Fort Collins-based Company FVC Americas Opens “Mesh Fort Collins”, Keeps Old Town Co-working Space Operational in 2017

FVC Americas Saves Co-working Space at 242 Linden Street, Seeks to Minimize Disruption During Transition, Enhance Regional Venture Community Through Networks

Our long-term vision is to weave Fort Collins into the network of local and international investors, as well as corporate partners.

— Denichiro Otsuga

FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, USA, December 29, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — FVC Americas (FVCA, dba of EnConnect Holdings, LLC) announced today it has finalized lease terms with Blue Ocean Real Estate Management as the new operator of the co-working space at 242 Linden Street in Fort Collins. The space was formerly leased by Denver-based Galvanize, which announced in late November that it will be closing its Fort Collins campus. Headquartered in Fort Collins and led by President Denichiro “Denny” Otsuga, FVCA will assume a control of the space as of January 1, 2017. Entrepreneurs who established an agreement in 2016 to rent co-working space will have the option to renew their agreements with FVC Americas at the same standard rate during the transition. FVCA is a fully owned subsidiary of Future Venture Capital, Co. Ltd. (FVC), one of Japan’s most prestigious venture capital firms. Just last month, FVC and FVCA named Fort Collins, Colorado as its headquarters for the Americas region, and named Denichiro “Denny” Otsuga as President to lead it.

“After talking with several interested parties, we couldn’t be more pleased that EnConnect will take over the Fort Collins campus,” said Galvanize co-founder, Lawrence Mandes. “It has been our goal to find a successor who would be a supportive partner for and with local entrepreneurs, and for and with the Fort Collins community; EnConnect is that partner. Galvanize stands at the ready to assist EnConnect, and we will continue to support Northern Colorado entrepreneurs and the startup community.”

"We are pleased to welcome EnConnect Holdings to the 242 Linden building,” said Phil Hodgkinson, General Manager of Blue Ocean Real Estate Management. “The co-working environment in Fort Collins will be well served by Denny and his team."

“We are excited to formally announce a presence in Old Town Fort Collins, a future hub of venture businesses,” said FVCA President, Denichiro “Denny” Otsuga. “Despite recent news of co-working space closures in the area, we see significant potential in the co-working space at 242 Linden Street,” which is due north of Fort Collins’ historic Old Town Square. “Our priority is to ensure a smooth transition for the staff and the entrepreneurs who either already have or seek a space to rent.” Interior and service changes will be kept minimal, and the membership fee structure will remain the same for now. “With a focus on providing a wide array of resources to venture and startup businesses, FVCA looks forward to enhancing the vibrant startup community here.”

“FVC Mesh” will be the brand name of FVCA’s co-working spaces, and the building at 242 Linden Street will be named “Mesh Fort Collins”. Each additional campus will bear the name of the community it serves. “The name ‘Mesh’ reflects our intention to create a tight-knit community where multiple threads of connections can gather and form into a synergistic network that has strength, function and purpose. FVCA aims to develop a regional network in Colorado that will connect the venture communities here,” said Otsuga.

“The City of Fort Collins is very excited to hear that 242 Linden Street will continue operations as a co-working technology hub,” said Josh Birks, City of Fort Collins Economic Health Director. “Our startup community benefits greatly from the culture and networks that have formed here, and will now continue to grow with guidance and support from FVC Americas.”

“Opening a co-working space in communities where we have a presence is part of our strategy to develop a venture based economy,” remarked Yuji Fujinaga, Chief Strategy Officer of FVC. “The decision to open Mesh Fort Collins is one component of our commitment to the City of Fort Collins that we made when we chose to open an office there. In 2017 and beyond, we will continue to execute on our commitment to the Northern Colorado region.”

FVC/FVCA Background:
When the company began in 1998, the vision of FVC (Future Venture Capital Co., Ltd.) was to create sustainable venture communities in rural areas of Japan. FVC Americas (dba of EnConnect Holdings, LLC) expands this vision to the countries in the Americas region, starting with Fort Collins, Colorado. FVC Americas brings a unique vision and aims to create an unprecedented network of resources to the venture community and startup companies.

FVC (parent company to FVCA) operates several co-working spaces in Japan, and with a new operation in Fort Collins, it joins a growing international network of co-working spaces. “At FVC, we have found that a place to gather is a critical element in the creation of a community,” stated Otsuga. “While gathering space is a necessary component of the infrastructure, it is not sufficient. As we move into 2017, FVCA will bring other infrastructure elements to Fort Collins, such as a risk capital in the form of venture capital fund, education, and events in collaboration with the City of Fort Collins and Rockies Venture Club, just to name a few. Our long-term vision is to weave Fort Collins into the network of local and international investors, as well as corporate partners. FVC Mesh and Mesh Fort Collins is the first step in FVCA’s plan to enhance the venture community that is growing in Fort Collins.”

In addition to the infrastructure, FVCA will develop a unique network locally and internationally with key partners. “Contrary to common belief, I believe keeping all the internal resources locally is not the best way to create a vibrant and sustainable economy,” Commented Otsuga. “The power of network lies in creating a flow of resources inward, outward and inside the community. FVCA will be a platform that connects communities large and small, while also providing a way for resources to flow in both directions.”

About FVC Americas (FVCA): 
EnConnect Holdings, LLC is headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado and doing business as, FVC Americas. FVCA works with FVC to incubate a value creating ecosystem for the small and early-stage venture companies in small and medium size communities. Additional FVCA offices will emerge as FVC grow its regional presence in other countries. FVCA is a wholly owned subsidiary of FVC. Read more at http://www.enconnect.org

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TIS’ THE SEASON FOR GIVING, EW FOUNDATION SECURES $17,500 IN ADDITIONAL UNDERWRITING FOR EDUCATION OUTREACH PROGRAMS

Legacy Society donors Michael, Darby, Braelyn and Brock Rumbaugh of Laurie A. Rumbaugh Family Foundation

Legacy Society donors Cheryl and Mark Montgomery

Legacy Society donors Dean and Raymer F. Maguire, III

Developing Character and Promoting Strong Social Skills to Children in Low-Income Communities

I am profoundly grateful for these donors. For many children, this gift will be the first book they will ever own.

— Loretta Neff, founder of the EW Foundation

PALM BEACH, FL, USA, December 29, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — EW Foundation Inc., a 501(3)(c) nonprofit, announced today that it recently secured $17,500 in additional sponsorships for its 3rd annual musical brunch, Books, Bellinis, and Bel Canto, to be held on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at Club Colette in Palm Beach, Florida, with all net proceeds supporting EWF’s character education outreach programs to children in low-income communities.

Michael D. Rumbaugh of the Laurie A. Rumbaugh Family Foundation in Columbus, Ohio led the effort as a Legacy Society donor with a $7,500 Bambini sponsorship in honor of his late wife, Laurie, a mother of three and former teacher who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2015. Michael, along with children, Brock, Braelyn and Darby, will present their gift of story time with signed books to a Title I elementary in the Columbus, Ohio area in the spring.

Cheryl and Mark Montgomery of Winter Park, Florida continued the effort with their generous donation of $5,000 to become a Legacy Society donor and Bellini Reception sponsor in recognition of EWF’s achievements. A Title I elementary gift recipient in the greater Orlando area is currently being selected.

Rounding out the season of giving, Orlando residents, Dean and Raymer F. Maguire, III, also provided a Legacy Society donation of $5,000. For more than fifty years, four generations of the Maguire family have been passionately involved in philanthropic efforts related to education. Dean lovingly devotes her time each day to the education of our youth as a teacher for at-risk students in the Orlando public school system. She also serves as an EWF advisory board member.

“I am profoundly grateful for these donors”, commented Loretta Neff, founder of the EW Foundation. “Their support underscores the value of our programs, and helps drive our mission to provide successful outcomes for children with limited resources. For many children, this gift will be the first book they will ever own,” added Ms. Neff.

These extraordinary acts of generosity and support propel EWF toward reaching its goal of impacting over 10,000 children by the end of 2016. With seven (7) Title I schools on the wait list in states of Florida, New Jersey and Ohio, these funds provide much needed underwriting for story time author visits with signed copies for every child.

Since 2014, EWF has benefited over 8,900 children with their award winning character education programs and provided author visits and signed copies of their first book, Tame Your Manners, to nineteen (19) academies and schools and fourteen (14) charities.

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Maestro Program Graduates Two Top Realtors

Julian Armas/Branch Manager

Donnamarie Chaimanis/Regional VP Luxury Divison

Laffey Real Estate Embraces Program Focused on Leadership Mastery

By creating a leadership platform for managers, LeadingRE has raised the bar for its member brokerages. The program has a highly effective curriculum that can be applied to produce tangible results.

— Julian Armas/Branch Manager

GREENVALE, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, December 27, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — Laffey Real Estate recognizes Julian Armas and Donnamarie Chaimanis as 2016 graduates of prestigious MAESTRO Leadership Certification Program.

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (LeadingRE) launched the pilot one year ago in the style of an executive MBA course. The six-month leadership training course is for real estate managers to develop talented and highly effective real estate leaders within their own markets. LeadingRE created MAESTRO to develop and enhance the leadership and coaching skills of managers within LeadingRE brokerages to further equip them to take their agents and offices to even higher performance levels with increased confidence and proven methodology.

Julian Armas and Donnamarie Chaimanis, along with 30 other real estate sales managers from top brokerages around the country, graduated from the critically acclaimed program. Based on proprietary and validated research conducted by LeadingRE with 300 sales managers, the rigorous MAESTRO program encompasses three pillars of great office leadership, as determined by the research. It is the first program of its kind in the industry, with the goal of using science and art to establish and practice leadership mastery.
Open only to members of LeadingRE, the program has been designed by a lead faculty comprised of Mike Staver of The Staver Group and practicing real estate leaders Rosey Koberlein, CEO of Long Realty, and Phyllis Brookshire, president of Allen Tate Realtors, along with a number of other subject matter experts from within the industry and beyond it.

Participants, who applied to be accepted into the program, attended three live sessions held at LeadingRE’s Chicago headquarters that included lectures and interactive workshops incorporating ‘real life’ exercises, case studies and group activities. Ongoing support from staff and fellow participants ensures continued engagement and measurable results from the program.

Julian Armas, Branch Manager, has a history of embracing professional enrichment. A two time Floyd Wickman Team Leader, Julian’s fifteen years in real estate have shown him that in order to stay relevant you have to continue to learn. “By creating a leadership platform for branch and sales managers, LeadingRE has raised the bar for its member brokerages,” offered Armas when asked about the merits of the program. The Maestro program is one-of-a-kind, highly effective curriculum that can be applied to produce tangible results.”

Donnamarie Chaimanis, Regional VP Luxury Division, used the opportunity to enhance her leadership skill sets. With just over a decade in residential real estate, Donnamarie recognized how the MAESTRO program could impact the way she conducted business in the future. “Great leaders learn from awesome mentors who have a true commitment to success,” explained Chaimanis. “Maestro raises the bar through enhancements and a sales development program of leaders. Rethinking your audience commands a great Maestro. I am honored to have been selected to join an amazing group of leaders from all over the country.”

“We are delighted to have such an accomplished group of professionals graduate from our MAESTRO Leadership program,” said LeadingRE President/CEO Pam O’Connor. “Their commitment to enhancing their leadership and coaching skills so they can take their agents and offices to even higher performance levels is commendable, and we congratulate them on this achievement.”

Both Armas and Chaimanis were among a prestigious group of participants from 14 states, as well as Mexico. Graduation took place on the past day of the Program with each participant being recognized individually for their commitment and accomplishment of the program. Program graduates will be acknowledged at the upcoming Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) Sales Manager SUMMIT taking place March 3-5 at the Fountainebleau Miami Beach, Florida.

About Laffey Real Estate
Laffey Real Estate is one of the largest privately held independent family-owned residential real estate firms on Long Island with a network of over 400 agents in 13 offices throughout Nassau, Western Suffolk and Queens Counties. Their global partnership with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and Luxury Portfolio, extends their reach to more than 50 countries worldwide. The firm is a full-service provider offering expertise in sales, rentals, relocation, mortgage, developments and title insurance to the marketplace. The cutting-edge technology supporting field agents, premium brand identity and industry-leading tools embody best in class standards. Consumers trust in the Laffey Real Estate name to provide tools and resources that help navigate the process of buying and selling residential real estate in any economic environment. Consistently ranked in the top 10% of the brokers locally and as a Top 500 Broker in the US based on the 2015 Real Trends reports, Laffey Real Estate has an exceptional

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Trump’s Pick for Attorney General likely to continue leveraging Operation Choke Point

Sessions strong feelings on marijuana incentive enough to use every tool in his arsenal

Operation Choke Point has redefined what is lawful to include negligence in the absence of due diligence and controls and Sessions will almost certainly leverage its power.”

— Howie Morgan, Election Impact Group

MIAMI, FLORIDA, USA, December 29, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — Donald J. Trump has confirmed his pick for the nation’s top law enforcer to Jeff Sessions of Alabama, a controversial choice for several reasons including his very strong feelings toward marijuana. Just this April, Sessions opined with certainty that “Good people don't smoke marijuana,” and that it was a "very real danger" that is “not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized.” Sessions feelings aren’t new and go way, way back. As an Alabama U.S. Attorney in the 1980s, Sessions said he thought the KKK "were OK until I found out they smoked pot.”

It’s likely that the new Attorney General, if his nomination is confirmed, will use every resource in his arsenal to further an agenda of combatting what he considers to be a very real danger. According to Howie Morgan, a Republican political consultant with Election Impact Group who has worked with, among other conservative national candidates, Rick Perry and Mike Huckabee, Sessions will almost certainly leverage the Justice Department’s Operation Choke Point to hinder marijuana companies access to the federal banking system.

Howie Morgan: “Operation Choke Point’s original intention was noble. That was to ensure that banks and credit card processors keep bad money out of the Federal Reserve by mandating that banks and credit card processors conduct due diligence and implement appropriate controls. It was never intended to prohibit them from offering services to lawful businesses."

And although its intentions were noble, Morgan says that "Operation Choke Point has redefined what is lawful to include negligence in the absence of due diligence and controls and Sessions will almost certainly leverage its power.” That's not likely to change under the new administration.

Many in the marijuana industry are watching this closely out of fear and according to Carlos Salazar, a compliance expert with Pilum Global Shield who specializes in the Merchant Processing Industry, so should the credit card processors that are now navigating these and other higher risk industries.

Carlos Salazar: “Whether their acts are intentional or not, Credit Card Processors are exposed to civil and criminal investigations, fines and even lifetime bans under current law and under Operation Choke Point if they don’t take steps above and beyond their conventional corporate compliance programs.”

Pilum Global Shield (www.pilumglobal.com) helps protect Acquirers, ISOs, PSPs, and their Merchant Clients from civil and criminal prosecution by Domestic and International Governmental Agencies – such as the Department of Justice, Europol, Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, US Treasury Department, and Federal Trade Commission, providing tier-one Management Consulting Services with expertise ranging from program management to corporate compliance program design and management.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Wayne Imbornone at (800) 450-0085 or email at wayne@pilumglobalshield.com.

Wayne Imbornone
Pilum Global Shield
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LAFFEY REAL ESTATE UNVEILS ASSISTANT MANAGER PROGRAM

Shaheen Abadin/Laffey Real Estate

Allison Platt/Laffey Real Estate

Sandeep Shrivastav/Laffey Real Estate

Brokerage Elevates Corporate Development in 2017

Beginning with our new brand launch and closing out 2016 with the introduction of the AM program, this is the change and forward motion that will keep the firm at forefront of our industry.

— Mark T. Laffey, Principal

GREENVALE, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, December 27, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — Laffey Real Estate, a leader in agent based training and career enhancement, has announced the creation of the firm’s first assistant manager program. Mentored by senior staff, the goal is to transition select Licensed Real Estate Professionals into managerial roles.

The first three participants in the program are Shaheen Abadin, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson/Jackson Heights Office, Allison Platt, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker/Great Neck Office and Sandeep Shrivistav, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker/Little Neck Office.

The program focuses on developing sales skills, public speaking, office administration and service efficiency for this new breed of producing Assistant managers. Mentors, in the form of Branch Managers, and mentees are matched based on various factors and will be immersed into their new roles throughout the yearlong program. Mentors and mentees both benefit from the pairing and will be able to share their experiences and knowledge of the organization.

“Jack Welch famously said ‘Change before you have to’ and he was spot on right. This has been a year of immense change for our firm”, explained Mark T. Laffey/Principal Laffey Real Estate. “Beginning with our new brand launch and closing out 2016 with the introduction of the AM program, this is the change and forward motion that will keep the firm at forefront of our industry.”

Shaheen Abadin, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, began her real estate career twelve years ago. She is with the Jackson Heights Office and will work closely with Manager, Julian Armas, who just completed the Maestro leadership program with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.

Allison Platt, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, a graduate of George Washington University School of Government with a concentration in marketing, has been in residential real estate just over two decades. Her expertise in condo and co-op sales earned her many accolades as well as the respect of her peers and brokers.

Sandeep Shrivastav, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, began his career in 2002. He is multi-lingual and utilizes these skills to navigate the multicultural landscape of buyers and sellers across the Queens market.

The program is facilitated through real time activities focused on leadership skills, driving sales and profit, presentation standards and branch operations. Their mentors serve as coach, training coordinator and supervisor, providing ongoing guidance the program.

Ultimately, an Assistant Manager will be able to individualize agent and staff strengths to maximize performance. They will also possess the ability to leverage external data and the firm’s statistical research to provide comprehensive understanding of a diverse and wide ranging customer network. By the nature of the program, this construct will strengthen the collaborative nature of manager and agent with innovative thinking and strategic planning.

An experienced and career motivated Laffey Realtor can work with leads, make appointments with buyer and sellers, generate market analytics, negotiate deals and market within their professional networks. This program is designed to develop future leaders in the firm and not just independently successful real estate agents.

The executive management team welcomes all three of these seasoned professionals and looks forward to working closely together in 2017.

About Laffey Real Estate
Laffey Real Estate is one of the largest privately held independent family-owned residential real estate firms on Long Island with a network of over 400 agents in 13 offices throughout Nassau, Western Suffolk and Queens Counties. Their global partnership with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and Luxury Portfolio, extends their reach to more than 50 countries worldwide. The firm is a full-service provider offering expertise in sales, rentals, relocation, mortgage, developments and title insurance to the marketplace. The cutting-edge technology supporting field agents, premium brand identity and industry-leading tools embody best in class standards. Consumers trust in the Laffey Real Estate name to provide tools and resources that help navigate the process of buying and selling residential real estate in any economic environment. Consistently ranked in the top 10% of the brokers locally and as a Top 500 Broker in the US based on the 2015 Real Trends reports, Laffey Real Estate has an exceptional

Cathy M Poturny/SVP Marketing & Media Relations
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BluePay Subsidiary Billhighway Receives Notable Recognitions for Human Resource Practices

BluePay is proud to announce its subsidiary, Billhighway, has been named one of the 101 Best and Brightest Companies To Work For In the Nation for 2016.

NAPERVILLE, IL, USA, December 27, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — BluePay, an award-winning payment technology company, is proud to announce its subsidiary, Billhighway, has been named one of the 101 Best and Brightest Companies To Work For In the Nation for 2016. This is the company's fifth national win. Earlier this year, Billhighway was recognized as one of Metro Detroit's 101 Best and Brightest Companies To Work For.

The competition identifies and honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in their employee enrichment and human resource practices. Billhighway was evaluated on various company aspects including compensation and benefits, employee education and development, and recruitment to name a few.

From career development programs, to wellness activities, to volunteering opportunities, Billhighway, continues to provide an environment that helps employees maintain a healthy work-life balance, while giving them opportunities to grow professionally and find success.

This honor would not be possible if not for the hard work and dedication of Billhighway's Director of Team Member Success, Brenda Gallick. In November, Gallick was presented the coveted 2016 Michigan HR Executive of the Year award by the American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation's oldest and largest employer associations.

Nominees were evaluated on their commitment to the HR profession, success in past and current positions, as well as their impact on the lives of others. In order to be nominated, individuals must have at least 10 years of HR management experience, demonstrate leadership in the HR profession, and apply professional experience both inside and outside of their organization. A selection committee comprised of ASE board members, in addition to past award recipients reviewed and selected all award winners.

Gallick uses innovative human resources practices to challenge traditional workplace standards and build a strong team culture. She embodies the belief that a company must focus on what is important to their team members in order to succeed. Some of her recent initiatives include introducing new policies, such as Family Flex Time and summer Fridays. She even implemented an anonymous suggestion box so team members feel at ease asking questions, expressing concerns, or offering ideas for improvements. She also spearheaded creative career development initiatives, such as establishing internal certification programs, the Billhighway Academy to train up-and-coming developers, as well as a mentor program to help team members develop skills for new roles.

Tom Bomberski, Billhighway's Executive VP of Finance & Accounting, commented, "Brenda has shown incredible commitment to our team members and has helped us build a high-performing culture at Billhighway. Brenda takes the time to truly understand our team members and works hard to find the right mix of supporting programs to help them be successful and enjoy coming to work each day."

About BluePay: BluePay is a leading provider of technology-enabled payment processing for merchants and suppliers of any size in the United States and Canada. Through physical POS, online, and mobile interfaces, as well as CRM and ERP software integrations, BluePay processes business-to-consumer and business-to-business payments while providing real-time settlement, reporting, and reconciliation, along with robust security features such as tokenization and point-to-point encryption. BluePay is headquartered in Naperville, Illinois, with offices in Chicago, Maryland, New York, and Toronto. For more information, visit www.bluepay.com.

About Billhighway: Got chapters? We've got solutions. Billhighway provides software for chapter-based organizations to streamline and optimize dues and other member payments. We specialize in facilitating, tracking and reporting unique payment situations for organizations with chapters, including seamlessly splitting individual payments between chapters and parent organizations – no matter how complex. Clients benefit from increased revenue, financial visibility and accuracy.

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LAFFEY REAL ESTATE RECOGNIZES 2016 TOP BROKERS

Pictured Bettie Meinel, Michelle N. Cohen, Mark T. Laffey

Pictured Bettie Meinel, Barry Paley, Mark T. Laffey

Award Recipients Close over $4 Billion

We are incredibly proud of our agent’s success and accomplishments this year. These well-deserved awards are a reflection of the dedication and service quality they provide to real estate customers.

— Philip C. Laffey/Principal

GREENVALE, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, December 27, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — Laffey Real Estate, one of the top residential brokers in the region, announced its 2016 year-end award recipients during the firm’s annual Holiday celebration at Carltun on the Park.

The 2016 award honorees received recognition from the 300+ attendees in a filled to capacity ballroom,“We are incredibly proud of our agent’s success and accomplishments this year. These well-deserved awards are a reflection of the dedication and service quality they provide to real estate customers,” explained Philip C. Laffey/Principal Laffey Real Estate. “They set an exceptional example for new agents getting into the business of real estate that hard work and the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well.”

Highlights of the 2016 Laffey Real Estate awards are:
2016 Hall of Fame Recipients – Entrance into this elite group is based on specific criteria of at least 10 years in Real Estate and accumulate at least $50 Million in cumulative sales volume. Since 2014, the year the award was first offered, the 32 award recipients have closed over $3,774,876,000 in total sales volume. This year’s honorees include:

Katy Anastasio, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker – Huntington/Northport Office with total sales volume of $61.4 Million;
Allison Platt, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker – Great Neck Office with total sales volume of $58.7 Million;
Hasmukh Shah, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker – Bellerose Office with total sales volume of $52.1 Million;
Kathleen Myers, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker – Westbury Office with total sales volume of $51.1 Million

2016 Top Overall Company Honorees – Each year two recipients are recognized for their exemplary performance in achieving the top honors for total sales volume and total number of units in the year. The firm is pleased to recognize:

Michelle N. Cohen, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker – #1 Top Producer Overall Company Diamond by Volume Award in excess of $38.6 Million for 2016. Michelle has been a consistent top producer in the Laffey Organization and counts at least two dozen of the coveted highest honors to her credit.

Barry Paley, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson – #1 Top Producer Overall Company Diamond by Units Award with 58 units. Paley was able to parlay his years in the garment industry into a successful real estate career right from the beginning. With under a decade in real estate, Paley has received this honor numerous times since his career in real estate started in 2005.

2016 Shining Start Recipients – Recipients of the Shining Star have been in real estate under two years, experienced an extraordinary increase in results in overall production and demonstrated an exceptional knowledge of sales, marketing and customer service. This year the honorees are:

James Gavin, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson/Manhasset – Shining Star 2016 – James embodies the 21st Century Realtor. He recognizes how buyers and sellers of residential real estate search for homes in today’s virtual environment and capitalized on the tools to achieve success. 2016 saw a doubling of James’ sales volume to $8.8 million from $3.7 million in 2015.

Charles Perez, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson/Port Washington – Shining Star 2016 – Charles demonstrates a willingness to ‘go anywhere for anyone’ in an effort to provide an exceptional experience for his customers. He recognized that in order to maximize sales, he would become a font of information about a wide array of local markets as opposed to concentrating on one or two niche markets. The efforts were rewarded with a doubling of sales volume in 2016 to over $4.7 Million.

2016 Rookie of the Year Recipient – Award winners are new to real estate and must be in the business one year or less. They must also demonstrate exemplary knowledge of the markets; have a developing track record of success and increasing sales production.

Bradly Barnett, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson/Syosset & Brookville – Rookie of the Year – Bradley entered real estate with over 30 years in the garment industry. Mentored by his colleague and friend Barry Paley, Barnett was able to parlay his business experience into a bourgeoning enterprise. Closing out the 2016 year with over $13.5 million in total sales volume, he has laid the groundwork for an outstanding career in residential real estate.

2016 Top Producers by Office Recipients – Award winners are based solely on achieving the highest total sales volume for the period.

Hasmukh Shah Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker – Bellerose Office, Licensed Residential Real Estate Salesperson, 2016 Top Producers by Office closed over $8.9 Million in annual sales volume in 2016

Gross/Lau Team – Ira Gross, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker and Tim Lau, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Brookville Office, Licensed Residential Real Estate Salesperson, 2016 Top Producers by Office closed over $16.9 Million in annual sales volume in 2016

Sandeep Shrivastav, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker – Top Producer Corporate Services Division, Licensed Residential Real Estate Salesperson, closed over $14.0 Million in annual sales volume in 2016

Nancy Moinian, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker – Top Producer Great Neck Office, Licensed Residential Real Estate Salesperson, closed over $19.2 Million in annual sales volume in 2016

Michelle N. Cohen, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker – Top Producer Greenvale 1 Office, Licensed Residential Real Estate Salesperson, closed over $38.6 Million in annual sales volume in 2016

Janet Berookhim, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker – Top Producer Greenvale 2 Office, Licensed Residential Real Estate Salesperson, closed over $28.7 Million in annual sales volume in 2016

Lorraine Pacifico, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson – Top Producer Huntington Office, Licensed Residential Real Estate Salesperson, closed over $1.9 Million in annual sales volume in 2016

Somnath Ghosh, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson – Top Producer Jackson Heights, Licensed Residential Real Estate Salesperson, closed over $3.5 Million in annual sales volume in 2016

Carol Chang, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson – Top Producer Little Neck, Licensed Residential Real Estate Salesperson, closed over $6.8 Million in annual sales volume in 2016

James Gavin, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson – Top Producer Manhasset, Licensed Residential Real Estate Salesperson, closed over $8.8 Million in annual sales volume in 2016

Natalia Choi, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson – Top Producer New Hyde Park, Licensed Residential Real Estate Salesperson, closed over $11.1 Million in annual sales volume in 2016

Katy Anastasio, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker – Top Producer Northport, Licensed Residential Real Estate Salesperson, closed over $11.2 Million in annual sales volume in 2016

Barry Paley, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson – Top Producer Syosset, Licensed Residential Real Estate Salesperson, closed over $42.4 Million in annual sales volume in 2016

Kathleen Myers, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker – Top Producer Westbury, Licensed Residential Real Estate Salesperson, closed over $3.8 Million in annual sales volume in 2016

The firm wishes to congratulate all 2016 award recipients and Hall of Fame Honorees.

About Laffey Real Estate
Laffey Real Estate is one of the largest privately held independent family-owned residential real estate firms on Long Island with a network of over 400 agents in 13 offices throughout Nassau, Western Suffolk and Queens Counties. Their global partnership with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and Luxury Portfolio, extends their reach to more than 50 countries worldwide. The firm is a full-service provider offering expertise in sales, rentals, relocation, mortgage, developments and title insurance to the marketplace. The cutting-edge technology supporting field agents, premium brand identity and industry-leading tools embody best in class standards. Consumers trust in the Laffey Real Estate name to provide tools and resources that help navigate the process of buying and selling residential real estate in any economic environment. Consistently ranked in the top 10% of the brokers locally and as a Top 500 Broker in the US based on the 2015 Real Trends reports, Laffey Real Estate has an exceptional

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"WOMAN OF EXEMPLARY DISTINCTION" Removing barriers to STEM

Dr. Valerie Bennett is committed to STEM, delivering results with STEM Compass. She walks the walk and talks the talk. Dr. Bennett is a Woman of Distinction".

ATLANTA, GEORGIA, UNITED STATES, December 26, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — As we prepare to turn the page on 2016, it is with high hopes and great expectations that we welcome 2017. In so doing, we would like to pause and recognize our 2016 trailblazer, Dr. Valerie Bennett, Founder, STEM Compass, Inc. (www.stemcompassinc,org), a registered 501c3 non-profit organization with the IRS, as 2016s, “Woman of Exemplary Distinction”.

Under the STEM Compass Inc., banner, Dr. Bennett has been successful in galvanizing youth Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics, (STEM), navigators for underrepresented groups providing them with transformative educational experiences that inspire and empower them to be innovators, leaders in technology, and problem solvers of tomorrow’s STEM challenges. She has been supported by Morehouse School of Medicine, Georgia Tech, Florida A&M, ecumenical, political and business organizations.

Dr. Valerie Bennett is an Atlanta native, she holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, teaches Physics at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta and is one of the two founding Coaches of the Robotics Program. Under her leadership as Head Coach of the award-winning High School Robotics Team, they have won several Regional Competitions and has been recognized Internationally. Dr. Bennett brought her corporate experience from Manhattan Associates to Morehouse College to teach Engineering and Physics as part of the Dual Degree Engineering Program.

To expose student to the excitement and importance of STEM in addition to creating STEM Compass, Inc., she served on the Georgia FIRST Robotics Regional Committee, worked as the Physics Research Coordinator for the TRIO Program, part of the Upward Bound Initiative, and for her commitment, she has been awarded the Innovative Teacher award by the Georgia Independent Schools Association. She has been a Research Coordinator for the Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation and helps with programs like the Atlanta Cares Mentoring Organization, of which she is an Advisory Board Member, established by Susan Taylor, former editor of Essence Magazine. “I would like to work with Mayor Reed and Governor Deal to make the STEM Compass, Inc. more robust in the coming year”.

“Further, through cooperative opportunities with the US Dept. of Energy, Silicon Valley tech companies, international corporations and an understanding by elected officials, I’m confident that the incoming Trump Administration will see tremendous value in continuing to promote STEM and there will be new sources of funding for us to expand upon our program for our future depends on it”. We will also see the release of Dr. Bennett’s books on academic success and biblical and robotics curriculum. Dr. Bennett is a very active member of her church, Temple of Faith COGIC where she has been a member for over 20 years. She has coordinated Vacation Bible School, works with the Minister’s Wives, ran a tutorial program, co-organized a Job Fair, and started a Health and Wellness Program. She formed the Robotics Ministry as part of the Scholastic Motivation Ministries and in 2014, she and her husband launched the Pentecost For Life International Ministries whose mission it is to provide teaching and service programs to the community that celebrates the Word of God, builds family and connects the community.

For more information on Dr. Bennett, STEM Compass Inc, EIN # 46-2452765, or to make a donation, please visit www.STEMcompassinc.org or contact us directly by phone (202)630-8481.

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Ian Campbell
Manchester Group & Associates
2026308481
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NATIONAL WOMEN’S MONEY® WEEK ANNOUNCES INDIANA AND ILLINOIS PROGRAM AMBASSADOR, SHARON D. MALLORY

Sharon D. Mallory, CEO of SDM Investments, LLC
working with non-profit to create financial resiliency for Indiana/Illinois women.

MERRILLVILLE, INDIANA, UNITED STATES, December 26, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — Today, Women's Money® proudly announced that Sharon D. Mallory has been named a National Women’s Money® Week Ambassador for Indiana and Illinois.

National Women's Money® Week (#WMWeek17) is a national nonprofit campaign that includes live events, online education, and social media events to highlight the resources and need for financial resiliency of women and families. This national program is organized by Women's Money®, a non-profit organization, providing services and resources to women who seek a path toward financial resiliency.

Sharon D. Mallory is the Chief Executive Officer at SDM Investments, LLC a registered investment advisory firm in Merrillville, Indiana and Chicago, Illinois. Sharon began her career in corporate America as a financial advisor in 1992 and launched SDM Investments LLC, in 2006. She has an extensive background in leadership and sales.

Sharon created the NIA Group, a non-profit financial literacy organization, to educate the people in urban communities about personal money management. Sharon has developed curriculum for children and volunteers as a facilitator on budgeting basics to middle school students under the program Mud Pies to Mutual Funds. She recently authored the books Drama, Dollars and Dreams: A Diva’s Guide to Financial Management and 77 Wealth Wisdom Tips. Her articles have appeared in Indiana Minority Business Magazine and The American Association of Individual Investors Magazine. She is also featured in the TD Ameritrade Human Finance Project.

Sharon attended Purdue University in Lafayette, IN where she received her BA degree prior to pursuing advanced degrees at Chicago State University and the University of Colorado’s School of Financial Planning. She received her Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor (CMFC) designation from the University of Colorado. She holds her FINRA series 6, 63, 65 securities licenses, and life and health insurance licenses in various states in which the firm is registered.

"We are very excited to work with Sharon in leading the effort in Indiana and Illinois," said Women's Money® President and Founder Gina Robison-Billups. "Her expertise and ability to connect with women on a very scary topic makes her a perfect candidate to represent the concerns affecting the financial wellness of Indiana and Illinois families.”

About Women's Money®

Women's Money®, a 501c3 non-profit organization, completely funded by sponsorships and donations, has developed and delivers a unique and proprietary financial education and accountability system to help women move from financial fragility to financial resiliency.

Women’s Money®, a national organization, successfully piloted its innovative financial education program in Nevada in 2012. The organization produces the Women’s Money® Conferences – one of the top financial education conferences in the nation, and La Conferencia de Mujeres y Dinero® – the only personal financial education conference completely in Spanish in the U.S. The organization also hosts National Women’s Money® Week from January 1-7 – an awareness and education campaign highlighting the importance of financial education for women. Additionally, Women's Money® delivers its proprietary mentoring program to women and girls nationwide. The program has received the National Association of State Treasurer's Pinnacle Award, National Plutus Award Finalist recognition, and has been featured in the New York Times, Woman's World Magazine, USA Today, and Forbes.

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Karen Williams
SDM Investments, LLC
8889880858
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MEA Markets Magazine awards Urban Associates as the “Leading Experts in Private Sector HR Consultancy 2016 – UAE”

Urban Associates is proud to have been awarded as the “Leading Experts in Private Sector HR Consultancy 2016 – UAE”

We pride ourselves for having a pioneering mind set and therefore feel excited to have been awarded as the “Leading Experts in Private Sector HR Consultancy 2016 – UAE"

— Zhamal Nanaeva

DUBAI, DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, December 28, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — MEA Markets Magazine awards Urban Associates as the “Leading Experts in Private Sector HR Consultancy 2016 – UAE”

London, UK / Dubai, UAE – The Middle East & Africa is one of the world’s most diverse business centers, and has become the focus for many companies looking to move into a dynamic and vibrant region brimming with possibilities.

MEA Markets Magazine’s 2016 Business Awards are designed to recognize and reward the truly outstanding work done by the Middle East's and Africa’s most talented, dedicated and experienced businesses, departments and individuals.

Urban Associates, the UAE-based management consultancy startup and a company behind My Interview, the region’s first video interviewing platform, is proud to have been awarded as the “Leading Experts in Private Sector HR Consultancy 2016 – UAE”.

Tom Jones, Awards Co-ordinator, said: “With these awards we are turning the spotlight on the firms and individuals whose hard work and dedication have helped shape MEA region’s business landscape. It has been a true privilege showcasing the work of these dedicated professionals and their businesses, and I would like to wish them the very best of luck going forward.”

“As industry pioneers, Urban Associates was behind the ME region’s first online video interview platform, MyInterview.org. Moreover, we have designed the Public Sector Innovation Model to help public and not-for-profit organizations measure and promote much needed innovation” said Zhamal Nanaeva, Chairman and Co-Founder at Urban Associates. “We pride ourselves for having a pioneering mind set and therefore feel excited to have been awarded as the “Leading Experts in Private Sector HR Consultancy 2016 – UAE.”

To find out more about these prestigious awards, and the dedicated professionals selected for them, please visit www.middleeast-markets.com where you can view our winners supplement and full winners list.

About MEA Markets
Published quarterly, MEA Markets endeavours to provide readers with the latest business and investment news across the Middle East and Africa regions.
Keeping pace with a vast array of ever-changing sectors thanks to regular contributions from some of the region’s top corporate professionals across a variety of industries, MEA Markets is home to the very best news, features and comment from the people and institutions in the know.

About Urban Associates

Established in 2014, Urban Associates is a management and HR consultancy start up providing solutions to organizations in a wide variety of industries, supporting primarily regional public sector organizations with everything from strategy development and execution through to program management and innovation. Urban Associates Ltd is registered in RAK, UAE with an office in Dubai, UAE and a representative in Doha, Qatar

Contact

For more information please visit www.urbanassociates.me and www.myinterview.org.
Urban Associates Ltd
P.O. Box 506556, Dubai, UAE
welcome@urbanassociates.me

Zhamal Nanaeva
Urban Associates Ltd
+971501152350
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