News Article | May 17, 2017
Pepco's Edison Place Gallery served as an exceptional venue for more than one hundred guests who enjoyed networking with industry leaders, winners, and interactive demonstrations from Casey Trees, Pollinator Partnership, and Urban Jungle. Speakers and special guests included: The Best In Air Award winners were selected by public voting from a group of nearly 20 organizations up for nomination. Winners included: Clean Air Partners On the Air Student Award winners were selected based on creativity, subject matter, and uniqueness for Clean Air Partners slogan and poster contests. First-place winners included: About Clean Air Partners Clean Air Partners is a public-private partnership that educates the greater metropolitan Baltimore-Washington region about the health risks associated with poor air quality and the impacts everyday actions have on the environment. For 20 years, Clean Air Partners has helped individuals and organizations take simple actions to reduce their impact on the environment and exposure to air pollution during unhealthy air quality days. Clean Air Partners' Air Quality App is a free resource that provides air quality forecasts and real-time health notification. For more information and to download the app, visit www.cleanairpartners.net. About Clean Air Partners "On the Air" Curriculum and Outreach Program The Clean Air Partners infographic, slogan, and poster contests are launched each year through the "On the Air" education curriculum. On the Air reaches tens of thousands of students across the region using hands-on activities to teach students about the affect poor air quality has on their health and the environment. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/clean-air-partners-celebrates-20th-anniversary-300458779.html
News Article | August 3, 2017
Alterra Home Loans, a national mortgage lender and the second-largest Hispanic-owned mortgage company in the U.S., focused on serving underserved markets, released a new white paper today, titled “Empowering Women in Leadership Starts with Listening.” This piece is authored by Kristin Messerli, Founder of Cultural Outreach and Managing Editor for Mortgage Women Magazine. Messerli and Alterra partnered to share Alterra’s insights from their efforts to increase women in leadership and bring urgency to take action in addressing this problem in the industry. Miguel Narvaez, EVP and Chief Production Officer of Alterra Home Loans, says, “Our objective is to send a message to the industry that we should be concerned about the underrepresentation of women, what we think the industry should be doing at large and what Alterra is doing about it.” Kristin Messerli uses Alterra as a case study due to the progress they made in identifying and addressing the issue. While the company is co-founded by a woman and over half of their operations consist of women, like most companies, they lacked female representation in sales and leadership positions. Since this realization, they have increased female leadership from 2% to 25% and women accounted for half of their new management hires over the last year. Although not where they want to be yet, Alterra hopes that their fast and significant progress could be shared with others to inspire and drive more action to create positive change in the industry. Messerli shares, “Most companies talk about how women in leadership is a priority - it’s been discussed in nearly every keynote of every mortgage conference this year. Yet, many companies are simply not turning that priority into any meaningful action.” She explains this is why she was encouraged to write and partner with Alterra on this initiative “to bring greater awareness to the industry and share a practical case study from a company making real progress.” The paper outlines a few challenges that many companies are not aware of in attempting to recruit female talent. As cited in the paper, women are three times as likely as men to say that being a working parent makes it difficult to advance in their careers. Valerie Madiedo, Alterra’s Co-Founder and EVP, says many women are unsure they can handle the work-family balance if they take a leadership position. “They need support from leadership who understands their needs as women and encourage them to take that step.” Through interviews with six of Alterra’s female managers and additional outside research, the paper provides practical insights to improving women’s talent development and recruitment. The Senior Vice President of Business Development and National Expansion, Tom Middleton, states, “I realized that I had to understand their way of thinking in order to effectively recruit more great leaders, both male and female.” “These women aren’t just doing a job, they are righting wrongs, protecting their neighbors and building their communities,” Middleton continues. “After performing the research for this paper, I came away with the feeling that American businesses have squandered an incredible opportunity to achieve organic growth through customer service driven by powerful female executives.” Jason Madiedo, CEO and Co-Founder of Alterra Home Loans, says he is proud of their progress. “We founded this company on the ideal of inclusion and promoting wealth among the underserved...We cannot move forward as an industry or properly serve our customers without women in strong leadership roles. I am proud to see we are making strides to move the needle in this direction.” For a copy of the new white paper, download here. About Cultural Outreach Solutions Cultural Outreach Solutions connects financial institutions with underserved markets and Millennials through cross-cultural training and marketing tools. Through solutions including BetterLoanOfficer.com, Cultural Outreach arms lenders with critical tools to drive homeownership growth in all channels. To learn more, visit http://www.CulturalOutreach.net. About Alterra Home Loans Alterra Home Loans is a minority-owned, top U.S. mortgage bank and the second-largest Hispanic-owned mortgage company in the country. With loan coverage in 26 U.S. states, Alterra strives to represent the underserved in the mortgage industry, specifically serving the Hispanic community to help build wealth through homeownership. For more information, visit the company’s website at http://www.goalterra.com.
News Article | July 20, 2017
"Senator Leach champions policies and legislation that reflect the values we hold dear," said Jill Zipin, a DJOP founder and member of its executive committee. "His tireless support for a living wage, Medicaid expansion, common-sense gun laws, reproductive freedom, LGBT rights, fighting human trafficking, environmental protection, equitable funding of public education, voting rights, and ending gerrymandering, are among the many reasons Senator Leach has earned our strong endorsement." "Passage of these bills required gaining support from both sides of the aisle, a skill in short supply in Harrisburg and Washington, DC, and one that Senator Leach clearly possesses," Zipin said. A longtime resident of PA-7, Senator Leach won election to the PA House in 2002. In 2008, he was elected to the PA Senate representing the 17th District. During his time in office, he has earned a reputation as one of the hardest working, most accessible members of the legislature. "Senator Leach consistently seeks to improve the lives of all Pennsylvanians, and he will do the same in Washington," Zipin stated. "His unwavering activism on behalf of people, regardless of their background or party affiliation, and his advancement of Jewish values have earned Senator Leach our enthusiastic support." DJOP was founded in 2008 to support the candidacy of Barack Obama. Since then, DJOP's mission has expanded to supporting Democratic candidates running in Pennsylvania who best reflect Jewish values, including assisting the less fortunate, equality for all, a strong, secure Jewish homeland, and "tikkun olam," the Jewish principle of repairing the world.
News Article | July 18, 2017
"For real estate agents, bridging the gap between cold lead and qualified lead can be difficult and time-consuming. Often times, opportunities are lost when agents get busy and are unable to connect with good listing prospects fast enough," said Rajeev Kalavar, SmartZip's Executive Vice President of Product, Strategy and Operations. "SmartZip Outreach ensures that our clients are the first to reach out and connect with a likely home seller, and is designed to help agents nurture and grow relationships with these prospects for the long-term." SmartZip Outreach is powered by experienced inside sales agents (ISAs) who call targeted homeowners from an agent's market area or sphere. In each call, the ISAs leverage proprietary scripts designed to non-invasively extract the homeowner's selling intent and timeframe. The ISAs are trained to recognize immediate home seller opportunities, which are instantly transferred to the agent for personal follow-up. Homeowners who plan to sell in the next few months are nurtured via phone calls, text and email, in addition to SmartTargeting's automated nurture campaigns, until they are ready to speak with the agent about listing their home. If the seller prospect does not show any indication of selling, the inside sales agent attempts to identify referral opportunities before disqualifying them from the agent's pipeline. SmartZip Outreach's early adopters have been impressed with how the ISAs are able to build relationships with potential local sellers before passing off the hot leads to the agent for direct follow-up. "I just recently launched another campaign using SmartZip Outreach and I'm impressed with the early results," said Scott Newman, broker/owner of Newman Realty in Chicago, Illinois. "I love the idea of saving time by only speaking to homeowners who are thinking of selling in the near future. This new feature further saturates my farm with my brand and positions me as the absolute go-to resource for selling homes in the area." Historical industry data shows that when such a service prospects a database of traditional, non-targeted homeowners, it generates one lead or nurture contact every 35 conversations on average. By contrast, in the initial alpha test of SmartZip Outreach based on SmartTargeting's predicted seller targets, the service has seen an improvement of 2x or more, with the ISAs sourcing a lead every 18 conversations on average. SmartZip client Leah Quintana of Albuquerque, New Mexico, has reported strong results in her short time using Outreach. "SmartZip Outreach has been a fantastic new feature to put in my tool belt," said Leah, a RE/MAX Elite agent who participated in the alpha test. "It has been amazing to see that the inside sales agent callers could generate five times as many leads when working from a list of predicted sellers instead of my whole database. It's saving me a ton of time, and it saves me a lot of money. It is early in my campaign and I have already been able to secure a listing. I am very happy!" After the highly successful Alpha test, SmartZip Outreach is now available to both new and existing clients. Agents who commit to SmartZip Outreach can request that the ISAs contact only their top-ranked predicted sellers — the top 20% of the owners in their geographical farm — or every contact within their farm. Outreach can be purchased as an add-on service with only a two-month commitment. Results have shown to increase over the long-term, with continued and consistent outreach from the ISAs to top targets. Early adopter discounts are available for current and new SmartTargeting clients who sign up this month. "For eight years, SmartZip has been laser-focused on not only developing the most accurate home seller predictions in the industry, but also in making predictive analytics actionable for busy agents and brokers," said Kalavar. "We expect that adding this lead qualification and concierge service to our SmartTargeting platform will immediately elevate the success of agents who recognize the value of predictive analytics, but lack the time or resources to qualify and win over predicted sellers in their area." ABOUT SMARTZIP ANALYTICS, INC. SmartZip Analytics is a national leader in predictive marketing solutions for real estate, lending and related industries. Using patent-pending home intelligence, predictive analytics and automated marketing campaigns, SmartZip's SmartTargeting platform offers an integrated solution that can identify top home seller prospects accurately, engage them through targeted online and offline marketing campaigns, and help close more business with smart nurturing and prospecting tools. SmartZip is backed by Intel Capital, Claremont Creek Ventures, Crest Capital, Javelin Venture Partners, Cue Ball Capital, Toba Capital and ORIX Growth Capital, and is headquartered in Pleasanton, CA.
News Article | June 1, 2017
Built in partnership with employee engagement and work culture experts Quantum Workplace of Omaha, Nebraska, Inc.'s Best Workplaces list is a magnifying glass on how innovative companies can truly raise the bar in hiring and retaining the best talent. Inc. magazine says it's more than good pay and good perks – it's also about having a clear purpose, a sense of humor, and leadership that makes the two work together. "Outreach's company culture is based on a set principles that have directly attributed to the tremendous success and excellence we've realized over the past two years, including grit, honesty, perseverance, dedication, and putting the customer's needs first," said Manny Medina, CEO and co-founder of Outreach. "This award is a testament to the values we've engrained into our core DNA – something we've managed to maintain and continuously refine despite growing from a team of six to 170 since 2015 – and we're honored to be recognized in a category fundamental to the continued growth and momentum of Outreach." The 2017 Inc. Best Workplaces Awards assessed applicants on the basis of benefits offered and employees' responses to a unique, 30-question survey fielded by each of the applying companies. Responses were evaluated by the research team at Quantum Workplace. For its results to qualify, each company had to achieve a statistically significant response rate based on employee count. Survey scores account for employer size to level the playing field between small and large businesses. All companies had to have minimum of 10 employees and to be U.S.-based, privately held, and independent – that is, not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies. While researching the entries, Inc. and Quantum saw distinct themes develop: "By introducing an employee survey into this year's Best Workplaces selection process, we've really raised the bar. Companies that don't score at the very top of their peer group don't make the cut. So, our hats are off to the winners. They all excelled at engaging their workers, making them feel appreciated, and aligning them behind a mission. And remember, that's not just our opinion: The employees told us that themselves." About Outreach Outreach, the leading sales engagement platform, automates and prioritizes customer touch points throughout the sales process, resulting in increased productivity for sales teams. Thousands of customers rely on Outreach to transform the sales process, drive collaboration between sales and marketing, and deliver higher revenue per sales rep. Outreach is a privately held company based in Seattle, Washington. To learn more, please visit www.outreach.io. About Inc. Media Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today's innovative company builders. Winner of Advertising Age's "The A-List" in January 2015, and the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 40,000,000 today. For more information, visit http://www.inc.com/. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/outreach-named-one-of-inc-magazines-best-workplaces-2017-300466967.html
News Article | May 24, 2017
"Like many industries, technology is transforming sales from an art to a science," said Manny Medina, CEO of Outreach. "Sales is no longer about following up on inbound leads and hunting for a few big deals. It is about sales excellence - predictably executing the right selling activities at the right time. Outreach is ushering in this new era of sales excellence and will continue to find new ways to increase sales productivity across a wide variety of industries." The new financing will be used to expand Outreach's product development and engineering teams as well as scale sales and marketing. Sam Fort, Partner, DFJ Growth, will join the Outreach Board of Directors. "Outreach meets a tremendous need in the sales and marketing space, as evidenced by their rapid growth and glowing customer reviews," said Sam Fort, Partner, DFJ Growth. "The opportunity for a platform that simplifies and automates the sales process is massive and we are thrilled to have Outreach join our portfolio." In addition to its new financing, Outreach, which supports more than 1,200 sales teams and over 15,000 reps, is unveiling a major update to its platform. The New Outreach includes a redesigned user interface, embedded analytics, and expanded capabilities to serve the entire sales team. Outreach was recently named a Rising Star on the Forbes World's Best 100 Cloud Companies List and one of Seattle Business Magazine's Best Places to Work. About Outreach Outreach, the leading sales engagement platform, automates and prioritizes customer touch points throughout the sales process, resulting in increased productivity for sales teams. Thousands of customers rely on Outreach to transform the sales process, drive collaboration between sales and marketing, and deliver higher revenue per sales rep. Outreach is a privately held company based in Seattle, Washington. To learn more, please visit www.outreach.io. About DFJ DFJ is a venture capital firm that partners with extraordinary entrepreneurs who set out to change the world. Since 1985, DFJ's core funds have raised $5 billion. These funds have been invested in more than 300 companies, including Baidu, Box, Cylance, Nervana, Planet, Skype, SolarCity, SpaceX, Tesla, Twilio, Twitter, Tumblr, and Unity. DFJ works with companies at early and growth stages, with the goal of creating iconic and lasting businesses. DFJ invests in emerging markets including consumer, enterprise, and disruptive technologies. Learn more at dfj.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/outreach-secures-30-million-in-new-funding-to-help-sales-reps-close-more-deals-300463296.html
News Article | May 25, 2017
With 89% of new homebuyers using a mobile search engine to begin their homeownership journey, it's essential for mortgage companies to adopt digital strategies in order to keep pace with the expanding market of millennials looking for homes. Millennials have grown up with digital and mobile options in their hands, and expect every service they need to, at minimum, offer working digital or mobile products. WashingtonFirst Mortgage (WFBI), a leading independent mortgage company headquartered in Washington D.C., has partnered with Cultural Outreach Solutions to ensure the progressive firm remains ahead of upward trends in the competitive Millennial market. They will participate in the newly launched training and marketing platform, called the CultureMAP (“Market Access Plan”), offering cutting-edge solutions to help loan officers modernize their business practices and access diverse markets. The mortgage company is committed to building on their excellent reputation, and driving progress in the mortgage industry, through greater digital engagement with clients and the community. “We’re excited to announce our partnership with Cultural Outreach Solutions to help us navigate the needs of the Millennial generation and deliver the information and home buying process that meets their expectations," said Patrick Gardner, Executive Vice President of WashingtonFirst. “Cultural Outreach has the insight and platform we felt is necessary to help us deliver the best marketing, information, and service.” Kristin Messerli, Founder of Cultural Outreach, states, “WashingtonFirst has a commendable reputation for diversity in financial services, and we are excited to help them build on that solid foundation.” WashingtonFirst was introduced to Cultural Outreach through National MI. Jim Pippin, Director of Product Development with National MI, says, “Through Cultural Outreach, we are able to provide our customers with cutting-edge solutions to access multicultural and Millennial homebuyers.” Together, Cultural Outreach and WashingtonFirst will develop content and strategy to leverage the mortgage company's expertise and enhance their consumer engagement through digital channels. About Cultural Outreach Solutions Cultural Outreach Solutions connects financial institutions with underserved markets and Millennials through cross-cultural training and marketing tools. Through solutions including the CultureMAP training and SocialMAP marketing tools, Cultural Outreach arms lenders and Realtors with critical tools to drive homeownership growth in all channels. To learn more, visit http://www.CulturalOutreach.net. About WashingtonFirst Mortgage WashingtonFirst Mortgage is a leading residential mortgage lender, providing a broad array of financing solutions and professional guidance to help their customers successfully navigate the lending process. To learn more, visit http://www.WashingtonFirstMortgage.com.
News Article | June 26, 2017
"Outreach has a culture of hungry craftspeople, and every day we allow our team to embrace their talent and do what they do best to put our customers first," said Manny Medina, CEO and co-founder of Outreach. "Holding onto our core values like grit, perseverance, and honesty has been a challenge over the past two years with the rapid growth we've experienced, but it's also a big reason we've been successful and continue to build momentum as we look to transform the sales process." The honor of being named to Seattle Business Magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For is Outreach's second workplace accolade of 2017–the company was recently named to Inc. Magazine's Best Workplaces for 2017. About Outreach Outreach, the leading sales engagement platform, automates and prioritizes customer touch points throughout the sales process, resulting in increased productivity for sales teams. Thousands of customers rely on Outreach to transform the sales process, drive collaboration between sales and marketing, and deliver higher revenue per sales rep. Outreach is a privately held company based in Seattle, Washington. To learn more, please visit www.outreach.io. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/outreach-tops-seattle-business-magazines-2017-list-of-100-best-companies-to-work-for-300479430.html
News Article | June 6, 2017
Brought to you by nonprofit Energy Outreach Colorado to reduce energy costs -- Summer is beginning to sizzle, so Energy Outreach Colorado offers these tips to cut home energy costs while keeping your cool.1. • Air conditioning consumes the most electricity in your home, so keep it at a comfortable 78 degrees.2. • A ceiling fan can circulate air to create a draft that makes you feel cooler, allowing you to raise the thermostat about 4 degrees.3. • Install a programmable thermostat and set it to automatically use less cooling when you're away or asleep.4. • Set your fridge temperature at 36-40 degrees and the freezer at 0-5 degrees.5. • To cut the heat of sunlight coming into your home, use white window coverings to reflect sunlight outward.6. • Some electronic devices use energy even when turned off if they remain plugged in, so connect them to a power strip and shut it off when not in use.7. • Use heat-generating appliances – oven, dishwasher, dryer, etc. – during cooler times of the day.8. • Use high efficiency light bulbs to cut back on heat generation and energy use.9. • Keep the cool air in and the heat out of your home by caulking cracks and gaps around doors and windows.• For help paying a home energy bill ( http://www.energyoutreach.org/ get-help/paying- your-energy... ), call toll-free 1-866-HEAT-HELP (1-866-432-8435)Energy Outreach Colorado raises funds to help low-income Coloradans afford home energy and remain warm and safe in their homes. Established in 1989, Energy Outreach works with partner assistance organizations, vendors and subcontractors across the state to provide energy bill payment assistance, emergency home furnace repair, weatherization services, energy efficiency grants for affordable housing and nonprofit facilities, energy education, and advocacy on behalf of low-income energy consumers.http://www.energyoutreach.org/bloghttps://www.facebook.com/energyoutreachhttps://www.twitter.com/energyoutreachhttps://youtube.com/EnergyOutreachCO89
Agency: GTR | Branch: NERC | Program: | Phase: Research Grant | Award Amount: 1.19M | Year: 2014
This innovative interdisciplinary project aims to develop an easy-to-use, evidence-based resource which can be used in decision-making in drought risk management. To achieve this, we will bring together information from drought science and scenario-modelling (using mathematical models to forecast the impacts of drought) with stakeholder engagement and narrative storytelling. While previous drought impact studies have often focused on using mathematical modelling, this project is very different. The project will integrate arts, humanities and social science research methods, with hydrological, meteorological, agricultural and ecological science knowledge through multi-partner collaboration. Seven case study catchments (areas linked by a common water resource) in England, Wales and Scotland will be selected to reflect the hydrological, socio-economic and cultural contrasts in the UK. Study of drought impacts will take place at different scales - from small plot experiments to local catchment scale. Citizen science and stakeholder engagement with plot experiments in urban and rural areas will be used as stimuli for conversations about drought risk and its mitigation. The project will: (i) investigate different stakeholder perceptions of when drought occurs and action is needed; (ii) examine how water level and temperature affect drought perception; (iii) explore the impact of policy decisions on drought management; (iv) consider water users behaviours which lead to adverse drought impacts on people and ecosystems and; (v) evaluate water-use conflicts, synergies and trade-offs, drawing on previous drought experiences and community knowledge. The project spans a range of sectors including water supply; health, business, agriculture/horticulture, built environment, extractive industries and ecosystem services, within 7 case-study catchments. Through a storytelling approach, scientists will exchange cutting edge science with different drought stakeholders, and these stakeholders will, in turn, exchange their knowledge. Stakeholders include those in: construction; gardeners and allotment holders; small and large businesses; local authorities; emergency planners; recreational water users; biodiversity managers; public health professionals - both physical and mental health; and local communities/public. The stakeholder meetings will capture various data including: - different stakeholder perceptions of drought and its causes - local knowledge around drought onset and strategies for mitigation (e.g. attitudes to water saving, responses to reduced water availability) - insights into how to live with drought and increase individual/community drought resilience - the impact of alternating floods and droughts The information will be shared within, and between, stakeholder groups in the case-studies and beyond using social media. This information will be analysed, and integrated with drought science to develop an innovative web-based decision-making utility. These data will feedback into the drought modelling and future scenario building with a view to exploring a variety of policy options. This will help ascertain present and future water resources availability, focusing on past, present and future drought periods across N-S and W-E climatic gradients. The project will be as far as possible be open science - maintaining open, real-time access to research questions, data, results, methodologies, narratives, publications and other outputs via the project website, updated as the project progresses. Project outputs will include: the decision-making support utility incorporating science-narrative resources; hydrological models for the 7 case-study catchments; a social media web-platform to share project resources; a database of species responses/management options to mitigate drought/post-drought recovery at different scales, and management guidelines on coping with drought/water scarcity at different scales.