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More than 500 Expected to Attend Sacramento Event: Community Leaders to be Honored at Awards Luncheon on Saturday

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SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 19, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — More than 500 people are expected to attend the annual award luncheon Saturday, November 22, to recognize winners of the “Women of Excellence, Lifetime Achievement and Business of the Year Awards” presented by the Sacramento Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW).

NCBW will honor women from all walks of life, for their achievements and contributions to health and welfare of the greater Sacramento community. The event will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Sacramento from noon to 2 p.m. Toure, author and co-host of “The Cycle” which airs on MSNBC, will be the keynote speaker.

“For the past 13 years, NCBW has celebrated community leaders who exemplify compassion, vision, and integrity throughout the greater Sacramento region,” said NCBW chapter president, Evelyn Frazier.

This year’s honorees are:
– Leah Albright Byrd: Founder of Bridget’s Dream, which is a survivor-led organization that fights human trafficking and provides support to victims and their families.

– Tracy Brown: Owner of Another Look Hair Salon who launched the Mixed Institute of Cosmetology, a school designed to provide students with an education that extends beyond the classroom.

– B. Darcel Harris-Lee: President and CEO of the California Black Health Network, an organization which advocates for increasing access to affordable, quality health care, and promotes healthy communities among California’s African American population.

New this year, NCBW is adding a Sacramento focus to the national initiative “My Brother’s Keeper” which takes steps to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color to assure that all young people can reach their full potential.

Two community organizations will be recognized for taking those important steps to further this goal:
– ACE Enterprises – An organization with the mission to equip at-risk African-American male youth in the Sacramento region with the knowledge, skills and exposure to improve their educational achievement along with enhancing their social awareness and involvement as they work towards becoming successful citizens in society

– Jerry Manual Foundation – The Foundation aims to establish clinical school-based programs across the countries in the major MLB cities. By combining education, character development, and training of baseball skills. The Foundation increases the number of African American men becoming leaders and ignites a passion and commitment to pursuing America’s favorite pastime at all levels.

“There will also be awards given to two high school students deemed to be ‘Rising Stars’ based on their community service commitment, academic success or criteria that demonstrates that they are on a path to success,” explained Frazier.

The annual luncheon and award celebration is a fundraiser for NCBW’s educational, public service, and scholarships campaigns.

For more information, visit: http://www.sacncbw.org/ .

About Toure:

Toure is the co-host of The Cycle which airs on MSNBC and the author of “Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? What It Means To Be Black Now,” which was named one of the Most Notable Books of 2011 by the New York Times and the Washington Post. It was also nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work of Non-Fiction.

About NCBW:

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. (NCBW) is a national organization consisting of more than 7,000 members from 65 chapters in 25 states and the District of Columbia. Founded in 1981, NCBW is a 501(c)(4) organization, whose mission is to advocate on behalf of women of color through national and local actions and through strategic alliances that promote its national and international agendas. Learn more at http://www.NCBW.org/ . The Sacramento Chapter was chartered November 10, 2001.

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Civic Resource Group Founder and CEO, Gregory G. Curtin, Ph.D. among the winners of the ‘Vision Award’ at the World Economic Summit

Gregory G. Curtin

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Nov. 19, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Civic Resource Group (CRG) Founder & CEO, Gregory G. Curtin, Ph.D. attended the World Economic Forum Summit on the Global Agenda held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on November 9 – 12 and as a member of The Future of Government Council was among the winners of the “Vision Award” for the Future of Government Smart Toolbox, a report published in June 2014 that addresses the ways technology can help governments improve services, security, transparency and innovation.

The Vision Award is an inaugural award introduced by the World Economic Forum (WEF) to mark and recognize excellence in two distinctive areas. One is developing breakthrough ideas and the other for examples of high impact collaborative action. According to the Forum, “The Future of Government Smart Toolbox demonstrates how technology can enhance government performance by strengthening efforts to reduce corruption and bureaucracy and enhance political representation, service delivery, trust, leadership, security and innovation. The report highlights successful practices from around the globe in the digital era.”

The Future of Government Council developed the idea of the “Future of Government Smart Toolbox” to “offer governments and other interested sector leaders a guide for restoring trust in government for delivering better services through smart cities, through smart national governments at all levels of government for information societies and economies” said Jane E. Fountain, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and adjunct professor of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a fellow Vision Award winner and colleague of Dr. Curtin’s on the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government.

In addition to founding and directing Civic Resource Group, a leading global provider of digital government solutions, Dr. Curtin has been a member of the Future of Government Council since its inception in 2006 and was a major contributor to the Smart Toolbox. Dr. Curtin founded Civic Resource Group to address the real business needs of Public/Civic sector entities in the Digital Age, and with the recent acquisition of Dublin, Ireland, based i3t Mobile, Civic Resource Group is expanding globally with its innovative CivicConnect(TM) SmartGov Platform — a first-of-kind fully integrated Mobile/Cloud/Data First Platform. Dr. Curtin has brought this visionary perspective along with deep digital expertise to the Future of Government Council, one of more than 80 Global Agenda Councils that form the World Economic Forum Global Network.

“The genius of the World Economic Forum is that it brings together a wide variety of experts and practitioners from the private sector, academia, government and civil society to work together collaboratively to address key issues, problems and challenges facing global society today,” said Curtin who has also previously worked in government and academia.

Over its next two year term the Future of Government Council plans to leverage the Smart Toolbox to convene governments from across the globe to learn and share innovative digital strategies and solutions, and to gradually build a Future of Government community. This will be done in concert with World Economic Forum regional meetings in order to extend some of the Future of Government practices and ideas deeper in each region of the globe. There are also tentative discussions around developing a competition or a prize for government innovation.

About Civic Resource Group (CRG):

CRG is one of the world’s leading providers of digital government solutions. CRG provides highly secure mobile Cloud based solutions that touch every facet of citizen’s lives. Since 2000, CRG has been “Fulfilling the promise of technology” for clients in the broad public sector, helping them to harness digital advances to effectively connect with their target audiences. By leveraging the award-winning CivicConnect(TM) platform and deep domain expertise, CRG has delivered impactful, engaging and cutting-edge solutions that facilitate openness, transparency, safety and efficient service delivery for external and internal users alike. CRG is a new breed of Company with a new approach, blending the best of technology, design and communications in the digital age.

Visit the company’s website at http://www.civicresource.com/, contact CRG at info@civicresource.com.

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EPIC Ranked #46 Among the World’s Top Insurance Brokers

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Oct. 28, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, has been ranked #46 among the world’s top insurance brokers in Finaccord’s Global Insurance Broking: A Strategic Review of the World’s Top 150 Commercial Non-Life Insurance Brokers.

Finaccord is a market research, publishing and consulting company specializing in financial services.

“Many thanks for participating in our research on the 150 largest global commercial non-life insurance brokers,” said Bernd Bergmann, a London-based Finaccord Financial Services Analyst. “According to our analysis, EPIC was ranked 46th worldwide in terms of commercial non-life broking revenues in 2013.”

As one of the fastest growing private insurance brokerage firms based in the U.S., EPIC has been on an aggressive growth trajectory, successfully competing against the largest, institutional brokers with an entrepreneurial, client-focused business model.

Since The Carlyle Group became the firm’s major investment partner in December 2013, EPIC has completed four strategic acquisitions/purchases, adding nearly 250 employees in nine new locations across the United States and nearly doubling revenues from roughly $80 million to run rate revenues of almost $160 million.

“Achieving a top 50 ranking among insurance brokers globally is an accomplishment we are very proud of,” said EPIC Co-founder and CEO John Hahn. “What is even more remarkable is that we hit this milestone just seven years from our founding. This is truly a testimony to the determination, character and quality of our people and the merits of our client-focused culture, structure and practices.”

Additional information about Finaccord and their Global Insurance Broking: A Strategic Review of the World’s Top 150 Commercial Non-Life Insurance Brokers report (including purchase information) can be found here on their web site: http://finaccord.com/uk/report_global_insurance_broking_strategic_review_world_top_150_commercial_non-life_insurance_brokers.htm .

About EPIC:

Headquartered in San Francisco, EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants has nationwide presence with a depth of industry expertise across key lines of insurance, including commercial property and casualty, employee benefits, unique specialty program insurance, and private client services. Since its founding in 2007, EPIC has grown revenue from $5 million to $160 million through both organic growth and strategic acquisitions, and remains a fixture on the insurance industry’s “Best Places to Work” lists. Its strategic partners include private equity firms The Carlyle Group and Stone Point Capital. To learn more, visit http://www.epicbrokers.com/ .

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IDS Makes Fourth Appearance on Mortgage Technology’s Annual ‘Top 50 Service Provider’ List

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, May 21, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Mortgage document preparation vendor International Document Services, Inc. (IDS) announced it has made its fourth consecutive appearance on the Top 50 Service Providers list, issued by SourceMedia’s Mortgage Technology magazine.

Announced May 19 as a supplement to Mortgage Technology’s sister publication National Mortgage News, the Top 50 Service Providers list recognizes lenders “for their accomplishments in four criteria – continued advancement of technology and services, viable revenue model and value proposition, exceptional customer service and unique impact on the mortgage industry.” A 2013 finalist for the Lenders’ Choice Mortgage Technology Award, IDS was recognized for its achievements in electronic signature adoption amongst its client base and system upgrades made throughout the year.

According to the magazine, “[IDS] boasts that nearly 52% of the document packages and 18% of 4506-T requests that lenders generated with its technology were e-signed in 2013. The company’s document preparation system, idsDoc, was integrated with additional LOS platforms and redesigned to include an updated user interface and multi-browser compatibility.”

Over the nomination period (April 2013 to March 2014), IDS also completed all January 2014 Dodd-Frank Act changes by November 2013 to allow clients to become familiar with the changes and added E-signature support for FHA documents. In addition, IDS experienced significant corporate growth over the past year. The company increased its overall staff by 45 percent and its customer service staff by 72 percent to maintain its service levels while implementing all of the incoming regulatory changes over the past year. IDS also experienced healthy growth in its customer base, with all sales regions seeing at least a 20 percent increase in new customers.

“At the core of every business decision IDS makes is the question, ‘How will this improve service for our customers?’” said IDS Executive Vice President Mark Mackey. “To be recognized for our efforts in this endeavor is truly an honor, and we thank the editorial staff of Mortgage Technology for bestowing us with this distinction for a fourth year in a row.”

About IDS, Inc.:

IDS, founded in 1986 in Salt Lake City, Utah, is a nationwide provider of mortgage documents and compliance. IDS services include closing documents, initial disclosures and fulfillment. The IDS flagship doc prep solution, idsDoc, is recognized in the industry for its ability to be customized to meet specific lender needs. The system is backed with compliance and document guarantees. IDS succeeds with unsurpassed customer service, sophisticated technology, and a diligent compliance team. Lenders looking to get more out of doc prep can visit the IDS website at http://www.idsdoc.com/ or call 800-554-1872.

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Spring Home Sales Grow with Top RE/MAX REALTOR – Newsome Team REALTORS

Top Ten Teams of REMAX

TIPP CITY, Ohio, April 9, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — On March 24, 2014, Newsome Team REALTORS(R) was awarded the prestigious award as one of the Top Ten Teams of RE/MAX of Southern Ohio for 2013. This area includes the Dayton, Cincinnati, and Northern Kentucky area and a total of 64 REALTOR(R) teams.

“This award is very humbling yet also encouraging because it means that more real estate is moving in our area than in many other parts of southwestern Ohio,” states Marti Newsome, principal REALTOR(R) of the Newsome Team of RE/MAX ONE.

Over the past few months the northern suburbs of Dayton (Vandalia, Tipp City, Troy and West Milton) have seen average home prices rising as inventory gets tighter making this spring an optimal time for homeowners wanting to sell their home at a premium.

“Employment growth and better opportunities in the northern Miami Valley, along with the return of some slight wage increases has helped to keep us very busy and home sales very strong; our team is exceptionally focused on making sure both our buyers and sellers are happy with their home sales experience,” shared Newsome.

2013 would be the second year in a row of the Newsome Team being ranked in the top 15 percent of all RE/MAX REALTORS(R) in southern Ohio.

More about the Newsome Team:

The Newsome Team is located in beautiful and historic downtown Tipp City, Ohio. Together the Newsome Team is an accomplished team of real estate consultants in key positions, offering sound advice concerning your real estate needs. Members of this energetic team are Marti and Red Newsome, David Besecker, Chris Newsome, and Amy Newsome.

Find out more about The Newsome Team and how they can help you sell or buy a home. Learn more at: http://newsometeamrealtors.com/ .

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EPIC’s Jim Gillette Honored as a 2014 Risk and Insurance Retail Industry Power Broker

Jim Gillette SAN MATEO, Calif., Feb. 24, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — EPIC (Edgewood Partners Insurance Center), a nationally expanding retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage, announced today that Jim Gillette has been named as a 2014 Risk and Insurance Retail Industry Power Broker. In addition to Gillette, Kathleen Felderman, managing principal and the leader of EPIC’s national real estate practice, was also recognized as a 2014 Real Estate Industry Power Broker Finalist.

Nominees must be considered a top performer in a particular industry practice sector to qualify for Power Broker consideration. The criteria for evaluating candidates are creative risk-related problem solving, demonstrated industry expertise and a high level of client service.

Gillette was specifically recognized for developing creative risk management, pricing and coverage programs for retailers, wholesalers and product distributors. While negotiating big price decreases isn’t always possible, Gillette has been able to help his clients receive better coverage at the same price and lower their total cost of risk.

Gillette was also recently named as one of only eight “40-Under-40 Regional Broker Leaders in the Western Region” by Business Insurance.

One Gillette client, Ron Calvert, Partner at GHC Group shares, “We are a growing business, at about 10 times the size we were five years ago. Market dynamics have changed, so we no longer have a simple insurance program. I’ve been doing this for 25 years and there is no one I have dealt with who can compare to Jim. He’s been a real asset.”

EPIC’s Kathleen Felderman was also honored as a finalist in the Real Estate Industry Power Broker category. Highly respected in the industry, Felderman has already received the Power Broker Award three times; first in 2008, and then again in 2010, and 2011.

Gillette and Felderman are both EPIC shareholders and principals. Gillette is based in the company’s Los Angeles office where he is managing principal and specializes in risk management, commercial insurance coverage, and merger and acquisition risk.

Felderman leads EPIC’s National Real Estate Practice, focusing on the needs of company’s commercial and multi-family real estate clients.

“Jim and Kathleen exemplify our company values of teamwork, innovation and outstanding client care. These principles, and the team members who embrace and deliver on them, are the driving force behind EPIC’s rapid national growth,” shared EPIC’s Co-Founder and CEO, John Hahn. “As a company, we are honored to have both Jim and Kathleen recognized by Risk and Insurance and excited to celebrate with them in this success.”

Jim Gillette
213-629-8909 Direct
310-422-3546 Mobile
jgillette [at] edgewoodins.com

Kathleen Felderman
415-356-4830 Direct
303-809-8995 Mobile
Kfelderman [at] edgewoodins.com

About EPIC:
EPIC is a unique and innovative retail property and casualty, employee benefits insurance brokerage, and consulting firm. EPIC has created a values-based, client-focused culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty and sustains a high level of customer service excellence. EPIC team members have consistently recognized their company as a “Best Place to Work” in multiple regions across California and as a “Best Place to Work in the Insurance Industry” nationally.

The 8th largest broker based in the U.S. West, EPIC has more than 450 team members operating from nine offices across California (Los Angeles, Irvine, Inland Empire, Fresno, Folsom, San Francisco, San Mateo, Petaluma and San Ramon) and in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver and New York.

With more than $100 million in revenues, EPIC ranks among the top 30 retail insurance brokers in the United States. Backed by the Carlyle Group and Stone Point Capital, the company’s strategic plan calls for a dramatic increase in revenue ($250 million by 2018) and further expansion across the country.

For additional information, please visit http://www.edgewoodins.com/ .

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EaseUS Partition Master Wins TopTenREVIEWS Silver Award for 2014 Best Partition Manager Software

Partition Master NEW YORK, N.Y., Feb. 20, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — EaseUS Partition Master Free, the most awarded partition manager software developed by EaseUS Software, is an ALL-IN-ONE FREE disk partition management tool brought together with three main functions including: Partition Manager, Disk and Partition Copy Wizard, and Partition Recovery Wizard. Now, EaseUS Partition Master wins TopTenREVIEWS Silver Award!

“The EaseUS Partition Master includes a variety of partitioning features, recovery assistance and the ability to copy a partition or even your entire hard drive onto another hard drive. This partition manager software is our TopTenREVIEWS Silver Award winner because of its variety of partitioning functions and additional features, along with its easy-to-use interface and data recovery tools.” – TopTenREVIEWS

EaseUS Partition Master is a disk partition management tool allowing you to extend system partition, settle low disk space problem, and manage disk space easily on MBR and GUID partition table (GPT) disk with an easy-to-use interface. Beside resize/move partitions, it also supports disk and volume clone for data protection and disk upgrade. Deleted or lost partitions on unallocated space can be recovered with this partition tool as well.

Many other professional review sites also gives EaseUS Partition Master high award.

PCWorld – The 10 Best Free Hard Drive Utilities:
“Most users are satisfied with the hard drive utilities that ship with Windows – especially the more powerful partitioning and defragging tools found in Windows Vista and 7. My other favorite freebie is EaseUS Partition Manager Home: It’s professional in appearance and has all the features I generally need.”

PCADVISOR – Five of the best partition managers:
“EaseUS Partition Master is available free of charge and features a graphic user interface that makes it easy to work with partitions. Using the program it is possible to resize, create, delete, move, merge and split partitions with ease. Most importantly, partitioning tasks can be performed without the need to format your hard drive and without the risk of data loss.”

CNET Editors’ review:
“EaseUS Partition Master performed all the basic disk management functions we’ve seen in Windows and other disk management utilities. However, several of the program’s recovery-oriented features stand out, such as the ability to easily convert dynamic disks to basic disks without losing data. Another feature we like is the ability to create a bootable recovery CD or DVD. And we especially commend its ability to easily and completely copy your entire main drive to another disk.”

Learn more information about EaseUS Partition Master: http://www.partition-tool.com/ .

Pricing and Availability:
Free for home users, EaseUS Partition Master Free is available here:
http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm .

EaseUS Partition Master Professional Edition for $39.95 is available at:
http://www.partition-tool.com/professional.htm .

EaseUS Partition Master Server Edition for $159 is available at:
http://www.partition-tool.com/easeus-partition-manager-server/ .

EaseUS Partition Master Unlimited Edition for $399 is available at:
http://www.partition-tool.com/epm-unlimited.htm .

EaseUS Partition Master Technician Edition for $699 is available at:
http://www.partition-tool.com/epm-technician.htm .

About CHENGDU Yiwo Tech Development Co., Ltd.:

The company provides professional solutions in data recovery, backup software and partition manager for home, education and SMB users, service providers as well as international corporations. For Windows OS, its major products are Data Recovery Wizard, EaseUS Todo Backup and EaseUS Partition Master. For Mac OS, it has EaseUS Mac Data Recovery Wizard and CleanGenius. For more information, please visit http://www.easeus.com/.

“EaseUS” is registered trademark of CHENGDU Yiwo Tech Development Co., Ltd.

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Ron Fisher, M.D., Honored for Commitment to the Growth of Hospice and Palliative Care in Western North Carolina

Ron Fisher, M.D. SYLVA, N.C., Dec. 19, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Respected physician and western North Carolina hospice and palliative care pioneer Ron Fisher, M.D., will be honored by Four Seasons Compassion for Life, Highlands, peers and colleagues as he retires as medical director of Med-West Health Systems, Sylva, after 27 years of distinguished service.

An informal, drop in reception will be Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, 4:30-7 p.m., at Mountain Trace Nursing Center. An award presentation is slated for 5:30 p.m. in appreciation of Fisher’s commitment to quality hospice and palliative care.

Individuals who would like to recognize Fisher’s contributions are asked to make a donation in his honor to the Hospice House Foundation, Franklin.

“Throughout his long career, Dr. Fisher has elevated the standard of care for persons with serious illnesses and at end of life through his work and focus in palliative care,” says Steve Mills, director of Four Seasons, Highlands.

“He has brought a tremendous passion and compassion to the care of individuals who are dealing with difficult, chronic illnesses,” he says.

Inspired service

Fresh out of medical school at the University of Florida, Fisher arrived in Sylva in 1980 to begin his residency at Mountain Area Health Education Center, commonly known as MAHEC. There, he was inspired by then-medical director “Dick” Walton, M.D. to treat the whole patient, not the symptoms.

“Dr. Walton taught me respect for the total care of the patient, rather than focusing on one specific point, and that perspective followed me all through my career, first and foremost,” Fisher says.

For about 20 years, he remained in family practice, gradually evolving into geriatric and elder care. By 1989, he increasingly focused on patients who needed long term care. Impressed by the work of Dame Cicely Sanders, known as the “mother of hospice care,” Fisher became certified in palliative care as soon as soon as the option became available.

“The work is rewarding: low tech, without a lot of chemistry or instrumentation. It’s very personal one-on-one care,” he says.

Over the years, his commitment to his patients’ care never waned.

“Particularly, I found a place, a kind of calling for end of life care,” he recalls. “I began focusing more and more of my attention toward hospice care, which was then a sub-specialty of palliative care.”

Eventually, Fisher’s practice became fully focused on patients with serious, life limiting illnesses or at end of life.

Legacy of service:

“I really learned and received more from my patients than I ever gave,” Fisher says. “I found I was providing a true service in relieving the patient from suffering, that was very rewarding to me as well as the patient.”

In the field of hospice and palliative care, it’s widely agreed that Dr. Fisher’s early and extensive contributions will have long-lasting impact in WNC.

“Dr. Fisher leaves a lasting legacy because of his commitment to his patients and the care he has provided,” says Mills.

In terms of a legacy for the future, Fisher looks toward the continuation, growth and expansion of palliative care in WNC.

“There’s room for a lot more growth, we’ve barely scratched the surface of the needs for care. If I leave a legacy, it’s my hope to see palliative and hospice care grow,” he says. “If I get a little credit for that, I’ll take it.”

Refocused Priorities:

At 62, Fisher is retiring after facing his own health challenges in the previous year.

“I actually kind-of looked at life from a different perspective as a patient with a serious illness,” he says, citing less energy to put into his practice, and increased fatigue.

The recovery has been long, and he’s still not back to normal.

“Life is short, and I chose to refocus my priorities a little bit, spend more time with family and grandchildren.”

All in all, he’s enjoyed 34 years of professional practice, including his former role as medical director at Skyland Care Center. He feels he’s done well, but that it’s time to “let younger, healthier people take the bull by the horns.”

In the future, Fisher plans to fulfill community roles, practicing in Sylva’s free Good Samaritan Clinic, and remaining in his part-time position as medical director for the Jackson County Department of Public Health.

To date, Fisher also remains active on the board of directors for the Hospice House Foundation of WNC, Franklin. Currently, he is committed to a capital campaign to match a $1 million grant from North Carolina State Employees’ Credit Union by fall 2014. Individuals who would like to recognize Fisher’s contributions to palliative care are asked donate in his name to the Hospice House Foundation, Franklin.

For more information about the reception honoring Ron Fisher, M.D., contact Four Seasons Compassion for Life, Highlands, http://www.fourseasonscfl.org/ .

The event is Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, 4:30-7 p.m., at Mountain Trace Nursing Center, 417 Mountain Trace Road, with the award presentation at 5:30 p.m. To donate to the Hospice House Foundation, Franklin, in Fisher’s honor, visit http://hhfwnc.org/ .

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New Breakthrough Lip Shaper System Wins GOOD DESIGN Award from Chicago Athenaeum

Xtreme Lip-Shaper SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Dec. 19, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — CandyLipz(R) LLC announced this week that it is the recipient of the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies GOOD DESIGN(TM) award. Since the product launch, the Xtreme Lip-Shaper(R) System has received many positive reviews, and now its design is getting noticed too.

Around since 1950, the GOOD DESIGN(TM) award remains the oldest and the world’s most recognized program for design excellence, worldwide.

“The museum received submissions from several thousands of the world’s leading manufacturers and industrial and graphic design firms from more than 48 countries. I am so proud and humbled to be the recipient of such a prestigious design award because awarded corporations include some of the world’s most visionary companies such as Apple Inc., Mercedes-Benz and Samsung,” Dr. Thienna Ho, inventor of CandyLipz(R), says.

In addition to the GOOD DESIGN(TM) award, the Xtreme Lip-Shaper(R) System also won a gold medal for technical design at INPEX, America’s largest invention show, and, additionally, Dr. Ho was named “Woman Inventor of 2013″ by Korea Invention News. The product has been featured in multiple news stories, and has also had live, on-air demonstrations on CBS Good Day Sacramento, San Diego Living, Star 94.1 FM and other media outlets.

CandyLipz(R) Xtreme Lip-Shaper(R) System is clinically-proven safe for intended use. The device uses a 3,500-year-old Chinese “cupping” method (suction) and is coupled with advanced lip-shaper technology to instantly shape, contour and enhance the lip’s appearance.

The Xtreme Lip-Shaper(R) System is easy to use and produces noticeable results in two minutes; results last for hours. The CandyLipz(R) lip pumps are available in several different designs which allow users to create single or double-lobed lips. For many users, it’s their go-to lip shaping product. In fact, there’s even a term for using it – CandyLipping.

Dr. Ho adds that the patent-pending design of her invention means that other companies can’t deliver the same product or results.

Visit the website at: http://candylipz.com or view a product video: http://youtu.be/ujsyoK6hTgI .

About CandyLipz LLC:

CandyLipz(R) LLC is the manufacturer of the innovative Xtreme Lip-Shaper(R) System developed by award-winning inventor Dr. Thienna Ho. The Xtreme Lip-Shaper(R) System features an easy-to-use, hand-operated suction pump and advanced lip-shaping technology, allowing users to enhance the appearance, shape, and contour of their lips naturally – without the side effects of plastic surgery, injections, drugs or chemicals. The Xtreme Lip-Shaper(R) System is small, attractive and portable; it can be used anytime, anywhere. Users can control the desired effect, from subtle enhancement to double or even triple their current lip size.

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Stunning Panoramic Photos of New York, Toronto, and Bryce Canyon by Andrew Prokos Win at 2013 Epson International Pano Awards

New York Panorama NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., Nov. 22, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Epson International Pano Awards has announced the winners of the 2013 panoramic photography competition. Photographer Andrew Prokos was honored by jurors with five awards for his panoramic fine art photography of New York City, Toronto, and Bryce Canyon, Utah.

The five winning images are:
“Fourth of July Panorama, New York City” – Silver Award, Built Environment;
“Tribute in Light” – Silver Award, Built Environment;
“Panoramic Cityscape of Toronto at Dusk” – Bronze Award, Built Environment;
“Japanese Bridge, Brooklyn Botanic Garden” – Bronze Award, Nature;
“Bryce Canyon Morning” – Bronze Award, Nature.

This year’s competition saw 4,068 entries from 843 photographers in 57 countries. “The quality of the entries sets a higher benchmark each year, with 2013 providing compelling panoramic images from extremely talented photographers,” says Craig Heckenberg, Business Unit Manager at Epson Australia.

The judging panel this year included some of the world’s top panoramic photographers and industry professionals, including members of the major panoramic photography trade organizations, the IAPP and IVRPA.

“I was thrilled to have five photos make it to the final rounds and win medals, considering how intense the competition was this year,” says Prokos.

About Andrew Prokos:

Andrew Prokos is an architectural, panoramic, and fine art photographer based in New York City. His photographs have been published in leading publications such as ArchDaily, Casa Vogue, Communication Arts, DesignBoom, Design Folio, Dezeen, Digital Photographer, and Metropolis Magazine and have been exhibited at the Museum of the City of New York and in numerous corporate art collections across the USA. In addition to the five medals won at this year’s Epson Awards, Andrew was a second place winner at the 2013 International Photography Awards (Lucie Awards) for his series “Niemeyer’s Brasilia.”

He also won Honorable Mention at the 2013 Prix de la Photographie, Paris (Px3) for his series “The Last Utopian,” and won Honorable Mention at the 2013 London International Creative Competition for his series “Gehry’s Children.” To see more of Andrew’s work please visit Andrew Prokos Fine Art Photography: http://andrewprokos.com/ .

About the Awards:

The Fourth Epson International Pano Awards is dedicated to the art of panoramic photography. It showcases the work of panoramic photographers worldwide and is the largest competition for panoramic photography. Each year it invites professional and amateur photographers from around the world to compete.

Media Contacts:
Andrew Prokos
Photographer
+1-212-662-7622
info(at)andrewprokos(dot)com
http://andrewprokos.com/ .

David Evans
Curator, Epson International Pano Awards
Contact(at)thepanoawards(dot)com
http://www.thepanoawards.com/ .

To see full size panorama images on Andrew’s website, including the award winning “Fourth of July Panorama, New York City,” please visit:
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SiliconIndia Selects TeamF1 as One of Top Ten Enterprise Security Companies for 2013

SecureF1rst FREMONT, Calif., Nov. 21, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — TeamF1, Inc. (www.TeamF1.com), the leader in embedded networking and security software solutions for wired and wireless applications, has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Enterprise Security Companies founded and managed by Indian technology professionals for 2013, marking the company’s third year placing in the top ten. This annual list of awardees is selected by a panel of experts and members of SiliconIndia’s editorial board to recognize and promote Indian technology entrepreneurship.

TeamF1′s line of customizable standard solutions offer highly secure and optimized embedded networking software solutions suitable for business and residential grade intelligent gateways and access points. The company provides ironclad security and advanced connectivity with intuitive device management features and customizable options allowing OEMs and service providers to offer easily differentiated products suitable for business and residential gateway markets.

“SiliconIndia’s editorial board along with our selection committee laud TeamF1 for their consistent contribution to the embedded industry, such as their latest offerings in the cloud-based device management space for networked devices,” said Harvi Sachar, Editor-in-Chief, SiliconIndia. “TeamF1 exemplifies dedication in the pursuit of ground breaking technologies of the Indian entrepreneurial community and the culture of excellence in the Silicon Valley tech industry that our si100 list is all about.”

“2013 is yet another busy and fruitful year for TeamF1, having launched vital security solutions that help usher in the age of ubiquity for embedded networked devices,” said Mukesh Lulla, president, TeamF1, Inc. “We are very happy to receive this latest recognition from SiliconIndia during this time and are grateful to be once again part of the thriving si100 community.”

In the past few years TeamF1 has been growing faster than the overall IT sector globally, due to its ability to innovate in a direction aligned with the needs of its customers. Earlier this year, TeamF1 successfully launched new advances in its SecureF1rst CPE Gateway Solution (CGS) on several system-on-chip (SoC) platforms as well as a new, powerful Cloud Device Management Solution (CDMS). CDMS offers the latest cloud technologies for small business IT departments and value-added resellers (VARs) to securely manage routers, wireless access points and other network devices enabled with TeamF1 software.

For further details on SiliconIndia’s coverage of TeamF1, please visit: http://www.siliconindia.com/magazine_articles/TeamF1_Building_High_Performing_Network_and_Security_Software-HMVM191056391.html .

The complete list of top 10 Enterprise Security Companies and other category awardees can be found in SiliconIndia’s November 2013 issue at: http://www.siliconindia.com/technology_magazine/November-2013_issue.html .

About TeamF1:

TeamF1, Inc. a privately held corporation headquartered in Fremont, California, is a leader in high performance embedded networking and security software. TeamF1′s products enable secure networking of telecom/datacom and industrial equipment. For more information visit http://www.TeamF1.com or contact TeamF1 Public Relations at 510-505-9931 or email pr@TeamF1.com.

About SiliconIndia:

SiliconIndia is a BPA audited business and technology magazine published from Fremont, Calif. since 1997. It is a monthly magazine with print run of 70,000 in U.S. reaching IT and Business professionals of Indian origin that include CXOs, VCs and Entrepreneurs.

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EPIC honored as a ‘Best Place to Work in Insurance’ for the fourth year

Elaine Andrian SAN MATEO, Calif., Oct. 22, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — EPIC, a retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage, has been recognized for a fourth year as a “Best Place to Work in Insurance” by Business Insurance Magazine and survey co-sponsor Best Companies Group.

EPIC is one of only 65 companies nationally awarded this honor. Based on employee feedback, the company took second place honors in the medium retail broker/agent category.

“At EPIC, we believe that an excellent work environment is built on innovation, personal accountability and a healthy work/life balance,” said Mary Smith, director of human resources. “These beliefs and practices are key in attracting the industry’s best professionals and providing the foundation for our consistent growth. We are honored to receive this recognition from our team members and Business Insurance for a fourth year in 2013.”

Companies were judged on employee engagement and satisfaction, benefit programs, policies, practices and other general information.

Recognizing the value of a “people-first” culture, EPIC has developed a benefits package and work environment that attracts and retains top talent. The company offers its employees a generous paid-time-off package, a 401(k) match, a wellness program, and an annual employee appreciation day. Additionally, EPIC encourages its employees to participate in charitable events such as Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and other community-service events, as well as supporting these efforts financially and with in-kind donations.

Connect with the EPIC team on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EPICInsuranceBrokersAndConsultants .

About EPIC:

EPIC is a unique and innovative retail property and casualty, and employee benefits insurance brokerage, and consulting firm. EPIC has created a values-based, client-focused culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty and sustains a high level of customer service excellence. EPIC team members have consistently recognized their company as a “Best Place to Work” in multiple regions across California and as a “Best Place to Work in the Insurance Industry” nationally.

The 7th largest broker based in the U.S. West, EPIC has more than 300 team members operating from ten offices across California (Los Angeles, Irvine, Ontario, Inland Empire, Fresno, Folsom, San Francisco, San Mateo, Petaluma and San Ramon) and in Denver, Colorado and New York.

With more than $80 million in revenues, EPIC ranks among the top 40 retail insurance brokers in the United States. The company’s strategic plan calls for more than tripling revenue over the next five years ($250 million by 2018) and further expansion across the country. For additional information, please visit http://www.edgewoodins.com/ .

* Photo Caption: EPIC’s San Francisco Finance and Accounting team (led by CFO Elaine Andrian, with hand in air), was recognized in the firm’s EPICenter Newsletter for their “EPIC Excellence” earlier this year.

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Primetime Emmy® Engineering Award to be presented to Josh C. Kline, DAX Co-founder, for his Invention of Digital Dailies®

Emmy Award CULVER CITY, Calif., Oct. 17, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Digital Dailies(R), the patented technology at the heart of DAX, the leading provider of production workflow and media asset management applications and services to the entertainment industry, along with its inventor and company co-founder Josh C. Kline, have been honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Primetime Emmy(R) Engineering Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development.

DAX CEO Patrick Macdonald-King said, “Kline’s pioneering vision for Digital Dailies(R) and our company’s dedication have led the industry’s transition to file-based workflow in the cloud. We thank the Television Academy for recognizing the significant role that Digital Dailies(R) play in the television industry. We feel the honor is shared by our many clients, using our technology to make great shows, and by DAX’s talented staff who are committed to serving the industry with the best tools and support.”

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Television Academy for Digital Dailies(R) which grew out of my passion for innovation and the creative process,” said Josh C. Kline, “The proliferation of Digital Dailies(R) throughout the industry, as a tool used by television’s top talents, is an amazing and deeply satisfying culmination of our work.”

In making the announcement of this year’s Emmy(R) Engineering Awardees, the Television Academy identified Digital Dailies(R) as “the impetus for significant television industry change by distributing production dailies and cuts via a web-based, streaming approach. Digital Dailies also has provided content security in the forms of both encryption and watermarking the system. This was rapidly adopted due to its secure, fast, reliable and low-cost delivery to anyone with an Internet connection, over which shots can be approved and annotated with frame-accurate comments. Having launched in the era of film, Digital Dailies(R) has bridged the gap to today’s file-based workflows through its advanced metadata processing that enabled a clip-based paradigm.”

The Engineering Emmy(R) marks DAX’s second recognition this year, following the StudioDaily Prime Award at 2013 NAB. TV shows using Digital Dailies(R) and DAX racked up 53 nominations and 9 wins at the 2013 Primetime Emmys(R).

Television shows currently using the DAX platform include: “Homeland,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “NCIS,” “CSI,” “Bones,” “New Girl,” “The Walking Dead,” “America’s Next Top Model,” “The Mentalist,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Glee,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Dexter” and “Mad Men,” “Orange Is The New Black,” and all pilots for Warner Bros. Television Studios, CBS Television Studios, 20th Century Fox, Fox Television Studios, A&E, Showtime, and Lionsgate Television.

About DAX, LLC:

Leading the industry at the center of the Media Universe(R), DAX ( http://www.daxcloud.com/ @daxplatform ) is the top provider of production workflow and media asset management applications and services to companies that produce, distribute and license audio-visual content. The DAX platform, including Emmy award-winning Digital Dailies(R), is a highly-secure innovative web-based application used by most major studios and television networks for collaboration and distribution management of content during the production process, and for marketing and distribution of final product and library assets. The company is based in Culver City, Calif., close to the major Hollywood studios and networks it services, as well as serving Canada’s media industry, and its clientele shooting in Canada, from its Toronto office.

About the 65th Primetime Emmy(R) Engineering Awards:

The 65th Primetime Emmy(R) Engineering Awards are overseen by chair Wendy Aylsworth, SVP of Technology, Warner Bros. Committee members are Stuart Bass, A.C.E., Picture Editors Governor, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; Chris Cookson, President, Sony Pictures Technologies; Kevin Hamburger, Sr. Supervising Producer, THE TALK; Eileen Horta, Sound Editing Governor, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; David Jensen, Partner, Monitor; Geoff Katz, Vice President, Watchwith; Frank Morrone, C.A.S., Sound Governor, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; John D. O’Brien, Video Control/Consultant “The Big Bang Theory”; Mark Scott Spatny, VP Digital Effects, Stargate Studios; Barry Zegel, Senior Vice President and General Manager, CBS Television City.

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Missouri Valley’s Community Action Agency’s Exceptional Community Innovation Recognized with National Award

Stacy Flowers MARSHALL, Mo., Sept. 10, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Missouri Valley Community Action Agency is one of four Community Action Agencies (CAAs) working to alleviate poverty in America to receive the 2013 Community Economic Development Entrepreneurship and Innovation Award. The awards, administered by the Community Action Partnership, were presented August 29, 2013 at the organization’s Annual Convention in Chicago.

In order to be selected, the winning projects were evaluated based on its effectiveness in job creation, asset building, and economic impact on low-income communities in three categories: Entrepreneurship, Protege, and Master Innovator. MVCAA’s Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship (MADE) was selected as a winner in the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation category.

Missouri Valley Community Action Agency’s MADE provides support for new and developing businesses. Participants receive mentoring, professional and technical support as they work to actualize their business ideas into sustainable business ventures. To date, MADE has assisted in the development of over 30 businesses that employ 130 people in Missouri.

“In many communities, the Community Action Agencies are THE go-to organization for helping people, creating jobs and improving communities-and this role increases during challenging economic times,” said Pam LaFrenz, Executive Director of MVCAA. “That’s why we created our program, and we’re proud not only that it has been cited as one of the best in the country, but that it’s making a considerable positive impact on our neighbors, both financially and personally.”

The award, created in 2010, honors CAAs for exemplary leadership and innovation in creating change for low-income people and families-specifically in economic development. It is part of the Partnership’s Community Economic Development Exemplary Practice Initiative, funded by the federal Office of Community Services/Administration for Children and Families/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“Despite the fact that CAAs are under increased pressure due to budget cuts and growing requests for services, they are still leading the way in terms of novel approaches that are really helping low-income people and communities thrive,” said Stacy Flowers, Director of Community Economic Development at the Community Action Partnership. “The award winners highlight CAAs’ unique ability to spearhead programs that promote economic security and reduce poverty.”

Community Action helps families and communities meet their unique needs and ensure that all community members have an opportunity to thrive and to contribute to the success of their communities and neighborhoods.

Based in Washington, D.C., the Community Action Partnership provides training and other services to more than 1,000 Community Action Agencies across America that are helping low-income people and families improve their lives, strengthen their communities and embody the spirit of hope. For more information, visit http://www.communityactionpartnership.com/ or follow the organization on Twitter, https://twitter.com/CAPartnership .

More information about MVCAA: http://mvcaa.net/ .

PHOTO CAPTION: Pam LaFrenz, Cheryl Zimny and Stacy Flowers with MADE award.

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Maple Youth Ballet Honored Donalyn Kling at The Second Annual Diamonds and Dance Gala

Donalyn KlingIRVINE, Calif., March 22, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Maple Youth Ballet honored Donalyn Kling, one of its most dedicated patrons at the second annual Diamonds & Dance Gala on Saturday, March 9 at Black, Starr & Frost in Newport Beach.

“Donalyn, without you we would not have been able to do so many of the things we have accomplished this year,” said Charles Maple, co-founder of the Maple Conservatory and the Maple Youth Ballet. “Her avid support makes it possible for our young dancers to have the experience of participating in a professional production and for young audiences to be introduced to classical ballet.”

Proceeds from Diamonds & Dance – including 10 percent of all purchases made at Black, Starr & Frost during the gala – benefited the Maple Youth Ballet and the Charles A. Maple, Sr. Scholarship. The scholarship allows young dancers who demonstrate the financial need for, as well as the drive and commitment, to receive world-class classical ballet training.

“Our committee truly outdid themselves this year and we are thrilled with our partners, Black, Starr and Frost for hosting us again,” said Cathy Godlewski, chair of Diamonds & Dance. “We are a group of parents who fully support the dreams of our talented kids, and what makes Maple Youth Ballet so special is that it opens the doors to so many children who have the determination and love of classical dance.”

Additional proceeds were donated to The Maple Youth Ballet through sales from Dawson Cole Fine Art, Townley Gallery and Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art.

The Maple Youth Ballet will present an enchanting adaptation of “Snow White” to Orange County dance audiences. Performances are at 1:30 p.m. and in the evening at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. A children’s afternoon tea and workshop with Snow White will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the UCI Student Conference Center. Tickets for Snow White are $30 for adults and $26 for children 12 and under and seniors. The children’s afternoon tea and workshop is an additional $20 per person and may be purchased directly from the Maple Youth Ballet.

To order tickets for Snow White, please visit the Maple Youth Ballet page at www.mapleconservatory.com/youthballet or the Irvine Barclay Theatre website. For the Afternoon Tea with Snow White, please call the Maple Youth Ballet at 949-660-9930.

Opportunities to support The Maple Youth Ballet are available at: www.mapleconservatory.com/supportus/ .

About the Maple Youth Ballet:
Founded in 2007 by Charles Maple and Kathy Crade, the Maple Youth Ballet is a non-profit organization providing young dancers with the exposure, training and performance opportunities to bridge the gap between students and professional dancers, while at the same time, offering Orange County and surrounding Southern California communities with the highest quality performances at affordable prices. For more information about classes and future performances please visit www.MapleConservatory.com/youthballet . Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mapleBallet or on Twitter @MapleBallet.

- Photo Caption: Charles Maple, Co-Founder and Artistic Director at The Maple Youth Ballet with Donalyn Kling of The Kling Family Foundation at the Annual Diamonds and Dance Gala at Black, Starr & Frost in Newport Beach, Calif.

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Workforce Investment Board Member and San Bernardino County Resident Honored with ASPA’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Workforce Investment BoardSAN BERNARDINO, Calif., March 20, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Audrey Mathews, County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board Member, has received the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)’s Elmer B. Staats Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Public Service. The award ceremony was held on Tuesday, March 19, at the Hilton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, La., during ASPA’s Annual Conference.

The ASPA Lifetime Achievement award recognizes one person in the nation who has dedicated their life to public service and gone above and beyond in his or her service to the community.

Audrey was honored for her more than 35 years of work in local and state governments as a professor, budget director, planning commissioner and consultant. Currently, her significant talents are benefiting San Bernardino County and California at large, where she is focusing much of her attention on client and workforce fiscal circumstances.

“This award is truly an honor,” states Mathews. “I am grateful and humbled that I would even be considered in the same category of those who have been recognized for this award before me. I have dedicated my life to helping those in need in the communities where I live, work, and play. I never thought of my life’s dedication to the public service as something remarkable. I’m just doing what I was born to do: mentor and provide a helping hand to those in need of my services.”

Audrey currently sits on the County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board, serving on the business resources, economic development, youth council, and finance committees as well as chair of the legislative committee. With her help, the Workforce Investment Board continues to help numerous local businesses find and train employees by connecting them with local job seekers. The legislative committee advocates and educates others about the implications of pending legislation on our community.

She also works with the County’s Planning Commission, for which she has served as Chair. In addition, Audrey serves as a legislative advisor to the National Association Workforce Boards and the California Workforce Association. She has written workforce initiatives and testimony that was submitted to the Senate and House subcommittees on workforce issues.

“It is a joy to work with someone as dedicated and knowledgeable as Audrey,” says Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board.

Along with her committee work, Audrey is CEO of Mathews and Associates, an organizational behavior and diversity management consulting firm. Audrey currently works as an adjunct Professor Emeriti at California State University, San Bernardino, where she has developed diversity management, economic development, and budget and finance curriculum for the Public Administration department and Park University in Kansas City, Missouri. Furthermore, Audrey has authored books and articles in her focus areas and serves on several local boards. She has also worked as a consultant for numerous companies, including accounting firms and airports, and served in several important administrative positions in the City Compton, Beverly Hills and the District of Columbia.

Audrey is a 2007 National Academy of Public Administration Fellow. She received her Doctor of Public Administration from the University of Southern California and Masters of Public Administration with an emphasis in Organizational Development from California State University, Northridge.

“Her education and experience make her a leader in her field, but what really sets her apart is her heart. The care she has for her community and its citizens shows through the passion and time she puts into all of her work. It is no surprise that she is being honored with this lifetime achievement award,” Sandy Harmsen added.

About the American Society for Public Administration:
The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) is one of the oldest organizations in the United States dedicated to the professionalism of public service at all levels of government. It is the largest, most prominent professional association for public administration. It is dedicated to advancing the art, science, teaching and practice of public and non-profit administration. ASPA’s four core values are Accountability and Performance, Professionalism, Ethics and Social Equity. For more information, visit http://www.aspanet.org/ .

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County (WIB) is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The WIB strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing county resources, which generate jobs and investment.

The WIB, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment. Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit http://www.csb-win.org/ .

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Tallahassee Moving Company Recognized by Nationwide Hunger Relief Non-Profit: AMWAT Moving and Storage Honored as Mover of the Year

Mover of the Year awardTALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 7, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Move For Hunger, a nationwide hunger relief organization, is proud to announce that AMWAT Moving and Storage of Tallahassee is the recipient of the Mover of the Year Award for 2012.

Out of 450 moving companies that stretch across the United States and Canada, AMWAT stands out for their commitment to ending hunger and assisting their local community through daily food collection efforts and food drives.

Since joining Move For Hunger in 2009, AMWAT has delivered over 11,500 lbs. of food to the Second Harvest of The Big Bend Food Bank in Tallahassee. The collections from AMWAT are enough to provide over 8,840 meals to the hungry of southern Florida.

“It is companies like AMWAT Moving and Storage that are changing the face and reputation of the relocation industry,” said Adam Lowy, executive director of Move For Hunger. “They are proof that any business can use their resources to make the community a better place and have a real impact on the lives of the less fortunate.”

Over 110,000 people live at risk of hunger in the Tallahassee area and surrounding communities. Of those at risk, over 29,000 are children. The food donations provided by AMWAT provide direct assistance to those struggling find to their next meal.

In just three years the Move For Hunger network has delivered over 1 million pounds of food to food banks and pantries. The Mover of the Year honor is awarded to the moving company that best exemplifies the philanthropic spirit of Move For Hunger through daily food collections, advocacy and community involvement.

About Move For Hunger:
Move For Hunger is a non-profit organization that works with relocation companies across North America to pick up unopened food from those who are relocating and deliver it to local food banks. To date, Move For Hunger is working with over 450 moving companies in 44 states and has collected more than 1 million pounds of food. For more information or to find out how you can help support Move For Hunger, visit http://www.MoveForHunger.org/ .

About AMWAT Moving Warehousing and Storage:
Owned and founded by Dean and Gloria Pugh, AMWAT (originally called A Man With A Truck) in Tallahassee is part of a network of more than 370 interstate agents of Wheaton World Wide Moving, which is one of the world’s most highly regarded providers of transportation services. To learn more, visit www.wheatonworldwide.com or www.amwatmovers.com .

Move For Hunger, 1930 Heck Avenue, Bldg. 1, Ste. 1, Neptune, NJ 07753.

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MCT Trading’s Phil Rasori Designated to ‘Top 40 Most Influential Mortgage Professionals Under 40 List’ for Third Year in a Row

MCT Trading, Inc.SAN DIEGO, Calif., Feb. 8, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — MCT Trading, Inc. (MCT), a recognized leader in mortgage pipeline hedging and risk management services, announced that that Phil Rasori, the company’s COO and Head Trader, has earned a spot on National Mortgage Professional Magazine’s “Top 40 Most Influential Mortgage Professionals Under 40″ list for the third time.

National Mortgage Professional cites individuals who make the list as being executives who continue to forge forward, lead by example, set the bar high for education, professionalism and excellence in the mortgage industry. Rasori has been instrumental in helping mortgage bankers achieve greater profitability using a proprietary hedging and risk management program that he developed called HALO (Hedging And Loan sales Optimization). He is a well-known and regarded expert in capital markets.

“To be named to National Mortgage Professional Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 list for the third year in a row is an unexpected honor,” said Rasori. “I greatly appreciate the recognition and am thankful of the support of many clients and industry colleagues during the nomination process. I look forward to continuing to develop and implement market-savvy secondary marketing strategies with our client lending organizations.”

Rasori is an active member for the Mortgage Bankers Association as well as state-based mortgage banking trade associations, he participates in industry events, serves as an expert speaker on panels, and is a regular thought leader in the mortgage media.

About Mortgage Capital Trading:
MCT Trading is a risk management and advisory services company providing independent analysis, training, hedging strategy and loan sale execution support to clients engaged in the secondary mortgage market. Founded in San Diego, California in May 2001, the company has expanded to include field sales and support offices in Philadelphia, Dallas, Charlotte, St Louis and San Francisco. MCT is recognized as a leading provider of mortgage pipeline hedging service and currently supports more than 85 clients on the HALO (Hedging And Loan sales Optimization) Program. MCT also offers a service that effectively outsources a centralized lock desk for mortgage bankers called LockCentral. For more information, please visit www.mct-trading.com or call (619) 543-5111.

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PCM of California, Inc. Nominated for 17 Prestigious Community Association Industry Awards

Professional Community Management of California, Inc.LAKE FOREST, Calif., Feb. 1, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — PCM of California, Inc. (PCM), an Associa company, announced today that eight employees as well as nine volunteers in company-managed communities have been nominated for “Orange County Excellence in Community” Awards presented by the Orange County Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAIOC).

Award winners will be announced during CAIOC’s annual gala awards dinner taking place Friday, February 8, 2013 at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel.

“We are honored and thrilled with these nominations,” said PCM CEO Donny Disbro. “They are reflective of our team’s proven track record for enhancing the quality of life in every community we manage as well as the incredible vision and leadership demonstrated by our volunteer community association board members.”

The “Orange County Excellence in Community” awards are presented annually by CAIOC to recognize volunteer contributions that are significant to the industry and benefiting the communities they serve.

Nominated PCM employees include:
* Wendy Bucknum – Chapter Appreciation Award
* Dana Davidson – Chapter Appreciation Award & Rising Star Award
* Jerry Storage – Outstanding Service Award
* Gavin Kuehn – Committee Member of the Year & Community Manager of the Year (Portfolio Category)
* Debbie Alvarez – Community Manager of the Year (Large Scale Category)
* Josh Hodosh – Community Manager of the Year (Large Scale Category)
* Timothy Peckham – Community Manager of the Year (Large Scale Category).

Nominated PCM-community association board members include:
* Catherine Brians – Board Member of the Year (Veteran Category)
* Heather Gerson – Board Member of the Year (Veteran Category)
* Jeanne Kerr – Board Member of the Year (Veteran Category)
* Jerie Miller – Board Member of the Year (Veteran Category)
* Judie Schueler – Board Member of the Year (Rookie Category)
* Linda Lewis – Board Member of the Year (Hall of Fame Category)
* Linda Wilson – Board Member of the Year (Hall of Fame Category)
* Marvin Garrett – Board Member of the Year
* Mike Straziuzo – Board Member of the Year (Rookie Category)
* Ross Chun – Speaker of the Year
* Wendy Fox – Board Member of the Year (Hall of Fame Category).

“The number of nominations, I believe, is reflective of our company’s strong leadership role and extensive involvement in CAI’s impressive professional education program,” concluded Disbro. “We appreciate CAI for their commitment to continuing education for managers and association board members.”

About PCM of California, Inc.:
PCM of California, Inc., an Associa company, specializes in the management of Common Interest Developments of homeowner associations for family oriented master-planned developments, resort-style master-planned communities, active-adult master-planned communities, condominium associations and boutique communities throughout Southern California and Southern Nevada.

With headquarters in Lake Forest, Calif., PCM and its companies employ a staff of more than 1,500 people. PCM has offices in serving all of Southern California and Southern Nevada and is recognized by the Multi Housing Council as one of the county’s largest managers of common interest developments. Management services by PCM are backed by state-of-the art Internet technology and comprehensive financial and management systems. For additional information, please contact PCM at 800.369.7260 or at http://www.pcminternet.com/ .

About Associa:
Building successful communities for more than 30 years, Associa is North America’s largest community association management firm and serves its clients with local knowledge, national resources and comprehensive expertise. Based in Dallas, Associa and its 8,000 employees operate more than 150 branch offices in the United States, Mexico and Canada. To learn more about Associa and its charitable organization, Associa Cares, go to www.associaonline.com and www.associacares.com. Find us on Facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/associa ), follow us on Twitter ( http://twitter.com/associa ), LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/company/33264) and Pinterest ( http://pinterest.com/associa/ ), and watch us on YouTube ( http://www.youtube.com/associamarketing ).

About CAI:
Community Associations Institute (CAI), an international organization dedicated to building better communities, provides education and resources to community association homeowner leaders, professional managers, association management companies and other businesses and professionals who provide products and services to community associations.

With more than 31,000 members, CAI works in partnership with 60 chapters, including a chapter in South Africa, as well as with housing leaders in a number of other countries, including Australia, Canada, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

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LendingQB President Binh Dang Designated to ‘Top 40 Under 40 Most Influential Mortgage Professionals List’

COSTA MESA, Calif., Jan. 11, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — LendingQB, a provider of end-to-end loan origination software, announced that its president, Binh Dang, has been named to National Mortgage Professional magazine’s Top 40 Most Influential Mortgage Professionals Under 40 list.

National Mortgage Professional magazine cites individuals who make the list as being executives who continue to forge forward, lead by example, set the bar high for education, professionalism and excellence in the mortgage industry. Dang is recognized for his industry contributions in developing high-impact mortgage technology solutions for mortgage bankers, banks and credit unions.

“I am honored to be recognized as a person who is making a difference in the mortgage industry,” said Dang. “My entire career has been dedicated to developing leading-edge technologies that make lending institutions more efficient and profitable. I feel privileged that the magazine has acknowledged my past and continuing efforts to better the industry by way of utilizing contemporary technology.”

Mr. Dang is currently the founder and president of LendingQB, a provider of browser-based end-to-end mortgage loan origination platforms that was officially launched in 2011 and has gained rapid adoption among mortgage lenders of all types. Mr. Dang also created PriceMyLoan, a successful best-of-breed mortgage pricing engine and automated underwriting system.

Notable in 2012 is that Dang created a highly effective technology assessment and due diligence model dubbed an Enterprise Process Assessment (EPA), which is a unique approach to helping lenders make better technology decisions. In addition, Dang rolled out an enhanced LOS platform in 2012 that has been well-received and widely successful in the industry as one of the leading loan origination technology solutions.

Dang is an active member for the Mortgage Bankers Association and regional trade groups, participates in industry events, serves as an expert speaker on panels and is a regular thought leader in the mortgage media. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of California at Irvine.

About LendingQB:
LendingQB is a Costa Mesa, California-based company that specializes in loan origination technology solutions and services for the mortgage industry. The LendingQB LOS is a 100% Web-based, true end-to-end enterprise-class loan origination platform. The solution is designed to meet the needs of all types of mortgage lenders-large or small, wholesale or retail, correspondent or Internet-based-with specialized tools that are targeted, customizable and flexible. LendingQB uses a consultative technology assessment approach before engaging with new clients, and places a strong emphasis on the utilization of data analytics to assist lenders in leveraging business intelligence, resulting in optimized organizational performance and lowered cost per loan. For more information about LendingQB, please call 888-285-3912 or visit http://www.lendingqb.com/ .

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LendingQB; 3080 Bristol Street, Suite 550, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. 714-957-6335; www.lendingqb.com.

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Bank of Southern California recognized as a top Small Business lender in San Diego County

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Jan. 4, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Bank of Southern California, a locally owned community business bank, has been recognized as one of the top small business lenders among medium sized banks for the largest number and dollar volume of 7(a) loans in 2012 in the greater San Diego area according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.

In addition, Banking Grades, which is a grading tool from Multifunding, a financial advisory provider that ranks every FDIC insured bank based on their commitment to small business lending, continues to issue an A rating to Bank of Southern California for the amount of loans the bank has made to small businesses. By contrast, many other banks in the area received much lower grades.

“We know that local businesses are absolutely essential to our local economy,” says Nathan Rogge, CEO of Bank of Southern California. “We’ve always been focused on providing small businesses the access to the capital they need to help them grow and expand. It’s nice to be recognized which shows that we are meeting the needs of our community.”

About the Bank of Southern California:
Established in 2001, Bank of Southern California, N.A., a national bank with headquarters in San Diego, Calif., is locally owned and managed and committed to meeting the unique business, professional and personal banking needs of the vibrant Southern California communities it serves. With six offices in San Diego County and the Coachella Valley in Riverside County, Bank of Southern California remains one of the strongest, best-capitalized banks in the region, with a growing asset base and loan portfolio. For more information, visit http://www.banksocal.com/ or call (858) 847-4780.

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Nine Georgia Business Brokers Named to Million Dollar Club with $40 Million Sold

ATLANTA, Ga., Jan. 3, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Nine members of the Georgia Association of Business Brokers (GABB) helped entrepreneurs buy and sell more than $40 million worth of small and medium businesses in 2012. “The Georgia market for buying and selling businesses remains strong with a large number of buyers with the financial ability to make significant purchases,” said GABB’s 2013 President Matt Slappey.

“Many business buyers today are individuals who have decided not to re-enter the work force, but are ready to control their own destiny by purchasing and operating a Georgia business. Many buyers are also current business owners who saw 2012 as an opportunity to grow their revenues through purchases of a competitor or a strategic partner.”

GABB members represent owners of Georgia businesses and help them determine the value of their business, create a marketing plan and strategy, and identify and qualify buyers while keeping the sale confidential from employees and customers.

“The association is very proud of the top producers as they demonstrate to the public the valuable services that we provide to business owners around Georgia,” said Slappey, one of the top-five brokers in sales. “We are a significant part of Georgia’s economy as we provide business owners with the opportunity to sell and protect their retirement and, at the same time, bring new entrepreneurs into the economy as business owners or financial partners.”

Topping the GABB’s 2012 Million Dollar Club is Jeff Merry, owner and founder of the BUSINESS HOUSE, inc., of Gainesville. Merry was GABB’s top producer in seven previous years and has been a part of the Million Dollar Club since its inception in 1999.

Other Top-Five business brokers include Kent Reed, president of the North Atlanta office of Murphy Business & Financial Corporation; Jon Merry, an associate of the BUSINESS HOUSE, inc., of Gainesville: and Matt Wochele, president of Preferred Business Brokers, Inc., and Matt Slappey, owner of the Decatur branch of Murphy Business and Financial Corporation.

Rounding out the Million Dollar Club are 2012 GABB President C. David Chambless, president of Abraxas Business Services, Inc.; Loren Marc Schmerler, President and Founder of Bottom Line Management, Inc.; Steven Josovitz, vice president of The Shumacher Group; and GABB’s 2011 President Eric Gagnon, founder of We Sell Restaurants, Inc.

The Georgia Association of Business Brokers (GABB) is the state’s only professional organization and Multiple Listing Service dedicated to buying and selling businesses and franchises. The GABB maintains a web site ( http://bbms.biz/gabb/businesses/ ) that lists hundreds of businesses and franchises for sale throughout Georgia, as well as around the country, in a variety of fields, including animals and pets, automotive, business services, child care, cleaning, construction, schools, electronics equipment, fitness, flooring, floral, food businesses, gas stations, landscaping, manufacturing, medical, shipping, restaurants, retail, security, signs and businesses related to the internet.

GABB Million Dollar Club Member JEFFERY E. MERRY, SR., a past president of the GABB, was the GABB top producer in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2002, and has been a part of the Million Dollar Club since its inception in 1999. Mr. Merry, owner and founder of the BUSINESS HOUSE, inc., of Gainesville, is a member of the International Association of Business Brokers. For almost two decades, his firm has specialized in serving the manufacturing, distribution, veterinary and medical industries. As a Business Intermediary, Certified Exit Planner and consultant, Mr. Merry has been involved in more than 300 mergers and acquisitions that have ranged in acquisition price from $60,000 to more than $15 million. He has been an adjunct instructor for the MBA program at North Georgia College and State University. Mr. Merry holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Mercer University, a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Illinois Edwardsville, and a Juris Doctorate from Atlanta Law School. Mr. Merry, a resident of Dahlonega, is a licensed real estate agent in Georgia and Florida, a Senior Business Analyst, and a member of the Exit Planning Institute. He is married to attorney Rebecca Speir Merry, has three children, four grandchildren, and enjoys traveling, reading and riding his motorcycle.

GABB Lifetime Multi-Million Dollar Club Member and GABB President-Elect MATT SLAPPEY is the owner of the Decatur branch of Murphy Business and Financial Corporation. Mr. Slappey has been the top broker in Murphy Business & Financial Corporation of Georgia from 2008-2012. Mr. Slappey has ranked in the top 10% of the GABB each year of his membership. In 2012, he helped clients acquire or sell businesses with revenues ranging from $400,000 to more than $20 million. Mr. Slappey, a native of Decatur/DeKalb County, draws from his experiences in previous business transactions, his Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) designation from the International Business Broker Association (IBBA), degrees in Accounting, Economics and Business from Presbyterian College and 12 years of experience in management for a Fortune 100 healthcare company. A seven year active duty veteran, Mr. Slappey was a pilot and military intelligence officer in the U.S. Army. He is an active member of Oak Grove United Methodist Church and enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters, playing in a band, and enjoying the great outdoors.

MATT WOCHELE CBI founded Preferred Business Brokers, Inc., in 1996 after a 17-year career as an investment banker. He is a life member of the Georgia Association of Business Brokers Million Dollar Club and a member of the International Business Brokers Association. Under Mr. Wochele’s leadership, Preferred has represented hundreds of private business owners in the sale of their businesses. As the managing broker he has had the opportunity to guide and train a number of successful agents in the business brokerage field. Having a career in both the public business arena and now the private sector has been rewarding and certainly interesting. Mr. Wochele resides in Sandy Springs with his wife, Kathy, a professional artist. Kathy and Matt have five daughters and one son-in-law.

KENT REED, a resident of East Cobb for more than 20 years, is the owner of Murphy Business and Financial Corporation – North Atlanta. Mr. Reed, who was a member of GABB’s 2011 Million Dollar Club, holds a BSBA degree in Management and Marketing from Western Carolina University. Mr. Reed is a licensed Georgia real estate agent and has worked as a business development executive and retail marketing specialist with several Fortune 100 and smaller companies, and has owned and managed his own LLC and conducted business in multiple states. Mr. Reed is a member of the East Cobb Rotary Club and enjoys spending time with his wife, Tracey, and their 8-year-old twin boys and traveling, fishing and music.

JON MERRY of the BUSINESS HOUSE, inc., is a Certified Machinery/Equipment Appraiser (CMEA) with the National Equipment & Business Builders Institute (NEBB Institute). A CMEA is intensively trained in the legal requirements involving professional appraisal standards, as well as the methodology approach employed in establishing fair market value, orderly liquidation value, and forced liquidation value in any market condition. He has a keen understanding for the buying and selling process and has assisted our staff of Senior Brokers with numerous M&A transactions. Mr. Merry was a professional umpire for Minor League Baseball for 11 years. Jon is well versed in the industry and handles a wide range of deal making activities to help meet the needs of our clients. Jon and his wife RaeLynda have two sons, Jacob and Joseph.

LOREN MARC SCHMERLER, who qualified for GABB’s multi-million dollar club in 2012, is founder and president of Bottom Line Management, Inc. Mr. Schmerler graduated with a BSBA in Finance Summa Cum Laude from the Boston University School of Management and obtained a Masters Degree with honors from Georgia State University. He has been a business consultant for 42 years and a business broker for 26 years. Loren has the added distinction of having been the only business advice columnist for Sam’s Club in the early 1990′s and a national public speaker at Inc. conferences, BellSouth Symposiums and Staples new store openings. He is a member of the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA). Mr. Schmerler has developed a Buyer’s Broker Program that helps a corporate executive find a suitable business and transition into entrepreneurial life. When working with sellers of businesses, Loren helps them objectively decide whether freedom or money is most important to them when they are ready to exit their companies. He resides in Roswell.

GABB Million Dollar Club Member and GABB President C. DAVID CHAMBLESS is the president of Abraxas Business Services, Inc., which focuses on businesses with revenues between $5- and $30-million in the manufacturing, distribution, healthcare, technology, and services industries. An inactive CPA, Mr. Chambless has served in sales, marketing, and executive roles in technology firms; as CFO for public and private companies; and as a management consultant. He has served or is serving in various roles in the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), including as a member of its board of directors, chair of its Leadership Council, chair of TAG-Finance, and chair of TAGFinTech. He also serves on the boards of the Grant Park Conservancy and the Southeast Atlanta Business Association. Mr. Chambless is actively involved in All Saints’ Episcopal Church. His other community investments include service on the boards of The Samaritan House of Atlanta and the Resource Opportunity Center of Atlanta, and on the Advisory Council of 24/7 Gateway, a homeless-services center. Mr. Chambless has an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech. Mr. Chambless and his family live in historic Grant Park.

GABB Million Dollar Club Member STEVEN JOSOVITZ is vice president of The Shumacher Group, where he heads the restaurant business brokerage division and provides commercial retail and restaurant real estate site selection, sales and lease negotiation expertise. A former restaurant owner and trained professional chef, Steven has an extensive background in restaurant and hotel management. He also offers consulting, appraisal services and has been retained by law firms for his expert opinion to help settle disputes. Mr. Josovitz, a resident of Norcross, earned a B.S. in Hotel/Restaurant Management from Florida International University in 1981. Mr. Josovitz is a member of the Georgia Restaurant Association, International Council of Shopping Centers and the Retail Brokers Network. He is Multi-Million Dollar member of the GABB’s Million Dollar Club and received the 2012 Million Dollar Club Lifetime achievement award.

GABB Million Dollar Club Member for the fifth consecutive year and 2011 GABB President ERIC GAGNON is the President of We Sell Restaurants and wesellrestaurants.com. He has been designed an industry expert by Business Brokerage Press and is a frequent speaker and writer for the restaurant industry. Mr. Gagnon established the nation’s first franchise restaurant brokerage firm with offices in Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Colorado and South Carolina. Mr. Gagnon is the co-author of “Appetite for Acquisition,” a book on restaurant brokerage published last year and named “Best of 2012″ by Small Business Book Awards. Eric is a long term board member of the Georgia Association of Business Brokers and Lifetime Member of the Million Dollar Club. He is a member of the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA), Business Brokers of Florida (BBF) and the International Franchise Association (IFA). Eric is licensed as a Broker in both Georgia and Florida. He holds degrees from major universities in both the United States and Canada.

More information about GABB: http://www.gabb.org/ .

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Edupoint’s Synergy Special Education Receives Endorsement from CASE

MESA, Ariz., Jan. 3, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Edupoint Educational Systems, a leading student information management systems provider to the national K-12 market, has received an endorsement for their Synergy® Special Education (SE) solution from the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE). CASE is an international organization whose mission is to identify, shape, and disseminate effective policies and practices in the field of special education.

Synergy SE received the official CASE endorsement after undergoing an extensive review process by the Executive Committee to ensure that the solution met or exceeded criteria that included a strong research base to support the product, proven solution effectiveness, and most importantly, enhancement of the professional practices advocated by CASE.

“The CASE Executive Committee is pleased to endorse Synergy SE,” said Luann Purcell, Ed.D., Executive Director of CASE. “We appreciate Edupoint bringing such a fine software program to the attention of Special Education Administrators in the United States and Canada as a tool to advance our mission.”

Synergy SE addresses the diverse needs of special education students with functionality for every stakeholder: administrators, case managers, evaluators, service providers, teachers, counselors, parents, and students. Synergy SE provides accountability at multiple levels to improve student outcomes with comprehensive documentation and process management, simplified IDEA compliance, automated state reporting, user-defined queries, and electronic individual education plans (IEPs) with workflow approval. A single, centralized database enables teachers, parents, students, and administrators throughout a district to collaborate on the development of IEPs required for each student in the special education program, further engaging all key stakeholders in the education process to help ensure student success.

“It is a true honor to receive the CASE endorsement for our Synergy Special Education solution,” says Rob Wilson, President and COO of Edupoint. “As an organization, CASE shares our own commitment to provide today’s students with the skills necessary for a successful future. Edupoint looks forward to our relationship with CASE as we continue to develop solutions that inform decisions, foster communication, and create collaborative environments so that all education stakeholders are empowered with timely access to relevant information necessary to help ensure student success.”

About Edupoint:
For thirty years, the leadership of Edupoint Educational Systems has been singularly focused on providing well designed, technologically advanced student information management systems that empower every K-12 stakeholder with the tools they need to do their part to help improve student achievement. The Synergy® Education Platform begins with the strongest student information system in K-12 – Synergy® SIS – leverages collaborative tools to improve communication, and delivers actionable information for instructional decisions at all levels. These integrated solutions, including Synergy® Special Education – a comprehensive special education data management system – are used by thousands of schools to manage millions of students. To learn more about Edupoint and Synergy solutions, visit http://www.Edupoint.com/ .

About the Council of Administrators of Special Education:
The Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) is an international professional educational organization which is affiliated with the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), whose members are dedicated to the enhancement of the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of each individual in society. The mission of CASE is to provide leadership and support to members by shaping policies and practices that impact the quality of education. To learn more about CASE, visit http://www.casecec.org/ .

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Multi-Flow Industries Proudly Announces Its 2012 Food Safety Rating from Silliker

HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa., Jan. 2, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Multi-Flow Industries, proudly announced its prestigious 2012 Silliker 3rd Party Food Safety Audit, which landed the manufacturer of fountain-dispensed beverages a score of 98.4 percent. The audit covered Food Safety as well as GMP requirements.

Silliker is recognized as one of the world’s leading food safety auditing firms, and has been accredited as a certification body for the Safe Quality Food (SQF) program of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI). Their GMP and FSS audits combine a host of recognized industry practices and principles, as well as recommendations from the National Advisory Committee for Microbiological Criteria in Foods, Food and Drug Administration, and United States Department of Agriculture. These comprehensive audit evaluations involve a systems review as well as a physical assessment of the facility in the implementation of food safety and quality systems procedures.

Multi-Flow Industries voluntarily undergoes periodic independent audit scrutiny as part of their commitment to the manufacture of high-quality beverages incorporating sustainable business practices and environmental consciousness.

CEO Mark Stephens of Multi-Flow Industries said, “Although we receive excellent audit ratings every year, we are especially thrilled to have achieved our highest score ever. The Q&A staff, as well as the entire Production Team, wake up every morning as though each day is audit day. There was no prep work needed prior to the auditor’s visit, which made this year’s rating even more special for the entire team.”

Gary Moore, Director of Quality Assurance at Multi-Flow, is quick to stress the integral role that every employee makes in securing the excellent rating. “This achievement rests on the hard work of every single one of our colleagues, who live and breathe their dedication to Food Safety all year long.”

About Multi-Flow Industries:
Multi-Flow Industries, based in Huntingdon Valley, Pa., produces branded and private label concentrated Iced Teas, Juices, Carbonated Soft Drinks, Energy Drinks and Fortified Functional in Bag-in-the-Box packages. In addition to the recent “Excellent” rating from Silliker, Multi-Flow Industries has been an OSHA VPP Star Site since 2005. Nearly half of Multi-Flow Industries’ revenue is derived from private label partnerships with convenience store chains, foodservice operators, and branded bottle and can manufacturers. The balance of Multi-Flow Industries’ revenue is generated from route delivery sales out of their 12 warehouses along the East Coast. The company was established in 1937.

More information on Multi-Flow can be found on the company website at http://www.multiflow.net/

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Medical Care Alert Earns 2012 Angie’s List ‘Super Service’ Award

NOVI, Mich., Jan. 2, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Medical Care Alert, a national provider of emergency medical alert systems for senior citizens, has earned the 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award in recognition of superior customer service. This recognition is only awarded to the top 5 percent of all companies rated on Angie’s List, the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service companies.

“We are thrilled and honored to receive both an ‘A’ rating and the Super Service Award from Angie’s List members,” said Erin Rogg, Vice President of Medical Care Alert. “We protect seniors in all 50 states with our ‘Help At The Push Of A Button’ monitoring service, and our Angie’s List subscribers really do their homework.”

Rogg also noted that Medical Care Alert has an “A” rating, and is an Accredited Member of the Better Business Bureau.

“It’s a select group of companies rated on Angie’s List that can claim the exemplary customer service record of being a Super Service Award winner,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Our standards for the Super Service Award are quite high. The fact that Medical Care Alert earned this recognition speaks volumes about its dedication providing great service to its customers.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2012 winners meet strict eligibility requirements, including earning a minimum number of reports, an excellent rating from their customers and abiding by Angie’s List guidelines.

About Medical Care Alert:
Medical Care Alert’s “Help At The Push Of A Button” medical alert monitoring service provides independence and peace of mind for thousands of seniors and their families in all 50 states. Systems cost around $1 day, with nothing to buy and no long term contracts. The company has an “A” rating with the BBB, an “A” rating with Angie’s List, and received the Angie’s List Super Service Award. Learn more at http://www.MedicalCareAlert.com/ .

About Angie’s List:
Angie’s List helps consumers have happy transactions with local service professionals in over 550 categories of service, from home improvement to health care. More than 1.5 million paid households use Angie’s List to gain unlimited access to local ratings, exclusive discounts, the Angie’s List magazine, and the Angie’s List complaint resolution service.

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United Fidelity Funding Named a Top 25 Tech-Savvy Lender for Third Time

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Dec. 27, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — United Fidelity Funding Corp. (UFF), a national wholesale and retail mortgage banker, announced that it earned a spot on Mortgage Technology magazine‘s 2012 Top 25 Tech-Savvy Lenders and Servicers list for the third time.

The magazine cites that companies named to the list have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to using technology and regularly implementing new innovations to produce marked business process improvements. In addition, the magazine evaluates how lenders and servicers are utilizing technology in ways that are exemplary for the rest of the mortgage industry.

Founded in 2008, UFF is run by experienced mortgage professionals who understand the value of harnessing technology to make the lending process more efficient, transparent and cost effective. UFF’s technology is comprised of a number of different leading Web-based solutions that seamlessly integrate with one another to establish companywide efficacy.

From it’s the beginning, UFF implemented enterprise-class, innovative mortgage technologies that automated all of its processes and workflows to establish a highly effective end-to-end platform. The company is fully automated from the point-of-sale through secondary marketing. Notable is that UFF established its lending practice as a 100 percent paperless operation.

“We are honored to have again been named to Mortgage Technology magazine’s prestigious Top 25 Tech-Savvy Lenders and Servicers list for the third time,” said Kevin Marconi, COO of UFF. “Since our inception, we have worked hard and remained committed to automation and innovation, which has enabled us to provide our employees with software applications that help them do their jobs better. And, we provide our LOs and brokers with robust Web-based technology tools that help make them more successful.

“As a result, borrowers that do business with us enjoy a very positive, highly service-oriented and smooth experience. Without technology and continuous advancements, we wouldn’t be able to run such an efficient lending operation.”

About United Fidelity Funding:
Founded in 2008 and based in Kansas City, Missouri, United Fidelity Funding Corp. is a national wholesale and retail mortgage banker that uses the latest web-based loan management and decisioning tools to offer its partner network full visibility into the status of loans at any given time in an effort to deliver next-level service. United Fidelity Funding is focused on ensuring it delivers reliable and accurate communication.

Paperless loan files, from submission to funding, ensure good, easy communication. This ensures smooth, quick closings. The company offers training on any of its loan programs or its Web-based loan management tools by contacting your account executive. For more information, visit www.uffmortgage.com or call (866) 760-0600.

About SourceMedia:
SourceMedia provides market information, including news, analysis, and insight to the financial services and related industries such as accounting and technology, through its publications, industry-standard data applications, seminars and conferences. SourceMedia’s 750,000 worldwide clients and subscribers range from c-level executives to business-unit heads to line managers – from the front office to the middle office to the back office. The company employs more than 1,000 employees worldwide, with headquarters in New York and offices in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and London (www.sourcemedia.com).

MEDIA CONTACT:
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Profundity Communications, Inc.
949.378.9685
jbowerbank@profunditymarketing.com.

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Delta Dental of Oklahoma Oral Health Foundation Names Inaugural ‘Oral Health Hero’

TULSA, Okla., Dec. 21, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Delta Dental of Oklahoma Oral Health Foundation is pleased to name D. Michael Spradlin, DDS, of Tulsa as the recipient of its first Oral Health Hero Award, a new program to recognize the contributions of volunteer dentists across the state.

Spradlin was honored Dec. 17 at the Mother Teresa Dental Care Center of Catholic Charities of Tulsa where he volunteers.

After retiring from private practice, Spradlin began serving as a volunteer dentist and clinic administrator for Mother Teresa Dental Care Center. Since leading the effort to set up the clinic in 2009, he has served nearly full-time administering the program, recruiting and scheduling other volunteer dentists and hygienists, and treating patients. He contributed more than 1,400 volunteer hours last year alone.

“Volunteer dentists are the lifeblood of charitable dentistry and our new Oral Health Hero Award is a small way for us to recognize and thank them,” said John Gladden, DDOK president and CEO. “Dr. Spradlin serves as a shining example of the dedication and passion of the many volunteer dentists in Oklahoma.”

The foundation created the Oral Health Hero Award to recognize volunteer dentists who go above and beyond in donating their time and skills to help those in need achieve greater oral health.

When asked why he volunteers, Spradlin said, “This morning I delivered a set of dentures for a lady who we’d been working on for a few visits. After setting and adjusting the dentures, I handed her a mirror. And she looked at herself in the mirror and tears started coming down. She cried.

The donations, the help, the money that we get from various organizations, allow us to do such things as this that are so personally rewarding for both us and the patients. It’s just worth it.”

In addition to the Oral Health Hero Award, the Delta Dental of Oklahoma Oral Health Foundation presented a grant award of $36,500 to the Mother Teresa Dental Care Center of Catholic Charities of Tulsa.

It included a $25,000 standard operational grant and an $11,500 challenge grant for equipment. Delta Dental’s foundation will match contributions made by other donors, dollar for dollar, in 2013, up to the challenge grant amount of $11,500 to complete the $36,500 award.

“This award means a lot,” Spradlin said. “Because what it tells us is that we’re doing good things. Our goal when we first started was to help people with no other place to turn to for care. Delta Dental has helped us to achieve that goal to provide care for people. Without it, we couldn’t do it.”

About Delta Dental of Oklahoma:
Delta Dental of Oklahoma is a not-for-profit corporation providing dental benefit plans to individuals, families, small businesses and Fortune 500 corporations located across the state and nation. For more information, visit http://www.deltadentalok.org/ .

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Equation Technologies Named 2012 VAR Star

TORONTO, Ontario, Dec. 11, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Equation Technologies announced today that it has been named to Bob Scott’s Insights 2012 VAR Stars. Equation Technologies was one of five Canadian firms included on the list of 100 North American VARs.

“This is a special honour as the criteria include leadership within the industry and growth,” said Equation Technologies president Pat Wade. “As an organization we have invested in earning the credentials, representing the best solutions, and working with our clients so that they enjoy success and fulfill their goals. We are very pleased to have those efforts recognized and honored to be included on this list of impressive businesses.”

Bob Scott’s Insights published the following regarding the selection of 2012 VAR Stars, “The selection of mid-market accounting resellers for Bob Scott’s VAR Stars rests on one basic principle: quality, not revenue as the deciding factor in picking the 100 businesses that are selected for this honour.”

Other criteria include awards the reseller has received from software publishers and leadership in the industry.

Since 1985, Equation Technologies continues to provide small to medium-sized businesses, associations and not-for-profit organizations with software systems designed to enhance their mission and objectives.

Equation Technologies is the sole solution provider in Canada for Avectra’s Social CRM solution for associations and the only BambooHR partner in North America.

Post Y2K, the company’s business model shifted to focus on software applications for “people-based” businesses. Most recently, the company has focused on associations across Canada, helping them achieve their mission and leverage technology across the organizational areas of member management, human resources and accounting. Those efforts include developing an interface between BambooHR and popular payroll solutions to allow better efficiencies and accurate transfer of data.

About Equation Technologies:
Partnerships with proven technology leaders including Avectra, BambooHR, Sage, and Deltek allow Equation Technologies to help clients effectively manage finances, projects, people, constituent relationships, and assets.

In addition to this most recent honour, the company has received a variety of awards including Sage President’s Circle, Accounting Today magazine’s “Technology Pacesetter,” 2012 BSI Top 100 VAR, and the Sage Customer Excellence Award for its high level of client satisfaction.

More information on Equation Technologies can be found at http://www.equationtech.com/ . Equation Technologies participates on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EquationTech and on Google+.

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Mortgage Technology Magazine Designates Venta Financial Group a to its Top 25 Tech-Savvy Lenders List

LAS VEGAS, Nev., Dec. 5, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Venta Financial Group, Inc., a Nevada-based mortgage banker, announced that it earned a spot on Mortgage Technology magazine’s 2012 Top 25 Tech-Savvy Lenders and Servicers list for the advanced technologies that operate its wholesale and retail business channels.

The magazine cites that companies named to the list have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to using technology and regularly implementing new innovations to produce marked business process improvements. In addition, the magazine evaluates how lenders and servicers are utilizing technology in ways that are exemplary for the rest of the mortgage industry.

Founded in 2007, Venta Financial Group, Inc. operates its retail lending channel under the name of Altera Home Loans for its retail channel and as Venta Wholesale for its wholesale lending channel; both channels are fully automated. Since the company’s founding, it implemented leading technologies to serve as a key component of its infrastructure and foundation for success. The company harnesses technology to make its lending process more efficient, transparent and cost effective.

Venta’s technology is comprised of a number of different leading Web-based solutions that seamlessly integrate with one another to establish ease of employee communications, elevated customer service and company wide efficacy. The lender utilizes an end-to-end platform that completely automates the application process starting at the point-of-sale for loan officers and brokers through underwriting, processing, closing, funding and secondary marketing.

“We are honored to be named to Mortgage Technology magazine’s 2012 Top 25 Tech-Savvy Lenders and Servicers list for the first time ever,” said Jason Madiedo, president and CEO of Venta Financial Group, Inc. “From our inception, we established technology as the backbone to run our organization very efficiently. Our utilization of advanced technologies enables our employees to be more effective at their jobs and we provide our LOs and brokers with robust Web-based tools that help make them more successful. Our commitment to technology has been instrumental in the success we continue to enjoy as an organization and the highly service-oriented and smooth experience we deliver to borrowers.”

About Venta Financial Group, Inc.:
Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, Venta Financial Group, Inc. owns Venta Wholesale and Altera Home Loans, its wholesale and retail channels, respectively. Venta Wholesale opened its doors in August of 2007 and currently has over 150 employees. Venta has loan officers, account executives, multiple DE underwriters, closers, lock desk resources, and more than enough support staff to help close loans on time – every time. Visit the company’s website to learn more www.goventa.com.

About SourceMedia:
SourceMedia provides market information, including news, analysis, and insight, to the financial services and related industries, such as accounting and technology, through its publications, industry-standard data applications, seminars and conferences. SourceMedia’s 750,000 worldwide clients and subscribers range from c-level executives to business-unit heads to line managers – from the front office to the middle office to the back office. The company employs more than 1,000 employees worldwide, with its headquarters in New York and offices in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and London (www.sourcemedia.com).

MEDIA CONTACT:
Joe Bowerbank
Profundity Communications, Inc.
949.378.9685
jbowerbank@profunditymarketing.com.

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Home Helpers and Direct Link Franchise Owner Robert J. Harter Honored with 2012 Adam Brown Spirit Award

BRENTWOOD, Tenn., Nov. 29, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Robert J. Harter, owner of Home Helpers and Direct Link of Middle Tennessee, was recently honored with the 2012 Adam Brown Spirit Award at the annual Home Helpers National Conference in Cancun, Mexico, on October 23, 2012.

Home Helpers is the nation’s leading senior care franchise specializing in comprehensive home health care and companionship for seniors, new and expectant mothers and individuals requiring recuperative and continuing care.

The Adam Brown Spirit Award recognizes the franchise owner who exhibits the Home Helpers and Direct Link spirit while continuing to grow as a business, making significant achievements and contributing to the system as a whole.

“It is an honor to be presented with the Adam Brown Spirit Award,” Harter said. “It is extremely rewarding to be a part of the Home Helpers and Direct Link family, which enables us to make a real difference in the lives of our clients and their families every day, while making a successful living for ourselves.”

Home Helpers offers free in-home consultations and works with clients and their families one-on-one to tailor flexible care plans to meet their specific needs and budgets. Harter’s services range from medical services to daily activities, including grocery shopping and meal preparation. Home Helpers is affiliated with Direct Link, a national provider of medical alert systems, including personal emergency response systems, automated medication dispensers and vital signs monitoring units.

“Bobby and his staff are not only passionate about serving clients, but passionate about serving their community,” said Emma Dickison, president of Home Helpers, Caring Hearts and Direct Link. “Since opening his doors in 2008, he has given of his time unselfishly and has helped numerous Home Helpers businesses along the way. Whether looking for new ways to grow his business or improving the Home Helpers community as a whole, Bobby and his team truly embody the Home Helpers vision and mission.”

For more information on Home Helpers and Direct Link of Middle Tennessee, please visit http://www.HomeCareBrentwoodTN.com/ or call (615) 823-5454.

About Home Helpers:
Founded in 1997, Cincinnati-based Home Helpers is one of the nation’s leading senior care franchises specializing in comprehensive home healthcare services and companionship for seniors, new and expectant mothers, those recovering from illness or injury and individuals facing lifelong challenges. Home Helpers currently has a presence in more than 600 communities across North America and is seeking qualified franchise candidates in strategic communities throughout the country. Home Helpers was recently ranked the #1 Senior Care Franchise and “Best of the Best” by Entrepreneur magazine for the fifth straight year and continues to lead the way in the senior care industry.

Home Helpers is affiliated with Direct Link(R) Help At The Touch Of A Button, a national provider of medical alert units, including 24-hour personal emergency response systems, an automated medication dispenser and vital signs monitoring units that enable seniors to feel safer and live independently at home for longer than might otherwise be possible.

Home Helpers does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of religion, race, sex, color, national origin, ethnicity, disability, age or sexual preference in connection with employment or acceptance, treatment, or participation in its programs, services and activities. For more information on Home Helpers and franchising opportunities, visit the company’s Web site at http://www.HomeHelpers.CC .

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