December 15, 2005 On the Move

first_img On the Move Andrew Berger, Leonard Townsend, and Ross A. Goldstein joined Nason, Yeager, Gerson, White & Lioce in West Palm Beach as associates. GrayRobinson in Orlando announced the following attorneys have joined the firm: Gabriel A. Kotch, litigation; Sarah E. Logan, government and land use law; Joseph D. Ort, eminent domain and construction law; and Aaron J. Silberman, litigation. George P. Graham has joined Akerman Senterfitt as an associate in the Orlando office’s real estate practice group. Additionally, Suzanne V. Delaney joined the firm as an associate in the labor and employment group. Christina M. O’Brien has joined Neel & O’Brien in North Ft. Myers. O’Brien concentrates her practice in the areas of general civil and personal injury litigation, family law, and criminal law. Maura Krause Anderson transferred to the Ft. Lauderdale office of Smith, Currie & Hancock. Anderson practices in the areas of construction litigation and government contracts. Eric L. Meeks has opened Meeks Law Firm, Inc. Principle office: P.O. Box 8098, 2619 Erie Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45208; phone (513) 826-0229; fax (513) 826-0231; Web site The firm concentrates in the areas of elder law, small business needs, and personal injury claims. Matthew R. Willard has opened Matthew R. Willard, LLC. The firm will concentrate in the area of criminal defense. He can be reached at P.O. Box 10007, Tallahassee 32302; phone (850) 224-2001. Darren A. Schwartz joined the Tallahassee office of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell as a partner. Pamela Herman Jeeves has partnered with M. Alisandra “Sandy” DeYoung in Legal Title & Closing located at 1509 W. Swann Ave., Suite 240A, Tampa 33606; phone (813) 258-6343; fax (813) 251-9585; e-mail or The firm handles residential and commercial real estate title work and closings, as well as real estate title searches in connection with probate, family law, quiet title, bankruptcy, and foreclosure matters. Ralph L. Friedland joined Dunlap & Moran as of counsel in Sarasota. Friedland practices primarily in the area of family law. Kimberly A. Davis and Braden J. Montierth joined Roetzel & Andress as associates. Davis has joined the firm’s litigation group in Ft. Myers and Montierth joined as an associate in the real estate group in the Naples. The Law Offices of Edwards & Sells announces the relocation of its downtown office to Northern Trust Plaza, 1515 Ringling Boulevard, Suite 840, Sarasota 34236; phone (941) 363-0110. The firm concentrates its practice in the areas of residential and commercial real estate transactions, real estate litigation, wills, estate planning, and probate. Brian Chase, Ellaretha Jones, and Leslie Schultz-Kin joined Phelps Dunbar in Tampa as associates. Chase has joined the firm’s regional business and finance practice group, Jones joined the firm’s regional commercial litigation and insurance and reinsurance practice groups, and Schultz-Kin joined the firm’s regional employment law practice group. Andrew A. Bokan, Andrew B. Demers, and Jordan G. Lee joined Fowler White Boggs Banker in Tampa as associates. Bokan joined the firm’s employment law practice group, Demers joined the commercial litigation practice group, and Lee joined the trusts and estates practice group. Additionally, Mitchell A. Cohen joined the firm in West Palm Beach as of counsel in the healthcare practice group. Mark. E Becker joined deBeaubien, Knight, Simmons, Mantzaris & Neal as an associate in Tallahassee. Additionally, Stephen J. Jacobs has become a partner with the firm. Wesley Fontaine joined Pleat & Perry as an associate in Destin. Fontaine practices in the areas of general civil litigation, real estate, contracts, and collections. The Office of the Public Defender for the 10th Judicial Circuit announced the following additions to its trial division: Edward P. Brandt, Bruce T. Carter II, Deborah A. Goins, Cachina King Mack, and Renee M. Reid. Lainie Wilson Harris joined Walters, Levine, Klingensmith & Thomison as an associate in the areas of construction law and commercial litigation. Jennifer L. Miller joined Starmark Media Center in Dania Beach as chief financial officer and corporate counsel. Rexford G. Darrow II was named partner of Casassa, Mangone, Miller, and Faett. The firm will now be known as Casassa, Mangone, Miller, Faett, and Darrow. David A. Wolfson was appointed alternative dispute resolution director for the Second Judicial Circuit. Robert S. Green and Kathryn P. Camba joined Pohl & Short in Winter Park as associates. Green practices in the area of commercial real estate. Camba practices in the area of commercial litigation. Shawn B. McMillen joined Danahy & Murray in Tampa as an associate. Mark A. Addington and Carrie O. Boyles joined Fowler White Boggs Banker in Jacksonville as associates. Addington practices in the employment law practice group and Boyles practices in the real estate practice group. Anthony D. Bartirome joined Blalock, Walters, Held & Johnson in Bradenton as a principal in the estate planning and administration and wealth preservation group. Frank E. Brown, Melissa A. Register, and Christa L. Sterling joined Macfarlane, Ferguson & McMullen in Tampa. Brown joined as a shareholder in the labor and employment law division. Register joined as an associate and concentrates in the areas of estate planning, probate, estate and trust administration, and corporate and business matters. Sterling joined the real estate practice group as an associate. December 15, 2005 On the Move December 15, 2005 On the Movelast_img read more

Web Series Spotlights Extraordinary Jewish Woman

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Long Island entrepreneur this week launched “Extraordinary Jewish Woman,” a free online interview series that aims to spotlight how to live a purpose-filled passionate life rooted in Jewish values.Starting on Monday, Risa Borsykowsky is releasing 21 video interviews — one per day for 21 days — that will remain online for a limited time only. Subjects include Author Faye Kellerman, Professor Phyllis Chesler and Vicki Schneps, the co-publisher of the Long Island Press.“My vision is to inspire Jewish women by learning the attitudes and behaviors of successful Jewish women and the role that Jewish values play in their lives,” said Borsykowsky, who also runs the online Judaica gift shop “This interview series will explore how these women followed their hearts into a vocation that they are passionate about, while staying grounded and helping others.”Borsykowsky recently helped raise more than $10,000 for the Holocaust Resource Center by donating proceeds from sales of a special menorah based on a sculpture that commemorates a Holocaust hero, Janusz Korczak.That project inspired her to launch the interview series to highlight contributions that Jewish people make in the world.Each video goes live at 8 a.m. Viewers can register to watch the videos at extraordinaryjewishwomen.comlast_img read more

Want better data? Ask your members for it

first_imgThere is a new normal when it comes to customer loyalty, says Support EXP’s CEO Rhonda Sheets.Sheets calls that new norm “Generation CX”—in other words, a generation that demands a different kind of consumer experience.“We need to leverage our technology more clearly to the voice of the consumer,” Sheets tells the AXFI Conference in Minneapolis.How should you accommodate Generation CX?Make it easy for them to do business with you.Resolve problems immediately.Make them feel valued and appreciated.In our society, loyalty is not valued highly among consumers. You have to earn it on every transaction, Sheets says, because members have many options.Credit unions have a substantial amount of data about their members, but they should go even farther to get more. continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Crafting a purpose-driven brand

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Charlotte Boutz-Connell Charlotte brings over 12 years of experience in account management, brand strategy, and consumer insights development to guide positive outcomes for clients. She is passionate about storytelling to connect brands … Web: Details For Mennonite Savings and Credit Union (MSCU), a faith-based fi­nancial cooperative headquartered in Ontario, Canada, a new name held the hope of con­necting faith and values with finances for more families and businesses in their community.Since its founding in 1964, MSCU’s mission has been putting mutual aid and community im­pact into practice through financial literacy and social justice. But five decades later, and despite expanded membership eli­gibility criteria, asset and capital growth were stalling – while competitive banking and regulatory pressures were growing. By 2015, MSCU was concerned for its future. Growth in assets and membership was declining and, if left unchecked, would reach negative growth within the next decade.“Being a responsible steward, I couldn’t stand by and let us diminish over time.” – Brent Zorgdrager, Kindred retired CEOThrough market research, MSCU identified systemic issues that were barriers to growth, which included its cherished, yet exclusive-sounding name. Of the potential members surveyed, 91% would not consider joining because of the name.In 2015, MSCU leadership recommended a renaming initiative to the board. “Shying away from a name change was not an option if MSCU hoped to be sustainable,” said retired MSCU CEO, Brent Zorgdrager. “While our name was considered an obstacle, reactions to our emphasis on peace, social justice, and mutual aid were admired by survey participants among those people seeking to align their values with their fi­nances.”For full transparency, MSCU announced its renaming initiative to staff and membership. Rea­sons were highlighted, but without a full roadmap and strategy to guide the change, the rationale failed to resonate. Response from staff and members was vocal and emotionally charged, expressing fear of the change and leaving behind MSCU’s most du­rable legacy: the Mennonite name and community and its focus on faith.Successfully managing an emotional brand change: For a new path forward, MSCU leadership began searching for the right strategic partner, selecting Seattle-based branding agency Strum to craft an organization-wide com­munications strategy for the renaming initiative.“We believed MSCU had reached the correct strategic decision to rename with its mem­bers’ and the organization’s long-term interests at heart,” reflects Strum CEO, Mark Weber. “But many members, and even staff, were confused and upset with the idea of change. Our goal was to create and articulate a com­pelling vision that would celebrate, not detract from, the credit union’s rich history and values, and then make that positive case to staff and members.”First, was to reunite staff, leadership, and the board around developing a shared future vision, and to ensure staff felt heard and engaged in the journey and outcomes. Staff was given a voice through a survey and focus groups to rebuild shared ownership and purpose. Participating in a Name and Brand Workshop also helped to align the board and senior leaders, so that a new name and brand platform would support the credit union’s philosophy and future growth goals.Strum recommended that MSCU shift the focus from a name change to rearticulating its overall brand position, with the name being one component of a broader vision.Key to this brand rearticulation was developing a new Purpose Statement:Cooperative banking that connects values and faith with finances, inspiring peaceful, just and prosperous communities. With Strum facilitating, the Brand Team evaluated name options against strategic criteria, such as inclusivity and authenticity. After vetting by a trademark attorney, quantitative research was again conducted to evaluate a short-list of names and their connection with the Purpose Statement.Findings included that the name “Kindred” evoked feelings of warmth, connec­tion, home, and community along with faith-inspired values. More importantly, it embod­ied the credit union’s unique story and values that could resonate broadly with key growth audiences not connected to their faith alone.Unanimously, the board approved Kindred Credit Union as the name to bring forward to a member­ship vote. It also marked a new phase: one of build­ing support and momentum for the change from staff.During the 4th quarter of 2015, an internal survey found that 38% of staff expressed apprehension over the proposed name change, while 62% favored a name change. In response, Strum helped to craft a “Case for Change,” a staff messaging campaign focusing on the vision of a brighter future. Thoughtful messages were delivered in stages, guiding staff through a positive experience of change with clear in­formation. Within months, a follow-up survey found that only 5% of staff expressed concerns, and 95% now favored the change.The communications efforts continued to bear fruit, and the Kindred name was approved by a vote of members. “The name unit­ed members, staff, and stakeholders with a fresh focus, vision, and purpose,” reflects Zorgdrager, “while keeping our rich history and philosophy intact.” Gaining member affirmation was an ex­citing milestone, but the journey to engage people continued.“Delivering a clear vision of a positive future is key to an initiative as sensitive as naming.” – Mark Weber, Strum CEOA staff celebratory and education event, “Letting Our Light Shine,” guided stakeholders in shar­ing the Kindred brand with members. Strum’s “Brand Camp” followed, attended by staff and leadership. “Our goal was for everyone to speak the same language, to become brand ambas­sadors, and to learn how each person is vital to delivering the credit union’s brand promise,” explains Weber. In the two years following the rebranding, Zorgdrager notes that the credit union experienced 200% annual­ized new member growth, without losing a single member, and the highest growth in loans, deposits, and mutual funds – ever.From fear of decline to letting their light shine even brighter, Kindred Credit Union’s focus on telling a bigger vision of their brand – first to staff, then to members, and then to the broader community – unlocked their growth potential and opened new avenues to pursue their purpose of mutual aid.last_img read more

Gary Peters holds on to his Senate seat in Michigan, as Susan Collins is re-elected in Maine.

first_imgThe Collins-Gideon race was the most expensive in Maine history, with national donors flooding the state with tens of millions of dollars and an onslaught of negative campaign ads. The battle for control of the Senate appeared to be heading out of reach for Democrats.Democrats early Wednesday won a crucial seat in Arizona, with Mark Kelly, a former astronaut, defeating Senator Martha McSally, and former Gov. John Hickenlooper defeated Senator Cory Gardner on Tuesday night in the high-profile fight for Colorado’s Senate seat. Those victories were essential to Democrats’ push to take the Senate majority. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – In Georgia, the Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, a Democrat, advanced to a runoff election against Senator Kelly Loeffler, the Republican incumbent. The other race in the state, between Jon Ossoff, the Democratic challenger, and Senator David Perdue, a Republican, was too close to call. But Republicans across the country were successful in holding off well-funded challengers in a number of key races. In Montana, Senator Steve Daines defeated Gov. Steve Bullock and in Iowa, Senator Joni Ernst defeated Theresa Greenfield, a businesswoman who had styled herself as a “scrappy farm kid.” Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican, hung onto his seat in South Carolina, fending off the toughest challenge of his political career from Jaime Harrison, a Black Democrat whose upstart campaign electrified progressives across the country and inspired a record-setting onslaught of campaign cash.Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, also defeated a challenge from M.J. Hegar, a former Air Force pilot who Democrats hoped could have an outside chance of winning in the rapidly changing state. In Kentucky, Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, easily won re-election, defeating Amy McGrath, a Democrat who struggled to gain ground despite an outpouring of financial support from her party’s supporters around the nation. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Proscenic M7 Pro LDS intelligent robot vacuum uses Vboost technology for maximum suction » Gadget Flow

first_imgKeep your floors cleaner than ever—with minimal effort—when you have the Proscenic M7 Pro LDS intelligent robot vacuum. This cool robot vacuum cleaner has a Vboost feature that automatically increases suction power to the maximum mode when it detects carpet. This smart robot vacuum intelligently travels about and maps your home. As it works, it creates a real-time map of your house to plan the ideal cleaning path. Its 24 sensors locate obstacles and help the machine learn the shape of your house. So it’s like you’re there, adjusting the power depending on what you need to vacuum. Best of all, this smart home gadget offers two-in-one cleaning since it can sweep, mop, or sweep and mop synchronously. It’s a smart vacuum that really does it all. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Here’s why the Georgia runoffs matter.

first_imgAs the dust settles from the presidential race, the eyes of the political world have already shifted to Georgia, where two runoff elections set for early January will almost certainly determine which party has control of the Senate.The outcome of the contests, which will play out two weeks before President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s inauguration, will either swing the majority to Democrats, handing the new president broad power to carry out his policy agenda and push through nominations as he sees fit, or leave Republicans in charge, allowing them to influence his plans.- Advertisement – In the weeks ahead, tens of millions of dollars in campaign cash are expected to pour into the state to fund a marathon of political advertising, while party leaders and interest groups on both sides train their attention on the races.Click here to read more about how it will work. – Advertisement –last_img read more

New airlines from France to Croatian destinations announced

first_imgCurrently, there is an increasing trend of reservations for Croatia with many French tour operators such as Fram / Promovacance, Travel Europe, Top of Travel, Ovoyages and Voyamar. Namely, Croatia Airlines from July 3 announces flights on Fridays and Sundays from Paris za Zagreb, dated July 11th Split will be reconnected to Paris, and a Saturday flight from Lyon.  Air France has announced the return of flights from Paris za Zagreb and from Paris za Dubrovnik from July 4th. The French national airline also announces the return of the flight from Paris za Split of 13 July. Airline Transavia announced the return of flights to Croatia in July with departures from Paris za Split i Dubrovnik, but also from Nantes za Dubrovnik. Easy Jet in July announces the return of flights from Paris za Split i Dubrovnik.  “If the good epidemiological picture of Croatia continues, further growth is expected from this market, especially from August when the French mostly use vacations, but also during September and October when some airlines have already announced extended departures to Adriatic destinations, especially towards Split and Dubrovnik, traditionally the most visited Croatian destinations for French guests, but also towards Zagreb “, said Mihalić Đurica.center_img Photo: The beginning of July marks the return of flights to Croatia of numerous airlines, so French tourists are again allowed air arrivals in our country, said the director of the CNTB Representation in France, Danijela Mihalić Đurica.last_img read more

Hong Kong rejects journalist’s visa, stoking press freedom concerns

first_imgA Hong Kong news website said on Thursday that authorities had rejected a visa for an Irish journalist working there without providing a reason, stoking concerns about media freedoms under Beijing’s new national security law for the city.Aaron McNicholas, who covered the city’s sometimes-violent anti-government protests last year for Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP), waited almost six months before being told his visa had been denied, the outlet said.”It seems we have been targeted under the climate of the new security law and because of our impartial and fact-based coverage,” HKFP editor-in-chief Tom Grundy said in a statement. The news website would press the government to offer reasons for the denial and would consider an appeal and legal challenge, he added.The Hong Kong government and immigration department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Media groups said the move reflected an acceleration in the decline of press freedoms under the security law which punishes what Beijing defines as subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in jail.”Denial of a work visa to a thriving local news operation bashes the most basic promise of press freedom given repeatedly by the Hong Kong government,” said Steven Butler, Asia Program Coordinator of the Committee to Protect Journalists. “It also severely undermines Hong Kong’s status as an international city and financial center, which cannot flourish unless journalists are free to do their work.”Journalists in the former British colony have told Reuters they fear the legislation could be used to silence media and crack down on freedom of expression, concerns the Hong Kong government has rejected.The semi-autonomous city is guaranteed freedom of speech and the press under Article 27 of the Basic Law, the mini-constitution agreed by China when it took back control of the global financial hub in 1997.The news comes more than a month after The New York Times said it would shift part of its Hong Kong office to Seoul as it faced challenges securing work permits.The Hong Kong government said at the time the city remained a regional media hub. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Manchester United and Arsenal target Thomas Meunier admits he’s ‘frustrated’ at Paris Saint-Germain

first_imgManchester United and Arsenal target Thomas Meunier admits he’s ‘frustrated’ at Paris Saint-Germain Meunier made just his second start of the season on Tuesday (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to strengthen at left-back and though Meunier prefers to play on the right, he is adept on either side.AdvertisementAdvertisementAnd the Belgian’s hinted he would be open to leaving PSG by admitting he’s frustrated at a lack of opportunities.‘My philosophy and mentality have never changed,’ said Meunier.‘I have been saying since my first steps here at PSG that I would be devoted to the club until the end of my contract or more.‘He [Thomas Tuchel] will be able to count on me.‘Sometimes it is a bit frustrating and the happiness in football is in playing.‘But choices have been made and the coach will take his own decisions’MORE: Manchester United open contract talks with Angel Gomes amid Barcelona interest Thomas Meunier has hinted he’ll leave PSG (Picture: Getty)Paris Saint-Germain star Thomas Meunier has put Manchester United and Arsenal on red alert after admitting he’s ‘frustrated’ at his lack of game time at the club.The Belgian scored PSG’s third in their 3-0 win against Real Madrid on Tuesday but it was just his second start of the season.The full-back has lost his place under Thomas Tuchel with the German preferring youngster Colin Dagba instead.Meunier was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates last summer and he’s confirmed on a number of occasions that he is a United fan.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterFriday 20 Sep 2019 8:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Comment Advertisementlast_img read more