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American Express Malaysia on building a culture of transparency and trust through colleague experience


KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – Media OutReach – 13 January 2021 – In a new normal that is constantly changing and transforming, people are at the heart of an organization’s continuity and success more than ever before. Events of the past year have shown how critical engaging employee experiences are in driving performance as organizations dug deep to draw strength, inspiration and ideas. 

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Helping organizations to put their people at the center of performance is Kincentric, a Spencer Stuart company with a unique approach to human capital. With decades of expertise in culture and engagement, leadership assessment and development, and HR and talent advisory services, Kincentric helps organizations to be the best in the business through the Kincentric Best Employers program.


Kincentric Best Employers is a leading employer benchmarking program which measures and recognizes extraordinary employers who demonstrate workplace excellence. For 20 years, the Kincentric Best Employers program has recognized leading employers across the world who are committed to realizing great workplace experiences with the Kincentric Best Employers certification, backed by over 50 years of employee research and a global database of over 15 million employees. Selected by an independent panel of judges, these organizations are leading the way in aspects that are crucial for success — employee engagement, agility, engaging leadership and talent focus.  


This year, five organizations were awarded the Kincentric Best Employers in Malaysia, selected by a 3-person judging panel composed of industry-leading HR professionals.


Reflecting on Kincentric Best Employers in Malaysia 2020, judge Dato’ Tharuma Rajah who is also founder and CEO of Garage Analytics commented how “the recent pandemic has proven with empirical evidence that employee engagement is critical during tough times. The ‘X’ factor is senior leadership and people managers who create the motivational energy that compels employees to action even when they are working remotely. We have seen how various companies have done engagement practices in a very innovative and creative manner which had a positive impact on their business results.”  


Standing ‘head and shoulders’ above the rest in this year’s program is Kincentric Best of the Best Employer in Malaysia 2020, American Express Malaysia. The global services company was also inducted into Kincentric Best Employers in Malaysia Hall of Fame, after winning the Best Employer in Malaysia for the 10th consecutive year.


“We first joined Kincentric Best Employers program in 2005 as we were interested in the program structure and learnings it could offer. Through the years, this program has not only helped us gain valuable insight into how colleagues feel about our people practices, it has also helped us acquire external perspective through knowledge sharing and best practices. Being included in Kincentric Best Employers in Malaysia Hall of Fame is an incredible validation of our relationship with our colleagues,” said Ryan Lai, Vice President and General Manager of American Express Malaysia.


American Express won Kincentric Best of the Best Employer in Malaysia 2020 by delivering an exceptional people-centric experience through three key areas — trust, open communication and top team alignment.


Lai says, “Our first focus and priority was ensuring our colleagues felt safe and had the flexibility and resources they needed at home to continue delivering world class services to our customers.”


When we moved to work from home arrangements, we introduced an initiative called business leave, to allow colleagues to take paid time off without having to use their annual leave when they had valid reasons at home that prevented time from being able to work, such as needing to care for their children or parents’ needs until end of 2020. For colleagues who had their work or job scope impacted by the pandemic, we reallocated them to other business areas to keep them motivated, engaged and invested in delivering their best,” said Anjum Ghaffar, Director Human Resources, Market Head Malaysia.


Recognizing the importance of a health and wellness culture from the start of the pandemic, American Express Malaysia embarked on three key initiatives beginning with the launch of a telehealth service called CareClix for colleagues and their immediate family members. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for free, colleagues and their loved ones could consult doctors and access expert medical care via phone, video chat or a mobile app from the comfort of their homes.


The company also provided a one-year complimentary subscription for Calm, a mental fitness app that provides motivational podcasts, stories and soothing music designed to help manage stress, experience better sleep and reduce anxiety. The app completed other dedicated wellbeing activities such as mental wellbeing sessions, virtual meditation and virtual yoga. Helping to alleviate medical concerns, colleagues and their enrolled dependents were also provided with enhanced Covid-19 medical coverage covering testing, hospitalization and death benefits at no additional cost to them.   


With a young workforce composed of mostly millennials, American Express also found many of them faced difficulties especially during the lockdown and with transition to working from home. Having never experienced a crisis in their professional life, inherent stresses and anxiety from being isolated had a greater impact on younger colleagues.


“We recognized that we needed to support each other, so we quickly mobilized ourselves into action. Communication was a key part of our support and wellbeing strategy, and we knew we had to do so not only frequently but meaningfully,” explained Lai.


Despite having achieved so much the past 10 years, American Express is not resting on its laurels. The company expects a hybrid working model will be the next big change for employee engagement and is already looking at how to better connect colleagues with corporate culture in a virtual world.


Lai concludes, “We are beyond honored to be recognized as the ‘Best of the Best’ by Kincentric Best Employers 2020, particularly in a year of unpredicted changes that tested our ability to adapt and brave new ways of working together. As a company that believes in the powerful backing of our people for progress, we believe that this success is a true testament of the positive work culture and a holistic employee experience that we continuously strive to build upon. We dedicate this win to all Amex colleagues in Malaysia — which motivates us to continue building a great, diverse place to work and thrive in with opportunities to learn and grow both professionally and personally. I truly believe that when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”


Body and Mind Launches “Any Day” Flower Brand


Expands California Branded Product Portfolio

VANCOUVER, BC, Feb. 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ – Body and Mind Inc. (CSE: BAMM) (OTCQB: BMMJ) (the “Company” or “BaM”), a multi-state operator focused on limited license markets is please to report the launch of its “Any Day” branded flower in California.

Any Day flower is a hand-selected, sun-grown artisanal flower cultivated in the Emerald Triangle in the heart of Humboldt County. Initial offerings consist of popular strains including Green Punch, Sour Afghani, Strawberry Banana & Ice Cream Cake. The initial cultivars are a range of Indica, Sativa and Hybrid strains and are available through, ShowGrow Long Beach and ShowGrow San Diego locations as well as select dispensaries in Southern California.

“Our team has been in discussions with cultivators across California to seek growing techniques, strains and cannabinoid/terpene profiles that best fit our Body and Mind values of quality, trusted and tested cannabis,” stated Michael Mills, CEO of Body and Mind. “We are excited to add quality flower to our Body and Mind branded product portfolio in California and we look forward to a expanding our strain offerings in the near future.”

Company Matters and Annual Meeting Results:

In conjunction with the holding of the Company's recent annual meeting of stockholders on February 17, 2021, the following matters were duly ratified by the Company's stockholders and have now been implemented by the Board of Directors in the following manner:

  • Michael Mills, Brent Reuter, Trip Hoffman and Dong Shim were elected to the Board of Directors of the Company;
  • Marcum LLP, was appointed as the Company's independent registered accounting firm;
  • the continuation of the Company's 2012 Incentive Stock Option Plan was approved;
  • the Company's executive compensation was approved;
  • the following officers of the Company were re-appointed by the Board of Directors of the Company immediately following the annual meeting:

Michael Mills: 

President and Chief Executive Officer;  

Dong Shim: 

Chief Financial Officer;  

Stephen “Trip” Hoffman: 

Chief Operating Officer; and  

Darren Tindale: 

Corporate Secretary. 

About Body and Mind Inc.

BaM is an operations focused multi-state operator investing in high quality medical and recreational cannabis cultivation, production and retail. Our wholly owned Nevada subsidiary was awarded one of the first medical marijuana cultivation licenses and holds cultivation and production licenses. BaM products include dried flower, edibles, oils and extracts as well as GPEN Gio cartridges. BaM cannabis strains have won numerous awards including the 2019 Las Vegas Weekly Bud Bracket, Las Vegas Hempfest Cup 2016, High Times Top Ten, the NorCal Secret Cup and the Emerald Cup.

BaM continues to expand operations in Nevada, California, Arkansas and Ohio and is dedicated to increasing shareholder value by focusing resources on improving operational efficiencies, facility expansions, state licensing opportunities as well as mergers and acquisitions.

Please visit for more information.
Instagram: @bodyandmindBaM
Twitter: @bodyandmindBaM

Neither the Canadian Securities Exchange nor its Market Regulator (as that term is defined in the policies of the Canadian Securities Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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Except for the statements of historical fact contained herein, the information presented in this news release constitutes “forward-looking statements” as such term is used in applicable United States and Canadian laws. These statements relate to analyses and other information that are based on forecasts of future results, estimates of amounts not yet determinable and assumptions of management. Any other statements that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, using words or phrases such as “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, “plans, “estimates” or “intends”, or stating that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and should be viewed as “forward-looking statements”. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks and other factors include, among others, the actual results of activities, variations in the underlying assumptions associated with the estimation of activities, the availability of capital to fund programs and the resulting dilution caused by the raising of capital through the sale of shares, accidents, labor disputes and other risks. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements contained in this news release and in any document referred to in this news release.

Certain matters discussed in this news release and oral statements made from time to time by representatives of the Company may constitute forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be achieved. Forward-looking information is subject to certain risks, trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Many of these factors are beyond the Company's ability to control or predict. Important factors that may cause actual results to differ materially and that could impact the Company and the statements contained in this news release can be found in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company assumes no obligation to update or supplement any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities.

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Aprio Announces Promotions for 2021 Reflecting Firm's Strategic Growth Objectives


ATLANTA, Feb. 22, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Aprio, LLP, a nationally recognized, top 50 CPA-led business advisory firm, announced today the addition of one new partner and the promotion of two executives and one director.

Marc Rosenkoetter has been admitted into the Aprio partner group. Rosenkoetter joined the firm in 2019 as Director of Advisory Services and under his leadership, the practice grew to nine service offerings in his first year with the firm. Rosenkoetter and the Advisory team have launched three new services thus far in 2021. The new and enhanced service offerings will drive growth and accelerate profitability for existing and new clients.

Danielle Berg has been promoted to Chief Growth Officer. Since joining the firm in 2014, Berg has served as Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, leading the firm's industry-leading rebrand from Habif, Arogeti and Wynne to Aprio in 2017. The rebrand to Aprio set the stage for the firm's move into new, strategic markets and services, as well as the acquisition of the best talent and mergers with firms to fuel Aprio's growth. In her new role, Berg will oversee strategies and programs to drive the firm's organic growth.

Dan Mallory has been promoted to Chief Information Officer. Mallory joined the firm in 2002 and since 2017 has served as Vice President of Technology. Mallory leads the development of the firm's digital roadmap, leveraging automation and data activation to deliver world-class team member and client experiences. Through the creation of a scalable technology infrastructure, Mallory's team enabled Aprio's swift and efficient transition to remote work when the pandemic hit last March.

Jeff Duncan has been promoted to Director and leads Aprio's Financial Consulting Practice. Duncan joined Aprio in 2014 and utilizes his 16+ years of experience to bring transformative services to Aprio's clients' financial operations, helping companies navigate process improvements, emerging technical accounting standards, transactions and more.

“Marc, Danielle, Dan and Jeff have made significant contributions to Aprio and accelerated our growth trajectory. They stepped up with innovative solutions to serve our clients and team members as we successfully pivoted during the pandemic,” said Richard Kopelman, CEO and Managing Partner of Aprio. “Each has shown the highest level of dedication and passion during their time with Aprio, living our 31 Fundamental behaviors, to lead Aprio to its next.”

For more information about Aprio, visit

About Aprio
Aprio is a premier full-service, CPA-led business advisory firm that advises clients and associates on how to achieve what's next. Aprio's associates work as integrated teams across advisory, assurance, tax, cloud accounting solutions and private client services, bringing the best thinking and personal commitment to each client. Across practices, Aprio brings together proven expertise, deep understanding and strategic foresight for industries including Manufacturing and Distribution; Non-Profit and Education; Professional Services; Real Estate and Construction; Retail, Franchise and Hospitality; and Technology and Blockchain. Aprio is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and has grown to over 600 team members across the U.S. To serve clients wherever life or business may take them, Aprio's teams speak more than 30 languages and work with clients in over 50 countries. For more, visit

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Jordan Haywood, Aprio, 770-353-3180, [email protected]




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Semler to Report Fourth Quarter and Year End 2020 Financial Results and Host Conference Call on March 1, 2021


SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Semler Scientific, Inc. (OTCQB: SMLR), a company that provides technology solutions to improve the clinical effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare providers, today announced that it will report financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2020 after the close of U.S. financial markets on Monday, March 1, 2021. Doug Murphy-Chutorian, M.D., chief executive officer of Semler Scientific, will host a conference call at 4:30 pm ET the same day.  Andrew Weinstein, senior vice president, finance and accounting, and Dennis Rosenberg, chief marketing officer, will join him on the call.

We encourage participants to pre-register for the conference call using the following link. Callers who pre-register will be given a conference passcode and unique PIN to gain immediate access to the call and bypass the live operator. Participants may pre-register at any time, including up to and after the call start time. To pre-register, go to:

Those without internet access or unable to pre-register may dial in by calling:
Domestic callers: 866-777-2509
International callers: 412-317-5413

Please specify to the operator that you would like to join the “Semler Scientific Call.” The conference call will be archived on Semler Scientific's website at

About Semler Scientific, Inc.:

Semler Scientific, Inc. is a company that provides technology solutions to improve the clinical effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare providers.  Semler Scientific's mission is to develop, manufacture and market innovative proprietary products and services that assist its customers in evaluating and treating chronic diseases. Semler Scientific commercially launched its first patented and U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, cleared product in 2011, and received FDA 510(k) clearance for QuantaFlo®, the next generation version of this product, in 2015. QuantaFlo® is a rapid point-of-care test that measures arterial blood flow in the extremities to aid in the diagnosis of peripheral arterial disease. QuantaFlo® is used by Semler Scientific's customers to more comprehensively evaluate their patients for risk of heart attacks and strokes. Semler Scientific believes it is positioned to provide valuable information to its insurance company and physician customers, which in turn permits them to better guide patient care. Additional information about Semler Scientific can be found at

Susan A. Noonan
S.A. Noonan Communications
[email protected]
212 966 3650

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