Texas condo owner blames Manhattan developer’s son for luxury tower defects

first_imgShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink “They have worked to entice the unknowing public to purchase expensive defective condos when they knew the condos have significant material defects that will not be repaired, despite their representations to the contrary,” the lawsuit claims.Patel alleges that despite flagging several defects in his unit during an initial walk-through in June 2019, the developer has failed to make repairs. An attorney for Patel, Constantine Pamphilis, said Sackman has proposed “cheap cosmetic fixes” to the defects. He said Patel and his family are in limbo because they haven’t been able to fully move in while waiting for repairs.Patel’s father, who has a medical condition that causes him to walk with uneven footing, has fallen on numerous occasions due to the unit’s angled floors, according to the suit.The lawsuit is seeking at least $2 million in relief and seeks to certify a class of at least 160 condo owners.Write to Kathryn Brenzel at [email protected] Share via Shortlink Sackman Enterprises’ CJ Sackman and 70 Rainey Street in Austin Texas (Sackman via Real Insight; Rendering via Page Architects)A luxury condo owner in Texas claims a Manhattan-based developer put his “inexperienced” son in charge of the building’s construction — which led to an array of defects that included uneven floors, corroded plumbing and curved walls.In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, Amit Patel alleges developer Sackman Enterprises, its Texas subsidiary and company executives have failed to fix shoddy work at the 70 Rainey Street condo building in Austin. The proposed class action suit was filed in District Court in Travis County, Texas.The 160-unit condo tower was billed as a luxury property with “thoughtfully crafted architecture, custom kitchens with professional grade appliances, and exceptional finishes throughout the home.” Instead, the complaint alleges, the units — which range in price from $400,000 to $5 million — feature “angled floors, bowed-in walls, poorly cut baseboards, ill-fitting cabinets, uneven and splotchy paint, and/or additional substantial and material defects.” Plumbing fixtures in the units also allegedly quickly eroded.Sackman Enterprises president Carter Sackman tapped his son, C.J., to manage the project despite his son’s inexperience in developing luxury real estate, according to the suit. When C.J. realized he was “in way over his head,” he made false promises to sell units and “cut corners and costs by deviating” from the architect’s design plans, according to the lawsuit.Representatives for the family-run Sackman Enterprises didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment, and C.J. Sackman could not be reached for comment.Read moreWhen luxury leaksTrucking exec sues for missing breakfast bar and private elevator at 56 LeonardThree Hundred Collins allegedly marred by cheap materials, unpaid contractors and duped investors TagsCondo defectscondo developmentlast_img read more

Emails show Akil, Skinner, Jersey City United’s Schapiro discussing BOE race

first_img Looks like Akil’s career in JC is over as well. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 2 COMMENTS Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Concerned JC CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network Investigative ReportingJersey City Comments are closed. Emails show Akil, Skinner, Jersey City United’s Schapiro discussing BOE race Community TAGSbetter education for new jersey kidsjersey city board of educationjersey city unitedmatt schapiroMuhammed Akilshelley skinner SHARE A More Concern JC Bayonne center_img Jersey City high school teacher suspended after rant calling George Floyd ‘a f***ing criminal’ Bayonne Previous articleJersey City council approves $20k legal contract for Port Authority matterNext articleGuttenberg officials, local philanthropist on board with breast cancer awareness John Heinis Well this election is over. Muhammed Akil, the disgraced former chief of staff to Mayor Steven Fulop, appeared be involved in discussions with current Jersey City United  Board of Education candidate Matt Schapiro and Better Education Institute, Inc. Executive Director Shelley Skinner back in June, according to an email chain.Muhammed Akil.By John Heinis/Hudson County ViewIn an email from Skinner, dated June 24 and sent to Schapiro at 4:12 p.m., she asks “can you set up a date for you me and Muhammed to meet with this candidate you like so much.”Schapiro, a former political operative for the Parents for Progress team, responded on June 25 at 4:14 p.m. with “K. when are you available this week?”After exchanging a few more brief emails, the two agree to meet between 2 and 3 p.m. on Friday (which would’ve been July 1), along with a candidate only identified as “Jose.”Jose Vazquez, a relatively unknown candidate, dropped out of the Jersey City BOE race in mid-August prior to the county’s ballot drawing.Then, on June 26 at 8:29 a.m., Skinner emails Akil, who was eventually forced out of municipal government in Jersey City after hate speech from the 90’s surfaced, asking if he can join the three for the Friday afternoon meeting.“Muhammed, can you meet with a potential BOE candidate on Thursday at 2 or 3pm in JC?,” she said.Responding to an inquiry from Hudson County View last night, Skinner seemed to acknowledge the email chain between her, Schapiro, and Akil was authentic, but doubled down in saying that B4K had no role in the JCU campaign.“Thank you for your email regarding the correspondence dated June 24th to June 26th. Back in June, B4K was exploring the field of potential school board candidates for this November’s school board race,” she said via email.“This was long before any of the candidates, or slates had declared their intention to run. To be clear, B4K has had no role with the Jersey City United ticket.”Skinner’s remarks reference the fact that the filing deadline for all New Jersey municipal candidates running in the November 8 election, including BOE candidates, was July 25.This previously mentioned email conversation between her, Schapiro and Akil took place a month before that.She declined to comment on what other, if any, potential or current Jersey City BOE candidates B4K met with during this time.When reached on his cell phone, Schapiro doubled down in saying Akil and Skinner had no role in the JCU campaign, though admitted Skinner was a friend whose advice he trusts.“They have nothing to do with this campaign. We certainly had conversations in the past about local school district issues and I consider Shelley to be a smart and informed person for many years, even though we’ve had many differences,” he said, noting he’s known Skinner for 15 years.Kristen Zadroga Hart, a spokeswoman for the Jersey City Education Association and the Education Matters team, still did not take the aforementioned email chain lightly.“It is obvious from the email thread that Board of Education candidate Matthew Schapiro has an ongoing and close personal relationship with Muhammed Akil and Shelley Skinner, both of whom are known Charter School operatives, despite his denial on record,” she said in an email.She called these relationships “worrisome” due to “the corporate takeover of public education in New Jersey,” calling Schapiro’s continued denial of having a working relationship with Akil “a character flaw that would follow [him] should he be elected to the school board.”Better Education for New Jersey Kids, a New Brunswick-based super PAC that paid for a JCU mailer last month, also has ties to David Tepper, a billionaire hedge fund manager who has previously contributed to Jersey City BOE candidates.Tepper is also a trustee on the Better Education for Kids, Inc. and Better Education Institute Inc. boards.Several days after that story was published, Larry Rogers, the treasurer for B4K, said the Education Matters team represents “old time politics and destructive political infighting,” which is why they felt JCU is the better team during this election cycle.“Better Education for New Jersey’s Kids believes that the Jersey City United slate is the best set of candidates to make sure that the school board represents and fights for the interests of parents and their children,” Rogers said in a statement.“We believe other slates are aligned with political powers that bring their political interests to the school board. The other slates represent the old time politics and destructive political infighting that have failed too many Jersey City kids and their families.”The Education Matters team has the support of Fulop, as well as the local teachers, police and firefighter unions, while JCU recently notched a key endorsement from a well-known local Muslim leader. Jersey City United candidate Asmaa Abdalla is also Muslim.Akil, now the executive director of the Newark-based Parent Coalition for Excellent Education, said he would give us a call back last night but never did. He also did not return phone calls seeking comment on Thursday. Editor’s Note: The word “potential” was highlighted in the below emails when Hudson County View received them. October 13, 2016 8:53 pm at 8:53 pm By John Heinis – October 13, 2016 3:38 pm 2 Hudson County commissioners discuss exiting ICE deal, advocates call for no new jail contracts October 13, 2016 6:03 pm at 6:03 pm Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

SEHA GAZPROM Final4 in Brest!

first_imgLeave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsThe Sixth Final 4  SEHA – Gazprom League, which will be organized in cooperation with Handball Club Meshkov Brest, will be held in Brest, Belarus, from 7th till 9th of April 2017. The history will repeat, as Meshkov Brest will face current champions Telekom Veszprem in the semi-final match, but this time on a home court. Last season’s silver Vardar will play against bronze medallists from Varazdin, PPD Zagreb. Semi-final matches are scheduled for Friday, 7th of April, while the 3rd place match and the 1st place match will be played on Sunday, 9th of April. All matches will be played in Sport Palace Victoria sports hall.“It is our great pleasure to organize Final 4 together with Handball Club Meshkov Brest and we are sure that Final 4 will be an unforgettable experience for handball club Meshkov Brest, city of Brest, fans and Belarusian handball in general. The club is rising each year and they deserved to bring the best of the regional handball to their city and country and we are delighted that our sixth Final 4 will take place in Brest”, said Sinisa Ostoic, managing director of SEHA – Gazprom League.From the moment Handball Club Meshkov Brest joined SEHA, they are regular participants of Final 4. Two times silver medallists are hosting Final 4 for the first time. “It is a great honor for us, big fest for our fans and our city. We will try to organize everything on top level. We are permanent participants of Final 4 but we never won it. I hope that our home Final 4 will help us to conquer this trophy”, said Pavel Bashkin, sports director of Handball Club Meshkov Brest. Final 4 will be broadcasted in nine countries and in the upcoming days we will address the media accordingly about the playing schedule.The tickets for Final 4 for fans from Belarus are available for purchase. More details regarding tickets for foreign fans will be know soon.PHOTO: SEHA Related Items: ShareTweetShareShareEmail Click to commentlast_img read more

How do you say Obamacare in German?

first_img“For me, this concept of ‘citizens’ insurance’ that the SPD presents doesn’t bring any advantages over what we have now.” — Katja Leikert, a CDU MPMembers of the CDU say the current system actually works well for most Germans, and that such a huge overhaul would cause more problems than it would solve. And the plan’s opponents also worry that decreased competition in German health insurance could drive up premiums and bring down the overall quality of care.There’s also the question of how such a big shift would comply with German laws and the constitution, making future legal battles likely if the SPD’s proposal were to be implemented. Another major issue is what would happen to the collective €233 billion in surplus funds private insurance companies have built up to cover the care costs of Germany’s aging population.“For me, this concept of ‘citizens’ insurance’ that the SPD presents doesn’t bring any advantages over what we have now,” said Katja Leikert, a CDU MP who is a member of the party’s health policy group. “So I’m not convinced … I have taken a close look at this and truly can’t understand [why it would be better].”Possible compromiseThough it seems unlikely that the SPD will score an outright victory on the issue, there are signs a compromise might be possible: Merkel reiterated last month that the CDU is “against” such a system, for example, but suggested “a variety of improvements” could be on the table.One possibility is that the two parties agree to part of the SPD’s proposal but stop short of actually doing away with private insurance. They could negotiate over equalizing doctors’ fees for statutory and private patients, or could begin the process of bringing more people into statutory insurance by shifting over civil servants and freelancers from private insurance. Bürgerversicherung “is a very crucial and also an emotional thing for the social democratic family, not only for the party but for trade unions, and for all the left parties,” said Severin Schmidt, a social policy expert at the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, the affiliated political foundation for the SPD.Under the SPD’s proposal, the country would eventually eliminate the use of private insurance as primary insurance, automatically placing all Germans into a single “citizens’ insurance” system, regardless of what kind of plan they’d chosen before. Their premiums would be based on income, rather than on age or medical history.The “citizens’ insurance” would largely look like today’s statutory insurance, but with some provisions to ensure more equal treatment: doctors would receive the same fees for all patients, for example, and employers would pay half an employee’s premium regardless of the amount.They would start this process — which experts say is a decades-long endeavor — by moving civil servants and freelancers into the existing statutory system, then eventually bringing in other remaining private patients as well. People could still choose to purchase supplementary insurance on top of their primary plan, which would fund extras like private rooms during hospital stays or certain non-covered types of care.In a position paper on the issue, the SPD’s Lauterbach said “the restructuring of the system is a process” and private insurance companies wouldn’t be entirely eliminated. Instead, they could either opt to offer citizens insurance — in the way the Krankenkassen now offer statutory insurance — or move toward offering supplemental insurance plans.The CDU, however, opposes the overall idea of citizens’ insurance even if it is open to potential improvements to the existing health care system. Leikert, the CDU MP, named the latter as an example of a possible compromise in the coming negotiations.“You can say, for example, that all civil servants should come onto the statutory health insurance,” she said. “You can do it, sure — I find that as a politician, you always need to be ready to compromise. And if that’s the price of having a stable government, you can also share the price.” BERLIN — As Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) explore another coalition with Angela Merkel’s conservatives, party leaders are looking for a big policy victory to prove to their base that it’s worth the trouble.That’s why they’re so insistent on reforming the German health insurance system — by creating a Bürgerversicherung, or “citizens’ insurance” scheme, under which all Germans would be automatically insured.The SPD slumped to its worst ever result in last September’s general election after four years as Merkel’s junior partner, so party leaders and activists are wary of reprising that role. As they hold talks with the conservatives this week, an overhaul of Germany’s health insurance system is sure to be one of the major sticking points.center_img Two-track system Right now, roughly nine in 10 Germans are insured under the statutory system, the default option, in which they and their employers split the cost of premiums equally. This insurance is managed by more than 100 Krankenkassen, or health insurance funds, which together brought in more than €200 billion in premiums in 2016.The remaining 8.8 million people, or just over 10 percent of the population, are insured by one of Germany’s several dozen private insurance companies — either by choice or because of their professions. Civil servants and freelancers are covered through private insurance, and those earning over a certain amount (€57,600 per year in 2017) can choose between statutory insurance and private insurance.Though a relatively small proportion of the country’s overall population holds private insurance, their typically higher premiums come with perks such as shorter waiting times and a wider range of choice in doctors. And since doctors get paid significantly more for treating private patients than statutory ones, many doctors prefer to take private patients.“Whenever you say you are privately insured, the doors are open, you have immediate access and you get very thorough and very careful attention,” said Klaus Hurrelmann, a professor at Berlin’s Hertie School of Governance. “[Doctors] get two to three times as much money for you, so it is really highly attractive to have people who are privately insured.”The SPD argues that this discrepancy in privileges and available services is inherently unequal, giving unfair advantages to those who are able to pay more for them. What’s more, it is very difficult for people to switch from private insurance to statutory insurance, meaning they have few alternatives if their premiums rise.The issue is an encapsulation of the party’s core values of equality and social justice, which is part of why it’s so high on party leaders’ list of demands. “As a Social Democrat, I work to ensure all people can share in medical advances,” said Bärbel Bas, an SPD lawmaker in the party’s health working group. “Citizens’ insurance would make the health system fairer, so no one in old age has to fear unaffordable premiums or poorer care.”The SPD has advocated for some form of citizens’ insurance for more than a decade, seeing it as key to social democratic core values; some in the party even suggested last month that citizens’ insurance should be a precondition for talks with the CDU/CSU bloc (though they’ve since backed down from that idea).Germany’s current health insurance system, which has structural roots as far back as the late 19th century, insures people in two distinct ways: through statutory public health insurance and private insurance. The SPD says this creates a two-tier setup, with wealthy people not contributing enough to the overall health system, to the detriment of the poor.Karl Lauterbach, member of the German Social Democrats (SPD) | Sean Gallup/Getty Images“We want all people in Germany to be insured in the same way, and to introduce a citizens’ insurance,” the SPD’s top leaders wrote in a four-page catalog of conditions last month. Long-time SPD health reform advocate Karl Lauterbach told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper it is the party’s “duty to our constituents to implement this.”Merkel’s conservatives, however, have consistently opposed the SPD proposal — and the idea has major opponents in the private insurance industry, which brought in €37 billion in premiums in 2016 and could stand to lose much of its business if the SPD gets its way. And last week, representatives from some of the statutory insurance providers also came out against the plan.“For many years in Germany public insurance and private insurance have coexisted,” said Rudolf Henke, a CDU MP and long-time doctor who focuses on health issues in the Bundestag. “And the public insurance companies have record surpluses, they’re financially and qualitatively well-placed … we are pretty well taken care of in Germany.”last_img read more

ASAP Rocky Pleads Guilty to Grand Larceny

first_imgRapper ASAP Rocky recently pleaded guilty to attempted grand larceny as a result of a fight he started back mid July in downtown Manhattan.TMZ reported that ASAP Rocky (real name Rakim Mayers), was arrested earlier  this year after him and a friend struck two amateur photographers who snapped pictures of him while in a “verbal altercation” with someone on the streets of NYC.  Although both victims were said to be bruised and cut-up , only one required hospital treatment.Along with attempted grand larceny, ASAP was also charged with 2nd degree attempted robbery and assault; however, those charges were dropped in exchange for his guilty plea.  He was ordered to pay a $250 fine on top of 3 days community service.  His next court date is scheduled for February 2013.last_img read more

German Parliament Votes to Legalize Same-sex Marriage

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreGermany has finally joined the ranks of Western countries that have legalized same-sex marriage.In an overwhelming vote, German Parliament voted 393 in favor, 226 against, while four lawmakers abstained. The new legislation will also give same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual couples, including adoption. German chancellor Angela Merkel voted against the measure “for personal reasons – however, she sparked controversy amongst conservatives when she announced that her personal stance on same-sex marriage had become less aggressive following a “life-changing event” in which she was openly welcomed to the happy home of a lesbian couple and their eight foster children.RELATED: First Asian Country Rules in Favor of Same-sex MarriageThe legislation is expected to take full effect by the end of 2017.“It was a long, intensive, and for many also emotional discussion, that goes for me personally too, and I’m hopeful not only that there will be respect for either side’s opinions, but that it will also bring about more peace and cohesion in society,” said Merkel.The vote comes just a week after German Parliament wiped the slate clean for over 50,000 gay men who were imprisoned under Nazi-enforced laws in the last century. They were also offered compensation for every year that they spent in jail.(WATCH the video below)Stay Proud: Click To Share With Your Friends (Photo by Tolka Rover, CC)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Jerry O’Connell Reprising Role in Pre-Broadway Crazy for You Lab & More

first_imgJerry O’Connell(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Jerry O’Connell Reprising Performance in Pre-Broadway Crazy for You LabScreen star and stage alum Jerry O’Connell is revisiting the role of Lank Hawkins in the upcoming pre-Broadway lab production of Crazy for You. The previously announced lab, set for January 25, 26 and 27, follows a 2017 concert production in which O’Connell delighted audiences in the role of Lank. O’Connell joins his fellow concert stars Laura Osnes in the role of Polly Baker and Tony Yazbeck as Bobby Child for the musical’s lab, which is being helmed by the show’s original choreographer, Susan Stroman. Watch O’Connell get revved up about putting on his dancing shoes in a visit to Live with Kelly & Ryan. Jerry O’Connell Andy Karl & Groundhog Day Cast to Reunite in ConcertTony nominee and Olivier Award winner Andy Karl will reprise his Broadway.com Performance of the Year as weatherman Phil Connors in a reunion concert of the Tony-nominated musical Groundhog Day, set to take place at Feinstein’s/54 Below on February 2 at 11:30pm. Some of the proceeds from the concert will go to the National Alliance of Mental Illness as part of the Tomorrow There Will Be Sun campaign, named for Tim Minchin’s Groundhog Day opening number. Joining Karl for the event will be fellow original stars Kevin Bernard, Michael Fatica, Katy Geraghty, Jordan Grubb, Taylor Jones, Tari Kelly, Ray Lee, Joseph Medeiros, Sean Montgomery, Jenna Rubaii, John Sanders, Vishal Vaidya and Travis Waldschmidt. The evening will be directed by Michael Gacetta and produced by Aviva Sokolow.Cheyenne Jackson to Guest Star on Will & GraceStage veteran Cheyenne Jackson is headed to the small screen! Broadway.com has learned that the silk-voiced star who was recently seen in the film adaptation of Hello Again has been added to the talent-packed docket of NBC’s Will & Grace reboot. Character and episode details for Jackson’s appearance aren’t yet known, but we can’t wait to see the fun story whipped up for one of Broadway’s favorite hunks.John Lithgow & More to Lead Candide at Carnegie HallTwo-time Tony winner John Lithgow, who is currently back on Broadway in the solo play John Lithgow: Stories by Heart, will appear as Voltaire/Dr. Pangloss in a one-night performance of Leonard Bernstein’s operetta Candide at Carnegie Hall. Gary Griffin will direct and Joshua Bergasse will choreograph the performance set for 7:00pm on April 18 at the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Joining Lithgow onstage will be Paul Appleby in the title role alongside Erin Morley as Cunegonde, William Burden as Governor and Patricia Racette as the Old Lady. Further casting will be announced at a later time.Allison Janney, Frances McDormand & Elisabeth Moss Win Critics’ Choice AwardsStage veterans Allison Janney, Frances McDormand and Elisabeth Moss were honored by the 23rd Critics’ Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California on January 11. Tony nominee Janney was hat-tipped for her turn in I, Tonya while Tony winner McDormand was honored for her performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Tony nominee Moss won a Critics’ Choice Award for her work in TV’s The Handmaid’s Tale. The trio of recent Golden Globe winners have much to look forward to as Oscar nominations day approaches on January 23. Stay tuned.center_img Star Files View Commentslast_img read more

Commonwealth Dairy receives Vermont workforce development grants

first_imgGreen Mountain Creamery,Vermont Business Magazine Commonwealth Dairy (Green Mountain Creamery) today received $57,207 in Vermont Training Program (VTP) grants from the Agency of Commerce & Community Development’s (ACCD) Department of Economic Development to up-skill 147 of its employees. The workforce development grants will support production skills training for current workers, increasing the capacity of Commonwealth’s Brattleboro facility while maintaining quality production of the company’s high-quality Greek yogurt. The training will strengthen employees’ knowledge and ability, helping Commonwealth thrive in the highly-competitive Greek yogurt industry, ACCD said in a press release.“Helping Vermont businesses invest in their employees through grants like these demonstrates our commitment to creating brighter economic futures for all Vermont’s workers,” said Governor Phil Scott. “At the same time, this program supports our businesses as they work to thrive and grow right here in Vermont.”“We are delighted to receive funding from the Vermont Training Program,” said Commonwealth Dairy CEO Darcy Zbinovec. “These funds will be instrumental in enhancing the technical skill set of our production workforce. Continually investing in our employees is the single most effective way for us to compete and win in the marketplace.”Founded in 2011, Brattleboro-based Commonwealth Dairy, LLC manufactures Greek yogurt under the brand name Green Mountain Creamery. It produces and markets dairy products and flavored yogurt (including fruit, low- and non-fat, and Greek-style yogurt), and employs 160+ workers in production and administrative positions.”Working with Commonwealth Dairy has been a great experience. Whether it is hosting student visits through the BDCC’s Fast Tracks to Success program, supporting the Southern Vermont Career Expo or leveraging the Vermont Training Program to invest in their incumbent workforce, Commonwealth has been a leader for employer-led workforce solutions,” said Alex Beck, workforce and education program manager with the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC), which helps connect local employers with state resources such as VTP. “Their continued investment in the regions’ future workforce and employees through the Vermont Training Program serves as a great example for employers looking to improve the size and quality of the workforce now and in the future.”VTP is administered by the Department of Economic Development. It is a workforce development program that seeks to enhance the skills of the Vermont workforce and increase productivity of Vermont employers. Grants may cover up to 50 percent of the training cost, which can either be onsite or through a training provider/vendor.”The Vermont Training Program is an important state program that allows our employers to make large and impactful investments in our regions workforce. As employers grow and succeed in our region, it helps incumbent workforce grow and succeed along with them,” said BDCC Executive Director Adam Grinold. “We’re happy to see Commonwealth Dairy engage with this program and look forward to facilitating similar engagement with other employers looking to invest in new skills and opportunities to their employees.”For more information on VTP, visit http://accd.vermont.gov/economic-development/funding-incentives/vtp(link is external).About the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community DevelopmentThe Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development’s (ACCD) mission is to help Vermonters improve their quality of life and build strong communities. ACCD accomplishes this mission by providing grants, technical assistance, and advocacy through three divisions:  The Department of Economic Development, the Department of Tourism and Marketing, and the Department of Housing and Community Development.Source: ACCD accd.vermont.gov(link is external). 10.31.2018last_img read more

Polar Bottle and Cenote get boost from expanded marketing team

first_imgThe USA-made Polar Bottle and Cenote hydration system brands now have increased marketing fire power with the addition of two new marketing and public relations associates – Liza Milijasevic and Elisa Schauer.“We have created great presence and buzz around Polar Bottle and Cenote, especially through social media, and wanted to maintain that momentum, while also ramping up our strategic marketing and PR efforts to support our fast pace of growth – both in the US and internationally,” explained Judy Amabile President.“I’m confident Liza and Elisa are the perfect team to help us achieve those goals.”Liza Milijasevic brings 20 years of strategic marketing and public relations experience with major consumer brands and retail corporations in the US and Europe. Liza has consulted on marketing and PR for the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Leisure Trends Group. She lives in Boulder with her husband and three daughters and enjoys travel and hiking with her Siberian Husky.Liza remarked, “I am very excited to be involved in the strategic planning and public relations for Polar Bottle and Cenote as the brands are already so well positioned to succeed in existing and new markets.”Elisa Schauer is a graduate of University of Colorado, Boulder, in Advertising and Integrative Physiology. While at CU, Elisa was a key member of the National Championship Triathlon team and interned in the marketing department at American Rec.Elisa is a Colorado native with an active outdoor lifestyle including hiking, camping and cross fit. She lives in Boulder with her boyfriend and two pit bull rescues. Elisa said, “I’m thrilled to work for a company that has such great products but also a highly positive impact on the environment and community.”www.polarbottle.com Relatedlast_img read more

Eight podcasts & video interviews from Endurance Sportswire and Babbittville Radio

first_imgLeading news & PR distribution service, Endurance Sportswire (ESW), has announced the availability of eight new podcasts and video-taped interviews featuring well known business leaders in the endurance sports industry.Co-produced with Bob Babbitt of Babbittville Radio and RacePlace, the interviews took place at the recent Triathlon Business International (TBI) Conference in sunny Marina del Rey, LA, California. All interviews are now available for download. Interviewees include:Ashworth Awards President, Dan AshworthChallenge Family CEO, Felix WalchshöferChampion System President and Co-Founder, Scott KaylinMultiSport Research Founder, Gary RoethenbaughRunning USA CEO, Rich HarshbargerSilverlineGlobal Co-Founder, Holden ComeauUniversal Sports President, Scott BrownUSA Triathlon CEO, Rob UrbachFor those who enjoyed the interviews, ESW would appreciate a review in iTunes >>.Via endurancesportswire.com/podcasts there are recaps of every interview and other useful resources. Interested parties can also keep up to date on endurance sports business news, jobs and announcements by signing up for the ESW newsletter.www.endurancesportswire.comwww.Babbittville.comwww.raceplace.com Relatedlast_img read more