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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.

TURGEON’S LIFETIME FIGHT AGAINST WHITE COLLAR CRIME:

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:http://www.mcatenterprises.com/Turgeon_AntiFraudResourceGuide.pdf.

To find out how M-CAT can assist you with fraud challenges call 512-547-1509 or visithttp://mcatenterprises.com/submit-a-case/ and schedule a free 60-minute consultation.

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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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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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Change Management for the Future

Successful organizations do not react to change: they anticipate it and manage it. Change management does not mean controlling change, nobody can do that. Change management means being prepared for change so you can survive and succeed, in spite of it.

Designing a Successful Change Management Process

Designing and implementing a successful change management process is actually easier than you might think. All you have to do is sit down, list the changes you expect then start devising strategies for dealing with them.

The best way to do this is to get representatives of every department in organization together. Then have each of them list the changes he or she expects in the near future. Once that is done you can start devising a change management strategy to deal with the changes that are most likely.

The IT manager might note that the software you are using will soon be obsolete or that the computers will soon need to be replaced. The team could devise a strategy for purchasing and deploying the new software and equipment. It could devise a budget for purchasing it, a strategy for coping with the change over and for educating the team in the use of the new equipment and software.

Part of change management is listing all the problems a change might entail. For example bringing in new software will require you to successfully put all the data in the old system into the new. Is that possible and if so what will it take.

You can also anticipate disruptions to business and potential customer service problems. For example will the organization have to shut down while the changeover is in progress? Will that cut business and how can it be done without driving customers away. Will sales people be able to fill orders while the computers are unavailable?

Brainstorming to address these problems is the essence of change management. Once you have mastered that your organization can survive and thrive. For example you can create smart goals to convey the change management strategy to the team.

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Making Leadership Training Effective

The cornerstone of every effective leadership development effort must be realistic and effective leadership training. No large organization can survive or succeed in today’s world without effective leadership training programs.

Simply hoping that leaders develop within your team or that you can hire really good candidates for leadership is not enough. To succeed you must learn how to develop leaders in house. Developing your own cadre of leaders will always be cheaper and more effective than hiring outsiders.

Some Indications of Effective Leadership Training Programs

1. Employee engagement: people want to participate in the program because they feel they will actually learn something from it.
2. Faith in the program: management feels confident when promoting graduates of the program.
3. Increased morale: people feel good after completing the program and when participating in it.
4. Involved: the leadership training program is in line with the company’s goals. For example it is training people in the skills needed for expansion.
5. Long term: employees participating in the program feel that they will be involved in it for years. They develop a long term commitment to the company by participating in the program.
6. Strategic: the program imparts the organization’s strategy to the employees so they understand it and know how to implement it.

If your leadership training program does not fit these descriptions it is probably a waste of time and money. A good place to begin a leadership development program is with a list of Smart Goals. Sit down create goals for the company then start thinking about the kind of leaders you will need to achieve them.

Once you’ve done that ask yourself: how can I transform the leaders I have today into the people who will achieve those goals? When you have answered that question you will know how to set up an effective leadership training program.

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Management Training in Today’s World

Management training has proved to be the most efficient and most effective tool in boosting productivity and increasing employee morale.

The biggest complaint that employees have about management today is that managers do not know what is going on. Too often workers complain that the manager really does not understand the company or what we do here. He or she knows nothing about the technology, the customers, the services we provide and everything else.

Management training programs can address this need by creating leaders and managers that understand the organization and what it does. Instead of hiring people just out of college and hoping they can learn the process; an organization can give its most knowledgeable and effective employees management training.

That way it can develop a cadre of leaders that really understand the industry. Many of the most effective organizations including UPS , Wal-Mart and the United States Marines Corps have intensive management training and leadership development programs. These organizations are successful because they spend time and effort on leadership development.

More importantly their leadership teams can rely upon their managers because the managers know the organization and its goals. They know that the manager on the floor can be trusted on to make the right decisions because she knows what is going on there.

Management training can increase employee morale because employees will be much more likely to listen to, respond to and pay attention somebody who rises from the ranks. No employee will ever respect or listen to a manager who does not know what he is talking about.

Yet, many organizations are full of such managers. In some situations, employees end up training the manager. That destroys the chain of command and makes both discipline and employee morale impossible.

Setting up a management training program as a part of a leadership development effort will pay off. In particular it will pay off in the form of managers that know the business and how to succeed in it.

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Leadership Development in a Bad Economy

Quite a few organizations make the mistake of eliminating or cutting back on leadership development efforts when the economy gets bad. Leadership training programs are often the first thing to be eliminated and the last thing to be restored when the budget cuts start.

Cutting back on leadership development efforts during a bad economy is a terrible mistake. Organizations and companies need visionary leadership in a bad economy. Yet they refuse to pay for the tools needed to develop such leadership.

The challenges are greater than ever but the leaders needed to guide companies and agencies through the economic challenges may not be there. To make matters worse there could be little or no money to use to lure effective leaders in from the outside.

That means organizations will need to make due with their existing employee bases. It makes sense to give those employees the training and tools they need to become effective leaders. It also makes sense to have a cadre of trained leaders that are willing to step up and take command when the going gets tough.

Leadership development and leadership training are not luxuries. No company or organization can survive without leaders and leadership. So it makes sense for an organization to increase its investment in leadership development during a bad economy.

Such efforts will show employees that they are valued, and give the most creative and successful workers a reason to stay even if salary increases are not available. Workers who know that their loyalty and hard work could be rewarded with a leadership position are more likely to stay. Workers who think that leadership roles are reserved for outsiders will start sending out resumes.

Leadership development is vital to the survival of any organization and cannot be ignored even in today’s poor economy. Those organizations that spend money and resources developing new leaders will thrive and succeed in the years ahead. Those that do not will perish.

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Poll: 60 Percent of Israelis: ‘President Barack Obama’s Best Quality is His Power of Persuasion and Public Speaking Skills’. 50 Percent: ‘Obama is the Best Speaker among Western Countries’ Leaders’

Poll: 60 percent of Israelis view “power of persuasion and public speaking skills” as President Obama’s strongest personal characteristic. 10 percent consider that his strongest quality is “daring”. A further 10 percent consider that “the striving for excellence” is his most prominent quality. 7 percent think that “authenticity” is the President’s prime quality.

Poll: 60 Percent of Israelis: 'President Barack Obama's Best Quality is His Power of Persuasion and Public Speaking Skills'. 50 Percent: 'Obama is the Best Speaker among Western Countries' Leaders'

Poll’s additional disclosure: fifty percent of Israelis view President Obama as the best speaker among the leaders of the western countries.

These findings were revealed by the first survey of its kind undertaken in Israel by Market Watch, a research and public opinion poll company. The telephone poll was carried out on a national sample of the mature Jewish population in Israel, (aged 18 +), in celebration of the publication in Israel of the new book “Barack Obama’s Secrets of Influence and Persuasion”, by Gil and Nili Peretz.

According to the survey results:
Almost half of Israelis rank President Obama as the best speaker among leaders of the western world.

Poll results:
1. President of the United States, Barack Obama – 47 percent.
2. Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel – 12 percent.
3. President Sarkozy of France – 10 percent.
4. Prime Minister of Italy Berlusconi – 7 percent
5. New Prime Minister of Britain, David Cameron – 2 percent.

Analysis of the survey’s findings reveals additional results:
A: Gender comparison: 66 percent of men in Israel think that President Obama’s most prominent quality is his power of persuasion and rhetoric. A little more than half the women chose this quality (53 percent). The percentage of women, who chose “daring” as the President’s dominant quality, is almost double the number of men (12.9 percent of women versus 6.8 percent of men).

Comparison among the leaders, more than half the men (54 percent) chose President Obama as the best speaker, compared to 41 percent of the women.

President Sarkozy received the support of 11.5 percent of women’s votes, in comparison to 7 percent of men’s votes.

B. Comparison by age: young people at the ages 18 – 24 chose the “daring” quality twice as much as the rest of the population age groups, as President Obama’s strongest quality: 19.8 percent of young Israelis chose this quality. 50.1 percent of them chose his rhetoric ability facing an audience.

The book “Barack Obama’s Secrets of Influence and Persuasion” was written in Hebrew by an Israelis couple who are experts in their fields: the international speaker Gil Peretz, together with the excellence researcher, Nili Peretz, and was published in Israel by “Matar” Publishers, who publish Hebrew translations to works by Jack Weltch, Tom Peters, Spencer Johnson, Ken Blanchard, Lee Iacocca, Harvey Mackay, Robert Kiyosaki, Dan Arieli and Rudolph Giuliani.

Gil Peretz lectures across the globe on Obama’s effective secrets of communication, and the manner they can be utilized in speeches, presentations, sales meetings, and appearances in the media. Over the last two decades, Peretz has been advising and coaching company directors, international corporation chairmen and politicians in various countries, in preparation for important appearances in the media, and toward significant speeches in their career. Among others he has in the past coached and advised two Israeli Chiefs-of-Staff, ministers and ambassadors. Gil Peretz has worked with directors of international organizations such as: Microsoft, Allergan, Merck/MSD, Teva, HP, Hilton, British American Tobacco, Manpower, M-systems, SAP, and more.

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Daniel Soffer Appointed as Committee Chair of LMN

Search Office Space (North America) Vice President, Mr. Daniel Soffer, has been appointed to serve a term as Chairman of the Local Member Network (LMN) Committee of the Office Business Center Association International (OBCAI).

Daniel Soffer Appointed as Committee Chair of LMN

In this newly appointed role as Committee Chair for the LMN with OBCAI, Daniel will be one of the key people responsible in helping establish new LMN’S and grow existing ones throughout North America on behalf of the business center community. In addition to this new role, Daniel’s previous work with OBCAI includes serving as Chair of the Broker Practices committee for 2009 resulting in Daniel winning the OBCAI Associate Member award.

Daniel Soffer, Vice President of SOS > Search Office Space commented: “It’s an honour to be playing an active role in such a vital organization as OBCAI. It’s a growing trade association not only representing North America but internationally too. My current role involves working alongside business center operators and associate members to help grow and establish Local Member Networks throughout North America and with its widening scope help provide ever improving services and performance to prospective tenants.”

OBCAI is the leading member owned non-profit international association that currently represents the office business center industry. The membership network for OBCAI exists in more than 400 locations around the world and includes business center owners, managers, and other service providers working in the industry. Members enjoy a variety benefits and have access to proprietary industry information generated by OBCAI to support the professional and business development of members as well as taking a leadership role in fostering the continued growth of the industry. As the leading trade organization, OBCAI is also the primary resource of information for the office space and executive suite industry.

About SOS > Search Office Space:
SOS > Search Office Space was established in 1993 as the very first business organization dedicated to providing serviced office space brokerage services in the United Kingdom. Since that time, SOS has expanded globally through satellite offices in the major office space markets in the world. With the US headquarters in Manhattan and offices in California, SOS > Search Office Space is ideally placed to provide services across key American locations, with office space in NYCoffice space in Los Angeles andoffice space in Atlanta available. SOS also has offices in Central London and Hong Kong. In addition to its global presence, SOS reaches and connects with clients looking for flexible office space anywhere in the world with a database of office business centers, which is easily accessible via the company’s website where users can search for office space and executive suites in more than 6,000 locations.

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Barclaycard Has Appointed Jim Wadsworth As Its Head Of Strategic Product Management For Prepaid

In his new role, Jim will be responsible for driving forward Barclaycard’s prepaid card activities in the public and private sector.

Jim joins Barclaycard from JP Morgan where, for the past two years, he was responsible for developing and launching its prepaid and commercial credit card offerings in the UK and Europe. Prior to this role, Jim was Chief Marketing Officer of Simpay, the pan-European mobile payment initiative and has also held the position of head of m-commerce at Vodafone UK.

Commenting on his appointment, Jim, a former board director of the Prepaid International Forum, said: “I’m excited by Barclaycard’s commitment to payment innovation and am looking forward to leveraging Barclaycard’s extensive commercial payments activities by developing new prepaid products for both the public and private sector.”

In August 2009, Barclaycard published figures about their customer numbers that showed that it has 11.9m UK customers, 11.8m international customers and 88,000 retailer/merchant relationships. In addition to the UK, Barclaycard operates in the United States, Europe, Africa and the Middle and Far East.

Barclaycard also issues charge and credit cards to corporate customers and the UK Government. Barclaycard partners with a wide range of organisations across the globe to offer their customers or members payment options and credit cards.

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Ronald Banaszak Nominated for Board of Directors for CMAA

The Nominating Committee of the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) has released the 2010 slate of candidates for officers and directors. Mr. Ronald Banaszak, CCM, General Manager/Chief Operating Officer of the St. Francis Yacht Club (www.stfyc.com) has been nominated as a Board of Director for the 2010 election.

The CMAA has more than 6,000 members, spanning the entire United States as well as Canada, South America, Australia, Europe and as far as South Africa.

As a dedicated and active member of the CMAA since 1995, Banaszak has volunteered for many committees and special projects which prepared him for his term as President of the Southern California Chapter of the CMAA. In 2008, the four California Chapters merged into one large Golden State Chapter of the CMAA.

Banaszak believes in the importance of the ongoing education that CMAA provides for its members. “Our focus needs to remain on fulfilling the educational needs of the members, as well as continuing to foster an environment of camaraderie and keeping the bar set very high as it relates to professionalism,” he states. “By living and enhancing these standards, our association will perpetuate its reputation as the leader that others will follow and emulate.”

“Our association needs volunteers on the Board that can lead, and leadership is a skill CMAA has a track record of developing in its members. Being a product of this leadership development, I am confident this is the area I can best serve CMAA,” says Banaszak. His nomination to CMAA is supported by the Board of Directors of the Golden State Chapter, the Board of the St. Francis Yacht Club, as well as his wife and children.

More information about Ronald Banaszak and his campaign can be found at:
http://banaszakgivingback.blogspot.com/ or
http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=2351266&trk=hb_side_g

Tanya S. Cook Appointed Examiner for 2009 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award

Tanya S. Cook of Custom Direct located in Joppa, MD, has been appointed by Dr. Patrick Gallagher, Deputy Director of the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), to the 2009 Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The Award, created by public law in 1987, is the highest level of national recognition for performance excellence that a U.S. organization can receive.

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As an examiner, Cook is responsible for reviewing and evaluating applications submitted for the Award. The board is composed of approximately 500 leading experts selected f r o m industry, professional and trade organizations, education and health care organizations and government.

Those selected meet the highest standards of qualification and peer recognition. All members of the board must take part in a preparation course based on the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence and the scoring and evaluation processes for the Baldrige Award.

Awards may be given annually in each of six categories: Manufacturing, Service, Small Business, Education, Health Care, and Non-profit. Awards have been presented to 77 organizations, including the (2008) Award recipients: Cargill Corn Milling North America, Iredell-Statesville Schools, and Poudre Valley Health System.

Information about the Baldrige National Quality Program and the application process is available f r o m the Baldrige National Quality Program, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Administration Bldg., Room A600, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 1020, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1020, telephone: 301/975-2036, fax: 301/948-3716. Information also can be found on the Baldrige National Quality Program’s website at http://www.nist.gov/baldrige.

The Award Program is managed by NIST in close cooperation with the private sector. The American Society for Quality (ASQ) in Milwaukee, WI, administers the program. For further information about Tanya S. Cook contact 410-679-3300. For further information about the Baldrige Award, reporters may contact Michael E. Newman, NIST Public Affairs Office, 301-975-3025, michael.newman@nist.gov.

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Segun Babalola Appointed New IT Director At SilverDoor

SilverDoor recruits an IT Director to join the team at their head office in Chiswick, West London following the company’s continued expansion and their website upgrade plans for 2009.

Segun Babalola will be joining SilverDoor as IT Director from April this year. Segun has previously worked with SilverDoor on a consultancy basis on the development of the website since the company was formed nine years ago. He will be based at the company’s office in Chiswick, West London.

Marcus Angell, Managing Director, commented, “We have a number of major IT projects coming up this year, such as white label client sites, a new internal IT reservation and finance system, online card payment system, website back end redesign, along with the continuous improvements to the front end of the website”.

He continued, “We are also in the process of rolling out 360 degree internal tours of our top 100 apartments as well as launching Google StreetView which will enable prospective clients to see the external area of an apartment so we definitely felt that this was the right time to appoint an IT Director. Segun has long been a valued link in the development of SilverDoor and we are delighted to have him on board in this role.”

April also sees additional staff joining in Corporate Sales and Finance. Sean Hall has joined on a university Accounting and Finance placement from Bournemouth University and Serena Dines has joined as a permanent member of the Corporate Sales team from John D Wood. SilverDoor also appointed an HR/Office Manager earlier this year, Raimonda Kiausaite.

“Due to our expansion, we felt the time was right to appoint an HR/Office Manager to assist the directors in the day to day running of the company. By appointing senior significant staff we are addressing our growth whilst planning for the future and ensuring that our main focus is in developing the business further”, said Chris Gee, Sales Director.

Further acknowledgement of the company’s success came with the recent Buying Business Travel Diamond Awards announcement of SilverDoor as runner up in the Best Serviced Apartment Company category for 2009 and Business Travel World’s announcement of SilverDoor as a finalist in the Best Business Accommodation category also for 2009. Both award ceremonies are seen as valued and respected amongst the travel trade and represent the views of the most important industry clients.

SilverDoor represents serviced apartments in over 160 locations worldwide and features almost 250 serviced apartments within London. The company has just added further properties within Paris as well as serviced apartments in Edinburgh, Newcastle, Cape Town, new serviced apartments in Reading and Cork as a new destination.

About SilverDoor

SilverDoor international serviced apartments was incorporated as a Limited Company in March 2000 under its original name of HotDigs. At the beginning of January 2006 the company changed its name to SilverDoor. The company was formed and continues to be led by managing director Marcus Angell. SilverDoor boasts an impressive client portfolio which includes many FTSE 100 such as RBS, HSBC, Cadburys Schweppes and MAN Group Plc. SilverDoor offers serviced apartments in over 160 locations globally such as Paris, New York, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, as well as across the UK providing Birmingham serviced apartments, Cardiff serviced apartments and serviced apartments in Swindon. SilverDoor is based in Chiswick, West London.

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Time For Me Retreat Helps Create A Satisfying Work–Life Balance And Gives Overworked Professionals Opportunities To Relax And Renew

In today’s economy, workaholism is often praised and even encouraged. The sad truth is, for those who wear themselves out working too long and too hard, the cost they pay may be their health, their relationships, and eventually, their ability to do their work well.

A recovering workaholic has designed a weekend getaway meant to introduce work-life balance, as well as some fun and relaxation to those of us whose lives have been so unbalanced that there hasn’t been enough – if any – Me Time.

The Time For Me retreat, from March 27th through March 29th, 2009 at the Mimslyn Inn in Virginia’s spectacular Shenandoah Mountains, is the perfect getaway from too much responsibility.

Attendees will be instructed, inspired, and re-energized by work–life balance experts like New York Times best-selling author Barbara Sher (http://www.BarbaraSher.com) and world traveler / photo-journalist Robin Sparks (www.RobinSparks.com).

And to make sure you practice what they’re preaching, there will be wine-tasting, massages, belly-dancing, Tai Chi, pottery and photography workshops, as well as time to just relax, take a nap, take a bubble bath, or take a walk.

To take advantage of the $550 early-bird price (a $125 savings off the regular price of $675), make your reservations on or before January 15th.

For details about the Time For Me Retreat, including a complete list of speakers, a schedule of activities, local attractions, and information on transportation and lodging, visit http://www.NoTimeForMe.net.

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Jumeirah Has Been Appointed By GT Land To Manage A Five Star Hotel In China

Jumeirah, the Dubai based-luxury hotel company, has been appointed by GT Land Holdings Limited to manage a luxury hotel in Guangzhou, China.

Jumeirah‘s management of the Guangzhou Hotel (Jumeirah Group’s second hotel to be signed in China) was announced at a ceremony held today in Guangzhou and attended by Mr Su Meng, president of GT Land Holdings Ltd and Mr Gerald Lawless, executive chairman of the Jumeirah Group.

The 200 room, five star luxury Jumeirah Guangzhou Hotel is scheduled to open in 2011 and will be located in the centre of the New Pearl City Tian He District, Guangzhou’s premier, rapidly growing commercial city centre.

The Jumeirah China Guangzhou Hotel will feature a sky lobby, elegantly appointed guest rooms, distinctive dining concepts and Jumeirah’s own luxury Talise Wellness spa – all situated on the top floors of the 50 storey GT Land Plaza, with commanding views of the Guangzhou city centre. Facilities at the new hotel are set to include restaurants, bars, a swimming pool and fitness centre as well as access to luxury boutiques.

“It is a great honour to have Jumeirah involved in our project in Guangzhou,” said Mr Su Meng, president of GT Land“The management of the hotel by Jumeirah will greatly raise the hospitality standards in China and help people better understand the concept of luxury hotel.”

Gerald Lawless of the Jumeirah Group echoed Mr Su Meng’s comments, saying; “We are very pleased to have been selected as the management company for the operation of this luxury hotel. China is a fascinating country and one of the world’s fastest growing markets. Today’s announcement is very important for Jumeirah and we are delighted to being our “Stay Different” promise to Gunagzhou.”

About Jumeirah:
Jumeirah properties are regarded as among the most luxurious and innovative in the world and have won numerous international travel and tourism awards. The fast growing Dubai based luxury international hospitality group encompasses the world renowned Burj Al Arab, the world’s most luxurious hotel, the multi-award winning Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Madinat Jumeirah and Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa in Dubai, the Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London and the Jumeirah Essex House Hotel in New York.

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Ramzi Nassif appointed Managing Director for Leviton’s Middle East Sales

Leviton is pleased to announce the appointment of Ramzi Nassif to lead the company’s expansion into the Mid-East. As Managing Director for Middle East Sales, Nassif will be headquartered in Dubai and spearhead sales of the company’s line of residential, commercial and industrial products throughout the Middle East, India, Turkey and Egypt. Leviton, which is North America’s leading producer of electrical and electronic products, also has over twenty years of leadership experience in the commercial networking and structured cabling industry, supplying everything from high-density copper and fiber solutions for telecommunications rooms and Data Centers to every type of connector and wall plate for the workstation.

Nassif brings a formidable background in strategic planning and multi-national sales to his new position. Prior to joining Leviton, he enjoyed a decade-long career with 3M Gulf, Ltd., where he quickly grew sales of the company’s electrical and telecom solutions and distinguished himself as a consistent high performer. Starting out as a sales engineer, he later assumed positions as team leader, marketing executive, regional sales manager and most recently, as Country Business Leader for the company. He also earned numerous performance distinctions, including awards for best division and best marketing plan.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to have a professional of Ramzi’s background join our International Group to lead us in this exciting strategic venture. His track record of outstanding achievement, performance and leadership bode well for Leviton’s ability to increase its footprint in these exciting, emerging markets,” said Bruno Filio, Vice President of International Business Development.

A graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology, Nassif holds a BS in Electrical Engineering, Green-belt level Six Sigma certification and is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Building Industry Consulting Services International (BICSI).

About Leviton Manufacturing Co.

Leviton Manufacturing Company, a 102-year-old family-owned business and the leading name in electrical devices, also has over twenty years of leadership experience in the commercial networking and structured cabling industry, supplying everything from high-density copper and fiber solutions for telecommunications rooms and Data Centers to every type of connector and wall plate for the workstation. As networking requirements reach the 10-gigabit transmission level, Leviton is one of the few global companies with the ability to consistently manufacture system components capable of meeting rapidly-evolving performance standards. On the residential side, this technical and manufacturing excellence is the reason why homebuilders in the U.S. rank Leviton as their top brand in residential structured cabling and lighting control products (according to Builder magazine’s annual Brand Use Study). Leviton’s professional-grade voice, data and video products and systems are the ideal platform for meeting the demands of today’s advanced home communications, information and entertainment technologies.

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Tracesmart Corporate’s Marketing Manager, Adam Smith, is to present at the CASE Europe Annual Conference 2008

Tracesmart Corporate, leading suppliers of consumer tracing solutions, have announced that their marketing manager, Adam Smith, will be presenting at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Europe Annual Conference 2008, which is to be held in Brighton. Smith presented to CASE members on day 3 of their conference, which was held on Wednesday 27th August 2008, at the Hilton Brighton Metropole. The presentation is entitled “Alumni Trace – how data cleansing, member tracing, and member profiling will help to build long and fruitful alumni relationships” and will highlight how universities can regain contact with alumni members.

In addition to discussing how conducting an alumni search can benefit educational institutions, Smith will also be conveying the advantages of data cleansing and data enrichment, “A successful fundraising campaign should employ data cleansing prior to commencement; this process not only ensures that the contact details held are correct but will also highlight gone aways, allowing the institute to identify and, subsequently, trace those who have moved. In addition to data cleansing, it is advisable to profile each and every member by wealth and socio-demographics – this can highlight potentially large donors, allowing the University to conduct highly targeted communications.”

Commenting on their own portfolio of services, Mike Trezise, Managing Director at Tracesmart, noted “We have developed a suite of bespoke services specifically for Universities, to assist them in re-locating and profiling their alumni. Already employed by many institutes throughout the UK, our solutions have been used to relocate alumni members for reunions and to support philanthropic fundraising campaigns. The imminent introduction of the state driven, matched funding scheme makes this the ideal time for Universities to reconnect with their gone aways.” The matched funding scheme for voluntary giving, referred to by Trezise, starts on 1 August 2008 and runs for three years. £200 million of funding is available to match eligible gifts raised by all English higher education institutions (HEIs) and directly funded further education colleges (FECs). Trezise further commented, “It is imperative that institutions proactively trace people in their alumni database who they have lost contact with, as it will broaden their support base and could considerably assist in developing the University as a whole.”

In addition to presenting at the conference, Tracesmart have a prominent role at the event as a whole. As well as being platinum sponsors, supporting a keynote speaker and exhibiting, they are also hosting a drinks reception on Wednesday the 27th August for delegates of the conference.

  • Tracesmart Corporate supply a diverse range of consumer data cleansing, identification and tracing tools to a wide variety of industries. The B2B division of Tracesmart Ltd, their client base ranges from SME to Blue Chip, who are all recipients of bespoke solutions built around their specific needs.
  • The CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) Europe Annual Conference 2008 was held at the Hilton Brighton Metropole from 25th- 29th August 2008. CASE is the professional organisation for advancement professionals at all levels who work in alumni relations, communications, fundraising, marketing and other areas.
  • Adam Smith oversees Tracesmart’s extensive marketing activities, and provides industry insights at a variety of events across the country.
  • Michael Trezise is the founder and Managing Director of Tracesmart. With over 25 years of tracing experience his unrivalled knowledge provides the company with a distinct competitive advantage.

 

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