ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Richard Lett looked after Prince William while the future King of England grew up. He also ran security for the London Olympics in 2012. He’s sailed across the ocean. And now he leads a national health and life insurance agency.And from all of those experiences, Lett says he’s taken away valuable insights into what it takes to be a leader.“Each one gives me a different perspective of what it’s like to sit at the top table and responsibility for one’s fate,” says Lett, who will be a keynote speaker at the CUNA Lending Council Conference Oct. 30 to Nov. 2 in Las Vegas.Throughout his varied career, Lett learned lessons about risk management, responsibility, decision making, and being prepared for anything. The lessons began when he joined London’s Metropolitan Police—commonly known as Scotland Yard—in 1982.On his first day in uniform, Lett was assigned to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace. His shoes were shined and trousers were ironed, and Lett says he thought it would be a fantastic day. But a bomb went off, killing members of the ceremonial guard. continue reading »
I love our national parks, so when I had a chance to visit the Everglades during NAFCU’s CEOs and Senior Executives Conference, I jumped at the chance.As you can see, I had a chance to hold a young alligator. Luckily, the picture does not show my blood pressure or my shaking legs.The park ranger noted an interesting fact. While many are terrified of alligators, gators kill far fewer people each year than vending machines. In fact, 38 people have fallen victim to vending machines since 1978. I can’t get alligator vs. vending machine statistics, but allegedly, alligators killed 9 people from 1999 through 2014.So the ranger may very well be correct.Now, that’s not the whole story.I’m guessing most of you have at least one vending machine where you work. And I’m hoping that most of you do not have an alligator inside your office. So people interact with far more vending machines than alligators every day.But still, the perceived risk between the two is interesting. What scares us more? continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
“We’ve had a lot of students say they want to stay in Binghamton, opposed to going back with their families or anything else,” Zelniker said. Cory Zelniker, 4c Properties partner, says they haven’t had any issues with getting tenants. Unfortunately, all of their properties were already rented out for the school year before the pandemic. 4C says they have received calls from BU students wanting to move from the dorms to off-campus housing this school year. 4C Properties rents houses in the Westside of Binghamton to undergraduate, graduate and nursing students. For more information on 4C Properties, check out their website. Nicholas Catrone, 4C Properties partner, says a lot of their tenants have already been living in Binghamton this summer. “We like to believe that even through a pandemic we’re doing the best we can to keep everyone safe,” Catrone said. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — With about ten thousand Binghamton University students living off-campus, one student housing company says they’ve seen an influx in students wanting to move away from the dorms.
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Junior featherweight world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux was stripped of one of his 122-pound title belts because of inactivity.The WBO world championship committee voted unanimously at its 28th annual convention, which is taking place in Orlando, Florida, this week, to vacate the belt, rejecting Rigondeaux’s plea in a “show cause” letter the organization had asked him to provide stating his case to remain champion.READ: AL-SMITH – Why is everyone avoiding talented Rigondeaux? Rigondeaux (15-0, 10 KOs), 35, is a two-time Cuban Olympic gold medalist who defected and now lives in Miami. He won the WBO’s version of the title when he outpointed Nonito Donaire to unify it with his WBA belt in April 2013. But Rigondeaux has only fought three times since.He has not boxed since Dec. 31 in Japan, where he was knocked down twice in the seventh round by unknown Japanese challenger Hisashi Amagasa before rallying for an 11th-round knockout victory.The WBO sent Rigondeaux and his promoter, Caribe Promotions, a letter Oct. 7 directing them to “show cause” as to why he should not be stripped of his title because, under WBO rules, it has the unilateral discretion to vacate a title “if the champion fails to defend his title within a nine-month period.” With Rigondeaux idle for 10 months and nothing in the works, the WBO followed its rules and stripped him of the title. To fill the vacant title, the WBO will order on Thursday a fight between Mexico’s Cesar Juarez (17-3, 13 KOs), No. 1 in the organization’s ratings, and No. 2 Donaire (35-3, 23 KOs).Top Rank, which promotes Donaire and used to co-promote Rigondeaux, is making plans to put Juarez-Donaire on its truTV-televised card Dec. 11 at a site to be determined.In the Rigondeaux/Caribe response to the WBO “show cause” order, they argued in an Oct.16 letter that Rigondeaux should be granted an exception because of a “lack of appropriate available opponents willing to fight” and that “it would be an abuse of discretion to vacate because Mr. Rigondeaux has never failed to defend against the mandatory challenger.”In its ruling, the WBO said it was “not moved to consider the reasons contained therein to constitute ’cause’ for Mr. Rigondeaux’s failure to comply with our regulations for world championship contests.” The WBO further said in its ruling that “this committee shares Team Rigondeaux’s opinion that he is a fighter of utmost skill and pedigree, a gifted athlete that is not only perhaps the greatest amateur boxer ever, but also one of the top pound-for-pound professionals in the world, and we also recognize that Mr. Rigondeaux’s talent, record of accomplishment and complicated style, invariably pose difficulties securing premium fights on the top-tier stage.But that it is the boxing promoter’s paramount responsibility — not ours or that of any sanctioning organization for that matter — to secure, organize, and produce such fights.”However, Rigondeaux remains WBA super-bantamweight champion–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Submitted by Forma ConstructionCompany principals Jim Phillips, Drew Phillips and Jace Munson remain; 2013 annual sales expected to surpass $125 millionOlympia, WA — One of Washington state’s most significant commercial construction employers rolls into October with a new name, and restructured ownership. Berschauer Phillips Construction will become Forma Construction effective October 1.“While we represent the next generation of innovation leaders in our industry, at Forma Construction, we’ll continue to build on the long-held traditions of service quality and integrity that our customers have come to expect,” said newly-named company president, Jim Phillips, son of company founder, James A. Phillips.“Drew, Jace and all the members of our leadership team have decades of experience in the industry, and a passion for building strong communities through innovative techniques that help contain costs and ensure high quality structures.”Drew Phillips will serve as director of business development and preconstruction services. Jace Munson, a longtime company executive and principal, will serve as chief operating officer.“We’re very optimistic about our company’s future,” said Munson, who also serves as board president of the Thurston Economic Development Council. “Coming out of the recession, we’re fortunate to have a strong backlog of projects into the foreseeable future.”Drew Phillips echoes the optimism. “Project sizes have increased, and we’re seeing renewed activity in both the public and private sector, which is a welcome indicator that the economy is getting back on its feet at many levels. We’re excited to be a part of it.”Forma was originally founded in 1985. It has a diverse portfolio of projects — from historical and office renovations, to educational facilities and infrastructure improvements. Notable projects include the new Hands On Children’s Museum in Olympia, renovation of the John L. O’Brien Building on the State Capitol Campus, and elementary, middle and high schools that serve students all over Puget Sound. Forma has also built or renovated transit, higher ed, and medical facilities around Western Washington.Forma has over 150 employees in the Puget Sound region. Annual sales are expected to surpass $125 million in 2013. Facebook122Tweet0Pin0
By Joseph SapiaMIDDLETOWN – The Route 35 Village proposal resumes before the township Planning Board on Wednesday, but only the commercial aspect is expected to be on the agenda.The board will resume hearing the application for the Shoppes at Middletown – 338,455 square feet of retail, restaurant and movie theater space with 1,786 parking spaces. The Shoppes are to be built on 52 acres along Route 35 of the overall 118-acre tract.The land is bounded by Route 35 North, Kings Highway East, Carriage Drive and Kanes Lane. While it has some businesses and homes on it, it is mostly woods and open space – and is probably best known as home of the Calico the Clown/Spirits Unlimited liquor store sign.The applicant for the Shoppes at Middletown is John Orrico/Village 35 of Purchase, New York.On the rear 66 acres, or at the Carriage Drive end of the property, Toll Brothers of Horsham, Pennsylvania, proposes the Oaks at Middletown, a 350-townhouse complex. The 350 townhouses break down to 280 units at open-market price and 70 units of “affordable housing.”In June, the Planning Board consolidated the commercial and residential applications for the 118 acres. Planning Board Chairman John Deus said the consolidation was to bring clarity on hearing the proposals to the board and public – allowing engineering, traffic and other related components of the commercial and residential applications to be heard at the same time.But the township Planning and Community Development Department is not expected to deem the residential application complete in time for the Sept. 7 meeting.Toll Brothers filed the Oaks at Middletown application May 27, said the development’s lawyer, John A. Giunco. But the Planning and Community Development Department requested more information on “various engineering and supporting reports,” Giunco said. “They wanted more detail.” Toll Brothers resubmitted the application Thursday, Aug. 25, Giunco said. He said the Planning and Community Development Department has 45 days to review it – which would expire the week of Oct. 9.“We’re ready to move before the board, but it’s unlikely the board will be able (to hear the Oaks at Middletown application beginning Sept. 7),” Giunco said.The Planning Board meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at the municipal complex at the corner of Route 35 South and Kings Highway.This will be the third appearance for the Shoppes at Middletown. So far, only the engineering aspects of the Shoppes at Middletown have been heard by the board.Orrico says he will not discuss the project outside of the hearings as long as they go on. The site, which has seen various unsuccessful development proposals over the last two decades, has drawn the scrutiny of the public. For example, there is a “Stop Village 35” Facebook page.Cindy Squassoni, who lives in the Heritage Hills development of single-family homes at the Carriage Drive end of the property and is one of the opponent leaders, said there is a “right to build” on the property. But she raised various concerns – the size of the project, its lack of open space being preserved, traffic, drainage, aesthetics and impact on schools.“Traffic is horrifying in my mind,” said Squassoni. “Pretty much our neighborhood is going to be a shortcut between (Routes) 35 and 36.”As for the schools, “they’re filled to capacity, as is,” she said.The 118 acres has not yet been subdivided, Giunco said. The property is owned by Mountain Hill LLC, which is the local Azzolina-Scaduto family.