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Ethical Traveler Announces ‘Ten Best Ethical Destinations’ Awards for 2023

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Every year, California-based Ethical Traveler reviews the world's developing nations for their commitment to human rights, social welfare, environmental protection, and animal welfare. The ten destinations showing the most impressive progress are honored with "Best Ethical Destinations" Awards. These worthy countries, including several island nations, stand to benefit greatly from our travel dollars in a post-pandemic world.

Despite the chaos wrought by COVID-19, we enter 2023 seeing rays of hope. But the world won't recover overnight. This is especially true for the international travel industry, which employs one out of ten people worldwide. The recent challenges to travel and tourism have had a devastating impact across this vast sector of human society.

Visiting our winning destinations will help these nations emerge from the pandemic's shadow, and continue their impressive work in social justice and environmental stewardship. By "voting with your wings" (once you are vaccinated, of course!), you can reward these nations for their efforts and motivate neighboring countries to do the same.

Ethical Traveler congratulates the 2023 honorees of the Ten Best Ethical Destinations Awards.

In alphabetical order (not in order of merit), the winners are:

* Barbados

* Belize

* Botswana

* Cabo Verde

* Chile

* Costa Rica

* Mongolia

* Palau

* Seychelles

* Timor-Leste

"At long last, travel is returning," says Ethical Traveler's Executive Director Jeff Greenwald. "And as it does, we hope our international community will rise to the occasion. As 2023 unfolds, all of us can play an active role in redefining what travel is, and how it might enhance the lives of people around the world. When we visit the countries on our list - which have taken important steps to increase the welfare of their people while safeguarding their natural treasures - we're expressing our admiration and support in a tangible way."

Adds Greenwald, "One lesson we learned from the pandemic is that our borders are imaginary. We inhabit and share the resources of a small planet, stunning in its beauty, diversity and fragility. Our only path to survival lies with taking care of each other. And this begins with knowing each other. Travel and exploration - whether to the jungles of Belize, the steppes of Mongolia, or the reefs of Seychelles - brings more than a new awareness of this world. It shows us what it means to be human."

About Ethical Traveler:

Ethical Traveler is a project of the Berkeley-based Earth Island Institute, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The mission of Ethical Traveler - "Empowering travelers to change the world" - highlights the economic clout of travel and tourism to protect human rights and the global environment.

No money or donations of any kind are solicited or accepted from any nations, governments or travel providers in the countries under consideration for our annual list. All parts of our 2023 report may be shared freely, with accreditation.

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Ethical Traveler, P.O. Box 5883, Berkeley, CA 94705 USA

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A Son’s Legacy: Quinn’s Commercial Cleaning Company Thrives

DAYTON, Ohio -- Today marks a new era for Quinn's Commercial Cleaning Company, as Daniel and Sarah Quinn have purchased the business from Daniel's parents, Ken and Betty Quinn. Established in the 1980s, Quinn's has been a staple in the local community ever since, providing top-notch office cleaning services to businesses of all sizes. Now with the help of Daniel and Sarah, the company is expanding and growing faster than ever before.

The team at Quinn's is dedicated to keeping up with modern green cleaning standards while preserving their commitment to customer service. As part of this process, they retrofit outdated cleaning procedures to ensure their services are effective and environmentally friendly. With this modernization comes an expansion into a larger office space that will allow them to serve their customers better.

Ken said on behalf of himself and his wife Betty: "We are so proud of our son Daniel for taking over the family business and continuing our legacy. We know that he and his wife Sarah will do great things with it and take it to new heights we never thought possible."

Daniel expressed his gratitude for taking over the family business: "It means so much to me that I could purchase this company from my parents, who worked so hard to build it up from nothing. I am excited about what we can achieve together now that we have a bigger office space and more resources."

Sarah added: "I am thrilled about our expansion into this larger office space and our ability to offer even better customer service through modern green cleaning practices. We want everyone who works with us or hires us for their commercial cleaning needs to be always satisfied with the results!"

As one of the most successful commercial cleaning companies in the Dayton Metro area, Quinn's continues its legacy under new ownership by offering superior service with modern green standards in mind. With Daniel and Sarah at the helm, there is no doubt that this family-owned business will continue its path toward success for many years to come!

Quinn's key service areas:

* Professional, reliable service

* Safe and effective solutions

* Comprehensive cleaning services

* Personalized attention to detail

* Environmentally friendly products and procedures

* Exceptional customer service and satisfaction guarantee

* Expanding office space to accommodate more customers

* Modern green cleaning practices to meet industry standards.

Quinn's Commercial Cleaning Company has been a reliable and trusted provider of top-rate office cleaning services in the local community for decades. Now with Daniel and Sarah Quinn at the helm, the company is primed to take it to the next level. With their commitment to customer service, modern green practices, and expanding office space, Quinn's will remain a commercial cleaning leader for many years!

About Quinn's Commercial Cleaning Company:

Our mission is to create breathtaking, tranquil workspaces for our clients. Long-term client relations are built upon trust and understanding--so we go the extra mile with exceptional professionalism and honesty. Together, let's make work a little more extraordinary! Learn more about Quinn's by visiting their website at .

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MMI welcomes Shayna Wilmet as its newest Regional Director of Growth

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- Mobility Market Intelligence (MMI), a leader in data intelligence and market insight tools for the mortgage and real estate industries, today announced Shayna Wilmet as its newest regional director of growth. Wilmet's responsibilities will include consulting and strategizing with MMI's growing roster of mortgage enterprise clients, which includes 20 of the top 25 lenders in the nation, to identify growth opportunities to drive adoption and increase return on investment (ROI).

"Despite the volatility in mortgage origination this year, the value housing professionals are finding in MMI is spreading like wildfire. For the last ten years, we've been dedicated to building tools to help enterprises hone their strategies," said MMI Founder and CEO Ben Teerlink. "It never gets old welcoming new faces to the MMI team. With Shayna's previous experience, she has seen MMI's tool from an integration standpoint and now from the inside. This perspective gives her an in-depth understanding of the needs of MMI clientele."

Wilmet has nearly 10 years of experience managing client success and is well-versed in the mortgage industry. Prior to joining MMI, Wilmet was an enterprise customer success manager for a year and was then promoted to manager of customer success at SimpleNexus. She also spent two years as a strategic inside account manager at Ellie Mae.

"Earlier in my career, I'd seen the integrations with MMI and had the pleasure of meeting Ben. It is a full circle moment for me now joining the team," said Wilmet. "I'm thankful to be a part of such a vastly growing company and eager to be of service to those interested in MMI's tools."

By accessing an unrivaled database of comprehensive real estate and mortgage production data, MMI's enterprise customers can identify partner networks that best support their business objectives with granular insight into lenders, loan officers and real estate agents by region or individual transactions. To learn more, visit

About MMI

Mobility Market Intelligence (MMI) is a market leader in data intelligence and market insight tools for the mortgage and real estate industries. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, the company's signature product, MMI, provides actionable intelligence for lenders, real estate agents, real estate brokerages, title companies and others in the real estate industry. MMI is currently used by more than 350 enterprise customers, including 20 of the top 25 lenders in the country. To learn more, visit or contact

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LUXY Ride Announces New Security Features to Enhance Passenger and Driver Safety

SHELTON, Conn. -- LUXY Ride (, the only nationwide (B2C & B2B) booking platform that optimizes excess capacity in the livery industry and allows travelers to reserve executive black car services at significantly optimized prices, has announced the launch of its new security feature, the OTP (One Time Passcode), which provides an extra layer of safety for both passengers and drivers. With the OTP feature, passengers will now have to provide the driver with a unique 4-digit safety PIN sent to their mobile device before the ride can commence, ensuring that they get into the right car with the correct driver.

The introduction of the OTP feature is part of LUXY Ride's commitment to providing a safe and secure experience for all users. It not only increases ride security but also helps combat the increase in fraud charges and cybercrime reported in the livery industry. The OTP feature is easy to use and will be available to all LUXY Ride users across all cities where the service is available.

"We take the safety and security of our passengers and drivers seriously, and that's why we are excited to introduce the OTP feature," said Joe Salemme, CEO of LUXY Ride. "With this new feature, passengers can have peace of mind knowing that they are getting into the right car with the right driver."

LUXY Ride is also constantly updating its safety protocols to ensure that both passengers and drivers feel secure when using the service. The company continues to review and improve its processes to partner with new drivers. Its app features real-time notifications that allow passengers to prepare for their rides in real-time.

"We want to make sure that our passengers and drivers feel safe and secure when using our service, and that's why we are continually investing in new safety features," said Salemme. "The OTP feature is just the latest in a series of updates that we have made to ensure that our users can have complete confidence in the LUXY experience."

LUXY™ Ride is committed to providing its users with a premium executive car booking experience that is safe, reliable, and convenient. With the introduction of the OTP feature, the company is taking an important step towards ensuring that its service remains the safest and most secure in the industry.

For more information about LUXY Ride, please visit

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Business, Free News Articles, Manufacturing, Product Launches

Pattison Company Announces the launch of a new revolutionary railcar storage system for the railcar industry

GARNAVILLO, Iowa -- Pattison Company, a legacy Northeast Iowa Company manufacturing quality proppants and aggregates for the gas, oil, and construction industries, recently launched a revolutionary railcar storage system. Pattison Storage Solution is putting railcar storage costs back on track, said a Pattison Company spokesperson.

Storing empty railcars has plagued rail users since the onset of the railroad industry. The surge of too many railcars sitting idle incurring high demurrage fees or increased business demands with too few railcars accessible. Pattison Storage Solutions provides cost-effective onsite or offsite storage of empty non-hazardous commodity railcars.

PSS is an innovation of Pattison Company in Clayton, Iowa, and provides railcar storage solutions direct to the users. This new onsite railcar storage concept can bring the storage site near the loading point where railcars provide the most value. PSS can efficiently design, build, and transport to custom storage sites, whether onsite or offsite.

Cost-effective and compact storage is an option that PSS makes possible for rail users. With as little as 4 acres, PSS can establish nearly 250 ready-to-use railcar storage points in just a few weeks. And the best part, no locomotive is required. The compact rail design or "skeleton tracks" PSS uses for more storage create a much smaller environmental footprint.

After a team of PSS professionals lay the storage track, they safely load empty railcars onto a specially designed semi-trailer. Once the railcar is secure, the semi-tractor transports the car to the storage site. The speed of the railcar transport process to and from storage, whether onsite or offsite, saves time and money. Depending on location and timing, the move into or out of storage can happen in less than 10 minutes per railcar.

Not only does PSS design the storage site by laying compact tracks and transporting the empty cars to the site, but they also provide railcar switching requirements. Scheduled switches can occur weekly or as needed instead of the undetermined periods when railcars are out of service, moving to a distant storage site, incurring high empty freight costs, and unavailable for immediate business needs.

In review, PSS is a full-service rail storage solution provider. From their compact rail track design and transportation of empty cars quickly and efficiently to providing scheduled railcar switches, PSS is meeting the storage needs of the rail industry.

To learn more about a custom railcar storage design, check out the Pattison Storage Solution website at:

Based in Garnavillo, Iowa, located in the Northeast Corner of Iowa, Pattison Sand Company has provided the highest quality proppants and aggregates to the oil, gas, and construction industry for decades. Pattison Company provides the highest quality quartz silica sand and dolomitic limestone to companies across the United State via railcars.


Image caption: The Pattison Storage Solution in action.

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Business, Free News Articles, Reports and Studies

Critical Defect Rate Reaches Report-High in Q3 2022, Per ACES Quality Management Mortgage QC Industry Trends Report

DENVER, Colo. -- ACES Quality Management® (ACES), the leading provider of enterprise quality management and control software for the financial services industry, announced the release of its quarterly ACES Mortgage QC Industry Trends Report covering the third quarter (Q3) of 2022. The latest report analyzes post-closing quality control data derived from ACES Quality Management & Control® software.

Notable findings from the Q3 2022 report include the following:

* The overall critical defect rate increased 20.5% over Q2 2022, ending the quarter at 2.47% - a report high.

* Of the four major underwriting categories (Assets, Credit, Income/Employment and Liabilities), three saw moderate to significant increases in Q2 2022. Income/Employment remained the leading category of defects reported, despite continuing its multi-quarter trend of decline.

* A sub-category analysis of the Assets and Income/Employment categories uncovered troubling defect trends related to eligibility.

* Appraisal defects declined once again, now reflecting a multi-quarter trend.

* Purchase share dominated in Q3 2022, as expected given market conditions, while review share for FHA, USDA and VA loans increased.

* In a reversal of last quarter's findings, FHA defect share saw a moderate increase in Q3 2022, along with a slight defect increase in conventional loans. USDA and VA loan defects improved significantly last quarter.

"The overarching theme for this quarter's report is the effect of sharp declines in loan volume and interest rate volatility on lenders' operations. With purchase originations down nearly 20% quarter-over-quarter and close to 50% year-over-year, lenders are fighting to keep every potential piece of business that comes their way and, perhaps, becoming more aggressive in their borrower qualifications," said ACES Executive Vice President Nick Volpe. "Riding the line on eligibility provides little margin for error. Thus, lenders must continue emphasizing loan quality to ensure salability and long-term asset performance."

Findings for the Q3 2022 ACES Mortgage QC Industry Trends Report are based on post-closing quality control data derived from the ACES Quality Management and Control® benchmarking system and incorporate data from prior quarters and/or calendar years, where applicable. All reviews and defect data evaluated for the report were based on loan audits selected by lenders for full file reviews.

"In our last report, we mentioned employment and loan documentation as areas of concern. As layoffs have continued since Q2 2022, we're seeing the ripple effects of interest rate volatility and changing market conditions surface in other areas of the loan manufacturing process, particularly in eligibility," said ACES CEO Trevor Gauthier. "With ACES, lenders can not only identify these immediate areas of concern but also view their QC findings within a historical context to pinpoint trends and execute immediate corrective actions to protect the integrity of their origination pipeline."

Mortgage QC Industry Trends Reports are available for download, free of charge, at

About ACES Quality Management:

ACES Quality Management is the leading provider of enterprise quality management and control software for the financial services industry. The nation's most prominent lenders, servicers and financial institutions rely on ACES Quality Management & Control® Software to improve audit throughput and quality while controlling costs, including:

* 60% of the top 50 independent mortgage lenders;

* 8 of the top 10 loan servicers;

* 11 of the top 30 banks; and

* 2 of the top 3 credit unions in the United States.

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, ACES clients get responsive support and access to our experts to maximize their investment. For more information, visit or call 1-800-858-1598.

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Paul Sansone Jr. is proud to announce that Dealer Controlled Leasing, Inc. has acquired their technology partner AFS Dealers Inc., effective March 1, 2023

KEYPORT, N.J. -- This acquisition accelerates the expansion of DCL as a DMS provider within the independent dealer network that it already serves, as well as opens the door for franchised dealers to install Lease Here Pay Here (LHPH) as a separate department within their dealerships, much like F&I departments created in the late '70s.

Sansone Jr. says, "A dealership that establishes their own LHPH department would be able to take complete control of the lending process, allowing them to sell more cars and generate significantly higher income." Producing just 25 LHPH deals per month would generate an additional $3 million in revenue at the dealerships, plus an additional $1.25 million in profit at the leasing company.

This business model is a win-win solution for the dealer and their customers. The dealership generates revenue that they did not have available to them before, and the customer can refinance after just 50% of the payments are made, potentially saving $5,000 to $10,000 over traditional high-interest rate long-term loans.

Sansone Jr. started LHPH operations (NJ Auto Lending) at his NJ dealerships in December 2020. He has since originated 650 subprime leases and will collect a projected $4 million in customer payments in 2023.

As a dealer himself, Sansone Jr. wants the technology to focus on the highest areas of concern for a dealer. These include easy desking, easy comparison of short-term leases versus high-interest rate long-term financing, easy customer selection, easy collections of monies due, and protection of dealer assets.

Any dealer interested in hearing more about Dealer Controlled Leasing, Inc. can visit their website at

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Alliances and Partnerships, Business, Free News Articles

Mopec Announces Distribution Partnership with StatLab to Bring You the Best Cassette Printer in North America

MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. -- Mopec, a leading manufacturer of anatomic pathology grossing stations, announced their new distributor partnership with StatLab to allow their customers the opportunity to purchase StatLab PiSmart Cassette Printers directly from Mopec.

Widely reviewed as the best cassette printer on the market, the StatLab PiSmart Cassette Printer is designed to improve accuracy, efficiency, and automation in your lab. This new partnership will simplify the process for customers looking to upgrade their grossing station expenditures with additional equipment and accessories.

"Mopec prides itself on building the safest and most advanced grossing stations and pathology equipment in the market," said Carmen Evola, CEO of Mopec. "If there's something we can't build, we're going to partner with someone who can. Mopec is thrilled to work with StatLab to help us provide our customers with a product we trust from a company we can rely on."

The PiSmart Cassette Printer is available in two models, the PiSmart Single Plus and the PiSmart Six. The PiSmart Single Plus is suitable for on-demand printing and can deliver the first printed cassette in under three seconds. The PiSmart Six offers more functionality with 6 cassette hoppers and can be used for on-demand or batch printing.

Both models feature a built-in scanner as well as an internal label design software allowing the printer to be used efficiently without the use of a PC. The true on-demand printing and small footprint makes the PiSmart Cassette Printer ideal for integrating seamlessly with the Mopec Maestro Grossing Station, giving customers unparalleled convenience and workflow optimization in their lab.

"Mopec was in search of a cassette printer that met the same quality and convenience our customers have grown accustomed to when ordering from Mopec," said Jeff Pemberton, Vice President of Marketing & Consumables. "We wanted to provide an option that would integrate well with our Maestro grossing stations and that we felt comfortable putting our reputation behind. StatLab's PiSmart was the obvious choice."

Along with the PiSmart Cassette Printers, Mopec is also adding Pi Cassettes to their Consumables lineup. Pi Cassettes are designed specifically for use on the PiSmart printer. They utilize a patented feature that both protects the printed surface during dewaxing, while still enabling the surface to be cleared of wax.

For more information or to obtain a quotation, please visit, or call (800) 362-8491.

About Mopec:

Mopec, based in Madison Heights, Michigan, is a manufacturer and distributor of high-quality pathology, anatomy, mortuary, and necropsy equipment and products. Founded in 1992, Mopec differentiates itself through its extensive engineering process, superior design, and market-leading quality. Mopec is Elevating Pathology and specializes in solutions for forensic and anatomic pathology labs in hospitals, universities, morgues, and a variety of other markets. Mopec is committed to the production innovative products and providing high quality customer service. For more information, visit

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SocialCoach Taps Fintech Exec Andria Lightfoot and Launches AI Driven Social Media Marketing Solution

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. -- SocialCoach (, a leading mortgage and real estate social media technology platform today announced the appointment of Andria Lightfoot as company President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) amidst their first-even AI Driven Social Media product launch.

The mortgage centric social media marketing software company today announced the launch of its new innovative product enhancement integrating Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help mortgage lenders and loan officers drive social selling and lead generation activities into more powerful sales ROI. SocialCoach combines the power of social media selling with a first of its kind compliance management system to reduce risk in expanding social selling and lead gen activities with Loan Officers, Real Estate Agents, and more.

"I am thrilled to be joining SocialCoach at a time when the mortgage industry is in need of innovative marketing solutions to drive social media selling with compliance and operational efficiency integration with cutting edge AI driven processes," said Andria Lightfoot.

Lightfoot joins SocialCoach as a proven mortgage technology leader with a demonstrated ability to drive process innovation and scale teams for growth. As a mortgage industry veteran with over 20 years of experience, she previously was the Chief Customer Officer of SimpleNexus, an nCino Company overseeing the growth of all customer-centric activities of SimpleNexus' customer division including professional services, client success, support, training and integration engineering. "Andria's wealth of experience successfully managing operations and scaling teams for growth makes her an invaluable addition to the SocialCoach Executive team," said SocialCoach Founder and CEO Joe Wilson. "She will play an important role helping us deliver increased value to our customers and leading the mortgage industry expertise in Social Selling and lead generation for lenders and financial institutions."

Lightfoot's accomplishments in the mortgage industry have been recognized by National Mortgage Professional's award honoree, which named her 40 Under 40 and Most Connected Mortgage awards, and by HousingWire magazine, which honored her with its Women of Influence award. She has served on CIO advisory boards for ICE Mortgage and the Mortgage Banker's Association (MBA), is a frequent speaker at mortgage industry events, and has been quoted in numerous publications including Forbes.

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About SocialCoach:

SocialCoach is a social media marketing platform transforming lead generation, brand awareness and marketing strategy for loan officers and real estate professionals. The platforms' native AI driven social media posting, compliance management system, and professional services for content innovation drives increases sales and brand recognition for lenders and financial institutions. Their mobile toolset for social media management allows sales staff to say connected to their customer base in a compliant and innovative way to drive sales at the top of the marketing funnel.

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Business, Free News Articles, Regional Events

Bridgeway’s Chairperson’s Dinner Celebrates Its Supporters

UNION, N.J. -- Bridgeway Behavioral Health Services, New Jersey's leading nonprofit mental health and substance use rehabilitation and recovery organization, will host its Annual Chairperson's Dinner on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 at 373 Clermont Terrace in Union, N.J.

"The theme of our event this year is 'Peace Love and Wellness,'" said event host Bridgeway Board Chairperson Joseph Perez, Partner at WithumSmith+Brown, CPA. "We promise a fun evening! We are looking forward to celebrating with Bridgeway's friends and stakeholders what we have accomplished and our plans for the future. Our honorees have all contributed to Bridgeway's success, from generous volunteerism to innovative community support to passionate advocacy."

Bridgeway will honor contributions by Jim O'Connor, CRO of The Health Benefit Alliance with Volunteer of the Year Award; Michael Frost, Director of Somerset County Department of Human Services, with Community Partner of the Year Award; and NAMI NJ with Advocates of the Year Award, accepted by esteemed Executive Director Meredith Blount.

The Chairperson's Dinner is on April 19 from 6-10 p.m. and includes happy hour, dinner by Encore Caterers, a silent auction, pop-up photo studio, and live music by Chip Mergott, The Happy Boys, and Chuck Lambert. Several unique sponsorship and journal advertising opportunities are available. Donations to Bridgeway Behavioral Health Services are tax-deductible as allowable by law.

Visit for more information.

Tickets and Sponsorships can be purchased online here:

Custom Sponsorships are available by calling Lisa Giannascoli at 908-635-7647.

About Bridgeway:

Over the past 55 years, Bridgeway Behavioral Health Services has grown from providing one vocational program for people experiencing mental health disabilities, located in Bridgeway's founding home in the City of Elizabeth, to providing a range of urgent care, short term and long term services answering a growing need among our friends, neighbors and loved ones.

Bridgeway services provide evidence based treatment for mental health care, substance use, and co-morbidities in ten New Jersey counties. Services include living room model crisis intervention centers in Hudson and union Counties, as well as extensive professional session-based counseling services.

For more information, visit or call 877-692-5664

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