Highly Acclaimed Writer Robert Tomoguchi Pens a New Vampire Novel - The Scribbled Victims

February 14, 2017

Robert Tomoguchi began his love for writing at the age of thirteen with a focus on poetry. By age 16 he transitioned into fiction and has not looked back.  His latest highly anticipated novel, The Scribbled Victims tells the story of Yelena Solodnikova, a modern day vampire living in Los Angeles who is plagued with the guilt of her murderous existence. She meets Orly Bialek, a twelve-year-old girl who has the special ability to see evil deeds committed by the people she sketches in scribbles. The two bond as mother and daughter and Yelena feeds guiltlessly on the evildoers Orly presents to her. It is a perfect relationship except that Orly is dying of cancer. Yelena must decide between allowing her little girl to perish or preventing her death by condemning Orly to the loveless eternity of a child vampire.  Tomoguchi wrote The Scribbled Victims as a way to explore different types of love between people, including obsessive romantic love...

Six Years After the ACA, Employers Turn to Benefit Consultants for Strategies and Compliance Advice

February 14, 2017

Since it became law in October, 2010 the Affordable Care Act has challenged employers with regulatory compliance and administrative responsibilities that can overwhelm even the seasoned HR veteran. More employers are now looking to their broker-consultants to develop strategies that increase efficiencies and save money. Six years after the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law, compliance and regulatory guidelines continue to perplex employers as they work to fund and deliver employee benefits programs that balance the needs of their businesses and help them attract and retain the best employees. Employers face a range of challenges that have escalated with the ACA regulations, including increased compliance and administration responsibilities, the pressure to offer wider benefit choices, the burden of controlling the costs of their benefits programs and additional reporting requirements. According to the most recent Guardian Workplace Benefits Study...


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2017 International Day of Happiness kick-off March 18th, by Edwin Edebiri, Chief Happiness Officer

February 14, 2017

“Let's Build A Happier World" says Edwin Edebiri - This is the quote that drives the remarkable 2017 International Day of Happiness. This event, hosted by Happy Neighborhood Project, will be celebrated on March 18 in Sacramento, California, USA. There’s more to see and experience so don’t miss out on this special day! March 20th is set aside to remind everyone that happiness is a fundamental goal.  With this in mind, the United Nations calls upon all countries to come up with ways that could take the well-being of people into a newer height. By means of designating a special happiness day, the United Nations aims to focus the world’s attention to the idea that there should be a balanced, equitable and balanced economic growth for everyone. By observing happiness, it opens door for positive and sustainable development. Additionally, environmental and social well-being must be accompanied by global happiness.

GIBS GROOMING AEROSOLS PROVE MEN’S GROOMING SURGE IS HERE TO SPRAY

February 14, 2017

A month after it cannonballed the beauty industry with a dual debut of aerosols for dudes, GIBS Grooming, the men’s brand known for “real grooming products for real guys,” proves its intuition was spot on: Dudes will do hairspray and dry shampoo, just like mama did. Just better. Brawler Bantamweight Hairspray and Hang Man Showerless Shampoo are on secondary production runs after its January drop.  “Guys now know it’s cool to have a jones for grooming products. The sprays were a lock,” says Brian ‘Gib’ Long, GIBS Grooming cofounder. “We wanted to create something that wasn’t your mama’s aerosol, but something she’d snag out of your dopp kit in a heartbeat.” Brawler and Hang Man continue the brand’s expansion from facial hair to hairstyle, joining best-selling Hit Man Texturizing Spray on shelves across the US and Canada. Brawler Bantamweight Hairspray, fortified with cocoa, passion...

SIE Consulting Group:  Seven Small Jewels, Seven to Watch in 2017 by Consulting Magazine

February 14, 2017

SIE Consulting Group, LLC (SIE) has been recognized by Consulting magazine, the premier publication for the consulting industry, as one of the seven small firms to watch in 2017. Every February, Consulting magazine highlights smaller firms that are shaking up the industry by breaking ground in terms of both firm management and financial performance. Hundreds of nominations for “Seven Small Jewels” were received. SIE stood out to the editorial selection committee, who decided to include the company in their “2017 Seven Small Jewels: Seven to Watch”. Specifically, SIE Consulting Group was recognized for their unique value proposition within IT cost optimization, their focus on return on investment, and their exceptional, customer-focused company culture. SIE is assisting Federal Agencies and commercial clients on significantly reducing duplicative and wasteful spending within IT portfolios through software license optimization...

Marca Global LLC Appoints Chief Reputation Officer

February 16, 2017

Marca Global LLC announced today that Blair Brown has joined the online reputation management technology and services firm as Chief Reputation Officer (CRO). As CRO, Brown will report to the CEO and join the executive leadership team. Her responsibilities include assisting the company in deeply understanding its market and stakeholders while providing integrated management of all brand strategy. She will lead the Legal, Journalism and Marketing departments, ensuring all aspects of the organization align with the company's values and vision. Brown will build on Marca Global LLC's success in providing reputation management services to top companies and individuals throughout the world. Brown holds a B.A. from Southern Methodist University (SMU) and a law degree from Seattle University (SU). “I was immediately impressed by Marca Global’s vision to empower everyone to defend and define their name online, and the company’s unlimited potential...

Fitness Competitors and Athletes Come First at Nspire Sports League

February 14, 2017

The Nspire Sports League (“NSL”) is quickly becoming recognized as the “people’s sports league,” with a strong commitment to unifying athletes, sponsors, and communities. The league is hosting a Pro Qualifier & Pro Competition on Saturday, March 18 from 12-8 pm at the Stafford Centre in Houston.   From seasoned athletes to the first-time competitor, with a story of personal triumph, the NSL celebrates the hard work athletes put in for the sake of discipline and the pursuit of the ultimate healthy lifestyle. “We work directly with our athletes on everything from personal encouragement to posing workshops, all designed to get our competitors ready for success at every competition” says Lee Thompson, the NSL founder & Commissioner. Co–Founder & President Jennifer Thompson adds “It is our mission to inspire everyone to believe in themselves, and to know that a fitness competition is within your reach...

SlabbKiosks Acquires Phoenix Kiosk, KioCall Videoconferencing Software released

February 14, 2017

In member news for the Kiosk Industry, SlabbKiosks continues its fast growth with the purchase of Phoenix Kiosk and also Red Dot Net. “We are very excited about the new additions to the company which will allow us to extend our product line by including the current kiosk models of both companies. It will be a great benefit to our customers as they can now choose from a wider selection of high quality kiosk designs along with superior support, sales and management from the experienced and dedicated team at SlabbKiosks” stated President Peter te Lintel Hekkert. In the video conferencing software market, Kiosk Industry sponsor KioWare announced their new KioCall video conferencing software. Controlled video conferencing is becoming a critical element in many markets including telehealth and telemedicine markets and KioWare makes it easy. From Jim Kruper President of KioWare, “KioCall is a game changer for adding video conferencing capabilities...

Eleanor Johnson selected as Top American History Educator of the Year by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP)!

February 14, 2017

Eleanor L. Johnson, American History Teacher formerly with Jamesville-Dewitt High School, has been selected as "Top American History Educator of the Year" for 2017 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP)! While inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself, only a few members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field, other affiliations and contributions to their communities.  All honorees are invited to attend the IAOTP’s annual award gala at the end of this year for a night to honor their achievements. With over 5 decades of professional experience in education, Eleanor has certainly proved herself as an accomplished professional and expert in the field. As a dynamic, results-driven leader, she has demonstrated...

Catherine Gruener receives Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP)!

February 14, 2017

Catherine Gruener, M.A., M.A., LCPC, NCC, M.A. in Neuropsychology, M.A. in Professional Counseling, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Certified Positive Discipline Educator (PDTC), Founder & President, Gruener Consulting LLC, was selected for the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award and "Top Clinical Professional Counselor of the Year" for 2017 by the International Association of Top Professionals.  While inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself, only a few members are chosen for this distinction based on their years of experience in the field, professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, and contributions to their communities.  These are truly incredibly talented professionals who have dedicated their life to their work and have had a lifetime of achievement and success! Catherine was honored at the 2016 IAOTP’s Annual...

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