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Cathy Jolley, METRC to discuss Brookings Institute Report and Colorado, A Case Study for Marijuana Industry Regulators, to be presented at ICA Conference, Oct. 11-12, NY

New York, New York (PRWEB) August 23, 2014

Colorado’s Regulatory Recipe for Retail Marijuana: First of Six Essential Ingredients

Part of the legislative mandate surrounding the implementation of Amendment 64, at the behest of the Implementation Task Force, was to use a state-of-the-art “inventory control and tracking” system. In response, the Colorado Department of Revenue promulgated Rule R 309, outlining the new system, formally called Marijuana Inventory Tracking Solution (MITS) and often referred to as the seed-to-sale tracking system.

MITS is a web-based system, developed by Franwell, Inc. (now named Metrc) that interfaces with a system of plant-based tags that rely on a radio frequency identification system. Every plant in the market must be individually tagged and tracked as it moves through the commercial growth and distribution chain.

“The system is widely considered one of the most advanced in the marijuana industry and is used to track product, limit diversion, improve regulatory compliance, and discourage improper market behavior.” Brookings Institute Report

“The MITS system helps the state in a multitude of ways. The system offers the state the ability to track product in ways that far surpass product tracking in most other commodity markets in the U.S.” Brookings Institute Report

“The MITS system also allows the state to collect and analyze data that help improve and streamline enforcement efforts and compliance investigations.” Brookings Institute Report

“In many ways, the MITS system is the backbone of Colorado’s regulatory structure governing legalized marijuana. If effective, it helps businesses and regulators guard against shady practices, while helping keep at bay a federal government that is closely watching enforcement and compliance.” Brookings Institute Report.

For more information on the seed to sale tracking system referenced in the Brookings Report –

July 31, 2014

MITS(now named Metrc, Marijuana Enforcement Tracking Reporting and Compliance)

a Franwell business, please contact Cathy Jolley at cathy.jolley(at)franwell(dot)com (615.305.4721).


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Investors Select Allegiancy to Protect Well-Performing Clearwater, Fla., Office Building

Allegiancy is a Richmond-based real estate asset manager specialized in office buildings.

Richmond, VA (PRWEB) August 29, 2014

New investors in an 83,000-square-foot, $ 13.75 million office building on Park Place Boulevard in Clearwater, Fla., have selected Allegiancy to protect their asset.

Allegiancy, a Richmond, Va.-based real estate asset manager, is known for its ability to turn around office complexes on the verge of financial ruin.

“But we have proven that we are the asset manager to trust to safeguard a solid investment,” said Allegiancy CEO Steve Sadler.

Since taking over management of the property in December 2013, Allegiancy has executed on the property’s business plan and expects cash flows to remain strong.

“There’s no doubt about it: it’s challenging to walk into a commercial office building that’s struggling to find tenants because the building is falling apart, and the owners have no money to fix it. All the while, the bank is knocking on the door with a matured loan,” Sadler said.

“But when you start managing a property like 380 Park that’s already performing well, you get to think bigger. You can look for upside and think in a different way. You work smart to make things run more efficiently and build more value. That’s something we do very well at Allegiancy.”

The Clearwater property is a Class A office space developed in 2001 by Highwoods Properties, a public REIT. It has has been institutionally owned and managed. Located on nearly seven acres in the desirable area of Clearwater, the property is 98 percent leased to seven tenants. It’s centrally located in the Bayside submarket, an area rich with amenities including retail, restaurants and various services.

Clearwater is the 11th largest city in Florida and is part of the Tampa Metropolitan Statistical Area. Tampa boasts a population of nearly three million, making it the largest in Florida.

The new investors in the property selected Allegiancy in late 2013, shortly after a $ 5.65 million capital equity raise.

“We deliver asset management services to a large portfolio of stable assets, but many times we had to bring them back from the brink first – that is probably what we are best known for,” said Allegiancy’s chief operating officer Dan Simons. “380 Park is definitely the type of asset that we want and are proud to have in our portfolio. It not only provides stability to our portfolio and to our investors, but also allows us to showcase how our technology and operating systems bring efficiency, improved cash flow and value to a property.”

Without the need to focus on emergency efforts to turn around a property, at Park Place, Allegiancy immediately focused on the finer points of execution and “those things that we have always been good at,” Sadler said. “Many owners think that if there are no fires, then everything must be operating well at their buildings. In truth, we have never found a property where the effectiveness of the Allegiancy platform failed to add significant value to the asset.”

Why Allegiancy?

Much like a money manager, Allegiancy is a fee-based asset manager. Allegiancy creates the strategy and execution plan to maximize the value of commercial real estate investments.

“A commercial office building is a stand-alone small business. Yet in most cases, they do not have any leadership,” Sadler said. “No CEO. No president. No one onsite whose equity is at risk. Just a property manager making sure the place does not fall apart.”

As a result, a lot of commercial real estate assets underperform year after year.

“Not because they’re not good real estate, not because someone paid too much, not because the economy is weak,” Sadler said. “They’re struggling because nobody is running the business. That’s our job, to step in and provide that kind of strategic direction and tactical oversight.”

The effective, efficient tactical oversight Allegiancy provides properties is in part thanks to the strategic technology and analytics investments it has made. For example, closely monitoring spikes in electricity output using the latest tools helps Allegiancy identify potential maintenance issues before they become large capital problems.

Allegiancy has recently won new asset management contracts in Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia and Ohio and continues to successfully manage a portfolio of top-performing properties.

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About Allegiancy

Allegiancy is changing the business of asset management for commercial real estate owners and investors. With an advanced technology platform and singular focus on serving as the owners’ advocate, the company brings fresh vigor to an often poorly understood business. Combining its proactive Value Assurance? operational rigor with an intense focus on cash flow and profitability, Allegiancy is expanding on a track record of more than four decades of success.

Headquartered in Richmond, Va., and led by a team of seasoned professionals and more than 100 years of experience, Allegiancy manages properties that have outperformed their peers by 45% since 2006. The company has more than $ 300 million in assets under management (AUM) and delivers clients attractive returns and profitable, hassle-free investments in commercial real estate.

More information about Allegiancy may be found at

To schedule an interview with Allegiancy’s leadership, contact Audrey Bevel at audrey(at)allegiancy(dot)us or 866.842.7545 ext. 204.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements are based upon the Allegiancy, LLC’s (the “Company”) present expectations, but these statements are not guaranteed to occur. Furthermore, the Company disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect changes in underlying assumptions or factors, of new information, data or methods, future events or other changes. Investors should not place undue reliance upon forward-looking statements. For further discussion of the factors that could affect outcomes, please refer to the “Risk Factors” section of the offering circular dated January 14, 2014 and filed by the Company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on January 15, 2014. The offering circular, and any supplements or updates thereto, is available on the EDGAR system located on

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Unrelenting Nightmare: The cutthroat world of tech


(PRWEB) August 27, 2014 — It is not often you meet someone who leaves a successful career to chase his dreams.

Stan Yocum always knew he wanted to be a writer. After obtaining a degree in theater arts, Yocum shifted to a left-brain career in the analytical business world. 30 years later, the dream was still knocking and Yocum left his career as a businessman to become a full-time author. Eight manuscripts and two published books later, Yocum is establishing himself as a prominent voice in indie-suspense novels.

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Mayi de la Vega Rejoins the Exclusive Haute Living Real Estate Network

Mayi De La Vega

Key Biscayne/Coral Gables, FL (PRWEB) August 26, 2014

The Haute Living Real Estate Network (HLRN) of is proud to recognize Mayi de la Vega as a prominent real estate professional and network partner. HLRN unites a distinguished collective of leading real estate agents and brokers, highlighting the most extravagant properties in leading markets around the globe for affluent buyers, sellers and real estate enthusiasts.

About Haute Living Real Estate Network (HLRN):

Haute Living Real Estate Network (HLRN) of offers readers the most prominent directory of experienced realtors, brokers and luxury listings, and HLRN has grown to be the number one source for real estate news, residential developments, celebrity real estate news and more. Seeking an experienced interior designer? is also home to Haute Design Network (HDN), a collective of celebrated interior designers that will help you decorate your new home or stage an active listing. Access all of this information and more by visiting:

About Mayi de la Vega:

A visionary real estate professional to the global elite, Mayi de la Vega is the founder and chief executive officer of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty, the fastest growing luxury real estate brokerage firm in South Florida. The firm, with offices in Coral Gables, Key Biscayne, Brickell, Miami Beach, Sunny Isles, Aventura, and Fort Lauderdale is an affiliate of Sotheby’s International Realty, the global network associated with the venerable Sotheby’s auction house, which currently has more than 12,000 sales associates throughout 650 offices in 45 countries and territories worldwide.

ONE Sotheby’s International Realty, was formed in 2008 in the depths of the country’s worst real estate crash with one office and 30 agents, and has today grown to eight offices and more than 300 agents. In 2012, ONE Sotheby’s International Realty recorded sales of more than $ 1.3 billion and was involved in the top 10 highest real estate transactions in Miami. Real Trends also named the firm among the top 10 firms in the nation with the highest average home sales prices.

Mayi’s entrepreneurial spirit was initiated at a young age when she and her father founded Intercontinental Metals, an aircraft distribution company that sold aluminum sheet and plate to the aerospace industry. While serving as president, she raised two small children amid a robust travel schedule that had her calling on clients throughout Latin America and Europe.

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To learn more, visit Mayi De La Vega’s Haute Residence profile.

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London, United Kingdom (PRWEB) August 22, 2014

The World Intellectual Property Congress, now in its 44th year, is hosted by the non-profit International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) and boasts nearly 9000 members from over 100 different countries. Founded in 1897 it is the oldest association in the Intellectual Property sector and aims to help improve and promote the protection of Intellectual Property on a national and international scale.

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“US Open will sum up this year’s stats of international tennis rankings” –TravelHouseUK

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With the final hurdle to seal the Grand Slam series of 2014 initiating from the 25th of August, all players listed for the tournament are being observed in their final stages of preparation for one of the most sought after fixtures in international tennis.

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The Billie Jean King Center will host its most crucial final matches for men’s, women’s, mixed doubles as well as men’s and women’s singles at the Arthur Ashe Stadium between 5th and 8th of September. Other important stadiums will include the Louis Armstrong Stadium, Grandstands, and multiple courts within the center. Attendants have the options to book the Prom, Log, and Courtside as well as grounds passes within the center, while for viewing they can choose from being on the sides, the corners, or behind the server. Live feeds via the internet as well as active following services will be provided for tennis fans worldwide.

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