Elevate Job Opportunity: Office Manager

Elevate Communications, a full-service strategic public relations agency that develops and implements national communications programs for consumer, sports, B2B, technology and hospitality brands, is seeking a motivated,
self-starting, Office Manager to join our team.

Reports to: Elevate Partner

Job Summary

The Office Manager is responsible for supporting agency operations by maintaining office systems and managing administrative functions. The Office Manager will work under the supervision of Senior Leadership and will report directly to a Partner.

Duties and Responsibilities

Agency & Account Administration

  • Maintain files for agency-client contracts, including maintaining LOU (contract) template and updating as needed, drafting LOUs for new engagements, managing renewal timelines
  • Assist in developing standardized agency Scope of Work templates and approach to increase accuracy in project and work hours estimates
  • Assist with updates on agency hours including work in ClickTime

Agency Marketing & New Business Development  

  • Assist in developing system for updating and maintaining agency client case studies
  • Manage agency efforts to research, identify, target and secure new clients
  • Maintain agency’s new business tracking sheets
  • Coordinate activities of new business team including budget ownership, establishing and maintaining meeting schedule, coordinating team assignments and consistently communicating and tracking team deliverables & deadlines
  • Develop and maintain library of agency new business materials including capabilities decks, presentations and proposals
  • Create and manage system for consistent updating of agency case studies
  • Coordinate new client pitches, business meetings and presentations
  • Manage agency content marketing calendar and track staff deliverables and deadlines

Office Operations

  • Manage front desk and maintain a friendly and professional environment by greeting and assisting visiting colleagues, clients and vendors
  • Responsible for opening and closing the office daily, M-F
  • Assist Senior Leadership in coordinating office improvements including lay-out, work-space and environment
  • Maintain office equipment including budget and key vendor contract management
  • Handle new employee onboarding
  • Develop and maintain agency influencer and client database to be utilized for Client Relationship Management initiatives and agency marketing functions
  • Assist with administrative tasks such as writing business letters and proofreading
  • Serve as primary contact for building management, cleaning services and needs
  • Book travel for senior team – as directed by agency partners – and managing preferred travel vendors across agency account team
  • Drive culture-related items and events, including but not limited to office lunches, happy hour, quarterly employee events and annual holiday party
  • Assist with intern program
  • Coordinate remote employees’ video conference participation in staff meetings

 IT

  • Manage outsourced IT vendor to ensure execution of contracted deliverables
  • Manage Dropbox files, including file-mapping standards, permissions, organizing and file naming conventions
  • Manage budget for computer software, systems and direct vendor relationships. Develop system for employee computer hardware tracking and maintenance

Job Impact

The Office Manager functions as a member of the management team. The Office Manager oversees the day to day office operations.

Job Authority

The Office Manager reports to an Elevate Partner. The Office Manager is responsible for the office and business operations. He/she may issue discipline in conjunction with other members of the management team.

Qualifications

  • 3+ years office experience
  • Direct experience at an agency a plus
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Well-organized, detail-oriented, and able to handle a fast-paced work environment.
  • Decision making skills
  • Ability to work independently and prioritize duties with minimal supervision, in order to mean deadlines
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, cloud providers (Dropbox), and web browsers
  • Excellent written communication and verbal communication

The above are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the person/people in this position. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with this position.

The above are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the person/people in this position. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with this position.

This position is located at our Newbury Street, Boston office. Salary will be commensurate with experience. We offer a fast-paced, exciting workplace culture, the opportunity to represent diverse and interesting clients, competitive salary, health care benefits (medical, dental and vision), 401(k) and more.

Interested parties should submit resumes and salary requirements to kmulvey@elevatecom.com.

Elevate Communications is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Type: Full-time

 

New England Revolution and Chelsea FC Announce “Final Whistle on Hate” Match for May 15

Preliminary list of beneficiaries also named ahead of tickets going on sale March 15

Foxborough, MA –The New England Revolution and Chelsea FC will play a charity match for the “Final Whistle on Hate” at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday, May 15. Kicking off at 8:00 p.m. ET, the match will be played against a backdrop of ongoing antisemitism and discrimination around the world with all proceeds from the match being dedicated to initiatives to combat antisemitism and all hate crimes. The initial idea for the match was developed by club owners Roman Abramovich and Robert Kraft in light of a global rise in antisemitic activity. Tickets for the “Final Whistle on Hate” will go on sale to the public on Friday, March 15.

Chelsea and the Revolution have teamed up to highlight the ongoing rise of hate crimes around the world and are working together to harness the power of sport in bringing people together to tackle hate and prejudice in all its forms.

The match’s primary beneficiaries will include the World Jewish Congress, the Tree of Life synagogue, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Holocaust Educational Trust. Representatives from these and other anti-discrimination organizations will be invited to attend the game, while Abramovich and Kraft will also each donate $1 million in support of the cause, with further initiatives to combat antisemitism to be announced closer to the game.

Fans can purchase tickets to the match, which will take place at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday, May 15, on Ticketmaster.com, Revolutionsoccer.net, or 1-877-GET-REVS.

Select groups, including Revolution Season Members, will have access to a series of private sales beginning on Monday, March 11. Prices for individual tickets for the match start at $40. Special discounts on group tickets and multi-game packages are available through Revolutionsoccer.net and 1-877-GETREVS, with dedicated sections for Chelsea supporters behind one of the goals and behind Chelsea’s bench.

For up-to-the-minute information on the Revolution, visit the team’s official website at Revolutionsoccer.net, or join the conversation and interact with fans on any of the team’s social platforms.

Santander Invites Eagles Fans to Lincoln Financial Field for Holiday Celebration

Santander Invites Eagles Fans to Take Holiday Photos on Field at Lincoln Financial Field

Santander Bank and the Philadelphia Eagles today announced “Santander Holiday Snaps,” a free family-friendly event to kick off the holiday season that will take place Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 at Lincoln Financial Field.

“Santander Holiday Snaps” allows a select number of lucky fans to capture the spirit of the holiday season from a unique field level vantage point within the stadium. Fans will have the opportunity to have a professional holiday photo taken on the Eagles field. In addition to this priceless photo opportunity, fans can enjoy a festival full of free holiday activities including cookie decorating, holiday story time, locker room tours, movie screening and more, including surprise appearances from Eagles players, Eagles Cheerleaders and SWOOP. Refreshments will be served.

“At Santander, we admire and respect the unwavering passion Philadelphia Eagles fans have for their favorite team, and we look forward to celebrating their enthusiasm by providing a truly unique holiday experience,” said Angela Moultrie, Santander’s region president for the Pennsylvania/New Jersey Central regions. “As we usher in the season of giving, we’re excited to host a free winter festival that provides fans with unprecedented stadium access, exciting photo opportunities and other fun activities for fans to enjoy.”

Eagles fans can attend the “Santander Holiday Snaps” holiday festival by registering for the event at http://santanderbank.com/holidaysnaps. The event will run from 5 to 8 p.m., with select registration times available for the on-field photo opportunities. Space is limited and advance registration is required, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. While the event will take place rain or shine, on-field photo opportunities are weather permitting.

“It’s a pleasure to team up with Santander once again as our partnership provides the ability to offer our devoted fans unparalleled experiences,” said Tracy Foster, Vice President of Corporate Partner Activations. “We are thrilled the Bank is offering Eagles fans an opportunity to see the field from our players’ perspectives and capture the moment for their family holidays.”

In the spirit of the holiday season, participating fans are encouraged to bring a new book to donate at the event.

Santander Bank N.A. is the Official Bank of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Santander Bank, N.A. is one of the country’s largest retail and commercial banks with $74.2 billion in assets. With its corporate offices in Boston, the Bank’s approximately 9,600 employees, over 600 branches, more than 2,000 ATMs and 2.1 million customers are principally located in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. The Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Madrid-based Banco Santander, S.A. (NYSE: SAN) – one of the most respected banking groups in the world with more than 125 million customers in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America. It is overseen by Santander Holdings USA, Inc., Banco Santander’s intermediate holding company in the U.S. For more information on Santander Bank, please visit www.santanderbank.com.

Killington Resort Opens for the Season Friday, October 19, 2018

The Longest Season in the East Starts This Week as Killington Resort Prepares for the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Races

Vermont’s Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard destination in Eastern North America, and part of POWDR, is scheduled to kick off its 2018-19 winter season at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 19, 2018, becoming the first Eastern resort to open for skiing and snowboarding.

The first turns of the season, on Friday, October 19, will be reserved exclusively for Season Pass, Express Card, Beast365 and Ikon Pass holders. The resort will open to the general public on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. Killington’s operating schedule for the remainder of the week will be updated in real time at www.killington.com/conditions.

“Mother Nature played her role, giving us cool temps, but this summer’s snowmaking enhancements as a part of our $25 million dollar capital investment really gave us a leg up,” says Mike Solimano, president and general manager of Killington Resort and Pico Mountain. “Killington is on track to, once again, be the first ski area in the East to open and, for the third winter in a row, get the resort ready for the World Cup races in just a few weeks.”

On Friday, October 19, 2018, the K-1 Express Gondola will provide uploading and downloading to open terrain for skiers and snowboarders from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and the North Ridge Triple lift will allow uploading until 3:45 p.m. Skiers and snowboarders will use the Peak Walkway to access open terrain and return to the K-1 Express Gondola for the trip down to the base area when finished for the day. Skiing and snowboarding will be on advanced terrain only, providing roughly 600 vertical feet of open trails. No beginner terrain is available at this time. Early season conditions exist and snowmaking and other on-mountain operations may be in progress throughout the day on open terrain.

The Snowshed Sales Center will be open Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Friday starting at 7:00 a.m., for RFID pass pick up and pass purchases. K-1 Guest Services will be open starting at 7:00 a.m. on Friday selling Season Passes and Express Cards for same-day access to the slopes. Express Card holders will only be charged $25 for all ages on Opening Day, and children ages 6 and under will receive a Kids Ski Free ticket if accompanied by a season pass holder. No other passes, tickets, vouchers or reciprocal discounts will be accepted on this day. Beginning Saturday, daily lift tickets will be $59 for adults (ages 19-64), $45 for youth (ages 7-18) and $50 for seniors (ages 65-79). Express Card holders will receive 50% off lift ticket window rate for midweek, and 25% off weekend rates.

Remaining a longstanding tradition, season Pass holders are invited to enjoy free lunch on Friday at the K-1 Café, North Ridge Dog Sled or Peak Lodge as a show of gratitude for their commitment to Killington Resort.

Beginning on Saturday, October 20, 2018, K-1 Express Gondola lift hours will be 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for uphill loading. The North Ridge Triple lift will allow uploading until 3:45 p.m.

During the World Cup races, which will take place on November 23-25, public access to the Expo Village, which is adjacent to the finish area and is free entrance for spectator viewing, will offer unparalleled access to watch the fastest female alpine ski racers in the world compete in slalom and giant slalom events. Additional World Cup events include free concerts by Paul Oakenfold, Michael Franti, KT Tunstall and Guster, plus movie premiers, fireworks, parades and more. A full schedule of the Killington Cup events can be found at killington.com/worldcup.

Killington will remain open to the public for skiing and snowboarding as conditions permit. Skiers and riders can prepare for Opening Day by purchasing Season Passes and Express Cards now at killington.com and 1-800-621-MTNS (6867).

About Killington Resort
Killington Resort is a four season destination sitting on 3,000 acres in the heart of Central Vermont’s Green Mountains. The Beast of the East boasts 92 miles of diverse snow sports terrain spread across six peaks including Pico Mountain, served by the most expansive lift network and snowmaking system in Eastern North America. After the snow melts, Killington features an 18-hole championship golf course, the family-friendly Snowshed Adventure Center, 30 miles of mountain biking trails with expansion underway with Gravity Logic, plus 15 miles of hiking trails. The seemingly infinite après, dining, and lodging options have made Killington a world-class destination for East Coast skiers and riders for over 55 years. Killington is part of the POWDR portfolio. Visit www.killington.com for more information and be social with #beast365, #beastworldcup and #beastwinter.

Stygian by Sherrilyn Kenyon (August 28, 2018)

#1 New York Times bestseller Sherrilyn Kenyon returns with
the newest and highly-anticipated Dark-Hunter® Novel

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon’s series, including The Dark-Hunters®, The League®, and Chronicles of Nick®, have won countless fans all over the world and propelled her to the top of bestseller lists in multiple countries. Now, readers will be thrilled to return to the world of The Dark-Hunters® with STYGIAN (A Tor Hardcover, eBook, and Macmillan Audio release; On-sale: August 28, 2018), the follow-up to her wildly successful novel Styxx, telling the story of Urian—Styxx’s son.

Born before mankind recorded time, I have lived for thousands of years, believing myself to be something I’m not. Someone I’m not. Lied to and betrayed by gods, Daimons, and Dark-Hunters, I’ve struggled to find my way in a world where I’ve been cursed since the moment a vengeful goddess prematurely ripped me from my mother and planted me into the womb of an innocent woman who thought me her son.

Trained as a slayer and predator, I’ve learned to become a tool for evil. Until I was sent to kill the one woman I couldn’t. My hesitation cost her everything, including her life. Or so I thought. In an act of ultimate betrayal that makes all the others pale in comparison, I’ve learned that Phoebe still lives.

To save her, I will have to trust enemies and friends I’m not sure won’t betray me, including a woman born of an enemy race who hates mine bitterly. And that’s nothing new. I’ve never known whom to trust. Betrayal is my mother’s milk. Yet sometimes the road to redemption is one that singes us to our very core. But if I fail in my quest, we will lose the world. Both human and Daimon.

With the epic and addictive STYGIAN, Sherrilyn Kenyon brings us back to the astonishing world of the Dark-Hunters, with a hero misunderstood by many…but most of all by himself. Kenyon’s latest will satisfy her longtime fans who will be treated with some long awaited revelations, but also serves as an entry-point to those new to this gripping series that has captivated millions around the world.

Praise for the work of Sherrilyn Kenyon:

“[A] publishing phenomenon…[Sherrilyn Kenyon is] the reigning queen of the wildly successful paranormal scene.” – Publishers Weekly

“Kenyon’s writing is brisk, ironic, and relentlessly imaginative.” – Boston Globe

“[An] engaging read.” – Entertainment Weekly on Devil May Cry

About Sherrilyn Kenyon
New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon is a regular in the #1 spot. This extraordinary bestseller continues to top every genre in which she writes, including manga and graphic novels. More than 70 million copies of her books are in print in more than one hundred countries. Her current series include The Dark-Hunters®, The League®, Deadman’s Cross™, Chronicles of Nick®, Hellchasers™, Mikro Chasers™, and The Lords of Avalon®. Her Chronicles of Nick® and Dark-Hunters® series are soon to be major motion pictures. Visit her online at Visit her online at sherrilynkenyon.com.

Media Contact
Elizabeth Raflowitz, Elevate Communications
203-260-5373, eraflowitz@elevatecom.com

New England Revolution to Host Fourth Annual “Bowl for a Goal” Presented by Arbella Insurance on August 1

Tickets for the Revolution’s charitable bowling event are now on sale

Foxborough, MA – The New England Revolution Charitable Foundation’s hallmark annual event Bowl for a Goal presented by Arbella Insurance (#BowlforaGoal) – will return for a fourth year on Wednesday, August 1 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. ET at Splitsville Luxury Lanes in Patriot Place. Bowl for a Goal provides fans with the opportunity to spend an evening alongside Revolution players, coaches, on-air talent, and local celebrities. All profits from the evening benefit Special Olympics Massachusetts in its mission to provide year-round sports training and competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities. General admission tickets are now on sale for $35 and can be purchased online here.

“We look forward to reuniting the Revolution family, supporters, partners, and our friends at Special Olympics for another special evening celebrating inclusiveness,” said Revolution President Brian Bilello. “This event has become a cornerstone for the club and we couldn’t ask for better partner than Special Olympics Massachusetts and all of the athletes on our Unified team. We’re also grateful to our partners at Arbella Insurance, as this event has continued to grow over the last four years. We look forward to another successful outing this summer.”

Emceed by 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Rob ‘Hardy’ Poole, the event will feature a live performance by Massachusetts native and singer/songwriter Ashley Jordan (ashleyjordanmusic.com), who won the 2017 Boston Music Award for Country Artist of the Year. Bowl for a Goal will also provide music from complimentary food and drinks, various activities for adults and children, and a silent auction and raffle.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Revolution and the Special Olympics of Massachusetts for the fourth consecutive year on Bowl for a Goal,” said Gayle O’Connell, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of the Arbella Insurance Group. “This year is especially meaningful as the Special Olympics celebrates its 50thanniversary. It’s incredible to see firsthand how their work is supporting children and young adults with intellectual disabilities and we’re proud to be able to help this event grow and continue to make an impact.”

The silent auction and raffle feature a diverse collection of exclusive memorabilia, including the following:

  • Signed Revolution jerseys from several chart-topping musical acts
  • Boston sports memorabilia including signed Revs, Patriots, Red Sox, and Celtics jerseys
  • A customized New England Revolution Xbox One with games
  • One-of-a-kind experiences including game and concert ticket packages

In each of the last three years, the Revolution raised more than $60,000 for Special Olympics through Bowl for a Goal. The partnership between two organizations extends far beyond the fundraising events, as they have again teamed up for a summer full of events aimed at promoting an environment of inclusivity and friendly competition through the power of sports.

“Special Olympics is celebrating the 50th anniversary of our movement and it is in no small part because of the support we have received from our partners. The New England Revolution are a prime example of this,” said Mary Beth McMahon, President and CEO of Special Olympics Massachusetts. “They not only host fundraisers like the 2018 Bowl for a Goal presented by Arbella Insurance, but they work to integrate Special Olympics athletes into the culture in Foxboro. Each year a Unified soccer team takes the field at Gillette Stadium as part of the MLS Exchange program, the Revs roll out the red carpet and host a signing day, media/training day with the first team, and create and share digital content for the Unified team – just like with the first team. With more partners like the New England Revolution, Special Olympics is well on our way to being around for another 50 years!”

The Revolution field a Special Olympics Unified team, which sees athletes with and without intellectual disabilities sign contracts with the club, train with first-team players, and play in a Unified match against the Philadelphia Union’s Unified squad. On May 16, the athletes met with Head Coach Brad Friedel, signed their contracts with the club, and received authentic Revolution kits. The Unified match will take place at Gillette Stadium on August 11, following an MLS matchup between the Revolution and Union.

For up-to-the-minute information on the Revolution, visit the team’s official web site at revolutionsoccer.net, or join the conversation and interact with fans on any of the team’s social platforms.

Death Doesn’t Bargain by Sherrilyn Kenyon (May 8, 2018)

#1 New York Times bestseller Sherrilyn Kenyon returns to the Deadman’s Cross™ series in an epic new pirate fantasy adventure sure to appeal to her millions of Dark-Hunter fans

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon’s series, including The Dark-Hunters®. The League®, and Chronicles of Nick®, have won fans all over the world and propelled her to the top of bestseller lists in multiple countries. Now, Tor is thrilled to present DEATH DOESN’T BARGAIN: A Deadman’s Cross™ Novel (A Tor Hardcover, eBook, and Macmillan Audio release; On-sale: May 8, 2018), the latest in the Deadman’s Cross™ historical fantasy series filled with pirates, demons, and adventure on the stormy seas.

The Deadmen are back… With DEATH DOESN’T BARGAIN, Kenyon again returns to the pirate ship Sea Witch, where Captain Devyl Bane, and his undead crew have set sail for eternity, searching for forgiveness and salvation. Together, they are humanity’s last hope to restore the gates and return the damned to their hell realms.

Many demons are beginning to break free of their eternal prison and are bent on mankind’s destruction. The worst of the lot is Vine, determined to claim their lives for taking hers. She will see the world burn…and has the perfect lure to destroy them all. One of their own.

Kalder Dupree has never known a day of mercy. Born to the cruelest of mer-races, he sacrificed himself for his crew and is in Vine’s hands. He expects no compassion or rescue. Yet the young shipmate Cameron Jack is determined to set Kalder free. As a Hellchaser, it’s her calling, and she cannot allow even a not-so-innocent to be tortured for an act of kindness that spared her damnation. To defeat evil, it sometimes takes an even worse evil, and Cameron is willing to do whatever she must to make this right. If Vine thought she had her hands full before, she hasn’t seen anything nearly as powerful as Cameron’s resolve.

DEATH DOESN’T BARGAIN delivers a sweeping epic saga sure to appeal to the millions of Kenyon’s Dark Hunter fans as well as anyone looking for a page-turning and high-paced adventure. It is a tale of passion and loss, emotions that wound and heal…and ultimate redemption.

“Kenyon (Born of Legend) puts the lie to the old adage “Dead men tell no tales” in this jam-packed, appealing first book of her Deadman’s Cross historical fantasy series.” – Publishers Weekly on Deadmen Walking

About Sherrilyn Kenyon
Sherrilyn Kenyon is a New York Times bestselling author and is a regular in the #1 spot. This extraordinary author continues to top every genre in which she writes. More than 70 million copies of her books are in print in more than one hundred countries. Her current series include The Dark-Hunters®, The League®, Nevermore™, Lords of Avalon®, Chronicles of Nick®, and Deadman’s Cross™. Her Nick Chronicles™ and Dark-Hunters® are soon to be major media productions. Visit her online at www.sherrilynkenyon.com.

Media Contact
Elizabeth Raflowitz, Elevate Communications
203-260-5373, eraflowitz@elevatecom.com

Revolution sign local talent as first official eMLS competitor

Foxborough, MA – The New England Revolution have signed John Oliveira, known by his gamertag as JKO1707, as the club’s first official eMLS competitor. Oliveira earned his contract by excelling in the club’s open tournament last month and will represent the Revolution in the inaugural eMLS Cup at PAX East in Boston from April 5-8, 2018.

In eMLS Cup, Oliveira will compete against 18 other representatives from MLS clubs for a chance to qualify for the EA Sports FIFA 18 Global Series Playoff on the road to the FIFA eWorld Cup. For complete details on eMLS Cup, please visit MLSSoccer.com.

“We are pleased to welcome John as the club’s first eMLS competitor and are excited to have found such a talented player right in our own backyard here in Massachusetts,” Revolution President Brian Bilello said. “We always aim to put out a competitive and exciting product on the field, and now with JKO1707 representing the Revs, we’ll look to do the same on the virtual pitch at eMLS Cup.”

“I am thrilled to be representing the Revolution and to be a part of eMLS,” Oliveira said. “I’m a very competitive person and am committed to winning, and I know the club shares that goal. I want to not only be the best player in eMLS, but also the most exciting for fans to watch and cheer for.”

Oliveira, 24, joins the Revs with a passion for soccer and an impressive list of achievements in his young competitive gaming career. He brings more than 13 years of FIFA experience and started his 2017 competitive campaign by topping his group and finishing in the top-six overall at the 2017 Miami Regional. He followed up that performance with another top-six finish at the Vancouver Regional.

In his most recent tournament, Oliveira competed in the FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC) Regional Qualifier in Los Angeles. He advanced out of the group and finished one win shy of qualifying for the World Finals in London, but finished the tournament ranked among the top eight in EA SPORTSTM FIFA 17 in the region (North, South, and Central America).

Oliveira, who spent his early years living in Brazil, was raised in Oak Bluffs, Mass. on Martha’s Vineyard and will soon be attending the University of Massachusetts Boston. A former soccer player himself, Oliveira’s passion for the game translated from the pitch to the screen after an ankle injury, leading him to continue his pursuit of competitive soccer through FIFA.

About eMLS Cup
The inaugural MLS Cup will take place from April 5-8, 2018 in Boston, Mass. at PAX East, the premier gaming and culture showcase. The preliminary rounds begin on Thursday and Friday, April 5 and 6 at the eMLS HQ, with knockout rounds on April 7 and the Conference Championships and eMLS Cup Final on April 8. All matches on Saturday and Sunday will take place at the PAX Arena main stage and will be livestreamed through the conference’s Twitch channel, as well as via MLS and MLSSoccer.com.

The 19 competitors will be divided into two conferences according to their affiliation – 10 clubs in the Eastern Conference and nine in the Western Conference. Competitors will select their squad of 11 starting players, seven bench players, and five reserve players. Each team must have three MLS players on the field at all times, including two players from the club they represent.

The eMLS Cup winner will win a berth in the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series Playoff on the road to the FIFA eWorld Cup. The top 32 competitors in the Global Series Playoff will advance to the FIFA eWorld Cup in August, where the winner will be crowned the undisputed FIFA 18 World Champion.

Transaction: New England Revolution sign John Oliveira (JKO1707) as the club’s official eMLS competitor on March 16, 2018.

Name: John Oliveira
Gamertag: JKO1707
Position: New England Revolution eMLS Competitor
Hometown: Oak Bluffs, Mass.
Date of Birth: November 1, 1993
Nationality: United States

Georgetown Security and Software Engineering Research Center Tests Cloud Browser Security for Enterprise IT Networks

S2ERC’s Productive Browser Project reveals Authentic8 Silo virtual browser
delivers greater malware protection than Google Chrome desktop model

Washington, DC –  The Security and Software Engineering Research Center at Georgetown University (S2ERC) today released results from its Productive Browser Project that shines new light on the importance of security in the enterprise IT browser space. The study found that Silo, the secure cloud-based browser from Authentic8, provides enterprise users a higher level of protection from malware threats than Google Chrome (Chrome).  A full report of the testing results can be found here (S2ERC Productive Browser Report).

S2ERC researchers conducted a series of rigorous security tests to measure the capabilities of the Authentic8 and Chrome browsers to defend against many of the typical malware threats encountered by enterprise users.

The goal of the S2ERC Productive Browser Project was to determine whether a virtual browser could provide sufficient security against malicious malware threats with minimal impact on the productivity of a typical enterprise end user. The project focused on validating security properties hypothesized as a result of isolating the web browser through virtualization technology. The research initiative studied the security capabilities of virtualized, cloud-based browsers in enterprise network environments.

“The goal of this project is to research the impact that virtual browsers can have on the security of computers in corporate IT network environments,” said Paul Brigner, S2ERC Managing Director. “Not only did we want to compare virtual browsers’ security against conventional desktop browsers but also test their capabilities while supporting a typical workload of enterprise applications to ensure there is minimal impact on users’ productivity.”

Browsers are often a high-value target and attack vector for criminals and nation states who can exploit their vulnerabilities as a gateway into cloud applications and the enterprise network. By doing so, cybercriminals can compromise the security of these software as a service (SaaS) business applications in the cloud while also being able to penetrate the on premises enterprise network itself.

TESTING APPROACH

To determine the practical security benefits of a virtual browser, S2ERC researchers first cataloged a set of typical attacks. The testing team compiled a list of websites containing malicious malware code using databases from security watchdog organizations malc0de.com and vxvault.net.  After verifying that these sites contained malware.  The S2ERC team attempted to download infected files using these websites using both Silo and Chrome on two identically configured laptop PCs that also had a standard enterprise antivirus software installed on them.

The S2ERC team attempted to download 54 files, eight of the data successfully infected the machine running Chrome while none of the sites reached the computer running Silo. In short, approximately a seventh (1/7) of the malicious sites visited by Chrome experienced a successful download while Authentic8 Silo virtual browser prevented downloads in all cases.

A further examination of the results found that Silo did allow sandboxed downloading of 13 files, or about a quarter of the sample. The sandboxing – or software isolation – of these files still provided protection from direct exposure to hardware systems.

When Silo downloaded a file, the browser sandboxed the file in cloud storage. Upon exiting the browser, the files were deleted. As such, these files never reached the test laptop nor reached the local enterprise network.

While sandbox downloading occurred in Silo with many of the malicious sites, many of those were blocked on Chrome by either the PC’s anti-virus program or Google itself. Thirty-six sites were blocked by the PC’s anti-virus programs, meaning three-fifths of the malicious sites were blocked by the cybersecurity add-on. An additional four sites were blocked by Chrome.

Still, the files that Chrome did download were able to successfully infect the computer. This allows for possible security breaches in an enterprise setting. While the anti-virus software should eventually find the malware, the ability for viruses to reach the computer posed a serious security threat to the users.

S2ERC PRODUCTIVE BROWSER PROJECT

The S2ERC Productive Browser project marks the second and final phase of its multifaceted virtualization research project exploring benefits of a virtual browser for secure Internet use by enterprises networks. The first phase of the research evaluated the performance of virtual browsers versus conventional desktop browsers on desktop PC and MAC computers.

“It was a goal of this project to explore and test whether an isolated cloud browser can be a mechanism for improving the security and compliance of enterprise networks and data,” added Brigner. The Productive Browser study validated that virtual browsers like Authentic8’s Silo help enterprises improve the security of their networks and data.”

About the Security and Software Engineering Research Center at Georgetown University
The Security and Software Engineering Research Center at Georgetown University (S2ERC) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored research center working on the safety, security, and stability of today’s communications networks.  S2ERC uses applied and basic research to address the technology, policy, regulatory, legal, governmental, and business issues impacting secure networks.  S2ERC research results create solutions to technical issues and enable vendors and service providers to offer products and services that real enterprises need and can deploy. Learn more at https://s2erc.georgetown.edu/.

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The Boston Globe Announces Dates for 2019 Boston Globe Travel Show

BOSTON, MA – Next year’s Boston Globe Travel Show will be held on January 18-20, 2019 at the Seaport World Trade Center.

The 13th Annual Boston Globe Travel Show, one of the largest consumer travel shows in the U.S., will take place this weekend February 9-11, 2018, at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. Sponsors include Azores Airlines, Kripalu Center for Wellness and Health, Massport, Aruba Tourism, LATAM Airlines, and many others.

Showcasing the culture, cuisine and sights of both exotic and domestic destinations, The Boston Globe Travel Show regularly draws more than 22,000 attendees interested in booking their next vacation. In 2018, the three-day event will feature more than 200 travel exhibitors and suppliers, representing every segment of the travel industry and offering detailed information on trips to every region of the world.

The 2018 Boston Globe Travel Show offers attendees the opportunity to expand their travel bucket list with destinations from around the world, cruise lines, adventure travel, vacation rentals, volunteer travel, vacation planning and packages, and much more. Other vendors will feature wellness travel packages, culinary delights, destination weddings and kids summer camp planning. Those interested in booking a vacation immediately will find great deals in the “show-only” specials offered by many exhibitors.

At the main Cultural Stage, attendees will learn about new and exciting travel opportunities ranging from ecotourism to budget vacations, luxury escapes, LGBT travel, and vacation rentals, as well as experiencing live music and dance performances. Noted travel experts include 1,000 Places author Patricia Schultz, Raw Travel TV host Robert Rose, Boston Globe travel writer Christopher Muther, Boston Globe columnist Meredith Goldstein and budget travel author Russell Hannon, among others.

New this year is the Kripalu Wellness Pavilion, offering free massages, a beverage bar featuring teas and flavored water, healthy cooking demos, and stretching techniques. Another new feature is the show’s largest kids Area ever, presented by Camp Cody — kids can hang out, make friendship bracelets and “slime,” play in the Lego area and Nerf target Zone, and snack at the S’mores station! Plus, you can enter to win exciting prizes and trips at the Prize Giveaway Pavilion featuring airline tickets & night stays to Mexico, Azores, Tunisia, New York City and more!

Food is an important part of travel and the show is expanding its culinary offerings with two stages, featuring New England’s best international chefs and Kripalu’s executive chef. Visitors to the culinary stages will learn unique cooking techniques before having the opportunity to sample dishes from all regions. Another popular culinary feature is the Northeast Craft Beer Pavilion, which is returning for its sixth year and features 100 craft beer and cider samples from 40 brewers.

The 2018 Boston Globe Travel Show will be open to the public from 5:30-8 p.m. on Friday, February 9; from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 10; and from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 11. The Northeast Craft Beer Pavilion has three scheduled sessions: Friday from 6:00-8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 12:00-2:30 p.m. and 3:30-6:00 p.m.

Tickets for the show are $10 in advance at www.bostonglobetravelshow.com and will also be available onsite for $15. Children 16 and under are admitted free of charge. Tickets for the Northeast Craft Beer Pavilion are $35 in advance / $45 on-site and include show admission; 21+ only.

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