News Article | May 24, 2017
Presidential Elections in Iran Hamed Behravan Iran Program Director Democracy Council "Many progressive Iranians, and specially the western-oriented youth, want the incumbent President Rouhani to continue working towards a more open society he is promising on the campaign trail. Rouhani is playing into this trend by adapting a much harsher rhetoric against the establishment, and specially the powerful IRGC and judiciary -- a rhetoric so harsh that was criticized openly by the country's supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei. Despite the usual difficulty in predicting the outcome of Iran's elections, one thing is for sure: The majority of the Iranian people still believe their votes matter, even if it can only raise the price the establishment has to pay if it decides to override the will of the people, and even if that will is only limited to choosing between the lesser of two evils." Based in Washington, D.C., Behravan has been a freelance journalist focusing on Iran for more than a decade. As a journalist, he produced a TV show in Persian focusing on the role of technology in helping users bypass censorship and improve civil society. As Democracy Council's Iran program director, he has designed, executed, and managed complex projects to help the civil society organizations and activists in Iran in areas such as rule of law, human rights, and information freedom. He is fluent in Persian. Website: www.demcouncil.org Expert Contact: email@example.com Why the White House Needs an Onsite Coach/Psychologist Michael Klein, PsyD Psychologist, Principal MK Insights LLC "The key to staying on track at work is managing internal roadblocks and reacting thoughtfully to external ones. While a few industries understand the benefit to the bottom line in having highly trained, in-house coaches and advisors available, most haven't caught on yet. This is not about providing therapy at work but, rather, applying sound psychological insights and tools to help successful (and often narcissistic or sociopathic) leaders perform at peak capacity based on their own need to do well and manage critical blindspots." Dr. Klein is available to speak about the use of in-house psychiatrists and psychologists as consultants when a deeper understanding of mental health and personality is required. As a psychologist, he can address how personality, emotional intelligence, and motivators impact decision-making, management style, and potential "de-railing" behaviors. He is the author of "Trapped in the Family Business: A practical guide to understanding and managing this hidden dilemma," and is approaching 20 years of experience as a human resources professional, psychologist, and organizational consultant. Book: www.trappedinthefamilybusiness.com Website: www.mkinsights.com Expert Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Earlier this month, the Trump administration formally told Congress that it intends to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. Following are experts who are available for interviews on this topic: Alex Lawson Senior Reporter, International Trade Law360 "The big dynamic to watch is how aggressive the Trump administration will be in overhauling the agreement. Trump spent his entire campaign bashing NAFTA as a disaster for the U.S. economy and flirted with completely terminating the agreement as recently as a few weeks ago. But the comments from US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer suggest that a more modest 'modernization' of NAFTA may be in order. The administration will also be fielding a litany of calls from industry groups and other advocates who want to see the NAFTA reshaped in their best interests. Lighthizer's notification to Congress mentioned that he was interested in improving the NAFTA's labor, environmental, digital trade and intellectual property rules, but each of those broad topics contains a multitude of policy options for the administration." Lawson, a senior reporter covering all aspects of international trade, has been reporting on NAFTA for years, including many stories on President Trump's NAFTA policies and proposed changes. He can provide other reporters with unbiased commentary – on business, legal and political implications -- rooted in research and first-party interviews. His stories for Law360 focus on trade disputes, enforcement efforts and regulatory developments. He has covered the negotiations of numerous regional trade agreements, including the passage of the largest bundle of trade legislation in two decades. Recent Law360 stories by Lawson include coverage of the first steps by the Trump White House to investigate the causes of U.S. trade deficits (https://www.law360.com/articles/913580), news of the $1.2 billion penalty imposed on ZTE Corp. for violating export control rules for Iran and North Korea (https://www.law360.com/articles/899473), and an analysis of Trump's trade brain trust (https://www.law360.com/articles/876707). Contact: Eric Sokolsky, email@example.com Raj Bhala Associate Dean for International and Comparative Law; Rice Distinguished Professor University of Kansas School of Law "NAFTA has become a pillar of the American economy and stands as one of the broadest, deepest free-trade agreements in human history. One way to appreciate its significance is to see it in the light of the long, uneasy history of U.S.-Mexican relations and swings in Mexican economy policy through much of the 20th century. Another, 21st century, way to think about NAFTA is to realize that America, Canada and Mexico already spent eight years rewriting and modernizing it -- it's called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Unilateral threats of withdrawal or demands for renegotiations risk triggering yet more protectionist moves across the globe." An expert on international trade law, Bhala can discuss free trade agreements, NAFTA, its original form, renegotiation, economic impacts of the deal on the three cooperating nations, relations between the three countries, national security related to trade and related topics. Bhala has worked extensively in all three NAFTA nations and more than 25 countries around the world, including a majority of the Trans-Pacific Partnership nations. He has written dozens of books and journal articles on international trade, including "TPP Objectively: Law, Economics, and National Security of History's Largest, Longest Free Trade Agreement," "Modern GATT Law" and "Understanding Islamic Law (Shari'a)." Contact: Mike Krings, firstname.lastname@example.org Brandon Stallard Founder and Chief Executive Officer TPS Logistics "The impact of Trump's public criticisms of NAFTA has been negligible. There have been no duty rate increases and no shipping pattern changes. I don't foresee anything happening in the near future that would be detrimental to American trade. However, Trump's newly released 'A Better Way' tax plan -- which proposes a 20 percent border tax -- could have a momentous economic blow to the U.S. Our North American trade relationships feature more large-item manufacturing, so minor adjustments would be a far more feasible form of action." Stallard is a nationally recognized expert in transportation. His company has a strong focus on North American trade, regularly moving freight and goods between the U.S., Mexico and Canada. He brings over 30 years of experience to the table and can apply his expertise across a plethora of different industries, including retail, manufacturing, automotive, oil and gas, health and beauty, and more. His expertise includes transportation, trade regulation, North American cross-border trucking and trade, and international shipping. Website: www.tpslogistics.com Contact: Rachel Bonello, email@example.com Doreen Edelman Shareholder and Co-Leader, Global Business Team Baker Donelson "Leaders of all three NAFTA member countries have now acknowledged the benefits that might be gained by renegotiating the 1994 regional free trade agreement. And, despite criticism of NAFTA as it currently exists, President Trump recently recognized the virtues of regional trade, declaring in a recent meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that both countries will 'coordinate closely to protect jobs in our hemisphere and keep wealth on our continent.' Indeed, there is a lot to be gained from renegotiation. While the U.S. economy has certainly benefitted under NAFTA, there are four main areas in which NAFTA may be improved for the benefit of U.S. business and job growth: labor and environmental standards, rules of origin, e-commerce and professional services." Edelman has more than 25 years of experience counseling companies on import and export compliance, foreign investment and global expansion and her work has carried her to all corners of the world. She has helped to establish a natural gas facility in Turkey, protected a client's intellectual property in Japan, and watched out for the interests of a major fast-food chain franchisor in Latin America. She is co-author of a comprehensive analysis of NAFTA and many other trade-related articles. She recently penned an article published by The Hill, "4 Smart Ways to Improve NAFTA" (http://tinyurl.com/l7gb59q). Blog: https://www.exportcompliancematters.com Bio: https://www.bakerdonelson.com/Doreen-M-Edelman Contact: Jonathan Breed, firstname.lastname@example.org Mohan Tatikonda Professor of Operations Management, and Dr. L. Leslie and Mary Louise Waters Faculty Fellow Indiana University Kelley School of Business "Changing NAFTA alone does nothing to address workers' skills and the impact of increasing automation and productivity, but there are other ways to increase high-wage U.S. manufacturing jobs. That includes companies refocusing their product lines to be more innovative, customized and responsive to customer needs. Why don't companies do that now? One is because executives sometimes find it easier to go down the cost minimization path rather than the innovation path. The other reason is that executives who are following the belief of maximizing shareholder returns are not always reinvesting in company R&D and worker skills." Tatikonda is an expert in corporate strategy, international manufacturing and supply chains. He is an international consultant and researcher with field experience in Mexico and across the globe. He formerly consulted for the World Bank and is an international keynote speaker. Bio: https://kelley.iu.edu/facultyglobal/directory/FacultyProfile.cfm?netID=tatikond Contact: Teresa Mackin, email@example.com Trevor Collier Associate Professor, Economics University of Dayton "It is unlikely that Donald Trump will be happy with the result of renegotiating NAFTA. One of his complaints on the campaign trail was that NAFTA caused a reduction in auto manufacturing jobs in the United States. Manufacturing jobs in the automotive industry actually increased in the United States immediately following NAFTA. Automation has caused the largest decline in U.S. manufacturing jobs. No renegotiation of NAFTA is going to halt the increase in automation." Collier teaches principles of economics and microeconomics, public finance, economics of the environment and managerial economics. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PA45kPy1tW8&feature=youtu.be Bio: https://udayton.edu/directory/business/economics_and_finance/collier_trevor.php Contact: Meagan Pant, firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Nozar Hashemzadeh Professor of Economics Radford University A summary of Dr. Hashemzadeh's research regarding the impact of NAFTA on jobs in the U.S.: "For the last decade, the U.S. labor market has been characterized by rapid technological change, intensifying competitive pressure from abroad, declining union power, automation, favorable energy prices, downsizing, and rapid expansion in information, financial and investment services. The outlook for job growth depends in large part on the growth of the domestic economy, increased exports, exchange rate fluctuations, tariffs and other potential trade barriers, official protection for intellectual property rights in other countries, and the degree of economic and political stability in U.S. trading partners. Despite genuine differences of opinion among supporters and antagonists of NAFTA, nearly all economic studies of the trade accord have concluded that relaxation of trade barriers will benefit consumers and promote economic growth in North America. Dr. Hashemzadeh joined Radford University's Economics Department in 1983, where he has been teaching and conducting research on macroeconomic issues, employment disparities by race, international trade and the U.S.'s international competitiveness. He has been the advisor to the International Honor Society in Economics since 1990. Expert Contact: email@example.com Steven Otillar Partner, Akin Gump in Houston President-Elect, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators Otillar is available to discuss the potential impact of a NAFTA renegotiation on oil and gas, and the U.S. relationship with both Mexico and Canada, in light of Mexico's energy reforms and Canada's recent energy infrastructure deals and focus on shale. Otillar focuses his practice on the development, finance, acquisition and divestiture of domestic and international energy projects, with an emphasis on upstream projects in emerging markets. He advises clients on public tenders and auctions and a variety of development agreements in relation to major energy infrastructure projects around the world. He is representing a number of U.S. companies involved in Mexico's deep and shallow water auctions. Bio: https://www.akingump.com/en/lawyers-advisors/steven-p-otillar.html Contact: Vasiya Kemp, vasiya@BamePR.com Richard Walawender Principal Attorney Miller Canfield, Detroit Walawender is co-leader of the firm's Corporate Group, and director of the firm's International Practice and Autonomous Vehicle Practice. His practice specialties include mergers and acquisitions, corporate and commercial law, corporate governance and securities, private equity, venture capital, equity and debt financing, international transactions and joint ventures, project finance, and franchising. As director of the firm's International Practice, he has also been the lead attorney on numerous multinational M&A transactions for U.S., Canadian, European, Asian, Mexican, and other non-U.S. clients. Walawender recently penned two articles on the future of NAFTA in the new administration: "Worries about NAFTA Take Back Seat to Potential 'Border Adjustment Tax'" (http://tinyurl.com/kgwe5og) and "Could President Trump Really Pull the U.S. out of NAFTA? Basic FAQs" (http://tinyurl.com/kz2mfqo). Bio: https://www.millercanfield.com/RichardWalawender Contact: Carol L. Lundberg, firstname.lastname@example.org Eugene Laney Head of International Trade Affairs DHL Express Laney has spoken about NAFTA at length, and can share his insights, specifically on the benefits of modernizing American's free trade agreements. Based out of Washington, D.C., Laney has more than 20 years of experience ensuring corporate compliance with regulatory requirements and tracks international trade and cargo security issues for the global market leader in the express and logistics industry, making him a great expert source. Contact: Sloane Fistel, email@example.com Jay Erstling Attorney Petterson Thuente IP With the Trump administration announcing it will renegotiate NAFTA, backed by a campaign threat to withdraw, what's at stake for U.S. patent and trademark owners? NAFTA contains significant IP provisions. When Trump pulled the U.S. out of the TPP, he gave up major improvements in international IP protection that had been negotiated for U.S. IP owners. It's far from clear that new bilateral negotiations, which Trump has proposed, would secure as good a deal for US IP owners. Erstling, who served in Geneva with the World Intellectual Property Organization, can speak to IP provisions of NAFTA and TPP. Chapter 17 of NAFTA, which deals with IP: http://www.sice.oas.org/trade/nafta/chap-171.asp Contact: Joshua Schneck, firstname.lastname@example.org Giacomo Santangelo Lecturer of Economics Fordham University Examples of Trump and NAFTA stories Santangelo has been interviewed on before include: 1) "Divisive policies will harm Trump's plans to grow economy," Feb. 1, 2017, San Francisco Chronicle (http://tinyurl.com/mye2ps3); 2) "Clinton's, Trump's opposition to trade pact dims growth prospects," Sept. 25, 2016, San Francisco Chronicle (http://tinyurl.com/mxtrqnx); 3) "Trade Talks," April 29, 2015, Arise America (http://tinyurl.com/mc6vwuq); 4) "Fast Track Fast Trade," April 26, 2015, Arise Review (http://tinyurl.com/mlg7jcu) Bio: http://legacy.fordham.edu/academics/programs_at_fordham_/economics/faculty/santangelo_bio_90598.asp Contact: Rachel Roman, email@example.com Mark David Witte Associate Professor of Economics and MBA Director College of Charleston Witte is available for interviews on the Trump administration's plan to renegotiate NAFTA, the trade impact of currency manipulation, and Mexican sugar and Mexican trucking issues concerning NAFTA. Contact: Mike Robertson, Robertsonm@cofc.edu Maia Linask Economics Professor University of Richmond Robins School of Business Linask's expertise is in international trade, and her research has examined the impact of free trade agreements on foreign direct investment and the factors that influence trade policy. She has studied the effect of trade policy on the Mexican auto market. In addition, she is a member of the International Trade and Finance Association. Bio: http://directory.richmond.edu/bios/mlinask/ Contact: Cynthia Price, Cprice2@richmond.edu Steve H. Hanke Professor of Applied Economics Co-Director, Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health, and the Study of Business Enterprise Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore Hanke is a senior fellow and director of the Troubled Currencies Project at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., a senior advisor at the Renmin University of China's International Monetary Research Institute in Beijing, a special counselor to the Center for Financial Stability in New York, a contributing editor atCentral Banking in London, and a contributor at Forbes. Hanke is also a member of the Charter Council of the Society of Economic Measurement and of Euromoney Country Risk's Experts Panel. In the past, Hanke taught economics at the Colorado School of Mines and at the University of California, Berkeley. He served as a member of the Governor's Council of Economic Advisers in Maryland, as a senior economist on President Reagan's Council of Economic Advisers, and as a senior advisor to the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress. Hanke served as a state counselor to both the Republic of Lithuania and the Republic of Montenegro. He was also an advisor to the presidents of Bulgaria, Venezuela and Indonesia. He played an important role in establishing new currency regimes in Argentina, Estonia, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ecuador, Lithuania, and Montenegro. He has also held senior appointments in the governments of many other countries, including Albania, Kazakhstan, the United Arab Emirates, and Yugoslavia. His most recent books are "Zimbabwe: Hyperinflation to Growth" (2008), "A Blueprint for a Safe, Sound Georgian Lari" (2010), "Juntas Monetarias para Paises en Desarollo" (2015), and "Currency Boards for Developing Countries: A Handbook" (2015). 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News Article | April 17, 2017
LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has determined its list of Virginia’s best colleges and universities for 2017. Of the four-year schools that were analyzed, 40 made the list, with University of Richmond, University of Virginia, Virginia Military Institute, Washington and Lee University and Hampton University ranked as the top five. Of the 23 two-year schools that were also included, Tidewater Community College, Lord Fairfax Community College, Southwest Virginia Community College, Danville Community College and Central Virginia Community College were the top five. A full list of schools is included below. “Virginia’s unemployment rate recently reached its lowest point since before the Great Recession, which is great news for career-minded students,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.org. “The schools on our list have shown that they offer the educational experience and resources that leave their students career-ready.” To be included on the “Best Colleges in Virginia” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also scored on additional data that includes employment and academic resources, annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college, opportunities for financial aid and such additional statistics as student/teacher ratios and graduation rates. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Virginia” list, visit: Best Four-Year Colleges in Virginia for 2017 include: Averett University Bluefield College Bridgewater College Christopher Newport University College of William and Mary Eastern Mennonite University Emory & Henry College Ferrum College George Mason University Hampden-Sydney College Hampton University Hollins University James Madison University Jefferson College of Health Sciences Liberty University Longwood University Lynchburg College Mary Baldwin College Marymount University Norfolk State University Old Dominion University Radford University Randolph College Randolph-Macon College Regent University Roanoke College Shenandoah University Southern Virginia University Sweet Briar College The University of Virginia's College at Wise University of Mary Washington University of Richmond University of Virginia-Main Campus Virginia Commonwealth University Virginia Military Institute Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Virginia State University Virginia Union University Virginia Wesleyan College Washington and Lee University Best Two-Year Colleges in Virginia for 2017 include: Blue Ridge Community College Central Virginia Community College Dabney S Lancaster Community College Danville Community College Eastern Shore Community College Germanna Community College John Tyler Community College Lord Fairfax Community College Mountain Empire Community College New River Community College Northern Virginia Community College Patrick Henry Community College Paul D Camp Community College Piedmont Virginia Community College Rappahannock Community College Reynolds Community College Southside Virginia Community College Southwest Virginia Community College Thomas Nelson Community College Tidewater Community College Virginia Highlands Community College Virginia Western Community College Wytheville Community College About Us: LearnHowtoBecome.org was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from LearnHowtoBecome.org has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.