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Beacon's Fixed Annuity Premium Study Reports Fourth Quarter's Best-Selling Products
EVANSTON, Ill., March 29, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- MasterDex, an Allianz Life (NYSE:AZ) indexed annuity, was the fourth quarter's top-selling product in the Beacon Research Fixed Annuity Premium Study for the second consecutive period. Two book value products -- the Allstate Financial (NYSE:ALL) Performance Plus and New York Life's LifeStages/Mainstay Single Premium Flexible Annuity -- were number two and three, respectively, with the Sun Life (NYSE:SLF) Keyport Index Multipoint taking fourth place. ING US (NYSE:ING) broke into the top five for the first time in 2004 with its Secure Index annuity. Fourth quarter sales were reported for some 193 products by 46 participating insurance companies.
ProVision Operation Systems Inc.
ProVision Operation Systems Inc. Discloses 'Informal' SEC Investigation
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., March 29, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- ProVision Operation Systems Inc. (Pink Sheets:PVNO) today discloses that the company -- and its former CEO Robert Fletcher -- have been under investigation by legal authorities including an "informal" SEC investigation. The investigations focus primarily on the methods and instruments used for the promotion of investing in the company, acceptance of investors' monies and appropriate use of funds.
PanaMed and VisualBoardBooks to Merge
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 29, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Arizona-based PanaMed Corporation (Pink Sheets:PANA) and Virginia-based VisualBoardBooks, Inc. signed an Agreement and Plan of Merger. The structure of the merger calls for PanaMed to change its name to Endexx Corporation with VisualBoardBooks' eXecutive Relationship Management (or "XRM") software technologies product and service to become the Company's primary focus for operations. "VisualBoardBooks" will become the XRM product name.
The CMM Advisory Group
The CMM Advisory Group, Inc. Asks: Will the Real Incubator Please Stand Up?
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., March 29, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- There's good news for small- to medium-sized businesses in Southern California that are intrigued with the "incubator concept" for growing their companies. Now businesses get more than just physical space to align themselves with an accelerator offering strategic professional services. The CMM Advisory Group, Inc., headquartered in Newport Beach, offers, as part of their menu of professional services, either "virtual" or "physical" incubation which duplicates those of a large corporation on an "a la carte" basis from any location.
Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits
Popeyes(r) Chicken & Biscuits Chooses Real Stand-Up Guy For Ads
ATLANTA, March 29, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Popeyes(r) Chicken & Biscuits, a division of AFC Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq:AFCE), got millions of chicken lovers to say "love that chicken!(r)" with its bold, flavorful food. It is truly the way fans of the New Orleans style eatery feel about the distinctive, savory Popeyes food. And there is one big fan in particular. The first ads in a new advertising campaign from Chicago-based independent Cramer-Krasselt employ long time Popeyes aficionado and breakout comedy star, Bruce Bruce, to spread that flavor gospel.
Carl Sherman, CEO of eTELCHARGE.com, Inc., Talks with Traders Nation about Payment Options, Reducing Online Identity Theft, Ease of Use, and Proprietary Phone Billing Options
PHOENIX, March 29, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Traders Nation is pleased to announce that it has completed an interview with Carl Sherman, CEO of eTELCHARGE.com, Inc. (Pink Sheets:ETLC), and the interview is available at http://www.tradersnation.com/etlc.shtml.
Toll Brothers, Inc.
Barron's Names Toll Brothers' Robert I. Toll as One of 30 of World's Most Respected CEOs
HORSHAM, Pa., March 29, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Toll Brothers, Inc. (NYSE:TOL) (www.tollbrothers.com), the nation's leading builder of luxury homes, today announced that Barron's, the Dow Jones Business and Financial Weekly, has named Toll Brothers' chairman and chief executive officer, Robert I Toll, as one of 30 of The World's Most Respected CEOs. Barron's noted, "Some are household names, some decidedly are not. But the 30 CEOs on our list have one thing in common: They make a big difference to shareholders."