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EPIC Welcomes Kerry Connor – Joins as National Voluntary Benefits Practice Leader

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants, a retail property and casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Kerry Connor has joined EPIC to lead its National Voluntary Benefits Practice. With over 20 years of experience in the voluntary benefits space, Connor will utilize her subject matter expertise to support EPIC account teams and clients with the design, funding, and delivery of the full spectrum of voluntary benefit offerings. She will be based in the Philadelphia area.

Early in her career, Connor's aspirations focused on the voluntary benefits area. Her first step was the ownership of an enrollment firm, which served the brokerage community and companies directly in the mid and large markets. The firm was sold after 15 years to a top 100 bank. Next, her expertise in this unique space was sought out by two leading cyber security companies where she served as top national director of sales at both. Most recently, while at Genomic Life, Connor partnered closely with consultants, enrollment firms, benefits administration providers and employers across all markets on the development and delivery of new and innovative genomic benefit programs.

"Kerry brings a great balance of direct sales experience as well as working collaboratively with the brokerage community. I have no doubt that her leadership will bring incredible value to our clients either directly or through their current EPIC advisors. Workforce changes have made customization of family benefits on an individual basis an essential service," commented Craig Hasday, President, National Employee Benefits Practice.

Connor holds a B.S. in Marketing from Drexel University.

About EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants:

EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants, a retail insurance brokerage, has more than 2,800 team members operating from more than 80 offices across the U.S., providing Property and Casualty, Employee Benefits, Specialty Programs, and Private Client solutions to clients. EPIC ranks among the top 15 retail insurance brokers in the U.S.

Learn more: https://www.epicbrokers.com/

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EPIC Announces Strategic Hires in Northeast, Poises Firm for Regional Growth in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants, a retail property and casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today it has hired a team of producers to support regional expansion in Pennsylvania.

Joining the firm as principals are Pamela Barbush, Brian Floyd, David Schlosberg, and John Shingara. The team will be responsible for business development in employee benefits, as well as property and casualty lines at EPIC.

With over 12 years of experience, Schlosberg focuses on business development, most recently as vice president at an independent brokerage firm. He completed his MBA in 2020 and holds the insurance designations of CPCU and CIC. Barbush specializes in group casualty and single parent captives. She has over 40 years of experience, dedicating the past 22 years exclusively to captive insurance with mid to large commercial clients with a focus on the construction industry.

Floyd and Shingara both bring a background in employee benefits consulting. Floyd concentrates on mid and large group markets and is a healthcare consortium and self-funded expert. He holds the designation of Advanced Charter Benefits. Shingara is a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist. His experience includes captives, self-insurance, and other risk financing techniques.

Len Scioscia, EPIC Northeast Region President, commented, "We are pleased to welcome Pamela, Brian, David, and John to EPIC in their new roles. The team, to be based near Harrisburg in central Pennsylvania, will contribute to our buildout in Pennsylvania. We currently have a Pittsburgh office and are excited to expand further across the state."

About EPIC Brokers & Consultants:

EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants has more than 2,800 team members operating from more than eighty offices across the U.S., providing Property and Casualty, Employee Benefits, Specialty Programs, and Private Client solutions to EPIC clients. For more information on EPIC, visit: https://www.epicbrokers.com/.

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VALENTIS Enters into Agreements For IPO/Financial Advisory Services

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Valentis International Group, Inc. has entered into agreements for investment consultancy and advisory services related to expansion and moving the company towards an initial public offering (IPO) public listing on a major exchange or trading medium.

The new advisors to Valentis will expand on a current, successful relationship with OGGI Equity, a global consulting group launched from Milan, Italy, since 2017. OGGI has and will continue to provide various advisory and market related services to Valentis.

Valentis has executed an investment advisory/consulting contract with MD Global Partners, a leading boutique advisory firm based in New York, established in 2006. MDG is a registered FINRA broker-dealer. The Principal has had a Wall Street presence since the early 90s. MDG will be providing strategic advisory services in anticipation of further capital raises and forward progress towards a targeted IPO listing and trading currently forecasted to be a NASDAQ public listing.

To facilitate its growth through mergers and acquisitions, Valentis has tapped Murphy Business and Financial Corporation, based in Clearwater, Florida. Murphy is a leading, trusted, and experienced advisor that has closed over $2 billion in transactions. Murphy Business and Financial Corp. will be primarily responsible for representing the interest of Valentis to target acquisitions.

Marnie Sutch, CEO of Valentis, said, "We are delighted to be working with MD Global Partners and Murphy Business and Financial Group, on our strategic growth. We are laser focused on increasing our revenues and valuation both organically and through targeted acquisitions. These partnerships substantially expand our opportunities and help facilitate our evolving relationship with OGGI Equity. The current social, political and media environment focused on public and facilities safety, makes us poised for expansion and high valuation."

About Valentis:

Valentis is a fully operational security logistics and risk management solution for a variety of clients and security concerns. We are growing domestically, and envision global ventures, with services and products under development to create a network of global affiliates, lead through branding, and expand our clients; financial institutions, governments, religious facilities, maritime, cybersecurity, combined with specially developed training, software and telecommunication consultancy, and more. We are mindful and committed and care about our clients, team, and shareholders.

CONTACT: Martha Hunter

mhunter@valentisinc.com

About OGGI Equity:

OGGI Equity is a Private Equity and Consultancy firm with offices in Europe, Middle East and the USA. OGGI guides and takes positions in emerging companies and projects operating in diversified sectors and assists these entities in multiple advisory areas including infrastructure, business strategy, strategic relationships, both business and political, as well as capital raising and financial market services.

CONTACT:

enquire@oggiequity.org

About MD Global Partners:

MD Global Partners is a leading Manhattan-based investment bank, partner & advisory that serves small & mid-cap companies. We assist our clients in achieving their strategic and financial goals by offering comprehensive advisory and financial services across all major industry sectors.

CONTACT:

info@mdgpartners.com

About Murphy Business and Financial Corporation:

Murphy Business is one of the largest and most successful business brokerage firms in North America. Murphy represents both buyers and sellers with conveniently located offices throughout the United States and Canada to provide business broker expertise that accommodates the diverse needs of clientele in many business sectors.

Contact: William E. Ilgenfritz

W.ilgenfritz@murphybusiness.com

Forward-Looking Statements:

This press release contains forward-looking information about future events and/or financial results that are forward-looking in nature and subject to risks and uncertainties. That includes the possibility that the business outlined in this press release cannot be concluded for some reason. Such forward-looking statements by definition involve risks, uncertainties, and other factors, which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements to vary. We make no undertaking, by this informative document, to achieve these or to update statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Nothing herein is an offer or solicitation of an offer for the sale of any security.

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Agile Launches Agile Chat for Lenders and Broker Dealers

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Agile, a groundbreaking fintech bringing mortgage lenders and broker dealers onto a single electronic platform, today announced the launch of Agile Chat, a new chat feature designed to increase transparency and efficiency between lenders and broker dealers.

With the addition of messaging functionality on Agile's electronic MBS platform, dealers and lenders can discuss transaction details, trade levels, MBS pooling, and more through the embedded functionality. As Agile builds on its mission to digitize TBA MBS trading, the chat functionality has been designed to help close the gap between trading counterparties and encourage a sense of community.

"The new chat functionality deepens the lines of communication between dealers and lenders for a more efficient trading experience," said Andrew Rhodes, Director of Technology at Agile. "We believe that every counterparty deserves access to a fair, efficient, and transparent marketplace, and we hope this feature will help streamline communication between lenders and dealers on our platform and further democratize TBA MBS trading."

Agile Chat is enabled with retention and monitoring features for compliance and is ready for use on Agile's electronic platform today. Chat will further enhance Agile's TBA RFQ Platform and MBS Pool Bidding. The combined offerings give the MBS market participants the ability to achieve best execution from any device, anywhere and anytime.

To learn more about Agile's award-winning software which enables lenders and dealers to gain much-needed efficiencies and data through technology, visit https://trade-agile.com/.

To schedule a demo of Agile's new Agile Chat feature, please visit https://trade-agile.com/contact-us/.

About Agile:

The industry's first MBS fintech, Agile brings together lenders and dealers of all sizes onto a single platform. Agile facilitates the exchange of TBA MBS by securing and automating communication between mortgage lenders and broker-dealers. Agile digitizes the historically phone-based process to an electronic platform which may improve profitability and efficiency, while reducing administrative errors. Through its competitive TBA RFQ digital platform, mortgage lenders gain access to national and regional broker-dealers previously inaccessible on digital platforms, while broker-dealers gain access to an ever-growing network of lenders.

Based in Philadelphia, Agile Trading Technologies supports a national network of clients with a team of capital markets professionals who have deep trading experience at financial organizations of every size.

Related link: https://trade-agile.com/

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Pop Warner Little Scholars Extends Long-Standing Partnership with Sports Connect

LANGHORNE, Pa. -- Pop Warner Little Scholars (PWLS), ​​a non-profit organization that promotes youth football and cheer & dance programs, has announced a five-year partnership extension with Sports Connect powered by Stack Sports. As the exclusive technology and online registration provider of Pop Warner, Sports Connect will continue to provide technology solutions for the governing body, local affiliated leagues, and the participating players, coaches, families, and volunteers.

"We are proud to extend our existing partnership with Sports Connect as the exclusive technology and online registration provider of Pop Warner," said Jon Butler, Executive Director of Pop Warner. "Many Pop Warner programs already trust Sports Connect with their league management needs, and we are confident that our continued partnership will guarantee leagues the most innovative solution on the market along with unmatched support for the volunteers that make each season possible."

Pop Warner affiliated leagues partnering with Sports Connect have access to a full suite of features, including Mobile-First Registration, seamless data sharing with the national system, exclusive website designs, secure online payment processing, and more.

"Pop Warner has been a partner of Sports Connect for five years and we are honored to extend the relationship for another five," said Adam Abney, General Manager of Sports Connect. "For decades, Pop Warner has been a leader in the growth of youth football, cheerleading, and dance. This partnership allows for continued innovation and resources that will serve our shared mission of giving more young players the opportunity to play sports."

In addition to local league management tools, Sports Connect has worked together with Pop Warner to provide better insights into the make-up of their affiliated leagues.

To learn more about Sports Connect features for Pop Warner, visit: https://sportsconnect.com/pop-warner/.

About Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc.

Founded in 1929 and headquartered in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, Pop Warner Little Scholars is the nation's oldest youth football, cheerleading and dance organization and the only youth sports organization that emphasizes academics as a prerequisite for participation. Pop Warner participants enjoy the opportunity to learn and compete in their sports in an atmosphere that emphasizes fun, safety, academics and character. For more information on Pop Warner and its programs visit https://www.popwarner.com/ or follow Pop Warner on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Pop_Warner.

About Stack Sports

With nearly 50 million users in 35 countries, Stack Sports is a global technology leader in SaaS platform offerings for the sports industry. The company provides world-class software and services to support national governing bodies, youth sports associations, leagues, clubs, parents, coaches, and athletes. Some of the largest and most prominent sports organizations including the U.S. Soccer Federation, Little League Baseball and Softball, and Pop Warner Little Scholars rely on Stack Sports technology to run and manage their organizations. Stack Sports is headquartered in Dallas and is leading the industry one team at a time focusing on four key pillars - Grassroots Engagement, Participation Growth, Recruiting Pathways, and Elite Player Development. To learn more about how Stack Sports is transforming the sports experience, please visit https://stacksports.com/.

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Allegent Community Federal Credit Union Hires Social Media Expert

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Allegent Community Federal Credit Union (Allegent) has hired Theresa Kisha, an expert in digital marketing, social media, email communication and website development/optimization, to manage and increase the credit union's social media presence, while also enhancing its digital presence, search engine optimization and strategic marketing efforts.

Kisha works alongside Mark Bruno, Vice President of Operations and Technology, to expand the Allegent brand and increase brand recognition. She has been a supporter of Special Olympics of Pennsylvania, Western Pennsylvania Police Benevolent Foundation, and the Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh. Allegent has five branches in the Pittsburgh area - Downtown, South Side, Penn Hills, Wexford, and Cranberry Township.

About Allegent Community Federal Credit Union:

Allegent Community Federal Credit Union, formerly known as Allegheny Co. (PA) U.S. Government Employees Federal Credit Union, was chartered on March 7, 1935. Since 1935, the credit union has grown to over 14,000 members, many locations, and over 140 million in assets.

Their mission is to be a full-service financial institution and to continuously strive to provide their members with an ever-growing range of quality products and services mixed with one-on-one personal attention that everyone deserves, all while maintaining a safe and sound credit union.

Learn more at: https://www.allegentfcu.org/

Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/allegentfcu/

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Thelma Wright, Philadelphia’s Beloved ‘American Gangster’ Empowers a New Generation with Mentoring and Reform

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- It has been well over a decade since Thelma Wright, once reputed to be one of the most dangerous and powerful Black women in Philadelphia, came to the forefront and shocked the nation with true confessions in her memoir, "With Eyes From Both Sides - Living My Live In and Out of the Game." As the wife of Jackie Wright, a legendary heroin dealer in the city, Wright was intricately connected with the Black Mafia, a gang that operated Philly's drug trade throughout the 1970's and into the 1980's. Once widowed and left as the young mother of a toddler son, she discreetly took over his business, running a bi-coastal drug empire, unbeknownst to family and friends around her. Today however, Thelma Wright is impacting her city and the tri-state area in positive ways with her mentoring program, The Thelma Wright Empowerment Program.

Wright enjoys interacting with youth on a day-to-day basis, in an effort to steer teens and young adults away from the dangers that she once encountered, while guiding them on a positive path of personal development. "My mission is to help at-risk pre-teens and teenagers understand and maintain their self-worth. As a credible messenger, I create a foundation of confidence that empowers individuals to believe their contribution in life makes a difference," she explains.

"I care about the present and future of our communities, especially our African-American communities. I understand that in order to influence and educate, it's critical to authentically connect and relate. Our at-risk youth need to understand there are adults that care about their future and well-being. My goal is to provide the youth with the necessary guidance and tools to nurture and develop unique interpersonal relationships as well as assist each individual in their pursuit of happiness," notes Thelma Wright.

Wright's background sets her apart from the typical tales of abuse and abandonment. In fact, she is quick to acknowledge that it was the strength of good parenting and strong family ties that laid her solid foundation and saw her through her darkest days. The product of a middle working-class Black family, she attended Catholic school, was a star athlete as a child and was well provided for. It was romance and love that entangled her with one of the Black underworld's most notorious gangs.

Wright is perfectly positioned to garner all the credibility needed to effect change. She has been the subject of television documentaries, including Bio's "Gangsters: America's Most Evil" and the BET+ "American Gangster: The Trap Queens" series. Superstar recording artist/actress Mary J. Blige was even set to executive produce the USA Network drama series "Philly Reign" based on Wright's memoir, a project that lasted until the development stage. Wright was also commemorated in the special edition of Time-Life Magazine, "Women Outlaws, Their Crimes, Their Motives, Their Methods." A sought-after motivational speaker, Wright's wisdom has graced prisons, schools, youth centers and universities around the country.

In between her mentoring schedule, Wright stays busy fielding project inquiries from the entertainment industry and conducting media interviews about her life.

For more information about Thelma Wright and The Thelma Wright Empowerment Program, go to https://thelmabwright.com/ and http://thelmawrightfoundation.org/.

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EnergyCAP Names Lalit Agarwal Vice President, Energy Management and Sustainability

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- EnergyCAP, LLC, the leading provider of energy management and utility bill processing software, today announced that Lalit Agarwal has been named Vice President, Energy Management & Sustainability.

This new leadership position at EnergyCAP will not only serve as the corporate subject matter expert in building energy management but will spearhead the company's ambition to expand its offerings for sustainability and carbon reduction goals as it relates to the built environment.

Lalit Agarwal formerly served as the Executive Director of University Operations and held numerous other energy and facilities roles over his 20+ year tenure at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). At UNL, he and his team implemented EnergyCAP in 2016 to underpin the university's energy reduction and sustainability initiatives. Using technology driven innovative initiatives, from 2004 to 2020 UNL reduced their annual energy consumption 44% while the student enrollment and research activity increased on campus.

Lalit serves on the Board of Directors for multiple industry associations, including the Central Association of Physical Plant Administrators (CAPPA) and the International District Energy Association (IDEA). He currently chairs the Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA) Task Force for Productive, Smart Buildings Initiative. He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Osmania University in India and an MBA from the University Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).

"The Vice President of Energy Management and Sustainability will play a critical role in the strategic direction of EnergyCAP," said Tom Patterson, CEO at EnergyCAP. "For someone like Lalit, who is so well respected in this industry, to have such conviction and belief around EnergyCAP's capabilities is strong validation of our solutions and our vision for the future. His decision to join our team emphasizes the magnitude, importance, and potential of the opportunity ahead of us."

"I have used my skills to serve UNL for the last two decades. With this transition, I hope to serve a broader array of institutions and organizations in helping them make progress towards and achieve their ESG goals," said Lalit Agarwal.

He added, "Since I was first introduced to EnergyCAP as a client in 2016, I have been very impressed with their focused approach to leveraging technology to solve the energy & sustainability industry challenges. I have also been very impressed by the team having such strong conviction in their mission. I look forward to joining the team, achieving collective success for the industry, and helping to drive a more energy efficient and sustainable world."

About EnergyCAP:

EnergyCAP is trusted by 10,000+ Energy Managers across the country to aggregate and monitor their utility and energy data. We help our clients make data-driven decisions about their building operations to increase energy efficiency and reduce their carbon footprint. Learn more at https://www.energycap.com/.

Related link: https://www.energycap.com/

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Neuro Diverse Living Announces the Launch of Their New Brand Name, Front Porch Cohousing: A Neuro-Inclusive Community by NDL

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa. -- Front Porch Cohousing is excited to announce the launch of their new brand and the inspiration behind that change. As a cohousing community of private homes clustered around shared space, Front Porch Cohousing will intentionally design spaces to create opportunities for those with and without neuro or cognitive disabilities to build meaningful and lasting relationships. A community where the support, encouragement and assistance of others will provide a safe and prosperous environment for all who live there.

The launch date for Front Porch Cohousing is January 18, 2022, and we expect our new inclusive, diverse communities to become thriving assets across Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Front Porch Cohousing: A Neuro-Inclusive Community by NDL believes the best way to deliver on our vision is by providing a sense of belonging as we create authentic and vibrant spaces that are not just houses, but homes for adults experiencing neurological disorders. Our homes will be designed to bring a sense of neighborhood while providing hope and peace of mind to the families and friends who support these neurodiverse adults, knowing their loved ones are in a community which will empower them.

We believe we can accomplish our vision through our cohousing model by creating a nostalgic setting from a time when neighborhood kids played until the streetlights came on and people visited on their front porches; a time when neighbors openly supported each other. As we shift to our new brand, we welcome you to Front Porch Cohousing: A Neuro-Inclusive Community by NDL.

"I'm encouraged about the work Front Porch Cohousing is doing in the community to address the critical shortage of neuro-inclusive cohousing options for adults with autism, assuring they will never live alone or isolated," said Jim Brexler, President & CEO Doylestown Health Network.

"With there being such a significant need for housing for people with disabilities in the Lehigh Valley, I'm thrilled to see the efforts and leadership that Front Porch Cohousing is making in creating inclusive and supportive cohousing options and opportunities," said Seth Hoderewski, Director of Transition Services, Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living.

Front Porch Cohousing: A Neuro-Inclusive Community by NDL invites you to learn more about us on our website. There are many ways you can participate, donate, get involved and perhaps see how this type of community could be the best fit for you or your family member.

"Think inclusion, not isolation." - Front Porch Cohousing: A Neuro-Inclusive Community by NDL Team.

Learn more at: https://frontporchcohousing.org/

You can find us on social media by searching for FPCbyNDL on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram

Front Porch Cohousing: A Neuro-Inclusive Community by NDL, (267) 935-9003; info@frontporchcohousing.org

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Kelly Toyota Seizes Holiday Spirit, Donating to Three Community Causes

HAMBURG, Pa. -- In the spirt of holiday giving, Kelly Toyota has seized the opportunity by providing contributions to three much-needed community causes in December 2021.

As their motto goes, "For Over 50 Years, You Can Count on Kelly," these three local community services are the focus of Kelly's generosity - Tilden Township, Hamburg EMS, and Blue Mountain Wildlife.

* Tilden Township was presented with a check for $15,000 to upgrade their playground equipment.

* There was also a $10,000 check presented to the Hamburg EMS to upgrade their fleet of emergency vehicles.

* Additionally, a $5,000 donation was given to Blue Mountain Wildlife to go to preservation and conservation of wetlands and wildlife along the Schuylkill River.

Kelly Toyota considered all three causes well-worth supporting and was happy to spread Holiday cheer among the community they proudly serve.

Kelly Auto Group President Greg Kelly said, "We are very happy to be in Hamburg to better serve Berks, Schuylkill, and western Lehigh counties and glad to have the opportunity to contribute to the community."

For more information about Kelly Toyota, please visit their website at: https://kellytoyotaofhamburg.com/

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