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New Phase of Homes Released for Sale at Pardee Homes’ Flagstone in Beaumont

Designed for changing family needs, these spacious one- and two-story homes offer a wealth of inviting options and exciting outdoor living areas. Ideal for growing and move-up families, Flagstone is priced from the low $400,000s.

BEAUMONT, CA, July 10, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ — A new phase of 12 homes has been released for sale at Flagstone, an exciting new neighborhood of by Pardee Homes. Flagstone, featuring both one- and two-story homes, brings a new level of luxury and sophistication to this thriving Beaumont community in a choice of three spacious floorplans.

“This is the neighborhood home shoppers in the Inland Empire have been waiting for,” said Matt Sauls, vice president of marketing and product development for Pardee Homes. “It’s ideal for growing and move-up families seeking spacious living, innovative styling and energy savings design with options for flexible solutions found in our exclusive GenSmart Suites.”

Priced from the low $400,000s, floorplans range from approximately 2,852 to 3,934 square feet, with up to six bedrooms, four baths, and three- and four-bay garages. Great room living accent the fresh feel of these spacious floorplans which also boast covered patios, lofts, dens and bedroom options.

Designed for changing family needs, homes at Flagstone offer a wealth of inviting options for dens, game rooms, office/hobby rooms, a wet bar in the game room or Pardee Homes’ exclusive GenSmart Suite . Homeowners will also enjoy relaxed outdoor living practically year-round via the distinct, integrated outdoor patios featuring spectacular stacked sliding doors, wraparound porches and even optional patio heaters for enhanced indoor-outdoor living. This exciting outdoor living area transforms the backyard into a place to relax, dine, or entertain year-round and is a great way to extend the inside out with stylish accents and traditional-style indoor-outdoor furnishings.

The three floorplans each offer unique features such as the optional unfinished attic storage with stairs and volume enhancing varying ceiling heights in Plan 1. Plan 2’s front porch entry also adds volume and an optional upstairs deck is available (per plan). The Plan 3 home is available with Pardee’s innovative GenSmart Suite with a separate entrance and spaces for living, sleeping and eating; an option that creates remarkable new opportunities to ‘house’ family and friends for short visits or extended living arrangements.

Flagstone is part of The Highlands, the newest village at Sundance, which offers homeowners exclusive access to The Highlands Club featuring a swimming pool, spa, tot lot, shade structures, BBQ area and private restroom building.

Located in Beaumont, a city with a rich past and an exciting future, Sundance is near plenty of convenient shopping, major business centers in San Bernardino and northwestern Riverside County, and Palm Springs. Sundance is also located in proximity of prominent regional parks, hiking, biking, camping and fishing at Big Bear and Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino Mountains, as well as several nearby golf courses.

For more information about Flagstone call (951) 797-3879 or (951) 399-2363 or visit www.pardeehomes.com/Flagstone. Flagstone is located at 1674 Ferron Lane in Beaumont. Exit I-10 at Highland Springs Avenue and go north to Cougar Way. Turn left, then right on Menache Way.

Established in 1921, Pardee Homes creates new homes and communities for first-time through luxury homebuyers. It was among the first to embrace master-planned community concepts; green homebuilding measures; environmentally sensitive development practices; and customer-focused processes for new home purchase. Pardee Homes Inland Empire Division is the 2014 Avid Cup Winner, awarded for the highest customer service ratings throughout North America. Pardee Homes is a member of TRI Pointe Group, a family of premium regional homebuilders supported by the significant resources, economies of scale and thought leadership of a national foundation. The family also includes Maracay Homes in Arizona, Quadrant Homes in Washington, Trendmaker Homes in Texas, TRI Pointe Homes in California and Colorado, and Winchester Homes in Maryland and Virginia – all together making TRI Pointe Group one of the largest homebuilding companies in the U.S. For more information about Pardee Homes, please visit www.pardeehomes.com.

XpertDox Launches a New Personalized Hospital Finder Tool

XpertDox extends its XpertMatch score to find the best hospitals from over 4500 hospitals in the U.S. for a given disease, procedure, medicine or specialty.

BIRMINGHAM, AL, July 11, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ — On July 1st 2016, XpertDox launched the new hospital finder search functionality tool. This functionality will enable the patients to find the best hospitals for a particular disease, procedure or specialty. XpertDox has now extended their XpertMatch score to include almost all the hospitals in the U.S. for approximately 5500 diseases, medicines, procedures and specialties. For example, if you had Hashimoto’s Disease, XpertDox identifies Boston Medical Center, MA and Mount Sinai Hospital, NY as the best hospitals to get care for this disease. Additionally, XpertDox also lists the best doctors who are affiliated with the hospital and are experts in that disease such as Dr Elizabeth N Pearce at Boston Medical Center, MA for Hashimoto’s Disease. In addition to XpertMatch scores, XpertDox also lists hospital performance scores. These performance scores cover critical domains of clinical expertise, patient experience, outcomes and efficiency of care which patients will find highly useful when making the vital decision regarding where to get care for their disease.

XpertDox is a website focused exclusively on improving care of patients with rare and/or serious diseases. They have already built a database of 130 specialties, 4,000 diseases, 200 procedures and 1,000 medicines. Powered by their proprietary algorithm, XpertDox evaluates all doctors and hospitals in the U.S. in the five critical domains of clinical expertise, research, educational contributions, leadership role among peers and recognition as an expert. Based on these criteria, XpertDox calculates an XpertMatchTM score. A high score indicates a high degree of match to the patient’s question which could be a disease, procedure, medicine or specialty. Within 3 months of launch XpertDox has received praise from the medical community because of the unbiased nature and accuracy of search results.

EY Announces New Leadership Promotions in San Jose

Nine new partners, principals and executive directors named

SAN JOSE, CA, July 11, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ — Ernst & Young LLP recently announced the promotions of several professionals in its San Jose office.

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“All of our new partners, principals, and executive directors have dedicated their careers to delivering exceptional client service. They embody our EY core values of integrity, respect and teaming and they all personify the energy, enthusiasm and courage of a leader,” said Kailesh Karavadra, San Jose Office Managing Partner. “We congratulate them on their significant contributions and achievements and look forward to their future successes.”

Karavadra noted that promotions to the partner, principal, executive director and director ranks involve a rigorous selection process that recognizes each person’s achievements and potential. Candidates for promotion are evaluated for professional excellence, including technical acumen, the ability to deliver exceptional client service and a commitment to the firm’s purpose of building a better working world.

James W. Brundage was promoted to partner from senior manager. Brundage is a member of Ernst & Young LLP’s Transaction Advisory Services practice, where he serves technology and telecommunication clients. He has more than a decade of professional services experience and provides financial and operational due diligence assistance to public and private corporations, as well as private equity investors. He has deep experience in buy- and sell-side transactions, including carve-outs and cross-border transactions, across the software, SaaS, IT and managed services, internet, communications equipment, fintech and satellite sub-segments. Brundage holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s in Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin. Brundage is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in California and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Jill Franciosi was promoted to partner from senior manager. Franciosi is a member of Ernst & Young LLP’s Transaction Advisory Services where she has more than a decade of experience serving corporate and private equity accounts and providing due diligence, structuring and modeling services for buy-side and sell-side transactions. She currently works with technology clients on tax consulting for strategic corporate mergers and acquisitions, and internal restructurings. Franciosi holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Boston University and a Juris Doctor degree from Northeastern University. She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in California and Massachusetts. Franciosi is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Massachusetts Bar Association.

Terumi Katano was promoted to partner from senior manager. Katano is a member of Ernst & Young LLP’s Assurance practice where she specializes in the technology industry and Japanese Business Services (JBS), as well as serving US SEC registrants. With her deep understanding of US GAAP and US and Japanese business and cultural norms, Katano plays a key leadership role as a liaison between the San Jose JBS practice and EY Japan. As part of her role, she actively develops integrated service opportunities for inbound Japanese companies. In July, Katano will begin a two-year secondment with EY Japan. Katano holds a bachelor’s degree with distinction in Business and an MBA from Indiana University. She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in California and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Adi Maheshwari was promoted to partner from senior manager. Maheshwari is a member of Ernst & Young LLP’s Transaction Advisory Services practice, where he focuses on mergers and acquisitions. He has executed more than 110 M&A transactions ranging from $10M to $8B in a broad range of industries, with a focus on software and technology clients. Maheshwari has deep experience with divestitures, carve outs, exit readiness strategies, growth strategy development, complex revenue recognition models, internal controls and GAAP compliance. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Mumbai and an MBA from the University of Illinois. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in California and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Eric C. Olson was promoted to principal from senior manager and is a member of Ernst & Young LLP’s Tax practice. Olson has more than a decade of experience focusing on transfer pricing and economic analysis. He serves some of the most high-profile technology companies in Silicon Valley and specializes in intercompany pricing for tangible goods, intangibles and services, as well as multi-phase transfer pricing, intangible property (IP) valuation and migration projects. Olson holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Davis, as well as a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

Dan Scott was promoted to principal from senior manager. Scott is a member of Ernst & Young LLP’s Transaction Advisory Services practice, where he helps his clients quantify and evaluate the financial aspects of major decisions. Prior to joining the firm’s San Jose office, Scott worked for the firm’s Assurance practice in the United Kingdom and with several technology companies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Lancaster University and an MBA from University College Dublin. Scott is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in the United Kingdom.

Mike Avery was promoted to executive director from senior manager. Avery is a member of Ernst & Young LLP’s Assurance practice, where he focuses on serving technology clients — ranging from high-growth companies to mature multinational corporations. He has extensive experience advising companies through a variety of transactions and transformations, including initial public offerings, complex revenue arrangements, equity and debt transactions, business combinations and SEC reporting issues. Avery holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Santa Clara University and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in California and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Amanda Powell was promoted to executive director from senior manager. Powell is a member of Ernst & Young LLP’s Assurance practice, where she serves technology clients, including large multinational SEC registrants. As a member of EY’s Quality Network, Powell supports inspection and other quality-related activities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in California. Powell is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Sri Vasudevan was promoted to executive director from senior manager. Vasudevan is a member of Ernst & Young LLP’s National Advisory Cybersecurity practice, where he stewards the development of innovative cybersecurity service offerings in the emerging technologies space. He is responsible for identifying and addressing cybersecurity issues affecting emerging technologies such as cloud computing, big data, medical devices, connected vehicles, IOT, artificial intelligence, augmented/virtual reality and interstellar communications. Vasudevan holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Computer Engineering from Regional Engineering College and Virginia Tech, respectively. He actively supports Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, a nonprofit that helps foster children in the community achieve better outcomes. Vasudevan is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, a Certified Information Security Manager and is certified in Risk and Information Systems Control.

About Ernst & Young LLP’s Bay Area practice

Ernst & Young LLP has more than 1,900 people in its San Francisco, San Jose and Redwood Shores offices who serve a diverse client base of innovative and entrepreneurial companies spanning the technology, real estate, life sciences, consumer products, asset management and insurance, banking and capital markets, health care and social media industries. Ernst & Young LLP is a market leader in the Bay Area, serving more than 75% of the region’s companies listed on the Silicon Valley 150.

The firm celebrates the successes of Northern California’s entrepreneurs through its EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program, founded in 1986. Ernst & Young LLP’s San Jose office is also home to EY’s Global Technology Center, which brings together worldwide teams of professionals with deep technical and industry knowledge.

About EY

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

EY refers to the global organization and may refer to one or more of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit ey.com.

This news release has been issued by Ernst & Young LLP, an EY member firm serving clients in the US.

EY Announces New Leadership Promotions in Orange County

Three new partners and executive director named

ORANGE COUNTY, CA, July 11, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ — Ernst & Young LLP recently announced the promotions of three professionals in its Orange County office. Promotions to the partner, principal, executive director and director ranks involve a rigorous selection process that recognizes each person’s achievements and potential. Candidates for promotion are evaluated for professional excellence, including technical acumen, the ability to deliver exceptional client service and a commitment to the firm’s purpose of building a better working world.

“Our new partners and executive directors demonstrate outstanding leadership. They reflect our spirit of innovation, deliver exceptional client service and lead with the energy, courage and integrity that personify our EY core values,” said Kim Letch, Orange County Office Managing Partner. “We commend them on this great achievement and look forward to their future successes.”

Sarah Y. Liang was promoted to partner from senior manager. She is a member of Ernst & Young LLP’s Advisory Risk practice in Orange County and San Diego, where she serves high profile clients in the gaming and hospitality industry. In addition to providing exceptional service to her clients, Liang builds a better working world by leading diversity and inclusiveness initiatives as a member of the firm’s Pan Asian Professional Network steering committee and as a board member on the Ascend Los Angeles Metro Chapter, a non-profit organization that focuses on developing current and future Pan Asian leaders. Liang holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Economic from the University of California, Los Angeles and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, Orange County chapter.

Tim Rahall was promoted to partner from senior manager. Rahall is a member of Ernst & Young LLP’s Assurance practice, and has more than a decade of experience working with high-profile public and pre-IPO technology clients. He is well-versed in SEC financial reporting requirements, multiple-element arrangement and software revenue recognition, complex inventory valuation, debt and equity matters, share-based compensation accounting and complex valuation estimates. Rahall is a certified public accountant licensed to practice in California. He has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Santa Clara University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Rahall is also passionate about finding a cure for Ataxia-Telangiectasia (A-T) and improving the lives of children who suffer from the rare neurodegenerative disease. As an A-T Children’s Project board member, he has raised over $600,000 in the past five years to fund A-T research, with the support of his family, friends, EY colleagues and the Southern California business community.

Sam Mukherjee was promoted to executive director from senior manager. He is a member of Ernst & Young LLP’s Advisory practice, and brings with him more than two decades of experience in data warehousing, business intelligence, customer service relationship management and regulatory compliance. Mukherjee works with clients across the banking, wealth management and insurance industries and has deep expertise in customer analytics, solution and data architectures, data integration and information delivery, smart data lakes and self-driven analytics. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a member of The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI) and the Data Governance Institute.

About Ernst & Young LLP’s Orange County practice

Ernst & Young LLP has nearly 425 people in its Orange County office who serve a diverse client base of innovative and entrepreneurial companies spanning the retail, consumer products, financial services, health care, life sciences, manufacturing & distribution, real estate, cleantech and technology industries. The firm celebrates the successes of Orange County entrepreneurs through its EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program, founded in 1986.

About EY

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

EY refers to the global organization and may refer to one or more of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit ey.com.

This news release has been issued by Ernst & Young LLP, an EY member firm serving clients in the US.

EY Announces New Leadership Promotions in Greater Los Angeles

Eleven new partners, principals, executive directors and directors named

LOS ANGELES, CA, July 11, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ — Ernst & Young LLP recently announced the promotions of eleven professionals in its Greater Los Angeles practice.

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“All of our new partners, principals, executive directors and directors have dedicated their careers to delivering exceptional client service. They serve as role models for EY core values by demonstrating integrity, respect and teaming and by displaying the energy, enthusiasm and courage of a leader,” said Patrick Niemann, Greater Los Angeles Managing Partner. “We commend them on their significant contributions and achievements and look forward to their future successes.”

Niemann noted that promotions to the partner, principal, executive director and director ranks involve a rigorous selection process that recognizes each person’s achievements and potential. Candidates for promotion are evaluated for professional excellence, including technical acumen, the ability to deliver exceptional client service and a commitment to the firm’s purpose of building a better working world.

Patrick Auger was promoted to partner from senior manager and is a member of Ernst & Young LLP’s Assurance practice. Auger has more than a decade of experience serving clients–ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies–in the retail and consumer products, media & entertainment, and construction and engineering industries. Auger has experience working with companies on completing initial public offerings, acquisitions, and private placements, as well as implementing processes and controls for assessment of internal controls over financial reporting. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Auger is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in California and a member of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Eric Block was promoted to partner from senior manager and is a member of Ernst & Young LLP’s Tax practice. Block has over a decade of experience serving private equity portfolio companies, with a deep focus on the onboarding of newly acquired companies into his clients’ portfolios. Block oversees portfolio company tax work from acquisition through exit for companies in the retail consumer products, sports and technology sectors. Block holds bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Accounting, as well as a master’s degree in Business Taxation from the University of Southern California. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in California and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Andy S. Park was promoted to partner from senior manager and is a member of Ernst & Young LLP’s Tax practice. Park has been with the firm for more than 10 years and he has served clients across a broad range of industries, including media and entertainment, banking and finance, retail, consumer products, automotive, and technology. Park is passionate about helping his clients navigate through indirect tax matters. Park also works with his clients to identify multi-state issues and tax planning opportunities related to state income and franchise tax, sales and use tax, and credits and incentives. He graduated with honors from the Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance, as well as his master’s degree in Accounting. Park is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in California and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Kurt Rieck was promoted to partner from senior manager. Rieck is a member of Ernst & Young LLP’s Assurance practice, where he has served a variety of public and private clients in the real estate industry, including traded and non-traded REITs, global engineering and construction firms, real estate funds, and homebuilders over his 13-year tenure at the firm. Rieck graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Chapman University, where he also has taught as an adjunct professor. Rieck is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in California, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and holds a broker’s license from the California Bureau of Real Estate.

Mieke Velghe was promoted to partner from executive director and is a member of Ernst & Young LLP’s Assurance practice. Velghe has more than two decades of experience serving market leading clients in the media and entertainment, construction, automotive and technology industries. She is responsible for leading the implementation and functionality of new audit tools, the consistent application of the firm’s Global Audit Methodology and the execution of quality audits. Velghe holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and an MBA from the University Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium. Velghe is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in California and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Female Executives in Media and Entertainment. Velghe is also active in her community and serves as an audit committee member for the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles.

Robyn Young was promoted to partner from senior manager and is a member of Ernst & Young LLP’s Assurance practice. She has more than thirteen years of public accounting experience serving ecommerce, retail, consumer products, and technology clients–ranging from start-ups to SEC registrants. Young holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she remains actively involved in recruiting efforts as EY’s Campus Coordinating Executive. Young is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in California and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Tuyen Mai was promoted to principal from senior manager and is a member of Ernst & Young LLP’s Transaction Advisory Services practice. Mai advises state and local governments on the strategic planning, financing and delivery of large-scale transportation, higher education and public infrastructure projects. Mai serves clients across the country on program-level policy considerations and project-level financial planning, contracting and procurement strategies–from early planning to the construction and operations stages. He holds a civil engineering degree from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees and a master’s degree from the University Paris X in France. Mai is a member of Design-Build Institute of America and a registered Municipal Advisor with the SEC.

Kyle Kim was promoted to executive director from senior manager and is a member of Ernst & Young LLP’s Advisory practice. Kim has nearly two decades of experience serving clients in the banking industry and guiding them through transformation initiatives. Kim has deep experience leading cost-saving transformation projects focused on process optimization, work rationalization, resource alignment and technology solutions. He has led large-scale technology transformation projects, addressing operational risks and executing the strategic vision for financial services clients. Kim holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California, Irvine and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Curt Himebauch was promoted to director from associate director and leads Ernst & Young LLP’s Business Development activities in Greater Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Himebauch works with all of the firm’s service lines to manage executive relationships with corporations, law firms and private equity clients. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and is an active member of the Children’s Bureau, a Southern California nonprofit committed to helping at-risk children by providing child abuse prevention and treatment services.

Charlene Ho was promoted to director from associate director and is a member of Ernst & Young LLP’s Business Development team. Ho has over a decade of experience in market development, account growth, strategy creation and project management. Ho graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she co-founded the school’s Special Olympics program. Ho is a committee member of the Pan Asian Professional Network and WeConnect (Women Executives Connect) at EY.

Maria Molina Monroy was promoted to director from associate director and is a member of Ernst & Young LLP’s Americas Talent team. She has more than 20 years of experience working across the media and entertainment, human capital, risk management, and construction and real estate industries. Molina Monroy partners with consulting practice leaders to define, develop and deploy people strategies to drive business results. She has extensive experience working on a wide range of HR business processes, including performance management and development, managing and administering performance and sales incentive plans, managing talent through partnership promotions and change management leading to increased retention, teaming, and engagement. Molina Monroy graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management from the City University of New York Baruch College and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

About Ernst & Young LLP’s Greater Los Angeles office

Ernst & Young LLP has more than 1,700 people in its Greater Los Angeles offices who serve a diverse client base of innovative and entrepreneurial companies spanning the consumer products, engineering and construction, financial services, health care, life sciences, manufacturing, media & entertainment, private equity, real estate, retail and technology industries. The firm celebrates the successes of Greater Los Angeles’ entrepreneurs through its EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program, founded in 1986.

About EY

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

EY refers to the global organization and may refer to one or more of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit ey.com.

This news release has been issued by Ernst & Young LLP, an EY member firm serving clients in the US.

EY Announces New Leadership Promotion in Salt Lake City

Kevin Ediger named partner

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, July 11, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ — Ernst & Young LLP recently announced the promotion of Kevin Ediger, a professional based in its Salt Lake City office. Promotions to the firm’s partner ranks involve a rigorous selection process that recognizes each person’s achievements and potential. Candidates for promotion are evaluated for professional excellence, including technical acumen, the ability to deliver exceptional client service and a commitment to the firm’s purpose of building a better working world.

“Kevin has achieved a notable and well-deserved career milestone. He has served as a role model for our EY core values by demonstrating integrity, respect and teaming and by displaying the energy, enthusiasm and courage of a leader,” said Shawn Goff, Salt Lake City Office Managing Partner. “We recognize him for his significant contributions and achievements and look forward to his future successes.”

Kevin Ediger was promoted to partner from senior manager. He is a member of Ernst & Young LLP’s People Advisory Services practice and has 14 years of experience in taxation and HR advisory. Ediger coordinates global tax compliance and advisory services for large multinational corporations, with experience in international assignment and tax equalization policy design and application, global payroll process and implementation, and mobility analytics and process improvement. Ediger received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from Southern Utah University and his MBA from the University of Utah. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in Utah and a member of the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

About Ernst & Young LLP’s Salt Lake City practice

Ernst & Young LLP is the professional services leader in Utah, providing services to the majority of Utah’s public companies, and helping high-growth companies prepare for and execute successful initial public offerings. Over the past ten years, EY’s Salt Lake City practice has assisted its clients with more IPOs than any other firm in Utah.

About EY

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

EY refers to the global organization and may refer to one or more of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit ey.com.

This news release has been issued by Ernst & Young LLP, an EY member firm serving clients in the US.

EY Announces Leadership Promotions in Seattle

Eric Ellefsen and Jason Heinz

SEATTLE, WA, July 11, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ — Ernst & Young LLP recently announced the promotion of two professionals, Eric Ellefsen and Jason Heinz, in its Seattle practice, adding to its ranks of over 44 client-serving executives.

“Eric and Jason have demonstrated leadership and commitment to the EY shared values, and personify the EY purpose of building a better working world,” said Dan Smith, Seattle Office Managing Partner. “We commend them on their significant contributions and achievements.”

Smith noted that promotions to these leadership positions involve a rigorous selection process that recognizes each person’s achievements and potential. The promoted professionals exemplify the EY commitment to a dual global/local focus, a diverse and inclusive workplace and growing a purpose-driven organization and building a better working world.

Eric Ellefsen was promoted to director from associate director. Ellefsen joined the firm in 2015 as its Global Learning Design Leader. Passionate about aligning instruction with the science of how people learn, over the past 20 years Ellefsen has served in a number of learning and development roles within the education, health care, and telecommunications sectors. His experience includes instructional design, personalized learning, and designing e-Learning platforms that support evidence-based instructional methods. Ellefsen received his PhD in Educational Technology from the University of Northern Colorado.

Jason Heinz was promoted to director from associate director. As part of the firm’s Advisory practice, Heinz serves as its Global Advisory Sales Strategy and Sales Excellence leader. Heinz has over 15 years of professional services and industry experience in business strategy and transformation, sale and channel management, product management and development, marketing, enterprise risk and operations. Prior to EY, Heinz held a variety of roles including product manager for a leading software company, managing international and domestic sales activities for eSecurityOnline, a subsidiary of Ernst & Young LLP, and managing IT development and services projects for an information technology firm. Heinz has advanced degrees in both Engineering Management and Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado. He has served as a Board Member for the Crisis Clinic of Seattle/King County and currently is the Council Chairman for Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Snoqualmie.

About Ernst & Young LLP’s Seattle practice

Ernst & Young LLP has more than 500 people in its Seattle office who serve a diverse client base of innovative and entrepreneurial companies spanning the retail and consumer products, technology, life sciences, distribution, insurance and manufacturing industries. Ernst & Young LLP is a market leader in Washington, auditing eight of the state’s 10 largest public companies based on revenue. The firm celebrates the successes of the Pacific Northwest’s entrepreneurs through its EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program, founded in 1986.

About EY

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

EY refers to the global organization and may refer to one or more of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit ey.com.

This news release has been issued by Ernst & Young LLP, an EY member firm serving clients in the US.

EY Announces Leadership Promotions in San Francisco

Twelve new partners, principals, executive directors and directors named

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, July 11, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ — Ernst & Young LLP recently announced the promotions of twelve professionals in its San Francisco office.

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“Our new partners, principals, executive directors and directors demonstrate outstanding leadership. They have dedicated their careers to delivering exceptional client service and they personify the EY purpose of building a better working world,” said Lee Dutra, San Francisco Office Managing Partner. “We commend them on their significant contributions and achievements.”

Dutra noted that promotions to the partner, principal, executive director and director ranks involve a rigorous selection process that recognizes each person’s achievements and potential. The promoted professionals exemplify the EY commitment to a dual global/local focus, a diverse and inclusive workplace, growing a purpose-driven organization and building a better working world.

Nick Boaro was promoted to partner from senior manager. Boaro’s career with the firm began in 2002 in New York. He currently leads the West Region Working Capital Improvement Practice, part of Ernst & Young LLP’s Transaction Advisory Services. Serving both large corporate and private equity clients across multiple industries, Boaro has delivered over $3 billion in cash improvements to clients to date. Prior to joining EY in San Francisco, Boaro also worked in the firm’s Boston office and in the Sydney, Australia office of the EY member firm in Australia. He attended Hofstra University, where he earned a BBA in Accounting. Boaro is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in New York and a member of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Chris Canoles was promoted to partner from senior manager. Canoles started his Assurance career with the firm in 2002 as an intern in the San Francisco office. He has extensive experience serving technology clients in the internet and SaaS subsectors, including both large multinational Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registrants and smaller venture-backed start-ups. Canoles received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in California and a member of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Rahul R. Chandarana was promoted to partner from senior manager. Chandarana is the Transactions Leader in the West Market Segment of Ernst & Young LLP’s Financial Services Organization and has extensive financial services experience in banking, FinTech, capital markets, asset management and specialty finance companies. Part of the firm’s Transaction Advisory Services practice since 2007, his clients include investment banks, commercial banks, mortgage banks, broker-dealers, national exchanges, asset and fund managers. Chandarana has a MBA from Columbia Business School, Columbia University. He is a Certified Public Accountant in California, New York and Colorado and a member of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Anne Duffy was promoted to partner from senior manager. Duffy has been a member of the firm’s West Region Indirect Tax practice for six years. Duffy has represented clients with various state and local tax issues, including state sales and use tax controversy, taxability determinations, reverse audits, nexus reviews, apportionment analyses, and voluntary disclosure requests. She serves clients in the healthcare, technology, retail, entertainment, and manufacturing sectors. Duffy holds a B.B.A. in Accountancy and Spanish from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco. She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in California, a member of the State Bar of California, and a member of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Joe Marini was promoted to partner from senior manager. Marini began his career with the firm in 2006 and has spent the last 10 years in the Ernst & Young LLP’s Transaction Advisory Services practice, serving private equity and technology companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. Previously, he worked at several technology start-ups in Silicon Valley and in another Big Four Accounting firm’s assurance practice. Marini received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Management Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master of Science in Accounting from San Jose State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in California, and a member of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Michael Matlock was promoted to partner from senior manager in the firm’s Bay Area assurance practice. Matlock began his EY career in 2003 as an intern in Ernst & Young LLP’s Denver office. Upon promotion to manager, he was seconded to the Melbourne office of the EY member firm in Australia for three years. Matlock spent a year in the U.S. firm’s LA office in 2010 working with film, music, and television production companies before relocating to San Francisco, where he has built deep experience advising emerging and established companies across the SaaS and broader technology industry. Matlock serves as a proud member and advisor to the EY UNITY network, supporting LGBTA colleagues across the Bay Area. Matlock received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Southern California, is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in California and Colorado, and is a member of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Sanjay Khunti was promoted to principal from senior manager. Khunti joined EY 11 years ago as part of Ernst & Young LLP’s Advisory technology and security risk services practice in San Jose, and focuses on Bay Area clients in the Consumer Products & Retail, Life Sciences and Technology sectors. Before that, Khunti was a web developer at a global technology company in Silicon Valley. Born near London, England, Khunti grew up in Central California. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Management & Organizational Development from Fresno Pacific University and is a member of ISACA and IIA.

Debbie Landres was promoted to principal from senior manager. A member of Ernst & Young LLP’s Advisory practice, Landres’ career with the firm began in 2006, in the firm’s New York Financial Services Organization. She transferred to the firm’s San Francisco practice in 2010. Landres co-leads the Financial Services Risk Management practice for the West market segment and manages the Enterprise Risk and Controls competency team. She focuses on enterprise risk, operational risk, and cross-functional regulatory change management for clients in banking and financial services. Landres attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her Bachelor of Arts & Sciences in International Relations, and Columbia University where she earned her Master of Arts in International Finance Policy. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Homeless Prenatal Program.

David Piontek was promoted to principal from executive director. Piontek joined EY in 2012, and leads the data and analytics Advisory practice for Ernst & Young LLP’s Financial Services Organization in the West Region. Piontek serves financial services firms with a specific emphasis on advanced analytics, data management, and data strategy. His clients include asset managers, consumer and commercial banks, and capital markets firms. He has 25 years of experience in enterprise information management solutions, leading consulting practices, and delivering engagements that span strategy to large complex data transformations. Piontek attended the University of South Florida where he received his Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems.

Steve Mitchell was promoted to director from associate director. Mitchell is a Business Development Executive who is responsible for understanding the firm’s clients’ businesses and challenges, while keeping pace with industry trends regarding competition, growth, market opportunities, innovation, process and business performance. Prior to joining EY, Mitchell was a Business Unit Executive responsible for the development of IBM’s eBusiness Hosting group and was Vice President of Sales at Ingram Micro. Mitchell is an advisor to the Cancer Support Community organization, advisory board member of Eyefluence, teaches Global Economics for Junior Achievement and is an active volunteer with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.

Bryan M. Parsons was promoted to director from associate director. With more than 15 years of financial, operations, strategy, and people management experience, Parsons is Director of Major Accounts in the firm’s Global Risk Management function, where he supports teams serving the firm’s largest global clients to respond to dynamic market and regulatory demands quickly. A regular facilitator for people with diverse perspectives and backgrounds, Parsons’ career began in the firm’s Boston audit practice where he served financial services clients. He then spent six years in New York before moving to San Francisco in 2012. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Bentley University. Parsons is a member of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Human Rights Campaign.

Kelly Stratman was promoted to director from associate director. Stratman manages the EY Americas Advisory portfolio of alliances and has extensive experience defining and executing alliance partner channel strategy in the areas of sales support, joint service development, alliance formation and relationship management. Her entire career has focused on how companies can form highly functioning relationships to grow revenue and deliver greater value to clients. Prior to joining EY, Stratman spent years in consulting delivering ERP implementations, and then managed alliance portfolio five years in the Analytics and CRM functions at a large, global consulting firm. Stratman earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

About Ernst & Young LLP’s Bay Area practice

Ernst & Young LLP has more than 1,900 people in its San Francisco, San Jose and Redwood Shores offices who serve a diverse client base of innovative and entrepreneurial companies spanning the technology, life sciences, real estate, consumer products, asset management and insurance, banking and capital markets, health and social media industries. Ernst & Young LLP is a market leader in the Bay Area, serving more than 75 percent of the region’s companies listed on the Silicon Valley 150. The firm celebrates the successes of Northern California’s entrepreneurs through its EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program, founded in 1986.

About EY

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

EY refers to the global organization and may refer to one or more of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit ey.com.

This news release has been issued by Ernst & Young LLP, an EY member firm serving clients in the US.

EY Announces Leadership Promotions in Redwood Shores

Mike Runfola, Sunil Bhat and Mike Stevens

REDWOOD CITY, CA, July 11, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ — Ernst & Young LLP recently announced the promotion of Mike Runfola, Sunil Bhat and Mike Stevens in its Redwood Shores office.

“Our new partners and executive directors demonstrate outstanding leadership. They have dedicated their careers to delivering exceptional client service and they personify the EY purpose of building a better working world,” said Dianne Glynn, Redwood Shores Office Managing Partner. “We commend them on their significant contributions and achievements.”

Glynn noted that promotions to the partner and executive director ranks involve a rigorous selection process that recognizes each person’s achievements and potential. The promoted professionals exemplify the EY commitment to a dual global/local focus, a diverse and inclusive workplace, growing a purpose-driven organization and building a better working world.

Mike Runfola was promoted to partner from senior manager. Runfola joined the Ernst & Young LLP Assurance practice in 2004. He serves companies ranging from private start-ups through the IPO process, to established, publicly-traded global technology brands and is experienced with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requirements, technical accounting topics and international service coordination. Runfola graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics and earned a Master of Science in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in California and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Sunil Bhat was promoted to executive director from senior manager. He is a member of the Ernst & Young LLP Advisory practice and serves clients in the insurance industry, focusing on large scale technology transformation programs. Known for his ability to use technology to solve complex business challenges, Bhat’s experience includes strategic consulting, enterprise intelligence, PMO Process Design and program management. He has a Bachelor of Technology degree from National Institute of Technology in Hamirpur, India, and an MBA from Duke University.

Mike Stevens was promoted to executive director from senior manager. A member of the Ernst & Young LLP Advisory practice, Stevens joined the firm in May 2011, bringing with him over 20 years of insurance industry experience leading Underwriting Operations, Product Management and IT related initiatives. Stevens focuses on delivering large-scale transformational IT projects, enhanced productivity, streamlined operations, technological initiatives and improved financial performance to the insurance industry. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Managerial Economics from UC Davis. Stevens is a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and is Guidewire Configuration Certified (PC 4, 7 and 8).

About Ernst & Young LLP’s Bay Area practice

Ernst & Young LLP has more than 1,900 people in its San Francisco, San Jose and Redwood Shores offices who serve a diverse client base of innovative and entrepreneurial companies spanning the technology, life sciences, real estate, consumer products, asset management and insurance, banking and capital markets, health and social media industries. Ernst & Young LLP is a market leader in the Bay Area, serving more than 75% of the region’s companies listed on the Silicon Valley 150. The firm celebrates the successes of Northern California’s entrepreneurs through its EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program, founded in 1986.

About EY

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

EY refers to the global organization and may refer to one or more of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit ey.com.

This news release has been issued by Ernst & Young LLP, an EY member firm serving clients in the US.

Decco/ESSENTIV Announce US EPA Registration of TruPick For Postharvest Freshness Management

MirTech and Decco bring specialized postharvest technical expertise and on-site close in service to assure optimal results.

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA, July 11, 2016 /24-7 Press Release Decco/ESSENTIV announce the US EPA registration of TruPick , the next generation in 1-MCP technology for Apples, Pears and selected fruits and vegetables for postharvest freshness management, delivering just picked quality by controlling the undesirable effects of naturally occurring ethylene during storage and/or transport to market.

TruPick delivers the well understood benefits expected from 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) in a novel, micro-adsorbent technology and is the first gel formulation in water soluble pouches.

TruPick performance has been rigorously evaluated in many of the globally important apple markets and confirmed by private and university researchers as highly effective in maintaining firmness and suppressing ethylene production in both RA (refrigerated air) and CA (controlled atmosphere) storage.

TruPick is a proprietary and patented release system, discovered and developed by Dr. Nazir A. Mir (MirTech, Inc.), an industry leader in the development of novel products and packaging solutions for pre and postharvest ripeness management and distributed by Decco, the world leader in postharvest products and services for fruits and vegetables, now expanding further into storage solutions. MirTech and Decco bring specialized postharvest technical expertise and on-site close in service to assure optimal results.

“We believe that TruPick and other new products in our pipeline and the Decco Worldwide technical, sales and service organization will not only deliver the same well known benefits packers expect from 1-MCP but also unlock value to expand its use to more packers and to more fruit and vegetables as we pursue registrations in all key markets around the world”, says Dr. R. Lynn Oakes, Global Project Manager for Decco Worldwide and General Manager for ESSENTIV.

About Decco Worldwide Post-Harvest Holdings, BV
With fifteen operating entities around the world and over 90 years of experience in decay control, Decco, offers customized solutions and expertise in coatings, fungicides, cleaners, sanitizers, growth regulators and anti-scald products for postharvest and storage to producers of fruits and vegetables. Decco also provides equipment and services to packinghouses including monitoring of fungicide residues, fungal assays and resistance management. Decco is part of the UPL Limited group providing also seeds, crop protection, postharvest and other solutions to its customers.

About MirTech, Inc.
MirTech, Inc. is dedicated to the discovery, development and market validation of novel technology solutions to address the challenges of postharvest storage for perishable produce. MirTech holds numerous patents which have enhanced quality and extended the shelf life of fresh-cut produce, whole produce, meat, poultry, fish, ready-to-eat meals and frozen foods. MirTech leverages an extensive network with government, university, and industry experts to expand its technology base.

About ESSENTIV, LLC
ESSENTIV, LLC, a newly formed Decco-MirTech partnership is a technology and marketing incubator, to develop, register and manufacture novel pre and postharvest solutions for storage, decay control, and shelf-life extension of fruits and vegetables all along the value chain from growers to retailers.

Contact
Dr. R. Lynn Oakes
Decco Worldwide – Global Project Manager
ESSENTIV, LLC – General Manager
1-267-454-4747
lynn.oakes@uniphos.com