Fannie Mae Announces the Results of its Eighteenth Reperforming Loan Sale Transaction

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Fannie Mae (OTCQB: FNMA) today announced the results of its eighteenth reperforming loan sale transaction. The deal, which was announced on October 15, 2020, included the sale of approximately 6,300 loans totaling $729.6 million in unpaid principal balance (UPB), divided into three pools. The winning bidders of the three pools for the transaction were DLJ Mortgage Capital, Inc. (Credit Suisse) for Pools 1 and 3 and JP Morgan Mortgage Acquisition Corp. (Chase) for Pool 2. The transaction is expected to close on December 18, 2020. The pools were marketed with Citigroup Global Markets Inc. as advisor.

The loan pools awarded in this most recent transaction include:

  • Pool 1: 1,503 loans with an aggregate UPB of $243,302,241; average loan size of $161,878; weighted average note rate of 4.25%; and weighted average broker’s price opinion (BPO) loan-to-value ratio of 56%.
  • Pool 2: 3,266 loans with an aggregate UPB of $243,402,785; average loan size of $74,526; weighted average note rate of 5.17%; and weighted BPO loan-to-value ratio of 51%.
  • Pool 3: 1,537 loans with an aggregate UPB of $242,942,311; average loan size of $158,063; weighted average note rate of 4.25%; and weighted BPO loan-to-value ratio of 65%.

The cover bids, which are the second highest bids per pool, were 104.13% of UPB (39.33% of BPO) for Pool 1, 104.77% of UPB (27.58% of BPO) for Pool 2, and 99.53% of UPB (50.92% of BPO) for Pool 3.

Interested bidders can register for ongoing announcements, training, and other information here. Fannie Mae will also post information about specific pools available for purchase on that page.

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STMicroelectronics and Schneider Electric Reveal Advanced People-Counting Solution using Artificial Intelligence on STM32 Microcontroller

STMicroelectronics and Schneider Electric Reveal Advanced People-Counting Solution using Artificial Intelligence
on STM32 Microcontroller

Artificial Intelligence at the very edge enables digital attendance monitoring
for smart buildings

Geneva, November 16, 2020 – STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, and Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, are demonstrating a prototype IoT sensor that enables new building-management services and efficiency gains by understanding building-occupancy levels and usage.

The two companies have collaborated to integrate Artificial Intelligence (AI) into a high-performance people-counting sensor, which overcomes the challenge of monitoring attendance in large spaces with multiple entrance points. Schneider Electric will demonstrate this IoT sensor as a guest at ST Live Days, during the IoT&5G session on November 19, 2020.

With the digitization of building occupancy, Schneider is following its mission to be its customers’ digital partner for sustainability and efficiency by delivering new and highly valuable insights such as queue monitoring to assist smart building management while respecting individuals’ privacy by design. The advanced IoT sensor has been developed by combining the high expertise of ST’s AI group and the deep sensor-application expertise of Schneider Electric to identify and embed a high-performing object-detection neural network in a small microcontroller (MCU).

Schneider Electric’s increase in design productivity comes from its use of the STM32Cube.AI toolchain, which has mature capabilities for developing AI applications for the broad portfolio of STM32 MCUs. This allowed Schneider Electric to gain valuable flexibility and efficiency in hardware design from the engineering resources, sophistication, and ease of use provided by the STM32Cube software-development ecosystem.

The prototype people-counting sensor combines a LYNRED ThermEyeTM family thermal imager, integrated in a unique ultra-low-power design created by Schneider Electric, with a Yolo-based Neural Network model running on the recently introduced high-performance STM32H723 MCU from ST.

This promising technology opens a new solution for attendance monitoring and people counting in numerous applications such as monitoring queues, building usage, and social distancing,” said Maxime Loidreau, IoT Sensors Program Manager at Schneider Electric. “Our innovative demonstration, created with STMicroelectronics, finds applications in various segments, from hotels to offices and retail, and more generally any building where knowing attendance and space occupation has a value. This will redefine the building of the future!

This project demonstrates the power of deep learning to enhance embedded data-processing performance, showing how high-value applications can be hosted on a cost-effective microcontroller-based platform,” added Miguel Castro, AI Solutions Business Line Manager at STMicroelectronics. “Our STM32Cube.AI ecosystem empowers users to create flexible solutions within a fast time-to-market window. Customers can enjoy even greater productivity leveraging the support of our technical team to overcome engineering challenges.

Further Technical Information

The STM32 AI ecosystem provides essential building blocks for neural networks to run on STM32 MCUs, enabling a cost-effective and power-efficient solution. Various deep-learning frameworks such as Keras, TensorFlow™ Lite, and ONNX exchange format are supported natively.

Included in the ecosystem is the X-CUBE-AI software expansion package, which extends the capabilities of the STM32CubeMX initialization tool to automatically convert pre-trained neural networks, generate optimized libraries for the target MCU, and integrate these into the user’s project. Additional support to automate laborious development tasks includes several ways of validating neural network models and measuring performance on STM32 MCUs without creating the necessary C code by hand.

The general DNN approach supported by ST’s software-development ecosystem, mapped onto the rich STM32 portfolio, lets users efficiently replicate development effort to create products for multiple markets. The STM32H723 MCU powering the demonstration at ST Live Days has excellent credentials for hosting AI applications, including high core performance, up to 1Mbyte Flash, high-speed off-chip memory interfaces, and integrated features for connecting a wide variety of sensor types.

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Morgan Stanley Announces $1.3 Million Grant to Columbia University Department of Psychiatry

Morgan Stanley Announces $1.3 Million Grant to Columbia University Department of Psychiatry

Funding will support research to better understand and address the impact of COVID-19 on children’s mental health

Morgan Stanley today announced a grant of $1.3 million to the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons to advance children’s mental health research in an effort to raise awareness, drive innovation, and inform intervention strategies and actions. This funding will support Columbia University’s scientific research to better understand and address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s mental health, with a focus on vulnerable communities that traditionally lack access to care. Specific research areas include the impact of telehealth treatment, use of innovative technology to assess adolescent depression, and the impact of COVID-19 and digital technology use on Latinx youth’s mental health. This research collaboration will generate scientific findings, inform solutions, help improve access to care, and foster social equality.

“At Morgan Stanley, we are committed to leveraging our global reach and ongoing dedication to our communities to help address the challenge of children’s mental health,” said Ted Pick, Head of Institutional Securities, Morgan Stanley. “Now more than ever, we need coordinated efforts to keep the global crisis in children’s mental health from escalating.”

This is a significant development for the Morgan Stanley Alliance for Children’s Mental Health (the “Alliance”), which was launched in February 2020 to bring together key leaders in the children’s mental health space and combine the resources and reach of Morgan Stanley and its Foundation with the knowledge and experience of distinguished nonprofit member organizations. Columbia University has joined the Alliance to support its thought leadership program and help strategically address children’s mental health concerns.

“We are excited to welcome Columbia University to the Alliance for Children’s Mental Health to promote thought leadership in this space,” said Joan Steinberg, Global Head of Philanthropy, President of the Morgan Stanley Foundation, and Chair of the Alliance, Morgan Stanley. “Through breakthrough scientific research, we have furthered our commitment to investing in children’s mental health and enabling access to care. We believe that the Alliance for Children’s Mental Health will help generate more evidence-based solutions and make a lasting impact on children’s mental health, especially among vulnerable communities.”

Jeffrey A. Lieberman, MD, the Lawrence C. Kolb Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Columbia NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and Director of the New York State Psychiatric Institute at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center, said, “Columbia Psychiatry is uniquely positioned to address these issues through groundbreaking research, and we are extremely grateful to Morgan Stanley for their visionary support to effect change and progress in an area of shared interest and priority: the mental health and well-being of children across the globe, particularly in this time of crisis.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic will be accompanied by a wave of mental health consequences for children, adolescents, and families. Unfortunately, these mental health sequelae are super-imposed upon the long-standing and persistent problems of racial and social injustice,” said Jeremy Veenstra-VanderWeele, MD, Director of the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and the NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. “We are grateful to be working with Morgan Stanley and the Alliance for Children’s Mental Health to address this confluence of crises, with our long-standing research efforts on intergenerational predictors of risk and resilience in marginalized communities, as well as our active research on low-cost screening, engagement and treatment using telehealth and innovative technology.”

About Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) is a leading global financial services firm providing investment banking, securities, wealth management, and investment management services. With offices in more than 41 countries, the Firm’s employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments, institutions and individuals. For more information about Morgan Stanley, please visit

About Morgan Stanley Alliance for Children’s Mental Health

The Morgan Stanley Alliance for Children’s Mental Health brings together key leaders in the children’s mental health space and combines the resources and reach of Morgan Stanley and its Foundation with the knowledge and experience of its distinguished nonprofit partner organizations. The Alliance helps strategically address children’s mental health concerns and the far-reaching challenges of stress, anxiety and depression. For more information about the Alliance, visit

About Columbia University Department of Psychiatry

The Columbia University Department of Psychiatry is among the top-ranked psychiatry departments in the nation and has contributed greatly to the understanding and treatment of brain disorders. Co-located at the New York State Psychiatric Institute on the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Irving Medical Center campus in Washington Heights, the department enjoys a rich and productive collaborative relationship with physicians in various disciplines at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Columbia Psychiatry is home to distinguished clinicians and researchers noted for their clinical and research advances in the diagnosis and treatment of depression, suicide, schizophrenia, bipolar and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, substance use disorders, and childhood psychiatric disorders.

Columbia University Irving Medical Center provides international leadership in basic, preclinical, and clinical research; medical and health sciences education; and patient care. The medical center trains future leaders and includes the dedicated work of many physicians, scientists, public health professionals, dentists, and nurses at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Mailman School of Public Health, the College of Dental Medicine, the School of Nursing, the biomedical departments of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and allied research centers and institutions. Columbia University Irving Medical Center is home to the largest medical research enterprise in New York City and State and one of the largest faculty medical practices in the Northeast. For more information, visit or

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CuriosityStream To Present at the 2020 Bernstein Operational Decisions Conference

CuriosityStream To Present at the 2020 Bernstein Operational Decisions Conference

CuriosityStream Inc. (NASDAQ: CURI), one of the world’s leading global factual streaming services and media companies, today announced that John Hendricks, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors, will participate in a virtual fireside chat at the Bernstein Operational Decisions Conference on Tuesday, November 17, 2020. The fireside chat will begin at 8:00 AM Pacific Time / 11:00 AM Eastern Time.

The event webcast will be available live on the CuriosityStream investor relations website at Register by clicking on this link. A replay of the video webcast will also be available at for a limited time.

About CuriosityStream

Launched by media visionary John Hendricks, CuriosityStream is one of the world’s leading global factual streaming services and media companies. Our documentary series and features cover every topic from space exploration to adventure to the secret life of pets, empowering viewers of all ages to fuel their passions and explore new ones. With thousands of titles, many in Ultra HD 4K, including exclusive originals, CuriosityStream features stunning visuals and unrivaled storytelling to demystify science, nature, history, technology, society, and lifestyle. CuriosityStream programming is available worldwide to watch on TV, desktop, mobile and tablets. Find us on Roku, Apple TV Channels and Apple TV, Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, iOS and Android, as well as Amazon Prime Video Channels, YouTube TV, Sling TV, DISH, Comcast Xfinity on Demand, Cox Communications, Altice USA, Suddenlink, T- Mobile, Frndly TV, Vidgo, Sony, LG, Samsung and VIZIO smart TVs, Liberty Global, Com Hem, Tata Sky, MultiChoice, StarHub TV, Totalplay, Millicom, Okko, Gazprom and other global distribution partners and platforms. For more information, visit

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements made in this press release and in the webcast discussed herein may be considered “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 including, but not limited to, CuriosityStream’s expectations or predictions of future financial or business performance or conditions. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Generally, statements that are not historical facts, including statements concerning possible or assumed future actions, business strategies, events or results of operations, are forward-looking statements. These statements may be preceded by, followed by or include the words “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “projects,” “forecasts,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “seeks,” “plans,” “scheduled,” “anticipates,” “predicts” or “intends” or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual events, results or performance to differ materially from those indicated by such statements. Certain of these risks are identified and discussed under “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Definitive Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A filed on September 22, 2020, and in CuriosityStream’s other SEC filings made from time to time. These risk factors will be important to consider in determining future results and should be reviewed in their entirety. Forward-looking statements are based on the current belief of the management of CuriosityStream, based on currently available information, as to the outcome and timing of future events, and involve factors, risks, and uncertainties that may cause actual results in future periods to differ materially from such statements. However, there can be no assurance that the events, results or trends identified in these forward-looking statements will occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and CuriosityStream is not under any obligation, and expressly disclaims any obligation, to update, alter or otherwise revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. Readers should carefully review the statements set forth in the reports that CuriosityStream has filed or will file from time to time with the SEC.

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UScellular Introduces “Learn with US” Resource Hub

UScellular Introduces “Learn with US” Resource Hub

Educational Resources and Connectivity Tips from Google and Wyzant to Support Learning and Working from Home

Pretty much anyone you talk to these days has had to adjust their work or school plans because of remote work and school guidelines put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. With Americans continuing to search for ways to successfully maintain their connections, both socially and through technology tools, UScellular has created the “Learn with US” informational resource microsite on This hub of information can help ease the pain points consumers are experiencing with hybrid or distance learning and working from a remote location away from a typical office setting with connected technology.

According to a Household Pulse Survey from the U.S. Census Bureau1, nearly 93% of people in households with school-age children reported their children engaged in some form of “distance learning” from home. Results confirm that the most socioeconomically disadvantaged households do not use online educational resources for distance learning at the same rates as higher-income households.

“We’re seeing parents and kids continue to be challenged by connectivity issues and needing resources to help them remain efficient in their daily work, whether that’s in their jobs or remote schooling,” said Courtland Madock, vice president of marketing for UScellular. “The ‘Learn With US’ hub leverages a variety of resources we have from industry relationships and expert tips from within our company and our partners to deliver helpful information to those who need it.”

The Learn with US hub is a destination for helpful tips and resources updated with new promotions and tips from UScellular and its associated business relationships. The latest tips and resources are highlighted below:

Wyzant – Free, online tutoring session:

Through the end of 2020*, UScellular, through a relationship with Wyzant, is offering its customers a free tutoring session, up to $40. Founded in 2005, Wyzant is a digital marketplace to connect students to independent tutors. To get started, customers can click the link on the “Learn With US” page to sign up on the Wyzant site. From there, simply answer a few questions about your tutoring needs and Wyzant will list the experts best equipped to help you.

Educational Resources – Presented by Google, YouTube and Wyzant:

From elementary to higher learning, these tips come from experts in their industry and can help with a variety of subjects.



  • Learn @ Home with YouTube – This is a resource for families with children of different ages and areas of interest and compliment schoolwork assigned by teachers


Connectivity Resources – Presented by Google:

Staying connected is super important. There are several links to resources from Google on the “Learn with US” hub to help efficiently learn and work from home.

Additional Resources from Google:

Technology can help make remote learning easier and more accessible. Teach from Anywhere is a Google-created website that gives teachers and families the tools and tips they need to help keep students learning, anywhere, at any time and on any device.

*Offer is valid for existing UScellular customers who are not existing Wyzant customers. You will receive a $40 credit in your Wyzant account when you sign up through the corresponding offer link. Offer is valid through 11/30/20 and credit must be redeemed by 12/31/20. Offer is subject to Wyzant’s verification of compliance with these terms and conditions. Wyzant reserves the right to discontinue or modify this offer at any time with notice.


About UScellular

UScellular is the fourth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier is building a stronger network with the latest 5G technology and offers a wide range of communication services that enhance consumers’ lives, increase the competitiveness of local businesses and improve the efficiency of government operations. It is ranked #1 in the North Central Region in the J.D. Power 2020 Wireless Network Quality Performance Study – Volume 2. To learn more about UScellular, visit one of its retail stores or To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with UScellular on, and

For more information, contact:

Chris Bauer

UScellular Communications Manager


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Magnite Endorses Unified ID 2.0 Initiative and Announces Prototype Support

Magnite Endorses Unified ID 2.0 Initiative and Announces Prototype Support

Global SSP to Endorse Unified ID 2.0 and Build on The Trade Desk’s Efforts to Upgrade Internet Identity Framework

Magnite (NASDAQ: MGNI), the largest independent omnichannel sell-side advertising platform, announces its support of the open-source, interoperable identity solution, Unified ID 2.0, in collaboration with The Trade Desk and other companies across the digital advertising industry. Magnite will adopt Unified ID 2.0, an open source framework for hashing and encrypting email addresses, in order to create a common transaction fabric for digital advertising. Magnite’s endorsement will also further promote publisher adoption of the solution.

“Magnite and The Trade Desk share the common belief that the next generation of identity needs to be open and ubiquitous, with consumer privacy, transparency and control at its core,” said Tom Kershaw, Chief Technology Officer, Magnite. “We are firm supporters of Unified ID 2.0 as an identity solution that can work across all digital ecosystems. It’s key that industry partners coalesce around an identity solution that’s an upgrade to cookies and enables publishers of all sizes to build and maintain trust with their viewers.”

Unified ID 2.0 also provides an opportunity for Magnite, The Trade Desk and other industry leaders, to further prove the value exchange of the open internet. Ad requests made utilizing Unified ID 2.0 will create more relevant advertising opportunities, which has shown to yield higher CPMs.

Benefits for publishers include:

  • Independence: An open identifier built on hashed email address means that publisher monetization will be less reliant on the whims of browsers and OEMs in the future.
  • Control: The ID will enable a suite of options for participation that help publishers of all sizes maintain control of their data. This includes integration with existing publisher logins, as well as an open single sign-on and alternate SSO solutions.
  • Trust: These standards will make it easy for publishers to build and maintain trust with their users. This includes aligning on a common approach for consent messaging and offering a reliable framework for user transparency and control.
  • Openness: Unified ID 2.0 is based on an open source framework and will be consistent with, and work seamlessly with, prebid.js and prebid.server.

“We’re seeing tremendous momentum around Unified ID 2.0 across all corners of the digital advertising industry, as we work together on a better, upgraded alternative to cookies,” said Dave Pickles, Chief Technology Officer, The Trade Desk. “Together with Magnite and other industry leaders, we can create a better model for identity, one that gives more controls and transparency to both publishers and consumers, while preserving the value exchange of relevant advertising on the internet.”

Unified ID 2.0 is being built in collaboration with leading industry associations and partners, and will be managed by an independent governing body. For more information about Unified ID 2.0, please visit the Unified ID solution site.

About Magnite

We’re Magnite (NASDAQ: MGNI), the world’s largest independent sell-side advertising platform that combines Rubicon Project’s programmatic expertise with Telaria’s leadership in CTV. Publishers use our technology to monetize their content across all screens and formats—including desktop, mobile, audio and CTV. And the world’s leading agencies and brands trust our platform to access brand-safe, high-quality ad inventory and execute billions of advertising transactions each month. Anchored in sunny Los Angeles, bustling New York City, historic London, and down under in Sydney, Magnite has offices across North America, EMEA, LATAM and APAC.

About The Trade Desk

The Trade Desk is a technology company that empowers buyers of advertising. Through its self-service, cloud-based platform, ad buyers can create, manage, and optimize digital advertising campaigns across ad formats and devices. Integrations with major data, inventory, and publisher partners ensure maximum reach and decisioning capabilities, and enterprise APIs enable custom development on top of the platform. Headquartered in Ventura, CA, The Trade Desk has offices across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. To learn more, visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

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Allied Announces November 2020 Distribution

TORONTO, Nov. 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Allied Properties REIT (“Allied”) (TSX:AP.UN) announced today that the Trustees of Allied have declared a distribution of $0.1375 per unit for the month of November 2020, representing $1.65 per unit on an annualized basis. The distribution will be payable on December 15, 2020, to unitholders of record as at November 30, 2020.

Allied is a leading owner, manager and developer of (i) distinctive urban workspace in Canada’s major cities and (ii) network-dense urban data centres in Toronto that form Canada’s hub for global connectivity. Allied’s business is providing knowledge-based organizations with distinctive urban environments for creativity and connectivity.


Michael R. Emory
President and Chief Executive Officer
(416) 977-9002
[email protected]

Cecilia C. Williams
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
(416) 977-9002
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Minuteman Press South Hills Franchise Acquires Greentree Printing and Sign and Relocates to Green Tree Area

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Giegel family has acquired Greentree Printing and Sign and moved their Minuteman Press franchise operations from the South Hills area in Dormont, PA to 2351 Noblestown Road in the Green Tree suburb of Pittsburgh. They have owned and operated Minuteman Press since 2004 and are now serving Greentree Printing and Sign customers. Greentree was an independent print shop serving local clients since 1982.

With fresh Minuteman Press branding outfitting their new location so they are easily recognized, Jarrett Giegel and his team are excited to support local businesses and provide products and services that everyone needs especially during these times. “We have been doing a great deal of mailing services over the spring, summer, and fall to support local business during the COVID-19 pandemic, so Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM) is a service in high demand.  Of course, there is still need for printed items like brochures, catalogs and stationery, but also promotional products are growing in demand.”

Also, as many businesses have moved into digital workspaces and are doing business online through email, websites and social media, Jarrett and his father, Tim, are confident that revitalizing the local economy includes multi-channel marketing. “We take care of design for print and online brand representation, too. We can provide everything. Different types of customers require different types of attention and we can address it all during personal consultations through phone, email or safely, in person. The great thing about our franchise is that we often do one thing for a customer and they find success with it and come back for more. Then, we get to tell them we can do many additional things to support their goals.”

Minuteman Press in Green Tree is now established and ready with a special promotion:
“We are printing 500 free envelopes for you if you buy 500. Our customers, both new and long-term, are making the phones ring off the hook for this one. I see reason to be very hopeful about the future as everyone wants to get back to normal life and a good economy.

How did Minuteman Press fare during the stifling shutdowns that affected local business? Tim says, “April and May were slower for us, naturally, but in spite of that we remained open. All businesses in Pennsylvania were told to close unless they were essential. We were deemed essential immediately as a resource for local health and safety signage for hospitals and emergency services. We were printing things to make sure proper protocol was understood clearly. Retail stores needed floor graphics and signage so customers had current information and direction. Business started to pick up by July and certainly today it is picking up again.”

Meet the Giegel Family

As one of the owners of his Minuteman Press family business, Tim Giegel also maintained an entirely separate career until he retired six years ago. “Buying a franchise together was something my wife Susan and I wanted to do. We were inspired to work with our son Jarrett so he could choose to take over. It was a great decision that satisfied the urge to begin something new, plus it fulfilled the need we had as a family to develop a business that truly served the community.”

The printing franchise they bought in 2004 served the community well even through an international health challenge. Today, they are emerging on the other side of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic with momentum. They bought an independent print shop and converted it to a Minuteman Press center with greater capabilities than ever before.  

The decision to buy their first Minuteman Press franchise allowed the Giegel family professional flexibility to balance business growth with a high-quality family life. “When we began in 2004, in Dormont, PA, I was still a CFO with a private manufacturing company and Susan worked at the University of Pittsburgh for 20 years while raising our five children, retiring in 2012. Our son Jarrett ran the daily operations and I handled the bookkeeping and other odd jobs small businesses always need to have done,” Tim explains.

It was years ago that the family first considered becoming multi-unit franchise owners as their reputation deepened within the community. They had foresight about what would be ideal to accelerate their goals. “We worked hard to grow, but we wanted to do even more. We knew we needed to acquire another printing business so we began talking to our local competitors.”

Acquisition and Relocation to Green Tree

Selling an independent print shop is not always easy so the discussion was welcomed by those competitors looking to sell and the process was supported by Regional Vice President Bob Heimbuch. “We selected a print shop in Green Tree that had been in operation for 38 years and run by a couple that told us they wanted to sell in 2020. We kept in touch and when the time came, in the middle of the pandemic, they still wanted to sell their business and Bob was a lot of help. He was an important sounding board for us and pointed out encouraging facts. Printing didn’t dry up during quarantine; it survived because it is essential.”

“Minuteman Press International provided
information as we bought and converted an independently owned print shop into our new center, Minuteman Press in Green Tree.” – Jarrett Giegel, owner
, Minuteman Press South Hills/Green Tree

Tim and his family management team have spent years proudly promoting all of what their Minuteman Press center can do. As a result, people think of their center when it comes to marketing, including signage. “We enjoyed the reaction of a new company for whom we just printed signage and helped to make sure the new signs were correctly installed. They were very pleased, so we are doing several more outdoor signs for their building right now. Greentree Printing and Sign had an active wide-format sign business so we are expanding upon this for the benefit of all our customers.”

“We are going to return to ‘normal’ eventually,” Tim assures. “As we do, there is greater demand for our products and services as people continue to become comfortable. Next year will likely be a big year for all of us, as we are in the community doing this revitalization together.”

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Intrado Digital Media Announces Record-Breaking Increase in Webcasts and Virtual Events

2020 Benchmark report showing the massive impact of COVID-19 on the webcast and virtual event industry

OMAHA, Neb., Nov. 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Intrado Corporation (“Intrado” or the “Company”), a global leader in technology-enabled services, recently published its 2020 Benchmark Report for Webcasts and Virtual Events. Data from over 58,500 customer webcasts and virtual events, conducted between March-September 2019 and March-September 2020, were compared to analyze the impact of COVID-19 in 2020 versus industry trends in 2019. The report identifies actionable insights and provides best practices using attendance and engagement analysis.

Highlights from Intrado Digital Media’s 2020 Benchmark Report for Webcasts and Virtual Events include:

  • Total number of webcasts and virtual events increased by over 360%
  • Over 1.8 billion minutes of webcasts and virtual events were viewed on Intrado’s platform, a 350% increase from 2019
  • 995% growth in gamification with over 1.3 million games played on Intrado’s platform
  • 472% year-over-year increase in booth visits during virtual events 

The growth we are seeing in virtual events and webcasts couldn’t have been predicted,” said Ben Chodor, president of Intrado Digital Media. “As we look ahead to 2021, we know that the trend will continue – even as physical events return, they will need to be reimagined to include a virtual component. The last few months have shown us that brands are using event technology very effectively and attendees are comfortable and engaged with this format. We are fortunate to be able to help businesses communicate with their audiences and we are continuing to evolve our platform and services to support our customers.”

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Topics covered in depth in the report include:                                                                           

  • Registration and attendance data
  • Content and engagement data
  • Most popular days to host a webcast or virtual event
  • Emerging viewing trends
  • Use of video data

Intrado Digital Media’s broad suite of solutions helps marketing, public relations, internal communications, and investor relations professionals connect with their most important audiences, uncover actionable insights, and drive meaningful business impact.

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Sammons Financial Group Completes Construction on West Des Moines Headquarters

Move-in to new campus to be complete by year-end

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, Nov. 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sammons Financial Group today announces the completion of its new campus in West Des Moines, Iowa. Initial limited occupancy of the building is currently underway with employees fully transitioned out of the previously leased space by year-end.

Located at 8300 Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines, the six-story, 217,000-square foot headquarters provides more space and enhanced functionality for the company’s current and future employees and contractors. Poised for growth in the coming decade, the new headquarters offers contemporary space and amenities to attract and retain a growing employee base and business. Employees from each of the company’s diverse business lines operating in the Des Moines area will relocate to the building.

“If we have learned anything this past year, it is that our employees are stronger together,” said Esfand Dinshaw, chief executive officer of Sammons Financial Group. “We have aggressively invested in and grown our financial services business over the past two decades. We look forward to our new, owned space to create a more collaborative and functional work environment for our team.”

The company announced and celebrated plans with its groundbreaking in June 2019 and the project remained on schedule and on budget during the 18-month construction process.

“Our new space is modern and inspiring, and will allow us the room we need to grow in the next phase of our history,” said Rob TeKolste, president of Sammons Independent Annuity Group and the company’s West Des Moines site leader. “West Des Moines has been a good home for us, and we look forward to the day we can all celebrate this milestone together.”

Though the building is complete and the initial move-in will take place now through yearend, the majority of Central Iowa workers will continue to work remotely. Sammons Financial Group anticipates fully introducing the campus to its employees and distribution partners in 2021. As the community manages through COVID-19 containment, the company’s employees will return to office – and Sammons Financial Group will plan a grand opening – only when safe to do so.

“Because employee safety is always our No. 1 priority, right now it is best for the majority of our employees to continue to work from home until we can safely be together again,” said TeKolste. “We are excited to move to our beautiful new building as our investment in the campus is an investment in our employees and our strong culture.”

The new headquarters building consolidates approximately 600 West Des Moines-based employees with the campus serving as home to the member companies of its annuity, life insurance, and retirement product business lines.

“We applaud Sammons Financial Group for planting deeper roots in the city of West Des Moines and this new project will strongly contribute to our community and local economy,” said West Des Moines Mayor Steve Gaer. “We look forward to celebrating with the company in 2021, once the move-in is complete.”

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About Sammons® Financial Group, Inc.

The companies of Sammons® Financial Group, Inc. help families and businesses protect their future to enjoy life’s moments today. A subsidiary of Sammons Enterprises, Inc., Sammons Financial Group is privately owned with member companies that are among the most enduring and stable in the financial services industry. Our companies include Midland National® Life Insurance Company (including Sammons® Corporate Markets); North American Company for Life and Health Insurance®; and Sammons Institutional Group® (including Midland Retirement Distributors® and Sammons Retirement Solutions®). Together, we offer today’s most sought-after life insurance, annuity, and retirement planning products. Sammons Financial Group: With You for Every Moment®.

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Sammons Financial Group
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