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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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French fintech Aria lands €15M to bring the digital payment experience to all businesses

Aria

B2B payments represent $120 trillion in volume annually around the world but only 7% of this is conducted digitally. Helping businesses upgrade their payments infrastructure and get paid instantly, French fintech Aria is today announcing a €15M funding round to expand their deferred payment infrastructure across the platform economy and B2B marketplaces. The funding round was led by 13books Capital with participation from Adevinta Ventures, Ankaa Ventures, Otium Capital and angel investors including Laurent Ritter (Purple), Mark Ransford and Guillaume Princen (former Stripe exec). Aria enables any merchant, B2B marketplace or vertical SaaS company that sells goods and services online and offline to offer their sellers a wide array of payment methods and terms, and get paid instantly — all in a single platform. Aria is able to connect with B2B marketplaces, transactional SaaS platforms and ERP systems to distribute early payment of supplier invoices and offers deferred payment options for end-clients via their API. Clément Carrier, CEO and co-founder of Aria, commented: “We have solved a big problem for freelancers and the platform economy but we have seen, first-hand, that businesses face a big bottleneck when it comes to payments. Most online business purchases today are completed by credit cards, while transactions via preferred methods for most businesses — like wires, checks, and online banking — remain offline and have to be conducted elsewhere. This is because the process is incredibly challenging, often involving offline quotes and invoices, multiple phone calls and emails, and long payment delays. Aria manages all of this complexity behind a slick checkout experience and makes offering flexible payments methods and terms as easy as using a credit card. The truth is that innovation in B2B commerce payments has lagged far behind the B2C space. We want to modernise wide-ranging aspects of how B2B commerce is conducted in the digital age.” Aria will offer businesses a check out experience akin to B2C users and underlying this the embedded payment infrastructure will cover funding, KYC/KYB, debtor risk analysis, anti-fraud analysis, credit insurance and debt recovery. A detailed dashboard will provide a clear overview of their payments landscape. Founded in 2019 in Paris by co-founders Clement Carrier and Vincent Folny, as ex-freelancers themselves they understood the pain of waiting for slow payment and uncertainty of income freelancers experience. Since launching their deferred payment API in 2021, Aria scaled up quickly to become the leading provider of deferred payments for the contingent workforce platforms in Europe. Aria is working with over 100 platforms to solve the payment gap between when suppliers need to get paid and when buyers want to pay for goods and services. Aria integrates directly into the platform's systems enabling instant direct payments to suppliers across Europe and allowing buyers up to 90 days to pay for services and goods. Over the last 12 months, on the back of growth in France and their UK launch, Aria has now processed over 0.5 Bn€ in payments for over 30k businesses and freelancers with invoices ranging from €500 to €20,000. Aria is supported by a €150m facility from several investors including M&G Investments to advance payments. Aria has partnered with Europe’s largest freelance platforms and marketplaces such as Malt, Brigad and Jump which are now being funded across Europe. Clément Carrier added: “While B2B payment volume is 5x the size of B2C retail payments, only 7% of B2B commerce is transacted online. Aria replaces the outdated method of B2B payments with an online experience that closely resembles B2C. With Aria’s suite of tools, companies can process any payment method, offer flexible net terms financing, and get paid instantly — all in one online platform. Buyers have the flexibility to pay like they would on a consumer website, transacting in a few clicks.” Michael McFadgen, Partner at 13books Capital, commented: “There is so much to like about Aria it’s hard to know where to start. Amazing team, exceptional growth, clear PMF across multiple verticals, highly capital efficient – they have it all. We’re very, very pleased they chose 13books as their partner for the next phase of growth and we look forward to supporting them.” The team at Aria are on a mission to help fully digitise B2B trade by bringing business payments and financing solutions online and closer to them, reducing friction in the buying process. Stefan Grabmann, Principal at Adevinta Ventures added: “Aria has developed a powerful solution enabling businesses and freelancers to receive payments on their own terms. We believe that the future of B2B marketplaces is fintech-enabled, and Aria is spearheading this transformation across Europe.” About Aria Aria is a B2B deferred payment infrastructure for the platform economy. It enables marketplaces, Transactional SaaS & ERPs companies to improve their growth by offering instant payments to their providers while maintaining cash flow until their customer has paid. Founded in 2019 in Paris by co-founders Clement Carrier and Vincent Folny. Since launching their deferred payment API, Aria has grown rapidly across Europe, to become the leading provider of deferred payment for contingent workforce platforms, working with the largest freelance platforms and marketplaces such as Malt, Brigad, StaffMe or Jump. For more information please visit https://www.helloaria.eu/en or follow via LinkedIn. About 13bookscapital 13books Capital invests in tomorrow’s financial technology. Founded in 2019 with a mission to back bold founders creating the world-changing financial technology of tomorrow, 13books Capital has invested $130 million in Europe's best fintech founders. Coupled with the experience and knowledge of its network, 13books Capital backs the journey of founders to realise their ambitions to scale globally. About Adevinta Ventures Adevinta Ventures is the investment arm of Adevinta, a leading online classifieds group and champion of sustainable commerce with a focus on Europe. Adevinta Ventures invests in start-ups in the marketplace technology space - giving promising ventures a leg-up whilst boosting economic prosperity in the sector. By leveraging the leading positions of Adevinta's brands (e.g. InfoJobs, leboncoin, Kleinanzeigen, Mobile.de, Fotocasa, Coches.net, Subito, Marktplaats) Adevinta Ventures adds strong value and is a long-term partner to its portfolio companies. Find out more at Adevinta.com/ventures. Contact Details Bilal Mahmood +44 7714 007257 b.mahmood@stockwoodstrategy.com Company Website https://www.helloaria.eu/en

December 12, 2023 08:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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JustiFi and Verifone Partner to Redefine Fintech for Platforms with a Unified Card-Present Solution

JustiFi

JustiFi, the fintech platform for platforms, is thrilled to announce its strategic partnership with Verifone, the payments architect shaping ecosystems for online and in-person experiences. Together, they are introducing a “Unified Card-Present” solution, designed to seamlessly integrate payments for platforms and their customers. Card-Present refers to transactions where the physical payment card is present at the point of sale. JustiFi’s Card-Present solution includes in-person transactions where customers use credit or debit cards with Verifone’s state-of-the-art payment terminals. This enhanced payment processing solution simplifies transaction procedures and consolidates reporting processes for platforms by seamlessly incorporating both card-present and card-not-present transactions within a unified, intuitive dashboard. This innovative offering provides JustiFi’s customers with options of Verifone terminals, including mobile, countertop and stand-alone devices. With flexible lease and warranty options, businesses can effortlessly expand their payment capabilities, leading to increased fintech revenue opportunities. “We are thrilled to unveil our groundbreaking Unified Card-Present solution in collaboration with Verifone,” said Joe Keeley, CEO of JustiFi. “What sets this solution apart is our commitment to providing a comprehensive fintech platform for our customers. With JustiFi, businesses no longer need to navigate a complex web of disparate systems for transaction data and reporting. Whether it’s online payments, embedded lending, insurance, or now in-person transactions, all critical data is consolidated into one powerful dashboard. This unified approach simplifies management, streamlines operations, and empowers our clients to focus on what matters most – driving their business forward.” “We are excited to partner with JustiFi on this innovative omnichannel solution,” said Tim Aden, EVP of Verifone Global Partners. “JustiFi is leveraging Verifone’s consumer-trusted suite of powerful, secure and durable payment terminals with options for checkout at every point of decision, whether in-lane, in the aisle or fully mobile.” With JustiFi’s new Unified Card-Present solution, businesses get the simplicity, flexibility, and reliability they need to thrive in today’s dynamic market. For more information about JustiFi’s Unified Card-Present solution and the benefits it offers to businesses, please visit: https://justifi.tech/justifi-verifone/ About JustiFi: Justifi.tech Media Contact: cory.ploessl@justifi.tech JustiFi, the fintech platform for platforms, enables software companies to monetize white-label fintech products like embedded payments, Buy Now, Pay Later, lending, and insurance faster than ever before. As a registered payment facilitator, JustiFi provides world-class customer support and helps platforms deliver seamless fintech experiences to their end users. About Verifone: Verifone.com/en/global Media Contact: Press@Verifone.com Verifone is the payments architect shaping ecosystems for online and in-person commerce experiences, including everything businesses need – from secure payment devices to eCommerce tools, acquiring services, advanced business insights, and much more. As a global fintech leader, Verifone powers omni-commerce growth for companies in over 165 countries and is trusted by the world’s best-known brands, small businesses and major financial institutions. Contact Details JustiFi Cory Ploessl cory.ploessl@justifi.tech Company Website https://justifi.tech/

December 12, 2023 08:00 AM 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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AI-Driven Media Discovery, Distribution and Monetization Platform VideoXRM Launches Netcapital.com Funding Campaign

VideoXRM

VideoXRM, the pioneering artificial intelligence (AI) driven, B2B video distribution and discovery platform, announces the launch a $500,000 offering on the Netcapital.com digital private capital markets ecosystem. Capital from the offering will be used for the continued development and commercialization of the VideoXRM platform. The minimum investment is $300 and the offering deadline is January 31, 2024. Learn more at: https://netcapital.com/companies/videoxrm Businesses increasingly utilize video and rich media to differentiate their benefits and to reach new audiences, yet most of this complex and unstructured content remains difficult if not impossible to find. VideoXRM brings expanded exposure and ROI to this high value content, that until now, has been virtually inaccessible via conventional search technologies. Utilizing proprietary AI-machine learning technology, metadata, and granular indexing, VideoXRM is able to automatically classify videos, audio, images, etc., enabling unparalleled media discovery. The platform is ideal for company to company and company to investor engagement, news media, researchers, supply chain and procurement managers, M&A sourcing, partnering and benchmarking. VideoXRM’s revenue streams will include promotional services, highly targeted video campaigns and premium content on a pay-per-view and pay-per-subscription basis. Initial revenue is targeted by year-end 2023. VideoXRM CEO, David N. Baker, commented, “Over the past 2 ½ years we have made huge progress building out the platform and business solely with internal funding. Our accomplishments include: Commercial Launch of the VideoXRM Platform Attracting 175 companies and 9,000 videos to the platform, with many content sources in the pipeline. Developing proprietary AI/Machine learning technology to extract video and audio metadata used to classify and index content within 140,000 industry categories. 2 Patents Issued and 3 Pending. “We are launching our Netcapital offering to fund our continued growth and enhancement of our platform. In Q1 2024 we will launch an entirely new aspect of our video platform, providing capabilities that will add substantial additional value for our customers and company. We hope you will join us on our journey to build the most powerful business media distribution and discovery platform to enable the leg of growth in video and rich media communications and commerce.” Connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter and Facebook. About VideoXRM ( VideoXRM.com ) VideoXRM is an AI-driven, B2B media discovery, distribution, communication and monetization platform that connects corporate rich media content with all potential stakeholders. The platform and smart search technology creates value and knowledge from mountains of unstructured digital media, delivering greater ROI from content investments. VideoXRM’s mission is harnessing the enhanced communicative power of rich media through a new distribution and discovery paradigm. VideoXRM was Co-founded by David N. Baker, who formed Revere Data LLC (Sectorbase) which was acquired by FactSet Data Systems, Inc. His Co-founders are Vadim A. Tarasov, Byron Kwok, and David Guzy. Contact Details Catalyst IR David C. Collins +1 212-924-9800 videoxrm@catalyst-ir.com Company Website https://videoxrm.com

December 08, 2023 08:20 AM Eastern Standard Time

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