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News Article | February 15, 2017
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KING OF PRUSSIA, PA--(Marketwired - Feb 14, 2017) - QuadGen, a global network solutions company, today announces the appointment of Leighton Carroll to its executive leadership team as President. An industry veteran with more than two decades of software and telecommunications experience, Mr. Carroll previously served as the CEO of SQUAN Holding, where he oversaw its growth from a regional wireless contracting company to a leading wireless and fiber engineering and services business with 11 offices in 10 states. Prior to SQUAN, he was the Merger and Integration Leader for AT&T Mobility, where he was instrumental in the successful completion of the company's acquisitions of both Cricket Wireless and Allied Wireless, among others. Mr. Carroll is also the former CEO of Wireless Maritime Services, where he oversaw its growth from a start-up business into the world leader within non-terrestrial roaming services, and has served in various leadership roles at Cingular and Vanguard Cellular. Mr. Carroll holds a bachelor's degree in science from Virginia Tech, and has completed a variety of executive coursework at Harvard Business School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management, among others. "We are thrilled to have Leighton join us at QuadGen," says Malik Vagvala, Founder of QuadGen. "He is a proven leader, an innovative thinker, and has demonstrated a consistent record of growing businesses." "QuadGen is a unique platform that offers the opportunity to promote further growth within an already thriving business," shares Mr. Carroll. "I'm delighted to become part of QuadGen's leadership team." For more information about QuadGen Wireless Solutions, visit www.quadgenwireless.com or email info@QuadGenWireless.com. QuadGen is a global network solutions company that provides Network Engineering, Optimization, Operations and Managed Services to telecommunications companies. QuadGen's suite of services includes unique vendor-agnostic Integration and Optimization. Its software-based capabilities and experienced engineering talent have helped propel QuadGen to become a leading provider of services worldwide. To learn more about QuadGen Wireless Services, visit www.quadgenwireless.com


News Article | March 1, 2017
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WALLA WALLA, Wash., March 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Banner Corporation (NASDAQ: BANR), the parent company of Banner Bank and Islanders Bank, today announced that Merline Saintil has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Banner Corporation.  Ms. Saintil was also appointed to the Board of Directors of Banner Bank. Merline Saintil serves as Head of Operations for the Product & Technology group at Intuit in Mountain View, California, where her core responsibilities include driving global strategic growth priorities, leading merger and acquisition integration and divestitures, and overseeing the vendor management office.  Before joining Intuit, Ms. Saintil served as Yahoo’s Head of Operations for Mobile & Emerging Products, where she rapidly scaled the engineering organization through acquisitions and organic growth.  Prior to joining Yahoo, Ms. Saintil increased her knowledge of technology and operations through a variety of roles at Sun Microsystems, Adobe, PayPal and Joyent. In addition to her business interests, Ms. Saintil is passionate about supporting women and girls in leadership and technology.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Watermark and Iridescent – two non-profits dedicated to increasing the number of women in leadership positions, and supporting girls in entrepreneurship and technology, respectively.  She has received numerous awards for her contributions to her community and support of women in technology including being recognized by Business Insider as #6 on their list of the 22 Most Powerful Women Engineers in the World. Upon graduating valedictorian, Ms. Saintil received a B.S. from Florida A&M University, where she graduated summa cum laude.  She earned her M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University and has completed Stanford Directors’ College and Harvard Business School’s executive education programs. “We are pleased to welcome Ms. Saintil to our Boards of Directors,” stated Mark J. Grescovich, President and CEO of Banner Corporation and Banner Bank, “and especially look forward to the valuable insight she brings with regard to the information technology arena.” Banner Corporation is a $9.8 billion bank holding company operating two commercial banks in five Western states through a network of branches offering a full range of deposit services and business, commercial real estate, construction, residential, agricultural and consumer loans.  Visit Banner Bank on the Web at www.bannerbank.com. Statements concerning future performance, developments or events, concerning expectations for growth and market forecasts, and any other guidance on future periods, constitute forward-looking statements, which are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that might cause actual results to differ materially from stated objectives.  Banner undertakes no responsibility to update or revise any forward-looking statements.


News Article | February 28, 2017
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MastersinAccounting.info, a leading career and education website focused on graduate programs in accounting and finance, has released its ranking of the Top Online Master’s in Accounting Programs. To be considered for the list, schools with an online master’s in accounting program were checked for not-for-profit status and accreditation from one of the six regional accreditation agencies in the US recognized by the US Department of Education. The online degrees from the schools on the list are also the same degrees granted to traditional, on-campus students. The rankings were based on factors measuring academic quality, student experience, and graduate success. The ranking uses a unique methodology that considers such factors as the average tuition cost per online credit hour; program accreditation by the AACSB, ACBSP, or IACBE; the average mid-career pay of alumni; and school rankings according to US News & World Report in the regional, national, and online categories. Rob Voce, founder of MastersinAccounting.info, said about the list: “Enrollment in online degree programs is increasing and schools are responding by offering more distance education programs at the graduate level - which can be particularly convenient for those who are already working full-time. Our ranking is designed to help these prospective students learn about and compare first-rate online master’s in accounting programs that offer long-term value.” Overall, 37 schools with online master’s in accounting programs satisfied the inclusion requirements and ranked on this list. Auburn University, in Auburn, Alabama, captured the top spot on the list, followed by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the second spot. As well as providing schools’ results on ranking factors, the Top Online Master’s in Accounting Programs list includes detailed information on schools’ admissions statistics and requirements as well as tuition comparisons. For the top-ranking schools the list also provides: The top schools on this year’s list are: 1. Auburn University Raymond J. Harbert College of Business (Auburn, AL) 2. University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School (Chapel Hill, NC) 3. University of Connecticut School of Business (Storrs, CT) 4. University of Massachusetts Amherst Isenberg School of Management (Amherst, MA) 5. Pennsylvania State University World Campus (State College, PA) 6. University of Southern California Marshall School of Business (Los Angeles, CA) 7. Emporia State University School of Business (Emporia, KS) 8. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Business School (New Brunswick, NJ) 9. Colorado State University College of Business (Fort Collins, CO) 10. University of Alabama at Birmingham Collat School of Business (Birmingham, AL) 11. University of Texas at Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Business (Richardson, TX) 12. St. John’s University Peter J. Tobin College of Business (Jamaica, NY) 13. Georgia Southern University College of Business Administration (Statesboro, GA) 14. Northeastern University D’Amore-McKim School of Business (Boston, MA) 15. DePaul University Kellstadt Graduate School of Business (Chicago, IL) 16. Golden Gate University Edward S. Ageno School of Business (San Francisco, CA) 17. Southern New Hampshire University College of Online and Continuing Education (Hooksett, NH) 18. California State University, Sacramento College of Business Administration (Sacramento, CA) 19. University of Scranton Kania School of Management (Scranton, PA) 20. Syracuse University Martin J. Whitman School of Management (Syracuse, NY) 21. University of Hartford Barney School of Business (West Hartford, CT) 22. University of Miami School of Business Administration (Coral Gables, FL) 23. George Mason University School of Business (Fairfax, VA) 24. University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business (Vermillion, SD) 25. Florida Atlantic University College of Business (Boca Raton, FL) 26. Stetson University M.E. Rinker Sr. Institute of Tax and Accountancy (DeLand, FL) 27. Rider University College of Business Administration (Lawrenceville, NJ) 28. New England College School of Graduate and Professional Studies (Henniker, NH) 29. Western Governors University (Salt Lake City, UT) 30. Indiana Wesleyan University DeVoe School of Business (Marion, IN) 31. Plymouth State University College of Business Administration (Plymouth, NH) 32. Bellevue University College of Business (Bellevue, NE) 33. Loyola University Chicago Quinlan School of Business (Chicago, IL) 34. Franklin University Ross College of Business (Columbus, OH) 35. Nova Southeastern University Huizenga College of Business (Fort Lauderdale, FL) 36. Saint Mary’s University Graduate School of Business and Technology (Winona, MN) 37. Baypath University School of Science & Management (Longmeadow, MA) *See the full rankings and program details here: http://www.mastersinaccounting.info/online-masters-in-accounting/ About MastersinAccounting.info: MastersinAccounting.info is a free online resource focused on providing accurate and up-to-date information on degrees, programs, and schools for prospective master’s in accounting students. The site also provides additional resources such as career outlooks, graduate student guides, scholarships, and more. MastersinAccounting.info’s goal is to be best in class.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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WEST PALM BEACH, FL, February 15, 2017-- Lt. General (Retired) Robert D. Chelberg has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are taken into account during the selection process.General Chelberg graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1961. Later in his military career he earned a Master of Business Administration degree from New Mexico State University. Based on academic achievements, he is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. He has attended all the normal military educational schools including the National War College in Washington, D.C. General Chelberg has been listed in the Marquis editions of Who's Who in America since 1993, and Who's Who in the World since 2007.He has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in the U.S. Army during his 32-year career. He has commanded at all levels of the Field Artillery, and served two tours in Vietnam as the operations officer of three different battalions. He served for two years as 528th Artillery Group Commander in the early 1980s. This unit had the responsibility of protecting and assembling all the nuclear weapons in Turkey. His assignments in the Pentagon have included the Army Staff and the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he was a Deputy Director for Military Personnel Policy.In 1986 he held the position of Executive to the Supreme Allied Command Europe (SACEUR). He then served as the Chief Defense Planner in the Supreme Headquarters of Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), the headquarters for all the military forces of NATO. In September 1990, he was reassigned to Brussels, Belgium, to serve in the private office as a Special Advisor to the NATO Secretary General. He was promoted to Lieutenant General in January 1991, and then served as the Chief of Staff, U.S. European Command (EUCOM) in Stuttgart, Germany. During his time at EUCOM, the command participated in Desert Storm, Operation Provide Comfort to save 455,000 Kurdish people in Northern Iraq, and in other numerous relief and rescue contingency operations in Africa.General Chelberg retired on July 31, 1993 and subsequently assumed the duties of the Deputy Director of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. In conjunction with the German Government the school taught students from the former WARSAW Pact Nations and from the former Soviet Union. From the initial development and continuing for two years, he had budgetary, personnel, logistics, and construction responsibilities. For his performance at the Marshall Center, he was presented with the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service.His military decorations include: the Defense Distinguished Service Medal; the Army Distinguished Service Medal; two Defense Superior Service Medals; the Legion of Merit; five Bronze Stars; two Meritorious Service Medals; ten Air Medals; three Army Commendation Medals; and the Presidential Unit Citation (Navy).General Chelberg was named the 1986 Outstanding Alumnus of Lake Superior State University, and he was for 1985 the Veteran of the Year for VFW Post 3676. He was presented the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award in 1990. Only four percent of Eagle Scouts receive this honor. While in Europe, he served as District Commissioner for the Transatlantic Council Boy Scouts of America in the United Kingdom, France and Belgium from 1987-90, and was the council vice president for membership from 2004-08. He was inducted into New Mexico State University's Business School Hall of Fame in 2001.After military and civilian service of 34 years, General Chelberg has worked for Cubic Applications as a Managing Director in Europe and a Special Advisor in the U.S. For seven years, he promoted providing advice on organizational structure and computer assisted training exercises to former Warsaw Pact Nations.He has served as a Senior Fellow at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia from 2001 to 2011. In January 2003, General Chelberg accepted the position of Program Manager for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Field Office located in Belgium. This organization had the responsibility of working nuclear, chemical and biological threats against SHAPE, NATO, and EUCOM. After spending three plus years in this position, he returned to the U.S., but made a number of trips in the next three years back to Europe to perform the role of a Senior Mentor for Foreign Consequence Management Exercises. These exercises were designed to develop solutions for weapons of mass destruction attacks made against NATO forces and NATO populations. During his time with DTRA and as a Senior Mentor, General Chelberg was employed by Northrop Grumman Information Systems. From 2010-16, he served as a senior advisor to TASC.He is a lifetime member of the Association of the United States Army, and the Military Officers Association of America. In the past he has been a member of Rotary International and was a Paul Harris Fellow. When he was in Europe in the mid 90's, he was a member of the Federation of German American Clubs, and served as the organization's president from 1994-96.General Chelberg currently serves as a volunteer President of sixteen volunteer Board Members for the Wounded Veterans Relief Fund which receives referrals from all the major Veterans Administration Medical Centers in Florida. This 501(c)3 organization provides temporary emergency financial needs to service connected disabled veterans who have served in our wars and conflicts since 9/11. The funds are paid to creditors to preclude eviction from a domicile for rent or mortgage payments, for electric, gas or water utilities, for car repair, license, insurance, and gas, home repairs, and other emergencies. Since 2014 over seven thousand veterans and their families have been assisted. The Military Officers Association of America presented their Community Hero's Assistance Award to the Wounded Veterans Relief Fund in October 2015.As for the future, Lt. General (Retired) Chelberg intends to continue serving his country and deserving veterans and assisting others as appropriate.About Marquis Who's Who :Since 1899, when A. N. Marquis printed the First Edition of Who's Who in America , Marquis Who's Who has chronicled the lives of the most accomplished individuals and innovators from every significant field of endeavor, including politics, business, medicine, law, education, art, religion and entertainment. Today, Who's Who in America remains an essential biographical source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms around the world. Marquis now publishes many Who's Who titles, including Who's Who in America , Who's Who in the World , Who's Who in American Law , Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare , Who's Who in Science and Engineering , and Who's Who in Asia . Marquis publications may be visited at the official Marquis Who's Who website at www.marquiswhoswho.com


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.forbes.com

President Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan and a counterproposal by Senate Democrats are rising toward the top of the national agenda. All agree that there is a pressing need to fix the collapsing bridges, potholed roads, crashing trains, and embarrassing international arrivals terminals at airports in the great cities of America. But there will likely be massive arguments about how to raise the money and how to invest it. The solution may lie in finance models that have proven successful in several nations across the Atlantic Ocean—not in Europe, but rather in Africa. American policymakers, investors, and builders can learn from the African experience, where public-private partnerships and deployments of new technologies are illuminating new ways to approach the task of funding infrastructure despite a scarcity of government funds. At first glance, it seems counterintuitive that a massive continent with more than 50 independent nations, dozens of currencies, no interconnectivity, and endemic poverty could teach the richest nation on earth about how to finance infrastructure. But, there are important lessons in multiple examples of roads, power, ports, and water projects that actually get built, thanks to successful funding models. Their success is founded on their adaptability to three new conditions in the world today: the declining capabilities of government, the massive size and increasing sophistication of the global financial markets, and the impacts of new technologies that leapfrog large centralized projects and put usable knowledge directly in the hands of citizens. In many African nations, as in the United States, a key role of government is the funding, construction, and maintenance of the public infrastructure that benefits everyone. This obviously is not being accomplished to an adequate degree by government alone in either place. Why don’t governments just build roads, bridges, water, power and more? It’s not because they don’t aspire to. It’s because they lack the money and the expertise (in African cities) or because they can’t get to political consensus (in the United States)—or because there are other priorities for limited resources (like education, health care, security, and more). These are valid reasons. But there are workarounds that work.At Harvard Business School, my research looks at ways that the private sector can finance and deliver public infrastructure. For the last three years, I have led an Immersive Field Course in the Harvard Business School MBA Elective Curriculum. Teams of HBS students have traveled to several developing countries to research prospects for private finance and delivery of solutions in traditional energy, renewable energy, urban transit, inter-city transit, water and sanitation, municipal solid waste, infotech and telecoms, commercial real estate, and more. We have conducted several hundred in-person interviews with business, government, academic, and investing leaders in countries including Ethiopia and Tanzania as well as field research in Ghana, Kenya, and Rwanda. (Several students have shared insights from their field studies here: IFC Africa: Building Cities.) I believe the lessons learned there can be applied at home in the United States, where the ability to fund infrastructure is less obvious than it may seem at first glance. There is plenty of capital in the global financial system: upward of U.S. $20 trillion invested in fixed income securities alone between pension funds, insurance companies, endowments, sovereign funds, and wealthy families. Most of these securities are yielding from zero to 2% annually. There is a giant search for yield in the financial markets. There is also massive need for infrastructure investment. Why can’t the funds and the projects get matched up? This is often called the “Infrastructure Paradox.” Investors have an easy explanation for the paradox: a lack of bankable projects. For bankers (admittedly a broad characterization), a “bankable” project has several characteristics: a clear source of repayment from revenues, no market risk, no currency or interest rate risk, no competitors, and no political uncertainty around election outcomes, regime change, or expropriation. Historically, all of these factors have been favorable in the United States and that’s why the municipal bond market is so robust. But as we can see from the intense discussion in Congress, infrastructure is not obviously conducive to bankability. Infrastructure projects are even more difficult to make bankable than are other possible investments, since the capital expenditure is so focused (usually concrete, steel, and asphalt in a specific location) and the benefits are so diffuse and hard to quantify (the whole society might get cleaner air, faster transit, more dependable electricity, a more robust economy, but these aren’t all cash flow to the promoter). Why, then, can Africa teach the United States about making projects more bankable? Precisely because almost none of the bankers’ preferred conditions exist there. Revenues are sketchy, exchange rate risk is real, political uncertainties abound, and expertise is thin. Yet projects get funded and built. What can be learned? First, direct tariffs are not the only way to repay investments. Most water projects, for example, don’t generate enough water bill revenue to pay for themselves. But, rather than go without water for lack of current funds or skills, municipalities like Algiers, Algeria, have contracted for water with GE on an availability-plus-subsidy basis so the city builds on top of the water revenue alone. This public-private partnership helped the city finance and deliver water to millions of people when it did not have the cash or the capability to do it with city resources alone. Second, the public can help the private investors with initial capital. The Diamniadio toll road in Dakar, Senegal, is a public-private partnership where the private sector supplied most of the capital and is compensated mostly by toll revenue, but the low “policy price” tolls would not have paid back the full cost. The government of Senegal contributed to first cost of the road—a much smaller amount than building the whole route with public funds—rather than pencil in a prohibitively high toll. This successful project reduces congestion in the capital, facilitates business investment in the region, and helps to move the center of gravity of the city to a newer, less congested district.


News Article | March 2, 2017
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ProMIS Neurosciences (“ProMIS” or the “Company”), a company focused on the discovery and development of precision treatments for neurodegenerative diseases, today announced the appointment of Anthony J. Giovinazzo, MBA, to its Board of Directors, effective immediately. “I first met Anthony over twenty years ago, working together on an Alzheimer’s diagnostics opportunity” stated Eugene Williams, ProMIS Executive Chairman. “He and I have been talking about a shared commitment to making a difference in Alzheimer’s for a long time. After the outstanding job that Anthony did at Cynapsus, for both Parkinson’s patients and shareholders, he has many alternatives. We are thrilled that he has chosen to apply his talents and energy to ProMIS”. Anthony Giovinazzo is currently President and CEO of Sunovion CNS Development Canada ULC. As President and CEO of Cynapsus Therapeutics from 2009 through 2016 he led the successful purchase of Cynapsus by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, a member of the Dainipon Sumitomo Pharma group of Japan. At Cynapsus, Anthony led the successful development of APL 130277 (a sublingual strip of apomorphine) through to late stage Phase 3 studies and was responsible for Cynapsus up-listing from the TSX Venture exchange to the TSX and then the NASDAQ. “I am delighted to join the Board of Directors of ProMIS Neurosciences,” stated Mr. Giovinazzo. “Having devoted most of my career to the development and commercialization of therapies for neurodegenerative disease, I look forward to leveraging my experience to support the Company as it develops innovative, precision medicine therapeutics for Alzheimer’s disease and ALS”. About Anthony Giovinazzo, MBA. Anthony J. Giovinazzo has over thirty-eight years of professional experience. His first seven years were spent as an international corporate tax specialist primarily in multinational conglomerates. Over the subsequent eight years Anthony worked in Fortune 100 investment banking and private equity. For the last twenty-three years he worked exclusively on the discovery, development and commercialization of neurodegenerative disease therapeutics. His primary areas of focus have been Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and neuropathic pain. Since October 2016 he has been the President and CEO of Sunovion CNS Development Canada ULC., a successor company to Cynapsus Therapeutics Inc., which was purchased by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc., a member of the Dainipon Sumitomo Pharma group of companies of Japan. He was President, CEO and a Director of Cynapsus Therapeutics Inc. from 2009 to 2016 and was one of the three original inventors and patent holders of the Cynapsus Parkinson’s focussed technology. Under his leadership the company successfully developed APL 130277 (a sublingual strip of apomorphine for OFF episodes) through to late stage Phase 3 studies. In addition, Anthony led the up-listing of Cynapsus from the TSX Venture exchange to the TSX and then the NASDAQ, attracting bulge bracket investment banks and some of the largest institutional life science investors in the USA. The sale of Cynapsus to Sunovion in 2016 resulted in a 120% premium to market price (CDN$841 million) via an all cash M&A transaction. Mr Giovinazzo is the co-author of several peer reviewed papers and author of several papers on strategic and financing issues in the biopharmaceutical industry. He was a finalist in the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year (2014) for Ontario Canada. He is a Chartered Director and Audit Committee Certified, both from The Directors College, a degree granting affiliate of Mc Master University, Hamilton Canada. He also has completed the Leadership and Strategy in Pharmaceuticals and Biotech, in 2006 from Harvard Business School, Boston, MA; a Masters of Business Administration from IMD, Geneva Switzerland in 1986; Graduate Certificate Studies in Canadian Law Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, in 1984; and his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Accounting at McMaster University in 1978. The mission of ProMIS Neurosciences is to discover and develop precision medicine therapeutics for effective treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, in particular Alzheimer’s disease and ALS. ProMIS Neurosciences’ proprietary target discovery engine is based on the use of two, complementary techniques. The Company applies its thermodynamic, computational discovery platform—ProMIS™ and Collective Coordinates — to predict novel targets known as Disease Specific Epitopes (DSEs) on the molecular surface of misfolded proteins. Using this unique "precision medicine" approach, ProMIS Neurosciences is developing novel antibody therapeutics and specific companion diagnostics for Alzheimer’s disease and ALS. The company has also developed two proprietary technologies to specifically identify very low levels of misfolded proteins in a biological sample. In addition, ProMIS Neurosciences owns a portfolio of therapeutic and diagnostic patents relating to misfolded SOD1 in ALS, and currently has a preclinical monoclonal antibody therapeutic against this target. The TSX has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. This information release may contain certain forward-looking information. Such information involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those implied by statements herein, and therefore these statements should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results. All forward-looking statements are based on the Company's current beliefs as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to it as well as other factors. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Due to risks and uncertainties, including the risks and uncertainties identified by the Company in its public securities filings, actual events may differ materially from current expectations. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. 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Why do some businesses thrive whilst many more struggle and fail? According to Jonathan Trevor, Associate Professor of Management Practice, and Barry Varcoe, Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, the answer is enterprise alignment. Superior enterprise alignment enables McDonalds, for example, to serve over 70 million customers a day – over 1% of the global population – and dominate its industry, as it has done for decades. McDonald’s winning formula is tight alignment of its strategy, organisational capabilities, resources, and management systems, all arranged systematically to support its long-term purpose. Whilst most executives today recognise that their enterprises should be aligned, they tend to focus on just one of these elements to the exclusion of the others. ‘What really matters for sustainable performance is how they all fit together. The enterprise value chain that connects an enterprise’s purpose to its performance is only as strong as its weakest link’ said Professor Trevor. Enterprise alignment has never been more important – and difficult - than in today’s hyper-competitive and challenging business environment. The disruptions of the 21st century marketplace mean that tried and tested approaches to market success have a short shelf life. ‘To win, business leaders need to step-up and continually refresh how they align all elements of their enterprise’s strategy and organization to the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century marketplace. Many simply rely on what’s worked for them in past, with entirely predictable results. They fail sooner or later,’ commented Trevor. In their latest article in Harvard Business Review Trevor and Varcoe pose a series of questions that challenge business leaders to test strength of alignment of their own enterprise. Superior enterprise alignment requires thoughtful, courageous and energetic leadership. Every element of the enterprise value chain supports the other. The penalty for misalignment is a dysfunctional business and poor performance. The authors suggest there are four reasons for the misalignment that cripples many organisations (in all sectors) including: The scale of the challenge however might be a step too far for many organisations. ‘We believe that persistent pressure for short-term results leads many leaders to baulk at the opportunity to implement difficult changes that would have positive and long-lasting organisational impact,’ concluded Varcoe. For more information or to speak to Jonathan Trevor please contact the press office: Josie Powell, PR Manager, Saïd Business School Mobile +44 (0)7711 387215; Tel: +44 (0) 1865 288403 Email: josie.powell@sbs.ox.ac.uk or pressoffice@sbs.ox.ac.uk About Saïd Business School Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford blends the best of new and old. We are a vibrant and innovative business school, but yet deeply embedded in an 800 year old world-class university. We create programmes and ideas that have global impact. We educate people for successful business careers, and as a community seek to tackle world-scale problems. We deliver cutting-edge programmes and ground-breaking research that transform individuals, organisations, business practice, and society. We seek to be a world-class business school community, embedded in a world-class University, tackling world-scale problems. In the Financial Times European Business School ranking (Dec 2016) Oxford Saïd is ranked 11th. It is ranked 1st in the UK and 9th worldwide in the FT’s ranking of open enrolment programmes (May 2016) and 2nd globally for aims achieved in the FT ranking of MBA programmes (Jan 2016). The MBA is ranked 3rd in Businessweek’s full time MBA ranking outside the USA (Dec 2016) and is ranked 5th among the top non-US Business Schools by Forbes magazine (Sep 2015). The Executive MBA is ranked 2nd worldwide in the Economist’s Executive MBA ranking (Sep 2015) and 9th worldwide in the FT’s ranking of EMBAs (Oct 2016). The Oxford MSc in Financial Economics is ranked 11th in the world in the FT ranking of Masters in Finance programmes (Jun 2016). In the UK university league tables it is ranked first of all UK universities for undergraduate business and management in The Guardian (Jun 2016) and 2nd in The Times (Sept 2016). For more information, see http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/


MENLO PARK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SmartOrg®, Inc., has announced that two of its co-founders, David Matheson and Jim Matheson, have joined the faculty of the DECIDE Certificate in Strategic Decision Making. They will teach the course Strategic Decision Making in Organizations, one of the four courses comprising the DECIDE certificate program. The 2 ½ day course will present the skills and process for making strategic decisions within organizations. “Strategic Decision Making in Organizations is hard because the problems are usually complex, alternatives are numerous, and many people are involved with different interests and perspectives,” says David Matheson. “Yet good decisions that align people in a powerful direction can have huge impact.” “Our focus in this course is on the practical application of strategic decision making,” Jim Matheson adds. “Participants will learn how to identify strategic goals, conceive of possible ways to achieve them, focus on the path with the best balance of risk and return, and craft an action plan to implement the strategy.” The DECIDE Certificate in Strategic Decision Making offers an opportunity for business leaders and managers to develop advanced skills in quality decision making and ethical leadership. In addition to Strategic Decision Making in Organizations, the certificate program includes three other courses taught by leaders in the field of decision science: Foundations of Decision Analysis and Value-Focused Thinking will be offered in May 2017. Ethical Considerations in Enterprise Decision Making and Strategic Decision Making in Organizations will be offered in June 2017. For more information on the program and to register, visit the DECIDE program webpage. About the Instructors for Strategic Decision Making in Organizations: David and Jim Matheson are authors of the bestselling book, The Smart Organization: Creating Value through Strategic R & D (Harvard Business School Press). Both have helped senior management teams from some of the largest corporations in the world to improve their results from strategy, portfolio management, product development, innovation, R&D, and capital investment. David is an expert at measuring value and managing uncertainty. He routinely presents at product innovation and portfolio management conferences. His Ph.D. is from Stanford University, and he is a Fellow with the Society of Decision Professionals. Jim is a world recognized leader in the development and application of decision analysis. In recognition of his career, he was awarded the Ramsey Medal, the highest honor in the field of decision analysis. In addition to his professional practice, Dr. Matheson has been a Consulting Professor in the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University since 1967. He holds a BS from the Carnegie-Mellon University, an MS and a Ph.D. from Stanford University, and is a Fellow of INFORMS and of the Society of Decision Professionals. About SmartOrg, Inc.: Founded in 2000 and privately held, SmartOrg’s strategic portfolio evaluation platform and associated services align innovation and finance to overcome conflict and drive breakthrough growth. SmartOrg’s software has been used by companies in a wide range of industries, including oil & gas, pharmaceuticals, engineered materials, consumer products, and agriculture. To learn more about SmartOrg, visit www.smartorg.com. About DECIDE at USC: The Center for Interdisciplinary Decisions and Ethics (DECIDE), jointly housed in USC Viterbi School of Engineering and USC Price, Sol Price School of Public Policy, accomplishes its mission through an integrated approach that involves research, education, and outreach, and the inclusion of leaders in the fields of decision-making and ethics with an emphasis on large-scale societal problems and technological innovation.


MIAMI, FL, March 02, 2017-- Each year, GBK - the luxury lifestyle gift lounge and special events company - hosts a luxury gifting suite in honor of the Oscars Nominees. This year the celebrity soiree took place on February 24th and 25th at a $25 Million Estate in Beverly Hills from 11am - 6pm and Dr. Alberto Meza and Dr. Marianella Marin from Meza Dental welcomed an exclusive list of invited celebrities to their lounge inside the suite.With a modern and sleek style design, the first ever Meza Dental lounge at the Oscars was home to many Top Celebrities including: The real Oscar winner of Best Picture, Director of "Moonlight", Barry Jenkins; Winner and many of the cast; Best Support Actress Winner, Viola Davis; Winner - "SING" (Director Kristof Deak); Winner - "La La Land" (Composer Justin Hurwtiz); Winner - "OJ: Made in America" (Director/Producer Ezra Edelman & Producer Caroline Waterlow). Numerous others also attended from "Hidden Figures"; "Arrival"; "Hell or High Water"; "Fences"; "Zootopia"; "Lion"; "Kubo & The Two Strings", "Life", and "20th Century Women".Other special guests included, Miles Teller, Haley Lu Richardson, Anthony Anderson, Dule Hill, Randy Jackson, singer/song writer, Jake Miller, and many more.To keep the celebrities fashionable and ready for the Red Carpet, Dr. Alberto Meza and Dr. Marianella Marin from Meza Dental, the high end - celebrity favorite Cosmetic Dentistry Centre located in Costa Rica, dedicated to providing exceptional dental care, made sure the celebrities were pearly white by gifting the GLO Brilliant Personal Teeth Whitening Device So they can put it on, press power, and GLO!The gifting suite also was a place to raise awareness for charitable causes and Meza Dental and GLO Science were proud to help the Sugar Ray Leonard's Foundation, committed to funding research and creating awareness for childhood type 1 & 2 diabetes and to help children lead healthier lives through diet and exercise, and Reach Up Reach Out, a non-profit helping Ugandan orphans and widows, in hope of offering them a better future, from an Arts camp, to Widow and Vulnerable Women Business School Scholarship. In addition to that, suite organizer GBK made another wish come true by treating a Make-A-Wish child like a celebrity for the day.To learn more about Meza Dental and the different options available please visit www.mezadentalcare.com About Meza DentalMeza Dental is a high end Cosmetic Dentistry Centre located in San Jose, Costa Rica, that is dedicated to providing exceptional dental care for patients from around the globe. Our dentists have been trained in recognized Universities and Institutes in United States like UCLA and gIDE/Loma Linda University. Additionally, Meza is an accredited clinic by the AAAHC and our director and founder Dr. Alberto Meza is one out of the only two accredited members south of the United States by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). Always striving for perfection, our professional team delivers excellent results combining the art and science of Cosmetic Dentistry.


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ANN ARBOR, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hylant, one of the nation’s largest privately owned insurance brokerage firms, congratulates Derek Shinska for his selection to the Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders Program (YALP). Chosen by the Detroit YALP committee of civic leaders, Derek will attend a three-day workshop at the Harvard Business School with 90 other motivated and dynamic leaders from nine U.S. cities to identify short- and long-term solutions for improving their communities. Participants representing government, business, education, nonprofit, labor and other sectors will work across traditional boundaries to develop creative and innovative practices for encouraging prosperity at the local level. “It is a great honor to be selected for the Young American Leaders Program and we are proud to have Derek represent Hylant and the Detroit area,” said Linda Koos, President, Hylant-Ann Arbor. “Hylant strongly supports public service and we appreciate Derek’s shared commitment to our community and his willingness to explore ways to continue to make it stronger.” A graduate of the University of Michigan, Derek joined Hylant last year as a client executive in the Ann Arbor, Michigan office. Hylant, an eight-consecutive-year winner of Best Places to Work in Insurance, was founded in 1935 and is a full-service insurance brokerage with 14 offices in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee and Florida. As a member of the Worldwide Broker Network, Hylant offers complete risk management services, employee benefits brokerage and consultation, loss control, healthcare management and insurance solutions for businesses and individuals. Hylant is one of the largest privately held brokerage firms in the United States and serves a wide variety of clients locally, nationally and internationally. For more information, please contact Sandy Seitz at sandy.seitz@hylant.com or visit hylant.com. Follow Hylant on LinkedIn and Twitter (@hylantgroup).

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