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News Article | May 16, 2017
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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SIU, a division of Alliant Specialty Insurance Services, is bringing its nationally renowned earthquake and flood underwriting prowess to the Midwest. The new Chicago presence will enable Glendale, CA-based SIU to expand its reach and service offerings within the difference in conditions (DIC) market, while serving a growing base of wholesale brokerage clients throughout the region. “As one of the nation’s foremost DIC underwriters, planting the SIU flag in the Midwest will provide access to new resources and expertise that will further strengthen the division’s national platform,” said Sean McConlogue, President of Alliant Specialty Insurance Services. “We look forward to bringing SIU’s proven brand of service, integrity, and results to a new market, and positioning the division for continued growth.” The Midwest expansion will be headed up by Mike Kroman, a Chicago native with 30 years of commercial property underwriting experience and 20 years in catastrophe underwriting. As Vice President and Lead Underwriter, Kroman will leverage his diverse expertise in underwriting, product management, and loss control to deliver differentiated coverage and services that drive profitability and sales effectiveness for the wholesale brokerage community. Kroman joins SIU after serving as Property Underwriting Lead for North America with a global insurance company. There, he managed the strategic development and maintenance of products and policy forms for a $1 billion book of commercial property. In addition to expanding the SIU name throughout the Midwest, Kroman and the Chicago office will collaborate with SIU’s Glendale, CA headquarters, providing additional service and expertise to the company’s large portfolio of wholesale brokerage clients. The Chicago office of SIU is located at 200 South Wacker Drive, Suite 3030, in the heart of the city’s downtown business district. For more information, contact Mike Kroman at (312) 546-5629 or MKroman@siumanagers.com. SIU, a division of Alliant Specialty Insurance Services, provides underwriting excellence in difference in conditions (DIC) insurance. Its seasoned underwriting team delivers specialized products and services for earthquake and flood insurance, unlocking access to a broad range of powerful commercial and habitational solutions. Headquartered in Glendale, CA, SIU has delivered the highest standards of excellence and performance in the DIC market since 1999. More information on SIU is available at www.siumanagers.com. Alliant Specialty Insurance Services (ASIS) combines sound underwriting, superior claims management, and powerful distribution to deliver a range of industry-specific insurance solutions. ASIS employs a broker-centric approach to the business, offering a full range of insurance and risk management products and services backed by enhanced carrier relationships. ASIS programs are designed to position broker partners and their clients for optimum success. Headquartered in Newport Beach, CA, Alliant Insurance Services, Inc. provides property and casualty, workers’ compensation, employee benefits, surety, and financial products and services to clients nationwide, including public entities, tribal nations, healthcare, energy, law firms, real estate, construction, and other industry groups. More information is available on the company’s web site at www.alliant.com.


News Article | May 16, 2017
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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Paul Rose, PhD, has been named interim dean of the SIUE School of Education, Health and Human Behavior (SEHHB). The appointment is pending approval by the SIU Board of Trustees. Rose replaces Curt Lox, PhD, who resigned to assume duties as dean of the Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida. Rose, who will officially begin his duties Thursday, June 1, has served as assistant dean of the SEHHB since 2015 and chair of the Department of Psychology since 2009. He was a visiting assistant professor of psychology at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., before joining the SIUE faculty in 2005. Rose has worked with the school’s diversity committee to build student mentoring programs, and helped establish the Dr. Rudolf Dreikurs Visiting Scholar Fellowship with the support of an historic gift from the Dreikurs family. “Dr. Rose’s experience and leadership will allow the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior to continue its positive momentum,” said Denise Cobb, PhD, SIUE provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. “It is clear that Paul is a trusted leader, good listener and extraordinarily capable administrator. “His thoughtful and confident style is an invaluable asset. I have had the pleasure of working with him in various capacities, and I am confident that he will be a collaborative and student-centered leader. I look forward to his contributions to our academic leadership team, and I am excited to see what the future holds for the School.” “The School of Education, Health and Human Behavior has long valued innovation,” Rose said. “I look forward to leading and supporting our excellent faculty and staff through the significant changes that lie ahead.” “Much of our strength comes from and will continue to come through partnerships. By highlighting the unique opportunities we offer our students, we will attract enthusiastic partners who help us build upon our strengths.” Prior to becoming a full-time administrator, Rose taught undergraduate and graduate courses in statistics, research methods and social psychology. His interdisciplinary research draws on social, personality, consumer and clinical psychology. He has published research on topics such as narcissism, self-esteem, romantic relationship dynamics, materialism and compulsive buying. Rose serves on the editorial board of Psychology and Marketing and serves on the board of directors’ fundraising and public relations committee for the Living Independently Now Center of Swansea. Rose earned a bachelor’s in psychology from Brigham Young University and achieved both master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. A search for a permanent dean will begin during the fall semester. The SIUE School of Education, Health and Human Behavior prepares students in a wide range of fields including community and public health, exercise science, nutrition, instructional technology, psychology, speech-language pathology and audiology, educational administration, and teaching. Faculty members engage in leading-edge research, which enhances teaching and enriches the educational experience. The School supports the community through on-campus clinics, outreach to children and families, and a focused commitment to enhancing individual lives across the region.


Patent
Siu | Date: 2017-03-01

The present invention comprises an impurities or materials trapping apparatus for separating or trapping a selected or unwanted materials such as sediment in a pourable material having sediment therein. The apparatus comprises a body having side walls between a first end and second end defining at least a recessed inner space (42, 104, 204, 286) there between for a pourable material. The apparatus includes at least one raised portion (50, 51, 55, 56, 206, 208) having a highest point, angled walls (26) connected to the side walls (7, 40 202, 220, 282) and at least one drainage aperture (16, 110, 210) located within the side walls (7, 40, 202, 220 282) or angled walls (26, 103, 203, 284). The raised portion is located at one end of the inner space and the angled walls (26) are located at a spaced distance from the raised portion. In one orientation of the apparatus, the side walls or angled walls drain at least a portion of the pourable material towards and though the drainage aperture and down to the raised portion and in another orientation of the apparatus, the drainage aperture is blocked thereby retaining any sediment. The apparatus of the present invention can be formed as part of a container or bottle and/or be part of a cap assembly. Methods of operation are also included.


News Article | May 23, 2017
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"It is a special honor to be named as a Fast 50 company for a second consecutive year.  Our goal has never wavered.  Be the best in the industry, period!  Our customers have provided support year after year to our team, entrusting us with their most complex and sensitive investigative needs.  Being named to the Fast 50 is a testament to our core values and company mission," said Steve Cassell, President & CEO of Command Investigations. "Our entire staff understands that the effort they put forth each day directly affects our success down the line, and our sustained dedication to customer service has always been a key component of our success. Every company's success is driven by their people.  We invest in our human capital every day and work very hard in driving a culture of success while maintaining a healthy, balanced life." The Fast 50 is comprised of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the Central Florida area (Orange, Seminole, Osceola and Lake counties). Companies are ranked by percentage of revenue growth from 2014-2016. Command is humbled to be listed in the OBJ Fast 50 alongside some of the most well-known organizations in the area. We look forward to building upon this momentum in the 2nd half of 2017, and into the coming years. Thank you again! Command Investigations, LLC is the preferred provider of surveillance, SIU & anti-fraud programming, Claims Buzz™ social media investigations and monthly monitoring, iNQuest™ medical canvasses and background investigations to the insurance defense community. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/command-investigations-named-a-fast-50-company-for-second-consecutive-year-300462359.html


News Article | May 26, 2017
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MyWay Mobile Storage, the leading provider of moving and storage solutions, provides quick and easy to do-it-yourself moving and portable storage to meet your needs at your location or in our climate-controlled, secure storage facilities. Saint Louis FC and St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club invite you to join them for the 24th Annual 3-on-3 Soccer Challenge. The event that started at the SIU-Edwardsville campus and then moved to the Metro United Complex has found an awesome new home at the World Wide Technology Soccer Park. All of the exciting action takes place Saturday, June 24th and Sunday, June 25th in Fenton, MO. The event will be played entirely on turf. The Midwest's top 3-on-3 tournament had over 150 teams in 2016 and they are looking to max out this year's tournament with close to 250 teams! Grab your team and get ready for two great days of soccer. They are also excited to announce that the local professional team, Saint Louis FC will again be partnering with them for the 24th Annual 3 on 3 Soccer Challenge! This will continue to add to the already incredible atmosphere at the World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton, MO June 24-25, 2017. “STL FC is excited to present the upcoming 3v3 tournament at World Wide Technology Soccer Park. This event is always an engaging fun few days for players, friends and families. It has the same energy and atmosphere as STL FC games and should be a great weekend of soccer.” — General Manager, Jeremy Alumbaugh. The Saint Louis FC (former KSHE 95) 3 on 3 Soccer Challenge is the oldest running 3v3 Tournament in the St. Louis Metropolitan Region…24 years old this June. St. Louis Scott Gallagher is proud to host the 2017 Event! This event is perfect for everyone, from recreational soccer players to the best of the best and from 7 year old girls to Over 40 men. This event is incredible family fun for everyone. Please visit http://www.slsgtournaments.com for further information. This event always fills up and you don't want to be left out! If there are any questions, don't hesitate to contact them at jbesserman(at)slsgsoccer(dot)com or mbohnak(at)slsgsoccer(dot)com If you are in need of a moving and storage solution, visit us at http://www.mywaystorage.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/mywaystorage or call 1-888-33-MYWAY and speak with a friendly and knowledgeable Moving & Storage Consultant. About MyWay Mobile Storage Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, MyWay Mobile Storage is the leading franchise for do-it-yourself moving and portable storage solutions with facilities in Colorado, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Utah.


News Article | May 25, 2017
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Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has announced that she will institute a “broad scope” investigation into allegations of corruption currently hanging over State-owned electricity producer Eskom. The terms of reference and form of the investigation were still to be finalised, but Brown indicated that it would be overseen by a retired judge, so as to ensure that the credibility of the remedial actions arising were not questioned. It was possible that the investigative work would be conducted by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU), with which the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) already had a memorandum of agreement. However, Brown said she still needed to meet with the SIU to assess its capacity. The terms of reference would likely include a review of seven forensic reports already conducted into allegations of corruption and mismanagement at Eskom since 2007, including reports produced by Dentons, PwC and Deloitte. Special focus would also be given to Eskom’s coal procurement processes, which featured heavily in the ‘State of Capture’ report released by then Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, last year. The report recommended that President Jacob Zuma establish a commission of inquiry to further interrogate “observations” of possible corruption at Eskom and several other State-owned companies (SoCs). However, Zuma had since taken the report on review, disputing the Public Protector right to insist that the inquiry be led by a judge selected not be himself, but by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. The report led to the departure of Eskom CEO Brian Molefe, who controversially returned to the post earlier this month after Brown rejected his R30-million early-retirement payment. It has since emerged that the payment was in breach of pension fund rules, but Brown nevertheless endorsed the board’s reinstatement of Molefe’s on the basis that it represented better value than any payout. PARLIAMENTARY PROBE? Brown said the “deep dive” probe was not designed to disrupt or delay a proposed Parliamentary Portfolio Committee investigation into Eskom, which she said should proceed. It was also not meant to circumvent the Public Protector’s recommendation for a commission of inquiry. However, she questioned whether a Parliament-led process would be as effective as one recently held into the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), owing to the fact that she appointed the board in concurrence with Cabinet. By contrast, Parliament appointed the SABC board. Brown would also not ask either Molefe or Eskom chairperson Ben Ngubane to step aside for the duration of the investigation, despite fears that they might be able to tamper with evidence or intimidate potential witnesses. She said she would not pre-empt the outcome of arguing the legal challenges to Molefe’s reappointment, which would be heard by the courts in early June. However, the Minister would approach the Democratic Alliance (DA) to request that they share evidence that document shredding was already taking place at Eskom. DA shadow minister of public enterprises Natasha Mazzone said earlier that she had credible evidence that documents were being destroyed, including correspondence relating to Molefe’s reappointment. In a related development, Zuma announced that an Inter-Ministerial Committee, comprising the Ministers of Public Enterprises, Energy, Finance and Justice and Correctional Services had been set up to "gather the facts" on Molefe's reappointment "in order to guide Cabinet on how to deal with such matters in future. The convenor is Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha.


PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL / ACCESSWIRE / February 27, 2017 / Olympus Insurance Company, a leading Florida homeowners' insurer, announced that Mariela Perez-Pennock, FCLS, was elected Chair and voting member of the Public Relations and Public Outreach Committee of the Florida Property and Casualty Insurance Fraud Task Force. The Task Force was created by the Florida Department of Financial Services in 2010. The organization's mission is to reduce, deter, or eliminate property and casualty (P&C) insurance fraud. As Chair of the Public Relations and Public Outreach Committee, Ms. Perez-Pennock will oversee the efforts of the Committee to provide fraud awareness to consumers through social media, seminars, and legislative support, in order to fight the escalating epidemic of property fraud. "Through this new role, I hope to continue the Task Force's work to fight insurance fraud in Florida," said Ms. Perez-Pennock. "I have dedicated my career to investigating and reducing fraud in our industry and am passionate about working to decrease the impact that this issue has had in our state." Ms. Perez-Pennock began her insurance career in 1988 with Progressive Insurance in Tampa, Fla. Prior to joining Olympus Insurance, she was the SIU Manager for North American Risk Services (NARS). Her background also includes working as a Special Agent with the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) where she served as part of the Mid-Atlantic Fraud Task Force, covering Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Additionally, she was the SIU Medical Fraud Manager for Nationwide Insurance in Florida and has held SIU positions with Travelers and Safe Auto Insurance. Ms. Perez-Pennock attended the University of South Florida, pursuing a double major in Criminal Justice and Voice Performance. She holds FCLS, CCA, and CATI designations and is a prominent speaker and trainer at industry conferences. "We are all very proud of Mariela for taking on this new and critical role and fully support her efforts," said Jeffrey B. Scott, CEO of Olympus Insurance. "At Olympus, we are dedicated to fighting anything that increases rates for our customers." Headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, FL and founded in 2007, Olympus Insurance Company specializes in Florida property insurance. Through its independent agency force, Olympus insures $45 billion worth of residential and investment property, including homes, condos, rental property, and valuable personal property. The company also writes flood insurance and umbrella policies. Coverage for individual risks up to $5 million in total insured value is provided on one of the most comprehensive coverage forms in the industry. For more information, visit olympusinsurance.com.


News Article | March 2, 2017
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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Randy Pembrook has named Denise Cobb, PhD, as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. The selection is pending Board of Trustees approval. Cobb served as the interim provost since October 2015. Prior to that appointment, she was assistant provost for academic innovation and effectiveness, and then associate provost for academic affairs since June 2012. “The search committee and Chancellor Pembrook have made the absolute right decision for the SIUE campus community, and I want to congratulate Dr. Cobb on being recommended to the SIU board of trustees for the provost’s position,” said SIU President Randy Dunn. “Denise has been a great steward during her interim service and this appointment will allow her to continue the positive steps she already has underway for the benefit of our students, faculty and academic staff.  I’ve enjoyed working with her this past year and look forward to doing so in the future.” “All of us, who have had a chance to interact with Dr. Cobb as part of the interview process or through interactions during her period as interim provost, recognize her many positive qualities such as institutional knowledge, decisiveness, building positive relationships with individuals at SIUE and in the community, thorough knowledge of our budget processes, and her dedication to SIUE,” Pembrook said. “I know Dr. Cobb will hit the ground running and will continue to offer great leadership in the academic arena.” “I am grateful for the opportunity to continue serving this University and community,” Cobb said. “I am humbled to be a part of this vibrant campus and to have this opportunity to lead and work collaboratively with faculty, staff and students. I sincerely appreciate the work of the search committee and everyone who participated in this process. I want to thank Chancellor Pembrook and the SIUE community for their support.” “Together, we will build on our excellent academic programs that meet the needs of current and future students, while serving the needs of the region, state and world.  I am excited to support the good work that we have already accomplished, and I will encourage the innovative possibilities that will drive our future. It is a great honor and responsibility to help nurture a campus climate that reflects our commitment to excellence, diversity, inclusion, and equity.” In the Office of the Provost, Cobb’s responsibilities and achievements have included: “During the evaluation of candidates, Dr. Cobb’s commitment to shared governance, and her willingness to mediate between those with differing opinions, soon emerged as a common thread among those participating in the feedback process,” said Anthony Cheeseboro, PhD, search committee chair and associate professor of historical studies in the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences. “It is clear that the faculty and staff at SIUE see Dr. Cobb as approachable, yet highly capable, and uniquely knowledgeable about the issues important to this University. Those factors, along with her commitment to diversity, made her an outstanding choice among a very strong field of candidates.” “As a first generation college graduate, I believe in the possibilities and power of higher education, and an SIUE education, in particular,” Cobb said. “I am confident in our ability to work collaboratively to achieve our goals, positively influence the region and ensure the success of our students.” Cobb joined the SIUE Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies in 2003 as an assistant professor in sociology and was promoted to professor in 2015. As a faculty member committed to interdisciplinary scholarship, she has co-authored and co-presented with colleagues from a wide variety of disciplines on such topics as capstone experiences for college students and LGBT issues in criminal justice education. She has been integrally involved in numerous externally funded research projects with the SIUE Graduate School and is dedicated to broadening participation and success of under-represented student and faculty populations in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) graduate programs. An Arkansas native, Cobb earned a bachelor’s in sociology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1993 where she was a Donaghey Scholar. She earned a master’s in 1995 from the University of Central Arkansas and a doctorate from Tulane University in 2003. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville provides students with a high quality, affordable education that prepares them for successful careers and lives of purpose. Built on the foundation of a broad-based liberal education, and enhanced by hands-on research and real-world experiences, the academic preparation SIUE students receive equips them to thrive in the global marketplace and make our communities better places to live. Situated on 2,660 acres of beautiful woodland atop the bluffs overlooking the natural beauty of the Mississippi River’s rich bottomland and only a short drive from downtown St. Louis, the SIUE campus is home to a diverse student body of more than 14,000.


News Article | March 2, 2017
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The American Addiction Treatment Association (AATA) is launching an educational series and multiple resources available for providers and professionals in the addiction treatment industry that includes the Patient Financial Responsibility Toolkit and Special Investigations Unit (SIU) – What to Know in a Commercial Payer Audit Seminar. “Education is a core component of AATA’s work with our membership,” said Gina Meyer, AATA Executive Director. “The American Addiction Treatment Association’s educational series complements AATA’s mission to deliver reliable information and resources on compliance and best practices to enable recovery industry professionals, owners, and operators to navigate the evolving clinical and regulatory landscapes. As we’ve expanded our reach in the industry and developed new resources, we listened to our membership and their interest in certain topics, such as billing and marketing practices. The Patient Financial Responsibility Toolkit is the first resource of its kind for the addiction treatment industry because it helps healthcare providers and programs solve the confusing and risky practices around waiving and discounting deductibles, copays, and coinsurance. The toolkit offers practical solutions to reduce the risk of fraud or abuse and ends the confusion around cost-sharing, discounts, and waivers. AATA empowers the national recovery treatment industry to serve their patients.” AATA’s Seminar Series launch tackles the hot topic of audits in the addiction treatment and recovery industry. The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) – What to Know in a Commercial Payer Audit is the first seminar of 2017 and is being co-sponsored by AATA, Nelson Hardiman, and Infinity Behavioral Health Services. “No one likes an audit, but comprehensive reviews and audits are becoming common in the addiction treatment and recovery industry. There’s an increased attention toward billing practices so providers need to be proactive in preventing and eliminating accusations of fraud or abuse,” Meyer explained. “Every seminar attendee will walk away with a fuller understanding of SIU’s and audits and details of investigations from the procedural aspects of the SIU to substantive issues raised by payers including documentation concerns. There are red flags for fraud detection and the SIU’s will look for anything that resembles fraudulent practices. The bottom line: any provider billing an insurance company runs the risk of an audit. That includes the behavioral healthcare field.” The seminar will be held April 13th, 2017 at 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM and features three expert presenters: Frank Brady, Director of West Coast Operations, Infinity Behavioral Health Services; Zachary Rothenberg, Partner, Nelson Hardiman; and Max Sirianni, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Infinity Behavioral Health Services. Lunch is included and there is plenty of Q&A time with the presenters. Seats are limited. AATA has previously launched regulatory compliance resources in California, Arizona, Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois, Tennessee, and Georgia. AATA Membership will become available in the coming months for Michigan, Pennsylvania, Washington, Colorado, New Jersey, and Minnesota. AATA Membership benefits are available to recovery industry professionals, owners, and operators to navigate the evolving clinical and regulatory landscapes. For more information, visit http://www.addiction-tx.com, email or call (888) 958-2282.


Patent
Siu | Date: 2014-06-11

A retaining valve (1) comprises a silica gel valve body (2), an upper valve box cover (3) and a lower valve box cover (4). The upper valve box cover (3) is provided with an air hole (10), and the lower valve box cover (4) is provided with an air inlet pin (9). The silica gel valve body (2) comprises an outer ring (5) and an inner ring (6). The interior of the inner ring (6) is a closed valve plate. The inner ring (5) is connected to the outer ring (6) through an elastic piece (7). The outer ring (6) is fixed between the upper valve box cover (3) and the lower valve box cover (4). The inner ring (6) is in a suspension state between the upper valve box cover (3) and the lower valve box cover (4). The retaining valve (1) is applicable to vessels for different purposes to control the closed or circulating state of gas inside the vessels, and has a simple structure and reliable functions. Also disclosed is a liquid vessel comprising the foregoing retaining valve.

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