Mar 1, 2021

VOA Texas Staff Member Helps Residents Escape Severe Winter Weather

A Fort Worth man is being recognized as a hero at his job for taking in group home residents just before the roof caved in as a result of water damage from the winter storm Jeff Jeff, group home resident, thanks Volunteers of America Texas staff member for taking him in during severe winter weather. FORT WORTH, Texas - March 2, 2021 - ( As a result of the recent severe winter weather, many Texans learned first-hand what it's like to deal with long power outages in freezing cold weather. Some also had the misfortune of a freezing pipe bursting. Now imagine experiencing both in the only home you've known for years as a person with developmental disabilities. Richard Kemp, a 21-year veteran employee was on duty that night at Pamela House, a Volunteers of America Texas group home for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. "The lights went out and it got really cold. The clients started shaking," he said. "They wanted to know when power would return and what we were going to do." Richard moved the housemates to the van in the driveway so they could warm up as he contemplated his next move. Local hotels were booked from other residents seeking power and warmth, but he had been lucky. "I knew there was power, water and heat at my house so I told [my supervisor] they can come stay with me." Which is how it came to be that Richard hosted residents in his own home, cooking three meals a day for an entire week (reportedly more than he had ever cooked before!). "He made pork chops, chicken, green beans, spaghetti, pizza and oatmeal," recounted Jeff, a resident of Pamela House. Of the experience, he remarked, "I'd never seen anything like it." Richard even slept on the floor, moving his daughter into his own bed while Jeff and his housemate occupied the other rooms. Richard said, "It was crazy, but I'd do it again. I love those guys." Must be why he treated them like family. Update: During this time, a pipe burst at Pamela House destroying the interior, so residents have been moved to another group home while the property is gutted and repairs are made, a process estimated to take two to three months. Press Release Service by Original Source: VOA Texas Staff Member Helps Residents Escape Severe Winter Weather

Mar 1, 2021

Strunk Attends The 2021 ABA Virtual Conference for Community Bankers 2021

Strunk welcomed the opportunity to discuss the latest features offered by their Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC) software with community bankers from around the country.

Mar 1, 2021

North Little Rock AR Air Conditioning Maintenance Repair Services Launched

Seaton Heat N’ Air has launched an update to its line of air conditioning services in North Little Rock, AR. The aim is to offer affordable and reliable air conditioning repair and maintenance.

Mar 1, 2021

Alex Neir, 17 years of exceptional sales in Central Park Neighborhood, Denver

Alex Neir recognized for 17 years of exceptional sales in Central Park, Denver. Neir shared his reflections and advice in an interview. More at

Mar 1, 2021

Raleigh NC Contaminant Extraction Carpet Cleaning Specialist Service Launched

A carpet cleaning business based in North Carolina has released a number of new locations eligible for its carpet, grout, and upholstery cleaning services within and beyond Raleigh.

Mar 1, 2021

Retired Judge Richard B. 'Rick' Orfinger Joins Upchurch Watson White & Max

Mediations being scheduled for this month Mediator\/Arbitrator Richard O. \"Rick\" Orfinger Rick Orfinger has a long history in the judiciary. ORMOND BEACH, Fla. - March 2, 2021 - ( Richard B. "Rick" Orfinger retired after 20 years as a judge on the Fifth District Court of Appeal at the end of January and early the next month embarked on his career as a full-time neutral with Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group. The Daytona Beach native did not miss a beat as mediations and arbitrations began to be set. Altogether, Orfinger spent 30 years in the judiciary. He was a circuit judge for the Seventh Judicial Circuit of Florida from 1991 to 2000 and served as the circuit's chief judge from 1996 to 1999. In 2000, Gov. Jeb Bush appointed him to the appeals court, where he served until the end of January 2021. As the court's chief judge from 2011 to 2013, he was instrumental in the court's transition to a paperless environment. Earlier, he had organized the Seventh Circuit's Committee on Professionalism and served on the Florida Supreme Court's Commission on Professionalism and The Florida Bar's Professionalism Committee. While on the appeals court, Orfinger authored hundreds of opinions on numerous legal topics. "We are delighted to welcome Richard Orfinger, a distinguished newly retired appellate judge, to our firm," UWWM President and CEO John Upchurch said. "Our clients will be well served through his incisive intellect and natural warmth, coupled with his ability to translate complex concepts effectively, so well documented by his landmark decisions as published over the past 20 years." At the end of January, Orfinger told his local newspaper, "Like all human beings, judges come to the bench with their own life experiences and biases. But we must be intellectually honest, recognize our own biases and, to the extent possible, put them aside ..." He will bring this same spirit of neutrality to his work as a mediator and arbitrator. Orfinger also understands the work of an advocate. Before he took the bench, he was a shareholder in the Daytona Beach firm of Monaco, Smith, Hood, Perkins, Orfinger and Stout, P.A. from 1990 to 1991 and a shareholder in Orfinger and Stout, P.A. from 1979 to 1990. His public service began with working as an assistant state attorney in the Seventh Judicial Circuit from 1976 to 1978. Before that, he received his undergraduate degree from Tulane University in New Orleans and his law degree (with honors) from the University of Florida College of Law. He still lives in Daytona Beach with his wife of 35 years, Ellen. They have an adult daughter and son and two grandchildren. To schedule a mediation or arbitration with Orfinger, contact case manager Dawn Smith at or 386-253-1560. Media Contact: Catherine Klasne (386) 253-1560 cklasne@uww-adr Press Release Service by Original Source: Retired Judge Richard B. 'Rick' Orfinger Joins Upchurch Watson White & Max

Mar 1, 2021

Lenbrook Americas Launches DALI OBERON 9

New flagship tower of the well-regarded high performance OBERON Series DALI Oberon 9 Grille off PICKERING, Ontario - March 2, 2021 - ( Lenbrook Americas today launched the DALI OBERON 9, the new flagship tower of the highly popular OBERON Series. The OBERON 9 (US MSRP $2,499/pr) is offered in Black Ash and Dark Walnut finishes and will be available in late March. With a dedicated 7" midrange and two long-throw 9" woofers, it offers outstanding dynamic capabilities most speakers can only dream of. The OBERON 9 is a true three-way design that combines ultimate refinement and startling detail with effortless power handling to bring genuine concert and cinema experiences right into your home. DALI's patented SMC (Soft Magnetic Compound) is used in the OBERON 9's midrange/woofer magnet systems to provide improved flux linearity, reduced magnetic hysteresis and a significant reduction in harmonic distortion. These SMC benefits result in longer listening pleasure, and excellent low-level detail. The OBERON 9's enclosure is designed to optimise rigidity and minimise panel resonance while providing an excellent foundation for the drivers. The OBERON 9 woofer/midrange driver cones are made from a mix of paper and wood fibre that provide a stiff, lightweight and well-behaved structure that reproduces micro details with high accuracy. The pair of 9" drivers have a combined membrane area that is 12% larger than a 12" woofer. This allows a higher maximum sound pressure level, which leads to an effortless reproduction of the dynamics in the music. The OBERON 9 is coupled with a new larger soft dome tweeter. The oversized 29mm soft dome membrane uses an ultra-lightweight weave fabric and is optimised for a larger bandwidth in its lower frequency area. This ensures the optimal handover from the midrange woofer to the tweeter, creating a well-balanced, coherent upper midrange. Compared to most soft dome tweeters on the market, the DALI dome material is less than half the weight (0.060 mg/mm2). The large but elegant cabinet delivers exceptional deep bass and large room performance. However, this speaker is surprisingly delicate and will impress with its ability to render any music or movie soundtrack naturally and lifelike even at lower volumes. The driver materials, crossover design and geometry used in the OBERON 9 has been selected to achieve a wide dispersion pattern. This ensures a well-integrated sound, even when listening at a significant off-axis angle. An added benefit is seriously reduced harmonic distortion and diffractions causing frequency distortion. DALI OBERON 9 offers exceptional performance for music and movie lovers alike, while its wide dispersion pattern makes placement much easier than with rival speakers. With its distinctive Danish design, the OBERON 9 features an elegant aluminium base to reduce resonance. "Since its launch, the OBERON Series has been a runaway success," says Jeff Earl, Product Manager for Lenbrook Americas. "It's only natural that OBERON 9 was added to the already diverse series to offer a highly dynamic and powerful option." About DALI DALI, (Danish Audiophile Loudspeaker Industries), was established in 1983, and grew out of Scandinavia's leading audio retail chain. Now distributed in 65 countries, and with more than 35 years of experience and global recognition, DALI holds unwavering dedication to sound that has advanced the state of the art, inspiring music and cinema lovers and challenging the competition to catch up. DALI is driven by raw passion for music and an honest reproduction in the domestic environment. Continuous development and refinement of new technologies remains core to DALI's quest to create the best loudspeakers in the world. For more information, visit About Lenbrook The Lenbrook Group of Companies is a privately held Canadian corporation who are the owners of NAD Electronics, PSB Speakers, Bluesound and Bluesound Professional. Formed in 1978, Lenbrook initially was a national distributor of electronics and communications products in Canada and has grown to become a leading global supplier to over 80 countries around the world. Lenbrook Americas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lenbrook International, is responsible for the sales and marketing of NAD Electronics, PSB Speakers, Bluesound and DALI in both the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, it also distributes Tivoli Audio and Master & Dynamic in Canada. Corporate Contact: Mark Stone, Communications Manager Email: Media Relations:                                    Jeff Touzeau (OLEX Communications) Phone:  914-602-2913 Email: Eric Palonen (OLEX Communications) Phone:  860-908-1210 E-mail: LINKS: DALI Website: DALI Image Library: Lenbrook Americas Website:                                                                 #  #  # Related Images DALI Oberon 9 Grille on DALI Oberon 9 Cut-through view Press Release Service by Original Source: Lenbrook Americas Launches DALI OBERON 9

Mar 1, 2021

Bacula Systems and Advanced HPC Announce Partnership to Enhance Data Backup and Recovery for High Performance Computing Environments

New partnership benefits HPC clients with high-functionality backup and restore of large and diverse IT environments from a single backup and recovery platform. WILMINGTON, Del. - March 2, 2021 - ( Bacula Systems and Advanced HPC, Inc. today announced they have formed a strategic alliance that allows customers in the Enterprise, Life Sciences, Higher Education, Defense and Federal Government verticals to significantly improve protection of their organizations' data. Bacula's highly customizable and scalable data backup and recovery software coupled with Advanced HPC's supercomputing knowledge enables de-risking implementations for customers, faster recovery times, protecting from ransomware, and significantly lowering costs. Bacula Enterprise software can support diverse and complex IT installations because of its especially large extent of integration modules that cater to different hardware, multiple hypervisor-types and disparate databases. Bacula is also the first broad backup solution to seamlessly integrate with and backup container technology such as Docker, Kubernetes and Red Hat OpenShift. "Bacula Systems is pleased to be providing advanced backup and recovery technology to the industry in cooperation with Advanced HPC," said Frank Barker, CEO of Bacula Systems. "Advanced HPC's ability to deliver exceptionally powerful HPC solutions with Bacula's advanced backup and recovery software means organizations can benefit from and protect modern, high-value hybrid HPC, storage, cloud and AI solutions at lower cost than ever before. Some of Bacula's specialized HPC features are advanced deduplication technology, state-of-the-art tape and Cloud features, and a scalability that goes into the exabytes," he added. "Advanced HPC's proficiency in high-performance computing combined with Bacula's modern backup solution directly answers the current need in the HPC industry to operate more efficiently with increased security levels, said Toni Falcone, President of AdvancedHPC. "Our customers are already benefitting from this partnership as we ensure delivery of best in class solutions, with a level of customer support that is unique in the industry," she added. "Bacula is specially designed to provide advanced capabilities for specialist HPC users, such as rapid restore of huge data sets, advanced security capabilities and lowering costs. Typical applications of HPC such as quantum mechanics, weather forecasting, climate research, oil and gas exploration, and molecular modeling tend to especially benefit from Bacula customizability and its ability to process large volumes of data at higher speeds," said Aristide Carracio, VP of Global Sales and Marketing, Bacula Systems. Related Links About Bacula Systems About Advanced HPC Press Release Service by Original Source: Bacula Systems and Advanced HPC Announce Partnership to Enhance Data Backup and Recovery for High Performance Computing Environments

Mar 1, 2021

Protenus Earned Designation as a Great Place to Work-Certified™ Company in 2021

BALTIMORE - March 2, 2021 - ( Protenus, a healthcare compliance analytics platform that uses artificial intelligence to improve compliance in our nation's leading health systems, today announced that it is Great Place to Work-Certified™. Certification uses validated employee feedback gathered with Great Place to Work's rigorous, data-driven For All methodology. Certification confirms at least seven out of 10 employees have a consistently positive experience at Protenus. Great Place to Work is the global authority on workplace culture, employee experience and the leadership behaviors proven to deliver market-leading revenue and increased innovation.  "We are thrilled to be Great Place to Work-Certified™ for a second year in a row," says Nick Culbertson, CEO at Protenus. "By making company culture a priority, we ensure that every member of our team is empowered to bring excellent value to our customers while living healthy, balanced lives with their families. Since our inception, we have seen great company culture translate into business success, and we're committed to continuing that investment in our team."  Great Place to Work® is the global authority on workplace culture. Since 1992, they have surveyed more than 100 million employees around the world and used those deep insights to define what makes a great workplace: trust. Great Place to Work helps organizations produce better business results by creating a high-trust work experience for all employees. Their culture management platform empowers leaders with the surveys, real-time reporting, and insights they need to make data-driven people decisions. Their benchmark data is used to recognize Great Place to Work-Certified™ companies and the Best Workplaces™ in the U.S. and more than 60 countries, including the 100 Best Companies to Work For® and World's Best list published annually in Fortune.  To learn more about why Protenus has earned the Great Place to Work® certification and to view open opportunities, please visit About Protenus Protenus uses artificial intelligence to reduce risk and save resources for the nation's leading health systems, detecting and preventing compliance violations such as breaches to patient privacy and incidents of clinical drug diversion. Compliance analytics provide healthcare leaders full insight into how health data is being used, and alerts privacy, pharmacy and compliance teams to inappropriate activity. Protenus helps our partner hospitals make decisions about how to better protect their data, their patients, and their institutions. In 2020, Protenus was named one of Forbes' Best Startup Employers, one of CBInsights Digital Health 150, and the 2020 KLAS Category Leader in Patient Privacy Monitoring. In 2019, Protenus was named one of The Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare and one of the Best Places to Work in Baltimore by the Baltimore Business Journal and the Baltimore Sun. Learn more at and follow us on Twitter @Protenus. Media Contact Kira Caban Director of Communications Press Release Service by Original Source: Protenus Earned Designation as a Great Place to Work-Certified™ Company in 2021

Mar 1, 2021

Luxury Institute and DataLucent: Reinventing Market Research in the Era of Consumer Data Empowerment

NEW YORK - March 2, 2021 - ( In 2021, the market research industry will undergo a radical reinvention. Since the 1920s when Daniel Starch started approaching people in the street to ask about their ad recall, a process of "polling" soon advanced by George Gallup, market research has evolved into an art, a science, and a major industry that supports critical brand decisions through consumer insights. From the 1930s through the mid-1960s, classic consumer goods icons such as Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, and General Foods relied heavily on the first face-to-face, pencil-and-paper quantitative surveys, and face-to-face qualitative focus groups. From the 1960s to the 1980s, market researchers used telephones and computers to automate parts of the same processes. Over time, innovative researchers began to use psychology, economics, sociology, anthropology and other new techniques to try to get deeper into the consumer psyche: to understand their attitudes, preferences, motivations, and behaviors. New techniques and automation have emerged throughout the first 100 years of market research. For those who have worked in marketing and advertising for decades, the market research industry has made incremental progress in many areas. However, the industry has failed to innovate any radically disruptive breakthrough to dramatically advance its understanding of consumers to support more effective brand marketing decisions. For example, the efficiency of recruiting of consumers, the programming of responses, and the execution and analysis within survey projects have all improved through automation, with reduced labor and costs. But these efficiency improvements are still being applied to the same survey questionnaires, and, in the case of qualitative research, the same discussion guides, as those of the 1980s. Focus groups have moved to Zoom during the pandemic, but this process simply virtualizes traditional methods. While historically it has been difficult to falsify responses in a qualitative project, the scaled automation of quantitative research, and the advent of new programmatic sample panel exchanges, have spawned an army of unqualified professional survey takers, many in invalid geographies, whose main interests are purely transactional. They straight-line answers and speed through surveys. The biggest emerging problem, however, is the spread of fraudulent (and ever more sophisticated) bots that can game the CAPTCHA tests, deliver fake responses that mimic humans, and render the research useless. Easy-to-use survey software and other research tools, combined with an industry of easily accessible for-hire panels for quantitative research, have also inspired a client DIY market. In fact, the online sample panel industry is estimated to be $1.5B, and demand is growing 10-30% annually, depending on the region. The fact that only a handful of market research providers, agencies or brands, audit online samples for fraud - the same issue that has dramatically affected programmatic advertising performance - has spawned many dodgy survey sample providers who operate beyond the reach of accountability. The top research firms have quality control programs, but no researcher or brand is immune from these structural industry challenges. Besides grappling with engaging the right survey responders, the access to 100% identified, validated, relevant, timely and highly predictive demographic and behavioral data has also eluded the market research industry. For example, even when surveyors reach the right target consumers, the data and insights gathered from quantitative surveys are reported data, which has huge limitations. Responders often do not recall, are unable, or unwilling, to share how exactly they behave. Crafting closed-end questions in a survey places limits on the potential responses. And even crafting the best open-ended questions, it is very hard to understand why consumers say what they say or do what they report they do. Methods that make a survey statistically valid and reliable do not address these inherent flaws. This can cast doubt on the results, and when accepted, lead to poor brand decisions. This is by no means a critique of the dedicated, skilled professionals that serve the market research industry. The industry challenge has always been gaining access to the right people with the right data. Hopes that the advent of the internet, where data is generated by humans at exponential rates, would bring an opportunity to access verifiable, relevant behavioral data, have been dashed by the fact that "walled gardens" such as Facebook, Google, Instagram, and Amazon have exchanged "free" services for perpetual licenses to the richest, most relevant, most predictive consumer data being created. These digital platforms have monopolized that data to use for their advertising-based business models. Brands and market researchers have effectively been shut out from the most comprehensive behavioral data ever created by human beings. For example, customer segmentation analysis is one of the most important types of research objectives in the digital age. Most advertising is now digital and is targeted and delivered by programmatic exchanges in a fraction of a second. An accurate segmentation schema using demographic, psychographic, behavioral and geographic data is critical to serving up the right message, or offer, to the right audience, at the right time, over the right channel. In today's consumer insights world, access to legal, ethical data for creating segments, personas and audiences for ad targeting is essential. Despite the fact that some ad agencies and exchanges have in many cases used illegal and unethical surveillance methods, targeting effectiveness is often still abysmal. Empirical studies show that the accuracy of targeting one attribute in an online ad, gender, is 42%; for two attributes, gender and age, accuracy rate is 20%. For three attributes - gender, age and income - accuracy goes down to almost zero. A brand team might as well toss dice or spin a roulette wheel to target digital ads. The answer to both the research dilemma and the digital ad targeting dilemma is the same: engage with consumers legally, ethically, transparently and directly in the personal data value exchange process. The best and most reliable path to consumer data access is in building a direct data relationship with the consumer. Companies that create fair value for customers via rewards, benefits and personalization in return for access to consumer data will develop comprehensive, predictive data assets that will fuel every aspect of their marketing programs. The radical innovation that is transforming the market research industry today is a legal framework and technology platform that empowers individual consumers to take control of their digital platform data (Facebook, Google, Amazon, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), create an asset that can be copyrighted, and licensed to ethical brands and their trusted market research partners, in a secure, encrypted platform, in exchange for benefits and rewards. This is the immediate deliverable from Luxury Institute's Advanced Personalization Xchange (APX) for affluent consumer data, and from its sister entity, the DataLucent Xchange (DLX) for mass consumer data. Imagine that the brand marketing team has tasked the consumer insights team with creating an optimal customer segmentation project. By subscribing to the APX/DLX platform, customer insights professionals can easily recruit and manage a panel of authentic, validated, fully identified consumers. Researchers can recruit 2,000, 5,000 or 10,000 customers in return for fair rewards and benefits. Imagine having access to richest, most relevant, most predictive, fully validated demographic, attitudinal, and behavioral data for any brand's customer base. It gets better. Facebook and Google have deployed the most advanced analytic techniques available to categorize, profile and segment consumers for marketing purposes, and this marketing metadata is available via the APX/DLX platform. No hard-core analytics are required to tease out, or force-fit segments because the insights that the major consumer platforms use to target consumers are automatically available for brand use. What is the future, post-DataLucent, of quantitative surveys and qualitative research? These tried-and-true methods now become a solid, superb supplement, to the digital platform data insights, but are no longer the key drivers of highly predictive customer segmentation efforts. Consumer analytics teams may run a survey, available through the DataLucent panel, to probe more deeply with a subset of the panel, or a specific segment, and ask "why" questions, or test a new concept, or ad, as before. Qualitative research can be deployed for the same purposes. The market research industry has served its clients well over its first 100 years. As we begin the industry's second century, the true digital transformation of this critical industry, powered by legal and ethical personal data exchanges, is about to take off. In 2021, as market research professionals take their new, highly influential and prestigious place at the table, they will be respected for empowering the marketing and sales teams to engage with highly predictive customer segments and audiences, armed with the most relevant custom content, offers, innovative new products and services far beyond what had been possible for a century. In 2021 and beyond, market research innovators will be able to say they led the radical reinvention of their beloved industry. About Luxury Institute Luxury Institute is the world's most trusted research, training, and elite business solutions partner for luxury and premium goods and services brands. With the largest global network of luxury executives and experts, Luxury Institute has the ability to provide its clients with high-performance, leading-edge solutions developed by the best, most successful minds in the industry. Over the last 17 years, Luxury Institute has served over 1,100 luxury and premium goods and services brands. Luxury Institute has conducted more quantitative and qualitative research with affluent, wealthy and uber-wealthy consumers than any other entity. This knowledge has led to the development of its scientifically proven high-performance, emotional intelligence-based education system, Luxcelerate, that dramatically improves brand culture and financial performance. Luxury Institute has also innovated the Advanced Personalization Xchange (APX), powered by DataLucent, to empower affluent consumers to license their digital platform data to premium and luxury brands they trust legally, securely and privately in exchange for fair value rewards and benefits. To learn more about Luxury Institute, please contact us at About DataLucent DataLucent empowers consumers to access and share comprehensive, historical social media data with brands in return for rewards, benefits and personalization via a legal, ethical, secure, transparent and privacy-compliant process. DataLucent's patent-pending platform navigates consumers through the process of requesting, downloading and transferring personal data from Facebook, Twitter, Google and other consumer platforms, then provides real incentives for individuals to share data with companies they love and trust. DataLucent transforms and integrates data on behalf of consumers across networks to provide unparalleled customer and consumer insights to brands. To learn more about DataLucent, please visit Contact Milton Pedraza:  Related Links Luxury Institute DataLucent Press Release Service by Original Source: Luxury Institute and DataLucent: Reinventing Market Research in the Era of Consumer Data Empowerment

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