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    Ride-hailing platform Uber said it has appointed Daksh e-services co-founder Pavan Vaish as the head of central operations in India. “As we embark on our next wave of growth, we are building and strengthening a team of industry experts and veterans who appreciate the impact of ridesharing and are committed towards innovation for a better […] Reported by BGR India 14 hours ago.

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    Coast Guard Outlook features leadership interviews and articles that cover ideas, mission sets, and history of the U.S. Coast Guard. This edition includes coverage of the Offshore Patrol Cutter, National Security Cutter, Fast-response Cutter, and Polar Security Cutter. 75 years of Coast Guard helicopters and 50 years of Coast Guard Research Development Technology and Engineering are also featured.

    TAMPA, Fla. (PRWEB) January 08, 2019

    Faircount Media Group has released the latest edition of Coast Guard Outlook – dedicated to the pioneering Semper Paratus (Always Ready) spirit of the U.S. Coast Guard.

    Now in its 16th year, Coast Guard Outlook is a “state-of-the-service” report delivered with high-quality imagery and editorial content, which communicates current Coast Guard programs, including multi-mission capabilities, maritime assets, the service’s role in safeguarding the nation’s economic and national security, and articles that look at the remarkable history of the service.

    This edition features our first interviews with Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Karl L. Schultz as well as Vice Commandant Adm. Charles W. Ray. In addition to the coverage of Coast Guard leadership ideas and mission sets, we look at 75 years of Coast Guard helicopter flight, and 50 years of the U.S. Coast Guard’s RDT&E arm. Features on the long-awaited Offshore Patrol Cutter; status on the National Security Cutter and Fast-response Cutter programs and the Icebreaker/Polar Security Cutter discussion; law enforcement successes; updates on the aircraft and surface fleets; and much more round out this must-read magazine for Coast Guard personnel; federal, state, local agency, and maritime-based industry partners.

    A print edition of Coast Guard Outlook is distributed to decision-makers throughout the service, the Department of Homeland Security, and defense and maritime industries, as well as policymakers on Capitol Hill, enabling them to make informed decisions that will profoundly affect the development of the Coast Guard.

    A digital edition of the publication is made available to the general public as an informational and educational resource. To view the digital edition, sign up for the Coast Guard Outlook print edition and newsletter, please visit

    For information on marketing opportunities or editorial contributions in Coast Guard Outlook, please contact:

    Steve Chidel, Faircount Media Group
    Phone: +1 (813) 675-3816
    Email: steve.chidel(at)faircount(dot)com

    Faircount’s ‘Outlook’ series is a set of professional publications, each edition covering a specific sector from military special operations, to the U.S. Coast Guard, to defense, to scientific research and development, to veterans affairs. Originated and published by Faircount, these publications are highly respected and regularly read by professionals within each of the specific sectors they speak to.

    About Faircount
    Faircount creates highly targeted print and digital publications for the world’s most iconic institutions and historic national events. The company’s work within government and scientific sectors is second to none with a portfolio including an extensive range of commemorative publications developed in partnership with government departments and agencies. The company has published for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Royal Navy (U.K.), Royal Australian Navy, DARPA, and many others. More information is available at Reported by PRWeb 10 hours ago.

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    The new partnership will bring unique BTCC content to fans via an engaging, mobile experience

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (PRWEB) January 08, 2019

    fusesport, a leading global sports event and data management company formed a partnership with FanThreeSixty, an industry-leading fan engagement software and analytics company, to build the digital engagement and assets for the elite British Touring Cars Championship (BTCC). With FanThreeSixty’s support, fusesport will connect and engage with all fans and stakeholders in the BTCC family to further accelerate the growth of interest in this popular race series.

    fusesport will provide a full digital offering to BTCC and its fans, including the delivery of unique content via FanThreeSixty’s proprietary fan engagement mobile application and platform. This ongoing engagement will create a 360-degree view of the fan, leading BTCC and the teams to actionable insights that create better fan experiences and more value to the property.

    “We are excited to bring more unique BTCC content to fans via an engaging, mobile experience,” said Jeff Bliss, CEO, fusesport. “By partnering with FanThreeSixty, we can deliver new digital fan experiences and an innovative platform that activates sports fans in a hyper-personalized way.”

    Bliss adds that fusesport and FanThreeSixty’s ability to seamlessly manage event data over the entire BTCC season while protecting consumer privacy puts fans in control of their content and data and gives sports organizations like BTCC a competitive edge in attracting and retaining fans. The result is a tailored experience for each individual fan based on their choice, which accelerates sponsor revenue and increases team value.

    “We create remarkable fan experiences by transforming the way our clients act on their data,” said Jason Houseworth, CEO, FanThreeSixty. “We are excited to work with fusesport to provide BTCC fans the best user experience in motorsports by delivering the content they want and respecting their data privacy rights. We plan on extending our partnership with fusesport beyond BTCC into other motorsports and other sports property opportunities.”

    About fusesport
    fusesport is a global leader in helping sports organizations grow their communities by managing their events and data more effectively. One of the most complete event management solutions available, fusesport’s cloud-based platform provides registration, competition management, accreditation, and data management/marketing, to volunteer/workforce management and more. Clients include global sports associations, leagues/teams, multisport events, races, e-sports tournaments, and sports facilities, with events that range from a few hundred athletes to those with millions, in over 170+ countries around the world.

    About FanThreeSixty
    FanThreeSixty offers data-driven solutions for every touchpoint throughout the fan journey. Founded by sports and tech veterans, FanThreeSixty changes the way sports and entertainment brands act on fan data. FanThreeSixty’s industry-leading fan engagement platform accelerates the data transformation, creating a 360-degree view of the fan. This leads organizations to actionable insights that maximize the value of every fan and creates remarkable fan experiences. Reported by PRWeb 8 hours ago.

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    CompoundTek to profile Singapore's emerging semiconductor technologies at OFC 2019, focusing on Industry 4.0 One of the few global elites in silicon photonics to exhibit solutions that combine foundry capabilities with leading industry research

    SINGAPORE, Jan. 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- CompoundTek, a Singapore-based global market leader in silicon photonics (SiPh) foundry services provider announces its participation at the upcoming Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition 2019 (OFC 2019). Billed as the world's largest industry event of its kind, the conference connects attendees from key market sectors including data center end users to service providers, carriers, systems and component vendors, in San Diego, USA. CompoundTek, one of the few global elites offering SiPh, will feature solutions set to revolutionize semiconductor applications where data transfer 'at the speed of light' is increasingly sought after as a competitive advantage.

    SiPh is an exciting technology mixing optics, complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) technology and advanced packaging. It benefits tremendously from silicon-based semiconductor wafer manufacturing scalability to reduce costs, offering technology advantages such as higher integration, more functionalities embedded with lower power consumption and better reliability compared to legacy optics.

    Putting Singapore on the global map in cutting-edge semiconductor innovations, Raj Kumar, one of the founders and chief executive officer of CompoundTek said, "CompoundTek's mission is to make SiPh chips as widely available as silicon CMOS chips by driving the cost down through high volume manufacturing, ensuring high yield, and bringing innovative fabrication solutions. Almost everyone needs data and the need for data speed and bandwidth is increasing by every second."

    "Our exhibit at OFC 2019, while leveraging Singapore's standing as a world-class semiconductor hub, will seek to strengthen its growing influence in high value-added next generation niche technologies which in turn, supports Singapore's Smart Nation 2020 agenda," explained the 30-year semiconductor industry veteran.

    Poised to push the boundaries in cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous vehicles (AVs), Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0, CompoundTek's SiPh solutions are designed in tandem with emerging trends such as rapid urbanization, smart city initiatives, energy conservation and ageing populations. Demand for next generation semiconductor applications will be led by new system requirements, ultra-low power devices, the increasing need for miniaturization (wearables) and cost effective optical enabled chips that can transport data at much higher speeds and bandwidths.

    Datacenters, with other emerging applications including telecommunications, life science, lidars for autonomous cars and biochemical and chemical sensors will be multibillion-dollar markets for SiPh by 2025, with non-data center applications alone estimated at US$300 million.

    CompoundTek's SiPh fabrication solutions suited to some of these industries will be featured at OFC2019. In 2018, the company debuted capabilities designed for fast turn-around time, addressing both the issues of capacity and process technology gaps in the industry. Its partners today include multibillion-dollar commercial entities, leading research institutes, advisors and industry pioneers.

    The five-day OFC 2019 Technical Conference will take place from March 3^rd - 5^th 2019 at the San Diego Convention Centre, USA and includes exhibitions running from March 5^th - 7^th where CompoundTek will be exhibiting at Booth #6105.

    *Note to editor:
    *2025 SiPh Market data source: Solid State Technology

    *About CompoundTek Pte Ltd.*

    Singapore-based CompoundTek combines the best of global foundry giants with leading silicon photonics (SiPh) research institutes to revolutionize semiconductor applications where data transfer in the speed of light is increasingly sought after as a competitive advantage. As one of the elites offering SiPh solutions internationally, CompoundTek's capabilities include end-to-end industry expertise, from process technology to product co-design with strategic partners, and end-product manufacturing through its proprietary process. Founded and supported by industry pioneers and veterans, CompoundTek's global customers span leading brands and FORTUNE 500 companies recognised in the manufacture of solutions in telecommunication, data centre, bio-medical diagnostics, smart sensor, lidar, artificial intelligence, quantum optical computing, and automotive industries.

    Visit for more information.

    View original content: Reported by PR Newswire Asia 6 hours ago.

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    Veterans accused of minor offences during their service should be protected from prosecution by a statute of limitations, a lawyer involved in claims against British troops has suggested. Reported by Belfast Telegraph 4 hours ago.

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    Platform rolls out of Beta in 2018 with hundreds of customers

    NEW YORK, Jan. 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IgnitionOne, a global marketing technology and services leader, today announced the company’s annual growth and evolution of its platform establishing the company as the key player in Customer Intelligence. During the course of 2018, IgnitionOne brought on over 300+ brands and agencies in auto, hospitality and retail including Peugeot, Nissan, Avaya, La Quinta, G6 Hospitality, Renault, ArteTV, and more.2018 was a year where marketers encountered many new opportunities including an increase in engagement channels, the use of first-party data, and getting more effective and efficient use of marketing dollars. In addition, trends like direct-to-consumer, digital out-of-home and in-housing models, bring along with them the necessity of advanced solutions in order to be successful. As a result, IgnitionOne continued to evolve its technology platform to assist in helping marketers make sense of data, make it actionable and do it in real-time. Customer Intelligence works with or without a marketer’s existing marketing stack to find, value and engage customers in real-time. IgnitionOne’s CIP goes beyond traditional Customer Data Platform (CDP) capabilities, giving brands deeper insights for better omnichannel engagement. Advanced capabilities of IgnitionOne’s CIP include:

    · *Identity Resolution (IDR) - *Recognize each customer as an individual no matter when or where they choose to interact.
    · *Score -* Value your customer by understanding their levels of engagement, products of interest and likelihood to undertake a desired action.
    · *Personalization -* Enable real-time, 1:1 messaging across addressable channels featuring up-to-the-minute products of interest.
    · *Data Modeling - *Know your best customers -- so that you can uncover your next, best customers.
    · *Attribution - *Get a picture of what is driving your marketing results through a net of other channels.
    · *Data Management -* Manage your data through agonistic data collection, profile management and enrichment. Integrate your data (first, second and third-party data) from a range of sources to tie back to a single customer record.
    · *Engagement* - Collect, process and take action on your data in real-time.

    “We are continuing to experience incredible market success, helping marketers tackle their most pressing challenges to drive digital success; leveraging first party data, personalization in an omnichannel way and bringing back some of the control of targeting to the marketer as opposed to seeding control to Google and Facebook,” said Will Margiloff, CEO of IgnitionOne. “While other companies are playing catch-up around customer intelligence or selling yearlong implementations, our platform has been at the forefront of innovation, providing marketers with a quick to implement, quick to see results solution.”

    This year, 3Q Digital, a performance and digital marketing agency, utilized the IgnitionOne CIP to help scale remarketing efforts for a client campaign, leading to 50 percent higher CVR (conversion rate),14 percent more efficient CPAs and 57 percent higher ROAS.

    “The reduction in the CPA across Facebook Custom Audiences utilizing IgnitionOne’s Customer Intelligence Platform is absolutely dramatic,” said David Rodnitzky, CEO, 3Q Digital. “IgnitionOne proved to be a valuable component in scaling retargeting audiences. I never thought incrementality was possible in remarketing until we tried the IgnitionOne Customer Intelligence Platform.”

    “We’re always looking for new and innovative ways to help our teams perform better and support our company philosophy of “Think Like A Challenger” with every brand we represent. I have never witnessed a product get deployed so quickly. Being able to ramp up our generic search spend on RLSA like this is something that wasn’t an option just a few short months ago,” said Rob Phillips, Managing Director of Wpromote. “IgnitionOne has really changed the game for us.”

    In addition to platform developments, IgnitionOne also invested in its team. The company brought in industry veterans Danielle Gonzalez as VP of Hospitality, Muhammed Jawad as VP of Technical Operations and David Dembowski as SVP of Sales to strengthen the management bench.

    For more about IgnitionOne and its Customer Intelligence Platform, visit

    *About IgnitionOne*
    IgnitionOne’s leading Customer Intelligence Platform empowers marketers to find and engage their most valuable customers across channels using a data-driven approach. By focusing on cross-channel scoring and robust personalization, IgnitionOne’s technology provides real-time, actionable insights for smarter marketing decisions and omnichannel engagement to maximize overall results. IgnitionOne is one of the largest independent marketing technology companies in the world, currently scoring over 600 million users monthly in 75 countries and powering more than $60 billion in revenue each year for leading brands, including General Motors, CenturyLink, La Quinta and Acer, as well as advertising agencies such as 360i, GroupM and Zenith Media.

    For more information, please visit or follow the company on Twitter @ignitionone.

    *Media Contact*
    Kite Hill PR, Rachel Jermansky Reported by GlobeNewswire 6 hours ago.

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    Lief Therapeutics showcases new physician platform and biosensing patch at CES, and announces open recruitment for consumers to take place in groundbreaking new IRB approved clinical trial for anxiety.

    SAN FRANCISCO (PRWEB) January 08, 2019

    Lief Therapeutics launches newly designed smart patch at the Consumer Electronics Show, showcased at lead investor Trend Forward's Sands Hall booth 41967, allowing consumers to start detecting, managing, and treating stress real-time using patented haptic biofeedback technology. The wearable is designed to be discreet enough for consumers to wear every day yet with clinical grade analysis, enabling the company to pursue a parallel consumer and clinical path to market. Lief has just received IRB approval for a clinical trial to measure the device's effects on anxiety, and is offering a $100 discount for those that want to participate. The patch is available for direct sale at $399 on the Lief website, and with new reimbursement codes potentially at a reduced cost from any doctor that manages and/or treats stress.

    Low HRV is associated with a number of disease states, and a clear indicator of heightened stress, an underlying factor in up to 65-80% of all physician visits. Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo, global speaker and celebrity psychologist, shares “Lief is the perfect solution to stress, as it approaches both the biological and behavioral impacts of stress by measuring the physiological shifts, then intervening behaviorally in real-time to modify the state. As we know, unless we address both the biological and behavioral functioning, we won’t have impact. The technology allows us to dive deeply in Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), giving us a clear way to explore is the interaction between psychological processes and the nervous and immune systems of the human body. The potential implications are massive in health.”

    Lief’s unique physician platform, with AI analytics on the back-end paired with subjective psychological scoring, is paving the way for an improved standard for mental healthcare. Rohan Dixit, Lief Founder, shares “Using our advanced AI platform, we are now starting to detect anxiety symptoms, a groundbreaking advancement for a disease that impacts over 40 million Americans and adds 100 billion in healthcare costs per year. We are also seeing a 180% improvement in acute stress biomarkers over 3 minutes when using the device, and with our 8-week stress reduction training are working to tackle chronic stress. We are excited about our new IRB approval for detecting and treating chronic stress, an underserved community, and ask anyone interested to sign-up on our website and share with friends”.

    While many consumers know they are stressed, many are not physically aware of acute stress as it occurs, and the Lief patch not just detects it but provides a patented haptic intervention to immediately address it. Low HRV is associated with not just stress, but heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, erectile dysfunction, along with anxiety, depression, addiction, PTSD, and more. Lief's advanced physician platform with integrated reimbursement codes provides a scalable, cost-effective tool for monitoring patients on medication, enhancing patient safety, and studying the biological impact of a wide diversity of clinical interventions.

    Through Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance companies, the device itself and its supporting services can be reimbursable. Dr. Ty Canning, previously of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Services, is using the device with his patients and submitting reimbursement claims successfully. “Veterans are an underserved population deserving of immediate care. Yet, resources are not always available to them when they need it most. Lief provides the opportunity for patients to intervene before stress takes over, giving them a tool to use at home to more proactively support their wellness. It is convenient for providers too since they can track their patients progress through the clinician platform, and get much needed insurance reimbursement.”    

    Lief is demoing their newly designed patch and physician platform at the Consumer Electronics Show, showcased within investor Trend Forward's booth in Sands Expo Hall A booth #41967, at CES in Las Vegas, January 8-11. (Smart Home)

    About Lief Therapeutics
    Lief Therapeutics offers a break-through wearable sensor for stress management to consumers, patients, healthcare providers and health systems. Lief is accompanied by an 8-week digital stress reduction program designed in collaboration with Stanford and UCSF clinicians, and integrates with a variety of common EMR and health record systems. To learn more about Lief Therapeutics, please visit Reported by PRWeb 5 hours ago.

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    Council urges policies and investments to continue focus on growing and diversifying Virginia’s technology and innovation economy

    HERNDON, Va. (PRWEB) January 08, 2019

    On Jan. 7, the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) sent its 2019 Legislative Agenda to all members of the Virginia General Assembly, Governor Ralph Northam, Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax and Attorney General Mark Herring. NVTC’s 2019 Legislative Agenda advocates policies and investments to aggressively grow Virginia’s technology ecosystem and to continue to distinguish Virginia as a leading state for business and a global technology center.

    Recognizing that ongoing economic uncertainty will impact priorities during the 2019 legislative session, the agenda underscores the importance of continuing to advance policies and invest in programs and initiatives that will drive technology research, innovation, commercialization and high wage jobs in key areas where Virginia has existing strength and the most opportunity to compete globally.

    In the agenda, NVTC emphasizes opportunities for economic growth and competitiveness in sectors such as data analytics, data protection/cybersecurity, personalized medicine and health technologies, unmanned and autonomous systems, data transmission/wireless infrastructure and data storage and warehousing.

    Among its policy proposals, NVTC urges action in the following key areas:

    Competitiveness and Economic Growth:· Develop and execute an innovation strategy for Virginia by consolidating research, commercialization and entrepreneurial ecosystem programs and initiatives under one authority and designating the Center for Innovative Technology as the managing non-profit for the consolidated authority and its programs.
    · Maintain and grow targeted initiatives, incentives and tax policies that have a successful track record in driving research and pre-company research grants, seed money to grow innovative companies and the funding ecology and support that is critical for a sustainable, entrepreneurial technology ecosystem
    · Support the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI), a network of cyber research, innovation and learning connecting dozens of states public universities, community colleges and businesses with the goal of building a state-wide ecosystem of cybersecurity innovation, commercialization and education.
    · Provide a permanent governance structure and appropriate resources to support Virginia’s Chief Data Officer (CDO)
    · Maintain Virginia’s competitive data center incentives

    STEM Education and Workforce:

    · Confirm and implement Virginia’s commitments to invest in the tech-talent pipeline to support Amazon’s major new corporate headquarters and meet the need of other technology businesses across the Commonwealth.
    · Increase the number of STEM-H certifications and degrees awarded statewide, expand state support for apprenticeships, internships and other hands-on learning opportunities
    · Support the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program and other targeted workforce initiatives to provide training and job opportunities for veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses.
    · Enact state legislation to extend basic job protections by prohibiting employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation.


    · Support a strong, efficient regional transportation network that is essential to our future economic competitiveness, security, and quality of life.
    · Support offshore wind generation and the increased deployment of utility scale solar projects across Virginia to provide technology businesses with greater access to renewable energy.
    · Scale the Virginia Telecommunications Initiative to increase private sector broadband deployment in unserved areas and maintain recent laws which facilitate the deployment of wireless facilities, including 5G.

    Click here for a full copy of NVTC's 2019 Legislative Agenda, or here to see NVTC’s legislative accomplishments during the 2018 General Assembly.

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    The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) is the membership and trade association for the technology community in Northern Virginia. As the largest technology council in the nation, NVTC serves about 1,000 companies from all sectors of the technology industry, as well as service providers, universities, foreign embassies, nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies. Through its member companies, NVTC represents about 300,000 employees in the region. NVTC is recognized as the nation's leader in providing its technology community with networking and educational events; specialized services and benefits; public policy advocacy; branding of its region as a major global technology center; initiatives in targeted business sectors and in the international, entrepreneurship, workforce and education arenas; and the NVTC Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity that supports the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative and other priorities within Virginia's technology community. Visit NVTC at Reported by PRWeb 3 hours ago.

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    Cruise Planners announces Specialist Training Programs focusing on top markets including luxury, river cruise and group travel at annual Convention

    CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (PRWEB) January 08, 2019

    Continuing its commitment to and reinvestment in its nationwide network of more than 2,000 franchisees, Cruise Planners announced a new specialist training programs and updates to current in-person and virtual trainings at its annual Convention.

    “Our business-in-a-box franchise model is designed to coach people with a passion for travel and turn them into travel advisors,” said Michelle Fee, CEO and Founder of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative. “We know providing the best training in the industry is what accelerates our travel advisors’ sales growth.”

    A comprehensive list of Cruise Planners’ latest training developments includes:

    Specialist Training Programs: To provide travel advisors with the best training resources in the most lucrative travel segments, Cruise Planners is launching Specialist Training Programs that will feature guided, virtual trainings designed by Cruise Planners Home Office expert team members and travel partners from leading brands in each segment. The programs include:· All-Inclusive Resorts Specialist
    · Escorted Tours Specialist
    · Group Travel Specialist
    · Luxury Travel Specialist
    · River Cruise Specialist
    · Travel Insurance Specialist

    The new specialist training programs are designed to help Cruise Planners travel advisors stand out among the competition while offering an elevated level of service to clients.

    2019 Events and Trainings:· Boot Camps: These three-day trainings take place in the cities most accessible to Cruise Planners travel advisors and provide hands-on learning from both Cruise Planners executive team members and travel partners. The 2019 Boot Camp locations include Orlando, Atlantic City, Las Vegas and Dallas.
    · Luxury Travel Forum: Cruise Planners has seen strong year-over-year growth in the luxury segment after a commitment to niche trainings such as the luxury forum, which has been a sold-out event since it launched.
    · Land Symposium: Cruise Planners was just honored as the #1 US and worldwide host agency for Sandals and Beaches Resorts and ranks high with other major land operators and all-inclusive resorts. Cruise Planners has concentrated training efforts and strategic marketing to focus on continuing to grow its land-based business and will once again hold its Land Symposium at an all-inclusive resort in the new year.
    · Agent-Organized Trainings: Cruise Planners is encouraging agents to organize their own regional trainings, agreeing to send Scott Koepf, VP of Strategic Development, to any U.S. city where a group of 50 or more Cruise Planners travel advisors will attend.

    Weekly Sales Skills: This weekly series provides easy-to-digest three-to-five-minute videos with Scott Koepf, VP of Strategic Development, on some actionable tips for selling travel and improving sales skills. The content is designed to be relatable and enjoyable, with musical theater, sports and Cruise Planners references throughout.

    Walk-Me Training: Walk-Me is an automated, training system that guides Cruise Planners travel advisors through CP Maxx, Cruise Planners’ proprietary booking tool and CRM. Step-by-step guidance will be available on several tools and features throughout the system to provide on-demand instruction while using the tool. This will allow for faster adoption and ease of use.

    “Cruise Planners knows the value of prioritizing travel advisor training and continues to provide a variety of opportunities – including online, in-person and many product and destination experiences – so Cruise Planners agents are able to best service their clients and grow their businesses,” Fee said. “We are invested in each of our travel advisors reaching their sales goals and our training is the best in the business.”

    About Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative:

    Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, is the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the travel industry. Cruise Planners operates a network of more than 2,000 franchise owners who independently book vacation and travel experiences for their clients. Headquartered in Coral Springs, Fla. since 1994, Cruise Planners supports its network of franchise owners with innovative marketing, booking and technology tools, professional development and training with the industry’s top executives. Cruise Planners and has been named the No.1 travel franchise by Entrepreneur magazine for 15 consecutive years and was recently featured in Entrepreneur as one of the top 30 franchise innovators in technology. Consistently named as one of the Top Women-Owned Businesses by the South Florida Business Journal, Cruise Planners is on the Inc. 5000 list as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America, has been ranked as the #1 travel franchise by Franchise Business Review for 6 years and is recognized as one of the Top Workplaces by the Sun Sentinel.

    Cruise Planners has achieved top producer status with every major cruise line including Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Viking Cruises, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, as well as many land vendors such as Travel Impressions and Sandals and Beaches Resorts. As an American Express Travel Representative, Cruise Planners maintains a reputation for quality and offers exclusive American Express Travel benefits such as Pay with Points. Cruise Planners has earned the American Express Travel Representative Excellence Award since 2004, as well as numerous marketing, technology, franchise and philanthropy awards including an International Franchise Association FranTech award for innovation, Magellan Awards from Travel Weekly and Travvy Awards from travAlliance media. Cruise Planners celebrates diversity and supports are troops as one of the Top 50 franchises for Veterans according to GI magazine, the Top Franchise Brand for Veterans according to Franchise Business Review, one of the Top 25 franchises for African-Americans by Black Enterprise magazine and a member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association. Visit our website,, for more information or to view the complete list of awards and honors.

    Stay in Touch: Media can stay up-to-date with Cruise Planners by visiting our media room or Socially Yours page for social media updates and handles. For additional information or to make reservations, vacationers should locate a travel advisor near them. For those interested in becoming a franchise owner, please visit the Cruise Planners franchise website.

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    Media Contact:
    Caitlin Gardner, Director of Corporate Communications and Digital Strategy
    Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative
    954-344-8060 Reported by PRWeb 10 hours ago.

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    HONG KONG, Jan 9, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - Coinsuper Fintech ("Coinsuper" or "Company"), the Hong Kong based cryptocurrency exchange, announces the completion of its Pre-Series B equity financing. This latest round was led by London based investor, Unbound and joined by Silicon Valley based investor, Fin Venture Capital. Existing investors, Sky9 Capital and West World, also participated. Together with the previous equity series A financing in June 2018, Coinsuper is backed by top tier investors and global strategic partners, which allows the Company to propel its vision to connect traditional financial markets with the evolving crypto landscape.

    "The triumphant fundraising is a proof of investors' interest and confidence in our vision to provide an institutional grade platform and ecosystem to our customers," said Karen Chen, Co-founder and Chairman of Coinsuper. "We believe it's a good time to build a strong foundation, and we're delighted to have new investors and receive further endorsement from existing shareholders which will enable us to grow and demonstrate the full potential of the company, and to move into the next regulatory era."

    The funding will enable the virtual asset trading platform to extend its ecosystem to serve Professional Investors covering fiat to crypto and crypto to crypto trading, clearing, settlement, custodial, and block trade services.

    Shravin Mittal, founder of Unbound, said: "We are excited to partner with Coinsuper as a long-term investor. We believe the cryptocurrency ecosystem has enormous potential and are excited about the long-term vision of the company."

    Ron Cao, Founder and Partner, added: "We believe in Coinsuper's top-tier team and their vision of bringing blockchain to the world using world-class operations, compliance and security standards. Sky9 is excited to be part of their on-going journey."

    Logan Allin, the General Partner at Fin VC also remarked: "We are delighted to join this round and work with outstanding entrepreneurs building enterprise blockchain technology to address to the growing needs in digital asset management. We believe the company is well positioned to be one of the top global platforms in the space and are excited for the journey ahead."

    About Coinsuper
    Hong Kong-based Coinsuper launched its trading platform in Feb 2018. It is the top virtual asset trading platform opeartor led by former top-notched financial industry veterans and digital asset evangelists. The established background has well proven to provide industry know-how to combine the traditional financial market with the crypto landscape. Coinsuper leverages their network to bring financial institutions, professional investors and alliance partners to accelerate the path towards the crypto market. We are also well trusted by our strategic partners and investors including Pantera, ChinaEquity, Ausvic, 8 Decimal, New Focus Auto, Cash Financials, Sky9, Guosheng International, Chunda and Juntong, among others.

    "Coinsuper Club" was formed together with 16 leading virtual asset and blockchain institutions. The members of Coinsuper Club will leverage their profound backgrounds in the capital market in concerted efforts with Coinsuper to craft a closed loop of shared interest and multilateral benefits for all investors, project issuers and CEN investors with focuses on compliant development, listing resources, investment and financing, among other key pillars.

    About Unbound
    Unbound, a global investment firm headquartered in London, provides long-term capital to disruptive technology companies. Its portfolio includes Databricks, mPharma & Omni:us amongst others. Unbound was founded by Shravin Bharti Mittal, who is also a Director of Bharti Global Ltd (Bharti family office). Bharti Global has investments in telecommunications, technology, energy and hospitality.

    About Fin Venture Capital
    Fin VC is a globally focused venture capital firm, headquartered in Silicon Valley, focused on investing in and supporting early stage FinTech companies. Since its inception, Fin VC has backed many companies with strong global growth including SoFi, Figure, Tradeshift, Onfido, DRIAV, and Aiera.

    About Sky9 Capital
    Sky9 Capital is a leading venture capital firm focused on investing in early-stage opportunities in internet, enterprise and deep-tech sectors in China. The firm invests with a systematic, analytical and conviction-based approach backing China's most promising next-generation entrepreneurs. The partners of Sky9 Capital have historically led or participated in the early-stage investments in many of China's leading technology companies, including eBroker, FaceU/Toutiao, FangDD, Innolight, ManBang Group, Meituan/Dianping, PinDuoDuo, PPDai, QingCloud, Rong360, Tujia, ZhaoYou, and more.

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    0 0, a full-stack industrial AI and IIoT provider, announced today that they have joined the Industrial Internet Consortium® (IIC™), the world’s leading organization transforming business and society by accelerating the adoption of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (PRWEB) January 09, 2019 places the power of AI directly in the hands of plant subject matter experts (SMEs) with their complete Smart Industry platform for process manufacturing industries implementing digital transformation with AI and IIoT. Built specifically for manufacturing users, the Platform, consisting of a contextual IIOT data pipeline, illuminator™ and the intelligence engine, eXponence™ makes AI deployment easy, to integrate seamlessly with OT systems, and to provide distributed machine learning at the Edge, Fog and in the cloud.

    “As end-users look to evaluate new platforms for IIoT, machine learning and analytics, guidelines and standards like the Industrial Internet Reference Architecture (IIRA) and RAMI4 provide the necessary structure and foundation to evaluate and implement emerging technologies, modernize their existing infrastructure and build smart manufacturing for the future,” said Rajiv Anand, CEO of

    “As a new technology company, we had the benefit of building a modern and futuristic platform from the ground-up so we used the IIC Reference Architecture as the guiding framework. At the same time, we need to help our customers preserve their investments in the legacy OT infrastructure during digital transformation. IIC’s specific focus on legacy infrastructure connectivity offers further alignment to our technology philosophy,” noted Akshaya Aron, Chief Product Officer at

    “The machine learning and streaming analytics for industrial applications required some very specific considerations. While we have built our machine learning applications using common commercial approaches such as the Apache Foundation, the IIC Analytics Framework provided useful guidance particularly for our distributed learning approach including edge analytics. The recent alignment of IIC with the OpenFog Consortium will bring even more clarity in this area,” said Xiaozhou Wang, Chief Data Scientist of

    Building modern IIoT platforms using IIC guidelines as a reference provides clarity to end-users and is in their long-term interest,” said Dr. Richard Soley, Executive Director, Industrial Internet Consortium. “We commend companies like who are assisting end-users with IIoT adoption while at the same time respecting their legacy infrastructure. We look forward to having as a member of the IIC and to the contributions they will make.”

    Founded in 2016 by process manufacturing automation veterans, leading data scientists and highly successful Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, supplies a complete OT focused Artificial Intelligence (AI) and IIOT platform that allows subject matter experts to build real-time AI applications with zero code and without extensive data science experience. Reported by PRWeb 6 hours ago.

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    Veterans suffering from PTSD and other mental health issues will get priority for social housing Housing Secretary James Brokenshire, who is putting forward the proposals, also wants to make it easier for partners of armed forces personnel to find social housing if they divorce or separate. Reported by MailOnline 5 hours ago.

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    The GovX community of military servicemembers and first responders raised thousands of dollars to support the effort

    SAN DIEGO (PRWEB) January 09, 2019

    A fundraising effort organized by GovX, the online shopping site exclusively for current and former military and first responders, has raised over $6,000 for Homes For Our Troops, the nonprofit organization that provides mortgage-free, specially adapted custom homes for severely injured post-9/11 veterans.

    "We have been proud to call ourselves supporters of Homes For Our Troops for several years now," said Alan Cole, GovX CEO. "Seeing the individual donations from GovX members across the country come in was a truly inspiring reminder of how much this community takes care of each other. Being able to help HFOT's mission to restore freedom and mobility to those Veterans who need it most is a true honor."

    The fundraiser lasted for two months and consisted entirely of donations from members of the GovX community, people with service-related backgrounds in every branch of the US Armed Forces, law enforcement, firefighting, and emergency responder departments across the country.

    Homes For Our Troops is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that builds and donates specially adapted, custom homes for severely injured post-9/11 veterans to assist them in rebuilding their lives. Most of the veterans whom HFOT assist have sustained injuries including limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, and/or severe traumatic brain injury. The homes are designed to help the veterans regain the freedom and independence they sacrificed in the defense of their country, and to enable them to focus on their family and recovery.

    "We are once again excited to have GovX’s continued support for the fourth year. Their outstanding assistance raises awareness of our mission, and enables us to build and donate specially adapted homes to assist severely injured veterans in rebuilding their lives," said Bill Ivey, HFOT Executive Director.

    HFOT intends the homes they design and build to be launch pads for their recipients to once again become highly productive members of society. Despite their life-altering injuries, many veterans who have benefited from an HFOT home have gone on to complete college degrees, start families, launch new careers, and more. Many have embraced roles as motivational speakers, sharing their messages of persevering through tragedy with groups and classrooms nationwide, while others promote awareness of veteran suicide, mental health issues, and homelessness.

    Since its inception in 2004, Homes For Our Troops has built over 270 homes for veterans and their families. There are currently 81 home build projects underway. Homes For Our Troops is evaluated as a top-rated veteran and military charity, with nearly 90 cents of every dollar spent going directly to program services for veterans and their families.

    Learn more about the individual veterans Homes For Our Troops has assisted by visiting their website.

    If you're a severely injured veteran interested in learning more about Homes For Our Troops benefits, apply for assistance here.

    ABOUT GOVX is for the men and women who protect our country and communities. The members-only eCommerce site offers thousands of products from hundreds of premium brands at exclusive, below-retail pricing. Eligible members include active and veteran U.S. military, firefighters, law enforcement officers and federal agents. Membership is free and more information can be found at Reported by PRWeb 6 hours ago.

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    Trenegy, EVAN Release Key Findings That Businesses Don’t Have Adequate Day-to-day IT Support

    Houston, Texas, Jan. 09, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EVAN, the on-demand platform for solving IT problems for businesses, and management consulting firm Trenegy Incorporated have announced key findings that show businesses do not have the IT support necessary for maintaining day-to-day operations. Trenegy, studying the effectiveness of various companies’ IT departments, spoke with more than 200 IT managers, directors, and supervisors across multiple industries, including manufacturing, oil and gas, and professional services. They inquired about issues these businesses face with their internal IT teams and their experiences with current IT help solutions.

    The data collected indicates that 80 percent of IT managers were unable to spend sufficient time on value-added business initiatives. In virtually all cases, those IT managers were interrupted with tedious, day-to-day support-related issues. Companies that had an existing IT help desk solution noted that the support they received failed to adequately address IT needs.  
    Employees from the participating companies cited the following issues with their existing help desk solution:

    · 95 percent noted an excess wait or hold time
    · 91 percent said it took too long to reach the correct person
    · 85 percent said it took too long to resolve issues
    · 75 percent said issues were rarely resolved after the first attempt
    · 70 percent believed help desk personnel were underqualified
    · 32 percent said communication was difficult
    · 17 percent said help desk personnel were inconsiderate
    EVAN combats these issues with a non-traditional approach. Dubbed “The Uber for IT support,” EVAN provides modern solutions for businesses’ most pressing IT needs. EVAN diagnoses problems in less than five minutes and resolves them in an average of 33 minutes, surpassing the service level of most IT help desk solutions.

    “Traditional IT services and help desks are rarely helpful and thus not effective. EVAN provides the modern way, breaking through with on-demand capabilities businesses have needed for years,” said Todd Boutte, CEO at EVAN. “We are proud of the efficiency we provide businesses so they can get back to work to create the value necessary to conduct business properly.”

    EVAN was created to solve challenges and free up IT managers to focus on what is most important to their business. Along with on-demand, reliable, and secure support for growing businesses, EVAN provides quarterly webinars on technology topics, cybersecurity assessments, WordPress support, and help transitioning to the cloud. EVAN continues to live out its mission by focusing on recruiting veterans and highly skilled IT professionals.

    An infographic related to these key findings and data can be found at more about EVAN at EVAN

    EVAN is the first on-demand platform for IT support. Connecting individuals and businesses with qualified IT professionals, EVAN provides secure, transparent, and reliable expertise. The multi-sided crowdsourcing platform provides solutions for level I and II computer problems, which include but are not limited to email disruptions, wireless connectivity, cybersecurity, computer performance, and external devices. Founded and headquartered in Houston, Texas, EVAN prides itself on rigorously vetting IT professionals and placing an emphasis on recruiting veterans. Learn more about EVAN at


    · EVAN - Survey_Infographic

    CONTACT: Carson Quinn
    ZindseyMEDIA for EVAN
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    CHICAGO, Jan. 09, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) today announced that it has appointed Dan Chaddock, the Vice President of Digital Labs at Navy Federal Credit Union, to its Public Sector Advisory Board. TransUnion’s public sector business serves federal, state and local governments as well as higher education. To better reflect the audiences it serves, TransUnion recently changed its business vertical name from “government” to “public sector.” The Advisory Board provides TransUnion with valuable perspective and key insights into the unique needs of the public sector on an ongoing basis.  A recognized technology visionary, Chaddock has a proven track record of creating innovative solutions that drive mission-critical technology changes in the federal sector. At Navy Federal Credit Union, Chaddock is responsible for bringing together cross functional teams to build innovative new financial experiences grounded in agile principles, collaborative groups and member-centered design.

    “Dan brings extensive hands-on government agency experience and strategic insights specific to large-scale financial services technology deployments that help serve parts of the military, military family members and our veterans,” said Jonathan McDonald, executive vice president of TransUnion’s public sector business unit. “We are pleased to have Dan join TransUnion’s Public Sector Advisory Board, in which his unique expertise and thought leadership will be instrumental in helping advance the company as a trusted provider of fraud and risk mitigation solutions for the public sector."

    Prior to Navy Federal, Chaddock spent 10 years at the Internal Revenue Service and served as the Associate CIO. There he served as the chief visionary who helped modernize the technology infrastructure and moved the IRS to a data driven culture. Chaddock also led the data revolution at AOL making it the largest data warehouse in the U.S. at that time. Chaddock holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the College of William & Mary.

    “TransUnion is addressing the needs of government agencies with mission-critical solutions that allow them to make informed decisions, better manage risks and reduce costs,” said Chaddock. “I am excited to join TransUnion’s Public Sector Advisory Board and I am looking forward to sharing my perspectives as TransUnion continues to grow and innovate its offerings for the public sector.”

    TransUnion’s Public Sector division provides fraud, benefit eligibility verification, continuous evaluation services, identity authentication, data breach response, investigation services, and other key solutions to federal, state and local government agencies in the U.S. TransUnion’s solutions help both private and public sector organizations manage risk and reduce costs.

    For more information about the TransUnion Public Sector Advisory Board and its members, please visit Additional information about TransUnion’s Public Sector division can be found at

    *About TransUnion (NYSE: TRU)*

    Information is a powerful thing. At TransUnion, we realize that. We are dedicated to finding innovative ways information can be used to help individuals make better and smarter decisions. We help uncover unique stories, trends and insights behind each data point, using historical information as well as alternative data sources. This allows a variety of markets and businesses to better manage risk and consumers to better manage their credit, personal information and identity. Today, TransUnion has a global presence in more than 30 countries and a leading presence in several international markets across North America, Africa, Latin America and Asia. Through the power of information, TransUnion is working to build stronger economies and families and safer communities worldwide.

    We call this Information for Good^SM.

    *Contact* Dave Blumberg
    *Telephone* 312-972-6646 Reported by GlobeNewswire 4 hours ago.

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    Scott Kahan, CFP®, Assumes Chair; William C. Anderson, Kian Rafia, and Anthony Svach Join Its Board

    Washington, D.C., Jan. 09, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Foundation for Financial Planning (FFP), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, announced that Scott Kahan, CFP® has become Chair of its Board of Trustees and that it will welcome three new members to the board this year: William (Bill) Anderson, Chief Compliance Officer at American Funds by Capital Group; Kian Rafia, head of Advisor Solutions at Morningstar; and Anthony Svach, Managing Director at BlackRock. 

    “We’re thrilled to welcome Scott to the helm during this exciting time for our organization,” said Jon Dauphiné, FFP’s Chief Executive Officer. “Having been a longtime supporter and trustee, Scott is the perfect leader to help us build on the great momentum around our national programs and grantmaking.”

    “I would also like to thank Kacy Gott, FFP’s outgoing board chair, for his many contributions and thoughtful leadership as we launched our successful Pro Bono for Cancer effort,” noted Dauphiné. Gott will remain on the Foundation’s board and serve on its executive committee. 

    Scott Kahan, CFP®, is President and Senior Financial Planner at Financial Asset Management Corp. (FAM), which he launched in 1986 and has grown to include offices in Chappaqua, NY and New York City. Outside of helping clients, Scott has long played an integral role in helping advance the financial planning profession, including serving on the Financial Planning Association’s (FPA) national Board of Directors and as chair for a number of FPA’s education conferences. He has also been a longtime champion of pro bono financial planning for people in crisis or need, as evidenced through his volunteer work with individuals impacted by the 9/11 attacks, as well as his longstanding service on FFP’s Board of Trustees. In 2017, Scott’s dedication to the financial planning community was recognized with FPA’s Heart of Financial Planning Award. 

    “I’ve always had a passion for pro bono work, because I believe it’s important that all people – no matter their financial circumstances – can access quality financial advice when they need it most. I’m delighted to have a chance to lead the Foundation as we continue to expand our Pro Bono for Cancer work, which is on track to reach hundreds more cancer patients over the next year, and as we explore other avenues for increasing our impact,” noted Kahan. 

    Dauphiné added, “The contributions of our three new trustees will also be invaluable as we enshrine pro bono work into the financial planning profession by establishing and deepening partnerships with key nonprofit and corporate players.” 

    William C. Anderson is Chief Compliance Officer at American Funds Distributors, part of Capital Group. Bill has 29 years of industry experience and has been with Capital Group for 14 years. Earlier in his career at Capital, he served as a retirement plan counselor, director of retirement business, director of investment services and director of institutional product management. Prior to joining Capital, Bill held a variety of roles in the financial services industry focused on business management, product development and distribution. 

    Kian Rafia is the head of Advisor Solutions for Morningstar, where he is responsible for overseeing products and solutions available to financial advisors and distribution enterprises throughout North America. Kian has over 18 years of experience in wealth management, investment products, distribution, sales, practice management and financial technology. Prior to joining Morningstar, he held positions at Independent Financial Group, Cetera Financial Group, and Lord Abbett & Co. Kian is also the recipient of the Money Management Institute 2012 Advisory Platform of the Year, 2014 Advisory Solutions Firm of the Year, and 2017 Broker/Dealer Advisors Service Award.

     Anthony Svach is Managing Director and head of BlackRock's dedicated Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) Sales Team. He is responsible for the sales and execution strategy for the RIA team and is also Co-Chair of the iShares Global Smart Beta Editorial Board. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2011, Tony held positions at Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM), where he was the National Sales Manager for Bank Channel's Mid-Market Bank/RIA team, and at Scudder Investments and at Chicago Partnership Board. He has also completed US Army Airborne training and served with the 12th Special Forces Group and 344th Medical Company while in the US Army Reserve from 1988-1994. Tony will be assuming the FFP board seat previously held by BlackRock colleague, Mary Pat Roenbeck.

     The Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees typically serves a two-year term, while the term of a trustee is for a three-year period.

    *About the Foundation for Financial Planning*

    The Foundation for Financial Planning (FFP) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and the nation's only nonprofit solely devoted to supporting the delivery of pro bono financial planning to vulnerable people, including wounded veterans, domestic violence survivors, people with serious medical diagnoses, and many others. Dedicated to Powering Pro Bono Financial Planning, FFP has provided more than $6.6 million in grants to nonprofits to support financial capability programs, worked with partners to activate more than 15,000 volunteer financial planners to serve their communities, and acted as a leader and catalyst to embed a rich commitment to pro bono across the financial planning profession. Visit to learn more.

    CONTACT: Jon Dauphiné
    Foundation for Financial Planning
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    Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce the election of 12 new member attorneys of the firm, effective January 1, 2019.

    DETROIT (PRWEB) January 09, 2019

    Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce the election of 12 new member attorneys of the firm, effective January 1, 2019.

    “This year’s class of new members represent a diverse range of practices and offices,” says Michael Hammer, CEO of Dickinson Wright. “Each attorney brings an incredible set of qualities and skills that they have developed over their time here at Dickinson Wright. I congratulate each and every one of them on this well-deserved honor.”

    Below is Dickinson Wright’s new member attorneys for 2019:

    Frederick Dewey is a Member in the firm’s Detroit office. His practice focuses primarily on the areas of commercial and business litigation, real estate litigation, eminent domain, and probate litigation. From assisting with the resolution of pre-lawsuit disputes to representing clients in complex jury trials, Mr. Dewey has substantial experience at all stages of litigation. He is a Founding Member and on the Board of Directors of the Veterans Bar Association – Detroit Chapter and he is a member of the Defense Research Institute, the Detroit Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association. He is recognized as a leader in his field by Michigan Super Lawyers “Rising Stars”. Mr. Dewey received his B.A. from Loyola University New Orleans and his J.D. from Wayne State University Law School.

    Peter Domas is a Member in the firm’s Troy office. His practice is devoted to representing clients in the healthcare industry, and assisting them in navigating the complex statutory and regulatory environment unique to healthcare corporate, transactional, and litigation matters. He also counsels clients on the development and maintenance of effective internal compliance programs with a special focus on federal and state fraud and abuse laws, reimbursement regulations, and HIPAA. He is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, and the State Bar of Michigan. He is recognized as a leader in his field by Michigan Super Lawyers “Rising Stars”. Mr. Domas received his B.B.A from the University of Michigan-Flint, his M.S. in Accountancy from Walsh College, and his J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy Law School.

    Ian Hunter is a Member in the firm’s Grand Rapids office. His practice covers a broad range of real estate and corporate transactions. His real estate practice includes representing commercial and residential developers from financing and acquisition through entitlement, development, and construction, to ultimate leasing or disposition. He also represents both landlords and tenants in connection with the leasing of retail, office, medical, industrial, and mixed-use properties throughout the United States. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the State Bar of California, the State Bar of Oregon, and the International Council of Shopping Centers. Mr. Hunter received his B.A. from Michigan State University and his J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

    Sara Jodka is a Member in the firm’s Columbus office. She dedicates her practice to working with business-side clients to anticipate, identify, and resolve labor and employment; data privacy and cyber security issues, including preparing for and remedying data breaches; and litigation risks. Her labor and employment practice includes defending collective/class actions; all forms of discrimination, retaliation and whistleblower claims, and working with companies on day-to-day compliance issues. She is a certified professional privacy professional for the United States (CIPP-US) through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and regularly works with businesses to review and audit their privacy policies and procedures to get them in compliance; preparing for and responding to data breaches; and post-breach remedying. She is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, where she is the Secretary/Treasurer of the Labor and Employment Section; the Human Resources Association of Central Ohio, where she is the chair of the Employee Relations Special Interest Group, Infragard, the IAPP, among others. She is recognized as a leader in her field by Ohio Super Lawyers, and has been included as one of the top 25 women attorneys in Columbus and top 50 women attorneys in Ohio.

    Erin Johnson is a Member in the firm’s Troy office. Her practice focuses on advising entities and individuals in the acquisition, disposition, leasing, development, and financing, of office, retail, multi-family, and mixed-use projects throughout the United States. She is also experienced in a wide variety of corporate matters including entity formation, organization, and governance. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan. Ms. Johnson received her B.F.A. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.

    Mordy Mednick is a Member in the firm’s Toronto office. He focuses his practice on commercial and business litigation with a particular focus on business disputes. He has worked on a number of matters, including contractual and shareholder disputes, fraud, misrepresentation, construction disputes and real estate matters. He has appeared before the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, and conducted numerous motions. He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and The Advocates’ Society. He received his B.A. in Law from Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Law.

    Shannon Nichols is a Member in the firm’s Troy office. She has significant experience in all aspects of real estate finance, including representing national and regional lenders, mortgage bankers and loan servicers, with emphasis on capital markets, conduit and bank financing, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac multifamily and manufactured housing lending and working on loan modifications and workouts. She also has extensive commercial real estate and corporate experience, having represented clients in private practice and as in-house counsel for MSX International and Kmart Corporation. In the course of her work, she has represented companies in their financing, acquisition and disposition of various assets, including significant real estate assets. She has managed and negotiated hundreds of commercial leases and assisted real estate developers and investors with a variety of corporate, regulatory, and real estate matters. She received her B.A. from Alma College and her J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

    Samantha Pattwell is a Member in the firm’s Lansing office. Her practice involves all aspects of civil/commercial litigation and real estate litigation, concentrating on property disputes, insurance and ERISA litigation, employment litigation, contested mortgage foreclosure cases, and consumer class action defense. Her work includes cases at both the trial and appellate level in state and federal courts. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Ingham County Bar Association, the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, the Federal Bar Association, and the Defense Research Institute. She is recognized as a leader in her field by Michigan Super Lawyers “Rising Stars”. Ms. Pattwell received her B.A. from Western Michigan University and her J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law.

    Jenny Slocum is a Member in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. She works on a variety of trademark and copyright matters including trademark clearance, prosecution, international portfolio management and licensing, counterfeit monitoring and enforcement, and copyright protection strategies. She also practices before the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, as well as trademark infringement and unfair competition suits. She is a member of the International Trademark Association, and has Bar membership in the District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and State of New York. Ms. Slocum received her B.A. from Colgate University and her J.D. from Pace University School of Law.

    Matthew Snider is a Member in the firm’s Ann Arbor office. He focuses his practice on trademarks, including trademark prosecution, portfolio management, trademark infringement, and unfair competition. He also conducts trademark availability searches and provides risk assessment opinions on behalf of a wide range of clients, including a major U.S. and international retailer, a leading global IT and software company, pharmaceutical companies, and leading international automotive companies. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the State Bar of North Carolina, and the International Trademark Association. Mr. Snider received his B.S. from Michigan State University and his J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law.

    Andrew Sparks is a Member in the firm’s Lexington office. He practices in the area of litigation with a particular emphasis on false claims act matters, government enforcement, white-collar criminal defense, internal and government investigations, health care, and complex business disputes. He also has worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Kentucky where he served as the chief of the white-collar crime division, responsible for all matters involving health care fraud, financial fraud, bank fraud, mortgage fraud, tax fraud, public corruption, cybercrime, environmental crime and civil False Claims Act cases. He is President of the Kentucky Federal Bar Association, and a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, the Fayette Bar Association, and the American Health Lawyers Association. Mr. Sparks received his B.A. from Transylvania University and his J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law.

    Suzanne Sukkar is a Member in the firm’s Ann Arbor office. Her practice focuses on business immigration including global workforce mobility, employment-based sponsorship and visa matters, immigration audit and compliance for corporate and individual clients across a vast array of industries. She developed a niche expertise in the area of E treaty trade and investor visas, consular processing, and start-up ventures. Through strategic planning and by offering creative solutions, she has assisted with the seamless transfer of numerous workers world-wide. Ms. Sukkar is recognized as a leader in her field by Best Lawyers in America, Michigan Super Lawyers “Rising Stars”, and DBusiness Top Lawyers and Leading Lawyers. In addition, she has been selected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and Michigan State Bar Foundation, where membership is limited to only 1% and 5% respectively of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. In June 2015, she was appointed to the State of Michigan’s Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. She also serves on the Board of the American Arab Chamber of Commerce and she’s a Past President of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan. Ms. Sukkar received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from Wayne State University Law School.

    About Dickinson Wright PLLC
    Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville and Music Row, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

    Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management controls and security processes for our commercial transactions. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited for their expertise and experience by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations. Reported by PRWeb 33 minutes ago.

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    Two National Firms Announce Partnership

    NEW YORK (PRWEB) January 09, 2019

    STAC Capital Management (“STAC”) today announced an agreement with Land Advisors Organization (“LAO”), in conjunction with Land Advisors Capital (“LAC”), to be the exclusive agent to market STAC’s Model Home Sale Leaseback Program. STAC was formed in early 2018 by real estate finance veterans focused on residential property financing opportunities, including model home purchases, with a goal to purchase or finance over $1 billion of these assets. Land Advisors Capital negotiated the partnership and will take the lead on the rollout of the program to all Land Advisors offices across the nation.

    Today's most profitable homebuilders are asset light and turn their capital multiple times per year. Model homes consume significant credit facilities and equity capital and by utilizing the STAC Model Home Sale Leaseback Program they have the opportunity to free up capital and reduce the risk of holding these assets on their balance sheet. This allows builders to efficiently use their capital with non-recourse financing and focus on their core business.

    “We are delighted to work with Land Advisors on this product offering. The talented team of brokers at LAO will help us meet financial goals and expand our footprint with homebuilders,” said Edward Steffelin, President of STAC. STAC and LAO will roll out the Model Home Sale Leaseback Program to the LAO regional offices across the nation this month. Greg Vogel, CEO of Land Advisors, commented, “We look forward to working with STAC to provide a financing solution that adds value and growth opportunities to our homebuilder clients. LAO will continue to develop partnerships with firms like STAC that will enhance the company’s offerings to provide an “End to End” solution for our clients.”

    About STAC Capital - The senior management average over 20+ years of industry experience. As part of its investment strategy, STAC will offer select builders the opportunity to sell and leaseback portfolios of model homes. In 2018 STAC began to partner with a number of institutional capital sources to offer these homebuilders over $1 billion in growth capital. Please see for more details.

    About Land Advisors Organization - Founded in 1987, Land Advisors Organization is the nation’s largest brokerage firm focused exclusively on land. We specialize in innovative land brokerage through deep market insight and unparalleled client relationships. Land Advisors Organization integrates current comprehensive information, cutting-edge technology and geographically specialized professionals to help our clients identify and capitalize on valuable opportunities in all kinds of economic environments.

    Land Advisors Organization employs a true collaborative brokerage model with offices located throughout the nation. For more information, visit Land Advisors Organization at, Land Advisors Capital follow us on Twitter at, visit or find us on LinkedIn at

    About Land Advisors Capital - Land Advisors Capital provides capital solutions and strategic financial relationships to real estate developers, property owners and capital providers. Founded in 2008 and bringing together an executive team with collective experience spanning several real estate cycles, our mission is to help our clients close real estate transactions. For more
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    Legendary storyteller to be honored on January 30, 2019 at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre

    HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (PRWEB) January 09, 2019

    Kevin Smith, Legion M and Agents of Mayhem in partnership with Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment today announced “Excelsior! A Celebration of the Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible & Uncanny Life of Stan Lee,” a tribute event for Stan’s friends and fans to memorialize one of the greatest storytellers of all-time, and benefit one of Stan’s favorite charities: The Hero Initiative.

    Fans wishing to attend “Excelsior! A Stan Lee Celebration” can get a limited number of tickets which will be available beginning today, Wednesday, January 9, at 5 p.m. PST / 8 p.m. EST at All net proceeds from the event’s ticket sales will go to the non-profit charitable organization The Hero Initiative, a charity supporting comic book creators, artists and writers in need.

    The tribute event on Wednesday, January 30, will begin with a public appreciation of Stan’s life and work at Hollywood’s iconic TCL Chinese Theatre forecourt that will feature fan-favorite speakers, an art exhibit celebrating Stan’s legacy by famed pop-culture artist Rob Prior, select costumes and props from Stan’s cameos and creations, a musical performance and a special moment of remembrance centered around Stan Lee’s hand and foot imprint. After a red carpet arrival of guests, the evening will proceed with a private tribute inside the IMAX Theatre hosted by one of Stan’s biggest fans, Kevin Smith.

    Kevin will moderate conversations with celebrity speakers from the entertainment industry such as Mark Hamill, Rob Liefeld (Co-Creator of Deadpool), Michael Uslan (Executive Producer, “The Dark Knight”), Vincent D’Onofrio, RZA, and Tom DeSanto (Producer, “X-Men,” “Transformers” franchise) among others who will share their favorite memories and personal stories of Stan. The evening will be rounded off with video tributes and live performances of Stan’s favorite music and poetry.

    Kevin Smith on Stan Lee, “Thank you, Stan, for making me not only the boy I was but also the man I am today. You had great power and you always used it responsibly, fostering billions of dreamers who all know your name - a name written in the stars for all time. You were not just the literary titan of comic books, you were our modern-day Mark Twain.”

    The tribute event is being produced by fan-owned entertainment company Legion M, which is revolutionizing the way entertainment is made in Hollywood by uniting a growing fan community of 50,000+ members, including more than 10,000 fan-owners. In addition to producing film and television projects, Legion M organized Stan Lee’s hand and foot imprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre in 2017. Legion M is producing the tribute with the production and consulting company Agents of Mayhem whose founder Darren Passarello worked for Stan for several years.

    Both companies are working in close partnership with Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment, the multimedia company founded in 2001 by the iconic comic book creator Stan Lee with his friend and business partner Gill Champion, who is the company’s president. Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment is the sole owner of the Stan Lee name and all new original content he created since 2001. Under the leadership of CEO Scott D. Williams and Gill Champion, the company has been and will continue to be the guardian of Stan Lee’s legacy and is excited to roll out new projects and new adventures Stan had been working on. On behalf of Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment, Chief Marketing Officer Bob Sabouni will be overseeing and guiding the tribute day alongside the other event partners.

    Scott D. Williams, CEO of Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment said, “We are honored for this chance for Stan’s fans and friends to come together in a celebration of his remarkable life. Despite his passing, Stan’s name, work and legacy will continue to flourish and be revealed to the world. We are committed to honor Stan’s extraordinary life and work.”

    Gill Champion, Stan Lee’s partner and confidante for over 18 years, said, “Stan was a unique and unforgettable human being, truly adored worldwide. He loved coming to work and creating endless new ideas and stories and in spite of his genius he was a relatable and kind man that his admirers could relate to with ease. He will be dearly missed and his legacy will live on now and for many more generations to come.”

    Producer of the event David Baxter, VP Development at Legion M, writes, “Stan Lee played a major cameo in all the lives of the fans he loved, be it through his writing, his acting or his personal interactions. We feel this tribute is a perfect opportunity for Stan’s beloved fans to unite with celebrities and friends of Stan to give the man the grand sendoff he deserves.”

    Agents of Mayhem founder Darren Passarello, who got his start in entertainment from Stan and is also co-producing the event added, “Stan saw the good and the potential in everyone he met, and he never hesitated to help them if he could. It is not only an esteemed privilege but a personal honor to be a part of this tribute.”

    The head of The Hero Initiative Jim McLauchlin knew Stan for decades and said, "Stan believed in the 'golden rule,' and always went out of his way to make time for others and make their day just a little bit better. I think this tribute is absolutely in that spirit, and a great chance for fans to get together, share their love for Stan, and find strength in that."

    Producers of the tribute event plan to announce additional details for the event soon via social media feeds. Details of specific speakers, performers and other activities will be shared on the social channels for Kevin Smith, Legion M, Agents of Mayhem, and Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment. (@TheRealStanLee, @ThatKevinSmith, @LegionMofficial, @AgentsofMayhem).

    About Kevin Smith
    Starting with CLERKS, Kevin Smith has been making movies, TV, live shows and podcasts for 25 years now. He almost died recently but it was only a passing thing.

    About Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment
    POW! Entertainment Inc. is a multimedia company founded in 2001 by the iconic comic book creator Stan Lee with his friend and business partner Gill Champion, who is the President today, to create and license intellectual properties for entertainment media, including: feature length films, television, merchandising, branded content and other related ancillary markets as well as exclusively maintain and protect the ownership of his name, likeness, voice, trademarks and publicity rights throughout the world. POW! Entertainment was acquired by Hong Kong-based Camsing International Holding Limited, one of China’s leading brand licensing, entertainment, marketing and promotion companies, in 2017. Under new leadership, another original founder and industry veterans from Marvel and MGM, POW! is working with top writers, artists, animators, filmmakers and actors to extend the legacy of the greatest storyteller of our time.

    About Legion M
    Legion M is the world's first fan-owned entertainment company that is revolutionizing the way entertainment is made in Hollywood by uniting a growing fan community of 50,000+ members, including more than 10,000 fan-owners. Through its Fan-Owned business model, Legion M invests in a diverse slate of original projects in various stages of development, including the feature film and comic book Girl With No Name; multiple original television series including “Evermor,” “Airship Cowboys,” and “Malice;” as well as interactive and VR-based projects, including "ICONS: Face to Face" starring Stan Lee and Kevin Smith. Legion M also invests in partner productions, including the critically acclaimed Colossal, starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis, and directed by Nacho Vigalondo, the cult hit Mandy starring Nicolas Cage and directed by Panos Cosmatos, and Bad Samaritan starring David Tennant and directed and produced by Dean Devlin. Legion M and its fan community has produced high-profile events honoring some of the industry's biggest names, including the Stan Lee hand and footprint ceremony at Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theatre in 2017. To learn more about Legion M and become a member of the Legion for free, visit

    About Agents of Mayhem™
    A production and consulting company founded by a dynamic force within the entertainment industry with over 16+ years’ experience working with the world’s biggest brands. A.O.M’s mission is to create exceptional and original content, through it’s creative studio arm New Yorkie Studios™ which serves as an incubator for content, by showcasing talent, skills, and passion of celebrity and non-celebrity creators. A.O.M focuses on development, content strategy, creative consulting, and distribution. (

    About The Hero Initiative
    The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment. Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $1 million to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit or call 626-676-6354.

    For Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment:
    Dawn Miller
    (323) 761-7220

    For Legion M:
    Rob Novickas
    (206) 484-5605

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    Leading Technical Cannabis Conference in San Diego Will Bring Together Industry’s Top Scientists to Present Latest Research and Developments

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (PRWEB) January 09, 2019

    The 5th Annual Emerald Conference, the longest running and most technical conference in the cannabis and hemp industries, will be held from Feb. 27 to March 1, 2019, at Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego, Calif. The conference brings together top scientists, extraction and cultivation professionals, and visionary business leaders in a collaborative environment that fosters groundbreaking advancements.

    Emerald Conference was created five years ago to address the need for a forum in which leading members of the scientific community could exchange ideas and discuss advancements in the rapidly evolving cannabis space. Adult use cannabis is now legal in 10 states, while medical cannabis is legal in 33. Legal cannabis is set to hit $75 billion in sales by 2030, according to a note from analysts at the investment bank Cowen.

    John Abrams, Ph.D., Scientific Director of the Emerald Conference, said, “This conference offers an innovative environment that continues to attract the brightest minds in our industry. I was thrilled to accept this role to further support the conference’s position as the preeminent scientific conference in the industry and internationally. I have been working closely with each Session Chair to curate and develop content that supports groundbreaking research and advancements in technology.”

    Emerald Conference covers genomics, chemotyping, pre-clinical/clinical research, formulations, testing and extraction. Presentations and posters at Emerald Conference are subject to a peer review process, ensuring the latest and most relevant content. The proceedings of the conference will be published annually.

    Reggie Guadino, President of Steep Hill Labs and former event keynote speaker, said, “In one central platform you have everyone coming together, talking to each other and learning together so that the industry can become a better place. It’s the conference for people looking to invest in technology and put together a program that will help them succeed in the cannabis industry.”

    This year’s keynote speakers will include Todd Scattini, Global CEO of Harvest 360, on Feb. 28, and Robert Martin, Ph. D., CEO of CW Analytical, on Feb. 29.

    New this year, Emerald Conference created the Emerald Classic Golf Tournament, a charity event that benefits a non-profit cannabis organization. This year’s beneficiary is the Veterans Cannabis Project, and the event will take place Feb. 27 at Coronado Golf Course.

    Registration is now open. To learn more about Emerald Conference and to attend, click here. To view the Emerald Conference agenda, click here.


    Emerald Conference is the longest running, most technical scientific conference in the cannabis industry. Considered by many cannabis science leaders to be the premiere conference for connection, collaboration and education.

    Public Relations Contact:

    CMW Media
    Cassandra Dowell, 858-264-6600
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