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Culinary Institute of America Elects John C. Metz Jr. Chairman of the Board

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Thirty-year restaurant and hospitality industry veteran and Culinary Institute of America (CIA) alumnus, John C. Metz Jr. has been elected the 22 nd chairman of the CIA’s board of trustees. He succeeds restaurateur Ralph Brennan in this role. “John Metz embodies the best of all worlds—a solid culinary and business foundation, combined with a warm and gracious personality,” said CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan. “He gives 110 percent to everything he does and as an alum, brings keen insight into the student experience. I look forward to continuing to work with him to help lead the Institute—and the industry—into the future.” Metz currently serves as CEO, executive chef and co-founder of the newly opened the Woodall, in Atlanta, as well as Marlow’s Tavern, and the upscale contract foodservice company Sterling Culinary Management. Through Sterling, he reimagined corporate dining through chef-driven, upscale restaurant concepts including Bistro del sol, The Grove, Market Street Café, Bistro 191, Social Kitchen, and Central Provisions as well as 55+ luxury communities. In addition, in 2018, he and his partner opened The Spinning Room in Dalton, GA, an upscale wine and beer bar, offering small plates and live music. From an early age, Metz nurtured his passion for the industry, moving up the ranks from dishwasher to running the kitchen in one of his father’s restaurants. His formal education began with The Pennsylvania State University’s Hotel and Restaurant Management program. From there, he went on to Switzerland—where he staged at two Michelin -starred restaurants—prior to enrolling at the CIA, from which he graduated at the top of his class in 1992. In 2020, Metz was named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle ’s “Atlanta 2020 Most Admired CEO” list. An active community member and philanthropist, he serves on the boards of both national and local organizations, including The National Restaurant Association’s and Georgia Restaurant Association’s Board of Directors, The Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau’s board. He was appointed vice chairman of the Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNa) in 2005 and served as their board chairman in 2007 and 2008. In addition, he is a fervent supporter of Special Olympics Georgia and Share Our Strength, and Sterling Hospitality, the parent company of the Woodall, Marlow’s Tavern, and Sterling Culinary Management, has raised more than $1.7 million for these and other community organizations. “I am humbled & honored to serve as chairman of The Culinary Institute of America,” said Metz, who joined the college’s Board of Trustees in 2014. “Today’s CIA students are truly poised to lead our industry into the future and redefine the restaurant and hospitality industries. I can’t think of a more rewarding position than to help shepherd that process.” The CIA Board of Trustees consists of 22 highly respected leaders in the foodservice industry and business world. They provide expert governance and guidance for the not-for-profit college and are not compensated for their services. About The Culinary Institute of America Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and hospitality, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking & pastry arts, food business management, hospitality management, culinary science, and applied food studies. The college also offers executive education, certificate programs, and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences, leadership initiatives, and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of more than 50,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food world. The CIA has locations in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore. For more information, visit www.ciachef.edu. Contact Details Culinary Institute of America Amanda Secor +1 845-451-1457 Amanda.Secor@culinary.edu Company Website http://www.ciachef.edu/

October 26, 2022 08:35 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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AmeriLife’s The Senior Resource Group Acquires Secure Benefits to Accelerate Growth

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The Senior Resource Group, (SRG), a leading, national field marketing organization (FMO) for the industry’s top insurance carriers and an affiliate of AmeriLife Group, LLC (“AmeriLife”), announced today that it has acquired Secure Benefits, a Florence, Ala.-based field marketing organization (FMO). Per the agreement, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “We met [Secure Benefits owner and CEO] Stephanie Kirk for lunch a few years ago and we connected from day one,” said Shane Souders, co-founder and managing partner of The Senior Resource Group. “She’s an exceptional leader and businessperson, who has a selfless passion – one that is perfectly aligned with SRG’s mission – to help her brokers and employees succeed in this industry. We’re excited to grow together with Secure Benefits and proud to call them our partner.” Founded in 2010 by Kirk, Secure Benefits specializes in distributing Medicare Advantage solutions to beneficiaries throughout Alabama and Tennessee. As an “agent-first” organization, Secure Benefits prides itself on nurturing longstanding, successful agents and cultivating a family-oriented culture that’s become the hallmark of its brand and business. The acquisition expands The Senior Resource Group’s geographical footprint while bringing Secure Benefits under the umbrella of AmeriLife’s all-star distribution network. The deal also provides Secure Benefits – alongside its partners Benefits Solutions Group, Senior Benefits Advisors, Silver Benefit Solutions and The Providence Group – with access to SRG’s and AmeriLife’s industry-leading technology, tools, resources and top-level contracts to help them grow and thrive. “Over the past 14 years, Secure Benefits has steadily grown to include agents in multiple states across the Southeast,” said Kirk. “We’re not your typical FMO – our agents and team members are like family, many of whom have been with us since the beginning. We’re proud of our focus on helping agents build strong businesses and ensuring they feel fully supported. We’re thrilled to partner with Shane, SRG and AmeriLife, and look forward to the many opportunities ahead of us.” “We’re excited to welcome Secure Benefits and its partners to the AmeriLife family,” added AmeriLife Chief Distribution Officer Mike Vietri. “Under Shane’s leadership, there’s no doubt that they will continue to thrive and help accelerate AmeriLife’s mission of helping people live longer, healthier lives.” Secure Benefits will continue to operate as a stand-alone organization out of its Florence headquarters and under the leadership of Kirk, who will report to Souders. ### About The Senior Resource Group The Senior Resource Group was founded in 2008 by insurance brokers who understand the needs of agents in the field. Today, The Senior Resource Group is a premier field marketing organization for an array of national insurance carriers providing Medicare Supplement policies, Medicare Advantage plans, life insurance, final expanse plans and financial products in 25 states. The team at The Senior Resource Group provides the tools, support and training necessary for success in the insurance industry. For more information, visit TheSeniorResourceGroup.com. About Secure Benefits Founded 14 years ago by Stephanie Kirk, Secure Benefits is a leading and growing Medicare Advantage solutions field marketing organization (FMO) that serves agents and their communities across the southeast United States. Based in Florence, Ala., with additional offices in Lebanon, Tenn., Secure Benefits is an “agent-first,” family-focused FMO that emphasizes education, advocacy and relationship building to help its agents deliver on their promise to their clients. About AmeriLife AmeriLife’s strength is its mission: to provide insurance and retirement solutions to help people live longer, healthier lives. In doing so, AmeriLife has become recognized as the leader in developing, marketing, and distributing life and health insurance, annuities and retirement planning solutions to enhance the lives of pre-retirees and retirees across the United States. For more than 50 years, AmeriLife has partnered with top insurance carriers to provide value and quality to customers served through a distribution network of over 300,000 insurance agents and advisors and more than 100 marketing organizations and insurance agency locations nationwide. For more information, visit AmeriLife.com, and follow AmeriLife on Facebook and LinkedIn. Contact Details Media Jeff Maldonado +1 321-297-1112 jmaldonado@amerilife.com Partnership Inquiries Patrick Nichols +1 727-726-0726 pnichols@amerilife.com Company Website https://amerilife.com/

October 24, 2022 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Get Ready! The First Light Art Show of 2022, TAITUNG LIGHT FESTIVAL, Illuminates East Taiwan in Zhiben’s Hot Springs

Taitung County Government

TAITUNG, TAIWAN - Media OutReach – 21 October 2022 - The Taitung County Government is holding the 2022 Taitung Light Festival at the century-old Zhiben hot spring area. From October 15, until November 13, using the most futuristic light, shadows and sound equipment, the public can experience the brand-new hot spring tourism and art show. On a moonlit night following a musical performance, the Keyframes show uses stage lighting and computer programming to illuminate each of its characters individually. The show emphasizes humanity is as one, and we stand together. The show evolved into a night dance. Among them, French group, Group Laps, will put their lightshow, known as Keyframes, on display during the light festival. The exhibit uses fluorescent lights placed onto a human body-like frames—which look like keyframes of a video—in combination with music and strobing light patterns that individually light up each “ keyframe, ” creating a dynamic image that transcending the limits of spoken language by telling a story full of personality and humor bring about a kind of warmth and delight. The inaugural TAITUNG LIGHT FESTIVAL invites 12 top-class art groups from France, Australia and Taiwan to collaborate using the theme of amassing energy to put on a show that brings the people a brand-new experience to the hot springs and art they already have come to enjoy. The show’s exhibits create an extreme futuristic vibe through the use of audio equipment, lights and shadows. Taitung County Magistrate April Yao has said this is the first ever light festival to be held in eastern Taiwan. Everyone is welcome to come to on down to hot springs and see the new artistic side of Zhiben now. TAITUNG LIGHT FESTIVAL Event Details Exhibition Time: October 15 to November 13, 2022 Where: The vicinity next to No. 18, Ln. 376, Wenquan Rd., Beinan Township, Official Website: https://www.taitunglightfestival.com/ | Google Maps: tinyurl.com/2022TAITUNGLIGHTFESTIVAL Contact Details Media Contact Jin Zh n4111@taitung.gov.tw

October 21, 2022 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Adventure Together Industry Event Wraps with a Record Attendance and Inspiring Discussions from 37 International Speakers

TourRadar

TourRadar, the Adventure Booking Platform that offers more than 50,000+ multi-day organized adventures across the globe from 2,500+ reputable and niche operators, hosted its second annual Adventure Together event which was a hybrid, held both online and in Vienna, Austria Oct. 18-19, 2022. Furthermore, the company announced increasing travel advisor commissions to up to 12 percent for bookings for the rest of 2022. With more than 2,100 people in attendance, the event brought together thought leaders and practitioners in multi-day touring including travel agents and agencies, tour operators and suppliers, influencers, OTA, and airlines, to provide inspiration, education, and insights into the technology and trends that shape the industry. Sessions covered subjects ranging from marketing, sustainability, distribution, and technology, to indigenous and inclusive tourism. The event theme ‘‘Now What?’ kept topics focused on what adventure travel and multi-day tours will look like in the future and how to plan for success. “Adventure Together gathered industry leaders together for much-needed discussions around the trends and opportunities for organized adventures and group travel in today’s global landscape,” said Travis Pittman, CEO, and Co-founder of TourRadar. “We recognized that there wasn’t a single global event or conference dedicated to the multi-day tour industry with a focus on technology, so we created one.” In his opening keynote, Pittman announced the company is raising commissions on its Agent Marketplace for both new and current travel advisors from up to 8 percent to up to 12 percent until the end of 2022. Agent Marketplace launched in November 2021, and now has more than 3,500 advisors. Pittman told attendees that since the company launched it has had 100 million travelers visit the platform, who have booked more than half a billion dollars in travel, experiencing 4 million days of adventures. Pittman revealed his three predictions for What’s Next; 1. trust, payments & financial technology products will be more critical and top of mind than ever, 2. data-driven storytelling will highlight and drive community impact and sustainability, and 3. digital distribution & tooling will come of age in the multi-day adventure market. In the session Targeting Net Zero – How Is the Multi-Day Tours Industry Responding to the Climate Crisis? Michael Edwards, CEO of Explore! shared insights on their comprehensive carbon-reducing strategy and Nadine Pino shared how The Travel Corporation is collaborating with destinations to build a shared agenda for climate action. Moderator Graeme Jackson, Head of Strategic Partnerships at the Travel Foundation, and one of the co-authors of the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism reinforced the need for travel businesses and destinations to make a commitment publicly and set a deadline for action. The panel also addressed the need to move beyond measurement and offsetting and to start looking at all strategic business decisions through a climate lens. In the Adventuring through Data session, Sher Khan, Industry Lead at Google, and Lia Costa, Analytics Lead at TourRadar discussed how a post-pandemic world brought on different user behaviors and unveiled new travel trends. The two shared data about search terms and shorter booking windows. Costa indicated that 42 percent of TourRadar sales were booked less than 2 months in advance and that Google search volume for multi-day tour & adventure-specific terms increased 44 percent YoY. In addition, Costa reported that the top 10 destinations for summer 2022 TourRadar bookings were all in Europe with Italy, France, England, German, and Switzerland taking the top 5 slots. A panel on Responsible and Sustainable Indigenous Tourism included Anniina Sandberg, Founder of Visit Natives, Sebastien Desnoyers-Picard, Vice President of Operators of the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC), and Aurélie Debusschère a Europe agent for World Indigenous Tourism Alliance. Together, they discussed how the travel trade can make indigenous tourism more responsible by ensuring that businesses are working with majority-owned, operated, and/or managed indigenous people. The panel suggested operators directly engage indigenous people, their elders, and the community to ensure they share the right experiences and content. They also encouraged operators to ensure communities are benefiting from tourism. TourRadar also announced its new brand positioning ‘Adventure Begins Here’ which came from months of consumer and industry research and collaboration with agency partner Park & Battery. TourRadar, the Adventure Booking Platform, helps people seize and savor every opportunity global travel has to offer. “TourRadar has built considerable bonds with its customers but there is an opportunity to form a deeper connection, said Pittman. “The range of options TourRadar provides in the multi-day sector gives us a differentiator that no one else can own.” The announcement, film, and all sessions from the event were recorded and can be found here. About TourRadar TourRadar is the world’s first Adventure Booking Platform, where you can effortlessly book private, group, and tailor-made multi-day organized adventures from 160+ countries worldwide. Founded in 2010, TourRadar was the first to transition multi-day tours to an online marketplace, making them the global leader in the industry today. In 2021, TourRadar further revolutionized the industry by introducing the Adventure Booking Platform, connecting travelers, operators, and travel agents to organized tours through one, easy-to-use platform. www.tourradar.com Contact Details TourRadar Lisa Verbeck +1 310-254-0039 press@tourradar.com Company Website https://www.tourradar.com/

October 20, 2022 12:57 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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What are Americans’ Favorite Halloween Treats?

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A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/SXzlPzJXjZc Spooky, ooky, creepy and crawly? It must be Halloween – and this year, 93% of Americans intend to celebrate in a big way with plans to enjoy their favorite chocolate and candy treats, according to a recent survey from the National Confectioners Association. Whether consumers are enjoying new and innovative offerings or classic candy corn, confectionery is an iconic part of the season’s celebrations. No matter how you plan to celebrate the Halloween season, there’s no doubt that chocolate and candy play a major role in the holiday celebrations. Whether you’re going to a Halloween party, welcoming trick-or-treaters or even just enjoying a little treat for yourself, Halloween treats are a key piece of the season. This Halloween season is even sweeter because America’s chocolate and candy companies delivered on their commitment to help consumers manage their sugar intake by providing more transparency, choice and portion guidance options. 85% of chocolate and candy sold today comes in packaging that contains 200 calories or less per pack. That number includes individually wrapped products or multipacks that contain smaller packages inside – the perfect size for the 97% of Americans who say they welcome trick-or-treaters with chocolate and candy. The Halloween season brings people together. Sharing treats is a perfect way to connect with others – especially as people are looking for more moments of celebration than ever before. To help Americans navigate the Halloween season while enjoying their favorite treats, NCA has a robust set of resources available at AlwaysATreat.com/Halloween, where consumers can find tricks for treating in 2022, including safety tips, history lessons and fun facts about the season. To join the conversation on social media, use #HalloweenTreats, and follow NCA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Happy Halloween! About the National Confectioners Association (NCA): The National Confectioners Association is the leading trade organization for the U.S. confectionery industry, which generates more than $37 billion in retail sales each year. Making chocolate, candy, gum and mints, the industry employs nearly 58,000 workers in more than 1,600 manufacturing facilities across all 50 states. NCA advocates for an environment that enables candy makers to thrive and work to ensure that chocolate and candy are celebrated for their contributions to culture, society, the economy and everyday moments of joy. Learn more at CandyUSA.com or follow NCA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

October 20, 2022 11:13 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Tips for Finding Friends as an Adult

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Making new friends as an adult can be challenging, and with more people working remotely, socializing and meeting new people organically can be difficult. Recently, Bumble BFF’s Friendship Expert, Danielle Bayard Jackson, participated in a nationwide satellite media tour to highlight the importance of friendships, especially as 90% of women say friends are the family you get to choose in life.* A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/RjBw9kGkR3M Unlike when you were younger and had a built-in community or network through school or social clubs, adulthood seems to offer fewer opportunities to meet others organically. The increasing number of people working remotely has also impacted many people’s ability to socialize, which may explain why many adults report feeling lonelier than ever before. Here are Danielle’s top tips for finding friends as an adult: Have the courage to initiate – Those who are intentional about making connections tend to have the most meaningful relationships. If you’d rather not approach someone in public, group activities are a great option, as they can unite people over a common interest and organically lead to friendships. You can also use an app like Bumble BFF, the friendship-finding mode on the Bumble app, to potentially meet others! Gradually enter into more meaningful conversations - Be sure to engage someone with safe ‘small talk’ and then gradually reveal more about who you are and what you value. This creates the trust necessary to cultivate something deeper. That trust can become the basis for a friendship where you both feel comfortable sharing and asking each other questions that deepen the relationship. Staying in touch - After meeting up with a new friend for the first time, it’s important to be consistent about staying in touch, especially if there isn’t a scheduled time when you both see one another, such as through a class or planned group activity. These short interactions can go a long way in building and maintaining a new friendship. Give it time - According to studies, it can take 40-60 hours of talking and hanging out for an acquaintance to become a casual friend. This might look different from friendship to friendship, but the general takeaway is that it takes time to build trust, vulnerability, and platonic intimacy. To start connecting with friends in your area, visit Bumble.com/BFF. For more tips, check out The Buzz, where you can learn more strategies to help you make (and keep!) meaningful friendships. About Danielle Bayard Jackson: As a certified women’s coach, Danielle Bayard Jackson emphasizes that friendship is a wellness imperative, ultimately teaching women the power and importance of social connections. She is the Friendship Expert for Bumble BFF, the friendship-finding mode on the social networking app Bumble, and has been called TikTok’s resident friendship coach. A former high school teacher, Danielle now uses her teaching skills as an educator to coach women on ways to navigate common friendship conflicts. As a member of the American Sociological Association, she uses the latest research to create practical, tangible strategies to help women create more depth in their platonic relationships. About Bumble: Bumble, the women-first dating and social networking app, was founded by CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd in 2014. Bumble connects people across dating (Bumble Date), friendship (Bumble BFF) and professional networking (Bumble Bizz). Bumble is built on the importance of equitable relationships and how crucial they are to a healthy, happy life. They've built their platform around kindness, respect, and equality – and their community plays an important part in that. Bumble holds its users accountable for their actions and strives to provide them with an experience free from hate, aggression, or bullying. Bumble is free and widely available in the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and the web. * Based on data that was commissioned by Bumble between November 4-18, 2021 with a US sample size of 5,081 Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

October 20, 2022 07:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Stuttering Foundation Marks 75th Anniversary, International Stuttering Awareness Day with New Resources

The Stuttering Foundation

October 22 nd is International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD), observed worldwide with a focus on stuttering--a speech disorder characterized by repetition of sounds, syllables, or words; prolongation of sounds; and interruptions in speech known as blocks. This year also marks the 75 th Anniversary of the Stuttering Foundation, founded by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Malcolm Fraser in 1947, making it the first and largest nonprofit charitable organization in the world working toward the prevention and improved treatment of stuttering. The Foundation is renowned globally for its trusted and timely resources--many available free on its website: StutteringHelp.org. To mark its 75 th anniversary and in observance of International Stuttering Awareness Day, the Stuttering Foundation officially raised its estimate of people who stutter to 80 million people --representing one percent (1%) of the global population. “When my father Malcolm founded the Stuttering Foundation back in 1947, there were an estimated 25 million people who stutter across the globe,” said Jane Fraser, president of the Stuttering Foundation and Malcolm’s daughter. “Today, we raise our estimate to 80 million people who stutter worldwide, more than three times the number from when we began. Over the decades, we’ve expanded our outreach and added many resources for people in more than 137 countries around the world.” The Stuttering Foundation marked the auspicious occasions with the release of: Ask the Stuttering Foundation --This new YouTube channel addresses the dozens of inquiries received by the Foundation daily by telephone, email, and generated on our website. Some of the queries are more common such as parents who are concerned when their preschoolers begin to stutter, or people who stutter of any age reaching out to learn from others who also stutter. Some requests are less common such as pediatricians or speech-language pathologists looking for help for patients with specific needs. Whatever the content, we respond to meet the needs of people who stutter around the globe. For Kids By Kids 2.0 --This lively and engaging 10-minute video features interviews with real students who stutter, speaking opening about their stutter, dealing with teasing, sharing what helps them, and showing how to teach others about stuttering. An animated skateboarder named Kyle narrates the film. The ABCs of Stuttering --This 10-minute video helps parents and teachers understand how stuttering can affect children of all ages in the classroom and is now available for free on the Stuttering Foundation’s YouTube channel. The highlight of the video is the students--Umberto, Kate and Martin--talking openly about their stutter and what helps make them feel more comfortable talking in the classroom. “For more than seven decades, the Stuttering Foundation has served as a trusted resource for the stuttering community, offering brochures, e-books, podcasts, videos, a magazine, virtual learning sessions and multiple social media channels to spread timely and accurate information about stuttering,” added Fraser. About the Stuttering Foundation Malcolm Fraser, a successful businessman who struggled with stuttering, established the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation in 1947 and endowed it throughout his lifetime. The Foundation provides free online resources at StutteringHelp.org for people who stutter and their families, as well as support for research into the causes of stuttering. Visit www.StutteringHelp.org. Contact Details The Stuttering Foundation Greg Wilson +1 571-239-7474 greg@curleycompany.com

October 19, 2022 01:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Travel Technology Association Selects Laura Chadwick as New Leader

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The Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech), the voice of the travel technology industry, announced today that following a comprehensive executive search, it has appointed Laura Chadwick as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Chadwick’s record of association leadership and public policy advocacy make her an ideal choice for the association to advance its mission of promoting marketplace competition, transparency, and advocacy for policies that deliver consumer value. Chadwick previously served as a Vice President, Industry Relations at the XRAssociation (XRA), where she launched the new organization’s membership, marketing, and development efforts. Under her leadership, XRA grew from five members to more than 40 in the span of two and a half years. Previously Chadwick led corporate member engagement and technology policy lobbying at the National Restaurant Association. She is also a veteran of the Consumer Technology Association and the Capitol Hill offices of U.S. Representatives Adam Schiff (CA-28) and Mike Thompson (CA-05). “We are delighted Laura is leading Travel Tech. Her leadership skills, combined with her technology and policy background, make her the perfect choice,” stated Emmett O’Keefe, Chairman of the Travel Tech Board of Directors. “She will be a great advocate for the industry as we continue to provide value to the travel consumer.” Chadwick will focus on solidifying the Travel Technology Association’s value to the industry, highlighting its advocacy work, and expanding its membership. “I am honored to join the Travel Technology Association as its new leader and work with some of the most innovative companies in the travel industry,” Chadwick said. “Throughout my career, I have led efforts to highlight the power of technology to benefit consumers and transform businesses. As more and more Americans make plans to travel, we have a great opportunity to highlight Travel Tech’s core principles of consumer choice, competition, and transparency and its value as an organization supporting the industry.” “Laura’s leadership is a welcome addition to the team,” stated Kelly Kolb, Travel Tech’s Board Vice Chair. “Her plans to expand the reach of the association, enhance our advocacy efforts, and showcase the benefits technology brings to travelers and the economy, will be noticed quickly throughout the industry and especially in Washington, DC.” Chadwick takes on the role of President and CEO following the transition of Interim President Stewart Alvarez. Alvarez will continue to support Travel Tech in an advisory role. “I look forward to working with Laura as she leads Travel Tech in these important times,” stated Alvarez. “Proposals from the Department of Transportation regarding ticket refunds and ancillary services, ongoing discussions in state capitals and city halls, along with the continued advocacy of a transparent marketplace, make her leadership in this space essential.” ### About Travel Tech The Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech) is the voice of the travel technology industry, advocating for public policy that promotes transparency and competition in the marketplace to encourage innovation and preserve consumer choice. Travel Tech represents the leading innovators in travel technology, including global distribution systems, online travel agencies and metasearch companies, travel management companies, and short-term rental platforms. To schedule an interview with a Travel Tech spokesperson, contact Dan Rene of kglobal at 202-329-8357 or daniel.rene@kglobal.com. Contact Details Dan Rene +1 202-329-8357 daniel.rene@kglobal.com Company Website https://www.traveltech.org.

October 19, 2022 09:45 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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LMCC Returns October 20 & 21 To Hudson Yards: Presenting The World’s Top Cannabis & CBD Beauty, Wellness, Food & Beverage Brands

LMCC Ventures LLC

New York, NY, October 18, 2022 — Luxury Meets Cannabis Conference (LMCC) today announced the complete program for its Fall 2022 Edition, which returns on October 20 & 21 in Hudson Yards, New York City. Launched in 2018 as a first-of-its-kind B2B trade event, LMCC has grown into the go-to resource and venue for product discovery and extensive category education, connecting visionary CBD and Cannabis brands across the beauty/wellness, food/beverage, and technology/lifestyle accessory categories to mainstream retailer buyers, luxe dispensaries, media, and investors. As an indication of the excitement around the emerging New York legal Cannabis market and the official brand showcase mix at LMCC, 100+ A-tier retail outlets – LMCC’s highest rate to date – have registered to attend the show including KITH, Standard Dose, Curaleaf, Bloomingdale’s, Rise Cannabis, Etain, The Vitamin Shoppe, Shen Beauty, and many others. LMCC’s inaugural infused Food & Beverage Hall will also debut, which will feature the finest food/culinary, beverage, consumables, and confectionery brands in the space — especially timely as alcohol sales in the U.S. continue to decline. This Harrods-esque, immersive (and delectable) experience will spotlight leading brands such Cann, Kiva Confections, oHHo, Cycling Frog, Cloud 11, Black Dahlia, L8, Sass, Chef For Higher, and many more. More than 700 business attendees from around the world will explore the LMCC Official Brand Showcase — a pre-vetted, store-ready exhibition — paired with a full schedule of keynote talks, brand presentations, and business networking. For the most up-to-date information on partners, exhibiting brands and speakers, visit lmccshow.com. LMCC FALL 2022 OFFICIAL BRAND SHOWCASE DIRECTORY Astraèa & Co. Black Dahlia CANDOR CANN Chef for Higher Cloud 11 Cycling Frog Daily Habit Drew Martin errbshop Franny’s Farmacy Function Botanicals The Healing Rose Hudson Cannabis Innocan Pharma K’dara Kiva L8 LEUNE LumiBloom MĀSK Skincare oHHo Plantwise REUNION Sackville & Co. SASS StellaVia Stone Road UB Super / Meticulous Skincare WALALA LMCC SPEAKER SCHEDULE NOW LIVE See 50 leading executives on stage from Ulta Beauty, Adweek, New York State Cannabis Control Board, Merida Capital Holdings, Adweek, Different Leaf, NYC Mayor’s Office, Food & Wine, Standard Dose, Women’s Health, and Bon Appétit and many others: View LMCC Fall 2022 Speaker Schedule Here ### Attendee Tickets: Two-day, all-access passes to LMCC 2022 are $695. Purchase passes HERE. Retail Buyer Registration: Admission is complimentary only for qualified retail buyers and their teams. Stores, dispensaries, and e-tailers only can register HERE. Sponsors: LMCC is proud to partner with Merida Capital Holdings ​Brand Applications: Now Accepting Submission for LMCC May 2023 Brands Can Now Reserve Space for LMCC 2023 Here About LMCC: Founded in 2018, LMCC Ventures LLC is the parent company of the annual Luxury Meets Cannabis* Conference (LMCC) in New York City. LMCC is the premier B2B event connecting A-tier retailers, media, investors, leading dispensaries and CPG executives to premium CBD, hemp and Cannabis brands — with a keen focus on beauty, wellness, food & beverage. Past participants include retailers like Sephora, Nordstrom, Credo Beauty, and Bloomingdale’s; media including The New York Times, Glossy, Travel & Leisure, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Robb Report; and speakers from Mitch Baruchowitz (Merida Capital Holdings) and Cindy Capobianco (Lord Jones) to Bobbi Brown and Frederic Fekkai. For more information on LMCC, visit lmccshow.com. Find LMCC socially on LinkedIn and Instagram. Guidelines & Legal: no smoking or vaping on any kind permitted inside the venue. Local laws strictly apply. Contact Details Katie Shapiro +1 303-882-5596 katie@katieshapiromedia.com Company Website https://www.lmccshow.com/

October 19, 2022 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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