Elements Behavioral Health Promotes Robert Weiss to Senior Vice President of Clinical Development

Long Beach, CA (PRWEB) March 20, 2013

This month, clinician, author and international speaker on addictive disorders, Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, is being promoted from Director of Intimacy and Sexual Disorders Services to Senior Vice President of Clinical Development for the Elements Behavioral Health system.

Since partnering with Elements Behavioral Health in 2010, Mr. Weiss has developed a number of cutting-edge, highly successful intimacy and sexual disorders programs including The Center for Relationship and Sexual Recovery at The Ranch in Tennessee, which houses gender-separate programs for men and women struggling with sex, relationship and intimacy disorders, and the Stimulant and Sexual Disorders Program at Promises Malibu, a specialized program for men who consistently fuse stimulant and party drug abuse with relapse-related sexual behavior patterns.

In his new role, Mr. Weiss will continue developing innovative sex, intimacy and attachment disorders programming while working to enhance existing clinical programs to ensure that each one meets Elements Behavioral Healths high standards of clinical excellence. On an ongoing basis, Mr. Weiss will evaluate, support and oversee the therapeutic efficacy and progressive growth of the Elements Behavioral Health family of clinical programs. He will work to elevate treatment outcomes companywide, ensuring that the multiple behavioral, addiction and mental health concerns that clients present with are matched with the expertise required for long-term healing.

Our partnership with Rob has allowed us to provide specialized, highly effective treatment for a wide range of addictive behaviors, said David Sack, MD, the CEO of Elements Behavioral Health. Our clients and their loved ones will be well-served with Rob overseeing clinical development for all of our programs. He is a true visionary in the field and shares our values of clinical excellence, innovation, respect and exceptional service.

I truly thought that having the words corporate and health care in the same sentence was an oxymoron until I joined Elements, said Mr. Weiss. I was wrong and am learning that we can evolve truly effective, useful and sound clinical work within a larger framework. And for me personally, it doesnt get better than having Dr. Sack, who is an addiction psychiatrist, as a role model and leader, not to mention the quality treatment teams he has helped to develop. Dr. Sack and the Elements team understand and support my goal of offering cutting-edge, evidenced-based, meaningful treatment to those who entrust their lives and healing to us.

This has already been a busy and productive year for Mr. Weiss. In addition to his new role at Elements, Mr. Weiss completed Cruise Control: Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men, a complete revision of his first book, which addresses the challenges of gay male sex addicts in relationship to social media, smartphone apps, meth addiction and gay marriage, none of which were on the radar when the book first came out in 2005. Now, Cruise Control has become a definitive resource for any gay man, spouse or clinician wishing to better understand how the problem of sex addiction is reflected specifically among gay men and how to approach treatment with this population.

This summer, Mr. Weiss next book, Closer Together, Further Apart: The Effect of Technology and the Internet on Sex, Intimacy and Relationships, will be released. It is a non-judgmental, humanistic view of how peoples lives have been affected by the tech-connect boom of the past two decades. The book has a generational focus, looking at the relationship and cultural differences between those who grew up with a computer in their hands and digital non-natives. The book also provides an in-depth look at the ways in which digital technology is affecting sex, dating, relationships and intimacy in 2013, compared to the pre-digital media age of just 25 years ago.

About Robert Weiss

Mr. Weiss is the founder of the Sexual Recovery Institute in Los Angeles, Calif. He is widely considered one of the nations foremost experts on sex and technology addictions along with the intimacy disorders that often underlie these problems. A media expert to CNN, The Oprah Winfrey Network, ESPN, The New York Times, ESPN and the Today Show, among others, Mr. Weiss also has provided clinical training and program development for the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. military, and behavioral treatment centers throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

About The Ranch

Since 1997, The Ranch has provided comprehensive therapeutic programs that treat the underlying causes of eating disorders, addictions and other self-defeating behaviors. The Ranch offers innovative therapies to address the multidimensional aspects of the whole person while teaching personal accountability in a safe, nurturing, real-life environment. Located on a working horse ranch in the beautiful rolling hills of Nunnelly, Tennessee, The Ranch offers programs with a variable length of stay, which allows each client to anchor new recovery behaviors needed for lasting change. For more information about The Ranch, call (866) 381-8447 or visit http://www.recoveryranch.com.

About Promises Treatment Centers

Promises Treatment Centers in Malibu and West Los Angeles are the premier addiction treatment centers in southern California. Led by some of the countrys leading addiction specialists, Promises has built an international reputation for innovative addiction treatment and exceptional service. Whether an individual requires detox, residential drug rehab, outpatient treatment, extended care or a sober living environment, Promises has been a drug rehabilitation center of choice for more than 25 years. For more information about Promises Treatment Centers, call (877) 351-7506 or visit http://www.promises.com.

About The Sexual Recovery Institute

The Sexual Recovery Institute is the nations premier outpatient program for men and women struggling with relationship, love and sex addiction. Based in Los Angeles, California, the institute offers confidential, affordable and gender-specific programs that encourage healthy sexuality and intimacy, including two-week intensives and individual, group and couples treatment. For more information about The Sexual Recovery Institute, call (866) 819-7849 or visit http://www.sexualrecovery.com.

The Ranch, Promises Treatment Centers and The Sexual Recovery Institute are part of Elements Behavioral Health, a family of behavioral health care programs that also includes The Recovery Place, Spirit Lodge and Right Step. Elements offers comprehensive, innovative treatment for substance abuse, sexual addiction, trauma, eating disorders and other mental health disorders. We are committed to delivering clinically sophisticated treatment that promotes permanent lifestyle change, not only for the client but for the entire family system. For more information about Elements Behavioral Health, visit http://www.elementsbehavioralhealth.com.







Waypoint Homes, Inc. Promotes Managing Director Gary Beasley to Chief Executive Officer


Oakland, CA (PRWEB) January 28, 2013

The Board of Directors of Waypoint Homes, Inc., a pioneer in the REO to rental industry, announced today that Gary Beasley has been named President and Chief Executive Officer. Beasley will be supported by Chief Operating Officer Scott Gable, Chief Technology Officer Ali Nazar, recently appointed Chief Financial Officer Nina Tran, and by Doug Brien and Colin Wiel in their roles as co-founders and managing directors.

Beasley joined Waypoint as a managing director in late 2011 and played a key role in securing the companys partnership with Menlo Park-based private equity firm GI Partners, which represented the first large institutional investment into the single family rental (SFR) industry, as well as the milestone $ 245 million revolving credit facility with Citi that Waypoint announced in October 2012.

Garys track record of building high growth companies combined with his investment and public company leadership experience makes him the natural choice to lead Waypoint as we continue expanding, said Doug Brien. Colin Wiel added, Our assets under management more than doubled in 2012 and we expect continued growth in 2013. Weve been operating effectively under a rather unconventional structure with three managing directors running the firm. We understand that as we mature we need to adopt a more conventional structure, and were confident that this streamlined organizational structure is the right one to support that significant growth trajectory.

Its been incredibly satisfying to see our investment strategy validated through the emergence of the single family rental market as an institutional asset class over the past year, said Beasley. Doug and Colin have done an amazing job building Waypoint from the ground up. Im honored and excited to lead Waypoint into its next chapter, and my goal is to build on our legacy of innovation in our space and to ensure Waypoint remains at the forefront of our industry for many years to come.

Before joining Waypoint, Beasley served as a partner with Geolo Capital, the private equity arm of the John A. Pritzker family, where he helped orchestrate the firms investment into Joie de Vivre Hospitality, the second largest boutique hotel chain in the U.S. He served as the chains CEO for a year prior to its successful merger with NY-based Thompson Hotels. Prior to joining Geolo, Beasley served as CFO and then president of the pioneering Internet-based residential brokerage ZipRealty (NASDAQ: ZIPR), which now ranks as one of the largest residential brokers in the U.S. Under Beasleys leadership ZipRealty grew from 40 to over 2,000 employees and executed a successful IPO. In addition to his previous CEO role at solar technology start-up Greenvolts, other past positions include key roles at KSL Resorts (a $ 2 billion KKR-backed resort/leisure enterprise), Security Capital Group (REIT pioneer), and LaSalle Partners Limited (predecessor company to Jones Lang LaSalle).

We are proud to be on the leading edge of helping to create a new institutional asset class through our partnership with Waypoint, said Rick Magnuson, board member of Waypoint Homes and executive managing director of GI Partners. Gary has brought great experience and strategic thinking to Waypoint. With Gary, Colin, Doug and the entire Waypoint teams support, we have purchased over 2,000 homes since early 2012.

About Waypoint Homes: Based in Oakland, Calif., Waypoint Homes (http://www.waypointhomes.com) has created a next-generation real estate company with an innovative business model to help address the lack of liquidity contributing to the prolonged U.S. housing crisis. The Waypoint solution centers on buying distressed single-family houses, renovating them, and then leasing them to residents via innovative leasing programs that are designed to provide a path to future home ownership for the residents. A leader in the emerging REO-to-rental industry since its founding in 2008, Waypoints portfolio includes more than 3,000 homes in five states; the company is rapidly expanding operations in targeted cities nationwide.







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Merit Property Management Promotes Augi Yi to San Francisco Business Unit Leader


San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) March 01, 2012

Merit Property Management, a FirstService Residential Management company, announces the promotion of Augi Yi to San Francisco Business Unit Leader. Yi oversees the San Francisco market for Merits current association community management clients and is now responsible for coordinating and supervising new contracts, maintaining client relations and spearheading Merits continued growth throughout San Franciscos high-rise, urban and mixed-use communities.

Yi previously worked as Merits General Manager of Park Terrace, BLU at 631 Folsom Street and Regional Manager of Merits San Francisco Business Unit.

Augi has a demonstrated track record of exceeding client expectations through his work with urban clients in San Francisco, states Tony Woltman, Merits Senior Vice President, Northern California. Yi offers the type of energy and enthusiasm we need to further assist our client base in San Francisco.

Yi graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and holds the professional designation of Certified Community Association Manager (CCAM?) from the California Association of Community Managers.

Yi will be working out of Merits downtown San Francisco office located at 50 California Street, 35th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111.

Merit was voted as one of the Best Companies to Work for in 2009, 2010 and 2011, as recognized by the OC Business Journal.

About Merit Property Management

Since 1980, Merit has grown to be one of the foremost providers of professional community association services in the Western States. Merit specializes in the forward planning and management of master planned, single family home/condominiums, active adult, and urban high- and mid-rise communities as well as rental property management for investors (http://www.meritrental.com).

Merit is a subsidiary of FirstService Residential Management (FSR). FSR is the largest manager of residential communities in North America, overseeing more than 5,600 properties and over 1.3 million residential units.

FSR is a subsidiary of FirstService Corporation (NASDAQ: FSRV, TSX: FSV), a global leader in the rapidly growing real estate services sector, providing a variety of services in commercial real estate, residential property management and property services. More information about FirstService is available at http://www.firstservice.com.

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