News Article | May 10, 2017
The Minneapolis summit will kick-off with a scintillating executive panel discussion moderated by Bryce Austin, Strategist & CEO, TCE Strategy, on best practices for redefining business models and platforms to meet shifting customer behaviors and needs. Other compelling sessions will include an interactive panel on planning your organization's future through the insights of venture capitalists; an executive keynote by Lucas Budman, VP & CTO, CenturyLink Cognilytics, on leveraging the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning; an executive panel that will explore how their organizations are capitalizing on emerging technologies to drive speed to market; presentation of the HMG Strategy 2017 Regional Champion Awards; an executive briefing by Ricardo Khan, Senior Director, Project Solutions, Mortenson, on how Mortenson is leveraging emerging technologies such as the Internet of 'Construction' Things to drive innovation; an executive panel on laying the foundation for the digital roadmap; the leadership qualities needed to drive career ascent; and the leadership qualities needed to connect effectively with the C-suite and the board of directors. Prominent speakers at the Minneapolis Summit will include Haseen Alam, Chief Information Officer, Johnson Brothers; Bryce Austin, CISM, Strategist & CEO, TCE Strategy; Ryan Broshar, Founder & Managing Director, Matchstick Ventures; Robin Brown, VP & CIO, Mortenson; Lucas Budman, VP & CTO, CenturyLink Cognilytics; Jamey Cummings, Senior Client Partner, Information Officers Practice/Co-Leader Cybersecurity Practice, Korn Ferry; Johnny Dranchak, CTO, Digital Thread AppStudio, GE Digital; Renee Frey, Founder and President, TalentQ, Inc.; Kathryn Freytag, VP & CIO, Donaldson; Mark Gingrich, CIO, Surescripts; Nate Haines, Executive Search Consultant, Russell Reynolds Associates; Bernadette Harkin, Senior Vice President, Advisory, Avanade; Nick Hernandez, Co-Founder, Aeritae Consulting Group; Ricardo Khan, Senior Director, Project Solutions, Mortenson; Kate Lanners, Regional Business IT Leader for Supply Chain, Ecolab; Mike Larson, SVP, Chief Information Officer, Universal Hospital Services; Joy Lindsay, President, StarTec Investments, LLC; Elwin Loomis, Sr. Director, Store of the Future, Target; Michael Macrie, SVP & CIO, Land O'Lakes; Bryan Mann, Head of Enterprise Architecture, Dropbox; Anudeep Parhar, CIO, Entrust Datacard; Anwar Parvez, Sr. Director and Chief Architect, Software AG; Gary Schokmiller, President, Trio Executive Search; Carey Smith, Enterprise Technology & Transformation, BlueCross BlueShield Minnesota; Dee Thibodeau, CEO, Charter Solutions; Jed Yueh, Founder, Executive Chairman, Delphix; and Paul Zyla, Vice President Business Technology, Chief Information Officer, AgStar. Presenting Partners for the summit include CenturyLink. Platinum Partners include Avanade, Delphix, and Dropbox. Gold Partners include Information Builders, Magenic, and Tintri. Supporting Partners include OneNeck IT Solutions and Pure Storage. Research Partners include Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Strategic Partners include Egon Zehnder, Heidrick & Struggles, Korn Ferry, Russell Reynolds Associates, and Spencer Stuart. Alliance Partners include Amplify Partners, Greylock Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Sequoia Capital. To visit the Minneapolis summit website and register for the event, click here. HMG Strategy is the world's largest independent and most trusted provider of executive networking events and thought leadership to support the 360-degree needs of technology leaders. Our regional CIO and CISO Executive Leadership Series, newsletters, authored books, and online Resource Center deliver proprietary research on leadership, innovation, transformation, and career ascent. The HMG Strategy global network consists of over 300,000 senior IT executives, industry experts and world-class thought leaders. Additionally, our partnerships with the world's leading search firms provide vital insights into the evolving role of the CIO. The HMG Strategy CIO Executive Leadership Series offers a completely unique experience for IT executives to gain the latest insights and best practices for driving increased business value through the use of IT, and build invaluable relationships with peers and industry experts. The HMG Strategy CISO Executive Leadership Series is designed to provide information security leaders with the insights and best practices they need to tackle the most pressing cyber security challenges facing the enterprise today and going forward. For more information on joining the strongest executive leadership network and exploring our independent, forward-thinking thought leadership platform, please visit www.hmgstrategy.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/designing-the-future-enterprise-to-dominate-the-discussion-at-the-hmg-strategy-2017-minneapolis-cio-executive-leadership-summit-300455619.html
News Article | May 9, 2017
The Lazydays Employee Foundation is proud to announce that its 7th Annual Golf Tournament has raised more than $100,000 to support at-risk youth in the Tampa Bay, Tucson, Denver and Northern Colorado communities. The proceeds will fund a variety of programs designed to empower local children with education and opportunity. Major partners included Platinum Sponsor, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, and Bank of America, who returned as Tournament Sponsor for the seventh consecutive year. Sponsors and golfers gathered at the Lazydays Crown Club on Thursday, May 4, for a kick-off dinner, silent auction and 50/50 raffle. As in previous years, all 36 team slots sold out for the 2017 Lazydays Employee Foundation Golf Tournament, which took place on Friday, May 5, at the River Hills Country Club in Valrico, Florida. Participating golfers played 18 holes and competed in putting contests, longest drive and closest-to-the-pin challenges, and hole-in-one shootouts with an RV as the top prize. An awards luncheon was held immediately following the tournament. “We’d like to thank the many sponsors, vendors, manufacturers, players and volunteers who made this event possible. Their contributions, together with ongoing Lazydays employee donations, enable us to instill hope, inspire dreams and improve children’s lives,” said Katherine Kearney, chair of fundraising for the Lazydays Employee Foundation. “Following the success of this year’s tournament, I’m excited to say we’ll be announcing our next big project within the next month.” The 8th Annual Lazydays Employee Foundation Golf Tournament is tentatively scheduled for Friday, May 4, 2018. Details and sponsorship/registration information will be posted at http://www.ldef.org/golf closer to the event. For a photo recap of the 7th Annual Golf Tournament and details on other upcoming events, visit Lazydays on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LazydaysRV/. About the Lazydays Employee Foundation In 2005, the employees of Lazydays created the Lazydays Employee Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Lazydays Employee Foundation, supported by payroll contributions from Lazydays’ employees, has contributed more than $1.5 million to make many historic changes for at-risk children in the Tampa Bay, Tucson, Denver and Northern Colorado communities. The Foundation supports the Lazydays House at A Kid’s Place, Lazydays Homeless Youth Program, Ybor Youth Clinic and Tampa Bay Youth Outreach. In addition, the Foundation contributes to various local charities, including the R.I.C.H. Houses, the Joshua House, Lots of Hugs Learning Center and the Women’s Resource Center, among others. About Lazydays Lazydays®, The RV Authority and world’s largest RV dealership, caters to every RV need. Lazydays offers the largest selection of RV brands in the nation featuring more than 2,500 new and pre-owned RVs, over 300 service bays and two onsite campgrounds with over 700 RV campsites. Based on 126 acres outside Tampa, FL, Lazydays also has a dealership located in Tucson, AZ as well as three dealerships located in Loveland, Denver and Longmont, CO. Lazydays RV Accessories & More offers more than 40,000 accessories online for your shopping convenience. Shop us online or visit one of our store locations in Florida, Arizona and Colorado. Lazydays also has RV Rental fleets in Florida, Arizona and Colorado. Since 1976, Lazydays has built its reputation on providing an outstanding customer experience with exceptional service and product expertise, and as a place to rest and recharge with other RVers. More than a half-million RVers and their families visit Lazydays every year, making it their “home away from home.” Lazydays has been recognized as a “Top 50 RV Dealer” by RV Business and as one of Tampa Bay’s “Top Work Places.” For most people, Lazydays isn't just the beginning of their journey; it's very much a part of their ride. To learn more, visit http://www.lazydays.com.
News Article | May 26, 2017
The Chicago summit will kick-off with a mesmerizing executive briefing by John Phillips, EVP & CIO, Briggs Medical Service Company, on the steps the CIO must take to act as a digital change agent. Following is a panel moderated by Ramón Baez, Former SVP, Customer Evangelist, HPE on the leadership, innovation, and transformation strategies used by successful digital leaders. Other enthralling sessions will include an executive keynote by John Engates, CTO, Rackspace, who will share 2017 trends and predictions for CIOs; an executive briefing given by Israel Martinez, Chairman, Global Manufacturing ISAO & CEO, Axon Global, in which he will share his perspective on the high-level direction of the Trump Administration in critical areas such as cybersecurity and policy making; an executive panel discussion that will explore best practices for leveraging information security and innovation; a lunch briefing by Jack Barsky, Former IT Executive, Author and Public Speaker; an executive panel discussion involving top search executives on the top leadership qualities that search recruiters look for in senior executives; an executive panel that will probe future trends and emerging technologies expected to shape the business; an executive keynote by Pieter Poll, Senior Vice President, CenturyLink, on the network's growing relevance for digital transformation; an executive panel that will examine the dynamic mindset required by the CIO to lead with courage and drive innovation; ending with a founder's story shared by Sandee Kastrul, President and Co-founder, i.c. stars. Eminent speakers at the summit will include Thomas Anderson, Enterprise Cloud Leader, GE Digital; Renee Arrington, Senior Vice President, Pearson Partners International, Inc.; Ramón Baez, CIO Evangelist at HMG Strategy and Former SVP, Customer Evangelist – Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Jack Barsky, Former IT Executive, Author & Public Speaker; Nancy Berce, Vice President, Business and Technology Services, Abbott Laboratories; Tim Dickson, Vice President, Front Office IT, Motorola Solutions, Inc.; John Engates, Chief Technology Officer, Rackspace; Michael Gabriel, Partner & Data Protection Practice Lead, Stridium Cybersecurity Advisors LLC; Kevin Glynn, CIO, DSC Logistics; Laszlo Gonc, CISO Partner, MVP Advisory Group, LLC; Daphne Jones, Senior Executive and Chief Information Officer – GE Healthcare Global Services, General Electric; Sandee Kastrul, President and Co-founder, i.c. stars; Jason Kolb, CEO/CTO, Dais; Ricardo Lafosse, CISO, Cook County Government; John Madera, Corporate Officers Practice, Russell Reynolds Associates; Susan Malisch, VP & CIO, Loyola University Chicago; Paul Martin, Corporate VP & CIO, Baxter International; Israel Martinez, Chairman Global Manufacturing ISAO & CEO Axon Global; Rob McGillen, Chief Digital Officer and CIO at AIA Corporation, Founder & CEO, Practically Digital LLC; Bud McQuade, Vice President of Information Technology, Duracell; Hunter Muller, President & CEO, HMG Strategy; John Parkinson, Senior Advisor, Cyber Security Strategy & Technology, Allstate Insurance; Jeff Pashalides, Corporate, Sequoia Capital; John Phillips, EVP & CIO, Briggs Medical Service Company; Mark Polansky, Senior Partner, CIO/IT Officers Practice, Korn Ferry; Pieter Poll, Senior Vice President, CenturyLink; Stephen Pratt, Chief Executive Officer, Noodle Analytics; Kevin Rooney, Executive Partner, Gartner; Yvonne Scott, CIO, Crowe Horwath LLP; and Sydney Sloan, Chief Marketing Officer, Alfesco. Presenting Partners for the summit include CenturyLink and Rackspace. Platinum Partners include Alfresco and Turbonomic. Gold Partners include Apptio, Comcast Business, Information Builders, Lenovo Software, Neudesic, ScaleArc, and Tintri. Supporting Partners include appOrbit and Pure Storage. Research Partners include Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Strategic Partners include Egon Zehnder, Heidrick & Struggles, Korn Ferry, Russell Reynolds Associates, and Spencer Stuart. Alliance Partners include Amplify Partners, Greylock Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Sequoia Capital. The Association Partner for the summit is the Chicago SIM Chapter (Society for Information Management). To visit the Chicago summit website and register for the event, click here. HMG Strategy is the world's largest independent and most trusted provider of executive networking events and thought leadership to support the 360-degree needs of technology leaders. Our regional CIO and CISO Executive Leadership Series, newsletters, authored books, and online Resource Center deliver proprietary research on leadership, innovation, transformation, and career ascent. The HMG Strategy global network consists of over 300,000 senior IT executives, industry experts and world-class thought leaders. Additionally, our partnerships with the world's leading search firms provide vital insights into the evolving role of the CIO. The HMG Strategy CIO Executive Leadership Series offers a completely unique experience for IT executives to gain the latest insights and best practices for driving increased business value through the use of IT, and build invaluable relationships with peers and industry experts. The HMG Strategy CISO Executive Leadership Series is designed to provide information security leaders with the insights and best practices they need to tackle the most pressing cyber security challenges facing the enterprise today and going forward. For more information on joining the strongest executive leadership network and exploring our independent, forward-thinking thought leadership platform, please visit www.hmgstrategy.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/fearless-leadership-in-the-digital-age-to-capture-the-buzz-at-the-2017-chicago-cio-executive-leadership-summit-300464696.html
News Article | May 25, 2017
Creative Safety Supply created its Resource Center last year to help individuals and businesses get the information they need to do their work more effectively. This Resource Center contains e-books, articles, infographics, podcasts, blog posts and other helpful content. In the past few months, the company has added over a dozen articles to this Resource Center, expanding on the already existing content. These articles provide additional information about common safety concerns, as well as information about helpful tools that can make a workplace function better. There are also new Safety & Compliance articles including: Safety and lean may seem unrelated, but they actually go hand in hand. When a workplace focuses on reducing waste and improving processes through lean manufacturing techniques, safety tends to increase because there is less confusion and less clutter. All of the articles mentioned above—as well as many others—are available at the Creative Safety Supply website: https://www.creativesafetysupply.com/articles/ Readers can also find more tools to help them improve workplace safety and efficiency at the company’s Resource Center. Creative Safety Supply plans to keep adding new content to this Resource Center, so those interested can check back regularly for updates. Creative Safety Supply is an online retailer of safety and lean manufacturing supplies for the workplace. The company’s LabelTac® industrial label printers, SafetyTac® floor marking tapes and other visual communication products aid employers in making their facilities more visual. Creative Safety Supply works with businesses of all sizes and across many industries to help them improve safety, efficiency and effectiveness.
News Article | May 24, 2017
In New Jersey, National Senior Health & Fitness Day will be celebrated at senior centers; retirement communities; Ys and health clubs; hospitals and health systems; and local aging organizations. Events at these locations, made possible through support by AARP® Medicare Supplement Plans insured by UnitedHealthcare, will include health fairs, fitness walks, exercise demonstrations, health screenings and presentations by health and fitness experts. "We are pleased to work with AARP Medicare Supplement Plans insured by UnitedHealthcare in New Jersey and more than 1,000 local organizations across the country to organize older adult health and wellness activities on this day dedicated to senior health and fitness," said Patricia Henze, executive director of National Senior Health & Fitness Day. "Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle for people of all ages, but older adults who exercise may prevent or delay disease, keep their minds sharp and gain confidence," said Susan Morisato of UnitedHealthcare. "UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to support seniors' health and well-being through the National Senior Health & Fitness Day events in New Jersey." UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to meeting the health and well-being needs of seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries. The company offers Medicare Advantage plans, Part D prescription drug plans and AARP Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans in New Jersey. For more information about National Senior Health & Fitness Day events in New Jersey on Wednesday May 31, email firstname.lastname@example.org. National Senior Health & Fitness Day is always held the last Wednesday in May as part of Older Americans Month and National Physical Fitness and Sports Month activities. Visit fitnessday.com for more program information. The event is organized by the Mature Market Resource Center® (MMRC), a national clearinghouse for professionals who work in senior markets. In addition to National Senior Health & Fitness Day and the Mature Fitness Awards, other well-known MMRC programs include the 26-year-old National Mature Media Awards (seniorawards.com), the 7-year-old New Product & Technology Awards®—Recognizing Innovative Products, Services, & Technologies for Older Adults and Their Families (agingawards.com), together with professional publications and research services. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/seniors-to-participate-in-local-health-events-throughout-new-jersey-on-national-senior-health--fitness-day-300463492.html
News Article | May 9, 2017
Like many warriors, Keith's injuries are not visible. In addition to WWP Talk, a non-clinical mental health support line providing emotional support, WWP offers intense multi-day mental health workshops for veterans coping with TBIs and PTSD. These help warriors and their families maintain healthy, meaningful relationships while pursuing life goals – free from the stigmas associated with mental health issues. The workshops – offered as all-male, all-female, or all-couples – are powerful, outdoor rehabilitative gatherings that connect warriors with each other and local communities. Reconnecting warriors in the civilian world is critical to healing, which is why WWP serves them through its Peer Support program by fusing supportive rehabilitation with the military adage "Leave No Man Behind." This warrior-to-warrior support is a special therapy that reintroduces injured veterans to the unique bonds experienced during military service. "Suddenly being around people who just understood what you were trying to do and how hard it was – it just clicked," explained Keith of his instant bonds and friendship with fellow veterans. "The hardest thing is fear – it's a natural emotion that everyone has. It's the ability to push past it that helps you move on." If you or someone you know is interested in support for TBI or other mental health concerns, please contact the WWP Resource Center at 888.997.2586. To learn and see more about how WWP's mental health workshops connect, serve, and empower wounded warriors, visit http://newsroom.woundedwarriorproject.org/, and click on multimedia. About Wounded Warrior Project Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) connects, serves, and empowers wounded warriors. Read more at http://newsroom.woundedwarriorproject.org/about-us. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/wounded-warrior-project-supports-mental-health-awareness-through-critical-programs-300453591.html
News Article | May 9, 2017
Scientists at Ames Laboratory have discovered a method for making smaller, more efficient intermetallic nanoparticles for fuel cell applications, and which also use less of the expensive precious metal platinum. The researchers succeeded by overcoming some of the technical challenges presented in the fabrication of the platinum-zinc nanoparticles with an ordered lattice structure, which function best at the small sizes in which the chemically reactive surface area is highest in proportion to the particle volume. "That surface-to-volume ratio is important in getting the most out of an intermetallic nanoparticle," said Wenyu Huang, Ames Laboratory scientist and assistant professor of Chemistry at Iowa State University. "The smaller the particle, the more surface there is, and more surface area increases the catalytic activity." But the high temperature of the annealing process necessary to form intermetallic nanoparticles often defeats the goal of achieving a small size. "High-temperature annealing can cause the particles to aggregate or clump, and produces larger sizes of particles that have less available surface and aren't as reactive. So, just the steps necessary to produce them can defeat their ultimate chemical performance," said Huang. To prevent aggregation from occurring during the heating process, Huang's research group first used carbon nanotubes as a support for the PtZn nanoparticles, and then coated them with a sacrificial mesoporous silica shell for the high-temperature annealing to form the intermetallic structures. A chemical etching process then removes the silica shell afterward. The resulting final product of uniform 3.2 nm platinum-zinc particles not only yielded twice the catalytic activity per surface site, that surface area saw ten times the catalytic activity of larger particles containing the same amount of platinum. The discovery was made possible in part by the capabilities of a new Titan scanning electron microscope at Ames Laboratory's Sensitive Instrument Facility, jointly funded by the Department of Energy and Iowa State University. "Being able to see the distributions of the material at atomic level with our new microscope has made an enormous positive impact on the Laboratory's capabilities to fine-tune materials," said Lin Zhou, associate scientist and instrument lead for the Sensitive Instrument Facility. "It's a much more immediate process, being able to collaborate directly with the fabrication scientists in-house. Based on the results and suggestions we provide, they can improve the material, we can characterize it yet again, and the discovery cycle is much faster." The research is further discussed in a paper, "Sub-4 nm PtZn Intermetallic Nanoparticles for Enhanced Mass and Specific Activities in Catalytic Electrooxidation Reaction", authored by Zhiyuan Qi, Chaoxian Xiao, Cong Liu, Tian-Wei Goh, Lin Zhou, Raghu Maligal-Ganesh, Yuchen Pei, Xinle Li, Larry A. Curtiss, and Wenyu Huang and published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The work was funded by the National Science Foundation, Iowa State University, Ames Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) funds, and the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. Computational work was supported by the Laboratory Computing Resource Center and the Center for Nanoscale Materials, both at Argonne National Laboratory. Ames Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science national laboratory operated by Iowa State University. Ames Laboratory creates innovative materials, technologies and energy solutions. We use our expertise, unique capabilities and interdisciplinary collaborations to solve global problems. DOE's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit science.energy.gov.