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Citybiz Interview with Tony Gruebl, President of Think & Jeff Musgrove, MD of Executive Advisory and PE & Venture Support

Citybizlist

In this second interview citybiz asks Baltimore-based Think’s Tony Gruebl, the firm’s president and founder, and Jeff Musgrove, managing director of executive advisory and PE and venture support, to discuss the company’s recent acquisition of Ventrue and why it puts the company on the path to offering services nationwide. In September, Think purchased Ventrue LLC, a Naples, Fla.-based shared services company for an undisclosed price. As part of the transaction Think signed a partnership agreement with Naples Technology Ventures (NTV), a venture capital fund that invests in technology companies. Think will provide technology and advisory services to support NTV’s acquisitions. The Ventrue and NTV deal opens new markets for Think, primarily with private equity and venture capital firms. Musgrove says potential clients are disruptors operating in insurtech, fintech and healthtech. Through Ventrue, Think can plug into these companies and advise them along the business lifecycle in three primary areas: diligence, integration and optimization. “I have been a big believer that there is a gap to be filled by a firm like Think in that space as a trusted partner to the PE or VC firm who can go in and perform those critical functions for them,” Musgrove said. “So, they don’t need to build it. We have the expertise.” To hear more from Gruebl and Musgrove, click the below video. Citybizlist is a publisher of news and information about business, power, money, and people in 13 major U.S. city markets, including Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Charlotte/Raleigh, Atlanta, South Florida, Los Angeles, San Diego, Dallas and Houston. To learn more about the citybizlist content platform, please email the publisher Edwin Warfield edwin.warfield@citybizlist.com Contact Details Edwin Warfield +1 443-562-9472 edwin.warfield@citybizlist.com Company Website https://citybizlist.com/

November 05, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Citybiz Interview with Kevin Hrusovsky, Chairman & CEO, Quanterix

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Spend a few minutes with Kevin Hrusovsky, President, CEO and Chairman of Quanterix, and you will quickly understand that he and his colleagues are on a mission to transform medicine. Hrusovsky believes the Billerica, Mass.-based life sciences company has the technology and know-how to change medicine from merely providing reactive “sick care” to identifying disease and illness at the cellular level so people can be treated while they are still healthy. As a result, healthcare becomes preventative and personalized. “Quanterix is a company that has figured out how to apply rocket science to the blood,” Hrusovsky says. Hrusovsky took Quanterix, QTRX, public in 2017 and since this past March its stock has nearly tripled trading in the $40 range. What’s more, on Oct. 6, Quanterix won an $18.2 million contract from National Institutes of Health to accelerate the development of a next generation Covid-19 test. Why would NIH bother with Quanterix? The company’s technology detects protein biomarkers in extremely low concentrations in blood, serum and other fluids that, in many cases, are undetectable using conventional, analog immunoassay technologies. Its technology is 1,000 times more sensitive than any technology in the world, so it can uncover disease when people are healthy. Quanterix’s hopes to scale to 1 million COVID tests a week in the coming months. The company has 248 employees and will hire an additional 60 for the project. We spent a few minutes with Kevin to discuss the science behind Quanterix, its NIH work and the company’s prospects. Interview Questions: Quanterix Today | Can you provide an explanation of biomarkers, the goal of advancing precision health and a snapshot of Quanterix today? Biomarkers and COVID-19 | Can you explain how Quanterix has pivoted and responded to Covid-19? Can you describe the role of your technology Simoa? Which therapeutic areas, oncology, neurology, cardiology, inflammation and infectious diseases? The NIH Grant | The first week of October, Quanterix announced an $18 million contract with the National Institute of Health. It will accelerate the development of the COVID antigen test based on Quanterix’ Simoa technology. Can you explain the significance of this award? Recent Partnerships | Earlier this month, Quanterix entered into a license agreement with Abbott Laboratories. The license grants Abbott access to Quanterix’s portfolio of bead-based technology patents for IVD invitro diagnostic applications. Can you describe this partnership? Simoa | Can you explain how Simoa holds the keys to a complete high-definition picture of the COVID-19 infection? The PPH Network | What is the Powering Precision Health ecosystem? What is its significance in the rollout? How does Quanterix compete in the competitive COVID testing landscape? Execution/Aspiration | The execution is research and catalyzing “high probability” drug development; the aspiration is high value diagnostic and health services and a neuro toolbox acceleration, COVID and a broader PHH vision. Can you explain the vision for digital biomarker disruption in this context? Disrupt Healthcare | How is Quanterix poised to disrupt healthcare? Powering Precision Health | You’re the founder of Powering Precision Health which is an annual summit focused on the advancement of precision health. Can you tell us about your vision and its impact? 5 to 10 Years Precision Health | Will precision health improve population health? Where is precision health in 5 to 10 years? Citybizlist is a publisher of news and information about business, power, money, and people in 13 major U.S. city markets, including Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Charlotte/Raleigh, Atlanta, South Florida, Los Angeles, San Diego, Dallas and Houston. To learn more about the citybizlist content platform, please email the publisher Edwin Warfield edwin.warfield@citybizlist.com Contact Details Edwin Warfield +1 443-562-9472 edwin.warfield@citybizlist.com Company Website https://citybizlist.com/

November 02, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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GREAT AMERICA PAC TO RUN POWERFUL “FRACKING LIARS” AD DURING OHIO STATE VS PENN STATE FOOTBALL GAME

Great America PAC

Great America PAC, a leading pro-Trump Super PAC, and its Chairman Ed Rollins today announced its devastating new ad titled “Fracking Liars” will be run during the biggest college football game in Pennsylvania this weekend. Scheduled for Saturday evening, the Ohio State vs. Penn State game features two nationally ranked teams and is expected to draw a large viewership, especially in Pennsylvania. The hard-hitting “Fracking Liars” ad exposes Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ dishonesty on fracking, which is a key issue in Pennsylvania. “President Trump’s path to re-election runs through Pennsylvania so that’s where our final efforts are focused,” said Rollins. “Biden and Harris’ dishonestly on fracking is a compelling issue that will move undecided voters in the state. We are extremely proud to have raised and spent $45 million from 300,000 donors since the inception of our PAC. Our efforts have always been efficient, innovative, and provided meaningful impact. We believe they will help ensure a second victory for the President in 3 days.” The powerful “Fracking Liars” ad, linked below, is being run during the Penn State game tomorrow as well as during the pre-game for the Philadelphia Eagle’s Sunday Night Football game according to Ed Rollins. Great America PAC is a leading pro-Trump Super PAC led by veteran Republican strategist, Ed Rollins. Since 2016, the group raised and spent $45 million in support of Donald Trump’s candidacy, presidency, and agenda. The group is one of the most active on the national political landscape, with over 300,000 contributors, broadcasting more than 30,000 TV spots and 300,000 radio ads, placing 30 million phone calls and text messages, sending over 2.5 million pieces of mail, and maintaining a file of millions of active, engaged Trump supporters across the country. Contact Details Leigh Beach +1 949-287-6150 Leigh@greatamericapac.com Company Website https://www.greatamericapac.com/

October 30, 2020 10:56 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Graphic novel: Disinformation and cyber warfare illustrated in Real Fake

Stockwood Strategy

Deepfakes, bots, and troll farms are just some of the emerging techniques for creating and spreading disinformation. Erly Stage Studios has today published Real Fake , the digital graphic novel, which sheds a light on the disruptive forces at work. This book is the first of the graphic novels that are a part of the Resilience Series commissioned by the US Cyber Infrastructure and Security Agency (CISA). Real Fake will inform and educate people on the dangers and risks associated with dis- and mis- information through fictional stories inspired by real-world events. In Real Fake, readers will meet the protagonist Rachel O'Sullivan, a gamer, patriot and member of Symous - a group fighting disinformation and foreign interference in elections as polling day approaches. Farid Haque, founder and CEO of Erly Stage Studios commented: “We’re delighted to have been commissioned by CISA to create a practical and engaging communication tool that highlights the existential threat of disinformation in the context of bad state actors. While the story is fictional many of the approaches shown are very much grounded in the reality of the technology we live with and are exposed to almost daily.” Real Fake provides a unique education for the reader about the world of Deepfakes and their history while helping the reader understand the need to exercise care when it comes to consuming news and information via social media platforms and online sources of information. In the story, racing against the clock a group of citizens set out to shine a spotlight on the source of disinformation. They find it’s coming from across their borders and from the unlikeliest of places set up as farms to perpetuate information that maliciously misleads and influences electoral outcomes. The protagonists of the story have access to unique resources and are able to prove who the sponsors of disinformation are via their puppet farms set up around the world to troll democracy in the land of the free. “Real Fake is the culmination of the wealth of experience that Clint Watts brings in cyber warfare and disinformation and our studio’s creative direction and storytelling style. We spent months researching the real life incidents and then wrapped them into a fictional story” added Farid Haque. The graphic novel is being made available by CISA to the general public online as a free resource ahead of the 2020 US Presidential election at the following URL: https://www.cisa.gov/cfi-resilience-series-graphic-novels . A subsequent title in the series will be released a few weeks afterwards titled Bug Bytes. Watch this space and log back into https://www. publishing.erlystagestudios.com to learn more. Contributing artists to Real Fake include: Annas Dar, Jose Niño Galenzoga, Patricia Beja, Mona Shan and Joel Santiago. Lettering and layouts by Annas Dar, Komal N. and Haroon M. Story by Clint Watts and Farid Haque, supported by the script writing team which includes Michael Gianfrancesco and Kabir Sabharwal. Edited by Tolly M. and Laila Khan. Special thanks to Randall Heather and Max Brooks. ENDS About Erly Stage Studios Erly Stage Studios is an indie publisher, headquartered out of London, United Kingdom, capturing iconic stories in serious graphic novels. We are an expert team of educators, storytellers, and artists working to create awareness about important topics using the graphic novel medium. The team loves shining a spotlight on stories that are yet to see the light of graphic novels. As an expert team of teachers, researchers and designers the team works with innovative organisations and policymakers around the world to deliver soft power through engaging and creative projects. Contact Details Bilal Mahmood +44 7714 007257 b.mahmood@stockwoodstrategy.com Company Website https://publishing.erlystagestudios.com/

October 28, 2020 07:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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RAISE UP PAC: COMPLAINT WITH FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION CITING EXPENSIFY CEO VIOLATIONS

Raise Up PAC

The Raise Up Trump Political Action Committee, a coalition of business leaders organized by Bloomington, CA based RPP Products CEO, Eric Zwigart, pledging to give all employees a pay raise if President Trump is re-elected, announced it filed a Complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). The complaint from the Raise Up PAC calls out Expensify’s CEO David Barrett for violating Federal Election law in his “unreported, improper Independent Expenditure supporting Joe Biden”. On October 22nd, Barrett sent an email to approximately ten million customers in Expensify’s customer database or e-mail system, using his official Expensify e-mail address. The message was a clear call to elect Joe Biden for President. “Expensify and it’s CEO have every right to engage in political speech, but they don’t have the right to duck FEC reporting requirements,” explained Raise Up Counsel Dan Backer. “The 24-hour deadline to report their independent expenditure has long passed, and no filing from Expensify.” In addition to failing to report its independent expenditure to the FEC within 24 hours— or at all—the complaint also points out that FEC-required disclaimers – that all political speakers must use - were omitted from Barrett’s email. The Complaint to the FEC may be viewed here: https://www.raiseuptrump.com/documents/Expensify_FEC_Complaint.pdf “President Trump’s Administration rescued a stagnant economy, created more jobs than ever before, lowered taxes, and created real opportunities for Americans to pursue their dreams by placing us on the right path. The recovery is already underway. To stop it now would be both foolish and dangerous,” Eric Zwigart the visionary founder of Raise Up stated. “We all have the right to Free Speech and ability to advocate for our beliefs – but we must act within the parameters of Federal Election laws.” Zwigart continued. “Further, A Biden-Harris Administration poses significant risks to businesses, employees, and the overall economy. The costs of running a business in these uncertain times, combined with the political left’s pursuit of job killing regulations and extreme taxation will crush the bottom line and the American spirit if Democrats are successful – Expensify knows this despite the messages they sent ignoring FEC requirements.” ### For more information about Raise Up, please visit: https://www.raiseuptrump.com/ Contact Details Dan Rene +1 202-329-8357 danrenejr@gmail.com Company Website https://www.raiseuptrump.com/

October 27, 2020 11:40 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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WEED AND WHISKEY NEWS BEGINS SEARCH FOR SHOW HOST, LAUNCHES AUDITION CONTEST.

W And W Digital, LLC

Jerry Joyner , executive producer at W And W Digital, LLC, discussed the announcement during a live broadcast from Dallas, Texas, on Friday, October 16th, 4:20 pm 2020. Do you want to get paid to talk about weed and whiskey? Well this might just be your dream job. Weed And Whiskey News has opened on-line auditions to find their show host. Joyner explained, “Rather than go thru a traditional Hollywood casting, we are launching a star search contest to find a super unique host. Once the individual submits their application and post their submission video, we will see what the world thinks and allow them to vote for their top three favorites. Next, we will narrow down the picks to the top six contestants, followed by a vote by celebrity judges. The final decision will be announced on weedandwhiskeynews.com . We want this process to move quickly, so there will only be a few weeks before we announce our new host(s). The complete audition process and qualifications can be found at weedandwhiskeynews.com/pickme .” “Perhaps the news will be delivered by a duo. If the chemistry and comedy works, we could be looking at a father and son combo or as non-traditional as a non-binary and a sock puppet! Anything is fair game for the audition.” You can find out more and submit your audition at weedandwhiskeynews.com . “ Weed And Whiskey News ®” will cover topics including: medical benefits, growing, products, cannabis strains, whiskey recommendations, infusion innovations, marijuana stocks, alcohol trends, the latest legalization legislation, comedy, special guests, music, celebrity cameos and believe me, there will always be a “twist” in our reporting. The weekly broadcast is free and will sustain the content thru a non-traditional advertising or product placement model. “When the first TV shows came out, each show had a single sponsor and we plan to partner with brands in the alcohol space like Alcanna, Constellation Brands, Great Northern Distributors, Heineken Molson Coors Brewing and marijuana brands like. Apothecanna, Caviar Gold, Marley Natural and Willie’s Reserve. These brands are congruent with the lifestyle of our audience”, shared Joyner. ###END### Weed And Whiskey News is a short format, fact based news show that engages audiences with smart comedy. The show includes a digital “watch party” to draw viewers and a 4:20 “countdown clock” to deliver bite sized news covering cannabis and spirit education, developing brands and strains, the latest tech, medical advancements and legislation. Weed And Whiskey News delivers content via streaming on the Weed And Whiskey News website along with Roku, Twitch, Weed And Whiskey TV & YouTube. Weed And Whiskey TV is an On-Demand TV Network, featuring original, highly-entertaining cannabis and spirit friendly programming. The vast majority of their original programming is only four minutes and 20 seconds in length and can be viewed on virtually any mobile device. Weed and Whiskey TV also streams curated music concerts, feature films, shows, and holiday specials. Twist one up, pour a whiskey...sit back, relax, and enjoy Weed And Whiskey TV. It's TV with a Twist! W And W Digital, LLC is an entertainment and media holding concern headquartered in Dallas, Texas. W And W Digital owns and operates the streaming TV Network, Weed And Whiskey TV. In addition to licensed feature films and episodic series, W And W Digital created and produces the following episodic series. “DI High”, “Higher Than Space”, “History Written in Stoned”, “In Luck” (filmed at Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion that coincides with SXSW), “Paper Bartender”, “Trailer Talks”, “Tequila Shots” and the soon to stream weekly news show “W And W News”. For More Information on W And W Digital, LLC contact: Jerry Joyner Contact Details Jerry Joyner +1 469-372-0816 info@weedandwhiskeynews.com Company Website https://www.weedandwhiskeynews.com

October 21, 2020 06:45 AM Central Daylight Time

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RedAwning and Affirm Partner for Buy Now Pay Later Vacation Rentals

RedAwning

RedAwning, the leading hospitality platform for short term rentals, and Affirm, the better way to buy, today announced a new partnership to enable guests to book a vacation rental now and pay later, even after staying. Affirm offers flexible and affordable payment plans so that guests can rent their dream home at their dream destination, and not have to worry about paying for their trip all at once. RedAwning’s property collection, covering every major vacation destination in North America, represents the largest collection of vacation rental properties ever available on a pay over time basis. Property owners and managers participating in the RedAwning Network are already participating in this new program automatically with no action required. “We know vacation rental stays can be a large purchase for many travelers, so we are excited to offer this industry-first approach,” said Tim Choate, Founder & CEO of RedAwning.com. “Demand for vacation rental travel is increasing and our addition of a pay over time option enables even more guests to travel, rent a nicer home, or take a longer trip. This new offering further expands on our industry leadership for property owners and managers too.” RedAwning participating property owners and managers generate more revenue for less work, with their properties presented everywhere guests shop for travel online. Affirm adds to RedAwning’s long list of exclusive, industry leading benefits for property owners and managers to help them generate more revenue with less work. These include free professional photography with Meero, pricing optimization, distribution everywhere guests shop for travel, Amazon Prime Now delivery mapping, a mobile app, a web portal, 24/7 Reservations and Guest Services, payment processing with Stripe, Amazon Smart Concierge, and much more. To learn more about RedAwning’s industry-leading marketing, reservations, and hospitality platform, just visit www.redawning.com/list . Financing subject to eligibility. Affirm loans are made by Cross River Bank, Member FDIC. ###ENDS### About RedAwning RedAwning is the leading platform for short term rentals. RedAwning presents the world's largest collection of vacation properties to guests wherever they shop for travel. With over 35,000 properties represented on behalf of thousands of property owners and managers, RedAwning covers virtually every leisure destination in North America, and includes a comprehensive layer of services and support with every stay. RedAwning is the largest single U.S. supplier to every major travel website, including Booking.com, Expedia, HomeAway/VRBO, Airbnb, and the new Google Travel. RedAwning also operates exclusive vacation property booking websites, including RedAwning.com for travelers, and TravelPro Rentals, which enables 20,000 travel agents to book vacation properties. RedAwning has been a leading innovator in the vacation rental industry since 2010, with a mission to redefine the customer journey for guests, hosts and property managers alike, and to drive new approaches that make the booking and staying experience at short term rental properties more consistent, easier, safer and better for all. To browse and book the RedAwning Collection, visit www.redawning.com. Contact Details Johnathan Robinson +1 925-302-9593 johnathan@redawning.com

October 20, 2020 03:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Cyvatar Named Finalist in Computing Security Excellence Awards 2020

Cyvatar

Cyvatar today announced that it has been chosen as a finalist for the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Security Solution Award in Computing’s 2020 Security Excellence Awards . Computing celebrates the achievements of the IT industry's leading security companies, solutions, products, and personalities that keep every other part of the industry operating. Award categories include product-and project-related recognition, organizational achievements, and accolades for outstanding individual success. Computing selected Cyvatar for its cybersecurity-as-a-service (CSaaS) solution for SMEs , an all-in-one subscription-based offering that builds bespoke solutions for customers who are not large enough to invest in in-house security teams, do not have the runway to experiment with multiple security tools as they scale, or cannot compete against larger firms for the scarce number of skilled resources available. By pairing skilled security experts with market-leading technologies across the security spectrum and pricing based on consumption, Cyvatar can deliver guaranteed business outcomes and demystify the complexities inherent in cyber defense. “Every organization is different, but most vendors don’t treat them that way,” said Cyvatar Founder Corey White . “We work side by side with our customers--not across the table from them--to break down barriers that impede a strong protective posture and create a flexible, affordable environment that fosters positive security experiences. No other services provider matches the quality of our technology partners, the deep skills of our security experts, or the business outcomes we guarantee.” Cyvatar believes in the democratization of cybersecurity, ensuring that protection from breaches is accessible and affordable to SMEs--not just to enterprises with deep pockets and dedicated security teams. It also believes in teaching and training SMEs to get the most from every dollar they spend on cybersecurity without the shrouded black-box approach that requires vendor-specific support to operationalize. And Cyvatar lives its values. Its promise to SMEs states that it will never tell customers to buy unnecessary products or hire unneeded resources; will ensure customers make the best security investments for functionality and value; and will consistently deliver maintainable and sustainable business, compliance, and technology outcomes. What security challenges are you trying to solve? What barriers do you face? Visit https://start.cyvatar.ai/ to explore the ways Cyvatar can help. About Cyvatar Cyvatar.ai is a transformative cybersecurity company that operates at the intersection of our customers and technology to define what a cybersecurity solution should be: guaranteed business outcomes that are measurable. We break down barriers to create positive experiences for passionate companies globally. Cyvatar is headquartered in Irvine, California. Learn more at https://cyvatar.ai/ and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter . Contact Details KC Higgins +1 303-434-8163 kc@cyvatar.ai Company Website https://cyvatar.ai/

October 20, 2020 08:34 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Global Maritime Information Coalition formed in response to SHIPPINGInsight 20/20 Call for Collaboration Amongst Stakeholders

SHIPPINGInsight

In response to last week’s repeated calls for industry collaboration at SHIPPINGInsight Fleet Optimization and Innovation Conference and Exhibition , its Chief Evolution Officer, Carleen Lyden Walker, announced the formation of the Global Maritime Information Coalition (GMIC) designed to address the lack of unified messaging to the public about the maritime industry. “The recent crew change crisis has illuminated the maritime’s low awareness in the public’s consciousness”, stated Walker. “Despite the importance of the maritime industry to global society, seafarers were not deemed ‘essential workers’ alongside firemen, policemen, medical personnel, and other worthy groups. Much of this is due to the lack of understanding how dependent the world’s community is on shipping, providing it with food, energy, medical supplies and more.” “Since its inception, the maritime industry has been in the forefront of globalization as the literal ‘engine of global trade’, carrying more than 90% of the world’s goods and energy” stated Walker. “Because of its siloed roots, however, this essential service remains nearly invisible to the public. The Global Maritime Information Coalition intends to be a global resource to benefit the industry and communicate its value proposition to the public.” While this lack of awareness has been identified for decades, there has been little achieved to overcome it. “Individual groups have attempted to reach the public, but there has been no global, unified organization chartered to create awareness of the maritime sector and deliver key messages to the public about its role and importance” observed Walker. “Leveraging today’s communication tools along with a unification of the global maritime community, the Global Maritime Information Coalition will enable our industry to increase our visibility, communicate our value proposition, improve the public’s perception of our activities, and deliver targeted messages to global society.” The objective of the GMIC is to develop a unified platform for the global maritime community to raise the awareness of the global maritime industry and its value amongst the public, improve society’s image of the sector, provide unified messaging about the industry, be a resource for governments to learn about the industry, act as a portal for groups to communicate with the maritime industry, inform students and the public about career opportunities available in the industry. The next steps in the formation of the Coalition is to recruit global, national and regional industry organizations, government agencies, corporations and NGOs to join the GMIC and establish a work program for the organization. It is anticipated there will be four major areas of engagement: value proposition of the industry, its commitment to decreasing maritime’s environmental impact, industry’s technological advances, and maritime as a career opportunity. For more information, contact Carleen Lyden Walker, c.walker@shippinginsight.com . Originally established in 2012, SHIPPINGInsight has grown steadily each year. Focusing on fleet optimization and innovation, the event provides a forum for fleet managers and solution providers to exchange ideas and discuss challenges in facing the transformation of the industry. More than 300 delegates from 19 countries attended the 2019 event, including 76 shipping company executives. With the virtual platform, this year’s event will reach globally. For more information, please visit www.shippinginsight.com . Contact Details Carleen Lyden Walker +1 203-260-0480 c.walker@shippinginsight.com

October 19, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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