FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Jeff and Jerri Hatfield have owned their own businesses since 1984 and have owned and operated Core Contractors, Inc. since 1999. As business owners, this nomination recognizes their commitment and support for members of the military.ESGR’s awards program culminates with the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for their outstanding support of employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. Each year, Guard and Reserve employees, or a family member acting on their behalf, have the opportunity to nominate their employer for the EmployerSupport Freedom Award. The ESGR State Committees review nominations and submit recommendations to advance to the next round in each of the three categories: small employer, large employer, and public sector. A national selection board comprised of senior Department of Defense officials, business leaders, and prior awardees select up to 15 employers to receive the Secretary’s prestigious award.Since the Freedom Award was instituted in 1996, 220 employers have been honored at annual ceremonies in Washington, DC. The ceremony is currently held at the Pentagon, with the awards being presented by either the Secretary of Defense or Deputy Secretary of Defense. As part of the annual recognition, the President also signs a proclamation for “National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week,” highlighting the sacrifices of our Guard and Reserve members and their families, and the outstanding support they receive from employers. Jeff Hatfield and Core Contractors were nominated for the United States Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. In a ceremony held on June 29, 2018, Jeff Hatfield and Core Contractors were recognized with honors for their exemplary support of National Guard and Reserve Member Employees.
The organising committee of the London 2012 Olympics is keen to source products from small- and medium-sized bakery companies as it gears up for the 17-day event next year.Food buyers from the London Organising Committee (LOCOG) will attend an event on 3 February, organised by consultant Prevista, where it will brief food companies, including bakeries, about what they are looking for from potential suppliers. The LOCOG sourcing team will also be at IFE in March.In particular, the team will be looking to source local and regional produce from the UK, including bakery products. Jan Matthews, head of catering, said: “Although the 2012 Games are primarily based in London, we are dedicated to showcasing the finest food from around Britain while also ensuring that we offer a wide range of international cuisine. London 2012 will be the largest peace-time catering operation in the world, so the Meet the Buyer events really will provide a mammoth opportunity for exhibitors to get involved.”A similar event at the Speciality & Fine Food Fair in London in September gave biscotti producer Nisi’s the opportunity to pitch its products to LOCOG buyers, with coffee concessions and VIP lounges at the games a key target market.“If we are successful with LOCOG, it would be a really good endorsement. I estimate it would mean making an extra 200,000 biscotti,” said MD Denise Stevenson.There will be 31 competition venues at London 2012 with a workforce of 160,000, 23,900 athletes and team officials, 20,600 members of the press and 4,800 Olympic and Paralympic family members due to attend. It is estimated that the Olympic Village alone will consume 25,000 loaves of bread during the eventThe major catering contracts for the games are due to be announced next week with LOCOG then advising contractors on which products it would like them to stock. SME suppliers are required to have accreditation such as SALSA, Red Tractor or BRC.
Meet the businesses, people and products that made a splash at the 2018 Baking Industry Awards.Once again, British Baker’s Baking Industry Awards has recognised and honoured the dedicated individuals, innovative products and inspirational businesses that make this industry so great.Many of the biggest names in bakery gathered at the London Hilton on Park Lane this month for the glittering oceanic-themed awards ceremony.With a little help from representatives of our category sponsors – without whom this fabulous event would not be possible – host Stephen Mulhern presented the awards across 10 categories including Baker of the Year, Supermarket Bakery Business of the Year and Outstanding Contribution to the Baking Industry.The ceremony marked the culmination of months of judging up and down the country as experts took part in tastings, store visits and interviews to select those who would take home a coveted Baking Industry Awards trophy.“Thank you to all those who have made the awards the biggest night in the baking industry calendar,” said British Baker editor Vince Bamford. “Without our sponsors, our expert judges and, of course, the bakers and businesses who enter the awards, this event could not happen.“Once again, we have had the great pleasure of highlighting the passion, creativity and care that makes this fantastic industry what it is.”See below for a list of the 10 category winners – click on each one to see a profile of the winner and the finalists in each category.Baker of the Year – Paul Rhodes, Paul Rhodes BakeryThe Bakery Innovation Award – Botanical Breads, Cinnamon SquareCelebration Cake Business of the Year – Elaine’s Creative CakesThe Craft Bakery Business Award – Warrens BakeryThe Customer Focus Award – Maison du Pain, Mathieu le BrasFree-from Bakery Product of the Year – Made without Wheat Belgian Chocolate Twists, Village BakeryThe Rising Star Award – Jessica Smithson, Country Style FoodsSpeciality Bread Product of the Year – Slow Roast Tomato, Olive & Marjoram Ciabatta, Alex GoochOutstanding Contribution to the Baking Industry – Alan Jones, Village BakerySupermarket Bakery Business of the Year – Asda
[Audio: Grout]2014While the past two years have seen Spafford performing at Phoenix’s Last Exit Live, in 2014, Spafford hit the Orpheum Theater in Flagstaff, Arizona, for a special Halloween show following a Halloween-less 2013. 2014’s Halloween performance saw six cover debuts during the particularly cover-heavy set—the band only played a handful of originals, with “Weasel” working its way across the set plus lone renditions of “Leave The Light On”, “Electric Taco Stand”, and the show-closing “Walls.” Opening up with John Carpenter’s “Halloween Theme”, the band then moved through Sneaker Pimps’ “Six Underground” before landing in the triumphant and ever-crowd pleasing Legend of Zelda theme. After rotating across the Zelda and Halloween theme plus “Weasel”, the group also dropped renditions of Emerson, Lake, & Palmer’s “Lucky Man”, Don Cheek’s “Spell Yourself”, and Harry Belafonte’s “Banna Boat Song” and “Jump In The Line” before returning with the encore opening cover of Phish’s “Ghost.”Setlist: Spafford | Orpheum Theater| Flagstaff, AZ | 10/31/2014Set: Halloween Theme($) > Six Underground([email protected]) > Legend of Zelda($) > Weasel > Halloween Theme > Weasel > Legend of Zelda > Weasel, Leave The Light On, Lucky Man($#) > Electric Taco Stand, Spell Yourself($+), Banana Boat Song(!) > Jump In The Line(!)Encore – Ghost($&) > Walls$ – First Time [email protected] – Sneaker Pimps cover# – Emerson, Lake & Palmer cover+ – Don Cheek cover! – Harry Belafonte cover& – Phish cover [Video: AZ Dead]Setlist: Spafford | Last Exit Live | Phoenix, AZ | 10/31/2015Set One: My Heart Will Go On [ 1 ] > Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand [ 2 ] > Walk On The Wild Side [ 3 ] > Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand > All My Friends > Bee Jam > Backdoor Funk, Seven, PeopleSet Two: Banana Boat Song > Jump In The Line, Weasel > Red’s Jam > Weasel, Creep [ 4 ] > All In > My Heart Will Go On > All In > My Heart Will Go On > All InEncore: Home Sweet Home [ 5 ][ 1 ]: Celine Dion cover; [ 2 ]: Primitive Radio Gods cover; [ 3 ]: Lou Reed cover; [ 4 ]: Stone Temple Pilots cover; [ 5 ]: Motley Crüe cover [Audio: Grout]2015In 2015, Spafford again debuted numerous tunes uncharacteristic for the band, opening the show with a string of three covers to get fans in the proper Halloween spirit. Starting off a hilarious crowd-pleasing rendition of Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On”, the band jammed the beloved tune made famous from Titanic into Primitive Radio Gods’ “Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand.” This cover then moved into a fairly quick rendition of Lou Reed’s “Walk On The Wild Side” before returning to the group returned to the Primitive Radio Gods’ cover, giving it the full treatment with an extended jam clocking in at over ten minutes. The night also saw an appearance of Stone Temple Pilots’ “Creep” during the second set as well as an encore of Motley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home”, giving a nod to their triumphant return to their hometown. 2016Last year, Spafford debuted five new tunes during their 80’s-themed Halloween show (technically 10/29) at Last Exit Live in their hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. Opening the show with the Ghostbusters theme song, the group invited saxophonist Mike Cunningham to join the band on set-closing renditions of the Herbie Hancock’s “Cantaloupe Island” and Todd Rundgren’s “Bang On The Drum All Day.” The group also managed to work in covers of Green Day’s “Longview” and Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love” among more traditional numbers from their catalog during the night’s two sets, before fully closing out the night with an encore that saw “Leave The Light On” segue into a triumphant return to the show-opening Ghostbusters theme.Setlist: Spafford | Last Exit Live | Phoenix, AZ | 10/29/2016Set One: Ghostbusters [ 1 ] > Todd’s Tots, Ain’t That Wrong, Longview [ 2 ], Backdoor Funk, Cantaloupe Island [ 3 ]Set Two: Tainted Love [ 4 ], The Reprise > Salamander Song, America > Galisteo Way > Dis Go In 5? > Galisteo Way, Bang The Drum All Day [ 5 ]Encore: Leave The Light On > Ghostbusters[ 1 ]: First Time Played; [ 2 ]: First Time Played; [ 3 ]: With: Mike Cunningham, First Time Played; [ 4 ]: First Time Played; [ 5 ]: With: Mike Cunningham, First Time Played [Audio: Jordan Fairless] With Halloween just around the corner, Spafford fans are getting amped on what surprises the beloved holiday may hold this year. This year, the Arizona quartet will be hitting New Orleans on Halloween night for a special performance at Parish @ House of Blues along with friends and supporting act Southern Avenue. Spafford has become known for their legendary jam-fueled celebrations on the spooky holiday, with the group often debuting zany, out-of-left-field covers.Spafford Announces Three-Night New Year’s Eve RunTo get excited about Spafford’s upcoming Halloween rager, let’s take a look at what special moments the band has put together during Halloweens past. You can swoop tickets to Spafford’s upcoming Halloween show here. [Audio: Troy Mustachio]2012In 2013, the band skipped Halloween. However, 2014 and 2012 more than made up for the gap in spooky festivities. Looking back over the Halloween setlists from past years, even as Spafford was coming up and not the nationally recognized rising-star jam act they are today, the band was always attentive to give fans a special performance in honor of Halloween. In 2012, the group covered the Grateful Dead’s eerie disco hit “Feel Like A Stranger” and Harry Belafonte’s “Banana Boat Song” and “Jump In The Line” (a combo that also closed the set for Halloween of 2014) during the first set. An epic show-opening “Weasel” sandwich opened set two, which saw a cover of Doug Funnie’s “Bangin’ on a Trash Can” from Nickelodeon’s Doug, as well as covers of The Refreshments’ “Banditos”, Phish’s “Wolfman’s Brother” and “Waste”, and Men At Work’s “Down Under”, plus a rendition of “Funkadelic” housing teases of Phish’s “First Tube”,“Weasel” featuring “Bangin’ On A Trash Can” from DougSetlist: Spafford | Lyzzard’s Lounge | Prescott, AZ | 10/27/2012Set One: Electric Taco Stand, All My Friends > Bee Jam > Feel Like A Stranger*, Ain’t That Wrong, Walls, Banana Boat Song#, Jump In The Line#Set Two: Weasel > Bangin’ on a Trash Can $ > Weasel, Funkadelic > In The Eyes Of Thieves, Banditos @, Wolfman’s Brother &> Down Under% > Waste &, Galisteo Way* – Grateful Dead cover; # – Harry Belafonte cover; $ – Doug Funnie cover; @ – The Refreshments cover; % – Men At Work cover; & – Phish Cover
In 2017, there were more than 5,000 publicly disclosed data breaches, according to Risk-Based Security. The implementation of sweeping regulations, as well as the damaging effects of financial penalties and brand reputation, have elevated the need to protect and secure data.Unfortunately, outdated legacy infrastructure can make it difficult to defend against risks and vulnerabilities. Organizations need modern infrastructure that is built, deployed and supported to handle even the most-demanding workloads.Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) does just that while also creating new, margin-rich opportunities for channel partners.The Partner Opportunity: Protecting Your Customer’s Sensitive DataAs security breaches make headline news, customers are looking to channel partners to solve this pervasive— and potentially costly—challenge. With the ability to start small and scale out, HCI not only gives partners an ideal entry point to quickly demonstrate value, it also accelerates the sales cycle and creates on-going opportunities for growth as customer needs evolveThe Dell EMC VxRail Appliance, developed jointly with VMware, is a secure, resilient hyper-converged infrastructure system that protects vSphere®-based virtual environments. VxRail is built on the latest generation of Dell EMC PowerEdge™ servers and Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors with embedded hardware and system-level security features that include:Cryptographically signed and verified firmware to ensure the server executes only the intended version of firmware, BIOS and hypervisor while preventing the undetected introduction of malware.Encryption that protects the confidentiality of data in use, in motion and at rest.Flexibility to encrypt on a per-VM basis, allowing a single cluster to have both encrypted and non-encrypted VMs.Key management services compatible with the KMIP 1.1 standard.Why Partners Are Ideally Positioned to Secure VMware-Based Environments with HCIIT organizations want solutions that can be quickly implemented to minimize risk exposure. However, they also need solutions from proven, trusted partners who can bring the right solution. Fortunately, this means that partners can realize faster time to revenue, while also enabling the addition of value-added services that will contribute to long-term profitability. The flexible scale-out design of HCI can also help reduce the cost of delivering support, creating yet another opportunity for partners to impact the bottom line.Why is VxRail the HCI solution of choice for channel partners who want to maximize the opportunity to secure VMware-based environments?VMware vSphere has a “secure by default” intent whereby system configurations are set for secure bias by default and, depending on the risk profile of the business, the system configuration can also be further hardened. Using the Dell EMC VxRail STIG compliance scripts with automation tools, VxRail can be quickly and easily configured to a hardened state as well. The STIG can also be used to monitor the secure state of the system and, if necessary, revert the configuration back to a known secure state.In order to support efficient lifecycle management and reduce complexity, the VxRail team engineers, tests, and releases updates to all system software components as a bundle. A software bundle can include updates to BIOS, firmware, hypervisor, vSphere, or any of the included management components.VxRail Manager reduces lifecycle management complexity while making infrastructure more secure by reducing the time and risk normally associated with patching. Fixes are quickly developed to mitigate the threat when vulnerabilities are detected, and then extensively tested on the VxRail platform before being released to customers. Automated notification proactively lets administrators know when to apply system updates, which can be applied while the system remains online to avoid business disruption.The Opportunity for Partners Is Real: Start Securing Customer Infrastructure Today with HCIAs a fully integrated, pre-configured, and pre-tested VMware hyper-converged infrastructure appliance family, VxRail gives channel partners a unique opportunity to impact a customer’s bottom line—and their own—by dramatically simplifying IT operations, accelerating time to market, and delivering incredible return on investment.Read the complete paper and prepare to talk to customers about the benefits of hyper-converged infrastructure for a resilient, adaptive cybersecurity strategy. Then share the five steps to protecting your virtualization environment with customers and start a conversation about VxRail.
La Fuerza, the Saint Mary’s club that represents Latina culture, hosted Immigration Monologues Thursday as a part of Action Week. Club president Cristina Posadas began the lecture by addressing six myths commonly associated with immigrants.She said the myths are that immigrants do not want to learn English, do not pay taxes, increase crime rates, take jobs away from Americans, drain the economy and are a burden on the health care system.Posadas said she hopes by promoting the Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, people will become more aware of the potential of undocumented immigrants.“This would provide a pass to legal status so they can go to college, get careers and contribute to society,” Posadas said.A group of students from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s, Holy Cross and Indiana University South Bend (IUSB) helped make up the panel that addressed the issues of immigrations they personally faced.Panel member Felix Marquez, an IUSB student, shared his own story of how he was forced to leave El Salvador after he was recruited by the military at age 16.“[The military] said they were going to make me into a man and I’d go represent my country,” Marquez said.Marquez said his mother had other ideas and sent him to the United States where he would not be forced into a war she did not support. Upon his arrival in the United States in 1990, Marquez said he has learned English and was the first of his family members to attain a high school degree.Notre Dame freshman Luis Huerta was born a citizen of the United States to illegal immigrant parents. As result, Huerta’s family was forced to move multiple times and suffer in poverty.At age 5, Huerta said he remembers his teacher saying he would amount to nothing because of his parents’ social standing in life. He said that moment would inspire him to denying his cultural heritage for many years.“It wasn’t until high school that I was finally able to be proud of my heritage,” Huerta said.Huerta is currently pursuing a degree from Notre Dame alongside his mother, who is hoping to earn a degree in management.“I just want people to know that anything is possible here in the United States, it just takes time,” Huerta said.
By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia’s cotton industry has a problem, and it’s costing farmers and the state money. But scientists and industry leaders say a new University of Georgia facility will help them solve this problem before it gets worse.A cotton microgin is being built on the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Tifton, Ga., campus. It will be used primarily by the UGA CAES cotton team to help Georgia farmers improve their cotton fiber quality.Poor fiber quality has been a costly problem for Georgia farmers for many years. Last year alone, it stripped $43 million in potential income from Georgia farmers, said CAES cotton economist Don Shurley. The production value of Georgia’s 2002 crop was around $356 million.Georgia farmers are penalized about 5 cents per pound of cotton due to fiber quality deductions, Shurley said.”What we’ve got to do is find a way to keep this lost money in Georgia farmers’ pockets,” Shurley said. “That money can help keep those communities that depend on cotton income in jobs and afloat.”The same, just smallerFarmers deliver their cotton to gins, usually in large modules that can weigh around 10,000 pounds. The primary purpose of a standard, high-capacity gin is to separate the cotton seed from the cotton lint. The lint is used to make shirts, jeans and other products. The seed is used to make oil and feed for livestock.The UGA microgin has been designed to handle cotton just like a large gin, just on a smaller scale. It will allow scientists to more efficiently collect data from smaller, experimental cotton samples.The samples will vary from a few pounds to 50 pounds, said Craig Bednarz, a CAES cotton physiologist. Bednarz chairs the microgin project committee.The building will be about the size of a tall barn. The gin is designed to have plexiglass sides so visitors can see what actually happens to the fiber during the ginning process.Georgia’s problems”This microgin will give researchers and producers the data and tools needed to develop better management practices and ways to handle cotton and address cotton problems specific to this area of the country,” Bednarz said.The mission of this facility won’t duplicate microgins in other parts of the United States, said Georgia Cotton Commission Executive Director Richey Seaton.”This facility will support the entire spectrum of cotton research here in Georgia and in the Southeastern region,” Seaton said.Cotton farmers are struggling through a period of low prices. The industry will have to find ways to reduce costs and save money to remain competitive in the world market. “But not at the expense of yields or fiber quality,” Seaton said.The microgin will provide a facility for UGA geneticists, economists, molecular biologists, plant breeders, physiologists, animal scientists and agronomists to not only help farmers, but also work closely with the textile industry and address its concerns.The microgin will cost around $1.5 million. Funds have come from the Georgia General Assembly and federal sources, said David Bridges, assistant dean for the UGA Tifton campus.Cotton fiber quality is graded in six categories: color, staple (length), micronaire (a measure of the fiber surface area), strength, uniformity and extraneous matter.When Georgia farmers deliver their cotton to a gin, a sample is sent to a federal facility in Macon, Ga., to be graded. Cotton from the microgin will go through the same process.
By Dialogo December 24, 2012 Peruvian police seized over $9 million in counterfeit euro and dollar notes, printed by an international forgery network operating in Lima, and believed to enter Europe and the United States, authorities reported on December 20. “This has been the toughest blow on foreign currency counterfeit in 2012; we have seized 4.46 million dollars and 4.43 million euros (about U.S. $10.33 million total), all fake,” Colonel Segundo Portocarrero, chief of the Police Fraud Division, told AFP. Traffickers tend to use a transit route through Argentina, Chile and Ecuador, after which the counterfeit currency is sent to American and European cities, according to the police chief. The counterfeit organization had set its headquarters at a location near the Presidential Palace, in the center of Lima, the official reported. The place was a print shop, where counterfeit banknotes were seized in 100 denomination dollar and euro notes “finely designed,” according to Portocarrero. “This resulted from a three-month investigation, where U.S. Secret Service agents participated,” General Raúl Salazar, National Police Director, told the press. Over $20.8 million and €5.5 million of counterfeit currency has been confiscated in 2012. Peru is one of the main banknote counterfeit locations in Latin America, according to the police.
4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Nate WentzlaffAs an industry in the middle of a massive shift, credit unions must steer in the best direction to enter a prosperous future.The Financial services industry has traditionally been an industry where change happens gradually at the direction of a few large institutions. Since the introduction of the internet in the 1990’s, finance has been in a state of exponential change. The digitalization of money is causing an even more powerful catalyst of change: the proliferation of data at a pace most credit unions cannot fathom. Consequently, credit unions must form a data-driven vision to act as a strong rudder to navigate through the data storm.Step 1: Establish a Data-Driven CultureBig Data/Analytics experts have been preaching the need for organizations to establish a data-driven culture for years. Many authors have spoken at length of the necessity and advantages of becoming a data-driven organization. Credit unions are no different. With more data than most industries can only dream of, they stand to gain the most (or fall the hardest). Management must lead by example by developing data-driven metrics for the entire credit union. Establishing a culture that relies on data is essential to the progression of a data-driven vision. continue reading »
We’ve been noticing that some financial institutions aren’t even sure if they should be on social media. They seem to be just plain scared because of compliance or regulations. Here’s the deal… EVERYONE is on Facebook, so regulation should not be an issue. Think of it as an extension to your website! Embrace it.Social media is great for many reasons. One in particular is that is provides instant gratification, instant responses and instant exposure. You get to share events, photos and useful information to your customers.Facebook looks for good, engaging content for your followers to see. If you post something and there is not a lot of engagement (likes, comments, shares) within your followers, Facebook won’t send it out to as many. To create good content, you have to think outside of sales and look into your brand & culture. For example, when we create social media calendars for clients, we look toward their branches/locations and see what fun things are going on or what events they may be involved in. That is essentially the core of it. Fun facts and helpful information are other successful ideas. Or, if you are at an event, post a real time picture of the fun and invite your followers to join you! Clients who agree to post consistent, engaging content typically see better results in their social media marketing plan. You want your followers to go to your page for information and a smile. God gave us 2 abilities right out of the womb: 1.) Cry & 2.) Have Fun/Feel Happy. You definitely don’t want to make your followers cry, so go with the latter and make them FEEL HAPPY! Using a social media platform gives you the perfect opportunity to make people happy. Not just posting an ad, but associating good content to make people smile. Which in turn creates more engagement, allowing more of Facebook to see what you have to offer.Another neat thing, most social media is free! Why not test out a campaign or different marketing ideas to see how they are received on social media before spending a good chunk of money on a full blown print campaign? If what are you are doing on social media works, translate that to your drive up envelopes, lobby posters, ATM receipts, teller receipts, website banners, bus ads, billboards…anything! It helps keep brand consistency and recognition.We do recommend occasionally boosting your content or popular posts on Facebook to gain a larger reach. Now, before you think it’s way too expensive for these kinds of posts, you are incorrect! On average, it’s only $5 per week to gain an additional 3,000 views. This is much more responsive than an $800 newspaper ad or $6,000 radio campaign.As you go into 2016, keep your marketing plan open to trying out Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter & Periscope. The mobile device is now the #1 screen in home. Flooding the apps on this screen should be your #1 priority! If you are not there, someone else will be!Keep progressing & evaluating when your time & money is spent. 92SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brett Jackson Brett Jackson has been dedicated to building vibrant, competitive, breakthrough brands in the world of financial institutions for over a decade now. As the CEO of Systemax Corporation, a company … Web: www.systemaxsolutions.com Details