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Christopher Simmons

Christopher Laird Simmons 2021
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Christopher Simmons (aka Christopher Laird Simmons) has been a working journalist since his first magazine sale in 1984. He has since written for wide variety of print and online publications covering lifestyle, tech and entertainment. He is an award-winning author, designer, photographer, and musician. He is a member of ASCAP and PRSA. He is the founder and CEO of Neotrope®, based in Temecula, CA, USA.
Seven-year-old author, Sammy Wallace

Los Angeles 7-year-old Author Releases Debut Book, ‘I Slept in My Bed Last Night’ for Children’s Book Week

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Seven-year-old author, Sammy Wallace, will release his debut rhyming children's picture book, "I Slept in My Bed Last Night" (ISBN 979-8985784404; WF Publications), on May 2, 2022, in conjunction with Children's Book Week. Written as a lighthearted distraction during the medical, racial, and social turbulence of 2020, this comical book has received early success.
Intellimedia Networks

Frontera Group, Inc. Acquires Portion of Intellimedia Network, Inc.’s Immersive Technology IP

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Intellimedia Networks, Inc., a Los Angeles based immersive solutions technology company, today announced that certain of its IP has been acquired by Frontera Group, Inc. (OTC Pink: FRTG) ("Frontera" or "the Company"), a Dallas, Texas based technology-focused strategic acquirer of revenue-generating companies and intellectual property (IP), as part of its multi-part strategy to make further acquisitions from Intellimedia's suite of technology solutions.
San Diego-based TbSpoon

San Diego-based TbSpoon Launches First and Only Authentic Mediterranean Meal Prep Service

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- TbSpoon, an authentic Mediterranean meal prep delivery service, announced the launch of its southern California operations, the first Mediterranean meal prep service in the U.S. TbSpoon's meals are filled with Mediterranean flavors and offer all the positive benefits of a Mediterranean diet.
The Millionairess Mentality

Legacy Launch Pad Announces Book, ‘The Millionairess Mentality’ About Wealth Creation For Women

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Legacy Launch Pad Publishing is releasing "The Millionairess Mentality: A Professional Woman's Guide to Building Wealth Through Real Estate" (ISBN: 978-1956955286), a real estate investment book for women written by Tamar Hermes.
Mortgage Coach

Logix Federal Credit Union selects Mortgage Coach to enhance its mortgage advisory service

IRVINE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mortgage Coach, a borrower conversion platform empowering mortgage lenders to educate borrowers with interactive presentations that model home loan performance over time, announced today that Logix Federal Credit Union (Logix) has rolled out Mortgage Coach to enhance the mortgage advisory service it provides to members.
California Safe Schools

California Safe Schools Celebrates Earth Day 2022 Honorees and 24th Anniversary

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- California Safe Schools (CSS) celebrates 7 honorees for their extraordinary achievements empowering youth and protecting the Earth. "CSS wants to honor our phenomenal 2022 Earth Day Champions. We thank each of them for their enormous and selfless contributions. They all make our world a better place," Robina Suwol, California Safe Schools, executive director, said.
MCT - Mortgage Capital Trading

HW Tech100 Mortgage 2022 Award Honors MCT As Leader In Innovation

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mortgage Capital Trading (MCT®), a leading mortgage hedge advisory and secondary marketing software firm, was announced as a 2022 HousingWire Tech100 Mortgage Winner. The Tech100 Mortgage Award spotlights innovators that are making the housing sector better and more sustainable by increasing efficiency, improving borrower experience and bringing elasticity to mortgage origination and servicing processes.
Pressing On as a Tech Mom

Pressing ON as a Tech Mom: Legacy Launch Pad Publishing Releases Guide for Mothers in Technology

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Legacy Launch Pad Publishing is releasing "Pressing ON as a Tech Mom: How Tech Industry Mothers Set Goals, Define Boundaries & Raise the Bar for Success" (ISBN: 978-1956955187), a comprehensive guide for mothers working in technology sourced from industry leaders who are mothers themselves.
EPIC Welcomes Shelley Yim

EPIC Welcomes Shelley Yim to grow risk management and California Winery Practice

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants is pleased to welcome Shelley Yim who will partner with EPIC's leadership to focus on continuing to grow the firm's footprint with large complex Risk Management clients along with helping lead EPIC's burgeoning Winery Practice.
No Idling Sign at 50 CA Schools

California Safe Schools Champions Clean Air in 2022, celebrates the implementation of ‘No Idling’ signs near 50 school ‘hotspot’ sites

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- California Safe Schools (CSS) today celebrates the implementation of "No Idling" signs near 50 school "hotspot" sites to eliminate diesel exhaust that can have immediate health effects especially for sensitive receptors like school children. Diesel exhaust contains toxic substances such as arsenic, benzene, formaldehyde and nickel that can contribute to mutations in cells that have progressed to cancer.
Rachelle Arizmendi Joins Avenu

Rachelle Arizmendi Joins Avenu Insights & Analytics, Adds Public Sector Talent in California

FRESNO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Avenu Insights & Analytics (Avenu) recently announced the addition of Rachelle Arizmendi as one of the company's Government Industry Advisors. Rachelle joins Avenu as a native Californian with a life-long career in serving the public sector and numerous leadership positions.
Cursive is Cool 2022 Contest

9th Annual USA Cursive is Cool Contest 2022 is Still Accepting Student Entries

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- We are excited to announce that the USA Cursive is Cool® contest deadline has been extended until April 22, 2022. The contest is going on as usual this year after encouragement from teachers, parents, and students, announced the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation today, and the entries can now be submitted until April 22 to allow more students to participate.
Night, Mother - Movie Poster

Indie Film from L.A. Executive Producer Sheila Houlahan ‘Night, Mother’ scores 3 Webby Nominations

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- "Night, Mother," the "hybrid" feature film from Executive Producer Sheila Houlahan, is an Official Nominee of the 2022 Webby Awards in the following 3 Virtual and Remote Categories: Media & Entertainment, Technical Achievement, and Best Audience Integration.
Aviation and Aerospace Career Day on the USS Hornet Museum

Aviation and Aerospace Career Day 2022 on the USS Hornet Museum in Alameda California

ALAMEDA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- USS Hornet Museum announces Aviation and Aerospace Career Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday May 7, 2022. Hear from leaders in these industries about the exciting career opportunities available! We will have booths where businesses will share information and answer any questions you have about careers with them. There will also be stage presentations and panels about careers in Aviation and Aerospace.
We Are G.A.M.E.

NY Jets Sign We Are G.A.M.E. Alum D.J. Reed with a 3-Year, $33M Contract

TORRANCE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- When DJ Reed connected with We Are G.A.M.E. (Getting Athletes Mentoring and Education) during his junior year of high school, he had big plans to play Division I football in college. He needed scholarships to do so, though, and scholarships didn't come. Fast forward nearly a decade, and Reed just inked a three-year, $33 million contract with the New York Jets.
Jeremy Berlin, Editorial Director

Jeremy Berlin Named Editorial Director at Hidden Compass, a publication of award-winning stories of exploration

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Hidden Compass, a women-founded media company uniting audiences with the humans, causes, and possibilities behind award-winning stories of exploration, has added another seasoned editor to its staff. The California-based startup recently announced Jeremy Berlin as its editorial director.
Ellis Equipment Introduces the Jellifish

Ellis Equipment Introduces the Jellifish, A Crash Barrel Lifting Tool for Construction and Highway

SIGNAL HILL, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Ellis Equipment, Inc. is pleased to introduce the Jellifish, an efficient universal crash barrel lift created by construction industry veteran John Ellis. Perfected over years of careful development and subsequent refinement, this patented tool is presently the only device available on the market with the express purpose of handling most kinds of sand-filled barrels used today.
Janet Flores Pavlovich, Founder of COYOTAS

COYOTAS Tortillas in San Diego is 2022 Pitch Slam People’s Choice!

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On April 7, at the "Naturally San Diego" 2nd Annual Pitch Slam, "COYOTAS" Cassava Tortillas, took the People's Choice Award in this Shark Tank style event, showcasing Southern California's emerging and promising natural products companies and their owners in front of a board of experts and a live audience. The sole purpose of this event is for the local community to support and drive growth in their industry.
NotaryCam

NotaryCam reaches 1 million remote online notarization transactions milestone

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- NotaryCam®, a Stewart-owned company and a pioneering provider of remote online notarization and identity verification/authentication technology for real estate and legal transactions, today announced it has performed more than 1 million successful remote online notarization (RON) transactions. Since 2012, NotaryCam has facilitated transactions for Fortune 500 companies, banks, mortgage lenders, attorneys, settlement agents and more across the globe.
KROST CPAs

KROST CPAs Recognized by Los Angeles Business Journal as among Top Accounting Firms in L.A. for 2022

PASADENA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- KROST was recognized as one of Los Angeles Business Journals' Top 100 Accounting Firms in Los Angeles County, with 78% growth in revenue between 2020 and 2019, the firm is ranked 22nd on the list. KROST received this recognition during the Los Angeles Business Journal's Disruptor Awards virtual event.
EPIC INSURANCE

EPIC Expands into financial planning and insurance services to medical and dental professionals with acquisition of Treloar & Heisel

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants announced today that it has acquired Treloar & Heisel located in New Castle, Pennsylvania. The strategic decision expands the offerings of financial planning and insurance services to medical and dental professionals.
EPIC Insurance Brokers

EPIC Welcomes Jim McSherry as National Practice Leader for New Employer Stop Loss Center

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants, a retail property and casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Jim McSherry has joined EPIC to lead its newly formed Employer Stop Loss Center of Excellence.
Mortgage Coach

Mortgage Coach and ReverseVision to help consumers compare ‘forward’ and reverse mortgage financing options

IRVINE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mortgage Coach, a borrower conversion platform empowering mortgage lenders to educate borrowers with interactive presentations that model home loan performance over time, today announced an integration with ReverseVision, a subsidiary of Constellation Mortgage Solutions, Inc., the leading national provider of Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) and private reverse mortgage sales and origination technology.
SecuGen

Realtime North America and SecuGen to Provide Strong Biometric Authentication to SAP

SANTA CLARA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- SecuGen, a world leading optical fingerprint device and technology vendor, is pleased to announce the exclusive integration of SecuGen fingerprint readers with realtime North America's bioLock software.
Choice Contemporary

Choice Fine Art Opens the First Fine Art Gallery In Brentwood CA with Choice Contemporary

BRENTWOOD, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Choice Fine Art announces the grand opening of their first gallery Choice Contemporary on April 9, 2022 in Brentwood, California. This gallery marks a new development for the Choice Fine Art brand as an authority in specialized collections of contemporary art. Choice Contemporary merges the excitement of pop culture into the beauty and sophistication of fine art.
CA Gov. Newsom

Calif. Gov. Newsom Announces $136.6M in Awards for 10 New Homekey Projects in the State

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday (March 30) announced $136.6 million in awards for 10 new Homekey projects located across the state. When fully operational, the projects will provide 488 housing units for people experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, homelessness.
Ben Itkin of MCT

Mortgage risk management leader, MCT, names Ben Itkin National Sales Director

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. (MCT®), a recognized industry leader in mortgage risk management providing pipeline hedging, best execution loan sales and centralized lock desk services, announced today that Ben Itkin has been appointed the new National Sales Director.
Harper Point Photography - VENTURA CA

Ventura, California-Based Harper Point Photography Expands Shooting Area to Santa Barbara County

VENTURA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- With Harper Point Photography, those in Ventura or Santa Barbara County don't have to travel all the way to Los Angeles to get vibrant, eye-catching, professional photography for their products, brands, or other business or personal purposes. For more than 15 years now, the dream duo of Kira Friedman and Nathan Rega have used their immense skills and passion for photography to immortalize moments of magic and produce exceptional imagery that makes the viewer truly feel something.
Adrienne D.A. Smith

Parallel Napa Valley Winery Promotes Adrienne D.A. Smith to Partner

NAPA VALLEY, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The partners of Parallel Napa Valley are pleased to announce the promotion of their General Manager Adrienne D.A. Smith to General Manager and Partner. After four years with the company, Adrienne has overseen strong growth for the brand in her role overseeing marketing, hospitality, sales and operations with an innovative and high energy approach.
YIFTEE: Bemidji, MN Chamber of Commerce

Yiftee announces 115 Sponsors Step Up to Engage Communities in Shop Local Campaigns

MENLO PARK, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- In pandemic years 2020 and 2021, more than 100 of Yiftee's almost 400 communities who use its Community eGift Card platform ran dedicated gift card grant or bonus programs to benefit their small businesses, helping them stay afloat. Who were the "hometown heroes" that sponsored these programs during tough times, and continue to do so?
Kennedy Intelligent Data

Kennedy Intelligent Data Partners with Blueshift Cyber Security to Provide Data Security Services

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- With the threat of ransomware and cyber-attacks in general growing daily due to worldwide unrest and economic insecurity, Kennedy Intelligent Data (KID) has allied with Blueshift Cyber Security. This alliance allows KID to provide comprehensive and turnkey managed security services for companies like those in the auto industry that are at significant risk of data theft and financial harm to their customers.
Nancy Pfund

Nancy Pfund, Pioneering Leader in Impact Investing, Named 2022 Financial Woman of the Year

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Financial Women of San Francisco (FWSF) today named Nancy Pfund, the Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Partners, as the FWSF 2022 Financial Woman of the Year. DBL Partners is one of the first venture capital firms to bring impact investing into the mainstream. Nancy and her colleagues launched DBL out of JP Morgan in 2008 after seeing increased momentum in the move to social and environmental impact.
ViewTech Borescopes

Calif. SB 721 and SB 326: ViewTech’s Video Borescopes Utilized for Inspecting Balconies and Elevated Structures

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- In response to the 2015 deck collapse in Berkeley which caused six fatalities, California legislation signed into law SB 721 and SB 326 requiring periodic inspections of exterior elevated elements (EEE) that structurally rely on wood or wood-based materials, says ViewTech Borescopes.
MCT Live!

MCTlive! Integrates with Fannie Mae Connect Whole Loan Purchase Advice Seller API

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- MCT's award-winning capital markets platform, MCTlive!, is now integrated with the Fannie Mae Connect™ Whole Loan Purchase Advice Seller API. This API connection allows MCT Mark-to-Market and Hedge Accounting Reports to be updated with Fannie Mae purchase data instantly, instead of waiting to run reports through a Loan Origination System (LOS).
Amplify-Now and Asteri Partners

Amplify-Now and Asteri Partners join forces to drive client business transformation outcomes

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Amplify-Now, a leading global provider of Strategy Execution Management (SEM) software, and Asteri Partners, a North American advisory and analytics firm, are excited to announce a new partnership that will help companies deliver complex, transformational change.
CAL STATE LA - Los Angeles

Pat Brown Institute at Cal State LA and California Community Foundation release 2022 survey of Los Angeles Latina/o residents

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State LA (PBI) and the California Community Foundation (CCF) released a new survey of Latina/o residents in Los Angeles County, a community that will be a major factor in L.A.’s upcoming mayoral race and in other elections.
CA Gov. Newsom

Calif. Gov. Newsom Announces Appointments for March 8, 2022 including to Office of Emergency Services

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- On Tuesday, Calif. Governor Gavin Newsom announced the following appointments: First, Raymond C. Hitchcock, 51, of Carmichael, has been appointed Executive Secretary at the California Native American Heritage Commission.
UNBOXED by Lauren Schwarzfeld

Legacy Launch Pad Publishing Releases UNBOXED, a Book of Essays by Author Lauren Schwarzfeld

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Legacy Launch Pad Publishing is releasing "Unboxed: Essays on Learning to Trust Myself to Stop Doing the Things I Hate" (ISBN: 979-8985225327), the first book by coach Lauren Schwarzfeld. In the book, Schwarzfeld shares the diverse life experiences she earned by trying on various careers.
DocMagic HW TECH100 2022

DocMagic Named One of the Top 100 Most Innovative Mortgage Companies for 2022

TORRANCE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- DocMagic, Inc., the premier provider of compliant loan document generation, automated regulatory compliance and comprehensive eMortgage services, announced that it earned a spot on HousingWire's coveted 2022 Tech100 list for the ninth straight year.
Beverage Industry Thought Leader Amanda Wittstrom Higgins

Beverage Industry Thought Leader Amanda Wittstrom Higgins Launches Full Cup Solutions

PASO ROBLES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Leveraging her knowledge of - and networks in - all aspects of the alcohol beverage space and propelled by a deep personal investment in the agricultural world, industry notable and business strategist Amanda Wittstrom Higgins recently launched Full Cup Solutions, a full-service firm specializing in results driven unconventional planning in the marketing, sales, operations, employee development sectors and beyond.
STACK SPIORTS - Super Bowl Champions

Game Prep Tech Firm, GamePlan powered by Stack Sports, helps lift Los Angeles Rams to first Super Bowl win since 1999

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- A National Football League team based in Los Angeles, California recently won the 2021 Super Bowl LVI. While everyone watched them play, what they didn't see was their preparation using GamePlan - a mobile game preparation tool from Stack Sports - to win the championship.
Nomis Solutions

Nomis Solutions announces strategic alliance with edtech non-profit Moneythink

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Nomis Solutions (Nomis), a global, industry-leading pricing and profitability management solutions provider, today announced it has established a philanthropic partnership with Moneythink, a national ed-tech nonprofit. Through the partnership, Nomis has pledged to make annual investments in the Moneythink platform and advise Moneythink on ways it can further empower historically marginalized students to achieve college success through informed financial decision-making.
Legalize Ferrets

California Ferret Owners Submit Ballot Initiative to Attorney General for Legal Opinion – AG Ignores Civil Code on Domestic Animals

SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Non-profit Legalize Ferrets (legalizeferrets.org) announced today that we are disappointed that California Attorney General ignores Civil Code in Domestic Ferret Ballot Initiative. The ferret legalization grassroots organization, has repeatedly asked the California Attorney General for a legal opinion.
Mortgage Coach

Lending Industry Tech Firm, Mortgage Coach lands on HousingWire 2022 Tech100 List

IRVINE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mortgage Coach, a borrower conversion platform empowering mortgage lenders to educate borrowers with interactive presentations that model home loan performance over time, today announced it has been named to HousingWire's (HW) 2022 Tech100 Mortgage list.
NotaryCam

NotaryCam listed as one of HousingWire’s Tech100 innovative mortgage technology companies for 2022

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- NotaryCam, a Stewart-owned company and a pioneering provider of remote online notarization and identity verification/authentication technology for real estate and legal transactions, today announced it has been named to the HousingWire Tech100 Mortgage list.
El Pollo Grill

San Diego’s El Pollo Grill is THE Local Mexican Food Spot for Foodies in 2022

CHULA VISTA, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- The team at El Pollo Grill knows that a new year brings with it new opportunities for patrons to have wonderful culinary adventures at their 3 dining establishments (Lemon Grove, Otay Ranch, and Bonita Rd. in Chula Vista). Although the focus is on the future, El Pollo Grill has a rich history that continues to shape the business.
Mortgage Coach

Mortgage Coach enhances integration with Surefire to support mortgage lenders, helping convert borrowers at scale

IRVINE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Mortgage Coach, a borrower conversion platform empowering mortgage lenders to educate borrowers with interactive presentations that model home loan performance over time, today announced an enhanced integration with Surefire, Black Knight's customer relationship management (CRM) and marketing automation software designed specifically for the mortgage lending industry.
Author Stacy Mayer

Stacy Mayer’s New Book, ‘Promotions Made Easy’ Reveals How Corporate Women Get Promoted to The Executive Suite

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- In 2018, less than 10% of senior executives at the world's largest Fortune 500 companies were women. But it wasn't from lack of trying. Women were becoming better managers, but still weren't getting promoted to executive leadership positions. Stacy Mayer took on this problem as a personal challenge. She vowed to change the way organizations did business from the C-Suite out and she set about doing it, one executive-level promotion at a time.
Singer-Songwriter Jade

Pop R&B Singer-Songwriter and Actress JADE Debuts Celestial Original Dance Single ‘Lucky Stars’ Airing on MTV and BETJams

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Classy in style, massive in appeal and savvy beyond her years, singer/songwriter and actress JADE has taken her time to learn her craft and study the business before jumping into it. The strategy is set to pay off like triple-cherry jackpots with her vibrant debut single and video, "Lucky Stars" (dropping on the artist's own TS2 Records imprint).
Amanda Gorman Future Voices Poetry Prize

Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center Launches 2022 Prize Awarding $10K in Contest and Scholarship Money for Youth Poets of Color

VENICE, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- Beyond Baroque, one of the nation's leading literary arts centers, has announced that the Amanda Gorman Future Voices Poetry Prize is now actively accepting applications. The prize, created in honor of Beyond Baroque alumna and U.S. Presidential Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman, will accept applications until May 1, 2022.

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