Mary Vail, MBA Publicist


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THE LATEST NEWS on Our Clients! Media Releases, Powerful Messages, Strategic Relationships and Persistence result in Feature Articles, Cover Stories, Digital Media and Broadcast Interviews for Clients, their Services and Products! Select client media interviews and feature articles

Paragon Pools Executives named Masters of Design 2021 by Pool and Spa News

(Las Vegas, NV) September 15, 2021 – Paragon Pools Executives, Joseph Michael Vassallo, President and Joseph Anthony Vassallo, Vice-President were named Masters of Design 2021 by Pool and Spa News for their custom spa project, “Once in a Blue Moon.”

The award-winning design by the Las Vegas pool builders, features a 360-degree, elevated, perimeter-overflow spa, enlarged wet deck, plunge pool and accent wall with fire and water features.

“It is Once in a Blue Moon, that we are presented with a project this unique. It was truly an exceptional experience, for us to call upon our talents and creativity given the small space and multiple features the homeowner wanted to include. Our initial thoughts were how to accomplish this and still aesthetically keep the project in balance and proportion,” notes Joseph Anthony.  “By incorporating a variety of architectural and design elements we were able to create this masterful, award-worthy aquatic structure.” (Full release)

Float Like A Duck, Water Safety Initiative Receives Step Into Swim Grant

YMCA of Southern Nevada- Safety Around Water Program to benefit from Grant Funds

(LAS VEGAS, NV) September 14, 2021 - Float Like A Duck™, a water safety initiative presented by Paragon Pools in Las Vegas, NV received a grant from Step Into Swim, the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) drowning prevention initiative. The grant funds of $5,000, will be utilized in a collaboration with Float Like a Duck and the YMCA of Southern Nevada’s Safety Around Water Program.

“We would like to thank the Step Into Swim Champions Board for recognizing the value of our Float Like A Duck- water safety initiative and our partnership with the YMCA of Southern Nevada - Safety Around Water swimming program,” states Joseph Vassallo, CBP president of Paragon Pools and founder of Float Like A Duck. “We are very excited to receive the grant of $5,000.00. Many at-risk youths in the community will benefit from the grant funding by participating in the program at no-cost to the students.”  (Full release)

Water Safety PSA wins 2021 International VIDDY Award

PSA Focuses on Water Safety Tips for Children 1-4 years of age.

DOWNLOAD: “Family Time: The Joys of Water Activities with Your Child”       English   Spanish

(LAS VEGAS, NV) August 29, 2021 – Water Safety PSA “Family Time: The Joys of Water Activities with Your Child” wins GOLD in the 2021 International VIDDY Awards. The PSA produced in English and Spanish was developed to bring more awareness to the importance of water safety especially with regards to young children between the ages of 1-4 years. Float Like A Duck™ teamed up with UMC Children’s Hospital and the YMCA of Southern Nevada to create the informative and educational Public Service Announcements. According to the CDC, drowning is the No.1 cause of injury-related deaths for children ages 1-4. Therefore, the PSA highlights important water safety tips to protect this vulnerable age group.   (Full release)

EcoZoom Products, Elevating the Standard of Living of Users Across the Globe

(Nairobi, Kenya) January 2020- EcoZoom products are a catalyst to improve the standard of living for users across the globe. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, a standard of living is the level of wealth and comfort people have in a particular society. And, the United Nations measures standard of living with the Human Development Index (HDI), based on factors including life expectancy at birth, education, and income per capita.

For those living in developed countries, elevating one’s standard of living might equate to moving into a nicer neighborhood, attending college or seeking a higher paying job. But for those in underdeveloped areas, being in absolute or extreme poverty prevents them from rising above their current living standard.

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Las Vegan Joseph M Vassallo, CBP, PHTA Fellow, President of Paragon Pools honored

with President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition Community Leadership Award

Vassallo is only the 4th Nevadan to receive the accolade since the Award’s inception under 

the George W. Bush administration in 2007

(Las Vegas, NV) December 2019 —The President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition has selected Las Vegan Joseph M Vassallo, CBP, PHTA Fellow, President of Paragon Pools to receive a 2019 President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition Community Leadership Award. The award is given annually to individuals or organizations who improve the lives of others within their community by providing or enhancing opportunities to engage in sports, physical activity, fitness, or nutrition-related programs.

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Fusenot Foundation Grants Contribute to History Making Exhibit at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

(San Diego, CA) November 2019 – Funding grants from the Georges and Germaine Fusenot Charity Foundation contribute to the newly opened Platypus Habitat at the San Diego Safari Park. This history making exhibit within the Walkabout Australia section of the Park features two platypuses, an 8-year-old male named Birrarung and a 15-year-old female named Eve from Australia’s Taronga Zoo in Sydney.

According to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, this is the only zoo outside of Australia to house platypuses—and is the first time in more than 50 years that platypuses have been cared for outside of Australia.

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Mermaids, Mythical Creatures in the Sea… Or in Your Pool?

POOLFLICKS Original Series: The Adventures of Paragonia, Mermaid of AquaTekture, 

released by Paragon Pools

(Las Vegas, NV) October 30, 2019 - Professional and amateur Mermaids often use the backdrop of a pool to promote their skill and passion, but one pool builder in Las Vegas is flipping the script. Paragon Pools is using a mermaid to showcase the company’s pool designs as well as promoting the value of swimming pools and the importance of proper water quality.

The Adventures of Paragonia, Mermaid of AquaTekture, is the latest release in Paragon Pools’ POOLFLICKS video content available on the Paragon Pools website or YouTube channel . The series including a trailer and 6 episodes stars Ashley Noel Lopez as Paragonia. Creator and Executive Producer Mary Vail, MBA Publicist produced the series in association with Paragon Pools executive’s VP Joseph Anthony Vassallo and President Joseph Michael Vassallo.

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"John Wynn's Mirror Mirror" slates to be one of the most realistic films to hit the inspirational sector."

(Las Vegas, NV) September, 2019 - John Wynn's Mirror Mirror is a psychological thriller that follows the lives of Industry leaders who are obsessed with their passions of greed, faith and lust. Critics are calling it eye-opening, relatable and life-changing.

Exclusive premieres have been conducted throughout Summer 2019 in Las Vegas, Atlanta, Dallas, Sacramento, Maryland, Orlando and more. It will be opened up to a limited theatrical release on October 11, 2019.

The film is about a Pastor who spends himself recklessly and is driven away by his own lust. His marriage is rocky but his ministry is great and he finds himself at a crossroads when he has a chance to walk away from it all. In an interesting contrast, there is a millionaire businessman consumed by his love for money, power and respect. In a story of triumph and defeat no one can unsee themselves in the mirror of truth.

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Compact 19cm X 20cm Solar Grid Delivers More Than Light!

(Nairobi, Kenya) August 2019 - Smaller than the size of student’s composition book and weighing less than .45 kg (< 1 lb), EcoZoom’s 19cm X 20cm (7.48 inch X 7.87 inch) compact solar grid for the Duo Light kit delivers more than light. In addition to providing quality light, EcoZoom’s solar energy component delivers an array of other benefits for its users and the environment.

When electricity is neither available or too costly, populations globally resort to dangerous alternatives to achieve their lighting needs. Some utilize kerosene lamps or indoor fireplaces, both of which give off dangerous by-products including harmful emissions that cause heart and lung diseases resulting in premature deaths, as well as harsh lighting that can damage eyesight. Kerosene lamps and indoor fireplaces also contribute to negative effects on the environment and climate change.

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Over 400 attend 16th Annual Float Like A Duck, Water Safety Event at the Heinrich YMCA

May is National Water Safety Month

(LAS VEGAS, NV) June 2019 – Over 400 attended the 16th Annual Float Like A Duck™ water safety event on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the Heinrich YMCA Water Sports Park in Las Vegas, NV. The public awareness campaign is produced by Paragon Pools.

Duckie, the official water safety mascot invited the public to join him for an afternoon of fun and informative activities. The event kicked off the summer pool season and supports National Water Safety Month. Free and open to the public, the four-hour event featured exhibits, hands-on activities, learn-to-float classes, and open swimming in the YMCA water park.

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EcoZoom Cooking Products Selected as Cookstove of Choice by Government Entities                  and Relief Organizations

(Nairobi, Kenya) June 2019 - EcoZoom cookstoves have been the brand of choice by government entities and relief organizations to implement their pilot projects and goodwill programs aimed at promoting clean cooking.

Since EcoZoom’s establishment in 2011, a myriad of organizations has selected the company’s cost-effective, human-centered, eco-friendly cookstoves to distribute among their end-users.

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EcoZoom Is Part of Global Social and Environmental Movement

(Nairobi, Kenya) Spring 2019  EcoZoom, a social enterprise and Certified B Corporation is part of a growing trend of social and eco-minded organizations with a focus on delivering impact driven products. Founded in 2011, EcoZoom manufactures clean cookstoves and solar lights, both of which can create immediate as well as long-term benefits for users and the environment.

Recognized as a Certified B Corporation (B Corps) since 2011, EcoZoom is one of over 2,700 companies in 64 countries that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.

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EcoZoom Global Announces Strategic Partnership with BioLite to Serve Kenya Market

(Nairobi, Kenya) March 25, 2019 - Social enterprises, EcoZoom and BioLite develop strategic partnership to serve the Kenya market. Both organizations are leaders in developing off-grid cooking and lighting solutions.

BioLite joins a valued list of EcoZoom International Partners who service their global market in delivering high-performance, improved cookstoves that utilize wood, charcoal and biomass fuel source options.

“As a social enterprise these types of strategic partnerships assist us in maximizing our efforts and achieving our goal of reducing deforestation, decreasing CO2 outputs and diminishing respiratory diseases derived from unimproved cooking methods,” states Oli Raison, CEO of EcoZoom.

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EcoZoom Products Create Impact on Environmental, Health and Social Levels

Social Enterprise Releases Impact Figures

(Nairobi, Kenya) January 2019 - EcoZoom releases the latest impact figures for their transformational products distributed in developing countries. Established in 2011, the social enterprise manufactures clean cookstoves and solar lighting options. The company believes that household products should be healthy, efficient and eco-friendly for everyone, regardless of socio-economic status. 

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POOL and SPA NEWS - Fall 2018 


Good Works: How Paragon Pools is Spreading the Water Safety Message.

The dynamic duo behind one of Las Vegas’ biggest builders launched a water safety awareness program that has become a city institution.

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TANKED Star Wade King Pledges to Assist Flint, Michigan with Water Sanitation Efforts 

King Calls On Elon Musk To Honor His Tweet

(Las Vegas, NV) July 16, 2018 - Water Filtration Expert and Star of Animal Planet’s TANKED, Wayde King has pledged to install his superior filtration system in Flint, Michigan public schools while the current water issues are being addressed. King’s team has been working with the Mayor’s office in Flint to coordinate these efforts.

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Joseph M. Vassallo, CBP, APSP Fellow 

Guest Columnist 

Las Vegas RJ - Your Home Section

 Design and Lifestyle insights on Swimming Pools and Spas.  

(June 2018) Pool-centric furniture

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Perrin-Stsepaniuk Honored as 40 Under 40 by Vegas, Inc.

(Las Vegas, NV) March 23, 2018 – Ludivine “Ludi” Perrin-Stsepaniuk owner of Ovia Entertainment in Las Vegas, NV was named to the distinguished and highly competitive Vegas, Inc. 40 Under 40 business professionals in Las Vegas.  

The annual 40 Under 40 is a celebration of outstanding individuals in Southern Nevada. They have demonstrated a strong work ethic and are the leaders of today as well as tomorrow; they're people who make Southern Nevada a better place to work and live.

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Ovia Mermaid Academy and Stone Sports Hosts Mermaid Classes

(Las Vegas, NV) March 1, 2018 - Ovia Mermaid Academy and Stone Sports partner to host mermaid (mermen) classes designed for all ages and skill levels; kids, teens and adults. An Open House is scheduled for Wednesday, March 7th from 1pm – 4pm, at Stone Sports, 4965 S. Fort Apache Rd, Suite 104, on the corner of Tropicana, west of the 215. Individuals interested in “Mastering the graceful art and the safe proper technique of Mermaid Maneuvers” are encouraged to attend. 


Ludivine “Ludi” Perrin-Stsepaniuk Named USA Synchro 12&Under National Team Head Coach

(Las Vegas, NV) February 20, 2018 – Renowned synchro swimmer and coach, Ludivine “Ludi” Perrin-Stsepaniuk, was named the 12&Under National Team Head Coach by the USA Synchro organization.

Perrin-Stsepaniuk was recruited by Myriam Glez, USA Synchro CEO/ High Performance Director (HPD) to fulfill the role as National Team Coach. Reporting to Glez, the position is responsible for the implementation of the 12&Under National Team strategy and training following the guidelines set by the HPD.

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The Georges and Germaine Fusenot Charity Foundation Commemorates 50th Anniversary

Foundation Adopts Logo and Launches Website

(San Diego, CA) January 21, 2017 - The Georges and Germaine Fusenot Charity Foundation (The Fusenot Foundation) commemorates its 50th anniversary. The California 501(c)3 foundation was established in January 1967 by Germaine Fusenot with a mission to assist non-profits based in the Golden State.

“We are extremely proud of the foundation’s contributions to our society,” states Guy Stone, Chairman Board of Trustees. “Grants have been distributed to a diversity of the organizations from combatting homelessness, to education, sports, cancer research, veteran’s programs, social issues, animal rescue and many others. In the last forty years, the Fusenot Foundation has bequeathed over $10 million to California based non-profits.”

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Award Winning Broadcast Journalist John Daly named to

Nevada Broadcasters Association 2016 Hall of Fame

Former KTNV-13 Anchor/Producer and REAL TV Host Honored for Excellence

(Las Vegas, NV) August 20, 2016 - Award winning broadcast journalist John Daly was inducted into the 2016 Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame on August 20th at the annual Gala hosted by the organization. Daly joins 34 inductees into the 2016 class.

John Daly’s broadcast history spans over three decades in TV, Cable, Internet, Radio, Social Media and Print. He is noted as a pioneer in reality and broadcast TV. Daly’s broadcast career began on the East Coast where he honed his reporting and anchor talents from 1984-1989, before moving to Las Vegas.

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Hollywood Writer, Michael Berk Continues Success with Beach Themed Productions

Las Vegas Resident Lends Talent For Sin City Projects

(Las Vegas, NV) April 2011 – Noted Hollywood writer and Las Vegas resident Michael Berk continues to pen successful scripts, especially when it comes to beach themed productions. His latest is the box-office hit Soul Surfer which opened earlier this month and has received an extremely rare A+ CinemaScore.

The multi Emmy award-winner and Golden Globe nominee writer/producer, whose filmography includes TV pilots, series, made for TV movies and feature films, co-created the internationally popular Baywatch, the TV series that made beaches, surfing and the red 1-piece iconic elements of the ultimate American lifestyle. The syndicated Baywatch launched and rejuvenated numerous acting careers including Pamela Anderson, Brooke Burns, Carmen Electra, Traci Bingham, David Hasselhoff, Yasmine Bleeth, Parker Stevenson, Angie Harmon, and Eddie Cibrian.                                                

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