Wednesday, September 1, 2004

Identity Theft Insurance for Individuals and Their Families: New from the American Safety Council & Travelers

Identity Theft Insurance for Individuals and Their Families: New from the American Safety Council & Travelers

The American Safety Council has teamed with Travelers Casualty and Surety Company to provide the first stand-alone Identity Theft Insurance policy. As more American consumers fall victim to Identity Theft -- a reported 1 in every 23 people according to a Better Business Bureau and Javelin Strategy report -- the need for Identity Theft Insurance at an affordable price becomes clear.

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) September 29, 2006

The American Safety Council has teamed with Travelers Casualty and Surety Company to provide the first stand-alone Identity Theft Insurance policy. As more American consumers fall victim to Identity Theft -- a reported 1 in every 23 people according to a Better Business Bureau and Javelin Strategy report -- the need for Identity Theft Insurance at an affordable price becomes clear.

The Insurance policies can be purchased online at www. IdentityTheftPolicy. com and offer Identity Theft protection for you and your entire family (including your spouse and all children living at home). There is no out-of-pocket deductible and coverage includes money stolen from you or your family up to $30,000, lost wages from time off work up to $500 per week for up to 4 weeks, pre-approved attorney fees and more.

“The policies we offer don’t just cover the money you lost,” says Bob Proechel, President of the American Safety Council. “They also help you recover the costs of Identity Fraud, including lawyer fees and lost wages. And because we’re able to offer this unique Insurance as a stand-alone policy, we can make it affordable for all consumers. You can protect your family for just pennies a day.”

With no out-of-pocket deductible to pay, you can avoid any loss of finances. Plus, Travelers' toll-free identity theft help line will connect you to professionals ready to help you recover your identity.

For additional information or to purchase a policy, please visit www. IdentityTheftPolicy. com. Policies are available in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, with more states coming soon.

About Travelers Insurance

Travelers was the first insurer to offer protection for the expenses that face identity theft victims as they work to repair the damage caused by this crime. Travelers is a business of The St. Paul Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE:STA), a leading property casualty insurer selling primarily through independent agents and brokers. The company's diverse business lines offer its global customers a wide range of coverage in both the personal and commercial settings, including automobile, homeowners, construction, small business, oil and gas, ocean marine, financial and professional services, global technology and public sector services. St. Paul Travelers is ranked 85 in the Fortune 500, with 2005 revenues of $24.4 billion and total assets of $113.2 billion. The company has approximately 32,000 employees.

About the American Safety Council

The American Safety Council and its affiliated organizations have provided online educational courses, traffic safety training, professional continuing education, and business services in association with state regulatory agencies, court systems, and industry for more than fifteen years.

For additional information, please contact Brent Gregory, Senior Vice President, at 1-407-539-0095 or visit www. IdentityTheftPolicy. com or www. AmericanSafetyCouncil. com.

SOURCE: American Safety Council, Inc.

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EComXpo April 2006 Biggest Success to Date

EComXpo April 2006 Biggest Success to Date

Over 7,100 Exhibitors, Speakers and Attendees Gathered to Network, Learn and Have Fun Online

Deerfield, IL (PRWEB) April 13, 2006

eComXpo, the virtual tradeshow for eCommerce marketers, hosted their third event April 4-6th, 2006. The event featured 20 panel/keynote presentations from industry luminaries, 237 exhibitor booths on two show floors and over 7,100 registered attendees. For three days attendees were able to interact with representatives from Yahoo!, MSN, Digital River, Performics, LinkShare and hundreds more without having to leave their home or office; participants were able to network with people from around the globe including Germany, Australia, Singapore, United Kingdom and South Africa and they were able to do it all for free, at their leisure.

EComXpo’s exhibitors found the show to be more economical than traditional tradeshows and discovered that the quality and quantity of leads generated was first-rate. “It was an absolute pleasure to participate in this year’s eComXpo. The event provided an excellent opportunity to generate leads, meet one-on-one with new prospective affiliates and network with others in the industry,” commented Karen White, Affiliate Program Manager at Wynn Las Vegas, a first-time exhibitor.

EComXpo April 2006 attendees were able to explore both the Affiliate and Search tradeshow floors, view first-run presentations, win prizes, network, chat and exchange v-cards free of charge during the event. “eComXpo was something I looked forward to attending given the fast pace of business life and lack of time and money to travel too far to network and educate a whole team. I fully believe in the value added by this event,” noted Sanjay Saggere, President and CEO of Bizdev Systems, Inc.

In an effort to provide continuing education to the participants of eComXpo the educational component of the show was completely free to all participants during the show. Attendees were able to hear panel presentations and keynotes from such thought leaders as Anne Holland (MarketingSherpa. com), Geoff Ramsey (eMarketer), Bryan Eisenberg (Future Now), Declan Dunn (Dunn Direct Group), Catherine Seda (Seda Communications), Andy Beal (Fortune Interactive), Richard Lewis (Return on Affiliate) and Paul Colligan (The Affiliate Guy). People wishing to see these presentations, plus over 160 past presentations, on-demand can still do so by enrolling in the eComXpo University available at www. ecomxpo. com through September 30, 2006.

To learn more about eComXpo and read testimonials from this year’s event please visit www. ecomxpo. com. The next eComXpo will be October 24-26, 2006. People wishing to exhibit at the next event should contact Caleb Chase to learn about the early bird and alumni pricing options available for the multiple sponsorship levels.

About eComXpo

EComXpo is the first virtual, online trade show and conference for eCommerce marketers. Its fourth show is October 24-26, 2006. The focus of the show is Search, Affiliate and Interactive Marketing. Free registration and information will be available at http://www. ecomxpo. com (http://www. ecomxpo. com). Over 230 exhibitors, sponsors, and presenters will be gathering with over 7,000 attendees, completely online. eComXpo provides all the benefits of a top tradeshow without the cost, travel or hassle normally associated with traditional events. After just three shows, eComXpo has become the world's largest trade show for eCommerce marketers.

For more information, contact John Grosshandler 847.295.6100.

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Watercolor Artist Laurin McCracken Racks up Awards

Watercolor Artist Laurin McCracken Racks up Awards

McCracken's extraordinary talent, accentuated by his attention to detail, has landed him the distinction of Signature Membership in the National Watercolor Society.

Quitman, AR (PRWEB) October 26, 2005

To study one of Laurin McCracken’s watercolor paintings is to second guess your own perceptions. “Most people think they’re something other than watercolor,” McCracken admits. “Watercolor is not so difficult, that’s a myth put forth by the oil painters,” he says. His modesty is noble, but unnecessary paired with such talent. “I find it fun, energizing, relaxing, you can correct your mistakes as long as they are not too major.” What gives McCracken’s achievements even more weight is that he had no formal instruction in watercolor until December of 1999, when at the age of 57, he took his first watercolor course. Since then, he has been in 26 juried shows and has brought home 14 awards.

McCracken’s most recent distinction is his induction as a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society in Brea, California on October 15th of this year. His advancement to this state is extraordinary considering he has only been a member for the last two years. Typically it takes artists years of submitting work before they get selected for this distinction. This year the National Watercolor Society received 1,100 submissions for the show, and out of this field only 100 paintings were selected for the exhibit. Fifty-three artists were asked to submit portfolios for review as Signature Members, and from that narrow field, McCracken became one of only 43 to be honored this year with that distinction. “The importance of Signature Membership is recognition by your peers. For me, it is also a validation my paintings are getting to be as good as I want them to be.”

McCracken captured this Signature distinction for his painting “Glamis Castle Rose,” which is in the genre he is best known for; still lifes of silver and crystal in the Dutch and Flemish 16th century style. “One of my instructors early on told me that I would become known for something, and that I would have no control over that. I just fell into this style. I started painting florals, then moved into still lifes. I plan to paint through all the major genres of watercolor. I see things in a high level of detail, and I’m willing to put the time into capture it in my watercolors. McCracken has studied with Gwen Bragg at the Art League School in Alexandria, Virginia and with Alain Gavin at the Art Institute in Chicago. His paintings hang in corporate and private collections, including McGraw-Hill's Corporate Collection and the Urban Land Institute. He also has photographs in the Graphics Arts Collection, Princeton University. He is now moving into teaching himself, having recently conducted a workshop in Pasadena, Calif. for American Artist magazine, a publication which featured him in its current fall issue.

McCracken’s background as both an architect and photographer undoubtedly plays into his fascination for detail. Born in Meridian, Mississippi, he holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University and a Masters in Architecture and Urban Planning from Princeton University. He has traveled extensively in Europe, the Middle East and Japan, both as a practicing architect, a photographer and a painter. His photographs have been widely published in architectural journals and as book covers and book illustrations.

In McCracken’s short, but illustrious career, he has sought progress aggressively, approaching his next move more like a businessman than an artist. He is after all the Marketing and Strategies Officer of Looney Ricks Kiss Architects in Memphis, Tenn. “I’m on track for my business plan,” McCracken affirms. “One reason for entering shows, is to have the qualifications that would interest major galleries.” The shows and subsequent awards extend to juried shows coast to coast including the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society, Pittsburgh Watercolor Society and the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, California Watercolor Society, Southern Watercolor Society and the American Watercolor Society.

He currently has work in a number of major galleries throughout the country with access online to his work through Buyoutsidethebox. com, an online global marketplace dedicated to the arts. “We are very pleased to represent Laurin,” says buyoutsidethebox’s Ruth Mitchell. “His work is magnetic. The longer you examine it, the more you marvel, and his induction as a Signature Member into the National Watercolor Society is a real feather in his cap.”

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