NEWS - MAY 2013
Western & Southern Names Cris Collinsworth National Spokesperson
Western & Southern Financial Group May 29, 2013
CINCINNATI, May 29, 2013 — /PRNewswire/ — Western & Southern Financial Group (Western & Southern) has signed a multi-year agreement with Cris Collinsworth to become its national spokesperson.
“Cris is without a doubt one of the most recognizable, well liked and knowledgeable broadcasters working today,” said John F. Barrett, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Western & Southern. “His credibility, approachability and trust provide an ideal match with our company’s core values. We are extremely pleased to have Cris on board as our national spokesperson.”
Collinsworth recently won his 14th Sports Emmy for his work as lead analyst on NBC Sunday Night Football. “I welcome the opportunity for a long-term relationship with Western & Southern as a leader in its industry,” Collinsworth said. “The company has an outstanding reputation and I look forward to helping it build quality results.”
Collinsworth was an All-American wide receiver at the University of Florida before joining the Cincinnati Bengals in 1981. After eight seasons, two Super Bowl appearances and three Pro Bowls, Collinsworth retired and began a very successful career in broadcasting.
“Cris has a natural style that is approachable, practical and straightforward,” Barrett added. “Such attributes are perfectly suited for building our company’s brand and enhancing connections between our field agents and their customers and prospects. This partnership with Cris is a significant part of Western & Southern’s efforts to expand and grow our efforts to serve middle-income Americans.”
Plans are yet to be finalized, but Western & Southern is planning to develop marketing materials and promotional programs during the summer that it expects to introduce during the 2013 Western & Southern Open in August.
About Western & Southern Financial Group
Beginning as The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company in 1888 in Cincinnati, Western & Southern Financial Group (Western & Southern) is marking its 125th anniversary in business and is now a Fortune 500 diversified family of financial services companies with assets owned and managed in excess of $60 billion as of March 31, 2013. Western & Southern’s six life insurance subsidiaries (The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company, Western-Southern Life Assurance Company, Columbus Life Insurance Company, Integrity Life Insurance Company, The Lafayette Life Insurance Company and National Integrity Life Insurance Company) maintain the following financial strength ratings: Standard & Poor’s AA+ Very Strong (currently the highest rating held by any life insurance company and making Western & Southern one of the eight highest-rated life insurance groups in the world), A.M. Best A+ Superior, Fitch AA Very Strong and Moody’s1 Aa3 Excellent. All of Western & Southern’s life insurance companies have a Comdex Ranking of 97. Other member companies include Eagle Realty Group, LLC; Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc.;2 IFS Financial Services, Inc.; Peppertree Partners LLC; 2 Touchstone Advisors, Inc.;2 Touchstone Securities, Inc.;3 W&S Brokerage Services, Inc.; 3 and W&S Financial Group Distributors, Inc. For more information on the Western & Southern family of companies, visit www.westernsouthern.com. Western & Southern is the title sponsor of the Western & Southern Open (www.wsopen.com) tennis tournament, a premier event in the U.S. Open Series featuring the world’s top-ranked professional male and female players.
NFL ‘Hall of Famer’ Howie Long to Speak at Bally Technologies’ Systems User Conference 10
Press Release May 16, 2013
LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 16, 2013–
Bally Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: BYI), a leader in slots, video machines, casino-management, interactive applications, and networked and server-based systems for the global gaming industry, today announced that FOX NFL Sunday analyst and former Oakland Raider defensive end Howie Long will be the keynote speaker at its Systems User Conference 10, which will be held at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. June 4-6.
NFL ‘Hall of Famer’ Howie Long to speak at Bally Technologies’ Systems User Conference 10 June 5 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. (Photo: Business Wire)
Long joined the Los Angeles Raiders as a second-round draft choice in 1981. He spent his entire 13-year NFL career with the Raiders and is regarded as one of the best defensive lineman to play the game. Long helped the Raiders to a Super Bowl XVIII win by posting a career-best 13 sacks and registering five Super Bowl tackles. He was voted by fans as the 1984 and 1986 Defensive Lineman of the Year and was named 1984 NFL Defensive Lineman of the Year by the NFL Alumni Association. Long also holds the AFC Pro Bowl record with nine-and-a-half career sacks. In 2000, Long was inducted into the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The celebrated athlete began his network sports television career in 1994 as an NFL studio analyst for Fox NFL Sunday and is considered one of the top NFL analysts. He received an Emmy Award for his work last season as Outstanding Sports Personality/Analyst. Long co-starred in the 1995 action-adventure film, Broken Arrow, starring John Travolta and Christian Slater; and starred in the 1998 motion picture Firestorm.
Long will deliver the keynote address at 6:30 p.m. EDT on June 5.
“Howie is known for his upbeat, outgoing personality, tenacity, and energy, as well as his football and business acumen,” said Dan Savage, Bally Technologies’ Vice President of Corporate Marketing. “He has been driven to succeed throughout his life, which is an inspiration to his colleagues, his fans, and people around the country. His unique philosophy and storytelling style is guaranteed to electrify the room.”
Bally Technologies will celebrate its 10(th) anniversary of Systems User Conferences during the two-day event, held for the first time this year on the East Coast at Mohegan Sun. The learning-driven conference is highlighted by expert speakers, customer case studies, valuable insight, hands-on training, and numerous opportunities to network with peers, gaming-solution providers, and Bally technology experts.
“Driving Innovation,” this year’s conference theme, demonstrates how Bally’s trailblazing technology solutions can connect invitees’ entire gaming world.
To register for Bally Technologies’ Systems User Conference, visit
Sponsors of this year’s Systems User Conference are the following, in alphabetical order: Agilysys, AGT, AVNET Embedded, Axiomtek, BCM Advanced Research, Bsquare, CAMS, Card Scanning Solutions, eConnect, FutureLogic, GCA, HP, IBM, JCM Global, MICROS Systems, Inc., NEWave, NRT, Opera Solutions, SightLine Payments/Vantiv, Seneca, Stratus Technologies, Tangam Systems, TekVisions, Touch Dynamic, and TransAct Technologies Incorporated.
About Bally Technologies, Inc.
With a history dating back to 1932, Las Vegas-based Bally Technologies designs, manufactures, operates, and distributes advanced gaming devices, systems and technology solutions worldwide. Bally’s product line includes reel-spinning slot machines, video slots, wide-area progressives, interactive and mobile applications, and Class II, lottery, and central-determination games and platforms. Bally also offers an array of casino management, slot accounting, bonusing, cashless and table management solutions. For more information, please contact Laura Olson-Reyes, Senior Director, Marketing & Corporate Communications, at 702-584-7742, or visit http://www.ballytech.com. Connect with Bally on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.
This news release may contain “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and is subject to the safe harbor created thereby. Such information involves important risks and uncertainties that could significantly affect the results in the future and, accordingly, such results may differ from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Future operating results may be adversely affected as a result of a number of risks that are detailed from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to update the information in this press release and represents that the information is only valid as of today’s date.
Congrats to Collinsworth, a 14th Emmy!
John Kiesewetter May 8th, 2013
Cris Collinsworth won his 14th Sports Emmy last night — and his fifth consecutive for Outstanding Sports Personality-Sports Event Analyst – for his work on NBC’s top-rated “Sunday Night Football.”
The Emmy collection at his Fort Thomas home also includes wins in 2007 and 2008 as best Studio Analyst for NBC’s “Football Night in America.”
The NBC Sports Group won 11 Sports Emmy Awards last night in New York, the most of any sports media company for the third straight year.
NBC was honored for the London Summer Olympics (five Emmys, including Outstanding Live Event Turnaround); Super Bowl XLVII (Outstanding Live Sports Special); “Sunday Night Football” (fifth consecutive award for Outstanding Live Sports Series); and individual awards for Bob Costas, Al Michaels, Pierre McGuire and Collinsworth.
Collinsworth still has a way to go to catch up with Costas, who received his 25th career Emmy and fifth consecutive for Outstanding Sports Personality-Studio Host. He hosted the London Olympics, and hosts “Football Night in America” and NBC Sports Network’s ”Costas Tonight.”
Michaels won Outstanding Sports Personality – Play-by-Play, his seventh career Emmy.
TBS won three Sports Emmys, including two for March Madness. (In case you missed it, TBS will air the NCAA basketball semifinals in 2014 and 2015, and carry the entire Final Four & national championship game in 2016. Here’s the link to the TBS/CBS announcement.)
Here’s a link to all winners at the 34th Annual Sports Emmy Awards at New York’s Lincoln Center last night.