Otter Creek Awnings returns to Vermont ownerhsip

first_imgOTTER CREEK AWNINGSRETURNS TO VERMONT OWNERSHIP Otter Creek Awnings, started in a Middlebury basement in 1976, is now owned once again by a Vermonter. Todd Warren of Essex purchased Otter Creek in late August, returning the company known for Vermont values home to its roots. Warren, a Johnson State College graduate born in Burlington, Vermont, joined Otter Creek in 1997 as Director of Sales and Marketing and has served as company President since 2001.”It feels wonderful for everyone involved, and it is truly a great thing for our employees and the customers we serve. We’ve always conducted ourselves as a local company. Our heritage, our customers and our staff have always been local. We will continue to work to enhance the feeling and the experience of working with a Vermont company whose number one priority is customer satisfaction,” Warren said.Under his leadership, Otter Creek has seen over 200% growth in revenue and as a result of his work at Otter Creek and in the community, Warren was recognized as the 2007 Associate of the Year for the Home Builder’s and Remodeler’s Association of Northern Vermont. “Too often small companies become part of a larger corporation; this time, we’re fortunate to reverse the scenario and bring Otter Creek back into the hands of local ownership.”last_img read more

Santos: Venezuela Arrests Colombian Drug Boss “Valenciano”

first_img Colombian drug boss Maximiliano Bonilla Orozco, alias “Valenciano,” for whom the United States was offering a reward of 5 million dollars, was arrested in Venezuela on November 27, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced the following day, at the start of a visit to Caracas. “I want to thank you and the authorities for yesterday’s arrest of this drug boss, alias Valenciano (…), who has caused terrible harm in our country,” Santos told Hugo Chávez at Miraflores Palace, information immediately corroborated by the Venezuelan president. Santos, who had just landed in Caracas, characterized the news as a “welcoming gift” and affirmed that it is “one more demonstration that if there is collaboration, very good results can be achieved” in the fight against drug trafficking and the guerrillas who operate on the border between the two countries. Valenciano, 39 years old, had “a series of structures dedicated to crime and drug trafficking under his command, and for that reason, he had become a very-high-value objective for us,” the Colombian president explained. According to the U.S. State Department, which offered the monetary reward for any information leading to his arrest, Bonilla “received cocaine directly from various sources in Colombia (…) and has dealt extensively with the violent Mexican drug trafficking organization, Los Zetas.” By Dialogo November 30, 2011last_img read more

The CUInsight Experience podcast: George Ombado – Rising up (#48)

first_imgWelcome to episode 48 The CUInsight Experience with your host Randy Smith, co-founder of In this episode, Randy welcomes George Ombado, CEO of ACCOSCA, a Pan-African confederation of national associations of savings and credit cooperatives societies. This episode was recorded at the 20th Annual SACCA Congress in Mombasa, Kenya.ACCOSCA has developed programs aimed at improving socio-economic needs of Africa through saving and credit unions, partnering with various government bodies, development agencies and research institutions to contribute towards mitigating challenges facing Africa in the twenty-first century.Listen to this conversation about credit union growth in Africa, and the differences to the more mature U.S. credit union system. George talks about how he’s fashioned the Africa Development Education program after attending DE in North Carolina and shares a great story about Bill and Crissy Cheney helping him get home after his flight was canceled due to snow.George is inspired to see that young people and women are being accepted by the leadership today because these things wouldn’t have been possible ten years ago. He is working to build the regulatory framework in Africa because it builds confidence to have it, whereas, in the U.S, we are trying to get rid of some of it. George has excellent insight into the global credit union movement of today, and you won’t want to miss what he has to say. Enjoy!Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher How to find George:George Ombado, CEO of the Africa Confederation of Co-operative Savings & Credit Associations (ACCOSCA)www.ACCOSCA.orggeorge.ombado@accosca.orgLinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook Show notes from this episode:Check out all the amazing George and his team at ACCOSCA are doing on the continent.You can find our more about the SACCA Congress here. I can’t wait to attend next year.This is an article I wrote about my experience at 20th SACCA Congress and the Don Bosco Special School project mentioned: Asante Africa: My heart is full from your cooperative spiritShout-out: David MategwaShout-out: Julie FergusonIt took only minutes for George and I to start talking DE. Are you a CUDE? Just do it. Sign up.Shout-out: to our friends at the African-American Credit Union Coalition (AACUC)Shout-out: Lois Kitsch and CU Difference. Lois is responsible for my first experience in Kenya and meeting George. Life changing.Shout-out: to Bill and Crissy Cheney for getting George and his crew to DC for at flight home after DE.Keep a lookout for more information on the ACCOSCA Foundation.Shout-out: Mr. Bert J. Hash, Jr.Shout-out: Brian BranchShout-out: Maureen, Betty Rose and the rest of George’s team at ACCOSCA.Album mentioned: Bob Marley’s Greatest Hits by Bob MarleyBook mentioned: Allah is Not Obliged by Ahmadou KouroumaPrevious guests mentioned in this episode: Lois Kitsch, Bill Cheney, Julie Ferguson, Jill Nowacki (episodes 4, 18 & 37)You can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here. In This Episode:[01:58] – George, Welcome to the show![02:38] – George discusses what ACCOSCA is and what they are involved in.[04:41] – They talk about Africa’s DE programs and why they are so invaluable.[06:23] – George went to a DE program in North Carolina and had Crissy Cheney in his class. He used what he learned to set up the program in Africa.[08:22] – They speak about the global board that George has set up.[10:40] – Why does Africa see such growth in credit unions while the U.S considers a decrease?[14:14] – George took the job at ACCOSCA to bring the level of engagement up and to have the ability to help his country.[16:10] – Has your inspiration for taking the job changed over the years?[17:50] – George says his leadership style is hands-on; he likes to empower people and see people get the right opportunities.[18:46] – He feels that his team would say that he pushes to get things done.[19:18] – George talks about planning all the time.[19:53] – The 2020 SACCA Congress will be held in the Kingdom of Eswatini in South Africa.[20:21] – What mistakes do you see young leaders make today?[21:30] – When George gets frustrated, he puts his head down and gets it done.[22:25] – He keeps his message fresh by communication, but he thinks there is improvement needed.[23:15] – He likes to rugby games and travel when he has a little time off, which is rare.[24:20] – George got into trouble when he was about 7 or 8; his mom got mad at him for having someone else pen.[25:13] – Everyday he plans for the next day, he maps it out.[25:46] – Favorite Album?[26:13] – Favorite Book?[26:48] – George says that money has become less important, connecting with people is more important.[27:44] – When he hears the word success, his parents come to mind every time.[29:03] – George says that the new SACCO Insight with Randy will help get the credit union movement out to other nations. 84SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of he … Web: Detailslast_img read more

DepEd-NegOcc receives P9-M cash aid

first_imgGov. Eugenio Lacson (left) discusses with the Department of Education Division of Negros Occidental officials during the Provincial School Board meeting held at the Capitol Social Hall. The agency received a P9-million financial assistance from the provincial government. PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT OF NEGROS OCCIDENTAL Sabbaluca said that the financial aids, they will be able to improve the facilities of the recipient-schools so they can provide a conducive environment for learners and school personnel. BACOLOD City – The provincial government has released P9-million financial assistance to the Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Negros Occidental.Gov. Eugenio Lacson turned over the check to Provincial Schools Division Superintendent Marsette Sabbaluca during the Provincial School Board meeting held at the Capitol Social Hall here last week.The amount, sourced from the Special Education Fund, will be utilized for the upgrading of public school facilities in the municipalities of Calatrava, Candoni and Isabela, which received P3 million each. This is the second time in two months the provincial government released financial assistance to the DepEd Division of Negros Occidental. “The main goal of the DepEd Division of Negros Occidental is to endeavor that education will continue even in times of disruptions. How do we do that? It is by improving practices for a better normal,” Sabbaluca said during the meeting. On May 12, Lacson also handed a P7-million check to Sabbaluca as financial assistance to improve the facilities of 64 elementary and secondary schools. “This will do so much, especially now that our schools are preparing for the opening of classes amidst the COVID-19 pandemic,” the DepEd official said. (With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

USC students teach entrepreneurship to kids

first_imgWhen Michelle Wolzinger joined Lemonade Day back in her freshman year at George Washington University, she was taken by the organization’s mission to empower youth and inspire them to become entrepreneurs. When she transferred to USC a year later, she set out to bring Lemonade Day to Los Angeles.Lemonade Day is a nationwide program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own business, starting from a lemonade stand. It began in Houston, Texas, in 2007 and since then has launched in more than 50 cities across America.“I fell in love with the program after getting to know some of the kids on a really personal level,” Wolzinger recalled. “It was so amazing to see the light bulb go off in their heads as they realized how they could potentially change their own lives.”Wolzinger, who is a junior majoring in business administration, started making plans to bring Lemonade Day to USC’s campus last year. She met with James Ellis, the dean of the USC Marshall School of Business, to discuss program logistics and invited other students to be part of her team.Emily Lowe, a freshman majoring in business administration, is one of ten members who currently sits on Wolzinger’s executive board.“I was initially attracted to Lemonade Day because it offers such a unique youth program,” Lowe said. “As the [vice president] of university relations, I am responsible for recruiting new membership and getting the word out. This semester, we participated in the involvement fair, conducted interviews, and now we have our first 50 or so mentors.”In preparation for the business classes they will be teaching in March, USC mentors have already started training and developing their lessons. Each student will also receive an official entrepreneur workbook with 14 lesson plans, including how to set goals, create a product, make a profit and give back to the community.“The lessons will eventually culminate with an official ‘Lemonade Day’ on April 23,” Wolzinger said. “All of the kids who went through the program will get the chance to run their own Lemonade Stand using the skills they’ve accumulated through their lessons.”In addition to the showcase day April 23, there will be a tasting competition at USC the weekend before. Wolzinger’s co-founder and business partner Jason Reuben is in charge of organizing the event and bringing in celebrity judges such as the Laker Girls.Wolzinger credits Reuben as a key player in her quest to expand Lemonade Day. A local tech entrepreneur and Babson College alumnus, Reuben had the same dream of bringing Lemonade Day to Los Angeles, so the partnership was a perfect match.“My history with Lemonade Day dates back to 2014, when I was on the Board of Overseers at my alma mater,” Reuben said. “A fellow alum reached out to me about the program, and I was immediately drawn to it because of my passion for early entrepreneurship education.”Before meeting Wolzinger, Reuben worked diligently to get the program going in Los Angeles, but the biggest thing that held him back was not having a solid team.“For one and a half years, I flew to Houston for workshops, met with people around the nation and even contacted the Chamber of Commerce, but it wasn’t until I was introduced to Michelle that my vision started coming to life,” Reuben said.As co-founders and business partners, Reuben and Wolzinger each have their own role and responsibilities. Wolzinger is the city director who manages day-to-day operations, while Reuben is the city champion who represents the face of the organization and does all the brand marketing.The duo is extremely excited about launching their program for the first time this year, but they also acknowledge the work ahead of them.“Short term, I want to raise more money and recruit more students of course,” Wolzinger said. “But my business plan doesn’t stop after college. Eventually, I want to set up a program at every university, so that every surrounding neighborhood will have their own Lemonade Day program and community of young entrepreneurs.”last_img read more

UPMC Sports Medicine to provide pre-season physicals for local High School athletes

first_imgPITTSBURGH– UPMC Sports Medicine will host a single session of pre-season physical examinations for high school athletes participating in the 2010-11 fall, winter and spring sports seasons. The exams will be conducted by UPMC primary care sports medicine physicians with the assistance of certified athletic trainers. Physicals will begin at 8 a.m., Sat, July 31, at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine, 3200 S. Water St., South Side.The cost is $30 for UPMC-contracted schools or $35 for non-contracted schools. Payment is by cash or check only.Physical examinations, required by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association for high school sports participation, can help to identify any pre-existing medical conditions for musculoskeletal problems in young, growing athletes.To participate, individuals must pre-register by calling (412) 432-3770. Students must attend with a parent or guardian and bring any paperwork required by their respective schools.last_img read more