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Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. Announces Special Meeting of Stockholders to Vote on Amendments to Series A Preferred Stock and Series B Convertible Preferred Stock

Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc.

Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. (the “Company”) (NASDAQ: WHLR) today announced that it will hold a special meeting of its stockholders on Wednesday, November 3, 2021. Common stockholders of record as of the close of business on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 (the “Record Date”) will be entitled to vote at the special meeting. At the special meeting, the Company’s common stockholders as of the Record Date will be asked to consider and vote on a proposal to amend the terms of the Company’s Series A Preferred Stock (the “Series A Preferred Stock”) and Series B Convertible Preferred Stock (the “Series B Preferred Stock” and, together with the Series A Preferred Stock, the “Preferred Stock”) so that dividends on the Preferred Stock are non-cumulative and will be paid only when, as and if declared by the Company’s Board of Directors. As of June 30, 2021, there was an aggregate of $139,095 and $11,606,191 of accrued but unpaid dividends on the Company’s Series A Preferred Stock and Series B Preferred Stock, respectively. The Company believes that removing the cumulative dividend from the Preferred Stock will further optimize the capital structure of the Company. Additional details regarding the special meeting and the proposed amendments will be included in the Company’s proxy statement when it becomes available. About Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. Headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA, Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. is a fully integrated, self-managed commercial real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on owning and operating income-producing retail properties with a primary focus on grocery-anchored centers. Please visit: Forward Looking Statements This press release may contain statements that constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management’s current expectations and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or results and involve risks and uncertainties, and that actual results or developments may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors. Additional Information About the Proposed Amendments and Where To Find It In connection with the proposed amendments, the Company expects to file with the SEC a proxy statement, which proxy statement will be mailed or otherwise disseminated to the Company’s stockholders when it becomes available. INVESTORS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC IF AND WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. You may obtain a free copy of the proxy statement (if and when it becomes available) and other relevant documents filed by the Company with the SEC at the SEC’s website at Copies of the documents filed by the Company will be available free of charge on its website at, or by directing a written request to our Corporate Secretary Angelica Beltran at Riversedge North, 2529 Virginia Beach Blvd., Suite 200, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452, Attention: Corporate Secretary, (757) 627-9088. The Company and its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the proposed amendments. You can find more information about the Company’s directors and officers in the Company’s definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on April 28, 2021 in connection with its 2021 annual meeting of stockholders. Additional information regarding the interests of such potential participants will be included in the proxy statement and other relevant documents filed with the SEC if and when they become available. You may obtain free copies of these documents from the Company using the sources indicated above. Contact Details Mary Jensen | Investor Relations +1 757-627-9088

August 23, 2021 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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PCMA Announces Continued Nationwide Expansion with the Addition of Idaho to our Lending Footprint


PCMA, the pioneer and leading voice in Non-Bank Private Client Lending, announces the expansion of our Private Client services to the state of Idaho - Company NMLS ID: 237710. The expansion of Private Client Lending into Idaho highlights the extraordinary growth of PCMA and the continued growth in the Idaho luxury housing market. Prior to 2019, homes at a price point at or slightly above $750,000 was considered a luxury purchase, as defined by those in the top 5% of the market in sales value. The amount considered to be a luxury home purchase in Idaho increased to $1MM in 2020 and has trended near $2MM 2021 according to local real estate reports. “Private Clients moving to Idaho for a variety of reasons that include crystal clear lakes, outdoor activities for each season, world class golf courses and much more,” said John R. Lynch, CEO and Founder of PCMA. “We have seen a change in buying patterns of the Private Client community over the past 18 months. At first, they were pleased to be availed financing so they could either downsize or find a second home. As more people started working from and learning from home, Idaho and places like it became an ideal fit, giving them plenty of space [both inside and outside] as well as solid infrastructure to support their remote capabilities along with easy access to national and international travel.” PCMA’s expansion into the Idaho market comes on the heels of both internal and external growth of the company. PCMA continues to experience an unprecedented growth of new loan originations since the start of 2021; the launch of the new PCMA Studios film campaign; and the addition of Ulysee to the Private Client Collective, a modern approach to asset-based lending. “Growth in areas like Idaho, are fueled by Private Clients who are finally being given the lending options [like OMEGA and ZENITH ] that they deserve,” said Lynch. “Our market leading products will be the perfect fit for the Private Client Community, and we are excited to serve the affluent needs of Idahoan’s statewide.” About PCMA: PCMA is the nation’s leading Non-Bank Private Client Lender serving the complex credit needs of their High-Net-Worth clientele. PCMA offers qualified individuals and institutions bespoke lending solutions across all major residential asset classes. PCMA is a diversified financial enterprise offering private client solutions through a direct to consumer and distributed retail business model. PCMA strives to build trusting and enduring relationships by putting clients and professional partners at the center of all they do. PCMA is headquartered in Orange County, CA. Additional information is available Contact Details Jason Jepson +1 949-394-7033 Company Website

August 23, 2021 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Cloud Conventions Introduces SafetyNet to Create a Virtual Backup Plan for Live Events

Convey Services

Cloud Conventions today introduced SafetyNet ™, a new program to provide a virtual event backup options for associations, tradeshows, event managers or trade groups that have a live event scheduled now or in the near future. SafetyNet provides a standby virtual event platform that can be activated if needed when attendance for a live event declines or if there is a requirement to pivot to an all-virtual program. A SafetyNet platform can be brought online in a matter of days without technical support or programming. Cloud Conventions is a sophisticated event management platform that redefines the attendee and exhibitor experience with a strong focus on delivering virtual and hybrid events, regardless of size or budget. “It seems like a repeat of 2020 as event managers, associations and other trade groups are struggling to decide if they should cancel their live event, shift to virtual or hybrid, or take other precautions to make attendees and exhibitors feel safe,” said Carolyn Bradfield, CEO of Cloud Conventions. “Any group hosting live events today needs a virtual backup plan that can be activated to ensure attendees and sponsors can participate in industry sessions, continuing education and still make connections that they would miss when they can’t attend in person.” SafetyNet maintains a low-cost Cloud Conventions virtual platform on standby behind a private login until required. It is hosted on a custom URL, is fully branded, customized and organized to host live or on-demand sessions, exhibitor and sponsor booths or provide a resource center for all event-related content. Attendees can be imported from a live event registration system and have their record transferred to SafetyNet including demographics and event access permissions. Sponsors are assigned a virtual booth template and configured to go live without technical assistance, in a matter of hours. “Now that live events have partially returned, many groups ask themselves if virtual events are worth it, so they only focus on their in-person event, often to their detriment,” added Bradfield. “A 2020 study of 1,000 respondents, ‘ Association Trends: From Disruption to Opportunity’ produced by Community Brands, details that having a virtual option for membership participation has changed from a nice-to-have to a must have. Some live events scheduled for the fall of 2021 are being abruptly cancelled due to on-going COVID risks. This is clearly an indicator that the pandemic is far from over. A SafetyNet option is the best insurance that the show will go on, no matter what.” SafetyNet is offered for a low, setup fee to create a fully branded and configured virtual environment. If the organizer chooses to go live with a hybrid or all-virtual event, the setup fee applies to the event package. Show managers can choose as much or as little assistance from Cloud Conventions to bring their event online quickly with all the features needed to educate and engage attendees. Having a virtual option guarantees a rewarding experience for attendees, better ROI for sponsors and ensures smoother event operation for organizers. Explore SafetyNet at: About Cloud Conventions Cloud Conventions from Convey Services is Cloud Conventions is an enterprise virtual/hybrid event management platform that redefines the exhibitor and attendee experience to allow companies to provide easy access to in-depth product information, showcase their brands with graphics and videos, create calls to action and generate immediate sales leads. Used around the world for large managed events and smaller self-directed meetings, conferences and corporate kickoffs, Cloud Conventions automates exhibitors and virtual booths, continuing education, speaker sessions and reminders, invitations and email communication, while at the same time producing detailed analytics on attendee, session and exhibitor activity. Cloud Conventions supports multiple languages and currencies, internal, external and single-sign on registration, and supports all conferencing carriers and platforms. Trade Associations and event managers can explore all of the Cloud Conventions solutions by visiting or contacting or call 888-975-1382. Cloud Conventions™, Community™, SafetyNet™, Cloud Kickoffs™, Conduct™, One-Touch Email Share™, Hub & Spoke™, 360° Virtual Exhibit Hall & Lobby Experience™ and ListLock™ are trademarks of Convey Services LLC Contact Details Bruce Ahern +1 770-580-0810 Company Website

August 19, 2021 10:29 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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New Legal & General Study on Millennials and Housing Looks at Effects of Covid-19 on Millennial Home Buying Plans

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68% of millennials said Covid had some impact on their thinking about where they could live 36% of millennial parents and those already saving for a home want to move to smaller cities/towns Among U.S. millennials living in suburban areas, 27% completely abandoned their home-owning plans due to Covid Even as a second wave of the pandemic threatens to upend the fragile normalcy people were resuming, the Covid-19 pandemic was already having a profound effect on millennials’ attitudes and realities around housing. Today, the second part of a broad new study conducted by Legal & General Group, U.S. Millennials and Home Ownership – A Distant Dream for Most, digs into the effects the Covid-19 pandemic has had on this generation’s attempts to get onto the housing ladder and paints an ongoing picture of the housing difficulties millennials have had and will continue to have in coming months and years. This second segment of the data-rich study, While Delta Portends Further Disruption, Covid Has Already Thwarted Millennials’ Home Buying Plans, takes a deep dive into the effects of the pandemic on specific demographics within the 25- to 40-year-old U.S. millennial population. And the consequences have been formidable: even as of April/May 2021, 12% of millennials across all age groups said that Covid-19 had caused them to abandon their plans of home-ownership completely. Legal & General Group Chief Executive Nigel Wilson commented: “With the Delta variant now on the rise in the U.S., it’s key to understand how and whether the pandemic has put the brakes on millennial home buying. Here we see that housing affordability, already an issue for them in big cities and other desirable areas, became further unattainable to people in their mid to late 30s, many of whom opted to return to their hometowns, in some cases even their parents’ houses. This is a societal problem with significant repercussions: millennials form the largest working cohort, yet many can’t get onto the ladder of home-ownership.” Study Co-Author and Legal & General Corporate Affairs Director John Godfrey notes: “Prices for homes in the U.S. have been rising sharply, while wages, particularly for younger workers, have stagnated. With the awareness that Covid has further stymied home buying plans of a significant portion of millennials, lenders and builders alike should be looking toward solutions that will help this demographic get onto the housing ladder.” Legal & General’s study looks not only at housing affordability, but also at geographic and demographic choices based on age and life stage, and at various drivers shaping millennials’ attitudes and plans, including Covid-19 and its role in their ability—or inability—to purchase a home. Future segments will look in-depth at the wage stagnation and inflation equation; the intergenerational housing gap; home-ownership on U.S. Millennials’ bucket list; student debt and the cost of healthcare; and where Millennials stand on retirement and other savings vehicles. Notes To Editors The information contained in this press release is intended solely for journalists and should not be relied upon by private investors or any other persons to make financial decisions. About the Study Legal & General undertook proprietary research into the attitudes and changes, as well as geographic shifts, U.S. Millennials are experiencing in relation to home purchases and affordable housing. The U.S. Millennials and Home Ownership research was compiled using original survey data 875 U.S. based Millennials who don’t own a property, then segmented into three distinct age groups and other demographic markers. The survey work was carried out by Legal & General. Fieldwork was undertaken during March and April, 2021. All surveys were carried out online. About Legal & General Group Established in 1836, Legal & General is one of the UK’s leading financial services groups and a major global investor, with international businesses in the U.S., Europe, Middle East and Asia. With over $1.4 trillion in total assets under management, Legal & General is the UK’s largest investment manager for corporate pension schemes and a UK market leader in pension risk transfer, life insurance, workplace pensions and retirement income. Contact Details Meir Kahtan Public Relations Meir Kahtan +1 917-864-0800 Company Website

August 19, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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VTS, the commercial real estate industry’s (CRE) leading leasing, marketing, and asset management platform, today announced it has been named to the 2021 Forbes Cloud 100, the definitive ranking of the top 100 private cloud companies in the world, published by Forbes in partnership with Bessemer Venture Partners and Salesforce Ventures. VTS is changing the way that commercial real estate (CRE) does business — disrupting a $15 trillion industry by becoming the modern operating system for CRE— one of the world’s largest and least tech-enabled asset classes, offering solutions for office, retail and industrial owners and driving the industry-wide shift towards using real-time data to make portfolio decisions. “We’re honored to once again be named to the Forbes Cloud 100 at a time when technology has proved to be essential for commercial real estate to navigate the uncertainty the COVID-19 pandemic has presented,” said Nick Romito, CEO of VTS. “Now more than ever, tech has earned its place within CRE, and we’re proud that our products have provided the technology, support, and guidance they’ve needed to weather the storm. A special thank you to our team who have continued to innovate, develop, and deliver. This recognition is a true testament to their hard work and tenacity.” Following what was one of the most challenging years for the CRE industry in recent history, VTS continued to be a valuable resource for its customer base, which includes more than 45,000 commercial real estate professionals including respected industry leaders Blackstone, Brookfield Properties, LaSalle Investment Management, Hines, Boston Properties, Oxford Properties, JLL, and CBRE. In June 2020, VTS launched VTS Market & Marketplace, the CRE industry’s first integrated, online marketing platform that enables landlords and their agency teams to market and lease their available spaces remotely for the first time. In October 2020, VTS released VTS Data, the industry’s only pulse on what’s happening in the market today, capturing active tenant demand and projecting future supply fluctuations. In December 2020, VTS launched its free monthly VTS Office Demand Index (VODI), the earliest available indicator of forthcoming office leases and tenant sentiments, locally and nationally, representing up to 99-percent of new demand for office spaces within the core seven markets, including New York City, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, and Seattle. In addition to the numerous, highly-anticipated product launches announced throughout the pandemic to help landlords weather the storm and navigate their portfolios, in March 2021, VTS entered into an agreement to acquire Rise Buildings, a property operations and tenant experience technology company used by top landlords including Blackstone, Hines, and CIM Group. In July 2021, VTS announced that the newly acquired product, now branded as VTS Rise, has become the most adopted tenant experience technology in proptech as VTS customers chose VTS Rise for their portfolios. As of July 1, 2021, over 300 million square feet in 161 cities and over 500 buildings worldwide are managed on VTS Rise. For the sixth straight year, the Cloud 100 reviews submissions from hundreds of cloud startups and private companies each year. The Cloud 100 evaluation process involved ranking companies across four factors: market leadership (35-percent), estimated valuation (30-percent), operating metrics (20-percent), and people & culture (15-percent). For market leadership, the Cloud 100 enlists the help of a judging panel of 34 public cloud company CEOs who assist in evaluating and ranking their private company peers. “The companies of the Cloud 100 list represent the best and brightest emerging companies in the cloud sector,” said Alex Konrad, senior editor at Forbes. “Every year, it gets more difficult to make this list — meaning even more elite company for those who do. Congratulations to each of the 2021 Cloud 100 honorees and to our 20 Rising Stars up-and-comers poised to join their ranks.” “The private cloud ecosystem continues to see historic rates of digital transformation,” said Byron Deeter, partner at Bessemer Venture Partners. “Private cloud valuations are getting bigger as the market’s appetite for cloud continues to grow. These founders represent the absolute best in cloud computing today, and they appear likely to follow in the footsteps of our esteemed Cloud 100 alumni. Congratulations to these cloud leaders!” "How we work has undergone a paradigm shift and businesses of all shapes and sizes are reimagining the tools that are needed to ensure working from anywhere is a sustainable, long-lasting solution," said Alex Kayyal, Managing Partner, Salesforce Ventures. “The last 18 months have made digital transformation an urgent imperative and the cloud has never been more pivotal in powering our new digital economy. The companies on this list represent the leaders and businesses shaping the future of the cloud ecosystem and we are excited to partner with Bessemer Venture Partners and Forbes to honor these trailblazers of the industry.” The Forbes 2021 Cloud 100 and 20 Rising Stars lists are published online at Highlights of the list appear in the September 2021 issue of Forbes magazine. The Cloud 100 and the 20 Rising Stars companies are publicly recognized at this year’s virtual Cloud 100 experience, hosted by Bessemer Venture Partners, Salesforce Ventures, and Forbes on August 10th at A special thank you to virtual event sponsors Amazon Web Services (AWS), Bank of America, Cooley, FuelxMcKinsey, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Nasdaq, Qatalyst Partners, Silicon Valley Bank, and WisdomTree. About VTS VTS is commercial real estate’s leading leasing, marketing, asset management, and tenant experience platform where the industry comes to make deals happen and real-time data comes to life. The VTS Platform captures the largest first-party data source in the industry, which delivers real-time insights that fuel faster, more informed decision making and connections throughout the deal and asset lifecycle. VTS Data, the industry’s only forward-looking market dataset, and VTS Market and Marketplace, the industry’s first integrated online marketing solution, give landlords, brokers, and tenants unparalleled visibility into real-time market information and the direct connectivity to execute deals with greater speed and intelligence at every point in the planning, marketing, leasing, and asset management cycle. VTS Rise is the industry’s most comprehensive tenant experience solution, offering occupiers, building operators, and visitors an immersive, tech-enabled experience. More than 60% of Class A office space in the US and 12B square feet of office, retail, and industrial real estate globally is managed on the VTS platform. VTS’ user base includes over 45,000 CRE professionals including respected industry leaders like Blackstone, Brookfield Properties, LaSalle Investment Management, Hines, Boston Properties, Oxford Properties, JLL, and CBRE. To learn more about VTS, and to see our open roles, visit Contact Details Elise Szwajkowski +1 212-402-3495 Company Website

August 19, 2021 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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PCMA Private Client Is Presenting At The 2021 Western Secondary Market Conference


PCMA, the pioneer and leading voice in Non-Bank Private Client Lending, will be presenting at the 2021 Western Secondary Market Conference; Thursday August 26 th at 10:45am PT. CEO and Founder of PCMA, John R. Lynch, will be speaking on the “Non-QM Roundtable” panel addressing the growing need for the industry to understand the plethora of categories that make up the Non-QM. Mr. Lynch will focus on Non-Agency Expanded Prime Credit for High-Net-Worth Estates. “I am honored to be speaking at the 2021 Western Secondary Market Conference with a distinguished group of industry experts to take on the challenge of properly shaping the red hot NQM market opportunities” said John Lynch, CEO and Founder of PCMA. “Wrapping all aspects of Non-Agency RMBS into NQM designation is creating confusion within the broader credit market and I am looking forward to imparting our interpretation of the market opportunity to the contemporaries in our space.” John R. Lynch will contribute to the discussion on the “ Non-QM Roundtable ” alongside fellow industry expert panelists: Tom Hutchens, EVP, Production, Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions; John Keratsis, President & CEO, Deephaven; Jeffrey Lemieux, Managing Director, Correspondent Lending, Acra Lending; Shea Pallante, President, Sprout Mortgage; and Jeff Schaefer, EVP, National Sales, Verus Mortgage Capital. “PCMA understands the complexities that surround the Non-QM vertical, especially as it pertains to high capacity, Private Clients,” said Lynch. “To gain market share in this highly competitive market, it is paramount to commit and specialize in an area of credit that will allow for scale and dominance.” About PCMA: PCMA is the nation’s leading Non-Bank Private Client Lender serving the complex credit needs of their High-Net-Worth clientele. PCMA offers qualified individuals and institutions bespoke lending solutions across all major residential asset classes. PCMA is a diversified financial enterprise offering private client solutions through a direct to consumer and distributed retail business model. PCMA strives to build trusting and enduring relationships by putting clients and professional partners at the center of all they do. PCMA is headquartered in Orange County, CA. Additional information is available Contact Details Jason Jepson +1 949-394-7033 Company Website

August 19, 2021 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Communities across the US are in the midst of hurricane and wildfire season. When disasters like this strike, many people find themselves in need of temporary housing and space to figure out what’s next.’s emergency response program helps connect people to temporary places to stay in times of need. Recently, Kristen Berlacher, the Head of Programs, teamed with YourUpdateTV on a satellite media tour to discuss this initiative and share tips on how to be better prepared for disasters and how to help impacted communities. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: The inspiration for began in 2012 with a single host named Shell who opened up her home to people impacted by Hurricane Sandy. This sparked a movement and marked the beginning of a program that allows hosts on Airbnb to provide stays for people in times of need. Since 2012, the program has responded to hundreds of disasters and helped find temporary housing for evacuees and relief workers around the world. Airbnb helped people in times of crisis through the Open Homes initiative., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the next chapter. The program has evolved to focus on emergency response and to help provide stays to evacuees, relief workers, refugees and asylum seekers, and most recently, frontline workers fighting the spread of COVID-19. How it Works: will allow hosts on Airbnb to provide free and discounted stays to people impacted by emergencies, including the COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters. These stays, which provide alternative accommodation and shelter options, are especially helpful to government and nonprofit partners in a year where the COVID-19 pandemic has made housing vulnerable people in traditional congregate shelters extremely challenging. Hosts who support by offering free stays or making recurring donations will receive a special badge on their profile to recognize their generosity and commitment to communities in need. Anyone who finds joy in helping others, who believes in kindness and is interested in helping by opening their homes or donating to this cause, can learn more at About KRISTEN BERLACHER: As Head of Programs, Kristen leads a global team that supports’s efforts to help people impacted by natural disasters, refugees and frontline responders fighting the spread of COVID- 19. With a background in tech-enabled social impact, philanthropy and nonprofit management, Kristen, as an employee of Airbnb, oversees strategic partnerships, government relations, response operations and community engagement for with the goal of leveraging Airbnb’s unique assets to provide innovative housing solutions and livelihood opportunities for vulnerable populations around the globe. Prior to Airbnb, Kristen led Hyatt Hotel Corporation’s global philanthropy programs focused on economic empowerment, disaster response and employee volunteerism. Before Hyatt, Kristen served as Deputy Director for Working in the Schools, a nonprofit focused on literacy programming for vulnerable youth. Kristen holds a BA in Leadership Studies from the University of Richmond, VA About is a nonprofit organization dedicated to facilitating temporary stays for people in times of crisis around the world. operates independently and leverages Airbnb, Inc.’s technology, services, and other resources at no charge to carry out’s charitable purpose. The inspiration for began in 2012 with a single host named Shell who opened up her home to people impacted by Hurricane Sandy. This sparked a movement and marked the beginning of a programme that allows Hosts on Airbnb to provide stays for people in times of need. Since then, the programme has evolved to focus on emergency response and to help provide stays to evacuees, relief workers, refugees, asylum seekers, and most recently, frontline workers fighting the spread of COVID-19. Since then, Hosts have offered to open up their homes and helped provide accommodations to 75,000 people in times of need. is a separate and independent entity from Airbnb, Inc. Airbnb, Inc. does not charge service fees for supported stays on its platform. About YourUpdateTV: YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content. It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727

August 17, 2021 05:05 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Behr Paint Company Partners With HomeSphere to Offer Exclusive Rebates


Behr Paint Company, one of the largest manufacturers of paints, primers, decorative finishes, stains and surface preparation products, today announced a partnership with HomeSphere, a marketplace connecting building product manufacturers with the largest homebuilder network in the industry. Homebuilders in HomeSphere’s network can now access significant rebates on all BEHR® and KILZ® Products, including the entire line of BEHR® Paints, Stains and Primers. The partnership increases builder savings without valuable time wasted on additional paperwork or calculations – HomeSphere’s platform calculates rebates automatically, and payments are made directly. “With material costs on the rise, HomeSphere is working to lighten the burden by partnering with high-quality brands like Behr,” said HomeSphere President Greg Schwarzer. “More savings for homebuilders means we can help keep production going and help boost an industry still feeling the effects of the pandemic.” HomeSphere understands the unique challenges that are currently impacting residential builders, including product sourcing and trade availability. Its platform connects builders to the product’s source, so they can construct and close homes on schedule. “We look forward to bringing our innovative and high-quality products to HomeSphere’s network of homebuilders as an extension of our commitment to the Pro community,” said Behr Senior Vice President of Sales Jason Weeks. “HomeSphere’s advanced rebate platform will help us provide even more exclusive savings to new and existing customers.” More than 2,600 single-family and multifamily home builders use HomeSphere’s technology and services to access incentives from leading building product manufacturers, resulting in millions of dollars claimed every year. About HomeSphere Established in 1999, HomeSphere connects America’s local and regional homebuilders to exclusive product incentives through My HomeSphere®, its award-winning rebate management platform. Previously only available to the largest national homebuilders, more than 2,600 single-family and multifamily builders trust My HomeSphere® to grow their returns by quickly capitalizing on product incentives available through HomeSphere’s network of 80+ manufacturers and brands. For more information about HomeSphere’s products and solutions for homebuilders and manufacturers, visit About Behr Paint Company Founded in 1947, Behr Paint Company is one of the largest manufacturers of paints, primers, decorative finishes, stains, surface preparation and application products for do-it-yourselfers and professionals in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The Santa Ana, California-based company and maker of the BEHR®, KILZ®, WHIZZ® and E&J® brands is dedicated to meeting the project needs of DIYers, professionals, architects and designers with an unwavering commitment to quality, innovation and value. For more information, visit to learn about BEHR products and BEHR PRO® services. Behr Paint Company is a subsidiary of Masco Corporation (NYSE: MAS). Contact Details HomeSphere Liz Polson, Director of Marketing Center Reach Communications Tracy Henderson +1 720-989-3530

August 17, 2021 07:12 AM Mountain Daylight Time

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Cyvatar’s Stephanie Simpson Named a Finalist for the Top 10 Women in Cybersecurity at the 2021 Black Unicorn Awards


Cyvatar today announced the selection of another member of its senior executive team as a finalist for outstanding achievement at this year’s Cyber Defense Magazine Black Unicorn awards, announced during the 2021 Black Hat USA conference. Stephanie Simpson, vice president of platform management, was chosen as a finalist for the Top 10 Women in Cybersecurity; she competed against the industry’s leading cybersecurity experts for this prestigious award. “We’re pleased to name Stephanie Simpson as a finalist for the Top 10 Women in Cybersecurity among an elite group of female information security professionals at the third annual Black Unicorn awards,” said judges Robert R. Ackerman Jr., David DeWalt, Dr. Peter Stephenson, and Gary Miliefsky. “This year’s competition was fierce, and she should be proud of her achievement.” Stephanie was selected from women around the world who vied for top honors. She has two decades of software product leadership, from ideation to launch, to fill gaps in the industry and meet customer needs. She has brought many award-winning innovations to market including Cyvatar’s cybersecurity-as-a-service (CSaaS) platform, developed with fellow Black Unicorn winner Craig Goodwin. As an engineer, Stephanie is no stranger to disruptive technologies, and customers and colleagues alike benefit from her passionate, transformative leadership style. “Female technical talent in cybersecurity is hard to find, and we’re fortunate to have such an accomplished practitioner as Stephanie on the executive team at Cyvatar,” said Corey White, Cyvatar co-founder and chief executive. “Diversity and inclusion are foundational to our success, which makes Stephanie’s vision, energy, and leadership vital as we recruit top talent across the organization.” Only Cyvatar offers subscription-based CSaaS designed to provide outcomes, continuous remediation, ongoing solution maintenance, and the ability for all of its customers to execute their security strategies at speed and scale. Find out how CSaaS can work for your business at About Cyber Defense Awards This is Cyber Defense Magazine’s 9th year of honoring cybersecurity innovators, in this case the Black Unicorn Awards for 2021 on our Cyber Defense Awards platform. In this competition, judges for these prestigious awards includes cybersecurity industry veterans, trailblazers and market makers Gary Miliefsky of CDMG, Dr. Peter Stephenson of CDMG, Robert R. Ackerman Jr. of Allegis Cyber and David DeWalt of NightDragon with much appreciation to emeritus judge Robert Herjavec of Herjavec Group. To see the complete list of finalists for the Black Unicorn Awards for 2021 please visit About Cyvatar Cyvatar is committed to making cybersecurity effortless for everyone. As the industry’s first subscription-based, cybersecurity-as-a-service (CSaaS) company, it’s our mission to transform the way the security industry builds, sells, and supports cyber solutions. We empower our members to achieve successful outcomes by providing expert advisors, proven technologies, and a strategic process roadmap to guarantee results that map to their business drivers. Our approach is rooted in proprietary ICARM (installation, configuration, assessment, remediation, maintenance) methodology that delivers smarter, measurable security solutions for superior compliance and cyber-attack protection faster and more efficiently, all at a fixed monthly price. And because we’re a subscription, members can cancel anytime. Cyvatar is headquartered in Irvine, California with locations around the world. Begin your journey to security confidence at and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter. Contact Details Cyvatar KC Higgins +1 303-434-8163 Company Website

August 16, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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