Quest CE Promotes Mike Kufahl To Vice President – Client Relationship ManagementQuest CE Promotes Mike Kufahl To Vice President Client Relationship Management

Quest CE President and CEO Alan Krenke announced the promotion of Mike Kufahl to Vice President – Client Relationship Management.

We are very pleased to promote Mike in recognition of all that he has done for Quest,” Krenke said. “Mike has contrib¬uted greatly to the success of Quest, especially the client services area and has shown his com¬mitment to ensuring our clients receive the best and most professional treatment in the financial services industry.”

Kufahl joined Quest in March 2006 and acts as the company liaison for several key accounts. Prior to joining Quest, he worked as an Account Executive for Strong Funds in Milwaukee.

About Quest CE:
Quest CE offers customized continuing education and online compliance management programs to financial service firms across the country. With over 100 clients in the insurance, mutual fund, and banking industries, Quest has the resources and expertise necessary to create and administer successful training programs for organizations of all sizes.

For more information about Quest CE you may also contact Quest CE at 877-593-3366 or visit their website at

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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.


DOT Compliance Challenge Program

Optima Associates, Inc., an operations, risk and asset management consulting firm based in De Pere, Wis., has come up with a new way to assist motor carriers with DOT compliance. The company will provide a simulated DOT motor carrier safety audit and waive its consulting fees for any motor carrier that can score a satisfactory rating in each of six audit factors.

Optima will conduct a full DOT compliance review using the motor carrier safety fitness criteria from Part 385 of the federal regulations, as well as the latest audit procedures published in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Field Operations Training Manual.

For motor carriers that accept Optima’s challenge and score a satisfactory motor carrier safety rating in all six audit factors, the company will waive its usual consulting fees. In these instances, motor carriers will only be charged for expenses incurred by Optima in the course of conducting a DOT compliance audit.

If a motor carrier scores an overall satisfactory rating but has a conditional rating in two or fewer factors, the carrier will pay 60% of Optima’s consulting fee in addition to expenses.

Jeff Simon, a senior compliance consultant at Optima, says the company’s DOT Compliance Challenge is a way to reward companies that are in compliance with DOT regulations.

“The companies that consistently do things right and that play by the rules can really benefit from this program. This is a way for them to get, at a nominal, expenses-only cost, an objective, outside review from a qualified DOT consultant to ensure that they’re in full compliance,” he says.

Simon explains that the program is designed to assist both for-hire motor carriers and private fleets. “This program is intended for motor carriers and fleets that are new toOptima and that are interested in receiving a systematic, professional review of theirDOT compliance efforts from an outside consultant.”

Simon notes that Optima’s transportation consultants have conducted simulated DOT compliance audits for hundreds of clients. “Our five DOT consultants each have at least 30 years of experience working in all aspects of the transportation business.”

According to Simon, the launching of this program is especially timely considering the ongoing trend in aggressive enforcement taken by the DOT. “In recent years there has been a shift from education to enforcement. The DOT’s stance is that motor carriers are responsible for knowing the regulations. Ignorance is no excuse. Carriers who are found in violation of the regulations will be fined, and the fines can quickly run into the thousands of dollars.”

Simon maintains that full DOT compliance is absolutely essential. “In the long run, it saves many times more than it costs, especially when considering the possibility of a lawsuit over an accident or incident caused by being out of compliance.”

Simon adds that the DOT’s database publicizes motor carrier safety ratings and evaluations, and these scores are available to customers, insurance carriers, financial institutions, lawyers and the general public. “This is one more reason why full compliance is critical and why regular DOT compliance audits are especially important.”

About Optima Associates, Inc.
Located in De Pere, Wis., Optima Associates is a personalized consulting firm that provides operations, risk and asset management consulting services. Optima helps clients accelerate performance leading to improved business results. To learn more aboutOptima Associates, visit


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