly, Hello Chuxing, HashiCorp, Houzz, Keep, LingoChamp, Namely, Niu, Nozomi Networks, Opendoor, Peloton, Poshmark, Slack, Square, Wish, Xauto, Xiaohongshu, Yellow, YY, Zhaoyou and more. The firm has offices in Beijing, San Francisco, Shanghai, Singapore, and Silicon Valley. Learn more at ggvc.com, @GGVCapital or GGVCapital on WeChat.

About NFX 
NFX is an early-stage venture firm based in San Francisco that is transforming how true innovators are funded. As founders themselves, NFX has built 10 companies with more than Billion in exits across multiple industries and geographies. Their belief that creating something of true significance starts with seeing things others do not. This means sharing exponential yet little-known techniques for network effects & growth, and making visible the typically unseen methods of technology's most iconic companies. It also means creating an early stage experience for all Founders that is powered by more software, starting with fundraising (signal.nfx.com). To learn more, visit us at http://www.nfx.com & @NFXGuild.

About Wheelwell 
Wheelwell is the first and largest social commerce company for the automotive market. Venture-backed and headquartered in San Francisco, the Wheelwell team consists of former employees of Apple, eBay, Nextdoor, Twitter, AutoAnything, MotorTrend, and Volvo — all united on a mission to help car enthusiasts easily find and buy the very best products for their cars. For more information, visit wheelwell.com.

Media contact: 
Tim Cox, SMG for Wheelwell 
tcox(at)strykermunleygroup(dot)com

Posted in: Automotive,U.S

Two Ovation IVF Patients to Travel to Washington D.C. for RESOLVE Advocacy Day

Ovation® Fertility, in collaboration with its partner physicians at Texas Fertility Center and Fertility Answers in Louisiana, has selected two IVF patients to receive the 2019 Advocacy Day Grant. This grant ensures that the fertility patient perspective will be represented on Capitol Hill by covering the cost of their travel to Washington, D.C., to meet with legislators on RESOLVE Advocacy Day, May 15-16, 2019.

Advocacy Day, organized by RESOLVE in partnership with the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), brings the infertility community together to talk to members of Congress about important issues, such as increased access to family-building options and financial relief.

“When our lawmakers develop legislation that affects fertility care, no opinion carries more weight than that of the women and men who need advanced assisted reproductive technology to grow their families,” says Nate Snyder, Ovation’s chief executive officer. “Ovation is proud to partner with some of America’s top fertility specialists to ensure that our IVF patients’ voices are heard on Capitol Hill.”

To apply for the grant, which covers expenses for each patient and a guest, applicants submitted their fertility stories in written, video or photo collage format. The grant winners were selected by an independent, 12-person committee, and all entries will be carried by the Ovation delegation to be passed along to legislators.

Brittany Beckendorf was selected to receive the Texas Fertility Center Advocacy Day Grant. She will attend a day of lobbying workshops with Kaylen Silverberg MD, TFC’s medical director, who will accompany her in her meetings with Congressional representatives. Beckendorf was chosen to receive the grant after sharing her story about using IVF to overcome polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis, and give birth to a healthy baby boy.

“I have been able to conceive naturally once in 2009, and that was it,” Beckendorf says. “Lawmakers need to know that our bodies aren't just well-oiled machines. Things change and can break. It's hard for someone who can conceive naturally to understand this, but I think that putting a face with the issue makes this all the more real. This is not a one-size-fits-all process; every person with infertility takes a different path to conception. More injections, more medicine, more blood draws, and multiple implantation attempts. It's important for people to see the toll it takes on you, not only financially, but physically and mentally. The more we talk about it, the more aware people become, and real, honest discussions can occur.”

The Fertility Answers Advocacy Day Grant recipient, Hannah Beck, is currently undergoing IVF with husband Jonathan in an effort to conceive their first child. To overcome her PCOS, insulin-resistance and extensive endometriosis, Hannah was forced to switch careers to get insurance coverage for the fertility care she needs. Beck will accompany Fertility Answers’ Medical Director, John Storment, M.D. to share her perspective on changes needed in legislation affecting fertility care.

“Infertility is a medical issue that affects so many, but most cannot afford to treat it,” Beck says. “The fertility medications cost a large sum, and even with medical insurance, they are rarely covered. Many insurance policies do not offer any assistance with paying for fertility treatments, and that standard needs to change. My infertility story is similar to so many others, and it is my passion to advocate for myself and for those who have dreams of starting a family, but are financially unable to do so.”

About Ovation® Fertility

Ovation Fertility is a national network of reproductive endocrinologists and scientific thought leaders focused on reducing the cost of live birth through more efficient and effective fertility care. Ovation’s IVF and genetics laboratories and affiliated practices work collaboratively to raise the bar for IVF treatment, with state-of-the-art, evidence-based fertility services that give hopeful parents the best chance for a successful pregnancy. Physicians partner with Ovation to offer their patients advanced preimplantation genetic testing. Ovation also provides donor eggs that come with the world’s first Euploid Embryo Guarantee®, as well as secure frozen egg, embryo and sperm long-term storage; consultative services to help IVF laboratories improve quality and performance; and fertility preservation programs that enable more women to freeze their eggs and build future families. Learn more about Ovation’s vision of a world without infertility at http://www.OvationFertility.com.

About Texas Fertility Center

Texas Fertility Center (TFC), one of the nation’s leading full-service infertility practices, provides advanced infertility and reproductive endocrinology services to patients throughout Texas, the southwestern United States and the Americas. For more information, please visit http://www.txfertility.com.

About Fertility Answers

Established in 2002, Fertility Answers is dedicated to helping couples build families throughout Louisiana with innovative treatment focused on infertility and reproductive disorders. Fertility Answers offers comprehensive reproductive services, including egg freezing, in vitro fertilization, intrauterine insemination (IUI), intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), ovulation induction, fibroid removal, PCOS treatment, pre-implantation genetic screening and diagnosis, endometrial ablation and tubal reversal surgery. With locations in Baton Rouge and Lafayette, Fertility Answers strives to provide the highest quality fertility healthcare in a caring environment. For more information, visit http://www.fertilityanswers.com.

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

CMBS Special Servicing Rate Climbs for the First Time in Nearly a Year

Trepp, LLC, a leading provider of information, analytics, and technology to the structured finance, commercial real estate, and banking markets, has released its April 2019 CMBS Special Servicing Report. The full report can be accessed here: https://www.trepp.com/april-2019-cmbs-special-servicing-report.

The Trepp CMBS Special Servicing Rate rose by 11 basis points to 3.53% in April, which is the reading’s first month-over-month increase since July 2018. While special servicing rates for all five major property types climbed last month, the retail sector featured the greatest month-over-month change. Despite April’s increase, the rate has fallen 115 basis points year over year.

“The special servicing rate increased for the first time in almost a year thanks to 0.2 million in newly transferred loans,” said Joe McBride, Trepp’s Director of Research & Applied Data. “Retail properties made up the majority of those transfers, led by the Destiny USA mall in Syracuse, New York. The mall backs a 0 million single-asset CMBS deal that was issued in 2014. Defaults in single-asset CMBS deals are very rare, so we will be keeping our eye on the Destiny mall going forward.” 
Special servicing readings for all five major property segments increased last month, but no increase was larger than that of the retail sector. The retail special servicing rate surged 24 basis points to 5.73% in April. Although the lodging segment is still the best performing major property type, it incurred the month’s second-greatest jump, rising nine basis points to 2.25%. Lodging loans in CMBS 1.0 featured a very sharp incline in servicing transfers, as that segment’s reading soared by more than 1,000 basis points.

The percentage of post-crisis, or CMBS 2.0+, debt that was in special servicing last month rose 16 basis points to 1.27%. Retail and multifamily servicing events pushed the overall 2.0+ rate higher, as those property type rates climbed 47 and 16 basis points, respectively, last month. The CMBS 1.0 special servicing rate, which looks at any loans issued before the 2008 financial crisis, surged 167 basis points to 50.05% in April.

For additional details, such as monthly rate changes for all major property types, download the April 2019 CMBS Special Servicing Report: https://www.trepp.com/april-2019-cmbs-special-servicing-report. For daily CMBS commentary, follow @TreppWire on Twitter.

About Trepp 
Trepp, LLC, founded in 1979, is the leading provider of information, analytics, and technology to the CMBS, commercial real estate, and banking markets. Trepp provides primary and secondary market participants with the web-based tools and insight they need to increase their operational efficiencies, information transparency, and investment performance. From its offices in New York, San Francisco, and London, Trepp serves its clients with products and services to support trading, research, risk management, surveillance, and portfolio management. Trepp is wholly-owned by Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT). For more information, visit http://www.Trepp.com.

Posted in: Services,Technology,U.S

Buff Bake Launches Their Keto FuelBar + MCT, a Plant Based Nutrition Bar, That Puts Taste First

Buff Bake, a proven leader in high protein, gluten free, cookies, today announced the launch of their new FUELBAR - a unique KETO diet friendly bar with the added benefit of MCT oil to help you feel fuller, longer. The launch of the bar will feature three great flavors - vanilla almond, peanut butter cacao, and cinnamon crunch.

FUELBAR +MCT meets many of today’s improved dietary expectations by offering a product that is plant based, low in carbs, and dairy free. The ingredient mix free from sugar alcohols and artificial ingredients, delivers a dose of clean protein and healthy fats for a quick pick me up or post workout refuel. “We saw a need for a great tasting snack bar that delivered on what today’s more informed consumers are looking for in nutrition.”, remarks Ryan Queen, Co-Owner and VP of Sales at Buff Bake. “We’re excited to expand our product offering to cover a broader range of dietary needs including those seeking the nutritional benefits that match KETO standards. We’re proud this new product continues to deliver on our brand promise of protein packed deliciousness with a simple ingredient mix.”

The inclusion of MCT Oil in the FUELBAR unlocks added benefit for snackers by leveraging this healthy fat to help increase energy levels, improve brain function, speed up your metabolism, and suppress your appetite. All this in a snack bar that delivers 220 calories and 13g of dietary fiber with only 1g of sugar and 4 net carbs.

“We want customers to expect better options from their protein snack providers.” said Queen on the needs FUELBAR addresses. “We’re happy to be pushing the category forward with the FUELBAR an we’re confident that customers seeking a low carb, low sugar snack will love the taste and benefits that this bar delivers on.

About Buff Bake:

In 2014, frustrated with a lack of variety of delicious, high protein snacks on the market, one of Buff Bake’s founders, Brittany Boeckle, took to the kitchen to create a line of products that used clean, all natural ingredients to fill this missing void. Since then, they have created the best version of our favorite snacks, by removing the bad and replacing it with the benefits of high protein, less sugar, and clean ingredients that put taste before all else.

Buff Bake, is now available in 5,000 retails stores nationwide, including 7-Eleven, Publix, Wegman’s, Sprouts, Whole Foods and more. Driven by innovation, they will continue to create better-for-you protein snacks that provide your body with the fuel it needs for any activity. On a hike, after the gym, or with your morning cup of coffee. Buff Bake truly is Fuel for All, with a quality your entire family can count on.

Learn more at https://buffbake.com/

Posted in: Shopping & Deal,U.S

Johannes N. van den Anker, MD, PhD, Prominent Neonatal and Pediatric Clinical Pharmacologist, Joins NDA Partners

NDA Partners Chairman Carl Peck, MD, announced today that Johannes N. van den Anker, MD, PhD, a prominent neonatal and pediatric clinical pharmacologist and expert in pediatric and neonatal clinical trials and therapies, has joined the firm as an Expert Consultant.

Dr. van den Anker is Vice Chair of Pediatrics for Experimental Therapeutics, the Evan and Cindy Jones Chair in Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology, and serves as Director of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology at Children’s National Medical Center (Washington, DC). He is Professor of Pediatrics, Pharmacology & Physiology, and Genomics and Precision Medicine at The George Washington University (Washington, DC). He is also the Eckenstein-Geigy Distinguished Professor of Pediatric Pharmacology and Department Chair of Pediatric Pharmacology and Pharmacometrics, University Children’s Hospital (Basel, Switzerland), and Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore, MD), and Adjunct Faculty, Intensive Care and Department of Surgery, Erasmus MC-Sophia Children’s Hospital (Rotterdam, the Netherlands). In addition to his research positions, Dr. van den Anker serves as the part-time Chief Medical Officer of ReveraGen BioPharma.

Dr. van den Anker formerly served as Director, Division of Neonatology at Sophia Children’s Hospital and as Director, Division of Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology and Medical Toxicology, at Columbus Children’s Hospital (Columbus, Ohio).

“Dr. van den Anker’s extensive knowledge of pediatric and neonatal clinical pharmacology and expertise in pediatric and neonatal therapies and clinical trials makes him an outstanding resource for assisting our clients in the design and implementation of their pediatric development programs,” said Dr. Peck. “We are delighted that he has joined NDA Partners team of Expert Consultants.”

Dr. van den Anker received his medical degree and Doctorate in Pharmacology from Erasmus University Rotterdam in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He completed his residency in Pediatrics and a fellowship in Neonatology at Sophia Children’s Hospital in the Netherlands.

About NDA Partners 
NDA Partners is a life sciences management consulting and contract development organization (CDO) focused on providing product development and regulatory services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries worldwide. The highly experienced Principals and Premier Experts of NDA Partners include three former FDA Center Directors; the former Chairman of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the UK; the former Chief Executive Officer and Chief Science Officer at the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP); an international team of more than 100 former pharmaceutical industry and regulatory agency senior executives; and an extensive roster of highly proficient experts in specialized areas including nonclinical development, toxicology, pharmacokinetics, CMC, medical device design control and quality systems, clinical development, regulatory submissions, and development program management. Services include product development and regulatory strategy, expert consulting, high-impact project teams, and contract management of client product development programs.

Contact 
Earle Martin, Chief Executive Officer 
Office: 540-738-2550 
MartinEarle(at)ndapartners(dot)com

Posted in: Services,U.S

Slone Partners, Where People Are Our Science®, Places Richard Wenstrup, M.D., As Chief Medical Officer At Epic Sciences, Inc.

Slone Partners, North America’s leading executive search firm for life sciences and diagnostics companies, announces the placement of Richard Wenstrup, M.D., at Epic Sciences, Inc. as Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Wenstrup leads clinical development, regulatory and medical affairs strategies, and is responsible for advancing the company's clinical research and product development pipeline. Based at the company’s headquarters in San Diego, California, he reports directly to CEO Lloyd Sanders.

Epic Sciences develops novel diagnostics to improve and personalize the treatment and management of cancer with a mission to extend patient lives. The company’s goal is to offer greater clarity for doctors to make correct decisions for patients at pivotal points in treating that cancer, and to rapidly pivot away from therapies that are no longer clinically effective. Currently working with 65 top pharmaceutical partners and 45 academic cancer hospitals, including the National Cancer Institute, Epic Sciences’ technology is being used in over 200 clinical trials and has tested over 80,000 patient samples. Utilizing this rare-cell detection engine technology, the company has the world’s leading pipeline of personalized, predictive and proven tests to guide therapy selection across the most impactful drug classes in oncology. For example, Epic Sciences has partnered with Genomic Health to commercialize the first predictive liquid biopsy test for prostate cancer. The company is building a strong pipeline of additional tests for other cancer indications.

Dr. Wenstrup has 25 years of clinical leadership experience in oncology, genetics and pharmacogenomics. Previously, he served as Chief Medical Officer for Oxford Immunotec, Inc., where he oversaw research and development, product development, regulatory, and medical & clinical affairs. From 2006-2017, Dr. Wenstrup served as Chief Medical Officer for Myriad Genetics, Inc. where he built and led the clinical and medical affairs team to support a multi-fold increase in revenue during his tenure. He was actively involved in the company's product development, M&A and in-licensing activities. As an entrepreneur, Dr. Wenstrup was the founding director of the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory at Cincinnati Children's Hospital and co-founder of Assurex Health, Inc., now a subsidiary of Myriad Genetics, Inc. Before joining industry, he served as a tenured Professor of Pediatrics in Human Genetics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, and as a tenured Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati, where he earned his medical degree.

Says Slone Partners President Tara Kochis-Stach, “Dr. Wenstrup’s decades-long experience in oncology leadership and clinical work will add substantial value to Epic Sciences in developing exciting new diagnostic tests that advance the mission of precision medicine.”

ABOUT SLONE PARTNERS 
Slone Partners delivers the leaders who build amazing scientific healthcare organizations – People Are Our Science®. Since 2000, Slone Partners specializes in delivering world-class C-suite leadership, executive, and upper management talent to the most promising and established life sciences, diagnostics, precision medicine, CRO, and laboratory services companies. With coast-to-coast presence in the most active healthcare industry hubs of Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Austin, Research Triangle Park NC, and Washington DC, Slone Partners uniquely and precisely provides an array of executive search and advisory services to innovative scientific healthcare companies. To learn more about Slone Partners’ value proposition and processes, visit http://www.slonepartners.com or call 888.784.3422.

ABOUT EPIC SCIENCES 
Epic Sciences, Inc. is developing novel diagnostics to personalize and advance the treatment and management of cancer. Epic Sciences' mission is to enable the rapid and non-invasive detection of genetic and molecular changes in cancer throughout a patient's journey. The company was founded on a powerful platform to identify and characterize rare cells, including circulating tumor cells. Epic Sciences No Cell Left Behind® technology helps match patients to therapies and monitor for drug resistance, so that the best treatment path can be chosen at every clinical decision point. Epic Sciences has partnered with Genomic Health to commercialize the Oncotype DX AR-V7 Nucleus Detect test, which helps with therapeutic decisions between taxane chemotherapy or androgen-directed therapeutics in metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer. Today, Epic Sciences partners with leading pharmaceutical companies and major cancer centers around the world. Epic Sciences' goal is to increase the success rate of cancer drugs in clinical trials and improve patient outcomes by providing physicians real-time information to guide treatment choices. Epic Sciences is headquartered in San Diego. Further information is available on the Company's website http://www.epicsciences.com.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,U.S

Altus Legal and Goodman Law Group Launch DecSpeak to Transform the Way Legal Information is Delivered to Property Boards

Neota Logic, creators of the world’s leading no code AI automation platform, announced today that Altus Legal (Illinois) and Goodman Holmgren (Arizona) have launched a suite of Neota applications offering legal services to condominium and homeowner association boards and property managers that will form the basis of their new venture, DecSpeak.

DecSpeak is a new way of providing 24/7 legal services to community association boards and property managers. Some of DecSpeak’s applications are currently available to boards and property managers free of charge, while others are available to Altus Legal Clients for a low monthly subscription.

The applications now live and available on the Altus Legal website are:

Budget Meeting Data Calculator - Assists boards and property managers of Illinois condo associations calculate the dates for sending out budget drafts and meeting notices.

Board Email Discussion Advisor - Assists users to decipher whether an e-mail discussion among board members violates any laws.

Violation Letter Drafting Tool - Assists users to create violation notices, fully compliant with Illinois law.

Ombudsperson Complaint Policy Drafting Tool - Assists users to create the complaint resolution policies required by the Illinois Condominium and Common Interest Community Ombudsperson Act.

The Act Advisor - Answers 200+ frequent questions based on Illinois Condominium Property Act.

Nicholas Bartzen, Co-Founder of DecSpeak commented, ‘We found that the same questions would keep coming up from community associations regarding their state statute and governing documents. We used the Neota platform to develop applications to make these answers more widely and cost-effectively accessible for our clients, no matter what their size. We are hoping to disrupt the industry with a new kind of service’.

Kim Massana, CEO at Neota Logic commented, ‘It’s great to work with DecSpeak as they find innovative ways to serve their clients by transforming their legal services. We’re also pleased they made great use of the Neota Alumni group, our community of students and graduates who have worked in Neota and are available for our customers to use to help build applications’.

About Neota Logic 
The company’s no code AI automation platform allows professionals to rapidly automate their services. Neota customers and their clients enjoy the benefits of digital technology extending the reach of the professional, improved efficiency, client satisfaction and new business opportunities. Neota is the only platform capable of automating all aspects of professional services including intelligent fact-gathering, expert decision-making, end-to-end processes and document lifecycle management. With a global presence, Neota offers its software and professional services to clients from its offices in New York, London and Melbourne.

Press Contact 
Rebecca Tear 
tear@neotalogic.com 

Posted in: Automotive,Law & Legal,U.S

Virginia Tech Wins Grand Prize in Energy Efficient Home Design With Help From Southland Log Homes

A team from Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA) has won the Grand Prize in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, a collegiate competition that challenges student/faculty teams to design and build highly efficient and innovative buildings powered by renewable energy. Southland Log Homes provided the Virginia Tech team with guidance on timber fabrication and construction techniques to help the group of designers, engineers, and architects arrive at the winning design.

The Virginia Tech team prevailed in the competition against teams from almost 40 other universities, including Georgia Tech, Penn State, Carnegie Mellon, and Yale. The winning design, named “TreeHAUS”, focused on the goals of energy efficiency, sustainability, and financial feasibility.

The Virginia Tech team reached out to Southland for help and guidance with the design, recognizing the company’s industry leadership and over 40 years of designing and manufacturing log homes and log cabin kits.

“Southland Log Homes was an incredible help and inspiration to the team," said Zachary Gould, PhD Candidate in Environmental Design at Virginia Tech.

Southland Log Homes, America’s largest designer and manufacturer of log homes, and a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, has been previously honored with multiple national awards for excellence in design of log home plans. “We congratulate the Virginia Tech team on their achievement," said Ken Sekley, President and CEO of Southland. “Their effort is a further demonstration of the energy efficiency and environmental sustainability that can be achieved with homes designed using beautifully natural, solid wood timbers.”

About Southland Log Homes: Headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina, Southland Log Homes was founded in 1978 and is the largest log home company in the United States. Southland operates model home sales offices and has authorized Southland dealers located throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Model homes are located in Atlanta, GA; Baton Rouge, LA; Biloxi, MS; Birmingham, AL; Charlotte, NC; Christiansburg, VA; Columbia, SC; Dallas, TX; Danville, PA; Fredericksburg, VA; Gatlinburg,TN; Greensboro, NC; Greenville, SC; Houston, TX; Northwest Indiana; Kansas City, MO; Lake City, FL; Louisville, KY; Macon, GA; Memphis, TN; Nashville, TN; Springfield, MA; and San Antonio, TX. For more information about Southland Log Homes, call 800-641-4754 or visit SouthlandLogHomes.com.

Posted in: Home & Garden,U.S

Alpine Power Systems Launches the PowerMAX Power Cabinet

Alpine Power Systems is excited to announce the launch of their PowerMAX Power Cabinet, a robust DC power solution for utility and telecom applications.

PowerMAX Power Cabinet Highlights: 

  • Alpine’s PowerMAX Power Cabinet provides a tremendous TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) value.
  • The cabinet provides a safe, lockable, enclosure for your battery system.
  • The PowerMAX Power Cabinet has a smaller footprint than traditional wet cell battery systems.
  • Cabinet Dimensions: 56" L x 27.75" W x 39.9" H
  • Cabinet can be moved with a pallet jack or forklift and comes with removable casters.
  • 100amp double-throw switch allows a safe connection to a temporary battery bank for testing and replacements. To be used in conjunction with a filtered charger.
  • Cabinet is powder-coated and ventilated.
  • Optional quick connects for easy connections to main charger cables.

 

Note: The double-throw switch can be replaced with a second paralleled battery bank if twice the Ah is required. The throw switch can be wall-mounted as an alternative.

Phil O’Connell, Director of Backup Power Sales for Alpine Power Systems said, "We are proud to announce the launch of our PowerMAX Power Cabinet. This system will save space, improve safety, and reduce maintenance costs for utility and telecom applications.”

The PowerMAX Power Cabinet is designed for indoor use. The cabinet is installed with sealed TPPL battery technology; you can expect up to 20 years of reliability at 77-degree ambient room temperature (10 years at 95 degrees). This system can permanently replace larger wet cell options or be used as a mobile temporary power source. To find out more call 877-993-8855 or visit: https://alpinepowersystems.com/backup-power-products/enclosures-and-racks/powermax-power-cabinet/

About Alpine Power Systems 
Alpine Power Systems, established in 1963, is an independent B2B global solution provider specializing in backup power, telecom, cable, and motive power solutions. Alpine has expanded operations to become one of the largest independent organizations in our industry. Alpine is a dynamic and growing company supplying numerous Fortune 1000 companies.

SOURCE 
Alpine Power Systems

Related Links 
https://alpinepowersystems.com

Posted in: Business,U.S

Cancer Biology Conference to Show the Power of Imaging Science in Cancer Research

Some of the world’s top experts in imaging and cancer biology will present the latest research in this growing field at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research and Hood College Imaging Science and Cancer Biology Symposium, June 21-23. Cancer researchers are invited to attend the conference, to be held on the Hood campus in Frederick, Maryland.

New imaging technologies have the potential to transform cancer research and treatment by driving new understanding in cancer biology over a broad range of scales from the atomistic to the human body. The interdisciplinary symposium will showcase how leading cancer researchers leverage advanced imaging tools.

“The distinguished group of scientists leading the symposium convenes at a pivotal time. Advances in imaging technologies are revolutionizing cancer biology, providing a deeper understanding of molecular and cellular structure,” said Ethan Dmitrovsky, M.D., director of the Frederick National Laboratory, which is home to state-of-the-art imaging technologies, including the National Cryo-Electron Microscopy Facility.

“This is an opportunity to get a glimpse of what the future holds for the application of exciting new imaging technologies to provide fundamental insights into cancer biology,” said Sriram Subramaniam, Ph.D., a symposium presenter and founding director of the National Cryo-Electron Microscopy Facility.

The scientific symposium is the first in the planned Frederick National Laboratory–Hood College Life Sciences Symposium series. The event is in the tradition of the popular Oncogene Meeting, a national fixture in Frederick for more than 20 years.

“We are excited about reviving this symposium with Leidos, who has been a tremendous partner for Hood. They have provided research and internship opportunities for our students, and many of our graduate school adjunct instructors work at Leidos,” said Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D., president of Hood College.

Symposium presentations will explore advances in understanding the mechanisms altering cancer cell signaling—as recently enabled by imaging technologies. High-resolution imaging techniques, such as Fluorine-19 nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and the cryo-electron microscopy, have also yielded new insights in structural biology. Presenters will discuss the use of these techniques and describe the research they have enabled across an array of structural biology topics, ranging from the epigenome to the immune system. The final day of the symposium will introduce attendees to novel and cutting-edge imaging methods only recently leveraged for cancer research. Attendees will have the opportunity to confer with presenters individually throughout the weekend.

The symposium will begin Friday, June 21 with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by a public lecture from keynote Otis Brawley, M.D., who served as chief medical and scientific officer of the American Cancer Society from 2007 to 2018. He will discuss the democratization of cancer medicine and describe how new insights in cancer researcher can benefit all Americans.

The presenters and their session topics are as follows: 

  • Frank McCormick, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco, Visualizing Signal Transduction
  • Diane Lidke, Ph.D., University of New Mexico, Single Molecule Imaging Provides New Insights into Oncogenic EGFR Signaling
  • Joe Gray, Ph.D., Oregon Health and Science University, A Multiscale Assessment of Spatially Defined Inter- and Intra-Cellular Interactions in Breast Cancer
  • Helen Piwnica-Worms, Ph.D., University of Texas, MD Anderson, Imaging the Compositional, Spatial and Signaling Heterogeneity of Breast Cancer
  • Hao Wu, Ph.D., Harvard University, Imaging for Immunity
  • Angela Gronenborn, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, The Awesome Power of 19F NMR    
  • Cheryl Arrowsmith, Ph.D., University of Toronto, Structural and Chemical Biology to Illuminate the Cancer Epigenome
  • Sriram Subramaniam, Ph.D., University of British Columbia, Cryo-EM and Integrative Structural Biology
  • Wei Min, Ph.D., Columbia University, High-Resolution Imaging of Metabolic Activity and Heterogeneity in Animals
  • David Piwnica-Worms, M.D., Ph.D., University of Texas, MD Anderson, Combined Single Cell Intravital Bioluminescence and Confocal Imaging in Live Animals Identifies HOCl as a Paracrine Effector Linking Myeloid Cells to NF-κB Signaling in Melanoma Cells
  • Peter N. Devreotes, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, Excitable Networks in Directed Cell Migration
  • Tom Misteli, Ph.D., National Cancer Institute, Imaging the Genome

 

To learn more and to register for the event, please visit the symposium website.

Hood College is an independent, liberal arts college, offering 32 undergraduate majors, four pre-professional programs, 17 graduate programs, two doctorates and 11 post-baccalaureate certificates. Located in historic Frederick, near Washington, D.C., Baltimore and the I-270 technology corridor, Hood gives students access to countless internships and research opportunities.

Posted in: Education,U.S

ICS Set to Embark on the Second Phase at Franklin and Marshall College

Following successful completion of the initial grind on the lower level of the new Sarah and Benjamin Winters Visionary Arts Building, Industrial Caulk & Seal is slated to begin extensive architectural grinding and polishing on the upper floors in the innovative new building on the historic Franklin and Marshall campus.

The Sarah and Benjamin Winters Visionary Arts building replaces the Herman Arts Center and epitomizes the latest and greatest in advanced architectural design at F & M. The building boasts a unique silhouette, and the main body of the structure is raised and framed in glass to offer views both under and through to Bachman Park and the surrounding Arts Quad.

Franklin and Marshall has made a commitment to LEED green building design and sustainability, and the new Visionary Arts building is no exception. The commitment to LEED Silver status led the architect to include polished concrete as the floor finish of choice. Through extensive sampling the general contractor, Poole Anderson, selected Industrial Caulk and Seal as the subcontractor to handle the demands associated with this high-profile project.

As an award-winning concrete polishing contractor, Industrial Caulk and Seal is often the contractor of choice for demanding and unique structures throughout the Mid-Atlantic and North East. Upon completion, the Sarah and Benjamin Winters Visionary Arts Building will be the latest addition to the extensive resume for ICS that features the finest architecture of today’s day and age.

About Industrial Caulk & Seal: ICS is a nationally recognized commercial contractor serving the Mid-Atlantic and North East. Founded in 2001, ICS has worked aggressively to set the industry standard in commercial concrete polishing, commercial caulking and semi-rigid joint fillers, commercial flooring and coatings, and comprehensive floor repair and restoration. Please visit http://www.industrialcaulkandseal.com for additional information.

Posted in: Services,U.S

Dr. Jin Y. Kim, Board-Certified Periodontist, Offers Natural-Looking Tooth Replacement for Orange, Calif.

Board-certified periodontist, Dr. Jin Y. Kim, welcomes those with tooth loss in Orange, Calif. to explore the long-term and natural-looking tooth replacement, dental implants. Dental implants are now considered the gold standard in tooth replacements because they can restore complete function and aesthetics while also lasting 20 years or longer with proper care.

Dental implants include a post that is surgically placed into the bone as well as a custom-made crown that fits on top. Using advanced equipment, Dr. Kim precisely places each implant post exactly where it will be most successful long-term. In order to ensure patients feel comfortable and relaxed throughout their treatment, Dr. Kim also offers custom sedation dentistry at both of his practice locations in Diamond Bar and West Garden Grove, Calif.

After placement, dental implants offer a success rate of more than 95 percent. Because they inspire healthy bone growth like a natural tooth root, they help maintain the integrity of the jawbone as well as avoid changes in facial shape common in those with dentures and bridges. Dr. Kim places both single dental implants and full arch dental implants as needed.

Throughout his esteemed career as a leading periodontist, Dr. Kim has spent considerable time learning the most leading-edge techniques in dentistry. He is also in the rare position of being dual board-certified by both the American Board of Periodontology and the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry. In addition to his focus on restorative dentistry, Dr. Kim also offers a wide range of other periodontal services such as laser gum therapy and minimally invasive gum recession treatment.

Those who have at least one missing tooth, or are missing a row of teeth, are encouraged to contact Dr. Kim for an appointment to discuss receiving advanced dental implants in Orange, Calif. Self-referrals and self-payments are welcome. His Diamond Bar, Calif, practice can be reached by calling 909-860-9222, and his West Garden Grove, Calif, office is available at 714-898-8757.

About the Periodontist

Dr. Jin Y. Kim is a periodontist dedicated to providing personalized dental care in Diamond Bar and Garden Grove, Calif. Dr. Kim attended the University of Sydney Faculty of Dentistry before furthering his education with an advanced degree in pathology from the Medical School of the same University. Dr. Kim completed a periodontics and implant surgery residency at UCLA School of Dentistry and is board-certified by the American Board of Periodontology and the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry. He is a past president of the Western Society of Periodontology and was also inducted to be a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Dentists and earned Fellowships in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Dr. Kim lectures and holds faculty positions at a number of universities including UCLA School of Dentistry and abroad. He has spoken at no less than 36 different countries across the globe as well as national and international academic and clinical associations and universities including the International Association of Dental Research, American Academy of Periodontology and Academy of Osseointegration. To learn more about Dr. Jin Kim and the services he offers, visit his website at http://www.drjinkim.com or call 909-860-9222 for the Diamond Bar location or 714-898-8757 for the West Garden Grove location to schedule an appointment.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,U.S

The NPD Group Names François Klipfel as Europe Toys Division President

he NPD Group has named François Klipfel president of the company’s Europe Toys business. NPD, the global leader in industry expertise, prescriptive analytics and point-of-sale tracking for toys, offers services for the toys industry in 13 countries around the world.

François started his career in sales at Procter & Gamble before he moved to the point-of-sale business within GfK France in 1993. Over the past 25 years, he had different roles in the commercial team of GfK, including Deputy Managing Director and member of the Management Board of the South West Europe region. In his latest role, he was leading a team of more than 70 managers and senior executives while handling sales and negotiations for a range of global clients.

In his new role at NPD, François will be responsible for continuing the successful development of the company’s Toys practice in Europe, and starting new initiatives in adjacent industries such as Entertainment. He will report into Gerhard Hausruckinger, NPD Group President for Europe and APAC.

“François has a proven track record as a successful leader, bringing with him a strong reputation for personnel development and team building. His experience and proven ability to deliver results will be a valuable asset as The NPD Group executes on its strategic priorities and plans for sustainable growth,” said Hausruckinger.

“I am honored and thrilled to take on this role and look forward to working with NPD’s talented team to undertake the myriad opportunities and challenges facing the toy industry in today’s increasingly competitive and ever-changing entertainment landscape,” said Klipfel.

About The NPD Group 
NPD offers data, industry expertise, and prescriptive analytics to help our clients grow their businesses in a changing world. Over 2000 companies worldwide rely on us to help them measure, predict, and improve performance across all channels, including brick-and-mortar and e-commerce. We have offices in 27 cities worldwide, with operations spanning the Americas, Europe, and APAC. Practice areas include apparel, appliances, automotive, beauty, books, B2B technology, consumer technology, e-commerce, fashion accessories, food consumption, foodservice, footwear, home, juvenile products, media entertainment, mobile, office supplies, retail, sports, toys, travel retail, video games, and watches / jewelry. For more information, visit http://www.npd.com. Follow us on Twitter: @npdgroup, @npd_entertain

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

Tenex Health Announces 510(k) US FDA Clearance for TX®-Bone to Help Patients Restore Musculoskeletal Function Without Invasive Surgery

Tenex Health, Inc., a privately held U.S.-based medical technology company providing healthcare professionals with minimally invasive technologies to treat chronic pain in soft and hard tissue, received 510(k) clearance from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to commercialize the newest addition to its growing Tenex Health TX® System family, TX-Bone.

TX-Bone is a minimally invasive technology, specifically designed for healthcare professionals to remove pain-causing bone and calcific tissue, thereby helping patients restore musculoskeletal function.

The technology is specifically designed to be used through a small incision, using a very simple, ultrasound or palpation guided technique. This distinctive combination allows physicians to identify and simultaneously perform selective cutting and debriding of pain-generating bone and calcific tissue, with optimized ultrasonic energy.

“FDA clearance for Tenex Health’s new product, TX-Bone, represents a major advancement in the management of patients with tendinopathy, including those who suffer from bony spurs,” said Bernard Morrey, MD of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. “TX-Bone is extremely efficient for treating soft tissue, but also very effective at removing pain-causing bone and calcific tissue. The data that we have obtained suggests that these additional capabilities have the same benefits and safety of Tenex Health’s other minimally invasive technologies.”

TX-Bone was designed to easily remove painful bone (spur and osteophyte formations) and calcific tissue. Applications include rotator cuff, triceps, the gluteus/trochanteric region, Achilles tendon insertion, Haglund’s deformity, and plantar fascia insertion spurs.

To date, Tenex Health’s TX technology has successfully been used in over 90,000 cases.

Tenex Health will be showcasing its full portfolio of products, including TX-Bone, at the upcoming AOSSM meeting in Boston, MA, July 11-14, 2019 at Booth #330.

About Tenex Health

Tenex Health, Inc. is a privately held medical technology company, focused on delivering healthier and more pain-free lifestyles for active patients. We are able to achieve this by providing healthcare professionals with a cutting edge, minimally invasive technology that eliminates chronic tendon pain, precisely targeting and removing damaged tissue, without the need for conventional surgery. For more information regarding Tenex Health, please visit http://www.tenexhealth.com.

“TENEX HEALTH® and TENEX HEALTH TX®” are registered trademarks of Tenex Health, Inc.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,U.S

Local Law Firm, Jessica Y. Rodriguez Law Firm, PLLC, Announces Expansion

After defending immigrants in Houston and beyond, the Jessica Y. Rodriguez Law Firm reaches its 10th anniversary this year. To celebrate, Jessica Rodriguez, the founder, made two decisions.

First, she'd launch a new and improved website.

"Most of my business always came from referrals," Rodriguez admits. " For a long time I didn't feel like I needed to make any major changes!"

Like most attorneys, Rodriguez was often pressed for time.

But now, Rodriguez wants to take her firm to the next level. As a result, she recently added Criminal Law and Personal Injury Law to the list of practice areas her firm specializes in. She's also added some new faces, including criminal defense attorney, Alia J. Moore and new legal assistants have joined the team as well.

"Providing more services meant expanding our book of business, which translated to a need for being found by more clients through online channels."

Though she is still getting plenty of referrals, Rodriguez says she wants her site to be more than an advertisement for her firm. "The new site is a clean, user-friendly hub of information for both my clients and the public."

Visiting https://www.resultadosparaindocumentados.com means getting info on a wealth of topics. These include topics spanning every practice area the firm now covers. 
A Spanish version of the site is available at https://www.resultadosparaindocumentados.com/es/home/ .

The new website was fully launched in February of 2019.

Rodriguez has also taken other steps to modernize her practice. She's begun focusing more on client feedback and in doing so, has also added a Facebook page to her arsenal of online resources.

"I hope these resources are useful and helpful for all my clients."

CONTACT:

Jessica Y. Rodriguez 
Attorney-at-Law 
10900 Northwest Fw. Ste. 200B 
Houston, TX 77092, EE.UU. 
(281) 569-9628 
JRodriguzeLaw@me.com

ABOUT THE JESSICA Y. RODRIGUEZ LAW FIRM

Since 2009, the Jessica Y. Rodriguez Law Firm has represented clients throughout the United States and beyond. The firm serves undocumented immigrants and legal immigrants alike. Recent expansions mean the firm is also offering services to criminal defendants and plaintiffs in personal injury cases. The Jessica Y. Rodriguez Law Firm offers services both in English and in Spanish. The attorneys on staff pride themselves on staying in close contacts with their clients, and handle most projects on a flat-fee basis. The firm also offers payment plans because the attorneys believe money shouldn't stand in the way of justice. To learn more, visit https://www.resultadosparaindocumentados.com.

Posted in: Law & Legal,U.S

ZOM Living Sells 366-Unit Luxury Garden Apartments in Tampa

ZOM Living, in partnership with affiliates of The Mattoni Group and New York-based Clarion Partners, LLC on behalf of a commingled fund managed by the firm, recently sold AZOLA Apartments, a 366-unit multifamily apartment community located within the Brandon area of Hillsborough County to an affiliate of institutional investor Nuveen Real Estate.

Azola at Magnolia Park was completed in Fall 2018. With convenient access to downtown Tampa, the beaches, shopping, and major employment centers, Azola Apartments are spread across 25 acres and feature well-appointed one, two, and three bedroom units in a variety of floor plans ranging from 704 to 1,457 square feet, with private yards and hard surface flooring in select units. A large resident community center and on-site amenities include a club room with cyber café, game room with virtual sports simulator, dog park and dog spa, state-of-the-art fitness center complete with cardio and cycling studio, as well as a boxing ring. The clubhouse is adjacent to an oak hammock and lushly landscaped grounds, which feature a resort-style pool with beach entry, private cabanas and grilling station.

“Azola’s community orientation and design aesthetics contributed to strong absorption of 30 apartments per month and we achieved top tier rental rates for the submarket,“ said Kyle Clayton, Senior Vice President, ZOM Living. “This was our first venture with ZOM, and to combine with Clarion Partners made for a terrific ownership team,’” added Ricardo Caporal, Founder and President of Mattoni Group. “We are very pleased with the result, and also adding this fine project to the Brandon/Riverview community.”

"Sole at Brandon, as now rebranded, offers luxury interiors and resort amenities at mid-level rents in one of the fastest growing submarkets in Tampa. The property is immediately adjacent to I-75 and the Selmon Expressway, providing connectivity to Downtown, Westshore Business District and other major employment entertainment centers within minutes. We are looking forward to continue expanding our housing platform in the main Florida MSAs as part of our investment strategy,” said Carlos A. Burneo, Senior Director at Nuveen Real Estate and lead for Housing in Florida

Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) exclusively represented the seller in the disposition. “ZOM’s ability to deliver best-in-class product in one of Tampa's fastest growing submarkets allowed for a very successful lease-up," said Patrick Dufour, NKF Vice-Chairman.

About ZOM Living 
ZOM Living is one of the most highly regarded luxury multifamily developers in the United States, and has joint ventured or directly developed nearly 21,000 apartment units nationwide, with an aggregate value of over Billion. Throughout its 40-year history, ZOM has garnered more than 170 industry awards for project design and development expertise, including the prestigious National Multifamily Development Firm of the Year award. Most recently, ZOM Living was ranked in the top 10 of national Multifamily Development Firms for 2018 by Multi- Housing News.

ZOM has 6,000 units currently under construction or in design/predevelopment throughout the U.S., with a total capitalization of .9 Billion. For more information on ZOM’s multifamily portfolio, visit http://www.zomliving.com.

About Nuveen Real Estate 
Nuveen Real Estate is one of the largest investment managers in the world with 8 billion of assets under management. Managing a suite of funds and mandates, across both public and private investments, and spanning both debt and equity across diverse geographies and investment styles, we provide access to every aspect of real estate investing. With over 80 years of real estate investing experience and more than 500 employees located across over 20 cities throughout the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific, the platform offers unparalleled geographic reach, which is married with deep sector expertise.

About Mattoni Group 
Founded in 2009, Mattoni Group is a private equity real estate investment firm that specializes in placing equity and debt with experienced operating and development partners working on transformative projects. The firm has built a national reputation for transparency, reliability, flexibility, and velocity in acquiring and financing real assets. Mattoni Group exists to be the bridge between best in class managers/operators and investor capital. Mattoni’s current portfolio and realized investments consist of a diversified mix of real estate assets including multi-family, office, retail, industrial, and specialty product types.

About Clarion Partners 
Clarion Partners LLC, an SEC registered investment adviser with FCA-authorized and FINRA member affiliates, has been a leading U.S. real estate investment manager for more than 36 years. Headquartered in New York, the firm maintains strategically located offices across the United States and Europe. With approximately billion in total assets under management, Clarion Partners offers a broad range of real estate strategies across the risk/return spectrum to its 350+ domestic and international institutional investors. More information about the firm is available at http://www.clarionpartners.com

About Newmark Knight Frank 
Newmark Knight Frank ("NKF"), operated by Newmark Group, Inc. ("Newmark Group") (NASDAQ: NMRK), is one of the world's leading and most trusted commercial real estate advisory firms, offering a complete suite of services and products for both owners and occupiers. Together with London-based partner Knight Frank and independently-owned offices, NKF's 16,000 professionals operate from approximately 430 offices on six continents. For further information, visit http://www.ngkf.com

Posted in: Real Estate,U.S

Voyager HQ Reunites Leaders in Travel Innovation For the Second Annual Travel Disruption Summit

Voyager HQ is partnering with leading companies in the travel industry, including Fareportal and Amadeus, to host the second annual Travel Disruption Summit in New York City on May 22, 2019. The Travel Disruption Summit is a full-day symposium gathering the chief luminaries and change makers in travel, tourism, and hospitality innovation.

This event is highly curated, with all 300+ attendees vetted to ensure focused discussions and actionable outcomes towards the advancement of the industry. Attendees represent the leading voices and minds in the travel and technology industries, taking part in content sessions with high-growth startup founders, technologists and industry champions.

Content at the Summit will be sorted into three tracks: Aviation, Hospitality, and Tourism. 
As a key part of the programming, attendees will participate in focused roundtable sessions exploring subtopics within each track: Discovery/Inspiration, Search/Aggregation, Inventory/Distribution, Payments, Mobility, Experiences, Corporate Travel, Sustainability & Conservation, Loyalty, Luxury Travel, and Operations.

These intimate conversations are moderated by startup founders and enterprise leaders from Voyager HQ’s network who are developing solutions or making an impact in their own vertical. Each table includes industry leaders, venture capitalists, startups and media professionals to contribute diverse inputs to the discussion.

The day’s program culminates with a selection of early-stage, visionary startup founders pitching their innovations for the near future of travel, with all attendees casting a vote for the winner. The day concludes with an afterparty in New York City to continue the conversations and formalize the partnerships initiated during the Summit.

For more information and to apply to attend, visit https://www.traveldisruptionsummit.com.

Speakers include:

Sam Jain, 
CEO and Founder at Fareportal

Anthony Toth, 
Managing Director -Digital Sales at United Airlines

Jeff Glueck, 
CEO at Foursquare

Amy Burr 
Managing Director, Operations and Partnerships at JetBlue Technology Ventures

Marina Suberlyak, 
Head of Marketing, North America at Norwegian Air

Kerri Zeil, 
Head of Amadeus for Startups

Nicole Brown, 
Senior Director, Partnerships at TripAdvisor

Barbara Joseph, 
Senior Manager, Business Development at Virtuoso

Javier Egipciaco, 
SVP & Managing Director at Arlo Hotels

About Voyager HQ 
Voyager HQ is the startup club for the global travel, tourism, and hospitality industry. Their community brings together entrepreneurs, corporate partners, and investors from around the world to create the future of travel experiences through curated events, workspace, and actionable introductions. The Voyager Clubhouse NYC is their signature coworking and event space in Flatiron, as well as the global headquarters for a digital community of 1,500+ entrepreneurs in more than 200 cities around the world. Join the Voyager HQ club by visiting https://www.voyagerhq.com/join-voyager/.

About Fareportal 
Fareportal is a travel technology company powering a next-generation travel concierge service. Utilizing its innovative technology and company owned and operated global contact centers, Fareportal has built strong industry partnerships providing customers access to over 450 airlines, 1 million hotels, and hundreds of car rental companies around the globe. With a portfolio of consumer travel brands including CheapOair and OneTravel, Fareportal enables consumers to book online, on mobile apps for iOS and Android, by phone, or live chat. Fareportal provides its airline partners with access to a broad customer base that books high-yielding international travel and add-on ancillaries.

Contact: 
John Matson 
john(at)voyagerhq(dot)com 
137 W 25th Street 
New York, NY 10001 
United States 
Ph: +1 347 440 1627

Posted in: Travel,U.S

Single Digits Acquires The High-Speed Internet Access Division of Resolute Partners

Single Digits, Inc. announced today that it has completed the acquisition of the guest Wi-Fi business of Resolute Partners. As part of the acquisition, Single Digits will now provide High-Speed Internet Access (HSIA) to approximately 100 additional locations in the hospitality, Multi-Dwelling Units (MDU) healthcare, and government sectors throughout the US. Additionally, the former Summit Technology team and Burlington, VT office will join the Single Digits family.

Single Digits is excited to welcome the newly acquired customers onto the Broadband Authentication Platform (BAP), the company’s award-winning software platform, which will provide each account with additional flexibility and a suite of advanced guest management features and functionality. Additionally, all customer locations will now be supported by more than 200 technicians located in its bi-coastal 24x7x365 Network Operations Center.

“The acquisition of the guest Wi-Fi business of Resolute Partners will add new large hotel and government customers to the Single Digits’ family,” says Steve Singlar, President and CEO of Single Digits. “We are committed to providing a seamless transition and an outstanding customer experience for these new customers. We’re also pleased and excited that key members of the Resolute Partners team will join Single Digits, bringing new talent and expertise.”

"We’re excited to have closed this transaction with Single Digits, which is a truly extraordinary company. Single Digits really understands our customers’ needs and we are confident that they will provide the same outstanding level of service that our customers have enjoyed,” says Michael Blanco, CEO and Founder of Resolute Partners.

Resolute will continue to provide high security wireless, cybersecurity services and managed video surveillance to commercial and government customers.

Along with premium hotels and resorts in the Northeast, Resolute Partners has built a business providing services to state and federal government customers throughout the U.S. and has been responsible for keeping its Wi-Fi networks on the cutting-edge of performance and reliability.

Single Digits was recently acquired by GI Partners, a leading private equity firm. This is the second acquisition under GI Partners’ ownership.

About RESOLUTE Partners 
Established in 1997, RESOLUTE Partners is a Connecticut-based firm who engineers, installs, operates and maintains a complete range of Internet access and data communications solutions for government and commercial enterprises around the world, including hospitals, education facilities, military installations and office parks. Their networks support guest Wi-Fi, rural broadband access and energy management systems. The company offers an enhanced experience for end users, improve operating efficiencies, reduce costs and create new business opportunities for customers or our contracting partners.

About Single Digits 
Single Digits is a leading provider of High-Speed Internet Access management and support solutions. The company offers a complete guest internet solution, including components of IP network design, engineering, professional services, ongoing maintenance, networking monitoring, multi-lingual support, revenue reporting and authentication tracking. Single Digits currently serves over 1,600 customers across the hospitality, student housing, MDU, transportation, and other end markets.

About GI Partners 
GI Partners is a private investment firm based in San Francisco. The firm has raised over billion in capital from leading institutional investors across the globe. GI Partners’ private equity team focuses on investments in the IT Infrastructure, Healthcare, Software, and Services sectors. For more information on GI Partners and its entire portfolio, please visit http://www.gipartners.com.

Posted in: Services,U.S

IntraOp® Announces First Patient Enrolled in PACER Trial for Pancreatic Cancer

IntraOp Medical Corporation announced today the enrollment of the first patient in the PACER (Pancreatic AdenoCarcinoma with Electron intraoperative Radiation therapy) Trial: A Phase II study of electron beam intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) following chemoradiation in patients with pancreatic cancer with vascular involvement.

In the U.S, over 55,000 patients are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer every year. The one-year survival rate is around 20% and the five-year is less than 10%. Approximately 30-40% of those patients are diagnosed with borderline-resectable or locally advanced unresectable disease

The PACER Trial is a multi-center prospective clinical trial led by Principal Investigator Theodore S. Hong, MD of Massachusetts General Hospital. It will explore the clinical benefits of delivering IORT in patients who’ve been diagnosed with borderline-resectable and locally advanced unresectable pancreatic cancer and have undergone intensive neoadjuvant therapy including FOLFIRNOX and chemoradiation.

The primary objective of PACER is to evaluate the rate of overall survival at two years in patients with either borderline or locally advanced pancreatic cancer who receive electron beam IORT following chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Secondary objectives include progression-free survival (PFS), local control, and toxicity.

Retrospective analysis of Mass General Hospital’s data has indicated that intensive neoadjuvant treatment followed by electron beam IORT was associated with improved median survival rates. This is despite the fact that patients only received IORT in the setting of either a close/positive margins or unresectable disease without increasing the rate of serious toxicity or surgical complications. This data motivated the PACER trial.

“Pancreatic cancer remains one of the most deadly cancers. With only modest improvements in patient outcomes over the past decades; a paradigm shift is clearly needed in the management of localized pancreatic cancer.” said Theodore Hong, MD., Director of Gastrointestinal Service, Department of Radiation Oncology at Mass General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. “Our single institution experience has indicated promising results. We look forward to having more leading institutions such as the Mayo Clinic, University of North Carolina, UC Irvine, and Ohio State University join this trial and explore the potential benefits of adding IORT into their clinical practice.”

The PACER trial is the first prospective, multi-institutional study to deliver ablative doses of intraoperative radiation to pancreatic cancer patients. It aims to enroll 200 participants with borderline-resectable or locally advanced unresectable pancreatic cancer.

“We are proud to be a collaborator for the PACER Trial to accelerate and expand the clinical evidence supporting the role of electron beam IORT in successfully treating pancreatic cancer,” said Derek T. DeScioli, Chief Executive Officer of IntraOp Medical Corporation. “This trial demonstrates the power in bringing radiation therapy into the operating room. Essentially, we are enabling institutions to provide their patients with real-time multidisciplinary care and thereby unlocking potential treatment options that have not been widely available historically.”

About IntraOp Medical Corporation 
IntraOp® is the leading innovator of electron radiation devices for treating cancer as an adjunct to invasive surgical procedures. As the developer and manufacturer of Mobetron®, IntraOp pioneered the world’s first portable, self-shielded LINAC used for electron-based Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT). Over 20,000 patients in 16 countries have benefited from Mobetron IORT. Based in Sunnyvale, California, IntraOp is a cancer care company uniting radiation and surgical oncology in the fight against cancer. For more information please visit https://intraop.com

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Posted in: Health & Medicine,U.S

Lean Enterprise Institute Executive Chair Jean Cunningham Inducted into the Shingo Academy

Jean Cunningham, executive chair and interim CEO of the nonprofit Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI), today is the newest member of the prestigious Shingo Academy, which honors business leaders who have distinguished themselves in operational excellence.

Cunningham was inducted during a ceremony at the Shingo Institute’s annual conference on April 30, 2019, in Cincinnati. The Institute is part of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.

“I am so surprised and honored to receive this recognition,” Cunningham said. “When my books won Shingo Awards, it became a key part in creating the confidence to continue to share what I had learned so that others might learn and be inspired as well. The recognition from Shingo for my books is a key reason I feel I was able to do the work that eventually enabled me to be recognized by the academy.”

Cunningham, who became executive chair and interim CEO of Boston-based LEI in March 2019, is the co-author of the acclaimed book, Real Numbers: Management Accounting in a Lean Organization, regarded as an essential text for learning lean accounting. She is co-author of Easier, Simpler, Faster on applying lean principles to IT processes. Both books were awarded the Shingo Prize for Research in 2004 and 2008, respectively. Last year, she published The Value Add Accountant on how finance and accounting can innovate and add value in strategic improvement efforts.

Early Lean Production Success 
Between 1993 and 2005 Cunningham served as CFO at two manufacturing companies, where she pioneered integrating lean manufacturing with finance, IT, HR, marketing, and other business functions. One company was capital equipment manufacturer Lantech, an early example of lean production success and lean enterprise innovation that was featured in Harvard Business Review, business best-seller Lean Thinking, and The Work of Management published by LEI in 2017.

Cunningham’s work experience began at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), where she broke ground as the first woman plant controller. In that role, she created a fully engaged team approach to create excellence in the function. She later left finance for operations.

In 2006, she founded Illinois-based Jean Cunningham Consulting, providing strategic guidance, lean management coaching, and other continuous improvement practices globally to companies in manufacturing, services, and healthcare.

Cunningham, a sought-after speaker and keynoter at conferences, was inducted into the AME Hall of Fame for Manufacturing Excellence in 2018. She teaches Lean Accounting at the Ohio State University Master of Business Operational Excellence program.

About LEI 
Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit training, publishing, and research organization based in Boston, MA, with a mission to make things better through lean thinking and practice to create more value and prosperity while consuming the fewest possible resources. Founded in 1997 by management expert James P. Womack, PhD, LEI conducts research, teaches educational workshops, publishes books and ebooks, runs conferences, and shares practical information about lean thinking and practice. Visit LEI at lean.org to learn more.

Posted in: Education,U.S

The Dentists, LLC has Been Named a NJ Top Dentist Practice for 2019

NJ Top Dentists is proud to present Georgette Bennardo-Meggelin, DDS and Aliza E. Staiman, DDS of The Dentists, LLC for 2019. Dr. Bennardo-Meggelin and Dr. Staiman provide exceptional dentistry at their Teaneck-based practice.

“We are committed to making our patients’ treatment comfortable and enjoyable. We take pride in our professionalism, the gentleness of our care and the friendliness of our staff,” they say. “It is our objective to place our patients first and foremost.”

Patients who visit The Dentists, LLC receive a variety of tailored treatments, including routine examinations, routine cleanings, fillings, crowns, bridges, root canals, extractions, oral cancer screenings, and VELscope screenings.

Drs. Georgette Bernardo-Meggelin and Aliza E. Staiman both consider it a privilege and a pleasure to have the opportunity to restore patients to their optimal dental health.

To learn more about these NJ Top Dentists, please click here: https://njtopdocs.com/nj-dentists/dr-georgette-bennardo-meggelin/

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NJ Top Docs is a division of USA Top Docs which allows patients to meet providers online before making their appointment.

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Posted in: Health & Medicine,U.S

Croatian Reseller Reaches 15 Years Selling GSW Telnet Server for Windows

Georgia SoftWorks (GSW) celebrates 15 years of partnership with BBM Software. Since 2004, BBM Software has been an Authorized Reseller of the GSW Telnet Server for Windows and SSH Server for Windows. Located in Croatia, BBM Software creates software packages for businesses, providing them the ability to transfer data, remotely operate, simplify procedures and extend their business in many areas.

“We are proud to have BBM on our reseller list. As our only Authorized Reseller in Croatia, they are very important to our reseller network. We appreciate how they serve their clients and offer the best solutions, and we are honored to be one of the solutions that they offer,” said Steve Lindsey of Georgia SoftWorks.

Founded in 1990, BBM Software produces programming support for various business segments. They focus on ease of use and speed of operation while retaining power and quality support. Currently, BBM has business applications installed in over 500 businesses and trades. They also develop automation and customer support applications for radio stations.

“The Georgia SoftWorks solutions are great with mobile devices, RF Terminals, Bar Code scanners and other data collection devices in wireless environments, which makes it an excellent match for the solutions that BBM provides,” said Lindsey. “BBM offers their customers the GSW Telnet Server for Windows, SSH Server for Windows, and numerous remote access utilities.”

Georgia SoftWorks is a software development company located in Dawsonville, Georgia USA who has gained worldwide recognition for their development of the GSW Telnet Server for Windows and SSH Server for Windows. GSW has end-users and resellers in every continent (except Antarctica). Their software is used in a variety of industries, including government, automobile manufacturing, schools, oil companies, airlines, pharmaceutical, medical, food and beverage and more.

About Georgia SoftWorks
Established in 1991, Georgia SoftWorks is a privately held software development company recognized for creating high performance data communications, system and telecommunications applications. Georgia SoftWorks has obtained a worldwide presence with its industrial SSH/Telnet Server for Microsoft Windows. GSW's long-term commitment to SSH/Telnet has led to the pioneering of major features such as Session Shadowing, Session Monitoring, Graceful Termination, Automatic Logon, Logon Scripting and Team Services technology which allows mobile device users to transfer, swap, share and recover mobile device sessions. Most recently, Georgia SoftWorks has launched their GSW ConnectBot, a SSH/Telnet Client for Android. The GSW ConnectBot is the most cryptographically secure, commercially supported SSH client for Android, only on par with the GSW SSH Client for Windows

Posted in: Computers & Software,U.S

Texas Fertility Center Announces 2019 Recipient of RESOLVE Advocacy Day Grant

Texas Fertility Center (TFC) is proud to announce Brittany Beckendorf is the 2019 recipient of the Advocacy Day grant. She received the grant after submitting her moving story about overcoming polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis to give birth to a healthy baby boy.

As the recipient, this TFC patient and a guest will be able to attend RESOLVE Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., on May 15-16.

The grant, which Ovation® Fertility co-sponsored, required applicants to submit their fertility story in written, video or photo collage format. To make the final selection, an independent, 12-person panel with a background in infertility reviewed all the submissions.

Brittany will attend RESOLVE Advocacy Day 2019 with a Texas Fertility Center doctor

Brittany and her guest will attend RESOLVE Advocacy Day with Kaylen Silverberg MD, the medical director of TFC. Dr. Silverberg, who regularly attends this annual event, is renowned for being a champion of accessible fertility care. He believes that it is important for fertility specialists to do their part to change the way our country views infertility.

According to Dr. Silverberg, “We received a wonderful response to our request for Advocacy Day grant submissions. Each hopeful parent has a unique story to share about infertility. We can only provide one grant, but we can share the stories of all applicants in a different way. Brittany and I will bring their stories to share with the Texas Congressional delegation.”

During her trip to Washington, D.C., Brittany and her guest will attend lobbying workshops. Dr. Silverberg and other experienced advocates will lead these classes to teach attendees how to effectively lobby. After the training, Brittany and the other attendees will represent the infertility community and speak to members of Congress.

“We firmly believe that every fertility patient has a story to tell. Texas Fertility Center is honored to give another deserving patient the chance to share her story on Capitol Hill for the benefit of all infertility patients,” Dr. Silverberg said.

Read Brittany's story here

Last year’s RESOLVE Advocacy Day grant recipient was Erin Steward, also a TFC patient. Her story about struggling to conceive her daughter and her efforts to have a second child secured her place as the 2018 grant recipient.

About Texas Fertility Center

Texas Fertility Center (TFC), one of the natioAn’s leading full-service infertility practices, provides advanced infertility and reproductive endocrinology services to patients throughout Texas, the southwestern United States and the Americas. Since 1980, TFC has been recognized nationally and internationally for outstanding pregnancy rates, leading-edge laboratory procedures and innovative research programs. For more information, please visit http://www.txfertility.com.

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

RM Smythe Old Company Research Service Celebrates 139 Years of Continuous Operations Which Began in 1880

RM Smythe Old Company Research Service celebrates 139 Years of Continuous Old Stock and Bond Research Since 1880. The service was founded in 1880 by Roland M. Smythe and was later expanded with the addition of Marvyn Scudder and Robert D. Fisher. Scripophily.com, the parent company of RM Smythe Old Company Research Service, acquired the old stock & bond business research service correspondence, archives and copyrights from Herzog & Co., Inc.

We have hundreds of thousands of companies in our data base and continue to update our archives, repositories and resources into our proprietary information management systems. Under the direction of trained old stock research professionals, the data merger has ensured our continual commitment to quality and value with efficient access to this previously hard to recover information for a cost effective price.

The old company and securities research service provides investigative analysis for financial and accounting firms, professionals, attorneys, investors, estates and trusts in cases of questioned securities and lost company identities. The research investigations will probe into the corporate history, capital changes, mergers, acquisitions, bankruptcies, legal proceedings, regulatory filings, and analysis of companies to assess the disposition of financial holdings.

In addition to the potential redeemable value sought by investors, Scripophily.com offers insight into the secondary historical finance market by assessing any possible collectible value. SCRIPOPHILY is the hobby of collecting authentic old stock and bond certificates. The name resulted from the combining of the English and Greek words "scrip” represents an ownership right and the word "philos" meaning to love.

Scripophily.com is the Internets leading buyer and seller of collectible stock and bond certificates, and old stock research at OldCompany.com. The company has had items on display in the Museum of American Finance in New York, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. Scripophily.com has been featured on CNBC, Today Show, Inside Edition, Associated Press, USA Today, Baltimore Sun, Washington Post and in many other media publications.. Our online store has over 17,500 selections including categories such as Frauds, Scandals, Bankruptcies, Dot Coms, as well as the traditional American industries.

Scripophily.com /Old Company Research Service, founding member of the Old Stock Exchange, is the successor company to all material published by the Marvyn Scudders Manuals, the Robert D. Fisher Manuals, R.M. Smythe Stock Research Service, and the Herzog & Co., Inc. obsolete research services. These services have been performed continuously for over 139 years since 1880. We are the leading provider of authentic stock certificates, autographs, and old company stock research services.

Scripophily.com and Old Company Research Services was founded by Bob Kerstein (Bob.com). Bob is a CPA and CGMA, and has more than 43 years of senior management experience in the Cellular, Cable TV, Satellite, Internet, Professional Sports and Entertainment Industries. Bob is also the President of the Professional Scripophily Traders Association (PSTA).

For more information on Scripophily.com®, visit https://www.scripophily.comhttps://www.oldcompany.comhttps://www.scripophily.nethttp://www.rm-smythe.comhttp://www.bob.us or call 1-703-787-3552.

Posted in: Services,U.S

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel Proclaims Young Latina Day April 11

Recognizing the positive achievements of young Hispanic women, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel presented to Gabriela Rodil, treasurer and board member of the nonprofit Fig Factor Foundation, a proclamation declaring April 11 to be Young Latina Day in Chicago.

The nonprofit foundation’s mission is to provide educational leadership platforms, mentorship and meaningful empowering activities to Latinas ages 12 to 25. Jacqueline Camacho-Ruiz, the nonprofit’s founder and CEO of JJR Marketing, formed the foundation in North Aurora in 2014.

“Meeting with Rahm Emmanuel and learning of his strong support for this event was a significant milestone for the Fig Factor Foundation,” Rodil said. “Having Mayor Emmanuel make that proclamation in the third largest city in the country paves the way for future supportive advancements in the Latino community in Chicago.”

This year six other suburbs commemorated the celebration: Bolingbrook, West Chicago, Hanover Park, Bartlett, Aurora and Berwyn.

The Young Latina Day event began when it was first proclaimed by the City of Aurora in 2017. In 2018, in addition to Aurora, West Chicago and Berwyn also participated. It was also in 2018 that through the Latino affairs from the office of the Governor, former Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner presented a certificate of excellence to honor and recognize the foundation’s work in the Hispanic community. This year’s schedule of Chicago and six suburbs displays the growing support to help Latinas in their life goals.

“The fact that this year we have seven cities participating shows the importance of supporting young Latinas as they grow to be leaders and role models to their families, communities and businesses,” Camacho-Ruiz said.

The event has already made an impact on participants such as Crystal Monarrez, a senior at Batavia High School who will be entering Brigham Young University this fall. Monarrez entered the foundation’s mentoring program and graduated from it.

“Participating in Young Latina Day makes me feel grateful that people are aware of the beauty and culture that comes from being Latina,” she said. “As young Latinas, we are recognizing where we come from. We are celebrating our blood heritage, our roots, our families, our traditions and our way of life.”

West Chicago resident Gaby Hernandez, a family liaison with West Chicago’s Elementary School District 33 and a Fig Factor Foundation graduate, said that Young Latina Day is an important part of her life. For her, seeing these cities proclaim the day makes it official and a reality.

Hernandez described the day as exposing her to the amount of success Latinas have had by participating as foundation mentors or as partners who have helped Camacho-Ruiz along the years.

“It is those connections that I built through the Fig Factor Foundation has led me to be open to more possibilities,” Hernandez said.

The celebration would not be possible without the generous support of the following businesses. Northern Trust is the event’s gold sponsor. Silver event sponsors are, Ortega Business Services Inc., Victoria and Scott Severson, Berwyn Park District, JJR Marketing, Ramos Tax and Services, Advanced Wiring Solutions and Lurdez Consulting Group. Bronze event sponsors are Roger Doan, Allegiant Fire Protection, Farmers Insurance, Medhat Sbeih of State Farm, C.B. Colin Landscapes, PME Cake Decorating Supplies, 25 Unite, Vertex Resource Group, La Michocana, Delgado Rompf Bruen LLC, Latin Heritage Leadership Council, Continental Audi of Naperville, Luxury Nails Tech and City of Berwyn Mayor Robert J. Lovero.

For more information about the Fig Factor Foundation, visit http://www.thefigfactor.org.

About Fig Factor Foundation: 
The Fig Factor Foundation’s mission is to become a powerful catalyst for Latinas aged 12 to 25 to pursue their dreams by providing educational leadership platforms, mentorship and powerful experiences through a context of sisterhood. It was founded in September 2014, after six months of hard work to assemble the team, the program, build infrastructure and raise initial funding. Their positive impact was immediately felt at smaller local events and provided the impetus to grow. The foundation’s goal is to implement the program nationwide before expanding globally. Learn more about the foundation at http://www.thefigfactor.org.

Posted in: Education,U.S

American Elite Molding Continues Double Digit Growth; Is on Pace to Match 2018's Rate of 30% Growth in 2019

American Elite Molding, America’s leading manufacturer of cable ties, experienced 30% growth in 2018 and is on pace to match that rate in 2019. This marks 15 straight years of double digit growth for the American manufacturer based in Crestview, Florida.

“We are proud to continue our trend of double digit growth, year after year,” said American Elite Molding Founder and CEO Robert Sires. “In 2018, our 20th year in business, we had more than million in sales. We have grown from 3 employees to nearly 200, and our production facility in Florida has expanded from 4,000 square feet to 75,000 square feet—and we’re almost busting at the seams. We’ve managed this growth through our dedication to producing superior quality, American-made cable ties and to delivering exceptional customer service. We are constantly improving our processes and expanding production capacity; we have invested over million in new machinery over the past three years and now have 17 machines running 24/7/365. We also now supply cable ties to one of the largest consumer home improvement chains in the U.S. We expect to reach over million in sales within the next three years.”

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, American Elite Molding is America’s leading manufacturer of nylon cable ties. Located in Crestview, Florida, its state-of-the-art ISO 9001-certified facility operates 24/7/365 and boasts the most advanced production processes in the U.S. AEM offers an extensive line of cable ties in a variety of lengths, tensile strengths, and colors, plus accessories such as mounting pads and cable clamps. American Elite Molding’s specialty products include EZ-Off™ ties, releasable ties, custom-printed ties, and HVAC duct straps. All cable ties use virgin nylon 6/6 to guarantee superior quality and are UL Listed and Mil-Spec approved, including UL 62275 Type 21S. AEM maintains a full inventory of all cable ties for Just-in-Time delivery from regional stocking locations to its national distributor network. American Elite Molding is committed to continuous improvement in quality and service in all areas. The company focuses on customer success as well as satisfaction, and all American Elite Molding products are backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. For more information, call 1-888-463-3454, visit http://www.AmericanEliteMolding.com, or find AEM on Facebook.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,U.S

Casenet Integrates with Change Healthcare's InterQual Connect

Casenet® LLC, a population health company, is launching an integration with Change Healthcare’s InterQual Connect™ that enables providers and payers to access evidence-based content to streamline authorization requests and facilitate utilization review.

InterQual Connect is a cloud-based medical review and connectivity solution that automates prior authorizations where medical review is required. The integration enables providers to review InterQual® clinical criteria and submit authorization requests to payers using TruCare ProAuth, Casenet’s authorization prescreening, submission, and tracking technology solution. Payers can view the authorization request immediately and approve or deny the request in Casenet’s care management platform, TruCare. In addition, payers can accelerate the approval process by automating business and clinical rules using InterQual Connect’s criteria, eliminating manual review and providing a real-time decision to providers.

Integration with InterQual Connect provides an easy, step-by-step process that enables providers to quickly document and share information with payers to support their authorization requests. Payers can view authorization requests in real time, access InterQual clinical criteria to confirm medical necessity, and make utilization decisions. Providers are notified about authorization decisions immediately via TruCare ProAuth.

“Health plans and providers need to collaborate on overall patient outcomes using evidence-based clinical decision support. The InterQual Connect integration with both the TruCare care management platform and TruCare ProAuth enables healthcare organizations to collaborate effectively and in their desired workflow”, says Nilo Mehrabian, Vice President of Product Management, Decision Support at Change Healthcare. “We are pleased to partner with Casenet as they fully leverage InterQual Connect authorization connectivity and medical review services to address automation of authorizations requiring medical review.”

“Casenet’s integration with InterQual Connect solves the problems with manual data entry, back-and-forth faxes, and follow-up calls that have hampered the authorization process,” said Peter Masanotti, CEO of Casenet. “Now we can open up communication channels between physicians and care managers, creating opportunities to automate the prior authorization process and streamline utilization management to support value-based care initiatives.”

About Casenet, LLC 
Casenet provides a comprehensive suite of enterprise care management software and services solutions for commercial, Medicaid, Medicare, TPA, provider/ACO and specialty provider organizations that have multiple lines of business and that require comprehensive configurations for each member population. Healthcare organizations rely on Casenet’s population health management solutions to improve care coordination and the quality and delivery of care through enhanced case, disease, utilization, and home and community-based services management. Casenet solutions enable organizations to adapt quickly to changing market and regulatory dynamics, and to identify and target populations having unique risk characteristics with specific care management programs— taking the first step toward better individual health and total population health management. For more information, visit http://www.casenetllc.com.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,U.S

Bellaplex Cream Recommended By The Skin Health Store As The Best Anti-Aging Cream

Bellaplex cream, the powerful anti-aging formula developed by one of the most reputed names in the skincare industry, has made it to the top of the list of the best anti-aging products available on the market. According to leading skincare experts, The Skin Health Store, getting a younger-looking skin is now possible with this revolutionary anti-aging formula.

“We are delighted to note that the well-researched and unique anti-aging formulation is now trusted by women to help them look younger again,” says the spokesperson for The Skin Health Store. “Bellaplex is a scientifically advanced, visible wrinkle reduction formulation designed to work on all skin types. The brand has the perfect mix of the best anti-aging ingredients that can deliver magical results without burning a hole in your pocket.”

Bellaplex anti-aging cream offers a unique combination of anti-aging ingredients acclaimed by top skin care experts as the best formula to battle the signs of aging on the facial skin. These include proven ingredients such as Matrixyl 3000, Argireline, Hyaluronic Acid, and Hydrolyzed Collagen. The potent formula also includes a few other ingredients that can provide quick and visible results on all types of skin.

Bellaplex cream is a versatile anti-aging, anti-wrinkle cream developed after years of extensive scientific research. It is a brand developed by one of the most reputed names in cosmetic products. Bellaplex has excellent skin moisturizing properties too. Regular use can help in balancing the suppleness and moisture levels of the key areas of the facial skin.

Bellaplex is easy to use as it is extremely light and non-sticky. It can be used as a day and night cream and guarantees great results. Bellaplex anti-aging cream offers key anti-aging benefits such as reducing crow’s feet, fine lines, and wrinkles. Bellaplex also lifts sagging cheeks and tightens enlarged pores to make facial skin look smoother, softer, and younger.

The Matrixyl 3000 is an advanced skincare formula which gives Bellaplex a huge advantage over other popular anti-aging creams. When used in combination with Hyaluronic Acid, it encourages the production of the all-important collagen, the critical skin supporting structure generated by the skin cells naturally. As we age, the production of collagen is affected thus reducing the skin’s elasticity and natural ability to repair and recuperate

The Skin Health Store recommends Bellaplex as the best choice when it comes to buying an anti-aging cream. The unique formula has worked for tens of thousands of women with different skin types and from all over the world. According to the beauty and skin care experts at The Skin Health Store, it is possible for women to give their sun-damaged and aging skin a major makeover with Bellaplex cream.

About Bellaplex Cream:

Bellaplex cream is one of the most effective and trusted brands in the anti-aging topical products niche and is the clear favorite of women looking to get rid of the visible signs of aging from their facial skin. Bellaplex cream comes with a 100% money back guarantee. Users can claim a full refund if they are not happy with the results.

Posted in: Fashion & Beauty,U.S

A Tribute to Cows and Goats: Tennessee River Valley’s Guide to Dairy and Cheese Farms in the South

The South has seen a rise in interest in local creameries and dairies in recent years, and buying locally grown food and learning more about the origin of food have produced more interest in farm tours. While diary farms have been popular, goat farms are climbing the ranks and becoming more prevalent with families, travelers and foodies.

The Tennessee River Valley Geotourism Mapguide invites invites visitors to explore dairy and cheese farms tucked into the region’s rolling hills and valleys. These farms are open to the public and offer a chance to learn how milk is produced, learn how multi-generational farmers are perfecting the art of cheesemaking, see a farm in operation, taste farm-fresh treats, interact with farm animals and talk with experts in the farming industry.

Belle Chèvre, Elkmont, Ala.

Alabama-based creamery Belle Chevre has earned national attention for its French style goat’s milk cheeses. Located in northern rural Alabama in Elkmont, this artisan cheese shop offers a tasting room serving handmade goat cheese and guided tours. Owner Tasia Malakasis is an internationally awarded cheesemaker, cookbook author and an Alabama native who returned to her roots after working as a top marketing executive in the high-tech world.

Prior to Malakasis acquiring the company, Belle Chevre was among some of the best creameries in the country. It had garnered the highest honors from the American Cheese Society and the American Dairy Goat Association. Today, the creamery has received more than 100 national awards and hundreds of honorable mentions.

Belle Chèvre’s milk comes from a farm down the road, where the goats munch on grasses enriched by the fertile limestone soil that gives Elkmont’s home county its name. Belle Chèvre is most noted for its Fromage Blanc, a fresh goat cheese that can be used as a spread on bagels or as an accompaniment to fresh vegetables and fruit.

Guided tours of the creamery to see the making of the award-winning cheese are available Fridays and Saturdays. Tours also include a peek into cheesemaking with in-depth explanation by one of its cheesemakers, Belle Chevre history, goat petting and visiting, tastings/samples and a nine minute documentary film.

Mountain Hollow Farm Store & Studio, Tazewell, Tenn.

Mountain Hollow Farm is a cashmere goat farm located on the historic Vancel Mill property about an hour north of Knoxville. At this working farm, guests can visit with the cashmere goats, as well as Shetland sheep.

Each spring, the goats prized for their delicate undercoat get brushed until the finest fiber comes out. According to Mountain Hollow Farm, cashmere is not a breed of goat; it is a type of goat. Cashmere is the soft down of the goat that grows beneath the guard hair. There is not one “look” for cashmere goats. They come in a variety of colors, hair lengths and horn shapes.

The farm rests on the site of the historic Vancel Mill property. Although the mill is gone, a circa 1931 general store has been restored for use as a store and studio. After spending time with the animals, stop by the country store which features yarn, fine handcrafts, loose leaf tea, Raven's Brew coffee, gourmet food mixes and goat's milk soap. The farm is also particularly popular with those who knit and crochet. A variety of knitting, crochet and spinning classes are offered year round.

Sweetwater Valley Farm, Philadelphia, Tenn.

Located in the heart of southeast Tennessee’s dairy-rich Sweetwater Valley, Sweetwater Valley Farm is one of a few farms in the country producing fine farmstead cheese. As a farmstead cheese producer, Sweetwater Valley Farm controls the entire process from cow to consumer starting with what is grown at the farm to feed the cows and then later down the road using their milk to produce the cheese.

Sweetwater Valley Farm makes a wide variety of cheddar-based cheeses as well as Gouda, and visitors can stop by the farm store to sample over 30 flavors of cheese. Cheese is typically made January through the summer either two or three times a week. Limited quantities of fresh cheese curds are available for purchase when cheese is made.

Mayfield Dairy Farms, Athens, Tenn.

One of the nation’s leading dairies, Mayfield Dairy Farms has been in operation for over 100 years. A visit to the Mayfield Visitors Center in Athens, located between Knoxville and Chattanooga on I-75, explains the process of how Mayfield makes milk and ice cream.

The free, behind-the-scenes tour of this dairy plant shows how dairy farming has changed over time. The tour begins with an overview of the history of the farm and how it evolved into a modern dairy production plant. Tours are offered Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except Wednesday) and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

After the tour, visitors can stop by the ice cream parlor and purchase a cup or cone of favorite Mayfield flavor, or pick up a souvenir in the gift shop.

For more information or to discover additional things to see and experience in the Tennessee River Valley, visit http://www.exploreTRV.com.

Posted in: Travel,U.S

How Pet Lovers Can ‘Pay It Forward’ To Help Homeless Dogs and Cats

When Marina Barton walked into the Best Friends Lifesaving Center in Mission Hills last July, she knew she wanted to open her heart and her home to two adult cats.

Since there weren’t any bonded pairs, Barton fell in love with Barclay and Chance, two tabby bachelor boys, and hoped they’d eventually form the classic bromance.

Almost a year later, the two are best buddies who snuggle, play, and thoroughly enchant their mom. “It felt like a big risk that Barclay and Chance would get along, but they’re inseparable now,” Barton said.

What she didn’t know that fateful day was that someone had paid for Barclay and Chance’s adoption fees through Best Friends’ Pay It Forward campaign. Upon hearing the news that her adoptions were free, Barton immediately opted to Pay It Forward herself.

“I was very excited to help out another cat besides the two I was taking home,” she said. “I had chosen Best Friends because I believed they were helping as many pets as possible and Pay It Forward reassured me that I made the right decision.”

Best Friends is asking pet lovers to help create happy adoption stories like Barclay and Chance’s this weekend, April 26 to 28, just in time for International Pay It Forward Day on April 28. Each donation will cover or discount the adoption fee of a homeless dog or cat from Best Friends or one of its Network Partners across the country.

“That means, with just one gift, you’ll spread all the good feels to an adopter – and help a pet in need go home at the same time. It’s a win-win,” said Julie Castle, chief executive officer of Best Friends Animal Society.

More than 300 Best Friends’ Network Partners are also running Pay It Forward donation campaigns during that time, allowing pet lovers to support their local shelter or rescues.To make a Pay It Forward donation, see a list of participating Network Partners, or find out more about Best Friends Animal Society, visit http://www.bestfriends.org.

About Best Friends Animal Society 
Best Friends Animal Society is a leading national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters. In addition to running lifesaving programs in partnership with more than 2,600 animal welfare groups across the country, Best Friends has regional centers in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Salt Lake City, and operates the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals. Founded in 1984, Best Friends is a pioneer in the no-kill movement and has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters nationwide from an estimated 17 million per year to about 800,000. That means there are still nearly 2,200 dogs and cats killed every day in shelters, just because they don’t have safe places to call home. We are determined to bring the country to no-kill by the year 2025. Working collaboratively with shelters, rescue groups, other organizations and you, we will end the killing and Save Them All. For more information, visit bestfriends.org.

To become a fan of Best Friends on Facebook, go to Facebook.com/bestfriendsanimalsociety. Follow Best Friends on Twitter (@BestFriends) and Instagram (@BestFriendsAnimalSociety).

Posted in: Business,U.S

Rentec Direct Hosts Stop on Third Annual SOREDI Rogue Tech Tour

Rentec Direct, an industry leader in property management software solutions, was thrilled to participate in the third annual SOREDI Rogue Tech Tour earlier this month. Rentec Direct hosted the first stop on the tour, where more than 80 college students enjoyed a catered breakfast, a tour of the Rentec Direct headquarters, and a career fair with nearly a dozen local companies in the technology sector. While this was Rentec Direct’s first year hosting a stop on the tour, the company has been a proud sponsor of the event since its inception in 2017.

“The next generation is what is going to continue to drive the technology sector forward in our region. We believe that nurturing them through involvement with events like the Rogue Tech Tour and supporting SOREDI will help to educate and inform students about the careers available to them in Southern Oregon,” said Nathan Miller, President of Rentec Direct. “There are fun and exciting companies here in Southern Oregon offering promising, well-paying jobs. My hope is the connections these students made on the Rogue Tech Tour will help us build Southern Oregon’s young workforce.”

SOREDI has found that one of the top concerns from companies in the Southern Oregon region is the challenge they face recruiting a technology-savvy workforce. When young adults graduate from college in the region, especially in technology-related fields, many do not consider careers in their hometowns to be a viable option. The Rogue Tech Tour was developed to help combat this trend. Now in its third year, the Rogue Tech Tour is hosted in partnership with Rogue Workforce Partnership. This year, students from Oregon Tech, Southern Oregon University, Klamath Community College, and Rogue Community College visited companies in Grants Pass.

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, QuickBooks™ Sync and more. Rentec Direct received three gold-level 2018 American Business Awards, was named to the 2017 and 2018 Inc 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies and the 2017 and 2018 Entrepreneur360 list for Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America. http://www.rentecdirect.com.

Posted in: Business,U.S

Two New Hires Accelerate T2 Tech Group’s Versatility and Agility

Los Angeles-based T2 Tech Group (T2 Tech) recently added Engineer, Jonathan Aparicio and Assistant Controller, Chelsey Ernstoff to its responsive consulting team, emphasizing IT capabilities and rapid project development.

Jonathan Aparicio joins the T2 Tech engineering team and brings demonstrated expertise in IT infrastructure assessment, configuration, installation and implementation of hardware and software. He will provide support and maintenance for end users within diverse and dynamic server, desktop and mobile computing environments for several clients. Aparicio was previously a Tier 1 support technician at Adroit Worldwide Media, where he was the primary point of contact for national and international infrastructure configuration, installation and support. Aparicio will initially join the ongoing support team of current client, Mesa Water District in Orange County.

“Jonathan impressed me at the outset because he’s articulate, organized and a strong work ethic. We think these communication skills and his demonstrated expertise in infrastructure engineering will ensure that our clients sustain the highest levels of system performance and reliability,” said Robert Konishi, managing partner of the firm. “T2 Tech Group is already an industry leader in providing responsive solutions to pressing IT and organizational needs. Jonathan’s hands-on, inside knowledge of software and hardware systems will help us continue to deliver on that promise.”

In another recent hire, T2 Tech’s accounting department added Chelsey Ernstoff as an assistant controller. Says Konishi, “Chelsea brings impressive experience not only in financial accounting functions but also in collection and analysis of systems-project metrics. For example, she’s already helped improve our profitability simply by paying close attention to our resources, their project scopes and timelines.” Ernstoff will thus support project information reporting, along with cash management, accounts payable/receivable, cash disbursements, payroll and bank reconciliation functions. She brings years of experience in corporate accounting, including supervisory roles at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, where her responsibilities included data analyses and forensic examinations in branch audits, as well as responsibility for monthly and yearly statement closings.

For more information about T2 Tech Group and all open career opportunities and benefits, please visit their website at http://www.t2techgroup.com/careers.

About T2 Tech Group 
T2 Tech Group is a leader in the practical application of technology for healthcare and a range of other industries. Since its founding in 2006, T2 Tech has consistently delivered high-quality consulting and management advisory services to executives and IT leaders. Unlike many consulting firms, T2 Tech has no financial interest in vendor selection, freeing the company to focus completely on realizing client goals. The company balances business and IT needs, uses a proven adaptable framework, can see projects from assessment to post-implementation, and practices transparency in everything they do. For more information about T2 Tech Group, visit t2techgroup.com and connect with them on Twitter @T2TechGroup.

Posted in: Computers & Software,Technology,U.S

RealtyTech Set to Expand Their IDX Software Into Bakersfield Market

Integrating the real estate marketplace with current digital marketing trends and strategies is at the heart of RealtyTech, Inc.’s mission--a company making strides in real estate software since 2002. The Thousand Oaks-based real estate software provider is releasing their IDX platform solution to Golden Empire MLS in Bakersfield, CA, which is an up and coming market for buyers and sellers alike. In recent years, Bakersfield has become a highly desirable residential location with a sizeable working class, making the real estate market competitive and in need of IDX software and a viable Multiple Listings Service. Real estate professionals must join the Bakersfield Association of Realtors to become a member of the local MLS.

For over 15 years, RealtyTech has continuously developed digital lead generation tools and assets to help real estate professionals succeed in an ever-changing market. Offering websites for agents and entire brokerages, integrated IDX home searches, SEO services, and other digital marketing solutions, RealtyTech helps real estate professionals harness the potential of search engine marketing and online lead generation, so new and established agents can grow their business and increase their ROI.

A few of the company’s achievements include the adoption of HTTPS protocol to secure their realtors’ websites and demonstrate quality assurance to web visitors and potential clients, the Agent123 Websites platform, and the development and launch of their Apex IDX listing service. Expansion into the Bakersfield area is a new initiative that will benefit both the local market and RealtyTech, Inc. itself. With the use of a geo-targeted MLS and IDX software, Bakersfield real estate professionals can increase their online leads and thrive in the growing local market. As of the 2019 census, Bakersfield is an extremely populated city boasting 380,874 citizens within 151 square miles. Moreover, the growing abundance of young adults and Millennials residing in California cities, with Bakersfield being no exception, illustrate the tremendous potential for the real estate market with many first-time buyers looking for their dream home.

Richard Uzelac, CEO of RealtyTech, says about the company’s growth into a new regional market: "We are excited to provide our digital marketing services and software to the wonderful real estate professionals in Bakersfield." Uzelac adds, “RealtyTech services allow a client to access the most efficient, effective real estate products and user-experience that home buyers and sellers are looking for right now." Critically acclaimed by business critics as well, RealtyTech, Inc. has received an A+ Better Business Bureau rating for their outstanding performance and commitment to integrity.

About RealtyTech, Inc. 
Based out of Thousand Oaks, CA RealtyTech, Inc. offers professional websites for real estate agents and brokerages as well as IDX home search software that shows listings and available properties in real-time to potential buyers online. Since 2002, RealtyTech, Inc. has remained committed to offering savvy software solutions and digital marketing strategies that give real estate professionals an online platform optimized for generating more leads and revenue. RealtyTech, Inc. keeps new and established real estate professionals on the cutting-edge for their digital marketing and advertising strategies. For more information on their software solutions and other packages, contact their team for a free consultation at (805) 413-7888 or visit http://www.realtytech.com.

Posted in: Real Estate,U.S

Cogswell Polytechnical College's First Tournament with New Head Esports Coach Alex Holler

With an award-winning game design program and a dynamic community of gamers, Cogswell is the natural place for esports to explode. The Cogswell College Dragons professionally compete in Overwatch and League of Legends.

Esports is a way for students to not only compete, but build skills and access opportunities to learn concepts in marketing, production, coaching, and game design & development.

Cogswell offers scholarships up to ,000 per term for players in both Overwatch and League of Legends, for those who qualify.

Esports is exploding internationally and continuing to gain in popularity every day. “Cogswell has been at the forefront of the gaming space and we are delighted to officially have a proven Coach that is able to implement innovative strategies that will take us to the next level,” said CEO Charles Restivo. Cogswell just ranked #14 in the Princeton Review’s top gaming schools and has ranked for the past 6 years in a row.

Cogswell College is looking forward to this season of competition. Check out the Dragons in action: 
https://youtube.com/watch?v=6BRtrhUi5Ro

About Cogswell Polytechnical College 
Founded in 1887, Cogswell Polytechnical College (Cogswell) has taken a hands-on, interdisciplinary approach to the learning space for over 130 years. Cogswell prepares students for success in the creative-technology industries by providing an extraordinary, real-world education inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of our Silicon Valley location. Cogswell is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Visit cogswell.edu to learn more about our award-winning programs. For more information regarding completion rates, the median loan debt of students who completed each program, and other important information, please see visit our website at cogswell.edu/disclosures. 

Posted in: Education,U.S

GoMarketing Adds Westside Remodeling To Client Portfolio

Los Angeles and Ventura County full-service digital marketing agency GoMarketing is pleased to announce the addition of a new client in the home improvement sector to its portfolio. Based in Thousand Oaks, CA, Westside Remodeling, Inc. specializes in all-inclusive home design, building, and remodeling services. The local general contractor has secured professional services from GoMarketing, an award-winning web design, web development, and digital marketing agency, in a sustained effort to take their business’ online growth and lead generation to the next level.         

Founded by Bob Sturgeon in 1985, Westside Remodeling, Inc. brings the utmost in integrity, commitment, and excellence to the local market of home improvement--and beyond. As a result of the company’s focus on quality design and service, Westside Remodeling, Inc. has been featured by major industry platforms such as L.A. Home and Remodeling, Architectural Digest, Remodeling Magazine, and Professional Remodeler. Westside Remodeling projects have also previously received spotlights in the Los Angeles Times. Sturgeon is not just a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) but also the Conejo Association of Professional Interior Designers (CAPID) which allows Westside Remodeling, Inc. to create builds that are highly functional and relevant to aesthetic trends.

Hired as the new website designer, developer, and digital marketing specialist for Westside Remodeling Design and Build, GoMarketing will create and implement custom digital strategies and assets aimed at exponentially growing the established company’s website traffic and conversion rate, drastically improving their website ranking and online presence, and ultimately increasing overall revenue and ROI for the business. "GoMarketing is thrilled to be working with a company like Westside Remodeling who has a long history of excellence throughout the Conejo Valley and Los Angeles County. We look forward to providing online marketing services that drive more traffic to their website," stated Richard Uzelac, CEO.

GoMarketing's data-driven methodology combines the latest technology, over a decade of experience and expertise, creative design, and a deep understanding of the local market, which allows them to not just meet the marketing goals and KPIs of their clients but exceed them. Since 2008, has proudly delivered custom marketing strategies and results to a variety of industries including the manufacturing, legal, financial, real estate, healthcare, and home services sectors. Their tried and true approach and trusted services run the gamut from on-page and off-page SEO and link building programs to content marketing, social media management, mobile optimization, web design, software and web development, online branding, reputation management, and so much more.         

About Westside Remodeling Design & Build         
Founded by Bob Sturgeon, Westside Remodeling Design & Build has been providing homeowners in Thousand Oaks, Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Camarillo, Oak Park, Malibu, and surrounding areas with best-in-class residential construction and remodeling services for more than 30 years. Streamlining the remodeling process from conception to completion, Westside Remodeling is specialized in any and all aspects of design and build remodeling. These include custom kitchens designed and built for gourmet cooking and entertaining, custom bathrooms, outdoor living spaces, add-on rooms, new construction, and more. To learn more about their services and how to get started with a new build, contact Westside Remodeling at (805) 499-4121, visit their website at http://www.westsideremodeling.com, or pay a trip to their design showroom in Newbury Park!    

About GoMarketing 
Based out of Thousand Oaks, California, GoMarketing uses the following mission statement to deliver digital marketing results to their clients: “Understand. Engage. Succeed. Grow.” Acting as online marketing professionals within a wide range of industry sectors, the GoMarketing team specializes in SEO, content strategy, website design and development, and more--providing a full suite of marketing solutions that generate online leads and sales to Southern California businesses. For more information on their custom marketing plans, contact GoMarketing directly at 805-413-7893 or visit http://www.gomarketing.com.

Posted in: Marketing & Sales,U.S,Website & Blog

Lombardi Associates Continues Nationwide Expansion

So far 2019 has been an incredible start to the growth in services offered by Lombardi Associates. As a nation-wide provider of case managementvocational rehabilitation and crisis management services for insurance carriers, TPAs, brokers, employers and attorneys AND a certified woman owned business, Lombardi associates saw the need to continue growing their footprint throughout the country.

The company recently announced a number of open positions as it expands resources and service offerings. In addition, the company has upgraded all customer service, reporting, and quality assurance and quality control standard programs to better satisfy customer needs. According to the president, Tracey Lombardi, “All Lombardi operational systems have been reviewed and updated so that our customers, both new and existing, will continue to receive the highest level of services available in the industry”.

Ms. Lombardi also noted that, “As we continue to grow, we will be hiring experienced Vocational Rehabilitation Experts (CRC) and RN/CCMs (bilingual a plus) with a background in workers’ compensation to join our team. We are seeking experienced workers’ comp professionals who are committed to minimizing claims costs for our customers and to treating every injured worker with the utmost integrity”. If you have those qualifications, please send your resume to: email(at)lombardiassociates.com.

Lombardi Associates’ vision: We always remember each person is special and deserves the highest level of care. We engage our unique team of premier medical professionals to ensure that every case is handled proactively – right from the start. By always putting the injured party first, our business model will ensure successful medical outcomes.

It’s a win-win focus: Each individual receives the best and most medically appropriate care for their injury while our customers realize maximum cost savings on their claims.

To learn more about Lombardi Associates call us today: 973-710-9090 or visit our website: http://www.lombardiassociates.com.

About Lombardi Associates 
Lombardi Associates, a National Provider and Certified Woman Owned Business, was founded by Tracey Lombardi, RN-BC, BA, CCM, CNLC, CNLCP, MSCC in 2005 to provide Professional Case Management, Legal Nursing Consulting, File Review, Medical Cost Projections, Life Care Planning/Review and Medicare Set-Asides.

Posted in: Services,U.S

Kenall’s LuxTran LTSI-A1 Tunnel Light Delivers High Lumens in a Compact Size

From the Hugh M. Cary Tunnel in Brooklyn, to the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry, Kenall’s LuxTran lighting illuminates tunnels and underpasses across the Unites States. Joining this distinguished family of sealed lights is the new LTSI-AI, an industry-leading, IP-rated, stainless steel fixture that produces high lumens with a small footprint, providing highly desirable flexibility for complicated tunnel lighting layouts.

The LTSI-A1 is a compact 22"× 22" fixture with five distribution options and can be mounted on either walls or ceilings to provide supplemental lighting in various tunnel zones. It has an IP-66 rating and a range of powerful lumen packages ranging from 11,578 – 40,321 lm.

Michael Maltezos, Kenall’s Transportation Sales Manager, works exclusively on transportation and tunnel lighting projects and is the product manager for the LTSI-A1. “Transportation engineers appreciate the quality of the LuxTran line and specifically requested a fixture that was smaller but still very powerful and efficient,” he said, “and the LTSI-AI is Kenall's response to that request”. For additional information on the LTSI-A1 and other tunnel and underpass lighting products, visit kenall.com.

About Kenall 
Kenall Manufacturing, and independent business of Legrand, was founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1963 and has built a reputation for durable lighting solutions of superior quality and exceptional value. Today, the company creates unique solutions for the healthcare, cleanroom/containment, food processing, transportation, high abuse, and correctional lighting markets. Kenall luminaires are designed and manufactured in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and meet the guidelines established under the Buy American Act and the North American Free Trade Agreement. For additional information, visit http://www.kenall.com.

About Legrand and Legrand, North and Central America 
Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial, and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Drawing on an approach that involves all teams and stakeholders, Legrand is pursuing its strategy of profitable and sustainable growth driven by acquisitions and innovation, with a steady flow of new offerings—including connected products stemming from Legrand’s global Eliot (Electricity and IoT) program. Legrand reported sales of around .1 billion (USD) in 2018. Legrand has a strong presence in North and Central America, with a portfolio of well-known market brands and product lines that includes AFCO Systems, C2G, Cablofil, Chief, Da-Lite, Electrorack, Finelite, Kenall, Luxul, Middle Atlantic Products, Milestone AV, Nuvo, OCL, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Pinnacle, Projecta, QMotion, Quiktron, Raritan, Sanus, Server Technology, Solarfective, Vaddio, Vantage, Wattstopper, and Wiremold. Legrand is listed on Euronext Paris and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, http://www.legrand.us

Posted in: Electronics & Semiconductors,U.S

The American Red Cross and Plamondon Hospitality Partners Help Sound the Alarm on Home Fire Safety in Brunswick

The American Red Cross has kicked off a national campaign to install 100,000 free smoke alarms across the country this spring as part of their Home Fire Campaign. Of that 100,000, they plan to install nearly 500 free smoke alarms in Brunswick and the surrounding region on Thurs., April 25 and Sat., April 27.

To achieve this goal, the Red Cross has teamed up with Plamondon Hospitality Partners, Roy Rogers, Dunkin Donuts, Rotary Club of Carroll Creek, Brunswick Ace Hardware and local fire departments to help spread the word. Volunteers can sign up to help canvass neighborhoods, install free smoke alarms, replace alarm batteries and help families create home fire escape plans. Area residents that are interested in learning more about fire prevention and safety can sign up to receive a free smoke alarm or have their existing alarms checked.

Volunteers can sign up for the April 25 event at bit.ly/Brunswick-4-25 or the April 27 event at bit.ly/Brunswick-4-27. No prior experience is required and all necessary training will be provided. Residents can sign up for free installations for either of those dates at bit.ly/smoke-alarm-appointment or by calling 443-297-7247. Services are free and available for all people in need.

“Plamondon Hospitality Partners has worked with the Red Cross on several of their initiatives over the years, and we’re especially excited to continue that partnership with the Sound the Alarm event,” said Michael Henningsen, Executive Vice President of Plamondon Hospitality Partners. “Fire prevention and safety is a very important initiative for the hospitality industry, and we strongly encourage residents to take advantage of this free program to help ensure the safety of their families.”

Events like this will be held across the country and are part of the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, which has installed more than 1.5 million smoke alarms and saved more than 500 lives since launching in 2014. Donations will help to save lives through installing free smoke alarms, and preparing families to safely escape and recover from home fires.

Plamondon Hospitality Partners is a hotel management and business development company located in Frederick, Maryland. Their current portfolio includes Marriott and Hilton properties in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

Posted in: Business,U.S

PracticeLink Magazine to Sponsor PracticeLink Live! Cleveland – a Free Physician Career Fair April 25, 2019

According to ACGME, the state of Ohio has the sixth-largest number of residents with more than 5,617 residents and 1,297 fellows for the 2018-2019 academic year. The 262 specialty programs and 324 subspecialty programs rank Ohio sixth-largest in the nation. Cleveland area institutions, such as Lake Region Healthcare, Summa Health System and The Toledo Clinic will exhibit at the career fair alongside other regional and national organizations.

Both the career fair and seminar are open to residents and fellows as well as practicing physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. The casual, family-friendly environment provides a chance for physicians and advanced practitioners to connect with recruiters and find the best fit for their first, or next practice. Premium food and drinks, along with parking, are available at no charge. Pre-register for the event to receive a Amazon.com eGift Card at the door.

Eighteen hiring organizations with local job opportunities as well as organizations specifically seeking physicians for regional and nationwide opportunities will take part in the event. Featured organizations include Cleveland Clinic, Wilson Health and Lake Health. Visit our website for a complete list of participating organizations.

PracticeLink Live! Cleveland takes place at The Tudor Arms by Doubletree on Thursday, April 25, 2019. The career fair begins at 5:00 p.m. and continues until 8:00 p.m. The optional job-search seminar begins at 6:30 p.m.

Visit https://info.practicelink.com/2019-practicelinklive-cleveland for more information or to register for this free event. For specific questions, contact Sarah Griffin at Sarah.Griffin@PracticeLink.com or call 800-776-8383.

About PracticeLink: PracticeLink.com is the most widely used online physician job bank. More than 20,000 physicians and advanced practitioners register with PracticeLink.com each year in their search for a new job with thousands more searching the Job Bank confidentially when looking for a new practice. Over 1,000 recruiters, representing more than 5,000 health care facilities nationwide, use PracticeLink to recruit physicians and other health care providers.

About PracticeLink Magazine: PracticeLink Magazine is a free, award-winning, career advancement publication that reaches over 80,000 residents, fellows and job-seeking physicians. PracticeLink Magazine is owned and operated by PracticeLink.

PracticeLink is headquartered in Hinton, W.Va., with a second office in St. Louis, MO.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,U.S

The Louisville IT Symposium Is Expected to Have Over 200 IT Leaders From Over 70 Local Companies Represented at This Year's Event

The Louisville IT Symposium is expected to have over 200 IT leaders from over 70 local companies represented at this year's event. This one-day, executive-level event is geared toward knowledge-sharing and networking for CIO's and their direct management teams. This single day event consists of 3 keynote sessions and 12 breakout sessions allowing you to tailor the day to your needs.

Kicking the day off will be Scott Augenbaum, retired supervisory special agent for the FBI. Mr. Augenbaum will share why a transnational criminal enterprise and foreign intelligence services may want to target your organization’s data or intellectual property. This eye-opening presentation will discuss ways to ensure you are prepared. Scott has responded to hundreds of data breaches and is here to show commonalities across almost all incidents. He will also provide participants with several takeaways to prevent their organization from becoming the next victim.

Over the lunch hour will be Tom Triumph, a business and technology executive who’s presentation is titled, “The Future of IT: Business & Technology Luminaries On The Next 20 Years”. We’re obligated to do our best to foresee how today’s emerging Information Technology will impact our work and lives in the foreseeable future. Having an understanding as to how these technologies are expected to impact our work gives us the opportunity to better prepare.

The final keynote presenter is Julie Rieger, President, Chief Data Strategist & Head of Media for 20th Century Fox Film. Julie, a data pioneer, will be closing the day with her successes and failures in establishing her massive data organization and blending strategy with the tactical practical. The film industry has been turned upside down during the technology and data revolution just like every other business. You will hear how Fox went from being data poor to consumer insight-rich and how 'data' pulled-up a chair to participate in critical business decisions.

Along with the 3 keynote presenters there will be 12 peer-led breakout sessions specifically addressing issues and trends the IT leaders of Louisville have told us are important to their organizations. You can view the full day's agenda here.

The Louisville IT Symposium is hosted by SIM Louisville, together we bring more of the region’s top IT executives together for a day of networking, education and collaboration. Register yourself and your management team here.

For more information about this exclusive event please contact Matt Emick at matt@louisvilleitsymposium.com or by visiting the event website, http://www.louisvilleitsymposium.com

Posted in: Education,U.S

Okuma and Hartwig Announce the Grand Opening of the Okuma Tech Center at Hartwig Houston

Okuma America Corporation, a world leader in CNC machine tool manufacturing, and Okuma distributor Hartwig, announce the grand opening of the new Okuma Tech Center at Hartwig Houston on Wednesday, April 24 and Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 9a.m.-7p.m., 10321 Regal Row, Houston, Texas.

The grand opening event showcases the 23,000 square foot, world-class showroom which features more than 20 machine tools - including larger machines specifically built for the oil and gas industry. Attendees will also see cutting demos, learn about the latest in CNC technology and meet with industry partners.

“We’re looking forward to opening the doors of the new Tech Center to our customers. Okuma and Hartwig’s long-standing partnership combines decades of machine tool knowledge and industry experience to provide exceptional sales and service to CNC customers,” said Wade Anderson, Okuma Product Specialists Sales Manager and Tech Centers Manager. “The new space allows us to show the larger machines that are significant to the oil and gas industry, and our customers can see live-cutting applications demonstrated on these Okuma machine tools. It’s the perfect place for customers to come and meet with Okuma and Hartwig experts to learn how we can help solve their manufacturing challenges.”

“We are very excited to open the doors to this world-class facility and welcome our customers located in the southern Texas and Louisiana regions,” said Hartwig Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Greg Hartwig. “Without their support, this Tech Center wouldn’t be possible. We look forward to seeing our customers at the grand opening event.”

Lunch will be provided daily. For detailed information about the grand opening event and to register visit https://okuma.com/houston2019. For more information on Okuma America Corporation visit https://www.okuma.com/ and for more information on Hartwig visit https://www.hartwiginc.com/.

About Okuma America Corporation 
Okuma America Corporation is the U.S.-based sales and service affiliate of Okuma Corporation, a world leader in CNC (computer numeric control) machine tools, founded in 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. The company is the industry’s only single-source provider, with the CNC machine, drive, motors, encoders, and spindle all manufactured by Okuma. The company also designs their own CNC controls to integrate seamlessly with each machine tool’s functionality. In 2014 Okuma launched the Okuma App Store, the industry’s only centralized online marketplace for machine tool apps and related content. Along with its extensive distribution network (largest in the Americas), and Partners in THINC, Okuma is committed to helping users gain competitive advantage through the open possibilities of machine tools, today and into the future. For more information, visit http://www.okuma.com/americas or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @OkumaAmerica.

About Hartwig 
Founded in 1960, Hartwig has become the largest distributor of machine tool solutions and inspection equipment in the Midwest and Mountain regions. Built on a foundation of fairness, after-sales support and hard work, the company has grown to more than 200 employees covering eight office locations in 14 states including: Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. Hartwig partners with its customers to optimize machining performance, decrease downtime and improve overall efficiency of equipment and applications. The company prides itself on not just being a machine tool distributor, but a true solutions provider intent on assisting customers in controlling their destiny and keeping manufacturing within the U.S. The company delivers applications expertise to numerous industries, including: aerospace, computer, construction, farming, fluid power, industrial machining, medical, oil, gas and energy. Hartwig’s name is synonymous with quality, service, support, and engineering.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,U.S

RackTop Systems Named a 2019 Platinum Winner of Security Today’s The Govies Government Security Awards

RackTop Systems, the pioneer of CyberConvergedTM data security, a new market that fuses data storage with advanced security and compliance into a single platform, today announced it has been named a 2019 Platinum winner of The Govies Government Security Awards from Security Today magazine. RackTop’s CyberConverged™ data security platform, BrickStor, was honored in the Convergence & Integrated Software & Solutions category.

Presented by Security Today magazine, an 1105 Media brand, The Govies Government Security Awards honor outstanding government security products in a variety of categories. Winners are named by an independent panel of judges from the security industry. 1105 Media launched its government security awards program in 2009. Platinum and Gold winners were announced during the ISC West Expo, which was held April 10-12 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“For the past ten years, Security Today and GovSec have hosted The Govies, and I have been amazed at the innovation and technology entered in this product contest. Truly, manufacturers are ramping up their research and development, bringing top-quality solutions to the government vertical,” said Ralph C. Jensen, editor in chief of Security Today and GovSec magazines and securitytoday.com. “The high number of entries we receive each year corresponds with the need to provide better security options not only at the federal level but also at the state and municipal levels of government. I believe these products and solutions only prove that the government relies heavily on the technology advances in the private sector.”

RackTop’s CyberConverged™ data security platform helps both government and commercial organizations solve their most difficult data management, compliance and cyber security challenges. RackTop’s flagship product, BrickStor, is a high-performance Network-Attached Storage (NAS) and management platform that protects sensitive data from ransomware, insider threats, and cyberattacks while meeting internal and regulatory compliance requirements without additional cost or staff. RackTop’s technology has been deployed worldwide to manage more than 50 petabytes of customer data in a variety of industries including: the public sector; media, advertising and entertainment; financial services; health care; and life sciences.

“RackTop Systems is honored to be recognized as an innovator in integrated software solutions and a leader in CyberConverged data security,” said Eric Bednash, co-founder and CEO of RackTop Systems. “We are passionate about CyberConverged data security and are committed to evolving the standards for core IT infrastructure to address the government’s most challenging cyber threats to its data systems.”

To learn more about Security Today magazine’s Govies Government Security Award 2019 program and to see the complete list of award winners, visit: https://securitytoday.com/pages/govies.aspx

About RackTop Systems: 
RackTop Systems is the pioneer of CyberConvergedTM data security, a new market that fuses data storage with advanced security and compliance into a single platform. Its high-performance Network-Attached Storage (NAS) platform with embedded security, compliance and encryption empowers both government and commercial organizations by protecting data where it resides without the cost, complexity and security vulnerabilities of traditional bolt-on software solutions. Headquartered in Fulton, Md., RackTop was founded in 2010 by veterans of the U.S. intelligence community who have been solving the most complex data and security problems for more than two decades. RackTop’s technology has been deployed at numerous organizations in a variety of industries worldwide, including government/DoD/public sector, media/advertising and entertainment, financial services, health care, higher education and life sciences. For more information, visit http://www.racktopsystems.com and follow on Twitter @RackTop.

Posted in: Computers & Software,U.S

New Sterilizable Endoscope Light Source SPARK PRO: Little Bodies Have Great Souls

The compact, easy-to-use and versatile SPARK PRO endoscope light sourc e is an autonomous device powered by one rechargeable battery. It takes about 2 hours to recharge it, and the operation time depends on the chosen light intensity. Light output may be changed from 10% to 100%. Based on the chosen output level the operation time on a single battery charge may be between 45 minutes and 3 hours. The light handle is fully IEC and RoHS compliant.

The small-size handheld design of the new SPARK PRO endoscope light handle makes standalone bulky light sources with electrical wires, light bulbs, and long, breakable fiber optic cables running from the main units to endoscopes obsolete. Instead, SPARK PRO offers compact size (103 mm long and 32 mm in diameter), a lightweight body (137g with the batteries included), and an extended lifetime. The batteries are good for around 500 recharge cycles before they need to be replaced, while high quality pure white LEDs are designed to work for up to 10 years.

A distinct feature of the new SPARK PRO endoscope light handle is its sterilizability. As a result, the light source is suitable for medical and veterinary use. Any standard medical grade disinfectant, for example, Sterrad, Sterris and Cidex OPA, is suitable for sterilizing the light source body which can be fully submerged in a sterilizing solution. 
The new SPARK PRO, designed and manufactured in the USA, fits most industrial and veterinary applications, and stands out among competition thanks to its versatility, smart and durable design, and cost efficiency.

Posted in: Electronics & Semiconductors,U.S

Leak Detection Associated Announces Expansion of a New State of the Art Manufacturing Facility

Leak Detection Associates, the world’s premier manufacturer of custom built, helium-based leak testing instruments for the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Medical Device and Food Packaging Industries’ is pleased to announce the completion of its new, state of art manufacturing facility in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. The new facility was custom designed to meet enhanced manufacturing capabilities that will enable multiple custom units to be built simultaneously. This is a key component of the new management team’s plan designed to drastically improve client lead times on new instrument orders. The Egg Harbor Township location will also serve as the company’s headquarters and will be home to all of the administration functions of the company.

“With a new ownership and management team in place, Leak Detection Associates has implemented a global process and quality improvement program that will allow us to improve on all phases of the operation,” commented CEO Brian Mulhall. “We are committed to improving our products, service offering and customer interaction profile so that we can meet the strict demands of the regulatory environment in which our clients operate. The completion of this facility also represents the first step in the global expansion program that has been implemented.”

With the introduction of new USP General Chapter 1207 and the continual need for the use of testing per ASTM F-2391, the use of helium leak testing systems has proven to be a first-line and effective option on a wide variety of package testing programs. From package development to in-process quality control testing, the SIMS 1284+ instrument offers clients the opportunity to test at levels not achievable with other leak testing technologies and instruments. The new facility will allow Leak Detection Associates to serve clients with improved turn-around times on orders and provide a platform for more advance preliminary work on client specific testing requirements.

About Leak Detection Associates, LLC 
For over 20 years, Leak Detection Associates has been the premier manufacturer of custom helium leak detection instruments for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and food packaging industries. LDA's well-established technology has been incorporated into ASTM and compendia guidance documents. This robust industry experience, combined with the advanced capabilities of the flagship SIMS 1284+ helium leak detection unit, provides companies with tools to quantitatively evaluate leakage, improve the package development cycle, establish manufacturing controls, and ultimately reduce risk to the product and consumer throughout the lifecycle.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,U.S

New Online Resource Center Offers Tools in Support of the Collaborative Work of Healthcare Leaders

The American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) and the American Hospital Association (AHA) today launched a collection of digital resources to spark collaboration within organizations and across the health care field, Leadership Evolve. The dynamic resources, carefully curated from AHA and AAPL’s collective work in physician leadership, were developed specifically to address the contemporary challenges that health care leaders face as they move to transform health care delivery within their organizations. The first subjects to be covered under Leadership Evolve are framed around two key issues, dyad leadership which builds upon the successful model piloted jointly between AHA, AAPL and AONE, and workforce well-being. Through a series of self-guided activities, health care professionals can explore topics including interpersonal qualities and behaviors; organizational factors; and personal, professional and organizational wellness. An interactive inventory checklist personalizes tools, prioritizing those most relevant for the individual user. A third area of focus for Leadership Evolve within the coming year is population health.

“The only way physician leaders can truly transform the delivery and quality of health care is to transform leadership in health care,” said Peter Angood, MD, FRCS(C), FACS, MCCM, president and CEO of AAPL. “Our strategic alliance with AHA is reflective of how leadership must evolve to transform health care to keep pace with emerging health trends among various populations, changes in federal regulations of health care, new innovations and industry trends. We are pleased to have partnered with AHA on Leadership Evolve.”

"Leadership Evolve represents a combined effort to prepare contemporary health care leaders to transform the current delivery system and the workforce to meet the demands of an ever-changing field,” said Jay Bhatt, DO, MPH, MA, FACP, senior vice president and chief medical officer, AHA. “AHA has been focused on building a common language for leadership and fostering a culture of shared values across clinical and administrative leadership. We are excited to expand our efforts to Lead Well, Be Well and Care Well in collaboration with AAPL on Leadership Evolve.”

To learn more, visit https://leadershipevolve.org.

About the American Association for Physician Leadership® 
The?American Association for Physician Leadership®?is the only professional?organization?dedicated to providing?education, career support and advocacy to support physician leaders?as they create?transformative solutions?within the?rapidly evolving field of?health care.?Founded in 1975 as the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE), the nonprofit association?has educated thousands of?physicians?worldwide?and has?members in 46 countries?at varying stages of their careers. The association is known for its award-winning magazine,?the?Physician Leadership Journal, its continuing medical education (CME) courses, and its Certified Physician Executive (CPE) certification program.?Based in Tampa, Fla.,?the association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education credits, and by the Certifying Commission in Medical Management to award CPE certification. Learn more at?physicianleaders.org.

About the AHA 
The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the website at http://www.aha.org.

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

Made In America Store Launches Brand New E-Commerce Website

“One-Stop, 100% American Made E-Commerce Site for Retail, Wholesale, Tours & Events”

“Are you looking for… 
The perfect 100% American Made Mother’s or Father’s Day gift? Top-quality gardening, do-it-yourself and spring clean-up products? Group reservations for fun tours and delicious meals? Wholesale opportunities to sell 100% American Made Products in retail stores across the U.S.?

Then http://www.madeinamericastore.com has your answers,” stated Mark Andol, Founder and CEO of Made in America Store.T

The flagship Made in America Store is anchored by an 18,000 sq.ft. retail shop, group tour hospitality suite and World Distribution Center at 1000 W. Maple Court in Elma, NY. Motor coach servicing is available next door. The store’s e-commerce site provides customers across the U.S. easy access to 100% U.S. made products at their fingertips.

The new http://www.madeinamericastore.com website features the vast majority of 9,000+ products that are available at the brick & mortar flagship store in Elma and satellite locations in both Erie and Niagara County.

“Our new website is user friendly and easy to navigate, according to our focus groups,” Andol continued. “Whether a shopper is laser-focused on one item or product category, or browsing through the thousands of American-made products that are top quality at pricing comparable to imported products sold by big box retailers, you’ll get the right answer at http://www.madeinamericastore.com”.

Andol noted that the store has given a 10% military and veterans discount since the first day it opened on April 3, 2010. The discount has also been available on-line. Made in America Store runs a number of customer appreciation days throughout the year and offers a AAA Discount.

“We also encourage museum shops and other retailers to take advantage of our “store-in-store” option,” Andol added. “We design, manufacture and set-up displays of items that are top sellers in our store. That way, retailers can quickly respond to growing customer demand for quality, American-made products, fulfilling our store’s mission “for our children’s future.”

“Beyond our discounts and sales, we made the Made in America Store on-line shopping experience even better. We ship orders of 0 or greater anywhere in the contiguous United States for FREE. It’s a win for the customer, win for the 500 plus manufacturers we help support and a big win for jobs in America!” Andol concluded.

Shop over 9,000 products from 500+ manufacturers and help rebuild the American dream here - http://www.MadeInAmericaStore.com

Posted in: Marketing & Sales,U.S

LCR-Reader-MPA Digital Multimeter to Make Debut at Nepcon 2019 in Seoul, Korea

Since the early 2000’s Canadian Siborg Systems Inc. has been manufacturing multimeters. The first model, which combined a set of tweezers with a powerful multimeter in a compact design, was introduced on international markets in 2005. From then on, Siborg has refined their devices and released multiple models, including the budget-friendly line LCR-Reader in 2014 and the robust LCR-Reader-MP in 2017.

The newest model, the LCR-Reader-MPA is the most advance device with a record high basic accuracy of 0.1%, unmatched amount of test functions and widest available test ranges.

“This is our first presentation of the newly completed LCR-Reader-MPA,” says Michael Obrecht, the director of Siborg, “We have shown devices in the past to welcoming audiences. Our multimeters are well received by consumers for their ease-of-use and high accuracy. We are excited to see what people have to say about the MPA at Nepcon Korea.”

Electronics Manufacturing Korea (EMK) has become an globally renowned exhibition for domestic and foreign buyers and is Korea’s largest electronics manufacturing exhibition. Since 2017, EMK has been co-hosted with ‘Autotronics Manufacturing Korea (AMK). an provides various seminars and events for visitors and exhibitors. Siborg is certain that LCR-Reader-MPA will be well received at this showing among the many other industry leaders.

Based on the tried-and-true combination of tweezers and multimeter, the LCR-Reader-MPA features gold-plated tweezer probes that are able to hold components, either mounted or loose, to a 0201 size. When the device is holding a component, it will automatically determine the type (L, C, R) and best test parameters before measuring with 0.1% basic accuracy. Designed for any task at hand, including on the field, LCR-Reader-MPA’s design is compact and lightweight enough to fit into any bag or pocket. The LCD is easily readable with large graphics and is back-lit for easy reading in even the worst lighting conditions. A 4-way joystick-like navigation allows users to easily access features, including the ability to change basic test modes and frequencies right from the default screen.

To features and functions really set the MPA apart from any other tweezer-based multimeter. In addition to automatic and manual LCR and ESR measurements, the device features LED/diode tests, short/continuity test, frequency measurements, oscilloscope mode, signal generator, AC/DC voltage measurements and more. A main feature on the device is the ability to test at 100 kHz test frequency allowing for a 0.001 pF resolution for capacitance and 0.1 for nH for inductance measurements.

Features on LCR-Reader-MPA include: 

  • Fully automatic and manual LCR, ESR, LED/Diode measurements
  • 0.1% basic accuracy
  • AC/DC voltage/current measurements up to 15 V
  • Test frequency from 100 Hz to 100 kHz
  • Oscilloscope mode up to 100 kHz
  • Test signal of 0.1, 0.5 and 1.0 Vrms
  • 3.2 Volt LED test voltage
  • Open/short calibration for offset removal
  • Automatic test signal reduction to 0.1 V for in-circuit measurements
  • Sine wave generator up to 100 kHz
  • 29 grams weight, backlit LCD display, gold-plated test leads
  • NIST traceable calibration certificate

 

Siborg offers a selection of test equipment and accessories including the aforementioned LCR-Reader; Smart Tweezers LCR-meter, including a model with Bluetooth communication; Smart LED Test Tweezers; Kelvin Probe Connector kit with shielded two-wire connection that turns any LCR-Reader or Smart Tweezers model into a low frequency probe station. Siborg’s online store also sells accessories and spare parts. 

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,U.S

Texas Premier Locksmith in Houston, TX Offers 10% Discount Off Keyless Deadbolts in April 2019

A keyless deadbolt trades the traditional key for a numerical code. Since there is no key, there is no danger of losing or forgetting the key. It is easy to change the code at will, increasing security if construction teams, babysitters, or others need temporary access to the home. The system is protected against power outages with a battery backup, and some keyless deadbolts can even merge seamlessly with alarm systems and smart homes.

Keyless deadbolts have become quite popular, and there are numerous models on the market at many different price points. Each model has its own benefits, drawbacks, and features. With so many variations from which to choose, homeowners should enlist the aid of a professional locksmith to help them decide which keyless deadbolt best fits their family’s unique needs.

For April 2019, Texas Premier Locksmith is offering Houston residents 10% off keyless deadbolts. To take advantage of this promotion, just call the Houston location at (713) 489-6866 and mention this offer.

About Texas Premier Locksmith 
Texas Premier Locksmith has established a strong reputation as a top-rated Houston locksmith company. For immediate assistance, call the Texas Premier Locksmith Houston location at (713) 489-6866. For more information, visit the storefront at 8950 Westpark Dr. #211, Houston, TX 77063 or visit the website at http://www.txpremierlocksmith.com/.

Posted in: Automotive,U.S

Ambisafe Announces Partnership with Anchor, the World’s First Stablecoin Indexed to the Global Economy

Ambisafe, a leading global capital markets and blockchain infrastructure provider announces partnership with Anchor, a stablecoin project indexed to the growth of the global economy. Ambisafe will be offering Anchor state-of-the-art technology services including token issuance and a wallet for storing Anchor’s funds, prioritizing the highest standard of security as Anchor takes steps towards its private presale token launch in mid-May.

Having previously worked with Tether building out their wallet, Ambisafe focuses on security and building top-tier technology with leading companies and figures in the blockchain and crypto space. Ambisafe will be developing Anchor’s stable token using the ERC-20 protocol and providing Anchor with a secure wallet solution for their assets.

“As we finalize our dual-token Anchor ecosystem and non-flationary financial index for our upcoming launch, we are committed to ensuring the highest standard of security for our token users,” said Daniel Popa, CEO of Anchor. “After seeing the success Ambisafe has achieved with identifying vulnerabilities and bugs with other large-scale cryptocurrency projects, we feel confident our upcoming private token presale will be executed with the utmost safety and security.”

CEO of Ambisafe, Andrey Zamovskiy said: "Anchor brings real financial innovation and a stronger peg of value based on real world economic growth to the crypto and blockchain markets. We’re excited to be backing the technology side of the Anchor stablecoin project."

Focusing on security, Ambisafe has previous experience working with top projects like Tether, Polybius and Propy helping ensure the quality of their code and security of assets. Ambisafe has demonstrated their technical capabilities and dedication to security by rescuing millions of dollars worth of funds during the Parity Wallet back and identifying vulnerabilities across top exchanges that were prone to manipulation of their Ethereum account balances.

This partnership is another major milestone Anchor achieves in preparation for its upcoming launch planned for New York Blockchain Week. In the midst of the project’s global roadshow, the Anchor team is connecting and engaging with potential partners and the greater crypto community at private events attended by some of the most reputable accredited investors and funds in the industry. Previously in Hong Kong and Singapore during Asia Crypto Week and most recently in Los Angeles on the sidelines of Crypto Invest Summit (CIS), Anchor together with SMC Capital, a venture capital and advisory firm, hosted influential funds, exchanges, and media including Bitcoin Foundation; SPiCE VC; DNA Fund; 8 Decimal Capital; among many others.

The Anchor team looks forward to spending time in London where they will be holding a private event to discuss the future of stablecoins and the token economy during London Blockchain Expo week. To access Anchor’s public testnet, interested parties can request credentials by following The Anchor Project on Telegram.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Olya Moskalenko 
Anchor Chief Communications Officer 
olya.moskalenko(at)theanchor.io 
+1 (917) 355-1647

Sarah Cohen 
Melrose PR Account Executive 
Sarah(at)melrosepr.com 
+1 (310) 260-7901

About ?Anchor 
Anchor’s dual-token stability mechanism and non-flationary financial index is designed to provide investors and crypto traders with a reliable hedging instrument and global stablecoin standard. CEO Daniel Popa, a serial telecom entrepreneur ?with over 20 years of experience running successful companies in the USA, Canada, Australia, Romania, and Ukraine, led a team of PhD economists to develop Anchor’s? revolutionary ?proprietary Monetary Measurement Unit (MMU), a scientific algorithm that is indexed to global real GDP via official financial data from twenty of the world’s largest economies. Anchor’s blockchain developers have built solutions for several large blockchain firms, including Celsius Network.

About Ambisafe 
The Ambisafe team is renowned for their technical and financial prowess. They have saved money during the Parity wallet hack and have identified issues in some of the top exchanges. Combined their business leaders have over 40 years of blockchain experience and 50 years of financial expertise in US markets. Their services include building complex infrastructure on the blockchain, conducting code reviews and providing end-to-end token sale infrastructure. Most recently, their trading platform Orderbook has launched a project to offer economic interest in Pre-IPO companies such as SpaceX.

Posted in: Technology,U.S

Archadeck Outdoor Living Under New Ownership in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Archadeck Outdoor Living is excited to announce that Craig Whitman now owns the Archadeck Outdoor Living franchise location servicing Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Known as Archadeck of Fort Wayne, Craig Whitman will design and build custom outdoor living spaces for clients including decks, sunrooms, screened porches, outdoor kitchens, outdoor living rooms, pergolas, and more.

“We are excited to have Craig Whitman join the Archadeck family,” announced Mike Reeder, Vice President and Brand Leader of Archadeck. “He not only has the project management expertise we look for in new partners, but the passion for excellence that will help him continue to grow this Archadeck business.”

Craig has over 20 years of experience in residential and commercial construction which is a perfect fit for owning this Archadeck business. Craig previously worked as a Fire Protection project manager and also has experience with sprinkler design. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Craig was born and raised in Decatur, Indiana, and now lives in Fort Wayne with his wife, Erin, of ten years, and three children, Lillian, Isaac and Katherine.

“I am thrilled to pursue my passion for construction to help homeowners improve and enhance their outdoor living spaces,” explained Craig Whitman. “The Archadeck franchise opportunity will allow me to truly impact homeowners in a meaningful way and enjoy the beautiful outdoors of Fort Wayne.”

About Archadeck Outdoor Living 
Established in 1980, Archadeck Outdoor Living is recognized as the largest deck and porch builder in North America and has lived up to its motto -- Better Building by Design -- by completing more than 125,000 projects across the country. A part of Outdoor Living Brands, their mission is “to enhance the lives of our clients by creating unique and innovative outdoor living environments.”

Qualified Remodeler and Remodeler Magazine consistently rank Archadeck at the top of their respective annual “Best” lists. Archadeck projects have graced the covers of Gardens, Decks and Patios and Decks & Backyard Projects. The company has been featured in articles in This Old House, Smart Money, Coastal Living, Better Homes & Gardens and Gardening & Deck Design, as well as on HGTV. Visit http://www.archadeck.com for more information. 

Posted in: Business,U.S

Ankaa Smooth & Lift Time-Resist Ultra-Hydrating Moisturizer Voted By Women as the Best Daily Moisturizer

Ankaa, the makers of the unique line of anti-aging products, have been acclaimed by many users as being the best for battling the problems of aging and sun-damaged skin. Ankaa Beauty Ultra Hydrating Moisturizer clearly stands apart from other similar products as it contains a wide range of naturally derived products that can solve the age-old problem of fine lines, wrinkles, and other visible signs of aging that appear on the facial skin.

“The Ankaa Beauty Ultra Hydrating Moisturizer is quite unique as it has 100 per cent natural ingredients, tested to deliver visible anti-aging results quickly and effectively,” says the spokesperson for Ankaa. “We offer a new generation of skincare formulations that are safe to use and effective as well. As acclaimed leaders in skincare technology, we have been able to successfully create a dynamic skincare line capable of delivering stunning results for almost all types of skin issues that women generally face.”

The unique formula guarantees visibly smooth skin. It takes the skin through a series of steps that result in lifting and tightening all facial zones. Ankaa Beauty Ultra Hydrating Moisturizer can be used by women of all skin types and it works across all age groups. According to the spokesperson, THE results can be clearly seen in just a few weeks of use.

The best daily face moisturizer from Ankaa has powerful extracts of botanical ingredients tested and verified for their ability to deliver results. These ingredients are sourced from the high mountains and the deep seas that represent some of the extreme environments of the Earth.

Ankaa Smooth & Lift Time-Resist Ultra-Hydrating Moisturizer delivers quick and visible results due to the presence of extracts from powerful botanical ingredients, such as Swertia Chirata and Laminaria Saccharina.

Swertia Chirata is a flowering plant found in the high Himalayan Mountains. It encourages skin regeneration and offers anti-wrinkle qualities. Laminaria Saccharina is the algae found in the northeastern Atlantic Ocean. It is a powerful hydrating agent which also helps reduce skin imperfections.

The other important ingredients of this powerful moisturizer carefully chosen by the leading skincare experts include Bidens Pilosa, Grape Seed Oil, and Niacinamide. The presence of Xylitylglucoside and Xylitol improves the process of skin moisturizing and smoothing.

Ankaa Smooth & Lift Time-Resist Ultra-Hydrating Moisturizer is free of parabens and artificial fragrances. The brand has been dermatologically and allergically tested, and is therefore safe for use on all skin types.

For more information, visit https://ankaabeauty.com/.

About Ankaa:

The Ankaa skincare line is a powerful range of anti-aging skincare solutions that stand apart from other skincare products available on the market because of their ability to deliver guaranteed results. The brand has been created by a team of skincare specialists with a passion for health, beauty, and nature. The life-changing power of science has been applied to develop the revolutionary Ankaa skincare line which works on all skin types and across all age groups.

 

 

Posted in: Fashion & Beauty,U.S

Ankaa Gains Reputation as the Best Skin Serum That Can Dramatically Transform Aging Skin

Ankaa, the skin care brand that has been making waves in the anti-aging industry, has wowed the market yet again by offering the best skin serum. Ankaa Beauty Skin Perfecting Serum stands apart because of its powerful and high concentrate ingredients found in the most demanding environments on Earth.

“Our skincare experts have found the best way of dealing with the skin firming challenge,” says the spokesperson for Ankaa. “Our Skin Perfecting Serum uses the highest concentration of botanical ingredients to ensure fast and visible results. We are proud to provide our customers a truly unique skincare formulation powered by the most advanced skincare technology.”

Ankaa Beauty Skin Perfecting Serum is finding ready acceptance among women looking for the best anti-aging solution for their skin problems. The serum not only improves the skin tone but also evens out aging skin issues skin by minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

The powerful and highly researched formula is also effective against acne and is the perfect product for those looking for quick and visible anti-aging effects. The best skin serum is free of dyes, parabens, and synthetic fragrances. Its powerful ingredients work on softening and smoothing of fine lines and plumpness in the skin. According to the spokesperson, dramatic results can be achieved within just a few days of regular application.

The Ankaa Smooth & Lift Time-Resist Perfecting Serum stands apart because of the presence of selected extracts from carefully researched and handpicked powerful botanical ingredients.

These include:

  • Swertia Chirata which is a flowering plant found in the high Himalayan Mountains that is known for its skin regeneration and anti-wrinkle qualities.
  • Caulerpa Lentillifera which is green algae native found in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is known for the ability to promote the smoothing and firming of the skin.
  • Ankaa Beauty Skin Perfecting Serum also contains several additional ingredients, such as the Daisy Flower or Bellis Perennis extract, for promoting the even pigmentation of skin spots and Bidens Pilosa extract that plays the important role of a natural bio-retinol that assists skin firming and combats wrinkles.
  • Other natural ingredients such as Pumpkin Seed Oil, Mango Seed Butter, and Niacinamide also have important roles to play in making the skin look young, radiant and smooth.

The powerful and proven skin care line from Ankaa quickly restores youthful vitality and radiance and ensures that the skin regains its vibrancy and glow.

For more information, visit https://ankaabeauty.com/

About Ankaa:

The Ankaa skincare line is a powerful range of anti-aging skincare solutions that stand apart from other skincare products available on the market because of their ability to deliver guaranteed results. 

 

Posted in: Fashion & Beauty,U.S

Blumenthal Nordrehaug Bhowmik De Blouw LLP, File a Lawsuit Against Firstservice Residential California, LLC, Alleging Violations of The Private Attorneys General Act

The San Francisco employment law attorneys at Blumenthal Nordrehaug Bhowmik De Blouw LLP, filed a class action lawsuit against Firstservice Residential California, LLC, alleging that the company violated The Private Attorney General Act and allegedly failed to lawfully calculate and pay their employees the correct overtime. The class action lawsuit against Firstservice Residential California, LLC, is currently pending in the San Francisco County Superior Court, Case No. CGC-19-575131. To read a copy of the Complaint, please click here.

The lawsuit filed against Firstservice Residential California, LLC, alleges the company (a) failed to provide PLAINTIFF and the other AGGRIEVED EMPLOYEES for all of the hours they worked, including overtime, (b) failed to properly record and provide legally required meal and rest periods, (c) failed to provide accurate itemized wage statements, (d) failed to pay wages when due, and (e) failed to reimburse for required expenses, all in violation of the applicable Labor Code sections listed in Labor Code Sections §§ 201, 202, 203, 204, 226(a), 226.7, 510, 512, 558, 1194, 1198, 2802, and the applicable Industrial Wage Order(s), and thereby gives rise to statutory penalties as a result of such conduct. PLAINTIFFS hereby seek recovery of civil penalties as prescribed by the Labor Code Private Attorney General Act of 2004 as the representatives of the State of California for the illegal conduct perpetrated on PLAINTIFFS and the other AGGRIEVED EMPLOYEES.

PAGA is a mechanism by which the State of California itself can enforce state labor laws through the employee suing under the PAGA who do so as the proxy or agent of the state's labor law enforcement agencies. An action to recover civil penalties under PAGA is fundamentally a law enforcement action designed to protect the public and not to benefit private parties. The purpose of PAGA is not to recover damages or restitution, but to create a means of "deputizing" citizens as private attorneys general to enforce the Labor Code.

For more information about the class action lawsuit against Firstservice Residential California, LLC, call (800) 568-8020 to speak to an experienced California employment attorney today.

Blumenthal Nordrehaug Bhowmik De Blouw LLP is a labor law firm with law offices located in San Diego County, Riverside County, Los Angeles County, Sacramento County, and San Francisco County. The firm has a statewide practice of representing employees on a contingency basis for violations involving unpaid wages, overtime pay, discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination and other types of illegal workplace conduct.

Posted in: Law & Legal,U.S

People Need People Becomes Higher Growth Search, a Staffing and HR Services Firm for the Cannabis Industry

Today People Need People becomes Higher Growth Search, a staffing and HR services firm for the cannabis industry.

For years, cannabis-based businesses comprised a small and unregulated industry, and there was therefore little need for attention to compliance and employment regulations. However, with the legalization of cannabis came both a flood of new talent into and an increased spotlight on the industry, and many cannabis businesses need outside guidance to keep up with these new demands.

People Need People was founded in 2017 in Oakland, CA by Stacy Bryant, an industry veteran who began her expansive career in the industry at the age of 16. People Need People was built as a boutique staffing company geared towards the cannabis industry, and it expanded across Northern California, maintaining relationships with some of today’s most well-known brands.

“I am excited to be joining Higher Growth Search at such a critical time for the cannabis industry,” remarked Bryant, managing director of Higher Growth Search. “Legalization has created new challenges for business owners, who now cannot rely solely on their expertise with cannabis, but must also quickly come to understand employment law and implement new policies to remain in compliance. It’s clear that not only does the cannabis industry ‘Need People,’ but it also needs to properly hire, manage, and retain them so that their businesses can grow.”

Higher Growth Search’s vision is to help legitimize the cannabis industry by giving businesses resources to manage and care for their employees, institute and maintain safe workplaces, and find and retain the right talent for each role and company.

“By staffing our company with not only experts from the cannabis space, but also from the staffing and human resources management side,” said CEO Joe Madigan, “we’ve positioned Higher Growth Search to become a strong business partner who understands both where cannabis companies are coming from and how to get them where they want to go.”

Drawing from experience in helping businesses of all sizes, from startups to large enterprises and across nearly every industry represented in California for the last 50 years, Higher Growth Search brings a wealth of knowledge and support to the cannabis industry. Higher Growth Search also has deep knowledge of the local job markets and a wide network of highly talented workers, along with experience staffing for the wine, beer and spirit fields and other highly regulated industries, making this new company a strong presence as it enters the cannabis industry. 
To learn more about Higher Growth Search, visit highergrowthsearch.com.

About Higher Growth Search 
With nearly fifty years’ experience in the staffing, HR, and payroll space, as well as years of working directly with cannabis-focused companies, Higher Growth Search is the foundation on which businesses in the cannabis industry grow. We relieve you of the burden of providing payroll administration, compliance, staffing, and human resources services and apply our deeply-rooted expertise with HR processes and management across industries to your business. Visit highergrowthsearch.com for more information.

Posted in: Education,Employment,Professional Services,U.S

Language On's English School in Orlando Set for Expansion

As Language On’s South Florida campuses continue to grow, so too does its newest school in Orlando. Opened in December 2018, Language On Orlando has already reached near capacity and is in the process of expanding its facilities located near the Dr. Phillips area south of downtown Orlando. Campus director Jesus Prato confirmed that Language On Orlando’s campus expansion project is well underway. Prato pointed out that “once our facilities expansion is complete, we will be equipped with five new large classrooms for up to 15 students, which is the maximum number of students we ever put together in a class, as well as a new student lounge area. This will allow us to continue to grow in Orlando and serve the increasing need for high-quality English and foreign language instruction in the region.”

Students from around the world enroll in Language On's Intensive English Course in Orlando and Vacation English Course. Language On's English school in Orlando is located at 2448 Sand Lake Road and is open daily on weekdays.

Posted in: Education,U.S

Community Invited to Last Cinco De Mayo Celebration: Hundreds to Participate in Families in Transition-new Horizons Fundraising Event

A cinco de mayo celebration in April? Yes, on Tuesday, April 30, Families in Transition-New Horizons (FIT-NH) will sunset its long-standing cinco de mayo celebration fundraising event.

“This is one event you won’t want to miss,” expressed Maureen Beauregard, FIT-NH President. “We’re shaking things up to make this a night to remember! Between the stilt walkers, unique cactus game of chance, live music, and live and silent auctions with unique experiences our guests will be entertained all night long. And, most importantly, we’ll be raising money to fund our mission of providing food, shelter and services to people in need.”

The FIT-NH cinco de mayo celebration has been in existence for over 10 years and is one of the major fundraisers the organization hosts each year. Next year, the event will be replaced by an enhanced Empty Bowls event.

The FIT-NH cinco de mayo celebration is on Tuesday, April 30, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Double Tree by Hilton in Manchester, NH. Tickets can be purchased on line at https://support.fitnh.org/cinco.

Sponsors for the event include: Spectrum Marketing Companies, Comcast, INSP, COOK, LITTLE, ROSENBLATT & MANSON, pllc, Cross Insurance, Davis Towle Insurance Group, Eastern Bank, Great NH Restaurants, 95.7 WZID, Intown Manchester, NH Healthy Families, People’s United Bank, and Philadelphia Insurance.

Families in Transition-New Horizons is a New Hampshire based not-for-profit organization that provides hunger relief, emergency shelter, safe affordable housing, and supportive services to individuals and families who are homeless or in need, enabling them to gain self-sufficiency and respect. For more information about FIT-NH and the event, visit http://www.fitnh.org or http://www.newhorizonsnh.orgor call 603-641-9441.

Posted in: Services,U.S

With College Decision Day Just Around the Corner, Students Have Much to Consider

In less than two weeks, on May 1, prospective college freshmen all over the country will have to make a decision about where they will enroll next fall. But before students make their College Decision Day selection, many will need to consider and compare financial aid offers from different schools.

This can be an exciting but stressful time for families as they weigh which school best fits their student’s needs academically and socially against which school is the best fit for their family from a financial standpoint. One of the biggest factors in choosing a college is cost, but comparing financial aid award notifications can sometimes be difficult because different schools have different resources, so financial aid offers—and the way they are presented—can vary greatly.

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators has developed an Award Notification Comparison Worksheet that students can utilize to help make the process of reviewing financial aid award offers a bit simpler. The worksheet includes a glossary of terms commonly found in award notifications and provides tips students can follow when comparing financial aid offers.

“Too many students end up not enrolling in college because they think they won’t be able to afford it or don’t fully understand their options,” said Megan Coval, NASFAA vice president of policy and federal relations. “With this tool we’re aiming to demystify the financial aid process so parents and student can more clearly understand what is being offered and what the terms are of that aid. As decision day approaches, financial aid administrators across the country also stand at the ready to help answer any outstanding questions, no matter how small, about paying for college.”

NASFAA encourages prospective students and parents to reach out to financial aid offices at potential schools with any lingering questions. To request an interview with a NASFAA spokesperson about what students and parents should take into consideration when making their college-going decisions, please email powerse@nasfaa.org or call (202) 785-6959.

About NASFAA

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is a nonprofit membership organization that represents more than 28,000 financial aid professionals at nearly 3,000 colleges, universities, and career schools across the country. NASFAA member institutions serve nine out of every ten undergraduates in the United States. Based in Washington, D.C., NASFAA is the only national association with a primary focus on student aid legislation, regulatory analysis, and training for financial aid administrators. For more information, visit http://www.nasfaa.org.

Posted in: Education,U.S

Farm Credit Announces Sanford's Retirement From Board of Directors

After 24 years of service, Orange County native and local industry leader W. W. (Monk) Sanford III, has retired from Farm Credit of the Virginias (FCV) board of directors. FCV, a regional financial cooperative serving agriculture and rural communities in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland, made the announcement this month.

CEO Peery Heldreth shared, “Farm Credit relies on the vision and strong leadership of our board of directors. For more than two decades, Monk has been an asset for our organization and the customer-owners we serve. His diverse agricultural background and other board service, including other cooperatives, has brought valuable insights to board discussions and decision-making as it worked to map out strategies to continue providing first-rate service to our customer-owners.”

Sanford is a lifelong farmer from Orange County, Virginia, and manages a 1,400 acre cattle and grain operation. He has received Farmer of the Year, Lancaster/Sunbelt Farm of the Year, and Agribusiness Environment awards. He has also served on multiple boards of directors, including the Maryland Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative, the Orange-Madison Cooperative, and the Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA).

“I very much enjoyed my time on the Farm Credit board and being able to help our local farmers and homeowners,” said Sanford. “Over my years on the board, we’ve helped lead Farm Credit to great success, including two major mergers, one involving four organizations that positioned us to better serve our customers.”

ABOUT FARM CREDIT OF THE VIRGINIAS

Farm Credit of the Virginias provides over .8 billion dollars in financing to more than 11,000 farmers, agribusinesses and rural homeowners throughout Virginia, West Virginia and western Maryland. Farm Credit is a cooperative capitalized largely through investments made by farmers, ranchers and the rural homeowners and businesses that borrow from them. In fact, as part of a nationwide network they are the largest single provider of agricultural credit in the United States and have been for over 100 years. Farm Credit helps maintain and improve the quality of life in rural America and on the farm through its constant commitment to competitive lending, expert financial services and for facilitating and sharing knowledge and resources through the Farm Credit Knowledge Center. For more information, visit http://www.FarmCreditKnowledgeCenter.com or http://www.FarmCreditofVirginias.com

Posted in: Retail,U.S

Palm Air Welcomes Spring With Some Seasonality Tips And Special

The dedicated staff at Palm Air, always aim to provide their clients with cleaner, colder, more comfortable air. With that being said they are also aware that financial challenges can make this difficult to achieve for some of their customers. In light of this, since Spring is upon us, they’d like to encourage all their clients to make the most of the opportunities this season brings to replace their air conditioning units without breaking the bank.

Around this time of year, Palm Air’s customers can take advantage of some really good special offers from Carrier (of which Palm Air is an authorized dealer of their products). In fact, the special offers this time around appears to be some of the most aggressive offers we’ve seen in years! Spring is one of the best times to contact the experienced professionals at Palm Air for a replacement of any air conditioning unit. It’s a fact that in the Summer, the demand for AC maintenance and replacements is extremely high, which results in consumers paying more for those services. While the demand for air conditioning services in the Spring is considerably low and because of this, there are more incentives and special offers out there for everyone’s benefit.

Palm Air would like to highlight the fact that Carrier is kicking Spring off with rebates up to ,650 or up to 72 months 0% financing on qualifying Carrier Systems between March 18, 2019, and June 30, 2019. It’s key to remember that all rebate claims must be made by July 31, 2019, by 6pm CST. If you have an older unit that you suspect is about to go (generally a 10+-year-old unit is on its last legs)...don’t wait for that to happen this summer, when it probably will, due to the extra strain you will be putting on it in the hottest months of the year. Taking advantage of the 2019 Spring Cool Cash Rebates or the 0% APR program is a great way to exercise financial responsibility and save some money. In addition to the cool cash promotion, Palm Air clients can also save more by utilizing their in house promotions as well. These great deals simply won’t be offered during the peak summer months.

Palm Air would also like to highlight the fact that Carrier products are trusted in more homes than any other brand, and financing is no different. They have built a relationship with AFC First and Wells Fargo Bank which has allowed them the ability to offer a variety of flexible financing options for a new Carrier product or system. In the HVAC business seasonality plays a role and it can significantly affect your wallet if your timing is off. Beat the heat of summer by preparing in the spring!

So, how does this work? It’s important for homeowners to remember that only Carrier® systems or units purchased from participating dealers (authorized dealers….like Palm Air) during the sales period and installed by the end of the installation period are eligible for the Cool Cash promotions. You can contact Palm Air at 561-922-3199 if there are any questions. Don’t miss the chance to replace your air conditioning unit before the heat and expense associated with trying to replace a unit in the peak season/ summer arrives. Prepare this year and ensure that you stay cool and on budget this summer.

Posted in: Automotive,Electronics & Semiconductors,U.S

Kymriah Treatment Available at Children’s National Health System

Children’s National Health System announced today that Kymriah, the first chimeric antigen receptor T cell (CAR-T) therapy approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is now available to patients at Children’s National.

The decision to approve the Kymriah treatment followed a unanimous recommendation for approval by the FDA’s oncologic drugs advisory committee (ODAC) that included Catherine Bollard, M.D., MB.Ch.B, director of the Center for Cancer and Immunology Research at the Children’s Research Institute and director of the Program for Cell Enhancement and Technologies for Immunotherapy.

“I’m really excited because it’s the first gene therapy approved by the FDA and the fact that it was approved for a pediatric indication is fantastic,” says Bollard. “It’s an honor that Children’s National was chosen as one of the hospitals to deliver this treatment.”

Kymriah, also known as tisagenlecleucel, is comprised of genetically modified T cells that target CD19, expressed by a type of cancer called B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). In clinical trials, Kymriah has shown unprecedented effectiveness in treating children and young adults with relapsed/refractory ALL. Out of the 75 patients evaluable for response, 61 (81 percent) achieved remission.

Kymriah marks a new era of cancer treatment and the pediatric indication for it paves the way for the use of similar therapies with promise to treat other deadly cancers affecting children.

“CAR-T therapy represents a significant breakthrough in the treatment of leukemia that has not responded to traditional therapies,” says Jeffrey Dome, M.D., Ph.D., vice president, Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. “We’re excited to be able to offer the Kymriah treatment to patients at Children’s National and add a new component to our arsenal to fight childhood cancer.”

Families interested in Kymriah should contact Children’s National, at CART@childrensnational.org or call 202-476-1735.

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has served the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is one of the nation’s Top 5 pediatric hospitals and, for a second straight year, is ranked No. 1 in newborn care, as well as ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. It has been designated two times as a Magnet® hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C. Metropolitan area, including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is the seventh-highest NIH-funded pediatric institution in the nation. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels.

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Posted in: Health & Medicine,U.S

Slone Partners, Where People Are Our Science®, Places Lloyd Sanders As CEO At Epic Sciences, Inc

Slone Partners, North America’s leading executive search firm for life sciences and diagnostics companies, announces the placement of Lloyd Sanders at Epic Sciences, Inc. as Chief Executive Officer. With headquarters in San Diego, California, Mr. Sanders is responsible for all strategic and business aspects of the oncological diagnostics company.

Epic Sciences develops novel diagnostics to improve and personalize the treatment and management of cancer with a mission to extend patient lives. The company’s focus is to offer greater certainty for doctors to make correct decisions for patients at pivotal points in treating cancer and to rapidly pivot away from therapies that are no longer clinically effective. Currently working with 65 top pharmaceutical partners and 45 academic cancer hospitals, including the National Cancer Institute, Epic Sciences’ technology is being used in over 200 clinical trials and has tested over 10,000 patient samples. Utilizing its rare-cell detection engine technology, the company has the world’s leading pipeline of personalized, predictive and proven tests to guide therapy selection across the most impactful drug classes in oncology. For example, Epic Sciences has partnered with Genomic Health to commercialize the first predictive liquid biopsy test for prostate cancer. The company is building a strong pipeline of additional tests for breast, lung, and bladder cancers.

Prior to joining Epic Sciences, Mr. Sanders served as President of Myriad Genetics Oncology division overseeing the oncology, urology and dermatology commercial organizations. While at Myriad, he was responsible for the sales, marketing, medical affairs, customer service and laboratory operations for numerous market-leading commercial products. Previously, Mr. Sanders served as Chief Operating Officer at Dey Pharma, a division of Mylan, overseeing sales, marketing and medical affairs, including the EpiPen® flagship brand. Prior to Dey Pharma, he held several leadership positions at Sanofi-Synthelabo, subsequently Sanofi-Aventis, where he led the successful restructuring and integration of the two companies’ sales forces. Mr. Sanders earned a Bachelor’s degree in business with an emphasis in marketing from Memphis State University.

“In the rapidly-escalating and competitive landscape of precision medicine, Epic Sciences required their new CEO to have substantial depth and breadth of oncology industry experience. Lloyd is a mission-driven leader who will thrive in Epic Sciences' high-intensity culture that is collaborative, creative and entrepreneurial.” says Tara Kochis-Stach, President of Slone Partners.

ABOUT SLONE PARTNERS 
Slone Partners delivers the leaders who build amazing scientific healthcare organizations – People Are Our Science®. Since 2000, Slone Partners specializes in delivering world-class C-suite leadership, executive, and upper management talent to the most promising and established life sciences, diagnostics, precision medicine, CRO, and laboratory services companies. With coast-to-coast presence in the most active healthcare industry hubs of Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Austin, Research Triangle Park NC, and Washington DC, Slone Partners uniquely and precisely provides an array of executive search and advisory services to innovative scientific healthcare companies. To learn more about Slone Partners’ value proposition and processes, visit http://www.slonepartners.com or call 888.784.3422.

ABOUT EPIC SCIENCES 
Epic Sciences, Inc. is developing novel diagnostics to personalize and advance the treatment and management of cancer. Epic Sciences' mission is to enable the rapid and non-invasive detection of genetic and molecular changes in cancer throughout a patient's journey. The company was founded on a powerful platform to identify and characterize rare cells, including circulating tumor cells. Epic Sciences No Cell Left Behind® technology helps match patients to therapies and monitor for drug resistance, so that the best treatment path can be chosen at every clinical decision point. Epic Sciences has partnered with Genomic Health to commercialize the Oncotype DX AR-V7 Nucleus Detect test, which helps with therapeutic decisions between taxane chemotherapy or androgen-directed therapeutics in metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer. Today, we partner with leading pharmaceutical companies and major cancer centers around the world. Epic Sciences' goal is to increase the success rate of cancer drugs in clinical trials and improve patient outcomes by providing physicians real-time information to guide treatment choices. Epic Sciences is headquartered in San Diego. Further information is available on the Company's website http://www.epicsciences.com.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,U.S

Excelera Promotes Troy Polan to Chief Technology Officer

ExceleraRx Corp® is pleased to announce the promotion of Troy Polan to Chief Technology Officer. Previously, Polan served as Vice President of Information Technology. In his new role, Polan will continue to set the strategy and direction for Excelera’s proprietary technology platform and solutions. including working with Excelera Network members to design and implement strategies surrounding the collection, validation and standardization of health data.

“Excelera uses its robust data platform to provide key insights demonstrating the value of coordinated care for complex patients,” said Polan. “It will be increasingly important to delve even deeper into data sources to more fully characterize all the aspects of care for patients across the health system. I am excited to continue innovating with our members on advanced data solutions that align with their quest to provide outstanding care to complex patients.”

Polan has been a member of the ExceleraRx team since 2015. During that time, he has helped to establish and grow the Excelera Specialty Pharmacy Network, which is comprised of integrated delivery networks, health systems and large academic medical centers with a deep commitment to caring for complex patients. Prior to joining ExceleraRx, Polan was the Vice President of Technology and Infrastructure at Phreesia™, a leader in healthcare point-of-service. He has over two decades of experience leading information technology departments and projects, and brings extensive expertise in information management, information security and solving issues of scale in high growth businesses.

“Troy is an invaluable member of the Excelera team and we congratulate him on his well-deserved promotion to CTO,” said Lorrie Carr, CEO of ExceleraRx Corp. “Troy has been an integral part of Excelera’s evolution, helping to develop the sophisticated data reporting and analytics tools our members rely on to measure and improve health and financial outcomes. We’re honored to have Troy on the team and look forward to the strategic direction his expertise will bring as the Excelera Network enters its next stage of growth.”

To learn more about the Excelera Network and to meet with the Excelera team, please contact us here.

About The Excelera® Specialty Pharmacy Network 
The Excelera® Specialty Pharmacy Network is comprised of integrated delivery networks, health systems, and large academic medical centers with a deep commitment to caring for complex pharmacy patients.

ExceleraRx Corp. is a healthcare company that empowers integrated delivery networks, health systems and large academic medical centers to provide integrated care for complex pharmacy patients, leading to improved health outcomes and decreased healthcare costs. To learn more, visit http://www.excelerarx.com or follow us on LinkedIn.

Contacts 
For ExceleraRx Corp. 
Amy Swanson, Director of Marketing & Member Relations 
aswanson@excelerarx.com 
612-444-3750

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

3DSignals Achieves ‘A Round’ Million Investment Led by State of Mind Ventures for Innovation Driving the Realization of Industry 4.0

3DSignals, startup and pioneer in acoustic-based analytics for industrial machines, today announced completing an “A Round” of million, bringing the total investment in the company to million, to aid in the acceleration of manufacturing industry digitalization. This round was led by early-stage venture capital fund State of Mind Ventures, known for backing technology-driven, game-changing companies. Other investors included Grove Ventures, based in Israel, Mr. Enrique M. Aboitiz Jr. from the Philippines, and German Dive Digital.

The funding is testament to the early success of 3DSignals’ innovative Asset Performance Monitoring solution, and further strengthens the startup’s position and mission to bridge the gap to manufacturing digitalization, otherwise known as ‘Industry 4.0’.

Though digitalization promises to transform the manufacturing landscape, in reality, its fruition is reliant upon the surmounting of significant obstacles. Cisco* states, “By some estimates there are 60 million machines in factories throughout the world and 90% are not connected. Meanwhile, 70% of the machines are more than 15 years old.” According to European Parliament Think Tank**, “Large investments are needed if enterprises are to make the move to Industry 4.0…perhaps as much as €140 billion annually in Europe.” In addition, SMEs could be daunted by the size of such investments, “who fear the transition to digital because they cannot access how it will affect their value chains.”

3DSignals’ acoustic-based technology, coupled with AI and machine learning, powerfully bridges this shortfall by extracting operational performance parameters such as availability, speed, and health of industrial machines, and generates insights that improve utilization and increase machines’ productivity. The 3Dsignals solution can be installed in less than an hour, works with a variety of machines from different vendors, both old and new, and shows immediate value.

Founded in 2015, 3DSignals’ groundbreaking solution has already achieved worldwide recognition for its ability to monitor and maintain industrial equipment and processes. The startup achieved the accolade of “Cool Vendor 2018” from Gartner for its innovative cloud-based predictive monitoring solution that collects sounds from industrial machines and equipment.

German manufacturer, SAMSON AG achieved a considerable increase in its overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), with 3DSignals’ Asset Performance Monitoring solution, which was successfully installed and up and running in under an hour. “Each installation of 3DSignals’ system improves asset productivity 15%+,” said Dr. Andreas Widl, CEO, SAMSON AG. “Looking across the entire value proposition, one can systematically avoid bottlenecks and predict unanticipated downtime. This provides significant value for any production company. We are privileged to be part of 3DSignals’ journey.”

Since the deployment of the 3DSignals solution in its factories, the company reports a substantial improvement in daily operations, including workflow optimization, increased production efficiency and machinery optimisation, accomplishing a remarkable advancement towards full factories digitalization.

3DSignals management team includes Ariel Rosenfeld, CEO, Offer Affias, co-founder and CTO, Amit Ashkenazi, co-founder and VP R&D, and David Koren, VP Operations. Rosenfeld was the general manager of the USB Flash Drive division at M-Systems, the Israeli company behind the first flash drive, which later was sold to SanDisk in 2006 for .6B. Ariel worked at M-Systems under Dov Moran, Managing Partner of Grove Ventures and the inventor of the USB Flash Drive. Rosenfeld led the division to a leadership position and to sales growth from M to over 0M within only three years.

“This is an exciting time for 3DSignals,” said Ariel Rosenfeld, CEO. “There is a growing need for our solution as it has already shown remarkable results within existing customers. Enterprises are realizing they can significantly improve operational efficiencies and cut costs through digitalization, and this trend has only just started.”

“Our plans are to focus on growth by increasing 3DSignals’ install base significantly over the next few months across Europe,” concludes Rosenfeld.

“We, at State of Mind Ventures, are excited to become an investor in 3D Signals and to join its team on this adventure and help them realize their vision and mission. Industrial companies in Europe and North-America are experiencing tremendous economical pressure driven by competition from the east, as well as increasing economical and geo-political market fragmentation and taxation. Their best route, I believe, to remain competitive, is to adopt, as soon as possible, IoT technologies and used them to upgrade their existing infrastructure, without replacing it.” said Yuval Baharav, General Partner at State of Mind Ventures. “3D Signals’ talented team, led by Ariel Rosenfeld, whom we believe is a unique and proven leader, is delivering a transformative technology to its customers, showing great promise to it users and shareholders.”

“Digitalizing the factory floor is one of the biggest challenges and opportunities in Industry 4.0 innovation vertical.” Said Lotan Levkowitz, a partner in Grove Ventures, an Israeli VC that specializes in early stage deep tech investments with focus on the Industry 4.0 sector. Lotan added that “3DSignals’ unique acoustic based solution enables a frictionless integration to industrial environments and brings the right offering with a quick ROI for the industry. We are proud to back the company from the first day and to experience first-hand the market acceptance to their technology.”

“Digitalization in under an hour is a phenomenal achievement. This is a highly exciting area of investment right now”, said Mr. Enrique M. Aboitiz Jr. “3DSignals is creating next generation technology that will drive advancement and change for a connected future and a better world”. 

  • IHS 2014 Machines Report for Cisco, PWC Internet of Things in Manufacturing 2015, McKinsey Disruptive Technologies 2013 Report

** http://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_BRI%282015%29568337

About 3DSignals: 
Named “Cool vendor 2018” by Gartner and awarded “Entrepreneurial Company of the Year 2017” by Frost & Sullivan, 3DSignals pioneers acoustics-AI for industrial machines. Our patented, award-winning APM solution, collects and transforms high-resolution acoustic data into invaluable operational insights, resulting in increased Overall Equipment Effectiveness. For more information, visit http://www.3dsig.com.

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

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,U.S

Capstone Development Partners and University of Massachusetts Boston’s New Residence and Dining Hall Partnership Named Best Public-Private Partnership Development

Capstone Development Partners (“Capstone”) announced that the New Residence and Dining Hall at the University of Massachusetts Boston, was awarded the Best Public-Private Partnership Development at the Student Housing Business Ninth Annual Innovator Awards ceremony held April 11th in Austin, TX. The project was selected among 115 student housing development nominees encompassing a total of 23 award categories. The project was judged on multiple criteria including: how it solved a unique need for the university; served as a win-win-win for the school, its residents in the project and the developer; building architecture; design into the campus fabric; and the project’s performance relative to budget and schedule.

The new residence hall is the first on-campus housing at the University and houses more than 1,000 first year and transfer students and includes a 500-seat dining hall that serves the entire campus.

The UMass Boston New Residence and Dining Hall, was developed by Capstone in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Boston and University of Massachusetts Building Authority in a public-private partnership.

“This is a wonderful recognition of the vision, planning, direction and oversight of the project by the ‘public’ partners, the University of Massachusetts President’s Office, the UMass Building Authority, and UMass Boston, and the creative transaction and development execution by the ‘private’ partners, Provident Commonwealth Educational Resources, Capstone Development Partners, Elkus Manfredi Architects, Shawmut Design and Construction, and COCM,” said Jeff Jones, Capstone Principal.

The Project was designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects; constructed by Shawmut Design and Construction; and the project is operated by COCM. The engineering team included Haley Aldrich, Nitsch Engineering, WSP, McNamara Salvia and AHA Engineering. Copley Wolff Design Group was the Project’s landscape architect. The Project was financed with tax-exempt bonds and is owned by Provident Commonwealth Educational Resources, a 501(c)3 non-profit owner. 

Posted in: Education,U.S

Blue Pillar Launches Partnership Program to Accelerate Value-Added Energy Service and Application Adoption

Blue Pillar, the leading Internet of Things (IoT) network solutions provider for facility-based data and control systems, today announced the launch of its Building Blocks Partnership Program (“BBPP”) with over 30 new members. The breadth and size of the partnership program makes it one of the largest IoT partnership programs in the market. Blue Pillar’s partners offer market leading IoT technology, system enablement, deployment, consulting, and value-added applications and services, which complement Blue Pillar’s ability to build and operate best-in-class, facility-based IoT networks via their award-winning Aurora® connectivity and control platform. The combined, fully integrated end-to-end solutions created by these partnerships will provide Commercial and Industrial (“C&I”) facility operators with lower cost IoT networking options and unprecedented flexibility in how their facility information can be leveraged to make them more efficient, resilient, and sustainable.

“Blue Pillar believes that it will take an ecosystem of companies fueled by open collaboration to accelerate the adoption of new energy services and applications,” said Tom Willie, CEO of Blue Pillar. “Traditional connectivity and control networks in the energy space have been proprietary, application-specific networks installed to support a particular vendor application or equipment type leaving facility operators with siloed data streams and limited choice amongst vendors. The BBPP program is the first partnership program which showcases how IoT networks can be completely independent from the equipment they connect, the sensors they use, and who installs them, while also being open and interoperable with value-added service provider or application providers.”

The BBPP is structured into two partnership categories: System Enablement and Solution Enablement. System Enablement partners are comprised of technology, installation, and communication services providers who are focused on the cost-effective building of facility-based IoT networks, while Solution Enablement partners are comprised of value-added services and application providers who leverage these networks to create tangible benefits for C&I customers. These value-added solution providers cover the spectrum of energy management, demand response, distributed energy resource management (DER), microgrids, energy efficiency, and centralized facility management.

BBPP System Enablement partners announced today are: 

    • Technology: Aquana, CE+T Energy Solutions, CircuitMeter, Covalen, Horner Automation Group, LeClanché, Monnit, Multi-Tech Systems, Inc., and Power Standards Lab

 

 

  • Deployment: Dailey Electric, M2 Electric, Mad Dash Field Services, The Vanjen Group and Wayne Electric

 

BBPP Solution Enablement partners announced today are:

 

    • Energy Service Providers: Customized Energy Solutions, Drift Marketplace, GreenSync, Nexant, Rodan Energy Solutions, Sparkfund, Voltus

 

 

    • Strategic Energy Consultants: Chateau Energy Solutions, GlideNet, Rexel, The Plan Consulting Group (TPCG)

 

 

  • Application Solution Providers: AutoGrid, Building Clarity, Canary Labs, Collaborative Work Environment (CWE), eSight Energy, Logical Buildings, MACH Energy

 

Membership in the partnership program has several benefits. System Enablement partners are given priority by Blue Pillar to be used in the implementation of IoT networks. Solution Enablement Partners will be introduced to Blue Pillar’s C&I customer base as “pre-integrated” solutions, which can be easily deployed to solve their energy or operational challenges. In addition, Solution Enablement partners have the ability to earn incentives through a built-in referral program if they utilize Blue Pillar as their facility-based network provider in their new customer opportunities. Interested partners can learn more about the program at http://www.bluepillar.com/partners

About Blue Pillar 
Blue Pillar connects the things that power our world. The only IoT solution which utilizes end-to-end software automation to simplify IoT deployments, Blue Pillar unleashes the power of real-time data to strengthen critical infrastructure and accelerate business. With Blue Pillar, companies have unprecedented insight into their energy needs to become more efficient and have peace of mind that when the grid goes down, their business will continue forward. Learn more at bluepillar.com or on Twitter at @bluepillarinc.

Posted in: Education,U.S

Bay Alarm Medical Announces Support For 4G LTE Cellular Networks

Bay Alarm Medical (https://www.BayAlarmMedical.com), a leading provider of medical alert systems for the elderly, today debuted two new products using AT&T’s 4G LTE cellular network.

“In an emergency, you want to be sure your medical alert system can send and receive a clear signal,” says Alan Wu, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Bay Alarm Medical. “4G LTE is more reliable than traditional 3G cellular networks and provides extra coverage, giving you more confidence that your alert will be received.”

Medical alert systems allow seniors to quickly get help in case of a fall or other medical emergency. With the push of a button, seniors can signal a call center that is monitored 24/7. Trained operators then notify first responders and help communicate the senior’s condition and medical history.

Bay Alarm Medical is adding 4G LTE support to both its In-Home and GPS medical alert options. The company’s in-home system has a cellular option for homes that do not have a landline telephone. Bay Alarm Medical’s GPS system is designed to work both at home and away from home. It is also the only system of its type to offer caregiver tracking, allowing family members or other caregivers to check the senior’s location at any time.

Wu says that GPS medical alerts can be especially effective over the AT&T 4G LTE network. “Our tests have shown that GPS tracking is much improved with the new network,” says Wu.

Support for 4G LTE is important, given that cellular providers will begin retiring their 3G networks over the next two years. Verizon has already announced that its 3G network will be shut down by the end of 2019. Older 3G cellular equipment is not designed to work with 4G networks, so the retirement of 3G ends the equipment’s useful life.

AT&T’s 4G LTE network has rolled out nationwide and covers the majority of the United States.

To learn more about the Bay Alarm Medical’s medical alert systems, visit https://www.bayalarmmedical.com/medical-alert-system/systems-with-gps/.

About Bay Alarm Medical 
Bay Alarm Medical is an arm of Bay Alarm, one of the nation's oldest alarm monitoring companies. The company offers landline, cellular and mobile GPS medical alert systems together with 24/7 monitoring by professionally training emergency operators who contact family members, friends, neighbors and, if necessary, local 911 emergency services.

For more information, visit the company's website at https://www.bayalarmmedical.com or call 877-522-9633. 

Posted in: Marketing & Sales,U.S

Leadership Change, Community Outreach Planned for Sterling Motorcars

Thomas A. Moorehead, the first Black Dealer in the country of Rolls Royce, Lamborghini and McLaren, has transitioned from President and CEO to Owner and Chairman of Sterling Motorcars. As an African American business owner, he has been contributing to the economy of the Washington DC Metropolitan Area since March of 2001. Of note, Moorehead was also the former chairman of NAMAD, The National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers.

Former President of AutoNation Dallas Fort Worth Market, Paul White, is the now the new President and CEO of Sterling Motorcars appointed directly by Moorehead. White leads by Rosalynn Carter’s quote: “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be.”

White is enriching and advancing Moorehead’s vision of community service while spearheading the expansion and growth of Sterling Motorcars. Much like what White has done in the past, he is thrilled to be implementing the Sterling Community C.A.R.E. Program (Community, Assurance, Reliability and Excellence) making a difference by giving to non-profits, local organizations, and schools. This program will begin with the faith-based community identifying single parents in need of transportation.

White attributes most of his success to his mentor, the late automotive giant and successful businessman, Cecil Van Tuyl. Under Van Tuyl’s tutelage, White became one of his youngest partners at the age of Thirty-two. White rose quickly in the ranks and generated record-breaking profits and numerous national and local awards. From there, he worked around the country increasing sales, expanding stores and aiding those less fortunate. Said Moorehead, “I welcome handing over the Sterling Motorcars keys to Paul. He possesses my drive and passion for the community as well as the business. I look forward to semi-retirement and focusing more time on Moorehead Properties.”

Posted in: Automotive,U.S

Cortical.io Contract Intelligence Highlighted by Ovum

Ovum, one of UK’s top analyst firms, has just released a report about Cortical.io Contract Intelligence, recognizing its benefits applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology in the legal domain.

Based on patented technology, Cortical.io Contract Intelligence extracts key information from complex contracts and populates existing contract management software with that information. The difference with other solutions in the market results from the neuroscience-based algorithm used to process text, which solves the problems of language ambiguity, is quickly trained and enables a fast and transparent implementation process.

“One of the challenges in the legal world is that the vocabulary used in legal documents is rather narrow, and small differences in how these words are expressed can lead to significant contextual or semantic differences”, describes Michael Azoff, distinguished analyst at Ovum. “With their original approach that combines Numenta’s memory model and unsupervised machine learning algorithms, Cortical.io has created a powerful technology to process unstructured text data and extract meaning. At Ovum, we believe that Cortical.io Contract Intelligence deserves evaluation.”

Cortical.io Contract Intelligence processes all types of legal documents, including lease agreements, ISDA master agreements, bond indentures, and certificates. The solution analyzes the meaning, not just of keywords, but of whole sentences, paragraphs, and long text so that the problems of language ambiguity and vocabulary mismatch within and across documents are overcome. For example, “done deal” and “signed contracts” are recognized as very similar by Cortical.io Contract Intelligence, although they do not have any term in common.

Cortical.io Contract Intelligence is accessed via a simple user interface and does not require any specific training. It is designed for business users and does not require any AI experts or knowledge. The solution is already used by Fortune 100 companies to reduce manual review and data extraction time, as well as contract processing costs.

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More information about Cortical.io Contract Intelligence

About Cortical.io: 
Cortical.io provides natural language understanding (NLU) solutions that enable large enterprises to automate the extraction, monitoring, and analysis of key information from any kind of text data. By understanding the meaning of text, Cortical.io Retina software reduces the time and effort it takes to complete business-critical data search and review processes. Many repetitive and error-prone manual steps are eliminated, freeing up valuable resources to focus on higher-value tasks. Our solutions can be quickly trained without supervision in the specialized vocabulary of any business domain and in multiple languages. Our enterprise-grade technology is implemented at multiple Fortune 100 businesses, covering a wide spectrum of use cases. Our unique approach has been featured in The Economist, Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg, and Gartner. Cortical.io has offices in Europe (HQ in Vienna) and in the US (New York and San Francisco).

Posted in: Law & Legal,Technology,U.S

ClubUp Expands into Chicago with Medinah Country Club and Onwentsia Club

ClubUp, a North Carolina based software and service company that caters to golf clubs operating caddie programs, has announced expansion into Chicago, IL. ClubUp technology will help facilitate the caddie programs at Medinah Country Club and Onwentsia Club.

“Our entire committee was really impressed with what ClubUp had to offer. It is very important to me and to Medinah that we give our young boys and girls not only a great summer opportunity, but also give them the freedom to enjoy their summer as well. ClubUp allows us to give that.” – Marty DeAngelo, Director of Golf at Medinah Country Club.

ClubUp provides innovative services which help improve the caddie experience for the members and caddies at its partner clubs. Additionally, ClubUp technology offers clubs a way to communicate with and pay caddies working as independent contractors on the property. The improved communication, efficient logistics and cashless payment options provided by ClubUp yield significant productivity improvements for caddies and club operations.

Nick Papedakas, the head golf professional at Onwentsia Club, commented on ClubUp software being introduced at Onwentsia Club... “When we were looking for ways to modernize our caddie program, the ClubUp team offered the best solutions. The ClubUp software will help us to streamline our caddie program/process so that we can better focus on the golf experience here at Onwentsia.”

ClubUp operates in North Carolina, Georgia, Arizona, Virginia, and Florida. In addition to a corporate partnership with the Metropolitan Golf Association in New York, the company also has a national partnership with The First Tee. The ClubUp Board of Directors includes company founder Matthew Rose, as well as leaders in the golf industry including Seth Waugh, Scott Mahoney and Ken Thompson.

“Chicago is one of the most important caddie markets in the country. The opportunity to work together with clubs like Medinah and Onwentsia is something that we are all very excited about. We hope to use these new relationships to grow in the Midwest in 2019 and beyond.” Rose said.

About ClubUp: ClubUp is a technology company that partners with golf clubs which have existing caddie programs as well as clubs looking to start their own caddie program. Using the ClubUp platform, golf clubs can easily request and arrange caddie services, leveraging technology to improve efficiencies in their caddie program. ClubUp works closely with outside services staff to tailor the system to ensure it is a great fit for each facility.

Posted in: Computers & Software,Services,U.S

Livesay & Myers, P.C. Announces New Lead Senior Associate

Livesay & Myers, P.C. welcomes Andrew Tank to the firm as a lead senior associate in its Arlington office, practicing exclusively family law. The addition of Mr. Tank is a part of the firm’s ongoing regional growth, and commitment to providing quality family law representation to residents of Arlington County and Alexandria, Virginia.

"We are thrilled to add an attorney to our growing roster with the breadth and depth of experience that Mr. Tank offers,” said Matthew Smith, a partner at the firm. “His skills will advance our mission of providing the best possible advocacy for our clients across Northern Virginia."

Mr. Tank left a position as a partner at Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC to join Livesay & Myers, P.C. He had been with the former firm since 2011, and a partner since 2015.

A family law attorney since 2007, Mr. Tank is experienced in handling every type of family law matter in Virginia, including separation, divorce, equitable distribution, custody, visitation and support cases.

Mr. Tank is a recognized leader in the Northern Virginia legal community. He has been an active member of the Virginia State Bar’s Young Lawyers Conference, serving as Program Chair for the Bar’s annual meeting from 2009 to 2012, and on its Nominations Committee for 2011 and 2012. From 2010 to 2013, Mr. Tank was a regular contributor to "Docket Call," the Young Lawyers Conference’s quarterly newsletter, writing articles on family law topics. Finally, he was elected and served as a board member for the Fairfax Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section from June 2010 to June 2012.

Mr. Tank was born in Michigan but grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, less than a mile from George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate. Mr. Tank earned his law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law, where he graduated cum laude. Before law school, Mr. Tank graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science.

Mr. Tank has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2015. He received the Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award for Excellence in Quality of Service in 2015. Mr. Tank also holds a perfect 10.0 rating from both Avvo and Justia.

Andrew Tank resides with his wife in Arlington, Virginia.

About Livesay & Myers, P.C.

Livesay & Myers, P.C. is a fast-growing family law firm with offices in Arlington, Fairfax, Manassas, Fredericksburg and Leesburg, Virginia. The firm was founded in 2003 by partners James Livesay and Kevin Myers. By 2016, the firm had made the annual Virginia Lawyers Weekly list of Virginia’s Largest Law Firms, debuting at #64 (and moving up to #63 in 2017 and #60 in 2018). Livesay & Myers, P.C. appears in both the 2018 and 2019 Editions of the U.S. News & World Report listing of Best Law Firms as a Tier 2 firm in Family Law for the Washington, D.C. region.

Posted in: Law & Legal,U.S

Money Concepts Sponsors Collegiate Financial Plan Competition

Money Concepts International, Inc. sponsored the collegiate financial plan competition conducted by the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants (IARFC) March 21, 2019 in Nashville, TN.

The student finalists prepared and presented their plan to a fictional couple and were judged by an audience of experienced Financial Consultants. The results: 

  • First Place: Rebecca Boyle from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX – David Ragan Professor
  • Second Place: Nick Urban and Drake Uplinger from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, MI – Mark VanVoorhees Professor
  • Third Place: Kylee Nelson and Bailey Mishbach from Utah Valley University in Orem, UT – Dr. Luke Dean Professor

Denis Walsh, CFP®, RFC® - President & CEO of Money Concepts stated, “With the average age of financial planning professionals increasing, we are committed to cultivate relationships with young advisors and are honored to support these experiences to help them prepare for a career path in the industry.”

Competition winner, Rebecca Boyle, related about creating a plan for her fictional clients. “I learned the importance of having a process for doing this, about the order of which things need to be done and how things affect each other.”

Barry Dayley, CFP®, MRFC – Executive Vice President of Money Concepts attended the event and served as one of the judges. Mr. Dayley said; “I am always impressed at the professionalism of the individuals who compete. We need qualified young people to enter the profession and I come away so enthused by this competition and know the industry as a whole has a bright future.”

For more information in the National Financial Plan Competition, visit https://www.iarfc.org/events/nfpc.

Posted in: Business,U.S

Nonconformist" Advertising Agency Says Videotel Digital Product Makes Installations Anything But Status Quo

Founded in 2011 and with high end clients, the renegade advertising agency, Misfit, knows of what they speak. Comfortable keeping company with the likes of the American Red Cross, Hitachi, Adobe, and Drexel University the company is adept in creating marketing installations that resonate with their target audience. This is why they recently reached out to Videotel Digital for an interactive industrial digital media player that would be as tough as it was effective. Therein lies the importance of the VP71XD. Thanks to Videotel Digital’s ingenuity, it has helped Misfit create remarkable marketing and advertising installation projects across multiple industries without a glitch.

“As an advertising agency with capabilities in video production, we’re constantly looking for innovative products to creatively display the videos that we create. Technology that allows us to make our videos interactive is incredibly appealing to our clients. We recently purchased the VP71 XD, and the transitions are seamless. The team at Videotel handled all of our inquiries with the highest level of customer service,” said Cameron Tyler, Account Manager for Misfit.

The VP71XD industrial digital media player with interactive features has benefits like the ability to connect to Videotel Digital’s interplay module (IPM+) and LED push buttons, motion sensors, and proximity sensors. These interactive features engage passers-by with information that catches their attention without any manual interaction. For instance, motion sensors can detect human moment from between one and twenty-one feet away while proximity sensors allow the audience to quite literally wave a hand to see content. These are just a few of the entertaining ways Misfit uses the VP71XD to capture an audience.

Lisa Schneider, VP of Marketing & Sales for Videotel Digital added, “When we think about how our products fit into even the most modern approach to advertising by helping marketing companies like Misfit bring a new dimension to their installations, it drives us to continue to create even more impactful solutions.”

Videotel Digital’s VP71XD has a built-in scheduler to play content at different times of the day or night. It will also automatically power on, auto play and auto repeat with seamless looping capability 24 hours a day. Should a power loss occur, the VP71XD will automatically power on and begin to play content from the USB or SD card.

For more information about Videotel Digital visit http://www.videoteldigital.com.

About Videotel Digital: 
Videotel Digital is a leading manufacturer of Industrial Digital Signage Media Players, Industrial DVD Players, and Interactive Digital Signage Solutions with LED push buttons, motion sensors, proximity sensors and touchscreen. The industry leader services numerous industries from retail to healthcare, educational concerns, hospitality, events, and museums among others. Videotel Digital Industrial Audio/Video products provide convenience with features such as Auto Start, Auto Play and Auto Loop. They offer free digital signage software without monthly subscription fees, and no monthly service fees. Additionally they offer two year warranties and free customer support.

About Misfit: 
Misfit offers Brand Development, Strategic Planning, Media and Creative Services across a variety of marketing disciplines.

Information: 
Videotel Digital 
681 Anita Street Suite #104 
Chula Vista, CA 91911

Contact: 
Lisa Schneider 
VP of Marketing & Sales 
lisa(at)videoteldigital.com 
(619) 670-4412

Websites: 
http://www.videoteldigital.com 
http://agencymisfit.com/

Social Media: 
https://twitter.com/videoteldigital 
https://www.facebook.com/VideotelDigital

Upending the norm by offering their high-profile clients advertising that’s anything but typical, Misfit says the VP71XD from Videotel Digital helps make the grade.

Posted in: Electronics & Semiconductors,U.S

ASEOHosting Warns of the Growing Threat of SEO Spam Attacks

ASEOHosting, a provider of SEO-friendly hosting, has issued an advisory about search engine optimization spam attacks.

Per a recent report by security firm Sucuri, 51% of website hacks in 2018 were directly connected to SEO spam campaigns. This attack family is up 7.3% from 2017, making it one of the web’s fastest-growing attack methods. They are also, says the firm, difficult to detect, typically occurring via PHP, database injections, or .htaccess redirects.

The good news, says ASEOHosting Director of Business Development Daniel Page, is defending against SEO spam is actually relatively simple. Although SEO spam attacks may be more targeted than malware or ransomware, they generally exploit the same vulnerabilities as any web-based attack. This means that websites with strong security have as much to fear from SEO spam as from any other tactic.

“Though it can be hard to determine whether or not your website is infected after the fact, many of the same security best practices that defend against other attack vectors are also an effective defense against SEO spam,” Page explains. “First, keep your software up to date. I would also recommend that you carefully curate user content, and protect all user accounts with strong passwords.”

Page acknowledges that in some situations, even a website with strong security may be compromised. With that in mind, he also recommends using Google Analytics to watch for suspicious activity such as unusual traffic spikes, running regular malware scans, checking the sitemap for unapproved changes, and occasionally browsing one’s website as a user.

“Most web-based hacks, particularly spam attacks, are not particularly sophisticated,” Page notes. “They can most often be detected and defeated by simple vigilance. Pay careful attention to activity on your website, and be careful about the software you install, the content you allow, and the people you grant backend access to.”

“Criminals usually choose the path of least resistance - if you aren’t an easy target, they’ll probably look elsewhere,” he adds.

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About ASEOHosting:

ASEOHosting is the leader in providing all types of SEO Hosting, including Shared SEO Hosting, Dedicated SEO Hosting, US Dedicated SEO Servers, and EU Dedicated SEO Servers, based in Orlando, FL, and Detroit, MI, owned and operated by Ahosting, Inc., supplying hosting services that are truly beyond imagination. Since 2002, ASEOHosting has established one of the web’s premier solutions for reseller web hosting, multiple IP hosting, dedicated servers, and VPS hosting. For more information, visit https://www.aseohosting.com.

Posted in: Marketing & Sales,Media & Communications,U.S

The ÓLEO Cancún Playa Hotel Receives Award for its Excellent Performance During 2018

ÓLEO Cancún Playa, the exclusive All-Inclusive Boutique Resortoperated by the innovative Mexican hotel chain ATELIER de Hoteles, received the award for the best performance by a new hotel during 2018 from the on-line travel website Booking.com during the event held recently on March 1st.

The ÓLEO Cancún Playa obtained the best comments from guests who had reserved their trip through the Booking.com travel agency and enjoyed the facilities and services in all the new hotels in Cancun during 2018.

“For ATELIER de Hoteles it is an honor to receive this award, since ÓLEO Cancún Playa is the first converted hotel in our chain, and in which we have implemented the highest quality standards to clearly set ourselves apart from the rest of the market; and in only two years of operations we have proven the success of our services”, declared Oliver Reinhart, CEO of ATELIER de Hoteles.

The Booking.com team recognized accommodation establishments in the city of Cancun for the first time with the Guest Review Awards. These awards are based on the opinions of on-line users who have made reservations in destination resorts, and in which ÓLEO Cancún Playa received recognition for the Best New Hotel Performance in 2018, recognizing its excellent performance.

The OLEO Cancun Playa Resort is the first hotel of the ÓLEO Hoteles brand to be established in remodeled facilities that have been adapted to the standards of the ATELIER de Hoteles chain. On February 21st it celebrated two years of operations in Cancun with excellent commercial results.

The ÓLEO Cancún Playa is a 4.5 star All-Inclusive hotel that is pet-friendly and designed for all types of travelers. This concept in hospitality allows it guests to enjoy their vacations with freedom of expression, bringing them into continuous contact with different artistic expressions, offering constant activities and personalized service.

About us:     
ATELIER de Hoteles is an innovative and ground-breaking Mexican hotel chain that was born in 2015, with contemporary Mexican art as the conductive thread that sets it apart from other hotels, with a unique strategy, passion and commitment. ATELIER de Hoteles offers in its four brands, ATELIER, ESTUDIO, MET and ÓLEO, relaxed luxury and high standards of service in its properties, currently located in the Hotel Zone of Cancun, Quintana Roo, and with openings planned for the near future in the most important beach and business destinations in Mexico.

Posted in: Travel,U.S

Rigaku Analytical Devices Demonstrates Improved Handheld LIBS Capabilities for Scrap Metal Sorting at ISRI 2019

Rigaku Analytical Devices (RAD), a leading pioneer of handheld and portable spectroscopic analyzers, will demonstrate its latest handheld analyzer for metal alloy analysis this week at the annual exposition of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) in booth #810 in Los Angeles, CA USA. The Rigaku KT-100S laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) handheld analyzer provides an alternative for identification of a larger number of alloys, in a truly ruggedized form factor for use in the toughest industrial environments.

The KT-100S handheld LIBS metal analyzer provides on-the-spot identification of the most difficult alloys, including aluminum grades, with improved detection limits and the ability to analyze more alloys. This includes ample precision for low alloy steels, stainless steels, as well as high temperature alloys and the added detection of lithium in aluminum alloys. In addition, the KT-100S analyzer is designed to be the ideal analytical tool for use in scrap metal yards because of its low cost of ownership, MIL-STD 810G drop-test certification and IP-54 protection rating.

Another major benefit to the user is that because the KT Series of handheld LIBS analyzers utilize a laser excitation source, there is minimal to no regulatory licensing requirements.

“We look forward to demonstrating the advanced capabilities of the KT-100S analyzer this week at ISRI,” said David Mercuro, LIBS Sales and Product Director at Rigaku Analytical Devices. Our handheld LIBS platform was specifically built for this audience and we are confident we have the solution to expand their sorting capabilities for an even greater profit.”

Visitors to the booth will also benefit from the chance to win a one month free rental of the KT-100S LIBS analyzer, as well as special show pricing on new and a limited number of CPO analyzers.

More information about handheld and portable spectroscopic analyzers from Rigaku is available at http://www.rigaku.com/KT100S.

For further information, contact:

Jen Lynch 
Marketing Director 
Rigaku Analytical Devices 
Wilmington, MA USA 
Tel: +1 781-328-1024 
Jen.Lynch(at)rigaku.com

Posted in: Marketing & Sales,U.S

Family Firm Institute Announces 2018 Quarter 4 Graduates of its Global Education Network (GEN) Certificate Programs in Family Business and Family Wealth Advising

The Family Firm Institute, Inc. has granted certificates in Family Business Advising (CFBA), Family Wealth Advising (CFWA), and Advanced Certificates in Family Business Advising (ACFBA) to a distinguished group of professionals in the family enterprise field. The FFI Global Education Network http://www.ffigen.org/curriculum has been developed by The Family Firm Institute, Inc., and is the gold standard educational program for advisors and consultants working with families in business and families of wealth. The program benefits both family business advisors and their clients by establishing and providing objective and research-based professional standards for advisors to family-owned enterprises and families of wealth.

The following students received Certificates in Family Business Advising (CFBA), Family Wealth Advising (CFWA), and Advanced Certificates in Family Business Advising (ACFBA) in the first quarter of 2019.

Certificate in Family Business Advising (CFBA) 
Beatriz Boza 
Ernst & Young 
Lima, Perú

Tadeusz Dulian 
Deloitte Advisory Sp. z o. o. 
Kraków, Poland

Ben Showalter 
Northwest Farm Credit Services 
Cheney, Washington USA

Certificate in Family Wealth Advising (CFWA) 
Michael Blacksburg 
Independent Consultant 
Durham, North Carolina USA

Joy Chufan Chen 
Ernst & Yong Hong Kong Office 
Hong Kong

Michel Prent 
BDO Advisory BV 
Utrecht, Netherlands

Dual Certificates (CFBA, CFWA) 
Jessica J. Garner 
Stevard LLC 
Chicago, Illinois USA

Advanced Certificate in Family Business Advising (ACFBA) 
David Harland 
FINH 
Brisbane, Australia

Jií Hnilica, 
University of Economics—Prague 
Prague, Czech Republic

Aleš Kubíek, 
University of Economics—Prague 
Prague, Czech Republic

Built for busy professionals, FFI GEN (http://www.ffigen.org/) delivers world-class curriculum, unparalleled access to faculty and thought leaders, and connections to a global network of specialists in the field.

Posted in: Education,U.S

MicroGenDX's Next-Generation DNA Sequencing Ushers in New Era of Advanced Infection Diagnostics at 2019 American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons with Multiple Podium Talks

MicroGenDX, the world leader in Next Generation DNA Sequencing (NGS) in microbial identification took the podium an unprecedented three times at the largest and most reputable orthopedic conference in the world held by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS).

Only five percent of 1,600 clinical trials are invited to present and MicroGenDX had three studies selected for the honor. The research put forth by some of the top centers in the United States, to include Mayo Clinic, Cleveland, Rush, and Thomas Jefferson, revealed MicroGenDX NGS to be a superior diagnostic tool to conventional culture technique.

“A new era in diagnosis of orthopedic infections has begun,” says Javad Parvizi, MD Vice Chairman of Research and Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University. “At last we have an alternative to the primitive, inaccurate, and costly technique of culture. NGS elevates the science of microbiology into the 21st century and is changing the lives of patients. Rooms filled with orthopedic surgeons and scientists eagerly listened on how NGS has been changing the lives of patients. The AAOS was a spectacular scene when the results of many studies that MicroGenDX has supported were presented.

In addition to the podium honors at AAOS, MicroGenDX presented data at the International Consensus Meeting (ICM) as part of the Musculoskeletal Infection Society (MSIS) and received 90% voting approval to be added to the Consensus Guidelines Book as a diagnostic tool.

MicroGenDX’s CEO, Rick Martin, is excited that NGS is receiving global attention from industry-leading surgeons. “NGS is a powerful diagnostic tool that pulls back the curtain on multiple microbial species in orthopedic infections. Leading the infection diagnosis conversation at AAOS is a major step toward our ultimate goal to revolutionize diagnostic testing, and have patients experience better outcomes.”

AAOS is the preeminent provider of musculoskeletal education to orthopedic surgeons and others in the world. Its Annual Meeting the largest and most reputable orthopedic conference in the world with surgeons from across the globe presenting leading research in the field.

About MicroGenDX (Formerly PathoGenius) 
MicroGenDX is the global leader in molecular testing services through PCR and Next Generation DNA Sequencing to identify microbes in human samples. We are a state-of-the-art CAP accredited, CLIA licensed Molecular Diagnostic facility backed by a team of molecular biologists, biochemists, bioinformaticians, computer scientists, and physicians. Our advanced instrumentation provides the industry’s most informative microbial diagnostic tests for ENT, Orthopedic, Urology, Wound Care, Podiatry and other areas of medicine.

Posted in: Health & Medicine,U.S

Urgency of Civility--What Can Be Done to Turn the Tide? Special Conference to Be Held at the George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, Va April 30 to May 1

Time is running out to register for the Urgency of Civility—A Springboard for Action conference. Held at the majestic George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, VA April 30—May 1, this hands-on summit will bring together organizations and individuals who are all working to restore civility in society. A reenactment of President Washington’s first inauguration will set the stage for probing discussion and innovative training with the objective of providing the resources needed to stem the tide of incivility.

Choose from six tracks:

Government – How does incivility manifest in government and politics, national, state, and local? How does incivility impede all peoples’ voices from being heard, and make it more difficult to reach common ground? Are there any positive signs that civility can re-emerge? We will explore what various actors – elected officials, government employees, and citizens – can do and are already doing to promote civility.

Workplace – How does incivility manifest in workplaces? How is it experienced by customers, employees, managers, and executives? Who are the perpetrators, targets, and bystanders in acts of incivility? This track will explore what anyone affected by incivility in the workplace can do to increase civility in workplace relationships.

Communities – How does incivility manifest in communities? What are the signs of incivility? What are practices that encourage civility to increase? We will explore what various community actors, including civic organizations, religious organizations, community organizations, and individuals can do to counter incivility and defend and increase civility.

Media (social and public) – Social media platforms and news media organizations are frequently accused of furthering incivility, by promoting, publicizing, even profiting from it. What needs to change, and how to make this occur? What are the incentives and disincentives to their doing so? What actions are social media and journalism taking to help civility stage a comeback? This track will explore the possibilities for what roles these vital institutions can play, and how all of us can be wise consumers as well as advocates for increased civility.

Education – How does incivility show up in schools – elementary, middle, and high schools – and on college and university campuses? What are schools and colleges/universities doing to teach and practice civility at each of these levels? Are they doing less than they used to? What more needs to be done? We will explore the roles that educators, educational administrators, parents, and of course students themselves play and can play to strengthen civility.

Families and Youth – Does civility begin at home, and start in childhood? Certainly, habits of behavior, how to treat others, and how to discuss and resolve conflicts are all begun early. What can family members, especially parents, do to raise children who are thoughtful problem-solvers and engaged citizens? Do families need help in doing this from other institutions in society? This track will explore the critical role played by families and youth in creating a society characterized by civility.

Among the highlights of the conference will be honoring the Father of Civility, Dr. PM Forni as a Civility Pioneer.

Register today at Civility--A Springboard for Action.

Single-day and student rates are available.

For more information: info@CivilityConvening.org

Posted in: Education,Government & Politics,Media & Communications,U.S

MacFarlane Legal Educating Families to Protect the Financial Matters of Aging Parents

According to alz.org, every three seconds, someone in the world develops dementia. By the year 2030, there will be an estimated 75 million people living with dementia. For families in California who have a loved one with early onset dementia, MacFarlane Legalwould like to help by offering these free dementia guard workshops.

The first workshop takes place on Wednesday, April 17, at the Sunshine Event Center, 9360 Florin Road, # 4, Elk Grove, CA at 7 p.m. The second workshop takes place on Saturday, April 20, at Crown Plaza Hotel, 5321 Date Ave., Sacramento, CA at 10 a.m.

“Those who attend have the opportunity to help them manage their loved one’s medical affairs and more,” said attorney Dustin MacFarlane, founder of MacFarlane Legal, a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, who primarily focuses on elder law and protecting families and seniors.

Topics will include dementia and driving, dementia and guns, dementia and family, dementia and doctors, dementia and scams, dementia and money, dementia and banks and dementia and death.

“These workshops are ideal for people who provide unpaid care, forfeit their personal lives, risk their careers, spend personal resources and fear family members will take advantage of their aging parent,” concluded MacFarlane. “We have helped hundreds of California families overcome these concerns.”

Seating for the workshops is limited. You can RSVP with a live 24/7 operator and 
reserve your seat by calling (916) 306-1600.

About MacFarlane Legal 
MacFarlane Legal focuses on estate planning, elder law, probate and trust administration. It has represented over 2,000 clients to protect seniors, establish healthcare and financial management plans, and establish structures to preserve legacies after an owner passes away. Dustin MacFarlane is a member of the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, Sacramento County Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section, and is an Attorney Accredited with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs - Accreditation # 19151. For more information, please call (916) 915-8770, or visit https://www.macfarlanelegal.com/.

For media inquiries, please call the NALA at 805.650.6121, ext. 361. 

Posted in: Health & Medicine,Law & Legal,U.S

Will Medicaid Cover the Costs or Pay For a Walk-In Bathtub?

Although Medicare expanded supplemental benefits in 2018, Medicaid is still the more likely of the two programs to cover the costs of purchasing and installing a walk-in bathtub. Financial assistance, however, is by no means guaranteed.

Medicaid is fundamentally different from Medicare. While Medicare Part A and Part B are single programs administered by the Federal Government, Medicaid is managed on the state level. Furthermore, each state has multiple Medicaid programs. There are literally hundreds of Medicaid programs out there, each with its own set of rules.

Which programs you are eligible for depends on your state of residence and a number of other factors. For example, under the umbrella of Medi-Cal (California’s Medicaid brand) are separate programs for infants, pregnant women, assisted living, and nursing home care, none of which offer assistance in purchasing walk-in bathtubs.

Broadly speaking, Medicaid’s offers financial assistance for "durable medical equipment.” Unfortunately, walk-in tubs — termed “low-threshold showers” under program rules — are not usually recognized as durable medical equipment. The language is vague to allow for new technology, but the burden of interpretation is in the hands of Medicaid administrators. Historically, walk-in tubs have not usually made the cut.

Medicaid does have a mandate for “environmental accessibility modifications,” however. A low-threshold shower may qualify under these terms. To have a chance of approval, you will need a diagnosis from a doctor, accompanied by a prescription, that advises soaking in a walk-in bathtub as a necessary treatment for that diagnosed condition.

Not every Medicaid program is created equal, and some are more likely to help than others. Twenty-seven states feature a Community Transitions program sponsored by Medicaid, including Arizona, California, and Montana. These programs help senior citizens transition from nursing homes to private homes. A walk-in bathtub may well be covered if it proved to aid the recipient’s transition to independent living by reducing the risk of injury.

If your state does not have a Community Transitions program, Medicaid may still have sources of assistance to consider. Each state has different waivers for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS). The Elderly, Blind, and Disabled Persons Waiver offered by Colorado will pay for environmental accessibility modifications, including "specialized medical equipment.” Qualifying for a waiver like this one could make it much easier to get financial assistance from Medicaid for the purchase of a walk-in bathtub.

A list of applicable waivers can be found at this website: https://www.payingforseniorcare.com/financial-assistance/walk-in-bathtubs-medicare.html

Even with favorable programs and waivers on your side, it is important to look before you leap. Financial assistance is not guaranteed for a purchase like this. Your claim could be rejected, reimbursement denied. Before your purchase, review the policies that apply to your jurisdiction and consider reaching out to the provider for clarification if you have any questions.

Posted in: Business,U.S

FD Stonewater Closes Sale of Mission Critical Aviation Maintenance Facility

FD Stonewater announced today that the company recently completed the disposition of a single-tenant property located on the grounds of the Grand Junction Regional Airport in Grand Junction, Colo. The company acquired the property in a joint venture along with P&L Properties and Lynxs Group in April 2015 as part of the firm’s single-tenant strategy. The facility was fully leased at the time of acquisition on a long-term net basis.

The 30.6-acre site included a 229,744 square foot airport hangar facility housing an industry-leading aviation maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) service provider. The seven-building facility is an FAA-authorized, Class 4 repair station, able to service all makes and models of large metal aircraft. Key investment attributes included the asset’s attractive, long-term lease and the tenant’s market-leading reputation.

FD Stonewater and their JV partners were initially attracted to the opportunity due to the long-term cash yields combined the tenant’s strong business prospects, along with the facility’s strategic location and mission critical functions.

During the hold period, the company renegotiated the tenant’s lease expiration date and renewal options to align with a restructured ground lease, which resulted in significant value to potential buyers. Multiple bids were received during the competitive process. The JV partners settled on a public REIT buyer who closed on an extremely aggressive timeline.

Andrew Schwartzman, a Principal at FD Stonewater, noted, “This was an extremely successful transaction for all parties involved. We’d like to thank our JV partners at P&L Properties and Lynxs Group who were instrumental throughout the deal. We knew going into this acquisition that it was a unique endeavor, but we were optimistic about the potential and confident that we had aligned ourselves with strong partners to implement and execute a robust business plan for the asset.”

About FD Stonewater 
FD Stonewater is a boutique real estate investment, development, brokerage, and advisory firm headquartered in Arlington, VA. The firm’s leadership has a collective track record of more than billion of transactions, including over 45 million square feet of leases, 21 build-to-suit projects completed, and over 0 million of assets currently under management.

Posted in: Real Estate,U.S

Welcome Wagon Offers Innovative Marketing Solutions for Pediatricians and Family Doctors to Increase Their Patient Base

National marketing company, Welcome Wagon, helps local pediatricians and family doctors improve their ROI and grow their practice with digital marketing and direct mail solutions that target new movers in their area.

Welcome Wagon’s marketing solutions allow pediatricians and family doctors to introduce themselves to new movers before their competition does. This gives them the opportunity to establish a relationship with new movers and build a loyal patient base from the start.

“New homeowners establish more business relationships in the first year of their move, which provides a great opportunity for businesses to reach out and introduce themselves,” said Steve Goodman, CEO and President of Welcome Wagon. “By reaching out to new movers early on, pediatricians and family doctors have the ability to grow their practice with lifelong patients.”

Welcome Wagon focuses on supporting and growing the businesses within a community, and targeting new movers helps to do exactly that. Studies have shown that 68% of new movers will change their primary doctor when they move. By establishing a relationship with these new movers, pediatricians and family doctors can welcome them with special offers or incentives that will help increase their brand awareness and create personal relationships with new patients.

Welcome Wagon offers numerous services for pediatricians and family doctors. Ranging from options to advertise in the traditional Welcome Wagon gift book, to full-service digital marketing programs, postcard design and delivery, and social media programs, practices will reach an abundance of new movers before their competition has the chance to.    

When a homeowner moves into their new neighborhood, Welcome Wagon uses direct mail and digital marketing to connect them with the businesses in their local community. Pediatricians and family doctors can secure their spot in the Welcome Wagon gift book, which gives them a custom, full-page ad with their practice information and a compelling offer to spark interest in new movers. This gives practices the ability to send new movers information about their services, offer them discounts or incentives, and remind them to schedule an appointment for a yearly physical.

Practices will have the ability to reach new movers before their competition thanks to the Welcome Wagon exclusivity feature in each business category. Doctors won’t have to worry about their competition being featured on the next page.

Welcome Wagon’s digital marketing program allows practices to reach their local market and engage with new patients through social medianew mover email, and a feature on the Welcome Wagon mobile app. Practices can reach new movers and gain new patients through affordable multi-channel online advertising.

More about Welcome Wagon 
Since 1928, Welcome Wagon’s mission is to help establish relationships between local businesses and new movers in their community. Their goal is to help people save money, grow businesses, and help local communities thrive and prosper. For more information about Welcome Wagon, visit https://www.welcomewagon.com/ or https://www.welcomewagon.com/advertise/industries/medical/
For career opportunities, visit https://www.welcomewagon.com/careers/ 

Posted in: Health & Medicine,U.S

Chad Robichaux To Keynote 42nd Annual Prayer Breakfast for Greater St. Louis

The 2019 Prayer Breakfast for Greater St. Louis will be held this year on Wed, April 17, the event has a rich history and is a long-standing tradition in St. Louis. This is a special time for the community to come together for a common purpose – to ask God to guide our leaders and help them make decisions that honor Him. The Prayer Breakfast has been a life-changing event for many, as we present a message of hope – one that we believe to be the best news in life.

We are excited to announce that Chad Robichaux will be this year's special guest, he's a dynamic speaker with a warrior’s testimony of victory in Christ through personal challenge and struggle. His story is sure to be inspiring. Your support and participation will help make this event a rousing success and a continuing tradition in the St. Louis community.

Chad Robichaux is a former Force Reconnaissance Marine and Department of Defense Contractor with eight deployments to Afghanistan with a Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) Task Force. Chad also served as a United States federal agent and law enforcement officer where he earned the Medal of Valor. He is an accomplished mixed martial arts champion with an 18-2 professional record, competing in some of the sports’ highest-level events. Chad is the president and founder of Mighty Oaks Foundation. The faith-based military nonprofit is dedicated to helping America’s military warriors and their families suffering from the unseen wounds of combat such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Chad has written a bestselling book on the subject and has been featured on such media outlets as Fox News, Forbes, The O’Reilly Factor, USA Today, Christian Post, Focus on the Family, and a short biography film produced by I Am Second. He and his wife, Kathy, have been married 23 years and have three children; their family has personal experience with the challenges of PTSD. We are very excited to have Chad with us as we celebrate 42 years of tradition!

Interview Opportunities: Limited interviews with Chad Robichaux will be available to press during the event, to request an interview or a press ticket for the event to provide coverage, please contact Michael Cameron: info(at)mightyoaksprograms.org

We look forward to seeing you at America’s Center on April 17th! Invite friends and colleagues to join us. Reserve your table today! Ballroom doors open 7 AM – program begins 7:30 AM.

For general reservations & more information please visit: 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-prayer-breakfast-for-greater-st-louis-registration-53109981384

About Mighty Oaks Foundation: 
The Mighty Oaks Foundation is committed to serving the brokenhearted by providing a series of intensive peer-based recovery programs, outpost meetings, and speaking events. Our Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs hosts such Men, Women, and Marriage Advance Programs at multiple locations nationwide. The Warriors who attend are fully sponsored for training, meals, and lodging needs to ensure that upon arrival to the ranch, each Warrior is focused solely on his or her recovery and identifying purpose moving forward. To contribute or for more information please visit: http://www.mightyoaksprograms.org

Posted in: Services,U.S

Marlboro Development Team, Inc. to Develop 125,000 Square Foot Industrial Build-To-Suit in Greenville, South Carolina

Marlboro Development Team, Inc. (MDT) is pleased to announce the development of a new 125,000 square foot build-to-suit for Multi-Pack Solutions (Multi-Pack). Multi-Pack, a leading contract manufacturer and corporate citizen in Greenville County for over two decades, will consolidate existing production and distribution operations into the new facility. The Greenville operation, which will also serve as the company’s headquarters, will be FDA and EPA compliant, and manufacture products for the personal care, OTC, and medical device markets.

Scheduled for delivery in Q4 2019 and located on a 21-acre site within the South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center (SCTAC), the new facility will house production, testing, assembly, distribution, and corporate offices. The building will feature 32’ clear height, fully conditioned production and warehouse space, ample dock positions and employee parking, as well as significant expansion capabilities.

“We are very pleased and excited about the opportunity to partner with MDT in the expansion of our operations,” said Multi-Pack President, Steve Crass. “We have been part of the Greenville community for more than 25 years and believe this investment will be beneficial for us, demonstrating our commitment to the community. We are excited to be making this new investment in the Greenville area and look forward to building on our past successes, walking into a bright future together.”

Design team members include THS Constructors, GPN Architecture, and Thomas & Hutton. Both Multi-Pack and MDT received tremendous support from the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Greenville Area Development Corporation (GADC), and SCTAC.    

“We are pleased to partner with Multi-Pack on the development of their new headquarters in Greenville, SC,” said Brian Nash, Senior Vice President of MDT. “As with all economic development projects, there are numerous allies who have assisted us in bringing this project to fruition and we are grateful for all of them.”

About Marlboro Development Team, Inc. 
Marlboro Development Team is a South Carolina based real estate developer focused on single tenant build-to-suits, value-add acquisitions, and strategic investments throughout the United States. The senior management of MDT has a proven track record of 100+ years of development experience with successful delivery of over 10 million square feet across a broad spectrum of development projects including industrial, retail, and commercial.

Posted in: Manufacturing & Industry,U.S

Dr. Pradeep Ganguly Awarded the 2019 MEDA Hall of Fame

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Pradeep Ganguly, the Founder and CEO of MKK-USA, has won the “2019 “Hall of Fame” award from the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA: www.medamd.com).  MEDA is a highly respected and economic development organization of Maryland, USA. All EDOs, business leaders, consultants and economic development professionals belong to this state-wide organization.    

Meda in its press release stated, “MEDA Hall of Fame: Pradeep Ganguly. A member of MEDA since 1984, Ganguly has more than 30 years of service in economic development. Ganguly was most recently the executive vice president of the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation. He is also a former director for the Department of Economic Development in Montgomery County. He spent 21 years with DBED, which is now known as the Maryland Department of Commerce. Through it all, Ganguly has given what time he has to MEDA while balancing the demands of a busy job. He also makes it a point to give back to the community. In 1988, Ganguly founded MKK-USA, a nonprofit organization that provides educational support and humanitarian aid.” https://www.medamd.com/program-development/maryland-economic-development-association-announces-winners-of-2019-meda-awards/

Dr. Ganguly is the only Indian-American in Maryland and the Washington, DC region of USA to have been bestowed this high recognition and honor.  The award will be presented to Dr. Ganguly on April 29, 2019 during the Annual Convention of MEDA to be held at the Hyatt Chesapeake Resort in Cambridge, MD.

Our heartiest congratulations to Dr. Ganguly, with best wishes for continued success.

For further information, contact Mr. Asheesh Jain

Posted in: Education,Non Profit,Public Affairs,U.S

The 5 Best App Design Trends of 2019 – Plus, the Top 28 App Design Agencies, According to DesignRush

In 2022, consumers will download over 258 billion mobile applications.

But despite that large number of app downloads, the competition to actually get users to download an app and use it regularly is still stiff. Digital brands need to find ways to stand out in the market.

DesignRush.com, a B2B marketplace connecting brands with agencies, determined the best mobile app design trends of 2019. These aesthetics, styles and features captivate consumers, encourage better download rates, and inspire users to use the mobile apps regularly.

The top 5 app design trends of 2019 include:

1. Bold Colors

Minimalism may have reigned supreme in years’ past, but bright, bold colors are taking over in 2019.

By incorporating bolder hues in their app design, brands have the opportunity to stand out with an iconic, recognizable brand identity.

In addition, brands can strategically employ color psychology, meaning they could influence a consumer’s associations, emotions, mindset or desires through specific colors, thus increasing revenue.

2. Prioritizing Swiping

As smartphone devices use fewer and fewer traditional buttons, brands will likely rely on swiping as the primary action users will take to interact with the app.

A swiping gesture in a mobile app is helpful for notifications, a traditional customer journey, gamification, and niche-specific apps such as dating apps.

3. Linear User Flow

Linear user flows create an exceptional user experience by building a very specific start, middle and end to a mobile app interaction.

By streamlining the way an app works to one particular journey instead of free-for-all navigation, users can feel more comfortable completing a transaction or fully converting.

Linear user flows work well for eCommerce apps and certain service-based apps, such as rideshares or food delivery platforms.

4. Designing For Larger Screens

Smartphones are only getting larger, and with these bigger devices comes more design and development flexibility.

Brands will increasingly develop full-screen experiences that improve overall user experience and brand visibility. This will allow videos, pictures and animations to become even more clear.

In addition, creating an app for a larger full-size screen could improve brand awareness by allowing the mobile interface to mimic its corresponding desktop version with more accuracy.

5. Creative Animation

DesignRush predicts that brands will double down on their use of innovative animation.

Video-based multimedia communicates information to consumers more effectively – and that can be replicated in a brand-building manner through motion graphics and custom animations.

Plus, animations during loading times and transitional slides can ease interstitial anxiety, which improves user experience and increases the likelihood that a consumer will convert.

“As more and more brands realize the potential of mobile devices, they will need to differentiate themselves from the beginning to secure long-term success,” says DesignRush Founder and Executive Director Gabriel Shaoolian. “By incorporating the latest app design trends, businesses can build a strong consumer base and improve their brand awareness.”

DesignRush’s Agency Listing section features the top local and global mobile app design companies. Some of the top app design agencies from around the world include:

1. Agicent App Company

Agicent Technologies is a global app development company, primarily catering to technology start-ups and growing app publishers, but also working with enterprise cutting across industry verticals and on a variety of technologies. Agicent offers complete outsourced software development services in Mobile Apps and Web. They design and develop polished front-end Apps for Mobile, Tablets, and Wearables in iOS, Android, or HTML5; and at the same time architect and develop powerful server side for the apps including database programming, Admin panels, web services, and analytics using either open source technologies like PHP or JAVA or proprietary .net framework. The end goal nevertheless is always constant, and that is a world-class product as the outcome and their clients' satisfaction.

Visit Agicent App Company at https://www.agicent.com/

2. AppsChopper

Founded in 2011, AppsChopper is a mobile app services organization with offices in New York, Walpole and Boston, which strategize, design, develop, and market apps for major mobile platforms. They are a part of one of the best digital services companies in America, Webby Central LLC that delivers world-class development and marketing services. They are a team of creative minds with different specialties who love to build mobile apps for end-users with clients’ business objective.

Visit AppsChopper at https://www.appschopper.com/

3. Brightscout

The expert team at Brightscout specializes in building innovative technology solutions for enterprises. Their products and services unleash new levels of productivity, enhance collaboration amongst team members, and streamline large-scale communication. They utilize a powerful mix of exquisite design and innovative technology to resolve the issues that hold back many companies today.

Visit Brightscout at https://www.brightscout.com/

4. Canopus InfoSystems Pvt. Ltd.

Canopus is a specialist in providing services in the emerging technologies and focused on (Social, Mobility, Analytics, Cloud) stack. They have done extensive work for global clients in Mobile App Development and are an end to end shop from concept to design to development to maintenance. They believe in constantly challenging themselves and remaining at the cutting edge of innovation and new developments in the global technology world. Canopus’s range of services includes Mobile Development (React Native, Android, iPhone), Web Development, Java Development, Software Testing, Data Science & Data Analytics Solutions, Blockchain based Development, PHP Development and more.

Visit Canopus InfoSystems at https://canopusinfosystems.com/

5. Coteries SA

Coteries SA designs, develops and markets digital products for corporates and startups. From the brainstorming phase to clickable prototypes to web or mobile apps, they bring knowledge to develop great user experiences. They always put users first while developing MVPs (Minimum Viable Products) or completing websites, web apps or mobile applications. As entrepreneurs themselves, they also develop their own products, like Planify, Bookable or ParkShare.

Visit Coteries SA at https://coteries.com/

6. CyberCrow

CyberCrow is a digital agency where strategy meets sophisticated technology. They build cloud apps, mobile apps (iOS and Android) and bring marketing campaigns to life. They are a different type of agency because they won content networks, content aggregators and have relationships with digital publishers.

Visit CyberCrow at http://cybercrow.com/

7. Despark

Despark believes in delivering digital products which have a meaningful impact on how people experience the world. They are on a mission to create products which value user’s privacy, time and focus on usefulness. Working with Despark is a true partnership. Together, they focus on the problems to really understand and discover opportunities. They aim to lead and empower the best talent to understand audiences, challenge ideas, prototype and iterate products.

Visit Despark at https://despark.com/

8. Exaud

Exaud is an established European software development and technical consultancy company providing custom software solutions. They have a rich heritage of creating innovative software products and providing development services to startups, medium-sized companies and large enterprises. They specialize in three key areas: Mobile Application Development, Embedded systems and applications, Wearables and Internet of Things. Our expertise is built on our experience in different sectors, such as automotive, computer vision, game controllers and digital consumer devices.

Visit Exaud at http://www.exaud.com/

9. FOONKIE MONKEY

With more than 7 years of experience in mobile development, FOONKIE MONKEY found that it all starts with a good idea. FOONKIE MONKEY develops innovative, beautiful, intuitive and brilliant products. To get there, we realized that every part of the team must be considered as a really important ingredient to accomplish a product that reflects enthusiasm, compromise, heart, creativity and enjoyment.

Visit FOONKIE MONKEY at https://www.foonkiemonkey.co.uk/

10. Fusionbox

Fusionbox is a software development agency in Denver, Colorado. They’ve helped companies develop secure, well-architected software since 2001. Their work results in a direct and measurable impact on your business. We are a small team of talented Python Engineers and UX designers that aim to hire people obsessed with problem-solving, be human to tune in to our clients’ problems, use technology as a means to solve problems and be the best at that.

Visit Fusionbox at https://www.fusionbox.com/

11. Mantthan Web Solutions LLP

Mantthan Web Solutions LLP is based in Pitampura, New Delhi. They are a super-creative website design and development company founded by professionals with over 10 years of experience in the web development industry. They deliver the most high-end digital solutions in web, mobile apps, e-commerce, m-commerce, cross-platform solutions.

Visit Mantthan Web Solutions at http://www.mantthan.com/

12. Matellio LLC

As global providers of cutting-edge software solutions, Matellio partners with the clients to smoothen, strengthen, and digitalize significant aspects of their business. Built on two decades of innovation, they have enabled some of the classic masterpieces while delivering more than 600 successful IT projects spanning over 107 countries. Their quality-driven approach and flexible engagement models enable them to foster maximum customer delight while meeting their distinct business needs with the perfect combination of innovation.

Visit Matellio at https://www.matellio.com/

13. Mobile App Pros LLC

Mobile App Pros’ company culture is driven by our deep belief in small business and entrepreneurship. They come with experience and expertise in design and development as well as in marketing and business. Since 2012, they have had a diverse group of clients and experience on a national level. We offer several marketing and advertising services in addition to mobile app development.

Visit Mobile App Pros LLC at https://www.goapppros.com/

14. Navtech

Navtech is one of the Best Mobile App development companies in the world. They provide Cloud Computing Services with a vision to deliver secure and cost-effective solutions for public, private and hybrid cloud services. Their solutions enable customers to harbor the benefits of a cloud platform without compromising its agility and efficiency.

Visit Navtech at https://www.navtech.io/

15. Omega-R

Omega-R Inc. is an international top Mobile Development Company with offices in Russia and the USA. They are perfectionists in design and development. They deliver innovative digital solutions to clients all over the world. They’ve polished their skills to make great quality products for startups, SME and enterprise companies.

Visit Omega-R at https://omega-r.com/

16. Orion Infosolutions

Orion Infosolutions is a Mobile Application Development Company that delivering quality services in the field of Android App Development, iOS App Development, Hybrid App Development, Game development, Website Development, Web designing and SEO services. Their team of over 100 innovators, differentiated by knowledge, experience and creativity, are able to provide great services to clients. Brands can also hire a dedicated Mobile App Developer, Website Developer, and Designer on the hourly, weekly and monthly basis.

Visit Orion Infosolutions at https://www.orioninfosolutions.com/

17. OVOC Pte Ltd

OVOC is an award-winning logo design, graphic designer, web design, app development company, internet marketing consultant and social media marketing agency. Serving a worldwide clientele, they are experts in logo design, web design, graphic design, social media marketing, mobile app development, internet marketing consultant and copywriting.

Visit OVOC at http://www.ovocreatives.com/

18. Peerbits

Peerbits is a global mobile app development company with a presence in India, the USA, Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Colombia. With the holistic aim to provide innovative mobility solutions, Peerbits offers a spectrum of custom mobile app development ranging from enterprise mobility solutions to startup apps, on-demand mobile apps, and healthcare mobility solutions. They offer services in developing and designing mobile apps, creating customized websites on platforms like PHP, Python, and Magento, and more.

Visit Peerbits at https://www.peerbits.com/

19. Qumin

Qumin has made it their mission to help global brands grasp a foothold in China and build their brands successfully in the eyes of the ever-evolving Chinese consumers. Since 2012, they have successfully showcased their expertise through their award-winning offices in London and Shanghai. Qumin’s growing team has one foot in the West and one in China, ensuring seamless understanding across cultures, digital platforms, and trends.

Visit Qumin at https://qumin.co.uk/

20. Sphinx Worldbiz Ltd

Sphinx Worldbiz Limited is one of the leading IT and Software Service Providers operating from New Delhi, India. SPHINX is a professional outfit headed by Engineer and MBAs from Premier Institutes and with over 25 years of experience. Sphinx has specialized skills in Software Development, Custom Software Development, Ecommerce Software Development using custom software programming including .NET, C#.NET, PHP, Open Source, JAVA, J2ME, J2EE, Oracle, Mobile Application and AJAX.

Visit Sphinx at https://sphinxworldbiz.net/

21. Spiral Scout

Spiral Scout is a full-service digital agency that offers web design and development services to clients in San Francisco and around the US. They have years of experience developing applications in PHP, Golang, Javascript, Python, Node.js, and on AWS. They also have mobile engineers working on projects in iOS, Android and React Native as well. Spiral Scout has collaborated with a wide range of clients — from idea-stage startups to Fortune 100 companies. Whether they needed a simple to use website, a groundbreaking mobile app, or a custom solution, Spiral Scout wants clients to feel comfortable putting their business in Spiral Scout’s hands so we can put it in the hands of millions of their customers.

Visit Spiral Scout at https://spiralscout.com/

22. the Design Agency

The Design Agency provides services in advertising, creative design, app development, video production, marketing, strategy, social media, business solutions, illustration, Android and iOS applications, eCommerce, SEO, and more.

Visit the Design Agency at https://www.designagency.gr/

23. 360 Degree Technosoft

360 Degree Technosoft is among the leading companies in IT sector dealing with mobile and web applications development. They have a skilled set of professionals who can grasp the ideas of the clients and innovate focusing on it. They have on hand experience of more than 600 mobile applications on various platforms like iPhone, Windows, iPad, Android, etc. They aim to provide high-quality services to clients and render continuous efforts to do it consistently.

Visit 360 Degree Technosoft at https://www.360technosoft.com/

24. Time4 Digital

Time4 Digital is an on-demand service company known for designing and building stunning apps for web and mobile. They are always available to start immediately and are relentless in delivering experiences everyone can be proud of. Working both with startups and big brands, they can offer clients software development and design, branding, enterprise and analytics solutions. Time4 Digital’s singular mission has been helping business leverage information technology for competitive advantage. They pair the knowledge of success with their advanced planning, design and deployment execution skills to deliver industry-leading concepts across all mobile and web platforms.

Visit Time4 Digital at https://time4.digital/

25. Tvisha Technologies Pvt LTD

Tvisha Technologies is a leading mobile app development company that delivers the best in the industry across all industries and domains. They have developed over 250 applications in Android, iOS, native and hybrid. They have a team of over 200 professionals who are experts in project management, code development, web designing, UI/UX design, quality assurance, business analytics, intelligence, and many other verticals. Tvisha Technologies understands the client requirement clearly and continue to deliver the modules or projects in due time without compromising on the quality.

Visit Tvisha Technologies at https://www.tvisha.com/

26. Tyrannosaurus Tech

Tyrannosaurus Tech is a top-rated Atlanta-based custom software development and innovative design company. Through their own proven, transparent, and collaborative agile process, they help companies leverage technology to tackle their biggest challenges. Working closely with our clients, they determine a clear path forward towards success and continued growth. They have a team of top-notch senior developers with diverse skill sets and deep expertise in all things design and development.

Visit Tyrannosaurus Tech at https://tyrannosaurustech.com/

27. Weboptz Technologies Pvt Ltd

Weboptz is familiar to build interactive web and mobile application to customers. They have experienced team of web and mobile apps developers, customer satisfaction is their blood and support is their life. They offer strategy, design, development, marketing and analytics to your web and mobile application. Weboptz Technologies uses Laravel PHP framework, Opencart, Wordpress, HTML5, CSS3, Angular JS, Node JS to build the web application and Objective C, Java, C# to build iPhone, Android and Windows mobile application to their customers.

Visit Weboptz Technologies at https://www.weboptz.com/

28. Woxapp

Woxapp is a mobile app developer with 8 years of experience in the B2B market. They are focused on native app development for iOS and Android. Their approach is based on in-business immersion, competitor analysis, and providing expertise to make a really outstanding product. They abandon templated solutions and do their best to come up with only the unique features that they implement for customers’ projects.

Visit Woxapp at https://woxapp.com/

Brands can view the best app design agencies by rates, expertise, experience, case studies, reviews and more on DesignRush. Users can easily filter to compare mobile app design firms and find the top app designers to build modern, user-friendly platforms.        

About DesignRush: DesignRush.com is B2B marketplace connecting brands with agencies.

DesignRush features the top agencies around the world, including the best Mobile App Design Companies, Data Entry Firms, Digital Agencies, Logo Design, Digital Marketing, Website Design, eCommerce Web Design Companies, and more.

Posted in: Marketing & Sales,U.S

RJ Young Acquires Business Electronics of Birmingham, Alabama

RJ Young announced today it has completed the acquisition of Business Electronics (BE), a privately-owned office technology and solutions provider in Birmingham, Alabama.

Founded in 1988, Business Electronics has serviced the greater Birmingham area providing products and services including: document management solutions, IT solutions, digital interactive whiteboards and displays, AV, imaging and unified communications systems. BE also offers the industry’s best in multifunction copiers and printers, while placing a strong focus on customer relationships.

“Business Electronics has a history of providing superior customer service and top-quality office solutions,” said RJ Young President & CEO, Chip Crunk. “We look forward to further expanding our presence in the Birmingham area and furthering our mission of providing excellence in office technologies.”

In order to continue supporting and servicing customer accounts, sales and service employees from BE will remain in Alabama. These employees will join the 650 employees of RJ Young to continue the high expectations of standards in sales and service.

This acquisition further widens RJ Young’s footprint in Alabama and allows RJ Young to offer new technology solutions to better serve their customers.

About RJ Young 
RJ Young is the largest, privately-held dealer in the Southeast and one of the largest in the nation, specializing in document management solutions, managed print services, remote support, remote monitoring, fulfillment services, and office imaging for small to enterprise level businesses. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, RJ Young has been partnering with businesses since 1955 and has over 650 employees in over 30 sales and service locations across nine states. Under the corporate tagline “Your productivity is our mission,” RJ Young helps modern professionals become more successful in their businesses with solutions to securely manage paper and digital information and empowers businesses with leading printing technologies. To learn more about RJ Young, visit https://www.rjyoung.com.

Posted in: Business,U.S

SIUE’s Wilhelm Introduces Nonprescription Drug Reference Guide

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy’s (SOP) Miranda Wilhelm, PharmD, along with co-editor Cortney Mospan, PharmD, introduced the newly revised “Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs Quick Reference” at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Annual Meeting held March 22-25 in Seattle.

A clinical associate professor in the SOP Department of Pharmacy Practice, Wilhelm authored four chapters and co-edited the publication. Mospan is an assistant professor of pharmacy at Wingate University Levine College of Health Sciences in Indian Trail, N.C. She also serves as a clinical pharmacist with Dilworth Drug and Wellness Center.

The quick reference handbook is intended to be a companion guide to the “APhA Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs.”

“The purpose of the ‘Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs’ is a comprehensive textbook that introduces the student pharmacist to nonprescription medicines and provides self-care faculty with a robust background for teaching,” Wilhelm said. “The Quick Reference is the next step in knowledge management and evolution.

“It provides a focus on the application of key concepts from the ‘Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs’ in a smaller, more digestible format, which allows for the development of confidence in student pharmacists and mid-level practitioners. For practicing pharmacists and preceptors, it can be used to clarify knowledge, reinforce clinical decision-making and serve as a review tool to maintain competency.”

A similar book previously had been written, but the author chose not to continue. When Wilhelm and Mospan were the first to advise the original author about their interest in continuing the project, they became partners. They accepted the project and modified the format, so that it is a QuEST SCHOLAR MAC approach to chapters.

     QuEST SCHOLAR MAC is a systematic approach to patient assessment. It helps pharmacists to gather and evaluate information about the patient’s problem or symptom(s) and overall health, differentiate self-treatable conditions from those that require medical referral, and counsel the patient regarding the best treatment option, ranging from no treatment to over-the-counter medication to referral to a healthcare provider.

A native of Garnett, Kansas, Wilhelm earned a doctorate of pharmacy in 2002 from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. Before joining SIUE in 2008, Wilhelm was pharmacy manager for Hen House Pharmacy in the Kansas City area. In that role, she was also primary preceptor for the University of Kansas/Hen House Pharmacy community pharmacy residency program.

Wilhelm’s clinical specialty area is community-based pharmacy practice. She is the clinical community pharmacist with Schnucks Pharmacy in Edwardsville. Her interests include delivery of patient care services, medication therapy management, disease state education and self-care. Other areas of interest relate to health and wellness such as immunizations and preventative screenings.

The “Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs Quick Reference” can be purchased at ebusiness.pharmacist.com.

Today’s pharmacists improve patients’ lives through the medication and education they provide. Dedicated to developing a community of caring pharmacists, the SIUE School of Pharmacy curriculum is nationally recognized as a model that offers students a unique combination of classroom education, research, community service and patient care. The School of Pharmacy’s areas of excellence include a drug design and discovery core; pediatric practice; chronic pain research and practice; and diabetes research and practice. As the only downstate Illinois pharmacy doctorate program, the SIUE School of Pharmacy is addressing the growing need for highly trained pharmacists in a rapidly growing field.

Photo (L-R): SIUE Edwardsville School of Pharmacy’s Miranda Wilhelm, with co-editor Cortney Mospan of Wingate University Levine College of Health Sciences.

Posted in: Education,U.S

Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement Announces Scholarship Recipients

The Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement has announced the eighteen winners of their 2019 scholarship program. Ten thousand dollars will be awarded to each of the students for a total of 0,000 to pursue their careers in the agriculture industry. The recipients are: 

  • Laura Antizzo of Ijamsville, Maryland, a senior at Urbana High School
  • Kaitlin Bell of Nottingham, Pennsylvania, a senior at Oxford Area High School
  • Ryan Bollinger of Frederick, Maryland, a senior at Frederick High School
  • Cahlen Cheatham of Myersville, Maryland, a sophomore at Tarleton State University
  • Nyah DeValle of Damascus, Maryland, a senior at Damascus High School
  • Emily Griswold of West Chester, Pennsylvania, attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Amanda Grube of Manheim, Pennsylvania, a sophomore at Penn State University
  • Giulianna Kukor of Frederick, Maryland, a freshman at Cornell University
  • Karalyn Lonngren of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Justin Petrie of Stephens City, Virginia, a freshman at Virginia Tech
  • Lesa Ransburg of Finksburg, Maryland, a senior at Westminster High School
  • Olivia Richart of North East, Maryland, a junior at Penn State University
  • Jamie Stephan of New Holland, Pennsylvania, a senior at Pequea Valley High School
  • Arilyn Tegtmeier-Oatman of Holtwood, Pennsylvania, a senior at Penn Manor High School
  • Lynne Thomas of Fallston, Maryland, a senior at North Harford High School
  • Andrew Toms of Walkersville, Maryland, attending the University of Baltimore School of Law
  • Nathaniel Vincent of Laurel, Delaware, a junior at Harvard University
  • Leslie Webb of Greenwood, Delaware, a senior at Lake Forest High School

“We are excited to award the winners of this year’s scholarship program,” says Dale Hershey, Chairman of the Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement. “The Board is confident in the futures of all eighteen students and the agriculture industry.”

The non-profit Foundation was established in 2015 and is funded by participating association MidAtlantic Farm Credit. The Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement’s scholarship program awards scholarships valued at ,000 to high school seniors or students currently enrolled in an advanced educational program. The applicants must be planning to pursue a career in agriculture and reside in a county within MidAtlantic Farm Credit’s five-state territory.

“We received more than 100 applications again this year from students across our region, making the selection process a challenging one,” adds Hershey. “I would encourage any student pursuing a career in agriculture to apply for our scholarship program this year.”

For more information about the Foundation and scholarship program, please visit fcfoundationforag.org.

About Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement 
The Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement is a M non-profit foundation formed in 2015, created to help advance the future of agriculture. The Foundation’s scholarship program is open to all students residing in MidAtlantic Farm Credit’s five-state territory who fit the eligibility requirements. The scholarship program was announced as part of Farm Credit’s 100th anniversary, held in 2016.

Posted in: Education,U.S

THOR Kitchen Debuts New Pro-Style Induction Cooktops at One-Third the Cost of Comparable Brands on the Market

THOR Kitchen—manufacturer of pro-style kitchen appliances—launches a series of new, pro-style Induction Cooktops at one-third the cost of other premium brands, offering the most affordable pro-style induction cooktops in the industry. Induction is inherently more energy-efficient and features faster heat-up times compared to gas or electric cooktops, and THOR’s Induction Cooktops feature digital timers, a hot-surface indicator light for safety purposes, and digital blue LED displays for a sleek yet practical design.

“Induction Cooktops have recently become more widely embraced kitchens, and we are thrilled to now bring ours to homeowners at a more affordable price,” said Kyle You, THOR Kitchen Managing Director. “This is also a great cooktop option for smaller kitchens since induction gives off less heat and won’t warm up the kitchen during those hot summer months, yet also helps reduce energy costs throughout the year.”

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THOR’s Induction Cooktops are available in two different series, the Household Series and Elite Series, both in 30- and 36-inch models with four and five burners respectively. The Household Series features a sleek black glass cooktop, while the Elite Series features clear glass with a gray undertone and has a higher power output.

Powered by electromagnetic fields below the glass cooktop with the current transferred directly, the cooktop instantly heats the magnetic cookware. The direct transfer of heat does not heat up kitchens like a traditional gas or electric stove and boasts energy-efficiency as an additional feature to the appliance. This feature also provides an added safety benefit since heat is not directly generated on the cooktop.

Additional features include a hot surface indicator light, digital timer, easy-to-read digital LED display and easy-to-clean glass cooktops. For more information about the new Induction Cooktops and other THOR products, please visit https://thorkitchen.com.

About THOR Kitchen 
THOR Kitchen is a manufacturer of mass-premium pro-style kitchen appliances, offering the first full suite of the most affordable pro-style kitchen appliances on the market today. Based in Southern California, THOR provides all of the power and performance of a premium appliance, built to the highest standards of quality, style and energy efficiency—yet at a practical price. For more information about THOR Kitchen and its full suite of affordable pro-style kitchen appliances, visit https://thorkitchen.com.

Posted in: Shopping & Deal,U.S

Find Truck Service Partners with Synchrony to Provide Financing Options for Trucking Industry Owner-Operators

Synchrony and Find Truck Service have introduced an owner-operator financing solution that is available through the Find Truck Service credit card program on the Synchrony Car Care consumer financing program.

The new financing option allows owner-operators to purchase new tires, parts and necessary truck services, when needed, without the worry of large out-of-pocket payments.

“We are proud to announce our partnership with Synchrony and thrilled to launch the Find Truck Service credit card and all the great benefits it offers to owner-operators,” said Amer Avdic, President of Find Truck Service. “The Find Truck Service website and our free apps help owner-operators and fleets manage thousands of equipment breakdowns and repairs every day, and with the Find Truck Service credit card our users now have the option to finance all their repairs, services and parts nationwide. We believe this is the perfect solution to cash flow flexibility that owner-operators really need, and have always needed, especially during slow seasonal periods in trucking.”

Daniel Miller, Vice President, Client and Market Development for Synchrony Car Care said, “Heavy-duty truck tires and repairs can be very expensive for owner-operators. Allowing drivers to pay for these large purchases over time can really help free up important cash flow. Synchrony is proud to partner with Find Truck Service and provide a financing option that will allow owner-operator customers to access the tires, services and parts they need now to keep their trucks running smoothly and on the road.”

Owner-operators can learn more about financing options on the Find Truck Service Truck Repair Financing page. Qualified cardholders enjoy an everyday value proposition of 6 months special financing on purchases of 9 or more.

Also, as part of Synchrony Car Care, Find Truck Service cardholders can take advantage of additional benefits, including using their card at over 500,000 truck and auto parts/service locations nationwide.

About Find Truck Service

Find Truck Service® is a leading national directory of heavy-duty service, parts and related trucking locations to trucking industry owner-operators and carriers. The Find Truck Service online search helps users locate the nearest heavy-duty vendors to better and faster manage equipment breakdowns, repairs and maintenance nationwide.

Based in Schaumburg, Ill., Find Truck Service has more than 1 million annual users and its national search loads more than 100,000 business listings daily. For more information about the services and features, including its #1-rated Truck Breakdown app, please visit Find Truck Service and follow Find Truck Service on Twitter @FindTruckServic

About Synchrony

Synchrony is a premier consumer financial services company delivering customized financing programs across key industries including retail, health, auto, travel and home, along with award-winning consumer banking products. With more than 0 billion in sales financed and 80.3 million active accounts, Synchrony brings deep industry expertise, actionable data insights, innovative solutions and differentiated digital experiences to improve the success of every business we serve and the quality of each life we touch. More information can be found at http://www.synchrony.comand through Twitter: @Synchrony.

Posted in: Automotive,Services,U.S

Decocrated Selects BrandStar, A Leading Branded Content Marketing Company, as its Agency of Record

BrandStar, a leading branded content marketing company in South Florida, announces its partnership with Decocrated, a home décor subscription box company, as its agency of record. Launched in 2018, Decocrated is a unique subscription box service that sends its subscribers a seasonal, curated selection of home decor on a quarterly basis. The boxes are an effortless, fun way to turn a house into a home. Each Decocrated subscription box includes interchangeable items that can be used and loved for years to come and often incorporates holiday décor options. They also offer how-to’s and pro decorating tips to subscribers.

“Many people need or want help decorating their space,” says Michael Siegel, Co - Founder of Decocrated. “I’m hoping that Decocrated can play a role in making people feel proud of their homes.”

“My wife has done a great job decorating our home and making it feel like OUR 
home when I walk in every day,” he says. “That’s the feeling we aim to give our subscribers.” Evan Merkur – Founder

BrandStar’s mission is to positively impact people’s lives. They fulfill that mission by offering valuable content solutions through brand integration, social media, performance-based marketing and creative storytelling. BrandStar will be the agency of record providing branded content development, digital strategy and services, media management, influencer marketing, and public relations.

“We’re delighted to serve as the Agency of Record for the Decocrated brand,” stated Mark Alfieri, Founder and CEO of BrandStar. “Connecting people to brands to do life better is our purpose, guiding and measuring success for our brand partners and the customers they serve is at the core of the BrandStar mission.” 
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About Decocrated – Not all home décor subscription boxes are created equal. Decocrated is for those who love styling their home, and want a little inspiration. Quarterly subscription boxes are hand-picked with a selection of home décor that evokes the season, keeping your space feeling fresh and on trend.

About BrandStar: We're matchmakers; connecting People to Brands to Do Life Better. BrandStar has unparalleled experience in creating customized educational content for brands with laser targeted extensive distribution through their multi-channel network ecosystem and methodology. From Original television programming on Lifetime, BrandStar.tv, social media, digital marketing, to media management and PR; BrandStar helps brands connect with the right consumer, at the right time, with the right message, through all the right channels.

Posted in: Marketing & Sales,U.S

EMA to Present Research Findings on ITSM during New Webinar

Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), a leading IT and data management research and consulting firm, today announced it will host a research webinar titled “Automation, AI, and Analytics: Reinventing ITSM,” featuring Dennis Drogseth, vice president of research, IT megatrends, analytics, and CMDB systems at EMA, and Valerie O'Connell, research director of IT service and business management at EMA.

According to new research from EMA, automation, AI, and predictive analytics are redefining ITSM’s role in business innovation, services, and organizational reinvention. Although game changing, these advances are not free of challenge. Technological complexity, functional understanding, budget prioritization, and organizational resistance all exert a drag on adoption. EMA conducted global research with 400 executives and ITSM shareholders to provide actionable understanding of the appetite, adoption, maturity, and near-term plans for these technologies and their transformational impact on ITSM.

During the webinar, Drogseth and O’Connell will discuss the results of this research, including: 

  • Current adoption patterns of automation, AI, and analytics: What is the buying process, ownership, best practices, and success rates/factors?
  • Use cases: What use cases are most compelling now and in the near future? Who currently owns the budget, headcount, and processes, and how is that changing?
  • ESM: What role does ESM play in adoption for both automation and AI/analytics? How extensive is ESM deployment today and how does it impact the broader organization, as well as ITSM?
  • Drivers and benefits achieved: Who and what forces are driving adoption and innovation? What are the obstacles and recommendations? Is there a difference between anticipated and actual results?

The webinar is Thursday, April 11 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern. Registration is available at http://info.enterprisemanagement.com/automation-ai-analytics-reinventing-itsm-webinar-pr

About EMA 
Founded in 1996, EMA is a leading industry analyst firm that specializes in providing deep insight across the full spectrum of IT and data management technologies. EMA analysts leverage a unique combination of practical experience, insight into industry best practices and in-depth knowledge of current and planned vendor solutions to help their clients achieve their goals. Learn more about EMA research, analysis and consulting services for enterprise line of business users, IT professionals and IT vendors at http://www.enterprisemanagement.com

Posted in: Business,Services,U.S

ExceleraRx Corp. Welcomes Senior Pharmacy Services Leader to Executive Suite

ExceleraRx Corp.® announced today that pharmacy services executive Don Amorosi will join Excelera as their Chief Operating Officer. Amorosi will lead all company operations for Excelera’s growing base of forward-looking health systems who are leveraging their pharmacy capabilities to provide high quality, integrated care for complex patient populations.

“I am passionate about working for companies like Excelera who are leading change in the health care industry,” said Amorosi. "Excelera is well-positioned as a leader in the health system specialty pharmacy space today, and I look forward to playing a key role in building out our expanded capabilities.”

Since 2017, Amorosi has served as an executive advisor at Hippo Technologies, a New York City-based technology company that works with major pharmacies to offer consumers the lowest possible price on their medications. He also spent three years as Senior Vice President, Managed Markets at Upsher-Smith Laboratories, where he was responsible for managed care relations and contracting. While in this role, he also oversaw sales and channel development for government programs and hospital systems. Additionally, Amorosi’s extensive experience in the healthcare industry includes time as the Chief Operating Officer of Prime Therapeutics, Vice President, Trade Relations at Omnicare and Head of Pharmacy Contracting at Aetna.

“Don’s diverse experience in the healthcare industry brings unique and valuable perspective to Excelera as we expand our capabilities to support broader health system pharmacy initiatives,” said Lorrie Carr, CEO of ExceleraRx Corp. “As the healthcare industry continues to evolve, health systems who take on more risk and incorporate pharmacy into their overall strategy will be most successful.”

To learn more about Excelera Corp. and its commitment to providing coordinated care for complex patients, contact us here.

About The Excelera® Specialty Pharmacy Network 
The Excelera® Specialty Pharmacy Network is comprised of integrated delivery networks, health systems, and large academic medical centers with a deep commitment to caring for complex pharmacy patients.

ExceleraRx Corp. is a healthcare company that empowers integrated delivery networks, health systems and large academic medical centers to provide integrated care for complex pharmacy patients, leading to improved health outcomes and decreased healthcare costs. To learn more, visit https://www.excelerarx.com or follow us on LinkedIn.

Contacts 
For ExceleraRx Corp. 
Amy Swanson, Director of Marketing & Member Relations 
aswanson(at)excelerarx.com 
612-444-3750

Posted in: Health & Medicine,U.S

Farm Credit Announces Spring Patronage Distribution to Members

Farm Credit announced the distribution of million in cash to its members this month. This is in addition to the more than million that the Association distributed in February.

“We are proud of the Farm Credit System’s unique cooperative structure, and a crucial part of that is our patronage program,” says Tom Truitt, CEO of MidAtlantic Farm Credit. “Since December of 2018, our Association has been able to distribute over million in cash back into the pockets of our members, which is a record for the Association.”

MidAtlantic Farm Credit, part of the national Farm Credit System, serves customers in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. As a cooperative, associations within the System can share a portion of their annual profits with their borrower-members.

Each association calculates its total income and expenses at the close of each year. The net income remaining, once all expenses are deducted, can then be distributed in accordance with the association’s bylaws. For more information about Farm Credit’s cooperative structure and patronage program, please visit http://www.mafc.com/about/patronage.

About MidAtlantic Farm Credit

MidAtlantic Farm Credit is an agricultural lending cooperative owned by its member?borrowers. It provides farm loans for land, equipment, livestock and production; crop insurance; and rural home mortgages. The co-op has over 11,500 members and over .8 billion in loans outstanding. MidAtlantic has branches serving Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. It is part of the national Farm Credit System, a network of financial cooperatives established in 1916 to provide a dependable source of credit to farmers and rural America.

Posted in: Agriculture & Farming,U.S

World of Modular 2019 Conference a Record-Setting Success

The Modular Building Institute’s (MBI’s) 2019 World of Modular attracted a record crowd of over 1,000 attendees from more than 20 countries.

The event featured more than 30 breakout sessions focused on a range of topics such as manufacturing efficiencies, engineering and design of modular buildings, legal, insurance, and regulatory issues, case studies, and business development topics.

In addition to the breakout sessions three-time Super Bowl Champion and leadership expert Darren Woodson, and Economist Anirban Basu gave keynote speeches.

MBI recognized Bostjan Jevsek, CEO of IteraSpace, and Paul Bonaccorsi, Managing and Operations Director of Intelligent Offsite, as Volunteers of the Year for co-chairing and spearheading the formation of MBI’s European Council.

Chris Peterson, President of Satellite Shelters, Inc., was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award which recognizes an individual’s commitment to MBI and the commercial modular building industry.

MBI also inducted Gerry Holthaus, Chairman of the Board of WillScot, into the Hall of Fame for his 25 years of service to the industry.

The Awards of Distinction contest highlighted 125 modular projects with winning entries from the U.S., Canada, Argentina, Chile, Poland, Burkina Faso (West Africa), South Africa, South Korea, and Australia.

NRB, Inc.’s Adi Development - Valera Sales Center won Judge’s Choice, Greatest Renovation, and Best of Show for Green Buildings. Horizon North took home the honors for Best of Show in the Relocatable Buildings category while a healthcare project by Axis Constructon and NRB, Inc won Best of Show in the permanent Construction category.

Plans are already underway for next year’s World of Modular Conference to be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Resort in Orlando, Florida from March 9 - 12, 2020.

About MBI

The Modular Building Institute (MBI) is the international non-profit trade association serving the commercial modular construction industry for over thirty-five years. As the Voice of Commercial Modular Construction™ MBI promotes the advantages of modular construction while advocating for the removal of barriers that limit growth opportunities. Through its long-standing relationships with member companies, policy makers, developers, architects and contractors, MBI has become the trusted source of information for the commercial modular construction industry. For more information on MBI and World of Modular, please visit our website: http://modular.org/

Posted in: Building & Construction,U.S

Just Released White Paper: Benchmarking Digital Advancement

mStoner, Inc., and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) announce the release of a white paper, Benchmarking Digital Advancement.

The white paper, based on interviews and a survey conducted in 2018, reflects how advancement tools, practices, and attitudes are evolving toward integrated, digitally enabled outreach and engagement for colleges and universities with their key stakeholders such as alumni, donors, parents, and others. The 2018 research builds on a decade of other surveys focusing on the use of social media and other digital fundraising and outreach tactics and strategies.

“Communications and marketing activities that support the work of advancement are key to an ‘integrated advancement function.’ CASE is pleased to once again have partnered with mStoner on this type of research, part of our overall AMAtlas initiative,” said Fred Weiss, chief research and data officer at CASE.

The survey of digital advancement focused on how schools, colleges and universities use various digital tools and techniques in alumni relations, communications, fundraising, and marketing. The white paper explores how higher ed is adopting various digital tools and integrating them into advancement more broadly.

In addition to questions exploring how colleges and universities used social and digital media and other tools in their advancement activities, mStoner and CASE researched: the reporting relationships of the chief marketing officer (CMO) and chief advancement officer (CAO); how institutional brands and campaign brands related; and which teams were responsible for important activities such as meeting enrollment goals and engaging alumni and donors.

Here are four significant findings from this research: 

  • 60 percent of institution's CMOs and CAOs report to the CEO. At 21 percent of institutions, the person acting as CMO reports to the CAO, and at 17 percent of institutions, there’s another reporting structure in place. At 2 percent of institutions, the CAO reports to the CMO.
  • 57 percent of institutions report that they have one or more staff members who manage social media.
  • At 65 percent of institutions, “create, sustain, improve brand image” is one of the most important goals for social media.
  • 65 percent of respondents say they are "somewhat successful" at using social media to achieve their goals.

 

The white paper identifies benchmarks for overall characteristics and specific behaviors that indicate how institutions are progressing on adopting various components of digital advancement. For example, while 67 percent of respondents indicated that their institutions have experimented with digitally powered fundraising such as crowdsourcing or Giving Days, only 26 percent of respondents said that their institution was using a scoring system for alumni and donors — a form of “net promoter” scoring.

According to Michael Stoner, president and co-founder of mStoner, Inc., and the author of the white paper, “Businesses are moving toward becoming digitally enabled — making digital tools and practices part of every aspect of the business. These benchmarks are really the first step at enabling colleges and universities to explore where they are on adopting a range of digital advancement tools and practices. We hope that they can serve as conversation-starters for staff as we move forward in an era when digital tools and practices will be commonplace and a foundation for engagement with everyone.”

mStoner, Inc. is a digital-first agency committed to tailored solutions that deliver real results. We craft powerful, tailored, human-centric experiences to illuminate your brand and allow you to tell the story only you can tell. We connect you with the right audience at the right time so you can form right-fit relationships. We position your team for improved productivity, sustainable growth, internal alignment, and proof-positive success. And we aim to make your job fun again and help you create inspired work that you are proud to show off. Since 2001, we’ve worked with more than 350 colleges, universities, and professional schools in the U.S. and abroad. For much more, visit our website at mStoner.com.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas. CASE helps its members build stronger relationships with their alumni and donors, raise funds for campus projects, produce recruitment materials, market their institutions to prospective students, diversify the profession, and foster public support of education.

Posted in: Education,U.S

Transformational Learning System Activates 21st Century Professionals

After twelve years as the premier innovator in leadership and management training and development, the Perceptum Group announces the first release of its proprietary "Perceptum Transformational Learning System® (PTLS®)" based in the modern neurobiology of learning, neuroplasticity induction, the amplification of self-awareness and confidence, and evolving goals to achieve career and business success.

"The brain is not a hard drive, it is the single most dynamic organ in nature. It functions best and accomplishes most by constantly redefining and upgrading goals to synergize the user's emotional intelligence, cognitive knowledge and skill/abilities -- real success is not zero-sum competition, nor is it defined by artificial external norms. Humans did not evolve to solve a problem, they evolved to solve every problem. Real leaders face new choices, make certain decisions, and always do the right thing even when it seems risky and uncertain at first. The brain is wired to face the unknown undaunted. Why in the world would we teach anyone to fight against their best nature? PTLS® maximizes innate potential." says Michael Dunphy, Ph.D. Perceptum Managing Partner.

PTLS® will be made available to clients on a case by case basis, per a fully customized client-centric curriculum involving a carefully crafted menu of optimized and relevant content, whole-brain learning tactics, and modern learning platforms.

"Twelve years as Perceptum and a lifetime of research, innovation, and evaluation, that's what my partners and I bring to PTLS®, "says James Thein, Perceptum Founding Partner, "the complexities of who and what we are as human beings and as contributors in society, are the drivers for our novel and effective learning paradigms. We literally reset brain coding to insure your people and your business experience success like never before."

A memory is not just a retrieved piece of data, it's like a fingerprint, in that a memory is inherently shaped by who we are and our experiences. So learning, that is whole brain-based, in essence creates integrated fingerprints that are clear, synergized and functional. The Perceptum Transformational Learning System® enables leaders, managers and people to productively transform attitude, confidence, motivation and level of engagement when applying new knowledge and skills to help their organizations and cultures upgrade for greater success.

Perceptum's website features the PTLS® introductory information, at http://www.perceptumgroup.com. Perceptum lives in San Francisco, California, but its clients are worldwide and service is available 24/7. Contact Perceptum online, at LinkedIn, Twitter, and Medium, or call 415.596.0337.

Posted in: Services,U.S

Best L.A. Web Design Firms Garner Awards for March 2019 from 10 Best Design

10 Best Design is pleased to reveal its list of the best L.A. website development businesses, with Spinx Digital leading the pack.

This award is important because choosing the best web design firm is not easy. There are so many, and it is easy to be overwhelmed with all of the choices. Each month, 10 Best Design makes a new list of the top performers in this area of expertise. It is available at no cost, and it provides key details about the top 10 firms in this area of expertise. This list of firms is specific to the Los Angeles area. This is a new monthly award, and business owners, nonprofit managers and individuals in the Los Angeles area who are searching for the best LA website development business should refer to it in order to choose a web designer who will fulfill all of their expectations.

Heading the top performers on the list of the best LA website development businesses is Spinx Digital. While it is a smaller firm with fewer than 50 full time web design and marketing experts, it is able to make a big impact on the profitability and visibility of its clients. Spinx Digital has earned the top spot on the list of the 10 best because of its ability to build responsive sites that have a clean layout.

Eight25Media also rates in the top 10 of Los Angeles web design firms. As a leading web design firm, Eight25Media, is known for its expertise in the area of eCommerce setups. They recognize that all of the small businesses in and around Los Angeles need to be competitive, and they are able to create secure platforms that consumers trust when entering their personal and confidential financial information. This firm can also include SEO into its site design, which ensures that the site is able to earn a high Google ranking as soon as it goes live.

Blue Fountain Media also earned a spot on this month's 10 best list for web design firms in Los Angeles. This firm is known for designing responsive sites. Being a top web design firm, Blue Fountain Media can create sites that are specific to different niches or industries, including medical, dental, veterinary and other sites. They work to ensure that the sites they build are responsive to all platforms and devices. The sites they create are ADA-compliant for high accessibility. Blue Fountain Media has a 98-percent customer satisfaction rating.

To learn more details about this month’s winning agencies, visit http://www.10bestdesign.com.

Posted in: Business,U.S

Perimeter Plastic Surgery Announces Filler Discount for March

Perimeter Plastic Surgery is offering a 0 discount on filler treatments for patients looking to renew their facial appearance this spring. Patients interested in a filler treatment are encouraged to schedule a complimentary consultation before March 31, 2019 to take advantage of this month’s special.

“I recommend cosmetic filler treatments to my patients looking to restore volume and add fullness to their face,” said Mark Deutsch, MD, a double board-certified plastic surgeon and the medical director of Perimeter Plastic Surgery. ”This procedure reverses visible signs of aging and is a fantastic solution for those who desire a rejuvenated, youthful appearance without the stress of surgery.”

Perimeter Plastic Surgery offers a variety of filler treatments, including Botox®, Juvederm®, Restylane® and Kybella®. Each treatment has unique advantages and applications. Thus, patients are required to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Deutsch, so he can formulate a customized plan to ensure that a patient’s aesthetic needs are thoughtfully evaluated. For more information about the different fillers, read Dr. Deutsch’s Injectables 101 Guide.

“We’ve noticed fillers are being used more frequently in the lips as well. For this type of filler, we recommend JUVÉDERM®, the best selling collection of hyaluronic acid fillers in the United States,” said Dr. Deutsch.

The JUVÉDERM® collection offers two formulations for the lips. JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC adds fullness and plumps thin lips, while the JUVÉDERM® Volbella XC is designed to add subtle volume to the lips and smooth the appearance of vertical lip lines.

All filler treatments are minimally-invasive and designed for both men and women. Patients should expect minimal discomfort during the procedure and little to no downtime following their treatment.

This offer may not be combined with any other offers, and patients are advised to contact Perimeter Plastic Surgery for further questions. Appointments can be made by calling Perimeter Plastic Surgery at 404-255-0886 or by filling out the online contact form at https://www.perimeterplasticsurgery.com/contact/.

About Perimeter Plastic Surgery: 
Perimeter Plastic Surgery is one of the top plastic surgery practices with locations in Atlanta and Fayetteville, Georgia. Owner and founder of the practice, Mark Deutsch, MD, FACS, has over 20 years of plastic surgery experience, is double board-certified, and has been named a Top Doctor in Atlanta by Castle Connolly for three years in a row: 2016, 2017, and 2018. Perimeter Plastic Surgery’s Atlanta office is located in Northside Hospital’s Northside Doctor’s Center on Johnson Ferry Road. For more information about Dr. Deutsch and Perimeter Plastic Surgery, please visit https://perimeterplasticsurgery.com

Posted in: Health & Medicine,U.S

Come From Away: You've Seen the Show, Now Visit the Set in Newfoundland and Labrador

Travelers will discover the warm hospitality of Newfoundland and Labrador with new experiences based on the Broadway Musical Come From Away. The friendly faces of the locals, who are known for their music, storytelling, and culinary traditions, are the same people who welcomed nearly 7,000 stranded passengers into their homes when 38 planes were grounded in Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, during 9/11. The epic musical tells the story of these stranded passengers and the locals who welcomed them.

Located at the northeastern edge of North America, named one of the four corners of the world by Canada’s Flat Earth Society in 1970, the province is home to 10,000-year-old icebergs, the largest migrating population of humpback whales, and 35 million seabirds – making it the seabird capital of North America. Live music is always being played, and a combination of English, Irish, French and Indigenous heritage creates more varieties of English spoken than anywhere else in the world.

On the heels of the success of Come From Away, this off-the-beaten-path destination offers true “live like a local” activities for every traveler looking for a warm welcome and immersive experience.

Meet the Flynns

The new Meet the Flynns experience invites guests to visit home of Derm and Dianne Flynn to drink tea and listen to their story of the day that the airplanes landed in Gander. Derm Flynn was the mayor of nearby Appleton during 9/11 and is one of the characters portrayed in the musical. The Flynns also take guests to visit to the Appleton Peace Monument and Park, where a piece of steel from the World Trade Center sits today. The experience is available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays throughout 2019, starting at CAD per person.

Visit Fogo Island Inn

Fogo Island Inn, a coastal 29-guestroom property with floor-to-ceiling windows, is offering a Come From Away itinerary which includes a half-day island orientation led by a community host, a tour of Gander, all meals at the Inn’s award-winning dining room, and two-night stay (extensions available). The award-winning Inn is known for its contemporary luxury, offering guided geology hikes, open boat iceberg viewing, foraging expeditions, and more. The itinerary is available in 2019 starting at ,080 CAD for two people.

Take a Tour

Maxxim Vacations’ six-night Come From Away itinerary offers a tour of Gander, a visit to the North Atlantic Aviation Museum, and an interpretive tour of the Prime Berth Fishing Heritage Center. The trip includes six nights at a country bed & breakfast in the Gander area and a car rental, so travelers can explore more of Newfoundland and Labrador by driving along the coast. The experience is offered throughout 2019 starting at ,139 CAD.

Visitors can also take a one-day tour by Beyond Words that showcases many of the key locals, places, and events during 9/11 in Gander. The itinerary includes a tour of the Gander airport, the Townhall, and more. The tour is available June through August 2019 starting at CAD.

Make an Ugly Stick

Travelers can create their own ugly stick, just like the ugly sticks featured in the Come From Away, with Coastal Cottages on the Baccalieu Trail. An ugly stick is a traditional Newfoundland and Labrador musical instrument fashioned out of household and tool shed items, including mops, bottle caps, tin cans, and other noisemakers. A drumstick is used to strike the ugly stick as the musician lifts and drops it in a rhythmic fashion. The musical instrument is used to entertain guests and locals at community events, social gatherings, and kitchen parties. This experience is available throughout the year by booking in advance, a minimum number of participants and other fees may apply.

To plan a trip and more information on Newfoundland and Labrador, visit http://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com.

About Atlantic Canada Agreement on Tourism (ACAT): 
This project has been made possible through funding provided by the Atlantic Canada Agreement on Tourism (ACAT). ACAT is a nine-member pan-Atlantic initiative comprising the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the four Atlantic Canada Tourism Industry Associations, and the four Provincial Departments responsible for tourism.

For more information on the four provinces, visit these websites or follow on social media:

New Brunswick 
Web: http://www.tourismnewbrunswick.ca 
Instagram: @DestinationNB 
Twitter: @SeeNewBrunswick 
Facebook: @DestinationNB

Nova Scotia 
Web: http://www.novascotia.com 
Instagram: @VisitNovaScotia 
Twitter: @VisitNovaScotia 
Facebook: @NovaScotia

Newfoundland and Labrador 
Web: http://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com 
Instagram: @newfoundlandlabrador 
Twitter: @NLtweets 
Facebook: @NewfoundlandLabradorTourism

Prince Edward Island 
Web: http://www.tourismpei.com 
Instagram: @tourismpei 
Twitter: @tourismpei 
Facebook: @tourismpei

MEDIA CONTACT: 
Gina Dolecki/Ashley Mindnich 
Redpoint 
212.229.0119 
dolecki@redpointspeaks.com 
mindnich@redpointspeaks.com

Posted in: Travel,U.S

Ankaa Skincare Line Offers the Best Anti-Wrinkle Serum to Help Women Combat Signs of Aging Facial Skin

Ankaa, the leading manufacturer of skincare products aimed at helping women regain their youthful appearance, is offering a powerful anti-wrinkle serum that women can add to their anti-aging products arsenal. Rated by top skincare professionals and beauty experts as the best in its category, the Ankaa Smooth & Lift Time-Resist Perfecting Serum is unique in many ways.

“We are delighted to offer our valued customers the benefits of a world-class skincare product that has been especially formulated to combat the visible signs of aging on the facial skin,” says the spokesperson for Ankaa. “The Ankaa Smooth & Lift Time-Resist Perfecting Serum offers a unique formula to focus on visibly smoothening, lifting, and tightening all facial zones while nourishing the skin. We have chosen some of the most powerful botanical ingredients with potent anti-aging compounds to ensure that the results are delivered faster.”

Ankaa beauty skin treatment is renowned for its use of 100 per cent natural ingredients sourced from some of the most extreme environments on Earth. The flora that goes into the making of this best anti-wrinkle serum comes from the high mountain regions and the deep seas. The Ankaa skincare line also includes their exclusive LS-NT complex and a patent-pending formula that they have developed in their sophisticated laboratory.

The key ingredients that go into the making of this revolutionary anti-wrinkle serum include extracts of Swertia Chirate, Caulerpa Lentillifera, and others.

Swertia Chirata is a flowering plant found in the high Himalayan Mountains. It has been chosen for its amazing ability to regenerate the skin and deliver amazing anti-wrinkle results.

Caulerpa Lentillifera is the native green algae found in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It helps to promote skin smoothening and firming.

The other important botanical ingredients that go into the making of this best anti-aging serum are Bellis Perennis or Daisy Flower extract, which is known for its ability to promote even pigmentation of skin spots, and Bidens Pilosa extract that functions as a natural bio-retinol for skin firming. It is also highly effective in combatting wrinkles.

Ankaa Smooth & Lift Time-Resist Perfecting Serum is also powered by Pumpkin Seed Oil, a powerful source of anti-oxidants that can help improve skin tone and smoothening; Mango Seed Butter, which provides vitamins to the skin and boosts hydration; Niacinamide, Xylitylglucoside, and Xylitol. All of these contain excellent anti-wrinkle and anti-aging abilities.

This best anti-aging serum is safe for use on all skin types and is recommended for women across all age groups. It is formulated without using any parabens and artificial fragrances.

About Ankaa:

The Ankaa skincare line is a powerful range of anti-aging skincare solutions that stands apart from other skincare products available on the market because of their ability to deliver guaranteed results. The brand has been created by a team of skincare specialists with a passion for health, beauty, and nature. The life-changing power of science has been applied to develop the revolutionary Ankaa skincare line which works on all skin types and across all age groups.

Posted in: Fashion & Beauty,U.S,World

Ankaa Anti-Aging Face Moisturizer Is Helping Women Regain Their Youthful Skin Effortlessly and Quickly

Ankaa, the reputed maker of powerful anti-aging facial products, is gaining popularity among women looking for a skincare alternative that can change the way their skin looks.  Ankaa Anti-Aging Face Moisturizer is one of the most popular products in this niche as its unique formula effectively reduces the appearance of various types of skin blemishes.

“Our anti-aging skincare line continues to gain in popularity as they contain some of the most powerful and proven ingredients that have been chosen after extensive research,” says the spokesperson for Ankaa. “We are the leaders in skincare technology and have created the best skincare line that can deliver visible results for skin-related issues that women generally face. Our products are designed to improve skin health dramatically and visibly improve skin tone and texture.”

Ankaa anti-aging face moisturizer is a truly unique formula, guaranteed to visibly smoothen the aging skin through a process that involves lifting and tightening all facial zones. Ankaa Time-Resist Ultra Hydrating Moisturizer is designed for use on all skin types. Women across all age groups can use the product safely and enjoy visible results within a few weeks of use.

Ankaa Beauty Face Treatment has powerful extracts of botanical ingredients that have been extensively tested in the most advanced labs and verified for their ability to deliver results. These ingredients are found in some of the most extreme environments on Earth, such as the high mountains and the deep seas. The brand is part of Ankaa’s exclusive LS-NT complex which also has a patent-pending complex.

Ankaa Time-Resist Ultra Hydrating Moisturizer is easy to use and completely safe as well. It is free of parabens and does not contain any artificial fragrances. It is dermatologically and allergically tested making it doubly safe for use on all skin types and by all age groups as well.

One of the unique ingredients that are exclusive to this anti-aging face moisturizer is Swertia Chirata. It is a flowering plant found in the high Himalayan Mountains and has proven skin regeneration and anti-wrinkle abilities.

Laminaria Saccharina also plays a key role in reducing the various types of skin imperfections and gives a smooth, silky feel to the skin. Laminaria Saccharina is an algae mostly found in the Northeastern Atlantic Ocean.

This anti-aging face moisturizer also contains Bidens Pilosa extract. It works as a natural bio-retinol to make the skin look firm, thus relieving it of visible signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines. Grape seed oil, Niacinamide, Xylitylglucoside, and Xylitol are all proven anti-aging natural ingredients that are used in the right proportions to deliver powerful anti-aging results.

About Ankaa:

The Ankaa skincare line is a powerful range of anti-aging skincare solutions that stands apart from other skincare products available on the market because of their ability to deliver guaranteed results. The brand has been created by a team of skincare specialists with a passion for health, beauty, and nature. The life-changing power of science has been applied to develop the revolutionary Ankaa skincare line which works on all skin types and across all age groups.

Posted in: Fashion & Beauty,U.S,World

Accent Technologies and Strategy to Revenue Make It Official

Building on years of successful collaboration, Accent Technologiescan now officially offer European customers of their sales enablement platform local customer service managers from Strategy to Revenue, an award-winning sales enablement consultancy.

This global partnership provides sales organizations with a UK-based sales and services hub for customer support that includes: 

  • Consultation on sales processes and strategies with a deep knowledge of Accent’s technology and capabilities to optimize rollout effectiveness
  • Guaranteed operational and sales improvements within 120 days of deployment
  • Customizable sales onboarding, coaching and learning applications intrinsically linked to business goals

Accent is a recognized as a leading sales enablement platform and was listed in Gartner’s Hype Cycle for CRM Sales, 2018. Its AI-driven sales enablement platform, CRM Supercharger, provides real-time insights to improve sales productivity and profitability. It ensures sales reps focus on high-value selling activities and automatically serves-up the right resources and tips for each stage of the buying cycle.

The Accent platform can now be supplemented with professional services from Strategy to Revenue. Professional services include working with customers to architect a standard sales model that aligns customers’ business goals to Accent’s CRM Supercharger AI engine. Ongoing evaluation of the standard model ensures that sales people get the correct training and insights to close the right types of deal for optimum performance gains. By intelligently re-calibrating the standard model and revising behavioral, content and learning recommendations professional services can optimize selling time and outcomes. Strategy to Revenue also offers a multi-award-winning continuous learning framework that delivers in-the-field sales coaching and training to improve information and skill retention and selling time. Strategy to Revenue’s sales improvement programs are used by the likes of DHL, Motorola, HPE and SAP. Its sales improvement content is endorsed by the Association of Professional Sales.

“Strategy to Revenue’s track record in delivering sales performance improvements to some of the world’s best-known brands makes them an ideal partner to help set up our customers for quick-start success and ongoing optimal performance, with sales improvements aligned to business goals.”- Gregory Kotovos, Marketing Director, Accent Technologies

“We’re looking forward to helping Accent customers set in place strong foundations to build a constantly evolving sales improvement platform. I believe we can give our joint customers a genuine competitive edge in the incredibly competitive world of B2B sales.” - Mark Savinson, Chief Operating Officer, Strategy to Revenue

About Accent Technologies 
Accent has been a global technology leader in sales enablement software since 2003. The SaaS company helps sales teams sharpen execution and improve sales productivity by leveraging artificial intelligence to maximize sales performance and create unprecedented visibility and insights for marketing and sales leadership. Their sales enablement solution is one of the most comprehensive in the market offering sales content management, guided selling, performance management and deep analytics.

Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, Accent's products are used by companies in over 100 countries. They are committed to understanding each client’s unique business case and providing the best solution to meet their sales enablement goals. It supports integrations with: Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Microsoft SharePoint, Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, HubSpot, Marketo, Oracle (Eloqua, Sales Cloud), SAP CRM.

About Strategy to Revenue 
Strategy to Revenue is an award-winning sales enablement consultancy with offices in Europe and the USA. It works with organizations to unleash the full potential of sales teams, significantly improving their commercial performance, transforming their businesses and accelerating the time it takes to turn their strategy to revenue. Clients include DHL, Refinitiv, Thomson Reuters, HPE, Motorola and SAP.

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

AEC provides a ,500,000 factoring facility for Canadian-based property maintenance company

Advanced Energy Capital provided a factoring line for Pristine Property Management, Ltd (PPM) to enhance their working capital position. Pristine Property Maintenance is a mid-size company that has years of experience providing grounds-keeping and landscape maintenance services throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Their focus and expertise lies largely in the grounds and snow and ice maintenance for condominium townhomes and municipal properties.

  The 1,500,000 facility was completed and funded on January 17, 2019 and provided significant working capital over and above Pristine’s incumbent lender’s line of credit.

“As a company that invoices in advance of our service and under long term contracts, we needed a capital provider who was comfortable with our operating history to structure a working capital facility that provides us the ongoing capital to propel PPM to the next level.” said Adam Watson, CEO of Pristine.

“Adam’s cooperation, history of corporate success and blueprint for long term growth made our job easy in closing and funding this cross-border transaction” Reported Richard Rudy, Principal at AEC.  “We look forward to a long term relationship with Adam and PPM as they continue to execute on their business plan” said Steven Feldman, Managing Director of AEC.

About AEC:
AEC is a commercial finance company which provides working capital financing ranging from 0,000 to ,000,000 to small and middle market manufacturers, distributors, and service companies nationwide. Based in New York, AEC is committed to helping businesses increase their capacity for business transactions. AEC’s programs provide companies with capital in a fraction of the time it would take to process a loan through the bank and in many cases provide significantly higher proceeds than the traditional factoring companies and asset-based lenders, while taking on assignments the traditional commercial finance market ignores.

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

Time-Resist Perfecting Serum from Ankaa Is a Powerful Weapon in the Fight Against Aging Skin

Ankaa, the skincare specialists known for their unique line of anti-aging solutions, is offering women the potent and effective Time-Resist Perfecting Serum that nourishes the skin with ingredients that have been chosen for their high efficacy.

“We are pleased with the amazing response to our path-breaking formulation, the Time-Resist Perfecting Serum, that is helping women achieve their beauty goals effortlessly,” says the spokesperson for Ankaa. “The extensively researched ingredients make the serum a powerful anti-aging formula. You will be able to enjoy visible results within just weeks of use.”

The Ankaa Smooth & Lift Time-Resist Perfecting Serum is truly a unique formula as it has the right mix of powerful ingredients for visibly smoothing, lifting and tightening all facial zones. The serum is also capable of nourishing the skin with its effective anti-aging compounds.

Ankaa Smooth & Lift Time-Resist Perfecting Serum has been formulated using powerful botanical ingredients. It contains powerful extracts of botanical ingredients in high concentration for real and fast results.

Ankaa incorporates highly advanced laboratory tested skincare technology to create this amazing skincare formulation. The botanical ingredients used in the serum are sourced from some of the most extreme places on earth where they are native to such conditions and environments.

According to the company spokesperson, most ingredients, including the flora, are sourced from the high mountain regions and the deep seas. They form a key part of the company’s exclusive LS-NT Complex. They have also added a patent pending complex to the formula.

The product is free from any artificial fragrances and parabens. The Ankaa Smooth & Lift Time-Resist Perfecting Serum can be used on all skin types and across all age groups. Importantly, the safety aspect of the brand has been convincingly established as it is clinically, dermatologically, and allergically tested.

The Ankaa Smooth & Lift Time-Resist Perfecting Serum ingredients are carefully chosen for their skin repairing and rejuvenating abilities.

Swertia Chirata helps in regenerating the epidermis. It can make the skin smooth and fill in the wrinkles to make skin look younger and healthier.

The Serum also contains Caulerpa Lentillifer or sea grape. It is found on the Japanese island of Okinawa. It is a dynamic anti-aging extract that can improve the skin’s functional integrity. The serum is especially useful for skin that has been incessantly exposed to years of UV rays.

The Ankaa Smooth & Lift Time-Resist Perfecting Serum also contains ingredients like Bellis Perennis, Bidens Pilosa, Pumpkin seed oil, and Mango Seed Butter. They are all extremely useful in removing skin blemishes and making the facial skin look vibrant and youthful.

For more information, visit https://ankaabeauty.com.

About Ankaa:

Ankaa is a trusted name in skincare and beauty products which are the result of the fine merger of nature and science. The company makes use of the latest skincare technology and the power of powerful natural ingredients to help fight skin blemishes.

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Ankaa Helps Women Regain Their Youthful Skin With a Revolutionary Time-Resist Ultra-Hydrating Moisturizer

Ankaa, the creators of a unique skin-care line that uses life-changing powers of science to deliver fast and visible results, has made it easy for women to look young and feel confident again. The company’s Time-Resist Ultra-Hydrating Moisturizer is a definite game-changer in the skin-care industry.

“We are delighted with the amazingly positive response we have been receiving from our valued customers,” says the spokesperson for Ankaa. “Our Smooth & Lift Time-Resist Ultra-Hydrating Moisturizer has been carefully created using a unique formula that is guaranteed to help in visibly smoothing, lifting, and tightening all facial zones. The product can be used on all skin types and across all age groups safely.”

Ankaa Smooth & Lift Time-Resist Ultra-Hydrating Moisturizer provides lasting hydration to the skin. The unique formulation has a high concentration of powerful extracts of botanical ingredients with the most advanced laboratory-tested skin-care technology.

The skin-care researchers and beauty experts at Ankaa have handpicked botanical ingredients found in the most extreme environments on Earth. These include flora from high mountain regions and the deep seas. The best moisturizer with sunscreen is also powered by a complex that they have developed in their lab.

The proven, safe, and highly effective all-natural ingredients provide the synergy to fight against the effects of time, and skin-damaging stress. It also helps in preventing damage to the skin by the sun’s harmful rays.

The best moisturizer with sunscreen is an anti-aging wonder with natural ingredients that have the power to nourish the skin.

Time-Resist Ultra-Hydrating Moisturizer contains the swertia chirata flowering plant, which is found in the high Himalayan mountains and known for its skin-regeneration ability and anti-wrinkle qualities. It also contains Laminaria saccharina, algae mostly found in the northeastern Atlantic Ocean. The algae help promote hydration and are useful in minimizing skin imperfections while providing a smooth feel to the skin.

The best cheap face moisturizer is also made up of additional key ingredients such as the Bidens pilosa, grape seed oil, Niacinamide, Xylitylglucoside, and Xylitol. They work collectively to make skin firmer and tighter while combatting wrinkles and preventing the formation of new ones.  

The Ankaa skin-care line stands apart from other anti-aging formulations and skin-care products available on the market. The brand has been created by a team with a passion for health, beauty, and nature. They have used the life-changing power of science to create the groundbreaking Ankaa skin-care line. The end result is a range of powerful, proven, and revolutionary products that put back youthful vitality into facial skin and make it look radiant again.

Posted in: Business,Fashion & Beauty,U.S

Dr. Pradeep Ganguly Congratulates Shivaji College Faculty

Dr. Pradeep Ganguly, founder and CEO of MKK-USA, congratulated Shivaji College for facilitating the scholarship process for meritorious and needy students. Dr. Ganguly stated, “I congratulate Shivaji College. Ms. Anshu Chopra and her colleagues at the Department of Economics did an outstanding job screening, selecting and awarding MKK-USA scholarships. I am very proud of this institution, its leader Dr. Shashi Nijhawan, and the Economics faculty led by Anshu Chopra.”

Dr. Pradeep Ganguly was invited to speak on “U.S.-India Business Relations” at Shivaji College. The auditorium was packed with bright and eager students, as well as faculty members, all ready to listen, engage, learn and participate. The Q&A session was equally stimulating. Dr. Ganguly further stated, “Kudos to Dr. Shashi Nijhawan, Principal of Shivaji College, and the Department of Economics faculty for organizing such a wonderful event.”

The lectures and scholarships are part of Dr. Ganguly’s proud association with Shivaji College. He personally thanked Dr. Shashi Nijhawan, Principal, and the Economics Faculty: Anshu Chopra,Mamta Datt, Iti Dandona, Reetika Rana, Sumeet Raheja,Shivani Goel,Priyanka, Md. Irfan Alam and Ms. Aditi. I look forward to working with this team for a long time.” For more information on this amazing Economics team, log on to: http://www.shivajicollege.ac.in/academics/departments/faculty.php?department=economics

Posted in: Education,Government & Politics,Non Profit,Society & Culture,U.S

James Pratt Awarded Australia's Top 5 Under 35 In 2019

1) James Pratt
Actor and Auctioneer

James Pratt First on Australia's Top 5 Under 35
At the top of CLPR's list is talented actor and auctioneer to the stars James Pratt. Pratt had a break out year in 2018, securing International esteem as an actor, producing his own entertainment industry show, and then setting 14 new records as Australia’s number 1 auctioneer and a celebrity favourite internationally for some of the biggest stars in the world.

One of Australia’s hardest working performers, in 2018 Pratt also wrapped the filming of the feature film “On Halloween” (2019), in which he plays a lead character "Ethan Rogers." Previews of his performance are already gaining huge buzz in Hollywood. Pratt recently finished hosting Season One of “Conversation Hollywood.” He has interviewed such guests as two-time Academy Award Nominee Bruce Beresford and American actress Jessica Ross, (season one Fashion Dolls).

And in April 2018 Pratt signed a deal with Hollywood powerhouse production team The Company for his own TV show. Pratt has a slate of four film projects lined up in Hollywood for 2019.

“James has one of those rare talents that lets him appear absolutely compelling and natural in front of the camera,” said Trisanne Marin of LA Management, Pratt’s Los Angeles-based manager.

Pratt’s business career as an auctioneer has been very successful. He holds 25 records and is the auctioneer used by celebrities around the world.
Pratt was the 2018 REB Australian Auctioneer of the Year Finalist, The 2018 REI NSW Top Communication Award Finalist, and the 2018 Australian Thought Leader of the Year Finalist. He recently auctioned the palatial home of handbag designer Gabrielle Tindale, the powerwoman behind the House of Tindale, for .8 million.

Pratt’s acting success and multiple accomplishments in 2018 make him the number one pick for the 2019 Top 5 Under 35 in Australia’s Entertainment Industry list.

2) Amy Shark
Singer

Amy Shark was second.

Amy Louise Billings, known professionally as Amy Shark, also had a break out year in 2018. She cemented herself as Australia’s reigning queen of pop, taking home Album of the Year, Best Female Artist and Best Pop Release at this year's ARIA awards. She was also the most nominated music act with nine nominations on the night.
Shark who hails from the Gold Coast, also made headlines in the United States with appearances on The Late Late Show with James Corden and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, further growing her international fan base.
That’s why Shark is the pick for number two on the 2019 Top 5 Under 35 in Australia’s Entertainment Industry list.

3) Victoria Lee
Model
Victoria Lee was second.
Some models are at the top of their game, Victoria Lee is one of them. The 27-year-old walked in the historic Victoria’s Secret show in Shanghai prior to starting 2018. The event was the world-famous lingerie brand’s first-ever show in Asia. Lee then became the official model ambassador for retail giant David Jones and has excelled in this position. She was also on the cover for Elle Magazine in May of 2018 and scored the cover soon after of Marie Claire Magazine Spain in July. While Lee says her own style is constantly changing, her career hit another high in 2018.
That’s why CLPR picked Lee for the number-three spot on the 2019 Top 5 Under 35 in Australia’s Entertainment Industry list.

4) Adut Akech
Model

Adut Akech was fourth.

Child refugee turned global fashion superstar Adut Akech of Adelaide had a big 2018. Billed by Harpers Bazaar as Australia’s next supermodel, Akech won Australia’s top model at the 11th Australian Fashion Laureate awards in 2018. Karl Lagerfeld chose Akech to be the Chanel bride in the French fashion house’s July couture. And Akech starred in 33 Spring - Summer 2019 international runways, while also scoring the cover of Australian Vogue in December. Akech was born on Christmas Day, 1999, as her family made their way from war-torn South Sudan to the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. Akech’s transformation from young refugee to breakout modeling star makes her CLPR's choice as number four on the 2019 Top 5 Under 35 in Australia’s Entertainment Industry list.

5) Troye Sivan
Singer, Actor

Troye Sivan was fifth.

In 2018, Troye Sivan Mellet, known professionally as Troye Sivan, first gained popularity via YouTube and in Australian talent competitions but is now a successful musician and actor who has performed alongside megastars like Ariana Grande, Russell Crowe, and Nicole Kidman. He has released two Billboard top-five albums. As an actor, Sivan portrayed the younger version of Wolverine in the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He has over 6.7 million subscribers and over 100 million total views. Already a huge success despite his youth, Sivan is CLPR's pick for the number-five spot on the 2019 Top 5 Under 35 in Australia’s Entertainment Industry list.

 

Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,Celebrity,Fashion & Beauty,Lifestyle,U.S

Great American Cookies® to Treat Customers to One Free Cookie on National Cookie Day -- Dec. 4

"The holidays are officially here and Great American Cookies is thrilled to treat America to one of our famous and delicious original chocolate chip cookies," said David Kaiser, Executive Vice President of Great American Cookies. "Great American Cookies is your one-stop holiday bake shop and we believe that everyone deserves a little sweetness this season. Mark your calendar for Dec. 4 and join us in celebrating National Cookie Day."

From holiday-themed Cookie Cakes to dozens of delicious cookies in a variety of flavors, it's no wonder the holidays is one of the biggest times of the year for Great American Cookies. Cookie Cakes are available in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be personalized with an endless combination of designs, colors and unique messages. Customers may place their order online at www.greatamericancookies.com and pick it up at a nearby store location. For ease of shopping, customers may also customize and select a Cookie Cake in the days leading up to holidays, or on the actual holiday. Great American Cookies always makes sure there are enough Cookie Cakes to go around and they can be ready in minutes.

For more information about Great American Cookies and store locations, visit www.greatamericancookies.com, follow Great American Cookies' national Twitter handle, @Gr8AmCookies, or become a fan of the brand on Facebook at www.facebook.com/greatamericancookies.

* Available on Dec. 4, 2018 only at participating Great American Cookies locations. Receive one free regular chocolate chip cookie per person. No purchase necessary.

About Great American Cookies® www.greatamericancookies.com
Founded in 1977 on the strength of an old family chocolate chip Cookie recipe, Great American Cookies has set the standard for gourmet Cookie sales in a fun, celebratory environment. For over 35 years, Great American Cookies has maintained the heritage and integrity of its products by producing proprietary Cookie dough exclusively from its plant in Atlanta. Great American Cookies is known for its signature Cookie Cakes, trademark flavors and menu of delectable products baked fresh in store. Great American Cookies currently operates in mall-based locations across the United States, as well as internationally in BahrainChileGuamMexicoPuerto RicoSaudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Posted in: Business,Food & Beverage,U.S

China Customer Relations Centers Announces Plans to Go Private and Return to A-share Market in China

Chinese government has implemented policies to encourage companies to return to A-share market. With the fast growth of China’s economy, China concept stock’s privatization is increasing in 2018 after a number of companies including WuXi AppTec, Mindray and Cheetah mobile went private to China’s A-share market.

On November 11, China Customer Relations Centers, Inc. (CCRC) has announced plans to go private to A-share market in China. 

CCRC’s announcement has led to more discussions by the capital market on privatization. Earlier this year, General Office of the State Council of China quoted China Securities Regulatory Commission’s (CSRC) policy during National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference that based on China’s law and market policy, they encouraged innovative companies to issue stocks in China, especially industries with new technologies and strategies such as biotech, cloud computing, AI and high-tech manufacturing.  

On October 19, 2018, CSRC announced during its press conference that they have taken steps to help restructure work including making reasonable prices to protect small and medium sized investors; actively supporting quality overseas listed companies to list in A-share market and treating overseas companies the same as domestic entities as well as eliminating barriers to entry.

Sources say, call centers and third-party providers of e commerce customer services are industries supported by Chinese government. This industry is labor-intensive with light assets and high tech. CCRC has advantages in this field. 

Based on Chinese internet research data, the total market size of Chinese domestic call center is about 630 billion RMB or 91.1 billion dollars in 2017. Because of the large industry size and the market stability, its annual growth rate is about 8.4% and after 2020, it is estimated to be 5.5%. Currently, call center system is transitioning from local servers to cloud servers. Cloud call centers has become the majority of this growing market.

Many industry experts consider CCRC an absolute pioneer in China’s call center and e commerce service third party provider industry, especially during this era that Chinese government encourages domestic listing of quality overseas companies. The business model will be easier to be recognized by investors in the A-share market than Nasdaq. It will also provide more growth in value in the future.

Links

http://m.nasdaq.com/symbol/ccrc

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/china-customer-relations-centers-inc-134300033.html?.tsrc=applewf&from=singlemessage&isappinstalled=0

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

Checkit Real-Time Operations Management to boost US Foodservice Business

Santa Fe Springs, CA. October 2018. Checkit, the leading provider of Real-Time Operations Management and Food Safety solutions, today announces the launch of its US operations.

Checkit’s technology provides a proven way to address the needs of organizations to ensure that the work of staff is performed consistently, easily and to a high standard. It achieves this by creating intuitive, easy to use mobile applications to replace traditional pen and paper checklists, and by using Internet of Things sensors to replace routine monitoring.

Checkit allows businesses to build solutions rapidly, with no software coding or complex IT projects.  It gives managers unprecedented insights out of the box, using operational KPIs and analytics derived from the millions of data points it continually gathers.

Checkit has established a base of clients with global businesses including Compass, Sodexo and the Merlin Group, as well as working with leading UK businesses such as John Lewis Partnership and Center Parcs.  With its US operation up and running, its aim will be to bring this experience to food service chains, hotels and contract catering and soft FM, with a focus on helping them to improve

  • Revenue– by more consistently delivering intended service experience & freeing up time to focus on customers
  • Productivity – by automating repetitive checks and the streamlining of front-line work & improving management efficiency
  • Risk  – from improved compliance, enforcement and visibility

Checkit USA will operate out of a sales and service base in Santa Fe Springs, California, and will have access to the infrastructure and resources of its corporate parent, Elektron Technology plc, which has a well-established US operation.

According to German Casillas, Vice President of Americas: “We see great potential in the United States market. There is a clear need, with many operations still poorly served by unsuitable or paper-based operational systems.  We estimate that US food service market alone has the potential to develop to be worth over billion annually as technology adoption grows.”

To find out more get in touch on 1-833-44-CHECK (833-442-4325) 

Posted in: Computers & Software,Food & Beverage,Hospitality,Technology,U.S

Powersolv Partners With Leading Cybersecurity Specialists to Deliver High Quality Security Solutions That Provide Comprehensive Protection

Cybersecurity is often defined as measures taken to protect a computer or computer system against unauthorized access or attack. It includes an ever-evolving set of tools, technologies, trainings, and techniques that work together to address security threats.

The heavy dependence on technology has resulted in an enormous surge in data creation which is stored on computer systems of organizations and shared across networks. Over time, the identification of vulnerabilities in this technology makes organizations susceptible to attacks by hackers.

One of the biggest cyber-attacks in the IT history was the WannaCry ransomware attack that took over computers and encrypted hard drive contents. The hackers then demanded a huge ransom payment in Bitcoin in order to decrypt the data.

NotPetya, which originated from the compromised Ukrainian accounting software, was a major cyber-attack that spread via the same EternalBlue exploit that WannaCry used.
Equifax, the credit rating agency major, announced in July 2017 that hackers had exploited a weak link in a U.S. website application to access confidential files with personal information of millions of clients.

The consequences of data breach can be devastating to an organization and can affect not only its reputation and standing in the market, but also its revenue. The projected annual damages from cybercrime are expected to reach trillion by 2021. The projected cybersecurity spending for 2017-2021 is expected to be around trillion. The frequency and sophistication of cyber-attacks are growing with time and that’s why organizations must have a strong cybersecurity system in place to ensure that their sensitive data remains protected at all times.

Many organizations have become increasingly vulnerable, in part through modifying their infrastructure to accommodate applications, mobile devices, cloud computing, and Internet of Things (IoT). This has allowed cybercriminals to take advantage of any vulnerability they can find. It is becoming increasingly clear that traditional rule-based, reactive security methods cannot offer adequate and effective protection against today’s modern, persistent, AI driven, and creative cyberattacks. The best way to provide comprehensive security is to use a defensive in-depth approach which should include advanced full-service, AI-driven Managed Detection and Response (MDR) services.
Cybersecurity measures involve ensuring security of applications, database, infrastructure, data, network, endpoint, cloud, mobile, and others. The security of these can be breached by cyber threats such as malware, phishing, and ransomware.

Cybersecurity is addressed by creating a series of defensive measures around a definite perimeter. However, the latest industry trends such as ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) and work from anywhere have resulted in broadening the scope of attack. Even with many organizations allocating and spending huge sums on increasing the levels of security, breaches are happening at a rapid pace across the world.

Human-centric cybersecurity that’s built on behavior analytics is the latest in this domain and focuses on changes in human behavior. The principle is based on the identification of behavioral incongruities so that grave threats can be identified, investigations can be concluded quickly, and detection times reduced drastically.

Powersolv, a premier Information Technology Services Company and one of the leading providers of Enterprise Solutions to Federal, State, and County entities as well as Local and Not-for-Profit Agencies, works with some of the biggest names in cybersecurity to provide intuitive and robust security solutions that enable organizations to detect, respond, and manage these highly evolved cyber threats.

Powersolv, working with its partners in Cybersecurity services, has become a disrupter in the security industry by introducing smart, crowd-sourced security testing through a comprehensive platform that covers every element of cyber risk. Clients are able to anticipate potential attacks and mitigate them by using a groundbreaking AI-Driven Managed Detection and Response system, designed to take down even the most sophisticated threats.

“No company wants to be in the news for reasons related to security breaches as that can bring their reputation crashing down,” says the President and CEO, Rahul Dhawan. “We help organizations stand strong and assist in stonewalling attempts at infiltrating their systems by offering one of the best security solutions available today. We have partnered with some of the biggest names in global cybersecurity solutions to strengthen our offering and transform the way companies handle their cyber security needs.”

With these strategic partnerships, Powersolv offers their clients a comprehensive solution that’s fully managed and involves the use of the best resources. The solutions are designed to provide robust protection to all the vulnerable areas of business operations by incorporating the best software, processes, and human intelligence.

Powersolv offers managed security services around the clock. The scope of these services includes:

• Security Consulting
• Security Testing
• Security Compliance
• Security Integration
• Security Monitoring

Powersolv is a serious player in the cybersecurity domain, offering solutions that provide the highest level of protection from all threats. The security platform, with active collaboration with their partners, places the protection of all sensitive data assets of clients at the core of their objectives.

If your business data and digital assets are at risk from cyber-attacks, you can trust Powersolv to provide customized solutions to cover all bases and help your business activities to go on uninterrupted.

About Powersolv, Inc.:

Powersolv, Inc., founded in 1995 and headquartered in Reston, VA, is a Microsoft Gold Partner and a CMMI Level 3, ISO 27001:2013, & ISO 9001:2015 certified premier IT Solutions and Consulting Services company. Powersolv specializes in offering Enterprise Technology, Business Process, Infrastructure Management & Cloud services to address the growing Information Technology demands in the public sector. They supply best of breed technology services with a proven commitment to excellence delivered with superior customer service.

To learn more about Powersolv, visit www.powersolv.com or call directly at (703)-230-5500.

Posted in: Business,Computers & Software,Services,U.S,World

Mobility innovators select cloudyBoss as technology partner

The mobility sector is undergoing a massive change, with both vehicle manufacturers and mobility tech innovators, taking up the challenge to revolutionise personal and commercial transportation.

In the vehicle-sharing sector, one of the upcoming innovators is a European company, WeGo, which provides a digital marketplace for people to rent out their own vehicle to individuals or organisations that require one on an occasional basis.

At the core of its architecture is a platform that incorporates Blockchain, Big Data and AI and WeGo selected award-winning cloudyBoss as the platform on which to base its innovation.

cloudyBoss NEXT+ platform has Blockchain DLT (Distributed Ledger Technology) and Artificial Intelligence built into its core, making it the only platform in the world currently to provide a code-less DLT solution called SKYE. 

For clients, such as WeGo, who work in a rapidly evolving industry, our ERP-X platform with its built-in blockchain technology allows for fast-track development of highly-scalable solutions,” stated cloudyBoss CEO, Lou Schillaci.

CTO, Giovanni Di Noto added, “As WeGo has partners across the insurance and transportation industries, the use of Blockchain is essential to ensure that all information collected and exchanged is at all times secure, valid and immutable.”

cloudyBoss is gaining considerable traction across the entire Mobility sector, with interest coming from major vehicle manufacturers, logistics and supply chain businesses who require access to similar technology

WeGo CEO, Marco Filippi stated, “Selecting cloudyBoss as our technical partner means choosing a worldwide acknowledged company, that is recognized for its expertise and the solid background of its management team. 

cloudyBoss is the right partner for developing our project as we need innovative and advanced solutions, such as SKYE, which will provide a deep ability to handle disruptive technologies. cloudyBoss is a disruptor itself and visionary and this is the added value that makes it different from its counterparts.”

Posted in: Computers & Software,Technology,Transportation & Logistics,U.S,World

RemoteSalesReps.Com is simplifying the process for hiring QUALITY work-from-home sales reps

After many years of unbeaten services, Ben and Steven Cawiezell (twin brothers) are slightly shiffting their focus into creating even more jobs for the vastly growing remote sales industry. Remotesalesreps.com offers a platform for entrepreneurs, and business owners to recruit the best remote sales reps on the market. For sales reps, it’s an amazing platform to get hired and find the perfect sales environment to thrive in.    

Remotesalesreps.com has recruited thousands of work-from-home sales professionals crossing hundreds of industries and that list is growing daily.

There is a strong appeal for work-from-home job positions but few of them offer the earning potential that most sales opportunities present.

RemoteSalesReps.Com was originally launched in 2011 as HireACloser.Com which specialized in recruiting, training and managing remote high-ticket sales teams, mostly focusing in the coaching and software industries.

The driving factor behind the initial launch was that any talented sales rep with a phone and online access could easily earn 6 figures from the comfort of their own homes. Hire A Closer was a great success but was limited by the number of teams they could manage while trying to scale. This is when the Cawiezell Brothers decided to make the move to the recruitment model (Remote Sales Reps) allowing them to connect more amazing opportunities with top level talent.

“We are a global economy and with the overwhelming rise of virtual companies, there is no reason to limit your talent selection. We are trying to create organization in the chaotic remote sales job market.” Ben Cawiezell states during their upcoming launch.

Remote Sales Reps takes the heavy lifting off hiring for a sales position with so much appeal that job posts are often completely saturated by 1-CLICK applicants who do not qualify for the position on any level.

Remote Sales Reps is only interested in delivering long-term candidates for companies. On the same note, Remote Sales Reps is only accepting job opportunities that they believe their service could find quality candidates for, no affiliate offers and no opportunities that do not offer some kind of lead source.  

About Remote Sales Reps

Remote Sales Reps revolutionary platform helps business owners, recruiters and hiring managers  to reach the strongest remote sales representatives on the market. Remote Sales Reps mission is to connect top remote sales reps with stable job opportunities.

With over a decade of recruiting, training and managing remote teams all over the world, they have a strong understanding of what it takes to build an effective team. Remotesalesreps.com is working deligently to find the best talent for you from various sources as per your need.

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

KryptoGraphe is proud to be the first Cryptocurrency Portfolio Manager to be GDPR compliant!!

Dallas, TX: KryptoGraphe is pleased to announce that its cryptocurrency portfolio manager is compliant with the GDPR regulations. The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most comprehensive EU data privacy law in decades. Besides strengthening and standardizing user data privacy across the EU nations, it will require additional obligations for all organizations that handle EU citizens’ personal data, regardless of where the organizations themselves are located.

The new regulations are designed to better reflect the interconnected nature of our world regarding consumer’s right to privacy, protection of personal data, and business usage of personal data across the European Union.

The team at KryptoGraphe has updated the app to implement the data protection and privacy policies.

  • An updated Terms of Access and Privacy Policy to ensure transparency.
  • The personal data of the user is anonymized.
  • There is a provision to update the personal data
  • The users are now able to export their personal information.
  • The personal data will be deleted from the app’s records should the user choose to close their account.
  • In case of a breach of security, all users will be notified within 72 hours.

Download the app for free at:

Google Play Store

App Store

Our partner and compliance administrator from Hummingwave, Amit Singh says: “KryptoGraphe has been trusted by thousands of its users with their cryptocurrency portfolio information due to its security, privacy, and transparency. Implementing GDPR makes these features so much more visible to users. Recent enhancements let users export their data in a machine-readable format to be used in any other system and to delete their account should they choose to.”

KryptoGraphe encourages safe investing and aims to provide a secure platform to track all cryptocurrency investments.

Posted in: Finance,Finance Market,Personal Finance,Technology,U.S

Insuranks looking for big name investors to join and disrupt the insurance market

Insuranks.com, the international startup technology company and marketplace platform is looking forward towards complete disruption of the insurance industry by continuously improving the insurance experience of all sides of the industry.  Insuranks is aiming towards creating as many simple, transparent, accessible, fast, reliable, secure and friendly user experiences for insurance consumers, agents, brokers and carriers. It currently has over 70 listed insurance companies and over 12,000 insurance agents on board.

The new Israeli technology startup is allowing consumers (also named Insurankers on the friendly platform) to request and compare quotes and purchase their insurance online with over 230 supported insurance types, manage it and later rank the level of service that they received from their chosen insurers.  Insurankers rank anything from customer service and claims experience to emotional intelligence, listening skills, trustworthiness, dedication and more in depth factors that are important to look for in an insurance service provider. Those rankings aggregate in to what is called Insuranks Score, an average ranking of all user rankings submitted for each insurance service deliverer. This ranking is displayed all around the platform for the benefit of the users, so when they get quotes they can find all the information they need about the insurance provider and make a wiser and more educated decision. Or when they simply browse through insuance companies and agents or look for the top 10 insurance companies and agents for over 230 insurance categories that the platform supports. It becomes the insurers reputation all around the platform.

On the other hand, it also provides full information on companies and agents and allows agents and brokers to deliver quotes online through the carriers they work with via the easy to use marketplace platform. The agents insurance marketplace is fast, reliable and user friendly and contains a stream of insurankers that are waiting for agents to give them bids and quotes for their insurance needs. Agents can also  manage their sold policies and clients online via desktop, tablets and mobile phones.

With a mission to create maximum remarkable insurance experiences worldwide while making insurance simple and accessible to anyone regardless of levels of income, education or location, Insuranks is now looking for big name investors and sponsors to support their efforts and become the ultimate one-stop shop for all insurance needs while offering consumers, agents and carriers the best insurance experience that they can possibly receive online.

 

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

Chinese Traditional Culture Program "Communication and Heritage" Featured on Nasdaq Screen

Chinese Traditional Culture Going Global Program “Communication and Heritage" showed up on Nasdaq Screen on Aug 24, 2018, in New York City.

The Communication and Heritage program was a joint project by Caring Foundation By CSWF, European and American Public Relations Association, Beijing International Exchange Association of China. It aimed at taking Chinese culture globally, encourage the cultural exchange between China and the world, as well as promoting Chinese traditional culture going global.

New York is the first stop of Chinese Traditional Culture Going Global world exhibition program “Communication and Heritage.” The program collected art items representing Chinese traditional culture from all over China. The categories include visual art, audio art and touching art. They show audience different aspects of Chinese traditional art.

This collection includes Wang Yi Pin Chinese brush shop’s “Lan Ting Xu Special Hu Brush” and outstanding art pieces from Chinese top artist Mr. Cai Yong’s birds and flowers painting series.  The collection uses high tech such as air reflection, shadow reflection and light reflection to show the accomplishments of Chinese traditional culture. Viewers can enjoy the beauty of Chinese traditional art closely. 

Diana Fu, Zhongping Qiu, Min Gao at Time Square Nasdaq Display

The world is at a cross-culture combination stage and culture is the soul of a nation. It is a nation’s collective memory and spirit. Chinese culture has a long history with elements from all over the world. It has very important social value and treasure of our world. Studying Chinese traditional art has become a global trend. The Chinese traditional culture going global “Communication and Heritage” program shows a different China to the world. It shows a different China to the world and reflects the combination and communication of Chinese traditional culture and world cultures. It gave a strong voice from China to the global culture.

Posted in: Arts & Entertainment,Media & Communications,Society & Culture,U.S,World

Vendetta Drama Feature Film ‘THE PAPER STORE’ Starring STEF DAWSON and PENN BADGLEY Streaming Wide VOD Beginning July 24, 2018

NEW YORK (July 10, 2018) – Academic cheating, romance and revenge intersect in the award-winning indie drama THE PAPER STORE starring Stef Dawson (The Hunger Games franchise), Penn Badgley (Lifetime’s upcoming series You, Gossip Girl) and Richard Kind (Inside Out, Argo). The vendetta drama is set to release across broad VOD streaming platforms, including Amazon and iTunes, beginning July 24, 2018.

THE PAPER STORE follows academic ghostwriter Annalee (Dawson), working in the shadows of a college campus until Sigurd (Badgley) hires her to author his entire graduate degree. Their working relationship evolves into a romance, until the affair turns sour and secrets start to spill. Annalee rats out Sigurd to Professor Kane (Kind), but instead of swift justice Kane has his own idea of what should happen next. Call it extortion; call it blackmail. Whatever you call it, the ugliness is just beginning.

THE PAPER STORE is based on Pew award-winner Katharine Clark Gray’s original play, 516 [five sixteen]. She produced the project with her creative partner and husband Nicholas Gray, who also directed, under their Uncompromised Creative banner. 

THE PAPER STORE received numerous awards on the festival circuit, including ‘Best Drama’ at Manhattan Film Festival, ‘Best Drama’ at Los Angeles Film Review and ‘Best Foreign Drama’ at Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase. Badgley and Dawson took home ‘Best Actor’ and ‘Best Actress’ respectively at Oxford International Film Festival, along with a ‘Special Jury Mention’ for Badgley at the Manchester Film Festival. Besides earning awards, the film has also been resonating with audiences and for good reason. Katharine Clark Gray explains, “In addition to being a juicy revenge drama, the film also shines a light on the issues of spiraling tuition costs and student debt—issues that will ring out to anyone managing an unwieldy student loan or struggling to finance someone's higher education.”

Behind the camera, the Uncompromised team brought in as principal producers Emmy-nominated producer Jonathan Gray (HBO’s Nightingale), no relation; producer / casting legend Bonnie Timmermann (Heat, Bull Durham, Miami Vice) and producer John Grossman of Front Wheel Productions; as well as veteran cinematographer and lighting designer Richard Sands as director of photography.

About Uncompromised Creative Uncompromised Creative is Nicholas Gray and Katharine Clark Gray, a husband-and-wife team based in Brooklyn, NY. They make films, plays, and assorted web content, and provide script and production consultation services to a range of fellow creatives. Nicholas and Katie believe that compromise means each side ends up disappointed. Consensus, on the other hand, gets everyone on the same team. Because when you’re jumping a gorge, you don’t go halfway. uncompromisedcreative.com

THE PAPER STORE will be available for VOD streaming on Amazon and iTunes beginning July 24, 2018. For more about THE PAPER STORE visit: http://www.thepaperstoremovie.com

 

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Powersolv, Inc. Successfully Meets All the Statutory Demands For its ISO 9001:2015 & 27001:2013 Certifications

Powersolv Inc., the premier Information Technology Services Company and a reputed name in providing technologysolutions to various clients at Federal, State, County level as well as to Quasi Federal, Not-for-profit, and Local Agencies, has announced that they have successfully completed their Surveillance Audit 2 for ISO 9001:2015 & ISO 27001:2013 certifications.

Surveillance Audit is an audit conducted within specific time frames on organizations that have been awarded ISO certificationsto ensure that they continue to maintain the standard and statutory requirements. The audit is conducted every year by an external auditor.

“We are happy to announce that we have successfully completedthe Surveillance Audit 2 for our ISO 9001:2015 & ISO 27001:2013 certifications,” says the President and CEO, Rahul Dhawan.“These audits are a part of the ongoing periodic review of the quality management system as well as information security management system of theorganization. These audits are conducted to highlight Powersolv’s ongoing and unwavering commitment to our clients at various levels to continually provide them with thebest-of-breed solutions and latest technologies”

The successful completion of the Surveillance Audit 2 has allowed Powersolvto proudly claim to bean ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 27001:2013 certified company. It also reflects their high level of commitment to providing the best quality IT services and solutions to their clients. For certifications to be allocated and remain valid, organizations are required to demonstrate their adherence to the stringent quality and security measures, customer service processes, and statutory requirements.

About Powersolv, Inc.:

Established in 1995, Powersolv is a CMMI Level 3 and a Microsoft Gold Partner Certified Information Technology Services provider with its headquarters in the Washington DC Metro region. Powersolv specializes in offeringsoftware development and systems integration, and business process improvementservices to address the growing information technology demands in the public sector.They supply the best breed of technology services with a proven commitment toexcellence delivered with superior customer service.They areone of the leading players in Enterprise Technology, Business Process, Infrastructure,Management& Cloud Services. The company also offers a wide range of other key services underthe IT domain such as Database Management, Legacy Systems Migration, Technical Support, Staff Augmentation, Network Infrastructure, and Enterprises Mobile Solutions.

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Quality Management in Healthcare Market Worth 3,698.1 Million USD By 2023, Says Meticulous Research™

According to the latest publication from Meticulous Research™, global Quality Management in Healthcare Market will grow at a CAGR of 15% from 2018 to 2023 to reach USD 3,698.1 million by 2023.

The report states that the growth in this market is mainly attributed to “the government initiatives to improve patient outcomes & safety, rising unstructured data in healthcare, rising geriatric population & burden of chronic diseases, and improving health IT infrastructure”.

Geographically, the North American region is the largest market for quality management solutions in the healthcare market. This region is expected to continue its dominance in the global market with the implementation of Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the U.S., stringent legislative and accreditation requirements regarding healthcare quality reporting, shift from fee-for-service to value-based reimbursements, growing patient data volume, high awareness and adoption of healthcare IT technologies, regulatory requirements to minimize medical errors and clinical risk, and presence of a large number of healthcare IT companies in the region.”

The key players in global quality management in the healthcare market are McKesson Corporation, Medisolv, Inc., Nuance Communication, Inc., Quantros, Inc., Dimensional Insight, Inc., Dolbey Systems, Inc., Verscend Technologies, Inc., MedeAnalytics, Inc., Citiustech Inc., Conduent, Inc., ArborMetrix, Inc. (Change Healthcare), Altegra Health, General Dynamics Health Solutions, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation, 3M Company, Truven Health Analytics (IBM Watson Health), and Persivia, among others.

Scope of the report
Market by Software Type:

  • Business Intelligence &Analytics
  • Physician Quality Reporting Solutions
  • Clinical Risk Management Solutions
  • Provider Performance Improvement Solutions

Market by Mode of Delivery:

  • Web & Cloud-based solutions
  • On-premise solutions

Market by Application:

  • Data Management    
    • Data Processing & Analysis
    • Unstructured Data Abstraction
    • Report Generation & Regulatory Submission
  • Risk Management    

Market by End User:

  • Hospitals
  • Ambulatory Care Centers
  • Healthcare Payers
  • Government bodies& Others

Market by Geography:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • U.K.
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Rest of Europe (RoE)
  • Asia-Pacific (APAC)
    • Japan
    • China
    • India
    • Rest of APAC (RoAPAC)
  • Rest of the World
    • Latin America
    • Middle East & Africa.

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Key questions answered in the report-

  • Which are the high growth market segments in terms of software type, mode of delivery, application, end user, and regions/countries?
  • What is the historical market for quality management in healthcare across the globe?
  • What are the market forecasts and estimates from the period 2018-2023?
  • What are the major drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges in the global quality management in healthcare market?
  • Who are the major players in the global quality management in healthcare market?
  • How is the competitive landscape?
  • What are the recent developments in the global healthcare quality management market?
  • What are the different strategies adopted by the major players in the global healthcare quality management market?
  • What are the geographical trends and high growth regions/countries?
  • Who are the local emerging players in the global quality management in healthcare market and how do they compete with the global players?

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About Meticulous Research®

Meticulous Research® is founded in 2010 and incorporated as Meticulous Market Research Pvt. Ltd. in 2013 as a private limited company under the Companies Act, 1956. Since its incorporation, the company has become the leading provider of premium market intelligence in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa.

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Shammi Rana awarded with USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame award

Mr. Rana, through his work as a Public Relations Expert & Promoter of Martial Arts Organizations, has more than 20 years of promoting experience at the top levels of professional sports activity.  Through sports diplomacy, he has worked with state dignitaries around the world to promote political, social and diplomatic relations at the highest levels of government.  His work is so revered that in 2017, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization appointed him Rapporteur of the UNESCO Traditional Sports and Games Ad Hoc Advisory Committee to promote the 2017 Traditional Sports and Games, UNESCO (TSG).In a bid to help this issue, UNESCO Traditional Sports and Games (TSG) Rapporteur, Shammi Rana, does a huge amount of work to promote the UNESCO Mandate on TSG. Shammi, also the Secretary-General of the Asian Belt Wrestling Federation, spends a lot of time speaking with Governments from across the globe to promote TSG.

His unique role as an internationally respected Public Relations Expert / Promoter of Martial Arts Organizations stems from his experience as a recognized professional athlete (he has held membership in over 10 martial arts organizations throughout Asia) with over two decades of work as a promoter of sports, sports organizations, and sports diplomacy.

Mr. Rana, who also serves on internationally governing associations, such as his role as Vice President of International Association of Traditional Wrestling Sports, Mr. Rana has promoted the Korean martial arts, Taekwondo in his home state of Punjab, India

Posted in: Sports,U.S,Website & Blog,World

Deadline Alert: "30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars" Nominations Are Due December 3

Launched in 2014, the international "30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars Recognition Program" recognizes 30 individuals annually who are 30 years of age or younger, who have demonstrated leadership, innovation, collaboration, and other outstanding attributes, and who have made contributions to their companies, associations and the industry at large. The "30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars Recognition Program" positions supply management and procurement as viable and exciting career choices for early career professionals.

What makes a rising star? One example is Amy Georgi, 30, Program Manager, Supply Chain Acquisition and Integrations with Fluke Electronics, a Danaher Company, York, Pennsylvania, recognized as the 2015 "30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars Megawatt Winner". She produced meaningful results by taking over a project where the sole source supplier lead time was 12-14 weeks. Within six months, she had compressed that time down to three–four weeks and reduced excess on-hand inventory by over  million. Ms. Georgi also actively gives back to the profession by passing her knowledge on to others – from hosting multiple kaizen (continuous improvement) events and creating followership among her peers and superiors, to mentoring girls between the ages of 12-18 years old, working with them on setting goals, building life skills, and the importance of fiscal self-reliance.

By celebrating emerging leaders like Amy Georgi, Thomas™ and (ISM®) hope to create even greater awareness and interest in supply management careers. "Supply management professionals have a direct impact on companies' financial performance, and our industry must continue attracting the 'best and brightest' to maximize our contribution. We encourage supply management professionals around the globe to submit a nomination and shine a light on a rising star," said Tom Derry, Chief Executive Officer of ISM®.

"Managing your supply-chain is managing your business today. We encourage all supply chain professionals to nominate someone within their own company ranks, as a 30 Under 30 Star for this unique industry honor," said Tony Uphoff, Thomas™ President & CEO. 

30 individuals will be selected for the 2017 class of "30 Under 30 Supply Chain Stars". All stars will receive a one-year membership to ISM®, complimentary admittance to ISM2018 in Nashville, TN (valued at ,295), and a Thomas™ Team Training Package.

One individual will be designated as the Megawatt Winner and will also win an all-expense-paid trip (up to ,000) to ISM2018 for themselves and their nominator.

Individuals should nominate deserving young professionals at 30under30.thomasnet.com by Sunday, December 3, 2017at 11:59 p.m. EST. All nominees must be 30 years of age or younger as of December 31, 2017.

About Thomas™

Thomas™ provides actionable information, data, analysis and tools that align with and support today's industrial buying process. Its solutions include the Thomas Network at Thomasnet.com®, industry's largest and most active buyer/supplier network. Through Thomas Marketing, the company provides full-service industrial marketing programs, digital product data syndication solutions, and website development. Thomas Insights delivers original content to help marketers and supply chain professionals inform their decision-making, through leading titles including Inbound Logistics, Industrial Equipment News® (IEN®), Your Industrial Daily, and the Thomas Index.

About Institute for Supply Management®

Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that serves supply management professionals in more than 100 countries. Its 50,000 members manage about  trillion in corporate supply chain procurement annually. Founded in 1915 as the first supply management institute, ISM® drives value and competitive advantage for its members, contributing to a prosperous and sustainable world. ISM® leads the profession through the ISM® Report On Business®, its highly regarded certification and training programs, events, corporate services and the ISM Mastery Model®. For more information, please visit: www.instituteforsupplymanagement.org.

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NMI® at 57.4%; November Non-Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®

INDUSTRY PERFORMANCE 
The 16 non-manufacturing industries reporting growth in November — listed in order — are: Retail Trade; Wholesale Trade; Utilities; Transportation & Warehousing; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Educational Services; Health Care & Social Assistance; Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Other Services; Public Administration; Information; Finance & Insurance; Construction; Management of Companies & Support Services; Accommodation & Food Services; and Professional, Scientific & Technical Services. The only industry reporting contraction in November is Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting. 

WHAT RESPONDENTS ARE SAYING …

  • "Domestic business is strong, with positive growth indicators for 2018 from both internal sources and client feedback." (Management of Companies & Support Services)
  • "Construction labor continues to be constrained in the West." (Construction)
  • "Steady; no material changes." (Finance & Insurance)
  • "We continue to struggle with understanding the [potential] changes to the Affordable Care Act, and are trying to be flexible in how we respond. Also, Hurricane Maria has affected some of our pharmaceutical supplies." (Health Care & Social Assistance)
  • "Mixed bag of goods for November 2017. Typical seasonal increases for specific braising cuts of beef as the holidays approach. Some volatility on produce items such as brussel sprouts. Expect cream to spike due to holiday season." (Accommodation & Food Services)
  • "Business seems to be leveling off. Attribute this to the holiday season that is approaching." (Professional, Scientific & Technical Services)
  • "Business is strong, but not as strong as Q3." (Retail Trade)
  • "Bookings would suggest a strong run to the end of the year." (Wholesale Trade)

 

ISM® NON-MANUFACTURING SURVEY RESULTS AT A GLANCE

COMPARISON OF ISM® NON-MANUFACTURING AND ISM® MANUFACTURING SURVEYS*

NOVEMBER 2017

 

Index

Non-Manufacturing

Manufacturing

Series 
Index

Nov

Series 
Index

Oct

Percent Point 
Change

Direction

Rate of 
Change

Trend**

(Months)

Series 
Index

Nov

Series 
Index

Oct

Percent Point 
Change

NMI®/PMI®

57.4

60.1

-2.7

Growing

Slower

95

58.2

58.7

-0.5

Business Activity/

Production

61.4

62.2

-0.8

Growing

Slower

100

63.9

61.0

+2.9

New Orders

58.7

62.8

-4.1

Growing

Slower

100

64.0

63.4

+0.6

Employment

55.3

57.5

-2.2

Growing

Slower

45

59.7

59.8

-0.1

Supplier Deliveries

54.0

58.0

-4.0

Slowing

Slower

23

56.5

61.4

-4.9

Inventories

54.5

52.5

+2.0

Growing

Faster

8

47.0

48.0

-1.0

Prices

60.7

62.7

-2.0

Increasing

Slower

6

65.5

68.5

-3.0

Backlog of Orders

51.5

53.5

-2.0

Growing

Slower

10

55.0

55.0

0.0

New Export Orders

57.0

60.0

-3.0

Growing

Slower

10

56.0

56.5

-0.5

Imports

52.5

52.0

+0.5

Growing

Faster

6

54.5

54.0

+0.5

Inventory Sentiment

56.0

61.0

-5.0

Too High

Slower

246

N/A

N/A

N/A

Customers' Inventories

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

45.5

43.5

+2.0

         

Overall Economy

Non-Manufacturing Sector

Growing

Growing

Slower

Slower

100

95

 

*Non-Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business® data is seasonally adjusted for the Business Activity, New Orders, Prices and Employment Indexes. Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business® data is seasonally adjusted for New Orders, Production, Employment and Supplier Deliveries.

**Number of months moving in current direction.

COMMODITIES REPORTED UP/DOWN IN PRICE, AND IN SHORT SUPPLY

Commodities Up in Price 
Cheese (3); Copper Products (4); Corrugated Boxes (7); #1 Diesel Fuel (6); #2 Diesel Fuel (4); Fuel (5); Gasoline (4); Labor — Construction (9); Lumber Products (5); Natural Gas; Paper; Paper Products; Plastic Products; and Steel Products* (2).

Commodities Down in Price 
Bacon (3); Butter; Dairy Products (2); and Steel Products*.

Commodities in Short Supply 
Integrated Circuits; IV Solutions (4); Groundwood; Labor (4); Labor — Construction (20); and Labor —Temporary (3).

Note: The number of consecutive months the commodity is listed is indicated after each item.

*Indicates both up and down in price.

NOVEMBER 2017 NON-MANUFACTURING INDEX SUMMARIES

NMI® 
In November, the NMI® registered 57.4 percent, 2.7 percentage points lower than the 60.1 percent registered in October, indicating continued growth in the non-manufacturing sector for the 95th consecutive month. A reading above 50 percent indicates the non-manufacturing sector economy is generally expanding; below 50 percent indicates the non-manufacturing sector is generally contracting.

An NMI® above 48.9 percent, over a period of time, generally indicates an expansion of the overall economy. Therefore, the November NMI® indicates growth for the 100th consecutive month in the overall economy, and indicates expansion in the non-manufacturing sector for the 95th consecutive month. Nieves says, "The past relationship between the NMI®and the overall economy indicates that the NMI® for November (57.4 percent) corresponds to a 3.3 percent increase in real gross domestic product (GDP) on an annualized basis."

NMI® HISTORY

 

Month

NMI®

Month

NMI®

Nov 2017

57.4

May 2017

56.9

Oct 2017

60.1

Apr 2017

57.5

Sep 2017

59.8

Mar 2017

55.2

Aug 2017

55.3

Feb 2017

57.6

Jul 2017

53.9

Jan 2017

56.5

Jun 2017

57.4

Dec 2016

56.6

Average for 12 months – 57.0

High – 60.1

Low – 53.9

Business Activity 
ISM®'s Business Activity Index registered 61.4 percent in November, a decrease of 0.8 percentage point from the October reading of 62.2 percent. This represents growth in business activity for the 100th consecutive month. Fourteen industries reported increased business activity and two industries reported decreased activity for the month of November. Comments from respondents include: "More optimism in marketplace" and "Business has increased this past month in advance of the holiday season."

The 14 industries reporting growth of business activity in November — listed in order — are: Utilities; Transportation & Warehousing; Retail Trade; Wholesale Trade; Educational Services; Public Administration; Finance & Insurance; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Accommodation & Food Services; Health Care & Social Assistance; Other Services; Information; Construction; and Professional, Scientific & Technical Services. The two industries reporting a decrease in business activity in November are: Management of Companies & Support Services; and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting.

 

Business Activity

%Higher

%Same

%Lower

Index

Nov 2017

32

57

11

61.4

Oct 2017

34

53

13

62.2

Sep 2017

37

49

14

61.3

Aug 2017

32

52

16

57.5

New Orders 
ISM®'s Non-Manufacturing New Orders Index registered 58.7 percent, a decrease of 4.1 percentage points from the October reading of 62.8 percent. November represents growth in new orders for the 100th consecutive month, at a slower rate compared with October. Comments from respondents include: "People are trying to spend their budgets before our fiscal year-end in December" and "New business gained."

The 12 industries reporting growth of new orders in November — listed in order — are:  Transportation & Warehousing; Utilities; Wholesale Trade; Retail Trade; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Public Administration; Health Care & Social Assistance; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; Accommodation & Food Services; Information; Management of Companies & Support Services; and Other Services. The two industries reporting a decrease in business activity in November are: Mining; and Educational Services.

 

New Orders

%Higher

%Same

%Lower

Index

Nov 2017

30

57

13

58.7

Oct 2017

35

52

13

62.8

Sep 2017

40

49

11

63.0

Aug 2017

29

55

16

57.1

Employment 
Employment activity in the non-manufacturing sector grew in November for the 45th consecutive month. ISM®'s Non-Manufacturing Employment Index registered 55.3 percent, which reflects a decrease of 2.2 percentage points when compared to the October reading of 57.5 percent. Eleven industries reported increased employment, and five industries reported decreased employment. Comments from respondents include: "We are adding staff to address rising volume and client service demands" and "Growth in business."

The 11 industries reporting an increase in employment in November — listed in order — are: Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Retail Trade; Educational Services; Other Services; Wholesale Trade; Finance & Insurance; Health Care & Social Assistance; Construction; Public Administration; and Management of Companies & Support Services. The five industries reporting a reduction in employment in November are: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; Mining; Accommodation & Food Services; and Information.

 

Employment

%Higher

%Same

%Lower

Index

Nov 2017

23

61

16

55.3

Oct 2017

24

65

11

57.5

Sep 2017

22

66

12

56.8

Aug 2017

25

60

15

56.2

Supplier Deliveries 
Supplier deliveries were slower in November for the 23rd consecutive month. The index registered 54 percent, which is 4 percentage points lower than the 58 percent that was registered in October. A reading above 50 percent indicates slower deliveries, while a reading below 50 percent indicates faster deliveries. Comments from respondents include: "The vendors and their sources are getting bogged down with the higher volume of orders" and "Truck driver shortages and rail car shortages."

The 10 industries reporting slower deliveries in November — listed in order — are: Mining; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Information; Management of Companies & Support Services; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; Wholesale Trade; Health Care & Social Assistance; Construction; Retail Trade; and Finance & Insurance. The only industry reporting faster deliveries in November is Public Administration. Seven industries reported no change in supplier deliveries in November compared to October.

 

Supplier Deliveries

%Slower

%Same

%Faster

Index

Nov 2017

11

86

3

54.0

Oct 2017

17

82

1

58.0

Sep 2017

19

78

3

58.0

Aug 2017

7

87

6

50.5

Inventories 
ISM®'s Non-Manufacturing Inventories Index grew in November for the eighth consecutive month and registered 54.5 percent, 2 percentage points higher than the 52.5 percent that was reported in October. Of the total respondents in November, 32 percent indicated they do not have inventories or do not measure them. Comments from respondents include: "Replenishing inventory used during [the] hurricane" and "Preparing for [the] holiday season."

The 11 industries reporting an increase in inventories in November — listed in order — are: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Utilities; Retail Trade; Transportation & Warehousing; Information; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Wholesale Trade; Construction; Accommodation & Food Services; Public Administration; and Professional, Scientific & Technical Services. The three industries reporting decreases in inventories in November are: Health Care & Social Assistance; Other Services; and Finance & Insurance.

 

Inventories

%Higher

%Same

%Lower

Index

Nov 2017

26

57

17

54.5

Oct 2017

22

61

17

52.5

Sep 2017

24

55

21

51.5

Aug 2017

24

59

17

53.5

Prices 
Prices paid by non-manufacturing organizations for purchased materials and services increased in November for the sixth consecutive month. ISM®'s Non-Manufacturing Prices Index registered 60.7 percent, 2 percentage points lower than the 62.7 percent reported in October. Twenty-one percent of respondents reported higher prices, 73 percent indicated no change in prices paid, and 6 percent of respondents reported lower prices.

The 15 non-manufacturing industries reporting an increase in prices paid during the month of November — listed in order — are: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Mining; Transportation & Warehousing; Wholesale Trade; Utilities; Construction; Retail Trade; Public Administration; Management of Companies & Support Services; Other Services; Finance & Insurance; Accommodation & Food Services; Information; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; and Health Care & Social Assistance. No industry reported a decrease in prices paid during the month of November.

 

Prices

%Higher

%Same

%Lower

Index

Nov 2017

21

73

6

60.7

Oct 2017

27

66

7

62.7

Sep 2017

31

65

4

66.3

Aug 2017

20

73

7

57.9

NOTE: Commodities reported as up in price and down in price are listed in the commodities section of this report.

Backlog of Orders 
ISM®'s Non-Manufacturing Backlog of Orders Index indicates that order backlogs grew in November. The index registered 51.5 percent, which is 2 percentage points lower than the 53.5 percent reported in October. Of the total respondents in November, 36 percent indicated they do not measure backlog of orders.

The seven industries reporting an increase in order backlogs in November — listed in order — are: Management of Companies & Support Services; Retail Trade; Finance & Insurance; Utilities; Public Administration; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; and Wholesale Trade. The six industries reporting a decrease in order backlogs in November — listed in order — are: Mining; Information; Other Services; Health Care & Social Assistance; Construction; and Transportation & Warehousing.

 

Backlog of Orders

%Higher

%Same

%Lower

Index

Nov 2017

16

71

13

51.5

Oct 2017

18

71

11

53.5

Sep 2017

22

68

10

56.0

Aug 2017

20

67

13

53.5

New Export Orders 
Orders and requests for services and other non-manufacturing activities to be provided outside of the U.S. by domestically based personnel grew in November for the 10th consecutive month at a slower rate. The New Export Orders Index registered 57 percent, which is 3 percentage points lower than the 60 percent reported in October. Of the total respondents in November, 63 percent indicated they either do not perform, or do not separately measure, orders for work outside of the U.S.

The eight industries reporting an increase in new export orders in November — listed in order — are: Utilities; Retail Trade; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Transportation & Warehousing; Other Services; Construction; Health Care & Social Assistance; and Professional, Scientific & Technical Services. The only industry reporting a decrease in exports is Information. Seven industries reported no change in November compared to October.

 

New Export Orders

%Higher

%Same

%Lower

Index

Nov 2017

20

74

6

57.0

Oct 2017

28

64

8

60.0

Sep 2017

18

76

6

56.0

Aug 2017

16

78

6

55.0

Imports 
Imports grew in November for the sixth consecutive month. This month's reading at 52.5 percent is the 0.5 percentage point higher than the 52 percent that was reported in October. Fifty-two percent of respondents reported that they do not use, or do not track the use of, imported materials.

The six industries reporting an increase in imports for the month of November — listed in order — are: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Utilities; Other Services; Health Care & Social Assistance; Retail Trade; and Wholesale Trade. The only industry reporting a decrease in imports in the month of November is Accommodation & Food Services. Nine industries reported no change in November compared to October.

 

Imports

%Higher

%Same

%Lower

Index

Nov 2017

10

85

5

52.5

Oct 2017

13

78

9

52.0

Sep 2017

9

86

5

52.0

Aug 2017

11

79

10

50.5

Inventory Sentiment 
The ISM® Non-Manufacturing Inventory Sentiment Index in November registered 56 percent, which is 5 percentage points lower than the reading of 61 percent reported in October. This indicates that respondents believe their inventories are still too high at this time. In November, 22 percent of respondents said their inventories were too high, 10 percent of the respondents said their inventories were too low, and 68 percent said their inventories were about right.

The seven industries reporting a feeling that their inventories are too high in November — listed in order — are:  Mining; Utilities; Retail Trade; Other Services; Wholesale Trade; Information; and Professional, Scientific & Technical Services. The three industries reporting a feeling that their inventories are too low in November compared with October are: Health Care & Social Assistance; Public Administration; and Transportation & Warehousing. Six industries reported no change in inventory sentiment in November compared to October.

 

Inventory Sentiment

%Too

High

%About 
Right

%Too

Low

Index

Nov 2017

22

68

10

56.0

Oct 2017

27

68

5

61.0

Sep 2017

24

69

7

58.5

Aug 2017

26

70

4

61.0

About This Report 
DO NOT CONFUSE THIS NATIONAL REPORT with the various regional purchasing reports released across the country. The national report's information reflects the entire U.S., while the regional reports contain primarily regional data from their local vicinities. Also, the information in the regional reports is not used in calculating the results of the national report. The information compiled in this report is for the month of November 2017.

The data presented herein is obtained from a survey of non-manufacturing supply executives based on information they have collected within their respective organizations. ISM® makes no representation, other than that stated within this release, regarding the individual company data collection procedures. The data should be compared to all other economic data sources when used in decision-making.

Data and Method of Presentation 
The Non-Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business® is based on data compiled from purchasing and supply executives nationwide. Membership of the Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee is diversified by NAICS, based on each industry's contribution to gross domestic product (GDP). The Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee responses are divided into the following NAICS code categories: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting; Mining; Utilities; Construction; Wholesale Trade; Retail Trade; Transportation & Warehousing; Information; Finance & Insurance; Real Estate, Rental & Leasing; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; Management of Companies & Support Services; Educational Services; Health Care & Social Assistance; Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Accommodation & Food Services; Public Administration; and Other Services (services such as Equipment & Machinery Repairing; Promoting or Administering Religious Activities; Grantmaking; Advocacy; and Providing Dry-Cleaning & Laundry Services, Personal Care Services, Death Care Services, Pet Care Services, Photofinishing Services, Temporary Parking Services, and Dating Services).

Survey responses reflect the change, if any, in the current month compared to the previous month. For each of the indicators measured (Business Activity, New Orders, Backlog of Orders, New Export Orders, Inventory Change, Inventory Sentiment, Imports, Prices, Employment and Supplier Deliveries), this report shows the percentage reporting each response, and the diffusion index. Responses represent raw data and are never changed. Data is seasonally adjusted for Business Activity, New Orders, Prices and Employment. All seasonal adjustment factors are subject annually to relatively minor changes when conditions warrant them. The remaining indexes have not indicated significant seasonality.

The NMI® (Non-Manufacturing Index) is a composite index based on the diffusion indexes for four of the indicators with equal weights: Business Activity (seasonally adjusted), New Orders (seasonally adjusted), Employment (seasonally adjusted) and Supplier Deliveries. Diffusion indexes have the properties of leading indicators and are convenient summary measures showing the prevailing direction of change and the scope of change. An index reading above 50 percent indicates that the non-manufacturing economy is generally expanding; below 50 percent indicates that it is generally declining. Supplier Deliveries is an exception. A Supplier Deliveries Index above 50 percent indicates slower deliveries and below 50 percent indicates faster deliveries.

An NMI® above 48.9 percent, over a period of time, indicates that the overall economy, or gross domestic product (GDP), is generally expanding; below 48.9 percent, it is generally declining. The distance from 50 percent or 48.9 percent is indicative of the strength of the expansion or decline.

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The industries reporting growth, as indicated in the Non-Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business® monthly report, are listed in the order of most growth to least growth. For the industries reporting contraction or decreases, those are listed in the order of the highest level of contraction/decrease to the least level of contraction/decrease.

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Relevance Features E-Book ‘The 5 Most Influential Topics for B2B Marketing’ - A Highly Focused Guide to B2B Marketing

Relevance, a reputed and leading top-ranked content promotion publication followed by top marketers and B2B businesses of the world, has featured the e-book, ‘The 5 Most Influential Topics for B2B Marketing’ on their website. The marketing experts at Relevance are of the opinion that this book will help marketers remain steadily focused on their priorities. The content is available in the form of a podcast hosted by Bernie Borges, CMO at Vengreso, and co-hosted by Dayle Hall, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Lithium Technologies.

“We are pleased to offer to all online marketers this amazing e-book ‘The 5 Most Influential Topics for B2B Marketing’ which is part of the reputed Social Business Journal,” says the spokesperson for Relevance.com. “This book can help marketers discover where to focus their efforts by cutting through the noise. The five key topics in B2B marketing discussed in the book include case studies and insights into becoming the most successful B2B marketers.”

‘The 5 Most Influential Topics for B2B Marketing’ is a must-read for marketers passionate about success in online marketing as it touches on all the relevant and hot topics associated with selling online today. Each podcast focuses on topics that are highly relevant for B2B marketing today.

Episode 1 in this podcast is: Influencer marketing is dead. All hail marketing to influencers. Here, the experts discuss how B2B influencer marketing has become one of the most poorly understood concepts leading to creation of poorly planned programs and negligible outcomes. Influencer marketing is a great idea that can deliver amazing results when executed properly. However, user generated content is the best. In the future, it will be customers and influencers who will drive campaign ideas and programs.

Episode 2 is titled – Data Overload: How do you harness it? There is a huge inflow of data today and immense pressure on marketers to use them. However, it is important for marketers to make use of the right data to get their marketing strategy right. Lack of the right people, processes, and technology makes them lose their way. That’s why integrating transactional, social, and behavioral data is important.

Episode 3 covers the topic: Digital Customer eXperience is the new battleground. Brands that put the wants, needs, and expectations of customers at the heart of the brand experience are assured long-term customer loyalty.

Episode 4 deals with ‘The state of social engagement 2017’. Brands must find a holistic and simplified way of listening, responding, and engaging over multiple channels simultaneously to gain greater visibility and accountability.

Episode 5 is titled – A love story: When sales and marketing get aligned. It deals with one of the biggest challenges of organizations, which is also one of the biggest opportunities.

Relevance.com believes that marketers can definitely improve their prospects by downloading this e-book and following the tips and recommendations offered by experts. It is a sure-fire recipe for success for marketers, provided they make use of the informative gems that the experts have shared.

About Relevance.com:

Relevance is the fastest growing content promotion publication in the world. It is one of the most reputed and trusted platforms across the world over for insights, resources, trends, and information associated with content marketing, and more particularly to content promotion.

For more information, visit www.relevance.com.

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Join Dealers from Across the Country in New York City to Celebrate Stamp Collecting Month at the ASDA Fall Postage Stamp Show — October 5–7, 2017

The American Stamp Dealers Association, Inc. is hosting its annual National Fall Postage Stamp Show, October 5–7 at the New York Hilton Midtown, 6th Avenue and 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019. The doors open daily at 10 a.m. Thursday and Friday the show runs until 6 p.m.; Saturday until 5 p.m. There is something for everyone from the experienced to the non-collector — dealers, specialty collecting groups, and much more. Admission is Free.

Got Stamps and Don’t Know What To Do with Them? 
Take Advantage of the Free Appraisal Service — Bring in those stamps/collections that you have inherited or been storing for years. This free service will put a value on your material and advise you on what to do. The appraisal service will be open for business from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. each day of the show. To participate in this service, check in at the ASDA Booth located at the show entrance.

What To Do at the Show 
Shop ’Til You Drop — Dealers will be buying and selling stamps and historic envelopes from across the nation and around the world — from vintage to modern, and more. Buy and sell with confidence with ASDA dealer members.

Attend the United States Postal Service First-Day-of-Issue Ceremony — Join the United States Postal Service in celebration of the Holiday season with the unveiling of four new Forever stamps — Christmas Carols. The ceremony will take place at New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, 6th Ave. and West 53rd St., New York, New York, at Noon on October 5. The stamps feature images that illustrate the major theme of each of four beloved Christmas carols: “Jingle Bells,” “Deck the Halls,” “Silent Night” and “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas.” Familiar lines from each song highlight the individual stamps. The booklet of 20 stamps includes five of each design. The late Howard E. Paine was the art director. Artist Steve McCracken of Winchester, Virginia, created original art for the project. Please share the news using the hashtag #HolidayStamps. The USPS is online at http://www.usps.com.

Be Present at the United Nations Pre-Launch Ceremony — The United Nations Postal Administration will be celebrating World Food Day with a pre-launch unveiling ceremony at the show on October 5 at 1:30 p.m. World Food Day is a chance to show our commitment to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 — to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030.

Visit Society Booths — Seven stamp collecting societies will have a presence at the show: the American Topical Association, Ebony Society of Philatelic Events and Reflections, Inc., U.S. Stamp Society, Vatican Philatelic Society, and the Philatelic Foundation. 

Kids, Get Into Collecting — Each child ages 6–10, who is accompanied by an adult, will receive a free gift.

Be sure to pick up some souvenirs of your time at the show — stop by the ASDA Booth. 
Visit http://www.americanstampdealer.com for all you need to know about the show — schedule of events, dealers in attendance, and more.

Come to the Show! 
Get into collecting at the ASDA Fall Postage Stamp Show — October 5–7 at the New York Hilton Midtown. Explore the wide, wonderful world of collecting — a hobby for a life time! We look forward to seeing you.

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