May 24

Malouf Takes Gold in Packaging Design at 8th International Design Awards

LOGAN, Utah (PRWEB) May 22, 2015

Malouf, an upscale bedding manufacturer of sheets, pillows, protectors, toppers and frames, has been awarded first place in packaging design and received multiple honorable mentions at the 8th International Design Awards, an annual competition drawing more than 1,000 entries from 52 countries throughout the world.

Competing with some of the largest brands in the world, Malouf received the ‘Gold’ award for its elegant, high-end Italian Collection sheet packaging. In 2014, Malouf updated the design of its Italian Collection packaging to match the superior product found within, 100 percent Egyptian cotton sheets hand-tailored by Italian artisans.

The updated package employs matte fabric board to create a two-piece box crafted in traditional Italian linen style. All typography on the box is stamped in silver foil with the size and color hand marked to emphasize hands-on artistry. After removing the lid, a layer of printed white tissue veils beautifully folded and arranged linens. Tucked inside, in bold black against the soft white of the sheets, is a hand-signed care card completed by the artisan who conducted the final inspection.

“It is a great honor to be awarded first place in one of the most prestigious design awards in the world,” said Emily Bunnell, Malouf’s creative director. “This level of recognition paints a picture of the incredibly talented people at Malouf whose hard work is now celebrated among the highest circles in the design community.”

Malouf also received honorable mentions in professional multimedia for its newly redesigned website and an instructional video describing its trend-setting online account management system.

The new Malouf website integrates cutting-edge design principles that facilitate its goal to educate buyers and customers on the brand and products within. The home page and primary product pages feature a full-width video produced to showcase the key points of the company and respective product families. Most of Malouf’s customers use the website to learn about its products so the product pages were designed with large, high-resolution photographs and complementary copy to help consumers understand the detail behind each product.

“From the beginning we wanted to design the website to be in the award-winning category so it’s great to see it in the same arena,” said Amber Evertsen, the lead designer for Malouf’s website.

Malouf’s video is a brief, animation created by its in-house design and video team to educate its buyers about the powerful online account management tools it created to make ordering, managing and paying easy.

“Last year we launched our online account management system to help our retail partners access all the information they needed at any time they wanted it,” said Chad Andrews, Malouf’s video animation specialist and graphic designer. “The video was a fun project that allowed us to be creative and educate about something very functional. We’ve had great feedback from our retail partners already, so it’s cool to get this kind of recognition as well.”

This wasn’t the first time Malouf was awarded for its packaging. Four years earlier, Malouf received ‘Silver’ at the 4th International Design Awards for its Sleep Tite mattress protector line packaging.

Malouf will exhibit its new award-winning Italian Collection packaging, its website and account management video, among other things, at its permanent tradeshow spaces in Las Vegas, New York, High Point, and Tupelo.


Malouf has been innovating, manufacturing, and importing quality bedding products for over 12 years. Malouf’s product lines include Z pillows, WOVEN linens, STRUCTURES frames, SLEEP TITE protectors, and ISOLUS toppers. This comprehensive offering provides retail partners with the tools needed to enhance every mattress sale. Malouf now owns over one million square feet of warehousing space between the east and west coasts, allowing for streamlined shipping logistics and faster transit times. For more information about Malouf, visit

May 12

AvePoint Showcases Innovative Solutions for Smart Cities at Metropolitan Solutions 2015 in Berlin

Berlin, Germany (PRWEB) May 12, 2015

AvePoint, the established leader in enabling enterprise collaboration across platforms and devices, today announced its participation at Metropolitan Solutions 2015, taking place on May 20-22, 2015 at City Cube in Berlin, Germany. Metropolitan Solutions is the world’s largest congress and exhibition on intelligent, sustainable urban development. As a worldwide Microsoft CityNext partner, AvePoint will showcase solutions to support governments in adopting and optimizing Microsoft technologies that engage citizens and modernize operations.

Visit AvePoint at the Metropolitan Solutions Collective Booth C 33

Attendees can visit AvePoint at the Metropolitan Solutions Collective Booth C 33 to learn how AvePoint’s Innovative Business Solutions and Citizen Connect platform enable government agencies to drive citizen engagement and modernize business processes across devices and systems. They can receive demonstrations by company subject matter experts on AvePoint’s engagement and modernization solutions, including:


AvePoint Citizen Services: Automate case management by allowing field officers, operational centers, and the citizens they support to input and manage requests from any device, anywhere, at any time.
AvePoint Project Transparency: Facilitate awareness of public project information and current agency trends to core stakeholders by streamlining project management processes as well as allowing stakeholders to easily report on and disseminate valuable project data.
AvePoint Podium: Provide consistent engagement and communication with all citizens through online meetings and surveys while monitoring and reviewing citizen social media sentiment trends.
AvePoint Mobile Workforce: Implement a comprehensive mobile strategy that drives efficiency to deliver faster and better services to citizens by enabling productivity on-the-go and fostering multi-directional communication.


AvePoint Case Management: Provide an all-in-one solution using the latest technologies to maximize resources, and deliver fast and responsive services to citizens by retiring inefficient, manual, or paper-based systems and processes.
AvePoint Document Management: Establish effective information management and collaboration by providing timely access to data as well as multi-directional collaboration with appropriate compliance filters in place.
AvePoint Grant Management: Simplify application processing while providing visibility into fund use and operational efficiency to ensure grants are awarded to those who need them most.

“AvePoint is excited to join urban development organizations from throughout Europe to share best practices for modern government technology use as well as showcase solutions for enhancing citizen engagement and easing processes,” said Jan Tietze, CTO of AvePoint EMEA. “Government agencies require unique tools to provide a more transparent view of their operations as well as communicate with the constituents they represent. Our Citizen Connect platform offers a path toward more inclusive and modern collaboration.”

About AvePoint

AvePoint is the established leader in enabling enterprise collaboration across platforms and devices. Focusing on helping enterprises in their digitization journey to enable their information workers to collaborate with confidence, AvePoint is first to market with a unique solution that centralizes access and control of information assets residing in disparate collaboration and document management systems on-premises and in the cloud. AvePoint solutions and services aim to bring together business, IT, as well as compliance and risk officers to serve key business objectives such as big data, cloud integration, compliance, enterprise content management, and mobile data access monitoring.

Founded in 2001 and based out of Jersey City, NJ, AvePoint serves over 14,000 organizations and 3 million Office 365 users in five continents across all industry sectors, with focused practices in the energy and utilities; financial services; healthcare and pharmaceuticals; and public sector industries. AvePoint is a Microsoft Global ISV Partner, Gold Certified Collaboration and Content Partner and winner of 2014 Microsoft Partner of the Year Award in Public Safety and National Security, as well as a US Government GSA provider via strategic partnerships. AvePoint is privately held and backed by Goldman Sachs and Summit Partners.

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Apr 30

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Apr 18

The Miami Stem Cell Treatment Center Announces Adult Stem Cell Public Seminars in Sarasota, Florida

Sarasota, Florida (PRWEB) April 18, 2015

The Miami Stem Cell Treatment Center announces a series of free public seminars on the use of adult stem cells for various degenerative and inflammatory conditions. They will be provided by Dr. Thomas A. Gionis, Surgeon-in-Chief and Dr. Nia Smyrniotis, Medical Director.

The seminars will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 1:00pm and 3:00pm; and Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at 1:00pm and 3:00pm at the Hyatt Regency, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236. Please RSVP at (561) 331-2999, all events are by reservation only.

The Miami Stem Cell Treatment Center (Miami; Boca Raton; Orlando; The Villages; Sarasota), along with sister affiliates, the Irvine Stem Cell Treatment Center (Irvine; Westlake Village, California) and the Manhattan Regenerative Medicine Medical Group (Manhattan, New York), abide by approved investigational protocols using adult adipose derived stem cells (ADSCs) which can be deployed to improve patients’ quality of life for a number of chronic, degenerative and inflammatory conditions and diseases. ADSCs are taken from the patient’s own adipose (fat) tissue (found within a cellular mixture called stromal vascular fraction (SVF)). ADSCs are exceptionally abundant in adipose tissue. The adipose tissue is obtained from the patient during a 15 minute mini-liposuction performed under local anesthesia in the doctor’s office. SVF is a protein-rich solution containing mononuclear cell lines (predominantly adult autologous mesenchymal stem cells), macrophage cells, endothelial cells, red blood cells, and important Growth Factors that facilitate the stem cell process and promote their activity.

ADSCs are the body’s natural healing cells – they are recruited by chemical signals emitted by damaged tissues to repair and regenerate the body’s injured cells. The Miami Stem Cell Treatment Center only uses Adult Autologous Stem Cells from a person’s own fat – No embryonic stem cells are used; and No bone marrow stem cells are used. Current areas of study include: Emphysema, COPD, Asthma, Heart Failure, Heart Attack, Parkinson’s Disease, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, Muscular Dystrophy, Inflammatory Myopathies, and degenerative orthopedic joint conditions (Knee, Shoulder, Hip, Spine). For more information, or if someone thinks they may be a candidate for one of the adult stem cell protocols offered by the Miami Stem Cell Treatment Center, they may contact Dr. Gionis or Dr. Smyrniotis directly at (561) 331-2999, or see a complete list of the Center’s study areas at:

Also, you can listen and call into our radio show, The Stem Cell Show, hosted by Dr. Gionis worldwide on (“Listen Live” at 7pm EST) or the KABC app – available on the App Store or Google Play.

About the Miami Stem Cell Treatment Center: The Miami Stem Cell Treatment Center, along with sister affiliates, the Irvine Stem Cell Treatment Center and the Manhattan Regenerative Medicine Medical Group, is an affiliate of the California Stem Cell Treatment Center / Cell Surgical Network (CSN); we are located in Miami, Boca Raton, Orlando, The Villages, and Sarasota, Florida. We provide care for people suffering from diseases that may be alleviated by access to adult stem cell based regenerative treatment. We utilize a fat transfer surgical technology to isolate and implant the patient’s own stem cells from a small quantity of fat harvested by a mini-liposuction on the same day. The investigational protocols utilized by the Miami Stem Cell Treatment Center have been reviewed and approved by an IRB (Institutional Review Board) which is registered with the U.S. Department of Health, Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP); and our studies are registered with, a service of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). For more information, visit our websites:,,, or

Mar 25

OConnor House Becomes Sandra Day OConnor Institute

Phoenix, Arizona (PRWEB) March 24, 2015

O’Connor House is now the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute. O’Connor House, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to solving complex issues through civil discourse and collaborative action. In recognition of the need to continue to expand and enhance its endeavors, the Board of Directors voted to change the name of the organization from O’Connor House to the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute.

Sarah Suggs, President and CEO said, “The O’Connor Institute is a significant step forward and exciting chapter in our organization’s life. We continue Sandra Day O’Connor’s important work to advance society, inspired by her leadership, intellect and vision.”

The mission of the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute is to:

    Continue Sandra Day O’Connor’s lifetime work of solving important social, economic and political problems through civil dialogue and civic action.
    Create an environment where important policy decisions are made through a process of civil discussion, critical analysis of facts and informed participation of all citizens.
    Build consensus and collaborate on state and national levels to help solve complex issues.

“Given the polarized, highly politicized approach to current issues, the non-partisan O’Connor Institute offers civil discourse and collaborative problem solving to constructively address the complex challenges that face our state and nation,” stated Peter M. Hayes, Chairman of the Board.

The Sandra Day O’Connor Institute current programmatic areas include Social Justice, Public Policy and Civics Education. In addition, the history of Sandra Day O’Connor’s extraordinary life is being documented and preserved. Plans also call for a future location of the O’Connor Institute to include a civic center, auditorium, educational classrooms, internships, collaborative work space, public forums and debates, library, tours, a permanent exhibit honoring the lifetime work of Sandra Day O’Connor and administrative offices.

The historic O’Connor House itself will remain an asset of the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute. The adobe home was relocated to the campus of the Arizona Historical Society and became a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization in 2009.

The work begun by O’Connor House which will be continued by the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute includes:

Public Policy: Providing a greater understanding of critical issues through thoughtful discussion, critical analysis of facts and informed participation of all citizens.
SAFE Action Project: Delivering hospitality industry training developed by O’Connor House to combat the commercial sexual exploitation of children (child sex trafficking).
Social Justice: Creating solutions and collaborative partnerships to reduce domestic violence against women and children.
Civics Education: promoting civics education, particularly in middle schools, including the use of, an online education portal founded by Sandra Day O’Connor as a free civics resource for teachers and students.
Distinguished Speakers Series: Presenting national and international leaders and luminaries who foster the ideals of statesmanship

Sandra Day O’Connor made history in 1981 when President Ronald Reagan nominated her as an associate justice and first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court, where she served 25 years until her retirement in 2006. Prior to the U.S. Supreme Court, Sandra Day O’Connor had previously worked in the Arizona Attorney General’s office, in the Arizona State Senate as Majority Leader, later as a judge in the Maricopa County Superior Court and the Arizona Court of Appeals before her nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Peter M. Hayes is Chairman of the Board and Sarah E. Suggs serves as President and CEO. Board Members include Joseph P. Anderson, Tracy Bame, Deborah Bateman, Rich Boals, Nikal Conti, Harold Dorenbecher, Shelley Duane, John Evancevich, Leonard Gaby, Dr. Rufus Glasper, Lucia Howard, Hon. Douglas Hunt, Rick Jones, Francis Najafi, Michael Rooney, James Rose, Stephen M. Savage, Richard H. Silverman, Kim Sterling-Heflin, Gay Firestone Wray, Kari Yatkowski and Kathleen Zeider. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (ret.) and Ambassador Barbara Barrett serve as Advisors.

About Sandra Day O’Connor Institute

The O’Connor Institute continues the lifetime work of Sandra Day O’Connor in solving important social, economic and political problems through civil and constructive dialogue combined with civic action. The O’Connor Institute works to build consensus, form collaborations and help craft solutions to vital public issues, in an environment of mutual respect and shared purpose for a better state and nation. Visit

About O’Connor House

The historic adobe O’Connor House, built in 1959 by Sandra Day O’Connor and her husband, John O’Connor, hosted Arizona leaders, national and international dignitaries during their 25 years in residence. During that time, Sandra Day O’Connor served as the first woman Majority Leader for the Arizona State Senate. Using civil discourse and hospitality as a platform, she helped build consensus to help solve issues of the day. That tradition that lives on today with O’Connor House perpetually serving as the iconic inspiration to foster civil dialogue and promote cooperative problem solving. Visit

Mar 01

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Prof With Questionable Slides On Vaccines Out For Year At Queen's University
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Feb 05

Smith & Associates to Exhibit at Electronica China 2015 Booth 3172

HOUSTON, TX (PRWEB) February 04, 2015

Smith & Associates, the largest independent distributor of electronic components, today announces its upcoming exhibition at Electronica China 2015 in Shanghai. The company, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2014, closed this historical year with record annual revenues that were the largest in the company’s history. Smith is now bringing this momentum to the expansion of its global quality and service programs, which it will showcase at Electronica China 2015, a leading electronics industry gathering.

Smith & Associates representatives will be on-hand in booth 3172 to demonstrate the company’s product sourcing capabilities and expansive strategies for customized inventory and supply chain management, in addition to its extensive quality and anti-counterfeit testing capabilities. Electronica China will also offer Smith the opportunity to highlight the localized support options for end-to-end supply chain management the company can provide customers in the bustling Asian market and worldwide.

“Electronica is one of the electronics industry’s leading events, and Electronica China offers the unique opportunity to interact with one of the industry’s most vital markets,” said Mark Bollinger, Smith’s Vice President of Marketing. “Asia’s constantly evolving market demands keen industry awareness to know and support this region.”

Smith’s own consistent growth underpins the company’s ability to support customers in Asia and worldwide. Smith has strengthened its efforts and resources for combatting counterfeiting with the expansion of its laboratory facilities and the continual, extensive training of its quality inspectors. Smith has also revolutionized its ability to engineer unique supply chain management strategies with the development of its new Global Services division, which analyzes customer needs and designs customized service programs to address their supply chain challenges. The company has also expanded its PPV program to support cost savings for customers worldwide.

Smith is now poised to showcase these strengths at Electronica China 2015.

“This event will offer a valuable opportunity to demonstrate to current and potential customers what Smith can offer the expansive Asia-Pacific market,” said Mark. “We are excited by the opportunity to showcase our evolving service portfolio and quality resources to the global community of industry professionals at Electronica China.”

WHAT: Electronica China 2015

WHEN: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 – Thursday, March 19, 2015

WHERE: Smith & Associates Exhibition Showcase

Hall E3, Booth 3172

Shanghai New International Expo Centre

China, 上海市浦东新区龙阳路2345号

No. 2345 Longyang Road, Pudong New Area, Shanghai 201204, China

Meetings with Smith personnel can be scheduled via Smith’s Electronica page.

About Electronica China

The International Trade Fair for Electronic, Systems and Applications (Electronica China) is the leading trade platform for electronic components and systems in China, as well as the Asian-Pacific region. Its growth in the last decade has established a name for Electronica China’s “high-end applications and technological innovations.” A series of international innovation forums addressing important application trends and growth markets offer the electronics community in China the latest industry trends and solutions.

About Smith & Associates

Founded in Houston in 1984, Smith & Associates is a leader in the independent distribution of semiconductors and electronic components to electronics and high-tech manufacturers. Smith offers shortage sourcing for commodity and obsolete parts, innovative purchasing and inventory management solutions, redistribution of excess inventory, and component stocking for warranty and repair programs.

A privately-held company, Smith & Associates employs more than 350 people worldwide, with annual revenue in excess of US $ 747 million. Smith’s regional hubs in Houston, Hong Kong, and Amsterdam are ISO certified. In addition, sales and purchasing offices are located in Austin, Silicon Valley, Guadalajara, New York, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, and Penang. For more information, see or, to reach a Smith representative 24 hours a day, please call: 1.800.HOUSTON or +1 713.430.3000.


For more information, contact:

Mark Bollinger

Smith & Associates, V.P. of Marketing

+1 713.430.3000


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