Redpoint Insurance Group Welcomes Michael G. Toole

Dallas, TX, July 07, 2015 — /EPR MANAGEMENT NEWS/ — Redpoint Insurance Group, LLC today announced that Mr. Michael G. Toole has agreed to join the board of directors of Redpoint County Mutual Insurance Company upon the closing of its acquisition of control of the company expected in the next few weeks.

Mr. Toole will bring over 25 years of experience to Redpoint County Mutual’s Board of Directors. He currently serves as the President of Worth Casualty Company, a Ft. Worth based property and casualty insurance company. He also serves as the Executive Vice President of Agricultural Workers Mutual Auto Insurance Company. Prior to these positions, Mr. Toole was the Chief Underwriting Officer of a multi-state property and casualty insurance company.

“Redpoint is excited to have a person of Mike Toole’s caliber to join our board of directors. Mike has been involved in the Texas automobile market for many years and we welcome the opportunity to gain his expertise.” – Christopher A. McClellan, CEO

Redpoint Insurance Group is an insurance holding company headquartered in Dallas, TX with administrative offices in Austin, TX. Redpoint’s principal affiliates now include Redpoint County Mutual Insurance Company and Redpoint Workers’ Compensation.

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Public Relations Director
(469) 249-1008

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Redpoint Insurance Group, LLC Acquires Hallmark Workers’ Compensation Business

Dallas, TX and Austin, TX, June 26, 2015 — /EPR MANAGEMENT NEWS/ — Redpoint Insurance Group, LLC today announced the purchase of the workers compensation business (located in Austin, Texas) of American Hallmark Insurance Company of Texas. The acquisition is expected to close effective July 1, 2015. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The Hallmark workers compensation business will begin operating under the name Redpoint Workers’ Compensation.

The origins of the workers compensation business date back to 1987 and the organization of Texas Builders Insurance Company. Sold to American Hallmark in 2011, Texas Builders operations became the nexus of the workers’ compensation business. The operations specialize in workers’ compensation coverage for a wide range of employers, from artisan contractors to main street businesses throughout Texas. The existing Hallmark workers’ compensation employees are moving to Redpoint. Benjamin A. Siddons will continue to serve as President. Christopher A. McClellan, the CEO of Redpoint Insurance Group will serve as CEO of Redpoint Workers’ Compensation.

“We are excited to bring the employees of the Hallmark workers’ compensation into Redpoint. At Redpoint, we are committed to continuing the excellent service that has been provided to Hallmark and before that, Texas Builders policyholders and their employees for over a quarter of a century. Although the name on the door is changing, the heart of the organization — its people — will not. So when you call us in the future, the same person that you spoke to before will answer.” -Christopher A. McClellan, CEO

Redpoint Insurance Group is an insurance holding company headquartered in Dallas, TX. Redpoint’s principal affiliates now include Redpoint Auto Holdings, LLC and Redpoint Comp Holdings, LLC (Redpoint Workers’ Compensation).

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Public Relations Director
(469) 249-1008


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Byrd Imperial Group LLC. Announces 600,000 common equity shares available at no monetary costs

San Antonio, Texas, January 13, 2015 — /EPR MANAGEMENT NEWS/ — Byrd Imperial Group is seeking 1 to 4 Executive Advisors to join our team by helping to raise funds to build and operate a new franchise headquarters in Texas. In exchange for successfully seeking out and securing a 10% Preferred Equity Investor who subscribes to a minimum investment of $3.5M, Byrd Imperial Group will issue 150,000 shares of common stock at no cost. An Executive Advisor could earn up to 4 times that amount or 600,000 shares by securing a single qualified Investor.

In addition to this offer, Byrd Imperial Group is offering 4,000,000 Preferred Equity Shares at a price of $3.50 per share with a minimum purchase of 1,000,000 shares.

Byrd Imperial Group LLC. ( is a franchise development and management company with a total of 9 new business models. Our business plan combines 6 new franchise opportunities along with our internal finance company all-operating at 1 flagship location. From the company headquarters in Texas, we will be able to efficiently manage, grow, and operate each new business opportunity. After smoothing out the operating procedures, the home office location will serve as a springboard to advance each new business as single point locations through nationwide franchising.

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Preston Byrd

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After years of trimming jobs in the wake of the Great Recession, contractors and subcontractors say the pendulum has swung the other way, and now they are looking to hire skilled workers who are no longer available in the job market.

“I said this two years ago, if we have a full-speed recovery in the construction industry, we will not have the available workers to fill the jobs,” said Henry Goudreau, CEO & Founder of HG & Associates, Inc., and “The only way to correct this is by a grassroots effort by contractors in offering training, or convincing high school candidates to take construction training courses. It is in our best interest to start working on this now rather than later.”

To make up the shortfall, builders are training workers themselves, recruiting from outside the area and working with local technical schools on a slate of new training programs expected to begin in the fall.

Goudreau offers a report for contractors on how to increase sales and drive more money to their bottom-line. It is free for contractors by going to
Henry Goudreau is known as the most sought-after business-building coach, speaker, and author for contractors. He is famous for turning around the problem plagued construction business, building profits, freeing up the owner’s time, and streamlining processes that build success, brand, and loyalty.

He offers business-building advice to contractors at his web site, and works with owners mastering and implementing his proven business model. This virtual road map for contractors helps them to build powerful niches and a true understanding of what it takes to be profitable.

Goudreau can be reached at (941) 377-1254.


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HG & Associates, Inc.
5824 Bee Ridge Rd., #316
Sarasota, FL 34233
PHONE: 941-377-1254
FAX: 941-377-8761

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Business-Building Coach Henry Goudreau Warns Contractors Of The Two Huge Hurdles The Construction Industry Has To Overcome Before A Recovery Can Take Place!

Anyone who watches the job market closely knows that the construction sector has been weak in this recovery, and is just starting to show an increase in numbers of employment. Unfortunately, there is another problem rearing its ugly head.

“Contractors have suffered deeply and carried the brunt of this recession of the last six years. In February, employment in construction changed little, just adding less than 15,000 jobs,” said business-building coach to contractors, Henry Goudreau. “However, this is merely the tip of the iceberg. There are two immense hurdles to overcome for contractors, other than finding and employing skilled craftsman,” says Goudreau. “The second killer is financing,” he warns.

While the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury rescued major banks amid the 2008 financial crisis to avert major financial chaos, the bailout didn’t help the small lenders. “Their disappearance, along with the lack of lending by the major banks, has left the contractor hanging out to dry.” explained Goudreau.

“There a two huge voids that contractors must find a way to fill,” said Goudreau. “Filling a demand for skilled craftsmen, and finding start-up funding. Both are going to hit the contractor on the side of the head, especially, if the economy picks up speed and momentum, and together, they will stifle any chance for the industry to get back on the right track out of this recession. With that said, contractors have to get their financial house in order so they can fund their work, and find skilled craftsmen. I can help them get a better handle on their business and build their financial ability, but I believe the labor level will have to be addressed at the local school or vocational tech level since so many have left the industry for greener pastures or retirement.”

Henry Goudreau is known as the most sought-after business-building coach, speaker, and author for contractors. He is famous for turning around problem plagued construction businesses, building profits, freeing up the owner’s time, and streamlining processes that build success, brand, and loyalty.

He offers tons of advice to contractors at his web site, and works with owners mastering and implementing his proven business model. This virtual road map for contractors helps them to build powerful niches and a true understanding of what it takes to be profitable.

Goudreau can be reached at (941) 377-1254.

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About Me International takes aim at rising employee stress

It costs employers billions of dollars annually.

It’s been called a “global epidemic” by the United Nations’ International Labor Organization.

And it’s a source of miscommunication, employee conflicts, absenteeism, complacency, turnover, low morale, declining productivity and other workplace problems every day at organizations worldwide.

Employee stress is a growing threat to employers, and it’s a threat that is squarely in the sights of About Me International, a provider of workforce evaluation, employee engagement and leadership services.

Joe Kiedinger, president and CEO of About Me International, is leading the Green Bay-based company in its drive to guide organizations in overcoming the negative effects of employee stress.

To assist clients with managing this challenge, About Me International has created the About Me Card. This practical tool is designed to reveal each employee’s inner drive and preferred communication practices—two elements that according to Kiedinger are essential to their fulfillment and effectiveness at work.

Kiedinger says employers can use this tool to minimize if not eliminate misunderstandings and mistreatment, which often are a source of employee stress and can quickly lead to negative emotion and negative energy.

“The danger for employers is that negative energy, if left unchecked and allowed to spread, can have a debilitating impact on an organization’s creativity, innovation and productivity and ultimately impact its bottom line,” Kiedinger says. “Employees can use information from the About Me Card to effectively manage workplace interactions and relationships by literally changing negative emotion to positive energy,”

Kiedinger says that two of the main challenges for employers are to determine whether they wish to invest in solving employee stress and, if they do, how to go about it.

“In recent years, wellness programs have emerged as a way to help employees better manage their health,” Kiedinger says. “However, when it comes to the effectiveness of wellness programs in identifying, managing and overcoming employee stress as well as negative emotion and energy, there is no conclusive data that shows that these programs have a significant, positive and lasting impact on this workplace challenge.”

Richard DuBois, director of business development at About Me International, says the company is experiencing a strong response to the About Me Card.

“We are consistently hearing from employers of all kinds that they have seen enough of the destructiveness of negative emotion and want to address it,” DuBois says. “This tool gives them a practical solution that is generating proven results with organizations including small businesses and mid-size to large corporations, as well as non-profits including schools and health care facilities.”

About Me International has created a white paper, “Wellness and the workforce—are we missing the boat when it comes to managing employee stress?” which provides insights to employers on overcoming negative emotion and energy resulting from unresolved employee stress. The white paper can be downloaded at

About Me International provides assistance and training to employers with determining their employees’ inner drive and preferred communication practices to support employee engagement and leadership effectiveness. More information is available

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Hendren Group Nissan Unveil New Line in Affordable Cars

Hendren Group is a financial management and investment company dealing with investment methods and strategies. Based in Tokyo boasting a large base of private clients and a well skilled team of advisors, they conduct research and then subsequently develop short and long-term systematic approaches to achieving optimum returns on investments for themselves, their associates and for their current client base.

Japanese carmakers, Nissan, are set to introduce a range of cheaper cars under the umbrella of their Datsun brand, exploiting a gap in India’s expanding automobile market. The first car to be put on sale is a reasonably priced hatchback, retailing at $6’700, and later models are expected to be sold for as little as $4000, making it a financially viable option for many Indian car buyers.

Nissan is not the first global automaker to realize the potential for profit through producing a low cost car aimed at the Indian market, with chief engineers at Toyota Motor Corp. putting forward designs for exactly this purpose, but such proposals have so far been rejected for fear of a low cost car tarnishing the company’s name. Nissan have overcome this potential problem by producing this range of cars under the Datsun brand name, thus distancing themselves from the less luxurious vehicles.

Set to coincide with the introduction of this new line of cars, Nissan also has other plans to expand its presence in India by increasing the number of dealers from the current 100 outlets up to 300 outlines by 2017. By that time, Nissan expects to be generating between 35 and 50 percent of their in country revenue through their Datsun line. A senior analyst at Hendren Group predicts that a conservative estimate would then give Nissan a 10% market share of the Indian passenger vehicle market which, in 2013, bought more than 2.7 million vehicles.

“At the moment there is a gap in the Indian automobile market which is not being properly filled with good quality, cost effective cars, Nissan have found a way to exploit this growing need and are in the position to fill this demand, soon we will see the other big manufacturers following suit in a bid to catch up,” said David Holmes Senior Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions at the Hendren Group.

Nissan’s plans for the Datsun do not begin and end with India, but will gradually be introduced worldwide, starting with Indonesia and Russia and then later in Africa, South East Asia, Middle East and Latin America. This push into emerging markets is a vital part of the company’s mid-term plan, Nissan Power 88, named to emphasize its aim to achieve a global market share of 8% and increase its corporate operating profit to a sustainable 8%.

The Hendren Groups Senior Vice President David Holmes concluded saying, “As the market and demand for cheaper well made vehicles expands within the emerging market place so do the opportunities for investors wishing to take advantage, we are moving our investors into positions within this sector so they can avail of this very lucrative opportunity, Nissan’s goal of achieving an 8% global market share is certainly achievable, thanks largely to the speed in which the company have managed to respond to the growing need for low cost vehicles.”

Hendren Group is set to continue to advise clients to acquire shares within the Asian markets adding to successful diversified portfolios.

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M-CAT Enterprises’ CEO Anyck Turgeon Recognized by World’s Largest Organization of Anti-Fraud Professionals

M-CAT Enterprises (M-CAT) today announced CEO and global security expert Anyck Turgeon has been recognized in the 2013 Anti-Fraud Resource Guide (second edition). The guide is published quarterly by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), the world’s largest organization of anti-fraud professionals. Selected amongst 65,000 active members, Turgeon is an Austin-based Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). She has successfully fought white collar crime, globally, with tech innovation for more than 25 years.


From an early start in her career, beginning at the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), Turgeon has upheld technology in the arrest of white collar criminals. It was there she discovered and worked on the largest securities fraud in Canada ‘s history, the Connacher’s Bay Street $1B “bought deals.” The scheme, orchestrated by Gordon Capital Corp. CEO James Connacher, required securities dealers to pay companies in advance for public issues.

Connacher’s mid-size investment firm became one of the heaviest financial hitters, involved in nearly every major takeover deal. Gordon Capital wooed the institutional market by accounting for 15%-70% of daily trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange and setting trading records on the American Stock Exchange. As a result of over-extending its financial position and undercapitalizing loans against massive amounts of securities, Connacher was fined, trading activities were ceased and the firm was brought down to its official disappearance in 1998. Turgeon’s technological expertise led to simultaneous engagements in fraud prevention, detection and resolution at the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), Thompson Corporation (TC) and Toronto Dominion Bank/Visa Center.

Turgeon credits her success to learning from the following “best leaders” on how to deter fraud and apply technologies towards prevention: George Olah (OSC), James Bailey (TSX), Joseph Oliver (OSC now Honorable Canadian Minister of Natural Resources), Gil Rémillard (former Quebec Minister of International Relations), Marc Pearl (TC), Bradley Foster (TC) and Kenneth Thomson, owner of Thomson Corporation and founder of the famous law and anti-fraud solutions WESTLAW now sold under Thomson Reuters. Inspired by their guidance, Turgeon turned her focus and career towards gaining mastery of innovative technologies.

Throughout her tech years in the United States – especially in the Silicon Valley and Silicon Hills –Turgeon has continued to improve her technological expertise to successfully help numerous victims recover from a variety of embezzlement and financial misconduct cases. CEO Eddy Coenye and elderly couple CEO Jerry Claar and his wife Roe, for example, were assisted in stopping embezzlers, recovering stolen assets and gaining punitive damages – thanks to Turgeon’s tech innovation and mastery.

Already uniquely qualified as a data management and data warehousing expert, as well as a certified fraud examiner, Turgeon is the first certified female data scientist, crowned last month. Combining her latest expertise and premier executive management training from Harvard University and McCombs School of Business / University of Texas and ongoing SANS training in digital forensics, Turgeon is taking the battle to the front line to change the fight against white collar crime with tech innovation.

“Learning one in three decision makers currently do not feel comfortable with the completeness and validity of the data they use is understandable,” says Turgeon. “The gap, unfortunately, expands for fraud fighters, prosecutors and victims,” she confirms.

As an Inmon-certified data scientist—the most sought after experts worldwide—Turgeon can leverage structured data, big data and other unstructured raw content with textual disambiguation to achieve higher analytical velocity and accuracy.

“By accessing and parsing through up to 80 percent of unutilized corporate data, M-CAT Enterprises can anticipate, identify and eliminate fraudulent activity and security breaches across the enterprise pro-actively as well as help victims secure recovery with much more compelling evidence,” explains Turgeon.

Now at the forefront of shaping the anti-fraud solutions for the twenty-first century, Turgeon and her firm M-CAT Solutions can deliver cutting edge solutions for:

– high-wealth individuals and celebrities concerned about fraud scandals;

– corporate executives and governmental decision makers interested in preventing, detecting and resolving fraud incidents promptly and efficiently;

– venture capitalists, shareholders and board members desiring broader, more efficient and more accurate risk assessments;

– defrauded leaders, retired professionals and other consumer victims requiring stolen asset recovery and seeking punitive damages.

Turgeon has been a member of the International Association of Financial Crime Investigators (IACFI) and serves on ACFE’s advisory board member. To review Turgeon’s featured interview, visit:

To find out how M-CAT can assist you with fraud challenges call 512-547-1509 or visit and schedule a free 60-minute consultation.

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Marlton-based eMaint Doubles Revenue and Triples Staff since 2010

During a time when other companies are laying off and retrenching, South Jersey based eMaint Enterprises, a technology leader in delivering cloud based CMMS software and services, today announced significant revenue and staff growth over the past three years.

Revenues at eMaint grew 45 percent in 2012 over previous year, and a cumulative 167 percent since 2010. “Our customers, which run the gamut from family run farms to multinational corporations, are experiencing economic challenges just like everyone else,” said eMaint CEO Brian Samelson. “That means, more than ever, they need partners that save them time and money. eMaint has proven it can do that, and customers have rewarded us with their business and referrals.”

To support this explosive revenue growth, the company has kept pace by aggressively growing the size of staff, which has increased threefold in the past three years. In 2013 alone eMaint has hired 15 new employees, the majority of whom are recent college graduates. There are many good reasons to have a constant flow of new college graduates joining the company. “We are always looking for employees that have a high energy level, bring new ideas to the table, and are open to a culture of rapid change as our business continually adapts to meet the needs of our customers.” said Jon Hollander, eMaint’s Executive Vice President of Operations.

eMaint’s flagship product is X3, a cloud based Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS). X3 is supported by a full range of services – from implementation to training in advanced applications such as predictive maintenance and integration with third party applications to work order management and tracking. Its “Software as a Service” (SaaS) model emphasizes a high degree of configuration and flexible pricing models geared to the needs of all business sizes. Support for mobile devices has made the application even more accessible to a workforce of technicians who are no longer required to be in an office or at a computer to access the system. Its customer base now surpasses 18,000 users from approximately 3,500 customer sites. eMaint also enjoys a high customer retention rate of 96%.

In 2012, eMaint was named South Jersey’s fifth fastest growing private company by the Philadelphia Business Journal, received the BOSS (Best of SaaS Software) award from THINK strategies and was included in the “Philly 100” honor roll of fastest growing privately held companies by the Entrepreneurs’ Forum of Greater Philadelphia.

“It’s not often for a company that’s been around as long as we have to see the level of growth over the past few years that we have experienced,” said Samelson, who founded eMaint. “Our key to success is simple: We listen and respond to customer needs. When we say, ‘your success is our mission,’ it’s not just a slogan.”

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Hunter Boot Ltd. Names Alasdhair Willis as New Creative Director

The UK’s leading designer and retailer of quality wellington boots, Hunter, has announced the appointment of a new Creative Director, and also, a new Commercial Sales Director

Hunter Boot Ltd. today announces the appointment of Alasdhair Willis, as its Creative Director, and Fabrizio Stroppa, as its Commercial Sales Director. Based in London, both roles will report into the CEO, James Seuss, who was appointed in December 2012.

A spokesperson for Hunter Boot explains, “Alasdhair Willis brings amazing creative talent, style, and commercial realisation to the helm of Hunter. His experience with British heritage brands and developing brands globally makes him an ideal choice to lead the creative team at Hunter as we enter our next stage of growth. Alasdhair will define the vision for the brand and develop our creative voice, while working closely with our strong commercial team to bring the world of Hunter to consumers worldwide,” James Seuss commented.

Alasdhair Willis said: “It is a genuine honour and a tremendous opportunity to be in this role at such a significant moment for Hunter. Hunter is a fantastic British brand with enormous potential. It has a very strong history dating back nearly 160 years, and I believe the Hunter story and spirit are just as relevant today. The business has already built a strong foundation for growth with its current product offering, centred on theOriginal Boot. Going forward, we will be focused on expanding the footwear business while building on the exciting opportunities in other categories such as outerwear. We will also be clearly defining the brand’s position in the market and communicating our unique vision across all platforms. I look forward to working with the growing and talented design team.”

Jim Seuss remarked, “I am also pleased to welcome Fabrizio Stroppa to Hunter as Commercial Sales Director. With over 25 years of experience working with luxury brands, including Mulberry, Giorgio Armani and Donna Karan, Fabrizio brings an incredible wealth of expertise in the luxury goods sector. He will be integral to the further development of Hunter’s international presence.”

Fabrizio Stroppa commented, “I am delighted to be joining Hunter at such a unique stage in its development. With James’ strategic and commercial leadership and the new creative direction, Hunter now has the dynamic team needed to create a global brand. As we develop and open new markets, we will be working with some of the best retailers in the world to showcase the Company’s collections. Hunter also plans to launch branded shop-in-shops in key markets and flagship stores in key cities worldwide.”

The first new collection for the brand will be showcased for Autumn/Winter 2014. Willis will also maintain his role at his Creative and Branding consultancy firm.

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Citation brings in new Chief Executive Officer

Manchester based Citation has appointed Chris Morris to be its new Chief Executive Officer.

The appointment follows the recent purchase of Citation by ECI Partners. Chris Morris will join

Citation on 18th March from where he is currently Managing Director.

Chris Morris joined as Finance Director in 2005 and was then quickly promoted to the role of Managing Director. Chris was integral to becoming a successful part of TUI Travel PLC. He subsequently led the expansion of the brand and has been responsible for the expansion of the B2C Division through the acquisition of sister brands and (in Brazil).

Citation chairman, Andrew Vaughan, commented “The board are delighted that we have been able to secure Chris Morris as CEO. Chris has done an incredible job at building the brand over the years and is a well respected professional. The board are looking forward to working with Chris and his contribution to Citation’s future.”

Speaking about his appointment Chris said “It is an exciting time to be joining Citation as CEO. I am confident we can take Citation to the next level for both client acquisition and customer service. Citation has remained resilient during tough market conditions and is perfectly positioned for future growth. I can’t wait to get started!”

Chris will join the board alongside Julie Moran (Finance Director), Richard Chapman (ECI Partners) and Andy Vaughan (Chairman), working with the current Senior Management Team.

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HirePurpose Educates Employers Why Hiring Veterans Means Smart Business

On January 22nd, HirePurpose and the Wounded Warrior Project are co-hosting a special event, The Military Talent Pool: Hiring, Managing, & Retaining Another Great Generation to help local and national companies improve military hiring practices. The event will be held from 5-7pm at the New York Athletic Club on 180 Central Park South.

Last year, unemployment among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans trailed the national average by almost 4 percentage points. Though many companies recognize the benefits of hiring veterans, few have the expertise and knowledge needed to attract, evaluate, and retain members of this extraordinary talent pool.

“This is a great opportunity to introduce New York City employers to a variety of methods to hiring veterans,” says Zach Iscol, Founder and CEO of HirePurpose. “Employers can learn why hiring these exceptional young men and women can be incredibly beneficial to their businesses and we are very excited to have partnered with Four Block and the Wounded Warrior Project.”

More than 80 companies, including Wal-mart, Goldman Sachs, Viacom, Delta, Etsy, Securitas, The Ladders, and others from a wide range of industries will be in attendance to learn best practices from leading experts in the veteran employment space. Employers will also hear from a group of recent military veterans and college graduates about the challenges they’ve faced and the types of industries they are interested in.

“Wounded Warriors come to the table with an extraordinary set of soft skills that employers crave,” says Lisa Stern, Economic Empowerment Executive Vice President at the Wounded Warrior Project. “Veterans are loyal, work well independently and as part of a team, are creative, and are mission-focused.”

Linda Cawley, a specialist of the Warriors to Work program for the Wounded Warrior Project, and Mike Abrams, Co-Founder of Four Block Diversity Leadership, a service that provides student veterans with professional development and connects them with internship opportunities at corporations, will lead a panel discussion titled, Hiring, Managing, and Retaining Veterans.

A second panel, Veterans Speak: Employment Challenges Facing Veterans, will be lead by Bryan Adams of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Aubrey Arcangel of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Joshua Ray of Operation Iraqi Freedom-Indonesia Tsunami Relief, and Katie Dexter of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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Realter (Rltr) Approved As Official Title For Real Estate Professionals Worldwide

There is a new officially approved professional title for real estate practitioners — Realter. This word will soon find its way as new entry in the dictionary, and it will read as follows:

REALTER. Definition: [A patented service mark. Pronunciation: \\rē(-ə)l-tər, rē-al-tər\\.Abbreviation: Rltr.. Plural: Realters. Verb intransitive: Realteer. Verb present participle: Realteering. Verb past participle: Realteered]. Referring to real estate service practitioners who are registered in Realter Society and given extension of license by its patent owner. Realter and its abbreviation Rltr are exclusively used as professional titles before the names of members of Realter Society worldwide.

After 14 months of due diligence by experts in the Intellectual Property Office Philippines (IPOPHIL), the RLTR REALTER SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL 2011, its website REALTERSOCIETY.ORG, its service mark (logo), and manner of use were finally approved on 28 September 2012; and awarded with Trademark Registration No. 42011990441.

Real estate practitioners anywhere around the world, regardless of nationality, who want to use this prestigious Realter (Rltr) professional title may individually apply for extension of patent license by registering in Realter Society. The innovator defines the term professional practitioner as a service provider who does it for a living (for a fee).

Qualified to register are real estate financiers; agents such as brokers, salespersons, auctioneers, referral agents, buyer agents; dealers, short sellers, operators of for-sale-by-owner (FSBO) advertising facilities; administrators of condominium and subdivision homeowners associations; general managers of hotels, resorts, and golf and country clubs; registrar of deeds; educators; builders such as developers, architects, interior designers, construction consultants; valuers such as appraisers, assessors; documenters such as liaison officers, publishers of real estate classified ads, photographers; and scholars.

Realter Society members get the following rights: (1) the right to use the patented Realter and Rltr professional titles and logo, (2) the right to enjoy the award policy of Realter Society, and (3) the right to wear exclusive insignia products of Realter Society.

A person with a Rltr title before his/her name need not explain too much that he/she is in the real estate sector. The Rltr title bearer enjoys the automatic public perception that he/she is a real estate service practitioner.

Rltr title operates like a powerful slogan; it is short, easily said, catchy, and has quick recall factor. Since it is a new title, having it in your business card would trigger curiosity, then it becomes a conversation starter which can possibly propagate to customer inquiries that may open up a wide door of business opportunities for the Rltr® title-bearer.

Realter Society is designed solely as REGISTRY of the Rltr® title users. Realter Society does NOT offer real estate products (such as house, lots, condo units, burial lots, etc.) nor services (such as agency, appraisal, build consultancy, etc.). Realter Society has no intention to compete with the respective businesses and organizations of its individual members.

The individual membership registration fee in Realter Society is P2.00 per day, prorated from the day the person registers up to the general renewal date of 28 September 2022. Incumbent Assessors of Local Government Units and Regional Directors of Registry of Deeds are exempted from the membership fee.

The innovator of this new professional title is Rltr. John R. Petalcorin, born in Maramag Bukidnon PH in 1973, a product of the College of Economics and Management of the University of the Philippines at Los Banos, and a licensed real estate broker since 1998 specialized in pro bono consumer rights advocacy and peer coaching.

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Top Ten Ranking for MITIE in the UK’s Biggest Race and Gender Benchmarking Survey

MITIE Group PLC, the facilities management services, is delighted to announce it has been named as one of the top ten private sector organisations for ethnicity in the workplace by Race for Opportunity and Opportunity Now, the race and gender campaigns from Business in the Community (BITC).

MITIE was commended by BITC for several current initiatives including some around recruitment and career progression, workplace policies and practices, plus its work in the community.

In particular, MITIE’s network of diversity ‘champions’ was recognised as an excellent example of making a difference on gender and race, both in an internal and external capacity.

MITIE’s programme to encourage women to return to work and develop their careers after taking maternity leave, as well as chief executive officer Ruby McGregor Smith’s involvement in a mentoring circle for black, Asian and minority ethnic women were also highlighted as key initiatives.

The unranked lists are the culmination of the UK’s most comprehensive Benchmarking Survey into how organisations are performing on race and gender equality, diversity& inclusion in the workplace.

Sandra Kerr OBE, director of Race for Opportunity, said: “For organisations committed to diversity, equality and inclusion in the workplace, the Benchmark is a clear signal of which organisations are delivering best practice.”

The Benchmark also recognised MITIE’s public commitment to the campaign through involvement in Opportunity Now, Race for Opportunity and also the Women’s Business Council, which is chaired by Ruby McGregor-Smith, the first Asian woman to head a FTSE 250 company.

Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE, Chief Executive of MITIE, said, “Having a talented and diverse workforce is critical to our business and we are passionate about diversity in its broadest sense. We are thrilled to have been recognised by Race for Opportunity and Opportunity Now for our continued commitment to diversity.”

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MITIE Awarded Five-year Integrated FM Contract with Sky

MITIE, the FTSE 250 outsourcing and energy services company, has secured a contract to provide integrated facilities management (FM) for British Sky Broadcasting Group (Sky), the UK’s largest entertainment and home communications company.

The contract, with a total value in excess of £100m over a five-year period, will see MITIE deliver services across Sky’s estate in the UK and Ireland, commencing in January 2013. As well as its two main campuses in London and Scotland, MITIE will work at 12 regional offices, two data centres and dozens of POP sites (internet exchange points).

MITIE will have responsibility for delivering a range of services including fabric maintenance, engineering maintenance, energy management, catering, security services, cleaning, mail room & couriers, helpdesk, switchboard, shuttle buses, grounds maintenance and internal landscaping.

MITIE also recently completed a project to build an on-site wind turbine at Sky’s new broadcast facility, Sky Studios, in Osterley, West London. The most sustainable broadcast facility of its type in Europe, the turbine will provide over 133 MWh per annum of clean energy to the studios.

MITIE was awarded the contract based on its innovative ideas, self-delivery capabilities and cultural approach.

Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE, Chief Executive of MITIE Group PLC, said: “We are delighted to be working with Sky and look forward to creating what will be a truly collaborative partnership.

“Sky is a dynamic company and MITIE will ensure the FM strategy brings the highest quality services, value and innovation to its business.”

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Inventory Management Specialist Phillip Slater Releases New e-Book The Optimization Trap

In a move that capitalizes on technology’s ability to provide written works through mobile devices and financially supports community philanthropies, The Optimization Trap has been recently released exclusively in digital format. Written by inventory management expert Phillip Slater, the book is now available on Kindle, Kobo, Nook, iPad, Sony, and other e-readers. Mr. Slater’s previous books were published in hard copy by Industrial Press, New York, the world’s oldest industrial education publisher.

Mr. Slater will donate 100% of the proceeds from this e-Book to the Initiate Action Community Fund, a sub fund of The Australian Communities Foundation (ACF), that Phillip and Mercedes Slater established in 2011 to support educational initiatives and causes.  The Australian Community Foundation (previously Melbourne Community Foundation) aims to generate and distribute philanthropic resources to address emerging social issues and to meet the needs of its communities.

“Digitally publishing The Optimization Trap achieves many goals for me: the digital format not only provides readers with more accessibility, but it costs less to purchase. Using a digital format also allows us to channel 100% of the proceeds into our Initiate Action Community Fund which supports various educational causes through ACF,” said Mr. Slater.

Following years of helping companies improve their profit and reduce working capital, Mr. Slater wrote The Optimization Trap to help managers understand why optimization programs often fail to achieve their intended results. The book exposes the pitfalls of optimization programs while offering viable solutions. Based on Mr. Slater’s years of experience in inventory management, he identifies optimization traps and illustrates how to remedy these and achieve peak performance in operations.

“Improving operational outcomes typically involves optimization. It is what managers do. However, sometimes when seeking to optimize, people take actions that, without realizing it, limit both their options and their results. This is what I call the Optimization Trap,” stated Mr. Slater. “How do you make sure that you don’t get caught in the optimization trap and, if you do, how do you get free? This book identifies the key principles to both identify and be free of the ‘trap’.”

Similar to best selling management books such as The Goal, Who Moved My Cheese, and Fish!, The Optimization Trap uses an easy to read narrative style. By using inventory management as the example, Mr. Slater is able to address familiar, realistic everyday scenarios faced by managers and discuss how to apply the principles for avoiding the Optimization Trap. This book speaks not just to inventory managers; its tips and principles are applicable to any situation where managers are seeking to achieve optimal performance in its operations.

For Kindle users, please access the ebook The Optimization Trap via Phillip Slater author’s page at

For PDF (PC or Mac), EPUB (iPad, Nook and most ebook readers) please visit:

For more information about the Initiate Action Community Fund, go to:

For video of Mr. Slater summarizing a number of his books, including The Optimization Trap, please visit

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eMaint Expands to Florida with New International Office

eMaint Enterprises, LLC, a world leader in on-demand maintenance management systems since 1986, announced recently that it has opened a new office in Estero, Florida. The Florida office is part of eMaint’s international expansion to help support its growing client base in the Southern United States and Latin America.

“This is a very exciting step for us at eMaint,” said Brian Samelson, CEO and President at eMaint. “With our global client base, the opening of our Florida office will help us better support many of our clients with operations overseas. We have clients in Florida and the Southeastern United States as well and are glad to be able to add jobs in that area. Sergio and his team set standards for excellence, and we look forward to growing this team.”

eMaint’s flagship Computerized Maintenance Management Software product, X3 CMMS, is deployed at hundreds of customer sites in 23 countries in 8 languages. Spanish-language product support is utilized by several of eMaint’s clients with bi-lingual software needs.

Sergio Plaut was promoted to Director of International Operations and will be heading up the Florida office and eMaint International. In this position, he will develop strategic markets and grow eMaint’s business across international markets while developing sales and services and providing support for customers across the region.

Prior to his promotion, Mr. Plaut, a Brazilian native with a degree in Engineering, was a consultant working for American companies who wished to do business in Brazil. During his time as a consultant for eMaint, Mr. Plaut, who is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and English, translated the eMaint website into Portuguese, provided sales and support services to existing and potential clients in Brazil and participated twice in a National Maintenance Show promoted by the Brazilian Association of Maintenance.

Andre Morige has been hired as an International Support Specialist and will be working with Mr. Plaut in the Florida office assisting in all aspects of eMaint international. Mr. Morige is fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish. The Brazilian native, who has lived in the U.S. for 16 years, is currently working towards two Bachelor’s degrees in Programming and in Security at Hodges University where he currently resides in Fort Myers, Florida.

Daniel Duran has joined eMaint as a Support Specialist. Mr. Duran who is fluent in both Spanish and English will be helping support the growing base of Spanish speaking customers in the U.S. and Latin America . He provides support to X3 software users as well as acting as a product knowledge resource for internal team members.

“Opening the Florida office is a huge step for this company and I am very happy to be part of it,” said Mr. Plaut. “Heading up the Florida office will give me a chance to cross into other markets and to give more extensive support to our clients in the southern states and Latin America.”

About eMaint Enterprises, LLC
eMaint, the leader in on-demand CMMS solutions, has been providing predictive maintenance and preventative maintenance management software solutions since 1986 and was one of the first CMMS providers to develop a completely web-based “Software as a Service” (SaaS) model for more rapid implementation at a lower total cost of ownership.

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Do You Know How School Prepares You For Success?

All activities that you engage in can be training fields for success. This includes school and all of the activities associated with it including class, extracurricular activities and sports.

The most important aspect of how school prepares you for success is that it teaches you how to learn. In elementary school you learned some of the most important skills of all how to read and write. If you can read and write you can get additional information from books and you can use powerful technologies such as computers and the internet. A person who knows how to read and write has the ability to learn for the rest of his or her life.

School also teaches you how to plan, if you can put together a report you can create a business plan. If you can plan you can organize and apply information.

Socialization and Emotional Intelligence
An equally important example of how school prepares you for success is socialization or emotional intelligence. You can learn how to get along with others, to live and work with them in school. School teaches you vital social skills such as networking and working within the group or organization. It also teaches you how to live and work with those whom you might not get along with.

Through sports and similar activities school teaches you how to strive for a goal and to work with others on a common goal. It also teaches you how to win and lose.

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Increase In Leadership Training For Young Execs Seen

This is in answer to the growing demand for younger, more dynamic managers to fill in the shoes of their older and graying counterparts who are just one step towards retirement. For the young and ambitious, this is the most opportune time to enroll on this program and hone their leadership skills in preparation for a more stable and for many, an exciting future as CEOs.

Statistics reveal that among the present crop of eager young hopefuls impatient to get to the top, it is the more aggressive, and hungrier crop and more driven, thus more likely to develop into good leaders in the race to the top. The training programs offered are available on line, so there is less demand for the trainees in terms of time and effort. The programs offer tips on how to improve individual skills, managerial abilities, personality development, confidence building, decision-making, employee management and the like. While the importance of training programs cannot be overemphasized nor undermined, inherent ability to deal with situations and quick thinking should not be over looked, nor the ability to sustain grace under pressure.

The programs are many and varied. For the young and eager learners, training to be good leaders is a new and exciting world of intensive discovery about individual capacities and strengths as well as weaknesses, as well as getting to know more about people, learning more about their behavior, attitudes, idiosyncrasies and what they want remain hidden from their peers.

These programs are keyed in on young people’s ability to adjust faster than the older colleagues, and fast learning skills. Due to a highly competitive corporate world, more programs are tube din on the unorthodox, and less traveled career paths to challenge the imagination of young minds, and induce their creative and productive juices deal with their competitors.

The training programs target the younger group who think they have what it takes, but are also open to their older peers who also believe that they have more than just being driven and eager, but are more experienced and thus, have an edge over the young trainees.

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Management Training in a Bad Economy

One of the biggest mistakes many organizations make is to cut back on management training and leadership development in a bad economy. These outfits cut the resources for these vital functions at the time when they are needed most.

A company needs trained managers and real leaders most when it is facing difficulties such as falling sales and dwindling resources. Yet many management teams chose not to devote money and resources to efforts to provide these individuals. In many cases, the resources and support for managers are cut even as their workload increases.

Management training programs combined with serious leadership development efforts can help an organization cope with the challenges posed by shrinking, low morale and falling sales. An example of how such efforts can help is generating new ideas.

There are many creative, intelligent and capable people working in every organization. Many of these people have the capability to manage and lead if they are given the tools. A leadership development effort can identity those people while management training can increase their capabilities.

Such efforts save the organization money because it does not have to hire new managers from outside. It also gives the best and most capable workers an incentive to stay with the organization and commit to it its future.

Developing a pool of managers with leadership potential is also a good way to build a foundation for the economic rebound. The companies that do this will have the resources available to hit the ground running and start expanding when the economy starts growing again. History shows us that economic booms usually follow economic downturns.

There will be many new opportunities appearing in the years ahead, new technologies, new industries and new markets will appear. Organizations need leaders that can recognize these opportunities and managers who can take advantage of them. Those that devote resources to management training will reap these rewards.

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