Friday, June 13, 2014

THE INTERIOR DESIGN COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER TO FIGHT CANCER!

                                              
THE INTERIOR DESIGN COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER TO FIGHT CANCER! 
DESIGNERS AND SHOWROOMS TEAM UP WITH GCT MARKETING FOR A SALE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE BREAST CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION®
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK, NY- JUNE 6TH, 2014 – GCT Marketing (GCT), alongside James Rixner (Rixner), and Bjorn Bjornsson (Bjornsson), the nation’s top interior designers, are hosting an online design sale with the goal of donating $20,000 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). This first-of-its-kind online event brings some of the biggest showrooms in the interior design industry together to fight breast cancer, including Baccarat, Neidermaer, Baker, Christopher Guy, Samad Rugs, Century Furniture, Arteriors, and many more.
Countless luxury pieces are available beginning June 6th at showhousesale.com, where GCT Marketing will donate twenty percent of its proceeds from every sale. GCT Marketing and BCRF invite all to shop for a cause and help raise funds to find a cure.

BCRF was founded by Evelyn Lauder in 1993, and since its inception has raised over $500 million to fund breakthrough breast cancer research in the areas of tumor biology, genetics, metastasis, prevention, treatment and survivorship. BCRF invests 91 cents of every dollar in research and awareness programs, and holds a four-star rating from Charity Navigator and an A+ rating from Charity Watch. 



"I am firm believer in all the positive outcome of giving back.  This unique opportunity allows me as a designer to exercise contributing to a cause in an innovative way. As a supporter of all cancer research this particular charity holds a special place for me." Says James Rixner, Interior Designer, ASID

“It's important for Bjornsson Design as well as a privilege to be part of this charitable organization. We here at Bjornsson Design believe in giving back to the community as we have done many times. We hope that this sale brings together the funds that are greatly needed.” Says Bjorn Bjornsson, Interior Designer, ASID.

 “With so many people we know personally afflicted by this disease, we feel that we should do whatever we can to contribute to this cause. We are an advocate of businesses making money while giving back to the community, creating a circular momentum that allows for natural and inclusive growth. Let’s make our brands relevant by helping solve current issues.” said Christian Turnier, Founder and Principal, GCT Marketing.

About GCT Marketing
GCT Marketing is recognized as an innovative marketing company helping strengthen the design community by creating a unique collaborative environment to increase a brands’ power and exposure. GCT creates and launches brands, builds social and digital platforms, and develops marketing strategies.


About Showhousesale.com
 “Showhousesale.com” is an e-commerce platform dedicated to providing top products from show-houses curated by today’s top designers. Products already curated by designers give clients the benefit of designer taste, without the cost. 











About Bjorn Bjornsson Design
Bjorn Bjornsson Interior Design is a full service firm guiding projects from space planning to preliminary and construction phases, custom furniture design and interior decorating. Bjorn is involved in all aspects of the projects, working in partnership with his clients to create spaces that truly reflect their own style.



About James Rixner Inc.
Interior Designer James Rixner, an architectural aficionado, came to New York with a Master’s Degree in Urban Design. He switched professions and successfully established himself as a trend setting designer over the past 35 years. James has developed a sophisticated style that always amazes. His interiors epitomize refinement, elegance, serenity, and suitability. Equally comfortable working with antiques, chic mid-century furniture, or up to the minute contemporary pieces, his projects
Contact

To learn more about this merger, please contact

Christian Turnier, Media Relations
Christian@gctmarketing.com
sales@showhousesale.com
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Thursday, May 1, 2014

$6+ billion dollar class action settlement with merchants who have accepted Visa and MasterCard


Attention to all Vendors using Visa and Mastercard
Notice of a $6+ billion dollar class action settlement
with merchants who have accepted Visa and
MasterCard at any time since January 1, 2004.
The December 13, 2013 decision of the Court which granted approval to the settlement is currently being appealed. Claim forms are not available at this time and will not be available until after all appeals are resolved. It is unknown how long the appeals process will take. To view the Final Approval Order, click here.
On December 13, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York approved a Class Settlement among merchants, Visa, MasterCard and other Defendants in a class-action lawsuit. The lawsuit claims that merchants paid excessive fees for accepting Visa and MasterCard because of an alleged conspiracy among the Defendants.
Settlement Benefits
The monetary portion of the Class Settlement consists of two funds. The first is a cash fund in the amount of $6.05 billion, reduced by 25% to account for merchants who excluded themselves. Any person, business or other entity that accepted Visa or MasterCard credit or debit cards in the U.S. at any time between January 1, 2004 and November 28, 2012 may be eligible to receive a payment from this fund. The second is a fund equivalent to a portion of interchange fees attributable to certain merchants that accept Visa or MasterCard credit cards for an eight-month period which began July 29, 2013. That fund is estimated to be approximately $1.2 billion. Additionally, the Settlement requires Visa and MasterCard to modify some of their rules for merchants that accept their cards.
Settlement Classes
There are two classes in this Class Settlement:
  • A Rule 23(b)(3) Settlement Class (“Cash Settlement Class”), which includes all persons, businesses, and other entities that accepted any Visa or MasterCard cards in the U.S. at any time from January 1, 2004 to November 28, 2012, and
  • A Rule 23(b)(2) Settlement Class (“Rule Changes Settlement Class”), which includes all persons, businesses, and other entities that as of November 28, 2012 or in the future accept any Visa or MasterCard cards in the U.S.
Class Counsel
The Court has appointed the law firms of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP, Berger & Montague, PC, and Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP to represent the Classes as Class Counsel.
Claim Forms
Claim Forms are not yet available. This website will be updated once the Court approves a Claim Form and determines when the Claim Form needs to be sent to Class Members. The Court will also determine a deadline for Class Members to submit their Claims.
Preregistration
Preregistration is now closed. Preregistration was optional and does not affect your rights under the settlement. Even if you completed the Preregistration process, you must still submit a Claim Form – when they are available – to be eligible to receive a settlement payment.
To obtain more information, click on any of the following links:
Source: https://www.paymentcardsettlement.com/en

Sunday, April 6, 2014

James Rixner's Top Picks: High Point Market Week.

GCT Marketing has asked James Rixner and Bjorn Bjornsson, 2 of New York's top designers, to select their favorite showrooms.

The High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, bringing more than 75,000 people to High Point every six months. Serious retail home furnishings buyers can be found in High Point twice a year because if you can’t find it in High Point…it probably doesn’t exist.

2014 Market Dates

  • Spring: April 5-10
  • Fall: October 18-23

Current Demographics

  1. 180 Buildings
  2. 11.5 Million Square Feet of Showspace
  3. 75,000 Attendees Each Market
  4. More Than 2000 Exhibitors
  5. 100+ Countries Represented
  6. Tens of Thousands of New Product Introductions
  7. Approximately 10% of Attendees Are International







1.Christopher Guy





2.Century Furniture









3.Baker Furniture




      
  • Building Swaim Design Center
  • Showroom 411 S. Main St.
  • Bustop #10 (Green Line)
  •  www.swaim-inc.com


 

6.Bolier & Company
  • Building 311 N. Hamilton St.
  • Showroom 3rd Floor
  • Bustop #18 (Red Line)
  •  www.bolierco.com











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9.Calvin Klein Furniture (Z3, llc)

Building Union Square



10.Julian Chichester

Bjorn Bjornsson's Top Picks: High Point Market Week.



GCT Marketing has asked James Rixner and Bjorn Bjornsson, 2 of New York's top designers, to select their favorite showrooms.

The High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, bringing more than 75,000 people to High Point every six months. Serious retail home furnishings buyers can be found in High Point twice a year because if you can’t find it in High Point…it probably doesn’t exist.

2014 Market Dates

  • Spring: April 5-10
  • Fall: October 18-23

Current Demographics

  1. 180 Buildings
  2. 11.5 Million Square Feet of Showspace
  3. 75,000 Attendees Each Market
  4. More Than 2000 Exhibitors
  5. 100+ Countries Represented
  6. Tens of Thousands of New Product Introductions
  7. Approximately 10% of Attendees Are International




1.Baker Furniture





  • Building Market Square
  • Showroom 324
  • Bustop #27 (Red Line)

3.Henredon Furniture

  • Building 1925 Eastchester Dr.
  • Showroom 1925 Eastchester Dr., High Point, NC 27265
  • Bustop #0 (Go-Anywhere)
  •  www.henredon.com









4.Century Furniture









5.Julian Chichester






7.Made Goods

  • Building IHFC
  • Showroom D223
  • Bustop #1 (Transportation Terminal)
  •  www.madegoods.com








1.Christopher Guy





2.Century Furniture









3.Baker Furniture




      
  • Building Swaim Design Center
  • Showroom 411 S. Main St.
  • Bustop #10 (Green Line)
  •  www.swaim-inc.com


 

6.Bolier & Company
  • Building 311 N. Hamilton St.
  • Showroom 3rd Floor
  • Bustop #18 (Red Line)
  •  www.bolierco.com











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9.Calvin Klein Furniture (Z3, llc)

Building Union Square



10.Julian Chichester