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News Article | May 19, 2017
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Flat Rock, MI, May 19, 2017 --( Short for Technology Education and Literacy in Schools, TEALS teams with select high schools around the country to teach students computational thinking and problem-solving skills that empower them to compete in the global economy. Summit Academy will be the only school district in the area south of Detroit that participates in this proven program. During the 2016-2017 school year, TEALS partnered with more than 200 schools across the country. Given the many careers and industries to which computer science skills can be applied, TEALS will be a natural addition to Summit’s STEAM curriculum, which aims to give students a comprehensive education in science, technology, engineering, art and math. “The importance of computer science skills in the global economy has never been greater,” said Leann Hedke, Superintendent at Summit Academy. “No matter the profession our students choose to pursue, our partnership with TEALS will give them a foundation upon which they can continue to build knowledge as they enter college and the workforce.” According to the TEALS TEALS does this by pairing trained computer science professionals with classroom teachers to team-teach computer science. Industry volunteers and partner teachers create a ripple effect, impacting the students they teach, as well as the many students who will study computer sciences in the future. About TEALS TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) is a program that recruits, mentors, and places passionate tech professionals into high school classes as volunteer instructors. These computer science experts bring their subject knowledge to high schools, where they join classroom teachers in a team-teaching model. TEALS was started in 2009 by Microsoft employee Kevin Wang, and is supported by Microsoft Philanthropies. For more information, contact Leann Hedke at Flat Rock, MI, May 19, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Summit Academy students will have access to a brand-new slate of computer science courses for the 2017-2018 school year, thanks to the school’s newly announced partnership with esteemed computer science program TEALS.Short for Technology Education and Literacy in Schools, TEALS teams with select high schools around the country to teach students computational thinking and problem-solving skills that empower them to compete in the global economy.Summit Academy will be the only school district in the area south of Detroit that participates in this proven program. During the 2016-2017 school year, TEALS partnered with more than 200 schools across the country.Given the many careers and industries to which computer science skills can be applied, TEALS will be a natural addition to Summit’s STEAM curriculum, which aims to give students a comprehensive education in science, technology, engineering, art and math.“The importance of computer science skills in the global economy has never been greater,” said Leann Hedke, Superintendent at Summit Academy. “No matter the profession our students choose to pursue, our partnership with TEALS will give them a foundation upon which they can continue to build knowledge as they enter college and the workforce.”According to the TEALS website , there will be 1.4 million computer science-related jobs in the U.S. by 2020. However, U.S. college graduates are expected to fill less than a third of those jobs. TEALS is working to solve this gap by helping high schools build and grow sustainable computer science programs.TEALS does this by pairing trained computer science professionals with classroom teachers to team-teach computer science. Industry volunteers and partner teachers create a ripple effect, impacting the students they teach, as well as the many students who will study computer sciences in the future.About TEALSTEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) is a program that recruits, mentors, and places passionate tech professionals into high school classes as volunteer instructors. These computer science experts bring their subject knowledge to high schools, where they join classroom teachers in a team-teaching model. TEALS was started in 2009 by Microsoft employee Kevin Wang, and is supported by Microsoft Philanthropies.For more information, contact Leann Hedke at lhedke@summit-academy.com Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Summit Academy Schools


News Article | May 22, 2017
Site: phys.org

Ford thinks Jim Hackett is up to the task. The 62-year-old former chief executive of office furniture maker Steelcase was named to the post Monday, just three days after former CEO Mark Fields told the company he wanted to retire. Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford, the great-grandson of company founder Henry Ford, said Hackett is a visionary who can help Ford modernize and become more nimble. He served on Ford's board from 2013 to 2016 and became the head of Ford's mobility unit in March of last year. Hackett said Ford does many things well but has trouble handling complex strategy questions. He plans to assemble a small executive team that can communicate plans clearly and make decisions quickly. That's a contrast with Fields, who was a product of Ford's bureaucratic culture and had 20 people reporting to him. "The biggest challenge I had (at Steelcase), and I will have here, is to have everybody see the future. They can see their opportunity in that. And secondly, that it's our right to win, and we don't have to cede that to anybody, Tesla or any of them," Hackett said Monday during a news conference at Ford's world headquarters. "I love that challenge because I know how to do that." Hackett led Steelcase for 20 years. He is credited with transforming the company, in part, by predicting the shift away from cubicles and into open office plans. In the process, he cut thousands of jobs and moved furniture production from the U.S. to Mexico. Hackett also served as the interim athletic director at the University of Michigan from 2014 to 2016. In that role, he lured star football coach Jim Harbaugh and negotiated a $174 million deal with Nike. Bill Ford said those two jobs showed Hackett can be successful in different environments. "He's really a proven transformational thinker," Ford said. "He's not just a futurist. He's a very good operational leader." Erik Gordon, a law and business professor at the University of Michigan, questions whether Hackett's past experience will be enough to steer Ford through a volatile global auto market. Steelcase earned $3 billion in revenue in its latest fiscal year. Ford earned $152 billion. "I think he's going to have to prove himself," Gordon said. "The fact that he was probably the most successful CEO in the office furniture business doesn't mean he is automatically going to be a successful CEO in an industry that requires technical knowledge." But Scott Cook, the founder and executive chairman of Intuit who has known Hackett for a decade, said Hackett's skills transfer to any industry. At Steelcase, he said, Hackett studied how people were using the furniture and designed new products based on his findings. The car industry needs that kind of thinking as it moves toward a world in which self-driving shuttles could replace personal automobiles. "Lots of people can manufacture well, but manufacturing the same old products will get you the same old results," Cook said. "You hire a Jim if you want to learn to manufacture what people will want next." Hackett and Bill Ford praised Fields, who was one of the architects of the company's turnaround a decade ago. More recently he led Ford to a string of strong earnings, including a record pretax profit of $10.8 billion in 2015. Bill Ford insisted Fields was not fired. Hackett said the two have plans to go to a Michigan football game. Fields resurrected Ford's luxury Lincoln brand and grew sales in China. His bet on using aluminum for Ford trucks paid off in better fuel economy and strong sales. Fields opened a Silicon Valley office to hire talented young researchers and scout promising startups. Last week, he announced that Ford would cut 1,400 white-collar jobs in the U.S. and Asia by September to trim costs. But investors worried about Ford's sliding U.S. market share and product decisions. While Fields was focused on a new performance division and the $450,000 GT supercar, important bread-and-butter products like the Fusion sedan and Escape SUV grew dated. Ford has lagged behind rivals in bringing long-range electric cars to the market. And the company cannot pivot quickly. Subcompact SUV sales are booming in the U.S., and Ford sells them overseas, but Ford doesn't plan to bring its subcompact EcoSport here until next year. And the much-anticipated new Bronco SUV won't be out until 2020. Fields also had trouble articulating the company's vision of the future. Ford has invested $1 billion in Argo AI, an artificial intelligence startup, and has said it wants to have an autonomous vehicle on the market by 2021. But those moves have been eclipsed by competitors such as Fiat Chrysler, which is making self-driving minivans with Waymo, Google's self-driving car division. "We had a lot of internal turmoil," said Richard Bazzy, who runs a Ford dealership in Pittsburgh's northern suburbs. "People weren't sure what direction we were going." As a result, Ford's stock price sagged. Electric car maker Tesla Inc. even passed Ford in market value earlier this year. The company's stock price has fallen almost 40 percent since Fields became CEO in July 2014. Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas warned investors that the executive move could be a sign that Ford is facing further earnings risk. The company expects to earn a pretax profit of $9 billion this year, down more than $1 billion from 2016. In this July 23, 2015, file photo, Ford Motor Company President and CEO Mark Fields speaks during a ceremony to mark the opening of contract negotiations with the United Auto Workers in Detroit. Ford is replacing its CEO amid questions about its current performance and future strategy, a person familiar with the situation has said. Fields will be replaced by Jim Hackett, who joined Ford's board in 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File) In this Jan. 3, 2017 file photo, Ford President and CEO Mark Fields addresses the Flat Rock Assembly in Flat Rock, Mich. Ford is replacing its CEO amid questions about its current performance and future strategy, a person familiar with the situation has said. Fields will be replaced by Jim Hackett, who joined Ford's board in 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File) Explore further: Ford establishing subsidiary to invest in new mobility


News Article | April 25, 2017
Site: www.greencarcongress.com

Ford Mustang, the top-selling sports car in the US over the last 50 years, became best-selling sports car in the world in 2016, according to Ford analysis of IHS Markit global automotive registration data in the sports car segment. More than 150,000 Mustangs were sold in 2016, according to IHS Markit new vehicle registration data. Overall global sales increased 6% over 2015, fueled by international market growth up 101% with almost 45,000 Mustang vehicles sold outside the United States. Mustang’s ascension to best-selling sports car in the world in 2016 was driven largely by continued global rollout that saw big sales gains in Germany and China, as well as the car’s introduction to smaller nations such as New Caledonia, Gibraltar and Bonaire. Since launching in China in 2015, Mustang has become the best-selling sports car in the world’s biggest auto market. Sales in 2016 were up 74% over 2015, according to IHS Markit new vehicle registrations. Ford’s data shows more than 395,000 sixth-generation Mustangs have been produced at Flat Rock Assembly Plant since 2015 and of that, 98,000 have been shipped to customers outside of the United States. From 2015 to 2016, Ford doubled the percentage of exports to 17.5% and the company expects export growth to continue, reaching 30% for the 2017 Mustang. Mustang is now available in 140 countries across all continents other than Antarctica. This year, availability of the 2018 Mustang will expand to six new countries, including Brazil, the Palau Islands and the Ivory Coast, with three additional markets announced later. For 2018, worldwide Mustang fans will see a more athletic look highlighted by new front and rear design, more advanced technologies such as an available 12-inch all-digital instrument panel, and the availability of improved performance features such as an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission, MagneRide damping system and new active valve performance exhaust system.


News Article | November 7, 2016
Site: www.marketwired.com

Two nursing-driven programs that provide home and community-based care for vulnerable populations with advanced illness receive $600,000 to expand and sustain efforts NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - November 07, 2016) - The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation has announced the 2016 recipients of the Hillman Innovations in Care Program, a multi-year initiative funding leading edge, nursing-driven programs that address the healthcare needs of vulnerable populations. The winning projects -- a telehospice program serving rural western North Carolina, and an advanced illness care program supporting the communities served by African-American churches in Alameda County, CA -- were selected from a diverse field of over 160 applicants. The Foundation's Advisory Committee praised the grant recipients for their creative approaches to addressing some of healthcare's most intractable challenges, and for their efforts to meet the triple aim goals of improving health, reducing costs, and improving the patient and caregiver experience. "This year's grant recipients are potential game changers," said Ahrin Mishan, Executive Director of the Hillman Foundation. "Each person-centered, community-focused program is uniquely positioned to make a national impact on the care of underserved populations with advanced illnesses." The grantees, who will each receive a $600,000 three-year grant, are: Four Seasons Compassion for Life, Flat Rock, North Carolina (Principal Investigator: Michelle Webb, MSN, RN, CHPCA) The grant will leverage Four Season's federally funded telepalliative care model to develop a program providing remote, in-home hospice services to people in western North Carolina. Four Seasons serves a number of rural, low-income counties in a geography and climate that does not allow for consistent, coordinated health care and poses numerous challenges for nurses charged with regular hospice care home visits. Hillman funds will be used to improve patient and family satisfaction and health outcomes by implementing a care management portal to be used in conjunction with the telehospice program. Specially trained nurses will seek to efficiently and cost effectively provide hospice care by remotely addressing symptom and pain management, medication adherence, advance care planning, and spiritual and psychosocial needs. Visits will be conducted using TapCloud, a HIPAA-compliant app, and a web-based video conferencing service. Patients or their caregivers (including long-distance caregivers) will enter information on symptoms and medication use via patient portal software, and nurses, together with the hospice team, will use this information, along with online vital sign measurement, to monitor progress, adjust treatments, and determine when in-person visits are needed. "Telehospice is a promising care delivery innovation that can enhance communication among caregivers and the care team, and improve the hospice experience for those most in need," said Bobbie Berkowitz, RN, PhD, FAAN, Dean of the Columbia University School of Nursing and chair of the Foundation's Advisory Committee. "With over 35 years of award-winning experience in hospice care, Four Seasons is well equipped to implement and lead this effort." University of California, Davis - Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing (Principal Investigators: Janice Bell, RN, MN, MPH, PhD, UC Davis and Rev. Cynthia Carter-Perrilliat, MPA, Alameda County Care Alliance) Hillman funding will be used to expand, evaluate, and sustain the Advanced Illness Care Program (AICP), a faith-based, nursing-driven intervention developed in partnership with the Alameda County Care Alliance and the Public Health Institute. Since its inception in 2013, the program has trained and placed care navigators in five African-American church communities in Oakland, California. The care navigators provide referrals and care not only to congregants and their caregivers, but to persons with advanced illness in the community. Care navigators offer support with basic needs such as food, housing, or transportation, and help people access social services, spiritual support, respite care, palliative care and hospice care, and complete advance care plans. The intervention includes a baseline home visit and assessment, follow-up visits, and additional telephone support. "People often turn to their faith community for support in times of need, and the AICP has been successful in filling the gaps in conventional healthcare by utilizing the inherent trust, support, and resources offered by these innovative and influential hub churches," said Rachael Watman, Vice President of Programs at the Hillman Foundation. "This program capitalizes on the strengths of three partners: UC Davis (evaluation), Alameda County Care Alliance (for their work in the African-American church community), and the Public Health Institute (for their expertise in program development and implementation) to increase the alignment between end-of-life goals and the care received. Looking forward, the data collected to date and ongoing evaluation will be used to engage payers, providers, and policy makers to develop a blueprint to scale and sustain the model across the U.S." The team will use the funding to double the impact of the program, expanding the program to three additional church communities, and enrolling an additional 500 congregants, community members, and family caregivers. Funding will also be used to train additional care navigators and volunteer care ministers, to promote the program through community outreach, and to continue to support ongoing data collection that has provided evidence of the program's success. Partnerships with Kaiser Permanente and the Washington DC-based C-TAC (Coalition to Transform Advanced Care) will contribute to the spread and scale of the model. About the Hillman Innovations in Care Program The goal of the Hillman Innovations in Care Program is to advance leading edge, nursing-driven models of care that improve the health and health care of vulnerable populations, including the economically disadvantaged, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBQT, the homeless, rural populations, and other groups that encounter barriers to accessing healthcare services. The foundation is specifically interested in proposals that address maternal and child health, care of the older adult, and chronic illness management. The Foundation will accept submissions for the next round of proposals in March 2017, and will award grants again in late 2017. For more information on the Hillman Innovations in Care Program or to access the RFP, please visit http://www.rahf.org/grant-programs/hillman-innovations-in-care-program/. ABOUT THE RITA & ALEX HILLMAN FOUNDATION The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation's mission is to improve the lives of patients and their families through nursing-driven innovation. To this end, the Foundation cultivates nurse leaders, supports nursing research, and disseminates new models of care that are critical to making the U.S. healthcare system more patient-centered, accessible, equitable, and affordable. The foundation's goal is to leverage the power of nursing's unique knowledge to ensure that the healthcare system can deliver the high-quality care patients need and deserve.


News Article | November 7, 2016
Site: www.prweb.com

Earlier this year, leading school music retailer, Music & Arts, opened nominations for its annual "Music Educator of the Year" award. Applications poured in from across the country, but after an extensive review, only 25 nominees were selected as semi-finalists for the 2016 honor. “The applications we reviewed included recommendation letters from educators’ colleagues, mentors, and peers, but what really warmed our hearts were the letters from their students. Reading each students letter filled with appreciation and gratitude and stories of how music has impacted their lives quickly confirmed why it’s important to recognize music educators,” said Renier Fee, director of marketing, Music & Arts. The 2016 Music Educator of the Year semi-finalists are: 1. Alexander Scott, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Catonsville, MD 2. Amy Delorge, Biddeford MS, Biddeford, ME 3. Andrew Hordichok, Taft HS, Gleneden Beach, OR 4. Angela Stefanini, Charlotte Prepatory School, Charlotte, NC 5. Braeden Kershner, Black Tie Music Academy, Summerville, SC 6. Brian Querry, Burrell School District, North Apollo, PA 7. Christine Cumberledge, Central Junior HS, Hurst, TX 8. Dan Trahey, BSO Orch Kids, Baltimore, MD 9. Dana Lamb, Flat Rock MS, Fayetteville, GA 10. Daniel Zeigner, Faith Lutheran HS, Las Vegas, NV 11. David Puckett, Indian Springs MS, Keller, TX 12. Diane Bacon, Mary Munford ES, Richmond, VA 13. Dorothy Riepenhoff, St. Peter and Paul School, Wellston, OH 14. Dustin O'Neil, Wedgewood MS, Columbus, OH 15. Edward Downs, Camden Academy Charter, Camden, NJ 16. Erin Stroup, Lower Moreland Township School District, Huntingdon, PA 17. George Hattendorf, Mountain Ridge HS, Glendale, AZ 18. Gloria Ramirez, Langham Creek HS, Houston, TX 19. Jeff Phillips, Hendersonville HS, Hendersonville, TN 20. Joseph Pompili, Cosgrove MS, Spencerport, NY 21. Joseph Santanello, Strayer MS, Quakertown, PA 22. Lucy Pascasio, Kennemer MS, Fort Worth, TX 23. Luis Piccinelli, Coral Springs MS, Coral Springs, FL 24. Melinda Wharton, Auburn Riverside HS, Auburn, WA 25. Steve Stevens, Union Academy, Charlotte, NC Three finalists will be chosen from the list of 25 semi-finalists. The winner will be announced at the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago on December 15. The prize includes $1,000 to help support the winner’s music program. There will be a second and third place award package. For more information and to learn more about the semi-finalists, visit MusicArts.com/EducatoroftheYear. ### About Music & Arts The first Music & Arts was founded in 1952 by Benjamin O’Brien; it was located in a small house in Bethesda, MD. Today, Music & Arts is the largest school music retailer in the country with more than 500 retail and affiliate store locations and 120 educational representatives nationwide. Additionally, the company is the largest private and group music lesson network in the U.S. teaching more than 1 million lessons a year. Headquartered in Frederick, MD, the company, made up of skilled musicians, offers friendly service for everything musical in your life including: instruments, lessons, rentals, and repairs. For more information, visit MusicArts.com.


The present invention is directed to a method of coating metal articles with a flexible, chemical-resistant, corrosion-resistant, and abrasion-resistant coating that can be optionally formed and optionally electroplated. In some examples, the articles are metal motor vehicle bumpers.


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.techtimes.com

Ford intends to build a new vehicle aerodynamics research center, which will be located on 13 acres of land, next to the carmaker's current Drivability Test Facility in Dearborn. The current testing center is situated in Allen Park. The upcoming wind tunnel complex will be constructed close to the company's assembly plant, called Flat Rock. For the impending complex, Ford has confirmed it will be spending about $200 million. This will provide the automaker with a new testing facility, which will in turn facilitate the design of more competent cars and trucks. The complex will also include a new wind tunnel for better aerodynamic data and an advanced climate chamber. "This investment in new world-class test facilities underpins Ford's ongoing commitment to advance our capabilities to continue to provide our customers with high-quality vehicles," said Raj Nair, the company's EVP and CTO. The $200 million investment by Ford is in addition to the $1.2 billion it set aside in 2016 for renovating some of the company's buildings, including its R&D centers and headquarters in Dearborn. The company is aiming to improve the vehicle efficiency, the task which will be carried out in the research centre. The complex will feature some significant capabilities, such as a "rolling road" aerodynamic tunnel. The wind tunnel will have offer environmental simulation. It will enable the automaker to simulate airflow up to 200 mph. Therefore, it will be used to test the aerodynamics of vehicles like cars or trucks. Moreover, the real-world simulations for driving will aid in improving fuel economy of the vehicles in the near future. The tunnel will also include a new five-belt conveyer system, which will able to mimic of real-world drag over a rolling road. This will enable experts to precisely observe the motion of the vehicles. These conveyors are capable of revolving at a rate of 200 mph. In addition to this, a cutting-edge climate chamber will also be present in the tunnel and support temperature extremes. This chamber will be able to simulate temperatures lower than those in the Arctic, as low as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit. It would allow technicians to expose the vehicle to the highest temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit. These extremities will facilitate Ford in providing customers with high-quality vehicles. The construction of the wind tunnel complex is slated to start by spring and it is expected to be operative by the end of 2019. © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.


News Article | March 26, 2016
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Residents near the Torrey Pines State Beach in San Diego, California woke up to very interesting news on March 24. There is a juvenile whale carcass washed ashore, and it is stinking. Rangers of California State Park learned of the 28-foot dead gray whale when one of the visitors happened to see it at 6:30 a.m. It was lying dead for an unknown duration on the northern side of Flat Rock Beach, near the beach trail and a parking lot. A necropsy performed by San Diego's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) led by biologist Kerri Danil revealed that based on the whale's length, It is about 2 years old. It is also a female. NOAA has not yet provided an official cause of death, but it has noted propeller marks, which may suggest the whale may have been struck by a ship. More tests are necessary to determine whether these marks occurred before or after the whale's death. A team has also been tasked to collect samples NOAA can use to study more of the whale, including genetics. The San Diego Natural Museum wants to keep the skeletal remains while the rest of the body may be hauled to a landfill. That, however, may have to wait until Friday morning. The whale, now lying close to the entrance of the park after having been forklifted, has become an instant attraction to visitors and hikers who are amazed of the discovery but "disgusted" by the smell. "It shocked me when I looked I thought 'oh my gosh, I have never seen this before,'" said April Russano, one of the morning hikers. The assault on the senses is further worsened as the whale begins decomposing. "That stuff is coming out of it so that of course is going to stink, so it really smells bad," admitted Madison Erikson, a visitor. Gray whales are a common sight in the beaches of San Diego between the months of October and May when they take a long trip from Alaska. At least 20,000 of them migrate from the frigid waters of the Arctic to the warm temperatures of Baja California where female whales give birth to their young. Although these whales may travel alone, they normally migrate in pods or groups.


News Article | December 5, 2016
Site: globenewswire.com

BIRMINGHAM, Mich., Dec. 05, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Conifer Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:CNFR) today announced that its insurance carrier subsidiary “Conifer Insurance Company” has received the endorsement of the Indiana Licensed Beverage Association (ILBA) for its members’ commercial insurance needs. Conifer Director and Executive Vice President Nicholas J. Petcoff stated, “In keeping with our corporate focus as a leading underwriter and service company for the hospitality industry, we are honored to receive this endorsement from the Indiana Licensed Beverage Association. We look forward to servicing the association’s members.” Conifer’s commercial insurance products encompass all major lines of business including general liability, property, liquor liability, equipment breakdown, and umbrella. “Conifer is dedicated to addressing the insurance needs of neighborhood bars and restaurants,” commented Mike Repay, ILBA President and owner of the Flat Rock Tap in Hammond, Indiana. “Additionally, Conifer is very experienced in operating successful association insurance programs, and we are pleased to have their company as our trade group’s insurance partner.” Conifer Insurance Company’s other association endorsements include the Associated Food & Petroleum Dealers, the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association, and the Bowling Centers Association of Michigan. The ILBA is managed by Capitol Assets, LLC of Indianapolis, which can be reached at (317) 638-5663 for further information. Conifer Holdings, Inc. is a Michigan-based insurance holding company formed in 2009. Through its subsidiaries, Conifer offers insurance coverage in both specialty commercial and specialty personal product lines marketing through independent agents in all 50 states. The Company completed its initial public offering in August 2015 and is traded on the Nasdaq Global Market (Nasdaq:CNFR). Additional information is available on the Company’s website at www.CNFRH.com.


News Article | December 5, 2016
Site: globenewswire.com

BIRMINGHAM, Mich., Dec. 05, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Conifer Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:CNFR) today announced that its insurance carrier subsidiary “Conifer Insurance Company” has received the endorsement of the Indiana Licensed Beverage Association (ILBA) for its members’ commercial insurance needs. Conifer Director and Executive Vice President Nicholas J. Petcoff stated, “In keeping with our corporate focus as a leading underwriter and service company for the hospitality industry, we are honored to receive this endorsement from the Indiana Licensed Beverage Association. We look forward to servicing the association’s members.” Conifer’s commercial insurance products encompass all major lines of business including general liability, property, liquor liability, equipment breakdown, and umbrella. “Conifer is dedicated to addressing the insurance needs of neighborhood bars and restaurants,” commented Mike Repay, ILBA President and owner of the Flat Rock Tap in Hammond, Indiana. “Additionally, Conifer is very experienced in operating successful association insurance programs, and we are pleased to have their company as our trade group’s insurance partner.” Conifer Insurance Company’s other association endorsements include the Associated Food & Petroleum Dealers, the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association, and the Bowling Centers Association of Michigan. The ILBA is managed by Capitol Assets, LLC of Indianapolis, which can be reached at (317) 638-5663 for further information. Conifer Holdings, Inc. is a Michigan-based insurance holding company formed in 2009. Through its subsidiaries, Conifer offers insurance coverage in both specialty commercial and specialty personal product lines marketing through independent agents in all 50 states. The Company completed its initial public offering in August 2015 and is traded on the Nasdaq Global Market (Nasdaq:CNFR). Additional information is available on the Company’s website at www.CNFRH.com.

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