First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale Co-Sponsors 5th Annual Habitat for Humanity Bike to Build Ride

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Time to strap on your bike helmets and ride for a good cause. On Saturday, February 18, 2017, First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale and Habitat for Humanity Broward County will partner to host the 5th Annual Habitat for Humanity Bike to Build Ride. At the finish line of this bike ride is a new home for a deserving family in Broward County.

“No one should ever be without a home,” said Kelley Jackson, Habitat for Humanity Mission Steering Committee member. “Since 1983, First Presbyterian Church volunteers have built homes through our partnership with Habitat for Humanity.  Our committee is excited to be able to continue raising money for this important cause with the annual Bike to Build Ride. This is our fifth year strong, and we hope this event will become a long-standing tradition that benefits Habitat for Humanity, and more importantly Broward County families in need of homes.”

This year, participants will have the option of riding along a scenic 25-mile bike route or a new 50-mile route. “Families and cycling enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels are able to participate in the ride,” Jackson said. “With different route lengths, and the ability to ride at your own pace, participants can choose to challenge themselves or just have a fun leisure ride with their family and friends.”

The ride begins at 8:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale, 401 SE 15th Ave., and will continue along Las Olas Boulevard and A1A North to Hillsboro Inlet. The 25-milers will turn around at the inlet, while the 50-milers will turn around at Spanish River Park in Boca Raton. Bikers on both routes will then ride back along A1A South to Las Olas Boulevard and complete their ride at the church. Following the ride, there will be a brunch at the church from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

For those who aren’t yet comfortable doing long bike rides, Downtown Bicycles will be offering training rides on January 21 and 28 and February 4 at 8:00 a.m. The training rides will depart from their store located at 2571 E. Sunrise Blvd.

Early bird registration (runs through January 20, 2017) is $25 for individuals doing the 25-mile ride and $35 for individuals doing the 50-miler. For those registering after January 20, 2017, the cost is $35 for individuals doing the 25-mile ride and $45 for individuals doing the 50-miler. Please note that in addition to the registration fee, a minimum donation of $100 per person or $500 per corporate team is required to participate. To register, visit http://bit.ly/2k7aJet and complete the online registration form.

The church will need to raise approximately $70,000 to begin construction on the home in Broward County. Once the funds are raised, Habitat for Humanity of Broward County, with the help of volunteers, will conduct a family selection process where they determine, based on income and the ability to maintain a mortgage, the family who will receive the new home.

Additional sponsors of the 5th Annual Habitat for Humanity Bike to Build ride are Straticon, Burdette Beckmann Inc., and Downtown Bicycles.

For more information on the ride, contact First Presbyterian’s Habitat for Humanity Mission Steering Committee at (954) 868-9275 or kelley_jackson@comcast.net.

About First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale
Founded in 1912, First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale is located on the banks of the New River in the historic Colee Hammock neighborhood in downtown Ft. Lauderdale. With more than 1,800 members, and a strong core of volunteers, First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale prides itself in offering something for everyone, regardless of age. Since 1947, First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale has operated Happyland Day School, a pre-school for ages two to Kindergarten that provides a quality Christian environment for the children of the community. Adult, youth and children choirs as well as youth groups offer ample opportunity for fellowship at any age. An Adult Activity Center is open to senior citizens and features weekly lunches, entertainment and monthly bus trips. First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale offers three regular Sunday services as well as special worship services held throughout the year to commemorate significant days. For more information, please visit the website at www.firstpres.cc.

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Summer sparkle: OtterBox announces new Crystal Edition

New Symmetry Series features Swarovski crystals, adding luxe to your new Apple iPhone 7/7 Plus

SYDNEY, Australia – 20 January 2017 – Who said smartphone cases can’t be tough and beautiful? OtterBox, makers of protective cases for smartphones, has announced the release of new cases with glittering Swarovski® crystals for Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Exclusive to the Asia Pacific region, Symmetry Series Crystal Edition is crafted with genuine Swarovski crystals fabric to offer exceptional brilliance.1

“The OtterBox Symmetry Series Crystal Edition is the perfect smartphone case for anyone looking for extra summer sparkle and glamour for their must-have accessory,” said Rob Kovacs, OtterBox Vice President Business Development – APAC. “This premium case adds a touch of luxe to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, while staying true to providing our customers with the ultimate in style and protection.”
 
Packing as much protection as it does shimmer and sparkle, Symmetry Series Crystal Edition is custom-designed to provide superior dual-material protection against bumps, drops and shock. The case has OtterBox Certified Drop+ Protection. That means it has been put through 24+ tests and 238+ hours of rigorous testing, including a hand lotion and makeup resistance test, jeans pocket test and even a sweat test. In addition, the case features a pocket-friendly slim design – tough protection without the bulk. The new Symmetry Series Crystal Edition case also includes Alpha Glass – OtterBox’s ultra-thin fortified glass screen protector. Alpha Glass provides total touchscreen protection while preserving the iPhone screen’s natural beauty and responsiveness.
 
Symmetry Series Crystal Edition is available in three colours – Black Ombre Crystal, Blue Ombre Crystal and Fractal Crystal. Pricing for the iPhone 7 case is US$99.95 and US$109.95 for iPhone 7 Plus. The cases are available to order online at otterbox.com.  
 
About OtterBox:
OtterBox boldly innovates and designs premium protective cases for smartphones and tablets. From its humble beginnings in a Fort Collins, Colo., garage, OtterBox has evolved its product lines to meet the needs of today’s mobile consumer to become the No. 1 selling smartphone case in the U.S.2 From rugged to versatile to fashionable, OtterBox has a product for every lifestyle.
 
At the centre of every OtterBox innovation is a deeper goal to effect positive, lasting change. In partnership with the OtterCares Foundation, OtterBox grows to give back by inspiring kids to change the world through entrepreneurship and philanthropy. To learn more about this mission, visit otterbox.com/givingback.
 
For more information, visit www.otterbox.com.
 
Get connected with OtterBox:
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OtterBox APAC YouTube: youtube.com/user/OtterBoxAPAC
OtterBox APAC Instagram: instagram.com/OtterBoxAsia
 
Note:
1 Symmetry Series is NOT protective against water. Will provide added protection against bumps, drops and shock. 
2 Source: The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service: Cell Phone Device Protection/Units Sold 1/2012 – 7/2016. 
©2017 Otter Products, LLC. All rights reserved. OtterBox and all OtterBox logos, trademarks and symbols are the property of Otter Products, LLC. All other logos, trademarks and symbols are the property of their respective owners.
 
About Swarovski:
Swarovski is the premium brand for the finest crystal embellishments since 1895. It is recognised for its innovative excellence and its collaborations with top-class designers and brands in the fashion, jewellery, accessories, interior design, and lighting industries across the globe. Available in a myriad of colours, effects, shapes, and sizes, crystals from Swarovski offer designers a fabulous palette of inspiration, and are produced according to the innovative, lead-free* Advanced Crystal standard. Born out of a passion for detail and high-precision cutting, these precious ingredients impart refined glamour to everything they embellish. They can be recognised by the ‘Crystals from Swarovski®’ Seal, which serves as a certificate of authenticity that identifies products made with genuine Swarovski crystals. A family-owned company for more than 100 years, with values rooted in integrity, respect, and excellence, Swarovski is noted as much for its ethics in business as for its contemporary artistry and innovative flair.
 

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Honeywell Files Lawsuit Against Code Corporation Claiming Widespread Patent Infringement

FORT MILL, S.C., Jan. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Honeywell (NYSE: HON), an industry leader in scanning and productivity solutions, today filed a lawsuit against Code Corp., a Salt Lake City, Utah-based company that manufactures bar code readers, in U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, accusing the company of widespread patent infringement.

The lawsuit alleges infringement of multiple patents related to Honeywell’s bar code scanning technology. The patents involved in the lawsuit are for Honeywell innovations that make bar code readers easier to use and operate faster and more accurately.

“Honeywell has and continues to invest millions of dollars in developing new, innovative products and offerings,” said Lisa London, president of Honeywell’s Productivity Products business. “We welcome competition, but we have zero tolerance for those who infringe our intellectual property. Protecting patents is critical to ensuring a level playing field for all market players.”

“We helped pioneer the bar code scanning market in the 1970s, and over the years our new innovations have helped thousands of retailers, distributors, healthcare organizations and industrial users achieve significant improvements in efficiency, speed and accuracy in their operations,” London said. “Fair competition means respecting the patent rights of others.”

The lawsuit seeks to prevent Code from using Honeywell’s patented technology in its bar code readers, including the CR2600, and to recover damages caused by the infringement. The specific Honeywell patents involved are:

Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions (SPS) provides products, software and connected solutions that improve productivity, workplace safety and asset performance for our customers across the globe. We deliver on this promise through industry-leading mobile devices, software, cloud technology and automation solutions, the broadest range of personal protective equipment and gas detection technology, and custom-engineered sensors, switches and controls. We also manufacture and sell a broad portfolio of footwear for work, play and outdoor activities, including XtraTuf and Muck Boot brand footwear.

Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywell.com/newsroom.

Contact:
Eric Krantz
+1 704-780-0493 (mobile)
eric.krantz@honeywell.com  

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Honeywell Files Lawsuit Against Code Corporation Claiming Widespread Patent Infringement

FORT MILL, S.C., Jan. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Honeywell (NYSE: HON), an industry leader in scanning and productivity solutions, today filed a lawsuit against Code Corp., a Salt Lake City, Utah-based company that manufactures bar code readers, in U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, accusing the company of widespread patent infringement.

The lawsuit alleges infringement of multiple patents related to Honeywell’s bar code scanning technology. The patents involved in the lawsuit are for Honeywell innovations that make bar code readers easier to use and operate faster and more accurately.

„Honeywell has and continues to invest millions of dollars in developing new, innovative products and offerings,” said Lisa London, president of Honeywell’s Productivity Products business. „We welcome competition, but we have zero tolerance for those who infringe our intellectual property. Protecting patents is critical to ensuring a level playing field for all market players.”

„We helped pioneer the bar code scanning market in the 1970s, and over the years our new innovations have helped thousands of retailers, distributors, healthcare organizations and industrial users achieve significant improvements in efficiency, speed and accuracy in their operations,” London said. „Fair competition means respecting the patent rights of others.”

The lawsuit seeks to prevent Code from using Honeywell’s patented technology in its bar code readers, including the CR2600, and to recover damages caused by the infringement. The specific Honeywell patents involved are:

Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions (SPS) provides products, software and connected solutions that improve productivity, workplace safety and asset performance for our customers across the globe. We deliver on this promise through industry-leading mobile devices, software, cloud technology and automation solutions, the broadest range of personal protective equipment and gas detection technology, and custom-engineered sensors, switches and controls. We also manufacture and sell a broad portfolio of footwear for work, play and outdoor activities, including XtraTuf and Muck Boot brand footwear.

Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywell.com/newsroom.

Contact:
Eric Krantz
+1 704-780-0493 (mobile)
eric.krantz@honeywell.com  

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First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale Co-Sponsors 5th Annual Habitat for Humanity Bike to Build Ride

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Time to strap on your bike helmets and ride for a good cause. On Saturday, February 18, 2017, First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale and Habitat for Humanity Broward County will partner to host the 5th Annual Habitat for Humanity Bike to Build Ride. At the finish line of this bike ride is a new home for a deserving family in Broward County.

„No one should ever be without a home,” said Kelley Jackson, Habitat for Humanity Mission Steering Committee member. „Since 1983, First Presbyterian Church volunteers have built homes through our partnership with Habitat for Humanity.  Our committee is excited to be able to continue raising money for this important cause with the annual Bike to Build Ride. This is our fifth year strong, and we hope this event will become a long-standing tradition that benefits Habitat for Humanity, and more importantly Broward County families in need of homes.”

This year, participants will have the option of riding along a scenic 25-mile bike route or a new 50-mile route. „Families and cycling enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels are able to participate in the ride,” Jackson said. „With different route lengths, and the ability to ride at your own pace, participants can choose to challenge themselves or just have a fun leisure ride with their family and friends.”

The ride begins at 8:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale, 401 SE 15th Ave., and will continue along Las Olas Boulevard and A1A North to Hillsboro Inlet. The 25-milers will turn around at the inlet, while the 50-milers will turn around at Spanish River Park in Boca Raton. Bikers on both routes will then ride back along A1A South to Las Olas Boulevard and complete their ride at the church. Following the ride, there will be a brunch at the church from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

For those who aren’t yet comfortable doing long bike rides, Downtown Bicycles will be offering training rides on January 21 and 28 and February 4 at 8:00 a.m. The training rides will depart from their store located at 2571 E. Sunrise Blvd.

Early bird registration (runs through January 20, 2017) is $25 for individuals doing the 25-mile ride and $35 for individuals doing the 50-miler. For those registering after January 20, 2017, the cost is $35 for individuals doing the 25-mile ride and $45 for individuals doing the 50-miler. Please note that in addition to the registration fee, a minimum donation of $100 per person or $500 per corporate team is required to participate. To register, visit http://bit.ly/2k7aJet and complete the online registration form.

The church will need to raise approximately $70,000 to begin construction on the home in Broward County. Once the funds are raised, Habitat for Humanity of Broward County, with the help of volunteers, will conduct a family selection process where they determine, based on income and the ability to maintain a mortgage, the family who will receive the new home.

Additional sponsors of the 5th Annual Habitat for Humanity Bike to Build ride are Straticon, Burdette Beckmann Inc., and Downtown Bicycles.

For more information on the ride, contact First Presbyterian’s Habitat for Humanity Mission Steering Committee at (954) 868-9275 or kelley_jackson@comcast.net.

About First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale
Founded in 1912, First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale is located on the banks of the New River in the historic Colee Hammock neighborhood in downtown Ft. Lauderdale. With more than 1,800 members, and a strong core of volunteers, First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale prides itself in offering something for everyone, regardless of age. Since 1947, First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale has operated Happyland Day School, a pre-school for ages two to Kindergarten that provides a quality Christian environment for the children of the community. Adult, youth and children choirs as well as youth groups offer ample opportunity for fellowship at any age. An Adult Activity Center is open to senior citizens and features weekly lunches, entertainment and monthly bus trips. First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale offers three regular Sunday services as well as special worship services held throughout the year to commemorate significant days. For more information, please visit the website at www.firstpres.cc.

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Eastfield Resources Completes Sale of Tonopah Claims

Vancouver, BC / TheNewswire / January 19, 2017 – Eastfield Resources Ltd. (“Eastfield”) (TSX-V: ETF) would like to announce the completion of the sale of seven of its patented mining claims at Tonopah, Nevada to West Kirkland Mining Ltd. (TSX-V: WKM). These claims are adjacent to the mine development of the Three Hills Deposit owned by West Kirkland. Eastfield received a total compensation of $285,000 from West Kirkland.

Eastfield still owns 18 patented mining claims in the district that have good exploration potential for lode/vein gold/silver discovery. The Tonopah District was one of the largest silver districts in Nevada in the early 1900’s.

Eastfield remains active on a number of fronts and maintains a property portfolio of mineral projects particularly sensitive to copper and gold. These projects include the 100% owned Zymo porphyry copper-gold porphyry located near Smithers, BC, the 100% owned Iron Lake copper-gold and PGM property located near 100 Mile House, BC the 100% owned Big Valley reconnaissance gold project located near Barkerville, BC., and the 100% owned Indata copper and gold property north of Fort St. James, BC.

Glen Garratt, P. Geo.,Director

Eastfield Resources Ltd.

Contact: (604) 681-7913 or Toll Free: 888-656-6611

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.

About Eastfield Resources:

Eastfield Resources is a well-funded Canadian mineral exploration company focused on the discovery of large gold and copper deposits with several highly prospective projects in British Columbia and in Nevada. Eastfield owns a 100% interest in seven mineral projects in British Columbia and one in the state of Nevada. The British Columbia projects are significant for copper with accessory precious metals while the Nevada project is specifically significant for gold and silver. Eastfield trades on the TSX Venture exchange under the symbol “ETF”. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.eastfieldresources.com.

Des jeunes de la génération Y qui promeuvent la paix à Bogotá en Colombie ont reçu une subvention de The Coca-Cola Company

DAVOS, Suisse–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Un camp d’été créé par des jeunes de la génération Y pour promouvoir la paix et la réconciliation dans les zones dévastées par le conflit en Colombie a reçu le premier prix du concours 2016 « Coca-Cola Shaping a Better Future Grant Challenge ». Le projet de camp, appelé « Bakongo Paz », a été développé par les membres de la Communauté des Global Shapers, un réseau de jeunes du monde entier organisé par le Forum économique mondial. Il faisait partie de l’un des cinq programmes sociétaux ayant reçu 10 000 dollars chacun en financement d’accélération de The Coca-Cola Company.

L’installation, appelée Camp Bakongo, s’occupe d’enfants vulnérables et défavorisés ayant été touchés par le conflit en Colombie. Le personnel du camp se compose de jeunes Colombiens et de démobilisés qui sont également chargés de la gestion. Le Camp Bakongo crée un environnement propice à la consolidation de la paix, au partage et au travail d’équipe qui donne à la prochaine génération de Colombiens une base pour continuer sur la voie de la coopération.

Le concours Coca-Cola Shaping a Better Future Grant Challenge offre un financement d’accélération à des initiatives menées par la Communauté des Global Shapers du Forum économique mondial. Cinq subventions de 10 000 dollars sont octroyées en vue d’accélérer les projets les plus prometteurs et à plus fort impact.

Daniel Buriticá Córdoba, Global Shaper du centre de Bogotá et chargé du projet « Bakongo Paz » a affirmé : « L’un des principaux défis pour notre pays est de reconstituer le tissu social qui a été rompu après plus de cinq décennies de conflit. Nous sommes conscients que nous, les jeunes, devons faire un pas en avant et envoyer un message clair à notre société : malgré toutes les blessures et la douleur, il est possible de se réconcilier et de coexister pacifiquement. Avoir été choisi comme lauréat du premier prix du concours Coca-Cola Shaping a Better Future Grant Challenge est profondément motivant pour le centre de Bogotá. Cette reconnaissance ouvre la voie à la réalisation de notre rêve à court terme : offrir une version améliorée et renforcée de Bakongo Paz en 2017. »

Alfredo Rivera, président de Coca-Cola Amérique latine, a déclaré pour sa part : « Le système Coca-Cola s’est engagé à être un fervent défenseur des communautés colombiennes. Les Global Shapers de Bogotá en Colombie nous rappellent à tous l’importance de faire participer les jeunes générations lorsque l’on cherche à créer des solutions durables aux problématiques les plus difficiles du monde. »

Le projet « Bakongo Paz » du centre de Bogotá a remporté le vote populaire des membres de la Communauté des Global Shapers comme finaliste du concours Shaping a Better Future et celui d’un jury de haut niveau composé de dirigeants des secteurs public et privé comme lauréat du premier prix.

Le concours Coca-Cola Shaping a Better Future Grant Challenge a reçu la candidature de plus de 100 projets de centres de Global Shapers du monde entier cette année. En plus du centre de Bogotá lauréat du premier prix, quatre autres centres ont été choisis comme lauréats pour 2016 :

  • Ahmedabad en Inde, « Shaping Education » – Pour offrir des options d’éducation alternatives aux jeunes marginalisés en Inde.
  • Ho au Ghana, « The Water Purification Project (WPP) » – Pour améliorer l’accès à de l’eau potable propre de manière durable au Ghana.
  • Joinville au Brésil, « Politize! » – Pour améliorer l’éducation politique et civique par le biais de jeux interactifs en ligne ludiques pour les enfants scolarisés au Brésil.
  • Uyo au Nigeria, « Education for Sustainable Development » – Pour construire des bibliothèques et accroître l’accès aux matériels de lecture et à l’éducation des jeunes au Nigeria.

À propos de la Communauté des Global Shapers

La Communauté des Global Shapers est un réseau de centres créés et dirigés par des jeunes dont le potentiel, les réussites et leur besoin d’apporter leur contribution au service de leur collectivité sont exceptionnels. Il s’agit d’une initiative du Forum économique mondial.

À propos du Forum économique mondial

Le Forum économique mondial, engagé à améliorer l’état du monde, est une organisation internationale pour la coopération public-privé. Il collabore avec des politiciens et des chefs d’entreprise de premier plan ainsi qu’avec d’autres leaders de la société pour donner forme à des programmes mondiaux, régionaux et sectoriels. (www.weforum.org).

À propos de The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE : KO) est la plus grande société mondiale de boissons, rafraîchissant les consommateurs avec plus de 500 marques de boissons gazeuses et plates et plus de 3 800 choix de boissons. Avec Coca-Cola en tête, l’une des marques les plus facilement identifiables et qui rapportent le plus au monde, le portefeuille de la société comprend 20 marques au chiffre d’affaires atteignant le milliard de dollars, dont 18 sont disponibles en version light, hypocalorique ou non calorique. Nos marques au chiffre d’affaires atteignant le milliard de dollars comprennent Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Zero, Fanta, Sprite, Dasani, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Del Valle, Georgia et Gold Peak. Grâce au plus vaste réseau de distribution de boissons au monde, nous sommes le numéro 1 des boissons gazeuses et plates. Les consommateurs de plus de 200 pays apprécient nos boissons et le nombre de ces boissons bues par jour dépasse 1,9 milliard d’unités. Déterminée à promouvoir la constitution de communautés durables, notre société concentre ses efforts sur le soutien d’initiatives qui réduisent son empreinte écologique, créent un environnement professionnel sécurisé et inclusif pour ses collaborateurs, et mettent en valeur le développement économique des communautés au sein desquelles elle exerce ses activités. Avec nos partenaires de mise en bouteille, nous nous classons parmi les 10 premiers employeurs privés dans le monde, avec plus de 700 000 associés au système. Pour plus d’informations, consultez le voyage de Coca-Cola sur www.coca-colacompany.com, suivez-vous sur Twitter sur twitter.com/CocaColaCo, visitez notre blog, Coca-Cola Unbottled, sur le site www.coca-colablog.com ou retrouvez-nous sur LinkedIn sur www.linkedin.com/company/the-coca-cola-company.

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Retired Army Four-Star Joins MOAA Board of Directors

Retired Army Gen. Walter L. “Skip” Sharp

Retired Army Gen. Walter L. “Skip” Sharp

We’re very pleased to have a senior officer of General Sharp’s caliber serve on our board.

The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) today announced retired Army Gen. Walter L. “Skip” Sharp has joined its board of directors.    

The former commander of United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea (UNC/CFC/USFK) will serve a six-year term as a senior member of the association’s 36-person board.

Sharp joins two other four-stars on the board: board Chair retired Marine Corps Gen. John J. “Jack” Sheehan and retired Navy Adm. Walter F. Doran.

“I have always admired MOAA’s mission of advocating for the military community and to never stop serving,” said Sharp. “I’m excited about the association’s direction and look forward to contributing to its continued success.”

“We’re very pleased to have a senior officer of General Sharp’s caliber serve on our board,” said MOAA President and CEO retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Dana Atkins. “The leadership and experience he brings from both the military and private sector will contribute greatly to the success of our association. I look forward to his mentorship and working closely with him in the future to realize our vision to be the leading association advocating on behalf of the military community.”

Sharp graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in 1974 and was commissioned an armor officer. He has a Master of Science in operations research and system analysis from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Sharp commanded at all levels of the Army from company through division as well as joint commands. He served as the regimental commander 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Polk, La; assistant division commander for maneuver, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Red Cloud, South Korea; and division commander, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga. He commanded troops in Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti and SFOR’s Multinational Division (North) in Bosnia.

At the joint level, Sharp served as vice director for Force Structure, Resources and Assessment, J-8, the Joint Staff, the director for Strategic Plans and Policy, J-5, the Joint Staff; and as director of the Joint staff.

Sharp retired in September 2011 after 37 years of service, last serving as commanding general UNC/CFC/USFK in Seoul from 2008-11. Since retiring from the U.S. Army, he has held the position of president and manager of Sharp Advice LLC, where he provides strategic and effective business- planning consulting services for various U.S. and foreign companies.

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Nassau Paradise Island Celebrates The New Year With Winter Hotel Deals

NASSAU, Bahamas, Jan. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — As the unwanted cold and chilling days are wearing away at consumers across the country, select hotels and resorts in Nassau Paradise Island, Bahamas are offering hot deals in warm weather.  Offers vary from complimentary nights to air credits and beyond.  See below for a selection of winter getaway deals, which are also available at: www.nassauparadiseisland.com/travel-deals/.

Bay View Suites Paradise Island, Bahamas 
Free Day Pass for Atlantis Aquaventure with Four-Night Stay  Available to book through January 31, 2017
To start 2017 with a splash, Bay View Suites Paradise Island is providing guests with a day pass to Atlantis Paradise Island’s Aquaventure. Guests who book four or more nights will receive a complimentary day pass to the waterpark for two adults and one child 12 and under. Aquaventure is a kid-friendly waterpark adventure that is fun for all ages. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Guests can book directly with the hotel upon arrival or during their stay.  Rates start at $168 per room, per night.
More information: Free Day Pass for Atlantis Aquaventure with Four-Night Stay

Atlantis Paradise Island
Winter Special! Up to 55 Percent Off Air Inclusive Package Plus Up to a $450 Resort Credit Available to book through January 31, 2017
Atlantis Paradise Island is enticing travelers to visit with a winter travel package that allows guests to save up to 55 percent off nightly rates when they book flight and hotel accommodations together on the Atlantis website. Included with this offer is up to a $450 resort credit for stays of five nights or longer and up to a $250 resort credit for stays of three or four nights. Rates start at $200 per room, per night.
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Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island
Up to a $1,000 Instant Air Credit – Available to book through January 31, 2017
Guests who book a stay at Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island can receive up to $1,000 instant air credit for travel through December 26, 2018. Travelers who stay at the resort seven nights or longer will receive a $1,000 air credit, six nights will receive a $755 air credit, five nights will receive a $555 air credit, four nights will receive $420 and three nights will receive $350. Blackout dates apply, and the air credit is valid for new bookings only. Rates start at $253 per person, per night. 
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Warwick Paradise Island Bahamas 
Introductory 40 Percent Off Rate – Available to book through January 31, 2017
The new Warwick Paradise Island Bahamas, a four-star, adults-only all-inclusive resort, is celebrating its opening with a special offer for travelers: a limited-time introductory value of 40 percent off best available rates. The resort’s all-inclusive vacation plan includes all meals and snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, standard Wi-Fi internet access from the „beach to the bedroom,” use of the fully-equipped fitness center, daily activities, including bocce, beach volleyball and horseshoes, nightly entertainment, as well as gratuities, taxes, surcharges and 7.5 percent Value Added Tax (VAT). Rates with introductory 40 percent off applied start at $266 per room per night.  
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Graycliff Hotel
Winter Getaway Sale – Available to book through January 31, 2017
The Graycliff Hotel is celebrating the destination’s endless sunshine by offering 20 percent off reservations for guests who book by January 31.Nestled in the heart of downtown Nassau, The Graycliff Hotel is housed in a colonial mansion that dates back to the 18th Century and features the first five-star restaurant in the Caribbean, a chocolatier, a Brazilian Churrascaria and one of the largest private wine collections in the world. Rooms start at $385 per night.
More information: Winter Getaway Sale

Comfort Suites Paradise Island
Kids Stay, Play and Eat Free Offer  Available to book through March 31, 2017
This season, Comfort Suites Paradise Island is making it easier than ever for families to visit the tropical destination with its ‚Kids Stay, Play and Eat Free’ offer.  The deal allows for families with up to two children under the age of 12 to stay with their parents for free, as well as eat at Crusoe’s restaurant for every meal complimentary. Conveniently located just steps away from the kid-friendly Atlantis, Paradise Island, Comfort Suites guests receive complimentary access to Atlantis’s Aquaventure and other amenities, with signing privileges at all restaurants. Starting rates are $204 per room per night.
More information: Kids Stay, Play and Eat Free Offer

Sunrise Beach Club & Villas 
Fourth Night Free!  Available to book through March 31, 2017
Travelers looking to escape the cold this winter at a discount can book at Sunrise Beach Club & Villas, who is currently offering a fourth night complimentary when guests book a stay of three nights.  Rooms range from one-bedroom suites to five-bedroom villas. Starting rates before the discount is applied are $237 per room, per night.
More information: Fourth Night Free!  

One&Only Ocean Club
Advance Purchase Save up to 15 Percent  Available to book through December 16, 2017
Upon its reopening on February 14, 2017, One&Only Ocean Club is offering guests up to 15 percent off on travel now through December 18, 2017. The resort is located on 35 acres, featuring Versailles-inspired terraced gardens with European statuary, a 12th-century Augustinian cloister shipped piece by piece from France, a 125-foot-long, infinity-edge pool and beautiful ocean views. Rates start at $689 per room, per night.
More Information: Advance Purchase Save up to 15 Percent

British Colonial Hilton Nassau
Fourth Night Free in Paradise – Available to book through December 31, 2017
The British Colonial Hilton, situated conveniently on the only private beach in downtown Nassau, is offering a fourth night free for guests who book three nights at the hotel. The hotel is located on the site of Old Fort Nassau—and is both a representation of the Island’s past and present day personality. Rates start at $191 per room, per night.
More information: Fourth Night Free in Paradise!

About Nassau Paradise Island:
Nassau Paradise Island, Bahamas is known for having some of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the world, turquoise blue water, the Caribbean’s best entertainment and a spectrum of resorts from ultra-exclusive to family-friendly. This convenient destination is serviced by several non-stop flights from most major U.S. cities. Less than an hour from South Florida and less than three hours from New York City, Nassau Paradise Island is so close, yet feels like it’s a world away.  Additional information about where to stay and incredible value-added packages may be found at www.NassauParadiseIsland.com.

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SB Financial Group, Inc. Announces Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2016 Results

DEFIANCE, Ohio, Jan. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — SB Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBFG)(„SB Financial” or the „Company”), a diversified financial services company providing full-service community banking, mortgage banking, wealth management, item and statement processing services, today reported earnings for the fourth-quarter and twelve-months ended December 31, 2016.

Fourth-quarter 2016 highlights over prior-year fourth quarter include:

Full-year highlights over prior-year twelve months include:

„SB Financial Group’s fourth-quarter results were strong, providing the best year-over-year earnings performance for our Company since 2003,” said Mark Klein, Chairman, President, and CEO of SB Financial.  „Diluted EPS for the quarter was $0.37, up $0.08 or 28 percent, and the full year came in at $1.38, up $0.19 or 16 percent.  In addition, our balance sheet grew this quarter with $25 million of loan growth and we originated $83.5 million of residential mortgage volume, all while maintaining a very healthy ratio of nonperforming assets at 65 basis points.”

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Consolidated Revenue

Total operating revenue, consisting of net interest income and noninterest income, was up 21.5 percent from the fourth quarter of 2015, and up 0.8 percent from the linked quarter.

Mortgage Loan Business

Mortgage loan originations for the fourth quarter of 2016 were $83.5 million, up $16.3 million, or 24.3 percent, from the year-ago quarter.  Total sales of originated loans were $81.7 million, up $25.4 million, or 45.1 percent from the year-ago quarter.

Net mortgage banking income, consisting of gains on the sale of mortgage loans and net loan servicing fees, was $3.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to $1.8 million for the year-ago quarter, or an 89.5 percent increase.  The mortgage servicing valuation adjustment for the fourth quarter 2016 was a positive $1.2 million, compared to a negative adjustment for the fourth quarter of 2015 of $0.1 million.  The aggregate servicing valuation impairment ended the quarter at $0.2 million.  The mortgage servicing portfolio at December 31, 2016, was $899.7 million, up $127.2 million, or 16.5 percent, from $772.5 million at December 31, 2015.

Mr. Klein noted, „Our highest origination year on record with volume of $383 million culminated with a fourth quarter performance that was higher than the prior year by 24 percent.  Our $9.0 million in mortgage banking revenue for the year was all core earnings, and was higher by 23 percent than in 2015.”

Noninterest Income and Noninterest Expense

SB Financial’s fee income includes revenue from a diverse group of services, such as wealth management, deposit fees and from sales of small business loans (SBA).  Wealth management assets under our care stood at $378.1 million as of December 31, 2016.  For the fourth quarter of 2016, fee income as a percentage of total revenue was 43.6 percent.  The recapture of servicing rights positively impacted the quarter by $1.2 million

For the fourth quarter of 2016, noninterest expense (NIE) of $7.9 million, was up $1.0 million, or 14.9 percent, compared to the same quarter last year.  New branch locations and increased support in the Company’s compliance and mortgage divisions raised staffing levels by 6.1 percent.  We also had higher commission expenses related to our mortgage loan volume.  Compared to the linked quarter, NIE was down $0.1 million, or 0.9 percent.

Mr. Klein stated, „The servicing rights impairment recapture of $1.2 million was an important factor in quarterly results, however the net effect of that item over all of 2016 was minimal.  We continue to have solid fee income contributions from all of our business lines.  Our pipeline in SBA is very strong and we expect to expand loan sale gains in the coming quarters.” 

Balance Sheet

Total assets as of December 31, 2016, were $816.0 million, up $82.9 million, or 11.3 percent, from a year ago.  Total equity as of December 31, 2016, was $86.5 million, up 6.5 percent, from a year ago, and was at 10.6 percent of total assets. 

Total loans held for investment were $644.4 million at December 31, 2016, up $86.8 million, or 15.6 percent, from December 31, 2015.  Commercial real estate loans were up $41.9 million, or 17.3 percent, and accounted for the majority of the total loan growth., Commercial (C & I) and Residential real estate loans also rose $22.5 million and $11.6 million, or 26.0 percent and 8.9 percent, respectively.

The investment portfolio, including Federal Reserve Bank and Federal Home Loan Bank stock, of $93.9 million represented 11.5 percent of assets at December 31, 2016, and was flat to the year-ago period.  Deposit balances of $673.1 million at December 31, 2016, increased by $86.6 million, or 14.8 percent, since December 31, 2015.  Growth from the prior year included $17.2 million in checking and $69.4 million in savings and time deposit balances.

Mr. Klein said, „The $25 million of loan growth for the quarter brought our total for 2016 to $87 million, which is a 15 percent growth rate.  Our asset quality remains top-tier with our allowance coverage of non-performing loans increasing to a strong 179 percent.” 

Asset Quality

SB Financial returned to high-performing peer asset quality levels during the quarter, reporting non-performing assets of $5.3 million as of December 31, 2016, down $3.1 million, or 36.9 percent, from the year-ago quarter.  The decrease from the prior year resulted from the full principal payoff of an existing delinquent commercial real estate credit that moved through foreclosure with full principal payoff.  SB Financial’s nonperforming assets to total assets of 0.65 percent is in the top quartile of its 65-bank peer group.  The coverage of problem loans by the loan loss allowance was at 178.5 percent at December 31, 2016, up from the 85.8 percent at December 31, 2015.

Webcast and Conference Call

The Company will hold a related conference call and webcast on January 20, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. EST.  Interested parties may access the conference call by dialing 1-888-338-9469.  The webcast can be accessed at http://www.yoursbfinancial.com/investorrelations.html.  An audio replay of the call will be available on the SB Financial website.

About SB Financial Group                                                                          

Headquartered in Defiance, Ohio, SB Financial is a diversified financial services holding company with two operating subsidiaries: State Bank and Diverse Computer Marketeres (DCM). State Bank provides a full range of financial services for consumers and small businesses, including wealth management, private client services, mortgage banking and commercial and agricultural lending, operating through a total of 19 banking centers; 18 in nine Ohio counties and one center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and 22 full-service ATMs.  The Company has six loan production offices located throughout the Tri-State region of Ohio, Indiana and Michigan.  DCM provides item processing and statement production services to community banks located primarily in the Midwest.  SB Financial’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol „SBFG”.  SB Financial’s preferred stock is listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol „SBFGP”.  

In May 2016, SB Financial was ranked #160 on the American Banker Magazine’s list of Top 200 Publicly Traded Community Banks and Thrifts based on three-year average return on equity („ROE”).

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements within this document, which are not statements of historical fact, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and actual results may differ materially from those predicted by the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties inherent in the national and regional banking industry, changes in economic conditions in the market areas in which SB Financial and its subsidiaries operate, changes in policies by regulatory agencies, changes in accounting standards and policies, changes in tax laws, fluctuations in interest rates, demand for loans in the market areas in SB Financial and its subsidiaries operate, increases in FDIC insurance premiums, changes in the competitive environment, losses of significant customers, geopolitical events, the loss of key personnel and other risks identified in SB Financial’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and documents subsequently filed by SB Financial with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and SB Financial undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which the statement is made, except as required by law. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to SB Financial or any person acting on its behalf are qualified by these cautionary statements.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to results presented in accordance with GAAP, this release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures. Management believes that including certain non-GAAP financial measures will provide investors with information useful in understanding the Company’s financial performance, its performance trends and financial position. These non-GAAP measures should not be considered a substitute for GAAP basis measures and results.

 

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