Saturday, September 30, 2006

Second Issue of The Enchanted Self e-Magazine is Now Available

Second Issue of The Enchanted Self e-Magazine is Now Available

Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, Originator of The Enchanted Self and nationally known Positive Psychologist is thrilled to annoucne the second issue of her inspirational new magazine, The Enchanted Self. This monthly e-magazine is available at http://www. ladybuglive. com/ to bring pleasure, purpose and ever more delight into daily living.

(PRWEB) May 7, 2005

Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, Originator of The Enchanted Self and nationally known Positive Psychologist is thrilled to annoucne the second issue of her inspirational new magazine, The Enchanted Self. This monthly e-magazine is available at http://www. ladybuglive. com/ (http://www. ladybuglive. com/) to bring pleasure, purpose and ever more delight into daily living.

The second issue is Acts of Kindness. Dr. Holstein states, "It is our little deeds of kindness motivated by our love for humanity that give our life meaning and purpose." Her e-magazine continues with four fabulous guests: Shmuel Greenbaum - whose organization "Partners in Kindness" http://www. partnersinkindess. com (http://www. partnersinkindess. com) proves how ordinary citizens can destroy terrorism through extraordinary acts of goodness; Tom Rath, who in his book "How full is your Bucket" http://www. bucketbook. com (http://www. bucketbook. com) explores the differences between leading an enthusiastic life and a miserable one; Zev Saftlas, author of "Motivation That Works!: How to Get Motivated and Stay Motivated." and also the creator of "The Motivational Blueprint, A Proven Seven-Step System for Achieving Success." http://www. empoweringmessages. com/ (http://www. empoweringmessages. com/). Zev firmly belives that motivation is the key to all success; and finally The Gabby Cabby http://www. gabby. com (http://www. gabby. com) who is a New York City Cabdriver who broadcasts news about New York City to over 300,000,000 listeners in 71 countries around the world.

Dr. Holstein, in private practice since 1981 in New Jersey, has taken her vision of psychological well-being and how to achieve a life of meaning and joy to the public and other clinicians for many years.

Her Enchanted Self concepts derive from research she did with women and from her private practice experiences. She uses what she has learned about human potential to help us recall positive memories, regardless of our history, recognize our unique talents, and bring into our lives more of what gives us pleasure and joy. This is all combined with daily positive actions.

To learn more about the concepts of The Enchanted Self, visit her web site http://www. enchantedself. com/ (http://www. enchantedself. com/) where you can read articles, get information on her tele-classes, Internet chats and television appearances or sign up for her popular e-newsletter. If you want to share your own personal magic with others join her e-group at http://health. groups. yahoo. com/group/enchantedself/ (http://health. groups. yahoo. com/group/enchantedself/). For more information contact Dr. Holstein directly at encself@aol. com or 1-877-B-JOYFUL.

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Friday, September 29, 2006

Sunrise Recovery Ranch Accepting New Clients for Personal Spiritual Workshops

Sunrise Recovery Ranch Accepting New Clients for Personal Spiritual Workshops

Sunrise Recovery Ranch is currently accepting new clients for a unique and highly effective treatment program that feature personal workshops run by spiritual advisor Timothy Bernardy. The workshops, which Bernardy describes as intense, emotional experiences that are focused on "committing to change and connecting with God," help recovering men progress through step eight of the 12-step model.

Riverside, Calif. (PRWEB) October 9, 2008

Three hours sounds like a fleeting, almost inconsequential amount of time, especially when contrasted with the magnitude of problems as immense and insidious as alcoholism and drug addiction. But at Sunrise Recovery Ranch, spiritual advisor Timothy Bernardy guides recovering men through individual three-hour sessions that many believe have made the difference between lifelong sobriety and a descent back into addiction.

Sunrise is currently accepting new clients to participate in a 30-day recovery program that features the opportunity to participate in Mr. Bernardy's unique personal spiritual workshops.


"At Sunrise Recovery Ranch, we work hard to build the strongest foundation (for recovery) that we can," said Keith Miller, the program's director.

A 30-day program that is designed to help addicted men stabilize their lives and prepare to pursue a healthy life free from drugs and alcohol, Sunrise focuses on four essential concepts: acknowledging the effects one's disease has had on oneself and one's loved ones; learning to communicate effectively and manage one's emotions; understanding the principles of relapse prevention; and developing a spiritual connection with one's higher power.

When it comes to the "higher power" phase of the Sunrise experience, Mr. Miller said, that foundation-building process is significantly enhanced by the presence of Mr. Bernardy. "Timothy is one of those incredible people that you're occasionally fortunate enough to meet," Mr. Miller said. "He brings the concept of God into focus for our clients, and he is a tremendous asset to our program."

Though all men who stay at Sunrise Recovery Ranch are expected to progress through at least the first three steps of the 12 Step recovery model, many choose to advance significantly further by participating in the special workshops that Mr. Bernardy leads.


The men who volunteer to participate in these workshops do so with the intention of accomplishing the following:
Step 4: Make a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. Step 5: Admit to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. Step 6: Be entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. Step 7: Humbly ask Him to remove our shortcomings. Step 8: Make a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. The workshop experience is an emotional one, Mr. Bernardy said, and is centered on the willingness of the recovering individual to acknowledge his shortcomings and admit his powerlessness over his disease. "It's about committing to change and connecting with God," he said. "That's where the action is, where the progress is made."

And though a belief in, and reliance upon, a higher power is essential to one's progress through the 12 Steps, Mr. Bernardy is adamant that the process is independent of any particular religious belief. "I never discuss what religion I belong to, and I never tell anyone what to believe," Mr. Bernardy said. "I don't pin it down to any one faith. It's just God."


In addition to leading the special 12 Step workshops, Mr. Bernardy also lectures on spirituality. Though he is widely respected for the lessons he imparts, Mr. Miller said, it is the special workshops and the connection Mr. Bernardy makes with the men who are recovering at Sunrise that are particularly inspiring.

"For many people, Timothy Bernardy's special workshops are the highlight of their experience at Sunrise," Mr. Miller said. "In fact, we've even had alumni who have returned to the ranch specifically to participate in the workshops."

Mr. Bernardy downplays his own significance in the process ("The success (of the workshops) has nothing do to with me," he said. "It's all between the participants and God."), but he acknowledges that the workshops he leads are both life-altering and life-affirming.

"There's an awareness and an awakening that occurs when a person turns his life over to God," Mr. Bernardy said. "You can see it in their eyes."


Located in the foothills of the majestic Big Bear Mountain in Southern California, Sunrise Recovery Ranch offers specialized treatment for men who are struggling to overcome addictions to alcohol and other drugs.

Sunrise Recovery Ranch provides highly structured, personalized treatment plans in a peaceful and supportive environment that is staffed by a team of experienced, dedicated professionals. Through carefully structured programs designed to meet the needs of each individual, Sunrise combines the 12-Step program with group therapy and individual counseling to help residents understand their disease, accept responsibility for their recovery, and find an alternative to the emotional turmoil that previously characterized their lives.

Sunrise Recovery Ranch is part of the family of Sober Living By The Sea treatment centers (one of the largest residential substance abuse treatment programs in the United States), and is a proud member of CRC Health Group, which offers the most comprehensive network of specialized behavioral healthcare services in the nation. With the largest array of personalized treatment options, individuals, families, and professionals can choose the most appropriate setting for their behavioral, addiction, weight management, and therapeutic education needs. CRC Health Group is deeply committed to making its services widely and easily available to those in need, while maintaining a passion for delivering the most advanced treatment available.

For more information about Sunrise Recovery Ranch, visit www. drugrehabranch. com or call (866) 540-5242. For more about CRC Health Group visit www. crchealth. com or call (877) 637-6237.


Wiring Southern Oregon

Wiring Southern Oregon

Using the Ashland Fiber Network as a model, a Medford businessman builds a fiber-optic network to increase competition in cable TV, Internet service and high-speed data transmission

Medford, OR (PRWEB) April 28, 2005

As Hunter Construction owner Richard Ryan's crews installed 80 miles of fiber-optic cable for the upstart Ashland Fiber Network in recent years, he began seeing a far greater dynamic at play.

He wasn't just wiring one town, he was setting the stage for an enterprise with far-reaching implications. Ryan envisioned the possibilities of extending fiber up Highway 99 into Medford and beyond.

"It was more like a bolt-of-lightning kind of thought," Ryan says. "Boom, there's an opportunity to develop a community network here to expand upon Ashland's blueprint and get a more regional opportunity and carry open-access

To a greater area."

If AFN could revolutionize communications in Ashland, why couldn't the same thing happen elsewhere in the Rogue Valley? If competition could reduce the cost of cable TV in one place, why not elsewhere? If high-speed data transmission could lure business to Ashland, why not the rest of the Bear Creek drainage?

"The Ashland Fiber Network has provided the opportunity for businesses, such as ours, to create a business that without the AFN would otherwise not be possible," Ryan says. "The community network we are constructing is an example of a business built due to the availability of this technology, and we hope to

Share the opportunity to create new businesses using our open access network."

Fiber-optic lines are a conduit for three elements: cable television, Internet service and high-speed data connectivity. It's the latter two that Core Digital will pursue - at least for now. AFN provides all three, selling television

Packages, while offering bandwidth to nine Internet service providers.

In fairly short order, Ryan revved up Hunter Communications and Core Digital - all housed in a new $300,000 facility on Enterprise Drive - to tackle the chore. Hunter/Core has already signed 12 clients for high-speed connectivity.

The company's also pursuing a telecommunications franchise in Talent and is considering the options for a cable TV franchise there as well.

"We plan on offering full data and cable TV services - a build out - upon approval of the required franchises," Ryan says.

Core Digital is connecting the valley in a way promised but as yet undelivered by corporate giants Qwest and Charter Communications. Just as AFN is a bandwidth broker in Ashland, Core Digital will do the same for Talent, Phoenix, Jacksonville, Central Point and Eagle Point.

"AFN is at the cusp of the technology," Ryan says. "They're creating collaborative opportunities for a community system linking residences, businesses, schools, government agencies and health care. The infrastructure and technology are there to support a regional digital village."

Sooner or later, like AFN, Core Digital will find itself pitted against corporate giants Qwest and Charter Communications - a company for which Hunter Communications once did infrastructure work. The track record for mammoth utility providers, however, isn't strong when it comes to serving smaller, less profitable markets.

Thus, Ryan is anxious to see what benefits can come from his efforts, be it merely saving clients money, improving school Internet service or bringing new business to the valley.

"If everyone is afraid of the big guy with lousy service, how is anything going to get started?" Ryan queries. "The local cable provider has changed four times, the phone company two times.

"Are they going to reinvest in the community as part of their business and marketing plan? Did Ashland back down when challenged? The answer is essentially 'no.' The model is set; there's a model for others to follow."

AFN has been paying Qwest $35,000 annually for service from its Medford point of presence into the Internet.

What really opened the door for Ryan was AFN's decision to string its cable between Ashland and Medford. In order to run lines through Medford's right of ways, AFN had to deal with the City Council. Medford agreed to waive $80,000 in franchise fees charged over a five-year period in exchange for AFN connecting City Hall and the Lausmann Annex to the network.

Part of Ryan's agreement with Ashland was ownership of 50 percent of the 48-count fiber bundle. Core Digital connected Medford's city offices and had advanced wires to the Medford School District's hub.

"I'm tickled to death with it," says Medford city economic development point man Bill Hoke. "It's a real benefit. It's good for AFN, for us and other guys. Anytime you enhance capabilities it makes it more attractive to a broader audience. Normally those are users providing above-average wages. It will also

Give people working in the proximity the ability to hook on and grow their business."

Hoke hasn't charted the potential impact of high-speed capability for the community, but he can see just around the corner.

"With the Winetrout Building (along the railroad tracks) coming on line," Hoke says, "that will be easily hooked into the high-speed lines."

Ryan plans to work the south valley and outlying areas first, concentrating on business customers. But there are hot spots in Medford as well.

"Initially, we're looking for people along the main line that goes down Highway 99, then we're planning to go out Barnett (Road)," Ryan says. "We have a different technology solution to the question of high-speed access than Charter

And Qwest. We want to be able to respond in days, rather than taking months and years."

Ryan likens the present telecommunications options to a garden hose, and says what he's building is more akin to a fire hose.

"There's both an increase in volume and speed," he says.

Charter Communications was quick to answer AFN's expansion with rate reductions in affected areas, slowing the city's return on its $7.6 million investment that will eventually grow to $9 million.

Dick Wanderscheid, AFN's new chief, says in November of 2000, Charter was charging $30.43 for its digital-plus cable TV package, requiring a one-year commitment. At the same time, outside of Ashland, the local cost was $48.89.

As AFN went into different areas, Charter countered with a variety of incentive packages.

Charter Communications group vice president Ron Hren, who oversees the company's Oregon operations, says the company will continue to compete rigorously.

"We compete where we have to compete," Hren says. "Research shows there are very few places where cable has been overbuilt, where someone has been successful. You need tremendous revenue to pay back the investment."

Hren says Charter has 200 business customers in the area with high-speed connections.

While Charter was able to look over AFN's digital shoulder as the public fiber network posted build-out regions known as nodes for all to see, Hunter/Core will be able to build its communication lines where there is demand. If the

Pieces fall into place in Talent, the company could string fiber quickly enough to meet regulatory demands so that it could provide digital cable TV as well.

But Ryan says Hunter Communication has a couple of advantages that Ashland lacked: A private firm isn't controlled by Davis-Bacon-type statutes requiring publicly funded projects to pay prevailing union wages that tend to drive up the cost of anything built by a government agency.

"We're working on a level playing field against the competition that Ashland wasn't able to," Ryan says.

He scoffs at those who suggest Ashland should pull the plug on AFN, just as it's beginning to unleash its potential. With Hunter Communication and Core Digital tapping into the system, he says, it will both provide an unanticipated revenue source "and a shot in the arm."

Hunter Construction produced revenue of $1.2 million five years ago and anticipates sales of $3 million this year.

"We've been growing steadily," Ryan says. "We've reinvested all our profitability back into equipment, our building and personnel training."

What it can do for a large customer may soon be seen.

Medford School District has relied on T-1 lines, providing 1.4 megabits per second, to feed its network hub that serves 22 school and office sites. Core could ratchet the district's capabilities up to 100 megabits or 70 times.

Jim Scharaga, manager of information services for the district, says the network is used for everything from grades and attendance to e-mail and Internet access. Although the schools have been online for four years, they weren't totally


"We're taking about 500 hits an hour just on e-mail traffic," Scharaga says. "My main concern is what happens when it doubles, triples. Plus we're talking about access to what I call the largest library in the world."

Scharaga says the school district currently pays Qwest between $55,000 and $60,000 annually.

Although district administrators, including Superintendent Steve Wisely, were impressed by what they saw in a test on Friday, it will be more than a month before the district could put out a proposal request that would allow Core to follow-up.

"If we can work some kind of deal, it will be a real addition to the district, going from 1.4 megs to 100 megs. That should probably, in my opinion solve our connectivity for possibly 20 years - maybe forever. This is a reasonably permanent solution."

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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Product Management View Webinar Series to feature 'Product Management in the Context of the Corporate Life Cycle,' presented by Ken Coleman, on August 30, 2006

Product Management View Webinar Series to feature 'Product Management in the Context of the Corporate Life Cycle,' presented by Ken Coleman, on August 30, 2006

Ken Coleman, VP Product Management, Experion Systems Inc. to introduce product managers to a model of the corporate life cycle, and how to better manage positive and negative life cycle transitions.

Montreal, Quebec (PRWEB) August 28, 2006

Ryma Technology Solutions Inc., the leading provider of product management solutions for the software industry, and co-sponsor of the community blog The Product Management View, today announced the next industry-leading presentation in their weekly Webinar Series. Ken Coleman, VP Product Management at Experion Systems, will be speaking on the topic “Product Management in the Context of the Corporate Life Cycle.” The webinar will take place on Wednesday August 30 at 12:00 noon EST. The presentation will address how discussions of product management are often abstracted from the developmental stage of the business in which product management activity takes place. However, the success criteria for product management as well as its associated organizational constraints evolve, alongside transitions in business developmental stages. This webinar will introduce product managers to a model of the corporate life cycle and illustrate differences in requirements collection, competitive positioning, distribution influences, and product success criteria for each stage in the life cycle. The webinar will conclude with suggestions on how sensitivity to life cycle theory can enable product managers to be more effective in their specific business contexts as well as better manage positive and negative life cycle transitions. More details on the content of the presentation can be found at http://www. featureplan. com/community/2006/07/product_management_in_the_cont. asp (http://www. featureplan. com/community/2006/07/product_management_in_the_cont. asp)

“We’re very happy to have Kevin speaking to our community of product managers on such a relevant topic,” said Russell Foy, VP of Sales and Marketing at Ryma Technology Solutions, co-sponsor of the Product Management View blog and webinars series. “He addresses a very common challenge among product managers, and based on his background, experience and qualifications, I have no doubt that it will be an extremely valuable session.”

Ken Coleman oversees strategic planning for Experion Systems core product offerings, data research, and intellectual property. He has served as the conceptual architect of product lines serving numerous industries including banking, health insurance, and wealth management. His product lines have garnered praise including a designation as a "must have" banking technology in a 2004 Forrester brief as well as the "Best in Show" award presented by the CUNA Technology Council during the 2002 BAI Retail Delivery Conference. Prior to joining Experion Systems, Mr. Coleman worked in Product Development Management at Information Resources, Inc. His projects there included the development of commercial software utilizing on-line analytical processing (OLAP) technology on complex multidimensional databases as well as the leader of various Year 2000 remediation efforts. Coleman has also worked as a rapid solutions consultant for Fortune 500 companies and as a product data management specialist in the avionics field. Mr. Coleman holds several degrees including graduate degrees from Yale University and Duke University.

Registration is required to attend this webinars and to sign up for future ones. Visit http://www. featureplan. com/community/2005/11/webex_login. asp (http://www. featureplan. com/community/2005/11/webex_login. asp) and submit your name and email address. Weekly email reminders of the upcoming webinars will be sent to all registrants, along with information on how and when to login to the webinars.

Webinars take place every Wednesday at 12:00 noon EST (-5 GMT). There is no charge for the Product Management View webinars.

About Ryma Technology Solutions

Ryma Technology Solutions delivers real-world product management solutions for the software development community through its flagship product, FeaturePlan.™ The FeaturePlan solution is based on Pragmatic Marketing,® a best-practices industry-leading product management framework. FeaturePlan's automated, collaborative environment supports product management by providing a software solution to collect and organize market data. With this solution, product management can instantly generate market requirement documents and roadmaps, while also empowering them to make product recommendations based on tangible and objective real-world facts. With FeaturePlan, product management can focus more on strategic planning issues and less on purely tactical matters, and have access to the tools needed to implement a consistent product management process throughout the enterprise. Ryma Technology Solutions also provides a full range of professional services that assist organizations in implementing market-driven best practices for their product management team. Ryma Technology Solutions is led by an experienced management team and serves a rapidly expanding customer base. For more information, please visit www. featureplan. com.

About The Product Management View

The Product Management View is run by a community of product managers driven by the belief that there is a better way to build a world-class product management organization. It is sponsored by Ryma Technology Solutions, Pragmatic Marketing®, and the Software Marketing Perspectives Conference. The blog has a variety of contributors from various industries and backgrounds, representing several product management associations and organizations. They write about software product management topics, news and issues relevant to the industry. The Product Management View keeps a schedule archived and upcoming product management webinars available at no charge, given by industry leaders on product management and marketing topics.


Press Contact: Russell Foy

Voice: 416.627.6370

Website: www. featureplan. com

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WWE Hall Of Fame Wrestling Icon, Jimmy Hart, introduces new Energy Drink, Mouth Of The South, as part of his "Wrestling All Stars Collection"

WWE Hall Of Fame Wrestling Icon, Jimmy Hart, introduces new Energy Drink, Mouth Of The South, as part of his "Wrestling All Stars Collection"

Infamous Wrestling Icon, Jimmy Hart, introduces new energy drink, Mouth Of The South Energy Drink, available at Participating 7-Eleven Stores first part of April, 2006.

Nashville, Tenn. (PRWEB) April 6, 2006

wwe Hall of fame Wrestler Jimmy Hart announces the release of his new High Energy Drink, “Mouth Of The South.” Developed and produced by TNT Brands out of Dallas, Texas, the “Mouth Of The South” High Energy Drink will be available early April, 2006, at participating 7-Eleven Stores.

The High Energy Formula was specifically designed for The Jimmy Hart's “Wrestling All Stars Collection.” Every 8 to 10 weeks, Jimmy will release a new can that will feature many of wrestling celebrities that he has worked with, and in some cases represented as their manager. These highly collectable cans will feature the wrestler and a highlights bio.

The “Mouth Of The South” High Energy Drink formula has been specifically designed to deliver an impact of energy fortified with Taurine and vitamins, as well as help endurance and increase mental awareness and focus. High on enthusiasm, Jimmy Hart says with a laugh, “As you get older, sometimes you need something to ‘kick-start’ your heart…so I was looking for something to give me an extra boost of energy.” Hart got together with his ‘tag team partners’ at TNT Brands, they sat down together and came up with a winning formula. Excited about this product, Hart exudes, “Baby, we’re going to ‘slam’ the competition—we’re gonna give ‘em the old 1, 2, 3!!!”

“Working with Jimmy and his wrestlers, has been a blast! And when he gets his hands on the ‘inventory’ he’s literally supercharged!" laughs Angie Tassan, CEO of TNT Brands. “This High Energy Formula is what we need in today’s high impact world, where you need a boost of energy and concentration to stay competitive. Just like Jimmy and the guys do in the wrestling ring," says Eddie Vakser, TNT Brands, VP of Product Development.

TNT Brands, Ltd. is dedicated to developing and providing high-end consumable nutritional and health products for worldwide distribution. Based in Dallas, Texas, the company specializes in providing unique energy drinks and specialty products and services to wholesalers, distributors, brokers/dealers, integrators, and resellers. TNT Brand’s experienced team hand-selects every product and service that they provide to ensure their clients are getting the best of the industry. tnt Brands, Ltd. is a majority women-owned company. For more information, visit www. TNTBrands. com.

7-Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry Based in Dallas, Texas, 7-Eleven, Inc. operates or franchises more than 5,800 7-Eleven(r) stores in the United States and Canada and licenses more than 23,600 7-Eleven stores in 17 countries and U. S. territories. During 2004, 7-Eleven stores worldwide generated total sales of approximately $43 billion. Find out more online at www.7-Eleven. com.

For more information on the “Mouth Of The South” High Energy Drink, visit the related websites at: www. mouthofthesouth. tv and www. tntbrands. com.

Contact: Catherine Highfill; Revolve Communications, Inc. 615/264-1612

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

UN Global Road Safety Week Drives GlobalRoad News Monitor

UN Global Road Safety Week Drives GlobalRoad News Monitor

The first annual United Nations Global Road Safety Week, April 23-29, 2007, has inspired the launch of GlobalRoad (http://www. GlobalRoad. net), a model news portal that provides up-to-the-minute local and community road safety news for every location on earth.

Boston, MA (PRWEB) April 28, 2007

The first annual United Nations Global Road Safety Week, April 23-29, 2007, has inspired the launch of GlobalRoad (http://www. GlobalRoad. net), a model news portal that provides up-to-the-minute local and community road safety news for every location on earth.

The news portal, created by community activist John Simmons, using Google News technology, launches today with one-click access to highway and traffic safety stories for each state in the United States.

The scope of the site will continue to grow in the days ahead until every country has its own GlobalRoad safety newsfeed.

Afterwards, the site will add other features discussed at Global Road Safety Week events such as the Road Safety Stakeholders' Forum in Geneva, Switzerland, and the teen drivers campaign organized in the United States by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

According to the World Health Organization, road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death worldwide among young people aged 10-24 years. Each year nearly 400,000 people under 25 die on the world's roads.

The United Nations' focus on youth and road safety is expressed in five specific road safety messages this year:

1. Wearing a seat-belt reduces the risk of being ejected from a vehicle and suffering serious or fatal injury.

2. Consuming alcohol before driving increases the risk of a crash.

3. Pedestrians and cyclists can be difficult to see on the roads.

4. Most motorcycle deaths are a result of head injuries.

5. Speed kills all types of road users -- drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.

In its current state, the GlobalRoad Safety News site serves as a tool to quickly scan media outlets for patterns in safety news coverage. Simmons is using the news monitor to study how this year's five road safety messages may motivate community action.


Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Nutri People Launches Unique UK Based Web Site to Help the General Public Locate Qualified Nutritional Professionals

Nutri People Launches Unique UK Based Web Site to Help the General Public Locate Qualified Nutritional Professionals

Nutri People (formerly "find my nutritionist") recently launched a new Web site that helps UK residents locate qualified nutritionists, dietitians or nutritional therapists.

UK, London (PRWEB) July 21, 2005

Nutri People (formerly "find my nutritionist") launched the UKÂ’s premier Web site that helps UK residents safely locate a qualified nutritionist, dietitian or nutritional therapist, found at www. nutripeople. co. uk

The site has been launched to provide an easy to use search tool which enables the general public to locate their nearest nutritional practitioner by post code. It also explains the differences between the three main practitioner types, namely nutritionists, dietitians and nutritional therapists, an issue which currently causes considerable confusion. No other web site currently caters for all three nutritional disciplines, and offers independent and informative industry information.

Www. nutripeople. co. uk has gone from strength to strength since its original launch under the name of findmynutritionist. co. uk some 18 months ago. The new web site directly addresses the general publicsÂ’ questions when searching for a nutritional practitioner, and provides safety guidelines to follow when choosing one. As well as containing comprehensive listings of UK-based practitioners, the site also includes a nutritional events calendar, information on food, with recipes for those on special diets, and topical and relevant news articles, updated weekly.

Denise Chester, managing director, said "We are passionate about nutrition and the benefits that good nutrition can bring -- even small dietary changes can make a big difference to a persons quality of life. With so much emphasis in the media about nutrition and health, I felt compelled to inform the public about the availability of nutritional healing, and about the professionals in the industry. The Nutri People Web site provides information that the public can trust, and our strict membership criteria ensures that, using our search engine, they see only qualified nutritional professionals."

Kathryn, North London, said, "I had no idea how much difference seeing a professional nutritional practitioner would make to my life -- changing my eating habits to specifically (and very effectively) target problems has made me healthier, happier and more energetic. I found the sessions informative and interesting and I'm now able to apply what I learnt to ensure my continued improved health. The Web site is very helpful and I found a nutritionist quickly, easily and within 5 minutes drive from my home! I can't recommend it enough."

About Nutri People Ltd:

Nutri People Ltd is a privately run and funded web site, the aim of which is to take the message of nutritional healing out to the general public. The unique emphasis of bringing all three nutritional disciplines into one web site has enabled Nutri People to become one of the leading resources for safely contacting a nutritional practitioner in the UK.


Denise Chester, managing director

Nutri People Ltd

08701 999 332

Www. nutripeople. co. uk

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Largest Breast Implants? Breast Implants USA Surgeons Promote Health, Safety

Largest Breast Implants? Breast Implants USA Surgeons Promote Health, Safety

Plastic surgeons in the United States, citing health and safety regulations, refused to perform additional surgery on a patient attempting to set a record for breast implant size. The U. S. surgeons' decision not to perform the surgery affirms that the United States health and safety standards are above and beyond the standards elsewhere in the world. Plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery receive additional training and are featured at Breast Implants USA. These highly-qualified and experienced surgeons can be contacted through tools on the Breast Implants USA website.

Culver City, CA (PRWEB) February 13, 2009

Plastic surgeons in the United States, citing safety and ethical guidelines, recently refused to perform a ninth breast augmentation (http://www. breastimplantsusa. com/) surgery on a patient who had previously undergone eight breast enlargement procedures. The patient's aspiration to achieve world record-breaking breast implants led her to seek surgeons practicing outside of the United States and away from U. S. health and safety regulations. This event spotlights the high quality patient care and standards of those Breast Augmentation Surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and featured on Breast Implants USA.

"Breast Implants USA fully supports this decision by surgeons who were working in the interest of patient safety," said David Phillips, President and CEO of NKP Medical Marketing, parent company of BreastImplantsUSA. com. "It is because of the training and experience required for certification by the ABPS that Breast Implants USA only features these highly-qualified Board Certified Plastic Surgeons."

The ABPS, whose mission is to promote safe, ethical plastic surgery to the public by maintaining high standards for plastic surgeons, affirms that its certified plastic surgeons are first and foremost health care professionals, bound by the standards of their medical profession. Women in the United States considering Breast Augmentation surgery can achieve safe and natural-looking results by working with surgeons who have attained this certification.

"By featuring surgeons with the training and experience required for ABPS certification," Mr. Phillips continued, "Breast Implants USA provides women considering breast augmentation surgery access to the most experienced and qualified plastic surgeons."

Phillips specifically cited the Ask an Expert feature as a quick, direct way for a patient to access surgeons in her geographical area. "You simply ask any plastic surgery-related question you have, and your message will be sent to an ABPS Certified Surgeon in your area."

The Ask an Expert feature at Breast Implants USA can be found online at: Ask Breast Augmentation Surgeons Your Questions (http://www. breastimplantsusa. com/ask_an_expert. php).

Additionally, Breast Implants USA features a Plastic Surgeon Locator tool "to assist patients in finding board certified, experienced breast implants surgeons in their geographic area, enabling patients to search with confidence," added Phillips.

Regarding the patient who traveled overseas to avoid the health and safety requirements upheld by her U. S. Plastic Surgeons, Phillips simply stated, "Patient safety is our number one concern, and our surgeons believe in patient education. Any surgery is a serious matter requiring informed decisions, and our aim at Breast Implants USA is to make it possible for patients to get the most up-to-date information from surgeons in the top of their field."

For additional information about the Breast Augmentation and safety, visit Breast Implants USA at http://www. breastimplantsusa. com (http://www. breastimplantsusa. com), or contact David Phillips.

About Breast Implants USA:
BreastImplantsUSA. com provides women seeking information about breast augmentation, saline and silicone breast implants, board certified plastic surgeons and breast enhancement procedures a wealth of information through plastic surgery videos, interviews with surgeons, articles, before and after photo galleries, access to financing and more. To learn more about Breast Implants USA, contact David Phillips or visit http://www. breastimplantsusa. com (http://www. breastimplantsusa. com).


Union Bricklayers to Picket Valero Refinery

Union Bricklayers to Picket Valero Refinery

Union bricklayers representing the northern 46 counties in California will be picketing Diamond Refractory Services at the Valero refinery on October 8, 2004 at 5:00 am, and possibly again on October 22, 2204, to express their concerns that Diamond Refractory Services does not meet area wage and benefit standards. The Valero refinery in Benicia is located in an area between East 2nd street and Bayshore road near the Interstate 780 and 680 interchange.

(PRWEB) October 9, 2004

Diamond Refractory Services is a Texas based refractory contractor operating under the license of Altair Strickland. Diamond Refractory does not possess a valid C-29 license as required by the State of California to perform this work. Diamond is, instead, working as a subcontractor under and "A" engineering license held by Altair Strickland. Altair Strickland is also based in Texas. There are highly qualified, properly licensed, local based contractors capable of performing this work. Additionally, hundreds (800 estimated) of workers from other states have recently taken classes from the Bay Area Training Corporation (BATC), which is a requirement to work in the refineries in the San Francisco Bay Area. It seems Diamond Refractory Services and Altair Strickland have visions of obtaining more work in this area utilizing out of state contractors and displacing the citizens and businesses that support our communities. Money paid to out of state contractors will most undoubtedly be sent out of state. It is estimated the amount of work to be performed will require approximately 20,000 hours of labor or $1.2 million in compensation to Diamond Refractory workers. This disregard for the community seems to contradict the Valero “Good Neighbor Agreement” and creates an environment that will exploit the standards of wages and benefits of the people that live in the community.

Union bricklayers will also conduct another job action on October 22, 2004 if the issue of area standards cannot be resolved.

Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers represent represents Bricklayers/Stonemasons, Tile Layers and Finishers, Pointer Cleaner Caulkers, Marble Setters and Finishers, Terrazzo Mechanics and Finishers, and Refractory Bricklayers who work various aspects of the industry in the Northern 46 counties of California. Refractory Bricklayers line the boilers, benzene tanks, acid tanks, and catalytic crackers. This is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world and poses the greatest health risk to Refractory Bricklayers. We work in one of the most carcinogenic environments in the world. We were recently tested for silicosis and asbestos, and many of our members have tested positive for early stages. We are proud of the work we do and have no complaints. We are hard working and diligent in our craft.

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Monday, September 25, 2006

DSM Personalized Nutrition Webinar Examines Ways to Build Engagement in Wellness Programs

DSM Personalized Nutrition Webinar Examines Ways to Build Engagement in Wellness Programs

Discusses key issues in wellness program efficacy

Parsippany, N. J. (PRWEB) April 12, 2010

Engagement in wellness programs (http://www. dsm. com/le/en_US/pnut/html/home_pnut. htm) depends not only on motivating employees, but also on how supportive companies are of the program, according to DSM Personalized Nutrition.

In an upcoming webinar, Seven Ways to Build a High-Engagement Wellness Program (https://www1.gotomeeting. com/register/190891209), scheduled for Thursday, April 22 at 3:00 pm EST, Fiona Gathright, president of Wellness Corporate Solutions, William McGill, Ph. D. and expert in technology and behavior change, and Ginger Hodulik, a Certified Nutrition Specialist and nutrition and wellness program manager at DSM Personalized Nutrition (http://www. dsm. com/le/en_US/pnut/html/dsm_personalizednutrition. htm), will discuss key drivers of engagement involving the entire organization and moving employees beyond mere participation to ongoing, active commitment.

"Companies adopting wellness programs can't focus simply on comparing vendor program features," said Gathright, who's spent 25 years in corporate business management, marketing and wellness program strategy and development. "Program success depends, to a large degree, on their organizational commitment to wellness."

Companies must be dedicated to wellness programs in their strategies to recruit employees, manage the launch and the ongoing program, and support behavior change among the workforce during and after the program. Communications programs must address the normal waxing and waning of interest in the wellness initiatives. It is essential to integrate the worksite program into the overall organizational culture.

For instance, healthful snacks in the company cafeteria and vending machines can support weight loss and improved nutrition among participants and all employees. Flexible work schedules that support exercise programs or mini - breaks also demonstrate company commitment. Company leaders must also "walk the walk" in their personal choices. Healthy eating and participating in walking or fitness programs are among the demonstrable ways to model wellness to their workforce.

Other ways to increase engagement include providing thoughtful incentives – not just financial but tied to participation-based goals and tailored to the target audience. Reaching employees where they are – including virtual and non-office workers – is also vital. Extending the program to spouses and dependents leads to improved compliance.

Those interested in additional strategies can register for the webinar at https://www1.gotomeeting. com/register/190891209 (https://www1.gotomeeting. com/register/190891209).

About DSM Personalized Nutrition
DSM Personalized Nutrition is a U. S. based subsidiary of DSM (Euronext:DSM), a global leader in nutrition. Its GPNS™, Global Personal Nutrition System™, is an employee wellness program (http://www. dsm. com/le/en_US/pnut/html/our_strategy. htm) marketed to employers that mirrors a car's global positioning system. GPNS is designed specifically to help employees achieve personal health goals by implementing small, yet meaningful dietary adjustments and complementary behavior changes; www. DSMPersonalizedNutrition. com

DSM – the Life Sciences and Materials Sciences Company
Royal DSM N. V., www. dsm. com, creates solutions that nourish, protect and improve performance. Its end markets include human and animal nutrition and health, personal care, pharmaceuticals, automotive, coatings and paint, electrical and electronics, life protection and housing. DSM manages its business with a focus on the triple bottom line of economic prosperity, environmental quality and social equity, which it pursues simultaneously and in parallel. DSM has annual net sales of about €8 billion and employs some 22,700 people worldwide. The company is headquartered in the Netherlands, with locations on five continents. DSM is listed on Euronext Amsterdam.

Forward-looking statements
Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release that involve inherent risks and uncertainties are based on current expectations, estimates and projections of the management of DSM and information currently available. DSM has no obligation to update any statements contained in this press release.

This press release was distributed through PR Web by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: www. HRmarketer. com) on behalf of the company listed above.


Oxford Communications’ Infographics Bring NetProspex Most Social Cities Report to Life

Oxford Communications’ Infographics Bring NetProspex Most Social Cities Report to Life

Trend Watch: Information Gets Graphic

Lambertville, NJ (PRWEB) September 10, 2010

Oxford Communications, the award-winning creative marketing agency based in central N. J., announced today it has partnered with NetProspex, a leading sales and marketing database company, to develop a four-part infographics package supporting the company’s “Top 50 Social Media Report” released today.

The study, which analyzes the social media presence and activity of professionals across the U. S., also ranks the top 50 most social cities across the country.

“In an increasingly cluttered and fragmented information environment, copy-heavy reports no longer capture or retain users’ attention,” said Communications Strategist Ben Grossman, Oxford Communications. “Infographics are the oratory of today’s Internet. If you want your information to be absorbed quickly and shared virally, it should be presented in a compelling and inherently sharable format.”

Please visit http://www. oxfordcomm. com/npsicities. html (http://www. oxfordcomm. com/npsicities. html) for a downloadable file of Oxford Communications’ Social Professionals infographic for NetProspex Top 50 Social Media Report.

About Oxford Communications
Voted “Best of Show” twice by New Jersey Ad Club, Oxford is the best of the best in New Jersey, and we don’t mind saying so. The full-service marketing, creative and communications agency works with national consumer brands including Brother International Corporation and Villa Enterprises Management, top regional clients including Quick Chek, Bucks County Conference and Visitor’s Bureau and Drexel University, plus healthcare industry leaders including the Rahway and Hamilton campuses of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. With more than 24 years experience developing creative marketing campaigns, Oxford and its nearly 50 employees work in Lambertville, N. J., on the site of the legendary Music Circus where greats like Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and even Liberace graced the stage. Brilliance and genius are quite literally in our soil, and it shows in our award-winning work. For more information, call 609-397-4242 or to see what we’re all about, visit www. oxfordcommunications. com.


Pinnacle Dental Aesthetics Announces Website Update

Pinnacle Dental Aesthetics Announces Website Update

Website recently updated for Pinnacle Dental Aesthetics, Boston & Braintree, Massachusetts cosmetic dentist.

BOSTON (PRWEB) August 12, 2005

Boston & Braintree Cosmetic Dentistry Office (http://www. pinnacledentalaesthetics. com (http://www. pinnacledentalaesthetics. com)), Pinnacle Dental Aesthetics recently released a website update located at http://www. pinnacledentalaesthetics. com (http://www. pinnacledentalaesthetics. com).

The website features dentistÂ’s profile detailing each doctorÂ’s background and expertise. It also includes each of the procedures that he performs in the Boston area. These procedures include porcelain veneers, inlays and onlays, bleaching, neuromuscular dentistry, preventative care, crowns and bridges, implants, white fillings, and periodontics.

Dr. Steve Bergman, who graduated from the University of California, received his dental training at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine where he graduated in 1981 and later served as Associate Clinical Professor of Restorative Dentistry. Dr. Clark Ingoldsby, who has been in practice for over 25 years, is a member of the American Dental Association and the Massachusetts Dental Society. Dr. James Zonghetti, who graduated from the University of Tampa, attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine where he has since been a faculty member for over 14 years. Dr. Ron Fried, who is a board certified Periodontist, completed his specialty training at Harvard University School of Dental Medicine and is currently the Assistant Professor of Periodontology. The doctors at Pinnacle Dental Aesthetics are dedicated to your health and comfort prior, during and after your visit. They go to great lengths to create a comforting, professional atmosphere and deliver personal care. With their new website, they will be able to reach out to a larger spectrum of patients in Braintree, Massachusetts. The website also provides general cosmetic dentistry resources for people just needing more information about a specific procedure.

For more information regarding cosmetic dentists in Boston, Massachusetts, please visit http://www. pinnacledentalaesthetics. com (http://www. pinnacledentalaesthetics. com).


Sunday, September 24, 2006

As Hair Care Market Stagnates, Targeted Product Innovations Drive New Growth, New Report Finds

As Hair Care Market Stagnates, Targeted Product Innovations Drive New Growth, New Report Finds

The hair care industry continues its four-year decline.

New York (PRWEB) March 18, 2005

The hair care industry continues its four-year decline, ending 2004 at $7.6 billion, a loss of $292.31 from the prior year. However, although sales are sluggish, a rash of innovation is creating excitement in the industry, especially new products meeting the needs of ethnic consumers and men, according to “The U. S. Hair Care Market,” a new report from market research publisher Packaged Facts.

Demographic shifts are partially to blame for the decline. In 2003, there was a 1.02% drop in the core hair care group (women aged 35-45 years), which affected even high-penetration shampoo sales. As these shifts continue marketers must develop alternative product areas and reach out to diverse demographic groups. For example, men in general, not just the ubiquitous “metrosexuals,” are paying more attention to their looks, prompting the recent growth in hair coloring, styling and hair-loss products.

“The U. S. Hair Care Market” stresses the importance of continued product development specifically in the ethnic market. Filling the void in this under-served area successfully creates a double win for marketers who can make the most of increasing population rates and buying power of ethnic communities.

“An underlying factor driving several trends across the category is long-term hair health,” said Don Montuori, Acquisitions Editor for Packaged Facts. “Consumers have much higher expectations and will not sacrifice the innate strength and healthfulness of their hair for fashion or fads. We see this in both the steep sales decline of heavy chemical processes like perms and in the upswing in natural, organic and spa products.”

“The U. S. Hair Care Market” presents the latest and greatest hair products, including new technologies and innovations. Profiled are top industry players along with consumer segments and brand share information. Growth projections and marketing insights are also provided.

Priced at $3,000, this report can be purchased directly from Packaged Facts by clicking http://www. packagedfacts. com/pub/1052628.html (http://www. packagedfacts. com/pub/1052628.html). It is also available at MarketResearch. com.

About Packaged Facts

Packaged Facts, a division of MarketResearch. com, publishes research reports on a wide range of consumer industries, including consumer goods and retailing, foods and beverages, and demographics. For more information visit www. PackagedFacts. com, or contact Irina Frukhtbeyn at 301-468-3650 x203, or ifrukhtbeyn@marketresearch. com.


New York Skin Care Practice Adds New Treatments

New York Skin Care Practice Adds New Treatments

Dr. Lisa Airan, a board-certified dermatologist serving NYC and Manhattan patients, announces several new treatments for her patients to enhance beauty while retaining a natural appearance.

New York (PRWEB) February 18, 2010

Women and men wanting the hottest options in New York skin care can now take advantage of a number of new treatments at a practice known for its leading-edge treatments. Lisa Airan, MD (http://www. drlisaairan. com (http://www. drlisaairan. com)), one of the most highly regarded dermatologists in the US, known for her natural treatments and influential perspectives on aesthetics, is pleased to announce the addition of several treatments to her lineup of procedures to reverse signs of aging and improve skin health.

"My patients expect options that are FDA approved as well as advancements in the field of beauty. We have added new options like DYSPORT® because we believe it's important to make sure patients have access to newly approved skin care procedures," explains Dr. Airan. "My patients trust me to provide a natural, customized look."

DYSPORT, the new alternative to BOTOX® Cosmetic in New York City, has differences from BOTOX which allow for a quicker onset of results, including smoother, line-free skin. DYSPORT's mechanism of action differs slightly from BOTOX, allowing Dr. Airan to use one or both in combination to achieve the best results for the patient.

"The faster time frame is a big plus for many of my patients, but for me the real attraction is being able to adjust the outcome so precisely and offer extensive wrinkle correction," notes Dr. Airan. "My patients are excited to have a new option for treating dynamic wrinkles, and I'm here to help them decide which products will work best for their needs."

Maintaining her reputation as a leading dermatologist in New York City, Dr. Airan is also adding a new dimension to her lineup of aesthetic treatments with the Clarisonic® Opal skin enhancement system. Unlike laser and ablative treatments for wrinkled skin, this device uses sonic vibrations in combination with intensive moisture therapy that gives immediate results by reducing fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. The dual approach can tighten and restore skin tissue, even in sensitive, age-revealing areas like the lower eyelids.

"The Clarisonic system which includes the new Opal device and skin exfoliating brush, is a great example of what can be achieved today even with very gentle treatments, because it manages to improve the look of the skin instantaneously with advanced exfoliation technology," Dr. Airan says. "BOTOX or DYSPORT around the eyes in combination with the Clarisonic Opal can give the eyes a very refreshed and natural appearance."

While these new skin care options are bringing in new patients, Dr. Airan is also seeing many of her existing patients choose treatments to restore volume as well. Specifically, she says she is seeing many patients pair BOTOX or DYSPORT injections with SCULPTRA®, a long-lasting facial filler recently approved by the FDA for cosmetic uses. "Sculptra is a great advancement for gradually adding volume to the face to turn back the clock to five or even ten years earlier."

"The goal is always to create a very youthful, natural-looking result, and combining treatments makes it easy for me to address all aspects of a patient's needs," she notes. "I'm completely committed to offering the latest skin, health and beauty options that deliver the results my patients expect."

Dr. Lisa Airan (http://www. drlisaairan. com (http://www. drlisaairan. com)) is a board-certified dermatologist providing Manhattan and New York City patients with world-class dermatological services. The focus of her practice is on advanced treatments in aesthetic dermatology and skin cancer surgery. Dr. Airan earned her medical degree from Northwestern University and received advanced training through a fellowship in Mohs micrographic surgery at Washington University. Widely regarded as an industry leader and skin care expert, Dr. Airan has been featured in countless magazines and newspapers, and has made appearances on Oprah, Good Morning America, NBC's The Today Show, CNN, and MSNBC. She is board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology.


Saturday, September 23, 2006

Official-1 Set To Rock Midsouth Black Expo

Official-1 Set To Rock Midsouth Black Expo

Arkansas rap artists, "Official-1" will perform live February 26, 2005 at the Clear Channel Metroplex Event Center during the first annual Midsouth Summit Black Expo, presented by Clear Channel and the University of Arkansas for Medical Services (UAMS).

Little Rock, AR (PRWEB) February 13, 2005

Arkansas rap artists, "Official-1" will perform live February 26, 2005 at the Clear Channel Metroplex Event Center. The performance is scheduled in conjunction with Clear Channel's first all-day Black History celebration - the Midsouth Summit Black Expo. The event's mission is to disseminate vital information in key areas, such as health, business, education, and entertainment within the black community. The University of Arkansas for Medical Services and a host of other local sponsors have aligned together with Clear Channel to host this historical event (see www. for further details).

"We'd love to participate and give any needed help to the community that we can", states Minthone Washington, spokesman and senior member of Official-1 Management. Washington sees great opportunity for Arkansas' many up and coming recording artists. He feels the Expo will give needed attention to Little Rock's emerging music scene. Official-1 has been recognized nationally for producing/performing official soundtracks for HBO, received countless top-rated reviews from local and national publications, and has opened up shows for Jermain Taylor (ESPN Boxing), Lil' Jon & Tha Eastside Boys, Chingy, Tyrese, Trick Daddy, and many others. In spite of this, the national spotlight has yet to remain emitted in terms of music in Arkansas. Official-1 is hoping that this year's Midsouth Summit Black Expo will help to change that.

Currently, Official-1 has just released the latest solo debut CD from its artist Ball Jones, entitled, "I'm Is Ball Jones" and an underground Official-1 mix-tape CD, both are available in local record stores (see www. official1records. com for more information). In addition to CD releases, Official-1 is also(1) negotiating a marketing deal with worldwide athletic footwear manufacturer, Reebok, Inc., (2) creating a state-wide non-profit children's fitness program called, "Official Kids", (3) establishing an independent record label coalition for Arkansas-based recording artists with respect to all music genres, (4) and spearheading a state-wide HIV/AIDS prevention campaign, "Make It Official... GET TESTED!" in mid-spring 2005.

Official-1 performs live February 26, 2005 at Clear Channel's Midsouth South Black Expo in West Little Rock's Clear Channel Metroplex Entertainment Center. Admission is free (see www. for complete details).

For more information, contact Minthone Washington of Official 1 Management directly at (501) 219-9169 or by e-mail at minthonew@comcast. net.


Friday, September 22, 2006

HRLogix Moves to New Corporate Headquarters

HRLogix Moves to New Corporate Headquarters

HRLogix, a leading provider of Web-based paperless hiring systems, has announced their move to a new corporate headquarters that is nearly three times the size of their previous location. The new offices in Oklahoma City provide the company with much needed space to accommodate their growing business.

Oklahoma City (PRWEB) February 16, 2006

HRLogix, a leading provider of Web-based paperless hiring systems, has announced their move to a new corporate headquarters, located in Oklahoma City.

At nearly three times the size of their previous location, the new facility provides HRLogix with the space needed to accommodate their growing business. Maryann Gagnon, HRLogix founder and president, anticipates even stronger growth and added value to clients as a result of the expansion. “We designed the new office to meet our specific business needs and allow for even more expansion down the line. As we planned out the new space our goal was to create an environment where our team could thrive which would ultimately lead to improved productivity and enhanced client service.”

With an expanded training area, dedicated product demonstration rooms and countless features customized to suit their technology requirements, HRLogix co-founder and managing director, David Johndrow believes they have achieved that goal. “The entire executive team worked very closely to ensure everyone on our team had everything needed to provide stellar products and services now and into the future.”

Gagnon and her entire management team plan to host an open house celebration once they have completely settled into their new offices at 13431 Broadway Extension. “This is a tremendous milestone for HRLogix and we want to share our success with all of those who helped make it possible,” said Gagnon.

Maryann Gagnon founded HRLogix in May 2002, and it has been the fastest growing HR solutions company in the country. The company provides intuitive, Web-based HR technologies designed to enhance and automate hiring practices, not reinvent them. HRLogix specializes in solutions for highly-regulated industries such as: hospitality and gaming, transportation and healthcare. For more information, visit www. hrlogix. com.


Thursday, September 21, 2006

Tranquileyes: Natural Relief for Dry, Red, Itchy Eyes

Tranquileyes: Natural Relief for Dry, Red, Itchy Eyes

Tranquileyes hydrating goggles provide lasting relief for dry, red, itchy, or tired eyes, and the new Thermoeyes™ enhances the moist-heat benefits of the original therapy.

Temecula, CA (PRWEB) November 2, 2006

Do you suffer from dry, red, or itchy eyes? You're not alone. Sixty million Americans suffer from symptoms of dry eye, a chronic condition that can range from irritating to debilitating. Tranquileyes Eye Hydrating Therapy ™ is a proven system for naturally relieving symptoms of dry eyes and now, their newest introduction, Thermoeyes™, enhances the moist-heat benefits of the original therapy, offering dry eye suffers a more intense and immediate sense of relief.

Thermoeyes are instant, reusable heat packs that when inserted into the tranquileyes goggle, boost the moist-heat benefits of the original tranquileyes eye hydrating therapy. Simply snap the disk inside the thermoeyes gel pad to instantly activate heat, then tuck them inside the tranquileyes goggle and cover with a warm, moist thermopad. Users will experience immediate relief in as little as 5 minutes of use. When time allows, soak it up–the enhanced therapeutic environment will last up to 60 minutes. In addition to hydrating dry eyes, the moist heat treatment can also help minimize wrinkles, reduce stress, and help you sleep better.

Unlike other treatments, Tranquileyes eye goggles naturally restore moisture by increasing humidity around the eye, which prevents the evaporation of natural tears. The increased humidity also improves overall eye health by thickening the lipid layer, thereby restoring your eyes' defense against evaporation and leaving them feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Tranquileyes Eye Hydrating Therapy, from www. eyeeco. com, has been proven to provide relief for patients suffering from chronic dry eyes resulting from contact lens wear, LASIK, PRK, prolonged computer use, allergies, Sjogren's syndrome or simply, normal aging.

Treating eye dryness is not only important for your comfort, but also for your eye's health. Besides lubricating the eye, the tear film helps fight infection, provides nourishment, and creates a smooth surface on the cornea, keeping your vision clear.

Hypoallergenic and made with FDA approved materials, tranquileyes features a beautifully sculpted eye cover, made from medical grade, flexible material. Fabric lined visco-elastic foam especially designed to form to the face, cushions the eye cover, providing increased comfort while controlling the temperature and humidity within the eye environment. The foam is easily replaceable to ensure optimum hygiene. A uniquely designed adjustable comfort wrap holds the eye covers in place and the stretch fabric ensures no pinching, even with extended wear.

Tranquileyes goggles are available in kits ranging from $34-$65 and are available in colors of Sky Blue, Sage, Lavender, Rose and Pearl, along with Black. See www. eyeeco. com for more information.

Eye Eco, Inc. is committed to giving back to the community and donates a percentage of net sales to non-profit organizations dedicated to finding a cure for Sjogren's syndrome and other diseases that cause chronic dry eyes.

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Gold Systems Attains Gold Certified Partner Status In Microsoft Partner Program

Gold Systems Attains Gold Certified Partner Status In Microsoft Partner Program

Gold Systems Further Distinguishes Itself by Earning a Microsoft Competency In Networking Infrastructure Solutions.

BOULDER, CO (PRWEB) August 16, 2006

Gold Systems, a developer of customer-focused voice-powered software solutions, today announced it has attained Gold Certified status in the Microsoft Partner Program with a competency in Networking Infrastructure Solutions, recognizing Gold Systems’ expertise and total impact in the technology marketplace. As a Gold Certified partner, Gold Systems has demonstrated expertise with Microsoft technologies and proven ability to meet customers’ needs. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners receive a rich set of benefits, including access, training and support, giving them a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Gold Systems has more than 15 years of experience in delivering telephone self-service products and custom solutions to enterprise customers. These automated solutions allow companies to both improve customer service and reduce costs by offering their customers the ability to perform transactions such as resetting passwords, checking account status or buying a product simply by speaking into a telephone. The Microsoft Speech Server is one of the speech recognition systems in which Gold Systems has extensive expertise.

“Adding the Networking Infrastructure competency to the Microsoft ISV/Software Solution competency we earned last year demonstrates that Gold Systems has the skill set to provide enterprise customers with the best service possible,” said Terry Gold, CEO of Gold Systems. “Also, the benefits provided through our Gold Certified status will allow us to further enhance our offerings to Microsoft customers.”

“Customers are looking for partner companies that can bridge the gap between their business demands and technology capabilities. They need to trust in someone that can act as an expert adviser for their long-term strategic technology plans. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners, which have certified expertise and direct training and support from Microsoft, can build a positive customer experience with our technologies,” said Allison Watson, vice president of the Worldwide Partner Sales and Marketing Group at Microsoft Corp. “Today, Microsoft recognizes Gold Systems as a new Microsoft Gold Certified Partner for demonstrating its expertise in providing customer satisfaction with Microsoft products and technology.”

As one of the requirements for attaining Gold Certified Status, Gold Systems had to declare a Microsoft Competency. Microsoft Competencies are designed to help differentiate a partner’s capabilities with specific Microsoft technologies to customers looking for a particular type of solution. Each competency has a unique set of requirements and benefits, formulated to accurately represent the specific skills and services that partners bring to the technology industry.

Microsoft Gold Certified Partners enrolled in the Networking Infrastructure Solutions Competency have proved their competency in implementing technology solutions based on either the Microsoft Windows Server™ 2003 or Windows® 2000 Server operating system, with a particular focus on Microsoft Small Business Server 2000 and Windows Small Business Server 2003. These implementations may include crafting solutions that connect Windows-based servers, PC locations and the Internet; installing a server farm; or building a small-business Windows Server stand-alone solution that includes file and print capabilities.

The Microsoft Partner Program was launched in December 2003 and represents Microsoft’s ongoing commitment to the success of partners worldwide. The program offers a single, integrated partnering framework that recognizes partner expertise, rewards the total impact that partners have in the technology marketplace, and delivers more value to help partners’ businesses be successful.

About Gold Systems:

Gold Systems’ self-service IVR, speech recognition and text-to-speech solutions allow businesses to improve profitability while providing customers with a service they love to use. Gold Systems software has automated over a billion telephone calls around the world since 1991.

With its award-winning products and services, Gold Systems helps the Global 1000 identify where efficiency can be improved with voice-driven solutions. Gold Systems' vertical applications have positively impacted bottom line results for companies in the financial, insurance, healthcare, retail and utility industries. More information about Gold Systems can be found at www. goldsys. com or by calling 303-447-2837 and saying “information.”

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MissionWise® Addresses Power of Public Policy Partnerships at Workshop in Seattle

MissionWise® Addresses Power of Public Policy Partnerships at Workshop in Seattle

MissionWise® will conduct a Public Policy and Advocacy workshop today in Seattle, Washington. Co-sponsored by Seattle-based Executive Alliance, the session is geared to executive staff and management of nonprofits, foundations, education, and government agencies.

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) November 6, 2008

MissionWise®, the consulting division of Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (C. H.E. F.®) that helps nonprofits, philanthropies, and other health and human service organizations become stronger and more sustainable in their efforts to eliminate health inequities, will lead a public policy workshop today at the Hannah S. Grunbaum Conference Center at the Hearing, Speech, and Deafness Center in Seattle, Washington. The session, which is jointly sponsored by Seattle-based Executive Alliance, is geared to executive staff and management of nonprofits, foundations, education, and government agencies.

Presenting on the topic of Public Policy and Advocacy, MissionWise will conduct its workshop entitled "Public Policy: Powerful Partnerships for Critical Issues", led by co-presenters Larry Clark, President and CEO, Comprehensive Health Education Foundation, and Julie Peterson, Senior Director of Public Affairs, Comprehensive Health Education Foundation. The session will focus on how advocacy and other forms of public policy participation can unite organizations and give voice to the perspectives and aspirations of social enterprise now missing from public policy debates.

"There is significant interest among nonprofits, foundations, and other organizations to better understand how Public Policy and Advocacy can be applied to their own agencies, products, services, and programs," said Julie Peterson, C. H.E. F.'s Senior Director of Public Affairs. Peterson continued, "Those in attendance in Seattle will find this workshop highly informative, practical, and useful, and we look forward to helping the organizations identify untapped opportunities to achieve stronger outcomes by considering the application of Public Policy and Advocacy to their mission and programs."

Larry Clark, who oversees the MissionWise Division of Comprehensive Health Education Foundation, said, "We are delighted to be presenting once again on the topic of public policy given the significant and largely untapped need that exists for building partnerships through advocacy and public policy strategy." Clark and his team at MissionWise are uniquely qualified to address the topic of public policy because their own organization, C. H.E. F., has been helping to shape public policy in health education for more than thirty years.

About MissionWise®:
MissionWise® is the consulting division of Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (C. H.E. F.®) that helps health and human service foundations, their grantees, and other nonprofits build organizational capacity and long-term sustainability through business planning. Their work is predicated on the notion that nonprofits will have a greater likelihood of achieving their mission and financial bottom lines if they have a strong business plan and diverse revenue base. With offices in Seattle, Washington and Oakland, California, Its diverse roster of clients include the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF), Treatment Research Institute (TRI), Denver Harbor Clinic, Collaborative to Advance Funding in Palliative Care (CAFPAC), In SHAPE Program of Monadnock Family Services, Presidio YMCA, Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, and many others. For information about MissionWise and C. H.E. F., please visit www. missionwise. org and www. chef. org or call 1.800.323.2433.


Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Dartware Helps Federal Network Managers Prepare for IPv6 Deadline: New InterMapper 5.0 Release Includes Support for IPv6 and Database Functionality

Dartware Helps Federal Network Managers Prepare for IPv6 Deadline: New InterMapper 5.0 Release Includes Support for IPv6 and Database Functionality

Dartware, developer of InterMapper network monitoring and mapping software, has released version 5.0 which includes support for the IPv6 protocol.

Hanover, NH (PRWEB) May 22, 2008

Dartware, developer of InterMapper network monitoring and mapping software (http://dartware. com/network_monitoring_products/intermapper/index. html), has released version 5.0 which includes support for the IPv6 protocol. "This is an important release for our Federal agency customers who have a mandate to upgrade their backbone networks to handle IPv6," says Rich Brown, Dartware CEO. (http://dartware. com/about_us/management. html) "One problem they foresee post-upgrade is a lack of network management tools that can track IPv6. We wanted to be sure the InterMapper was ready for them."

IPv6 replaces IPv4, the current Internet protocol. It allows the creation of more IP addresses and security and network management enhancements. The US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has directed all federal agencies to upgrade their networks to be IPv6-capable by June 30, 2008. "InterMapper 5.0 is able to monitor devices that have IPv6 addresses and supports IPv6 client connections," explains Brown. "That means that InterMapper's network maps, performance and traffic monitoring, reports, and alerts will cover any Federal agency network infrastructure - even after their upgrade."

In addition to network monitoring and mapping, InterMapper 5.0 also includes these new features:

A new InterMapper Database acts as a central repository for data collected from several InterMapper servers. The Database holds event history (ups/downs/alerts) as well historical chart data, as well as snapshot data (maps, devices, interfaces, etc.) that describe the state of each server's managed. The InterMapper Database organizes the data efficiently and provides the means to respond to queries using SQL statements.

Enhanced Nagios Plug-in Support - InterMapper has long supported command-line probes and supplied a template to support specific Nagios plug-ins. In Version 5.0, administrators can set a flag in a command-line probe to direct InterMapper to interpret the performance data (PERFDATA) supplied in the plug-in's output and make it available for display. A new template provides a formatted display of Nagios plug-in perfdata output.

Dartware LLC (http://dartware. com/index. html) develops the InterMapper® family of network mapping and monitoring software. InterMapper earns a quick return on investment by proactively alerting administrators to potential slow-downs, crashes, and other business interruptions. Its real-time, color-coded maps and other displays provide users with an instant view of their network and device status. Dartware's software is installed in financial services, healthcare, retail, education, government, non-profit, WISP and ISP organizations around the world. For more information, visit Dartware. com.


Mesothelioma Victims Center Evolves Into The First Place To Call For A Unparalleled World Class Free Service For A Victim Dealing With A Meothelioma Cancer Diagnosis

Mesothelioma Victims Center Evolves Into The First Place To Call For A Unparalleled World Class Free Service For A Victim Dealing With A Meothelioma Cancer Diagnosis

The Mesothelioma Victims Center has evolved into the most comprehensive free resource, and help center for victims of a rare form of cancer called mesothelioma, in the United States. If a victim of Mesothelioma, or the family members of a mesothelioma victim are searching for the best free help, advice, and assistance after a mesothelioma cancer diagnosis, they should call the Mesothelioma Victims Center first, for an absolutely unparalleled free service. What makes the Mesothelioma Victims Center different than any other group with respect to a victim of mesothelioma is at no cost they will assist the mesothelioma victim, or victims family with Social Security or Veterans Administration disability, they will research and provide the victim, or the family with the absolute best health care, and or treatment options in their area, and they will provide the mesothelioma victim, or their family the names of the absolute best mesothelioma trial law firms in the nation, along with their specific contact information. The group says, " there is nothing close to our free service in the world, and our goal is to provide the mesothelioma victim, and their family with nothing but the best of everything, including the actual names of the most successful actual mesothelioma law firms in the US." For more information a mesothelioma victim, or their family can call the Mesothelioma Victims Center anytime at 866-714-6466, or contact the group via its web site at Http://MesotheliomaVictimsCenter. Com

Washington, DC (Vocus) August 2, 2010

The Mesothelioma Victims Center says, "every mesothelioma cancer victim is different, the exposure to asbestos that led to this very rare form of cancer could have occurred while the individual was serving in the US Navy, as an oil field, or oil refinery worker, as a construction worker, a plumber, a auto brake repair person, a shipyard worker, or the exposure could have occurred in a number of other ways." Approximately 3000 US citizens are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year. Of this group, approximately one third of all US mesothelioma victims served in the United States Navy. The Mesothelioma Victims Center says, "in many instances the asbestos exposure, that led to the rare form of cancer called mesothelioma could have occurred 30 years ago, or even longer. We had a family member go through it, he served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War, and this is how, and why we became so passionate about mesothelioma, and assisting victims and their families." The Mesothelioma Victims Center has some big worries, and very helpful suggestions for mesothelioma victims, and their loved ones dealing with a mesothelioma cancer diagnosis. As follows:

 If you are a just diagnosed victim of mesothelioma, or a family member, the Mesothelioma Victims Center says, "do not be deceived by a ad on cable TV, or talk radio about some caring law firm that will battle for you, or your mesothelioma plight." They say, "in reality, 85%+ of all the law firm ads on cable TV, talk radio stations, or on the Internet, are marketing law firms, who only care about how much they will make, when they sell a mesothelioma victim to an actual mesothelioma trial law firm." The group says, "we think the idea of turning a mesothelioma victim into a commodity is wrong-so call us and we will give you the names of the absolute best mesothelioma trial law firms in the United States, along with their contact names, and phone numbers." The group says, "if a mesothelioma victim, or their family members want the names of the most successful mesothelioma trial law firms, and individual attorneys in the US-just call us-then pick who you like the best-no middleman law firms selling a cancer victim to the highest bidder." For more information a mesothelioma victim, or family member can call the Mesothelioma Victims Center anytime at 866-714-6466, or contact the group via its web site at Http://MesotheliomaVictimsCenter. Com  After a mesothelioma victim learns about a mesothelioma cancer diagnosis the victim, and the family will try to do as much research as possible to find out about treatment options. The Mesothelioma Victims Center says, "let us do this for you. All you have to do is tell us is where the mesothelioma victim lives, and we will do the research for you. We will provide you with a written report as to what local hospitals have the best treatment programs, the most appropriate physicians, and best facilities-all as part of our free service." Http://MesotheliomaVictimsCenter. Com After learning of a mesothelioma cancer diagnosis the victim, and the family need to realize that there are only about a dozen, or so truly most capable mesothelioma law firms in the United States-so looking for a personal injury attorney in the Yellow Pages, or on the Internet is pretty much a waste of time. The Mesothelioma Victims Center says, "most law firms advertising on the Internet, or Yellow Pages do not actually do mesothelioma trial work. They are simply middleman marketing law firms hoping to broker a mesothelioma victim to the highest bidder. Call us and we will give you the names & contact information for the best mesothelioma trial law firms in the US." Http://MesotheliomaVictimsCenter. Com If a victim, or family member wants advice about living with mesothelioma, or how to best take care of a loved one, please call the Mesothelioma Victims Center anytime at 866-714-6466.

The Mesothelioma Victims Center says, "if you are a healthcare professional, a member of a veterans group, a labor union, or just a concerned friend or loved one, please share our information with anyone who might have just been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer. Our service is 100% free, and there is nothing even close to our comprehensive service for a mesothelioma victim in the world-nothing but the best." For more information please call the Mesothelioma Victims Center anytime at 866-714-6466, or contact the group via its web site at Http://MesotheliomaVictimsCenter. Com

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Healthcare Revenue Cycle Company is Expanding

Healthcare Revenue Cycle Company is Expanding

Chapin Revenue Cycle Management welcomes Mara Centanni to its growing team. In response to the demand created by its growing client base, Chapin, a professional services company focused on health care revenue cycle management solutions has added Mara as Project Management Director.

Tampa, FL (PRWEB) August 20, 2007

In response to the demand created by its growing client base, Chapin, a provider of healthcare revenue cycle management solutions has added Mara Centanni as Project Management Director.

Centanni brings extensive project management and managed care payer knowledge to Chapin, and is responsible for managing client engagements, including overseeing all aspects of project coordination.

Prior to joining Chapin, Centanni was a project manager and later the clinical appeals manager for 22 hospitals within HCA Patient Account Services in Palm Harbor, where she managed multiple projects including the migrations of the hospitals into the Patient Accounts Service Center. As the clinical appeals manager Mara oversaw the average monthly collections of three to four million dollars in overturned denials. Previously, she held a position as the manager of provider contracts for United Healthcare in Tampa, FL.

Centanni holds a BA degree in Psychology from the University of Miami.

For more information on this topic, please contact Teresa Andrillon or visit us at www. chapinrcm. com.

About Chapin Revenue Cycle Management
Based in Tampa, Fla., Chapin was founded in 2002 by professionals that average more than 20 years experience in the provider and payer industry. The principals of Chapin combined their extensive health care expertise to build a company that provides collections and accounts receivable services in a manner surpassing the available alternatives. Chapin's employees are provider and payer specialists with experience in business office operations, provider relations, contracting, claim adjudication, and collections. Chapin offers solutions in audit and recovery, accounts receivable management and managed care denials and underpayments.


Neutricks® Debuts at the North American Veterinary Conference

Neutricks® Debuts at the North American Veterinary Conference

Neutricks® - a new supplement that helps aid in the treatment of Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS) makes its debut to the 14,000 Veterinarians gathered for the annual the North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando. Conference attendees can learn more at the Neutricks booth at the Marriott, #3601.

Orlando, FL (Vocus/PRWEB) January 17, 2011

Neutricks® - a new supplement that helps aid in the treatment of Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS) makes its debut to the14,000 Veterinarians gathered for the annual the North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando.

Quincy Animal Health, a leader in canine cognitive health and manufacturer of Neutricks® has already secured distribution with three of the largest animal health distributors; Butler Schein Animal Health, Midwest Veterinary Supply, Inc., and MWI Veterinary Supply.

David Merrick, General Manager of Quincy Animal Health observed, “The rapid uptake by these well established companies serves as an indicator of the market need for effective therapies in aging canine cognitive health.” Merrick continued, “Our message for the veterinarians is to be proactive with their clients who have senior dogs about symptoms of CDS such as forgetting commands, changing sleeping habits, or barking aimlessly. Often owners may be hesitant to mention these behaviors during an appointment. Neutricks represents an opportunity to create veterinary-client dialogue about geriatric symptoms that pet owners may overlook.”

Independent research on Neutricks for older canines was conducted by CanCog Technologies, Inc., one of the world’s leading cognitive research organizations specializing in age-dependent cognitive decline and neuropathology research for human and canine cognitive assessment. Neutricks significantly improved learning, accuracy and enhanced attention of aged beagles compared to the control group in a blinded study.

Conference attendees can learn more at the Neutricks booth at the Marriott, #3601.

About Quincy Animal Health
Quincy Animal Health, LLC markets Neutricks™, a new evidence-based chewable supplement to aid in the treatment of canine cognitive dysfunction. The product uses technology developed by parent company Quincy Bioscience, a biotechnology company based in Madison, Wisconsin. Quincy Bioscience is focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of novel compounds to fight the aging process. The company's products focus on restoring calcium balance related to neurodegenerative disorders and other destructive age-related mechanisms. http://www. quincyanimalhealth. com.


Sunday, September 17, 2006

DealPass Introduces a New Look with Even More Ways to Save

DealPass Introduces a New Look with Even More Ways to Save

DealPass presents consumers with an updated website and an opportunity to save everyday

Stamford, Conn. (PRWEB) March 2, 2006

DealPass. com has re-launched its website just in time for shoppers to cash in on special deals for every occasion in their lives -- even everyday purchases. DealPass (http://www. dealpass. com/), a portal website that provides consumers instant access to in-store and online savings with big-name merchants and brands, has reorganized its site and added new features so shoppers can save money when purchasing items for themselves or someone special.

DealPass’ “zero hassle” promise means that saving money while shopping is quick, easy and fun. DealDog, the site’s new mascot, helps visitors sniff out great deals on both seasonal and everyday shopping needs.

Along with the exciting, new features at DealPass, visitors can still enjoy many of the site’s popular features, including the Travel Reservation Center, Featured Deals and Savings Stories. Members of Adaptive Marketing LLC membership programs can also log in at DealPass for access to their exclusive program benefits.

DealPass’ helpful shopping tools are putting money back into the pockets of consumers everywhere:

-- Consumers can use the Price Comparison Tool to check prices and locate the items you want while eliminating the need to do the legwork of comparing prices at various merchant websites or running from store to store.

-- The Special Offers section is a great place to visit often as it’s updated throughout the year with seasonal offers designed to help consumers save money on everyday needs as well as special occasions.

-- Cooking for the family and entertaining friends can quickly take the jingle out of your wallet. Coupon clippers can use the Grocery Coupons toolbar for quick access to printable coupons.

-- Need a break from your busy day? Browse through the vast resources available on Tips, Tools & Fun for advice on fashion and style tips, get how-to guides on just about everything and enjoy free downloadable games and screensavers.

-- Shoppers can also sign up for the SavingSmart Online Savings program and automatically accrue savings on many online purchases. From holiday shopping to everyday purchases, details about SavingSmart as well as other low - or no-cost Adaptive Marketing LLC membership programs are available at DealPass.

DealPass (http://www. dealpass. com/) invites shoppers to make DealPass your portal to easy and convenient savings ideas. The site’s new look and enhanced features make it so much fun to shop and save that you will not want to go anywhere else!

About DealPass. com

DealPass (http://www. dealpass. com) is an online portal for Adaptive Marketing LLC’s membership programs. Adaptive Marketing LLC (http://www. adaptivemarketing. com/) is a leading provider of membership discount programs. Headquartered in Stamford, Conn., Adaptive Marketing is a category leader in both membership and loyalty programs, bringing value direct to consumers through an array of benefits in healthcare, discounts, security, personal property and personals through DealPass.


Thursday, September 14, 2006

Federal Regulators Concerned About Equity-Indexed Annuities

Federal Regulators Concerned About Equity-Indexed Annuities

“Guarding Your Wealth” is a nationally syndicated weekly personal finance column written by Jeffrey D. Voudrie, CFP. Mr. Voudrie is the President of Legacy Planning Group, a private wealth management firm that employs sophisticated proprietary strategies designed to protect and grow its clients' investments. Please visit our website, www. guardingyourwealth. com to read past articles in our archive.

(PRWEB) June 13, 2005

IÂ’ve been predicting for some time now that Equity-Indexed Annuities and the sales practices associated with them will be the Next Big Scandal of the financial services industry. And now my predictions are coming true.

After a chorus of complaints, the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are finally taking notice. In a recent securities conference in Chicago, NASD officials pointedly warned brokerage firms that they are opening themselves up to civil liability where equity-indexed annuities are concerned.

The NASD also clearly asserted its authority to oversee the suitability of transactions involving equity-indexed annuities. “Whenever unsuitable recommendations are made, we have jurisdiction”, said Jim Shorris of the NASD.

This is good news for investors and bad news for the charlatans that have been using this product to milk seniors out of thousands and thousands of dollars. Now, those investors can turn to the NASD for help. The actions of the NASD also increase the potential success of civil lawsuits brought by investors.

ItÂ’s not just the NASD that is taking notice. Recently, I was invited by the Financial Planning Association to participate in a conference call with several SEC officials. The SEC had looked into equity-indexed annuities several years ago but failed to take action. LetÂ’s hope that this time it will be different.

You might not think that NASD or SEC involvement is all that revolutionary, but it is. Let me explain. Brokers who are licensed to sell investments are regulated at the Federal level. The NASD and SEC police their actions. Equity Indexed Annuities, though, are not regulated at the federal level, but by each stateÂ’s Insurance Commissioner. Even though Equity Indexed Annuities are technically an insurance product, they are being marketed as an investment. But all an agent has to do to be able to sell them is sit through a five-day course and pass a simple test on health and life insurance.

It used to be that Equity-Indexed Annuities were mainly sold by independent insurance agents. Now, they are being sold by brokers who work for the larger brokerage firms. The high commissions these products pay are simply too enticing. Worse, these brokers aren’t selling them under the umbrella of their firm. They are selling them as what is termed an ‘outside business activity’.

That means that even though you are talking to a person that works for a big brokerage house and that person is recommending you sell your variable annuity, pay a penalty and move the money into an equity-indexed annuity, the firm is not policing that transaction. Every other trade done by the broker must meet strict compliance and regulatory standards. The sales of equity-indexed annuities do not.

If an advisor were to place 100% of a clientÂ’s investable assets into a variable annuity or a single stock or mutual fund, they would likely face fines and possible revocation of their license. At the very least, they would be opening up themselves and their firm to potential lawsuits. Yet, I often hear of advisors telling a client that they should put 100% of their money into Equity Indexed Annuities.

Under federal regulation, an advisor can’t recommend a client pay a 7% penalty to get out of one annuity and move then move that money into another high commission product. That’s just like a stockbroker getting you to constantly buy and sell stocks so they can earn a commission–it’s called churning. Yet, I see advisors using the ‘bonus’ offered by some Equity Indexed Annuities to do just that.

Now that the NASD has clearly stated that these advisors can no longer sell equity indexed annuities outside of their firmÂ’s regulatory umbrella, hopefully some of these unethical sales practices will be put to a stop. But investors need to beware! The high commissions these products offer, sometimes as high as 13%, are just too tempting for many advisors to ignore. DonÂ’t expect them to change their ways overnight.

The increased scrutiny of equity-indexed annuities can only be good for the investor. Carefully research this and any other investment before you buy. Otherwise, it might be an investment you quickly regret.

Additional articles on equity-indexed annuities available at www. guardingyourwealth. com.

Have a financial question? I’ll personally answer it--FREE. Go to www. guardingyourwealth. com and click on ‘Ask Jeff’.

In addition to being a nationally syndicated columnist and Certified Financial Planning Practitioner, Mr. Voudrie provides personal, private money management services to clients nationwide.

Looking for an energetic expert who is passionate about financial and wealth management? Mr. Voudrie is an excellent speaker who will excite and inspire your audience. Mr. Voudrie is available for a limited number of speaking engagements, television appearances and radio talk shows. For booking information, email jeff@guardingyourwealth. com.

Related Articles can be found at www. guardingyourwealth. com under the Guarding Your Wealth Article Archive:

Equity Indexed Annuities: There Are Better Growth Alternatives

Equity Indexed Annuities: There Are Better Alternatives (Stability)

Better Alternatives Than Equity Indexed Annuities

Equity Indexed Annuities: Agents Prey On Unsuspecting

Consumer Alert: Equity Index Annuities

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