OncBioMune Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (OBMP: OTCQB) | OncBioMune Announces Cancer Vaccine Poster Presentation at the 2017 American Association for Cancer Research Meeting

BATON ROUGE, LA–(Marketwired – February 02, 2017) – OncBioMune Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTCQB: OBMP) (“OncBioMune” or the “Company”), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of novel cancer products and a proprietary vaccine technology, is pleased to announce that the Company’s abstract illustrating research on its novel therapeutic cancer vaccine, has been accepted for a poster presentation at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2017 in Washington, D.C.

The technology being presented at AACR serves as the foundation for ProscaVax, the Company’s novel therapeutic cancer vaccine currently in a Phase 1 clinical trial funded in part by the Department of Defense, with a Phase 2 trial planned at a prominent cancer research university in the Northeast U.S. and a Phase 2/3 nearing enrollment in Mexico through a Joint Venture with the Company’s acquisition target Vitel Laboratorios S.A. de C.V.

Dr. Jonathan Head, Chief Executive Officer at OncBioMune, will be presenting the abstract titled, “Inhibition of 4T1 mammary tumor growth in BALB/c mice by subcutaneous and intraperitoneal injection of a 4T1 whole cell vaccine containing IL-2 and GM-CSF as adjuvants” as part of the Immunology Session at AACR on Monday, April 3, 2017 from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Halls A-C, Poster Section 28.

“We are delighted to once again be attending one of the world’s leading oncology meetings to present information on ProscaVax and network with peers,” commented Dr. Jonathan Head. “Our poster this year provides compelling evidence about the therapeutic benefit of our vaccine technology in slowing tumor growth in a mouse model of breast cancer and demonstrates the scalability of our platform to address different cancer lines.”

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About OncBioMune Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

OncBioMune Pharmaceuticals is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of novel cancer immunotherapy products, with a proprietary Vaccine Technology that is designed to stimulate the immune system to attack its own cancer while not hurting the patient. Our lead product, ProscaVax is scheduled to commence a Phase 2 clinical study in 2016. OncBioMune also has a portfolio of targeted therapies, some of which are biosimilars to blockbuster drugs. OncBioMune is headquartered in Baton Rouge, LA.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the securities in this offering, nor there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer solicitation or sale are unlawful prior to registration or qualification under securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

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Atlas Technology International Inc. (ATLT: OTCQB) | Atlas Technology International Retains Investor Relations Partners to Support Company’s Strategic IR Program

Feb 02, 2017

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LOS ANGELES, Feb. 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Atlas Technology International, Inc. (OTCQB:ATLT), a leading designer and manufacturer of touchscreen devices, today announced that it has retained Investor Relations Partners (IRP), a rapidly growing investor and public relations firm, to expand the Company’s strategic investor relations program.

“Atlas Technology brings years of touchscreen design and manufacturing experience to our customers,” said Matthew Tsai, Atlas’ Chief Executive Officer.  “Becoming a public entity provides us with greater access to growth capital, higher levels of executive staffing and makes us more competitive in the ongoing search for great engineering talent.”

Tsai added, “As we focus on the rapidly expanding global marketplace for touchscreen applications, we needed a team to help us take our message to the broader investor community.  We have retained IRP to deliver our multi-pronged strategy of geographic expansion, product diversification and current client growth to the investment community.  We are contributing to the growth of this industry through a dedicated focus on cutting-edge research and development, technology patents and advanced materials.  We are looking forward to IRP increasing our investor exposure as well as supporting our overriding goal of building shareholder value.”

To be added to the Company’s investor lists, please contact Kevin Yamano at Investor Relations Partners at 818-280-6800 or via email at kyamano@irpartnersinc.com

About Atlas Technology International, Inc.

Atlas Technology (OTCQB:ATLT) is a leading designer and distributer of touchscreen devices to a global blue-chip client base.  The Company’s products power the interface to a wide array of smart devices including GPS systems, Point of Sale machines, Hospitality and Medical devices and small appliances.  For additional information on Atlas Technology, please visit the Company’s website at www.atlastechintl.com.

About Investor Relations Partners

Investor Relations Partners, Inc. (IRP) is a full-service investor relations firm serving a global client base.  The principals of IRP have received top industry awards for their investor relations programs for a number of high-profile companies, including, but not limited to, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, ValueVision Media, Taro Pharmaceuticals, and LJ International. The firm’s principals have executed effective investor relations programs for dozens of public companies, ranging from emerging micro-cap companies to multinational corporations with market capitalizations in excess of $15 billion.  For further information on IRP, please visit the firm’s website at www.irpartnersinc.com.

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This release may contain forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ from those projected due to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the possibility that some or all of the matters and transactions considered by the Company may not proceed as contemplated, and by all other matters specified in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These statements are made based upon current expectations that are subject to risk and uncertainty. The Company does not undertake to update forward-looking statements in this news release to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting such forward-looking information. Assumptions and other information that could cause results to differ from those set forth in the forward-looking information can be found in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (www.sec.gov), including its recent periodic reports. 

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VenueNext Wins Gartner Data & Analytics Excellence Award for Best Use of Data in a Product or Service

SANTA CLARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–VenueNext, the industry-leading venue technology platform company, announced today it has been awarded the Gartner Data & Analytics Excellence Award for Best Use of Data in a Product or Service. The awards recognize excellence in data and analytics technology to drive best-in-class initiatives. VenueNext’s platform provides accurate data in real time, enabling its customers to make critical business decisions that have an impact immediately to the bottom line in the venues that they operate.

“We are honored to be recognized by research leader Gartner, Inc. for our work with professional sports organizations including the San Francisco 49ers and the Orlando Magic,” said John Paul, chief executive officer at VenueNext. “Our platform delivers valuable data insights that enable our customers in sports and entertainment to improve business outcomes and increase revenue in a very short time. We believe any large venue can benefit from our platform and we look forward to expanding to the healthcare market very soon.”

Six winners and 12 finalists were chosen from a pool of 152 submissions across all six categories. While the criteria were different for each category, all submissions were assessed by a team of Gartner analysts, and honorees were selected by benchmarking against world-class performance standards. Gartner looked for submissions with a strong organizational and leadership component, effective use of modern technologies, and most of all clear business outcomes.

To learn more about VenueNext, please visit www.venuenext.com or watch a short video to see how VenueNext’s technology platform works.

About VenueNext:

VenueNext is a connected venue technology company on a mission to transform the way people around the world experience venues. VenueNext’s platform creates personalized mobile experiences that give guests convenience, control and choice over how they experience venues. The platform also generates data that gives venue owners real-time business intelligence to help them improve business outcomes. Founded in 2013, VenueNext is backed by Aurum Partners, Causeway Media Partners, Live Nation Entertainment, HPE Aruba, Twitter Ventures and others. VenueNext has offices in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, New York and London. VenueNext was named one of the top ten most innovative companies in sports by Fast Company in 2015 and the recipient of a 2015 Edison Award for Innovation.

Physicians Anesthesia Service (PAS) Joins U.S. Anesthesia Partners

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–U.S. Anesthesia Partners, Inc. (USAP), the nation’s leading Anesthesia-focused physician services organization, today announced its newly formed partnership with Physicians Anesthesia Service (PAS), the largest group of anesthesiologists serving the Seattle, WA, metro area.

PAS has been providing quality anesthesia services to the Seattle community for over 40 years. The practice’s 120 anesthesia providers–many with sub-specialty training in cardiac, pediatric, regional anesthesia and intensive care medicine–provide anesthesia service ranging from care of the most medically complex inpatient to outpatients in ambulatory facilities.

Through their partnership with USAP, PAS physicians will retain local control over their clinical governance and operations, and continue to provide quality, patient-focused perioperative care services to the surgeons, facilities and communities they serve. PAS joins other high-performing practices that have found joining USAP enables them to remain clinically independent while becoming part of a larger organization built specifically to elevate the performance of anesthesia practices.

Dr. David Lavitt, CEO of PAS, views this new partnership as a unique opportunity.

“We at PAS are excited to join USAP. It is apparent USAP has been thoughtfully designed to create a culture of collaboration that builds trust and empowers clinicians to strive for excellence,” said Lavitt. “As USAP-Washington, we will have access to best anesthesia practices that will facilitate quality-based, data-driven care for our patients.

“This opportunity also goes beyond USAP’s IT infrastructure and business intelligence. It is a chance for us to be relevant in the evolving national dialogue as advocates for both patients and physicians. As governmental policies change and payer and facility affiliations evolve, anesthesiologists must be part of the discussion. As USAP-Washington, our voice will be heard. We gain these benefits while remaining a Washington-based practice and maintaining our clinical governance. We will continue to provide an exceptional customer experience and work to be the anesthesia practice of choice for healthcare facilities throughout the state – with the overriding vision that our patients are first and foremost in all we do.”

USAP CEO Kris Bratberg said that PAS fits well with USAP’s goal of building the premier anesthesia practice in the country.

“We are building a unique organization for the specialty of anesthesiology. Quality groups like PAS are seeking a partner that can provide them with the support, expertise and infrastructure needed to succeed in a very demanding environment,” said Bratberg. “By partnering with USAP, PAS will benefit from the significant investments USAP has made in infrastructure to support its practices and the high caliber business leadership team we have built.”

Dr. Richard Dutton, USAP Chief Quality Officer, said that USAP gives premier anesthesia practices the best of both worlds: the ability to shape the future of their specialty while remaining independent in their local decisions.

“Hospitals continue to require a more sophisticated level of service from their anesthesiology groups, in addition to high quality clinical care,” said Dutton. “Government payers are requiring increasingly robust data reporting to maintain current levels of reimbursement, and commercial payers will not be far behind. Affiliating with USAP gives top-tier practices a stronger voice at the table while allowing them, as USAP partners, to participate in the success of a larger organization.

“USAP represents the best opportunity for high performing anesthesia groups to strengthen their practices while retaining clinical independence,” Dutton said.

Ropes & Gray LLP provided legal counsel to USAP. BMO Capital Markets served as financial advisor to PAS and Garvey Schubert Barer provided legal counsel to PAS. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

About U.S. Anesthesia Partners

USAP is a majority physician-owned, physician-services organization dedicated to providing high-quality anesthesia and pain management services. USAP partners with high quality groups of anesthesiologists, providing the capital resources, infrastructure and business expertise needed to position them for continued success. USAP’s physician partners maintain clinical governance of their practices and collectively own over 50 percent of USAP.

USAP’s affiliated physician groups share operational and clinical best practices, helping to facilitate the delivery of consistent, high quality services for patients, surgeons, facilities and payers. The company’s approximately 3,500 team members serve healthcare communities in Florida, Texas, Colorado, Nevada and Washington. USAP’s capital partner is Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, an investment firm with significant experience investing in and building leading healthcare companies. Visit http://www.usap.com to learn more.

Jack in the Box® Introduces the New Triple Bacon Buttery Jack™

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jack in the Box® is taking its award-winning Buttery Jack line to new, bacon-filled heights with its latest signature burger, the NEW Triple Bacon Buttery Jack™. A burger unlike any other, the Triple Bacon Buttery Jack boasts a first-of-its-kind secret ingredient, real bacon butter!

Jack has revolutionized the way we eat bacon with the NEW Triple Bacon Buttery Jack. Jack marries the slices of hickory-smoked bacon with savory, melted bacon butter. Rounding out the trifecta, the burger is then topped with a delicious bacon mayo. The Triple Bacon Buttery Jack features a quarter-pound beef patty, grilled onions and cheddar cheese, all on a gourmet signature bun. It’s got the craveable flavor of bacon in every bite!

“We knew we were on to something special when we created the Buttery Jack line,” said Iwona Alter, Chief Marketing Officer at Jack in the Box. “The new Triple Bacon Buttery Jack builds on our legacy of buttery burgers, offering a unique and innovative twist with our secret ingredient, bacon butter. We think our loyal guests, as well as new customers, will love the burger’s decadent flavors and standout ingredients.”

Jack in the Box will debut its commercial spot promoting the new Triple Bacon Buttery Jack exclusively on Facebook today. But don’t forget to tune in to The Big Game on Sunday, February 5, when the commercial will air on television for the first time. The 30-second ad features two teenagers who successfully hack into their favorite food icon’s personal email. Within Jack’s email, the teens uncover the recipe for the new Triple Bacon Buttery Jack, and share it for everyone to enjoy! While in Jack’s email, the teen hackers also find some of Jack’s never-before-seen secrets and pictures. Head over to their page, JackiLeaks, to get a peek at what Jack Box has been up to.

The Triple Bacon Buttery Jack burger is available at all participating Jack in the Box restaurants for a limited time. For more information on the Triple Bacon Buttery Jack, visit jackinthebox.com, connect with Jack on social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Join the conversation using #BaconButterHack.

About Jack in the Box Inc.

Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK), based in San Diego, is a restaurant company that operates and franchises Jack in the Box® restaurants, one of the nation’s largest hamburger chains, with more than 2,200 restaurants in 21 states and Guam. Additionally, through a wholly owned subsidiary, the company operates and franchises Qdoba®, a leader in fast-casual dining, with approximately 700 restaurants in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. For more information on Jack in the Box and Qdoba, including franchising opportunities, visit www.jackinthebox.com or www.qdoba.com.

Eka Software Sees Increased Adoption of Cloud Offering

NORWALK, Conn., Feb. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Eka Software Solutions, the leading global provider of Smart Commodity Management software solutions, announced today the rapid expansion of Eka Cloud solutions, its cloud-based commodity trading and risk management software solutions for commodities companies in the energy, agriculture, manufacturing, and metals industries.

“As commodities companies struggle to maintain margins in an environment of volatile commodity prices, they are seeking ways to reduce costs and increase efficiency without sacrificing quality,” said Rajeev Warrier, chief technology officer at Eka. “Our ETRM and CTRM software provide the greatest depth and breadth of functionality compared to other solutions, whether on-premise or in-cloud. The dramatic increase in cloud adoption demonstrates the market readiness and significant savings our cloud-based services deliver. Eka’s cloud solutions reduce IT capital and service costs while shortening implementation time in a completely secure environment.”

Eka’s cloud solutions ensure data remains secure with powerful field level security and role-based hierarchy controls that guarantee users will only have access to permissioned data. All data is encrypted and uses HTTPS protocol.

The benefits of Eka Cloud solutions for commodities companies include reduced costs, faster implementation, immediate access to new functionality, and scalability in a fully secure solution. The solutions are hosted in a virtual private cloud and Eka’s applications can be configured with either a private or public subnet depending on whether or not the customer requires the ability to access the applications from the Internet. Eka offers a variety of services to complement its cloud solutions including initial setup and deployment, ongoing monitoring and backup, and application upgrades.

About Eka Software Solutions

Eka is the global leader in providing Smart Commodity Management software solutions. Eka’s analytics-driven, end-to-end Commodity Management platform enables companies to efficiently and profitably meet the challenges of complex and volatile markets.

The company’s best-of-breed solutions manage commodity trading, enterprise risk, compliance, procurement, supply chain, operations, logistics, bulk handling, processing, and decision support. Eka partners with customers to accelerate growth, increase profitability, improve operational control, and manage risks and exposures.

Eka is a team of 315 staff with offices in the Americas, Asia, Australia, and EMEA, serving a rapidly growing global client base across multiple commodity segments. For more information about Eka, visit www.ekaplus.com.

Media Contact: Mary DeFilippe, Eka, 2035691043, mary.defilippe@ekaplus.com

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NewCo Lights Up the Bay Area with 5th Annual Innovation Festival and Shift Executive Forum, Feb 6th to 9th, 2017


NewCo, the company known for curating festivals of innovative companies across the globe, turns its focus to San Francisco next week with three major events taking place February 6-9. In what will be NewCo’s biggest festival to date, several events will take place simultaneously across the Bay Area starting with the first ever NewCo Shift Forum, an executive conference on capitalism at a crossroads curated by John Battelle. Forum will be followed by the Fifth Annual NewCo Bay Area Festival, taking place insides the office of innovative companies and organizations in San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose.

NewCo Shift Forum

NewCo’s first invitation-only, executive event is Shift Forum– a conference on “Capitalism at a Crossroads”, February 6-8th, at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco. With Forum, NewCo founder and Web 2 Summit co-founder John Battelle will bring a new kind of event experience to the business community, this time to convene a dialog on the role of business in today’s radically changing society. Speakers include Valerie Jarrett, John Podesta, Steph Curry, Adena Friedman, Michael Dubin, Robert Reich, and many more.

“The most successful businesses are those with social purpose at their core,” Battelle notes. “The era of business driven by profit alone is over. A new generation of employees, consumers, and citizens are demanding more from business, and the Shift Forum’s core purpose is to convene a dialog focused on the role capitalism should play in our society. This is particularly crucial as our society wrestles with a new political order both here in the US and worldwide.”

Adobe, Microsoft, and Publicis.Sapient have signed on to be launch partners for Shift Forum, underwriting and participating in the key discussion areas of policy, business experience and business transformation respectively. Citi Ventures and Perkins Coie are also supporting the event.

NewCo’s Fifth Annual Bay Area Festival

The festival kicks off with a series of hands-on MasterClass workshops . Sessions will be offered in Growth Marketing, User Experience/Design and Startup Leadership. Held on February 6th at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco, classes will be presented by leading practitioners in their fields, hailing from companies like Twitter, Yelp, Pinterest, and many more. Inspiring founders – like Kara Goldin of Hint Water and Sam Parr of The Hustle – will share how they built and scaled mission-driven brands.

On February 7th, a selection of Oakland-based companies including Pandora, VSCO, Huge, Imperfect Foods, and the Kapor Center for Social Impact will host attendees to tell their stories. Dominic Paschel, VP of Investor Relations at Pandora, will be discussing the future of the company in the wake of its recent acquisitions, re-branding, and major recording deals.

The Festival continues in San Francisco on February 8th with leading brands like Slack, Earnest, Honor, Casper, NerdWallet, and others– over one hundred mission-driven companies will participate. Gian Gonzaga, Chief Data Officer at Earnest, will share how the company uses data and behavioral science to make decisions. Anna Pickard, Creative Director of Voice and Tone at Slack, will speak about how she creates a unique Slack brand personality. Kelsey Mellard, Head of Partnerships & Growth at Honor, will discuss on how they build technology to disrupt the complex industry of senior home care.

Sessions will be in both San Francisco and San Jose on February 9th, and hosts include AltSchool, WeWork, PayPal, SY Partners, Betabrand, and many others. Franz Paasche, SVP PayPal, will address how PayPal is re-wiring the commerce experience. The co-founder of Flow Labs, Jimit Shah and Nishant Garg, will share how their IoT sensors help businesses increase water sustainability.

The NewCo Bay Area Festival isn’t your typical business conference – it’s a mashup of a music festival and an artist’s open studio, where participants are invited inside the offices of innovative companies and hear from the founders of these organizations in their own space. NewCo invites you to get out to get in!

Sign up to attend the Bay Area Festival, join our MasterClass sessions, or apply to be a delegate at Shift Forum. Sponsors supporting the The Bay Area Festival include Adobe, Twitter, Citi Ventures, J.P. Morgan, Perkins Coie, WeWork, Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, Microsoft, Storyvine and Ti.to.

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About NewCo

NewCo celebrates business on a mission, connecting its audiences to the stories shaping business, politics, and culture as society undergoes the greatest transition since the Industrial Revolution: a shift beyond profit toward purpose-driven business. Piloted as an in-person event experience in San Francisco in 2012, NewCo has produced innovation festivals in over twenty cities around the globe, including North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. NewCo curates the discussion around innovation, technology and policy both on and offline by bringing together leading thinkers and doers at innovation festivals and executive events, the first of which is Shift Forum.

NewCo also produces a multi-platform publication, NewCo Shift, illuminating the companies, leaders, and issues driving the transition to a sustainable, positive-impact business ecosystem. NewCo Shift is defining a new approach to business journalism with content from notable writers and thinkers on the key issues impacting global business today. Join the NewCo Shift conversation online at Shift.NewCo.co or get our stories delivered to your inbox with the NewCo Daily and NewCo Weekly email newsletters. Watch our in-depth interviews with industry leaders in our NewCo Shift Dialogs video series.

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Foresters Financial Competitive Scholarship Program Now Accepting Applications from Community-Minded Students

TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Foresters Financial™ proudly supports students who share the organization’s commitment to doing more by awarding 250 community-minded scholars across North America with renewable scholarships worth up to $8,000 each. The program is currently open and accepting applications for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Foresters Competitive Scholarship Program is one of the ways that Foresters lives its purpose of enriching lives and building strong communities. The program is unique in that students must not only achieve a strong academic record but, more importantly, must demonstrate a commitment to community service.

“Foresters is proud to present academic scholarships to students who share our values of doing more,” said Cheryl Neal, Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer at Foresters. “Our 2016-2017 scholarship winners carried out an average of 800 hours of community service – a truly impressive achievement! Through our investment in their academics, we hope to help these students focus on their future and continue to make a positive impact in their communities.”

Ashtyn Shaw is an exceptional example of a Foresters Competitive Scholarship winner. She is currently attending the University of Oklahoma studying human relations with a minor in non-profit organizations − and she already has a wealth of experience in the field.

Following her own personal battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 15, Ashtyn founded The Amazingly Small Heroes Project (The A.S.H Project), a charitable organization that sends volunteers to the Fort Worth, Texas children’s hospital dressed-up as princesses and superheroes to cheer up children and their families who are battling serious illnesses.

“My goal is to show the children that a child fighting for their life is just as beautiful as any princess and just as brave as any superhero,” explained Ashtyn. “To the kids, these characters are real so to see their heroes take the time to visit them and tell them that they’re strong, beautiful and more than just a kid in a hospital – that’s an experience they’ll remember.”

In the last five years alone, Foresters Competitive Scholarship Program has awarded more than 5,500 new and renewed academic scholarships internationally, an investment of more than $11.7 million (CAD).

“The Foresters scholarship made it possible for me to go to the university of my choosing,” said Ashtyn. “Foresters helps pay for my education, but at the same time it makes sure that I can focus solely on my education.”

Foresters Competitive Scholarship Program is administered by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc., and is open to eligible Foresters members1, their spouses and dependent children, grandchildren who will be continuing their postsecondary education and children under the care of a legal guardian who is an eligible Foresters member. Eligible students who demonstrate a commitment to volunteerism and maintain a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.8 or 70% may apply. Foresters members interested in applying for a scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year can do so from December 1, 2016 to February 28, 2017.

For more information on Foresters Competitive Scholarship Program, visit foresters.com.

About Foresters Financial
Foresters Financial™ is an international financial services provider with more than three million clients and members in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, and total funds under management of $34 billion2. With a history of more than 140 years, we provide life insurance, savings, retirement and investment solutions that help families achieve their financial goals, protect their families and improve their communities. For more information, visit foresters.com.

Foresters Financial and Foresters are trade names and trademarks of The Independent Order of Foresters (a fraternal benefit society, 789 Don Mills Road, Toronto, Canada M3C 1T9) and its subsidiaries.

Products offered vary by country. Not all products are available for distribution in all jurisdictions. In the United States, products are offered by The Independent Order of Foresters and its subsidiaries, including Foresters Financial Services, Inc. a registered broker-dealer. Securities, life insurance and annuity products are offered through Foresters Financial Services, Inc. or independent producers. Insurance products are issued by Foresters Life Insurance and Annuity Company, New York, or The Independent Order of Foresters. Investment advisory products and services are offered through Foresters Advisory Services, LLC, a registered investment adviser.

¹In the United States, eligible members may currently only be anyone insured under a life or health insurance certificate, or an annuitant under an annuity certificate, issued by The Independent Order of Foresters. Foresters member benefits are non-contractual, subject to benefit specific Eligibility requirements, Definitions and limitations and may be changed or cancelled without notice.

2in Canadian dollars as of December 31, 2015

Appen Awarded #1 Ranking on FlexJobs’ 100 Top Companies to Watch for Remote Jobs in 2017

SYDNEY, Feb. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Appen is proud to announce that it has been named as the number one provider of remote jobs on FlexJobs‚ annual list of the 100 Top Companies to Watch for Telecommuting and RemoteJobs.

FlexJobs analyzed over 47,000 companies and their telecommuting job postings in the FlexJobs database during 2016. To be considered for this list, the jobs offered by these companies had to be telecommuting-friendly, either allowing for candidates to telecommute entirely or part of the time.  Appen was awarded the highest rank on the list as a result of its growth in work from home positions and its commitment to providing flexible job opportunities.

„Appen is proud to offer numerous flexible, work from home opportunities worldwide, and is honored to be recognized by FlexJobs as the leader in telecommuting job opportunities,” said Mark Brayan, chief executive officer for Appen. „As a partner to the most progressive technology companies in the world, we give our part-time consultants the unique opportunity to play a role in improving the leading search and social media platforms while working from home and even on the go. These positions provide improved work-life balance and additional income to thousands of people around the world.”

Appen is currently hiring for work from home, online consultants for a variety of roles which can be done from home on a computer or mobile device. This is the fourth consecutive year that Appen has made the FlexJobs list.

Appen is experiencing significant growth in its part-time, work from home opportunities and welcomes all job seekers to join its Talent Network at join.appen.com.

For more information, please visit https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/top100remote, call + 1 866-673-6996 or contact Lisa Arbacauskas at 144592@email4pr.com, or Kathy Gardner at 144592@email4pr.com.

About Appen

Appen is a global language technology solutions provider with capability in over 180 languages and 130 countries, serving global technology companies, automakers and government agencies.  

As a winner of the FlexJobs 100 100 Top Companies to Watch for Remote Jobs for the past four consecutive years, Appen prides itself as a provider of part-time, flexible work from home opportunities to people all over the world.

About FlexJobs

FlexJobs is the leading online service for professionals seeking telecommuting, flexible schedule, part-time, and freelance jobs. With flexible job listings in over 50 career categories, and opportunities ranging from entry-level to executive and freelance to full-time, FlexJobs offers job seekers a safe, easy, and efficient way to find professional and legitimate flexible job listings. Having helped over two million people in their job searches, FlexJobs has appeared on CNN, CNBC and Marketplace Money and in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TIME, Forbes, Fortune, Fast Company and hundreds of other trusted media outlets.


HighTower’s JR Gondeck and Bob White Featured in On Wall Street’s 40 Under 40

CHICAGO, Feb. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — HighTower advisors earned 2 spots in the „40 Under 40” rankings released last week by On Wall Street. JR Gondeck of The Lerner Group ranked second on the list and Bob White of the Morse, Towey & White team ranked fifth.

„This well-deserved recognition is a testament not only to JR and Bob’s remarkable work, but also to the HighTower culture as an environment where driven young advisors flourish and grow,” said Michael Parker, Chief Development Officer, HighTower.

Walter („JR”) Gondeck Jr. is a Managing Director and Partner with The Lerner Group at HighTower, located in Deerfield, Ill. Prior to joining HighTower, JR was a Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney from 2003 to 2012. In addition to managing equity portfolios, JR manages almost $200 million of fixed income portfolios for the Lerner Group. He specializes in analyzing financial statements for the benefit of equity and fixed income securities.

Bob White is a Managing Director and Partner with the Morse, Towey & White Group in HighTower’s New York City office. He leads the team’s financial planning division, manages the team’s discretionary mutual fund portfolio, and oversees 529 and 401(k) plans, annuities, life insurance policies, and several of the team’s day-to-day operational activities. He joined the Morse Group at UBS, predecessor to the Morse, Towey & White team at HighTower, in 2002.

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