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gShift Leverages AI and Machine Learning for Predictive Content Marketing Optimization

Written by admin on Dec 14th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases

Partnership with IBM-OCE I3 Program to Develop Innovation Hub

Barrie (December 14, 2017) gShift, an industry leading web presence analytics and content performance technology vendor, has been accepted into the IBM Watson and Bluemix I3 program to further develop its use of machine learning and AI to, in turn, help marketers fully optimize their data-driven content marketing efforts.

Specifically, gShift will be using IBM Watson’s Natural Language Understanding and Tone Analyzer solutions to further analyze selected content in order to derive insights and make recommendations regarding the optimization of the content and its distribution, as well as to develop competitive analysis opportunities.

gShift currently uses Natural Language Understanding to analyze content followed in its SEO module and identify titles and primary keywords. Coupling this data with organic keyword search volume data enables marketers to quickly identify the keyword groups they should be focusing on when developing and distributing new, optimized content.

IBM’s machine learning technologies will be further integrated with gShift’s existing site and content auditing, keyword research and kurls analytics (content performance monitoring) features. This cutting-edge collaboration will support the expansion of gShift software by leveraging IBM’s expertise and advanced-technology platform IBM Bluemix, which includes cloud services, application development, Watson (AI) and Watson Analytics.

“The IBM I3 program is helping gShift bring digital marketing innovation to market faster,” says Krista LaRiviere, Founder & CEO, gShift. “There is so much data available now to a digital marketer. Intelligence around the data is required and this is where artificial intelligence and machine learning is needed to accelerate decision making.”

The IBM Watson and Bluemix I3 program focusses on the growth and expansion of Ontario’s small and medium-sized enterprises through the funding of computing technology resources. In partnership with the Ontario Centres of Excellence, IBM, SOSCIP Consortium and the Government of Ontario, the program’s objective is to unite IBM advanced cognitive and cloud computing technology infrastructure with businesses, design and technical resources in order to create jobs, revenue and exports to overseas markets.

Media contact
Krista LaRiviere – LinkedIn
Krista@gshiftlabs.com
705.727.5648 x202


Largest Listed Saudi Real Estate Developer Launches International Business from Dubai

Written by admin on Dec 12th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases

Construction on Dar Al Arkan’s AED 800 Million Skyscraper on Dubai Canal to Start in Early 2018, with Signature Interiors by Roberto Cavalli 

 

(Dubai/Florence – December 12, 2017) – Dar Al Arkan, the largest listed real estate developer in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, announced today its plans to expand to global markets, selecting Dubai as the launchpad for its international business, with an AED 800 million development on the Dubai Water Canal in the Business Bay area.

The company has partnered with luxury brand, Roberto Cavalli, to design the interiors of the lavish 34-storey waterfront skyscraper, located in one of the world’s greatest urban transformations, in true Italian fashion. Rightly named “I Love Florence”, the new luxury tower will offer its residents an immersive living experience that combines the sophistication of fascinating Florence with the famed luxury of dazzling Dubai.

A ceremony was organised in Dubai to launch Dar Al Arkan’s (DAAR’s) international expansion and its high profile partnership with Italy’s topmost luxury fashion brand. The event was attended by Yousef Bin Abdullah Al Shelash, Chairman of Dar Al Arkan, Gian Giacomo Ferraris, CEO of Roberto Cavalli Group, who flew in especially for the occasion, in addition to a number of government officials, diplomats, dignitaries and investors.

Yousef Bin Abdullah Al Shelash declared at the ceremony: “Dar Al Arkan, since its establishment in 1994, has been offering Saudi investors unique investment opportunities that enhance and protect their wealth and preserve it for the next generation. Our solid track record in delivering 15,000 residential units and 500,000 metres of commercial space in Saudi Arabia for over 23 years will support our global expansion, which aims at presenting further diversification to our existing investors, as well as attracting international investors to our investment portfolio.”

Towering over the 3.2 kilometres man-made waterway, the high-rise will combine stunning views of the canal’s vibrant outdoor and night scenes, with the elegance of the Florence’s Arno riverside, reflected in the interiors sketched by one of Italy’s most famed design houses. This is the first time ever that the iconic “Roberto Cavalli” fashion brand lends its name to a real estate development, anywhere in the world, to present rich interiors that project bespoke living and are an embodiment of all the strength and glamour of the maison “Roberto Cavalli” lifestyle, delivering energy, prestige, emotion, success, and desire to experience.

Gian Giacomo Ferraris commented: “We are excited to be entering for the first time as a group to the real estate sector with the Roberto Cavalli brand, and we believe that the developer couldn’t have chosen a more suitable location for this project in the Middle East, where Roberto Cavalli enjoys a strong following. Dubai has carved its position as the house of fashion and design in the region. I see a strong correlation between Florence and Dubai, with both cities projecting elegance, art and design in everything they do, each in its own way. The new tower will embody Roberto Cavalli’s passion for beauty, design and his celebration of Italian craftsmanship. It will encapsulate the high-end luxury our fashion house has been famed for.”

The “I Love Florence” Tower, which will have unique views of the Dubai Canal, will feature for the first time in Dubai New York style homes, with elevators opening directly into the apartments, providing utmost privacy. Units will be available in one, two, three and four bedroom penthouses.

Abdullah El Shelash concluded: “When we set out to draw our vision to become leaders in global real estate development, we decided to only settle for the best, hence our choice of Dubai Canal as a location, and the epitome of Italian luxury, Roberto Cavalli, to conceptualise and create truly outstanding living spaces, not only in the residential units, but across the tower’s amenities, including the lobbies, gym, swimming pool, yoga area, outdoor training area, and hallways.”

 

The tower architecture has been designed by VX Experts. DAAR has also appointed La Casa Engineering Consultants. Construction will start in January 2018.

 

 

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Largest Listed Saudi Real Estate Developer Launches International Business from Dubai

Written by admin on Dec 12th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases

Construction on Dar Al Arkan’s AED 800 Million Skyscraper on Dubai Canal to Start in Early 2018, with Signature Interiors by Roberto Cavalli 

(Dubai/Florence – December 12, 2017) – Dar Al Arkan, the largest listed real estate developer in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, announced today its plans to expand to global markets, selecting Dubai as the launchpad for its international business, with an AED 800 million development on the Dubai Water Canal in the Business Bay area.

The company has partnered with luxury brand, Roberto Cavalli, to design the interiors of the lavish 34-storey waterfront skyscraper, located in one of the world’s greatest urban transformations, in true Italian fashion. Rightly named “I Love Florence”, the new luxury tower will offer its residents an immersive living experience that combines the sophistication of fascinating Florence with the famed luxury of dazzling Dubai.

A ceremony was organised in Dubai to launch Dar Al Arkan’s (DAAR’s) international expansion and its high profile partnership with Italy’s topmost luxury fashion brand. The event was attended by Yousef Bin Abdullah Al Shelash, Chairman of Dar Al Arkan, Gian Giacomo Ferraris, CEO of Roberto Cavalli Group, who flew in especially for the occasion, in addition to a number of government officials, diplomats, dignitaries and investors.

Yousef Bin Abdullah Al Shelash declared at the ceremony: “Dar Al Arkan, since its establishment in 1994, has been offering Saudi investors unique investment opportunities that enhance and protect their wealth and preserve it for the next generation. Our solid track record in delivering 15,000 residential units and 500,000 metres of commercial space in Saudi Arabia for over 23 years will support our global expansion, which aims at presenting further diversification to our existing investors, as well as attracting international investors to our investment portfolio.”

Towering over the 3.2 kilometres man-made waterway, the high-rise will combine stunning views of the canal’s vibrant outdoor and night scenes, with the elegance of the Florence’s Arno riverside, reflected in the interiors sketched by one of Italy’s most famed design houses. This is the first time ever that the iconic “Roberto Cavalli” fashion brand lends its name to a real estate development, anywhere in the world, to present rich interiors that project bespoke living and are an embodiment of all the strength and glamour of the maison “Roberto Cavalli” lifestyle, delivering energy, prestige, emotion, success, and desire to experience.

Gian Giacomo Ferraris commented: “We are excited to be entering for the first time as a group to the real estate sector with the Roberto Cavalli brand, and we believe that the developer couldn’t have chosen a more suitable location for this project in the Middle East, where Roberto Cavalli enjoys a strong following. Dubai has carved its position as the house of fashion and design in the region. I see a strong correlation between Florence and Dubai, with both cities projecting elegance, art and design in everything they do, each in its own way. The new tower will embody Roberto Cavalli’s passion for beauty, design and his celebration of Italian craftsmanship. It will encapsulate the high-end luxury our fashion house has been famed for.”

The “I Love Florence” Tower, which will have unique views of the Dubai Canal, will feature for the first time in Dubai New York style homes, with elevators opening directly into the apartments, providing utmost privacy. Units will be available in one, two, three and four bedroom penthouses.

Abdullah El Shelash concluded: “When we set out to draw our vision to become leaders in global real estate development, we decided to only settle for the best, hence our choice of Dubai Canal as a location, and the epitome of Italian luxury, Roberto Cavalli, to conceptualise and create truly outstanding living spaces, not only in the residential units, but across the tower’s amenities, including the lobbies, gym, swimming pool, yoga area, outdoor training area, and hallways.”

 

The tower architecture has been designed by VX Experts. DAAR has also appointed La Casa Engineering Consultants. Construction will start in January 2018.

 

 

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Bitcoin, Ethereum and Blockchain Super Conference: Less than 100 Spots Now Remain, Expected to Sell Out in December

Written by admin on Dec 8th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases
DALLAS, TX – In February 2018, more than fifty of the most respected players in the blockchain industry are coming together for three days at Dallas/Fort Worth airport to show crypto enthusiasts and private investors how they can get in on the “next Bitcoin” before it becomes huge. When registration for the conference opened to the public in September, there were 500 spots; now, less than 100 remain.

 

The Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Blockchain Super Conference is the brainchild of Richard Jacobs, host of the Future Tech Podcast and author of Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Blockchain: Surprising Insights from 200+ Podcast Interviews of Industry Insiders. Over the last two years, he has carefully curated a “black book” of developers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and industry thought leaders who are working behind closed doors on more than a dozen technologies that are all capable of becoming the “next Bitcoin”. The Super Conference is about bringing them together, so that the “little guy” can get the full low-down from industry insiders – so they are in a position to follow the smart money in 2018.

 

“When we first planned this conference, cryptocurrency was something only a relatively small group of enthusiasts were talking about”, said Mr. Jacobs. “Now, everyone and their dog wants in on Bitcoin, and the ‘Bitcoin mania’ we’re seeing is incredible. In just the last two weeks alone, we’ve sold more than 300 conference tickets – and it looks like we’ll be sold out before Christmas!”

 

What makes this three-day conference different from other blockchain gatherings?

 

First – the line up of confirmed speakers, which include John McAfee, creator of McAfee (the world’s first commercial antivirus software), Tim Draper, the Billionaire venture capitalist, Erik Voorhees, who was featured in the Netflix documentary Banking on Bitcoin, Charlie Shrem, founder of the Bitcoin Foundation, and dozens of other developers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists – i.e. the very people behind the “next Bitcoin”, as opposed to commentators and pundits.

 

Second – as well as the main conference, there is also an optional “beginners track” for people who are new to cryptocurrency, so they can get up to speed on the fundamentals of this unique industry.

 

Third – there is also a complimentary “hackathon” for kids, teenagers, and young adults. Several of our featured speakers, who are founders and advisors of actual blockchain startups, will put them into small teams and coach them through the process of designing and developing a working prototype.

 

Registration for the Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Blockchain Super Conference is still open. However, those who interested in attending are advised to register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

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Richard Jacobs, Founder of the Future Tech Podcast, Is Giving Away 100 Copies of His New Bitcoin Book

Written by admin on Dec 8th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases

DALLAS, TX – Richard Jacobs is the founder and host of the Future Tech Podcast, as well as the organizer of the Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Blockchain Super Conference. Between now and Christmas Eve, he’s personally giving a complimentary copy of his new book, Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Blockchain: Surprising Insights from 200+ Podcast Interviews of Industry Insiders, to everyone who orders a ticket.

 

Since October 2016, through the Future Tech Podcast, Mr. Jacobs has interviewed more than 200 of the most respected developers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and angel investors in the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry. This new book, which has five stars on Amazon.com, details the most surprising insights he gathered along the way, and currency retails for $19.99.

 

Topics covered include:

 

  • The Basics of Bitcoin and Blockchain
  • How to Buy, Sell, Send, Receive, and ‘Hodl’ (hold) Bitcoin
  • Anonymity, Regulation, Crime & Terrorism
  • Blockchain Asset Regulation and Compliance
  • Mining, Nodes & Governance Models
  • Venture Capital, ICOs, & Other Startup Funding Sources
  • Crypto Journalists, Consultants, & Other Industry Players
  • For Beginners: How to Buy Your First Bitcoin
  • Cryptocurrencies and Beyond – The Many Uses of Blockchain Technology
  • Banking the “Un- or Under-Banked”
  • Digitization of Assets
  • Controlling Your Personal Data
  • Aliasing
  • Algorithmic, Artificially-Intelligent Trading Bots
  • The Nature of Money, Cryptocurrencies and Tokens
  • Resources

 

Between now and Christmas Eve, Mr. Jacobs is personally giving away a copy of this new book to everyone who registers for the Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Blockchain Super Conference – it is one of seven separate cryptocurrency-related gifts that make up the complimentary Christmas Crypto Gift Box.

 

“Becoming an insider in blockchain industry – and getting to know these incredible people and being able to learn from them – it’s one of the best things that ever happened to me”, said Mr. Jacobs. “2018 is going to be a huge year for crypto and, thanks to these insights they shared with me, I’m poised to profit massively from the blockchain revolution. This book is about sharing some of these insights with folks who don’t have this same industry access, so they can get in on this opportunity too. So I want to give a free copy away to everyone who registers for the Super Conference, as a personal gift.”

 

Registration for the Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Blockchain Super Conference is still open. However, those who interested in attending are advised to register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment, since more than 80% of allocated spots have been sold and less than 100 tickets now remain available.

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Where is the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)?

Written by admin on Dec 8th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases

Sexual harassment is not just a Hollywood or political issue.  Before Donald Trump claimed to grab women by their “mmm hmms”, and Kevin Spacey outted himself to hide his inappropriate behavior, there have been women in male-dominated work environments who have been treated like common prostitutes on the job.  “You show me a good time, I’ll show you a raise.”  You don’t show me attention; I’ll give you the boot.”  It doesn’t have to be spoken to be implied, integrated into the culture, and acted upon.  

 

I know this, because I have been victimized more times than I can count.  Women everywhere have been subjected in some form or another of demeaning and inappropriate actions by the opposite gender.  And when I see it, I speak up.  In fact, I recently walked into a McDonald’s in Fairfax, Virginia during my holiday shopping to grab a quick bite to eat.  There were two lines, so I stood in one and a heavy-set woman stood next to me in the next line.  The man behind the counter who was serving her line looked at me, completely ignoring her, and asked to take my order.  I said, “Excuse me? She’s next in line!”  He looked at her, cringed, and looked back me, asking to take my order.  I motioned for the woman to move ahead of me in my line so she could be waited on.  I was appalled at her treatment! 

 

Who will look out for us, if we don’t look out for ourselves?  Men like the one I encountered are what I refer to as, “Manimals.”   By definition, a manimal is, “a fanciful life form that is part human and part beast; a creature recognizable as human but possessing physical or primitive behavioral characteristics that are exclusive to animals.  In the world of government contracting, a manimal is a man or woman who has been given the authority, power, and opportunity to abuse his/her position to further his/her base desire for sexual promiscuity and conquest to the detriment of a subordinate.

The manimals who victimized me made me feel like a Tramp. 

Was I a tramp? Simply because the clothes I wore fit my body enough to make me appear attractive? Because I just want to feel good about myself when I look in the mirror?  I’m well-endowed with large breasts, but does that make me a tramp?

 The manimals who victimized me made me feel insignificant as a person.

It was as though the work I performed for the company was needless and unimportant.  Did he hire me because he thought I was an easy mark?  A woman with large breasts, is just “asking for it”, is that it?  Was it because he wanted to appear powerful and in control of what he sees as a lesser human being?  What about my talent; my Masters’ degree, my experience? 

I felt betrayed by the companies I worked for who supported the manimals.

Betrayed because when I spoke up, I was immediately targeted, and suddenly nothing I did was good enough.  When I refused his advances, he began to watch me like a vulture ready to attack and blame me for anything that went wrong in my section.  He had a “clique” of like-minded people who supported him including the corporate Human Resource department. They supported him because they feared for their positions.  He ran the contract; anyone who confronted him would lose.  I was alone in my search for justice, and he sent me to an isolated location in Afghanistan where I was shot at and as I lay on the ground, my heart beating like a rabbit, alone, and awaiting my fate, I thought “Am I really this expendable?”

I felt ashamed. 

Ashamed because as I was leaving on a plane to return to the uncertainty of whether or not I would “ever work in this field; again”, I searched my mind for anything I could have done to prevent my circumstances.  My heart broke because the company I believed in chose to believe him, and sought to discredit me. I can’t feel anything but embarrassment and pain.  Even with the evidence I provided, the emails, and witnesses, no one listened.  I felt a dark cloud over my head.  Even now it looms above all women who have worked for a manimal.  I dare say that the storm is still brewing.  Women are speaking out and people are actually listening!   But, where is the EEOC?

Sexual harassment, gender discrimination, physical assault and abuse in the workplace have been going on for years. Comics joke about it and make the victims feel petty, like the “snitch” that tells on everyone. I have experienced it more than eight times over the past eight years.  And I spoke up every time, but it didn’t matter.  Because when you are a woman working in an environment dominated by men who abuse their power, you have three choices: put out, keep quiet, or get out. 

The behavior exhibited by Charlie Rose, Harvey Weinstein, and most recently, Senator Al Franken is pervasive in overseas environments where few women are willing to work.  The machismo of government contractors is born in the military and extends into this environment.   But you have to know that these men will return to the U.S. and your daughter may be working for one of them one day. 

Manimals are worldly.  Contractor manimals specifically fly to the Philippines, Nigeria, or other Third World Countries just to take advantage of underage girls and boys.  Contractor manimals though they are married, and have children, and grandchildren ,flaunt young Asian “brides” that they spoil while they are overseas and then release before they return home, sometimes leaving them pregnant and always destitute.  Manimals take Third Country National spouses because they know they can abuse them physical and mentally. Manimals do not respect American women and they certainly do not the best of American men or what America is all about.  I know because every company I worked for since I left the overseas environment has had competent, men who respected me, and treated me and other female co-workers as esteemed colleagues.

While overseas, I was targeted for removal after my boss grabbed my breast and after I complained.  The company allowed him to write me up, and “investigated” me only to create their own version of the truth.  Even after filing an EEOC complaint, I was not believed because the company had already managed to discredit me. The EEOC didn’t look at my side of the incident; they simply dismissed my case, taking the companies word.  A soldier, Captain John Paul Thompson was killed less than a year after I had complained of hostile work environment.  His death could have been prevented, yet this company continues to win huge government contracts.

 I spoke up again while I was working in Kuwait in 2009.  The men who ran the contract for more than ten years had created an environment that gave preferential treatment to women who were willing to have sex with them in return for an air conditioned environment.  It gets as high as 157 degrees in the desert, but I preferred to work in the heat then to reduce myself to a concubine for abhorrent manimals.  My roommate was raped.  She was young. Maybe twenty years old. I told my supervisor but she later refused to admit what happened to her because she didn’t want to lose her job.  After a while, she just “played the game” and because I reported the incident, the company did not renew my contract.

 I spoke up in Baghdad, Iraq, when a “good ol boy”, named “Bo” told me to my face that he “didn’t work with women.” I never had a chance, because he did everything he could to push me out.  Ultimately, I left the company because he made it too hard for me to stay.  

 I complained again when I worked for a woman owned company in Taji, Iraq.  The contract had over 500 men and only 11 women on the contract.  Out of the 11 women, there were only three U.S. Expat females.  The company had gone through at least three human resource managers, before I arrived.  The men who managed the contract allegedly had been having intimate relations with the Third country National (TCN) women, and the Iraqi Program Manager who supplied the locally employed staff confided in me that the men on the contract were “using” the women for sexual favors.  He said that some of the women were even prostituting themselves and that the men on the contract frequented these women’s’ rooms. The work environment was exceptionally hostile because the men who ran the contract allowed these TCN women to do whatever they wanted to do.  In fact, the managers enjoyed watching the women “argue” over them for dominance and position on the contract.  The TCN women fought to be with the man who had the most powerful position. The woman, who curried favor with the man in charge, became the “Queen Bee.”  The TCN women could not complain because they had no rights, and they feared losing their jobs.  When the new program manager arrived he made it known that he did not want me on the contract.  I was told by other employees that it was because I am a woman.  He alienated me and refused to work with me.  I told the HR department about the gender discrimination, and suddenly I wasn’t “a good fit.”  I submitted an EEOC complaint that has been collecting dust the past two years.  The last I heard, my case manager was asking the company for a performance evaluation.  I told him I wasn’t with the company long enough to receive an evaluation and I asked the investigator, “What if they make one up?”  He said that they [EEOC] would take the company’s word over mine.  “What?!?”

What I have learned in my experiences as a female veteran and having worked overseas as a civilian, is that contractor manimals are predominantly ex-military.  I have long suspected that the military, particularly the Army, breeds disdain for women and mass produces narcissists.  Look at Donald Trump, where do you think he learned his behavior?  The military usually supports the Republican agenda, because they put money into the Defense coffers.  Thus the abusive men, who use their position to get what they want, learned it in the military because as they rise through the ranks, they learn how to flaunt their position and control their subordinates.  I have learned that overseas, if a woman does not do what she is expected to do, or if she woman speaks up for her rights, she will lose her job. 

 If she complains, she will lose her credibility.

When she can’t get hired because the company labels her “unhireable”, she loses her right to work.  Being “unhireable”, by the way, may have absolutely nothing to do with job performance or behavior.  It simply means that a company doesn’t want you back.  It could be for no other reason than a manimal annotating something derogatory on your performance evaluation because you refused his advances.  No one else need know, in most instances, the company is too large to care, so the victim has no recourse.

Women who complain about abuse of power by men are labeled as “trouble makers”, “tattle tales”, “liars”, or worse—are to blame for having been attractive enough to draw a man’s attention. 

The EEOC is supposed to be an unbiased party.  However, it is widely known that there are “EmployER-friendly” EEOC offices and “EmployEE-friendly” EEOC offices, depending upon the partisanship and State in which the complainant happens to reside. 

Where was the EEOC when women were being discriminated against by powerful men in the entertainment industry, media, and political environments?  Where they are now as more and more women tell their stories?

I submit to you that the EEOC lacks credibility because it has lost its ability to be impartial.  The EEOC is a case-heavy, broken agency that is long overdue for a HUGE overhaul. The companies I have complained about have deemed me “unhireable.”  Why? Because I complained of harassment and discrimination?  That’s not supposed to happen. The employee victim should not be punished because manimals can’t control their primitive desires.  Am I angry? Hell yes, I am! I am angry because manimals should not be supported by the company simply because they have the networks to fill the corporate coffers.  This is not about money. It is about justice and humanity. It about the basic human right to work in an environment that is safe, fair, and just.

As for men, there are decent, hardworking, men out there who don’t deserve to be suspect.  There are real men out there who act human and treat everyone decently.  These are the men who should standing up to be counted as a support mechanism to prevent sex-based discrimination in the workplace and preventing manimals from controlling or limiting the careers of hard working, decent people.   It’s time for contractor and military women to speak out.  This is your time to address your concerns.  Speak now or forever be a piece [of meat].

In the meantime, where are you, EEOC?  Come out; come out, wherever you are!

# METOO-CONTRACTOR; #ME TOO-MEP; #METOO-SOSI; #METOO-CSA; #METOO-ANS; #METOO-ETC


LichtensteinRE Just Sold Three Contiguous Properties in Bronx, New York for $10,700,000 Cash Record Price.

Written by admin on Dec 8th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases

Andrew Lichtenstein, President of LichtensteinRE, has just sold a portfolio of three contiguous properties located at 2018-2020-2022 Monterey Avenue in Tremont, Bronx, for $10,700,000 all cash.

Andrew Lichtenstein successfully closed this off-market deal for a record price for the Bronx. The sale represented a record breaking Gross Rent Multiplier which equated to an immediate 4.5% Cap Rate and $152,857 per unit. The average rents were extraordinarily low offering huge future rental growth to the buyer.

Lichtenstein submitted multiple competing offers. The seller sold to this buyer because he is a repeat proven buyer even though Lichtenstein submitted an even higher priced offer. Marketing of this off market portfolio was restricted to 322 bona fide landlords who had signed exclusive buyer broker premium agreements of LichtensteinRE.

These contiguous properties are 55,272 residential square feet, five to six story brick walk-up apartment buildings. They contain a total of 71 residential apartments consisting of 1 studio, 51 one bedroom and 18 two bedroom apartments.

Andrew explains that “this amazing sale’s price was possible because the buildings have great upside to increase rents. The residential units were rented for an average of only $844 a month, while the average rent for this East Tremont neighborhood is $1,580 (results are based on 34 2-bedroom rentals within a ¼ mile radius, Rentometer.com Website)”

“New rents for vacant apartments that are renovated are already going up to $1,200. The profitability outlook for this investment is extremely bright for even greater increased future net income.” said Andrew Lichtenstein.

The properties, built in 1928, are located between East 178 and 179 Streets, only two blocks from East Tremont Avenue, a primary thoroughfare through the neighborhood and Tremont Park. Tenants have access to shopping and public transportation on 3rd Avenue and East Tremont and the B and D trains on Grand Concourse and 179th Street. For drivers going to Manhattan or other boroughs, they have easy access to the Cross Bronx Expressway and Major Deegan Expressway.

The property was sold by Andrew Lichtenstein who was the sole source that procured the buyer and the seller. LichtensteinRE has been actively selling multifamily property and setting sales records for its clients in and around New York City, especially in Brooklyn and Bronx.


Kansas City Entrepreneur Patrick Kucera Appointed to the World Chamber of Commerce Board of Advisors

Written by admin on Dec 5th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases

Kansas City, KS – Dec 5, 2017

 

Patrick Kucera, affectionately known as “PK” has been appointed to the Board of Advisors for the World Chamber of Commerce. PK has been a mentor to business owners in the US, third world countries and in international business development throughout the world. For decades the renowned Kansas City businessman, mentor and entrepreneur PK has used his innovative leadership skills to train, motivate and equip future business leaders and entrepreneurs across America and around the world.

 

PK was a recent recipient of the World Civility Award presented to him by the Founder and President of iChange Nations, Dr. Clyde Rivers. Former recipients of the iChange Nations World Civility Award include former President of Zambia Kenneth Kuanda and former Head of Lions Clubs for the African continent Manoj Shah.

 

The World Chamber of Commerce honored PK at their special event held in Atlanta, Georgia on November 16th, 2017. PK joins the ranks of several other notables on the Board of Directors including Ambassador Ricardo Camara Sanchez, Consul General of Mexico, Ambassador Ajit Kumar, Consul General of India, and Ambassador of Switzerland Claudio Leoncavallo, as well as many other world leaders. WCC Co-Chairman Solange Warner said, “It is an honor to welcome Patrick Kucera (PK), as a World Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board Member. He is a leader in the community and will be instrumental in providing support to the international and local business community. His visionary work and humanitarian initiatives have benefitted people in many countries. This is a monumental time for business leaders and other important members of the community, such as PK, to work collaboratively, teaching how to eradicate poverty and become financially successful. This will allow us to enhance economic development globally.”

 

PK is a visionary leader, innovator and entrepreneur. His enthusiasm and “entrepreneurial mindset” for individuals and corporations make him a highly sought-after speaker and business advisor locally and internationally. His thought-provoking book, The Revival of Revenue will be released in early 2018.

 

Throughout his life, PK has served people of all ages and backgrounds in both business and ministry.  His passion is to touch and change the lives of every person. PK states “It is imperative to use our God-given talents and resources to help others.” PK is currently exploring a run for political office in the Sunflower State of Kansas.

 

The mission of the World Chamber of Commerce is to enhance global business, fostering cultural and humanitarian exchange to develop economic opportunity. To learn more about the World Chamber of Commerce, its vision, mission and objectives please go to www.worldchamberc.org.

 
 


Contemporary Artist Debuts New Work Featuring Howard Stern’s Legendary Limo Driver Ronnie Mund at Art Basel in Miami

Written by admin on Dec 4th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases

Philadelphia-based Analog Project Gallery will debut a new contemporary work of art featuring Howard Stern’s Legendary Limo Driver Ronnie Mund by film based photographic artist, Bruce Jefferies Reinfeld as part of his Art Basel exhibition in Miami, Dec. 5 through Dec. 10. The exhibition is entitled, “Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old”. It is for that reason collectors love Bruce Reinfeld’s work. They point people to the simple things that go unnoticed. The photographs have inspired those to feel as timeless as the work he produces. Ronnie Mund is no exception. Reinfeld has traveled the country for the past 15 years and has spent a lifetime listening to the cast and characters of the Howard Stern show.
“I wanted to produce an important piece of artwork that only has two reactions… ‘Who the hell is that?’ and ‘Oh my God, that is the greatest thing I have ever seen!'” says Reinfeld.

The work is available in a few sizes as a very exclusive limited edition series of 9 (noine). The artist wanted those that purchase to know they are part of a small group of art collectors. These will sell out quick. Also, a special version will be produced and auctioned off with the proceeds going to a charity.
Preview Bruce’s work here at www.highfidelitygallery.com.

See the work in person here:
CONTEXT Art Miami – booth C329
Wednesday, Dec. 6 – Sunday, Dec. 10
VIP opening: Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
One Herald Plaza (NE 14th Street & Biscayne Bay),
Miami, FL 33132
www.contextartmiami.com

Contact: Bruce Reinfeld. 215.783.8427
Analog Project Gallery
analogprojectgallery@gmail.com
www.highfidelitygallery.com


First-Ever Software Laws Now Available for Kindle

Written by admin on Dec 4th, 2017 | Filed under: Press Releases
   Katy, Texas

Software Renovation Corporation has just published a Kindle version of its popular book, Timeless Laws of Software Development. The book, written by senior consultant and instructor Jerry Fitzpatrick, describes six indisputable laws that apply to software quality.

Mr. Fitzpatrick writes, “Most software projects are behind schedule and have dreadful quality. Good intentions and wishful thinking do not impart quality, but the laws and techniques in this book will change your view of software development forever.”

Timeless Laws of Software Development describes universal laws and practical techniques that help developers meet their goals, stay on schedule, and improve their skills. Because the laws are independent of programming languages, software frameworks, and development methodologies, this book is a must-have for anyone involved with software projects.

Jerry Fitzpatrick is a pioneer in voicemail technology and the inventor of the ABC software metric. Over the past 40 years, he has developed software for many industries, and has taught programming techniques to hundreds of professional developers.

Software Renovation Corporation
1795 N Fry Rd #329
Katy TX 77449
http://www.TimelessLaws.com
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