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Blackline Safety Launches New Partner Program and Appoints Its First Chief Partnership Officer


Blackline Safety Corp. (TSX.V: BLN), a world leader of connected worker technologies, cloud software and gas detection, today launched Blackline Catalyst, a global partner program that exists to accelerate growth innovation as enterprises around the world transform digitally. The Blackline Catalyst program welcomes leading technology and solutions providers seeking to enhance their connectivity offerings or enter the connected safety market, which is expected to reach $12.1 billion USD by 2027, according to Polaris Market Research.

Supporting the creation and cultivation of Blacklines new partner program, Brendon Cook has been appointed as Chief Partnership Officer (CPO) to expand and support this new program. Mr. Cook co-founded Blackline Safety in 2004 and has supported its growth as a technology leader, and in recent years, has overseen its marketing communications programs.

For more than a decade, Blackline has innovated at the forefront of the Industrial Internet of Things, helping businesses keep teams safe through streamlined connectivity, automated incident detection and the tools to manage proactive responses, said Brendon Cook, Blackline Safety CPO & Co-founder. By opening up the Blackline Cloud, our connected wearables and data interfaces, we provide the opportunity for new partnerships with software developers, platform providers, data services and those that create sensors, wearables and connected hardware.

In 2017, Blackline was the first connected safety technology company to introduce wearables with a modular approach to gas detection, robust direct-to-cloud communications and a comprehensive emergency response and evacuation management platform. Since that time, Blackline expanded its portfolio to include a new connected area gas detection product line, a robust range of sensors, push-to-talk voice collaboration and location-enabled data science that help businesses increase safety, productivity and quality.

Building upon its leading connected safety foundation, Blackline is expanding its sights further into the connected worker and connected workplace solutions. Organizations interested in becoming a technology or solutions partner are invited to join Blackline Catalyst by visiting

About Blackline Safety: Blackline Safety is a global connected safety leader that helps to ensure every worker gets their job done and returns home safe each day. Blackline provides wearable safety technology, personal and area gas monitoring, cloud-connected software and data analytics to meet demanding safety challenges and increase productivity of organizations in more than 100 countries. Blackline Safety wearables provide a lifeline to tens of thousands of men and women, having reported over 100 billion data-points and initiated over five million emergency responses. Armed with cellular and satellite connectivity, we ensure that help is never too far away. For more information, visit and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.


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Gaind Capital Partners Names Michael Bruno, David Katcher and Rocky Romanella to Advisory Board


NEW YORK, Jan. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Gaind Capital Partners (“GCP” or “Company”), a leading lower middle market growth equity firm, has named Michael Bruno, David Katcher and Rocky Romanella to the Company's new advisory board.

“Michael, David and Rocky bring a wealth of expertise to help refine the GCP playbook and support our efforts in ideation, diligence and execution of new platform opportunities,” said GCP Managing Partner Rishi Gaind. “With more than 100 years of combined operating experience, they will advise GCP portfolio companies on strategic initiatives to maximize equity value creation. Additionally, they will serve as board members to GCP portfolio companies, providing yet another invaluable resource to our portfolio companies' leadership.”

Bruno has more than 30 years of business experience in human resources and operations, working closely with CEOs and senior leadership teams across multiple sectors. He is currently the CEO and founder of New Directions for Grads (ND4G), a progressive executive search and advisory services firm. Prior to ND4G, Bruno was the senior vice president for human resources at IAC in New York. He also held executive HR positions with GE, PepsiCo, IBM, Rodale and Buddy Media (Salesforce). Bruno holds a Master's Degree in Human Resource Administration from Columbia University and a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Rider University.

An experienced operational and commercial business leader, Katcher has spent the past ten years in various leadership roles at hyper-growth startups, from early stage through IPO. He is currently vice president for Lyft's central region in global operations and is responsible for leading a team of approximately 300 employees across more than 30 states. He also held a variety of roles at Groupon and was a manager in Deloitte Consulting's strategy practice. Katcher is a graduate of the University of Illinois and Columbia Business School.

After an illustrious career spanning more than 40 years focused on supply chain, logistics and transportation, retail, sales and operational excellence strategy at UPS, Romanella is the founder and CEO of 3SIXTY Management Services. He was also the CEO and served on the board of directors for UniTek Global Services. Romanella holds a Bachelor's Degree in Management from St. John's University, and is a graduate of the Competitive Marketing Strategy Program at Columbia University and the Logistics and Supply Chain Management Program at Michigan State University.

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LatinFinance announces winners of 2020 Deals of the Year Awards


MIAMI, Jan. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — LatinFinance has announced the winners of its 2020 Deals of the Year Awards.

The annual LatinFinance Deals of the Year Awards are the landmark recognition of stand-out transactions and institutions in the capital markets of Latin America and the Caribbean. The winners are determined by LatinFinance's editorial staff based on an exhaustive selection process.

LatinFinance readers are invited to hear directly from the winners today during the Latin America Capital Markets Summit beginning at 10:30 AM ET and can register here.

The full list of winning transactions and institutions can be found in a special Deals of the Year supplement to LatinFinance magazine.

For more information about the selection process, visit

Winning deals and institutions

Click a winning deal or institution to read more about it.

Sovereign Issuer of the Year Mexico

Corporate Issuer of the Year Cemex

Sovereign Bond of the Year Peru

Quasi-Sovereign Bond of the Year Pemex

Corporate High-Grade Bond of the Year Suzano

Corporate High-Yield Bond of the Year Braskem

Sovereign Liability Management of the Year Ecuador

Corporate Liability Management of the Year Aeropuertos Argentina 2000

Initial Public Offering of the Year XP Inc.

Equity Follow-On of the Year Via Varejo

Private Equity Deal of the Year Sale of Mexico's RCO to Abertis and GIC

Cross-Border M&A Deal of the Year Natura &Co acquisition of Avon Products

Domestic M&A Deal of the Year Grupo Notre Dame Intermédica purchase of Clinipam

Syndicated Loan of the Year LD Celulose

Restructuring of the Year Argentina

Local Currency Deal of the Year Colombia

Structured Financing of the Year Camara de Comercialização de Energia Elétrica (CCEE)

Law Firm of the Year: LatAm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Law Firm of the Year: Mexico Ritch Mueller, Heather y Nicolau

Law Firm of the Year: Brazil Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Law Firm of the Year: Andes Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados

Bond House of the Year JPMorgan

M&A House of the Year Bank of America

Equity House of the Year Itaú BBA

Loan House of the Year BBVA

Investment Bank of the Year Citi

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About LatinFinance

LatinFinance is the leading global platform providing intelligence on the financial markets and economies of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Drawing on 30 years of editorial excellence, its English-language publications deliver high-value information to an international readership of companies, governments, financiers and investors, while its events convene those communities for high-level networking forums focused on the dynamics of those markets, by geography and sector.

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JConnelly Acquires AdvisorPR


NEW YORK, Jan. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — JConnelly, a communications agency serving clients worldwide, has acquired AdvisorPR, a boutique public relations and marketing company that specializes in working with wealth management firms. 

“Now is the right time to augment our strong organic growth with an acquisition,” said Ray Hennessey

Based in Las Vegas, AdvisorPR Founder Alana Kohl and her team will operate AdvisorPR as a division within JConnelly's financial practice group.

“Now is the right time to augment our strong organic growth with an acquisition,” said Ray Hennessey, JConnelly President and CEO. “We are constantly looking for ways to add complementary services and offerings to the marketplace. AdvisorPR's passion for results and innovation fits in well with our overall mission and vision.”

Founded in 2005, AdvisorPR has built a solid reputation in the financial advisory industry for its custom and turnkey marketing communications solutions. These offerings include a signature process to aid financial advisors in systematically establishing, communicating, marketing, and growing their businesses. 

“I look forward to working with the JConnelly team to exchange and integrate our collective knowledge, skills and capabilities to better service a growing market,” Ms. Kohl said. “JConnelly has an outstanding reputation across multiple industries, and our team is thrilled to be a part of a larger organization with such a focus on providing the right solutions and the proper support to a range of clients.”

Founded in 2003, JConnelly represents some of the best-known and most respected international brands in financial services, technology, entertainment, health and wellness, and food and beverage, in addition to serving and representing individuals, including celebrities, influencers, CEOs, and authors.

“We are excited to welcome the AdvisorPR team to JConnelly,” said Jennifer Connelly, Executive Committee Chair and Artist-in-Chief. “We know that this addition will help us continue our commitment to finding the most innovative ways to serve our clients.”

About JConnelly
JConnelly is a pioneer in the evolution of how companies and individuals communicate, connect and engage. We build, grow, and protect premier brands, mitigate and manage crisis, and influence change. Our clients value our expertise, access, and most importantly, our passion for service and results.

About AdvisorPR®
AdvisorPR is a branding, marketing and public relations firm dedicated to providing turnkey marketing communications solutions exclusively to financial professionals. Through a diverse array of PR solutions, including packaged, turnkey PR programs, it helps clients grow their businesses. For more information, visit


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