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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New Sales Training and Sales Coaching Programs By eXubrio

eXubrio Group LLC CEO Paul McAfee announced today that his company has introduced new sales training and sales coaching programs. The programs teach business-to-business sales people how to match customer needs with their products and services. This process also is called consultative selling or needs-based selling.

Not every sale requires a needs-based approach. Some sales are transactional, such as the purchase of a candy bar at the grocery store checkout line. However, many sales situations require consultation with the buyer to determine the right product or service. eXubrio Group’s new sales training program prepares sales people to approach a consultative sale as a relaxed interview process that is enjoyable for both the seller and the prospect.

The properly trained sales person’s goal is to understand the prospect’s needs, and to match appropriate products or services with those needs. This is vastly different from hard sell – or pushy – sales processes taught by other training organizations. An eXubrio Group trained sales person will build rapport, and a trust relationship, with the prospect. The salesperson will ask appropriate questions to understand the prospect’s needs. The ideal conclusion of a successful needs-based sales cycle will hear the prospect explain why he or she wants to purchase the sales person’s product or service.

eXubrio Group sales training and sales coaching services are available immediately. Companies wishing to participate can arrange for in-house sales training and coaching programs. In early 2010, eXubrio Group will begin offering offsite training workshops for companies with small sales forces.

eXubrio Group’s sales training is closely aligned with the business and marketing strategy processes used nationally by eXubrio Group. These include the Delivering Profitable Value methodology developed and practiced by Michael Lanning’s DPV Group LLC. eXubrio Group also uses its unique customer adoption model that identifies the marketing and sales steps through which every customer passes.

eXubrio Group sales training teaches sales people how to recognize the positive business experiences a prospect will receive if they purchase from the sales person. The program helps the sales person recognize where the prospect is in the buying process. Sales people learn how to help the prospect move through the steps to purchase. This integration of a marketing strategy with the sales process differentiates eXubrio Group’s training from others’ training. eXubrio Group will customize and personalize in-house training and coaching programs for each of its clients.

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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
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Leadership Failure Is Epidemic Claimed Will Marré, Leadership Development Speaker

Leadership failure is epidemic, claimed Will Marré, leadership expert and the author of a new book, Save the World and Still Be Home For Dinner (Capitol Books, Sept. 2009), at the recent Excellence in Workplace Forum in San Diego. As evidence, he pointed to the successive failures of corporate leaders and the demise or bankruptcies of companies ranging from Enron to GM as well as the bailouts of our global financial system. In his remarks, however, Marré inspired senior executives and human resource leaders to be apart from these leadership failures by embracing a new leadership framework.

Marré proposed that leadership development has been dominated by business schools over the past forty years which has led to a “dumbing down” of leadership to a set of skills and attributes. He proposed that reducing leadership to abilities such as decisiveness, discipline, vision and inspiration fail to distinguish the critical difference between Hitler and Churchill or Stalin and Roosevelt. “The core problem,” stated Marré, “is that we’ve abandoned the first principle of leadership which answers the question, what am I trying to accomplish? If we are going to have a sustainable future leaders must have a noble intent, a purpose beyond self-interest.”

Leaders want to make a change in how they do business. A recent global survey by McKinsey and Company reveals that over 70 percent of global leaders say they need to improve their performance in solving social and environmental problems but are not sure what to do.

Research reported by Ashridge Business School reports that 76 percent of CEOs and senior executives believe that it is important that senior executives have the necessary knowledge and skills to respond to trends like climate change, resource scarcity and doing business in emerging markets marked by poverty, corruption and human rights violations. Alarmingly, however, only 8 percent believe that these knowledge and skills are currently being developed very effectively by either their own organizations or by business schools more broadly.

Marré has the answer for this leadership development dilemma, his new leadership framework he calls REALeadership. He stated, “If we are going to avoid the massive potholes in our future – resource depletion, environmental collapse, trade wars, massive unemployment, market disruptions and corporate extinction – we need leadership of a different kind, now.” Marré’s REALeadership framework creates a new, three-dimensional business model that “REALeaders” must take on in order to thrive in the coming decade. To find out more about REALeadership, visit Marré’s blog, CSR and the 4 Ideals of Socially Responsible Leadership.

Marré truly believes that REALeadership is the only leadership for a thriving future. In “The Future of Work: Engaging Employees to Drive Innovation” Marré discusses how leadership in the 21st century workplace based on creating a sustainable future drives employee engagement and innovation based on shared values where value is added to both the future and the bottom line. Furthermore, in his leadership development workshops, Marré shows organizations how a future of environmental sustainability, increased world health, and educational and economic opportunity create the greatest business opportunity in history.

About Will Marré:
Will is an Emmy Award-winning writer, leadership speaker and coach. He is the co-founder and former president of the Covey Leadership Center (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) and CEO of the REALeadership Alliance where he helps leaders identify, communicate and implement new socially strategic business models. Will has been a personal leadership coach and advisor to multi-billion dollar global companies such as Disney and Johnson & Johnson. For the past 10 years he has focused on making corporate social responsibility strategic. His book, Save the World and Still Be Home for Dinner will be released in fall 2009.

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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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T&G Business Solutions Provides A Wide Variety Of Integrated Business, Technology And Consulting Services

In any economic client, but especially a fluctuating one, businesses are constantly forced to reinvent themselves to match client needs. Downsizing, growing, changing their campaigns, lowering prices or creating better projects are all “reinventions” of the company wheel. Many small businesses have gone another route, incorporating related products or services into their company model to offer a broader range to their clientele.

T&G Business Solutions has done just that. A woman-owned minority company founded in 2005, T&G provides a wide variety of integrated business, technology and consulting services. In addition, they are also a member of the National Minority Development Council (NMDC) and veteran-owned as well. Gloria Pipkin, President of T&G, and Tyrone Pipkin, Vice President and veteran, were proud to be part of such a prominent council, and have done their best to carry the ideals of the council to the public.

Since its inception, T&G Business Solutions has gained a list of prestigious business partners, including Cisco and Dell, as well as receiving Illinois MBE Certification and others. The company’s services now cover every area of end-to-end project management for technology initiatives, business improvements and changes, as well as capacity management analysis.

Tyrone Pipkin explains the decisions behind the expansion. “Most companies like ours offer partial management. For instance, they offer enterprise systems integration or network integration, data warehousing management or data warehousing development. This means that the clients have to go to one company to get part of the job done, and another company to get another part of the job done.

“In this highly competitive business,” Mr. Pipkin continues, “we felt the need to provide all these services under one roof – a one stop shop, if you will, for technology initiatives.” Thanks to T&G Business Solutions and the few companies like them, it has become possible for a business owner to implement needed technological improvements through one company, rather than several.

Included in their services are end-to-end network management, data warehousing and portal development, network integration and business change management, which allows their clients to achieve designated business goals, prepare the workforce for changes, manage the transitions and streamline their processes. In addition, Tyrone Pipkin says, T&G offers consulting services for project management, technical support, network design and network administration.

“If it needs doing,” Tyrone Pipkin continues, “and it has to do with business technological improvements, we can do it. We’ve proven that time and again, for small to medium businesses and Fortune 500 businesses alike.”

Although T&G is still a small business, with only eight employees, they’ve made sure that their employees are highly trained in their capacities as certified technical experts, professionals and administrators. They’ve gained six business certifications and offer over twelve different services that all work together to form the complete business solution.

“Never underestimate a small business,” Tyrone Pipkin says. “The smaller the business, the harder they work to gain clients – and we do work hard; not only to gain clients, but to give our clients complete satisfaction on their project, whatever it may be. We have a solid reputation in the IT industry specifically because we deliver proven results.

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CWorks International Conference on Facility Management (CiFMC) to be held in Kuala Lumpur, June 2-3, 2009

Facilitating an exchange of ideas regarding best practices in facility management, CWorks Systems (Mesdaq:0079), a global leader of maintenance management solutions, is hosting an international conference called “A Facility Management Exchange” in the cosmopolitan city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on June 2-3, 2009. The Conference, to be held in the Putra World Trade Center in KL, will feature two full days of content-rich sessions, inspiring speakers, and networking amongst colleagues from around the world.

This facilities management centric event will feature a distinguished roster of thought leaders and FM experts from major consulting firms, media, and technology-driven corporations. The keynote speakers include:

* Teena G. Shouse, CFM, Senior FM Consultant, of Facility Engineering Assoc., P.C., Director, Global FM. Bringing nearly 20 years of professional experience, Ms. Shouse has a wide range of facility management operational knowledge and experience in quality development and program/process standardization coupled with a true passion for the facility management field. Her achievements have been recognized with numerous awards. Ms. Shouse recently served as the Chairman of the Board for the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) from 2005 to 2007 and is currently a director of Global FM, a worldwide alliance of member-centered facility management organizations.

* Stan Mitchell, Chairman and President of Key Facilities Management International Ltd (KFMI), and founding member of Global FM. Recently recognized by the publication FM World as one of the top 20 Pioneers of Facilities Management in the UK, Mr. Mitchell is Past Chairman of the British Institute of Facilities Management and Convenor of WG2 within the CEN348 Technical Committee – the committee which established the first European Standards for Facilities Management agreements. He is currently Chairman of the British Standards Institute Facilities Management Committee and Founding Chairman of Global Facility Management Association.

* David Berger, P. Eng., MBA, and director/partner of Western Management Consultants in Toronto. Mr. Berger is one of North America’s top CMMS experts and has written extensively on CMMS/EAM, maintenance management, operations management, information technology, and strategy issues. Mr. Berger is Founding President of the Plant Engineering & Maintenance Assoc. of Canada, Past President of the Toronto Chapter of the Canadian Society for Industrial Engineering, and past Vice President, Canada, for the Institute of Industrial Engineers. For over 23 years, he has taught strategy, operations management and IT courses for the MBA program at York University, Toronto. Mr. Berger was recently elected a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers.

Besides these professionals, other highlights include talks by George Selestine, Director of FM Asia Pacific, Sodexho; Micheal Doolan, Johnson Controls, Inc.; John Summers, Leeds Castle Ent. Ltd., UK; Jagath L. Gunawardena, Dubai Chamber of Commerce; and Dave Griffiths, Senior Management Consultant, CWorks Systems, among the many other esteemed speakers scheduled for the summit.

“CiFMC is a unique opportunity for CWorks to give back to our clients and to the profession of facility management,” stated Abdul Rani Achmed Abdullah, CEO of CWorks Systems. “By exploring and sharing the best practices of facility managers and experts who have international insights, our attendees will receive the best of the best in cutting edge practices that they can immediately incorporate into their FM practice.”

CWorks Systems, an award winning, publicly listed company that specializes in maintenance management solutions, has half a million users in over 100 countries. To learn how you can attend this international conference, visit www.cworks.com.my.

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Ascent Adventure Consultants: Building into the Stability and Success of Raleigh NC Businesses

Ascent Adventure Consultants, Apex North Carolina based corporate team building experts and professional rock climbing guides, have created two unique team building programs that are designed to build confidence, stability, loyalty, unity, success, and ultimately profitability into the businesses in the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill area.

The two programs are titled Summit Team Building, and Excursion Team Building. Summit Team Building programs are programs full of interactive, experiential team building initiatives that have been customized to meet the business’ goals and desires for the program. Excursion Team Building programs are held off site as a weekend retreat in which participants travel to the mountains, either staying in a hotel or camping, and participate in rock climbing and other outdoor adventures as a mean of team building.

“Ascent Adventure Consultants has a unique approach to their team building sessions. Their passion for helping people challenge themselves is refreshing and will serve both managers and employees alike. I would highly recommend them if you want your staff to think beyond the obvious and become more creative and critical thinkers,” expresses Mark Davison, an Ascent Adventure Consultants’ course participant.

The Ascent Adventure Consultants website explains these programs in full detail. Please visit http://www.ascentadventure.com.

If you are interested in writing or speaking about these programs, or for more information, please contact Brandon Hensinger, at Ascent Adventure Consultants: bhensinger@ascentadventure.com or 919-345-1087.

Ascent Adventure Consultants, based in Apex North Carolina, provides individuals and businesses with a dynamic way to break free from their normal routine and everyday experiences and accomplish something that seems out of reach, by offering customizable corporate team building programs, as well as professionally guided rock climbing and mountaineering adventures, They are committed to equipping every business with the tools it needs to achieve its goals and to guiding every individual on an incredible adventure.

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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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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 www.questce.com.

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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
www.optimatcp.com

 

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