Business, Defense and Military, Free News Articles, Surgery and Neurotechnology

‘Special Twins’ Tour of Duty Makes History

HOWELL, N.J. -- Mid-Atlantic Multi-Specialty Surgical Group, L.L.C. (MAMSURG) is announcing that two of their providers, Vince and Vance Moss, Army Reservists, Colonels, and G.H.O.S.T. surgeons for U.S. Special Operations Command, are returning home from Afghanistan in support of Operation Resolute Support following a unique, unprecedented 6 month tour of duty, making history by serving with the special forces as forward trauma surgeons, side by side.

Family members serving simultaneously in combat is rare, but even more uncommon is twins serving together in the same combat theater with the U.S. Special Operations. This rarity has become a reality. Twin brothers, Colonels Vince and Vance Moss (49 years old) have served on active duty together with the 909th General Hour Offset Surgical Team (G.H.O.S.T.), U.S. Special Operations Command in Afghanistan since January 2020. This act alone has not been known to be done on record. They had the unique experience of providing trauma surgery for the special forces during their missions. While serving, Vince's wife gave birth to his son, making this homecoming even more special when he meets him for the first time.

"It's been unbelievable serving with Vance in combat with so many talented warriors. I think it allowed me, once and for all, the opportunity to show my baby brother who's the better surgeon. I'm certainly looking forward to getting home and meeting my son for the first time and sharing that experience with my brother," said Vince Moss.

"It's been a great experience serving with the special forces environment with my brother at my side. I can't truly put into words how to describe the many reactions we received when people saw us. It was quite extraordinary. I'm looking forward to meeting my nephew for the first time," said Vance Moss.

The twins are originally from the Washington D.C. area. Penn State and Temple graduates, they are in private practice in New Jersey. The Moss brothers have been in the Army Reserves for over 15 years and served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. They have received many accolades for their work including being named ABC World News Tonight "Person(s) of the Year" and multiple invites to the White House.

The Moss brothers are scheduled to be returning home tentatively on June 30, 2020.

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About MAMSURG, L.L.C.:

Based in Howell, New Jersey, MAMSURG, L.L.C. is a surgical group of board-certified surgeons skilled in a variety of specialized techniques from renal transplantation, general surgery, urology and thoracic surgery. More importantly, their dedication to providing top notch, large center quality of care to the communities of New Jersey and the military is at the top of their agenda. The practice was started by Vince and Vance Moss in 2005 which the goal of focusing on underprivileged populations. For more information, visit:

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AutoAwards’ Loyalty Rewards Program Helped Grow Fred Beans’ Membership

ODESSA, Del. -- AutoAwards, a leading auto dealership marketing company, is happy to announce their client, Fred Beans' celebration of the redemption of the 10-millionth loyalty point. The prize? A year's worth of car payments. Customers who redeemed points last August - 546 in all - qualified for a drawing. The winner was a teacher who purchased two cars from a Fred Beans dealership the previous year.

The Fred Beans Family of Dealerships put in place AutoAwards' loyalty rewards program to help give back to the community they serve. The Fred Beans Family of Dealerships delivered the prize at just the right time to Central Bucks East ceramics teacher, Ann Huuki, who has three children in college and is planning a wedding with her daughter, Louise. The Fred Beans team surprised Huuki during a school meeting with news that the company would cover her car payments for a year. With this being a significant expense, she no longer needs to worry about these payments during a high-pressure time. It is a life-changing event, for which she is extremely grateful.

"We are always trying to connect with our customers in interesting ways, create excitement and more win-win situations," said Beth Beans Gilbert, Vice President of Fred Beans Automotive Group. "Our AutoRewards Loyalty program is an example of this, and we are proud to see it have such a positive impact."

Huuki, of Plumsteadville, Pa., is the grand-prize winner of a recent promotion run by the Fred Beans Family of Dealerships to celebrate the redemption of $10,000,000 in points in the company's AutoRewards Program. Randomly selected, Huuki won the prize.

The AutoAwards team behind the loyalty program for the Fred Beans Family of Dealerships' designed the program to thank loyal customers. The customer rewards program has been in place since 2003 and motivated tens of thousands of car-buying customers to return to the group's dealerships to put more than $11.6 million in earned rewards toward down payments on vehicles. The Fred Beans Family of Dealerships has established a remarkable reputation for being honest, transparent, and customer-centric.

AutoAwards created the loyalty rewards program to be simple for customers to understand and participate. Members earn 15 percent in rewards points on purchases with the swipe of their key tag. Each point equals one dollar. Rewards members may redeem up to $2,000 in points per vehicle purchase or $250 towards their collision center deductible. Members also enjoy discounts from more than 200 area merchants and special perks such as exclusive events with the extended Fred Beans Family.

Gilbert continued, "Our AutoRewards Program is our way of thanking customers for trusting us with their business, and promotion like this allows us to both celebrate and give back to our most loyal customers. Ann Huuki and her family are repeat Beans customers, and we could not be more appreciative of their loyalty and excited to present them with this grand prize."

Huuki is undoubtedly a living example of both the loyalty and excitement the program has brought. Huuki remarked she was "overwhelmed and surprised" to learn she had won the prize. Her coworkers, who helped celebrate the win alongside her, said that she was "totally deserving" because "good things should happen to good people."

Membership in Fred Beans' AutoRewards program - in place at the group's 20 dealerships in Pennsylvania and New Jersey - has grown to more than 323,000 members who have earned nearly $35 million worth of points since the program's inception, according to company officials. The program, created and administered by AutoAwards, has helped thousands of customers for more than ten years.

"The program works because customers know those points go to waste if they buy a car from other dealerships," said the enthusiastic Gilbert. "It's a great way to marry customers to the dealerships."

Stories of sustained loyalty to the dealerships who have AutoAwards' loyalty programs are common. Customer, Art Ehlo, applied $2,000 in points to his down payment on a 2019 Ford Fusion. It's the 18th car he's purchased from Fred Beans since the 1980s.

The program now includes free rotating monthly gifts from local merchants and discounts from about 175 local businesses. Free member-appreciation events include movie nights, minor-league baseball games, skating outings, and pictures with Santa during the holidays.

AutoAwards helps dealerships establish their rewards programs in exclusive marketing areas. By working with one auto dealership in their marketing area, AutoAwards helps them build partnerships with local businesses through their Keep It Local program.

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About AutoAwards:

Since our founding in 1991, AutoAwards has been widely recognized as the industry-leader in automotive and marine loyalty marketing, earning longstanding relationships with many of the industry's most successful dealer groups and OEMs.

Since marketing for automotive dealerships has changed in the past 25 years, AutoAwards understands the #1 predictive factor for dealer growth and profitability. Customer loyalty is the most successful way to build revenue. Hundreds of automotive groups use and recommend loyalty programs for dealers as the way to drive brand loyalty. AutoAwards has always recognized the need for top notch, highly creative, effective loyalty strategies in large and small businesses alike.

For this reason, our automotive loyalty marketing expertise is engineered to meet the individual needs and goals of any business - regardless of its size. Contact us online to talk about dealer loyalty or call 302-696-6000. Visit: .

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IDS Applauds Mortgage, Real Estate Industry Trade Groups for Their Development of Draft Model Remote Online Notarization Executive Order

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- IDS Vice President and General Manager Mark Mackey today commended the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), American Land Title Association (ALTA) and National Association of Realtors (NAR) for the groups' development of a draft model remote online notarization (RON) executive order to bring consistency to the various temporary measures non-RON-approved states have issued as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The challenges of conducting in-person real estate closings during the pandemic have certainly highlighted the need for a legal, remote option for document notarization, and while states have done their best to create temporary solutions to address this issue, the mortgage and real estate industries can still greatly benefit from better standardization across these temporary orders," Mackey said. "As the three groups representing the interests of the major players in the real estate transaction - mortgage lenders, title/settlement companies and real estate agents - these entities are uniquely suited to craft a model that addresses the specific challenges of implementing RON for real estate transactions, and on behalf of IDS, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to these groups for addressing this issue head-on."

As noted in a July 1 article in MBA NewsLink, the MBA's official electronic publication, "The model executive order, designed for use by state governors, proposes legal protection of remote notarizations to preserve the public's health and well-being in light of COVID-19. The order emphasizes use of electronic documents and virtual communications to satisfy the legal requirements of notarizations." The draft model also seeks to provide greater legal certainty for mortgage transactions conducted using remote ink notarization (RIN), which many states opted to approve in their respective temporary authorizations rather than RON.

"While RON is certainly the preferable of the two methods, it is easy to see, in light of the larger implementation hurdle RON presents, why states would opt for RIN in their initial round of temporary measures," Mackey added. "However, states should view RIN as just that - a temporary measure to help address immediate concerns - while also committing to the goal of putting the legislative mechanisms in place to make RON the long-term solution."

For more information on the draft model RON executive order, visit the MBA RON Resource Center at

About IDS, Inc.

IDS, a Reynolds and Reynolds company, was founded in 1986 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is a nationwide provider of mortgage documents and compliance. IDS services include eSignatures, closing documents, initial disclosures, document fulfillment and integration with leading loan origination systems and eClosing platforms. The IDS flagship doc prep solution, idsDoc, is recognized in the industry for its ability to be customized to meet specific lender needs, particularly in regard to major industry compliance changes. (

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Advertising and Marketing, Business, Free News Articles, Long Term Care

Heartwood Assisted Living launches Re-Branding of Website and Service Offerings

PLEASANT HILL, Calif. -- Heartwood has been a long-standing staple for Residential assisted living among San Antonio Locals. With its Mid-Century modern touches and at-home feel, seniors feel as though it's a blast from the past in their day to daycare.

The management of Heartwood Assisted Living thought it was time to align the facilities design to its presence online. Their website was outdated and did not match the high-end offerings Heartwood now serves.

Local South Texas Residents will enjoy a midcentury logo, and the new Heartwood Assisted Living Website to navigate for care assessments, brochures, and a virtual tour.

Heartwood is a Type B Facility and considered a "small" ALF (Assisted Living Facility) since they serve less than 16 residents at their location (Via TALA). Large ALF's are considered anyone serving 17 residents or more.

Michelle Gheliuc at Heartwood States, "Even though HHS state requirements let facilities have a staffing ratio of 1:16 residents, we do our best to provide the very best care; because of this, Heartwood will always have a staffing ratio of 1:3."

Additionally, Heartwood at relaunch has added additional services to their offering. This concierge service will enable seniors not to have to leave for mundane things or worry about venturing to public places cause of the current climate with COVID-19. Even with COVID happening, residents can still have family visits outside, provided they practice social distancing. These procedures are in place to ensure that all residents stay safe and healthy until it passes.

If needed, seniors can have toiletry provided, medical transportation to medical appointments, and even pay for short-term respite care. If someone needs short respite care, Heartwood Assisted Living will still give all regular amenities to its residents as if it is their own family.

As COVID-19 ramps up in numbers of positive cases, Heartwood has put safety measures in place to ensure the safety of all residents. Family members can continue to visit outside while maintaining social distancing requirements. If anyone has also traveled, per HHS Texas Guidelines, 14 Day quarantines are mandatory as well.

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Business, Free News Articles, Funding and Investment, Green Business

Oscilla Power, Inc. Announces Launch of MicroVentures Investment Opportunity

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Oscilla Power, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of a private placement offering in accordance with Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg. CF) adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) through MicroVentures.

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Oscilla Power, Inc. is developing advanced technology to extract energy from ocean waves. They are developing the Triton and Triton-C wave energy converters that promise to substantially lower the cost of extracting energy from the ocean. The ocean wave energy market is projected to grow at a compound annual rate of 24% to over $15 billion by 2027.

Oscilla Power was founded in 2009 and has received over $20M in federal and over $5M in private funding to develop their technology. They are currently completing construction of their first commercial-scale system, the Triton-C, a 100kW wave energy converter which is expected to be tested in Hawaii next year. This system is currently being constructed in Seattle at the Snow & Company shipyard.

The Triton-C has been substantially funded through the US Department of Energy's Water Power Technologies office, who have committed over $5 Million to date towards the design, development and construction.

According to Oscilla Power's President, Balky Nair, "The bulk of the funds from this new Reg CF raise are intended to go towards completing the final outfitting and early activities towards deployment of the Triton-C in Hawaii."

Oscilla Power expects that the successful demonstration of the 100kW Triton-C wave energy system will be one of the last steps needed to commercialize their wave energy technology and will be a crucial stepping stone to prove the success of the 1 MW utility-scale Triton system in the coming years.

About Oscilla Power, Inc.:

Oscilla Power, Inc. is an ocean wave energy technology company that is developing an advanced wave energy converter aiming to unlock the tremendous renewable energy potential of the world's oceans. For more information, visit:

About MicroVenture Marketplace, Inc.:

MicroVenture Marketplace ("MicroVentures") is a registered broker/dealer and member of FINRA and SIPC. MicroVentures offers the sale of private placements in early and late stage companies in various industries, facilitates secondary transactions in private companies, and serves as a crowdfunding intermediary in accordance with Regulation CF. For more information, please visit:

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Globest Trading Inc. and Internet Brand Development Resolve Pending Lawsuit with Canon

GLENDORA, Calif. -- Canon Inc., Globest Trading Inc., and Globest's parent company, Internet Brand Development (HK) Limited ("IBD"), have entered into a settlement agreement to amicably resolve the pending lawsuit between Canon and Globest in the Central District of California.

The lawsuit involved the compatible versions of Globest's toner cartridge models CF210X, CF211A, CF212A, CF213A, CB540A, CB541A, CB542A, CB543A, CE320A, CE321A, CE322A, CE323A, CRG-116, CRG-131H, CE410X, CE411A, CE412A, CE413A, CF380X, CF381A, CF382A, CF383A, CC530A, CC531A, CC532A, CC533A, CRG-118, PTCF210A, PTCF211A, PTCF212A, and PTCF213A, which are compatible with Canon toner cartridge models 116, 118, 131, and 131II and HP toner cartridge models 125A, 128A, 131A, 131X, 304A, 305A, 305X, 312A, and 312X, and seven patents that Canon alleged were infringed.

Globest disputed Canon's claim and filed a counterclaim for invalidity, which Canon denied.

To resolve the dispute, Globest agreed to a consent judgment and permanent injunction in which it agreed not to sell the compatible versions of the cartridges listed above that Canon alleged infringed its seven patents, or any similar version that infringes those patents. As part of the settlement, IBD and its affiliates also agreed not to sell those toner cartridges in the U.S. and various other countries.

Nothing in the settlement agreement prevents Globest or IBD from making, using, selling or offering for sale toner cartridges that do not infringe Canon's patents.

The seven patents at issue in the lawsuit are U.S. Patent Nos. 7,869,740 B2, 8,165,494 B2, 8,588,646 B2, 8,971,760 B2, 9,494,916 B2, 9,857,763 B2, and 10,162,304 B2.

Globest Trading is registered in California and sells ink and toner cartridges. IBD is registered in Hong Kong and its primary business is electronic products, office supplies, clothing, instruments and apparatuses and import/export.

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Business, Construction and Building, Free News Articles, Product Launches, Real Estate

Current Builders Announces New Affordable Senior Housing Project in Manatee County

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Current Builders today announced their newest project Reef at Riviera, located in Manatee County, Florida. The general contractor has formed a joint venture with the developer Dominium Inc., based in Plymouth, Minnesota, to build a new affordable senior housing project in the City of Palmetto.

The architecture firm is the Bessolo Design Group. Construction recently began on the $33 million, 5-story, 224-unit multifamily housing project, and anticipated completion is late Fall 2021.

"We are honored to be partnering with Dominium on this project," said Chip Angenendt, Current Builders' VP West Coast Division. "This is a great project for our company because it provides a valuable service to the residents of the City of Palmetto. We look forward to building a successful relationship with one of our country's premier leaders in the affordable housing arena."

The main building will feature one-two-and three-bedroom units. Current Builders will also be constructing the ancillary site structures including a 1-story detached garage (with 10 stalls) and a small 1-story maintenance building. The scope also includes all the site-work, site lighting, paving, drainage, underground utilities, landscaping, and infrastructure improvements required for the complete turnkey construction of this project. Reef at Riviera will be an age and income restricted property.

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About Current Builders:

Current Builders is an award-winning general contractor, established in 1972 with average annual revenues in excess of $250 million. The firm specializes in multi-family residential projects, healthcare facilities, office/warehouse buildings, commercial distribution facilities, parking garages, interior build-outs, interior and exterior renovations, all included as turnkey projects inclusive of the construction of the buildings and related site work.

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Despite Uncertain Times, Avatar Construction Continues to Thrive with Rapid Expansion of Commercial Construction Services Across Northeast

BOSTON, Mass. -- Avatar Construction, Inc. announces continued expansion and record-breaking growth in 2020. While most companies have experienced a drop in business due to current events, Avatar has experienced a massive increase in both new projects and revenue. Avatar has quickly become one of the most sought-after contractors in the Northeast with its comprehensive service and client focused approach.

Avatar Construction is a forward-thinking commercial general contractor that has developed a proven formula responsible for its rapid growth. "We have always set ourselves apart from what clients have come to expect from a general contractor," said Nazar Vincent, Avatar's President. "Our commitment to providing value over success has proven immensely beneficial for both our clients and Avatar Construction. By building and maintaining a team-oriented relationship between Avatar, the client and all subcontractors involved in each project, the Avatar Team can focus efforts directly on delivering a high-quality product on time and on budget."

The Greater Boston corporate office specializes in private and public sector projects and is on pace to close fiscal year 2020 with over $20M in revenue. Future projections set Avatar on a clear path to exceed $100M by fiscal year 2025. "I attribute our continued growth to our client over company philosophy paired with our obsession to be the best in the industry," said Vincent. "We are always laser focused on giving our clients exactly what they need and more."

About Avatar Construction

Avatar Construction is an award-winning commercial general contractor providing comprehensive design-build construction management services for clients in various markets across the Northeastern United States. Founded in 1999, Avatar is a privately held employee-owned company that has quickly grown into a multi-million-dollar organization, known for its innovation and commitment to providing value over success.

Avatar Construction, Inc. is headquartered in Waltham Massachusetts and can be reached by calling (617) 714-5773 or through the corporate website.

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Significant Changes in Airline Pet Travel Options: Company Offers Safe Alternative

TUCSON, Ariz. -- 25 years ago, when Happy Tails Travel began shipping pets by air, it was a simple process with many flight options and minimal restrictions. Slowly the requirements increased. This is especially true over the past 2 years, during which time many airlines suspended flying pets for a period of time to improve pet safety and decrease airline liability. These changes continue to rise.

The onset of the worldwide pandemic, COVID-19, has sent flights for pets to the lowest point ever, with minimal options. As many airlines have significantly reduced flights for people, this has greatly impacted pets flying as live animal manifested cargo. Pets arrive at airports to be turned away and their owners are frantic to find a way to get their pet to their new home, adopt a pet, get their new puppy from the breeder and more.

The options become even more restricted during the summer, as airlines have very strict temperature guidelines for pets to fly.

The demand for an alternative to air travel is unprecedented. People who have always flown their pets may not be able to at this time or may be concerned about meeting qualifications including: the size or breed of pets, temperatures, or lack of direct flight options. To meet the need and demand, two years ago, Happy Tails Travel started developing a solid business model of private, customized ground travel throughout the contiguous United States.

"Pet travel by air was the only service we offered for 23 years as it was a great way to get pets to their new home safely and quickly," says Bridget Monrad, owner of Happy Tails Travel. "However, with flight changes, people's decreased interest in airline travel for pets, and to offer a service with fewer moving pieces, we decided to branch out to offer an alternative service for pet parent needs."

As the COVID-19 Pandemic continues to impact our lives in many ways, the trickle-down effect will continue for years. Changes are everywhere on how we will continue with life. One thing that will not change is the need for people to move to new homes and their love for their pets and desire to do what is best for them.

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ARMCO Executive to Co-Host QC Webinar through MBA’s Education Department

DENVER, Colo. -- ACES Risk Management (ARMCO), the leading provider of enterprise quality management and control software for the financial services industry, announced that Executive Vice President of Operations, Sharon Reichhardt will share her expertise on loan quality and risk management during an upcoming webinar sponsored by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA).

On Thursday, July 9, Sharon Reichhardt will present alongside Jennifer Whip, principal at Cambridge One, LLC, on the topic "Protecting Your Profitability Through Quality Control" from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET. The webinar, which will include a moderated question and answer session featuring information valuable to c-level executive, compliance and QC officers, and operations managers. Discussion topics will include but are not limited to best practices in governing the QC process, impactful strategies to ensure loan investment quality and leveraging the power of data through effective reporting.

"With rates at a near all-time low and volumes remaining high, lenders are enjoying a sustained period of profitability - one which they would be wise to protect given the cyclical nature of the mortgage business," Reichhardt said. "Our goal with the webinar is to educate lenders on how a solid quality control process can help mitigate loan defect risk and improve investor confidence in loan quality, and we offer our sincerest thanks to the MBA for providing us the opportunity to share this valuable information with its membership."

To register for the webinar, visit The webinar is free to all MBA members. Non-MBA members can use the code "QC200" to receive a discount on registration.


ACES Risk Management (ARMCO) is the leading provider of enterprise quality management and control software for the financial services industry. Three of the top five independent mortgage lenders and two of the top five U.S. commercial banks rely on ACES Audit Technology(TM) to improve audit throughput and quality while controlling costs. Unlike other quality control platforms, only ACES delivers Flexible Audit Technology, which gives independent mortgage lenders and financial institutions the ability to easily manage and customize ACES to meet their business needs without having to rely on IT or other outside resources. Using a customer-centric approach, ARMCO clients get responsive support and access to our experts to maximize their investment. For more information, visit or call

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