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Expands division to tie tools to ROI for customers

Charlotte, N.C., 2016-Nov-15 — /EPR Network/ — Dan Grace has joined SkillStorm, an international technology services company, as Executive Vice President of the Operational Services Division (OSD). He is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the OSD including service management, monitoring and availability. His experience includes integrating processes and emerging technologies, operational oversight, project execution and tool integration across platforms including ServiceNow, Remedy, Maximo and Service Manager.

In joining SkillStorm, Grace expands the Solutions division to incorporate a services and operations management practice. In this role, he is responsible for strategy, implementation and quality delivery of SkillStorm’s operational services across all customers. SkillStorm’s OSD offers a lean, solutions-oriented model powered by SkillStorm’s Cloud Workforce Solutions (CWS) platform. CWS is a proven alternative solution to OffShore and NearShore sourcing which provides highly skilled technology and operations based resources across the globe.

dan-grace-2-2“Our core clients in the banking and financial services sectors are working to achieve organic growth while dealing with ever-increasing challenges, from regulation and compliance to information security concerns,” says Paul Moura, SkillStorm’s President. “Operational efficiency, driven by effectively implementing today’s service management tools, provides a path that allows clients to deal with those challenges and achieve overall organizational goals while maintaining high service level expectations. Dan’s experience puts SkillStorm in the unique position to provide expert guidance to our
clients in these areas.”

“Service management tools and processes are the foundation for managing the quality of IT and business services. Their impact drives the overall success of any company, enterprise wide,” says Grace. “I’m honored and excited to join SkillStorm as part of the executive leadership team. My goal is to contribute to the continued success of the SkillStorm brand, achieving our company’s vision and exceeding customer expectations.”

Grace has served more than 23 years in managed and operational services executive
leadership roles for companies including Allstate Insurance, eBay’s PayPal division and Bank of America. He holds multiple patents and patent applications in automation, monitoring, integration, knowledge management and more. Grace holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of South Florida and will be based in SkillStorm’s Tempe, Arizona, office.

About SkillStorm
SkillStorm rapidly builds and deploys IT & Operations teams with critical skills in client facilities or in one of our U.S.-based delivery centers. Founded in 2002, SkillStorm specializes in providing services on the leading edge of technology. SkillStorm teams are tasked with executing high-impact projects such as developing applications in agile environments, building mobile apps, harnessing “Big Data’s” potential and strengthening information security efforts for Fortune 1000 and fast-growing tech companies.

SkillStorm is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and has offices nationwide: Tempe, Arizona; San Diego and Westlake Village, California; Jacksonville, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; New York, New York; Charlotte, North Carolina; Cleveland, Ohio; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; McKinney and Plano, Texas; and Richmond, Virginia. Learn more at

skill-stormFor more information, contact

Andi Zitney


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Redpoint Insurance Group Welcomes Michael G. Toole

Dallas, TX, July 07, 2015 — /EPR MANAGEMENT NEWS/ — Redpoint Insurance Group, LLC today announced that Mr. Michael G. Toole has agreed to join the board of directors of Redpoint County Mutual Insurance Company upon the closing of its acquisition of control of the company expected in the next few weeks.

Mr. Toole will bring over 25 years of experience to Redpoint County Mutual’s Board of Directors. He currently serves as the President of Worth Casualty Company, a Ft. Worth based property and casualty insurance company. He also serves as the Executive Vice President of Agricultural Workers Mutual Auto Insurance Company. Prior to these positions, Mr. Toole was the Chief Underwriting Officer of a multi-state property and casualty insurance company.

“Redpoint is excited to have a person of Mike Toole’s caliber to join our board of directors. Mike has been involved in the Texas automobile market for many years and we welcome the opportunity to gain his expertise.” – Christopher A. McClellan, CEO

Redpoint Insurance Group is an insurance holding company headquartered in Dallas, TX with administrative offices in Austin, TX. Redpoint’s principal affiliates now include Redpoint County Mutual Insurance Company and Redpoint Workers’ Compensation.

Media Contact:
Chelsea Beagles
Public Relations Director
(469) 249-1008

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Hunter Boot Ltd. Names Alasdhair Willis as New Creative Director

The UK’s leading designer and retailer of quality wellington boots, Hunter, has announced the appointment of a new Creative Director, and also, a new Commercial Sales Director

Hunter Boot Ltd. today announces the appointment of Alasdhair Willis, as its Creative Director, and Fabrizio Stroppa, as its Commercial Sales Director. Based in London, both roles will report into the CEO, James Seuss, who was appointed in December 2012.

A spokesperson for Hunter Boot explains, “Alasdhair Willis brings amazing creative talent, style, and commercial realisation to the helm of Hunter. His experience with British heritage brands and developing brands globally makes him an ideal choice to lead the creative team at Hunter as we enter our next stage of growth. Alasdhair will define the vision for the brand and develop our creative voice, while working closely with our strong commercial team to bring the world of Hunter to consumers worldwide,” James Seuss commented.

Alasdhair Willis said: “It is a genuine honour and a tremendous opportunity to be in this role at such a significant moment for Hunter. Hunter is a fantastic British brand with enormous potential. It has a very strong history dating back nearly 160 years, and I believe the Hunter story and spirit are just as relevant today. The business has already built a strong foundation for growth with its current product offering, centred on theOriginal Boot. Going forward, we will be focused on expanding the footwear business while building on the exciting opportunities in other categories such as outerwear. We will also be clearly defining the brand’s position in the market and communicating our unique vision across all platforms. I look forward to working with the growing and talented design team.”

Jim Seuss remarked, “I am also pleased to welcome Fabrizio Stroppa to Hunter as Commercial Sales Director. With over 25 years of experience working with luxury brands, including Mulberry, Giorgio Armani and Donna Karan, Fabrizio brings an incredible wealth of expertise in the luxury goods sector. He will be integral to the further development of Hunter’s international presence.”

Fabrizio Stroppa commented, “I am delighted to be joining Hunter at such a unique stage in its development. With James’ strategic and commercial leadership and the new creative direction, Hunter now has the dynamic team needed to create a global brand. As we develop and open new markets, we will be working with some of the best retailers in the world to showcase the Company’s collections. Hunter also plans to launch branded shop-in-shops in key markets and flagship stores in key cities worldwide.”

The first new collection for the brand will be showcased for Autumn/Winter 2014. Willis will also maintain his role at his Creative and Branding consultancy firm.

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Daniel Soffer Appointed as Committee Chair of LMN

Search Office Space (North America) Vice President, Mr. Daniel Soffer, has been appointed to serve a term as Chairman of the Local Member Network (LMN) Committee of the Office Business Center Association International (OBCAI).

Daniel Soffer Appointed as Committee Chair of LMN

In this newly appointed role as Committee Chair for the LMN with OBCAI, Daniel will be one of the key people responsible in helping establish new LMN’S and grow existing ones throughout North America on behalf of the business center community. In addition to this new role, Daniel’s previous work with OBCAI includes serving as Chair of the Broker Practices committee for 2009 resulting in Daniel winning the OBCAI Associate Member award.

Daniel Soffer, Vice President of SOS > Search Office Space commented: “It’s an honour to be playing an active role in such a vital organization as OBCAI. It’s a growing trade association not only representing North America but internationally too. My current role involves working alongside business center operators and associate members to help grow and establish Local Member Networks throughout North America and with its widening scope help provide ever improving services and performance to prospective tenants.”

OBCAI is the leading member owned non-profit international association that currently represents the office business center industry. The membership network for OBCAI exists in more than 400 locations around the world and includes business center owners, managers, and other service providers working in the industry. Members enjoy a variety benefits and have access to proprietary industry information generated by OBCAI to support the professional and business development of members as well as taking a leadership role in fostering the continued growth of the industry. As the leading trade organization, OBCAI is also the primary resource of information for the office space and executive suite industry.

About SOS > Search Office Space:
SOS > Search Office Space was established in 1993 as the very first business organization dedicated to providing serviced office space brokerage services in the United Kingdom. Since that time, SOS has expanded globally through satellite offices in the major office space markets in the world. With the US headquarters in Manhattan and offices in California, SOS > Search Office Space is ideally placed to provide services across key American locations, with office space in NYCoffice space in Los Angeles andoffice space in Atlanta available. SOS also has offices in Central London and Hong Kong. In addition to its global presence, SOS reaches and connects with clients looking for flexible office space anywhere in the world with a database of office business centers, which is easily accessible via the company’s website where users can search for office space and executive suites in more than 6,000 locations.

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Barclaycard Has Appointed Jim Wadsworth As Its Head Of Strategic Product Management For Prepaid

In his new role, Jim will be responsible for driving forward Barclaycard’s prepaid card activities in the public and private sector.

Jim joins Barclaycard from JP Morgan where, for the past two years, he was responsible for developing and launching its prepaid and commercial credit card offerings in the UK and Europe. Prior to this role, Jim was Chief Marketing Officer of Simpay, the pan-European mobile payment initiative and has also held the position of head of m-commerce at Vodafone UK.

Commenting on his appointment, Jim, a former board director of the Prepaid International Forum, said: “I’m excited by Barclaycard’s commitment to payment innovation and am looking forward to leveraging Barclaycard’s extensive commercial payments activities by developing new prepaid products for both the public and private sector.”

In August 2009, Barclaycard published figures about their customer numbers that showed that it has 11.9m UK customers, 11.8m international customers and 88,000 retailer/merchant relationships. In addition to the UK, Barclaycard operates in the United States, Europe, Africa and the Middle and Far East.

Barclaycard also issues charge and credit cards to corporate customers and the UK Government. Barclaycard partners with a wide range of organisations across the globe to offer their customers or members payment options and credit cards.

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Ronald Banaszak Nominated for Board of Directors for CMAA

The Nominating Committee of the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) has released the 2010 slate of candidates for officers and directors. Mr. Ronald Banaszak, CCM, General Manager/Chief Operating Officer of the St. Francis Yacht Club ( has been nominated as a Board of Director for the 2010 election.

The CMAA has more than 6,000 members, spanning the entire United States as well as Canada, South America, Australia, Europe and as far as South Africa.

As a dedicated and active member of the CMAA since 1995, Banaszak has volunteered for many committees and special projects which prepared him for his term as President of the Southern California Chapter of the CMAA. In 2008, the four California Chapters merged into one large Golden State Chapter of the CMAA.

Banaszak believes in the importance of the ongoing education that CMAA provides for its members. “Our focus needs to remain on fulfilling the educational needs of the members, as well as continuing to foster an environment of camaraderie and keeping the bar set very high as it relates to professionalism,” he states. “By living and enhancing these standards, our association will perpetuate its reputation as the leader that others will follow and emulate.”

“Our association needs volunteers on the Board that can lead, and leadership is a skill CMAA has a track record of developing in its members. Being a product of this leadership development, I am confident this is the area I can best serve CMAA,” says Banaszak. His nomination to CMAA is supported by the Board of Directors of the Golden State Chapter, the Board of the St. Francis Yacht Club, as well as his wife and children.

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Segun Babalola Appointed New IT Director At SilverDoor

SilverDoor recruits an IT Director to join the team at their head office in Chiswick, West London following the company’s continued expansion and their website upgrade plans for 2009.

Segun Babalola will be joining SilverDoor as IT Director from April this year. Segun has previously worked with SilverDoor on a consultancy basis on the development of the website since the company was formed nine years ago. He will be based at the company’s office in Chiswick, West London.

Marcus Angell, Managing Director, commented, “We have a number of major IT projects coming up this year, such as white label client sites, a new internal IT reservation and finance system, online card payment system, website back end redesign, along with the continuous improvements to the front end of the website”.

He continued, “We are also in the process of rolling out 360 degree internal tours of our top 100 apartments as well as launching Google StreetView which will enable prospective clients to see the external area of an apartment so we definitely felt that this was the right time to appoint an IT Director. Segun has long been a valued link in the development of SilverDoor and we are delighted to have him on board in this role.”

April also sees additional staff joining in Corporate Sales and Finance. Sean Hall has joined on a university Accounting and Finance placement from Bournemouth University and Serena Dines has joined as a permanent member of the Corporate Sales team from John D Wood. SilverDoor also appointed an HR/Office Manager earlier this year, Raimonda Kiausaite.

“Due to our expansion, we felt the time was right to appoint an HR/Office Manager to assist the directors in the day to day running of the company. By appointing senior significant staff we are addressing our growth whilst planning for the future and ensuring that our main focus is in developing the business further”, said Chris Gee, Sales Director.

Further acknowledgement of the company’s success came with the recent Buying Business Travel Diamond Awards announcement of SilverDoor as runner up in the Best Serviced Apartment Company category for 2009 and Business Travel World’s announcement of SilverDoor as a finalist in the Best Business Accommodation category also for 2009. Both award ceremonies are seen as valued and respected amongst the travel trade and represent the views of the most important industry clients.

SilverDoor represents serviced apartments in over 160 locations worldwide and features almost 250 serviced apartments within London. The company has just added further properties within Paris as well as serviced apartments in Edinburgh, Newcastle, Cape Town, new serviced apartments in Reading and Cork as a new destination.

About SilverDoor

SilverDoor international serviced apartments was incorporated as a Limited Company in March 2000 under its original name of HotDigs. At the beginning of January 2006 the company changed its name to SilverDoor. The company was formed and continues to be led by managing director Marcus Angell. SilverDoor boasts an impressive client portfolio which includes many FTSE 100 such as RBS, HSBC, Cadburys Schweppes and MAN Group Plc. SilverDoor offers serviced apartments in over 160 locations globally such as Paris, New York, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, as well as across the UK providing Birmingham serviced apartments, Cardiff serviced apartments and serviced apartments in Swindon. SilverDoor is based in Chiswick, West London.

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Ramzi Nassif appointed Managing Director for Leviton’s Middle East Sales

Leviton is pleased to announce the appointment of Ramzi Nassif to lead the company’s expansion into the Mid-East. As Managing Director for Middle East Sales, Nassif will be headquartered in Dubai and spearhead sales of the company’s line of residential, commercial and industrial products throughout the Middle East, India, Turkey and Egypt. Leviton, which is North America’s leading producer of electrical and electronic products, also has over twenty years of leadership experience in the commercial networking and structured cabling industry, supplying everything from high-density copper and fiber solutions for telecommunications rooms and Data Centers to every type of connector and wall plate for the workstation.

Nassif brings a formidable background in strategic planning and multi-national sales to his new position. Prior to joining Leviton, he enjoyed a decade-long career with 3M Gulf, Ltd., where he quickly grew sales of the company’s electrical and telecom solutions and distinguished himself as a consistent high performer. Starting out as a sales engineer, he later assumed positions as team leader, marketing executive, regional sales manager and most recently, as Country Business Leader for the company. He also earned numerous performance distinctions, including awards for best division and best marketing plan.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to have a professional of Ramzi’s background join our International Group to lead us in this exciting strategic venture. His track record of outstanding achievement, performance and leadership bode well for Leviton’s ability to increase its footprint in these exciting, emerging markets,” said Bruno Filio, Vice President of International Business Development.

A graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology, Nassif holds a BS in Electrical Engineering, Green-belt level Six Sigma certification and is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Building Industry Consulting Services International (BICSI).

About Leviton Manufacturing Co.

Leviton Manufacturing Company, a 102-year-old family-owned business and the leading name in electrical devices, also has over twenty years of leadership experience in the commercial networking and structured cabling industry, supplying everything from high-density copper and fiber solutions for telecommunications rooms and Data Centers to every type of connector and wall plate for the workstation. As networking requirements reach the 10-gigabit transmission level, Leviton is one of the few global companies with the ability to consistently manufacture system components capable of meeting rapidly-evolving performance standards. On the residential side, this technical and manufacturing excellence is the reason why homebuilders in the U.S. rank Leviton as their top brand in residential structured cabling and lighting control products (according to Builder magazine’s annual Brand Use Study). Leviton’s professional-grade voice, data and video products and systems are the ideal platform for meeting the demands of today’s advanced home communications, information and entertainment technologies.

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