Millennials are Trading Handprints for Noseprints

Piling into the car for a road trip is a time-honored summer tradition among American families – and for Millennials, the family is getting furrier. According to the fourth annual travel survey by pet insurance provider Petplan, Millennials are hitting the road with their pets more than any other generation.

Responses from over 2,200 pet parents revealed several stark differences in travel trends between Millennials —those ages 18-29 — and older generations:

    Say yes to pets: 84% of Millennial respondents travel with their pets, compared to 79% of the 30-and-over crowd.
    Guilt tripping: 66% said they feel guilty about leaving their pets at home and 77% worry about their pet while they’re away. Among older respondents, only 32% reported experiencing guilt, and 55% felt worried.
    Furry family welcome: 78% of Millennials bring pets along when visiting family and friends (and 74% spend the night), up from 62% of older generations.
    Pets over people: Regardless of age, nearly half of all respondents said they would rather take a trip with their pet than their partner. Meow-ch!

So why are Millennials promoting Rover to co-pilot more than older generations?

One key consideration is that Millennials are starting families later in life: 67% of Petplan’s survey respondents are unmarried and 86% don’t have children. While some have argued that pets have replaced children among this generation, research has actually found that 82% of Millennials see getting a pet as an important step in preparing to have a family.* That includes “practicing” traveling with them, as 61% of Millennials prioritize having a pet who’s easy to travel with.*

“This generation came of age facing a tough job market and record debt, but in the face of all that uncertainty they could count on the love of their pets. In a way, they started their families before ever welcoming a spouse or children into their lives,” says Petplan co-founder and co-CEO, Natasha Ashton.

No matter the age of the pet parent, before hitting the road with furry friends in tow, brush up on these top travel tips from Petplan:

    ID is key: Pets should always wear proper identification, but it’s especially important when traveling. Make sure your pet’s ID includes a current cell phone number and contact information. Also consider a microchip just in case your pet’s collar was to come off by accident.
    Vet the (local) vets: 10% of survey respondents needed to bring their pet to the vet unexpectedly while traveling. Petplan’s Vet Finder Tool can lend a paw to find the nearest vet or emergency clinic based on your destination’s zip code.
    Harness the hound: Because unsecured pets can leap into a driver’s lap, obscure their vision or cause other distractions, it’s safer for everyone on the road when pets are properly restrained in the car. With lots of options available, from harnesses and booster seats to carriers, pet parents can find a safety restraint that’s just right for their pet’s breed and size.
    Pack the pet bag: In addition to kibble, toys and treats, pack a first aid kit for traveling pets with bandages, hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic wash and a medicine dropper. Download or print Petplan’s full first aid checklist to be completely prepared.

For more information about keeping pets happy and healthy while traveling, including downloadable resources from Petplan veterinarians, visit

*Wakefield Research, “The Millennial Pet Owner,” 2014



Petplan is more than a pet insurance provider. We’re dedicated to providing pet parents with the support, resources and tools they need to keep their pets not just surviving—but thriving—into their old age. Simply put, we aim to be the kind of company that will make our pets proud. For the third consecutive year, Petplan was listed among Forbes’ annual ranking of America’s Most Promising Companies – a list of 100 privately held, high-growth companies with bright futures. Petplan is the only pet insurance provider to have been included on Inc. Magazine’s list of 500 fastest-growing, privately held companies in America.

Petplan’s fully customizable cat and dog insurance policies provide comprehensive coverage for all hereditary and chronic conditions for the life of the pet as standard. Petplan policies are underwritten by AGCS Marine Insurance Company in the U.S. and by Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Company in Canada. The Allianz Group was rated A+ by A.M. Best in 2014. For more information about Petplan pet insurance, visit or call 1-866-467-3875.

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Solacom to showcase new NG9-1-1 capabilities at NENA2015

Solacom Technologies, the leading NG9-1-1 systems manufacturer, will showcase the latest Guardian call taking software at the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) conference and expo on June 29-30, in Denver, Colorado.

Guardian Intelligent Workstations equipped with the new software will allow call takers at public safety answering points to use one multi-media user interface panel for all types of text-based calls, including:

    Text-to-911 calls using SIP MSRP (Session Initiation Protocol – Message Session Relay Protocol)
    Outgoing PSAP-to-SMS (Short Message Service)
    TDD/TTY text calls (telecommunication device for the deaf/text telephone)
    Handling of a silent call with DTMF (dual tone multi-frequency)
    Instant messaging, including file exchange, with supervisors and colleagues

A unique multi-media user interface panel presents one simplified window to manage several types of texting and includes a session list that identifies the type of session and highlights the current active session. The Solacom multi-media Text 9-1-1 function is available now and will be delivered with the upcoming implementation of a statewide NG9-1-1 solution in Vermont.

In addition to supporting the latest Next Generation 9-1-1 method of receiving text calls via SIP MSRP, the Guardian system can also be configured for PSAPs that use either a Web Page (HTTP – Hypertext Transfer Protocol) or TTY to receive Text-to-911 calls.

The new Solacom software adds several other system features including supplemental ALI (Automatic Location Information) notes that are associated with the call back number of a caller, and audible alerts when a caller that has been placed on hold hangs up.

The Solacom solution has an IP-based architecture that meets existing i3 specifications developed by the National Emergency Number Association, and is capable of evolving as those specifications are further developed.

“As part of our core philosophy we continually strive to bring value and innovation to our customers, so we are very pleased to release the latest Guardian technology that supports multiple means of communicating with 9-1-1 and simultaneously helps call takers deal with the variety and volume of information brought about by the implementation of Next Generation 9-1-1,” said Pierre Plangger, Solacom CEO.

About Solacom

Solacom Technologies builds some of the world’s most reliable critical communications systems that integrate Voice, Video and Data to deliver advanced IP-based interoperability solutions for public safety 9-1-1, security and other mission critical applications. With a legacy of innovation in air traffic control and public safety, our engineers have pioneered many industry advances over the past 30 years. For more information visit

NRBA Members Increase Knowledge and New Business at 2015 Conference

Henderson, NV (PRWEB) June 18, 2015

Henderson, Nevada – June 5, 2015 – The National REO Brokers today announced:

The 2015 National REO Brokers Association (NRBA) Annual Education Conference, which was held recently in Broomfield, Colorado at the Omni Hotel & Resort, was a tremendous success, according to Michael Krein, Ph.D., longtime president of this elite group of real estate professionals.

“Despite the incredible degree of change and in some cases, turmoil, within the housing and mortgage servicing industries over the past many months, our annual conference once again attracted NRBA members from all parts of the country who were interested in hearing insights about our business from NRBA directors, veteran members of our organization, and experts from many areas of our industry who shed light on where we are today and where we are likely headed,” Krein said. “Many of our valued clients attended and participated, as well.”

The annual NRBA Education Conference has long been recognized by industry veterans as one of the very best annual conferences serving the mortgage default servicing industry. This is primarily because of the high quality of educational presentations, panels, and roundtables offered by the knowledgeable industry leaders from major companies who participate in them. Many comments from this year’s attendees highly praised the event.

“This was a great gathering of diverse speakers who are industry experts giving us knowledge not only about the market we are now experiencing, but the market they expect to be coming our way in the next wave of potential foreclosures,” said Yvonne Barmettler, of Realty Executives Fine Properties in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Gaining knowledge while at the event was, of course, a major highlight for attendees, but several NRBA Members also reported receiving new REO listing assignments directly from clients attending the conference.

With respect to the belief that another wave of foreclosures is expected in the future, Krein gave his insight to attendees.

“The mortgage industry and in particular the default/REO industry has always been cyclical — Typically inversely related to the general real estate market,” Krein said. “However it is always the overheating of the general real estate market that normally foreshadows a strong REO market. We have now had almost six straight years of rising real estate prices in many markets – which is probably the longest continual uptick in real estate prices in many decades.

“The exact beginning and end of each cycle is never a precise point as there is always an overlap during the transition. This is exactly the point we are in now.”

Krein also noted that it should not be said that history is necessarily repeating itself, as each cycle can truly be considered somewhat unique.

“This next REO cycle will be unique unto itself as this cycle will be heavily influenced by some of the leftover problem loans from the last downturn, as well as new defaults that will be created based on the types of loans, servicing, and changing ownership of today’s more recently originated mortgages,” Krein added.

Rochelle Jones, NRBA Texas Master Broker associated with Keller Williams Realty in Houston, also had praise for the conference.

“The NRBA Conference this year was in a league of its own,” said Jones. “The diversified clients and presenters armed the participants with an arsenal of new business opportunities that many were not aware of.

“From asset managers to representatives from hedge funds and capital markets, to life planning experts and more, our close interactions with these different pillars of business have never been so valuable.

According to Jones, this year’s NRBA conference was not just about staying in business and maintaining the status quo, it was about growing your business and being the leader in your market. In one word, she felt the conference was “Epic.”

Some of the topics covered at this year’s education conference included: The Return of Mortgage Insurance; Property Preservation and Field Services; The Changing Nature of REO Outsourcing; Digital Marketing Strategies; HELOC issues; Working With Institutional Investors, and many more.

Among the many speakers, panelists and presenters were: Scott Cohen, CEO of The Life Planning Companies; Milt Shaw, SVP of PEMCO, Ltd.; Kurt Armbrust, Assistant VP for MGIC; Jim Tighe, SVP of MI Operations and Loss Management for Radian Guaranty; Jeff Woehr, Recovery Director for United Guaranty; Bubba Mills, Co-Owner and Executive VP of Corcoran Consulting & Coaching; Chris McMahon, VP at REO Management Solutions; Brian Brockman, CEO of Domus Asset Management; Jim Steffen, President of Phoenix Asset Management, and Justin Barr, Managing Principal of Loan Workout Advisors, to name but a few.

The NRBA was founded in 1999 by professional real estate brokers who specialized in the listing, management, marketing and sales of bank-owned real estate properties. The organization has a proud history as the premiere Realtor-related organization serving the mortgage default servicing industry.

For additional Information:

National REO Brokers Association

CEO, Michael P. Krein, Ph.D.

702-480-1815 mkrein(at)nrba(dot)com

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Shark Tank-Esque Product Launchers CEO Named Top 40 Under 40

Haverstraw, NY (PRWEB) June 12, 2015

Linda Parry, CEO, Product Launchers, has been named one of Westchester County Business Council’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars. The 40 Under 40 program recognizes individuals in Westchester, NY who surpass expectations, raise the bar and set new standards for success. Hundreds of nominations were submitted, only the top 40 were chosen by the Council. Parry and other winners were honored during an award ceremony last night at 800 Westchester Avenue in Rye Brook, NY.

Linda Parry, 33, is founder and CEO of Product Launchers, a marketing, sales and distribution powerhouse. “We’re a young and fast-growing company that works tirelessly to generate results. It was an honor to achieve such a distinction.”

Product Launchers, a New York-based “Shark Tank alternative”, works with inventors and companies to bring emerging products to market via retail partnerships, trade shows, traditional and digital marketing, social media and public relations. In addition to generating sales, the company serves as a distributor by warehousing/fulfilling orders and leveraging their existing vendor accounts.

“We are inventors ourselves who have successfully orchestrated our own new product launches. We apply these proven practices to our clients’ inventions,” says Parry.

Product Launchers’ successes cover a wide gamut of product segments, from gourmet seafood pies and children’s step stools to women’s accessories and outdoor tossing games. The company has established relationships with Walmart, Bed Bath and Beyond, Toys ‘R Us, Whole Foods Market, Sears, Kmart, TJ Maxx, Home Depot, Tractor Supply Company and more.

Prior to Product Launchers, Parry was Senior Vice President of a global marketing firm. She possesses her Bachelor’s in Marketing/Management from Siena College, Master’s in Advertising from S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication and Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law.

For more information, please visit, email info(at)productlaunchers(dot)co or call 914-712-8824.

Advanta IRA Services Announces Event Hosted by Dennis Realty & Investment Corporation: Real Estate in a Self-Directed IRA

Tampa, Florida (PRWEB) June 09, 2015

A self-directed IRA gives individuals control over their own investment funds and decisions. These plans also allow owners to choose from a very large pool of alternative investments, such as real estate, to grow wealth for retirement.

Real estate is the most popular alternative investment held in self-directed plans. Advanta IRA Services is presenting this event on June 12, held in the offices of Dennis Realty & Investment Corporation in Lutz, Florida, to teach attendees how holding these assets in a self-directed IRA can build tax-deferred and tax-free income for retirement.

Acquiring real estate as an asset does not mean one has to pull funds from the retirement account to purchase a piece of investment property. Taking distributions before retirement age can cause unnecessary penalties and taxation. Instead, the investment is purchased using funds directly from the self-directed account and is, therefore, owned by that account. Property is titled in the name of the retirement plan. Additionally, any and all income or expenses flow directly into and out of the self-directed IRA.

Since retirement plans offer tax-free or tax-deferred income-building potential—the income derived from real estate in an IRA grows in that tax-sheltered plan. “Real estate investors who use self-directed IRAs to acquire assets avoid the tax implications incurred from personally purchasing or selling real estate and preserve more capital within the IRA to reinvest,” says Jack Callahan, managing partner of Advanta IRA Services in Florida and also of Advanta IRA Administration in Georgia.

Individuals interested in using self-directed retirement funds to invest in real estate are invited to attend. Spaces are limited for this popular event and participants must register in advance to receive a complimentary lunch.

Event: Lunch & Learn – Invest in Real Estate Using a Self-Directed

Date: June 12, 2015

Time: 12:00 pm-1:30 pm

Location: Dennis Realty & Investment Corporation, 1022 Land O’Lakes Blvd., Lutz, FL 33549

Cost: No charge. Lunch is provided.

Registration: Contact Larissa Greene before 5:00 p.m. (EST) on June 11 at lgreene(at)advantairagroup(dot)com or by phone at (800) 425-0653 ext. 1140.

About Advanta IRA

Advanta IRA Services, located in Largo, Florida, has been in operation for over ten years, providing administrative service to owners of self-directed IRAs across the nation. Advanta IRA Administration offers a second location in Georgia. Both offices are managed by Jack Callahan, J.D., CFP™. Advanta IRA offers classes, seminars and other educational tools designed to assist clients in managing self-directed IRAs by investing in real estate, notes, private placements and other non-traditional assets that have the potential to maximize IRA earnings on a tax-free or tax-deferred basis.

About Jack Callahan

Jack M. Callahan, J.D., CFP™, is the managing partner at Advanta IRA Services in Largo, FL and Advanta IRA Administration in Atlanta, GA. Jack established the corporate office, Advanta IRA Services, in 2003. Prior to that, Jack delivered specialized counsel to real estate investors, small business owners and real estate professionals on tax, legal and financial matters. As an industry expert, Jack is a frequent speaker on the topic of self-directed retirement plans and an accredited continuing education instructor for the Florida and Georgia Bar Associations, Florida and Georgia Real Estate Commissions, and The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He earned his bachelor of science degree in finance and multinational business from Florida State University and his law degree from the University of Florida College of Law.

HTCIA Announces Ready, Set, InfoSec With Conference Rates Set To Increase June 15th

Roseville, CA (PRWEB) June 05, 2015

The High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) announces a new and vigorous Information Security (InfoSec) training track for this years International Conference being held from August 30 through September 2, 2015, in Orlando, Florida at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel.

Peter Morin, HTCIA 1st Vice President and Conference Chair, explained: “Information Security is critical to firms that put forth a public presence especially via the World Wide Web. One need only look at the news on almost a daily basis to appreciate the need for education which is the primary goal of HTCIA and this conference. We will have classes such as ‘Attacking Encryption” and “SQLite is the Devil”, presented by AccessData, along with “Gain deeper insight for a stronger defense with unified malware analysis “ and “Strengthen existing security monitoring technologies with context rich threat intelligence” presented by Cisco. I encourage a visit to the website at to view the course offerings and to register before the next rate increase.”

For the first time ever, HTCIA will host a Golf Tournament that will benefit the Red Circle Foundation. This foundation is a rapid funding force that responds within hours to help military families of fallen and wounded U.S. Special Operations heroes who are in need, and provides scholarships for their children. Many charities that serve the Special Operations community can take weeks or months to deliver funds. This Foundation acts within minutes to provide immediate assistance to bridge the funding gap.

Morin added, “Helping the Red Circle Foundation is a natural fit for HTCIA, a group composed of Law Enforcement, Military, Academia and Private Industry. Many of our members are in the military or have previously served and we have a fair number of our members who provide training to various commands. HTCIA is honored to help this noble foundation.”

For more information on this event, contact info(at) For information concerning sponsorships or the expo contact Carol Hutchings at, (916) 408-1751.


HTCIA is a 501(c)3 non-profit professional organization founded over 29 years ago for the purpose of educating individuals involved with high technology investigations. HTCIA continues to solidify its position as the leader within law enforcement and the corporate world for the prevention, investigation, and prosecution of crimes involving advanced technologies.


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Micki Goodeill Named a Highlands Ranch Ambassador of the Month

Highlands Ranch, CO (PRWEB) May 31, 2015

Highlands Ranch is a better place because of Randy E. Johnson’s team. Micki Goodeill gives back to the community through her Chamber work, charitable events and her work with the local insurance agency, Randy E. Johnson Insurance Agency. A licensed team member and Randy E. Johnson Insurance Agency’s Marketing Representative, Micki was recently named Ambassador of the Month for Highlands Ranch Chamber of Commerce, a tribute for all that she does for the community.

Micki has a long history with State Farm, having worked with State Farm in Oregon for fourteen years, before moving to Colorado and joining Randy’s agency two years ago. “In my sixteen years I have developed many treasured friendships from policyholders and their families,” said Micki. “I not only enjoy my work, but I enjoy working in the community and with the Chamber. I love that I am able to connect with local businesses and support my local economic community.” In addition, Micki has been an integral part in Randy E. Johnson Insurance Agency participating in a variety of charity and community events over the years, including the Turkey Day 5K each year, the Trick or Treat Street event and the 4th of July parade in Highlands Ranch.

Randy E. Johnson Insurance Agency, Inc. – State Farm Insurance is Highlands Ranch first State Farm agency and has been serving the community for over twenty-eight years. The team has over ninety combined years of State Farm Insurance experience. A big contributor to those years of experience was Connie Hagerman. Connie retired in April with over twenty years of service with Randy’s agency.

“She was the backbone to service for our policyholders. We are sad to see Connie go, as she has been a staple here at the agency; however the agency is thrilled to announce an addition to our team, Mandy Willeford,” said Micki.

“It has been a pleasure to join Randy’s team. Sadly replacing a monarch of Randy’s Team, Connie, I can only hope to live up to the high quality of service that she offered her customers,” said Mandy. “I feel I have very big shoes to fill. With the help and support of the current team members, I am going to do my very best and I am looking forward to building long term relationships with Randy’s clients.”

About Randy E. Johnson Insurance Agency, Inc. – State Farm Insurance

State Farm is the number one auto and home insurer in the nation. The office is located at 8925 Ridgeline Blvd, Suite 101 in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. For more information, please call (303) 791-8883.

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