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3 Attorneys from Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, P.A. Continue Firm’s Legacy of Leadership in the St. Petersburg Bar Association

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, P.A. is proud to announce that three of its attorneys were sworn into leadership roles of the St. Petersburg Bar Association on May 27, 2020. Sean McQuaid now becomes the 96th President of the Bar Association and Rachel Drude-Tomori and Andrew Pardun join him as members of the Executive Committee.

Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, P.A. is among the oldest law firms in St. Petersburg. However, this is the first time in the over 60-year history of the law firm that three of its lawyers undertook such an important role at the same time in contributing to the St Petersburg Bar Association. During these challenging times, the attorneys will be called upon for their leadership in steering the Association into the "new normal" as it relates to the practice of law.

"To have so many of our lawyers volunteer their time to this noble cause makes me confident that the next generation of lawyers will make significant positive changes in the legal profession," stated Howard Ross, Chairman of the Board for Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, P.A. and a practicing lawyer for 56 years in St. Petersburg.

The three lawyers were sworn into office on May 27, 2020 by Pinellas County Court Judge Edwin Jagger. The ceremony took place via a Zoom call. Executive Director, Melissa Byers, surprised everyone by arranging for approximately 40 past presidents of the Association to appear remotely for the call. One of the past presidents of the St. Petersburg Bar Association was attorney Aubrey Dicus, a partner at Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, P.A. The support of everyone during this time of uncertainty with the virus was a sign of solidarity and hope for the St. Petersburg legal community.

The St. Petersburg Bar Association was founded in 1925 and is the oldest legal professional association in the area. There are over 1,000 members including judges and lawyers in the area. The Association has been nationally recognized due to the innovative programs initiated by its Executive Director. Many of these programs have focused on wellness in the profession and ways to improve benefits to the membership. The Association's goals are to serve the legal community, to strengthen the noble calling of the practice of law, and to foster excellence in the profession.

Sean McQuaid's Role of President

Sean McQuaid's role of President comes after five years of service to the organization. He previously served for four years on the Executive Committee and one year as President-Elect. One of his goals this year will be to assist, educate, and train the courts and the membership on technological changes in the profession that have become necessary due to COVID-19. Mr. McQuaid has been practicing law in St. Petersburg for the past 20 years, all with Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, P.A. In January, he became the Firm's fourth President, taking over from Aubrey Dicus.

Mr. McQuaid practices primarily personal injury, auto accidents and criminal defense. He has been repeatedly recognized for his skills and reputation in the practice of law and is AV rated by Martindale Hubbel, a Florida Super Lawyer, Florida Trend Legal Elite, to name a few. Mr. McQuaid has a history of giving back to the community. He has previously served on the City of St. Peterburg's Nuisance Abatement Board, where he was Chairman for two years. He served for five years on the Judicial Nominating Commission for the 6th Judicial Circuit. He has served on his Homeowner's Association Board for eleven years, and was President for nine of them. He also served for three years on the Executive Committee of the Suncoast Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Rachel Drude-Tomori Begins Her Second Year on the St. Petersburg Bar Association's Executive Committee

Rachel was elected to this position after serving as Chair of the Association's Probate & Guardianship Section for two years and winning the 2019 "Rockin' Chair" award for her leadership and fundraising achievements. Ms. Drude-Tomori is a partner at Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, P.A. specializing in estate planning, probate, and elder law. She is a seasoned presenter on the topic of creative estate planning and was recently elected President of St. Petersburg Toastmasters Club 2284. She has been recognized by her peers and the courts as being elite in her profession as a Super Lawyer Rising Star. She routinely helps high net worth individuals and other professionals with proper asset protection and estate planning advice.

Andrew Pardun Is an Associate at Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & Mcquaid, P.A. and Begins His First Term on the Executive Committee

Mr. Pardun previously served as the Vice-Chairman and two-term Chairman of the Real Property section of the St. Petersburg Bar Association. He currently serves on the City of St. Petersburg Nuisance Abatement Board and is the Vice President of Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Pardun practices real estate and business law. He also manages the Firm's title company, which is responsible for real estate closings primarily in Pinellas County, Florida.

Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, P.A. has a long standing history of service to the community. Sean McQuaid is now the third President of the St. Petersburg Bar Association from the Firm. Both Anthony Battaglia and Aubrey Dicus previously served as Presidents. The Firm was founded in 1958 by Anthony Battaglia. During his life, Mr. Battaglia was known for his zealous advocacy for his clients. He handled some of the highest profile cases on the West coast of Florida during his career. Mr. Battaglia passed on his characteristics of hard work and preparation to countless lawyers in the area whom he mentored. Aubrey Dicus is currently a partner with the Firm handling complex business litigation, personal injury and criminal defense. He has been honored by countless organizations for his professionalism and talents. Most recently, Mr. Dicus received the St. Petersburg Bar Association's Professionalism Award.

About Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, P.A.

Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, P.A. currently has seven lawyers and handles personal injury, criminal defense, business and commercial litigation, appeals, estate planning, probate, and insurance claims. The Firm is a Tier 1 rated law firm by US News & World Reports and was voted "Best in the Bay" among law firms in 2019 by The Tampa Bay Times.

Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, P.A.
5858 Central Ave
St. Petersburg, FL 33707
(727) 381-2300

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Launch Program Helps Companies Start Selling Direct to Consumers in China Via Cross Border E-Commerce

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- ABC Showcase USA, a leading provider of cross border e-commerce services, international trade and logistics fulfillment, established in 2018, announced expansion of a comprehensive solution to help U.S. companies sell directly to consumers in China and S.E. Asia.

Cross border e-commerce is dramatically transforming the way foreign brands penetrate the Chinese market. In 2019 more than $200 billion dollars in commerce was transacted through cross border e-commerce in China and more than 600 million active online consumers are expected by 2023. Perhaps even more exciting, U.S. companies can start selling their products in China without needing to first commit to costly regulatory approvals, re-labeling or modifications.

The rise of cross border e-commerce has brought with it an unprecedented opportunity for American companies to tap sales directly from Chinese consumers. Even with the specter of protracted trade friction between the United States and China, cross border e-commerce offers U.S. brand holders a sensible work around to sell their products in China avoiding high tariffs.

New-to-export companies can begin selling their brands direct to consumers in China including in highly regulated product categories such as health supplements, beauty products, pet food, and packaged foods with no need to directly ship their inventory overseas and thus bypassing a traditional stocking distributor. The Chinese government has recently lowered duties on most consumer goods sold through cross border sales to 9.2 %. Coupled with the expanded Chinese individual personal exemption, consumers can now import up to 5000 RMB($720.00) duty free.

The team at Showcase USA has simplified the cross-border e-commerce process to offer companies a customizable solution to help quickly launch their products rapidly in China. Since the start of 2018, Showcase USA has managed the successful launch of U.S. apparel, beauty, packaged foods, supplements, and innovative consumer goods on and other leading cross border platforms. According to Mark Matsumoto, company co-founder," The expansion of cross border e-commerce has been a game changer for U.S. companies hoping to reach the vast China consumer market. We have developed a turn-key selling model that reduces risk and gives companies assurance dealing with a U.S. based company."

Leveraging the backbone of ABC Depot Logistics who established the 3PL and procurement arm for Netease/Kaola in North America, the ABC Showcase USA model provides brand holders a simple method to manage all aspects of the cross-border process selling on leading platforms including,, Pinduoduo, WeChat and others.

The ABC Showcase USA Store Program provides brand holders the following bundled support:
* Platform authorization and launch within 30 Days
* Product registrations with China Customs
* Translated product listings on ABC Showcase USA Storefront
* Management of inventory and logistics from Los Angeles or New Jersey Warehouse
* Payment collection from Chinese consumers
* Coordination of platform promotion, including facilitation of in-country social media campaigns and participation in live streaming events.
* 24/7 customer service support in China

California based companies can inquire about opportunities to leverage the California Export ICEP Program that may fully subsidize participation in the ABC Showcase USA Pilot Program - a 6-month trial to on board and start selling products on three of the leading cross border e-commerce platforms.

Don't miss your chance to leverage the biggest online shopping day in the world: Singles' Day on 11/11 which is expected to exceed $60 billion dollars. U.S. companies who take advantage of the program offered by ABC Showcase USA can actively participate in Singles' Day and other important online sales incentive days in Fall/Winter 2020.

About ABC Depot Logistics/Showcase USA

Founded in 2005 as a leading provider of end-to-end logistics solutions, combing air freight, ocean freight, warehousing, road rail, express packages and e-commerce services. Having established a strong reputation in the global logistics industry, ABC Depot was enlisted by Netease/Kaola in 2015 to establish a 3PL operation and procurement office in North America. ABC Depot has played a key role helping become the leading cross border e-commerce platform in China. The launch of ABC Showcase USA in 2018 offered brand holders the first affordable and comprehensive cross border e-commerce sales and support solution.

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Organic Aromas Defends Intellectual Property

BOISE, Idaho -- Organic Aromas, the creator of Nebulizing Diffuser(R) aromatherapy products, emphasized today that they have long owned intellectual property rights for their well-known brands Nebulizing Diffuser(R) and Organic Aromas(R) as well as their diffuser products. In an effort to combat unauthorized knock-offs of their brands and products, the company has taken appropriate legal measures to protect their brands and products.

Organic Aromas has been involved in the aromatherapy industry since 2014. It spent years perfecting the technology that makes the Nebulizing Diffuser(R) products work. Now, 6 years after sharing its innovative creation with the world, Organic Aromas has established a reputation in the market as a pioneer in the aromatherapy industry.

The company has been using the brand names "Organic Aromas" and "Nebulizing Diffuser" since 2014 in connection with its diffuser and essential oil products. Since that year, the company has been known for high-end products such as the Raindrop Nebulizing Diffuser(R) and Elegance Nebulizing Diffuser(R) aromatherapy products, the designs for which were originally crafted by the company. Organic Aromas' Nebulizing Diffuser(R) product is known for its ability to diffuse essential oils without the use of heat, water, or plastic.

It recently came to Organic Aromas' attention that a number of companies and sellers have been using the company's brands to sell knock-off products. Pirated versions of the aforementioned products have been found in various online marketplaces. Such practice brings confusion to consumers and infringes on Organic Aromas' intellectual property rights.

This unethical violation of Organic Aromas' rights devalues the hard work invested by the company's creators to develop a unique, efficient product, such as the Nebulizing Diffuser(R) product, and to produce high-quality essential oils and essential oil blends. These products were manufactured with high precision to ensure that every user gets the benefits of aromatherapy.

"It is clear that these unscrupulous sellers who wish to make a quick buck are exploiting the goodwill and solid reputation of Organic Aromas, and in doing so, they are also exploiting our customers," said Mark Fackrell, the company's CFO. "We are steadfast in protecting our intellectual property and our customers. We want to make sure that they get our original, high-quality Nebulizing Diffuser aromatherapy products."

In light of the activities around the market, Organic Aromas has indicated plans to protect their intellectual property from fraudulent companies and individuals. To that end, Organic Aromas has worked with e-commerce websites and legal counsel to successfully address and remove fraudulent listings.

About Organic Aromas

Founded in 2014, Organic Aromas is a luxury essential oil and aromatherapy brand that manufactures the Nebulizing Diffuser(R) aromatherapy product and proprietary essential oil blends. Its Nebulizing Diffuser product is known for its innovative technology that is free of heat, water, and plastic. The Nebulizing Diffuser product disperses essential oils without the use of heat and water so you can enjoy their complete, undiluted benefits and scent in your home.

Organic Aromas' Nebulizing Diffuser product also disperses the scent of essential oils over a large area in a short period. Additionally, it comes in different models that can address your aesthetic and practical needs. The company offers a wide range of essential oils and essential oil blends to suit your preferences.

For more information about Organic Aromas, visit their website at

Organic Aromas, Pure And Simple, 1655 W. Fairview Ave. Suite 102, Boise, Idaho 83702, (208) 286-4657.

Mark Fackrell
Organic Aromas
(208) 286-4657

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Katie Knorovsky Named Managing Editor at Hidden Compass

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- In an era where most publications are shrinking, Hidden Compass, an award-winning quarterly magazine on exploration, is expanding. This week, the California-based startup is announcing Katie Knorovsky as its new managing editor.

With roughly 15 years of experience writing and editing for the National Geographic Society, Knorovsky brings a wealth of knowledge to Hidden Compass. Her hire marks a significant step toward the publication's unveiling of an innovative crowd-funded model in the fall.

"After three years of deep involvement with the stories that appear in our magazine, Co-founder Sabine Bergmann and I are ready to hand the reins to another editorial expert," says Co-founder Sivani Babu. "Having Katie Knorovsky shepherd our pieces through the editorial process will allow us co-founders the time to really gear up for our big launch in the fall."

Though Hidden Compass is barely three years old, its quarterly stories have already earned more than a dozen travel writing awards and have been recognized by The Best American Travel Writing series. But it's the company's business structure that has paved the way for growth. The founders are working to break the publishing industry's over-reliance on user data and advertising revenue by creating what they call an "antidote" to clickbait.

"I connect deeply with the Hidden Compass mission and am thrilled to join the team," Knorovsky says. "Now more than ever, helping to expand the world through narrative travel journalism is a privilege I am honored to take on."

Knorovsky is primed to help chart the course of this promisingly unconventional publication. Having championed the expertise of countless global explorers, from space archaeologists to glaciologists, Knorovsky is no stranger to what drives Hidden Compass' co-founders.

"Every day, we're getting closer to realizing our mission: to not only introduce you to the heroes you should have, but invite you to partner with them," says Co-founder Sabine Bergmann. "Katie Knorovsky will help us make badass nerd the new flavor of influencer."

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Hidden Compass was founded in 2017 and is based in Santa Barbara and Berkeley, California. It was co-founded by award-winning journalist and photographer Sivani Babu and award-winning journalist and editor Sabine Bergmann. Hidden Compass is a publication that showcases scientists, explorers, artists and journalists, and invites the public to partner with these heroes.

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Getec Industries is Operating at Full Capacity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

TORRANCE, Calif. -- Getec Industrial is proud to announce that they are operating at full capacity. "We are 100% open for business, and we have enacted several new policies in accordance with CDC guidelines in response to the COVID-19 outbreak," says Hart Cardozo III, COO of Getec Industries.

Getec Industrial has enacted the following policies to ensure the safety of our customers, employees, and their families:

* Frequently clean and sanitize all work surfaces, equipment and vehicles throughout the workday to reduce the spread of the virus.

* Monitor all employees, vendors, and customers for visible symptoms of COVID-19 as well as take the temperature of all employees before starting each work shift.

* Limit access to offices and facilities to all non-essential employees, vendors, and other visitors during the outbreak.

* Encourage all employees follow social distancing practices to keep all workers at least six feet apart to the extent possible.

* Wipe down all boxes and shipments coming in and out of our facilities with an approved alcohol solution to limit the spread of the virus.

"At this time, no Getec employees have tested positive for COVID-19," says Cardozo. "We understand the need for caution during this difficult time, as we supply the essential thermal management solutions for electronic components while still keeping our customers and employees safe."


Getec Industrial's North America is the industry leading, full-service provider of turnkey manufacturing. Our services include aluminum extrusion, die casting, CNC machining, metal stamping, plating and assembly and packaging. We have a broad product line and offer solutions for nearly every thermal management and CNC machining need - from the most complicated solutions to the simplest. We take pride in providing our customers with on time delivery of turnkey manufacturing, high quality products that both meet and exceed our customer's expectations.

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5,000 elementary schools across America are searching for a safe way to offer recess during the Pandemic

WEBB CITY, Mo. -- A pandemic recess solution is being released by Peaceful Playgrounds Inc. A 6-foot Distancing Playground, the brainchild of award-winning educator and playground designer, Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer, is an answer sure to thrill millions of children as they return to school in the fall. Why? Dr. Bossenmeyer has saved recess! While some educators assume that a 6-foot distancing requirement will eliminate recess altogether, Dr. Bossenmeyer thinks otherwise.

Dr. Bossenmeyer, a longtime teacher and principal from Southern California, asked: "Why should we eliminate recess from the school day?" With some paint and planning, she maintains that "recess can still be safe." She knows a little about school safety and recess. Her Peaceful Playgrounds Program has been shown to reduce injuries, bullying, conflicts in more than 8,000 schools across the nation over the past 20 years. Play structures are not part of her pandemic playground plan. Following CDC recess recommendations during Covid-19 she recommends recess area by class in activity zones.

Drawing on her strong background in playground safety and design, Dr. Bossenmeyer created a 6-foot Social Distancing Playground. She has created a series of Activity Zones with age-appropriate games and learning activities to be painted on existing playground surfaces using blueprints, and prefabricated stencils. QR codes can be scanned with smart phones or smart tablets for video instructions on all the games and activities which inform teachers teaching the activities.

The 6-foot Distancing Playground consists of 4 parameters to maintain social distancing, while still affording playground and recess activity for the kids:

* Activity Zones Painted on the Asphalt - The first object was to regulate movement but still allow children to move and burn off some steam. As a result, game courts are painted with painted dots and boxes to indicate waiting lines and to maintain suggested social distancing.

* Limited Equipment - To avoid spreading the virus with playground equipment such as red playground balls or playground structures, the 6-foot Social Distancing Playground is designed with age appropriate challenges and limited equipment which is not shared. An example of equipment used in the Social Distancing Playground is a plastic water bottle the children bring from home to play a bottle toss game. Schools have no need to sanitize school equipment and utilization of play structures is not recommended.

* Dots Mark the Spot - Each student must stand on a dot which indicates their spot in line, and it restricts movement but still allows movement while maintaining a 6-foot spacing between students and activities. No one should be wandering aimlessly around the playground. They select one activity zone by classroom and remain there for the duration of the recess period. (*CDC Guideline for recess during covid-19 outbreak.)

* Maintaining Control and Organized Supervision - A freeze bell is recommended. Student freeze at the bell ending recess and wait to be dismissed by each Activity Zone utilizing Designated Walkways to avoid crowding when lining up to exit the playground. As with all recess conducted, Social Distancing guidelines requires supervision from School Staff. Staggered recess periods are recommended which is also a CDC guideline.

In 1995, then Principal Melinda Bossenmeyer put the first Peaceful Playgrounds program into practice at an elementary school in Southern California. The concept was an overnight success and brought accolades and recognition. In 1999, Dr. Bossenmeyer's elementary school was honored with the State of California's Golden Bell Award in the Student-Safety Category from the California School Boards Association.

"With the COVID-19 lockdowns and children sheltering in place," Dr. Bossenmeyer said, "it is inconceivable that young children be further confined at school sites when school resumes this fall." She maintains that with a little paint and planning, children can resume recess while maintaining social distancing.

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New Version of Artify HCM Released

LONDON, U.K. -- MBA Fakhro Group has released the latest version of its Artify HCM software to address the needs of US businesses in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new Human Capital Management product includes a number of AI upgrades that make the product unique.

These features include the ability for employees to have video calls with one another through the platform and for the platform to convert the discussions on the calls from voice to text automatically to create minutes of meeting.

The product also includes an automated chatbot developed in Python to answer any questions that employees may have, and to learn from each interaction, in a way that will ultimately allow it to be the nerve center of the organization.

The product, which is cloud-based and available for trial at, also greatly simplifies the ability to clear payroll around the world for employees who work from home.

MBA Fakhro Group plans for the new version of Artify HCM to enhance the efficiency of companies in the US and around the world. Developed at the company's R&D labs in India, the Artify HCM product was developed with the US business in mind.

Commenting on the milestone, Mo Fakhro, the owner of MBA Fakhro Group, said: "We are a conglomerate that works to capture people's imaginations and expand their horizons about what is possible. The COVID pandemic has taught us to adapt as individuals and organizations, and this has made us at MBA Fakhro Group think about how our software products need to adapt to the new realities of the world. The HCM products of today need to allow for better remote monitoring, payments, and claims, and need to be in line with the requirements of a decentralized organization that exists, in effect, in the cloud."

About MBA Fakhro Group:

MBA Fakhro Group is an innovation focused multinational group. The company operates wholly owned businesses in various markets around the world. The group aspires to change the world positively through innovation, and is a pioneer of research and development with many success stories through its R&D efforts in its information technology business segment.

In addition to Artify HCM, the group also owns a marketplace app named Dukakeen. Both businesses were born out of its research and development labs and are now present across many markets. It also owns an ecommerce marketplace platform focused on Africa named NileBuy, and one focused on India named BombayBuy. Its research and development labs and innovation efforts form the core of the group across all of its business segments and represent the engine that creates many of the new businesses of the group. In addition to information technology, the group also operates under the business segments of foods, infrastructure, education, health, media, mobility, and real estate.

Artify HCM falls within the group's future vision of creating better user experiences for people around the world through inventions and innovations. Artify HCM falls under the information technology business segment of MBA Fakhro Group that is also working at the R&D stage on other projects that are yet to be announced, including Alchemist CRM and Algebra AI, among others. Learn more at:

Mo Fakhro founded MBA Fakhro Group on June 11, 2000, the day he graduated from Stanford University in Silicon Valley. Stanford is a renowned institution that was attended by many of the world's top entrepreneurs in technology including Elon Musk, Sergey Brin, Jerry Yang, Bill Hewlett, and many others. He aspires to prove, through MBA Fakhro Group, that it is possible to be a Middle Eastern company that excels through intellect, and to prove to the youth of the region that the science books that they learn from in school are in fact useful to their future careers and lives, and can be used to create great products and services that change the world for the better.

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Ed Tech JPA Consortium in Calif. Contracts with Edupoint to Expedite Procurement of Synergy SIS

IRVINE, Calif. -- California's Ed Tech Joint Powers Authority (Ed Tech JPA) has contracted with Edupoint(R) Educational Systems to provide streamlined procurement of the company's market-leading Synergy(R) Student Information System (SIS) to Ed Tech JPA members under a consortium purchasing agreement, saving members time and resources while ensuring adherence with data privacy and public procurement laws.

Founded by four California school districts and one county office of education-Capistrano Unified School District, Clovis Unified School District, Fullerton Unified School District, El Dorado County Office of Education, and Irvine Unified School District-the Ed Tech JPA coordinates consortium purchases of high-quality products and services with the aim of streamlining procurement, providing competitive pricing, and securing favorable technology contracts for its members.

"We ran Synergy SIS and Edupoint through our rigorous RFP process, which included not only an extensive checklist of required functionality, but also verification that Synergy SIS aligns with the California Student Data Privacy Agreement (CSDPA) to ensure compliance with all state and federal student data privacy laws," said Brianne Ford, President of the JPA. "The resulting contract enables our members to work directly with Edupoint on an expedited purchase and implementation process at pre-negotiated rates."

Synergy SIS serves nearly 750,000 California students and some of the largest school districts in the state, providing an extensive feature set for managing student information, unmatched customization capabilities, exceptional access to data, and a suite of role-based mobile apps unique to the K-12 marketplace.

"Our contract with Ed Tech JPA will enable interested member agencies to transition to Synergy SIS with fewer hurdles and on a significantly accelerated timeline," said Bob Weathers, Founder and CEO at Edupoint. "Our team at Edupoint is looking forward to welcoming additional Ed Tech JPA members to our large and growing base of partner districts in the state."

About Edupoint Educational Systems

For over 35 years, the leadership of Edupoint Educational Systems has provided well-designed, technologically advanced student data management systems that empower K-12 stakeholders to improve student achievement. Synergy Education Platform by Edupoint is an industry-leading student data management ecosystem built to fit the way educators already work, with seamlessly integrated student information management, learning management, MTSS, assessment, special education management, and analytics.

Synergy is unique among K-12 student data management solutions in providing an array of role-based mobile apps designed to give all stakeholders access to the tools they need when and where they need them. Thousands of schools nationwide choose the Synergy Education Platform to support 4.5 million students in 21 states.

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SimpleNexus Senior Software Developer Jordan Wild honored as 2020 HousingWire Rising Star

LEHI, Utah -- SimpleNexus (, developer of the leading digital mortgage platform for loan officers, borrowers and real estate agents, today announced that Senior Software Developer Jordan Wild has been named a 2020 HousingWire (HW) Rising Stars award winner. Now in its seventh year, the HW Rising Stars program recognizes the housing industry's most influential professionals aged 40 and under.

Wild was recognized for his programming prowess, empathy for the customer and top-notch leadership skills. Most notably, Wild spearheaded the development of SimpleNexus' integrated disclosures solution, which now generates more than 114,000 mobile disclosures packages per month and growing. He made key contributions to SimpleNexus' mobile-powered pricing engine feature, which enables loan originators to run pricing scenarios, and also led the development of SimpleNexus' credit integrations, which enable loan originators to qualify loan applicants from any device using the credit provider they know and trust.

"Jordan is humble, hungry and hardworking," said SimpleNexus Founder and CEO Matt Hansen. "He takes exceptional measures to understand lender pain points and develop solutions that help end-users overcome significant challenges. His ability to channel the 'voice of the customer' has helped our team attain a 90%+ customer retention rate."

"The first half of 2020 has been stressful and tumultuous for our country and the housing economy," said HousingWire CEO Clayton Collins. "This is an extremely special group of Rising Stars winners. Not only have they demonstrated success in their careers and professions, they have also demonstrated the agility, fortitude and creativity to help lead their teams and clients through this time of change. Real leaders are made during times of crisis and these Rising Stars will only get stronger as they help their organizations navigate toward a more successful future."

The full list of 2020 HW Rising Stars honorees can be viewed at

About SimpleNexus, LLC:

SimpleNexus is the digital mortgage platform that enables lenders to originate and process loans from anywhere. The company's best-in-class, easy-to-use app connects loan officers to their borrowers and real estate agents to easily communicate and exchange data in a single location throughout the entire loan life cycle. Loan officers can manage their loan pipelines, order credit, run pricing, send pre-approvals and sign disclosures - all on the go.

About HousingWire:

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

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Top of Mind Lead Project Manager Maggie Mae Named 2020 HousingWire Rising Stars Award Honoree

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Top of Mind Networks (Top of Mind), a leader in customer relationship management (CRM) and marketing automation software for the mortgage lending industry, today announced that Lead Project Manager Maggie Mae has been named a recipient of HousingWire's 2020 Rising Stars award. Now in its seventh year, the HW Rising Stars award program honors the housing industry's most influential professionals aged 40 and under.

Mae was recognized for building and enhancing many of the capabilities that have earned SurefireCRM its position as the mortgage industry's most used CRM and marketing automation platform. Since Mae joined Top of Mind in March of 2017, she has helped the company evolve its flyer system, expand its multiple listing service (MLS) coverage to over 650 boards across all 50 states and spearhead an integration with Optimal Blue that ensures single property sites always display the exact rates specific to a specific company, branch or originator. Recently, Mae saw the roll out of Power Messaging, a feature that enables loan originators to deliver high-touch text message communications at scale.

"Maggie's contributions at Top of Mind have helped elevate SurefireCRM's functionality and fill the pipelines of thousands of loan originators," said Top of Mind CEO Bill Hayes. "Her recognition as a HousingWire Rising Star is well deserved."

"The first half of 2020 has been stressful and tumultuous for our country and the housing economy," said HousingWire CEO Clayton Collins. "This is an extremely special group of Rising Stars winners. Not only have they demonstrated success in their careers and professions, they have also demonstrated the agility, fortitude and creativity to help lead their teams and clients through this time of change. Real leaders are made during times of crisis and these Rising Stars will only get stronger as they help their organizations navigate toward a more successful future."

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About Top of Mind Networks:

Founded in 2003, Atlanta-based Top of Mind Networks ( started as a bootstrapped direct-mail marketing company. Today, the company is recognized as the mortgage industry's most-relied-upon provider of marketing automation and creative content solutions. From individuals to enterprise lenders, Top of Mind's SurefireCRM helps thousands of mortgage professionals win new business, earn repeat business and deserve referral business. With intuitive, "set it and forget it" workflows and award-winning content, mortgage professionals are able to effortlessly maintain and deepen their emotional connections with clients.

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