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Current Builders Promotes Amanda Bilyeu to Senior Estimator

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- Current Builders ( https://www.currentbuilders.com/ ) is pleased to announce the promotion of Amanda Bilyeu from estimator to senior estimator in the firm's preconstruction and estimating department. The award-winning general contractor has multiple projects on both coasts of Florida, with offices in Pompano Beach and Sarasota.

"Amanda has been an integral part of our team since joining Current Builders in 2017," said Eric Herlihy, Executive Vice President Preconstruction. "During her years with the firm, she has displayed excellent analysis and cost management skills, along with a very professional demeanor when working with her colleagues and all of our subcontractors. We are delighted to promote her to the next level."

A graduate of the University of North Texas, Amanda received a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering Technology in 2017.

"Current Builders was my first job out of college, I am honored to be able to advance my career with this team," said Bilyeu. "I look forward to my next responsibilities and to playing an essential role in the success of the company."

Current Builders is an award-winning general contractor, established in 1972 with average annual revenues of $250 million. Current Builders specializes in multi-family residential projects, retail 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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Sharing Resources: Key to COP26 Success

BERKELEY, Calif. -- World leaders meet in Glasgow beginning October 31 for the United Nations COP26 Climate Change Conference, to address the conclusions of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report: that human activities have unequivocally warmed and damaged the planet. Share International attributes 80 percent of the warming to human actions, and says sharing resources to mitigate the inevitable consequences is key to solving climate change.

As early as 2007, an article by a Master of Wisdom, recorded by the late British author Benjamin Creme and published in Share International magazine, gave this 80 percent figure and stated that we have a pivotal choice to make: to reap the beneficial results of immediate action, or face the destruction that would ensue from doing nothing, or too little.

The article stated that the World Teacher for this age, Maitreya, who is gradually emerging into public view, "will advocate a simpler form of living, one more in keeping with the planet's situation. When enough people are convinced that this is necessary," it presaged, "there will be a growing movement to simplify throughout the planet." It further predicted that "faced with the dilemma of necessary change, men will come to realize the inevitability of accepting the principle of sharing. Only sharing will make these changes practical and possible."

Although the effects of climate change are coming faster than scientists anticipated, the IPCC report affirms there is still time to slow or even reverse some changes by reducing CO2 emissions to at least net zero. But to accomplish this globally, the wealthier countries must not only curb their own emissions but also share resources and technology with less developed nations, to ensure that all can make the necessary rapid transition to sustainable energy sources.

Three of the four goals of COP26 require potentially large financial investments: radical emissions reductions, strengthening adaptation to climate impacts, and mobilizing finances. The fourth is for countries to work together to accomplish these pressing but inescapable measures. The COP26 web site indicates, however, that developed countries have not even made good on their 2009 Copenhagen Accord pledge to mobilize by 2020 at least $100 billion in climate finance per year for developing nations. Another impediment noted by Jeffrey Sachs, president of the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network, is that poor countries must borrow internationally at rates of 5 to 10 percent, and many have no access to capital markets at all, while rich countries benefit from near-zero interest rates.

Clearly, politicians have not yet responded to the climate crisis at levels commensurate with the danger, but COP26 offers a pivotal opportunity. To succeed at their stated goal of "uniting the world to tackle climate change," COP26 participants will need to go beyond inequitable loan financing and fast-track unconditional sharing of the financial and technological resources necessary to bring all countries on board. This is in line with Maitreya's rallying call to humanity: "Share and save the world."

Share International USA is a non-profit educational organization established to disseminate information about the presence in the world of the Masters of Wisdom, led by Maitreya. More information can be found at https://www.share-international.us/learn/WorldTeacher/.

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Bug-A-Salt Wins Settlement Over Dillard’s Dept. Store

SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Bug-A-Salt (a subsidiary of Skell Inc.) this month prevailed in a patent and trademark infringement lawsuit against Dillard's Department Stores, according to the Bug-A-Salt, attorney, Liat Cohen, Esq.

Dillard's, in a settlement, paid an undisclosed sum of money for selling counterfeit Bug-A-Salt guns to kill flies, mosquitos, and other insects. The case number is 1:20-CV-O1567-UNA and was filed in United States District Court of Delaware.

Lorenzo Maggiore, CEO of Skell Inc., and inventor of the Bug-A-Salt, stated "We have a zero-tolerance policy against pirates and other knock-off artists who try to profit from our product and we will take action to protect our Intellectual Property rights from any of these counterfeiters."

The lawsuit was initiated by Skell's attorney, Liat Cohen, who zealously took steps to see the case moved through the legal system with maximum effect.

"Liat (Cohen) has assisted us on many issues and the successful outcome against Dillard's sends a message. We don't put up with people trying to profit off of our hard work," said Bug-A-Salt's President, Erika Schimik.

Bug-A-Salt's sales have been steadily increasing, even during the Covid 19 epidemic. Their products can be found at https://www.bugasalt.com/.

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Reducing Friction Losses: New One-Stop Video Editing Application Maximizes Content Creators’ Efficiency and Creative Control

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Professional video editors save content creators on platforms like YouTube and TikTok massive amounts of time. But communication, file sharing, and order tracking can make dealing with a video editor more trouble than it's worth. VOMA, a first-of-its-kind platform launched by video editing startup Tasty Edits, seeks to solve these issues. Using VOMA (Video Order Management Application), creators can easily submit new video orders, upload their footage, communicate with their editor, and review drafts -- all in one place.

Tasty Edits decided to develop this proprietary application as an in-house solution to make life easier for their clients, many of whom are YouTube and TikTok creators.

"The normal communication set-up between video editing companies and clients is inefficient," explains founder Alex Lefkowitz. "Say you're a video creator and you hand off six hours of editing work to a professional editor. You might still spend three hours filling out complicated order forms, emailing back and forth about what you want editors to do, and battling to upload your footage to third-party cloud storage providers."

VOMA makes this entire process frictionless. It unifies order processing, communication, and file management. Clients can open an account and create video orders with clear specifications. They are billed in platform "edit credits" depending on the length of the video and the complexity of their request.

A typical 10-minute YouTube video edit takes 195 credits. Credits can be purchased individually for $1 per credit, or in bulk for up to a 15% discount ($0.85 per credit). On their dashboard, creators can then chat directly with their editor, upload files, review their order details, and track the progress of their order in real-time.

"VOMA increases our efficiency and allows us to process more orders, while giving clients the high-quality results they need," Lefkowitz says. "Creators have total creative control over their videos -- with the ability to easily customize their orders, a direct line to their editors, and the option to review multiple drafts."

Video creators are in high demand at the moment. Worldwide, 86 percent of companies use video as part of their marketing strategy. YouTube has over 1.8 billion users, with 85 percent of U.S. internet users accessing the platform at least once per week. And since its launch in 2016, the short video app TikTok has garnered a global audience of over 1.1 billion.

In this thriving creator economy, many creators are looking for ways to produce content more efficiently and avoid burnout. VOMA helps creators by saving them time and making the video order process easy, all while giving them the highest quality edits.

About Tasty Edits:

Tasty Edits is a professional video editing company launched in 2020 by web entrepreneur Alex Lefkowitz. It provides fast, affordable, and frictionless video editing services for creators and businesses on YouTube, TikTok, and other social platforms.

For more information visit: https://tastyedits.com/ and https://voma.tastyedits.com.

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Whiteflash Named 2021 BBB Pinnacle Award Winner

HOUSTON, Texas -- For the second year in a row, and for an unprecedented 5 out of the last 10 years, Whiteflash Ideal Diamonds and Fine Jewelry has been named winner of the prestigious Better Business Bureau 2021 Pinnacle Award - the BBB's top honor for excellence in quality control, customer care, and social responsibility. The annual competition involves the finest retail jewelers from all across the Greater Houston area, the fourth largest market in America.

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 set of performance standards including product quality, customer care, consumer education, innovation, integrity, and social responsibility. With the 2021 Pinnacle award Whiteflash has been once again recognized as "Best in Class" and a market leader among the many well established fine jewelers in the Greater Houston Area.

Having launched in the year 2000, Whiteflash has been at the forefront of jewelry companies born into the information age. In addition to their world-class A CUT ABOVE® 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 responsive website with a full complement of diagnostics and advanced light performance imaging.

In addition to their deep inventory of precision cut certified diamonds 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 an extensive selection of top quality brand name diamond engagement rings.

Reached for comment on winning the BBB 2021 Pinnacle Award Whiteflash COO Eliezer Eber remarked, "Overcoming the challenges of a pandemic, with its supply chain disruptions and staffing shortages, makes being chosen for the BBB Pinnacle Award especially gratifying. It is a true reflection of the character and adaptability of our team, the resiliency of our business model, and a tribute to our laser focus on the customer experience."

Having been awarded the 2021 BBB Pinnacle once again validates the company's core value driven philosophy and 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, "I am so proud of our team for once again being recognized by the BBB as 'best in class'. The Greater Houston area is home to some of the finest jewelers in America, and to receive the BBB Pinnacle is a humbling accomplishment, and one that is extremely motivating for the Whiteflash team."

About Whiteflash:

Whiteflash is a top tier retail jeweler specializing in Ideal Diamonds, Designer Engagement Rings and Fine Bridal Jewelry. Their A CUT ABOVE® 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, Texas. 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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Certa Attracts More Top Talent, Marc Goldberg Departs Dun & Bradstreet to Head Customer Experience

SARATOGA, Calif. -- Certa, the leading third-party risk management platform, today announced the hiring of Marc Goldberg as Chief Customer Experience Officer. Formerly Chief Procurement Office and VP of Financial Shared Services at Dun & Bradstreet, Goldberg brings a decade of experience in Supply Chain and Vendor management to his new role.

"As a former Certa client, I've seen first-hand the potential of this product and its ability to fill a crucial gap in the market," stated Goldberg. "I'm looking forward to using my industry-specific learnings to further improve the customer experience. I believe passionately in our ability to disrupt the ESG space and how important that will be for the future of the supply chain."

As part of his new role, Goldberg will work to evaluate and improve on the entire customer experience at Certa, from acquisition to retention, helping to educate current customers on expanded use cases and provide new customers the tools they need to utilize the platform to its full potential. Customer experience has been a longstanding area of focus for Certa, who has a 100% retention rate across all accounts. The hiring of Goldberg marks an even larger investment into this critical business component.

Jagmeet Lamba, Certa founder, said: "Marc brings valuable experience in the ESG and TPRM space but most importantly, he's evaluated our customer experience from an external perspective and will have great insight into how we can make it even better. Our customers are the number one priority for our company and we're excited to have a seasoned executive manning such a crucial role."

In addition to family and work, Marc is passionate about raising funds and awareness for Pediatric Cancer. The first Wish he granted for Make-A-Wish was for Kate Rhoades, a young girl suffering with leukemia. After Kate passed, Marc vowed to carry on her mission and continues to serve on the board of Kate's Cause.

About Certa:

Certa is the fastest growing supplier management platform. Founded in 2015, Certa makes third-party risk management fast, easy, and modern. Using 80+ no-code integrations with trusted data sources, Certa helps companies onboard third-parties 3x faster while mitigating risk and improving compliance controls. Certa's clients include several Fortune 50 retailers and a Top 3 consulting firm. Certa is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area.

For more information or to schedule a demo visit https://www.getcerta.com/.

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Infinity Financial Group Aids Kinley Construction Group with Major Stakeholder Buyout

DALLAS, Texas -- Infinity Financial Group announced its recent role as financial advisor to Kinley Construction Group, LTD. (KCG) during a majority purchase of its existing stakeholders. Jimmy Kinley, the newly-elected CEO of KCG, is now the firm's primary equity partner, along with his sister, Katherine Kinley and Rennie and Josh Crisafulli. JL Kinley, the firm's original founder, serves as Chairman of the Board and the existing shareholders maintain a minority equity.

JL Kinley, Jimmy's father, founded KCG in 1988 as a niche expansion of its parent company, Kinley Corporation - a family-owned business with more than 110 years of multi-entity operations. KCG has since become a leading industrial fueling contractor throughout the U.S., specializing in complex bulk storage facilities, loading and offloading terminals, wastewater and industrial waste systems.

In 2001, JL transferred majority ownership to a group of partners within the company. Through the recent purchase, the leadership and ownership were transitioned back to the Kinley family to drive the company forward with the next generation.

Since he was a kid, Jimmy, a sixth-generation Kinley, was involved with KCG. He worked as a project manager before leaving the company in 2018 to strategically grow the family business at the parent-company level. Now, as KCG's CEO, he brings with him an entrepreneurial-focused executive management team that includes external talents and resources and internal tenured leaders.

"We had exactly the right team of advisors who understood that this deal was more than just a business transaction. They were creative, flexible and worked through complex issues, playing a crucial role to get this deal done - an all-around great team," Jimmy said.

During the transaction, Third Coast Bank of Houston acted as the senior lender and Bell Nunnally & Martin was the leading counsel. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

About Kinley Construction

Kinley Construction is a nationally-recognized general contractor with a focused knowledge and working experience in the mechanical fueling industry. Construction niches are primarily in hydrocarbon products including crude oil, ethanol, LPG, NGL, condensate, jet fuel, diesel and gasoline. It's also a leader in design/build construction of hydrocarbon loading and offloading facilities in the U.S.

For more information: https://www.kinleyconstruction.com/

About Infinity Financial Group

Infinity Financial Group is the official trade name for I. F. Group, LLC, a boutique investment banking firm. It provides expert merger and acquisition (M&A) and corporate finance services to companies with revenues between $25 million and $250 million. The principals of the firm have successfully completed hundreds of millions of dollars in transaction value. Its primary clients consist of privately held, closely held and family-owned businesses. The principals are senior investment bankers with more than 25 years of professional experience.

For more information: https://ifgroup.us.com/

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SIERA.AI Announces Q3 FY21 New Customers and Expanded Deployment

AUSTIN, Texas -- SIERA.AI a leading innovator of digitization and safety solutions for preventing industrial forklift accidents announced today the continued rapid growth of new customer wins and expanded deployment of its SIERA.AI S2 and S3 forklift digitization and safety solutions.

The Company has secured eleven (11) significant new contracts in multiple industry verticals and quadrupled revenue Quarter over Quarter. The eleven new contracts include verticals in retail, food and beverage manufacturing, trading, and general manufacturing.

New customers selected our industry-leading slow to a safe stop, pedestrian detection (partial & full), forklift access control, impact detection / measurement, and electronic inspection with real-time digital data collection and graphical analytics displayed in our online telemetry Dashboard, aimed at preventing forklift accidents, injuries and damages. Several new customers replaced existing telemetry solutions as a result.

"It's great working with SIERA.AI," said I. Serbin of Ken's Foods. "They are open to work with and customize to our needs. They take our feedback and work with us to address any concerns. It has been a rewarding and profitable experience."

Customers' commitment to operator and pedestrian safety, coupled with a strategic commitment to digital transformation continues to drive expanded sales and deployment of SIERA.AI products.

"Our goal is to continue developing and delivering proactive safety solutions that track and prevent forklift accidents," said Saurav Agarwal, president & CEO of SIERA.AI. "That's what our customers want, and that's what we want for every facility worldwide."

About SIERA.AI

SIERA.AI is a premiere provider of industrial vehicle mobility safety solutions. Our innovative safety solutions transform the way operations make decisions with our real-time data collection and graphical analytics Dashboard powered by our S2 Digital Forklift Inspection with Impact Detection, S3 Pedestrian Detection and S3 Slow to a Safe Stop. We aim to help each customer achieve Zero accidents in every facility worldwide.

For more information visit https://www.siera.ai/.

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CB Structures Promotes Mucahit ‘Mujo’ Aksu to Director of Preconstruction

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- CB Structures has announced the promotion of Mucahit "Mujo" Aksu as the new Director of Preconstruction. The firm has a diverse portfolio of clients on both coasts of Florida, and specializes in tunnel form, conventional and wood frame projects.

"We are delighted to recognize Mujo's talent and dedication to the company," said Mike Gillette, Vice President of CB Structures. "He began with us in 2014 as a Tunnel Formwork Consultant and continues to impress us with his technical expertise, excellent management skills, and all aspects of directing the estimation process."

In his new position, Aksu will perform final estimates and preconstruction for all CB Structures' projects and will also continue in his role as a Tunnel Form Designer.

Since graduating from North Lake College in Dallas, Texas, Aksu has garnered two decades of relevant experience with leading construction and concrete firms in both the United States and Turkey.

"I am looking forward to my new role within the firm," said Aksu. "CB Structures is an outstanding company that is playing a significant role in Florida's construction boom. This is an exciting time to be in this field, and I am grateful for the opportunity."

About CB Structures:

CB Structures is a recognized leader in the shell construction industry with an extensive portfolio of tunnel form, conventional and wood frame projects. Established in 2003, the firm averages more than $60 million in annual revenue and specializes in multi-family residential, mixed-use developments and parking structure projects throughout Florida.

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System4 Territory Expansion into Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- System4 Facility Services Management, an industry leader in facility management solutions that specializes in customized commercial cleaning, disinfection and repair and maintenance services announced a territory expansion into Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

"Expanding our Franchise network by establishing a new office in Mount Laurel is a great step forward to providing service in southern New Jersey and surrounding area. System4's footprint across the country is greatly complemented by the addition in this excellent market. We feel it is another milestone that further enhances the ability of System4 franchise to provide complete nationwide coverage," said Scott Kubec, Chief Operating Officer, System4 Facility Services Management.

Local business owners, facility managers and business leaders throughout the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey area will now have access to a single point of contact for all facility service needs. System4 of Southern New Jersey specializes in creating customized commercial cleaning, disinfection and repair and maintenance solutions that fit the unique needs of any type or size business. Whether a school, office building, medical office or outpatient surgery center, System4 of Philadelphia and System4 of Southern New Jersey have you covered!

On October 1, 2021, Alex Wilson assumed ownership of the System4 of Philadelphia and System4 of Southern New Jersey markets. The System4 of Southern New Jersey office is located at 309 Fellowship Road, East Gate Center, Suite 200, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054, and the System4 of Philadelphia office is located at 630 Freedom Business Center Drive, Suite 300, King of Prussia, PA 19406.

"Acquiring the Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey region greatly increases our ability to successfully serve the tri-state area. It matches up perfectly with the Delaware market that we currently cover. Multi-location customers that span the region will now have a local one-stop partner for all facility management service needs. Our team is excited about the expansion, and we look forward to partnering with more customers," said Alex Wilson, Owner of System4 Philadelphia, Delaware and Southern New Jersey.

About System4

Founded in 2012, System4 Facility Services Management has become an industry leader in commercial cleaning, disinfection and repair and maintenance. With more than 65 locations nationally, System4 manages that interior and exterior of any size or type facility. As a business's one point of contact for all facility service needs, System4 simplifies processes for business owners, operators, and management by saving time, reducing complexity and overall costs.

Contact System4 of Southern New Jersey at 856-444-8890 or info.snj@system4.com or System4 of Philadelphia at 610-341-0310 or info.phi@system4.com to discuss customized facility services solutions.

To learn more visit: https://system4.com/

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