Richard Smith Propels Securus Technologies to Higher Fortunes

Richard Smith was appointed the chief executive of Securus Technologies in 2008. This was after the company had merged with other firms in the industry making it emerge as one of the strongest provider of security and telephone services to Prisons and Homes in the USA. The immediate task at hand was to reform the company customer service coming at a time when rivals were being affected by multifaceted customer issues ranging from fraud to very high charges. The Executive career hand on experience has seen him manage the company to become the largest in the sector and have raised the company’s fortunes in millions of dollars.

His career background is fascinating with a wealthy contribution in executive positions. Before joining Securus Technologies, he served as president and chief operation officer at Eschelon Telecom Inc. The appointment was not in vain considering he had been in the company for years in the capacity of the chief financial officer. Richard Smith started his career at Global Crossing North America Inc. as far as 1972 serving in different capacities. His contribution in Securus technologies is remarkable and can be inferred from his past performance. At Securus, he has raised the company portfolio to a whopping $350 million.

The chief executive officer is alma mater of University state of New York which is located at Buffalo where he graduated with a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering. He earned his bachelor’s degree in the same field from the same institution. He later advanced his education at Rochester Institute where he earned a Technology associate degree and then completed a master’s degree from the same university in Business administration.

Richard Smith has a great interest in bettering the lives of inmates. He believes the best way to do this is to endeavor to get the most responsibilities as possible from the prison administration. On the side of the company, he has laid down a solid customer service to answer to customer queries with the urgency they require. Since his inception, the company customer complaints have reduced drastically and therefore customer satisfaction, and loyalty has been enhanced. Due to this strong leadership, the company lately acquired Jpay Inc.

About Securus Technologies

The Dallas headquartered firm is the leading provider of technology solutions to prisons in the USA. The firm was established in 1986 and currently serves approximately 3,400 prisons. The company has a robust customer service and support that is unsourced making it the leading telephone provider in customer relations. It boasts of a large team of field officers, usually thirty and above around facilities they secure, which have enabled the company to have the best output in preventing crimes. The company technological patents are outstanding at 140 plus many other on the way pending approval.

‘Splatoon 2’ Hits Shelves to Mostly Positive Reviews

‘Splatoon’ is a burgeoning franchise that is so fundamentally Nintendo, right to its core, that we almost have to laugh. This is a game about children running around arenas splattering everything on the map with their team’s color of ink. It’s messy, it’s fast, it’s fun and it is approachable to just about everyone. The first game released to a wave of shocked praise, applauding the game for making something so simple into a multiplayer online juggernaut. Now ‘Splatoon 2’ is here and fans are once again thrown back into the quirky, colorful and frenetic world again.

‘Splatoon 2’ is all about the squid-people hybrids known as Inklings. They are focused on making puns, inking everything in sight, and doing it with an almost drug induced energy that we find exhausting to think about. At face value ‘Splatoon 2’ is merely an updated version of the first game, with tightened controls and new items, but there is a little more going on here than you might think.

Gamers who are just joining the franchise should head straight to the single player mode in order to engage in a great introduction to the core mechanics. In ‘Splatoon’ the single player mode was an after thought but ‘Splatoon 2’ allows it to shine. The story mode teaches players how to use all of the items, how to incorporate important multiplayer techniques such as rail grinding, while also giving players a familiarity with the maps that will be so important.

Still, players are coming back to ‘Splatoon 2’ in order to give it a go on the competitive mode. There are ranked matches and non ranked matches available. Turf War is a fun exercise for non ranked multiplayer campaigns. In fact, the whole system is pretty wonderful. ‘Splatoon 2’ simply does better all of the already great things that ‘Splatoon’ managed to do a couple of years ago.

Why Don Ressler Took Over The Web

The Pioneer Of Online Retail

After the turn of the century, the web exploded with countless efforts to create the next big thing. While the late 90s had brought companies like Google into the spotlight, the 2000s were all about the new services the would offer. There were video sharing sites, social media networks, and online retailers. Don Ressler emerged in that atmosphere and took over with a company of his own. He called that groundbreaking online retailer JustFab.

 

 

JustFab Brings The Heat

While working at Intermix, Ressler met Adam Goldenberg. Just like Ressler, Goldenberg had already established himself as one of the top web entrepreneurs. He had already sold one of his companies to the then popular social network Myspace. The two came together and, with the help of supermodel Kimora Lee Simmons, created JustFab. The initial concept was to create a social network that would allow customers to have a shopping experience personalized to their interests. The clothing JustFab offered them was specifically targeted towards each individual consumer. The success of Fabletics led Ressler to explore other possibilities in the online fashion retail market.

 

 

Fabletics Enters The Real World

The idea behind Fabletics was very similar to the idea behind JustFab, but with an athletic focus. To pull this off, Ressler decided to use a similar business model, but with a focus on the physical activity of the customer. Based on a survey discussing the personal lifestyle of a customer, Fabletics would give customers clothing intended for their specific level of exercise. Some people are naturally more active than others, and their fashion choices will reflect this. Meanwhile, for a customer with a more casual approach to physical activity the website’s algorithm will favor clothing for the less active.

 

 

Intelligent Beauty Leads On

Don Ressler is one of the most successful entrepreneurs operating in the fashion and personal care market. Using his business acumen in this area, he founded the brand incubator Intelligent Beauty. Starting a company and making it profitable isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do. The personal care market is exceptionally difficult for the inexperienced, which is where Ressler comes in. With his assistance these companies are able to successful enter the market and stand on their own two feet. With the work he does at Intelligent Beauty, the future of the online retail market is in his hands. https://www.linkedin.com/in/don-ressler-328b4618

‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ Hits Snag — First Delay

‘Red Dead Redemption’ still stands up to the test of time as one of the best open world games that we have ever played. Being able to jump into Mr. Marsden’s boots and cavort all over the Wild West to either fight outlaws or embrace your outlaw side is as immersive today as it was when Ubisoft first released the title. Fans have been clamoring for a continuation to the franchise for years and it was announced just last year that we would be getting it. ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ was slated to release some time in 2017 but fans are already slated for disappointment — the title has already been delayed.

Ubisoft CF Alain Martinez jumped at the chance to get ahead of the story by putting out a few statements on record. Martinez called the delay a ‘clear fact’ that delaying the title was a good thing. Martinez went on to say during his phone call, “So the absence of that game is of course giving us a better window for the launch of some of our games.” While financially the delay of ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ may help out other titles in the Ubisoft library, it also runs the risk of infuriating a pretty sizable portion of their fanbase. Still, the delay will likely give bigger boosts to ‘Assassin’s Creed: Origins’ as well as ‘South Park: The Fractured But Whole’ — both titles releasing on Ubisoft’s 2017 late season schedule.

‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ figures to be an industry darling when it finally hits the market place. The CEO of Take-Two, Strauss Zelnick, believes that it doesn’t matter when the title actually goes to market — people are going to line up and buy it no matter what. So, until then we just have to sit idly by and wait.

‘Pokemon Go’ Continues to Update Gym interfaces

In the summer of 2016 ‘Pokemon Go’ released to almost hysteria inducing levels of popularity. The game skyrocketed up the iOS sales charts and soon everybody and their brother was outside trying to catch the rarest Pokemon. People realized early on that the gym system was struggling and ever since then the developers at Niantic have been trying to get it just right. Changes seem to be in full effect a year later and Niantic seems to be doing their best to make the new Gym Raid system part of their core gameplay mechanic. A recent update made it easier than ever to fight to hold on to gyms.

In just the past few months we saw an update to the gym system that introduced the concept of Raids. Rather than just stacking your strongest Pokemon into a gym and holding it forever, Niantic implemented a system where you could pool Pokemon together to fight in strategically timed group battles. When you station your Pokemon at a gym you can also stop by and feed the Pokemon at that gym from your berry pouch, strengthening and healing them to continue fighting for your team. This was a neat update but it meant that you had to constantly go check on your Pokemon while they were at a gym. If you had a lot of Pokemon out and about this became an obvious issue.

In order to address these obvious issues, the developers at Niantic made it possible to care for and nurture your Gym Pokemon without actually having to go see them in person. This patch, though small, makes a fundamental difference in the realm of holding gyms for prolonged periods of time. Hopefully these small updates lead to larger improvements in the future as Pokemon Go inches toward becoming the game we had hoped it would be.

Marvel vs. Capcom Drops New Trailer

Fighting games are the way of the future because they are such an integral part of our video game loving past. From ‘Street Fighter’ and ‘Mortal Kombat’ to the vaunted ‘Marvel vs. Capcom’ series, we’ve seen great fighting games released every single generation. Recently the team behind the upcoming ‘Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite’ released a new trailer for the Marvel Games panel at this years San Diego Comic-Con. The new trailer, which has since leaked online, showcases an additional four characters for the series.

the new trailer showcased the special moves of four new characters, three for Capcom and a single player for Marvel. On the Capcom side we got to see the vile Nemesis (Resident Evil) as well as Frank West (Dead Rising) and Mike Haggar (Final Eight). In thrilling 3D we got to see the special moves for each fighter, including our favorite — Frank West’s jury-rigged zombie killing weapon. On the Marvel side of things the newest character was none other than Spider-Man himself and who didn’t see something like that coming? In the trailer Spider-Man and Frank West execute an awesome combo utilizing weapons as well as Spidey’s trademark web slinging. We also got to see Gamora (Guardians of the Galaxy) but she had already been announced prior to the trailer.

Right now excitement is heating up for ‘Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite’ and we are finally filling in the cracks of what should be a legendary roster. A total of 24 characters have been announced so far for the two rosters. The game will be released for the PS4, XB1, and the PC and it will come out on September 19th, 2017. Fans hoping for the ultimate fighting game featuring some of the top characters in pop-culture might finally have their perfect title to start playing.

Classic Sega Console Gets Price Point

Retro gamers who want to go back to the joys of their youth better start getting their wallet primed. Sega and Atari are releasing classic editions of their consoles that will be ‘plug and play’. These new consoles give gamers the chance to go back and experience the classic games of yesteryear in the way that they were supposed to be experienced. These consoles have been hyped up for the better part of the past six months and it looks like we’ve finally got some real, solid details on what they will offer.

Sega is releasing their Sega Genesis Flashback which is a re-packaging of the classic Sega Genesis. The console itself will only run you a cool $80 and you’ll be getting something that is jam packed with features. The system will come loaded up with 85 different games including classics like ‘Mortal Kombat’, ‘Phantasy Star’ and ‘Shining Force’. The system will have a port in it for you to insert your classic Genesis cartridges and you should be able to play almost any game that you own. The console will have an HDMI output that keeps the quality at 720p and it will come with a pair of wireless, classic Genesis stylized controllers. Every game will have a save/rewind functionality, as well.

Atari is releasing their ‘Atari Flashback 8 Gold’ for $80 as well. The re-released game system has 120 games including some of the most famous titles of all time — ‘Space Invaders’ and ‘Frogger’. The console comes with two Atari 2600 controllers, both wireless, and the same 720p HDMI output we listed above.

Pre-orders for both systems will begin on July 28th through the AtGames company behind the production of the models. This news comes on the heels of another huge Atari announcement: they are creating a brand new console for ‘classic’ and ‘current’ content.

Kim Dao And Bronwyn Spice Up Their Kitchen

In a new vlog from Kim Dao, you can watch her transform a drab kitchen into a fab kitchen! Well, we should mention that Kim doesn’t do this alone. Her good friend Bronwyn helps Kim with this apartment transformation. You can check out this video by searching: “Japan Furniture Haul | Renovating Kitchen | KimDao in JAPAN.

 

The beginning of this video is an extended montage showing Bronwyn and Kim Dao fixing up the wall around the stove and sink. They also clean up their sink area quite a bit. Learn more: http://inspirery.com/kim-dao/

 

Later, Kim Dao tells us they have a lot of stuff to buy at the furniture shop to really make their kitchen sparkle. In particular, they want new handles for their cabinets.

 

Unfortunately, Kim Dao doesn’t film her shopping adventure in Ikebukuro. She says she tried to, but she bought way too much stuff and she couldn’t be bothered filming everything. Learn more: http://socialblade.com/youtube/user/kimdao

 

At home, Kim Dao and Bronwyn go through a huge furniture shopping haul in the kitchen.

 

First, Kim Dao reveals all the products she got from the store Frank Frank. Kim tells us a funny story about a fake plant she bought yesterday that she actually thought was real. Today, Kim Dao bought a fake plant from Frank Frank…but don’t worry, she knew it was fake before she bought it. Learn more: https://ideamensch.com/kim-dao/

 

Next, Kim Dao shares what she bought from the store Tokyu Hands. She bought a sticker sheet, interior masking tape, and a few light attachments to put on the walls.

 

If you want to find out what Bronwyn bought, Kim Dao suggests checking out her channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/BronyBeauty.

 

Susan McGalla – Flying to Like an Eagle to Success

According to Phillypurge.com Susan McGalla, who is 53 years old, is the president and CMO (chief merchandising officer) of a brand known as American Eagle Outfitters. She started working at the teen clothing store in the year 1994. At that time, the executive offices reflected the roots of the chain as an active wear store that was focusing on male customers. McGalla, who came from the Joseph Horne Company department stores, wasn’t bothered. She said that she felt the management of American Eagle was judging her on her ideas and their value.

McGalla received her current title putting her in charge of merchandising, design and marketing the brand seen on the American teens. There was a time that McGalla was wearing jeans to help in leading the South Side celebration to announce the plans of the retailer on moving its headquarters there. Ed Rendell, a politician, and an American lawyer remarked that he had rarely seen a young president like McGalla. Her family taught her how to have confidence when presenting her ideas and herself.

From Jan. 2011 up to July 2012, McGalla worked for Wet Seal Inc. as the CEO. She worked for American Eagle Outfitters as the CMO since March 2007 until 2009, where she was in charge of revenues, marketing, design, and performance. She led the launch and development of two of the start-up brands of American Eagle Outfitters – 77 kids and Aerie. Before that, McGalla worked for American Eagle Outfitters as a CMO and EVP (Executive Vice President) from Nov. 2003.

From May 2005 to March 2007, she worked for American Eagle Brand as a President and CMO. Before AEO, she spent eight years in various management and merchandising positions in the department store in the retail sector. Before that, she worked as an EVP, Merchandising from Aug. 2002.

McGalla held several other positions at American Eagle Outfitters including Buyer-Womens since June 1994 up to June 1996 and Divisional Merchandise Manager (Womens) since June 1996 to Nov. 1997. Before joining g American Eagle Outfitters, McGalla held several positions of merchandising management at Joseph Horne Company based in Pittsburgh, PA from June 1986 until June 1994. She works for the American Eagle Foundation as Chairman. She has been a HFF and HFF’s Holdings Independent Director since Oct. 2009. She worked for Allegheny Conference as a director on Community Development. She studied at Mount Union College, where she receved her BA.

 

Read more about Susan McGalla:

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Nintendo Releases Online App Just in Time for Splatoon 2

Earlier this year, Nintendo announced that it would release a mobile application that would assist players with their games. Well, the time has finally come. As of July 18th, 2017, the Nintendo Switch Online app has been released through the App Store and Google Play Store.

Based on the app, Splatoon 2 is currently the only game that will be supported. Once Splatoon 2 is released on Friday, players will be able to invite friends, use voice chat, view stage schedules, and view battle statistics. Battle statistics include win rate, total turf inked, and letter rank in ranked modes, just to name a few.

This is especially exciting for Splatoon veterans where statistics, such as win rate, was hidden in the first Splatoon game. Even statistics that were available before will now be readily available in the app. Hardcore players will be able to look at past battles and analyze their performance and see what they can do to improve. In addition, the new game mode in Splatoon 2, Salmon Run, will have its schedule posted as well.

The only feature that is not exhilarating in this app is most likely the voice chat feature. It might be useful, but the setup that Nintendo has suggested seems a bit too convoluted. Especially when calling someone instead would more or less complete the same task.

Other than that, though, it seems that this will be advantageous for any Splatoon fan. Search “Nintendo Switch Online” in the App Store or Google Play Store to download the app today.