SAN FRANCISCO, March 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- A new survey released today by Cleo, the support system for working families, found that 93 percent of human resource professionals say their company is providing new additional family benefits to its employees during the COVID-19 outbreak. At the same time, 75 percent are considering adding additional benefits according to the new survey findings. The survey, commissioned by Cleo and conducted by Wakefield Research, surveyed 500 HR and benefits leaders in large enterprise organizations between March 18 and March 20 in order to explore how HR leaders are investing in family benefits during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
ARLINGTON, Va., March 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Bloomberg Tax & Accounting today announced the release of a new set of workflow tools designed to help practitioners save time by getting them to the information they need faster. For more information and to schedule a demo, visit http://onb-tax.com/D9a850yWmBJ.
WATERTOWN, Mass., March 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Tufts Health Plan Foundation has identified the first 21 organizations to receive support from the $1 million it has committed to community efforts on behalf of older people affected by the coronavirus in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut.
Farmers Insurance® Waives Food Delivery Exclusions Across the Nation for Customers With Farmers®-branded Personal Automobile and Motorcycle Insurance Policies
WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., March 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- With states enacting restaurant seating restrictions and stay-at-home orders to help deter the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Farmers Insurance® announced today it is temporarily modifying its Farmers®-branded personal automobile and motorcycle insurance policies to provide applicable coverage for claims arising from the use of these vehicles for delivery of food, groceries, pharmacy and medical supplies, where they are not otherwise covered. Customers will not receive an additional charge for this temporary additional coverage. "We want our customers to know we're here for them during this extremely challenging situation," said Keith Daly, President of Personal Lines for Farmers. "These are extraordinary times and we are committed to working with our customers to find innovative solutions to help meet the needs of the changed economic environment." While coverage for delivery services is traditionally excluded from standard automobile insurance policies, this temporary modification to Farmers-branded policies will help extend a customer's existing personal auto and motorcycle insurance coverages to a delivery driver when using their personal automobile or motorcycle for the delivery of food, groceries, pharmacy and medical supplies. The current voluntary extension of coverage will be in effect through April 30, 2020, for Farmers-branded policies. As the date approaches, Farmers may choose to extend the effective date of this modification. The applicable insurers will work with the various departments of insurance to implement these coverage extensions and modify implementation as requested by different states. This action is being taken pro-actively by Farmers on behalf of its customers. Current customers who may be effected by this adjustment do not need to take any action to make this effective on their policy, it will be done automatically by Farmers. Customers with questions can call 888-327-6335. About Farmers Insurance"Farmers Insurance®" and "Farmers®" are tradenames for a group of insurers providing insurance for automobiles, homes and small businesses and a wide range of other insurance and financial services and products. Farmers Insurance is proud to serve more than 10 million households with over 19 million individual policies nationally, through the efforts of more than 48,000 exclusive and independent agents and approximately 21,000 employees. Farmers Insurance Exchange®, the largest of the three primary insurance insurers that make up Farmers Insurance, is recognized as one of the largest U.S. companies on the 2019 Fortune 500 list. For more information about Farmers Insurance, visit Farmers.com, Twitter and Instagram, @WeAreFarmers, or Facebook.com/FarmersInsurance. Contact: External Communications Farmers Insurance® reporterhotline@farmersinsurance.com   View original content to download multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/farmers-insurance-waives-food-delivery-exclusions-across-the-nation-for-customers-with-farmers-branded-personal-automobile-and-motorcycle-insurance-policies-301031248.html SOURCE Farmers Insurance
BROSSARD, QC, March 20, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ - Following the March 19 edition of Radio-Canada's Enquête on money laundering through real estate transactions, the OACIQ, the authority of real estate brokerage in Quebec, is extremely concerned about the content of the report and reiterates that real estate brokers are required to report any risky transactions in order to protect consumers.
ATLANTA, March 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. (NYSE: APTS) ("PAC" or the "Company") announced its acquisition of Midway Market, an 85,599 square foot grocery-anchored shopping center in Dallas, Texas. The center is anchored by a strong-performing Kroger, the market share leading grocer. Midway Market is a high barrier to entry location with a three-mile population of 145,581 and strong average household incomes of over $98,000. The shopping center is located on the corner of Frankford Road and Midway Road which has optimal visibility and access with traffic counts of over 55,000 vehicles per day.
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Declining interest rates bolster February California home sales and price pre-COVID-19 outbreak, C.A.R. reports
LOS ANGELES, March 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Before the coronavirus outbreak hit the state so severely, California's housing market was getting a strong foothold, with home sales and prices posting healthy increases in February, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said today.  Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 421,670 units in February, according to information collected by C.A.R. from more than 90 local REALTOR® associations and MLSs statewide. The statewide annualized sales figure represents what would be the total number of homes sold during 2020 if sales maintained the February pace throughout the year. It is adjusted to account for seasonal factors that typically influence home sales. February's sales total was up 6.6 percent from the 395,700 level in January, marking the first time in three months that sales jumped above the 400,000 benchmark. February also marked the eighth consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases. The robust sales gain observed in the last few months may not be sustained as the recent financial market turmoil triggered by the coronavirus outbreak will likely have a negative impact on home sales in the coming months. "As the coronavirus pandemic worsens, the housing market is expected to decline precipitously in the coming months, particularly in counties and cities with a "shelter in place" mandate, where open houses and home showings cannot be held," said 2020 C.A.R. President Jeanne Radsick, a second-generation REALTOR® from Bakersfield, Calif. "Additionally, sales in escrow may be delayed by the closure or limited availability of all the essential services related to a home sale, such as financing, title, escrow, recording or by buyers who may have backed out of a purchase due to coronavirus concerns." A C.A.R. flash poll conducted between March 14-16 found that more than half (54 percent) of REALTORS® had clients who backed out from buying a home because of the coronavirus, and less than one-half (45 percent) had clients who backed out from selling a property. The median price inched up 0.8 percent from January's revised $575,160 to $579,770 in February. The median price climbed 8.5 percent from $534,120 in February 2019. February marked the third straight month with a year-over-year gain of more than 7 percent, fueled by low interest rates.   "The economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic are becoming more pronounced as uncertainty continues in the financial markets, consumer spending declines and unemployment insurance claims rise—all factors that impact the housing market," said C.A.R. Senior Vice President and Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young. "The housing market condition is expected to deteriorate accordingly in the near term, with both sales and prices being downgraded from our original 2020 housing forecast in the coming months." Other key points from C.A.R.'s February 2020 resale housing report include: At the regional level, non-seasonally adjusted sales rose from last year in all major regions, except the Bay Area. Southern California increased the most with 12.5 percent, followed by Central Coast (7.6 percent) and Central Valley (2.3 percent).  Thirty-two of the 51 counties tracked by C.A.R. experienced year-over-year growth, with Siskiyou gaining the most from last year at 100.0 percent. Tehama had the biggest drop, with sales falling 40.5 percent on a year-over-year basis. Median prices in all regions increased in February from last year, with Central Coast up the most at 10.0 percent, followed by Southern California (8.4 percent), Central Valley (6.3 percent), and the Bay Area (5.0 percent). Forty-one of the 51 counties tracked by C.A.R. reported a year-over-year gain in price in February, with Plumas gaining the most at 24.4 percent from last year.  Of the 10 counties that experienced a price drop from last February, Mariposa had the biggest decline of 11.2 percent. California housing supply continued to increase in February from the prior month as the market geared up for the spring home-buying season, with the number of active listings inched up by 0.9 percent from January.  The month-to-month increase is on par with the average January to February increase of 0.8 percent recorded between 2008 and 2019. On a year-over-year basis, however, active listings continued to drop by more than 25 percent for the third consecutive month.  Since September of last year, the number of active listings decreased an average of 21.8 percent from the prior year.   The sizable drop in active listings, together with the increase in sales, continued to put downward pressure on the Unsold Inventory Index (UII), resulting in a drop in the index to 3.6 months, down from 4.6 months a year ago.  With new coronavirus cases continuing to spread across the nation and a declaration of a national emergency, many potential sellers will likely delay putting their homes on the market, which may lead to fewer new listings. On the other hand, if homebuyers postpone their plans to enter the market due to their dimmer financial outlook, a sharp sales decline will result in an increase in unsold inventory in the short term. The median number of days it took to sell a California single-family home fell significantly from a year ago, declining from 33 days in February 2019 to 23 days in February 2020. C.A.R.'s statewide sales-price-to-list-price ratio* was 99.1 percent in February 2020, up from 98.0 in February 2019. The statewide average price per square foot** for an existing single-family home was $283 in February 2020 and $271 in February 2019. The 30-year, fixed-mortgage interest rate averaged 3.47 percent in February, down from 4.37 percent in February 2019, according to Freddie Mac. The five-year, adjustable mortgage interest rate was an average of 3.26 percent, compared to 3.87 percent in February 2019.Note:  The County MLS median price and sales data in the tables are generated from a survey of more than 90 associations of REALTORS® throughout the state and represent statistics of existing single-family detached homes only. County sales data are not adjusted to account for seasonal factors that can influence home sales. Movements in sales prices should not be interpreted as changes in the cost of a standard home. The median price is where half sold for more and half sold for less; medians are more typical than average prices, which are skewed by a relatively small share of transactions at either the lower end or the upper end. Median prices can be influenced by changes in cost, as well as changes in the characteristics and the size of homes sold. The change in median prices should not be construed as actual price changes in specific homes. *Sales-to-list-price ratio is an indicator that reflects the negotiation power of home buyers and home sellers under current market conditions. The ratio is calculated by dividing the final sales price of a property by its last list price and is expressed as a percentage. A sales-to-list ratio with 100 percent or above suggests that the property sold for more than the list price, and a ratio below 100 percent indicates that the price sold below the asking price. **Price per square foot is a measure commonly used by real estate agents and brokers to determine how much a square foot of space a buyer will pay for a property. It is calculated as the sale price of the home divided by the number of finished square feet. C.A.R. currently tracks price-per-square foot statistics for 50 counties. Leading the way…® in California real estate for more than 110 years, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (www.car.org) is one of the largest state trade organizations in the United States with more than 200,000 members dedicated to the advancement of professionalism in real estate. C.A.R. is headquartered in Los Angeles. February 2020 County Sales and Price Activity(Regional and condo sales data not seasonally adjusted) February 2020 Median Sold Price of Existing Single-Family Homes Sales State/Region/County Feb. 2020 Jan. 2020 Feb. 2019 Price MTM% Chg Price YTY% Chg  Sales MTM% Chg  Sales YTY% Chg Calif. Single-family homes $579,770 $575,160 $534,120 r 0.8% 8.5% 6.6% 5.9% Calif. Condo/Townhomes $480,000 $467,000 $450,000 2.8% 6.7% 13.7% 14.3% Los Angeles Metro Area $550,000 $538,500 $505,000 2.1% 8.9% -0.9% 13.7% Central Coast $715,000 $700,000 $650,000 2.1% 10.0% 0.0% 7.6% Central Valley $340,000 $337,500 $320,000 0.7% 6.3% 0.8% 2.3% Inland Empire $395,000 $385,000 $369,900 2.6% 6.8% 1.2% 10.7% San Francisco Bay Area $910,000 $853,000 $867,000 6.7% 5.0% 8.9% -1.3% San Francisco Bay Area Alameda $945,000 $875,000 $860,000 8.0% 9.9% 1.4% -15.9% Contra Costa $635,250 $614,000 $649,480 3.5% -2.2% 4.2% 8.8% Marin $1,347,500 $1,294,000 $1,290,000 4.1% 4.5% 6.2% -18.1% Napa $659,500 $697,500 $625,000 -5.4% 5.5% -32.3% -37.3% San Francisco $1,610,000 $1,460,000 $1,505,000 10.3% 7.0% 19.4% 0.9% San Mateo $1,575,000 $1,422,250 $1,425,000 10.7% 10.5% 23.0% 2.8% Santa Clara $1,350,000 $1,200,000 $1,170,000 12.5% 15.4% 16.7% -1.6% Solano $470,000 $449,900 $425,000 4.5% 10.6% 9.6% 9.2% Sonoma $640,000 $667,000 $625,420 -4.0% 2.3% 15.3% 12.7% Southern California Los Angeles $580,690 $617,520 $541,390 -6.0% 7.3% -8.6% 9.3% Orange  $880,000 $855,000 $792,500 2.9% 11.0% 11.5% 34.7% Riverside  $428,000 $415,460 $410,000 3.0% 4.4% 4.2% 11.3% San Bernardino $329,000 $325,000 $298,250 1.2% 10.3% -3.8% 9.6% San Diego $670,000 $660,000 $625,000 1.5% 7.2% 3.4% 7.2% Ventura $649,500 $660,000 $620,000 -1.6% 4.8% 3.9% 6.8% Central Coast Monterey $700,000 $649,500 $593,950 7.8% 17.9% 2.1% -0.7% San Luis Obispo $640,000 $652,500 $592,500 -1.9% 8.0% 26.9% 22.2% Santa Barbara $772,750 $675,000 $645,000 14.5% 19.8% -17.8% 1.9% Santa Cruz $897,500 $869,500 $927,000 3.2% -3.2% -10.0% 4.7% Central Valley Fresno $289,950 $289,950 $265,000 0.0% 9.4% -3.5% 14.5% Glenn $288,250 $315,000 $281,000 -8.5% 2.6% -40.0% -29.4% Kern $259,000 $252,000 $240,000 2.8% 7.9% 0.3% 10.0% Kings $255,000 $247,450 $221,000 3.1% 15.4% -9.0% 0.0% Madera $285,000 $334,790 $259,000 -14.9% 10.0% 28.4% 0.0% Merced $285,950 $282,950 $269,000 1.1% 6.3% 5.5% 26.4% Placer $509,000 $493,000 $495,000 3.2% 2.8% -5.6% -15.7% Sacramento $398,500 $379,000 $360,000 5.1% 10.7% 6.4% 0.2% San Benito $595,000 $575,020 $600,000 3.5% -0.8% -21.9% -19.4% San Joaquin $390,000 $385,000 $370,000 1.3% 5.4% -7.5% 5.2% Stanislaus $339,000 $330,000 $310,000 2.7% 9.4% 8.4% 0.0% Tulare $252,000 $240,000 $243,500 5.0% 3.5% -1.8% 2.3% Other Calif. Counties  Amador $328,000 $335,000 $316,000 r -2.1% 3.8% 0.0% 36.7% Butte  $338,750 $355,860 $345,450 -4.8% -1.9% -10.6% -40.4% Calaveras $355,000 $343,500 $340,000 3.3% 4.4% 40.4% -18.9% Del Norte $297,000 $227,000 $245,000 30.8% 21.2% -33.3% 9.1% El Dorado  $465,000 $442,120 $495,000 5.2% -6.1% 16.3% 74.0% Humboldt $310,390 $308,000 $298,000 0.8% 4.2% -3.3% 12.8% Lake $235,000 $253,000 $260,000 -7.1% -9.6% 46.7% 11.9% Lassen $199,000 $239,000 $185,000 -16.7% 7.6% -35.3% -38.9% Mariposa $327,500 $266,000 $369,000 23.1% -11.2% 38.5% 38.5% Mendocino $467,000 $412,000 $377,000 13.3% 23.9% -14.7% 0.0% Mono $700,000 $780,000 $765,000 -10.3% -8.5% 36.4% 36.4% Nevada $420,000 $367,000 $382,000 14.4% 9.9% 1.3% 1.3% Plumas $321,500 $330,000 $258,500 -2.6% 24.4% 46.7% -8.3% Shasta $291,500 $282,500 $285,000 3.2% 2.3% -18.6% -8.6% Siskiyou  $219,000 $255,000 $224,500 -14.1% -2.4% -10.0% 100.0% Sutter $318,500 $327,250 $292,500 -2.7% 8.9% -6.7% -3.4% Tehama $265,000 $260,000 $224,500 1.9% 18.0% 0.0% -40.5% Tuolumne $297,500 $309,000 $299,000 -3.7% -0.5% 13.8% 78.4% Yolo $447,500 $431,240 $424,920 3.8% 5.3% 4.5% 5.7% Yuba $315,000 $315,000 $256,000 0.0% 23.0% 11.9% 24.5% r = revised NA = not available   February 2020 County Unsold Inventory and Days on Market(Regional and condo sales data not seasonally adjusted) February 2020 Unsold Inventory Index Median Time on Market State/Region/County Feb. 2020 Jan. 2020 Feb. 2019 Feb. 2020 Jan. 2020 Feb. 2019 Calif. Single-family homes 3.6 3.4 4.6 23.0 31.0 33.0 Calif. Condo/Townhomes 3.0 3.3 4.1 21.0 31.0 28.0 Los Angeles Metro Area 3.8 3.6 5.5 29.0 32.0 42.0 Central Coast 4.8 4.4 5.5 31.0 44.0 49.0 Central Valley 3.1 3.0 3.8 18.5 24.0 29.0 Inland Empire 4.1 4.1 5.5 41.0 41.0 48.0 San Francisco Bay Area 3.0 2.7 3.3 14.0 31.0 20.0 San Francisco Bay Area Alameda 2.5 2.0 2.7 12.0 20.0 15.0 Contra Costa 2.7 2.3 3.5 12.0 27.0 15.0 Marin 4.3 3.3 3.7 42.5 63.0 49.0 Napa 9.6 5.0 5.8 39.0 62.0 49.0 San Francisco 3 2.7 2.8 15.0 26.0 15.0 San Mateo 2.6 2.7 2.9 11.0 21.0 13.0 Santa Clara 2.7 2.3 3.1 8.0 19.0 12.0 Solano 3.0 3.0 3.8 39.0 39.0 43.5 Sonoma 4.4 4.4 4.2 51.5 68.0 65.0 Southern California Los Angeles 3.6 3.2 5.1 22.0 26.0 35.0 Orange  3.4 3.4 5.9 17.0 27.0 42.0 Riverside  4.1 4.2 5.6 39.0 39.0 45.0 San Bernardino 4.1 3.9 5.4 45.0 43.0 56.0 San Diego 3.0 3.0 4.3 12.0 23.0 22.0 Ventura 5.1 4.8 6.7 49.0 56.0 59.0 Central Coast Monterey 5.1 4.9 5.6 28.0 39.0 51.0 San Luis Obispo 4.8 5.9 6.0 37.5 46.0 42.0 Santa Barbara 4.8 3.7 5.5 28.5 35.0 49.0 Santa Cruz 4.1 2.8 4.1 26.5 55.5 55.5 Central Valley Fresno 3.5 3.4 4.9 26.0 25.5 24.0 Glenn 5.3 3.0 4.5 75.5 63.0 11.0 Kern 3.2 3.0 4.0 22.0 21.0 31.0 Kings  3.2 3.1 4.1 17.0 25.0 29.0 Madera 4.9 5.8 4.9 40.0 45.0 51.5 Merced 3.3 3.6 5.3 32.0 28.0 44.0 Placer  3.4 2.8 3.2 16.0 34.0 28.5 Sacramento 2.3 2.4 2.8 10.0 17.0 27.0 San Benito 6.5 4.0 5.3 55.0 29.5 24.0 San Joaquin 3.2 2.8 3.9 26.5 32.0 31.0 Stanislaus 2.6 2.8 3.4 17.0 24.0 33.0 Tulare 4.1 3.8 5.0 21.0 27.0 34.5 Other Calif. Counties  Amador 7.8 6.6 NA 49.0 40.0 58.0 r Butte  3.0 2.7 2.0 24.5 25.5 8.0 Calaveras 5.7 7.4 4.3 108.0 107.5 51.0 Del Norte 11.8 7.3 11.5 168.0 121.0 111.0 El Dorado  4.5 4.7 5.5 44.0 65.5 42.0 Humboldt 4.5 4.4 6.6 38.5 40.0 34.0 Lake  6.1 8.4 6.6 61.5 77.0 76.0 Lassen 10.7 6.6 6.2 133.0 133.0 114.0 Mariposa 5.4 7.3 6.8 107.0 88.0 36.0 Mendocino 10.3 9.0 12.6 102.0 109.0 83.0 Mono 5.8 8.7 6.5 119.0 126.0 198.0 Nevada 6.4 5.7 5.4 42.0 62.5 50.5 Plumas 9.6 13.5 9.2 191.0 106.0 143.0 Shasta 4.8 3.8 4.7 50.0 43.0 34.0 Siskiyou  6.5 5.5 13.7 89.0 48.5 76.0 Sutter 2.6 2.5 2.3 26.5 31.0 39.5 Tehama 9.0 8.0 4.0 81.0 52.0 56.0 Tuolumne 5.6 6.2 7.9 85.0 71.5 97.0 Yolo 3.4 3.2 3.6 17.5 40.5 22.0 Yuba 3.5 3.6 3.7 23.0 30.0 39.0 r = revised NA = not available   View original content to download multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/declining-interest-rates-bolster-february-california-home-sales-and-price-pre-covid-19-outbreak-car-reports-301027601.html SOURCE CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.)
AUSTIN, Texas, March 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Association of Nurse Practitioners(® )(AANP), the largest association representing nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties, applauded action taken today by the U.S. Senate to strengthen seniors' access to home health care services and help protect health care providers by authorizing additional funding for personal protective equipment (PPE) as part of the passage of a third COVID-19 stimulus package. The legislation, approved by the Senate, includes a provision authorizing NPs to certify and recertify home health care services for Medicare patients, expands funding for PPE and provides vital funding to respond to the pandemic. "The Senate's vote last night ensures that millions of seniors are able to receive critical health care services at home ? at this crucial time for the health of our nation. Not only will the legislation help make certain seniors have timely access to home health care, it will also help ensure they are less likely to be exposed to Coronavirus Disease 2019 [COVID-19] by being forced to seek health care at hospitals and other facilities. It will enable our nation to make hospital beds more readily available to COVID-19 patients and others who need them most," said Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, president of AANP. "We are hearing every day from NPs across the nation who must risk their health to care for patients due to the lack of available PPE, and we thank the Senate for taking action to provide vital funding to protect health care providers working on the front lines of this crisis."
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Assisted Living Locators, a leading nationwide senior placement and referral service, is partnering with Love For The Elderly, a non-profit organization that mails handwritten letters to seniors, to encourage people to write "Letters of Love" to uplift seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
ARLINGTON, Va., March 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is partnering with Lyft to meet the critical transportation needs of caregivers who are supporting homebound older adults during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Howard Capital Management Announces Retirement of Longtime President Bill Martin
ATLANTA, March 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Howard Capital Management, Inc. (HCM), an SEC-registered investment advisory firm, announced today that president Bill Martin will retire after five years of leading the company. HCM's controller, Chris Ferguson, has been appointed his successor. "Through his leadership, Bill has taken this firm to new heights, and he will be missed dearly by all of us," said Vance Howard, CEO of HCM. "We're thrilled for Bill as he enters the next chapter of life in retirement, and at the same time, we're looking forward to Chris Ferguson continuing the standard of excellence that Bill set. Chris is a tremendous asset for our team, our clients and overall investment prowess." Ferguson has served as controller for HCM for the past two years and has worked as a professional accountant for the last seven years. He graduated from the University of West Georgia with a BBA in accounting. "I want to express my gratitude to our CEO, Vance Howard, for giving me the opportunity to work with so many talented colleagues over the past five years," said Martin. "While I'm incredibly proud of what we've accomplished during my tenure, I have no doubt that Chris will be a great addition to the executive team. He is more than qualified to take over my role as president, and I truly feel that our employees, our clients and our partners will benefit greatly from his leadership." Zachary Stout, a 13-year industry veteran, has also joined HCM as managing director of sales and distribution. He will play an instrumental role in leading the internal and external distribution teams in their effort to build collaborative partnerships with financial advisors throughout the country. As managing director, Stout will lead all sales-related efforts for HCM. About Howard Capital ManagementFounded in 1999, Howard Capital Management, Inc. (HCM) is an SEC-registered investment advisory firm offering professional money management services to private clients, brokers and broker-dealers through separately managed portfolios, retirement tools, self-directed brokerage accounts and proprietary mutual funds. HCM offers a straightforward solution to navigating market volatility while striving to drive performance and hedge against inflation. The company's defensive and tactical investment strategy seeks to mitigate investment risk through market downturns while pursuing opportunities for growth. For more information, visit howardcm.com. DisclosuresHoward Capital Management, Inc. ("HCM") is an SEC-registered investment advisor with its principal place of business in the State of Georgia. SEC registration does not constitute an endorsement of HCM by the SEC, nor does it indicate that HCM has arraigned a particular level of skill or ability. HCM only transacts business where it is properly registered or is otherwise exempt from registration.  Howard Capital Management, Inc. (Howard CM) offers its investment methodology through multiple programs that may invest in exchange traded funds, variable annuities and mutual funds. There is no certainty that any investment or strategy (including the investments and/or investment strategies recommended by the advisor), will be profitable or successful in achieving investment objectives. LASS.MSPR.032520 HCM-032520-8. View original content to download multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/howard-capital-management-announces-retirement-of-longtime-president-bill-martin-301030947.html SOURCE Howard Capital Management