Advertising and Marketing, Business

JD Woods Joins CMI Team as Account Manager

Author: CMI
Dateline: Atlanta, Georgia (ATLANTA, Ga.)  | Thu, 08 Apr 2010

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “ATLANTA, Ga. -- CMI, a full-service marketing research company, is pleased to announce the addition of JD Woods to its client services team. Woods will be responsible for managing key accounts in the insurance and telecom industries, supporting account executives for new business development, and assisting project management staff.”



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CMI, a full-service marketing research company, is pleased to announce the addition of JD Woods to its client services team. Woods will be responsible for managing key accounts in the insurance and telecom industries, supporting account executives for new business development, and assisting project management staff.

"JD's 25 years of experience in the financial services, regulated utilities, consumer packaged goods, restaurant, and transportation industries is a tremendous asset to CMI and our clients," said Ellen Mowbray, senior vice president, business strategy for CMI. "JD brings an extremely valuable perspective to client service because he has extensive experience on both the client and agency sides of market research."

Woods' experience as a corporate researcher for Anheuser-Busch and Brown & Williamson Tobacco makes him adept at developing approaches and presenting insights in ways that can be immediately relevant and effective for clients.

"I look forward to contributing to the diverse experience and expertise represented by the CMI team. They really understand how to deliver valuable research that drives strategic decisions and yields positive bottom line results for clients," said Woods.

Prior to joining CMI, Woods served as the director of sales and senior research consultant for Infosurv, Inc. And he was an account director at TNS and Walker Information, where he managed large client relationships. He also served as the southeast region practice manager for Hewitt Associates, a global human resources consultancy. Woods holds an MBA from Indiana University and bachelor's degrees in psychology and business from Hanover College.

About CMI:

CMI is a full-service marketing research company that creates competitive advantages for clients by turning research data into strategic insights and recommendations that drive business results. Since 1989, CMI has delivered unique solutions to uncover opportunities, optimize marketing strategies, and improve performance for clients in consumer and B2B markets. CMI's experienced team of market research consultants leverages a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods and technologies to help clients align products, services and strategies with customer needs.

CMI serves primarily Fortune 1000 clients and is currently ranked on the Honomichl Top 50 list of the country's largest marketing research organizations. For more information about CMI, visit www.cmiresearch.com .

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Business, Regional Events

Lion Technology Helps Calif. EHS Professionals Avoid Costly Compliance Fines and Penalties

Author: Lion Technology Inc.
Dateline: Sacramento, California ()

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Lion Technology Inc., a nationally renowned regulatory compliance training firm, will present their two-day Hazardous Waste in California workshop series during the month of May. These courses are designed for industry professionals that must assure compliance with California's hazardous waste regulations. Workshops will be held in San Diego on May 3-4; Ontario on May 6-7; San Jose on May 10-11; and Sacramento on May 13-14, 2010.”



A R T I C L E:

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Lion Technology Inc., a nationally renowned regulatory compliance training firm, will present their two-day Hazardous Waste in California workshop series during the month of May. These courses are designed for industry professionals that must assure compliance with California's hazardous waste regulations. Workshops will be held in San Diego on May 3-4; Ontario on May 6-7; San Jose on May 10-11; and Sacramento on May 13-14, 2010.

The workshop features comprehensive coverage of the California Hazardous Waste Regulations (Title 22), including waste identification, management standards for universal wastes, on-site management requirements, manifesting, emergency planning and response, recordkeeping, and the latest legislative initiatives.

Lion Technology Director of Corporate Training, Scott Dunsmore, a national expert on hazardous waste management, stresses that proper hazardous waste handling, management, and disposal is critical, especially in light of rising enforcement, which is now $37,500 per day/per violation.

"Regulators have often stated that inadequate or no training has been at the root of non-compliance. With a slow economy and budget tightening, the reflex is to go towards shorter and inexpensive training options. However, with enforcement initiatives on the increase, short changing your training puts you at risk of costing you more in the long run. Adequate training is essential to EHS excellence," says Dunsmore.

Tuition is $795 per person, with group discounts available. Registration includes course reference materials, networking luncheon, certificate of achievement, and one year of follow-up support. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and the workshop runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pre-registration is highly recommended. To register, call (888) 546-6511 or visit us online at www.Lion.com/Title22Training .

About Lion Technology:

Since 1977, more than 100,000 professionals have relied on Lion Technology to meet their regulatory compliance training needs. Lion offers comprehensive training and resources in the area of environmental, hazardous materials/dangerous goods transportation, and workplace health and safety compliance. Training is offered through nationwide public workshops, live Web seminars, online courses, and on-site programs. Regulatory support services and consulting are provided to assist industry comply with Federal and State laws and regulations.

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Business, Manufacturing

Metrology: Inspection at the Speed of Light

Author: George Products Company, Inc.
Dateline: Middletown, Delaware Fri, 26 Mar 2010

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “MIDDLETOWN, Del. -- Industry leaders frustrated with high cost of inspection: push for speed in the quality department without sacrificing accuracy or adding complexity. These days, equipment is only as good as the software that runs it. According to Erik Adams, of George Products Company, 'Customers don't want a collection of parts; they want a turn-key solution to their inspection problems that includes powerful software to drive the system.'”



A R T I C L E:

MIDDLETOWN, Del. -- Industry leaders frustrated with high cost of inspection: push for speed in the quality department without sacrificing accuracy or adding complexity. These days, equipment is only as good as the software that runs it. According to Erik Adams, of George Products Company, "Customers don't want a collection of parts; they want a turn-key solution to their inspection problems that includes powerful software to drive the system."

The OASIS Inspection System is driven by its own proprietary software that powers the system to operate at very high inspection speeds. New to the system is a strobe light source that creates the part shadow to be measured, and is controlled by the OASIS software to pulse light in micro-second bursts that effectively stops action. Couple that with a strobe rate of 6 bursts per second, synchronized with the shutter on the digital camera, and the result is the OASIS' ability to measure all external dimensions in under a second -- all without the part ever needing to stop.

In yet another newly released feature geared toward speed, one-click reporting now instantly takes all measurements and exports them to SPC programs or the OASIS report spreadsheet.

"The speed of the Oasis has reduced our inspection time to seconds per component; reducing the need for a dedicated inspector doing audits and allowing the operator to inspect each component 100 percent. This has resulted in real-time data acquisition that helps manage tool wear and keeps the process stable during operation. The Oasis is the perfect inspection system to reduce inspection labor and is a great tool to monitor process operations," said Daniel Proveaux, Quality Assurance Manager, Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, COQE Certified Quality Manager, Goodrich Corporation - Bamberg, South Carolina.

About George Products Company, Inc.:

Founded in 1951 and located in Middletown, Delaware, George Products Company is the manufacturer of the OASIS Inspection System. The OASIS is a full-featured machine vision inspection system designed to measure multiple profile dimensions on parts, accurate to +/- 0.0001-inches, with all the measurements done in less than a second.

For more information, visit: www.GeorgeProducts.com .

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Business, Real Estate

More than 4 Million Families Face Foreclosure

Author: ForeclosureListings.com
Dateline: New York, New York Wed, 24 Mar 2010

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Data published by ForeclosureListings comparing February 2010 to January 2010 shows that Texas has witnessed the highest increase in foreclosures with a rise of 35.3 percent, followed by Michigan at 17.54 percent, California at 11.93 percent, and Florida at 4.71 percent increases. Georgia actually showed a decrease of 5.55 percent and Arkansas showed the largest drop in foreclosures down 28.6 percent.”



A R T I C L E:

NEW YORK, N.Y. /Neotrope News Network/ -- Data published by ForeclosureListings.com comparing February 2010 to January 2010 shows that Texas has witnessed the highest increase in foreclosures with a rise of 35.3 percent, followed by Michigan at 17.54 percent, California at 11.93 percent, and Florida at 4.71 percent increases. Georgia actually showed a decrease of 5.55 percent and Arkansas showed the largest drop in foreclosures down 28.6 percent.

The nation is struggling with a lack of jobs and continued pressure on home values leaving many homeowners with mortgages higher than their homes' value. Several states are creating emergency funds to help the temporarily unemployed from being foreclosed upon. But the numbers continue to paint a bleak picture.

Even with additional funds from the government there are too many people facing unemployment and weak housing values to enable many to borrow the necessary amount to prevent foreclosure or to purchase a home in foreclosure.

49 states have participated in uniform, minimum standards for licensing of mortgage loan originators that began in New York and North Carolina, and became law, and then became a model for Congress to enact the Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act in 2008. Having learned their lessons from government intervention of relaxing guidelines in order to help more people purchase more homes, the laws are meant to reduce the amount of foreclosures in the future, but the damage has already been done.

Our foreclosure data compares February 2010 versus January 2010. Note the actual number of homes as opposed to the percentages in just 30 days:

Top Cities:
City, ST February Change
LAS VEGAS, NV 3154 +29.42 percent
DENVER, CO 2056 -5.25 percent
PHOENIX, AZ 1645 +34.61 percent
CHICAGO, IL 1396 +7.96 percent
MEMPHIS, TN 1210 +13.82 percent
HOUSTON, TX 1192 +37.80 percent
ATLANTA, GA 1039 -6.98 percent
CLEVELAND, OH 930 +1.86 percent
COLUMBUS, OH 857 +1.06 percent
DETROIT, MI 820 +15.33 percent

Notice that Atlanta, Georgia and Denver, Colorado actually had decreases in foreclosures from the previous month, yet the number of actual foreclosures was 1,039 and 2,056, respectively. The foreclosure trend continues.

Other important cities:
City, ST February Change
ORLANDO, FL 777 +10.68 percent
SAN ANTONIO, TX 679 +30.82 percent
SACRAMENTO, CA 672 +16.66 percent
MIAMI, FL 609 +6.65 percent
DALLAS, TX 575 +29.50 percent

We found it interesting that the larger cities as above had relatively fewer foreclosures percentages from the previous month than the comparatively smaller cities of Spring, Texas and of Garland, Texas with 165 and 167 total foreclosures at 46 percent and 43 percent increases over January, respectively.

Larger cities such as Houston, Texas which showed a change from January of over 37 percent with 1,192 homes foreclosed, and Phoenix, Arizona with over 34 percent change and 1,645 homes foreclosed continue to demonstrate the plight of unemployment and abandonment in search of locations for people to live where they can find jobs.

But there were some signs of improvement, for lack of a better word. Little Rock, Arkansas showed a monthly drop of 35.34 percent with only 75 foreclosures from the previous month, and Riverdale, Georgia showed a decrease of 25 percent with only 956 homes foreclosed. Likewise, two large cities of note, Washington, D.C. reported 169 foreclosures, a difference of 19.9 percent less than January, and Atlanta, Georgia reported 1,039 foreclosures, a drop of 6.98 percent in the same time period.

But homeowners, grappling with the need to lower their expenditures are finding that the mortgage notes they carry are higher than the current value of their homes, as revealed in the prices for some of the average prices in the top states, below.

Top states average price:
ST January February Change
CA $381,870.00 $383,471.00 +0.42 percent
FL $225,589.00 $220,252.00 -2.37 percent
MI $126,147.00 $117,417.00 -6.92 percent
TX $123,309.00 $124,216.00 +0.74 percent
GA $746,400.00 $520,881.00 -30.21 percent

Highest price drop
ST January February Change
GA $746,400.00 $520,881.00 -30.21 percent
AR $170,679.00 $125,285.00 -26.6 percent

It should be noted that homes bought in foreclosure are often in various states of disrepair and the price of the home is adjusted accordingly. And a distressed property can, and usually does, affect the price values of other homes in the neighborhood.

Lowest price average:
IN $69,846.00
OH $79,574.00
IA $81,360.00

As foreclosed homes are bought and repaired and brought up to their true values, the neighborhood's home values improve, and thereby the home value of the previously distressed property increases.

Highest price average:
GA $520,881.00
MA $480,119.00
AK $439,157.00
CA $383,471.00
DC $381,655.00

Highest price increase:
ST January February Change
SC $112,409.00 $174,580.00 +55.31 percent
ME $85,601.00 $97,167.00 +13.51 percent

Today one in every 418 homes in the U.S. has been filed in foreclosure, topping over 300,000 filings for the 12th straight month, bringing the nationwide total to almost 1.4 million. Nevada, the state that just a few years ago couldn't keep up with the demand for new home building is now the leader in foreclosures at four-times the national average, with Arizona, California, and Florida close behind.

The opposite side of the coin is that purchasing a home at discounted prices has never been easier as distressed properties now account for about one-third of all home re-sales. Learn more at: www.ForeclosureListings.com .

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Business

REMIS AMERICA Invests in Production, Creates Jobs

Author: REMIS AMERICA, LLC
Dateline: Elkhart, Indiana Wed, 24 Mar 2010

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “ELKHART, Ind. -- REMIS AMERICA, a leader in energy efficient products for grocery retailers, is proud to announce that it has opened a new production line at its Elkhart, Indiana headquarters. This new 35,000 square foot facility represents a multi-million dollar investment and has created over 25 new jobs since the company's inception in February of 2009. Additionally, the company's business model forecasts an impressive 30+ new hires by year's end 2011.”



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ELKHART, Ind. /Neotrope News Network/ -- REMIS AMERICA (www.remisamerica.com), a leader in energy efficient products for grocery retailers, is proud to announce that it has opened a new production line at its Elkhart, Indiana headquarters. This new 35,000 square foot facility represents a multi-million dollar investment and has created over 25 new jobs since the company's inception in February of 2009. Additionally, the company's business model forecasts an impressive 30+ new hires by year's end 2011.

"We are hiring local talent and sourcing from Indiana suppliers to create additional job growth for the local economy," explains Jim Schwartz, REMIS AMERICA CEO. "Our company has always valued the Elkhart county work force and supply base and we are proud to provide another way to help Indiana grow."

The production line is not the only area of growth and job creation for the company according to Tom Nagy, REMIS AMERICA President. "Having our own installation and service teams allows REMIS AMERICA to have total project control- from engineering through production to installation."

REMIS AMERICA's, eco-friendly, energy saving systems are unrivalled in keeping energy consumption low by providing a full range of medium temperature insulated glass doors and bunker freezer covers, installation and service. These proven glass doors and covers are engineered to offer up to 60 percent energy savings and are in use in over ten thousand retail stores throughout Europe, via the sister company, REMIS GmbH of Cologne, Germany.

REMIS AMERICA, headquartered in Elkhart, Indiana, is the result of a joint venture between, DEHCO, Inc. of Elkhart, Indiana, and REMIS GmbH of Cologne, Germany.

In addition to the Midwest headquarters, REMIS AMERICA offers a network of sales and service centers throughout North America, including: Eugene, OR, Ocala, FL, Elkhart, IN, Adel, GA, and Manheim, PA.

For more information, visit: www.remisamerica.com .

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Business, Real Estate

Pacific West Management, Inc. Joins U.S. Residential Group, Inc. to Serve Multi-Family Industry Nationwide

Author: Pacific West Management, Inc.
Dateline: Dallas, Texas Wed, 24 Mar 2010

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “DALLAS, Texas -- Pacific West Management, Inc. is pleased to announce its affiliation with U.S. Residential Group, Inc., a Dallas-based company established to provide multi-family real estate services on a nationwide scale. U.S. Residential Group is a full-service, fee-based management company for conventional and affordable multi-housing communities.”



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DALLAS, Texas /Neotrope News Network/ -- Pacific West Management, Inc. ("Pacific West Management") is pleased to announce its affiliation with U.S. Residential Group, Inc. ("U.S. Residential Group"), a Dallas-based company established to provide multi-family real estate services on a nationwide scale.

According to Al Fenstermacher, CEO of Pacific West Management, "Pacific West Management has been successfully operating in the Western and Sunbelt states for more than 30 years. Our affiliation with U.S. Residential Group has allowed Pacific West Management to continue providing its excellent fee-based apartment management services and, moreover, has enabled us to capitalize on the expertise of our principles and bring added services to the needs of the multi-housing industry on a coast-to-coast scale."

U.S. Residential Group is a full-service, fee-based management company for conventional and affordable multi-housing communities. By combining the talents and expertise of apartment professionals with more than 30 years of experience from each region of the country, U.S. Residential Group and its key employees have experience operating over 80,000 units throughout the United States. Services offered include fee-based apartment management to both traditional and affordable communities with a heavy emphasis on affordable housing compliance, auditing and agency reporting.

The fee-management division provides all management services including full property staffing and operations, marketing and lease up, resident retention programs, property accounting, banking and reporting as well as renovation management. They also specialize in transitional management, stabilization and repositioning of distressed properties.

"In addition to property management," Fenstermacher noted, "our Real Estate Services Division provides an invaluable resource for troubled or challenged communities. With the ever-changing economic climate, many properties benefit from our experience to bridge the gap between owners, lenders, buyers and sellers."

U.S. Residential Group's Real Estate Services Division assists all parties in achieving workable solutions through transitional management of REO property, receiverships, affordable housing compliance consultation, due diligence, loan restructuring and borrower representation, and joint venture opportunities.

Pacific West Management President Bev Ferguson will assume that role at U.S. Residential Group. Mrs. Ferguson has been active in property management for more than 25 years and opened the Pacific West Management Texas office in 2001. Her expertise encompasses all phases of the industry including marketing, financial management, staffing, property takeovers and capital improvement projects.

The Real Estate Services Division will be headed up by Todd Minor, who has negotiated and closed more than $2 billion of real estate loans as Executive Vice President of a real estate investment and development company, and has extensive loan workout experience as senior vice president for six REITs operating throughout the country.

For information, visit them on the Web at www.USResidentialGroup.com or call (949) 597-9700.

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Awards and Honors, Business

KnowledgeAdvisors Named Finalist by U.S. Chamber of Commerce for 2010 Blue Ribbon DREAM BIG Small Business Award

Author: KnowledgeAdvisors
Dateline: Chicago, Illinois Mon, 22 Mar 2010

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “CHICAGO, Ill. -- KnowledgeAdvisors, the world's largest provider of learning and talent measurement solutions, today announced it has been named a finalist for the 2010 Blue Ribbon DREAM BIG Small Business Award as named by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.”



A R T I C L E:

CHICAGO, Ill. /Neotrope News Network/ -- KnowledgeAdvisors, the world's largest provider of learning and talent measurement solutions, today announced it has been named a finalist for the 2010 Blue Ribbon DREAM BIG Small Business Award as named by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

"This year's recipients of the Blue Ribbon Small Business Award are proof that the American entrepreneurial spirit is as strong as ever," said Thomas J. Donohue, U.S. Chamber president and CEO.

The Blue Ribbon Small Business Award, sponsored by Sam's Club(R), a unit of Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT), is designed to recognize businesses that demonstrate excellent business practices in several areas, including business strategy, employee development, community involvement, and customer service.

"This award is about more than recognizing financially successful businesses," said Donohue. "It's about honoring those that show a commitment to their employees, sound business practices, and bettering their communities. These companies have made these commitments, and the Chamber is proud to recognize their contributions."

This year's 75 Blue Ribbon winners were selected from a record number of nationwide applicants and will be honored at America's Small Business Summit 2010, May 17-19, in Washington, D.C.

About KnowledgeAdvisors:

KnowledgeAdvisors is the world's largest provider of learning and talent measurement solutions. Leading organizations access its measurement expertise and on-demand software to ensure a high-performing workforce. As a thought leader in Human Capital Analytics, KnowledgeAdvisors provides the most comprehensive analytics solutions in the market. By combining measurement expertise, on-demand evaluation software, and integrated analytics solutions with benchmarking, organizations gain the necessary insights on how to best develop their workforce. For more about KnowledgeAdvisors, visit: www.knowledgeadvisors.com .

For inquiries related to this news release, contact:
Eric Bush, Director of Marketing
312 676 4434.

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Business, Regional Events

Georgia Chamber President to Speak to Georgia Brokers on Keys to Economic Growth

Author: Georgia Association of Business Brokers
Dateline: Atlanta, Georgia Wed, 17 Mar 2010

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “ATLANTA, Ga. -- The President and CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, George M. Israel III, will speak on March 30 to the state's largest association of business brokers, GABB, on ways Georgia can recover economically by remaining a place where businesses can thrive. The Georgia Association of Business Brokers (GABB) is the state's only professional organization and Multiple Listing Service dedicated to buying and selling businesses and franchises.”



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ATLANTA, Ga. /Neotrope News Network/ -- The President and CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, George M. Israel III, will speak on March 30 to the state's largest association of business brokers, GABB, on ways Georgia can recover economically by remaining a place where businesses can thrive.

Mr. Israel, the former mayor of Macon, has more than 25 years experience as a Chief Executive Officer with organizations in government, real estate sales management and development, property management and managed health care.

"Georgia's ability to compete economically with other states, provide the necessary resources and infrastructure, and offer a qualified workforce will allow business to succeed," said Mr. Israel.

Addressing the state's budget shortfall must "include the consideration of changes to the current tax system that would not only provide a competitive advantage in corporate recruitment but also encourage existing businesses to remain and grow in our state," Mr. Israel said.

The state must address infrastructure needs, and the most critical of these today is water, Israel said. The state's economic health has been threatened by the removal of Lake Lanier as a water supply source. Increased congestion has threatened communities, and Israel urged legislators to reach consensus on transportation funding proposals to efficiently move both people and freight

"Finally, no company can be successful without qualified workers," said Israel. "Measures to promote academic excellence, ensure sound leadership in our schools, create educational options, and provide advanced skills training are all necessary for our communities to attract the jobs of tomorrow and for our state to build the nation's best workforce."

Mr. Israel will speak at the GABB's meeting Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at the South Terraces Conference Center, 115 Perimeter Center Place, Atlanta, GA, 30346. The meeting is free and open to the public. Networking begins at 9:45 a.m. with a light breakfast before the 10:30 a.m. meeting

The Georgia Association of Business Brokers (GABB) is the state's only professional organization and Multiple Listing Service dedicated to buying and selling businesses and franchises (www.gabb.org). An experienced GABB business broker can help a buyer find businesses for sale, negotiate a fair price and obtain financing. A broker can help an owner evaluate and price a business, market and advertise to prospective buyers, negotiate and close a deal. The GABB Web site lists hundreds of businesses for sale throughout Georgia, as well as around the country.

George M. Israel III is President and CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. The Macon native has more than 25 years experience as a Chief Executive Officer with organizations in government, real estate sales management and development, property management and managed health care. Israel is a proven leader who gets results.

Israel attended Middle Georgia College in Cochran and the University of Georgia. He began his career as a field underwriter for the life, health and accident insurance industry. From 1979 until 1987, he served as Mayor of the City of Macon. In 1987, Israel became President & CEO of The Potomac Corporation, a European Venture Capital firm. During the early 1990s, he led Fickling & Walker Company in Macon before moving to Secure Health Plans of Georgia in 1994 as President & CEO.

Israel currently serves on the Board of Directors for a number of organizations, including the Georgia Allies, the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education and the Georgia Cities Foundation. He is a Board Advisor for the Georgia Department of Economic Development and a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Israel served as Chairman of the 21st Century Partnership in Middle Georgia for BRAC (1993-95), Chair of the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce (1993), Chair of the Macon Economic Development Commission (1988-92) and Co-Chair of the Macon-Bibb County Unification Commission. He was appointed by Gov. Zell Miller to Chair the State of Georgia Commission on Privatization (1994-98). He was also appointed by Gov. Miller to serve on the Georgia Military Affairs Coordinating Committee (GMACC) from 1993-96. In 2003, Gov. Sonny Perdue reappointed Israel to the GMACC. In 2006, Israel was named "Georgian of the Year" by Georgia Trend Magazine.

Israel and his wife Pam have two grown children and one grandchild.

More information about GABB: www.gabb.org .

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Business, Restaurant, Hotel and Hospitality

Naples Hotel Group to Offer Hotel Management, Turnaround, and Development

Author: Naples Hotel Group
Dateline: Naples, Florida Wed, 17 Mar 2010

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “NAPLES, Fla. -- Naples Hotel Development and Management Co. announces the formation of Naples Hotel Group (NHG), a fully integrated Hotel Management, Turnaround, and Development company with offices in Naples, Houston and Vero Beach. The new company will provide years of experience, expertise, and proven abilities to hotel owners and operators throughout the United States.”



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NAPLES, Fla. /Neotrope News Network/ -- Naples Hotel Development and Management Co. announces the formation of Naples Hotel Group (NHG), a fully integrated Hotel Management, Turnaround, and Development company with offices in Naples, Houston and Vero Beach. The new company will provide years of experience, expertise, and proven abilities to hotel owners and operators throughout the United States.

Mike Bou-Sliman, Founder and Managing Partner said of the new company, "The Naples Hotel Group will focus on what is truly important in the hotel business: People, Profits and Responsibility. Whether you are our guest, employee, business owner or partner, you can expect our commitment to excellence with integrity, respect, and courtesy in everything we do."

With more than a decade managing their own hospitality properties, NHG has a thorough understanding of the goals of hotel owners and operators and what it takes to deliver on those goals. NHG will provide comprehensive services in all areas of Hotel Management, Distressed Property Turnaround, and Hotel Development. They have invaluable relationships with the brand leaders in the industry as franchisees, operators, and developers of Marriott and Hilton branded hotels.

Also announced today was the addition of Greg Blackwell as Partner and Vice President of Operations, and Keith D. Kite as Vice President of Business Development. Greg Blackwell is a 23-year hospitality industry veteran with 20 years of hotel management experience with Marriott. During the last 4 years of Blackwell's tenure with Marriott International, he focused on Hotel Openings, Conversions and Divestitures, working exclusively with Marriott Owners and Franchisees. Blackwell managed brand standards, asset readiness and construction, along with sales and marketing ramp-ups for over 120 Marriott hotels, representing 7 different Marriott brands.

Keith D. Kite's career in real estate, construction and development spans over 30 years.

In 1995, Keith moved to Vero Beach, Florida, where he founded Kite Properties, LLC, a hotel investment, development and management firm with ownership interests and development expertise in Marriott and Hilton branded hotels. Kite's partnership with NHG creates a fully integrated platform of hotels services. Kite's focus will be on business development initiatives and opportunities.

Naples Hotel Group's home office is located at 809 Walkerbilt Road, Suite 8 in Naples, Florida. For more detailed information about the Naples Hotel Group, their services, and experienced team of professionals, please visit www.NaplesHotelGroup.com .

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Business, Real Estate

U.S. Residential Group, Inc. Formed to Serve Multi-Family Industry Nationwide

Author: U.S. Residential Group, Inc.
Dateline: Dallas, Texas Tue, 16 Mar 2010

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “DALLAS, Texas -- U.S. Residential Group, Inc., a company based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, has been formed to provide management and real estate services to the multi-family housing industry nationwide. USRG is a full-service, fee-based management company for conventional and affordable multi-housing communities.”



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DALLAS, Texas /Neotrope News Network/ -- U.S. Residential Group, Inc., a company based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, has been formed to provide management and real estate services to the multi-family housing industry nationwide. U.S. Residential Group is a full-service, fee-based management company for conventional and affordable multi-housing communities. By combining the talents and expertise of apartment professionals with more than 30 years of experience from each region of the country, U.S. Residential Group offers a full array of services to the multi-housing industry.

U.S. Residential Group and its key employees have experience operating more than 80,000 units throughout the United States. Services offered include fee-based apartment management to both traditional and affordable communities with a heavy emphasis on affordable housing compliance, auditing and agency reporting.

The fee-management division provides all management services including full property staffing and operations, marketing and lease up, resident retention programs, property accounting, banking and reporting as well as renovation management. They also specialize in transitional management, stabilization and repositioning of distressed properties.

The Real Estate Services Division provides an invaluable resource for troubled or challenged communities. With the ever-changing economic climate, many properties benefit from our experience to bridge the gap between owners, lenders, buyers and sellers. U.S. Residential Group's Real Estate Services Division assists all parties in achieving workable solutions through transitional management of REO property, receiverships, affordable housing compliance consultation, due diligence, loan restructuring and borrower representation and joint venture opportunities.

For information, visit them on the Web at www.USResidentialGroup.com or call (469) 546-6400.

Media Contact:
Debbie Anderson
Phone: 972.571.760-6.

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