June 2017

Digital Media Solutions Named One of Inc. Magazine's Best Places to Work in America

Digital Media Solutions (DMS) today announced that it has been named one of America's "Best Places to Work" by Inc. Magazine. The annual feature recognizes the top 50 of the 233 companies in the country for company culture and employee engagement. Not only has DMS been recognized for its team-focused culture, but the firm's incredible year-over-year growth earned recognition on the Inc. 5000 list in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Through meticulous design and flawless execution of performance marketing, business intelligence and operations consulting, Digital Media Solutions provides end-to-end customer acquisition solutions that help clients grow their businesses and win in their business ventures.

"We're honored to be recognized by Inc. Magazine as a Best Place to Work in America," said Joe Marinucci, Founder and CEO of Digital Media Solutions. "Our most important asset is our people, so we strive to create a winning workplace where our team can be entrepreneurial, work hard, and be bold and fearless to help grow with the company. We foster our entrepreneurial spirit to achieve unparalleled results in the world of performance marketing. Our speed, agility and courage help assure ongoing success for our clients."

Inc.'s list represents America's top 50 companies that deploy state-of-the-
art techniques to keep employees happy and productive and is a magnifying glass on how innovative companies can truly raise the bar in hiring and keeping the best talent. The 2017 Inc. Best Workplaces Awards assessed applicants on a collection of multiple choice, scaled and open-ended items. Core components of the scoring include company practices around management, employee recognition, performance communication, benefits and other elements of employee engagement. To qualify, companies had to be U.S.-based, privately held and independent. Companies had to be in business at least three years and have a full-time employee count ranging between 10 and 500.

Founded by a team of lifelong athletes, competition and drive is in the company's DNA. "We believe that in order to win for our clients, DMS must be a team with grit, motivation and flawless execution. We are rewriting the rules of customer acquisition—and we're having fun while doing it," added Marinucci.

In addition to team building initiatives such as softball leagues and beach Olympics at the annual corporate retreat, the company also has quite the philanthropic footprint in the community. In 2016, the DMS team organized and hosted a number of community events collecting more than $100,000 in charitable contributions across multiple non-profits in the Clearwater area and beyond.

The full report including the feature on Digital Media Solutions is in the June 2017 issue of Inc. Magazine.

About Digital Media Solutions

Founded by a team of lifelong athletes, Digital Media Solutions (DMS) is an industry leader in providing end-to-end customer acquisition solutions that help clients win in their business ventures and realize their marketing goals. The company's set of proprietary assets and capabilities in the world of performance marketing, business intelligence and operations consulting allow clients to meticulously target and acquire the right customers. DMS relentlessly pursues flawless execution for top brands within highly complex and competitive industries including mortgage, education, consumer solutions, financial services, health and careers. DMS continues to experience explosive year-over-year growth, with continuous recognition on the Inc. 5000 list in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and a #5 ranking on the 2015 Florida Fast 100. Named one of America's "Best Places to Work" in 2017 by Inc. Magazine, DMS brings together some of the industry's most knowledgeable people, efficient processes and sophisticated technology across the digital and marketing spectrum. For more information about DMS and its vertical-specific brands including Best Rate Referrals and Sparkroom, visit www.thedigitalmediasolutions.com.  Keep up with DMS news on Twitter at @dmsgrp and connect with us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/digital-media-solutions-group.

© 2017 Digital Media Solutions, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Digital Media Solutions and its logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Digital Media Solutions, LLC. All other company and product names referenced herein are the property of their respective owners.

New 2017 Slate Of IMUA Officers & Board Members Elected At 87th Annual Meeting

Braselton, GA was the scene of this year's Inland Marine Underwriters Association (IMUA) Annual Meeting (May 20-24) where over 280 underwriters, brokers, claims personnel and key industry suppliers converged to learn of some of the most pressing issues of concern to the inland marine industry for the upcoming year and beyond. The 87th IMUA Annual Meeting took place at the Inn at Chateau Elan.

The first order of business was the announcement of the approval of the election results for the 2017 slate of officers. William Rosa, XL Catlin Re was re-elected the associations' Chairman. Also re-elected were Richard Pye, QBE North America as Deputy Chair and Bruce Jervis, Chubb as Vice Chair.

Commenting on his acceptance, Bill Rosa praised the continuing hard work of the IMUA in fulfilling its commitment to advancing the goals of the inland marine industry. He said, "I am extremely honored to continue serving as the Chairman of such a prestigious organization as the IMUA. But more importantly, I am proud to be a part of this group of dedicated professionals. It is extremely gratifying to witness first-hand the incredible progress the association continues to make in developing the talents of so many young members of this association. I hope to continue to build upon our successes to create an even stronger entity by pursuing all avenues as they relate to the professional development of those who serve this industry."

Also announced was the election of the slate of Board of Directors. They are:

Class of 2017
Anthony Franco, Swiss Re

Joe Rich, Liberty Mutual

Grace Thomas, Great American

Michelle Sipple, AIG

Class of 2018
Randy Schlosser, Munich Re America

Donald Keahon, Aspen Specialty

Jeff Vetter, Markel Corp.

Jessica Frankovich, Seneca

Sharon Primerano, The Hartford

Class of 2019
Michael Cueman, Zurich

Sheila O'Keeffe, Gen Re

Richard Soja, Tokio Marine

Michelle Hoehn, Travelers

Anthony Falcone, IMU/One Beacon

Kevin O'Brien and Lillian Colson -- the Association's President and CEO and Vice President and Secretary, respectively -- were also re-elected.

IMUA is the national association for the commercial inland marine insurance industry. IMUA serves as the voice of its member companies representing over 90 percent of all commercial inland marine insurers. The association provides its members with comprehensive training and educational programs, including research papers and bulletins, industry analysis and seminars. IMUA was founded in 1930.

Allan Fliss

ET6 Exchange 2017 Award Winners Announced nGage Events Hosts The Industry Leading Digital Transformation Event

The 2017 ET6 Exchange, held May 21-23 at the Sheraton Grand Wild Horse Pass, announced Honeywell, Check Point Technologies and Skycure as award winning vendors at the seventh annual event.

ET6 Exchange is focused on digital transformation through mobile, cloud, data and analytics for enterprise organizations. More than 45 leading digital transformation solution providers competed for the three annual awards in the following categories: Best Case Study Presentation, Best Innovative Solution, and Best Overall Digital Transformation Solution. Awards were voted on by more than 75 enterprise IT decision makers responsible for executing their organizations' digital transformations road map and decisions from some of the largest companies in North America.

Check Point Software Technologies won the 2017 Best Overall Digital Transformation Solution award. This award was given to the most comprehensive industry offering, and went to the vendor who showcased an overall understanding of the needs in the digital transformation marketplace. The top four vote recipients were Check Point Software Technologies, Honeywell, IBM and VMware.

Honeywell won the 2017 Best Case Study Presentation award. This award was based on the overall presentation and interaction that occurred between the presenting sponsor and the senior level executives who took part in 25 minute case study presentations over the two and a half days. The top four vote recipients were Asentinel, Honeywell, IBM and Skycure.

Skycure won the 2017 ET6 Most Innovative Solution award. This award went to the sponsor who exhibited a unique solution set that senior level executives identified as early to market, and/or identified a specific need to better the industry. The top five vote recipients were Delphix, PowWow Mobile, Sapho, Skycure and SkyGiraffe.

"The 2017 ET6 Exchange Summit was one the best events we have ever produced and I am very proud of our team. We must build off this success for future events as the bar has once again been raised. The level of the enterprise attendees, the support from leading solution providers and industry leading analysts made for an extremely productive and intense couple of days," said Philip McKay, CEO, nGage Events.

"My goal as conference chair is to challenge the industry to remain forward thinking and innovative as enterprise organizations' needs become more complex. nGage Events provides the perfect platform that focuses on customer outcomes which these enterprise IT decision makers consistently ask for," said Maribel Lopez, Founder, Lopez Research and ET Exchange Conference Chair.

ET6 Exchange Summit is focused on bringing senior level executives together to discuss business objectives and mobile strategy with their peers and leading solution providers. To learn more about the upcoming IoT Exchange Oct..8-10 or ET Exchange Nov. 13-15, please email Spencer Bisgaard at sbisgaard@ngagevents.com.

About nGage Events

nGage Events is the leading producer of host-based, invitation-only business events. These events bring together leading vendors with qualified decision makers in an exclusive and intimate environment. The team at nGage Events has successfully produced more than 200 events across all market sectors using this distinctive format which guarantees access to key contacts in a private setting, fosters new relationships, improves existing ones, builds partnerships, and accelerates the sales process. For more information, visit http://www.ngagevents.com/.

Spencer Bisgaard
Event Director

Annoucning the Launch of Healthcare Compliance Platform RiskShield Tools, www.RiskShieldTools.com

The Florida Healthcare Law Firm is pleased to announce the launch of our brand new website! We've been asked for a long time to put together a usable platform for compliance tools and services ... so we finally did it! Compliance is a funny thing in healthcare. It's like a virus – growing, morphing and can be tough to live with. And yet it's a large part of what we do at the Florida Healthcare Law Firm every day and have done for nearly 30 years. "Compliance"
means a lot of things to people. It's tough to define and frightening to consider. It seems way too big, expensive and unattainable. Which is why we built www.RiskShieldTools.com, to show you what we know and to have an opportunity to show you that compliance can be understandable and affordable.

"When I first got into healthcare law, I wondered how physicians and other healthcare providers kept on top of all of the regulations. I was pretty sure that they didn't devote classes to the Anti-Kickback Statute in medical schools. And I saw overworked office managers tasked with being the office know-it-all on complex laws like HIPAA and the Stark Law," says Attorney Jacqueline Bain, one of the lead developers of RiskShield Tools and Certified in Healthcare Compliance.

The new website is highly interactive. We developed the first guided self-assessment survey of its kind that will help you get on track with compliance and stay on track! We combine legal advice with traditional consulting services; and that efficiency is unique! No more tension between lawyer and consultant. Our assessment tools are tied to benchmarks set by the Federal government. That helps you weave compliance into your business without disrupting it!

We would also like to thank our amazing staff who donated their time and energy to make this site what it is. For any questions, suggestions, feedback or comments, please E-mail us.

Media Contact
Autumn Piccolo,
Florida Healthcare Law Firm

RuPaul Announces "RuPaul's Love Yourself Library" On the Tapas Mobile Publishing App

BOOK EXPO, NYC – RuPaul, the multifaceted entertainer, host and executive producer of RuPaul's Drag Race and RuPaul's DragCon, author of two books, actor, singer, songwriter and much more, today announced RuPaul's Love Yourself Library: a collection of books geared toward "self discovery and finding your frequency" on the Tapas mobile publishing app.

"This is a collection of titles that I know will inspire and help the seeker navigate the journey of life," RuPaul said.

RuPaul's Love Yourself Library is a curated collection of books targeted towards teens and millennials that are about finding love and self-acceptance, freeing individuals from being put in a box. The first book in the collection is the novel Cinderella Boy written by Kristina Meister. The book takes place in contemporary small town America and is a mash-up of She's All That and The Breakfast Club with stylings of Rainbow Rowell and Nick Hornby.

Cinderella Boy tells the tale of Declan, a trans teenager hiding behind a mop of hair and his video games whose female alter ego ultimately attracts the attention of the "prince" of the high school. What happens next is a fresh take on the Cinderella fairy tale.

"If Oscar Wilde and the Shakespeare who wrote As You Like It decided to collaborate on a young adult novel, the result might be much like Kris Meister's Cinderella Boy," said award-winning children's book author Douglas Rees. "Charming, touching, funny and sexy, graced by characters with depth, sensitivity and wit, this novel is a delight from the first page. But Cinderella Boy is more than another clever riff on the Cinderella motif. It is a true novel, presenting a segment of society--older teens--at a moment of deep and radical change--now."

Cinderella Boy is the inaugural title of RuPaul's Love Yourself Library and Tapas hopes to add new titles at a pace of 1-2 per month.

"We are excited to team up with the amazing RuPaul to provide a collection of stories that explore lifestyle diversity while also showcasing Tapas' mission of bringing bite-sized entertainment experiences to our customers," said Adrienne McWhorter, Chief Content Officer at Tapas Media.

Tapas Media is a next generation media company offering bite-sized content through its web and mobile platforms. Tapas Media boasts over 1 billion content views to date and over 1.6 million unique visits per month, primarily from readers in North America. Tapas Media is based in San Francisco with a satellite office in Seoul, Korea. Founded in 2012 by CEO Chang Kim, whose first company was the only South Korean company to be acquired by Google, Tapas Media is backed by respected investors including Kakao and 500 Startups.

To find Cinderella Boy, go to the Apple App store or Android App Store and download the Tapas app. Open the app, click on the in-app books, and start reading. The book costs 15 cents per episode after a generous free sample.


For further information contact:

Joelle Hawkes, RuCo, Inc. joelle@rupaul.com 212-929-2363

Adrienne McWhorter, Tapas Media Adrienne@tapasmedia.co 415-818-3885

Laurie McLean, Fuse Literary laurie@fuseliterary.com 650-922-0914

Larry Caretsky Joins the Sales Lead Management Association's Board of Advisors

The Sales Lead Management Association (SLMA) announced that Larry Caretsky has joined the 8,000-member worldwide organization as an advisory board member.  SLMA CEO Jim Obermayer said, "We have gotten to know Mr. Caretsky during interviews on CRM Radio Today and SLMA Talk Radio.  We appreciate his deep practical knowledge of CRM use and its real world application for sales lead management.   We can use his common sense and insight to help us spread the knowledge that sales lead management is a process and not just a marketing descriptor."

"I am pleased to become part of the company's board of advisors. The firm continues to provide valuable insight and thought leadership in the area of sales and marketing automation," said Caretsky.

About Larry Caretsky

Larry Caretsky is Commence Corporation's Chief Executive Officer. He has more than 30 years of experience in the computer software industry and is responsible for the company's global business operations.  Caretsky began his career with Shared Medical Systems, a division of Siemens Healthcare, a provider of automated financial systems for public hospitals, and has held executive level positions in several enterprise level software companies including McKesson HBOC, Cognos and Synon Corporation. Several years ago the Edison Venture Fund engaged Caretsky to help transition one of their portfolio companies from a manufacturer of application development tools to a provider of business solutions.  His efforts resulted in Commence Corporation becoming one of the top-rated software companies in the CRM sector.  He is considered an expert in the CRM industry, and has written numerous articles about the proper use of CRM software to improve sales execution and customer service.  He is also the author of an e-book:  Practices That Pay: Leveraging Information to Achieve Industrial Selling Results.  Caretsky appeared on CRM Radio for Sales Enablement: Clearing up the Confusion (November 14, 2016), and SLMA Talk Radio for Marketing Enablement? Buzz Words or Facing Reality in a Changing Marketing Environment?  (December 5, 2016).

About Commence Corporation

Commence has evolved into a comprehensive cloud-based Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solution with functionality that rivals enterprise offerings costing thousands more. Complementing this award-winning software is a series of best practices created by the company's professional service staff, who has engaged in hundreds of CRM system implementations. The best practices, coupled with the company's top-rated software, ensure that Commence customers realize a maximum return on their investment.

About the Sales Lead Management Association

The mission of the Sales Lead Management Association is to help companies become successful in the critical business process of managing sales leads, which we believe manages revenue.  Membership is free.  For information call Sue Campanale at 360-933-1259.  The Sales Lead Management Association is a division of the Funnel Media Group, LLC.

Susan Campanale

Coin Packaging Puts the Wraps on a Quality Gift Medalcraft Mint Offers Variety of Options for Custom Presentation

Attractive coin packaging is an important aspect to creating challenge coin and medallion gift sets for organizations focused on creating a superior overall presentation. Medalcraft Mint, a leader in the metal striking industry, specializes in pairing ideal coin packaging for the occasion.

Medalcraft Mint offers coin packaging options ranging from cost-effective plastic coin capsules and clear vinyl tuck pouches through mid-range velour presentation boxes, leatherettes and jewelry-sized boxes, all the way to elegant wood display stands and glass-topped wood cases.

"The advantage of working with our team is the ability to collaborate on specific looks and levels of presentation,"
said Jerry Moran, owner and chief executive officer of Medalcraft Mint. "We can suggest the perfect finishing touches within your budget."

Coin Packaging for Quality Commemoratives
Medalcraft Mint, based in Green Bay, Wisconsin, is known for its die-striking expertise in creating industry-leading challenge coins and other commemoratives. The company's highly skilled craftsmen hand sculpt or engrave customer-approved designs into a steel die block.

The die-striking process involves pressing the material into the die cavity, which makes an exact impression of the crafted image. Die striking is Medalcraft's technique of choice because it produces better consistency, crisper images and an overall better product than cast pieces.

"Our team can help customers with items ranging from custom golf tools and special event gifts to crystal and other recognition awards," Moran said. "Medalcraft Mint's ability to provide items from casual to elegant is one reason we're able to maintain long-term relationships with our customers."

A Reputation for Excellence
Medalcraft Mint has been a Wisconsin-based company since its founding in 1948. The company produces a wide selection of challenge coins, badges, recognition awards for employees and other commemoratives in its 32,000-square-foot facility in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Medalcraft Mint has won more awards for superior metal striking over the past three decades than any company in the industry.

For more information about Medalcraft Mint's products or to request a quote, please go to http://medalcraftusa.com/ or call 800-558-6348.

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mprove Your Event with a Wireless Tour Guide System TourGuide Solutions Supplies Sennheiser 2020 for High-Quality Events

Event coordinators increasingly are turning to a wireless tour guide system to focus on providing crystal clear audio as a differentiating factor in delivering a high-quality experience. TourGuide Solutions, North America's leading provider of wireless tour guide systems, works with tour operators and event coordinators to optimize the ability of participants to enjoy the tour without straining to hear the presentation. The wireless tour guide system of choice is the Sennheiser 2020 from the audio industry's leading provider of wireless mics.

"Some of the biggest stars in the music industry use Sennheiser microphones, and the Sennheiser 2020 system uses similar technology for exceptionally high-quality audio," said Bridget Pedersen, Event and Marketing Specialist at TourGuide Solutions. "The ease of setup is a big reason why we choose this system as our failsafe option for event rentals."

Event Coordinators Prefer Wireless Tour Guide System
Event coordinators gravitate toward the Sennheiser system because its combination of unmatched audio quality and ease of operation reflect positively on the host organization.

"Sennheiser has truly mastered wireless technology,"
Pedersen said. "Our customers love the Sennheiser 2020 because it is compact, and tour leaders are able to move around and be heard without fighting background noise or poor acoustics."

The Sennheiser wireless tour guide system features lightweight headsets with individual volume control. A sensitivity setting on the wireless microphone allows the presenter to diminish up to 36 decibels of background noise and provide exceptional audio quality.

TourGuide Solutions supplied Sennheiser 2020 tour audio systems for the plant tour component of the IndustryWeek Manufacturing & Technology (M&T) Conference and Expo in May and will be providing similar systems for tours associated with the AME International Conference in Boston, October 9-13, 2017.

About TourGuide Solutions
TourGuide Solutions is an affiliate company of OwnersEdge Inc., a 100 percent employee-owned ESOP holding company based in Brookfield, Wisconsin. TourGuide Solutions, founded in 1998, provides a wide range of Fortune 500 companies with audio equipment to usher guests through live, interactive plant tours. Its clients include Toyota, Nestle, Coca-Cola, Kellogg's, Whirlpool, John Deere and P&G. TourGuide Solutions represents a wide array of product lines, including Sennheiser 2020, Williams Sound Digi-Wave, Listen Technologies, ListenTALK and its own TGS-900.

TourGuide Solutions offers warranty protection, with post-warranty care standard with every purchase. Next-day service is available to locations within the United States. Call 877-204-0225 or visit http://tourguidesolutions.com for more information about TourGuide Solutions products or to request a quote.

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Modular Skid Fabrication Leads to Fast Installation Robinson Pipe & Vessel Delivers Consistent Project Quality

Robinson Pipe & Vessel's reputation for manufacturing expertise provides a key component to its modular skid fabrication capabilities. A division of Robinson Metal, Inc., Robinson Pipe & Vessel leverages advanced technology at its De Pere, Wisconsin, facility to produce turnkey systems for efficient installation.

The Robinson Pipe & Vessel team works with the customer's design or process to produce 3D SOLIDWORKS models in order to confirm space utilization as well as workforce ergonomics and other issues prior to building. All projects are designed to meet ASME and AWS requirements as well as building and electrical codes dependent on the scope of the project.

"Modular skid fabrication provides advantages for our customers in terms of cost, project management and the ability to bring it online quickly at delivery," said Chad Hendzel, Robinson Pipe & Vessel division manager. "Grouping the various components of a project into one package makes installation much quicker than bringing in a variety of trades at the same time."

Modular Skid Fabrication Provides Plug-and-Play Capability
Robinson Pipe & Vessel produces modular skid fabrication units for a variety of industries, including water treatment, gas and oil, chemical processing and paper production. Customers largely are able to plug and play these projects rather than shutting down for an on-site build.

"It eliminates the need for shutdown at the plant, which can save considerably on overall costs," Hendzel said. "We can ship the completed, tested skid to their site and with minimum down time they can tie the skidded system into their facilities and be up and running."

The size of modular skid fabrication units are limited only by transportation issues. They can range in size dependent on the customer's needs and footprint available. Extensive projects may require multiple modules to transport, but it still minimizes the amount of work needed on site.

About Robinson Metal, Inc.
Robinson Metal operates out of a custom-designed, 185,000-square-
foot modern facility with state-of-the-art equipment including a complete quality department with CMM inspection capabilities. The company is a single-source metal fabrication supplier, employing over 300 people at its facilities in De Pere, Wisconsin. Its four divisions include: Robinson Fab & Machine; Robinson Pipe & Vessel; Robinson Custom Enclosures; and Robinson Heating & Cooling.

For more information about Robinson Pipe & Vessel's modular skid fabrication capabilities, please call (920) 494-7411, or visit http://robinsonmetal.com/.

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Mensa Honors DeepMind's David Silver for AlphaGo Program

David Silver, who led DeepMind's efforts to develop the first computer program to defeat the world's best Go players, has been recognized by Mensa with an inaugural award honoring discoveries in intelligence and creativity. The award comes from the high-IQ association's philanthropic arm, the Mensa Education & Research Foundation, which announced Silver as the recipient of its first $10,000 Mensa Foundation Prize.

The award recognizes both applied and fundamental discoveries in areas such as brain-related research, creation of tools and mechanisms for advancing such research, or any significant research that leads to an improved understanding of human intelligence, including artificial intelligence. Discoveries must be documented in a major peer-reviewed scientific journal to earn consideration.

Silver is the leader of the AlphaGo team at DeepMind and its primary developer. Computer programs capable of besting the world's top human competitors in games such as chess and poker have been around for decades. However, Go, a game with oriental origins dating back millennia, had long proven unsusceptible to engineered challengers. In October 2015, AlphaGo, which comprises a complex combination of hardware and software, became the first program to defeat a human professional player. The results were published the following year in Nature. Later, AlphaGo bested Lee Sedol, widely considered the world's best Go player, 5-0 in a five-game match, marking a major achievement in the world of artificial intelligence. The AlphaGo team was part of the Future of Go Summit, a five-day event held in China this May where their program bested China's top Go player, Ke Jie.

Dr. Harry Ringermacher, Chair of the Mensa Foundation Prize Committee, said Silver's research perfecting AlphaGo elevated artificial intelligence to a new level, permitting a deeper understanding of the nature of human intelligence. "We believe that brain research, together with brain function modeling through AI and advanced computation, are equally important to achieving such an understanding,"
Ringermacher said.

The biennial award is endowed by the estate of Kenneth Douglas Thomson (1934-2013), a longtime Mensa member from California. Marie Mayer, President of the Mensa Foundation Board of Trustees, said, "Thanks to the vision and generosity of Kenneth D. Thomson, who funded this award through his bequest, the Foundation is able to recognize significant achievements that support the use of intelligence with an award that is also significant."

For more than 40 years the Mensa Education & Research Foundation has supported the best and brightest through scholarships and awards. It encourages intellectual inquiry through the Mensa Research Journal and its various Colloquiums. The Mensa Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization and is funded by American Mensa, Mensa members and other charitable donations. To learn more about the Foundation, visit mensafoundation.org.

Victoria Liguez, Mensa Foundation

Bram Weinstein Joins DC's Capital Talent Agency As a New Voice

Former ESPN anchor Bram Weinstein has joined Capital Talent Agency as one of its newest voiceover artists.  Weinstein is the host of "The Bram Weinstein Show," currently airing on ESPN 980 in the Washington, DC market, in which he provides a unique perspective on the world of sports, both locally and nationally.

Weinstein, a Montgomery County native and a Springbrook High and American University grad, spent the early years of his broadcasting career in Nebraska. His career skyrocketed when he returned home and became the Redskins' beat reporter and a local media fixture, with his own Saturday show, regular appearances on Comcast SportsNet, and a midday show that eventually became "Redskins Nation."  Weinstein became one of the most recognizable sports broadcasters in the Washington, DC area, and he was eventually persuaded to join ESPN's national team in Bristol, Connecticut.

After seven years with ESPN hosting SportsCenter and appearing in various televised commercials for the network, Weinstein and his family returned to DC to pursue his broadcasting and voiceover career.

"Characters, drama, soap opera--those have been the aspects of sports that have always appealed to me as the first and still undefeated reality show," said Weinstein.  "A benefit of having a long career in broadcasting is that you learn about vocal range as you describe the events and people who make up the wide world of sports.  I've always wanted to put that skill to use in the voiceover sphere and am pleased that Capital Talent Agency is working to make that a reality for me and other artists in this exciting industry."

"Bram's on-air voice not only has the range and quality that makes it perfect for commercial and promo voiceover work, but he has a level of insight and intelligence that makes him a great choice for in-show and other narration, such as audio books," said Roger W. Yoerges, CTA's Chief Executive Officer and head of the agency's voiceover division.  "We have a stable of talented, nationally recognized voiceover artists at CTA and are pleased and proud that Bram, with his wide range of talents, has decided to join us."

Formed in 2009, Capital Talent Agency, LLC, represents professional artists based in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, DC, New York City, Los Angeles, and elsewhere who work nationally in theater, film, television, and voiceovers.  CTA also represents authors in all genres of fiction and non-fiction, as well as speakers who appear nationally and internationally.  See our website at http://capitaltalentagency.com/.

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Martha Lemasters, Author of The Step, to be Key Speaker at NOW (National Organization for Women) Event in Charlotte, North Carolina on October 4th

NOW, The National Organization for Women has invited Martha Lemasters, author of The Step, to speak to their Charlotte, North Carolina chapter on October 4, 2017. The event starts at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Midwood International and Cultural Center, 1817 Central Avenue. It is free and open to the public. Lemasters, whose memoir highlights her struggles as a divorced mother of three working on the Apollo program, is honored to be selected by such an influential feminist organization.

About Martha Lemasters

Martha Lemasters spent almost ten years working as a PR writer at Cape Kennedy during the Apollo Program, where men outnumbered women 200 to 1. At a time when few women worked, she rose from secretary to a respected writer. The Step details her experiences as a woman determined to succeed personally and professionally, despite all obstacles. A trailblazer and growing feminist icon, Lemasters has become a sought-after speaker for women's groups.

About NOW

Founded in 1966, NOW is the largest grassroots feminist organization in the United States. NOW seeks to effect societal change and achieve equality for women and girls in all areas, social, political and economic. Utilizing both traditional and non-traditional methods NOW pushes for gender equality. Through its influence more women have been elected to political office, and greater educational, business and employment opportunities have been developed. In addition, tougher laws have been enacted against sexual harassment and violence and discrimination against women.

For more information about NOW visit www.NOW.org.

For more information about Martha Lemasters, or her memoir The Step,

visit www.marthalemasters.com

Contact: Bethany Burt
Phone: 772-766-4926
Email: bethany@nestmediaco.com
Website: www.MarthaLemasters.com

Bethany Burt
Martha Lemasters

Bracketron Introduces A New, All-In-One Roadtripper Travel Pack

Bracketron, an industry leader in universal mounts and accessories for mobile devices, announces the new Roadtripper Travel Pack.

The Roadtripper Travel Pack is the perfect companion for all travelers. This travel pack includes a 2.4 amp bullet charger, a stong, compact vent mount and a 1 meter Lightning/Micro-
USB charge and sync allowing you to quickly charge most your devices. You can easily store this compact vent mount, cable and charger in a stylish travel case. You can quickly and easily mount your device, keeping you hands free and focused on the road. Roadtripper is available at Bracketron.com (http://bit.ly/2rK2WXX) for $29.99 and includes a travel case to fit everything included, along with a small rubberized vent mount that fits smartphones up to 3.5 inches.

Roadtripper lets you hit the road carefree, easily mounting and charging your phone, no matter where you go.

Bracketron has also introduced the Universal Tablet Headrest Magnet mount for your backseat travelers. The Bracketron Tablet Headrest Magnet Mount attaches securely to most 2-post headrests. The mount is compact with a stylish, streamlined design. The powerful magnet and adjustable hinges allows for versatile positioning for easy viewing in a range of environments. Perfect for your summer road trip. (http://bit.ly/2qG5pOM ) for $39.99.

About Bracketron

Bracketron is the industry leader in universal mounting solutions and accessories for many of today's most popular mobile and handheld technologies including smartphone, tablet, GPS, camera and MP3. Bracketron offers a broad selection of mounting configuration options designed to offer an optimal level of flexibility and functionality. The company has broadened its product line to include a variety of flexible mounting options designed to extend the use of the device and enhance the overall user experience. For more information about Bracketron, visit www.bracketron.com.

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Terri Cope

Maxx Marketing Enters Strategic Partnership with Licensing Matters Global

Maxx Marketing (Maxx), a WPP Group company, has entered a strategic partnership with Licensing Matters Global (LM), a full-service licensing agency. LM will assist Maxx and its clients to maximize their usage and manage acquisitions of entertainment, sports, art, corporate brand, and celebrity licenses. LM will also direct Maxx's outbound licensing efforts.

"We see this partnership as extremely timely and beneficial given the increasing demand from our clients on widening the licensing advisory solution to further their marketing and financial performance, and the capabilities we believe this partnership will enhance," said Maxx CEO, Michael Kwan.

With over two decades of global licensing, retail, and brand management experience, Licensing Matters will strengthen Maxx's positioning as one of the world's leading marketing and product solution agencies. This partnership represents a significant step forward in the range of expertise and services both agencies will offer their clientele.

"Having worked with Maxx Marketing for over 20 years on many successful projects, I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to deepen our involvement with one of the world's leading marketing and product solutions agencies; together we will do great things!" said Licensing Matters' Founder Mark Matheny.

Matheny is a licensing industry veteran and trailblazer who has created and led companies such as Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Global Brands Group, a master global licensee for FIFA World Cup.

Maxx Marketing is a global licensing and product solutions agency with expertise in inbound licensing services. http://www.maxx-marketing.com

Licensing Matters is a global full-service licensing agency. http://www.licensingmattersglobal.com

Annie Kwan

San Antonio Businessman and Family Donates Land to Further Expansion of San Antonio Playhouse

Business owner John R. "Rick" Aleman, wife Christina, and his children, Richie and Selena, have given The Playhouse San Antonio one of its largest financial gifts from a family donor in recent history with the donation of an 8,000 sq. ft. parcel of land. Located at 725 West Ashby Place, the land is valued at $250,000 and is directly across the street from the theater, making it the perfect location for the Playhouse's future expansion.

        Mr. Aleman obtained the property with thoughts of expanding his company, Selrico Services, business operations.  Selrico is located next door to the donated land.   "Once we decided against expanding our offices, we looked for other ways to utilize the property," said Rick Aleman. "I have been a life-long fan of the theater, probably because I don't have any of that type of talent myself!  The proximity of the property to the theater made our decision an easy one."

        Rick Aleman is the founder of Selrico Services, which offers food service, construction, facilities maintenance, operations and maintenance, and other infrastructure support services to both the public and private sector.  Selrico has proudly supported the U.S. across the world, operating on three continents, multiple countries and 27 states.  Selrico has provided disaster relief domestically including; Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi following hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and Selrico teams have mobilized in support of NATO and UN disaster relief missions worldwide.

        Locally, Selrico is proud to be of service to the City of San Antonio through food service contracts providing meals to seniors, pre-K students, and youth participating in the summer lunch program.  Selrico employs over 150 local, full-time team members who work in support of the food service operations and custodial operations in San Antonio.  Currently, Selrico manages the custodial care of the Alamodome, Historic Market Square, La Villita, and all branches of the San Antonio Public Library System.

        The historic Playhouse, formerly known as the San Antonio Little Theater, with its beautiful neo-classic facade was completed in 1929 and is the nation's oldest city-built playhouse.  The theater is located in San Pedro Park, the first and oldest city park in the United States. The Playhouse, a non-profit organization, prides itself on producing professional-
quality live theater. Upcoming productions include The Hunchback of Notre Dame, All is Bright and Little Women.

        Native San Antonian and Theater CEO /Artistic Director George Green, is humbled by the donation. "This gift will enable us to look at the feasibility of creating various opportunities for our organization.  Some initial thoughts include administration needs, temporary performer housing, and an educational conservatory.  The conservatory/studios would be a place where students of all ages can come for voice, dance, and drama lessons taught by certified professionals." The current footprint of the Theater does not allow for additional office or creative spaces. Once a feasibility study is complete, the Theater will determine the future of the property and implement a Capital Campaign to raise the funds needed to make the dream a reality.

        Aleman hopes that this donation will encourage others to support the Theater, which not only provides entertainment, but helps bring people together, whether it brings to light serious social issues or by offering a humorous diversion from our everyday lives.


John R. "Rick" Aleman founded Selrico Services, Inc., in 1989, and continues to be headquartered in San Antonio and employs 300 people at more than 16 facilities and offices in San Antonio, San Diego and Phoenix.

Selrico Services, Inc. is a global and award-winning, full-service contractor that provides government organizations, institutional facilities, and commercial companies with a wide range of services including; institutional food service, congregate meal service, emergency feeding and billeting, temporary food service facilities (mobile kitchens,) permanent and temporary facility development and operation, base-operating support, and contingency/life support.

Currently, Selrico provides freshly prepared meals for Our Lady of the Lake University, City Public Service Energy Company, University of Texas Health Science Center and City of San Antonio (COSA) Pre-K4 SA, Senior Nutrition Program and Summer Lunch program, the United States Coast Guard station on Coronado Island, California and the City of Phoenix, Arizona's senior nutrition sites and meals on wheels' programs. Custodial operations include the 160,000 sq. ft. Alamodome, Historic Market Square, La Villita, and all branches of the San Antonio Public Library System.

Selrico is certified by ISO (International Organization for Standardization,) the world's largest developer and publisher of International Standards. This stringent analysis and audit guarantees that Selrico employs strategic tools to reduce costs, increase productivity and minimize waste and error for each client.


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Certified EO welcomes Menke & Associates as a Certified Employee-Owned founding member

Menke & Associates, Inc., the nation's largest and oldest employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) advisory firm, announced today that they are becoming a Founding Member of Certified Employee-Owned®
(Certified EO), a new certification program for employee-owned companies.

"Menke & Associates is majority owned by its employees.  We are proud to partner with Certified EO, an organization whose mission to expand the awareness and adaptation of employee ownership is the same as ours.  We envision Certified EO will become the premier employee ownership certification body, connecting employees, consumers, and companies looking to do business with other employee owned companies," says John Menke, Founder and President of Menke & Associates, Inc.

Besides being an attractive exit strategy for shareholders, ESOP's can offer substantial wealth to employees.  According to recent research conducted by the Oakland, CA based think tank National Center for Employee Ownership, employees aged 28 to 34 who were employee-owners, meaning they participate in their employer sponsored ESOP retirement plan, or their employer is structured as a cooperative, had 92% higher median household wealth, 33% higher income from wages, and 53% longer median job tenure than employees who are not employee-owners.

Employee owned companies are perhaps the best kept secret of our economy; they strengthen communities, foster a financially savvy workforce, are far less likely to lay off people during recessions, and can provide exceptionally large benefits during economic boom times.  Having a broad based employee ownership program is socially responsible, and the bottom line is handsomely rewarded in a tangible (there are significant tax and financial incentives) and intangible sense (once employees start acting like owners, the overall health of the company tends to visibly improve).

Menke & Associates, Inc. was founded in 1974 by John Menke who co-authored the landmark ESOP legislation that subsequently spawned an industry and sparked rapid growth of employee ownership in America.  Menke & Associates is a national leader in ESOP advisory services and currently administers nearly 1,000 ESOPs. Since 1974, the firm has structured over 3,000 ESOPs, the most by any single organization.  It currently acts as a full service ESOP advisory firm, helping business owners sell to their employees, and provides ongoing consulting on accounting, legal, tax, and valuation matters.

Not only does Menke & Associates create employee-owned companies, but it is one itself.  It first became employee owned in 1983 when John Menke sold some of his stock to the ESOP, and is now majority owned by its 48 employees.  "Our employees offer sound ESOP advisory and consulting services because they live and breathe employee stock ownership plans every day," says John Menke.

An Employee Stock Ownership Plan is a retirement plan, much like a 401k, that buys private company stock rather than public company stock.  The selling shareholders sell their stock to the plan and the stock is then allocated to employees.

To join Certified EO, Menke & Associates had to complete a certification process to accredit that it has significant and broad-based employee ownership.  To qualify, a company must be at least 30% owned by an ownership plan.

"When you see a 'USDA Organic' sticker, it means that a qualified third-party verified compliance with organic protocols. We're are doing the same for employee-owned companies by looking at a company's ownership structure," said Certified EO's Co-Founder Thomas Dudley.

Based out of San Francisco, Certified EO's mission is to build a voice for employee ownership in America. "We want employee ownership to be part of the national consciousness," said Dudley. "Employee-owned companies create wealth for working people and strengthen local economies. By creating a common brand for EO, we're combining the reach of our members to raise the profile of employee ownership. Our members benefit because we help them tap into Americans' support for employee ownership in marketing, recruitment, and internal communications."

To learn more about Menke & Associates, Inc, please visit www.menke.com

To learn more about Certified EO, please visit www.certifiedEO.com

Trevor Gilmore

Pet Fashion Industry Patterns Written by Laurren Darr Introduced By Left Paw Press and International Association of Pet Fashion Professionals

Left Paw Press and International Association of Pet Fashion Professionals is overwhelmingly excited to announce the innovative business trend book Pet Fashion Industry Patterns written by lifelong pet fashionologist and best-selling, award-winning author, Laurren Darr.

Written based on many years of observations of the pet fashion industry, is this uniquely stylish business trend book from International Association of Pet Fashion Professionals founder, Laurren Darr. Pet Fashion Industry Patterns broken into four enlightening sections that provide valuable insights to those seeking an understanding of pet fashion industry developments. These sections include Pet Trends, Lifestyle Trends, Market Trends, and Micro Trends.

Pet Trends is broken into reflections on types of pets that fashions are leaning toward while Lifestyle Trends covers human behaviors affecting the pet fashion industry. Market Trends is an important section that outlines specific tendencies to note within the pet fashion market. Micro Trends summarizes smaller yet significant annotations that affect the pet fashion industry.

Readers will find that this book is a lot of information in a concise, informative, and creative package.  Each chapter is artfully named to be remarkable. Titles include Purr-fect Fashion, Chicks Dig It, Furbulous Fashion Meets Function, Tail Wagging Markets, Eco-Fido, Paw-er Shopping, and Cosmopawlitan Pets.

In addition to being a shrewd book on the pet fashion industry, this hard cover book features a matte cover, grayscale photography, fashion illustrations and graphics that make it a table book that could easily become a treasured conversation piece. Careful attention to detail has been paid to coordinate the colors and patterns of each section throughout the book to also match those on the cover.

Some of the features that you'll find in Pet Fashion Industry Patterns are:

• Black and white photos of some of the most fashionable cities in the world with interesting factoids about each

• Fabulous fashion illustrations demonstrating the topic that is discussed in each chapter.

• Statistics and facts on pets, business, and the pet industry highlighted throughout.

About Laurren Darr

Laurren Darr is on a mission to unleash pet style by empowering pet fashion professionals who strengthen the bonds between pets and humans through their creative work. She's been a pug lover since her first rescue of White Pines Tuttie circa age five. Tuttie was completelyhappy to let Laurren dress her up, put clippy earrings and lipstick on her, and push her around in ashopping cart. Darr understands the deep roots and connections created between humans and animals through fashion because of this kinship. Her book about Tuttie, Lipstick On A Pug, won the Dog Writers Association of America Maxwell Medallion for 2015 Children's Book of the Year. She combined her marketing career and study of pet fashion to found International Association of Pet Fashion Professionals in 2013.

Left Paw Press

Maxx Marketing and Licensing Matters celebrate Jane Seymour's win for LIMA's Best Celebrity/Fashion Program of the Year Award

On May 23rd the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association (LIMA) presented Licensing Matters (LM) and Jane Seymour with the 2017 International Licensing Award for best Celebrity/Fashion Program of the Year. LIMA is the leading trade organization for the global licensing industry, honoring both Jane and LM for their accomplishments with the Open Hearts by Jane Seymour™ licensing program.

"This year's award winners represent world-class licensing programs and products from around our global industry," said Charles Riotto, President of LIMA. "We are proud to recognize and honor the achievements of these companies – chosen from a record 461 submissions this year – for their impressive initiatives and outstanding results."

The LIMA Awards celebrate the best in licensed programs and products that achieve tremendous success. Open Hearts by Jane Seymour™ Licensed Products have achieved nearly $1 Billion in retail sales since 2008 and continue to grow. Jane's Licensed Products are sold in over 3000+ stores in the USA, UK, and Canada.

Maxx Marketing, LM's creative and product development agency, successfully supported the Open Hearts by Jane Seymour™ licensing program.  "I am thrilled with the long-standing working relationship with Maxx Marketing and Licensing Matters; this award signifies the thoughtful and innovative approach the team took to develop the Open Hearts licensed program," said Jane Seymour.  "And, the synergies between Maxx and Licensing Matters have proven to be the winning formula.  I look forward to working together to further expand the reach of Open Hearts to new product categories.   This work is so important to me because a portion of all revenues help fund my Open Heart Foundation."

Open Hearts celebrate Jane's celebrity/original paintings and embody the connection of giving and receiving all of life's experiences. Licensed Products feature jewelry sold at KAY® Jewelers, Zales, Jared, H. Samuel (UK), and Peoples (Canada); the following licensed products and services are also sold worldwide:  Fragrance, furniture, wall décor, lighting, bedding, soft bath, publishing and even vacation/training seminars.

Jane Seymour is a multiple Emmy and Golden Globe winner and recipient of the Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in the year 2000. Jane Seymour has proven her talents in virtually all media, the Broadway stage, motion pictures, and television. Her love of art and color has led to her great success as a painter in watercolors and oils and as a designer. See, www.janeseymour.com.

For more information regarding the 2017 LIMA International Licensing Awards:

Licensing Matters is a full-service licensing agency and a strategic partner of WPP's Maxx Marketing. See, http://www.licensingmattersglobal.com and http://www.maxxmarketing.com/

Annie Kwan

Details of MeCoin Bitcoin Hack Starting To Unfold Company quiet for the past two weeks but details are slowly coming forth

Details of the recent MeCoin company (https://me-coin.com/spa/) bitcoin are slowly starting to come to light.

"Two weeks ago, our Utah-based programming team caught suspicious activity on our bitcoin network.  After isolating the specific activity, we realized that our network was indeed exposed to an external hack" a source close to the company reported.

An internal security audit revealed that hackers exploited an open portal on an external vendor's system.  MeCoin notified the company of the open portal and the issue was immediately fixed.  No other issues were found during the security audit and no additional suspicious activity has been reported since the initial incident.

"We caught it quickly and shut it down immediately"
I was told.

Initial financial audits revealed that the hackers were able to extract an undisclosed amount of bitcoin before the flaw was patched.  The company is completing its final audit and should issue a release at the conclusion of that audit.

MeCoin operates a cryptocurrency network similar to the more widely known Bitcoin, but operates primarily in Latin American markets.  High tech hacking on such networks is becoming more and more popular as the technology gains popularity.  MeCoin says they've been able to aggressively stop the more sophisticated attacks, and the most recent breach was an isolated incident that was easy to fix.

Busted! Australian cyber expert tracks alleged ransomware criminal similar to 'WannaCry' attack, and it is not North Korea!


Cybersecurity, Forensic Investigator and Computer Programming Expert Simon Smith of eVestigator has managed to socially engineer an alleged Ransomware criminal into turning their VPN off to uncover their true identity.

Mr. Smith has had enormous success in finding Cybercriminals. "It seems to come naturally", he said. His success stems from a lifetime of logical expertise in programming and information security. Mr. Smith then added Computer Forensics and Cybercrime Investigation into his C-Level skillset, and that is when he says he saw synergy.

"In catching almost 500 Cybercriminals I guess I can put it down to experience, instinct and a bit of luck in predicting the mindset of the various forms of Cybercriminals and Cybersecurity attackers", Mr. Smith said. "There is a human element that takes you to a higher level than being an expert in technology, and this is where many people get mistaken in this industry", said Mr. Smith.

In this case, Mr. Smith used proprietary techniques to engineer the alleged criminal to turn their VPN off to establish a real IP address. Mr. Smith has notified authorities and believes this finding will not only likely lead to an arrest, but uncover enormous data over many of what he calls 'myths' about 'North Korea'. Mr Smith stated, "He has proof this variant is not North Korea".

He has encouraged industry to contact him to share his research with them.

::Sample of the Ransomware text demanding 9 bitcoins::

"You need to obtain private key...The single copy of the private key, with will allow you to decrypt the files, is locate on a secret server on the internet;...The server will destroy the key within 24 hours after encryption completed....need to pay 9 bitcoins...and us an email to : *@tutanota.com"...



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