NET(net), Inc. Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire The Copperwood Group

Holland, Michigan (PRWEB) June 11, 2012

NET(net), Inc., a leading global provider of comprehensive IT Investment Optimization Services, announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire The Copperwood Group. The US-based Copperwood Group specializes in Executive IT Advisory Services for health systems, hospitals, providers and payers.

NET(net) will merge the services of the Copperwood Group into its NET(net) Healthcare division under the leadership of Matt Hartzman, Executive Vice-President. Key Copperwood Group Principals, Hal Fontinelle and John Barr, will join NET(net) as Senior Vice Presidents of Value Creation and Value Delivery for healthcare respectively.

The Copperwood Group acquisition adds considerable experience, while enhancing NET(net) Healthcares scope of services. The Copperwood Group has been delivering Executive IT Advisory Services to healthcare organizations since 2003, helping clients navigate the growing complexity of IT supplier relationships. These services have included technology assessments, solution design and implementation, contracting assistance, supplier management and governance, service level agreement development and management, and interim IT management.

Because of the way healthcare organizations plan for, deploy, and consume information technologies, they are particularly susceptible to sub-optimization, says NET(net) CEO Steven C. Zolman. Healthcare is at the top of industries that significantly overpay for IT. NET(net) has a long track record of success in helping clients significantly lower costs, improving the value of their technology investments. With the acquisition of the Copperwood Group, we are acquiring nearly a century of experience that has been exclusively focused on the healthcare industry, and an organization committed to serving the unique and demanding needs of healthcare clients for nearly a decade.

Copperwood Group co-founder and Principal and NET(net) Healthcare SVP of Healthcare Value Creation, Hal Fontinelle, says, Having been involved in the healthcare IT business for over 4 decades I have always felt that many healthcare organizations struggle with procurement of technology and related services. When I co-founded The Copperwood Group I wanted to create leverage for healthcare organizations in their procurement and negotiation of technical services and products and we were highly successful. NET(net) shares this core belief and brings a wealth of experience from other market sectors that will advantage healthcare IT buyers. I believe that that combined solution we are offering in NET(net) Healthcare can and will have a dramatic impact on optimizing health IT related expenditures by leveraging our collective strengths and experience.


FX Design Group and Giant Octopus Score Big with BYU Motion Design Project Just in Time for the Cougar Season Opener

Ocoee, FL (PRWEB) October 05, 2012

In 2011, BYU made the strategic decision to become one of the nations top collegiate sports broadcasting networks. It started with a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art television broadcast studio. The next critical step was to bring in the best team of sports production personnel available. BYU accomplished this goal by recruiting alumnus and former ESPN SportsCenter Producer, Mikel Minor, to lead the new team. One of Mikels earliest tasks was to reinvigorate the BYU brand through a new visual spectrum, including a brand new motion design package.

In March of 2012, Mikels team started their search for the motion design firm that could meet his branding and production challenge. After multiple phone calls, e-mails and a face to face concept presentation in Provo, Utah, the decision was made in late May to go with GO. One of the BYU teams major criteria was to find a collaborative partner they could establish a positive working relationship with. It was as important as finding a creative motion design firm that understood the various nuances in creating eye-popping motion design sports packages. They believed that GO fit both objectives.

Early into the project, the BYU team knew that they had made the right decision. We were very comfortable with where we were headed. I was most pleased with how well the GO team heard our input & concerns then incorporated our thoughts into the direction, as well as their own due diligence in capturing the spirit of the university and its unique culture, stated Minor.

The project presented a few unique challenges for the GO creative team. First up was a very aggressive three and a half-month package delivery timeline. Just over 90 days to meet the kickoff of the 2012/2013 Cougar football season opener. The next challenge was creating a new brand that covered all of BYUs current and future sports programming needs. Finally these custom packages had to provide element integration into a Ventuz graphics engine, as well as a Chyron application.

Creative Director on the project, Mannix, summed it up this way, “Our task was to visually represent the past, present, and future of BYU Sports, and to tell their story with the right amount of confidence, swagger and enthusiasm.

The package successfully launched with BYUs football seasons opening game this past Labor Day weekend. To view a short selects reel of the BYU project, click here. Samples of GOs other work can be seen at the FXUTube.

About FX Design Group

FX Design Group and its newly acquired motion graphics company, Giant Octopus (GO), is a design company delivering projects worldwide in broadcast for News, Talk Shows, Lifestyle, Sports and Entertainment programming. FX gives clients access to a complete compliment of set design, motion graphic design and branding, fabrication and installation services, as well as lighting design and lighting gear all from one source. The FX/GO collaborative process focuses on creative synergy, versatility and logistical efficiencies to maximize clients budgets, aesthetics and multi-functionality. To learn more about FX Design Group please call 888-394-7687 or visit

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Urban Design Group Principal to Perform at Humane Society Benefit

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) September 07, 2012

Prominent southern blues artist the Ken Rhyne Band will perform at the celebration marking the end of the Humane Society of Jackson Countys (HSJC) Ride Like the Animals event on Saturday, September 8, 2012.

Ride Like the Animals is the HSJCs inaugural pet festival, concert and motorcycle ride. It will be held from 1:00 pm 7:00 pm (rain or shine) at Crows Lake in Jefferson, GA. The event will also include pet demonstrations, pet services, a childrens area with inflatables, food, and a tailgate-themed beer garden.

The event is intended to raise funds and awareness for the creation of Jackson Countys first animal shelter. Currently, the HSJC operates through an all-foster home network. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Raise the Woof campaign, which was launched in early 2011.

Rhyne is an Atlanta-based Principal of Urban Design Group, which is currently providing pro bono architectural services for the planning and design of the future facility.

The staff and volunteers at HSJC are incredibly passionate about this vision, said Rhyne. Its a privilege to use my musical and design talents in support of their cause.

For more information about the event, please visit

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously in June 2012 to negotiate a long-term property lease with the HSJC, allowing the organization to construct a shelter on a 15-acre site owned by the county.

About the Ken Rhyne Band:

Rhyne is a talented blues singer and harmonica player and is regarded by many as one of the most accomplished blues rock/southern rock artists of our time. His album Caught You White Handed went to #1 across the Canadian charts upon release in 2008, followed by an “Album of the Year” nomination at the Native American Music Awards. Rhynes music may be heard on AirPlayDirect at

About Ken Rhyne, Allied AIA, AICAE, Principal, UDG:

Principal of Urban Design Group, Ken Rhyne is a noted interior designer and pivotal part of the firms leadership team. He is a member of the American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers (AICAE) and is an Allied Member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Rhyne has over 35 years of experience in conceptual architectural and interior design projects, including sustainable design, green architecture and the respectful infusion of Native American culture into his work.

Through his design, music and civic involvement, Rhyne has served as an advocate for Native American issues throughout his life. He is a Tuscarora Indian and a nationally-recognized designer with a talent for respectfully incorporating tribal culture into museums, cultural centers and other types of facilities. Rhyne is also a member of the Pfeiffer University Baseball Hall of Fame and was a minor league player for the Washington Senators and Texas Rangers.

About the Humane Society of Jackson County:

Established in 1998, the Humane Society of Jackson County was the vision of native Marjorie Butler, who worked with Bob and Sandy Wells to make her dream a reality. A low- and no-cost spay neuter program for low-income families was started in 2006, and in February of 2007, the group received its Department of Agriculture License and began rescuing and placing homeless animals. In 2008, volunteers launched a courtesy placement program to assist with animals requiring re-homing that the group could not accommodate, since it currently operates through an all-foster home network. In 2011, the organization launched its capital campaign to raise funds for the shelter and opened the ReTail Thrift Store, located in downtown Jefferson behind the Crawford W. Long Museum. HSJC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and donations are tax deductible. Community meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of the 2nd month of each quarter at locations around the county. For more information, visit the web site at, call 706-367-1111 or e-mail hsjc1111(at)gmail(dot)com.

About Urban Design Group:

Urban Design Group offers architectural, interior design and urban master planning services to its worldwide clientele from studios in Atlanta, GA, and Dallas, TX. A market leader in the application and advancement of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology, UDG’s personnel work on a wide range of projects from hospitality, resort, gaming design and Native American design projects to corporate, university facilities and urban mixed-use developments.

In the firm’s 38-year history, Urban Design Group has completed more than $ 6 Billion dollars in projects worldwide. The firm has received more than 80 design excellence awards and honors, 15 design competition awards and has been featured in hundreds of magazine articles, newspaper pieces and design resource books. For more information, please visit

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Leading Edge Design Group Launches South Africa Division to Provide Energy Consulting Services to Southern African Territories

Enfield, NH (PRWEB) September 17, 2012

Leading Edge Design Group (LEDG), a leading national provider of energy optimization services, announced today the launch of their new division, Leading Edge Design Group South Africa, created to deliver energy efficiency consulting services to the Southern African Territories, including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, and more. LEDG will deliver extensive energy consulting services for commercial and industrial customers, including energy efficiency and lifecycle cost analysis, LED lighting and wireless lighting controls design and implementation, and ongoing measurement verification of energy conservation measures. In addition, the team will work collaboratively with customers and ESKOM, South Africas electric public utility, to secure project funding available for organizations planning to reduce energy consumption.

LEDG South Africa will be headquartered in Johannesburg and is comprised of a diverse team of industry veterans, including former Eskom engineers, IT integrators, and electrical contractors. Electrical engineer and power systems industry veteran, Reverend David E. Gondwe, will lead the LEDG South Africa team. Prior to joining LEDG, David was the Executive Director for a major South Africa citrus farming group and a coal mining company. In addition, he has held various engineering positions for utilities in Malawi, Scotland, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, and Canada.

The looming energy crisis in South Africa presents overwhelming economic constraints on commercial and industrial facilities, said David Gondwe, President of Leading Edge Design Group-South Africa. Tariffs on energy consumption are increasing at a rate of 20%-25% per year, forcing organizations to invest in infrastructure and technology that will improve their energy efficiency and reduce their total demand. Our comprehensive energy service offering will help facility leaders significantly reduce energy consumption and operating costs, while reducing their reliance on the unstable electrical grid.

We are thrilled to expand our service offering to South Africa, said Todd Boucher, Principal, Leading Edge Design Group. As the country struggles to manage their shortage of electricity, we feel strongly that organizations need innovative options that reduce electrical demand and ensure long term operational savings. We look forward to introducing and delivering these progressive energy efficiency options to customers in South Africa and the surrounding territories.

Zonare Signs Agreement with Healthtrust Purchasing Group, L.P. as a Provider of Medical Ultrasound Solutions

Mountain View, CA (PRWEB) August 29, 2012

ZONARE, the pioneer and developer of next generation ultrasound technology, announced it has been selected by HealthTrust Purchasing Group, L.P. (HealthTrust) as a provider of medical ultrasound for the 1,400 acute care facilities that HealthTrust supports. ZONARE will provide ultrasound solutions to help HealthTrusts hospital providers manage clinical compliance accountability in todays increasingly regulated health-care environment. ZONARE offers its solutions through using a sophisticated platform of evidence-based, clinical intelligence enabled by its proprietary ZONE Sonography technology (ZST).

Horton Group Launches New Mobile Web Development and Design Service

Nashville, Tenn. (PRWEB) August 13, 2012

Experts have predicted that with the rapid growth of the mobile industry, in the next four years there will be an estimated 1.4 mobile devices per person on the globe. Additional research shows that this number is expected to increase at huge exponential rates in the next few decades. Realizing that this trend is showing no sign of slowing down, the Nashville web development and design firm Horton Group has added mobile development to their list of online marketing services. This expansion is part of Horton Groups continuing effort to offer clients with access to the most innovative and contemporary digital marketing products.

For online businesses who want to stay relevant in the coming years it is critical they adopt new marketing technologies. At first people thought that networks like Facebook or Twitter had no place in the business sector – these were just tools people used to kill time and chat with friends. Now we are seeing that social media is one of the most useful and cost effective digital marketing tools available, stated Horton Group Director of Operations Andy Hartley. After seeing the effects social media has had on increasing revenues, businesses are moving fast to create websites that are mobile friendly along with better mobile applications. We are excited about growing this new service and becoming a more valued partner to our clients looking to become competitive in the mobile market.

In addition to building websites for mobile access, Horton Group has included mobile app development to their list of services. Customers will be able to choose from either track when deciding how to best expand their audience – there is also always the option to choose both, a mobile website and a mobile application. The Horton Group production team is a skilled and diverse mixture of professionals with experience in a various areas of web development and design. With an already strong tradition of creating functional websites for businesses all around the Tennessee area and across the nation, the expansion into mobile development will be seamless.

The quickly developing power of mobile technology is clearly evident. Some popular web browsing functions such as Flash animations have become almost obsolete because of compatibility issues with mobile devices. As consumers become more mobile advancements in marketing tactics are sure to follow along with the progression of mobile technology. The Nashville online marketing firm believes this new service will be an incredible resource for businesses in and around the state of Tennessee who need to connect with a growing population of customers who are constantly on the go.

About Horton Group

Providing digital marketing resources, which allow businesses to connect with a greater number of customers has been a core part of Horton Group’s mission. Since its beginnings in 1996 Horton Group has been consistent in their pursuit of innovative marketing solutions for businesses and organizations of all kinds. In over 16 years of operation Horton Group has branched out to include a greater depth of services such as: search engine optimization, social media management and mobile development. For those looking to strengthen brands and expand market reach they also provide media buying, email marketing, graphic design and more.

For more information on Horton Group and their web development services, contact Horton Group either by phone at 615-292-8642 or by email at info(at)Hortongroup(dot)com.

Echo Interaction Group Develops Groundbreaking Multilingual Mobile Application For Paramount Bay Luxury Residences In Miami

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) July 18, 2012

Echo Interaction Group (Echo) one of the nations leading mobile application and interactive media development company recently partnered with real estate group Fortune International to develop a multilingual application for Paramount Bay, a sophisticated property in Miamis flourishing Biscayne Corridor. Available in English, Spanish and Portuguese, the multifaceted application targets affluent Latin American potential buyers, particularly Brazilians who are currently purchasing homes in Miami in record numbers, by eliminating language barriers and anticipating their unique lifestyle needs by providing info on Paramount Bay. Currently, Paramount Bay has sold 85 percent of its total inventory, 45 percent of which are comprised of Latin American owners.

The application is Echos latest milestone in the companys commitment to innovation by transitioning real estate brands into the booming mobile space. In addition to language options, the application highlights the developments posh amenities and features through a video tour, a photo gallery of the complexs one-of-a-kind architecture, residences and common areas, and floor plans that delineate building location, type and size. Users can also access a location map that shows proximity to points of interest, such as nightlife hotspots, museums, shops and restaurants. Built-in push notifications alert users to sales and general Paramount Bay news, and sales personnel can be easily contacted via phone through the click of a button.

Now more than ever, its imperative that organizations across every industry develop mobile strategies to cast wide marketing nets through interactive applications that engage people in ways that traditional marketing collateral cant, said Mat Gaver, partner and co-founder of Echo Interaction Group. With the economy changing the way the real estate market is forced to operate, now is the time for the industry to embrace mobile as a viable way to reach a mass quantity of users worldwide in an innovative, captivating way.

Paramount Bay is a refined, 47-story tower that features more than 340 units that overlook the Biscayne Bay, incorporating design elements that are the perfect blend of refined city apartment and casual beach home an urban oasis. Residents enjoy luxury services and amenities, including but not limited to, an in-house butler, membership to an exclusive beach club, and state-of-the-art technology which grants access to all of the condominiums inimitable offerings. For more information, please visit or download the mobile application.

The application is available for download on the iPhone and iPad. For more information about Echo Interaction Group, please visit or call 888-324-6115, ext. 103.


About Echo Interaction Group: Founded in late 2008 by Carlos Carbonell and Mat Gaver, Echo Interaction Group is the leading mobile application and interactive media development company in Central Florida. With expertise working across several different verticals nationwide including gaming, banking, nonprofit, government and real estate Echo provides top-to-bottom services for the conception, strategy, marketing, and development of mobile applications for iOS, Android and Blackberry devices. The company has achieved several accomplishments including winning the International Association for the Wireless Telecommunications Industry’s “Best App” award and pioneered the development of the first-ever mobile applications for the building manufacturing and residential condominium industries. Currently, Echo is deeply entrenched in brand gamification via mobile and creating applications for municipal and federal government. For more information, please visit:

About Paramount Bay

Paramount Bay is located in Downtown Miami’s booming Biscayne Corridor. The 47-story tower features more than 340 units and directly overlooks Biscayne Bay. Residents enjoy unparalleled views from expansive glass balconies as well as an inimitable collection of amenities that includes access to a world-class beach club, private elevator foyers, multiple swimming pools, a waterfront promenade, a unique full-service spa and fitness concept and distinctive on-site restaurant and retail offerings. Notable surrounding areas such as the Wynwood Arts District, the Design District, Miami Beach and the city’s cultural epicenter situated along Biscayne Boulevard are all easily accessible. Sales commenced in October 2011 and the building is 85 percent sold out.

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Dimmitt Automotive Group Receives Prestigious LEED Certification & Aurora Award

Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) August 07, 2012

The Dimmitt Automotive Groups Rolls-Royce, Bentley and McLaren showroom finishes Pinellas Parks newest LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certified building. The project recently was awarded an Aurora Award for Green Construction in the category for commercial/retail/office. The beautiful Gandy Boulevard structure on the Dimmitt campus is a testament to the familys commitment to save energy and honor the community.