2021-07-22
Fiji vaccination jersey scrapped again following sponsors directive
The Fiji rugby team say a plan to wear a message on their jerseys promoting Covid-19 vaccinations against the All Blacks were scrapped for a second week following a directive from their major sponsor.The Flying Fijians wore jerseys with Fiji Airways across their chest, instead of a message promoting Covid-19 vaccinations.The jerseys were set to read "Vaccinate Fiji - It's your choice".But the players took to the field with a Fiji Airways sticker across their chests instead.Coach Vern Cotter said the team was left out of the loop for a second week, and were only informed of the change on Friday."Those conversations were being had with the sponsor and the (Fiji Rugby) Union," he said."I wasn't aware until things were decided really yesterday that that's what the stance was going to be."The Fijian players also decided against wearing jerseys with the "Vaccinate Fiji" message for last weekend's test in Dunedin, because some of the players didn't want to.It was not clear whether Fiji Airways was unhappy with the compromise message that had been agreed by the players, with the "it's your choice" message labelled in some quarters as a missed opportunity that further muddies the waters around the vaccination message.Cotter acknowledged there was differing views towards vaccinations within the Fiji squad."Obviously it wasn't unanimous the whole thing but it's all about that choice and the main thing was the sponsor wanted that awareness."The messages got through and it was a democratic process, which I take the hats off to everybody. I think what we wanted, what everybody wanted was achieved."Fiji reported a daily record 1405 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours to 8am on Friday, while the death toll rose to 80 - 78 of these from the latest outbreak that began in April.However vaccine hesitancy remained staunch in pockets of Fiji, and the government last week announced tough penalties in order to compel public servants to get vaccinated or lose their jobs.Cotter said the media coverage over the past week also helped to spread the message around vaccinations to a wider audience."It was all about awareness and I think the week of every day people talking about I think it got aired quite well," he said in the wake of Fiji's 60-13 defeat by the All Blacks in Kirikiriroa."I think the awareness worked so it came back to the major sponsor, the space on the jersey, and everyone thought 'well perhaps the job's been done. We'll just put the major sponsor back on and just move on with that, so that's effectively what happened."Fiji's team manager Willie Baleinabuli told RNZ the Fiji Rugby Union lost $FJ400,000 ($US193,000) by not wearing the "Vaccinate Fiji" message on their shirts during last weekend's first test.Fiji Airways had offered their space of the front of the Flying Fijians jersey ahead of the match in Dunedin, but the team said that decision was "sprung" on them at late notice without the necessary consultation.Cotter said the team was also conscious that the airline was their major sponsor and has been doing it tough."If you can understand Fiji Airways is suffering a little bit because of Covid and the fact that there is no tourism and there is no activity for the airline."Everybody is aware of that - the players know it's a major sponsor and they're hurting - and this seemed be the only, seemed to be the fair way of representing that major sponsor."While the Fijian players did not wear a vaccination message on their jerseys, the "Vaccinate Fiji" slogan was displayed on the LED hoardings around the field and a digital logo was projected onto the halfway line at FMG Stadium that was visible to television viewers.Baleinabuli said Fiji Rugby's sponsor group paid for the message to be advertised during the game.Source: https://amp-rnz-co-nz.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/amp.rnz.co.nz/article/75a2555e-c210-407d-b72e-848d7b574e74...
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2021-07-21
SkipTheDishes named the Official Food Delivery App of the Canadian Olympic Committee ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Skip to help celebrate the families and friends of Canada’s Olympic athletes by delivering meals through the official Team Canada Family & Friends Portal as they cheer from homeCanada’s largest and most trusted food delivery app is joining Team Canada as the Official Food Delivery App of the Canadian Olympic Committee in a deal that will take them through to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.Nothing brings people and their communities together like sport and watching the Olympic Games. As a proud Canadian brand, Skip will be delivering the diverse tastes of Canada to Olympic fans in over 250 cities and towns across the country as they follow Team Canada in Tokyo this summer. Throughout the pandemic Skip has focused their efforts on expanding their network across the country, and with this partnership they will be creating even more opportunities for Canadians to enjoy their favourite meals while supporting Team Canada at home.“This partnership strengthens Skip’s commitment to sport at the highest level, and we are humbled to support Canadian athletes as they represent our country on the international stage,” says Kevin Edwards, CEO SkipTheDishes. “We couldn’t be happier to kick off our partnership and celebrate our Canadian athletes with this multiyear deal.”As Canadians cheer on Team Canada from home this year, Skip will also be supporting athletes’ families by delivering meals through the COC’s first-ever Family & Friends Portal. The Portal is a digital rallying point for loved ones of Team Canada athletes where they can participate in ‘Watch and Chat’ sessions during events, share photos and engage as a community from here at home. Skip’s support will ensure they can order from their favourite local restaurants without missing any of the action, no matter what time the games are on.“We’re proud to welcome SkipTheDishes to the Canadian Olympic family,” said David Shoemaker, CEO & Secretary General, Canadian Olympic Committee. “We know that Skip is passionate about sports and our communities across Canada, and we look forward to Skip delivering a vast and diverse offering of meals into our homes as we cheer Canada’s Olympians from our couches and kitchen tables.”As the Official Food Delivery App of Hockey Canada and the NHL, SkipTheDishes is thrilled to extend its dedication to supporting all Olympic sports in Canada, and, with Team Canada, reaching millions of fans across the country....
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2021-07-21
Sandbox Studios launches to create and invest in celebrity product collaborations
As brand-talent collaborations continue to grow, entrepreneur and sponsorship expert Jackie Fast has announced the launch of Sandbox Studios, which is paving the future for partnership deals with celebrities, sports stars, actors, musicians and influencers. Headquartered in West Hollywood, California, Sandbox Studios works with talent and brands to launch impactful consumer products in wellness, lifestyle, technology, food & beverage and media, where the talent in question owns a significant portion of the business. Services include talent strategy, talent sourcing, corporate sponsorship, brand partnerships and creative activation. Slingshot Sponsorship – Staff Portraits On the launch of her company, Jackie Fast said: “Good collaborations are hard to create, but when they work – they really work. What is needed now are the resources and funds to launch great products with talent as a means of distribution. Celebrities are more than just a pretty face and utilizing their creativity to develop meaningful connections with consumers is what the future of marketing will become.” Fast continued: “We are moving away from transactions into an era of value and Sandbox Studios is leading that shift by not just working with brands and talent to create these opportunities but fueling them through investment. By combining $500k – $1m of seed capital for each investment with my expertise in creating world-class partnerships, we are developing a new asset class. One that has been virtually untouched until this point.” Social media has revolutionized traditional advertising by allowing brands to speak directly to their customers. Gone is the middleman of the store clerk or the television channel, instead brands can drop into DMs and connect where it matters most. As part of this shift, the power of fans and celebrity has grown exponentially by allowing brands access. With many online audiences larger than whole countries (Dwayne Johnson’s Instagram following is almost as large as the population of America), there has never been a better time for a brand to reach millions – on a budget.  Since pre-pandemic levels, entrepreneurship at large has risen 40% with female entrepreneurs making a substantial impact within this figure (114% growth in the last 20 years). With billion-dollar exits of Beats, Kylie Cosmetics and Casamigos – everyone is desperately seeking the next big opportunity – however, the formula isn’t as simple as brand + talent. There is an art to creating the right partnership, a skill that Sandbox Studios Founder Jackie Fast has been building on for over 20 years. Sandbox Studios is a natural evolution for Jackie Fast, who started her career in London creating unlikely but exceptionally profitable partnerships with her global sponsorship agency Slingshot Sponsorship. An ESA Member, she recently sold Slingshot Sponsorship for seven figures and has moved to LA to launch Sandbox Studios. Many industry experts and popular personalities are ecstatic about the launch of Sandbox Studios, including powerhouse entrepreneur Jaclyn Johnson, who joined as an advisor.  “The recent excitement with talent-led collaborations is just scratching the surface of what is possible and what is to come. Jackie Fast is an expert at creating authentic and impactful partnerships that drive extraordinary commercial results and with the launch of her new venture Sandbox Studios, she is truly paving the way,” said Jaclyn Johnson, Founder, Create & Cultivate.  For more information, visit sandboxstudios.ventures.  -ENDS- ABOUT SANDBOX STUDIOS Sandbox Studios is a full-service collaborations agency helping talent and brands launch impactful consumer products in wellness, lifestyle, technology, food & beverage, and media. Headquartered in West Hollywood, California, Sandbox Studios is combining their agency expertise with capital to launch talent-owned businesses. Services include talent strategy, talent sourcing, corporate sponsorship, brand partnerships, and creative activation. Sandbox Studios Agency also works with both brands and talent to create and roll-out new collaboration IP with a focus on delivering results. Visit https://sandboxstudios.ventures/blog/ for more information. MEDIA CONTACT Leah Lupo | Black Ops Public Relations | PR@blackopspublicrelations.com Source: https://sponsorship.org/sandbox-studios-launches-to-create-and-invest-in-celebrity-product-collaborations/...
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2021-07-21
TCS Renews Sponsorship Of TCS New York City Marathon Through 2029
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has signed an eight-year contract with the New York Road Runners (NYRR) to extend its title and technology sponsorship of the TCS New York City Marathon through 2029. TCS’s extended partnership with NYRR follows its announcement earlier this month that it would become the new title sponsor of the London Marathon starting in 2022. Collectively, TCS plans to invest $30 million to $40 million annually in global running sponsorships and related community programming from 2022 to 2029. “We are delighted to extend our sponsorship of the TCS New York City Marathon, the foremost running event in the world,” said Surya Kant, chairman, North America, TCS. “We sponsor running events across the world because we want to inspire local communities to live healthy and active lifestyles and also because of the obvious parallels between marathons and the growth and transformation journeys that we help our customers undertake. Running a marathon makes you feel that there’s nothing you can’t do. With each step, you’re building on belief.” As part of the sponsorship, TCS will launch a new version of its TCS New York City Marathon App that incorporates augmented reality features. The new version will include features to support in-person and virtual runners with AR experiences. Fans and athletes will be able to access real-time runner tracking, digital cheer cards and a finishing-time predictor. The other pillar of TCS sponsorship focuses on redoubling its efforts to encourage communities to adopt active, healthier lifestyles. TCS will donate $4 million to NYRR’s youth and community programs including Rising New York Road Runners. TCS will also develop a marathon version of its goIt Stem education contest that will challenge students to develop an app concept that promotes active lifestyles and inclusivity. “At NYRR, we are thrilled to extend our incredible partnership with TCS for the next eight years,” said Kerin Hempel, CEO, NYRR. “Since 2014, TCS has helped us transform our runner’s experience through technological advancements while also providing tremendous support of our community programs across the five boroughs. TCS and NYRR have shared core values, commitment to service and passion for innovation, and I can’t wait to see what we co-create in our next chapter together.” Source: https://sgbonline.com/tcs-renews-sponsorship-of-tcs-new-york-city-marathon-through-2029/...
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2021-07-20
Red River Mutual Returns with Community Sponsorship Program, Awarding over $150,000 to Improve Community Spaces Across Manitoba and Saskatchewan
WINNIPEG, MB, July 20, 2021 /CNW/ - Red River Mutual is awarding over $150,000 to communities in Manitoba and Saskatchewan through their sponsorship program, Spruce Up Your Story after receiving over 240 submissions from across the Prairies – nearly doubling the response from last year's inaugural campaign. The funds will help rejuvenate and preserve ten community gathering spaces across both provinces, ensuring they will continue to make memories for years to come. "After last year's overwhelming response, we knew we had to carry the program forward," says President and CEO of Red River Mutual, Brian Esau. "Seeing the real impact of these improvements really strengthened our commitment to give back to the communities we serve and go beyond just insurance." After over a year of restrictions and closures, Spruce Up Your Story aims to breathe new life into the winning spaces. The submitted renovation or beautification projects were evaluated based on community use and significance, their commitment to sustainability, and connections to a local insurance brokerage. This year's ten winners are split evenly between Manitoba and Saskatchewan with projects that include: a refresh of the outdoor greenspace around the Abbey Business and Community Center in Abbey, Saskatchewan, to create an outdoor space where the community can come together; the installation of seamless flooring in the Manitou Community Arena, allowing players and community members to enjoy the sports they love in a trip-free environment; and the expansion and improvement of the well-used Scallion Creek trails in Virden, Manitoba, to bring the community together in activity and protect local landmarks. For a full list of winners and details about their projects, please visit https://redrivermutual.com/spruce-up-your-story/winners/  About Spruce Up Your Story The Spruce Up Your Story initiative isn't about bringing a brand-new rec centre or library to life – rather, it honours and protects the spaces that are well-worn and well- loved in our Prairie communities – the places where stories are already being made. Each Spruce Up Your Story renovation or beautification project was submitted by a local community member. Red River Mutual worked with its network of local brokers to promote the opportunity, and Red River Mutual staff helped determine the winners. This year, Red River Mutual awarded over $150,000 to help restore ten places where people connect, laugh, learn, and share across the Prairies. About Red River Mutual  Red River Mutual believes everyone has a right to feel safe and protected and to know that someone is looking out for them – while we're watching out for others. With over 70,000 policyholders with homes, farms and businesses all the way from Thunder Bay to the Rockies, Red River Mutual is committed to providing competitive insurance products that meet the changing needs of Canadians. As a company, we know that it's the people we protect that matter most. That's why we've strived to be a positive force in the lives of our customers and their communities since 1875. SOURCE Red River Mutual ...
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2021-07-20
MYM, The First French Social Network that Brings Creators Closer to Their Fans, Launches Its New Version to Expand Its Community
PARIS, July 20, 2021 /CNW/ -- Launched in 2019, MYM is a revolutionary private social network offering new perspectives for relationships between influential personalities (artists, sportsmen, coaches, models, designers...) and their communities. MYM allows fans to access exclusive content from their favorite creators and influencers, via a subscription, and to interact with them. MYM for whom? And how? MYM offers a platform designed for creators, fans and all those who wish to promote the talents of tomorrow, the ambassadors. Like in any private club, creators own a space of their own, where they are free to create, propose and exchange any contents they want. On the other hand, fans can have a direct and authentic relationship with their favorite personalities through a subscription that gives them access to exclusive contents in a secure environment. Finally, MYM offers a platform dedicated to agents (players, artists), agencies, labels, producers, etc. MYM is the only platform to offer a tailor-made business model for creators of famous/influential people, ambassadors (managers) and fans (community) at the same time. New cutting-edge technology features Push: an existing but improved feature that allows content creators to inform their entire community of exclusive news: the release of an album, an intimate concert, an important event, or even backstage access. MYM TV: Coming soon. The content creator will have the possibility to have his own TV channel to broadcast his content (live, studio, backstage, show, etc.).  Dashboard: the platform provides ambassadors (agent, manager, sponsor, label, producer, etc.) with a effective management tool that allows them to follow activities and revenues generated in real time as well as billing follow-up.  Concierge service: in addition to the 24/7 support, MYM offers a customized service to assist creators in managing their account, messaging system and contents.  Security, at the heart of MYM's challenges Since its creation, MYM has made the security of all its users an absolute priority. The founders, two young French entrepreneurs, rely on AI-based solutions reinforced by moderators to track down any drift related to this new model. MYM offers a secure environment based on proven control systems that rely on 2 major pillars: the control of public and private contents, and the protection of minors through user account verification and certification. The minimum age required to open a creator account is 18. On MYM, each account must be mandatorily and systematically certified. Without certification, the creator cannot be paid and cannot neither post new contents nor converse with his subscribers. Moreover, creator profiles that have not obtained their certification do not appear in the search engine and remain invisible. A very strict protocol has been implemented to ensure the veracity of the information provided (double-sided ID, a selfie with an ID number on A4 paper sheet, verification of mobile number). MYM uses the latest biometric technologies to carry out these controls and moderates contents when necessary. "Social networks are entering a new era. An era when influential people connect, interact live, and share exclusive contents with their communities and fans. An era when passion and creation really are valuable. At MYM, we put the creator back at the center of the project. We give them all the cards to make a living from their passion and to be supported by their community, creating a kind of private club 2.0," says Gaspard Hafner, cofounder of MYM. "We are proud that MYM is one of the few platforms to certify its creators. Our ambition is to become the first generalist "Exclusive Social Media", and this ambition will accelerate all along 2021. We are the only ones to offer a tailor-made business model for each of our targets: ambassadors (managers), fans (the community) and content creators," explains Pierre Garonnaire, cofounder of MYM. Claire Delzescaux - claire.delzescaux@gen-g.com  View original content to download multimedia:https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/mym-the-first-french-social-network-that-brings-creators-closer-to-their-fans-launches-its-new-version-to-expand-its-community-301336738.html SOURCE Gen-G ...
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2021-07-20
Winning At The Olympic Games: ‘It’s A Question Of Time,’ Says Omega
No other brand is more actively involved in sports timekeeping than Omega. In addition to partnerships in golf, sailing, athletics and swimming, it will have been the official timekeeper of the Olympic Games for 90 years next year.This role has not only involved mastering the different needs to timing a whole host of sports precisely, but also the continuous development of the equipment that today and tomorrow’s athletes, and their coaches, rely on.The behind-the-scenes complexity of time-keeping for sports at the highest level is underappreciated. There has to be a willingness to take risks, for a start. It is because of Omega’s representation, based on time-keeping facts, that a finishing line photo gave Michelle Chardonnet her medal bronze back in 1985 for the 100m hurdles completed in 1984. Originally Kim Turner and Michele Chardonnet were declared as tied for third, but the IAAF proclaimed Turner the sole bronze medalist. Upon appealing, Chardonnet was given her bronze medal six months later.The enduring position of Omega was not pre-determined. In the 1980s, the whole Swiss watch industry was endangered by the quartz revolution and subsequent technological breakthroughs by Seiko, Citizen and Casio.Nicolas Hayek engineered a turnaround by federating multiple companies into one new group and launching Swatch. One of the companies taken under Swatch’s wing was Omega.Today, the Swatch Group is a family-run business led by Hayek’s two children with another generation lined up behind. One of its companies — Swiss Timing — is what haute couture is to LVMH. The worldwide leading company in developing and producing electronic scoring and timing systems for sports competitions, it is also an experimental lab that pushes the boundaries, creates desirability and stuns everyone in the rest of the business.With sports so important to billions of people and the creator of deep emotions, Swiss Timing — with Omega as its vehicle — has an important place in the world. And never more so than right now, as live sports return in more accessible formats after a war-like silence necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.Innovation for accuracyOmega has a key value in common with competitive athletes: improving time. And it is in this purpose that its innovation lies. But measuring the 100m sprint requires totally different technology to measuring the 200-meter backstroke, say, and Omega’s appreciation of this has led the company to receive countless awards for services to the world of sport.Advances in measuring the one hundredth of a second are what matters to establish world records. It’s both empowering and a huge responsibility.And yet, the innovation is not just about the time keeping, but about feeding an entire ecosystem with innovation, from electronics to printing and filming capabilities, TV and display electronics, sound engineering and hardware.While the many editions have changed a lot since the 1932 LA games where Omega made its foray into the Olympic world, the spirit of high performance remains and Omega continues to align with it.How did they get here?In 1976, when Omega was allowed to use the words “Official Timekeeper of the Olympics”, the contract was 20 pages long. Today, the rights and obligations are laid down in a 197-page document.Since 1936, Omega has been sending not only clocks but entire teams of repairers and technicians to the Games. The company is required to cover 35 sports, with a comprehensive list of specifications of 150 to 300 pages for each. An “Olympic Result Information System” produces 54 different sets of results and statistic sheets for each event, and a daily report 30 minutes after the end of each.Omega started benefiting from the publicity coming from larger TV broadcasts in the 60s, as the International Olympic Committee received money from television stations for the first time. Innsbruck 1964 provided the first large-scale TV broadcasting opportunity. The public was informed of the times athletes had taken on giant screens by Omega for the first time ever.Tests of new technologies are always done before the Olympics, at regional championships, for example. Ensuring transparency is a key concern: in 1968, Omega started to provide the press, TV, judges and the general public with additional information and statistics.Tokyo 2020: Unfazed by the COVID pandemicor the 29th time in history, the brand will fulfil its role as the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games in Tokyo this month.339 events in 33 sports will be competed in Japan, and Omega will be measuring every second  of  action.  New  sports for this years Games provide new timing challenges: karate, sport climbing, surfing, baseball and skateboarding.Omega’s precision and equipment is a vital part of every athlete going for gold. The company’s timekeeping evolution is set to continue in Japan with new motion sensing and positioning technologies that will redefine our understanding of sport. It will tell the complete story of each event as it unfolds. With the use of motion sensing and positioning systems, a comprehensive range of real-time data will be collected, giving everyone a total understanding of how each event was won.Spectators will be entertained by being able to see exactly how an athlete reached their final time and result, providing incredibly helpful learnings for athletes and coaches too. Furthermore, the information will give commentators and analysts much more content for their storytelling of a victory. In the absence of a colorful crowd on site to tell the story visually, this will be highly valued.How did Omega adapt to the postponement? Well, time on the job has, to some degree, helped Omega be agile – a prerequisite for innovation.“Omega has been operating since 1848 and during that time we have witnessed many social and economic difficulties throughout the world,” says Raynald Aeschlimann, Omega’s President & CEO. “We have learned to be adaptable and this recent Olympic Games challenge is no exception. We are a very resilient brand and we have been able to adjust very well.”“From a logistical point of view, the postponement required some reorganization for our timekeeping team. However our close relationship with the IOC, which has been ongoing since 1932, has ensured that we’ve been greatly supported and that our changing needs have been catered to in a straightforward way.”That said, being prepared for the unplanned has always been something Omega has prioritized. Just think, snowstorms can bury key timekeeping equipment for ski competitions and it’s on the Omega team to be able improvise and repair things quickly.Omega wants to break records tooOmega invented a much precise digital technology[+]OMEGAAs OMEGA approaches 100 years of Olympic Games timekeeping, its evolution from simple stopwatches to high-tech equipment – with time itself unchanging – perfectly shows the innovation and pioneering spirit possible in a brand.In London in 2012, Omega introduced three new pieces of “futuristic” equipment, including new starting blocks used by sprinters and short-distance runners; the innovative “swimming show” that instantly ranks the top three finishers in the pool; and the high-precision “quantum timer” used in athletics and water sports that has an enhanced resolution of one millionth of a second.Today, even more devices are being used such as the light and electronic sound “starting pistol” in bright red, and the Omega Scan’O’Vision MYRIA that captures 10,000 frames per second in a photo finish.“I expect we will continue in the same way, with many more exciting developments to come,” says Aeschlimann. “But really, the next frontier is already here. Motion sensing and positioning systems are helping us to see and understand each event in a brand new way, with in-depth data and live athlete information being collected like never before.”All that started in PyeongChang, the 2018 Winter Olympics, and you’ll see much more of it on screen from July 23rd at Tokyo 2020.Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/stephanegirod/2021/07/13/winning-at-the-olympic-games-its-a-question-of-time-says-omega/amp/ + ((true || articleGrid.gridState.count > 0) ? '' : ' grid__wrapper--lazy') + (articleGrid.gridState.season == 1 ? ' active' : '')" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: flex; flex-wrap: wrap; -webkit-box-pack: center; justify-content: center;">...
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2021-07-20
LIVE NATION Venues Announce CLOROX Partnership And GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation As Fans & Artists Return To Concerts
As artists and fans continue to get back to experiencing the magic of live music, The Clorox Company, a global leader in cleaning and disinfection, and Live Nation Entertainment, the world’s leading live events company, today announced a multi-year agreement that makes Clorox® the Official Cleaning & Disinfecting Products partner of 90+ amphitheaters, clubs and theaters in the U.S.The collaboration with Clorox will include the integration of several Clorox disinfecting products, including Clorox® Total 360® electrostatic disinfecting devices to quickly and easily provide superior surface coverage in even the hardest to reach places. Additionally, sanitization stations will be placed throughout venues, with single-use hand sanitizers and wipes made available to fans for free during shows.Furthering its commitment to provide clean and safe environments as shows return, Live Nation put its venue protocols for cleaning, disinfection, and prevention through external third-party review and received GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation, equipping it with various tools, training and guidance to ensure the gold standard in cleaning, disinfection and prevention practices across its venue operations.“Fans and artists can’t wait to reunite for amazing live music, and by partnering with Clorox we are able to maintain cleaner and safer spaces to provide everyone with more peace of mind as we return to the concert experience we all know and love,” said Sherri Sosa, President, Venue Nation. “Clorox is synonymous with clean, and we look forward to welcoming their tried-and-true expertise and products into our venues across the country.”“As a leader in disinfection, Clorox is committed to helping improve the safety and well-being of people as they return to the live events, they’ve missed the most over the last year,” said Ed Huber, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at Clorox. “The pandemic has brought new and important attention to the need for greater public health best practices including cleaning and disinfection and we believe our partnership with Live Nation contributes to creating a cleaner and safer experience for everyone now and long into the future.”The integration of Clorox products will roll out across each venue as they prepare for reopening and the return of concerts. Live Nation’s venues across the United States are welcoming fans back for the summer concert season, with over 60 tours kicking off in July and August. Every venue’s reopening timeline will continue to follow guidance from their local health and government officials. For the latest information on shows, fans can check their local venue website.  ...
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2021-07-20
INSTANDA secures top industry talent to drive growth in North America
Digital insurance leader announces the additions of seasoned industry experts, Paul Gabrik and Debbie Wilson, to build on impressive North American market momentum MINNEAPOLIS, July 20, 2021 /CNW/ --  INSTANDA, the SaaS-based digital insurance platform provider, announces a new strategic hire and a key promotion to the North American team following rapid growth and client wins. New hire, Paul Gabrik, and recently promoted to the senior team, Debbie Wilson, will be reporting to Greg Murphy, Executive Vice President of North America at INSTANDA. Under Greg's leadership the company has won an impressive 12 new customers and increased staff by 150% since the start of 2020. These senior appointments have been made to support the growing customer portfolio, increase delivery capability through partners, and drive new client acquisitions in the region. As Chief Revenue Officer, Gabrik will be focusing on high-performance revenue strategies to grow the pipeline by developing complete customer insurance solutions using INSTANDA's powerful no-code platform. In addition, Gabrik will develop an executive sponsorship program for strategic clients to share best practices and help shape the long-term capability roadmap for INSTANDA. Gabrik brings over two decades of Sales Management Leadership experience in Consulting, Enterprise Software, SAAS and Services Solutions. His background spans a wide cross-section of businesses from Silicon Valley software companies such as McAfee, Mercury Interactive, and Hewlett Packard, to PE and VC-backed start-ups in the insurance sector. Accomplishments: VP of Sales/Partners at Accenture Software Group he led a 250+ member sales organization. While at Accenture, Paul was part of the leadership that acquired Duck Creek Technologies. VP of sales at Hewlett Packard, he led an acquisition of $800m in revenue. EVP of Secure Islands, Israeli-based Credit Suisse start-up, generated $30mn revenue in less than a year.As Chief Operating Officer, Wilson will be responsible for scaling INSTANDA's growth through partner capabilities and INSTANDA's delivery function, ensuring a seamless product implementation experience for clients. She will also be streamlining the tech partner strategy to deliver core capabilities for a world-class customer experience. Debbie comes with over three decades of entrepreneurial and corporate experience in insurance and software companies, and an impressive pedigree of change for multiple Property and Casualty and Life and Annuity firms in the Fortune 500. Accomplishments: CIO for top 10 brokerage firm in Canada executed 150 acquisitions, grew revenue from $35m to $750m. VP for Global Business Development at OneShield. VP at Majesco - puts her in a prime position to ramp up partner capabilities and scale INSTANDA's delivery.Greg Murphy, Executive Vice President of North America at INSTANDA added: "I am excited to announce the appointments of two highly-regarded leaders in Paul and Debbie who have extensive industry experience and have deliberately chosen to join the leadership team at INSTANDA because they believe in our mission of simplifying insurance technology for the enterprise. These hires signal a new chapter of growth for the business. Their commitment to scaling INSTANDA in North America and capturing incremental market opportunities by delivering high quality customer experiences with the INSTANDA platform will be instrumental in taking things to the next level." INSTANDA's strong insurance expertise and easily configurable software is a key differentiator in the market. Unlike its competition which tends to be highly inflexible, expensive, and require year plus implementation cycles, INSTANDA can bring complex insurance products to market in a matter of weeks by allowing insurers to easily configure products without the worry of software limitations or upgrades. By creating a unique customer insurance experience MGAs, carriers, and partners alike can build and launch complex insurance products their way, at speed, and remain agile to meet the expectations of today's customers. INSTANDA is committed to investing in additional product enhancements and full insurance solutions to serve its growing customer base within the North American insurance market. This will position INSTANDA to become the leading SaaS insurance core platform in the largest insurance market in the world. According to Forrester, the market for no-code platforms, like INSTANDA's, is growing at 40% a year, with spending expected to hit $21.2 billion by 2022. INSTANDA is poised to have a front-seat in this growing market and will continue to add top talent as the company scales. About INSTANDA Insurance is complex, but it does not have to be difficult. INSTANDA offers carriers and MGAs the possibility to break away from traditional 'systems heavy' product introductions. By rewriting the narrative on how to build and implement products, INSTANDA's Software-as-a-Service based digital insurance management platform is empowering insurers to thrive in a new generation of insurance. By putting control in the hands of insurers, creating customized products with speed and ease can now become the norm. Headquartered in the UK, with offices across North America, Asia Pacific, and Latin America, INSTANDA has helped over 60 clients create over 2,800 insurance products across 13 countries. 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2021-07-20
U.S. Polo Assn. Announced as Official Apparel & Team Sponsor for the Italia Polo Challenge - Porto Cervo Arzachena 2021
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. and PORTO CERVO, Italy, July 20, 2021 /CNW/ -- U.S. Polo Assn., in collaboration with its licensing partners in Italy, Incom SPA, Bonis SPA, Eastlab and WIP, has announced it will serve as the Official Apparel and Team Sponsor for the Italia Polo Challenge - Porto Cervo Arzachena 2021. The event will run from July 21-24 along the spectacular Costa Smeralda in the Italian region of Sardinia. U.S. Polo Assn. will provide team and staff apparel for this stunning event. There will also be a consumer experience merchandise tent on-site for attendees to take home a piece of the sport. The Italia Polo Challenge is a circuit of arena polo tournaments comprised of international teams participating in the most exclusive locations in Italy, including Cortina d'Ampezzo and Rome at the Piazza di Siena, and this year it's debuting at Porto Cervo - Arzachena. The circuit was created in 2018 by two passionate polo players eager to bring the tradition and heritage of the sport of polo to a wider audience. "Alongside the Italian Federation, and in partnership with our licensing partners in Italy, it's an honor to be the Official Apparel and Team Sponsor for such an exciting polo tournament with one of the world's most picturesque backdrops," said J. Michael Prince, President and CEO of USPA Global Licensing, which manages the multi-billion-dollar U.S. Polo Assn. brand. "U.S. Polo Assn. has a strong market presence in Italy, so we look forward to supporting the event and highlighting the sport of polo to consumers and sports fans in this very special place." While the Italia Polo Challenge is new to the global polo circuit, its location is one of the most breathtaking in all of Italy, and its stature is not going unnoticed by the world's top players and sports fans around the world. The event will feature four teams, 12 players, nearly 75 horses and will be watched by thousands of attendees.  "We are excited to be collaborating with U.S. Polo Assn., the official brand of the sport of polo in the U.S., for this amazing event and appreciate the generosity of the brand in outfitting the teams and staff," said Alessandro Giachetti, Head of Polo, Italian Equestrian Sports Federation. "The authentic connection between the brand and our players enhances this outstanding sponsorship and means something to loyal fans of polo and of U.S. Polo Assn." About U.S. Polo Assn. and USPA Global Licensing Inc. (USPAGL) U.S. Polo Assn. is the official brand of the United States Polo Association (USPA), the nonprofit governing body for the sport of polo in the United States, and one of the oldest sports governing bodies, having been founded in 1890. With a multi-billion-dollar global footprint and worldwide distribution through some 1,100 U.S. Polo Assn. retail stores, department stores, sporting goods channels, independent retailers and e-commerce, U.S. Polo Assn. offers apparel for men, women and children, as well as accessories, footwear, travel and home goods in 180 countries worldwide. Recently ranked the 5th largest sports licensor in License Global magazine's 2020 list of "Top 150 Global Licensors," U.S. Polo Assn. is named alongside such iconic sports brands as the National Football League, National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball. Visit uspoloassnglobal.com. USPA Global Licensing Inc. (USPAGL) is the for-profit subsidiary of the USPA and its exclusive worldwide licensor. USPAGL manages the global, multi-billion-dollar U.S. Polo Assn. brand and is the steward of the USPA's intellectual properties, providing the sport with a long-term source of revenue. Through its subsidiary, Global Polo Entertainment (GPE), USPAGL also manages Global Polo TV which hosts live games and stories about the sport and produces global broadcasts. Visit globalpolo.com. Additional photos are available upon request. For further information contact:  Shannon Stilson - AVP, Marketing  Phone +001.561.227.6994 - Email: sstilson@uspagl.com Stacey Kovalsky - Senior Director, Global Communications Phone +001.561.790.8036 - Email: skovalsky@uspagl.co Related Images u-s-polo-assn.jpg U.S. Polo Assn. U.S. Polo Assn.   View original content to download multimedia:https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/us-polo-assn-announced-as-official-apparel--team-sponsor-for-the-italia-polo-challenge---porto-cervo-arzachena-2021-301336314.html SOURCE USPA Global Licensing Inc. ...
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