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Athletico Physical Therapy Acquires The Work Center

Athletico Physical Therapy Acquires The Work Center

OAK BROOK, Ill./ Sept. 22, 2017 (StlRealEstate.News) — Athletico Physical Therapy announced a definitive agreement to acquire The Work Center, a leading industrial rehabilitation provider with nine clinics in the St. Louis, Columbia and Jefferson City, Missouri areas specializing in physical and occupational therapy for work-related injuries.

This acquisition marks Athletico’s first entry into the Columbia and Jefferson City markets and strengthens its existing presence in St. Louis. Following the closing of the transaction, Athletico will serve patients at nearly 400 locations across ten states. The Work Center clinics will remain open and fully staffed to serve current and new patients. Athletico’s CEO and President, Mark Kaufman, will continue to lead the company, which will maintain its headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois.

“We’re very excited to combine forces with The Work Center, a reputable provider of workforce performance solutions and Industrial Rehabilitation,” said Kaufman. “In addition to expanding our geographic footprint, this purchase also enables Athletico to provide greater support to our patients through broader industrial service offerings and a menu of injury prevention programs, which help organizations of all kinds to save money and increase productivity.”

“Both of our companies were founded by clinicians and have a strong focus on patient care and satisfaction,” said Michael Fallwell, Founder and President of The Work Center.  “These common values are why this partnership makes sense. We also bring several distinct services and approaches to the industry that will complement each other’s strengths and allow us to expand on what we collectively offer patients.”

About Athletico
Athletico Physical Therapy provides the highest quality orthopedic rehabilitation services to communities, employers and athletes in nearly 400 locations throughout ten states with more than 4500 employees. Athletico is committed to our patients and referring physicians through our patient-centric focus, positive work environment, attention to quality and high standard of care. Athletico measures patient outcomes and satisfaction and is dedicated to continuous improvement. Athletico was named #1 Workplace in Chicago, “Best Physical Therapy Practice in the Nation” by ADVANCE magazine, Top Workplace in the Nation, and has been recognized as a leader in employee volunteering and charitable giving. Our services include physical and occupational/hand therapy, workers’ compensation, women’s health therapy, concussion management and athletic training. For more information, or to schedule a free injury screening, please visit www.athletico.com and follow us on Twitter at @Athletico.

SOURCE: Athletico Physical Therapy

Habitat Hammers Back: Habitat for Humanity receives major support for hurricane recovery as leading housing nonprofit begins its response

Habitat Hammers Back: Habitat for Humanity receives major support for hurricane recovery as leading housing nonprofit begins its response

ATLANTA/ Sept. 10, 2017 (StlRealEstate.News) — Four organizations will serve as keystone partners of Habitat for Humanity’s response to Hurricane Harvey and Irma, each making contributions of $1 million or more to support the Habitat Hammers Back initiative. The gifts from the Dow Chemical Company, General Motors, Thrivent Financial and a group of American wind energy companies will support on-the-ground responses to the hurricanes in Texas, Florida and other affected areas.

“These generous partners share our commitment to helping families recover from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma,” said Habitat for Humanity International CEO Jonathan Reckford. “Dow, GM and Thrivent share a long history of supporting our work, and we are pleased to welcome the support of representatives from the wind industry. Their contributions allow us to be on the ground to respond to the storms without delay.”

As Hurricane Irma begins to hit Florida, Habitat for Humanity—already at work in storm-ravaged southeast Texas—is expanding its hurricane recovery response. Through the Habitat Hammers Back initiative, Habitat for Humanity is working with its local offices along Irma’s path to respond to the storm with pre-positioned response equipment.

“Harvey and Irma have wrought unprecedented levels of damage, particularly to peoples’ homes,” Reckford added. “We need additional support to match this enormous challenge. We ask for anyone who can to join Habitat Hammers Back by visiting habitat.org/hurricanes today.”

As part of Thrivent’s mission to help Christians be wise with money and live generously, the organization has committed monetary and hands-on support in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey—allowing neighbors to help neighbors and communities to help communities. Building on a more than 10-year partnership with Habitat, Thrivent is making an initial $1 million contribution and committing an additional $2 million to support Thrivent members and others to travel to Harvey and Irma affected areas and volunteer with Habitat for Humanity alongside families who need assistance. Thrivent is also offering to match up to $3 million in personal donations made through their website to Habitat for Humanity.

At the intersection of sustainability, innovation and citizenship, Dow’s support of Habitat Hammers Back builds on a more than 35-year partnership between the organizations. Focused on the long-term recovery of the region and communities where the company has operations, Dow’s $1 million of support includes a financial commitment, a broad range of technology-based products and solutions for home construction and repairs, and employee volunteerism.

General Motors’ $1 million cash contribution to support Harvey and Irma is in addition to past post-disaster support that in the wake of Superstorm Sandy included the contribution of vehicles to Habitat that serve as Mobile Response Units for disaster responders. These vehicles are also being deployed to support Habitat’s response to the recent hurricanes.

Representatives of America’s wind energy industry are making a financial commitment of $1 million to Habitat Hammers Back as well as a commitment of volunteers to help with the rebuilding effort. Texas has the largest installed base of wind power in the nation, and the industry nationally employs over 100,000 workers. A number of wind energy families were directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Working through its local offices as well as by deploying trained Disaster Corps volunteers, Habitat conducts rapid assessments of storm damage and helps clean out homes damaged by winds and flood waters. Habitat’s long-term post-disaster recovery efforts include repair of damaged homes and construction of new affordable homes. Construction plans are determined after evaluations and are dependent on the level of support received from donors, volunteers, corporate partners and other community organizations.

Habitat has been responding to disasters since 1997 and to date has helped more than 230,000 families in 52 countries through its disaster response work. Following Hurricane Katrina, Habitat organizations along the Gulf Coast built more than 6,000 homes and removed debris and cleaned more than 2,500 homes in preparation for rehabilitation. Habitat also mounted responses to Superstorm Sandy, tornadoes through the South and Midwest, and earthquakes and typhoons overseas.

About Habitat for Humanity
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 1,300 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.

SOURCE: Habitat for Humanity International

IAA Expands Over 500 Acres in Preparation for Severe Weather Season

IAA Expands Over 500 Acres in Preparation for Severe Weather Season

WESTCHESTER, Ill./ Aug. 7, 2017 (StlRealEstate.News) — Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. (IAA), a business unit of KAR Auction Services (NYSE: KAR), and the leading live and live-online salvage auto auction company, today announced it has secured 22 real estate locations in ten states to prepare for the weather event season and potential catastrophic events.

“Strategically expanding our presence helps meet demands for catastrophe (CAT) services in areas where our customers will most urgently need it,” said John Kett, CEO and president, Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. “We know that being prepared means being proactive, not reactive. And our experience in successfully navigating severe weather situations, such as Hurricane Matthew and the Louisiana flooding, fuels our proactive approach to CAT operation preparedness.”

The IAA CAT Team is a full spectrum catastrophe service that operates on scene using the company’s resources to recover the influx of total loss vehicles. The IAA CAT team has been in operation for over 30 years. Through consistent development in catastrophic prone locations, IAA is able to provide additional acreage for day-to-day seller storage and to maintain reserve storage for acute inventory increases. IAA’s strategic preparation and coordination allow for a timely response and speedy recovery in the aftermath of a major catastrophe, further showcasing the company’s continuous dedication to its customers.

“We want our customers and communities to know that IAA will be there when disaster strikes,” said Kett. “We embrace this responsibility – it’s part of who we are. And with this additional land, we’re able to deliver more support faster than ever.”

The IAA CAT-related expansions announced today include the following 22 locations: Burbank, CA; Miami, FL; Orlando, FL (two locations); Pensacola, FL; Tallahassee, FL; Tampa, FL (two locations); Savannah, GA; Tifton, GA; Baton Rouge, LA (two locations); Lafayette, LA (two locations); Medford, MN; Moss Point, MS; Englishtown, NJ; Long Island, NY; Charleston, SC; and Houston, TX (three locations).

For four decades, IAA has been dedicated to meeting and exceeding the needs of its global clients and giving back to the communities in which it operates. This philosophy of giving provides IAA’s more than 2,800 team members with opportunities to volunteer, mentor and financially support multiple global, national, and local charitable causes. This commitment is also reflected in IAA’s National Vehicle Donation division that, since 1994, has assisted not-for-profit organizations monetize donated vehicles to fund and support their missions.

About Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc.
Insurance Auto Auctions (IAA)’s unique live and live-online salvage vehicle auction platform is part of an end-to-end remarketing solution providing global buyers opportunities to bid on and purchase total loss, donated, higher mileage, and clean-title vehicles. IAA is a business unit of KAR Auction Services (NYSE: KAR), a FORTUNE 1000 global auto remarketing and technology services company. Utilizing cutting-edge technology, IAA’s model enables insurance companies, fleet and rental companies, banks, and the general public to simultaneously participate in multiple auctions online and in-person. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, IAA has over 2,800 employees and mAbout KAR Auction Services

KAR Auction Services

(NYSE: KAR) provides sellers and buyers across the global wholesale used-vehicle industry with innovative, technology-driven remarketing solutions. KAR’s unique end-to-end platform supports whole car, salvage, financing, logistics and other ancillary and related services, including the sale of more than 5 million units valued at over $40 billion through our auctions. Our integrated physical, online and mobile marketplaces reduce risk, improve transparency and streamline transactions for customers in 110 countries. Headquartered in Carmel, Indiana, KAR has approximately 17,400 employees across the United States, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom. www.karauctionservices.com.

SOURCE: Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc.


NAACP, Airbnb aim to get more minorities to rent homes

NAACP, Airbnb aim to get more minorities to rent homes

BALTIMORE/July 26, 2017 (AP) (StlRealEstate.News) — The NAACP is teaming up with Airbnb to encourage more minorities to rent out their homes through the short-term rental service.
The groups say in a statement that the “landmark partnership” includes a campaign to educate people of color on the economic benefits of being a host and bringing more travelers into their neighborhoods.
The groups say the NAACP will get 20 percent of the earnings Airbnb receives as a result of their new efforts.
NAACP’s interim president and CEO Derrick Johnson says the partnership will bring jobs and economic opportunities to communities of color.
Johnson says minority communities have “faced barriers to access new technology and innovations” for too long.
The announcement comes nearly a year after Airbnb pledged to address accusations that hosts were discriminating against minority guests.

Consumers Energy Named a ‘Most Trusted Brand’ Among Nation’s Electric, Natural Gas Providers

Consumers Energy Named a 'Most Trusted Brand' Among Nation's Electric, Natural Gas Providers

JACKSON, Mich./ July 17, 2017 (StlRealEstate.News) — An independent national survey has named Consumers Energy as a “Most Trusted Brand,” ranking it fourth in the nation among providers of electricity and natural gas among residential customers.

“We are focused on delivering an exceptional customer experience to the 6.7 million Michigan residents who count on us for electricity and natural gas every day for their homes or businesses,” said Patti Poppe, Consumers Energy’s president and chief executive officer. “We feel honored that our customers are telling us we are doing well, and we will strive to do even better as we look to the future.”

The new results were released by Cogent Reports, a division of Market Strategies International, and are based on residential customer surveys. Forty-four energy utilities nationally were named as “Most Trusted Brands.”

Consumers Energy this spring also was ranked as Michigan’s best place to work by Forbes magazine and was recognized in Michigan and nationally for its commitment to providing job opportunities for military veterans.

“Our commitment to our triple bottom line of people, planet and profit means that we keep our promises to our customers, communities, co-workers and shareholders,” Poppe said.

Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.7 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

For more information about Consumers Energy, go to www.ConsumersEnergy.com.
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SOURCE: Consumers Energy




FRONTSTEPS’ Executive Team Poised To Accelerate Company Growth

FRONTSTEPS' Executive Team Poised To Accelerate Company Growth

DENVER/ July 15, 2017 (StlRealEstate.News) — FRONTSTEPS (www.frontsteps.com), the nation’s #1 software platform for HOAs, Builders, Security and Patrol Experts, Realtors, and Homeowners, announced today the addition of three new leaders who will help accelerate the growth of the business. Key changes began in November 2016, when Jamie Clymer took the helm as CEO. Clymer is a veteran executive of the consumer real estate space with deep experience at companies including Homes.com, Rentals.com, HotPads.com (sold to Zillow in December 2012), as well as leadership of SaaS businesses within RealPage Inc.

“We’ve heard from our partners and their residents that our priority has to be mobile-first software solutions that connect neighbors, secure the community, and facilitate ongoing communication between all parties within the community,” said Clymer. “I look forward to partnering with our three new leaders to deliver solutions that reimagine and transform the way communities live, engage, and prosper.”

Along with Clymer, the following leaders have joined the FRONTSTEPS leadership team:

Tim Dahltorp, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer, is driving innovation within the business, implementing technology and processes to enable FRONTSTEPS to scale quickly and efficiently.

Marty Smith, Vice President of Customer Success, is utilizing his extensive background in customer service to create a “Customer First” organization, with the goal of providing every customer with a successful and rewarding experience.

Eric Waldinger, Chief Marketing Officer, is building a brand that truly revolutionizes the real estate software industry, with a focus on maximizing value for all FRONTSTEPS customers.

“Their wide range of experiences and expertise will no doubt underscore our commitment to our Core Values and Mission, which is critical to our success,” added Clymer.

Work is already underway at FRONTSTEPS. In June, FRONTSTEPS released three new products: a payment processing solution for Association Managers and HOAs, a mobile visitor management app for guard gated communities, and a basic community portal for smaller HOAs who don’t need full site functionality. The team recently released the results of their inaugural FRONTSTEPS consumer market study, that showed 7 in 10 residents want to see their HOA promote community engagement. In May, FRONTSTEPS also acquired iHomefinder, Inc., a Berkeley, CA-based company.

FRONTSTEPS is the #1 software platform for HOAs, Builders, Security & Patrol Experts, Realtors and Homeowners. We deliver technologies to simplify how people build, connect, operate and secure modern communities, with a diverse range of products and services — all now under the FRONTSTEPS identity. Our family of products includes AssociationVoice, AtHomeNet, dwellingLIVE, PatrolLIVE, RealProSystems and iHomeFinder, each designed to serve community residents and those who keep them thriving. Our premiere platform currently powers more than 23,000 communities nationwide — that’s 4.4 million homeowners covered by FRONTSTEPS services.

FRONTSTEPS is headquartered in Denver, CO with additional offices in Berkeley, CA and Carlsbad, CA.


InMexico.com Showcasing Luxury Real Estate to 90K+ Subscribers

InMexico.com Showcasing Luxury Real Estate to 90K+ Subscribers

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz./ July 11, 2017 (StlRealEstate.News)InMexico.com, the leading authority on luxury travel to Mexico has recently introduced a weekly eNewsletter dedicated to the latest luxury real estate news including the hottest luxury home listings currently on the market plus some of the most sought-after new private, exclusive communities.

While InMexico.com’s target audience is affluent travelers from major markets in the U.S. like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Phoenix and more, many of the readers are looking to purchase second homes in the destinations where they vacation like Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Mita, Playa del Carmen, Cancun and more. With that in mind, InMexico has set out to showcase the best real estate options in those regions and is now dedicating an entire eNewsletter to the topic.

“InMexico.com continues to be different. We are constantly seeing more and more people with interest in investing in real estate in Mexico in the resort towns and private communities. There is a huge niche here and InMexico.com can now connect buyers with sellers on a weekly basis,” says Michael Dee, President and Publisher.

The real estate eNewsletter goes out every Wednesday to more than 90,000 subscribers interested in living in Mexico and has an average open rate of 38.9 percent. The eNewsletter not only features luxury homes that are on the market for $1 million or more but also features the latest in real estate news like Q&As with top real estate agents, tips on buying property in Mexico, the lowdown on top private residential communities and news on up-and-coming developments.

“Along with a large variety of private residential developments, many of the resorts also feature branded residences and since many of the five-star brands have plans to open properties within the next few years, the real estate options for potential buyers is continuing to grow and grow,” says Suzanne Koch, Editor In Chief.

In addition to the weekly real estate eNewsletter, InMexico has two other weekly eNewsletters go out on Tuesday and Thursday featuring the latest in resort news and things to do, respectively. A monthly bridal eNewsletter also goes out the first Monday of every month. To advertise in InMexico’s eNewsletters, contact mikedee@mediathatdeelivers.com.

To sign up to receive the eNewsletter, visit InMexico.com.


InMexico and InMexico.com’s mission is to be a leader in the publishing content industry, producing the highest quality content in the luxury genre surrounding the best places to stay, play, eat and live across Mexico. With new content daily, InMexico.com is your daily source for the best and most luxurious things to see and do in Mexico.

InMexico is a part of Scottsdale-based Media That Deelivers, Inc. (www.mediathatdeelivers.com), a leading luxury magazine publisher that produces many titles in its luxury collection of magazines, including the monthly Arizona Foothills Magazine, annual InArizona, Arizona Foothills Tucson Online, InMexico Magazine and InMexico.com.

SOURCE: InMexico

Some evacuees return to Arizona homes as fires sweep US West

Some evacuees return to Arizona homes as fires sweep US West

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz./June 30, 2017 (AP) (StlRealEstate.News)— Authorities expect to allow more evacuated residents to go home and to reopen a major route through an Arizona community that barely escaped destruction when a massive wildfire swept into town.
The fire, which is about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Phoenix, triggered evacuations for thousands of residents in a half-dozen communities and came close to consuming the town of Mayer.
The incident commander got a big cheer at a community meeting Thursday night when he announced crews had secured lines around about 43 percent of the blaze, which has consumed about 45 square miles (116.55 sq. kilometers) of brush and forest. Still, John Pierson warned several hundred people that the fire could become more active and cause more damage.
“We’re still not out of the woods yet,” Pierson told those gathered in a church in Prescott Valley.
The wind-whipped flames jumped State Route 69 on Wednesday after roaring into Mayer. They consumed some homes, but somehow aircraft dropping retardant and crews on the ground kept it from destroying the entire town.
Mayer’s 1,400 residents were allowed back in Thursday, but a few thousand others remained in shelters, with friends or in hotels. State Route 69 is expected to re-open Friday.
Beside permanent residents, the U.S. Forest Service ordered campgrounds to empty of the thousands of people visiting for the popular Fourth of July weekend.
Authorities also called in school buses to drive 1,400 children from area summer camps run by churches, the YMCA and other groups.
The camps weren’t directly threatened, but Yavapai County Supervisor Tom Thurman said officials didn’t want to take risks.
“For the kids, we’re just being proactive,” Thurman said.
More than 800 firefighters were battling the blaze burning south of Prescott, which draws a mix of desert dwellers escaping the heat, retirees and visitors to its famed Old West-themed Whiskey Row lined with bars.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey toured the fire zone Thursday, thanking firefighters, chatting with people staying at a shelter and promising that fighting the fire was the state’s No. 1 priority.
The local sheriff said he thought all hope was lost as the massive fire approached the larger town of Dewey-Humboldt.
“When that fire jumped that road and started heading to Dewey-Humboldt, we thought it was gone,” Yavapai County Sheriff Mascher said. “I thought there was no stopping it.”
But authorities estimated that the fire only burned a handful of homes.
“Four or five,” state Forester Jeff Whitney estimated. “So far we’ve really dodged a bullet.”
About 70 people spent Thursday night in two shelters set up at the high school and a local community college. More than 100 horses and other large animals, 80-plus dogs and more than 60 cats were also in emergency shelters, county emergency services manager Denny Foulk said.
The large crowd at the church Thursday night listened attentively as Pierson, Mascher and other officials assessed the state of the battle and assured people their homes were being protected from vandals.
One woman worried about a 27-year-old donkey she left behind, asking how it would survive without care. Mascher said his deputies would arrange for the animal to be retrieved.
Most, though, just wanted to know when they could go home.
Mascher said many of those who fled Dewey-Humboldt could likely go home as soon as Friday, but for many who live in more rugged areas on the fire’s east and west flank, it would likely be another several days.
The Arizona blaze grew Thursday but fire officials said two straight days of lower wind speeds gave them a leg up.
Higher humidity also helped firefighters despite a temporary halt to aircraft operations Wednesday because of an unauthorized drone flying in the area. Mascher said deputies believe they’ve identified the drone operator, but he didn’t say if the person had been arrested.
At a shelter in Prescott Valley on Thursday, Dewey-Humboldt David Eastlack, his girlfriend and their three daughters were looking at another night away from home but happy they were safe.
The family fled in their SUV Wednesday with clothes and family pictures and headed for the evacuation center at a high school in the next town up the highway.
“We left everything else,” Eastlack said. “If it got destroyed in the fire, it’s just stuff. But we took the memories.”
Ducey, Arizona’s governor, noted that Friday marks the four-year anniversary of a wildfire that killed 19 elite firefighters in Yarnell, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) southwest of Prescott Valley.
He praised “the elite status of those young men that we lost. And I want to take that same type of spirit out as we fight this fire over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.”
Firefighters on Thursday were also battling wildfires in California, New Mexico, Utah and Washington state.
Hundreds of people forced from their homes by a Utah wildfire were expected to return even as the blaze grew.
Fire managers said Thursday at 25-mph (40-kph) wind gusts expanded the wildfire near the ski resort town of Brian Head to more than 91 square miles (236 square kilometers), though firefighters boosted its containment to 15 percent. The fire was ignited by someone using a weed-burning torch.
In Southern California, a wildfire burning on the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base and in the city of San Clemente was 90 percent contained. Officials there say higher humidity levels slowed the fire’s pace.
A new blaze in the Malibu area that broke out Thursday afternoon also threatened homes, but firefighters quickly stopped its progress.

By BOB CHRISTIE and ASTRID GALVAN ,  Associated Press

Galvan reported from Phoenix. Associated Press writers Clarice Silber and Josh Hoffner in Phoenix and John Antczak in Los Angeles contributed to this report.