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    Experienced industry executive expands leadership role to include Digital Gateway

    Fort Worth, TX (MMD Newswire) January 30, 2013 -- ECi Software Solutions (, a leader in industry-specific information technology solutions, today announced that Laryssa Alexander has been appointed President of its Office Equipment Division. Alexander is currently the President of OMD Corporation and La Crosse Management Systems, Inc. and now expands her responsibilities as she takes over as President of Digital Gateway, Inc., replacing Jim Phillips, who departed earlier this month. Alexander will be responsible for overseeing development of the division's software and services for the office equipment, point of sale, banking and related industries. ECi's office equipment division markets the e-automate™, OMD® and La Crosse™ software solutions to these industries through its various operating subsidiaries.

    "Laryssa is an industry veteran with a deep knowledge of the office equipment marketplace and the expertise to help enhance our products and services for our customers," said Trevor Gruenewald, Chief Operating Officer of ECi. "Our portfolio of industry-specific software and services combined with Laryssa's experience and expertise will help us in our goal to provide our office equipment dealers with the technology to keep them competitive and growing. We are really excited to have Laryssa assume leadership of the Office Equipment Division."

    "I am excited for the opportunity to leverage the resources, skills and vast experience our broader team brings to the division," said Alexander. "I will be focused on driving efficiencies in all aspects of our business while ensuring we provide growth opportunities for our customers in this rapidly changing industry."

    Alexander brings more than 16 years of experience in office equipment software and has an impressive background leveraging industry relationships to develop solutions for the equipment industry. Prior to ECi's acquisition of OMD Corporation, she held various leadership roles within OMD that provided her with valuable insight to the entire software process including sales, implementation, training and customer relations. She became President of OMD in January 2008 and assumed a similar role at La Crosse in November 2008.

    To learn more about ECi and their solutions for the equipment industry, please visit

    About ECi

    The ECi Software Solutions family of companies provides business and e-commerce solutions, offering on-premise and cloud-based technologies. For 30+ years, ECi's companies have served the manufacturing, office equipment, office supplies, contract office furniture, lumber and building materials, hardware and jan/san sectors. Privately held, ECi is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, USA, with offices and companies throughout the U.S., Australia, England and the Netherlands. For information, email, visit, or call (800) 959-3367.

    About ECi's Office Equipment Division

    ECI's Office Equipment Division consists of Digital Gateway, Inc., OMD Corporation and La Crosse Management Systems, Inc. This group of companies is the leading provider of dealer management software solutions for the office equipment industry and leverage the strengths and talents of three elite companies to provide +1,700 dealers with unmatched technology to compete in today's marketplace.

    CONTACT: Traci Johnson, SVP Global Corporate Marketing

    800-959-3367 x23276

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    January 30, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- Solar Systems USA, America's online solar store is now stocking a range of ReneSola's range of solar panels on their online solar store. Currently Solar Systems USA is stocking ReneSola's polycrystalline solar panels in 250, 255, 295, 300 and 305 watt specifications. The online store is also stocking ReneSola's Micro Replus® series of microinverters.

    As usual, Solar Systems USA is taking advantage of this direct manufacturer relationship to bring these ReneSola solar panels at very low prices. Depending on the quantity ordered, a customer can buy the solar panels at prices as low as 80 cents a watt.

    Nathan Thompson, Solar Systems USA's Chief Executive Officer, said: "in entering this partnership with ReneSola we have brought a level of choice to our customer that is unmatched in terms of variety and affordability. With a wholly vertically integrated production model, these solar panels have been manufactured to comply with the strictest photovoltaic standards."

    About ReneSola

    Founded in 2005, ReneSola (NYSE:SOL) is a leading global manufacturer of high-efficiency solar PV modules and wafers. Leveraging its proprietary technologies, economies of scale and technical expertise, ReneSola uses in-house virgin polysilicon and a vertically integrated business model to provide customers with high-quality, cost-competitive products. ReneSola solar modules have scored top PVUSA Test Conditions (PTC) ratings with high annual kilowatt-hour output, according to the California Energy Commission (CEC).

    ReneSola solar PV modules can be found in projects ranging in size from a few kilowatts to multi-megawatts in markets around the world, including the United States, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Greece, Spain, China and Australia. For more information, please visit

    About Solar Systems USA

    Solar Systems USA .Net is America's Online Solar Store. Driven by a team of professional solar experts, no other online solar store has a better selection of well priced solar panels and custom designed solar energy systems. Solar Systems USA is currently offering free solar panel kit designs for solar energy systems of all sizes.

    The online solar store's diversity of products mean that irrespective of whether a customer is looking for a couple of solar panels, solar panels in pallet or container quantities, a string inverter, a charge controller or an axis ground mounted sun tracker with a battery back-up system; Solar Systems USA can provide all these and many more at wholesale prices or even lower. For more information visit

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    Conshohocken, PA - Lees Summit, MO (MMD Newswire) January 30, 2013 -- Satori Group, Inc. announces the opening of a new office in the metropolitan area of Kansas City, MO. This new office will improve client service, offer more opportunity for growth and allow Satori's Business Intelligence and Corporate Performance Management solutions to reach a larger market.

    "We had been working towards a mid-west office opening since early last year. The new office provides us with more opportunity to work with our customers face to face. The geographical location in the Midwest continues to expand our presence nationally and promote the mission of our company as a service-first organization" said John Florio, President & Chief Operating Officer.

    The Midwest office is located in Lees Summit, MO, a suburb of Kansas City and has been in operation since January 1st of this year. In addition to providing customer service to our already existing Midwest clients, we will have the opportunity to begin new partnerships with those we were unable to reach from the east coast and provide direct sales.

    For additional information contact Eric Ulkloss or visit

    About Satori Group, Inc

    Satori Group, Inc. is a provider of Business Intelligence and Corporate Performance Management solutions. Powered by proCube, a high performance, in-memory Business Intelligence platform, proView, an intuitive reporting portal, and oneGlance, a data visualization platform, Satori's solutions scale to fit any budget and deploy on-premise or in the cloud. Solutions for budgeting & forecasting, reporting, and analytics allow your organization to work collaboratively in real time across the enterprise to gain actionable information that drives your business forward. With domain expertise and best practice experience across industries, Satori provides strategic planning, implementation, project management, and on-going support for your business.


    Eric Ulkloss, Marketing, Satori Group, Inc.

    Phone: 610.862.6328

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    Miami, FL (MMD Newswire) January 31, 2013 -- Juan Lopez, Vice President and General Manager of Saks Fifth Avenue Dadeland has announced that Romina Nabhen will be the new Fashion & Fifth Avenue Club Director. The Fifth Avenue Club experience focuses on elevating the art of personal shopping. A jewel at the heart of Saks Fifth Avenue, the Fifth Avenue Club offers an incomparable and unmatched level of personalized attention. Upon arrival to the club, clients will enjoy the undivided and uninterrupted attention of an expert Fifth Avenue Club personal shopper in a suite. Based on individual needs, the client will be able to make selections in private and at their own leisure.

    Juan states, "Saks Fifth Avenue Dadeland is very fortunate to pilot a new Fifth Avenue Club experience and have Romina rejoin the company. Miami is a very important market for Saks Fifth Avenue and we in Dadeland look forward to Romina's contribution in supporting our goals."

    Ms. Nabhen will act as a mentor to our already highly skilled personal shoppers to elevate the level of service and fashion expertise. Our personal shoppers will facilitate the shopping experience so our clients are able to focus on the important things in life: family, career, social obligations and of course, leisure time.

    "Romina deeply understands fashion styling and relationships within the fashion community, which make her an excellent choice for this key company initiative," states Mr. Lopez. Her high energy and commitment to building relationships are all inspiring."

    Ms. Nabhen has held positions with luxury leaders where she directed numerous large-scale events. She is recognized by international media as a Fashion Expert in outlets such as CNN Espanol, the Style Network, BRAVO, CBS, ABC, Telemundo, Univision and MegaTV among others. Romina's multicultural background allows her the ability to cross over between English & Spanish language on-air & print media vehicles. In addition, her fashion and beauty insights have been featured in publications such as VOGUE Latin America/Mexico, Ocean Drive Magazine, Selecta, VENUE, Coral Living, Miami New Times, Key Biscayne Magazine, El Nuevo Herald, VIP Latino, Hola Ciudad, New You & Strategy Magazine and fashion blogs such as La Nueva Voz Latina, Accidental Sexiness, The Wordy Girl and Mujer Activa.

    To schedule a fashion consultation with Ms. Nabhen, please contact the Fifth Avenue Club at 305.662.8655, ext. 325.

    About Saks Fifth Avenue

    Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the world's preeminent specialty retailers, is renowned for its superlative American and international designer collections, its expertly edited assortment of handbags, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics and gifts, and the first-rate fashion expertise and exemplary client service of its Associates. Today, Saks operates 43 full-line stores in 20 states, 5 international licensed stores, 65 Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH stores and, the company's online store.

    Saks Fifth Avenue is proud to be named a J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Customer Service Champion and is only one of 50 U.S. companies so named.


    Samanta Ferrini

    Marketing Manager,

    Saks Fifth Avenue

    305.662.8655 X 374

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    Kansas City, MO (MMD Newswire) February 1, 2013 -- Chit Chat Mobile and Computer Warranty Services, today announced the formation of a business relationship that will create a new choice for quality- and value-conscious consumers seeking a simple and affordable way to protect their data, music, videos and photos from ever being lost, and to always have them available to access directly from their smartphone or tablets anywhere their mobile life may take them. The venture's services will offer all of the convenience, simplicity and value of CWSSecureDrive's® unlimited cloud backup & storage functionality with a new content-rich application for on-demand uploading and downloading service you're your CWSSecureDrive® Personal Portal.

    This business relationship introduces the first phase of a total data protection product portfolio which includes unrestricted uploads and downloads of unlimited data from desktop and laptop computers and with provision for backing up smartphones and tablets. Chit Chat Mobile continue its mission of being a value priced provider by offering significantly discounted subscription services, with two payment options: 12, 24 and 36 monthly payment plans starting at $3.95 per month or the best priced 1, 2 and 3 year single payment starting at $39.95 per year.

    This service that will allow all Chit Chat Mobile consumers across the U.S. to have the peace of mind that they will never lose that special photo, or spontaneous video clip that could never be replaced; and to enjoy the freedom of a mobile life where all their data, music, photos, or videos they want to share or enjoy are available, whenever and wherever they choose, using the browser connected device they prefer. Additional products and functionality information from CWSSecureDrive® will be released by the companies in the coming months.

    "When you consider the core elements the parties bring to the mobility market - our powerful brands; our national footprints; our anytime, anywhere network presence; and our mutual commitment to customer-focused innovation - it's clear that Chit Chat Mobile and CWSSecureDrive® are a new emerging powerful team in this market," said James Gentry, Director of Operations of Chit Chat Holdings, USA.

    Consumers rely on Chit Chat Mobile for high quality flexible voice and data mobile services, and either new or reconditioned mobile phones, at great value prices. Chit Chat Mobile has positioned itself to be a market leader at both, and is expanding that value proposition to include other innovative products and services to be a single source mobile service value based provider.

    "CWSSecureDrive® is an important addition to the portfolio of services that will enable CWS to provide a Total Digital Life Protection Plan to mobile customers, and this joint offering with Chit Chat Mobile affords the opportunity to provide this protection at a even greater value to their mobile customers, This alliance is the result of a strategically deliberate process to identify a partner who shares our commitment of delivering innovative solutions to consumers. We look forward to rolling out the shared benefits this venture will bring to consumers, retailers, and our respective shareholders, said Paul Rosenthal, VP of Marketing for Computer Warranty Services."

    This venture between Chit Chat Mobile and CWSSecureDrive® will create the kind of national multi-services offering that customers require and expect from their mobile phone service providers, for companies that still understand economic value and outstanding customer service are what their customers deserve. It will leverage Chit Chat Mobile's industry-wide relationships, equipment supplies, and international network providers, along with CWSSecureDrive's® advanced cloud computing technologies and state-of-the-art IP network infrastructure to provide fast, safe, and secure uploading of files to be backed up and downloading of data, music, and video on-demand to its customers.

    "The business venture will combine the accessibility and value of Chit Chat Mobile with CWSSecureDrive's® vision for a borderless mobile lifestyle - where consumers can quickly, easily, and securely protect or access all of their data content, through the power of cloud computing," "Together with Chit Chat Mobile, we are removing the limitations of being tethered to a stationary computer, freeing people to spontaneously enjoy the full communication and entertainment of all the content they have accumulated in their digital life, whenever and wherever they choose, using whatever device they prefer," said Paul Rosenthal.

    This is taking full advantage of mobility by offering instant availability to new fresh new content online, through the Chit Chat Mobile data plans, or immediate access to the customers full library of content in the CWSSecureDrive® cloud, everything is available now! This is combined with the access to physical support and repairs through Computer Warranty Services, Chit Chat Mobile, and CWSSecureDrive uniquely positions Chit Chat Mobile to deliver the best of both worlds - digital and physical - to consumers across the country.

    About Chit Chat Mobile

    Chit Chat Holdings, LLC. and its principal owner have been in the wireless cell phone business for over 15 years. During the month of September, 2012 Chit Chat Holdings, LLC. became an Mobile Virtual Network Operator to provide messaging, voice, data products and services to above 250 million individuals in the United States. With plans beginning at 9.99/month for limited talk and text and $19.99 for unlimited talk and text, while adding data and other features as add-ons. Chit Chat Mobile has presented a new notion to prepaid wireless, to construct your plan to compliment your way of life.

    Chit Chat Mobile network services are provided on the Nationwide Sprint® Network. Although Sprint provides Chit Chat Mobile subscribers access to its wireless network and to its wireless services, Chit Chat Mobile is responsible to the Chit Chat Mobile subscribers for the service. Their website is:

    * Sprint is a trademark of Sprint.

    About CWSSecureDrive

    CWSSecureDrive is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Computer Warranty Services, LLC which offer service plans of all digital equipment with same day and next day on site repair services covering all costs for parts, labor and incidentals throughout North America and several foreign countries. For more information, visit

    SOURCE ChitchatMobileUSA

    Larry Jacobs

    2508 W. Grayrock St, Springfield, MO 65810


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    North Reading, MA (MMD Newswire) February 1, 2013 -- ZS Genetics is pleased to announce that Bill Ward has joined the Company's management team as President and Chief Operating Officer. In this role Bill has assumed responsibility for strategic business planning and day-to-day operations of ZSG.

    "Bill's track record of success and expert knowledge in electron microscopy is an important addition to the team, as we make ready to bring our technology to market", said William R. Glover, III, CEO and Vice President of Research & Development. "With the strategic addition of Bill, I look forward to focusing on these final developmental stages of the Technology Roadmap", said Glover.

    "We are very pleased to have Bill joining the team, he has been a long-time advisor providing valued guidance and initiative", said Thomas D. Abert, CFO and Vice President of Finance & Administration. "Bill brings a wealth of expertise and experience both in advanced technology and in the successful development of early stage companies", said Abert.

    Bill Ward was the founder, president, and chief executive officer of ALIS Corporation, a premier developer and supplier of a new generation of focused-ion-beam (FIB) microscopes for the semiconductor, materials science and life sciences industries until the acquisition of ALIS by Carl Zeiss Corporation in 2006. Formerly, Bill was a founder of Micrion Corporation (NASDAQ: MICN), a global leader in FIB systems, where he served as senior vice president and chief technical officer for eighteen years. Prior to his experience at Micrion, he founded Ion Beam Technologies, the first ion microscope company in the U.S. Earlier, Bill was on the founding team and R&D manager at Varian's E-beam Lithography division. Earlier contributions in his field also include the automation design efforts of the early Ion Implanters.

    A serial entrepreneur with many successes to his credit, Bill is considered one of the premier scientists and business leaders in the charged particle microscopy community. He has authored numerous scientific articles for a number of professional journals and has lectured throughout the world. Numerous patents have been granted to Bill for his breakthroughs in microscopy and semiconductor-related technology--still considered some of the most important innovations in his field. Recently, his inventive skills and patents were focused on the stabilization of the Gas Field Ion Source making possible a new generation of scanning charged particle microscopes, the Helium Ion Microscope.

    About ZS Genetics

    ZS Genetics is a privately held Massachusetts start-up that has developed the components and Intellectual Property for the next generation of DNA sequencing. This patented approach combines the power of electron beam microscopy with a proprietary nucleic acid labeling processes to read DNA sequences directly from digital images. ZS Genetics' long-read, single-molecule technology offers the prospect of significant advancements in genetic analysis, with applications in the DNA sequencing and diagnostics markets.

    ZS Genetics, Inc.

    Thomas D. Abert


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    New platform enables quick and seamless data transfer from Tenrox's cloud PSA solution to third party ERP, CRM, and financial applications

    Cambridge, MA (MMD Newswire) February 1, 2013 -- Tenrox, the leading cloud-based solution for professional services automation and project workforce management, today announced the availability of its new Quick Connect integration platform. Quick Connect will enable seamless and easy-to-configure integrations between Tenrox and any leading third party accounting, ERP, payroll, project planning, and CRM software package.

    Tenrox helps professional services organizations and dispersed project workforces manage billable projects from opportunity, to execution, to billing, to close. In such environments, projects often have a direct impact on top-line revenue, so the ability to share information with other systems is critical to the enterprise. The Quick Connect integration platform will allow clients to help easily generate bi-directional connectors that will simplify and improve the data exchange between Tenrox and any 3rd party system.

    "This platform greatly enhances our ability to meet client integration requirements" explained Kevin Sequeira, Director of Product Management for Tenrox. "With Quick Connect, we can offer a broader range of interfaces that are more reliable and easy to maintain, while at the same time providing them to customers more quickly and inexpensively than before."

    Quick Connect is part of Tenrox's long term integration strategy to enable pre-configured integrations at the click of a button, but with the flexibility to meet each client's specific needs. Early results from the field confirm the powerful benefit Quick Connect delivers. "Enterprise customers with whom we have piloted Quick Connect have realized more than a 30% reduction in average implementation time," observed Doug Riseberg, Vice President of Professional Services.

    About Tenrox

    Tenrox is the leading cloud-based Professional Services Automation (PSA) solution for managing billable projects from pipeline management, to execution, to billing, to close. Tenrox is the only workflow-driven project management solution that automates project requests and approvals, resource scheduling and management, time and expense tracking, and project billing and invoicing. Tenrox also includes configurable cost and billing rules with full support for your time and material, fixed bid, recurring, and milestone-based projects. For more information, visit

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    For additional information:

    Matthew Barnett


    Product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

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    - Caracas tiene los precios de alquiler más altos para departamentos de tres dormitorios en América

    - Hong Kong sigue siendo la ubicación más costosa para alojarse a pesar de la caída en alquileres

    February 5, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- La capital venezolana, Caracas, ha destronado a New York al convertirse en el sitio más costoso para un alojamiento de alquiler de tres dormitorios en las Américas de acuerdo con la última información de alojamiento de ECA International, el proveedor de conocimiento y soluciones líder a nivel mundial en profesionales de Recursos Humanos. Los alquileres se incrementaron en este lugar en más del 30% en el 2012. A nivel mundial, Caracas está en el puesto 2do después de Hong Kong.

    "Una persistente falta de propiedades adecuadas, a pesar de la alta demanda impulsada por el crecimiento de la industria del petróleo y una posterior inversión extranjera, ha hecho que los alquileres continúen incrementándose dramáticamente en la capital venezolana," explicó Lauren Smith, Gerente General, ECA International.

    Un departamento de tres dormitorios en Santiago cuesta aproximadamente USD$ 3.740 en arrendarse. Esto es un 16% más alto que el año pasado. Dentro de las Américas, Santiago tiene el 8avo puesto en alquileres más altos. A nivel mundial está en el puesto 27.

    "La economía chilena cada vez más fuerte implica que continúa en Santiago la demanda de propiedades de lujo por parte de expatriados," continúa Smith. "Sin embargo, la oferta no abastece la demanda, habiendo una carencia de trabajadores de construcción calificados lo que significa que los inventarios han permanecido agotados dos años después del terremoto."

    Los precios de alquiler en Río de Janeiro también tuvieron un agudo crecimiento con alquileres de departamentos de tres dormitorios de aproximadamente USD$ 5.070 por mes, un 22% de incremento en relación a la cifra del año anterior.

    A pesar de que New York está detrás de Caracas en el ranking de alquileres en los EEUU la ciudad (Catalogada como 3era a nivel mundial) incrementó sus alquileres aproximadamente en un 9% de acuerdo a encuestas.

    El costo promedio en las Américas para un alojamiento de alquiler de tres dormitorios es de USD$ 3.240 por mes -un 7% más alto que el promedio mundial de USD$ 3.030 por mes.

    Para ayudar a las compañías a escoger cuál política de alojamiento adoptar y qué nivel de concesión de vivienda proporcionar a los empleados internacionales, ECA International produce Informes de Alojamiento para más de 130 localidades. Publicados de manera anual, estos informes proporcionan información sobre los tipos de alojamiento y áreas geográficas favorecidas por lo general por representantes internacionales. A menudo los expatriados gravitan hacia áreas particulares de las ciudades debido a la ubicación de escuelas internacionales, embajadas o puntos de reunión social. Estas tienden a ser áreas más costosas y prestigiosas en una ciudad.

    Impacto de los tipos de cambio

    Las fluctuaciones de la moneda también pueden tener un impacto en el costo al proveer una concesión de alojamiento a un representante internacional y las compañías necesitan calcular esto al diseñar su paquete de alojamiento.

    "Cuando convertimos el costo alquilar un departamento en Río a dólares americanos para hacer una comparación en realidad observamos una pequeña disminución del 3% en el precio de alquiler," continuaba Smith. "Esto contrasta completamente con el año pasado cuando el Real era mucho más fuerte contra el Dólar americano de lo que es hoy en día: entre el 2010 y el 2011 fuimos testigos de incrementos de más del 29% en alquileres una vez que se convertía en billete de banco. Claramente, estas fluctuaciones tienen un impacto significativo en el costo de proveer una concesión de alojamiento a un representante internacional y las compañías necesitan calcular esto al diseñar su método de beneficios de vivienda que proporcionan."

    Aunque el Peso se ha debilitado contra el Dólar americano, no lo ha hecho en la misma medida que se ha observado con los alquileres en Santiago, los cuales se convierten en dólares: los precios de alquileres en dólares son un 12% más altos en el 2012 en relación al 2011.

    El resto del mundo

    A nivel mundial, los precios de alquileres para un departamento de tres dormitorios han caído ligeramente desde el año pasado de un promedio de USD$ 3.080 por mes a USD$ 3.030 por mes. Siendo precarios muchos de los importantes mercados financieros del mundo, refiriéndonos en particular a la Eurozona, de alguna manera se han estancado muchos mercados de alquileres.

    Asia - Hong Kong la localidad para alquiler de propiedades más costosa del mundo

    Hong Kong sigue siendo el hogar de los alquileres más caros del mundo: los alquileres para un departamento de tres dormitorios sin amoblar en un área demandada de Hong Kong promedian USD$ 11.550 por mes. Sin embargo, aunque esta cifra es la más alta del mundo, los alquileres han bajado aproximadamente en un 2-3%.

    Dentro de Asia, las propiedades de lujo más costosas después de Hong Kong se encuentran en Tokio (5tas a nivel mundial) seguidas por Singapur (8avas), Shanghái (11avas) y Seúl (14th). Karachi, Pakistán tiene los alquileres más bajos del continente en este segmento.

    El costo promedio de un alojamiento de alquiler de tres dormitorios en Asia es de USD$ 3.640 por mes -un 20% más alto que el promedio mundial de USD$ 3.030 por mes.

    "Las localidades asiáticas encabezan la lista de las 20 localidades más costosas en alquiler de propiedades," dice Smith. "Al aumentar el número de compañías que establecen operaciones en la región se ha incrementado también la necesidad de proporcionar el tipo de vivienda apropiada para representantes internacionales. Sin embargo, con una oferta a menudo limitada de dichas propiedades en muchos países aquí, la demanda sobrepasa de manera significativa la oferta, haciendo subir los alquileres."

    En China y la India se han observado algunos de los más altos incrementos de precios en alquileres debido a la expansión de operaciones de las compañías en estos países. Tanto en Beijing como en Bangalore, los alquileres subieron más del 12% entre el 2011 y el 2012.

    Por otro lado, a pesar de que Tokio tiene los segundos alquileres más altos en Asia, los alquileres en este sitio están un 5% más bajos en relación al año pasado. La demanda cayente debido a que muchas compañías internacionales reducen sus operaciones en Japón para bajar costos ha hecho que disminuya la presión en la disponibilidad y por consiguiente en los precios de alquiler.


    Alquilar un departamento de tres dormitorios en Australia cuesta en promedio USD$ 3.530 por mes. Aunque esto es ligeramente mayor a la cifra del año pasado, la tasa de incremento ha bajado.

    Sídney, la localidad australiana más costosa para alquiler de propiedad, está en 12avo lugar a nivel mundial, seguido de Perth (25ava) y Melbourne (33ava). Los incrementos más grandes observados en Australia según encuestas se registraron en Perth en donde la demanda de alquiler de propiedades se mantiene particularmente fuerte al continuar la fiebre de la minería. Los alquileres aquí se han incrementado en casi un 9% en la moneda local y en más del 7% en Dólares americanos. Los alquileres han caído tanto en Melbourne como en Adelaide.


    Nuevamente Moscú es la localidad más costosa de Europa para alquiler de propiedades de lujo, la cual está en cuarto lugar. Una población creciente de expatriados en conjunto con una continua oferta ajustada han llevado al incremento de precios en la ciudad en los últimos tres años. La capital rusa es seguida de Londres (6ta a nivel mundial) y Ginebra (13ava).

    Los incrementos más grandes en los precios de alquiler en Europa se observaron en Vilnius, Ljubljana y Oslo. Los alquileres cayeron más en Atenas.

    Dentro de la región, los precios de alquileres para departamentos de tres dormitorios promediaron los USD$ 2.660. Esta cifra ha bajado en relación al promedio del año anterior de USD$ 2.860.

    Medio Oriente y Asia

    Aunque los alquileres continúan bajando en Abu Dabi, sobrepasando significativamente la oferta a la demanda, la ciudad sigue siendo la más costosa en el Medio Oriente para alquiler de propiedades con tres dormitorios. Está en el puesto 23, seguida de Dubái (35ava a nivel mundial). A diferencia de Abu Dabi, los alquileres en Dubái se han incrementado este año a medida que el mercado muestra signos de recuperación en este sitio luego de una caída en los tres años anteriores. En África, los alquileres en Nairobi han continuado incrementándose de manera aguda debido a que la entrada de compañías extranjeras y expatriados han desencadenado incrementos excepcionales en los precios.

    Las localidades más costosas para alquiler de departamentos lujosos de tres dormitorios en las Américas

    Las 20 localidades más costosas a nivel mundial para alquiler de departamentos lujosos de tres dormitorios

    Notas a los editores

    Informes de Alojamiento de la ECA

    Este ranking está basado en datos de los informes de Alojamiento de la ECA. Estas son guías completas de los costos e intrincaciones de alojamiento de alquiler para expatriados, y están disponibles para más de 130 localidades alrededor del mundo. La ECA ha estado produciendo informes de Alojamiento desde 1996.

    Para asegurar una imparcialidad y para mantener la exactitud de la información, se utiliza información de un número de fuentes para compilar cada informe de Alojamiento. Las principales fuentes son datos de fuentes de la ECA, encuestas especialmente recolectadas e información de representantes de arrendamiento de y reubicación.

    Los precios de arrendamiento se obtuvieron de septiembre del 2012 y se han convertido a dólares americanos para facilidad de comparación utilizando el tipo de cambio de septiembre del 2012.

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    Sobre ECA International

    ECA es un líder mundial en desarrollo y abastecimiento de soluciones para la gestión y transferencia de profesionales en todo el mundo. Al proporcionar datos, conocimientos, sistemas y soporte en formatos que asisten a sus clientes, la oferta de ECA incluye un paquete externo integral de cálculos, asesoría y servicios para empresas con poca experiencia o recursos para la gestión de transferencia internacional; suscripciones para información exhaustiva en línea y sistemas de software para empresas con mayores exigencias; y una política y proyectos de desarrollo de sistemas personalizados para empresas que manejan a miles de representantes internacionales en todo el mundo.

    Para mayor información o para una entrevista con un vocero de ECA International sobre esta información, contactar a:

    Síganos en Twitter: @ECAintl

    Para mayor información contactar a:

    Lauren Smith
    Gerente General
    ECA International LLC
    Rockefeller Center
    1230 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 730
    New York, NY 10020
    Tel.: +1 212 582 2333

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    • Caracas tem os preços de aluguel mais altos para apartamentos no continente americano.

    • Hong Kong continua a região mais cara do mundo para moradia apesar da queda nos aluguéis

    February 5, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- A capital venezuelana, Caracas, ultrapassou Nova Iorque tornando-se o lugar mais caro para aluguel de imóveis de três dormitórios no continente americano de acordo com os últimos dados de alojamento da ECA International, líder no fornecimento de conhecimento e soluções para profissionais internacionais de RH. Aluguéis nesta região aumentaram acima de 30% em 2012. Globalmente, Caracas posiciona-se me 2º. lugar, após Hong Kong.

    "Uma deficiência persistente de imóveis apropriados, a despeito da grande demanda ocasionada pelo crescimento da indústria petrolífera e subsequente investimento estrangeiro, levou os aluguéis na capital da Venezuela a uma elevação drástica e contínua", explicou Lauren Smith, gerente geral da ECA International.

    Os preços de aluguéis também se elevaram bruscamente no Rio de Janeiro nos apartamentos de três dormitórios para aproximadamente US$5.070/mês, um aumento de 22% nos valores do ano anterior. No continente americano, o Rio de Janeiro tem o 4º. aluguel mais caro. Mundialmente está em 10ª. posição.

    "A demanda para propriedades de alto padrão prossegue à medida que as empresas vêm para o Brasil", continua Smith "Isto, juntamente com o interesse no Rio gerado pela concessão à cidade de sediar a Copa do Mundo e os Jogos Olímpicos, teve um efeito de elevação nos preços dos aluguéis".

    São Paulo está em 7ª. na região e 22ª., mundialmente. Os aluguéis médios de apartamentos de três dormitórios na região são US$3.950.

    Apesar da queda de Nova Iorque posicionando-se abaixo de Caracas no ranking, os aluguéis na cidade dos EUA (situada em 3º. lugar globalmente) ainda aumentou aproximadamente 9% nas pesquisas.

    O custo médio no continente americano para aluguéis de imóveis de três dormitórios é US$3.240 por mês - 7% mais alto que a média global de US$3.030 por mês.

    Para assessorar as empresas na decisão da política de alojamento a ser adotada e no nível de moradia para fornecer aos funcionários internacionais, a ECA International produz Relatórios de Alojamento para mais de 130 localidades. Publicados anualmente, estes relatórios disponibilizam informações sobre os tipos de imóveis e áreas geográficas geralmente procuradas pelos funcionários internacionais. Expatriados normalmente gravitam em torno de áreas específicas das cidades devido à localização de escolas internacionais, embaixadas e pontos sociais importantes. Estas tendem a ser áreas mais caras e de maior prestígio na cidade.

    Impacto da taxas de câmbio

    As flutuações da moeda podem também ter um impacto no custo do fornecimento de provisão de alojamento para um executivo internacional e as empresas precisam determinar estes fatores quando projetam seus pacotes de acomodação.

    "Quando convertemos o custo do aluguel de um apartamento no Rio em US (dólar americano) para comparação, de fato observamos uma pequena queda de 3% no preço do aluguel", continuou Smith. "Isto contrasta enormemente com há um ano atrás quando o real estava muito mais forte que o dólar americano do que é hoje: entre 2010 e 2011 testemunhamos aumentos de mais de 29% nos aluguéis convertidos para o dinheiro americano. Claramente, tais flutuações podem ter um impacto significativo no custo do fornecimento de acomodação para um funcionário internacional e as empresas precisam determinar estes fatores quando projetam seus pacotes de alojamento".

    No resto do mundo

    No mundo todo, os preços de aluguéis de apartamentos de três quartos caíram ligeiramente da média no ano passado de US$3.080/mês para US$3.030. Com muitos dos principais mercados financeiros internacionais apreensivos, particularmente na zona do euro, muitos mercados de aluguéis de alguma forma estagnaram.

    Ásia - Hong Kong é a região mais cara para aluguel de imóveis no mundo.

    Hong Kong continua a região com os mais caros aluguéis no mundo: aluguéis para um apartamento de três dormitórios não mobiliado em uma das áreas mais procuradas de Hong Kong custam uma média de US$11.550 por mês. Entretanto, enquanto estes números ainda são os mais altos do mundo, os aluguéis estão aproximadamente 2-3% mais baixos do que há um ano atrás.

    Na Ásia, imóveis de alto padrão mais caros para alugar após Hong Kong são encontrados em Tóquio (5o. mundialmente) seguido de Cingapura (8º.), Xangai (11º.) e Seul (14º.). Karachi, no Paquistão, tem os aluguéis mais baixos do continente neste seguimento.

    O custo médio para a Ásia para aluguéis de imóveis de três dormitórios é US$3.640 por mês - 20% mais alto que a média mundial de US$3.030 por mês.

    "As localidades na Ásia dominam a lista das 20 regiões mais caras para aluguel de imóveis", afirmou Smith. "Com mais e mais empresas implantando operações na região, a necessidade para o tipo de moradia apropriado para um executivo internacional aumentou. Além disso, com uma oferta frequentemente já limitada de tais imóveis em muitos países aqui, a demanda ultrapassa significativamente a disponibilidade dos aluguéis."

    Alguns dos maiores aumentos nos preços dos aluguéis na região foram observados na China e Índia à medida que as empresas expandem suas operações nestes países. Em Pequim e Bangalore, os aluguéis subiram mais que 12% entre 2011 e 2012.

    Por outro lado, apesar de Tóquio ter o segundo aluguel mais alto na Ásia, os aluguéis nesta cidade estão 5% mais baixos do que há um ano atrás. A demanda em queda, conforme as empresas internacionais diminuem suas operações no Japão para reduzir custos, abaixou a pressão na disponibilidade e, desse modo, os preços de aluguel.


    Alugar um apartamento de três dormitórios na Austrália custa em média US$3.530/mês. Enquanto isto é ligeiramente mais alto que os números do ano passado, o ritmo de aumento ficou mais lento.

    Sydney, a região mais cara na Austrália para aluguel de imóveis, está em 12º. lugar mundialmente, seguida de Perth (25º.) e Melbourne (33º.). As maiores altas observadas na Austrália nas pesquisas foram registradas em Perth, onde a demanda para aluguel de imóveis permanece particularmente forte à medida que o boom na mineração continua. Os aluguéis aumentaram quase 9% na moeda local e pouco mais de 7% em dólar americano. Os aluguéis em Melbourne e Adelaide caíram.


    A região mais cara para aluguel de imóveis de alto padrão na Europa é ainda Moscou. Mundialmente, está em quarto. Uma elevação na população de expatriados juntamente com a contínua escassez na oferta levou a aumentos de preço na cidade nos últimos três anos. A capital russa é seguida de Londres (6º. mundialmente) e Genebra (13º.).

    Os maiores aumentos em preços de aluguel na Europa foram observados em Vilnius, Ljubljana e Oslo. Os aluguéis caíram principalmente em Atenas.

    Nesta região, os preços de aluguéis para apartamentos de três dormitórios custam em média US$2.660. Este valor está menor que a média de US$2.860 do ano anterior.

    Oriente Médio e África

    Embora aluguéis em Abu Dhabi continuem a cair, com a oferta de imóveis para aluguel superando a demanda, a cidade permanece a mais cara no Oriente Médio para aluguéis de imóveis de três dormitórios. Mundialmente, está em 23º. lugar, seguido de Dubai (35º. , globalmente). Diferentemente de Abu Dhabi, os aluguéis presenciaram aumentos neste ano à medida que o mercado nesta região mostra sinais de recuperação seguindo a quedas nos três últimos anos. Na África, os aluguéis em Nairobi continuaram a elevar-se bruscamente uma vez que a entrada de companhias estrangeiras e expatriados precipitou aumentos extraordinários nos preços.

    Notas aos editores

    Relatórios de Alojamento da ECA

    Este ranking é baseado nos dados de relatórios de Alojamento da ECA Estes são guias abrangentes de custos e implicações de aluguel de imóveis para expatriados e estão disponíveis para mais de 130 localidades no mundo todo. ECA vem produzindo relatórios de Alojamento desde 1996.

    Para garantir a imparcialidade e manter a precisão das informações, dados de diversas fontes são usados para compilar cada relatório de Alojamento. As principais fontes são os dados de pesquisa da ECA, pesquisas e informações especialmente coletadas dos corretores de imóveis sobre serviços de locação e de relocação.

    Os preços de aluguel foram coletados em setembro de 2012 e foram convertidos em dólar americano para facilitar a comparação usando a taxa de câmbio setembro de 2012.

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    Sobre a ECA International

    ECA é líder mundial no desenvolvimento e fornecimento de soluções para a gestão e transferência de funcionários ao redor do mundo. Ao fornecer dados, conhecimentos, sistemas e suporte em formatos que atendem a seus clientes, a oferta da ECA inclui um pacote externo completo de cálculos, assessoria e serviços para empresas com pouca experiência ou recursos para a gestão de transferência internacional; assinaturas para informações abrangentes online e sistemas de software para empresas com exigências maiores; e uma política e projetos de desenvolvimento de sistemas personalizados para empresas que gerem milhares de agentes internacionais em todo o mundo.

    Para mais informações ou para uma entrevista com um porta-voz da ECA International sobre esta pesquisa, entre em contato com:

    Siga-nos no Twitter: @ECAintl

    Para mais informações, entre em contato com:

    Lauren Smith
    Gerente Geral
    ECA International LLC
    Rockefeller Center
    1230 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 730
    Nova Iorque, NY 10020
    Tel.: +1 212 582 2333

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    Red Bank, NJ (MMD Newswire) February 5, 2013 -- Nextremity Solutions, Inc. today announced that its board of directors has named Rod K. Mayer to serve as the company's Chief Executive Officer and President.

    Mr. Mayer, 54, has a thirty-four year history in the orthopaedic industry with extensive entrepreneurial experience in sales, distribution, and business development. Since starting his successful orthopaedic sales career with Depuy in 1977, he has founded and/or co-founded Lake City Medical, a contract manufacturer of orthopaedic instruments and implants, DVO, an extremity based orthopaedic company acquired by Tornier, Inc., and most recently, Del Palma Orthopedics, a product development company. Mr. Mayer serves on the boards of Articulinx and Conventus Orthopaedics.

    "Nextremity Solutions has achieved over 2000 implants in 2012 with very good early clinical results," said Dr. Stuart Katchis, a founder of Nextremity Solutions and Section Chief of Foot and Ankle Surgery at Lennox Hill Hospital in NYC. "Rod brings to the management team the strategic business development leadership skills necessary to deliver the next stage of growth for the Company. We are encouraged also in his proven ability to be able to capitalize on our strong pipeline of clinically relevant forefoot and midfoot future products."

    The Nextra System is 510(k) cleared and CE Marked. Sales in the US and Europe reached 2,000 implants and over $2 million in 2012. The Company is recently in a beta-launch of three additional single use, sterile implant and instrument systems, called Precision Ready. These include feature-rich cannulated compression screws, internal drive mini-screws and snap-off staple technology to complement the highly successful Nextra System.

    About Nextremity Solutions, Inc.

    Nextremity Solutions is a privately held medical device company offering a novel approach to the surgical reconstruction of small bone deformity, degeneration and trauma. Founded by surgeons, Nextremity Solutions is committed to the development of technologically advanced and precise medical implant systems for repeatable and superior clinical outcomes. For further information, visit or call 732-383-7901.

    Nextra® Hammertoe Correction System and Precision Ready™ are trademarks of Nextremity Solutions, Inc.

    Contact: Greg Kowalczyk, 732-882-6633


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    Baton Rouge, LA (MMD Newswire) April 8, 9, 10, 2013 - The SynGas Association will hold SynGas 2013 - Building for Tomorrow - at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, in Baton Rouge, LA.

    Meagan Johnson, CSP, will kick off SynGas 2013 on Tuesday morning with a highly charged, participatory presentation on Generations Inc. - from Boomers to Linksters, Managing the Friction between Generations. You will learn how to move from conflict to collaboration and create a multi-generational team that is effective, productive and profitable.

    Kristine Sexter will guide SynGas Attendees through a Step-by-Step Checklist to Ensure you Hire the Best! in a jam-packed, two-part program. This program is high-energy, interactive and solution filled. You will be able to solve the specific challenges you and your company are facing when you return to work and implement the checklist.

    Dr. Loren C. Scott will address the important economic and energy price issues that affect the SynGas industry today and in the future. This is a don't miss keynote for all of you in the syngas industry who are wondering, "What Now?"

    Robert (Bob) Williamson will show us how to pursue 100% reliability of critical equipment and facilities with lessons from the top NASCAR teams. You will learn how to take the NASCAR race team approach to improving your plant performance; and, how to apply all of the proven NASCAR race team reliability principles in your organization.

    Plan to join our industry producers and suppliers at the leading show in the SynGas industry. You'll experience top notch speakers, exceptional education and networking events, latest trade show that showcases the new products, superior golf outing, famous Hospitality Suites, and back in Baton Rouge Cajun Crawfish Boil on Wednesday evening.

    You'll network, discover new ideas, have lots of fun, bring back tools to guide you through implementing all of the new techniques you learned, and, you'll earn CEU credits too!

    For more information on SynGas 2013, check out our website at or call Betty Helm @225.922.5000 or Co-Chairman, Marc Gilbertson @ 620.252.4325 & Frank Wolfe @ 918.543.6310.

    Media Contact:
    Betty Helm
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    Media Contact:
    Jill W. Nesting

    Houston-based Research Center Doubles Lab Space

    Shale Water Research Center Adds 2,000 Square Feet to Meet Growing Business Needs

    HOUSTON, TX (MMD Newswire) February 7, 2013 -- The Shale Water Research Center (SWRC) announces the expansion of its research lab by nearly 2,000 square feet to accommodate the rapid growth and the ability to better serve its membership's research needs. In addition to doubling its laboratory space, the expanded space at 8285 El Rio St., Suite 100 will provide capacity to increase its current projects and services.

    "The Shale Water Research Center's new lab space will allow us to better serve our member company's research projects," said Ross Tomson, director of the SWRC. "We are committed to meeting our member's needs and this expansion demonstrates our commitment to building on our current success."

    Shale Water Research Center

    About the Shale Water Research Center (SWRC)

    The SWRC works to measure describe and model full-cycle water and chemical additives used in shale oil and gas production. Our primary goal is to systematically research with the aim of increasing water reuse, reducing water costs and increasing oil and gas production from each well. Find out more at


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    Internet activist has launched a petition to prevent large companies control over Chinese, Japanese, English and many other new top internet address

    February 8, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- "We believe this is an abuse of the New gTLD Program and it poses great risk of harm to consumers, business, and internet users globally." declares Tom Gilles, TLD-vangelist and petition organizer. "These generic category top level domain names such as .app, .book, .music, and others should be open for the general public, not monopolized and closed off for use by one large corporation exclusively at their sole discretion."

    ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the organization that governs the Domain Name System (DNS) of the internet is poised to release over 1000 New Top Level Domains (TLDs) starting this year. These new website name endings will occupy the space that 'com' takes in website name addresses today. There will be 'not-com' website name address endings to represent brands (.Google, .Gucci), cities (.NYC, .Vegas, .London), consumer niches (.book, .music, .baby), interests (.art, .recipes, .game) and hundreds more. Once approved, a business could register and use 'not-com' names like, or as their website name, for example. See the list of proposed new domain endings.

    But large companies, such as Amazon are attempting to exploit loopholes in the process to acquire and monopolize large swaths of website names for their exclusive use. The companies seek to close off some of the most popular niche category domain extensions from the public. Consumers, users and small businesses would be prohibited from using these new website name endings if these companies are succesful in their attempts. See a list of controversial TLDs.

    "If companies like Amazon and L'oreal have their way, there will be no .music website names for musicians and bands, no .salon domain names for real salon owners, no .APP web addresses for app developers." states's Tom Gilles "There are literally millions of possible innovative and commercial uses for website names that end, But Amazon wants them all. - Amazon should not be sole arbiter and beneficiary of this valuable public resource."

    ICANN is charged with protecting the public interest when awarding stewardship of the new domain names, which should begin shortly after the global meeting of the organization in Beijing April 2013. The petition is hoped to demonstrate strong public sentiment toward preserving open generic namespaces, compelling ICANN to reject these takeover attempts.

    Mr. Gilles hopes to deliver 100,000 petition signatures to the Board and Government Advisory Committee of ICANN at the meeting in April to achieve this.

    The petition can be found here.

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    February 12, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- A solar panel manufacturer based in Napoleon, Ohio, with its parent company located in Malaga (Spain), Isofoton North America has received a prestigious award from an economic development group in northwest Ohio. The award includes a payment of $3,000 to a charity of the recipient's choosing. The development group, the Northwest Ohio Regional Development Association (NORED), is comprised of economic development professionals and business members from twelve counties in the northwest part of Ohio. The group includes economic development professionals in the counties and cities in the region.

    The Supplier Recruitment Program (SRP) award is given annually to a business that plays an important role in area development. The awards program is aimed at increasing the involvement of private sector professionals in providing leads for new economic development projects and to advance the supply chain in the region. It is a cooperative effort between several regional economic development organizations that include the Regional Growth Partnership (RGP), Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority (Port Authority), and NORED.

    Isofoton North America selected a site in Henry County for its first production facility in North America. The parent company, Isofoton, is a global manufacturer of solar panels that has invested approximately $31 million in its new operations in Napoleon, Ohio. Isofoton North America worked closely with the Henry County Community Improvement Corporation, Regional Growth Partnership, University of Toledo Innovation Enterprises, and many others in the area on this large project.

    Isofoton North America was selected for this recognition as a result of the process that it used to put the new plant in place. The company went to extra efforts to recruit suppliers in the area to support the business during the construction phase at its new facility.

    The solar panel manufacturer is leasing an existing building, so most of the construction has been related to the machinery and equipment needed in the production process. Joe Garton, vice president of plant operations for the company, advised that it was part of Isofoton North America's strategy to attempt to utilize as many businesses in the area as possible to support its needs.

    At the start of the construction project, the company retained Rupp/Rosebrock, Inc., a construction manager and general contractor in Liberty Center in Henry County. Rupp/Rosebrock pulled in additional local subcontractor support for various aspects of the project.

    In addition, Isofoton North America recruited a number of local companies for the development and construction of some of the equipment that has now been installed in the facility. The company alerted businesses in the area of key needs that it had and its preference to use local suppliers.

    Garton further advised that the company is currently examining an Ohio business to supply parts needed for the panels. These parts are currently being supplied from overseas. Isofoton North America's strategy of supporting local businesses may present opportunities in the future for companies located in the area to become additional suppliers to this manufacturer that is new to the region.

    Isofoton North America's plant management met and selected an area nonprofit organization to receive the $3,000 payment that accompanies the annual Supplier Recruitment Program award. The nonprofit organization is the Maumee Valley Guidance Center located in Defiance, Ohio. Isofoton North America has requested that the money go to the center's Supportive Services for Veteran Families program. Isofoton North America has put significant effort into recruiting veterans of the US armed forces for employment in the new operations.

    The SRP award and the $3,000 payment will be presented at NORED's Annual Meeting on March 14th at the Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg, Ohio.

    Contact: Jerry Arkebauer

    Northwest Ohio Regional Economic Development Association (NORED)

    (419) 480-9656


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    SAN DIEGO, CA ( February 13, 2013 -- Space Micro Inc. today announced that Mr. Neal Nicholson has been added to their management team.

    Mr. Nicholson will head up the Program Management function within Space Micro, as the company continues to rapidly grow with the capture of several larger, high-profile contracts for space electronics, both avionics and communications.

    Mr. Nicholson has over 25 years of experience in the design, development and management of RF/microwave communications components and communication systems for the commercial, aerospace and defense industries. He has successfully managed the development of products deployed in environments ranging from the ocean floors to deep-space science missions. This, coupled with his successful track record in driving organizational and fiscal growth, further enhance the Space Micro team.

    Prior to joining Space Micro, serving as Director of Business and Product Development at L-3 Communications, Mr. Nicholson launched and managed the L-3 Narda Microwave Technology Center in San Diego, CA. This business unit received corporate recognition and commendation for successfully driving aggressive revenue growth as well as penetration into key market areas and critical programs.

    "We are extremely pleased to add Neal's space industry, program management, and RF technology expertise to our team", stated David J. Strobel, CEO and Chairman of Space Micro.

    About Space Micro Inc.

    Space Micro recently celebrated our 10 year anniversary. As an engineering driven small business focused on technology advancement and product implementation, it has earned a strong reputation in the Space industry for innovative, affordable and high performance digital and RF communication products. A brief list of accomplishments include:

    • Invented & flew new CPU Space Hardened Technologies

    • Developed new Radiation Hardened Computer Products

    • Developed new C&DH Peripheral Products

    • Developed new Space Based Radios (STDN/SGLS Transponders, X/Ku/Ka-Band Mission Data Transmitters)

    • Developed new Radiation Hardened Chip Products

    • Delivered Multiple Government and Prime Flight Hardware

    Space Micro Inc. is a leader in patented affordable radiation hardened by design technologies. These technologies have been implemented in the highly successful ProtonX-Box Avionics Suite, which features the Proton P200/400k series single board computers providing industry leading performance and affordability. In addition, Space Micro's high performance software defined radios including STDN and SGLS Transponders as well as X band Transmitters have completed formal acceptance testing with deliveries ongoing. Finally, our IPC-5000 (Image Processing Computer system) recently celebrated its one-year anniversary on orbit on the highly successful Air Force ORS-1 program.

    Space Micro is an employee-owned company based in San Diego, CA, USA. For more information visit or contact Paul Brammer, Vice President of Business Development at (858) 332-0700, extension 127.

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    Ottawa, ON (MMD Newswire) February 13, 2013 -- EnergyUnited Electric Membership Corporation has chosen MeterSense, the meter data management (MDM) solution from Harris Utilities, to enhance operational efficiencies, analyze smart grid data and improve customer service.

    EnergyUnited is among the twenty largest electric cooperatives in the United States. Located in Statesville, North Carolina, it delivers electricity services across 122,000 meters to more than 100,000 members in 19 counties, with a mission to provide reliable electric services at a competitive price. To support this goal, EnergyUnited's management group constantly evaluates electrical distribution technologies to make business processes more efficient and member services more robust. In 2009, the group agreed that a smart grid solution was required to ensure EnergyUnited continued to deliver on its mission.

    The utility installed advanced metering infrastructure across its service territory later that year. Deployment was functionally complete by 2012, at which time EnergyUnited was faced with the challenge of managing and drawing value from the influx of smart grid data it collected. It understood that an MDM solution was essential to complete the deployment of its smart metering project, and chose MeterSense because of the software's configurable rules engine and native analytics functions.

    "We plan to use MeterSense to realize operational enhancements across our organization," said Kathleen Hart, Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Customer Care with EnergyUnited. "We will configure the rules engine to reduce the number of person hours we spend reading meters, validating reads and verifying tasks such as disconnects and demand resets."

    EnergyUnited is already an existing customer of Cayenta, Harris Utilities' customer information system (CIS) provider. MeterSense will integrate with Cayenta's CIS and EnergyUnited's enterprise outage management software to help confirm outages, notify members of service interruptions and restore power quicker than ever before.

    "Delivering reliable service is a core part of our mission," said Hart. "We live in a region of the country that is affected by hurricanes in the summer and freezing rain in the winter, both of which can cause power interruptions. And although we're one of the leaders in reliability among cooperatives across the country, we know we can always deliver better outage response to our customers. MeterSense will help us do that."

    EnergyUnited will fully implement MeterSense by the third quarter of 2013, at which time the utility will leverage MeterSense's analytics functions to realize further operational benefits. It plans to use aggregated data to study transformer loading and grid losses. It also expects that MeterSense will help reduce the volume of calls it receives from members regarding high bills and give its customer service representatives the data they need to address members' concerns swiftly and confidently.

    "EnergyUnited is a leader among electricity cooperatives in the United States," said Norm Daigle, Executive Vice President of Harris Utilities SmartWorks, the innovation engine of Harris Utilities that created MeterSense. "Its decision to implement MeterSense will help drive efficiencies across the organization, demonstrate the true value of the smart grid to its members and more broadly help the utility meet its mission of delivering affordable and reliable electric services."

    By transforming meter data into valuable business intelligence, MeterSense helps utilities like EnergyUnited realize its mission to provide comprehensive, reliable electric services to a large number of households and businesses at a low cost.


    About EnergyUnited Electric Membership Corporation

    EnergyUnited, an innovative and dynamic energy services company, serves more than 120,000 electricity customers in 19 North Carolina counties, stretching from Virginia to northern Mecklenburg County and encompassing the fast-growing I-40, I-77, and I-85 corridors. Its service territory includes suburbs surrounding three of North Carolina's largest cities - Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Greensboro. EnergyUnited makes customer satisfaction its highest priority, and its electric customers enjoy one of the highest reliability ratings in the industry.

    EnergyUnited also provides propane to approximately 23,000 customers in 74 North and South Carolina counties and offers other specialized residential and commercial products and services. For more information, please visit

    About Harris Utilities

    With more than 35 years of industry experience, Harris Utilities delivers software that enables utilities to improve business processes, enhance customer service and increase profitability. Thousands of customers depend on Harris Utilities' original and focused products that are developed directly for the utilities market. Harris Utilities' mission is to create whole new categories of products that will transform the industry and evolve the smart grid.

    Harris Utilities' smart grid technology includes MeterSense, a scalable, configurable and powerful meter data management (MDM) solution that quickly manages and intelligently interprets growing volumes of critical smart meter data. And CustomerConnect, a customer engagement solution that gives customers direct, web-based access to account information and unprecedented insight into resource use which helps utilities demonstrate the value of, and power behind, their smart grid investments. Harris Utilities has developed prepaid and mobile application solutions to add to its roster of technology designed to specifically enhance the smart utility.


    Harris Utilities

    Anna Jackson

    Vice President, Marketing and Communications

    T: +1-613-226-5511, ext. 2085

    C: +1-613-986-9189

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    February 14, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- Scanther, a startup company based in Austin, Texas will launch its company and product line of smart signs and mobile sites on the 10th of March, 2013 at South by Southwest Trade Show. The mission of the said company is to provide social connection to people in a smart and affordable way through providing advanced texting technology, NFC and QR.

    The owners of Scanther claim that it is the only company to create mobile websites and smart signs that come in a retail box. Its setup is simple and can successfully run in as few as 10 minutes. They also point out that their offers will help clients save a high amount of money while ensuring the consistent success of their mobile website.

    With the Scanther Mobile Site Builder, clients will be able to create their website simply and easily. It will also enable them to make sales and profit and establish loyalty among their customers as well.

    The preliminary price point for the Smart Sign Set and Instant Mobile Website is $69.95, while the first month subscription is free. However, when the subscription period has already expired, subscribers will be charged $10 per month. The company also offers accessories such as 10-pack table signs for $59.95 and 20-pack credit card size decals for $59.95, each amounting to $3 per month for every pack accessory.

    To increase visibility and awareness among customers, Scanther has recently posted its product on Indiegogo, a crowd funding website. By visiting, interested individuals will be able to know the deals they can get once they purchase the Scanther kit and once they take part in the flexible funding campaign.

    For a $5 contribution, individuals will get a shout out on their Facebook page thanking them for their support; for a $10 contribution, they can get a Scanther logo decal with free US shipping; for a $30 contribution, they can get a T-shirt with Scanther logo; for a $49 contribution, they can take advantage of the Scanther Smart Sign Set and Instant Mobile Website; for a $50 contribution, they can get either a Scanther table accessory or decal accessory; for a $60 contribution, they can get a Smart Sign Set and Instant Mobile Website with more SMS messages than what is offered on the $49 contribution.

    As of now, the Scanther team is already gearing up for its upcoming company and product line launch.

    For more information about Scanther and its upcoming launch, visit its website at Interested individuals can also know more about the offers and promos of the company at Also check or


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    February 14, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- Attorney D. Jeffrey Craven and Frederick C. Thomas proudly announce formation of Thomas Craven PLLC, a law firm dedicated to providing effective, economical legal representation to its clients. The firm also announces launch of new website under the trade name Attorneys of Phoenix™. Both D. Jeffrey Craven and Frederick C. Thomas bring with them years of experience in providing counseling and legal services to Arizona businesses and consumers. Their new firm will focus on a variety of business issues, including commercial construction litigation, real estate litigation, administrative law, business and real estate transactions, and corporate start up, corporate maintenance, corporate dissolution and bankruptcy. Additionally, the firm will assist individuals with consumer law issues, construction defects and lien issues, and injuries caused by others.

    D. Jeffrey Craven has nearly 20 years of experience in a variety of litigation and transactional areas. He focuses primarily on business and corporate transactions, real estate and construction transactions, and real estate, construction, and commercial litigation issues. His experience is drawn from years of helping clients in nearly every industry to anticipate and address potential legal problems and to undertake lawsuits where needed to collect what the clients were owed. He also has prior experience dealing with insurance issues and subrogation claims.

    Frederick C. Thomas has over 8 years of litigation experience on a variety of claims or issues, including personal injury claims for individuals, consumer and commercial claims on contract issues, construction defect and lien and bond claims, and criminal defense DUI and habeus corpus proceedings. He presently focuses on personal injury and construction litigation matters.

    For more information, please feel free to contact the firm:

    Thomas Craven PLLC

    dba Attorney of Phoenix ™

    11811 N Tatum Blvd Ste 4020

    Phoenix AZ 85028

    Tel: 480-222-2225

    Fax: 480-287-9532



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    February 14, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- Australian holiday provider Classic Holidays has won the 2013 Perspective Magazine Award for Best Management Company, receiving global recognition from industry professionals for the second straight year during GNEX 2013.

    The award was announced during a Gala dinner held February 6th, 2013 at the Beverly Wilshire - a Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California following the conference, which recognizes the top companies and individuals doing business in the timeshare and fractional sector of the hospitality industry worldwide.

    "We are absolutely thrilled to once again be recognized by our peers as the best of the best," said Ramy Filo, CEO, Classic Holidays who was in attendance and accepted the award. "This award is a reflection of the hard work and dedication each of our staff exhibit to provide the best possible holiday experience for our members and we couldn't be happier to share this with them."

    The Best Management Company Award acknowledges the business that successfully works through the myriad of challenges today's resorts encounter every day, balancing the ability to keep a resort running profitably with improving quality and member satisfaction.

    Over 14,500 online votes were cast across close to 200 nominations in a unique judging process that, along with decisions from a panel of four industry experts, decided the winners. Industry professionals across the world competed for the coveted awards and accompanying global visibility provided through the extensive online and print reach of Perspective Magazine.

    Classic Holidays manages 19 resorts and clubs across Australia and the company has provided its nearly 50,000 members with remarkable holiday experiences for 35 years. Classic possesses a deep knowledge of timeshare, resort management, customer service and the details that go into creating outstanding vacations. Now based in a new expanded facility on the Gold Coast, the company delivers solutions and support for any type of resort looking to experience high occupancy rates and customer satisfaction levels.

    For more information about Classic Holidays, please visit

    About Classic Holidays

    Established in 1978 with Head Office operations based on the Gold Coast, Classic Holidays is Australia's largest privately owned timeshare Resort Management Company, representing almost 50,000 member families and responsible for over 650 employees. Built on strong founding principles of honesty, respect and commitment, Classic has a reputation for excellence, providing their resorts with a comprehensive range of support services. For more information, please visit



    Steve Luba

    PerspectivePR for Perspective Group

    Ph: 407-792-2343

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    February 14, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- For the third consecutive year, Dial An Exchange (DAE) has been recognized for outstanding achievement after winning the Perspective Magazine Award for Best Service Provider for its North America operation during a Gala dinner held at the conclusion of GNEX 2013.

    "Being honored by industry professionals from throughout the world is a special achievement since they know the challenges that we all face on a daily basis," said Fermin Cruz, Vice President, Americas Region, DAE. "Our team in our North America office is very excited to be recognized through such an open process and we'd like to thank everyone who voted on our behalf."

    The Perspective Magazine Awards annually recognize the top companies and individuals doing business in the timeshare and fractional sector of the hospitality industry, with this year's Awards Gala dinner held February 6th, 2013 at the Beverly Wilshire - a Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

    The Best Service Provider Award acknowledges the integral role that companies play in providing the products and programs that support a resort's ability to offer superior vacation experiences and deliver high quality holidays for their customers.

    A combination of online voting and decisions from a panel of four industry experts decided the winners, with over 14,500 votes cast online across nearly 200 nominations. Industry professionals across all sectors of the industry competed for the coveted awards and accompanying global recognition provided through Perspective Magazine, the industry's most widely-read trade publication.

    DAE is the largest privately owned timeshare exchange provider in the world, servicing a global market from offices in the USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, China, Thailand and India. The company has excelled with its commitment to provide an easy to use timeshare exchange platform through its free membership service, allowing members to bank weeks, search for a new holiday destination and request a booking - with payment made only after a booking has been confirmed.

    For more information and to explore memorable vacation options with Dial An Exchange, please visit

    About Dial An Exchange

    DAE has grown significantly since it first opened its doors in 1997. A strong focus on quality customer service has led to their continued growth as over 50% of their new memberships have been the result of personal referrals. Today, the company is approaching 450,000 members worldwide and is a truly viable option for all timeshare owners to exchange their weeks and points or credits products. DAE's robust set of membership benefits makes it easy for timeshare owners to truly enjoy their vacation ownership experience. Their simple, flexible and innovative direct to consumer approach has evolved into a range of business development and support tools for their business partners such as resorts, management companies and Home Owners Associations who are looking for a competitive edge to support their rapid growth.

    Membership benefits include a FREE membership option, Gold Advantage membership option, low exchange fees, a 3-year credit for every banked week, 24/7 live access to exchange weeks, personalized customer service, worldwide vacation availability, discounted rental weeks in prime locations and informative monthly e-Newsletters providing travel tips, destination ideas and money saving promotions and offers. At DAE, the timeshare owners' needs come first and foremost and quality of service is never compromised. For more information, please visit



    Steve Luba

    PerspectivePR for Perspective Group

    Ph: 407-792-2343

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