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EXPERT ALERTS

  • The Circumcision Controversy
  • Patients Considering Major Surgery Should Explore All Options
  • Open Enrollment Communications Pitfalls
  • Preparing for Bioterrorism/Biological Threats

EXPERT ROUNDUP: 2015 Holiday Roundup

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EXPERT ALERTS:

The Circumcision Controversy
Georganne Chapin
Executive Director
Intact America
This week, Toronto newspapers reported that a 22-day-old infant bleed to death after a circumcision and that the 2013 death was kept secret by the College of Physicians and Surgeons, which handled the investigation (see: http://tinyurl.com/nbmq45e). Both the surgeon who performed the circumcision and the pediatrician who treated the bleeding and failed to understand the gravity of the situation were "cautioned" and "advised." Chapin, an attorney and an expert in bioethics, takes the College of Physicians and Surgeons to task for advising the doctor who performed the circumcision to document the consent process. Says Chapin: "There is no such thing as a better consent form for removing a healthy, normal body part from a child, because there is no such thing as legitimate proxy consent for a medically unnecessary procedure. Bioethics is very clear that for medically unnecessary procedures, proxy (i.e., in this case, parental) consent is not valid. Proxy consent can only be legitimately given for a procedure or treatment that is necessary to save the life or health of the child. No amount of information -- not three points, not 100 pages -- makes parental 'consent' legal or legitimate, if what is being proposed is the amputation of perfectly normal, healthy tissue."
Chapin is executive director of Intact America, the largest anti-circumcision advocacy group in North America. She is fluent in Spanish.
Website: http://intactamerica.org
Contact: Jeannie Ashford, jeannie@harrison-edwardspr.com

Patients Considering Major Surgery Should Explore All Options
Thomas K. Bond, MD, MS
President & CEO
TotalCare Health & Wellness Medical
"The focus should always be on the patient as a total person. Many times, a patient is facing major surgery – say, a knee replacement -- but no one has spoken to them about losing weight, or they have a social situation in their life at that time which prevents them from going forward with the surgery (they're close to retirement, for example). I literally have hundreds of patients who were told several years ago by their orthopedist that they had to have surgery, and that there were no other options. These patients continue, to this day, to live functional lives and have still avoided the recommended surgery."
Dr. Bond is one of the most experienced regenerative medicine specialists in the nation, having performed thousands of injection procedures over the past decade. Some of the primary regenerative medicine interventional procedures being utilized at TotalCare by Dr. Bond are the Regenexx procedures: a set of autologous, adult stem cell and blood platelet-based procedures that assist the patient's own healing system. For many patients, these novel stem cell procedures can offer an alternative to major invasive joint replacement surgery for specific patients with common degenerative joint conditions, such as osteoarthritis. These stem cell procedures utilize a patient's own stem-cells to potentially help heal damaged tissues -- such as tendons, ligaments, cartilage, spinal disc, or bone -- naturally.
Website: http://www.totalcare-la.com
Contact: Stacy Maggard, stacy@brandrusso.com

Open Enrollment Communications Pitfalls
Amanda Lannert
CEO
Jellyvision
"Selecting health plans is boring and complicated for millions of employees, and this causes them to make bad decisions on which plans make the most sense for them and their families. This can cost employees thousands of dollars and their employers millions of dollars."
Lannert is CEO of Jellyvision, producers of ALEX software, which helps 3 million employees across the U.S. make decisions on the right health plan by making the boring and complex process fun and simple.
Website: www.meetalex.com
Contact: Josh Inglis, josh@propllr.com

Preparing for Bioterrorism/Biological Threats
Thomas Voss, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Section Head, Discovery Biology; Senior Director, Infectious Disease Research
SRI Biosciences
"Developing effective vaccines and therapies for deadly, infectious pathogens is crucial to protect the safety of people around the world. Currently, there are no proven vaccines or medications to address the pathogens such as Ebola and MERS that have caused illness and death on multiple continents over recent decades. To evaluate possible therapeutic and vaccine approaches for these frightening viruses, we need effective research models to study them. We're making good progress in identifying and developing these models."
Dr. Voss is leading a team of researchers who are working to find innovative, effective ways to study contagious pathogens such as Ebola, MERS, SARS and MRSA, so that treatments can be discovered. From 1998 to 2005, Dr. Voss served as vice president of the Homeland Security and Emerging Infectious Disease Division worked at Southern Research Institute. His postdoctoral training in viral pathogenesis was completed in the Special Pathogens Branch of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has deep expertise in virology, immunology, biodefense, and vaccine and antiviral development.
ProfNet Profile: http://www.profnetconnect.com/thomasvoss
Website: www.sri.com
Contact: Michele Parisi, mparisi@forwardhealthinc.com

EXPERT ROUNDUP: 2015 Holiday Roundup

Dating/Relationships:

Trish McDermott
"Your chestnuts may be roasting on an open fire, but if you're flying solo this holiday season, expect to get some chilly grief from well-intentioned loved ones who can't understand why you're still single -- what with how good looking you are and how much you have to offer a romantic partner."
McDermott is a 25-year veteran of the dating industry.  She was on the founding team of Match.com in 1994 and spent 10 years at Match as the company's global spokesperson and resident dating expert. She has appeared on television programs including "60 Minutes," "Nightline," "48 Hours," "Today," VH1 and CNN. She has lectured about romance, technology, dating and love around the country, including San Francisco's Commonwealth Club and the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.  Today she is a dating coach and an advisor to several dating startups.  She produces "Dating after Divorce" workshops and has recently been quoted in publications including USA Today, BBC (online), Fast Company, Business Insider and TheStreet.com.
Among the topics McDermott is available to discuss: how to get a date for the holidays (it's never too late); tips for flying solo this holiday season; appropriate holiday gifts when newly dating; first winter holiday season post-divorce; the pitfalls to hooking up at the company holiday party; dating after divorce; desperation dating and the winter holidays; everything you ever wanted to know about online dating.
Contact: Trish McDermott, smittenlytrish@gmail.com

Design/Decorating:

Sarah Barnard
Interior Designer
Barnard is a Los Angeles-based interior designer specializing in sustainability and healthy living. Undertaking a broad range of projects, all of which are grounded in smart design and mindful of healthy living, Barnard's diverse body of work includes upscale private residences, chic restaurants, luxurious spas and impressive corporate headquarters. Her projects have been featured in local and national publications, and have placed prominently in several noted design competitions. Barnard holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University, as well as undergraduate degrees in art and interior architectural design. Her design practice is the culmination of education and interests in art, architecture, textiles and the environment, and she has written several articles for important publications, including the USGBC, United States Green Building Council. She is available to speak on all holiday design/decorating topics, as well as topics related to historic preservation, sustainability, home health and many more design/architecture/living related topics.
Website: www.sarahbarnard.com
Contact: sarah@sarahbarnard.com

Nhia Cassie
Interior Design Instructor
The Art Institute of Washington
"Getting your home ready for Thanksgiving does not have to be a stressful and daunting task. It can be fun, easy and quite inexpensive. When guests arrive to your home, they are first greeted at the door. Why not surprise them with a warm welcome mat flanked with perennials in decorative pots, a small stack of hay and a cornucopia arrangement on top. Use fresh fall flowers and plants for a beautiful floral arrangement, and slipcovers will help soften the space in the dining room."
Cassie can share her easy and inexpensive tips to give your home a warm and festive feeling at Thanksgiving. She is an interior design instructor at The Art Institute of Washington and the Principal Interior Designer at Nhia Cassie Interiors. She has been in the design industry for more than 10 years and has experience designed commercial and residential interiors.
Contact: Mandy Wilson, manwilson@aii.edu

Bryan Peele
Founder and President
Estate Managers Coalition
Peele is the estate manager to the stars and can share how to throw a holiday bash with one day's notice (as he has done for a major pop star), how to get your home holiday ready on a budget, how to set the table properly, and how to find the perfect gift for anyone on any budget.
Peele is founder and president of the Estate Managers Coalition, a nonprofit organization that calls the storied and historic Greystone Mansion home. He has successfully assembled a community of estate managers that manage the lives and estates of Hollywood A-listers, as well as the service providers that provide a service to them, including global luxury brands such as Bentley, Net Jets, Frette, and Aman Resorts. Peele is also a sought-after speaker and collaborates with deluxe brands and global financial institutions regarding how ultra-high-net-worth individuals spend their disposable income. He has also created a global consultancy business that provides domestic staffing, training, and consulting services to ultra-high-net-worth individuals. Among the who's who of Hollywood's elite, Peele is celebrated for providing premier service for staffing estates, offering continued education and training for staff and connecting luxury brands with A-listers worldwide.
Website: estatemanagerscoalition.com
Contact: Vicky Nave, vickynave@me.com

Bonnie Marcus
Founder
Bonnie Marcus Collection
Marcus is available to discuss the greeting card industry; easy, convenient ways to make your holiday greeting cards this season; and tips for creating the perfect holiday card to deliver your season's greetings.
Having worked for a number of years in the fashion industry for top designers such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Bonnie Marcus decided to make her dream of chic, stylish stationery a reality. She launched the Bonnie Marcus Collection, "where fashion meets paper," from her dining room table in Westport, Conn., and has been designing cards now for more than 20 years. Ten years and more than 3,000 designs later, Marcus' award-winning collection is sold in over 10,000 retail stores around the world. In addition to the wedding and holiday designs, the line has expanded to more than 10 collections, including an innovative line of invitations and note cards for moms-to-be, Expecting in Style. Other exciting projects beyond the world of paper are also in the works. She has been recognized as a pioneer for women in business. She won the prestigious American Express "Make Mine a Million $ Business" contest for women entrepreneurs. She has also served as the small-business spokesperson for Bank of America.
Contact: Jamie Palmeroni, jamie.palmeroni@text100.com

Food:

Ted Merwin
Associate Professor of Religion and Judaic Studies
Dickinson College
Merwin, a contributing writer for New York Jewish Week and other major newspapers and magazines, can speak to: Jewish food and culture; food and Hanukkah traditions; and top Hanukkah gifts for the Jewish man in your life. His new book "Pastrami On Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli," traces the rise and fall of the deli in American Jewish culture; explores how the deli helped to break down barriers between Jews and non-Jews in society; and locates Jewish food within a larger framework of pop culture, specifically how the deli was depicted in theater, film and TV, making Jews more palatable to other Americans.
Website: www.tedmerwin.com
Contact: Christine Baksi, baksic@dickinson.edu

Health/Wellness:

Steps for a Healthy Holiday Season
Michelle Schrouder
Associate Director of the Wellness Instructional Program and Behavioral Therapist
Rochester Institute of Technology
Do the holidays make you stress out? Schrouder can offer tips to help you sail through the holiday season in a healthy way -- from eating habits to mental rest, setting goals and being flexible.
Credentials: master's degree in counseling from the University of Rochester; Healthy Behaviors Coach (Cooper Institute); Weight and Stress Management Counselor (American Association of Lifestyle Counselors); Wellness Program Manager (National Wellness Institute and Summex Health Management); National Presenter (National Wellness Conference, 2006); Group Fitness Instructor (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America); Kickboxing Instructor (TurboKick); Maraton (Suzuki Rock N Roll Marathon, San Diego, June 2004).
Contact: Greg Livadas, Greg.Livadas@rit.edu

How Prioritizing Sleep Can Help You Make the Most of the Holiday Season
Dr. Teofilo L. Lee-Chiong Jr.
Chief Medical Liaison
Philips Respironics
The holiday season comes with demands that can often bring more stress than joy -- hosting parties, traveling, shopping and cleaning, to name a few. These demands can leave you feeling exhausted when you want to feel the most present, which is why getting enough sound sleep in both duration and quality is so important this time of year. As an expert on sleep -- as well as a professor of medicine at National Jewish Health in Denver and at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, and chief medical liaison for Philips Respironics -- Dr. Lee-Chiong can share several sleep tips and strategies to get a good night's sleep, combat stress and feel your best this holiday season.
Dr. Lee-Chiong has authored or edited 16 textbooks in sleep medicine and pulmonary medicine, including "Sleep Medicine: Essentials and Review," "Somnology," "Somnology 2," "Somnology Jr," "Somnologia," "Best of Sleep Medicine 2010," "Best of Sleep Medicine 2011" and "Best of Sleep Medicine 2012." In addition, he developed and serves as the consulting editor of Sleep Medicine Clinics, and is a member of the editorial board and reviewer of several medical journals and publications. He served as the chair of the Nosology Committee of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), vice-chair of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC (APSS) Program Committee, since 2009, and chair of both the Sleep Medicine NetWork and Sleep Institute Steering Committees of the American College of Chest Medicine (ACCP). He also has served on the Council of Governors for the ACCP. He is the recipient of the 2012 American Academy of Sleep Medicine Excellence in Education Award. This award is presented to those individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the teaching of sleep medicine. The award serves to recognize and honor dedicated individuals who have skillfully taught and enhanced the knowledge of professional and lay people in the areas of sleep and sleep medicine.
Website: http://www.respironics.com
Contact: Alexa Zoelle, alexa_zoelle@lpp.com

Carolyn Dean, MD, ND
Stress Management Expert
Dr. Dean, co- author of "The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Women's Health," can speak expertly about handling stress during the holidays and about recognizing the signs your body is stressed and how to handle these.
Dr. Dean is a health pioneer with over 25 years of experience in stress management, aging, diet and nutrition issues. She's authored 30 books, including "Future Health Now Encyclopedia," "Menopause Naturally," "Hormone Balance," "365 Ways to Boost Your Brain Power: Tips, Exercise, Advice," "The Yeast Connection," "IBS for Dummies" and "The Magnesium Miracle." Radio, TV and magazines interview her regularly, including ABC's "The View," "Know the Cause" with Doug Kaufmann, "Your Health with Dr. Becker," "The Woman's Connection" with Barrie Switzen, "Weekend Today in New York," WNBC with Dr. Ian Smith, "Health Matters" with Christine Crosbie, and Global TV to name a few. She is also on the medical advisory board for the nonprofit Nutritional Magnesium Association. She is available to answer questions via email and/or by phone as necessary.
Contact: Boris Levitsky, boris1@netimprovements.com

History/Traditions:

Grant Mathews
Astrophysicist
University of Notre Dame
Mathews is an expert on the Christmas star. Every holiday season, he delivers a popular presentation on "What and when was the Christmas Star?" at the University of Notre Dame.
The Gospel of Matthew records a peculiar astronomical event that occurred at the birth of Christ. Mathews has applied the tools of modern astrophysics to the search for evidence of this event. His research examines whether the "Christmas Star" was a nova, a supernova or a planet alignment, and discuss the possible identity of the "wise men from the East." He can describe recent evidence that points toward new answers to the nature and time of appearance of this special event.
Website: news.nd.edu
Contact: Mandy Kinnucan, mandy.kinnucan@nd.edu

Organization/Cleaning:

Pam Sherman
Founder
Chicago Organized Home
Sherman can talk about organizing your home for the holidays to entertain guests, how to keep your holiday decorations organized, and how to keep your home and life more organized.
Chicago Organized Home is dedicated to providing home organizing services, tailoring services to meet each client's unique needs. Organizing is not only a passion, but a craft with continuous learning and new ways to solve each challenge. The company's goal is to restore balance, order and happiness back into clients' homes.
Contact: Dara Shlifka, dara@drazninpr.com

Parenting:

Katie Herrick Bugbee
Senior Managing Editor
Care.com
Herrick Bugbee can discuss a variety of topics relating to holiday planning, including: tips on keeping a healthy household heading into cold/flu season; five easy holiday season treats you can make with the kids; how to teach kids about all holidays heading into holiday season; holiday stress and how to minimize/avoid it.
Herrick Bugbee focuses on providing supportive content for parents, caregivers and pet owners. As a mom of three small children, she connects to these topics and works diligently to provide the best advice and resources for Care.com readers. An established child care and parenting expert, she has contributed to an array of premier print and online outlets, including Huffington Post, Newsday, Parenting Magazine, Pregnancy & Newborn, Babble, SheKnows, and Working Mother.
Contact: Ryan McCormick, ryan@goldmannccormick.com

Retail Strategy:

Mark Harrington
Vice President of Marketing
Clutch
"Many marketers still spend 80% of their budgets on attracting new customers, despite the fact that an average 80% of a brand's revenue comes from 20% of their existing customers. While attracting new customers is important, it's vital that brands identify their most valuable customers and aim to understand and build upon the ways they are being engaged and engaging with the brand in order to maintain their loyalty and build affinity with similar consumers."
Harrington is available to discuss retail strategies and technology, CRM, loyalty programs, consumer data, brand loyalty, retail promotional strategies, consumer marketing. He is vice president of marketing for Clutch, delivers advanced consumer management solutions, including strategic customer identification, understanding, targeting and engagement to the world's leading brands like Pandora, Harley-Davidson, New Balance and The Body Shop. Harrington's unique expertise spans publishing to payments and education to ecommerce, serving strategic marketing roles with leading corporations like eBay, Citi and Pearson and pioneering startups like Half.com, Ecount and Infonautics. He's excelled in Inc 500s to Fortune 500s, been instrumental in landmark exits worth over a half billion dollars and helped catapult an array of pioneering industry solutions.
Contact: Matt Fleischl, mfleischl@gregoryfca.com

Safety:

Kimberly O'Loughlin
Senior Vice President and General Manager
Philips Home Monitoring
O'Loughlin is able to weigh in on the following holiday and winter topics related to seniors: 1) holiday fraud and scams: Seniors are often the targets of scams and, as we enter the holiday season, seniors and their caregivers need to be especially cautious of scams that target older adults. O'Loughlin can provide practical tips for protecting seniors, and insights to help seniors and their family members understand the risks. 2) Senior holiday and winter safety: With the holidays, there are concerns of travel, colder weather (and ice), and more. O'Loughlin can provide tips on keeping seniors safe -- in their homes and on the go -- during the holiday season.
O'Loughlin is the senior vice president and general manager of Home Monitoring at Philips, a leading Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) provider. She is responsible for leading a global business serving seniors and their caregivers with safety, health and connected solutions and services. The company's product portfolio includes Philips Lifeline brand of emergency response services and solutions with leading fall detection capabilities, medication management solutions and a cognitive health service. O'Loughlin joined Philips in April 2014 and has worn many business leadership hats over the past 26 years. She is an influential business leader with responsibility of over 1,000 employees across the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. Her professional experience includes 26+ years across a variety of business disciplines specializing in customer service, web/internet services, operations, product management, product development, IT, marketing, P/L management, program management and strategy and planning. O'Loughlin was featured in Executive Profile magazine in 2013 and was named on the Top 25 Executive Profiles list. She earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University, and a master's degree in applied psychology from Steven's Institute of Technology. She served as class president at Princeton, where she currently serves on the Alumni Schools Committee and the Service of Remembrance Committee. In 2012, she was inducted into the Executive Women of New Jersey, a premier organization connecting executive level women while mentoring and supporting others through scholarships and advanced education.
Website: www.lifelinesys.com
Contact: Michelle Searer, Michelle_Searer@lpp.com

Shopping/Personal Finance:

Scott Kluth
Co-Founder and CEO
CouponCabin
Kluth can talk about best practices in saving money while shopping online. According to The National Retail Federation State of Retailing Online, e-commerce in the United States now accounts for more than $304 billion in spending? That's millions of shoppers online searching for billions of dollars of products. However, according to Kluth, most of them are doing it wrong. Kluth is equipped to share and elaborate on such money-saving holiday shopping tips as: always use a coupon code, stack coupon codes whenever possible, comparison shop, aggregate coupons with cashback options, and use caution when purchasing refurbished goods.
Contact: Michael Monahan, michael.monahan@techimage.com

Michelle Madhok
Founder and CEO
SheFinds Media, Inc.
Madhok, an online shopping and style expert, is the founder and CEO of SheFinds Media, Inc., publisher of SheFinds.com, a site to help millions of busy women everywhere shop the Web for the latest fashion and style finds. Madhok has shared her expertise as a columnist/editor/authority with Real Simple, AOL Shopping, Better.TV, Women's Wear Daily, "The Rachel Ray Show," "Good Morning America," "Today," "The Martha Stewart Show," Chicago Tribune, New York Times, and Washington Post.  Launched in 2004, SheFinds.com receives 2 million monthly visitors and is a must-visit destination for women on the Web. Madhok's book, "Wear This Now: Your Style Solution for Every Season and Every Occasion," is published by Harlequin Nonfiction. Previously, she was group director of online content at AOL, where she built and ran what became the world's largest online women's channel.  She began her media career at CBS in 1995 as director of entertainment marketing, and was one of the founding executives of CBS.com.
Website: michellemadhok.com
Contact: michelle@shefinds.com

Managing Your Spending During the Holidays
Amit Batabyal
Arthur J. Gosnell Endowed Chair, Professor of Economics
Rochester Institute of Technology
The holidays often are difficult times for people on a budget, but many Americans are still willing to spend a little more in order to make holiday wishes come true. Is there anything we can do to help recover from the holidays financially in 2016? Yes, and a lot of it has to do with planning ahead. Batabyal's tips include sticking to a budget, paying cash when possible, and shopping around for discounts, especially online.
Batabyal holds a bachelor's degree in applied economics and business management from Cornell University, a master's degree in agricultural and applied economics from the University of Minnesota, and his Ph.D. in agriculture and resource economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He has received numerous awards and has written hundreds of journal articles and nine books on economics.
Contact: Greg Livadas, Greg.Livadas@rit.edu

Toys:

Dr. Barbara Gannon
Pediatrician, Washingtonville Pediatrics
Expert, Please and Carrots
Dr. Gannon is available to share tips on how to choose the most developmentally appropriate toys for your child during the holiday season. For over two decades, she has provided primary care to countless children. Her interest in parenting and early childhood development has led to her newest venture with her colleague Dr. Kaseta. Together they have created Parenting U, a multimedia course in parenting that is fast-paced, easy, and fun.
Dr. Gannon trained at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center and, after she completed her residency, was honored to be chosen to serve an additional year as Pediatric Chief Resident.  She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, clinical assistant professor at New York Medical College, and a member of the clinical teaching faculty at Touro College of Medicine. She was named an Orange County Woman of Achievement in 2009, and is a consulting expert for the subscription service Please and Carrots.
Contact: Julianna Sheridan, jsheridan@matternow.com

Dr. Amanda Williford, Ph.D.
Research Professor, University of Virginia's Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning
Expert, Please and Carrots
Dr. Williford is available to share tips on how to choose the most developmentally appropriate toys for your child during the holiday season. Her research focuses on children's emotional, behavioral, and social development, and she is particularly interested in school-based interventions to promote young children's school readiness skills.
As a licensed clinical-child psychologist, Dr. Williford has extensive training and knowledge of assessment and treatment of young children (0-5 years), focusing on working with teachers to young children engage successfully in childcare and preschool. She received her BA degree in psychology from the University of Virginia, and her MA and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She completed her clinical psychology internship at the Civitan International Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is also a consulting expert for the subscription service Please and Carrots.
Contact: Julianna Sheridan, jsheridan@matternow.com

Travel:

Mary White
CEO and Founder
BnBFinder.com
White can speak with authority on holiday travel tips. Having worked in the travel industry for nearly 20 years (she's even authored a book about running a bed-and-breakfast), White can provide advice on how to find the best value, how to make the best use of your time while traveling, how to choose your destination, how to get an authentic experience, how to create -- and stick to -- a vacation budget and more.
White is the CEO and founder of BnBFinder.com, a comprehensive directory of more than 1,500 of the world's finest bed-and-breakfasts and inns, and the author of "Running a Bed & Breakfast for Dummies." A former securities broker, she decided to embark on a new venture, Internet marketing, nearly 20 years ago and developed a user-friendly website that places B&Bs and inns on a competitive level with larger hotels and resorts. Today, BnBFinder.com earns the industry's highest rankings and provides compelling content for guests. White has been named a bed-and-breakfast industry leader by Innkeeping Quarterly magazine and is the recipient of the Professional Association of Innkeepers International's Award of Merit.
Contact: Robyn Lanci, robyn@bnbfinder.com

Greg Geronemus
Co-CEO
smarTours
"I know this is holiday heresy because everybody wants to go home for the holidays. However, you can save a lot of hassle, stress and money by simply delaying your visit until January. The prices will be far better, there will be less hassle and chaos at the airports and train stations, and certainly less stress. It may not be ideal and it's a bit disappointing delaying a holiday visit, but, for many, it may make a whole lot more sense."
smarTours is a guided tour company based in NYC.
Website: www.smartours.com
Contact: John Goodman, john@johnlgoodman.com

Rob Bolio
Chevrolet Cruze Riding and Handling Engineer
Bolio works at Chevrolet as a riding and handling engineer, currently focused on the Chevy Cruze. He developed the new Stabili Trak technology that helps the vehicle get on course if it were to swerve during icy roads conditions. Living in Detroit with his teenage daughter who just started driving, Bolio has had ample experience driving in winter weather conditions and teaching others to drive in those conditions, and can speak to tips on driving in winter weather, preparing for a road trip in the winter, etc. He also has a unique perspective as a dad with a daughter who is new to driving and how he teaches her to drive in extreme weather conditions.
Contact: Kasey Coble, kcoble@webershandwick.com

Scott Jordan
CEO
SCOTTeVEST
Jordan is available to discuss packing for the holidays: "Never check luggage! Bundle-pack all your clothing into the smallest space possible. Avoid heavy, clunky suitcases. Bring an extra cell phone just in case, and lots of cords.  When you leave the hotel for the day, don't plan on coming back until the end of the day. Embrace technology to keep all your gadgets with you, not packed away. Make sure you are always charged!" Check out his video on how to bundle pack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HceOAyj58ok.
Jordan started SCOTTeVEST in 2000 with his wife, Laura, and has built the business from a startup run from his guest bedroom into one of Inc.com's fastest-growing companies. He is the author of the highly successful book "Pocket Man: The Unauthorized Autobiography of a Passionate, Personal Promoter," which chronicles his evolution from an unhappy lawyer to an amazingly successful entrepreneur. Jordan appeared on season three of ABC's "Shark Tank" in March 2012. He recently release his second book "Shark Bites: The Unofficial Guide to Shark Tank by Entrepreneurs from the Show" He has received a multitude of press in the past for his successful entrepreneurship, including write-ups in Entrepreneur magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and even several college textbooks. Before founding SCOTTeVEST, Jordan practiced corporate law at DLA Piper in Chicago and acted as vice president and general counsel at Next50.com, an Internet startup. He received his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University (summa cum laude and Order of the Coif) and his B.A. in Business Administration (with a focus on entrepreneurship, before it was trendy) from Ohio State University.
Contact: Ethan Rasiel, ethan@lightspeedpr.com

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