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EPIC’s Rob Massa, Suzannah Gill and Rosemary Hughes to Present at the 35th Annual ISCEBS Employee Benefits Symposium

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Director of Retirement Rob Massa, Benefits Strategy Consultant Suzannah Gill and Principal Rosemary Manning Hughes will present at the 35th Annual ISCEBS Employee Benefits Symposium at the Hilton Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland.

Massa will discuss "Preparing for a DOL Audit" on Monday, September 19 at 4 p.m. and Gill and Hughes' session "Beyond Open Enrollment: Communication Strategies to Engage Your Workforce" will take place on Tuesday, September 20 at 10 a.m.

With retirement plans facing ever-increasing levels of scrutiny from both regulatory agencies and participant class-action suits, it is more important than ever to keep your plan in compliance. In his session "Preparing for a DOL Audit," Massa will discuss how to prepare for a DOL audit including the various issues and common errors that trigger an audit, the building blocks to prepare for an audit and best practiced for establishing a fiduciary audit file.

The session will include the following takeaways:
* Possible audit triggers
* Identifying and mitigating common failures and errors
* Fiduciary audit file best practices.

Companies are continuing to spend a tremendous amount of time and money providing strong benefits to their employees. However, more often than not it is found that employees are unaware of these benefits and how to maximize their value. In their session "Beyond Open Enrollment: Communication Strategies to Engage Your Workforce," Gill and Hughes will demonstrate the keys to a successful communications campaign. They will also discuss how an ongoing outreach program can empower employees to understand their benefits to the fullest, while also reducing the workload to your HR team.

The session will explore different channels of communications and will include the following takeaways:
* New and innovative communications channels
* Types of communications most effective to different employee populations and company structures
* Impact of an effective communications campaign on employee engagement.

Click here to see the full agenda:

About Rob Massa, Director of Retirement, Ascende - an EPIC Company:

Rob Massa joined Ascende as the retirement practice leader in 2010, and in 2011, led the introduction of Ascende Wealth Advisers, Inc. He oversees a team of retirement professionals who work with clients and investment committees to help them develop meaningful retirement plan strategies, manage compliance requirements and fiduciary duties, educate employees and make informed decisions in plan operations.

About Suzannah Gill, benefits strategy consultant, EPIC:

Joining EPIC's employee benefits consulting team in Atlanta as a benefits strategy consultant, Suzannah Gill brings a breadth of benefits consulting experience to EPIC.

About Rosemary Hughes, senior consultant and principal, EPIC:

Rosemary Manning Hughes is a senior consultant and principal in EPIC's Stamford, CT and New York, NY offices. She brings over 25 years of experience in the employee benefits industry.

About ISCEBS Employee Benefits Symposium:

For 35 years, the Symposium has been the must-attend event for thousands of corporate benefits professionals. Designed with a variety of U.S., Canadian and globally oriented sessions, the Symposium is an unparalleled opportunity to learn from and alongside hundreds of industry colleagues, experts and leaders. Solution-oriented workshops, discussions, case studies and strategic sessions offering practical, timely takeaways are designed with your professional needs in mind.

About EPIC:

EPIC is a unique and innovative retail property and casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage and consulting firm. EPIC has created a values-based, client-focused culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty and sustains a high level of customer service excellence. EPIC team members have consistently recognized their company as a "Best Place to Work" in multiple regions and as a "Best Place to Work in the Insurance Industry" nationally.

EPIC now has more than 850 team members operating from offices across the U.S., providing Property Casualty, Employee Benefits, Specialty Programs and Private Client solutions to more than 13,000 clients.

With more than $200 million in revenues, EPIC ranks among the top 20 retail insurance brokers in the United States. Backed by the Carlyle Group, the company continues to expand organically and through strategic acquisitions across the country.

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David Hock

Nicole Conley

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Edupoint’s Growth in California Continues with Elk Grove Unified School District’s Selection of Synergy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Edupoint(R) Educational Systems, creator of the industry-leading Synergy(R) Education Platform for K-12 student information, learning management and assessment, has been selected by Elk Grove Unified School District to implement the company's Synergy Student Information System (SIS). The district required a state-of-the-art SIS that could comply with increasingly demanding external mandates and meet the high expectations of the district's E4 Integrated Learning System initiative to ensure college- and career-ready graduates, simply expressed as "Every student learning in Every classroom, in Every subject, Every day." Elk Grove selected Synergy based on its ability to meet these requirements, as well as Edupoint's customer-centric focus on solutions, implementation, and support.

"Only Synergy met our needs for a modern SIS that would provide us with an integrated gradebook, parent and student portals, powerful scheduling capabilities, and an online registration system," said Steve Mate, Director of Technology Services Administration for Elk Grove Unified School District. "Synergy's .NET platform will prove to be a great technology fit and will enable us to customize and integrate with other solutions currently in use districtwide. We thoroughly vetted Edupoint and the Synergy solution by contacting numerous other districts using Synergy, and each one had positive feedback about both the product and the company. We were looking for a true partner, and feel that we will have just that with Edupoint."

Elk Grove Unified School District, located just south of Sacramento, California, supports over 62,000 students across 63 campuses. Recognized throughout the state as a leader in progressive education, the district invited a broad cross section of district personnel to review and evaluate a new SIS solution. They found that Synergy not only met district requirements for robust data and process management, but also promised to deliver greater value than a traditional SIS by incorporating fully integrated solutions for teachers, administrators, students and parents. The district will be implementing a rich combination of Synergy Education Platform components, including Synergy SIS, TeacherVUE(R) with Gradebook, the ParentVUE(R) and StudentVUE(R) portals, Master Scheduler Builder, Synergy Online Registration, and the Synergy Technology Development Toolkit. In addition, Elk Grove Unified has chosen a Private Cloud Hosting environment, managed by Edupoint, which will provide the district with ongoing backend access to the Synergy database and source code.

"Elk Grove Unified School District needed a solution that would modernize their student data management while allowing them to build upon their existing best practices, and Synergy was able to provide the best solution," said Rob Wilson, President and Chief Innovation Officer for Edupoint. "Elk Grove Unified's E4 mission - which is focused on providing learning opportunities that challenge all of its students to realize their greatest potential - can only be possible when the right data management, learning management and engagement technologies are being used. Our solutions enable stakeholders in the classroom, school, district, and community to harness both student and instructional data to inform teaching, increase collaboration and positively impact student success. Edupoint's mission is perfectly aligned with Elk Grove Unified's and we look forward to building a valuable partnership with the district as well as continued growth throughout California."

Elk Grove Unified School District will soon begin the data conversion process and plans to go live with Synergy in July 2017.

About Edupoint Educational Systems:

For more than thirty years, the leadership of Edupoint Educational Systems has provided well designed, technologically advanced student data management systems that empower all K-12 stakeholders with the tools they need to improve student achievement. The Synergy Education Platform is a suite of integrated solutions that includes Synergy SIS, the most powerful K-12 student information system available today, Synergy LMS, an all-in-one learning management and assessment platform, and Synergy Special Education, a comprehensive special education data management system. More than a data management tool, Synergy is a collaborative environment that facilitates improved communication between educators, administrators, parents and students resulting in better instructional decisions at all levels.

To learn why thousands of schools across the country use the Synergy Education Platform to manage more than 3.5 million students, visit

About the Elk Grove Unified School District:

The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 65 schools: 40 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy.

Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 40 career-themed academies and pathways within 14 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant, and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and strive for having every student learning in every classroom, every subject, every day.

For more information about the Elk Grove Unified School District, please visit and follow us @ElkGroveUnified on Facebook and Twitter.

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Troubleshoot iOS 10 Data Lost Disaster and Other Common iOS 10 Problems with iMobie Complete Tutorial

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Although many users believe their iPhones are 100 percent safe for iOS 10 update, thousands of iOS data disasters occur everyday and countless vital data are missing forever. To minimize the risk & cost of such miseries, iMobie content team prepared a full range of iPhone Data Recovery solutions (covering up to 12 categories of iOS data) for smoothing the way of iOS 10 / iPhone 7 Upgrade.

Selena Larson at CNNTech reported that Apple users who were quick to download its latest iOS 10 software were subject to a major bug that left their iPhone temporarily useless. Whether users have met any iOS 10 problems or not, it's noteworthy that by their nature, the iPhones may be in danger of missing data after updating to iOS 10, or setting up the new iPhone 7 (Plus) through restoring from iCloud backup.

"Despite Apple has been through with a series of iOS 10 beta releases, the final version still produced problems for early downloaders today," said Frank Kong, CEO of iMobie Inc. "To help users smooth the way of upgrading to iOS 10, as well as the upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus, our content team has been working on a definite and complete roundup to address a variety of iOS 10 data lost problems, like the iMessage audio attachments are missing after update to iOS 10, iCloud Photos Library doesn't sync all my photos, to just name a few."

Read more details visit:

Some Quick Fixes for iOS 10 Data Disaster:

Recover Lost Messages - iCloud backup covers messages, like the iMessage, SMS, MMS and the pictures/videos attachments, which will be downloaded to iPhone during the restoration process. If users look for some message threads that are missing after restoring from iCloud backup, it's probably caused by the mistakenly deletion before iPhone backed up to iCloud. Try the following commercial software to retrieve your deleted messages from iPhone.

Recover Lost Contacts - The restoration of Calendar and Contact data from iCloud backup runs precisely and automatically, users even hardly notice how it occurs. In case the Calendar and Contact data are missing (probably it is due to the incomplete iCloud backup for the device), try this alternative iPhone Transfer solution to transfer Contact from your old iPhone to new iPhone.

About iMobie Inc.:
iMobie Inc. was established in 2011, and located in Tianfu Software Park (China), a place gathering a great many talented software engineers. For more information, visit

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ReverseVision to Host UserCon 2017 February 8–10 in San Diego

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- ReverseVision, the leading provider of software and technology for the reverse mortgage industry, today announced it will host its second annual user conference Feb. 8-10, 2017, at the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa in San Diego, Calif. ReverseVision UserCon 2017 will deliver three days of educational programming, financial product sales training, networking opportunities and vendor exhibits tailored for industry newcomers as well as seasoned reverse mortgage loan originators and operations personnel.

ReverseVision's flagship reverse mortgage loan origination system and marketing platform RV Exchange (RVX) is used by nine of the top ten lenders in the reverse mortgage industry. The company's latest offering, ReverseVision Sales Accelerator (RVSA) Premium, provides the web-based tools loan originators need to effectively drive home-equity conversion mortgage (HECM) loan volume with powerful technology and valuable training.

ReverseVision UserCon 2017 will give users of these products the competitive advantage they need to generate more quality leads, close more reverse mortgage loans and operate more efficiently.

"We have applied feedback from last year's inaugural conference to make this year even more successful," said Wendy Peel, vice president of sales and marketing. "Financial selling techniques are important tools for lenders to have as they work alongside financial planners to help borrowers use HECM loans as part of retirement planning. That's why we're so excited about our 2017 UserCon sessions on how to sell in today's market."

ReverseVision UserCon 2017 begins Wednesday, February 8, with ReverseVision's popular "Facts Track" session, a two-hour crash course in reverse mortgage lending. A cocktail welcome reception for all attendees will follow the newcomers-only Facts Track session.

Thursday morning's general sessions include welcoming remarks, a keynote address and not-to-be-missed coverage of the latest industry trends. Following lunch on the pavilion, attendees will have the opportunity to address software questions to a live team of ReverseVision software technicians before splitting up to enjoy concurrent tracks of customized programming for loan originators and operations personnel. A "bayside bash" featuring food, drinks, games and entertainment will close the evening.

The conference wraps up on Friday, February 10, with must-attend general sessions until noon followed by an optional loan originator certification session.

Early-bird registration is available through October 31, 2016, by visiting Attendees may choose to bundle their registration with the Elite Package, which includes discounted conference registration and hotel rates and a ten percent annual savings off RVSA Premium.

A limited number of high-visibility sponsorship opportunities are available to reverse mortgage vendors and wholesale lenders. The conference will also accept speaking proposals through November 30, 2016. For more information, contact

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

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Free News Articles, NonProfit and Charities, Regional Events

On Sept. 20 International Topic Experts Discuss Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) a Global and National Priority

ATLANTA, Ga. -- C Diff Foundation's 4th Annual International Raising C.diff. Awareness Conference and Health EXPO will be hosted in Atlanta, Ga. on Sept. 20, 2016. With C. difficile infection prevention being declared a national priority - researchers, public health officials, infectious disease specialists, and others continue to research more effective ways to prevent, treat, and combat this microbe.

A panel of C. diff. survivors will also join world-renowned experts delivering presentations on health care topics pertaining to the most common pathogen identified, a leading healthcare-associated infection (HAI) in U.S. hospitals alone: Clostridium difficile (C.diff.).

Nearly half a million Americans suffer from Clostridium difficile (C. diff.) infections in a single year according to a study released February 2015 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). About 15,000 deaths were estimated to be directly attributable to C. diff. infections.

Previous studies indicate that C. diff. has become the most common microbial cause of healthcare-associated infections found in U.S. hospitals driving up costs to $4.8 billion each year.

Bringing medical professional guest speakers together, such as Dr. Clifford McDonald, MD from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one of the leading government healthcare organizations in the U.S., and internationally recognized experts on healthcare-associated infections and the prevention of antimicrobial resistance - provides an educational opportunity for healthcare professionals and those sharing common interests.

Presentations will be focused on, but not limited to Clostridium difficile (C.diff.) Prevention, Treatments, Research, Clinical trials, Microbiome research, Infection Prevention, Environmental Safety, Fecal Microbiota Restoration, Antibiotic Stewardship.

The "International Raising C.diff. Awareness" Conference and Health EXPO will commence on September 20, 2016, 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Eastern Time at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Atlanta Airport, 3400 Norman Berry Drive, Atlanta, GA 30344 (Hotel Phone: 1-404-763-1600).

SPONSORS: Platinum Sponsors include: Summit Therapeutics, Clorox Healthcare, Seres Therapeutics, Rebiotix TOMI Environmental Solutions SteraMist, and Tru-D SmartUVC.

Gold Sponsors include: Synthetic Biologics, XBiotech, CoreShield, Nestle Health Science, Roche, DaVolterra, and Xenex Germ-Zapping Robots. This conference is supported through an educational grant from Sanofi Pasteur US.

Additional information and registration:

"None of us can do this alone. All of us can do this together," says Nancy C. Caralla.

About the C Diff Foundation:

The C Diff Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, was founded in 2012 by Nancy C. Caralla, a Nurse who was diagnosed and treated for Clostridium difficile (C. diff.) infections not once but twice. Through her own journey and witnessing the loss of her father to C. difficile infection involvement, Nancy recognized the need for greater global awareness through education, about research being conducted by the government, industry, and academia and better advocacy on behalf of patients, healthcare professionals, and researchers worldwide working to address the public health threat posed by this devastating, life-threatening infection. November is dedicated to "Raising C. diff. Awareness" worldwide.

To learn more about this annual campaign and how to become a partner please visit the website or

About The C diff Foundation Foundress, Executive Director:

Nancy C Caralla, hosts "C. diff. Spores and More" Global Broadcasting Network, and shares in a team focus on educating, and advocating for C. diff. infection prevention, treatments, and environmental safety; and more, worldwide.

More information:

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Chart-Topping Musician’s film ‘Empty Box of Wine’ wins Best Animation at the 12th Annual Action on Film International Film Festival

PASADENA, Calif. -- Chart-topping musical artist and Los Angeles-based filmmaker Michael C. Perry today announced that his film "Empty Box of Wine" has won first prize in the category "Best Animation" in the 12th Annual Action on Film International Film Festival. Perry is the lead singer in Jour Majesty, who last year rose to #2 on the indie folk charts; his entry into the film festival accompanies the upcoming Jour Majesty album, "Empty Box of Wine."

This lushly animated film follows the romantic complications of two musicians as their troubles unfold against the rain-slicked streets of San Francisco. Inspired by a chance meeting in a hotel lobby that stirred up one of Perry's favorite lines from Hemingway's classic "A Moveable Feast" -- "She was very pretty with a face fresh as a newly minted coin if they minted coins in smooth flesh with rain-freshened skin, and her hair black as a crow's wing and cut sharply and diagonally across her cheek" -- the film captures the spirit of San Francisco as seen through Perry's eyes that day: wet, ephemeral and very much alive.

Famed UK music journalist Alex Faulkner has compared Jour Majesty's music to the "rootsy Americana" of The Band as well as more modern artists, such as Ryan Adams.

The organic result of Perry's successful commercial career in film, animation and audio engineering, combined with his band Jour Majesty's many recent successes, "Empty Box of Wine" sparks a captivating conversation about the fleeting infatuations that compose the days, months and years of our lives.

The Action on Film International Film Festival ran September 2 through the 9th; screenings were held at the Krikorian Monrovia Cinema 12 & LFX. The black tie awards dinner was held on Saturday, September 10 at the Westin Hotel Pasadena.

More information is available online at and

About the Filmmaker:
Michael C. Perry is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker and musician; currently he is the lead singer of chart- topping indie folk band Jour Majesty. A graduate of the USC School of Cinema, Perry has enjoyed a successful career in both commercial film and audio engineering.

Media Contact:
Michael C. Perry Filmmaker/Artist 323-403-0232

Video (Vimeo):

Caption: Michael C. Perry at the Action on Film Awards Dinner.

Caption: Michael C. Perry of the Jour Majesty Band.

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World’s Largest Waterless Pool Party Sept. 24: Part of Fire Up The Night V at Cincinnati’s Coney Island

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- It's the world's largest waterless pool party, and it happens Saturday, September 24 at historic Cincinnati Coney Island amusement park on the banks of the Ohio River, presented by Rozzi Famous Fireworks.

The empty-pool party is part of a super-charged end-of-summer fan favorite at Coney Island - Fire Up the Night V, the USA's ONLY international fireworks competition.

The unique Yuengling "Party IN the Pool" invites visitors to share the fun of the international fireworks' competition from inside Coney's legendary Sunlite Pool, the largest swimming pool in North America at 401-feet long by 200-feet wide, covering two acres and holding three million gallons of water!

The "world's largest waterless pool party" begins at 4 p.m. The empty-pool area will give guests - who typically bring folding chairs and blankets to the event - a fantastic vantage point to view the international fireworks competition, blasting off at 8:30 p.m. over Coney Island's beautiful Lake Como.

This year's best-of-the-best firework teams are coming from Greece, the Philippines and South Africa. The teams will be representing their countries while going head-to-head against one another for international bragging rights.

A panel of judges and audience will vote on which team performs the best, evaluating such things as presentation, structure and scale, colors, originality and music synchronization.

Plus, following the international competition, event producer Rozzi Famous Fireworks of Cincinnati will fire up the night in a thundering finale that will shake the banks of the Ohio River. The event is presented by Dr. Pepper.

The Greek fireworks' contingent is represented by Nanos Fireworks Greece, a company with a four-generation heritage of fireworks' expertise. Representing the Philippines is Dragon Fireworks Inc., the first-ever licensed pyrotechnic manufacturer in the Philippines, and from Johannesburg, South Africa is Fireworks for Africa, started in 1996 and already the winner of numerous fireworks' display awards.

In addition to the firework and the in-pool party, numerous fun activities highlight the event, including Coney Island's two dozen classic amusement rides, live entertainment and a beer-tasting event in Moonlite Pavilion featuring an array of craft and international beers.

Admission to Fire Up The Night V is $25 per carload (includes event admission, parking, Coney Island's classic rides and live entertainment). Coney's gates open at 4 p.m.

One of America's celebrated heritage amusement parks, Cincinnati's Coney Island, nestled along the banks of the Ohio River, is now in its remarkable 130th year of family entertainment. Coney Island is located at 6201 Kellogg Ave., exit 72 off I-275, 10 miles east of downtown Cincinnati.

For more information about event producer Rozzi Famous Fireworks, visit:

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Construction and Building, Free News Articles, Insurance

EPIC Adds Jim Hughes as Vice President and Managing Consultant of Loss Control

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Jim Hughes has joined the firm as a vice president and the Managing Consultant of Loss Control Services in their National Construction Specialty Group.

Hughes will be focused on Bay Area and Sacramento offices as well as clients nationally. He will report to Brian McDonnell, managing principal of EPIC's National Construction Specialty Group.

"We are fortunate to have an expert of Jim's caliber join our team and support our clients," said McDonnell.

Hughes joins from Wells Fargo Insurance Services where he was vice president, risk control services. Hughes brings 40 years of experience in the loss prevention field to his role with EPIC. In his role with EPIC, he will be responsible for developing and implementing strong loss prevention programs, helping clients navigate the system when they have a claim and managing overall safety within these organizations.

Prior to joining EPIC, Hughes was with ABD since 2001 which was acquired by Wells Fargo in 2007. While with Wells Fargo, Hughes was responsible for partnering with clients to mitigate and manage their losses. He developed practical solutions for clients including, safety program evaluations and development, construction site and industrial facility inspections and surveys and ergonomic assessments.

Previously, Hughes held the positions with Marsh and McLennan in San Francisco as a vice president and senior managing consultant and in 1993 was promoted to manager of the Western Region of M&M Protection Consultants, Marsh's technical arm.

Hughes has served as director of risk and safety for a major Bay Area engineering and construction construction firm and as chief safety engineer representing the city and county of Denver's OCIP insuring construction of the Denver International Airport. He was also the director of BART Construction Insurance Administrators during the $1.4 billion construction of the BART extension project to San Francisco Airport. Most recently, Hughes led client loss control and safety services on the Sacramento Kings Arena, another multi-phase construction project which also includes retail, condominiums, office space and a 16-story hotel.

"Jim has made a significant impact throughout his career in the construction insurance industry, and we look forward to the positive impact he will have on our clients," said Tom O'Neil, western region president.

Hughes earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey. He is a professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and has earned the professional designation Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM). Hughes is a certified OSHA Construction Outreach 10 and 30 hour instructor. He serves on the Board of trustees and faculty of the non-profit Safety Center of California and has been active in the Center's fund raising activities for over 25 years.

Jim Hughes can be reached at:
EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants
1390 willow pass road, suite 800
Concord, CA 94520
925-822-9046 - office

About EPIC:
EPIC is a unique and innovative retail property and casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage and consulting firm. EPIC has created a values-based, client-focused culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty and sustains a high level of customer service excellence. EPIC team members have consistently recognized their company as a "Best Place to Work" in multiple regions and as a "Best Place to Work in the Insurance Industry" nationally.

EPIC now has more than 850 team members operating from offices across the U.S., providing Property Casualty, Employee Benefits, Specialty Programs and Private Client solutions to more than 13,000 clients.

With more than $200 million in revenues, EPIC ranks among the top 20 retail insurance brokers in the United States. Supported by the Carlyle Group, the company continues to expand organically and through strategic acquisitions across the country. For additional information, please visit

Dave Hock, of EPIC

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Adorn Beauty Enhancements Celebrates 3-Year Anniversary by Raising Funds for NAAF During Alopecia Areata Awareness Month

ATLANTA, Ga -- September marks two special occasions for beauty consultant and hair specialist, Archia Hall-Owens, better known as ChiChi Owens, the owner of Adorn Beauty Enhancements. Hall is not only celebrating her three-year anniversary in business, but she is also bringing heightened appreciation to Alopecia Areata Awareness Month. To commemorate both, Hall has committed to donating $25 for every custom wig sold during the month of September to The National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF).

Hall has had her own personal experience with combating hair loss. Relaxers, coloring, braiding and hair glue all played a part in her waning hairline. The matter was exacerbated when she could never find a wig that properly fit her smaller sized head. She started gluing wefts of hair into stocking caps back in 2000. Her wig designs gave her a new felt since of confidence while she worked on stimulating the regrowth of her hair.

Hall was pleasantly surprised by the compliments and requests she got from women wanting her to provide custom wigs for them as well! She launched Adorn Beauty Enhancements as a central one-stop location for all things make-up and hair. The shop is located in Atlanta and online at

A beauty industry veteran with 15 years of experience, Hall originally obtained degrees in human resource management and psychology. She has found that both fields come into play when dealing with clients who are tackling issues of self-esteem and confidence due to hair loss and alopecia. After working in corporate for 10 years, doing weaves and make-up part time for friends and family, she finally decided to enroll in cosmetology school at the Fayette Beauty School, and later open her own business. Her passion for hair loss led her to the renowned Toni Love Training Center where she received her non-surgical Hair Loss Certification.

Unlike wigs found in retail stores, Hall's exclusive line of custom medical wigs and hair prosthetics are specifically designed for the woman with little or no hair. The designs are partially or totally hand tied or sewn on with a sewing machine, with a smaller cap and a base that is specifically designed to not irritate a sensitive scalp.

Adorn Beauty's exclusive line of custom medical quality wigs are for all nationalities and are designed for a totally natural and completely undetectable appearance; from the amount of hair in the cap, to how the hair moves when the wig is worn. Adorn's medical custom wig prices start at $500, with custom fashion wigs starting at $100 excluding the hair.

"Something like losing one's hair may not readily sound like a big deal, but our hair is essentially our crown, especially for women," explains Hall. "That's why I'm so grateful to organizations like NAAF that continually provide guidance, counseling and assistance to those affected by alopecia areata. I have found that many people are completely unaware of Alopecia Areata Awareness Month, so I'm thrilled to be able to celebrate my business anniversary while drawing attention to the dedicated month. I am fulfilled knowing that I am assisting with helping to heal hearts and heads with my knowledge, care and beautiful wig designs."

About The National Alopecia Areata Foundation:

The National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF) serves the community of people affected by an autoimmune skin disease called alopecia areata that results in hair loss and emotional pain. NAAF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1981 and headquartered in San Rafael, Calif. NAAF supports research to find a cure or acceptable treatment for alopecia areata, supports those with the disease, and educates the public about alopecia areata.

About Alopecia Areata:

Alopecia Areata is the most common autoimmune disease, affecting over 6.8 million Americans and 147 million people worldwide. It manifests with total or partial loss of scalp and body hair. There currently is no cure, and no treatment that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

For more information about The National Alopecia Areata Foundation, find them at

To purchase Adorn Beauty Enhancements' custom wigs, go to Reach ChiChi Hall on Facebook at We_Adorn and on Instagram and Twitter at @we_adorn.

Media Contact:
Makeda Smith
Jazzmyne Public Relations

*PHOTO Caption: ChiChi Owens, the owner of Adorn Beauty Enhancements.

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Defense and Military, Free News Articles, Insurance

TriWest Healthcare Alliance Proudly Salutes the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) #BeThere Campaign

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- In September, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched its Be There campaign on its website to educate Veterans, Service members and those who care about them, of the vital role they play in preventing suicide. The campaign aims to raise awareness about behavioral health issues concerning our nation's Veterans, and encourages loved ones to Be There.

"As a partner to VA, TriWest's sole line of business is to ensure our nation's Veterans get the health care they have earned and deserve. We proudly stand in support of VA to keep the trajectory moving on this important initiative for the behavioral health care of our nation's Veterans," said Dave McIntyre, Jr., President and CEO of TriWest Healthcare Alliance.

Veterans and Service members have a valuable connection to resources and support through VA's Be There website and the Veterans Crisis Line. To learn more, you are encouraged to visit VA's Veterans Crisis Line website:

The Be There website provides a wealth of knowledge about how you can support a Veteran or Service member. Whether it's a phone call to the Veteran's Crisis Line, checking in with a veteran to see how they are doing, assisting him or her with community resources, meeting for coffee, being a gym buddy or bringing a Veteran a meal to show you care - a simple act of kindness can help someone feel less alone and can save a life.

"Reaching out to a veteran is the most important thing anyone can do," said Dr. Blake Chaffee, Vice President of Integrated Health Care Service, TriWest Healthcare Alliance.

These are thoughtful actions that show support of Be There. Veterans, Service members, family members and health care providers can call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, or send a text to: 838255.

About TriWest Healthcare Alliance:
TriWest Healthcare Alliance serves our nation's heroes as the partner of the Department of Veterans Affairs in administering the Patient-Centered Community Care (PC3) and Veterans Choice Programs (VCP). TriWest has been On a Mission to Serve(R) America's military families and Veterans since 1996 delivering award-winning customer service and providing access to high-quality health care. The company's official website is

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