National Canine Breeder Reform Group Focuses on Registration and Regulation of Commercial Dog Breeding

    FORT WORTH, TX, January 13, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ — Reform Canine Breeding and Auctions (RCBA), a new advocacy group with plans to register and regulate commercial dog breeders, will have its first organizational meeting on January 17 in Fort Worth, Texas. The group is committed to improving dog breeding to ensure that dogs are treated humanely, kindly and bred using only medically sound practices.

“We don’t see a way to compel the minority of bad dog breeders to reform or exit the business if they can stay in the shadows,” said Ron Sturgeon, the Fort Worth-based business consultant and serial entrepreneur who founded RCBA and serves on its board.

Once a salvage yard owner and currently an auto salvage consultant, Sturgeon, makes an analogy between the auto salvage industry of the 1970s and the dog breeding industry of today. “At the time, environmental regulation was coming because our industry badly needed it,” said Sturgeon.

“Yard owners had to choose between contributing to the process and having regulations imposed upon us,” noted Sturgeon. “Through trade groups, we worked with regulators to produce rules that have made the auto salvage industry cleaner and better for operators and customers,” stated Sturgeon.

“Commercial dog breeders are in the same situation today as we were then,” said Sturgeon. “They should support registration and sensible regulation because it will ultimately be in their self-interest,” added Sturgeon.

“Breeders should welcome registration and clearer standards of care for their dogs,” said Hue Grant, RCBA’s President. “It’s the right thing to do for the dogs and for the dog breeding industry.”

RCBA has received strong support from some breeders and has commercial dog breeders on its leadership team. Breeders interested in learning more about RCBA can read its position paper, “Why Good Breeders Should Want to Register and Should Support Reform”.

RCBA will hold its first organizational meeting on January 17 in Dallas, TX. It is still seeking volunteers to fill leadership roles and to help it spread the dog-breeding reform message on social media. To volunteer or get email updates, visit reformcaninebreedersandacutions.com.

About Reform Canine Breeders and Auctions (RCBA):

RCBA is committed to the mission of improving conditions for dogs by improving the regulations that govern dog breeding and dog auctions. It has the goal of ensuring that dogs in the hands of breeders are treated with kindness, with humaneness, and bred using only medically sound practices. Connect on Facebook or learn more at reformcaninebreedersandauctions.com.

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Medical Practices Improve Cash Flow With Text Messages

    DALLAS, TX, March 31, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ — AdTel International, Inc.’s Doctorconnect.net is an interactive patient communication service using two-way text/SMS, voice, and email communications to increase patient and family engagement. A newly created software module that has been added to the system is for management of receivables. The new interface allows all the patients with outstanding balances to instantly be sent text, phone, and email payment reminders. All replies are sent back into doctorconnect.net for easy interactive communication and can include online payments.

Ross Manley, Vice President for AdTel, said, “Our clients in the medical field are seeing larger past due balances on their accounts. Large finance companies are already doing payment reminders by text, so it is a logical step for our patient engagement software. AdTel utilizes all forms of communications, text, voice, and email; however, the text message is seeing the greatest results in improving cash flow of the medical practice.”

The process is simple. AdTel will import a receivable report from the clinics EMR/PM system (in certain cases this can be completely automated). Persons who have past due balances are loaded into the system and a custom message can be written. The message is then delivered and read by over 95% of the recipients. The medical industry has found the reach of the system allows new payments to be made or payment schedules to be set. Recipients reply to the text message with contact information and often with the reason payment is late. Many people that respond to the text message would have simply avoided a phone call or past due mailer.

Manley said the system is capable of helping the consumer become more financially responsible with reminders which keep the obligation fresh in the consumer’s mind. The ability of the messages to be grouped by payment dates with different custom messages in English or Spanish give doctorconnect.net the ability to help small and large practices. Text message payment reminders are the best way to produce a payment through a friendly reminder.

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Medical Practices Improve Cash Flow With Text Messages

    DALLAS, TX, March 31, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ — AdTel International, Inc.’s Doctorconnect.net is an interactive patient communication service using two-way text/SMS, voice, and email communications to increase patient and family engagement. A newly created software module that has been added to the system is for management of receivables. The new interface allows all the patients with outstanding balances to instantly be sent text, phone, and email payment reminders. All replies are sent back into doctorconnect.net for easy interactive communication and can include online payments.

Ross Manley, Vice President for AdTel, said, “Our clients in the medical field are seeing larger past due balances on their accounts. Large finance companies are already doing payment reminders by text, so it is a logical step for our patient engagement software. AdTel utilizes all forms of communications, text, voice, and email; however, the text message is seeing the greatest results in improving cash flow of the medical practice.”

The process is simple. AdTel will import a receivable report from the clinics EMR/PM system (in certain cases this can be completely automated). Persons who have past due balances are loaded into the system and a custom message can be written. The message is then delivered and read by over 95% of the recipients. The medical industry has found the reach of the system allows new payments to be made or payment schedules to be set. Recipients reply to the text message with contact information and often with the reason payment is late. Many people that respond to the text message would have simply avoided a phone call or past due mailer.

Manley said the system is capable of helping the consumer become more financially responsible with reminders which keep the obligation fresh in the consumer’s mind. The ability of the messages to be grouped by payment dates with different custom messages in English or Spanish give doctorconnect.net the ability to help small and large practices. Text message payment reminders are the best way to produce a payment through a friendly reminder.

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Medical Practices Improve Cash Flow With Text Messages

    DALLAS, TX, March 31, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ — AdTel International, Inc.’s Doctorconnect.net is an interactive patient communication service using two-way text/SMS, voice, and email communications to increase patient and family engagement. A newly created software module that has been added to the system is for management of receivables. The new interface allows all the patients with outstanding balances to instantly be sent text, phone, and email payment reminders. All replies are sent back into doctorconnect.net for easy interactive communication and can include online payments.

Ross Manley, Vice President for AdTel, said, “Our clients in the medical field are seeing larger past due balances on their accounts. Large finance companies are already doing payment reminders by text, so it is a logical step for our patient engagement software. AdTel utilizes all forms of communications, text, voice, and email; however, the text message is seeing the greatest results in improving cash flow of the medical practice.”

The process is simple. AdTel will import a receivable report from the clinics EMR/PM system (in certain cases this can be completely automated). Persons who have past due balances are loaded into the system and a custom message can be written. The message is then delivered and read by over 95% of the recipients. The medical industry has found the reach of the system allows new payments to be made or payment schedules to be set. Recipients reply to the text message with contact information and often with the reason payment is late. Many people that respond to the text message would have simply avoided a phone call or past due mailer.

Manley said the system is capable of helping the consumer become more financially responsible with reminders which keep the obligation fresh in the consumer’s mind. The ability of the messages to be grouped by payment dates with different custom messages in English or Spanish give doctorconnect.net the ability to help small and large practices. Text message payment reminders are the best way to produce a payment through a friendly reminder.

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App Developers Now Partnering With Marketing Firms For Sales Success

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, March 20, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ — People are searching for new apps on search engines, but more often these days they’re downloading apps as a result of search and display ads. Currently, more than 50% off apps downloaded are a result of an ad seen on smartphones. This market shift in how consumers discover apps is driving app developers to begin collaborating with marketing and media companies to help spread the word on the app discovery and awareness. These display ads are demonstrating great return on brand awareness and app visibility by showing up at the exact moment a consumer is actively seeking for apps…and that drives downloads.

Smart Media Marketing & PR http://www.smartmediamarketingpr.com is a Northern California-based marketing and media company that specializes in working with app developers. CEO Landon Charles says “We’ve seen a 40% increase in app marketing and development this year, with developers focusing much of their budgets on marketing and brand awareness.”

Successful app development and launch is a team effort in today’s competitive marketplace. Charles went on to add, “Developers and owners of apps realize the success or failure of the business depends on an effective marketing campaign and so they are turning to the experts to ensure the right mix of ad placement.

For marketers, this means the app has to stand out of the crowd wherever smartphone users are looking to discover apps relevant to their interests. Statista, the stat and study-reporting portal, is reporting that more than 3 million mobile apps in the marketplace for download, that staggering stat is more important than ever in today’s overflowing app market.

VetX, http://www.beta.vetxapp.com is an exciting new app dedicated to helping provide telemed care and vet services for the pet and animal niche. John Dillon, Co-CEO of the company states, “As a high-growth Boston based start-up in the pet-care industry, we have been looking for opportunities to link up with West coast marketing and media firm to augment our existing team’s marketing efforts and user footprint. Smart Media has been instrumental helping us connect with our marketplace and in the Silicon Valley market with individuals passionate about the health of their pets.”

Getting your app noticed is the first step in getting a customer to download, but just how do you get your app noticed? One method of increasing visibility is to focus your ads and app promotion on a consumer location or niche designed for downloads, using what are referred to as, mobile app install campaigns. This way, your app is able to reach a wider market segment while looking for an app similar in type to yours. Varying the format and location of the ads, in addition to search will also help to drive app installs. Using video, text, native and display ads will help can help people discover your apps in all their preferred locations.

Isaac Phoenix, developer of the soon to launch augmented reality gaming app, Shadow Hunters states, “As an app developer I have zero interest in understanding this intricate network of ad platforms and placement but I understand I need these to be successful.”

Phoenix went on to say, “Smart Media Marketing and PR has given me the opportunity to break through this crowded market and is helping me to make my business successful. They have the connections, knowledge and determination to turn this project into a full-fledged business…we could not do it on our own.”

Given the sheer volume of apps in the market available for download, it’s more difficult than ever to overcome app user ADD. That’s why your app needs to stand out from the crowd– So if you’re an app developer or a business looking to expand brand and bottom line by creating and launching an app, you may want to leave the marketing piece to the pros.

Smart Media Marketing & PR http://www.SmartMediamarketingPR.com

Vet X http://beta.vetxapp.com/

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Law Firm Controller Kerri Cook Named CFO of National Canine Breeder Reform Group

    FORT WORTH, TX, January 15, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ — Reform Canine Breeding and Auctions (RCBA), a new advocacy group with plans to reform dog breeding and auctions by seeking legislation to register and regulate commercial dog breeders, has named key officers.

Kerri Cook, Controller and office manager for a Dallas law firm, will serve as RCBA’s Chief Financial Officer. During a 20-year career in accounting, she has been Controller for several Dallas Fort Worth-based businesses.

As a lifetime dog owner and ardent supporter of animal rescue, Cook believes strongly in RCBA’s mission to ensure commercial breeders treat dogs humanely and kindly and breed them only using medically sound practices. Cook says, “Better regulation of breeding has begun to make a difference in Missouri, and it can nationwide.”

As CFO, Cook is committed to transparency. “RCBA understands the need for fiscal responsibility and transparency, and we will put annual financial information and the filings required for our non-profit status on the website for members and the general public.”

“Every dollar we collect will go to third party expenses,” said RCBA Founder and Sr. VP Ron Sturgeon. “We made the decision early on not to have any paid positions in this organization.” The people who have volunteered to be a part of RCBA are doing so because their passion for dogs and their desire to see them treated compassionately, he added.

Stacie Kyle, owner of IT Strategic Consulting in Northfield, New Jersey, will be RCBA’s Vice President of Fundraising. She is a senior IT executive with Big 5 experience and 18 years of experience in leadership of systems management and strategy to improve mission-critical, enterprise-level business processes and operations. She holds an MBA from Westwood College, a CSS in Technology from Harvard and BS from Boston College.

Kyle is active in the animal rescue community in the Northeast and supports the fundraising and social media for Northeast Boston Terrier Rescue (NEBTR), a large, multi-state, all-volunteer rescue group. She also volunteers with the Humane Society of Atlantic County, which operates a no-kill shelter in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In addition, Kyle owned and operated a non-profit organization in the early 90’s.

“When the no-kill shelter concept became a reality more than thirty years ago, 17 million dogs were killed every year in the United States; today, that number is 4 million,” Kyle said. “As much as we have done on the demand side, however, we won’t really end canine abuse until we get everyone on the supply side of the dog business to move beyond dogs as property,” she added.

Carol Hallows will serve as RCBA’s Secretary. She is an escrow officer for Jones Hassett PC, the fee attorney for Stewart Title Company. She has more than 29 years’ experience handling commercial and residential real estate closings. She is a certified escrow settlement agent (CESA), one of only 169 out of 3,800 Texas escrow officers to earn the Texas Land Title Association’s designation.

Hallows serves as Treasurer and rescue contact for the Dallas-Fort Worth Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club. She also volunteers, transports and fosters dogs for a variety of DFW dog rescue groups. Hallows said, “Reforming dog breeding won’t be fast, it won’t be easy, and not everyone is going to agree on everything we do, but better laws and better enforcement will make a huge difference for the dogs.”

“I am grateful to the many fine people who have agreed to lead the effort to make dog breeding better for the dogs,” said Hue Grant, President of RCBA. “Every dog is a living soul that deserves to be treated with kindness,” added Grant.

RCBA will hold its first organizational meeting on January 17 in Dallas, TX. It is seeking volunteers to fill leadership roles and social-media-savvy advocates to spread the word online. To volunteer or get email updates, visit reformcaninebreedersandacutions.com.

About Reform Canine Breeders and Auctions:

The organization is committed to the mission of improving conditions for dogs by improving the regulations that govern dog breeding and dog auctions. It has the goal of ensuring that dogs in the hands of breeders are treated with kindness, with humaneness, and only bred using medically sound practices. Connect on Facebook or learn more at reformcaninebreedersandauctions.com.

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Anita Merrill Recognized as Professional of the Year by Capital Who’s Who

    ALBANY, NY, January 30, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ — Anita Merrill is the Chief Medical Technologist with the University of Georgia Veterinary Diagnostic and Investigational Laboratory.

Ms. Anita Merrill earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biology from Berry College becoming a Registered Medical Technologist. Ms. Merrill completed her Medical Technology internship with Crawford W. Long Hospital, a unit of Emory Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ms. Merrill is a registered Medical Technologist with over 40 years of outstanding contributions in the field Medical Technology. Anita worked to develop the Clinical Pathology Department in the Tifton Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, incorporating departments in Hematology, Clinical Chemistry, Urinalysis, Endocrinology, Parasitology, and Cytology Studies. With exemplary management skills and her vast knowledge, Anita Merrill has participated in many research wildlife projects and served as a contributing editor on these studies.

Ms. Anita Merrill is a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and The National Certification Association and American Association of Clinical Chemistry with (AACC) Veterinary Section (DACC). She is a former member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) where she held several leadership positions. While an active member of Tifton Sigma XI Club, Ms. Merrill was awarded the Outstanding Service to Research Award and recently received the Staff Appreciation Award from the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine for her many contributions. Additionally, Ms. Anita Merrill has coordinated National Chemistry Week hands on demonstrations for Grammar School students and arranged tours at Merck Pharmacology QC Labs and Busch QC Labs for High School chemistry students in the area.

Anita Merrill is well respected among her peers for her contributions as a Medical Technologist and educator. To say Anita Merrill is also respected in her community for the contributions she has given and for her selfless sharing of her knowledge and love of science would be an understatement. Colleagues and students that have worked with Anita Merrill will tell you how she has enriched their lives.

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Reform Canine Breeders and Auctions (RCBA) Names Beth Palmer VP of Regulatory Research and Analysis

    MEDINA, OH, February 03, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ — Reform Canine Breeding and Auctions (RCBA) is a new not-for-profit dedicated to ensuring that dogs in the hands of commercial breeders are shown kindness, treated humanely, and bred using only medically sound practices.

“Before we can begin to urge more humane treatment, RCBA needs to understand the stakeholders and know what has worked and not worked in previous attempts to reform dog breeding,” said Beth Palmer, RCBA’s VP of Research.

Palmer, who has spent 13 of her 15 years in public accounting at KPMG and currently works in its Regulatory Center, became interested in efforts to improve canine breeding after having owned two puppy-mill-bred dogs who both needed several significant surgeries before their first birthdays.

“The reform cause is personal, but I’m pragmatic,” she said. “For RCBA to be successful in achieving its mission, it cannot alienate any groups, breeders and pet stores included,” Palmer added.

RCBA Regulatory Research Analyst Kim Colacchio is president and founder of Bradford Associates, an executive search firm that specializes in permanent placement of senior sales and marketing executives for food manufactures.

Colacchio is attracted to RCBA because of its focused, business-like approach to improving conditions for all dogs. “RCBA isn’t breed specific because all dogs deserve to be bred humanely,” she added.

“The experience I have had as president of an executive search firm will be helpful at RCBA because we will need to build lasting relationships with stakeholders and operate in a collaborative, non-emotional, fact-driven way,” said the executive.

“We are blessed to have so many talented individuals willing to give time and treasure to this cause,” said RCBA President Hue Grant.

About RCBA

RCBA held its first organizational meeting on January 17 in Colleyville, TX. It is seeking volunteers to fill leadership roles and social media-savvy people to spread the word online. To volunteer or get email updates, visit reformcaninebreedersandacutions.com.

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Why Our Dog Breeding Reform Group Will Succeed

    FORT WORTH, TX, February 26, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ — “Not all of us can be of one mind. Our group’s members may not have identical ideas on all points. Nevertheless, I do believe that all our members agree: all dogs should be bred with kindness, with humaneness, and using only medically sound practices,” said Reform Canine Breeding and Auctions (RCBA) founder, Ron Sturgeon.

Sturgeon continues, “The members of our RCBA are a diverse and talented group of professionals that includes veterinarians, business owners, CEOs, fundraisers, rescue volunteers, dog owners and dog breeders.”

NADBR’s agreed-upon approach to the issue of inhumane breeding is to concentrate on the supply side of the dog breeding industry, not the sales/commerce/distribution side. The group is still conducting research and talking with stakeholders to find the best path toward its shared goal. The group has an active page on Facebook and regularly updates its growing cadre of volunteers on RCBA’s website.

“We are going to be successful because we are going to stay positive and focus our energy on a difficult but attainable goal. We are building a team of dedicated people who have been very successful in leading enterprises in the business and non-profit worlds…and we will work with, not against, the breeding industry,” said Hue Grant, NADBR’s president.

“It’s going to be a worthwhile journey. We hope you reflect on the ideas expressed here and choose to join us as we strive for a goal all of us share,” added Grant.

Reform Canine Breeding and Auctions:

Reform Canine Breeders and Auctions (RCBA) is committed to the goal of ensuring that dogs bred for profit are shown kindness, treated humanely, and bred using only medically sound practices. To learn about volunteer opportunities, connect on Facebook or at RCBA’s website.

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