Advertising Agency – Results Driven Marketing, LLC Continues Explosive Growth

SEO, PPC, Inbound Marketing, and Content Creation are fueling the improvement. New marketing related website acquisitions will help foster the growth!

Any advertising or marketing agency can generate impressions to the website. Only the good agencies can deliver clients, and then prove it! ”

— Janeene L. High, CEO

PHILADELPHIA, PA, UNITED STATES, July 31, 2017 / — Results Driven Marketing, LLC an award winning premier digital marketing agency located in center city Philadelphia, PA announced today their revenue projection for 2017 has improved dramatically, they are expanding their office, and they are in negotiations to ink an exclusive partnership with a large sales agency.

Thus far Results Driven Marketing™ has grown at a rapid pace in 2017. The company increased its staff to 15, and growth through the 2nd quarter is topping 80%. If the trend continues, 2017 should close out with revenues exceeding the previous year by at least that much.

As a result, Janeene High, Results Driven Marketing*, CEO, recently signed another lease agreement with PMC Property Group and the company is planning to expand its office size.

The meteoric rise of RDM as one of Philadelphia’s leading digital marketing agencies began in late 2013 when RDM was formed by CEO Janeene High along with today’s managing partner Mike Bannan.

The High Bannan duo produced remarkable results in their first full year business. Within that time frame, RDM gained exclusive marketing rights for law firms, franchise owners in multiple industries including home care and other small to medium-sized businesses. Back then, High and Bannan operated out of a small office of about 600 ft.

During 2014, RDM achieved some key milestones. The third full-time employee was hired, and the client base grew dramatically. Many of those clients are still with RDM today.

In late 2014 RDM incorporated the slogan Turning Clicks Into Clients® into their business philosophy. The slogan was based on High and Bannan’s firm belief that statistical information – such as the number of visitors to come to your website – are not as important to the small business owner as getting new clients. For High and the Results Driven Marketing Team begins with the question, “Do you want clicks or do you want clients?”

Businesses want clients.

In 2015 RDM gained serious momentum and growth. New clients were signed, revenues increased, and two new employees were hired. Revenues surpassed the million-dollar mark and due to the significant growth and new personnel RDM moved to the 2040 Market St. location.

During these first two years of rapid new client acquisition, RDM also installed a customer service philosophy that fostered retention. The numbers for retention peaked at over 95% for the existing business.

In 2016 RDM continued to add customers and employees. Revenues increased another 58% above the previous year, and this Increased growth forced RDM to increase its office space again. By the end of 2016, there were eight employees.
By year’s end, RDM applied for a trademark of the slogan “Turning Clicks Into Clients.” Their new search engine optimization director Steve Myers – a.k.a. Dr. Digital ** – was hired to help plan and chart the course for future innovation.

2017 has seen that innovation lead to further growth, revenue, and development. Year-to-date growth is exceeding 80%.

If the trend continues, 2017 should close out with revenues exceeding the 2016 year by at that much and more. And the company’s created an effective set of SEO fueled digital marketing services that are all driven by the same results that RDM’s philosophy is founded on: Turning Clicks Into Clients.

Further this year, the company purchased two existing marketing websites that will be used in their growth strategy. The company also went into BETA Testing for its SEO metric called the RD-Metric.

With a 15-person staff, the company is expanding its offices by another thirty-two percent on September 1, 2017. This new space will house existing personnel and new personnel that are currently being groomed for this expansion.

With the new space, and expanded team in place exciting new products are forthcoming from Results Driven Marketing, LLC that will revolutionize how small businesses are found on the internet!

Interested in learning more about how RDM can help your business grow using internet fuel? Contact RDM for a complimentary 45-minute consultation and marketing diagnosis. Ask for Janeene, Mike or “Dr. Digital.” Call 215-393-8700 or email to or contact us using our live agent 24-hours a day.

* Results Driven Marketing™ is in the process of being registered as a trademark of Results Driven Marketig, LLC.
** Dr. Digital™ is the process of being a registered trademark and symbol Of Results Driven Marketing, LLC.
** Turning Clicks Into Clients is a registered Trademark of Results Driven Marketing, LLC

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Results Driven Marketing, LLC
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Inventing Eco-Futures Course is offered

Cinematic course on Inventing Eco-Futures is being offered by award-winning filmmaker Christopher Zelov.
Dynamic learning opportunity for hungry minds.

The Universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”

— Eden Phillpotts

PHILADELPHIA, PA, USA, July 31, 2017 / — Date: 31 July 2017
Contact: Christopher Zelov at: 484-554-4710 
Inventing Eco-Futures Course:

Based on over 25 years of original cinematic production from an award-winning filmmaker,
this course taps into the Eco-Visionary mind from a deep time and deep design perspective.

Taking the student on a epic journey into the collective intelligence gleaned from the pioneers
who have brought forth new forms of Architecture and social organization from the ongoing design revolution.

This is a exploration and illumination of the conceptual good news at the fertile intersection of Nature, Technology, and Humanity.

Topics covered include:

-Profiles of Key Pioneers
-Design Science Revolution (Buckminster Fuller)
-Ecological Design Dynamics
-Creating Eco-Villages
-New Concepts in Cine-Architecture
-The Imaginarium for the Regenerative City
-The Long Now Perspective
-The Best of Regenerative Design
-New Inventions in the field
-Urban Eco-Districts
-Edge-Ucation and the Future of Design

Christopher Zelov
Knossus Project
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Eco-Design: Inventing the Future

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Experience the World: Culture & Education at the Dinner Table

PORTLAND, OR, UNITED STATES, July 31, 2017 / — Ahnnyeonghase-yo. Hej. Namaste. Hello. A greeting in any language implies the same thing; yet what makes each of them unique is the culture surrounding these everyday words. And each of these cultures are breathtaking to get to know; providing a spark of inspiration and warmth in our lives. ETC offers such an opportunity – hosting a student would mean to take in an international student for a brief term as a member of the family. Host families and students are encouraged to engage with each other as warmly and welcoming as possible; exchanging their respective cultures through pictures, stories, food, and affection.

The philosophy of ETC is to promote international goodwill and understanding through international student exchange experiences. It is our staunch belief that participating as a host to a student needing a home to stay will foster understanding and friendship between international cultures.

Education at the Dinner Table:
While in school one may memorize the various gendered pronouns of the Spanish language, or learn how to differentiate between the many homophones present in the English language; true learning of culture and life happens socially. This is especially true for life at home – whether it be through conversation at the dinner table, a small thank you whilst sharing the chores, or through showing each other humorous videos, daily life in a host family will impact the core of each exchange student and expand their worldview. These lessons are not only restricted to the student; families as well will learn about the many nuances present in a strange culture, and change the way they perceive their world.

Travelling Without Leaving Home:
A ticket to Iceland may be out of your price range; a week in Japan may be unthinkable when considering how expensive hotels are. Hosting negates all of these costs and difficulties that arise from planning a trip abroad, as families are allowed to bring a small part of this foreign culture straight into their living room. No longer will Korea or Honduras be a mere name on the map, but a dear second home that elicits countless warm memories spent with your student.

Foreign Partners:
ETC closely works with carefully screened, experienced agents that work diligently in each of the countries that offer students for hosting. Each agent painstakingly screens and examines each of the students and offers them with an orientation so that the students will be able to adjust to the United States with minimal difficulty. When the student finally arrives stateside, our partner organizations will always be available to act as a friendly liaison and counselor between the host family, ETC, and the student’s natural parents.

Special Activities:
We are highly involved with each of the host families and students that are part of the ETC family. ETC hosts fall welcome parties, monthly local activities, themed holiday parties, five (optional) trips every year, and a spring farewell picnic – all of which are available to ETC Local Coordinators, host families, and students, as a way to encourage bonding within a family-like atmosphere.

American Public High Schools:
ETC maintains a strict standard for those students who will be attending American public high schools on a J-1 visa. Each student will be placed within such a high school in their homestay community and will be required to take classes in English and American History or Civics. They are not permitted to take ESL or English immersion classes. Those students who are unable to maintain a C average are required to hire a tutor at their own expense.

Financial Responsibilities:
Host families are not required to take on the burden of the student’s financial expenses. Every student possesses comprehensive medical insurance, and are required to pay for their own personal expenses, which include but are not limited to school activity charges, class fees, clothing expenses, travel expenses, entertainment allowances, bus passes, long distance phone charges, and lunches purchased at the school. Each host family is considered as a volunteer, and are not expected to pay for such student expenses.

Learning About the World, at Home:
Each ETC foreign exchange student is brave and willing to leave family and friends for nearly ten months to broaden their horizons and learn about the culture of the United States. By considering a new short term addition to the family, host families can help courageous students out immensely, whilst learning similar things to the student themselves.

ETC is now accepting host family applications for both five-month and ten-month students. Each student speaks a proficient level of English, has been carefully screened, and will attend the host family’s local high school. Each student arrives fully covered by medical insurance and possesses their own spending money.

About Education, Travel & Culture:
Education, Travel & Culture is a non-profit [501 (c)(3)] educational exchange organization. Its purpose is to promote international understanding and goodwill by providing high quality educational and cultural exchange programs in the United States and abroad. ETC provides inbound program opportunities for high school students throughout the world to study in an American high school and live with an American family.

For more information, FAQs or even to apply to become a host family, visit or email Field Director, Brenda Ferland at

Sarah Rohler
Education, Travel & Culture
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ETC Is Your Opportunity to Experience the World

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Antigua and Barbuda bring English Harbour to Sag Harbor

The Hamptons is an important community and market for Antigua and Barbuda, particularly as it shares many of qualities and aesthetics.”

— Hon. Asot A. Michael, Minister of Tourism

NEW YORK, NY, USA, July 31, 2017 / — Antigua and Barbuda brought “English Harbour to Sag Harbor,” in the Hamptons over the course of the weekend through various events to ultimately raise visibility of the twin island nation to this influential community, and inspire many to visit. The weekend began with a successful evening with the Hampton elite to establish connections with the influencers and celebrities, on July 21 at leading restaurant, The Palm East Hampton. The event was held to share the dynamic vision of the tourism industry to transform the twin island nation into an economic powerhouse as well as having the guests learn about Antigua and Barbuda, the culture, and various opportunities for investment with the rapid growth.

Sag Harbor is a flagship sailing community, as is English Harbour in Antigua and Barbuda, playing host to the Caribbean’s most exciting regatta, Antigua Sailing Week, inspiring the country to host the third Antigua Barbuda Hamptons Challenge Regatta on Saturday, July 22. The Antigua Barbuda Hamptons Challenge offers the biggest sailing prize in the Northeast with the winning Captain and Crew of 5 winning an all-expense paid trip to sail in Antigua Sailing Week 2018.

Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy, Asot Michael addressing the crowd at the Awards Cocktail and Antigua Barbuda Hamptons Challenge.

To offer Sag Harbor a taste of the excitement of the Challenge, as well as a slice of Caribbean culture through music and food, Antigua and Barbuda hosted a Caribbean Cocktail Awards Party at Havens Beach. The cocktail party featured a live band from Antigua, as well as food and drinks inspired by the destination. All of the attendees were provided gifts and as an added bonus, the event featured a Chinese auction, with many amazing prizes including a 5-night/5-day stay at a 5-star luxury property in Antigua, the Inn at English Harbour. During the evening, the prize for the race was turned into a raffle for participants as adverse weather forced organizers to abandon the race. Minister Michael chose the winners with the help of CEO, of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Colin James.

Antigua and Barbuda was also a headline participant of the RAND Aston Martin Private Brunch in the Hamptons on Saturday, July 22, at a private estate in the Hamptons. The event showcased the latest models from Aston Martin with exclusive luxury brands, including Antigua and Barbuda. Guests were treated to two signature cocktails to provide a slice of Antigua and Barbuda flavor with, “Ticket to Paradise,” and “Romance in the Caribbean,” featuring award-winning Antigua rum, English Harbour.

“The Hamptons is an important community and market for Antigua and Barbuda, particularly as it shares many of qualities and aesthetics. Through these various events across the Hamptons this weekend, we’ve been able to raise visibility for our wonderful twin island destination, building meaningful connections, and inspiring all to visit and discover firsthand everything we have to offer: from our stunning 365 beaches, premiere sailing facilities, inspiring gastronomy, and hands down the best hospitality bar none. We look forward to greeting them in Antigua and Barbuda over the coming weeks and months and providing them all unforgettable experiences,” said the Honorable Asot A. Michael, Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy at the evening.

PHOTO: Party goers with Antigua Band Ricardo at Awards Cocktail Party

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Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, North America
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1Dental $500 Scholarship Offering

FORT WORTH , TX, UNITED STATES, July 31, 2017 / — Students can now apply for 1Dental’s $500 scholarship for the 2018 school year by visiting and filling out an application.

"At 1Dental, we really value building up people—our employees, our community, businesses we work with. We believe this scholarship is another way we can give back to the community by building up students who pursue higher education,” said CEO Randall Meinen. “It also offers us great insight into how students feel about dental and health issues that we can take and apply to our products and services to better serve people."

The application can be found on 1Dental’s website and should be completed online by December 21, 2017. Students must be enrolled as a high school senior, college student or graduate student to be eligible and must be a resident in the U.S. One winner will be chosen and announced on January 8, 2018.

“This is our fourth year offering this scholarship,” said Marketing Director Aaron McWilliams. “We believe education is a valuable thing and wanted to help students looking for scholarships by offering one of our own.”

1Dental is headquartered in Haltom City, TX, and was incorporated in 1997 by current CEO Randall Meinen. The primary goal of 1Dental is to offer dental patients nationwide access to affordable, reputable and longstanding discount dental plans.

Natasha Gayle, Outreach Coordinator
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Actress Lisa Chandler joins an ensemble cast in S.W.A.T.: UNDER SIEGE

VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA, July 31, 2017 / —

The Drug War Hits Home in the Explosive Action-Thriller being released on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital August 1, 2017

Starring Sam Jaeger, Adrianne Palicki and Michael Jai White

Stunt actor Lisa Chandler also adds thrills on Altered Carbon, Lucifer, Supergirl and Supernatural  

When the drug war hits home, the tables are turned in the explosive action-thriller S.W.A.T.: UNDER SIEGE, available to own on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital August 1 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the latest high-octane adventure in the S.W.A.T. franchise, LAPD’s Special Weapons and Tactics team (S.W.A.T.) must defend their compound from a series of assault units seeking to recover a mysterious prisoner with ties to a powerful drug cartel.

Lisa Chandler plays Phoenix, a tough S.W.A.T. officer who considers her team family members in S.W.A.T.: UNDER SIEGE. Phoenix is a “tough chick” who loves to crack the dirty jokes with the gang and stops at nothing to carry out a fully completed mission, even if that means being bold and taking one for the team. Lisa also completes the stunts for her character.

Starring Sam Jaeger (TV’s “Parenthood,” American Sniper), Adrianne Palicki (TV’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” John Wick) and Michael Jai White (Never Back Down series, The Dark Knight), S.W.A.T.: UNDER SIEGE features hard-hitting performances, hair-trigger suspense, and intense combat and gunfight sequences action fans won’t want to miss. Produced by Neal H. Moritz (Fast and the Furious series, S.W.A.T., S.W.A.T.: Firefight), S.W.A.T.: UNDER SIEGE was directed by Tony Giglio (Extraction, Chaos) and written by Jonas Barnes (Babysitter Wanted) and Keith Domingue and produced by Neal H. Moritz, Vicki Sotheran (30 Days of Night: Dark Days, Hollow Man II) and Greg Malcolm (30 Days of Night: Dark Days, Hollow Man II). Executive producer is Jonas Barnes.

From Anne Hathaway to Charlize Theron and a host of many others in-between, Lisa’s career has enabled her to work with some of Hollywood’s A-list actors. Lisa is a multi-talented performer who switches gears from stunts to acting, and incorporates the two depending on the role. In Tully,she worked with Oscar Award winner Charlize Theron where she performed water stunts. She doubled Margaret Qualley on the thriller film Death Note, as well as Elizabeth Lail on Dead of Summer.

As Vancouver stunt actor Lisa, is currently extremely busy with roles on Supergirl doubling Chyler Leigh and The Crossing doubling Natalie Martinez. Lisa plays seducer, Mary Lou Henchy, in the newly anticipated Netflix series Altered Carbon which is set in the future where consciousness is digitized and stored in cortical stacks implanted in the spine, allowing humans to survive physical death by having their memories and consciousness "re-sleeved" into new bodies.

If you have watched Once Upon a Time, Man in the High Castle, Bates Motel, Fifty Shades Darker, Britney Ever After or Aftermath, you have seen Lisa’s stunt work in action. Lisa also stunt doubled for Rose Marie DeWitt on the spine-chilling horror film Poltergeist, in which she also got to work alongside Sam Rockwell. Lisa has also been a part of many Lifetime and Hallmark films and is a regular with the Supernatural team working with Jared Padalecki and Jenson Ackles ‘fighting them and demons’ for over 17 episodes.

Lisa’s acting credits also include Lucifer, Reign, Motive, Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Lost Without You, and Random Acts of Romance, just to name a few.

Lisa’s workout is not your ordinary regimen. “As a stunt performer, training is 90% of the job and filming is 10%”, says Lisa. She trains in the water doing free-diving/scuba, film fighting, wirework, boxing, MMA and anything that challenges and prepares her for what may come. Lisa’s motto is “Anything is possible in the world of stunts so be ready”.

Lisa grew up in Kelowna, BC and Peterborough, Ontario, and now resides in Vancouver, BC.

For more information, photographs and interviews please contact:
Lesley Diana | | 604-726-5575

S.W.A.T.: UNDER SIEGE has a run time of approximately 89 minutes and is rated R for violence and language throughout.

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Artwork and digital clips are available for download at

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BASCO Expands to New Shores in Western Australia and Thailand

Online Boat Auctions, The Way Forward

Sell Your Boat Faster with Online Boat Auctions

Marine Online Auctions appoints BASCO to new territories after exceeding expectations

We are excited to expand our geographic presence and provide access to online marine auctions to a broader audience of boat owners.”

— William Schick

SENTOSA COVE, SINGAPORE, July 31, 2017 / — BASCO, a trusted online boat auctions advisory and top independent boating consultancy based in Asia, expands to Western Australia and Thailand after a successful first six months.

Marine Auctions Pty Ltd appointed BASCO’s William Schick as their Western Australian agent on 31 July 2017 after increasing demand from potential sellers.

“William was appointed the agent for South East Asia six months ago and has obtained results well in excess of our expectations,” said Director of Marine Auctions Adrian Seiffert.

With the expansion, BASCO has appointed a Perth representative, Nigel Gribble, beginning 1 August 2017. Schick and Gribble will build the Western Australian team to meet with boat owners, potential buyers and sellers.

In addition, BASCO has appointed Martin Nicholls as the Thailand representative to cover Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket.

Based in Asia, BASCO was launched in April 2017 and already begun to transform the way luxury yachts are sold through online boat auctions that reach thousands of buyers and simplifies the sales process. By being independent, with no boat agencies, brands or inventory, the team of highly skilled marine-centric professionals is able to provide impartial advice that helps boat buyers, boat sellers and boat owners reduce risk and uncertainty of boat ownership in Asia.

“We are excited to expand our geographic presence and provide access to online marine auctions to a broader audience of boat owners.” said Schick.

About BASCO:
BASCO is reinventing how yachts and boats are bought, sold and maintained in Asia through online auctions, a technical services marketplace and an independent boat advisory service. By exploiting Internet technologies to challenge the status-quo, BASCO aims to reduce risk and uncertainty of boat ownership in Asia. Passionate about boats for over 30 years and with a string of marine industry awards, the management team is making buying and selling boats exciting again. BASCO is committed to connecting new and experienced boaters in Asia with reputable service providers, dealers, brokers, and advisers who can assist them with every boating requirement. To learn more, visit: or connect on

William Schick
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Female Ex-Offender Turns Inmates into Authors

From Inmate, to Author, View Tanner George Cummings The Cell Chef Cookbook

Over 120 recipes, from the dips to pizza to burritos in your cell

Anthony Tinsman's first book: Life With a Record

How To Leave Prison Prepared and Live Successfully

Over 1000 resources in the new Inmate Shopper 2017-18

America’s Largest Book of Resources for Inmate Services

Diane E. Schindelwig of Freebird Publishers has published over 50 titles for inmate authors since 2013.

NORTH DIGHTON, MA, UNITED STATES, July 31, 2017 / — In a recent NBC interview Diane said: “I had no idea inmates were so content deprived until I became one in 2008. By 2012 I knew my new life would include publishing specialty content for inmates and their families. Only one problem, I knew nothing about publishing except how to push “print” on a computer.

“This whole entrepreneurial adventure has been on-the-job training, but we made it. With no knowledge of how to create a book exactly, I used my past business experience and practices to guide my way.

There’s definitely an abundance of talented people in prison, knowledgeable writers creating content from their first-hand experiences. All they needed was a publisher that understood their niche."

Diane E. Schindelwig
Freebird Publishers
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Music Therapist Christine Korb to be Featured on CUTV News Radio

Music therapy is the elegant marriage between music as art and music as science.”

— Christine Korb

PORTLAND, OREGON, UNITED STATES, July 31, 2017 / — For many of us, music is therapy. It’s the soundtrack to our lives: it helps us relax; it excites us; it moves us; it heals us.

But the purpose of music is to communicate. Sadly, there are many individuals for whom communication is their greatest challenge. For these individuals, music therapy can serve as the bridge to connection because music is so universal.

Music therapists work as musicians and clinicians with almost every imaginable clientele, from premature babies and children on the autism spectrum to veterans and seniors struggling with dementia. And their results have been nothing short of miraculous.

“Music therapy is the elegant marriage between music as art and music as science,” says music therapist Christine Korb. “We utilize the power of music to accomplish non-musical goals. It’s ultimately about improving the quality of life for any individual no matter their circumstances.

While most music therapists begin as musicians and transition into the clinical social work, Korb began as a young social worker in Chicago. She says she came to music therapy through the back door as a songwriter and went back to school for a degree in music composition.

“I needed to do something with the healing powers of music,” recalls Korb. “It led me in the direction of the depths of what music is all about: the elements of how it affects us.”

Though Korb still works as a clinician, she is currently director of the music therapy program at Pacific University, where she teaches the next generation of music therapists. Music therapists are trained to be competent in piano, guitar and voice, as well as whatever their primary instrument may be.

Korb is also the author of The Music Therapy Profession, a collection of essays from her students over the years about why they chose to become music therapists.

“Many musicians in their hearts are actually music therapists and they don’t even realize it,” says Korb. “Not everyone who is especially talented at music is going to be successful as a professional musician. But there are alternative avenues to pursue with your great talent: meaningful, noble work. Word is getting out that music therapy can really help.”

CUTV News Radio will feature Christine Korb in an interview with Jim Masters on August 2nd at 4pm EDT and with Doug Llewelyn on August 9th at 4pm EDT.

Listen to the show on BlogTalkRadio.

If you have a question for our guest, call (347) 996-3389.

Lou Ceparano
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U.S. Counter-Terrorism Unit Targets Virginia Prisoner for Writing About Prison

Christopher Zoukis author and prisoner attached by U.S. Counter-Terroism Unit

Prisoner, prisoner advocate and author Christopher Zoukis has been targeted by the U.S. Counter-Terrorism Unit for his prison writing.

Three images of Christopher's Zoukis' book covers, Federal Prison Handbook, College for Convicts and Prison Education Guide

Zoukis has been targeted by the Federal Bureau of Prisons before – usually after each of his books are published.

Christopher Zoukis author

Christopher Zoukis is a prisoner rights and correctional education advocate, author and award-winning writer.

An American prisoner, prisoner advocate and author was recently targeted by the U.S. Counter-Terrorism Unit for his prison writing activities.

Instead of investigating terrorists the federal prison’s CTU seems preoccupied with finding creative ways to shut up a single prison writer who has absolutely nothing to do with terrorism.”

— Christopher Zoukis

PETERSBURG, VA, U.S., July 31, 2017 / — An American-born prisoner, prisoner advocate and author was recently targeted by the U.S. Counter-Terrorism Unit for his writing activities in a clear case of attempted censorship by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

“I’m a U.S.-born citizen with no ties to any terrorist organization, I don’t understand why I’m being targeted like this,” says Christopher Zoukis, a current inmate at FCI Petersburg Medium serving time for sexual offences he was found guilty of in 2004.

Zoukis was just recently released from six weeks of solitary confinement at Petersburg after three incident reports were taken out against him by a member of the Federal Bureau of Prison’s Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), an intelligence agency tasked with investigating and preventing terrorist acts within U.S. borders.

Specifically, he was charged with conducting a business and unauthorized contact with the public for his involvement. The charges seem to stem from Zoukis’ involvement in a free, electronic news service for prisoners called, publishing three books, running three education-based websites and an interview he did on the phone where he discussed one of his books as well as the underground economies of prisons.

“Instead of investigating terrorists and trying to foil plots, the Federal Bureau of Prison’s CTU seems to be preoccupied with finding creative ways to shut up a single prison writer who has absolutely nothing to do with terrorism,” says Zoukis. “Instead of focusing on ISIS threats or other terrorist plots, they are spending their time and taxpayer money focusing on what I post at and the content of my latest book or interview.”

While this isn’t the first time Zoukis has been targeted for his writing activities (Zoukis has previously had seven incident reports for the same charges in 2012 and 2014 which were expunged), and it’s certainly not the first time a prisoner has undergone attack for writing about federal prisons, it is the first time the CTU has become involved.

So, what led this unit to take notice of Zoukis in the first place? In March of this year, the same official from the CTU instituted a ban on the service, which was overturned in April. Shortly after that, this official contacted the Petersburg Special Investigative Services (SIS) department to get them to write incident reports against Zoukis. The Petersburg officials refused, as they had already laid those same charges previously and Zoukis was found not guilty. Just after that, the CTU official laid the charges himself. As a result, Zoukis was placed in solitary confinement for six weeks before seeing the Discipline Hearing Officer, while other prisoners were kept for one to two weeks maximum. Zoukis was found guilty of the business charges, not guilty of the other charges, and was released from solitary in mid-July. He plans on appealing the guilty charge.

The federal prison’s CTU involvement in a writer’s activities is concerning as it threatens free speech and First Amendments rights, but also that terrorism funds are being used to seemingly censor a prison writer. 

For information on past charges and other details regarding this situation, visit this helpful Q & A article.

For more information, please direct media inquiries to:
Rachel Sentes

About Christopher Zoukis
Christopher Zoukis is an outspoken prisoner rights and correctional education advocate who is incarcerated at FCI Petersburg Medium in Virginia. He is an award-winning writer whose work has been published widely in major publications such as The Huffington Post, Prison Legal News, New York Daily News and various other print and online publications. Learn more about Christopher Zoukis at, and

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