Tangram Studio Becomes Studio Other

Tangram Studio recently hosted a launch party where it announced the renaming to, “Studio Other.” The Studio Other launch party was held at its new location in Downtown Los Angeles.

Live music, signature cocktails and street food with a twist, Studio Other impressed all 150 guests that stopped by. Attendees included the Studio Other team, several prominent industry leaders, as well as, past and current clients. Entertainment was a key part of the event, with live music and a print screen section which individuals could choose from four different designs to press onto either a t-shirt or bag.

Not only was the event entertainment and networking driven, it also included the history of Tangram Studio and the key reasons as to why it decided to switch names. The venue incorporated one main room, dedicated to explaining the history and highlights of the new company name, emphasizing past and current projects and team members.

Joe Lozowski, President and CEO of Tangram Interiors and Charlotte Weiderholt, President of Studio Other, both gave emotional speeches to top off the night. Charlotte brought her team up on stage and thanked everyone for their effort into making Studio Other a reality. The teams’ goal and mission is to take your eyes and bring them to life by creating custom furniture solutions.

For more information on Studio Other visit: studioother.com.

TV Liquidator Has New Full Color Video LED Billboards

With each passing year, TV Liquidator has been gaining momentum in the world of LED Signage. They set out with a mission to ensure that every business, regardless of size, has access to the highest quality LED Signs at the lowest prices. They pride themselves on catering to a wide range of clientele including hotels, restaurants, gas stations, churches, schools, and government entities just to name a few.

What started as a small company focused on simple LED signs and televisions, has now become an industry powerhouse, expanding its product line to include industrial billboards as well. All throughout this process, TV Liquidator has maintained painstaking attention to detail, engineering their signs with only the highest quality components on the market. Each of their signs is made in the USA with domestic and foreign parts.

As the advertising industry grows, so does the need for the most cutting edge technology to work as a liaison for the message. This lead to the increased popularity of the LED Billboard. TV Liquidator recognized this and began engineering a full color sign that is fine-tuned to the needs of the industry: dependability, durability, and functionality. They achieve this by not only using the best components, but by constructing a climate controlled cabinet which is built to order. What makes the deal even sweeter is their world-class customer support. Each agent takes great care of their client which sets TV Liquidator apart from the rest.

Each LED panel used in TV Liquidator’s industrial full color signs is fully encapsulated and protected from moisture damage with an IP67 rated silicone. The LED’s themselves use gold instead of copper for enhanced conduction under extreme conditions and increased durability. They are also inset at an angle for optimal viewing angles. This is all done while being standardized in a way which allows end users to upgrade their signs by swapping out panels for higher resolutions as the technology becomes available.

The cabinet for the sign is a work of art on its own. It is made entirely of aluminum making it as light as possible while simultaneously making it rust proof. It is also completely coated in line-x to ensure resistance to dust and debris. Oversized rain hoods help to maintain proper ventilation as well as preventing wind driven rain from getting inside. Precision joints, made using state of the art CNC machinery, has every inch of this cabinet lock flush together for a sealed fit. Every component inside is strategically placed to prevent unnecessary overheating. These and many other small details come together to create a top quality sign.

With the level of effort going into all of their products, TV Liquidator has a bright future. As long as they continue to push the envelope and innovate the way they have been for years, TV Liquidator will remain at the top of the digital signage industry.

Listing Showcase – 18 Coral Ridge, Newport Coast, CA – Represented by CAIN Group

Welcome to 18 Coral Ridge, one of Crystal Cove’s most spectacular and exciting custom estates. Built and designed by Jim and Spencer Sylvester, of the renowned Sylvester Team, this stunning architectural achievement boasts the rarity of 35′ height allowance, with soaring interiors and sprawling outdoor entertaining spaces. Eleven sets of custom pocket doors lead to the stunning, resort-style rear yard where you and your guests will enjoy a 70-foot pool, spa, and firepit. Completing the exquisitely designed grounds is the poolside cabana with built-in BBQ, bar seating, built-in TV, and outdoor bath, a putting green and a garden chess set. Not to be outdone, the interior of the estate offers 6 bedrooms and 11 baths, with a grandiose master suite presenting breathtaking views of the ocean and harbor. The home is finished with top-of-the-line materials including imported French windows and doors, and a crystal chandelier from Murano, Italy. Rounding out the incomparable interiors entertaining spaces, enjoy an indoor golf simulator with over 25 courses to choose from, billiards room, in-home theater, 600-bottle wine cellar, and 3000 +/- sqft, 8-10 car garage. Residents of Crystal Cove enjoy world-class amenities, including 24/7 guard-gated, patrolled security, tennis, swim, fitness facilities, & close proximity to the Crystal Cove Promenade & Crystal Cove State Beach.

Contact CAIN Group to schedule a viewing. 949.478.7762

SOCi Ads PLUS enables multi-location brands to quickly create and deploy social media ad campaigns across thousands of local pages

SOCi, the leader in social media and reputation management for multi-location brands, announced the launch of SOCi Ads PLUS. This new solution makes it easy for multi-location brands, and agencies to drive growth through localized social advertising, empowering national and local marketing teams to efficiently reach their local audiences and promote dynamic, localized ads across hundreds or thousands of locations in a matter of minutes.

The digital advertising industry is growing quickly– according to eMarketer, in 2019 spend on digital advertising will surpass spending on traditional advertising for the first time, totaling an estimated $129.34B in ad spend by EOY. This trend is increasing as spend on social media is forecasted to accelerate over the next five years by 66 percent according to The CMO Survey. Further, with the decline of organic social reach and engagement, social advertising has become an essential tactic for brands and businesses to drive growth through social platforms. It’s no longer enough to just publish content on Facebook. With 72 percent of brand engagement happening on local social pages, multi-location brands need to invest in locally targeted paid social ads to more efficiently reach their top audiences in order to drive reach, engagement, and revenue.

While Facebook Ads Manager is an extremely powerful and widely used platform, it’s built for more advanced, national advertisers and doesn’t offer localized ad solutions across multiple locations. SOCi Ads PLUS fills this gap and instantly simplifies distributed social advertising across hundreds or thousands of local Facebook pages.

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ATIF Holdings Limited Completes First Day of Trading on the Nasdaq Capital Market

ATIF Holdings Limited (“ATIF”, or the “Company”), a company providing financial consulting services to small and medium-sized enterprises in Asia, announced that its ordinary shares commenced trading on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the ticker symbol “ATIF.”

On April 29, 2019, the Company completed the closing of its initial public offering (the “Offering”) of 2,074,672 ordinary shares at a public offering price of $5.00 per share. The aggregate gross proceeds to the Company from the Offering were $10,373,360, before deducting underwriting discounts, commissions and other expenses.

Boustead Securities, LLC acted as the sole underwriter, and Valuable Capital Limited acted as a selected dealer for the Offering. Hunter Taubman Fischer & Li LLC acted as counsel to the Company, and Ortoli Rosenstadt LLP acted as counsel to the underwriter.

The Offering was made only by means of a prospectus, which is part of the registration statement filed with the SEC and became effective on March 14, 2019. A final prospectus relating to the Offering has been filed with the SEC and is available on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov. Copies of the prospectus may be obtained from: Boustead Securities, LLC, by email at offerings@boustead1828.com or telephone +1 (949) 502-4409 or standard mail to Boustead Securities, LLC, Attn: Equity Capital Markets, 6 Venture, Suite 265, Irvine, CA 92618, USA. This does not mean that the SEC has approved, passed upon the merits, or passed upon the accuracy or completeness of the information.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy any of the Company’s securities, nor shall such securities be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration, nor shall there be any offer, solicitation or sale of any of the Company’s securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state or jurisdiction.

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Readers In The Outfield Event Recap, 2019 Edition

On Saturday, April 27, 2019, the sixth annual Readers in the Outfield event took place at Angels Stadium. The event, sponsored by the Angels Baseball Foundation and MemorialCare, celebrated the 100 proud second-graders who recently graduated from The Literacy Project program.

The Readers in the Outfield event has been held every year since 2013 to recognize the literary achievements of enrolled second-graders. This year those students were proudly representing the Santa Ana Unified and the Anaheim City School Districts. Also in attendance were their Master Teachers along with the following board members of The Literacy Project, Penny Fox, Sinan Kanatsiz, and Angels Baseball Chairman Dennis Kuhl. The founder of The Literacy Project, Sue Grant, was also able to take part in this year’s special celebratory event.

AN ANGELIC LUNCH

The second-grade students and their Master Teachers were treated to a sponsored lunch, courtesy of Legends, at the Saint Archer Brewery Restaurant inside the stadium. There, they shared a delicious meal with famed Angels Alumni—Rod Carew, Bobby Grich, and Clyde Wright. These former players really lived up to their team’s namesake by sharing their own inspirational stories about life, literacy, and perseverance with the students.

WORK HARD, PLAY HARD

The students and Angels Alumni wrapped up their meal by playing The New Phonics Game; a game and learning tool co-developed by The Literacy Project and The Regents of the University of California. The New Phonics Game is made up of both card and board games that help teach children the specific phonetic skills needed for reading comprehension and literacy development. This game was instrumental to the literacy success of the students who graduated from The Literacy Project’s program and was especially fun to play with the Angels Alumni.

The students also had the opportunity to participate in a raffle and win prizes such as autographed Angels baseballs and autographed pictures. Furthermore, there were outdoor games on the field, face painting, and a prize wheel for the graduates to take part in. The students truly had a wonderful day. Executive Director of The Literacy Project, Kimberly Vig, expresses her gratitude to the sponsors who made it all possible, “We are so grateful to partner with the Angels Baseball Foundation to create Readers in the Outfield for the last six years. It’s amazing to see the look on our students’ faces as they enter the stadium. They deserved to have a fun day and be recognized for their reading achievements.”

THE FUN CONTINUES

The hosts of this year’s Readers in the Outfield event made sure that each student knew the value of their hard work and dedication. To recognize their outstanding achievement in overcoming illiteracy, each student left the stadium that day with four tickets to enjoy a future 2019 season Angels game with their families.

The sixth annual Readers in the Outfield event would not have been possible without the hard work and support from our generous sponsors, our board members, and our Master Teachers.

To learn more about future events and how you can support our mission to put an end to illiteracy, click here.

Expert Plastic Surgeon Dr. Jay Calvert To Ascend To Rhinoplasty Society President

Dr. Jay Calvert, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with practices in Beverly Hills and Newport Beach, will attend The Rhinoplasty Society annual meeting on May 16, 2019 where he will take his post as the 23rd President of the Rhinoplasty Society. This year’s annual meeting is held in New Orleans and is a gathering of the most prestigious society of rhinoplasty surgeons in the world. This top honor will be bestowed upon Dr. Jay Calvert for his work as an internationally-known plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty and surgery of the nose. Dr. Jay Calvert is also an international speaker and will be presenting his work in Russia later this year.

“I am inspired everyday by the amazing work my colleagues in the rhinoplasty specialty do and I am humbled and grateful for this appointment,” said Dr. Jay Calvert. “The Rhinoplasty Society’s annual meetings allow surgeons to share new ideas, learn advances in the procedure including technique developments and enjoy comradery with rhinoplasty surgeons from both Plastic Surgery and Otolaryngology backgrounds. For these reasons and more it is my honor and privilege to guide our specialty into the future as President of the Rhinoplasty Society.”

Outside of his work as a top-tier plastic surgeon, Dr. Calvert continues to make time to lead as a philanthropist. Last year, the Calvert family was honored by The Concern Foundation, an organization dedicated to cancer research. At the 2018 Concern Foundation Block Party honoring the Calvert family, Dr. Jay Calvert helped raise over $1.8 million and is committed to helping raise even more in 2019. Their son, Ace is a leukemia survivor and served as Boy of the Year for Leukemia Lymphoma Society in 2015 where Ace helped to raise nearly $80,000 himself. Dr. Jay Calvert and his wife participate in marathons for charities and have raised over $38,000 for Fred’s Team and many other worthy causes.

About Dr. Jay Calvert:

Dr. Jay Calvert is a board-certified Plastic Surgeon with practices in Beverly Hills and Newport Beach, California. His main area of focus is on rhinoplasty, secondary rhinoplasty, facelifts, and breast augmentation surgery.

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Primior Launches Two Opportunity Zone Funds

The company is developing two retail properties in Santa Ana totaling 55,000 square feet.

Diamond Bar-based investment firm Primior has launched two qualified opportunity zone funds. Within the funds, it has two retail properties under construction in Santa Ana totaling 55,000 square feet. Like much of the market, the investor was attracted to the opportunity zones for the tax benefits and social impact aspect of the model.

“We have been following the Opportunity Zone program since its interception. It provides very attractive incentives for developers and investors, resulting in much higher returns and tax savings for the initial investment,” Johnney Zhang, founder and CEO of Primior, tells GlobeSt.com. “The other benefit is that, when a Qualified Opportunity Fund invests in an Opportunity Zone, it boosts the economy in the community and creates jobs. We currently have two QOFs that will make investments in Santa Ana.”

Primior acquired the two development sites in 2017 after the opportunity zone benefits were announced. With opportunity zone legislation only recently finalized, this is one of the earliest projects. “They are both entitled and ready to start construction in a few months, so I think we are ahead of most of our competitors,” says Zhang. “We have great relationships with national tenants and local cities, which allows us to create much higher returns for our investors in a shorter period of time. Our tenants are national brands such as Chase Bank that will enhance the local economy and provide good jobs.”

The firm focuses on retail as well as medical office properties, so these two opportunity zone projects are well within its area of expertise. It sees the most be returns in these two asset classes. “We are looking at almost any commercial properties but with an emphasis on retail and medical,” adds Zhang. “These two sectors are very stable as long as there are solid corporate tenants paying high rent with minimal turnover and corporate guarantees on the leases, so the income stream is very stable. We also like multifamily, but the returns on multifamily are far lower than on retail and medical.”

The investor has an integrated development model that allows it to be more efficient in building new projects. “We have in-house architects, contractors, leasing specialists, marketing experts, property managers and investment bankers,” says Zhang. “These teams handle all aspects of development and work very closely with each other. The end result has been amazing in terms of saving time as well as reducing costs, which leads to much higher returns.”

Opportunity zone funds have become wildly popular and there has been a flood of competition in new niche. However, because Primior has experience investing in retail and an integrated development structure, Zhang believes it is well positioned to generate strong returns. “There are certainly many funds and developers that have their eyes on it. So property values are going up very quickly. But if you over-pay, you will not be able to generate good returns,” he says. “Our acquisition team is actively looking for off-market deals that are less competitive. Also, since we are vertically integrated, we have the ability to identify the property and calculate the potential returns very quickly, enabling us to act faster than our competitors.”

Real or Fake? Revealing Workers’ Compensation Fraud

By Stacey Gunn, Assistant Vice President of Keenan

Security cameras in a company cafeteria recently captured a brazen attempt to fake a workers’ compensation injury. The video shows that the man dumped a cup of ice onto the floor, disposed of the cup and then laid down on the floor as though he slipped on the ice. Prosecutors have charged the man with insurance fraud and theft by deception.

In this case, the fraud was well documented. Most employers do not have cameras in their lunch rooms or other areas of their work places. It can be very difficult to prove someone has faked an injury in the workplace without cameras catching them in the act. But the consequences of undetected workers’ compensation fraud are enormous. Fraud is a costly financial burden to employers and taxpayers, and it interferes with providing benefits to the vast majority of injured workers with legitimate claims.

If an employer suspects an employee has attempted to create a fake injury or fraudulent claim, there are several steps to follow up on right away:

  • Identify and interview any witnesses to the injury
  • Did you notice anything unusual in the area the injury occurred (items on the floor, wet floor, torn carpet)? If the injured worker is alleging they tripped on something, secure the evidence and take pictures of the site.
  • Was there anything unusual about the injured worker prior to the injury (limping, favoring any body parts etc.)? It could indicate an attempt to reframe an existing non-occupational injury as a workers’ compensation claim.
  • Check to see if they are on social media and review for any physical activities.
  • Obtain an Insurance Services Office claims report to see if the injured worker has a history of claims.
  • Take several statements from the injured worker – look for conflicting information
  • Assign surveillance to determine if the injured worker is participating in activities inconsistent with the reported injury or has taken alternative employment during their disability.

Faked injuries may also be an indication of fraud perpetrated by dishonest medical providers or attorneys who operate “claim mills.” These fraud schemes recruit workers to submit fraudulent claims, can generate millions of dollars of undeserved benefits and impact employer loss experience resulting in higher workers’ compensation premiums. It’s important that claimants understand that their participation in reporting fraudulent claims exposes them to prosecution and severe penalties.

Below are several “red flags” that could be indications of a faked workers’ compensation injury:

  • There are no witnesses to the injury. Was it unusual that the employee would be alone or out of place at the time the injury?
  • Injury occurs at the end of the day on a Friday or on a Monday morning. The worker may have sustained a non-occupational injury over the weekend.
  • The employee changes the story about what happened. Their statement to a treating doctor is different from what they reported to the emergency room or on the initial report of injury.
  • The worker has a history of previous claims. Someone who has received significant workers’ compensation payments previously may try to go to the same well again.
  • There’s a delay reporting the injury. If a worker reports an injury months after it allegedly occurred, it could indicate the possibility the claimant was recruited by a claims mill.
  • The worker is disgruntled, on disciplinary action, or involved in a labor dispute. Employees may use a workers’ compensation claim to retaliate against their employer, or delay termination.
  • The worker (or a medical provider) refuses certain diagnostic tests or imaging. Avoidance of examinations that could confirm the existence of the reported injury is a key fraud indicator.
  • The injured worker has significant financial problems. The claimant may be trying to find a way to gain additional funds through a fraudulent claim.
  • The injured worker is hard to reach during their disability. A worker who does not return phone calls or emails could be avoiding requests for additional information or could be employed elsewhere.
  • The worker refuses modified-duty work or other return-to-work protocols. It could be an attempt to prolong their disability and could be a tactic of unscrupulous medical providers to get additional money.

Employers who suspect a faked occupational injury or other workers’ compensation fraud or abuse should seek assistance from their insurer or claims administrator. Potentially fraudulent claims are referred to the Special Investigation Unit (SIU), and cases with enough evidence are sent to the District Attorney for prosecution.

About Stacey Gunn

Stacey Gunn, Assistant Vice President, is responsible for leading Keenan’s SIU/Fraud Unit, training and development, and vendor management. She has more than 20 years of experience and is certified by the Insurance Educational Association, Workers’ Compensation Claims Professionals Association and California Office of Self Insurance Plans.

Corent Partners with Financial Inclusion leader Mifos Initiative to Deliver Mifos X – Core Banking Open Source Software – as SaaS to 3 Billion Underbanked World Population

Corent Technology, a technology leader in cloud migration, optimization and SaaS enablement, has teamed up with the Mifos Initiative to launch Mifos X financial application as a fully instrumented SaaS solution, to facilitate access to core banking services for the over 3 billion unbanked and underbanked world population, a major step toward eliminating extreme poverty in under-developed communities.

“We are pleased to support the Mifos Initiative – a leader in financial inclusion and microfinance technology – in their mission to enable financial institutions to bring responsible financial services to the over 3 billion people who are without effective access today,” stated Feyzi Fatehi, CEO of Corent Technology.

“Such a bold mission, serving potentially thousands of smaller financial institutions, requires a SaaS solution that is highly automated and scalable and that can be easily deployed, efficiently delivered and affordably managed. By powering the Mifos X Platform with the SaaS-enablement capabilities of SurPaaS, we are pleased to be a part of empowering this global initiative,” added Fatehi.

Built around a modern API-centric architecture, Mifos X Platform for Financial Inclusion is a modern, connected core banking system for responsible financial services organizations who are bringing basic financial services to the poor and developing markets globally. It is highly extensible, easy-to-integrate with third-party systems and payments networks. Client organizations include microfinance institutions and microfinance banks, and increasingly savings organizations and credit cooperatives. The Mifos software is typically deployed by in-country partners who build commercial service offerings to support multiple institutions. Hundreds of small financial institutions already benefit from having access to the software.

“We are pleased to team up with Corent and value their support of this global initiative. Corent provides the ability to efficiently deliver Mifos X as SaaS, enabling our partners around the world to offer our platform in a much more cost-effective manner, and opening up new opportunities for our customers,” said Ed Cable, President & CEO of Mifos Initiative.

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