RSM Supports Communities Through 9th Annual Volunteer Day

RSM US LLP (“RSM”) – the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market – recently held its ninth annual firm-wide Volunteer Day, during which approximately 2,400 RSM employees and clients participated in more than 56 volunteer activities across the country to give back to their local communities.

Each year during the firm’s annual Volunteer Day, RSM’s people, clients and friends join forces to showcase the firm’s core value of stewardship. Supporting more than 57 charitable organizations, employees and clients helped prepare a hurricane-ravaged school for the new school year, weeded gardens at a children’s camp, packed backpacks with school supplies, painted and cleaned a number of schools, and participated in many other activities across the country to help various communities where RSM has offices.

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BTC Grows with the Addition of Team from Bryn Mawr-Based Hollister Creative

39-Year Old Creative, PR, Direct Marketing and Digital Firm Expands Client Base

WAYNE, PA – October 4, 2018 – BTC, one of the Mid-Atlantic region’s leading full-service marketing and communications firms, announced it will expand with the addition of the senior team from Hollister Creative, a Bryn Mawr-based agency founded in 1990 by Kim Landry.

“Kim has built a tremendous business over the last 20-plus years, and we are excited to have her and her team join BTC,” said BTC President and CEO Tom Cancelmo. “Our businesses complement each other on many levels, from a services standpoint, as well as the industries and sectors we serve.  Our clients now have an even stronger senior-level team to serve their marketing communications needs.”

Landry will join BTC as Vice President, Impact, Georgette Klotz will join as Senior Web Designer, and  Martha Michaela Hutchman Brown will join as Account Executive. The move will grow BTC’s overall presence in the region, as well as in the Hospitality, Business-to-Business and Nonprofit sectors.

“I admire BTC and the way the firm positions itself, with experienced, creative practitioners working in a model that is very hands on with all clients,” said Landry. “Clients I will be bringing to BTC will benefit from a deep bench of talented marketing and communications professionals, along with experts in PR and media relations.”

“We all see a win-win-win here, combining our skill sets, our shared values and our commitment to working with organizations that have a meaningful impact in our community,” added BTC Partner Chris Murray.

This announcement coincides with BTC’s new web site launch, and the firm’s recent office move within the Evolve West Complex to 998 Old Eagle School Road, Suite 1207, in Wayne, PA.

“Our new digs are fresh, bright and very collaborative,” Cancelmo concluded.  “Every business needs to evolve, grow and start new chapters, and this is certainly one at BTC.”

For more information and to see BTC’s new web site, visit btcmarketing.com.

Bunker Labs PHL Welcomes Phil Zimmerman as Community City Leader

Philadelphia, October 3, 2018 – Bunker Labs Philadelphia, the local chapter of a national non-profit organization empowering the veteran community to become leaders in entrepreneurship and innovation, today announced Phil Zimmerman has joined the team as a Community City Leader.  In this role he will work with the Community Team to expand and strengthen Bunker Labs’ engagement with the Philadelphia community.

“We’re excited that Phil sees the value of the work Bunker Labs is doing for veterans and wants to volunteer his time to support our mission,” said Joe Witte, Executive Director, Bunker Labs PHL.  “With Phil’s passion for supporting veterans and vast network, he is a natural fit to help inspire, equip and connect veteran entrepreneurs in the Philadelphia region.”

In his professional role, Zimmerman is Vice President and Wealth Management Advisor for Merrill Lynch, where he serves executives at publicly traded companies, entrepreneurs, and 401(k) plan clients.   In addition to providing traditional advice and guidance, he is a qualified Portfolio Manager who can help clients pursue their objectives by building and managing his own personalized or defined strategies, which may incorporate individual stocks and bonds, Merrill Lynch model portfolios and third-party investment strategies.

“The Bunker Labs organization is doing tremendous things here in Philadelphia for veteran entrepreneurs and veteran spouses,” said Zimmerman.  “I’m eager to work side-by-side with Dennis (Miller, City Leader, Bunker Labs PHL) to strengthen our relationships with the Philadelphia community and open more doors for these entrepreneurs to help them grow their businesses.”

In addition to his role with Bunker Labs PHL, Zimmerman is on the board of the Delaware County Estate Planning Council and is a member of the Philadelphia Estate Planning Council, the Philadelphia Alliance for Capital & Technologies and the Foreign Policy Research Institute.  The native Philadelphian holds a BS in Finance from New York University, and is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™; certificant, a designation awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. For more information, please visit www.fa.ml.com/philip_zimmerman

 

About Bunker Labs Philadelphia

Bunker Labs is a national not-for-profit organization built by military Veteran entrepreneurs to empower other military Veterans as leaders in innovation.  Through local chapters organized in 18 different cities including Philadelphia, Bunker Labs provides educational programming, mentors, events, and thriving local networks to help military Veterans and their spouses start and grow businesses.  Bunker Labs works to Inspire, Educate, and Connect veterans with the right resources and people locally to be successful, while also providing national tools and resources like: Launch Lab Online or Community Mobile Appto support aspiring entrepreneurs where ever they may currently live or be stationed.  For more information, please visit bunkerlabs.org or http://bunkerlabsphl.com/, follow us on Twitter @BunkerLabsPHL and #BunkerBuilds or like us on Facebook.

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Apex IT Group Announces Transition of Full Ownership Back to its Founder

President and CEO, George Mach assumes sole ownership of Apex IT Group, Greater Philadelphia’s leading Managed Service Provider (MSP) 

 

Mount Laurel, NJ – George Mach, CEO of world-class managed IT provider Apex IT Group, recently completed an investment to acquire all outstanding shares of the company he originally founded in 2007. This transaction was completed with long-time business partners who were instrumental in the company’s success over the last seven years. The event marks one of a series of pivotal moments in the company’s growth as it approaches twelve years in business.    

Originally an “early to market” technology firm, Apex IT Group today enjoys a reputation as the leading MSP in the region. While similar MSP’s with predictable recurring revenue, high customer retention and healthy EBITDA margins have become targets for lucrative private equity deals, Mach’s strategic plan instead includes organized growth and expansion beyond the Greater Philadelphia market, enhanced service offerings and the vision of an employee stock ownership program. “We had a few options including the potential to exit the business in the near term” said Mach, “but I was determined to burn the ships and decided to go all in and double down on Apex.”   

Together with his partners, Mach built Apex IT Group into a mature MSP with 30 full-time employees, enjoying an annual revenue run rate exceeding $5 million and boasting a spot in the MSP Mentor Top 501 list in 2017. To Mach, the buyout represents the amicable culmination to a successful business partnership between long-time friends and leaders in the IT industry. Gary Pica, Bob Penland and Howard Borochaner’s extensive experience in MSP turnaround and coaching has proven instrumental to the success of Apex IT Group. Pica and Penland will continue to train and transform IT providers worldwide through renowned coaching firm, TruMethods. Howard Borochaner will retire as COO of Apex IT Group in July 2018 to pursue his passion as an MSP consultant, helping operational leaders optimize business processes and improve IT project delivery services.   

“Howard has been instrumental in my professional growth as an operational leader in IT.” says Mach. “He has helped me narrow my focus as CEO to scaling our business to deliver high value technology management services to businesses who depend on technology performance, functionality and security. He has helped me understand how to lead and manage people and maximize their performance to achieve their career goals. I am forever grateful for his mentorship.”  

 

About Apex IT Group 

Over a decade in business, Apex IT Group boasts consistent growth and adaptation to changing and evolving markets, enjoying an elite classification as a “World Class” Managed IT Service Provider (MSP). While IT providers bend to satisfy trends and hot-topic buzzwords, Apex has continued to hone its proprietary processes while successfully contributing to job growth and workforce development in technology. 

Specializing in helping SMBs in the Delaware Valley, its IT management programs help clients gain total command over technology with core services around complete IT management and support including cloud computing and cybersecurity. To Learn More – Visit us online at www.apexitgroup.com 

 

 

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Apex IT Group Announces Transition of Full Ownership Back to its Founder

George Mach, CEO of world-class managed IT provider Apex IT Group, recently completed an investment to acquire all outstanding shares of the company he originally founded in 2007. This transaction was completed with long-time business partners who were instrumental in the company’s recent success over the last seven years. The event marks one of a series of pivotal moments in the company’s growth as it approaches twelve years in business.

Originally an “early to market” technology firm, Apex IT Group today enjoys a reputation as the leading MSP in the region. While similar MSPs with predictable recurring revenue, high customer retention and healthy EBITDA margins have become targets for lucrative private equity deals, Mach’s strategic plan instead includes organized growth and expansion beyond the Greater Philadelphia market, enhanced service offerings and the vision of an employee stock ownership program. “We had a few options including the potential to exit the business in the near term,” said Mach, “but I was determined to burn the ships and decided to go all in and double down on Apex.”

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EY Announces Frances Pierce of Data Systems Analysts named Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 Award winner in Greater Philadelphia

Fran joins three decades of groundbreaking entrepreneurs in the Services Category

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 14 – EY announced that Fran Pierce, Chairman and CEO of Data Systems Analysts, a leader in delivering secure, innovative technology and management solutions, provides services to the Department of Defense (DoD), Intelligence Community, federal civilian agencies, state and local governments, and commercial entities received the Entrepreneur Of The Year®
2018 Award in the Services category in the Greater Philadelphia region. The award recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Fran was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.

“It is a significant honor to be recognized as the 2018 winner in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Services Category. Over our fifty-five-year history, DSA’s success has been directly tied to the commitment and expertise of our people who have provided exceptional service to our customers and who have continually developed innovative solutions to our customers’ challenges.”

Since 1986, EY has honored entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and discipline have driven their companies’ success, transformed their industries and made a positive impact on their communities. Now in its 32nd year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as:
• Howard Schultz of Starbucks Corporation
• Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc.
• Jodi Berg of Vitamix
• Robert Unanue of Goya Foods
• Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn
• Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks
• Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani
• James Park of Fitbit
• J.W. “Bill” Marriott, Jr. of Marriott International, Inc.
• Lonnie Moulder and Mary Lynne Hedley, PhD, of TESARO, Inc.

As a Greater Philadelphia award winner, Fran is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 10, 2018. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth ForumTM, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries. ey.com/eoy

About DSA

Founded in 1963, DSA is an employee-owned professional services provider that enables its customers to achieve sensitive, mission critical goals. We are ISO 9001:2015 and ISO/IEC 27001:2013 registered and appraised at CMMI Maturity Level 3 for Service Projects and for Development. DSA’s offerings include Systems Engineering and Integration Solutions, Software Services, Business Intelligence and Data Analytics Solutions, Cyber Security and Information Management Solutions, Systems Modernization Solutions, Cloud Services, Enterprise Collaboration and Knowledge Management Solutions, and Critical Infrastructure Intelligence Systems Solutions. DSA is headquartered in the greater Philadelphia, PA area, and has major operations in Colorado Springs and Denver, CO; Honolulu, HI; O’Fallon, IL; Aberdeen and Frederick, MD; Tinton Falls, NJ; San Antonio, TX; Charlottesville, Fairfax and McLean, VA; and in other locations in the National Capital Region.

Contact:
RJ Kolton, Sr VP, Business Development, 703.261.6083; [email protected]

PGW Uses Open Data to Develop Interactive Infrastructure Upgrade Map

Mobile-friendly, accessible by text and social tags, the new online pipeline upgrade map shares worksite information at the neighborhood level

(Philadelphia, Pa. – May 22, 2018) Today, PGW is launching its new, mobile-friendly Pipeline Improvement map. Available simply by texting the word WORK to the phone number 75308 the interactive mapping tool harnesses open city data to share up-to-date, street-level information on planned infrastructure projects, block by block. Residents and businesses can search by address or ZIP code to locate infrastructure upgrade projects that are ongoing, or which are scheduled within the next three months. In addition to locating project sites, the map will also tell users which phase of work the project is at, and what the projected timeframe for completion is. The new tool is housed on PGW’s website at pgworks.com/worksites and will also be distributed on Twitter, Facebook and Nextdoor.

PGW is currently upgrading over 30 miles of its underground pipeline each year as part of its long-term infrastructure improvement program (LTIIP). The new mobile-ready Pipeline Improvement map has been developed because of the scale of this program, and because of its potential to impact the daily activities of residents and local businesses.

“PGW is committed to improving the way it communicates, and this new mapping tool is a key part of that initiative,” said PGW Director of Public Affairs Melanie McCottry. “We recognize that infrastructure projects can lead to a lot of questions. By making better use of available data and today’s online, interactive tools, PGW’s Pipeline Improvement map can answer many of those questions quickly, efficiently and on-the-go.”

The new Pipeline Improvement map allows people to better prepare for PGW projects that might interrupt their daily routine. It also facilitates better coordination. PGW’s infrastructure program often takes place at the same time and place as work from other utilities, city-wide street paving projects and Philadelphia’s continuing neighborhood development projects. This map allows users to identify which projects belong to PGW and who to contact with questions.

In conjunction with the map, residents can also use the hashtag #Conewatch on Twitter to receive worksite updates and follow the steps of a PGW infrastructure improvement project in real-time.

“People increasingly want self-service options that they can access instantly, without taking too much time out of their busy schedules,” said McCottry. “This innovative solution brings important information and actionable insight to customers, the broader utility industry, civic thinkers and policy makers.”

By making data easily accessible, PGW hopes to encourage residents and businesses to become more familiar with how their utility is performing, engage with their crews and contractors, and build tools and resources that ultimately make Philadelphia an even better place to live and work. Explore the map at pgworks.com/worksites.

About PGW:

Founded in 1836, The Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) is owned by the City of Philadelphia and is the largest municipally owned gas utility in the country. It manages a distribution system of approximately 6,000 miles of gas mains and service pipes supplying approximately 500,000 customers. PGW’s operations are managed by a non-profit corporation, the Philadelphia Facilities Management Corporation (PFMC). More information about the company is available at www.pgworks.com

SOCIAL MEDIA TAGS: PGW Twitter: @MyPGW ~ PGW Facebook: facebook.com/MyPGW ~ PGW YouTube: PhillyGasWorks ~ Nextdoor: nextdoor.com/MyPGW

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ShotTracker Raises $10.4 Million in Series A Funding

OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ShotTracker, a revolutionary basketball technology that captures stats and analytics human-less and in real-time, today announces a $10.4M Series A financing round led by Ward.Ventures alongside former NBA commissioner David Stern and two-time National League home run champion, Ryan Howard, as well as Greycroft, Elysian Ventures, KC Rise Fund, Irish Angels and SeventySix Capital. This Series A round brings ShotTracker’s total funding in excess of $21M, including an investment by NBA legend, Earvin “Magic” Johnson. Having recently powered all 31 games of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Men’s Basketball Championships for the second year in a row, ShotTracker will put this latest round of funding towards growth and scalability to increase installations in courts around the United States and to solidify global partnership opportunities.

“This additional funding allows ShotTracker to execute on its vision and accelerate the proliferation of our product across the market,” said Davyeon Ross, co-founder and COO of ShotTracker. “Whether you’re a fan, a player, a coach, a broadcaster or a market maker – ShotTracker is changing the overall experience of the game. There are significant changes happening in sports and ShotTracker is poised to capitalize on those industry changes with its real-time data.”

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What U.S. Companies Need To Know About the Withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal and Renewed Sanctions

President Trump announced on May 8, 2018 that the United States is withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). As a result of the withdrawal, the U.S. government will re-impose all U.S. sanctions against Iran that had been suspended as part of the JCPOA.

Pursuant to the JCPOA, which was signed under President Obama in 2015, Iran agreed to limit its nuclear program by curbing its enrichment of uranium, spent fuel processing, and research and development activities. In exchange, the U.S. lifted most “secondary sanctions” targeting non-U.S. persons and companies that transact business with Iran and allowed the importation of certain Iranian products into the U.S. In addition, the U.S. allowed non-U.S. entities that are owned or controlled by U.S. persons to engage in certain transactions with Iran under OFAC’s General License H. A number of foreign affiliates of U.S. companies started doing business and made investments in Iran pursuant to these authorizations.

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Ryan Howard’s venture capital firm, SeventySix Capital, invests in Play by Play Sports Broadcasting Camps

Philadelphia, PA, April 12, 2018 – Today, SeventySix Capital announced a strategic investment in Play by Play Sports Broadcasting Camps (SBC). This deal, led by Ryan Howard, former MLB superstar and Partner at SeventySix Capital, will enable SBC to expand their camp venues and offerings, develop next generation platforms, and teach the digital skills required to be successful in the future of sports media.

“So many people love sports, but think that it’s impossible to get into the sports broadcasting industry. That’s not the case – today,” said Howard, “There are now countless channels, social media platforms and live events – each needing broadcasters. At SBC, campers learn from top broadcasters, athletes and industry executives, setting them on the path to becoming a successful broadcaster.”

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