Aaron Markuson loses 41 pounds in 31 days on Sisel weight loss products

Aaron Markuson has introduced many people to Sisel and within 30 days he has helped his team lose over 100 pounds in just a couple weeks.

Rockford, IL, August 02, 2012 – Aaron Markuson loses 41 pounds in 31 days on sisel weight loss products.

Aaron Markuson says he’s tried many diets over the years but none of them have produced numbers like this. Aaron Markuson says he doesn’t feel hungry when he’s taking the siselean and he still eats regular meals. Aaron encourages people to contact him so he can go over how he is using the shakes and how he is marketing the Sisel weight loss challenge. Aaron Markuson is building his Sisel business at lightning speed and he contributes his instant success to believing in the product. Aaron is also a number wizard! Aaron understands the Sisel compensation plan extremely well and he is working with his team on creating duplication. Aaron Markuson has introduced many people to Sisel and within 30 days he has helped his team lose over 100 pounds in just a couple weeks.

Aaron was shocked to see his photos in numerous languages on facebook and is stoked to be able to help so many people lose weight. Visit the team at www.siselknights.com to learn more about Sisel.

To contact Aaron Markuson call his cell 815-608-2018. To signup with Aaron Markuson and the Sisel Knights which is the fastest growing team in Sisel go to http://www.mysisel.com/ahealthieryou

About SISEL International, LLC.
SISEL International was founded in 2006 by Tom Mower, and his son Tom Jr., with the mission to create the most powerful personal care products and dietary supplements in the world. The term SISEL (pronounced “sizzle”) is an acronym for; Science, Innovation, Success, Energy, and Longevity. These are the key foundational principles for our company.

At SISEL, we research the research to find exciting new discoveries in modern science, and bring to market spectacular products unlike the world has ever seen. We are committed to the use of evidence-based nutraceutical ingredients, known to be of scientifically-proven biological value, in the most concentrated strength and form possible, combined with other synergistic ingredients to achieve maximum results.

Dan Block 123 N. Alpine Rd. Rockford, IL 61107, danblock317@gmail.com, Skype block6525

Dan Block
Sisel Knights
123 N. Alpine Rd
Rockford, IL 61107

Bart Chilton, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), at World’s Most Influential Hedge Funds Conference

Golden Networking brings back Hedge Funds Leaders Forum 2012, “Getting Ready to Manage $5 Trillion by 2016”, now in New York, Chicago and London (http://www.HedgeFundsLeadersForum.com), with Keynote Speaker Bart Chilton, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

New York City, NY, USA (August 2, 2012) — Commissioner Bart Chilton, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, will be Keynote Speaker at Golden Networking’s Hedge Funds Leaders Forum 2012, “Getting Ready to Manage $5 Trillion by 2016” (http://www.HedgeFundsLeadersForum.com). The world’s most influential hedge funds conference will bring a virtual who’s who, which will soon follow as one legendary manager after another will take the stage. Billions of investable assets will be represented by influential local and international investors who will listen with rapt attention as star managers and analysts discuss and debate the biggest issues facing the alternative investments industry today.

Hedge Funds Leaders Forum 2012, “Getting Ready to Manage $5 Trillion by 2016” will provide attendees in New York (September 25), Chicago (October 9) and London (December 12) with the most up-to-date review of where this ever-changing industry stands and how regulatory and alpha expectation s will impact it. Recognized managers, investors, experts, regulators, and strategists will return to Hedge Funds Leaders Forum 2012 to provide the information practitioners are looking for in an open and unbiased environment, highly conducive to the most efficient and effective networking.

Mr. Chilton was nominated by President Bush and confirmed by the U. S. Senate in 2007. In 2009, he was re-nominated by President Obama and reconfirmed by the Senate. He has served as the Chairman of the CFTC’s Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee (EEMAC). His career spans 25 years in government service-working on Capitol Hill in the House of Representatives, in the Senate, and serving in the Executive Branch during the Clinton, Bush and Obama Administrations.

Prior to joining the CFTC, Mr. Chilton was the Chief of Staff and Vice President for Government Relations at the National Farmers Union where he represented family farmers. In 2005, Mr. Chilton was a Schedule C political appointee of President Bush at the U. S. Farm Credit Administration where he served as an Executive Assistant to the Board. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Chilton was a Senior Advisor to Senator Tom Daschle, the Democrat Leader of the United States Senate, where he worked on myriad issues including agriculture and transportation policy.

From 1995 to 2001, Mr. Chilton was a Schedule C political appointee of President Clinton where he rose to Deputy Chief of Staff to U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman. In this role, Mr. Chilton became a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES)-government executives selected for their leadership qualifications to serve in the key positions just below the most senior Presidential appointees. As an SES member, Mr. Chilton served as a liaison between Secretary Glickman and the Federal work force at USDA.

From 1985 to 1995, Mr. Chilton worked in the U. S. House of Representatives where he served as Legislative Director for three different Members of Congress on Capitol Hill and as the Executive Director of the bipartisan Congressional Rural Caucus. Mr. Chilton previously served on the Boards of Directors of Bion Environmental Technologies and the Association of Family Farms.

Mr. Chilton was born in Delaware and spent his youth in Indiana, where he attended Purdue University (1979-1982). He studied political science and communications and was a collegiate leader of several organizations. Mr. Chilton and his wife, Sherry Daggett Chilton, split their time between Washington, D. C. and Arkansas.

Hedge Funds Leaders Forum 2012 is produced by Golden Networking (http://www.goldennetworking.net), the premier networking community for business executives, entrepreneurs and investors. Panelists, speakers and sponsors are invited to contact Golden Networking by sending an email to info@goldennetworking.net.

Media Contact:
Julia Petrova
Media Relations Coordinator
Golden Networking

Food Safety Consultants and Ryan Systems Join Forces to Offer TransCert Certification to Food Transporters to Satisfy FDA Food Supply Chain Audit Trail Requirements

Food Safety Consultants and Ryan Systems have formed a strategic partnership to offer affordable TransCert certification solutions to food transporters who must comply with the FDA’s new guidelines for record keeping and traceability within the food supply chain.

San Diego, CA (USA), August 01, 2012 — Food Safety Consultants (www.CertificationFoodSafety.com) and Ryan Systems (www.RyanSystems.com) have formed a strategic partnership to offer affordable TransCert certification solutions to food transporters who must comply with the FDA’s new guidelines for record keeping and traceability within the food supply chain. This will make it easier for air freight forwarders, rail, truck fleets, handlers and air cargo transporters to address FDA requirements for food safety, sanitation, temperature monitoring,and shipment traceability.

TransCert (Transportation Certification) is an industry certification that requires food transportation handlers to establish HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point)plans and meet sanitation, temperature control traceability, and record keeping reporting requirements established by the FDA under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

In compliance with the FDA’s drive for prevention and safety within the food industry, HACCP planning, implementation and corrective actions are the accepted means to preventing food illness outbreaks. The FDA’s new food safety supply chain model is intended to drive liability and HACCP compliance through all food supply chain handling operations. Newly established administrative rules require food container record keeping, traceability and reporting to reduce recalls resulting from adulteration and cross contamination occurring during food transportation.

Responding to these imperatives and others to be established by the FSMA, Dr. John Ryan, who recently retired as the quality assurance administrator for the Hawaii State Department of Agriculture and is now president of Ryan Systems, established the TransCert standard to satisfy current and expected FDA food safety requirements for the nation’s food supply chain. Ryan has played a lead role in launching the Sanitary Cold Chain (www.SanitaryColdChain.com), which is designed to provide transportation certification services for truck, rail and other food transportation handlers.

Ryan observes, “Interior wash, sanitation and testing stations; Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking; Radio Frequency Identification (RFID); and other sensor enabled temperature and humidity monitoring technologies have been tested by Ryan Systems to establish transportation sanitation and traceability standards for food transporters. The TransCert standard provides guidance and a cold chain audit base line for food transporters. Food Safety Consultants (FSC) adds strong HACCP consulting experience to help clients prepare for an independent TransCert audit that verifies procedures and record-keeping to satisfy FDA food safety requirements.”

A business unit of Pacific Sunrise Ventures LLC, Food Safety Consultants (FSC) has seasoned experts to help companies in the food supply chain prepare for certification audits under Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) bench marked standards. “Applying our capabilities to food transporters is a logical step for us,” notes Al Kernek, FSC co-founder, “Our consultants are HACCP experts and Ryan Systems has RFID temperature monitoring and recall traceability expertise. His company is also able to provide food container sanitation resources and guidance. Together, we offer inclusive solutions to food transporters which provide documented proof of food supply chain safety. This is invaluable data when it comes to satisfying audit trail demands of FDA inspectors and reducing company liability, which is why a TransCert certification is quickly gaining awareness among food transporters.”

Air freight forwarders, rail, truck fleets, handlers and air cargo food transporters interested in achieving the TransCert certification may contact Food Safety Consultants at 888-799-2678 Extension 1 or Ryan System at (951) 746-2294 for information.

About Pacific Sunrise Ventures LLC:
Pacifica Eureka LLC is headquartered in San Diego, California. Its founders each bring over thirty years of professional experience in sales, marketing, consulting and international standardization. Learn more by visiting the Food Safety Consultants website at http://www.CertificationFoodSafety.com or email contact at info@CertificationFoodSafety.com.

Pacific Sunrise Ventures LLC Media Contact: Al Kernek, Co-Founder, Phone: (888) 799-2678 x700, Email: akernek@CertificationFoodSafety.com

About Ryan Systems:
Ryan Systems provides integrated food safety and traceability quality control solutions for the transportation sector and for the producers, retailers and processors that depend on transportation services. The company specializes in supply chain compliance and delivery control and helps supply chain clients guarantee the safety and quality of delivered products. Learn more by visiting their website at http://www.RyanSystems.com or email contact at jryan@ryansystems.com.

Ryan Systems Media Contact: John Ryan, PhD, President, Phone: (951) 746-2294, Email: jryan@ryansystems.com

Press & Media Contact:
Al Kernek, Co-Founder
Pacific Sunrise Ventures LLC
8677 Villa La Jolla Dr. #123;
La Jolla, CA 92037
(888) 799-2678 x700

New Models of Flag and medal display cases from Flags Connections

FlagsConnections specializes in flag cases and military gifts, for both those serving in the armed forces and their families at home who wish to honor their memory through posterity.

Deer Park, NY, July 31, 2012 – Only the best have served in our country’s military, and only the best of quality should be trusted in holding and showcasing the flags and medals of honors bestowed upon our nation’s soldiers. Only the best of quality is provided by FlagsConnections.

FlagsConnections is a patriotic company dedicated to honoring those who have faithfully served their country in the armed forces, be it Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, heroes of both retired military and the fallen, with a prominent line of handsome, custom made U.S. flags, memorial flag cases, shadow boxes and flag boxes. FlagsConnections specializes in flag cases and military gifts, for both those serving in the armed forces and their families at home who wish to honor their memory through posterity. So trusted and revered is the FlagsConnections name brand that they were selected to provide the flag case for President Reagan’s burial flag in 2004.

Made of finely crafted red oak with an elegant cherry finish, the Military Flag and Medal Display Frame – Shadow Box from FlagsConnections makes an illustrious gift for military servicemen, servicewomen and their families. Interchangeably, it serves beautifully as a Navy display frame, an Army display case, a Coast Guard display box or an Air Force display case. At once, it is ideal for displaying medals, insignia, certificates and flags together in one handsome case. FlagsConnections’ Military Shadow Box is manufactured in the U.S.A. and its military flag display case holds room enough to hold a 3 ft x 5 ft folded U.S. or military flag. The size of the case measures 19 inches wide x 20 inches tall. Its certificate holder’s dimensions span 8.5 inches (from the top of the display case to the top of the shadow box) x 15.5 inches (running from side of the case to the side of the box). FlagsConnections is proud to accommodate military certificates and insignia of all sizes!

The medal display area of the box is lined with rich, black felt, allowing for the brightest display of your loved ones’ awards and insignia – making the perfect contrast against silver, nickel, gold or brass – and showing them off in a most glorious fashion. The Military Flag and Medal Display Frame Shadow Box by FlagsConnections complements the presentation of these tributes, in a professional display to honor the glories won by that special military man or woman in your life, capturing their stories for ages to come. For all gifts military, FlagsConnections is unrivaled in terms of quality and expedience.

David Elgavisch
Flags Connections
1940 Deer Park Ave Suite 372
Deer Park, NY 11729

Ecotech Institute’s First Graduating Class Finds Success in the Workforce

Companies Across the Country Are Hiring Graduates from Ecotech’s First-Ever Graduating Class

Denver, CO, August 01, 2012 – Ecotech Institute’s first group of graduates crossed the stage on June 21, 2012 and dozens of graduates are already working in the cleantech industry. Three companies have hired a combined 20 graduates, five additional companies have hired one or two graduates, and several students have offers pending. The companies range in size and specialty, with renewable energy graduates receiving jobs in six different states.

In addition to demand from hiring organizations and job placements across the country, positive feedback from new employers about the graduates has been tremendous.

“Hiring managers across the board have been extremely complimentary about the quality of our graduates and their job readiness,” said Michael Seifert, president of Ecotech Institute. “One company even said that Ecotech graduates are the best new hires he has ever worked with. Another company actually created a new position to better utilize the skills and knowledge of an Ecotech graduate. We are thrilled to see our alumni already experiencing great success and making an impact in the workplace.”

Ecotech Institute is the first and only college entirely focused on preparing America’s workforce for careers in clean technology and careers in sustainability. At the school’s first-ever graduation, forty-one students received their associate’s degrees in the following areas: Wind Energy Technology, Solar Energy Technology, Renewable Energy Technology and Electrical Engineering Technology.

Former Governor Bill Ritter, who currently serves as the Director of the Colorado State University Center for the New Energy Economy, delivered the commencement speech. He offered perspectives from his position as governor, discussed Colorado’s aggressive role in the new energy economy, and applauded the promising future of the cleantech and clean energy industries.

“We were in the worst recession since the Great Depression and the only part of the private sector that grew during that was the cleantech/clean energy [sector],” said Ritter. “For your purposes, you chose right. You chose well. You chose the thing that grew, it has the potential to grow and grow and grow.”

The Ecotech curriculum is focused on the development of soft skills (communication, workplace etiquette), and math and science basics and technology skills, but the educational emphasis is on hands-on, practical training. Ecotech’s national board of advisors, who all work in cleantech industries, helped design the school’s curriculum, providing coursework that reflects what students will experience upon graduation.

Ecotech Institute, which is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, offers five highly practical associate’s degree programs that provide graduates with skills valued by today’s alternative renewable energy employers. Ecotech’s second commencement will be in September.

To learn more about Ecotech Institute, visit us online at www.ecotechinstitute.com or call 877-326-5576. The next round of classes begins in October and applications are being accepted now. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.

About Ecotech Institute:
Ecotech Institute is the first and only college entirely focused on preparing America’s workforce for careers in renewable energy and sustainability. Launched in April 2010 in Denver, Colorado, the college offers five associate’s degrees designed by experts in the industry for people seeking careers in the emerging cleantech economy. Ecotech Institute is a division of Education Corporation of America. For more information about Ecotech Institute, visit ecotechinstitute.com.

Alicia Hassinger or Jenny Foust
Communications Strategy Group, on behalf of Ecotech Institute
ahassinger@csg-pr.com or jfoust@csg-pr.com

About Education Corporation of America:
Education Corporation of America is a leader in the post-secondary career school market with current enrollment of almost 20,000 students.  The ECA website is ecacolleges.com.  In addition to Ecotech Institute, ECA schools include Virginia College, founded in 1983, a private institution of higher education that offers non-degree and associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in the areas of Health and Medical, Business, Information Technology, Interior Design, Computer Design, Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, Nursing and more in eighteen different cities.  Virginia College campuses are located in Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile and Montgomery, Alabama; Jacksonville and Pensacola, Florida; Augusta, Columbus, Macon and Savannah, Georgia; Biloxi and Jackson, Mississippi; Charleston, Spartanburg, Columbia, and Greenville, South Carolina; Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tennessee; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Richmond, Virginia; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Austin, Texas. The Virginia College website is vc.edu.  Virginia College also offers classes worldwide via the Internet, with student services and admissions facilities in Birmingham, Alabama, and Tampa, Florida, and a Military Student Center also in Tampa.  Information about online classes at Virginia College is available at vconline.edu.  Additionally, ECA operates Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College, with locations in Birmingham and Mobile, Alabama; Richmond, Virginia; Savannah, Georgia; and Jacksonville, Florida.  The website is culinard.com.  ECA also operates Golf Academy of America, with locations in Phoenix, Arizona; San Diego, California; Dallas, Texas; Orlando, Florida; and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  The Golf Academy website is golfacademy.edu.

Alicia Hassinger
3225 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206

BusinessVibes Introduces New Microsite for Events

BusinessVibes is pleased to announce that it has recently launched an exciting new feature in its website called “Create Your Own Event”, an online tool that allows BusinessVibes members to create customizable websites.

London, UK, August 2, 2012 — BusinessVibes, the latest B2B network dedicated to connecting businesses all over the world, is growing strong with more than one million members worldwide. Today, it is pleased to announce that it has recently launched an exciting new feature in its website called “Create Your Own Event”, an online tool that allows BusinessVibes members to create customizable websites. This enables members to gain greater online publicity of their company and also showcase all their events, helping them grow both their business and image as a whole.

BusinessVibes Events has always been the number one go-to platform for businesses around the world to advertise their events online. Since its inception in 2010, BusinessVibes has provided businesses that register as members with them, with the opportunity to create an event page and have it advertised. “Create Your Own Event” enriches the user and visitor experience as an actual website, rather than a single page from BusinessVibes, will be provided. Moreover, this new feature is packed with customizable options that will make the event page unique to each business and more appealing to visitors, as opposed to a static, standard background. In addition, although BusinessVibes builds the website, members continue to have control over the content and can make changes anytime.

The main difference between BusinessVibes and any other website creation and hosting platform is that with BusinessVibes, it is free. Furthermore, BusinessVibes offers other types of event promotion solutions to businesses including displaying banner advertisements, publishing event profiles, conducting e-mail blasts and much more for a minimal fee. Therefore with this new feature, businesses can not only substantially save money by avoiding expensive website maintenance costs but also time which can be better utilized for other event planning activities.

Website creation with BusinessVibes takes just 3 easy steps.
1) Choose any one of the attractive, professionally designed templates of your preference.
2) Customize it by adding your own logo, text, graphics and menu options.
3) Publish it with one click of a button!

Schedule a demo and benefit from other supporting promotions which will be available for free for only a limited time. There are no hidden costs or special conditions involved in this promotion. Register with BusinessVibes too to connect with thousands of companies and trade associations in more than 170 countries.

Media Contact:
Lise Martineau
Marketing Executive – Europe
BusinessVibes Network International Inc
8 Wimpole Street
London W1G 9SP
+44 20 7291 0883
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AAA: Alternative Investors Looking Outside Europe for REITs

Alternative investors are ploughing money into South Africa’s property sector, according to recent reports. AAA claims that regions outside of Europe are receiving more interest and are great options for investing in real estate.

Boston, MA, USA, August 2, 2012 — Alternative investors are ploughing money into South Africa’s property sector, according to recent reports. Alternative Asset Analysis claims that regions outside of Europe are receiving more interest and are great options for investing in real estate.

A new report from JSE Property index shows that the amount of investment in south Africa’s property market is up by around 14.5 per cent with cash coming from both individual investors and institutional investors.

“It’s not just wealthy individuals who are investing in alternatives such as real estate any more,“ explained Anthony Johnson, AAA’s analysis partner. “Pension funds and other institutional investors are now also picking up on the fact that alternatives offer some major benefits by way of diversification and low correlation with equity markets.”

Real Estate Investment trusts (REITs) managers in South Africa are feeling very positive about the future, according to Growth Point Properties. Its executive director, Estienne de Klerk, said that most REIT managers claim that the asset class will grow over the coming two years.

Mr Johnson stated, “It’s easy to see why people would prefer to put their cash into something more tangible after the economic collapse. More and more people are looking for alternatives to stocks and bonds, which they have seen lose value overnight.”

AAA supports a wide range of alternative investments, but is most keen to advocate investment in ethical and environmentally responsible causes, such as sustainable forestry and impact investment funds. Firms such as Greenwood Management offer investors the opportunity to buy up their own section of sustainable plantation in Brazil, from as little as EUR 10,000.

“This type of direct investment in timberland that is managed sustainable can remove some of the pressure on native forests and provide a more environmentally friendly options for industries that use timber products and charcoal.”

About Alternative Asset Analysis:
The remit of Alternative Asset Analysis is to analyse and provide news on the global performance of a wide range of alternative asset classes including, but not restricted to, commodities, real estate, forestry, foreign exchange, hedge funds, private equity and venture capital.

Media Contact:
Anthony Johnson
Alternative Asset Analysis
71 Commercial St
Boston, MA 02109-1320

Luxury Travel Ltd is an official Supporter of WTM Responsible Tourism Day

Luxury Travel Ltd (www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) is now an Official Supporter of this global event.

Hanoi, Vietnam, August 01, 2012 – The World Travel Market is the leading global event for the world’s travel industry, where travel agents, tour operators, hotel & transport suppliers, and just about anyone else with a connection to the world of holidays and travel can come together, network, and build long-term business relationships.

The four-day event at London’s ExCel will begin on Monday 5th November 2012, and anyone working within the travel and tourism sector may register, and attend any or all of the scheduled events from Tuesday 6th until Thursday 8th November.

Wednesday 7th November 2012 is the WTM World Responsible Tourism Day, and Luxury Travel Ltd proud to announce that due to our “year-round responsible tourism work”, Luxury Travel Ltd (www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) is now an Official Supporter of this global event.

“Responsible tourism is defined as: “Travel conducted in such manner as not to harm or degrade the cultural or natural environment of the places visited. “Acting as a local and responsible tour operator, we aim to create better places for people to visit and better places for people to live. We are committed to making our business more sustainable and responsible. We believe that by taking measured steps to build corporate and social responsibility into every aspect of our business, we can reduce the negative effects of the travel industry on our environment, and accentuate the positive impact of tourism by working to preserve the destinations we love for future generations. We continue to explore innovative and positive ways to promote Southeast Asia, while showcasing the beauty of its countries through responsible travel. In fact, in 2008, Luxury Travel won an award for sustainable development, and we are confident that, with your help, more awards are on the way,” said Pham Ha, Founder and CEO of Luxury Travel Ltd.

Since the World Travel Market introduced World Responsible Tourism Day some five years ago, travel companies and organizations from around the world have demonstrated determination to make a real difference, proving that this international day of action really can help protect the world.

This year, Luxury Travel has representatives Richard Parks, Anita Sach in the UK office, Pham Ha and David Hung Nguyen from Vietnam will attend the WTM London 2012.

“We are proud of being an official supporter to World Travel Market World Responsible Tourism. We believe that if we all strive to promote responsible and sustainable tourism, we can limit the negative impact our travels have on the planet, and by sharing our knowledge with others, we can help tourists to become responsible travellers. If you are attending the WTM this November, please drop us a line at wtm12@luxurytravelvietnam.com.” said David Nguyen, sales and Marketing Manager of Luxury Travel Ltd.

Vietnam-based Luxury Travel Ltd (www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) is a long established Asian specialist in the art of travel and serves today’s most sophisticated travelers, in luxury privately guided and fully bespoke holidays in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand. Luxury Travel excels in designing tailor-made tours and providing unique travel experiences to fulfill the most sophisticated traveler’s expectations. Luxury Travel Ltd. has won numerous travel awards for excellent performance, including the most recent award: Best Luxury Tour Operator.

Link Doan
Luxury Travel Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Str.,
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi 84444

NextPlane Releases XMPP-Hosted Group Chat Federation for Microsoft OCS 2007 and Lync 2010

Expanded Features for NextPlane Federation Cloud Service Allows Microsoft Office Communicator and Lync Users to Participate in Chat Rooms Hosted on XMPP UC Platforms.

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (August 1, 2012) — NextPlane, Inc., the market leader in cloud-based federation services for unified communications (UC), today announced the addition of XMPP group chat federation to the NextPlane Federation Cloud service. Now end users with Microsoft Office Communicator (MOC) and Lync clients can easily add chat rooms hosted on XMPP-based UCs, such as OpenFire, to their contact lists without requiring specialized Microsoft Group Chat servers or clients. With these new features, Microsoft users can now take advantage of the NextPlane Federation Cloud services as a central exchange to extend their reach and connect with other UC platforms to create collaborative business communities.

Now Microsoft OCS and Lync users can easily participate in chat rooms hosted on XMPP UC platforms see the other participants, view chat room history, and engage in live chat conversations. Chat rooms can be added to the MOC or Lync client contact list as if they were federated users. Moreover, NextPlane supports the restrictions imposed by members-only rooms.

“Enabling group chat federation is an important component in building federated communities, a strategy that more and more competitive organizations are adopting with the aid of the NextPlane Federation Cloud service to connect to suppliers, partners, and customers in real time,” said Farzin Shahidi, Founder and CEO of NextPlane. “For the first time, Microsoft users can participate in XMPP hosted chat rooms.”

The NextPlane Federation Cloud service accelerates building federated business communities by eliminating the need to set up and maintain separate federation to multiple partners. NextPlane Federation Cloud service subscribers enjoy unprecedented control over which types of traffic (IM, presence, voice, video, and file transfer) are allowed or denied to any of their federated partners. Finally, using NextPlane’s unique analytics and reporting tools, companies are gaining valuable insight into how collaboration with their federated partner community is boosting their business.

To demonstrate the value of the NextPlane Federation Cloud to build collaborative business communities, NextPlane is offering a 30-day trial to qualifying organizations. For more information, visit http://www.nextplane.net.

About NextPlane, Inc.

NextPlane offers the NextPlane Federation Could service for unified communications (UC) platforms, seamlessly federating Microsoft LCS, OCS, OCS R2 and Lync, Cisco Jabber XCP, CUPS and Webex Connect, IBM Sametime, Google Apps, Jive OpenFire, ISODE M-Link and eJabberd. Using the NextPlane Federation Cloud service, organizations can connect users from different companies regardless of underlying UC platforms – with shared presence, instant messaging, multi-user chat, voice and video – as if they are on the same UC platform.

NextPlane offers an ideal solution for companies migrating from one UC platform to another, or to integrate different legacy platforms following a company merger or a new contract or partnership. NextPlane even supports domain sharing, allowing two or more UC platforms to federate internally and externally using the same domain name.

For more information please visit http://www.nextplane.net, or contact sales at sales@nextplane.net.

Farzin Shahidi
NextPlane, Inc.
(650) 305-7404

Tom Woolf
Woolf Media & Marketing
(415) 259-5638

Veritas Prep Expands, Launches SAT Prep Course Developed with a Perfect Score Recipient

Veritas Prep is the Largest Global Provider of Test Prep and Admissions Consulting Services

Malibu, California, August 01, 2012 – Veritas Prep announced its expansion into the undergraduate market today with the launch of its SAT prep course, Veritas Prep SAT 2400. With the addition of the SAT course, the company is now the largest global provider of test prep and admissions consulting services. The course was developed with Shaan Patel, Director of SAT Programs at Veritas Prep and one of the few test takers in the world to achieve a perfect 2400 on the SAT, making it the only global SAT prep course created by a perfect SAT score recipient. To date, more than 9.2 million students have taken the new SAT worldwide and fewer than 2,000 have received a perfect score. The course combines Veritas Prep’s proven test preparation philosophy and course model with the strategies and techniques that helped Shaan master the exam.

“Ten years ago Veritas Prep’s ‘think like the test maker’ approach to test prep, along with its longer course format and higher instructor standards, revolutionized the way students prepared for the GMAT. A decade later, with the launch of Veritas Prep SAT 2400, we have now reinvented SAT prep,” said Chad Troutwine, co-founder and CEO of Veritas Prep. “We built Veritas Prep SAT 2400 on the philosophy that SAT mastery begins with smart strategies. It is not about how much you are able to memorize or your grades in high school. This course helps students achieve their highest possible score.”

Following the model the company put in place when it was first founded, in-person and live online Veritas Prep SAT 2400 courses are both longer than competitors’ courses – 36 hours, offering twice as much instruction time – and require instructors to have scored in the 99th percentile on the exam; the strictest instructor standards of any provider. Additionally, Veritas Prep offers the only zero risk, money-back guarantee in the industry – if a student’s score doesn’t go up from a previous official SAT or converted PSAT, they can take the course again at no charge or receive a full refund, no questions asked. No other SAT prep provider refunds tuition without checking attendance and homework/practice test completion.

“Like many students, I struggled with standardized tests in high school. After a disappointing score on my first practice test, I dedicated myself to learning every aspect of the SAT until I finally mastered the exam,” said Patel. “Veritas Prep SAT 2400 captures and shares every strategy, method and approach I used to achieve a perfect 2400 and it is designed with the student’s perspective at its foundation. Unlike most other courses that use technical language and complex terminology, Veritas Prep SAT 2400 is engaging and makes the information easy to digest and understand.”

Every Veritas Prep SAT 2400 course includes:

* 36 hours of instruction, more than twice the length of other courses

* The strictest instructor standards in the industry, requiring instructors to have scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT

* The only no hassle, zero risk money back guarantee available

* 10 official practice tests – no provider offers more

* Unlimited access to Veritas Prep instructors

* Veritas Prep SAT 2400 Workbook

* Veritas Prep SAT 2400 Vocabulary Builder

* Immediate online scoring of SAT practice exams and quizzes

* Shaan Patel’s best-selling book, SAT 2400 in Just 7 Steps: Perfect-Score Student Reveals How to Ace the Test, published by McGraw Hill

* Full SAT 2400 On Demand HD Online Course Featuring Perfect-Score SAT Instructor Shaan Patel

Last month Veritas Prep celebrated a significant milestone: its ten-year anniversary. Co-founders Chad Troutwine and Markus Moberg met at the Yale School of Management while earning their MBAs and started Veritas Prep after winning several business plan competitions, including Yale’s. At its launch, Veritas Prep’s flagship classroom GMAT prep course was more comprehensive than others on the market. It was the first of its kind to focus on higher order thinking and to be taught exclusively by instructors who scored in the 99th percentile on the GMAT. The company was also first to create online “on demand” (self-paced) GMAT courses and GMAT mobile apps. To date, Veritas Prep is the only company to assemble a team of admissions consultants representing all of the top 20 MBA programs.

“For the last decade Veritas Prep has been the leader in GMAT Prep and graduate admissions. We are excited to begin this new chapter with our expansion into the undergraduate market,” said Troutwine. “We look forward to helping students maximize their score on the SAT — a crucial step to getting into their college of choice and securing a lucrative scholarship.”

Veritas Prep is currently enrolling students in its August, September and October Live Online SAT classes and accepting pre-orders for the Veritas Prep SAT 2400 On Demand HD online course. For more information, visit www.veritasprep.com.

About Veritas Prep
Veritas Prep is the largest global provider of test prep and admissions consulting services, offering industry-leading programs to help applicants improve their test scores and gain admission to the world’s best colleges and universities and graduate schools. Founded in 2002 by graduates of the Yale School of Management, Veritas Prep offers its flagship, live GMAT prep course in more than 90 cities worldwide and as an interactive online course available to students everywhere. Its Veritas Prep SAT 2400 course is delivered live online and on demand and features the only zero risk, money back guarantee in the industry. Additionally, Veritas Prep offers admissions consulting services for applicants seeking admission to the most competitive undergraduate institutions and business schools, law schools and medical schools in the world. For more information, visit veritasprep.com.

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