ITFirms Declares Winners in Digital Marketing 2019

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It’s time to raise a toast to Top Companies, which have traversed from physical-to-digital social campaigns to inspire their counterparts!

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, May 8, 2019 / — Digital marketing transformation doesn’t always come easily for brands. If you're looking to stay on top of the industry by applying best digital marketing practices, SEO and inbound marketing initiatives, here is a quickie to glance over:

A good digital marketer understands the importance of SEO and how associated search results along with ever-changing the guidelines and regulations can be. Companies have to be upright with their research and any analysis of an announcement from Google about any recent algorithm update, or a guide for keyword planning, being the go-to for any service seeker or business owners looking to deepen their knowledge of SEO and learn how they can better integrate it into their overall marketing plan (if they aren’t already).

Digital Marketing Initiatives Which Create A Significant Positive Experiences For Its Customers

• Service providers must learn how to solve for searcher intent to create successful, quality content that makes people (and Google) happy.
• Assimilate SEO and PPC for the purpose of working together for all round benefits, especially when Google Ads optimization is required.
• Must look for an ethical way to peer inside your competitors business to get ahead of them on search
Modern Digital Marketing Strategy Depends Upon Various Factors
• To what extent do you expect your organizations digital business strategy, including business models, designs and technology, to impact your organization's enterprise architecture discipline and deliverables over the coming years?
• What characterizes digital business strategies whose clock speed of decisions and actions are aligned with the clock speed of market conditions from those firms that have mismatched speeds?
• Why does your brand, enterprise or organization exist? What experiences and outcomes should your organization be expected to deliver?
• What can your organization hope to achieve by digitizing paper documents through capturing electronic forms technologies, and by using workflow and business process management technologies?
• What are the highest priority application types (mobile, IoT, etc.), systems (ERP, CRM, etc.), and development approaches that make up the digital transformation landscape for your organization?
• How does your organization assess its digital dexterity: how well can your organization use digital channels and media to help employees’ complete work and help the business run better?
• How are your counterparts thinking differently about tackling key issues, creating strategic advantage, and the value that directors can add to your organization?
• How rapidly and cost-effectively can the IT infrastructure scale up and down to enable your organizations digital business strategy to bolster a strategic dynamic capability?

How can digital marketing companies adopt citizen-centric processes?

• They can do it by adopting strategies and policies that put customers at its center.
• As well by adopting well-defined targets and performance indicators and make this known to clients.
• Also by adopting a system using digital means to capture open data and real-time views of customers.
• Adopt systems and processes that count on customers' feedback.

Only the experts who are able to shift tactics with the changing tides of marketing will be able to come out on top. And that’s exactly what these top digital marketing companies (discovered by ITFirms, a globally renowned research firm) will help you do:

1. Mobikasa
2. Elsner Technologies
3. EasySEO
4. Biztech
5. SoftProdigy
6. Kinex Media
7. IPIX Technologies
8. Universal Stream Solution
9. eStore Factory
10. Krify

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For these companies, content is all they had and ever had!

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Pre-paid blockchain water billing system

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EZPack and Nuhanse announcing their intention deploy a pre-paid water billing system based on wireless water meters managed on a blockchain platform.

TEL AVIV, NEW YORK, ISRAEL, May 8, 2019 / — Tel Aviv, Israel May 8th, 2019; EZPack® Water Ltd., and Nuhanse Networks are pleased to announce their intention to develop and deploy a pre-paid water billing system based on wireless water meters managed on a blockchain platform.

The water App will first be rolled out in urban and rural areas in Africa. Nearly all developing countries have national water supply and sanitation policies, and all encourage private-sector participation to provide water supply systems, and reform of the service where current systems are vulnerable to resource misallocation. The result is a lack of investment in water infrastructure from corporations and governments, leaving many without water. This water App. will enable water to be provided to households and will incorporate micro-finance payment applications.

Efficiently allocating water to underserved urban and rural households is the incentive that led EZPack® Water Ltd., a veteran of the emergency water management sector, to lead the way with a prepaid water billing system. EZPack® is looking to partner with Nuhanse Network, a world leader in Distributed Ledger Governance software, creating a tamper resistant water payment system. By combining smart meters with smart contracts, their system guarantees that water is used by paying users, and the water providers receive their payments. As a consequence of the system, EZPack® will attract investment into African water infrastructure, positively impacting millions of lives.

EZPack® Water Ltd., is a private Israeli company manufacturing and marketing proprietary solutions for water storage, distribution and mobility. The company products are aimed to markets such as emergency, disaster relief, firefighting, military, construction and mining industry, agriculture, and a myriad of other applications.

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Nuhanse Network is a pioneer in the world of eGovernance products and specialized tools that bolster economies, enhance transparency and encourage efficiency. We aid and support both nations and businesses with modular Distributed Ledger Technology and machine-learning systems.

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Olympic Marathon Pioneer, Lynn Petronella Announces Mother's Day Is Every Day Campaign

World’s Greatest Achievement Medal

Activist works to empower women as well as men so families are strengthened

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, May 8, 2019 / — As part of an world-wide celebration of birth, Olympic marathon pioneer, former Olympic coach, and author, Lynn Petronella, has chosen mother's day week to launch an international tribute to mothering and womankind.

Her platform first caught the attention it needed in February, 2008, when Michelle Obama and Angelina Jolie were presented with 'The World's Greatest Achievement Medal.' Petronella says the award honors the sacrifice and dedication of mothers who bring the greatest gift of all, life.

Each medal is a 1.5" and 24CT, gold-plated. The design of a mother and a laurel wreath makes it a replica of the medal given to winners of running events. On the back is a place for the name, date, time and weight of the child to be engraved as a keep-sake and gift.

"Birth is a miracle. It's royal because as a baby is delivered, its head naturally crowns," explained Petronella. In honor of Prince Harry's and Meghan Markle's royal child, and every child that is born, we celebrate Mother's Day, every day."

Petronella added that "The most profound athletic act a woman can do is give birth. My goal is to honor women who birth, raise, educate, and cope with the demands of motherhood with innovative, gold medal and other products. Twenty percent of all sales are donated to women and children charities."

"Lynn continues to galvanize the miracle of motherhood," stated Fran Briggs, Publicist to Lynn Petronella. "Her aim is to empower women as well as men so families are strengthened."

Hollywood actress, Keira Knightley, spoke to the marathon-like difficulty of raising a child. “I don’t think we give women enough credit for the physical and emotional marathon they go through when becoming a mother.”

The idea for the medals came to Petronella while she was training for the Olympic marathon. She said the childbirth process inspired her to honor something greater than winning a grueling, world-class, marathon. The gold medals and other items available to commemorate mothers are available at


Lynn Petronella heps women and children achieve their dreams. She is the author of Know Where to Run: An American Odyssey"(Amazon), a former world-class runner, and one of the world's first, female marathon running pioneers. Lynn was scheduled to represent the United States in the first women’s marathon at the 1980 Olympics. The games were boycotted. Lynn then coached Joan Benoit Samuelson. She won the gold medal in 1984. Lynn is an author, speaker, and advocate for equality for women in and out of sports. She resides in Scottsdale, Arizona. Additional information can be obtained by calling 480-430-3485.

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First Women’s Marathon Olympic Trials (1984), Lynn Petronella

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Bloor Research recognizes MENTIS as an innovator in its 2019 Market Update for test data management

MENTIS Inc stands out as an innovator with top scores in sensitive data discovery and data masking in the 2019 Test Data Management Market Update.

These reports validate MENTIS’ unique positioning and success in the test data management space.”

— Suresh Sundaram, Executive Director at MENTIS

NEW YORK, NY, May 8, 2019 / — MENTIS, the pioneer in data and application security software, has been rated as an innovator with top scores in sensitive data discovery and masking in the 2019 Test Data Management Market Update from Bloor Research. The report is an outcome of an in-depth platform assessment and a competitive comparison completed by the Bloor Research team that focused on market trends and assessed vendor capabilities in sensitive data discovery, data masking, synthetic data generation, test data provisioning, data virtualization and ease of use of in test data management.

In addition, Bloor Research in their MENTIS In-Brief report says, “MENTIS is a broadly capable data security platform and test data management solution. It provides excellent, comprehensive data discovery capabilities as well as flexible static data masking that can be utilized in several different ways (notably, in conjunction with dynamic data masking). If you are interested in achieving test data management via subsetting, MENTIS should definitely be on your shortlist.”

Rajesh Parthasarathy, MENTIS’ founder and CEO noted, “MENTIS was started with a vision to protect sensitive data in both non-production and production environments. The proliferation of extensive internal and external access to these environments always create huge data protection risks. MENTIS’ discovery and masking solutions can discover and protect sensitive data, while enabling development and testing teams to access usable data for their purposes.”

Suresh Sundaram, Executive Director at MENTIS, added, “These reports validate MENTIS’ unique positioning and success in the test data management space. We have been a visionary in understanding the complexities in securing test data and are proud of our successful deployments in complex global enterprises.”

To read the reports, please download from the links below:
1. Test Data Management market Update:
2. MENTIS In-Brief:

About Bloor
Bloor Research ( is a respected 19-year-old research and analyst firm based out of the UK. Bloor’s major research focus areas are Information Management, Security, Infrastructure, DevOps, and GRC. They have a research base of 1 million users and have reviewed over 5000 products and produced 2500 reports. What is different about Bloor as an analyst firm is that they don’t charge vendors for coverage nor do they charge users for content. This makes them independent and a very credible source.

About MENTIS Inc
Founded in 2004, MENTIS was one of the first companies in the then-new data security market. Guided by a visionary founder with a deep grounding in both business and technology, MENTIS immediately began to innovate and has never since stopped. Known for its responsiveness to the moving target that is risk and compliance, MENTIS continues to bring powerful products to the market, the result of the company’s deep analysis of new trends in risk, and collaboration with its customers to assess and weigh their current challenges.

The MENTIS platform comprises a comprehensive solution that protects sensitive data along its lifecycle in the customer’s systems. Products provide capabilities from discovery, masking, and monitoring to data retirement. Engineered with unique, scalable architecture and built-in separation of duties, MENTIS is the solution of choice to deliver comprehensive, consistent, and reliable data and application security across data sources (mainframe, relational databases, unstructured data, big data, on-premise, and cloud).

MENTIS helps protects the data of some of the most iconic industries and institutions in the world. Its customer roster includes internet commerce pioneers and national airlines; higher education institutions ranging from the Ivy League to Land Grant schools; international industrial behemoths and retail giants; and global enterprises in the highly regulated financial services and healthcare industries.

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Modern ceramics and art glass pieces by George Roby, Claude Conover, Helen Beling will headline Gray's May 22nd auction

Abstract stoneware sculpture and base by the Ohio potter and sculptor George Roby (American, 1936-2017), unsigned (est. $150-$250).

Stoneware vessel by the noted Cleveland School ceramist Claude Conover (American, 1907-1994), titled MAAC, 24 ½ inches tall by 11 ¼ inches wide (est. $6,000-$8,000).

Belplast work by non-objective sculptor Helen Beling (American, 1914-2001), titled Crenellated and Arched, 48 inches tall by 35 ½ inches wide (est. $4,000-$6,000).

Hand-blown, 20th century Cleveland School art glass center bowl, unsigned, 14 ½ inches in diameter (est. $600-$800).

Chinese cloisonné: This 20th century Chinese cloisonné teapot and bowl set is expected to bring $200-$400.

In all, 267 lots totaling over 1,000 pieces will cross the auction block. The full catalog is up now and pre-bidding is open at

CLEVELAND, OH, UNITED STATES, May 8, 2019 / — Gray’ Modern Ceramics and Art Glass Auction on Wednesday, May 22nd, will feature the work of the admired Ohio potter, sculptor and teacher George Roby (including works from Roby’s personal collection), plus a single-owner art glass collection from an Ohio collector, at 11 am Eastern time. The sale will be held online and in Gray’s gallery at 10717 Detroit Avenue in Cleveland.

In all, 267 lots totaling over 1,000 pieces will cross the auction block. The full catalog is up now and pre-bidding is open at Bidding is also available on and Telephone and absentee bids will be accepted. Previews will be held Monday through Friday, May 13-17, from 10 am to 5 pm, and on Saturday, May 18, from 12 noon to 4 pm. All lots will be available for in-person examination during the previews. All times quoted are Eastern.

The first six lots of the auction are dedicated to the noted Cleveland School ceramist Claude Conover (American, 1907-1994), an artist whose works rarely come up at auction in a such a large grouping. Conover specialized in creating architectural pieces of large proportion, and his work is highly sought after by collectors. He was a commercial designer before devoting himself full-time to his pots.

Works by Conover to be sold include a stoneware vessel titled MAAC, 24 ½ inches tall by 11 ¼ inches wide (est. $6,000-$8,000); a stoneware vessel titled Baach, 20 ¼ inches tall by 14 ¼ inches wide (est. $4,000-$6,000); and a stoneware vessel titled Aclix, 21 inches tall by 15 inches wide. All three pieces have been artist signed and titled on the bottom and are accompanied by the original clear plastic insert.

Conover’s works are followed in the sale by four lots from Helen Beling (American, 1914-2001), a non-objective sculptor who worked in a variety of media in her career, including bronze, ceramic and wood. The New York City native studied at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League of New York. Her work has been exhibited at the Met and Whitney museums in New York.

Sculptures by Beling set to cross the auction block will include a Belplast sculpture titled Crenellated and Arched, 48 inches tall by 35 ½ inches wide (est. $4,000-$6,000); a fiberglass, polyester resin, aluminum mesh and wood sculpture titled Man at Conference Table, unsigned (est. $4,000-$6,000); and a Belplast sculpture titled Red Warrior (est. $2,000-$4,000). Belpast is an amalgam of fiberglass, reinforced resin and bronze powder that was created and used exclusively by Beling.

Lots 11-26 are all pieces by the Ohio potter and sculptor George Roby (American, 1936-2017). Roby’s work included large, expressive slab and coil-built sculptures that were suitable for indoor or outdoor exhibit. He also produced functional stoneware using both hand-built and wheel-thrown techniques. Roby used special oxides and glazing techniques that augment the characteristics of electric firing.

This process resulted in striking surfaces and colors that coincided with Roby’s well-conceived forms. He became well known through juried exhibitions such as the Cleveland May Show, Butler Sculpture and Ceramics exhibit and Ohio Designer Craftsmen. His works can be found in the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Butler Institute of American Art and the Columbus Museum of Art.

Work by Roby in the auction – which include plaster busts, stoneware and raku abstract sculptures, and large stoneware sculptural vessels – will feature an abstract stoneware sculpture and base, unsigned (est. $150-$250); a raku ceramic in two parts titled Bird Bath, signed on the base and 32 ¼ inches in height (est. $100-$200); and a group of six raku ceramic bowls and cups, all unsigned (est. 150-$250).

Most of the ceramics in the auction come from Roby’s personal collection. They’re followed by a collection of Ephraim pottery, then the art glass portion of the catalog starts with a Val St. Lambert art glass vase (lot 154), followed by 100 lots of glass by Murano, Orient and Flume, Lundberg Studios, Vandermark & Merritt and others. The sale closes with Chinese cloisonné and Japanese Tokoname.

A hand-blown, 20th century Cleveland School art glass center bowl, unsigned, 14 ½ inches in diameter, has an estimate of $600-$800; a 20th century Chinese cloisonné teapot and bowl set is expected to bring $200-$400; and an unsigned 20th century Japanese Tokoname redware vase with dragon form handles and decoration, unsigned, 18 ¼ inches tall and 9 ½ inches in diameter, should command $80-$120.

Also sold will be an untitled ceramic by George Somogyi (American, 1923-2009), unsigned (est. $150-$250); a 20th century Ephraim pottery vase by Laura Klein, signed and 14 ¼ inches tall, one of 35 lots that feature the work of Ms. Klein in the auction (est. $80-$120); a Lundberg Studios art glass vase from 2002, signed and dated, 12 ½ inches tall (est. 80-$120); a 20th century Orient & Flume art glass vase, signed and numbered on the bottom (est. $80-$120); and a pair of 20th century Vandermark art glass jack-in-the-pulpit vases both signed on the bottom (est. $80-$120).

Gray’s Auctioneers & Appraisers is Northern Ohio’s leading licensed auctioneers and appraisers of fine art, jewelry, antiques, decorative arts, rare books, and antique rugs. A boutique auction house with three decades of experience in the art business, the experts at Gray’s now offer traditional real estate services.

The specialists at Gray’s have worked with museums, educational institutions, corporations and private collectors to achieve the maximum value of their collections at auction. Gray’s auctioneers are licensed, insured and bonded in favor of the State of Ohio. To learn more please visit

Gray’s Auctioneers & Appraisers is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To inquire about selling a single piece, an estate or an entire collection, you may call them at (216) 226-3300; or, you can send an e-mail to their appraisals department, at

To learn more about Gray’s Auctioneers & Appraisers and the live and internet auction planned for Wednesday, May 22nd at 11 am Eastern, visit Updates are posted often.

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Novel Coworking Expands National Corporate Accounts Team

CHICAGO, IL, UNITED STATES, May 8, 2019 / — Novel Coworking is expanding its National Corporate Accounts Team with the addition of Jamie Lewis, who will serve as National Corporate Accounts Manager. The program will continue to provide a single point of contact for enterprise companies and real estate brokers serving clients with multiple office locations.

Jamie brings 15 years of selling experience in New York City working with everyone from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Jamie began her career working with Dale Carnegie and Zipcar. Her passion for real estate can be traced back to LiquidSpace where she spent significant time working with one mission in mind, to help increase her client's profits.

In addition to providing a single contact for clients with multiple locations, the National Accounts Program streamlines the office search process for corporate clients by offering easy access to Novel Coworking’s network of office suites in more than 20 cities nationwide. Novel Coworking’s 600 to 10,000-square-foot private office suites offer managerial offices along with a kitchen, conference room, and open floor plan space, as well as the flexibility of a 1 to 2-year term at affordable rates. In January, the company debuted its SmartSuites™, technology-enhanced office suites featuring a combination of private offices and collaborative open space, kitchen, conference room, and technologies such as Alexa-enabled sound system and biometric keypad entry.

Pricing for office suites starts at $229 per person per month, well below that of the current global leaders in the coworking space for enterprise companies. Furthermore, Novel Coworking’s all-inclusive pricing covers access to amenity space, all utilities and taxes, security, fiber internet and furniture, prominent lobby display of enterprise client logos, as well as an espresso bar and beer on tap.

About Novel Coworking
Novel Coworking provides fully-furnished, affordable workspace to small businesses, entrepreneurs, and enterprise companies. Novel Coworking members have access to more than 2.4 million square feet of workspace in 32 locations including Alexandria, Boulder, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, Norfolk, Orlando, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Richmond, San Diego, San Jose, Savannah, and Seattle. For more information, please visit

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2019 DCRO Exemplar Award Winners Annouced by the Directors and Chief Risk Officers' Group

The Directors and Chief Risk Officers Group

International recognition of six individuals – each an exemplar in advancing the best in risk governance practices and service to the profession globally.

The DCRO is pleased to honor these outstanding leaders and hope that this recognition of their work will inspire others to likewise innovate and pursue high ideals as well.”

— David R. Koenig, Founder of the Directors and Chief Risk Officers' group

NORTHFIELD, MN, USA, May 8, 2019 / — The Directors and Chief Risk Officers group (“the DCRO”) announced today that it has recognized the accomplishments and contributions of six individuals – each an exemplar in their dedication to advancing the best in risk governance practices and the connection between better governance and value creation.

DCRO Exemplar Award honorees were chosen based on the key areas of Integrity, Innovation, Leadership, and Service with an emphasis on a long history of, or positive and important changes to, governance and sustainability practices in their work.

“I have worked with each of these individuals and can attest to their commitment to the highest standards of risk governance and service to others,” said David R. Koenig, founder of the DCRO. “We’re pleased to honor them and hope that this recognition of their work will inspire others to likewise innovate and pursue high ideals in this area as well.”

Named as individual DCRO Exemplar Award Winners are:

• Florence Anglès, Switzerland
• Laurie Brooks, United States
• Todd Davies, Australia
• W. Ronald Dietz, United States (posthumous)
• Carol Gray, Canada
• Darlene Halwas, Canada

Florence Anglès, MBA, CAIA, is the Head of Group Risk Management at REYL & Cie in Geneva. Her career work includes positions with at Société Générale (Paris), KPMG Advisory in Brussels, BCV, where she served as head of internal model validation (PD, LGD and EAD), and Deloitte where she served as Senior Manager in charge of risk management for French-speaking Switzerland. Florence is President of Business & Professional Women (BPW) Club Geneva, member du club de lecture du Prix Turgot in Paris and founder of a risk association GIROS in Geneva.

Laurie Brooks is a member of the board of directors of Provident Bank, where she serves on the Compensation and Technology Committees and chairs the Risk Committee. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Enterprise Risk Management Program at North Carolina State University and is secretary to the board of trustees of Ocean Studies Charter School. She is the retired vice president – risk management and chief risk officer for Public Service Enterprise Group and served in senior risk roles at PG&E Corporation, Deloitte & Touche, and Equitable Resources, Inc.

Todd Davies has contributed to better practices in risk leadership and assurance for more than 20 years and currently chairs audit and risk committees across public education, public health, and public transport in Australia. He led the development of KPMG’s global risk-based internal audit methodologies, contributed to global practice guides and advisories for the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), risk oversight guidance by the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) and has made significant contributions to DCRO. He was a member of Australia’s governance standards group for listed companies (ASX Corporate Governance Council) and an author and editorial panel member at Risk Management Today. He was recognized as Fellow of both the Institute of Internal Auditors and the Institute of Chartered Accountants for his service and contributions to their respective professions in Australia.

W. Ronald Dietz was the retired President and Chief Executive Officer of the W.M. Putnam Company headquartered in Bloomington, IL. He served as Chairman of the Board of the DuPage Children's Museum in Naperville, IL and was a Director of Capital One Financial Corporation, where he was Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee. Previously, he was Chief Executive Officer of Anthem Financial and American Savings Bank of New York in Indianapolis, IN, where he also served on the Board of the Indianapolis Children's Museum. Ron was one of the earliest supporters of the DCRO and the DCRO Qualified Risk Director Guidelines are dedicated in his honor.

Carol Gray, ICD.D has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry including senior executive roles in Risk Management, Strategic Planning, Commercial Banking at CIBC and President Equifax, Canada. Ms. Gray has served on numerous corporate, university and crown corporation boards of directors including Ontario Reality Corporation (Chair), Infrastructure Ontario (Chair of Risk Committee), University of Mount Royal, Trillium Health Centre, T-Bay Tel. Ms. Gray currently serves on the Boards for IFM Investors (Australia), Amex Bank of Canada (Chair of Risk Committee), IPFM (Australia) and Trent University Board of Governors (Canada). She is a member of the Risk Management Association (RMA), Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), and the Directors and Chief Risk Officers (DCRO).

Darlene Halwas, CFA, FRM, ICD.D currently serves on the boards of Canada Development Investment Corporation, the Commission for Complaints for Telecom-Television Services, and Alberta WaterPortal Society. She has almost 30 years work experience, with 15 years focused on leading risk management functions for companies. Her other board service has been on Alberta provincial crowns, private companies, and NFP organizations. In 2012, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal for her commitment to Canada. In 2014, she became part of the Diversity 50 by the Canadian Board Diversity Council.

Investors, regulators, many other interested parties have come to expect adoption of best practices in governing the risks that organizations take. And, successfully realizing the link between good governance and the creation of value at companies requires integrity, innovation, leadership, and service. This year’s winners join ten other individuals recognized last year, all of whom can be found on the DCRO website at

About the Directors and Chief Risk Officers group – The DCRO is an informal network of more than 2,000 board directors, chief risk officers, and other c-level executives from over 115 countries, whose work involves the governance of risk-taking. Group members develop and share best practices around risk governance across industries and geographical regions. At the core of DCRO work are a series of Guiding Principles developed by collective effort of DCRO Governance Councils. For information about the DCRO, please visit

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CCHR Says Veterans Deserve Better Than Antidepressants, Antipsychotics and Electroshock

Approximately 20 veterans a day take their own lives, and veterans accounted for 14 percent of all adult suicide deaths in the U.S. in 2016

Approximately 20 veterans a day take their own lives, and veterans accounted for 14 percent of all adult suicide deaths in the U.S. in 2016

CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections.

CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights is a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the eradication of abuses committed under the guise of mental health.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights is a non-profit mental health watchdog dedicated to the eradication of abuses committed under the guise of mental health.

CCHR is organizing a protest march to coincide with the 175th Anniversary of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) on May 18 in San Francisco.

We want Cabinet Task Force, PREVENTS (President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and the National Tragedy of Suicide), to look at the role of psychiatric drugs and electroshock treatment in each suicide.”

— Citizens Commission on Human Rights

CLEARWATER, FL, UNITED STATES, May 8, 2019 / — With veteran and service member suicides on the increase, the mental health watchdog Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is organizing a protest march to coincide with the 175th Anniversary of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) on May 18 in San Francisco. CCHR says that the drugs recommended to treat combat stress, opioid addiction and alcohol abuse may be contributing to increased suicides and should be investigated and certainly warrants federal investigation.

The Department of Veterans Affairs also reports hundreds of veterans are given electroshock treatment (ECT) every year. [1] The numbers of vets reported being electroshocked do not include those being given ECT in private or non-contracting VA institutions. [2] In 2008 there were at least 75 locations in the VA medical centers network that delivered electroshock. [3] By October 2015, this had almost doubled, with 140 of the VHA’s facilities—approximately 49 percent—delivering ECT to patients, on both an inpatient and outpatient basis.

CCHR wants the Cabinet Task Force, PREVENTS (President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and the National Tragedy of Suicide), to look at the potential role of psychiatric drugs and electroshock treatment in each suicide. [4] A Texas ECT Annual Report recorded that of six deaths occurring shortly after ECT administration, four were suicide. [5]

CCHR says any psychotropic and electroshock treatment administered veterans and servicemen should be recorded even if ceased months before their deaths. In recent years, The New York Times, The New Yorker and medical experts have reported that withdrawal effects from antidepressants can last months and even years. [6]

Manhattan-based psychiatrist Kelly Brogan concurs. She points to a study published in the International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine that analyzed antidepressant withdrawal, found the mean duration of withdrawal symptoms in those discontinuing SNRI antidepressants was 50.8 weeks—almost a full year. The withdrawal time for SSRI antidepressants persisted nearly twice as long—more than 90 weeks. Neurological symptoms during withdrawal can include “brain zaps”— a sensation resembling an electric shock inside the head. [7]

Sen. Jon Tester, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, has promised accountability for the VA’s mental health and suicide prevention outreach efforts and said there needs to be more money invested into complimentary therapies. [8] Dr. Bart Billings, a retired Colonel and Medical Service Corps Officer in the U.S. Army would agree, given what he sees as the failure of conventional psychiatric treatment. The surge of psychotropic prescriptions in the military and veteran affairs since 2005 "coincides with the gradual increase, to this day, of suicides in the military. I feel there's a direct relationship," Billings said. [9]

Rates of suicide are highest among younger veterans, ages 18–34. [10] Of 100,000 veterans aged 18-34, 45 committed suicide in 2016. [11] U.S. Pharmacist reports that “The FDA has identified medications and drug classes with increased suicidality, designating them with black box warnings (BBWs). Addition of such medications to a veteran’s drug regimen can further potentiate the risk of suicide.” It also warns that the FDA has identified over 125 drugs, including antidepressants, for potential increased risk of suicidal ideation and behavior. [12]

Antidepressants and antipsychotics play a pivotal role in treating veterans with PTSD and depression and U.S. Pharmacist said it is crucial to recognize the potential risks associated with these drugs, especially in younger veterans. This is particularly so because of mania or aggression linked to antidepressants that “can subsequently lead to self-harm.” [13]

Despite years of reporting a high suicide rate, in June 2018, the VA claimed the average daily number of veteran suicides included deaths of active-duty service members and members of the National Guard and Reserve, not just veterans. Based on 2005-2015 statistics, a VA report revealed there were 6,132 veterans and 1,387 service members who died by suicide in one year. [14]

In 2009, the VA Medical Centers with the highest numbers of people electroshocked (30 or more people) were San Juan, Omaha, North Chicago, Kansas City, and San Antonio. [15]

The potential harm to veterans was born out also in a Wall Street Journal expose on psychiatrists having lobotomized 1,930 veterans during and after WWII, according to records unearthed by the newspaper. The surgery, hidden from public view, left the vets “little more than overgrown children, unable to care for themselves.” [16]

CCHR is organizing the march, which starts at 1 p.m. from Embarcadero Plaza, corner Market St & Steuart St, San Francisco, CA 94105 on May 18. All veterans and their family members are invited to attend. To confirm attending, email

About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, first brought psychiatric imprisonment to wide public notice: “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health,’” he wrote in March 1969. For more information visit,

[3] bid.
[4] “Trump creates task force to combat veteran suicide,” x`, 5 Mar. 2019,
[5] Texas Department of State Health Services. Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Reports, FY 2014 ECT Annual Report, page 1,
[6] “The Challenge of Going off Psychiatric Drugs,” The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2019, “Many People Taking Antidepressants Discover They Cannot Quit,” The New York Times, 7 Apr. 2018,
[8] “Trump creates task force to combat veteran suicide,” x`, 5 Mar. 2019,
[9] citing,
[13] Ibid.
[16] “The Lobotomy Files: Forgotten Soldiers, “ Wall Street Journal,

Diane Stein
Citizens Commission on Human Rights of Florida
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Psychiatry in the Military: The Hidden Enemy—Full Documentary

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Building A Bridge Between Companies, Employees And Clients With Social Media

Socrates Rosenfeld, CEO of Jane Technologies, Inc

Socrates Rosenfeld, CEO of Jane Technologies, Inc

Tim Moxey, founder of botanicaGLOBAL

Tim Moxey, founder of botanicaGLOBAL

Closing the gap between companies and people with social media

The best thing any CEO or founder can do to support their employees is to establish a mission and communicate a vision that engages everyone”

— Tim Moxey, founder of botanicaGLOBAL

GREENWICH, CT, USA, May 8, 2019 / — Fotis Georgiadis, owner of the blog by his namesake, is a branding and image consultant specialist with a robust background and is a visionary interviewer. With a knack for pulling out a well rounded interview, not only covering cutting edge technologies and corporate directions, but also bringing out the personal side of the interviewee.

In this world of fast interactions with limited recollection, it is up to companies and individuals to create that lasting impression from the start. Social Media is a fantastic tool to do this because it is part of the ‘fast interactions’ world. By using it correctly, companies and individuals can create a lasting impression on their followers. Fotis Georgiadis helps companies and individuals use Social Media the right way, to generate a strong follower base.

Earlier this week, Fotis Georgiadis interviewed Tim Moxey, founder of botanicaGLOBAL, and discussed how strong lines of communication between management and their employees is key to being successful, even more so in the CBD industry. Here is an excerpt from this interview:

“The best thing any CEO or founder can do to support their employees is to establish a mission and communicate a vision that engages everyone. This industry is being driven by the people on the ground, the people making our products, getting it packaged, and driving it out to shops. They need to recognize that they are out on the cutting edge of a brand new industry and I do everything I can to make sure we remind every employee we have of this as often as possible.” commented Tim Moxey.

Just like with anything, there is a learning curve, requires constant attention and adjustments. A perfect analogy can be found further in the interview with Tim Moxey, where they discuss the cannabis industry and how constant communication and ‘staying up to date’ is critical to success:

“Can you share your “5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started Leading a Cannabis Business”? Please share a story or example for each.

Get good people on your team! As we have grown, having a core group of people in place who are dedicated to our mission and can provide a wide range of experiences to draw on has been key to moving us forward. We try very hard to bring in people to balance out our team and knowledge to create a really dynamic working environment.
Always continue iterating. Some of our best products or brands are the result of constant iteration. Mr. Moxey’s Mints were the first cannabis mints to market and the first mint looked and tasted almost nothing like the current mint because we have iterated, iterated, iterated to get to a product that we are incredibly proud of and that has resonated with people around the country.
Embrace the unknown. This industry changes on an almost hourly basis. You have to be prepared to venture into the unknown and be comfortable with not always knowing how things will turn out. That uncertainty can be stressful to some, myself included, but there is also some value in it. There are so many unknowns still as we find our way and, although that is a source of stress for many of us, we also understand it can help push us to open up doors we otherwise considered closed.” The rest of the interview can be read on Fotis Georgiadis’ website.

The cannabis market has benefited greatly from Social Media. There is a stigma associated with cannabis, due to decades of prohibition, that social media is rewriting. Helping this change is Fotis Georgiadis and his interviews and social media work.

In an interview with Socrates Rosenfeld, CEO of Jane Technologies, Inc, Fotis Georgiadis gets a clear view of this stigma and how first hand use of cannabis inspired Socrates Rosenfeld to create An portion of the interview is included here:

“Can you share with us the story of what first introduced you into this business or helped you get interested in the business?

A: I was first introduced to cannabis after I left the Army. Like millions of other veterans, I found the transition from soldier to civilian to be more challenging than expected. I found it difficult to bring down my intensity levels, and at the age of 29, I consumed cannabis for the first time. Cannabis brought me the sense of presence to find balance and to reconnect with my own self again.

At the time I was attending graduate school at MIT, cannabis was not yet legal in the state of Massachusetts — even for medical purposes. Knowing for myself the benefits of this plant, I believed strongly that technology could be the bridge that connected the people in need to the people cultivating, producing, and selling quality products.

Within a year of graduating, I had dreamt up what that software would look like. My brother (who is also an MIT alum) just so happened to know exactly how to execute that dream and was born.” replied Socrates Rosenfeld during the interview.

Communication is what lead to the success of both these individuals and social media is what continues to turn the cannabis sentiment around. The power of social media has rallied the population and pushed the government to ease regulations. This same power is building companies and creating strong ties to their clients.

About Fotis Georgiadis
Fotis Georgiadis is the founder of DigitalDayLab. Fotis Georgiadis is a serial entrepreneur with offices in both Malibu and New York City. He has expertise in marketing, branding and mergers & acquisitions. Fotis Georgiadis is also an accomplished VC who has successfully concluded five exits. Fotis Georgiadis is also a contributor to Authority Magazine, Thrive Global & several others.

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