Fidelity National Home Warranty Acquires BPG Home Warranty, HISCO Home Warranty and BPG Home Inspection

Feb 27, 2015


Fidelity National Home Warranty increases market share in several states

Fidelity National Home Warranty (FNHW), a California based home warranty company is pleased to announce the February 13, 2015 acquisition of BPG Holdings, LLC (“BPG”), a recognized leader in home warranty, home inspection and commercial inspections.  The acquisition, which recently received regulatory approval, provides FNHW with home warranty operations in 13 states and home inspection services in over 25 states.  The acquisition included the acquisition of HISCO Home Warranty, the first company to be granted a home protection license by the California Department of Insurance in 1973.

Both BPG and HISCO home warranty companies will transition to the FNHW name in March, while the Home Inspection Company will continue operating under their current name: BPG Home Inspections.  FNHW will service its home warranty customers out of both their Concord, CA and Alpharetta, GA call centers.

“The acquisition of BPG Home Warranty, including HISCO Home Warranty, will provide a meaningful increase to our market share in California, Texas, Arizona and Nevada while giving us added scale in several other states,” said Billy Jensen, FNHW President and CEO.  ”Our combined home warranty business provides a great opportunity to continue with our nationwide expansion efforts, and the home inspection services platform provides a substantial opportunity for further future growth by FNHW. We are also excited to be offering the CRES Advantage 13 Month Home Warranty Plan for CRES insured offices. Both BPG and HISCO have done a great job with providing this value added E &O product and we look forward to continuing that relationship.” 

About Fidelity National Home Warranty

Fidelity National Home Warranty began in January 1995 as Alliance Home Warranty and was acquired by Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (NYSE:FNF) on August 14, 1998.  In March of 2000, FNF acquired Chicago Title, which included Chicago Home Warranty, formerly known as Continental Home Warranty. The two home warranty companies merged in January of 2001 under the Fidelity National Home Warranty license. FNHW currently operates in California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Idaho, providing quality home warranty products and exceptional service to their customers. The Company is a charter member of the National Home Service Contract Association (NHSCA) and is currently one of the nation’s largest home warranty providers. For more information visit

FNHW also operates Disclosure Source, California’s premier natural hazard disclosure company providing complete, compliant and current natural hazard disclosures, tax and environmental information to the real estate industry. For more information visit

About Buyers Protection Group

BPG provided home warranties and home inspections to consumers involved in real estate transactions since 1987. BPG operated in 14 states including the top 25 housing markets and included the ownership of home warranty company, HISCO.  HISCO was the first company to be granted a home protection license by the California Department of Insurance in 1973.

BPG Property Inspections is the largest employee-based home inspection company in the country, inspecting homes since 1989. Our inspectors and engineers undergo thorough background checks and must meet ongoing training and performance standards — they are a select group of professionals. For more information visit

SOURCE: Fidelity National Home Warranty

CONTACT: Laurie Eder, Vice President of Marketing,

Copyright 2015 Fidelity National Home Warranty


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Phoenix Patriot Foundation ‘Never Quit Challenge 300′ Jet Ski-memorial-family Program Outreach

Feb 27, 2015


This Jet Ski race is a memorial race in honor of Mark Hahn, and goes by the title of The Hot Products Mark Hahn 300 Memorial Race.  As part of the Phoenix Patriot Foundation’s Never Quit Challenge Program, and the Never Quit Challenge 300  is fielding 7 racing teams full of Veterans, volunteers and supporters on February 28th from 8 AM to 3 PM at the Crazy Horse Campgrounds, Lake Havasu, Arizona. These veterans will be racing 300 miles,  run on 10 mile loops on the lake and rely on a very large group of supporters to help them with their ‘pit stops’.  When a veteran comes into to make a pit stop, the Kawasaki Ultra #Jetski must be put on a trailer and driven 20′ from the waterline and there the pit crew will attend to refueling. It is similar to a NASCAR pit stop, lots of activity, lots of risk and fun and celebratory challenge.

Purple Heart recipients; Combat wounded, Veterans and Ambassadors and their family members will be arriving from across the United States to support one another in the spirit of PPF at the 300.  The #‪‎PhoenixPatriotFoundation is fielding 7 racing teams full of veterans, volunteers and supporters on February 28th at the Crazy Horse Campgrounds, Lake Havasu, Arizona. These veterans will be racing 300 miles,  run on 10 mile loops on the lake and rely on a very large group of supporters to help them with their ‘pit stops’.  When a veteran comes into to make a pit stop, the Kawasaki Ultra Jetski must be put on a trailer and driven 20′ from the waterline and there the pit crew will attend to refueling. It is similar to a NASCAR pit stop, with lots of activity, plenty of risk along with festive and celebratory challenge.  Afterwards Phoenix Patriot Foundation is hosting a group BBQ on site.

One of our combat wounded Veterans will be racing the #562 numbers on his Jet Ski Ultra® commemorating the day he was blown up by an IED while on deployment. We are a moving memorial, everything our teams undertake are in honor of our fallen or symbolic gestures of deep meaning of complete respect. We arrive representing not only our nation, but our flag and the spirit of adventure.

Phoenix Patriot Foundation has an incredible team of volunteer altruistic individuals who are dedicated to supporting PPF programs and combat wounded adventures. These type of Combat Wounded, Memorial and Family gatherings create a strong bond and bring together partners as well as participants in all our outreach programs under one unified front.  Phoenix Patriot Foundation encourages fellowship and determination in order to continue to set goals, and move ahead of situations that do not allow traction in their present form.  These challenges are breakthrough events for everyone involved. We often refer to them simply as ‘hardships’, and there is no denying these challenges live up to the name.

Phoenix Patriot Foundation NQC Program Director: Kanalu K38’s Shawn Alladio is the program manager and an Ambassador for PPF promoting Never Quit Challenges over the past 4 years.

NQC MEMORIAL EQUIPMENT NAMESAKES:  SGM (ret) Billy Waugh;  IC1 Thomas Retzer; S01 Patrick D. Feeks; S02 David Warsen; A-1-3 GLORY Boys; KC Blackwell ; DEALER 54; Gysgt. Daniel J. Price



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U.S. Women’s Chamber expanding in Pennsylvania – Names Amma Johnson Regional Director for Central Pennsylvania

Feb 25, 2015


The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce ( ) announces the selection of Amma Johnson founder of Johnson Marketing Group, LLC to advance women’s economic priorities in Pennsylvania as a National Director. The USWCC, a not-for-profit 501(c)6 organization founded in 2001 with over 500,000 members, headquarters are located in Washington, D.C.  As the leading advocate for women on economic and leadership issues, the USWCC creates opportunities, drives progress, advocates, and provides tools and solutions to support the economic growth of women across America.

On March 12th, the USWCC will launch its regional efforts at its Women’s Economic Priorities Summit to be held at the Best Western/Central Hotel in Harrisburg, PA ( ).  U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer, Margot Dorfman will attend the March 12th summit in Harrisburg to share more information on USWCC’s national and regional efforts. 

“Amma Johnson brings a wealth of energy and experience to our efforts,” states Margot Dorfman, CEO of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce. “In order to better serve women across the country, the USWCC is appointing leaders within regions to help advance our mission.  With Amma’s strong background and community leadership abilities, we’re confident she will drive economic growth for women in Pennsylvania.”

Amma Johnson is a true Pennsylvanian, born and raised in Pittsburgh, a Penn State graduate and currently living in Harrisburg.  She was formerly in government relations with the Hershey Company and also served as vice president of Chamber Operations with the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC, where she worked for nearly 10 years.  Amma is an entrepreneur at heart and has recently re-launched her marketing company in addition to working on her music and private label brands. 

“As an entrepreneur, I’m seeing our community from yet another perspective,” states Johnson. “It’s a great time for women in business!  I see a lot of opportunity for us across this region and it’s critical that we come together as a unified voice to gain access to resources, including contracting opportunities for small businesses as well as advancement for women in senior level positions.  I’ve always been passionate about widening the door of opportunity for all,” adds Johnson. 

“Representing over half a million across this coutnry, the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce is influential — truly advocating for women at every level.  I’m excited to bring USWCC resources and leaderhip into this region to see women advance,” states Amma.  “Women own nearly 30% of firms in the U.S., but represent only 4% of all sales revenues.  That really bothers me and I’m going to advocate for women in this community.  We need to strengthen our voice. And we need to take the lead.” Regional efforts will include outreach to legislators, potential partners, small businesses and procurement contacts and implementation of a strategic plan to engage the community in supporting the Women’s Economic Priorities.

The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce provides business and financial education and resources for women and works to achieve fundamental budget and policy priorities that support women’s economic opportunities, security and family well-being.  The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce (USWCC) is the leading advocate for women on economic and leadership issues. As the economic leader for women, the USWCC creates opportunities, drives progress, advocates, and provides tools and solutions to support the economic growth of women across America. Women and men interested in joining and supporting the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce, are invited to connect with the chamber by calling (888) 418-7922 or by visiting


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RingByName: A Unique Business Communication System

Feb 24, 2015


RingByName offers a qualitative new level of service for its subscribers. So what is RingByName? How can this application affect your company’s business? How much does the RingByName subscription cost? 

Time-proven advantages

The operation of any company is unimaginable without modern communication systems. “But everybody is already using them,”.  Is it necessary to change anything? To answer this question, the developers of RingByName remind you that the typical phone, fax, the Internet and so on are available not only to you, but also to your competitors. This is why the use of traditional means of communication will not bring you any advantages on the market. On the other hand, RingByName can genuinely amaze your clients and, what’s more, it will open up more opportunities for your business.  RingByName helps companies in three major avenues:

Provide an individual service, improve communication with clients, and increase the efficiency of your managers’ work.

RingByName has been successful in the communications market place for over twelve years. Throughout this time, over 5,000 businesses and 300,000 individuals worldwide began to use the innovative solutions of the RingByName platform.  RingByName services clients in 115 countries and offers calling to anywhere in the world. The operation of the system is based on cloud technology and is distinguished by its exceptional reliability. Upon installation of the RingByName application, you will receive high-quality telephone communication, an answering machine, and a client relation management system all at once. The system is distinguished by the remarkable simplicity of use. The interfaces allow for its setup on both desktop PCs and mobile phones.

RingByName can be used for personal and commercial use. However, the application is most beneficial for commercial use.  RingByName can help your business attract a multitude of new clients and assist in maintaining existing clients.

RingByName can completely replace and significantly improve your existing telephone communication. The system combines the capabilities of a Hosted PBX, Hosted IVR and Hosted CRM. RingByName includes an application that creates a unified database of company contacts. The mobile application provides access to RingByName from a mobile device, i.e. it allows company employees to use all the benefits of the system, without being confined to their work desk.

How does RingByName work?

The RingByName system consists of three integrated components, which include the main key and basic applications developed on the basis of cloud technologies. The combination of Enterprise Hosted PBX, Call Center IVR, and CRM is applied. By using these components together, the system provides a high-quality level of management that achieves a significant increase in productivity and improves communication with clients and partners. RingByName integrates well with your business and social applications.

With the use of RingByName, you are able to:

 Check who is calling before you answer the call. View the all available information on the caller. See who the caller spoke to the last time he/she called. View information on the last missed calls.See notes on the caller.Redirect the caller to voicemail or to another employee.

You can view all the necessary information in the pop-up window, which does not interfere with the call. During the conversation with another caller, you can gain access to the general address book and exchange contact information if necessary. In order to avoid duplicating conversations, you will receive information on which of your team members the caller has previously talked to.

The Team Activity tab is intended for the users to know what every member of the team is doing. In addition, the Call Rejection function allows user to create a black-list for the people that you personally refuse to talk to. And this is only a quick peek at some of the functions offered by RingByName.

The RingByName mobile application allows to:

Gain quick access to all calls, voice messages, contacts, notes and members of your team

Synchronize with the Desktop application in real-time

Access administrative features 

Control where you route your calls​

How much does RingByName cost? 

RingByName starts at $ 25 per month. You will be able to use a telephone system based on cloud technology, digital lines for every user via Voice over IP, and receive one local number for every subscriber. You will also receive voicemail for every user as well as  e-mail notifications and web based 24/7 support.

Unlimited calling plans are available for United States and Canada. Many IP-telephone devices are available ranging from $ 65.95-$ 299.95. They also offer adapters for older analogue devices and fax machines for $ 35.95. 

In order to begin using RingByName, you merely have to perform a few simple steps.

Sign an agreement.Install the equipment.Configure your phone system. 

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LGBTQ 2015 Chicago Gay & Lesbian Wedding Expo – Pine Manor Same Sex Wedding Giveaway

Feb 23, 2015


March 22, 2015 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm 
Hard Rock Hotel Chicago
230 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60601

Rainbow Wedding Network’s Gay & Lesbian Wedding Expo 

Get Free Tickets On line NOW! TICKETS HERE TICKETS HERE partisipants Must RSVP. Free Tickets online and vendor info from the sponsor Rainbow Wedding Network Same Love Same Rights.

Hurry, Logon and get free tickets for the March 22, 2015 Gay and Lesbian Wedding Expo sponsored by Rainbow Wedding Network  where Rev. Pamela from Pine Manor Chicago and her wedding partners are giving away a wedding to one lucky couple in attendance. 

Over 30 select gay-friendly vendors will be on hand at the expo to help answer questions and provide helpful insights into creating the LEGAL ceremony of dreams! Enjoy music, samples, giveaways and much more throughout the afternoon. 

This year promises to be an event couple’s won’t want to miss, as Gay Wedding Chicago Site, Pine Manor, Reverend Pamela and her wedding partners are proud to be returning to the 7th Annual ‘Same Love, Same Rights’® LGBT Wedding Expo – and this year, we’ve got a new Michigan Ave. address at the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago!! On Sunday, March 22nd 1-4pm we look forward to seeing a large croud. 

Be sure to stop by the Pine Manor booth to meet the Rev and talk about this award winning LGBTQA wedding destination. Plus, sample wedding cake from Central Continental Bakery . Book your wedding date at the show and receive a free save the date digital announcement.  All wedding couples and their guests get exclusive discounts at the partner hotel Plus, tons of other perks

Rev Pamela has been a featured talk-show guest on 95.1 WIIL Rock and featured in many  articles in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times and NW Herald.  Plus multiple online  articles, such as Best Gay Chicago.  The Rev was featured as the official “wrap” for ABC News Radio airing nationally throughout the day on 12-12-12  regarding weddings in her home. Rev Pam announced on Triblocal October 2014 the 300th couple married in her Pine Manor home, and she was one of five officiants asked to marry same sex couples for the MCA marriage equality celebration June 2nd, 2014.  Pine  Manor, located in Mt. Prospect, Illinois was the location of My Fox Chicago’s Remote for the morning show May 30, 2014 with award winning journalist, Darlene Hill. Seven 3-4 minute features were aired, videos of the features can be found on Google Plus page, as well as links to other press.

Book Now and Save – Call Rev Pam 847-873-7463 now through March 2015 RSVP this wedding with as little as $ 75 dollars down for the great wedding savings. The best value is now priced at $ 810 Dollars – Reg. $ 1010 for 6 guests. 

The winning couple will recieve

The Best Value Wedding Package Giveaway Value: 2850.00

Wedding for 30 guest includes: Couple’s pre-cermony dance lesson by Sway Dance Chicago. Personalized Digital Wedding Invitation you can eMail to your guests, Personalized Ceremony &  Officiantation by Rev Pam, The Venue Pine Manor for 2 Hours, wedding photography by Joey from, Ceremony Keepsakes, Video photography by Sure Shot Video, a delicious two layer wedding cake from Central Bakery, live violin ceremony music by HannaH, and a romantic overnight stay at Country Inn & Suites, with hot breakfast & pool.

2015 Wedding Giveaway Vendor List

Pine Manor wedding partners contributed to bring this year’s free pine manor wedding give away.

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Discounts and Deals Elopement Packages Start at $ 225. Friend Pine Manor On Facebook for $ 25 Dollars Off Your Reservation Fee if reserved before May 31, 2015 Whether a couple is looking for a special venue to hold the ceremony with guests or an intimate union with just the couple, Pine Manor is the right place and the right budget.   Pine Manor  847-873-7463 8-8pm CST

Call and book a wedding for as little as $ 75 Down. Open evenings and holidays.  Logon the website for dozens of 5Star reviews, and over 200 weddings in the photo gallery 

More about IL Wedding Officiant, Rev Pamela and Pine Manor Chicago Weddings can be found here:  Making The World Happy One Couple At A Time  Where Small Weddings Are The Right Size  1920s Charm and Suburban Hospitality  Romantic Courthouse Wedding Alternative  A Magickal Place For Your Legal Pagan Wedding, Handfasting  Blending Your Family Your Wedding Your Way  Quick I DO Weddings, late night and weekends  Gay Wedding Chicago Site, Pine Manor Chicago A Legal Same Sex Marriage Place  Intimate Romantic Weddings at Dream Prices  Serving the LGBTQA Community Since… ALWAYS!  Custom made handfasting cords blessed in Ritual Meditation  Tie The Knot The Old Fashioned Way, Handfasting Weddings  Need a ceremony location? Need an Officiant? Pine Manor is a One Stop Shop, On A Budget!  Small Intimate Parties, corporate events and family get together  Wedding Celebrant comes to you or get married in the officiant’s home and garden.  Serving Couples According To Their Unique Personality, Beliefs and Desires  Find Your Lucky Wedding Date, Auspicious Day Personally Calculated for Your Wedding

IL Weddig Officiant, Reverend Pamela can be found under these search terms.  Wedding Chicago, Gay Lesbian wedding expo Chicago, rainbow wedding network, same rights same love, hard rock hotel events Chicago, same sex weddings, lesbian wedding show, gay wedding show, Illinois same sex marriage venues, win a pine manor wedding, budget wedding venues Chicago, justice of the peace Chicago, lgbtq weddings, transgender wedding venue, vegan weddings, pagan weddings, legal handfastings, central continental bakery mount prospect. 

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Renown Private Investigator T.J. Ward Seeks Murder Indictment Against Former Union City Officer

Feb 22, 2015


Atlanta may be known as the center for America’s Civil Rights Movement, but when a tragedy involves the death of a black youth by one of its officers, the city simply goes mum.  Ms. Freda Waiters, mother of slain 19-year-old Ariston gets emotional sifting through more than 4,500 pages of documents she has collected. “He was murdered in cold blood, like some stray dog on the street,” declares Ms. Waiters, pointing to the boxes of discovery. “The proof’s all here, yet everyone is covering it up.”

On the evening of December 14, 2011, Ariston Waiters was on the way home to be with his new-born daughter Ajaleh in Union City, a suburb of Atlanta.  A fight erupted betwixt a gathering of teenage girls. Waiters, like others, stopped to watch. The disturbance was called into 911, and Union City police responded quickly; the crowd dispersed at their arrival.  Fresh off the battlefield in Afghanistan, Union City Officer Luther Lewis took chase.  Evidence documents that Waiters was neither involved nor armed.  Ariston did not even run.  

At 135 pounds, Waiters was easily taken down by Lewis.  He was placed face to ground, hands over head.  Lewis’ knee pressed firmly into Waiters’ back.  With one handcuff on, the officer called in a Code 4 – “no assistance needed.”  Even without the handcuffs, the teen was no match for the war veteran.  The officer reached for his other hand, but Waiters allegedly resisted. GBI Forensics’ notes the lack of traction marks to indicate any resistance or struggle. There wasn’t one.

Rather than reach for his holstered Taser, as he is trained to use for “compliance,” Lewis grabbed  his service revolver instead.  Without justification, the Union City officer fired two shots into Waiters’ spine, just inches apart.  Powder burn marks through Waiters’ skin confirm they were fired at point-blank range.  A local EMT heard the gunshots and offered to assist the youth as he lie bleeding, presenting her credentials to police – but was refused.  Ariston died at Grady Hospital later that night; Ms. Waiters lost her only child.

“He was very artistic and very talented,” says Ms. Waiters, “a real people person.  Ariston would give you the shirt off his back if it would help.”  While Ms. Waiters notes that Ariston enjoyed life, he did not have an easy one.  “At the age of thirteen, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Unfortunately, law enforcement is not always trained on how to handle the mentally disabled.  Ariston had a loving family that was always there to help and support him.”

Lewis detailed the unlikely scenario of a struggle where he was nearly overpowered by the fey teen in his case filings, and under oath. The GBI opened a formal investigation, but elected to not interview officers at the scene.  Forensic analysis performed at the request of Fulton District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. documented that Waiters death was not justifiable.  Yet, Luther Lewis was cleared of wrongdoing by a Special Grand Jury May 30, 2012, and  reinstated back on the police force in active duty.

A wrongful death suit against Union City Police followed, and three-quarters of a million dollars in damages was paid by the city to a trust fund for Ariston’s daughter.  It was noted by fellow officers that Lewis had suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from his military service.  PTSD has most recently been tied to the shooting death of “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle, 38, and another man on Feb. 2, 2013. In the end, Luther Lewis lost his job, but was never prosecuted for his actions.

“Every day I pray to God for resolution,” Ms. Waiters laments. “Money won’t bring back my son back – Ariston deserves justice.”  With nowhere to turn, Ms. Waiters called on internationally renown Private Investigator T.J. Ward to perform his own inquiry into Ariston’s death, and bring forth the hand of justice that Georgia officials cannot – or simply will not extend.  

Using advanced Layered Voice Analysis (LVA) technology, Ward first evaluated the statements made by the officer himself.  Unlike the interpretation of body language signals, or highly subjective polygraph analysis, LVA is an advanced technology to detect “brain activity traces” using the voice as a medium.  It was initially developed for Israel’s Mossad, but is now utilized by high-level law enforcement agencies across the globe.

“There’s no question that Lewis is lying about what happened that day,” Ward states confidently.  “It’s impossible for the events that were documented by the officer to have actually taken place.”  A former Union City Police detective, and reserve police commander with more than 35 years experience, Ward speaks from authority on police procedure, “When a young man such as Ariston is senselessly killed, and the internal system of inquiry fails to act in accordance, it brings distrust from the community toward law enforcement officers who are there to protect.” 

In Ferguson, Missouri, experts cited the many years of police distrust for the violent and racially charged riots after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot dead by police officer Darren Wilson on August 9, 2014.  “Unlike the no-bill decision in St. Louis,” comments Ward, “no reasonable person could believe that Lewis’ actions were either out of self-defense or fear.”

Further investigation by Ward has uncovered new information that could indeed press for a formal review and potential indictment of Luther Lewis.  There is no statute of limitation for murder. “This is a case that even on its face demands re-opening,” proclaims Ward.  Yet, Ward’s letters and calls to Fulton DA Howard go without response.

“I was at the cemetery earlier today,” reflects Ms. Waiters, pausing.  “It’s been very difficult.  I can’t understand why my son is dead, and his murderer is still walking the streets.  I trust that T.J. will show who’s responsible for covering up Ariston’s murder.  I want the whole house to come tumbling down.”

Investigator T.J. Ward has been featured in national and international news venues involving the Natalee Holloway investigation, including FOX, MSNBC, CNN, Good Morning America, Atlanta Journal Constitution, and Vanity Fair.  He is the founder and CEO of Investigative Consultants International (ICI) in Atlanta, Georgia, and presently in pre-production of an investigative reality series of his own, the Justice Ward.

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Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board Now Successfully Operating On Their Integrated Altus Dynamics ERP Including HR/Payroll

Feb 20, 2015


Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board made the decision to move from outsourced HR/Payroll to an in-house HR/Payroll solution late last spring. When they decided to make this transition, they knew that as a school board they needed a solution that could handle complex payroll requirements – including managing multiple employee ‘groups’ and payroll processing operating to an Ontario K12 payroll environment.

Altus Dynamics offered them an integrated HR/Payroll solution that gave them three key features. First, they wanted to take advantage of Altus Dynamics’ Advanced Position Management software – this would allow them to manage their complex payroll requirements. Secondly, with Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board already using Altus Dynamics ERP Finance suite they would have the added benefits of integration between finance and HR/Payroll. Lastly, as part of an integrated suite, the school board has rolled out Altus Employee Web Apps to their schools for increased budgetary control and smoother procurement processes. Included in the employee web apps are HR portals that give all board staff access to pay stubs, T4s and their profile information completely online in a secure browser. 

With both HR/Payroll and Finance in one place from Altus Dynamics, they now have the complete Altus Dynamics ERP suite. On top of meeting the two key factors mentioned above, they will also get added benefits such as;

·       improved flexibility in handling payroll

·       human resource processing

·       reporting requirements, and

·       better cost control

The Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board HR/Payroll system implementation and go-live required extensive setup and testing and with the great team work between them and Altus Dynamics resulted in a successful implementation. “They are a very forward thinking organization,” says Diana Budreau, Client Success Director, Altus Dynamics, “always seeking to ensure that they are making the best use of technology to ensure efficiently and optimal reporting.”

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About Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board

For more than 160 years Catholic schools have enriched communities through the education of students rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board’ faith in Jesus Christ that is the foundation of their system of education. They want their students to encounter the Lord in their studies, to encounter His goodness and His love, His compassion and His concern in every aspect of their learning, development and experience.

About Altus Dynamics

Altus Dynamics has served the non-profit, social services, public sector and education communities for more than 10 years. Altus Dynamics leverages Microsoft Dynamics technology and combines it with industry expertise to help organizations make a difference in their communities. Altus Dynamics supports more than 19,000 end-users including non-profits, K12, private and independent schools and higher education institutions, healthcare organizations, community agencies, arts and cultural organizations, foundations and other charitable giving entities.

The company offers a full suite of cloud, hybrid and on-premise solutions as well as related services for organizations of all sizes. Altus Dynamics product suite includes non-profit fundraising, relationship management, accounting, employee web apps, human resources, payroll, grant management and CRM. Recognized as a leading software provider for non-profits, Altus Dynamics headquarters is in Toronto, Canada as well as Chicago, IL with clients all over North America. For more information, visit

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New Honorary Commanders Named at Davis Monthan Air Force Base

Feb 20, 2015


Dan Yribar, Regional Manager at Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation was one of several prominent Tucson business leaders who joined the DMAFB Desert Lighting Team as an Honorary Commander.

In a statement issued by Colonel James P. Meger, the goal of the honorary Commander program is to provide business leaders with insight into the Air Force.   Meger continues stating “The honorary commander program is designed to further the understanding of individuals in our community about the Air Force, our mission, and our installation.”

Dan Yribar was recommended to the Honorary Commander program by his good friend, Major Patrick Smiley.  Smiley, aware of both Yribar’s and Fairway’s commitment to the US Armed Forces was proud of the recommendation and personally presented the 355th Operation Group Flag during the Change of Command ceremony.

Yribar will serve in his new role through December, 2016 and will attend and participate in several unit and base events.  These activities will range from monthly “Hail and Farewells,” where squadrons welcome new Airmen to Tucson and say goodbye to those departing the community, to unit picnics, holiday parties, awards ceremonies, the annual Fourth of July celebration and the biennial D-M open house.  Yribar will be invited to attend other formal events as well, such as Airman Leadership School graduations, Changes of Command, and the biennial Air Force Ball.

According to Yribar, his primary interest is to learn as much as he can about the men and women that are a part of DMAFB and their responsibilities.  ”My friend, Patrick (Major Smiley) is a real American hero, as are all the members of the 355th Squadron and the thousands of military personnel stationed right here in our own backyard,” said Yribar.  ”I’m immensely proud and humbled to be given an opportunity to be involved with the base and learn how I can better serve those who serve with excellence.”

Growing up in a military family is where Yribar attributes his great respect for the US Armed Forces.  His father, Pete Yribar, served in the Armed Forces his entire life.  A Korean War Veteran, he retired from the US Air Force and then joined the National Guard.  

On top of financing the dream of homeownership for almost 20yrs, Fairway Independent Mortgage is notorious for supporting the US Armed Forces via its American Warrior Initiative program.  Hosting “Boot Camp” events across the country, Fairway has trained thousands of mortgage and real estate professionals on how to better serve active and retired military.  

During these events, Fairway has sponsored more than 25 Mortgage-Free Home Giveaways to wounded Veterans and has changed the lives of several more Purple Heart Veterans – all from Fairway employee donations.

“We’re thrilled here in Tucson to be hosting the next Fairway Boot Camp on April 15th at the Pima Air and Space Museum,” said Yribar, “where we have some fun surprises up our sleeve for a special Tucson Purple Heart family.”

Realtors that would like to attend the upcoming Boot Camp event on April 15, where they will receive 3hours of Continuing Education Credits and be certified as a Certified Military Residential Specialist, should contact Yribar at 520-749-3900 or


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Drupal Connect Leading Drupal Agency in New York

Feb 18, 2015


Drupal Connect announced Monday that it has been named the leading Drupal Agency in New York by independent digital research firm Clutch.

Drupal Connect was among nine firms to retain its position in the Drupal Developers Leaders Matrix, which leverages a proprietary research methodology to identify top services companies and map their capabilities.

The company obtained a score of “excellent” in terms of its ability to deliver in all three areas of evaluation: References, Clients and Experience, and Market Presence.

John Florez, President and CEO of Drupal Connect, said the company was proud to be recognized by the research firm.

“Our inclusion on this list reflects our commitment to hiring the very best Drupal talent around,” Florez said.

Clutch periodically identifies the nation’s leading Web development companies that focus on the Drupal content management system, publishing directories highlighting both Web and application developers and Drupal developers. Each directory provides a range of filtering tools to help buyers identify qualified firms that best fit their project needs, according to

Drupal Connect has been named as one of the fastest-growing companies in the nation by Inc. Magazine for two years in a row. Its employees boast 135 combined years of Drupal experience.

Florez founded Drupal Connect in 2009, at the peak of one of the nation’s worst economic recessions. The company has quickly grown from a two-person operation to become one of the largest in the Drupal space.

Headquartered in New York City, Drupal Connect is a full-service Drupal firm offering Drupal development, training and staffing services. The company is engaged in projects worldwide with more than 400 clients, including Sony Music Entertainment, Waste Management Inc., General Electric Co., A&E, the New York Stock Exchange, NBC Universal, Stanford University and the Carter Foundation.


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StartingPoint Realty Keeps Focus on First-Time Home Buyers

Feb 17, 2015


StartingPoint Realty Keeps Focus on First-Time Home Buyers

The percentage of renters in Chicago has been rising, while the percentage of first-time home buyers hit a 27-year low during 2014. The trend would cause most real estate brokers to shy away from serving the first-time buyer. But for Chicago-based StartingPoint Realty, the trend evidences the continuing need for homebuyer education and guidance.

“The home buying landscape is always changing,” says Ryan Gable, founder and managing broker of StartingPoint Realty. “Since our company inception in 2004, Chicago real estate has run the gamut. But we stay true to the market that we have a passion for, a market that is often neglected – the first-time home buyer.”

Gable launched StartingPoint Realty in 2004 with the mission to educate and assist potential first-time home buyers, without any pressure or sales pitches. The company has experienced impressive growth, recently hiring its twelfth agent.

To further its mission, StartingPoint Realty opened a unique home buyer resource center in Roscoe Village during 2014. The resource center provides hands-on information about credit, financing, the home search and buying process, community data and public transportation.

StartingPoint Realty also recently launched a new, robust website,, and has scheduled 14 first-time home buyer seminars throughout Chicagoland. The educational seminars are completely free to the public. Advance registration is requested to ensure ample seating.  

“The buyers may change,” says Gable, “but they always have a thirst for knowledge without the sales pitch. To make sure we stay on track, we survey every seminar attendee and ask them, up front, if they felt anyone was trying to sell them something. I’m pleased to say the answer is always no. We also have 27 5-star reviews on Yelp. We focus on the client, not the commission, and our testimonials prove it.”

Gable states that potential first-time home buyers have very individual needs. “Most buyers want an education. Some just want to see the homes, and worry about the details later. But buying your first home is a life-changing, emotional decision. People need to understand that this is a process. They need to be financially prepared and well-informed before walking into their first showing.”  

This is why Gable and his agents spend considerable time with lenders and attorneys, as well as local organizations offering down payment assistance. “We get daily calls and emails from various providers about FHA and VA mortgages, energy-efficiency loans, and down payment programs. They know it’s our mission to deliver practical information and help first-time buyers. Our dedication to serving these clients with the utmost integrity, along with our down-to-earth approach, are the keys to our success.”


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