Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Three Top Cyber Security Industry Experts Join Netswitch Advisory Board

Netswitch Technology Management today announced that three of the cyber-security industry’s best known Chief Information Security Officers have joined Netswitch’s Executive Advisory Board, effective immediately.

San Francisco, CA, August 26, 2015 — Netswitch Technology Management today announced that three of the cyber-security industry’s best known Chief Information Security Officers have joined Netswitch’s Executive Advisory Board, effective immediately.

Phil Ferraro, Kim Green and Mary Siero are widely recognized as industry leading cyber and information security experts in the hospitality, gaming and healthcare sectors and bring a wide range of threat defense expertise and thought leadership to Netswitch’s board.

Netswitch Technology Management, Inc. is ranked as the fourth fastest growing managed security services provider in 2015 by MSPMentor and is the leading Global Managed Security Utility with offices in San Francisco, Chicago, Hongkong, Beijing and Shanghai. Netswitch’s security services are delivered through their award-winning cyber-security platform known as MADROC® which uses best-in-breed analytics and detection software to help businesses defend against advanced cyber-attacks and prevent breaches before they occur.

Phil Ferraro was recently the head of information security for The Sands Hotels and Casinos where he was responsible for all aspects of the global Cyber Security program including strategic planning, global cyber operations, threat intelligence, security architecture and engineering, as well as PCI, SOX and gaming compliance.

Kim Green is the Chief Security & Privacy Officer for Zephyr Health, Inc., where she serves as a key cultural influencer regarding information protection and business engagement for Zephyr Health’s global security and privacy compliance programs, and in addition has developed HIPAA/HITECH Security Awareness Training programs for the states of Washington and Oregon.

Mary Siero’s career includes ten years in healthcare and five years in the gaming industry as Vice President of IT Operations and Security, both heavily regulated industries. She is also the recipient of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of the Year Award and served as an Advisory Board member for the University of Nevada at Las Vegas Informatics Program. She is also a Charter Member of the FBI Citizen’s Academy Alumni Association in Las Vegas.

“We are delighted that these extraordinary individuals have agreed to join us and we are very fortunate to have them on board,” said Stanley Li, CEO and President. “This period of explosive growth in security vulnerabilities and advanced threat defense demand seasoned thought leadership and guidance as Netswitch continues to innovate and develop security solutions for the global markets.”

For more information, please visit us at http://www.netswitch.net/

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox
Carmel, CA 93923
831-747-7455
http://www.netswitch.net

Sunday, August 16, 2015

New video explains the All-New ParaZapper™ MY-3 and its Features. Over 273 Accurate Frequencies in 35 Mode Selections

Para Systems Inc. recently unveiled a new member to its family of zappers, the ParaZapper™ MY-3 model. The new video highlights this zapper which has a total of over 273 frequencies in 35 mode selections with better accuracy.

Pinson, AL, August 16, 2015 - David Etheredge, President Para Systems Inc., described the new MY-3 model as the best zapper available, which delivers leading performance and quality, backed by Current Controlled (CC) technology.

A new customer produced ParaZapper™ MY-3 video explains that in addition to the increased mode selections, the new ParaZapper™ MY-3 model has a superior zapping ability i.e. able to kill microbes. The MY-3 model has a distinct specific frequency feature that allows specific frequencies to run for sufficient time for maximum effect.

"People today expect the best experience from their technology- they are counting on technology to kill parasites and microbes wherever they are," said David Etheredge. "The new ParaZapper™ MY-3 model gives customers the good experience they expect from the best zappers, with performance that allows them zap with more accurate consistency, when they want, in a model they will be proud to own."

The MY-3 model is designed with accurate frequencies utilizing many of Royal Raymond Rife's frequencies and technology that far exceeds the old Hulda Clark and Bob Beck zappers. The accurate frequencies make the micro-controller zappers such as this one to produce better results.

This model employs the constant current or current controlled output technology which is better, safer output that meets Dr. Clark's recommendations. Other cutting edge features found in the Hulda Clark zapper that are not present in other devices in the market include:

Good connection indicators: in this product, the status indicator serves as s good connection indicator with the changing colors without reducing that output.

Larger contacts: this provides a greater amount of electrical signal to produce greater effectiveness than would be achieved with smaller contacts.

"We introduced multiple frequency zappers because they can reach and destroy more organisms, and the MY-3 model is the latest in the market with amazing capabilities in killing microbes" said David.

One of the most popular zappers is the Terminator style zappers and these are very popular for their convenience. According to David Etheredge, "These zappers are limited because of two features. First, these electrodes are only about the size of a penny, which is way too small, causing skin burns, even holes in the skin from usage. Additionally, these electrodes are right next to each other, essentially shorting out much of the signal." People who have tried both zappers, while they still like the convenience of the Terminator, prefer the effectiveness offered by the best ParaZapper products."

The best results come from using a 4 point contact system with one negative contact and 3 positive contacts. In some cases, using this configuration with paddles and pads can almost double effectiveness and satisfaction.

Contact Information
Para Systems Inc.
Hulda Clark ParaZapper sales
5537 Balboa Ct. 35126
Phone : 205-856-3909

Para Systems Inc., the maker of the positive offset zapping products as specified by Dr. Clark such as the ParaZapper™ CC2, ParaZapper™ UZI-3, and the new ParaZapper™ MY-3 model. For more information on pricing and delivery, visit Hulda Clark Zapper Co at http://huldaclarkparazapper.com.

Contact:
David Etheredge
Para Systems Inc.
Hulda Clark ParaZapper sales
5537 Balboa Ct.
Pinson, AL 35126
1-866-765-5116

http://huldaclarkparazapper.com

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Lux Travel, formerly Luxury Travel, sets a new Luxury standard with a New Logo

To aspire to new heights, Vietnam’s first luxury tour operator, Luxury Travel Ltd, is unveiling a new logo to mark the latest phase in their evolution. The new logo will be rolled out across Luxury Travel collateral.

Hano, Vietnam, August 10, 2015 - To aspire to new heights, Vietnam’s first luxury tour operator, Luxury Travel Ltd(www.luxurytravelvietnam.com), is unveiling a new logo to mark the latest phase in their evolution. The new logo will be rolled out across Luxury Travel collateral.


Taking effect on 1 August 2015, Luxury Travel Ltd is launching a new logo to mark its rebranding as Lux Travel. The logo has been created to pay tribute to the heritage of its former branding and to mark a new milestone in 10 years of the nonstop development of Luxury Travel and its achievements.

At the same time, the company is also announcing a new e-commerce website (www.luxurytravelvietnam.com), has opened a new office in Nha Trang and established a brand new Discover Nha Trang website (discovernhatrang.com) to promote the 5-star Emperor Cruises (www.emperorcruises.com) in Nha Trang Bay.

“The unveiling of a new logo, a heart icon, marks the latest phase of Luxury Travel’s evolution and continuous growth. Our sincere service is from our heart, touching your heart. With all our senses - Smell, Sight, Taste, Touch, Sound - we can reach out to the wonders of the world, try new things and seek answers to questions to enrich our travel experiences.” said Pham Ha, Founder and CEO of Luxury Travel Ltd.

“A “refresh” of the brand’s identity conforms with our vision and mission to develop the experiential travel industry in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. We are embarking on an ambitious phase of growth for the Lux Group and we are delighted to share our new logo with our travel partners,”

“The business is undergoing a period of fast growth and evolution and we felt the time was right for an updated logo to better reflect our core values, mission and vision. The new design aims to honor the company’s 10-year history by retaining core elements of the previous logo.”

The new-look logo symbolises the innovation, creativity and development of Lux Travel Ltd. The “Travel” font is smooth, reflecting the flexibility in the services provided by the company. The Lux team is highly competent with in-depth knowledge, an excellent skill base and the right attitude which sets high standards for their Lux Services, ensuring clients' expectations are met at all times.

According to the company, the logo is steady, independent, reliable, harmonious, simple and elegant but at the same time maintains the heritage of the already well-established Luxury Travel brand, one that is renowned all over the world. In particular the logo emphasises the leading role of Lux Travel Ltd in providing high quality travel services in Vietnam.

Luxury Travel Ltd has received the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015 and has also been nominated as “Vietnam’s leading tour operator” and "Asia’s leading luxury tour operator" for the prestigious World Travel Awards 2015.

Contact:
Huyen Nguyen
Luxury Travel Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Street
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi 84444
84.4.62733087 Ext 122
marketing1@luxurytravelvietnam.com
http://www.luxurytravelvietnam.com

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Carmel Valley, California Winery Launches Two New Wines for Charity Benefitting Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation

Jarman Tasting Lounge and Patio Opens in Carmel Valley Wine Tasting and Special Picnic Packages Now Available

Carmel Valley, CA, August 08, 2015 — Carmel Valley's newest winery, Jarman Wines, will introduce two premium varietals to help benefit the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) and to honor the matriarch of the family whose name graces the wines created for her. In addition, the winery has opened a tasting room in Carmel Valley that offers three levels of wine tasting and three specially themed picnic packages.

To honor her late mother Jarman Fearing Lowder’s memory, Holman Ranch manager and eldest daughter Hunter Lowder took the best hand-selected estate grapes and created two premium varietals—Jarman Chardonnay and Jarman Pinot Noir—with $1 from each bottle sold going to the ADDF.

Jarman Lowder grew up in Chattanooga, Tenn., and lived up to being voted “best all around” in high school. She earned a nursing degree, worked as an R.N. and raised three daughters with her husband, Thomas. An active volunteer, animal lover, athlete and enthusiastic traveler, Jarman wanted to spend her golden years making wine with her husband at Holman Ranch, an idyllic piece of property in Carmel Valley, Ca. they purchased to realize that dream. Tragically, Lowder died in March 2011 at age 60 following a long battle with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Holman Ranch and Jarman Wines partnered with the ADDF to support research toward treatments and a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and to celebrate the life of Jarman Lowder. “We wanted to honor her, give back and increase awareness,” said her daughter Hunter. “Everything we do here and the reason all this exists is because of her.”

“We appreciate the generous support of Holman Ranch and the Lowder family,” says Dr. Howard Fillit, founding Executive Director and Chief Science Officer for the ADDF. “And we are proud that 100 percent of every dollar donated through this partnership will go directly to fund drug research for Alzheimer’s disease.” Dr. Fillit knew Jarman Lowder personally and was excited by the opportunity to honor her legacy in such a meaningful way.

About the ADDF
Founded in 1998 by co-chairmen Leonard A. and Ronald S. Lauder, the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation is dedicated to rapidly accelerating the discovery of drugs to prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer's disease. It follows a venture philanthropy model, funding promising research in academia and the biotech industry. And it’s the only such charity solely dedicated to funding the development of drugs for Alzheimer’s. Since its founding, the ADDF has awarded more than $70 million to fund over 450 Alzheimer’s drug discovery programs and clinical trials in 18 countries. By supporting innovative research projects around the globe, the ADDF increases the chance of finding a cure.

About Jarman Wines
Jarman’s terroir (a French word that speaks to a wine’s place of origin, its subtle nuances of traceable character, flavor, lineage and integrity) refers to a special place in Carmel Valley—and also to a special woman who inspired a family to bottle the essence of a mother’s spirit. The Jarman label will reflect quality, with only the best local grapes used during an artisanal, small-batch winemaking process. Jarman wine uses only 100 percent estate-grown, organic and certified-sustainable grapes. Aged in French oak barrels, Jarman’s vintages are held in limited supply, and not available anywhere outside their tasting room. The two varietals include:

• The 2013 Jarman Pinot Noir takes on nuances of warm blueberry pie, cloves and cinnamon that mingle in the nose with oak notes from 10 months in the barrel. The mouth-feel is plump and juicy with overtones of cassis and blackberries.

• The 2014 Jarman Chardonnay features floral notes reminiscent of walking by a parfumerie in France — subtle and pleasant with a hint of earthiness. When serving this wine lightly chilled, rich notes of underripe berries and raw honey will waltz across your palate.

To further honor their mother’s memory, the family has opened a special tasting room in Carmel Valley Village (open noon to 5 p.m., Thurs.-Sun.; or by appointment) next to Will’s Fargo Steakhouse + Bar, the restaurant they purchased in 2014. The tastings will feature full-fledged experiences, including tours and wine education, and each will include a food element that complements the wine. The new Jarman tasting room will provide visitors with three unique experiences: Cru Tasting, Premier Cru Experience and the Grand Cru Experience.

Address: 16 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA
Website: jarmanwine.com
Phone: 831-298-7300
E-mail: info@jarmanwine.com

Visitors can purchase special picnic packages with three distinct themes from Holman Ranch Tasting Room, Jarman Wines Tasting Lounge and Will’s Fargo Steakhouse + Bar. Themed Picnics include:

• The Ranch Picnic: Club Sandwich, Turkey, Avocado, Mayonnaise, Tomato, Lettuce, Bacon and Provolone Cheese or Vegetable Sandwich with Avocado, Mayonnaise, Tomato, Lettuce, Gruyere. Picnic package also include Sea Salt Chips, Fruit Salad, Assorted Cookies and a Bottle of Sparkling or Still Water. Cost is $20 per person plus service charge and tax.

• The French Picnic: Quiche Lorraine, Saucisson Sec, Cornichon, Moutarde De Dijon, Pate a la Truffe Noir, Fromage D’ Affinois, French Baguette, Beurre Sale, Salade Mesclun and Macaroons with Perrier or Evian Sparkling Water. $30 per person plus service charge and tax.

• The Classic Picnic: Smoked Salmon, Toast, Lemon Crème Fraiche, Capers, Red Onions, Prosciutto San Daniele, Sliced Apples, Cornichon, Grilled Local Asparagus, Heirloom Tomatoes and Mozzarella, Holman Ranch Olive Oil, Balsamic Reduction, Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries and Macaroons with Pellegrino and Aqua Panna Water. 2 Splits of Chandon Rose Sparkling Wine. $40 per person plus service charge and tax.

You can also upgrade your picnic to include a bottle of wine, flowers, blanket, and/or photography. Or book time at the idyllic Holman Ranch through your Premier Cru or Grand Cru wine experiences. Create your own unique afternoon, basking in the sun and the glow of friends and loved ones; perfect for proposals, anniversaries or any other celebration. All picnic orders must be placed 24 hours in advance.

To experience a picnic in the vineyard, please contact one of our team members to see about availability. http://jarmanwine.com/tasting-room/

Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox
Carmel, CA 93923
831-747-7455
http://www.jarmanwine.com

The All-New ParaZapper™ MY-3 with over 274 Accurate Frequencies in 35 mode selections

Para Systems Inc. unveiled a new member to its family of zappers, the ParaZapper™ MY-3 model. This zapper which has a total of over 270 frequencies in 35 mode selections with better accuracy is designed to perform better than its predecessors.

Pinson, AL, August 08, 2015 - David Etheredge, President Para Systems Inc., described the new ParaZapper™ MY-3 model as the best zapper available, which delivers leading performance and quality, backed by Current Controlled (CC) technology.

In addition to the increased mode selections, the new ParaZapper™ MY-3 model has a superior zapping ability i.e. able to kill microbes. The MY-3 model has a distinct specific frequency feature that allows specific frequencies to run for sufficient time for maximum effect.

"People today expect the best experience from their technology- they are counting on technology to kill parasites and microbes wherever they are," said David Etheredge. "The new ParaZapper™ MY-3 model gives customers the good experience they expect from the best zappers, with performance that allows them zap with more accurate consistency, when they want, in a model they will be proud to own."

The MY-3 model is designed with accurate frequencies utilizing many of Royal Raymond Rife's frequencies and technology that far exceeds the old Hulda Clark and Bob Beck zappers. The accurate frequencies make the micro-controller zappers such as this one to work better.

This model employs the constant current or current controlled output technology which is better, safer output that meets Dr. Clark's recommendations. Other cutting edge features found in the Hulda Clark zapper that are not present in other devices in the market include:

Good connection indicators: in this product, the status indicator serves as s good connection indicator with the changing colors without reducing that output.

Larger contacts: this provides a greater amount of electrical signal to produce greater effectiveness than would be achieved with smaller contacts.

"We introduced multiple frequency zappers because they can reach and destroy more organisms, and the MY-3 model is the latest in the market with amazing capabilities in killing microbes" said David.

Experience tells us that the best results come from using a 4 point contact system with one negative contact and 3 positive contacts. In some cases, using this configuration with paddles and pads can almost double effectiveness and satisfaction.

Para Systems Inc., the maker of the positive offset zapping products as specified by Dr. Clark such as the ParaZapper™ CC2, ParaZapper™ UZI-3, and the new ParaZapper™ MY-3 model. For more information on pricing and delivery, visit Hulda Clark Zapper Co at http://huldaclarkparazapper.com.

Contact:
David Etheredge
President
Para Systems Inc.
Hulda Clark ParaZapper sales
5537 Balboa Ct.
Pinson, AL 35126
1-866-765-5116
sales@paradevices.com
http://huldaclarkparazapper.com

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

100 Mile Meals Proves Local is Appetizing and Universal Message

Now seen on 30 stations nationally.

California, USA, August 05, 2015 - Dunbar Productions new foodie marketing program, 100 Mile Meals is growing its audience faster than a crop of summer squash.

Already designed as online and On demand videos and TV show in the SF Bay Area, the program is rapidly being added on public access channels around the United States.

“Our content is king.” Says Dunbar Productions Owner Romney Dunbar.“ Apparently our content marketing approach is so popular, viewers in Vermont, Massachusetts, Portland, Atlanta, San Francisco and Carmel can find similar value and entertainment in our product. This adds great value to our brand and the clients we present.”

Dunbar’s company launched the food/wine focused program in November 2014. Clients get professional video production for their website, advertising and social media plus broadcast opportunities as part of the 100 Mile Meals TV episodes and On Demand segments.

“Our strong relationship with our corporate sponsor, Performance Foodservice Ledyard ,gives us tremendous creative opportunities. We are producing a segment on the new age of airport food, shot at San Francisco International Airport. And have Big Sur and Beach Boardwalk food features, the local history of certified organics, and more, coming soon.’

100 Mile Meals streams at www.100milemeals.com and segments reach some 1.2 million Xfinity subscribers in the greater SF Bay Area and Monterey. 30 Minute episodes are running on some 30 channels in 15 states with a potential reach of 2-3 million additional subscribers.

“Our approach is informative, so even though we are a marketing program , our episodes conform to FCC and PBS guidelines. It’s a compliment to my team that when made available, so many channels quickly added 100 Mile Meals and asked if we would be providing future episodes.”

Dunbar Productions founded in 2002 provides affordable mass media video marketing. Business storytelling of all kinds. Real Estate, Hospitality, Technology, Medical and Government. www.dunbarproductionsvideo.com www.100milemeals.com romney@100milemeals.com
831-469-8142.

Contact:
Marci Bracco
Chatterbox Public Relations
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
http://www.100milemeals.com

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Test of Tyme, A Development and Construction Consulting Firm, To Hold Free Seminar with +Olive

Test of Tyme, A Development and Construction Consulting Firm, To Hold Free Seminar with +Olive, a sustainable lifestyle boutique in Carmel on Thursday, August 6, 2015: “Stand the Test of Tyme with The Next Generation of Furniture: From Concept to Construction-Cultivating Conscious Consumerism”

Pacific Grove, CA, August 04, 2015 - Founded in 2008, Test of Tyme is an international investment and development company that restores, builds, buys and sells estates in Carmel and Pebble Beach and beyond. It will hold a free seminar, “Stand the Test of Tyme with The Next Generation of Furniture: From Concept to Construction, Cultivating Conscious Consumerism” with a presentation by Don Whitaker of Test of Tyme and Ashley Yeates of +Olive, a sustainable lifestyle boutique, on Thursday, August 6, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The seminar will be held at +Olive, located at 120 Crossroads Boulevard in the Crossroads Shopping Village in Carmel, CA. Refreshments and beverages will be served. Space is limited and RSVPs are mandatory by calling (831) 655-2008 or emailing tot@testoftyme.com.

The presenters, Don Whitaker and Ashley Yeates, will discuss the critical need to support local artisans and American manufacturing. In a recent California Report story on Transpacific Partnership, it showed that there has been a loss of over 432,517 California jobs. In their presentations, Don and Ashley will focus on style, sustainability, craftsmanship, awareness and glamorizing careful consumerism. There will also be live demonstrations of furniture-making by Don Whitaker.

About Manufacturing Job Loss in America:
The reduction of tariffs on foreign goods and/or elimination of import quotas results in the elimination of companies and/or industries whose products are undercut by increases in foreign imports. One of the key factors that determine whether a foreign-made good is cheaper than the domestic good is the cost of labor in the country of origin. Workers losing jobs to imports or plant relocations overseas — and the communities and regions reliant on economic sectors destroyed by such shifts–find their futures uncertain. Even the strongest proponents of “free trade” theory believe in trying to assist these workers and communities to adjust to their altered futures, if for no other reason than to take the edge off of the anger about job-losing trade policies.

Learn more at http://investmentwatchblog.com/california-lost-432517-manufacturing-jobs-since-nafta-find-out-how-many-jobs-your-state-lost-nofasttrack-tpp/#glzdH6AfpApux4rv.99 and
http://audio.californiareport.org/archive/R201507010850/b

About Ashley Yeates
A licensed attorney in Texas, Ashley Yeates left the legal profession to follow a passion for “making things beautiful.” In 2001, Ashley Yeates launched the first of her enterprises — AYI & Associates — a boutique interior design firm. Established in Dallas, Texas, she moved the boutique firm to Carmel, California in 2005 to lead a more organic lifestyle. The move intensified a love for nature and shifted her design style to focus on sustainability and wellness, ultimately resulting in +Olive. A graduate of Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, Ashley decided to put her entrepreneurial spirit to work in pursuing a life-long passion for design. Today, her successful endeavors include +Olive, +Olive HC and CUSP.

According to Yeates, “Two of my most memorable childhood realizations are that the world is a big yet reachable place and I can make it better. At school, I used to swing as high as possible on the West Texas playground, looking across the desert horizon, knowing I would go out into the world and make a difference. At home, I ran the pastures in my Wonder Woman outfit feeling capable of anything. After I opened the new AYI & Associates Design Studio inside +Olive, it only seemed appropriate to add a big office swing. Although I retired the super hero suit, I feel empowered when combining the beauty of nature with fabrics and fashion to create a lifestyle line capable of shifting the way we manufacture and consume to preserve and protect the planet.”

About +Olive- Sustainable Lifestyle Boutique
+Olive is a luxury, sustainable furniture brand and retail concept in Carmel, California. Ashley created +Olive to resolve frustrations with a lack of quality in the furniture industry and to provide natural furniture options to her clients. “The lifestyle line accurately reflects the character of a community deeply committed to preserving nature, protecting the environment, practicing overall wellness and recognizing our impact on furniture generations.”

The +Olive furniture brand is currently in production in California, Arizona and New Mexico with manufacturing processes certified by the Forrest Stewardship Council and Sustainable Furnishings Council and using Global Organic Textile Standards. The +Olive brand encompasses multiple furniture lines and encourages consumer creativity and product uniqueness while adhering to soft impact manufacturing practices.

The +Olive lifestyle boutique located at the Crossroads Shopping Center in Carmel, California held its Grand Opening in June, 2015. The storefront and team are dedicated to changing the way people make purchasing decisions by offering high quality, luxury items that consider ecological, health and social impact. +Olive offers Eco Wool, Natural Organic Latex, Organic Goose Feathers, FSC Certified Wood, Organic Cotton, Linen, Cashmere, Mohair, Jute, Sisal, Marble and Stone, Natural Oils and Stains and Chemical Free Furniture.

With the slogan “We drink filtered water, we buy organic food, we read labels, and we recycle, BUT WHAT ABOUT OUR FURNITURE,” the retail concept incorporates other like-minded companies that are dedicated to raising consumer awareness and promoting product longevity and individual creativity that lead to a more meaningful life. “Americans can take pride in owning well-made American furniture pieces that can be handed down to future generations.”

+Olive seeks to educate on thoughtful purchasing and to inspire a shift back to values of quality and supporting local businesses. This concept fosters health and well-being, pure spaces, safe environments, smaller carbon footprints, and a stronger economy. It attempts to make the world a better place. +Olive’s mission is to educate others on the importance of sustainable and environmentally conscious furniture, linens, and accessories. For more information about +Olive, go to www.plusolive.com or call (831) 250-5307.

About Test of Tyme
Known as two of the most sought-after artisans and consultants on the Monterey Peninsula, Don Whitaker and Scott Coulter and their hand-picked group of sub-contractors, have worked together to build or renovate many of the largest estates in the area. Due to their passion and talent, artistic vision and top craftsmanship, they have been honored to work on more than 350 of the largest and most beautiful homes and structures in Carmel-by-the-Sea and Pebble Beach, including more than 20 homes on the ocean side of Seventeen Mile Drive in Pebble Beach.

One of their specialties is in the replication and creation of Old World-inspired finishes (1680’s – 1740’s European style), as well as the creation of original pieces designed for a specific home or space. They also restore paintings and other works of art.

Test of Tyme can transform every aspect of the average home into a marvelous homage to the old-world escapes captured off the pages of a European novella. The craftsmanship and artistic vision of every member of this team poured into the very foundation of each of their passionate projects. For more information about Test of Tyme, go to www.testoftyme.com or call (831) 655-2008.

Contact:
Wendy Brickman
Brickman Marketing
395 Del Monte Center #250
Monterey, CA 93940
831-633-4444
http://www.testoftyme.com

Monday, August 3, 2015

Watsonville Based Green Environment Landscape Does More Than Just Design Landscape and Plant Vegetation

One of one of the Few Green-Certified Landscapers in Central California that can virtually assure a savings of 40-50 percent on Water Consumption Using His Certified Green Landscaping Techniques

Watsonville, CA, August 03, 2015 - Francisco Cortes started his business with a passenger car and a shovel. Twenty-eight years later, he's the owner/operator of a thriving green-certified landscape contracting business with nine full-time employees, Green Environment Landscape, Inc.

But Watsonville-based Green Environment Landscape does more than just design landscapes and plant vegetation. Cortes' concept for the business is to incorporate the design and implementation of the entire outdoor landscape of a home or structure, from plants, lighting and waterscapes to patios, decks, stamped and stained concrete, irrigation, drainage and arbors. And do it while saving water and adhering to certified green landscaping techniques.

Green Environment Landscape is one of the few green-certified landscapers in Central California that can virtually assure a savings of 40-50 percent on water consumption. And to accomplish it without having to turn your green yard or garden into a parched desert landscape.

Cortes is able to accomplish this by using biosoils (which require less fertilizer and pesticides, thus reducing water use), innovative irrigation and drainage design, using more drought-resistant native plants, and incorporating various tried and true xeriscaping techniques such as zoning plants and mulching.

“People panic and they kill their plants. They don't know how to manage their landscaping, so they let it die,” said Cortes about the strict water-tightening regulations imposed by the state during this severe drought. “But we can do a lot of things to save water. We can save at least 40 percent, even more. We just have to be more efficient.”

After starting out doing strictly residential landscaping projects, the last several years Cortes and his company have been busy on the commercial end of the business. But Cortes wants to return to his roots, so to speak, get involved in more residential projects and strike a balance between residential and commercial.

Cortes, 56, was born in the state of Jalisco, Mexico, where tequila originated, but moved to the U.S. when he was 18, to work in the fields around Oxnard, in Southern California.

A few years later he saw an opportunity to get our of the fields and work for himself.

“I started with a shovel and my first project was a yard cleanup,” says Cortes, laughing at the thought. “I didn't even have a truck. All I had was a car!”

Thus was born Francisco Landscaping, which mostly focused on yard and garden cleanup, jobs that could be done by one person. Within two years he had his first employee and slightly bigger jobs came along, but the business struggled. Cortes, whose advertising consisted simply of handing out business cards, putting flyers on car windshields and advertising in the local shopper publication, knew he couldn't take on the truly big jobs that could boost his business.

Bigger projects meant more employees, more paperwork, more management and more complex designs and implementing them, something Cortes was not prepared for at this stage in his career.

“If I got a lot of business I wouldn't be able to manage it,” he says candidly. “So I decided to go to college — Cabrillo College (in Aptos, just south of Santa Cruz) — and saw that I had a lot to learn, so I took a lot of classes and attended a lot of seminars.”

But the hard work and long hours paid off. He was able to hire more employees, take on bigger projects and 10 years ago, expanded his offerings to include green landscaping, water-saving measures and what he calls “hardscapes,” the more rigid and permanent parts of a landscaping project.

“I like hardscaping, working on arbors, waterfalls, retaining walls, patios and working with lighting. It's a challenge,” says Cortes, who also changed the name to better reflect what his business offered. He sees landscaping and hardscaping going hand in hand in the ultimate design and success of a project.

After spending half of his life in the landscaping industry, Cortes' motto is simple, but highly effective: “Do the job right the first time. If the client still isn't satisfied, make it right.” Rarely has he had to redo a project.

“If I do a job, there's not going to be any callbacks,” Cortes says with a confidence built on 28 years of hard work and honesty. “If it's not right, no excuses, I'll take care of it. I will make sure the client is satisfied.”

There's nothing more important in business to Cortes than gaining the trust of his client and doing quality work.

Address: 115 Paseo Dr, Watsonville, CA 95076
Phone:(408) 227-0808

“That's one reason I've been in business so long — trust. They have trust in me,” says the plain-spoken Cortes. “Everyone wants to be successful, but the most important thing in being successful is quality. If you always do quality work, you'll never go out of business.”

Contact:
Marci Bracco
Chatterbox Public Relations
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 747-7455
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