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Unleash Your Inner Adventurer

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Are you looking for a vacation destination that offers endless adventure and relaxation? Well, look no further than northeastern North Carolina’s charming lake and river towns. Wit Tuttell, executive director of Visit NC, and Bruce Tyler, co-founder of Weldon Mills Distillery, recently conducted a satellite media tour to talk about the hidden gems and local hotspots that make this region so special. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/CF6-KlI9A90 With spring in full flow, Visit North Carolina rolls out Dream Big in Small Town NC in the state’s Northeast Lakes & Rivers region, an area dotted with waterside gems, refreshing views and resonant history. Travelers can try their luck with sweepstakes prizing as they follow the Dream Big initiative’s roadmap to under-the-radar destinations that will welcome a boost in visitation and interest in longer stays. “Halifax, Henderson, Tarboro, Warrenton — these towns and others invite travelers to cozy up and connect,” said Wit Tuttell, executive director of Visit North Carolina. “Their appeal is immediate as well as timeless with fresh vitality springing from the big dreams of hometown heroes and newly arrived visionaries. Now is a perfect time for travelers to discover places worth knowing.” Dream Big in Small Town NC, created by the General Assembly as the Rural Tourism Recovery Pilot Program, targets 16 counties at risk for population loss as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative began with a focus on five Scenic Mountain counties and now continues in Edgecombe, Halifax, Vance and Warren counties, whose bodies of water include Kerr Lake, Lake Gaston, and the Tar and Roanoke rivers. The final phase, beginning in June, will zero in on seven Inner Banks counties. Easily reached from exits along Interstates 85 and 95, the Northeast Lakes & Rivers destinations combine distinctive culture with landmark history plus natural beauty and recreation. Start the getaway dream by entering the sweepstakes for a chance to win: · A $1,000 voucher from program partner Airbnb. · Three $100 gift cards for a choice of restaurants, shops and activities. · A $500 gift card from Visit NC to assist with travel expenses. For outdoor lovers, the rivers and lakes create ample reason to explore, Tuttell said. In Henderson, Kerr Lake and its 850 miles of shoreline have a dozen local access points, including eight in a state recreation area known for hiking and birding as well as water activities. At Lake Gaston, between Warrenton and Roanoke Rapids, adventure seekers can sign up for lessons from international wakeboarding champion Adam Fields’ AF Wake. Tarboro visitors can access the scenic Tar River Paddle Trail, and distance paddlers can embark on the Roanoke River State Trail from Weldon. Stunning views of history and nature reward hikers and bikers at Medoc Mountain State Park and on the Roanoke Canal Museum & Trail, which makes loaner bikes available. “There’s joy in these outdoor activities plus a sense of wonder from the historic moments since the time of the Tuscarora,” Tuttell said. “In Halifax, North Carolina became the first colony to call for independence from Britain. Weldon was home to the world’s longest railroad, which played an outsize role in Civil War history. The Roanoke Canal Trail includes stops on the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. Princeville became one of the first towns in the country chartered by Black residents, and Warren County is recognized as the ‘birthplace of environmental justice’ based on a 1982 protest.” If economic growth has favored urban areas in recent decades, the Lakes & Rivers towns have been fortified by a deep-rooted community spirit and sense of possibility. Ambitious locals who left have returned with big ideas for revitalizing and reinventing the places where they grew up. Homecoming enterprises include Tarboro’s On the Square restaurant and Tarboro Brewing, Halifax’s Hen & the Hog and Halifax Studios, and Littleton’s Blue Jay Bistro, Main Street Wines and Daphne’s Coffee Shop plus the revitalized Lakeland Cultural Arts Center. Near Norlina, Seven Springs Farm & Vineyard opened in 2020 to become a popular spot for music events and wine tastings. Lori Medlin, president and CEO of the Halifax County Convention & Visitors Bureau, cites a pair of entrepreneurs who were inspired to turn a former sleepwear factory in Weldon into a distillery. Almost immediately after opening in 2019, Weldon Mills Distillery gained national attention with its award-winning bourbons and other spirits. The founders of Sylvan Heights Bird Park in Scotland Neck arrived by way of Great Britain. And in nearby Vance County, downtown Henderson attracted an achiever who opened The Eleanor on Belle hotel and a shop called Gear and Beer. “Small towns are best explored at leisure,” Tuttell said. “Between the outdoors and the distinctive downtowns, there’s infinite opportunity to dream big in our Lakes & Rivers destinations.” Dream Big comes with a two-facet approach to economic development: a tourism promotion to infuse revenue into local economies plus appeal to people interested in relocation. As a unit of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, Visit NC is coordinating Dream Big with the N.C. Department of Commerce and other private and public entities involved in growing the state’s first-in-talent workforce. Funded with $1.5 million from the American Rescue Plan Act, the initiative has a dedicated presence on VisitNC.com, complete with links for job postings in the Scenic Mountains ( Graham, Haywood, Madison, Mitchell and Yancey ) and Inner Banks ( Chowan, Gates, Hertford, Martin, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington ) as well as the Northeast Lakes & Rivers. The Dream Big homepage also links to the Airbnb website with content to help travelers plan trips and find short-term rental properties in each region. Beyond the exposure from the satellite media tour and sweepstakes, Dream Big will reach the traveling public via @VisitNC’s social media channels. A digital content creator campaign is bringing selected tastemakers to the destinations to engage followers in the local culture and lifestyle appeal for people interested in a long-term change of scenery. Program partner Airbnb, which is also promoting the campaign on its social media channels, is using its inventory of short-term rental properties to host the content creators. “North Carolina is full of unmatched opportunities for big dreams to take hold,” Tuttell said. “We want people to bring them here and make them real.” · For a quick look at enticements in Dream Big destinations, click here. · Find photos from Dream Big destinations here. About Wit Tuttell Wit Tuttell was named Executive Director of Visit North Carolina in November 2013. He oversees the strategic planning, policy development and marketing initiatives for North Carolina's official state tourism office and the industry sectors it serves. North Carolina's state tourism office, formerly the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film, and Sports Development, was transferred to the non-profit Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina in October 2014 and renamed Visit North Carolina. Tuttell has been in North Carolina tourism since 2006. During this time, the office has been recognized with numerous national awards for excellence in marketing and advertising. He has served as chair of the board of directors of Travel South USA and serves on the board of the U.S. Travel Association. In 2022, Tuttell was named State Tourism Director of the Year by the National Council of State Tourism Directors. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the tourism industry including working for Universal Studios Florida and the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau Inc. He graduated from the University of Florida and was also a reporter for the Anchorage (Alaska) Times. About Bruce Tyler Attorney Bruce Tyler, a 26-year Army veteran, and Michael Hinderliter opened Weldon Mills Distillery in 2019. Their quest to create a distillery in a historic building with character led them to Weldon, a historic town on the Roanoke River that's known as the “rockfish capital of the world.” Weldon Mills quickly became a regular award winner at competitions, including the East Coast Craft Spirits Awards, the Microliquor Spirit Awards, the SIP Awards and the San Diego International Wine and Spirits Challenge, which named Weldon Mills the Distillery of the Year for 2022. Best known for its bourbons (The All Malt, Reserve, Select and Soldier's Cut, which honors the 82nd Airborne Division and raises money for Gold Star Families), Weldon Mills also crafts vodka, gin, tequila and other spirits. Tyler is vice president of the Distillers Association of North Carolina Board of Directors. About Visit North Carolina: Visit North Carolina is part of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. Established in 2014, the EDPNC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that oversees the state's efforts in business and job recruitment and retention, international trade, and tourism, film and sports development. The mission of Visit North Carolina is to unify and lead the state in developing North Carolina as a major destination for leisure travel, group tours, meetings and conventions, sports events and film production. For more information on North Carolina’s destinations and travel assets, go to VisitNC.com. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

April 26, 2023 11:28 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Carry-on Getaway: Packing for Vacation 101

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The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, and everybody is busy daydreaming about their next vacation getaway. But before all of that fun in the sun or adventure in a new place, we need to set ourselves up for success with the perfect outfits. More importantly, we need to make sure all of our great outfits fit into that convenient carry-on suitcase. And that means knowing what to bring, how to style it, and how to pack it. Recently, Lifestyle Expert Christine Bibbo Herr teamed with Tommy Bahama on a nationwide satellite media tour to share helpful tips on styling your vacation wardrobe and packing the perfect carry-on bag. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/OLIB44TUyls According to Christine, pre-planning for vacation is key so that when you arrive at your destination, there’s no guesswork. When deciding on what to pack, always start with the color story and think about how many ways you can wear each piece. Colors should be interchangeable, and styles should be multi-purpose, allowing you to layer and make endless outfit combinations. Tommy Bahama, the masters of relaxation, are the perfect source for vacation-ready, multi-purposes pieces. Their swimsuits are not only reversible, but work great with shorts, allowing you to go seamlessly from pool to party or around town. It’s also a good idea to pack an active piece, like this skort made from performance fabric. It’s lightweight and moisture-wicking, making it a great piece for walking, pickleball or other fun activities. When packing your carry-on bag, planning is important. Try using packing cubes to stay organized so that when you get to your destination you know where everything is and you save space. They are also great to use for your dirty laundry on the way home. Don't overpack accessories. Pick one shoe that can get wet (like a flip-flop), a sandal to dress up or down, a sneaker for walking and staying active and a great pair of Maui Jim sunglasses for sun protection. Plus a packable hat and a roomy tote that you can carry on the plane. For more great options for your next vacation, visit TommyBahama.com About Christine Bibbo Herr Christine Bibbo Herr, aka @NYCPretty is a former magazine fashion director, and currently an on-air TV lifestyle expert and influencer, stylist, fitness enthusiast & on-air guest for QVC. She’s worked for various national glossies including Health, Real Simple, SHAPE en Espanol, Life & Style, Women’s Day, Today.com and more! Her passion for her work and a healthy lifestyle have her covering the hottest fashion, beauty and wellness trends from her uniquely VIBRANT point of view. The power of positivity is her life’s mission, and her brand is about color, energy, & joy. She is a living example that when you insist on making life fun, fit and fabulous, you become truly ageless. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

April 25, 2023 02:58 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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How AmeriLife is Unlocking the Power of Data to Drive Increased, Accelerated Growth

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If the fervor around ChatGPT and similar emerging technologies have taught us anything, it’s that technology is only as good as the data upon which it’s built – and the real, business-driving insights it can generate. Over the past two years, AmeriLife’s Enterprise Data & Analytics team has been assembling an industry-leading group of data scientists and business strategists who are working to fundamentally change the game for predictive analytics in insurance distribution. Leveraging the latest in machine learning and predictive modeling, the team’s efforts culminated late last year with the launch of Atlas for the 2023 Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP). Atlas is a best-in-class data platform that leverages proprietary internal and third-party external data to predict the most popular Medicare Advantage plans down to the county level, allowing AmeriLife affiliates to identify coverage gaps in their areas, build more performative and sustainable sales and marketing strategies, as well as support agent recruitment and carrier relations. “The incredible potential of a platform such as Atlas demands an intentional approach that brings together the right people, data and technology at the right time, all combined with continuous feedback we receive from our distribution partners,” said Tim Calvert, Chief Operating Officer for AmeriLife. “The success of Atlas proved that a true, cutting-edge data platform requires more than a ‘field of dreams’ strategy; it’s about delivering a bespoke experience with real value to our partners whose insights can also benefit all of our companies collectively.” “Data and our data scientists are at the core of Atlas. THL partnered with Tim, Mark Springett, and their team, along with our Chief Architect, Jagjit Singh, to create a model that drives insights across the full value chain, driving benefits previously unavailable,” added Mark Benaquista, Managing Director in THL’s Strategic Resource Group. “In its inaugural year, we have seen the impact and are excited for the next set of advancements.” As the team looks ahead to balance of 2023, it anticipates a number of new enhancements, dashboard expansions, and other forecasting tools will be added to its solutions suite for agency owners, marketers and agents to optimize their sales and marketing activities and grow their client bases. Most critically, though, will be the continued expansion of its proprietary dataset, which will arguably be the industry’s most comprehensive dataset of both proprietary internal and external third-party data for an unparalleled view of the evolving Medicare market. “Partnering with our agents, advisors and marketers, along with leveraging data, technology and data science, has allowed us – in a short amount of time – to provide the highest level of actionable insights to help them grow and sustain their businesses,” said Mark Springett, senior vice president of Enterprise Data & Analytics for AmeriLife. “We’ve only begun to scratch the surface of the transformative impact of these insights, and look forward to rolling out more resources in the coming months." ### 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 120 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/

April 25, 2023 01:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Consumer Automotive Finance, Inc. Acquires H2O and Solar Energy Solutions

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Consumer Automotive Finance, Inc. (OTC: CAFI) is a company that operates in the sports supplement, fitness equipment, and health and wellness industries. As part of its expansion strategy, the company seeks to acquire revenue-generating companies that complement its portfolio and enhance its position in these sectors. As part of its ongoing expansion strategy, Consumer Automotive Finance, Inc. is pleased to announce it acquired H2O and Solar Energy Solutions from Branded Legacy, Inc. (OTC: BLEG) for Twenty Million (20,000,000) restricted common stock. This acquisition perfectly complements its existing portfolio and reinforces its position in the market. This strategic move enables CAFI to offer sustainable solutions that prioritize consumer health and wellbeing while reducing their environmental impact. With hydration being a key factor in performance and overall health, having access to purified water is crucial. This new acquisition will provide consumers with high-quality, purified water that meets their needs, supporting their fitness and wellness goals. H2O and Solar Energy Solutions is a provider of water purification and solar energy systems based in central Florida. H2O and Solar Energy Solutions is a provider of water purification and solar energy systems based in central Florida, with over $430,000 in revenue generated in 2022. H2O and Solar Energy Solutions provide customized solutions for residential and commercial customers, offering free quotations and home testing to ensure customer satisfaction. With a strong focus on expanding its sales team, H2O and Solar Energy Solutions aims to generate over One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) in revenue in 2023. Consumer Automotive Finance, Inc. is confident that this acquisition will help H2O and Solar Energy Solutions obtain the necessary funding to achieve its projected growth. The company believes that the acquisition aligns with its own mission to offer innovative and dependable solutions to its customers, while also broadening its offerings and delivering even greater value to customers. "We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of H2O and Solar Energy Solutions," said Brandon Spikes, CEO of Consumer Automotive Finance, Inc. "As a company that values innovation and customer satisfaction, we believe that H2O and Solar Energy Solutions is an excellent fit for us. This acquisition will enable us to expand our product offerings and provide our customers with even more value." Previously announced the company has also enlisted legal counsel to effectuate a name and ticker symbol change that aligns with its evolving business objectives. About Consumer Automotive Finance, Inc.: Innate Global, Inc. (formerly Consumer Automotive Finance, Inc.) is a company with three subsidiaries that operate in the sports supplement, fitness equipment, and health and wellness industries, respectively. Its subsidiaries are 51, LLC, a sports supplement brand, The Quickness, which holds a patent for innovative sports training equipment designed to improve linebacker training, and Astound NMN, a brand of anti-aging DNA repairing supplements. The company is dedicated to providing innovative products and cutting-edge technology that help people achieve their fitness and wellness goals. Additionally, Innate Global, Inc. is actively seeking to acquire revenue-generating companies to further expand its portfolio. Safe Harbor Statement: The information posted in this release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these statements by the use of the words "may," "will," "should," "plans," "expects," "anticipates," "continue," "estimate," "project," "intend," and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or anticipated. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, general economic and business conditions, effects of continued geopolitical unrest and regional conflicts, competition, changes in technology and methods of marketing, delays in completing various engineering and manufacturing programs, changes in customer order patterns, changes in product mix, continued success in technological advances and delivering technological innovations, shortages in components, production delays due to performance quality issues with outsourced components, and various other factors beyond the Company's control. Contact: Consumer Automotive Finance, Inc. spikes41@gmail.com Contact Details Consumer Automotive Finance, Inc. spikes41@gmail.com

April 25, 2023 10:59 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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43-Year Printing Business Graphic Communications Converts to Minuteman Press Franchise in Shelby Township, Michigan

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43-year printing business Graphic Communications has been sold by Dennis Wrobleski to new owners Nathan and Jane Kogan. Following the sale, the business is being converted to a full-service Minuteman Press franchise. The new Minuteman Press in Shelby Township is located at 50671 Wing Drive, Shelby Township, MI 48315. On buying the business, Nathan Kogan says, “My background was in finance and accounting. I held a position as an Assistant Controller for a privately owned wealth management company for almost 19 years. My wife and I decided to become business owners because we wanted to build something for ourselves and our kids. Our hope is that someday, our kids will join us and want to be a part of this wonderful company.” Seller Dennis Wrobleski shares, “My main objective in transferring the business was the security of my employees and the care of our clientele. I was happy to learn that Minuteman Press franchise owners are supported and trained to handle the print and marketing needs of local businesses. I believe this will be a huge benefit to our clients adding access to more products and services. The most likely prospect of growth with the expansion of products available to our existing clientele and new clients ensures a beneficial outcome for the employees.” History of the Business Graphic Communications began as a Michigan partnership in 1980. Dennis explains, “My former partner Bill Schulz and I worked together at Kux Manufacturing Company in Detroit, Michigan. In the early 1950s, Kux Manufacturing Company, founded by Richard Kux, became the largest manufacturer of decals and identification markings for cars and trucks in the country. Kux was set up for high volume production of fleet graphics, and worked mostly with national brands. Our goal was to provide this same level of high quality graphic products and service to local businesses. Kux was very helpful and supportive of our venture and continued to outsource work to us as our business grew.” Dennis continues, “Graphic Communications made the transition from manual tooling processes to digital graphics. We rely on the latest software, computerized cutting machines, large format printing, and mostly our talented staff of graphic designers and production artists, to serve our clients with professional graphic art solutions.” Selling the Business As he was exploring his options for selling the business, Dennis ended up meeting with Minuteman Press Regional VP Rich DeRosa, who explained the benefits of Minuteman Press International’s conversion program that connects sellers like Dennis with buyers like Nathan and Jane Kogan. Dennis shares, “When I met Rich DeRosa, my business was already listed for sale with a broker. As soon as the broker contract expired, I called Rich and we set up a meeting. Rich not only had a very good understanding of my business, he had a potential buyer in mind that he had been working with. Rich explained the straightforward process and I also learned a lot from the Minuteman Press website. “I think it’s great working with an organization that is interested in success for the buyer and the seller. Knowing that the new owner of Graphic Communications will be equipped with the knowledge and support from Minuteman Press to continue to serve our clients is a big relief for me. I am confident that the business and employees will be in good hands.” -Dennis Wrobleski, Selling Owner, Graphic Communications Buying the Business From his perspective as a new business owner, Nathan Kogan found the right fit in buying a well-established business while also being supported by Minuteman Press as a franchisee. Nathan shares, “We chose to buy an established business because it gave us comfort and a feeling of stability to come into something that is already a proven model, but would also have tons of upside for growth. We chose Minuteman Press due to its incredible reviews and a support system for the owners.” Nathan continues, “Working with Minuteman Press International was extremely easy and comforting. Rich DeRosa was extremely supportive and helpful throughout this whole process. And patient, especially with me. The training and support is extremely important; it's definitely one of the main reasons we were drawn to this particular franchise.” “I look forward to building on the legacy that Dennis created with Graphic Communications for 43 years while also beginning this new chapter with Minuteman Press, Shelby Township.” -Nathan Kogan, New Owner, Minuteman Press, Shelby Township, MI Transition & Advice for Others With the transition of the business from Graphic Communications to Minuteman Press, Shelby Township already in motion, Nathan shares the following advice for aspiring business owners: “I would highly recommend following your passion and dreams. But before jumping in, do your due diligence and be sure you are ready for all that is to come.” As this chapter closes for Dennis, he reflects, “It wasn’t easy starting a business with few resources besides time and determination. In many ways, it’s even harder to make an exit. I’m thankful for everyone I met through this business. I’m blessed that I was able to use my talent as a graphic artist to serve so many great people and businesses in the Metropolitan Detroit area. I know the business is being left in great hands with Nathan and Jane Kogan and Minuteman Press.” Dennis also offers the following parting advice for business owners looking to secure a sale of their printing businesses: “Call Minuteman Press. Also, having all bookkeeping and financial reports up to date helps for a smooth transition.” Minuteman Press, Shelby Township (formerly Graphic Communications) is located at 50671 Wing Drive, Shelby Township, MI 48315. For more information, call 586-566-5200 or visit their website: https://minuteman.com/us/locations/mi/shelby-township/ Learn more about #1 rated Minuteman Press franchise opportunities at https://minutemanpressfranchise.com. To learn about selling your printing business through Minuteman Press at no cost or broker fees to you, visit https://bit.ly/minutemanpressconversions Contact Details Minuteman Press International Chris Biscuiti +1 631-249-1370 cbiscuiti@mpihq.com Company Website https://minutemanpressfranchise.com

April 25, 2023 09:10 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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U.S. Waterproofing Expands Geographic Footprint to Southeast U.S. Via Acquisition of Crawl Space Brothers

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U.S. Waterproofing, a Rotunda Capital Partners portfolio company, has acquired Crawl Space Brothers, one of the Southeast’s premier providers of residential crawl space encapsulation, repair, and basement waterproofing services. The acquisition of Crawl Space Brothers marks the first acquisition completed by U.S. Waterproofing since partnering with Rotunda in November 2022. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Crawl Space Brothers will expand U.S. Waterproofing’s geographic footprint to the Southeastern U.S. Through years of successful greenfield expansion, Crawl Space Brothers has grown its service area throughout six markets and multiple locations, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. Crawl Space Brothers will continue to pursue new market growth in partnership with U.S. Waterproofing. The acquisition by U.S. Waterproofing will also enable Crawl Space Brothers to expand its residential waterproofing and foundation repair offerings to more comprehensively serve its customers. U.S. Waterproofing’s best-in-class marketing, sales training and installation expertise will further strengthen Crawl Space Brothers’ value-proposition and service capabilities. Collectively, U.S. Waterproofing and Crawl Space Brothers will pursue additional complementary acquisitions throughout the U.S. Crawl Space Brothers is led by David Dygowski, Aaron Caddel, and Jacob Broussard who will each continue in their existing roles post-transaction. “We are excited to partner with David, Aaron, Jacob and the entire Crawl Space Brothers team,” said U.S. Waterproofing CEO Matt Stock. “With this acquisition, U.S. Waterproofing expands beyond its core Chicagoland market. We are prepared to leverage U.S. Waterproofing’s substantial infrastructure and marketing expertise to expand upon the customer-centric culture that has made Crawl Space Brothers so successful. The acquisition of Crawl Space Brothers is just the beginning of growing our geographic footprint and solution capabilities through complementary acquisitions nationally.” “We are thrilled to join the U.S. Waterproofing team and have been impressed with their 50+ year legacy of success, growth trajectory and our shared core values centered around our collective employees and providing exceptional solutions for our customers,” said David Dygowski of Crawl Space Brothers. “The entire Crawl Space Brothers team looks forward to collaborating with U.S. Waterproofing to build one of the largest residential services platforms in the U.S.” About U.S. Waterproofing Founded in 1957, U.S. Waterproofing is a leading provider of basement waterproofing and foundation repair services, improving the value, health, and longevity of homes. The Company has helped more than 500,000 customers throughout Chicagoland, Northwest Indiana and Southeast Wisconsin enjoy a dry basement and stable foundation. Fueled by their market leading reputation, U.S. Waterproofing’s services include crawl space encapsulation, concrete raising, sump pump installation, window well solutions, gutter cleaning and humidity control. U.S. Waterproofing is A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau. For more information, visit www.uswaterproofing.com. U.S. Waterproofing is seeking to acquire other basement waterproofing and foundation repair service providers and is interested in acquisition opportunities presented by business owners, management, or M&A intermediaries. Please contact Margaux Georgiadis, Head of Business Development at Rotunda Capital Partners for more information. About Crawl Space Brothers Headquartered in Charlotte, with operations throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C, Crawl Space Brothers is a leading residential crawl space encapsulation and waterproofing services company. Crawl Space Brothers wins on high-quality customer service and a comprehensive service offering. For more information, visit www.crawlspacebrothers.com. About Rotunda Capital Partners Rotunda Capital Partners is an operationally oriented private equity firm focused on transforming family-founder owned companies into dynamic, data-driven platforms able to achieve and manage significant growth. Since its founding in 2009, Rotunda has partnered with management teams to build great businesses within three primary sectors: value-added distribution, asset-light logistics and industrial & business services. Rotunda strives to achieve replicable results by implementing its Rotunda Performance System to create strategic alignment, develop lean processes and create robust, data-driven infrastructures. For more information, visit www.rotundacapital.com. Contact Details Rotunda Capital Partners Jill Lafferty +1 847-280-1295 jill@rotundacapital.com Company Website https://www.rotundacapital.com

April 25, 2023 07:49 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Accesso Technology Group has "so much opportunity ahead" after acquisition

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Accesso Technology Group PLC (AIM:ACSO, OTC:LOQPF) (AIM:ACSO, OTC:LOQPF) CEO Steve Brown speaks to Proactive after announcing the acquisition of Paradocs Mountain Software, a Canada-based ski software solutions provider. Brown said that the acquisition is representative of the kind of deal he hopes to continues making, highlighting that Accesso will carefully consider any opportunities that present themselves. He adds that there is "so much opportunity ahead" following the announcement. Contact Details Proactive UK Ltd +44 20 7989 0813 uk@proactiveinvestors.com

April 25, 2023 06:19 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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New Ally survey reveals “Bucket Lists” and affordability top-of-mind for Americans

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On this National Bucket List Day, a new survey from Ally Financial (NYSE: ALLY) reveals that even amid high-inflation and lending rates, nearly 90% of Americans are still dreaming big with their bucket lists – with many looking forward to everything from trips to Fiji to purchasing their dream home. However, more than one-third of people with a bucket list haven’t crossed off a single goal in the last 12 months, and nearly 75% say finances are what’s holding them back. Helping make those “bucket list” goals and experiences achievable for more Americans, Ally Bank has launched a new money management tool that is designed to enhance and complement the benefits of its most popular tool, Savings buckets. Spending buckets help people set and stick to a budget, add more to their savings and get to their bucket lists even faster. “We see our customers, who have created millions of Savings buckets, are much more successful ticking off their bucket list items and they accomplish them two times faster,” said Anand Talwar, Head of Deposits & Invest at Ally. “It has been incredible to hear stories from customers who have been able to experience a bucket list moment, like going to their first Beyonce concert, with the help of a Savings bucket. We believe Spending buckets are a great addition to these tools, which are all designed to help people worry less, save more and reach their goals sooner.” Like digital envelopes, Spending buckets allow customers to automatically set money aside for recurring bills and common expenses – such as rent and groceries – and track their spending across customized categories in real-time. While similar to Savings buckets as far as functionality, Spending buckets are designed to manage money within Ally Bank’s Interest Checking Account, such as monthly and recurring expenses. The digital bank will continue to enhance Spending buckets based on customer feedback. “Spending buckets take the guesswork out of budgeting so consumers can be confident that an unplanned expense, or impulse splurge, will not impact their ability to pay the bills or add to their savings,” said Talwar. “Similar to our Savings buckets, Spending buckets are designed to motivate real behavior change. They give you a clearer picture of your spending habits – and an opportunity to create better ones, helping you afford what matters most to you in life.” The Ally survey found that pen and paper are still the primary budgeting tools for Americans. Yet almost a quarter of those surveyed say that even with a budget, they have trouble tracking and estimating their household’s monthly spending. Being able to visualize money goals and automate money management were cited as being the most helpful features a budgeting tool could have. Additional survey findings include: Travel reigns supreme on consumers’ bucket lists ● Traveling to a specific destination is on 85% of consumer bucket lists – with Italy, the United Kingdom, and Australia coming in as the top three international destinations. ● One in five say a spot in the US is the top destination on their bucket list, with nearly a third (32%) of Gen Zers saying so. ● The top international destination varies by age. Gen Xers chose Australia, while millennials and Gen Zers went with European destinations, choosing the United Kingdom and France, respectively. Gen Zers lead the bucket list game with the most items on their bucket lists ● Beyond travel, Americans also crave quality time with loved ones (58%), financial stability (50%), and want to learn new skills or hobbies (49%). ● Nearly one in four (23%) Americans dream of leaving their day jobs to pursue their passions. ● Gen Zers have hefty goals, with over seven items on their bucket lists on average - significantly more than their older counterparts. ● Out-of-the-box bucket list goals were accounted for, too: buying a luxury car and getting a tattoo (25%), skydiving (22%) and overcoming fear of heights (20%). Nearly 90% of US adults have a bucket list, but money and time are top obstacles ● 50% of adults cite finances as the ultimate hurdle to crossing off bucket list goals, with 75% ranking it among their top three barriers. Lack of time is another key barrier. ● Gen Xers are especially likely to say finances are the number one barrier (61%). ● Sticking to a budget is the top hurdle for both budgeters and non-budgeters, with 31% of non-budgeters citing it as the reason they don’t have one. ● While 81% of consumers are confident in their budgeting skills, half report feeling stressed when they go over budget. ● Gen Zers (38%) and Millennials (52%) are especially likely to struggle sticking to their budget. ● One in 10 of Gen Zers have no idea how much they spend monthly. You can learn more about Ally Bank’s Savings and Spending buckets at www.ally.com/bucketlist. Savings Buckets are a feature of Ally Bank’s Savings Account. Spending Buckets are a feature of Ally Bank’s Interest Checking Account. Ally Bank, Member FDIC. This online survey was conducted by CITE Research on behalf of Ally Financial between March 21 and 31, 2023, among 1,000 U.S. adults. About Ally Financial Ally Financial Inc. (NYSE: ALLY) is a financial services company with the nation’s largest all- digital bank and an industry-leading auto financing business, driven by a mission to “Do It Right” and be a relentless ally for customers and communities. The company serves more than 11 million customers through a full range of online banking services (including deposits, mortgage, point-of-sale personal lending, and credit card products) and securities brokerage and investment advisory services. The company also includes a robust corporate finance business that offers capital for equity sponsors and middle-market companies, as well as auto financing and insurance offerings. For more information, please visit www.ally.com and follow @allyfinancial. For more information and disclosures about Ally, visit https://www.ally.com/#disclosures. For further images and news on Ally, please visit http://media.ally.com. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

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yourDigitalLab Announces Inaugural Digital Growth Summit Featuring Celebrated Economist & Retirement Guru Tom Hegna

AmeriLife

yourDigitalLab (YDL) – a nationally recognized digital marketing agency specifically servicing wealth advisors, insurance agents and independent marketing organizations (IMOs) – announced today the agenda for its highly anticipated Digital Growth Summit. Its focus: charting the course to navigate the complex digital marketing ecosystem. The summit is taking place virtually on Wednesday, July 26, and will feature a special guest appearance by noted economist, author and retirement expert Tom Hegna, who will also help introduce YDL’s newest digital marketing offerings for wealth advisors, all with one goal in mind: helping attendees drive real growth. “YDL is excited to host our first virtual summit showcasing how the various digital channels can be used by agents and advisors to strengthen their current sales strategies and introduce new tactics to grow their book of business” said JoAnna Barker, head of strategy and business development for yourDigitalLab. “This summit is for every agent and advisor in the life, health, annuities and financial services space who is interested in dominating their results from the previous year.” “I’m really excited about what yourDigitalLab is doing with its digital offerings, especially to help agents sell a broader suite of products such as annuities,” added Hegna. “One of the biggest reasons they often don’t is a lack of confidence and understanding of the products. Together with yourDigitalLab, I look forward to helping them fix that. We’ll show them the ‘math and science’ behind the selling and how adding these products – supported by the right digital marketing strategies – can increase their clients’ success in retirement.” Over the course of the day, attendees will have access to a variety of educational and thought-provoking sessions that will leave them with practical knowledge and a greater understand of the digital landscape that they must navigate today. Sessions will include: Tom Hegna on “10 Ways to Stand Out in 2023” Building Your Personal Brand Bringing Your Brand to Life – Website, Podcast and Radio, and More All About Email Marketing Driving Leads with Social and Video Launched in January 2023, yourDigitalLab has been at the forefront of digital marketing for the modern health and wealth agent and advisor, offering bespoke and pre-packaged services designed to drive more qualified leads and elevate its clients’ online brand presence. A full-service agency – created in partnership with AmeriLife for its national distribution network of more than 70 companies and their agents and advisors – YDL is a one-of-kind solution that combines deep expertise in modern marketing practices with extensive knowledge of the Medicare and wealth business, recruitment and regulatory landscape. “The Digital Growth Summit is an incredible opportunity to bring together Tom’s expertise and prestige in the retirement space with the proven capabilities of a premier agency such as yourDigitalLab,” said Ovi Vitas, Chief Marketing Officer for AmeriLife. “This event will undoubtedly be a gamechanger for attendees and help further cement AmeriLife and its family of companies as the partner of choice for agents and advisors nationwide.” To register for the Digital Growth Summit, click here. ### About yourDigitalLab yourDigitalLab (YDL) is a leading full-service digital marketing agency that was created exclusively for insurance agents and financial advisors with a focus on speed, cost and quality. For five years, YDL have been working to optimize various marketing campaigns designed to deliver the results agents and advisors want. YDL is the trusted choice for agents and advisors looking to drive sales and leads with modern, proven online marketing strategies. For more information about YDL or to schedule a consultation, visit yourDigitalLab.com. 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 120 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/

April 24, 2023 01:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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