Robservations: Lilia Chacon joins GreenMark Public Relations

Robservations: Lilia Chacon joins GreenMark Public Relations
Fresh from her stint on the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, veteran Chicago journalist Lilia Chacon has joined GreenMark Public Relations as director of public affairs. Sue Markgraf, founder and president of the Chicago-area firm, said Chacon …
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Meeker's Linda Lombardi named state FCCLA vice president of public relations
On a national level, FCCLA has more than 160,000 members and nearly 7,000 chapters from 50 state associations and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than 10 million youth since its founding …
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HC dismisses appeal of Qnet's public relations firm
The appeal in the HC on October 13 was filed by Concept Public Relations India Limited, which acted as a media co-ordinator for Qnet. The latter is being investigated by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) for a financial scam involving 'chain link …
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50 Best Documentaries on Netflix: Making a Murderer joins the ranking

50 Best Documentaries on Netflix: Making a Murderer joins the ranking
Making a Murderer is the only documentary series you'll find in our ranking so far. For one, Making a Murderer is the best documentary series on Netflix right now. On top of that, Making a Murderer feels like a ten-hour movie or documentary (in a good …
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Knights defend top ranking in 74-56 blowout of Bulldogs
The Kingman Bulldogs (10-2) and Lake Havasu Knights (5-8) boys basketball teams went head-to-helmet Jan. 4 in Kingman, as the Knights added another win to their record. Lake Havasu further confirmed its legitimacy as's top-ranked …
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Best in Texas (1/4): Mustangs or Aggies? Ranking the top college basketball
SportsDay's college bloggers, insiders, columnist Kevin Sherrington and Denton-Record Chronicle reporter Brett Vito all cast their ballot of the top 10 teams in the state from a pool of 23. Here's a look at the first Best in Texas poll of 2016: Note …
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Brenda Connell joins Complete Public Relations as PR representative

Brenda Connell joins Complete Public Relations as PR representative
“Brenda brings a lot of new skills and experiences to the Complete PR team,” John Boyanoski, the company's president, said. “We know she will be a great addition.” Connell earned her degree in mass communications in 2013 from the University of South …
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Four women among honored Central Iowa public relations professionals
The Central Iowa Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Chapter celebrated the industry's best and brightest at their recent annual PRIME Awards Luncheon during OctoPRfest, a day-long professional development conference for PR and …
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RSA Public Relations announced new hire
RSA Public Relations announced new hire … Man pistol-whipped after getting shot on North Fifth Street in Rockford … Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling to hold fundraisers … RSA Public Relations announced new hire … Man pistol-whipped after …
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Google Joins Yahoo, AOL in Adopting Stricter Email Authentication

Google Joins Yahoo, AOL in Adopting Stricter Email Authentication
“Google is committed to email authentication,” John Rae-Grant, lead project manager for Gmail said in a statement issued by, Tuesday. “In June of 2016, we will be taking a big step by moving to DMARC policy p=reject," Rae-Grant said …
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NYPL answers questions Google cannot
NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) – People need a place to go to ask questions that are not easily answered and that place is still the library. Inside the New York Public Library, you will find senior reference librarian Matthew J. Boylan. Like a detective, he …
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Bits | Deutsche Telekom Said to Weigh New Antitrust Complaint Against Google
Google, in particular, has been in the company's sights. More than a year ago, Deutsche Telekom filed a complaint with the European Commission over its antitrust investigation into Google's online search practices. Now, Deutsche Telekom, which owns a …
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LYONSCG Joins the Riskified Partnership Program


Lyons Consulting Group (LYONSCG), the premier eCommerce digital agency serving online retailers, brand manufacturers, and B2B merchants, announced today that it has become a systems integration partner of Riskified, a venture-backed eCommerce fraud prevention solution provider. Riskified enables online merchants to accept credit card transactions they would otherwise decline, as it covers all approved orders with a 100% chargeback guarantee in case of fraud.

We strive to help our clients realize their full eCommerce potential and are always looking for innovative solutions for todays eCommerce challenges, says Rich Lyons, CEO and President of LYONSCG. Our partnership with Riskified is going to help our customers reduce lost sales due to improperly denied transactions.

Riskifieds data shows that between 40% and 80% of transactions typically denied by online merchants are actually false declines, meaning they are legitimate transactions that should have been approved. Falsely rejecting good orders results not only in lost revenue, but also in insulted customers. Online merchants that invest in reducing false declines stand to significantly increase revenues and improve consumers shopping experience. Retailers such as Burton, Vestiaire Collective, Farfetch, and Ssense have all achieved higher approval rates with Riskified.

Working with LYONSCG will help us evangelize the value that merchants can gain by reducing fraud declines from high-risk credit card transactions, said Andy Freedman, CMO at Riskified. Their experience working with platforms like Demandware, hybris, and Magento will simplify implementation and speed time-to-revenue for our customers.

The partnership is currently effective and LYONSCG can incorporate the Riskified solution into websites they build for online merchants.

About Riskified

Riskified is a leading eCommerce fraud management solution trusted by hundreds of brands across the world. Headquartered in Tel Aviv with offices in the U.S., Riskified utilizes machine learning models, behavioral analytics, device fingerprinting and other fraud detection methodologies to accurately analyze and approve eCommerce orders. Thanks to the exceptional accuracy of its fraud review process, Riskified can identify and prevent fraud while ensuring good customers are not turned away. With full chargeback insurance on approved orders and pay-for-performance model, Riskified is an economical and effective solution in helping merchants fight fraud and improve their top- and bottom-line sales. For more information, please visit us at

About Lyons Consulting Group

Lyons Consulting Group (LYONSCG) is the industrys premier eCommerce digital agency, serving brands, retailers, and B2B organizations with tailored solutions that maximize their online potential. Headquartered in Chicago with offices around the world, the firm offers a full range of digital strategy, digital marketing, application hosting and support, experience design, and eCommerce implementation services for the Demandware, hybris, and Magento platforms.

LYONSCG is the recipient of the Demandware Delivery Partner of the Year, Magento Partner Excellence, and Magento Innovator of the Year awards. LYONSCGs approach is holisticwe provide every client with a creative, robust and increasingly profitable eCommerce website. LYONSCG is eCommerce Realized!

Howard A. Schmidt, Former Cyber Security Advisor to Presidents Bush and Obama, Joins SAASPASS Looks forward to killing the password

Howard Schmidt, Former White House Cybersecurity Advisor, SAASPASS Chairman

SAASPASS Inc., the innovator of scan and proximity based sign-in, for seamless strong security, today announced the appointment of Howard Schmidt as Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors. Schmidt is the former cyber security advisor to Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, as well as having served as the Chief Security Officer for Microsoft Corporation and eBay. As Chairman of the Board, Schmidt will help SAASPASS become the de facto standard in strong, secure and seamless sign-in.

The single biggest source of system breaches trace back to compromised credentials and the weak link of username/passwords that are currently in use today, said Schmidt. The easiest way to thwart more than 90% of system breaches is to move to stronger authentication for all users, and SAASPASS provides the easiest and most seamless way to do so that I have seen to date, effectively killing the password as we know it in the process.”

“Schmidt has been known for his visionary opinions, advocating for a better framework for trust and identity, years before it was acknowledged by the market as a need,” said Sal Karatas, Co-Founder and CEO of SAASPASS. As the world becomes an ever more connected place, with billions of Internet of Things devices being added on top of websites and other online services that all need authentication, stronger security will be critical. SAASPASS provides seamless authentication that is inherently dynamic 2-Factor Authentication, on logins not only for websites, but also for devices, PCs and Macs, allowing for integration of all such services into on premise or in the cloud Active Directory setups.

About Howard A. Schmidt

Howard A. Schmidt has had over 40 years of public and private sector service in the security space. Hes served as Special Adviser on Cyberspace Security for the White House under President Bush, as well as Special Assistant to President Obama, where he was also National Cyber Security Co-ordinator. Outside the White House, Howard also served as Chief Security Officer for Microsoft and eBay. At Microsoft his duties included CISO, CSO and overseeing the Security Strategies Group. Before Microsoft, Mr. Schmidt was a supervisory special agent and director of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), Computer Forensic Lab and Computer Crime and Information Warfare Division. While there, he established the first dedicated computer forensic lab in the government. Before AFOSI, Mr. Schmidt was with the FBI at the National Drug Intelligence Center, where he headed the Computer Exploitation Team. He is recognized as one of the pioneers in the field of computer forensics and computer evidence collection. Before working at the FBI, Mr. Schmidt was with the Chandler Police Department in Arizona. Mr. Schmidt holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (BSBA) and a master’s degree in organizational management. (MAOM)


With more than a thousand registered companies ranging from small businesses to multinational corporations, SAASPASS is fast becoming a preferred choice for Secure Sign-in and 2FA in one. The company allows security managers to strengthen the security of their networks effectively, by removing static credentials from their network infrastructure, while ensuring greater compliance with internal policies and external regulations and guidelines such as HIPAA and FFIEC. SAASPASS cloud technology offers customers significant economic advantages, requiring no capital outlay or infrastructure to deploy and manage. Its unprecedented device support makes SAASPASS ideal for companies that may have their workforce mobile, distributed across broad geographies and multiple locations. SAASPASS is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Blue Horseshoe Joins Prestigious Microsoft Dynamics Inner Circle

Blue Horseshoe Microsoft Dynamics Inner Circle

Blue Horseshoe, a global software firm specializing in supply chain and logistics solutions, has been selected to join the 2015 Microsoft Dynamics Inner Circle. This is an elite group of the most strategic Microsoft Dynamics partners from around the globe, with sales achievements that rank them in the highest echelon of the Microsoft Dynamics global network of partners. These partners are recognized for their exceptional overall company performance in delivering valuable solutions to Microsoft Dynamics customers.

The announcement was made official by Microsoft at the Worldwide Partner Conference taking place in Orlando, FL. Since its inception in 1993, the Inner Circle has rewarded its members for their continued sales success, strategic impact and achievements that support the Dynamics community.

“This recognition is the culmination of years of dedication within our company and our long-term belief in the Dynamics AX platform.” said Chris Cason, President of Blue Horseshoe. “Earning this status means that the market recognizes our unrivaled combination of global Dynamics AX experience, deep industry knowledge, and our proven track record for customer satisfaction and support. We look forward to a thriving future with Microsoft and Dynamics AX.”

The Microsoft Dynamics Inner Circle is considered the most prestigious honor for Microsoft Dynamics Partners. Blue Horseshoe is also a member of Microsoft Presidents Club and was named the Microsoft Distribution Partner of the Year in 2012, while also maintaining the Microsoft Gold ERP Competency.

Each year we recognize and honor Microsoft Dynamics partners from around the world for exemplary performance. These award-winning partners inspire us by the standards they set and the impact they have on the business. said Neil Holloway, Corporate Vice President Microsoft Business Solutions Sales & Partners, Microsoft is honored to recognize Blue Horseshoe for their achievements this past year and for their dedication and support of Microsoft Dynamics applications.


Microsoft Dynamics business solutions energize and empower customer engagement with real-time information and collaboration. As the world grows smaller and more complicated, technology plays an important role and enables individuals to drive their vision while also helping organizations to manage their end-to-end business processes. From customer engagement solutions powered by customer relationship management (CRM) software to enterprise resource planning (ERP), and from supply chain management to business intelligence and reporting, Microsoft Dynamics has a business solution that’s just right for you. And when you combine Microsoft Dynamics with Office, Skype, and Yammer, you can connect instantly with your teams. With Microsoft Dynamics, you can add collaboration and productivity to any device, anywhere.


Blue Horseshoe is a global solution services firm with its headquarters in Carmel, IN. It provides expert management and strategy consulting, system design, implementation, optimization, and distribution design services to Fortune 500 and mid-market businesses throughout the world. With a specific focus on Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP, Blue Horseshoe provides custom solutions tailored for food & beverage distribution, retail supply chain, CPG distribution and logistics and transportation. Blue Horseshoe continues to innovate and build on the success of the new warehousing and transportation modules released in AX 2012 R3, which were purchased by Microsoft from Blue Horseshoe. Additional offices are located in Denver, Columbus, Charlotte and our newest office in Amsterdam.


Sean McGinnis Joins CLEARLINK as Executive Vice President of Home Services Marketing

Sean McGinnis joins Salt Lake City, Utah-based CLEARLINK to lead the 100+ person home services digital marketing team. McGinnis and his family will relocate from Chicago, IL, where he served as a digital marketing executive at Sears Holdings Corporation.

My family and I were drawn to Utah because of the enormous opportunity to get outside and explore the many great places and mountains across the state, the active lifestyle and the incredible infrastructure and thought that went into making it all accessible, said McGinnis. There is nothing more inspiring than being part of a high-growth company. My role at CLEARLINK allows me to bring my three passions together: leading teams and people, having end-to-end marketing responsibility across a full breadth of digital channels, and being part of growing and thriving culture. I am already inspired by both the people around me during the day and the beauty that this area has to offer.

McGinnis brings extensive experience building and leading marketing teams and deep knowledge across digital marketing practices. In his role, he will lead the search marketers, front-end developers, content strategists, affiliate marketers, web designers, community managers and outreach specialists that drive online traffic to a host of Fortune 500 brands in the home services sector. He will also be instrumental in continuing to foster the rich culture that draws top Utah sales professionals and marketers to CLEARLINK.

Prior to Sears Holdings, McGinnis spent 14 years at Thomson Reuters in various roles, including three years leading a large search engine optimization (SEO) team for a legal web agency, FindLaw.

Seans passion for innovating and driving growth in the digital marketing field will continue to grow our partners business. His approach to work, team-building and enjoying life meld perfectly with our culture. His proven leadership skills will help guide the next chapter of CLEARLINK, said Sam Funk, President of Home Services and CFO at CLEARLINK. Not only are we fortunate to have him and his family as part of the CLEARLINK family, the Salt Lake community is getting an amazing addition.

To learn more about CLEARLINK, watch the linked video. To see open jobs on the CLEARLINK marketing team visit here.

Onward Search Joins MITX as Platinum Member

Onward Search Talent Recruitment Agency

Onward Search, one of the nations leading staffing agencies for digital creative and technology talent, announced that they have signed on to be a Platinum Member of the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange (MITX), the premier organization representing the New England digital community.

Platinum is the premium level of membership available to any company. MITX Platinum Sponsors receive a robust package of membership benefits and receive tickets to over 40 scheduled MITX events during the year including the MITX Awards, Educational Summits and FutureM, MITXs annual event showcasing the future of marketing. Sponsors are also granted access to networking events and relevant educational programs, saving on entry fees for the awards programs that recognize excellence in New England technology.

We are thrilled to welcome Onward Search as a Platinum Member of our community of digital innovators, said Amy Quigley, President of MITX and Host of FutureM. For the past five years Onward Search has been an active member in the MITX community, and were fortunate to have organizations like them dedicated to the advancement of the regions digital landscape.

Onward Search is a full service talent recruitment agency offering contract, contract-to-hire, and executive search services for digital creative, marketing, and technology professionals. Their innovative approach combines industry expertise and market intelligence to deliver solutions that advance the unique business goals of each of their clients.

We are excited to elevate our membership with MITX and build upon our five year and growing partnership, which has been a key factor to our business success in the Boston and New England area, said Leanne Owens, SVP of Client Strategy at Onward Search. We rely on MITXs leading edge programming to keep us up to speed with trends in digital technologies and networking opportunities that keep us connected with the brands and start-ups that are thriving within our innovation economy. Supporting MITX is supporting digital innovation and we look forward to teaming up with MITX as a resource to help provide insight and support to companies seeking to attract and retain the most in-demand technology professionals in this talent driven economy.

About Onward Search

Onward Search is the nations leading recruitment agency for digital creative, marketing and technology talent. They offer a full range of recruitment and staffing solutions to include contract staffing, contract-to-hire, and executive placement. Onward Search is headquartered in Wilton, CT, with its flagship sales office in New York City. They have over 10 regional offices across the US and London and can be found online at, on Twitter at, or on Facebook at

About MITX

Established in 1996, MITX, the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange, is the leading industry organization focused on the web and mobile, bringing together the digital marketing, media and technology community to engage in whats next and how it will impact the marketing and business worlds. For more information, visit