first_imgMarissa Fernandez (DMS), Yolanda Woeke-Jacobs (Dragonfly Africa), Andrew Dyson (Prize winner, 212°F) There has never been a better time to visit South Africa, with the Aussie dollar stronger against the South African rand, according to Dragonfly Africa director of sales and marketing Yolanda Woeke-Jacobs. DMS Destination Marketing Services with Dragonfly Africa welcomed leisure and MICE agents to an intimate cocktail affair at Sydney’s Blue hotel last night. Ms Woeke-Jacobs spoke to agents about the possibilities for clients visiting Africa and how it has never been a better time to visit with itineraries now 15 percent more affordable. Dragonfly Africa is represented in Australia by DMS Destination Marketing Services and offers extensive product knowledge and expertise in incentive and leisure travel.With over 14 years invested in the market, Dragonfly Africa delivers with prompt attention to clients with acknowledgments that always go beyond the brief.For more information on Dragonfly Africa, please visit their re-launched website. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.Wlast_img read more

first_imgSource = qualia qualia took out a trio of awards at the prestigious ceremony in Sydney, including ‘Best Resort’, ‘Best Spa’ for Spa qualia for the second year running, and ‘Best Hotel Chef’ for British-born Alastair Waddell. In addition, qualia received several Highly Commended awards, including for Luxury Property, Australian Lodge, Hotel Restaurant (Long Pavilion) and Hotel of the Year. Michael Shah, qualia’s General Manager, said: “qualia offers guests an outstanding and unique experience each and every time. From exceptional service, to award-winning cuisine and the best in resort leisure facilities, qualia is a beacon of understated luxury and quintessential Australian charm that simply cannot be discovered anywhere else.” Owners of Hamilton Island and qualia, the Oatley Family was also inducted into the prestigious Hall of Fame, recognised for their significant contribution to the tourism industry through the ongoing investment in, and development of, Hamilton Island. Next year sees the 10th anniversary of the Oatley’s ownership of Hamilton Island. qualia occupies Hamilton Island’s unashamedly beautiful and sun-drenched northern-most tip. A member of Relais & Châteaux, qualia is set amongst native Eucalypts, with breathtaking views of the surrounding Whitsunday Islands and tranquil Coral Sea. The resort’s outstanding facilities include two infinity-edged pools, two bars and exclusive restaurants, a private dining room, library, fitness centre and Spa qualia, an award-winning venue unto itself. qualia also hosts several special events for its guests throughout the year, including the popular Australian Ballet ‘Pas de Deux in Paradise’ and Great Barrier Feast series. Alastair Waddell took the helm as executive chef at qualia earlier this year. Prior to qualia, Waddell was chef de partie at the 2 hatted Bistro Guillaume in Melbourne. Preceding his move to Australia, Waddell worked in his home town in Glasgow.last_img read more

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W Eastern markets will need to be “a particular focus” for the inbound sector over the next ten years, says Australia Tourism Export Council (ATEC) managing director Felicia Mariani.While China’s role in the future of Australia’s tourism industry is “irrefutable”, Ms Mariani is urging the country to exploit the opportunities of all its key markets equally. “Our new and emerging markets are quite clearly running well ahead of the pack and Australia must capitalise on the experience we have already gained in operating in the Singapore, Malaysian and Hong Kong markets over many years,” the ATEC boss said in response to the latest Tourism Forecasting Committee projections.Successfully tapping into these “new and emerging markets” requires an understanding of not only the needs of these markets, but also the distribution channels in Asia and an assurance that Australia is offering a competitive product, Ms Mariani said.“We must build the capacity of our industry to engage fully with all the opportunities offered by all the Asian markets.”According to Ms Mariani, Asian markets are set to contribute 45 percent to Australian tourism growth over the next two years.last_img read more

first_imgThe Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mario Hardy as its next chief executive officer, effective November 1, 2014.Mr Hardy is currently the chief operations officer of PATA, a position he has held since January 15th of this year.He was approved to succeed Martin Craigs as the CEO by the PATA Executive Board at the last Executive Board Meeting held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in September 2014.Through the end of November, Mr Craigs will fulfil obligations made as CEO at various speaking engagements that have been confirmed, including the Brisbane Global Cafe – Tourism’s New Frontiers on November 13, 2014, ahead of the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane, Australia.PATA chairman Scott Supernaw said that the executive board is delighted that Mr Hardy has accepted this CEO appointment.“In the short time he has been COO he has proven himself to be an effective and motivating leader. His management skills and creativity are what PATA needs to move the Association forward,” Mr Supersnaw said.Commenting on his new appointment, Mr Hardy said he is humbled and honoured that the PATA executive board has entrusted me to take the Association to its next stage of transformation.“I have been an active member of PATA since 2009 and I believe that by bringing further engagement with youth the Association will have a long lasting future,” Mr Hardy said.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

first_imgThe Survey of Tourist Accommodation for the year ending June 2014, released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, shows some mixed results, according to the industry body the National Tourism Alliance (NTA).The Survey measures activity in 4,200 accommodation properties across Australia.National Tourism Alliance chief executive officer Juliana Payne, said that the years’ figures show some increases in some areas, however there is still room to improve.“In the year ending June 2014, the figures show that while average occupancy of rooms across the country was slightly down on the previous year, the average room rate charged saw a slight increase, the lower occupancy probably reflects a slowdown of activity in the resource States,” Ms Payne said.“There is still a huge amount of activity going on in the accommodation sector, with well over 53.5 million room nights occupied nationally, generating nearly $9 billion in room revenue, hotels drive a lot of economic activity: they are big buyers of local goods and services, and they employ hundreds of thousands of people.”“With the Australian dollar coming down, it’s important that the industry is placed to take advantage of that; Australia needs to increase its marketing efforts nationally and internationally to attract the visitors who spend money and create jobs here.”Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

first_imgImage via CNW Group/Hotels.comIf you think you’ve noticed more Chinese tourists in your city lately, you’re not mistaken.According to global accommodation booking website Hotels.com®, Chinese travellers continue to take the world by storm, up 20 percent to 107 million in 2014.They’re also younger, more independent-minded, tech-savvy – and increasingly cashed-up.But where are they headed? According to the survey, Australia, Japan and France are the most desired destinations to visit in the next 12 months.Top 10 destinations Chinese travellers say they would like to visit in the next 12 monthsAustraliaJapanFranceHong KongSouth KoreaUSAMaldivesGermanyThailandTaiwanThe findings are startling: outbound Chinese travellers could number around 174 million in four years’ time, spending about CDN$342 billion annually, according to forecasts.According to 2015 searches on Hotels.com from greater China, the most visited destinations in Canada were Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal; followed by Markham, Banff, Niagara Falls, Calgary, Victoria and Whistler.Although Toronto is the most popular overall destination for international travellers, according to the latest Hotel Price Index (HPI) Vancouver and four other Western cities are top spots among Chinese travellers.Of the landmarks outside China they’d most like to visit in their lifetimes, the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt and Mount Fuji top their wish list, although Canada’s Niagara Falls was still a contender in the eighth spot.Top 10 foreign landmarks for Chinese travellersPyramids of Giza (Egypt)Mount Fuji (Japan)Eiffel Tower (Paris, France)Palace of Versailles (Paris)Venice (Italy)Grand Canyon (USA)Himalayas/Mount EverestNiagara Falls (Canada)Acropolis of Athens (Greece)Sydney Opera House (Australia)“This year’s report is another wake-up call to host countries around the world to pull out all the stops to accommodate Chinese travellers and tailor their services for this market as the potential is huge,” said Abhiram Chowdhry, Vice President and Managing Director Asia Pacific for the Hotels.com brand.“These new globetrotters really enjoy travelling. They are younger, more independent, highly tech-savvy, happy to spend – and they know exactly what they want.”Source = Hotels.comlast_img read more

first_imgSource = TravelManagers TravelManagers’ personal travel manager award winner Derek Harwood with award sponsor Dianna Schinella from Rocky MountaineerTravelManagers’ PTM sails to victory winning prestigious CLIA AwardTravelManagers’ Victoria based personal travel manager Derek Harwood, representative for Forest Hill won the Home Based/Mobile Agent of the Year – Australia award at the annual 2017 CLIA Awards held at Star Event Centre on Saturday 11 February in Sydney.Harwood a self-confessed cruise-a-holic, was surprised to be nominated as a finalist, and completely humbled by his award win.“I am grateful to have worked with some inspiring people in travel over the last 17 years and certainly my last nine years in the cruise industry has been my most rewarding. My greatest reward is planning a great cruising holiday for my clients and being able to work in an industry that I love. It’s an absolute honour and privilege to be recognised by the CLIA members in this way. Winning this award really is the icing on the cake for me.”TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager Michael Gazal was quick to congratulate Harwood on his achievements.“Everyone at TravelManagers is absolutely thrilled that Derek has been recognized as Australia’s CLIA top selling home based agent of the year. It’s easy to see his genuine passion and commitment to the cruising industry and to his clients. Derek certainly delivers on the TravelManagers’ promise of providing expert advice with exceptional and consistent customer service. It is this attention to detail that sets him apart from the rest of the industry.”TravelManagers’ Derek Harwood (right), winner in the Home Based Agent of the Year category with colleague and finalist Carl Retschlag with Emirates Flight AttendantsHarwood pays tribute to TravelManagers and his colleagues including personal travel manager Carl Retschlag, representative for West Perth also a finalist in the Home Based/Mobile Agent of the Year category.“TravelManagers has given me the freedom to run my business the way I want. To be available for my clients, to attend functions and most importantly a great network of colleagues has allowed me take advantage of cruise holidays and famils as they become available. Congratulations to all the other finalists, in particular my colleague Carl who is as passionate about cruising as I am.”Gazal sees Harwood’s win and Retschlag’s finalist nomination as further demonstrating TravelManagers growing dominance and commitment to cruise as a specialist travel market.“Our recent years’ excellent growth in cruise sales show the significant contribution our personal travel managers make to the cruise sector. We consistently look at ways to further promote the value of cruising and develop strategies and techniques in converting cruise enquiries. With our cruise awards continuing to grow, our decision to appoint a dedicated Cruise Strategy Executive in early 2016 to maximize sales and to enhance the current specialist cruise support for our personal travel manager network is the right one.”Cruising is a passion for the entire Harwood family.“I have personally done 18 cruises and many more ship inspections. My family is a great motivator for me, it is beautiful to see my two boys be inspired to learn about and want to travel the world as we are. We have been fortunate to travel on some beautiful ships not just on famils but also with my family. We all love to cruise!”Harwood offers some advice for cruising enthusiasts.“Choose your target market, you don’t need to be everything to everyone, and cater all your education, experience and marketing into growing your market. Cruising is a great product to sell; ship inspections and training programs that the cruise lines provide give you invaluable information and allow you to provide accurate and up-to-date information to your clients. Take all opportunities to meet with cruise reps and attend industry functions. The CLIA training, in particular the Master Accredited course gave a strong direction for my business and of course cruising yourself is the best way to build your knowledge.”Harwood is continually inspired by the cruising industry and sees 2017 as no exception.“Cruising within Australia has had huge growth over the last decade. It is ever changing; I am inspired by the new destinations, itineraries and beautiful products that are released every year. It has been a very exciting sector to be involved in, there is always something new to learn and I look forward to another exciting year ahead”.For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.About TravelManagersTravelManagers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.5 billion for 2015. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 500 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are only used for client purchases.last_img read more

first_imgSource = roomsXML.com learn more about roomsXML.com here Matt Patterson – Front line Customer Service Manager, roomsXML, shares his tips and tricks for managing difficult customersSo you are just off the phone from one of those tough, emotional conversations with a difficult client. As much fun as going through customs in the US.  Typically, you hang up and get onto a supplier like us to vent.  Or find resolution.Problems take all shapes and sizes; the correct room type wasn’t provided, the hotel didn’t have their booking in the system or the carpet was the wrong shade of white (it was beige/off white/ivory or cream). No matter how ridiculous or small, you have to start reviewing each complaint seriously.If your client gets the impression that you’re not showing empathy or understanding, you’ll lose their trust and in turn lose them as a client.At a high level there are three golden rules as an issue presents:1.     Listen:  not just for the details but the hidden message.  What our customers tell us is often as important as what they leave out2.     Narrow the key issue:  finding the point of pain makes it easy to identify the resolution3.     Understand:  what will it take for this call to end wellAs a post script, the speed of resolution can be equally important.  If pax just long hauled to Vladivostok and there’s no record of booking, do whatever it takes to get them into a room. Details can be sorted after.My footy coach once said follow the five P’s: Preparation Prevents P&^% poor Performance.In other words, let your clients know how to handle a drama if it occurs.Think about a check list for your clients before their trip:Let them know the emergency contact details in each country. This gets the ball rolling and in most cases, the issue can be sorted within 24 hours. Post check out resolutions leave a lingering bitter taste as they take weeks to resolve.Remember names and faces and take photographs! The picture of the dead rat is hard to argue. If customer service gurus like us know who to ask for at the hotel, it starts making everyone a little more accountableKeep a copy of the receipt or get them to provide a copy of their bank statement. No one can argue against a charge that shouldn’t be there.Whatever the problem, if you prepare your customers with the right information that helps them out of a sticky situation, they’ll appreciate that you’ve done all you can to help them.Across hundreds of thousands of bookings, things can and will go wrong. The aim of issues resolution is to not only fix the problem but make it a success story for you and your customer.Well, that’s the approach we take.last_img read more

first_img Share The “”Federal Housing Finance Agency””:http://www.fhfa.gov/Default.aspx (FHFA) cut corners in the analysis it deployed to review and accept a $1.35-billion repurchase settlement from “”Bank of America””:https://www.bankofamerica.com/ over mortgage-backed securities for “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/, effectively ensuring that losses for the GSE would continue, according to a report released Tuesday by the agency’s inspector general. [IMAGE]The report concerns two buyback agreements between the mortgage giant and GSEs last year, with profit margins totaling $2.87 billion for the deal.The “”report””:http://www.fhfaoig.gov/Content/Files/EVL-2011-006.pdf divulged that the FHFA failed to conduct reasonable analysis even after senior examiners with the agency warned in 2010 that the methodology could render vulnerable the settlement with Bank of America and cost Freddie “”billions of dollars”” in losses from the 787,000 in loan repurchases.””FHFA did not timely act on or test the ramifications of the senior examiner’s concerns prior to the Bank of America settlement,”” the report concluded.An FHFA spokesperson declined to comment for the story.[COLUMN_BREAK]””[B]y relying on Freddie Mac’s analysis of the settlement without testing the assumptions underlying the Enterprise’s existing loan review process, FHFA senior managers may have inaccurately estimated the risk of loss to Freddie Mac,”” it said.A spokesperson with Freddie Mac could also not be immediately reached for comment.The inspector-general found that the GSE made moves to adjust for losses by refusing to alter the loan review process in lieu of circumstances arising from the housing boom.The report nevertheless offered credit where credit is due by highlighting the FHFA’s decision to suspend those future repurchase activities relying on the faulty review process. It said that internal auditors continue to review the methodology, labeling as “”unsatisfactory”” the GSE’s rules for corporate governance.Recommendations followed the analysis, with Steven Linnick, the inspector general, petitioning the FHFA to “”promptly initiate management reforms to ensure more generally that senior management is apprised of and timely acts on significant concerns brought to its attention.””Among other prescriptions moving forward, direct supervisors and management principals should review and implement procedures in a “”timely”” manner.””It├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós important the inspector general is reviewing these things,├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø says “”Mark Calabria””:http://www.cato.org/people/mark-calabria, director of financial regulation studies with the “”Cato Institute””:http://www.cato.org/. “”There seems to be an effort to kick the can down the road, and we have no idea how aggressive Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are being in their relationships”” with lenders like Bank of America. September 27, 2011 471 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bank of America FHFA Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers The Cato Institute 2011-09-27 Ryan Schuettecenter_img Freddie,FHFA Faulted for Role in Bad Settlements for GSEs in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicinglast_img read more

first_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Market Studies, News Home Values Expected to Rise Over the Next Year October 20, 2015 518 Views center_img Residential market values are projected to continue to increases over the next 12 months, with overall annual appreciation reaching 3.6 percent, up from its second quarter forecast of 3.1 percent.A recent report from Veros Real Estate Solutions not only showed that home values would rise, but the number of markets expected to rise in value is 94 percent compared to last quarter’s 90 percent.The company also noted that this is the strongest forecast in two years.“Our Q3 VeroFORECAST continues to show strength for the next year increasing from last quarter’s update,” says Eric Fox, VP of Statistical and Economic Modeling at Veros.The projected top metro markets include San Francisco, California (10.7 percent); San Jose, California (10.5 percent); Denver, Colorado (10.3 percent); Port St. Lucie, Florida (10.0 percent); and Seattle, Washington (9.5 percent).”Low housing supply, an influx of population, and low unemployment rates continue to be common characteristics of the top forecast performing market,” the report said.The projected bottom markets include Wichita Falls, Texas (-1.9 percent); Lebanon, Pennsylvania (-1.7 percent); Gadsden, Alabama (-1.7 percent); Marion, Indiana (-1.3 percent); and Binghamton, New York (-1.1 percent).“The bottom forecast markets are still by and large in relatively small cities within the Eastern U.S. with poor economic conditions and general population declines often spanning decades,” Fox noted. “The good news for these markets is that all are characterized by slight depreciation of no more than one- to two-percent.”Fox also warns against a softening of home values to 2.1 percent following the hot streak in the coming year with the strong 3.6 percent appreciation forecast.He suspects that the main cause of this weakening is the “tightening that the Fed will be doing which will likely cause mortgage interest rates to begin ticking upward.”Although he does not predict a dramatic increase in rates, even a slight 25- or 50-basis point increase wold push consumers out of the housing market, which will cause some softening in values.”While we do see softening in the long-term, the overall market is still expected to appreciate,” Fox concluded. “We don’t see a repeat of the last downturn in 2007.”Click here to view the full report. Appreciation Home Values Housing Market Veros Real Estate Solutions 2015-10-20 Staff Writerlast_img read more

first_img August 3, 2017 556 Views They say everything is bigger in Texas—but when it comes to home price appreciation, Texas is taking most of the south with it.According to Clear Capital’s recent Home Data Index (HDI) repot, which reflects quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year home price appreciation, three out of four southern metros are experiencing accelerated home price appreciation growth. Dallas, Texas; Memphis, Tennessee; and Tampa, Florida are among the fastest growing major metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) in the south.Though all three MSAs experienced upward trajectory through July, Dallas doubled its quarter-over-quarter growth from 0.9 percent to 1.8 percent. Tampa and Memphis weren’t far behind with growth from 1.9 percent to 1 percent and 1.5 percent to 1.9 percent quarter-over-quarter respectively.“With demand rising and inventory remaining tight, home prices will continue on an upward trajectory for the southern region,” shared Clear Capital President and Co-Founder Kevin Marshall. “Nationally, home price growth quarter-over-quarter has held steady at 0.8 percent with the southern states as a whole keeping pace, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that prices are rising too quickly.”Marshall explained that in Clear Capital’s June HDI report, they showed that the Florida metros were experiencing domestic migration growth, which contributed to double-digit year-over-year home price growth, as well as a decline in distressed saturation rates.Overall, the South underwent 0.8 percent quarter-over-quarter growth, the West experienced 1.3 percent growth quarter-over-quarter, the Midwest experienced 0.3 percent quarter-over-quarter growth, and the Northeast saw 0.9 percent quarter-over-quarter growth totaling U.S. growth at 0.8 percent quarter-over-quarter and 5.8 percent year-over-year.The price performance of each MSA is balanced against percent of distressed saturation properties, according to Clear Capital. These serve as a health barometer and baseline for the respective metro areas. The U.S. experienced 11.8 percent distressed saturation. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Saying Howdy to Home Price Appreciationcenter_img Home Price Appreciation 2017-08-03 Brianna Gilpin Sharelast_img read more

first_imgFannie Mae’s Jeffery Hayward, EVP and Head of Multifamily, and Kimberly Johnson, EVP and Chief Risk Officer, have been listed among Black Enterprise’s “Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America” for 2017.The annual list identifies 300 prominent African-American executives from the nation’s largest publicly traded companies, and 100 international companies, who have had significant influence in leading their companies and the industry.Throughout his 30-year career, Hayward has held various senior roles within Fannie Mae. In recent years, he has focused on solving America’s affordable housing crisis as the head of Fannie Mae Multifamily, the leading source of financing and securitization for quality rental housing in the United States.Johnson joined Fannie Mae in 2006 and is responsible for Enterprise Risk Management, which involves overseeing the company’s governance and strategy for global risk management. Among Johnson’s recent honors, she was recognized as one of MReport’s top Women in Housing.In addition, Black Enterprise named Fannie Mae one of the “50 Best Companies for Diversity.” Fannie Mae also received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for the fourth consecutive year.To learn more about Fannie Mae’s recent awards and achievements, visit FannieMae.com/portal/about-fm/awards-achievements.html December 10, 2017 589 Views in Featured, News, Secondary Market Sharecenter_img Fannie Mae HOUSING jeffery hayward kimberly johnson mortgage 2017-12-10 Nicole Casperson Fannie Mae Leaders Named in “Most Powerful” Listlast_img read more

first_img Clarifire, a process automation company based in St. Petersburg, Florida, has partnered with SoftWorks AI, an artificial intelligence and machine-learning automation firm, to deliver solutions to clients in both the financial and healthcare industries. Through this partnership, the companies announced they will address the ever-growing challenges of manual data input from documents and exception management. The companies look forward to using the combined technologies to deliver a state-of-the-art automation and workflow platform that will provide their clients with increased productivity while driving down process costs. “We are committed to delivering value to our customers by providing the best possible solutions. With the addition of SoftWorks AI to our platform, our clients will see a dramatic reduction in manual processing,” shared Jane Mason, CEO of Clarifire.The intersection of Clarifire’s intelligent workflows and SoftWorks AI’s innovative information recognition capabilities will enable both companies to strengthen their respective automation solution sets and provide clients with unmatched performance and flexibility, while reducing overall total cost of ownership, the companies shared in a statement.“Clarifire’s workflow solutions are recognized as best in class, increasing productivity by as much as 400 percent” said Ari Gross, CEO of SoftWorks AI. “By joining our solutions, clients will have a powerful, optimized, workflow platform to address all their needs.”   AriGross Clarifire Jane Mason Mortgage Technology SoftWork AI 2018-04-02 Rachel Williams in Headlines, journal, News, Technology Clarifire & SoftWorks AI Work Together to Provide State-of-the-Art Automationcenter_img April 2, 2018 625 Views Sharelast_img read more

first_imgThoma Bravo Acquires Ellie Mae Ellie Mae, the Pleasanton, California-headquartered fintech provider for the mortgage finance industry is being acquired by private equity investment firm, Thoma Bravo, LLC in an all-cash deal valued at around $3.7 billion.Under the terms of the agreement, all Ellie Mae shareholders will receive $99.00 in cash per share. The price per share represents a 47 percent premium to the 30-day average closing share price and 49 percent premium to the 60-day average closing price as of February 1, 2019. While Ellie Mae will remain at its Pleasanton headquarters it will be run as a privately-held company.“As we enter this next phase of our digital mortgage journey, we are thrilled to provide immediate value to our shareholders. With the investment and support from Thoma Bravo, we will remain committed to our customers’ success, innovation and growth of the Encompass Digital Lending Platform while maintaining our position as a best place to work,” said Jonathon Corr, President and CEO of Ellie Mae.The transaction is expected to close in the second or third quarter of 2019 and is not subject to a financial condition. Ellie Mae said that its Board of Directors unanimously approved the definitive agreement and recommended that stockholders vote their shares in favor of the transaction.“Ellie Mae delivers powerful and innovative mortgage technology solutions across every channel of the residential mortgage sector, enabling lenders to originate more loans while reducing costs and driving efficiency, quality and compliance throughout the mortgage process,” said Holden Spaht, a Managing Partner at Thoma Bravo. “Ellie Mae is leading the digital transformation of the residential mortgage industry and we look forward to building on the company’s successes and to our partnership through this next chapter of growth.”The agreement includes a 35-day “go-shop” period, which permits Ellie Mae’s Board and advisors to actively initiate, solicit, encourage, and potentially enter negotiations with parties that make alternative acquisition proposals. in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Technology Sharecenter_img February 12, 2019 1,422 Views Ellie Mae Finance FinTech HOUSING Lending mortgage technology Thoma Bravo 2019-02-12 Radhika Ojhalast_img read more

first_imgFor families with young children, Centara offers a children’s pool, Kids’ Club, and babysitting service. Active adults and teens will enjoy the fitness centre, tennis court, games area, and activities such as kayaking, beach volleyball and kite flying.Centara Sandy Beach Resort DanangAmenities include Centara’s SPA Cenvaree, a sanctuary set in the tropical gardens that pampers guests with traditional Thai treatments and herbal balms. Centara added two new restaurants, giving the resort a total of five. They range from Ginger & Lime, featuring Thai, Vietnamese and Asian fusion dishes, to the two delightful poolside bars that offer an eclectic array of pizza, gelato, international classics and Vietnamese street food. Vietnam’s Centara Sandy Beach Resort Danang has reopened following an extensive renovation and upgrade. The resort’s newly-designed premium rooms and suites feature furnished balconies where guests can enjoy views of the East Sea, forested mountains, and 42 acres of manicured gardens. All 198 rooms are just a few steps away from a swimming pool whether it be the luxurious beachfront pool or the more serene pool located in the gardens. CentaraDananghotelsVietnamlast_img read more

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling [View the story “Rewind: Cardinals hit rock bottom in New York” on Storify] – / 16 Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img

first_img Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Laverne and Shirley, Calvin and Hobbes, Bert and Ernie, Batman and Robin. These dynamic duos have entertained the masses at some time or another. Right now, Cardinals fans are hoping that the next dynamic duo to take to the field in Arizona is Fitz and Palmer, meaning Larry Fitzgerald and Carson Palmer. A quarterback-wide receiver duo that fans could truly get excited about has been missing from the Valley for a few years now, ever since Kurt Warner had the audacity (joking) to call it quits after a 12-year career when he retired in January of 2010. Comments   Share   Palmer echoed Fitzgerald’s compliments with some of his own. “It’s been awesome. I threw him a ball today that maybe he and maybe Megatron (Calvin Johnson) catch. He’s maybe not one-of-a-kind but maybe one of two-of-a-kind and it’s pretty comforting.”Fans may not want to get too excited about the newest dynamic duo just yet — it is only June. But they also could have something to really look forward to this fall. – / 32center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires They both know that much like the dynamic duos listed earlier, chemistry is something that doesn’t come overnight. The veterans are spending plenty of time learning each other’s habits and tendencies on the field in the film room. “Just body language of routes. There’s a lot of reading on the run in this offense and seeing the same things and being on the same page for the right depths of routes and breaking at the right depths,” Palmer said. “It’s never perfect and it’s something we’ll continue to get better and better at but I think he and I are both very comfortable with where we’re at for right now.”What’s obvious when talking to the two veterans is that they have a mutual respect and admiration for the other’s abilities. “He can throw the ball. There’s not a throw he can’t make. He’s got great touch on intermediate passes,” Fitzgerald said. “He can put zip on them, he can feather it in there, he’s got a tremendous arm and then he’s got the intelligence and experience to go out there and make the plays. We’ve seen him do it; he threw for 4,000 yards out in Oakland.” Thursday after the final day of Organized Team Activities (OTAs), Palmer addressed their relationship, which is a work in progress. “We better have a rapport going and good chemistry by now. We’re through OTAs and we’ve been throwing all off season. We have a good rapport going but it’s something that we could be playing together for fifteen years and it’s never perfect, it’s always something, it’s always a work in progress,” said the former first overall pick. “It’s something that we’re continuing to make better and better each day but we have a good start going into vet minicamp. It’s a good kickoff to training camp, but we’ll be ready to roll by then.”The number of receptions Fitzgerald has recorded has steadily dropped over the past few years. The six-time Pro Bowler had 97 catches four seasons ago. That number shrunk to 90 in 2010, 80 in 2011 and just 71 a year ago, so having a quarterback with some experience is important to him. “He’s just a veteran, veteran leadership. He’s just like all of us, we’re just trying to pick it up and learn all the nuances of this offense, it’s intricate. We’re working hard to get better,” said the future Hall-of-Fame receiver. “Having the veteran presence in the huddle, in the meeting rooms has been fantastic for me and I know it’s been great for the young guys. It’s exciting.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

first_img Top Stories Coach is sick LMAO pic.twitter.com/GTWR2udrRH— Steve Noah (@Steve_OS) October 24, 2016David Johnson’s great leapHey, David Johnson is still really, really good. The Cardinals have that going for them. The second-year running back has 705 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on the ground with 4.5 yards per carry and just one lost fumble. He’s second on the team with 407 receiving yards. In all, 12 plays have been for 20 or more yards. So which one play tells us the whole tale? Mr. Jump Cut (could that be a nickname for the nicknameless star?) did it all when he jumped over the Panthers’ Robert McClain and then sidestepped Luke Kuechly for a big gain against Carolina. A few words that might explain the first half of the Arizona Cardinals’ season: Painful, mistake-prone, ugly, depressing, disappointing, bad and inexplicable.Nobody saw a 3-4-1 start for Arizona with losses to a Tom Brady-less Patriots team, the always-mediocre Rams and a then-one-win Panthers squad in Week 8. There was also that tie with the Seahawks.All-in-all, it’s been weird.Bruce Arians’ team hits a bye week with injuries, holes and inconsistencies lingering. Within the surprising failures, there has been some good as well. Looking back on the first eight games of the year, here are five plays that said a lot about the year as a whole. Call them the five defining plays of the year. Peterson and Arians can’t believe it 0 Comments   Share   The botched snapIt wasn’t a quirk. It became a trend. And it was certainly telling. Rookie long snapper Kam Canaday’s bad snap, Drew Butler’s hold and kicker Chandler Catanzaro’s missed field goal in the final seconds against the New England Patriots in Week 1’s 23-21 Arizona loss was foreshadowing. Of the three, only Catanzaro remains on the Cardinals’ roster. He too hasn’t recovered completely, having missed an overtime field goal in Week 7 against the Seahawks that would have given Arizona a win instead of a tie. From snaps and kicks to coverages and punts, the special teams unit has been poor for the Cards, all around.Cooper’s pick-sixThe defensive backfield has fought health issues with Tyvon Branch’s trip to the injured reserve and Tyrann Mathieu’s shoulder injury that interrupted an up-and-down year. But the No Fly Zone began the year feeling good everywhere but the cornerback spot opposite Patrick Peterson. While rookie Brandon Williams started the year and quickly got cooked in the Patriots game to open, it was Marcus Cooper, acquired in an offseason trade with the Kansas City Chiefs, who took opportunity by the horns. He did so in a Week 2, 40-7 Arizona win against Tampa Bay. Cooper’s two interceptions, including a 60-yard pick-six, earned him ownership of the cornerback job. As of the bye, Cooper and the cornerback position is far from the team’s biggest problem. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals’ David Johnson (31) hurdles Carolina Panthers’ Robert McClain (27) in the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Losing a gimme callSince the preseason, the Cardinals haven’t produced the most inspiring record when it comes to using the NFL’s replay review rules. Bruce Arians has thrown flags when he shouldn’t have and held off when there have been clear poor calls. Between all of those mistakes, a decision by the referees burned Arizona early on in its first visit to Carolina since the NFC Championship loss. Carson Palmer’s forward pass was ruled a fumble and the Panthers’ Thomas Davis returned it for the first score of a game that got away from the Cardinals early on. Arizona would lose 30-20, and later the NFL would admit it 1) got the play wrong and 2) didn’t have the replay system operational to fix the mistake. Arians couldn’t have done much about that, but it became the prime example of replay burning the Cardinals this season. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling We are all Patrick Peterson pic.twitter.com/CNu404h96U— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) October 24, 2016Yeah, yeah. We’ve already covered the Cardinals’ special team woes of the year. Chandler Catanzaro’s chip-shot that clanged off the goalpost against the Seahawks didn’t make much sense, and the reactions along Arizona’s sideline summed it up. What said it all? Bruce Arians’ arms going from made-field-goal to tossing the playbook on the ground. Patrick Peterson’s sad face and clinging to defensive coordinator James Bettcher. The disbelief can be applied to the team’s entire first half of the season, as well.last_img read more

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo After posting a 3-13 record, the Arizona Cardinals made the decision to part ways with first-year head coach Steve Wilks on Monday.Now with the head-coaching search underway, what is the team looking for in their next leader?Should they be offensive-minded to help shape rookie quarterback Josh Rosen, or someone who can get the defense back to its former glory?What traits should — or shouldn’t — they have? Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires And how should the Cardinals attack the coaching search?Related LinksChiefs OC Bieniemy, like McCarthy, reportedly uninterested in CardinalsBidwill faces tall task in selection of next Cardinals head coachCardinals’ Bidwill puts faith in GM Keim before head coaching searchA list of potential Arizona Cardinals coaching candidatesRon Wolfley, co-host of Doug & Wolf“There’s a lot of people who believe that Ryan Tannehill is not an NFL quarterback, and I thought that (former Dolphins head coach) Adam Gase did an excellent job with Ryan Tannehill. Not only that, but he is a guy who has experience, yet he’s still this young offensive mind. He’s down, he’s hip … with of course the RPOs and the zone reads and some of the college game that is being instituted into the National Football League. A blending of the old and the new.“He’s also a guy who’s known to try and protect his quarterback … in terms of his horizontal passing attack. I think Adam Gase as well is a guy who doesn’t need control overall (of) personnel. If you’re going to keep (GM) Steve Keim … then he is a perfect match.”Doug Franz, co-host of Doug & Wolf“If you want a Saints coach, if you want a Patriots coach, if you want a Rams coach, then you’re going to have to make that conversation and get that thing done this week. You are in a huge hurry if you want one of those guys as head coach. Dan Bickley, co-host of Bickley & MarottaHere’s what Bidwill needs to know going forward:There are eight head coaching vacancies in the NFL. Adam Gase is in high demand, fitting the prototype and representing the fast lane of professional football. He’s young, energetic, young, offensive-minded and quarterback-centric. He’d be a perfect fit for Josh Rosen.Problem is, 25 percent of the NFL is looking for new head coaches and the Cardinals are a middle-of-the-pack job at the moment. To get Gase, they must move fast and act fiscally irresponsible.They must dramatically overpay, the smartest play for a franchise falling woefully behind in the NFC West.Build from the top down. With one voice and one leader.Or they can build the best car from the best available spare parts. Todd Bowles as defensive coordinator; Dirk Koetter or Freddie Kitchens as offensive coordinator; Jim Caldwell or some other respected figurehead pulling strings from atop.They can even appeal to Bruce Arians’ sense of loyalty. Let him put the band back together, with drinks on the house. With a wink and a nod from the organization that any dissatisfaction with Arians in 2017 was misguided and ungrateful. 24 Comments   Share   Top Stories Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, left, and head coach Adam Gase look on during NFL football practice in Davie, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP) “The other question becomes: Are the Arizona Cardinals in a position of strength or position of weakness? You have the number one pick in the draft and you have almost 70 million dollars of cap going into 2019 for free agents. That’s a huge plus. You might have your franchise quarterback. If you don’t … then you don’t want to touch this with a 10-foot pole.“There’s a lot of things that point to this as being a very attractive job, and then there are some things that point downward on the Arizona Cardinals’ job.”Vince Marotta, co-host of Bickley & MarottaThe Cardinals made the difficult but correct decision in letting Steve Wilks go after one year.It was pretty telling when Michael Bidwill alluded to Wilks’ plan for 2019 as one “he couldn’t get behind.”Moving forward, I like the team’s early approach to finding a new head coach. They’re concentrating on offense and candidates with quarterback relationship-building because Josh Rosen (not all on his own accord) looked lost on plenty of occasions in his rookie season. Rosen has the smarts and mental approach to be successful in the NFL, but the organization didn’t do much to expedite that process in 2018, other than handing him the reins of the offense four weeks into his career. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling I want the Cardinals to put a priority on head coaching experience in their hiring process. For that reason, Adam Gase intrigues me. He’s two years removed from coaching a team to a playoff berth and has three years of experience as a head man in the NFL. He undoubtedly learned a lot on what to do and what not to do in his next job. I also would be in favor of Mike McCarthy, but he has no apparent interest in the gig.Jim Caldwell wouldn’t be a sexy hire, but he’s got a ton of experience and has led two different franchises to the playoffs in his time.Dave Burns, co-host of Burns & GamboI want the Arizona Cardinals to hire someone with a strong offensive background. Someone who can look at what Josh Rosen does well and turn it into something better. Something great.Experience as a head coach is a plus.Paul Calvisi, anchor of Doug & WolfIdeally, the Cardinals will hire a head coach who will be cited as a factor by division foes.Whether it’s the offensive schemes and play-calling of Sean McVay/Kyle Shanahan or the defensive system employed by Pete Carroll, the Cards need their own head coach to provide a competitive edge (from game planning to in-game adjustments and beyond). Seriously: Why would Arians consider the Browns and Buccaneers and not the city that made him famous?Here’s what the Cardinals can’t do: They can’t hire a rookie head coach. The job is too big, with too much bandwidth.Read Bickley’s entire column here. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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