Awards and Honors, Business, Free News Articles, Software

FormFree Head of Vendor Management and Compliance Katie King Honored as HousingWire 2020 Women of Influence

ATHENS, Ga. -- FormFree® Head of Vendor Management and Compliance Katie King has been recognized by HousingWire (HW) as a 2020 Woman of Influence. In its tenth year, the Women of Influence awards program honors 100 women who are "shaping and propelling the mortgage, real estate and fintech industries forward."

King was recognized for her contributions to the housing economy during the 2008 housing market crash and for her role at FormFree, where she oversees all matters relating to compliance, audits, vendor management and enterprise risk. A 20-year veteran of the housing and finance industries, King earned her compliance and government relations bona fides as a senior leader at such organizations as Black Knight Financial Services (NYSE: BKI), Citizen's Bank (NYSE: CFG) and SunTrust Bank (now Truist, NYSE: TFC). As Director of Business Development and Client Relations at Hope LoanPort, King deployed the nation's first consumer-direct portal, which helped 750,000 distressed homeowners access the National Mortgage Settlement.

"Katie's experience has positioned FormFree to excel even in the midst of a public health pandemic," said FormFree CEO Brent Chandler. "Her swift efforts have been instrumental in helping our partners understand that we need to urgently advance industry acceptance of direct-source borrower data to streamline processes, improve security and decrease costs for lenders, servicers, investors and - most importantly - borrowers."

"This year's Women of Influence represent leaders who have faced some of the most unprecedented challenges the housing industry has seen in years," said HousingWire Magazine Editor Kelsey Ramírez. "Their strength set an example of leadership that impacted not just their teams or companies but the industry overall. This was one of the most competitive years we have ever seen for the award."

The full list of HW's 2020 Women of Influence award honorees can be viewed at https://www.housingwire.com/articles/here-are-housingwires-2020-women-of-influence/.

About FormFree:

FormFree is a market-leading fintech company whose revolutionary products AccountChek and Passport 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). For more information, visit https://www.formfree.com/ or follow FormFree on LinkedIn.

About HousingWire:

HousingWire is the most influential source of news and information for the U.S. mortgage and housing markets. Built on a foundation of independent and original journalism, HousingWire reaches over 40,000 newsletter subscribers daily and over 4 million unique visitors each year. Our audience of mortgage, real estate, financial services and fintech professionals rely on us to Move Markets Forward. Visit https://www.housingwire.com/ or https://www.solutions.housingwire.com to learn more.

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Awards and Honors, Business, Free News Articles, VAR and IT Consulting

Aligned Technology Solutions Ranked Among Virginia Most Elite 501 Managed Service Providers

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Aligned Technology Solutions has been named as one of the world's premier managed service providers and one of the top MSPs in Virginia on the prestigious 2020 annual Channel Futures MSP 501 rankings.

For the 13th year, MSPs from around the globe completed an exhaustive survey and application this spring to self-report product offerings, annual total and recurring revenues, profits, revenue mix, growth opportunities and company and customer demographic information. Applicants are ranked on a unique methodology that weights revenue figures according to long-term health and viability; commitment to recurring revenue; and operational efficiency.

Channel Futures is pleased to name Aligned Technology Solutions to the 2020 MSP 501.

"We are once again thrilled to be named to the MSP 501 Rankings," said Gar Whaley, Co-founder, Aligned Technology Solutions. "This recognition is a true testament to our dedication and focus on helping our clients achieve success by leveraging technology solutions we implement and manage to grow and secure their business. We are grateful to our teammates, clients and partners who helped make this honor possible."

"I'm so proud of our team for earning this distinction for the second year in a row," said Don Sauer, Co-founder, Aligned Technology Solutions. "They work so hard and are so dedicated to being the best they can be for our clients each and every day. We get plenty of praise from our amazing client / partners, this is just the icing on the cake."

In the 13 years since its inception, the MSP 501 has evolved from a competitive ranking list into a vibrant group of service providers, vendors, distributors, consultants and industry analysts working together to define the growing managed service opportunity.

"These benchmarks are what local businesses should examine when choosing a managed service provider with the experience, skill set, business knowledge and defined strategy to help them succeed in this fast-changing digital landscape," says Kris Blackmon, Senior Content Director, Channel Partners and Channel Futures. "In all of the managed service providers that Virginia has to offer, Aligned Technology Solutions stands as a shining example of excellence."

Ten MSP 501 special award winners will be recognized at the MSP 501 Awards Gala at Channel Partners Virtual: Digital Events for the Modern Channel on September 8 - 10. Nominations for these special awards, including Digital Innovator of the Year, Executive of the Year and the Newcomer Award, were included in the MSP 501 application, and all candidates were encouraged to submit for them.

The data collected by the annual MSP 501 program drives Channel Partners's and Channel Futures's market intelligence insights, creating robust data sets and data-based trend reports that support our editorial coverage, event programming, community and networking strategies and educational offerings. It serves as a lynchpin to dozens of programs and initiatives.

The complete 2020 MSP 501 list is available at Channel Futures: https://www.channelfutures.com/msp-501/2020-msp-501-rankings.

Background

The 2020 MSP 501 list is based on data collected by Channel Futures and its sister site, Channel Partners. Data was collected online from March 1 through June 30, 2018. The MSP 501 list recognizes top managed service providers based on metrics including recurring revenue, profit margin and other factors.

About Aligned Technology Solutions

Since 2010 ATS has been helping organizations leverage and manage technology to grow and secure their businesses. Aligned Technology Solutions is an award-winning technology service provider delivering customized and comprehensive IT solutions for IT Outsourcing, Cybersecurity, Cloud, VoIP & Broadband. ATS is committed to providing world class customer service and best-of-breed technology solutions that provide our clients competitive advantage in their marketplace. Learn more at https://www.myalignedit.com/.

About Informa Tech

Channel Futures, Channel Partners Online, Channel Partners Conference & Expo and Channel Partners Evolution are part of Informa Tech, a market-leading B2B information provider with depth and specialization in the Information and Communications (ICT) Technology sector. We help drive the future by inspiring the Technology community to design, build and run a better digital world through our market-leading research, media, training and event brands. Every year, we welcome 7,400+ subscribers to our research, more than 3.8 million unique visitors a month to our digital communities, 18,200+ students to our training programs and 225,000 delegates to our events.

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Whiteflash Named 2020 BBB Pinnacle Award Winner

HOUSTON, Texas -- Whiteflash Inc., top tier retailer of ideal diamonds and fine bridal jewelry, has just been named winner of the prestigious Better Business Bureau 2020 Pinnacle Award -the BBB's top honor for excellence in quality control, customer care, and community service. The annual competition involves retail jewelers from all across the Greater Houston area, the fourth largest market in America. Whiteflash has now earned the top honor from the BBB a remarkable four out of the past nine years.

Whiteflash has been a BBB Winner of Distinction every year since 2004, maintaining an unbroken A+ rating with the BBB. The annual awards competition evaluates businesses on a comprehensive list of performance standards including customer care, product quality, consumer education, innovation, integrity, and social responsibility. With the 2020 Pinnacle award Whiteflash has been once again recognized as an exemplary company and market leader among the many well established fine jewelers in the Greater Houston Area.

Having launched their business in the year 2000, Whiteflash is in the vanguard of jewelry companies born into the information age. In addition to their world-class A CUT ABOVE(r) brand of super ideal diamonds, Whiteflash offers two other categories of precision cut AGS Ideal and GIA Excellent diamonds, all of which are in-house and available exclusively at Whiteflash. All are posted to their state-of-the-art mobile first website with a full complement of diagnostics and advanced light performance imaging. Whiteflash is also an authorized distributor for some of America's finest bridal designers including Tacori, Verragio, Simon G, A. Jaffe, Ritani, Vatche and Benchmark, providing a selection of top quality diamond engagement rings that is unsurpassed.

Reached for comment on winning the BBB 2020 Pinnacle Whiteflash COO Eliezer had this to say. "During this challenging time with the health crisis impacting our industry so dramatically, it is particularly uplifting to be honored with the top award from BBB. By virtue of maintaining a deep in-stock inventory of world class diamonds and designer engagement rings, Whiteflash has been able to continue operations delivering brilliant experiences to our wonderful customers around the country and overseas."

Having been awarded the 2020 BBB Pinnacle once again validates the company's core value driven philosophy and their devotion to best practices. Whiteflash is a member of the American Gem Society, an organization dedicated to consumer education and protection. They are also one of the few retail jewelers in the world certified for ISO9000 quality management. And a laser focus on the customer experience has resulted in a huge number of 5 star reviews at independent review sites like Google Reviews and Yelp.

In the words of Whiteflash CEO Debi Wexler, "We are incredibly proud of our team for once again being chosen by the BBB for its top award. The Greater Houston area is home to some of the finest jewelers in America, and to receive the BBB Pinnacle is a humbling accomplishment. It's extremely motivating to be recognized for our dedication to uncompromising quality and customer care."

About Whiteflash:

Whiteflash is a top tier retail jeweler specializing in Ideal Diamonds, Designer Engagement Rings and Fine Bridal Jewelry. Their A CUT ABOVE(r) Super Ideal Diamonds are considered by trade experts and diamond connoisseurs to be among the finest in the world.

The award winning Whiteflash.com website, described by Kiplinger's Magazine as the 'Lord of the Online Rings" enables shoppers the world over to view, compare and purchase top quality loose diamonds, engagement rings and fine jewelry in a convenient, secure and information rich environment.

Whiteflash is the first jewelry retailer in the world to attain ISO 9001 certification for total quality management and welcomes visitors to their showroom located in the upscale Houston area community of Sugar Land, TX. Whiteflash is a proud member of the American Gem Society.

For more information, log onto https://www.whiteflash.com/ or call toll free 877-612-6770

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Awards and Honors, Business, Construction and Building, Free News Articles

Harvest Power Featured on 2020 Top Solar Contractors List

ISLIP TERRACE, N.Y. -- Although the COVID-19 pandemic is the immediate crisis unfolding at the moment, mitigating climate change is also an urgent issue. Solar PV installation is one way to help reduce greenhouse gases from fossil fuels. Solar Power World has recognized the efforts of solar contractors across the United States in its 2020 Top Solar Contractors list, where local solar installer Harvest Power achieved a rank of 156 out of 407 companies.

The Top Solar Contractors list is developed each year by Solar Power World to honor the work of solar installers big and small. Solar firms in the utility, commercial and residential markets are ranked by number of kilowatts installed in the previous year. Companies are grouped and listed by specific service (developers, electrical subcontractors, EPCs, installation subcontractors, rooftop installers), markets and states.

"The Solar Power World team is so pleased to highlight more than 400 companies on the 2020 Top Solar Contractors list, especially during this unprecedented time," said Kelsey Misbrener, senior editor of Solar Power World. "All contractors featured on the 2020 list reported strong 2019 installation numbers and are continuing to stand tall this year."

This year's collection of over 400 Top Solar Contractors is facing obstacles that this industry has never seen before. The first quarter of 2020 was the country's biggest ever, with 3.6 GW of new solar capacity added. But COVID-19 impacts showed their force in Q2, and Wood Mackenzie is forecasting residential and non-residential markets will see 25% and 38% decreases in year-over-year installation volumes this year.

In addition to persevering through this turbulent time in history, the 2020 class of Top Solar Contractors is continuing to innovate by adding energy storage to their offerings. Over one-third of this year's contractors are also featured on the exclusive 2020 Top Solar + Storage Installers list.

"Once again, we are proud to be listed in the Solar Power World ranking of the top solar companies in the US. This ranking is a direct result of the hard work of our team and our great customers, which we appreciate working with," said Carlo Lanza CEO Harvest Power.

About Harvest Power:

Harvest Power employs 63 workers who installed 5,624.4KW of solar power in 2019. Since its founding in 2008, the company has installed 31,500.0 KW of solar. The company takes pride in its stellar safety and client satisfaction record while staying on the cutting edge of new solar technology.

Learn more at: https://harvestpower.net/

About Solar Power World:

Solar Power World is the leading online and print resource for news and information regarding solar installation, development and technology. Since 2011, SPW has helped U.S. solar contractors - including installers, developers and EPCs in all markets - grow their businesses and do their jobs better.

2020 Top Solar Contractors list: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2020-top-solar-contractors/

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Awards and Honors, Business, Free News Articles

IDS’ Tamara Olsen Honored By NEXT Mortgage Events’ Powerhouse Award

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- Mortgage document preparation vendor International Document Services, Inc. (IDS), announced that Customer Service Representative Tamara Olsen has been named to the NEXT Mortgage Events' (NEXT) inaugural Powerhouse Awards list. NEXT Powerhouses are the women with longstanding, consistent track records who demonstrate excellence in their work ethic, insight and ingenuity. Olsen is recognized for her devoted and exemplary work in IDS' customer service department.

"Tamara is the type of employee every company and manager hopes to have and values when they do," said IDS Vice President and General Manager Mark Mackey. "She is dedicated to IDS and provides outstanding customer service to our clients. Tamara sets a standard for excellence in her department and inspires other customer service representatives to strive for the same level of service."

During her more than 7 years' work at IDS, Olsen has played a significant role in the establishment of a service-focused and client-centered culture and has helped reduce turn times for help desk tickets and customer service phone calls. She is also a key contributor to IDS' positive customer service reviews and statistics cited in the annual year-end review. Compared to global benchmarks, IDS' customer service department cited higher customer satisfaction rates (96% vs. 94%) and faster first reply time on customer service tickets (14.8 hours vs 18.8 hours) while handling nearly 200 tickets per month.

"NEXT's mission has always been to showcase the women who are the backbone of the mortgage industry - this award is part of that mission," said NEXT Co-Founder Jeri Yoshida. "We'll honor these top performers throughout #NEXTSUMMER20. Since this year's event is free and available online, we expect record-breaking attendance. We're thrilled that so many people in the mortgage industry will get to know these overachievers and acknowledge their role in their companies' success."

Originally billed as the NEXT 50 Over 50 Award, the overwhelming number of qualified nominees led to the award being rebranded as the Powerhouse Awards and the field of winners expanded to more than 50.

The full list of NEXT Powerhouse award honorees can be viewed at https://nextmortgagenews.com/next-powerhouse-award-winners/.

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. (https://info.idsdoc.com/)

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Awards and Honors, Business, Free News Articles, Taxes and Accounting, VAR and IT Consulting

Don Baham accepted into invitation-only Forbes Technology Council

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Don Baham, President of Kraft Technology Group, LLC (KTG) has been accepted into Forbes Technology Council, an invitation-only community for world-class CIOs, CTOs, and technology executives.

Don Baham was vetted and selected by a review committee based on the depth and diversity of his experience. Criteria for acceptance include a track record of successfully impacting business growth metrics, as well as personal and professional achievements and honors.

"We are honored to welcome Don into the community," said Scott Gerber, founder of Forbes Councils, the collective that includes Forbes Technology Council. "Our mission with Forbes Councils is to bring together proven leaders from every industry, creating a curated, social capital-driven network that helps every member grow professionally and make an even greater impact on the business world."

As an accepted member of the Council, Don has access to a variety of exclusive opportunities designed to help him reach peak professional influence. He will connect and collaborate with other respected local leaders in a private forum. Don will also be invited to work with a professional editorial team to share his expert insights in original business articles on Forbes.com, and to contribute to published Q&A panels alongside other experts.

Finally, Don will benefit from exclusive access to vetted business service partners, membership-branded marketing collateral, and the high-touch support of the Forbes Councils member concierge team.

"I am honored to represent the Nashville community as a member of the Technology Council," said Don Baham. "I'm looking forward to engaging with other members of the council across the country and locally. KTG is a leader in IT management and cyber security for healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, and non-profit organizations throughout the southeast. Membership in the council further demonstrates our thought leadership in this space."

ABOUT FORBES COUNCILS

Forbes Councils is a collective of invitation-only communities created in partnership with Forbes and the expert community builders who founded Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC). In Forbes Councils, exceptional business owners and leaders come together with the people and resources that can help them thrive.

For more information about Forbes Technology Council, visit https://forbestechcouncil.com/. To learn more about Forbes Councils, visit http://forbescouncils.com/.

ABOUT KRAFT TECHNOLOGY GROUP

Part of the KraftCPAs family of companies since 1992, Kraft Technology Group has been providing Computer Services, I.T. Security, Network Support, and Managed I.T. Services in the greater Nashville Tennessee area and beyond. Our mission is to empower small and midsize businesses to efficiently and securely utilize best of breed technology, so they can focus on reaching and exceeding their strategic goals.

Visit https://www.kraftgrp.com/ to learn more.

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Media Contact:
Don Baham
Kraft Technology Group
615-235-0434
info@kraftgrp.com

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Awards and Honors, Business, Free News Articles

Hank Metzger is Top Refinance Originator at American Financing Corporation

AURORA, Colo. -- Hank Metzger of American Financing Corporation is excited to announce that Scotsman Guide ranked him number four refinance originator in 2019.

Metzger, who's worked in the mortgage business for nearly 20 years, was ranked among entries from more than 6,000 mortgage professionals across the country. To be eligible for initial consideration in Scotsman Guide's Top Originators rankings, originators must have had at least $40 million in loan volume or 100 closed home loans for the 2019 calendar year.

After receiving submissions, Scotsman Guide required written verification of top entrants' volume data from a certified public accountant, the chief financial officer at the originator's company or a similar source.

Metzger's impressive roster of refinance loans closed tallied 914. He also ranked number 11 for U.S. refinance dollar volume at 250 million. Since being in the mortgage business, he's closed more than 1.5 billion in home loans and ranks number one loan originator in the state of Colorado.

"As a senior loan officer at American Financing, I thrive on helping clients find a loan program tailored to their specific needs while working with them throughout the process to ensure a quick, efficient and smooth experience," Metzger says. "I'm thrilled to be recognized for my accomplishments by the Scotsman Guide."

The 2019 Scotsman Guide list, which ranks the nation's top mortgage producers, appears in Scotsman Guide's April 2020 residential edition, and the rankings are available online at: https://www.scotsmanguide.com/rankings/top-originators.

For more information about Hank Metzger: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hank-metzger/

About American Financing Corporation

Founded in 2001, Colorado family-owned, American Financing Corporation is known for its dedicated mortgage consultants, custom loan programs and faster than industry average closings. It's Colorado's number one loan originator and its mission is to empower families with personalized mortgage solutions that achieve life goals.

For more information: https://www.americanfinancing.net/

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Awards and Honors, Business, Free News Articles, General Editorial, NonProfit and Charities

AARP Maryland Seeks 2020 Andrus Award for Community Service Nominees

BALTIMORE, Md. -- AARP Maryland is continuing to accept nominations for its 2020 Andrus Award for Community Service, which honor a Marylander over the age of 50, who is sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2020.

"AARP Maryland is excited to shine a light on our fellow residents aged 50-plus, who are using what they've learned in life to make a difference in the lives around them," said AARP Maryland State President Jim Campbell.

Nominations will be evaluated by AARP Maryland based on how the volunteer's work has improved the community, supported AARP's vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers. The award recipient will be announced in early fall.

AARP Maryland Andrus Award for Community Service nominees must meet the following eligibility requirements:
* Nominee must be 50 years or older.
* The achievements, accomplishments, or service on which the nomination is based must have been performed on a volunteer basis, without pay. AmeriCorps VISTA and Senior Corps programs volunteers (Senior Companions, Foster Grandparents, RSVP and Senior Demonstration Programs) are eligible.
* The achievements, accomplishments, or service on which the nomination is based must reflect AARP's vision and purpose.
* The achievements, accomplishments, or service on which the nomination is based must be replicable and provide inspiration for others to volunteer.
* Couples or partners who perform service together are also eligible; however, teams are not eligible.
* This is not a posthumous award.

Please visit http://aarp.org/andrusaward for further information and a nomination form. The application deadline is July 15, 2020.

The AARP Andrus Award for Community Service is an annual awards program developed to honor individuals whose service is a unique and valuable contribution to society. Last year, AARP recognized 50 outstanding individuals and couples from around the country

ABOUT AARP

AARP is the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members and offices in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen, high-quality products and services to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the nation's largest circulation publications, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin.

To learn more, visit http://www.aarp.org/ or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Nancy Carr
443-787-5382
ncarr@aarp.org

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Awards and Honors, Books and Publishing, Business, Entertainment, Free News Articles

‘Money Is an Energy Game,’ Gold Winner of 2020 COVR Visionary Awards for e-books, is now available in print

ARLINGTON, Wash. -- Madeline Gerwick of Polaris Business Guides and Margaret Donahue of Feng Shui Connections announce the print publication of "Money Is an Energy Game" (ISBN: 978-1734283600). Released in Kindle format in December, 2019, this book was named the Gold Winner of 2020 COVR Visionary Awards for e-books on June 6, 2020.

If you'd like to accomplish more by doing less and easily generate greater prosperity, this book is for you. Mental and emotional blockages, beliefs, and behavior patterns that interfere with creating more prosperity and ease in life are common. The book uncovers the connections between energy and money, so you can win at the game of money and success. It provides a fresh perspective via a gold mine of over 100 tools and techniques, new ideas, scientific proofs, and tested methods to increase your wealth and well-being.

Brian Tracy, author of "The 21 Success Secrets of Self-Made Millionaires," recommends this book, saying: "This powerful, inspiring book shows you how to unlock your hidden powers to achieve financial success-no matter where you are today or where you are coming from."

From Maria Shaw, Intuitive Astrologer, Author and Horoscope Columnist: "Love this book! It covers everything you need to know to get started on a path to prosperity. Eye opening with wonderful insightful information I can put to use immediately. These authors covered it all! I feel excited, armed, and ready to attract money and prosperity now. Thank you for sharing your knowledge in this book. Everyone, rich or poor, just getting by or doing well, needs to read it."

The co-authors, Margaret Donahue and Madeline Gerwick, have taught prosperity practices to businesses and individuals for nearly twenty years. Margaret Donahue's senior executive position, MBA, and feng shui mastery bring a unique perspective to this topic, while Madeline Gerwick's economic degree, business experience and mastery of astrological cycles, particularly related to business and economics, provide a broader understanding of energy. "Money Is an Energy Game" captures their combined experience and knowledge to bring you revolutionary perceptions related to energy and money.

If you're looking for step-by-step instructions, new ideas, and money wisdom to improve your life, business, and financial well-being, "Money Is an Energy Game" is the choice for you! This 2020 COVR Visionary Awards e-book winner is available on Amazon.

The print edition will be available for shipment in mid-July and can be ordered at https://moneyisanenergygame.com/.

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Awards and Honors, Business, Free News Articles, Religion and Churches

Danville Congregational Church Chosen Best Place of Worship by East Bay Times Reader’s Choice Awards

DANVILLE, Calif. -- Danville Congregational Church (DCC) (www.danvillechurch.org) today announced that it was named "Best Place of Worship" for 2020-2021 by the East Bay Times Reader's Choice Awards. The church also received that honor from East Bay Times readers for 2019-2020. This latest recognition will appear in a supplement to be published with the Sunday, June 28 edition of the East Bay Times.

Background

DCC is a progressive spiritual community that is open and affirming of the LGBTQ community, celebrates differences, is committed to anti-racism work, and encourages alternate views. Members come from many religious traditions, from Baptist to Catholic, from Unitarian to Orthodox, or with no church background at all.

Jim and Shii Stickler began attending Danville Congregational Church earlier this year, based upon a friend's recommendation to visit a United Church of Christ (UCC) congregation. "It was important for us to find a church committed to an open and affirming philosophy of acceptance for all, and we have found that at DCC," said Jim Stickler. "The pastors and people of this community really put this into practice and are truly welcoming."

At DCC, church programs and affiliations include the youth group, a sister parish affiliation with San Antonio Catholic Church in Guatemala, and partnerships with the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County, Hope Solutions, and Shelter, Inc. In addition, DCC provides support to other religious institutions and non-profits that serve communities across Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

An important community resource located on the Danville Congregational Church campus is Dayspring Preschool. Its "inquiry learning" approach promotes the use of a child's natural curiosity and hands-on learning materials. Enrichment classes include music and movement, soccer, and dance. The program goal is to help children develop a life-long love of learning, preparing them for success in kindergarten and beyond.

Online presence

DCC was an early adopter of an online church service driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. From a one-way live stream on March 15, DCC quickly transitioned to a video conference service. The result has been an authentic church experience, with screen displays of announcements, the liturgy, scripture, and recorded music. Since Sunday service moved online, church attendance, program participation, and giving at DCC have all increased significantly.

"This recognition from readers of the East Bay Times reflects the impact our Sunday service and church programs are having on members of our church community, especially now with our virtual presence," said Senior Pastor Rev. Eric Sherlock. "Because we are now online accessible to anyone with a laptop or smartphone, we can engage with people in nursing and retirement homes; family and friends of church members; and others who can't attend a live church service. This will remain an important component of our ministry and programs long after shelter-in-place restrictions have ended."

About Danville Congregational Church

Danville Congregational Church traces its roots to a women's sewing circle, which came together in June of 1954. The group's efforts led to the formation of San Ramon Valley Congregational Church the following year. In June, 1986, members voted to change the name to Danville Congregational Church. Today, Danville Congregational Church is a member congregation of the United Church of Christ. Our denomination formed in 1957, when it completed a process of conversation resulting in the union of two denominations: the Congregational Christian Churches and the Evangelical and Reformed Church.

Learn more: https://danvillechurch.org/

Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DCCUCC

Pastor bios:
Senior Pastor Rev. Eric Sherlock
Associate Pastor Rev. Todd Atkins-Whitley
Read bios: https://danvillechurch.org/meet-our-staff/

Media contact
Chris Rauen
office@danvillechurch.org
925-200-9033

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