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World’s Largest Robotics Competition Returns to Dallas: The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation and the Dallas Sports Commission Announce the VEX Robotics World Championship Returning to Dallas for 2021-2024

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Event celebrates hands-on STEM learning with more than 35,000 attendees from around the globe

GREENVILLE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation and the Dallas Sports Commission is announcing today at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas that the REC Foundation’s VEX Robotics World Championship, presented by the Northrop Grumman Foundation, will return to Dallas from 2021 through 2024.

The REC Foundation’s VEX Robotics World Championship, recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest robotics competition in the world, is a week-long event celebrating hands-on STEM learning and will take place at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas. The world’s top teams will gather to compete in robotics competitions focused on creative design and problem solving.

As a hotbed for STEM jobs and the home of the REC Foundation, based in Greenville, Texas, Dallas is the perfect choice for the competition. Dallas previously hosted the VEX Robotics World Championship in 2009 and 2010, so it’s no stranger to the fun and excitement that comes with such a gathering.

After a comprehensive search for cities to host the World’s Largest Robotics Competition, we couldn’t be happier to bring this event back to Dallas in 2021. Our home office is based in Texas just outside of Dallas, so we know first-hand how committed the city is to innovation, STEM education and the future workforce,” said Dan Mantz, CEO of REC Foundation.

The VEX Robotics World Championship showcases students’ technical skills and accomplishments through the following programs: the VEX IQ Challenge (Elementary & Middle School), the VEX Robotics Competition (Middle School & High School) and VEX U (College/University). Robotics teams from across the world compete in these programs on a local level throughout the year, culminating in 1,650 teams who qualified to attend the VEX Robotics World Championship based on their success at the state/regional championship. Over the course of the season, over 24,000 VEX Competition teams from around the world worked to expand their STEM-related skill sets.

We are thrilled to partner with the REC Foundation to bring the VEX Robotics World Championships back home to Dallas for 2021-2024,” said Monica Paul, the Executive Director of the Dallas Sports Commission. “STEM education is part of our DNA in Dallas and the extensive STEM and robotics community locally is not just important in our schools but in also recruiting companies, jobs and workforce to the Dallas area. Bringing the VEX Worlds to Dallas embodies the out of the box thinking that we have embraced as the Dallas Sports Commission is always looking to expand our portfolio of events and competitions we host.”

The Dallas Sports Commission was influential in REC Foundation’s decision to come back to Dallas.

We’re proud to partner with the Dallas Sports Commission to bring the competition to Dallas,” said Mantz. “When deciding on a location, we were very impressed by Dallas Sports Commission’s vision for the event as well as its team’s commitment to help us grow the event and the city’s dedication to STEM.”

The REC Foundation and VEX Robotics also promote teamwork, collaboration and diversity within the STEM community through programs such as Girl Powered. The Girl Powered initiative provides tools and resources to students and mentors to promote female involvement in STEM and create an environment where students’ confidence and abilities can flourish.

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About the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation

The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation’s mission is to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on, affordable, and sustainable robotics engineering programs.

About VEX Robotics

VEX Robotics is a leading provider of educational and competitive robotics products to schools, universities, and robotics teams around the world. The VEX IQ and VEX EDR product lines span elementary, middle, and high schools with accessible, scalable, and affordable robotics solutions. Beyond science and engineering principles, a VEX Robotics project encourages teamwork, leadership, and problem solving among groups. It allows educators to easily customize projects to meet the level of students’ abilities as they inspire & prepare the STEM problem-solvers of tomorrow.

About the Dallas Sports Commission

The Dallas Sports Commission pursues amateur, grassroots, collegiate and professional championship events, positioning Dallas as the premier sports destination. A division of VisitDallas, the Dallas Sports Commission focuses on generating economic impact as well as improving the quality of life within the community through sports.


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Shareholder Alert: Robbins Arroyo LLP Announces NetApp, Inc. (NTAP) Sued for Misleading Shareholders

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SAN DIEGO & SUNNYVALE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$NTAP #classaction–Shareholder rights law firm Robbins Arroyo LLP announces that a purchaser of NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) filed a class action complaint for alleged violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 between May 22, 2019 and August 1, 2019. NetApp provides software, systems, and services to manage and share data on-premises, and private and public clouds worldwide.

If you suffered a loss as a result of NetApp’s misconduct, click here.

NetApp Accused of Misleading Shareholders

According to the complaint, in May 2019, NetApp announced its full year 2019 financial results, touting increases in net revenue and income and an increase of $4.09 in earnings per share. In June 2019, NetApp reaffirmed these results in its Form 10-K, despite also acknowledging risks that could affect its business, including that most of its revenues came from large, recurring purchases from clients and that any cancellations or delays in these purchases could negatively impact NetApp’s revenues. However, what NetApp failed to disclose was that it was already experiencing material negative impacts on its revenue due to the company’s inability to close large deals within the quarter. Then, on August 1, 2019, NetApp revealed the reality of its financial situation when it announced lowered than expected first quarter 2019 adjusted earnings and net revenue and lowered its first quarter 2020 net revenue from a range of $1.315 to $1.465 billion to a range of $1.22 to $1.23 billion and announced its 2020 net revenue was expected to decline between 5% to 10% year-over-year. On this news, NetApp’s share price fell $11.67, or over 20%, to close at $46.04.

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INVESTOR ALERT: Law Offices of Howard G. Smith Announces the Filing of a Securities Class Action on Behalf of SAExploration Holdings, Inc. Investors (SAEX)

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BENSALEM, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$SAEX–Law Offices of Howard G. Smith announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of investors who purchased SAExploration Holdings, Inc. (“SAExploration” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: SAEX) securities between March 15, 2016 and August 15, 2019, inclusive (the “Class Period”). SAExploration investors have until October 17, 2019 to file a lead plaintiff motion.

Investors suffering losses on their SAExploration investments are encouraged to contact the Law Offices of Howard G. Smith to discuss their legal rights in this class action at 888-638-4847 or by email to

On August 15, 2019, SAExploration revealed that certain accounting matters that arose in 2015-2016 were under investigation by the SEC. The Company stated that they would restate its previously issued financial statements for fiscal years 2015 through 2018 and delay filing its 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2019. The Company’s Chief Executive Officer was placed on administrative leave, and its Chief Financial Officer was terminated from his position.

On this news, the Company’s share price fell $1.13 per share, or over 34%, to close at $2.14 per share on August 16, 2019, thereby injuring investors.

The complaint filed in this class action alleges that throughout the Class Period, Defendants made materially false and/or misleading statements, as well as failed to disclose material adverse facts about the Company’s business, operations, and prospects. Specifically, Defendants failed to disclose to investors: (1) that the Company improperly did not classify Alaska Seismic Ventures, LLC (“ASV”) as a variable interest entity; (2) that the Company had a controlling financial interest in ASV, which required the Company to consolidate ASV in its financial statements; (3) that the Company had deficient internal controls over financial reporting; (4) that these practices were likely to lead to an investigation of the Company by the SEC; (5) that SAExploration would be forced to delay the filing of its quarterly report for the quarter ended June 30, 2019; and (6) that as a result, Defendants’ statements about SAExploration’s business, operations and prospects were materially false and misleading and/or lacked a reasonable basis at all relevant times.

If you purchased SAExploration securities have information or would like to learn more about these claims, or have any questions concerning this announcement or your rights or interests with respect to these matters, please contact Howard G. Smith, Esquire, of Law Offices of Howard G. Smith, 3070 Bristol Pike, Suite 112, Bensalem, Pennsylvania 19020 by telephone at (215) 638-4847, toll-free at (888) 638-4847, or by email to, or visit our website at

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Thomas Rodriguez Joins Kleinfelder as Executive Vice President and East Division Director

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EXTON, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kleinfelder announced today that Thomas Rodriguez has joined the firm as Executive Vice President and East Division Director. Rodriguez is a results-driven leader with significant experience directing multi-disciplined operations and leading teams to drive profitable growth. Based in Kleinfelder’s Exton office, Rodriguez will oversee operations throughout Kleinfelder’s East Division.

“Tom will be a significant asset to Kleinfelder’s leadership team as we continue to position our business to best capitalize on existing and emerging market opportunities,” commented Louis Armstrong, President. “His diverse skill sets, experience, and knowledge of our markets will be invaluable as he leads our East Division operations in strategic initiatives that drive growth and create new opportunities for our staff.”

An accomplished professional with versatile experience, Rodriguez has a strong technical foundation in addition to a proven track record in operations management, enterprise risk management, business development, and health and safety stewardship. Having successfully led business operations with over 700 staff and over $150 million in sales and revenue, he has achieved tremendous success delivering growth and profitability through portfolio diversification, enterprise-level marketing and sales campaigns, and reduction of project overruns and claims through effective risk management and quality assurance measures. Maintaining a results and people driven leadership style, Rodriguez underscores the importance of cultivating and retaining staff, coaching and developing new leaders, and emphasizing a high quality, safety-first work culture.

“I have known and admired Kleinfelder’s strong work and market position for many years,” said Rodriguez. “Under the current leadership team and capital structure, we are positioned to provide broader services to our clients, greater career opportunities for our staff, and achieve strong, profitable growth in the months and years ahead. I am proud and excited to be joining this team.”

About Kleinfelder

Founded in 1961, Kleinfelder is an engineering, construction management, design and environmental professional services firm. Kleinfelder operates over 60 office locations in the United States, Canada, and Australia. The company is headquartered in San Diego, California.


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