Growth Soars At Resort Travel & Xchange


Orlando, Florida (PRWEB) March 06, 2015

Resort Travel & Xchange (RTX) achieved record transactional growth in 2014, with timeshare exchanges soaring 250 percent over the previous year. Year-over-year gains in last-minute getaways were also strong, up 224 percent over 2013.

In 2014, the international timeshare exchange company facilitated 5,000 exchanges and getaways, with the average time to fulfill requests significantly below the industry average at just 4.4 days.

Aside from record-breaking exchanges and last-minute getaways, RTX completed nearly 1,000 discounted travel transactions such as hotels, cruises, car rentals, dining discounts and attractions from April 2014, when the company upgraded this service, through the end of last year.

The momentum continues into 2015. In January, RTX had its best month ever for transactional growth, with timeshare exchanges up an impressive 132 percent over its previous best month for exchanges, October 2014. Also in January, last-minute getaways jumped 124 percent versus the companys former record for getaways booked, set in February 2014.

RTX offers a fresh approach for owners looking for great value and more travel options, says Justin Hunter, director of operations for RTX. Similarly, our services for homeowners associations, resorts and developers are significantly more flexible and cost-effective than the industry standard.

While 2014 was a watershed year, Hunter continued, the future looks even brighter as we continue to enhance our offerings and make a positive difference for timeshare owners and our partners and peers throughout the industry.

Focus On Member Services

RTX made its debut in 2012 and now boasts 80,000 members. To serve its rapidly expanding member base, the company more than doubled its staff to 80 people in 2014, due partly to the opening of a 5,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art second customer service office in Orlando, Fla.

RTXs record growth highlights the popularity of its benefits. As part of its strategic plan to enhance value, the company launched Voyages by RTX in 2014, offering discounts on a wide range of travel and vacation products for people who do not own timeshares. Also last year, it introduced an enhanced travel discount program for hotels, car rentals, excursions and other vacation activities exclusively for Premium and Premium Plus members.

The new benefits add to RTXs array of customer-centric offerings. The company provides flexibility through various membership levels and rewards members for each exchange they make with an offer of up to $ 40 off their next purchase. Members also enjoy split-week reservations; low exchange fees; the longest deposit period in the exchange industry, lasting up to four years; and great savings on getaway week promotions. Plus, they have access to a variety of travel services beyond exchange such as: air travel, hotels, getaways, cruises, airport lounge memberships, and more.

While RTX is primarily an exchange company, it also upgraded its operational support last year for homeowners associations, resorts and developers. Today, these offerings include cost-effective and personalized member services, assistance with delinquent and unsold inventory, a rental platform and preferred alliance vendor relationship to assist with other areas of resort management.

To best serve members and partners with its ever-expanding roster of benefits, RTX increased staff training in 2014. A low supervisor-to-representative ratio of 1:12 ensures supervisors are constantly aware of staff performance. As part of RTXs rigorous quality assurance program, supervisors monitor calls and data closely, staying attuned to owner interactions. A real-time queue management and monitoring system helps keep call wait time to a minimum and expedites the schedule of return calls.

With an aim to continually add value through new strategic partnerships, RTX bolstered its participation in industry meetings and conferences throughout 2014 and will maintain a high profile this year as well. The company hosted the most popular event Speed Networking at the Cooperative Association of Resort Exchangers (C.A.R.E.) spring and fall conferences in 2014 and will continue that sponsorship in 2015. Additionally, RTX sponsors, attends and exhibits at such other key events as: ARDA World Conference, Global Networking Expo (GNEX Conference), Canadian Resort Conference (CRC), National Timeshare Owners Association (NTOA) Regional Meetings, as well as events by Timeshare Industry Young Professionals (TIYP) operated by ARDA and Timeshare Association (TATOC).

For more information about RTX visit http://www.rtx.travel.

About RTX

Resort Travel & Xchange (RTX) is a timeshare and vacation ownership exchange company based in Asheville, N.C. RTX works with a number of resorts and developers throughout the world to provide the best exchange options possible to its members. In addition to exchange services, RTX offers numerous travel benefits to members, such as reservation protection, rebates, travel discounts and more. RTX has approximately 80,000 members.







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Nancy Christie is appearing at the Indie Author Conference & Showcase on March 7


(PRWEB) February 27, 2015

Nancy Christie, author of “Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories, will be signing copies of her book at the Indie Author Conference & Showcase on March 7, at the Parma-Snow Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 2121 Snow Road, Parma, OH.

Im thrilled to be part of this northeast Ohio event, said Christie. Libraries are a critical part of our community, and its wonderful that the Cuyahoga County Public Library consistently supports local authors.

The conference begins at 11:00 AM with the author showcase portion starting at 2 PM. Visitors will have an opportunity to talk with Christie and other authors about their work as well as purchase signed copies. Information about the event can be found at the librarys website.

As more and more bookstores disappear from the literary landscape, it will fall to libraries to connect readers and writers in new and different ways, said Christie. CCPLs Indie Author event is just one example of how to accomplish this goal.

*[Nancy Christies] style is fluid, and [her] use of detail really brings the stories to life[Her] stories need to be read by as many as possible.~ Hal Blythe, fiction editor, The Chaffin Journal

*About “Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories”

What happens when people face life situations for which they are emotionally or mentally unprepared? They may choose to allow fate to dictate the path they takea decision that can lead to disastrous results. The characters in “Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories” are unable or unwilling to seize control over their lives, relying instead on coping methods that range from the passive (The Healer) and the aggressive (The Clock) to the humorous (Traveling Left of Center) and hopeful (Skating on Thin Ice). But the outcomes may not be what they anticipated or desired. Will they have time to correct their course or will they crash?

Published in September 2014 by Pixel Hall Press, Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories has garnered significant critical praise. One of the stories in Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories has also been nominated for the 2014 Pushcart Prize.

*Ms. Christies mastery of the short story is remarkable ~ Margaret Gust, Coastal Breeze News


About Nancy Christie

Nancy Christie is a full-time writer whose passion is fiction. Having written for numerous magazines and journals, her short stories can be found in literary publications such as “Full of Crow,” “Fiction365,” “Red Fez,” “Wanderings,” and “Xtreme.” Christie is currently working on several other book projects, including a novel and a book for writers. She is the founder of “Celebrate Short Fiction” Day. A member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, Nancy teaches workshops at writing conferences and schools across the country and hosts the monthly Monday Night Writers group in Canfield, Ohio.

Since the release of “Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories”, Christie has had various personal appearances through northeast Ohio, as well as done numerous virtual blog toursthe more recent dubbed her Birthday Bash Tour.

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Pixel Hall Press is a relatively new, old-fashioned small publishing house whose focus is on discovering literary gems and great stories that might otherwise be overlooked. Our mission is to publish books that energize the imagination and intrigue the mind, and to be a conduit between readers and provocative, stimulating, talented authors.

In this era of digital technology, Wall Street involvement and merger mania, many mainstream publishers seem to have lost sight of core principles and the purpose of publishing. At the other end of the spectrum is the veritable avalanche of self-published books that are notoriously uneven in quality. Small boutique imprints like Pixel Hall Press are reclaiming the heart and soul of publishing by reviving the idea that a publisher’s raison d’

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From Perplexing Puzzles to Redirected Asteroids: The Linda Hall Library Announces Spring 2015 Programming


KANSAS CITY, MO. (PRWEB) February 03, 2015

Spring 2015 Lecture Series invites public to To Boldly Go from the depth of the ocean floor to the moons orbit with leading national experts from Mayo Clinic to NASA

The Linda Hall Library Spring 2015 Public Programming begins with earth-bound puzzles and ends in the deep reaches of space. As the worlds foremost independently funded research library devoted to science, engineering and technology, the Library kicks off 2015 with Ingenious Objects, a new exhibition of geometric puzzles from the collection of Kansas City native Dr. Norton Starr.

Open free to the public January 30 through May 31, the new exhibition will feature rare, geometric puzzles crafted by Stewart Coffin, recognized as the world’s best designer of polyhedral interlocking puzzles. Fashioned from exotic woods, the puzzles are works of art assembled from interlocking pieces fitting together in fascinating, complex ways. The exhibition will feature 30 puzzles from the private collection of Dr. Norton Starr, Brian E. Boyle Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Computer Science at Amherst College.

The puzzles are made from exotic woods including cocobolo, bubinga, breadnut, rosewood, ebony, beech, satinwood, zebrawood, tulipwood, paroba rosa, oak and blue maho. The exhibit will include landmark mathematics books from the Librarys History of Science Collection and patent drawings of world-famous puzzles.

Dr. Starr interest in puzzles began in 1966 when he first saw a puzzle by Coffin. Since then, Dr. Starr has visited Coffin at his workshop in Lincoln, Mass, noticing Coffins impressive ability to visualize three-dimensional designs. First attracted by the sheer beauty of the assembled puzzles, Starr admires the puzzles for their symmetry, beautiful wood and difficulty of assembly, as well as the variety of designs possible among interlocking solids.

Spring Lectures & Second Saturday Conversations

Alongside the puzzle exhibition, the Linda Hall Librarys Spring Lecture Series, To Boldly Go, will explore science and exploration in extreme environments. New this spring, the Library will be unveiling Science Matters: Second Saturday Conversations, a series of interactive, informal lectures held on the second Saturday of each month from February through May 2015. The conversations will feature enlightening conversations with notable science technology and engineering speakers.

Each Linda Hall Library Spring Lecture Series event is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Online registration at http://www.lindahall.org/events/ and e-tickets are required. The Library is located at 5109 Cherry Street in Kansas City. Parking is free in Library parking lots and alongside the west side of Holmes Street between 51st and 52nd Streets. Make plans now to attend one or more of the following lectures and conversations (more details follow):

To Boldly Go: Science & Exploration in Extreme Environments

Spring Lecture Series

(All lectures will be from at 7 to 8 p.m. at the Linda Hall Library)

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HCBA Announces a Full Spring Season of Seminars for Homeowners

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) February 03, 2015

The Historic Chicago Bungalow Association (HCBA) has released its full Spring 2015 Seminar Series schedulenow open for online registration:

Bungalow Maintenance 101

Join Sustainability and Historic Preservation Consultant Carla Bruni to learn about typical materials, mechanical systems, as well as common maintenance issues in your Chicago bungalow. Learn how to improve the value of your bungalow and prolong its life by reducing energy usage, assessing or completing simple repairs and regular maintenance tasks, and gaining the basic vocabulary essential for talking to contractors.

Date/Time: Monday, February 2, 6:00pm

Location (North): Austin-Irving Library, 6100 W. Irving Park Rd, 60634

Date/Time: Thursday, February 26, 6:30pm

Location (South): Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S Halsted St, 60628

From Doors to Floors: Restoring Wood Interiors

Join Araceli Perez from Peter’s Wood Refinishing to learn basics on how to bring wood interiors back to their original glory by refinishing your woodwork. The focus will be on how to prep your walls, floors, and doorways before stripping your woodwork; removing your trim versus stripping it onsite; and tips on how to strip and refinish your woodwork.

Date/Time: Thursday, February 5, 6:00pm

Location (North): Roden Library, 6083 N Northwest Hwy, 60631

Date/Time: Monday, February 9, 6:00pm

Location (South): Avalon Library, 8148 S Stony Island Ave, 60617

New! Homeowner Panel: Big Ideas for Small Kitchen Spaces

Join a special panel of 4-5 HCBA members as they talk about their experience renovating their Chicago bungalow kitchens within the existing footprint of the home. Gain valuable insight as they share and discuss their project, including budget, scope of work, contractor/architects used, challenges, solutions, struggles and lessons learned. This presentation will include plenty of before, during and after photos to compliment the individual projects. At the end of the panel, a Q&A session will be held to answer questions you may have. This special homeowner panel will give you the insight to get your project started on the right foot.

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 11, 6:00pm

Location (South): Beverly Library, 1962 W. 95th St, 60643

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 31, 6:30pm

Location (North): Welles Park Fieldhouse, 2333 W Sunnyside Ave, 60625

Simple Estate Planning

Join us to learn about the basics of estate planning. Find out: What are your assets? Who are your heirs? How does your plan vary from others? How can you enact your plan? Attorney Kimberly Jean Brown of Legacy Complete will be available to answer any questions you may have to simplify your estate plan.

Date/Time: Monday, March 16, 6:00pm

Location (North): Budlong Woods Library, 5630 N Lincoln Ave, 60659

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 25, 6:00pm

Location (South): Avalon Library, 8148 S Stony Island Ave, 60617

Basement Flooding Part I: Understanding Your Sewers

Wade through the basics of understanding your sewer with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD). Join us and David St. Pierre, Executive Director of MWRD, for an overview of the combined sewer systems in the Chicago area, how they operate during rainstorms, and how this impacts you. Why do basements flood during heavy rains? What causes sewer backups? Most importantly, learn what you can do to help prevent sewer backups, and what the City and MWRD are doing to address these issues.

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 3, 6:00pm

Location (North): Northtown Library, 6435 N California Ave, 60645

Date/Time: Monday, March 23, 6:00pm

Location (South): Vodak-East Side Library, 3710 E 106th St, 60617

Date/Time: Monday, April 13, 6:00pm

Location (North): Austin-Irving Library, 6100 W Irving Park Rd, 60634

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 22, 6:00pm

Location (South): Avalon Library, 8148 S Stony Island Ave, 60617

New! Basement Flooding Part II: Reducing Flooding Risks on Your Property

As a follow up to Basement Flooding Part I: Understanding Your Sewers, join Ryan Wilson of Elevate Energy/CNT’s Rain Ready for an in depth exploration of the causes of flooding on your property and things you can do to help reduce basement flooding issues. This seminar will address areasboth inside and outside of your hometo help reduce flooding and sewer backups. Topics will include “how to’s” on disconnecting your downspout, installing a rain barrel, and planting a rain garden.

Date/Time: Monday, March 9, 6:00pm

Location (North): Austin-Irving Library, 6100 W Irving Park Rd, 60634

Date/Time: Monday, March 30, 6:00pm

Location (South): Vodak-East Side Library, 3710 E 106th St, 60617

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 14, 6:00pm

Location (North): Jefferson Park Library, 5363 W Lawrence Ave, 60630

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 29, 6:30pm

Location (South): Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S Halsted St, 60628

Dont Trash That Sash: Window Repair

Join Julie Liska of Liska Architects to learn about why you should love your original wood windows! Learn about materials, history, and restoration techniques for those double sashed beauties. Julie will also shed light on some misconceptions about new windows and explain how repairing and restoring your sashes can save both energy and money.

Date/Time: Monday, May 4, 6:00pm

Location (South): Avalon Library, 8148 S Stony Island Ave, 60617

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 12, 6:30pm

Location (North): Indian Boundary Park Fieldhouse, 2500 W Lunt Ave, 60645

New! Bungalow Curb Appeal: Landscaping

Does your front yard look tired and old? Does the landscape need a pick-me up and a bit of pop? Join Prairie Godmothers to show you how to improve your garden spaces by reframing the space, adding show-stopping plants and shrubs and improving your soil. Meet plants that embody the look and feel of your bungalow and are easy to care for as well.

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 20, 6:00pm

Location (South): Beverly Library, 1962 W. 95th St, 60643

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 26, 6:30pm

Location (North): Portage Park Senior Center, 4100 N Long Ave, 60641

Working With An Architect

Hear from residential architectural specialists of American Institute of Architects (AIA) Chicago about choosing an architect, navigating zoning and permit regulations, budgets and realistic payback periods for “green” improvements. Learn how to define environmental goals for your vintage home, what resources are available, and understand steps involved in design and construction. Following the session, attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a 15-minute one-on-one consultation with an architect, so bring your photos!

Date/Time: Monday, May 18, 6:00pm

Location (South): Avalon Library, 8148 S Stony Island Ave, 60617

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 3, 6:00pm

Location (North): Mayfair Library, 4400 W Lawrence Ave, 60630

New! Expanding Spaces: Basements

Julie Liska, of Liska Architects will review how to best use that unfinished basement space in your bungalow or vintage home to maximize your living and storage space potential. Her presentation will include related building codes, structural and heating/cooling issues for new basement space, water infiltration management as well as considerations for bungalow aesthetics when altering the footprint of your home.

Date/Time: Thursday, June 4, 6:00pm

Location (North): Jefferson Park Library, 5363 W Lawrence Ave, 60630

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 9, 6:30pm

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Potential Ruling By Supreme Court May Cause Significant Change With Disparate Impact and Housing; States TenantScreeningUSA.com


Waltham, MA (PRWEB) February 24, 2015

Disparate Impact is a complicated issue and with the recent involvement by the Supreme Court will continue to be a challenge within the housing market. The issue at hand involves Texas Department and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project (Docket No. 13-1371) (2), which involves the language and manner in which disparate impact is used in protecting the rights of minorities as related to housing.

From TheWashingtonPost.com (Jan. 21, 15):

The case poses a fundamental question about the power of the 1968 Fair Housing Act, which outlawed discrimination on the basis of race in housing decisions: Does the law prohibit only intentional discrimination, or does it also apply to seemingly race-neutral policies that still have the effect of harming minorities? (3)

Regardless of the outcome, change will occur. The elimination of the disparate impact theory will allow low-income housing without concern of location. That is, low-cost housing could, potentially, continue to be built in low-income neighborhoods. If the theory of disparate impact is upheld lawsuits pressing for low-cost housing to be built in a broader array of neighborhoods including high-dollar ones will continue.

Adam Almeida, President and CEO of TenantScreeningUSA.com states: Actions such as the one by the Supreme Court point to the continued focus on housing and, subsequently, renting policies. Without the skill and legal expertise of third-party tenant screening companies, landlords and property managers may not have the information they need to conduct business in a legal and lawful manner.

Legal experts across the country have weighed in on the potential outcome of the Supreme Courts action. HousingWire.com asked Mike Skojec, partner at BallardSpahr his opinion. One noted area concerned screening of tenants.

From HousingWire.com (Jan. 20, 15):

However, the substantial increase in the use of the theory by advocacy groups and HUD for many kinds of claims for which it should not be used, such as how risk is evaluated in selling property insurance or how management companies screen the risk of criminal conduct and other bad acts by possible tenants, has caused the theory to be attacked and probably struck down. (4)

Almeida states: Disparate impact is at the core of recent challenges to the legitimate and legal use of criminal histories. The use of criminal histories as part of the tenant background checks process has not yet been significantly challenged but based on Supreme Court actions over disparate impact and recent ban-the-box legislation, it is only a matter of time.

For landlords and property managers the question of disparate impact will continue. Further, the legal challenge over the lawful use of criminal histories will linger. TenantScreeningUSA.com strongly urges all landlords and property managers to work with third-party tenant screening companies to remain fully compliant and knowledgeable of legal proceedings affecting the rental industry.

TenantScreeningUSA.com is a third-party tenant screening company that provides clients with the most current and accurate legal information regarding the fair and lawful use of public records, such as criminal history. Highly trained representatives can assist landlords and property managers with setting up a legally compliant tenant screening program.

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Exari Systems Completes Record Year in 2014

BOSTON, MA (PRWEB) February 24, 2015

Exari, the leader in cloud-based contract lifecycle management software, delivered a record year in customer bookings, revenue and employee growth. Exari continues to expand its offerings of market-leading solutions, driving more value for corporate legal departments and multinational law firms than ever before. New customers span a number of key industries, including banking, capital markets, insurance and high tech firms.

Total bookings growth in 2014 was driven by strong international demand from new customers and significant expansion at existing customers. Exari solutions are used by thousands of users worldwide to manage millions of contracts every year.


New customers include Miller Insurance Services LLP, a worldwide leader in insurance products and services. Miller selected Exari to automate the Slip generation process, using Exari software to generate all their business documents. Using Exari’s unique features, including the Clause Library, will improve accuracy and speed of response while enabling Miller to deliver rich XML data to Underwriters as required.

Exari significantly enhanced the value received by customers with upgrades to both its market-leading document automation and contract management software.

Exari DocGen now includes:

The ability to eliminate manual data entry errors and enhance decision making with Exaris new RoundTriptm functionality.
Exari DocGen can accelerate negotiations and improve contract portfolio value by sharing best of breed clauses in the new Core Clause Library.
Customers can also protect their brand by ensuring all outward facing documents are high quality with DocGens Enhanced Document Embedding.

Exari Contracts:

Helps customers increase quarterly close rates with the Word Negotiator Ribbon, which automates important negotation tasks.
The latest version can eliminate major contract portfolio risks and increase company value with rapid, out of the box visibility.
Compliance failure can be prevented via Configurable Actions which provides granular control over who has access to which documents.
Finally, Exari Contracts can help close deals more quickly with complete DocuSign integration to reduce the risk of last minute rogue edits.

Exaris dramatic growth in 2014 is a testament to the value we are bringing customers every day, said CEO Bill Hewitt. We will continue to invest so we can expand the value proposition and keep delivering new and enhanced solutions that will raise the bar for the entire industry.

For more information on how Exari Contract Lifecycle Management software is making business users and legal professionals more productive, visit http://www.exari.com.

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