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Culver City, California Becomes a Sanctuary City

CULVER CITY, Calif., March 30, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — At its March 27, 2017 meeting, the City Council of the City of Culver City adopted a Resolution to declare itself a sanctuary city. According to the Resolution, “The City of Culver City is a sanctuary city for all of its residents, and the City stands in solidarity with other sanctuary jurisdictions.”

Tentenyu Announces Grand Opening Event of Its Second Location, March 31 to April 2 in Culver City, CA

CULVER CITY, Calif., March 30, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — TENTENYU RAMEN on WLA Sawtelle Japantown announced today, to commemorate the grand opening, a “Dice Challenge” event will take place for three days from Friday, March 31 to Sunday, April 2 at Tentenyu Culver City.

Are You Prepared for the 2017 World Backup Day? Don’t be an April Fool

NEW YORK, N.Y., March 30, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — This Friday, March 31 is the yearly World Backup Day. As the easiest backup service provider, AOMEI Technology is very pleased to remind you to backup data in advance in case of any unexpected issues. These days, 5,000 computers get stolen or lost in USA, one out of ten computers infected with virus every month, nearly one-third of data disasters caused by accident, and over ninety percent of computer users have experienced hardware failure.

Edupoint’s Growth in Arizona Continues with Creighton School District’s Selection of Synergy

PHOENIX, Ariz., March 30, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Edupoint(R) Educational Systems, creator of the industry-leading Synergy(R) Education Platform for K-12 student information and learning management, has been selected by Creighton School District to implement the company’s Synergy Student Information System – replacing Infinite Campus(R).

Knox Trail Council and Old Colony Council Approve Merger

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., March 29, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Following their respective Special Council Meetings, the Knox Trail Council and the Old Colony Council announced today the approval of their consolidation and merger to form a new Boy Scout Council. This new council will serve youth and young adults from the metrowest to southeastern Massachusetts.

FormFree Founder Brent Chandler Named ‘Tech All-Star’ by Mortgage Bankers Association

ATLANTA, Ga., March 28, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — FormFree today announced that its Founder and President Brent Chandler was one of five mortgage technology innovators recognized by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) in its 2017 MBA Insights Tech All-Stars award. The award, now in its 16th year, recognizes “industry leaders who have made outstanding contributions in mortgage technology.”

Simplifile VP Nancy Alley Honored as ‘Tech All-Star’ by Mortgage Bankers Association

PROVO, Utah, March 28, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Simplifile, a leading provider of real estate document collaboration and recording technologies for lenders, settlement agents, and counties, announced that Simplifile Vice President of Strategic Planning Nancy Alley was one of five mortgage technology innovators honored by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) as a 2017 MBA Insights Tech All-Star.

Asset-Level Lease Accounting Webinar to be Hosted by LeaseAccelerator

GREAT FALLS, Va., March 28, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — LeaseAccelerator announced today that it will be hosting an educational webinar on Asset-level lease accounting and its role in implementing ASC 842 and IFRS 16. The new lease accounting standards, introduced last year, will require companies to track real estate, equipment, and embedded leases as assets and liabilities on their balance sheets by end of 2018.

Maxwell’s Mortgage Automation Experience Enhanced with The Work Number from Equifax

DENVER, Colo., March 28, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Maxwell, the emerging leader of digital mortgage automation software, unveiled today a partnership with Equifax Inc., a global information solutions provider, that will provide Maxwell customers and their borrowers with a faster, more seamless experience, beginning with automated employment and income verification through its proprietary database, The Work Number(R) (TWN).

Real Help for a Milwaukee Public School

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 28, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — On March 28, 2017, the Treasurer of STEM-CAN Supporters (SCS) sent a $2,500 check to Fritz Blandon, Principal of Milwaukee Allen-Field Elementary School as a donation for the immediate purchase of Student Leadership Blazers and seven compound microscopes along with some minor supplies.

Phil McCall of ARMCO Wins Prestigious 2017 Tech All-Star Award from the Mortgage Banking Association

CHICAGO, Ill., March 28, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — National Technology Conference & Expo — ACES Risk Management (ARMCO), the leading provider of financial quality control and compliance software, announced that Chief Operating Officer Phil McCall has won the Mortgage Banking Association’s (MBA) 2017 Tech All-Star Award.

Family Promise of Morris County Recognizes Volunteer with Community Impact Award

MORRIS COUNTY, N.J., March 27, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Family Promise of Morris County announced today that it will be recognizing volunteers and community service at its annual Evening of Promise event on March 30 at the Meadow Wood Manor in Randolph, N.J. Special honors this year will go to Community Impact Award winner, Becky Pruitt, who serves as Congregation Coordinator for Ledgewood Baptist Church.

Sunshine Capital, Inc. Announces That DIBCOIN Has Been Approved to Trade on the Livecoin Exchange

HOLLYWOOD, Fla., March 27, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Sunshine Capital, Inc. (Pink Sheets: SCNP / OTC:SCNP) today announces that DIBCOIN, has been approved for trading on the Livecoin platform. DIBCOIN will commence trading on April 3, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. (EST/EDT).

Lil Uzi Vert Headlines Spring Break Explosion Music Festival at MGM Park in Biloxi

BILOXI, Miss., March 27, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — On this tenth anniversary of the Mississippi Spring Break Weekend, Splash Life Booking LLC is announcing the 1st annual Spring Break Explosion music festival, to be held on Friday, April 7, 2017 at MGM Park. For a decade now, college students and those seeking a white sandy beach getaway, come from all over the south to Biloxi for parties and other regional events during the “Mississippi Spring Break” weekend.

Mortgage Automation Pioneer cloudvirga Raises $15 Million in Series B Funding

IRVINE, Calif., March 27, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Cloudvirga(SM), developer of the automated, cloud-based intelligent Mortgage Platform(R) (iMP), announced today it has raised $15 million in a series B funding round led by Incenter, a Blackstone Group portfolio company. The new funding will support cloudvirga as it scales its technology and expands its product offerings.

iMobie Updates PhoneClean 5 with Erase Clean to Wipe iPhone Data Permanently for 100-percent Safeguard Against Identity Theft

LOS ANGELES, Calif., March 27, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — iMobie Inc., the developer of iPhone manager AnyTrans and iPhone data recovery tool PhoneRescue, today updates iOS Cleaner PhoneClean 5 with an entirely revamped UI to make interaction more fun and adds new Erase Clean feature to erase and render everything in iPhone unrecoverable for identity thieves.

STUDY: Linking Prevailing Wage Standards with Housing Reforms Would Close Affordability Gap and Save Taxpayer Dollars

SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 24, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — A brand new study by construction industry research non-profit Smart Cities Prevail shows that linking prevailing wage standards with proposed reforms to streamline new housing development would close the affordability gap, save state and local governments tens of millions of dollars annually, and disproportionately benefit communities of color.

Attorney David L Goldman Supported the Westcoast School for Human Development’s 45th Annual Banquet

SARASOTA, Fla., March 24, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Attorney David L. Goldman of the Personal Injury Law Firm Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh has sponsored and attended the Westcoast School for Human Development’s 45th Annual Banquet.

Alessandro Feitosa joins 5 Bars as Vice President, Solution Engineering

IRVINE, Calif., March 24, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — 5 BARS(R) announced today that Alessandro Feitosa has joined 5 Bars as Vice President, Solution Engineering. Alessandro brings 15 years of experience and expertise in the sports and technology space. He has led strategic pursuits and deployments across the globe.

TravelInsurance.com On The London Terror Attack and Travel Insurance Coverage

NEW YORK, N.Y., March 23, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — When terrorism struck London yesterday, many travelers were left with unanswered questions about how their travel plans and in-process trips would be affected. If you hold an existing travel insurance plan with a cancellation provision for terrorist events, TravelInsurance.com suggests that you contact your issuer for complete coverage details.

EPIC Insurance’s Suzannah Gill and Carl Pilger to Present at SOAHR SHRM-Atlanta HR 2017 Conference

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. and ATLANTA, Ga., March 23, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Benefits Strategy Consultant Suzannah Gill and Director of Employee Benefits Compliance Carl Pilger will present at SOAHR, SHRM-Atlanta’s 27th Annual HR Conference, on Wednesday, March 29 at 2:40 p.m. at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Ga.

No Stomach For Cancer Hosts Stomach Cancer Awareness Event at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

SEATTLE, Wash., March 23, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — No Stomach For Cancer, an international advocacy organization for stomach cancer, will host its fourth “Spotlight on Gastric Cancer” on Friday, May 12 at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Pelton Auditorium in Seattle, Wash.

Bergen County’s Nunnbetter Dance Theatre Advances to The Youth America Grand Prix Dance Finals in NYC

BERGENFIELD, N.J., March 23, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Nunnbetter Dance Theatre (NDT), one of Bergen County, New Jersey’s premier dance schools, is proud to announce that all three ensemble pieces entered into the Youth America Grand Prix competition earlier this year were awarded a spot in the NYC Finals taking place April 8 and 9, 2017 in New York City.

New Cooking App Teaches Kids, Parents and Families Recipes, Nutrition, Health, Wellness through Comics and Animation

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio, March 23, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Black Streak Entertainment, LLC has developed a new mobile cooking app that has changed the way kids and families cook, eat, and view food called the Black Streak Kitchen App. Through this app, the company publishes recipes in the form of comics featuring their original characters that teach kids, teens, parents and families about cooking, nutrition, world cultures, health and wellness.

Bank of England Mortgage Helps Customers Get More Out of Retirement with Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECM) and ReverseVision Technology

SAN DIEGO, Calif., March 22, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — ReverseVision, the leading provider of software and technology for the reverse mortgage industry, today announced that Bank of England (BOE) Mortgage, a nationwide mortgage lender based in England, Arkansas, has selected RV Exchange (RVX) loan origination software (LOS) to support its growing Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) division.

Cloudvirga Introduces AccountChek Automated Asset Verification into Its intelligent Mortgage Platform

ATLANTA, Ga., March 22, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — FormFree today announced that cloudvirga(SM), developer of the automated, cloud-based intelligent Mortgage Platform(R) (iMP), has selected AccountChek(TM) for automated asset verification. Cloudvirga’s custom integration of AccountChek into the iMP collects borrower account information early in the loan application process and offers a seamless asset verification experience.

LBA Ware Adds Matthew Marshall as Solutions Consultant

MACON, Ga., March 22, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — LBA Ware(TM), a leading provider of automated compensation software and systems integration solutions for mortgage lending and retail banking, announced it has hired Matthew Marshall as a solutions consultant to support the firm’s sales efforts. In this role, Marshall will be responsible for articulating the value proposition of LBA Ware’s solutions.

Housing Advocates and Los Angeles Residents Call on Los Angeles City Council to Limit Short-Term Rentals in LA

LOS ANGELES, Calif., March 22, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — A growing alliance of affordable housing advocates, local neighborhood renters and homeowners, hotel employees and hotel representatives gathered today in front of Los Angeles City Hall to call on City officials to adopt smart regulations for short-term rentals, according to Keep Neighborhoods First.

New Vista Behavioral Health Welcomes Avalon Malibu to Their Family of Addiction and Mental Health Treatment Centers

COSTA MESA, Calif., March 22, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — New Vista Behavioral Health, a leading provider of addiction treatment, is proud to announce the acquisition of Avalon Malibu. The addition of Avalon to Infinity Treatment Centers, and Simple Recovery, expands the offerings of New Vista Behavioral Health’s distinctive, effective and complementary group of addiction and mental health programs, providing exemplary care to clients struggling with chemical dependency or mental health issues.

Qualia Now Integrated with FNTG’s AgentTRAX System for Title Services

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., March 21, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Qualia, the fastest growing provider of title settlement software, announced it has integrated the agentTRAX portal from Fidelity National Title Group (FNTG) into its settlement platform. Through this integration, Chicago Title, Commonwealth Land Title and Fidelity National Title agents can issue Closing Protection Letters (CPLs) and generate policy jackets directly through the Qualia system.

Free Brand Precision Marketing Presentation with Strategist Loren Weisman at Spoto’s on April 13

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla., March 21, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Palm Beach Business Connection is hosting a free presentation and workshop from Loren Weisman on Thursday, April 13 at 10 a.m. at Spoto’s Oyster Bar in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. This one hour talk is titled “Creating Content to Engage Your Three Audiences Simultaneously.”

Parents and Teachers Speak Out as ‘Autism Acceptance Ambassadors’ for April 2017 Autism Awareness Month

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., March 21, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — April is Autism Awareness Month, celebrated worldwide. Geek Club Books, an autism nonprofit, is challenging the observance with their Autism Acceptance Ambassador Initiative. The initiative mobilizes parents and educators to actively get out and move the public from “awareness” to “acceptance and inclusion” in support of individuals on the autism spectrum in their communities.

EPIC’s Chuck Simpson to Speak at Distribution Contractors Association’s Annual Safety Congress

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. and BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 21, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Senior Risk Control Consultant Chuck Simpson will speak at Distribution Contractors Association’s (DCA) Annual Safety Congress on Wednesday, March 29 at 8:30 a.m. at Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, La.

SecuGen to Demonstrate UN20 Bluetooth, OEM Fingerprint Sensor at ISC West 2017

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 21, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — SecuGen, a world leading optical fingerprint device and technology vendor, is pleased to announce that they will be demonstrating the UN20 Bluetooth, a Bluetooth enabled OEM fingerprint sensor that is FAP 20 certified, small, rugged, and affordable.

Energy Optimizers, USA, receives AEP Most Savings Achieved in 2016 award

TIPP CITY, Ohio, March 20, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — AEP Ohio has granted Energy Optimizers, USA, the Most Savings Achieved in 2016 award for the company’s outstanding performance and contributions to AEP Ohio’s energy efficiency programs.

Missing Pieces of the ‘Health Care’ Debate

CORTE MADERA, Calif., March 20, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Dr. Don Harte, noted chiropractic activist and former Libertarian State Senate candidate, knows that the current debate on so-called ‘health care’ is wrong, on all sides.

DocMagic Ranked a ‘Top 100 Mortgage Employer’ by National Mortgage Professional Magazine for Second Consecutive Year

TORRANCE, Calif., March 16, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — DocMagic, Inc., the premier provider of fully-compliant loan document preparation, regulatory compliance and comprehensive eMortgage services, announced that it was named to National Mortgage Professional (NMP) magazine’s annual “Top 100 Mortgage Employers” list for 2017. This is the second consecutive year that DocMagic has earned placement on the annual list.

Lender Price to Unveil the Lender Price Marketplace at 2017 NAMB East Association of Mortgage Professionals Convention

PASADENA, Calif., March 16, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Lender Price, the emerging leader in real-time, competitive mortgage analytics and product pricing & eligibility (PPE) solutions announced today that it is launching the Lender Price Marketplace at the 2017 NAMB East Association of Mortgage Professionals Convention exhibit in Atlanta, Georgia on March 16 – 18.

It’s Tax Time, and Millions Could Miss Sizeable Deductions for Long-Term Care Insurance, ACSIA Partners Says

KIRKLAND, Wash., March 16, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — If you’re considering long-term care insurance, or already have a policy, “Tax time is a good time to look for help from Uncle Sam,” says Denise Gott, CEO of ACSIA Partners, one of the nation’s largest long-term care insurance agencies. “And the help you get could be more than negligible.”

Attorneys from Shapiro Goldman Babboni Fernandez & Walsh Attend the Manasota Trial Lawyers Board CLE Seminar

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla., March 15, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Partners from the personal injury law firm Shapiro Goldman Babboni Fernandez & Walsh participated in the Manasota Trial Lawyers Board Dinner and CLE seminar. Guest speakers Rick Swope of Swope Reconstruction Corporation and Brian Pfeifer of BEC Consulting. (*UPDATED*)

Traffk Acquires Capsci Health’s Mobile Technology

LOS ANGELES, Calif., March 15, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Traffk(TM), the Los Angeles art district-based insurance technology company, is excited to announce the acquisition of Portland, Ore.-based Capsci Health. Capsci Health’s HIPAA compliant, mobile technology platform personalizes health plan members’ benefits, allowing them direct access to their plan’s benefits, ID cards, preferred providers and telemedicine.

Qualia Connects to AgentNet from First American for Integrated Title Services

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., March 15, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Qualia, the fastest growing provider of title settlement software, announced it has integrated its namesake settlement platform with AgentNet(R) from First American Title Insurance Company, a leading provider of title insurance and settlement services and the largest subsidiary of First American Financial Corporation (NYSE:FAF).

New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program to Hold First Annual State-of-the-State N.J. Manufacturing Event

CEDAR KNOLLS, N.J., March 15, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP) announced today that it is holding the first annual N.J. State-of-the-State Manufacturing event to be attended by New Jersey’s leading manufacturing business executives and elected state officials. The N.J. State-of-the-State Manufacturing Event will be held in two locations: in Trenton on Wednesday, March 29 and then again in Florham Park on Friday, March 31, 2017.

FormFree Announces Integration of AccountChek into Ellie Mae’s Encompass Consumer Connect

ATLANTA, Ga., March 15, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — FormFree today announced that its AccountChek(TM) automated asset verification service is available through the Ellie Mae (NYSE:ELLI) Encompass Consumer Connect(TM) point of sale loan origination solution, an extension of the Encompass mortgage management solution. Encompass Consumer Connect enables lenders to deliver a state-of-the-art, completely branded and unique self-service online loan origination experience for homebuyers.

HousingWire Lists OpenClose as a 2017 HW TECH100 Mortgage Technology Provider for the Fourth Year in a Row

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., March 15, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — OpenClose(R), a multi-channel loan origination system (LOS) mortgage software provider, announced that HousingWire has again been recognized as a top 100 mortgage technology provider. The annual HW TECH100(TM) list recognizes the most innovative technology firms in the U.S. housing economy.

HousingWire Honors ARMCO as a 2017 HW TECH100 Mortgage Technology Vendor for the Third Straight Year

POMPANO BEACH, Fla., March 15, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — ACES Risk Management (ARMCO), the leading provider of financial quality control and compliance software, announced that HousingWire has again recognized ARMCO as a top 100 mortgage technology provider. The annual HW TECH100(TM) is designed to recognize the most innovative technology firms in the U.S. housing economy.

The Oracle Group International announces publication of ‘MAKE YOUR MARK: Personal Branding Through On-Purpose Living’ by Courtney R. Rhodes

NEW YORK, N.Y., March 14, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Oracle Group International is thrilled to announce the publication of “MAKE YOUR MARK: Personal Branding Through ‘On-Purpose’ Living” (paperback; on sale March 14, 2017; $20; ISBN: 978-0692833919) by award-winning, brand strategist, entrepreneur and author Courtney R. Rhodes.

S&P Approves Altavera for Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Due Diligence

DENVER, Colo., March 14, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Altavera Mortgage Services (Altavera), a Computershare company and leading provider of outsourced residential mortgage origination services, has been approved by Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings (S&P) as a third-party due diligence provider for U.S. residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) rated by that agency.

The Mortgage Collaborative Marks Major Milestone Adding 100th Lender Member

SAN DIEGO, Calif., March 14, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Mortgage Collaborative, the nation’s only independent mortgage cooperative, announced today that the 100th lender member joined the organization, a milestone reached following their recent Winter Lender Member Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Record Attendance Expected at Texas Mortgage Bankers Association’s 101st Annual Convention

AUSTIN, Texas, March 13, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Texas Mortgage Bankers Association (TMBA) announced today the location and dates of its 101st Annual Convention. This year’s conference – “Defining Our Future” – will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, Texas on May 21 – 23, 2017.

ReverseVision’s Second Annual User Conference Draws Newcomers to Reverse Mortgage Industry

SAN DIEGO, Calif., March 13, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — ReverseVision, the leading provider of software and technology for the reverse mortgage industry, drew a record crowd of reverse mortgage lenders, brokers and industry newcomers to its second annual user conference February 8-10 at the Hilton San Diego Mission Bay Resort and Spa. (*Updated*)

TravelInsurance.com Research Finds that Comparing Travel Insurance Coverage is an Easy Way to Save Money and Improve Protection

NEW YORK, N.Y., March 13, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Travel insurance should be an essential part of your vacation planning. Yet after hours spent researching destinations, air travel and hotel rates it’s too often an afterthought; a “take-it-or-leave-it” click during checkout on one of the major travel sites. Research conducted by travel insurance comparison site TravelInsurance.com shows that consumers can greatly expand their options.

Hoge Fenton Intellectual Property and Privacy & Data Security Practice Grows

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 13, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — We are pleased to announce that Counsel Lee Lueddemann, formerly of the Law Office of Leopold Lueddemann in San Ramon, Calif., and Associate Marianna Khoury, formerly of Twitter, Inc., have joined Hoge Fenton. Both are members of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Privacy & Data Security Groups.

Ascende – an EPIC Company adds Gary C. McKinney to Southwest Region Business Development Team

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. and HOUSTON, Texas, March 13, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Gary C. McKinney has joined the firm’s Southwest Region Employee Benefits Consulting Practice in Houston (Ascende – an EPIC Company) as Business Development Manager.

OpenClose Named a 2017 Top 100 Top Mortgage Employer by National Mortgage Professional Magazine

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., March 9, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — OpenClose, a multi-channel loan origination system (LOS) mortgage software provider, announced that it earned a spot on National Mortgage Professional magazine’s (NMP) annual Top 100 Mortgage Employers list for 2017.

Superfoods Author Stephanie Pedersen Launches ‘Spring Back to Roots’ March 20-27

MANHATTAN, N.Y., March 9, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Spring always makes super foods author Stephanie Pedersen dig her fingers into dark, rich earth and plant anew. That’s why she launches her week-long blog party, “Spring Back to Roots,” on the first day of Spring, March 20, 2017. The event celebrates the publication of her latest book, “Roots: The Complete Guide to the Underground Superfood” (ISBN: 978-1454921424).

Vegetarian Alcoholic to Release Georgia Lundeen’s First Book of Poetry, ‘Spare’

MILWAUKEE, Wis., March 9, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Minnesota poet Georgia Lundeen, who made a name in verse through her popular blog Shrinks Aren’t Cheap, is set to release her first physical collection of works, titled “Spare” (ISBN: 978-1-940129-69-3), on April 21, 2017, Vegetarian Alcoholic Press announced today.

Art-In-Relation Features a Cavalcade of Talent in a Unique Two Night Engagement

LOS ANGELES, Calif., March 9, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Jonas Sills, founder and executive producer of Art-In-Relation (A.I.R.), announces a grand benefit performance of “Broadway-LA.” After three successful seasons of theater in the Long Beach area, Art-In-Relation made its move to Los Angeles with two acclaimed productions, “Andrew Lippa’s Wild Party” and “Frankenstein, A New Musical” in the fall of 2016. They were honored to receive rave reviews and an “Ovation Recommendation” from the LA Theater Alliance.

IDS Achieves Sustained Mortgage Document Preparation Growth in 2016

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, March 9, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Mortgage document preparation vendor International Document Services, Inc. (IDS), announced it has achieved another year of sustained growth, increasing its total document volume by 55 percent over 2015. IDS also experienced a 43 percent increase in initial disclosure volume and a 73 percent increase in the use of its E-Signature technology. The company also acquired eMortgage vendor Encomia in September.

Northeast’s Largest Independent Insurance Broker The Capacity Group Joins EPIC Insurance

MAHWAH, N.J. and SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., March 9, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Capacity Group of Companies and EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants, a unique and innovative national retail insurance brokerage and employee benefits consulting firm, announced today that they have joined forces. Established in 1990, The Capacity Group has grown to become one of the largest full-service independent insurance brokerage groups in the nation.