Industry Leaders and Legends to Be Honored at Prestigious Celebration

Hall of Fame members Steve Ames, John Iannotte, and Mitch Williams are among the industry icons who will be recognized at the SEMA Leaders & Legends Gala


Tickets for the 2023 SEMA Leaders & Legends Gala, to honor this years Hall of Fame members and fellow industry leaders, are now available The prestigious annual celebration is open to the industry and will be held Friday, July 21, at the Anaheim Marriot in Anaheim, Calif.

The SEMA Leaders & Legends Gala is among our associations most iconic events, said SEMA President and CEO Mike Spagnola. As the events name implies, the Gala honors excellence and achievement, especially as embodied in our SEMA Hall of Fame inductees.

Formerly known as the SEMA Awards Gala, the SEMA Leaders & Legends Gala will honor incoming and outgoing members of the SEMA Board of Directors, industry leaders and volunteers, and 2023 SEMA Hall of Fame inductees Steve Ames, John Iannotte, and Mitch Williams.

The SEMA Cares Pinewood Drags, a cherished Gala tradition, will run in conjunction with the Gala, offering industry participants opportunities to sponsor a child-built pinewood racecar or challenge industry colleagues in head-to-head competition. The races, which are run throughout the Friday reception and into the evening, support SEMA Cares, a group that unites the automotive aftermarket to raise funds for various charities, including the Austin Hatcher Foundation, Childhelp, and Victory Junction.

Its a great opportunity to come together mid-year and recognize those who have made extraordinary contributions to the industry, said Spagnola. Im looking forward to celebrating with friends and colleagues.

For more information and to secure a seat or table at the exclusive event, For more information about SEMA Cares or to sponsor a SEMA Pinewood Drags race car,

About SEMA

SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $51.8 billion specialty-automotive industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. Association resources include market research, legislative advocacy, training and product development support, as well as leading trade shows such as the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nev., and the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show in Indianapolis, Ind. For more information,,,

8th DX Leaders Strategy Forum Philippines to tackle “Future-proofing digital-first enterprises in interconnected disruptions”

The 8th DX Leaders Strategy Forum Philippines is set to take place on June 14, 2023, at Dusit Thani Manila. The theme of the event, “Future-proofing digital-first enterprises in interconnected disruptions”, aims to explore how enterprises are re-calibrating their digital transformation strategy to respond to the changing network landscape.

The event will host over 30 speakers and 120+ digital transformation leaders and attendees inside round-table conversations and interactive debates, with exclusive networking sessions, one-to-one meetings, polling conversations, and panel discussions. Joining this year’s roster of speakers and facilitators are Department of Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno, Aboitiz Group Chief Information Officer Charmaine Valmonte, and PLDT Group FVP, Chief Information Security Officer Angel Redoble.

Topics to be discussed at the event include Big Data and Analytics, Cloud and Cloud Infrastructure, Cybersecurity architecture, AI and Machine Learning, DevOps, ITSM and ITOM, Containers and Cloud Native, Banking and Financial Service Institutions, The Public Sector, Manufacturing, and Retail and Commerce, among others.

“We are excited to bring together the top enterprise leaders and experts in Asia and the Philippines to discuss the challenges and opportunities of digital transformation,” said Geri Purisima, EDX GM. “Like its previous editions, we want to continue providing an excellent platform for attendees to exchange strategies and innovations, share insights, and network closely with their peers. We look forward to facilitating meaningful conversations that will shape the future of digital-first enterprises.”

As the business landscape continues navigating with a jagged pace rocked by the pandemic and global conflict, enterprises must re-calibrate their digital transformation strategies to ensure they remain future-proofed against disruptions. The DX Leaders Strategy Forum series seeks to provide a platform to address leading digital transformation objectives, including data-driven performance, security risks, data protection, regulatory compliance, and automation, among other aspects.

About EDX

EDX is a corporate events firm that specializes in organizing industry-focused events for C-level executives. EDX platforms provide attendees with data-driven and actionable insights into industry trends, best practices, complemented by high-potential networking opportunities. With a strong track record of delivering high-quality events, EDX has become a trusted partner for businesses looking to engage with their target audience.

For more information about the event, please visit the event website at:

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Business-to-Small-Business Leaders to Talk “Growth in the New Normal” at 2022 Best2SMB Conference in Chicago, October 11-13

 The B2SMB Institute, the first professional organization focused on advancing excellence in the $500Bil+ business-to-small-business (B2SMB) ecosystem, today announced the agenda and featured speakers for the 2022 B2SMB Institute Best2SMB Conference & Awards. The fifth-annual gathering of B2SMB leadership executives takes place October 11-13 at VenueSix10 in Chicago.

“This year’s Best2SMB Conference tackles the big question of how we grow in a Small Business marketplace that continues to be quite challenging,” said Dave Walker, CEO and Cofounder, B2SMB Institute. “If 2020 was a year of crisis-response and 2021 a year of recovery, we have now moved past a return to normal. New market conditions require new strategies based in a new normal, and our B2SMB leaders have big ideas on facing the future now.”

A rich networking environment at the global Conference attracts executive-level attendees from some of the biggest names in B2SMB products and services, alongside new players, best resources, SMB influencers and segment investors.

Day 1

The conference program on Day 1 features Ted-Talk-like keynotes, engaging panel discussions, and networking workshops. Featured speakers to date include:

· Chris O’Neill, Chief Strategy Officer, Xero

· Craig Cohen, Chief Revenue Officer, WooCommerce/Automattic

· Mark Tina, VP Business Sales, Verizon Business

· Bob Marshall, Business Growth & Strategy Executive – SMB, Wells Fargo

· Sam Levy, SVP Sales, Oracle Netsuite

· Nikki Newsome, Chief Culture Officer, Facebook

· Kate Winkler, CEO, Ruby

· Tim Metzner, Co-Founder, Coterie

· Kelly O’Connel, SVP Product, ActiveCampaign

· Natalie Franke, Chief Evangelist, Honeybook

· John Busby, CMO, Centerfield

· Gib Olander, EVP – Product, Vendasta

Day 2

The second day of the Best2SMB Conference will focus on partnerships between B2SMB brands – for co-marketing and for co-development -in the highly fragmented B2SMB market. A Partnership Playbook session will be offered by leaders from Indeed,, Ruby, UpCity, Oracle Netsuite & Verizon Business. A workshop will then engage the audience in a “Pitch for Partnership” competition from ten B2SMB enterprises interested in working with others to more effectively win and grow customers.

Day 3

Our third day, hosted by ActiveCampaign at their Chicago headquarters, brings together 50+ B2SMB enterprise leaders with leaders from the Small Business advocacy, lobbying and influence sectors. Said Dave Walker, “As many new partnerships in service of SMBs were launched in the last 2 years, the sheer size of the SMB population and broad diversity of needs requires those who sell and those who serve to work more closely together to expand and enlarge our impact. We welcome the ongoing opportunity to greatly broaden more strategic partnerships. Here’s our first opportunity to do so across many key players, face-to-face, ever.”

2022 Best2SMB Award Winners to Be Announced Live

Winners of the third annual Best2SMB Awards will be announced during a special luncheon on Day 1 of the conference. These awards showcase the best in Best2SMB Products & Services and Best2SMB Innovation, as well as recognize the Best2SMB Brand of the Year, and the 3 new inductees to the Best2SMB Hall of Fame. All awards are determined by the B2SMB Institute’s extended network.

Tickets for the B2SMB Institute’s Best2SMB Conference and Awards are available now with prices set to increase on September 20. For the full agenda, speakers list and registration details, visit

About the B2SMB Institute

The B2SMB Institute is the first professional organization focused on advancing excellence in the business-to-small-business ecosystem. B2SMB leaders, practitioners, brands and enterprises rely on the Institute for critical market intelligence resources, peer-to-peer networking, best-practice guidance and specialized skills development. The B2SMB Institute champions small-business-centric thinking and practice, with a focus on how to reach, engage, win, keep and grow SMB customers. The member-driven organization serves as a dynamic, daily destination to find, meet and network with B2SMB decision-makers who share common needs, challenges and goals. Visit for details on resources, benefits and membership opportunities.

B2SMB Institute

Dave Walker



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Home Health Leaders Applaud House Introduction of Bipartisan Preserving Access to Home Health Act

 The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare (the Partnership) and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), today, commended Representatives Terri Sewell (D-AL) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL) for introducing legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to prevent a newly proposed 7.69% permanent cut to Medicare’s home health benefit, and an additional $2 billion in “clawback” cuts, to home healthcare services included in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Home Health Prospective Payment System (HHPPS) for CY2023.

The Preserving Access to Home Health Act of 2022 would delay Medicare’s proposed 7.69% cut for 2023, which would total $1.33 billion in 2023 alone. The bill would also block additional cuts of more than $2 billion as soon as 2024 due to an unjustified “clawback” of payments for critical home healthcare services delivered to seniors and people with disabilities in 2020 and 2021. Estimates show Medicare’s proposed cuts will total $18.15 billion to providers over the next decade, which could put an estimated 44% of home health agencies at risk of closure.

Specifically, the bill will make the following policy changes:

1. Prevent CMS from implementing any permanent or temporary adjustment to home health prospective payment rates prior to 2026. This would delay cuts currently proposed by CMS for 2023 and beyond, allowing more time for CMS to refine its proposed approach to determining budget neutrality in home health.

2. Ensure that any adjustments CMS determines to be necessary to offset increases or decreases in estimated aggre­gate expenditures are made by 2032, such that no cuts would be delayed beyond the end of the budget window.

3. The legislation is intended to be self-implementing. It would become effective as of the date of enactment and includes instructions allowing for implementation by program instruction or other means.

“We thank Representatives Sewell and Buchanan for their ongoing commitment to home health and their leadership in introducing the Preserving Access to Home Health Act, which is urgently needed to protect home health from Medicare’s unjust and reckless proposed cuts,” said Joanne Cunningham, CEO of the Partnership. “We strongly support this legislative solution and will work diligently with Representatives Sewell and Buchanan, as well as Senators Stabenow and Collins, to enlist broad support for this bill among lawmakers, provider stakeholders, and the Medicare community.”

“We are very grateful for the support from Congresswoman Sewell and Congressman Buchanan. Their legislation will provide essential protection from the improper payment rate cut that is proposed by Medicare. Hopefully, during the period of pause CMS will recognize that better options exist than to send 44% of home health agencies into a high risk of closure,” said William A. Dombi, President of NAHC. “The future of home health services is at risk. That means the future of health care is at risk as well. Great thanks goes out to Terri Sewell and Vern Buchanan for taking action.”

The Senate companion to this bill (S. 4605) was introduced on July 25 by Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Susan Collins (R-ME).

About the Partnership

The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare represents community- and hospital-based home healthcare agencies across the U.S. and is dedicated to developing innovative reforms to improve the quality, efficiency and integrity of home healthcare. To learn more, visit

About NAHC

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a nonprofit organization that represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice organizations. NAHC also advocates for the more than two million nurses, therapists, aides, and other caregivers employed by such organizations to provide in-home services to some 12 million Americans each year who are infirm, chronically ill, and disabled. To learn more, visit

Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare

Ellen Almond

(202) 271-0234



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DX Leaders Strategy Forum Goes Hybrid in PH

EDX Pte. Ltd. will host DX Leaders Strategy Forum Philippines 2022, taking place at Diamond Hotel Philippines on August 24 and online on August 25, featuring 40+ international and local speakers and facilitators.
EDX Pte. Ltd. is proud to bring its DX Leaders Strategy Forum to the Philippines for the first time. DX Leaders Strategy Forum Philippines 2022 will open opportunities for collaborative discussions and effective learning and application of digital and operational strategies to uplift the digital landscape of the country. Initial list of speakers will be Francisco Castillo of Maynilad Water Services, Inc., LCol. Francel Margareth Padilla-Taborlupa of Philippine Army, Chito Jacinto of ISACA Manila, Marlon Sorongon of Maybank Philippines | Maybank NY, Dennis Crimen of Philippines Airasia, Paul John Pena of the Senate of the Philippines, and Lito Villanueva of RCBC.

EDXchange sessions on relevant subjects such as modern data technologies, hybrid IT, cloud migration, future-proofing IT infrastructures, cybersecurity in a hybrid environment, zero-trust security, and AI-driven automation in a hybrid workplace can be expected.

The two-day hybrid event is solely open to business decision makers and influencers who have been invited. EDX Pte. Ltd. is seeking CxOs, SVPs and VPs of Technology and Digital Transformation, as well as Heads of IT Operations from the top 100 firms in the Philippines. Invitations can be requested at

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