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New Research from Lotis Blue Consulting Ranks Top Drivers in Retail Employees’ Decision to Leave or Stay - Finds 65% of Retail Employees Plan to Stay

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Lotis Blue Consulting (formerly Axiom Consulting Partners), a corporate advisory and business transformation firm, has released a comprehensive new report, Lotis Blue Future of Retail Workforce Study, analyzing the current state of the retail workforce. The study investigates ways the current macroeconomic environment has influenced retention trends for the retail workforce; factors that are becoming important to employee retention and loyalty; changing motivations for leaving a job; and primary attractors of unionization in retail. Research for the Lotis Blue Future of Workforce Study was conducted in Fall 2022 and surveyed more than 1,000 employees at 300 retailers including in apparel, big box, grocery, fast casual dining, specialty, convenience store, home goods, luxury apparel, and electronics sectors. The report evaluates how strongly various aspects of the Employee Value Proposition (EVP), which are employer offerings, and employee experience are influencing retail employees’ decision to stay, consider leaving or leave an employer. “Our most recent study doubled the size of our survey panel, giving us the opportunity to examine the findings alongside the Spring 2022 results to get to more nuanced findings across a larger pool of retail employees,” noted Lotis Blue Consulting partner and study author Aaron Sorensen. “From this, we found several key factors of the employee experience that were most compelling in the decision to stay or leave, including fairness in pay practices and promotions. We were then able to take that data and use it to predict an employee’s decision to stay or leave an employer with some 90 percent accuracy.” The study contains insights related to: - A ranking of the top 10 drivers in employees’ decision to stay, consider leaving, or leave - What proportion of employees intend to stay 5 years or more - By how much and why the cohort considering leaving is trending upward - Unionization and job satisfaction in retail - Education benefits as an important turnover driver - How work-from-home has affected retail employment and employees “While we found that between the April 2022 and late November 2022 surveys, most of the top 10 decision drivers to stay, consider leaving, or leave remained the same, there were some important changes in what is more and less important to employees,” noted Garrett Sheridan, CEO of Lotis Blue Consulting. “The future of retail employment looks bright, but employers will need to make changes to retain their talent and keep them healthy, safe and motivated.” For more information or to see the Lotis Blue Future of Retail Workforce Study, please visit: https://www.lotisblueconsulting.com/insights/future-of-retail-workforce-study/ At the intersection of growth and transformation, you’ll find Lotis Blue Consulting. We dig deep with personal attention and analytical rigor to uncover, define, and implement the smartest path forward for our clients. In doing so, we transform their most ambitious visions into a clear and sustainable reality. Contact Details Meir Kahtan +1 917-864-0800 mkahtan@rcn.com Company Website https://www.lotisblueconsulting.com

January 25, 2023 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Velocity Global Announces Global Equity Program For Employers

Velocity Global

Velocity Global, the leading provider of global talent solutions, today announced the launch of their Global Equity Program, providing customers with a compliant, locally tailored way to issue a variety of competitive and comprehensive award packages worldwide. As the prevalence of distributed (including remote) workforces has increased, so has the demand for meaningful ways to compensate internationally based teams. That has had significant implications for attracting, hiring and retaining top talent - as country regulations, international tax laws, and other local complexities have made it difficult for companies to issue equity in an easy and compliant way. With Velocity Global’s Employee of Record (EoR) solution, customers can issue grants transparently and easily to teams located across nearly three dozen countries and counting, ensuring they receive accurate pay and tax reporting. “When you give talent access to equity, you are conveying a key message that everyone is deserving of the same opportunities and investments regardless of where they land on the map,” said Jim Birch, Vice President of Global Payroll and Product Strategy. “The launch of our global equity programs further solidifies Velocity Global’s dedication to a people first approach and provides an invaluable benefit to better the employee experience, increase employee retention, and drive an overall positive impact on company culture and DE&I.” Providing equity to a distributed, international workforce can be complex and intimidating because regulatory frameworks vary from country to country. Velocity Global makes it easy for employers and talent to compliantly provide and receive equity by partnering with leading international legal firms to offer a unique streamlined experience that includes: Comprehensive Service: Velocity Global handles everything from assisting with withholding rates, payroll processing, supplemental reporting, plan registrations, and more. Worldwide Compliance: Velocity Global internal experts work closely with internationally renowned consultants to ensure equity awards meet local requirements. Versatile Awards: Velocity Global makes it easy to issue a variety of award types including stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock units, and phantom awards. Fast, Expert Support: comprehensive resource center and dedicated equity compensation team for answers to every question about global equity. Velocity Global will be sharing insight and expertise as the first EoR to speak at the Global Equity Organization (GEO) event, the world’s leading non-profit focused on promoting share ownership for the benefit of all employees, companies and communities. For more information on Velocity Global’s Equity Program, click here. About Velocity Global Velocity Global helps you compliantly hire, pay, and manage anyone, anywhere. We simplify the employer and talent experience—combining cloud-based technology and unmatched human support in 185+ countries. Start hiring across borders at VelocityGlobal.com. Contact Details Velocity Global News +1 720-650-4348 news@velocityglobal.com Company Website https://velocityglobal.com/

January 25, 2023 07:01 AM Mountain Standard Time

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Cisco’s Cybersecurity Resolutions Everyone Needs to Make

YourUpdateTV

A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/0zh5C-cLOgk While cybersecurity has become a top concern among consumers, especially as scammers and hackers have grown more creative, many struggle with how to practically protect themselves – what can they do to protect their identities, savings and credit? The security team at Cisco is on the cutting edge of cybersecurity – battling hackers, uncovering the latest scams and seeking out the weaknesses that leave people and businesses vulnerable. The team at Cisco has revealed its first-ever list of cybersecurity resolutions – the top hacks they expect to see targeting consumers and what the average person can do to protect themselves. In conjunction with the release of the cybersecurity resolutions J. Wolfgang Goerlich conducted a nationwide media tour providing expert insights and shared the top tips and tricks to help anyone create their own cybersecurity resolutions. Topics that Wolfgang discussed included: What do individuals need to know about current cybersecurity threats? What are the most persistent cyber threats for individuals? Unveiling of Cisco’s first-ever list of cybersecurity resolutions How the average person can protect themselves Top cybersecurity tips included: You Need to be Diligent Don’t click links from unknown sources - including text messages which have become a leading attack vector. No longer are suspicious links primarily sent through phishing emails If you get a suspicious text message or phone call, look for where it’s coming from. The way hackers have adapted - we must as well Consider Your Privacy Don’t connect to public networks or access sensitive data on your mobile devices. Do you need to grant an app access to your contacts, location or photos? Know what companies are asking of you - major companies, like Apple and Google, tell you the permissions upfront what they need; however, if the company doesn’t clarify what it can do with your data, don’t just click the agree to terms and conditions box; read it. Consider The Apps You and Your Kids Use Look at the news around TikTok - with local governments putting bans/restrictions in place, the future of the platform for all users remains up in the air Stay informed - have conversations with your kids around what you say and do online Consider the Security Efforts of the Apps you Use When you download an app, you’ve likely been asked, “Allow ‘app’ to track activity across other companies’ apps and websites?” notification from Apple - be mindful of what this means about your personal data before making a decision For example - does your banking app require multi-factor authentication? What about other apps that have access to your most private info? Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

January 25, 2023 08:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Travel Technology Association Files Comments with DoT Supporting Transparency & Consumer Protections

Travel Tech

The Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech), the voice of the travel technology industry and consistent advocate for public policy that supports a competitive and transparent marketplace, filed comments today in response to the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on “ Enhancing Transparency of Airline Ancillary Service Fees ” (DOT-OST-2022-0109). “Travel Tech has long supported the U.S. Department of Transportation’s efforts to ensure consumers have access to critical ancillary fee information. We did so in 2014 and are doing so again in 2023,” stated Laura Chadwick, President & CEO of the Travel Technology Association. “For too long, consumers have lacked the consistent ability to know the true cost of different flight options.” In its comments, Travel Tech addresses how ancillary fee information should be provided to ticket agents. In its proposed rule, the DOT seeks to omit global distribution systems from receiving mandatory ancillary fee data from airlines. “Travel Tech strongly recommends that ancillary fee data be shared with all channels that distribute fare and schedule information,” Chadwick continued. “It is the most simple and direct way to solve the issue of ancillary fee transparency for consumers.” Travel Tech also filed a petition today requesting a hearing on DOT’s proposed requirement to display the critical ancillary fee information on the first page of online search results. Travel Tech addresses this matter in its comments. “Our members are the leading innovators in creating consumer-friendly online travel information sites. We are deeply concerned about the DOT’s first-page search results requirements included in the proposed regulation. These rules, if adopted as written, will clutter and confuse the online air travel shopping experience for consumers. This is especially true for travel comparison sites that display multiple airlines’ schedules and fares,” said Chadwick. “In our comments and hearing petition, we argue that the Department should not displace ticket agents’ well-established expertise with a government-regulated website design mandate. Ticket agents should have the flexibility to design appropriate displays of ancillary fees and develop innovative new methods for consumers as well,” Chadwick continued. ### About Travel Tech The Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech) is the voice of the travel technology industry, advocating for public policy that promotes transparency and competition in the marketplace to encourage innovation and preserve consumer choice. Travel Tech represents the leading innovators in travel technology, including global distribution systems, online travel agencies and metasearch companies, travel management companies, and short-term rental platforms. To schedule an interview with a Travel Tech spokesperson, contact Dan Rene of kglobal at 202-329-8357 or daniel.rene@kglobal.com. Contact Details Travel Technology Association Dan Rene +1 202-329-8357 daniel.rene@kglobal.com Company Website https://www.traveltech.org.

January 24, 2023 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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‘Ready for Ron’ launches $3.3 Million National Independent Expenditure Campaign

Ready for Ron

Ready for Ron, the only credible independent group working to draft Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to run for President, launched a $3.3 million Independent Expenditure campaign to build the grassroots “ground game” to support a DeSantis Presidential candidacy. As detailed in a recent FEC report the campaign includes $2.3 million in national television advertising – at a rate of $100,000 per week – and $1 million for phone, mail, and digital outreach efforts. “This is a critical investment to engage the public with our message that Joe Biden and the Democrats are the problem, and electing Ron DeSantis is the solution. We must build up the national volunteer network it will take to win,” stated Dan Backer Counsel to Ready for Ron. “Following 3 straight election losses, it is clear, blowing big money on consultants for flashy ads that just talk at voters fails – but we see time and time again that our unique strategy of direct engagement creates real results around which we can build a winning ground game. We are pursuing a volunteer driven strategy that cuts out high-priced consultants and puts every penny into building the infrastructure to support a DeSantis candidacy.” In an interview with the Financial Times, Backer explained that “the purpose of the ad spending was to create ‘the backbone of a real ground game’ for DeSantis and ‘convince DeSantis that he has the grassroots support to run and win in a general election’. He added that Ready for Ron wanted to ‘bring in a whole host of people who aren’t part of the current universe’, including those who are not part of Trump’s base of conservative voters, which has dominated Republican campaigns in recent years. Fox News reported that In November Ready for Ron had already announced its petition has received more than 100,000 signatures. The petition is also the focus of a lawsuit Ready for Ron brought in the U.S. District Court for D.C. against the Federal Election Commission (FEC) challenging an FEC Advisory Opinion preventing Ready for Ron from sharing with Governor DeSantis the names of those who signed a petition encouraging him to challenge Joe Biden. Comments from Dan Backer featured in a Newsmax story focused on how the Ready for Ron “…spending should help ‘offset any competitive advantage that any other campaigns may or may not have”….between now and a hoped-for eventual announcement of a DeSantis candidacy. Politico also reported the news in its popular Playbook and Influence newsletters. In interviews with The Daily Caller and The Washington Examiner, Backer stated, “Ready for Ron is investing heavily in drafting Ron DeSantis to run for president in 2024, knowing that he is the Republican Party’s best chance to win back the White House. DeSantis’ pro-freedom platform has made Florida the best state to live in America — I know, I moved here — and we won’t stop until that platform goes national for all Americans to enjoy.” Since its launch in late May, Ready for Ron has enlisted more than one hundred twenty thousand supporters to build on-the-ground grassroots support, generated significant media attention, and produced and placed advertising to convince Ron DeSantis to run for President. Ready for Ron has emerged as the most successful and credible independent organization in support of a Ron DeSantis candidacy. Following nearly nine months of work by Ready for Ron, Governor DeSantis has a growing lead in polls in key states. The advertising efforts, phone calls, petition, and grassroots campaigns are helping generate significant leads in early primary and key battleground states and in the hearts and minds of the American people. Ready for Ron continues its TV and online advertising efforts to engage Americans to sign the petition at ReadyForRon.com to Draft Ron DeSantis to run in 2024. ### For more information or to schedule an interview with a ‘Ready for Ron’ spokesperson, please contact Dan Rene at 202-329-8357 or dan@readyforron.com. Contact Details Dan Rene +1 202-329-8357 dan@readyforron.com Company Website https://www.readyforron.com/

January 23, 2023 02:15 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Minuteman Press Franchise in Denver Acquires 31-Year Business A Great American Print Shop

Minuteman Press International Inc

Abel Corral, owner of Minuteman Press in Denver located at 4725 Paris Street, Suite 200, has acquired independent printing business A Great American Print Shop from retiring owner Frank Hibberd. A Great American Print Shop operated in Denver for 31 years. When Frank received a mailer from Minuteman Press, he reached out to Regional VP Jack Panzer. Jack says, “Frank wanted to retire and I told him about our unique ability to help independent print shops sell their business. I connected him with Abel, who had expressed interest growing and expanding his business through an acquisition. I am glad they were able to work out a deal, and I wish Frank all the best in retirement.” On the acquisition, Abel Corral says, “The acquisition came about on the heels of our three year anniversary; this is also our second acquisition in two years. I was looking for a way to grow my business and so I let it be known to Jack Panzer that I’d be interested in acquiring another print shop.” Abel continues, “A Great American Print Shop was strategically located within an area that I already reach and market to and so this acquisition just seemed like a good fit. I really liked that this was an established business with growth potential that I feel my team could capitalize on. The potential upside, close proximity, and perfect timing all came into play.” He adds, “The acquisition included an established client base, paper inventory, some equipment including cutters, and access to Frank during the transition. I expect this acquisition to help increase revenue by 20-25%. Also, this acquisition benefits AGAP’s customers in three key ways: First, we have received all of the previous artwork for AGAP clients to ensure a seamless transition as we serve their print, design, and mailing needs. Second, we will be able to offer promotional products and apparel to AGAP clients, which were not previously available. Third, we will be providing value-added local customer service and client support. Our Minuteman Press location is near Peoria & Interstate 70: 4725 Paris St. #200, Denver, CO 80239, inside the Pinecreek Office Center. We are also offering free delivery to AGAP customers.” Abel concludes, “I’m very grateful that my Regional VP Jack Panzer helped me by presenting this opportunity and helping me through the process. I expect this could be a game-changer for our business.” Abel Corral’s Minuteman Press franchise in Denver is located at 4725 Paris Street, Suite 200, Denver, CO 80239. For more information, call or visit their website: https://minuteman.com/us/locations/co/denver20/ Learn more about #1 rated Minuteman Press franchise opportunities and see Minuteman Press franchise reviews at https://minutemanpressfranchise.com. Contact Details Minuteman Press International Chris Biscuiti +1 631-249-1370 cbiscuiti@mpihq.com Company Website https://minutemanpressfranchise.com

January 23, 2023 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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NLPC Calls Upon Special Counsel to Search Biden’s Senate Records Stored at University of Delaware for Additional Classified Documents

National Legal & Policy Center

The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) has called upon the Special Counsel to conduct a search of Biden’s Senate records stored at the University of Delaware. The request follows revelations that additional classified documents were discovered Friday at President Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, during a 13-hour search by the FBI. The documents reportedly include at least one document from the time that Biden served in the Senate. In 2011, Biden donated a treasure trove of documents from his 36-year career in the U.S. Senate (January 1973-January 2009) that fills 1,875 boxes and also includes 415 gigabytes of electronic records. During his Senate career, Biden was Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee or its ranking member and had access to many classified documents. “The FBI needs to search the entire 14,000 square foot Penn Biden Center where classified documents were found by his private attorneys searching only Biden’s private office on November 2 nd. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who served as managing director also had an office there. The FBI also needs to search Biden’s Senate records stored at the University of Delaware as well as his beach home,” said NLPC Counsel, Paul Kamenar. “This scavenger hunt for classified documents has been a total farce and insult to the American people,” said Peter Flaherty, Chairman of NLPC. “The House Oversight Committee, Special Counsel, and NLPC’s FOIA investigation need to get to the bottom of Biden’s mishandling classified information.” NLPC has also criticized the handling of this matter by Biden’s private attorneys who are not cleared to review classified information and who may have tainted evidence of a crime with their fingerprints and mishandling. A major question remains unanswered: why did Biden decide two years after he occupied the White House to move his office at the Biden Center and why hire expensive private attorneys to do so instead of Biden Center staff? Other locations that Biden occupied since leaving office in January 2017 should also be searched. He first had a temporary transition office set up by GSA near the White House. Then a temporary Penn Biden Center facility was opened mid-town in Washington, D.C., before the office was opened in February 2018 near the Capitol. Biden also rented a 12,000 square-foot mansion in McLean, Virginia at $20,000 a month after he left the White House, about twice the size of his home in Wilmington, Delaware. NLPC has been investigating the Biden Center since early 2020 and its funding by Chinese donations, much of it anonymous. NLPC filed a complaint with the Department of Education in May 2020 and with the Department of Justice that both Hunter Biden and the Biden Center should be registered as a foreign agents with China under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. ### Please visit http://www.nlpc.org. For more information or to schedule an interview with a NLPC spokesperson, please contact Dan Rene at drene@nlpc.org or call 202-329-8357. Founded in 1991, NLPC promotes ethics in public life and government accountability through research, investigation, education, and legal action. Contact Details Dan Rene +1 202-329-8357 danrenejr@gmail.com Company Website http://www.nlpc.org

January 23, 2023 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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AmeriLife Announces Key Organizational Changes on Heels of Strong Growth & Expansion

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Following three years of record-breaking growth and expansion, AmeriLife Group, LLC (“AmeriLife”) today announced a strategic, organizational restructuring with the creation of two new, distinct distribution groups – Wealth and Health – an evolved structure designed to deliver more focused growth along with the resources needed to continue to grow AmeriLife’s industry-leading partners. Wealth will be led by AmeriLife’s Chief Distribution Officer Mike Vietri, reporting to AmeriLife Chairman and CEO Scott R. Perry. Health will be led by newly appointed Chief Distribution Officer and former president of AmeriLife’s Life & Health Brokerage Distribution Scotty Elliott, reporting to AmeriLife’s Chief Operating Officer Tim Calvert. “This reorganization represents a natural evolution of our strategy. Five years ago, AmeriLife embarked on a journey to build the capabilities that we would need to deliver on our mission of offering a full suite of insurance and retirement solutions to provide people peace of mind, enabling them to live longer, healthier lives,” said Perry. “Through execution of our organic and inorganic growth plans, we are now at a stage where we’ve assembled comprehensive capabilities across the spectrum of Health and Wealth to deliver a platform of products and technology that agents and advisors can utilize to effectively deliver holistic solutions to the market, engaging with consumers through their channels of choice. “We are fortunate to have a talented and experienced group of senior leaders at the helm of this new structure to optimize this platform. Additionally, the new structure provides a laser focus on our two core areas of business, affording even greater growth and profitability opportunities within Wealth and Health.” Wealth Distribution Over the past seven years, Vietri has grown AmeriLife’s distribution organization to over $9 billion in overall premium, $7.2 billion in assets under management, and more than 120 affiliates and agencies nationwide. Given his depth of knowledge and experience in the wealth management and financial services industries, and considering the growing demands of the organization, Vietri’s focus, going forward, will be on AmeriLife’s annuities, underwritten life, and wealth and retirement advisory verticals. Saybrus, TruChoice Financial Group, ICON and Brookstone will remain key to AmeriLife’s overall Wealth strategy. Vietri will continue to report to Perry, while AmeriLife Benefits and AmeriLife’s Career Agency will continue to report to Vietri under their current leadership. Additionally, AmeriLife’s Distribution Centers of Excellence, including Distribution Analytics, Distribution Operations, and its Business Revenue Group (BRG), will continue to report to Vietri and maintain their enterprise focus. AmeriLife’s Wealth-focused affiliates will continue to report to Denny Southern. “Over the last few years, AmeriLife’s efforts to add to its wealth-focused services and solutions has set us up for continued growth in the space at exactly the right time,” said Vietri. “I’m incredibly excited for the realignment of our organization. In particular, I’m thrilled to lead AmeriLife’s Wealth Distribution at time when our offerings align perfectly with consumers’ needs and our holistic approach to wealth management and retirement planning ensures customers never outgrow our advisors.” Health Distribution Elliott joined AmeriLife in 2019 with a focus on distribution business development, and was elevated soon thereafter to lead AmeriLife’s Life & Health Brokerage Distribution, overseeing field distribution initiatives, carrier partnerships, and IMO and FMO relationships. Reporting to Calvert, Elliott will take on AmeriLife largest and fastest-growing business. Their stewardship of Health will allow AmeriLife to deliver even greater strategic efficiencies – at scale – to ensure sustainable growth for its partners. In his new role, Elliott will continue lead AmeriLife’s Medicare and Simplified Issue Life verticals, as well as assume accountability of AmeriLife’s Direct-to-Consumer distribution arm, which will continue to be led by Jim Palmer. “I’m humbled by the opportunity to lead AmeriLife’s Health Distribution,” said Elliott. “I’m forever indebted to Scott and Mike for their support and leadership, and hope to make them proud with this new venture. I also want to commend the talented group of affiliates that comprise AmeriLife. They are the reason we are experiencing so much success, and I’m eager to serve them for years to come.” Since 2020, AmeriLife has added 65 affiliates serving more than 350,000 agents and advisors nationwide. While its Life & Health business has more than doubled in size during the same time period, the company remains equally focused on growth opportunities and synergies within its wealth-focused lines of businesses, strengthened by the recent addition of TruChoice Financial Group, its joint venture ICON with AIMCOR Group, and evidenced by more than $8 billion in annuities premiums and more than $7 billion in assets under management as of the end of 2022. Added Perry: “I couldn’t be happier for Mike and Scotty as they assume their new leadership roles and pursue more ways to serve and support our trusted and talented affiliate partners, which will allow them to achieve new levels of growth and success.” ### 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 350,000 insurance agents and advisors and more than 100 marketing organizations and insurance agency locations nationwide. For more information, visit AmeriLife.com, and follow AmeriLife on Facebook and LinkedIn. Contact Details Media Jeff Maldonado +1 321-297-1112 jmaldonado@amerilife.com Partnership Inquiries Patrick Nichols +1 727-726-0726 pnichols@amerilife.com Company Website https://amerilife.com/

January 18, 2023 02:50 PM Eastern Standard Time

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KAFL Insurance Resources Becomes Newest ICON Affiliate

AmeriLife

AIMCOR Consolidated LLC (“ICON”), a joint venture between AIMCOR Group, LLC (“AIMCOR”) and AmeriLife Group, LLC (“AmeriLife”), announced today that it has acquired KAFL Insurance Resources (“KAFL”), one of the largest brokerage general agencies (BGAs) in the northeast. Per the agreement, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “As the dynamics of insurance brokerage evolve, today’s value proposition needs to include more services and resonate with the non-traditional insurance advisor,” said Peter Skelton, corporate advisor of KAFL Insurance Resources. “As we looked to find the right strategic partner to enhance technology and expand distribution access, ICON stood out as the ideal partner, aligned with our core values of Innovation, Collaboration, Integrity and Respect. Simply put, ICON has a different message and different value than what we found in the market and KAFL is proud to become an ICON affiliate.” Founded in 1991 in Rochester, N.Y., KAFL’s national sales and service teams specialize in partnering with financial professionals, agents and affiliates to provide agency, business consulting, marketing and new business support services for a variety of products, including underwritten life, disability, long term care, annuities, employee benefits and other senior market products. As part of ICON, KAFL will continue to be a leading AIMCOR member and become ICON’s primary hub for central solutions and services, helping to support the growth of its fellow ICON affiliates and expand access to underwritten life products across AmeriLife’s distribution channels. With the closing of this deal, Peter Skelton and Lorrie Gibbons will become principals in ICON and part of its corporate senior leadership team while continuing to oversee KAFL’s affiliated locations. “We are so excited to share the news of our partnership with ICON. Our talented team has worked hard over the years to create strong operational processes that we look forward to building upon together by offering an expanded product suite and access to more resources that will make it easier for our producers to write business,” said Lorrie Gibbons, president and CEO of KAFL. “As our business and industry continue changing, ICON gives us the confidence of knowing that we can continue our successes and growth into the future!” “With the addition of KAFL’s breadth of expertise, talent and operational capabilities to ICON, we’re positioned to accelerate our efforts of building the necessary infrastructure to better support our AIMCOR and AmeriLife partners, grow the adoption of individual protection solutions, and expand product access across our collective distribution networks,” said Marc Verbos, president of ICON. “Our partnership with KAFL marks a significant milestone in our journey of building an industry-leading distribution company, and is a testament to our ability to deliver meaningful value to our affiliates.” “We’re creating a truly unique and attractive value proposition for the BGA that is looking to affiliate with a national marketing organization that offers an expanded choice in ownership structure, operating model, product and distribution access,” commented AIMCOR president & CEO John Ziambras. “ICON’s continued growth further validates our journey to evolve AIMCOR into a best-in-industry NMO that continues to deliver unparalleled value to our members.” “KAFL has a strong portfolio and applies just the kind of comprehensive, holistic approach that AmeriLife strives to add to its best-in-class distribution network,” added Mike Vietri, AmeriLife’s Chief Distribution Officer. “We’re excited to welcome the KAFL team to ICON and are excited to support their continued expansion and growth ambitions.” ### About KAFL Insurance Resources KAFL Insurance Resources is passionate about their role in creating long-lasting partnerships within a nationally-focused, multi-line general agency built on values of integrity, respect, accountability, innovation and collaboration. They offer a well-rounded portfolio to create a holistic approach to supporting their producers and creating peace of mind with all partners by providing access to innovative tools and resources to make doing business easier, while remaining dedicated to providing a customized team approach that ensures personalized service to help producers, agents, and financial professionals grow their business. For more information, visit KAFL.com. About ICON ICON (“AIMCOR Consolidated LLC”) is a joint venture between AIMCOR Group, LLC and AmeriLife Group, LLC. By combining the power of a premier national marketing organization (“NMO”) with capital resources, innovative technology, a multi-product platform and a robust suite of centralized shared services, ICON offers brokerage general agencies (BGAs) a different way to stay competitive and evolve their business. ICON helps its partners focus on long-term sustainability by helping reduce risk, gain access to capital, and empower their ability to deliver a comprehensive portfolio of products and services, all while supporting their producers so that they can better scale their business, protect their legacy, and enhance their service offerings. Contact Details AmeriLife Media Relations Jeff Maldonado +1 321-297-1112 jmaldonado@amerilife.com ICON Media Relations Mike English +1 866-428-0180 mike.english@aimcorgroup.com Partnership Inquiries Patrick Nichols +1 727-726-0726 pnichols@amerilife.com Company Website https://amerilife.com/

January 18, 2023 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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