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Scientists at Ames Laboratory have discovered a method for making smaller, more efficient intermetallic nanoparticles for fuel cell applications, and which also use less of the expensive precious metal platinum. The researchers succeeded by overcoming some of the technical challenges presented in the fabrication of the platinum-zinc nanoparticles with an ordered lattice structure, which function best at the small sizes in which the chemically reactive surface area is highest in proportion to the particle volume. "That surface-to-volume ratio is important in getting the most out of an intermetallic nanoparticle," said Wenyu Huang, Ames Laboratory scientist and assistant professor of Chemistry at Iowa State University. "The smaller the particle, the more surface there is, and more surface area increases the catalytic activity." But the high temperature of the annealing process necessary to form intermetallic nanoparticles often defeats the goal of achieving a small size. "High-temperature annealing can cause the particles to aggregate or clump, and produces larger sizes of particles that have less available surface and aren't as reactive. So, just the steps necessary to produce them can defeat their ultimate chemical performance," said Huang. To prevent aggregation from occurring during the heating process, Huang's research group first used carbon nanotubes as a support for the PtZn nanoparticles, and then coated them with a sacrificial mesoporous silica shell for the high-temperature annealing to form the intermetallic structures. A chemical etching process then removes the silica shell afterward. The resulting final product of uniform 3.2 nm platinum-zinc particles not only yielded twice the catalytic activity per surface site, that surface area saw ten times the catalytic activity of larger particles containing the same amount of platinum. The discovery was made possible in part by the capabilities of a new Titan scanning electron microscope at Ames Laboratory's Sensitive Instrument Facility, jointly funded by the Department of Energy and Iowa State University. "Being able to see the distributions of the material at atomic level with our new microscope has made an enormous positive impact on the Laboratory's capabilities to fine-tune materials," said Lin Zhou, associate scientist and instrument lead for the Sensitive Instrument Facility. "It's a much more immediate process, being able to collaborate directly with the fabrication scientists in-house. Based on the results and suggestions we provide, they can improve the material, we can characterize it yet again, and the discovery cycle is much faster." The research is further discussed in a paper, "Sub-4 nm PtZn Intermetallic Nanoparticles for Enhanced Mass and Specific Activities in Catalytic Electrooxidation Reaction", authored by Zhiyuan Qi, Chaoxian Xiao, Cong Liu, Tian-Wei Goh, Lin Zhou, Raghu Maligal-Ganesh, Yuchen Pei, Xinle Li, Larry A. Curtiss, and Wenyu Huang and published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The work was funded by the National Science Foundation, Iowa State University, Ames Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) funds, and the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. Computational work was supported by the Laboratory Computing Resource Center and the Center for Nanoscale Materials, both at Argonne National Laboratory. Ames Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science national laboratory operated by Iowa State University. Ames Laboratory creates innovative materials, technologies and energy solutions. We use our expertise, unique capabilities and interdisciplinary collaborations to solve global problems. DOE's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit science.energy.gov.


Like many warriors, Keith's injuries are not visible. In addition to WWP Talk, a non-clinical mental health support line providing emotional support, WWP offers intense multi-day mental health workshops for veterans coping with TBIs and PTSD. These help warriors and their families maintain healthy, meaningful relationships while pursuing life goals – free from the stigmas associated with mental health issues. The workshops – offered as all-male, all-female, or all-couples – are powerful, outdoor rehabilitative gatherings that connect warriors with each other and local communities. Reconnecting warriors in the civilian world is critical to healing, which is why WWP serves them through its Peer Support program by fusing supportive rehabilitation with the military adage "Leave No Man Behind." This warrior-to-warrior support is a special therapy that reintroduces injured veterans to the unique bonds experienced during military service. "Suddenly being around people who just understood what you were trying to do and how hard it was – it just clicked," explained Keith of his instant bonds and friendship with fellow veterans. "The hardest thing is fear – it's a natural emotion that everyone has. It's the ability to push past it that helps you move on." If you or someone you know is interested in support for TBI or other mental health concerns, please contact the WWP Resource Center at 888.997.2586. To learn and see more about how WWP's mental health workshops connect, serve, and empower wounded warriors, visit http://newsroom.woundedwarriorproject.org/, and click on multimedia. About Wounded Warrior Project Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) connects, serves, and empowers wounded warriors. Read more at http://newsroom.woundedwarriorproject.org/about-us. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/wounded-warrior-project-supports-mental-health-awareness-through-critical-programs-300453591.html


Global supercomputer leader Cray announced it has been awarded a contract to deliver a Cray® CS400™ cluster supercomputer to the Laboratory Computing Resource Center (LCRC) at Argonne National Laboratory. The new Cray system will serve as the Center’s flagship cluster, and in continuing with LCRC’s theme of jazz-music inspired computer names, the Cray CS400 system is named “Bebop.” Argonne National Laboratory established the LCRC in 2002 to enable and promote the use of high-performance computing (HPC) across the Laboratory in support of its varied research missions. The LCRC is available to the entire Argonne user community, and its integrated computing and data resources will include the new 1.5 petaflop Cray CS400 system. These systems are stepping stones in the development of petascale codes that will run on systems such as Theta, a Cray XC40™ supercomputer at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF). “At its core, the mission of the LCRC is to provide Argonne’s users with supercomputing resources that expand research horizons, provide the training and assistance for more productive research projects, and enable larger and more complex studies,” said Rick Stevens, Associate Laboratory Director for Computing, Environment and Life Sciences. “Supercomputers are important tools for the Laboratory’s efforts in many areas, including energy storage, new materials, nuclear energy, climate change, and efficient transportation.” “Cray supercomputers continue to power the amazing research conducted by the Argonne user community, and we are honored that the LCRC has selected a Cray CS400 as the next flagship system for this important program,” said Peter Ungaro, president and CEO of Cray. “We are proud of our ongoing partnership with Argonne, and with Theta and the upcoming Aurora system, and now Bebop, we look forward to an exciting future with this important customer.” The Cray CS400 cluster supercomputers are scalable, flexible systems built from industry-standard technologies into a unified, fully-integrated system. Available with air- or liquid-cooled configurations, Cray CS400 systems provide superior price/performance, energy efficiency and configuration flexibility. The Cray CS400 systems are integrated with Cray’s HPC software stack and include software tools compatible with most open source and commercial compilers, schedulers, and libraries. The Cray CS400 system at the LCRC is expected to be put into production in mid-2017.


The Minneapolis summit will kick-off with a scintillating executive panel discussion moderated by Bryce Austin, Strategist & CEO, TCE Strategy, on best practices for redefining business models and platforms to meet shifting customer behaviors and needs. Other compelling sessions will include an interactive panel on planning your organization's future through the insights of venture capitalists; an executive keynote by Lucas Budman, VP & CTO, CenturyLink Cognilytics, on leveraging the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning; an executive panel that will explore how their organizations are capitalizing on emerging technologies to drive speed to market; presentation of the HMG Strategy 2017 Regional Champion Awards; an executive briefing by Ricardo Khan, Senior Director, Project Solutions, Mortenson, on how Mortenson is leveraging emerging technologies such as the Internet of 'Construction' Things to drive innovation; an executive panel on laying the foundation for the digital roadmap; the leadership qualities needed to drive career ascent; and the leadership qualities needed to connect effectively with the C-suite and the board of directors. Prominent speakers at the Minneapolis Summit will include Haseen Alam, Chief Information Officer, Johnson Brothers; Bryce Austin, CISM, Strategist & CEO, TCE Strategy; Ryan Broshar, Founder & Managing Director, Matchstick Ventures; Robin Brown, VP & CIO, Mortenson; Lucas Budman, VP & CTO, CenturyLink Cognilytics; Jamey Cummings, Senior Client Partner, Information Officers Practice/Co-Leader Cybersecurity Practice, Korn Ferry; Johnny Dranchak, CTO, Digital Thread AppStudio, GE Digital; Renee Frey, Founder and President, TalentQ, Inc.; Kathryn Freytag, VP & CIO, Donaldson; Mark Gingrich, CIO, Surescripts; Nate Haines, Executive Search Consultant, Russell Reynolds Associates; Bernadette Harkin, Senior Vice President, Advisory, Avanade; Nick Hernandez, Co-Founder, Aeritae Consulting Group; Ricardo Khan, Senior Director, Project Solutions, Mortenson; Kate Lanners, Regional Business IT Leader for Supply Chain, Ecolab; Mike Larson, SVP, Chief Information Officer, Universal Hospital Services; Joy Lindsay, President, StarTec Investments, LLC; Elwin Loomis, Sr. Director, Store of the Future, Target; Michael Macrie, SVP & CIO, Land O'Lakes; Bryan Mann, Head of Enterprise Architecture, Dropbox; Anudeep Parhar, CIO, Entrust Datacard; Anwar Parvez, Sr. Director and Chief Architect, Software AG; Gary Schokmiller, President, Trio Executive Search; Carey Smith, Enterprise Technology & Transformation, BlueCross BlueShield Minnesota; Dee Thibodeau, CEO, Charter Solutions; Jed Yueh, Founder, Executive Chairman, Delphix; and Paul Zyla, Vice President Business Technology, Chief Information Officer, AgStar. Presenting Partners for the summit include CenturyLink. Platinum Partners include Avanade, Delphix, and Dropbox. Gold Partners include Information Builders, Magenic, and Tintri. Supporting Partners include OneNeck IT Solutions and Pure Storage. Research Partners include Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Strategic Partners include Egon Zehnder, Heidrick & Struggles, Korn Ferry, Russell Reynolds Associates, and Spencer Stuart. Alliance Partners include Amplify Partners, Greylock Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Sequoia Capital. To visit the Minneapolis summit website and register for the event, click here. HMG Strategy is the world's largest independent and most trusted provider of executive networking events and thought leadership to support the 360-degree needs of technology leaders. Our regional CIO and CISO Executive Leadership Series, newsletters, authored books, and online Resource Center deliver proprietary research on leadership, innovation, transformation, and career ascent. The HMG Strategy global network consists of over 300,000 senior IT executives, industry experts and world-class thought leaders. Additionally, our partnerships with the world's leading search firms provide vital insights into the evolving role of the CIO. The HMG Strategy CIO Executive Leadership Series offers a completely unique experience for IT executives to gain the latest insights and best practices for driving increased business value through the use of IT, and build invaluable relationships with peers and industry experts. The HMG Strategy CISO Executive Leadership Series is designed to provide information security leaders with the insights and best practices they need to tackle the most pressing cyber security challenges facing the enterprise today and going forward. For more information on joining the strongest executive leadership network and exploring our independent, forward-thinking thought leadership platform, please visit www.hmgstrategy.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/designing-the-future-enterprise-to-dominate-the-discussion-at-the-hmg-strategy-2017-minneapolis-cio-executive-leadership-summit-300455619.html


News Article | May 9, 2017
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The Lazydays Employee Foundation is proud to announce that its 7th Annual Golf Tournament has raised more than $100,000 to support at-risk youth in the Tampa Bay, Tucson, Denver and Northern Colorado communities. The proceeds will fund a variety of programs designed to empower local children with education and opportunity. Major partners included Platinum Sponsor, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, and Bank of America, who returned as Tournament Sponsor for the seventh consecutive year. Sponsors and golfers gathered at the Lazydays Crown Club on Thursday, May 4, for a kick-off dinner, silent auction and 50/50 raffle. As in previous years, all 36 team slots sold out for the 2017 Lazydays Employee Foundation Golf Tournament, which took place on Friday, May 5, at the River Hills Country Club in Valrico, Florida. Participating golfers played 18 holes and competed in putting contests, longest drive and closest-to-the-pin challenges, and hole-in-one shootouts with an RV as the top prize. An awards luncheon was held immediately following the tournament. “We’d like to thank the many sponsors, vendors, manufacturers, players and volunteers who made this event possible. Their contributions, together with ongoing Lazydays employee donations, enable us to instill hope, inspire dreams and improve children’s lives,” said Katherine Kearney, chair of fundraising for the Lazydays Employee Foundation. “Following the success of this year’s tournament, I’m excited to say we’ll be announcing our next big project within the next month.” The 8th Annual Lazydays Employee Foundation Golf Tournament is tentatively scheduled for Friday, May 4, 2018. Details and sponsorship/registration information will be posted at http://www.ldef.org/golf closer to the event. For a photo recap of the 7th Annual Golf Tournament and details on other upcoming events, visit Lazydays on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LazydaysRV/. About the Lazydays Employee Foundation In 2005, the employees of Lazydays created the Lazydays Employee Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Lazydays Employee Foundation, supported by payroll contributions from Lazydays’ employees, has contributed more than $1.5 million to make many historic changes for at-risk children in the Tampa Bay, Tucson, Denver and Northern Colorado communities. The Foundation supports the Lazydays House at A Kid’s Place, Lazydays Homeless Youth Program, Ybor Youth Clinic and Tampa Bay Youth Outreach. In addition, the Foundation contributes to various local charities, including the R.I.C.H. Houses, the Joshua House, Lots of Hugs Learning Center and the Women’s Resource Center, among others. About Lazydays Lazydays®, The RV Authority and world’s largest RV dealership, caters to every RV need. Lazydays offers the largest selection of RV brands in the nation featuring more than 2,500 new and pre-owned RVs, over 300 service bays and two onsite campgrounds with over 700 RV campsites. Based on 126 acres outside Tampa, FL, Lazydays also has a dealership located in Tucson, AZ as well as three dealerships located in Loveland, Denver and Longmont, CO. Lazydays RV Accessories & More offers more than 40,000 accessories online for your shopping convenience. Shop us online or visit one of our store locations in Florida, Arizona and Colorado. Lazydays also has RV Rental fleets in Florida, Arizona and Colorado. Since 1976, Lazydays has built its reputation on providing an outstanding customer experience with exceptional service and product expertise, and as a place to rest and recharge with other RVers. More than a half-million RVers and their families visit Lazydays every year, making it their “home away from home.” Lazydays has been recognized as a “Top 50 RV Dealer” by RV Business and as one of Tampa Bay’s “Top Work Places.” For most people, Lazydays isn't just the beginning of their journey; it's very much a part of their ride. To learn more, visit http://www.lazydays.com.


News Article | May 13, 2017
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St. John Properties gathers today with hundreds of Harry Potter fans (in costume) to wave the wand for special needs access to the Pleasant Grove Library. On the library steps surrounded by the city’s children, the City Council is set to vote to accept St. John Properties’ commitment to construct an elevator and sky bridge. This will enable wheelchair access to the Library’s Resource Center, the Children’s Library and finally allow the restrooms to be ADA accessible. Work on the elevator is set for completion by year-end, complimenting the company’s 60-acre master planned development known as Valley Grove. "We so appreciate the generosity of St. John Properties and its partners,” states Pleasant Grove City Councilman Eric Jensen. “This new elevator is overdue as we seek to better serve all children and our community members with special needs. Our dream of a Children’s Library can now become a reality.” “We all have the power to make a difference,” states Edward St. John, chairman and founder of St. John Properties. “We have the choice to make it personal and discover where there is need. It’s the most important thing we do. We take pride in giving back to the communities in which we have a presence.” The Edward St. John Foundation provides financial assistance to formal education programs. More than $60 million has been contributed, pledged and gifted by the Foundation, St. John Properties and Edward St. John to a variety of not-for-profit organizations. “We must give equal credit to our exceptional Utah-based contractors contributing to this effort,“ states Daniel Thomas, regional partner for St. John Properties, Utah. “Children are the future of Utah Valley and we seek to help them become all they can be.” Utah Valley Rising The state added 42,100 jobs between November 2015 and November 2016, according to the Utah Department of Workforce Services. Utah Valley’s tech heavy silicon slopes are pulling the epicenter of population growth south of the state's capitol city as new jobs and new homes dot the Utah County landscape according to the University of Utah's Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. This is driving increased demand for office space in Utah Valley. About St. John Properties Established in 1971 by Edward St. John, St. John Properties has evolved from a developer of commercial buildings into a long-term real estate investment company. Now expanding in Utah, St. John Properties is attracted by the State’s economic strength, pro-business climate, quality of life, and projected growth. St. John’s new Valley Grove development in Pleasant Grove marks the company’s commitment to Utah’s quality of life with its 40th LEED certified commercial office building.


News Article | May 9, 2017
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-- AIS Media has won a Merit Award for Social Media Marketing for our work on GoNow Doctors' Facebook page.  The 18th annual(SM) competition, which recognizes the world's best digital health resources, selected AIS Media from over 400 entries judged by a panel of experts in digital health media."This is a great way to kick off 2017!" said AIS Media's CEO, Thomas Harpointner.Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Atlanta, GA, AIS Media is an award-winning digital marketing firm. AIS Media's variety of digital marketing programs help leading companies attract, engage, and convert new customers.AIS Media's expertise spans from digital strategy, search engine optimization (SEO), pay-per-click (PPC) advertising, social media marketing, and conversion optimization. Clients range from small medical practices to medical practice groups and advertising agencies.The Digital Health Awards(SM) program is organized by the Health Information Resource Center(SM) (HIRC), a national clearinghouse for professionals who work in consumer health fields. Other well-known HIRC programs include the annual National Health Information Awards(SM), (healthawards.com)which annually recognizes the nation's best consumer health programs and materials (for non-digital resources), and the annual(fitnessday.com/women).SEO services represent one of a company's best possibilities for driving new traffic and customers, enabling potential customers to find services faster than ever. Research has shown thatof people click on links of the first Google results page. However, competition for those first-page listings is fierce. On top of that, Google's algorithms are complex and it can be hard for many companies to stay on top the shifting strategies.If your business is ready to ramp up digital marketing in 2017, contact AIS Media for a complimentary site analysis and to hear more about our award-winning social media marketing ( http://aismedia.com/ social-media- marketing/ ), SEO services ( http://aismedia.com/ seo/ ), and PPC management (http://aismedia.com/ppc-management/)


News Article | May 15, 2017
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This Memorial Day Weekend, guests are invited to become a part of living history as Union and Confederate re-enactors, bustling camps and period music enliven Greenfield Village for Civil War Remembrance, May 27-29. Get inspired by the most authentic display of Civil War re-enactors in the country as they immerse visitors in life during wartime. On Saturday, May 28th, the programming for Civil War Remembrance will be extended until 9pm. Guests can learn more about the resourcefulness of soldiers and watch Union and Confederate re-enactors take part in cavalry, artillery firing and tactical demonstrations at Walnut Grove. Throughout the weekend, the Village Pavilion becomes the designated Civil War Resource Center. Inside guests can take part in special presentations from historians, see an exhibit of fashions from that time period, and look through military history from original Army and Navy artifacts. The original poem “Last Camp”, written in 1872 by J. Wesley Benedict of Port Huron, Michigan, will also be on display inside the pavilion from the collections of The Henry Ford. On Saturday evening, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, one of the most celebrated duos in the American acoustic music scene, will be taking the Town Hall stage for a special performance. The duo has been featured on “CBS Good Morning,” “Prairie Home Companion” and featured in Ken Burns documentary “The Civil War.” The Dodworth Saxhorn Band, the Picks & Sticks Stringband, the Dodworth Duo and the North Star Gospel Chorale also will perform throughout the weekend. On Monday, The Henry Ford will host a Memorial Day Commemoration ceremony on the Village Green starting at 12pm and will participate in a National Moment of Silence at 3pm signaled by the Armington & Sims shop whistle. Admission to Civil War Remembrance is free with membership or $27 for adults, $24.50 for seniors 62 and up and $20.25 for youth 3-11. Children two and under are free. For more information, call (313) 982-6001 or visit https://www.thehenryford.org/current-events/calendar/civil-war-remembrance/. About The Henry Ford The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan is an internationally-recognized history destination that explores the American experience of innovation, resourcefulness and ingenuity that helped shape America. A national historic landmark with an unparalleled Archive of American Innovation, The Henry Ford is a force for sparking curiosity and inspiring tomorrow’s innovators. More than 1.7 million visitors annually experience its five attractions: Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, The Benson Ford Research Center and The Henry Ford Giant Screen Experience. A continually expanding array of content available online provides anytime, anywhere access. The Henry Ford is also home to Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school which educates over 500 students a year on the institution’s campus. In 2014, The Henry Ford premiered its first-ever national television series, The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation, showcasing present-day change-makers and The Henry Ford’s artifacts and unique visitor experiences. Hosted by news correspondent and humorist, Mo Rocca, this Emmy®-winning weekly half-hour show airs Saturday mornings on CBS. For more information please visit our website thehenryford.org.


-- Southern Dallas is no stranger to making history, but this year's historical events are especially significant as the groundbreaking for the first Women Veterans' Enterprise Center is accompanied by the first Women Veterans Day celebration, being held at the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) in southern Dallas.The Women Veterans' Enterprise Center is a pilot initiative for a national model based on its CEO Suite of Services: Co-working space, Enrichment activities and Opportunities for expansion and advancement. All Centers will engage a broad range of women Veteran business owners, designed to create a measurable socioeconomic impact while promoting entrepreneurship and economic development by focusing on increased revenue generation, employment opportunities, and community connections.---------------------------------------VR Small, the Center's Director says "This is just the first of many Women Veterans' Enterprise Centers projected for the DFW area and our nation, each with a commitment to helping women Veteran-owned businesses scale for success."The Center's slogan, "Connecting you is what we do" rings true as the Center announces its satellite location opening in Irving at The Study. "We are very interested in working with other counties and cities that share our commitment to serving women Veteran business owners," said Small.---------------------------------------The official Groundbreaking Ceremony & Women Veterans Day 2017 Celebration ( https://www.eventbrite.com/ e/groundbreaking- ceremony-wome... ) is scheduled for Monday, June 12, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the VRC located at 4900 Lancaster Road in southern Dallas.This full day of activities, will kick-off at 8:00 a.m., with the official Groundbreaking Ceremony featuring an overview of the Center, testimonies from female Veteran business owners and statements of support from political, corporate and community leaders. The Center will host the Women Veteran and Small Business Luncheon highlighting their respective contributions to their industries and communities. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program will commence promptly at 12:00 p.m.The day will end on a high note, with a Women Veterans Day Reception, featuring women Veteran and mainstream entertainers commemorating this first annual event in the State of Texas. Representative Neave and ten of her colleagues at the State Capitol sponsored HB 2698 ( https://openstates.org/ tx/bills/85/ HB2698/ ), which has officially passed the House and is awaiting a Senate vote. The Bill acknowledges the June 12, 1948, "Women's Armed Services Integration Act," which enabled women to serve as permanent, regular members of the Armed Forces. This day provides a dedicated time to educate, validate and celebrate the contribution of women Veterans in the State of Texas.---------------------------------------You can be a part of this historic event, setting the stage for Women Veterans Day 2018, which will mark the 70th Anniversary of the "Women's Armed Services Integration Act." Rally the troops! We have come a long way, but the mission continues.Women Veterans have served their country with honor and now it's time for us to serve them! Get connected by becoming a volunteer, partner or sponsor at this historic event. For more information contact the Center at womenveteransec@gmail.com.Follow the Center on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/womenveteransec/), LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/in/womenveteransec/), and Twitter (http://twitter.com/womenveteransec)---------------------------------------#WVDGetConnected #WomenVeteransDay #WomenVeteransEnterpriseCenter


Experienced identity protection professional to help shape national conversation about ID theft and drive advocacy efforts BETHESDA, MD--(Marketwired - May 17, 2017) - Generali Global Assistance ("the Company"), a leader in the assistance industry since its founding in 1963 and part of the global Generali Group, and the developer of a proprietary and innovative identity protection platform, today announced that Paige Schaffer, President and COO of the Company's Identity and Digital Protection Services Global Unit, has been appointed to the Board of Directors at the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC). The ITRC is a non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft in resolving their cases, and to broaden public education and awareness in the understanding of identity theft, data breaches, cyber security, scams/fraud, and privacy issues. As a Board member, Ms. Schaffer will utilize her expertise in identity protection, prevention and victimization to drive the organization's advocacy efforts, and to provide consumers and businesses with educational tools to help protect against the growing threat of ID theft. Eva Velasquez, President and CEO at the ITRC, commented on today's news, "Since we began working with Paige, we immediately recognized her substantial command of issues pertaining to identity theft and the associated regulatory landscape, as well as her commitment to alerting the public about identity theft and informing them about measures to protect themselves. She is a tremendous advocate for consumers and businesses alike, and an ideal fit for our Board of Directors. We are thrilled to have her join and look forward to many years of progress under her direction." Ms. Schaffer is uniquely qualified for ITRC Board participation given her leadership of Generali Global Assistance's Identity and Digital Protection Services Global Unit and deep involvement across the industry. Leveraging her subject matter expertise in identity protection and restoration services, particularly as they apply to B2B2C software-as-a-service, she was the driving force behind the creation and evolution of the Company's innovative Identity Protection services. Additionally, she is an active member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, the Institute of Consumer Financial Education, the Global Business Travel Association, and the American Marketing Association. She proudly holds Identity Leadership Certification from, and sits on the Board of Directors of, the University of Texas at Austin Center for Identity and, is Pragmatic Marketing VI certified. Ms. Schaffer commented, "The ITRC is one of the leading identity protection advocacy organizations in the world, and I am deeply honored to have been named to the Board of Directors. I look forward to working alongside my fellow Board members, and to utilizing our collective knowledge and expertise to propel identity theft education efforts. Together, we will drive the national conversation on identity theft and the measures we can all take to protect our personal information in the digital age." About Generali Global Assistance Generali Global Assistance has been a leading provider of travel insurance and other assistance services for more than 25 years. The Company offers a full suite of innovative, vertically integrated travel insurance and emergency services, identity protection solutions, and beneficiary companion services. Generali Global Assistance is part of the multinational Generali Group, which for over 185 years has created a presence in 60 countries with over 76,000 employees. Our success has been built on the foundation of trust that clients have placed in our ability to provide assistance in the most difficult of circumstances. About the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) Founded in 1999, the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization established to support victims of identity theft in resolving their cases, and to broaden public education and awareness in the understanding of identity theft, data breaches, cyber security, scams/fraud, and privacy issues. The ITRC provides no-cost victim assistance and consumer education through its call center, website, social media channels, live chat feature and ID Theft Help app. For more information, visit: http://www.idtheftcenter.org

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