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National Arbitration Forum to Sponsor and Lead Training Sessions at American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

Leading ADR experts provide will provide training and updates on developments in the alternative dispute resolution field MINNEAPOLIS, MINN., (PRWEB) March 30, 2006 — – National Arbitration Forum attorneys will speak at the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference “ADR on My Mind in Georgia” being held April 5-8 in Atlanta, Ga.National Arbitration Forum Director of Education Roger Haydock, Esq. will lead a skills training session entitled “Discovery in Arbitration: What Advocates and Arbitrators Can (and Cannot) Do!” on April 6 from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Haydock will conduct an interactive skills workshop that addresses discovery in arbitration including the rules, motion practice and the parameters around decision making.Haydock will also be a panelist on a panel entitled “From Apologies to Mandatory Mediation: A Comprehensive ADR Legislative and Regulatory Round-Up” on April 6 from 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. This presentation will provide an overview of federal and state legislation and regulations concerning dispute resolution.Other panelists include:

  • Paul Bennett Marrow, Chappaqua, N.Y. and National Arbitration Forum arbitrator/mediator
  • Robert Feagin, Decker, Hallman, Barber & Briggs, Atlanta, Ga. and National Arbitration Forum arbitrator/mediator

American Land Title Association Appoints National Arbitration Forum as New Administrator for Title Insurance Arbitrations

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

The American Land Title Association appoints National Arbitration Forum as the New Administrator for Title Insurance Arbitrations. Administrator to create efficiencies and lower costs for title insurers and insureds in the dispute resolution process.Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) March 23, 2006 — – After a comprehensive review of its Title Insurance Arbitration Rules (TIAR) and arbitration system, the American Land Title Association (ALTA) has appointed the National Arbitration Forum as its new administrator for title insurance arbitrations. The TIAR as administered by the National Arbitration Forum creates a fair, transparent, efficient and cost-effective system for the resolution of disputes that may arise between title insurance companies and insureds under title insurance policies.“At the time of our system review, we found the title insurance industry in need of a more fair and economical process for resolving disputes,” said Rande Yeager, president of ALTA. “We chose the National Arbitration Forum because of its reputation and its experience in developing specialized programs, but, more importantly, because of the firm’s willingness to commit resources to developing the system, including the arbitrator panel, and to provide a solution that creates efficiencies that ultimately benefit all parties.”The updated TIAR, effective January 1, 2006, now incorporates the National Arbitration Forum’s Code of Procedure and Fee Schedule. This system will ensure the independence and neutrality of the arbitrators and the institution administering the arbitrations; it also holds down costs and further strengthens the enforceability of arbitration decisions handed down under the title insurance arbitration system. The National Arbitration Forum also provides its services to administer the arbitrations.The National Arbitration Forum’s Code of Procedure provides rules that ensure that all legal remedies are available to parties, making any relief available in a judicial forum available in a National Arbitration Forum arbitration. Specifically, the National Arbitration Forum’s Code of Procedure and Fee Schedule:

A Question of Trust

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

According to Edelman’s 2005 Trust Survey, many peoples’ “trust” has moved from authority figures to average people, like you and me.

The growing popularity of the blogosphere has attributed to this shift in trust. Messaging is no longer controlled by the authorities and “expert” sources. Blogging has created a new generation of would-be experts all eager to share their opinions and experiences.

It’s easy to understand why people are quick to trust in bloggers. When it comes to choosing a product or service, there is nothing more reassuring than hearing many consumers, like yourself, confirm its greatness.

Similarly, I can understand why some people may think it’s risky to trust blogger comments. When it comes to a technical or a medical issue, it is still important to weigh up the credentials and experience of the person offering advice.

However, I strongly believe that blogging is taking thought leadership to a new level. You no longer have to be a Director, CEO or President to be an expert in a topic. The blogosphere is becoming a forum for open discussion where people can draw from and build on other peoples’ thoughts and insights. Indeed, blogging has allowed the “little people” to be heard when, in the past, some good ideas and industry observations may have been buried beneath the higher echelons.

Blogging Systems Unveils New Version of Community Publisher, a Blogging Tool for Real Estate Agents and Brokers

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

Richard Nacht, Blogging Systems CEO, Makes Available an Updated Version of Blog Platform at Brand New Day Conference, Speaks about Blog Growth and Predictions for Real Estate ProfessionalsCommunity Publisher helps real estate professionals capitalize on the interactivity of the blog phenomenon establishing relationships between themselves and their communities building an increase in brand awareness.ORLANDO, FL – March 23, 2006– Today at the Brand New Day Conference, Blogging Systems, a blogging platform provider serving real estate brokers, announced the availability of is newest version of Community Publisher, its flagship blogging platform.Blog use and creation is growing at a phenomenal rate. According to Technorati, a leading weblog authority, the blogosphere doubles about every 5.5 months. Technorati points to March 2006 as a month in which they tracked over 27.2 million weblogs. This number is nearly double the number of blogs they were tracking 5 months prior.“As blogs become an accepted communications medium, real estate agents and brokers are realizing they can capitalize on a tool that helps them increase community ties and build local brand recognition,” said Richard Nacht, CEO of Blogging Systems. “Community Publisher takes the networking leg work real estate professionals have been doing for years, and puts it online.”Community Publisher is a weblog (BLOG) which allows real estate professionals to create a branded, hyper-local news content website serving their local community. Because the Community Publisher blog enables interactivity, the return rate of visitors is higher than a typical website, which ultimately leads to top-of-mind recognition of the real estate professional who hosts the blog.A locally flavored blog, sponsored by a real estate broker, enables:• increased awareness via thousands of visitors each month• clear positioning as a key provider of local information• increased “touch points” with local customers and prospects• an additional revenue stream via community ads & sponsored linksDavid Crockett, President of The Crockett Team, Ltd., Howard Hanna Smythe Cramer, has experienced phenomenal success as a beta user of this service.“I have been using Community Publisher for 2 months and have seen amazing results,” said David Crockett, President at The Crockett Team Ltd. “Inviting others to participate in the local website has helped me build my reputation as a leading real estate broker in the Lake County Ohio community.”The newest version of Community Publisher is making its debut at the Brand New Day – 2006 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida hosted by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.Richard Nacht, who has over 20 years of experience in the real estate, finance and technology development industries, is speaking on a panel entitled “Keys to Increasing Web Traffic”. Richard plans to contribute valuable information to this discussion by explaining the blog phenomenon and what it can mean to real estate professionals.Session DetailsConference: Brand New Day – Annual 2006 ConferenceSession: Key to Increasing Web TrafficPanelist: Richard Nacht, CEO Blogging SystemsDate: March 25, 2006Time: 10.30-11.45Location: Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, 1500 Masters BoulevardChampionsGate, FL 33893About Blogging Systems Blogging Systems, a blogging platform provider, offers business professionals the blogging tools they need to increase valuable relationships, brand awareness and revenue by capitalizing on the interactivity and popularity of blogs. Blogging Systems’ flagship platform, Community Publisher, is designed to help professionals in the real estate and lending industries become leaders in their community thereby developing brand loyalty as well as increasing sales and margins.For more information about Blogging Systems’ innovative line of blog software or call 800-985-BLOG.

Magnum Technologies’ Business Service Management Software Now Available To International Market– Via Reseller Zosterops

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

Magnum Technologies signs its first international reseller to provide the UK market with Service Level Management and ITIL Compliance Reporting to help prioritize IT activities based on the impact to the business. MINNEAPOLIS – March 23, – Magnum Technologies, the leader in Business Service Management (BSM), today announced it has signed an agreement allowing Zosterops, an Enterprise Operating System and Network Solutions provider to resell its BSM solutions in the United Kingdom.Zosterops is a leading distributor of software for enterprise operating systems and network systems in the UK and Ireland.“Magnum Technologies’ results-oriented and cost effective BSM solutions will provide the UK market with a more productive, less theoretical approach to ITIL adoption allowing ITIL practitioners to see business value much quicker,” said Colin Reardon, Managing Director of Zosterops. “We are excited to help Magnum Technologies break into the UK market, which – as the birthplace of ITIL – includes a large number of practitioners.”The partnership with Zosterops marks the first international reseller for Magnum Technologies allowing the company to further its position in the BSM marketplace.“The agreement to resell to the UK is the right move for Magnum Technologies,” said Mike Ducatelli, EVP of Sales & Marketing for Magnum Technologies. “We have solidified ourselves amongst the top BSM players in U.S.; it only makes sense to extend our offering to an international market.”Zosterops will resell the following Magnum Technologies’ Business Service Management Products:ADVANTAGE – Business Service Management SoftwareCAP-TREND – Capacity & Performance ReportingCOORDINATOR – Correlation & Root Cause AnalysisDIAGNOSEIT – Cisco Configuration & DiagnosticsAbout ZosteropsZosterops was founded in 2005 by software industry veteran Colin Reardon to bring European and North American products into the UK market.Zosterops currently represents APS|ENTERprise, a German company specializing in tools to improve the usability of enterprise batch scheduling products and Javelina Software, whose tools make the administration of Active Directory much simpler. Visit Zosterops at: Magnum TechnologiesMagnum Technologies develops software solutions that align IT operations with enterprise priorities. Magnum Technologies’ suite of automated management solutions includes DIAGNOSEIT®, COORDINATOR™, CAP-TREND® and its flagship product, ADVANTAGE®.Magnum Technologies’ software solutions are designed to easily integrate with and enhance the effectiveness of existing management platforms by monitoring and measuring IT performance from a line-of-business perspective. Magnum Technologies’ clients include US Army, BRG and Starz. Visit Magnum Technologies at

Pacific Security Capital Explains Why the Investment Community Should Value “Green”

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

Pacific Grove, CA, March 22, 2006 –- – Pacific Security Capital, a vertically integrated real estate services company, announced today its plans to educate business investors in the true value of “green” property development.Many investors are discouraged by the upfront costs of building green without taking into account the considerable return-on-investment. Recent studies show that green properties can hold and potentially increase their value much more than traditional buildings.“The problem is that the investment community lacks a formal framework for analyzing and valuing green property development from a business investment perspective,” said Theddi Wright Chappell, Pacific Security Capital’s Managing Director of Advisory Services. “Many investors use the terms cost and value interchangeably without realizing that they mean different things.”The value of developing properties that conserve water, generate better air quality and are more energy efficient far surpasses the upfront costs associated with building green.Investors, landlords, employers and occupants can all enjoy the benefits of a green building, such as:-    Significantly reduced utility bills-    Extended property lifecycle-    Increased employee productivity and less absenteeism due to better air quality that prevents airborne sickness-    Reduced maintenance costs-    Less tenant turnoverPacific Security Capital is currently working with Scott Muldavin, a respected investment consultant who created a commercial mortgage risk rating system for Standard & Poors back in the 1980s. Together, Pacific Security Capital and Muldavin are forming the Green Building Finance Consortium to develop evaluation and underwriting tools and practices necessary for the investment community to measure the true value of building green.“The Green Building Finance Consortium will pool together the expertise of organizations and individuals serving the business investment community to offer expert advice to investors interested in going green,” said Wright Chappell.Theddi Wright Chappell will be speaking at the 2006 Swinerton Green Building Summit, March 22 – 24, about why the investment community should value green and the industry’s need for a formal mechanism that enables investors to evaluate green development investments.“The Investment Community Values Green”Thursday, March 23, 20062 pm – 2:30 p.m.Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, CaliforniaTo learn more about Pacific Security Capital’s commercial real estate advisory services, please visit or call 1-800-844-6085. About Pacific Security CapitalPacific Security Capital is a vertically integrated real estate services company providing advisory services, asset and property management, development services, commercial real estate loans, structured finance, landlord/tenant representation, and investment sales. Our mission is to add value to client initiatives at every level of the real estate cycle. PSC is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon with offices in major markets in North America. More information about the company can be found at

Package Testing Lab COO, Patrick Nolan, Becomes Chairman of ASTM Committee D-10 on Packaging

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

Minneapolis, MN, March 16, 2006 – Package testing expert, Patrick Nolan, COO of DDL, a leading package, product and material testing laboratory, has been elected Chairman of the ASTM Committee D-10 on Packaging.The American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM) created the D-10 on Packaging Committee in 1914 to discuss the revision and development of regulated packaging standards.“I am thrilled to be Chairman of the D-10 committee,” said Patrick Nolan, COO of DDL. “By being actively involved in the development of packaging standardization, I am in a position to offer the best knowledge and quality of service to DDL’s package testing customers.”As Chairman of the D-10 Committee on Packaging, Nolan will be responsible for leading the twice yearly committee meetings that involve attending various technical sessions over a two day period.During the meetings, the committee is charged with the following tasks:1) Defining materials and processes for acceptable package and product delivery.2) Generating closely related shipping systems design criteria.3) Developing materials handling standards related to distribution, includingmeasurement of the packaging environment.4) Assessing the suitability of packaging related standards.5) Establishing standards on reuse, recycling and disposal of materials related topackaging.“The development of packaging standards is a lengthy process,” said Nolan. “The committee has much to discuss about terminology, practices, test methods, specifications, guides and classifications.”Patrick Nolan will Chair his first D-10 on Packaging Committee meeting in April 2006. About DDL DDL offers expert package testing, product testing and material testing services including shock testing, vibration testing, tensile testing, leak testing and validation. DDL package testing clients find value through its growing suite of PackServices: PackAdvice, a zero-cost package testing consulting service, and PackReview, a DDL approved certification to demonstrate compliance with ISO 11607 (clause 7). DDL Testing Services maintains full service testing labs in Minnesota and California.

Minco Releases Online “Sensor Configurator” to Streamline Customer Ordering Process and Provide On-Demand Product Information

Monday, March 13th, 2006

Minneapolis, MN, March 13, 2006 — Minco, ( a designer and manufacturer of critical components for critical applications, today released the “Sensor Configurator” – a configuration tool that allows customers to specify, price, and order Minco sensors, instruments and assemblies online in one easy process.The Sensor Configurator, located on the Minco website, enables the user to choose from a variety of different sensor or instrument models, or input a Minco part number, to begin the configuration process. From there, the user is able to specify the exact model needed, and configure it so the sensor will integrate perfectly into their application.“The Sensor Configurator ensures that the customer has total control over what sensor or instrument is needed”, said Marty Knutson, Minco Marketing Manager. “Most of the time, each customer application is a little different, and this tools allow them to save time by configuring exactly what they need online, and order it right away”.All of Minco’s temperature sensors – probes, assemblies, HVAC/R sensors, flexible thermal-ribbons and thermal-tabs, miniature embedment sensors, stator winding detectors and sensor elements – are available to configure through this tool. A customer can also configure temperature transmitters, controllers, and indicators to piece together a complete sensing solution for turn-key operation in their application.Once the configuration is complete, customers can save time by ordering the products online through a secure shopping cart.“Minco is striving to give customers a multitude of outlets to purchase our products, and the Internet is the perfect way to streamline the configuration, pricing and ordering process”, said Knutson. “Within minutes, a customer can find the sensor and instrument they need, configure it to integrate into their application, and order it. This can save a lot of valuable time so our customers can concentrate less on ordering, and more on their work”.To use the Sensor Configurator, visit more information please contact Marty Knutson, Minco Marketing Manager, Temperature Sensors Division, at 763-586-2904. About MincoMinco designs, manufactures and markets critical components for critical applications. The company is unsurpassed in its ability to integrate and assemble flexible Thermofoil Heaters, Flex Circuits, Sensors, and Instruments into a single component for greater efficiency. Minco helps companies minimize the risk of product failure by providing highly reliable components and expert design services. For more information go to

Pitching Bloggers

Friday, March 10th, 2006

My previous post describes the success I had pitching venture capitalist bloggers. According to an article this week in the New York Times, not all PR firms are enjoying such success.

Constantly thwarted by traditional media, Wal-Mart and its PR firm, Edelman, have turned to bloggers as an alternative approach to influencing public opinion.

While Wal-Mart has engaged in open direct communications with bloggers, their master plan is hitting one major obstacle. The blogosphere is not like traditional media; there are no rules. Therefore, it is unsurprising that many bloggers are publishing information from Wal-Mart word-for-word without citing the source. The result? Identical posts about Wal-Mart are appearing on different blogs allegedly all written by different bloggers.

Read full article – “Wal-Mart Enlists Bloggers in P.R. Campaign

Pacific Security Capital Predicts Stronger Multi-Family Market – Why Rental Real Estate Is Thriving

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

San Diego, CA, March 8, 2006 –- – Pacific Security Capital, a leading commercial real estate services company, announced today that there is strength in the outlook for the multifamily sector, despite cap rate compression in most major markets.While many speculate over the single family home bubble, apartment owners and developers expect business to thrive during 2006.“The strong demand for ownership housing has pushed prices beyond the reach of a larger percentage of the nation’s population and above what some consider sustainable values,” said Simon Acheson, Director of Pacific Security Capital. “As the economy continues to strengthen and the workforce expands, the demand for housing remains strong but inventory is priced at levels that more and more people can‘t afford or won’t spend.”Pacific Security Capital believes that this growing trend is like to renew strength in the multi-family market.“The single family home bubble is deflating and the condo market is saturated,” said Acheson.Acheson will be presenting a session on Equity Financing for Multi-Family Projects at the upcoming Apartment Finance Today Developer Conference in San Diego, CA, March 8 – 10, 2006. Acheson will discuss the growth of rental real estate, including key questions, such as:-    How high rent will rise-    How developers can meet the increasing need for affordable housing-    How long before rent prices peakJoin Simon Acheson at Apartment Finance Today’s Developer Conference.Session Title: Equity Financing: Take an In-Depth Look at Equity Investor Trends and Deal terms in 2006.Date: Wednesday March 8, 2006Time: 4 – 5:30 p.m. PSTOmni San Diego Hotel, San Diego, CARegister at learn more about Pacific Security Capital’s commercial real estate advisory services, please visit or call 1-800-844-6085. About Pacific Security CapitalPacific Security Capital, an integrated real estate services company providing advisory services, asset management, development services, commercial real estate loans, structured finance, landlord/tenant representation, and investment sales. Our mission is to add value to client initiatives at every level of the real estate cycle. PSC is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon with offices in major markets in North America. More information about the company can be found at

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