Equities First Holdings, LLC Repatriates IQE plc Transaction, Returns All Underlying Collateral To Borrower

EFH Concludes Another Successful Financing Transaction, Returning Collateral Valued at More Than £20 Million.

London, UK -- Equities First Holdings, LLC (EFH), a global lender and a leader in shareholder financing solutions, is pleased to announce that Dr. Drew Nelson, chief executive of IQE plc, has concluded a financing agreement into which he entered with EFH in 2014.

EFH has returned all underlying collateral to Dr. Nelson, which at repatriation are valued at more than £23.5 million, a 780% increase in value from when the transaction was executed in October 2014.

Background on the transaction
On 14 October 2014, IQE notified the AIM market that Dr. Nelson had pledged 18 million shares to EFH in return for a cash loan of £1.865m. The proceeds were used to purchase additional shares of IQE and satisfy tax and National Insurance payable on the exercise of share options. The 18 million shares were worth £23,580,000 at repayment.

"This is exactly what Equities First is here to do for its clients," said EFH Founder and CEO Al Christy, Jr. "By offering market-leading terms at a fair margin and a fixed three-year timeframe, EFH borrowers can access capital against their stock to meet immediate capital needs without forfeiting future economic opportunity. For the past 15 years EFH has delivered these types of opportunities to clients around the globe, and we look forward to continuing to serve our clients in the years to come."

Background on EFH loan structures
EFH is a specialist lender which provides competitive value cash loans to publicly quoted company shareholders collateralised by portions of their holdings. The loan term is typically three years, which allows EFH to manage the position for value over a reasonable time frame. EFH contractually pledges not to lend out or short sell during that time, and all market activities are executed to have no impact on stock price or trading volumes.

When the loan matures and is repaid, EFH returns the shares, allowing the borrower to keep all the upside growth in the share price during the period. The loans are non-recourse, which means that the borrower does not provide security in respect to their other assets.

"Clients in the U.K. and Europe have accessed funding from EFH for a wide range of purposes," said Jeff Smith, Senior Managing Director of Equities First Holdings, LLC. "The key for them is the ability to retain their interest in the underlying shares and full exposure to any upside. EFH has a perfect track record of returning borrower collateral on maturity and repayment, regardless of how much the shares have increased in value."

"On the back of arrangements such as these, EFH has seen attractive growth in the European markets, led through our London office," continued Christy. "As European clients become increasingly familiar with the EFH methodology we expect to see a further increase in the number of transactions we conduct here."

About Equities First Holdings
Since 2002, Equities First Holdings, LLC has provided clients with innovative financing solutions, supplying capital against publicly traded stock to enable clients to meet their personal and professional financial goals. EFH provides capital against shares traded on public exchanges around the world while offering clients competitive loan-to-value rates and low costs of capital. Over the past 5 years, EFH has completed more than 500 transactions and deployed more than $1.4 billion (USD) to clients across the globe.

EFH is a global company with offices in 10 countries, including wholly owned subsidiaries Equities First (London) Limited, Equities First Holdings Hong Kong Limited, Equities First Holdings Singapore Limited, and Equities First Holdings (Australia) Pty Ltd. For more information, visit http://www.equitiesfirst.com.

DISCLAIMER
This release is intended for professional investors use only, and does not constitute an offer, stated or implied, of any type. Equities First Holdings, LLC and all of its subsidiaries work exclusively with individuals classified as Professional or sophisticated investors. The Equities First Holdings platform is not intended for retail investors.

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Deep Learning Will Empower Not Replace Humans, Says Artificial Intelligence World Expert Edgar Perez

Edgar Perez, author of The AI Breakthrough, Knightmare on Wall Street and The Speed Traders and former strategy consultant with McKinsey, partnering with Terrapinn Training in 3-Day Masterclass in Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence.

London, UK -- According to The New York Times, perhaps no company embodies the anxieties and hopes around automation from Artificial Intelligence applications better than Amazon. Many people, including President Donald Trump, blame the company for destroying traditional retail jobs by enticing people to shop online. At the same time, the company's eye-popping growth has turned it into a hiring machine, with an unquenchable need for computer science graduates and entry-level warehouse workers.

Amazon's global workforce is three times larger than Microsoft's and 18 times larger than Facebook's. Only a few weeks ago Amazon took the unusual step of announcing it wanted a second home outside Seattle with up to 50,000 new jobs, starting what is sure to be a fierce bidding war to lure Amazon and the thousands of high-paying jobs it will bring to town using a combination of tax breaks and other sweeteners.

The plan is the latest surprise from Jeff Bezos, Amazon's chief executive, who has reshaped Seattle in the more than two decades since he founded Amazon. Bezos overshadows even Bill Gates, the former Microsoft chief executive who put the Seattle area on the map as a destination for tech companies; Amazon is now the biggest corporate employer in Seattle, and it occupies 19 percent of the prime office space in the city, more than any other employer in a big American city, The Seattle Times reported.

Amazon is on the forefront of automation, finding new ways of getting robots to do the work once handled by employees. For Edgar Perez, author of The AI Breakthrough, Knightmare on Wall Street and The Speed Traders, the advancement of artificial intelligence will increase productivity, create new demand from current and new customers and, ultimately, create completely new categories of jobs. "Just look at the automotive industry," says Perez; he is a well-known international futurist, artificial intelligence and deep learning speaker who currently offers the world's first Deep Learning programs for Fortune 500 firms and private equity groups.

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.

RECENT TESTIMONIALS
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"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
"The program provides a comprehensive approach for any organization to lead in cybersecurity readiness." IT Security Coordinator

ABOUT THE AI BREAKTHROUGH
Artificial intelligence has been referred as the general ability of a digital computer or computer-controlled robot to perform tasks commonly associated with intelligent beings. The term has indeed been frequently applied to the project of developing systems endowed with the intellectual processes characteristic of humans, such as the ability to reason, generalize, discover meaning, or learn from past experiences. Since the development of the digital computer in the 1940s, it has been demonstrated that computers can be programmed to carry out very complex tasks with great proficiency. Still, despite continuing advances in computer processing speed and memory capacity, there are as yet no programs that can match human flexibility over wider domains or in tasks requiring much everyday knowledge.

In 1945, British logician and computer pioneer Alan Turing predicted that computers would one day play very good chess. Just over 50 years later, in 1997, Deep Blue, a chess computer built by IBM beat the reigning world champion, Garry Kasparov, in a six-game match. Since then, a number of programs have attained the performance levels of human experts and professionals in performing certain specific tasks, so that artificial intelligence is now found in applications as diverse as medical diagnosis, computer search engines, and voice or handwriting recognition.

Indeed, deep learning has enabled many practical applications of machine learning and by extension the overall field of artificial intelligence. Deep learning breaks down tasks in ways that makes all kinds of machine aids seem possible, even likely. Driverless cars, better image recognition, even better movie recommendations, are all here today. Artificial intelligence is the present and the future.

The AI Breakthrough will provide a comprehensive review of the artificial intelligence breakthroughs of today and tomorrow and how these advancements will impact businesses and the human race in general for years to come.

ABOUT EDGAR PEREZ
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 The AI Breakthrough, How Artificial Intelligence is Advancing Deep Learning and Revolutionizing Your World (2018), 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, Bankier.pl, TheStreet.com, Leaderonomics, GPW Media, Channel NewsAsia's Business Tonight and Cents & Sensibilities. In addition, Mr. Perez has been featured on Sohu, News.Sina.com, Yicai, eastmoney, Caijing, ETF88.com, 360doc, AH Radio, CNFOL.com, CITICS Futures, Tongxin Securities, ZhiCheng.com, CBNweek.com, Caixin, Futures Daily, Xinhua, CBN Newswire, Chinese Financial News, ifeng.com, International Finance News, Finance.QQ.com, hexun.com, Finance.Sina.com, 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.

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FED Publishing Releases New Book, "American Prisons: A Critical Primer on Culture and Conversion to Islam" by SpearIt

American Prisons: A Critical Primer on Culture and Conversion to Islam, by SpearIt, takes a sober look at our prison system, the 700,000 inmates released annually and their communities.

Houston, TX, USA -- SpearIt's American Prisons: A Critical Primer on Culture and Conversion to Islam is a critical exploration of prisons in contemporary America. Paying special attention to race and Islam, the work draws on a range of data and sources, including interviews and written correspondence with current and ex-prisoners, documentary research, and congressional hearings on topics that include criminal justice and religion, culture, conversion, radicalization, and reform.

"The overarching message of my anthology, American Prisons: A Critical Primer on Culture and Conversion to Islam, is that problems in prison are not isolated from society, and unlike the Las Vegas slogan, what happens in prison doesn't stay in prison. Prisons are not neatly cornered off from society, but rather, are partners in toxic relationships with the communities to which ex-prisoners return."

SpearIt is an Associate Professor of Law at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University. He has taught for the Prison University Project at California's death-row facility, San Quentin State Prison, as well as taught Corrections Law at Saint Louis University School of Law, in addition to serving on the Advisory Board of the Prison Program--a program that offers courses to both inmates and staff. He is currently active in the American Bar Association's Corrections Committee and its work to restore Pell Grant Funding for prisoners.

Genre - American Prisons, Islam, Muslim, Conversion, Culture, Criminal Justice, Race, Religion, Latinos, Radicalization

The ebook version of American Prisons: A Critical Primer on Culture and Conversion to Islam ISBN 9781506904887, published by First Edition Design Publishing (http://www.firsteditiondesignpublishing.com), is available on-line wherever ebooks are sold. The 192 page print book version, ISBN 9781506904870 is published by First Edition Design Publishing and distributed worldwide to online booksellers.

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Savinguae.com Expanding to Other Countries After a Great Success in UAE

Savinguae.com is affiliated with over 50 clients right now and increasing the advertisers' day by day.

Dubai, UAE -- GCC has great potential for online promotions and that's why more new websites are entering to the market month on month. There are many e-commerce companies who are moving ahead to other parts of the United Arab Emirates to expend their business. On the other side affiliates are also creating more domains to Saudi, Oman, Egypt and Qatar to grab more organic traffic to boost sales.

Internet penetration in UAE is 91.9% now which is one of the highest in the world. (Source: http://www.internetlivestats.com/internet-users/united-arab-emirates). Saudi Arabia has only 64.7% internet penetration and have much more scope to grow. This is also the reason more companies are now moving toward the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. There is huge potential for online shopping and travel in Saudi and many international brands as Amazon also entered the market by taking a stake in Souq.com, one of the largest ecommerce portal in GCC region. Expected revenue from E-commerce in Saudi by 2017 is US$5,471m and expected to grow by 21-25% by 2021. The market is largely set for fashion and there is huge potential of growth in the country.

"As internet shopping is growing, there is huge scope for affiliate websites and blogs to attract customers by offering them more deals and offers at one place. There are many coupon code / deal websites who are collecting daily deals or offers from clients and listing them on their website to make it convenient for users to get saving options at one place". You can get Souq Promo code, Namshi Coupon and Groupon Coupon codes online for free and save from 5% to 70% with these free coupons.

Savinguae.com is affiliated with over 50 clients right now and increasing the advertisers' day by day. All customers can get free coupons and deals from the website to use at client's website for saving. There are both exclusive and generic coupon codes listed on website and helping 1000's of customers to save money online with shopping, travel and other transactions.

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FED Publishing Releases New Book, "The Silver Mosaic, a Winston Churchill 1930s Thriller" by Michael McMenamin & Patrick McMenamin

The Silver Mosaic, a Winston Churchill 1930s Thriller, by Michael McMenamin & Patrick McMenamin continues their award-winning series with a new, action-packed story of conspiracy and intrigue concerning the Jewish-inspired, world-wide boycott of German exports after the Nazis take power in early 1933.

Cleveland, OH, USA -- In March 1933, the weak German economy is in peril. Winston Churchill wants to push it over the cliff with a boycott of German exports and take with it the new Nazi government whose brown-shirted SA thugs are terrorizing Germany's Jews.

Working with Cleveland's Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver, present in Berlin the day Hitler took office, Churchill enlists the help of his goddaughter, Hearst photojournalist Mattie McGary, and her fiancé, ex-US Army intelligence agent Bourke Cockran. Mattie sets out to discover and expose the Nazis' secret plan to defeat the boycott while Silver and Churchill send Cockran to Prague to retrieve microfilm of confidential customer data stolen from German exporters by anti-Nazi German patriots. Using it, foreign competitors can undercut German exports with lower prices.

The Nazis fight back and enlist two unlikely allies: the new US president Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the Jewish Authority in Palestine. FDR opposes the boycott because of the damage it will do to American investors if the Germany economy crashes. The Jewish Authority plans to sell out the boycott in exchange for the Nazis allowing German Jews to emigrate to Palestine with funds in excess of German currency controls. Nazi, Jewish and American MID agents then join forces to wage a deadly battle against Mattie and Çockran that takes them from New York to London, Paris, Berlin, Budapest, Prague, Copenhagen, and Stockholm.

Michael McMenamin is the author of the critically acclaimed Becoming Winston Churchill, The Untold Story of Young Winston and His American Mentor. His son Patrick McMenamin is an award-winning journalist who has produced stories for ABC News, Fox News and HuffPost. The first four novels in their 1930s era "Winston Churchill Thriller" series received a total of 14 literary awards. The Silver Mosaic is their fifth Winston Churchill Thriller and they are currently at work on their sixth, The Liebold Protocol.


Genre - Churchill, Hitler, Göring, Röhm, FDR, Chamberlain, Anti-Semitism, Boycott, Storm Trooper, Nazi

The ebook version of The Silver Mosaic, a Winston Churchill 1930s Thriller ISBN 9781506904511, published by First Edition Design Publishing, is available on-line wherever ebooks are sold. The 440 page print book version, ISBN 9781506904504, and ISBN 9781506904498 hardback, are published by First Edition Design Publishing (http://www.firsteditiondesignpublishing.com) and distributed worldwide to online booksellers.

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Cyber Security Risk Expert to Provide Key Insights for CEOs and Management Teams in London and Dubai

Edgar Perez, author of The Speed Traders and Knightmare on Wall Street and former strategy consultant with McKinsey, partnering with Terrapinn Training in 3-Day Masterclass Cybersecurity to bring key insights for government officials, 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 government officials and executives from Europe and Asia at the 3-Day Masterclass in Cybersecurity organized by Terrapinn Training in London and Dubai. Perez is a well-known international futurist and cyber 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.

RECENT TESTIMONIALS
"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
"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
"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

ABOUT EDGAR PEREZ
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 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 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, Bankier.pl, TheStreet.com, Leaderonomics, GPW Media, Channel NewsAsia's Business Tonight and Cents & Sensibilities. In addition, Mr. Perez has been featured on Sohu, News.Sina.com, Yicai, eastmoney, Caijing, ETF88.com, 360doc, AH Radio, CNFOL.com, CITICS Futures, Tongxin Securities, ZhiCheng.com, CBNweek.com, Caixin, Futures Daily, Xinhua, CBN Newswire, Chinese Financial News, ifeng.com, International Finance News, Finance.QQ.com, hexun.com, Finance.Sina.com, 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 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
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Westwind Balloon Co. Presents Michigan's Fall Color Tour From a Hot Air Balloon

"Michigan fall colors are spectacular flying OVER tree tops in a hot air balloon," says Scott Lorenz, President and Chief Pilot of Westwind Balloon Company of Plymouth, Michigan.

Ann Arbor, MI, USA -- Michigan's fall color season is fast approaching and there's no better way to see the colors than from a hot air balloon. Hot air balloonists offer a stunning platform from which to enjoy this once a year feast for the eyes. "Michigan fall colors are spectacular flying OVER tree tops in a hot air balloon," says Scott Lorenz, President and Chief Pilot of Westwind Balloon Company of Plymouth, Michigan. (http://www.AboveMichigan.com)

"The palate of colors just takes your breath away," says Lorenz "I love taking photos from the balloon especially when we fly over Island Lake State Park, it's fabulous, it's ten times better than driving. People just have no idea how pretty it is until they get above it."

"Want to get a preview of a flight?" asks Lorenz, "I put together of some of our fall color flights. The views are incredible as we glide over canopy of trees. There's no better way to enjoy Michigan's fall colors than from a hot air balloon." Check out a fall color flight with WDIV-TV of Detroit at: http://youtu.be/DzOMvjEgX-U

Most hot air balloon rides in Michigan last about one hour and Lorenz flies over the woods and streams of Kensington Park and Island Lake State Park. He and several other pilot friends meet at Park 'n Ride area off Milford Road and I-96 (exit # 155) about 2 1/2 hours before sunset. From there he'll launch helium balloons, determine the wind direction, then take a short drive to one of nine launch sites in the area that give the best views and best landing sites downwind.

What to wear? Lorenz suggests passengers wear tennis shoes and jeans. He says the air temp "upstairs" is within a couple degrees of ground temp so it's not a factor. Cameras and video cameras are highly recommended to preserve the once in a lifetime moments while flying over the countryside.

Since fall color balloon flights are popular Lorenz suggests people call now to reserve a spot. Flights cost $695 for a private ride which is two passengers and the pilot. All flights are pre-paid. Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Discover and PayPal are accepted. Gift certificates are available.

To really appreciate all of the fall color that Michigan has to offer, call a balloonist and schedule a flight today, the view is really better from above! Fall Color Video URL: http://youtu.be/1R-QsurhW6M

Westwind Balloon Company - Plymouth, MI, Flying over Kensington Park, Brighton, South Lyon and Milford. 734-667-2098 | http://www.westwindcos.com/balloon | Scott Lorenz, Pilot and Owner.

About Scott Lorenz
Scott Lorenz, a commercial balloon pilot since 1982, has logged 1,850 + hours in-flight. He has flown over Niagara Falls, The Great Wall of China, Disney World, the Olympics, Austria, Japan, Spain, Red Rock Canyon NM. He co-piloted a Guinness World Record flight to 19,000' and a 20 hour-Gas Balloon flight from MI to KY. Westwind has been featured by FOX-2 Detroit, WDIV, WJR, The Detroit Free Press, Oakland Press, HOUR Detroit, to name a few and was named "most creative date" by It's Just Lunch. In 2012 Westwind was name one of America's Most Romantic companies for the balloon engagement flights. Scott's Westwind Balloon Company offers unforgettable rides over Michigan's breathtaking countryside. Balloon rides make terrific gifts!! Call 734-667-2098 or visit: http://www.AboveMichigan.com.

Westwind Balloon Company is a member of The Balloon Federation of America (BFA) and the Southeast Michigan Balloon Federation (SEMBA).

Michigan Fall Color Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BDl12PjPqQ

Media Contact: Scott Lorenz | Westwind Co. | 734-667-2090