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Dacor Announces Winners and Finalists of Inaugural National Kitchen Design Contest

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Dacor, the leading American luxury home appliance brand, today announced the winners and finalists of the inaugural 2020 Dacor National Kitchen Design Contest celebrating innovative kitchen designs and their talented creators. The diverse panel of judges included Dacors Design Council, which is made up of leading architects and interior designers from across the U.S. and Canada. The jury evaluated 132 entries from students and professionals across the U.S. and Canada to determine 20 finalists, from which three grand-prize professional design winners and one design student winner were selected based on design, innovation and representation of Dacor products.

As a leading kitchen appliance brand in the North American marketplace we wanted to create an opportunity to celebrate our wonderful partners in the design community as well as emerging talent who are pushing the boundaries of creativity and are inspiring homeowners to bring to life their dream kitchens, says Randy Warner, Vice President of Sales for Dacor. Through the National Kitchen Design contest, it is evident these designers are paving the way in inventive kitchen designs are executed, and their work is the reason our products are synonymous with beautiful, luxury design. It has been an exciting opportunity to see the submissions and our team is beyond impressed by the talent featured across both professional and student entries.

For more than 50 years, the Dacor brand has been an integral partner to designers across the country. The completion of the Dacors first National Kitchen Design contest marks the brands continued commitment to support the trade community and highlight the breadth of professional and student talent across the industry. Cash prizes totaling over $200,000 will be awarded to winners and finalists on both a Regional and National level for projects that were submitted in both the Contemporary and Traditional style of kitchens. Categories included: First Place Contemporary, First Place Traditional, Designers Choice, Runner-Up Contemporary, Runner-Up Traditional, First Place Student, and Runner-Up Student. Regionally, Dacor will recognize eight designers across all four U.S regions including Canada, while 20 finalists will be nationally recognized (10 per style of appliance).

Sarah Robertson of Studio Dearborn (Mamaroneck, NY) was a triple prize winner, taking home the Designers Choice award, as well as being recognized as the Regional winner in the West Region and a top 20 National Finalist, winning a grand total of $42,500. With regard to the key features of Dacor appliances that worked best for her clients design, Robertson stated, The clients loved the luxurious feel of the stainless lined refrigeration, but they were equally impressed by the technology within. The variable speed compressor not only saves energy, but also keeps temperature levels more consistent, enhancing preservation. The aesthetics of the graphite stainless steel and brass on the Contemporary cooktop paired perfectly with the black cabinetry and custom brass hood.

Carla Kalwaitis of Carla Kalwaitis Design (Rancho Mirage, CA) took home First Place Contemporary kitchen along with first place in the Regional category and was selected as a National finalist, totaling a winning prize of $42,500. With regard to why she chose Dacor appliances for the project, she stated, Dacors Contemporary line is unlike anything else on the market. The style is full of conversation pieces – from the technology, design and graphite finish “ it appeals to a younger, professional audience, which is exactly what I was looking for.

Starr Miller of Starr Miller Interior Design (Cornelius, NC) won First Place Traditional in addition to being recognized as a first place Regional winner and National finalist, totaling a winning prize of $42,500. It was important to choose an innovative, luxury brand for this project as we were showing the best of design options in this showhouse, said Miller. We were proud of this project and wanted to celebrate our design team, local dealer and the incredible Dacor field support team.

Sheng Wei Yang of Wilson Yang Design (New York School of Interior Design) shared that his selection for Dacors 48 Dual Fuel Steam Range and 30 Combination Wall Oven from the Contemporary styles were integral to his design in part because, Dacor appliances always have polished, exquisite and sophisticated features. Sheng Wei Yang was awarded First Place Student, winning a $10,000 scholarship prize.

Additional regional winners and finalists include:

Contemporary Regional Winners

  • Sarah Robertson with Dearborn Cabinetry LLC d/b/a Studio Dearborn (Mamaroneck, NY “ East Coast Region)
  • Arash Hoss with Two Hawks Design and Development (Phoenix, AZ “ Central Region)
  • Carla Kalwaitis with Carla Kalwaitis Design (Rancho Mirage, CA “ West Coast Region)
  • Breanna Lukacsy and Rehanna Hartung with Hella Design Studio Inc. (Calgary, AB “ Canada Region)

Contemporary National Finalists

  • Grand Prize Runner-Up: Qiong Lin with Global Kitchen & Bath (Bayside, NY)
  • Sarah Robertson with Dearborn Cabinetry LLC d/b/a Studio Dearborn (Mamaroneck, NY)
  • Arash Hoss with Two Hawks Design and Development (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Jennifer Sartori and Sheilah Hughes with Lifestyle Home Builders (Melbourne, FL)
  • Trey Farmer and Adrienne Farmer with Studio Femme (Austin, TX)
  • Yael Margalit with Yael Margalit Design (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Jennifer Sartori and Sheilah Hughes with Lifestyle Home Builders (Melbourne, FL)
  • Breanna Lukacsy and Rehanna Hartung with Hella Design Studio Inc. (Calgary, AB)
  • Aimee Eversole with Monarch & Maker (Magnolia, TX)

Traditional Regional Winners

  • Starr Miller with Starr Miller Interior Design (Cornelius, NC “ East Coast Region)
  • Jennifer Reid with Travis Custom Homes (Scottsdale, AZ “ Central Region)
  • Susanna Ward and Elaina Myers with Design 4 Corners (Carlsbad, CA “ West Coast Region)
  • Nyla Free with Nyla Free Designs Inc. (Calgary, AB “ Canada Region)

Traditional National Finalists

  • Grand Prize Runner-Up: Jennifer Reid with Travis Custom Homes (Scottsdale, AZ)
  • Susanna Ward and Elaina Myers with Design 4 Corners (Carlsbad, CA)
  • Skip Sroka with Sroka Design Inc. (Washington, DC)
  • Alexandra Montelongo with Monarch & Maker (Magnolia, TX)
  • Jennifer Sartori and Sheilah Hughes with Lifestyle Home Builders (Melbourne, FL)
  • Jacquelyn Cummins with Kitchens Unlimited (Memphis, TN)
  • Jason Jones with NoCO Custom Home (Timnath, CO)
  • Vic Remmers with Everett Custom Homes (Portland, OR)
  • Tynet Calhoun with Mag Builders (Denver, CO)
  • Nyla Free with Nyla Free Designs Inc. (Calgary, AB)

Student Finalists

  • Grand Prize Runner-Up: Zhoulan Zhang of Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY)

All contest winners and finalists will have their work recognized and promoted within Dacors showrooms in NYC, LA and Chicago and on the company website as well as social media channels. All entries were accepted from qualified legal residents of the 50 United States, District of Columbia and Canadian Residents (excluding Quebec).

For more information on the National Kitchen Design Contest and to see winners and finalists projects, visit Dacor.com/Professionals/Kitchen-Design-Contest-Winners. For more information on Dacor, or to find a dealer, visit Dacor.com.

About Dacor

Dacor is a leading American luxury home appliance brand known for creating stunning tools that deliver expert innovation, intuitive technology and handcrafted design. The company, based in Southern California and founded over 50 years ago, has revolutionized the luxury kitchen landscape through its award-winning suite of next-generation creative tools. Boasting curated design and confident reliability, Dacor pushes the boundaries of innovation and performance by transforming the modern-day kitchen into a place to connect, entertain and create. For additional information, please visit Dacor.com or follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

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Dream Impact Trust Announces January 2021 Monthly Distribution

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DREAM IMPACT TRUST (TSX: MPCT.UN) (Dream MPCT or the Trust) today announced its January 2021 monthly distribution in the amount of 3.333 cents per Unit (40 cents annualized). The January distribution will be payable on February 12, 2021 to unitholders of record as at January 29, 2021.

Dream Impact Trust is a real estate impact investing vehicle that targets projects that create positive and lasting impacts on communities and the environment, while achieving market returns. Dream Impact Trust provides investors with access to an exceptional portfolio of real estate development and income properties that would not be otherwise available in a public and fully transparent vehicle, managed by an experienced team with a successful track record in these areas. The objectives of the Trust are to provide investors with a portfolio of high-quality real estate development opportunities that generate both strong financial returns and provide positive social and environmental impacts in our communities; balance growth and stability of the portfolio, increasing cash flow, unitholders’ equity and NAV over time; provide predictable cash distributions to unitholders on a tax-efficient basis; and leverage access to an experienced management team and strong partnerships to generate investment opportunities, capitalize on strong market fundamentals and generate attractive returns for investors. For more information, please visit: www.dreamimpacttrust.ca.

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Dream Office REIT January 2021 Monthly Distribution

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DREAM OFFICE REIT (TSX: D.UN) (Dream Office or the Trust) today announced its January 2021 monthly distribution of 8.333 cents per REIT Unit, Series A ($1.00 annualized). The January distribution will be payable on February 12, 2021 to unitholders of record as at January 29, 2021.

Dream Office REIT is an unincorporated, open-ended real estate investment trust. Dream Office REIT owns well-located, high-quality office properties, primarily in downtown Toronto. For more information, please visit our website at www.dreamofficereit.ca.

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Trading Technologies Names New Chairman and CEO

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Trading Technologies International, Inc. (TT), a global provider of high-performance professional trading software, infrastructure and data solutions, today announced effective immediately, Tim Geannopulos has been named Chairman and CEO of TT.

Geannopulos comes back to TT bringing decades of financial technology experience to the company. In addition to consulting in the fintech space, he was a co-founder and president of Neurensic and previously executive vice president, global head of sales at TT.

“Tim will be instrumental in managing the key partner transactions we anticipate this year and will guide our strong team through the next chapter of growth and expansion,” said Harris Brumfield, majority shareholder of Trading Technologies.

While Rick Lane will ultimately be leaving TT to pursue a new opportunity, he will remain to facilitate client migrations to the TT platform and to communicate TTs technology vision to strategic partners. “Rick has been a tremendous leader and a visionary who has allowed TT to redefine institutional trading and market access technology in our industry,” added Brumfield. “We wish him the best success in his future endeavors.”

About Trading Technologies

Trading Technologies (www.tradingtechnologies.com, @Trading_Tech) creates professional trading software, infrastructure and data solutions for a wide variety of users, including proprietary traders, brokers, money managers, CTAs, hedge funds, commercial hedgers and risk managers. In addition to providing access to the worlds major international exchanges and liquidity venues via its TT trading platform, TT offers domain-specific technology for cryptocurrency trading and machine-learning tools for trade surveillance.

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