[Video: Catherine Elizabeth]Another of the more exciting and enigmatic artists in hip-hop is Action Bronson, a furious emcee in the tradition of Ghostface Killah who is also the host and star of his own VICE food show, F*ck, That’s Delicious. Bronson made a name for himself over the last decade for his appetite for destructing beats as well as copious amounts of cannabis and his culinary critiques. This hulking beast on the mic takes no prisoners; Hulaween is in for a treat when the Flushing Grizzly brings Queens to the Suwannee River, and Bronsalino is sure to satiate the masses when he storms the place with a vengeance. It’s high time to make way for Mr. Wonderful.Action Bronson – 2018On the other end of the proverbial map, trap music will again be heavily represented, as LA’s wildly-popular NGHTMRE and London’s undefeated ratchet man TROYBOI will both bring the bombastic beats. These producers may have decidedly different approaches to 808s, but both eschew heartbreaks for earthquakes in a quest for a most royal rumble. NGHTMRE’s ascent to the upper echelons of dance music stardom has been well documented in this country, but the unflappable Brit TROYBOI has revolutionized the genre in recent years, and his set is sure to be a lesson in crunkalogic science.TROYBOI – Electric Daisy Carnival 2017 Every fall, deep into the month of October, Suwannee Hulaween provides a resounding exclamation point to festival season. Located in the sleepy, swampy confines of Live Oak in Central Florida, Spirit of Suwannee Music Park is a fascinating hostess—a stunningly beautiful venue dotted by towering oaks dripping with Spanish moss with a river called Suwannee winding through it.The four-day affair, a partnership between Florida’s Purple Hat Productions and Chicago’s Silver Wrapper in concert with host band The String Cheese Incident, has revolutionized the festival experience for the southeastern United States. Like SCI themselves, this festival knows no booking boundaries and is not hamstrung by genres. When it comes to Hula’s lineup, there is no festival on the eastern seaboard than offers such a serious smattering of talent, running the gamut in style, substance, and panache.Now approaching its sixth incarnation, 2018 finds Hulaween welcoming the likes of ODESZA, Jamiroquai, Janelle Monáe, and Tipper; this year just might be the boldest and most diverse musical lineup in the festival’s already storied history.Photo: Josh TimmermansThe bedrock foundation of Suwannee Hulaween is The String Cheese Incident, the embryonic energy and original personnel behind the entire event’s ethos and execution. Each and every year, the longtime jammers perform no less than seven sets over the course of the three-day affair, including the much-anticipated Halloween-themed Saturday night special. SCI treats Hula like a family affair, as the band rolls out some of their most beloved tunes and special rarities for an audience that soaks in and celebrates the band and all its styles.SCI has such varied influences found within their own songbook, from both covers and collaborators. Those colors are on display and so often well-represented on the Hulaween lineup card; 2018 will be no different, as an absolutely stacked schedule promises stimulating serenades from nearly every corner of the earth. This preview will focus on the bold font names—the heavyweights, the headliners that will appear at SOSMP this October.String Cheese Incident – Suwanee Hulaween 2015[Video: TheSoberGoat]First things first, this festival booked Jamiroquai—a feat that must be admired and respected, given the dearth of North American appearances from the band. Beginning with last year’s electrifying comeback album Automaton, Jamiroquai returned to the zeitgeist with a funkafied fury, and hardcore American fans have enjoyed their first performances here in the States in thirteen long and agonizing years.Mesmerizing bandleader/vocalist Jay Kay has whipped Jamiroquai’s live band into a formidable shape that rivals any incarnation since the 1990s, and the crew is continuing to diversify setlists and explore improv-heavy arrangements in songs both current and classic. From coast to coast, the US is finally soaking up all the Space Cowboy magic they can; the Saturday night headline at Hula will be the band’s fifth and final appearance in the US this year. A supersonic slab of sizzle and sexy, this set will put an exhilarating exclamation point on a once-unfathomable chapter in this iconic band’s history. It’s crystal clear to anybody paying attention that the entire JMQ unit is cosmically aflame, as they globetrot their way on down to the Suwannee River come October.Jamiroquai – JazzOpen Stuttgart 2018[Video: Cyril Braquet]The impossible-to-categorize ODESZA is quite possibly the hottest live act in EDM. Their titanic appearances at Coachella 2018 reverberated into a massive trek around the world, propelling the group to another level of creativity and popularity. The group’s founders—Harrison ” Catacombkid” Mills and Clayton “Beaches Beaches” Knight—aim high and swing mighty, deftly delivering an experience that is cinematic and theatrical.Now the pair are bringing the ensemble and their magnificent, mammoth A Moment Apart tour to Hulaween. Remember, ODESZA forever lives inside of Hula’s heart, the product of a shape-shifting performance on the Amphitheater Stage in 2015. Their thrilling joyride on that special Saturday evening remains the stuff of Suwannee legend, and said legend has fueled folks to hold out hope that the dynamic duo would return to the music park. These days, ODESZA’s show is a spaceship circus of shapes, colors, lights, smoke, projection mapping, live horns, lead guitar, and a six-member drumline; it digs from several complimentary genres, all the while integrating live instrumentation- once again a perfect recipe for Hulaween desire.ODESZA – The Park At Wild Horse Pass – Chandler, AZ – 4/20/2018[Video: xReality]The steadily-rising career trajectory of Janelle Monáe has been nothing short of inspirational to behold. Since emerging in the late 2000s, the 32-year-old Kansas City native has landed a beauty contract with CoverGirl, acted in an Academy Award-winning film (Moonlight), and worked with eclectics like the late Prince and Brian Wilson. Looking back to her in 2010 as a wide-eyed and ambitious pop tourist with a potent purple co-sign, Monáe has evolved to absorb and deconstruct pop and R&B with a fanatical focus, producing phenomenal musical art, which she fervently expresses sonically, visually, and emotionally.This year’s critically acclaimed album Dirty Computer finds Monae straying away from the android backstory that defined her first two LPs while staying close enough to her authentic self to not-so-gently prod the culture-at-large on topics of race, gender, and sexuality. Critics around the country have been glowing about her magnetic live performances, complete with a crack band that knows her material inside out. From her ravishing outfits, intergalactic styles, and androgynous pansexual appeal, Hulaween most certainly has never experienced the likes of Ms. Monáe. With her outlandish post-funk parades and “Art & B” arrangements, she is sure to show everybody at the Suwannee just what the freaking fuss is all about.Janelle Monáe – “Q.U.E.E.N.” – Queen Elizabeth Theater – Vancouver, BC – 6/12/2018[Video: RoryValintine]In April 2016, Tipper headlined a full moon gathering; Tipper & Friends his first-ever appearance at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. Yet the producer-wunderkind has been at the artistic apex of this culture for a very, very long time. Discovered in London in 1997, Dave Tipper has been a peerless pioneer in psychedelic electronic music and progressive sound design, operating for the better part of two decades.Riding the wave and rewriting the rules of nu-breaks for the first era of his career, this mad Englishman has been making idiosyncratic sound-art of all shapes, sizes, and tempos for as long as we can remember. Climbing all over frequencies that defy the preconceived laws of sonics, Tipper challenges the masses to dig deeper. The mercurial shaman offers both ambient, kaleidoscopic downtempo explorations and/or fast, furious, feverish intergalactic sessions. On each subsequent release, he has explored new auditory terrain, and Tipper always incorporates a state-of-the-art visual accompaniment to his ethereal excursions.Tipper & Friends – Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park – 2016[Video: Hart Cleveland]Jamtronica pioneers STS9 are no strangers to Hulaween, having blessed up SOSMP for several years. The band is long celebrated in this community, and whether they play the main stage or the Patch, Soundtribe will always pull an enormous crowd at Hula. In 2018, STS9 have settled into a zone with confidence and adventure, and it shows in their increasingly deeper performances. On the heels of their own inaugural Wave Spell festival in northern California, STS9 will have the improv engines juiced when they return to these swampy confines. Sector 9’s current vibe reaches further into their glorious past than ever before, and the band has arrived at a happy medium inside their universe.STS9 – Suwannee Hulaween 2015[Video: Nick Kullman]Another extremely popular band sure to pack the place to the gills are the white-hot, low-volume heroes-in-groove of Vulfpeck. Hailing from Los Angeles by way of Michigan, over the past half-decade, this fearsome funk force has become a global phenomenon, incorporating the juiciest elements of soul, pop, and R&B. There was even a (successful) online petition circulating among the Floridian Vulfpack, intent on convincing the band to (finally) play Suwannee Hulaween. Bandleader Jack Stratton might make you laugh, but bassist Joe Dart will cause your head bob like an emergency brake; this band simply forces the listener to groove. Putting a premium on space, dynamics, and a less-is-more approach, quite frankly, Vulfpeck is in a league of its own.Vulfpeck – Ancienne Belgique – Bruxelles, Belgium – 9/15/2017[Video: AB – Ancienne Belgique]Tory Lanez is a Canadian rapper and singer, a burgeoning international star with major buzz. He received just propers from his sizzlin’ mixtape Lost Cause (2014), and then exploded when his sophomore album, Memories Don’t Die, which was released in early 2018. Lanez describes his own personal style as “Swavey”—”a two-adjective word. A lot of people use it as an attribute, but the real definition of ‘swavey’ is a genre of music. The genre of music is the genre of fusing more than one together.”In the spirit of Chance the Rapper, Logic, Run the Jewels, and Vince Staples—all of whom have blessed up the SOSMP for Hula’s past—Lanez will be carrying the tradition of emerging hip-hop to be showcased at Hulaween.Tory Lanez – Sway In The Morning[Video: Sway’s Universe]Of Ukrainian descent yet hailing from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Isabelle Rezazadeh began DJing at the ripe age of 16. REZZ started on the decks by spinning her favorite tracks from other artists until, inspired by a deadmau5 concert, she began to create her own. Skrillex took note of REZZ on a blog and sent her a message on Twitter.The flame was sparked and a star was born; REZZ is among the hottest rising artists in electronic dance music and has been blowing up around the world with a genre-mashing concoction of dark, sizzling, sinister techno. The producer announced her second studio album, Certain Kind of Magic, will release on August 3rd, 2018, through mau5tra.REZZ – “Flying Octopus”[Video: REZZ]Bluesy bayou merchants The Revivalists have a long and lovely history with the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park, dating back to early Bear Creek appearances that saw the band put their heart on the line in the midday sun, winning fans by the dozens each and every song. Nearly a decade later, The Revivalists are lighting up the globe, delivering the same NOLA-fied prescription for musical magic.Led by scintillating vocalist David Shaw, the band is an equal opportunity emotional experience with guitarist Zack Feinberg, drummer Andrew Campanelli, pedal steel player Ed Williams, bassist George Gekas, saxophonist Rob Ingraham, and keys-and-trumpet player Michael Girardot. Raised on Crescent City porches and schooled at Tipitina’s Uptown and the Jazz Fest fairgrounds, there is a palpable passion that permeates the audience whenever The Revivalists take center stage.The Revivalists with Roosevelt Collier – “Forgot About Dre” – Bear Creek Music Festival 2013[Video: Chris Rogers]The buck doesn’t even begin to stop there, either. Suwannee Hulaween has always incorporated reggae offerings into their programming, and 2018 will see another royal son of Kingston visit the music park. Stephen “Ragga” Marley is probably the closest in spirit and vibration to his legendary father, Bob Marley, and Stephen got a proper dose of the Hula magic when he performed with his brother, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, in 2017.This year, Ragga is bringing Ghetto Youth International, his own band of raggamuffins, to deliver a mixture of original music and Nesta’s timeless catalog of anthems. The vibes will be sky high and the bass drops mad low when this melody-making mystic flows through the air.Stephen Marley – “The Traffic Jam” featuring Damian Marley[Video: Stephen Marley]Another returning artist to Suwannee Hulaween is gritty electro-funk producer Gramatik. Coming of age on Cold Busted label ten years ago, the Slovenian-born Denis Jašarević dreamt big and set out on his own course of action. For several years now, Gramatik has been constantly evolving his brand and sound with a close cadre of collaborators. Gramatik’s imprint Low Temp is home to several artists that the producer has taken under his wing, but Jašarević main focus remains on his own artistic craft. Gramatik’s most recent EP release was Epigram, which dropped in 2016 and featured the likes of Raekwon and Russ Liquid.Gramatik – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – 6/17/2017 [Video: Mi5taKlean]Rounding out this tremendous roster of headliners and heavy hitters are a trio of Suwannee favorites. Psychedelic hip-hop/future funk sorcerers Lettuce will return to Hulaween for a fourth consecutive year. The veritable house-band for the beloved, now-defunct SOSMP festival Bear Creek, LETT has now developed their own relationship with the Hulaween massive, and as such, both of their sets are must-see TV. Downtown NYC freak-jazz will be well represented by the godfathers themselves, Medeski, Martin & Wood; having played Bear Creek already, this will be MMW’s maiden voyage to Hulaween and is sure to sizzle and satisfy. Same for iconic R&B/Gospel queen Mavis Staples of the legendary Staple Sisters, who will make an extremely rare appearance to deliver her inspirational “message songs,” a performance that is sure to be an instant classic. People are still buzzing about her riveting sessions at Wanee 2012 and MagFest 2013.Mavis Staples – “The Weight” – Suwannee MagFest 2013 [Video: TheSoberGoat]Ladies and gentleman, that’s only the bold font, too. As one makes their way further down the concert poster, the Suwannee Hulaween lineup plunges even further into the annals of progressive electronic, jam, hip-hop, and beyond. L4LM will be back with more thorough previews of additional artists, and discussions that are certain to stoke your Suwannee flame.Words: B.GetzSuwanee Hulaween will return to the magical Live Oak, Florida venue, The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, from October 26th to 28th, this fall. With a truly diverse lineup filled with massive talents from the live music scene, Suwannee Hulaween 2018 is bound to be the best iteration yet. For more information and ticketing, head to the festival’s website here. [Video: gangelone999]The free-wheeling Grateful Dead all-star celebration Joe Russo’s Almost Dead returns for the pre-party on Thursday. Taking the GD blueprint and exploring new frontiers, JRAD’s maniacal marathons on the Amphitheater Stage at Hulaweens past have cemented their reputation at this festival. Comprised of an all-star team including wizard keyboardist Marco Benevento, complimentary guitarists Tom Hamilton and Scott Metzger, and trusty bassist Dave Dreiwitz, JRAD is a white-hot machine when Sir Joe Russo takes the reigns. With the group’s adventurous approach to the greatest American songbook, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has proven its power, selling out ever-growing venues across the country and consistently rising on the bill on festival lineups nationwide.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – Suwannee Hulaween 2017
Surveying a landscape of economic uncertainty in COVID era Related Economists say national testing, contact tracing could make huge difference Kenneth Rogoff looks at current complications and potential pitfalls Jobless benefits during lockdown only reached one out of four laid off workers Researchers from Harvard Business School’s Managing the Future of Work Project and Boston Consulting Group’s Henderson Institute today released the report “Building the On-Demand Workforce,” which explores the recent rise of digital talent platforms and how they are creating a new marketplace for high-skill freelance work.Companies that are early adopters of these platforms see a competitive advantage in shifting their workforce model to a blend of full-time and freelance employees, while, at the same time, millions of highly skilled professionals, who seek flexible and remote work, are using these platforms to connect with employers.Researchers surveyed nearly 700 senior business leaders at U.S. companies. The goal of the survey was to understand better the pervasiveness and patterns in use of new talent platforms. The report is based on information from this groundbreaking survey as well as in-depth interviews with representatives from the talent platforms themselves and the companies that use them.“Our research showed that many leadership teams have not yet fully grasped the strategic significance of these talent platforms. They are more than a stopgap, they are a means for resolving the chronic problems companies face while filling their talent needs. Business leaders cannot risk missing a critical opportunity to build a more flexible, resilient organization,” said Joseph Fuller, professor of management practice and a co-chair of the Project on Managing the Future of Work at HBS.Transforming the workforce transforms the workDue to rapid automation, digital transformation, and demographic change, companies are increasingly struggling to find people with the skills they need when they need them. A growing ecosystem of more than 300 talent platforms has emerged that offer companies on-demand access to highly skilled workers. These high skill platforms — companies like Catalant, InnoCentive, Kaggle, Toptal, and Upwork — can be grouped roughly into three categories: marketplaces for premium talent, digital freelancing marketplaces, and crowdsourcing innovation platforms.The COVID-19 crisis has underscored the need for companies to be more nimble in reacting to changes, managing fixed costs, and managing the work itself, lending even more importance to the fact that users of platforms report increased speed to market, productivity, and ability to innovate.Now is the time to get strategicThe survey shows that an increasing number of managers have been experimenting with these new talent platforms, but to bring about change on the scale needed to innovate new business models, the study underlines that companies will have to get strategic and appoint a C-suite leader to explore how talent platforms can unlock new sources of value.“New models should not simply be used to outsource what was previously done in-house; instead, they should prompt companies to fundamentally reconsider what their core business model can look like in a talent-fluid future,” said Allison Bailey, a managing director and senior partner at BCG.The report, along with an executive summary with key findings can be downloaded here. Unemployed faced major barriers to financial support What might COVID cost the U.S.? Try $16 trillion
The Biden administration is reviewing whether it can take steps to provide student debt relief through executive action, even as it continues to call on Congress to pass legislation to help borrowers and their families. A tweet by White House press secretary Jen Psaki appears to go further than her comments at a briefing earlier Thursday when she said President Joe Biden was looking to Congress to act next on student loan relief. Biden has said he’d support up to $10,000 in student loan forgiveness. Some Democrats are pressuring Biden to erase $50,000 in federal student debt for all borrowers through executive action.
Bar seeks calm after Charley’s storm Bar seeks calm after Charley’s storm Work underway to get court system back up and running Many lawyers have been displaced from their offices in the aftermath of Hurricane Charley, and are in acute need of assistance.Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson said the Bar’s Law Office Management Assistance Service is organizing and coordinating the exchange of information between lawyers and firms offering space and equipment to those affected by Hurricane Charley, either directly or indirectly.Johnson said if your law firm has available space in the form of a vacant office or conference room and would be willing to make it available for use without charge on a short-term basis to a firm geographically situated near you, e-mail [email protected] or call LOMAS toll free at 1-866-730-2020.“Offers of administrative support such as use of a photocopier, fax machine, telephone lines, and other offers of assistance, even without availability of space, will also be coordinated and facilitated through this office,” Johnson said. September 1, 2004 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Associate EditorA jail without air-conditioning became a makeshift courtroom in Charlotte County, where Hurricane Charley aimed its most ferocious winds.There, amid the heat and humidity, Charlotte County Judge Walter Wayne Woodard orchestrated emergency hearings for domestic violence, juvenile matters, and criminal first-appearances as rapidly as he could.Every other court hearing or trial in Charlotte County will just have to wait until the crisis is over — an estimated two weeks until the end of August.“We are reporting back to the chief justice day-by-day,” said 20th Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Hugh Hayes, of Naples, on August 16.“It’s pretty clear that we won’t be operational for this week, and we can only do those minimal things. The earliest for Charlotte is probably the week of the 23rd. But I don’t think that will happen.”Word of canceled court proceedings was easily spread to lawyers through the media, said 20th Judicial Circuit Court Administrator Caron Jeffreys, who lives in South Ft. Myers.“I think everybody just understands the situation we are in and everyone is patient,” Judge Hayes said. “The only county with a significant backup is Charlotte. Once we are good to go, we will use the majority of our senior judge time. We anticipate being down two weeks.”Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Pariente gave an order of suspension, and a proclamation that said: “The Court must do everything it can to guarantee the rights of litigants who have missed or might miss legal deadlines due to the storm.”Judge Hayes said, “We will suspend demands for speedy trial, so we don’t get caught in a bind on those. We are obviously trying to address the issue and don’t want the jail to get overcrowded in Charlotte. Now, we have an extra population coming in for looting and curfew violations.”The chief justice even offered to come to Punta Gorda to help out, Judge Hayes said, but he told her it wasn’t necessary.“My office was in touch with Chief Judge Hayes throughout the weekend to make sure he had and continued to receive any resources he needed to meet this emergency,” Chief Justice Pariente said.“Like every court in Florida, the people who work in the 20th Circuit are part of our extended court family, and we were deeply worried. Fortunately, it appears that our family in Southwest Florida and everywhere along the hurricane’s path is OK.“And one of the greatest ironies of this entire episode is that, while we initially could not reach anyone at the 20th Circuit by phone on Saturday due to downed lines, we were able to reach them by an e-mail that Caron Jeffreys received on a portable device. Her e-mail response was how we first received word,” Pariente said.Meanwhile, Lee County courts planned to be up and running by August 18, even though Hayes said many of the judges still don’t have electricity at their Ft. Myers homes.“We will still open up Wednesday (August 18), whether we have power or not,” Judge Hayes said. “We have to make the system work.”He praised the hard work of Judge Woodard to keep must-do hearings going in Charlotte County, “a great bunch of judges” circuit-wide, and State Attorney Stephen Russell and Public Defender Robert Jacobs for pulling together in an emergency.“I couldn’t ask for a better group of people,” Hayes said. “Everybody, without exception, is working well together and sensitive to everyone’s needs.”Lee County shipped its juvenile defendants to Naples., where Collier’s courts were open August 16, along with Glades and Hendry counties.In Orlando, the Ninth Judicial Circuit courts remained closed until August 23, and The Florida Bar’s Orlando branch office was closed from Friday afternoon, August 13 through the 17th because there was no power.Jan Wichrowski, chief of the Orlando branch office of discipline counsel, said employees returned to work August 18 to find backed-up sewers. At least the power was back on, she said, something 25 percent of Orlando couldn’t claim.The Orlando office is in the College Park area that was heavily damaged, with downed massive oaks.“Our office was lucky,” Wichrowski said. Except for one attorney’s car smashed by a fallen tree and another employee with a blown-out window at her home, everyone was OK.“We will do what we can and get through our mail today,” Wichrowski said August 18. “But I don’t know how long we can stand to stay. We want to be here for the public,” noting disasters bring attorney solicitation complaints.Hayes and Jeffreys navigated storm-ravaged Charlotte County the second and third days after Charley left thousands homeless, several dead, and 70,000 homes and businesses in the dark. They inspected damage to the Charlotte County Courthouse, in Punta Gorda’s devastated downtown.“The court building itself was one of the few buildings that fared well,” Jeffreys said. “The court building appeared to sustain no structural damage. The engineer took a look, and the first assessment was structural shifting. But then after more evaluation, it appears the shifting was done in a non-load-bearing wall.”Jeffreys said she was stunned to see within the same block “the level of devastation. Unimaginable!”Judge Hayes described the surreal sensation of maneuvering around Punta Gorda:“You think you know a community, and then you come to an intersection and there are no stop lights and no street signs,” Hayes said.“The biggest criteria to bring stability back to the community is to bring water and food, and then stay out of the way of Florida Power and Light,” Hayes said.Craig McLean, court technology officer for the 20th Circuit, said he has been most impressed watching a convoy of 25 trucks roll in from as far away as Illinois and Tennessee to help restore power.“It’s like watching the calvary coming,” McLean said. “It almost sent goosebumps watching this big, organized machine at work.”Law enforcement officers on loan from other counties were in abundance to keep the peace and continue to search for survivors with canine units.“It’s going to be a while before we return to the status quo,” Jeffreys said. “When you look at the level of destruction and look at the fact this has taken families down to the very basic fundamentals, the very basics of life. Literally, families don’t even have a place to go to the bathroom. The response to all of the surrounding communities has been incredible, just an incredible show of compassion.”As for returning the courts to normalcy in the entire 20th Judicial Circuit, Hayes said: “It’s going to be slow. It’s not the first time it’s happened, and it won’t be the last. We’re going to work through it.”Assistance to lawyers available Hurricane Charley resources now on the Bar’s Web site at www.flabar.org The following information is available on the Bar’s Web site — www.flabar.org — in English and Spanish:• Government assistance toll-free numbers.• Legal assistance information for Charley victims who cannot afford to hire a lawyer.• Information on how lawyers may volunteer to help hurricane victims.• Florida Bar resources, including consumer pamphlets for the public and what lawyers should do after a hurricane hits.• Information on court closings and emergency operation procedures.• Law Office Management Assistance Service coordinating exchanges of information between lawyers and law firms.• How to donate to Florida Attorneys Charitable Trust (ACT) disaster relief fund.• Lawyer conduct and Bar Ethics Hotline information.• How to contact Charlotte County government officials.
June 1, 2005 On the Move On the Move Danet Rodriguez Figg joined Carlton Fields in West Palm Beach as an associate in the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution practice group. Stephanie J. Young joined the Ring Power Corporation in Jacksonville as corporate counsel. Robert C. Buschel joined Taylor Hodkin Kopelowitz & Ostrow as a partner. Buschel practices in the areas of complex civil and criminal litigation on both the trial and appellate levels. Joel E. Maxwell joined Akerman Senterfitt in Miami as a shareholder in the real estate and land use practice. Jill M. Hampton joined Shon J. Douctre at Private Counsel in Orlando. Jill practices criminal defense, criminal traffic, and civil litigation. Karl J. Brandes, John E. Phillips, Seth M. Schimmel, John David Mullen and Dennis M. McClelland joined Phelps Dunbar in Tampa as partners. Brandes joined the regional commercial litigation practice group and practices in the areas of petroleum marketing and commercial litigation. Phillips joined the regional labor and employment practice group and serves as the practice leader of the group in Tampa. Schimmel joined the regional commercial litigation practice group and practices in the areas of construction and complex commercial litigation. Mullen joined the regional labor and employment practice group and practices in the area of employment law in conjunction with securities litigation and arbitration. McClelland joined the regional labor and employment practice group and practices labor and employment law. Richard Perez joined Holland & Knight in Miami as senior counsel. Perez joined the real estate practice group and focuses his practice on government contracts for land use deals as well as corporate securities. Jonathan M. Cohen joined Bilzin Sumberg in Miami as a partner. Additionally, Steven W. Simon joined as of counsel and Lorelei A. Schumacher joined as an associate. Rahul Ranadive, Sanjukta Sen, Giada Rocca, and Jeanne Fuentes-Lopez joined Robert Allen Law in Miami. Ranadive practices international tax law. Sen practices litigation. Rocca practices federal and immigration law. Fuentes-Lopez practices real estate law. Additionally, the firm has relocated to The Four Seasons Office Tower, 1441 Brickell Avenue, Miami. Patricia M. Baloyra was named partner at Tew Cardenas in Miami. Baloyra focuses her practice on land use and government law. Tracy H. Lautenschlager joined Greenberg Traurig as of counsel in the firm’s Ft. Lauderdale office. Lautenschlager practices environmental and land use law. Joaquin “Quino” Martinez joined Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed. Martinez practices in the areas of real estate transactions, development, and finance. Melissa Fernandez joined Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart as an associate in its Miami Office. Joshua R. Goodman was named a member of Cozen O’Connor. Goodman concentrates in the areas of subrogation and recovery matters. Kelly M. Fitzgerald and Kelly J. McAuley joined Mills Paskert Divers as associates. Both practice in the areas of business, construction, fidelity, and surety litigation. Richard A. Heinle was made a partner of Pohl & Short in Winter Park. Paul E. Roman relocated his practice to 3200 North Military Trail, Suite 200, Boca Raton 33431; phone (561) 998-9969; e-mail [email protected] Alexander P. Almazan announces the opening of the Law Offices of Alexander P. Almazan with offices at 3971 SW 8th Street, Suite 305, Miami 33134; phone (305) 448-4808; fax (305) 442-4737; Web site www.almazanlaw.com. The firm concentrates in real estate, commercial litigation, insurance defense, and immigration law. Aaron A. Farmer joined Fowler White Boggs Banker in Naples as of counsel. Farmer concentrates in the areas of domestic and international tax, tax controversies and litigation, corporate and partnership taxation, asset protection planning, business law, and non-resident and pre-immigration tax planning. The Law Firm of Elias Leonard Dsouza opened a new office at 111 N. Pine Island Rd., #205, Plantation 33324; phone (954) 763-7772. The firm concentrates in bankruptcy law, bankruptcy related litigation, and consumer credit issues. Julie Fernandez joined Wagenfeld Levine in Miami as an associate. Fernandez concentrates in the areas of insurance defense and workers’ comp actions. Mary Crossley, professor at Florida State University College of Law, has become dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Julio C. Salvador joined the Jacksonville offices of McGuire Woods as an associate in the firm’s products liability and mass tort litigation department. Kathryn L. Kasprzak announces the formation of Kathryn L. Kasprzak, P.A., located at 2826 Osprey Creek Lane, Orlando 32825; phone (407) 273-1723. The firm concentrates in the areas of administrative, appellate and healthcare law, with special emphasis on representation of health care providers in matters before regulatory boards and agencies. Denise N. Murphy announces the opening of her office, Denise N. Murphy, P.A., located at 531 Main Street, Suite C, Safety Harbor 34695; phone (727) 725-8101; fax (727) 725-8141; e-mail [email protected] Murphy practices in the areas of commercial and business law and litigation, construction litigation, estate planning, probate, guardianships, and real estate matters. Jason Marks was made a partner of Kluger, Peretz, Kaplan & Berlin. Marks concentrates on family law and complex commercial litigation. Seth R. Nelson joined the Law Office of Michael P. Maddux. Nelson practices in the areas of special education and personal injury. Richard F. Woodford, Jr., was appointed associate counsel for the Office of Inspector General at the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. Woodford is responsible for internal investigations into allegations of waste, fraud, and abuse. August, Kulunas, Dawson & Siegel and Fox Rothschild have merged to form Fox Rothschild in West Palm Beach. Robert “Bob” M. Rhodes joined Foley & Lardner as of counsel in the Jacksonville office, where he is a member of the business law department and the real estate, environmental regulation and public affairs practice groups. Rhodes concentrates in the areas of land use and environmental law, and real estate development. Gerald Wilkerson announces the opening of The Law Office of Gerald Wilkerson practicing in the areas of family and criminal law, and located at 1725 Blanding Blvd., Suite 106, Jacksonville 32210; phone (904) 384-8200. Adolfo Jimenez of Holland & Knight in Miami was appointed firm-wide on-campus recruiting partner. Additionally, Richard D. “Rick” Eckhard was elected to the firm’s directors’ committee. Richard E. Brodsky joined Steel Hector & Davis in Miami as of counsel where he will be a member of the firm’s securities, broker/dealer and appellate litigation groups, as well as the corporate, securities and finance practice group. E. Scott Golden is pleased to announce the change of the firm’s name to E. Scott Golden & Associates with the addition of Eugene J. LaNeve. LaNeve practices principally in civil litigation and probate. Michael R. D’Onofrio joined Quarles & Brady in Naples as an associate. D’Onofrio joined the commercial and construction law litigation groups. June 1, 2005 On the Move
Make it interactive – When members click through to your promotion, make it simple for them to choose your product or service. Your technology partner should be able to build logic into your system that allows a personalized greeting when she clicks through. And use auto-complete online documents, like DigitalMailer’s Secure Forms, which are intuitive and auto-complete most of the needed information. Finally, “write back” to your member with an auto-response “thank you” email. Speak human – The digital world is great, but it limits your chances for personal touches. Write to your members like you’re having a face-to-face talk with a friend. With compliance rules and legal terms, it’s easy to get caught up in jargon and acronyms – not to mention the stuffy language our grandparents’ bankers used. Learn more about your member – After they click on your offer, as three simple questions related to it. For instance, if a click-through leads to a mortgage preapproval, ask whether your member has found a house yet, what his timeframe is and where he’s hoping to buy. Now you have useful information you can add to your CRM and send personalized follow-up emails that relate directly to his needs.Make a connection. Members may read your email offer on a desktop one time and a smartphone the next. Be sure his experience is consistent across all channels, with a similar look and feel and mobile devices optimized for easy navigation.Postage stamps are going away in favor of email and other digital channels. Communicating with your members in the channels they prefer will prevent your credit union from going away, too! For the first time in a century, the U.S. Postal Service will cut the cost of stamps in April. First-class stamps will fall to 47 cents, making me wonder about the $10,000 in forever stamps we invested in during May 2009 at $.44 each. Oh, well. What comes down must go … uh … up?Even with the ongoing hostility between the USPS and Congress, the decision to drop the price of postage seems at odds with common sense; we all know the post office is bleeding $2 billion a year in red ink. Still, lower postage costs is good news for companies that send out a lot of mail.Or is it?Going the way of the …Financial institutions that continue to rely on snail mail to promote their products and services, provide statements or process loan documents may be headed for Dinosaur National Monument – especially if they want to engage Millennials. This tech-savvy generation has never experienced a day without the Internet and nearly half think it takes too much time to go to the post office. But then, this is the generation that only has one doesn’t have landlines, gets their news online and hardly know what fax machines are.But it isn’t just Millennials who are losing interest in items carried through “snow, rain, heat and gloom of night.” Overall, the total volume of USPS mail has fallen off by more than 28% in the last 10 years.So, if your credit union’s mail-house dollars don’t go for promotions and statements, where should they be spent? Social media? Not so much. Robo-calls? Absolutely not! Text? Perhaps, but the better answer is plain old email – that medium many think of as “so last week.”Let’s stay in touchLast summer, Adobe surveyed 400 white-collar workers 18 and older about their email usage, finding that “Americans are practically addicted to email, checking it around the clock no matter where they are or what they’re doing.” People use email an average of 30+ hours a week, with nine of 10 respondents checking their personal email at work and work email from home. Further, more than a third report having multiple personal accounts.And among Millennials, email usage is much greater than expected – especially for checking out brands. Adobe says Millennials are “more mobile and more frequent users of email than any other age group. Here are a few of the findings:Millennials tend to check work email outside of normal work hours more than other generations.They’re okay with using emojis to communicate with a direct manager or senior executive.Nearly 90% of Millennials check email via smartphone.Millennials are the most likely age group to check email from bed, the bathroom or while driving (not recommended!).A Prudential Financial Group study also found that Millennials prefer to downstream one-to-one contact with companies, whether for transactions, updates, customer service or other dialogues. Reporting on this study, Steve Dille of MarketingLand said, “Given the choice between email, in person, postal mail, social media, phone call, online chat or text message, [Millennial] respondents overwhelmingly chose email straight across the board.” In fact, email placed second behind web searches (at 45%) as the preferred method for doing product research (18%). Many Millennials don’t see social media as having the brand authenticity, transparency and personalization they want. Email does.What people wantWhether shopping for a new house, buying a car or looking where to invest their savings, your members are happy to receive permission-based emails from your credit union – especially if it’s personalized to their felt needs, is uncomplicated and makes it easy to find more information.Here are some thoughts on communicating with members via email:Provide useful, engaging information – What do your members see on the other side of the email click? Make sure details about your offer are clear and concise but include enough facts to help them make knowledgeable decisions. 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ron Daly Ron Daly is the president and CEO of Virtual StrongBox, a secure, end-to-end member engagement platform that can be integrated into various workflow processes to provide high-risk Enterprise IT firms … Web: www.virtualstrongbox.com Details
13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr If you were to walk into a room of strangers, how would you be perceived? Would your actions tell them that you are leader?John Rampton, Entrepreneur contributor, stresses in his recent post that whether a person is a real leader is determined by his or her actions, not title. He then lists nine actions that successful leaders take every day. His list states that leaders:1. Clearly communication their vision and performance expectations. Leaders are known for their excellent communication skills.2. Make lightning-fast decisions. Leaders are expert decision makers.3. Put the spotlight on others. Good leaders make sure they acknowledge the hard work and dedication of others, and they show gratitude when necessary.4. Put themselves last. If necessary, a good leader will even sacrifice something for their teams.5. Accept full responsibility and share the credit. Leaders don’t make excuses. continue reading »
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Robert O’Hara Robert O’Hara, vice president of strategic alliances at GrooveCar, is a veteran of the credit union industry having worked as director of lending and operations at a Long Island … Web: www.groovecarinc.com Details The entire auto shopping experience can be very stressful for your members. With so many expensive options available, members can be overwhelmed with the experience. They want to make the right decisions when it comes to what, where, and how they buy. The average car shopper will spend 108 days in the market for a vehicle before purchase (Cox Automotive, January 2018). During this time, they are highly susceptible to influence through education and personalized accommodation. Credit unions are uniquely positioned to make this process much easier for members by working closely with them through the entire purchasing process. Your credit union can guide auto-shopping members to make informed and logical decisions that result in greater value. This approach can be considered radical to traditional credit unions, in part because it doesn’t involve lending or rate promotion. Although auto loans are considered the bread and butter of a credit union portfolio, rate and financing are only one part of your members’ car purchase process, and usually one that your members are least enthusiastic about. It’s no secret that credit unions typically offer the best interest rate on an auto loan, but for many members, that is not enough. Your credit union has the ability to influence car shopping members with more than rate. Engage your members by accommodating them at every step of the car purchase process. These members demand more from the organizations with whom they do business, therefore your credit union must strive to accommodate them. Provide for the member’s needs and act as a guide through the car purchase process. What kind of car is best? Where can I find the closest trusted dealership? Is this a good deal? This guidance goes beyond just promoting auto loan rates, it solidifies the relationship with the member and allows your credit union to remain top of mind. Educating your membership helps to build trust while steering them in the right direction.Anything that the credit union can do to make the process less stressful for the member will be appreciated and will increase the likelihood of the member returning, again and again. That member is also more likely to consider other products of the credit union and to recommend your credit union to others. Credit unions are uniquely positioned as the best alternative for potential car buyers; an advantage that can be used to grow business overall.
This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text continue reading » The National Credit Union Foundation will conduct a 2021 Foundation Celebration March 2, and sponsorship and viewing packages are available for purchase. The celebration will be a virtual event spotlighting past Wegner Award winners.The Foundation will not be presenting the annual Herb Wegner Memorial Awards in 2021, but is looking forward to bringing the spirit and inspiration of the Wegner Dinner through the Foundation Celebration.The celebration provides a fun “night out” for the credit union movement to get dressed up, experience interviews with some of our favorite past Wegner Award winners with help from emcee Andy Janning, support the National Credit Union Foundation and an opportunity to get re-energized with passion for credit union difference.Past winners that will be part of the celebration include: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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