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Exceptional Houston Mortgage Professional, Rachel Waters of Sunrise Mortgage Earns the 2015 Five Star Mortgage Professional Award



Five Star Professional is pleased to announce Rachel Waters, Sunrise Mortgage, has been chosen as one of Houston’s Five Star Mortgage Professionals for 2015.

Five Star Professional partnered with Texas Monthly to recognize a select group of Houston-area mortgage professionals who provide quality services to their clients. Less than 2% in the area were selected. Rachel Waters is featured, along with other award winners, in a special section of the June issue.

“The Five Star Mortgage Professional award is very important to me. It shows that I have gone above and beyond and delighted my clients. It is an honor to be recognized for the fifth consecutive year, especially when such a small percentage of lenders win each year,” said Rachel Waters of Sunrise Mortgage.

The Five Star Mortgage Professional award program is conducted in more than 30 markets throughout North America. Mortgage professionals are measured using an objective, in-depth research methodology with significant focus on customer feedback and overall satisfaction.

“Five Star Mortgage Professionals are more than knowledgeable experts in their field. They maintain a sharp focus on building enduring relationships and demonstrate tremendous dedication to the families and individuals they serve,” stated Lynn Hargreaves, VP, Research and Services Operations, Five Star Professional.

Rachel Waters’ Five Star award profile can be viewed here.

“It has been my pleasure to help hundreds of families secure funding for new home purchases and drop monthly payments with custom refinancing options. Taking out a mortgage is a big deal. That is why I believe so strongly in client education and partnership. Thank you to my clients for placing your trust in me,” said Rachel Waters.

Sunrise Mortgage was founded in 2001 as a custom mortgage company that puts the client first. Its mission is to provide strong financing that fits the individual, the family and the situation.

About the research process:

Now entering its 13th year, Five Star Professional conducts in-depth, market-specific research in more than 45 markets across the United States and Canada to identify premium service professionals.

Five Star Professional contacts thousands of recent homebuyers, along with real estate agents, to identify award candidates and measure their client satisfaction levels. Phone, mail and online respondents rate their mortgage professional on criteria such as overall satisfaction and referability. Qualifying candidates are then evaluated on objective criteria such as experience, production levels and disciplinary and complaint history.

Professionals do not pay a fee to be considered or awarded. For more information, visit http://www.fivestarprofessional.com.







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Cybex Nominated for the FIBO Innovation Award 2015.


Medway, MA (PRWEB) April 08, 2015

Cybex International, a leading manufacturer of premium exercise equipment, has been nominated for the prestigious FIBO Innovation Award for the Cybex Eagle NX Back Extension. As a FIBO Innovation Award winner in 2012 for the Bravo Functional Trainer, Cybex is proud to be nominated again.

The Eagle NX Back Extension is part of the super premium 15-piece Eagle NX strength line, and features refined movements, restyled aesthetics and reimagined user features – while offering extreme durability and advanced biomechanics.

“The Eagle NX Back Extension does a superior job of integrating all of the back muscles, from the shoulders to the lumbar spine,” said Dr. Paul Juris, Executive Director of the Cybex Research Institute. “It also has a unique counter balance which helps maintain the resistance through the entire range of motion.”

The Eagle NX Back Extension employs a curved lumbar pad to encourage optimal spinal range of motion, and to promote controlled movement from fully flexed into extension. A two-position lumbar pad allows users to train hip extension, lumbar extension or both at the same time. Meanwhile, the patent pending counterbalancing system offsets the user’s weight for more consistent loading and greater effectiveness.

In 2015, Cybex is also unveiling new innovations in strength, cardio and service.

In the strength category, Cybex introduces Prestige Strength VRS. This 21-piece line of selectorized strength equipment provides a premium strength option for facilities seeking an exceptionally versatile, user-friendly strength solution for “walkup and workout” users. Visually striking, truly innovative, durable, and biomechanically correct, Prestige Strength VRS has been engineered to surpass other manufacturers’ premium strength lines. The line will be available in the spring of 2015.

In the cardio category, Cybex introduces the SPARC Trainer. The SPARC Trainer is designed to meet the soaring popularity of high intensity interval training, and is Cybex’s quickest, safest, and most effective cardio experience ever. Delivering five benefits in four minutes, SPARC 1) burns calories, 2) strengthens and shapes the lower body, 3) increases stamina, 4) increases strength, and 5) enhances endurance – all while being biomechanically correct and gentle on the user’s joints. SPARC will be available in the summer of 2015.

Lastly, in the service category, Cybex introduces Cybex Care, a web-based asset management system designed to help gym owners save money, reduce equipment downtime and manage machine usage. This truly useful feature will be available on all Cybex 500, 600 and 700 Cardio Series. To complement Cybex Care, Cybex is also introducing Service Wheel, an easy to engage third wheel that allows gym staff to rotate, relocate, maintain, and clean Cybex treadmills – simply, safely, and quickly. Cybex Care and Service Wheel are available now.

Cybex is available in 90 countries globally and is represented by MoveToLive, it’s partner in Germany. For information about these new products, go to movetolive.de/brand-Cybex.

ABOUT CYBEX INTERNATIONAL

For over 45 years, Cybex International, Inc. has been a leading manufacturer of premium exercise equipment. The Cybex product line, which includes a full range of strength, cardio and service solutions is aesthetically striking, innovative in design, durable in structure, biomechanically correct – and most importantly – truly helpful to everyone from first-time gym members to professional athletes. Led by the Cybex Research Institute, Cybex is fiercely committed to real results and meaningful innovations delivered through a devotion to excellence and a dedication to science. Cybex designs and builds its products in the USA for a wide range of facilities, from commercial health clubs to home gyms, in more than 90 countries worldwide.

For more information on Cybex and its products, visit the company’s website at http://www.cybexintl.com or follow them on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.







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QCMI Wins #1 Healthiest Companies Award Second Consecutive Year


Santee, Calif. (PRWEB) May 28, 2015

Quality Controlled Manufacturing Inc. (QCMI) is pleased to announce it received the 2015 #1 Healthiest Companies Award in the Small-business category (1 to 100 employees) sponsored by the San Diego Business Journal for the second consecutive year. The sixth annual awards event honored 45 companies including finalists. More than 400 guests attended the May 7 event at the Paradise Point Resort & Spa. In all 31 awards were given in each of seven categories: small company; medium company; large company, mega company, company based outside of San Diego, service provider and rising star.

QCMI qualified for the #5 position in 2013, and it made the #1 rank in 2014. For this year’s entry, QCMI launched its “12 Steps to a Healthier You” campaign. The program involved both nutritional and physical activities. Two personal trainers led group activities and completed health screenings. Other key components of its wellness program include: tobacco cessation, stress / weight management, employee assistance programs and more. QCMI promotes its programs via seven intranet TV screens, a company newsletter, signage near the time clocks, and posters in the break room positioned right over the company’s free fruit table.

In 2012 when it initiated its five day a week certified trainer, employees went through a thorough health screening evaluation and assessment. The manufacturer’s workforce was considered 50 percent obese. Last year the percentage dropped to 25 percent — this year’s winning numbers lost another 15 percent.

QCMI has achieved positive results in improving employee wellness, as well as reducing costs associated with health care and absenteeism. In addition to its day-to-day wellness initiatives for employees’ ongoing well-being, QCMI has improved its safety records. The manufacturer has seen a drop in workers comp claims — from $ 200,000 in 2011 to $ 1495 in 2012 to $ 408 in 2013 with zero dollars paid out in 2014.

According to Armon Mills, president and publisher of the San Diego Business Journal, forward-thinking organizations have moved rapidly from traditional basic health care and retirement benefits to a host of inventive programs that address a holistic approach to employee wellness, satisfaction and retention. The Healthiest Companies awards program is designed to honor companies that have created new models for employee health.

“It’s a credit to our employees and their commitment to a healthy lifestyle that QCMI is once again a #1 Healthiest Small-business Company in San Diego,” Said CEO and President Bob Grande. “It’s our goal to continue to support our team with health and fitness initiatives that keep us engaged and energized. We know our wellness programs contribute to our thriving company culture.”

“Our founder Bob Grande was ahead of the current fitness curve when he purposely included an onsite state-of-the-art circuit training gym and two modern, kitchen-equipped break rooms in the purchase and renovation of QCMI’s headquarters in 2009,” said COO/CFO Rick Urban. “His foresight has made it possible for our team members to lead the region in establishing an award-winning health conscious work environment.”

For more information about QCMI call (619) 443-3997 or visit http://www.qcmfginc.com.

About Quality Controlled Manufacturing Inc.

Founded in 1978, QCMI specializes in the precision machining of all metals including exotic alloys. QCMI is ISO9001/AS9100 certified, ITAR registered and Nadcap accredited for nondestructive testing. It manufactures components for the aerospace, power generation, Department of Defense (DOD), oil and gas, marine and heavy equipment industries. QCMI is authorized to operate an approved FAA repair station with the following ratings: Limited Accessory and Nondestructive Testing. In 2013 precision manufacturer QCMI received its fifth consecutive UTC Supplier Gold Award. The San Diego Business Journal named QCMI its 2014 Family Owned Business of the Year in the 51-150 employee category and its 2014 and 2015 #1 Healthiest Company in the 1-100 employee category. For more information, visit http://www.qcmfginc.com.







Christie Wins 2015 PIPA Award for Boxer 4K30


Cypress, California (PRWEB) May 27, 2015

The Christie® Boxer 4K30 captured the 2015 Prolight & Sound International Press Award (PIPA) in Frankfurt, Germany. Nominated in the “Video/Projection devices” category, Christie Boxer defeated two other competitors to earn the title with the winner selected by a panel of international specialist journalists from over 100 specialist magazines in the music and audiovisual industry. In 2014, the Christie D4K25 4K-DLP® projector captured the honor.

The Christie Boxer 4K30, the first of the new Boxer Series, delivers 30,000 lumens and native 4K resolution. Users can monitor the lamp hours and serial numbers through Near Field Communication (NFC) with each lamp – simplifying the effort required to track lamp-life and the ability to make fast changeovers so the show goes on. Boxer’s Christie TruLife™ electronics package is equally at home supporting the most demanding high bit depth, high frame rate, native 4K signals as well as seamlessly supporting HD signals, with on-board upscaling making it a simple task to fit it into existing HD workflows.

With built-in Christie Twist™, images can be blended and warped from multiple projectors onto curved or irregular surfaces without requiring an external solution. Housed in two 3-lamp cartridges, the six long-life mercury lamp modules are easy to maintain, change, and stock, which means a better return on investment and less consumables.

Klaus Hilles, Christie’s regional Sales Manager for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, accepted the award during a joint gala evening for the MIPA and PIPA Awards at Prolight & Sound in Frankfurt.

About Christie

Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. is a global visual technologies company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio Inc., Japan. Consistently setting the standards by being the first to market some of the world’s most advanced projectors and complete system displays, Christie is recognized as one of the most innovative visual technology companies in the world. From retail displays to Hollywood, mission critical command centers to classrooms and training simulators, Christie display solutions and projectors capture the attention of audiences around the world with dynamic and stunning images. Visit http://www.christieEMEA.com

“Christie” is a trademark of Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc., registered in the United States of America and certain other countries.

DLP® is a registered trademark of Texas Instruments







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Chicago Suburban Resort wins Prestigious Dick Busse Business of the Year Award, Prompting it to increase Workforce by Six Digits!


Oak Brook, IL (PRWEB) April 01, 2015

The Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center is committed to growing its workforce and supporting its mission of becoming a uniquely sustainable destination. The resort’s uncommon practices are evident throughout hotel operations, but none more so than what’s taking place outside on its grounds, comprised of a 150-acre Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary and the Championship Willow Crest Golf Club. Today, the multi-faceted west suburban resort announced the implementation of a highly unusual work program for the anticipated 110,000 new members of its workforce, launching with the emergence of spring. Spearheaded by Executive Chef Sean Curry, self-proclaimed “Godfather” of the program, this primarily food-driven initiative is sure to create a buzz.

Unlike with a typical work program, the participants of this initiative do not expect any sort of compensation other than on premise housing and free food. “Accommodating 110,000 workers poses a unique challenge on the resort’s 150 beautifully landscaped acres, but we know just how to get that done,” said Stefan Mühle, general manager of Oak Brook Hills, last week’s recipient of the prestigious Dick Busse Business of the Year Award. “Those workers won’t need much space; they really like close quarters anyway!” he added.

Larry Forssberg, Executive Director of the Westmont Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau, agrees. “This large of an expansion of labor is a huge plus for our community, and we embrace the resort’s initiative to get that large a group of new workers into our neighborhood. As most know, bees are very hard working, which makes the positive impact of this new initiative even more un-bee-lievable!”

The program begins with the advent of spring, and will escalate as the season continues. Workers’ housing conditions and productivity will be closely monitored through the season. Chef Sean will utilize their honey output for his “modern farm cuisine” recipes, and their pollination skills for a chef’s garden. To learn more about Oak Brook Hill’s new bee program, contact hotel publicist Jody Grimaldi at jody@grimaldipr.com.

About Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center:

Just west of downtown Chicago and nestled into the quiet suburb of Oak Brook, Illinois, Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center (3500 Midwest Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523) is a preferred destination for getaways, golf trips, family vacations, weddings and business events. With over 42,500 square feet of IACC certified meetings and event space, the hotel is an ideal venue for business meetings, conferences, retreats, banquets and social functions. The 348 rooms and 38 suites are complemented by extensive and flexible event space including a tented outdoor pavilion, exercise facilities, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, numerous dining options, and the award-winning Willow Crest Golf Club. The property is managed by Westmont-based Portfolio Hotels & Resorts. Visit http://www.oakbrookhillsresort.com for reservations or more information, or call the hotel direct at 630.850.5555.







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OnSIP Receives 2015 WebRTC Product of the Year Award


New York, NY (PRWEB) March 26, 2015

OnSIP announced today that TMC, a global, integrated media company helping clients build communities in print, in person and online, has named OnSIP InstaPhone as a 2015 WebRTC Product of the Year Award winner.

InstaPhone, one of OnSIP’s WebRTC-based products, is a business-grade phone that presents workers with all of the features of a deskphone right in their browser. With unprecedented interoperability, the app is capable of voice calling to and from any SIP phone, software phone, webpage, or the Public Switched Telephone Network. It also offers HD video calling and displays real-time caller data (such as what product the caller is viewing) when a call is initiated from a webpage.

“InstaPhone offers an easy way for remote workers to use the OnSIP phone system,” said OnSIP customer Laura Subotky, Director of Innovation and Technology at Little Kids Rock. “It’s simple to setup and use and it works right in the browser without requiring downloads. As a remote worker who also travels, I use InstaPhone almost every day. InstaPhone also gives our team additional capabilities. It offers a way to add custom one-click buttons for video calls on our website so that our donors and teachers can directly connect with the right staff member.”

InstaPhone is accessible within a webpage and as an application in the Salesforce AppExchange. InstaPhone for Salesforce lives right in the Salesforce dashboard and adds to the standard features by displaying linked leads, opportunities, and accounts for each caller. Leveraging this integration and InstaPhone’s custom data display, sales and support agents can engage in informed discussions to better close deals and solve problems.

“As proponents of WebRTC, we are pleased to be presented with the WebRTC Product of the Year Award for InstaPhone,” said Nicole Hayward, VP of Marketing and Product Management. “InstaPhone began as a simple phone alternative for businesses to get started with the OnSIP cloud phone system in minutes. As we continue to add features, it is becoming my phone of choice at work and on the go. We are excited to continue to innovate with WebRTC.”

“It gives me great pleasure to honor OnSIP as a 2015 recipient of the WebRTC Product of the Year Award for their innovative product, InstaPhone,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. “Our judges were very impressed with the ingenuity and excellence displayed by OnSIP in their groundbreaking work on InstaPhone.”

For more information about OnSIP InstaPhone on the Salesforce AppExchange, click here.

About OnSIP

OnSIP is a leading provider of real-time communications (RTC) services to over 40,000 businesses. OnSIP® Business VoIP customers enjoy the benefits of advanced phone system features without the traditional high cost, burden, and inflexibility. The company also offers a cloud platform and simple APIs for companies to rapidly and affordably build RTC applications of their own. For more information, visit http://www.onsip.com.

About TMC

TMC is a global, integrated media company that supports clients’ goals by building communities in print, online, and face to face. TMC publishes multiple magazines including Cloud Computing, IoT Evolution, Customer, and Internet Telephony. TMCnet is the leading source of news and articles for the communications and technology industries, and is read by as many as 1.5 million unique visitors monthly. TMC produces a variety of trade events, including ITEXPO, the world’s leading business technology event, as well as industry events: Asterisk World; AstriCon; ChannelVision (CVx) Expo; Customer Experience (CX) Hot Trends Symposium; DevCon5 – HTML5 & Mobile App Developer Conference; IoT Evolution Conference & Expo; SmartVoice Conference; Software Telco Congress; Super Wi-Fi Summit – The Global Spectrum Sharing and TV White Space Event; SIP Trunking, Unified Communications & WebRTC Seminars; Wearable Tech Conference & Expo; Fitness and Sports Wearable Technology (FAST) Expo, WebRTC Conference & Expo; and more. Visit TMC Events for additional information.

For more information about TMC, visit http://www.tmcnet.com.

TMC Contact:                                                                         

Rebecca Conyngham

Marketing Manager

203-852-6800, ext. 287

rconyngham@tmcnet.com

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TrakBar Pro-X by Trak Fitness LLC Nominated for FIBO Innovation Award


Freeport, New York (PRWEB) March 26, 2015

Trak Fitness LLC, a leader in functionally advanced fitness equipment, is pleased to announce that its TrakBar Pro-X cable attachment / pull-up bar has been nominated for the 2015 FIBO Innovation Award.

The FIBO Innovation Award is the most prestigious award in the fitness industry. For 16 years, FIBO, the largest international trade show in the fitness and wellness industry, has presented the Innovation Award to the world’s most inventive fitness products. The TrakBar Pro-X is one of three products selected for the “Training Equipment” category from a total of 70 participating products.

The TrakBar Pro-X is the first and only cable attachment / pull-up bar that includes multi-axis handles which travel along the length of the bar and automatically adjust to the user’s natural hand, arm and shoulder movements. With unrestricted mobility, users can perform a wide range of new rotational cable pull and pull-up exercises that are not possible with any other exercise equipment.

The handles can be locked in any position along the length of the bar with a single switch. So a single TrakBar Pro-X provides more functionality than every other cable attachment and pull-up bar combined. Users can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of workouts by performing an unlimited range of exercises in succession without changing attachments or releasing their grip.

“We are honored to be nominated for this prestigious award.” said David Kristiansen, President of Trak Fitness LLC. “Our company’s mission is to provide truly innovative equipment to help our customers excel in their fitness goals. This nomination recognizes the passion that goes into our products.”

The TrakBar Pro-X will be exhibited in Hall 7, Stand B20 by Scotfit GmbH, which is the exclusive distributor for Trak Fitness equipment in Germany. It will also be exhibited at the Forum in Hall 9 along with the other Innovation Award nominees. Trak Fitness extends its gratitude to Jimmy Andrews and his team at Scotfit Gmbh for their leading role in presenting the TrakBar Pro-X for consideration.

About Trak Fitness LLC

Trak Fitness LLC is revolutionizing the fitness industry with state-of-the-art, functionally advanced and ergonomically correct fitness equipment. Its patent pending TrakBar Pro-X, and patented TrakHandle Sport and TrakHandle Pro lines of cable accessories are the only attachments available that allow three-dimensional multi-plane movements so that users can train more effectively and efficiently, while minimizing potential stress and injury to joints, and ligaments. Trak Fitness LLC designs all of its products to work in harmony with the natural movements of the human body in order to improve performance, safety and results.







All-Time Leading Female Amateur Golfer Arlene McKitrick Receives Juvent Sports Achievement Award at 2015 PGA Show


Orlando, Florida (PRWEB) January 22, 2015

Juvent Sports (http://www.juventsports.com) and David Leadbetter teamed up today at the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show to bestow a Juvent Sports Achievement award upon an inspirational lady and incredible female amateur golfer, Arlene McKitrick. The award commemorated and congratulated McKitrick for her record 204th career female amateur golf tournament win. She won her first amateur tournament in 1979 and most recently won her 204th amateur tournament title at the Longboat Key Club. However, what is more remarkable than her golf victories is the personal physical adversity she has overcome. Mrs. McKitrick has achieved her golf accolades despite battling Acute Advanced Type I diabetes for over 20 years. Arlene McKitrick is a long-time golf student of David Leadbetter and in addition to having an incredibly positive spirit and personal drive she has also been a vocal user of the Juvent Micro-Impact Platform™ a device to which she has attributed “life changing” benefits, helping her overcome debilitating arthritis pain as well as the some of the effects of her battle with diabetes.

The award reception took place Thursday at the 2015 PGA Merchandise show in the Juvent Sports demonstration area. The award was presented to Arlene McKitrick by David Leadbetter and Juvent CEO Rush Simonson. In presenting the award Leadbetter commented, “I am so proud and happy for Arlene. Her coachability, tenacity on the course are surpassed only by her overall perseverance in tackling the many medical challenges she has faced. Her incredible achievements on the golf course and in life goals are unmatched.” McKitrick was visibly pleased and happy to receive the award from her golf mentor and from the company whose flagship product has made such a difference in her golf game and overall quality of life. “Quite frankly, a few years ago, in addition to the effects of my diabetes I was suffering such excruciating arthritis pain I was about to quit playing golf all together. Fortunately, Mr. Leadbetter introduced me to the Juvent device and it has simply been an amazing factor in my life. I feel healthier, stronger, more in balance, more energized and the terrible arthritis pain has all but disappeared. I am age 68 and I’m playing some of the best golf of my life.” Rush Simonson, CEO and Chairman of Juvent added, “Arlene is an incredible lady, an incredible competitor and a point of pride for all of us who work at Juvent. We are so pleased to have been able to help her continue playing the game she loves so much but more pleased about the positive impact we’ve been able to help make on her overall physical wellness and quality of life. Millions of people struggle with joint pain and we believe our Juvent product is a life changer in addressing it!”

An FDA Registered Class I medical exercise and rehabilitation device, the Juvent Pro delivers thousands of low-magnitude and high-frequency Micro-Impact™ pulses that enter through the heels of the feet and move up the entire body. These micro-impacts uniquely stimulate the body’s muscles and bones promoting circulation, joint health and healing. Users simply stand on the Juvent for as little as 10 minutes per day and many start feeling results within days. Recommended and used by world-renowned trainers, doctors, physical therapists, and chiropractors, the Juvent Pro is changing the way athletes are approaching training and recovery.

In addition to its work with Leadbetter Golf Academy, Juvent Sports is also an Official Proud Partner of the NFL Alumni Association (NFLA). Juvent is also a Corporate Advisory Roundtable Member of the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

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About Juvent Sports:

Juvent Sports is a division of Juvent Regenerative Technologies Corp. who manufactures the clinically proven Juvent Pro Platform. The platform provides non-invasive, micro-impact pulses to support warmup, workout recovery, relieve joint and back pain, and enhance balance. The FDA Class I medical exercise and rehabilitation device is the result of more than 20 years and $ 45 million in R&D, with many peer-reviewed journals articles and 6 clinical studies (completed or current) with backing from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), NASA, and the U.S. Army. Used by world-renowned medical doctors, trainers, physical therapists, and chiropractors, for more information, visit http://www.juventsports.com or follow us on Twitter @JuventSports.

Media Contact: Skip Goode (303) 912-7547; skip.goode(at)juvent(dot)com







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AAA Honors THE BROADMOOR In Colorado Springs with Five Diamond Award for Record 39TH Consecutive Year

Colorado Springs, CO (PRWEB) January 16, 2015

The American Automobile Association (AAA) honors The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs for a 39th consecutive year with the esteemed Five-Diamond Award for Excellence, making it the only hotel to receive the AAA designation every year since its inception. The Broadmoor is included in a select group of the highest rated hotels and restaurants by the travel association for 2015.

The American Automobile Association also recognizes The Broadmoor’s Penrose Room Restaurant, awarding the restaurant with the AAA Five-Diamond for the eighth consecutive year.

“We are both humbled and proud to receive the prestigious AAA Five Diamond award for a record 39 consecutive years,” says The Broadmoor’s Vice President and Managing Director Jack Damioli. “The award is a true testament to the continuing passion of our team and the elite service we provide our guests.”

The Broadmoor’s Food and Beverage Director, C.W. Craig Reed adds, “We are honored to be recognized by AAA with the Five-Diamond award. The culinary team at the Penrose Room consistently strives to create an unparalleled dining experience for its guests.”

AAA’s process for determining the Five-Diamond Award for Excellence involves anonymous service evaluations by professionally trained inspectors, assessment against comprehensive guidelines, and a final decision by a panel of industry experts. AAA assigns ratings based upon 27 requirements including service, amenities, security, décor, cleanliness and comfort. AAA rates properties in the United States, Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean.

About The BROADMOOR

The BROADMOOR is the longest consecutive winner of the AAA Five Diamond awards for excellence. Situated at the gateway to the Colorado Rocky Mountains in Colorado Springs, the total resort encompasses 5,000 acres, with three championship golf courses, a spa, salon and fitness center, nationally recognized tennis staff and program, 26 retail boutiques and 19 restaurants, cafes and lounges including Colorado’s AAA Five Diamond restaurant, Penrose Room. The new “BROADMOOR Wilderness Experience” encompasses The Broadmoor’s Ranch at Emerald Valley and Cloud Camp, as well as Seven Falls and The BROADMOOR Fishing Camp (both opening in 2015). Colorado Springs is serviced with non-stop flights from 11 US cities via Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, American, Delta and United. With connections to worldwide destinations, Denver International Airport hosts more than 1,600 national and international flights daily.

The BROADMOOR is a member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts and Historic Hotels of America. For more information on The BROADMOOR, please call 800.755.5088 or visit http://www.broadmoor.com.

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Four Ohio Organizations Named Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award Winners by the Ohio Psychological Association

Columbus, OH (PRWEB) December 18, 2014

In today’s nonstop work environment, workplace pressures continue to mount. Productivity demands, information overload and increasing pressure to balance work and home lives can take a toll on employees’ health, well-being and job satisfaction. A 2013 survey by APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence found that job-related stress is a serious issue. More than one-third of working Americans reported experiencing chronic work stress and just 36 percent said their organizations provide sufficient resources to help them manage that stress. This work stress can affect both individual well-being and organizational performance.

Some Ohio organizations have responded to these pressures by taking care of their employees. These employers are creating workplaces that do more than just improve productivity – they build a strong, vibrant organizational culture that supports the company itself.

The Ohio Psychological Association is proud to announce its 2014 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards winners. These workplaces were evaluated in five areas: employee involvement, employee growth and development, health and safety, employee recognition and work-life balance.

Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library—Chillicothe

The Chillicothe & Ross County Public Library has seven locations in Ross County, serving a population of about 80,000 people.

The Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library recognizes that its employees are the most valuable resource and aims to provide them with the tools they need to achieve personal and professional success. All staff members are encouraged to participate in continuing education classes, webinars and workshops. Staff members are also active in the community with outreach events, fostering a sense of pride in the organization and increasing morale. This past spring, the staff took part in a “Live Healthy, Live Well Challenge.” The six week challenge was designed to help participants improve their health and maintain their weight or lose a few pounds by encouraging regular exercise, nutrition, recipe substitutions, and wellness tips. Of those who participated, 80 percent adopted practices to reduce their risk of chronic disease and 96 percent lost or maintained their weight.

Dawson—Columbus

Dawson is a family-owned recruitment and staffing agency, operating in Columbus since 1946. They place professionals in temporary, temp-to-hire, and full-time jobs in the fields of administrative, call center, skilled trades, accounting & finance, creative, information technology, engineering, legal, and health care.

Since implementing a wellness program over a year ago, Dawson has noticed several areas of improvement in morale, physical health and stress management. Dawson has an onsite, fully equipped gym with onsite locker rooms to enable workouts before, during, or after work. They also partner with a local gym to have trainers come to the office twice a week for group fitness classes. Dawson also has an annual Wellness Week to promote healthy activities. Last year the focus was on stress management and activities included free chair massages, stress management presentation, yoga class with free yoga mats, and water bottles, and a free month of group fitness. In a survey conducted last year, 81.82 percent of folks working at Dawson currently participate in a sport or exercise on a weekly basis.

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company—Akron

Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tire companies, with operations in most regions of the world. Together with its subsidiaries and joint ventures, Goodyear develops, markets and sells tires for most applications. Goodyear operates 50 plants in 22 countries, with its world headquarters located in Akron, OH.

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company introduced the GoodLife Program to help integrate all services and make sure all associates have access to programs to improve their quality of life. The original goal was to decrease the quickly escalating health care cost burden. However, it quickly became much broader. Goodyear started by hiring a Chief Health Officer. The program is designed to increase health in six components: physical, social, spiritual, emotional, environmental and mental. With the implementation of the GoodLife Program, associates have experienced a number of benefits. As a result of their “No One Gets Hurt” initiative, their incident/injury rate has dropped 28 percent. Employee satisfaction continues to improve with the most recent survey showing improvement in nine out of 12 categories. Over 10,000 of their U.S. associates now know their biometric numbers which can start them on a path toward healthier living.

Grants Plus—Cleveland

Grants Plus is a fundraising consulting firm that provides an infusion of energy and expertise for organizations of all shapes, sizes, and missions. Their team of experienced fundraising strategists, grant writers, and philanthropy experts boost their clients’ strengths with a roll-up-our-sleeves approach to the fundraising process.

Grants Plus is a fast growing company with a blossoming reputation for its forward-thinking employee-centered practices. Since the beginning they have paid close attention to balance, employee growth and autonomy, and other factors related to a psychologically healthy workplace. Grants Plus is built on a foundation of flexibility, as work is often completed by employees at their homes and on their own schedules. Their self-described “ridiculous levels of professional development,” includes regular, free educational sessions on a range of job-specific and workplace topics to personal health and wellness and recreational topics. Grants Plus also created and uses a quarterly scorecard system for reviews based on the company values: truth, bravery, hard work, laughter, professionalism and team. Supervisors meet with employees each quarter and have a dialog about the values and how the employee is demonstrating each one.

About a Psychologically Healthy Workplace

The benefits of a psychologically healthy workplace can include increased productivity and employee retention rates, recruiting advantages, company image enhancement, a better workplace atmosphere, and workers who are less stressed and more satisfied with their jobs. Applications for the 2015 awards will open in the spring.

For more information about Ohio’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award, visit ohpsych.org/about/awards/PHWA

Located in Columbus, OH, the Ohio Psychological Association is a membership organization of approximately 1,600 Ohio psychologists. Its mission is to advance psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting human welfare.