Collins & Lacy, P.C. Names New Director of Marketing

Columbia, South Carolina (PRWEB) August 29, 2014

Collins & Lacy, P.C. is pleased to announce Janie Langdale as the new Director of Marketing. In this role, Langdale will help develop and implement strategic public relations and marketing initiatives for new and existing clients that meet the firm’s objectives.

Langdale has served for the past 16 months as the firm’s Communications Manager where she produced collateral materials designed to reflect the firm’s client-focused business values. Her contributions have helped Collins & Lacy receive recognition by the South Carolina Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC-SC) for the firm’s strategic communications program and internal and external communications platforms. This past year, Langdale’s creative talents were showcased in the creation and implementation of Collins & Lacy’s new website and refreshed brand, which she helped lead in celebration of the firm’s 30th anniversary.

Christian Stegmaier, member of the firm’s management committee, is enthusiastic about Langdale’s new role. “It’s an exciting time for Collins & Lacy as we build on our tradition of committed, valuable legal service. We are confident that Janie will continue promoting the firm’s mission of protecting and nourishing its statewide business partnerships.”

Prior to joining Collins & Lacy, Langdale worked for more than five years as the Art Director and Designer at a local advertising firm developing inspired brands and producing award-winning advertising campaigns. Langdale serves the community as a member of Leadership Columbia, Columbia Opportunity Resource (COR), the Junior League of Columbia, and is Co-Programming Chair of Legal Marketing Association of the Southeast Columbia Chapter (LMASE). She is a summa cum laude graduate of Auburn University, where she majored in Graphic Design.

About Collins & Lacy, P.C.

Collins & Lacy is a defense litigation firm in South Carolina that delivers valuable legal representation for their clients through solid preparation, thorough execution, and client-oriented service aimed at success. With many offices throughout the state, including Columbia, South Carolina, the firm represents local, regional and national clients in the areas of construction, employment law, hospitality/retail and entertainment law, insurance/bad faith, products liability, professional liability, commercial transportation and workers’ compensation.

Collins & Lacy, P.C. is a member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms.

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SBPRA Is Pleased to Announce the Release of Its Newest Title, “Death on Pause: The Troy Machalek Diaries”

(PRWEB) August 25, 2014

Spanning the world from America to Asia, weaving cultures and criminal activities into a taut thriller, “Death on Pause” is based on the events that turned a real woman’s enviable life into a living nightmare.

When Taiwanese model Kaelyn Yen is drugged and held captive by the head of one of America’s top modeling agencies, she realizes that the recent deaths in her family were not accidents, but meticulously planned murders carried out by her Triad-affiliated relatives. Kaelyn’s boyfriend joins with the FBI to rescue her and bring her extortionists to justice; but not all schemes go according to plan. As a result, Kaelyn’s plight escalates into an international pursuit through Los Angeles, San Francisco, Taipei, and Hong Kong. It leads to the torture and murder of Kaelyn’s two best friends, and causes the FBI’s key witness to commit suicide before she can give evidence in court.

“Death on Pause: The Troy Machalek Diaries” is a riveting crime thriller that will captivate and shock until the last spine-chilling page.

About the Author

Born in Adelaide, South Australia, author Derek N Burnell finished university in Geelong, Victoria, before travelling extensively for work and play. He has lived his past 30 years on Australia’s Gold Coast, where the holiday lifestyle complements his work and writing.

Book Details

Genre: Fiction / Crime / Thriller / Mystery & Detective

Author: Derek N Burnell

Format: Paperback, 490 pages

Pub date: August 2014

“Death on Pause (based on actual events: 2006-2007): The Troy Machalek Diaries” (ISBN: 978-1-60976-147-9) is now available for $ 27 and can be ordered through the publisher’s website:, Amazon’s website or the website of Barnes and Noble.

Wholesalers: This book is distributed by Ingram Books and other wholesale distributors. Contact your representative with the ISBN for purchase. Wholesale purchase for retailers, universities, libraries, and other organizations is also available through the publisher; please email bookorder(at)sbpra(dot)net.

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Design A Better Life Jacket and Win $10,000

Annapolis, MD (PRWEB) August 21, 2014

Are you an armchair inventor with a better way to keep boaters, sailors and anglers afloat? The BoatUS Foundation, along with the Personal Floatation Device Manufacturers Association (PFDMA) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), have teamed up to seek out the newest technologies and design ideas with the “Innovation in Life Jacket Design Competition” which kicks off today. “We believe there are some creative folks out there that can help us rethink a 100-year-old design with fresh, out-of-the-box ideas,” said BoatUS Foundation President Chris Edmonston. A $ 10,000 cash award goes to the winning designer and inventors have until April 15, 2015 to submit their idea to

“Waterway users are always looking for more comfortable life jackets,” added Edmonston. “While current models of life jackets save lives every day, many are still bulky and uncomfortable, leaving boaters reluctant to wear them. This competition hopes to challenge that mindset.”

Entries that embrace new technologies and non-traditional thinking are being encouraged from individuals or groups, such as high school science clubs, collegiate design programs or even boat and fishing clubs. There are no rules regarding types of materials to be used or whether the design meets any current US standards. Entries can be as simple as hand-drawn theoretical designs to working prototypes.

The entries will be judged based on four criteria: wearability, reliability, cost and innovation. “Wearability” relates to the level of comfort. “Reliability” will take into account the chances for potential failure, while “cost” will look at the affordability of the design. “Innovation” will take into account originality or the utilization of new technologies. Additionally, the BoatUS Foundation will post entries on their website and Facebook page for public voting. The winner will be announced at the September 2015 International Boat Builders Exhibition and Conference in Louisville, Kentucky and additional cash prizes are offered for second and third place. For more information or to enter visit


About the BoatUS Foundation:

The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. Funded primarily by the half-million members of BoatUS, it provides innovative educational outreach directly to boaters and anglers with the aim of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of America’s waterways and keeping boating safe for all. To make a tax-deductible donation to this 501(c)(3) nonprofit, go to

About the Personal Flotation Device Manufacturers Association:

The Personal Flotation Device Manufacturers Association (PFDMA) is an affiliate of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the leading trade organization representing the recreational boating industry. NMMA member companies produce more than 80% of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers in the United States. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy, market research and data, product quality assurance and marketing communications. For more information about PFDMA, visit and visit to learn more about NMMA.

116 Butler Snow Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers, 10 Attorneys Named “Lawyer of the Year”

Butler Snow is pleased to announce that 116 of the firm’s attorneys have been named in Best Lawyers® 2015, and 10 have been named Best Lawyers® 2015 “Lawyer of the Year.”

“We are very proud of our attorneys’ recognition by their peers in this prestigious and respected survey, and they are all very deserving,” said Donald Clark, Jr., Chairman, Butler Snow. “We consider this recognition a tremendous honor, and congratulate all of our honorees. The firm recognizes and appreciates their commitment to serving our clients.”

The 10 “Lawyer of the Year” attorneys are:

Kathryn Reed Edge – Best Lawyers® 2015 Nashville, Tenn., Financial Services Regulation
Dan H. Elrod – Best Lawyers® 2015 Nashville, Tenn., Administrative/Regulatory Law
Robert C. Galloway – Best Lawyers® 2015 Gulfport, Miss., Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
John M. Harral – Best Lawyers® 2015 Gulfport, Miss., Banking and Finance Law
Charles C. Harrell – Best Lawyers® 2015 Memphis, Tenn., Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
J. Clifford Harrison – Best Lawyers® 2015 Jackson, Miss., Financial Services Regulation
John J. Healy III – Best Lawyers® 2015 Jackson, Miss., Copyright
David P. Jaqua – Best Lawyers® 2015 Memphis, Tenn., Litigation – Labor and Employment
J. Paul Varner – Best Lawyers® 2015 Jackson, Miss., Tax
Dee P. Wisor – Best Lawyers® 2015 Denver, CO., Public Finance

Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.  A listing in the publication is regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor.

Best Lawyers® only recognizes a single lawyer in each community in each practice area as “Lawyer of the Year.”  Best Lawyers® compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current, 21st edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2015) is based on more than 4.3 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. The lawyers being honored as “Lawyer of the Year” have received particularly high ratings in the surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism and integrity.

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Houston Personal Injury Lawyer Unveils New Educational Website

Houston, Texas (PRWEB) August 14, 2014

Being the victim of an accident, whether on the road, at work, or in a building, is a frightening experience. Often, injury-causing accidents leave victims with serious and permanent damage. Knowing what to do and where to turn after a life-changing event such as this can be very difficult. As an injury lawyer, attorney Cris Galindo understands just how devastating it can be, for victims and their families, to face critical injuries. This week, to help personal injury victims, Cristobal Galindo Law is proud to reveal its new website offering valuable information and assistance to accident victims in Greater Houston, the Beaumont-Port Arthur metropolitan area, and throughout Southeast Texas.

Written in a way that speaks directly to injury victims and their families, the new Cristobal Galindo Law website gives visitors straightforward, easy-to-understand answers. By dropping all technical terms and legal jargon, the website helps readers toward a real understanding of what to expect in their car accident, worksite injury, or premises liability claim. Every person who visits the website gets unlimited access to a wealth of resources, including a library of articles, blog posts, injury-related news, case results, testimonials from past clients, helpful resources, and a FAQ section.

More specifically, website visitors get welcomed into the family of attorney Cris Galindo by having some of their top questions answered. Some of the answers visitors can expect to find on the new Cristobal Galindo Law website include why settling a car accident claim quickly is so dangerous, common causes of slip and fall accidents, and what to do immediately after an accident happens at a worksite. Armed with the answers to these and other questions, injury victims and their families can proceed with their claims in the best manner possible.

Backed by years of experience working with families across South Texas, attorney Cris Galindo has a unique understanding of what accident victims are going through. He knows the fears families have when they come to him for help, and he works hard to help settle these worries while fighting to bring them justice in their case. His deep understanding of all types of accident claims, slip and fall claims, and worksite injury claims puts him in a position to proactively defend his clients’ rights and help them get the fair and just settlements they deserve.

By launching the new website for Cristobal Galindo Law, attorney Cris Galindo is excited to be able to offer more information to accident victims. The website will be complete with a live chat feature and a video library where people can get a glimpse into the family of lawyers backing their claims. The website will be regularly updated with news and other information on personal injury law. Foster Web Marketing, one of the country’s foremost professional web development and marketing companies, designed the website.

About Foster Web Marketing:

Founded in 1998, Foster Web Marketing (FWM) offers attorneys, physicians, and other professionals across North America and overseas an effective online marketing approach that combines appealing and intuitive design with the latest search engine optimization, comprehensive marketing services, and content management strategies. FWM has proven that it is possible to build a “Made in the USA” business with excellent customer service in a very competitive market, all while helping its clients succeed through powerful websites and proven education-based marketing techniques using its proprietary “secret weapon,” Dynamic Self-Syndication (DSSTM). To learn more, please visit

Kalologie Spa Destinations LLC Inks 23-Unit Regional Developer Package for Colorado

Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) August 11, 2014

Kalologie 360 Spa is pleased to announce the signing of a multi-unit regional development agreement for the state of Colorado. The Regional Developer, Scott Gardner, is awarded a minimum of 23 units in the territory.

Scott Gardner states, “I am thrilled to join the Kalologie team and embark on an exciting journey to help introduce and expand a premium brand into the Rocky Mountain State.”

Kalologie’s development in Colorado is part of a steady and strategic plan, which includes expanding in existing markets while entering new cities across the country.

Tracy Brennan, co-founder of Kalologie, states, “With Kalologie’s roots on the west coast, development in Colorado is a natural fit for of our company’s expansion objectives. I and the entire Kalologie team look forward to working with Scott Gardner to grow the Kalologie 360 Spa concept in the region.”

In addition to the development agreement mentioned above, Kalologie is seeking new franchisees to expand its innovative spa concept across the country. To fuel this growth, the company is looking for seasoned entrepreneurs who are searching for an unprecedented franchise opportunity in the spa industry.

Kalologie 360 Spas offer customized, restorative massage therapy, signature results-oriented facials, a range of highly effective peels, and expert waxing services. The innovative spa pass membership allows guests to choose from a flexible, personalized combination of massages, facials, peels, and waxing each month to create a complete one-stop solution. Kalologie 360 Spa locations feature celadon green walls, ebonized wood, modern lighting, and private treatment rooms to create an atmosphere that is both soothing and revitalizing.

About Kalologie:

Kalologie LLC and its affiliate companies are a membership-based spa franchisor and manufacturer of the award-winning line of Kalologie®-branded proprietary products. Kalologie skin care products are available at Kalologie-franchised locations throughout the United States, as well as high-end retailers such as MGM’s Aria Resort & Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada.

To learn more about the Kalologie concept, visit

i.d.e.a. Earns Certified B Corporation Designation

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) August 07, 2014

Integrated marketing agency i.d.e.a. announces it has earned the Certified B Corporation designation, joining a growing community of more than 1,000 companies in 34 countries with the unifying commitment of benefiting the greater good through business. i.d.e.a. is one of just five marketing and communications companies in California – and the only marketing company in San Diego – to bear the B Corp designation.

The agency joins the ranks of other respected Certified B Corporations including Patagonia, Method, New Belgium Brewing Co., Ben & Jerry’s, Etsy and Seventh Generation.

B Corporations are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. To become a B Corp, a company must undergo a series of performance and legal measures, including evaluating its impact on stakeholders (e.g., workers, community, consumer and the environment); undergoing an assessment by B Lab staff; and incorporating sustainability into the company mission and its governing documents.

Consistent with its B Corp status, in 2014 i.d.e.a is focusing on the two areas that matter most to the people who work for and with the company:

Community Investment

Giving $ 150,000 worth of pro bono service and donations to local and national nonprofit organizations
Achieving 100 percent staff participation in company’s paid volunteerism program

Environmental Stewardship

Eliminating plastic water bottle use, and cutting paper use by 25 percent, despite growing staff by more than 60 percent in the first half of 2014
Measuring, reducing and offsetting emissions from energy use, commuting and business travel to be “carbon neutral”

For complete 2013 performance and 2014 goals, see i.d.e.a.’s full B Corp Summary Report here.

“We believe our business succeeds when we not only make a profit but also when we make a difference,” said Indra Gardiner Bowers, founder and chief influence officer of i.d.e.a. “In fact, through our Brand Purpose offering, we create and deliver powerful ideas that are good for business and good for the world. Earning B Corp status was a natural step for our agency, and we couldn’t be more thrilled – or in better company.”

For more information, visit

About i.d.e.a.

i.d.e.a. is an award-winning integrated marketing company and Certified B Corporation that moves people, products and culture through its nine core disciplines: strategy, creative, design, reputation, social media, digital, brand management, media and brand purpose. i.d.e.a. makes brands matter by creating right-sized ideas that live in all the places consumers play. To learn more, find i.d.e.a. online at

About B Corp

Certified B Corporations meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests, and build collective voice through the power of the unifying B Corporation brand. As of May 2014, there are more than 1,000 Certified B Corporations from over 60 industries and 34 countries, representing a diverse multi-billion dollar marketplace.

About B Lab

B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement to redefine success in business so that all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world.

B Lab drives this systemic change through a number of interrelated initiatives: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between “good companies” and good marketing; 2) passing legislation to accelerate growth of social entrepreneurship and impact investing (24 states have already passed benefit corporation legislation); 3) developing B Analytics, a customizable platform for investors to benchmark and report on the impact of their global equity portfolios; and 4) providing free, powerful tools for businesses to measure, compare and improve their social and environmental performance (more than 16,000 businesses use B Lab’s free B Impact Assessment). For more information, visit

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Wounded Warriors a Focus of the 12th New Jersey Symposium on Biomaterials Science

Piscataway, NJ (PRWEB) August 02, 2014

For the past five years, the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials under the auspices of the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM) has led a consortium of academic research organizations in the development of advanced treatment options for our severely wounded warriors. AFIRM is a multi-institutional, inter¬disciplinary network working to develop new products and therapies to treat severe injuries suffered by US servicemen and women in the current wars. The AFIRM teams, working in research laboratories and clinics across the country, are advancing biological therapies (including adult stem cells and growth factors), tissue and biomaterials engineering, and advanced transplantation methods. These new treatments will enable the body to repair, replace, restore and regenerate damaged tissues and organs.

The 12th New Jersey Symposium on Biomaterials Science will focus several presentations on the regeneration of nerves and muscle resulting from catastrophic peripheral nerve injury and muscular tissue loss for Wounded Warriors. These types of injuries to the body’s soft tissue are leading sources of lifelong disability. Extreme trauma from combat wounds can cause nerve injuries that create gaps in the nerves leading to the muscles of the limbs. The success in this work for our Wounded Warriors is readily translatable to injuries suffered by the civilian population resulting from industrial and automobile accidents.

Registration for the 12th NJ Symposium on Biomaterials Science is available at

The New Jersey Center for Biomaterials (NJCBM) was founded in 1997. Based at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, the center spans academia, industry, and government. Staffed by biomaterial scientists, the Center works to improve health care and quality of life by developing advanced biomedical products for tissue repair and replacement as well as the delivery of pharmaceutical agents. The Center’s technologies have been translated into clinical and pre-clinical products including surgical meshes, cardiovascular stents, bone regeneration scaffolds, and ocular drug delivery systems.

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