News Article | November 22, 2016
Steinger, Iscoe & Greene is excited to welcome Antonio Nieves aboard their personal injury law firm. Mr. Nieves brings a passion for helping victims of injuries to the firm, as well as fluency in both English and Spanish. He graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2011 and received a Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law in 2015. Mr. Nieves spent much of his childhood in Venezuela before moving to Boca Raton in 2001. He completed his Bachelors in Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University, then attended law school at Nova Southeastern University. Because of his background, Mr. Nieves is completely fluent in both Spanish and English. He brings this skill to assist with Spanish-speaking clients who may want to speak to an attorney directly without having to use an interpreter. “Mr. Nieves is so grateful for the ability to help others who have suffered injuries through no fault of their own,” said Michael Steinger, “and it is that passion that makes a great personal injury attorney. We are always looking for that special someone, like Antonio Nieves, to join Steinger, Iscoe & Greene.” Before he became an attorney, Mr. Nieves worked at Kaplan University as a student manager with the military department. He thoroughly enjoyed helping active duty military members, veterans and their spouses, becoming very passionate about helping people in the process. He attended law school and got involved in the personal injury field while in law school because it allowed him to have a direct impact on a client’s life and help them through a difficult situation. About Steinger, Iscoe & Greene Steinger, Iscoe & Greene is a proven legal team whose number one goal is to get injury victims throughout Florida every dollar they truly deserve for their injuries. The firm and its partners, Michael S. Steinger, Gary T. Iscoe, & Sean J. Greene have successfully recovered over one billion dollars for their clients and handled thousands of cases, including: auto accidents, bicycle accidents, birth injuries, product liability, catastrophic cases and workers’ compensation, since 1997. The entire legal team is committed to representing and fighting for injury victims’ best interests, giving each client insight into their individual rights as it relates to the law. With more than 30 lawyers, 140 legal professionals, and offices throughout South Florida - Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, Okeechobee, Ft. Myers, Orlando, Tampa and San Diego, California, the firm is ready to advocate for the best interests of injury victims coast-to-coast while offering the No Fee Guarantee®.
News Article | February 24, 2017
ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC) today reported income from continuing operations attributable to common shares of $168.6 million ($29.80 per share) for the year ended December 31, 2016, compared to a net loss of $143.5 million ($25.23 per share) for the year ended December 31, 2015. Net loss attributable to common shares was $101.3 million ($17.87 per share) for the year ended December 31, 2015, including $42.2 million ($7.36 per share) in income from discontinued operations. For the fourth quarter of 2016, the Company reported net income attributable to common shares of $36.9 million ($6.57 per share), compared to $51.2 million ($8.72 per share) for the same period of 2015. In addition to discontinued operations, the results for 2016 and 2015 were affected by a number of items as described in the following paragraphs. Excluding these items, income from continuing operations attributable to common shares was $167.6 million ($29.66 per share) for 2016, compared to $138.1 million ($23.56 per share) for 2015. Excluding these items, net income attributable to common shares was $54.4 million ($9.68 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to $50.5 million ($8.60 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2015. (Refer to the Non-GAAP Financial Information schedule attached to this release for additional details.) Items included in the Company’s income from continuing operations for 2016 are listed below, and fourth quarter activity, if any, is highlighted for each item: Items included in the Company’s income from continuing operations for 2015 are listed below, and fourth quarter activity, if any, is highlighted for each item: Revenue for 2016 was $2,481.9 million, down 4% from $2,586.1 million in 2015. Revenues declined at the education division, offset by an increase at the television broadcasting division and in other businesses. The Company reported operating income for 2016 of $303.5 million, compared with an operating loss of $80.8 million in 2015. Operating results improved at the education and television broadcasting divisions, offset by a decline in other businesses. For the fourth quarter of 2016, revenue was $629.6 million, up 2% from $616.4 million in 2015. Revenues increased at the television broadcasting division and other businesses, offset by a decline at the education division. The Company reported operating income of $109.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to $67.8 million in 2015. Operating results improved at all divisions. Education division revenue in 2016 totaled $1,598.5 million, down 17% from $1,927.5 million in 2015. For the fourth quarter of 2016, education division revenue totaled $391.2 million, down 7% from $421.5 million for the same period of 2015. Kaplan reported operating income of $93.6 million for 2016, compared to an operating loss of $223.5 million in 2015; Kaplan reported operating income for the fourth quarter of 2016 of $29.9 million, compared to $26.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. Kaplan’s 2015 operating results include goodwill and intangible assets impairment charges of $256.8 million. In 2016, operating results at Kaplan Higher Education (KHE) were up and costs at Kaplan corporate and other declined, partially offset by declines at Kaplan Test Preparation (KTP) and Kaplan International. In recent years, Kaplan has formulated and implemented restructuring plans at its various businesses that have resulted in restructuring costs in 2016 and 2015, with the objective of establishing lower cost levels in future periods. Across all businesses, restructuring costs totaled $11.9 million in 2016 and $44.4 million in 2015. Restructuring costs totaled $7.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 and $7.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. (Refer to the Education Division Information, Summary of Restructuring Charges schedule attached to this release for additional details.) A summary of Kaplan’s operating results is as follows: KHE includes Kaplan’s domestic postsecondary education businesses, made up of fixed-facility colleges and online postsecondary and career programs. KHE also includes the domestic professional training and other continuing education businesses. On September 3, 2015, Kaplan completed the sale of substantially all of the remaining assets of its KHE Campuses business. In connection with these and other plans, KHE incurred $7.2 million and $12.9 million in restructuring costs in 2016 and 2015, respectively. As a result of continued declines in student enrollments at KHE and the challenging industry operating environment, Kaplan completed an interim impairment review of KHE's remaining long-lived assets in the third quarter of 2015 that resulted in a $248.6 million goodwill impairment charge. This goodwill impairment charge followed a $6.9 million long-lived asset impairment charge that was recorded in the second quarter of 2015 in connection with the KHE Campuses business. KHE results, excluding the impairment charge, include revenue and operating losses (including restructuring charges) related to all KHE Campuses, those sold or closed, including Mount Washington College and Bauder College, as follows: In 2016 and the fourth quarter of 2016, KHE revenue declined 27% and 14%, respectively, due to the campus sales and closings, and declines in average enrollments at Kaplan University, offset by increased revenues at the domestic professional and other continuing education businesses. KHE operating income improved in 2016 due to reduced losses at the KHE Campuses business and lower restructuring costs, lower marketing expenditures at Kaplan University and improved results at the domestic professional and other continuing education businesses, partially offset by lower enrollment at Kaplan University. KHE operating results declined in the fourth quarter of 2016 due primarily to lower enrollment at Kaplan University. New higher education student enrollments at Kaplan University declined 22% in 2016 due to lower demand across Kaplan University programs. Total students at Kaplan University were 32,167 at December 31, 2016, down 19% from December 31, 2015. Kaplan University higher education student enrollments by certificate and degree programs are as follows: Kaplan Test Preparation (KTP) includes Kaplan’s standardized test preparation and new economy skills training programs. KTP revenue declined 5% in 2016 and 9% for the fourth quarter of 2016. Enrollments, excluding the new economy skills training offerings, were down 3% in 2016. In comparison to 2015, KTP operating results declined in 2016 due to investment in new economy skills training programs and lower revenues from a change in the enrollment mix to lower priced programs. Operating losses for the new economy skills training programs were $13.0 million and $8.5 million for 2016 and 2015, respectively. Kaplan International includes English-language programs and postsecondary education and professional training businesses largely outside the United States. In the first quarter of 2016, Kaplan acquired Mander Portman Woodward, a leading provider of high-quality, bespoke education to UK and international students in London, Cambridge and Birmingham; and Osborne Books, an education publisher of learning resources for accounting qualifications in the UK. Kaplan International revenue declined 10% in 2016, of which 6% is due to currency fluctuations. The remaining decrease is due to enrollment declines in English-language and Pathways programs. Revenue growth from the 2016 acquisitions was largely offset by revenue declines due to prior year dispositions. Revenue was down slightly in the fourth quarter of 2016; on a constant currency basis, revenue increased 9%, largely due to 2016 acquisitions and growth in Pathways. Kaplan International operating income decreased 10% in 2016, due largely to the reduced English-language and Pathways results and increased restructuring costs, partially offset by operating income from newly acquired businesses. Operating income increased 27% in the fourth quarter of 2016 largely due to improved Pathways results and operating income from newly acquired businesses. The impact of currency fluctuations on comparative operating results was insignificant for 2016 and the fourth quarter of 2016. Restructuring costs at Kaplan International totaled $4.7 million and $1.3 million in 2016 and 2015, respectively. Kaplan corporate and other represents unallocated expenses of Kaplan, Inc.’s corporate office, other minor businesses and certain shared activities. In 2015 and the fourth quarter of 2015, Kaplan corporate recorded $29.4 million and $2.9 million, respectively, in restructuring costs. In 2016, Kaplan corporate expenses also declined due to the benefits from restructuring activities and a reduction in incentive compensation expense. Also, 2015 spending for the replacement of its human resources system did not recur in 2016. In addition to the impairment charges of $255.5 million related to KHE recorded in the second and third quarters of 2015, Kaplan recorded an additional $1.4 million in noncash intangible and other long-lived assets impairment charges in the fourth quarter of 2015, related to businesses at KTP and Kaplan International. In the first quarter of 2016, Kaplan sold Colloquy, which was part of Kaplan corporate and other, for a gain of $18.9 million that is included in other non-operating income. In addition to the sale of the KHE Campuses business in 2015, Kaplan also sold a small business that was part of KHE, and two businesses that were part of Kaplan International. The net loss on the sale of these businesses totaled $24.9 million and is included in other non-operating expense. Revenue at the television broadcasting division increased 14% to $409.7 million, from $359.2 million in 2015; operating income for 2016 was up 22% to $200.5 million, from $164.9 million in the same period of 2015. The revenue increase is due to a $23.9 million increase in political advertising revenue, $18.5 million more in retransmission revenues, and $13.1 million in incremental summer Olympics-related advertising revenue at the Company's NBC affiliates. The increase in operating income is due to the revenue increase, offset by higher spending on digital initiatives and increased network fees. For the fourth quarter of 2016, revenue increased 14% to $108.8 million, from $95.2 million in 2015; operating income for the fourth quarter of 2016 was up 27% to $55.9 million, from $43.8 million in the same period of 2015. The increase in revenue is due to a $13.9 million increase in political advertising revenue and $4.0 million in increased retransmission revenues. The increase in operating income is due to the revenue increase, offset by higher spending on digital initiatives and increased network fees. In May 2016, the Company announced that it had reached an agreement with Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. and Media General, Inc. to acquire WCWJ, a CW affiliate television station in Jacksonville, FL and WSLS, an NBC affiliate television station in Roanoke, VA for $60 million in cash and the assumption of certain pension obligations. The Company will continue to operate both stations under their current network affiliations. This transaction was completed on January 17, 2017. Manufacturing includes three businesses: Dekko, a manufacturer of electrical workspace solutions, architectural lighting and electrical components and assemblies acquired in November 2015; Joyce/Dayton Corp., a Dayton, OH-based manufacturer of screw jacks and other linear motion systems; and Forney, a global supplier of products and systems that control and monitor combustion processes in electric utility and industrial applications. Manufacturing revenues and operating income increased in 2016 due primarily to the Dekko acquisition. Also, in September 2016, Dekko acquired Electri-Cable Assemblies (ECA), a Shelton, CT-based manufacturer of power, data and electrical solutions for the office furniture industry. The Graham Healthcare Group (GHG) provides home health and hospice services in six states. In June 2016, the Company acquired the outstanding 20% redeemable noncontrolling interest in Residential Healthcare (Residential). Also in June 2016, Celtic Healthcare (Celtic) and Residential combined their business operations and the Company now owns 90% of the combined entity, known as GHG. The Company incurred approximately $2.0 million in expenses in conjunction with these transactions in the second quarter of 2016. Healthcare revenues increased 8% in 2016 due primarily to patient growth for both home health and hospice. Operating results were down in 2016, largely due to the expenses incurred related to the transactions in the second quarter of 2016 and an increase in information systems and other integration costs. In June 2016, Residential and a Michigan hospital formed a joint venture to provide home health services to West Michigan patients. Residential manages the operations of the joint venture and holds a 40% interest. The pro rata operating results of the joint venture are included in the Company's equity in earnings of affiliates. In connection with this transaction, the Company recorded a pre-tax gain of $3.2 million in the second quarter of 2016 that is included in other non-operating income. In January 2015, Celtic and Allegheny Health Network formed a joint venture to combine each other's home health and hospice assets in the western Pennsylvania region. Celtic manages the operations of the joint venture for a fee and holds a 40% interest. The pro rata operating results of the joint venture are included in the Company's equity in earnings of affiliates. In connection with this transaction, the Company recorded a noncash pre-tax gain of $6.0 million in the first quarter of 2015 that is included in other non-operating income. SocialCode is a provider of marketing solutions on social, mobile and video platforms. SocialCode revenues increased 28% in 2016 and 23% in the fourth quarter of 2016, due to continued growth in digital advertising service revenues. SocialCode reported operating losses of $12.4 million in 2016; these results include incentive accruals of $12.8 million related to phantom equity appreciation plans. The expense amount related to these plans for 2015 was $2.0 million. Other businesses also includes Slate and Foreign Policy, which publish online and print magazines and websites; and two investment stage businesses, Panoply and CyberVista. Losses from each of these businesses in 2016 adversely affected operating results. In addition, Slate recorded a goodwill impairment charge of $1.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. In November 2015, the Company announced that Trove, a digital innovation team, would largely be integrated into SocialCode and that Trove’s existing offerings would be discontinued. In connection with this action, the Company recorded a $2.8 million goodwill impairment charge at Trove in the fourth quarter of 2015, along with $0.5 million in severance costs. In the second quarter of 2015, the Company sold The Root, an online magazine; the related gain on disposition is included in other non-operating expense, net. Corporate office includes the expenses of the Company’s corporate office, the pension credit for the Company’s traditional defined benefit plan and certain continuing obligations related to prior business dispositions. In the fourth quarter of 2016, the Company recorded an $18.0 million gain related to a bulk lump sum pension program offering. In the fourth quarter of 2015, the Company recorded $6.0 million in incremental stock compensation expense due to the modification of restricted stock awards and implemented a Special Incentive Program that resulted in expense of $0.9 million, which was funded from the assets of the Company’s pension plan. In the third quarter of 2015, the Company recorded $18.8 million in incremental stock option expense, due to stock option modifications that resulted from the Cable ONE spin-off. Excluding the pension gain and other pension incentive expense, the total pension credit for the Company's traditional defined benefit plan was $64.1 million and $83.2 million for 2016 and 2015, respectively. Excluding the pension credit and incremental stock compensation expense in 2015, corporate office expenses declined in 2016 due primarily to lower compensation costs. At December 31, 2016, the Company held interests in a number of home health and hospice joint ventures, and interests in several other affiliates. The company recorded equity in losses of affiliates of $7.9 million for 2016, compared to $0.7 million in 2015. In the fourth quarter of 2016, the Company recorded an $8.4 million write-down on its investment in HomeHero, a company that managed an online senior home care marketplace. The Company recorded total other non-operating expense, net, of $12.6 million in 2016, compared to $8.6 million in 2015. For the fourth quarter of 2016, the Company recorded other non-operating expense, net, of $28.5 million, compared to income of $21.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2015. The 2016 non-operating expense, net, included $39.9 million in foreign currency losses ($6.6 million in foreign currency losses in the fourth quarter); $29.4 million in cost method investment write-downs ($14.2 million in the fourth quarter); and $1.8 million in net losses on the sales of marketable securities ($8.0 million loss in the fourth quarter), partially offset by a $34.1 million gain on the sale of land; an $18.9 million gain on the sale of a business; a $3.2 million gain on the Residential joint venture transaction and other items. The 2015 non-operating expense, net, included $23.3 million in losses from the sales of businesses, $15.6 million in unrealized foreign currency losses ($0.6 million in unrealized foreign currency gains in the fourth quarter) and other items, offset by a fourth quarter $21.4 million gain on the sale of land from Robinson Terminal, a $6.0 million gain on the formation of a Celtic joint venture and a $4.8 million increase to the gain from the 2014 sale of Classified Ventures. The Company incurred net interest expense of $32.3 million in 2016, compared to $30.7 million in 2015; net interest expense totaled $9.8 million and $7.4 million for the fourth quarters of 2016 and 2015, respectively. At December 31, 2016, the Company had $491.8 million in borrowings outstanding at an average interest rate of 6.3%, and cash, marketable securities and other investments of $1,119.1 million. At December 31, 2015, the Company had $399.8 million in borrowings outstanding at an average interest rate of 7.2%, and cash, marketable securities and other investments of $1,154.4 million. In July 2016, a Kaplan UK company entered into a four-year loan agreement for a £75 million borrowing. The overall effective interest rate is 2.01%, taking into account an interest rate swap agreement the Company entered into on the same date as the borrowing. The Company's effective tax rate for 2016 was 32.4%. In the third quarter of 2016, a net nonrecurring $8.3 million deferred tax benefit related to Kaplan's international operations was recorded. In the second quarter of 2016, the Company benefited from a favorable $5.6 million out of period deferred tax adjustment related to the KHE goodwill impairment recorded in the third quarter of 2015. Excluding the effect of these items, the effective tax rate in 2016 was 37.9%. The Company recorded a tax provision on the pre-tax loss from continuing operations in 2015, as a large portion of the goodwill impairment charges and the goodwill included in the loss on the KHE Campuses sale were permanent differences not deductible for income tax purposes. Excluding the effect of these permanent differences, the effective tax rate for continuing operations in 2015 was 38.1%. In 2015, the Company completed the spin-off of Cable ONE as an independent, publicly traded company and the sale of a school in China that was previously part of Kaplan International. As a result of these transactions, income from continuing operations excludes the operating results and related loss, if any, on dispositions of these businesses, which have been reclassified to discontinued operations, net of tax, in 2015. The calculation of diluted earnings per share for 2016 and the fourth quarter of 2016 was based on 5,588,733 and 5,555,510 weighted average shares, respectively, compared to 5,727,074 and 5,833,850 weighted average shares, respectively, for 2015 and the fourth quarter of 2015. At December 31, 2016, there were 5,576,436 shares outstanding. On May 14, 2015, the Board of Directors authorized the Company to acquire up to 500,000 shares of Class B common stock; the Company has remaining authorization for 224,276 shares as of December 31, 2016. This report contains certain forward-looking statements that are based largely on the Company’s current expectations. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and achievements to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. For more information about these forward-looking statements and related risks, please refer to the section titled “Forward-Looking Statements” in Part I of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K. * Includes $1.7 million and $2.1 million in third quarter 2015 expenses related to a Special Incentive Program (SIP) at Higher Education and Corporate, respectively. The SIP expense was funded from the assets of the Company's pension plan. In addition to the results reported in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP) included in this press release, the Company has provided information regarding income from continuing operations excluding certain items described below reconciled to the most directly comparable GAAP measures. Management believes that these non-GAAP measures, when read in conjunction with the Company’s GAAP financials, provide useful information to investors by offering: Income from continuing operations excluding certain items should not be considered substitutes or alternatives to computations calculated in accordance with and required by GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures should be read only in conjunction with financial information presented on a GAAP basis. The following table reconciles the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures:
News Article | November 17, 2016
Investment Management Consultants Association® (IMCA®) announced today that Kaplan Financial Education will offer a Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) online preparation and review program for investment and wealth management professionals starting in January 2017. To mark the new initiative, IMCA and Kaplan are hosting a sold-out CIMA Qualification Exam Workshop on Monday, December 5 (9 a.m.-4 p.m. MST) in conjunction with the IMCA 2016 Winter Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. “CIMA certification is one of the most valued certifications in the investment consulting and wealth management professions because it distinguishes those who meet a global standard of competency and skills in investment management from those who do not,” said Sean R. Walters, CAE, chief executive officer, IMCA. “Kaplan’s on-demand CIMA preparation course provides individuals and enterprises a new option in helping financial professionals around the world meet their investment education needs.” The rigorous CIMA certification process, which was recently reaccredited by the American National Standards Institute, requires candidates complete “the Four E’s” – experience, education, examination, and ethics. In addition to the examination requirement, CIMA candidates must pass two examinations and participate in a registered executive education program currently offered by The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, MIT Sloan School of Management, Paul Woolley Centre at the University of Technology, Sydney, and Yale School of Management. “Our online, on-demand curriculum will provide prospective candidates with the knowledge, tools, and strategies required to effectively set investment objectives, evaluate and select managers, and manage an investment portfolio for individual or institutional clients,” added Joyce Schnur, vice president, Kaplan Financial Services. According to Schnur, the upcoming workshop, taught by Kaplan instructor R. Travis Upton, will be a good introduction for prospective candidates, touching on a number of key areas, including: governance, financial math, portfolio performance and risk, traditional and alternative investments, portfolio theory, and behavioral finance. Candidates who complete all steps in the certification process must then adhere to IMCA’s Code of Professional Responsibility, as well as maintain all recertification requirements in order to use the CIMA marks. About IMCA Established in 1985, IMCA is a nonprofit professional association and credentialing organization with more than 11,300 individual members and certificants in 37 countries around the world. IMCA members collectively manage more than $2.5 trillion, providing investment consulting and wealth management services to individual and institutional clients. Since 1988, IMCA has offered the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA), which is the only financial services certification in the United States to meet international accreditation standards (ANSI/ISO 17024). The CIMA certification consistently distinguishes those who meet a global standard of competency and skills in investment management from those who do not. IMCA’s Certified Private Wealth Advisor® (CPWA®) certification is suited for wealth management professionals working with high-net-worth clients. In 2015, IMCA conferences and education hosted nearly 4,500 attendees. IMCA and Investment Management Consultants Association® are registered trademarks of Investment Management Consultants Association Inc. CIMA, Certified Investment Management Analyst, CIMC®, CPWA®, and Certified Private Wealth Advisor® are registered certification marks of Investment Management Consultants Association Inc. Investment Management Consultants Association Inc. does not discriminate in educational opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. About Kaplan Financial Education Kaplan Financial Education delivers license exam prep, professional development, and CE programs for the insurance, securities, and financial planning industries. Through classroom training, online courses, and self-study options, Kaplan helps students pass exams and maintain licensing with study materials that satisfy almost any learning style and budget. Learn more at http://www.kaplanfinancial.com. Kaplan Financial Education is part of Kaplan University School of Professional and Continuing Education. Kaplan University, which has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago, is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Kaplan University serves approximately 33,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 13 campuses in Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, Maryland, Maine and Wisconsin, and a Kaplan University Learning Center in Maryland and Missouri. Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education LLC and Kaplan, Inc., which serves over 1.2 million students globally each year through its array of higher education, test preparation, professional education, English-language training, university preparation, and K-12 offerings to individuals, institutions, and businesses. Kaplan has operations in over 30 countries, employs more than 19,000 full- and part-time professionals, and maintains relationships and partnerships with more than 1,000 school districts, colleges, and universities, and over 2,600 corporations and businesses. Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company and its largest division. For more information, please visit http://www.Kaplan.com.
News Article | December 13, 2016
Katherine A. Cass, MSN, MA, CLNC, RN Recognized as a Professional of the Year by Strathmore's Who's Who Worldwide Publication About Katherine A. Cass, MSN, MA, CLNC, RN Ms. Cass is the Program Director and Owner of Cass & Associates, LLC, which is a nursing consulting and rehab facility providing legal nurse consulting services and rehabilitation services in Clayton, Ohio and nationally. She oversees all of the operations of the physical rehabilitation center including all staff, nursing, therapists, etc. She has been the owner of Nurse Consultancy Corporation for the past five years. As such, she liaises and interacts with attorneys, providing legal nurse consulting on a case by case basis. Ms. Cass reviews cases and medical charts and provides reports to attorneys. She is affiliated with the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses and the American Organization of Nurse Executives. After obtaining a M.A. in Behavioral Science from the University of California in Domingus Hills in 1996, Ms. Cass later obtained a M.S.N. from Kaplan University in 2016. In her spare time she enjoys long walks and rescue dogs. About Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide is an international advertising, networking and publishing company based in Farmingdale, New York. They are proud to be able to satisfy their clients and continue to have repeat clientele due to their longevity and pride in their products and services. The Owners strive to connect business professionals to enhance their contact base and networking capabilities so they can get the acknowledgment and publicity within their industries and beyond. The Strathmore family has been providing these valuable services for over two decades. They target executives and professionals in all industries to be featured in their publication and on-line directory. Industries include business, law, education, healthcare and medicine, fine arts, IT, government, science, real estate, entertainment and many more accomplished fields. Professional profiles are listed in an annual hardcover journal and in a detailed, searchable database on the website www.strww.com. Clayton, OH, December 13, 2016 --( PR.com )-- Katherine A. Cass, MSN, MA, CLNC, RN of Clayton, Ohio has been recognized as a Professional of the Year for 2016 by Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide for her outstanding contributions and achievements for over 30 years in the fields of healthcare and legal nurse consulting.About Katherine A. Cass, MSN, MA, CLNC, RNMs. Cass is the Program Director and Owner of Cass & Associates, LLC, which is a nursing consulting and rehab facility providing legal nurse consulting services and rehabilitation services in Clayton, Ohio and nationally. She oversees all of the operations of the physical rehabilitation center including all staff, nursing, therapists, etc. She has been the owner of Nurse Consultancy Corporation for the past five years. As such, she liaises and interacts with attorneys, providing legal nurse consulting on a case by case basis. Ms. Cass reviews cases and medical charts and provides reports to attorneys. She is affiliated with the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses and the American Organization of Nurse Executives.After obtaining a M.A. in Behavioral Science from the University of California in Domingus Hills in 1996, Ms. Cass later obtained a M.S.N. from Kaplan University in 2016. In her spare time she enjoys long walks and rescue dogs.About Strathmore’s Who’s Who WorldwideStrathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide is an international advertising, networking and publishing company based in Farmingdale, New York. They are proud to be able to satisfy their clients and continue to have repeat clientele due to their longevity and pride in their products and services. The Owners strive to connect business professionals to enhance their contact base and networking capabilities so they can get the acknowledgment and publicity within their industries and beyond. The Strathmore family has been providing these valuable services for over two decades. They target executives and professionals in all industries to be featured in their publication and on-line directory. Industries include business, law, education, healthcare and medicine, fine arts, IT, government, science, real estate, entertainment and many more accomplished fields. Professional profiles are listed in an annual hardcover journal and in a detailed, searchable database on the website www.strww.com. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Strathmore Worldwide
News Article | February 24, 2017
NEW YORK, NY, February 24, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Katheryn M. Csonka, Assistant Professor of Nursing at Daytona State College has been selected to join the Nursing Board at the American Health Council. She will be sharing her knowledge and expertise on Nursing, Nursing Education and Patient Safety. With over two decades of experience in the field of Nursing, Katheryn offers valuable insight in her role as an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Daytona State College. Established in 1957, Daytona State College serves as a comprehensive public college offering various programs from certificate, associate, and baccalaureate degrees in include health care, emergency services, business, education, hospitality, engineering, technology and more. As an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Daytona State College, Katheryn's day-to-day responsibilities include teaching full-time at Daytona State College. In addition to her role at Daytona State College, Katheryn serves as an Adjunct Professor School of Nursing at Kaplan University and a Visiting Professor School of Nursing at Chamberlain College of Nursing. In 2013, Katheryn earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University. Prior to graduating with her Master of Science in Nursing, Katheryn earned her Certification as a Registered Nurse from Cuyahoga Community College in 1995. Currently, she is working towards her Doctorate of Philosophy from the Capella University. Katheryn maintains affiliation with Sigma Theta Tau, Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses; American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Historical Nurses Association and American Nurses Association. Katheryn's desire to pursue the field of Nursing developed through the influence and the example of her mother's nursing career. Looking back, she attributes her success to her drive to always improve. In her free time, Katheryn enjoys baking, cooking, and traveling. She is proud to have rescued two Daschsuhunds. Considering the future, she hopes to continue teaching, mentoring, and moving into a leadership position involving course development.
News Article | February 24, 2017
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Concord Law School at Kaplan University, the nation’s first fully-online law school, held its 26th graduation today at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, celebrating 100 new graduates. The graduating class includes 60 graduates of the Juris Doctor program, 38 graduates of the Executive Juris Doctor program and two graduates of Concord’s Small Business Practice LLM program. "I am so proud of our graduates, who have managed the challenge of law school on top of full-time work and family commitments. I am also excited for them, as we are at a moment when the legal profession is increasingly recognizing the need to utilize technology to reduce cost and expand access, both for lawyers and the clients they would serve--precisely what an online law school provides," said Dean Pritikin. The keynote address was given by Paul R. Kiesel, a partner at Kiesel Law LLP, and the Immediate-Past President of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, where he also served as past Chair of its Litigation Section. Currently Mr. Kiesel is the Co-Chair of the Open Courts Coalition, a bipartisan committee of attorneys from throughout California advocating for full-funding of the civil justice system. "Concord graduates are what the legal profession needs right now. They bring maturity of prior work and life experience to the practice of law; and they are not burdened by the high debt levels associated with traditional law schools, and so have more flexibility to pursue their goals and represent a wide variety of clients,” said Mr. Kiesel. During the commencement, several graduates were recognized for outstanding achievement, including: In addition to the commencement ceremony, The Honorable Judith L. Meyer, Los Angeles Superior Court, was present to officiate the swearing in of Concord Law School graduate Andrew Bell, class of 2016, to the California State Bar. A resident of Clackamas, OR, attorney Bell is one of more than 550 Concord graduates who have sat for and passed the California State Bar exam. Concord Law School is the nation's first fully online law school. Since opening its virtual doors in 1998, Concord has educated more than 2,200 graduates who have earned their Juris Doctor (JD) or Executive Juris DoctorSM (EJD) degree. Concord Law School is part of Kaplan University, which is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Kaplan University, furthermore, is part of Kaplan Higher Education LLC and Kaplan, Inc., which serves over one million students globally each year through its array of higher education, test preparation, professional education, English-language training and university preparation to individuals, institutions, and businesses. Kaplan has operations in over 30 countries, employs more than 15,000 full- and part-time professionals, and maintains relationships and partnerships with more than 1,000 school districts, colleges, and universities, and over 2,600 corporations and businesses. Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC) and its largest division. For more information, please visit, www.kaplan.com.
News Article | December 21, 2016
The International Association of HealthCare Professionals is pleased to welcome Stan Fitzer, DDS, Dentist, to their prestigious organization with his upcoming publication in The Leading Physicians of the World. Dr. Stan Fitzer is a highly-trained and qualified dentist with a vast expertise in all facets of his work. He has been in practice for more than 22 years and is currently serving patients at Rufe Snow Dental Group in North Richland Hills, Texas. Dr. Fitzer’s career in dentistry began in 1993 when he graduated with his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He is actively involved in local lecturing and public speaking, and in addition, teaches at Kaplan University. In his spare time, Dr. Fitzer dedicates to fishing and the outdoors. He is deeply committed to putting his experience and skill to work for his patients to provide the best in preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry in the North Richland Hills area. When he is not assisting his patients, Dr. Fitzer likes to relax by fishing. Learn more about Dr. Fitzer by reading his upcoming publication in The Leading Physicians of the World. FindaTopDoc.com is a hub for all things medicine, featuring detailed descriptions of medical professionals across all areas of expertise, and information on thousands of healthcare topics. Each month, millions of patients use FindaTopDoc to find a doctor nearby and instantly book an appointment online or create a review. FindaTopDoc.com features each doctor’s full professional biography highlighting their achievements, experience, patient reviews and areas of expertise. A leading provider of valuable health information that helps empower patient and doctor alike, FindaTopDoc enables readers to live a happier and healthier life. For more information about FindaTopDoc, visit:http://www.findatopdoc.com
News Article | February 15, 2017
The International Nurses Association is pleased to welcome Wendy Bryant, RN, to their prestigious organization with her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. Wendy Bryant is a Registered Nurse with 11 years of experience in her field and an extensive expertise in all facets of nursing, especially medical/surgical nursing. Wendy is currently serving patients as a Charge Nurse within Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana, Texas. Wendy Bryant attended the University of Mary Hardin Baylor in Belton, Texas, graduating with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 2005. An advocate for continuing education, Wendy is currently pursuing her Master of Science Degree in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner concentration at Kaplan University. She holds additional certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Basic Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and is also EKG and Telemetry Certified. To keep up to date with the latest advances and developments in nursing, Wendy maintains a professional membership with the American Nurses Association. Throughout her career, Wendy has worked in many areas of the nursing field, including pediatrics, geriatrics, home health care, and in hospital settings. She attributes her success to her mother, who has always been a strong influence in her life. When she is not assisting her patients, Wendy enjoys running marathons. Learn more about Wendy Bryant here: http://inanurse.org/network/index.php?do=/4135237/info/ and be sure to read her upcoming publication in Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.
News Article | December 13, 2016
DAVENPORT, Iowa--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Kaplan University (KU) issued its seventh annual Academic Report: The Year in Review 2015-2016, detailing the University’s work, progress and achievements throughout the academic year beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2016. The 55-page report provides an overview of KU and includes details around key metrics such as learning, graduation and employment outcomes as well as important updates on accreditation and program approvals. The report also profiles Kaplan University schools and programs, and includes survey results from KU’s student and alumni. “Kaplan University made significant strides on a number of important fronts throughout the academic year. Our regional accreditation was reaffirmed by the Higher Learning Commission through the 2025-2026 academic year which speaks well to the quality of our educational offerings and overall operations that put students first,” said Dr. David Starnes, Kaplan University Chief Academic Officer. The report also notes the steps forward KU took in the academic year with competency-based education. In addition to receiving their academic transcripts, all KU students receive a personalized competency report that summarizes their cumulative progress toward mastering competencies employers identify as essential to workplace performance and success. The University also received approvals to begin offering bachelor’s degree level, competency-based educational programs. Dr. Betty Vandenbosch, Kaplan University President, said, “Documenting and sharing our achievements in the Academic Report each year is not only a gratifying look back at the past year for Kaplan University, it also provides important insights to our current student body and future students. While much progress has been made, our important work helping adult learners finish what they started continues.” A pdf of the Report can be downloaded here. Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for higher education. It strives to help adult students unlock their talent by providing a practical, student-centered education that prepares them for careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago, is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Kaplan University serves approximately 34,000 online and campus-based students. The University has campuses in Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, Maryland, Maine, and Wisconsin, and Kaplan University Learning Centers in Missouri and Maryland. Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education LLC and Kaplan, Inc., which serves over 1.2 million students globally each year through its array of higher education, test preparation, professional education, English-language training, university preparation, and K-12 offerings to individuals, institutions, and businesses. Kaplan has operations in over 30 countries, employs more than 19,000 full- and part-time professionals, and maintains relationships and partnerships with more than 1,000 school districts, colleges, and universities, and over 2,600 corporations and businesses. Kaplan is a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC) and its largest division. For more information, please visit www.Kaplan.com.
News Article | October 28, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - October 25, 2016) - eTERA Consulting, an international leader in data and technology management, announced today the appointment of Stacey Webb, Human Resources Manager. Webb joins eTERA with over a decade of experience in human resources (HR) and will play a key role in designing and implementing several strategic employee-related initiatives that support the company's business objectives. Specifically, Webb will develop a set of streamlined and scalable procedures to lay the groundwork for eTERA's continued growth in workforce. Webb will also manage other aspects of HR including benefits and compensation, recruiting, employee relations and the onboarding process for new contract hires as part of eTERA's Rev1ew One® managed review service offering. "eTERA is looking to expand significantly over the next several years," said Margaret Lindsay, Chief Financial Officer at eTERA. "We are firm believers that our employees are eTERA's best asset. We knew it was a natural next step to bring Stacey on board to drive the initiative of not only securing top talent for our organization, but also retaining and developing our employees to achieve their greatest potential." Prior to her role with eTERA, Webb served as the Human Resources Manager at a government contractor in Arlington, Virginia. She received both her Bachelor of Arts in Human Relations and a Masters in Business Administration from Trinity Washington University. Webb is currently pursuing her Executive Juris Doctor, Business Law from Concord Law School - Kaplan University. "In my search for a new position, I knew I wanted to join a team that takes employee development very seriously," said Webb. "I am most excited for the opportunity to with work managers to develop Employee Development Plans (EDPs) for all staff. This initiative will allow us to hone in on improving employees' weak areas and continuing to strengthen the areas in which they excel. It is extremely impressive to see such a positive, encouraging and dedicated workforce and I couldn't be more excited to be part of the team." Webb will be based in eTERA's Washington, DC location and will report to Lindsay. About eTERA Consulting Founded in 2004, eTERA Consulting is an international, award-winning organization selected by clients to help solve the challenges of complex, big data projects in the areas of information governance, investigations, litigation, regulatory compliance and security breach response. Built by the clients, for the clients®, eTERA provides customized data management solutions and services to Fortune 500 companies and the Am Law 100 at the intersection where legal, data analytics, security and information technology meet. eTERA's experienced subject matter experts ensure client engagement success by using best practices, leading technologies and proven project management methodologies combined with exceptional client service. Having passed the most stringent security audits, eTERA is trusted by the world's largest insurance, financial services, pharmaceutical and energy companies. eTERA was selected by the Legal Times in 2014 and 2015 as the Best End-to-End Litigation Consulting Firm and was recognized by the National Law Journal as the nation's top End-to-End eDiscovery Company for five consecutive years. Headquartered in Washington D.C., eTERA maintains offices in Chicago, Detroit, Paris and Shanghai.