Business, Insurance, Management Changes

EPIC Adds Michele Childers as Account Executive in Folsom

Author: Edgewood Partners Insurance Center
Dateline: San Francisco, California (SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.)  | Wed, 01 Jun 2011

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC), a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, has added Michele Childers as an employee benefits account executive in its Folsom office. Michele brings a strong background in marketing and product knowledge, benefit plan design and client service.”



A R T I C L E:

Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC), a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, has added Michele Childers as an employee benefits account executive in its Folsom office. Michele brings a strong background in marketing and product knowledge, benefit plan design and client service.

As an account executive at EPIC, Michele will provide client program leadership, including overall strategy and design direction. Michele will also oversee the timeliness and accuracy of all deliverables and client service team management.

"We continue to build a strong team and business model centered on innovation, best practices and creating trusted advisor relationships with our clients," said Dana Liedel, managing director of EPIC's Employee Benefits Practice. "Michele is a sharp, enthusiastic, and focused professional with strong analytical, marketing and financial management abilities. We're excited to have her join our Folsom team and help deliver our unique set of capabilities to the Northern California marketplace."

Prior to joining EPIC, Michele was most recently a senior broker/sales executive at BenefitMall in Roseville, Calif. where she was responsible for acquiring new clients and designing, implementing and managing all aspects of their employee benefit programs. She has also held sales and customer service positions at Secure Horizons and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.

Michele Childers can be contacted at:
Edgewood Partners Insurance Center
1743 Creekside Drive, Suite 200
Folsom, CA 95630
Direct Phone: 916.358.8009.

About Edgewood Partners Insurance Center:

Founded in 2007, EPIC is an innovative California-based retail property and casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage firm. The company provides a unique equity ownership opportunity and has created a values-based culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty, and sustains a high level of customer service excellence.

The fastest growing brokerage in the state, EPIC now has nearly 300 team members operating from seven offices across California (Los Angeles, Orange, Irvine, Folsom, San Francisco, San Mateo and San Ramon) and in Baltimore, Md. With nearly $60 Million in revenues, EPIC ranks among the top 50 retail insurance brokers in the United States and is the 5th largest privately-held broker in California. For more information please visit www.edgewoodins.com .

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Business

Golden State Legislature Poised to Kill Gold Mining Industry on Eve of New Regulations, says Gold Pan California

Author: Gold Pan California
Dateline: Concord, California (CONCORD, Calif.)  | Tue, 31 May 2011

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “Gold Pan California, a gold mining supply shop, has been looking forward to the relief of November like salve applied to a burn. Owner Mike Dunn's anticipation of relief was suddenly diverted 2 weeks ago, when the California Legislature began shuffling last minute trailer budget bill language which, if passed, will kill the suction gold mining industry.”



A R T I C L E:

Gold Pan California, a gold mining supply shop, has been looking forward to the relief of November like salve applied to a burn. Owner Mike Dunn's anticipation of relief was suddenly diverted 2 weeks ago, when the California Legislature began shuffling last minute trailer budget bill language which, if passed, will kill the suction gold mining industry and cost the Golden State $23 to $70 Million annually.

In 2009, the California Legislature imposed a temporary moratorium on suction gold dredging until a court-ordered Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was completed. Since then, the State has spent $1.5 Million to conduct the study, and the Department of Fish and Game (DFG), who manages the suction dredge permitting program, is on track to release the updated regulations in November, which will allow the gold miners to go back to work.

That is, unless the California Legislature passes 2 lethal paragraphs of trailer budget bill language regarding suction dredge mining next week. Although the language is titled as a $1.8 Million cut and 5-year moratorium, the consequences will be colossally worse.

Since the DFG new regulations will not be concluded until November, but the current budget will be passed before then, the original temporary moratorium can never be lifted. Thus, the gold mining industry will be instantly killed, and the financial loss will affect small businesses in at least 14 sectors including grocery, restaurants, lodging, fuel and hardware.

Dunn points to the stack of fine-gold recovery units for suction dredges that he has been building in anticipation of the industry re-opening. "The DFG has already spent $1.5 Million to complete the EIR, which proved that gold dredging is not deleterious to fish; now the Legislature wants to discard the results? This is extraordinarily reckless legislation!"

Indeed, the socio-economic destruction would be vast. By the DFG's own calculations, $23 Million annually benefits the lowest income regions of the State.

Proline, a mining equipment manufacturer based in Coulterville, suffered a 40 percent loss when the 2009 temporary moratorium went into effect. Owner Jeff Kuykendall paints a bleak picture for the California retailers of his products. "We are very fortunate to have overseas sales to help sustain our business. But if this legislation passes, my retailers will be forced out of business. The Legislature hasn't even considered how broad the closures will be."

In Siskiyou County, nearly every business and household is dependent on the miners. Bruce Johnson owns Mid River RV located in Seiad Valley. All of the neighboring businesses, a cafe, grocery store, mini storage and post office, rely on Johnson's tenants for their seasonal incomes. Johnson also serves on the Seiad Valley Fire Board, which is the oldest all-volunteer fire department in California. Exasperated, Johnson asks "Is the Legislature intentionally dysfunctional? We're holding on for dear life out here and the gold miners could immediately help ease the burden."

In the 1850's, gold miners blew down hillsides with huge hydraulic cannons of water which wreaked havoc on rivers and were outlawed. 100 years later, manufacturers such as Proline invented the environmentally responsible hand held suction dredge, and gold miners have been using them ever since.

Suction dredge mining is conducted underwater by a diver wearing about 50 pounds of weights, with most of the work dependant on the strength of the individual. The suction dredge consists of a hand-held vacuum hose, with a sluice box floated on pontoons above. The diver holds the vacuum hose with one hand while throwing cobbles out of the way with the other hand, and the gold flakes land up in the sluice.

Dunn says that suction dredge mining is the epitome of the American dream; "Suction gold dredging is one of the purest tests of the human spirit. The underwater working conditions are constantly challenging and sometimes brutal, but at $1,500 a teaspoonful, prospecting for gold is worth every effort spent."

Whether prospecting for the Mother lode or a few small flakes to put food on the table, the fate of more than 4,000 miners and the annual $23 to $70 Million industry they create is being determined by the Legislature this week.

About Gold Pan California:

The company was founded in 2008 by Mike Dunn, an international gold mining specialist who has been suction gold dredge mining for 33 years.

For more information visit http://www.goldpancalifornia.com .

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Business, Networks and Encryption

TeamF1 and Kaspersky Lab Announce Partnership to Offer Anti-Malware Monitoring Services in Home and Business Gateways

Author: TeamF1, Inc.
Dateline: Fremont, California (FREMONT, Calif.)  | Mon, 30 May 2011

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “TeamF1, Inc., the leader in embedded networking and security software solutions for wired and wireless applications, and Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content and threat management solutions, today announced a technology partnership that enables networking OEMs targeting secure devices for home and business networking to offer superior gateway anti-malware protection to their users.”



A R T I C L E:

TeamF1, Inc., the leader in embedded networking and security software solutions for wired and wireless applications, and Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content and threat management solutions, today announced a technology partnership that enables networking OEMs targeting secure devices for home and business networking to offer superior gateway anti-malware protection to their users. This partnership expands the array of options available to OEMs by offering functionality to match threats against the latest Kaspersky Lab signatures database in gateway/routers, as well as optionally integrating Kaspersky Lab's anti-malware engine into TeamF1's SecureF1rst family of gateway solutions.

With increasing demand for anti-malware checks at the point of Internet access for home and SMB networks, today's Internet gateway devices need to offer continuous protection from diverse types of malware - from viruses, Trojans, spyware and crimeware to malicious adware and key loggers - as an important part of their unified threat management strategy. OEMs benefit from TeamF1's technology that leverages Kaspersky Lab's latest malware signatures database and detection engine to stop malware in real-time as it attempts to enter the network.

"End-point protection, while an important part of security, is no longer sufficient for today's constantly besieged networks. Network users need solid anti-malware protection at the gateway to be able to combat dangerous malware," said Mukesh Lulla, president of TeamF1, Inc. "Kaspersky Lab's highly-regarded technologies and frequently updated signatures enables our SecureF1rst platform to offer the kind of ironclad security that today's networks demand."

"TeamF1, with its leading security platform, forms the base of many leading SMB networking security devices in the market," said Stephane Le Hir, Kaspersky Lab's Vice President of Technology Alliances. "This partnership will help OEMs served by TeamF1 to offer best-in-class devices to the market driven by our award-winning malware detection features."

About Kaspersky Lab:

Kaspersky Lab is the largest antivirus company in Europe. It delivers some of the world's most immediate protection against IT security threats, including viruses, spyware, crimeware, hackers, phishing, and spam. The company is ranked among the world's top four vendors of security solutions for endpoint users. Kaspersky Lab products provide superior detection rates and one of the industry's fastest outbreak response times for home users, SMBs, large enterprises and the mobile computing environment. Kaspersky(R) technology is also used worldwide inside the products and services of the industry's leading IT security solutions providers. Learn more at: http://www.kaspersky.com .

About TeamF1:

TeamF1, Inc., a privately held corporation headquartered in Fremont, California, is a leader in high performance embedded networking and security software. TeamF1's products enable secure networking of telecom/datacom and industrial equipment. More information: http://www.TeamF1.com or TeamF1 Public Relations: 510-505-9931.

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Business, Economic Development

MADE In Missouri 2011 State Entrepreneurship Competition to Highlight New Businesses in Missouri

Author: Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship
Dateline: Sedalia, Missouri (SEDALIA, Mo.)  | Fri, 27 May 2011

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “The Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship announced today that the 2011 MADE In Missouri State Entrepreneurship Competition, an event that will highlight new and aspiring businesses through a competitive and educational business development process, will accept preliminary submissions until June 30, 2011.”



A R T I C L E:

The Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship announced today that the 2011 MADE In Missouri State Entrepreneurship Competition, an event that will highlight new and aspiring businesses through a competitive and educational business development process, will accept preliminary submissions until June 30, 2011. Submissions can be made online at http://made2011.istart.org or submitted by mail or email to Cheryl Zimny at the address below.

The Competition provides new and potential business owners in Missouri an opportunity to put their business ideas up against others throughout the state and grow their ventures. The competition is designed to support Missouri communities by cultivating reliable businesses, creating jobs, and stimulating the state's economic future.

Participants start by answering a questionnaire about their business ideas. All first round participants are provided with tips and suggestions on how to make their businesses better by the judges. Those who advance to the finals will develop business plans and provide brief business pitches to judges in a simulated investor scenario. Finalists will present their finished business plans, products, and services at the Missouri State Fair on August 18, 2011 in Sedalia, Missouri.

Cash grants will be awarded as startup/operating capital to winners of the final round during the State Fair. Judging at all levels will take place behind closed doors. All participant business information is regarded as confidential and proprietary and will not be shared with outside parties.

Registration is open to any potential or current business owner in operation three years or less. The two categories of participation are Youth (18 and under) and Open. Participants do not have to be in business yet to compete. Mail and Electronic submissions for the preliminary level are due by 5 p.m. June 30, 2011. Judging of the preliminary round will occur the first week of July and participants will be notified of the results by July 9, 2011.

For more information go online to http://www.mvcaa.net/index.cfm?Page=MADE or contact Cheryl Zimny, Community Development Manager; Missouri Valley Community Action Agency; 1415 S. Odell; Marshall, MO 65340; Phone: 660-886-7476; Fax: 660-886-5868; zimnyc@mvcaa.net .

The Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship (MADE) is a project facilitated by Missouri Valley Community Action Agency of Marshall, Missouri, a not-for-profit organization. This project/program is funded in whole/or part with federal Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funds received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provided by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Family Support Division. The funds received from the Family Support Division are all federally funded.

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Business, Education and Schools

Eaton Community Schools and Energy Optimizers, USA Implement $2 Million Energy Conservation Project

Author: Energy Optimizers, USA
Dateline: Tipp City, Ohio (TIPP CITY, Ohio)  | Thu, 26 May 2011

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “Eaton Community Schools Superintendent Brad Neavin announces that the school district will establish a 'Green Team' of staff and students that will both develop and deliver the District's energy education program, sponsored by Energy Optimizers, USA.”



A R T I C L E:

Eaton Community Schools Superintendent Brad Neavin announces that the school district will establish a "Green Team" of staff and students that will both develop and deliver the District's energy education program, sponsored by Energy Optimizers, USA. Greg Smith, President of Energy Optimizers, USA, and Mr. Neavin announced that Eaton High School students who participate in the Green Team can apply for one of several college scholarships that will be awarded in the 2011-12 school year, for a total of $5,000, to be donated by Energy Optimizers, USA.

Energy Savings for the School District:

The Green Team Program, which also includes a grant for a $7,500 district "Energy Bike" and $1,500 worth of educational classroom energy activity kits, is all part of the $2 Million energy conservation project being implemented at the school district's facilities. These projects will reduce the District's annual energy costs by more than $240,000 per year.

Middle School Student Education and Involvement:

As part of the Ohio Energy Project's AEGIS (Activating and Energizing Girls in Science) summer program, a team of female middle school students, accompanied by a teacher, will spend three days building an Energy Bike and learning leadership skills. The Energy Bike facilitates comprehensive understanding of the transformation of energy and of the importance of energy conservation. The students will then utilize the Energy Bike to teach the students in the lower grades about kinetic energy by demonstrating how pedaling of the bike transforms energy to electricity that can then be used in everyday life - powering light bulbs, radios, etc. The program is designed to spark girls' interest in engineering, science- and math-related jobs.

About Energy Optimizers, USA:

Energy Optimizers, USA works with Ohio school districts and government agencies to implement energy savings opportunities to reduce operational costs, including lighting retrofits, renewable energy projects (wind and solar), HVAC retrofit projects, building automation retrofits and Energy Education Programs. To learn more about Energy Optimizers, USA, visit their website at http://energyoptimizersusa.com or call them at (937) 877-1919.

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Banking and Finance, Business

Mortgage Capital Trading Celebrates Ten-Year Anniversary

Author: MCT Trading, Inc.
Dateline: San Diego, California (SAN DIEGO, Calif.)  | Wed, 25 May 2011

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “MCT Trading, Inc., a recognized leader in hedging and risk management services, announced the celebration of its of tenth anniversary in business. The company was founded in May of 2001 and has remained dedicated to the mortgage banking industry since its inception.”



A R T I C L E:

MCT Trading, Inc. (MCT), a recognized leader in hedging and risk management services, announced the celebration of its of tenth anniversary in business. The company was founded in May of 2001 and has remained dedicated to the mortgage banking industry since its inception.

"Our longevity in reaching a decade of success is the result of the second-to-none service and accessibility that we provide our clients," said Curtis Richins, president of MCT. "To date, we have helped over 200 lenders establish effective hedging strategies, taking them to new heights of profitability and efficiency. We're proud to say we've been doing this for ten years and we look forward to continuing to serve as a long-term trusted advisor for our clients."

MCT is comprised of a group of senior mortgage banking professionals that hold years of deep experience in capital markets trading. In 2010, the company doubled its revenue and is currently tracking to again double revenues in 2011.

At the core of MCT's core trading model is HALO (Hedging And LoanSale Optimization Program), which is a program that combines proprietary market-proven pipeline hedging disciplines with best-execution negotiated loan sales services. MCT attributes its success to one-on-one client care coupled with the benefits of the HALO program, thus enabling clients to lock in higher profitability while mitigating the risk associated with interest rate changes.

The company predominantly caters to growing small to mid-tier mortgage bankers that need assistance, education and dedicated resources to successfully make the transition from best efforts to mandatory loan sales.

About Mortgage Capital Trading:

MCT Trading is a risk management and advisory services company providing independent analysis, training, hedging strategy and loan sale execution support to clients engaged in the secondary mortgage market. Founded in San Diego, California in May 2001, the company has expanded to include field sales and support offices in Philadelphia, Dallas, Charlotte and San Francisco. MCT is recognized as a leading provider of mortgage pipeline hedging service and currently supports more than 60 clients on the HALO (Hedging And Loan sales Optimization) Program.

For more information, please visit www.mct-trading.com .

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Banking and Finance, Business

False Suspects ‘Bite the Dust’ as CONIX’s X9 Inspector Tracks and Filters Re-presentments, Advancing Payments Processing Productivity

Author: CONIX Systems, Inc.
Dateline: Manchester, Vermont (MANCHESTER, Vt.)  | Mon, 23 May 2011

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “CONIX Systems, Inc., (CONIX) announces the availability of its Dupe Detective™ X9 Inspector™ feature, providing banks and payments processing providers a proven duplicate detection solution that eliminates the most common source of false suspects.”



A R T I C L E:

CONIX Systems, Inc., (CONIX) announces the availability of its Dupe Detective™ X9 Inspector™ feature, providing banks and payments processing providers a proven duplicate detection solution that eliminates the most common source of false suspects. X9 Inspector enables payments processing operations to minimize the number of payments falsely identified as duplicate suspects by tracking the returned status of the payment and filtering re-presented returned items from duplicate processing.

"The problem of 'false positives' became a Conix priority because we knew of banks and processors that were delaying decisions about duplicate payments detection," said CONIX's Managing Director of Sales, Steve Fortson. "Despite the risks and losses caused when a duplicate item posts to an account, the threat of creating and managing false positives with their legacy systems and manual procedures was understandably overwhelming."

While "paying banks" have the option of providing updates to Dupe Detective from their outgoing returns system, this is not feasible for third party payment providers, such as banks processing correspondent cashletters or on-us items for other banks. Dupe Detective X9 Inspector solves this problem by automatically processing the X9 endorsement addendum records in the X9 files to identify the returned/re-presented status of incoming payments.

"Dupe Detective X9 Inspector is a significant addition to the family of payment processing solutions that Conix has been building since 2006, each of which has quietly achieved implicit industry standard status," said CONIX's CEO, Mike Charles. "With each of its new offerings, Conix has been ahead of the market in anticipating emerging payments options and their unanticipated consequences."

A leading international provider of payment processing solutions to the financial services industry, CONIX is a proven innovator with its Dupe Detective, the duplicate detection solution used by more top 25 U.S. banks.

"Clearly, banks and payment processors understand that duplicates in the payments stream represent a multi-faceted threat, and consider their Day 1 identification as both a customer service priority and a fraud detection imperative," said Fortson. "Some banks have hesitated to solve the duplicate payment dilemma because of the impact of 'false positives.'"

"Conix is helping banks and payment processors succeed in an era of proliferating payments options, including image item exchange, remote deposit capture, electronic transactions, and mobile device initiated transactions," said Charles. "It has been our experience that once a bank or other payment processing operation realizes the benefits of Dupe Detective, they can't recall how they ever operated without it. We've had success story after success story, and we are happy to share them with you."

According to Charles, CONIX is uniquely qualified to intercept duplicates in Day 1 while keeping pace with high-volume Day 1 payment processing systems. CONIX has been providing Day 1 payments processing software and services to the top-tier financial institutions and payments processors for nearly two decades, developing and delivering to the industry server-based solutions that are unsurpassed in performance and quality.

"Conix leads with its solutions because we listen closely to our customers," he added.

About CONIX Systems, Inc.:

CONIX Systems, Inc. (www.CONIX.com) is a world leader in providing payment processing software and related services to the financial services industry. The company's products perform key processing tasks for an estimated tens of billions in payments each year. CONIX software and services are used by approximately 80 percent of the largest U.S. banks. Its comprehensive solutions are simple to use in production and simple to maintain, guaranteeing high quality performance at the lowest cost.

CONIX has a reputation for driving innovation with its products. Dupe Detective prevents duplicate payments from all channels from posting to customer accounts. Fraud Detective™ accelerates exceptions processing into Day 1, significantly reducing fraud risk for institutions and their customers. Enterprise IRD™ enables comprehensive, high-volume IRD authoring across the enterprise.

Founded in 1992, the company is headquartered in Manchester, Vermont, with offices throughout the United States.

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Business, Employment, HR and Outsourcing

Pathbuilders Engages Nine New Clients Including Kaiser Permanente and Graphic Packaging International for 2011 ACHIEVA Program

Author: Pathbuilders Inc.
Dateline: Atlanta, Georgia (ATLANTA, Ga.)  | Fri, 20 May 2011

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “Pathbuilders Inc. kicked off its 2011 Achieva program on May 20 at Cobb Galleria with high-potential women from 36 companies. Nine of the companies are new to the Pathbuilders client roster.”



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Pathbuilders Inc. kicked off its 2011 Achieva program on May 20 at Cobb Galleria with high-potential women from 36 companies. Nine of the companies are new to the Pathbuilders client roster: 22squared, Inc., Abel Solutions, Inc., Graphic Packaging International, Hire Dynamics, Jones Lang LaSalle, Kaiser Permanente, Oldcastle, Inc., Our House, and Teradata. Achieva is one of four external development programs offered by Pathbuilders for high-potential women at critical stages in their careers.

Pathbuilders personally interviews each mentee and mentor in preparation for the start of each class so they are able to gain insights into the most pressing issues in business today. The mentees of the 2011 class are particularly focused on thinking and acting strategically, as well motivating and managing people on their teams. There is also an increased interest this year in global and international issues.

"As we all recalibrate to a post-recession mindset, forward looking organizations are investing in their high-potential leaders," said Helene Lollis, president of Pathbuilders. "The growth and development of these mid-level women is critical to the ultimate success of their organizations. We look forward to helping them grow, acquire new skills and expand their horizons."

Achieva is the third in a series of four progressive professional development programs designed by Pathbuilders to position women for additional responsibilities and career success. The program includes one-on-one external mentoring with a senior executive, along with educational sessions and peer networking to help each woman become an influential leader within her organization.

The Pathbuilders series of progressive professional development programs includes:

* Insignia(SM): comprised of entry-level women, up to two years into their careers;

* Percepta®: comprised of junior-executive women learning to manage people and projects;

* Achieva®: comprised of mid-level, high-potential women, recognized as having senior-executive potential in their organizations;

* Inspiria®: comprised of senior-level women leading and setting the vision for their organizations.

Participants in the 2011 Achieva program are from the following companies:
22squared, Inc.
Abel Solutions, Inc.
Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
Assurant Solutions
AT&T
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Coca-Cola Refreshments
EarthLink, Inc.
Gas-South
Genuine Parts Company
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Power, a Southern Company
Graphic Packaging International
Hire Dynamics
Imerys NA Performance Minerals
Jones Lang LaSalle
Kaiser Permanente
Kimberly Clark Corporation
KPMG LLP
Manhattan Associates
McKesson Corporation
North Highland
OFS Fitel, LLC
Oldcastle, Inc.
Our House
Radiant Systems, Inc.
Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc.
Southern Company
Teradata
The Coca-Cola Company
The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Verizon Wireless
Zep Inc.

About Pathbuilders Inc.:

Pathbuilders partners with Fortune-ranked organizations to develop high-performing individuals through mentoring, executive development programs and consulting. Through highly-customized talent management offerings, Pathbuilders accelerates the career growth of individuals and directly contributes to bottom line success of client organizations. Pathbuilders was founded in 1995 with a unique focus on developing the potential of high-performing women and creating gender-diverse organizations. Today, Pathbuilders leverages the corporate experience of its leadership team to develop impactful developmental experiences for high-potential men and women in forward thinking organizations. Pathbuilders has worked with more than 3,000 professionals from more than 300 client organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, college and universities, and government agencies.

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Business, Insurance

Long-Term Care Insurance Pioneer Lays Out Path for Bold Growth of His Industry

Author: LTC Financial Partners LLC
Dateline: Kirkland, Washington State (KIRKLAND, Wash.)  | Thu, 19 May 2011

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “In the long-term care insurance (LTCi) sales field, business has been pretty flat for the past few years. 'But that can change dramatically if we're willing to reinvent ourselves,' said Cameron Truesdell of LTCFP in a keynote speech at the 2011 National LTCi Producers Summit.”



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In the long-term care insurance (LTCi) sales field, business has been pretty flat for the past few years. But that can change dramatically "if we're willing to reinvent ourselves," said Cameron Truesdell in a keynote speech at the 2011 National LTCi Producers Summit, held in Las Vegas in April. The Summit is the nation's premier long-term care insurance sales conference. Truesdell, a founder of today's LTCi industry, is CEO of LTC Financial Partners LLC (LTCFP), one of America's most experienced long-term care insurance agencies.

Speaking before hundreds of America's most successful LTCi agents, Truesdell painted a vision of dramatically higher sales and commission income. Currently, in a good year, an experienced agent could expect to write from 50 to 150 policies, Truesdell said. But there was a new way to proceed, he said, that could produce about 1,000 policies a year -- or about ten times the volume. The new way involves a shift in focus from the consumer to the workplace.

Traditionally LTCi sales have been "over the kitchen table," to one person or couple at a time. For demographic, political, and economic reasons, now's the time to shift to the executive office or conference room, Truesdell asserted. Why?

He pointed to these facts:

* Today there are 25 million caregivers in the United States, most of them relatives of the person needing care.

* 36 percent of these caregivers are between 51 and 64, "prime working years."

* 47 percent of these are employed and distracted from job focus by concerns about the loved one at home.

* 18 percent of the 51 to 64 year-old caregivers have had to quit their jobs to provide care.

"This has a huge impact on employers," Truesdell said. He didn't need to add that the impact was unnecessary if the affected individuals were covered by long-term care insurance, because money would be available to pay for professional caregivers.

This problem for business "offers us an enormous opportunity," Truesdell said. By shifting their prime focus from the consumer to the worksite, agents could not only help improve the U.S. economy but also multiply their own incomes many-fold, through large-group sales versus one-at-a-time sales.

A big aid to the worksite-sales strategy will be the CLASS Act, the upcoming public option for long-term care insurance, Truesdell predicted. "It will force human resources people and benefit brokers to at least evaluate their long-term care options," he said. Of the 5.7 million U.S. companies, only about 15,000 - far less than one percent - now offer long-term care benefits, he said. "How's that for opportunity?"

Truesdell's organization has launched the Worksite Academy to bridge the gap between companies and LTCi agents, and to train agents in the worksite-sales approach. Agents and agencies wishing to join forces with LTCFP will find more information at http://web.ltcfp.com/ltcfp/consumer.aspx .

A video recording of Truesdell's address is available at
http://www.vimeo.com/23163013

The company is a co-founder and sponsor of the "3 in 4 Need More" campaign, which seeks to multiply the number of Americans protected by long-term care planning.

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Advertising and Marketing, Business

CMI’s Laura Winn Johnson to Speak at 2011 NewMR Ethnography Virtual Event

Author: CMI
Dateline: Atlanta, Georgia (ATLANTA, Ga.)  | Wed, 18 May 2011

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “Laura Winn Johnson, qualitative manager and ethnographer for CMI, a full-service marketing research company, will present 'A 360 Degree Brand View: Identifying New Opportunities for Your Business' during the NewMR Ethnography Virtual Event on May 25.”



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Laura Winn Johnson, qualitative manager and ethnographer for CMI, a full-service marketing research company, will present "A 360 Degree Brand View: Identifying New Opportunities for Your Business" during the NewMR Ethnography Virtual Event on May 25.

The NewMR Ethnography Virtual Event is an international webinar series exploring ethnographic market research strategies ranging from traditional ethnography to video ethnography and "netnography." Laura will be the first of four speakers featured in the online session from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on May 25, 2011.

Laura will discuss an immersive approach to uncovering brand opportunities. The path to greater brand resonance requires marketers to understand the myriad ways that consumers relate to and experience their brand, product or service. She will explain how an authentic observational framework may be used to tackle complex strategic marketing issues. This framework goes beyond traditional research approaches, leveraging the principles of cultural anthropology and a creative combination of research methods to understand the brand category in new ways within the full context of consumers' lives.

For more information and to register online visit http://newmr.org/page/ethnography-1 .

About CMI:

CMI is a full-service marketing research company that creates competitive advantages for clients by turning research data into strategic insights and recommendations that drive business results. Since 1989, CMI has delivered unique solutions to uncover opportunities, optimize marketing strategies, and improve performance for clients in consumer and B2B markets. CMI's experienced team of market research consultants leverages a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods and technologies to help clients align products, services and strategies with customer needs.

CMI serves primarily Fortune 1000 clients and is currently ranked on the Honomichl Top 50 list of the country's largest marketing research organizations and Inside Research list of fastest growing market research companies in the U.S. For more information about CMI, visit www.cmiresearch.com .

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