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Weitz and Luxenberg, P.C. Offers Gratitude to Veterans for Assuring Our Nation’s Liberty

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C. today extolled the virtue of all the women and men who have served our country so courageously and admirably over the years. Their efforts ensured our freedom and that of our children for decades to come. We are forever indebted to their commitment and steadfast fealty.

Memorial Day provides us with an ideal opportunity to honor and remember those who served so valiantly in war and lost their lives. While doing so, Weitz & Luxenberg, also seeks to celebrate the veterans who are living among us. We owe them our undying gratitude and abiding compassion.

"The men and women who return home after experiencing the incomprehensible realities of war are forever changed. Spiritually, emotionally and physically, the nation's veterans live with the reminders of the horrors they witnessed every day," Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C. said.

"As a nation, we have a responsibility to recognize their struggles and offer whatever assistance we can to support our veterans in their day-to-day lives," Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C. added.

Mesothelioma and the Aftermath of War:

The young men and women who so proudly offered to serve our country had no idea they would be facing more than just a known adversary. They might well have indomitably trained to prepare themselves for the physical and emotional challenges of war.

What they couldn't know or prepare themselves for was the silent but lethal substance they would be subjected to day in and day out for months or years at a time. That substance was asbestos, a known health hazard and carcinogen.

"Industry knew before World War II that inhaling asbestos particles was dangerous. The particles settle in your lungs and never leave," the law firm said.

"All U.S. governmental regulatory agencies involved with worker and environmental health, as well as worldwide health authorities, agree that there is no safe limit of exposure to asbestos."

"What is particularly tragic is that by the time someone experiences symptoms of asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma or asbestosis, the disease is so advanced that the damage can never be undone," Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C. said.

Veterans at Greater Risk for Developing Mesothelioma:

Of all the known cases of mesothelioma since 1999, U.S. military veterans have constituted 30 percent. If you look at the population as a whole, however, veterans represent only 8 percent of the U.S. population.

The veterans who are most at risk for developing mesothelioma are those who served between World War II and the late 1990s in the U.S. Navy or the U.S. Coastguard. These branches of the military, more than any other, were subjected to the widespread use of asbestos in engine rooms, galleys, boiler rooms, gun turrets and crew quarters of ships. This is due to the fact that asbestos has long been used in ship building and repair.

Because asbestos is naturally resistant to heat, fire and corrosion, and because asbestos is considered an economical mineral to mine, manufacturers have used this substance to their advantage.

"What is so abhorrent," the law firm said, "is that our military personnel should never have been exposed so recklessly. The companies that made and sold the products containing asbestos simply chose not to warn or protect workers from the hazards."

"It's absolutely reprehensible," Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C. said. "If these companies had acted responsibly, our veterans would never have developed mesothelioma."

Weitz & Luxenberg Fully Supports Our Nation's Veterans:

"Our veterans honorably served our nation, and we need to support them," Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C. said. "We are fully committed to working on behalf of our veterans and all other victims of mesothelioma to see that they receive the justice they deserve."

"Mesothelioma is devastating, not only to those who are afflicted with the disease, but also to their families and loved ones. We absolutely want to support our veterans in any way we can."

Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C. can be reached at online at or by phone at (800) 476-6070.

About Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C.:

Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C. is among the nation's leading and most readily recognized personal injury and consumer protection law firms. Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C.'s numerous litigation areas include: mesothelioma, defective medicine and devices, environmental pollutants, products liability, consumer protection, accidents, personal injury, and medical malpractice. Victims of consumer fraud are invited to rely on Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C.'s more than 25 years of experience handling such cases. You can contact the firm's Client Relations department at 800-476-6070 or at

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Enjoying Your Green Spaces Safely This Summer

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Enjoying the great outdoors is one of the many things summer offers, says Project EverGreen. Whether it is hiking or camping at a state or national park, going to your community park for a picnic or simply having fun in your own backyard, enjoying green spaces is a summer ritual.

While you are enjoying the feeling of lush grass between your toes or the aromatic smell of a flowering plant, you should be mindful of several threats that can loom in green spaces including mosquitoes, stinging insects, and fleas and ticks.

"When used as directed, insect control products and fertilizers work to keep your lawn and landscape healthy and strong," says Cindy Code, executive director of Project EverGreen. "A healthy yard can more effectively reduce quantities or populations of mosquitoes, ticks and stinging insects."


There has been significant media coverage this spring regarding the Zika virus. While there have been no confirmed transmissions of the disease in the United States, it does bring to the forefront the threat of mosquito-borne diseases including West Nile virus, chikungunya and dengue fever.

How do you protect your and your family from mosquitoes this summer? Experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the following tips to avoid mosquito bites:
* Use insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin or IR3535. Some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provides long-lasting protection.
* If you use both sunscreen and insect repellent, apply the sunscreen first and then the repellent.
* Do not spray insect repellent on the skin under your clothing; treat clothing with permethrin or purchase permethrin-treated clothing.
* When weather permits, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
* Take extra care during peak mosquito biting hours and use repellent and protective clothing from dusk to dawn or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times.
* Help reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home by emptying standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths on a regular basis.
Stinging Insects:

While some stinging insects are beneficial to our environment, others pose a threat to people as they are enjoying the great outdoors. According to research from the National Pest Management Association, stinging insects send more than 500,000 people to the emergency room each year due to allergic reactions.

Stinging insects call a variety of locations in and around a structure home. They can live in trees, bushes, the ground, attics, crawlspaces, gutters, building overhangs, and decks.

* Remove food and water sources from your yard; trim bushes and trees where stinging insects like to nest.
* Inspect the exterior of your home or office, looking closely at the eaves, and seal cracks and crevices to keep stinging insects out.
* Properly seal all garbage cans - stinging insects are attracted to the sugars and residues in leftover food.
* Keep food covered when you are putting out your summer spread.
* When gardening, wear neutral earth tones, nothing bright or floral, and avoid wearing scented creams or perfume.
* At that backyard cookout, keep an eye on your drink. Stinging insects are attracted to sugary contents soft drinks and beer, and drinking a mouthful of bee or wasp is not pleasant.
If you come across a nest, proceed with caution and do not attempt to remove the nest yourself. Stinging insects are not to be taken lightly and can be very aggressive, the Africanized honey bee in particular, when disturbed. Call your local pest management professional to safely remove the nest.

Fleas & Ticks:

With the return of warm weather, everyone wants to spend more time outdoors-including household pets such as dogs and cats. Like people, pets are also at risk for the serious health complications that can arise from tick and flea bites.

Good landscape management practices by homeowners including clearing leaf litter, keeping grass cut or creating woodchip/stone barriers between lawns and adjacent woodlands that are inhabited by wildlife will be helpful in keeping ticks in check.

Fleas can become a problem and huge nuisance when humans or pets bring them inside the home since once inside, they can easily reproduce in bedding, carpets or furniture. Here are several tips to protect your pets and family from ticks and fleas this summer:

* Check pets frequently for ticks and fleas - be aware of excessive scratching and licking.
* Avoid walking dogs in tall grass, where fleas and ticks often hide.
* Bathe pets after walks or playtime with other animals.
* Frequently wash pet bedding, collars and plush toys.
* Wash bed linens and vacuum carpets, floors and furniture frequently.
* For on-animal prevention and treatment options, please consult with your veterinarian. We love cats and dogs, but we don't treat them.

About Project EverGreen:

Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Project EverGreen ( is a national non-profit organization committed to promoting the positive effects managed green spaces, including lawns and landscapes, athletic and recreational turf, and trees and parks have on the physical, mental and economic well-being of communities across the United States. Project EverGreen's initiatives include GreenCare for Troops,(TM) SnowCare for Troops(TM) and "Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids."(TM)

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Remo MORE new update empowers parents to control kids over-usage of smart devices

BANGALORE, India -- Remo Software today announced a new feature called "Controlled Access Mode" for Remo MORE. This new feature offers one of the most requested updates which adds new capability that allows to block apps and internet usage.

This could be of great help to parents who are worried about their kid's over usage of devices and internet. Remo MORE Controlled Access Mode allows parents to block installed apps, games and internet on kid's devices indefinitely; also it can be configured to allow usage only during specified time, turning the device useless rather than a distraction at other times.

Omer Faiyaz, CEO of Remo Software says, "While more families are signing up for Remo MORE, they are also bringing in valuable feedback and we are always listening. This new feature is like a switch which will turn the device mode from smart to useless."

Key Features of Controlled Access Mode includes:
- In Android devices, only phone dialer will be accessible. It will restrict access to installed apps including internet browsers.
- In iPhone, all third party apps will be blocked. Only apps supported by Apple can be accessed (including Facetime & messages). Browsing apps including Safari will be blocked.
- In Windows PC, Microsoft default apps (Notepad, MS Office etc.) will be accessible, however Skype, Microsoft messenger and other third party apps along with internet browsing will remain disabled.
- In Mac, internet browsing & third party apps will be disabled. Default Apple apps remain accessible excluding Facetime & messaging apps.
- Controlled Access Mode can be enabled indefinitely or scheduled to work on pre-set timings for each day.

Remo MORE is Available on:
Android, iOS, Windows PC, Mac.

Pricing & Availability:
Remo MORE is available on Remo's official website and is free for 2 devices.

About Remo Software:
Remo Software is a consumer software company - focused on making technology easier for non-tech users. The company offers a wide range of consumer software that interoperate on various platforms to enable users to recover, manage and optimize their data efficiently. Learn more about Remo software's entire line-up of products at Remo Software official website.

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Taxometry Joins Electronic Transactions Association

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah -- Taxometry announced it has joined the Electronic Transactions Association. Taxometry has developed a state-of-the-art software system that calculates and deducts sales tax automatically for online purchases, and remits the tax to the appropriate state on behalf of retailers.

The Electronic Transactions Association is the leading trade association for the payments industry, representing 500 companies worldwide that offer electronic transaction processing products and services.

"The association facilitates the open discussion for those companies in the electronic payments industry," said John Gibson, CEO of Taxometry. "ETA gives us an opportunity to educate the payment processors on the path legislation is taking and its impact to the future of remote taxation."

ETA's membership spans the breadth of the payments industry to include independent sales organizations, payments networks, financial institutions, transaction processors, mobile payments products and services, payments technologies, and equipment suppliers. ETA member companies touch, enrich and improve the lives of every consumer while making the global flow of commerce possible.

"We look forward to working in collaboration with ETA's membership to create solutions that serve this industry better," said Gibson.

About Taxometry:
Founded in 2013, Taxometry has developed a state-of-the-art software system that calculates and deducts sales tax automatically for online purchases, and remits the tax to the appropriate state on behalf of retailers. Taxometry's software-based solution integrates into a retailer's shopping cart, payment portal or point-of-sale system. It is designed to navigate the complexities of multi-jurisdictional sales tax compliance issues, including calculation, remittance, reporting, data storage, audit relief and liability mitigation.

Taxometry was certified by the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board (SSTGB) making it part of an elite group of companies contracted to provide its Certified Service Provider (CSP) solution in the SSTGB's 24 member states. Taxometry offers retailers ease and peace of mind knowing they are immune from audit liability for the sales processed online. Merchants will also benefit from Taxometry through the elimination of late fees and fines, and a reduction in accounting costs and clerical overhead.

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Altavera Mortgage Services Closed-Loan File Review Services Set for Q3 2016 Expansion

DENVER, Colo. -- Altavera Mortgage Services (Altavera), the premier provider of third-party residential mortgage origination services, announced today that it will expand its closed-loan file review services beginning in Q3 2016. Closed-loan review, also known as pre-purchase review, is the review and approval of loans prior to investor purchase, or the audit of a loan package prior to purchase by a correspondent buyer or aggregator.

Altavera's closed-loan file review services include, but are not limited to:

Validation of product acceptability to investor guidelines;
Review of credit decision and supporting documentation;
Confirmation of QM/ATR requirements;
Performance of compliance review;
Review of appraisal and property value validation; and
Review of closing documentation.

"Altavera has provided closed-loan review of agency and non-QM products on a limited basis since 2015," said Altavera President Brian Simons. "Now, in response to increasing requests from larger firms, investors and aggregators, we're pleased to formalize this service offering and make it available to all our clients."

Independent, non-bank mortgage companies and investment firms that have begun to purchase loans often consider outsource providers to limit exposure to poor loan quality. Altavera builds on standard review criteria to tailor each review to a firm's requirements and particular product, including non-QM. Firms often do not want to invest in building internal infrastructure to support a new or expanding correspondent purchase program, opting to work with a knowledgeable partner.

"A successful loan purchase business strategy requires specific expertise and execution capabilities, many of which make sense for mortgage lenders and investors to outsource to a qualified service provider partner," said COO Debora Aydelotte. "By partnering with Altavera these businesses can be confident that underlying loan data and documentation support a purchase decision through factual, extensive review of credit, compliance and valuation."

"Unlike other loan file review providers, Altavera is a U.S.-based fully licensed and SAFE Act compliant mortgage-only business offering mortgage lenders and investors unmatched quality and scalability in closed-loan review just when they need it most," said Simons. "We feel strongly the needs of the mortgage industry are best served by domestically located providers."

According to Aydelotte, Altavera plans to increase its Denver based staff by 30 - 35 percent over the next several months to support the new service offering. The firm is also doubling its office space within the Denver metro-area to accommodate this expansion.

About Altavera:

Based in Denver, Colorado, Altavera provides independent, third-party mortgage origination services to residential mortgage originators. Altavera's staff of seasoned, U.S.-based specialists help clients streamline operations, minimize costs and achieve faster cycle times for greater customer satisfaction and profitability. Altavera maintains its highly trained staff through Altavera Academy, the firm's dedicated training unit.

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Edupoint’s Synergy Student Information System Awarded 5-Year REMC SAVE Contract for Michigan Districts

MESA, Ariz. -- Edupoint(R) Educational Systems, creator of the industry-leading Synergy(R) Education Platform for K-12 student information and learning management solutions, has been awarded a five-year contract by Michigan's Regional Educational Media Center Association (REMC) to provide the Synergy Student Information System (SIS) to support the more than 1.5 million students across the state of Michigan. As one of only three vendors selected by REMC for this contract, Synergy SIS will provide extensive student management functionality, as well as world-class scheduling, gradebook, and family engagement capabilities.

The REMC Statewide SAVE Project is a cooperative purchasing program developed to secure aggregated volume bid prices that meet state bid procedures for Michigan schools and other eligible agencies. The initiative saves Michigan school districts both time and money by allowing them to procure products without bidding. Edupoint was selected for award based on the comprehensiveness of its SIS solution, in addition to product quality, price, and customer support.

Under the terms of the contract with REMC, districts throughout Michigan can select Synergy SIS at pre-negotiated rates. Edupoint, in conjunction with its local Michigan-based business partner Computer Management Technologies, will tailor each implementation project and service offering based on each district's unique needs. Districts can contract for Synergy directly through REMC starting in July 2016 and continuing through June 2021.

"We are honored to have been chosen by the REMC SAVE Project to offer the Synergy Student Information System to Michigan districts," says Bob Weathers, Edupoint's Founder & CEO. "As a long-standing partner with Michigan districts, Edupoint is committed to providing innovative solutions designed to support personalized learning, improve instruction, and streamline access to information to all K-12 stakeholders. It's a pleasure to partner with an organization that shares our same values, and we look forward to developing relationships with new REMC districts as they join the Synergy family."

The Synergy Student Information System is currently used by 63 school districts throughout Michigan, including Grand Rapids Public Schools, Genesee Intermediate School District, and Lansing Public Schools. As a powerful commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solution with customization capabilities that allow districts to match processes already in place, Synergy offers fully-integrated teacher, parent and student portals, intuitive role-based mobile applications, and comprehensive reporting functionality. TeacherVUE(R) Gradebook provides support for traditional or standards-based grading insight into student performance for personalized and targeted instruction.

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(R) Education Platform is a suite of integrated solutions that includes Synergy(R) SIS, the most powerful K-12 student information system available today, Synergy(R) LMS, an all-in-one learning and assessment platform, and Synergy(R) 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


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Jayne Williams Company announces first ever political wedding cake toppers for Republican and Democrat Bride and Grooms

HARLEYSVILLE, Pa. -- Jayne Williams Company of Harleysville, Pa. has created and is introducing several unique wedding cake toppers for political enthusiasts to proudly display their beloved party affiliation or party candidate when celebrating their wedding.

Completely unique and adorable, these Democrat and Republican figurines will be the talk of the reception this side of Election Day!

"These cake tops are being offered during the most talked about and tense political times we've ever seen," says Chuck Eppley, VP of Marketing at Jayne Williams Company ( "We're so excited to offer even inter-political cake tops for those bride and grooms on opposite sides of the party lines."

One inter-political wedding cake topper depicts the symbolic Democratic Donkey as a Bride waving the blue party pennant alongside her Republican Elephant Groom who is proudly wearing his red party pin. Their mirror companions feature an Elephant Bride with Donkey Groom complete with their party pins and pennants.

In the day and age where inter-faith and inter-racial marriages have become common place, an inter-political relationship can bring its own set of challenges. But thanks to Jayne Williams, even these couples won't be left out.

Jayne Williams Wedding Cake Tops ( offers the largest selection of personalized Wedding Cake Tops in the world; and for over 22 years has been adorning wedding cakes with their cake toppers matching the bride and grooms' skin tones, hair and flower colors, facial hair, bald grooms, and so much more on figurines that will last for "generations to come."

Jayne Williams also provides military, western, dozens of themed occupations such as police, firefighters and EMT, and interest themes such as golf, tennis, all types of sports and hobbies, along with non-figurine toppers such as hearts, castles and monograms.

So, if you are a political enthusiast (or know a future Bride or Groom that is), visit for one of these romantic wedding treasures!

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EPIC’s Rosemary Hughes and Suzannah Gill to Speak at The Institute for HealthCare Consumerism Forum and Expo Workshop

ATLANTA, Ga. -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Senior Consultant and Principal Rosemary Hughes and Benefits Strategy Consultant Suzannah Gill will speak at a hands-on workshop at the 7th Annual 2016 IHC Forum & Expo on Wednesday, May 25 from 3-4 p.m. at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia.

Moderated by Jim Fries, national sales director of Health Exchange Resources, the workshop will discuss strategies and best practices for implementing defined contribution health care, including effective decision support and communication and an actuarial breakdown of how defined contribution works. Hughes and Gill will help guide companies in empowering employees to take over their own health care decisions.

About Rosemary Hughes, senior consultant and principal, EPIC:

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

Prior to joining EPIC in June 2015, Hughes was the director of benefits, Americas, for Avis Budget Group, responsible for all aspects of the strategy and administration of all health and welfare, defined benefit and defined contribution retirement plans, and global wellness.

Before Hughes joined ABG, she was a health and welfare consultant for such firms as Arthur J. Gallagher, Fidelity and Mercer Consulting. She specializes in finding solutions that engage employees while managing costs.

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. She was previously a senior associate and benefits consultant for a large Atlanta benefits consulting firm with a focus on strategic management and business development. Prior to that, Gill brought her strategic benefits expertise to her clients as an ERISA attorney at a prominent Atlanta law firm, representing clients in Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation.

As a consultant for EPIC's Employee Benefits practice in the Southeast, Gill will provide client service leadership, including overall strategy, relationship management and business development, bringing new clients to EPIC.

Gill is a responsive and results-oriented benefits consultant, and strives to help her clients navigate through the complexities of employee benefits, so they can focus on managing and growing their businesses. Additionally, her skill set further expands EPIC's legal expertise in employee benefits.

Gill earned a Bachelor of Science in Management with Marketing Certification, highest honor, from Georgia Tech and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law.

She is passionate about building relationships with clients to better understand their employee benefits needs and will utilize the extensive expertise available through EPIC's comprehensive Employer Services Platform to better support her clients and help them achieve their business objectives.

About IHC Forum & Expo:

Change is the new constant in health care and employee benefits. The Institute for HealthCare Consumerism constantly tracks the transformation and translates the chaos into clarity and into strategies and tactics that work. IHC Forum & Expo is the event where attendees can access the most current insights, innovations and industry leaders in one place. The expo helps attendees keep pace with continuous health, wellness and benefits change.

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. For additional information, please visit

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Whiteflash Named 2016 BBB Winner of Distinction

HOUSTON, Texas -- Whiteflash Inc., top tier retailer of ideal diamonds and fine bridal jewelry, was honored this week by the Better Business Bureau for excellence in quality control, customer satisfaction and community service. Named a 2016 Winner of Distinction from among all the retail jewelers in the greater Houston area, Whiteflash has now received high honors from the BBB for twelve consecutive years and maintains an A+ rating.

The Better Business Bureau evaluates businesses on a comprehensive list of performance standards including quality of product, consumer education, innovation, social responsibility, and most importantly, customer care. Whiteflash received high marks for an outstanding record of customer satisfaction as reflected in the thousands of Whiteflash reviews found on independent third party review sites such as Google, Yelp and iVouch from customers all over the world.

With a stunning array of designer engagement rings and the finest crafted precision cut diamonds on the planet, Whiteflash combines a well-earned reputation for exceptional customer care with products and services that are recognized both domestically and internationally as the "best of the best." A CUT ABOVE(r) super ideal diamonds, available exclusively at Whiteflash, are considered among the finest diamonds in the world featuring proven light performance and exceptional beauty.

As members of the American Gem Society, an organization dedicated to consumer protection and education, Whiteflash keeps a laser focus on the customer experience. The combination of ISO 9000 Certified processes and a compulsive devotion to their clients drives the company in the quality of its products as well as the extensive information, education, expert guidance, and above all, customer care it provides.

Whiteflash CEO Debi Wexler had this to say about winning the award. "We are grateful to the BBB for again recognizing Whiteflash with the Winner of Distinction award. Our mantra is to deliver a brilliant experience to each and every customer. This honor provides validation of our efforts and keeps us motivated to maintain an uncompromising standard of excellence."

Added Eliezer Eber, Whiteflash COO, "Taking a process oriented approach though our ISO 9000 framework has enabled us to execute consistently as we grow our business. Having been honored now by the BBB for 12 years in a row is something we are all very proud of."

In addition to the international reach of their robust e-commerce site, the Whiteflash Houston jewelry store in Sugar Land Town Square now serves a growing local clientele. Customers can view top quality diamonds and a full line of engagement rings and fine jewelry by top brands including Verragio, Simon G, Ritani, Vatché, Danhov, and Benchmark, and receive pressure-free guidance from GIA and AGS trained diamond and jewelry consultants.

About Whiteflash:

Whiteflash is a top tier retail jeweler specializing in Ideal Diamonds, Designer Engagement Rings and Fine Bridal Jewelry. Their A CUT ABOVE(r) Super Ideal Diamonds are considered by trade experts and diamond connoisseurs to be among the finest in the world.

The award winning website, described by Kiplinger's Magazine as the "Lord of the Online Rings" enables shoppers the world over to view, compare and purchase top quality diamonds, engagement rings and fine jewelry in a convenient, secure and information rich environment.

Whiteflash is the first jewelry retailer in the world to attain ISO 9000 certification for total quality management and welcome visitors to their Houston jewelry showroom located in the upscale community of Sugar Land, Texas. Whiteflash is a proud member of the American Gem Society.

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Arbor Bank Selects the Pavaso Digital Close Platform

PLANO, Texas -- Pavaso, Inc. (Pavaso), a provider of digital process and collaboration solutions for the real estate lifecycle (, announced it has signed on Arbor Bank to its Digital Close(sm) platform to conduct eClosings for all Arbor Bank mortgage customers.

The Pavaso Digital Close platform facilitates electronic communication and collaboration between the realtor, lender, title/settlement agent and borrower, making the entire closing process easier by providing one digital location to deliver any document, especially the Loan Estimate and Closing Disclosure, along with educational materials. The Digital Close platform's eSign functionality captures the borrower's signature and initials at the start of the transaction so that the borrower need only tap the signature line to sign their documents. Digital Close also supports eNotarization, enabling the notary to verify and stamp the documents digitally. Through Digital Close, lenders can execute a seamless eClosing process that provides transparency and education, supporting fairness to the borrower throughout the transaction.

After the closing, homebuyers stay connected to the business stakeholders throughout their homeownership lifecycle. This affords businesses upsell and cross-sell opportunities and keeps them front-of-mind for homebuyers when it is time to buy their next home.

"We believe the ability to conduct the entire mortgage closing process electronically is yet another way Arbor Bank helps our customers by streamlining a once cumbersome process. This can be especially appealing to both first-time, millennial homebuyers and borrowers that may need assistance reading or signing mortgage documents," said Laura Lasher, president of Arbor Bank's mortgage division. "Further, Pavaso's Digital Close platform helps Arbor Bank deliver on its long-standing commitment to provide customers the best possible service. The fact that it also helps meet the CFPB 'consumer-first' mandate is another plus for customers."

"TRID has exposed inefficiencies and inherent risks in the traditional, paper-based mortgage closing process, and lenders can no longer afford to retrofit old processes to meet these new challenges," said Mark McElroy, CEO and president of Pavaso. "Pavaso Digital Close enables lenders to easily adopt a more TRID-friendly closing process that reduces errors, prevents closing delays and ultimately provides a more streamlined, less expensive, borrower-friendly closing."

About Arbor Bank:

Founded in 1865 in Nebraska City, Neb., Arbor Bank is the oldest state bank in Nebraska. Arbor Bank provides personal banking, business banking, mortgage and ag financing to Southeast Nebraska and Southwest Iowa. For more information, visit

About Pavaso:

Pavaso is redefining real estate for the real world by connecting everyone in the real estate lifecycle through powerfully simple innovation. For more information on how our platform and solutions can help you meet TILA-RESPA compliance, digitally transform your organization, and dramatically enhance the consumer experience, call us at 866-288-7051 or visit

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