McKinsey Consultant Turned Into Cyber Security Keynote Speaker Training Top UK CEOs on Cybersecurity

Edgar Perez, author of The Speed Traders and Knightmare on Wall Street, partnering with Terrapinn Training in 3-Day Masterclass Cybersecurity to bring key insights for CEOs and board members on cyber security.

London, UK -- Mr. Edgar Perez, author of The Speed Traders and Knightmare on Wall Street, is addressing senior executives from the United Kingdom and Europe at 3-Day Masterclass Cybersecurity organized by Terrapinn Training. Perez is a well-known international futurist and keynote speaker who currently offers Cybersecurity Due Diligence and Awareness Training services for Fortune 500 firms and private equity groups.

As information technology becomes ever more complex and Internet usage increasingly widespread, cybersecurity is becoming an increasingly important and business-critical field. Unfortunately, most organizations are not prepared to handle cybersecurity threats. In fact, 66% of IT and security professionals say that their firms are unprepared to recover from a cyberattack. A key example of this unpreparedness is the fact that many of the companies impacted by the recent WannaCry attack didn't install critical updates into their Windows infrastructure that had been released by Microsoft back in March.

Perez's workshops bring CEOs, board members and top executives up to speed on the most recent and battle-tested approaches to protect their companies' valuable information and intellectual property from prying eyes of hackers and competitors, and leverage their cyber success in both cultivating stronger relationships with current and new clients and safeguarding the interests of all stakeholders, partners and employees.

Perez, author of Knightmare on Wall Street and The Speed Traders, is a recognized futurist, keynote speaker and director of programs targeted at board members, chief executive officers and senior executives looking for new ways to gain and maintain a competitive business advantage.

"The team that Edgar has assembled is top-notch. There are no words to express our satisfaction with your high-quality delivery." Member of the Board of Directors
"After working with a number of vendors, we found your team to be in a qualitatively different level. By that I speak to your deep expertise and exemplary professionalism." Divisional Chief Information Officer
"Thanks for the great work training our employees. You really made a difference!" Global Chief Information Security Officer
"The program provides a comprehensive approach for any organization to lead in cybersecurity readiness." IT Security Coordinator

The Importance of the Cybersecurity Framework for Directors and CEOs
An email embedded with malware. Security systems hacked by thieves. Credit card numbers stolen from store purchases. There's certainly no shortage of examples when it comes to data security breaches and the havoc they wreak on business. No wonder then that nearly a third of CEOs in KPMG's latest global survey identified cyber security as the issue having the biggest impact on their companies today. Every organization should apply a Cybersecurity Framework for analyzing cyber security, and ideally it should be integrated into an organization's existing enterprise risk framework. The key is making it part of the mainstream of risk management within an organization. The most innovative companies today have recognized that cyber security is a customer experience and revenue opportunity, not just a risk that needs to be managed. Mr. Perez will explain why this must done across the entire organization and why the CEO and Board of Directors have the most important role to play.

Finance in the New Global Economy
Until quite recently, globalization was seen as a one-way street. Multinationals, which led the charge four decades or so ago into growing global markets, were its ambassadors, and American and European workers, whose wages and upward mobility were flattened, were feeling left out. The core idea was that globalization, technological innovation and unfettered free trade would erase historical and geographic boundaries, making the world ever more economically interconnected and alike. Developed economies would come under more and more competitive pressure from eager upstart nations. Now we are entering a new age of volatility. Financiers will become less important, manufacturers more so. Blue collar jobs will go high tech. Robots will replace Chinese workers. Mr. Perez will discuss why finance stands now in front of its biggest transformation triggered not by any of the financial conglomerates that dominate the world today but by obscure startups that could be working already in garages in Silicon Valley, Shanghai, Kiev or Delhi.

The Biggest Risks for Financial Markets
Constant regulatory changes and technological evolution have transformed the financial landscape so profoundly since the advent of the first electronic networks in the early 1970s. Regulators around the world are now in a race to respond to the evolution of technology in financial markets and prevent its operational challenges from becoming the biggest risk for financial markets. However, when considering technology and the cyber landscape, errors are bound to happen. Financial services firms are expected to have deployed the most sophisticated defense systems against cyberattacks. Trading firms are expected to have controls in place and invest in the technology to keep up to date. Most companies would realize the need of these investments and honestly attempt to implement them, but their IT departments would soon hit a wall, because of direct involvement from senior management and boards of directors. Compliance actions against those who missed their importance will go a long way toward restoring investor confidence and limiting the impact of the biggest risk for financial markets.

Social Engineering: The "Weakest Human Link" in Cybersecurity
Social engineering involves tricking your employees into breaching security protocols or giving away information, most often over the telephone or via email. Social engineering exploits human weaknesses rather than technology, preying upon people's propensity towards trust in particular. Often, these exploits are used to gather information to support a more targeted cyberattack, with the initial forays based on the premise of 'little and often' so as not to cause concern. Employees at all levels, including senior executives, are vulnerable. Mr. Perez will explain why by improving employee awareness and introducing simple technical measures, organizations can protect themselves against social engineering techniques and the risk of a cyberattack and its potential impact on business, customers and data.

Establishing or Improving a Cybersecurity Program
The NIST Cybersecurity Framework, which was drafted by the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), comprises leading practices from various standards bodies that have proved to be successful when implemented, and it also may deliver regulatory and legal advantages that extend well beyond improved cybersecurity for organizations that adopt it early. Its adoption may prove advantageous for businesses across virtually all industries. Mr. Perez will explain why a proper Cybersecurity Program will build on the analysis of the possible areas of concern, an understanding of the company's most critical assets, and a thorough review of Information Technology's policies and procedures when faced with cybercrime.

Mr. Edgar Perez is a published author, business consultant for billion-dollar private equity and hedge funds and Council Member at the Gerson Lehrman Group, Guidepoint Global Advisors and Research International, with subject matter expertise in cyber security, investing, trading, financial regulation (Dodd-Frank Act) and market structure.

He is author of Knightmare on Wall Street, The Rise and Fall of Knight Capital and the Biggest Risk for Financial Markets (2013), and The Speed Traders, An Insider's Look at the New High-Frequency Trading Phenomenon That is Transforming the Investing World, published in English by McGraw-Hill Inc. (2011), Published in Mandarin by China Financial Publishing House (2012), and Investasi Super Kilat, published in Bahasa Indonesia by Kompas Gramedia (2012).

Mr. Perez is course director of 3-Day Masterclass Cybersecurity, Longest Running Cyber Security Business Workshop and 3-Day Masterclass Quantitative Finance, The World of Quant Finance. He has presented his workshops in Singapore, Hong Kong, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Warsaw, Kiev, New York, Singapore, Beijing and Shanghai. He contributes to The New York Times and China's International Finance News and Sina Finance.

Mr. Perez has been interviewed on CNN's Quest Means Business, CNBC's Squawk on the Street, Worldwide Exchange, Cash Flow and Squawk Box, FOX BUSINESS's Countdown to the Closing Bell and After the Bell, Bloomberg TV's Market Makers, CNN en Español's Dinero, Petersburg - Channel 5, Sina Finance, BNN's Business Day, CCTV China,,, Leaderonomics, GPW Media, Channel NewsAsia's Business Tonight and Cents & Sensibilities. In addition, Mr. Perez has been featured on Sohu,, Yicai, eastmoney, Caijing,, 360doc, AH Radio,, CITICS Futures, Tongxin Securities,,, Caixin, Futures Daily, Xinhua, CBN Newswire, Chinese Financial News,, International Finance News,,,, The Korea Times, The Korea Herald, The Star, The Malaysian Insider, BMF 89.9, iMoney Hong Kong, CNBC, Bloomberg Hedge Fund Brief, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Dallas Morning News, Valor Econômico, FIXGlobal Trading, TODAY Online, Oriental Daily News and Business Times.

Mr. Perez has presented to the Council on Foreign Relations, Vadym Hetman Kyiv National Economic University (Kiev), Quant Investment & HFT Summit APAC (Shanghai), U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (Washington DC), CFA Singapore, Hong Kong Securities Institute, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University, University of International Business and Economics (Beijing), Hult International Business School (Shanghai) and Pace University (New York), among other public and private institutions. In addition, Mr. Perez has spoken at a number of global conferences, including Cyber Security World Conference (New York), Inside Market Data (Chicago), Emerging Markets Investments Summit (Warsaw), CME Group's Global Financial Leadership Conference (Naples Beach, FL), Harvard Business School's Venture Capital & Private Equity Conference (Boston), High-Frequency Trading Leaders Forum (New York, Chicago), MIT Sloan Investment Management Conference (Cambridge), Institutional Investor's Global Growth Markets Forum (London), Technical Analysis Society (Singapore), TradeTech Asia (Singapore), FIXGlobal Face2Face (Seoul) and Private Equity Convention Russia, CIS & Eurasia (London).

Mr. Perez was a vice president at Citigroup, a senior consultant at IBM, and a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co. in New York City. Previously, he managed Operations and Technology for Peruval Finance. Mr. Perez has an undergraduate degree in Systems Engineering from Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería, Lima, Peru (1994), a Master of Administration from Universidad ESAN, Lima, Peru (1997) and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School, New York, with a dual major in Finance and Management (2002). He belongs to the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society. Mr. Perez is an accomplished salsa and hustle dancer and resides in the New York City area.

Media Contact:
Julia Petrova
Media Relations Coordinator
The Speed Traders

FED Publishing Releases New Book, "Rumbles from the Ocean: It's Time to Wake Up" by Ben Korgen

Rumbles from the Ocean: It's Time to Wake Up, by Ben Korgen, enlightens and teaches about a complex subject and deals with the "what should we do?" problem concerning our world's oceans in today's changing climate.

Providence, RI, USA -- Ben Korgen's Rumbles from the Ocean: It's Time to Wake Up is an introduction to the world ocean for those with their hearts in the humanities, curiosity in science and concerns about the environment.

This warm-hearted introduction to the world ocean and its solvable problems is accessible for readers without specialized backgrounds in science, mathematics or statistics. The author focuses on how the world ocean functions normally, what has happened to it in recent years and what humans can do to help the oceans recover from its wounds and prosper far into the future.

He writes in ways that cause readers to feel he is talking directly to each of them one-on-one. Although the book's believability is based on scientific research, it has a palpable flavor of the humanities. To enrich the book's explanations, the usual two-dimension illustrations found in other non-fiction books are replaced by browser addresses that jump readers directly into the rich collection of internet still images, animations, demonstrations and at sea videos.

Author Ben Korgen has had a highly varied career. He served in the US Navy, earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Minnesota Duluth, earned a master's degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, then coached high school football, earned a PhD in Oceanography at Oregon State University and had a long and rewarding career in Oceanography at the US Naval Oceanographic Office, the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and Tulane University in New Orleans.

Genre - earthquakes, tsunamis, gyres, upwelling, biomass, dolphins, waves, currents, interactions, tectonics

The ebook version of Rumbles from the Ocean: It's Time to Wake Up ISBN 9781506903538, published by First Edition Design Publishing (, is available on-line wherever ebooks are sold.

Media Contact:
Ben Korgen

FED Publishing Releases New Book, "Love's Lone Ranger" by Ben Korgen

Love's Lone Ranger, by Ben Korgen, weaves a crazy, zany tale of love, lust and Umptiscratch University football.

Hope Valley, RI, USA -- Ben Korgen's Love's Lone Ranger sets as its undersized hero one Rudy Tripp. At age eleven, Rudy Tripp decides to become the greatest football coach ever. After a miraculous turn of events young Rudy becomes the successful interim coach of his football team and is offered a full coaching scholarship by the Athletic Director at Umptiscratch University (UU).

When Rudy arrives at school early to find housing he meets his gloriously beautiful landlady Clara, a six foot two inch recent graduate of Umptiscratch. She lives with her equally beautiful five foot six inch widowed mother Claudia, a wealthy former circus acrobat, Umptiscratch U. cheerleader and soon to be obvious reason behind the "room for one male student only".

When things start to heat up Rudy finds himself in a difficult and painful situation. To extricate himself Rudy begins down an adventurous path which finds him unexpectedly a matchmaker for the attractive widow or as the Umptiscratch librarian calls him "Love's Lone Ranger." The stumbling and ludicrous effort to help find and then help choose between the widow's prospective mates will leave you in stitches.

Author Ben Korgen has had a highly varied career. He served in the US Navy, earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Minnesota Duluth, earned a master's degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, then coached high school football, earned a PhD in Oceanography at Oregon State University and had a long and rewarding career in Oceanography at the US Naval Oceanographic Office, the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and Tulane University in New Orleans.

Keywords - Athletics, Football, Love, Matchmaker, Short Guys, Big Girls, Idea Person, Movie Star

The ebook version of Love's Lone Ranger ISBN 9781622877935, published by First Edition Design Publishing (, is available on-line wherever ebooks are sold.

Media Contact:
Ben Korgen

Volunteer Firefighter Alliance Reaches GuideStar Platinum

Allows Donors to Focus on Progress and Results.

Knoxville, TN, USA -- Volunteer Firefighter Alliance today earned the Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the world's largest source of nonprofit information. By sharing metrics that highlight changes Volunteer Firefighter Alliance is making toward its mission, the organization is helping donors move beyond simplistic ways of nonprofit evaluation like overhead ratios.

"In accordance with our long-held belief in being transparent about our work," said Alan Bohms, Executive Director, "we are excited to convey our organization's results in a user-friendly and highly visual manner. By updating our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile to the Platinum level, we can now easily share a wealth of up-to-date organizational metrics with our supporters as well as GuideStar's immense online audience, which includes donors, grantmakers, our peers, and the media."

To reach the Platinum level, Volunteer Firefighter Alliance ( added extensive information to its Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar: basic contact and organizational information; in-depth financial information; qualitative information about goals, strategies, and capabilities; and quantitative information about results and progress toward its mission. By taking the time to provide this information, Volunteer Firefighter Alliance has demonstrated its commitment to transparency and to giving donors and funders meaningful data to evaluate Volunteer Firefighter Alliance.

"I encourage you to visit our profile on GuideStar to see what we're all about," added Bohms. "We're thrilled that our GuideStar Platinum Nonprofit Profile and its associated benefits help us better communicate our organization's exciting initiatives at a global scale."

Media Contact:
Alan Bohms
Volunteer Firefighter Alliance

First Edition Design Publishing Releases New Book, "Love in the Crisis Mode" by Ben Korgen

Love in the Crisis Mode, by Ben Korgen, is the fourth book in the five-part Sorghum series of quirky hero, Rudy Tripp.

Providence, RI, USA -- Ben Korgen's Love in the Crisis Mode is inspired by the people and events at University of Minnesota - Duluth where Korgen played college football. Korgen takes from school football the myths and foibles, facts and fictions, to weave a quirky tale of romance around his unlikely hero - Rudy.

"Great book I highly recommend you read this I thoroughly enjoyed it"

As seniors, Kara and Connie were excellent students who applied for admission to three prestigious universities and were rejected by all three. Their attempts to apply for late admission failed because acceptance depended on spring semester grades that fell badly because of Rudy's discussion club expansion demands. As the finesse-loving Sorghum High head football coach, Rudy resigned in mid-season and was replaced by a "guts football" head coach using methods that made Don play like a robot, killing talent scout interest in offering him the scholarship he needed to go to college. Sorghum High Principal Horace Dowd, Kara's very large and influential father, was convinced Rudy prevented his son-in-law from getting a scholarship by resigning in mid-season and venting his wrath in an incredibly violent act.

Ben Korgen has had a highly varied career. He served in the US Navy, earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Minnesota Duluth, earned a master's degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, then coached high school football, earned a PhD in Oceanography at Oregon State University and had a long and rewarding career in Oceanography at the US Naval Oceanographic Office, the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and Tulane University in New Orleans.

Keywords - discussion, clubs, rejection, blame, talent, charge, disfigures, police, cell, blood

The ebook version of Love in the Crisis Mode ISBN 9781506904023, published by First Edition Design Publishing (, is available on-line wherever ebooks are sold.

Media Contact:
Ben Korgen

Royal Griffin Publishing Releases New Book Titled, "Better to Best: Novel Ideas to Improve Government, Economies, and Societies"

Authors Duke Johnson and Ting Tsu Yu offer readers original concepts with transformative potential to improve modern culture, including: Creator Currency Octaves, Compassionate Meritocracy, and xCents.

New York, NY, USA -- This collection of articles is intended to plant seeds of creativity that spark consideration, discussion, action, and support.

Available in Amazon's eBooks Marketplace and Kindle Unlimited; the stand alone articles and more can be found at Royal Griffin Publishing's profile page on

The financial knowledge contained within the article CurrentSea X-Change by Ting Tsu Yu is simply priceless, these precious pearls of wisdom should be revered and shared for generations.” -Duke Johnson

Negating all arguments against Universal Basic Income, Creative Currency Octaves offers money users a fresh and fair capital market with an apparatus to balance monetary supply and demand that can't be claimed as unfair.” -Ting Tsu Yu

Be inspired with witty commentary, creative liberty, and eyebrow-raising quotations that keep the material light, memorable, and fast paced.

This short read will keep people engaged in meaningful discussion on how to upgrade the system until Better becomes Best.

Author's Twitter page:

Media Contact:
Duke Johnson

Variations on the Same Subjects: People, Nature and Geometry Curated by Mariavelia Savino

Contemporary Art Projects USA/Gallery presents "Variations on the same Subjects: People, Nature and Geometry" hosted by ArtsPark @Young Circle Gallery curated by Mariavelia Savino.

Miami, FL, USA -- Contemporary Art Projects USA/Gallery presents "Variations on the same Subjects: People, Nature and Geometry" hosted by ArtsPark @Young Circle Gallery curated by Mariavelia Savino. The show includes twenty-one contemporary emerging and career artists, widely exhibited in the US and abroad, unique and excellent in technique and artistic proposal. Each artist will display one or more artworks according to size, subject and suitability for the concept of the show. The curatorial goal focus in uniqueness and quality, in order that each artist should present his/her point of view in subjects like nature, human beings, abstract and/or geometric art.

We are honored to present the extraordinary art by Adriana Dorta, Alicia H. Torres, Amalia Brujis, Anica Shpilberg, Anrika Rupp, Artiom Grishaev, Brian Blount, Chris Delias, Gloria Cohen, Henrik Welle, Hugo Diaz, Juan Luis Perez, Kelly Fischer, Lolo Loren, Luz Maria Charlita, Michele A. Utley-Voigt, Nataly Schloser, Richard Conti, Rozsa Perez, Romel Orta, Terry Arroyo Mulrooney.

The exhibition will take place from August 19 - September 13, 2017.
Monday thru Thursday 11:00a.m. to 8:00p.m.
Closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Free Admission

Opening Reception | August 19 | during Downtown Hollywood ArtWalk
6:00p.m. to 10:00p.m.

ArtsPark @Young Circle Gallery
One Young Circle, Hollywood, Florida 33020.

About Contemporary Art Projects USA (
Headquartered in Miami, Contemporary Art Projects USA is dedicated to nurturing new contemporary art by providing exhibition opportunities and resources for emerging artists and curators. Their mission is focused on promoting art appreciation within the international community, to inspire and assist with the process of the art collection, and to generate resources that support artists' creative endeavors through art awareness, artist promotion and art procurement.

They work with the best minds in the industry and share their experience and passion for marketing the arts, culture, and entertainment. From Biennials and gala auctions to exhibitions and major international art fairs. Contemporary Art Projects USA has the experience, innovation, and creativity to engage audiences through inspired campaigns.

For more information, contact:
Tata Fernandez, Director
Mariavelia Savino, Curator
Contemporary Art Projects USA
13899 Biscayne Blvd. Suite #302
North Miami Beach, FL 33181

Call for Art - 7th Annual "Open" (No Theme) Online Art Competition

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces a call for art for the gallery's 7th Annual "Open" (No Theme) Online Juried Art Competition for the month of August 2017.

Jupiter, FL, USA -- Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces a call for art for the gallery's 7th Annual "Open" (No Theme) Online Juried Art Competition for the month of August 2017. The gallery invites all 2D and 3D artists (including photographers) from around the world to make online submissions for possible inclusion in the Gallery's September 2017 online group art exhibition.

Light Space & Time encourages entries from artists regardless of where they reside and regardless of their experience or education in the art field. We suggest they submit their best representational or abstract art on whatever subject matter that they wish. The deadline to apply to this art competition is August 27, 2017.

Overall Category winning artists of the "Open" Art Exhibition will receive extensive worldwide publicity by having their winning art presented on The LST page will feature the artist's art, an excerpt of their artists statement and their website URL's as part of the gallery's overall prize package.

In addition, the winning artists will receive extensive worldwide publicity in the form of email marketing, 1000+ press release announcements, event announcement posts and social media marketing. Our goal is to make the art world aware of the exhibition and in particular, the winning artists' accomplishments. Links back to each artist's website is included as part of this award package.

Artists will also receive a digital Award Certificate, Event Postcard, Press Releases and "Leveraging Your Success" marketing materials if they place in this exhibition. Interested artists should provide their best art now or before the deadline. For further information:

About Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery
Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery conducts monthly themed art competitions and monthly themed art exhibitions for new and emerging artists on a worldwide basis. It is Light Space & Time's intention to showcase this incredible talent in a series of monthly themed art competitions and art exhibitions by marketing and displaying the exceptional abilities of these worldwide artists. The art gallery website can be viewed here:

Media Contact:
John R. Math
Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery
118 Poinciana Drive
Jupiter, FL 33458

Approyo Expands Team Adding Vice President of Marketing

Approyo Hires Kyle Ackerman to head marketing efforts to strengthen global footprint.

Milwaukee, WI, USA -- Approyo, a leading enterprise SAP HANA Solutions Provider, announced today that Kyle Ackerman has joined the company to the position of Vice President of Marketing. In this newly created position, Kyle will lead all marketing efforts for Approyo.

"I'm thrilled to join the Approyo team in this role and help share Approyo story to the world," Kyle said. "I've worked with Approyo for several years and I am excited about the positive momentum and culture developing at Approyo."

"Approyo is ready to make the next leap in our business and we need to get our story out there to more businesses" said Christopher Carter, CEO of Approyo. "I believe Kyle can help Approyo get to the next level. He has worked with us as a consultant for several years and it is a pleasure to bring his marketing expertise to the team."

In addition to over 10 years of marketing experience, Kyle has extensive experience within the technology industry. Most recently, Kyle, worked as a freelance Marketing Consultant, helping several small businesses achieve success through digital marketing. Additionally, Kyle has worked for several technologies based companies focusing on Cloud Computing, Hosting, SAP, Microsoft and Software Licensing.

Approyo has been providing SAP HANA solutions such as SAP S/4HANA 1610 in the cloud for the last three years. Approyo built an entire platform using the best solutions in the market, allowing clients to move SAP HANA quickly and benefit immediately without the massive upfront cost structure typically seen with those bare metal solutions.

About Approyo
Approyo is a global SAP HANA start up focus partner for products and services that include upgrades, comprehensive remote operations/managed services, consulting, migrations, hosting and implementations and cloud services. Approyo differentiates itself by offering scalable managed SAP HANA solutions for organizations of all size. Approyo has the capability to support global organizations and their applications with our Headquarters in Milwaukee, WI and offices in throughout North America, Europe and South America, plus partners around the world.

For additional information e-mail us at, call 404.448.1166, or visit us on the web at

Media Contact:
Kyle Ackerman
Approyo, Inc.

Finally, a Social Media Platform Everyone Can Make Money on

Photrist is the latest social media platform. It is a free application allowing everyone to take pictures, share them, follow others, with the potential to make money every time their photo is sold.

Columbia, MO, USAPhotrist is now live with their Pre-Launch as of July 15, 2017. Photrist is a social media platform where everyone can take pictures, share their story behind the photo, and have the potential to make money when their photo sells. Photrist can be used by anyone taking pictures on their phone or camera. Photrist allows the ability for users to share photos, and all followers can comment on the photos as well as share them with their friends. People spend a considerable amount of time taking pictures and posting them on all forms of social media. This social media platform promotes their photos to others looking to buy them. Now people can get paid for being social.

Social media had no way for users to monetize their passion for photography for free. Photrist was created to allow users to do just that. Now all professional and nonprofessional photographers, artist, and hobbyist, can increase their income opportunity and growth potential very easily using the social media platform of Photrist.

"When people understand, and realize they can make money every time someone buys their photo from the Photrist Marketplace, that's when reality hits," says Dan Komo, co-founder of Photrist. "With the Photrist community, our goal is to allow photographers, artists, creators, designers, and novice photographers, a community to not only grow from but collaborate and share their story and experiences."

Photos are an important aspect to business owners or bloggers because of the amount of engagement photos get. Utilizing the Photrist platform, it offers a wide assortment of photos to choose from to the business owner or blogger. It is Photrist goal to allow photographers, artists, creators, designers, and novice photographers a social platform they can collaborate and share their story and experiences on for free.

The Photrist Community is full of unique photos added daily. This gives business owners and bloggers photos covering almost every subject possible. There is opportunity for pictures to appeal to all subjects, and even if there isn't exactly what some is looking for, there are photos capturing quality, different, interesting, beautiful, special, and emotional moments.

At Photrist, taking photos allows user to have A New Relationship With Your Photography™. During the pre-launch, it is free and Photrist makes the platform easy to use. Anyone can upload and manage their photos, as everyone is a seller and a buyer. There is also opportunity for the photos sold to be printed on products such as canvas, postcards, or prints. All this media can be created, viewed, distributed, modified, and preserved on the Photrist social media platform. Photrist also is available as a mobile app available from Goggle Play store and Apple's App Store.

Learn how Photrist helps users sell their photos while retaining full rights, with unlimited storage, and the ability to set their own price with 100% commission. Although it is free to use, the only requirement necessary is users must register for an account. Registering for the account is also free. Those looking to sign up for a free account and start monetizing their creativity and share their stories can go to the Photrist website at:

Media Contact:
Dan Komo
Photrist LLC
(855) 552-8718

T5 Data Centers Receives Uptime Institute® M&O Stamp of Approval Across Data Center Portfolio

T5@Charlotte, T5@Dallas, T5@LA, and T5@Portland Join T5@Atlanta in Being Certified for Best-in-Class Infrastructure Management and Operations.

Atlanta, GA, USA -- T5 Data Centers™ (, innovators in providing state-of-the-art, customizable and highly reliable computing support environments, today announced that the company's entire portfolio of eligible data centers has received Uptime Institute's Management & Operations (M&O) Stamp of Approval. T5 Data Centers' T5@Atlanta facility was issued an M&O Stamp of Approval by the Uptime Institute in 2016, and this month T5@Charlotte, T5@Dallas, T5@LA, and T5@Portland also received the industry award.

The Management and Operations Stamp of Approval was created by Uptime Institute to provide an unbiased, independent assessment confirming a data center meets a set of benchmarks that promote effective data center best practices and minimize human error, which is the leading cause of data center failure. The M&O assessment evaluates all aspects of operations, including planning, coordination, and management; staffing and organization; training; operating conditions; and maintenance. Only a select number of data centers qualify for the M&O Stamp of Approval, and with additional awards issued this month, T5 Data Centers' entire portfolio of five eligible data centers have now achieved the M&O Stamp of Approval awards from Uptime Institute for outstanding management and operations.

"We know that having a world-class staff and adhering to proven management protocols is the key to success. We are proud of our track record of continuous availability across the T5 portfolio and our partner sites (i.e. sites that T5 Facilities Management operates as a third-party service). We are delighted to have the Uptime Institute M&O Stamp of Approval to validate our team's performance and our procedural excellence," said Mike Casey, President of T5 Facilities Management. "Minimizing risks while reducing operating costs is a commitment T5 makes to all of its customers. The fact that we had nearly perfect scores on the M&O audits demonstrates that we have the right people and procedures in place and are operating using best practices every day."

A 2016 study by the Ponemon Institute estimates that the cost of data center downtime now averages about $7,900 per minute. The report also determined that the average data center incident lasts 86 minutes at a cost of $690,200, and a total data center outage averages 119 minutes at a cost of $901,500. The Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council also reports that only 23 percent of organizations are adequately prepared for a data center outage. Uptime Institute's M&O Stamp of Approval provides independent assessment of data center excellence and standardization with optimal staffing, which means a reduced risk of downtime and lower operating costs.

"Achieving the M&O Stamp of Approval across the T5 Data Center portfolio illustrates the company's commitment to operational excellence," said Keith Klesner, Senior Vice President, North America for Uptime Institute. "Uptime Institute's M&O Stamp of Approval provides insights to help organizations manage risk and reduce operator errors to improve performance and productivity. This commitment serves to differentiate T5 Data Center in the industry as one of the leaders in operational excellence and best practices. We congratulate T5 Data Centers for receiving the M&O Stamp of Approval for all its eligible facilities."

About T5 Data Centers
T5 Data Centers (T5) is a leading national data center owner and operator, committed to delivering customizable, scalable data centers that provide an "always on" computing environment to power mission critical business applications. T5 Data Centers provides enterprise colocation data center services to organizations across North America using proven, best-in-class technology and techniques to design and develop facilities that deliver the lowest possible total cost of operations for its clients. T5 currently has business-critical data center facilities in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Dallas, Portland, Charlotte, Chicago, New York and Colorado. All of T5's data center projects are purpose-built facilities featuring robust design, redundant and reliable power and telecommunications, and have 24-hour staff to support mission-critical computing applications.

For more information, visit

About T5 Facilities Management
T5 Facilities Management (T5FM), provides third party on-site facilities management and remote hands services to data center owners across North America. T5FM applies the same best practices used in all of T5 Data Centers' facilities, including policies and procedures to mitigate risk and eliminate operational concerns with an emphasis on safety, training, and customer communication. T5FM operates 18 data center facilities in nine markets: Charlotte, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Austin, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Portland, and Chicago.

Media Contacts:
Aaron Wangenheim
T5 Data Centers
(415) 292-7700

Mike Casey
T5 Facilities Management
(404) 239-7575

DREAM Appeals to Those Studying Abroad: VeepWorks Pilots DREAM App with Midwestern State University Student at the Reigns

DREAM is a situational awareness mobile application intended for a variety of use cases, one being a group locator.

Dallas, TX, USA -- It is every parent's best and worst day when they send their college student to study abroad. They beam with pride that their child can experience the richness of a new culture; however, that same feeling can be met with high anxiety. Who can match the vigorousness of a parent's watch when they're outside of reach? No one. But, technology can.

Kara McIntryre, Mass Communication
Senior at Midwestern State University
It is called DREAM.

DREAM is a situational awareness mobile application intended for a variety of use cases, one being a group locator. In the instance where students are roaming a new country, eating at new places, and separating for individual interests, it becomes even more important to know where each person is - even if they are only a mile away.

DREAM - Personalized Situational Awareness
VeepWorks is the Dallas-based firm behind the technology. It wasn't by chance that they met Kara McIntyre, a Mass Communication senior at Midwestern State University, to extend the company's public safety mission. Kara left for London on July 6, 2017 with her university's study abroad program.

Away from the familiarity of Wichita Falls, Texas, safety will be more important than ever. In an effort to capitalize on the application's use while she's abroad, Kara will be using DREAM to stay connected with her classmates, all the while putting those closest to her at ease. "[The concern is] with our safety and how we can be more aware of our surroundings," stated Kara.

"Kara represents the generation where technology is second nature," stated VeepWorks' Founder and CEO, Aaron Madolora. "It works on both iPhone and Android devices and empowers students like her to explore the world confidently and privately knowing that her DREAM network of friends and family are a push of a button away."

Feedback towards DREAM has been positive and noted as one of the best mobile apps to use in emergency situations. Taking precautions as a student studying abroad demonstrates just one use case.

Downloads to date of the DREAM app has multiplied since January 2017 from 5,000 to 40,000 users.

For a direct download of the DREAM app, visit:

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First Edition Design Publishing Releases New Book, "The Dance Dragon" by Dan Logan

The Dance Dragon, by Dan Logan, encourages all of us to master our dragon.

Boston, MA, USA -- Dan Logan's The Dance Dragon confronts the author's fear of dance and finds the courage to walk in a ballroom dance studio.

Five Star Reviews!

A fun memoir of a man stepping out of his comfort zone, and learning a lot about himself in the process. If you like ballroom dancing, journeys of self-discovery or people who are finding new life in their sixties, you'll enjoy The Dance Dragon. ~Ted Hogan

Dan knew nothing about dance. After several embarrassing experiences in his youth, Dan decided he would never again make a fool of himself on the dance floor. Then something happened, Dan's daughter was getting married. One day he found the courage to walk in a ballroom dance studio, met Melissa, and everything he thought about dancing changed.

His journey takes him into a world of dance studios and clubs, where he dances with hundreds of women, travels to rural Cuba and eventually Washington D.C for a competitive performance for his final confrontation with the dragon.

The Dance Dragon is Dan Logan's first novel. He grew up in Boston, graduated with a major in American history from the University of Notre Dame, spent three years in the U.S Military and received an M.B.A. in marketing research from New York University.

After 12 years working at a large global advertising firm in New York at the end of the Mad Men era, Dan moved back to Boston and started his own advertising and communication firm. Dan and his wife Eileen live on the Boston waterfront.

Genre - Dance, Ballroom, Wedding, Tango, Dragon, Cuba, Learning, Hemingway, Rhythm, Havana

The ebook version of The Dance Dragon ISBN 9781506904375, published by First Edition Design Publishing (, is available on-line wherever ebooks are sold. The 124 page print book version, ISBN 9781506904368, and ISBN 9781506904368 hardback, are published by First Edition Design Publishing and distributed worldwide to online booksellers.

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