Meet Tucker’s New Trick Shot Sports Dudes – Exclusively at Toys R Us –

Hamilton, NJ – (October 20, 2016) – Show us what you’ve got! The Trick Shot Sports Dudes are ready for action and Tucker Toys is looking for all of your best tricks.

“While kids of all ages might be thinking of ‘out-stunting’  a physical challenge or dangerous trick clip they may have seen online, we want our new Trick Shot Sports dudes to be the fun, safe alternatives while not limiting the creativity, fun and satisfaction of attempting a cool trick shot,” Mark Nathan, CEO of Tucker Toys, explained.

Trick Shot Sports (MSRP $6.99 – $9.99) are a line of sports figure characters with powerful snap action performance that lets players perform table top action and freestyle play in amazing Trick Shot combinations.

The tricks are only limited to a player’s own imagination and Tucker wants to see the best shots. A special website and video channel have been established to allow the best shots to be shared online! Collect all (five, so far) Trick Shot Sports team figures. Choose from Trick Shot basketball, football, baseball, hockey and soccer dudes. Action figure dudes are sold independently or in deluxe sets that include a featured accessory, such as a soccer goal or basketball basket.

Trick Shot Sports is the first action figure style toy from Tucker. It was a natural extension from its play action line of sports balls and freestyle products which includes the top selling E-Z Grip® (Play Ball, Junior, Football and Soccer Ball), Phlat Ball®, Crush-It!® Bat, Zoingo Boingo® Pogo, and ZB Freestyle® Board.


About Tucker Toys:

Tucker Toys, based in Hamilton, NJ, brings to market a line of toys with far wider ranges of use, spanning all ages and transforming almost all environments into playable ones. Tucker Toys evolved from marketing only through a few international distributors to nearly 50 countries currently with a strong public outreach, engaging kids and families directly. Every toy created by Tucker has received awards from various prestigious organizations including Mom’s Choice, Parents’ Choice, The National Parenting Center, The Toy Insider and veteran toy marketer Einstein, da Vinci and Goldberg. Most recently, two of Tucker’s toys received special needs approval by AblePlay, a division of Lekotek, proving the versatility of Tucker’s toy innovation that brings value to parents and benefits to children across the spectrum. Products from Tucker Toys include the internationally award-winning Phlat Ball®, Crush-It!® Bat, Zoingo Boingo® Pogo, and the ZB Freestyle® Board, a high-bouncing action sports toy ideal for skateboarding and parkour enthusiasts.

More information is available at and to interact with the company, follow us on our social media outlets: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube.

*Special Needs Approval from Lekotek Center’s AblePlay Award Certification


New York, NY (October 19, 2016) – The newly opened Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel announces the launch of its Haute Handbag and Hotel Package, which includes a one-night stay in the hotel’s most luxurious accommodations — the Empire Suite, a personal consultation and dinner with celebrity bespoke handbag designer Anthony Luciano, and a custom handmade bag for both men and women. Anthony Luciano has crafted one-of-a-kind handbags for notables such as Meryl Streep, Debra Messing, and Cameron Diaz, among others. 

In an increasingly mass market world, the Haute Handbag and Hotel Package offers hotel travelers an authentic Garment District experience to design a custom handbag with renowned craftsman Anthony Luciano.  Known for his attention to detail and incredible collection of vintage handbag clasps, Luciano will give a tour of his workshop and work one-on-one with guests to design their dream handbag.  Anthony crafts leather and exotic skin bags for both men and women.  The Haute Handbag and Hotel Package features:

  • One-night stay in the Empire Suite, a one-bedroom, two-bathroom suite, complete with pool table, library, gourmet kitchen and terrace with views of lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty and city skyline
  • Atelier tour and in-person handbag consultation with Anthony Luciano
  • Custom handmade Anthony Luciano handbag (not included in package pricing; price of handbags start at $1,500)
  • Dinner for two with Anthony Luciano in Rock & Reilly’s, the hotel’s gastropub
  • Welcome amenities upon arrival including a bottle of Charles Heidsieck Champagne and Sterling Caviar
  • Gourmet breakfast for two prepared en suite by the hotel’s chef

The package price starts at $3,499 per night based on double occupancy, subject to availability.  Guests can book by calling 212-239-0014. 

“Partnering with Anthony Luciano on this package is like a dream come true,” says Dianne Pepe, Director of Sales and Marketing, Renaissance NY Midtown Hotel.  “The responsibility of supporting our local artisan designers and neighborhood culture is one that Renaissance takes very personally.  We are thrilled to be able to act as a platform for Mr. Luciano while bringing awareness to the Garment District itself.  The design of the hotel is reflective of the artistic industries that surround us and we are excited to give guests a chance to immerse themselves in this hyper-local, one-of-a-kind experience.”

Located on 35th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, just steps away from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, the hotel melds the best of New York’s music, sports, art and design, celebrating the spirited creative industries that continue to thrive in the surrounding Garment District.  The brand’s “Business Unusual” mantra typifies the unexpected cultural experiences the hotel creates for its next generation business travelers. 


Terms & Conditions
All package components are based on availability, blackout dates may apply.  Package pricing does not include taxes.  Preferred handbag purchase price starting at $1,500.00 and is not included in the package pricing, multiple purchases may be made.  Final purchase price will be determined based on the skin and frame chosen. Scheduling of consultation and dinner will be the responsibility of the guest and will be determined based on Mr. Luciano’s availability.  Package is based on double occupancy; single occupancy rates available.  Marriott reward points may not be applied.  Guests must be 21 or over to check into hotel. Other than amenities listed above, package does not include alcohol or gratuities. Reservations must be made directly with hotel by calling 212-239-0014.

 For more information on the Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel, please call 1-212-239-0014 or visit

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Maritz Travel Launches New Medical Meetings Offering


Maritz Travel Healthcare Solutions
New Solution Will Enhance HCP Meeting Experiences and Streamline Reporting Processes


LAS VEGAS (Oct. 19, 2016) – Maritz Travel – A Maritz Global Events Company – today announced the launch of Maritz Travel Healthcare Solutions™. This solution brings to market new technology, people and processes to help life science companies deliver better, more compliant medical meeting experiences and simplify their reporting processes.

“We developed Maritz Travel Healthcare Solutions™ in direct response to the most pressing challenges facing medical meeting planners today,” said Maritz Travel President Steve O’Malley. “We’re committed to helping pharmaceutical and medical device companies navigate a complex regulatory climate to deliver better healthcare provider (HCP) experiences and drive results for their companies.”

Through Maritz Travel Healthcare Solutions™, life sciences companies can access:

  • Aggregate Spend Reporting – Maritz Travel partnered with Polaris, a leading compliance software company, to develop a user-friendly HCP reporting system for medical meetings management. The system consolidates all HCP expense and event data to provide a user-friendly compliance report for planners to upload into their company’s reporting system.
  • Compliance Expertise – Led by the company’s new Senior Director of Healthcare Compliance, Pat Schaumann, Maritz Travel’s certified team of 35+ Healthcare Meetings Compliance Certificate (HMCC) certified professionals have the expertise to deliver a compliant medical meeting and exceptional HCP experience. This compliance expertise complements Maritz Travel’s years of experience serving the healthcare market.
  • Comprehensive Processes – The Maritz Travel Healthcare Solutions™ event process starts by understanding a company’s business and regulatory requirements and includes multiple compliance checkpoints throughout the event lifecycle.

“I’ve trained more than a thousand medical meetings professionals through the HMCC program, and heard first-hand about the challenges these companies face,” said Schaumann. “Now, I’m proud to help bring the industry’s most comprehensive solution to market.”

For more information on Maritz Travel Healthcare Solutions™ and additional resources on medical meetings planning, please visit

About Maritz Travel – A Maritz Global Events Company

Maritz Travel is one of the world’s most experienced event management companies. Top meeting planners, sales operations and procurement teams at Fortune 100 companies trust Maritz Travel to deliver meetings, events and incentive travel programs that drive business results. Maritz Travel’s core services include strategic event design, sourcing, logistics, communications, registration and housing, technology, measurement and analysis, and on-site support. Through Maritz Global Events, Maritz Travel is part of an industry-leading family of brands that also includes Experient and Maritz Journeys. For more information about Maritz Travel, visit

About Maritz Travel Healthcare Solutions

Maritz Travel Healthcare Solutions™ is a full-service medical meetings and events provider. We help medical device and pharmaceutical companies deliver compliant HCP meeting experiences and streamline reporting processes.

We understand that managing meetings and events in the healthcare industry isn’t easy. Today’s regulations add risk, increase the cost of doing business and complicate the planning process. 

Maritz Travel Healthcare Solutions™ has the experience, expertise and technology capabilities to help companies meet these challenges. In 2015 alone, we managed more than 2,000 healthcare meetings (domestically and globally), including product launches, advisory boards, investigator meetings and speaker trainings.

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David Bowie: Seminal Images from Geoff MacCormack Released by Modern Rocks Gallery

(AUSTIN, TEXAS) — Modern Rocks Gallery is extremely honored and proud to announce a new, US exclusive, signed limited edition collection of David Bowie photographs from Geoff MacCormack.

MacCormack was David Bowie’s school friend, travel companion, band member and “holiday snapper” as he would refer to himself. Geoff toured with Bowie on the Aladdin Sane and Ziggy Stardust tours as a backing singer and percussionist, and as a backing singer, dancer and mime artist on the Diamond Dogs tour and as a backing singer on the Young Americans tour. During this incredible period in his life, Geoff had unique access to his friend and even got to hang out on the set of “The Man Who fell To Earth” as a completely inappropriate stand in for Bowie.

Many of the images in this collection were shot on the set of the movie “The Man Who Fell To Earth,” which was recently re-released. Other images were taken in the studio recording “Station to Station,” and some feature behind the scenes images from Bowie’s tour in Russia, mainly in Moscow and on the Trans Siberian Express, back in a time when western photographers were not allowed.

Bowie’s official website recently referred to these shots as the most beautiful photographs of David Bowie ever taken. They are available to fans and collectors as unique, signed limited editions, exclusive to Modern Rocks Gallery here in the US and printed to the highest quality in standard US sizes.

MacCormack’s collection is available online or in the Austin-based Modern Rocks Gallery at 916 Springdale Rd, Canopy Building 3 #103, Austin 78702.

Learn more about the gallery and its collection of rock and roll photography at

“The Solution to the Affordable Housing Crisis is Hiding in Plain Sight”

“…lower rates of crime than you would expect, because they had pride of ownership…”


– William P. McCarty, PhD – University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Criminology, Law and Justice


What may be surprising to real estate licensees is the level of energy efficiency available …”


– Harold Hunt, PhD – Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University



That box is going to be built better than any [conventional] home, unless it’s built to hurricane standards.”


  • Tim Reinhold, PhD, senior vice president of research and chief engineer for the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS)




Lakeland, FL (Oct 7, 2016). The praise by numerous independent researchers is impressive. At a time when rents and conventional housing costs are soaring, a national trade publisher is saying, “The solution to the affordable housing crisis is hiding in plain sight.”


Bloomberg recently joined those praising our homes, but they suggested we ought to rebrand as tiny houses. Well, you can get small homes from our industry, but we also produce mid-sized-to-larger homes that the working class, the upwardly mobile and frugal millionaires all love,” said L. A. “Tony” Kovach, publisher of MHProNews. “Maybe we should rebrand as eGreenHomes or CUBEs?”


The industry-leading professional-and-investor focused trade journal is celebrating its 7th year of publishing.


“Too many missed Shakespeare’s meaning when he said that a rose by any other name would still smell as sweet,” Kovach said with a wry smile. “On our public focused sister-site, our banner proclaims – “Showcasing Stronger, Smarter, Safer, Stylish, Shelter Savings” – and the unexaggerated facts prove that’s true.”


“Imagine engineered homes, that meet or exceed strict federal safety, energy and performance standards, built to the nation’s only preemptive code for permanent homes,” Kovach explains. “By using the same proven systems that keep costs down on cars, smartphones, clothing or other produced products, you save on labor, time, have about 30% less waste, can buy in bulk and thus save money.”


“And the U.S. Census Bureau and Government Accountability Office state our homes are about half the cost of conventional construction,” he adds.


What’s the Catch?


Largely, what Bill Matchneer – formerly with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – said is the “Jay Leno” style “stereotypical stigma” of homes built in a factory, being improperly referred to as a trailer house.


“A manufactured home is not a motor home or a trailer, and although it is often called a “mobile home,” is not that either,” states the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in their report. 


The NFPA found that federally-certified manufactured housing is safer than mobile homes, and is as-or-more safe than conventional construction.


Night and Day


The facts are almost the polar opposite of how much of the public, policy advocates, media and others routinely grasp these engineered, greener-by-design marvels.


“Despite evidence that disproved misconceptions … negative stereotypes continued to influence local governments to impose regulatory restrictions on this type of housing,” writes Lisa Tyler, PhD, of Bethel University. 


“NIMBY – Not In My Back Yard – is alive and well,” says Kovach, “in part because for too long, industry professionals have just taken the old stereotypes and ribbing on the chin.”


“Do we put down the old cell phones that led to today’s smart phones? No. As a society,” the publisher and industry advocate rhetorically asks, “would we accept that same kind of close-minded prejudice towards a racial or ethnic group?”


“We also need to engage the media better,” Kovach added. “Reporters and editors want to get the facts and terminology right. In defining journalism, the American Press Institute stresses getting the facts and terminology accurately as part of their ideals and ethical standards. But if factory-built home professionals don’t take the time to explain the differences between the mobile homes of the past and the manufactured homes of the present, how can we expect journalists to get it right?”


“The terminology matters, because the terminology defines the construction standard,” says Steve Duke, executive director of the Louisiana Manufactured Housing Association.


In the face of disasters or the routine demand for quality affordable homes, “We have almost unlimited capacity,” John Bostick, president of Sunshine Homes, told


But what about those ‘horror stories?’


Bloomberg, Realtor, HousingWire and FoxNews are among the media outlets that have recently touted the value and evolution of manufactured homes from the trailer houses of the 1930s to the 1950s, to the mobile homes that haven’t been built in the U.S. for over 40 years.


Today’s manufactured homes are hardly mobile.  They require specialized equipment and state licensed professionals, who permanently install the homes, much like conventional housing. 


They can be sited and financed as real estate, but they can also be financed “home only” and placed on leased-land.


A Peek Behind the Front Lines of Affordable Housing Conflicts



  • interviews, commentary and studies by experts, homeowners and professionals,
  • the insights from reports by award-winning consumer-affairs journalist Jan Hollingsworth,
  • and Daily Business News posts by respected writers Joe Dyton and RC Williams,

it’s clear why a number of factory-built housing pros refer to MHProNews and MHLivingNews as “The Voice of Manufactured Housing.”


As part of MHProNews 7th anniversary celebration issue, the theme of the trials, tragedies and triumphs of contemporary entry-level and residential-style manufactured homes are examined.


The links to three dozen reports and interviews featured on MHProNews this month are in the column Obstacles and Opportunities in Affordable Housing – October 2016, linked here. ##



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L. A. “Tony” Kovach

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An Important Reminder From The Desheddinator Team

The team at The Desheddinator wishes to remind pet owners that the changing seasons bring many new concerns for pet owners who are constantly striving to provide the very best for their pets. As the current season draws to an end, cooler temperatures and changing activities can cause a variety of pet health and grooming issues.

Skin conditions, which are often brought on by allergies and other environmental factors, are common during the Autumn months. These conditions include itchy hot spots, dry and flaky skin, as well as open sores caused by scratching and biting at irritated areas.
Pet owners also tend to notice dryer, less than lustrous fur and increased hair loss as their pets begin to shed summer hair while making the transition towards warmer winter coats. While this transition is normal, it can be a cause of great distress for pet dogs and cats, as well as added discomfort for owners who suffer from dander allergies.

Parasites, such as fleas and ticks, often become a more noticeable issue during this time of year,as well, because pets and their owners are spending more time involved in outdoor activities during these cooler months. This particular issue presents serious health risk for both pets and owners as these parasites can carry a variety of infectious diseases, including Lyme disease, and should be dealt with immediately as parasites tend to multiply to infestation levels quickly.

The team at The Desheddinator wishes to remind pet owners to develop a thorough regimen of pet grooming and add dietary supplements to their pet’s regular diet to assist with these issues. Regular grooming, with products like The Desheddinator 2 in 1 (a unique deshedding tool for cats, dog and other animals), has been proven to reduce the occurrence of excess hair and dander while distributing the oils needed for proper hair growth. The extra time spent on regular grooming with such a deshedding tool also gives pet owners the opportunity to bond with their companion animals while closely inspecting their pets for parasites and developing skin conditions before they become bigger problems.

The Desheddinator 2 in 1 grooming tool has been ranked third in the top five dog grooming tools by, which is a point the team is very proud of. (SOURCE: ) This positioning shows just how useful this tool is to the pet owners of the world. While there are so many dog brushes, cat brushes and other pet grooming tools available to choose from, the Desheddinator received the enviable rank of third in the world.

The Desheddinator 2 in 1 tool is available in a variety of sizes, ( small, medium and large), to assist pet owners in getting professional quality grooming results at home, no matter what size pets they choose to share their home with. With this range of available sizes, these tools can be used for grooming companion animals from hamsters to horses and everything in between.

Due to the multiple functions included, a single Desheddinator tool can replace many common single function pet grooming tools, such as combs, brushes, dematting combs and other deshedding tools, with a single tool that is convenient and easy to use while at home or traveling. This feature alone makes the Desheddinator tool line a preferred choice for many pet owners who travel with their companion animals or show their pets at events.

As a special Autumn promotion, the Desheddinator Team has decided to offer the smaller version of the Desheddinator 2 in 1 tool at a deeply discounted price that is only available through Amazon. The small Desheddinator 2 in 1 dog brush is a great replacement for typical brushes and dematting combs for small dogs, cats and other small mammals. Featuring the same rugged construction and professional grooming features of the original Desheddinator 2 in 1 tool, the smaller size deshedding tool is a great way to ensure small animals have a smoother transition into the fall months.

For more information on this and other subjects related to pet care, visit our Amazon product page or The Desheddinator website today.

Vios Nutrition Launches Matrix Total Nutrition Shake


For more information, contact:
Craig Fishel
Upstream Public Relations




WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (September 27, 2016) — On Saturday, September 17, Víos Nutrition (Víos), asked the crowd of more than 200 at its Elevation sales conference in Winston-Salem a simple question – does your shake have the Matrix? This question was the culmination of the company’s first two-day sales conference and seminar, and served as the introduction of Matrix, its new, all-natural total nutrition shake.

Víos’s Matrix is a complete, plant-based meal replacement shake with a balance of protein, complex carbohydrates, omega-3 fatty acids, natural vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, branched chain amino acids and high quality fiber. Matrix is whey-free, with no added sugar, salt, synthetic vitamins or minerals, fillers or preservatives. It is also dairy-free, gluten-free, non-GMO and is verified organic by the USDA.

Simply put, Matrix is unlike anything else on the market today.

“Víos Matrix represents the evolution of the total nutrition shake,” said Joe Land, co-founder of Víos Nutrition. “Simply put, it’s game-changing. Matrix’s combination of all-natural ingredients provide users with everything they need to perform at their best, whether as a pre- or post-workout shake, or day-to-day as a meal replacement. When we introduced this product at Elevation, our Brand Partners in attendance went through the roof, and I can’t wait for them to bring Matrix directly to our customers! It’s the perfect product introduction at the perfect time for our company.”

Matrix’s proprietary blend focuses on four key areas to help fuel the body:

  • Protein: Organic Millet, Organic Quinoa, Organic Pea, Organic Pumpkin Seed
  • Fiber and Carbohydrates: Organic Golden Flax Seed (micro-milled), Organic Apple Pectin, Organic Pysillium Seed, Organic Aloe Leaf
  • Pre- and Probiotics: of Organic Chicory Root Inulin, Lactobacillus Acidophillus, Lactobacillus Bulgaricus, and Lactobacillus Bifidus, Organic Pineapple Bromelain enzyme and Organic Papaya enzyme Papain, Alpha and Beta Amylase (carbs), Protease (protein), Lipase (fat), Cellulase (fiber)
  • Adaptagens: Organic Maca powder, Organic Ashwaganda powder, Organic Schizandra powder, Organic Rhodiola rosea powder

This powerful combination of ingredients promotes overall good health in a number of areas. Matrix’s protein blend promotes muscle strengthening and conditioning; it’s fiber and carb blend helps boost stamina energy and endurance; pre- and probiotics promote digestive health and support the body’s immune system; and its revolutionary adaptagen mix helps the body’s resistance to stress, anxiety and fatigue.

Matrix was developed and formulated by nationally renowned nutritionist, author and teacher Dr. Gordon Tessler, PhD, author of The Genesis Diet, and is marketed exclusively by the company’s highly-trained, independent Brand Partners. Through its premium entrepreneurial business system, the company provides its Brand Partners with all of the tools, support, customer care and marketing materials to be successful.

“Most people don’t realize that the majority of protein shakes on the market today are very high in protein, and very low in complex carbohydrates and fat,” said Dr. Tessler. “And believe it or not, too much protein is not good for you! To digest and utilize proteins properly, you need nutritional balance. Matrix is the first shake to accomplish that balance, combining all-natural protein with the carbs, pre- and probiotics, and adaptagens to provide the maximum impact and overall health benefit. It is truly a complete, whole food shake that will supply the nutrition of a meal without the extra calories.”

Matrix is the second product introduced by Víos Nutrition in 2016, a premium whole food, plant-based nutrition supplement company based in Winston-Salem. The company also markets and distributes PHYTE, a whole-food greens product containing powerful cereal grasses and their essential vitamins, minerals and proteins that promotes overall good health. Víos PHYTE’s proprietary green blend is rich in chlorophyll, which is vital for the synthesis and function of healthy oxygen-rich blood, boosting stamina and endurance. This blend of cereal grasses, spirulina, chlorella, and other greens contains essential enzymes and fiber that aid in digestion and help maintain healthy PH balance. 

All Víos supplements contain certified organic ingredients, and are gluten-free and non GMO to deliver to your body the vital nutrients it needs – in convenient, single-serve packets.

Matrix will be available in late 2016 through the company’s Brand Partners across the country. Like Víos PHYTE, it is available in convenient, single-serve packets for people’s on-the-go-lifestyles. For more information about Víos and its products, please visit  


About Víos Nutrition  

Víos Nutrition develops whole food, plant-based nutrition supplements designed to give customers more of the natural essentials their bodies need, when they need them. Based in Winston-Salem, N.C., Víos Nutrition provides the highest quality products to our customers in convenient, single-serve packets to give them the healthy nutrition they need, when they need it. Marketed and sold exclusively through the company’s independent Brand Partners, Víos Nutrition products contain certified organic ingredients, and are gluten-free and non GMO. For more information, please visit  




404 Conference Comes to Las Vegas

404 Conference Comes to Las Vegas

A Different Kind of Event for Digital Marketing and Web Development;
Attracting Thought Leaders, Industry Experts, Marketers, and Developers from Three Continents

Bedford, New Hampshire, USA, September 22, 2016—Tired of just another digital marketing or web development conference? Then you may want to consider traveling to Las Vegas, November 2nd through 4th, for a breath of fresh air at an event simply called 404. Yes, it’s a conference for digital marketing and web development professionals, but it’s quite different from the norm. It’s vendor and platform agnostic and takes a brutally honest approach by focusing on past missteps and failures made by both corporations and digital marketing agencies, and focuses on how to learn from those mistakes.

404 is the brainchild of European software maker Kentico Software, which has a strong and growing presence here in the United States as well as the Asia Pacific region. “We wanted to do something unconventional,” said Petr Palas, Founder and CEO. “There are so many events out there, so many variations on a theme. 404 is quite different. We’re coming at this from the other side —not by looking at the best that the industry has been able to accomplish, but scrutinizing some of the missteps and seeing what we can learn from those mistakes.”

Iva Konecna, Events Manager at Kentico, added, “404 is about being totally honest and pulling everyone out of their comfort zones. That’s where some truly important learning and innovative thinking can take place.”

From Website Design and Performance to Email Campaigns and Customer Personalization

The 404 Conference embraces developers and marketers alike and will explore topics from website development and landing page design to email campaigns and customer personalization. The conference will feature 30+ business and technology track sessions. Here are some of the highlights: 

Drawing Thought Leaders, Industry Experts, and Digital Marketers from Around the Globe

  • Andy Thompson, Director and CTO, GetStarted (Australia)
  • Ann Handley, Chief Content Officer, MarketingProfs (USA)
  • Arnie Kuenn, CEO, Vertical Measures (USA)
  • Barbara Fusinka, Data Solution Architect, Microsoft (United Kingdom)
  • Maarten van den Hooven, Senior Developer, TrueLime­ (Netherlands)
  • Philip Jakipse, Microsoft MVP and Principal Consultant, SDS (USA)
  • Ramon Forster, CEO, Picturepark (Switzerland)
  • Scott Liewehr, CEO, Digital Clarity Group, CODiE Awards Judge and CMS-Connected Host (USA)
  • Scott Stratten, President of UnMarketing, Named by Forbes as one of the Top 5 Social Media Influencers in the World (Canada)
  • Vince Mayfield, CEO, Bit-Wizards (USA)

More Than 30 Session Topics…

Business Track

  • “Good vs. Good Enough Content”
  • “How Terrible Mistakes Turned into Tremendous Victories”
  • “How Traditional Thinking Nearly Killed Innovation”
  • “Negotiating the ‘Stupid’ Out of UX Design”
  • “Taming the HiPPO (Highest Paid Person’s Opinion)”
  • “The Big Bang Project—IT Nerd and Marketing Chic: Fail or Fuse”
  • “The Power of Why: Moving Beyond Conversions”

Technology Track

  • “Agile Failures: Stories from the Trenches”
  • “Automated Deployments with Zero Downtime”
  • “Culture Shock—How to Overcome the Common Pitfalls of Localizing Your Website”
  • “Fixing the Failures of Too Much Success”
  • “Good, Better, Best Website Performance Optimization”
  • “Predicting the Future as a Service with Azure ML and R”
  • “When Deploying to the Cloud Goes Horribly Wrong”


Roundtable Discussions

404 is all about bringing like-minded developers and digital marketing professionals together to share their experiences. So show management is arranging for roundtable discussions where attendees can choose from 20 different discussion topics.

Live Taping of CMSConnected Show

CMSConnected, the very popular web-based program billed as “The Content Management Industry’s Headline News, Articles & Commentary Source,” will be leaving the comfort of their studio and recording live in Las Vegas—and taping a show from the floor of the 404 conference. That’s taking place on Friday, November 4th.

And Don’t Forget about the 404 Awards

The conference will feature the first ever “404 Awards”, recognizing the most creative and innovative solutions to “not found” pages. While regarded as an afterthought by a lot of companies, 404 pages are indeed a touchpoint and yet another opportunity to provide website visitors with an extraordinary experience and to prove they are a truly customer-centric business.

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SMF Launches New Website and Fall Collection


STYLES MAKE FIGHTS has announced the debut of a revamped retail website and the unveiling of their fall apparel collection this week. 

Inspired by combat sports and fashion, STYLES MAKE FIGHTS combines the prestige of title fights with fashion. The 2016 fall collection brings more unique pieces to the already stunning line, including the highly anticipated women’s crop top hoodie.

The modernized website now features a link to the SMF blog, the SMF Gallery of supporters and sponsored fighters in their gear, as well as a space for custom competition apparel requests.

Another innovative addition to the site is the Brand Ambassador portal, made available to support the masses of fans clamoring to promote the brand to receive some free apparel, or even make a little extra cash on the side. Potential candidates simply fill out and submit the form under the Brand Ambassador tab to make a case as to why they would be a great choice.

Styles Make Fights
3592 Rose Mead Blvd, Suite 178, Rosemead, CA 91770

For more information, contact Dr. Tony Vercillo at or 310.498.7991

The Sparkle of Silver – DC Fashion Week Celebrates its 25th season

WASHINGTON, DC, September 19, 2016 – In August the world was memorized by the glitter of gold. While the Olympics focused on international competition, in September international culture takes center stage in DC Fashion Week’s 25th season.  This silver anniversary promises to be the global fashion showcase, with diversity seen nowhere else.

When silver is first

DC Fashion Week (DCFW) has earned the accolades of the Washington Awards Program (Best Tourist Attraction 2016) and BizBash (#3 of the Top 100 Events since 2009) for good reason.  Many international designers select the nation’s capital as the site for their US premiere.  This year represents the largest number of local, national and international labels presenting.  As it does every season, the list of participating countries grows; now to include Ethiopia and 10 fashion houses from Estonia.

Opening ceremony 

Experienced fashionistas have saved the date for the kickoff event on Wednesday, September 21st.  Yards Park will transform into the perfect backdrop for an affair including live entertainment, the opening fashion show, and pop-up retail shops.   Don’t miss featured guest model Steven Beck soon appearing in Vivica Fox’s new reality series on Lifetime. It sets the bar for five evenings of elegance supported by major sponsors including Capitol Riverfront, MarketPlace Development, Dirty Martini, Events DC, CND Vinylux, and many more.

Anniversaries mark traditions

DCFW celebrates traditions with distinguished events. Thursday, September 22nd the Fashion Industry Networking Party puts trade professionals stylishly together at the largest fashion mixer in DC.  Friday, September 23rd continues a commitment to highlight the importance of men’s fashion in the Washington Menswear Collection.  This event presents established labels such as Lacoste, Brooks Brothers and Thomas Pink as well as special guest menswear designers.  Saturday, September 24th, rising U.S. fashion designers and indie music arts are featured in the Metropolitan Emerging Designers & Indie Artist Showcase (M.E.D.I.A) as a core part of DCFW’s mission to support future fashion industry leaders.

Everyone wins

When exceptional global talents, 100 diverse models and the latest ‘Glam Squad’ come together for the 25th International Couture Collections Show on Sunday, September 25th it illustrates the true spirit of international collaboration.   This dazzling gala is held at the Carnegie Library in Washington DC’s Mount Vernon Square.   It is sure to be a finale of signature style only the inclusive partnerships of DC Fashion Week can bring.