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Construction industry rallies in rebuilding Britain, finds Skrap survey

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The construction industry is rallying from the aftermath of the lockdown as builders report steady workflow and recovering revenues, finds a survey* of 2,000 UK construction companies by Skrap , the on-demand construction hire specialist . Almost half of construction businesses (44%) reported that workflow has reached pre-lockdown levels. The bounce is such that almost a quarter (23%) of businesses felt they would hit at least 2019 revenue levels and possibly see a 20% increase. This is despite nearly two-thirds (63%) of businesses still waiting to be paid, on average, £47,784 for work they did pre-lock down. However, this is an improvement from June 2020 when they were waiting for £157,642. Of the work that is being done, building contractors are seeing the greatest demand from residential projects (48%) and public sector work (30%) such as roadworks and in schools. However, of those businesses seeing a partial slowdown in work, they pointed to the uncertain state of the economy which is delaying investment decisions. Construction industry business owner Jamie Herd, MD of Lords builders’ merchants commented: “We’ve seen sales of supplies increase steadily over the past 3 months and orders to the end of 2020 look good especially in London and the home counties. The government’s favourable loan schemes have boosted the cash flow of construction businesses to enable them continue their work and overall, there is a bullish mood that work is returning to normal in the industry”. Hussain Hilli, co-founder at Skrap commented: “Although building activity shrunk during the lockdown, this survey provides a cautious note of optimism for the construction industry. It’s not surprising this wave of optimism comes from residential work as people continue to work from home and consider their new needs. The decision to scrap stamp duty on homes below £500,000 has also got home owners active. Government policies are taking effect and builders are benefiting but a lot will rest on how investors see Brexit playing out on the UK economy”. 2020 expectations Boris Johnson’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ initiative is making a difference. Almost half of builders (46%) said they had benefited from the policy announcement and were expecting more contracts from this in the next few months. However, they do feel that investment in house building developments is being held back. This is chiefly down to investors being vary of valuations given the impact Brexit could have on the economy coupled with the lack of urgency from the government to support this crucial infrastructure need. Looking ahead to the end of the year, builders fear the biggest disruption to business will be a second wave of COVID19 cases leading to another mass lockdown impacting delivery and demand of projects. Brexit The majority of construction businesses are confident that there will be little fallout from a no-deal Brexit. They felt the Government would negotiate a good trade deal in time and it will be business as usual. However, they do feel the greatest concern in the run up to Brexit centres on workforce availability. This is understandable as up to a quarter (25%) of their workforce are non-UK nationals. Ends Notes to the editor * Research findings based on a survey of 2,000 UK construction companies (who are employers with a minimum turnover of £250,000) conducted in September 2020 by LM Research & Marketing Consultancy (Market Research Society approved partner and ESOMAR corporate member). About Skrap Founded in 2017, Skrap offers on-demand services for skip and construction hire resources. Every year almost 100m tonnes of construction waste is collected in the UK and construction businesses spend £5b in collecting this waste, and a further £15b on other hire services. Skrap intends to remove the hassle from ordering a skip and other construction hire needs to make this experience simple and user friendly. Skrap’s strategic ambition is to automate the entire construction hire supply chain across major cities globally over the coming years. Founders Marwan Field, Hussain Hilli and Ahmed Rao came across the problem while running a construction business where logistics were unorganised and fragmented; prices were asymmetric, and the marketplace of suppliers and brokers were doing everything manually. Contact Details Bilal Mahmood +44 7714 007257 bilal@skrap.xyz Company Website https://www.skrap.xyz

October 06, 2020 03:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Margaret Sohagi Nominated for Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2020 Women’s Leadership Awards

Sohagi Law Group

Environmental and land use law firm The Sohagi Law Group announced today that is Managing Partner Margaret Sohagi is a nominee for the Los Angeles Business Journal ’s 2020 Women’s Leadership Awards. This year’s Leadership Series and Awards is a three-part virtual symposiums and awards event. With the goal of continuing to engage, inform, educate and inspire, this year’s panelists will cover topics of ongoing importance from leading through change and mentorship to the road to entrepreneurship and navigating today’s work-life balance demands. Sohagi’s practice for the last 30 years has focused on assisting cities, counties, and other public agencies navigate the legal complexities of land use, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Sohagi provides practical legal advice, working directly with lead agency counsel, staff, and appointed elected officials. When necessary, she ardently defends lead agencies’ land use approvals and environmental determinations in judicial proceedings, and frequently heads mediation teams in settlement discussions. As a longstanding CEQA instructor for California’s Continuing Judicial Studies Program, Sohagi has the unique opportunity to instruct Superior Court judges, appellate justices and court attorneys. Sohagi keeps public agencies informed about the latest legal developments and trends, frequently presenting at planning and legal conferences and teaching at UCLA and USC. She also contributes to publications such as the Solano Press book, Exactions and Impact Fees in California. This summer, Sohagi became Chair of the Santa Monica College Foundation Board . In 2019 the Daily Journal named The Sohagi Law Group a ‘Top Boutique,’ the National Law Journal named Sohagi to their ‘Elite Boutique Trailblazers’ list and the Los Angeles Business Journal recognized her as a Leader in Law nominee. The Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2020 Women’s Leadership Award winners will be announced on October 21, 2020 at the Virtual Keynote and Awards Program. Click to register for LABJ’s 2020 Women’s Leadership Awards . # # # The Sohagi Law Group handles complex transactional and litigation matters for public agencies, including cities, counties, townships, state agencies, special districts, commissions and authorities. Its attorneys draw upon their extensive expertise in all areas of environmental and land use law to advise clients navigate existing laws and regulations and keep them up to date on emerging environmental issues such as climate change and greenhouse gas regulation. Contact Details Jonathan Fitzgarrald/Equinox Strategy Partners +1 310-601-6008 jfitzgarrald@equinoxstrategy.com Company Website https://sohagi.com/

October 05, 2020 04:45 PM Pacific Daylight Time

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Elsa Ramo Nominated for the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2020 Women’s Leadership Awards

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Entertainment law firm Ramo Law PC announced today that its Founding Partner Elsa Ramo is a nominee for the Los Angeles Business Journal’ s ‘2020 Women’s Leadership Awards.’ This year’s Leadership Series and Awards is a three-part virtual symposium and awards event. With the goal of continuing to engage, inform, educate and inspire, this year’s panelists will cover topics of ongoing importance from leading through change and mentorship to the road to entrepreneurship and navigating today’s work-life balance demands. Recently named to Variety ’s “2020 Legal Impact Report” and 2019 “Dealmakers List,” Elsa Ramo has represented over 100 films and 50 television scripted and unscripted series in 2019 alone, including Emmy award-winning shows and films which debuted at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Ramo provides comprehensive legal services to producers, financiers, creators and owners of film, television and digital content and projects across a range of budgets and production levels. Ramo founded the firm in 2005 on the Universal Studios backlot after several clients approached her to handle their independent productions. Now as managing partner to the firm, she handles client matters as well as manages the firm’s attorneys and packaging and sales department. The firm’s original concentration was for traditionally financed independent films, but this past year the firm has handled financing, production and distribution legal for a variety of projects. 2020 transformed the firm’s practice further to include representation of various forms of content providers who are negotiating deals with all subscription services including Disney+, Netflix, Apple, Quibi and HBO Max. Ramo has become a lead commenter on the impact of Covid-19 on entertainment production. She has been interviewed on Fox 11 News , Fox 11 Live , and KNX 1070 ; she has been quoted by Indiewire Variety , and The Wrap ( 1 , 2 ); and her article“ 5 Things Producers Should Do When They Can’t Produce ” was published in The Wrap in April. The Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2020 Women’s Leadership Award winners will be announced on October 21, 2020 at the Virtual Keynote and Awards Program. Click to register for LABJ’s 2020 Women’s Leadership Awards . # # # With offices in Los Angeles and New York City, Ramo Law PC provides comprehensive legal services to its clients in the entertainment industry with a specialized focus in representing financiers, producers, and production entities in film, television and digital content. The firm provides experienced legal services to optimize its clients’ financial, legal and business position in the financing, production and exploitation of their content. For more information, visit RamoLaw.com . Contact Details Jonathan Fitzgarrald/Equinox Strategy Partners +1 310-601-6008 jfitzgarrald@equinoxstrategy.com Company Website https://www.ramolawpc.com/

October 05, 2020 03:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time

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Convey Services Launches Virtual Event Platform Exclusively for Sales & Annual Conferences

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Convey Services , a SaaS solutions company, today expanded its Cloud Conventions product line by launching Cloud Kickoffs™ , an online portal solution exclusively for sales and annual conference management. Cloud Kickoffs brings elements of a live sales kickoff or conference into a virtual environment to promote engagement, make connections and support team interaction. It’s content-rich experience maximizes the effectiveness of virtual events for yearend or sales kickoff programs. “Canceling live annual meetings or sales kickoffs has become a reality, but it doesn’t mean that those events can’t be effectively executed virtually,” said Carolyn Bradfield, CEO of Convey. “In many ways you can achieve better, more focused results without the time and expense of bringing everyone together physically. Using Cloud Kickoffs, the management team can align the organization around a common strategy, allow remote teams to foster relationships and at the same time deliver and reinforce critical training. Cloud Kickoffs helps you deliver the tools needed to succeed and provides access to training and content long after the live event is over.” Cloud Kickoffs manages live and on-demand education, brings teams together for forum and roundtable discussions, promotes one-on-one connections and offers a platform for networking and social interaction. After a Cloud Kickoffs event is over, the portal can retain its structure, extend the life of content and training and easily be repurposed for virtual sales events throughout the year. A virtual kickoff event can be fully managed by Convey or by your sales or marketing team. “Sales staff or association members look forward to annual conferences because they value the insights, connections and opportunity to walk away energized with a clear focus for the coming year,” added Bradfield. “Cloud Kickoffs provides an efficient solution to bring teams together virtually, saving tens of thousands on logistics planning, travel and entertainment.” Cloud Kickoffs comes complete with templates for branding, delivering email messaging, creating attendee dashboards, setting-up live and virtual sessions and gamification while always tracking attendee engagement. It’s designed for the non-technical user and doesn’t require any coding or development. Participating partners and sponsors can have virtual booths that remain intact or can be refreshed for future events. Each portal has online training and a support database to answer frequently asked questions. Sales and event managers can experience Cloud Kickoffs by visiting https://cloudkickoffs.com or explore all of the Cloud Conventions solutions by visiting https://cloudconventions.com or contacting info@cloudconventions.com . About Cloud Conventions Cloud Conventions is a Virtual Trade Show and Conference Platform from Convey Services that brings new capabilities to a marketplace looking for solutions to replace the thousands of live trade shows, annual conferences and association meetings cancelled in the wake of COVID-19. Originally launched as ConveyLive, Cloud Conventions automates exhibitors and virtual booths, attendee registration, speaker sessions and reminders, invitations and email communication, while at the same time producing detailed analytics on attendee, session and exhibitor activity. 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™, 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 Bruce Ahern +1 770-580-0810 bahern@conveyservices.com Company Website https://cloudconventions.com

October 01, 2020 11:55 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Fully Promoted® is Celebrating 20 Years with Nostalgic Business Campaign

Fully Promoted

Fully Promoted ®, the world’s largest branded products and marketing services franchise, is celebrating 20 years in business. The brand launched as EmbroidMe in 2000 as a small, family-owned business known for quality embroidered apparel and branded products. The brand was quickly recognized as the pioneer in the promotional products franchise. In 2017, after years of requests to provide more products and services to help businesses grow and get more customers, the brand became Fully Promoted powered by EmbroidMe. Fully Promoted is a one-stop destination for small and medium sized businesses looking for promotional products and branded apparel. While the brand always provided a wide range of products and services, specifically known for delivering “Cool Stuff and Awesome Results,” with the name change came additional custom apparel and promotional products to printing services, making the brand stronger than ever. Today, the brand has grown to over 300 franchise locations in more than 11 countries worldwide and has attracted some of the brightest and creative minds in the business. Each Fully Promoted location is independently owned and operated with knowledgeable individuals who will put together the best and most effective promotional products and marketing campaigns that have reached over a million customers over its 20 years. “I have been with the brand since inception and it’s been amazing to see how it’s evolved over the years. We truly have become the experts in branding and using promotional products in thoughtful and effective ways that benefit our clients,” said Mike Brugger, Fully Promoted brand President. “With decades of combined experience and global coverage, we have people all of all over the world helping businesses with quality promotional products, marketing ideas and embroidered apparel across every industry.” In 2019, the brand expanded further with the introduction Fully Promoted Office, providing customers more access and a host of quality services backed by the Fully Promoted name making it more convenient for customers. “With hundreds of locations in the United States and 20 years of experience, we are well positioned to meet customer demand for quality promotions and decorated apparel. The fact we embroider or print at many of our locations continues our 20-year trend of industry leading service,” added Brugger. Most recently, the brand launched its upgraded website to meet increased customer demand. The site allows customers to view products sold nationwide and pick them up at one of the local Fully Promoted locations. “We have a promotional product consultant available at all of our locations and chances are there is a location near you” said Brugger. As the site grows monthly, the Fully Promoted shopping platform will feature additional promotional products, and marketing ideas for businesses and organizations. A member of the United Franchise Group, Fully Promoted can access more than half a million promotional products . The company was formed by father and son team Roy and Ray Titus. To this day, Ray Titus continues the family legacy by holding the CEO position of United Franchise Group and consistently leading the company to reach new heights. Fully Promoted is currently seeking to partner with passionate entrepreneurs to become single or multi-unit franchisees. With a total investment as low as $85,000, Fully Promoted is a true turnkey investment with a well-developed business model. For more information on becoming a Fully Promoted franchise, visit FullyPromotedFranchise.com . About Fully Promoted Fully Promoted has 300 franchise locations across the globe. The brand operates a full-service branded products and marketing service business and is the place to attract customers. From promotional products and embroidery to expert printing services, Fully Promoted can help take businesses to the next level. Fully Promoted also offers an office-based model allowing franchisees to operate their business using a developed network of resources. To find the Fully Promoted nearest you, visit http://www.FullyPromoted.com . About United Franchise Group Led by Founder and CEO Ray Titus, United Franchise Group is home to an affiliated family of brands, including Signarama, Fully Promoted, Experimax, Jon Smith Subs, SuperGreen Solutions, Transworld Business Advisors, Accurate Franchising, Venture X, The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill, Network Lead Exchange and Resource Operations International (ROI). With over three decades in the franchising industry and more than 1,600 franchisees throughout the world, United Franchise Group offers unprecedented leadership and solid business opportunities for entrepreneurs. This advertisement is not an offer to sell a franchise. Any offer to sell this franchise will be made by a Franchisor Disclosure Document and only following registration by Embroidme.com Inc dba Fully Promoted in any state requiring registration prior to sale. In New York: This advertisement is not an offering. An offering can only be made by prospectus filed first with the Department of Law of the State of New York. Such filing does not constitute approval by the Department of Law. In California: These franchises have been registered under franchise investment law of the State of California. Such registration does not constitute approval, recommendation or endorsement by the Commissioner of business oversight nor a finding by the commissioner that the information provided herein is true, complete and not misleading. Contact Details Brittny Fuchs +1 561-812-6032 bfuchs@ufgcorp.com Company Website https://fullypromoted.com/

September 28, 2020 05:01 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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New scholarship for black law students boosted by Scali Rasmussen

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Building on a longstanding practice of promoting diversity at law schools and law firms, Scali Rasmussen has made a substantial contribution to a newly established scholarship fund for students at Southwestern Law School identifying as African American and/or Black. Launched this month by Southwestern’s Black Law Students Association , the Black Lawyers Matter Scholarship Fund is intended to help address the drastic deficit of minority voices within law. The school shared this month that only five percent of the country’s lawyers are Black, indicating that social and racial equality are elusive within the bench and bar. “Educational opportunity remains one of the great hurdles for social advancement among disadvantaged communities, with the cost of higher education being especially challenging. Any means by which we can expand education opportunities brings all of us one step closer to addressing racial and social injustice,” added Scali Rasmussen Partner Jeffrey W. Erdman , who co-chairs the firm’s Diversity Initiative , which promotes diversity within the firm and among the greater legal community. “Diversity in the workplace is more important than ever, so we are doing what we can to make an impact,” said Scali Rasmussen Founder and Managing Partner Christian Scali , who has committed the firm to diversity and equality since its founding Erdman, who earned his JD at Southwestern in 1995, has been praised by National Law Journal's Trailblazers magazine for working to create a more diverse bar and judiciary. Debbie Leathers, Southwestern’s Associate Dean for Institutional Advancement, has reached out to the firm, saying, “I do not know how to thank you enough for you and your firm’s generosity! This is extraordinary!” To donate, click here. # # # About Scali Rasmussen Scali Rasmussen attorneys are thought leaders within their areas of practice, including a formidable knowledge of the automotive industry. The firm’s attorneys provide litigation services in a broad scope of practice areas as well as counsel and education on new and trending issues including distribution and franchise, consumer product safety, privacy & advertising and employment law. For more information, visit Scali Rasmussen . Contact Details Jonathan Fitzarrald/Equinox Strategy Partners +1 310-601-6008 jfitzgarrald@equinoxstrategy.com Company Website https://scalirasmussen.com/

September 28, 2020 11:20 AM Pacific Daylight Time

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Steve N. Economou Joins G-Squared Partners to Launch Investment Banking Practice

G-Squared Partners, LLC

G-Squared Partners, LLC announced today that Steve Economou has joined the firm as a Managing Director, M&A to establish an investment banking practice. The new practice – a natural extension of G-Squared’s outsourced CFO, finance, and accounting work – is dedicated to offering skilled investment banking services to middle market companies that are often underserved by national investment banking practices. The effort will focus on M&A advisory services, capital raising, recapitalizations, and evaluating strategic alternatives for these businesses. Steve brings more than 35 years of corporate finance experience to G-Squared, including investment banking, venture capital, private equity, capital raising, and mergers and acquisitions. He began his career with one of the leading investment banking boutiques in Philadelphia and subsequently worked in the investment banking subsidiaries of a global commercial bank and two large CPA firms. Steve has advised on more than $2 billion of transaction value and completed more than 100 board and strategic advisory engagements. With his expertise, G-Squared is now capable of advising firms throughout the entire financial lifecycle from start-up to exit. This includes outsource CFO, capital formation, recapitalization, efforts, preparing for a sale, assessing buyout offers, and initiating a sales process. Gene S. Godick, CEO of G-Squared, said, “Steve is a great fit for G-Squared, our team, and our clients. We have been receiving more requests from clients to assist them with M&A and raising capital. Adding Steve to the team to spearhead our investment banking practice complements our work in accounting, finance, and operations. We now are able to offer a full array of services that provide family-owned and entrepreneur-owned businesses with strategic financial expertise. Said Steve: “I am excited to join a rapidly growing entrepreneurial firm truly dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs and investors. Gene and I have known each other for twenty years, and I could not pass up the opportunity to join the team at G-Squared.” G-Squared Partners is a leading outsourced CFO, finance, and accounting team. G-Squared has been a member of the INC 5000 company list for the past four years. The firm provides strategic financial, accounting, operational, and investment banking expertise to CEOs and investors who recognize that an outsourced finance team can accelerate their success. G-Squared has a demonstrated track record of success in improving financial reporting, enhancing profitability and working capital, securing funding, and supporting transactions. G Squared clients are national and focused in SaaS, technology enabled services, professional services, and growing consumer products companies. Securities Products and Investment Banking Services are offered through BA Securities, LLC. Four Tower Bridge, 200 Barr Harbor Drive, Suite 400, W. Conshohocken, PA 19428. (P) 877-738-5841. Member FINRA SIPC . G-Squared Partners, LLC and BA Securities, LLC are separate, unaffiliated entities. Contact Details Gene Godick +1 215-284-4903 ggodick@gsquaredcfo.com Company Website https://www.gsquaredcfo.com/

September 28, 2020 07:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Family Law Firm Meyer, Olson, Lowy & Meyers Continues Growth in Los Angeles and Orange County

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Continuing its successful pattern of hiring top talent, premier Los Angeles family law firm Meyer, Olson, Lowy & Meyers has recently added four family law attorneys to the team. Jessee Matana , Amy Stallard Kapner, and Taylor Bouchard Wallin have joined the firm’s Los Angeles office and Nuha Alomar has joined the Orange County office. “We are very excited to add these talented women to our team,” said Founding Partner Doreen M. Olson. “Like all our attorneys, these four have impressive backgrounds and substantial experience. Our clients certainly benefit from the expertise and skills they bring to the firm.” Prior to her relocation to California, Matana practiced with a prominent New York City matrimonial law boutique. She has extensive experience in the negotiation and drafting of complex agreements as well as in all aspects of litigation, including a wide array of financial issues and child custody matters. She began her career in public interest work as an Attorney for the Child in child protective cases at The Legal Aid Society of New York. Matana participated in numerous trials and represented more than 150 young clients who were the subjects of abuse and neglect proceedings. Kapner’s practice focuses on family law issues, custody matters including international and transcontinental move-aways, complex financial issues including business valuations, division of royalties, sale of real estate, valuation and division of stock options and debt, validity of pre-marital and marital agreements, and domestic violence. Kapner serves as a mentor to law students at her alma mater, Loyola Law School, and to young women through the Women’s Law Association of Los Angeles. She is an active member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association and the LA County Bar Association and was named a ‘Rising Star’ by Super Lawyers in 2020. Wallin is a Certified Family Law Specialist and a skilled litigator equipped with experience handling issues ranging from international child custody disputes to complex financial matters. She regularly handles cases involving the establishment or modification of child or spousal support, same sex marriages, obtaining and defending domestic violence restraining orders, contempt trials, dividing Royalties for BMI/ASCAP, Hague proceedings, and jointly owned businesses in a cost-efficient manner. Wallin currently serves on the President’s Advisory Committee on Women in the Legal Profession for the Los Angeles County Bar Association. In 2020 she was recognized by Super Lawyers as an ‘Up and Coming Top 100 Rising Star’ and an ‘Up and Coming Top 50 Women Rising Star’. A graduate of Chapman University's School of Law, Alomar earned her undergraduate degree from University of California, Los Angeles. She’s a member of the Orange County Bar Association. At Chapman, Alomar received CALI Awards for Highest Grades in Environmental Law and Trial Practice. Alomar served as a certified law clerk with the Bette and Wylie Aitkin Family Protection Clinic in Orange, California. While there, her work included counseling and interviewing clients, preparing protective orders and hosting educational sessions for clients representing themselves in legal hearings. # # # Meyer, Olson, Lowy & Meyers , LLP is the preeminent female-owned family law firm in Southern California. The firm’s attorneys specialize in all aspects of family law, including complex divorce, division of high-net-worth estates, high-conflict custody matters, international and domestic child custody move-away cases, parental alienation and contested custody cases, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, dissolution of domestic partnerships and issues specific to LGBTQ+ families, and mediation. For more information, visit molfamlaw.com . Contact Details Howard Breuer +1 213-422-2738 HBreuer@EquinoxStrategy.com Company Website https://www.molmfamlaw.com/

September 24, 2020 09:50 PM Pacific Daylight Time

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MSC Cruises, Port Everglades, Matson, International Chamber of Shipping and Ocean Voyages Institute Among 2020 NAMEPA Marine Environment Protection Awards Recipients

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Carleen Lyden Walker , Co-Founder and Executive Director of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), announced that MSC Cruises, Port Everglades, the International Chamber of Shipping for its Seafarer Welfare work, and Matson for Environmental Innovation are among the eight recipients of NAMEPA’s 2020 Marine Environment Protection Awards. Other recipients are: Ocean Voyages Institute, Sea Education Association, the U.S. Arctic Research Council and the Business Network for Offshore Wind’s Liz Burdock for the category of Individual. The Awards Program will be held virtually in conjunction with NAMEPA's Annual Conference on November 5th, which will focus on looking ahead to 2023 and preparing for the future. “Particularly in these turbulent times, it is uplifting to celebrate the accomplishments and positive actions of our maritime community,” stated Carleen Lyden Walker, Co-Founder and Executive Director of NAMEPA. “The marine industry works tirelessly to deliver more than 90% of the world’s goods and energy safely and with a keen eye to reducing its environmental impact. It is NAMEPA’s honor to highlight their efforts, along with community partners who share our values to “Save our Seas”. NAMEPA’s Marine Environment Protection Awards are given in recognition of an individual or organization’s innovative and extraordinary efforts to commit themselves to preserving the marine environment as exemplified by a commitment to programs which have specific objectives set for environmental performance and improvement. Eligible candidates include members of the commercial maritime industry, government agencies, educational organizations, innovation providers, ports, associations and individuals. Submissions are judged by the organization’s Board of Directors against the criteria behind the award. MSC Cruises is being recognized for its multifaceted environmental work throughout its fleet and organization. MSC Cruises has begun construction on up to 9 LNG powered ships which are being designed to be compatible with low carbon bio and synthetic fuels as they become available. Additionally, they completed the $200 million+ restoration of Ocean Cay in the Bahamas to its original, pristine state; and took meaningful steps to eliminate single-use plastics from their fleet. Matson is receiving the Environmental Innovation Award for the breadth, scope and investment in its entire environmental program, which includes innovative new technology, modernization of its fleet and terminals, participation in grants and clean-up programs, and detailed planning for long term future goals. In 2020 their vessel new build, vessel retrofit, and terminal improvement programs have all come to fruition, bringing Matson’s environmental program to its industry-leading position. Ocean Voyages Institute recently conducted two voyages into the Pacific Gyre (often referred to as the “Pacific Garbage Patch”) with a record setting haul of abandoned nets, fishing gear, and other plastic debris which collects in the gyre. The non-profit organization seeks to expand its program by partnering with the marine industry to increase the capture of these harmful pollutants. The first NAMEPA Marine Environment Protection Award was presented 13 years ago posthumously to the founder of the MEPA movement, George P. Livanos who created HELMEPA over 30 years ago due to his interest and concern for the marine environment. Since then, award recipients have included Maersk, Euronav, CLIA, Joe Cox, the Port of Los Angeles, International Seaways, the Port of Montreal, the OAS-CIP, American Salvage Association, NOAA and the New York Harbor School among others. The NAMEPA Annual Conference including a Leadership Roundtable panel will precede the Awards Program, consisting of senior leadership individuals from many of the of the award recipients. For more information on attending, contact NAMEPA . There is a charge to attend, but students, active mariners and government personnel are guests. Admittance is by reservation only and is limited. The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) was officially launched in 2007. NAMEPA is a marine industry-led organization of environmental stewards preserving the marine environment by promoting sustainable marine industry best practices and educating seafarers, students and the public about the need and strategies for protecting global ocean, lake and river resources. For more information, go to www.namepa.net. Contact Details Carleen Lyden Walker +1 203-255-4686 executivedirector@namepa.net Company Website https://namepa.net/

September 22, 2020 04:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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