Linedata Launches New Interface to DTCC’s CTM in Support of MiFID II and Industry Requirements

Interface will offer expanded asset class support to help clients meet requirements for automated post-trade processes and allows global users to better manage the post-trade process and focus on core competencies and business differentiation.

PARIS, FRANCE, September 20, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ — Linedata (Euronext Paris:LIN), the global solutions provider dedicated to the investment management and credit industries, today announced the extension of its 10-year strong partnership with The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), the premier post-trade market infrastructure. Both firms continue to enhance clients‘ workflows by launching an upgraded interface between DTCC’s strategic platform for the central matching of cross-border transactions, CTM, and its order management system (OMS) Linedata Longview, as the sector readies itself for MiFID II implementation in January 2018.

Linedata’s partnership with DTCC allows asset managers and hedge funds, using either deployed or hosted versions of Linedata Longview, to directly interface with CTM, which is a major component of DTCC’s Institutional Trade Processing product suite, thereby enabling all users to send trade allocations to their broker/dealers and automatically generate affirmations for matched trades in real-time. This helps to significantly reduce both costs and risks for Linedata users by offering a better way to monitor the post-trade workflow and any exceptions. Users also benefit from connectivity to DTCC’s OASYS, its U.S. domestic trade allocation and acceptance service that communicates trade and allocation details.

Linedata’s new Extensible Markup Language (XML) interface allows Linedata clients to match transactions across extended asset classes, including cash and fixed income instruments as well as futures, options, equity swaps (contracts for difference) and repurchase agreements (repos), allowing users to process multiple asset class trades on a single platform. The new interface leverages CTM’s latest PUSH technology, which pushes messages to clients in real-time as opposed to legacy technology that pulled messages on a scheduled basis. By leveraging MQ connectivity, Linedata can now more efficiently connect clients to their hosted OMS version, thereby avoiding the installation of older, FIX-based CTM interfaces into their environments.

Gary Brackenridge, Global Head of Asset Management at Linedata, said, „We’re pleased to extend our partnership with DTCC to enable our clients to better manage the post-trade process.“ Matthew Nelson, Managing Director of Institutional Trade Processing at DTCC, added, „Linedata is a strategic partner, and we work closely to ensure that our over 50 mutual clients can seamlessly connect from Linedata Longview to DTCC’s CTM, which includes commission reporting features to meet MiFID II obligations. By upgrading their interface, our mutual clients can now do more in less time at lower cost in an environment of increasing global regulatory requirements.“

About Linedata
Linedata is a global solutions provider dedicated to the investment management and credit community, with close to 1250 employees in 20 offices across the globe. Linedata has been at the service of the financial industry from day one, and applies its market and client insight to provide innovative and flexible mission-critical software and services that help its clients grow in over 50 countries. As a pioneer for over 15 years with the set-up of SaaS infrastructure for the financial industry, Linedata remains committed to this model throughout the global financial community and for its full range of products. Headquartered in France, Linedata achieved revenues of EUR 166.8 million in 2016. This company is listed on Euronext Paris compartment B FR0004156297-LIN – Reuters LDSV.PA – Bloomberg LIN:FP.

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Parents, Grandparents And Teachers Can Celebrate World Peace Day On September 21, 2017, By Sharing Smart Tools For Life With Young Children

Smart Tools for Life specializes in books and music to guide children to create peace through social emotional learning and conflict resolution skills during their formative years.

WILMINGTON, NC, September 20, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ — September 21 is the day schools and homes across the world will sit down with their children and talk about peace. According to the United Nations website, the International Day of Peace this year „. . . will focus on engaging and mobilizing people throughout the world to show support for refugees and migrants.“

„Those who are not suffering from a war-torn environment can sometimes push aside this day as irrelevant for them. However, so many of our actions have world-wide implications. We need to remember we can do something in all communities to bring people together and enhance their safety and dignity,“ said Julie Penshorn of Smart Tools for Life. „For young children, we can introduce them to child-friendly conflict resolution and peacemaking materials.“

The Smart Tools for Life project, „I STOP for Peace“, focuses on drawing attention to the peaceful conflict resolution techniques and acts of kindness and caring already present in the child’s world. It invites children to share a story of how they worked out a problem with someone, or spent time playing with the new child in school, or had a child from a different country or background over to their house, or brainstormed a solution to a problem that worked for all.

Celebrated across the globe every year as the International Day of Peace, the goal of World Peace Day is to bring nations and people together. The theme for 2017 is „Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All“. The upcoming book, the second in the Barnyard Buddies series, „The Barnyard Buddies Meet a Refugee“ will make this topic relevant to all young children as they watch the unhappy, lonely dog find acceptance and purpose in the group of Barnyard Buddies.

At the Smart Tools For Life website, people can find out more about this book and others, and submit their children’s stories. Smart Tools for Life is compiling them and will share them in an upcoming book. Those contributing to the book will be sent a free copy.

World Peace Day is especially timely and relevant this year, because the subject of immigration and the refugee crisis have become a political battleground in the US, effectively splitting the population into two camps – those for and those against. It is urgent that we, as a society of global citizens, learn to resolve our conflicts, on this topic and others, in ways that enhance dignity, respect, and safety for all involved, rather than pursue ways that divide us.

But how do we do that? As Gandhi said, „We must begin with the children.“ Smart Tools for Life creates children’s books, children’s music and other state-of-the-art resources that teach children how to problem solve in creative, respectful, and peaceful ways. They provide practical and inspiration tools rooted in the latest concepts in neuroscience, social and emotional education, and environmental education. The materials are catchy and fun, and are a great way to introduce young learners to the idea that developing these skills and caring for themselves, others, and the planet, is not only fun and engaging, it’s a normal part of their learning process.

By sharing these tools with children, influencers help kids become the leaders of tomorrow, capable of co-creating a culture we all want to live in.

„The children easily grasp the skills for conflict resolution and anger management when they are presented in an engaging story like ‚The Barnyard Buddies STOP For Peace‘. They will refer to the Barnyard Buddies long after the story is read in the classroom or home,“ said Penshorn.

„I heard a wonderful story from a parent who told me they went to the zoo after reading the book and the four-year-old child said, ‚Oh look! The zebras are not sharing their shelter! They need to have Mrs. McCloud (the peacemaking owl in the story) help them learn to be peacemakers.‘

„Everybody remembers the Dr. Seuss stories they read to their children, or heard as children,“ continues Penshorn. „That’s because this type of story sinks deeply into the hearts and minds of kids, often for life. At Smart Tools for Life, we create similar stories: fun, engaging, rhyming, with great art, that have a message. We recognize it’s not just what we teach that matters, but how we teach.“

Author Julie Penshorn, MBC, is a co-director of the nonprofit, Growing Communities for Peace and director of it’s Smart Tools for Life project. Penshorn co-authored an earlier curriculum on conflict resolution, complete with hands-on-learning tools, that is in use in over 13,000 locations. Now, she’s focusing her unique talents on children’s books and music and a blog-based approach to supporting peace literacy and building a culture of peace.

Smart Tools for Life’s product line includes kids books and music, conflict resolution cubes and wearables. There is also a free, downloadable coloring page for kids, based on the flagship children’s book, „The Barnyard Buddies Stop For Peace“.

Author Julie Penshorn is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at More information about the books, music and other products is available on the website at

Smart Tools for Life is an ongoing project of the nonprofit, Growing Communities for Peace. It serves parents and educators by providing children’s books and children’s music, and makes it easy and engaging to bring state-of-the-art social skills like peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding, to young children, thereby encouraging more harmonious, sustainable relationships with others and the planet.

Their materials are designed to develop peace literacy as they educate, entertain, and empower all those involved to strengthen families, classrooms, and neighborhoods. They also provide other teacher and parent education to support and maintain a culture of peace.

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Aquagenx Launches New Quantitative Water Quality Test for Hydrogen Sulfide Bacteria

Compartment Bag Test for Hydrogen Sulfide Bacteria Overcomes Limitations of H2S Presence/Absence Tests for Field Level Testing

CHAPEL HILL, NC, September 20, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ — Aquagenx, whose portable water quality testing products are used throughout the world, launched a new quantitative water quality test, the Compartment Bag Test (CBT) for Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) bacteria. It is a reliable, lower cost test that measures fecal contamination in drinking water and helps circumvent the global water quality crisis.

The Aquagenx CBT H2S Kit quantifies the Most Probable Number (MPN) of H2S bacteria in a 100 mL water sample and is more informative about the health risk of water than H2S Presence/Absence tests. MPN test results are obtained by easy color-match scoring.

The CBT H2S Kit is also optimized for on-site, field level testing in low resource, rural and disaster/emergency areas. It does not require labs, electricity or expensive, bulky equipment. Anyone can use the CBT H2S Kit with little training.

„H2S bacteria has been evaluated repeatedly as a fecal indicator bacterium for water quality testing. Many of these studies show H2S provides both qualitative and quantitative data that are comparable to and sometimes higher than those of the usual fecal indicator bacteria such as E. coli and thermotolerant (fecal) coliforms,“ says Dr. Mark D. Sobsey, who developed the Compartment Bag Test and is Kenan Distinguished Professor at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina.

Sobsey continues, „Quantitative hydrogen sulfide water tests such as the CBT H2S Kit appear to provide comparable information on diarrheal disease risks as evidence of human health effects.“

The Aquagenx CBT H2S Kit is especially useful as an initial quantitative screening test for water quality. H2S-positive results should be followed by testing with the Aquagenx CBT E. coli Kit for specific evidence of fecal contamination.

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Aquagenx provides portable water quality testing products that let anyone make informed decisions about water safety and the health risk of water no matter where they are. Aquagenx water quality test kits are easy for anyone to use and are optimized for on-site, field level testing in low resource, rural and disaster/emergency areas.

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August National Showing Index Shows 7.1% Year-Over-Year Increase

Northeast Region exhibits largest increase, while West Region increases for first time since May

CHICAGO, IL, September 20, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ — Showings on the national level increased 7.1 percent in August from the same period last year, according to the August 2017 ShowingTime Showing IndexTM.

The Northeast Region had the highest year-over-year increase in showings at 10.3 percent, while the West Region posted a slight month-over-month increase, unusual for August, resulting in a 4.1 percent gain. The Midwest Region was up 7.1 percent, while the South had a 4.5 percent increase in showings over August 2016.

„August continued to be busy across the country compared to last year,“ ShowingTime Chief Analytics Officer Daniil Cherkasskiy said. „The South Region, as a whole, still saw a year-over-year increase despite Hurricane Harvey hitting Houston and other areas of the region. We anticipate seeing a bigger impact from Hurricane Irma on the South Region in next month’s Showing Index.“

The Showing Index, released the third week of each month, will eventually be released on a weekly basis. Local MLS indices will also become available for select markets in October, distributed to MLS and association leadership to provide them with another resource to share with members and to communicate to local media.

„The local MLS version will show a more complete view of buyer activity,“ ShowingTime President Michael Lane said. „Over time, MLSs, associations and their subscribers will be equipped to measure buyer demand week over week, month over month and year over year.“

The ShowingTime Showing Index, the first of its kind in the residential real estate industry, is compiled using data from property showings scheduled across the country on listings using ShowingTime products and services. It tracks the average number of appointments received on an active listing during the month. ShowingTime facilitates more than 4 million showings each month.

To view the full report, visit

About ShowingTime
ShowingTime is the leading market stats and showing management technology provider to the residential real estate industry, with more than 1.2 million active listings covered by its services. Its products are used by more than 180 MLSs and associations representing more than 900,000 real estate professionals across the United States and Canada.

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Kent County Native Returns Home to Share Debut Romance Novel

Local author Sara Portman announces award-winning historical romance debut and Grand Rapids, MI book signing event.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI, September 20, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ — Sara Portman, Kent City High School graduate and recipient of the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart award, announces the publication of her debut historical romance series, The Brides of Beadwell, by Lyrical Press, an imprint of Kensington Publishing Corp., in fall 2017.

Sara’s debut novel, THE REUNION, first in The Brides of Beadwell series, will be released September 26, 2017. Sara will be signing advance release copies of THE REUNION at the Local Author Night & Book Signing on Friday, September 22nd, 2017 at 7:00p.m. at Barnes & Noble located at Woodland Mall, 3195 28th St. SE, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

RT Book Reviews has named Portman’s Golden Heart winning novel, THE REUNION, a coveted Top Pick and declares, „Portman’s debut is smart, sharp and insightful, ushering readers into a detailed historical setting, and right into the middle of an emotional and rewarding romance.“

About her debut, Sara says, „I’m proud to be a part of the romance community, and I’m excited to be able to share my work with the supportive base of family and friends right here in Michigan who have been at my side on this journey.“

Romance novels comprise a billion-dollar per year industry that accounts for more than one-third of the total U.S. fiction market. (

An inconvenient engagement turns a marriage of convenience into so much more in this sparkling new series from award-winning author Sara Portman . . .

Lady Emmaline Shaw’s reputation was irreparably damaged when her fiance, John Brantwood, disappeared immediately after their engagement four years ago. Now, as the new Duke of Worley, John’s shocking resurrection throws the ton into a tizzy and makes him one of England’s most sought after bachelors–except that he’s already engaged. John needs a wife capable of smoothing his beloved sister’s introduction into society. But though Emma happily grants him his freedom, her fiery beauty and resilient spirit hold him captive. In fact, John has no intention of letting her go. Her fate is now in his hands, but will her heart be safe there?

About the Author:
A daughter of the Midwest, Sara Portman was born in Illinois, grew up in Michigan, and currently lives in Ohio. In addition to her writing endeavors, Sara is a wife and mother in a large, blended family. When not reading or dreaming up romantic fiction, Sara works in corporate finance by day and holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Toledo, which she attended via a full scholarship as a National Merit Semifinalist. As part of her academic experience, Sara spent a semester in London, UK through a study abroad program at Richmond College. Her anglophile tendencies continue today. Sara is a member of Romance Writers of America and Maumee Valley Romance Authors, Inc. She can be found online at

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Dietz, Gilmor & Chazen Announces Firm Partner Promotions

Dietz, Gilmor & Chazen, APC, is proud to announce the promotion to firm partner of Robert E. Robinson, Esq., Richard A. Lynn, Esq., and Robert Lance, Esq.

SAN DIEGO, CA, September 19, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ — Dietz, Gilmor & Chazen, APC, a California statewide law firm practicing exclusively in Workers‘ Compensation Defense, Subrogation, Asbestos, Labor Code 132a, and Serious and Willful Misconduct claims, promotes three managing attorneys to partners.

Robert E. Robinson (Greater Los Angeles/Encino), Richard A. Lynn (Ontario/Inland Empire), and Robert Lance (Santa Monica) will continue in their leadership as Partners.

„Our firm is pleased to share this news and recognize these three exceptional attorneys,“ said Bill Dietz, speaking on behalf of fellow firm Principals Mark Gilmor and Avery Chazen.

About Dietz, Gilmor & Chazen, APC
DGC was established in 1997 and has grown to 7 California Offices, with 37 attorneys providing defense for insurance carriers, brokers, third-party administrators, private and public employers, and large self-insured groups. The firm’s guiding principles are based on providing exceptional customer service and legal representation. DGC provides the expertise needed to reduce claim costs and achieve prompt case resolution. Please visit the firm’s website for more information at

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Marketing Evolution Adds Enterprise Software Sales Expert to Board

Chris McClain joins as independent board member to fuel global expansion and sales

NEW YORK, NY, September 19, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ — Marketing Evolution, leading provider of marketing analytics and attribution, today announced the appointment of Chris McClain as an independent director of the board, effective immediately. McClain brings more than 30 years-experience leading sales efforts spanning 40 countries and across 20 industries. He will be sharing his strategic perspective and global experience to assist the board and the CEO to accelerate the company’s growth.

„We are excited about Chris joining our board,“ said Rex Briggs, founder and CEO of Marketing Evolution. „We’ve been experiencing rapid growth in the market. Adding Chris‘ experience as a Global Sales Operations executive with companies like DocuSign, SAP and PeopleSoft, will be a tremendous asset as we scale our business and better support the needs of a global marketplace while maintaining the high levels of satisfaction our customers have come to expect.“

Global demand for the company’s AI-based technology for marketing optimization has been growing rapidly. Earlier this year the company announced its international expansion with the opening of a London office serving customers in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Over half of Marketing Evolution’s current customers have a global footprint and represent some of the fastest growing segments including automotive, entertainment, financial services and retail.

„Marketing Evolution’s reputation for innovation and ability to deliver results for customers caught my attention early on,“ said Mr. McClain. „They have quickly become a must have for corporate executives and marketing professionals looking for a strategic advantage in an increasingly competitive marketplace. I look forward to helping the team bring these cutting-edge tools and new technologies to help our customers analyze and optimize their marketing investments.“

As Senior Vice President of Global Sales, McClain led overall operations, strategy and sales for DocuSign’s Enterprise Customers. During his three-year tenure, he tripled sales revenue while increasing customer satisfaction. Prior to DocuSign, Chris was SAP’s Executive Vice President of Americas Strategic Industries, responsible for overall business operations, strategy and sales for key industry teams. Prior to SAP, Chris worked for Siebel Systems, PeopleSoft, and Oracle, in a variety of executive roles, leading successful sales efforts and innovating operations. In addition, McClain will join the compensation and audit committees and will help Marketing Evolution establish a board of advisors.

To read more about Marketing Evolution and its unique person-centric, multi-touch attribution and real-time optimization, using Big Data and AI within the award-winning ROI Brain software visit:

About Marketing Evolution:
Marketing Evolution delivers better business results with an independent SaaS Platform for measurement and optimization of the entire marketing mix. Gartner CEB describes Marketing Evolution as ‚best practice‘ in their case study of Regions Bank’s use of the ROI Brain Software. Forrester put Marketing Evolution in a class by themselves in their Measurement and Optimization Wave Report. Marketing Evolution won the ‚Big Data Gold Medal‘ from the Advertising Research Foundation, they are the ‚partner of record‘ for the Mobile Marketing Association global ROI research, and in Europe, Marketing Evolution won the I-COM Attribution category this year in Porto.

Visit and follow on twitter: @MktgEvolultion.

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New Pack for a New Hack: Making Life Simpler in Style

BASEbelt is a cargo pocket storage solution to carry your daily essentials for Outdoors, Fitness, and Earth Adventures.

HONOLULU, HI, September 19, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ — Finally, a pack that is packed with purpose. This is not your standard running belt, nor the unforgettable staple from the 80’s, the fanny pack. The form-fitting BASEbelt will have all of your personals safe and secure while allowing you full range of motion and activity. These two main attributes of the BASEbelt make it a must-have for the upcoming holiday season!

BASE stands for Be Active, Search, & Explore. The term Be Active does not mean you have to be an athlete, it means you have to have an energetic purpose, adventure, or just go out for leisure. The BASEbelt serves a positive solution in providing storage for your everyday carry items whether at work life, casual life, or active life needs.

As a Hawaii based company, BASEbelt understands the importance of adventures and exploring has on a healthy lifestyle, social environment, and well-being. These are key elements in the Hawaiian word „Holoholo“ and the BASEbelt truly delivers.

What are you waiting for? Make sure to get onboard for the exclusive early bird special for the BASEbelt before it’s too late! These make excellent gifts for anyone that appreciates the outdoors and an active lifestyle.

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For additional information about BASEbelt, please contact founder Paul Watkins at 808-366-6393 or at

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Pardee Homes Wins Big at San Diego Building Industry Association Awards

Community of the Year and Superintendent of the Year Among Top Honors Recieved

SAN DIEGO, CA, September 19, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ — Pardee Homes received multiple awards for its outstanding communities and home design at the Building Industry Association (BIA) of San Diego County’s Icon Awards held Saturday, September 16 in downtown San Diego. Pardee’s Artesana neighborhood, a collection of 56 luxury residences in the award-winning Pacific Highlands Ranch master planned community, was recognized as the detached community of the year.

„This has been a tremendous year for Pardee Homes and we are honored to receive this recognition,“ said Jimmy Ayala, division president of Pardee Homes San Diego. „Our project teams work every day to deliver exceptional communities for San Diegans and I’m proud to see their hard work recognized for the amazing homes they have brought to life over the past year.“

The BIA Icon Awards is an annual event that showcases and celebrates the local building industry’s most distinguished accomplishments, as well as projects that have significantly contributed to the betterment of the local industry.

Pardee Homes and its team of consultants took home a total of five awards and were finalists in 10 categories.

– Winner: Artesana, Community of the Year – Detached
– Winner: Chris Nichols, Superintendent of the Year
– Winner: Artesana Plan 3, Best Architectural Design – Single Family Home, Over 3,000 sq. ft.
– Winner: Olvera Plan 1, Best Interior Design – Single Family Home, 2,500 – 3,000 sq. ft.
– Winner: Almeria Plan 3, Best Interior Design – Single Family Home, Over 3,500 sq. ft.
– Finalist: Casavia Plan 2, Best Architectural Design – Single Family Home, Under 3,000 sq. ft.
– Finalist: Casavia Plan 3, Architectural Design – Single Family Home, Under 3,000 sq. ft.
– Finalist: Almeria Plan 3, Best Architectural Design – Single Family Home, Over 3,000 sq. ft.
– Finalist: Artesana Plan 1, Best Architectural Design – Single Family Home, Over 3,000 sq. ft.
– Finalist: Artesana Plan 2, Best Architectural Design – Single Family Home, Over 3,000 sq. ft.
– Finalist: Casavia Plan 3, Best Interior Design – Single Family Home, 2,500 – 3,000 sq. ft.
– Finalist: Olvera Plan 2, Best Interior Design – Single Family Home, Over 3,500 sq. ft.
– Finalist: Azul, Best Advertising – Community Branding
– Finalist: Luna, Best Advertising – Community Branding
– Finalist: Luna, Community of the Year – Attached

In addition to its outstanding communities and homes, Chris Nichols, Pardee Homes‘ sr. land development superintendent, was also recognized as Superintendent of the Year. Nichols oversees development in Pardee’s master planned communities of Pacific Highlands Ranch and Weston.

„This award is a reflection of the professionalism and high-quality that Chris and his team commit to each and every Pardee community,“ said Ayala. „We couldn’t be more pleased to see him receive this award and on behalf of the entire company, we congratulate him on this achievement.“

Pardee Homes‘ winning entries will now move forward for consideration at the SoCal Awards to be held on September 30, and may have the opportunity to be considered for national awards later in the year. For more information on Pardee Homes‘ award winning communities, visit

About Pardee Homes
Established in 1921, Pardee Homes is recognized for superior master-planning concepts, quality construction, energy-efficient building practices, responsive customer service and dedication to the educational and civic goals of the communities in which it builds. Pardee Homes was one of the first builders in San Diego to embrace sustainable building practices and continues to build consideration for the planet into every home and community. Pardee Homes is a member of TRI Pointe Group (NYSE: TPH), 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 please visit

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TIA and QuEST Forum Announce Merger

Move Reflects Strategy to Broaden Services and Expertise for Accelerating Connectivity

ARLINGTON, VA and PLANO, TX, September 19, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ — The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech connectivity networks, and QuEST Forum, the global association dedicated to quality and sustainability in the information communication and technology (ICT) industry, today announced they have reached an agreement to merge the two associations. The move is part of a strategic effort to offer support and services that address a full range of needs facing the connectivity industry.

QuEST Forum is joining with TIA to form a single technology association that will be uniquely suited to accelerate modern connectivity and address the business, technology and industry transformation needs of its members. This holistic approach, which includes trusted standards, common performance and quality metrics, supportive public policies and market alignment, is essential to delivering the Internet of Things, Smart Cities, and the network transformation needed for virtualization, NFV/SDN, and transition to the cloud.

„This merger expands our ability to deliver member value across the full spectrum of business, technology and policy needs,“ commented Wesley Johnston, TIA CEO. „TIA is an established leader when it comes to technology and business acceleration, global standards development, and business advocacy. QuEST Forum brings services and tremendous experience in global TL 9000 quality metrics, benchmarking, and sustainability. Together, we will have even more resources and expertise to drive the ICT industry forward and help companies navigate the rapid pace of change.“

The new organization constitutes a global community of more than 500 members, engineering committee and partner organizations across the Americas, Europe-Middle East, and Asia-Pacific. The merger is expected to create access to a wider market for the combined portfolio and it positions the organization for long-term growth.

Fraser Pajak, CEO of QuEST Forum, said, „This dynamic combination will not only drive greater member value, it will allow us to meet the needs of a broader range of companies. Service providers, large enterprises, suppliers and integrators will find we have resources and programs to help them improve speed-to-market, sustainability and bottom line results.“

The merger is subject to the ratification of a definitive agreement, and is expected to close in fourth quarter 2017. Once completed, the QuEST Forum community will become an active part of TIA. Pajak will take an executive role within TIA, directly reporting to CEO Johnston.

Susan Johnson, Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain, AT&T Services, remarked, „AT&T is a founding member of QuEST Forum and a longtime supporter of TIA. This merger will bring significant business opportunities to companies across our industry. Companies are quickly transforming, and industry organizations must also transform in ways that allow them to effectively address a full range of business, technology, policy and sustainability issues.“

Additional details of the merger include:
– The TL 9000 standard is the telecom industry’s unique extension to ISO 9001. The QuEST Forum community within TIA will continue to develop, implement and enhance the TL 9000 quality management system, along with sustainability standards and performance practices.
– Headquarters for the combined organization will be TIA’s current location in Arlington, Virginia. The combined organization will continue to have an office in Plano, TX where most of the current QuEST Forum staff are based, as well as a QuEST Forum location in Shenzhen, China.
– The board of directors for both organizations will be combined into a single board.

More information on the merger can be found at and The announcement was made at QuEST Forum’s Americas Service Providers and Suppliers Summit being held in Dallas this week.

About TIA
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and networking. TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members‘ products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment, and entertainment. Visit for more details. TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and is a proud sponsor of ANSI’s Standards Boost Business campaign.
TIA Contact: Susan Schramm
Media Contact: Don Marshall

About QuEST Forum
QuEST Forum is a global association of companies dedicated to impacting the quality and sustainability and customer experience of products and services in the ICT industry. As the voice of the industry, QuEST Forum provides forward-thinking companies a collaborative environment to positively impact business results and customer experience. TL 9000, the ICT quality management system, performance benchmarking and a broad array of common metrics support both the rapid industry adoption of new technologies and the consistent quality of communication networks around the world.
QuEST Forum Contact: Rebecca McVeigh
Media Contact: Kevin Kohleriter

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