Alliances and Partnerships, Business, Free News Articles, Software

FormFree and HomeScout partner to help lenders identify mortgage-ready borrowers earlier in the home buying journey

ATHENS, Ga. -- FormFree® has partnered with HomeScout, a wholly owned subsidiary of FirstClose®, to launch HomeScout Qualified Borrower, a tool that helps lenders generate leads and concentrate borrower conversion efforts on mortgage-ready home buyers.

HomeScout offers mortgage professionals a suite of tools built to capture more purchase business and close more loans by engaging with in-market home buyers early in their home buying journeys. With the introduction of HomeScout Qualified Borrower, FormFree and HomeScout helps prospective homebuyers - including those with thin credit files or no credit score at all - understand their buying power and share it with lenders before completing a detailed loan application or receiving an initial loan estimate.

FormFree is a leading provider of ability to pay (ATP®) analytics for the lending industry, including verification of assets (VOA), verification of income and employment (VOI/E) and rent payment history. FormFree's patent-pending Residual Income Knowledge Index™ (RIKI™) supplements traditional credit evaluation models with analysis of a consumer's cash flow and residual income, creating a more complete picture of a borrower's creditworthiness and potentially allowing more borrowers to qualify for a home loan.

"The systemic bias in today's lending model, however unintentional, has created a homeownership gap that has persisted for decades. The FHFA is calling upon the entire industry to make housing equity a priority, and FormFree is answering that call," said FormFree Chief Strategy Officer Eric Lapin. "Our Qualified Borrower™ token provides the top-of-funnel intelligence lenders need to responsibly extend credit to more borrowers while curbing sky-high loan origination costs."

"Our partnership with HomeScout redefines the way lenders engage with past customers and prospects by combining clear signals of home buying intent with a complete understanding of each consumer's ability to finance a home," said FormFree Founder and CEO Brent Chandler. "These are the highest-quality leads the industry has ever seen."

"Every day, hundreds of thousands of Americans start their home buying journeys online. With so many potential leads, the challenge for lenders is figuring out which buyers have both the intent to buy a home and the ability to repay a mortgage loan," said David Camp, President of HomeScout. "By combining our consumer marketing suite with FormFree's Qualified Borrower token, HomeScout Qualified Borrower helps lenders more efficiently connect with mortgage-ready home buyers before they are scooped up by competitors."

About FormFree:

FormFree® is a market-leading fintech company whose revolutionary products AccountChek® and Passport® make for a more inclusive credit decisioning landscape by enabling lenders to understand people's true ability to pay (ATP®). Our vision is to leverage source data and data-driven intelligence to usher in a new era of transparent, fair and liquid credit markets. To date, thousands of U.S. lenders and brokers have ordered millions of FormFree's patented verification reports representing trillions of dollars in loan verifications. FormFree delights borrowers and lenders with a paperless experience, dramatically reduces origination timelines and offers automated analysis and standardized delivery to lenders and investors using a secure ReIssueKey®. For more information, visit https://www.formfree.com/ or follow FormFree on LinkedIn.

About HomeScout:

HomeScout is a lender-centric platform dedicated to growing conversions and retention rates for the mortgage industry. HomeScout, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of FirstClose®, a highly respected financial technology provider. This strategic partnership provides mortgage industry professionals with access to an extraordinary suite of solutions to best serve in-market home buyers and sellers, while also providing the necessary tools to amplify business growth.

With HomeScout, consumers will find all the tools they need to help them through the home buying and selling journey, including a branded and secure search portal.

HomeScout is committed to the retention and growth of database clients while providing commission security and consistency for mortgage professionals and organizations.

For more information on HomeScout visit https://homescout.realty.com/.

Related link: https://www.formfree.com/

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Books and Publishing, Business, Entertainment, Free News Articles, General Editorial, Product Launches

Teen Social Entrepreneur Michael C. Platt’s Cookbook ‘Michaels Desserts’ to Launch Our Tomorrow Series, Fall 2022

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Sixteen-year-old social entrepreneur Michael C. Platt's highly anticipated cookbook "Michaels Desserts" (Mixed Media Resources; Paperback/eBook; On Sale: Nov. 1, 2022; $19.95; ISBN: 978-1684620470) will be the first title in the Our Tomorrow series published by Mixed Media Resources LLC. The food justice advocate will make his literary debut as the first of four authors in a groundbreaking series created to amplify the voices of teen activists using their gifts to make the world a better place.

At nine years old, Michael C. Platt's life changed dramatically after learning he had a disability...and fell in love with baking. In his cookbook, Michael tells the incredible story of how discovering baking helped him manage epileptic seizures. Featured on season 4 of "Kids Baking Championship" on Food Network, Michael remains one of the premier teen bakers in the country and turned his passion for dishing out delectable sweets into a business and charity. In "Michaels Desserts," his big heart is on full display as he shares the inspiration behind his advocacy to end food insecurity and gives tips for how to ensure people have access to food in their communities.

With stunning photography throughout, "Michaels Desserts" features over 44 easy-to-do, step-by-step recipes, including Michael's signature Freedom Fighter Cupcakes, named after notable historical figures. A fun and accessible cookbook, perfect for kids learning how to bake or anyone who wants to discover exciting and delicious dessert recipes.

Michael has been featured in the Capital Gazette, WUSA9 news, CBS News, PGCTV News, TEDx Talks, Good Morning America, CNN, Washington Post, People.com, Guideposts, and more.

The Our Tomorrow book series is geared toward middle school readers, assembles a diverse lineup of bright young social entrepreneurs, global community leaders, and activists who share their inspirational stories and provide concrete ideas for solving today's challenges for the promise of a better tomorrow.

Distributed by Union Square Books. Publicity is in partnership with The Oracle Group International. "Consciously founded, The Oracle Group International creates opportunities to celebrate diverse voices and empower future writers and literary activists to use 'the power of the pen,'" says CEO Mocha Ochoa. "I am honored to partner with the Our Tomorrow series to assist in the building and implementation of this new initiative." Upcoming releases include "Books N Bros" by Sidney Keys III and "Kindness Is My Hobby" by Ruby Kate Chitsey.

Learn more about the Our Tomorrow series (website under construction): http://www.ourtomorrowbooks.com/

About Mixed Media Resources LLC:

Mixed Media Resources LLC is an industry leader in the world of craft and DIY books, publishing widely distributed book and booklet titles in knitting, crochet, drawing, adult coloring, and cartooning. In 2022, MMR created Our Tomorrow, an inspirational book series geared toward middle schoolers and written by teen activists who are actively engaged in bringing positive change to the world.

About The Oracle Group International:

The Oracle Group International is a globally recognized literary public relations and marketing agency that specializes in producing events that promote literacy. Our primary focus is to connect authors with events that engage and uplift the local, national, and global community. Learn more: https://theoraclegroupinc.co/

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Awards and Honors, Business, Free News Articles

Mortgage Professional America Magazine Names Natalie Arshakian to List of Elite Women For 2022

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Mortgage Capital Trading (MCT®), a leading mortgage hedge advisory and secondary marketing software firm, announced today that Natalie Arshakian has been selected to Mortgage Professional America (MPA) magazine's list of Elite Women in Mortgage for 2022. The annual awards, now in their sixth year, celebrate 67 successful women who are taking on gender inequality in leadership by continuously challenging societal expectations. These women don't let unconscious biases prevent them from breaking the mold as they rewrite the rules and work to make the mortgage industry more inclusive for all people, no matter their gender identity.

Natalie Arshakian, Senior Director of LockCentral at MCT, is an exceptional female leader working in a role that beneficially impacts the mortgage industry. Arshakian started as an entry-level analyst at MCT, and within five years, she was promoted six times to her current position. She has over seven years of experience working in financial services and holds a foundational B.A in Political Science from UCLA. Arshakian's expertise lies in the areas of locking, pricing, data analysis, team leadership, mentoring, pipeline building, internal process creation, risk management and auditing.

Arshakian leads and mentors a team of 35 analysts who provide services to over 65 clients that lock over $7 billion a month. Arshakian's Lock Desk employee training program, commonly called Secondary Boot Camp, has provided a foundation of knowledge that has led to numerous growth opportunities within the secondary mortgage market. Her training and mentorship have enabled dozens of analysts to move from the Lock Desk into Trading, MSR, Programming, and Sales divisions at MCT. She has been instrumental in building the largest outsourced lock desk service provider in the nation.

MPA's Elite Women program is now in its sixth year. Nominators were asked to describe the nominee's standout professional achievements over the past 12 months, along with their contributions to diversity and inclusion in the industry and how they've given back through volunteer roles and charity work. After a thorough review of all the nominations, the MPA team narrowed down the list to the final 67 Elite Women who have made their mark on the industry.

About MCT:

Founded in 2001, Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. (MCT) has grown from a boutique mortgage pipeline hedging firm into the industry's leading provider of fully integrated capital markets services and technology. MCT offers an array of best-in-class services and software covering mortgage pipeline hedging, best execution loan sales, outsourced lock desk solutions, MSR portfolio valuations, business intelligence analytics, mark to market services, and an award-winning comprehensive capital markets software platform called MCTlive! MCT supports independent mortgage bankers, depositories, credit unions, warehouse lenders, and correspondent investors of all sizes.

Headquartered in San Diego, California, MCT also has offices in Philadelphia, Healdsburg, and San Antonio. MCT is well known for its team of capital markets experts and senior traders who continue to provide the boutique-style hands-on engagement clients love.

For more information, visit https://mct-trading.com/ or call (619) 543-5111.

About Mortgage Professional America:

Mortgage Professional America (MPA) is the mortgage & finance industry's trusted source of news, opinion and analysis. MPA provides a real-time web service that keeps time-poor mortgage & finance professionals up to date with the latest breaking news, cutting-edge opinion, and expert analysis affecting both their business, and their industry as a whole.

RELATED LINKS:

https://mct-trading.com/solutions/mortgage-hedging/

https://www.mpamag.com/us/best-in-mortgage/elite-women-2022/411498

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Business, Electronics, Free News Articles, Manufacturing

ViewTech Borescopes Bringing Line of Video Borescopes to the 2022 API Inspection and Mechanical Integrity Summit

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- ViewTech Borescopes will be one of a hundred exhibitors in attendance at the 2022 API Inspection and Mechanical Integrity Summit (IMIS). Taking place August 9 through 11 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, IMIS offers oil, gas, and chemical inspection professionals educational content and networking opportunities.

Since last exhibiting at the API Inspection and Mechanical Integrity Summit in 2017, ViewTech Borescopes has expanded their line of remote visual inspection video borescopes. Quality managers, engineers, and inspectors throughout the petroleum industry rely on VJ-3 video borescopes for routine and non-routine maintenance requirements. Sales Consultant, Chris Courtright, will be available at booth 113 during IMIS expo hall hours to arrange trialing a ViewTech video borescope in the field with their no-cost, no-obligation demo program.

With the complicated and expensive equipment utilized upstream, midstream, and downstream, downtime is always critical. Combustion chambers, gear boxes, internal welds, pumps, manifolds, and other inaccessible areas can all be easily accessed with ViewTech's precise 180 or 360-degree articulation insertion tubes, available in 2.2mm, 2.8mm, 3.9mm or 6.0mm diameters and lengths reaching 8 meters.

Learn more about the API Inspection and Mechanical Integrity Summit: https://www.viewtech.com/about-us/tradeshows/api-inspection-summit-2022

VJ-3 Video Borescope:

The VJ-3 mechanical articulating video borescope is a nondestructive visual testing instrument used for the remote visual inspection of machinery, equipment, and components. The VJ-3 facilitates the visual recording and photo documentation of an inspection and components in areas that are otherwise inaccessible or require great effort and expense to access directly. The VJ-3 consists of two modules integrated into one system: an insertion tube with distally mounted camera/LEDs, and the base unit with control panel, LCD monitor, power source and all necessary circuitry.

About ViewTech Borescopes:

ViewTech Borescopes, founded as RF System Lab in 2008, is North America's #1 seller of video borescopes. Their first product, the VJ borescope, set a new standard for portability, ergonomics, and ease-of-use, with its industry-first mechanical, joystick-controlled articulation.

Learn more: https://www.viewtech.com

Related link: https://www.ViewTech.com

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Business, Free News Articles, Reports and Studies

MCTlive! Lock Volume Indices: July 2022 Data

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- MCT®, the leader in capital markets software and services supporting more lenders with hedging and pipeline management solutions than any other single provider, is pleased to present the MCTlive! Lock Volume Indices for July 2022. MCT Data represents a balanced cross section of several hundred lenders among retail, correspondent, wholesale, and consumer direct channels.

A broad-based view of the entire market provides a more accurate picture of mortgage originations versus indices that are influenced by mega lenders. The July MCTlive! Lock Volume Indices is broken out by transaction type: purchase, rate/term refinance, and cash out refinance.

July MCTlive! Lock Volume Indices show that year-over-year total lock volume (-46.5 percent) continues to drop, as expected, when compared to the white-hot summer of 2021. However, the month-over-month rate/term refinance lock figure is up 11 percent versus June 2022 due to the recent bond market rally. Total mortgage rate locks by dollar volume decreased 1.5 percent in July, with purchase locks also declining 1.5 percent month-over-month and 8.9 percent from a year ago. Rate/term refinances are down 11.4 percent and cash out refinances are down 5.3 percent month-over-month. From one year ago, cash out refinance volume is down 77.9 percent, while rate/term refinance volume has dropped 94.2 percent. Given rate/term refinance volume was already down 90 percent year-over-year in the June MCTlive! Lock Volume Indices, this month's drop does not change the total much. Please note that loan sizes were up 8.3 percent over the past year, with the average loan amount increasing from $291k to $315k.

It is important to note that MCT's rate lock activity indices are based on actual dollar volume of locked loans, not number of applications. Especially in a tight purchase market, MCT believes its methodology (using actual loans locked vs. applications) is a more reliable metric. There is a higher likelihood of having multiple applications per funded loan, and prequals do not convert at as high of a rate in the current market as has historically been the case - especially when applications are counted at the early stage of entering a property address.

INDEX VALUES TO END JULY AS A PERCENTAGE BENCHMARKED TO THE START OF THE MONTH

Category | Month-Over-Month Index Value Change

Total: -1.50%

Purchase: -1.50%

Rate/Term Refinance: 11.36%

Cash Out Refinance: -5.28%

INDEX VALUE CHANGE YEAR-OVER-YEAR

Category | Year-Over-Year Index Value Change

Total: -46.53%

Purchase: -8.94%

Rate/Term Refinance: -94.17%

Cash Out Refinance: -77.87%

MCT will be publishing the MCTlive! Mortgage Lock Volume Indices monthly, intending the data to serve as an enduring informational tool for industry participants, analysts, and watchers.

About MCT:

Founded in 2001, Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. (MCT) ® has grown from a boutique mortgage pipeline hedging firm into the industry's leading provider of fully integrated capital markets services and technology. MCT's offerings include mortgage pipeline hedging, best execution loan sales, business intelligence and analytics, outsourced lock desk solutions, MSR valuation, hedging, and bulk sales, and the world's first, truly open marketplace for loan sales. MCT supports independent mortgage bankers, depositories, credit unions, warehouse lenders, and correspondent investors of all sizes within its award-winning digital platform, MCTlive! ®. Headquartered in sunny San Diego, MCT also has offices in Healdsburg, CA, Philadelphia, PA and Texas.

For more information, visit https://mct-trading.com/ or call (619) 543-5111.

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Business, Free News Articles, Software

iToolab WatsGo V5.0.0 Released! One-Click to Transfer, Backup and Restore WhatsApp

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- iToolab Co Ltd (iToolab) is an innovative high-tech company focused on smartphone solutions, and has proudly announced a new application iToolab WatsGo has finally debuted. It helps users to transfer WhatsApp between Android and iPhone in a quick and secure way. Users will never worry about losing data after changing to a new phone.

"This means a lot to users, WatsGo not only solves the problems of switching phones but also erases the worries of losing data. According to the research we did in the past months, many users don't want to factory reset their iPhone like what Move to iOS has done. That's one of the highlighted features we optimized in our application," said Mia Garcia, CEO at iToolab.

KEY FEATURES OF ITOOLAB WATSGO:

Transfer More Than 20+ Data Types

The majority of WhatsApp/WhatsApp Business data can be transferred totally, up to more than 20 kinds of data types are supported:
* Messages
* Images
* Contacts
* Call history
* Videos
* audio files
* label messages
* Docs
* Stickers
* Links
* Voice messages

3X Faster to Transfer WhatsApp/WhatsApp Business between Android and iPhone

The multi-direction transfer is one of the outstanding features. The all-in-one feature helps to transfer WhatsApp/WhatsApp Business from Android to iPhone, iPhone to Android, Android to Android, and iPhone to iPhone without much effort. Faster transfer speed makes sure all data will be moved to the target device without anything missed out.

Backup WhatsApp on Android and iPhone to Computer without Google Drive or iCloud

Is Google Drive or iCloud backup not working when you want to back up WhatsApp data? Or your cloud storage/phone storage is running out? WatsGo offers the best alternative to back up WhatsApp to the computer. This highly saves your space on the device.

View History Backup or iTunes Backup with Encrypted Password

No matter when you want to find the backup by WatsGo, there is always a way for you. Just connect your device and WatsGo will automatically show all history backups in the list. You can set a password to encrypt or delete the unwanted backup. What's more, you can view iTunes backup, which helps you to quickly find the iTunes backup on your local path.

Restore WhatsApp Backup to Android and iPhone Anytime

If you just want to restore history backup or iTunes backup, then WatsGo will never disappoint you. It's super easy for you to select history backup even without connecting the source device. Just click the restore button to import a backup to the target device, Android or iPhone.

PRICE:

1-Month Plan: $19.95

1-Year Plan: $29.95

Lifetime Plan: $39.95

More info: https://itoolab.com/buy/watsgo-for-windows/

Device Compatibility:

Windows: All systems running on Windows 11, 10, 8, 7

Android: Android 5-12: Samsung (focus), Huawei, Xiaomi, LG, Google, Oppo, Vivo, Motorola, Lenovo, HTC, ASUS, ONEPLUS, Sony, Vivo

iOS: iOS 10-15: All iPhone models running on the selected iOS versions.

About iToolab:

iToolab is a Hong-Kong based and leading iOS and Android solution provider that's working with a vision to help smartphone users tackle different technical errors on their Devices. Over the years, the company has helped millions of users fix iOS issues and regain access to their iPhones and iPads. As of now, iToolab is serving in 130+ countries and has an extensive user base. The creative approach of developers is the primary reason behind the high success rate of all iToolab's products.

For more details, please visit: https://itoolab.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/itoolab

MULTIMEDIA:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/iToolabOfficial/videos

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Business, Construction and Building, Free News Articles, Product Launches, Software

Linarc Launches All-in-One Cloud-Based Construction Project Management Software to Foster Collaboration and Efficiency for Mid to Large Scale Projects

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Linarc, Inc., the fastest growing collaborative project management platform in the construction industry, has launched a better way to deliver construction projects. Linarc solves the daily challenges that owners, design teams, and contractors confront while driving projects to completion.

"I built Linarc to eliminate the inefficiencies that plague the construction industry. Linarc uses technology, integrated connectivity, intelligent data analysis, and real-time updates to give everyone the tools, resources, and information they need to perform at their best. As a result, projects run smoother; progress moves faster, and projects are completed on time and on budget," said Shanthi Rajan, Linarc CEO and Founder.

Linarc is an All-In-One project management solution that eliminates the need for multiple systems. Linarc has built-in features that provide everything you need to manage construction projects successfully in a single, intuitive, easy-to-use platform. In addition, Linarc is an open API and integrates easily with standard project management solutions, ERPs, and other software for seamless accounting and transparency.

The Work Breakdown Structure is at the heart of every project schedule. Linarc's unique collaborative scheduling feature harnesses the power of technology and predictive analytics to allocate resources to individual tasks in the WBS hierarchy to eliminate delays and ensure on-time completion.

Linarc links work crews, materials, and equipment to the schedule of values and updates progress in real-time so you can stay on track and on budget:

* Project owners have clear insights into work progress and budget expenditures.

* Design teams are connected to project execution for quick reference and problem-solving.

* CFOs and procurement specialists have control of project financials. Real-time updates and predictive analytics provide complete transparency to stay on budget.

* Management teams get detailed reports and quick reference dashboards to keep them informed and on target.

* Supervisors and forepersons control work assignments and material deliveries for seamless workflows and sustainable progress.

* Field crews receive detailed work assignments with documents, photos, and visual cues to keep them safe, productive, and on task.

Linarc eliminates communication silos across your entire project portfolio, and the system's intelligent analysis gives company leaders the leverage of combined resources across all their projects.

These company-wide insights eliminate idle time and increase business efficiency.

To get a live demonstration of Linarc in action, visit: https://linarc.com/project-management/

About Linarc:

Linarc is a modern, easy-to-use, all-in-one cloud-based construction management software for teams. Collaborate and manage multiple projects from anywhere. Gain complete visibility into your operations, keep your team accountable, and make informed decisions based on data you can trust. Learn more: https://linarc.com/.

About Shanthi Rajan:

Shanthi is the founder and CEO of Linarc. She's a seasoned entrepreneur focused on enterprise applications. She is a product leader with experience in all aspects of company building - ideation, and product development, including product-market fit, building teams, and go-to-market. She has built and exited multiple companies.

Related link: https://linarc.com/

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Business, Construction and Building, Free News Articles, Product Launches, Software

Linarc Launches All-in-One Cloud-Based Construction Project Management Software to Foster Collaboration and Efficiency for Mid to Large Scale Projects

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Linarc, Inc., the fastest growing collaborative project management platform in the construction industry, has launched a better way to deliver construction projects. Linarc solves the daily challenges that owners, design teams, and contractors confront while driving projects to completion.

"I built Linarc to eliminate the inefficiencies that plague the construction industry. Linarc uses technology, integrated connectivity, intelligent data analysis, and real-time updates to give everyone the tools, resources, and information they need to perform at their best. As a result, projects run smoother; progress moves faster, and projects are completed on time and on budget," said Shanthi Rajan, Linarc CEO and Founder.

Linarc is an All-In-One project management solution that eliminates the need for multiple systems. Linarc has built-in features that provide everything you need to manage construction projects successfully in a single, intuitive, easy-to-use platform. In addition, Linarc is an open API and integrates easily with standard project management solutions, ERPs, and other software for seamless accounting and transparency.

The Work Breakdown Structure is at the heart of every project schedule. Linarc's unique collaborative scheduling feature harnesses the power of technology and predictive analytics to allocate resources to individual tasks in the WBS hierarchy to eliminate delays and ensure on-time completion.

Linarc links work crews, materials, and equipment to the schedule of values and updates progress in real-time so you can stay on track and on budget:

* Project owners have clear insights into work progress and budget expenditures.

* Design teams are connected to project execution for quick reference and problem-solving.

* CFOs and procurement specialists have control of project financials. Real-time updates and predictive analytics provide complete transparency to stay on budget.

* Management teams get detailed reports and quick reference dashboards to keep them informed and on target.

* Supervisors and forepersons control work assignments and material deliveries for seamless workflows and sustainable progress.

* Field crews receive detailed work assignments with documents, photos, and visual cues to keep them safe, productive, and on task.

Linarc eliminates communication silos across your entire project portfolio, and the system's intelligent analysis gives company leaders the leverage of combined resources across all their projects.

These company-wide insights eliminate idle time and increase business efficiency.

To get a live demonstration of Linarc in action, visit: https://linarc.com/project-management/

About Linarc:

Linarc is a modern, easy-to-use, all-in-one cloud-based construction management software for teams. Collaborate and manage multiple projects from anywhere. Gain complete visibility into your operations, keep your team accountable, and make informed decisions based on data you can trust. Learn more: https://linarc.com/.

About Shanthi Rajan:

Shanthi is the founder and CEO of Linarc. She's a seasoned entrepreneur focused on enterprise applications. She is a product leader with experience in all aspects of company building - ideation, and product development, including product-market fit, building teams, and go-to-market. She has built and exited multiple companies.

Related link: https://linarc.com/

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Business, Free News Articles

Tim Rowe named Vineyard Manager at Domaine Carneros

NAPA, Calif. -- As harvest kicks off in Napa this week, Domaine Carneros Winery is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Rowe, seasoned viticultural expert with over a decade of impressive positions within the California wine industry, to the position of Vineyard Manager. Succeeding Alberto Zamora, who is retiring after a 40-year career in the wine industry, ten of which were spent transforming the vineyards at Domaine Carneros, Rowe states that his new position is a viticulturist's dream.

"With 400 acres in the Carneros AVA encompassing a diversity of clones and rootstocks, the estate vineyards are like a living laboratory," he notes. Rowe looks forward to working with the winemaking team to nuance the different clonal expressions in the wines. "The opportunity to manage six estate vineyards all within a few miles of the winery, which Alberto and the winery's dedicated team have cultivated with care and nurturing, is a labor of love and an incredible opportunity to go deep with my knowledge base."

During Zamora's tenure, he was instrumental in the acquisition of the Tula Vista (2012) and Las Amigas (2016) vineyards, and he also replanted 50% of the winery's vineyard holdings. Of retiring, he stated "I'm leaving the vineyards in a better, more sustainable place. I worked hard to achieve Napa Green, Fish Friendly Farming, and California Certified Sustainable Winegrowing certifications."

Rowe joins a team, under the leadership of CEO Remi Cohen, that is dedicated not only to sound environmental practices, but also to employee engagement and development. Of the new position, he shared that the dedicated vineyard team will allow him to nurture the career goals of the individuals who make up the crew. This aligns with the prevailing philosophy held by CEO Cohen and her management team which is to support, mentor, and cultivate from within the company. Commenting on Rowe's hire, she stated "We benefited so much from the contributions of Alberto over the past decade, and as we look ahead, Tim is the ideal fit to take us into the future, building on a superb foundation."

Prior to Domaine Carneros, Rowe, a native Kansan who graduated with an agricultural degree from the University of Missouri, worked with the vineyard management team run by Kirk Grace at the famed Stag's Leap Wine Cellars in the Napa Valley. Following that, he expanded his knowledge of California AVAs working for LVMH, focusing on the 2,000 acres of vineyards for the Domaine Chandon and Newton brands. Next, joining the innovative Monarch Tractor team as its tenth employee working to introduce the world's first electric self-driving tractor brought Rowe into the future of farming.

His well-rounded experience dovetails with the forward-thinking mentality of the team at Domaine Carneros. Of joining the team, he stated "I was always impressed by the iconic nature of this winery, and its reputation for producing among the best domestic sparkling wines preceded it. I look forward to taking the vineyards to the next level in quality and best practices."

ABOUT DOMAINE CARNEROS:

Founded in 1987, Domaine Carneros reflects the hallmark of its founder, Champagne Taittinger, in creating terroir-driven sparkling wine and preserving the quality tenets of the traditional method production. Located entirely within the Carneros AVA, between Napa and Sonoma counties, the six estate vineyards total approximately 400 acres with 125 acres planted to Chardonnay, 225 acres planted to Pinot Noir, with the remaining acres currently in development. The winery focuses on making ultra-premium Carneros sparkling wines and limited production Pinot Noirs.

Domaine Carneros' château has become a landmark and symbol of the region. The architecture and interior design were inspired by the 18th century Château de la Marquetterie, the historic Taittinger family residence in the Champagne region. Visitors to the chateau enjoy seated tastings of methode traditionelle sparkling wines and small-lot pinot noir in the elegant Jardin d'Hiver or on the broad terrace overlooking the rolling vineyards of Carneros. Domaine Carneros limited production wines are available onsite, via ecommerce, and are distributed nationally by Kobrand Corporation which, founded in 1944, remains one of the few family-owned wine and spirits companies in the United States.

The winery places a high value on preserving the environment and has taken on a vast array of environmental efforts. The roof of the pinot noir winery adjacent to the château hosts a solar array that was the largest on any winery in the world when it was installed and continues to be expanded with a state-of-the-art microgrid launching in 2022. The most recent award, one of many from federal, state and local government; was the California Green Medal for Domaine Carneros' demonstration of "Smart Business through efficiencies, cost savings and innovation from implementing sustainable practices."

Learn more at: https://www.domainecarneros.com/

Related link: https://www.domainecarneros.com/

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Co-Chairs Announced for 2nd Annual United Diversity Business Summit, Cameron Robb, Jackie Johnson and Art Hamilton

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Building on the impact and success of 2021 "United Diversity Business Summit," bringing together a trifecta of leadership and insight, the 2nd annual Summit has announced its distinguished co-chairs: Cameron Robb, Senior Development Consultant at APS; Jackie Johnson, City of Scottsdale Diversity Director; and former Arizona State Representative Art Hamilton. Presented by Thinkzilla Consulting Group and the City of Scottsdale, the Sept. 14 summit will convene diverse business leaders and entrepreneurs from across Arizona to share ideas and innovations.

With this expanded leadership team, the United Diversity Business Summit will spearhead break-out sessions and training workshops covering various topics and industries. With the aim of moving 100 or more companies forward and expanding fast-growing diverse small businesses across the valley.

Cameron Robb's role at APS, helps bring clean, reliable and affordable energy to more than 2.7 million Arizonans. Further diversity throughout the City of Scottsdale, Jackie Johnson sets the strategic direction for DEI initiatives, integrating diversity with the city's core mission and values. A 26-year-public servant, Art Hamilton became a state legislator at age 21 and served as minority leader of the Arizona House of Representatives for nearly two decades; he was also the first Black and only Arizonan to be elected to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The 2022 United Diversity Business Summit will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Center with a theme of "Enhancing the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem through Diversity, Community and Innovation." It is free for attendees.

"Creating a sustainable future for everyone in Arizona means that we must offer a path to reliable and affordable energy for everyone," Robb said. "We believe in leading the way with innovation and supporting everyone in the diverse communities we serve. I am honored to serve as co-chair for the United Diversity Business Summit and help to bring more voices and perspectives to the leader's table."

Attendees will learn from more than 25 speakers on innovative approaches and best practices to improve economic diversity outcomes for organizations and entrepreneurs. This year's summit will host two tracks: Track 1 is designed for public and private companies seeking to increase diversity outcomes and Track 2 incorporates business development programs to attract and grow the minority small business community. Workshop topics will include using disruption to advance business strategy, entrepreneurship 101, supplier diversity, inclusive decision-making, recognizing and overcoming financial challenges, and more.

"As a steady voice for the underrepresented, I appreciate the opportunity to engage greater diversity, equity and inclusion throughout Scottsdale with this summit and all of the incredible initiatives it sparks," Johnson added. "This year's event has an extraordinary wealth of talent, insight, and diverse perspectives and expertise."

Speakers for the 2022 summit include: David Ortega, Mayor of Scottsdale; Dr. Velma Trayham, CEO of Thinkzilla; Jackie Johnson, Diversity Director for the City of Scottsdale; Rob Millar, Economic Development Director for the City of Scottsdale; Art Hamilton, founder of the Art Hamilton Group; Danny Seiden, President and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Cloves Campbell, co-publisher of the Arizona Informant; Eric Standifer, President and CEO of Blaylock Van and more to be announced.

Registration is now available at https://uniteddiversitybusinesssummit.com/

About Thinkzilla Consulting Group:

ThinkZILLA is one of the country's fastest-growing DE&I Consulting, digital engagement, and program management firms. Making brands more relevant, ThinkZILLA builds meaningful connections between brands and consumers. For more information on ThinkZILLA or to schedule a consultation, please visit https://thinkzillaconsulting.com/.

About the City of Scottsdale:

Scottsdale is one of the state's leading job centers, with a diverse economy built on medical research, high-tech innovation, tourism, and corporate headquarters. Scottsdale is home to nearly 18,000 businesses supplying over 150,000 jobs. The high-tech innovation center SkySong, located just a few miles from Downtown, is designed to help companies grow through a unique partnership with nearby Arizona State University. For more information, visit https://www.choosescottsdale.com/.

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