Winners Announced at Tampa Bay HR Person of the Year Awards 2018

Tampa Bay Human Resources Person of the Year Award

The Tampa Bay HR Person of the Year Award celebrates the Human Resources industry and recognizes the outstanding achievements of local HR professionals.

Nomination for a Tampa Bay HR Person of the Year Award is especially meaningful because it is the only HR award in the Tampa Bay community for which professionals are selected by their peers.”

— Patrick Moraites

TAMPA, FL, US, July 31, 2018 / — The 2018 Tampa Bay HR Person of the Year Award winners were announced at the 4th Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday, July 26th, at the TPepin Hospitality Centre, Tampa, FL. The event and its awards are made possible by its outstanding sponsors and partners including Ogletree Deakins, Vaco Staffing and Key HR.

The Tampa Bay HR Person of the Year Award was developed to celebrate the Human Resources Industry and to recognize those in the HR profession who exemplify outstanding achievement within the local human resources community.

Twenty-nine HR professionals vied for honors in three categories including HR Person of the Year, HR Consultant of the Year, and HR Young Professional. A panel of judges compromised of previous winners of the Tampa Bay HR Person of the Year Award chose this year’s award winners after a rigorous nomination and selection process.

The award winners included:
• HR Person of the Year, Large Organization – Marlene Velez, MBA, SPHR; Chief People & Culture Officer – Power Design
• HR Person of the Year, Medium Organization – Stephanie Deiter, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP; VP, Human Resources – The SKY Family YMCA
• HR Person of the Year, Small Organization – Marie Graziosi, SPHR, SHRM-SCP; Chief of Staff – Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc
• HR Consultant of the Year – Jennifer Glor; Principal Consultant – livingHR
• HR Young Professional of the Year – Neil Williams, PHR; HR Manager – AVI-SPL, Inc.

Other sponsors include: HUB International, Cushman Wakefield, Oasis Outsourcing, Gehring Group, Aon Risk, Fisher & Phillips, LLP, livingHR, Bouchard Insurance, Grow Financial, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, MBI Worldwide, USAA, Shaker Recruitment Marketing, A Media Marketing & Maui Wowi Coffee.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please visit or contact
The Tampa Bay HR Person of the Year Award is hosted by HR Shield, a division of FIRM Consulting Group.

Jenni Stone
HR Shield
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2017 Awards Highlights

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How the CIO, CDO and CMO can join forces to drive digital innovation

Jane Alexander, Chief Digital & Information Officer, The Cleveland Museum of Art

Sue Workman, VP for University Technology/CIO, Case Western Reserve University

Tracy Marek, Executive Vice President of Marketing/Chief Marketing Officer for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena

Hear from local women leaders in tech and marketing who will discuss their ​evolving​ roles ​in step with the​ technology advances ​of​ today’s marketplace

In its 12th year, the Amplify speaker series continues to seek thought leaders that educate, inspire and provide a networking opportunity for executives and business leaders in Northeast Ohio”

— Renee DeLuca Dolan, Founder, President of Contempo Design + Communications


CLEVELAND, OH (July, 23, 2018) Business leaders will convene at the September Amplify event to learn about relevant topics in tech. Speakers will discuss topics including who owns the tech stack at their companies and how their company CIOs, CMOs and CDOs communicate internally and externally about new technologies being employed in their organizations. The Amplify Speaker Series is produced by Contempo Design + Communications and gold sponsors Kent State University’s College of Business Administration and Expedient.

The networking and luncheon program will take place on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at the DoubleTree Tudor Arms Hotel at 11:30 a.m. and is open to the public.

Deborah Spake, Dean of the College of Business Administration at Kent State University, will facilitate the program that will feature local tech and marketing leaders who will discuss their ​evolving​ roles ​with the​ technology advances ​of​ today’s marketplace. Each guest speaker will present a 10-minute “TED-style” talk, followed by audience Q&A.

Brad Nellis, Director of Market Strategy for Expedient’s Cleveland market will discuss the state of technology in NEO. Prior to joining Expedient, Nellis was Executive Director of OHTec (formerly NEOSA), the technology association for northeast Ohio.

Topics and Presenters:

– Jane Alexander, Chief Digital & Information Officer, The Cleveland Museum of Art, is responsible for technology implementation and digital strategies, as well as long-term strategic planning. Under her leadership, the CMA completed the award-winning Gallery One and ArtLens Gallery that transformed the museum into one of the most technologically advanced and engaging art destinations in the world.

– Tracy Marek, Executive Vice President of Marketing/Chief Marketing Officer for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena, and has over 20 years of marketing and event production experience in the professional sports and entertainment industries. Tracy will discuss how her role and that of the CIO and CDO have evolved in her 15+ years at the CAVS organization.

– Sue Workman, VP for University Technology/CIO at Case Western Reserve University, will discuss the areas of responsibility in higher-ed IT and how these differ from typical businesses, the innovative CWRU facilities, how CWRU is using holograms to teach and teamwork at the C-level in higher-ed IT. Sue is responsible for creating the vision and strategies that enable the delivery of technology solutions supporting the university’s mission of teaching, learning, and research, along with the day-to-day functions of the university.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $45 each and tables of eight and sponsor packages are available at www.contempocleveland/events

About Amplify ​:

​The Amplify Speaker Series is a program presented by Contempo Design + Communications, a full-service design and communications firm founded by Renée DeLuca Dolan in 1996 and headquartered in Warrensville Heights. The program, now in its 12th year, brings business and community thought leaders together for an active forum on issues of relevance to greater Cleveland.

​Find more details on the event and sponsorship opportunities visit and our social channels. Follow our topic discussions at ​#AmplifyCleveland

Renee DeLuca Dolan
Contempo Design + Communication
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Bobby Jersey promotion to Senior Relationship Manager

WARRENVILLE, IL, USA, July 31, 2018 / — Gar Wood Securities, LLC is pleased to announce the promotion of client service specialist Bobby Jersey to Senior Relationship Manager.

Bobby joined Gar Wood in 2010 as a client service associate on the Gar Wood Pro Desk and worked directly with new clients and brokers. He has been instrumental in the numerous accolades and rankings the firm has achieved over the past eight years.

“Bobby has done a great job in supporting our brokers and clients since joining us, and I am confident that he will thrive in this newly formed position,” said Craig Gantar, Sales Manager of Gar Wood Securities, LLC. “We feel this extra commitment to our existing relationships will help our clients feel more comfortable and secure.” said Gantar.

In addition to Bobby’s promotion, Gar Wood would like to acknowledge their Cedar Park TX branch overseeing the daily customer support for all of Gar Wood’s business. Andrew Eicher, Hugh Daniels, and Josh Vore joined the firm in the Spring of 2016 as a branch office. They have done an outstanding job supporting our trading platforms and the business housed at Interactive Brokers and COR Clearing.

“I am confident our Austin team is up to the task. Their knowledge and experience make this a natural transition for the firm.” said Dennis Gerecke EVP & COO of Gar Wood Securities, LLC.

About Gar Wood Securities, LLC

Gar Wood Securities, LLC is a U.S. broker-dealer and member of FINRA, SIPC and NFA, trades solely on an agency basis, and provides their clients access to all major global markets covering equities, options, futures, fixed income, mutual funds and alternative investments in hedged funds and CTA’s.

The firm is known for its derivative execution and prime brokerage businesses and has been recognized in several industry surveys as a TOP broker in client services from the hedge fund community. Its clients include money managers, active traders and family offices. Additionally, Gar Wood supports a network of independent brokers that use Gar Wood’s infrastructure and compliance oversight to help them service and manage their brokerage businesses.

Formed in 2004, the firm is headquartered outside of Chicago with branch offices in Florida, Massachusetts, Puerto Rico, and Texas.

Additional information on Gar Wood Securities, LLC is available at

Craig Gantar
Gar Wood Securities, LLC
(312) 662-1275
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How Does a Hospital Stay Open When Its Water Supply is Cut?

The first time a Utah hospital used an emergency water filtration system was a success

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, USA, July 31, 2018 / — Early Saturday morning, July 14, flash flood waters that ran over the site of the 2017 Brian Head fire in Utah overwhelmed and contaminated the spring water collection boxes that feed into the Panguitch, Utah culinary water system. It caused the rural city of 1,800 to declare an immediate "No Water Use" order for culinary water. What that meant is: absolutely no water use, even if boiled.

What did this mean for 14-bed Intermountain Garfield Memorial Hospital, managed by Utah’s Intermountain Healthcare system, who used the city's culinary water? Water is used in so many ways inside a hospital, not just for drinking or bathing. There’s food preparation, dishwashing, laundry services, hand washing, and sterilization of instruments.

The Intermountain Healthcare Emergency Preparedness team was ready. They immediately responded to the notification, putting into action the water disruption emergency response plan for the hospital. The hospital needed both bottled water and filtrated water, and not knowing how long the “No Water Use” order would be in place, also needed water filtration systems.

The Southwest Utah Healthcare Preparedness Coalition was contacted for help. This coalition is comprised of healthcare representatives from five southwest Utah counties, and includes six hospitals, three of which are Intermountain hospitals. This coalition was formed to pool knowledge, resources, and support in case of emergencies. The Coalition had used federal grant funds to purchase low and high-density water filtration systems. Neither filtration system had ever been made fully operational, but coalition members had previously trained on how to use them. These filtration systems were transported to Intermountain Garfield Memorial.

By 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon, the filtration systems were fully hooked up, filtering water through a four-stage process. Before the filtrated water was used, a water sample was taken by the local health department and tested to make sure the filtration system was functioning properly. The testing showed the water was clean and safe to use, so the filtrated water was used for drinking, handwashing, bathing and food service operations.

Thousands of bottles of water were sent from other Intermountain hospitals as well as food service items like disposable plates, cups, bowls and cutlery, as dishwashers couldn’t be used.

Intermountain Garfield Memorial's chef created six-day food plans for all the inpatient, caregiver and long-term care residents, and coordinated how foods would be prepared and managed without use of culinary water.

Another issue to solve was laundry services. Intermountain Garfield Memorial washes their laundry on-site. Another rural facility, Intermountain Sevier Valley Hospital (about 100 miles away) coordinated with Intermountain Garfield Memorial to do their laundry, keeping the hospital supplied with clean linens.

Sunday afternoon, July 15, Panguitch City moved from the "No Use Water" order to "Boil Water" order. But the "Boil Water" order did not mean it was yet okay to use the culinary water system at the hospital. Even though the water could be boiled for use elsewhere in the city, the hospital still only used bottled or filtrated water.

The "Boil Water" order for Panguitch was lifted on Wednesday, July 18. At this point, it was time to fully clean the hospital's water system. The process was a highly systematic, thorough one. Water was fully drained out of pipes, filled with chlorinated water, allowed to sanitize for several hours, then fully flushed out of the system. Once that was done, the water was tested once again to ensure it was clean and safe.

Alberto Vasquez, administrator at Intermountain Garfield Memorial, said, "I am so proud of our team and how our hospital has responded. When a hospital has never experienced something like this before in our state, it's hard to know what to expect and there are so many elements that must be considered and handled proactively for the safety of all. And having been able to ensure the safety of all has been a testament to the above-and-beyond attitude of all involved, along with the training, foresight, and everyone working together."

Intermountain Healthcare is a Utah-based not-for-profit system of 22 hospitals, 170 clinics, a Medical Group with about 2,300 employed physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a health plans group called SelectHealth, and other medical services. Intermountain is widely recognized as a leader in transforming healthcare through high quality and sustainable costs. For more information about Intermountain, visit

Daron Cowley
Intermountain Healthcare
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IRS “Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program” is ending September 28; affects taxpayers with undisclosed foreign assets

Richard S. Lehman, Tax Attorney in Boca Raton, FL

Richard S. Lehman, Tax Attorney in Boca Raton, FL

Website of Richard S. Lehman, U.S. Tax Attorney

Website of Richard S. Lehman, U.S. Tax Attorney

Richard S Lehman, Video on IRS Amnesty FATCA and FFI Reporting on Youtube

Richard S Lehman, Video on IRS Amnesty FATCA and FFI Reporting on Youtube

Richard Sam Lehman, tax video on IRS Streamlined Compliance on YouTube

Richard Sam Lehman, tax video on IRS Streamlined Compliance on YouTube

Office, Richard Lehman, Tax Attorney in Boca Raton, FL

Office, Richard Lehman, Tax Attorney in Boca Raton, FL

Failure to report hidden assets abroad by the September 28 deadline may subject U.S. taxpayers to more severe penalties.

Richard S. Lehman, Tax Lawyer (N/A:N/A)

… Investigating offshore tax evasion remains a top priority for the IRS. … Furthermore, with the fast-developing analytics of today, it is much more difficult to hide bank accounts offshore …”

— Richard Sam Lehman, Tax Lawyer

BOCA RATON, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, July 31, 2018 / — Foreign bank accounts are used by many American citizens and residents. And many such taxpayers may be unaware that such bank accounts must be declared to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Some taxpayers may intentionally hide such accounts from the IRS. In the United States, there is a legal requirement that all of these foreign bank accounts be reported to the United States on an annual basis, and that United States income taxes be paid on all of these bank deposit funds.

So far, U.S. taxpayers with such foreign bank accounts could report such accounts and come into compliance with lesser penalties based on the IRS “Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program” (OVDP). OVDP is a voluntary disclosure program for taxpayers who have hidden foreign bank accounts and prefer to avoid potential criminal liability and/or substantial civil penalties. It commences by providing IRS Criminal Investigation (CI) with the taxpayer’s name, address, taxpayer identification number and date of birth. The IRS then issues a “pre-clearance letter” and taxpayers proceed with a more complete disclosure in the form of a summary letter with exhibits (“Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Letter”). But this program will end in fewer than 60 days. After September 28, 2018, taxpayers will no longer be able to receive IRS clearance in advance (CI) to avoid severe penalties. Thus, it is extremely important for U.S. taxpayers to take advantage of clearing their unreported foreign bank deposits and other assets in the waning days of the OVDP.

Florida tax lawyer Richard Sam Lehman recently commented on this important deadline of September 28, 2018 for reporting such hidden foreign bank accounts, and suggests that affected taxpayers seek expert tax advice based on their specific situation.

Richard Lehman explains that the expiration of the of the OVDP does not indicate any change in IRS enforcement priorities. In fact, “Investigating offshore tax evasion remains a top priority for the IRS. The IRS continues to enforce offshore compliance with information received under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which is the network of intergovernmental agreements among the U.S. and other countries, as well as sources such as the Department of Justice’s Swiss Bank Program. Furthermore, with the fast-developing analytics of today, it is much more difficult to hide bank accounts offshore.”

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) requires that foreign financial institutions report the foreign assets held by U.S. taxpayers, or be subject to withholding on certain payments. FATCA is an important means for controlling tax evasion, by requiring U.S. taxpayers with foreign financial assets outside the United States to report such assets on tax declarations.

U.S. Taxpayers who fail to report under the OVDP by September 28 may be subject to much more harsher penalties, explains Richard Lehman. “This includes a penalty for failing to file the Form TD F 90-22.1 (Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, commonly known as an “FBAR”). Generally, the civil penalty for willfully failing to file an FBAR can be as high as the greater of $100,000 or 50 percent of the total balance of the foreign account per violation. Even non-willful violations can still be subject to a $10,000 penalty per violation."

Several other penalties that may apply. There is a penalty for failing to file Form 3520, Annual Return to Report Transactions With Foreign Trusts and Receipt of Certain Foreign Gifts. The penalty for failing to file, or for filing an incomplete return, is the greater of $10,000 or 35 percent of the gross reportable amount (with certain exceptions). Further, there is a penalty for failing to file Form 3520-A, Information Return of a Foreign Trust With a U.S. Owner. Taxpayers must report ownership interests in foreign trusts. The penalty for failing to file each one of these information returns, or for filing an incomplete return, is the greater of $10,000 or 5 percent of the gross value of trust assets.

In conclusion, Richard Lehman opines that “it is extremely important for taxpayers who have foreign bank deposits and other types of foreign assets to take advantage of the waning days of this program while they still have the opportunity. Otherwise they may face tax evasion charges with prison terms of up to ten years and a fine of up to $500,000. If you control such unreported foreign assets, then now is the time to seek expert tax advice.”

Further information:

The website of Richard Sam Lehman, Tax Attorney, which provides additional information, is

Mr. Richard Lehman’s YouTube channel has several videos on this subject:

Mr. Richard Lehman’s video about The IRS’s FATCA, Streamlined Compliance Procedure and other Amnesty Information is at

Mr. Lehman’s video about "The IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program" is at

IRS website about the OVDP

Richard S. Lehman, Attorney at Law
United States Taxation and Immigration Law, LLC
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Richard Sam Lehman, Tax Lawyer “New IRS Amnesty, FATCA & FFI Reporting” on YouTube

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Element Group Releases Report on Macroeconomic Trends and Cryptocurrencies

The exclusive research establishes a new framework for analyzing digital assets in relation to global macroeconomic trends

As the cryptocurrency market consolidates, it becomes vital to introduce robust analytical standards and original thought paradigm methods to understand the digital asset world”

— Stan Miroshnik, CEO and Co-Founder of Element Group

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, July 31, 2018 / — Element Group, a full-service advisory firm for the digital asset capital markets, today released a new research report outlining the relationship between global macroeconomic trends and cryptocurrency markets. The report uses a broad range of data to analyze the effect certain events may have on cryptocurrency prices.

In the report, the Element Digital Asset Management team analyzes topical macro trends that includes the threat of possible stock market correction, cross asset volatility, investor decision fatigue, the promise of a bitcoin ETF, cryptocurrency futures and price dispersion across different market capitalizations. The objective of the report is to highlight interesting observations within these global macro trends and to hypothesize on whether or not they have a measured effect on the digital asset space.

“As bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in general begin attracting institutional investors, it becomes important to view these assets in a more global context,” said Thejas Nalval, Director of Portfolio Management at Element Group. “In our Q2 research report, we place bitcoin amidst other economic factors: for example, we think about what price action would take place in a global recession, and compare bitcoin to other financial assets. This report raises numerous points for discussion and we are excited to see how our colleagues in the space respond.”

“While the insights contained within this report are only applicable to the current state of this nascent and emerging market, they introduce an important framework which can be used for future analysis,” said Stan Miroshnik, CEO and Co-Founder of Element Group. “As the market consolidates, it becomes vital to introduce robust analytical standards and original thought paradigm methods to understand the digital asset world. Element Group is excited to pioneer this approach.”

A link to receive a copy of the full report can be found here:

About Element Group
Element Group is a full-service investment bank for the digital asset capital markets that delivers advisory, asset management, OTC trading, and technology solutions in an integrative manner. Element executes token sales and ICOs, supporting market-leading transactions for technology-oriented companies which build platforms and protocols. In addition to offering integrative services for businesses operating within the digital asset space, Element delivers thought leadership and proprietary research. Element Group offers securities in the U.S. through Tangent Capital Partners, LLC, a registered broker dealer with the SEC and a member of FINRA and SIPC.

Anna Bogdanova
Element Group
(310) 254-9438
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GOP Congressman Investigates Undisclosed Gold Market Intervention by China and the Exchange Stabilization Fund

Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV) Calls Out Fed & Treasury for Dodging Questions on Gold Activities

The American people are entitled to transparency and accountability when it comes to the status and use of America’s gold reserves.”

— Stefan Gleason

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA, July 31, 2018 / — A member of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee is calling out the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Treasury for dodging questions about their activities involving America’s gold reserves.

In a letter dated July 27, Representative Alex Mooney (R-WV) wrote to Jerome Powell, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, and Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, after receiving perfunctory responses to his April 24th letter, noting “a few questions were either not addressed at all or not fully addressed.”

In particular, the Fed and Treasury would not articulate any U.S. policy toward gold and refused to comment on historical U.S. State Department documents pointing to a U.S. policy of “driving gold out of the world financial system in favor of the Federal Reserve Note or Special Drawing Rights issued by the International Monetary Fund.”

In his follow-up letter, Rep. Mooney provided evidence of involvement by the Exchange Stabilization Fund in the gold market and called attention to “the recent correlation of the gold price with the price of the Chinese yuan and the valuation of the IMF’s Special Drawing Rights.”

“Do these correlations reflect surreptitious intervention in the U.S. currency markets by China and currency manipulation by China?” Mooney asked.

Mooney also provided a 2009 letter from then Fed Governor Kevin M. Warsh acknowledging the existence of Fed documents on gold swaps (while simultaneously refusing to provide them in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee).

Mooney asked Chairman Powell to reconcile the Marsh acknowledgement with his July 12, 2018, letter, including Powell’s assertion that “The Fed does not engage, nor has it ever engaged, in gold swaps.”

Rep. Mooney noted the Treasury did not appropriately answer his question regarding prior audits of America’s gold reserves. In his July 11, 2018 response, Acting Assistant Treasury Secretary Brad Bailey merely discussed audits of gold compartment seals, and Mooney responded that a cursory examination of seals is “neither an inventory nor an audit of our nation’s gold.”

“This obfuscation by the Fed and the Treasury is unacceptable, and we are encouraged Congressman Mooney is calling them out on their game playing,” said Stefan Gleason, president of the Sound Money Defense League and Money Metals Exchange.

“The American people are entitled to transparency and accountability when it comes to the status and use of America’s gold reserves,” continued Gleason.
Rep. Mooney has emerged as one of the most vocal members of the U.S. House of Representatives on issues such as inflation and the central role of gold in restoring sound money, stable prices, and fiscal discipline.

“The purchasing power of our currency has fallen some 97% since Congress passed the Federal Reserve Act in 1913, with an acceleration in the rate of decline occurring since the early 1970s when the final link to gold was severed,” wrote Mooney.

Congressman Mooney’s July 27 and April 24 letters – as well the responses from the Fed and Treasury to Mooney’s first letter – can be accessed here.

Jp Cortez
Sound Money Defense League
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“Identiv Transponders Are Powering the IoT” Says Dr. Manfred Mueller, Chief Operating Officer, Identiv

Dr. Manfred Mueller, Chief Operating Officer, Identiv

Identiv Connects and Protects: People. Places. Things.

Manfred Mueller Joins Us “In The Boardroom” On To Discuss Growing Traction for Identiv Solutions


We are honored to have Dr. Manfred Mueller, COO, Identiv, join us “In The Boardroom” to talk about the growing traction for Identiv solutions and how Identiv transponders are powering the IoT.”

— Martin Eli, Publisher

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, July 31, 2018 / — In our recent discussion with Steven Humphreys, CEO of Identiv (
we talked about the market drivers for Identiv’s recent success in the physical access, smart card reader, and credential arena, specifically through the company’s strong customer relationships with the U.S. federal government and recently launched video intelligence solutions with the acquisition of 3VR.

Today, we’re delighted to have the opportunity to chat with Dr. Manfred Mueller, COO of Identiv. Thank you for joining us, Manfred. In our recent talk with Steve, we touched the surface of what Identiv’s team of experts is focusing on in the design and manufacture of embedded high-frequency (HF) and ultra high-frequency (UHF) transponders for objects, such as medical devices, books, toys, athletic apparel, and perishable food items and pharmaceuticals. We learned that Identiv’s radio-frequency identification (RFID), near-field communication (NFC), and inlay portfolio of solutions feature various transponder form factors, including dry inlays, wet inlays, labels, tickets, and more. It sounds like like these transponders are uniquely positioned to deliver RFID connectivity to any object in the Internet of Things (IoT) market and that applications range from brand authenticity, consumer engagement, and item level tracking to tamper detection, and embedded sensors. Is that correct?

Dr. Manfred Mueller: Thanks so much for having me. Yes, you’ve definitely done your homework here. That’s an excellent overview of how Identiv is currently positioned in the market. Our transponders are powering the IoT. We’re dominating the NFC and mobility space, access and transport, events and leisure, library applications, gaming and vending, loyalty and payments, strong authentication, and health and pharma. Specializing in custom design, our tag portfolio covers anything and everything our customers can dream up. That includes HF and UHF inlays, standard and Tag on Metal labels, tickets for transportation, ski lifts, events, and more, tokens for transit and asset tracking, and library labels for books, CDs, DVDs, and tablets. We build miniaturized labels for cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, giant NFC transponders, NFC stickers for mobile devices, and our uTrust Sense Temperature Tracker tracks the temperature of practically anything. Can you dive into a bit more detail about the award-winning uTrust Sense Temperature Tracker? We recall it won “Best New Product” in the 11th Annual RFID Journal Awards during RFID Journal LIVE! 2017.

Dr. Manfred Mueller: That’s correct. Frost & Sullivan also awarded it the “New Product Innovation Award” in North America. The uTrust Sense Temperature Tracker is basically a compact datalogging NFC smart sensor that tracks and stores temperature readings in the IoT. It empowers businesses by providing a low-cost, self-adhesive temperature monitoring solution for virtually anything. The data can be read locally by your mobile device or uploaded to the cloud for analytics and remediation. The tracker contains a precise temperature sensor, digital storage, flexible battery, and NFC tech. It communicates with local devices using a mobile device or industrial equipment app. The current temperature status and complete logged history can be reviewed locally or uploaded to the cloud. So, it’s ideal for the supply chain industry?

Dr. Manfred Mueller: That’s where a great deal of interest is coming from, like traceability and cold chain monitoring for perishable foods, flowers, and wine. But it’s also game-changing for healthcare and pharma — from medical equipment to drugs, vaccines, and blood — government applications, and smart packaging. Now that sounds like innovation. What else are you excited to share with our readers?

Dr. Manfred Mueller: We are just about to launch a product aimed at tamper-detection and anti-counterfeiting, and I’m happy to give you all a sneak preview. Identiv’s Tamper-Proof RFID Label integrates a state-of-the-art aluminum-etched antenna and an innovative, tamper-proof release coating. The antenna bridge is guaranteed to destruct after the label is torn from any applied surface, including glass, paper, plastic, and other non-metal environments. The cost-effective design renders it impossible to tear off the complete antenna or label; once torn from an adhered surface, the label is no longer functional and cannot be reassembled.

The International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC) estimates that counterfeit goods equate for nearly 5 – 7% of world trade, approximately $600 billion. In a report released this year, P&S Market Research values the global anti-counterfeit packaging market at $114.4 billion in 2017 and projects $208.4 billion by 2023. Identiv’s new Tamper-Proof RFID Labels address the security needs for anti-counterfeiting and brand-protection in the retail, transportation, and pharmaceutical industry, designed for simple use on wine and spirit bottles, pharmaceuticals, and any item in transport that requires broken-seal detection or tamper prevention. The labels can be personalized with custom artwork, different sizes, or chip combinations, providing different security levels. Additionally, each label can be delivered with variable data, including a barcode, numbering, or an end-user’s name. The destructive label is ideal for uses cases in which the end-user needs to ensure an asset is genuine — once removed, the label cannot be reapplied to a new, non-authentic product. Anti-counterfeiting is huge. We’re looking forward to seeing those labels on the market. You mentioned custom designs earlier. Would you consider Identiv the world leader in tag customization?

Dr. Manfred Mueller: Absolutely. Right now, we’re looking at the projected size of the global market for RFID tags to reach $21.9 billion and the opportunity for IoT applications in retail to reach $35.6 billion by 2020; and we’re leading the charge. Identiv provides custom design and rapid prototyping, setting us apart from competitors with our unique expertise in delivering small batches of prototypes tailored to customer-specific requirements. We offer hundreds of HF and UHF antenna designs available in a virtually any size or shape, a comprehensive, diverse raw material inventory for inlays and/or fully printed labels, and high-quality digital offset printing available with complete electronic personalization. You won’t find this calibre portfolio anywhere else. Can you name a few satisfied customers? Tell us their story.

Dr. Manfred Mueller: That’s the tricky part of this industry and the customers we’re working with – unfortunately, we’re under NDAs for nearly all of the exciting applications we’re supporting. However, what I can say is that we’re working with some of the biggest apparel and footwear companies, major players in the area of home automation, and a huge number of top players in the medical and pharmaceutical arena. We’re also serving a broad range of system integrators for the library market, converters in all major sales territories, and some major distribution companies.

Additionally, our NFC activities include solution providers for luxury goods and top-shelf wine and liqueur. As you can see, the range of customers we’re serving is pretty broad – we’re staying very busy and we’re doing some incredible work. Glad to hear it! Moving forward, what do you see as the top RFID industry drivers?

Dr. Manfred Mueller: For the consumer end-market, manufacturers are driving to make appliances and personal devices smart and secure. In supply chain tracking, the need is for RFID tags to speed-track goods through the manufacturing process. Industrial manufacturers are using RFID to track pallets of upstream and downstream product, while in agriculture, governments have mandated RFID tagging of livestock in Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Over the next couple of years, do you see things staying the same? If not, where is the transponder market headed?

Dr. Manfred Mueller: By 2020, we’ll see continued growth in the retail and consumer market, followed by financial, security, and safety, with land/sea logistics and the postal service rounding out the portfolio. Both enhanced consumer experience as well as anti-counterfeit solutions are the major drivers for the growth in our industry. We will also see continued innovation on the product side, increasing value-add and convenience. For consumer goods, this might look like combined UHF and NFC technology in one inlay, serving for production tracking in the supply chain and consumer engagement after-sale. Other than what we’ve discussed so far, what else makes Identiv the trusted name in transponders?

Dr. Manfred Mueller: Identiv has over 15 years of experience in the RFID space and our technology and performance are unrivaled. With our expert engineers, global presence, flexibility, quality management, and ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified production facility, we’re positioned to consistently adapt to the needs of the market in an industry that is innovating on a minute-by-minute basis. Beyond ongoing innovation and customization, we offer the fastest delivery from design to production, and that includes the design and tuning of HF and UHF antennas required to operate with exposure to a variety of elements including metal, wood, plastic, water, humidity, heat, pressure, you name it. Plus, we offer a low minimum order quantity – 20,000 units for standard HF/UHF inlays and labels or 2,000 for more advanced RFID inlays with sensors. You won’t find that anywhere else. Manfred, it’s a been a pleasure learning more about Identiv’s role in RFID, NFC, and inlay technology innovation. We hope to have you back in the near future to share the next big thing; we have a feeling the connected world of the IoT – and Identiv – isn’t about to slow down anytime soon.

Dr. Manfred Mueller: Between research, design, and manufacturing, our transponder portfolio will continue to adapt to bring the most innovative smart identities and security to the IoT. Glad to share where we’re at today and definitely interested in coming back to this conversation soon.

For the complete interview with Manfred Mueller, Chief Operating Officer, Identiv

About Identiv
Identiv, Inc. is a global provider of physical security and secure identification. Identiv’s products, software, systems, and services address the markets for physical and logical access control, video analytics and a wide range of RFID-enabled applications. Customers in the government, enterprise, consumer, education, healthcare, banking, retail, and transportation sectors rely on Identiv’s access and identification solutions. Identiv’s mission is to secure the connected physical world: from perimeter to desktop access, and from the world of physical things to the Internet of Everything. Identiv is a publicly traded company and its common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market in the U.S. under the symbol “INVE.” For more information, visit


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Wamill announces Blockchain Tycoon Early Access launch on August 9.

Blockchain Tycoon will be released in Steam Early Access on August 9.

LONDON, UK, July 31, 2018 / — Wamill announces Blockchain Tycoon Early Access launch on August 9.

Game studio Wamill would like to announce the Early Access launch of the game Blockchain Tycoon.

Blockchain Tycoon is the cryptocurrency simulation/tycoon game where you build your own crypto mining warehouses around the world. Start small, grow your business, HODL, and sell high.

What is unique about it?
It is designed to be as realistic as possible. Meaning, players earn the same amount of coins as in real life, consume the same amount of electricity and compete with miners in the simulated world. It gets harder to mine coins if there are more miners in the world. 

Blockchain Tycoon will be released in Steam Early Access on August 9.

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SCH Advisors Announces New Media and Client Research Program

SCH Advisors – New Media & Research Program

Starting in August, SCH Advisors will be releasing several media and product research papers to the public each month.

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, July 31, 2018 / — SCH Advisors is a leading independent stock advisory firm that works with a variety of clients from institutional and corporate to retail and private investors. Our objective is to offer uncompromised advice, enabling our clients to make pertinent investment decisions. Specializing in sectors known for exceptional growth, SCH Advisors is here to guide, advise and execute your wealth management strategy.

SCH Advisors today announces it new Media and Client Research program.

Starting in August, SCH Advisors will be releasing several media and product research papers to the public each month.

Previously SCH Advisors had kept its research profiles and company recommendations close to its chest, now they look to share their knowledge and expertise as they expand their client base over the course of the remainder of 2018 and into 2019.

New Client Manager at SCH Advisors, Jim Humphries said, “This will be an exceptional way to bring new clients onboard by highlighting the timing and accuracy of our information.”

SCH Advisors intends to bring the latest market news along with special monthly reports on subjects like disruptive technologies, IPO’s and economic reports.

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Our relationship with leading investment houses and financial institutions allows us to access investments that are often out of reach to private investors. SCH Advisors enables its investors to access sophisticated investments providing the products have been assessed as suitable or appropriate in terms of a client’s knowledge, experience, objectives and attitude to risk. SCH’s aim is to provide guidance and transparency to all investors so that they have a clear understanding of the product or service and the associated risks before they make an investment decision. SCH place customer service and delivery at the forefront of what we do.

SCH Advisors has access to the largest exchanges in the US, Europe and Asia.

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