It took a one-way road trip for Jeff Langlois to cultivate a passion for photography. The adventure to LA brought forth stunning deserts and mountainous peaks, as he drove from Minneapolis through the Rockies – in a 2002 Honda Civic; eager to jumpstart a career at a commercial house called The Mill. The best way to balance out the fast-paced, unpredictable, and ever-changing environment that is advertising, was to break away and see what the west coast really looks like. Traveling solo allowed him to arrive in beautiful destinations and wait for these locations to unveil their scenic characteristics. Jeff notes that the best shots always come unexpectedly. Now while still mainly shooting the outdoors, he plans just enough to get him out and moving around, but his best and most memorable shots come unexpectedly. It’s about showing up and being patient and receptive to what’s going on.
The game was on. The jury was out. This was the real thing. This type of volume had been simulated, but this was now the real world.
Would the newly launched online waiver software, WaiverSign, handle the volume of upwards of 4,000 sports fans signing digital liability waivers almost simultaneously?
Yes! It would. By the end of the weekend, more than 50,000 participants had signed a digital waiver using either the onsite kiosks provided, or via their personal Android or iOS devices.
“WaiverSign is proud to announce the small part they played in the excitement that surrounded the men’s college basketball championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota, earlier this spring,” said Chip Broyles, WaiverSign VP of Business Development and Operations. He was onsite in Minneapolis and monitoring the action.
At one point on the Saturday of the two semi-final games, 4,000 guests signed waivers within 15 minutes. WaiverSign development teams were prepared for the high volume and were standing by at a moment’s notice to react to changing needs if necessary.
“I must admit, at any given time, there can be hundreds, if not thousands of participants going through WaiverSign processes with any number of businesses somewhere in the country. But this was admittedly the first time we had a single client processing that kind of volume all at one time. It was exciting, and a bit nerve racking. But I needn’t have worried. The whole event was a huge success,” Broyles concluded.
In March college hoops fans from around the country descended on US Bank Stadium to cheer on the Michigan State Spartans, Texas Tech Raiders, Auburn Tigers, and the Virginia Cavaliers. Throughout the championship weekend, fan-centered events were held at the Minneapolis Convention Center, about a mile and a half away from the tournament.
Spectators at sporting events don’t always have to sign waivers. In this case, free for all who had a ticket to the big games, or just $10 per person otherwise, the festival activities included scores of interactive events designed to get people hands-on experience with college sports. From batting cages to augmented reality basketball skills, these events excite the public and get everyone geared up for the big games.
“Those who wanted to join in the fun were asked to sign waivers. That’s where WaiverSign came in,” explained Broyles.
Prior to participation in any of the hands-on activities, a Release of Liability waiver must be signed on behalf of each participant. A representative with the company in charge of the activities explained: “We had previously used another white-label waiver signing solution to process participants at the fan events we sponsor throughout the year. We ended up looking for a new vendor that could provide additional functionality, as well as one that fit our budget appropriately. WaiverSign became the obvious choice for us rather quickly.”
“These events are quite popular, as it’s a family friendly environment full of exciting hands-on activities, sponsored giveaways, games and events,” he continues. “Celebrities from the world of college and professional basketball and broadcast sports show up on site for everything from 3-on-3 match-ups to autograph signing and handshaking. Kids as well as adults love it!”
“We’re pleased that the professional sports industry is now enjoying the benefits of presenting waivers digitally rather than on paper,” said Broyles. The benefits of going digital include immediate document retrieval, redundant and secure storage opportunities plus increased document integrity. Digital signature collection also means that companies can gather much more usable data simply because that data is readily accessible and typed and legible — not hand-written.
Using any web-enabled mobile device, parents or legal guardians can immediately sign digital waivers in English or Spanish for their children engaging in youth activities. An Event Management feature communicates to the event organizer and provides easy access to a printable list of names for managing event participants. It can identify and locate groups of people who signed a particular waiver or set of waivers for a certain activity on a specific day.
Lawyers like the fact that through a digital program people have access to documents they can read carefully and sign before they arrive at an activity destination so there’s no last-minute signing situation. The signed document is also delivered with the signer’s email address. The old paper waivers didn’t do that.
“WaiverSign offers a clean, solid product that customers appreciate when comparing other options. Add in simple, straight-forward pricing, mix that with a support team that works directly one-on-one with customers. You have a recipe designed to grow WaiverSign’s client base at a pace we’ve not seen in years past,” Broyles adds. “We fully expect this growth trend to continue. It’s been a wonderful couple of years.”
Founded in 2013, WaiverSign offers one of the most efficient, easy-to-use digital liability waivers and electronic liability release solutions available in today’s marketplace. An API (Application Programming Interface) allows other reservation and customer relationship databases to push and pull customer data directly to and from WaiverSign. This provides a simple and fool-proof way for collecting customer information in whatever reservation system being used. For more information, visit https://www.waiversign.com/ or call 877.741.7705.
About Resmark Systems
The premier marketing and reservation software platform for tour operators in the adventure travel industry was founded in 2005 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Resmark Systems offers comprehensive tour operator software created by tour operators with multiple years of experience. Resmark Systems software is designed to manage all functions of the tour operator business from online reservations and marketing to finances and accounting. Resmark provides proven cost savings, comprehensive tracking and reporting and unparalleled lead conversion. For more information, visit http://www.resmarksystems.com/ or call 888.RESMARK (737.6275).
Singer, songwriter, and producer Jake Miller releases new song “NIKES” today off his highly anticipated six-song EP entitled BASED ON A TRUE STORY. due out on March 29th via RED MUSIC. The 80s synth-infused track is backed by rich production, personal lyrics, and a hummable guitar all courtesy of Miller. “NIKES” debuted on 10 New Music Friday playlists worldwide including the U.S. as well as Apple Music’s Best of the Week playlist. It is the follow up to Miller’s hit “WAIT FOR YOU,” which is currently sitting in the Top 45 at U.S. pop radio and has clocked 5 million U.S. streams to date.
In support of his new song, Miller today launches a new “NIKES”-inspired merchandise line that includes robust hoodies, long sleeve and short sleeve t-shirts, totes, and shoelaces. Fans can check out the new products via Jake’s official Sony Thread Shop web store at shop.jakemiller.com/store.
Jake recently announced his spring headlining ‘WAIT FOR YOU’ Tour that kicks off on April 11 in Las Vegas and will hit 21 cities across the U.S. including major markets in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and Nashville. The tour will include support from special guests Logan Henderson and Just Seconds Apart. Prior to hitting the road, Jake will play iHeartRadio’s Blossom Bash alongside Meghan Trainor and MAX in Washington, D.C. on April 5th as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Tickets for all shows are available online HERE.
UPCOMING TOUR DATES
April 5 – Washington, D.C. – The Anthem
April 11 – Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl at the Hard Rock*
April 12 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red*
April 13 – Tucson, AZ – The Rock*
April 16 – Dallas, TX – The Prophet Bar*
April 17 – Houston, TX – House of Blues Bronze Peacock Room*
April 19 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room*
April 23 – Nashville, TN – The Cowan*
April 25 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Philadelphia*
April 26 – Asbury Park, NJ – House of Independents*
April 27 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club*
April 28 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza*
April 30 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall*
May 1 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Rex Theater*
May 3 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall*
May 4 – Detroit, MI – The Loving Touch*
May 5 – Chicago, IL – Chop Shop*
May 7 – Minneapolis, MN – The Fine Line Music Café*
May 11 – Tacoma, WA – Alma Mater*
May 12 – Portland, OR – The Hawthorne Theatre*
May 14 – Oakland, CA – The New Parish*
May 17 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre*
*Logan Henderson and Just Seconds Apart will support entire Wait For You Tour
DEF JAM PHENOM AND RISING STAR YK OSIRIS RELEASES NEW SINGLE
LISTEN TO “WORTH IT” HERE
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
YK OSIRIS FEATURED ON DEF JAM’S UNDISPUTED COMPILATION DROPPING MARCH 8
“VALENTINE” AT 70M TOTAL STREAMS
“TIMING” AT 40M TOTAL STREAMS
SIRIUS XM “THE HEAT” DUBS HIM A “FUTURE FIRE ARTIST”
CATCH YK OSIRIS ON THE WORTH IT TOUR
02/21 Indianapolis, MD
02/23 Minneapolis, MN
02/24 Chicago, IL
02/27 Denver, CO
03/01 Portland, OR
03/03 Sacramento, CA
03/07 Oakland, CA
03/09 Los Angeles, CA
03/10 Phoenix, AZ
03/14 Houston, TX
03/15 Dallas, TX
03/22 Norfolk, VA
03/23 Washington, DC
03/25 New York, NY
03/30 Atlanta, GA
With a temperate year round climate, farm fresh cuisine and unique adventure experiences, Belize is a perfect three day weekend getaway to escape the winter months. Daily, affordable nonstop flights are offered countrywide from Minneapolis, Denver, Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta and other major travel hubs making a visit to Belize easier than ever.
The San Ignacio Resort Hotel, a premier full-service Belize resort, located in the Cayo district, is within a scenic 90-minute drive or 30-minute flight from Belize City. The hotel boasts first-class amenities and accommodations for those seeking to relax and enjoy a beautiful tropical resort, yet offers nearby adventures for those wanting to explore inland Belize. In addition to stunning jungle views, San Ignacio Resort Hotel offers impeccable service, extraordinary dining options at its Running W Steakhouse & Restaurant, a tennis court and is in close proximity to San Ignacio Town.
Plan your Three Perfect Days in Belize Package starting at $1,446 per person, excluding airfare.
- Roundtrip transfers from and to Belize international airport
- Accommodation in the luxurious Honeymoon Suite – boasting exquisite views of untouched rainforest
- Assigned Personal Butler upon check in
- Daily Breakfast
- 2 dinners at the Running W Steakhouse at a reserved Balcony table
- 1 Private dinner in balcony of your room
- One 60-minute Luxury in-room wellness treatment per person
- 1 Full day tour at Xunantunich and Cahal Pech Maya sites
- 1 full day tour at Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve with an exclusive picnic day trip with hiking trails and optional swimming in private cascades and natural pools.
To book your trip visit www.sanignaciobelize.com.
Pop phenomena, Tiffany Young, announces her eight-date 2019 “Lips On Lips” North American Mini Showcase Tour. Kicking off on March 3rd 2019 in Toronto, the tour will weave through New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Seattle, Vancouver; ending in her home state of California with San Francisco and Los Angeles. Tickets will be available for Local On-Sale this Thursday November 15th at 10:00AM Pacific; and General On-Sale the following day, Friday November 16th at 10:0AM Pacific.
Kicking off March 3, 2019; Tiffany will be bringing her charismatic performances and smooth vocals to the states where she will be performing her highly talked about singles “Teach You” and “Over My Skin.” Fans can expect an EP to drop early next year, along with many more surprises in store. Cosmopolitan describes her sound as “catchy choruses, an irresistible dance-ready beat laid with synths that sound futuristic and vintage at the same time, every lyric oozing with feeling, and of course fun theatrics. But instead of singing demurely about general cutesy crushes and falling in love, Young’s busting out her big girl chops for more personal yet relatable, story-driven tunes.” Meet Tiffany Young, the K-Pop Megastar You’re About to See (and Hear) *Everywhere* – Cosmo
In the midst of her U.S. takeover, Tiffany spoke to PAPER Magazine about representation and her newly discovered freedom of expression, stating; “We are in this amazing time where there are no limits […] It’s all about diversity, being opinionated and having something to say.” Tiffany was photographed for PAPER Magazine’s new digital cover series Takeover, where they chose five of their favorite women who’re making a significant impact on the music industry right now. “Tiffany Young, the breakout singer of K-pop group Girls Generation, is carving out a major name for herself stateside.” Also photographed for the series: Normani, Charli XCX, Teddy Geiger, and Kelelam.
Check out her Instagram HERE
By Reid Urban
The Jimmy Butler era in Minnesota has finally ended.
The Timberwolves have agreed to send their star, along with Justin Patton, to the Philadelphia 76ers for Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless, and a 2022 second-round pick. A trade call with the league to finalize the deal has been set for Monday.
For Sixers GM Elton Brand, this is his first major move since being named the GM a few months ago. This move will now allow the Sixers to have a third star on the team alongside Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid without luring an impact player in the 2019 free agency period.
Mark Suleymanov of Hoops Rumors believes that this move could also take pressure off their 2017 first overall pick Markelle Fultz, as many had expected him to be the third star on that team. That has not worked out the way Philadelphia wanted it to yet.
Assuming that all goes well in Philadelphia, it could signal the way for both sides to reach an agreement on a long-term. In fact, it is believed Philadelphia wants to have the big three of Butler, Simmons, and Embiid around long-term. However, a major injury or poor play from Simmons and Embiid alongside Butler could diminish that possibility.
As for Minnesota, this trade ends the two-month saga of Butler asking for a trade request. This all started before training camps got underway before the season began, and this news of a trade request broke during a meeting between Butler and Timberwolves coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau. Although Butler didn’t initially report to camp, he eventually rejoined the team after the Wolves couldn’t find a trade partner right away. However, things took a somewhat sour turn with Butler’s expletive-filled rant in a preseason practice. Now, things have resolved themsleves, as Butler’s departure will give the team an opportunity to focus on a future centered around their young core in both Karl Anthony-Towns and Andrew Wiggins.
The Wolves will now add both Covington and Saric to their long-term plans. Saric won’t be a restricted free agency until 2020 and Covington is locked up through 2022. The team understandably didn’t want to take a step back in their roster-building process, having made the playoffs last season after a long absence out. As for Bayless, if the team can’t find a plan for him, he’ll be most likely bought out by the Wolves.
Looks like both teams got what they wanted in this deal. It gives Butler an opportunity to play with some stars and potentially become a long-term asset for the Sixers, while the Wolves get some players and a pick, in hopes that this trade will help them continue where they left off.
The Dairy Queen® System Expects a Blizzard of Miracles on August 2
DQ® hosts 13th annual Miracle Treat Day to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®
WHO: Participating Dairy Queen®and DQ Grill & Chill® locations throughout the United States
WHAT: Will help make miracles for hospitalized children during DQ®’s 13th annual Miracle Treat Day, when $1 or more from every Blizzard® Treat sold at participating locations will be donated to local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® (CMN Hospitals). CMN Hospitals raise funds to help save and improve the lives of kids treated at 170 children’s hospitals across the U.S. and Canada.
All donations collected on Miracle Treat Day stay in the communities in which they are raised to support pediatric patients and their families in local CMN Hospitals.
WHEN: All day Thursday, August 2, 2018
WHERE: Visit MiracleTreatDay.com for the nearest participating Dairy Queen or DQ Grill & Chill locations.
The featured Miracle Treat Day “Blizzard of the Day” will be Oreo®, which is still the most popular Blizzard Treat to date. The Blizzard Treat of the Month for August in the U.S. is the new TWIX® Blizzard Treat. All other Blizzard Treat flavors are also available that day.
During a 34-year partnership with CMN Hospitals, the Dairy Queen system has raised more than $135 million for local hospitals.
For more information about Miracle Treat Day, visit MiracleTreatDay.com and connect on social media at #MiracleTreatDay.
About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals:
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.
International Dairy Queen Inc., (IDQ), based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the parent company of American Dairy Queen Corporation. Through its subsidiaries, IDQ develops, licenses and services a system of more than 6,700 locations in the United States, Canada and more than 25 other countries. IDQ is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (Berkshire) which is led by Warren Buffett, the legendary investor and CEO of Berkshire. For more information visit DairyQueen.com
Today The Economist launched its first real-time midterm model, which uses statistical forecasting to predict how many seats in the House of Representatives each party is likely to win in this year’s US midterm elections.
View the model here:
Applying cutting-edge machine-learning techniques to political science, the model combines information from polling, past elections, special elections, fundraising, ideology and “fundamental” factors like the economy and incumbency. It has been trained on every election cycle since 1942 and nearly 6,500 historical district races. The model will conduct 4.35 million simulated elections every day until the vote, live-updating to incorporate up-to-the-minute data.
The Economist’s midterm model currently predicts that Democrats have a 2 in 3 (or 65%) chance of taking the House, and holding an average of 222 seats, or 4 more than is needed for a majority. It shows that there is a 95% chance that the Democrats will hold between 206 and 241 seats.
The Economist’s data team plans to launch a similar model to forecast Senate results later in the year once primaries are complete and more polls become available.
Find out more about The Economist’s midterm model here.
Youngblood is the title track from the band’s third studio album, out June 22 on Capitol Records and now available for pre-order. Fans who pre-order the album will instantly receive Youngblood and the first single, Want You Back.
Tickets for 5SOS Meet You There Tour, are on sale now at LiveNation.com. Each ticket purchased for the Meet You There Tour also includes a copy of the forthcoming album. The 25-city North American headline outing will launch on August 27 in Toronto, ON and include shows at several amphitheaters as well as Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, IL (September 8) and Los Angeles Greek Theatre (October 12).
5SOS new single, Want You Back, debuted at No. 1 on iTunes in over 18 countries and has already amassed more than 60 million streams worldwide. Billboard calls the track, painstakingly catchy, while Idolator says, the Aussie hitmakers dive head-first into slick pop with a rhythmic edge on their best single to date. Check out their recent performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon HERE The official video, which was directed by James Larese (Eminem, Fall Out Boy, Imagine Dragons), can be seen HERE
Following 5SOS five-plus years of recording and touring behind its first two albums both of which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 the band decamped across the hemisphere to Los Angeles to find a new set of collaborators, influences, and inspirations. While expanding its musical parameters on Youngblood, 5SOS retains the hooks and trademark DNA that’s always been a massive part of the band’s appeal. They wrote and recorded the bulk of the album with the Swedish producing-writing team Carl and Rami (Nicki Minaj, Madonna). Other collaborators include Andrew Watt and Ali Tamposi (Camilla Cabello), producer/instrumentalist Mike Elizondo (Dr. Dre, Eminem, Fiona Apple), producer/engineer Noah Passovoy (Maroon 5), J Kash (Maroon 5, Charlie Puth), Asia Whitacre (Hailee Steinfeld, Zedd) and Andrew Goldstein (Linkin Park, Simple Plan).
Hailed as the biggest new rock act in the world by Rolling Stone, 5SOS is the only band (not vocal group) in history to see its first two full-length studio albums enter the Billboard 200 at No. 1. 5SOS’s self-titled debut album has sold more than three million units worldwide, with 1.5 million albums and more than 4.5 million single tracks sold in the U.S. alone. 2015’s Sounds Good Feels Good charted at No. 1 in 12 countries, including the U.S., the U.K. and Australia. She’s Kinda Hot the album’s first single, topped the iTunes charts in 44 countries. 5SOS comprising Luke Hemmings(vocals/guitar), Michael Clifford (vocals/guitar), Calum Hood (vocals/bass) and Ashton Irwin (vocals/drums) has won an American Music Award, a People’s Choice Award, an iHeartRadio Music Award, five MTV European Music Awards, two ARIA Awards and an MTV Video Music Award.
Youngblood Track Listing:
2 Want You Back
3 Lie To Me
5 Talk Fast
6 Moving Along
7 Walls Could Talk
8 Better Man
9 More Spike
10 Why Won’t You Love Me
11 Woke Up In Japan
12 Empty Wallets
13 Ghost Of You
14 Monster Among Men
15 Meet You There