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February 2017

Fiber Industry Veteran Hurley Joins Conterra’s Board of Directors

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 28, 2017 /360WiseNews/ — Conterra Ultra Broadband Holdings, Inc. today announced that fiber industry veteran Michael Hurley is joining the company to serve on its Board of Directors.

Mr. Hurley was a member of the founding team at Fibertech Networks where he was Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing with responsibility for the company’s carrier and enterprise sales/revenue growth from its inception in 2000 through Fibertech’s merger with Lightower in 2015.  After the merger, Mr. Hurley served as Lightower’s President, Wholesale Solutions & Rochester Region, until February 2016.  He now owns and operates a telecommunication advisory firm. Prior to co-founding Fibertech, Mr. Hurley held various sales positions at MCI, Frontier Corporation and New England Telephone.

During his tenure at Fibertech, Mr. Hurley built a sales organization that sold contracts with total revenue value of more than $2.5 billion.  Fibertech was an industry leader in both revenue growth and operating margins and received recognition as the top sales organization in its industry each year from 2007–2014.

“We are very fortunate to have someone of Mike’s exceptional fiber industry experience and reputation supporting our Conterra ownership and management team at a key point in our business evolution,” commented Conterra’s Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Leeolou.  “Mike has successfully managed through many of the same exciting opportunities we see ahead for our business.  We expect his insights and expertise to be extremely beneficial to us going forward,” added Mr. Leeolou.  Keep Reading

DreamMaker launches Flight of the Falcons: $14,789,000 Private Jet Trip Circumnavigating the Globe

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The luxury travel boutique offers 21 cities in 21 days for Gulf Market

HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 28, 2017 /360WiseNews/ — Experiential travel boutique DreamMaker has designed a trip around the globe aboard a privately outfitted Boeing 767 for its ultra-high net worth clientele.  Flight of the Falcons is a special trip for the Gulf market, styled as a milestone celebration for the billionaire client and up to 49 friends and family flying in tandem on a second Boeing Business Jet.  Offered at $14,789,000, the unprecedented DreamMaker experience is slated for August 2017, covering 21 cities in 21 days.

Flight of the Falcons is the first of its kind to completely circumnavigate the globe and cover 50,000 kilometers in the air.  The trip includes an astonishing time ratio of 88% on the ground and 12% in the air.  “Having set benchmarks since 1988, we wanted to offer an experience that that billionaires lack the creativity and time to design – to create a story would take hours to tell,” says founder and experience designer℠ Gregory Patrick. ” In 2017, we will be the first to introduce Experiential Aviation℠ as the pinnacle of private aviation.”

Highlights in the air include French and Italian fashion shows, tea sommeliers, a master perfumer, an acclaimed artist performing a fusion of “air ballet” and contemporary circus, and a carousel of personalities and celebrities hopping on and off the jets.

Thinking far beyond flat beds, chef-inspired cuisine, and amenity kits, DreamMaker has appointed holistic health guru April Norris to develop a program that integrates cutting-edge wearable sleep technology with alternative wellness techniques such as Reiki healing, Ayurvedic medicine, and the attention of a Doctor of Acupuncture. “It is irrelevant how big and beautiful your private jet is if you are unable to relax comfortably or get the required amount of sleep on the plane,” says Patrick.  To ensure the utmost comfort for its guests, Flight of the Falcons will boast a one-to-one ratio of guest to staff, with a cast of 50 hand-picked international professionals, each expert in their respective fields.

Partner World of Diamonds Group was commissioned to create the trip’s most luxurious amenity; a set of 18-karat gold swizzle sticks set with white and blue diamonds worth a total of one million dollars.  Crafted into a spinning globe atop the 50 swizzle sticks is one rare fancy blue diamond evoking the blue skies traversed, flanked by 20 white sparklers, each representing every city landing of Flight of the Falcons.

In line with the 50 signature DreamMaker experiences offered on the journey, London’s Hotel 41 will be the first in the world to completely rebrand its identity to “Hotel 50” and accommodate the unique story with its famously personalized service.  Every monogram on terrycloth bathrobes, towels, bed linens, slippers, and stationary will be newly commissioned for the trip. Even the marble tile and its iconic flag outside will reflect the branding of Passport to 50.  Other ground highlights include a period dinner with a member of the British Royal family, racing supercars against a Hollywood star on a private track in Las Vegas, and a private fashion show in Cannes. Other experiences entail personal styling services in Florence and traveling with two chefs who will replicate the client’s favorite of three past award winning “London’s Best Afternoon Tea” while in the air and in many of the cities they touch down in.

The Flight of the Falcons experience directly benefits children through experiential giving, such as the distribution of 2,500 bicycles to enable rural children to attend school, the provision of clean drinking water for 50,000 at-risk children in the region, as well as building “fun centers” for 50,000 children battling life-threatening illnesses in the United Kingdom.  “Through this trip, we have a way to act as a conduit to positively impact children’s lives,” says Patrick.   “It makes no sense to work so hard to please the most discerning of clientele without making the same effort to balance the decadence with an element of kindness that delivers higher levels of fulfilment.”  Charity partners include, Starlight Children’s Foundation U.K., and Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Flight of the Falcons begins in Bali, and continues onto Komodo , Koh Samui, Kathmandu, Agra, Florence, Siena, Cannes, Moulinet, London, Barcelona, Ibiza, Marbella, Marrakech, Havana, Las Vegas, Kona, El Nido, and a Secret Island, before concluding in Manila.  The trip is currently being offered at $14,789,000 for a party of up to 50 people in August of 2017.

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About DreamMaker

Rooted in multiple layers of creative design for 28 years, DreamMaker is an experiential travel and event boutique that designs truly exceptional vacations for the ultra-affluent client who desires more than the requisite luxury.


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Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® and VNARP Embark on Real Estate Trade Mission to Vietnam

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SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 28, 2017 /360WiseNews/ — Looking to tap into the growing international real estate market, members of the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAOR) will join the Vietnamese National Association of Real Estate Professionals (VNARP) on a ten-day trade mission to Vietnam starting on March 1st. Delegates representing both groups are aiming to foster mutual investment opportunities between real estate stakeholders in both Vietnam and the United States.

Vietnam is forecasted to be one of the top growing economies in the next few decades,” said Evan Huynh, President of VNARP. “This trade mission will give our delegates the opportunity to exchange trade experience and learn about the best practices for investment opportunities in both countries.”

Delegates from the groups will attend real estate conferences and meet with Vietnamese companies and government agencies in Ho Chi Minh City, Ha Noi, and Danang ─ three cities currently experiencing a boom in real estate development. Several delegates from the United States will be giving special presentations at these events, including: Lieu Nguyen, the President’s Liaison to Vietnam for the National Association of REALTORS®, Ron Gonzales, former Mayor City of San Jose and President of Presencia, LLC, and Hilda Ramirez, the Director of Public Relations, Events, and Education for SCCAOR. Keep Reading

MainStreet Bank Hosts Government Contracting Event

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FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 28, 2017 /360WiseNews/ — MainStreet Bancshares, Inc. (OTCQX: MNSB) today hosted an event for Government Contractors entitled, “Contracting Opportunities”.

Sam Garbia, Partner of NOVA Business Law Group and Director of the firm’s Corporate Counsel section spoke on the topic of legal issues in the small business government contracting space.  Mr. Garbia regularly advises government contracting clients regarding appropriate business structures.  Mr. Garbia’s remarks were well-focused and one of the key issues he shared was, “Partnership and teaming is key to small business success in government contracting.”

The keynote speaker was Tommy Marks, Director of Small Business Programs for the Office of the Secretary of the Army, Pentagon, Washington DC.  Mr. Marks shared his candid remarks with attendees and answered questions.  Mr. Marks indicated that, “it is imperative that potential contractors understand and focus on the customer’s mission during meetings.”  He also reminded attendees to, “come to the table with your ‘A’ game every day you compete.”

QUOTES: “Having a keynote like Tommy Marks at our seminar was a real win for MainStreet,” said Jeff Satterly, SVP and Head of Government Contract Lending.  “Attendees were delighted to have him in such an intimate setting.”  Satterly also indicated that, “Sam Garbia acts as general counsel for many small government contracting firms and brings an insightful level of knowledge to the table.” Keep Reading

Dillard’s Recalls Baby Jackets Due to Choking Hazard

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2017 /360WiseNews/ —

Recall Summary

 The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1973 and charged with protecting the American public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call the CPSC hotline at 1-800-638-2772, or visit Further recall information is available at

Name of Product: Faux-Fur Hooded Bear Coats

Hazard: The metal snaps on the jackets can detach, posing a choking hazard to children.

Remedy: Refund

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled coat and return it to the nearest Dillard’s store for a full refund. To obtain a prepaid envelope to return the product by mail, customers can contact Dillard’s.

Consumer Contact: Dillard’s at 800-345-5273 from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. ET Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Sunday, by email at [email protected] or online at and click on “Product Recalls” at the bottom of the page for more information.

Recall Details

Units: About 1,800

Description: This recall involves the Starting Out Baby Girls 3-24 Months Faux-Fur Hooded Bear Coat with style numbers F64CI801I and F64CI801N. The coat is labeled for children aged 3-24 months and has metal snap closures. It is an ivory faux fur coat with animal ears on the hood. The “Starting Out” logo and style number can be found on the tag sewn into the garment.

Incidents/Injuries: Dillard’s has received one report of snaps detaching. No injuries have been reported.

Sold at: Dillard’s stores nationwide and online at from September 2016 through December 2016 for about $40.

Importer/Distributor: Dillard’s Inc., of Little Rock, Ark.

Manufactured in: China

About U.S. CPSC:
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction.  Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals – contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years. Keep Reading Launches as a Free Service for Nonprofits Worldwide

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AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 28, 2017 /360WiseNews/ — MissionBox, a global network that connects nonprofit people and organizations worldwide, is proud to announce the launch of, a free website that provides curated “gold” knowledge on hundreds of nonprofit operations topics as well as tools that encourage meaningful connections between nonprofit allies and peers worldwide. gives nonprofits the power to connect easily, learn effectively, share openly and shine passionately — on a local, regional or global basis. Nonprofit executives or staff can take advantage of the best thinking in the sector, including useful tools, vetted content, expert advice and proven nonprofit practices.

Kathryn Engelhardt-Cronk, MissionBox CEO, says, “‘One stop’ knowledge sharing and connections promote nonprofit power and impact. MissionBox founders have worked to support nonprofits for more than 25 years. We are passionately committed to helping nonprofits achieve mission success.”

And there’s more: MissionBox offers a free research concierge service. If you can’t find the information or research you need, MissionBox will find it for you. Keep Reading

ADA Commends Environmental Protection Agency for Adhering to High Standards of Science in Rejecting Anti-Fluoridation Group’s Request

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2017 /360WiseNews/ — The American Dental Association (ADA) commends the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its scientifically sound decision today to deny a request to ban community water fluoridation.  Hundreds of communities across the country optimally fluoridate their water supplies, providing an estimated 211 million people with increased protection from dental disease.

In November of last year, a group opposed to community water fluoridation petitioned the EPA with a request that the agency ban the addition of fluoridating chemicals to drinking water. The petitioners claimed that the level of fluoride used by communities across the nation negatively affects IQs.

EPA scientists denied the petition, noting in their official justification that, “the petition has not set forth a scientifically defensible basis to conclude that any persons have suffered neurotoxic harm as a result of exposure to fluoride in the U.S. through the purposeful addition of fluoridation chemicals to drinking water or otherwise from fluoride exposure in the U.S.”

The EPA justification, published Feb. 27 in the Federal Register, noted principles associated with sound science: “When an association is suggested between an exposure and a disease outcome, the studies need to be assessed to determine whether the effect is truly because of exposure or if alternate explanations are possible. The way to do that is to adjust for potential confounders, such as diet, behavior, and socioeconomic status […]”

“It is always heartening when our government comes down on the side of sound science,” said ADA President Gary Roberts. “Public health policy recommending community water fluoridation results from years of scientifically rigorous analysis of the amount of fluoride people receive from all sources. Keep Reading

Be Lit Brand Announces Partnership with The Game

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Be Lit Brand has officially joined forces with rapper and celebrity The Game and company Trees by Game

SANTA ANA, Calif., Feb. 27, 2017 /360WiseNews/ — Be Lit Brand today announced an official partnership with rapper and celebrity, The Game (Jayceon Taylor) and his cannabis specific company Trees By Game, after being discovered at the BIG Industry Show and High Times Business Expo in Los Angeles in January.

Be Lit Brand will join a hand-selected network of cannabis-related companies working with The Game, including The Reserve dispensary, Shine Papers and GFarma Brands.  When asked about the new partnership, Jayceon replied, “It’s a matter of working with the absolute best in every product category, and setting new limits for where we as a community can take this industry… I’m honored at the opportunity to work with Be-Lit and the wonderful people on their team.” The designs and styles are fresh, plus they promote positivity, cannabis and that Zen vibe throughout the brand. I’m excited for us to be working on expanding the product line together.”

A gathering at The Game’s home in Los Angeles officially commenced the partnership, and was attended by founder of Be Lit Brand, Brandine Strand, Joshua Shelton of Green Street Agency and of course, The Game himself.  Green Street Agency later hosted a one-of-a-kind Grammy Gifting Suite at their Miracle Mile Penthouse offices, where all of Game’s brands gathered for the day to introduce their products to his closest industry friends and associates. Dozens of celebrities, musicians, actors, and professionals received carefully curated gift packages highlighting several of the Games “best in class” products. Keep Reading

Business Outfitters By Lands’ End Wins Gold At American Advertising Award For WorkWear Campaign

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“Strength Defines Us” Campaign Featuring Employees Wins Top Honor at AAF Madison ADDY Awards and Advances to Regional Competition


DODGEVILLE, Wis., Feb. 27, 2017 /360WiseNews/ — Business Outfitters by Lands’ End has won a gold ADDY Award from the American Advertising Federation Madison, an organization committed to the development of the advertising, marketing and communications community in the greater Madison area, for its “Strength Defines Us” campaign. The compelling campaign visuals and video were developed for the Lands’ End WorkWear Collection, which features apparel for tough jobs like construction, warehouse work and more. The American Advertising Awards is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition to recognize the best in creative excellence in advertising.

The dynamic winning campaign visuals and video featured Lands’ End employees in WorkWear apparel, portraying the story of the real people who use the line every day. The finished product captured the simple yet dynamic story behind the Lands’ End maintenance team, what quality means to them and how they take pride in what they wear to work every day and how they do their jobs. Built around the workers themselves, the campaign created a lifestyle concept using authentic personal stories to forge an authentic customer connection.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the American Advertising Federation Madison for our team’s creativity in developing a campaign that is near and dear to all of us at Lands’ End,” said Joe Ferreri, senior vice president, Lands’ End Outfitters. “This award presents a unique distinction because it comes from our local Madison community for a campaign that features our very own employees and the hard work and dedication they bring to their jobs at Lands’ End every day.” Keep Reading


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Friday, February 24, 2017 / 360WiseNews

Former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage says 2016 was the beginning of a ‘global political revolution’ with the Brexit Vote and election of Donald Trump. His comments came Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference .

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