Contentverse Allows Alliance Insurance to Meet Regulatory Compliance

With over forty years’ experience, Alliance Insurance is one of UAE’s leading providers of premium insurance services to individuals, corporations, and government bodies. Established in 1975, Alliance Insurance was founded on a commitment to excellence by providing unmatched customer service, security and reliability to the clients.

Alliance Insurance specializes in Life Insurance, General Insurance, Health Insurance, Motor Insurance, Personal Accident Insurance, Group Life Insurance, Home/Office Package Insurance, Travel Insurance, Marine Insurance, Aviation Insurance, Liability Insurance, and Jewelers Block Insurance.

Challenges

  • Physical storage, tracking, and management of documents are a tedious task.
  • Company processes hundreds, if not thousands, of physical paper documents each day, including client applications, policies, endorsements, declarations, cancellations and reinstatements, claims, and financials, thus generating huge volume of documents
  • Back-office insurance document management processes involved in claims management, underwriting, policy administration, application processing, insurance records management and accounting, often begin their lifecycle with paper-based processes that are time-consuming, and costly.
  • Without a centralized repository, employees don’t have access to latest versions or files and need a longer turnaround time to answer customers.
  • Cost of storage of documents is high, due to the real estate cost. The departments of the organization are spread across multiple floors.
  • While some documents can be shared with some users, some can’t be.

Implemented Departments – Finance, PRO, Legal & Real Estate, Human Resources, Administration, Group Life & PA, Non Motor Technical, Medical Department, Non Motor Department, PHS Department, Motor Department

Document Types – Payment Voucher, Journal Voucher, Petty Cash Voucher, Debit Notes, Credit Notes, Auditing Documents, Legal Documents, Employee Personal Files, Memos, Policy Document, Receipts, Life Policy Document

Average Number of Documents Processed & Stored – 3000 pages per day

Solution & Benefits

  • Implementation of Contentverse Document Management System allowed  Alliance Insurance to have a centralized document storage policy.
  • Search tools such as full text search, keyword search, date, name, and metadata search allowed employees to find documents quickly and improve their response turnaround time.
  • The Document management system allowed them to meet insurance regulatory compliance mandatory from national and regional supervisory authorities.
  • Our Document Management Solution is integrated with existing system database, thus reducing the data entry time, minimized errors and maximized efficiency.
  • Streamline and automate document retention Policies.

Why Contentverse Document Management System

Contentverse emerges as a viable solution for insurance industry because it fulfills needs specific to this industry and it is simple, flexible and affordable and has many salient attributes which really benefit insurance firms.

  • Familiar user interface
  • Supports 400+ file formats
  • Powerful scanning, indexing and searching features
  • One click email and print
  • Built in OCR and full text search
  • Custom workflow features
  • Highly secure. Control access at any level. 128 bit encryption
  • MS Office Integration & Outlook Hot Folder
  • Powerful annotation features
  • Version/ Revision feature
  • Check in/ Checkout feature
  • Notification & Alerts
  • Audit trail feature
  • Integration with the existing application
  • Database lookup feature
  • Records retention feature
  • Automated data capture using EasyIndex
  • Local services and support provided by reseller Cube Innovators Technologies LLC

Implemented across several of Alliance’s departments in Q4 of 2016, the solution centralized and secured document storage policy, integrated with insurance mission critical application to reduce data entry, minimized errors / maximized efficiency, streamlined and automated retention policies, and dramatically improved customer service with immediate access to documentation. Most importantly, Contentverse enabled them to meet insurance regulatory compliance, mandatory from national and regional supervisory authorities.

 

Immigration Reform Strategy – “One Nation Under God”

Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly has signed sweeping new guidelines that empower federal authorities to more aggressively detain and deport illegal immigrants inside the United States and at the border.

The outrage and cries of racial discrimination, and religious persecution has caused tension, violence and hatred through the entire nation.  U.S. States like Texas, and most recently, California are threatening to secede. 

“Have we forgotten that we are a United States by choice?”, asked Lisa Garrett, Chief Executive Officer of Vero Integritas Global, Inc., a human resource company in Virginia.  “It’s time that we stop looking at who is to blame for our immigration concerns and start seeking solutions, Garrett stated.

Vero Integritas Global, Inc., recently submitted an Immigration Reform Initiative designed to develop strategic answers to the U.S. immigration problems. “These concerns have touched the hearts and minds of every American citizen, and have traveled with light speed around the globe and throughout the news media, and internet. Something has to be done to tap the logic and reasonableness in people.  Everyone just seems to be letting their emotions get them best of them,” said Garrett. “Democrats! Republicans! People! Stop, and look at what is happening to our country.”

The purpose of this strategy is to provide a positive, fair and equitable solution to the immigration question while keeping to the promises and helping to sustain a workable agenda for the new administration.  “President Trump is a businessman; he knows a business opportunity when he sees it”, Garrett stated. “The purpose of this initiative is to give our floundering political system the chance to think outside of the box and give the new administration the opportunity to apply business strategies to develop something unprecedented, toward a workable solution”, Garrett stated.  “This is not about Republicans and Democrats, it’s about a free nation losing control of what we stand for and not paying attention to how much we can lose if the left and right can’t find a balance.” Said Garrett.

The immigration initiative involves inclusion of a diverse “think tank” of American citizens, politicians, and individuals from each generation using ideas and strategies included within this strategic proposal.  “President Trump has promised to make our nation great, again. But, I submit to you that we are a great nation made up of great people. It is the people that are shouting at the top of our lungs, “We need a better solution!”, we are merely presenting a foundation for that solution,” said Garrett.

 “Vero Integritas is part of a consortium of companies that can assist with developing an immigration plan that will bring the right people to the table, with a focus on a positive solution and encouraging nation-wide unity toward the stabilization of a divided nation,” stated Garrett.   

The strategy was provided through the White House Liaison’s office last week with the hope that it will be introduced to President Trump. “It is our hope that we can provide something to stop the negative rhetoric and help our leaders seek a viable immigration option,” Garrett said. The proposed immigration reform plan is designed as a unification strategy to give the American people the opportunity to decide as, “ONE NATION UNDER GOD, how to reunite the people. So, whether you believe in God or not, whether you hold fast to a religious belief or not, we are all human beings with the right to live free, as it was promised in our Constitution. This is an inalienable right and the very foundation of our existence as American citizens. But, there must be order, justice, benevolence, and above all other things, equality in the way we go about seeking and applying our freedoms”, Garrett continued.

The premise of the plan is to create a transparent “think tank”, open and available to the public for opinions and ideas, strategies, and constructive debates to find a solution for how to go about protecting the lives of the nation’s citizen, while at the same time, allowing persons from other nations the opportunity to exist in a free nation.

“We are a nation of wise, intelligent, and amazingly talented people from all walks of life”, Garrett stated. “It is no small wonder that people from other countries want to live here. We are a GREAT NATION. But it is “We, the people”, that make it great. It is not corrupt politicians, media, or rich business executives.” Garrett stated. “We owe it to our future generations to get this one right. This proposal is a jumping off point to begin the development process for a new generation to sustain our Constitutional framework and to involve the people in the process. I encourage my fellow citizens to embrace this solution. It is only a UNIFIED people that can right this ship.”, Garrett concluded. 

Unsolicited Proposal: U.S. Immigration Strategy

  1. Immigration Precepts
  2. Immigration Operations Committee

 

This initiative is a “jumping off point” to establish a fair and equitable plan for our nation. 

The Immigration Operations Committee is the heart of the unification plan and is made up of the following:

1)     Qualified NON-PARTISAN (two each, one male, one female) professionals selected from relevant agencies and departments (Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Patrol, Department of Treasury, State Department).  

2)     Governors from all 52 states and territories.

3)     Two U.S. citizens (selected by the State) representing each Generation

4)     Two College professors with relevant subject matter expertise.

 

5)     Two Democrats, Two Republicans, and Two Independent representatives selected by the Governors of the 52 states and territories, who have served or is serving at least one term as a newly elected official.

6)     The President and Vice President of the United States will remain active, but should not influence the negotiation processes.

7)     Once the Immigration plan is complete, and before it is accepted for review by the President, it must receive a final review and approval from the Final Review Committee made up of:

  1. Former U.S. Presidents, representatives from DHS, Department of State, and other relevant agency representatives, not to exceed a 12- person panel. This NON-PARTISAN committee must be willing to participate as volunteers and must relevant experience and knowledge of the subject matter.

8)     The final approval of the plan lies with the President of the United States.\

9)       The final plan will be voted on via the internet through an online voting process developed specifically for this initiative.

  1. Baseline Agenda:

Premise: 

To develop an immigration reform program that will limit the number of NEW U.S. citizen applicants over the next four years.  Current applications will be placed on hold for a period of six months and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis while the committee begins drawing up a solid immigration plan that utilizes the following criteria. This will do three things:  1) It will limit the number and flow of NEW applicants for citizenship into the country, 2) It will allow for current and new applicants to be highly scrutinized, 3) It will allow for more unity and conversation among those who make up this country to participate in re-creating our foundation for unity.

The U.S. Government will begin gathering information relevant to the gathering of information from current non-documented workers in the United States.  During this time period, all non U.S. citizens and undocumented workers will be allowed to reveal themselves without fear of deportation by reporting to a local State or Federal Immigration station where they will be given the opportunity to provide any information relevant to applying for U.S. Citizenship.

States may be allowed to create and develop their own databases, but the information must be reported to the appropriate agency for inclusion into the U.S. database. Within the specified time period, if non-U.S. Citizens/undocumented workers, have not registered and cannot produce a Documented Registrants Card” (similar to a Drivers’ License, but NOT managed by the DMV!), the individual(s) will be arrested and may face deportation back to his/her country. 

Individuals participating in the “Dreamers” program will be allowed to complete the program, new applicants will not be accepted, and the program will be frozen until a new immigration plan has been created. The “Dreamer” program may be reviewed with the immigration reform program for final analysis and inclusion into the plan.

US government contract companies will be allowed to bid on solicitations relevant to their expertise to assist the U.S. government with implementing this initiative. This will allow a fair and equitable distribution of work and help limit costs, while allowing for transparency in the development process.

  1. Program Agencies:

 

U.S. CENSUS BUREAU

 

The U.S. Census Bureau will collect information from illegal immigrants who are seeking citizenship within the allowable time frame. 

Non-U.S. citizens and undocumented workers must self-report.  They will be asked to provide information requested to include:

  • Whether or not they have held a job for more than one year that has a supportable/sustainable income without the need for State or Federal benefits/welfare programs. (In other words, they cannot rely on either State of Federally funded welfare programs to remain in the country. They must have a job or occupation.  As registrants for citizenship they will not be eligible for social programs, either State or Federal, with the exception of Women’s-Infants-Children’s (WIC) or any other welfare programs paid from U.S. taxpayer dollars.)  Individuals who have broken the law up to a Class I misdemeanor will face possible deportation back to their country.
  • Affiliations to extremist groups, gangs, or if they have ever been arrested or detained for (any number of reasons). 
  •  Additional criteria will be added through the Immigration Operations Committee.
  •  Illegal immigrants who fail to register within a specified date will be arrested and processed for deportation at the expense of their home country. If a home country cannot be identified, the individual will be deported back to the last country he/she traveled from before he entered the U.S. and that country will become liable for payment of deportation costs.
  •  Individuals who travel by land, air, or sea into the U.S. illegally will be immediately deported back to their home countries, and given information and assistance about how to legally apply for U.S. Citizenship.

Treasury Department

The treasury department will be responsible for setting up accounts payable/receivables for deportations.  A section of the department will be created to manage payments and ensure that countries are properly billed for costs associated with deportations to include food, shelter, travel, accommodations, etc.  The President may use these costs to negotiate with countries and build solid, unification efforts between countries.  

 U.S. State Department

The State Department, specifically the Secretary of State may utilize relatable immigration debts of other countries to effect reasonable settlements for costs associated with deportations. 

Monies received from countries for deportations may be used to build a “Wall” (imagined, not real) of good faith and fair dealing with other countries to ensure that our borders are protected from terrorists.

A secondary part of the plan will be a “good faith and unity” campaign created and administered by the Department of State designed to provide assistance to other countries to crackdown on corruption, unlawfulness, ethnic cleansing, religious persecution, human trafficking, etc., within their borders and to create and build relationships of good faith and fair dealing within their borders. 

The third and most important approach is the unification “wall” which is designed to bring countries to the table (wall) in an effort to prevent terrorism, and develop programs and strategies that support the unseating of corrupt officials in other countries. It is also designed to help the leaders of their countries build their economies upon a legal world market (while at the same time bringing domestic companies back to the U.S) that sells U.S. products to them in order to build alliances within a world market.

Doing this will help us increase our countries ability to expand our business infrastructures domestically and abroad. This will also help promote economic growth and help build financial stability for U.S. citizens and the citizens of other countries and to help them find Democratic freedom within their own countries (so their citizens don’t have to run to ours to find it). This will also allow countries from losing their talented human capital that could bring their countries into the 21st Century. 

For U.S. citizens, it will give all of our citizens (not just the rich) the opportunity to experience the effects of a booming economy and bring hope to the Millennials who will make up 50% of our workforce by 2025.

Vero Integritas Global is a virtual HR consulting company and features 24-hour HR services and business consultation to U.S. and overseas companies with U.S. employees and is designed in part, to help employers reduce costs associated with employee discrimination complaints.

Vero Integritas Global Incorporated is registered with the System for Award Management (SAM) and is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. For more information about the Immigration Reform Plan Vero Integritas Global, Inc.

Contact:
Lisa Garrett
Chief Executive Officer
Vero Integritas Global Incorporated
lisa.garrett@verointegrtias.com

TOURtech Announces POWERpinger™ – A Power Monitoring Solution For Events

RALEIGH, NC:  Event WiFi services provider, TOURtech, has announced POWERpinger™.  It’s the latest addition to TOURtech’s proprietary InSite Dashboard Network Management System and extends InSite’s proactive monitoring capabilites to electrical power.  POWERpinger™ is an IP addressable, in-line device that signals an alarm if the incoming electrical power is disrupted. 

Rapid identification and resolution of root cause of failures are critical in supporting modern Music Festivals where hundreds of thousands of dollars in commerce are transacted over TOURtech’s temporary infrastructure.  When coupled with a basic Uniterruptable Power Supply (UPS), POWERpinger™ eliminates downtime by notifying TOURtech’s technicians of a power loss while still on battery power. 

“Our connection points can be miles apart with thousands of people between them.  Sending an IT technician out when a generator is offline wastes time” said Allen Cook, Founder and CEO of TOURtech. “POWERpinger™ allows us to know if the issue is network or power related and deploy the appropriate resources faster.  Downtime equals lost revenue for our clients.  Anything we can do to mitigate or eliminate these issues provides tremendous value.”

POWERpinger™ is now a standard offering across all TOURtech deployments.

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

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

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

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

Kentico Rolls Along

Maker of All-in-One CMS, E-commerce, and Online Marketing Platform Drawing More Attention as It Continues to Innovate, Attracts Larger Customers, Closes Bigger Deals

Bedford, New Hampshire, USA, October 28, 2016 — “The times they are a-changin’” claim the famous song lyrics written and sung by Bob Dylan in 1963. But the sentiment also applies today to a fast-growing software company headquartered in Europe called Kentico Software. The company, currently celebrating its 12th anniversary, is on a roll.

Kentico was one of the first companies to introduce the “all-in-one” concept of CMS, E-Commerce, and Online Marketing to meet the needs of digital marketing agencies, at one end of the spectrum, and mid- to large-sized businesses at the other. Founded by Czech software executive Petr Palas, Kentico quickly emerged as an innovator and technology leader, attracting as customers such well-known brands as Gibson, Twinings, Ingram Micro, Mazda, Kingspan, Hunter Fan, Starbucks, and Allergan. Today, Kentico has thousands of customers, a network of more than 1,000 digital agency partners and its products power more than 25,000 websites across 100 countries.

Kentico’s latest success comes amid a deepening presence across North America, EMEA, and APAC. Recent developments include:

  • Debuting in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management (September 2016)
  • Debuting in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals (October 2016)
  • Being rated a “High Performer” in Web Content Management by users of the G2Crowd website (Summer 2016)
  • Securing the largest single sale in Kentico’s 12-year history with a company in the group travel industry
  • Doubling the size of Kentico’s North American office
  • Partnering with IT solutions provider Nextscape, Inc. to expand Kentico’s APAC presence into the Japanese market
  • Launching the 404 Conference, a vendor-agnostic digital marketing event being held at The Mirage, Las Vegas from November 2–4 and featuring a number of industry luminaries including MarketingProfs’ Ann Handley, Digital Clarity Group’s Scott Liewehr, and UnMarketing’s Scott Stratten

“It’s a busy yet rewarding time at the company,” observed Kentico Founder and CEO Petr Palas. “We have never worked harder and gotten more done. But it’s gratifying because these collective efforts are coming to fruition, and many doors are now opening for Kentico for the very first time.”

About Kentico

Kentico is an all-in-one CMS, E-commerce, and Online Marketing platform that drives business results for companies of all sizes, both on-premise or in the cloud. It gives customers and partners powerful, comprehensive tools and customer-centric solutions to create stunning websites and manage customer experiences easily in a dynamic business environment. The Kentico Web Content Management Solution‘s rich selection of out-of-the-box web parts, easy customizations, and open API, quickly gets websites operational. When combined with the full set of integrated solutions, including Online Marketing, E-commerce, Online Communities, and Intranet and Collaboration, Kentico fully optimizes the digital customer experience across multiple channels.

Founded in 2004, Kentico is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner headquartered in the Czech Republic with offices in the US, UK, Netherlands, and Australia. Kentico has 1,000 digital agency partners and powers more than 25,000 websites across 100 countries. Customers include Gibson, Twinings, Ingram Micro, Mazda, Kingspan, Hunter Fan, Starbucks, and Allergan.

Flip.to and b4checkin partner to help hotels convert personal introductions into future guests

ORLANDO, FL — October 28, 2016 — Flip.to—the marketing platform that lets your guests become advocates, introducing your hotel worldwide, attracting travelers and earning new guests—announced its strategic partnership with b4checkin, a hospitality developer and software provider offering cloud-based solutions including chameleon, their next generation hotel booking software.

chameleon adapts to a hotel’s website, offering hoteliers flexible design options rather than a single booking experience. Hoteliers on the platform have the ability to change their front-end experience with just a few clicks. This is in addition to a streamlined booking process and improved experience for guests and hotels alike.

Properties throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean using b4checkin’s chameleon in tandem with Flip.to will now empower guests to share about their upcoming trip to their social networks. By sharing their stay with family and friends, guests become a growing extension of the hotel’s marketing force, making trusted introductions to the hotel, building an ever-growing database of warm leads—a like-minded demographic of travelers with similar travel and purchasing habits—and increasing direct bookings.

Saar Fabrikant, President & CEO at b4checkin commented on the partnership, “chameleon has revolutionized hotel bookings. The shortened and seamless booking process, plus choice of multiple responsive designs drives conversion and revenue for our customers. Layering in Flip.to lets our hotels amplify their booking potential, bringing warm leads back to the hotel website and boosting revenue with an entirely new channel of guests booking direct. It’s been a critical addition to our suite of products.”

Richard Dunbar, Director of Partnerships at Flip.to said, “We’re excited to partner with b4checkin. It means more hotels can convert personal introductions into future guests. Plus, b4checkin’s expansive reach into Canada and the Caribbean allows us to grow our product into these markets as we continue to expand.”

b4checkin offers hoteliers a flexible online booking engine and a suite of products for hospitality management. Headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, b4checkin serves customers in North America, the Caribbean, Asia and Europe. For more information, contact Saar Fabrikant at saar@b4checkin.com, or visit www.b4checkin.com.

To get started with Flip.to, the advocacy platform for hotels that reaches, inspires and converts an entirely new global audience every day, take a tour at http://flip.to, or contact Jeff Weibel at jweibel@flip.to.

About Flip.to— Reach, inspire and convert an entirely new global audience of travelers every day with Flip.to.

Flip.to lets your guests introduce your hotel to the world, combining trust with massive reach to travelers just one degree away—warm leads who are the perfect fit. Start building your ever-growing team of advocates who turn meaningful moments into measurable ROI, and instantly see the unmatched impact when you switch on this entirely new channel.

About b4checkin—b4checkin is a developer and provider of an innovative suite of cloud-based software solutions for the hospitality industry. Designed to help hotels better manage online reservations and measure guest satisfaction.

LAST CHANCE TO GET YOUR TRAVEL BOOK FOR THE AMAZING READ KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN – ENDS 30 OCTOBER

For Immediate Release:
28 October 2016

 

LAST CHANCE FOR KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN
FUND AND RACE your unique competitive travel book IN ‘The Amazing Read’ !

 

Wellington, NZ – Writer, blogger and social commentator, Jordan Alexander, has officially launched a Kickstarter campaign for ‘The Amazing Read’, an interactive, competitive travel experience based on her new book, a reality read about online dating: I love you, send money.  The Kickstarter campaign aims to garner widespread support and financial backing to finance the development and printing of the book.  

The Amazing Read is a novel project that creates a “read and race” experience, not only for those involved with the travelling book teams, but also supporters who ‘read & race’ together, share stories and pictures and review the book and thoughts about the important social phenomenon of ‘online dating’.  The objective of The Amazing Read is to be the first team of ten, to race around the globe, cover the most ‘miles’ and build the most distant community in the shortest time. All books are due back in Wellington, New Zealand by 1 June 2017.  The teams with the most miles between stops, and the one that travels the fastest win rewards.

When asked what inspired such a unique concept, Alexander responded, “I just finished my first book, ‘I Love You, Send Money – a wild adventure into online dating’. I got to thinking, how could I create a more adventurous read?I feel that The Amazing Read will bring some fun back into reading,” Said Alexander. “I’ll be blogging about each travelling book ‘driver’ so others get to know them more and we can all have fun living vicariously through the fifty books as they travel around to exotic and maybe not so exotic locations.”

There are only 50 total books in the Amazing Read, exclusively offered on Kickstarter.com. By purchasing one of the 50 limited edition books, a Kickstarter project ‘Backer’ is in the driver seat for the race and decides where the book and race will start.

“My goal is to receive backing for $6,400 to get The Amazing Read – special travel edition of book I Love You, Send Money to the starting line,” says Alexander. “Each supporter will receive the journey highlights video capturing The Amazing Read experience – creating lasting memories for all involved.”

Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. ‘Backers’ who support a project on Kickstarter get an inside look at the creative process, and help that project come to life. All ‘Backers’ of the Kickstarter campaign who pledge $20 NZD or more (About $14 USD) will receive a Paperback copy of ‘I Love You, Send Money’, an audiobook, as well as an eBook and newsletter. Different pledge levels will provide a Backer with different rewards. A new “NAKED” reward has been added for those that just want to be a part of The Amazing Read race ($40 NZD or about $28 USD).

The Kickstarter campaign is officially open until October 30, 2016 (PST). For more information about the Kickstarter campaign, visit: http://kck.st/2e0UQ42

 

Contact: Jordan Alexander

Phone: +64 21715599

Email: jordanalexander01@icloud.com

Website: http://kck.st/2e0UQ42

 

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HAUTE HANDBAG AND HOTEL EXPERIENCE AT THE RENAISSANCE NEW YORK MIDTOWN HOTEL

New York, NY (October 19, 2016) – The newly opened Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel announces the launch of its Haute Handbag and Hotel Package, which includes a one-night stay in the hotel’s most luxurious accommodations — the Empire Suite, a personal consultation and dinner with celebrity bespoke handbag designer Anthony Luciano, and a custom handmade bag for both men and women. Anthony Luciano has crafted one-of-a-kind handbags for notables such as Meryl Streep, Debra Messing, and Cameron Diaz, among others. 

In an increasingly mass market world, the Haute Handbag and Hotel Package offers hotel travelers an authentic Garment District experience to design a custom handbag with renowned craftsman Anthony Luciano.  Known for his attention to detail and incredible collection of vintage handbag clasps, Luciano will give a tour of his workshop and work one-on-one with guests to design their dream handbag.  Anthony crafts leather and exotic skin bags for both men and women.  The Haute Handbag and Hotel Package features:

  • One-night stay in the Empire Suite, a one-bedroom, two-bathroom suite, complete with pool table, library, gourmet kitchen and terrace with views of lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty and city skyline
  • Atelier tour and in-person handbag consultation with Anthony Luciano
  • Custom handmade Anthony Luciano handbag (not included in package pricing; price of handbags start at $1,500)
  • Dinner for two with Anthony Luciano in Rock & Reilly’s, the hotel’s gastropub
  • Welcome amenities upon arrival including a bottle of Charles Heidsieck Champagne and Sterling Caviar
  • Gourmet breakfast for two prepared en suite by the hotel’s chef

The package price starts at $3,499 per night based on double occupancy, subject to availability.  Guests can book by calling 212-239-0014. 

“Partnering with Anthony Luciano on this package is like a dream come true,” says Dianne Pepe, Director of Sales and Marketing, Renaissance NY Midtown Hotel.  “The responsibility of supporting our local artisan designers and neighborhood culture is one that Renaissance takes very personally.  We are thrilled to be able to act as a platform for Mr. Luciano while bringing awareness to the Garment District itself.  The design of the hotel is reflective of the artistic industries that surround us and we are excited to give guests a chance to immerse themselves in this hyper-local, one-of-a-kind experience.”

Located on 35th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, just steps away from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, the hotel melds the best of New York’s music, sports, art and design, celebrating the spirited creative industries that continue to thrive in the surrounding Garment District.  The brand’s “Business Unusual” mantra typifies the unexpected cultural experiences the hotel creates for its next generation business travelers. 

 

Terms & Conditions
All package components are based on availability, blackout dates may apply.  Package pricing does not include taxes.  Preferred handbag purchase price starting at $1,500.00 and is not included in the package pricing, multiple purchases may be made.  Final purchase price will be determined based on the skin and frame chosen. Scheduling of consultation and dinner will be the responsibility of the guest and will be determined based on Mr. Luciano’s availability.  Package is based on double occupancy; single occupancy rates available.  Marriott reward points may not be applied.  Guests must be 21 or over to check into hotel. Other than amenities listed above, package does not include alcohol or gratuities. Reservations must be made directly with hotel by calling 212-239-0014.

 For more information on the Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel, please call 1-212-239-0014 or visit www.newyorkrenaissance.com

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Maritz Travel Launches New Medical Meetings Offering

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Maritz Travel Healthcare Solutions
 
New Solution Will Enhance HCP Meeting Experiences and Streamline Reporting Processes

 

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 19, 2016) – Maritz Travel – A Maritz Global Events Company – today announced the launch of Maritz Travel Healthcare Solutions™. This solution brings to market new technology, people and processes to help life science companies deliver better, more compliant medical meeting experiences and simplify their reporting processes.

“We developed Maritz Travel Healthcare Solutions™ in direct response to the most pressing challenges facing medical meeting planners today,” said Maritz Travel President Steve O’Malley. “We’re committed to helping pharmaceutical and medical device companies navigate a complex regulatory climate to deliver better healthcare provider (HCP) experiences and drive results for their companies.”

Through Maritz Travel Healthcare Solutions™, life sciences companies can access:

  • Aggregate Spend Reporting – Maritz Travel partnered with Polaris, a leading compliance software company, to develop a user-friendly HCP reporting system for medical meetings management. The system consolidates all HCP expense and event data to provide a user-friendly compliance report for planners to upload into their company’s reporting system.
  • Compliance Expertise – Led by the company’s new Senior Director of Healthcare Compliance, Pat Schaumann, Maritz Travel’s certified team of 35+ Healthcare Meetings Compliance Certificate (HMCC) certified professionals have the expertise to deliver a compliant medical meeting and exceptional HCP experience. This compliance expertise complements Maritz Travel’s years of experience serving the healthcare market.
  • Comprehensive Processes – The Maritz Travel Healthcare Solutions™ event process starts by understanding a company’s business and regulatory requirements and includes multiple compliance checkpoints throughout the event lifecycle.

“I’ve trained more than a thousand medical meetings professionals through the HMCC program, and heard first-hand about the challenges these companies face,” said Schaumann. “Now, I’m proud to help bring the industry’s most comprehensive solution to market.”

For more information on Maritz Travel Healthcare Solutions™ and additional resources on medical meetings planning, please visit www.maritztravel.com/healthcare.

About Maritz Travel – A Maritz Global Events Company

Maritz Travel is one of the world’s most experienced event management companies. Top meeting planners, sales operations and procurement teams at Fortune 100 companies trust Maritz Travel to deliver meetings, events and incentive travel programs that drive business results. Maritz Travel’s core services include strategic event design, sourcing, logistics, communications, registration and housing, technology, measurement and analysis, and on-site support. Through Maritz Global Events, Maritz Travel is part of an industry-leading family of brands that also includes Experient and Maritz Journeys. For more information about Maritz Travel, visit www.maritztravel.com.

About Maritz Travel Healthcare Solutions

Maritz Travel Healthcare Solutions™ is a full-service medical meetings and events provider. We help medical device and pharmaceutical companies deliver compliant HCP meeting experiences and streamline reporting processes.

We understand that managing meetings and events in the healthcare industry isn’t easy. Today’s regulations add risk, increase the cost of doing business and complicate the planning process. 

Maritz Travel Healthcare Solutions™ has the experience, expertise and technology capabilities to help companies meet these challenges. In 2015 alone, we managed more than 2,000 healthcare meetings (domestically and globally), including product launches, advisory boards, investigator meetings and speaker trainings.

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David Bowie: Seminal Images from Geoff MacCormack Released by Modern Rocks Gallery

(AUSTIN, TEXAS) — Modern Rocks Gallery is extremely honored and proud to announce a new, US exclusive, signed limited edition collection of David Bowie photographs from Geoff MacCormack.

MacCormack was David Bowie’s school friend, travel companion, band member and “holiday snapper” as he would refer to himself. Geoff toured with Bowie on the Aladdin Sane and Ziggy Stardust tours as a backing singer and percussionist, and as a backing singer, dancer and mime artist on the Diamond Dogs tour and as a backing singer on the Young Americans tour. During this incredible period in his life, Geoff had unique access to his friend and even got to hang out on the set of “The Man Who fell To Earth” as a completely inappropriate stand in for Bowie.

Many of the images in this collection were shot on the set of the movie “The Man Who Fell To Earth,” which was recently re-released. Other images were taken in the studio recording “Station to Station,” and some feature behind the scenes images from Bowie’s tour in Russia, mainly in Moscow and on the Trans Siberian Express, back in a time when western photographers were not allowed.

Bowie’s official website recently referred to these shots as the most beautiful photographs of David Bowie ever taken. They are available to fans and collectors as unique, signed limited editions, exclusive to Modern Rocks Gallery here in the US and printed to the highest quality in standard US sizes.

MacCormack’s collection is available online or in the Austin-based Modern Rocks Gallery at 916 Springdale Rd, Canopy Building 3 #103, Austin 78702.

Learn more about the gallery and its collection of rock and roll photography at www.modernrocksgallery.com.