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  • The Value of IP Insurance Coverage
  • Cybersecurity Protects Our Way of Life
  • Fast Food Must Shore up Late-Night Security
  • Cyberattack Insurance Lacking in Energy Sector
  • Yahoo! CEO Shows Importance of Corporate Sleep Management Programs
  • Tax Tips for Small-Business Owners
  • Tips for Searching for a Qualified Financial Advisor
  • Americans in Dire Need of Financial Education Reform
  • Benefits, Challenges and Developments in Edtech Space
  • Forging a Path Towards a Financially Stable America


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The Value of IP Insurance Coverage
Robert W. Fletcher
President and CEO
Intellectual Property Insurance Services Corporation
"There certainly have been challenges to getting IP insurance to be a widespread means of risk transfer. One of the biggest challenges has been acknowledgement of the existence of the IP insurance market and the value of the coverage. That being said, there has definitely been an increase in demand and submissions for IP insurance. Without a doubt, the increase is being driven by two important trends: 1) the importance of IP in the economy, and 2) the fact that the consumers, the insurance industry and IP law professionals are becoming better educated regarding the shortcomings of other insurance policies. Commercial general liability, professional liability, and directors and officers policies do not provide sufficient coverage for this very valuable asset, intellectual property."
Fletcher has had a direct role in creating new products and finding partner backing, as well as the more routine tasks of analyzing, evaluating, and selecting patent licensing/enforcement opportunities, claims management, underwriting and product development. Fletcher also oversees the underwriting staff and actively participates in underwriting of special risk cases and cases needing final approval. He has been a frequent speaker on the valuation of patents and technology, the taxation of royalty income, intellectual property issues raised by the use and exploitation of the internet, as well as coverage and current trends in the insurance of intellectual property. He has authored numerous articles on these subjects. He is a registered patent attorney and has handled intellectual property-related matters since 1963. He holds chemical engineering and law (J.D.) degrees from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the University of Louisville. He has served in the patent departments of General Electric Company, American Air Filter and Standard Oil of Indiana. He is a member of the State Bars of Wisconsin, Illinois, and Kentucky, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent Office. He is based in Louisville, Ky.
Media Contact: Karrie Lewis,

Cybersecurity Protects Our Way of Life
Jeffrey Wells
Executive Director of Cyber Development
Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development
"Cybersecurity is not just national security. It's not just espionage. It's economic stability. It's individual privacy. And it really is protecting the global way of life and doing business as usual here in the U.S."
Maryland is the epicenter for cybersecurity. Other states including Virginia, Michigan and Delaware are patterning initiatives after Maryland's. However, Maryland is the first state to provide cyber-specific investment tax credits and security-related tax incentives. Maryland is also home to a unique concentration of assets that attract talent such as the National Security Agency (NSA), the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the headquarters of U.S. Cyber Command, the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and intelligence and communications responsibilities at Fort Meade and at Aberdeen Proving Ground. Maryland's military installations have an estimated impact of $18 billion on the state's economy.
Jeffrey Wells was appointed executive director of cyber development in the Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development (DBED) in September 2013. Prior to his appointment, he was managing partner and founder of i2 -- Innovation Intelligence, LLC, a consultancy focused on sustainable growth strategies in emerging markets. In 2007, Wells established the social business and anti-poverty enterprise Khalakom, which focused on developing a new generation of entrepreneurs in extreme emerging markets via the affordable sale of mobile communications products. Prior to that, he was Chief of Operations and Lead Analyst for the innovation arm of Nokia, Innovent. He has also founded several non-profits, including the Connected Warrior Foundation, to improve the quality of life for wounded veterans. He is available to discuss cybersecurity, cyberdevelopment, technology transfer, IT security, hackers, cybercommercialization, hiring veterans.
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Media Contact: Andrew Ratner,

Fast Food Must Shore up Late-Night Security
Chris Hamilton
Standly Hamilton, LLP in Dallas
"Businesses that rely on late-night revenue must focus on customer safety. Convenience stores learned ways to protect customers in the 1970s after adopting extended hours and experiencing the late-night crime that exists practically everywhere. The fast-food industry has been operating under extended hours since the mid-2000s, but many still don't have proper security to protect customers."
Hamilton represented the families of two Texas teens who died after a late-night altercation at a McDonald's, securing a $27 million jury verdict against the restaurant.
Media Contact: Bruce Vincent,

Cyberattack Insurance Lacking in Energy Sector
Glenn Legge
Legge, Farrow, Kimmitt, McGrath & Brown L.L.P.
"The threat of computer hackers from Russia and China, as well as non-governmental 'hacktivists,' looms large over energy companies these days. Such an attack could lead to damages ranging from environmental disaster to loss of life. In June, a Securities and Exchange Commissioner advised corporate directors to ensure the adequacy of their companies' insurance coverage for losses resulting from cyberattacks. But obtaining sufficient coverage is a huge challenge. The insurance industry recently expanded its data breach exclusions so that now there is very little coverage for significant property damage or environmental losses that result from a cyberattack. And the few 'cyber policies' available have low limits for these losses, realistically a drop in the bucket. While many major oil companies are largely self-insured, the majority of oil and gas companies are smaller. They will have to patch together various policies to cover themselves for the time being."
Media Contact: Kit Frieden,

Yahoo! CEO Shows Importance of Corporate Sleep Management Programs
Dr. Dave Sharar
Managing Director
Chestnut Global Health
The sleep habits of Yahoo! CEO Marissa Meyer were lampooned over Twitter when she missed a meeting with ad execs because she overslept. The episode actually shows how lack of sleep -- quantity and quality -- affects all levels of today's workforce, as it's estimated that 35-40% of Americans have sleeping problems. Says Sharar: "The growing number of apps for detecting sleep patterns and fatigue demonstrates the increased yearning for better quality sleep, particularly among people dealing with increased workloads, stress levels and time-shifting, all of which undermine quality, restful sleep. People are not typically good judges of their own fatigue and impairment, they get used to the problems associated with fatigue and come to believe their lethargy, lack of focus, even 'micro sleeps' are normal."
Dr. Sharar can discuss what companies can do to help employees assess their sleep and improve both its length and quality, improving their alertness, productivity and preventing work-site accidents. Based in Bloomington, Ill., he has published over 70 articles in a number of academic and trade publications.
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Media Contact: Charles Epstein,

Tax Tips for Small-Business Owners
Karla Dennis
CEO and Founder
Cohesive Tax
"As a business owner and taxpayer, I understand how most small-business owners and consumers feel. The American dream of business ownership is alive and well. There are things you can do to enjoy your professional and personal life without having to worry about the tax pain. Taxes are what I do for fun."
Known as the "practical tax strategist," Dennis has owned and operated her own comprehensive tax and accounting firm for nearly 25 years. She and Cohesive received the prestigious A.G.E.N.T.S. Business Year Award from the City of Cypress. In the first half of 2014 alone, Dennis and Cohesive have saved their clients $4.2 million. She is the author of two tax strategy books, "Against the Odds" and "Tax Storm." She is based in Southern California and can discuss the following, in addition to other tax related issues: tax planning year-round; saving money on your taxes; tax law/code; small business; business tips for women.
Media Contact: Caity Cudworth,

Tips for Searching for a Qualified Financial Advisor
Bijan Golkar, CFP(R)
Vice President/Senior Advisor
FPC Investment Advisory, Inc.
Plenty of people who pass away or become debilitated leave their spouses with overly complicated financial plans, too little information, and no clear instructions about where to turn for help. Says Golkar: "Many individuals with spouses who are disengaged financially take comfort in knowing that their spouse will be able to turn to an advisor after they're gone. If you think your spouse will eventually need to turn to an advisor, it doesn't hurt to begin the search for a qualified advisor while you're still around to help with the screening." Golkar is available to discuss five key ways to make sure that doesn't happen to your family.
Golkar has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, Yahoo Finance, The Fiscal Times, Bankrate and He is located in San Francisco.
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Media Contact: Steve Garmhausen,

Americans in Dire Need of Financial Education Reform
Joe Duran
"Needless to say, we are in dire need of financial education reform. Our lack of progress in this area hardly justifies the individual, corporate, and government money spent annually on financial education. To ignite true change, the financial education industry needs to expand its focus from mere knowledge acquisition to actual knowledge application. The industry can achieve knowledge application by cultivating organizations that think practically, take risks, and aim high."
Duran is an expert in the field of personal finance education, with a specialty in educating youth and low-income populations through blended learning programs. He has extensive experience in the education and finance sectors, and has been published sharing his views on the challenges of personal finance education in the Huffington Post. Contact him for information and abstracts on personal finance, youth education, and nonprofit management.
Media Contact: Kristen Faiferlick,

Benefits, Challenges and Developments in Edtech Space
Jen Shoop
Chief Innovation Officer
"Educational technologies are not a silver bullet, and purely digital solutions can be a challenging proposition, especially for the underserved markets many of these solutions are intended to meet. Implementation and learner support should always be kept front of mind."
Shoop is an expert on education technology, digital courseware, product design and development for underserved populations, curriculum design and educational impact measurement, e-learning, and the issue of educational access. She has written and published many blog posts on educational technology, product design, and piloting edtech solutions among low-income youth on the Moneythink blog ( She has collaborated with giants in the industry, such as and Causelabs. She is available to share thoughts on the benefits, challenges, and developments in the edtech space.
Media Contact: Kristen Faiferlick,

Forging a Path Towards a Financially Stable America
Ted Gonder
Co-founder and CEO
"To restore the economic health of the United States, we need younger generations entering the real world prepared and trained to make smart decisions with their money."
Gonder is co-founder and CEO of Moneythink, an organization changing the way youth think about money. He is a member, U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans and the youngest current advisor to President Obama. He has also been published and featured in numerous media outlets, including Forbes, Harvard Business Review, and MTV.
Gonder is an expert on financial illiteracy, education, and inequality, and is eager to share a series of abstracts he has prepared on the challenges and importance of educating America's youth on personal finance. Contact him for information on his rapidly growing nonprofit, his experience in finance and education, and more information about his abstracts and briefs.
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Media Contact: Kristen Faiferlick,



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