News Article | April 17, 2017
Chris Head, who represents the 17th District in the Virginia House of Delegates, has accepted the invitation from RADM J. Scott Burhoe, the president of Fork Union Military Academy, to be this year's commencement speaker at the graduation ceremony to be held on May 27, 2017. Delegate Head is the father of Cadet Michael Head, a senior in the Class of 2017 who has attended the Academy since August 2013 when he enrolled as a freshman. Delegate Head and his wife, Betsy, live in the Roanoke area and have three children. Head is a longtime business owner, operating a franchise of Home Instead Senior Care, which provides in-home care for seniors in Roanoke and Lynchburg. He was recognized as Small Business of the Year by the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2009. It was his experience dealing with the growing number and complexity of state and federal regulations affecting his business that motivated him to seek elective office and work to create a better business environment in Virginia. When the incumbent from the 17th House district retired in 2009, Head ran for the nomination of the Republican party, finishing second in a primary with five candidates. When the winner of that 2009 contest chose not to seek reelection in 2011, Head was nominated for the seat as the Republican candidate and won election to the House of Delegates. Head represents parts of Roanoke, Roanoke County, and Botetourt County in Virginia's House of Delegates. He is the co-founder and Chairman of the Business Development Caucus in the House and serves on the Finance Committee, the Health, Welfare, and Institutions Committee, and the Militia, Police, and Public Safety Committee. In February 2017, Delegate Head sponsored House Resolution 380 honoring the life and service of the Academy's late Commandant of Cadets, Duane Fender. Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Virginia, is a college preparatory military boarding school for young men in Grades 7 through 12 and postgraduates. Affiliated with the Baptist General Association of Virginia and open to those of all religious denominations, Fork Union was founded in 1898 and has a rich tradition promoting character, leadership, and scholarship.
News Article | April 17, 2017
To promote health and wellbeing in an increasingly stressful world, The American Meditation Institute (AMI) in Averill Park, New York will host its first annual Health & Happiness Conference on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10am – 4:00pm at the Hindu Cultural Center in Albany, New York. Led by internationally acclaimed mind/body medicine pioneer Bernie Siegel, MD and AMI founder Leonard Perlmutter, the conference will bring together a faculty of distinguished physicians and meditation researchers to present practical tools to enhance health, creativity, well-being, happiness and success. “Coping with daily life—family, work, managing emotions—is incredibly challenging in today’s fast-paced, complex, stressful world,” said Leonard Perlmutter. “AMI’s Health & Happiness Conference will give participants from all walks of life practical ideas on how to transform stress and put proven techniques immediately into action to enhance their lives.” Participants have the opportunity to choose how they will spend the day. Beginner sessions will include Meditation 101, Breath as Medicine, Relieving Stress, and Food as Medicine. Advanced sessions will cover DNA is Not Destiny, Functions of the Mind, and Meditation & The Brain. “The Health & Happiness Conference will offer something for everyone, no matter your experience level,” said Leonard Perlmutter. “By allow participants to customize their day, they will maximize their experience and emerge from the training inspired and ready to create a happier, healthier, more meaningful life.” To nourish body and soul, participants will enjoy easy-gentle yoga and a delicious gourmet vegetarian lunch. In the afternoon, renowned keynote speaker Bernie Siegel will share his thoughts on The Healing Power of Love and Leonard Perlmutter will delve deep into the topic of “Using the Mind to Heal the Body.” A lively panel discussion will cap off the day’s events. Feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and renewed, participants will emerge from the training ready to apply what they learned with these practical tools for healthy living: Leonard Perlmutter, AMI Founder “The Mind Can Heal the Body” and “Who am I?” Leonard is a noted philosopher and author of The Heart and Science of Yoga®. He is a direct disciple of Swami Rama––who, in laboratory conditions, demonstrated that blood pressure, heart rate and the autonomic nervous system can be voluntarily controlled. Leonard has presented courses at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the U. S. Military Academy and The New York Times Yoga Forum with Dean Ornish MD. Bernie Siegel, MD “The Healing Power of Love” Bernie is an acclaimed mind/body medicine pioneer who has worked throughout his illustrious career to help patients heal. As an intuitive Yoga scientist and surgeon, Bernie embraces a philosophy of living and dying that stands as a beacon of clarity for today’s medical ethics and spiritual issues. Beth Netter, MD, MT “Breath as Medicine” and Panel Discussion Beth is a holistic physician and acupuncturist in Albany, NY. A graduate of the University at Buffalo’s School of Biomedical Sciences, she completed her residency in anesthesiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Beth serves as Chair of AMI’s Department of Medical Education. Mark Pettus, MD “Epigenomics/Inflammation/Allostatic Load” and Panel Discussion Mark is a board-certified internist and nephrologist currently serving as Director of Medical Education and Population Health at Berkshire Health Systems, and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at UMass Medical School. Mark is the author of The Savvy Patient and It’s All in Your Head. Susan Lord, MD “Food as Medicine” and Panel Discussion Susan graduated from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and is in private practice in Great Barrington, MA focusing on prevention and treatment through mindful living and lifestyle changes. She served as Director for the Food as Medicine program at the Center for Mind/Body Medicine 1996-2007. Anthony Santilli, MD “Relieving Physician Burnout” and Panel Discussion Tony received his medical degree from the University at Buffalo, having completed his fellowship at Weill Cornell University and his post graduate training at Brown University. He is board-certified in Pulmonary and Critical Care medicine and practices in Schenectady and Amsterdam NY. Prashant Kaushik, MD Panel Discussion Prashant received a Bachelors of Medicine & Surgery degree from the All India Institute of Medical Services. A board-certified Rheumatologist, Prashant serves as Lead Rheumatologist at the Albany VA Medical Center, Associate Professor, Dept. of Internal Medicine, Albany Medical College. Sara Lazar, PhD “Neuroplasticity: The Effect of Meditation” and Panel Discussion Sara is an instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and an Associate Researcher in the Psychiatry Department at Mass. General Hospital. A leading neuroscientist in the field, her team was the first to show how meditation and yoga influence brain structure and human behavior. Mary Helen Holloway, AMI-MT “Meditation 101” and Panel Discussion Mary is a graduate of Meditational Therapist Certification Program. Drawing upon an intuitive understanding of mind/body medicine, she currently teaches all levels of meditation courses, actively lectures to civic, medical and religious organizations, serves as Director of AMI’s Yoga of Medicine Program. Jenness Cortez Perlmutter Panel Discussion Jenness has studied Yoga Science and practiced meditation since 1977. She is the co-founder and faculty member of AMI and a direct disciple of Swami Rama of the Himalayas. She graduated from the Herron School of Art, and is a world-renowned artist. The American Meditation Institute is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization devoted to the teaching and practice of Yoga Science, AMI meditation and its allied disciplines as mind/body medicine. In its holistic approach to wellness, AMI combines the healing arts of the East with the practicality of modern Western science. The American Meditation Institute offers a wide variety of classes, retreats, and teacher training programs. AMI also publishes Transformation a bi-monthly journal of meditation as holistic mind/body medicine. Call (518) 674-8714 for a mail or email subscription.
News Article | May 5, 2017
Kim Jong Un is a “smart cookie,” President Donald Trump said recently of North Korea’s leader. “He’s 27 years old,” Trump mused. “His father dies, [he] took over a regime. So say what you want but that is not easy.” Kim, who has assassinated his internal rivals using anti-aircraft guns and chemical weapons, seeks to develop a nuclear missile that can reach the United States. These actions may provoke a “major, major conflict” with the U.S., Trump has said: “I hope he’s rational.” In my research on political leaders, I’ve found that different people have different definitions of rationality. The core question – “What is my best move?” – is often answered by a leader’s idiosyncratic beliefs, rather than by an immediately obvious logic of the situation as seen by external observers. The history of dealing with inscrutable foreign leaders is instructive: From Hitler to Saddam to Khrushchev, understanding the other is the most urgent challenge of national security decision-making for the U.S. To influence Kim’s behavior, we must ask: What is his particular vantage point? In the spring of 1943, the director of the first centralized U.S. intelligence agency, Colonel William “Wild Bill” Donovan, sought help in understanding Hitler. Donovan wanted to give President Franklin D. Roosevelt a sense of “the things that make him tick.” Donovan called Walter C. Langer, a psychoanalyst helping with the war effort, in for a meeting: “What do you make of Hitler? If Hitler is running the show, what kind of a person is he? What are his ambitions?” Langer combined the scant intelligence on Hitler with insights from Freudian psychoanalysis into a study on Hitler. He accurately predicted that Hitler would commit suicide rather than be captured by Allied forces. But his insight was largely irrelevant to the military strategy for defeating Germany. The report took so long to produce that the war was nearly over by the time it was delivered to Donovan. More recently, the former top U.N. weapons inspector Charles Duelfer and I studied what made former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein tick. For several years, Duelfer was the senior point of contact between Iraq and the U.S. After the regime fell, he produced the definitive report on its weapons programs. Looking for logic in Saddam’s decisions, we found instead a morass of idiosyncratic thinking. Most astonishing was his misreading of President George W. Bush’s June 2002 speech to the West Point Military Academy. Intending to warn Saddam that he must comply with U.N. demands or face war, Bush struck a stern tone. The “gravest danger to freedom,” he said, was “unbalanced dictators with weapons of mass destruction.” Later in the speech, Bush praised President Ronald Reagan for standing up to “the brutality of tyrants.” What Bush said and what Saddam heard were two very different things. Saddam did not see himself as unbalanced, and he knew that he did not have weapons of mass destruction. And U.S.-Iraq relations had been excellent under President Reagan, Saddam recalled. The United States had tilted toward his side during the Iran-Iraq war. Things started to deteriorate only under the Bushes, in his view. Our analysis showed that Saddam believed Bush could not have been talking about him. Instead, Saddam concluded he must have been threatening North Korea, not Iraq. Kim Jong Il, father of Kim Jong Un, possessed the nuclear weapons that the Iraqi president desired but did not have. Bush was dumbfounded by the lack of Saddam’s response to his threats. Later he asked, “How much clearer could I have been?” Duelfer and I had the academic luxury of malleable deadlines in studying Saddam. Langer spent many months on his Hitler study. Scholarship on Kim Jong Un may be too slow for the current crisis. Major decision-makers may instead need to rely on their intuition. Former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara spoke about intuition in a 2003 documentary about his role in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. McNamara revealed crucial new details about the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev had smuggled nuclear missiles into Cuba, threatening 90 million Americans. President John F. Kennedy’s first reaction was that he must destroy them with a massive air strike. This would have courted war with the USSR. Seeking the widest possible range of advice, Kennedy asked Llewellyn “Tommy” Thompson, former U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union, to supplement his foreign policy team during the crisis. Thompson had come to know Khrushchev well and had stayed at his house in Moscow. “Mr. President, you’re wrong,” McNamara recalls Thompson saying of the air strike plans. “I think Khrushchev’s gotten himself in one hell of a fix.” The former ambassador knew that Khrushchev could be impulsive and later regretful. He imagined a terrified Khrushchev, in awe of the events he had set in motion. Thompson suggested that Kennedy help the Soviet leader find his way out of the crisis. Kennedy decided on a naval blockade rather than an air strike, and Khrushchev backed down. The lesson McNamara drew? Empathize with your enemy, and intuit how the world looks to them. “We must try to put ourselves in their skin, and look at ourselves through their eyes,” he said. History tells us that to influence Kim, we must empathize (note: not sympathize) with him. To figure out what makes him tick, Trump and his advisers must first understand how we look to the North Korean leader, peering at us from his very particular vantage point. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.
News Article | May 5, 2017
HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--APQC, the benchmarking and best practices research firm, mourns the death of founder and executive chairman, Dr. C. Jackson “Jack” Grayson. He passed away peacefully on May 4th at his home in Houston, Texas, at the age of 93. Grayson spent his entire professional career applying quality thinking and methods to help improve organizations and society. With a zeal for life and quest for adventure, “Mr. Charisma” always kept his family and colleagues on their toes. He started setting the bar high in high school when he danced with Vivien Leigh at the gala premiere of Gone with the Wind in Atlanta while a student at Georgia Military Academy. Keen on exploring the world and all its wonder, Grayson completed his seven-continent quest in 2003 at age 80, with an Antarctica trip, and celebrated his birthday with skydives at age 75 and 90. “APQC has lost a tireless champion, a visionary genius, and an inspiring mentor. Jack’s early and sustained efforts to help companies in business, government, and education improve productivity and quality have enhanced the competitiveness of countless organizations for almost five decades,” said Lisa Higgins, APQC president and chief operating officer. “We’ll especially miss his passion, wit, and enthusiasm for both work and life.” Grayson rose to public prominence in 1971 when he served as chairman of the U.S. Price Commission under President Nixon. Though the price controls were widely unpopular, he earned national recognition from the press, business leaders, and labor for his transparent and fair administration and later for his work to remove the controls. During this period Grayson came to understand that productivity growth in America was falling and sounded the alarm about our sagging productivity, quality, and competiveness. In 1977 he made an unprecedented commitment to halting that decline when he founded the American Productivity & Quality Center (APQC), originally known as the American Productivity Center. Based in Houston, the organization initially offered productivity improvement training courses, established common performance measures, and conducted the first White House Conference on Productivity. At the same time, he sought to create a physical venue to connect mind, body, and spirit and co-founded the Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa in Houston, Texas. “I vowed when I left government, I would do something to wake up the nation to the importance of productivity, but more importantly, to help improve it,” said Grayson in an interview. APQC was his answer to a dangerous economy—it was an initiative that would help improve American competitiveness. In the mid-1980s he recommended the creation of a national quality medal, which subsequently became the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. APQC and the American Society for Quality (ASQ) jointly administered the award in its first three years. In 1991 he and staff at APQC launched the International Benchmarking Clearinghouse to help organizations identify and learn from best practices and in 1993, the Process Classification Framework® (PCF), a business taxonomy now regarded as the most widely-used worldwide for process improvement. Later he and his team helped launch and usher in the concept of knowledge management in the mid-90s. “Few, if any, individual Americans have done more during the last 20 years to shape the country’s economic future for the better,” stated BusinessWeek of Grayson in 1990. For Grayson, it was simple: the words “can’t” and “no” simply did not exist. In 1997, at the age of 74, Grayson launched and dedicated the rest of his career to the APQC Education Initiative to help schools benchmark and adopt best practices. Grayson believed many of the same productivity and quality principles and process management approaches that apply to the business world could be transferred to the academic arena, specifically the K-12 education system. He retired from APQC in September 2015, just shy of his 92nd birthday. Grayson earned his bachelor's degree from Tulane University, an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and a doctorate in business from the Harvard Business School. His academic career included professorships at Harvard, Stanford, Tulane, and Southern Methodist University (SMU) as well as business schools in France and Switzerland. He served as dean for the business schools at Tulane and at SMU, where he became known for instituting innovations in business education at both institutions. During World War II, he served four years in the U.S. Navy and fought in the South Pacific. In addition to his academic and public work, his career included being a newspaper reporter in New Orleans, an FBI special agent, a manager of a cotton farm in North Louisiana, and a member of an import-export firm. A lifelong proponent of constant learning, experimentation, and having fun, he was a single-engine airplane pilot, a racehorse owner, and world traveler, even setting foot on all seven continents. He authored many magazine and newspaper articles as well as four business books, including American Business: A Two-Minute Warning about the productivity slide against global competitors and If Only We Knew What We Know, co-authored with his wife, Dr. Carla O'Dell, about knowledge management and the internal transfer of best practices. Grayson was a CPA and a retired board member for eight major U.S. corporations. In addition to his work with President Nixon, Grayson served on two additional presidential commissions for President Carter’s Commission for a National Agenda and President Reagan’s National Productivity Advisory Committee. In 1973 he was honored as Wharton’s Man of the Year by the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2000 English research firm Teleos named him one of the 10 “Most Admired Knowledge Leaders” in North America. In 2003 the American Society for Quality (ASQ) named him as one of nine Distinguished Service Medalists. In 2006 the Cox School of Business at SMU created the C. Jackson Grayson Endowed Faculty Innovation Award for excellence and creativity in teaching and an endowed MBA scholarship in entrepreneurial studies, gifted by Bobby Lyle. In 2008 APQC and ASQ established the C. Jackson Grayson Distinguished Quality Pioneer Medal to honor individuals who have demonstrated leadership in quality areas in education, health care, public sector, and not-for-profit organizations. In 2016 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME). According to Grayson, of the honors bestowed on him over the years, he was most moved by the APQC-driven tributes. In 2015 APQC launched Founder’s Day, an annual celebration to honor Jack Grayson and the work of APQC. During the inaugural event, APQC renamed its amphitheater to be Grayson Hall—“dedicated to all those who come to APQC to learn, adapt, and improve their organizations and named in honor of our Founder Jack Grayson, who inspires and challenges every individual to reinvent their future every day.” In 2016 APQC introduced the Grayson Guarantee™, a defining guide for APQC and its team on how to live, work, and act with Grayson’s values at the forefront of every decision. For Grayson the benefits of productivity growth extend beyond business strategy and enhancements to the bottom line. “If you look at highly productive companies, you notice that people are happier,” he said. “They are more empowered and responsible and take pride in their work. This adds to the productivity and the well being of the people in the organization.” What worked for the individual also worked for the company and country, he believed. “Any life that is not productive is wasted. If you are not striving to continuously learn and grow, you are not leading a productive life. This is true for an individual, and it is true for a country.” A biography of Grayson's life, Freedom to Dream, Courage to Act: The First Nine Decades of C. Jackson Grayson, was released in 2014 to celebrate his 91st birthday. Grayson was born on October 8, 1923 in Fort Necessity, Louisiana. Grayson is survived by his wife Dr. Carla O’Dell, and his children, Christopher Jackson Grayson and wife Kelly; Michael Wiley Grayson and wife Siew Leng Toh; Randall Charles Grayson and wife Kerry O’Regan; and four grandchildren, Mckenna Nicole Grayson, Andrew Jackson Grayson, Clove Regan Grayson, and Annika Regan Grayson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Jackson Grayson, Sr. and Daphne de Graffenreid Grayson; and his son, Daniel Jackson Grayson. A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, May 12th at Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Houston; a reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions be made in Grayson's memory to Camp Augusta, located at 17530 Lake Vera Purdon Road, Nevada City, California 95959. For more details about Grayson’s life and his contributions to the growth of the American economy, please read his biography or share your comments about Grayson at www.apqc.org or @APQC. 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News Article | April 25, 2017
Charles F. Brega, Director of Fairfield and Woods P.C., has joined The Expert Network©, an invitation-only service for distinguished professionals. Mr. Brega has been chosen as a Distinguished Lawyer™ based on peer reviews and ratings, dozens of recognitions, and accomplishments achieved throughout his career. Mr. Brega outshines others in his field due to his extensive educational background, numerous awards and recognitions, and career longevity. Mr. Brega earned his bachelor's degree with distinction in 1954 from The Citadel Military Academy before obtaining his Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado Law School. Mr. Brega is a Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ Rated attorney whose outstanding representation has earned him distinction as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers, Top 10 Attorney by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, and 10 Best in Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, among many others. With nearly 60 years dedicated to law, Mr. Brega brings a wealth of knowledge to his industry and, in particular, to his areas of specialization, the fields of estate, family, personal injury, and intellectual property law. When asked about his decision to pursue a career in law, Mr. Brega said: "We lived in a tiny town, and both my dad and grandad were attorneys. I always saw them doing it, and that’s what I always wanted to be." Today, Mr. Brega operates his practice under a passionate relationship-driven approach to law, which considers a client to be simply 'a friend with a problem.' With more than half a century of litigation experience behind him, Mr. Brega has tried over 400 civil and criminal cases in both state and federal courts, and before arbitration panels. His experience has earned him a wealth of industry knowledge, and he is highly skilled in a range of litigation matters including Estate and Trusts, Business and Commercial, Family Law, Intellectual Property, Real Estate, Personal Injury, Securities, Arbitration, and Regulatory Defense. In addition, he has a wealth of experience in Security and Criminal Law, with hundreds of cases related to experience and over a dozen murder trials under his belt. As a thought-leader in his field, Mr. Brega has a unique vantage point from which to track developments in the industry. Commenting on the growing prominence of cases that are resolved through settlement rather than trial, he noted: "In my opinion, we are getting fewer and fewer people who are real trial lawyers. Most people today are looking to settle out of court as much as possible because litigation has become so expensive for the average person." With such a position of prominence in his industry, Mr. Brega is deeply involved in his professional community. He has previously held positions as the President of the Colorado Lawyers Association and on the Board of Governers for the American Trial Lawyers Association. Today, he is a respected member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, as well as the International Society of Barristers. Over the course of his career, Mr. Brega has been considered nationally as one of the top three speakers in his industry and continues to teach trial strategy, negotiation techniques, and settlement skills both across the country and internationally. For more information, visit Mr. Brega's profile on The Expert Network© here: https://expertnetwork.co/members/charles-f-brega/1dfce0b81e3fe980 The Expert Network© has written this news release with approval and/or contributions from Charles F. Brega. The Expert Network© is an invitation-only reputation management service that is dedicated to helping professionals stand out, network, and gain a competitive edge. The Expert Network© selects a limited number of professionals based on their individual recognitions and history of personal excellence.
News Article | April 20, 2017
WEST POINT, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point (TLDG) released a 13-minute video that helps companies learn how to support veterans and their families, beyond hiring policies. As a company founded by veterans and teaching the principles of military leadership to corporate America, TLDG consistently sees a high demand from corporate executives seeking information about how to support our military and veterans. This includes helping transition from a military to civilian career, as well as honoring and supporting the military, veterans and their family through philanthropic efforts and discount programs, as a few examples. TLDG released the video to commemorate the 242nd anniversary of the start of the American Revolutionary War, on April 19, 1775, with the “shot heard round the world;” the day America’s military first started fighting for our liberty. This video distills the best practices shared by Fortune 500 executives at the Veterans Support Symposium hosted by TLDG and Nasdaq in November 2016. It recommends both simple and creative ideas for how corporations, large and small, can offer support by creating their own set of veterans initiatives, based on 13 categories of support. One of the executives at the Symposium, Roland Smith, CEO of Office Depot, said, “As we went through those 13 categories, we defined seven that we thought we could do well and would be meaningful both to our organization, veterans in our organization, and veterans that we wanted to assimilate into our organization. We put resources against them so that we can start to execute them in 2017, and then we’ll review these each year. Hopefully, as you look 3 to 5 years into the future, we’ll be a company that does a much better job of supporting our veterans.” The video includes best practices, shared by a variety of companies, including Office Depot, Virtu Financial, Wyndham Worldwide, Citi, IAP, and Ironsword. “In our experience, the greatest companies in the country honor veterans and the military. They also teach military leadership principles to their corporate executives,” said Dan Rice, President of TLDG. “We hope this video will jumpstart every CEO in the United States to adopt the ‘CEO Challenge’. This is a simple challenge to create and share their own Veterans’ Initiatives on their corporate websites. By this simple act, the needle can be moved dramatically on supporting veterans in corporate America.” This video is released on the heels of numerous initiatives by TLDG over the past two years to garner attention for veterans support, including announcing the CEO Challenge on Fox & Friends. TLDG has partnered with the Association for Talent Development (ATD) to publish a special magazine sent to 40,000 HR professionals, highlighting best practices from 16 organizations that are trailblazers in recruiting, developing, and supporting veterans and active duty military. TLDG also hosted the Opening and Closing Bells at Nasdaq on Veteran’s Day, with companies raising their hands to pledge to hire more veterans. TLDG is a premier executive leader development program, based at West Point, NY, on the grounds of the United States Military Academy. Founded in 2010 by U.S. Army veterans, TLDG has trained more than 31,500 executives and front-line leaders from over 500 companies across a variety of industries including automotive, financial services, medical, pharmaceutical, professional sports franchises, and more with customized, open enrollment, and online learning programs. Its mission is to help build leaders of character by offering leadership and ethics education grounded in the U.S. Army leadership philosophy of “Be, Know, Do” and the U.S. Military Academy values of “Duty, Honor, Country”. Learn more at www.thayerleaderdevelopment.com
News Article | February 15, 2017
Researchers with the National Cancer Institute, the US Military Academy, and the Uniformed Services University traced the health and work histories of Coast Guard workers in Baltimore in the 1950s and 1960s as part of a new study. Their conclusions are the subject of a new article on the Surviving Mesothelioma website. Click here to read it now. The new analysis focused on shipyard workers’ exposure to five different types of chemicals including solvents, lead, oil/greases, wood dust and asbestos, the leading cause of mesothelioma. According to the report in the Archives of Environmental and Occupational Health, not only were the Coast Guard shipyard workers at elevated risk for lung cancer, malignant mesothelioma, and early death, but asbestos exposure may have impacted the effort to gather data on other compounds. “Findings from efforts to evaluate solvents, lead, oils/greases, and wood dust in isolation of asbestos suggested that the excesses from these other exposures may be due to residual confounding from asbestos exposure,” writes author Jennifer Rusiecki, a researcher in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics at the Uniformed Services University. “Unfortunately, the sobering news about asbestos and shipyards is not only relevant to those who worked in the industry 50 years ago,” says Alex Strauss, Managing Editor for Surviving Mesothelioma. “Even today, those who repair or dismantle older ships face a similar mesothelioma risk without proper protection.” For the details of the new study and to learn more about the impact of asbestos exposure in shipyards, see Mesothelioma Risk High Among Shipyard Workers now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website. Rusiecki, J, et al, “Mortality among Coast Guard Shipyard workers: a retrospective cohort study of specific exposures”, February 2017, Archives of Environmental and Occupational Health, Epub ahead of print, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19338244.2017.1289891?journalCode=vaeh20 For more than a decade, Surviving Mesothelioma has brought readers the most important and ground-breaking news on the causes, diagnosis and treatment of mesothelioma. All Surviving Mesothelioma news is gathered and reported directly from the peer-reviewed medical literature. Written for patients and their loved ones, Surviving Mesothelioma news helps families make more informed decisions.
News Article | March 2, 2017
Major, Lindsey & Africa, the world’s leading legal search firm, today announced that George J. Hittner has joined as a managing director in the Partner Practice Group, based in the firm’s Houston office. With his wealth of market knowledge, George will enhance Major, Lindsey & Africa’s foothold in the Texas legal industry. “George has spent practically his entire life in the Texas legal and political community and brings a unique combination of legal, legislative, political and corporate leadership experience to our firm,” said Kirsten Vasquez, partner and executive director of law firm recruiting at Major, Lindsey & Africa. “He is a seasoned attorney and general counsel who has taken on a broad range of tasks. He will be a considerable asset in helping our clients find the capable and experienced legal talent they need.” Prior to joining Major, Lindsey & Africa, George spent seven years as general counsel, corporate secretary and senior vice president for government relations at Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions (ATS). At ATS, he managed the company’s full spectrum of legal and legislative affairs, including supervising more than 40 external law firms and 75 external consultants and lobbyists across numerous states, territories and Canadian provinces. His achievements in the traffic safety solutions industry resulted in him being named “Litigator of the Year 2013” by the Arizona chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel and AZ Business magazine. A Texas native, George previously served as the statewide campaign manager for the successful re-election campaign of the former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice. He also worked for then-Governor George W. Bush’s successful re-election campaign, in the Texas State Legislature for a State Senator, and he served as a White House appointee at the United States Department of Labor. George began his legal career in the Business Litigation and Labor and Employment sections of the Houston office of Haynes and Boone, L.L.P. George earned his J.D. and Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin, his Master of Business Administration from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, his Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University and his Associate of Arts from Wentworth Military Academy. George actively consults on various civic, political and community affairs on the local, state and federal levels, including recently serving as a member of the initial onboarding “beachhead team” at the United States Department of Transportation for Secretary Elaine Chao. About Major, Lindsey & Africa Founded in 1982, Major, Lindsey & Africa is the largest and most experienced legal search firm in the world. With more than 25 offices worldwide, Major, Lindsey & Africa has earned recognition for its track record of successful general counsel, corporate counsel, partner, associate and law firm management placements. The firm also provides law firms and companies with highly specialized legal professionals on project, interim and temporary-to-permanent hire basis. Combining local market knowledge and a global recruiting network, Major, Lindsey & Africa recruiters are dedicated to understanding and meeting client and candidate needs while maintaining the highest degree of professionalism and confidentiality. The firm considers every search a diversity search and has been committed to diversity in the law since its inception. Major, Lindsey & Africa is an Allegis Group company, the global leader in talent solutions. To learn more about Major, Lindsey & Africa, visit http://www.mlaglobal.com.
News Article | February 15, 2017
Fork Union Military Academy today announced the selection of LTC Houston Eldridge to serve as Fork Union Military Academy's Commandant of Cadets. Eldridge has been on the faculty and staff of the college-prep boarding school since 1999. He served as a teacher of Social Studies, teaching AP US History, Honors World History, and AP US Government and Politics, and became Chairman of the Social Studies department. In 2014, he was appointed the Academy's first Director of Character and Leadership, responsible for directing school-wide programs in character and leadership development at the all-boys military school. He developed the curriculum and taught a leadership class in the summer school program for many years, and this past year began teaching a leadership class during the regular academic year for all sophomore students. During his time at Fork Union Military Academy, Eldridge created and coordinated the annual Civics Day at which cadets hear speakers representing national, state, and local candidates for election, and participate in forums, debates, and a mock election. He also created and served as editor for the newsletter Front & Center during the time that print newsletter was being published. He has been tapped by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools to serve as a member of a visiting accreditation committee reviewing other schools, and has served as the Military Committee chairman in conjunction with the Academy's own ongoing school accreditation process. He has served the school as head lacrosse coach (2003-2011) and assistant football coach. Eldridge received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts with a minor in Psychology, from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. He earned a Masters Degree in Public Policy Journalism from Regent University. In addition, he has completed a number of hours of classwork towards a second Masters Degree in Teaching: Continuing Education from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. His education and training also includes certification as an Emergency Medical Technician, Smoke Jumper School with the US Forestry Service, and courses in Advanced Trauma Life Support at Walter Reed Medical Center. He served for two decades in the US Army with Special Forces involved in counter-terrorism and threat analysis operations around the world. In 2002, he was Battle Captain of the 3rd Special Forces Group at a Forward Operations Base in Afghanistan as one of the first military elements sent into that country following the events of September 11, 2001. In announcing Eldridge's selection, RADM J. Scott Burhoe, the Academy's President, expressed his deep appreciation to 1SGT Eugene Brice, USMC, Ret., for "the tremendous work" he did serving as Acting Commandant in the past several weeks. 1SGT Brice will continue in his position as Deputy Commandant. "1SGT Brice will be a valuable mentor and supporter for LTC Eldridge during this transition," RADM Burhoe said, "and we are very fortunate for his commitment to service and his adherence to the Marine Corps motto of 'Always Faithful.'" In describing his selection of LTC Eldridge as Commandant, RADM Burhoe said, "I always envisioned that the Director of Character and Leadership and Commandant of Cadets would be the same person. I interviewed external candidates and internal ones, and believe that Houston's leadership expertise and experience, as well as his level of advanced education, make him the ideal choice to serve as our 'Dean of Student', which is truly the role our Commandant of Cadets serves." Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Virginia, is a college preparatory, Christian, military boarding school for young men in Grades 7 through 12 and postgraduates. Affiliated with the Baptist General Association of Virginia and open to those of all religious denominations, Fork Union was founded in 1898 and has a rich tradition promoting character, leadership, and scholarship.