Organization group – Ron Bercume http://ronbercume.com/ Fri, 30 Sep 2022 20:41:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://ronbercume.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-23-120x120.png Organization group – Ron Bercume http://ronbercume.com/ 32 32 Oatey Co. Emerging Professionals Group Receives Program of the Year Award from Engage! Cleveland https://ronbercume.com/oatey-co-emerging-professionals-group-receives-program-of-the-year-award-from-engage-cleveland/ Fri, 30 Sep 2022 20:41:22 +0000 https://ronbercume.com/oatey-co-emerging-professionals-group-receives-program-of-the-year-award-from-engage-cleveland/ CLEVELAND, OH – Oatey Co.’s Emerging Professionals Group (EPG) has been recognized as Program of the Year at Engage! Cleveland’s first Generation NEXT Awards. Engage! Cleveland is a community engagement organization for young professionals and business/community leaders passionate about making Cleveland a sustainable home for the next generation. The Generation NEXT Awards recognize companies and […]]]>

CLEVELAND, OH – Oatey Co.’s Emerging Professionals Group (EPG) has been recognized as Program of the Year at Engage! Cleveland’s first Generation NEXT Awards.

Engage! Cleveland is a community engagement organization for young professionals and business/community leaders passionate about making Cleveland a sustainable home for the next generation. The Generation NEXT Awards recognize companies and individuals who work diligently to attract, engage and retain young professional talent in Cleveland. The winning companies and individuals were recognized at an awards ceremony on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at the City Club in Cleveland.

Oatey’s EPG includes strong, committed and dynamic young professionals from across the company who are interested in growing professionally through networking and community engagement. The organization focuses on the four key pillars of professional development, wellness, volunteerism and networking. In 2022, EPG’s lineup included events such as professional book clubs, LinkedIn trainings, speed networking and more. EPG is also involved with a range of non-profit organizations such as the Salvation Army, Thank A First Responder, the Red Cross and the Alzheimer’s Association.

“We are thrilled to be recognized as Program of the Year by Engage! Cleveland,” says Katherine Lehtinen, senior vice president of brand and digital marketing at Oatey. “All of EPG’s initiatives are rooted in Oatey’s exceptional culture and core values: Collaboration, Integrity, Respect, Courage, Leadership and Excellence. These principles are part of what makes Oatey such a great organization to work for, and EPG is proud to bring them to life through everything we do.

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Group says printed public notices give residents better insight | Alert https://ronbercume.com/group-says-printed-public-notices-give-residents-better-insight-alert/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://ronbercume.com/group-says-printed-public-notices-give-residents-better-insight-alert/ A head of a statewide watchdog group has warned Seguin residents of the city government’s demands for transparency as voters prepare to vote on some issues in November. A quartet of ballot amendment proposals on the upcoming ballot contain language that potentially removes city requirements to publish the announcement of certain city business in the […]]]>

A head of a statewide watchdog group has warned Seguin residents of the city government’s demands for transparency as voters prepare to vote on some issues in November.

A quartet of ballot amendment proposals on the upcoming ballot contain language that potentially removes city requirements to publish the announcement of certain city business in the official local newspaper. Such moves to reduce the amount of information and the means by which the government conveys it to its citizens are backwards, said Kelly Shannon, executive director of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas.

“You always want to add sources of information, not subtract from them. So you put it in the newspaper and you can put it on your website,” she said generally of how governments should approach the dissemination of information. “Don’t start subtracting sources of information. You want to reach as many people as possible so the public knows what their government is doing.

At least four proposals relate to how the city notifies residents of important issues. Proposals C, G, I and J relate to rules obliging the city to publish information in the local newspaper. The proposals ask whether voters want to get rid of the requirement and allow posts on the city’s website, social media accounts and other less concrete choices.

The Freedom of Information Foundation is a nonprofit organization that has been around since 1978 and advocates for the public’s right to know, Shannon said. The foundation believes the public has a right to know everything about the actions of the government and it advocates for citizens’ First Amendment rights, she said.

Shannon said she was not a lawyer, but the foundation’s lawyers informed her that laws remain in effect requiring government entities to publish in newspapers items such as proposed amendments, announcements of budget hearings, etc.

“Really the key is yes, of course they could put it on their website. That’s fine, good for them,” she said. “But if they try to take it away from a newspaper, which is an important source of information for many people, it subtracts information from the market.”

Government operates in response to the public it serves, Shannon said. Transparency in these operations is key to a successful society, she said.

Additionally, newspaper readership is known to engage members of the public in their own governance, Shannon said.

“I think there are statistics, but I’m saying anecdotally that many people who read newspapers and seek out legitimate sources of information are very engaged in their community and their government,” she said. “You want citizens to be very vigilant and watch what their government is doing. That’s democracy.

“If governments are trying to hide information, that raises a very important question and that’s a problem.”

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ILX Group examines the steps businesses need to take to prepare for the future https://ronbercume.com/ilx-group-examines-the-steps-businesses-need-to-take-to-prepare-for-the-future/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 21:01:55 +0000 https://ronbercume.com/ilx-group-examines-the-steps-businesses-need-to-take-to-prepare-for-the-future/ Consulting and training company ILX Group has published new research that examines the AI ​​skills gap facing many cutting-edge industries today, the result of what it describes as staff shortages, supply chain disruptions, inflation and global uncertainty. The findings, based on interviews with executives from a wide range of global companies, revealed that skills transfer […]]]>

Consulting and training company ILX Group has published new research that examines the AI ​​skills gap facing many cutting-edge industries today, the result of what it describes as staff shortages, supply chain disruptions, inflation and global uncertainty.

The findings, based on interviews with executives from a wide range of global companies, revealed that skills transfer is needed to optimize the hybrid workforce and keep up with digital advancements.

Research has shown that:

  • Hiring costs for skilled workers and managers can reach 150% of their salary. Investing in current employees is a much better option.
  • 41% of organizations have increased their learning and development budget in 2021, while almost half, 49%, plan to do so this year.
  • Training is considered a key differentiator (80%) for attracting top talent.

Russell Kenrick, managing director of ILX Group, said retraining professionals can help tackle the AI ​​skills gap and empower low-skilled workers to upskill.

The top rated skills by organizations are management and leadership (76%), big data analytics (75%), cloud (74%), project and program management (72%) and automation (70%). .

According to a statement released by the company, learning and development is key to post-pandemic success as organizations must keep pace with AI adoption: “AI capabilities are already going above and beyond. beyond what many could have expected. But to reap the efficiencies and benefits it can deliver, organizations and their workforces need to keep pace with advancement.

The company added that “given the unprecedented array of challenges facing businesses, the demand for management and leadership should come as no surprise. Dealing with crises requires having the right vision, implementing effective strategies, making the right decisions, setting the right examples and communicating the right messages at the right time.

According to Kenrick, the upskilling (or reskilling) debate is about roles that are leaving versus roles that are needed for the future.

“The real elephant in the room is the roles that go (due to AI today) are largely less skilled roles. Unfair, I know, but we’re seeing AI replacing store clerks, waiters, receptionists, and office administrators, and it’s a long journey for some of those workers to fill skill gaps like data scientists, digital marketers and IT professionals. But it is possible.

“Where it gets even scarier is when we see more AI and automation in what we call ‘professional’ roles, such as sales, customer services, and business support roles such as HR, learning, finance, legal, IT service centers, etc. It’s the reskilling of these people that will drive the growth of AI roles because the workflow is more complex.”

Organizations and their workforces, the statement said, must keep up with the speed at which AI technology is advancing, as its capabilities are “already extending beyond what many could have anticipated”.

“The reality is that artificial intelligence (AI) is already at work,” Kenrick said. “It impacts how we search, how we buy and even how we meet people. At ILX, we believe in demystifying AI. People have always been afraid of what they don’t understand, and this revolution is no different.

“Timing will be a factor, but either way, making AI accessible is key to engaging the workforce of the future.”

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Destination XL Group, Inc. Appoints James Reath as Director https://ronbercume.com/destination-xl-group-inc-appoints-james-reath-as-director/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 20:30:00 +0000 https://ronbercume.com/destination-xl-group-inc-appoints-james-reath-as-director/ CANTON, Mass., Sept. 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Destination XL Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: DXLG), the leading omnichannel specialty retailer of Big + Tall men’s apparel and footwear, today announced that James Reath joins his team as Chief Marketing Officer on September 26, 2022. Mr. Reath brings over 20 years of marketing leadership experience with a […]]]>

CANTON, Mass., Sept. 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Destination XL Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: DXLG), the leading omnichannel specialty retailer of Big + Tall men’s apparel and footwear, today announced that James Reath joins his team as Chief Marketing Officer on September 26, 2022. Mr. Reath brings over 20 years of marketing leadership experience with a particular focus on omni-retail, digital marketing, brand building and consumer knowledge. Prior to joining DXL, Mr. Reath was SVP, Marketing, Bed Bath & Beyond, and SVP, Marketing, Macy’s, Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Reath was EVP, Head of Retail at BBDO (New York), a partner at McKinney , Chief Marketing Officer at Young & Rubicam and previously held senior agency leadership roles focused on retail clients. At DXL, he will be responsible for the marketing organization including overall marketing strategy, brand, consumer, creative, media, CRM and digital commerce. Mr. Reath holds a Management Certificate from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, a BA from Western University in London, Ontario, Canada and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Cross- American Red.

“We are extremely pleased that Jim has joined DXL Big + Tall as its new Chief Marketing Officer,” said Harvey Kanter, President and CEO. “Jim’s appointment underscores our continued transformation and commitment to growing the organization’s ongoing focus on customer engagement through data-driven personalization, loyalty and digital marketing,” continued Mr. Kanter.

“I am excited to bring DXL to more big and tall men and engage our customers in a personalized way as we seek to grow the business across all channels and firmly establish DXL Big + Tall as one-stop solution for big and tall men’s clothing and footwear,” said Reath.

Mr. Reath will replace Ujjwal Dhoot, the company’s current chief marketing officer, who has informed the company that he will be leaving the company effective October 11, 2022.

Incentive grant under NASDAQ listing rule 5635(c)(4)

Mr. Reath will join the Company on September 26, 2022 and as part of his employment will receive a signing award of $200,000 of restricted stock units (“RSUs”), which will be granted on October 7, 2022 The number of shares will be determined by dividing $200,000 by the closing price of the Company’s stock on the previous trading day. RSUs will vest pro rata in equal annual installments over three years, beginning on the first anniversary of the date of grant. The RSUs will be granted outside of the equity compensation plan approved by the shareholders of the Company. The RSUs were approved by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors, composed entirely of independent directors, as a material incentive for Mr. Reath to join the Company in accordance with the listing rule. Nasdaq 5635(c)(4).

Executive search firm Kirk Palmer Associates participated in this research.

About Destination XL Group, Inc.

Destination XL Group, Inc. is the leading Big + Tall men’s apparel retailer that delivers a Big + Tall shopping experience that fits their body, their style, their life. Subsidiaries of Destination XL Group, Inc. operate DXL Big + Tall retail and outlet stores and Casual Male XL retail and outlet stores in the United States, as well as a digital commerce website, DXL .com, and a mobile app that offer a multi-channel solution similar to the DXL store experience with the most comprehensive selection of online products available anywhere for big and tall men. The company is headquartered in Canton, Massachusetts, and its common stock trades on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol “DXLG.” For more information, please visit the Company’s Investor Relations website: https://investor.dxl.com.

Investor contacts:
Investor.relations@dxlg.com
603-933-0541

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Pro-Khalistani group SFJ exploits Gurudwara for anti-Indian operations — Transcontinental Times https://ronbercume.com/pro-khalistani-group-sfj-exploits-gurudwara-for-anti-indian-operations-transcontinental-times/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 12:45:00 +0000 https://ronbercume.com/pro-khalistani-group-sfj-exploits-gurudwara-for-anti-indian-operations-transcontinental-times/ INDIA/PAKISTAN: In a highly controversial event, which many have called anti-national, some Khalistan elements attempted to exploit the Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara in Pakistan for anti-Indian activities. Pro-Khalistani group banned in India, Sikh for Justice (SFJ), is a US-based secessionist group that supports the separation of Punjab from India to create a new nation-state called Khalistan. […]]]>

INDIA/PAKISTAN: In a highly controversial event, which many have called anti-national, some Khalistan elements attempted to exploit the Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara in Pakistan for anti-Indian activities.

Pro-Khalistani group banned in India, Sikh for Justice (SFJ), is a US-based secessionist group that supports the separation of Punjab from India to create a new nation-state called Khalistan.

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The group released images of ‘Ardas’ (prayers) performed for the success of the Khalistan referendum vote in Canada, beginning September 18.

The terrorist SFJ Paramjit Pamma had authorized and welcomed this decision.

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The banned pro-Khalistani group has released a video of prayers in progress at the Sikh holy site in Pakistan. It should be noted that India had previously raised concerns about possible Khalistan propaganda at Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara in 2019.

Leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Manjinder Singh Sirsa spoke to Republic TV about the incident and said, “Pakistan has nothing to do with the Sikh religion. They just want to create an anti-Indian atmosphere. They want to disrupt the atmosphere in Punjab.

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“People like Paramjit Pamma make propaganda against India“Sirsa told Republic. He said Pakistan is inciting gurudwara devotees to go against India. “This incident clearly shows that Pakistan is using the Sikh religion to disturb the atmosphere in Punjabadded Sirsa.

BJP leader RP Singh also condemned the act and criticized the pro-Khalistani group for spreading anti-India propaganda that threatens India’s security.

He added that the terrorist group can only dream of a separate nation-state called Khalistan as ultimately nothing will be achieved by the group.

Pakistan continues to incite Sikhs and Kashmiris to cross the border… This is highly condemnableRP Singh told Republic. “The Gurudwara committee of the Nankana Sahib should immediately apologize for allowing ardas for Khalistan. Anything that would disintegrate this country would not be acceptable,” he added.

“Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) can only dream of Khalistan, they will never achieve anything. Sikhs in general do not accept the Khalistan theory. None of the Sikhs in India will like to talk about KhalistanRP Singh to the Republic.

It is pertinent to note that the Indian government has blacklisted SFJ, a separatist organization, and labeled it “illegal”. Additionally, following the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967 (UAPA), the Indian government banned SFJ in July 2019 for promoting secession and inciting violent militancy in Punjab as well as the Sikh referendum of 2020.

In particular, their operations attempted to sever inter-cultural and inter-religious ties and destabilize communal peace and harmony in the state of Punjab.

The Khalistan Movement is a Sikh separatist movement, which aims to create a separate homeland for Sikhs called ‘Khalistan’ (or ‘Land of the Khalsas’) which would include parts of the former pre-colonial Punjab, now India and in Pakistan.

The separatist movement emerged following the fall of the British Empire in the 1980s and garnered some support in India and the Sikh diaspora during the infamous Operation Blue Star.

The incident was a covert military operation launched by then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to remove three prominent Sikh figures (rumored to be associated with the Khalistani movement) from one of India’s holiest sites. India, the Golden Temple.

Also read: Tension in Patiala due to protest against pro-Khalistan elements

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Women’s Shelter: Demand Grows, Services Continue https://ronbercume.com/womens-shelter-demand-grows-services-continue/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 20:34:17 +0000 https://ronbercume.com/womens-shelter-demand-grows-services-continue/ By Dianne Anderson More people are open about domestic violence lately and sometimes there’s more action around politics, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to relax. Looking around Long Beach, the Women’s Shelter has seen an increase in demand for women with children trying to escape domestic violence, especially since COVID and the end of […]]]>

By Dianne Anderson

More people are open about domestic violence lately and sometimes there’s more action around politics, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to relax.

Looking around Long Beach, the Women’s Shelter has seen an increase in demand for women with children trying to escape domestic violence, especially since COVID and the end of the moratorium.

Lily Lopez, director of programs at the shelter, said the lockdown during the pandemic wasn’t always due to the pandemic.

But, at least before COVID-19, some had a way of getting away from their attackers.

“When COVID started, everyone couldn’t go out, they couldn’t go to their jobs, that’s when the abuse started. That’s when we were very affected by the calls telephones, direct lines,” she said.

The shelter was also limited due to restricted health department access to prevent the spread of COVID-19. She had to think outside the box and collaborate to get women into hotel rooms so their organization could provide services.

Now that housing costs, evictions and energy bills are skyrocketing, the pandemic appears to have subsided, but financial pressure is another aspect of abuse. Women in danger or mothers with children may be afraid to leave and find themselves homeless.

She said demand is high for shelters, but help is available as various agencies step up.

His organization provides training so their wives can find jobs and finally get to a place where they can pay the bills, but affordability doesn’t go that far at the local level.

“It’s really hard to rent anything in the city of Long Beach or in LA County, for that matter. A lot of our customers have moved from Los Angeles to the Inland Empire,” he said. she stated.

Their organization works with several other housing agencies, where 30-45% of their clients are placed. Many of the others go to transitional shelters if they need an extended stay.

“They help them with jobs and daycare,” she said. “The work we do here is the awareness part. We are able to provide a continuum of care, case management and parenting classes. We also incorporate a financial literacy course because people haven’t saved.

The organization asks for and appreciates donations, but cannot accept used clothing due to health department COVID restrictions. Instead, people can give gift cards.

She invites everyone to support their October gala, which she hopes will draw a crowd.

“We all understand that few people have a lot of money right now, for us anything they can give is fine,” she said, adding that one of the things they continue to do to use and need are face masks and hand sanitizers.

The Domestic Violence Resource Center is located at 4201 Long Beach Blvd., Ste. 102. It is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In June, the Harvard Gazette cited the American Journal of Emergency Medicine reporting alarming trends in domestic violence in the United States. The national domestic violence hotline received more than 74,000 calls, chats and texts in February, the highest monthly contact volume in its 25-year history.

Getting help is important.

Domestic violence is also not limited to a certain group of people. Lopez said any social status, including men in the LGBTQ community, don’t have to stay in dangerous situations.

“It can happen to anyone. There is no color line for domestic violence, low economic status or high status, it can be a teacher, a professor, someone who has no no money,” she said.

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that nearly 20 people every minute – some 10 million women and men each year – are physically assaulted by an intimate partner in the United States.

One in four women and one in nine men suffer from serious domestic violence, sexual violence, sexually transmitted diseases and/or sexual harassment and physical and mental disorders.

Funding for the American Rescue Plan Act dwindled last year in the form of additional city and state services to advance the issue.

Organizations such as the Long Beach Community Foundation have also helped with grants in the past for his organization.

Lately, she said the shelter is expanding its services with mental health help, now available online and attracting attendance.

Even though demand has increased, she said there are more resources today than in previous decades to meet the needs of someone experiencing domestic violence.

“They don’t have to come there. That’s another element, the anxiety related to leaving the house. We can use sanity to serve these clients at some of our classes on Zoom, and have more attendees on zoom than coming in person,” she said.

Fallout statistics since COVID-19 keep coming in.

According to the Emory University School of Medicine’s Nia Project, 85% of victims of domestic violence, called victims of spousal abuse, are women. Nia is a principle of Kwanzaa, meaning purpose.

“A woman is beaten every 9 seconds,” their website says. “Each year, nearly 5.3 million incidents of domestic violence occur among American women ages 18 and older. IPV causes nearly 1,300 deaths and 2 million injuries each year in the United States. More than 3 women are killed by husbands/boyfriends every day. »

For assistance or for more information about the gala,

https://www.womenshelterlb.org/contact-us/

For more information, call the Domestic Violence Resource Center at (562)-437-7233

https://psychiatry.emory.edu/niaproject/index.html

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ProPharma Group announces the appointment of Bryan Katz as Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) / Head of Corporate Development https://ronbercume.com/propharma-group-announces-the-appointment-of-bryan-katz-as-chief-strategy-officer-cso-head-of-corporate-development/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 13:06:28 +0000 https://ronbercume.com/propharma-group-announces-the-appointment-of-bryan-katz-as-chief-strategy-officer-cso-head-of-corporate-development/ ProPharma Group “Bryan’s broad knowledge and technical expertise within the life sciences industry will provide an invaluable advantage as we explore strategic opportunities at all levels of the organization.”Michael StombergProPharma Group’s CEO CHICAGO (PRWEB) September 13, 2022 With over 20 years of proven and progressive leadership experience within the biopharmaceutical and life sciences industry, […]]]>

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“Bryan’s broad knowledge and technical expertise within the life sciences industry will provide an invaluable advantage as we explore strategic opportunities at all levels of the organization.”Michael StombergProPharma Group’s CEO

With over 20 years of proven and progressive leadership experience within the biopharmaceutical and life sciences industry, Bryan joins ProPharma Group from Syneos Health, where he most recently served as Senior Vice President, Global Solution Development Lead. During his tenure at Syneos Health, Bryan led new product innovation in the emerging biopharmaceutical and biotechnology segments, focusing on the design, incubation and introduction of new solutions that improve the viability and accessibility of new therapies. A United States Navy, Bryan earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he also earned his BS in Chemical Engineering, specializing in process dynamics and control. Bryan’s depth of experience is invaluable in achieving ProPharma Group’s mission and overarching goal of improving patient health and safety.

In addition to Bryan’s role as chief strategy officer, he will be responsible for corporate development, where he will lead ProPharma Group’s mergers and acquisitions strategy. Joining PPG at a time of great organic momentum, Bryan will align the company’s strategic business and investment priorities to accelerate ProPharma Group’s growth initiatives.

“We are delighted to welcome Bryan Katz as our new Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Business Development Officer,” said Michael Stomberg, CEO of ProPharma Group. “Bryan’s expertise will enable ProPharma Group to further accelerate its growth strategy, both organically and through acquisition. Bryan’s vast knowledge and technical expertise within the life sciences industry will provide an invaluable advantage as we explore strategic opportunities at all levels of the organization. »

“I am thrilled to join ProPharma Group and bring a fresh perspective to the company’s strategic vision,” said Bryan Katz. “The go-to-market strategy for global CROs is constantly evolving and ProPharma Group has a tremendous opportunity to explore new avenues to capitalize on our competitive advantages and innovative solutions. I look forward to working with ProPharma Group’s talented management team to drive initiatives rooted in their unique strategic vision of continued and sustainable growth.

About ProPharma Group

ProPharma Group is the global, independent and single provider of regulatory, clinical and compliance services serving pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies. Founded in 2001, ProPharma Group has more than 2,500 colleagues worldwide who provide solutions to complex challenges in a dynamic regulatory environment. With a mission to improve patient health and safety, ProPharma Group is focused on providing the highest quality services throughout the complete product life cycle, including regulatory sciences, clinical research solutions , life science consulting, pharmacovigilance and medical information services. For more information, please visit http://www.propharmagroup.com.

About Odyssey Investment Partners

Odyssey Investment Partners, with offices in New York and Los Angeles, is a leading private equity investment firm with over 25 years of experience partnering with skilled managers to transform middle market companies into more efficient and diversified businesses with strong growth profiles. Odyssey makes majority controlled investments in industries with positive long-term prospects and favorable secular trends. For more information on Odyssey, please visit http://www.odysseyinvestment.com.

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Governor Newsom’s “Water Supply Strategy” https://ronbercume.com/governor-newsoms-water-supply-strategy/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 04:43:54 +0000 https://ronbercume.com/governor-newsoms-water-supply-strategy/ By McKenzie Jackson, California Black Media The Golden State is doing more than just praying for rain amid the historic drought hitting California and the western United States. Governor Gavin Newsom has unveiled a plan that would increase California’s water supply and combat extreme weather caused by climate change. The initiative, whose scope is summarized […]]]>

By McKenzie Jackson, California Black Media

The Golden State is doing more than just praying for rain amid the historic drought hitting California and the western United States.

Governor Gavin Newsom has unveiled a plan that would increase California’s water supply and combat extreme weather caused by climate change. The initiative, whose scope is summarized in the 19-page document titled “California’s Water Supply Strategy, Adapting to a Hotter, Drier Future,” will invest $8 billion in water recycling, storage and desalination.

The plan, Newsom said, responds to a better understanding of the severity of California’s water crisis.

“The hydrology of the state has started to change quite significantly,” he said. “The aridification that we are experiencing leads us now, science and data leads us now, to understand that we will lose 10% of our water supply by 2040.”

The governor made the remarks during an Aug. 11 press conference outside the facility of the $110 million Antioch Brackish Desalination Project, currently under construction at the city’s sewage treatment plant. of Antioch.

When completed within the next two years, the Bay Area’s first surface water desalination plant will use large reverse osmosis filters to create 6 million gallons of fresh water per day.

Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe said the facility is one of the innovative solutions Californians must embrace in response to climate change and the current drought, which began in 2020.

Assemblywoman Lori Wison (D-Suisun) said, “We are experiencing the worst drought the western United States has seen in 1,200 years. We must find innovative solutions to climate challenges like this if we are to move forward successfully… Under the Governor’s leadership, California is investing in technology, solutions and people, even as California is leading the charge to fight climate change.

Newsom said constructions like the Antioch project were part of the plan.

“We are focused on creating more supply. We are focused on creating more water,” he said. “We need to be more creative and more aggressive not only to promote this technology, but also to deliver on its promise and more on its potential.”

The “Water Supply Strategy” includes the creation of storage space for up to 4 million acre-feet of water, so that rainwater from large storms can be captured and stored during dry periods and recycle and reuse a minimum of 800,000 acre-feet of water per year by 2030, reducing wastewater discharges to the ocean.

By employing more effective water conservation, the state will free up 500,000 acre-feet of water to compensate for water lost due to climate change. In addition, new water captured by stormwater and the desalination of seawater and saltwater in groundwater basins will be available for use.

Officials across the state applauded the plan.

San Diego County Water Authority CEO Sandra L. Kerl said the “water supply strategy” is an important step in protecting California’s economy and quality of life.

“The Governor’s approach aligns closely with the Water Authority’s 30-year strategy which combines new supplies, infrastructure upgrades and conservation,” she said.

Some disagreed with part of Newsom’s plan.

Kate Poole, senior nature program director for the Natural Resources Defense Council, told the LA Times that part of the initiative is good.

Poole said: “It’s really the things that aren’t in there that are of most concern,” she said. “Agriculture obviously uses 80% of our developed water supply in California. So you can’t really effectively manage water use without dealing with Big Ag. And Newsom doesn’t seem very willing to do that.

California is experiencing its second drought in the past decade. The sense of urgency is real, Newsom said.

“The hots get a lot hotter and the drys get a lot drier,” he said. “You have to adapt”

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Volunteer group raises money for ‘the extras’ to help spruce up Illinois Veterans Home grounds – Muddy River News https://ronbercume.com/volunteer-group-raises-money-for-the-extras-to-help-spruce-up-illinois-veterans-home-grounds-muddy-river-news/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 12:19:18 +0000 https://ronbercume.com/volunteer-group-raises-money-for-the-extras-to-help-spruce-up-illinois-veterans-home-grounds-muddy-river-news/ From left, Teresa Pickle, Cathy Shanks and Linda King stand in the Shirlee Northern Memorial Garden at the Illinois Veterans Home. The three women created “Cherish the Memories”, which raises funds to supplement the work of the state and Veterans Administration at home. | david adam QUINCY — A simple Facebook post asking to fix […]]]>

From left, Teresa Pickle, Cathy Shanks and Linda King stand in the Shirlee Northern Memorial Garden at the Illinois Veterans Home. The three women created “Cherish the Memories”, which raises funds to supplement the work of the state and Veterans Administration at home. | david adam

QUINCY — A simple Facebook post asking to fix rusty benches eventually led to the creation of a group of people dedicated to raising money to spruce up the grounds of the Illinois Veterans Home.

Teresa Pickle and Cathy Shanks, retired nurses at home, have teamed up with Linda King to coordinate Cherish the Memories, which raises funds to supplement state and Veterans Administration work at home.

“The VA, they’re going to maintain the buildings,” Pickle said. “But they don’t maintain extras.”

“There are no funds for extras,” Shanks said.

One of the most visible extras is the renovation work on the “Soldiers and Sailors Home” sign at the entrance to the house near the intersection of Eighth and Locust, which was recently completed.

Jacob Cornwell, foreground, and Jordan Gallagher with Kemner Painting added a coat of paint last month to the arched panel at the entrance to the Illinois Veterans Home near the intersection of Eighth and Locust. | david adam

Nine original cast iron urns in front of the stone building of the house and in front of the mansion, which date back to at least the early 1900s, are re-welded in a local welding shop. A fountain, which was on the boulevard du 12e The street entrance is moved to the Shirlee Northern Memorial Garden.

“As volunteers, it’s so rewarding to give back,” Shanks said. “The community stepped up 135 years ago to get the Veterans Home, and now the community is stepping up again to beautify this place.

King was visiting Lynn Deer Park with her children, Bradly and Madilyn, in October 2020 when she noticed 10 wrought iron benches were deteriorating. She wrote a Facebook post about the benches and asked if anyone was interested in helping her restore them. Shanks didn’t want the post to encourage people to come forward and start fixing things on the property, so she wrote to King and told him she would help.

“I look after the memorial garden and said the master gardeners would pay to have a bench restored,” Shanks said. “Then 24 hours later she had 100 responses from people wanting to do the 10 benches.”

Shanks and King then met with a group of veterans home employees, including administrator Troy Culbertson. Sara Colgrove, director of volunteer services and activities at the house, suggested partnering with AMVETS, a volunteer-run nonprofit military organization that built the lodge next to Lynn Deer Park in the 1990s.

Once AMVETS Warrant Officer Pickle got involved, his organization eventually helped pay for the restoration of 51 benches across the grounds.

It is one of 51 benches that have been restored to the grounds of the Illinois Veterans Home. | david adam

“(The benches) are all from different eras because different groups like AMVETS, the American Legion and Purple Heart paid for them,” Shanks said. “Some were (paid) by individuals. Fortunately, they were all made with the same kind of style.

As part of the restoration project, the group will identify the names of each organization that paid for the bench with an engraved plaque.

Pickle said money for the bench project has poured in from across the country and as far away as Australia. There were plenty left after the project was completed.

“What are we going to do? Well, we’re going to buy picnic tables,” Pickle said.

Nineteen powder-coated steel tube picnic tables – four handicapped accessible – plus two game tables were purchased.

As new projects on the Veterans Home property were completed, Cherish the Memories found more to do. The group purchased an aeration system for the pond, replaced the wrought iron scrollwork around Lynn Deer Park, and paid to have the bandstand, pavilion, and cart repainted.

They repaired the fence at the gate near Eighth Street, and the land also paid to have signs made about Lynn Deer Park, the Bison Home, Lake Illinois, and the Veterans Home itself. They created another sign acknowledging people who donated at least $125 for bench restoration. The group also wants to renovate the guardhouse, which requires work on the chimney and the porch.

“Everyone who worked on this project either volunteered their time and services or significantly reduced what they would charge to do all of this,” Pickle said.

When asked why they were involved in so many projects at home, Pickle and Shanks both replied at the same time, “Why not?”

“I love Quincy, I love the community, I love the veterans,” Shanks said. “We were supported by everyone.”

Pickle said she walked around Quincy one day with her husband to write down the names of businesses she eventually sent letters to, asking for donations.

“Then the big money started coming in,” she said. “It’s like gifts from God.”

Cherish the Moments has also received grants from local organizations, while all donations raised “continue to grow before our eyes,” Shanks said.

“We have a mansion that we could redo if someone wants to donate a million,” Shanks said with a laugh.

Further transformation work is also underway at the veterans’ home.

The Quincy Illinois Veterans Home Renovation and Rehabilitation Act was part of the Rebuild Illinois capital bill that was signed into law in June 2019. It planned to spend $230 million to build a state-of-the-art qualified facility with 210 beds and a home with 80 beds at the 12th and Locust campuses.

“The construction that’s going on here is amazing,” Pickle said. “The timing is so perfect to spruce up what’s already there, plus we’re keeping the old, and our storyboards will tell some of those stories.”

Troy Culbertson, administrator of the Illinois Veterans Home, called the work of the Cherish the Moments group “invaluable.”

“Their attention to things like the new park benches and the restoration painting of the wrought iron fences has really enhanced these areas,” he said. “They also worked seamlessly with the American Legion National Auxiliary Office for grant funding, which was a great addition to the project. The restoration of the Eighth Street Gate promises to be the ultimate accomplishment for this group of IVHQ supporters. We are grateful for their support.

Pickle has a big plan she hopes to accomplish.

“We want to do an amphitheater in the garden below and then bring Bon Jovi and AC/DC to play,” she said with a laugh.

To contribute to the Cherish the Memories group, visit their page on Facebook or call Pickle at 217-257-7953.

The newly painted arched sign at the Illinois Veterans Home. | david adam

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Citi Private Bank and Cambridge Family Enterprise Group provide a roadmap for family businesses to navigate the turbulence of the 2020s https://ronbercume.com/citi-private-bank-and-cambridge-family-enterprise-group-provide-a-roadmap-for-family-businesses-to-navigate-the-turbulence-of-the-2020s/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 13:10:00 +0000 https://ronbercume.com/citi-private-bank-and-cambridge-family-enterprise-group-provide-a-roadmap-for-family-businesses-to-navigate-the-turbulence-of-the-2020s/ NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Citi Private Bank released today The future of the family business: turbulence and transformation in the 2020s, a report that is the result of a year-long study in collaboration with the Research and Education Division of the Cambridge Family Enterprise Group (CFEG). Two-thirds of families surveyed for the report say they are moderately […]]]>

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Citi Private Bank released today The future of the family business: turbulence and transformation in the 2020s, a report that is the result of a year-long study in collaboration with the Research and Education Division of the Cambridge Family Enterprise Group (CFEG). Two-thirds of families surveyed for the report say they are moderately to extremely concerned about the turmoil ahead, including its impact on the next generation of leaders. This report examines these key concerns and provides the latest thinking, strategies and approaches for moving forward.

It is clear that most businesses and industries will be disrupted or at least seriously impacted by the turbulence of the 2020s. In today’s complex and hyperconnected world, the pace of change has accelerated, disruptions are happening more frequently and a crisis anywhere can have a butterfly effect with global ramifications. Family businesses and family offices will be affected, and those unprepared for new threats and opportunities will be left behind. Family organizations – and the families who own them – need a distinct set of strategies to ensure their continued strength and resilience.

“At Citi Private Bank, we are committed to helping global families continue their success into future generations. This study identifies a unique model specifically designed for enterprising families to thrive despite today’s ups and downs,” said Ida Liu, Global Head of Citi Private Bank. “Whether it’s having tough conversations about transferring leadership or investing in new technology, this report can be used to spark important multi-generational conversations within families about how to adapt. proactively to upcoming challenges and opportunities.

The future of the family business studies and research interviews show that enterprising families expect turbulent times and recognize the imperative for change – although they are less certain of their ability to change the means necessary to succeed. Although they are generally optimistic about their future success, they are more confident about their ability to perform well in the 2020s (10 years) than in the next generation (25 years).

The report aims to help families design effective short- and long-term strategies to meet the challenges ahead by explaining how family businesses can change course and strategize to be on the right track. It describes how the global macro landscape has changed, the key dimensions of the new formula for family business success, and presents five strategies for implementing it:

  1. Reorient and re-equip your owners: Ensuring owners are well-equipped for today’s hyper-connected and fast-paced world is increasingly important to the success of family businesses.
  2. Prepare to pivot: The ability to pivot to face threats and seize opportunities is the most defining characteristic of successful families.
  3. Accelerate your digital transformation: Strong digital capabilities often translate into strong financial performance and family businesses need to catch up.
  4. Make social impact a priority: A holistic approach to social impact, whether through community work, philanthropy or sustainable investing, will be essential for families in the next decade.
  5. Engage and revitalize your family: Success requires a commitment to developing family governance and a family culture that includes all generations and all types of talent.

“In today’s ever-changing world, the very way families think about stewardship needs to change,” says Dr. John Davis, professor at MIT and president of CFEG, who led the study. “Instead of focusing solely on the preservation and transmission of the traditional family business, good stewardship today must be understood as the growth of multiple types of value based on family values. This may include whether or not the traditional family business is preserved. Each generation can, and often must, add value with different assets and activities, requiring families today to deploy an agile strategy for what they own.

The report can be downloaded here.

About Citi Private Bank and CFEG:

Citi Private Bank is dedicated to serving wealthy and affluent individuals and families, providing personalized private banking services across borders. With total revenue of approximately $500 billion, the franchise serves customers in 50 cities in more than 100 countries. Citi Private Bank helps clients grow and preserve wealth, finance assets, grow cash, protect assets, preserve legacies, and meet the needs of families and family businesses. The company offers its clients products and services spanning capital markets, managed investments, portfolio management, trust and estate planning, investment finance, banking and aviation finance, advisory and corporate finance. art and sports funding.

Cambridge Family Enterprise Group (CFEG) is a globally recognized authority on family business and family wealth. Founded by Professor John Davis in 1989, CFEG is a thought leadership, consulting, education and research organization dedicated to helping homeowning families around the world achieve multigenerational success and weather changing times. The Cambridge Institute for Family Enterprise (CIFE) is its research and education arm. Additional information can be found at cfeg.com.

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