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BEE Launches New Features to BEE Pro to Further its Mission to Democratize Content Design

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BEE, a business unit of Growens and premier digital content design platform, released two new features to its BEE Pro product, a no-code email & landing page design suite currently being used by designers, email marketers, e-commerce, higher education, business owners, agencies and entrepreneurs. These updates come at a time when BEE is seeing substantial growth with its BEE Pro paid subscription, forecasting upwards of 9k paid users. The latest BEE Pro features include: Increased collaboration through “ Mentions” feature. Users can now use a mention (@mention) to alert any team member of updates collaborating on a design project. Improved processes through the new “ Notification Center. ” This update keeps the user informed on mentions, exports or publishing of active design projects. These new features further BEE’s mission to democratize content design. Users can now initiate mentions to their teammates through the comment section while working directly in BEE Pro, eliminating the need to work across multiple platforms. They are able to invite their teammates to review a design, assign tasks and collaborate on all work completed in their specific brand, helping to keep the design process aligned. The notification center helps keep everyone up to speed with changes and edits for a faster collaborative process. These updates assure a faster collaborative process. “We are excited to see these new features go live in BEE Pro. It’s a big deal for teams to be able to collaborate in real-time on any project in one place” said Mariela Towers, Head of Marketing at BEE. “The design process for some teams often involves a lot of collaborators — BEE Pro is continuing to make it easier for team members to work together. Our internal team is excited to see the expanded features. We use BEE Pro for all of our email communications and have been able to cut 3 days out of our workflow. The new features have improved our collaboration processes allowing us to work that much faster.” These updates from BEE Pro are the latest following previously announced landing page capabilities, mobile design mode and co-editing tools earlier this year. Since launching in 2016 as an email editor tool, BEE continues to invest in feature developments for BEE Pro bringing maximum value to users, including multiple integrations built specifically for email server providers. About BEE: BEE provides no-code design tools that empower everyone to quickly create content that resonates. BEE’s visual builders are used to design emails, landing pages, one-page sites and more. They deliver fantastic design flexibility and a great user experience, combining granular control on design elements with handy features like editing content directly in mobile view. BEE is building on its vision to help democratize content design, with millions of monthly users in over 20 languages and from over 150 countries. BEE’s design tools are available online at beefree.io and embedded in 600+ SaaS applications. Contact Details Angelina Kaliszak angelina@kitehillpr.com Company Website https://beefree.io/

August 05, 2021 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Cloud Conventions & MCI Group Partner with Medical Professionals to Deliver Virtual/Hybrid Events

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Cloud Conventions, an enterprise virtual/hybrid event platform and the MCI Group, a leading global event management firm are partnering to deliver virtual and hybrid event solutions for medical organizations to complement their live events. The American Thoracic Society, a nonprofit organization focused on improving care for pulmonary diseases with more than 16,000 members worldwide, launched their annual conference in April 2021 as a 100% virtual event. They selected the MCI Group as its event management partner and Cloud Conventions as its virtual event platform. This August, the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses(AORN), guided by an abundance of caution from the recent surge in COVID cases, transitioned their hybrid conference to a fully virtual event under the guidance of the MCI Group. Their new virtual event will educate and engage attendees and exhibitors using the Cloud Conventions virtual/hybrid event platform. “Audiences for conferences hosted by medical professional groups have unique requirements and a heightened awareness of the risks imposed by the pandemic,” said Carolyn Bradfield, CEO of Convey Services, parent company of Cloud Conventions. “Medical professionals not only want to stay up-to-date on scientific advances, but they also need to complete continuing medical education (CME) to maintain licensure. A virtual, on-demand option for engagement plus education ensures attendees have a safe environment to meet their educational needs, interact virtually with other attendees and engage live or on demand with suppliers and sponsors.” The American Thoracic Society’s all-virtual conference in April brought together 9,000 registered attendees for 140 clinical and scientific sessions, 71 special networking events and over 3800 presentation sessions and scientific posters. The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses will offer on-demand and live sessions, a networking and innovation lounge, an exhibitor solutions center hosting in-booth sessions, product showcases along with an innovation theater. “Striking the balance between a live and virtual event environment is a strategic decision that medical professional groups must make as they consider event design today and even more in the future,” said James Kelley, Director at the MCI Group. “Our customers rely on MCI to guide them to deliver the best options that engage audiences before, during and after the event ensuring that virtual environments complement and not conflict with the on-site program.” A recent research study, “Association Trends: from Disruption to Opportunity” by Community Brands, revealed that 85% of association event professionals plan to invest more in virtual events in the next 12 months. This trend is driven by a 48% increase in members engaging more with their associations due to increased virtual options and on-demand education. The Tagoras 2020 “Virtual Conference Report” detailed that 75% of those delivering virtual events did so to reach audiences who could not otherwise attend. With the increase in COVID cases driven by variants, medical professional groups are now pressed to include virtual alternatives that are specifically geared to the industry, as they enter the busy fall conference season. Download the Case Study: “The 2021 American Thoracic Society Virtual Event” for free at: https://cloudconventions.com/page/135834/ats-customer-success-story. Show organizers and event managers can learn more about Cloud Conventions by visiting https://cloudconventions.com and the MCI Group by visiting http://www.mci-group.com/usa. About The MCI Group MCI is a global engagement and marketing agency. We design human-centric solutions that unleash the power of people to deliver innovation and growth for our clients. Our offering includes live & virtual events, strategic & digital communications, consulting & community solutions. We help brands, companies, associations, and not-for-profits solve their challenges, bringing their people together to shape their tomorrow. MCI is an independently owned company headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, with a global presence in 60 offices across 31 countries. www.mci-group.com MCI’s US headquarters is in the Washington, DC area with offices in New York, Baltimore, Dallas, and Chicago. www.mci-group.com/usa About Cloud Conventions Cloud Conventions from Convey Services is Cloud Conventions is an enterprise virtual/hybrid event management platform that redefines the exhibitor and attendee experience to allow companies to provide easy access to in-depth product information, showcase their brands with graphics and videos, create calls to action and generate immediate sales leads. Used around the world for large managed events and smaller self-directed meetings, conferences and corporate kickoffs, Cloud Conventions automates exhibitors and virtual booths, continuing education, speaker sessions and reminders, invitations and email communication, while at the same time producing detailed analytics on attendee, session and exhibitor activity. Cloud Conventions supports multiple languages and currencies, internal, external and single-sign on registration, and supports all conferencing carriers and platforms. Trade Associations and event managers can explore all of the Cloud Conventions solutions by visiting https://cloudconventions.com or contacting info@cloudconventions.com or call 888-975-1382. Cloud Conventions™, Community™, Cloud Kickoffs™, Conduct™, One-Touch Email Share™, Hub & Spoke™, 360° Virtual Exhibit Hall & Lobby Experience™ and ListLock™ are trademarks of Convey Services LLC Contact Details Convey Services Bruce Ahern +1 770-580-0810 bahern@conveyservices.com Company Website https://cloudconventions.com

August 04, 2021 03:09 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Velocity Global hires tech operations leader Eric Schroeder as Chief Operating Officer

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Velocity Global, the leading provider of global employment solutions, added technology operations veteran Eric Schroeder as chief operating officer. Schroeder applies two decades of operations leadership to support clients, their distributed workforces, and scale Velocity Global’s worldwide team. “Eric led global safety operations for Uber, one of the world’s top tech companies that combines complex infrastructure with a simple human experience,” said Ben Wright, Velocity Global founder and CEO. “His global operations expertise aligns directly with our global work platform for an always-on connection between employers and the talent who rely on us for everything from timely, accurate payroll to customized compliant solutions in global markets.” Schroeder most recently was vice president of operations for autonomous driving company, Ghost. Prior to that, he was head of global safety operations for Uber and also held roles as General Manager for Utah and Northern California. Before Uber, he spent three years with McKinsey and Company in the U.S. and South Africa. Schroeder is also a proud Army veteran where he served in Special Forces and completed two combat deployments to Afghanistan. “My experience at Uber inspired a passion for the future of work — the balance of opportunity and owning how, when, and where you work,” said Schroeder. “I’ve long been impressed with Ben and the team at Velocity Global where I now direct that passion in a way the world has not yet experienced. The team built and maintains the backbone of global employment, enhanced by a first-class technology experience. The multifaceted platform connects employers with talent anywhere in the world.” The company’s global work platform simplifies the employer and employee experience through proprietary cloud-based workforce management technology, personalized expertise, and unmatched global scale. Users access a streamlined technology interface as well as partner with a dedicated experience team for individualized solutions and expertise. As the largest global Employer of Record (EoR) in 185 countries and all 50 United States, Velocity Global manages a client’s workforce and provides in-country and in-state compliance, payroll, and benefits for the supported employees. The company also offers Independent Contractor Compliance to assess a workforce, and Agent of Record (AoR) to streamline payments to contractors globally. Schroeder leads the customer experience and delivery team, global payroll and benefits, and worldwide operations with employees across five continents. About Velocity Global Velocity Global accelerates the future of work beyond borders. Its global work platform simplifies the employer and employee experience through proprietary cloud-based workforce management technology, personalized expertise, and unmatched scale. As the largest global Employer of Record (also known as International PEO) in 185 countries and all 50 United States, more than 1,000 brands rely on Velocity Global to build global teams without the cost or complexity of setting up foreign legal entities or state registrations. The company offers additional services including Independent Contractor Compliance to assess a workforce, and Agent of Record (AoR) to streamline payments to contractors. Velocity Global was named a “Leader” in Global Employer of Record services by prominent analyst firm NelsonHall. Founded in 2014, the company has hundreds of employees across five continents. For more information visit velocityglobal.com. Contact Details Velocity Global John Hall +1 720-650-4348 news@velocityglobal.com Company Website https://velocityglobal.com/

August 04, 2021 07:02 AM Mountain Daylight Time

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Cyvatar Launches First-Ever Cybersecurity Side Hustle

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Cyvatar today announced the release of the CydeHustle, a customer referral program that helps everyday people earn extra money on the side by referring organizations in their network to Cyvatar. The CydeHustle is easy work you can do in your spare time. In just a few minutes, you can not only bring in more money for yourself, but you can also enable people from all walks of life to help tip the cyber scales in favor of the good guys by stopping threat actors from breaching the brands and businesses we love. Organizations face more than 100,000 malicious websites and 10,000 malicious files every single day. Last year, malware increased by 358% and ransomware by 435% -- in fact, ransomware alone is now a multibillion-dollar industry staffed with expert researchers, strategists, technologists, and front-line hackers. Cyvatar’s ground-breaking cybersecurity as a service (CSaaS) levels the playing field so that any organization regardless of size or budget can combat threat actors. Joining the CydeHustle means you can enjoy the rewarding experience of keeping the businesses in your network safe... and get paid for it. "The Cyvatar CydeHustle program is a no-brainer, and the corresponding partner portal makes it easy to earn money on the side,” said CydeHustler Chris W. “Just as much as Cyvatar simplifies cybersecurity management for customers, it’s absolute simplicity to earn easy commissions with Cyvatar, even while juggling a full-time position and family responsibilities. Now anyone can be a deal-making machine!" Every CydeHustle referral that becomes a sale earns money for the person who introduces them: 20% of the sale price when the contract is signed, 10% of any upgrades purchased in the first year, and an additional 5% each year the referral renews. It’s easy money. Everybody needs better security, and Cyvatar’s CSaaS enables organizations to get better security outcomes fast. “The CydeHustle is so easy and so lucrative that we’ve already paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to CydeHustlers,” said Edward Preston, vice president of sales at Cyvatar. "Partners get paid for referring companies in their networks, those businesses get a game-changing cybersecurity program, and our world becomes safer from the onslaught of cyber threats.” Importantly, Cyvatar CSaaS is both accessible and affordable: For as little as $20 a month, customers receive out-of-the-box cybersecurity that includes products and services, a platform to manage them, and an expert team to support them -- all for one fixed monthly price. What’s more, Cyvatar sells itself -- it’s one of the 50 Most Trustworthy Companies recognized by the Silicon Review and has won 20 awards for cybersecurity innovation and excellence. CydeHustlers can keep their day jobs or Hustle between classes, after work, or from the far reaches of the world, because the Hustle is real -- and risk-free. Cyvatar keeps individual participation completely private unless participants explicitly choose to share their activity publicly. So what are you waiting for? Make a difference. Make an introduction. Make the world a safer place by keeping threat actors away from the businesses you know and love. All you have to do is sign up. Share the Cyvatar story. And get paid. Sign up and start earning today! About Cyvatar Cyvatar is committed to effortless cybersecurity for everyone. As the industry’s first subscription-based, cybersecurity-as-a-service (CSaaS) company, it’s our mission to transform the way the security industry builds, sells, and supports cyber solutions. We empower our members to achieve successful outcomes by providing expert advisors, proven technologies, and a strategic process roadmap to guarantee results that map to their business drivers. Our approach is rooted in proprietary ICARM (installation, configuration, assessment, remediation, maintenance) methodology that delivers smarter, measurable security solutions for superior compliance and cyber-attack protection faster and more efficiently, all at a fixed monthly price. And because we’re a subscription, members can cancel anytime. Cyvatar is headquartered in Irvine, California with locations around the world. Begin your journey to security confidence at cyvatar.ai and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter. Contact Details Cyvatar KC Higgins +1 303-434-8163 kc@cyvatar.ai Company Website https://cyvatar.ai/

August 03, 2021 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Pedro Mona Joins ForwardPMX as Global Director of Martech and Data to Lead Proposition and Product Service

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Global data and technology-driven marketing services company, ForwardPMX, today announced that Pedro Mona is joining the agency as its new Global Director of Martech and Data. This global role will be based in London and will see Pedro lead ForwardPMX’s Martech and Data proposition globally, further strengthening the agency’s capabilities across each region and solving challenges for its extensive global client base. With a strong background in consulting spanning over 15 years, Pedro brings with him an extensive wealth of experience from similar senior leadership roles in global companies such as Publicis, Mediacom, Somo, and most recently at iProspect, where Pedro was Managing Director of Platforms and Engineering. Within this role, Pedro he commercial opportunities, and lead tech partnerships, as well as the data insights and advanced activation channels teams for the agency. With client relations at the heart of the agency’s offerings, Pedro has the vision to join the business and influence this area with his extensive knowledge, particularly surrounding the legal aspects of extremely complex data practices that many clients sometimes struggle to articulate. Tom Manning, Global Head of Consultancy, commented, “Pedro’s experience in supporting the delivery of scaled data-driven solutions will be crucial in helping to further develop ForwardPMX’s Consultancy and media capabilities, and help us solve the complex challenges our clients are increasingly faced with.” Manning added, “Pedro’s hiring is a sign of our continued investment in the ad tech and media landscape, and to becoming the leading global data and tech marketing services business across the globe.” On the new role, Pedro commented, “I am extremely thrilled to be joining ForwardPMX, in this new role particularly at this time of change within the data landscape. It is an honour to be part of a forward-thinking senior management team and an agency that is very passionate about keeping ahead of the changes that occur in the data world whilst keeping their clients front and center.” About ForwardPMX: ForwardPMX is a global data and technology-driven marketing services company, designed to help brands find the change that delivers meaningful growth to their businesses. With over 20 offices worldwide and 1,000 of the industry’s most distinguished talent, ForwardPMX brings a unified global vision, with local depth and expertise across a comprehensive set of data, technology, consultancy, and performance solutions that reach people all over the world. By pairing people with data-led processes and powerful technology capabilities, ForwardPMX is uniquely positioned to deliver scale and accelerate problem-solving. ForwardPMX is a proud member of Stagwell, a challenger holding company built to transform marketing. For more information, go to: www.forwardpmx.com About Stagwell Inc. Stagwell is the challenger holding company built to transform marketing. We deliver scaled creative performance for the world’s most ambitious brands, connecting culture-moving creativity with leading-edge technology to harmonize the art and science of marketing. Led by entrepreneurs, our 10,000+ specialists in 30+ countries are unified under a single purpose: to drive effectiveness and improve business results for their clients. For more information, go to: www.stagwellglobal.com Contact Details ForwardPMX Dammi Afolabi +44 7958 069108 dammi.afolabi@forwardpmx.com ForwardPMX Sara Pollack +1 917-438-4923 Company Website https://www.forwardpmx.com/

August 03, 2021 05:05 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Akeneo Once More Named a Leader in IDC MarketScape on PIM

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Akeneo, a global leader in Product Experience Management (PXM) solutions, today announced that it has once more been ​named a Leader in this year’s ​IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Product Information Management Applications for Commerce 2021 Vendor Assessment (Doc # #US47482521, July 2021). The recognition follows Akeneo being named a Strong Performer as a new entrant in the Forrester Wave™ for Product Information Management (Q2 2021), and an Overall Value Index Leader and Exemplary Vendor by Ventana Research in their Value Index on Product Information Management (2021). The IDC MarketScape evaluated 16 companies for the report, but only positioned five in the Leaders category, where Akeneo was recognized for both its current product capabilities, as well as its go-to-market strategy that aligns with customer's growth ambitions. Akeneo is trusted by over 500 PIM enterprise customers in 39 countries worldwide, some of which use Akeneo’s solutions to manage PIM across tens of millions of products and to manage terabytes of digital assets. IDC expects technology buyers will increasingly prioritize PIM applications that readily integrate with adjacent technologies such as digital commerce and content management. With 130 implementation partners and 90 technology partners for its PIM solution, Akeneo enables online merchants to deliver modern digital experiences that enable them to tell richer stories about their products across the end-to-end customer journey. IDC offers special praise for Akeneo’s ease of use, noting that Akeneo clients and partner organizations consistently score Akeneo highly for its UI and overall usability. Akeneo’s users also gave the company an above-average rating for customer support, with customers reporting that Akeneo was very quick to respond to and resolve support requests. The report also notes Akeneo’s commitment to open-source development, which enables customers to try its product without financial commitment, while benefiting from a well-established global PXM community. “IDC believes the importance of PIM systems will only grow as a larger share of all transactions occur online, prompting organizations to seek out stronger customer relationships via engaging product stories,” Jordan Jewell, IDC's research director for digital commerce, writes in the report. “Consider Akeneo if you are a B2C or B2B organization with a wide range of business models and if you need a tightly integrated system for high-quality product information across all owned and unowned digital channels, as well as offline channels including in-store and print.” “At Akeneo, we’re always striving to build the best solution for our customers, and earning this recognition from IDC, Forrester, and Ventana is a testament to the strength of our vision,” said Akeneo CEO Fred de Gombert. “These organizations’ analysts understand that Akeneo is fusing best-of-breed technology and a true commitment to customer experience to deliver the powerful and streamlined solutions needed by today’s eCommerce and omnichannel merchants.” An excerpt of the full report can be downloaded here: https://www.akeneo.com/white-paper/idc-marketscape-pim-applications/ About Akeneo Akeneo is a global leader in Product Experience Management (PXM) helping businesses with products to unlock growth opportunities by delivering a consistent and compelling product experience across all channels, including eCommerce, mobile, print, points of sale and beyond. With its open platform, leading PIM, add-ons, connectors and marketplace, Akeneo PXM Studio dramatically improves product data quality and accuracy, simplifies catalog management, and accelerates the sharing of product information across channels and locales. Leading global brands, manufacturers, distributors and retailers, including Staples Canada, Fossil, Air Liquide and Myer, trust Akeneo to scale and customize their omnichannel commerce initiatives. Using Akeneo, brands and retailers can improve customer experience, increase sales, reduce time to market, go global, and boost team productivity. More information at https://www.akeneo.com About IDC MarketScape: The IDC MarketScape vendor assessment model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor's position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors. Contact Details Ran Xu +1 213-309-2373 ran@rosebudpr.io

July 28, 2021 05:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Nearly 70,000 Hispanics Have Died by Gunfire in U.S. Since 1999, Nearly Two-Thirds of the Deaths are Homicides, Study Finds

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Nearly 70,000 Hispanics were killed with guns in the United States from 1999 through 2019, with an average of more than 3,300 gun deaths per year, according to a new study by the Violence Policy Center (VPC), a national educational organization working to stop gun death and injury. In 2019, 74 percent of Hispanic homicide victims died by gunfire. Looking at type of firearm, 66 percent of Hispanic gun homicide victims were killed with a handgun — the highest percentage of any racial/ethnic group in the U.S. For Hispanics ages 15 to 24, homicide ranked as the third leading cause of death. Hispanic Victims of Lethal Firearms Violence in the United States ( http://vpc.org/studies/hispanic21.pdf ) is the fifth edition of the VPC’s comprehensive study on lethal gun violence against Hispanics in America and is available in both English and Spanish. The study utilizes data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as unpublished information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Supplementary Homicide Report. The study found that of the 69,519 Hispanics killed with firearms from 1999 through 2019, nearly two thirds of these gun deaths were homicides (44,614, or 64 percent), while 21,466 were suicides (31 percent). An additional 1,182 of these gun deaths were unintentional (two percent) and 2,257 (three percent) were the result of undetermined intent or legal intervention. VPC Executive Director and study co-author Josh Sugarmann states, “Year after year, guns exact a lethal toll on Hispanics in the U.S., especially among the young. Yet because of vast gaps in the way data on Hispanic ethnicity is collected in our nation, the full scope of this ongoing crisis remains unknown. What we do know is that all too many Hispanic lives are lost to lethal violence each year, and that guns, especially handguns, play a deciding role.” KEY FINDINGS OF THE STUDY INCLUDE: — The homicide rate for Hispanics in the United States is nearly twice as high as the homicide rate for whites. The Hispanic homicide victimization rate in 2019 was 5.15 per 100,000. In comparison, the homicide victimization rate for whites was 2.62 per 100,000. — Homicide is the third leading cause of death for Hispanics ages 15 to 24. Of these deaths, 87 percent involved a firearm. — Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Hispanics ages 15 to 24. Of these deaths, 37 percent involved a firearm. — In 2019, 4,058 Hispanics were killed with guns. That year, 2,301 Hispanics died in gun homicides, 1,534 died in gun suicides, 60 died in unintentional shootings, and 163 died of undetermined intent or legal intervention. — Of the 2,301 Hispanic firearm homicide victims in 2019, 1,955 (85 percent) were male and 346 (15 percent) were female. — In 2019, guns were used in 74 percent of the homicides where the victims were Hispanic. Looking at type of firearm, 66 percent of Hispanic gun homicide victims were killed with a handgun, the highest percentage of any racial/ethnic group in U.S. — A large percentage of Hispanic homicide victims are young. Thirty-three percent of Hispanic victims in 2019 were age 24 and younger. In comparison, 34 percent of Black homicide victims and 19 percent of white homicide victims were age 24 and younger that year. For all victims, 29 percent of homicide victims were age 24 or younger. RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE STUDY INCLUDE: — Government agencies should improve the methods used to collect and report data on Hispanic victims of gun violence and other lethal violence. Because of major limitations in the way public agencies collect information on Hispanic ethnicity, the total number of Hispanic victims of lethal violence is almost certainly higher than what this study reports. — Additional efforts should be undertaken to support current violence reduction programs and activities as well as to identify new violence-reduction strategies, including: support for community-based violence intervention programs that are holistic and encourage participation by all stakeholders; educational efforts to better inform Hispanics of the risks associated with bringing a firearm into the home including the increased risk for homicide, suicide, and unintentional firearm deaths compared to how rarely guns are used in justifiable homicides by private citizens (especially important in the face of current coordinated efforts by the gun industry targeting Hispanics as potential first-time gun buyers); improved access to resources for victims and survivors of domestic violence; and, identification of anti-trafficking measures to help interrupt the flow of illegal firearms to impacted communities. The homicide victimization rate for Hispanics is calculated by dividing the total number of homicides with Hispanic victims by the total Hispanic population and multiplying the result by 100,000. The study does not include Puerto Rico or other U.S. territories. The complete report in English can be found here. The complete report in Spanish can be found here. Prior editions of the report in both English and Spanish, as well as VPC research focusing on lethal Hispanic victimization in California, can be found at www.vpc.org/hispanic.htm. For more information on how the firearms industry, looking to expand beyond its shrinking base of white male gun owners, has launched an organized marketing campaign focusing on Hispanic and Black Americans, please see the January 2021 Violence Policy Center study How the Firearms Industry and NRA Market Guns to Communities of Color ( https://vpc.org/how-the-firearms-industry-and-nra-market-guns-to-communities-of-color/ ). The Violence Policy Center is a national educational organization working to stop gun death and injury. Follow the VPC on Twitter and Facebook. Contact Details Violence Policy Center Josh Sugarmann +1 202-822-8200 jsugarmann@vpc.org Company Website https://vpc.org/

July 28, 2021 10:15 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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NCMA Announced Program Year 2022 Award Recipients

National Contract Management Association

The National Contract Management Association announced recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Innovation in Contracting Award, Outstanding Fellow Award, Fellow Award, Best Contract Management Magazine Article Award, and the Elmer B. Staats Contracting Professional Excellence Award. These outstanding achievements were honored at World Congress 2021. “Congratulations to this year’s award winners,” said Kraig Conrad, NCMA Chief Executive Officer. “Each of these individuals has contributed to the advancement of the contract management and acquisition profession and I’m delighted we were able to celebrate these exceptional individuals at World Congress.” This year’s winners are: Lifetime Achievement Award Terry Raney, PhD, CACI International Innovation in Contracting Award Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, Procurement Innovation Lab Polly Hall Sandra Oliver Schmidt Trevor Wagner Scott E. Simpson Nicolette Viering Outstanding Fellow Award Po Powell Collins, CPCM, C.P.M., Fellow Donald E. Shannon, CPCM, CFCM, Fellow Dr. Janice Smets, CPCM, CFCM, Fellow Fellow Award Clara A. Anderson, CPCM, CFCM, CCCM Joann Campbell-Maher, CPCM, CFCM, CCCM Sheralyn Fallon, CPCM, CFCM David P. Gragan Demetrius D. Kittrell Marcus H. Mattingly, CPCM, CFCM Sherrie N. Randall, CFCM Albert A. Rinaldi, CFCM Allison R. Robertson, CFCM Susan B. Thibodeaux, CFCM Amanda S. Thompson, CFCM Colleen Timmer, CFCM Best Contract Management Magazine Article Award Dennis P. Longo; "Protest Prevention: Four Factors of Effective Market Research" Elmer B. Staats Contracting Professional Excellence Award Michelle Rand The National Contract Management Association (NCMA), which was founded in 1959 and is the world’s leading association in the field of contract management. The organization, which has over 18,000 members, is dedicated to the professional growth and educational advancement of procurement and acquisition personnel worldwide. NCMA strives to serve and inform the profession and industry it represents and to offer opportunities for the open exchange of ideas in neutral forums. To find out more, please visit www.ncmahq.org. Contact Details Jennifer Knowlton +1 571-382-1127 jennifer.knowlton@ncmahq.org Company Website https://www.ncmahq.org/

July 28, 2021 08:21 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Provana Partners with REPAY for Integrated Payment Processing

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Provana, the unified platform for credit and collections process management, today announced a technology partnership with REPAY, a leading provider of vertically integrated payment solutions. Provana customers can now leverage REPAY’s processing solution within IConnect247 ®. Provana’s all-in-one debt repayment and customer service application – the first of its kind within the industry. The integration helps lenders and agencies automate previously time consuming and tedious processes while supporting compliant electronic payment standards, including Regulation E. As the one-stop-shop for lenders and agencies looking to digitally transform their operations, Provana is continually adding new features and capabilities to support automation. The news was announced from the ACA International Convention & Expo in Las Vegas. “Unifying disconnected processes and disparate data sources provides huge value to our clients in accounts receivable management,” said Sean Clark, Senior Vice President of Platforms at Provana. “This integration between REPAY and Provana gives users even more control over workstreams and customer success management.” In addition to partnering with REPAY, Provana added new clients in the first half of 2021 that have already seen tangible benefits from gaining a holistic view into their ARM operations and controls. With Provana’s one-stop-shop for digital transformation, including IConnect247 and ICAP Analytics, credit and collections companies can actively monitor for compliance while boosting productivity. “With Provana, we have streamlined the electronic payment authorization process, enabling our agents and consumers to communicate with the technology already in the palm of their hands,” said Nikki Noyes, Director of Compliance at Logicoll, LLC. “Provana stitches together the delicate balance of compliance with operation efficiency to help us better serve both consumers and our clients.” As Vice President of master servicer, The Bureaus, Inc., Marian Sangalang has also seen the value of Provana’s unified platform first-hand. “Because our network of collections agencies is broad and dispersed, having the ability to dynamically share and track large volumes of documents with efficiency is essential to our core business. Working with Provana enables us to work at speed, while providing a secure and compliant platform for our ARM operations.” To learn more about the benefits of IConnect247 and ICAP, see our infographic, Use Data Analytics to Improve Your Call Center Performance. About Provana Provana is a SaaS platform that gives leaders control over process-intensive operations. We serve law firms, insurance companies, accounts receivable agencies and networked enterprises in the US market that are tightly regulated by the CFPB and other authorities. Provana is built on decades of experience in machine learning and natural language processing and helps customers manage sensitive interactions, analyze unstructured data, process personal information and ensure compliance. Provana is backed by a NYC-based Fintech PE, most recently raising funds in November 2020. Learn more at www.provana.com. About REPAY REPAY provides integrated payment processing solutions to verticals that have specific transaction processing needs. REPAY’s proprietary, integrated payment technology platform reduces the complexity of electronic payments for merchants, while enhancing the overall experience for consumers and businesses. Contact Details Provana Britney Schaeffer britney.schaeffer@provana.com REPAY Kristen Hoyman khoyman@repay.com Company Website https://www.provana.com/

July 27, 2021 08:05 AM Central Daylight Time

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