The 2017 Real Estate & Property Development Awards Press Statement

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Corporate America Unveils the 2017 Real Estate & Property Development Awards Winners

United States, March 2017 – Corporate America announces the winners of the 2017 Real Estate & Property Development Awards.

The building landscape that surrounds us is constantly changing and developing. From property developers to realtors, development to engineering and all those in-between.

Which is why, the 2017 Real Estate & Property Development Awards have been initiated in order to celebrate the companies and individuals who work tirelessly to shape the market and influence the industry with innovative design and planning.

Jonathan Hicks, Awards Co-ordinator, commented: “This dynamic and innovative industry is built and shaped by the talented firms and individuals whose inventive thinking has seen them achieve outstanding accomplishments. I would like to congratulate every one of my deserving winners and wish them the best of fortunes for the future.”

All winners for the awards were the result of months of research and analysis from Corporate America’s dedicated awards team. As a result, each and every winner was chosen on merit only, and can take great pride from the fact that they were selected for their success.

To find out more about the best of the best in the legal, please visit the Corporate America website (http://www.corporateamericanews.com) for full a full winners’ list and a link to our winners’ supplement.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

About Corporate America Magazine

Corporate America is the definitive magazine for CEOs, top tier management and key decision makers across the US. Created to inform, entertain, influence, and shape the corporate conversation across the nation through high quality editorial, in-depth research and an experienced and dedicated network of advisers, Corporate America provides our readership with the most authoritative and current analysis of the major changes effecting the corporate landscape, and the latest deals and topical issues dominating the corporate universe.

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The Writing’s on the Wall

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Maria Vinall and her husband, Phil, run a successful communication company specialising in
the medical sector. Maria talks to us about the industry and how the company has grown over the years.

Medical Communications Depot, Inc. is a boutique communications company that specializes in preparing documents for companies and/or individuals with a need for life science, medical, or pharmaceutical information. Besides the pharmaceutical industry, the firm’s clients have included physician groups, educational institutions, advertising agencies, basically anyone with a need to communicate about health and medicine. Managed by a husband and wife team, the company works with individual scientists, physicians, other medical communications companies, as well as directly with small and large pharmaceutical companies, and has been providing these services for clients worldwide for more than 12 years.

Maria B. Vinall is president of Medical Communications Depot and one half of the successful husband and wife team that runs the firm. She describes in more detail what her role entails. “As with any small business, successfully running MedComDepot requires multiple skill sets. In our case, business is pretty evenly divided between doing the work and getting the work. Writing, science, and research are skills needed to do the work.

Time/money management, networking, and marketing skills are needed to get the work and manage the business. We’ve always functioned as a team and this area is no exception – each of us does what they do best with support from the other. When we need an extra pair of hands we have a small group of colleagues on whom we can call.” The firm was incorporated in 2004. Maria states that it hit its stride in 2006 and has continued to move forward ever since. “Neither of us can remember the day we decided we wanted to have our own business but we always find ourselves asking ‘Why didn’t we do this a lot earlier?’” she laughs.

Both Maria and her husband Phil started out on very different career paths that somehow merged to form the firm. “Phil had been working in the field of medicine and science most of his adult life,” she explains. “He’s been a bench scientist where he has won awards and grants in the field of neuroscience and has published numerous manuscripts. He has received recognition and support for his work from the Rolex Foundation, the Sharpe Foundation, and Pennsylvania Hospital. As head writer at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals he led the development of a small group of writers whose responsibilities included developing clinical manuscripts, publication planning, writing SOPs, maintaining databases, liaising with outside vendors, and managing submission and compliance issues. “l started out to be a nurse but quickly found that it just wasn’t for me.

Reluctantly, I left the world of medicine and science to become a project manager in such diverse settings as law, insurance, and publishing. Eventually I joined Phil at Wyeth where I developed my skills as a publication specialist. During my 10 years, there I assisted in the preparation of numerous conference submissions and peer-reviewed manuscripts in addition to developing and managing publication plans for a diverse product portfolio. MedComDepot gives me the opportunity to combine the things I love – project management and science.” The couple ensure that they stay up-to-date with the latest technology in order to keep ahead of the curve. “We’ve invested heavily to be sure that the technology we use is current and flexible.

We also stay abreast of changes in government regulations, particularly the FDA, but also the guidelines endorsed by professional organizations such as the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA), the National Association of Science Writers (NASW), the International Society of Medical Publications Professionals (ISMPP), and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). We scan the horizons for new breakthroughs in drug and device development, as well as changes in healthcare in general. “With regards to following industry trends, membership in AMWA and NASW goes a long way to help us stay current.

We attend the local and national meetings of both organizations where the latest industry trends are shared. In addition, we participate in online webinars to stay updated on existing areas of expertise and to grow our knowledge in new areas. Finally, because our work frequently allows us to attend major medical conferences worldwide, we are exposed to the latest in medical treatments and technology across a broad range of therapy areas.”

Maria and Phil have aspirations of growth for MedComDepot and Maria elaborates on a new service which should help them realise their goals. “We are in the early phase of expanding our menu to provide a specific set of services to small/start-up pharmaceutical companies. These start-ups often have only one product in development and frequently they are looking for investors to fund the needed early clinical studies and/or for another company to take the product to launch.

These companies, as well as many small pharmaceutical companies, rarely have and generally cannot afford a publication staff, yet publishing and presenting trial results are critical to a successful launch. Our low overhead, project management skills, and the depth and breadth of our experience will allow us to provide the services these companies need without breaking the budget and while allowing them to do what they do best. “The number of individuals and companies looking for good medical writers is enormous. There are all kinds of opportunities if you know where to look.”


Company: Medical Communications Depot, Inc.
Contact: Maria B. Vinall, President
Address: 210 Wyllpen Drive, West Chester,
Pennsylvania, US
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +1 610 725 1990
Website: www.medcomdepot.com

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Uber is so secretive about its finances, it spooked investment banks

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) and Deutsche Bank AG passed on selling shares of Uber Technologies because the San Francisco-based ride-sharing company wouldn’t provide enough financial data.

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The investment banks both had concerns about filling demand if they couldn’t provide their investors with financial specifics, according to Bloomberg, citing sources close to the situation. Bank of America Corp.(NYSE: BAC) and Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) wound up selling the shares earlier this year through their private wealth divisions.

While Uber was not forthcoming with data, CEO Travis Kalanick did tell interested bankers that if their firms did business with Uber’s U.S. competitor, Lyft Inc., they would be less likely to be hired by Uber to sell shares, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the talks.

The banks are jockeying for a favorable position as Uber heads toward an IPO, although no one knows when that will happen. Kalanick has been cagey when it comes to a timeline for the public offering, comparing his company to an “early high schooler” being asked to prom, saying it is simply too soon to provide an answer, per a Bloomberg report last month.

Uber tries to keep a lid on its internal financial models, keeping drivers and investors in the dark on how much it needs to charge passengers to become profitable. Uber says it charges riders as low a fare as possible because of competition in the sector, but drivers are suspicious that they’re getting cut out of extra earnings, according to a report by Annie Gaus of the San Francisco Business Times.

What is known is that Uber has raised more than $16 billion in cash and debt on a valuation of $69 billion, Bloomberg said. If it were to go public right now, it would have a valuation higher than 90 percent of the companies in the S&P 500 Index, Bloomberg said.

It’s no wonder that investors want more information on the ride-sharing leader. The company lost $1.27 billion in the first half of this year, Bloomberg reported in August. Uber’s head of finance, Gautam Gupta, shared the losses during a call. Uber reportedly lost $520 million in the first quarter, and $750 million in the second quarter of 2016.

In addition to losses, tech companies are also seeing a chilly climate for IPOs. There have been only five tech IPOs from the Bay Area this year, and three of those occurred in the past month, according to Cromwell Schubarth of the Silicon Valley Business Journal. San Francisco-based Twilio (NYSE: TWLO) ended a more than six-month drought in such offerings at the end of June.

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Corp America March 2017

Welcome to the March edition of Corp America, which once again features a tremendous array of features and news, including law, healthcare, technology, construction and finance.

Synchrony Financial, a premier consumer financial services company, recently released findings from its inaugural Future of Retail: Insight and Influences Shaping Retail Innovation report, examining consumer perspectives and shopping trends which are expected to change the retail industry by 2030.

In other news, The National Retail Federation announced that it has adopted Shop.org as the name of its annual e-commerce conference, which was previously known as Retail’s Digital Summit and held by NRF’s Shop.org digital division.

I hope you enjoy reading this packed edition.

 

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The 2017 Executive Search & Staffing Awards Press Statement

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Corporate America Unveils the 2017 Executive Search & Staffing Awards Winners

United States, 2017 – Corporate America announces the winners of the 2017 Executive Search & Staffing Awards.

Retained search firms, recruiting companies, temporary staffing agencies, contingency search consultants and executive search firms have been providing recruiting and staffing services to employers for decades.

Therefore, the 2017 Executive Search & Staffing Awards focuses on commending companies and individuals within the industry, who continue to provide an excellent service for potential job applicants and businesses alike.

Discussing the awards, Jordan Japel, Awards Co-ordinator, commented: “Recruitment is a vital part of the corporate landscape, and as such it is a real honor to be able to showcase the hard work and expertise of our deserving winners. I would like to congratulate them and wish them the best of luck for the future.”

All winners for the awards were the result of months of research and analysis from Corporate America’s dedicated awards team. As a result, each and every winner was chosen on merit only, and can take great pride from the fact that they were selected for their success.

To find out more about the best of the best in the legal, please visit the Corporate America website (www.corporateamerica-news.com) for full a full winners’ list and a link to our winners’ supplement.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

About Corporate America Magazine

Corporate America is the definitive magazine for CEOs, top tier management and key decision makers across the US. Created to inform, entertain, influence, and shape the corporate conversation across the nation through high quality editorial, in-depth research and an experienced and dedicated network of advisers, Corporate America provides our readership with the most authoritative and current analysis of the major changes effecting the corporate landscape, and the latest deals and topical issues dominating the corporate universe.

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American Express Redefines Premium

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American Express today announced a new generation of benefits for its iconic Platinum Card. The benefits are built for today’s global travelers who enjoy exclusive access, unique experiences and best-in-class service whether they’re traveling across the globe or in their home city.

Starting on March 30, 2017, consumers with The Platinum Card® will receive exclusive access in the Uber app to a new Uber Rides with Platinum benefit, which provides up to $200 annually in Uber credits for U.S. rides and automatic VIP status where available. Platinum Card Members will also receive 5X Membership Rewards points on eligible hotels booked on amextravel.com.

This is in addition to the recently unveiled 5X Membership Rewards points on airfare booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel. Card Members will also get access to an expanded Global Lounge Collection, a new Global Dining Collection, more global events, enhanced mobile servicing options, and all of the other benefits that currently come with Platinum Card Membership.

“Because we’ve built long term relationships with our Platinum Card Members, we have a deep understanding of what they value most about their Membership – access to exclusive experiences, rich travel rewards and superior service,” said Janey Whiteside, senior vice president and general manager of Global Charge Products, Benefits & Services, American Express. “We’re elevating the Platinum Card to further deliver in these key areas, while providing new benefits that enhance their lifestyles. We want to ensure that we’re continually exceeding our Card Members’ expectations.”

Uber Rides with Platinum
American Express is deepening its relationship with Uber, a service regularly used by a large portion of American Express Card Members. Through the new Uber Rides with Platinum benefit, which is delivered in an exclusive Uber in-app experience, Platinum Card Members will receive up to $200 in annual Uber credits for rides within the United States as well as Uber VIP status where available. Card Members will receive $15 in Uber credit per month, with an additional $20 bonus in December, when they add their American Express Platinum Card as a payment method to the Uber app.

“This premium, first-of-its-kind benefit gives Platinum Card Members another reason to use Uber – a reliable, safe way to travel in 450 plus cities around the world,” said Emil Michael, Chief Business Officer, Uber. “We’re excited to continue to expand our longstanding partnership with American Express to provide even more Card Members with valuable rewards and VIP treatment when they ride with Uber.”

The Next Generation of Platinum Card Membership
In addition to the new Uber benefit, American Express has redesigned the Platinum Card to give Card Members a complete range of benefits they can rely on at every step of their journey.

5X Membership Rewards: In addition to the recently unveiled 5X points for flights when booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel, Card Members will be able to receive 5X Membership Rewards points for eligible hotels booked on amextravel.com.

Expansion of the Global Lounge Collection: Platinum Card Members have access to the growing Global Lounge Collection, which provides access to the most airport lounges from any U.S. credit card. The Global Lounge Collection unlocks access to more than 1,000 American Express and partner airport lounges, in more than 500 cities, across 120 countries, including future Centurion Lounge locations in Hong Kong and Philadelphia scheduled to open later this year.

Complimentary Additional Gold Cards: Platinum Card Members will be able to add Additional Gold Cards on their Platinum Card Account for no annual fee and existing Additional Gold Cards will also have no annual fee. Card Members can earn Membership Rewards points for all eligible purchases made by their Additional Card Member(s).

Access to a new Global Dining Collection: American Express has partnered with world-renowned chefs, including Thomas Keller, Daniel Humm, Stephanie Izard and José Andrés, to provide Platinum Card Members with access to one-of-a-kind dining experiences like the EMP Summer House in the Hamptons, a pop-up restaurant from the Eleven Madison Park team exclusively available for American Express Card Members. Card Members will also get access to exclusive reserved seating, culinary events and other exciting benefits.

More Global Events: American Express is expanding its By Invitation Only® program to include more Card Member experiences in top destinations around the world, such as premium access to the Grand Prix de Monaco, an enthusiast’s dream trip through French wine country and a global fashion tour with Harper’s Bazaar to celebrate the iconic magazine’s 150th Anniversary.

Continued value at Fine Hotels and Resorts: Platinum Card Members can receive valuable benefits including complimentary daily breakfast for two and guaranteed 4PM late checkout offering an average total value of $550 whenever they book at a Fine Hotels and Resorts property with American Express Travel.

New Card Design: In addition to the enhanced benefits for Platinum Card Members, American Express is introducing a new, sleek metal Card design.

These are part of a growing roster of benefits that Platinum Card Members can already take advantage of including: up to $200 Airline Fee Credit that can be used for incidental fees such as baggage on a selected airline each year, Starwood Preferred Guest® Gold Status and Hilton Honors™ Gold Status, access to the Delta Private Jet program, complimentary access to Wi-Fi hotspots provided by Boingo Wireless, a Fee Credit for Global Entry or the TSA Pre✓® program application and no foreign exchange fees.

True to the brand’s heritage of service, American Express is also bringing personalized service to Card Members’ pockets by offering Platinum Card Members seamless access to concierge, travel and Customer Care Professionals through the Amex Mobile app. Also coming to the app is a lounge finder feature that will easily allow Card Members to find one of the 1,000 plus lounges in the Global Lounge Collection when they are on the go.

Beginning on March 30, the new annual fee for the Platinum Card will be $550. For existing Platinum Card Members, the new annual fee will take effect on Card Members’ annual renewal date on or after September 1, 2017.

Terms and Limitations apply. More information about these new benefits can be found at: americanexpress.com/platinumupdate.

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