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NLPC Files SEC Complaint Against Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway for Having Shareholder Arrested During Annual Meeting For Mentioning Jeffrey Epstein

NLPC

National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) filed a Complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today against Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway for silencing and ordering the arrest of the group’s chairman, Peter Flaherty, at the company’s shareholders’ meeting on May 6, 2023 At the meeting, Flaherty spoke in favor of NLPC’s shareholder proposal for an independent chairman. Buffett is currently both Chairman and CEO. Flaherty cited the reputational risk to the company posed by Warren Buffett’s close identification with Bill Gates and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its “woke” policies to which Buffett has contributed tens of billions. Flaherty pointed to Gates' association with Jeffrey Epstein, even after Epstein had been convicted of sex crimes against minors. From the Complaint: We hereby request that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) initiate a formal investigation, including the issuance of subpoenas, and take appropriate administrative and civil enforcement action against Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (Berkshire), Warren Buffett, its Chairman and CEO, and other Berkshire officers and agents, for their unlawful conduct during the annual shareholders’ meeting in Omaha, Nebraska on May 6, 2023. During his authorized and SEC-mandated presentation in support of Proposal No. 8 for an independent chair, Peter Flaherty, Chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), was interrupted by a Berkshire executive, had his microphone cut, and was arrested for trespassing because Warren Buffett, its CEO and Chairman, did not like what Mr. Flaherty had to say in support of NLPC’s proposal. In addition to imposing appropriate sanctions, the SEC should issue a cease and desist order against Berkshire from prematurely terminating NLPC’s and any other shareholder’s presentation at future annual shareholder meetings Events since the arrest have confirmed the importance of the issue. Last weekend, the Wall Street Journal published a lengthy story with new details about Epstein’s interactions with Gates and other wealthy individuals. On Monday, a federal judge ensured that the issue will stay alive in the new year when she ordered that the names of Epstein associates be made public. From the Complaint: NLPC further requests that the following enforcement and remedial actions be taken to ensure that NLPC’s rights as shareholders in the Company are protected and to remediate the violation of the rights of all other shareholders that took place by depriving them of the right to hear Mr. Flaherty’s statement supporting the proposal on May 6, 2023: Declare that Berkshire’s actions cutting off the mic of Mr. Flaherty before his allotted three-minutes to speak expired, having him expelled from the annual meeting, and subsequently arrested, constitute a violation of SEC’s rules and policies designed to protect shareholder rights. Order Berkshire to issue an apology on its website to NLPC and Mr. Flaherty for cutting his mic and having him arrested. Order Berkshire to post a video of Mr. Flaherty’s full uninterrupted three-minute prepared remarks on Berkshire’s website for at least three years, along with a written transcript. Issue a Cease and Desist Order that Berkshire shall refrain from prematurely terminating the oral presentation of Mr. Flaherty and any other proponent for an authorized shareholder proxy proposal or interrupting, harassing, or having them expelled from the meeting or arrested at future meetings as long as their presentation is in within the allotted time given by the company. Any and all other relief that the Commission deems just and appropriate. Click here for the Complaint. Click here for Complaint Exhibits. The Complaint includes links to three videos that together provide a complete account of what took place. What Flaherty said before his mic was cut: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egy8kpUaOIY Security moves in on Flaherty: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQOx7FAAGbU&t=0s The arrest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErHXIrDNz14 NLPC Counsel Paul Kamenar, who submitted the Complaint, concludes: "Berkshire’s and Mr. Buffett’s actions are an ominous precedent for the rights of shareholders that cannot be allowed to stand. We believe that the silencing and arrest of a shareholder during their presentation on behalf of their proposal at the annual meeting of a public company in the United States is unprecedented, should be sanctioned, and should not allowed to be repeated." NLPC has already filed a proposal on the risks of Berkshire’s business in China for the 2024 annual meeting. Founded in 1991, the National Legal and Policy Center promotes ethics in public life through research, investigation, education and legal action. Contact Details National Legal and Policy Center Dan Rene +1 202-329-8357 drene@nlpc.org Company Website http://www.nlpc.org

December 20, 2023 02:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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LiveChat’s new Webflow App Now Available for Users of Both Platforms

LiveChat, Inc.

The integration of LiveChat with the Webflow platform is now accessible to customers of both companies. This collaboration results from Text, the parent company of products such as LiveChat, ChatBot, and HelpDesk, partnering with Webflow, the creator of the no-code website-building platform currently used by approximately 3.5 million users. Thanks to the collaboration between Webflow and Text, adding LiveChat as a new communication channel has become remarkably simple for Webflow users. This addition can be facilitated through both the Text Marketplace and the Webflow Marketplace. “ We’re thrilled to welcome the LiveChat App to the Webflow Marketplace, ” said Dan Brown, Senior Director of Corporate Development at Webflow. “ We know that businesses are under increased pressure to offer real-time support and engagement, and believe this seamless integration between Webflow and LiveChat will help more businesses meet their customers where they are. ” “We are proud that LiveChat is the first product in its category directly integrated with Webflow and available on the Webflow Marketplace. As a result, we create significant added value for users who, with just one click, will be able to open a new communication channel and, as a result, monetize their online business more effectively and improve customer satisfaction, " added Szymon Klimczak, Chief Growth Officer at Text. Webflow is the world’s leading visual development platform for building powerful websites without writing code. LiveChat (owned by Text, formerly LiveChat Software) is a full-service customer support platform that assists businesses in capturing leads and making purchasing easier. Today, over 37,000 companies in more than 150 countries trust the platform to communicate with and engage clients. LiveChat’s Webflow App empowers Webflow users to swiftly and efficiently incorporate a new communication channel with their clients. With this integration, websites built on Webflow can now offer interactive and immediate customer support through LiveChat, leading to increased user engagement and stronger customer relationships. LiveChat boasts around two hundred integrations that can collaborate with various vital business solutions. It also consolidates communication from multiple channels in one place and gathers information for later analysis. The combination of LiveChat and Webflow data enables advanced analysis and reporting. Users can now monitor the effectiveness of online communication in the context of user behavior on the website, allowing for a more precise adjustment of customer service strategies. Key benefits of the LiveChat app offered to Webflow users: Proactive customer support. Communicate and engage with customers using a customizable chat with real-time data, interactive greetings, message templates, chatbots, and more. Over 200 tools to integrate with LiveChat. Connect the platform with CRMs, data analytics tools, email campaign software, and more to streamline processes and provide even better CX. Be where customers are. Access customer queries from various channels in one place, saving time on switching tabs while communicating with customers the way they like. ABOUT TEXT Operating in the “customer service” business, Text is one of the leaders in the global market for live chat solutions. Its LiveChat product supports companies in customer service, online sales support, and lead generation - allowing its partners to stay in touch with their customers anywhere and anytime. Text’s other products include ChatBot, HelpDesk, KnowledgeBase, and OpenWidget. LiveChat is used by over 37 thousand companies in 150 countries, the ChatBot product has over 2,800 customers in more than 30 countries, and the Helpdesk product has over 1,000 customers. Contact Details Text SA PR Team pr@text.com Company Website https://text.com/

December 20, 2023 10:40 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Aniview Becomes Google Certified Publishing Partner

Aniview

Aniview, a global provider of video advertising technology and monetization solutions, has been awarded Google Certified Publishing Partner (GCPP) status. The Google Certified Publishing Partner program is an exclusive network of advertising technology businesses that gives publishers and advertisers the confidence to know that they're working with an expert in the field. Entry into the program is granted to partners with a proven track record of helping publishers succeed. “This certification further solidifies Aniview as a credible Google partner and innovator, cementing Anview’s industry reputation for providing publishers and advertisers with advanced video advertising solutions that propel their businesses forward,” said Alon Carmel, Chief Executive Officer, Anview. “With this prestigious recognition from Google, Aniview is eager to continue its mission in powering the most efficient and effective advertising across the open web with unrivaled product versatility, open transparency, and customer support.” Aniview joins the program having demonstrated continued success in developing customized end-to-end video advertising solutions, including video player, video ad server, content management system, mobile SDK, and monetization marketplace for online video and CTV/OTT formats. As publishers face mounting headwinds in generating incremental revenue, Aniview has adapted its product stack to better serve the needs of the publisher ecosystem, including AI-based programmatic monetization capabilities. For more information on Aniview, visit www.aniview.com. About Aniview Aniview is a global adtech and media company whose platform is playing an increasingly central role in delivering efficient and effective video advertising across the open web. The company’s end-to-end solutions are highly flexible and transparent, and they operate on desktop, mobile, in-app, connected TV and over-the-top formats. Aniview’s patented video player technology, high-performance ad server and video marketplace provide flawless video delivery to over 200,000 publishers worldwide and power many of the world’s largest web publishing groups. Founded in 2013, Aniview now delivers, on average, 15 billion ad impressions per month. Contact Details Aniview Vaibhav Pandey info@aniview.com

December 18, 2023 08:15 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Reflection Analytics Launches Digital Platform for Comprehensive ESG Audit and Analysis

Reflection Analytics

Reflection Analytics, a technology company delivering ESG investment evaluation, reporting and advisory services, announced today that it has launched Reflect—the first and only platform for investor-focused ESG analysis, serving asset managers, financial advisors, and investors/institutions across six key areas: advisory, due diligence, compliance, portfolio management, auditing and reporting. Launched just two months after the SEC expanded Rule 35d-1, the “Names Rule,” to include ESG terms, Reflect is the market’s only “Names Rule"-compliant software, providing an investor-focused rating that scores companies across 250 data points in 18 ESG sub-themes while also offering asset managers a portfolio management tool to ensure continuous compliance. Under the SEC’s expanded rule, asset managers have 24 months to begin reporting on their alignment, demonstrating that 80% of their investments are in securities that reflect the terms in their name, or risk regulatory fines and fees. Unlike other ESG rating companies, which focus on only financial materiality and from the corporation’s management perspective, Reflect assesses companies from the perspective of an investor’s understanding and reasonable expectations. “The big ESG ratings agencies aren’t evaluating companies from the investor’s perspective—which the expanded SEC ‘Names Rule' requires—but rather are looking at them from a corporate management perspective, which is a real problem,” said Jason Britton, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Reflection Analytics. “With existing rating methodologies, a company like McDonald’s could have a higher ESG rating than a business focused on reducing greenhouse gases and cleaning up waste. With Reflect, asset managers have, for the first time, the ability to assess investments from the investor’s perspective and at a more granular level.” The SaaS tool assesses companies by benchmarking them against their sector peer group and ranking them by quartile performance. Beyond its use as a compliance tool, Reflect is designed to support values-based investing. The Reflect platform allows advisors, investors and institutions to review portfolios based on ESG components that are most important to them while also identifying types of companies to avoid, such as those associated with weapons or alcohol. After analyzing an investment portfolio, Reflect provides a real-time, percentage-match score, rating investments across 18 sub-themes ranging from “not aligned” to “strongly aligned.” Reflect can also weigh an existing portfolio against a curated list of investments, allowing individuals and institutions to compare assets via a side-by-side analysis. With comprehensive data on 6,500 companies—or 98% of the global market capitalization—the patent-pending software can analyze virtually every asset type, including individual equities, bonds and investments in various structures, including ETFs, mutual funds and SMAs. Like a credit-rating score, Reflect provides investors, advisors and asset managers with the most comprehensive, up-to-date ESG information and the assurance it brings. About Reflection Analytics Reflection Analytics’ patent-pending software—Reflect—is the only ESG ratings tool designed to serve asset managers, financial advisors and investors/institutions across six key areas: advisory, due diligence, compliance, portfolio management, auditing and reporting. Unlike other ESG software, which are reliant on rating methodologies rooted in the corporate perspective, Reflect analyzes 250 data points from an investor-focused viewpoint. As the industry’s only “Names Rule-compliant tool,” Reflect helps portfolio managers meet new compliance standards, with the SEC’s expansion of the “Names Rule” to include ESG funds taking effect in less than two years. Reflect maintains comprehensive self-reported and third-party data on 6,500 companies, or 98% of the global market cap. For more information, visit: www.reflectvalues.com. Contact Details For Reflection Analytics Peter Page ppage@vocatusllc.com Company Website https://www.reflectvalues.com/

December 14, 2023 10:05 AM Eastern Standard Time

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William DeCourcy Named AmeriLife’s Chief Lead Generation Officer

AmeriLife

AmeriLife Group, LLC (“AmeriLife”), a national leader in developing, marketing, and distributing life and health insurance, annuities, and retirement planning solutions, announced today that it has named William “Bill” DeCourcy to the newly created role of Chief Lead Generation Officer. Previously AmeriLife’s senior vice president of AmeriLife’s Growth Marketing & Customer Acquisition team, DeCourcy is charged with nurturing and growing AmeriLife’s suite of lead acquisition and performance platforms while ensuring a rigorous approach to generating, securing and managing leads without compromising quality. ‘While we remain relentlessly focused on consistency and volume in support of our affiliates and their agents, it’s also critical that our leads platforms and services adhere to the ever-changing and highly regulated compliance landscape,” said DeCourcy. “I’m excited for this new opportunity and grateful for AmeriLife’s continued focus and investment on what is – without question – the lifeblood of our insurance agents.” Over the course of his career at AmeriLife, DeCourcy has helped pioneer many impactful lead generation efforts, such as helping to establish its direct-to-consumer martech space; creating AmeriLife’s first, real-time lead generation and distribution platform, LeadStar; and representing AmeriLife as president of the Insurance Marketing Coalition. Prior to AmeriLife, DeCourcy worked in progressively senior performance marketing and business insights roles with Marriott Vacations Worldwide, Consumers Energy and Electronic Arts (EA). He holds an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. “Over the past year, AmeriLife has made significant strides in the lead acquisition and performance space,” said Ovi Vitas, Chief Marketing Officer for AmeriLife. “The company has introduced new platforms – such as LeadStar and yourDigitalLab – providing agents, marketers, and principals with diverse, high-quality leads, from mail and digital to self-generated and inbound, and more. We look forward to continuing to enhance and expand these always-on platforms to better serve our business under Bill’s leadership.” ### 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 a 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/

December 13, 2023 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Rotunda Capital Partners Announces New IT and Cyber Operating Partner

Rotunda Capital Partners LLC

Rotunda Capital Partners ("Rotunda"), an operationally focused private equity firm that partners with family-founder owned businesses, is pleased to announce the addition of Matt Mitchell to its team of Operating Partners. Mr. Mitchell will be responsible for providing experienced guidance and support with the goal of driving value creation on key IT and cyber related portfolio company initiatives that will enhance the platform to drive organic growth and accelerate the pace of acquisition integration. Mr. Mitchell joins Rotunda with over 30 years of experience working across a broad array of industries to establish digital strategies, architect IT roadmaps and build cyber risk management capabilities designed to maximize value creation. He previously served as Chief Information Officer at Covington & Burling, LLP, a global law firm. Prior to that, he was CIO of AARP, a nationally recognized nonprofit, CIO of Cenveo, a world leader of the distribution and management of print offerings and CIO of Aramark, a leading global education organization with over 3,000 locations. "We fully expect that Matt’s considerable expertise in implementing and leading strategic initiatives in IT will facilitate growth, mitigate risk and accelerate enterprise value creation initiatives within the portfolio," said John Fruehwirth, managing partner of Rotunda. "Rotunda remains committed to investing in our Operating Partner team to enhance the success of our portfolio companies." "I admire Rotunda’s focus on operational excellence, and its commitment to strong partnerships with portfolio companies," said Mr. Mitchell. "I am excited to collaborate with my fellow Operating Partners and management teams to drive value across the portfolio." 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, and residential 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 Margaux Valle +1 240-962-1707 PR@rotundacapital.com Company Website https://www.rotundacapital.com

December 12, 2023 01:56 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Contract Management Institute Announces New Governance Board

National Contract Management Association

National Contract Management Association’s (NCMA) Contract Management Institute (CMI), an institution dedicated to advancing the profession of contract management is thrilled to introduce its newly appointed Governance Board for the 2023-2024 term. These accomplished professionals will play a pivotal role in guiding the strategic direction of CMI and ensuring the organization's success. "Having had the privilege of working alongside these distinguished professionals throughout my career, I am absolutely thrilled and deeply proud to welcome them to the newly revitalized CMI," stated CMI's Executive Director and former Department of Homeland Security Chief Procurement Officer, Soraya Correa. "Their exceptional expertise and dedication will undoubtedly contribute to our shared vision, and I look forward to the extraordinary journey ahead." NCMA Chief Executive Officer, Kraig Conrad will become the Board Chair for CMI. He expressed his excitement, saying, "I am delighted and honored to serve as Chair for the Institute. CMI is poised to become an important extension of NCMA, providing valuable resources to elevate our profession. I look forward to our journey together and the positive impact we will make." Denyce Carter, the current Board Chair of NCMA, will be joining Kraig Conrad as a distinguished addition and Vice Chair to the CMI board. She said, "I look forward to being part of an initiative that identifies and creates ways to enhance contract management practices, ultimately improving the profession for the workforce and the broader acquisition community." Along with Mr. Conrad and Ms. Carter, the Governance Board includes several accomplished professionals – including three NCMA past Presidents – that bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the CMI board, representing a diverse range of organizations from government agencies and industry leaders to top consulting firms. The full list includes: Amanda Christian, Senior Vice President of Subcontracts and Procurement at CACI International Inc. She is responsible for setting direction, policy, and procedures based upon corporate-level strategy, and ensuring that procurement and subcontracts personnel provide value and contribute to the overall success of the company. Amanda is a Past-President of NCMA and served on its Board of Directors for seven years. She is a Fellow and currently serves on the Board of Advisors. Alan Chvotkin, Partner at Centre Law Group where he specializes in federal government contracts law and its policies and practices, including counseling companies on a wide range of matters from contract formation and performance through disputes and claims. Mr. Chvotkin is a Fellow of NCMA and currently serves on its Board of Advisors. Kim Denver, Senior Vice President and Chief Contracts Executive at Leidos, leads a team of over 250 contracts professionals, overseeing a diverse portfolio of thousands of active contracts, and previously held a key role as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Procurement. Mr. Denver currently serves on NCMA’s Board of Advisors. Wendy Masiello is currently an independent consultant, having retired from the U.S. Air Force as a three-star general in July 2017. During her 36-year career with the Air Force, she served as director of the Defense Contract Management Agency; deputy assistant secretary (contracting), Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition; and program executive officer for the Air Force’s $30 billion service acquisition portfolio. She is an NCMA Past-President, and currently a member of the Board of Directors for KBR Inc. and Board of Advisors for NCMA and the Public Spend Forum Debra Scheider is Vice President, Corporate Contracts for Lockheed Martin Corporation. She is responsible for leading the Corporations Contracting, Industrial Development, and Estimating work encompassing policies, strategies, training, and procedures across the Corporation. Ms. Scheider is Past-President of NCMA and served on its Board of Directors for nine years. She is a Fellow of NCMA and currently serves on the Board of Advisors. She is a Director for the Procurement Round Table. Karla Smith Jackson, currently serving as the Senior Procurement Executive, Deputy Chief Acquisition Officer, and Assistant Administrator for Procurement at NASA, is a seasoned professional with extensive expertise with more than three decades of federal contracting experience. Her noteworthy background is in program management, acquisition, and contract planning. She is currently a member of the NCMA Board of Directors. Charlie Williams, President, CWilliams, LLC., held a number of pivotal roles that significantly contributed to the field of contract management., Notably, he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary, Contracting for the United States Air Force, Director of the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA), Commissioner on the Section 809 Panel, President of the NCMA Board of Directors, Chair of the NCMA Standards Consensus Body, a valued member of the NCMA Board of Advisors, and a distinguished Member of the NASA Advisory Council. CMI is dedicated to fostering excellence in contract management by conducting research, studies, and analyses that promote engagement, standards, professional development, and enhanced business practices. The new Governance Board will play a pivotal role in guiding the organization's strategic direction and ensuring the continued growth and success of CMI. For more information about the Institute and its Governance Board, please visit ncmahq.org/cmi. The National Contract Management Association (NCMA) – www.ncmahq.org – stands as the premier contract management organization whose mission is to collaborate towards a globally recognized contract management profession that strengthens its nexus with related acquisition communities. Serving approximately 20,000 members in both the public and private sectors, NCMA propels the growth, advancement, and impact of practitioners through a steadfast commitment to serve through the open exchange of ideas in neutral forums. Contact Details National Contract Management Association Holly DeHesa +1 281-865-3296 holly.dehesa@ncmahq.org Company Website https://www.ncmahq.org

December 12, 2023 05:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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USA Benefits Group Partners with AmeriLife to Expand Agent Opportunities & Serve More Clients

AmeriLife

AmeriLife Group, LLC (“AmeriLife”), a national leader in developing, marketing, and distributing life and health insurance, annuities, and retirement planning solutions, announced today that it has partnered with USA Benefits Group, a fast-growing, national health brokerage dedicated to delivering the highest quality products, service, and support to independent agencies, agents, and their clients. Per the agreement, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “We see this partnership as a power play to further USA Benefits Group's explosive growth,” said Rick Banville, CEO of USA Benefits Group. “AmeriLife is a rapidly expanding giant in the industry who takes the pressure off of agencies like ours through resources like HR, payroll, compliance, legal, marketing, recruiting, and technology so we can do what we do best: recruit and train agents and agencies to be successful. We are very excited about our bright future together.” “We are so grateful and honored to become partners with AmeriLife,” added Jessica Banville, president of USA Benefits Group. “We are thrilled that our agents and clients will benefit from an even larger portfolio of products and support. This partnership will give us even greater opportunity in making the industry better as we continue to develop training systems that bring success to all. We are stronger together!” For more than three decades, USA Benefits Group has been at the forefront of helping agents and their clients navigate the complexities of health and ancillary insurance (including ACA and ACA alternatives) for the under-65 market. Over the years, the company has expanded its portfolio to include Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement insurance, life insurance, and health insurance benefits for small businesses, as well as developed proprietary tools and training for its insurance professionals to succeed and thrive. Headquartered in nearby Spring Hill, Fla., USA Benefits Group boasts nearly 2,000 independent contracted agents nationwide. Now, with access to AmeriLife’s best-in-class resources, deep product portfolio, and industry expertise and leadership, USA Benefits Group is primed to supercharge its growth and deliver even more value to beneficiaries across the United States. “I’m excited to welcome Rick, Jessica and the USA Benefits Group family to ours,” said Scotty Elliott, Chief Distribution Officer for AmeriLife Health. “Our shared values and commitment to excellence in service makes this a winning partnership right out of the gate, and I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together.” ### About USA Benefits Group USA Benefits Group is a nationwide insurance agency dedicated to the principles of service, integrity, professionalism and diversity. The company provides an extensive range of insurance products and pledges to honor its commitment to its producers, clients and carriers by holding itself to the highest ethical standards. Everything that USA Benefits Group does is designed to ensure that its customers are presented quality products with a “Servant’s Heart” and a goal of exceeding expectations. For more information, visit USABG.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 a 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/

December 11, 2023 10:10 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Innovator Ridima Jain Forges Compassionate Futures in Industrial Design

Ridima Jain

Ridima Jain, an acclaimed Industrial and Lighting designer, is captivating the world with her groundbreaking approach to design. Born in India and holding a Master's degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, Jain's work transcends boundaries, merging nature and culture seamlessly to create spaces that enhance human experiences. As a founding member of the Women in Design NYC Chapter of IDSA and a Visiting Associate Professor at Pratt Institute, Ridima Jain is not only shaping the future of design but also sharing her expertise with the next generation of designers. Her educational journey spans design schools in India, Germany, and the United States. This diverse experience positions her as a unique generalist in the design world, enabling her to make profound contributions across various domains. The centerpiece of Jain's portfolio is her graduate thesis at Pratt Institute, where she revolutionized the concept of window blinds. Her design extends beyond conventional uses, ingeniously channeling daylight deeper into interior spaces. This innovation not only enhances the aesthetic but also positively influences physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. Jain's commitment to healing environments is evident in her Emergency Housing Module, featured at Prototypes for Humanity in Dubai. The use of translucent Kalwall panels in these modular homes ensures a continuous interplay of light and space, offering comfort and maintaining circadian rhythms for individuals recovering from traumatic events. Jain's expertise extends into critical, life-saving designs with her Zero Light Tourniquet. Created for use in zero-light conditions, this product is a testament to her ability to address extreme challenges through design. It combines thermal detection and an automatic pneumatic braid system, significantly aiding medics in identifying and treating injuries in the absence of light, showcasing her versatility and commitment to impactful design solutions. Through her role as a co-creator and instructor of the Equatorial Living Lab, Jain shares her design philosophy with a broader audience. In this innovative four-semester project, students from two continents collaborate on low-cost housing in developing nations' equatorial climates. Jain, alongside Kevin Walz, guides students in blending historical and indigenous wisdom to create nurturing environments, focusing on innovation with local materials, fostering community and advocacy for quality of life. The first semester saw students delve into the history of low-cost housing, sustainable materials, and indigenous construction methods, culminating in an open-source online repository of their findings, designs, and construction documents. Jain’s unorthodox perspective in architecture enables her to critique and improve upon existing space designs. Her holistic view allows for innovative solutions that address both the physical and psychological aspects of living environments. For Ridima, the essence of design lies in its impact. "Making a positive impact on people’s lives, changing the way they interact with their environments and the people around them, " she asserts, is the core of her design ethos. Ridima believes that the spaces we inhabit profoundly influence our behavior, placing a significant responsibility on designers to create environments that promote positivity and sustainability. For further information, please visit www.ridimajain.com. About Ridima Jain Ridima Jain is an Industrial and Lighting designer known for her innovative approach to design that seamlessly blends nature and culture. With a Master’s degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute, she has made significant contributions to the field, with a focus on enhancing human experiences through thoughtful and impactful design solutions. As a trailblazer in the world of industrial and lighting design, Ridima continues to inspire and shape the future of design through her work, teaching, and advocacy. Contact Details Ridima Jain Ridima Jain rjain36@pratt.edu Company Website https://www.ridimajain.com/

December 11, 2023 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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