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MSC Cruises, Port Everglades, Matson, International Chamber of Shipping and Ocean Voyages Institute Among 2020 NAMEPA Marine Environment Protection Awards Recipients

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Carleen Lyden Walker , Co-Founder and Executive Director of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), announced that MSC Cruises, Port Everglades, the International Chamber of Shipping for its Seafarer Welfare work, and Matson for Environmental Innovation are among the eight recipients of NAMEPA’s 2020 Marine Environment Protection Awards. Other recipients are: Ocean Voyages Institute, Sea Education Association, the U.S. Arctic Research Council and the Business Network for Offshore Wind’s Liz Burdock for the category of Individual. The Awards Program will be held virtually in conjunction with NAMEPA's Annual Conference on November 5th, which will focus on looking ahead to 2023 and preparing for the future. “Particularly in these turbulent times, it is uplifting to celebrate the accomplishments and positive actions of our maritime community,” stated Carleen Lyden Walker, Co-Founder and Executive Director of NAMEPA. “The marine industry works tirelessly to deliver more than 90% of the world’s goods and energy safely and with a keen eye to reducing its environmental impact. It is NAMEPA’s honor to highlight their efforts, along with community partners who share our values to “Save our Seas”. NAMEPA’s Marine Environment Protection Awards are given in recognition of an individual or organization’s innovative and extraordinary efforts to commit themselves to preserving the marine environment as exemplified by a commitment to programs which have specific objectives set for environmental performance and improvement. Eligible candidates include members of the commercial maritime industry, government agencies, educational organizations, innovation providers, ports, associations and individuals. Submissions are judged by the organization’s Board of Directors against the criteria behind the award. MSC Cruises is being recognized for its multifaceted environmental work throughout its fleet and organization. MSC Cruises has begun construction on up to 9 LNG powered ships which are being designed to be compatible with low carbon bio and synthetic fuels as they become available. Additionally, they completed the $200 million+ restoration of Ocean Cay in the Bahamas to its original, pristine state; and took meaningful steps to eliminate single-use plastics from their fleet. Matson is receiving the Environmental Innovation Award for the breadth, scope and investment in its entire environmental program, which includes innovative new technology, modernization of its fleet and terminals, participation in grants and clean-up programs, and detailed planning for long term future goals. In 2020 their vessel new build, vessel retrofit, and terminal improvement programs have all come to fruition, bringing Matson’s environmental program to its industry-leading position. Ocean Voyages Institute recently conducted two voyages into the Pacific Gyre (often referred to as the “Pacific Garbage Patch”) with a record setting haul of abandoned nets, fishing gear, and other plastic debris which collects in the gyre. The non-profit organization seeks to expand its program by partnering with the marine industry to increase the capture of these harmful pollutants. The first NAMEPA Marine Environment Protection Award was presented 13 years ago posthumously to the founder of the MEPA movement, George P. Livanos who created HELMEPA over 30 years ago due to his interest and concern for the marine environment. Since then, award recipients have included Maersk, Euronav, CLIA, Joe Cox, the Port of Los Angeles, International Seaways, the Port of Montreal, the OAS-CIP, American Salvage Association, NOAA and the New York Harbor School among others. The NAMEPA Annual Conference including a Leadership Roundtable panel will precede the Awards Program, consisting of senior leadership individuals from many of the of the award recipients. For more information on attending, contact NAMEPA . There is a charge to attend, but students, active mariners and government personnel are guests. Admittance is by reservation only and is limited. The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) was officially launched in 2007. NAMEPA is a marine industry-led organization of environmental stewards preserving the marine environment by promoting sustainable marine industry best practices and educating seafarers, students and the public about the need and strategies for protecting global ocean, lake and river resources. For more information, go to Contact Details Carleen Lyden Walker +1 203-255-4686 Company Website

September 22, 2020 04:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Fully Promoted® Now Offering Unique New Product to Combat Germs and Bacteria

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Fully Promoted ®, the world’s largest branded products and marketing services franchise, announced today it will now offer nanoDefense ® products. The product line is comprised of recognizable, replaceable film that has a proprietary coating which activates in the presence of light to create a self-cleaning service. The surface engineered to repel contaminants allowing it to easily be wiped clean with water, but more importantly ingredients are actively involved in destroying organic compounds. The nanoDefense ® products are intended to be used by businesses on high touch surfaces in lighted areas, where the coating can work to remove viruses, bacteria, and contaminants. Fully Promoted recommends using the products on doors, elevator buttons, restrooms, touchscreens, self-service items and on mass transit. “Offering the nanoDefense ® products to our customers is another way that Fully Promoted is helping businesses get back to business,” said Mike Brugger, Fully Promoted brand President. “Businesses will find comfort in knowing that high touch points throughout their facilities are combating the growth and spread of contagions. Employees will be equally comfortable knowing that their work environment is safer.” In addition to offering nanoDefense ® , Fully Promoted offers a vast selection of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) that will help businesses get back to business. Most recently, Fully Promoted launched social distancing bracelets for networking events. The color-coded wristbands indicate an individuals preferred level of interaction. A member of the United Franchise Group, Fully Promoted can access more than half a million promotional products . For more information about Fully Promoted, the nanoDefense ® products, or to receive a product sample, contact your local Fully Promoted store. About Fully Promoted Fully Promoted has 300 locations across the globe. The brand operates a full-service branded products and marketing service business and is the place to attract customers. From promotional products and embroidery to expert printing services, Fully Promoted can help take businesses to the next level. Fully Promoted also offers an office-based model allowing franchisees to operate their business using a developed network of resources. To find the Fully Promoted nearest you, visit , and for franchising opportunities, visit . Contact Details Brittny Fuchs +1 561-812-6032 Company Website

September 09, 2020 10:06 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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WATCH: Airbus Perlan Mission II Celebrates Anniversary of Record Flight, Expands Science in the Stratosphere

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On Sept. 2, 2018, Airbus Perlan Mission II, the world’s first initiative to pilot an engineless aircraft to the edge of space, succeeded in setting a new world glider altitude record of 76,000 ft. in the stratospheric mountain waves above the Andes in southern Argentina. The aircraft was the Perlan 2, an experimental space glider, designed to achieve an altitude of up to 90,000 feet, which now is on record as the second highest flying winged aircraft in history - second only to the SR-71 Blackbird. The mission of Airbus Perlan Mission II is not only about setting altitude records, but also to drive innovation, exploration and inspiration for the next generation of aerospace leaders. To support these missions, Airbus Perlan Mission II is establishing a high altitude platform for science in the stratosphere, to gain invaluable data and insights never before possible on climate, extreme weather, aerodynamics and aerospace engineering. In this video, members of the Airbus Perlan Mission II team share their excitement about the discoveries that are possible by taking science to the stratosphere, what climate and aerospace knowledge was gained last season, and how the Perlan 2 provides a tremendous stratospheric science platform like no other in history. While the Perlan 2 will not fly this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team is celebrating the second anniversary of its record breaking flight and focusing energy on its total missions, and on what can be achieved through partnerships in science with innovators, researchers and aerospace leaders around the world. Learn more by visiting Airbus Perlan Mission II at Social Media and Press Kit: Follow the Airbus Perlan Mission II team on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Twitter: Facebook: Instagram: YouTube: Press Kit: Photos/Video: This 2020 Airbus Perlan Mission II video (MP4), photos/imagery and more information can all be downloaded at Please credit photos: “Airbus photo by James Darcy” or similar. All photos are copyright Airbus 2019, and provided for unlimited use by accredited media. Media Contacts: James Darcy Head of External Communications, Airbus North America 571-214-1722 Kristina Messner (Focused Image for Airbus Perlan Mission II) 703-678-6023 Contact Details Kristina Messner +1 703-678-6023 Company Website

September 01, 2020 08:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Harnessing the Power of Bees to Optimize Deliveries to Businesses & Consumers

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Especially now when so many people are relying on deliveries and e-commerce, etc. In order to get items to customers more efficiently, and with more and more of the population relying on delivery services due to the pandemic’s ‘new normal,’ it’s necessary for fleets to be optimized in every sense of the word, especially in efficiency and their carbon footprint. Unlike planning with Google, Waze or other route mapping apps, there is now a specific route-oriented app that handles route optimization including minimization of drive times, vehicle capacities, schedules, destinations. The Routific app does all this and more with an algorithm inspired by the way bees seek out nectar. Marc Kuo, founder and CEO of Routific , applies that concept to the world of logistics, by figuring out how a fleet of delivery vehicles can most optimally deliver packages to businesses or consumers. For example, DoorDash, with the help of Routific, generated efficient delivery routes for up to 100,000 orders a day, and up to 20,000 deliveries from a single store on a single day --converting those 20k deliveries into 2257 routes, 8-10 drops per route, a process which is now completely automated and completes within 45 minutes. other companies have seen this type of outcome as well. Benefits include: The company focuses on efficiency and saving businesses on operating costs by nearly 40%. In 2019 alone, Routific helped delivery businesses around the world save 11,322 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of planting more than 500,000 trees. Analytics & Reporting Live Tracking & Proof of Delivery Specific Driver App Philanthropy: Since the pandemic started Routific has let more than 400 startups use the platform for free as they pivot to cater to an at-home consumer base. Routific also works with all over the world SMBs which are powering their local economies in a time where it’s never been more important. Trusted by hundreds of businesses around the world, Routific's route optimization algorithm has been in development for more than a decade. Routific optimizes routes based on real-world factors like time windows, vehicle capacities, delivery types, priority stops, driver speeds, driver shift times, driver breaks, and more. For further information, log onto Contact Details Wendy Gordon +1 202-412-6268 Company Website

August 24, 2020 09:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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NEXT Trucking

NEXT Trucking , a FreightTech pioneer that connects shippers and carriers, announced today it has appointed new leadership across its finance and operations departments to oversee the company’s continued growth. Joining the company are Chief Financial Officer Timothy Danaher and Vice President of Operations Patrick Winter. “We are pleased to announce the addition of an accomplished new generation of leadership to the team, who will help us continue to aggressively expand our operations and reach, with a disciplined focus on positive unit economics,” said Lidia Yan, CEO and Co-Founder of NEXT Trucking. “Despite tremendous external pressures and supply chain disruptions caused by COVID-19, the addition of these impressive executives demonstrates that NEXT Trucking has successfully navigated these hurdles and continues to boast a promising growth trajectory.” As Chief Financial Officer, Timothy Danaher brings 20 years of proven expertise as a finance professional, having most recently served as Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of JUUL Labs. While there, he helped to grow the company to a $38B valuation. Prior to JUUL, he was President & Chief Operations Officer of Bellator MMA, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS, and Senior Vice President at Plainfield Asset Management. “I could not be more excited to join NEXT Trucking, as we transform the way the current drayage market operates,” said Danaher. “At NEXT, we are focused on building a robust technology product that will enable a thriving drayage and OTR marketplace environment, as well as a better shipper and carrier experience.” Patrick Winter joins NEXT Trucking as Vice President of Operations following 15 years as an operations leader across a breadth of startup verticals, including health tech, insurtech and transportation. Prior to his role at NEXT Trucking, Winter served as the Senior Vice President at Health IQ. As part of Uber’s delivery service, Uber Eats, he also led sales, marketing and operations teams throughout the U.S. as head of the company’s Pacific Northwest region. Prior to his business career, he served for seven years as an officer in the United States Navy. “NEXT Trucking is a truly exceptional company and I’m proud to be serving as the new Vice President of Operations,” said Winter. “Especially valuable during this unprecedented time in the history of logistics technology, NEXT Trucking has consistently proven its mettle as an industry leader. Its unique contributions to the logistics sector will continue to push forward the success of shippers and carriers alike, and offer the solutions needed for fleet owners to overcome the current economic tumult.” The new executive team members will help drive the company’s corporate initiatives and success despite the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the organization continues its mission to support shippers and carriers through the course of the crisis and beyond. ABOUT NEXT TRUCKING: NEXT Trucking, a FreightTech pioneer and drayage leader, offers premium shipping experiences to many of the world’s best-known companies. NEXT’s platform connects shippers with freight capacity across drayage, transload, and OTR. Headquartered in El Segundo, CA, NEXT is venture-backed by leaders such as Brookfield Ventures, GLP and Sequoia Capital. For more information, visit Contact Details April White +1 347-870-9402 Company Website

August 20, 2020 08:08 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Margaritaville Celebrates National Relaxation Day with Products and Experiences Transporting Consumers to Paradise

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Between the chaos of making the most of an uncertain year and trying to pack as much activity as possible into the sunny summer months, it’s no secret everyone could use a break right about now. Enter National Relaxation Day! Celebrated August 15, National Relaxation Day offers the perfect excuse to ditch the commotion and take a day to reset. At a loss on where to find relaxation this year? The last thing you need is pressure, so here are some ideas from Margaritaville to help you take a load off this weekend and beyond: Tune into Paradise Tune into Radio Margaritaville on SiriusXM for 24/7 streaming of the tunes that you love on us! Take a Bite Out of the Islands Dine at one of over 60 Margaritaville dining concepts such as award-winning JWB Prime Steak and Seafood, Margaritaville, LandShark Bar & Grille, and 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar – or by whipping up one of our favorite recipes from the Margaritaville The Cookbook such as Chef Carlo Sernaglia’s Pimento Cheese Hushpuppies, Peel-and-Eat-Shrimp, Conch Fritters – and of course, freshly blended margaritas! Kick Back and Relax at Resorts, RV and Water Parks, Marinas, Golf Courses, and Spas Book a trip to decompress before summer’s end – or stop by your local Margaritaville hotel, resort, or park this weekend to chill by the beach, pool, lakes, mountains, golf courses, marinas, pickleball courts and more. Not to mention, Margaritaville’s signature St. Somewhere Spas can be found at select properties offering treatment, steam, and scrub rooms, rainfall showers, hot tubs, and indulgent aromatherapy products for ultimate rejuvenation. Bring Relaxation Home Nothing says relaxation like a little retail therapy. Check out some of the hottest products from the Margaritaville Store to help you unwind in the months ahead – Listen to your favorite jams on our MGV Bluetooth Lawn Speaker while playing a game of 5 o'Clock Hook & Ring Toss or Margaritaville Checkers, or solving our 500 piece PFINS Parrot Puzzle. Head outside, stretch out, and slow down on our MGV Pace Is Slow Yoga Mat, MGV Tie Dye Yoga Mat, or Adirondack Chair Towel. Enjoy a taste of paradise with Margaritaville The Cookbook or by infusing Margaritaville Singles To Go in your water. Step up your backyard sanctuary with Island Lifestyle Quad Chairs and a Margaritaville Half Moon Fins to the Left Bar. To learn more about Margaritaville, please visit: . ### ABOUT MARGARITAVILLE Margaritaville, a state of mind since 1977, is a global lifestyle brand inspired by Jimmy Buffett, whose songs evoke a passion for tropical escape and relaxation. Margaritaville features over 20 lodging locations and over 20 additional projects in the pipeline, with nearly half under construction, two gaming properties and over 60 food and beverage venues including signature concepts such as Margaritaville Restaurant, award-winning JWB Prime Steak and Seafood, 5 o'Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill and LandShark Bar & Grill. More than 20 million travelers every year change their latitude and attitude with a visit to a Margaritaville resort, residential real estate destination, vacation club, vacation home rental or restaurant. Consumers can also escape everyday through a collection of Margaritaville lifestyle products including apparel, footwear, frozen concoction makers, home décor, a satellite radio station and more. For more information on Margaritaville, visit Contact Details FINN Partners +1 646-202-9782 Company Website

August 14, 2020 05:38 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Daniel Gaston Promoted to Vice President at Cloud Conventions/Convey Services

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Convey Services, parent company of Cloud Conventions a full featured virtual event technology solution today announced the promotion of Daniel Gaston to Vice President of Business Development. Gaston is chartered with developing and expanding the marketplace for virtual events, creating both a direct and channel focus to offer capabilities to event managers, associations, nonprofits, tradeshow operators and channel resellers. “Danny joined Convey five years ago and has been pivotal in growing the marketplace for Convey’s channel program for master agencies and suppliers, as well as for InterAct LifeLine’s addiction and recovery platform,” said Carolyn Bradfield founder of Convey. “Now that Convey has expanded its Cloud Conventions technology to address the explosive need for virtual conferences, tradeshows and events, Danny will drive the effort to grow revenue and expand the customer base for fully managed or self-managed virtual and hybrid events.” Prior to COVID, the marketplace for live expositions globally exceeded 33,000 with $50 billion in revenue annually. Although thousands of live events cancelled in 2020 and should begin to return in 2021, the demand for a virtual solution will continue to strengthen as event operators offer virtual-only or hybrid event options. Cloud Conventions automates every aspect of delivering a virtual event from attendee onboarding to exhibit booths, creating a content-rich environment with enhanced views of marketing materials, educational classes and product resources. The platform analyzes every attendee interaction and delivers detailed reports to the event host and their exhibitors. “Danny brings a unique skill set in being able to strategically understand how to address an emerging market, combined with the tactics needed to generate an appropriate sales process,” added Bradfield. “He has been integral in every aspect of our development of Cloud Conventions from product design, to creating processes for managing an event, to offering strategic support to clients that are creating their first virtual experience. He has identified market segments with the greatest need and a process to address them effectively.” Gaston graduated from Kennesaw State University summa cum laude with a degree in Applied Science, Industrial and Organizational Psychology. About Cloud Conventions Cloud Conventions is a Virtual Trade Show and Conference Platform from Convey Services that brings new capabilities to a marketplace looking for solutions to replace the thousands of live trade shows, annual conferences and association meetings cancelled in the wake of COVID-19. Originally launched as ConveyLive, Cloud Conventions automates exhibitors and virtual booths, attendee registration, speaker sessions and reminders, invitations and email communication, while at the same time producing detailed analytics on attendee, session and exhibitor activity. Trade Associations and event managers can explore all of the Cloud Conventions solutions by visiting or contacting or call 888-975-1382. Cloud Conventions™, Conduct™, One-Touch Email Share™, Hub & Spoke™, 360° Virtual Exhibit Hall & Lobby Experience™ and ListLock™ are trademarks of Convey Services LLC Contact Details Bruce Ahern +1 770-580-0810 Company Website

August 13, 2020 04:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Friends of Team Faruk Get Unique Gender Reveal

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August 12, 2020 09:52 AM Pacific Daylight Time

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Government Marketing University Offers Online “Power Hour”

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Government Marketing University (GMarkU), an innovative community-based learning platform for public sector marketers, announced details of its August virtual “Power Hour” aptly focused on “The Customer Journey: Harnessing the Power of Your Data.” “Marketing has become more data-driven, but the real challenge for marketers is not whether you have enough data. The key to taking your marketing to the next level is knowing which data is important and how to utilize valuable insights to improve the way you engage with your prospects,” said Stephanie Geiger, Chief Operating Officer and Co-founder, Government Marketing University. WHO: GMarkU in collaboration with Government Executive Media Group and data driven government industry marketing experts WHAT: The online event cultivates a learning environment for government marketers in all stages of their careers. Participants will learn how to increase prospect engagement and build loyalty by taking advantage of data. WHEN: August 20, 2020, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. ET. WHERE: Register online at WHY: Participants who attend Power Hour will walk away with valuable insights and improvements to marketing data, including: Increased marketing efficiency with a data-driven approach to discovering, analyzing, and influencing your customers’ journeys. Enhanced ability to generate more qualified leads by combining marketing data with a lead scoring system to create and identify sales-qualified leads. Better marketing and sales alignment for engaging high-priority accounts by tapping into better visibility and insights into buying habits. Tools to conquer your quest for integrated marketing by learning the resources available for enabling multiple-touch campaigns. Government Marketing University ( is an innovative learning platform that applies a collaborative, community-based approach toward knowledge sharing and skills development in the field of public sector marketing. Experts from all corners of the U.S. public sector marketplace — marketers, thought leaders, government, media and sales — are contributing their knowledge to this unique, content-rich platform. Government Marketing University offers training, research, certifications, mentoring, and community resources all in one place. Contact Details Duyen "Jen" Truong +1 703-584-5645 Company Website

August 12, 2020 09:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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