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Parker & Sons offers air conditioning tune up advice

Written by admin on Jan 20th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases

With the weather expected to warm up over the next few months, Parker & Sons is reminding valley homeowners to schedule HVAC unit tune ups, installations, and servicing appointments.

“The best time to have your air conditioning unit serviced is usually during or right before the spring hits,” said Parker & Sons representative, Justine Kelly. “The thing about Arizona is that even in March the temperature can reach the high eighties or low nineties… and I usually have the air conditioning running when it starts to get that warm.”

Kelly went on to note that getting an air conditioning unit serviced during the spring time can save a good number of homeowners quite a bit of money if they were to run into problems during the summer. First off, if there are any issues with the unit itself, such as various parts and mechanisms that make the unit function break or need any tuning, scheduling these services before summer can prevent the unit from breaking down in its entirety. And no one in the Greater Phoenix metropolitan area wants to spend any minute of the summer without air conditioning. For this reason, Parker & Sons offers an air conditioning unit (40PT.) tune up for only $69, rather than the original $99 price.

Secondly, homeowners can save themselves a lot of time, too, especially if they need their entire air conditioning unit replaced. In an effort to stay cool during the summer, getting your air conditioning unit replaced in the spring rather than in the middle of the summer will save you a great deal of trouble in the long run. To make comfort via air conditioning more affordable for valley residents, Parker & Sons offers a special discount of up to $500 on brand new heating and cooling system installations.

“At Parker & Sons, our priority is customer satisfaction,” said Kelly, “it has been the same mission since Grandpa [Jack] Parker first opened Parker & Sons in 1974… which is also why we commit ourselves to serving the community by letting them know how they can avoid these kinds of stressful and emergency situations in the summer when it comes to air conditioning.”

Trinity Exteriors, Inc Earns Esteemed 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Written by admin on Jan 19th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases


Date: January 19, 2017

Contact: Michelle Desnoyer,
             Marketing/Business Development Manager
             (612) 315-9868


Trinity Exteriors, Inc Earns Esteemed 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service


Eden Prairie, MN — Roofing and siding contractor Trinity Exteriors, Inc has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of customer service to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016. 

This achievement is particularly significant as Angie’s List experienced unprecedented member growth in 2016. More than 1.6 million consumers, many of whom were eager to quickly hire highly qualified service pros, joined Angie’s List after the company added a new, free membership tier.

“Companies that can meet higher demands without missing a beat in their exemplary performance standards truly do stand apart from their peers,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Only a fraction of the roofing and siding contractors in the Twin Cities Metro area were able to do it.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2016 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade. The SSA winners must also be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

“As a company, we feel honored to receive this award for an 8th consecutive year, and want to thank all of the Angie’s List customers we have had the opportunity to serve since 2007,” says Ted Swanson, owner of Trinity Exteriors, Inc. “Our purpose is We Take the Worries Away because our goal on every project is to minimize the hassle and stress for our customer that comes along with doing a construction project.”  

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

For more than 21 years, Angie’s List restricted access to its verified reviews to consumers who paid membership fees. When the company removed that barrier, some companies worried that the new, non-paying members would not be as engaged as members of the past. Experience has shown, however, that these newly added members are just as engaged – across all age groups – as prior members. Also, because the company continues to adhere to its review verification process, there has been no degradation of review quality.

“The biggest change at Angie’s List is that we are connecting even more consumers to high quality service professionals,” Hicks said. “And that’s good for everyone.”




Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between more than 4.5 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly rated service providers in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of more than 10 million verified reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.



Trinity Exteriors, Inc is an exterior restoration contractor specializing in roofing, siding, gutters and windows. The company continually strives to raise the bar for customer service in the exterior restoration industry. As a member of the National Roofing Contractors Association, Certified Contractors Network and Minnesota Association of Exterior Specialists, Trinity Exteriors continually works to enforce industry best practices and demonstrate expertise in the restoration field. Trinity Exteriors is also a company with a conscience, frequently participating in community fundraising events and giving back to organizations such as Toys for Tots, Minnesota Military Appreciation Fund and Habitat for Humanity. For more information, please visit

360insights’ enhanced Channel Success Platform™ for global brands builds momentum with new senior team roles in Technology, Analytics, and Insights

Written by admin on Jan 19th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases

Eric Carroll joins 360insights as Chief Architect, Peter Moore joins as Director of Analytics and Dave Findlay takes new role as Director of Insights

WHITBY, ON. (January 19, 2017) – To further support the ongoing evolution and enhancement of its immensely popular Channel Success Platform™, including its recently released upgraded SPIFF and Consumer Rebates modules, 360insights today announces the addition of three new senior roles to its team.

Eric Carroll joins 360insights as Chief Architect, bringing more than twenty years of experience in developing over twenty products and services for four start-ups. Carroll worked as a software developer through high school and university, eventually leading to the formation of his own software development start-up. Through successive development positions at University of Toronto Computing Services, iSTAR, Rogers, Shoppers Drug Mart and his own architecture and product development consulting company, Eric continues to hone his considerable skills as a systems-oriented thinker, strongly advocating for lean development methodologies.

Peter Moore joins the company as Director of Analytics, coming from The Nielsen Company where he held various roles. His experience ranges from several Tier 1 packaged good companies including Kraft Foods, Nestle, SC Johnson and Parmalat. As a front-line analyst, and growing through managerial roles, Moore has led the delivery of insights and recommendations in the areas of pricing, promotion, assortment, innovation, packaging, consumerization, category management and stock availability.

Dave Findlay is the newly appointed Director of Insights, Business Systems Enablement. He first joined 360insights in 2013 as Director of Professional Services, and moving into the role of Director of Solution Engineering in 2016. With a comprehensive background in solution engineering, delivery and software development in early-stage companies, Findlay will be expanding the analytical capabilities of the 360insights Channel Success Platform™to provide comprehensive predictive analytics and optimization services to channel marketers.

“Having Eric, Peter, and Dave in these new roles is really exciting for us,” says Tim Rochon, Chief Technology Officer of 360insights. “I’m absolutely thrilled to have such a powerhouse team working to help our clients take full advantage of The Channel Success Platform™. It’s a great combination, bringing together solid technology capability and execution with extensive market knowledge to create even more value for the brands we serve. The first place where our clients can see the benefit of this collaboration is in our recently released SPIFF module.” 

The latest release of the new 360insights SPIFF module is a robust software tool that enables brand managers to quickly and easily reward indirect sales channel personnel with timely incentives, arm them with improved product knowledge, and benefit from an automated insights feedback loop that optimizes future sales promotion programs.

“Sales incentive programs can provide valuable insights into a brand’s sales channel, but the problem is that traditional programs lack the ability to truly analyze and leverage the data,” says Irwin Liu, Senior Director, Product Management, 360insights.

“The thing is, action needs to be taken on data insights to maximize revenue from the indirect sales channel. To do this effectively, SPIFF programs need to produce clean data, monitor and understand sales channel behavior, and provide insight to allow adjustments of promotions to more effectively respond to market behaviors.”

“Our SPIFF module delivers an incentive experience for your brand taps into a wealth of information that will provide insight to effectively design future programs and maximize revenue from indirect sales channels,” Liu goes on to say.

The new roles that Carroll, Moore and Findlay are taking on will provide 360insights’ clients – a growing roster of global brands in consumer electronics, home furnishings, automotive, home appliances and more – with the confidence to take control of all their channel programs and optimize their channel marketing spend.

Parker & Sons commits to great community causes

Written by admin on Jan 19th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases

Parker & Sons, one of Arizona’s premier plumbing, HVAC, and electrical service providers, has been around in the valley for over forty years. But their commitment to the Greater Phoenix metropolitan area stretches beyond their area of technical and professional expertise to encompass a commitment to the community that they have been a part of for a long time.

One of the areas that Parker & Sons contributes to is the Character Counts program, which helps deserving students who have shown the traits of honesty, integrity, fairness, thoughtfulness, working well with others in a team environment, give back to their own communities, are reliable, and have a strong work ethic demonstrated in their academic achievements. In effect, students in the Phoenix area who embody this traits can be eligible for sponsored scholarships. Every year, Parker & Sons allocates $10,000 to sponsor children to help them reach their dreams. Whether it be extracurricular activities like sports, or things like the debate team, the Parker & Sons team is committed to help the community which has welcomed them into their homes as HVAC, plumbing, and electrical service providers for forty years.

Paul Kelly, one of the owners, says that “nothing is more important than supporting our local community and there is nothing better than helping a student, that shares our core beliefs, get an education. It’s the best way I know how to really help the community short and long term.”

Parker & Sons is also a part of the Special Olympics, and even have a charity established to donate to the event on a year round basis. Anyone can donate through Parker & Sons, and when they do, 91.5% of every dollar donated goes directly to the Special Olympics charitable cause. This is a nationwide program, where 180,000 Arizona residents with intellectual disabilities are financially supported in order to live healthy, productive lives, which include a number of training courses such as technical training in order to prepare them for their future jobs.

Whether you would like to schedule a service, purchase a new product, or donate to these great causes, you can do all of that by visiting the

Parker & Sons website.

Steviva Ingredients Earns Organic Certification

Written by admin on Jan 19th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases

Steviva Ingredients Earns Organic Certification
Erysweet and SteviaSweet product lines included in OTCO certification


PORTLAND, Oregon — Steviva Ingredients, makers of all-natural sweeteners and sweetening systems, announced today it has earned organic certification under the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) for its Portland SQF Level 2 manufacturing facility.

“Through the USDA Organic Certification process, we have established organic production and handling systems to complement our current rigorous food-safety management systems,” said Yishu Hou, quality and document control specialist at Steviva Ingredients. “By earning organic certification, we will be able to meet our customers’ needs for organic ingredients and also foster development of new opportunities within the ever-growing organic market.”

“In the past six months, we have been awarded a SQF Level 2 certificate and most recently, Organic Certification from Oregon Tilth,” said Thom King, president and CEO of Steviva Ingredients. “This gives us the ability to not only deliver sweetening systems in both conventional and organic forms to our manufacturing customers, but it also allows us to co-pack and private-label our entire line of sweeteners and sweetening systems for big-box retail stores. Additionally, we can deliver these clean-label organic sweetening systems in any particle size to our co-packing and private-label customers. I know of no other sweetener supplier that has this capability.”

Certified products include:

The certification was awarded by accredited organic certifying agency Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO) following rigorous on-site inspections of Steviva’s facility, materials, processing and handling. In order to maintain its organic certification, Steviva must continue to adhere to the strict national standards of organic products as outlined by the NOP.

In September 2016, the Portland-based company earned its Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level 2 certification. Administered by the Food Marketing Institute and recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative, SQF is a rigorous food-safety management system that focuses on the verification and validation of stringent food-safety and quality systems throughout the food supply chain.

More information about Steviva Ingredients and its products can be found at or

About Steviva Ingredients:

Steviva Ingredients Inc. is a global ingredient supplier with a focus on all-natural, high-intensity sweeteners and custom sweetening solutions for manufacturers and consumers. Steviva Ingredients sweeteners and bulk ingredients are GMO-free, soy-free, corn-free and allergen-free. More information is available at:

About Oregon Tilth Certified Organic:

OTCO is an accredited, nonprofit organic certifier, educator and advocate for organic agriculture and products. Founded in 1974, its mission is to make food systems and agriculture biologically sound and socially equitable. OTCO advances this mission to balance the needs of people and planet through focus on core areas of certification, conservation, social equity, policy and the marketplace.

OTCO is recognized by the European Commission as an approved certification body for organic certification of crop and handling operations. OTCO’s accreditation means that production and handling operations certified by OTCO are deemed certified in accordance with the EU provisions.


Editor’s note: More information about Steviva’s SQF Level 2 Certification can be found at:

Unmanned Aircraft Systems West for Defense and Government Announce March 7-8, 2017 San Diego

Written by admin on Jan 19th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases

For Immediate Release:

Contact: Ken Hood, Director of Marketing

Technology Training Corporation (TTC)

(310) 320-8110

Symposium on “Unmanned Aircraft Systems West” Announced


Los Angeles, January 19, 2017 – Technology Training Corporation has announced the “Symposium on “UAS West for Defense & Government” to take place in San Diego, CA, March 7-8, 2017.


This outstanding event brings together the thought-leaders from Military, Government and Industry.  Discussions will provide the latest information on government & military UAS Opportunities, Capabilities, Needs & Challenges – including Small (sUAS) integration in the National Airspace.


DoD has reported Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) growth rate between 2015 and 2035. It is expected that federal agency UAS fleets will grow from a few hundred to approximately 10,000, with over 90 percent of these vehicles categorized as Nano, Micro, or Small UAS. Ultralight, Light Sport, and Medium sized UAS will find a role with a number of agencies. The number and type of UAS developed, acquired, and deployed will be driven by mission needs and costs. Analysts predict growth in this industry, estimating a total increase to just over $89 billion in the next decade.  Not only is the military expected to sustain its backing of UAS technology, but the civil and commercial markets are poised to open up to a host of opportunities for the industry.“Unmanned Aircraft Systems West” is a very valuable investment in your time. Attendees will obtain invaluable information on the emerging opportunities in the Military, Government, Commercial and Civil Markets found nowhere else.  


The symposium will feature over 20 leading expert speakers from Government and industry, including:  

Army – Navy – USAF – USMC – NORAD- CNAF – DHS – AFRL


What:                  “Unmanned Aircraft Systems West for Defense & Government”


When:                 March 7-8, 2017


Where:               Wyndham San Diego Bayside

1355 North Harbor Drive

San Diego, CA 92101

Tel: (619) 232-3861 or (877) 999-3223


For more information or to register and or exhibit at the conference, please call Mr. Ken Hood, Director of Marketing or (310) 320-8110 or you may visit our web site at:

Charge Anywhere adds Level III Purchase Cards, EBT and Supermarket Certification

Written by admin on Jan 19th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases

Charge Anywhere, LLC®, an experienced provider of EMV payment software and services has recently expanded its platform to support three new services: Level III Purchase cards, Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) acceptance and Supermarket transactions.  These expanded transactions types will enable merchants using our QuickSale® software and ComsGate® Payment Gateway to lower card processing costs and increase payment options for their customers.

Supporting Level III Purchase Cards for government contract suppliers and merchants that focus on business to business selling will allow merchants to qualify for the lowest credit card interchange costs for each purchasing card presented. 

Our QuickSale Payment Application and ComsGate Payment Gateway have been enhanced to accept electronic benefits transactions.  EBT programs such as WIC and SNAP are widely used in the US and enabling EBT transactions will provide great value to our customers.

QuickSale is now available for Supermarket merchants who are looking for an EMV/Chip card payment solution on Android, Apple and Windows operating systems.  For integrators seeking to provide an integrated EMV and POS solution for supermarkets, Charge Anywhere offers a free EMV software developer kit which can be easily integrated with any application.

“These new certifications for Level III purchasing cards, EBT and Supermarket transactions underscore Charge Anywhere’s continuing commitment to add features and functions to our product line for our merchants and payment processing partners. Our QuickSale software now supports multiple payment modes including EMV, mag stripe, NFC, and EBT on multiple EMV terminals,” commented Paul Sabella, CEO of Charge Anywhere.  “We have many great payment application solutions for merchants wanting to drive down their costs of processing credit cards.”


Hacking, Fishing and Cannabis Companies, how Pot became the next cyber security target

Written by admin on Jan 19th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases

With the billions of dollars flowing though point of sale systems it’s only been a matter of time before thieves saw the opportunity in cannabis companies networks. Recently a leading software ERP company was hacked and reported attacks that hurt production.  According to the Poneman Institute the average cost of dealing with an attack in the US was valued at $15 million dollars in cost (2015).  

Hardcar Security has recently been deploying offensive cyber security enterprise software to thwart these type of attacks. Todd Kleperis CEO of Hardcar reports “We saw a glaring need in our customers networks, so we filled that with the best leading edge cyber security software we could find. Cannabis companies like any other are vulnerable to cyber security hacks.  It may have been easy to stay hidden before but with the growth in the industry – thieves are targeting cash rich firms. We have part of the solution.”

Hardcar has partnered with several leading software vendors to protect infrastructure and production via the web and internal networks. Hardcar provides cyber security audits, facility fortification, compliance testing, armored transport, employee background checks and a host of other services for the industry. For more information contact

Dignataries to Knight International Performer Bertie Higgins

Written by admin on Jan 19th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases

Los Angeles, California  (January 19, 2017)

The legendary artist with the golden voice, Bertie Higgins, will now wear the royal title of Sir Bertie Higgins
as he is honored in an investiture ceremony on January 24, 2017 at the beautiful San Fernando Mission in
Mission, California.  The knighting ceremony will take place at 2:00 PM and is open to the public as well
as family and close friends of the entertainer.

Baron Linjie Chou of Xanadu and Prince Ferdinand of Anhalt, Germany will bestow Bertie Higgins with the
official title of Knight Grand Cross in an official knighting ceremony that stems from the Imperial Order
of Culture and Peace.  Baron Linjie Chou will also award Higgins with the prestigious Mozart Music Award
from the Mozart Institute the European Academy of Sciences in Anhalt, Germany.

Bertie Higgins is well known worldwide for  his multi-platinum hit songs like the classic “Key Largo”,
“Just Another Day In Paradise”, “Jamaica Me Crazy” and “Casablanca.”  Higgins songs held #1 and top
10 positions in the Billboard charts as well as worldwide charts and he continues charting yearly with a
heavy performance schedule. Not only is Higgins a international entertainer but he is also an award
winning movie producer, director, actor and writer.

Higgins is being honored on Jan. 24th for his extensive works worldwide as an ambassador of music and
for his participation in charitable causes throughout his career. Higgins brings his message of hope, love and
inspiration through his music to countries all around the world with a prominent emphasis in the Pacific Rim
countries and China. Higgins is one of the most requested American performers in China and the Pacific Rim.
Music is the universal language and Higgins is the best at spreading that language worldwide.

For Interview Requests Please Contact
Bertie Higgins


Written by admin on Jan 19th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases

Stampler Auctions to Oversee Sale


New York, NY The Big Apple Circus, a New York and national cultural treasure for four decades, is soliciting bids for the sale of all or substantially all of its assets pursuant to bidding procedures approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.  The assets include all of the Circus’ performance equipment and intellectual property, among other items.  All interested buyers must submit bids by February 3, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).  An auction to consider bulk bids to acquire substantially all of the Circus’ assets will be held on February 7, 2017 and managed by Stampler Auctions.


The February 7 auction will be held at the New York offices of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, who are serving pro bono as the Big Apple Circus’ legal counsel in the bankruptcy case.  Details regarding the sale process, including bidding procedures and asset lists, can be found online at  Any assets not purchased as a bulk lot through the February 7 auction will be sold through a subsequent public auction, if necessary.


“This court-ordered auction represents a great opportunity for a buyer to keep the mission and vision of the Big Apple Circus intact,” said Harry Stampler, President and Chief Auctioneer of Stampler Auctions.  “This is a well-known and valuable brand.” 


Will Maitland Weiss, Executive Director of the Big Apple Circus, said, “We are grateful to our board members, staff, artists, donors, audience members, and community partners who have stood by us and continued to offer their support to save the Circus. We hope to see a revived Big Apple Circus back under the Big Top to delight audiences of all ages, abilities, and income levels in the years to come.”


About Big Apple Circus

Conceived and founded by Paul Binder and Michael Christensen in 1977 as a nonprofit, leading presenter of live family entertainment, the Big Apple Circus is renowned for its performances and community programs. The circus engaged the communities it served through the joy and wonder of classic circus arts, creating direct, shared connections in hospitals, nursing homes, and schools in its NYC home and in cities across America.


About Stampler Auctions

Stampler Auctions is a full service auction firm and has conducted business in over 30 states.  Founded in New York in 1960 by Leonard Stampler, the company has been headquartered in South Florida since 1985 under the direction of Harry Stampler.  Stampler focuses on commercial business liquidations of all types.  Real estate and vehicle auctions are also handled by the firm.



Harry Stampler, President

Stampler Auctions

954.921.8888 | 800.330.BIDS


Michelle Tabnick

Michelle Tabnick Communications

(646) 765-4773