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Guillermo Novo, President and CEO of Versum Materials

Versum Materials, Inc. (NYSE: VSM), a leading materials supplier to the semiconductor industry, joins the growing coalition pledging to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. One of more than 400 CEOs that have come together for CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, Guillermo Novo is committing himself and Versum Materials to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

By signing on to this commitment, Versum Materials is pledging to take action to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected and where employees are encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion. The collective of signatories has already shared more than 400 best-known actions, exchanging tangible learning opportunities and creating collaborative conversations via the initiative’s unified hub, CEOAction.com.

“For Versum, diversity and inclusion are more than just words or doing the ‘right thing,’ it is a business necessity essential to our survival. We aspire to collaborate more confidently and build business relationships based on trust, respect, integrity and a deeper understanding of customers’ needs. Being a company that embodies diversity and inclusion will enable us to be more effective in achieving these goals and will enhance our financial and business results,” said Guillermo Novo, President and CEO of Versum Materials. “I am proud that Versum Materials is committing to cultivating a work environment where employees can openly address challenges, present opportunities, and share perspectives.”

Organizations joining the pledge are taking a step towards effecting positive change. A diverse and inclusive workforce facilitates community, but also drives innovation and creativity. A recent study found that 85 percent of those surveyed reported that diversity is a key component to fostering innovation.

CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion is cultivating a new type of ecosystem centered around collaboration and sharing. The actions, available via CEOAction.com, showcase real-life examples of the open and transparent conversations to cultivate more diverse and inclusive workplace environments. The addition of new signatories expands the impact of this work beyond the office to communities and industries.

Versum Materials is committed to increasing inclusion for all employees and making them feel supported in the workplace, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability status, veteran status, or any other aspect of diversity. The company is committed to ensuring that its business represents the diverse communities and customers it serves.

The CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion is led by a steering committee of CEOs and leaders from Accenture, BCG, Deloitte US, The Executive Leadership Council, EY, General Atlantic, KPMG, New York Life, Procter & Gamble, and PwC. The coalition represents 85 industries, all 50 US States, and millions of employees globally.

“We are so proud that we are continuing to build momentum and support for the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion across companies, industries, and regions. This collaboration expands our reach and brings in unique values, actions and perspectives to continue to raise the bar for the entire business community,” said Tim Ryan, U.S. Chairman and Senior Partner of PwC and chair of the steering committee for the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion. “The overwhelming support for the coalition has been amazing to see and with each and every new organization signing on, we have the opportunity to put our commitments into action by working together to improve diversity and inclusion in our workplaces and communities.”

To learn more about the pledge, visit CEOAction.com. The website serves as a hub for information sharing, idea generation, and program development. With almost 400 best-known actions shared, companies that are not currently implementing the elements of the pledge can use it as an opportunity to learn from others that are already doing so. Learning from, and sharing, actions help companies drive greater engagement within their own programs, as well as mentor others on their journey.

About CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion
CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace. Bringing together more than 400 CEOs of America’s leading organizations, the commitment outlines actions that participating companies pledge to take to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected, employees feel comfortable and encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion, and where best known—and unsuccessful—actions can be shared across organizations. Learn more at CEOAction.com and connect with us on Facebook: CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion and Twitter: @CEOAction.

About Versum Materials, Inc.
Versum Materials, Inc. (NYSE: VSM) is a leading electronic materials company providing high-purity chemicals and gases, delivery systems, services and materials expertise to meet the evolving needs of the global semiconductor, display and LED industries. Derived from the Latin word for “toward,” the name “Versum” communicates the company’s deep commitment to helping customers move toward the future by collaborating, innovating and creating cutting-edge solutions.

A global leader in technology, quality, safety and reliability, Versum Materials is one of the world’s leading suppliers of next generation CMP slurries, ultra-thin dielectric and metal film precursors, formulated cleans and etching products, and delivery equipment that has revolutionized the semiconductor industry. Versum Materials, which began “regular way” trading October 3, 2016 on the NYSE as an independent company, has annual sales of approximately $1.1 billion, 2.200 employees and 14 major facilities in Asia and North America. The company is headquartered in Tempe, Arizona. Prior to its separation on October 1, 2016, Versum Materials had operated for more than three decades as a division of Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE: APD). For additional information, please visit http://www.versummaterials.com.

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During a time of great attention being paid to executive leadership and strategy, the Financial Times has ranked the University of Arizona Eller Executive Education program, which is based out of the downtown Phoenix campus,  first among public universities and second overall in the Western United States, behind Stanford University.

Eller College also climbed 34 spots from its 2017 global ranking of number 68 to be ranked number 1 in Arizona and number 11 in the United States. The prestigious rankings are based principally on measures of participant and client satisfaction, as well as school reputation, growth in revenues, international reach and faculty diversity.

UA Eller College has been strategically investing in the growth and enhancement of the Eller Executive Education (EEE) program. With its main offices on Eller’s downtown Phoenix campus, EEE creates opportunities for business enhancement and leadership development in Arizona, the U.S. and abroad.

“These prestigious rankings are a testament to the quality of our curriculum, our faculty’s ability to engage an executive audience and our continued market growth,” says Eller Dean Paulo Goes. “With the Fourth Industrial Revolution upon us and other factors that contribute to volatility, leadership development programs are vital as new technologies change the way we work and live.”

EEE Assistant Dean Joe Carella says it’s important for businesses to do their due diligence before committing to a program.

“At Eller, we focus on preparing managers to tackle the challenges of doing business today while simultaneously creating exponential growth opportunities. Our faculty and coaches support executives long after they leave our classrooms,” he says.

Recent clients include Microsoft and DWP World. The EEE also conducts ongoing, free webinars that deliver insight in today’s volatile business environment. Businesses interested in the topics of Inside-the-Box Innovation, Diversity and Inclusion: Finding Power in Parity, and Five Traps for the Unwary Negotiator, can find free webinar recordings at https://executive.eller.arizona.edu/webinars/.

To learn more, visit https://executive.eller.arizona.edu.

About the Eller College of Management
Founded in 1933, the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona upholds the visionary belief that business education helps shape the world in new and unprecedented ways through pioneering and practical research, innovative coursework, data-driven decision-making and excellence in entrepreneurship and social responsibility. Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Eller College of Management is home to more than 7,000 undergraduate, graduate and PhD students and offers nine majors, six minors, six specialty master’s programs, four MBA programs and six doctoral programs. The college also houses several centers of excellence and research labs. The college is currently ranked 21st in the United States by U.S. News & World Report for undergraduate business programs (number 11 public). U.S. News also ranks our full-time MBA number 49, our evening MBA number 46, our online MBA number 33 and our online master’s in MIS number 8 in the country. In addition, our management information systems department ranks number four nationally and our McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship is ranked number 15 nationally (U.S. News). The Eller Executive Education program debuted at number 68 in the Financial Times Executive Education Program ranking (number 4 in the Western U.S.).

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ESI Ventures (ESI), a diversified commercial real estate investment firm that acquires, develops and executes value add and adaptive reuse projects, completes the renovation and refinance of Hotel Adeline in Scottsdale, Arizona, marking their first venture into the hospitality space. After concluding a $13 million renovation to the property, located at 5101 N Scottsdale Road, the firm successfully refinanced its development loan and transitioned to a bridge loan totaling $33,225,000.

“We are thrilled to debut Hotel Adeline as our first foray in the hospitality sector,” says Brandon Wolsic, Executive Vice President of ESI. “This refinance, funded by Värde Partners, replaced the expensive development debt with more favorable bridge debt and allows us to work towards stabilization.”

ESI Ventures reopened the doors of its boutique hotel in Old Town Scottsdale after a well-received and successful renovation featuring a sleek updated contemporary design with a bohemian twist. The 213-room hotel features new accents throughout including an eclectic mix of textures, comfortable furniture groupings of leather and wooden pieces atop geometric patterned rugs, sleek metallic fixtures and carefully curated Arizona influenced artwork. Additional details include modern wood furniture with a retro flair, built-in live edge work desks, walk-in rainfall showers, 50-inch LG Smart TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel. Additional improvements are scheduled for the near future, allowed for by the new bridge loan’s lowered interest rate.

The refinance of the 4.5-acre property was brokered by George Smith Partners, a real estate capital advisory group.

“We are honored to have been involved with this amazing hotel. The capital markets responded favorably due to Hotel Adeline’s downtown Scottsdale location, incredible offerings and the strength of the ESI sponsorship,” said Malcolm Davies, Principal/Managing Director of George Smith Partners.

The boutique hotel includes five 700-square-foot king suites, a full-service Mediterranean-American restaurant and lounge, a fast-casual breakfast and lunch café with a late-night grab-and-go bar, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a 3,000-square-foot zero edge pool with trendy pool bar, buzzing communal areas and 1,800 square feet of private event space. Located in Old Town Scottsdale, the property is managed by HRI Lodging, a subsidiary of HRI Properties, LLC.

ESI has an established track record within the multi-family and commercial space, both in Arizona and nationally.  It recently sold one of its multi-family properties, Madison Grove, in Phoenix for 4x its purchase price and has invested in a 290-acre mixed-use business park in Surprise, Arizona.  The firm leverages its in-house expertise and capital resources to acquire and reposition assets in core markets throughout the Western United States.

For more information on ESI Ventures, please visit ESIVentures.com.  To learn about accommodations or meeting/event spaces available at Hotel Adeline, visit HotelAdeline.com.

About ESI Ventures
ESI Ventures is a diversified commercial real estate investment firm that acquires, develops and leads the industry in value add and adaptive reuse projects.  The firm has built an impressive portfolio of lifestyle properties among a myriad of asset classes, with a strong focus on rehabilitating and reimagining existing structures into new spaces.  Since its founding in 1998, ESI has acquired, repositioned and developed assets valued in excess of $1 Billion.  ESI Ventures is headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA and is backed by its parent company E&S International Enterprises.  For more information, visit www.ESIVentures.com.

About Hotel Adeline
Hotel Adeline is a stylish new boutique hotel in Scottsdale, Ariz. Following a $13 million renovation, the contemporary urban retreat offers 213 guestrooms including five spacious 700-square-foot king suites, a full-service Mediterranean-American restaurant and lounge, a fast-casual breakfast and lunch café with a late-night grab-and-go bar, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a lively pool scene and pool bar, buzzing common areas and 1,800 square feet of private event space. For more information, visit www.hoteladeline.com.

About HRI Lodging
HRI Lodging, LLC, a subsidiary of HRI Properties, LLC, provides hotel management services for both HRIP owned and third-party owned properties. HRI Lodging is one of the 50 largest hotel management companies in the U.S. as ranked by Hotel Business. HRI Lodging operates 26 hotels and is an approved operator for premium branded and independent hotels. For more information, please visit our website at www.hrilodging.com.

About George Smith Partners
Celebrating 25 years in business, George Smith Partners is a leading national provider of capital market advisory services to the commercial real estate industry. The firm specializes in arranging financing for commercial and multifamily properties, including acquisition, construction, bridge and permanent loans, as well as mezzanine loans, highly leveraged participating loans and joint venture equity.  The company has arranged more than $44 billion in financing since its inception. Additional information about George Smith Partners is available at www.GSPartners.com.

About Värde Partners
Värde Partners is a $13 billion global alternative investment firm that employs a value-based approach to investing across a broad array of geographies, segments and asset types, including real estate, mortgages, corporate credit, specialty finance, real assets and infrastructure. The firm sponsors and manages a family of private investment funds with a global investor base that includes foundations and endowments, pension plans, insurance companies, other institutional investors and private clients. Founded in 1993, Värde employs nearly 300 people globally with regional headquarters in Minneapolis, London and Singapore.

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Diamond Ventures Inc., one of Arizona’s leading real estate development and venture capital companies, today announced that Robert Griffin has joined DVI Equity Partners, LLC, as a principal and the company’s new managing partner. DVI Equity Partners (DVI) is a new venture capital entity that Diamond Ventures and Griffin formed to increase their sourcing and analysis of investments in early stage, emerging technology companies.

Griffin’s history with Diamond Ventures began with his role as CEO of Knowledge Computing Corporation (a University of Arizona spin-out and early Diamond Ventures portfolio company), and the developer of COPLINK. In 2009 he successfully led a merger with UK-based i2, in partnership with Silver Lake Partners. In late 2011 as the CEO of i2, Griffin facilitated the sale of the company to IBM.

Under Griffin’s leadership, DVI will be actively seeking investment opportunities, with an emphasis on disruptive technology. DVI will also seek investment opportunities in companies founded and led by women and minorities. Griffin plans to evaluate emerging technology companies that create B2B value in national security, enterprise software, artificial intelligence, data analysis and other technologies.

“The formation of DVI Equity Partners and the addition of Bob Griffin to our management team underscore our desire to expand our venture capital investments and services to the Southwest region’s technology sector,” said Diamond Ventures President David Goldstein. “Through DVI and Bob’s leadership, we will have the ability to share our management expertise, resources and relationships to help entrepreneurs bring new technologies and data to transform the way we currently live and conduct business.”

“Diamond Ventures is a respected venture capital firm with a proven track record for developing strong partnerships and helping companies grow to the next level,” said Griffin. “I look forward to bringing their strengths beyond real estate development to disruptive and disintermediating technology companies serving commercial industries and governmental entities.”

Griffin’s team will include Nathan Levy, who runs the Diamond Ventures Denver office, and Ngoc Can, a Private Equity Analyst with Diamond Ventures.

ABOUT DIAMOND VENTURES INC.
Diamond Ventures was founded in 1988 with a singular vision of becoming one of the leading real estate development and investment companies in Arizona. Over the years, the company has achieved its vision by assembling a quality portfolio of real estate projects throughout Arizona. With offices in Tucson, Arizona, and Denver, Colorado, the company also invests in a variety of independent businesses and real estate projects across the Southwest.

Diamond Ventures and DVI Equity Partners share a mission to engage in high quality investments and business ventures that create value for their partners and customers, with careful consideration for the community, its residents and the environment. Visit http://www.dviequitypartners.com/ for additional information.

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‘Sadie’ – The Sunny Plumber’s Wheaten Terrier mascot, who must give her Wheaten Greeting approval on all applicants before they can be hired – has always had a warm spot in her heart for pet health and the safety of the elderly. And knowing what is in our desert’s hard water convinced The Sunny Plumber to make sure the nonprofit Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL) had the best water possible.

On Wednesday, crews from The Sunny Plumber donated and installed water systems at the Arizona Animal Welfare League’s Phoenix campus. The systems, donated by Van Marcke Trade Supply, were installed by crews from The Summer Plumber at no cost to the AAWL, one of Arizona’s largest pet shelters that rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes dogs, cats, puppies and kittens throughout the state.

At the AAWL, the systems will help run the facilities evaporative cooling systems more effectively and will increase the life-span of the coolers as well saving the AAWL over the long-term.

“These newly installed systems will keep our animals cool and comfortable through the Arizona summers while reducing the shelter’s energy costs,” said Judith Gardner, present and CEO of the AAWL. “We’re very grateful to The Sunny Plumber for this donation, which will save us money and improve our facility for years to come.”

The desert southwest has some the hardest water in the U.S. Since hard water contains high concentrations of magnesium and calcium, it’s important to know what kind of water health you have in your home or business to ensure the safety and health of your family and pets, said Gary Eisenhauer, general manager at The Sunny Plumber.

“As members of this community and water experts, the opportunity to educate residents on water quality is a huge priority for us,” Eisenhauer said. “When we come across a fantastic organization like the Arizona Animal Welfare League and we have the opportunity to help them with their water quality, we jump at the chance. We are proud to do this for the health of pets in our community and the incredible staff that makes the AAWL’s vision come to life.”

Expert technicians first visited the AAWL a few weeks ago to analyze the facility’s water quality and recommend what kind of systems might be a best fit. After that, The Sunny Plumber asked Van Marcke Trade Supply if they would be willing to donate the equipment. The total donation amounts to more than $17,500 with The Sunny Plumber offering free installation and maintenance of the AAWL’s system.

Adds Eisenhauer, “For now, the Arizona Animal Welfare League can be assured it has the best water quality possible. That is such a great feeling for our entire team.”

About The Arizona Animal Welfare League
The Arizona Animal Welfare League is the largest and oldest no-kill shelter in Arizona. Founded in 1971, AAWL rehomes and rehabilitates more than 4,000 rescue animals across the state that have been abandoned or surrendered. AAWL offers a variety of services in its low-cost clinic, including microchips and vaccinations. AAWL currently shelters 140 cats and 190 dogs. For more information visit aawl.org.

About The Sunny Plumber
The Sunny Plumber offers the highest quality plumbing services throughout the Southwest. All plumbers are experienced in solving a wide variety of plumbing problems including drain cleaning, leak detection, sewer line and garbage disposal repair. The company also sells, installs and services standard and tankless water heaters. All plumbers are background-checked, drug-tested, and receive continuous technical training to make them the best in the industry. Once again, readers of Arizona Foothills Magazine’s “Best of Our Valley 2018” named The Sunny Plumber the “Best Plumbing Company” in the Arizona.

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The Phoenix Suns and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) announce the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) as the winner of the Get Fit and Fearless Like the Suns contest. SARRC’s employees will receive a full-day wellness clinic led by the Phoenix Suns’ trainers on the main court at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The Get Fit and Fearless Like the Suns wellness clinic is designed to provide tips and best practices for improving health, wellness, and productivity. In addition, the Suns training staff will guide SARRC employees through the same stretches and drills that Suns players use before a game as they are cheered on by The Gorilla and Suns Dancers. Employees will also gear up for the day in the Suns’ locker room with their own personalized lockers and Suns athletic shirts and bags.

“We are thrilled to be the winners of the Get Fit and Fearless Like the Suns challenge,” said Yvonne Cass, HR Generalist of SARRC. “We’ve worked really hard to implement a new, dynamic wellness campaign, and our staff has welcomed the program with enthusiasm and an openness to learning healthier ways of living.”

Nearly 100 businesses submitted entries showcasing what they do to encourage health and wellness at work. SARRC’s entry stood out with a range of programs to engage their employees in healthy activities, including hydration challenges, healthy cooking classes, wellness seminars, biometric screenings, flu shot clinics, and free chair massages.

“We’re excited to partner with the Suns for the second year. It’s an immersive experience that recognizes employers for their role in keeping employees healthy,” said Mike Tilton, vice president of sales at BCBSAZ. “This program highlights our commitment to the health and wellness of our employer groups, members, and the community.”

For more information on BCBSAZ’s support of the Get Fit and Fearless Like the Suns wellness clinic, visit nba.com/suns/Fearless or azblue.com.

About Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) is committed to helping Arizonans get healthier faster and stay healthier longer. With a focus on connecting people with the care they need, BCBSAZ offers health insurance and related services to nearly 1.5 million customers. BCBSAZ, a not-for-profit company, is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. The company employs nearly 1,500 people in its Phoenix, Chandler, Flagstaff, and Tucson offices. Through advanced clinical programs and community outreach, BCBSAZ is moving health forward. To learn more, visit azblue.com.

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The 2018 state legislative session that adjourned on May 4 was productive for Arizona’s commercial real estate industry as BOMA Greater Phoenix had a 5-0 record on bills on which it took a position.

The biggest joint victory for BOMA was a grand compromise on GPLET reform. A unanimous deal was struck between developers, cities, and tax watchdogs on the long-term retention of the 8-year property tax abatement and narrowing the application in the future to a capped land mass contained in a Central Business District (CBD) within a city.

HB2126 passed almost unanimously and was signed into law by Gov. Doug Ducey on April 17.

“BOMA provided lead testimony when this bill was heard in committee and participated in stakeholder negotiations led by Representative Vince Leach of Oro Valley throughout the fall and winter,” said Tim Lawless, Executive Director of BOMA Greater Phoenix. “The Arizona Multihousing Association, a key coalition partner with us, also played an instrumental role in advancing the compromise by proposing land mass percentage boundaries for a CBD rather than dwelling on subjective ‘slum’ and ‘blight’ definitions in the eyes of the beholder.”

Lawless said another victory for BOMA was on the education front with the passage of SB1390 which extended the soon expiring .6 percent state sales tax rate for K-12 education (originally Prop 301 passed in 2000) in order to get more resources of every dollar expended into the classroom. That bill was signed into law on March 26.

“BOMA/CREED were the only two commercial real estate groups to register in favor of the legislation,” Lawless said. “The fact that BOMA played a constructive role in getting more state resources into K-12 gives our industry credibility to be at the negotiation table as calls to raise taxes next year will only get louder and we need this seat to protect our industry and keep our economy growing.”

The third major victory for BOMA was support for reform of the property tax appeals system which now prohibits a tax court from making a ruling where the property tax assessment for a home or business can exceed what the county assessor was originally seeking. HB2385 was signed into law with an emergency clause on March 23.

BOMA also had a major victory by amending the archaic prime contracting law for MRRA especially as it relates to the tax treatment of alterations and improvements. SB1409 was originally written to exclusively benefit the cities and general/subcontractors at the expense of commercial real estate owners as it would have raised taxes on owners $50 million per year.

“AMA and BOMA fought this tax increase windfall and we struck a fairer compromise where the changes in TPT tax law will either be revenue neutral or a slight tax cut for owners,” Lawless said. “At the same time, it provides clarity and more simple compliance on alterations/improvements for general and subcontractors.”

This bill was passed the last night of session by wide margins and awaits the governor’s signature.

BOMA also shared a victory with the AMA on the last night of session by successfully opposing a major tax break proposed for selected elderly home owners who would have their property tax rates slashed in half (10 percent assessment ratio reduced to 5 percent) at the expense of businesses who would bear the cost shift implications.

“Not only was this potentially a violation of the state constitution’s ‘uniformity clause’ of taxation, it would have established a poor precedent,” Lawless said.

The bill, SB1268, died with 11 votes in favor and 45 opposed and is now a good litmus test for future tax shift bills.

“Property tax shifts are a major impediment to solving the main economic development challenge facing Arizona in growing high wage jobs,” Lawless said. “The primary coalition of BOMA/CREED/AMA/ATRA along with the Arizona Chamber, NAIOP and Valley Partnership on selected issues was a very effective team in looking out for the bottom line this past legislative session and should continue next session as well.”

About BOMA
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a federation of 93 BOMA U.S. associations, BOMA Canada and its 11 regional associations and 13 BOMA international affiliates. Founded in 1907, BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types including nearly 10 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 3.7 million jobs and contributes $205 billion to the U.S. GDP. Its mission is to advance the interests of the entire commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information. BOMA Greater Phoenix has been federated with BOMA International since 1940. Find BOMA International online at www.boma.org.

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Redirect Health, a company that uses healthcare strategy to create competitive recruiting advantages for small business, has won ‘Gold’ in the Small Employer Group category at the World Health Care Congress’ Health Value Awards on April 29 in Washington D.C.

The Health Value Awards are sponsored by the World Health Care Congress, the Health Rosetta Institute, and the Validation Institute. This year, more than 350 health care organizations and employers were nominated in 13 categories.

Additionally, co-founder and Chairman of the Board Dr. David Berg was a finalist for the category of Outstanding Benefits Professional 2017.

“When I created Redirect Health, I was looking to upset the healthcare industry and make it easier for small businesses and in turn consumers to afford healthcare,” said  Dr. Berg. “To be named a finalist and share my story has been a true honor and I appreciate the opportunity the World Health Care Congress gave me.”

The overall goal of the awards is aimed at showcasing firms and providers who disrupt and save healthcare costs for businesses and individuals. The primary parameters? Health costs cut by 20 percent in one year, and 40 percent by year five.

Health Value Awards judges included Humana’s Director of Integrated Wellness Pamela Stanford, health management expert Fred Goldstein, and health care economics speaker Tom Emerick.

Held every year in Washington D.C., the World Health Care Congress offers more than 1,500 attendees industry-specific content in a multi-track format designed to deliver practical takeaways to improve business and inform strategy as well as 350 speakers and a multitude of workshop events.

About Redirect Health
Redirect Health is a national leader in healthcare delivery, building solutions that are easy and affordable for businesses and individuals. Through simplifying the healthcare system and creating cost-efficient care, Redirect Health has grown exponentially, offering services in all 50 states. For more information about Redirect Health, please visit www.redirecthealth.com.

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V Digital Services has been named one of the nation’s fastest growing companies by the American Business Awards. The “Bronze Stevie Award” from the ABA is one of several honors received by VDS in the past year reflecting its rapid ascension in the digital advertising industry.

More than 3,700 nominations from companies of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted for consideration in the American Business Awards this year. All organizations operating in the U.S. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.

Nicknamed the “Stevies” for the Greek word meaning “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City on Monday, June 11.

V Digital Services was honored in the category for the fastest growing companies with up to 100 employees.

“We’re delighted to get this national recognition for our employees at V Digital Services,” said Scott Tobias, chief executive officer of VDS parent company Voice Media Group. “This is another testament to their hard work and dedication to our customers, and they deserve to enjoy this. Our commitment to customer service and our customers’ success and growth continues to drive us. I am very proud of our team.”

In 2017, VDS posted 40 percent year-over-year revenue growth and was named to Entrepreneur magazine’s list of the 360 best privately owned businesses in the U.S. That honor came just days after VDS was named the 2017 Company of the Year in the Business Intelligence Group’s “BIG Awards for Business” contest and three months after VDS made Inc. magazine’s 2017 list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S.

V Digital Services employs a team of more than 90 analysts and account managers who specialize in helping small and large businesses achieve success in the digital space through expertise in organic SEO, paid media, social media management, web development and both programmatic and pay-per- click advertising.

The company is a subsidiary of Voice Media Group, which owns and operates five renowned alternative weekly newspapers and websites, including Denver Westword and Miami New Times. VDS, a Premier Google Partner, combines the reach of those publication properties with cutting-edge digital strategies for customers.

High-performing individuals interested in pursuing a career with VDS should visit the company’s careers page at https://www.vdigitalservices.com/work-with- us/.

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ClicData, a cloud-based business intelligence platform provider, has partnered with FTI Consulting, Inc., an independent global business advisory firm, to further support and develop Analytics@Work, FTI Consulting’s proprietary analytics solution.

Analytics@Work offers tools to assist hospitals and healthcare systems in measuring their performance improvement initiatives through a secure web-based platform. FTI Consulting and ClicData will collaborate to provide solutions to existing and new client engagements, including:

  • Perioperative Analytics, an interactive solution that is populated with case volume data from clients’ core systems to help optimize perioperative performance and enhance profitability. The Perioperative Analytics solution provides visibility into data, and augments it with scorecards, dashboards and performance reporting.
  • Labor Analytics, an interactive tool that provides clients the ability to model, measure and manage their organizations’ labor and productivity performance. Using the Labor Analytics tool, sustainable labor cost improvements can be achieved through continual performance monitoring, using proven metrics and tools, and customizing for departments’ unique operating parameters and goals.
  • Provider Analytics, an interactive, cloud-based solution that offers the ability to analyze, measure and manage physician productivity, patient access and enterprise financial performance. Provider Analytics is populated with monthly general ledger, payroll, and selected practice management and ambulatory scheduling data from an organization’s core systems.

“FTI Consulting’s knowledge and experience within the U.S. healthcare market allows both companies to deliver tremendous value with an unparalleled solution. ClicData will add industry-leading business intelligence and flexible data analytics to FTI Consulting’s expertise,” said Telmo Silva, Chief Executive Officer of ClicData.

Chris George, a Senior Managing Director in the Health Solutions Practice at FTI Consulting, also mentioned, “Partnering with ClicData provides a unified and robust technology infrastructure for our existing Analytics@Work tools, and the ability to further develop and integrate new solutions that help clients manage their performance improvement initiatives. Our combined experience and insights will enable us to provide clients with a more holistic offering to address their needs.”

About ClicData
ClicData is a multinational business intelligence company headquartered in Lille, France, with offices in United States and Canada and distribution partners in Latin America, Asia and Australia. ClicData is the world’s first fully cloud-based Business Intelligence and data visualization platform. With over five years of data analytics software research and development in the pharmaceutical industry, ClicData has become the most complete, full stack Business Intelligence platform of choice. For more information, visit www.clicdata.com and connect with us on Twitter (@clicdata).

About FTI Consulting
FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations manage change, mitigate risk and resolve disputes: financial, legal, operational, political & regulatory, reputational and transactional. With more than 4,600 employees located in 28 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges and make the most of opportunities. The Company generated $1.81 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2017. For more information, visit www.fticonsulting.com and connect with us on Twitter (@FTIConsulting)Facebook and LinkedIn.

The post FTI Consulting Partners with ClicData to Support Analytics@Work appeared first on Greater Phoenix In Business Magazine.

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