Surfers Split Cash Prize in Maverick’s Surf Contest

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAfter the Mavericks Surf Contest (the most prestigious of the sport) was whittled down to six finalists, leader Greg Long, 24, and his five fellow finalists decided to split the $75,000 prize purse evenly, six ways, and simply ride the giant 40-50 foot waves for the fun of it.  Surfer and filmmaker Grant Washburn discusses how they agreed to split the money. (NPR Audio interview) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Conference committee weighs change to tax code

first_imgby Anne Galloway May 9, 2013 On Tuesday, Governor Peter Shumlin and legislative leaders agreed to eliminate any new General Fund taxes this year, effectively killing a number of provisions in the miscellaneous tax bill, H.528.A day later, however, lawmakers found a way to give the bill some heft. They are considering a net neutral proposal that would take the state a few steps closer toward eliminating deductions, and in the view of the committee, making the tax code fairer for middle class Vermonters.Most states tax residents based on adjusted gross income: only eight states, including Vermont, tax residents based on taxable income, or the amount taxpayers report  after they have claimed deductions.The tax conference committee is taking a middle of the road route. Instead of going straight to AGI, and eliminating all deductions, they are looking at a cap on itemized deductions (2.5 times the standard deduction, or $29,750 total for a married couple), offering only the standard deduction and capping mortgage deductions at $12,000 (with a 3 percent minimum effective rate for Vermonters who earn more than $125,000). In the first two aforementioned proposals, the tax rates would be compressed to four and the top marginal rate would drop from 8.95 percent to 8.7 percent.In all three models, there is no effective change in the total amount of revenues generated. Thats why the lawmaker say it is a net neutral proposal.The basic idea isnt new: It is an extrapolation of the Vermont Blue Ribbon Tax Structure Commissions proposal from three years ago.Rep. Janet Ancel, chair of House Ways and Means and a former tax commissioner, has been working with her committee on drawing up proposals of this sort ever since. Sen. Tim Ashe, chair of Senate Finance, is interested in making the tax code more equitable.Though the proposals raise no new taxes in the aggregate, in the particulars there are winners and losers. The winners are middle class Vermonters who see a slight decrease in their tax burden; the losers are upper income Vermonters who would pay a bit more.Sue Allen, the governors press secretary, said the proposed income tax changes are not within the parameters of the no new tax deal.When Shumlin was asked about details of the deal at his weekly news conference, he wouldnt talk about specifics and whether net neutral policy changes would be subject to his veto pen. Im encouraged that legislative leadership has come to consensus with me that we not raise taxes beyond the gas tax this year, and my view is that while theres been some great work done on both sides â ¦ our job now is to complete the business of the session and come back next year ready to continue conversations, Shumlin said.last_img read more

House ties up loose ends before final stretch

first_imgby Nat Rudarakanchana May 12, 2013 The Vermont House voted on three minor legislative changes before breaking for the weekend; theyll return to wrap up business on Monday and Tuesday.House Judiciary Chair Bill Lippert, D-Hinesburg, tweaked an omnibus opiate bill to ensure that hashish is treated similarly to marijuana, regarding criminal consequences for possessing over 5 grams of hash, which is equivalent to two ounces of marijuana.Lippert said he noticed that recently approved Senate legislation didnt provide increasingly harsher penalties for higher amounts of hashish. Under that legislation, he said, someone could possess a ton or a kilo of hashish and still face only a misdemeanor charge.Under current marijuana decriminalization legislation, possession of an ounce of pot results in a civil fine. Possessing an ounce to two ounces is a criminal misdemeanor, while possessing more than two ounces is a felony.Lippert amended the bill, with the support of the House floor, to ensure that between 5 and 10 grams of hash results in a misdemeanor charge, and that over 10 grams of hash results in a felony charge.The amendment couldnt be attached to the marijuana decriminalization bill, its natural home, because there wasnt enough time left in the legislative calendar, said Lippert. Since House Republicans refused to suspend procedural rules to allow enough time for the amendment, they had to tack it onto the omnibus opiate bill.Another minor amendment came to agricultural legislation. The amendment allowed temporary agricultural workers here under a federal H-2A visa to avoid taxes levied by the state, quietly imposed in 2008, but not widely known about until 2012 and in some cases, February 2013.State and federal notices requested back taxes from 2008, too, surprising many farmers, according to Sen. David Zuckerman, P-Chittenden.Zuckerman said the taxes were imposed without enough advance notice in the first place, and could deter sorely needed foreign workers from returning to Vermont and working on apple orchards or in other key agricultural areas.There are fewer than 500 H-2A workers in Vermont, according to a fiscal note from the Joint Fiscal Office.U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., has tried and failed for years to extend the H-2A visa program to dairy farm workers, who are currently excluded under the federal program.The opiate bill was also amended to compel more frequent checks by doctors of the Vermont Prescription Monitoring System, which tracks the prescribing and distribution of drugs prone to abuse.The Senate allowed the Department of Health more flexibility to set how often doctors could check the database, leading to the policy disagreement.last_img read more

Scheuermann: How are we doing? Final three weeks

first_imgby Representative Heidi E Scheuermann (R-Stowe) With just a few weeks remaining until the 2015-2016 Legislative Biennium concludes, various items are still being developed in both the House and Senate. Unfortunately, none of the items being considered will put us back on a path of fiscal responsibility and real economic growth. The Fiscal Year 2017 budget that passed the House raises General Fund spending by 4% this year, meaning a Comparable Annual Growth Rate over the last five years of 4.6%. As most of us clearly understand, this continues to be well above both the rate of inflation and the underlying economic growth in Vermont.In fact, the total budget – excluding federal funds and education spending – is $2.45 billion in FY 2017.(link is external) This is an increase of over $575 million since FY 2011.  And, how do we pay for this spending?  By instituting additional and higher taxes and fees on Vermont families and businesses over the last six years.  The tax and fee increases being proposed this year total $48 million, making a two-year total increase of $96.7 million.(link is external)While the Senate is still considering these various pieces of legislation, I do not expect numbers to change dramatically before everything is finalized.For ten years, I have fought for fiscal responsibility and a smart, comprehensive strategy for economic growth. Right now, however, as I look back on this last year, this biennium, and frankly, the last several years, I can’t help but think of missed opportunities, failed leadership and political agendas that put politics ahead of smart, long term public policy.While we have been able to put together some modest proposals for economic growth over the last several years, they have been overshadowed by the increased cost to Vermonters in taxes, fees, energy, and the already burdensome regulatory process; in addition to the Vermont Health Connect fiasco, and the countless reasons why so many Vermonters just don’t trust our government anymore.And this year, as many of us continue to try to make some additional progress on the economic development front, Governor Shumlin is hanging his leadership hat on the divestiture of our pension funds (on which our state’s retirees rely so much) from coal and Exxon-Mobil assets, and the legalization of marijuana. Regardless of how you feel about these particular issues, they are not what Vermonters have been pleading with us to do.  Instead, Vermonters have been asking us to reform state government in order to bring sustainability back; to reform our state’s education funding system to ensure property tax relief; and to put into place policies that will encourage private sector job growth.Rest assured, I will continue to fight for sound public policy through the final weeks of this session, but I am also looking ahead at what we might be able to accomplish in the next biennium. There are many changes coming to Montpelier next year.  With open seats for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, and both the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tem of the Senate leaving their posts as well, we can start to right this ship of state, if we have people in there who share our desire to do so.To be clear, we can make a difference!  We simply need to get involved!Toward that end, I am hopeful that Vermonters who share my desire, and the desire of so many others, to put us on a path to fiscal responsibility and economic prosperity, consider joining me either by running for office themselves, or by getting involved.If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact me.(link sends e-mail)INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR CONTINUES TO LANGUISHThe Independent Contractor bill, which passed the committee of jurisdiction unanimously on March 10th, continues to languish after the Speaker of the House sent the bill back to our committee for further work.To be clear, we are absolutely committed to working on some of the points of the legislation that big labor (labor unions) finds objectionable, but we have yet to come to consensus on the major sticking points.The concern that I have now is that we have simply lost too much time – that even if we pass a bill in the House, there won’t be enough time for the Senate to consider and approve it.And, if we are simply going to put something forward that “will be important for the next Legislature,” as the Speaker indicates in this article, I would prefer it to be the strongest possible message we can send, not an already compromised position.As I have said many times in the past, I have worked diligently for years, with colleagues from across the political spectrum, to do something that would ensure the many protections for workers historically in place are maintained, while ensuring that we position our state as a place in which the new, independent and collaborative workforce is encouraged to grow and invest.I believed strongly that H 867 did just that.  Unfortunately, big labor opposed it, and found an ear that was receptive.Given the lateness of the session, I expect we will know whether we come to some consensus on this bill by the middle of this week.JAY PEAK EB-5 FRAUDThe state’s business and political establishment was rocked last week by federal and state allegations of massive fraud by Northeast Kingdom EB-5 Project developers Bill Stenger and Ariel Quiros. The lawsuits allege $200 million in EB-5 investor funds being “misused, ” and an additional $50 million being “misappropriated” by Mr. Quiros for personal use.Since the Jay Peak, Burke and Newport projects began, they have been seen by many as a beacon for economic and job growth in the Northeast Kingdom.  And, Mr. Stenger, specifically, became the poster child of successful EB-5 projects – lauded by the political establishment in both Montpelier and Washington.That has all come to a halt now, and with it, at least two of the projects that have yet to get off the ground – the ANC Bio facility, and the downtown Newport Renaissance Block.The good news is that some very important infrastructure is in place for the Kingdom to continue building upon for its economic vitality. From the Jay Peak Expansion to Q Burke, I am confident the people of the Northeast Kingdom will come together to ensure its success.In general, though, this is a truly sad development for the people of the Kingdom, and for all of Vermont.  It is absolutely clear that proper oversight of, and real accountability for, these projects was not in place for a very long time.  Kudos to Susan Donegan and the team at the Department of Financial Regulation for its diligence in uncovering all of this after the oversight was given to them last year.VERMONT TECHNOLOGY ALLIANCE (vtTA) REPORT RELEASEDI was really pleased to attend last week’s unveiling of the Vermont Technology Alliance Report – “Vermont’s Tech Employment: The Hidden Driver of our Economic Growth.”I have long believed that our technology sector is one of the fastest growing sectors of our economy, and one of the sectors in which we have great opportunity. This report not only substantiates that assumption, but provides us great insight into the total economic impact of the sector.The following from the vtTA Press Release provides some detail about the specific findings:Highlights from the Vermont Technology Alliance Report include:Tech jobs make up 25% of all Vermont employment, representing 77,249 jobs. Vermont’s tech workers earn 63% more compared to the Vermont average wage.  A Vermont tech job pays and average annual wage of $72,732, while the average annual Vermont wage is $44,540.  This premium generates an additional $280 million for Vermont’s economy. Tech jobs generate an estimated $5.6 billion in wages, representing 40% of all Vermont wages.center_img Tech jobs are growing faster than Vermont’s total employment, with growth of 8.3% over the past ten years compared to the state’s average employment growth of 1.2%.  Tech jobs are projected to grow at a 7.5% annual rate from 2014 to 2022, the fastest growing in Vermont.I am hopeful that other legislators and public policymakers read this report to get a full picture of the opportunities that are in front of us.Rep. Heidi E. Scheuermann  April 19, 2016last_img read more

E-service rule heads to the Supreme Court

first_imgE-filing classes offered E-service rule heads to the Supreme Court E-service rule heads to the Supreme Court Senior EditorA procedural rule mandating that service be done by e-mail has been recommended for approval by the Bar Board of Governors.The board was the last stop before Rule of Judicial Administration 2.516 is presented to the Supreme Court. Some board members expressed concerns similar to those in some rules committees, but finally voted 36-3 to recommend that the court adopt the rule. ( See the text of the proposed rule here. )Board member Murray Silverstein, who presented the rule to the board at its October 1 meeting, and Bar President Mayanne Downs noted the Supreme Court has indicated it wants an expedited presentation of the rule, and those with questions can still present their concerns when the court takes up the rule.Silverstein said hundreds of hours were spent drafting the rule and considering potential problems, adding, “It was a masterful process.“It’s probably got some glitches, but the glitches that you’re speaking about are largely of a technical nature,” Silverstein said.He said the rule centralizes the service rules found in other procedural rules, and replaces current Rule 1.080.The new rule provides,a mong other things, that, “All documents required or permitted to be served on another party must be served by e-mail, unless this rule otherwise provides. When, in addition to service by e-mail, the sender also utilizes another means of service provided for in subdivision (b)(2), any differing time limits and other provisions applicable to that other means of service control.”Board member Bill Davis said he served on the Civil Rules of Procedure Committee when it looked at proposed Rule 2.516. He said the civil rules panel favored the concept but had reservations about the specifics.“It will be a wholesale change in the way that lawyers practice day-to-day in their office with respect to service,” he said. “It will be relatively easy and convenient for large numbers of lawyers, but for others it will be relatively disruptive.“There’s no opportunity for flexibility under the rule. I urge us to study it carefully because there will be blowback if we pass it as is.”Silverstein said the e-service rule is part of the shifting of the courts to electronic access to court records, which includes e-filing.Board member Laird Lile said with such changes coming, there was no reason to delay.“I think the time is now. There are those glitches that we will have to deal with, but the time is now,” he said.Downs noted that the board cannot prevent a rule approved by a procedural committee from going to the court, but can only comment on it.Meeting a week earlier at the Bar’s Midyear Meeting in Orlando, the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee discussed the challenges that lie ahead in ultimately getting the e-service rule adopted.“The biggest problem getting e-mail service through is not writing the rule, but there is going to be a welter of objections to this,” said committee member Paul Regensdorf. “Some people are very well-meaning and well-intentioned, and a lot of them are just trying to delay [the system] because nobody wants to change how they have been practicing law for 40 years.”Committee member David Jones noted the rules panel recently received a comment from a lawyer concerned that spammers will pick up on the requirement that all e-service subject lines contain the words “SERVICE OF COURT DOCUMENT.”“That is absolutely going to be a spammer magnet if that is used throughout the state; spammers will catch wind of it, realizing that anybody who sees that caption is going to open the communication and the potential parade of horribles that might create,” Jones said.Regensdorf said while that is “not an unreasonable concern,” it has not been a problem with the volunteers who are currently trying the process.“But then again, it’s not 88,000 lawyers using the rule so far,” said Regensdorf, adding that if spam or other problems arise, they can still be addressed during the comment period when the court is considering the rules.The fix could be as simple as adding a prefix to the subject line specifying the case involved, he said.“Are we ultimately going to get too much spam?” Regensdorf asked. “We don’t know. It is a concern, but I’m totally confident any problem like that. . . can usually be tweaked once it rears its ugly head. Our mission is to sort out legitimate concerns and comments.”Regensdorf noted one lawyer went so far as to contact the U.S. Postal Service in an attempt to get the USPS to oppose the rule so it would not lose the revenue generated by lawyers mailing documents back and forth.“There are people out there just looking for ways to beat this system down,” he said. October 15, 2010 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Lawyers in North Central Florida will have two opportunities at the end of October to attend demonstrations on the new e-filing system for Florida’s courts.Representatives from the Florida Association of Court Clerks will be demonstrating the system in two CLEs. One is scheduled for October 28 in the Jury Assembly Room at the Marion County Judicial Center in Ocala and the second is October 29 the Jury Assembly Room in the Lake County Judicial Center. The programs are being offered, respectively, with the Marion County Bar Association and the Lake County Bar Association.The Marion County event will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and attendees are requested to pre-register and pay a $5 fee. The event carries two CLE credits. Those interested should contact Shelly Owen Heatherdale, MCLSA Educational co-chair, PO Box 157, Ocala 34478, phone: (352) 624-2258.The Lake County event will start at Noon and offers one CLE credit, and a catered lunch will be offered. Lunch reservations and menu selection should be made with Shelly Smith at McLin Burnsed at 787-1241 or [email protected] no later than Thursday, October 21.A presentation for legal assistants, paralegals, and other office staff will be offered immediately after the Lake County luncheon, beginning at 1:15.Information covered at the e-filing events will including the Florida E-Filing Authority, which oversees the Internet portal used for e-filing, a description of the portal, registering for e-filing, how to e-file cases, how to e-file documents for existing cases, electronic notifications, electronic service, and clerk review and acceptance of submitted documents.last_img read more

Fuselier: Religion, Scapegoating, And Racism

first_imgBy BOB FUSELIERLos AlamosAn essay about religion and racism by an old, white man raised in the Christian faith and in the deep South before and during desegregation would seem to hold a good chance of coming across as an extreme example of white mansplaining. I hope it doesn’t.Scapegoating is a word we seldom use in our daily lives but is something we all fear and have feared from an early age. It requires a victim (a person or persons innocent of the crimes laid upon them) and a victimizer (a person or persons looking to place their sufferings on another).It is commonplace today to see people claim to be a victim, but it is a rare event to see someone claim to be a victimizer. We avoid it all cost, for we seem to know that a victimizer who stands alone can easily become the victim. Yet, none of us is free of the pull of the victimizing role. When we feel threatened, we can quickly feel the urge to rally as many as we can around us in opposition to someone we feel is vulnerable.One of the most common examples of scapegoating is something we all have tried. It carries an innocent name, gossip, but it can deliver a deadly blow of half-truths and innuendoes thrown in a victim’s direction. These stones of words can even be true, but they are never meant to offer truth. Their only purpose is to demonize someone to a level below contempt so that others feel no shame joining up with our lynch mob. Racism is just an extreme level of the scapegoating potential that is part of our human nature.As someone raised in a Christian tradition, I view the Bible as a collection of literary forms that tell the story of a people as they struggle with their collective choice between a God of vengeful anger who demands their devotion and sacrifice and, in return, deals out judgment and a God who sides with and becomes the sacrificial victim in order to reveal the answer to our thirst for sacrificial violence; that answer being a transcendent and incomprehensible love that is offered to all as Grace.The final act of this work of literature that was composed over centuries depicts a story of a divine being that takes on the human form of a Jewish laborer by the name of Jesus. This Jew takes comfort in living with the oppressed and marginalized, rebukes the sacrificial-loving ideology of his time, accepts the role of the victim himself, and dies the death of an innocent scapegoat.Whether you view the stories of Jesus through a Christian lens or not, a reading of the Gospels will show that Jesus preached an ideology that was counter to that of the religious-political powers that controlled his society. Yet he lived within their laws, breaking them on the rare occasion to make a point of their hypocrisy.Jesus spoke out often in defense of the marginalized and against scapegoating. Most all know of the parable of the good Samaritan. His defense of the adulterous women brought to him for condemnation speaks volumes against the scapegoating mechanism. His parable of the beam and the splinter and his directive to love our enemies points towards the cause and cure of our tendency to scapegoat.And then he gives us this warning: “You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, ‘You shall not kill, and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment…”Most of us in Western society, whether Christian or not, have heard of this directive in one form or another. But, until recently, I knew of no one who could explain the continuation of the last verse quoted above, “… and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raqa’, will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna.”Raqa? I knew it was Aramaic, the language spoken in the area of Israel 2000 years ago, but what is its significance? That question was answered for me a few years ago when my wife and I attended a conference on violence in Holland, Michigan.The conference was held at Hope College, which was founded by members of the Dutch Reformed Church in the mid 1800’s. The presentation was given by an Irishman, whose name I’ve forgotten but who was very involved in the Northern Ireland conflict known as The Troubles, and an ex-Catholic priest by the name of James Alison. Although I’m aware that these labels may evoke emotional responses in some, I’ve included them to highlight the diversity within the religious communities of those who brought this conference together.The Irishman, a Catholic, told the story of how he became aware of his role in the scapegoating mechanism when a minister from the Dutch Reformed Church visited him in Ireland during the conflict. As the Irishman explained to the minister his view of the conflict, an explanation that was not kind to the Protestants, the minister approached him, gave him a hug, and said, “You are part of the problem.” The Irishman talked at length of how difficult that was to hear, let alone process. But, because the message was delivered with kindness through love, his heart was opened to the Truth. He was eventually able to help bring peace to Northern Ireland.James Alison then presented Rene Girard’s concept of the scapegoating mechanism with a twist that included the passage about raqa quoted above. He began by explaining that it’s critical to recognize the importance of the inclusion of just one Aramaic word in the Greek translation of the original Aramaic text. The word raqa was then kept in its original Aramaic form when the Greek was later translated into English.Raqa carries a very dismissive meaning, something akin to you useless, valueless thing. Alison offered that the Aramaic word raqa was not translated because its original use was meant to signify an insult to a local person. He then noted that the Greek term for “you fool” was translated as “you fool”, suggesting that the original term for “you fool” was not translated as an Aramaic word because it was not originally meant to be directed to someone who spoke Aramaic. It was a foreign word in the original text and would have been used as an insult to a foreigner.The last piece of context that must be understood is the use of various terms denoting a concept of judgment: “liable to judgment”, “answerable to the Sanhedrin” and “liable to fiery Gehenna”.  Allison pointed out that these variations are equally critical in understanding the full message of the passage.According to Alison, “liable to judgment” is used to equate the severity of the consequences of murder and anger; the Hebrew God views them as equally harmful, which said a lot about the consequences of anger to the Jewish people of that time.The level of judgment bestowed upon he who uses “raqa” as an insult seems to come down a bit. The Sanhedrin was the high court of the Jewish people – think of the it as the Supreme Court for us Americans. Using raqa was bad; it was a major local offense, but not the same as murder.Then we’re back at a very high level of judgment signified by “fiery Gehenna”. Gehenna was more than just a nod towards the threat of eternal damnation. It was the valley in which the early Hebrew people offered their sons in a fiery sacrifice to appease their gods. Using the term for “you fool”, i.e., condemning someone from another culture, would not only lead the offender to experience a living hell, but could also lead the community to experience the violent consequences of the scapegoating, sacrificial system of the early Hebrew people.With that context understood, let me retranslate the passage.“You already know that murder is bad. But I tell you that anger is equally bad. It leads to labeling and cursing of others. When you curse and scapegoat your neighbor (using raqa), that’s bad. You’ll be taken to the highest court in our land in hopes that the damage can be mitigated. However, when you curse and scapegoat someone of another culture, all hell may break out for there is no human court that can mitigate the damage, and you will take us all back to the times of human sacrifice.”Alison’s interpretation of this passage will likely be challenged by those who disagree with its meaning. But I’ve heard of none better. The good news about having a 2000yr old passage warning of the dire consequences of racism is that we can rest assured that we didn’t invent it. But it’s here and growing in our society today, and I, for one, don’t want to return to the violent sacrificial systems that governed our earlier societies. I’ll be heeding the 2000yr old warning and doing my best to check any anger.last_img read more

Investment down by half in Thames Valley

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British Land in £100m West End play

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Interview with Capital & Centric co-founder Adam Higgins

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WAI Expands Sales And Marketing Teams

first_imgDeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  Blake DeaversWAI has announced the addition of several executive personnel.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementBlake Deavers has joined the WAI team as its new vice president of North American aftermarket sales, reporting directly to Ryan Moul, CEO. As an experienced leader and aftermarket veteran, Deavers joins WAI from the automotive division of Transtar Industries in Cleveland, where he was responsible for multi-channel global sales, marketing and distribution of products to major aftermarket retailers, as well as traditional buying groups. He has held roles at various levels within the industry with Dorman Products and Tenneco as well. Deavers will be based in WAI’s Miramar, Florida, headquarters.Alan Bostwick will now be transitioning into his new role as vice president of global marketing, reporting to Ryan Moul, CEO. This strategic change is part of WAI’s previously announced plan to move global marketing back to the United States. Bostwick will be responsible for global marketing with regard to all business units at WAI, as well as leading key marketing initiatives for the business. His vast experience within the industry will allow for more dynamic capabilities and customer focused programs in the future from WAI. WAI also announced that Dave Chrisman, director of global pricing, based in WAI’s Miramar, Florida, headquarters, will be reporting directly to Bostwick in his new role.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more