About the Hoover Area Chamber

The Hoover Alabama Chamber of Commerce, its staff, members, officers and board members extend a warm welcome to you. We pride ourselves on being one of the South's fastest growing communities, offering new and progressive opportunities every day. Hoover spans almost 50 square miles of territory, involving much of Jefferson County and Shelby County. We promote a healthy business environment, and feature great restaurants, lodging facilities, sporting events, and vacation areas. Click here to read more.


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PRESS RELEASES

For Immediate Release
Contact: Erin Melaney Bodden
205-378-2922
erinb@safehouse.org 

COOK-OFF TO BENEFIT LOCAL VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE

The Southern  Cast Iron Showdown, a new family-friendly food event, is coming to Shelby County this spring. SafeHouse of Shelby County will host the event, with proceeds benefitting its domestic and sexual violence response and prevention programs.  The cooking competition will feature four-member teams of both amateurs and professionals competing in categories including Sweets, Meats, Fixin's and Dough. A panel of judges will determine winners in each category, and guests at the event may sample all of the entries and vote for the People's Choice award.

The Southern Cast Iron Showdown will begin at 11am and end at 2pm on Saturday, April 22nd in the parking lot of Summer Classics on Hwy 31 in Pelham. In addition to taste-testing, attendees will also enjoy live music from the Thomas Henry Band and kids'activities will be offered. Event organizers are currently competition teams and sponsors. Interested individuals can learn more by visiting www.eventbrite.com/e/southern-cast-iron-showdown-tickets-32186232889 or calling 205-378-2922.

About SafeHouse

SafeHouse achieves its mission by providing domestic and sexual violence response and prevention programs. The SafeHouse shelter offers both emergency and rapid re-housing for those homeless as a result of abuse, and its sexual assault center offers forensic exams for survivors of rape. Clients participate in additional services including case management, counseling and legal advocacy. Victims who do not require shelter may receive the benefit of wraparound services through the SafeHouse community services office.The agency also offers violence prevention education, which exposes local youth to the warning signs of abuse and encourages them to pursue relationships built on love and respect.

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Ron Prevatte
205-314-3444 x 120
ron.prevatte@integrated.com 

INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS, A DIVISION OF THE IT 4 THE PLANET, APPOINTS NEW BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SALES MANAGER-SOUTH. BIRMINGHAM

Integrated Solutions (www.IT4ThePlanet.com), Birmingham's Premier Information Technology Services Provider, announced today that Ron Prevatte has joined the company to further develop the Birmingham metro area. Ron brings a wealth of experience within the industry, having spent the last five years at  a Information Technology Company in the Montgomery market. Ron joins Integrated Solutions as Business Development Manager to compliment  the company's recent success providing technology services to the Birmingham metro area. Ron commented: "I am excited to start a new challenge within Integrated Solutions and look forward to working with the team to further develop their already successful IT Services which include Managed Services, Consulting, Custom software and Web Development. I am fortunate to be joining such a respected company that prides itself on providing quality and consistent customer service."

Integrated Solutions is a full-service Technology Managed Service Provider (www.it4theplanet.com) which offers customers a range of quality services to suit their IT needs. Integrated Solutions's understanding and experience in the industry is unparalleled as we have been serving the Birmingham metro market for over 20 years. 
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For Immediate Release
Contact: Rachel Lynch
205-313-0395
info@sonologyhearing.com

SONOLOGY HEARING AID CLINIC ANNOUNCES GIVE THE GIFT OF HEARING CONTEST 

Inaugural contest runs through December 7; online nominations accepted through December 1, 2016.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - This holiday season Sonology Hearing Aid Clinic wants to help a deserving individual with hearing loss by providing them free ReSound hearing aids. Now through December 1, visitors to the company's website can nominate a loved one for Sonologys Give the Gift of Hearing Contest. Visitors need to explain whom the individual is, a brief explanation of why this person is deserving of a new pair of hearing aids, as well as a photo of the person if available.

Nominations are being accepted at www.sonologyhearing.com now through the December 1 deadline. The staff at Sonology Hearing Aid Clinic and McCool & Bhuta Ear Nose and Throat Specialists will review all entries and choose the final winner that will be announced on December 7, 2016.

The lucky winner will receive new, digital, top of the line hearing aids from ReSound.  These discreet hearing aids offer automatic technology that can differentiate noise from speech to help patients hear in all situations of life. Also ReSound hearing aids are made for iPhone hearing aids, which means they connect with iPhone, iPad or iPod touch devices to make your hearing aids work like Bluetooth stereo headphones. The winner will have the same opportunities to connect, interact and engage as everyone else. Valued at $5800.00, these hearing aids come with follow up care by a licensed, Doctor of Audiology.

According to several recent studies, those who suffer from hearing loss tend to feel isolated even if they are among friends and family. "This is the time of year when everyone should be surrounded by the ones they love. We're proud to be helping someone hear as their family gathers together during this special time of year," says Rachel Lynch, Audiologist at Sonology Hearing Aid Clinic.

For official rules, visit www.sonologyhearing.com/contest-rules.

About Sonology Hearing Aid Clinic

McCool & Bhuta Ear Nose and Throat Specialists established Sonology Hearing Aid Clinic in 2013. Most people don't realize that hearing loss is a medical problem and hearing loss should be evaluated by a physician. Sonology is Birmingham's only physician directed hearing aid clinic. Care for hearing loss will be directed by Ear Nose and Throat physicians, Drs. Brian J. McCool and Tarika Bhuta. Our knowledgeable, licensed audiologists are Jackie Battle, who has a Masters Degree in Audiology and more than thirty years of experience, and Rachel M. Lynch who has a Doctorate Degree in Audiology.

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Leah Ratliff, LifeSouth Central Alabama Community Development Coordinator
Date: June 17, 2016
205-353-1456 (cell)                  
lbratliff@lifesouth.org

 

LifeSouth still facing emergency need for blood
Policy change coming to open doors for donors

Sunday's tragedy in Orlando prompted a large response of donors wishing to show their support, but LifeSouth is still facing an emergency need for all blood types.

"The response to donate prompted by the mass shooting in Orlando was amazing," said LifeSouth Vice President of Operations J.B. Bowles. "We were able to assist the blood center in Orlando with blood, but we were limited on how much we could help because of our own shortage."

 The mass shooting in Orlando brought out many donors from the LGBT community in LifeSouth's headquarters city of Gainesville, Florida. In December the U.S. Food and Drug Administration changed its guidelines on donations from men who have had sex with another man, lifting a lifetime ban on giving blood. This change allows blood centers to accept donations from men who have not had sexual contact with another man in the past 12 months.

"With the events in Orlando, many of the LGBT community were showing support by donating blood. We have been preparing for a change in our policy that we planned to implement later this summer, but with the overwhelming response during this crisis, we made the decision to move up the timeline," said LifeSouth Vice President of Quality Jill Evans.

With the policy change, if the sexual contact with another male was more than 12 months ago and the donor meets all other donor criteria, they will be able to donate. If the sexual contact with another male was less than 12 months ago, they will be deferred from donating.

Evans said the changes come after another modification in May that accommodated transgender donors.

Bowles said the tragedy in Orlando also highlights the importance of regular donation.

"It's something we talk about a lot with donors - it's the people who give before an emergency who save lives in the crisis," Bowles said. "Those who donate afterward will help resupply the hospitals that are now low. That need is with us every day.

Bowles explained that the annual summer drop-off of donations started sooner and was steeper than expected this year, while blood use at LifeSouth hospitals spiked. LifeSouth issued an emergency appeal for blood on June 3

"We owe a special thank you to the donors who have responded to our call for help. We've made progress since going into emergency need, but it's always a difficult challenge when we fall behind."

LifeSouth is pleading for donors to roll up a sleeve and help patients at local hospitals

"The only way we can catch up is by getting more donors into our centers and onto our bloodmobiles," Bowles said. "We believe that with another solid week of collections, we may finally be able to catch up and have the needed blood supply for the community's hospitals."

LifeSouth
's goal is to have a minimum of a two-day supply, but local hospitals are continuing to operate with minimal blood supply levels. Below a two-day supply is considered an emergency - a term the blood center doesn't use unless it's absolutely critical. While all blood types are needed, Type O-negative, Type O-positive and platelet donations are most needed.

"For our regular donors, we ask that you come in and bring a friend. If you are a first time donor, now is the perfect time to experience the process and help your community," Bowles said. "You will be glad you did."

LifeSouth encourages donors to call their local blood center to make an appointment to donate or stop by a bloodmobile. Donors must be 17 years or older, or 16 with parental permission, and weight at least 110 pounds. Donors must also be in good health, and a photo ID is required. For information on upcoming blood drives call 205-943-6000 

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Bonnie Hendrix
Date: June 15, 2016
Phone: (205) 323-5878

Birmingham-area Nonprofit Leader nationally Recognized Receives Lifetime Achievement Award


Tony Cooper

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., June 10 - On Thursday, June 9th, Tony Cooper, the executive director of the Jimmie Hale Mission, received the Russ Reid Lifetime Achievement award during the annual Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) conference held in Jacksonville, Florida.

The Russ Reid Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes Mission leaders who have served at least 15 years in a rescue mission leadership role, demonstrated leadership skills, have advanced their mission in size, scope and public standing, have shown Christian character, mentored and encouraged younger rescue mission leaders, been involved in leadership roles on an AGRM level, and led missions that have remained in good standing with AGRM.

Tony Cooper has met and exceeded all of the above criteria.  With 40 years of experience as a pastor and Mission director, 25 of which were at The Jimmie Hale Mission, Mr. Cooper has grown the Jimmie Hale Mission to become one of the most recognized and respected nonprofit organizations in central Alabama.  Since his arrival at the Mission in 1990, the ministries have grown considerably to include Jessie's Place for women and children, Royal Pines Recovery Center, the relocation of the Shepura Men's Center, Stewart Learning Centers for education remediation and career readiness, and most recently, the addition of after-school Bible clubs called Discovery Clubs.

"Awards are not the motivation for what we do, however it is an honor to be recognized by an organization of your peers," stated Mr. Cooper. "God is indeed faithful and is the source of all that is good.  Proverbs 3 says to trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all our ways we are to acknowledge Him and He will direct our path.  I'm blessed to share this award with my family and co-workers."  

In addition to serving as a great leader at the Mission, Mr. Cooper is also a leader within the Birmingham community.  He is a trustee of the Birmingham Business Alliance, a member of the Alabama Rescue Services Association, an active member and former national board member of AGRM, and is also a member of Gardendale First Baptist Church, Alabama Association of Nonprofits, the Downtown Kiwanis Club and Leadership Birmingham.

Mr. Cooper is also a loving husband, father and grandfather.  The Mission is incredibly grateful to have such a profound and local leader.

About the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM)
The AGRM which was founded in 1913, is North America
's oldest and largest network of independent Christian crisis shelters and rehabilitation centers.   AGRM exists to proclaim the passion of Jesus toward the hungry, homeless, abused and addicted, and to accelerate quality and effectiveness in its some 275 member Missions.

About The Jimmie Hale Mission

Downtown Jimmie Hale Mission, Inc. is a Christian-based, 501c3 charitable organization that does not receive United Way funding. What started as a storefront chapel has grown to include a shelter for homeless men, Bible-based 12-step recovery programs, fundraising thrift stores, learning centers for education remediation and career readiness, and a shelter for homeless women and children called Jessie's Place. Discovery Clubs is also a ministry of the Jimmie Hale Mission. For more information, contact our business office at 205-323-5878 or visit our online media kit. 
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For Immediate Release
Contact:  Jaclyn Gardner
Date: September 10, 2015
205-443-9500

Danberry at Inverness Retirement Community Opens New 
Memory Care Neighborhood on September 22, 2015

Providing cutting edge programming and exceptional personal care, The Garden at Danberry Memory Care Neighborhood opens September 22 and will begin accepting residents.  
The Garden at Danberry Memory Care Neighborhood consists of 24 private studio suites, as well as a range of amenities and services and innovative life enhancement stations designed to feel familiar, stimulate memory, and engage residents in meaningful activities.  Examples of these stations are a men's rummage desk, a cooking area, gardening center, tool center, work desk, sports corner, and more.

In addition, residents of The Garden who enjoyed swimming throughout their lives will have the unique opportunity to participate in an aquatic exercise program designed to rekindle positive memories of swimming, and get them involved in active swimming again. 
For Jeana Robinson, RN, MHA, ALA, and Director of Healthcare Services at Danberry at Inverness, opening the Memory Care Neighborhood is a benefit not only for Danberry residents, but the greater Hoover community as well.
  
"Everything you need for a fulfilling, wellness-focused retirement is right here, at Danberry at Inverness," said Robinson. "And even when supportive care is needed, it's good to know that you need not compromise elegance or comfort to have that same satisfying lifestyle.  The Garden at Danberry Memory Care Neighborhood not only offers a high quality of life, but also exceptional care through the Heartfelt CONNECTIONS Memory Care program.  This exciting, nationally recognized program offers people with Alzheimer's disease and other related dementias the care, respect, dignity, and quality of life loved ones want for them."

The Heartfelt CONNECTIONS Memory Care Program stems from each person's life story, using reminiscence tools to capture a lasting legacy of details about an individual's family, friends, career, hobbies, likes and dislikes. "Memories fade, but we know those past relationships and experiences continue to shape our residents' lives each and every day," said Robinson.
  
Services and amenities in Danberry's new memory care neighborhood include licensed nurses on duty 24 hours a day, the availability of physical, occupational, and speech therapy, a full calendar of activities including aquatic exercise, secure walking areas and gardens, personalized assistance with daily activities, and more.  Residents enjoy a private suite with a private bathroom.

Located in Inverness near Lake Heather, Danberry at Inverness is a senior living community for adults 55 and older with a full complement of health & wellness services for retirement for independent living, assisted living, and memory care. Danberry is managed by Life Care Services, An LCS® Company.
The Garden at Danberry Memory Care will begin accepting residents September 22. Call (205) 443-9500 to learn more.
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For Immediate Release
March 30, 2015
Contact: David Whitehurst
(205) 902-1093
david@championcleaners.com

www.championcleaners.com

CHAMPION CLEANERS AWARDED NATIONAL "BEST OVERALL SERVICE 2014"

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - February 18, 2015 - Champion Cleaners in Birmingham, Alabama has earned national recognition as providing the "Best Overall Service 2014" by the Dry Cleaning and Laundry Institute (DLI). DLI has been the premier international trade association for garment care professionals since 1883. Representing over ten thousand retail drycleaners in the United States alone, DLI is the world's leading professional garment care organization.

To earn this award, Champion Cleaners received the highest scores in 2014 through the DLI Mystery Shopper program. According to Mary Scalco, DLI President and CEO, "We believe that by using anonymous mystery shoppers to measure the customer service experience, our members get an unbiased view from their customers' perspective. Participating dry cleaners nationwide were scored in three categories: Drop Off; Pick Up and Cleaning Evaluation. Champion Cleaners in Birmingham, Alabama ranked first among all of our participating members."

David Whitehurst, Owner and General Manager of Champion Cleaners, responded to the news, "We are thrilled with this recognition. Being the best dry cleaners in the Birmingham area has always been our objective. I never really dreamed about being ranked as the best in the entire country but I am proud of our team for this accomplishment. It is apparent that our associates also share this passion for excellence in dry cleaning service and quality."

Champion Cleaners started business in 2002 and now has three dry cleaning plants in Jefferson and Shelby Counties in Alabama, including the Rocky Ridge area of Vestavia Hills, the Greystone area of Hoover, and in Calera. Cleaning is done on site at each location. Champion also operates its Dry Cleaning Valet Service, a network of dry cleaning pickup and delivery routes throughout much of Jefferson and Shelby Counties. Champion Cleaners Valet Service is the largest dry cleaning and laundry pickup and delivery service in the Birmingham area.
Champion is also a Certified Wedding Gown Specialist (SM) and is the only such certified specialist in Jefferson and Shelby Counties, operating as Champion Wedding Gown Specialist (www.ChampionWeddingGownSpecialist.com).

Champion Cleaners is also part of CRDN (the Certified Restoration Drycleaning Network), providing textile restoration services to victims of fire, smoke and water damage in 13 counties of central Alabama through its CRDN of Birmingham operation. Recently, Champion rolled out its innovative bizziebox® system of digital lockers using smart phone technology placed in select apartments, condominiums and office buildings in the Birmingham area to provide on-site dry cleaning and laundry pick-up and delivery service.
For more information about Champion Cleaners, visit www.ChampionCleaners.com or contact David Whitehurst at David@ChampionCleaners.com. Mary Scalco of Dry Cleaning and Laundry Institute may be reached at (301) 622-1900, at mscalco@dlionline.org or visit DLI at www.dlionline.org.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
February 12, 2015

Contact: Krisha Yanko
Lifeline Alabama Development Coordinator
krisha.yanko@lifelinechild.org
205-967-0811
@krishadish

LIFELINE CHILDREN'S SERVICES PARTNERS WITH IRONTRIBE IN TRIBE 5K AND BACON COOK OFF

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (February 12, 2015) -Lifeline Children's Services, an international adoption, orphan and foster care ministry, is partnering with Iron Tribe for the Tribe 5K and Bacon Cook Off. The event will take place at Sloss Furnace in downtown Birmingham on Saturday, March 21. Registration for the 5K begins at 8 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m. Online registration closes on Thursday, March 19 at noon, however, participants may register on packet pick up day or race day. To register online, visit tribe5k.com

The event offers a standard 5K route and an Iron Tribe 5K. Tribe 5K participants will run on the standard 5K route and stop at five workout stations, completing the assigned workout at each before continuing the run. While runners are completing the course, a Bacon Cook Off will be held, determining Birmingham's best bacon dish. Participants in the 5K will have access to bacon tasting and all proceeds from the event benefit the mission of Lifeline Children's Services.

"Lifeline's response to the foster care crisis is to provide the foster children in need of care in Alabama with homes that are motivated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ," says Herbie Newell, Executive Director of Lifeline Children's Services. "It's the call of the church to also minister to and disciple foster children's birth families to create healthy environments for reunification."

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February 9, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Hoover Historical Society will produce a second book on the history of the City to celebrate the Fiftieth Anniversary in 2017. Historic preservationist and UAB history instructor, Pamela S. King, has been selected to write it. 

The assistance of Hoover residents is needed to gather information especially on the last 25 years. Documents and photographs relating to Hoover's events, neighborhoods, schools and businesses can be brought to the Archives at the Bluff Park Community School building, at 571 Park Avenue.  Regular hours are 10 AM-12 Noon on Wednesdays or by appointment. See our website to see our collection policy and schedule an appointment. Items may be donated, loaned or scanned and returned to the owners. 

An open house is scheduled on Saturday March 7, 10 AM to 2 PM for the public to stop by and visit or drop off items.  Historical items, books, scrapbooks of many local organizations and Time Cabinets with items from the past are displayed in the Old Bluff Park School Library. 

New members are always welcome. See the HHS Website www.hooverhistoricalsociety.org for information or contact Pam Thompson, President info@hooverhistoricalsociety.org, 822-9392.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 2, 2015

Hendrick Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM
Wins 2015 DealerRater RAM / Chrysler Dealer of the Year Award

 

Award recognizes top auto dealers from U.S. and Canada that demonstrate excellent customer service as expressed by consumer reviews written on DealerRater

Hoover, AL  1/30/2015 - Hendrick Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM has been awarded a 2015 DealerRater Dealer of the Year award, which recognizes auto dealerships across the U.S. and Canada that deliver outstanding customer service, based on consumer reviews written on DealerRater.com.

"Consumers have identified the best dealers to do business with, and Hendrick Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM has emerged as the leader among RAM / Chrysler dealers across the United States," said DealerRater CEO Gary Tucker. "The quality and number of reviews for Hendrick speak volumes of the top-notch experiences provided to customers."

The Dealer of the Year awards are based on reviews by new- and used-car shoppers and those who took their vehicles into dealerships for service. Reviewers evaluated Hendrick on its customer service, quality of work, friendliness, pricing and overall experience.

Hendrick has demonstrated consistently high PowerScore ratings for customer satisfaction, placing it in the top of its class. The PowerScore is determined using a Bayesian algorithm that factors the dealership's average DealerRater consumer rating and the total number of reviews written about the dealership during the 2014 calendar year.

It is an honor to be awarded this recognition. Our team works extra hard to make sure every customer has a great experience while at Hendrick," said Hendrick Executive General Manager Joel Smith. "Our mission is to be the premier quality vehicle retailer in the world; providing the best opportunities for our team members, customers, communities, and the manufacturers we represent."

"Having a strong online reputation matters, making the significance of our Dealer of the Year awards crucial to dealers looking to thrive in today's business environment," added Tucker.

DealerRater attracts more than 10 million consumers every year who read more than 1.6 million dealer reviews.

About DealerRater

DealerRater was founded in 2002 as the first car dealer review website worldwide. DealerRater is the world's No. 1 online resource for anyone seeking trusted, third-party information on automobile dealerships. DealerRater features nearly 41,000 U.S. and Canadian car dealers, more than 1.6 million consumer reviews and a million-plus cars listed for sale. DealerRater 

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Contact Shay Thompson  205.989.4944

NEWS RELEASE

D!scover ITT JOINS PEARSON VUE NETWORK TO OFFER ACCESSIBLE AND SECURE CERTIFICATION TESTING 


February 26, 2015  D!scover ITT has signed an agreement with Pearson VUE, the computer-based testing (CBT) business of Pearson, to test candidates pursuing key industry certifications from leading IT programs, such as Cisco, CompTIA, EMC, HP, LPI, Oracle and VMware.

Pearson VUE believes testing and certification is at the heart of the learning experience, and D!scover ITT will play its part by offering accessible and secure testing to candidates. 

Pearson VUE's advanced system administers exams on behalf of hundreds of businesses, boards and organizations around the globe through the world's largest most secure test center network. The system enables candidates to register and reschedule their tests online or through a Pearson VUE call center. 

"We're very excited about our new partnership with Pearson VUE, said Ron Whitney, President of D!scover ITT. "The Pearson VUE Testing System is the most powerful available and gives us unparalleled control and flexibility over our ability to manage our business our way and the agreement means we can easily offer same-day testing, or bring testing to our customers'locations. We're pleased to partner with a company whose industry status, technology and passion for excellence will allow us to provide even greater service for our customers."

The list of certification tests available from test sponsors through the Pearson VUE system is continually growing. Test results are quickly transmitted back, ensuring the candidate's certification status is promptly updated.

Ray Murray, Vice President - Business Development, Pearson VUE said, "We are proud to welcome D!scover ITT to the rapidly growing global network of Pearson VUE Authorized Test Centers. Together, we are providing even more candidates with the opportunity to obtain meaningful certifications and advance their careers." 

Pearson VUE delivery of exams has continued to increase rapidly in recent years, with the company delivering 10 million exams in 2011.
 
for more information contact: Ron Whitney, rwhitney@discoveritt.com, 205-989-4944

About Pearson VUE:

Pearson VUE Authorized Test Centers are privately owned, third-party testing facilities which provide on-site, on-demand testing for certification and professional licensure exams.

Pearson VUE provides a full suite of services from test development to data management, and delivers exams through the world's most comprehensive and secure network of test centers in more than 175 countries. Pearson VUE is a business of Pearson (NYSE: PSO; LSE: PSON), the international education company, whose businesses also include the Financial Times Group, Pearson Education and the Penguin Group.

 

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