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Kaon Interactive Named Top ten provider of sales technology solutions

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Kaon Interactive, the leading provider of 3D marketing and sales applications for global B2B brands, has been named a Top 10 Sales Technology Solutions Provider by CIO Applications. The accolade rounded out a strong year for the company, which saw double-digit increases in revenue and customer growth in 2018.

A panel of distinguished judges made up of CEOs, CIOs, venture capitalists, research analysts and the CIO Applications editorial board analyzed sales technology providers across the country that provided cutting-edge technologies. Kaon Interactive joined a premier group of AI, software and CRM leaders who took home honors for exceptional sales and marketing solutions.

In addition to the CIO Applications honor, Kaon took home two Communicator Awards for its Siemens and Tecan applications, the Digital Agency Network named Kaon’s augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) solution for Cisco as one of the top four marketing experiences of 2018, and the company was named one of the Largest Mobile Tech Companies in Massachusetts by the Boston Business Journal. Kaon closed its best-performing year in 2018 with double-digit revenue and new customer growth.

Kaon’s transformative sales and marketing applications allow B2B companies to more effectively communicate a product or service’s value to prospects through interactive experiences. These solutions, in turn, help to drive increased sales and reduced marketing costs.

Kaon’s client roster includes a pre-eminent list of visionary Global 1000 companies such as Cisco Systems, Dell-EMC, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Siemens and GE.

“Global executives who are looking to grow and sustain long-term, high-value customer relationships are seeing substantial results from our solutions,” said Gavin Finn, CEO & President of Kaon Interactive. “Because our interactive applications convey true competitive value differentiators, benefits include increased sales win rates and reduced sales cycles, while creating significant marketing efficiencies. Our applications simplify complex B2B products and solution stories, helping globally distributed sales forces with broad product and solution portfolios convey a crisp, relevant value message at every customer touchpoint.”

In 2018, Kaon’s ‘big data’ analytics showed global trends of increased user interactions by as much as 28 percent, year-over-year. This signals an industry shift to engagements that focus on value-based selling versus product selling, as visionary companies embark on digital transformation in their sales and go-to-market strategies. Capabilities such as AR and VR are now yielding tangible results as vehicles to help tell complex stories.

Kaon Interactive’s applications are created once and can be deployed everywhere. Currently available on devices running iOS, Android, MacOS, and Windows, Kaon Interactive’s solutions are used by sales teams and marketers in nearly 40 countries.

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Will Bagley to Receive Western Writers of America’s Owen Wister Award

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Will Bagley, a journalist known for monumental nonfiction books about the Mormon West and overland trails, will receive the 2019 Owen Wister Award for Lifetime Contributions to Western Literature from Western Writers of America (WesternWriters.org).

Bagley will also be inducted into the Western Writers Hall of Fame, housed outside the McCracken Research Library at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyo.

“People either love or hate me,” said Bagley, who lives in Salt Lake City. “The Wister Award is an expression of affection from my WWA friends that is appreciated and humbling, for it calls to mind the words ‘I am not worthy!'”

The nonprofit guild’s highest honor will be presented during Western Writers of America’s convention June 19-22 in Tucson, Ariz.

Bagley is a three-time winner of WWA’s Spur Award for “Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Youngand the Massacre at Mountain Meadows”; “The Mormon Rebellion: America’s First Civil War, 1857-1858”; and “With Golden Visions Bright Before Them Trails to the Mining West, 1849–1852,” all published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

Bagley has also received the Western Heritage Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and the Caroline Bancroft History Prize. His books have also been honored by Westerners International, Utah Division of State History, Wyoming State Historical Society and the John Whitmer Historical Association.

“Will is not just a tenacious researcher, he is a brilliant writer,” WWA executive director Candy Moulton said. “His ‘Blood of the Prophets’ is a classic – impeccably researched and written with precision.”

Bagley’s other books include “South Pass: Gateway to a Continent” and “So Rugged and Mountainous: Blazing the Trails to Oregon and California, 1812–1848,” both Spur Award finalists.

Since the early 1950s, Western Writers of America has honored and promoted all forms of literature about the American West. Previous Owen Wister honorees include Pulitzer Prize winner N. Scott Momaday; historians David Dary and Robert M. Utley; and best-selling novelists Rudolfo Anaya, Elmore Leonard, Tony Hillerman and Lucia St. Clair Robson.

The Wister Award is a bronze statue of a buffalo created especially for Western Writers of America by artist Robert Duffie.

SOURCE: Western Writers of America

 

 

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Hollywood: Winners of 6th Annual MUAHS Awards

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The Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild (MUAHS, IATSE Local 706) announced winners of its 6th Annual MUAHS Awards in 21 categories of film, television, commercials and live theater, during a formal gala at the Novo by Microsoft at L.A. Live Downtown on Saturday night, February 16, 2019.

Winners in the Feature Motion Pictures categories include A Star is BornVice, Crazy Rich Asians and Mary Queen of ScotsTelevision winners included The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselAmerican Horror Story: Apocalypse, Westworld and Dancing with the Stars. For the categories of Motion Picture Made for Television, winners include King Lear, Cocaine Godmother and Jesus Christ Superstar: Live and in Concert.

Winners in the Daytime Television category were awarded to The Young and The Restless. A Series of Unfortunate Events wins Best Children/Teen Program. Theatrical honors were bestowed upon Aladdin and The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Rocky Horror. The Commercial/Music Video Award was presented to American Horror Story: Apocalypse- Promotional Campaign. 

The awards took place before an audience of more than 900, including guild members, industry executives and press. Actress/comedienne Loni Love (The Real) returning to charm as host for the fourth year in a row. Julie Socashnewly installed President, and Randy Sayer, Business Representative, presided over the awards ceremony. Returning again as producer of this year’s MUAHS Awards (#MUAHSawards) was Erick Weiss of Honeysweet Creative.

TV personality, actor and singer Frankie J. Grande returned as star host of the “Live From the Red Carpet,” presented by HASK® Beauty, livestreaming on Amazon.com/live and on local706.org/live-red-carpet  from LA Live’s Novo Theater. “Live From the Red Carpet” was co-produced by IngleDodd Media and Honeysweet Creative.

Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Academy Award®-nominated and two-time Primetime Emmy®-winning actress, received the prestigious MUAHS Distinguished Artisan Award, celebrating her prolific acting career and the plethora of characters she embraces. McCarthy is the first female artist to receive this award, presented by hair stylist Linda Flowers, collaborator on McCarthy’s numerous characters for many years. A wonderful clip reel was presented, spotlightingthe prestigious spectrum of McCarthy’s extraordinary award-winning film work including Bridesmaids, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, This is 40, The Hangover Part III and Ghostbusters, among many others. Her award-winning television credits include Gilmore Girls, and Mike & Molly, for which she won an Emmy®.

Sue Cabral-Ebertoutgoing Local 706 President and award-winning makeup artist, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Makeup by longtime friend and actress Linda Gray (Dallas). Legendary Emmy-winning hair stylist Robert Louis Stevenson received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Hair Styling from Margaret Avery, his hair stylist on The Color Purple and The Jacksons: An American Dream.

Another highlight of the evening was the moving In Memoriam, performed by long time MUAHS member Angie WellsThe spirited MUAHS After Party took place following the Awards ceremony featured a special appearance with celebrity DJ Bootie Mashup, courtesy of M.A.C. Cosmetics, catered by Wolfgang Puck.

Additional presenters for this year’s awards included Vivica A. Fox (Kill Bill), Amber Stevens West(Happy Together), Doug Jones (The Shape of Water), Christine Devine (Fox 11 News LA), John Brotherton (Fuller House), Kate Linder (The Young and the Restless), Jake Busey (Stranger Things), Leslie Grossman (American Horror Story), Liam McIntyre (Spartacus: Blood and Sand), MacKenzie Ziegler (Dancing With the Stars: Juniors), Nicollette Sheridan (Desperate Housewives), Margaret Avery (Being Mary Jane), Retta (Good Girls), Shangela (A Star is Born), among others.

WINNERS FOR OUTSTANDING MAKE-UP ARTISTS AND HAIR STYLISTS: 
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CONTEMPORARY MAKE-UP
        A STAR IS BORN 
               Ve NeillDebbie ZollerSarah Tanno

CONTEMPORARY HAIR STYLING 
        CRAZY RICH ASIANS
                Heike MerkerSophia Knight

PERIOD AND/OR CHARACTER MAKE-UP
        VICE
                Kate BiscoeAnn Pala, Williams, Jamie Kelman

PERIOD AND/OR CHARACTER HAIR STYLING
        MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS
                Jenny ShircoreMarc Pilcher

SPECIAL MAKE-UP EFFECTS
        VICE
                Greg CannomChristopher Gallaher

WINNERS FOR OUTSTANDING MAKE-UP ARTISTS AND HAIR STYLISTS: TELEVISION

SERIES, MINI OR NEW MEDIA – BEST CONTEMPORARY MAKE-UP 
        AMERICAN HORROR STORY: APOCALYPSE
                Eryn Krueger MekashKim AyersSilvina Knight

SERIES, MINI OR NEW MEDIA – BEST CONTEMPORARY HAIR STYLING
        DANCING WITH THE STARS
                Gail Ryan, Brittany SpauldingJani Kleinbard

SERIES, MINI OR NEW MEDIA – BEST PERIOD AND/OR CHARACTER MAKE-UP
        THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL
                Patricia ReganClaus LullaJoseph A. Campayno

SERIES, MINI OR NEW MEDIA – BEST PERIOD AND/OR CHARACTER HAIR STYLING
        THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL
                Jerry DeCarloJon JordanPeg Schierholz

SERIES, MINI OR NEW MEDIA – BEST SPECIAL MAKE-UP EFFECTS
        WESTWORLD
                Justin RaleighKevin KirkpatrickThomas Floutz

MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR SPECIAL – BEST CONTEMPORARY MAKE-UP  
        KING LEAR
                Naomi DonneSara Kramer

MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR SPECIAL – BEST CONTEMPORARY HAIR STYLING
        JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE IN CONCERT
                
Charles LapointeKevin Maybee 

MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR SPECIAL – BEST SPECIAL MAKE-UP EFFECTS
        COCAINE GODMOTHER
                
Trefor ProudVicki Syskakis

DAYTIME – BEST MAKE-UP
        THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
                
Patricia Denney, Marlene MasonKathy Jones

DAYTIME – BEST HAIR STYLING
        THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
                Regina Rodriguez, Adriana LucioVanessa Bragdon

CHILDREN AND TEEN – BEST MAKE-UP
        A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS
                
Rita CiccozziKrista SellerBill Terezakis

CHILDREN AND TEEN – BEST HAIR STYLING 
        A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS
                
Julie McHaffieDianne Holme

COMMERCIALS & MUSIC VIDEOS – BEST MAKE-UP
        
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: APOCALYPSE “PROMO”
                Kerry HertaJason CollinsCristina Waltz

COMMERCIALS & MUSIC VIDEOS – BEST HAIR STYLING
        
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: APOCALYPSE “PROMO”
                Joe Matke, Fernando Santaella-Navarro

WINNERS FOR OUTSTANDING MAKE-UP ARTISTS AND HAIR STYLISTS: THEATER

THEATRICAL PRODUCTION – BEST MAKE-UP
        THE UNAUTHORIZED MUSICAL PARODY OF ROCKY HORROR
                
Michael JohnstonTyson FontaineLauren Lillien

THEATRICAL PRODUCTION – BEST HAIR STYLING
        
ALADDIN
                Debra ParrMichele Arvizo, Chanthy Tach

The Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylist Guild Awards is proud to be sponsored by Diamond Level: HASK Beauty; Ruby Level: M.A.C. Cosmetics; Sapphire Level: E.I. School of Professional Makeup, Japonesque Beauty, Nigel Beauty, Schwarzkopf Professional; Premier Level: Focus Features, RCMA Makeup; Double Platinum Level: 20th Century Fox; Platinum Level: Annapurna Pictures, IATSE Local 798 Makeup Artists & Hair Stylists, Netflix; Gold Level: 20th Century Fox TVHBO, Warner Bros. Pictures; Silver Level: Ardell Professional, Boxy Girl®, Brush Off, Cinema Makeup School, CROC USA, I.A.T.S.E., Kryolan, Make-up Designory, Premiere Products, Inc., Skindinavia, Skin Illustrator, The Criterion Group, The Hollywood Museum; Gift Bag Sponsors:Hempz, Lime Crime, Moroccan Magic, Qosmedix, Royal & Langnickel, Senna Cosmetics;  VIP Transportation Sponsor: BLS Limo; Media Sponsors: The Hollywood Reporter, Variety and SHOOT.

 

SOURCE: Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild (MUAHS, IATSE Local 706)

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Dr. John P. Lederach to Get 36th Niwano Peace Prize

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The Niwano Peace Foundation will award the 36th Niwano Peace Prize to Dr. John Paul Lederach, Professor Emeritus of International Peacebuilding at the Kroc Institute for Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and a Distinguished Scholar at Eastern Mennonite University in the United States.

An award presentation ceremony will take place in Tokyo on May 8 at 10:30 a.m. In addition to an award certificate, Dr. Lederach will receive a medal and a cash prize of 20 million yen.

In many war-torn settings like Colombia, Nepal, Northern Ireland and Somalia, Dr. Lederach has provided accompaniment for local communities most affected by decades of violence. As a practitioner-scholar, his academic work draws on this rich experience in the field as a mediator, negotiator, peacebuilding practitioner, trainer and consultant.

In selecting Dr. Lederach as a recipient for 2019, the Niwano Peace Prize Committee said he “has helped support and encourage evolving peace processes, give voice to those on the margins of society and empower ordinary citizens to transform ongoing and emerging conflict in a healthy and positive way.”

Moreover, his “contribution on conflict transformation through his teaching, training, practicing and his own organizational network has given tremendous inspiration and courage to peace activists and practitioners around the world,” it said.

Niwano Peace Prize:
The Niwano Peace Foundation established the Niwano Peace Prize to honor and encourage individuals and organizations that have contributed significantly to inter-religious cooperation, thereby furthering the cause of world peace, and to make their achievements known as widely as possible. The foundation hopes in this way both to enhance inter-religious understanding and cooperation and to encourage the emergence of still more persons devoted to working for world peace. The prize is named in honor of the founder and first president of the lay Buddhist organization Rissho Kosei-kai, Nikkyo Niwano.

Niwano Peace Foundation:
The Niwano Peace Foundation was chartered in 1978 to contribute to the realization of world peace and the enhancement of a culture of peace. The foundation promotes research and other activities based on a religious spirit and serves the cause of peace in such fields as education, science, religion and philosophy.

 

SOURCE: Niwano Peace Foundation

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