An expert on U.S. and global carbon markets and California climate policy, Levin oversaw development of the Climate Action Reserve, the state-chartered nonprofit that runs North America’s largest carbon offset registry. During his 12-year tenure, he recruited and managed relationships with hundreds of companies that participate in the Los Angeles-based organization, which establishes standards and issues carbon offsets for projects across the country.
“Joel has just the kind of experience we need to help take Plug In America to the next stage as we continue to accelerate adoption of plug-in vehicles and shape policy nationwide,” said Plug In America board president Michael Thwaite. “This year, Plug In America marks the tenth anniversary of our efforts to electrify transportation, and we look forward to expanding our efforts with Joel at the helm.”
Levin will oversee Plug In America programs including:
Levin has worked with the California Environmental Protection Agency, California Public Utilities Commission, California Air Resources Board and state legislature in helping to develop climate change policy while with the Reserve, and sought support for its programs from private foundations and government agencies.
Prior to joining the Reserve in 2003, he co-founded and led Feeva Wireless, a wireless software company; he marketed electricity demand-response programs for Automated Power Exchange; served as program director for Counterpart International, a nonprofit international development organization; and worked on the Capitol Hill staff of Senator Timothy E. Wirth (D-CO).
About Plug In America: Plug In America, a San Francisco-based national nonprofit organization, works to accelerate the shift to plug-in vehicles powered by clean, affordable, domestic electricity to reduce our nation’s dependence on petroleum and improve the global environment. The organization conceived National Drive Electric Week and has advanced workplace charging by pioneering regular ride-and-drive events at such leading corporations as Google, Mattel and Paramount Pictures. It developed the world’s largest, most dedicated network of plug-in vehicle owners and drivers, many of whom have driven EVs for well over a decade. We drive electric. You can, too. www.pluginamerica.org
PicsArt’s latest iOS update also introduces new Lens Blur Effects, Animated .gifs, Filters, and Square Fit Tool updates features to help people around the world connect and create original, beautiful artwork.
San Francisco, Calif. — PicsArt, the company behind the world’s leading mobile creative community, today announces the integration of FiftyThree’s award winning stylus, Pencil. Available on all iOS devices, Pencil is a Bluetooth stylus modeled after the iconic carpenter’s pencil, and combines advanced technology with beautiful design. A built-in eraser means you simply flip Pencil over to erase, and the unique tapered tip allows for intuitive, settings-free control of line widths. Integration with Pencil by FiftyThree allows the PicsArt community to continue to master their digital painting skills and create beautiful, unique artwork to share globally with PicsArt.
PicsArt has grown to become one of the largest mobile creative communities in the world, with over 65M monthly active users. This latest update for iOS devices introduces several new features and tools along with Pencil integration, empowering people to beautify their world like never before. These features include:
–Surface Pressure with Pencil: Expressive from every angle, Pencil’s tapered tip allows you to create lines of all sizes without any settings. Use the point for fine details and the angled edge for broad strokes.
–Eraser with Pencil: Be bold and make mistakes. Pencil’s built-in eraser lets you precisely carve away to get at what’s essential. No need to switch tools, just flip Pencil around and erase.
–Lens Blur Effect: A feature exclusively available on PicsArt that works like a real camera to add lens-blur to images, creating more dramatic and expressive shots.
–Animated .gifs: Easily share your latest artwork to PicsArt and other social networks by exporting animated .gifs to deliver step-by-step processes showcasing showcasing your drawing process.
–New Filters: Use new trending filters, including Vibrant and Black & White LowCon to give artwork an interesting look.
Square Fit Tool Update: Users can create square photos and apply colors, blurred or patterned background effects directly to images before being shared to their Instagram followers.
“We want to be sure that we’re consistently providing users with innovative tools to help them generate beautiful artwork,” said PicsArt CEO, Hovhannes Avoyan. “With the FiftyThree Pencil integration and our latest features, we’re able to further empower people to create, discover and share their talents with the community.”
“We created Pencil to help people to think with their hands, to provide a tool that lets ideas flow freely from head to screen,” says Georg Petschnigg, CEO and Co-Founder of FiftyThree. “PicsArt is a company equally committed to removing creative barriers, and we’re excited to see what their community designs using our collective tools.”
PicsArt and FiftyThree will be debuting the latest integration of Pencil at an event on at FiftyThree’s New York City headquarters. RSVP to the event here – https://pencilpicsart.
PicsArt is the largest mobile community of creatives and creative images. The company’s U.S. office is based in San Francisco, California with a focus on enabling anyone to be creative, share, socialize, discover, learn, and be inspired. The app has been installed 220 million times and continues to expand and improve, so anyone can unleash their creativity and discover their inner artist. For more, please visit www.picsart.com
FiftyThree® is building a new generation of mobile tools for millions of creative thinkers around the world. They are the creators of the breakthrough iPad app Paper, Apple’s App of the Year; Pencil, a digital stylus and winner of two IDSA awards, and Mix, a collaboration service for working with others. FiftyThree is the space to create. www.fiftythree.com
Industry’s hottest innovation gives back agents “years” in lost productivity
July 29, 2015 – Buffalo, NY – One of America’s oldest and most prestigious real estate brands, HUNT Real Estate ERA, has launched the real estate industry’s hottest new technology – marketing automation – a move that will “shave years” off the total time its more than 1,000 agents typically spend marketing listings annually.
“Agents won’t lift a finger,” says Peter Hunt,
Chairman and CEO of HUNT Real Estate Corporation, which was established in 1911 and operates offices throughout New York State and Arizona, when describing how marketing materials will now be created for every listing. “Our job is to make it easy for agents to do what they need to do,” he adds.
Hunt explains that as his agents post new home listings, everything needed to market each property – a complete digital and print marketing package – is automatically created and delivered to the listing agent overnight.
HUNT Real Estate ERA, the largest family-owned and operated real estate firm in Western and Update New York, will be providing this as a new service for its agents.
“Marketing automation shaves years off the time our agents would typically spend creating marketing material,” says Hunt, whose firm last year closed nearly 10,000 transaction sides.
“Every seller who lists with HUNT Real Estate ERA knows that once their house hits the MLS, a complete marketing program is created, ensuring their home will be fully marketed to all channels, automatically,” adds Dan Mirsky, Marketing Director at HUNT. “And whenever key listing information is updated – such as a price change or the addition of a Open House – all of the marketing materials are updated, automatically, so consumers always have the most current information,” he notes.
Mirsky points out two other major benefits the new marketing automation solution provides HUNT Real Estate ERA, both of which are major challenges in the real estate industry: First, the ability to maintain brand consistency and control in all markets; and second, a single-solution platform that eliminates the need for disparate apps and single-task marketing solutions that are stand alone solutions.
“We audited our current marketing tools and none of them talked to each other,” Mirsky says. “That means an agent has to sign in and out of different programs and platforms and that makes no sense. None of them fully integrated with our CRM, until we found Imprev. Agents love having a single sign-on and the fact that everything works in concert with one another,” he adds.
Keeping the company’s brand consistent can be a full time job, Mirsky notes. “I don’t want to be the advertising police,” he says, noting that without marketing automation, which delivers consistent branding for all the materials created and personalized for every agent, it is impossible to review every marketing piece produced by every agent in every market.
“With marketing automation, the HUNT name, which has a century of brand equity, is consistent across all marketing channels and that increases consumer recognition,” he says.
The marketing automation service was created by Imprev, which powers many of the largest automated marketing solutions for real estate brokerage firms in the U.S.
About HUNT Real Estate ERA
HUNT Real Estate Corporation is the parent company of HUNT Real Estate ERA and operates nearly 40 branches throughout western, central, and upstate New York, and Phoenix, Arizona. Founded in 1911, HUNT Real Estate ERA is the largest family-owned and operated real estate company in the area and is ranked the 45th largest real estate firm in the nation for closed transactions in 2014 by REALTrends. HUNT also operates a commercial brokerage, mortgage banking firm, two insurance agencies, title agency, an award-winning Relocation division, residential building company, and a fee-for-service brokerage. HUNT’s mission is to build its presence through successful sales associates, to grow profitably, and to provide the highest quality of real estate and homeownership services. For more information about HUNT Real Estate, visit http://www.huntrealestate.com.