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Scott Morrison, one of the founders of After, Inc., returns to company after sale to EPIC Holdings

NORWALK, Conn. -- After, Inc., the global leader in Warranty Marketing and Analytics Solutions since 2005, has just announced the return of Scott Morrison, an original founder, to lead new business development and strategic innovation for the company.

Morrison has been named Executive Vice President, and will use his extensive experience in Warranty Analytics, Warranty Marketing, and Warranty Innovation to help bring incremental revenue and cost reductions to each client's Warranty Operations.

"Scott has considerable strategic, analytical, and marketing operations knowledge and expertise. which will greatly benefit our clients, both new and existing," said Nate Baldwin, CEO of After, Inc.

Morrison has over 20 years of experience, optimizing Warranty and Service Contract profitability across many verticals, including; Automotive, Marine, Avionics, Power Sports, Power Equipment, Appliances, Consumer Electronics and Medical Devices.

About After, Inc.

After, Inc. - - is a global leader in the Warranty Services industry. Its predictive analytics, data-driven marketing strategies, reporting and program administration are second to none.

After, Inc. has partnered with some of the world's top brands to help transform their warranty businesses, driving customer satisfaction post-purchase, higher product reliability, deeper brand equity and additional revenue / profit opportunities.

Headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut. and with offices in New York City, After, Inc. is part of EPIC Holdings.

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CardTapp and Top of Mind Offer Combined Solution Aimed at Improving Loan Officer Productivity and Lead Response Time

ATLANTA, Ga. -- CardTapp, your always-on digital assistant, today announced an integration with Surefire by Top of Mind Networks (Top of Mind), a leader in customer relationship management (CRM) and marketing automation software for the mortgage lending industry. The integration brings together Surefire's new Power Calls capability with CardTapp's digital assistant solution to increase loan officer productivity and enable speedier borrower outreach.

CardTapp's digital assistant technology connects loan officers, referral partners and borrowers to simplify communications and deliver services just in time. Surefire's new Power Calls feature improves the speed and ease with which loan officers reach out to borrowers, enabling them to convert more leads into loans.

Surefire's modern tech stack enables a rich, bidirectional connection between the two applications, with fully automated delivery of a loan officer's personal CardTapp app to potential borrowers as leads arrive in Surefire.

The integration also supports CardTapp's simplified referral system. Referrals generated in CardTapp are automatically incorporated into Surefire, eliminating the time and potential for error associated with manual data entry.

"The integration between CardTapp and Top of Mind exemplifies the passion both our companies have for exceeding customer expectations and equipping loan officers with tools that both maximize conversion in the short term and contribute to repeat business and referrals for higher lifetime customer value," said Top of Mind Chief Product Officer David Orisini.

"Understanding borrower behavior prior to any mortgage transaction is at the heart of CardTapp," said Ben Brashen, CardTapp's CEO. "Our integration with Surefire by Top of Mind allows companies to leverage that understanding to create more meaningful interactions between consumers and loan officers, ultimately improving the customer experience and closing more deals."

About CardTapp:

CardTapp's mission is to empower individuals and businesses to build stronger personal connections and facilitate mutually beneficial business relationships. We work with sole proprietorships, small businesses, and sales professionals, as well as sales team managers, executives, and enterprises looking for ways to empower their businesses. Our technology provides business leaders with the ability to set themselves apart, close more business, and serve their customers better. For more information, visit

About Top of Mind Networks:

Founded in 2003, Atlanta-based Top of Mind Networks ( has grown from a bootstrapped post-close, follow-up solution into the leading CRM/marketing automation firm in the mortgage industry. Their Surefire platform is widely regarded as the gold standard in enterprise CRM, automating best practice throughout a borrower's prospect-to-repeat-customer lifecycle.

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Top of Mind Elevates Jonas Kruckeberg to Executive Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Industry Relationships

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Top of Mind Networks (Top of Mind), a leader in customer relationship management (CRM) and marketing automation software for the mortgage lending industry, today announced it has elevated Jonas Kruckeberg to executive vice president of strategic partnerships and industry relationships.

After leading Top of Mind's sales function for more than eight years, Kruckeberg will step into a more strategic role with a focus on partner and industry relations and brand ambassadorship. In this position, he will work with industry associations, lender cooperatives and mortgage technology vendors to build out a robust partner ecosystem that benefits Top of Mind clients.

Before joining Top of Mind, Kruckeberg spent nearly a decade as a mortgage loan officer and branch manager serving customers in Southern California at such independent mortgage banks as Watermark Home Loans and First Priority Financial (later acquired by Caliber Home Loans).

"Top of Mind's best-in-class experience would not be the same without our strategic relationships with leading-edge vendors and industry partners," said Kruckeberg. "I look forward to nurturing these vital relationships for the benefit of our clients and their customers."

"Jonas' insight into lenders' needs, his strong representation of the Top of Mind brand and his reputation as an effective, genial working partner make him a shoe-in for developing and strengthening our partner relationships," said Top of Mind CEO Bill Hayes. I am proud of Jonas' contributions to Top of Mind and congratulate him on this career advancement."

About Top of Mind Networks:

Founded in 2003, Atlanta-based Top of Mind Networks ( has grown from a bootstrapped post-close, follow-up solution into the leading CRM/marketing automation firm in the mortgage industry. Their Surefire platform is widely regarded as the gold standard in enterprise CRM, automating best practice throughout a borrower's prospect-to-repeat-customer lifecycle.

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Homestake Capital’s New Brand: Kokes Properties – a Real Estate Legacy

BRIELLE, N.J. -- Third generation real estate developer, Michael J. Kokes, president, proudly announces Homestake Capital LLC is now Kokes Properties, a full-service real estate firm. Rebranding as Kokes Properties showcases the company's aspiration to become New Jersey's premier, vertically integrated real estate firm and solidifies the Kokes name as one of the most trusted in the industry.

Since founding Homestake Capital in 2015, Mr. Kokes has successfully guided its evolution from a passive investment vehicle to a full-service real estate firm. "Assuming a more active role in development projects has become central to the firm's growth strategy, and rebranding to Kokes Properties is a logical progression that will help our team achieve our business initiatives, and build upon the legacy established by my father and grandfather," Kokes says.

Prior to founding his business, Mr. Kokes worked side-by-side with his father Jan, who led The Kokes Organization (TKO) for more than 35 years. Between 1964 and 2016, TKO developed more than 21,000 homes throughout New Jersey, and an extensive network of real estate industry connections and relationships that have continued to grow under Michael's stewardship.

At Kokes Properties, Mr. Kokes will uphold the family legacy of developing and owning high-quality real estate assets, forging meaningful relationships in New Jersey communities and beyond, and remaining steadfast in its commitment to responsible corporate citizenship.

Mr. Kokes says, "We value every relationship, from trade partners and residents, to government officials. Our aim is to develop communal relationships that span decades to benefit our children and our children's children."

Kokes Properties continues developing Homestake Capital legacy assets, notably The Townhomes at Eden & Main, a 64-unit housing community, within walking distance of the vibrant and evolving downtown of Southington, Connecticut. Eden & Main welcomed its first homebuyers in November 2019. Mr. Kokes also enthusiastically embraced the town with major sponsorship of Southington's 51st Apple Harvest Festival in October 2019, which delighted more than 100,000 area residents and visitors.

Kokes Properties is expanding its real estate projects and project opportunities for industry partners; from land developers and trade subcontractors to potential residents. Interested partners may reach out by email to Kokes Properties at:

About Kokes Properties, LLC

Kokes Properties turns untapped real estate project potential into thriving communities by prioritizing the impact and longevity of its developments, and by seeing projects through to completion. Michael J. Kokes is a third-generation real estate developer, meeting new market demands while honoring the principles and reputation established by his grandfather and father. Kokes Properties' purpose and success is aligned with its customers, trade and business partners, staff and government officials. More information:

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FormFree Becomes First Anchor Sponsor of NEXT Mortgage Events

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- NEXT Mortgage Events and Housing Finance Strategies today announced that FormFree, a leading provider of automated verification services for the lending industry, has become the first anchor sponsor of NEXT.

Anchor sponsorships are year-long partnerships that include support of all three NEXT events. NEXT's winter and summer events focus on executive business topics related to technology, operations and production. Its NEXTDC series is produced in partnership with Housing Finance Strategies and focuses on housing policy and tech intel for women executives.

"Smart companies like FormFree value the ROI that results from visibility and presence among the current and future drivers of the mortgage industry," said Jeri Yoshida, co-founder of NEXT. "Between 89 and 90 percent of our lender attendees hold a title of VP or higher. FormFree has made a strategic step forward in solidifying its relationship with its customers of today as well as tomorrow. We are thrilled to welcome FormFree as our first anchor sponsor."

"FormFree spearheaded an anchor partnership with NEXT because we are aligned in our belief that we must bring mortgage women executives to the table with key decision makers to address the industry's most pressing challenges," said Brent Chandler, president and CEO of FormFree. "Our participation in past NEXT events has revealed opportunities for us to improve the way lenders do business. We are excited to exchange ideas, form new partnerships and contribute to the advancement of our industry at NEXT events in 2020."

"We are so pleased to have FormFree supporting NEXT as our first anchor sponsor. Leading, promoting and encouraging women executives through the NEXT model offers unsurpassed value for a full calendar year," said Faith Schwartz, founder of Housing Finance Strategies and co-founder of the NEXTDC event. "I invite others in leadership roles to consider the anchor sponsorship and all that it entails - I'll certainly be speaking about it at #NEXTWINTER20 in Dallas."

Persons interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities can email for more information.

About NEXT Mortgage Events LLC

In January 2018, NEXT Mortgage Events broke the mortgage industry's unspoken barriers that limit women's access to competitive intel and information exchange by introducing NEXT, the mortgage technology summit for women. NEXT is a two-day, tech-focused symposium for senior lending executives to gather and exchange competitive intel with their high-ranking professional peers. A boutique gathering, each NEXT event hosts roughly 200 attendees. Roughly 85-90% of lender attendees hold a title of VP or higher and approximately 85% of attendees are women. NEXT hosts its flagship events twice a year, in winter and summer, and partners with Housing Finance Strategies on a policy and fintech summit in Washington D.C. each fall. For more information visit, follow @NEXTmtgEvents or email

About Housing Finance Strategies

Housing Finance Strategies is a small woman-owned business founded in 2016 to provide Strategic Advisory Services, Government and Industry Relations, Public Policy Expertise, Roundtable and Event Management and Professional Speaking Services. The firm brings 25+ years of expertise to the forefront of mortgage, including leading fintech change, advising on GSE reform and ensuring non-bank readiness for regulatory oversight. For more information, visit, follow @HousingFinanceStrategies or email

About FormFree(R)

FormFree(R) is a market-leading fintech company whose revolutionary products AccountChek(R) and Passport(tm) are changing the credit decisioning landscape and encouraging lenders nationwide to incorporate a more holistic view of each borrower's financial DNA. To date, thousands of U.S. lenders and brokers have ordered millions of FormFree's patented verification reports representing over a trillion dollars in loan verifications. FormFree delights borrowers and lenders with a paperless experience, reduces origination timelines by up to 20 days and offers automated analysis and standardized delivery to lenders and investors using a secure ReIssueKey(tm). A HousingWire TECH100(tm) company for four consecutive years, FormFree is based in Athens, Georgia. For more information, visit follow FormFree on LinkedIn.

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Coldwell Banker Elite Debuts a Brand New Look

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- Today, Coldwell Banker Elite unveiled its fresh new look as the Coldwell Banker® network undergoes a visual transformation as part of "Project North Star." Coldwell Banker Elite is deploying all new office signage, yard signs, marketing materials and more as part of the full network-wide rebrand this year.

Since launching the rebrand, Coldwell Banker set upon a path to retell its brand story by solidifying its mission statement and recommitting to its core values. The new logo, called the "CB North Star," symbolizes the Coldwell Banker network: in an ever-changing real estate landscape, agents remain a constant--guiding consumers as they navigate the home buying and selling process.

President and CEO, Kevin Breen, is excited for another opportunity to tell Coldwell Banker Elite's story, "The rebranding gives us a chance to reintroduce ourselves to our consumers and peers. For the past 40 years, Coldwell Banker Elite associates have been making a positive impact in the community and to our clients. This new look and new story elements, will help our Associates stand out even more and continue to be the most trusted advisors in the industry."

Executive Vice President Matthew Rathbun says agents are energized by the new look, "Throughout the process of putting a new, fresh and contemporary face on our strong brand we have found that our Associates are eager to tell our story. The new logo and marketing tools are just a vehicle to remind our clients that Coldwell Banker Elite has remained the premier real estate firm in Virginia for a very long time."

"Coldwell Banker Elite is excited to be part of this journey," said Angel Piontek, Vice President Marketing of Coldwell Banker Elite. "We can't wait to leverage the fresh visuals of Project North Star and we believe this look will be 'a head turner' in the greater Fredericksburg region. We appreciate the opportunity to help guide our brand to success for another 100 years."

About Coldwell Banker Elite

Coldwell Banker Elite is the #1 Coldwell Banker Affiliate in Virginia with 9 offices around the Northern Virginia region. Family-owned and operated since 1980, Coldwell Banker Elite's creative marketing, cutting-edge technology and commitment to quality and unmatched service has helped countless families with their real estate needs. Coldwell Banker Elite provides residential, commercial, property management and relocation services. Each Coldwell Banker franchise is independently owned and operated.

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Jordan Etem is ‘Not A Good Fit’ for Limiting Environments

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Not all environments are created equal. Some environments are designed to limit. Some environments are designed for growth. The verdict is in: Jordan Etem and his network (Jordan Etem Networks) is meant for the latter, for growth environments.

His work transcends industries, verticals, and has united the technology industry around enduring values and enduring principles. His leadership is driving transformation worldwide with expansive integration and market-based strategies.

Jordan's main management and business strategy is lean, agile, responsive and highly engaging.

Jordan offers ocean-based strategies. Chaos-oriented design. Applied computer science and artificial intelligence for world-class performance and business growth.

Being a general catalyst is core to who Jordan Etem is. Every day is an opportunity to grow, to learn, and make progress. Highly adaptive, highly engaging. Long-term approaches.

Whether it's driving global movements; building game-changing media that moves markets and drives transformation; forging partnerships with the most innovative technology companies in the world; or continually improving processes, systems, teams, mindsets, relationships, Jordan Etem is firmly in the growth zone.

With incredible traction globally. Engaging, Interesting, Global, Expansive, Integrated.

Bringing the technology industry forward; bringing non-profits forward; bringing public universities forward; bringing value to meet unmet needs in the marketplace, Jordan Etem is a main source of highly effective strategies that are transformational and very enduring for partners.

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The Creativity Coach, Lauren Wallett opens the Business School for Coaches

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Creativity Coach, Lauren Wallett has opened the Business School for Coaches with her inaugural 90 day accelerator program, Simply Irresistible, which teaches coaches and VA's how to create multiple irresistible offers that keep clients coming back for more.

A rising star in Hollywood behind the scenes, Wallett has coached celebrities, CEO's, coaches and consultants. From New York Times bestselling authors to political figures to actors to reality TV stars live on NBC, she's making a name for herself transforming the lives of Hollywood elite. Her latest endeavor, a business school for coaches, combines over a decade of successful lessons from her entrepreneurial journey.

She's the coach that coaches use to take their businesses to the next level. Described as "magic incarnate" and "life changing" by her clients, she's raved about publicly. "A sheer force of nature. This woman revolutionizes entrepreneurial businesses" - cites a fellow coach on her Instagram page.

"I believe that creativity is the most powerful untapped resource we have," says Wallett. "I help people access theirs so that they can do what they're truly capable of - which is really anything they put their minds to."

It's not arts and drama style creativity - Wallett give creative strategies for life and business.

"The direction is always freedom. The path is possibilities between the binary of 'have to' and 'should.' That's where real magic lives. When we access our creative powers, we conceive of and birth entirely new realities for ourselves. And we make more money."

"I went from making $4000 per month to $75,000 per month after three months of working with Lauren," says Anna B David, CEO of Launch Pad Publishing.

Wallett walks her talk. Two years ago, she followed her intuition and moved to Los Angeles.

"I knew what a risk it was starting over from scratch, but I always follow my heart. When you've outgrown our old life, you need one that fits your expansion. I'd been holding myself back thinking that smaller meant safer but it didn't. I quit pretending I was anything less than super magical and powerful beyond measure and now that's exactly what I teach my clients how to do too. The more I experimented with revealing my true nature, the more I've been embraced by the world."

She shut down her company in South Africa (which had serviced clients from Kraft Heinz to luxury Desroches Island to the international accelerator program, TechStars) and was approved a green card for exceptional ability as a celebrity entrepreneur.

"The secret ingredient is to add more you. If your life isn't what you dreamt it would be, it's because you're not adding all of you into the equation."

Wallett cites speaking on connection to abundance at Neil Strauss's intensive as a pivotal moment in her career. "Words are the spells of our lives and looking back, I was speaking my own dream into reality during that presentation."

Wallett draws inspiration from multiple sources. Empowered by the works of Robert Fritz and William Whitecloud (both of whom have appeared on her hit podcast, "The Creativity Coach") she trained with Oprah's life coach, Martha Beck in her Way Finder coach training.

"Coaches need coaches and I continuously invest in myself. Learning is leverage. Simply Irresistible teaches how I've learnt to captivate communities through my unique "outside the box and inside the heart methodology. Working with me is like climbing into an escalator - I'll take anyone to the top. My methodology has worked for products to places to people."

Wallett focuses on exponential growth and emotional expansion for her clients. The underscore of it all is creative structure.

She works with people who are multi-passionate, impact-driven and ambitious. People like her.

"I know how to activate latent potential. Business optimization is modern day alchemy. It takes love, play and magic - and yes, it is as fun as it sounds," she laughs.

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Hot Diggity Dog! Plush Toy Character, the All-American Airedale Launches Nationwide

MIAMI, Fla. -- Dating back to the late 19th century we've all heard and possibly even used the phrase "Hot Diggity Dog." The phrase is used as an exclamation of surprise and delight. Today, A Good Health Company, Inc. (DBA Hot Diggity Dog Entertainment) would like to take this opportunity to introduce on a national level, the character "HOT DIGGITY DOG!" The All-American Airedale.

Hot Diggity Dog is quick-witted and self-assured, he is also sports minded and loves the children as well as adults. "Hot Diggity Dog reminds us all that it's all right to 'Do The Right Thing!'" the company's VP of marketing, E.L. Williams Jr., says. "Hot Diggity Dog has great mass market appeal, we have been marketing the plush character since 1989, everyone who sees him loves him."

"Dating back to the year 2000, The William Bodenhammer Company obtained the rights to Hot Diggity Dog, allowing the development and distribution of a comic strip, before the venture could get off the ground Mr. Bodenhammer passed away," said Williams.

Over the years the company has had other licensing opportunities but for various reasons decided to forgo them. The company passed on the opportunity allowing Hot Diggity Dog to appear in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The company President along with the late Tommy Ford ("Martin" TV show) got together and wrote a children's book "Hot Diggity Dogs From A TO Z...Dads Can Too!" which was a friendly reader, coloring and activity book depicting fun activities between children and their dads.

Well the time has now come and the company is ready to actively seek licensing opportunities in various product categories including but not limited to; print, stationary, greeting cards, interactive publishing, television, toys, games and foods.

"Taking into account the popularity of the phrase, coupled with the looks and characteristics of Hot Diggity Dog the character, it won't be long before he is a household name and virtually everyone is saying 'Hot Diggity Dog!' It's The Dog Y'all!" adds Williams.

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Kimball Entertainment merges with K-Star PR to provide clients with a wider range of entertainment services for 2020

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Kimball Entertainment is a full-service Entertainment Co. based in Beverly Hills, California. Founder Keri Ann Kimball has found a unique way to bring her relationships and assets to this multidimensional company by integrating a strategic coaching team in house at Kimball Entertainment.

Kimball Entertainment is a development and production company for film and TV with a PR firm under its umbrella, K-Star PR. The strategic coaching team is led by Keri Ann Kimball and supported by her team of entertainment experts.

"At Kimball Entertainment we advise and guide our clients to help them move to the next level whether they are at the top of their game or having challenges. Kimball Entertainment believes everyone needs a coach in life, someone to see things with fresh eyes and guide you to elevate yourself and company to bigger success," says Keri Ann Kimball.

"Athletes at the top of their game have coaches," says Jen Sincero, American writer, speaker and success coach, "we can all use a coach to improve our game at life."

Keri Ann Kimball was educated at A.C.T. in San Francisco and Tisch School of the Arts at N.Y.U. and Circle in the Square Repertory Theatre before moving to Los Angeles and founding a successful Entertainment Co. Zephyr Entertainment in the 90's. She then went on to work at DMI Music and consulted for several other predominate entertainment companies in Los Angeles.

Kimball Entertainment works with writers, directors and producers to create original content based primarily on "true stories" and bring them to life on the big and small screen.

At Kimball Entertainment we work closely with writers, directors and talent to ensure the integrity of their projects and control the messaging of the content to the Press though K-Star PR, a press relations firm that is under the umbrella of Kimball Entertainment. We do this by allowing the artists and creators the freedom to explore and create without the confines of big corporate influence. She raises private equity and then partners with Hollywood powerhouse Producers, Production Co. and Studios that will distribute the content to the public.

Kimball Entertainment and K-Star PR work closely with non-profits like Wild Aid, LAPD Mentor Programs, Flying Hero Club, Anna Lynne McCord Foundation, The Compton Kids Club, Brain Mapping Foundation, Beauty Gives Back, Broadway to the Rescue, Hope of the Valley. We integrate these non-profits into the Entertainment world through events, PR, marketing and when reasonable, the film, television and streaming world to create brand awareness.

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