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Commercial and Industrial Lighting Industry Leader, Convergence, Introduces Tech Consulting Division to Educate Luxury Homeowners

NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Convergence Partners, Inc., a leader in the commercial and industrial lighting industry, introduces technology consulting division to bridge the knowledge gap for luxury homeowners. "Luxury homeowners are looking for a resource to learn about the technology solutions currently available for connected homes, said Matt Selecman, General Manager of Bespoke. "People know the types of features they want in their luxury homes, but typically don't know what's available or what's best for their lifestyle," Selecman continued."

"Bespoke is a unique partner and has a combination of both design experience and the engineering support we need to execute a very complicated project," said Doug Dushan, Business Development Manager for Denizen.

The Bespoke team consists of highly-experienced individuals with decades of experience in the luxury residential market including electrical, interior design, lighting, controls, automation, dedicated home theaters, ​and automated window treatments.

"We're very happy to partner with Bespoke because they're committed to bringing our residential innovations to the design community, to our dealers, and installers," said Michael Smith, Vice President of Lutron Electronics. "The Bespoke team is capable of winning the great opportunities we now have for Connected Home Solutions," Smith continued.

"Up-to-date information about incorporating technology into homes for the luxury-connected experiences essential for unique lifestyles is a great deal to ask of interior designers, architects, and home builders," said Erin Mankameyer, Owner of Groover Interior Design in Leawood, Kansas.

"Working with Bespoke is the best way to guarantee the experience will be flawless and that our clients are going to have a great outcome in their luxury homes," said Alex Capecelatro, CEO of Massachusetts-based, Josh A.I.

Learn more about Bespoke: https://bespoke.fyi/

About Convergence Partners, Inc.:

Incorporated in 2014, Convergence represents quality manufacturers and provides service solutions within four focused divisions. Convergence has a family-first culture built on ethical business practices that foster long-term relationships. Based in North Kansas City, Missouri, Convergence covers Western Missouri and all of Kansas via its regional offices in Springfield, Missouri, and Wichita, Kansas. In 2021, Convergence expanded its lighting business by adding a regional office in St. Louis, Missouri. The luxury residential division of Convergence originally formed in 2019 was introduced as Bespoke in 2022, and services Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas. More information: https://convergerep.com/.

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New Frontier adds Women’s Health Services

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- New Frontier Mobile Diagnostics now offers diagnostic ultrasounds for Women's Health (OB/GYN), adding to the scope of on-site imaging capabilities available to patients. Access to Women's Health services is a critical factor in the health of women, regardless of child-bearing status.

According to a 2019 study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, women seeking basic gynecological care incur significantly greater health care costs (84% higher for ages 18-44, 21% higher for 45 and older) and are more likely to go without care because of cost.

During pregnancies, studies have shown that limited access to care can result in negative outcomes including premature birth, low birth weight, maternal mortality, severe maternal morbidity, and an increased risk of postpartum depression.

"By bringing affordable, quality care on-site, New Frontier hopes to eliminate some of the challenges that women face when seeking healthcare," said Jeff Blackwood, Founder of New Frontier. "Your zip code, race, and income shouldn't be the primary factors determining the quality of care you receive. We want to make these services available to women where they need it, when they need it."

In addition to Women's Health services, New Frontier continues to serve doctor's offices, clinics, and facilities with on-site diagnostic imaging for cardiac, vascular, and general ultrasound services.

For more information on New Frontier Mobile Diagnostics and its services, please contact Jeff Blackwood at info@newfrontiermd.com.

About New Frontier Mobile Diagnostics

New Frontier, based in Kansas City, MO, brings quality, affordable care to patients in doctors' offices, clinics, and care facilities. It provides in-room diagnostic imaging services for heart, vascular, women's health and general imaging procedures. Its partnership with Healient Physician Group ensures informed, professional analysis, bringing patients access to quality diagnostic care, when they need it, where they need it.

For more information, go to https://newfrontiermd.com/.

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Jaiimoni Starr releases single ‘Stop and I Go,’ launching career at age 16

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Jaiimoni Starr, who sung solo songs and performed praise dances at church, and began her career doing cover raps, launches her first professional rap single with "Stop and I Go." She is 16.

Starr presented her first solo rap at East St. Louis Senior High School for a Black history program, and ever since her goal has been to express herself through music.

"The song was 'Glory,' by artists John Legend and Common. This is when I first realized I have rhythm and an interest in rapping," Starr writes on her website.

Since entering high school, she says, "I have experienced more complex things about life ... my writing style became deeper and more from a place of positivity, pain, eagerness, and venting. I wrote from what I felt because I wanted people to understand who I was through the songs I wrote.

"I aspire to teach young women that music doesn't always have to be portrayed in a negative and degrading way, also that you can get a message across and still sound or appear cool. I've learned that music can have a positive and negative effect on our generation, and its vibrations."

With an understanding of phrasing and song craft beyond her years, "she has an ease and flow in her writing and performing like she has been rapping for a long time," Martinez Robinson, Co-manager at Daugherty Entertainment said.

Allen Daugherty, Daugherty Entertainment, is managing the artist. Sham, one half of the Grammy award-winning duo the TrakStarz who discovered St. Louis music artist Chingy, and has worked with artists including Ludacris, 2chainz, Janet Jackson, & Usher, has teamed up with new production partner Virus, who toured alongside of Beyoncé, to produce the single.

Equity Distribution, created by Jay-Z, is a global music-distribution platform that allows artists to retain ownership of their masters and has signed a distribution deal with Starr and Daugherty Ent.

"We're really excited for Jaiimoni, she's an enormous talent and this break out for her is huge," Daugherty said.

Learn more: https://jaiimonistarr.com

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Revolutionary Restroom Organizer Protects Purses and Phones at Stalls and Urinals

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Increased awareness of germs and bacteria has changed our behavior regarding contact and hygiene. These changes are notable regarding the use of commercial restrooms, which 60% of Americans visit at least once a week. One of the top complaints of shared restrooms is the risk of subjecting one's personal belongings to germs, damage, and theft. This means every day, millions of people are entering a vulnerable space without convenient protection for their phones, purses, and other personal belongings. StallStash, a restroom partition shelf, improves the safety and comfort of restroom visits by keeping belongings clean, close, and safe.

"Today, 42% of us are more concerned about using a public restroom than we were 18 months ago," says Robert Kodner, president of StallStash. "In addition to sanitary issues, we know that the average cost of a cell phone is $580, and a typical purse contains $720 worth of items."

Kodner continues, "For many of us, using a public restroom is a 'necessary evil.' By offering a solution that allows restroom visitors to keep their belongings safe and clean, we are able to improve the restroom experience for everyone. As an added benefit, 64% of us will frequent a business based on the fact it has clean restrooms."

StallStash units attach easily to all standard restroom partitions (without tools or hardware), and are made of 100% plexiglass. StallStash units are engineered to protect cell phones, purses, laptops, wallets, backpacks, and briefcases.

Fran Kaiser, a property manager at Century Management in California, says, "When one of our tenants asked us to find a way to help keep purses, phones, and files off the bathroom floor, we knew just the standard hooks would not do. I searched high and low and nothing would fit their needs until we found StallStash. I now use them in our restrooms. They have held up to the usage, and we could not be happier with the product."

StallStash is designed for all public and commercial restrooms. StallStash clients include medical facilities, restaurants, commercial buildings, shopping centers, event spaces, schools, fitness centers, stadiums, venues, transportation terminals, places of worship, and popular attractions.

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Amplify-Now and Strategy Execution Advisors announce partnership to drive successful client transformation outcomes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Amplify-Now, a leading global provider of Strategy Execution Management (SEM) Software, and Strategy Execution Advisors (SEA), a consulting services firm specializing in directing large-scale strategic transformations, have entered a partnership to market and deliver solutions that equip clients to achieve their strategic transformation goals.

Studies show that around 80 percent of transformation programs fail to meet financial goals and nine out of 10 fail to meet their strategic goals. Key challenges cited include aligning program team members and stakeholders, understanding the linkage between work and outcomes, monitoring performance in a timely manner and understanding accountability for key benefits and milestones.

Amplify-Now and SEA will tackle these challenges head on by aligning Amplify-Now's world-class SEM software with SEA's deep expertise and experience. As its tagline and also mission states, SEA helps clients to "Bridge Your Strategy to Success(tm)."

"As a strategy and project management professional, I've used various SEM solutions and have found Amplify to be the best in terms of functionality and ease of use," Tom Witty, principal, SEA, says. "While we focus on M&A Integration, we plan to use Amplify with our clients in various business strategy situations, including digital transformation, portfolio management and acquisition integration. This partnership is all about benefits' realization for our mutual clients."

Jeremy Whitmer, Global Partner Lead for Amplify-Now, is equally happy to partner with Witty at SEA.

"Tom is an exceptional transformation professional who understands the roadblocks teams face in delivering value and how to address them," Whitmer says. "His expertise in the processes and capabilities teams need to deliver successful programs is the perfect complement for our strategy execution management solution and our collaboration will provide remarkable value for our shared clients."

About Amplify-Now

Amplify-Now's SEM software enables organizations to execute strategies that create business value for their customers and investors. The software supports transformation programs from end-to-end, supporting portfolio planning through value realization.

Since 2013, Amplify-Now has offered Benefits Realization and Strategy Execution Management software. Headquartered in Adelaide, Australia, Amplify-Now has offices in Los Angeles, the U.S. and West Sussex, UK to support a global roster of corporate and consulting clients.

For more information: https://amplify-now.com/

About Strategy Execution Advisors

Strategy Execution Advisors (SEA) enable leaders to realize the benefits from their strategic endeavors, business transformation, M&A integration, portfolio optimization and large program management.

SEA helps executives lead, think, plan and act on their goals to get a clear line of sight between strategic targets and the programs, projects and the actions needed to successfully hit those targets.

From its midwestern headquarters in Overland Park, KS, Strategy Execution Advisors and its alliance partners support clients in mid-size organizations in the U.S.

For more information: https://www.strategy-sea.com/

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XG Communities Rapidly Constructs Over 50 Small Cell Sites in St. Louis

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- California-based XG Communities, LLC ("XG Communities" or "XG") recently announced that it constructed more than 50 small cell sites in the fourth quarter of 2020. The project was implemented in St. Louis, MO. Engaged by one of the country's major wireless carriers, XG took less than 90 days from start to finish.

What the Project Entailed

Working on behalf of Verizon Wireless, XG Communities executed the construction of the network to meet the goal of bringing small cells on air before the year 2020 came to a close. The overall project required coordination between various entities for the replacement of existing infrastructure and deployment of new components. This process involved replacing existing street light poles with new custom poles, installing small cells, and supporting the need for additional power to the newly installed small cells.

What XG Has to Say

According to Monnie McGaffigan, President at XG Communities, "This rapid construction took place through the holiday and winter season. It was accomplished as a result of the impressive collaboration between our partners, the carrier, the local utility company, the City of St. Louis, and our on-site team. XG continues to be instrumental in carrying out the expansion of 5G in this market."

What Residents of St. Louis Can Expect

The distinctive new 5G poles and small cells are engineered to support the 5G mmWave which provides enhanced speed, capacity and coverage. Residents who are working from home or learning remotely are set to experience the benefits immediately. "Working with XG and the wireless carriers to support the deployment of small wireless facilities and 5G, is a major technological advancement for the residents and businesses here in St. Louis," said Robert Gaskill-Clemons, Chief Technology Officer of the City of St. Louis.

About XG Communities

XG is a premier provider of small cell engineering services and comprehensive wireless strategies in the public right-of-way. The hallmark of the company lies in providing A&E services and bringing construction projects to fruition. XG utilizes skilled in-house resources to execute a range of projects, while providing real-time updates. XG's turnkey services ensure efficient and effective deployments tailored to meet local requirements, safety guidelines, and industry standards.

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StallStash Demand Grows as Focus on Public Restroom Cleanliness Increases

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- From schools and restaurants to healthcare facilities and airports, management is working to find solutions to minimize viral spread by providing cleaner and safer restrooms for their visitors and employees. And, StallStash is working to meet that demand. StallStash is a PPE plexiglass restroom partition shelf that protects phones, purses and other belongings at stalls, urinals and sink areas from germs, damage and theft.

Businesses and other institutions are in hot pursuit of new ways to improve their patrons' restroom experience because, according to the 10th Annual Healthy Hand Washing Survey by Bradley Corp., consumers will frequent a location and even spend more money if they know their restrooms are clean and well-maintained.

"Increased awareness of germs and bacteria has changed our behavior regarding contact and hygiene," Robert Kodner, president of StallStash, says. "According to a recent study, 42 percent of people are more concerned about using public restrooms now than they were this time last year."

Most people who enter a public restroom bring their valuables and personal items with them into this vulnerable space. StallStash not only eliminates the stress and worry of dropping or damaging a phone or purse, but it also protects the person's health and belongings by keeping them clean, safe and protected from bacteria and germs.

StallStash is budget-friendly (less than $25), easy to attach to all standard partitions, and well-engineered to fit small and large items such as wallets or backpacks. StallStash units are designed for all public and commercial restrooms, and are easy to clean. And, a StallStash unit can hold up to eight pounds.

"Sixty percent of us visit a public or commercial restroom one to five times per week," Kodner adds. "And, COVID-19 has permanently altered our attitudes regarding the sanitary conditions of public and commercial restrooms. StallStash has proven to be an affordable and effective way to improve the restroom experience for people, worldwide."

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About StallStash

StallStash restroom partitions are made in the U.S. Its clients include medical facilities, restaurants, commercial buildings, shopping centers, event spaces, schools, fitness centers, stadiums, transportation terminals, places of worship and tourist attractions.

For more information, visit: https://stallstash.com/ or call: 888-STALLSTASH (888-782-5578).

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Healient Physician Group Forms Agreement with New Frontier Mobile Diagnostics

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Healient Physician Group and Kansas City's newest Medicare-approved diagnostic imaging vendor, New Frontier Mobile Diagnostics, have announced a partnership to improve access to care for seniors put at risk by the Covid-19 health crisis.

According to the CDC, 41% of adults in the U.S. have delayed or avoided medical care due to fears of exposure during the pandemic. The aim of the partnership is to bring high quality, life-saving diagnostic services directly to patients in care facilities throughout Kansas and Missouri.

New Frontier uses portable ultrasound machinery to provide in-room diagnostic imaging services for heart, vascular, and general imaging procedures. By eliminating the need to transport patients to hospitals or imaging centers for these procedures, New Frontier minimizes patients' risk of exposure, improves outcomes, and lowers costs.

Healient Physician Group provides the diagnosis and treatment of select healthcare specialties, such as conditions of the heart, wound care, and various forms of vascular disease. Often, these conditions are prominent among patients in long-term care or skilled nursing facilities serving seniors or individuals with disabilities.

"By partnering with New Frontier, we're helping vulnerable patients minimize their risk of exposure to Covid-19 by bringing trained healthcare technologists into their care facilities to perform diagnostic procedures," Said Dr. David Burkart, principal of Healient.

"Obviously, senior care facilities have been overwhelmed by the demands of the pandemic, and they are working hard to balance the ongoing healthcare needs of their patients with the realities of the virus," said Jeff Blackwood, CEO of New Frontier Mobile Diagnostics, which started procedures in July 2020 as cases of Covid-19 rose worldwide.

Access to care remains a significant problem for Americans, according to the American Heart Association. "Our first goal was to help the senior care community, since the pandemic had the greatest impact on their access to care," said Blackwood.

For more information on New Frontier Mobile Diagnostics and its services, please contact Jeff Blackwood at info@newfrontiermd.com.

About Healient Physician Group

Healient Physician Group is Kansas City's leader in the diagnosis and treatment of select healthcare specialties, including conditions of the heart; traumatic, diabetic, and post-operative wounds, and various forms of vascular disease. Founded in 2013, Healient's patients have come to expect excellent experiences and people who care about people. For more information, go to http://www.Healient.com/.

About New Frontier Mobile Diagnostics

New Frontier is the Greater Kansas City Area's newest Medicare-approved provider of in-room diagnostic imaging services for heart, vascular, and general imaging procedures. Our partnership with Healient Physician Group ensures informed, professional analysis, bringing patients access to quality diagnostic care, when they need it, where they need it. For more information, go to https://newfrontiermd.com/.

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Wellness Club Has Right Timing during Pandemic, Sees Success in 1st Year of Operation

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It is rare to hear about a business that just opened this year, and actually seeing an increase in revenue, growth, and recognition - but that is exactly what has been the Kansas City Wellness Club. Inside the elegant and glamorous Kansas City Club building, is the Wellness Club - a modern day health club, new age spa, salon, coaching & healing wellness center in downtown K.C.

"No matter where you stand or what you've heard, 'wellness' is the common denominator for the best path forward," says Heath Wessling, the Owner. "It is the only natural and sustainable solution to what is going on around us. Everyone wants to know what the future looks like - but they need to realize that WE determine that future. The everyday choices we make right now will have a direct cause and effect impact on that emerging future - not only in our lives, but also in the world around us that we want to live in.

"I feel our success during this most challenging year is because we are speaking a timely message - become informed, achieve optimal health through sustainable services & products, and develop personal resilience to future adverse events. Our mission statement is to 'guide you to rise above the tidal wave of modern day life,' and that has never been more relevant than it is right now in a health crisis. Our multi service experiences simplify it for you, and enhance your holistic needs of body, mind, and soul."

Recently the Wellness Club won a Best in KC award for Best Day Spa. "We are very proud to be Kansas City's best day spa, we take that part of our business very seriously with the best staff and elite natural based products. However, it is also important to note that we are much more than a day spa," says Wessling.

Life Coaching, Energy Healing, and Virtual Reality offerings have always been a part of their diverse suite of services, yet In September the Wellness Club added a Fitness Studio Gym, a full suite of yoga and group fitness classes (delivered upstairs in one of the Kansas City Club's large ballrooms), as well as launched its long-awaited Membership packages.

The Wellness Club has generous everyday deals targeted towards healthcare workers as well as all types of teachers ("traditional or home schoolers"), or for getting to the Wellness Club in a sustainable method. Recently they are giving away local fresh healthy meals to their new guests who are just now discovering the Club through the holidays.

Wessling adds, "We talk a lot about caring for our community, and we see a lot more in our future towards these means. We understand how people are really feeling their local communities now more than ever- their local stores, their favorite restaurants, their regional farmers and farms, their local economies, etc.

"We also offer up our spaces for private rental. We know these days people seek to reunite with their friends and family members, but are concerned about the place and atmosphere. We want to provide them with a warm, welcoming, safe, fun, and beneficial environment to do that. Being located inside the Kansas City Club- which is already an elite venue with multiple grand spaces that has been recently renovated, we have even greater potential for different amenities & events. We hope to synergize further with them to truly become a new age community center of growth, education, and social wellness entertainment."

More information: https://www.kcwellnessclub.com/

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Foley Group and Convergence Partners Announce Merger of Their Two Companies

NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Foley Group, Inc. and Convergence Partners, Inc., announced today the completion of the merger of their companies to offer the electrical industry a unified resource for virtually all their products, services, and design needs. The merged business will operate under the Convergence Partners brand.

"Convergence now represents over 210+ manufacturers including Hubbell Lighting, Lutron, and Legrand," Convergence president, Peter Kurtz said. "The availability of Lighting, Electrical Materials, Audio Visual automation, Shades and Furnishings from one resource is unprecedented within the market niche in this territory," said Kurtz.

"Helping customers solve problems more effectively and efficiently is a top priority," said executive vice president, Scott Denney, "and our combined number of account managers and product experts will help ensure streamlined interactions for architects, electrical engineers, lighting designers, electrical contractors, distributors, and end users as well," he continued.

Mark Denney, vice president projects and quotations stated, "Our industry partners will realize the convenience of accessing high-quality, technologically-advanced products, and appreciate the specialized proven expertise that ensures customers at all levels are well-equipped to readily implement the best possible solutions so the goals of everyone involved come to fruition."

About Foley Group, Inc.

Founded in 1961, Foley Group, Inc. is a manufacturer's representative agency with an emphasis on lighting sales within the electrical industry, primarily serving the new construction market, lighting retrofits, and energy saving upgrades.

The company is widely recognized as the leader throughout Kansas and Western Missouri.

Foley Group's headquarters is in Kansas City, Kansas, with a regional office in Wichita, Kansas.

About Convergence Partners, Inc.

Incorporated in 2014, Convergence represents quality manufacturers, and provide service solutions within four focused divisions. We have a family-first culture and operate with a humble reputation built on ethical business practices that foster long-term relationships.

Based in North Kansas City, Missouri, the territory Convergence covers is Western Missouri and all of Kansas, with a regional office in Springfield, Missouri. In addition, the Audio-Visual channel spans a four-state territory including Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas.

Company Website: https://ConvergeRep.com/

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