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Thomas Pautz Named President of Charles & Colvard, Ltd. Wholesale Division

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MORRISVILLE, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Charles & Colvard, Ltd. (NASDAQ Global Select Market: CTHR), the sole manufacturer of created Moissanite gemstones, The Most Brilliant Jewel in the World®, is pleased to announce the promotion of Mr. Thomas Pautz to President of our Wholesale Division. In his new position, Tom will be responsible for overseeing the company’s indirect sales department’s day-to-day operations, including all aspects of account management and P&L responsibilities. Three years ago, Tom joined Charles & Colvard Ltd. as the Vice President of Sales & Marketing.

Attention Animal Lovers: Groupon Launches Dedicated Pets Page with Campaign to Help Law Enforcement K-9s Everywhere

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CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN) (http://www.groupon.com) today launches its latest pets deals page to celebrate pets across the nation. This special section for local and national pets-related deals will be available today through Wednesday, March 20, at http://www.groupon.com/occasions

Rockwell Collins Announces Retirement of Kirchenbauer

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rockwell Collins today announced that Ron Kirchenbauer, senior vice president of Human Resources and corporate officer, will retire at the end of April. Martha May, senior vice president and Chief Human Resources Officer of Bell Helicopter, has been appointed to succeed Kirchenbauer and will join Rockwell Collins on April 8, 2013.

Tom Hebson Joins Safety National’s Business Development Unit

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ST. LOUIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Safety National Casualty Corporation, the U.S. market leader in excess workers’ compensation, announced today that Tom Hebson has joined the company as Vice President – Product Development and Government Relations.

“We are pleased to welcome Tom Hebson to Safety National”.

With over 25 years of industry experience, Hebson brings a strong insurance background to Safety National. Hebson previously served as Managing Regional Executive at Heffernan Insurance Brokers, where he was responsible for the management and oversight of regional retail and national administrative wrap-up service operations. Prior to Heffernan, he worked in both executive and regional positions within the insurance carrier marketplace.

Digi-Key Receives Boeing Silver Performance Excellence Award

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Minnesota, USA – Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability, and delivery, today announced that it received a 2012 Boeing Performance Excellence Award. The award recognized suppliers who achieved superior sales and service performance over a 12-month period from October 2011 through September 2012.

Dell SecureWorks Expands Incident Response Services

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ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dell SecureWorks, an industry leader in information security services, is expanding its incident response (IR) services to counter the growing severity and frequency of breaches. Many organizations aren’t equipped internally to plan for and respond to today’s increasingly sophisticated, targeted threats from cybercriminals, hackers and nation states. Dell SecureWorks’ highly skilled responders and digital forensic experts can be rapidly activated to contain, eradicate and remediate security breaches

Samuels Joins Promontory Financial Group as Managing Director

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David Samuels Joins Promontory Financial Group as Managing Director

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Promontory Financial Group, a premier strategy, risk-management, regulatory, and compliance consulting firm for financial services firms worldwide, announced that David Samuels, former Global Head of Risk Solutions and Analytics for S&P Capital IQ, has joined the firm as a Managing Director. Mr. Samuels, who is based in New York, but will continue to spend extensive time in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region, will drive the development of a stress-testing solutions business and expanded analytical solutions, benchmarks and models, on a global basis.

“The financial crisis highlighted the critical importance of effective risk management. Today, institutions must handle heightened regulatory oversight as well as new and changing expectations”
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“The financial crisis highlighted the critical importance of effective risk management. Today, institutions must handle heightened regulatory oversight as well as new and changing expectations,” said Promontory Chief Executive Officer and Founder Eugene A. Ludwig. “David brings the right mix of analytic and senior managerial strengths to this initiative and has developed a strong reputation for helping financial institutions proactively monitor their individual and enterprise-wide risks in an evolving environment.”

Mr. Samuels has spent more than 25 years developing and providing risk-management solutions across industry, asset, and geographic lines. During six years at S&P IQ in his role as Global Head of Risk Solutions and Analytics, he oversaw the development of an innovative suite of risk-management solutions, including analytics, services, and data sets. From 2004 to 2007 he was Chief Operating Officer and Global Head of SunGard ERisk, where he oversaw quantitative modelers, programmers, and consultants in developing customized risk solutions for clients. Before that, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Zoologic Inc., a provider of flexible learning tools for the financial services industry.

Mr. Samuels stated, “Across Asia, Europe and the Americas, the use of stress testing to drive risk-based decision making is gaining momentum and becoming pervasive. I am excited to join Promontory’s deep bench of seasoned risk-management professionals, and look forward to working with them and the rest of the Promontory team to expand our stress testing and analytic solutions for the benefit of our clients globally.”

Mr. Samuels holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Management Information Systems from the State University of New York at Albany.

GreensLedge hires Frank Byrne as Managing Director

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GreensLedge today announced that Frank Byrne has joined the New York office as a Managing Director. Mr. Byrne will play a key role in building the firm’s specialty finance investment banking practice. Most recently, Mr. Byrne was the Head of Securitization at UBS where he led the rebuilding of the business post credit crisis.

ChaCha Names Two New General Managers

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ChaCha Names Two New General Managers

David Slade and Mark Calabrese Appointed to Senior Leadership Team

SAN FRANCISCO & CARMEL, Ind.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ChaCha, the leading human-powered Q&A site, today announced the addition of David Slade and Mark Calabrese as General Managers to its executive team. Slade will manage expansion of ChaCha’s business in the online Q&A space, which, according to comScore, already represents the #1 mobile Web property as measured by time spent by smartphone users. ChaCha.com also ranks as a Top 50 online site, in terms of monthly unique visitors, according to Quantcast. Calabrese will lead development and implementation of the company’s mobile apps, executing ChaCha’s vision and strategy to lead in the Q&A category on all device platforms, including iOS and Android.

“As we continue a sustained record of high growth, we look forward to their leadership driving high-performance results for our business.”
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“Both David Slade and Mark Calabrese bring unique and seasoned experience scaling digital platforms, and we are pleased to have them as part of our team,” said Scott Jones, CEO of ChaCha. “As we continue a sustained record of high growth, we look forward to their leadership driving high-performance results for our business.”

Before joining ChaCha, Slade consulted for content and ecommerce startups. Prior to consulting, as Head of Product for CBS Interactive’s business technology sites, Slade led the relaunch of ZDNet and TechRepublic Web sites, revamping monetization strategies and driving both sites’ mobile Web, app, and social strategies. Slade was also previously the CTO of Online Technologies, at VNU Business Media Europe, the European division of the Dutch-American media conglomerate, formerly named VNU and now known as Nielsen.

With more than two decades of experience as an IT strategist and change agent, Calabrese has created successful operations and service delivery environments for start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. Before joining ChaCha, Calabrese was the Director of Global Services for Thomas Reuters Elite, an end-to-end enterprise business management solutions company. There, he worked to scale and refine performance of global service delivery, increasing client satisfaction and profitability.

Slade will be based in ChaCha’s recently opened San Francisco office while Calabrese will be based at the company’s national headquarters in Carmel, Indiana. Both will report to CEO Scott Jones.

Indiana Business Bancorp Reports Results of Operations for the Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2012

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INDIANAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Indiana Business Bancorp (OTCBB: IBBI), the holding company for Indiana Business Bank, announced results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2012.

“Our staff is pleased that 2012 results improved upon a strong 2011 performance. Although most in our industry are fighting shrinking net interest margins, our ability to maintain yield and decrease our cost of funds, allows us to maintain a margin that was better than most of our peers.”
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The company recorded a profit of $340,724 or $.23 per share and $862,085 or $.57 per share for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2012. Net income includes recognition of a tax benefit in the amount of $100,000 for the quarter and $250,000 for the year from the carryover of net operating losses. Pre-tax profit was $240,724 and $612,085 for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2012. Pre-tax performance for the 2012 periods reflects improvements of 18.5% and 11.5% over the year earlier periods, respectively.

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