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Watermark Learning Announces Rapid Requirements Training

Thursday, March 24th, 2005

Helps Business Analysts Capture Customer’s Real NeedsRapid Requirements Training, offered by from Watermark Learning in Phoenix, AZ and Minneapolis, MN is the best way for Business Analysts, Requirements Managers and Project Managers to develop skills for effective identification of business needs and translation to business clients and designers.Minneapolis, MN, March 24, 2005 – Watermark Learning, a leading project management and requirements training company, today announced the launch of its new course “Rapid Requirements Analysis: Capturing Your Customer’s Real Needs,” available privately to businesses or publicly in Phoenix, AZ and Minneapolis, MN.Business Analysts, Requirements Managers and Project Managers involved in software development projects know that the most difficult aspect of a project is gathering and managing project and product requirements. For this reason, Watermark Learning has developed a training course designed to educate how to rapidly gather and model business requirements.“Watermark Learning Rapid Requirements training courses are resonating specifically with professionals involved in IT development,” said Richard Larson, PMP and Principal, Watermark Learning. “The course is presented in a way that helps professionals learn to act as consultants when they gather and manage requirements.”Rapid Requirements Analysis training, from Watermark Learning, helps Business Analysts develop their probing skills to uncover business needs and then connect the dots to analyze requirements.As students hone their skills for gathering requirements, they practice mapping and modeling business needs in a way designed to effectively translate to both business clients and designers.Topics covered in the class include:• Managing Effective Meetings• Gathering Data Requirements• Developing Process Maps• Building Use Cases• Creating User Interfaces and Prototyping• Developing PresentationsClass fees are $1095.00 which include all class costs and materials, plus 1.4 CEUs from Auburn University. Enrollment in the class also counts towards a Masters Certificate in Business Analysis offered through Auburn.2005 Rapid Requirements Analysis classes are being held at:Tech One3922 E. University Drive, Suite 2Phoenix, AZ 85034August 1 – 2December 1 – 2Watermark Learning7300 Metro Blvd., Suite 333Edina, MN 55439May 4 – 5June 15 – 16August 10 – 11October 12 – 13December 7 – 8About Watermark LearningWatermark Learning is a leading project management and business requirements analysis training and skill development company. It offers training and mentoring on Project Management, Business Requirements Analysis, Leadership, and Software Development including UML training. Clients include professionals from Wells Fargo Bank, 3M, GMAC/RFC, Minnesota Life, ING/Reliastar, MetLife, State of Minnesota, and other Fortune 500 and smaller organizations.Register for Rapid Requirements Analysis training online or get more information at Rapid Requirements Info – or call 800.646.9362.

Evolving Solutions Recruits Taylor – Former EMC Business Development Executive

Thursday, March 24th, 2005

Appointed Director of Professional Service and Solution Sales to Drive GrowthEvolving Solutions, data on-demand and storage virtualization expert, appoints a new Director of Professional Service & Solutions Sales to drive sophisticated storage networking technology into the marketplace and generate maximum company growth.March 24, 2005 – Evolving Solutions, a MN-based data on-demand and storage virtualization expert, has recruited former EMC Business Development Executive, Chris Taylor, as its new Director of Professional Service and Solutions Sales.Taylor joins Evolving Solutions with a solid storage networking background. His background brings additional expertise to Evolving Solutions clients who need storage, business continuity and disaster recovery technologies solutions.In 2004, Evolving Solutions experienced record growth, with revenue sales increasing by 20 percent. The recruitment of Chris Taylor is in line with 2005 corporate goals to increase revenue by an additional 15 percent.“Evolving Solutions has come a long way since its inception in 1996,” said Jaime Gmach, President and Founder. “We believe that hiring tenured professionals like Chris Taylor has contributed to our impressive growth from a 2 person team into a $45 Million company with 48 employees.”Prior to joining Evolving Solutions, Taylor also served as National Director of Solution Development at CNT Corporation.“Evolving Solutions is recognized both locally and nationally as a growth company,” said Taylor. “I am looking forward to helping Evolving Solutions achieve and exceed revenue goals as we continue to penetrate the market with storage and server virtualization solutions.”Evolving Solutions was recently named a CRN Magazine Fast Growth 100 company.About Evolving SolutionsEvolving Solutions is an open systems technology integration firm that provides business solutions for Data On-Demand, Storage Consolidation, Server Virtualization, Storage Virtualization, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery. Evolving Solutions is an IBM Premier Business Partner with a TotalStorage™ Solution Center (TSSC) onsite.For more information about Evolving Solutions, please call 800-294-4362 or visit their website at TaylorDirector of Professional Services & Solution SalesEvolving Solutions

New Home Construction Boot Camp™ from the Allen Mortgage&Real Estate Group

Thursday, March 24th, 2005

Helps Hundreds of Homebuyers Choose the Right Home The Allen Mortgage & Real Estate Group is helping homebuyers choose the right home with the launch of their New Home Construction Boot CampMinneapolis, MN, March 24, 2005 – The Allen Mortgage & Real Estate Group, a leading mortgage & real estate services company, is helping homebuyers choose the right home with the launch of their New Home Construction Boot Camp.With the recent explosion of new construction in the Twin Cities area, the Allen Mortgage & Real Estate Group is offering advice via educational classes to help Minnesota and Wisconsin-based homebuyers learn what to ask and to expect when buying or building a new home.“Buying or building a home is a huge investment and a daunting task for many people, especially first time homebuyers,” said Cindy Allen, CEO. “By offering educational boot camps, the Allen Mortgage & Real Estate Group helps remove the uncertainty from the home buying & new construction process, so that home buyers feel comfortable with their final decision.”The New Home Construction Boot Camp from the Allen Mortgage & Real Estate Group addresses key concerns and questions posed by many home buyers considering new construction, including:• What are the red flags to watch for in new home construction?• Can I really afford a new home?• What is the importance of good warranties and how do they work?• What do I need to know about land, zoning, home sites and soil testing?“The New Home Construction Boot Camp taught me that you don’t have to already own a home to be able to build a new one,” said Allen Group client, Hildah Makori. “First time home buyers can afford to build new construction too.”Free New Home Construction Boot Camps are being hosted by the Allen Mortgage & Real Estate Group at the following times and locations:March 29, 2005 7 pm Arden Hills, MNApril 4, 2005 7 pm River Falls, WIApril 18, 2005 7 pm Edina, MNMay 16, 2005 7 pm Minnetonka, MNTo register, visit or call 651-490-6213.About The Allen Mortgage & Real Estate Group The Allen Mortgage & Real Estate Group is a Twin Cities-based mortgage services company, offering free boot camps to new home construction buyers and educational classes to help first time homebuyers understand the home buying process. Contact the Allen Mortgage & Real Estate Group at

DDL Package Testing Services Launches PackReview

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005

ISO 11607 Clause 6 Certification Unveiled at HealthPack 2005DDL Testing Services launches PackReview, a certification, granted by DDL, to demonstrate package compliance with ISO 11607 clause 7San Antonio, TX – March 23, 2005 – DDL Testing Services ( ), a MN-based package, product and material testing laboratory, will debut its PackReview (SM) ISO 11607 clause 6 certification service at the HealthPack conference in San Antonio, TX, March 23 – 24, 2005.PackReview is the DDL approved ISO 11607 clause 7 certification granted to packages that have successfully endured rigorous package testing in order to demonstrate compliance with ISO 11607 (clause 7).“With the help of Pack Review, DDL provided invaluable assistance in formulating a test plan for our device packaging to meet FDA and ISO requirements,” said Laura Bauer of Raymedica. “They knocked months off our timeline and were there to help every step of the way. They will be the first place we call when another packaging project comes up.”The ISO 11607 clause 7 packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices standard is defined by the FDA and the EU as the paradigm validation protocol for medical device packaging.DDL Package Testing Engineers are proud to offer PackReview as an addition to their suite of growing PackServices.“As a leading medical device package testing laboratory, we are committed to providing high quality testing services to our clients,” said Patrick Nolan, DDL Testing Services COO. “Our intention is for PackReview to become recognized industry-wide as a respected certification that verifies a package’s compliance with ISO 11607 clause 7.””The PackReview certification program should be helpful to medical companies needing a full service packaging validation process,” said Wayne Schmidt, Sr. Manufacturing Engineer, Arizant Healthcare Inc.”DDL package testing experts will be showcasing PackReview at HealthPack 2005, March 23 – 24, in San Antonio, TX.Request the Getting Started with PackReview ISO 11607 Clause 7 Certification Startup Kit, which includes a protocol outline at: DDLDDL offers expert package testing services that provide superior testing and excellent documentation for package testing, material testing, product testing and HazMat testing. DDL package testing clients find peace of mind with the DDL reliable PackReview (SM) ISO 11607 clause 7 certification. DDL maintains full service testing labs in Minnesota and California.Contact DDL at: or call Scott Levy at 952-941-9226 ext.115.# # #

Pacific Security Capital Selected as Exclusive Placement Agent for a 1 Billion Euro Real Estate Opportunity Fund in St. Patrick’s Day Deal

Thursday, March 17th, 2005

Commercial real estate investment bank, Pacific Security Capital, will be the exclusive placement agent for a €1Billion Euro fund raised by an Irish investor. Beaverton, OR – March 17, 2005 – Pacific Security Capital a leading provider of commercial real estate loans, structured finance and advisory services, is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with the acquisition of a major €1 Billion Euro contract.Pacific Security Capital will be the exclusive placement agent for an Irish investor that has raised in excess of €200 Million Euro that will be leveraged into a €1 Billion Euro closed-end opportunity fund that will invest in US real estate assets. The closed-end fun will make investments by acquiring, lending or investing in office, industrial, retail, multifamily, hospitality and residential real estate located in the US.“This is the first Irish fund that has been created for investment in US real estate” said Mike Myatt, executive managing director. “A lot of wealth has been created in Ireland over the last decade due to the strong Irish economy. With the strength of the Euro combined with the stability of the US real estate market the fund should be very successful,” said Myatt.The fund’s investments will be concentrated in first- and second-tier markets, with the placement of funds beginning toward the end of the second quarter.Pacific Security Capital is widely regarded as a leading commercial real estate investment bank and was selected for this engagement based upon the strength of their market knowledge and contacts coupled with their transactional and professional services capabilities. Earlier this year, the company relocated and expanded its corporate headquarters to accommodate a 40 percent growth in its origination staff.Learn more about Pacific Security Capital at or call 1-800-844-6085.About Pacific Security CapitalPacific Security Capital (PSC) is a leading commercial real estate investment banking firm. PSC provides debt, equity and hybrid capital for the acquisition, development, construction, renovation, bridge, mezzanine, and permanent financing of commercial real estate projects located in the United States and most parts of Canada requiring more than $3MM in financing. PSC is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon with other offices around the United States. More information about the company can be found at

DDL Testing Services Recruits MTS Veteran

Thursday, March 17th, 2005

New Materials Product Manager Grows DDL Product/Material Testing Dept.DDL Testing Services recruits new materials product manager to grow the DDL product and material testing department.March 17, 2004 – DDL Inc., a MN-based package, product & material testing laboratory, has recruited MTS veteran, Alan Gale, as its new materials product testing manager, in an effort to expand its product and material testing department.DDL recognizes that the material and product testing market is rapidly growing, particularly in the medical device industry. Since 2004, DDL has seen its medical device product testing sales rise from 5% to 15% of its total business.“Recruiting Alan Gale is a strategic move on our part,” said John Hart, DDL President, “we are eager to take advantage of his tenured experience and product test expertise in order to further expand our product and material testing department.”Throughout his 27-year career at MTS Systems Corporation, where he held various positions from Project Engineer, Technical Support Specialist to Inventory Manager and Product Manager, Gale was constantly recognized by management for “excellent performance, exceeding position requirements and work planning goals”.“DDL has state-of-the-art product testing machinery in place in its laboratory, including sophisticated tensile testing systems and vibration testing machines,” said Gale. “I am delighted to lead a product and material testing department which obviously has so much potential.”In addition to DDL materials and product testing services, Gale will be offering “Pack-Advice”, complimentary pre-and-post product, materials and package testing consultation, designed to help DDL customers achieve and exceed compliance with industry standards.About DDL Testing Services & DDL West:DDL offers expert package testing, product testing and material testing services includingShock testing, vibration testing, tensile testing, leak testing and validation. DDL package testing clients find value through its zero-cost package testing consulting service, Pack-Advice. DDL Testing Services maintains full service testing labs in Minnesota and California.Contact DDL at or call Scott Levy at 952-941-9226 ext.115

TopRank Search Engine Marketing Agency Ranked as a Leading SEO Firm by

Wednesday, March 16th, 2005

Leading Industry Resource Endorses Search Marketing Company’s ServicesMinneapolis, MN, March 16, 2005 – – TopRank Online Marketing, a leading search engine optimization (SEO) and online marketing firm, has been ranked #6 by, a critical buyer’s guide for SEO services.With more than 1,000 SEO firms in business worldwide, a number which is rapidly growing, is helping companies narrow their search for the right firm by publishing a monthly Top 30 Search Engine Optimization Firms list.”We are honored to be ranked along with other leading SEO firms by,” said Lee Odden, President of TopRank. “ puts quite a bit of effort into evaluating search engine optimization companies for it’s monthly ranking. We appreciate the opportunity to have our services and client successes compared with other search engine marketing companies.” puts its Top 30 Directory candidates through a rigorous process for selection. Each SEO firm is evaluated in terms of its:- Competitive advantage- Superior services and pricing- Customer and technical support- Reponse to client problems- Innovations that set it apart from the competition- Overall efficiency- Overall performanceTopRank was selected out of hundreds of SEO firms worldwide to be endorsed in the Top 30.To take advantage of the TopSEOs Top 30 Directory resource, see more information on TopRank Online Marketing Search Engine Optimization contact Lee Odden at 1-877-872-6628 or TopRank Online Marketing ( Online Marketing is a Minneapolis based search engine marketing firm offering integrated search engine optimization, online public relations and blog marketing services for increased sales and brand visibility online. Clients range from B2B high tech firms to industrial/manufacturing companies to retail consumer goods merchants.Founded in 2001 by veteran online marketer Lee Odden, TopRank is the only Minnesota search engine marketing firm included in Marketing Sherpa’s Guide to Search Engine Optimization Firms. TopRank is a member of the Search Engine Marketing Professionals Organization (, the Association of Interactive Marketing (a division of the DMA), the Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association (MIMA), the Web Analytics Association and has been included as a top search marketing firm by and

Misukanis&Odden Adds Pacific Security Capital to Client Roster

Thursday, March 10th, 2005

Online Public Relations Leads Company GrowthMinneapolis, MN, March 10, 2005 – Misukanis & Odden, a leading high tech public relations firm, has announced the addition of Pacific Security Capital to its client roster.Pacific Security Capital, an Oregon-based commercial real estate investment bank, has engaged Misukanis & Odden PR services to increase national awareness and to promote PacificElite™, the commercial real estate industry’s first preferred borrower program.Susan Misukanis, president and founder, attributes Misukanis & Odden’s recent growth to its ability to accommodate and capitalize on the digital revolution.”Misukanis & Odden recognizes that the Internet provides valuable public relations opportunities,” said Susan Misukanis. “We integrate online communications into our traditional PR practices to ensure that our clients receive maximum exposure, not only in print publications, but also in terms of online visibility.”Misukanis & Odden is currently executing both traditional and online public relations for Pacific Security Capital.”We have already seen dramatic results from our PR initiative,” said Mike Myatt, executive managing director of Pacific Security Capital. “Integrating online communications provides us with a quantifiable way of measuring results.”For more information on public relations programs that deliver results in terms of leads, sales and ROI, contact www.MisukanisOdden.comAbout Misukanis & OddenMisukanis & Odden is a leading high tech public relations company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Misukanis & Odden public relations and media relations programs cater for clients that desire a measurable return on investment. For more information, see or contact Susan Misukanis at 952-400-0191.###

Pacific Security Capital Raises Bar for Commercial Real Estate Pro’s

Thursday, March 10th, 2005

Requires 100 Percent Origination Staff be Certified Commercial Investment Members (CCIM)Beaverton, OR – March 10, 2005 Pacific Security Capital a leading provider of commercial real estate loans, structured finance and advisory services, today announced that it will require its entire commercial real estate origination staff to become Certified Commercial Investment Members (CCIM) by 2007.According to the CCIM Institute, a recognized expert in the disciplines of investment and commercial real estate, the CCIM designation which was established in 1968 is held by only six percent of the estimated 125,000 nationwide commercial real estate practitioners.”We are the only commercial real estate lender in the country whose entire origination staff either currently hold, or are candidates to hold the CCIM status,” said Mike Myatt, Pacific Security Capital executive managing director. “By requiring this designation, 100 percent of our staff will illustrate our passionate commitment to offering superior commercial financing services.”Pacific Security Capital commercial real estate professionals are currently enrolling in the CCIM curriculum which consists of extensive coursework covering financial analysis, market analysis, user decision analysis and investment analysis specific to investment and commercial real estate.Each Pacific Security Capital commercial real estate professional is required to submit a resume of closed transactions or consultations in order to illustrate a clear theoretical knowledge of, and practical experience in, the commercial investment field.After completing the CCIM coursework, and submitting documentation illustrating concrete experience, Pacific Security Capital commercial real estate professionals are required to successfully complete a comprehensive examination in order to earn the final CCIM designation.Learn more about the Pacific Security Capital at or call 1-800-844-6085.About Pacific Security Capital Pacific Security Capital (PSC) is a leading commercial real estate investment banking firm. PSC provides debt, equity and hybrid capital for the acquisition, development, construction, renovation, bridge, mezzanine loans, and permanent financing of commercial real estate projects located in the United States and most parts of Canada requiring more than $3MM in financing. PSC is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon with other offices around the United States. More information about the company can be found at

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