Clear Rate Communications Announces New Executive Leadership for the Next Phase of Growth

 Clear Rate Communications, LLC, a leading telecommunications service provider offering fiber internet, hosted voice, cloud and managed IT solutions to over 25,000 business and residential customers nationwide, hires key executives to facilitate growth, introduce new innovative products and expand their network.

“I’m excited and very optimistic with our early momentum and growth in the short period since our acquisition by L4, LLC, an affiliate of Linx Partners,” states Stephen Oyer, CEO of Clear Rate. “Our new and experienced executive hires have integrated seamlessly with our current leadership team and are in key positions to implement our aggressive next phase initiatives.”

As a result of the new leadership additions Clear Rate founders Sam Namy and Thane Namy will focus on their areas of expertise in finance and technology, respectively. Thane Namy said, “As Chief Technology Officer, I can now concentrate one hundred percent on new technology that makes our customer’s lives easier and businesses more productive.”

Tom Abraham, a proven sales leader with thirty years of success in the telecommunications industry, joined Clear Rate as Chief Revenue Officer. Tom will be responsible for helping customers grow their business and improving efficiency utilizing Clear Rate solutions and premium services.

“We’ve built and sustained revenue growth over the past twenty years to business and residential customers by expanding geographically and with technology that includes recently deployed fiber internet in the state of Michigan,” said Sam Namy, Chief Financial Officer. “I’m looking forward collaborating with the new team and leading fiscal efforts for this next phase of growth.”

Additionally, Doug Black has joined Clear Rate as Chief Operating Officer. Black has over 30 years of leadership experience in telecommunications services including fiber, wireless, voice and data center solutions. Over the decades, Black has proven himself by providing strategic and tactical senior leadership across operations, engineering, IT, customer care and network services.

Julie Kraemer has assumed the position of Director of Marketing. She is an accomplished marketing leader with over thirty years of experience within the telecommunications industry. Kraemer has worked for large fortune 500 companies as well as smaller, fast-growing technology companies. She is an expert at successfully raising brand awareness and expanding market share using an integrated and multi-faceted marketing approach.

In addition to the aforementioned executive team hires there were notable in-house promotions, including Shoneizi Lang who has been promoted to Director of Human Resources. She has nine years of experience in human resource leadership across various industries including telecommunications.

About Clear Rate Communications

Clear Rate, headquartered in Troy, Michigan, provides enterprise and consumers with a wide array of telecommunications solutions in over twenty states. The company’s enterprise-focused services include fiber internet, cloud servers, managed IT as well as cloud voice and hosted phone systems powered by Microsoft’s Metaswitch next generation voice platform. Since its founding in 2001, the Company has developed a reputation for both white glove and reliable service while continuing to develop advanced solutions in the ever-evolving telecom industry. Over the last five years, the Company has invested millions of dollars in constructing fiber infrastructure in the state of Michigan and a state-of-the-art data center with Cisco multi-100Gb switching fabric and multiple redundant systems.

With recent investment from L4, LLC, a newly appointed, experienced leadership team, and substantial infrastructure investments, Clear Rate is positioned to expand its reach and provide quality solutions for an even wider customer base. For more information on Clear Rate, please visit

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Nicholas Merchant Joins the Live Free Podcast

 The Live Free Podcast has seen an uptick in notable guest stars, with 2022 so far featuring Drakoloid alumni Sarah Kellysen, game streamer Brayden James, and now creator of the ongoing web series “Derek & Ryan,” Nicholas Merchant.

Similar to how Barkhoff met Kellysen during her appearance in the podcast, Barkhoff follows suit for Merchant, too. The two discuss their similarities, the ‘Derek & Ryan’ saga of series and films Merchant has accomplished, Merchant’s new content creator Maroon TV, and both of their dissatisfaction with how COVID has effected their film plans.

Merchant also announces that he Episode 2 of “Derek & Ryan,” subtitled “Fight Nazis” is set for released Feburary 3rd, 2021.

You can catch Week 15 of The Live Free Podcast on YouTube and Spotify tomorrow at noon.

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Staten Island’s Belmont Daniel Property Earns ENERGY STAR Certification; Outperforms Similar U.S. Buildings on Measure of Energy Efficiency

 Iris Holdings Group has announced that their affordable Belmont Daniel Apartments project in Staten Island, NY has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR® certification for superior energy performance.

“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment,” said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification.”

ENERGY STAR certified buildings and plants are verified to perform in the top 25 percent of buildings nationwide, based on weather-normalized source energy use that takes into account occupancy, hours of operation, and other key metrics. ENERGY STAR is the only energy efficiency certification in the United States that is based on actual, verified energy performance.

“We’re honored to earn the ENERGY STAR certification for superior energy performance at Belmont Daniel and appreciate Greystone’s partnership in guiding us through the process as part of the financing journey,” said Chayim Kirschenbaum, managing partner of Iris Holdings Group. “Saving energy is just one of the ways we show our community we care, and that we’re committed to doing our part to protect the environment and public health, both today and for future generations.”

Kirschenbaum credits this success to their multi-million dollar capital improvement campaign, which included a new boiler, roof insulation, LED and motion sensor lighting in common areas throughout the building, as well as new refrigerators and plumbing fixtures in all of the apartments.

On average, ENERGY STAR certified buildings and plants use 35 percent less energy, cause 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and are less expensive to operate than their peers—all without sacrifices in performance or comfort.

To date, tens of thousands of buildings and plants across all fifty states have earned the ENERGY STAR certification. For more information about ENERGY STAR for Buildings and Plants, visit

“Achieving energy efficiency is just one of many ways Greystone helps its clients navigate the complex landscape of affordable multifamily development,” said Miryam Reinitz-Kops of Greystone.

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Tech Mahindra Included in Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index for Third Consecutive Year

 Tech Mahindra, a leading provider of digital transformation, consulting and business re-engineering services and solutions, today announced that it has been included in Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI) for the third consecutive year. Tech Mahindra is amongst the 7 Indian companies to be included in 2022 Bloomberg’s Gender-Equality Index (GEI). The GEI expands globally to represent 45 countries and regions, including firms headquartered in Colombia and Uruguay for the first time. Member companies represent a variety of sectors, including financials, technology, and utilities, which collectively have the highest company representation in the index.

Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI) is a modified market capitalization-weighted index that aims to track the performance of public companies committed to transparency in gender-data reporting. This reference index measures gender equality across five pillars: female leadership & talent pipeline, equal pay & gender pay parity, inclusive culture, anti-sexual harassment policies, and pro-women brand. Tech Mahindra is included in the 2022 list for scoring at or above a global threshold established by Bloomberg to reflect disclosure and the achievement or adoption of best-in-class statistics and policies.

Harshvendra Soin, Global Chief People Officer & Head of Marketing, Tech Mahindra, said, “At Tech Mahindra, we appreciate differences based on age, ethnicity, race, lifestyle, and social status and have designed a series of programs, policies, and initiatives to promote diversity. We have endeavoured to create a psychologically safe ecosystem where associates are connected through human-centred experiences. Our progressive Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion policies enable our associates to bring their most authentic selves and thrive in a purpose-driven workplace. This recognition in Bloomberg GEI Index for the third time in a row is a testimony of our ‘intentionally diverse and naturally inclusive’ philosophy that empowers everyone at Tech Mahindra to Rise.”

Tech Mahindra believes in ‘wellness before business’ and employee wellbeing is the organisation’s topmost priority. With organizational initiatives focused on the health of the associates, such as ‘Wellness Wednesdays’, virtual coffee meets, etc., Tech Mahindra has also extended their ‘Work from Anywhere’ policy in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases. This provides flexibility to associates to work from anywhere.

The Bloomberg GEI brings transparency to gender-related practices and policies at publicly listed companies and increases the depth and breadth of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) data available to investors. The number of companies included in the GEI has increased by 10% year over year, showing a growing commitment to gender diversity and inclusion.

Peter T. Grauer, Chairman of Bloomberg and Founding Chairman of the U.S. 30% Club, said, “We are proud to recognize Tech Mahindra and the other 417 companies included in the 2022 GEI for their commitment to transparency and setting a new standard in gender-related data reporting. Even though the threshold for inclusion in the GEI has risen, the member list continues to grow. This is a testament that more companies are working to improve upon their gender-related metrics, fostering more opportunity for diverse talent to succeed in their organizations.”

As part of NXT.NOWTM framework, which aims to enhance ‘Human Centric Experience’, Tech Mahindra focuses on investing in emerging technologies and solutions that enable digital transformation and meet the evolving needs of the customer.


OPPO Reno7 Pro debuts customized 5G flagship MediaTek Density 1200 MAX with SuperVooc and ColorOS 12

Leading global smart device brand, OPPO, will launch the Reno7 series on February 4, 2022. For its flagship Reno7Pro, OPPO has collaborated with MediaTek to customize its Dimensity 1200 chipset. The upgraded SoC born out of this collaboration is called the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 MAX. The work put in by OPPO has resulted in an enhanced display, better imaging capabilities and clearer videos when compared to the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 in the Reno6 Pro.

The 5G MediaTek Dimensity 1200 MAX features one of the fastest smartphone CPUs. It comprises the 3GHz Arm Cortex-A78 and achieves up to 5100Mbps peak downlink and 700Mbps uplink speeds. Thanks to MediaTek’s Open Resource Architecture, OPPO has incorporated AI Deblur technology into the chipset. This proprietary deblurring algorithm sharpens faces in portraits affected by hand-held shaking.  Additionally, the AI-PQ (picture quality) feature baked into the SoC enhances colour and contrast in HDR videos. It uses artificial intelligence to distinguish the subject matter on the screen—whether people, food, grass, sky, buildings, etc—and then uses different colours, sharpness and other display effects for optimum output.

MediaTek has been at the forefront of innovation for 5G smartphone SoCs. The Dimensity series of SoCs has been evolving constantly to deliver the best-in-class 5G experience to customers across demographics and impart the benefits of technology advancements to the cross-section of society. The latest MediaTek Dimensity 1200-MAX is an extension of this vision, and the collaboration with OPPO, our long-term associate, is a major step in extending the benefits of our advanced MediaTek Dimensity 5G Open Resource Architecture platform to the smartphone users who are in search of unique, incredible, all-around smartphone experiences,” said Anku Jain, Managing Director, MediaTek India. “This smartphone is the ideal companion, boasting amazing processor speeds, snappier app responses, longer battery life and incredible camera and videography features.”

The Reno7 Pro 5G also houses a top-of-the-line X-Axis Linear Motor that delivers varying levels of vibration feedback for an immersive gaming experience. The smartphone’s Ultra Touch Response intelligently identifies specific gaming situations and increases the touch sampling rate up to 1000Hz. Its AI Frame Rate Stabilizer monitors the system’s performance in real-time to manage frame rate stability during gaming.

The phone also incorporates an industry-leading 65W SUPERVOOC fast-charging feature that charges the phone to 100% in 31 minutes. The technology also prevents battery heating thus allowing users to play games while charging their device.

The Reno7 series comes with 256GB storage and 12GB RAM. OPPO’s RAM Expansion technology allows users to borrow an additional 3GB/5GB/7GB from storage capacity to work as RAM in extremely demanding conditions. That said, the Reno7 Pro’s 12GB RAM is more than adequate to handle modern-day smartphone tasks.

The Reno7 series will run on OPPO’s new ColorOS 12, which is defined by a clean and uncluttered UI complete with new 3D Icons that are simple yet aesthetically pleasing. In a first, ColorOS 12 offers Omoji. This feature—boosted by OPPO’s proprietary Face Capture algorithm—allows users to express their unique style through a personalized emoji avatar. ColorOS 12’s PC Connect feature allows you to seamlessly connect your Reno7 Pro 5G to a PC via Bluetooth or by scanning a QR code.

Also, the operating system’s Anti-Peeping for Notifications protects your privacy in public areas. With this feature enabled, your notification content is hidden when the phone detects someone else looking at your screen when messages pop up.

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