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Sunshine Capital, Inc. Announces Approval of All Recommendations Made by Investment Trustee Daniel J Duffy, to Cancel 92% of Company’s Outstanding Shares

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Sunshine Capital, Inc. (Pinksheets: SCNP / OTC:SCNP) today announced that the Board of Directors has approved all recommendations made by Advisory Board Member and Investment Trustee, Daniel J Duffy. Over the next 60 days the company will be cancelling 59,600,000 shares or 92-percent of the outstanding shares of the Company, decreasing the authorized from 1.5 billion to only 10 million shares and already has placed a "sale lock" for a period of one year on previous management.

"Every company has to structure it's self properly in order to succeed and that is exactly what the company is doing here," stated Daniel J Duffy, Investment Trustee of his children's trust. "Companies fail every day because they have too many shares outstanding, which dilutes ownership of the company - usually benefiting only company management. This company is going to put its shareholders first, which include my two children."

Sunshine Capital, Inc. is in the process of acquiring a profitable private company with millions in assets and also gaining large equity positions in existing public companies. These transactions, with the guidance of Daniel J Duffy, will be achieved with little or no dilution to the existing shareholders and be done with practically no debt, making all assets free and clear to its portfolio and its balance sheet. This accretive acquisition provides Sunshine Capital, Inc. with a higher book value, especially when coupled with the reduction in the number of outstanding shares.

The Company would also like to inform all shareholders that after the cancellation of the 59,600,000 shares, the Company will have under 8 million shares outstanding, and maintain a public float of only 450,000 shares, with no intentions of diluting the Company by issuing any shares that are not necessary.

All these steps are going to position Sunshine Capital, Inc. to achieve its goal of up-listing to the American Stock Exchange at a much more rapid rate.

MEDIA Contact:
Lindel Regis
Sunshine Capital, Inc.
7777 Davie Road Extension - Suite 302B, Hollywood, FL 33024
954-703-2538
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(Ticker: Pinksheets: SCNP / OTC:SCNP / Pink:SCNP / SCNP:US )

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Open Mortgage Launches Reverse Mortgage Wholesale Operation on ReverseVision’s RV Exchange (RVX) LOS

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- ReverseVision, the leading provider of software and technology for the reverse mortgage industry, is pleased to announce that Texas-based mortgage lender Open Mortgage has launched its reverse mortgage wholesale operation on the RV Exchange (RVX) loan origination software (LOS).

A full-service mortgage lender, Open Mortgage has been a home-equity conversion mortgage (HECM) retail lender since 2010, originating its reverse mortgage production via the RVX LOS. RVX serves as a centralized exchange, connecting all participants in the lifecycle of a reverse mortgage by allowing them to log in to a single system to share documents and information for each part of the loan process. This central exchange model is unique in the mortgage industry and allows wholesale transactions to be conducted seamlessly from origination to investors.

"Offering the HECM reverse mortgage has been a smart business move for Open Mortgage," said Scott Gordon, founder, president and CEO of Open Mortgage. "Our strategy to get into the product early has allowed us to serve growing borrower demand, build our internal expertise and prepare to serve loan originators in a wholesale capacity, supported along the way with tools delivered by ReverseVision."

"As competition heats up, mortgage brokers are eager to add a product that differentiates them in the marketplace, but they may not know where to start," said Sharon Falvey, director of sales operations for Open Mortgage. "Thanks to our experience as an RVX-enabled HECM retail lender, we are ideally positioned to serve those mortgage brokers through a combination of unparalleled customer service and technology infrastructure while they become reverse mortgage experts themselves."

Falvey also noted that Open Mortgage is eager to attract reputable mortgage brokers that share its commitment to top-shelf customer service, empowering the dream of ownership for borrowers of every description and the responsible origination of HECM reverse mortgages.

About Open Mortgage:

Open Mortgage is a retail, wholesale and correspondent lender offering automated tools, cutting-edge technology and excellent customer service. Every great athlete has a great coach; with this model in mind, Open Mortgage provides the tools and personal support to help lenders grow their origination business. Open Mortgage offers a wide variety of mortgage products including conventional mortgages, mortgage refinance, FHA loans, USDA loans, VA loans and reverse mortgages. Equal Housing Opportunity Lender NMLS #2975.

For more information, visit http://openmortgage.com/.

About ReverseVision:

Recognized as a Deloitte's 2015 Technology Fast 500(tm) Company, ReverseVision, Inc. is the leading software and technology provider for the reverse mortgage industry, offering products and services focused exclusively on reverse mortgages. More reverse mortgages are originated monthly using ReverseVision technology than all other reverse mortgage LOS combined. ReverseVision has partnered with some of the finest and fastest-growing lending organizations in the U.S. to provide the leading reverse mortgage technology to brokers, correspondents, lenders and investors.

ReverseVision is recognized as a driving innovator in the reverse mortgage industry. ReverseVision continues to improve its software with frequent new innovations and by building on pioneering capabilities in reverse mortgage interactive graphs, scenario analysis, multi-environment performance analysis and workflow in the origination process.

For more information, visit http://www.reversevision.com/.

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Books and Publishing, Elections and Politics, Free News Articles

Announcing the Trump Insults Playing Cards: full color caricatures of all the people whom Donald Trump has insulted

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Quantum Results is excited to announce the launch of the Trump Insults Playing Cards on Indiegogo, 54 full color caricature cards of the people in politics, entertainment and the media whom Donald Trump has insulted. Our cards include drawings of Hillary Clinton, President Obama, Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders, Rosie O'Donnell, Kim Kardashian, Madonna and even the Pope. All of the major former Republican Presidential candidates are pictured, accompanied by Trump's insults. Do your part to Make America Great Again.

The Trump Insults Playing Cards have been launched as an Indiegogo campaign here: https://igg.me/at/JdUenH7uJoU/x

Don't let your friends trump you. Be the first in your card playing clan to own a piece of history. Bring Trump Insults Playing Cards to your next card game or gathering and start some stimulating conversation or even heated debate. Now you can collect the greatest collection of Trump Insults. Some you may be familiar with, but many will surprise you.

Art Glass, President of Quantum Results says: "Trump Insults Playing Cards will have you start spirited discussions about Trump and politics while playing cards with your friends. Even if you are not a Trump fan, you can enjoy his insults aimed at politicians, entertainment figures and the media. Each card includes the quote of the insult, the date, and where it was said."

These cards are beautifully drawn with lots of personality, colorful backgrounds and have detailed patriotic flag backs.

There has never been a candidate quite like Trump and there are no card decks that offer you the exquisite and playful artwork of the people Trump has insulted as this one does. Trump proverbially likes to hold all the cards and now you can too!

See the cards on Vimeo (video):
https://vimeo.com/166525838

The Trump Insults Playing Cards makes a great gift, collector's item and conversation starter. You will love these cards. Your friends will say: Where did you get those cards?

We will be launching the complete collection of insults in the Trump Insults Playing Cards ebook, release date soon.

Quantum Results specializes in caricatures of politicians and entertainers.

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Economic Development, Free News Articles, NonProfit and Charities

Jody Leshinsky, Former Assistant Director of Broward Cultural Division, Joins The Creatives

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- Alyona Ushe, President & CEO of The Creatives, has announced that Jody Leshinsky is joining the nonprofit organization as the Vice President of Administration. Leshinsky, the former Assistant Director of the Broward Cultural Division, will work closely with Ushe in managing venues including The Pompano Beach Amphitheater (The Amp), the upcoming Cultural Center and other cultural initiatives throughout the City of Pompano Beach.

"We are honored that Jody is now part of our exceptional senior team," said Ushe. "She has been a major catalyst for the growth and development of arts in Broward County, and her level of expertise will be invaluable as we expand the cultural footprint of Pompano Beach."

Ensuring the efficient business and administrative operation of The Creatives, Leshinsky will oversee and coordinate the day-to-day administration including the creation and development of short and long-range business plans; as well as the implementation of programs that benefit the artists and cultural organizations of Pompano Beach.

"I am thrilled to be joining Alyona and The Creatives staff as they initiate a new phase of cultural growth in Pompano Beach," said Leshinsky. "The arts are a cornerstone for the success of any metropolitan area, and this city is poised for greatness."

About Jody Leshinsky:

As the Assistant Director of the Broward Cultural Division, Leshinsky has acted as a critical liaison to other government departments, 31 municipalities, 823 not-for-profit arts organizations and 10,000 artists. Honored many times through the years with national, regional and local awards of excellence, she has been a facilitator for collaborations, entrepreneurial ventures and artistic development, in addition to overseeing all marketing, public relations, advertising and social media for the Division.

One of her key programs, the Cooperative Marketing Program, provides participants with advertising assistance through matching funds and educational workshops. She has been instrumental in securing numerous grant awards from the National Endowment of the Arts; the State Division of Cultural Affairs and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and has been the editor and publisher of "Cultural Quarterly," a fine arts magazine for 28 years.

About The Creatives:

The visionary staff of Cultural Arts Creatives, Inc. - aka The Creatives - program and manage cultural venues throughout Pompano Beach including The Pompano Beach Amphitheater (The Amp), Magnetic Pompano at Citi Centre, and the upcoming Cultural Center. The team has also launched other acclaimed South Florida venues including Arts Garage and Bailey Contemporary Arts.

The Creatives' focus is on the emerging and exploding arts landscape of Pompano Beach. Our mission is to champion and advance Pompano Beach as The City of Arts and Innovation in the broadest creative, economic and social context possible; to attract and retain the best regional talent and to showcase South Florida as the national gemstone of arts and culture.

More information: http://thecreatives.org/.

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Books and Publishing, Free News Articles, Television

Empire Creators Are Under Fire by Prison Author of ‘Empire: Cookie’s Revenge’

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- The creators of the hit television show "Empire" may be facing some hard questions from author Eugene L. Weems, Founder of Celebrity Spotlight Entertainment LLC and author of the blockbuster book "Empire: Cookie's Revenge" (ISBN: 978-1515335917). Weems is claiming Co-Creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong have allegedly based the second season of the "Empire" show on Weems' book and have also "stolen" his idea of creating a spinoff television series about the upbringing of Taraji P. Henson's Cookie Lyon character.

Weems, serving a 20-year sentence in a California prison for armed robbery, is not surprised by the alleged actions of Daniels and Strong. He understands some of the most brilliant people need a little boost to advance their creativity. Weems has been focused on positively impacting the lives of at-risk youth and inmates and has published nearly a dozen books while serving his sentence.

Weems' unconventional spirit motivated him to create "Empire: Cookie's Revenge," dubbed the greatest literary entertainment of the year. It is powerful and exciting. Weems' claims of being robbed of his intellectual property are supported with essential facts. Pick up a copy of "Empire: Cookie's Revenge" from Amazon.com and judge for yourself. The truth is in the words.

About Celebrity Spotlight Entertainment LLC:

Celebrity Spotlight Entertainment publishes extraordinary movies, music, and literature, introducing readers and fans into the lives of the biggest names in the business, granting exclusive VIP access to the hottest groundbreaking entertainment art. We provide a bridge between celebrities and their fans by creating high quality entertainment that brings the consumer into the fast paced lifestyles of the rich, famous, and infamous.

Celebrity Spotlight Entertainment draws its material from a wide range of interests, including but not limited to main street contemporary, nonfiction, poetry, autobiography, biography, urban, self-help, philosophy and the visual arts. Through our unique approach we allow our customers to get the latest in celebrity entertainment.

Information: https://www.facebook.com/people/Eugene-Weems/100010441509393

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Eugene L. Weems, President & CEO
P.O. Box 92, Chowchilla, CA 93610.

Terri Harper, Editor
1-916-821-1385
celebrityspotlightentertainmnt@juno.com

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VLP Law Group LLP Continues Growth with Addition of Corporate Partner Chris Laukenmann

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- VLP Law Group LLP is pleased to announce that Chris Laukenmann has joined the firm's Corporate Practice Group as a partner based in California. Mr. Laukenmann's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities, finance, private equity, venture capital, general corporate, restructuring and regulatory compliance across industries. For more than two decades, Mr. Laukenmann has advised Global 1000, middle market, emerging growth, non-profit, foundation and mutual benefit entities.

"Chris's professional background and experience adds to VLP's depth and expertise, particularly in representing companies in M&A and capital-raising transactions, and in advising financial institutions in connection with a wide range of capital markets activity, structured finance transactions and regulatory matters," said Christopher La Chance, Chair of the firm's Corporate, Emerging Growth & Start-up Companies, Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities & Capital Raising Practice Groups. "We are excited about the continued growth in VLP's corporate practice and are very pleased to have Chris join the VLP team."

Prior to joining VLP, Mr. Laukenmann was a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP, where he advised on capital, investment, finance, structure, governance, corporate strategy, M&A, treasury, risk management, reorganization and regulatory matters. Previously, Mr. Laukenmann was a partner with the global law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP for 14 years. He also served as Associate General Counsel and Divisional General Counsel of Aegon/Transamerica, where he was responsible for the company's Asset Management Group.

Prior thereto, he served as Vice President/Legal of Great Western Bank and its successors, culminating in the Washington Mutual consolidation of five regional and national banks, where he oversaw a broad range of banking, finance, securities, real estate, brokerage, insurance, privacy, deposit and mortgage based transactional, regulatory, and risk management/compliance matters.

Mr. Laukenmann is a graduate of the Duke University School of Law, where he earned an LL.M. and J.D., specializing in securities and finance.

About VLP:

Founded in 2008, VLP is a business and transactional law firm that delivers top quality legal services from experienced attorneys through an efficient platform. The firm has a broad practice, reaching across many industry sectors, including high tech, life sciences, clean tech, retail, consumer products, edtech, and real estate. VLP has continued its strong growth, and is made up of noted attorneys with significant experience who believe VLP's unique, client-oriented model is the best platform for their practice. Our partners are regularly recognized by their peers as outstanding attorneys, and the firm has been recognized as a top company for its promotion of quality of life in the workplace.

Our unique model means that we can provide sophisticated, focused services to our clients, and we can do it at competitive rates. VLP partners represent clients that vary in size from individual executives and early-stage startups to Fortune 500 companies. Our clients include public and private corporations, venture capital investors, private equity funds, educational institutions and companies, nonprofits and individuals. We provide general corporate, licensing, contract, intellectual property protection and counseling, securities regulation, financing, merger and acquisition, real estate, commercial lending, tax, employment and other legal services.

More information: http://www.vlplawgroup.com/.

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Concord Mortgage Group Helps Baby Boomers Downsize Affordably with the HECM for Purchase Home Loan and ReverseVision Exchange (RVX)

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- ReverseVision announced today that Concord Mortgage Group (Concord), a Westerville, Ohio-based full-service mortgage banker and division of NOIC, Inc. (NMLS# 121455), has chosen RV Exchange (RVX) as its reverse mortgage loan origination software (LOS). Concord offers home-equity conversion mortgages (HECM), commonly called reverse mortgages, to clients in eight states.

A long-time lender and servicer of traditional "forward" mortgages, Concord introduced its HECM program four years ago to better serve the needs of borrowers age 62 and older. "We're proud to be one of the few mortgage bankers offering both traditional and HECM financing," said David Weinstein (NMLS# 295133), senior loan officer and manager of Concord's reverse mortgage division. "HECM provides additional options to older borrowers who are considering getting a home equity loan, refinancing or buying a new home."

Concord offers both the standard HECM and the HECM for Purchase, which allows qualified borrowers to use the equity from the sale of a previous residence to buy their next primary home and take out a reverse mortgage - all within a single transaction. Both HECM and HECM for Purchase are HUD-insured loans.

"Concord's main focus has been the HECM for Purchase program because of our strong relationships with homebuilders," said Weinstein. A 26-year veteran of the mortgage industry, Weinstein has specialized in new construction lending for the last 15 years. "Homebuilders see the need for a product like HECM that provides additional options for people over age 62 looking to buy a home. In fact, some of our homebuilder partners primarily build 55-and-over communities."

As homeowners grow older, so do their homes. When it comes time for costly home repairs, some homeowners choose instead to sell their houses in favor of maintenance-free living in attached or detached condominiums. But, Weinstein observed, while a new condo may be considered a "downsize" in terms of square footage, these dwellings often cost more than borrowers expect.

"A HECM for Purchase essentially allows the borrower to buy a new home and pay only 35 to 50 cents on the dollar up front - and then have no monthly mortgage payment," Weinstein said. HECM loans only require the borrower to pay property taxes, insurance and, if applicable, homeowner association fees.

Concord originates HECM loans using ReverseVision's RV Exchange (RVX). "We knew we could rely on RVX because of its breadth across the industry," Weinstein said. "ReverseVision is widely recognized as a leader in the reverse technology space, and most participants in the industry use RVX in some form or fashion."

RVX is San Diego, California-based ReverseVision's flagship product. The LOS serves as a centralized exchange, connecting all participants in the lifecycle of a reverse mortgage by allowing them to log in to a single system to share documents and information for each part of the loan process.

Millions of Americans will age into HECM eligibility over the next few years, setting the expectation for significant growth in reverse mortgage origination origination. "There are approximately 76 million Boomers in the U.S., and they're living longer than the previous generation. This creates a need for new financial strategies," said ReverseVision Vice President of Sales and Marketing Wendy Peel. "It's exciting to see lenders like Concord Mortgage Group working with homebuilders to provide home financing solutions, such as HECM for Purchase, that meet that need."

RVX encompasses everything from point-of-sale, processing, underwriting, funding and post-closing to secondary marketing. This central exchange model is unique in the mortgage industry and offers benefits to all parties that include reduced document errors, heightened information security and shorter fulfillment timelines.

Weinstein also engaged ReverseVision Professional Services (RVPS) for Concord's first year on the new LOS. According to Peel, "RVPS is an optional service plan that provides ReverseVision customers with hands-on support and customization from the very architects of RVX."

"The ReverseVision Professional Services team has been there for us every step of the way, from configuring RVX to our unique operational needs to keeping it running as a fine-tined machine," said Weinstein. "I'm more confident than ever that our team is prepared to handle whatever HECM volume comes our way."

About Concord Mortgage Group:

Concord Mortgage Group is a full-service mortgage banker serving the needs of homebuyers throughout the state of Ohio and beyond. Since opening its doors in Toledo in 1926, NOIC, Inc. has grown to become a sound leader in the mortgage industry and is currently licensed to operate in nine states. Loan officers at Concord take a personalized approach with each client to ensure a streamlined and stress-free experience, earning Concord an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Concord is also ranked in the top 3 for FHA lenders in the state of Ohio.

For more information, visit http://concordmortgagegroup.com/.

About ReverseVision:

Recognized as a Deloitte's 2015 Technology Fast 500(TM) Company, ReverseVision, Inc. is the leading software and technology provider for the reverse mortgage industry, offering products and services focused exclusively on reverse mortgages. More reverse mortgages are originated monthly using ReverseVision technology than all other reverse mortgage LOS combined. ReverseVision has partnered with some of the finest and fastest-growing lending organizations in the U.S. to provide the leading reverse mortgage technology to brokers, correspondents, lenders and investors.

ReverseVision is recognized as a driving innovator in the reverse mortgage industry. ReverseVision continues to improve its software with frequent new innovations and by building on pioneering capabilities in reverse mortgage interactive graphs, scenario analysis, multi-environment performance analysis and workflow in the origination process.

For more information, visit http://www.reversevision.com/.

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Awards and Honors, Construction and Building, Free News Articles

Paragon Pools of Houston, Texas wins the BBB 2016 Pinnacle Award

HOUSTON, Texas -- Paragon Pools of Texas is the winner of the 2016 BBB Pinnacle award. Over the 9 years in business, Paragon Pools has become one of the elite pool builders in Houston. From humble beginnings, the 3 owners, Leo Kleiweg, David Pavlesic, and Dan Pavlesic, have taken great pride in their quality end product.

Their dedication and integrity has gained the trust of Houstonians' wealthiest homeowners and custom home builders.

"We consider ourselves a boutique builder...quality not quantity. Each project is unique and a work of art," says David Pavlesic.

He adds, "Because we choose to keep our staff small to maintain this level, we have to limit our clients to a manageable number. Our clients are now blended with a mix of wealthy homeowners and luxury custom home builders who ask us to design and build the perfect outdoor spaces to accent their homes and match their lifestyle.

"Our vision is growth -- not in company size, but in project size. To maintain the high level of quality we offer to clients, our company goal is not to add employees. Paragon Pools founders would not risk losing the high quality that has put us where we are today. Instead, we hope to offer our skill level and precision designs in larger, more intricate and intensive projects."

Paragon designers and founders stay in touch with the constantly changing looks, engineering, materials, and designs in the business. We plan to continue to offer and provide our unique product to the clients we work with. We have built and continue to build a level of trust in this industry that is second to none. Paragon will continue setting the highest standards and raising the bar in design and workmanship.

From the beginning, we have built our company on the highest of morals and integrity. Choosing and entrusting a pool builder is overwhelming. Common practice in the industry is to sell one thing and deliver another. We don't make false promises or exaggerate details.

We understand the large investment our clients are making in us and we honor their trust. The projects are handled from beginning to end by the same person...not handed off from the sales team, to the designers, to supervisors, to subcontractors, etc.

Each client becomes part of the Paragon Pools family. Learn more at: https://www.paragonpool.com/.

Paragon Pools, 20220 Hempstead Rd., Ste. 42, Houston, TX 77065. Office: 713-869-SWIM (7946).

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Business, Free News Articles

Show Employees You Care – Without Affecting Your Bottom Line

YARDLEY, Pa. -- After engagement, retention is the top talent management concern in today's global economy, according to the Human Capital Institute. That's why companies like Moby Lube - an on-site, mobile oil changing business - are growing and thriving in today's economic climate.

Moby Lube offers a unique benefit for employee cars and trucks that costs companies nothing, but saves employees time and hassle.

Kellie Zollers, vice president, human resources, Toll Brothers, Inc., says, "Offering our employees a 'convenience benefit' like Moby Lube, which keeps them happy and productive, was a no-brainer. The Moby Lube system is surprisingly easy to implement. I simply announced a date to all of our employees, and Moby Lube did the rest."

"It's really a win-win," Rick Lyons, director of operations for Moby Lube, says. "A convenience benefit is a great way to show employees you care, without affecting your bottom line."

And Moby Lube is able handle more than just oil changes. It offers preventive maintenance too. For example, while a Moby Lube technician was servicing a group at a corporate business park, the technician noticed a woman's brakes were in need of repair. The next month when Moby Lube returned, this same woman also scheduled a brake replacement. She never had to leave her desk. She was happy and so was her employer.

So, while perks such as movie tickets and flexible hours are nice, this mobile oil changing service is a benefit that really saves people time - something that no one ever seems to have enough of these days - and money. How? When multiple employees sign up, Moby Lube offers discounted prices.

About Moby Lube:

Founded in 2010, Moby Lube is fully licensed and insured. It services offices and company parking lots, plus fleets of vehicles such as large diesels and construction equipment. It is currently expanding services in Bucks County and Montgomery County, Pa., as well as Central and Southern New Jersey.

For more information, visit: http://www.mobylube.com/.

Media Contact:
Rick Lyons of Moby Lube
215-946-1002 x 3
Rick@MobyLube.com

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Awards and Honors, Books and Publishing, Free News Articles, Internet and Websites

What Does an Award-winning Website Look Like?

CHICAGO, Ill. -- The Independent Publisher Book Awards presented the 20th annual IPPY awards in a special ceremony at the Willis Tower Skydeck. In the Best Publisher/Author/Book Website category, Snowflake Stories, LLC, created by San Fran developer James Stone, was honored with a bronze medal.

So what does it take to create an award-winning website? A lot, actually. Stone's challenge was to develop a website that would allow for the customization of Snowflake Stories' line of award-winning, bilingual personalized children's books. This was no easy task, as Snowflake Stories books are unlike other personalized books currently available.

When Snowflake Stories founder and Connecticut resident Jill Barletti set out to create books for kids, she truly believed that it shouldn't matter if a child has blue eyes or brown, speaks English or Spanish, or has a single mom or two; her books had to reflect all of those children. The solution? A book, customizable for one special child, which allows for the selection of characters (up to six), each of which is tailored so that the entire cast closely reflects the appearance of that child and his or her loved ones. Language(s) must also be chosen as the book is available in bilingual and single-language versions in any of five languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Italian.

Stone created the publisher's site using ZURB Foundation's responsive framework, which allows the website to resize automatically for different screen sizes. One of the biggest challenges Stone faced was making the book customization process effortless. His innovative solution was to create the proprietary Character Builder, which allows visitors to the website to select each character's physical traits, such as skin color, hairstyle, and eye color, with a few clicks of the mouse. Instead of filling out a boring questionnaire, visitors to SnowflakeStories.com select and customize a book effortlessly and in just a few minutes. The real genius of Stone's work lies in the website's usability. Stone cooked up a way to see each character as it is built; and that's no small feat as some characters have over 6,000 possible combinations.

Another hurdle Stone thought he would face was finding an ecommerce partner that would allow a highly customizable product to pass through to the checkout process. However, FoxyCart was the perfect solution, as it supports passing custom data into its cart system, as well as providing advanced customization options.

Once the website was completed, Stone called in user interface designer Marcus Handa to give the website a more polished look. Handa liked the feel of the website's original design, which was reminiscent of paper dolls. He streamlined the site with light colors and thin dotted lines, resulting in a clean design while retaining a handmade feel. Although the judges' scorecards were not made public, the creative problem solving and emphasis on creating a great user experience are two of the distinguishing factors that likely helped to win the award.

About James Stone:
James Stone is the author of "ZURB Foundation Blueprints," an adjunct professor at the College of Arts & Architecture at Penn State, and a top contributor to the ZURB Foundation project. The award-winning web developer has spoken at the HTML5 Developers Conference and TEDxPSU and aims to bring world-class sites and web apps to self-funded startups using the power of ZURB Foundation. For more information, please visit JamesStone.com.

About Marcus Handa:
Marcus Handa is an award-winning user-interface (UI) designer, from the UK. Marcus is the principal of Marcus Handa Design, which provides design services to web/app developers, startups, and solopreneurs. Marcus is known for his clean and modern style as well as his intuitive interfaces. Additional information available at MarcusHanda.co.

About the Snowflake Stories:
After publishing the award-winning "Dance Recital" for young girls, Snowflake Stories will release a second award-winning bilingual personalized children's book, written by Jill Barletti and illustrated by Jelena Brezovec. The second book, "The Big Soccer Game," can be personalized for either a girl or a boy and will be available later in 2016, exclusively at SnowflakeStories.com. The company is guided by the principle that just like a snowflake ... every child's story is unique.

About ZURB Foundation:
ZURB Foundation is a family of open-source responsive frameworks used to create websites, apps, and emails, built by California-based ZURB. The company's clientele is an impressive list of the world's largest, most innovative corporations, including Disney, Samsung, Adobe and the Washington Post. To learn more, go to foundation.zurb.com.

About FoxyCart:
FoxyCart provides web professionals with a powerful, secure, and flexible ecommerce platform for their clients. FoxyCart continues to solve ecommerce challenges in unique and better ways for thousands of its clients all over the world. More information about this ecommerce company and its platform can be found at foxycart.com.

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