News Article | May 20, 2017
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dillard’s, Inc. (NYSE:DDS) (the “Company” or “Dillard’s”) conducted its annual meeting of shareholders today in Little Rock, Arkansas with Dillard’s Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, William Dillard, II, presiding. Mr. Dillard welcomed guests and acknowledged Mr. P.J. Smith of the Humane Society of the United States, inviting him to speak regarding the organization’s stockholder proposal (Proposal No. 6). Mr. Smith thanked Mr. Dillard, greeted the other attendees, and stated that he believed the organization’s thoughts were adequately summarized in the Proxy Statement (Notice of 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders). Mr. Dillard referred the audience to the voting items in the Proxy Statement and, with the assistance of Corporate Secretary, Dean Worley, noted that all Directors were elected with an overwhelming majority. The gentlemen also noted that Proposals 2, 3 and 4 in the Proxy Statement were approved with an overwhelming majority. Proposal No. 5 favored a three year frequency, and stockholder Proposal No. 6 failed. Mr. Dillard then provided his current thoughts on the business and stated that 2016 was a difficult year in retailing. Regarding the Company’s recent first quarter sales performance, Mr. Dillard noted that a large part of the Company’s sales decline occurred in February, particularly during the first two weeks. Mr. Dillard stated that the Company believes the delay in income tax refunds attributed to this decline. He noted that the Company saw a dramatic difference in sales from the middle of February forward, and that he is encouraged about the Company’s future. Mr. Dillard added that there will be winners and losers in the retail business, noting that while sales have declined in brick and mortar stores, the vast majority of retail sales still occur in brick and mortar locations. Mr. Dillard concluded, “We plan to be one of the survivors.” The foregoing contains certain “forward-looking statements” within the definition of federal securities laws. The following are or may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: statements including (a) words such as “may,” “hope”, “will,” “could,” “would”, “believe,” “expect,” “future,” “potential,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “estimate,” “continue,” or the negative or other variations thereof, and (b) statements regarding matters that are not historical facts. The Company cautions that forward-looking statements contained in this report are based on estimates, projections, beliefs and assumptions of management and information available to management at the time of such statements and are not guarantees of future performance. The Company cautions that forward-looking statements contained in this report are based on estimates, projections, beliefs and assumptions of management and information available to management at the time of such statements and are not guarantees of future performance. The Company disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements based on the occurrence of future events, the receipt of new information, or otherwise. Forward looking statements of the Company involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on various important factors. Actual future performance, outcomes and results may differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements made by the Company and its management as a result of a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Representative examples of those factors include (without limitation) general retail industry conditions and macro-economic conditions; economic and weather conditions for regions in which the Company's stores are located and the effect of these factors on the buying patterns of the Company's customers, including the effect of changes in prices and availability of oil and natural gas; the availability of consumer credit; the impact of competitive pressures in the department store industry and other retail channels including specialty, off-price, discount and Internet retailers; changes in consumer confidence, spending patterns, debt levels and their ability to meet credit obligations; high levels of unemployment; changes in tax legislation; changes in legislation, affecting such matters as the cost of employee benefits or credit card income; adequate and stable availability of materials, production facilities and labor from which the Company sources its merchandise at acceptable pricing; changes in operating expenses, including employee wages, commission structures and related benefits; system failures or data security breaches; possible future acquisitions of store properties from other department store operators; the continued availability of financing in amounts and at the terms necessary to support the Company's future business; fluctuations in LIBOR and other base borrowing rates; potential disruption from terrorist activity and the effect on ongoing consumer confidence; epidemic, pandemic or other public health issues; potential disruption of international trade and supply chain efficiencies; world conflict and the possible impact on consumer spending patterns and other economic and demographic changes of similar or dissimilar nature, and other risks and uncertainties, including those detailed from time to time in our periodic reports filed with the SEC. The Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 28, 2017, contain other information on factors that may affect financial results or cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements. Dillard’s, Inc. ranks among the nation’s largest fashion retailers, with annual sales exceeding $6.2 billion. The Company focuses on delivering style, service and value to its shoppers by offering compelling apparel, cosmetics, and home selections complemented by exceptional customer care. Dillard’s stores offer a broad selection of merchandise and feature products from both national and exclusive brand sources. The Company operates 268 Dillard’s locations and 25 clearance centers spanning 29 states, plus an Internet store at www.dillards.com.
News Article | May 17, 2017
Larchmont Dental Associates have added extra emergency hours to their schedule. What does this mean? They'll have an even more flexible schedule than before and can see patients with emergency cases after hours. Dr. Michael Kezian, DDS an emergency dentist specializes in different emergency cases and has years of experience under his belt. Adding more hours to his schedule, Dr. Michael Kezian wants to let the community know that they can turn to him when they're in discomfort or pain. His main priority is to make sure his emergency patients are taken care of well and return home with a smile. What is considered an emergency? Well, here is what is not. Non urgent dental emergencies include lost fillings, crowns and dental bridges, broken or cracked teeth that are severely painful, food trapped between teeth, dull toothaches and broken or damaged retainers, night-guards or prosthesis. Everyone does have a different tolerance to pain though, so it is still important to call an emergency dental office like Larchmont Dental Associates when feeling pain, whether or not it is listed as an emergency. Dr. Michael Kezian and his staff will guide you in the right direction. Urgent dental emergencies include bleeding that doesn’t stop, loose and knocked out permanent teeth, an injured or dislocated jaw, painful swelling, and a painful toothache that bothers sleeping or even functioning throughout the day. Dr. Michael Kezian has a warm, welcoming attitude that will keep patients at ease throughout dental appointments. The office specializes in all aspects of dentistry including general, cosmetic, preventive, and implant dentistry. The office also specializes in emergency dental care and always has priority scheduling available for emergency cases, especially now with their new additions to their dental service hours! Please visit Dr. Michael Kezian’s website to find out more about this office located in Larchmont Village.
News Article | May 18, 2017
As the winner of the 2017 Tory Burch Foundation Pitch Competition, Dr. Sabo won a $100,000 investment grant for her personal care company, Dr. Brite, and year-long support of her professional career from the foundation. As a start-up, the $100,000 will help Dr. Brite flourish and grow to new levels, including plans for expanding its marketing and a complete overhaul of the brand's image. For Dr. Sabo, this was an incredible journey to meet a business woman she has admired since completing her surgical residency in New Jersey. Back in 2006, Dr. Sabo during her residency, took a train to Manhattan, and treated herself to a new handbag from a then newcomer to the fashion scene, Tory Burch. From buying a handbag designed by Ms. Burch to sharing a celebration dinner with her last week, Dr. Sabo feels truly grateful and looks forward to the journey filled with countless opportunities ahead. About Dr. Brite Dr. Brite is an oral and skin care company based in Irvine, California that delivers effective, natural products for the entire family. Launched by sister-doctor duo Paris Sabo MD and Pooneh Ram DDS, the company is a Certified B Corporation, Women-Owned and certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny. Proudly made in the USA with minimal environmental impact, Dr. Brite's products are formulated with responsibly-sourced organic, and non-GMO ingredients that are also 100% vegan. To learn more about Dr. Brite, visit www.drbrite.com. About the Tory Burch Foundation The Tory Burch Foundation empowers women entrepreneurs by providing access to capital, education, and digital resources. Each year the foundation's Fellows Program provides ten Fellows with support to grow their businesses. To learn more about the Tory Burch Foundation, visit www.ToryBurchFoundation.org. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/smiling-brightly-tory-burch-fellows-foundation-selects-dr-paris-sabo-as-2017-pitch-competition-winner-300459750.html
News Article | May 17, 2017
This June, Dr. Richard Amato is now offering complimentary new patient exams, x-rays and custom treatment plans to patients who donate to Smile Train, the international, non-profit organization. This is the second year in a row that Dr. Amato has supported this reputable cause. Smile Train is a children’s charity that provides millions of children in over 85 developing countries cleft palate or lip treatment. As a compassionate periodontist in Monroe, CT, Dr. Amato will also match each donation made to this children’s charity. Every five minutes, a child receives a life-changing cleft repair surgery from Smile Train. This organization provides a sustainable, comprehensive approach to correcting cleft lip and cleft palate. With over 170,000 children born in developing nations around the world with a cleft palate and/or lip, Dr. Amato strives to support organizations like Smile Train to ensure they receive the treatment they need. Dr. Amato is a leading periodontist offering experienced, comprehensive periodontal care in Monroe, CT and is dedicated to spreading qualified care to members of his community, as well as internationally. He is inviting patients who donate $50 or more, which is the cost of an overnight hospital stay for one of these young patients, to receive complimentary new patient consultations, precise x-rays and a thorough treatment plan. Cleft lip and palate procedures may seem like a cosmetic concern, however, they can also lead to extreme difficulties eating, drinking, speaking and breathing. Cleft lip or cleft palate surgeries are frequently unaffordable or inaccessible for many parents in developing nations. Not only does Smile Train transform the lives of children suffering with these conditions, but it also trains local doctors to provide this treatment for years to come. A donation of $250 can provide this life-changing procedure to a child. Last May, Dr. Amato offered the same promotion and raised almost $5,000 for Smile Train. Dr. Amato invites patients to learn more about how their donation to Smile Train can impact a child’s life by calling his office at 203-712-0917. Dr. Amato is proud to not only promote this cause, but match donations made to Smile Train. More information about the leading services Dr. Amato offers at his periodontal practice, Advanced Periodontics and Dental Implant Center of Connecticut, can be found at http://www.connecticutperiodontist.com. Dr. Richard Amato is a leading periodontist and dental implant specialist who provides personalized dental care using the most advanced technology for patients at Advanced Periodontics and Dental Implant Center of Connecticut LLC in Monroe, Connecticut. He has placed thousands of dental implants since 1989. Dr. Amato earned a DDS degree from Stony Brook University. He then completed a full-time multi-year specialty residency and received his Certificate of Proficiency in Periodontics from Eastman Dental Center at the University of Rochester. He belongs to the one percent of dentists in the USA currently providing the first FDA-cleared laser procedure for gum disease treatment. Dr. Amato is the first and most experienced provider of LANAP® therapy in Fairfield County, Connecticut as well as the first Periodontist to provide the Pinhole® Surgical technique in CT. To learn more about Dr. Amato and his dental services, visit his website at http://www.connecticutperiodontist.com and call 203-712-0917.
News Article | May 22, 2017
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dillard’s, Inc. (NYSE: DDS) (the “Company” or “Dillard’s”) announced that the Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.07 per share on the Class A and Class B Common Stock of the Company payable July 31, 2017 to shareholders of record as of June 30, 2017.
News Article | May 16, 2017
As promised back in March, KTM has unveiled a fuel injected two-stroke engine that's expected to give four-strokes a good run for their money. Available in 250 and 300 cc capacities, the new single-cylinder motor promises the best of both worlds, all the while satisfying the strictest emission standards. Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM made its name in the heyday of two-stroke off-road competition machines and it seems poised to honor this legacy, even if that means swimming against the stream. The company characterizes its new engine as a paradigm shift, although it didn't really need to reinvent the wheel in the process of designing oil-burning strokers that can easily fit into the environmentally friendly mold administered by modern legislation. In fact, the new 250 and 300 EXC TPI enduro bikes that showcase the engine are based heavily on last year's two-stroke EXC range, with only the main parts that handle the breathing and fueling aspects of the motor changed. Replacing the Mikuni carburetor of the basic EXC models and introducing the patented Transfer Port Injection (TPI) system is the key to KTM's new tech. Th TPI feeds the cylinder via two downdraft injectors that spray atomized fuel in the transfer ports at the back of the cylinder, mixing it with the flow of air and oil that is supplied through a throttle body designed by Italian specialists Dell' Orto. The whole system is regulated by a precise new engine management system (EMS) developed by Synerject. With the help of a series of electronic sensors, the EMS defines the exact amount of fuel to be sprayed into the ports at any given moment, while another injector in the throttle body mixes tiny amounts of oil with the incoming airflow to ensure the lubrication of the engine's moving parts. According to KTM, this injection system does away with all the typical blemishes that condemned two-strokes as environmental hazards in the past. The single-cylinder EXC TPI engine promises wide power delivery, low fuel and oil consumption, easy cold starts and no need for adjustments for altitude. The oil is contained in a small reservoir under the central frame beam. KTM says the new engine runs on an 80:1 fuel-to-oil ratio, whereas until now the typical two-strokes would require a ratio around 40:1 on average. In practical terms, the oil container's 0.7 l (0.2 gal) are good for at least five 9-liter (2.4 gal) tanks of fuel, thus reducing the amount of smoke coming out of the exhaust by as much as 50 percent over pre-mix systems. For 2018 KTM will produce two EXC TPI variants, one at 249 and another at 293.2 cc, differing only in cylinder bore. Weighing in at 103 kg (227 lb) in full trim without fuel, their engine performance figures are yet to be disclosed. In every other aspect, the new enduros are identical to the basic 2017 EXC models. They are built around KTM's signature 25CrMo4 (chromium-molybdenum) steel alloy double cradle frame and lightweight aluminum sub-frame, with WP Xplor adjustable suspension that includes inverted 48 mm forks and a PDS rear shock, as well as Brembo brakes. The standard equipment list also includes a six-speed transmission paired with KTM's DDS clutch, in which a damped diaphragm steel basket setup is used instead of the typical coil springs. The two new enduros will start shipping in June. No pricing details have been released, but reportedly both EXC TPI models are expected to be in the same ballpark as their four-stroke counterparts. For KTM this shift seems to represent an important investment that relates directly to a similar trend in the enduro racing world. Two of its star riders – three times World Enduro champion Christophe Nambotin and Jonny Walker in Extreme Enduro – are now racing two-strokes, and are both expected to switch to the new fuel-injected models for next year. Both the 250 and 300 EXC TPI are Euro 4 compliant, proving that all it took was the application of simple, well established tech to bring two-strokes up to date – and, most importantly, the will to move in this direction. It will be very interesting to see the reaction of other manufacturers, as well as whether KTM rolls out two-stroke-powered models in other market segments.
News Article | May 23, 2017
The renowned and popular Albuquerque dentist, Mark W. Johnson, DDS, has announced the launch of a new website showcasing the premiere range of cosmetic, restorative and preventive dentistry it offers patients of all ages in his local community. More information is available at https://markwjohnsondds.com. Dr. Mark Johnson is one of the most popular, trusted and sought after dentists in Albuquerque, New Mexico, favored by most families in the local community for his three decades of experience with personalized, gentle and high quality dental care in a comfortable and compassionate environment. The popular Albuquerque dentist has now announced the launch of a new website which showcases the premiere and highly coveted range of cosmetic, restorative and general preventive dentistry it offers patients of all ages who want to couple a beautiful, flawless smile they can be proud and confident about with the best oral and overall health. The new website goes into detail on all the proven and industry leading periodontal therapy, root canal, oral cancer screening and porcelain veneers, crowns, bridges, fillings, denture, teeth whitening and Invisalign or kids’ dentistry plans that Dr. Mark Johnson and his seasoned dental staff are able to offer and tailor based on each patient’s age, comfort level and cosmetic or dental health goals. Continue reading at https://markwjohnsondds.com/patient-services/cosmetic-dentistry/ Appointments and consultations with Dr. Mark W. Johnson and more information on the complete range of cosmetic, restorative and general dentistry services it offers can be requested at 505 922-9511 or through the new website at the link provided above along with multiple patient testimonials, more on its renowned, certified dental staff and details on his welcoming clinic conveniently located at 5115 Coors Blvd. NW, Suite F, Albuquerque, New Mexico. More at https://markwjohnsondds.com/patient-services/restorative-care/ The popular dental practice explains that “Dr. Mark Johnson believes that good overall health begins with great oral health. That’s why he has made it the mission of our dental team to instruct, educate and empower everyone to strive for optimal dental health, and to provide the kind of valuable, quality dental care that our patients deserve in the comfortable, friendly and compassionate environment they can feel at home in.” For more information, please visit https://markwjohnsondds.com
News Article | May 22, 2017
Faithfully following pop culture, people today are forever in pursuit of physical perfection. It starts with a body squatted, stretched, jumped, toned and shaped through fitness programs. It carries on to skin nourished, pampered and nurtured to be soft and glowing. And it is, of course, finished off with an irresistible, radiant smile. CDA has found that just like a perfectly cut and polished diamond, that smile has very precise facets and attributes. While mentioned last—and perhaps often the last factor addressed in the physique—that right-out-front smile is the element that generally makes the most lasting impression when meeting for the first time. In fact, a recent in-depth study showed that the smile alone has a significant positive impact on the overall attractiveness and perception of personality.1 Elsewhere, it has been found that a radiant smile is considered the most important aspect for a prospective date.2 That warm grin is also considered to be extremely essential to success in the business world.3 Leading cosmetic dentist John Moore, Jr., DDS, founder of CDA, certainly finds this to be true. “I have seen a great many patients who considered their dentistry to be the most important aspect of their appearance,” he said. “One female patient wouldn’t even consider dating until her teeth were corrected. Another man hadn’t gone out on a date in 20 years because of his teeth. The importance of that perfect smile cannot be overestimated.” Because of the constantly increasing demand for dental perfection, Dr. Moore has placed artistry front and center in his approach to creating the perfect smile. In addition to his substantial studies in the subject of art undertaken at the beginning of his career, several years ago he studied with an award-winning diamond cutter, and decided to apply the sheer aesthetics of a diamond4 to the creation of life-like veneers.5 These subtle characteristics of teeth fall into the category of microaesthetics—one of the primary factors that must be taken into consideration by a cosmetic dentist prior to beginning work on a patient. Other factors include overall facial characteristics, gum appearance, and what are called macroaesthetics—the relationships and proportions between front teeth, surrounding tissue landmarks and facial characteristics. But taking away all the high-flown scientific terminology, we are left with one very important fact: that a beautiful, perfect smile is everything. World-renowned cosmetic dentist John Moore, Jr., DDS, established Cosmetic Dental Associates (CDA) in San Antonio, Texas, more than 35 years ago. Educated as an artist and seeking the pinnacle of artistry for his profession, Dr. Moore is a pioneer of real aesthetics in cosmetic dentistry. Additionally, CDA is among a select group of ultra-modern cosmetic dental offices that can offer patients treatments with solutions designed in an in-office dental lab. Visit https://33smile.com. Dr. Moore decided to dedicate his life to dentistry after an orthodontist literally saved his smile from buck-toothed ruin at a young age. In addition to the normal training of a dentist in traditional math and sciences, Dr. Moore took the highly unusual step of engaging in formal art education. This combination has enabled a career of creating beautiful smiles “that sparkle”: life-like diamond-cut teeth that have empowered his patients to command the careers and live the lives they’ve always wanted. 1. Lopez, Yoann, Jérémie Le Rouzic, Valérie Bertaud, Matthieu Pérard, Justine Le Clerc, and Jean-Marie Vulcain. “Influence of Teeth on the Smile and Physical Attractiveness. A New Internet Based Assessing Method.” Open Journal of Stomatology 03.01 (2013): 52-57. Web. 2. Reporter, Daily Mail. “Thousands of Singles Say TEETH Are the Most Important Asset on a Prospective Date - and More than HALF Won’t Consider a Partner with Debt Greater than $5K.” Daily Mail Online. Associated Newspapers, 09 Feb. 2013. Web. 09 May 2017. 3. Shellenbarger, Sue. “On the Job, Beauty Is More Than Skin-Deep.” The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company, 27 Oct. 2011. Web. 09 May 2017.
News Article | May 15, 2017
Delta Dental of California is recognizing six exemplary dental school students with the F. Gene Dixon Student Leadership Award and a grant for $20,000 each. The 2017 F. Gene Dixon Student Leadership Awards recognize graduating dental school students who demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities. The awards were established in 1977 in honor of the late Dr. F. Gene Dixon, the first chief executive officer of Delta Dental of California, which is now part of the largest dental benefits delivery system in the country. This year’s recipients are Christopher A. Chan of Loma Linda University, Michael Stout of University of the Pacific, Mona Nejad of UC San Francisco, Mishaun Sahebi of the University of Southern California, Diana Wang of UCLA and Bao-Tran Truong of Western University. “We’re proud to recognize these outstanding dental students by awarding them for their remarkable achievements,” said Ken Yale, DDS, Delta Dental’s chief clinical officer. “They each have displayed strong leadership skills, a dedication for serving others and a passion for the field of dentistry.” About Delta Dental of California Delta Dental of California, Delta Dental of New York, Inc., Delta Dental of Pennsylvania and Delta Dental Insurance Company, along with their affiliated companies, together provide dental benefits to nearly 35 million people in 15 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. All are part of the Delta Dental Plans Association, whose member companies collectively cover 74 million people nationwide.
News Article | May 16, 2017
Justin G. Frandsen, DDS, FACDS, Dentist at David M. Heninger DDS and Justin G. Frandsen DDS, has been named a 2017 Top Doctor in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Top Doctor Awards is dedicated to selecting and honoring those healthcare practitioners who have demonstrated clinical excellence while delivering the highest standards of patient care. Dr. Justin G. Frandsen has been in practice for over seven years, and has already become renowned as one of the leading general and cosmetic dentists in Idaho Falls. His career in dentistry began in 2009, when he graduated from the Creighton University School of Dental Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. He completed an advanced residency at Idaho State University in 2010, where he received advanced training in advanced reconstructions, dental implants, conscious sedation, periodontics, endodontics, and oral surgery. Dr. Frandsen and his expert colleagues at his office provide a comprehensive range of dental solutions for patients of all ages. Procedures undertaken by him include the fitting of bridges and crowns, including the use of single visit crowns, complete and partial dentures, fixed and hybrid implant supported dentures, placing and restoring dental implants, guided dental implant surgery, root canal treatment, tooth extraction, wisdom teeth extraction, and cosmetic dental procedures including teeth whitening and the application of porcelain veneers. Alongside his practice in Idaho Falls, Dr. Frandsen also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Idaho State University where he lectures and supervises the advanced residency. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Dental Sciences, the Idaho Oral Health Alliance, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Frandsen has won numerous awards and commendations in dentistry and is active in supporting his community and local charities. His commitment and dedication makes Dr. Justin G. Frandsen a very worthy winner of a 2017 Top Doctor Award. Top Doctor Awards specializes in recognizing and commemorating the achievements of today’s most influential and respected doctors in medicine. Our selection process considers education, research contributions, patient reviews, and other quality measures to identify top doctors.