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The Suit is a multi-trade business magazine with content similar to the economist. Our primary focus is world news and business, along with sections on green technology, education, Science and …

The Suit is a multi-trade business magazine with content similar to the economist. Our primary focus is world news and business, along with sections on green technology, education, Science and medicine. Now, for the August 2010 issue we are focusing on, new business trends, embracing a green vision and the role of entrepreneurship in a changing economy.


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  • 1. Maintaining A Green Conscience April2010 April 2010 THE SUIT www.thesuitezine.com The Wonders of Nickel & Steel A Brave New World plus: Green StructureS LEED Efficient reArdonSmith reveAlS new Subterranean London Hotel AuStrAliAn nucleAr ASSociAtion Nuclear Energy in Australia SOIL CONSERVATIONIST THINKOM SOLUTIONS Green Conscience Go-Anywhere Communications
  • 2. At Natures Organics©, our motivation is based on a philosophy of creating environmentally respon- sible products, of the best quality, at the lowest possible price. Not only to make them more readily affordable to Australian families, but to actually reward and provide incentive for people to do the right thing, in protecting our planet - and make the important shift to more eco-sensitive alternatives. To us, there is no sense (or value) in developing advanced products that ‘don't cost the earth'; then charging a premium that unfairly prevents anyone from purchasing and using them. Across our range of biodegradable laundry and dishwashing detergents, household surface cleaners and care- fully formulated hair and skincare offerings, our unwavering aim is to combine the best in Green attributes with product qualities that succeed in meeting users performance expectations. With every item we create, we look to optimize the balance between using natural based plant derived ingredients, with chemical components still deemed necessary for products to work effec- tively - and in turn, to progressively increase and improve the natural content ratio as quickly as newfound knowledge and technologies permit. At every sustainable step, we also act to minimise wastage of non-renewable resources; produce packaging from recycled materials and strictly ensure that the science behind all of our cruelty free All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. product formulas requires no animal testing or animal ingredients. © Natures Organics Pty Ltd. Inspired by Nature 100% Australian Made & Owned Please contact us by emailing to: enq@naturesorganics.com.au Sales and Export enquiries: info@naturesorganics.com.au Phone: +613 9753 5577 Fax: +613 9753 5177 Head Office Address: 31 Cornhill St, Ferntree Gully, Victoria, 3156, Australia.
  • 3. From The Editor THE SUIT ILLUSTRATED Editor-in-Chief Erwin Kantor Managing Editor Michael Gordon Creative Director Felix Badea Associate Editor Eric Daniels Editorial Letter Copy Editor Helen Potter Fact Checkers David Stein While the year has begun, and not without its chal- Art Director C.F.P lenges, it is time to focus on the future and kickoff Contributing Writers Gary Stevens, 2010 with a positive attitude and new goals to reach. Chizzy Igbokwe With this in mind we’ve included plenty of inspirational For customer Service, got to, thesuitezine. articles in our April 2010 edition, interviews that you com. You can also call 718-619-8520 will not find anywhere else. We bring you Robert Forenza, owner of Hugg-A- Planet, a trademark name. He is someone to watch LETTERS in the 21st century, he brings to you, “A BRAVE NEW Please send the letters to: WORLD.” info@thesuitonline.org We also have an exclusive interview with Stephen We regret that we cannot answer unpub- Barnett, CEO of The Nickel Institute a nonprofit orga- lished letters. Letters may be edited for nization that represents the interests of 24 companies length or clarity. which together produce more than 90% of the world’s annual nickel output. Stephen Barnett. If you’ve never If you are interested in telling your story heard of him, the time has come to get to know the please contact send inquiries to the Manag- leader in the future of stainless steel. ing Editor Michael Gordon at: info@thesuit- All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. Finally we lift your spirits with Michael Burke, CEO of online.org Thinkom Solution, Go-anywhere communications, the The Suit Magazine has gone paperless in an latest fashion trends, the Purple Diva, and so much effort to help manage a sustainbale way to more. meet the social, economic and environmental Remember that The Suit Magazine is your new para- needs of present and future generations. digm to journalism marketing with stories that compel readers in a way the average advertisement cannot. ON THE COVER This issue will cover the future of alternative energy, the quest for solar power and energy efficient struc- HUGG-A-PLANET, A Brave New World. tures in 2010. Soil Conversation 2010 ThinKom Solution Erwin Kantor Energy Efficient Structures Publisher / Editor in Chief Nuclear Energy The Nickel Institute Erwin Kantor
  • 4. CONTENTS FEATURES SPECIAL REPORTS: 10 10 A BRAVE NEW WORLD HUGG-A-PLANET 12 WONDERS OF THE NICKEL INSTITUTE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: STEPHEN BARNETT 14 SOIL CONSERVATION IN ICELAND GREEN CONSCIOUS 2010 12 17 Green Structures in 2010 U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL 18 ReardonSmith Reveals Unique Subterranean Hotel 14 20 AUSTRALIAN NUCLEAR ASSOCIATION THE FUTURE OF NUCLEAR ENERGY 22 IN A TOUGH ECONOMY NEW TECHNOLOGY IS KING 18 23 THINKOM SOLUTIONS AIR BORN ANTENNAS 24 LIVING ON A NEW EARTH ALTERNATIVE ENERGY 26 SAFDY SYSTEMS UNDERGROUND AIRFLOW 23 28 COST CALCULATION, INC. BURNED IN THE CROSS FIRE 30 4PAL LTD. A BUSTLING CAREER
  • 5. CONTENTS 32 THE HARVEST GROUP 57 NATURALLY ONLINE LEADING OTHERS TO THEIR HARVEST 58 THE SCIENCE OF SURVEYS IN AMERICA POLARIS BUSINESS GUIDES 33 WORKING IN HARMONY WITH THE UNIVERSE 59 CORPORATE BENEFIT CONSULTANT 34 CORPORATE TROUBLE SHOOTER 60 BATTLING SENIOR CARE TRAIL BLAZER WITHIN CORPORATE AMERICA EUROHOLD 61 THE HEART OF AN ANGEL 35 DYNAMIC FINANCIAL CONSULTING 36 BRIGGS ENGINEERING 62 Q&A WITH PETER JOEHNK 37 JUST BUCKET EXCAVATING 64 JOI-INNOVATIVE DESIGNS 38 LALL AND COMPANY LTD 66 OPENING OF THE ARCH LONDON 40 TRUE FLORIDA GATOR 70 LIN LEE & ASSOCIATE DESIGNS 41 KALEH MANA ENTERPRISES 73 HIPPS AND COMPANY 41 THE BROOKWATER GROUP 74 THE PURPLE DIVA 41 SEASONED PETROLEUM EXECUTIVE 76 METHODS NYC BILL BARLEY & ASSOCIATES 42 VETERAN SHOOTER 78 Q&A WITH METHODS NYC 43 WASHINGTON ACOUSTICS 85 ENI DESIGNS 44 GOLDEN GATES SIGN COMPANY 45 THANKS OBAMA FOR HIGH FUEL COSTS 87 Q&A WITH BRYANT DAVIS All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. 46 SPARK COMMUNICATIONS 89 THE NEXT GEORGE BENSON 47 OVERCOMING OBSTACLES 92 THE ART OF A SPIRITUAL HEART 48 NEW METHODS NEW LEARNING 94 JENNIFER MYERS ART GALLERY 50 NATURES ORGANICS 52 GEOGIA’S SCIENCES UNIVERSITY 95 A TRAIL BLAZER IN CHURCH 54 PROGRESS OF CANCER TREATMENTS 97 STS. PETER AND PAUL
  • 6. Thinkom Solutions, Inc. 20000 Mariner Ave. #500 Torrance, CA 90503 310-371-5486 www.thinkom.com
  • 7. HUGG A PLANET A BRAVE NEW WORLD By Michael Gordon Eco-Green Entrepreneur: Robert Forenza Hugg-A-Planet Earth is a soft cotton fabric real The basic idea behind Hugg-A-Planet, says Foren- globe with labels identifying 600 places, includ- za, a University of Vermont graduate who created ing countries, bodies of water and islands that the product 27 years ago with his sisters, Patricia are drawn to scale and color-coded. According to and Lorraine. “If we want real peace, we have to Hugg-A-Planet president Robert Forenza, on the start with the children,” Forenza says, paraphras- Space Station they will use our globes during edu- ing Indian spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi. “I’m cational demonstrations NASA offers to schools connecting kids in early developmental stages to and science centers so students can interact with be passionate about the environment, geography the Astronauts. Which in turn will be beamed to and caring for the world, this early education lasts viewers on the real planet Earth via satellite, and a lifetime.” online on NASA TV. Students in classrooms all Putting savvy marketing behind his educational over the world will have an opportunity to see the outreach, Forenza got Hugg-A-Planets into arms Vermont-made globes in space and use it to learn of many influential people. He sent them to the about our planet’s place in the cosmos. Obama family just before the presidential inau- 10 • THE SUIT • GREEN ISSUE
  • 8. Obama family just before the presidential in- auguration (one of six Presidents). He shared them with musicians at Pete Seeger’s 90th birthday concert at Madison Square Garden where all 80 performers received one includ- ing Bruce Springsteen and Dave Matthews. At a Vigil for Peace event in New York’s Central Park, Hugg-A-Planets were be onstage and passed around the crowd. They were even at a White House Easter egg roll, and a reporter took one to the first START treaty in the late 80’s, Forenza says. Now on the space station, the Hugg-A-Plan- et will make a circuit of our planet 16 times a day over 90% of the earth’s population for as long as the station remains active — until 2016, Forenza explains. “The one thing all of humanity has in common is our planet,” says Forenza. “Just hugging our earth has a em- powering affect, and by having generations of people hugging the world, they’ll take better care of it.” Toy companies are beginning to see green in a different light. Sunday is Earth Day, a good time to stop and take note of the world we live in. And yes, even in toy land there are socially conscious companies wanting to do their part. Hugg-A-Planet toys are Earth-friendly items that serve a dual purpose. In addition to being award-winning toys that teach children about the Earth and the solar system, they are envi- ronmentally friendly. GREEN ISSUE • THE SUIT • 11
  • 9. STEPHEN BARNETT HAS MORE THAN THE BIRTH OF NICKEL He is the CEO and President of with The Suit, “The primary use of Nickel is the fifth most The Nickel Institute, based in nickel in stainless steel accounts common element in the Brussels, Belgium. The Nickel In- for some 60 percent of nickel use. Earth. But where did all this nickel come from? stitute is a non-profit organization Stainless steel can be used for Billions of years ago, nickel that represents the interests of 24 thousands of different applica- was created in supernova nickel companies which together tions worldwide, such as chemical All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. explosions. This is the only produce more than 90 percent of processing, food processing and place in nature where the temperature and pressure the world’s annual nickel output. transport, and is valued for both conditions were sufficient for the nickel atom to form. The Nickel Institute provides in- its physical properties and its aes- formation for a wide gamut of in- thetic values, as seen in structures dustries spanning architecture, such as the Chrysler building in automotive, chemical, energy, New York City and the Twin Tow- food and beverage as well as hu- ers of Malaysia.” Over 75 percent man health care and public health of stainless steel is recycled at the care in projects such as water pro- end of its long, useful life. The accompanying ‘false’ vision, two areas which are going Barnett is a nickel specialist, and color photo (above), to be of ever-increasing value in that has made him a nickel opti- compliments of the Lawrence Livermore the coming decades. The core of mist, as he eagerly told The Suit, National Laboratory, shows the industry, according to Barnett, “Nickel demand continues to grow the concentrations of nickel isotopes being expelled is the use of nickel as a primary in- with new applications continually from a star as it expands gredient in the production of steel. being developed – seven percent in just such a supernova Barnett said during an interview of all US patents feature nickel 12 • THE SUIT • GREEN ISSUE
  • 10. ENOUGH NICKEL FILLING HIS POCKETS event. How interstellar every year.” “New uses of nickel of CO2 emissions. It is environ- nickel coalesced into solid objects and then in particular are low-carbon tech- mentally friendly. And nickel is a into planets such as nologies such as fuel cells, gas and green contributor not only with a the Earth is the domain of cosmologists and wind turbines and batteries for hy- clean process but a process which astronomers. But however brid cars,” he said. This gives he produces a product with longev- it happened, nickel has been an important part nickel industry a strong position ity. Barnett observes, “Nickel is of the Earth since its in the movement towards a green- corrosion-resistant and plays an beginning, well before life on earth began. er footprint. According to Barnett, important role in structures and nickel is the 7th most abundant el- materials such as alloys, plated ement on the planet, and 90 per coins and magnets, which last a cent of the world’s nickel produc- long time, or even forever”, he tion comes from Australia, Japan, explains. “Increasing demand for Russia, Brazil and Canada. Al- stainless steel will drive the nickel though 1.4 million tons of nickel market to continue to expand into is used globally every year, it is the 21st century.” responsible for only 0.1 percent By Erwin Kantor Reported By Michael Gordon Photo By: LAWRENCE LIVERMORE LABORATORY (SUPER NOVA) All images are the property of the rightful owners of The Nickel Institute GREEN ISSUE • THE SUIT • 13
  • 11. ICELANDIC ECOSYSTEMS. THE CONSCIENTIOUS CONSERVATIONIST Al Gore, President of Iceland Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, Sveinn Runolfsson By Erwin Kantor He sits amongst high officials in government. He But remaining positive Sveinn said, “We do see advocates for the greening of our environment positive signs and indications that the economy and works on practical solutions to the problem will start to get better. The public is determined to of mounting greenhouse gases and global climate fight through this crisis even if they lost their life change. Sveinn Runolfsson, Director of the Soil savings. Runolfsson informed us that many Icelan- Conservation Service, in Iceland, has spoken about dic citizens want to develop new Aluminum plants public policy with prime ministers, diplomats and and thermo power stations throughout the country. All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. other world leaders, on a global level. It is a case of the citizens of Iceland wanting to do The government in Iceland has now decided to the right thing, but there not being enough money. cut down on green house gas emissions to 15% below 1990 levels by the year 2020, and Runolfs- Unfortunately, due to tight budgets important en- son proudly told us, from his office in Gunnar- vironmental issues are on stand-by. So Runolfs- sholt, ”Iceland will be free of carbon emissions son and others, out of their concern for Iceland’s and using 100% renewable energy by 2050.” He future, recently put in an application to join the sees rough waters ahead for the industry, in ris- E.U. In order to unite the European Union, Iceland ing fuel costs, and fertilizer. The economy needs needs to meet economic and political criteria such major restructuring.” Last year Iceland began im- as, a stable democratic government. Runolfsson porting workers from countries such as Chile and believes that there are a lot of benefits from join- Poland, which caused unemployment to rise by 7 ing the European Union such as, progress in the to 8%, and even the country’s banks went bank- import and export sectors of the country, particu- rupt. Runolfson said, “The country continues to larly in marine products and aluminium. Since struggle with sky rocketing fuel prices and budget negotiations were established with the Interna- cuts for the important soil conservation projects.” tional Monetary Fund, European countries such 14 • THE SUIT • GREEN ISSUE
  • 12. ICELANDIC ECOSYSTEMS Former Iceland President Vigdís Finnbogadóttir ICELANDIC ECOSYSTEMS ICELANDIC ECOSYSTEMS as Norway, Germany and Russia have indicat- ed that they are willing to assist Iceland with BIOGRAPHY an economic bailout package. ”But”, he cau- As director of the Icelandic Soil Conservation Ser- tions,“ ”there has been much fear that the E.U. vice, Sveinn has played a major leading role in the fishing fleet will exploit our fishing grounds”, development of strategies for conservation of soil continuing, “our overall growth in the agricul- and vegetation in Iceland and improving conser- tural and marine industries are important to vation ethics. He has a keen interest in working at the development of the country and our de- the grass-roots level, promoting sustainable land voted conservation efforts. This crunch brings use and increasing public participation at all levels. great changes, and opportunity, to improve the economy as an official institution running as a He sees a great potential in carbon sequestration state,” Runolffsson continued, “An increase in as a financial incentive for restoring land health. tourism will help pump money back into the Emphasis has been on the landcare program Farm- economy, and fuel tax regulations which have ers heal the land, currently involving 30% of the been implemented by the government for en- sheep producers and facilitating the Better farms ergy efficient cars will be used more widely.” property planning program that aims at increas- ing land literacy and planning ability at the farm Runolfsson also believes in the use of carbon level and coordinating advice and actions of in- sequestration in order to reduce greenhouse stitutions and others working with the farmers. gas levels. He said, “Carbon sequestration in soil , re- vegetation and preventing desertifi- He has ties with various specialists in soil conserva- cation are extremely important to help reach tion strategies and land care, especially in Australia, the 15% mark of reduction in emissions by the New Zealand and various universities and UNDP year 2020.” Iceland, with professionals such in USA. Recently he has initiated cooperation/col- as Sveinn Runolfsson, is at the forefront of the laboration with the European Union in a Joint Re- greenhouse battle. search Commission on Soil Protection and a collab- Landgraeosla rikisins oration agreement on soil research with Ohio State. Gunnarsholti - n851 Hellu Simi: 488 300 Married 1973 to Oddný Sæmundsdóttir, who is a land@land.is nurse and they have three sons. GREEN ISSUE • THE SUIT • 15
  • 13. About USGBC The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Coun- cil (USGBC) is a 501 c3 non-profit organization commit- ted to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.. With a community comprising 78 local affiliates, more than 18,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 140,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009-2013. US- GBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and envi- All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. ronmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elect- ed officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students. Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consump- tion and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. de- mand for energy, and a national commitment to green build- ing has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs. U.S. Green Building Council 2101 L Street, NW Suite 500 Washington, DC 20037 www.usgbc.org
  • 14. Greening Structures in American Cities In an era where “going green” is becoming the ties alike can employ LEED green building rating norm, best practices to reduce carbon footprints system. Regardless of building type, the benefits are continuously encouraged. Actions, efforts, of green buildings are abundant. Economically and initiatives should adhere to standards of green speaking, a green building uses less because less living. Now, the space we occupy must also meet is being spent in turn savings increase. Green these standards. The experts on green building buildings save 8-13% of operations and mainte- assurance, the US Green Building Council are the nance costs and utilize 2-30% less energy con- creators of the LEED (Leadership Energy and En- sumption and most of the buildings use 40% less vironmental Design) certification system. It sets water. These are not just one time costs; the sav- the standards of human and environmental health, ings occur throughout the life cycle of the building. sustainable development, emission control, water Building sale prices for energy efficient buildings savings, energy efficiency, materials that are well are as much as 10% higher per square foot than emitting and healthier for building occupants, and conventional buildings. Green building occupants indoor environmental quality. are healthier and are said to be more productive. Marie Coleman, Communications Associate at It is often assumed, going green costs more money. the USGBC says, “a building should be holistically In the case of green buildings, the up front costs green not just focusing on one particular area.” are approximately 2% more, but results in sav- The process measures various elements of green ings of over 20% over the life cycle of the building. buildings. One must attain a certain number of The return on investment will be ten-fold. Green points from the following categories: buildings not only benefit our economy, but also Silver - Gold - Platinum our environment and community by enhancing the quality of air and water, protects biodiversity, There is no archetype of a LEED client. Various minimizing the strain on local infrastructures, and establishments that have undergone this rigorous improving occupant health and comfort. certification range from public property such as the Bronx Library in New York City (LEED Gold); It is feasible to convert later in the building pro- Education based institutions like West Brazos Ju- cess. It is never too late to transform your build- nior High School in Brazoria, Texas (LEED Certi- ing to meet the LEED certification standards the fied); and even retail organizations such as Chipo- pros certainly outweigh the cons. tle in Gurnee Mills, IL (LEED Platinum). A rigorous process it is, but also one that ensures accuracy. Commercial and residential proper- --By Chizzy Igbokwe GREEN ISSUE • THE SUIT • 17
  • 15. ReardonSmith Reveals Unique Subterranean (London – 9 December 2009) A scheme for a the proposal respects and reflects this. Car park- unique, sustainable and innovative luxury hotel ing, which is currently above ground, will be re- and spa, designed by international hotel and re- located underground. The existing golf clubhouse sort architects, ReardonSmith, has been revealed and car park will be demolished and replaced by a by public exhibition prior to the submission of a new clubhouse integrated within the hotel. A ded- All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. planning application in the new year. icated new access road, carefully woven into the The proposed development, at Hersham Golf Club landscape, will better manage the flow of traffic in Surrey, is within London’s Green Belt and the onto the site. The proposal also includes provision architects’ response to the area’s strict planning for extensive on-site re-vegetation and improve- guidelines has been to place all 200 plus guest ments to local public footpaths to further enhance rooms underground around landscaped court- the site. yards, leaving just one level of public areas at “Our concept integrates hotel, spa and golf fa- grade. cilities into a single architecturally exciting and The proposal is topped by a living green roof that organic composition below and above ground,” mimics the undulating nature of the golf course explains Matthew Guy, ReardonSmith’s project and merges it into the surrounding landscape. In designer. total, the ReardonSmith scheme represents in the “The design fulfils the requirements of the brief region of one third less built-up hard surface than for a bespoke five star hotel while returning hard the existing club houses and car parking. Her- standing to the Green Belt and improving the sham Golf Club stands in an area of woodland and physical layout and visual attraction of the entire 18 • THE SUIT • GREEN ISSUE
  • 16. Hotel Scheme for London’s Green Belt site. It represents a commercially viable solution to developing in the Green Belt and is, we believe, a Roof Plan world-first.” The two underground levels of the hotel comprise three “rings” of guest rooms, each built around large 800m2 garden courtyards, allowing light to perme- ate the fully glazed façade. Public spaces, including high quality restaurants, will be contained within a single level at grade. Contouring mimicking the un- dulating nature of the course will conceal this level and merge it with the natural landscape. The entire development is set back from the local residential area and is positioned within an enclave of existing woodland in such a way that it is hidden from view for local residents. Carefully framed views from all the hotel’s public areas of the golf course and wood- land will make for a unique dining, hotel and golf club experience. Notes ReardonSmith Architects The total area of the hotel and new golf club will be approximately 16,500 sq. metres. Reflecting on the ReardonSmith is Europe’s leading architectural practice specializing entirely in hotels and resorts. Its work en- implicit challenges of the brief, Patrick Reardon, compasses the master planning and design of new desti- executive chairman of ReardonSmith, says: “The nations around the world as well as the restoration and question was how to design a hotel of significant refurbishment of iconic hotels and heritage buildings and size that would not disturb the Green Belt envi- the complete spectrum of new business and leisure hotels. ronment. In fact, our solution attempts not only to Current projects include: The Savoy and The Four Seasons Park Lane, both in London; a new Four Seasons and a JW preserve the essence of Green Belt amenity but also Marriott, both in Baku; Travelodges in London and Spain; to improve it by the removal of existing and highly Porto Montenegro; Estrela Santiago Resort, Cape Verde; visible buildings and hard standing parking zones. and a new ski resort in Courcheval. For more information The process required to achieve this proposed hotel about ReardonSmith Architects, visit: www.reardonsmith. will be expensive. But, the client accepts this and is com to be congratulated for his willingness to invest in a solution which clearly responds to environmental, as well as commercial, imperatives.” The Arkin Group Both hotel and spa have been designed to minimise The Arkin Group is a major player in the international lei- their carbon footprint by using combined heat and sure and gaming industry and undertook its first property power generation, heat exchangers and ground development six years ago with the construction of the five star Colony Hotel in Northern Cyprus. Since then, the source heat pumps together with grey water recy- Group has gradually been building a land bank by acquir- cling and rain water harvesting. It is confidently an- ing prominent sites and properties with a view to expand- ticipated that the building’s resource demands will ing its development operation. The Arkin Group acquired be significantly reduced in comparison to conven- Hersham Golf Club in 2008. tional five star hotels. Mr. Cahit Atasoy, CEO of Ar- For more information about this release, please contact: kin Group, the owner of Hersham Golf Club, says: Gillian Cake or Su Pecha, ESP Business Development “Our vision is to create a stunning boutique hotel gcake@espbusinessdevelopment.com specha@espbusi- and spa destination that will be truly unique and nessdevelopment.com prestigious. It will blend into the natural woodland +44(0)208 374 6320/4476 setting and enhance and increase the level of green landscape.” GREEN ISSUE • THE SUIT • 19
  • 17. N uclear Power and Uranium A View from Australia By Erwin Kantor The Suit interviewed Dr. Clarence Hardy and asked him his views on nuclear energy in general and Australia’s role in the world nuclear industry. See his responses to a series of questions below. Dr Hardy has had a distinguished career for over 30 years in senior positions in three well-known national nuclear laboratories at Harwell in the UK, Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the USA and Lucas Heights in Australia where he was the Chief Scientist. He is currently the Secretary of the Australian Nuclear Asso- ciation, and Immediate Past President of the Pacific Nuclear Council which represents over 60,000 nuclear professionals in 12 countries in the Pacific region. He is Managing Direc- tor of a consulting company in Sydney and a director of two other companies in the nuclear field. He is prominent in giving talks on nuclear matters to wide ranging audiences in Australia and overseas. All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. Dr. Hardy has published two major books on nuclear energy Are the peaceful uses of nuclear energy in- world’s energy future. creasing worldwide. Nuclear power should play an increasing role in Yes, the peaceful uses are increasing worldwide the world’s energy future since it is a mature, eco- with the major increase being in China, Japan, nomic and safe technology for production of base- Korea, India and Russia and moderate increases load electricity with very low emissions of green- planned in the European Union, led by France, house gases. It is increasing replacing fossil fuels Finland and the UK. President Obama’s recent in many countries. encouragement of the US nuclear new build by giving substantial loan guarantees will help the in- What are the current and future challenges dustry develop and the President said “This is just of the use of nuclear energy and how will the beginning”. these shape the future growth. The current challenge is to build new nuclear pow- What role should nuclear power play in the er plants on time and on budget and to ensure that 20 • THE SUIT • GREEN ISSUE
  • 18. they are built to the highest possible safety stan- benefits and risks of nuclear energy is essential dards. The future challenges are to demonstrate starting in the schools. I spend a lot of time giving that nuclear waste is minimized and can be dis- talks on these issues to a wide variety of audiences. posed of safely and all suitable nuclear products are recycled, so that plutonium in spent fuel is What role will Australia’s uranium play in used sustainably to produce electricity and any the next 10 years in the global market. potentially long-lived waste is burned up to mini- Australia currently has the largest low cost ura- mise its danger to future generations. nium resources of any country (about 40%) and currently produces over 20% of world production Are nuclear power plants perfectly safe and with every indication that this production will in- how can the industry dis- crease considerably in the next pose of nuclear waste. No 10 years. Therefore, Australia’s one can give an assurance that uranium will play a major role nuclear power plants are per- in the worldwide expansion of fectly safe and no accidents will nuclear power and help to re- ever take place. Nuclear power duce the amount of carbon di- plants are built to very high oxide emitted from fossil fuels. standards and closely moni- tored by regulatory bodies. The When will Australia build new generation of nuclear pow- nuclear power stations er plants being built have even It is ironic that Australia, with higher standards of safety than the world’s largest uranium re- previous generations as well as sources, has so far not built a being hardened to withstand nuclear power station. The main terrorist attacks by land or air or aircraft accidents. reason is simple to understand. Australia has very large resources of high quality coal located near All nuclear plant vendors and responsible govern- major cities on the east and south coasts and can ments are encouraging a high level of safety cul- produce base-load electricity at a cost which is well ture in operation of plants. below the cost estimated for nuclear power. How- The generally accepted way to dispose of radioac- ever, no account is taken of the very large emis- tive waste safely is to encapsulate it in carefully sions of carbon dioxide and if a cost was placed by selected containers and bury it deep underground government on emissions from coal, then nuclear in stable geological formations. There is an in- power would become more attractive. Nuclear creasing movement away from a once-through or power is economic in comparison with coal, gas “throw away” fuel cycle and to reprocess spent fuel and renewable sources in many other countries to recover and re-use valuable materials. Unwant- and this in one reason why nuclear power is being ed long-lived fission products and transuranium expanded in those countries and well as because of elements can be burned up and thus reduce the its very low carbon emissions and greater energy volume and toxicity of the waste to be disposed of security. underground. Are there any public perceptions and mis- To contact the ANA Committee please email conceptions about the use of nuclear en- ana.info@optusnet.com.au ergy. Yes, there are many public misconceptions about Our mail address is: the use of nuclear energy. Some of these are that it Australian Nuclear Association is not safe enough, costs too much, is a prolifera- PO Box 85 tion risk and that the radioactive waste cannot be Peakhurst disposed of safely. All of these misconceptions can NSW 2210 be answered and better public education about the www.nuclearaustralia.org.au GREEN ISSUE • THE SUIT • 21
  • 19. In A Tough Economy New Technology is King Y By Michael Gordon ama Dastgir Chief Ex- added, “for example, our trading ecutive Officer of Bee Technolo- markets are booming in tour- gies (Bee Tech) S.A., in Athens ism and shipping while the small Greece focuses particularly in businesses of this economy are the field of Intelligent Transport absorbing the impact for the rest solutions (ITS). of us”. The firm’s niche market has Dastgir said Bee Tech Inc. has drastically changed due to new been facing a number of new business trends. “Our goal is to challenges. He said his company be number two since we have has had to revamp the Electronic grown 20 percent up for the year Toll Collection (ETC) systems from third place as rated in the service and maintenance, and industry.” Dastgir said during a the maintenance of manual toll recent interview in late Novem- systems. ber. “In fact, policies in Greece are rapidly changing and they With these new challenges for are not business friendly,” he the upcoming year, Bee Tech- All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. added. nologies has managed the toll system software and hardware, The company provides network including turnkey products for solutions for highways, road network and database manage- tolling systems and operations; ment. “We focus on the funda- principally, in transport, infra- mental needs of our customers’ structure and system supply co- integrating toll and traffic system ordination. The projects include management with creative solu- post offices, the ministry of de- tions and flexibility,” he said. fense, Athens International Air- port as well as work with Pireaus Greece Bank, Dastgir said. “Greece has Nemeseos 6, Metamorfosi Athens not yet felt the financial impact Ph: +30-210-9885201 as the rest of the world,” he www.Beetech.gr 22 • THE SUIT • GREEN ISSUE
  • 20. Intelligent Solutions By Eric Daniels Michael Burke is the brain trust behind his intel- rated number 253, as one of the fastest 500 grow- ligence solutions business. And he believes that ing companies in the United States. The company in the world of high-tech innovations, intelligent has made great strides in “developing and manu- wireless broadband solutions have remained cut- facturing antennas that offer airborne and mobile ting edge over the years. communications solutions for both commercial He serves as the CEO of ThinKom Solutions, one and military use.” of the leading providers of innovative highly-af- fordable compact antenna and product solutions According to Burke, “the antenna is capable of for aeronautical, On-The-Move (OTM), and man- receiving internet connectivity throughout the portable applications. continental United States and south- ern Canada. This technology can be “These antennas are sleek, small used in the air, land and sea, with and dynamic making it cost effec- limited connectivity options.” tive and affordable for executives,” explained Michael Burke, President Established in 2000, and headquar- of ThinKom Solutions, Inc. “We have tered in Torrance, California, the created an innovative and unique company employs 35 professional design with capabilities in superior staff members. ThinKom has made performance.” an estimated $6 million annually. “The demand is there and we have It was back in March of 2009 when ThinkKom an excellent product,” Burke said. introduced the world’s lowest-profile antenna technology for affordable Ku-Band Satellite Com- munications (SATCOM) On-The-Move (SOTM) integrated antenna systems at the Satellite 2009 Thinkom Solutions, Inc. Exhibition which was held at the Walter E. Wash- 20000 Mariner Ave. #500 ington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Torrance, CA 90503 310-371-5486 ThinKom has been featured in Business Week www.thinkom.com and Entrepreneur Magazine. The firm has been GREEN ISSUE • THE SUIT • 23
  • 21. LIVING ON A NEW EARTH TACKLING THE FUTURE OF ALTERNATIVE ENERGY By The Suit Staff Writer The quest for solar power continues to thrive in example countries such as Denmark or Germany, the modern world, where technology and society they extract 95 percent of energy from fossil fu- are constantly advancing. The way we live our els and 20 percent of their electricity comes from lives is affected in a subtle and significant way by wind. Germany has constructed the largest solar the evolving technologies present. The future of park plant in the world, costing an estimated $48 alternative energy is relied heavily upon the nat- million US dollars. Germany demonstrates new ural resources that the earth provides. Civiliza- standards in costs-efficiency for solar power. Solar tion depends much on natural resources such as energy is at the cusp of a historic turning point. oil and coal in order to create the very energy to This is our wake up call because the future is clos- sustain humanity here on earth. The solution is er than you could imagine. The worldwide com- to begin investing and exploring more about the munity and its developments of electric-powered use of wind, solar and hydro power. Solar power vehicles and other important solar energy break- comes from a well known resource, the sun, that throughs in the solar industry are greater than ever. contains an infinite amount of energy. Solar, wind and Hydro power are the way of the future. It would require a well devised, costly and timely There are numerous benefits that come from using economic plan to be used by the nation’s leaders solar power as compared to the use of oil and coal. in order to properly harness and distribute this Solar energy is a renewable resource, although energy accordingly throughout major cities across we cannot use the power of the sun at night or on the United States. Scientists, while considering stormy and cloudy days, we can certainly count on many obstacles, also find that they have to jump the sun being there the very next day. Solar cells other hurdles in implementing solar power. This are totally silent and while extracting energy from factor thus demands that we come to either one the sun they also help keep noise pollution down. of two solutions; a government sponsored plan to All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. Solar energy is also a non-pollutant, this perhaps is install solar panels for all homes and businesses the most important aspect considering that when or an advertising campaign focused on turning a oil is burned it releases carbon dioxide, hazardous significant percent of energy used in the United greenhouse gases and carcinogens into the air. States into solar energy. There are already heavy amounts of advertising dollars that go into the This type of energy also eliminates the need for “green”, or environmentally friendly movement constant supervision and work. Energy is har- that strongly supports the construction of solar vested automatically and the home owners do not panels. A government plan would create a much operate these systems any more then they oper- better effect, but due to an increasingly volatile ate their oil, gas and/or electric heat. Solar panels political climate and down-turned economy, may also create new jobs for our economy. Thanks to not be as easy to accomplish. While it comes with tax credits and rebates people can now make in- its fair share of disadvantages, solar power is the expensive and simple decisions to use and install way of the future in the modern world. The future solar energy panels every day. With global warm- belongs to renewable energy and its reduction on ing on the rise, people are becoming environmen- pollution and the preservation of fossil fuels. tally conscious about the way they live. Take for 24 • THE SUIT • GREEN ISSUE
  • 22. water is normally found in air and the air- flow measurement doesn’t work right because the weight of the air becomes heavier, which translate into high airflow,” he added. Ypenburg studied in Holland. The Dutch native had the opportunity to work for Phillips, studying quality of com- ponents, in South Africa he had the oppor- tunity to study wind flows inside cement chimneys 50 meters in diameter. “That’s when I learned about air flow, he said, ”I had the ability to play in wind tunnels and learn about airflow.” He adds, “Because wind and air is naked to the eye, which gave me the time to research and experiment with wind.” By Eric Daniels Frits Ypenburg, Owner of Safdy Systems Company, He said it took him a long time to understand a South African based company specializing in un- how air flow current travel,” But I learned derground airflow instruments particularly for the electronics and airflow dynamics in South Af- mining industry. “My instruments transform air rica because you cannot ask many people for speed to electrical currents, these mining compa- answers,” he said. nies use a telemetry system called SCADA which Tests were completed in the CSIR wind tun- measures the standard output of airflow,” he said. nels and that Vortex Airflow Meters will now Safdy was established in 1990, manufacturing the be sold to mining companies in CANADA. solid-state air flow systems used underground to help monitor ventilation for South African mines; which is so crucial for a healthy environment. All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. SAFDY solid-state airflow sensors were originally designed for the South African diamond and coal mining industries. This underground instrument determines whether enough air flows through the ventilation systems, making it crucial for human life functionality. “What is very often used for airflow measurement underground is the so called anemom- eter,” he adds, “This principal is to heat the resistor by an electrical current and the airflow cools it down. The end temperature is than a measure for airflow,” Ypenburg said. This airflow theory is widely used in many of the mining systems in South Africa to de- termine air flow ventilation. “That there is a large draw back especially in coal mines, for instance 26 • THE SUIT • GREEN ISSUE
  • 23. William Manfredonia W All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. -- J. Michael Gordon illiam Manfredonia is the founder “Now I’m waiting six months to be paid for old work.” and President of Cost Calculations, Inc. A firm Manferdonia cut his teeth in the business and has specializing particularly in construction, cost es- come a long way, in the cost estimating industry. timating, cost control, management, conceptual cost estimating and insurance just to name a few. After college started working for an esti- He said, “The economy is tough, but the bubble mating firm and climbed through the ranks had to burst.” Manfredonia has been burned in the eventually finding his niche in the industry. cross fire of clients not being able to pay on time. His Currently Manfredonia handles commercial, clients have been put on a payment plan, he said, residential, institutional and specialty projects WWW.COSTCALCULATIONSINC.COM 28 • THE SUIT • GREEN ISSUE
  • 24. Cost Calculations, Inc. such as, Diesel Construction, Morris Park Con- as an arbitrator in construction and insurance cas- tracting, Jeffery Brown Inc., A.J. Contracting es. He has also served as an expert witness for the and York Hunter just to name a few. Sitting at federal government in construction fraud cases. the helm for over 47 years, he said, “I’m a man who wears many hats,” he adds, “I know the Manfredonia said from his New Jersey business inn’s and out’s about general construction, car- office, “We perform estimates for many insurance pentry, drywall, acoustical ceilings and EIFS.” companies such as AIG, State Farm, Travelers and He serves as a cost consultant for the New York Prudential. Currently he is working on a 232 million State Department of Economic Development and dollar undisclosed project in New Jersey for 2010. “We are experienced in all construction projects.” GREEN ISSUE • THE SUIT • 29
  • 25. NASEER AHMED: ON FIRE WITH A BUSTLING CAREER By Michael Gordon Naseer Ahmed serves as the Managing Director Ahmed explains, that it is very important to seek of 4PAL Ltd, a retail products and pharmaceutical out new acquisitions on a global basis. Recently company. Established in 2003 and headquartered having accepted a personal invitation of member- in London, the company has maintained strong ship with the Institute of Directors (IOD) based in ties in the Middle East and is currently planning to Pall Mall, London, he will now have the opportu- expand not only in the pharmaceutical industry, nity to network and forge strong alliances with a but also in the financial, banking and legal indus- myriad of world renowned conglomerates such as try as well as the investment holding sectors. With those listed on the FTSE 100 and its equivalents strong focuses on property investments and devel- globally. “I have been able to successfully fullfill opment particularly in the Middle East, 4PAL is my position even while simultaneously serving as All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. on the forefront for innovation and growth in the an Investment Advisor with the Kingdom Hold- international arena. ings,” Ahmed said. A position which he began in 2008 and still currently holds. The Kingdom Ahmed plays a key role in the business plan de- Holdings is a prestigious multi faceted investment velopment of the company for the long term and company with substantial holdings in all sectors, future of the organization. Ahmed said, “I fulfil ranging from finance to media. As an investment a motivational role, I motivate and mentor mem- Advisor he focuses on a core strategy through bers of the management team.” Ahmed leads the growth and research in investing in high perfor- company and strives to develop a positive corpo- mance companies and extracting value from un- rate culture and setting. He oversees all of the re- dervalued and under performing Assets. sources making sure that the company continues to maintain growth and profitability. He said, “I Ahmed takes time out of his day to work as a also oversee all company affairs, which include consultant for Chiltern Group, a civil engineering proper audit procedures, making sure the com- company where he specializes in accounting ser- pany doesn’t break any trade embargoes and deals vices to a broad range of companies. His current with the legalities of goods and services.” goals include taking his career to a new level in 30 • THE SUIT • GREEN ISSUE
  • 26. the international arena where he would spend far more time travelling and connecting with other key companies with which he can establish mu- tually beneficial partnerships. Highly satisfied with his position, Ahmed is looking ahead to the future growth of the company and new business challenges in 2010. Ahmed’s future plans include searching for other companies which will share synergy and who will collaborate with 4Pal, Ltd, with efforts to expand both nationally and inter- nationally. His next imminent steps are to pursue dynamic avenues of growth and development in the area of Banking and Finance on a global turf. He credits his success thus far to his extraordinary ability to network and connect well with others, as well as his hard work and dedication over the years. The Suit: Are you optimistic about the economy? Ahmed: The economy has been through quite the down fall, due to over leveraged financial institutions together with bad leadership. Businesses and people have suffered greatly from an employment and monetary perspective to state the least, which in turn has affected people on a mas- sive level as the economies of scale shift. People assume which all waste will be converted into energy and trees be- the worst is over. Is it..? Well, different policies relevant to ing watered by treatment plants. Alongside the worlds larg- different countries around the world are brought about into est hydrogen plant. The vision is to play an active part in action relative to the individual statistics of that country in bringing about synergy in the different types of businesses aid to taking it out of ‘recession’. I believe its not something on all continents to collaborate their expertise and visions that will recover over night; as time and patience will be the to help restore and build a new infrastructure which will key to bringing about opportunity for new entrepreneurs allow for an energy efficient way of living. By implementing through good genuine leaders in the business world who the above I believe together a greener future is achievable. can set the stage for a brighter and more solid future. The Suit: How does the new green age affect both your The Suit: What is your vision on the new green age? business and your clients? Ahmed: We now know that what we’ve done over the past Ahmed: More often than not when people talk about 100 years has caused an astonishing amount of damage to green. The concept of money collides with the issue. As the the world. It can be believed that we did not know any bet- cost factor is inevitably an underlining issue affecting most ter, but now we do, and it poses a climatic problem to say people in becoming more green. The green age doesn’t re- the least. There are certain things we know will occur in the ally affect the business or the clientele of such on an imme- next 30 to 50 years. So we have to start acting now. Every diate basis, but is encouraged within and all the businesses marathon begins with a first step. From the likes of the west it collaborates with in order to see the bigger picture, in aid where extreme efforts are being made upon bringing about of a cleaner and healthier way of life. polices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by the year 2020, a reduction in the carbon content of transporta- tion fuels, to the east where, the building of ‘Masdar’, a city being built by Abu Dhabi with zero waste and zero carbon Naseer Ahmed ecology. Whereby residential homes, shops and businesses 37 Warren Street London, W1 6AD will be built and connected through capsule shaped pods United Kingdom Tel:+44 2085250214 made from recycled concrete, steel and aluminium, in Email: N.Ahmed@4pal.co.uk GREEN ISSUE • THE SUIT • 31
  • 27. LEADING OTHERS TO THEIR HARVEST tation for excellence in her in- CASL™ designation, which dustry. For the past 12 years, in takes roughly 18 months to com- addition to advising thousands plete, has enabled Rosemary to of valued clients, she has been provide even more client-centric a national speaker conducting services to her mature clientele. various educational programs These services include age-based for other financial professionals. investment strategies, untan- gling the complexities of long- With a genuine interest in term and health care insurance, ROSEMARY CALIGIURI spreading financial literacy to understanding and streamlin- consumers, she regularly hosts ing the full range of older client She may not have entered the fi- educational seminars for pre-re- needs, and navigating the intri- nancial services industry the way tirees and retirees at local librar- cacies of estate planning. many advisors did, but that’s ies, churches, and senior citizen exactly how Rosemary Caligi- clubs in and around the Bucks “One of the biggest reasons for uri’s clients would distinguish County area, and she is sought our success is that we take the her from other advisors they’ve after by local media as a leading time to make our clients ‘edu- worked with – “Rosemary’s expert in the financial industry. cated consumers,” says Caligi- completely different.” Amidst her busy work sched- uri. “I teach our clients instead ule, you can find Rosemary on of talking at them, and when you After graduating with honors the airwaves hosting her weekly educate a customer first, they from Adelphi College, Rosemary radio show – “Financial Issues feel comfortable with their un- All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. spent the next 10 years living out & Answers” – which focuses on derstanding of their options, and a childhood dream in the medi- consumer education and perti- in my opinion, there’s no better cal field as a nurse, caring for the nent financial issues in today’s way to do business.” physical needs of her patients. economy. Her show is broadcast Rosemary has earned the Elite When her entrepreneurial spirit every Tuesday morning at 9:30 IRA Advisor designation from prompted her to move on, she set a.m. on WBCB 1490 AM, and lis- Ed Slott & Company – one of the out to care for people in anoth- teners can also access the show nation’s foremost IRA experts. er way – by helping them meet live through the Harvest Group Slott is host of the Public Tele- their financial health needs. web site at www.harvestgroupfi- vision Special “Stay Rich For & nancialservcies.com. Ever with Ed Slott” viewed by Rosemary subsequently formed millions of Americans, and his Harvest Group Financial Servic- Rosemary has earned the Char- Elite Advisors are kept abreast es – an award-winning, compre- tered Advisor for Senior Living of the very latest tax law changes hensive financial services based (CASL™) designation through concerning IRAs, 401(k)s, and in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. the American College of Finan- other retirement accounts. Rosemary has earned a repu- cial Planning. The esteemed 32 • THE SUIT • GREEN ISSUE
  • 28. Madeline C. Gerwick mgb@polarisbusinessguides.com Contact: 877-524-8300 Madeline C. Gerwick is an internationally recog- strong finances. She has also provided many good nized and certified astrologer, specializing in busi- dates and times for contract signings, product in- ness and personal astrology. She has a BA degree troductions, new hires, facility changes, legal ac- with honors in economics, many years in indus- tions, web site launches, and many other impor- trial sales and marketing, and she’s listed in sev- tant business activities. eral Who’s Who books, including Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who in America. Her unique Ms. Gerwick co-authored The Complete Idiot’s combination of credentials makes her an in-de- Guide to Astrology, and The Pocket Idiot’s Guide mand speaker regarding economic conditions and to Horoscopes, both published by Alpha Books, a business trends. She consults with individuals and division of Penguin Group Inc. She recently joined businesses of all sizes to guide them to higher lev- well-known authors Steven Covey, Tom Peters, els of prosperity by working in harmony with the Oprah, Steve Jobs, Donald Trump, Thomas Moore, Universe. Scott Peck, Robert Kiyosaki and many more as contributing authors to the new business anthol- Ms. Gerwick is heard weekly on The Dr. Pat Show ogy, Einstein’s Business: Engaging Soul, Imagina- on broadcast and internet radio. She writes a tion and Excellence in the Workplace. This book column for Promise Magazine and she annually is available through the Polaris store and in major writes The Good Timing Guide and Newsletters. bookstores and sites. Her 30+ years of astrological experience and study enable her to provide in-depth, multi-dimensional She has served on two Boards of the Washington insights and analysis. She also teaches prosperity State Astrological Association and is a past mem- training, Eight Keys to the Ultimately Prosperous ber of the Board of Trustees for the Kepler College Business, so businesses and individuals can learn of Astrological Arts and Sciences. She’s a member new ways to attract money, sales, and abundance. of the International Society of Business Astrolo- gers and the International Society of Astrological While working in business, she observed the syn- Research. She co-founded Polaris Business Guides chronicity of astrological cycles associated with LLC, originally Astro Cycles Consulting in 1995. sales, project development, marketing, manufac- turing, purchasing, legal issues, travel, contracts, and more. Her combined experience in both as- “When workplaces become “work-tribes” that trology and business led to the development of create nourishment for life and we learn how to this Guide, with the aim of providing better pro- partner with the Universe, our creativity and pro- ductivity for all types of businesses. Hundreds of ductivity will accelerate exponentially, and we’ll new companies have used her highly successful all live in a truly abundant Universe.” dates and times to start, ensuring high growth and — Madeline Gerwick GREEN ISSUE • THE SUIT • 33
  • 29. HOUCK & ASSOCIATES, INC. INTERNATIONAl CORpORATE TROUblESHOOTER -- J. Michael Gordon Harold H. Houck , President of Houck & As- was entirely preventable through competent re- sociates, Inc. provides corporate troubleshoot- search prior to investment. Mr. Houck suggests ing services and asset assessment on a global in considering financial research, avoid anony- basis. His firm counters or resolves issues con- mous entities, check for licensor and status, ask cerning embezzlement, fraud and corporate es- for a contract, and finally, meet the responsible pionage. The firm’s success in international fi- person if possible. That person should be able to nancial research and creative problem solving knowledgeably answer your prepared questions. has earned Mr. Houck his unique reputation. Houck & Associates has provided an amalgama- All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. Mr. Houck related that the recent high profile tion of services to a variety of clients. Cases have Ponzi schemes have crystallized the truth of his ranged from the exotic such the currency crisis in fundamental beliefs: “every matter requires fore- Venezuela, or tracking priceless artwork, to more knowledge” and “knowledge is never too dear”. The ordinary such as a short term con or a conten- tentacles of fraud have indiscriminately targeted tious divorce. This is what Mr. Houck expresses individuals, businesses, banks and even state gov- he likes most about his business – ever chang- ernments. This has changed the trusting environ- ing challenges. Mr. Houck came to understand ment wherein only corporations conduct due dili- the need for his particular niche while serving gence. Clients are now more prudent, wanting their in naval intelligence and working for the FDIC own due diligence – a second opinion, if you will. and the FSLIC during the 1980’s banking crisis. Mr. Houck relates the most frequent regret ex- He has travelled globally on business, is an avid pressed by his clients is, “I wish I knew about reader, enjoys athletic fitness, is a government your services earlier.” Often, the client’s dilemma and believes the key to happiness is discipline. 10151 University Blvd, Suite 178 Orlando, FL 32817-1904 800-677-3307 houckinc@bellsouth.net
  • 30. Dynamic Financial Consulting -- Gary Stevens Managing Partner Pascal Vieilledente, as a principal in the dynamic Acquisitions companies in Spain. And that por- financial consulting company, Eurohold, has been tion of the business has been a key to their suc- able to steer his firm through the troubled waters cess over the past eighteen months, when world of our recent economic turbulence. His foresight financial markets have constricted and deals have has enabled Eurohold to continue to make deals been harder to make. Vieilledente, on the other throughout the crisis; the performance of Euro- hand, was able to complete ten deals in the fiscal hold serves as a lesson to other financial profes- year of 2009. That is an incredible rate of suc- sionals and serves as a reason for potential part- cess given the economic environment. The reason ners and clients to do business with Eurohold. As Eurhohold was able to have that success is a testa- opposed to many financial consulting firms, the ment to the insight and adaptability of Pascal and future looks bright for Eurohold, in no small part his partners. Instead of looking for mega-deals, due to the diligence of Pascal and his partners. Pascal instead concentrated on making smaller “Eurohold was established in 1989 with its head- deals that were highly leveraged. That enabled quarters in Spain and does extensive business him to put together financing, with smaller capital throughout the country,” he adds, “But over the requirements, while still providing the potential past twenty years I have helped Eurohold to devel- for large gains. Primarily using their own capital op a network of business partners that places the Pascal and his partners were able to cope with the company at the hub of financial activity in France, recent general down-turn in financial activity and the Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, the Unit- create a very positive and profitable economic in- ed Kingdom, Sweden, Norway and Germany,” vestment model. Vieilledente said. With large clients such as Ma- Vieilledente said, “I am optimistic about the fu- daus, Kerry, Aegon and Indra, Eurohold’s key to ture, both for Eurohold and the world economy.” success has been the ability to maintain long-term He sees the current problems as a short-term relationships with quality firms in key sectors of anomaly in another-wise growing world market. international business. Those sectors include: In- With leadership that is able to discern profitable formation technology and telecommunications, pathways in today’s financial markets, Eurohold Pharmacy and Health, Food & Beverage, Distribu- is poised to become an even larger player in the tion, Business to Business services, Retail, Trans- business of international trade and finance in the port and Logistics, as well as the rapidly growing future. Pascal Vieilledente’s business acumen area of Environmental technology and consulta- and his ability to maintain trusting and profitable tion. The primary focus of Eurohold’s business long-term relationships with his clients, large and compass points in two directions: Mergers & Ac- small, is a big reason why Eurohold has enjoyed so quisitions, and Strategy Consultancy. Currently, much success. Eurohold is one of the most active Mergers & GREEN ISSUE • THE SUIT • 35
  • 31. Dean Briggs President & CEO Briggs Engineering Inc. -- J. Michael Gordon Dean Briggs has an uncanny way of running his reports, studies, and drawing-out designs. He engineering company. But, one thing is for cer- said his projects are modified to clients’s specific tain: he garners big results and big returns as an concerns. “We are dedicated to performing the entrepreneur on the rise. In fact, Briggs Engi- best work possible – for our clients and for our neering Inc. operates a boutique company pro- organization!” he said. “After all, we are in the All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. viding a full-range consulting services in urban business of building dreams!” and land-use, said Briggs during an early morn- Briggs said his projects includes in all types of ing interview, ensconced in his office. “My father terrain, scale, land uses and jurisdictions for both influenced me greatly in my engineering career,” private and governmental section clients.” “BEI’s he said. highly trained survey department,” Briggs noted, The company offers comprehensive services “he has extensive experience in performing with which include the preliminary investigations, various boundaries, topographical surveys for reports, studies, and the preparation of design residential and commercial subdivisions develop- drawings and specifications. They consistently ers, government agencies, and private individuals provide professional project management tai- and organizations. lored to their clients’ specific concerns. One survey team uses CAD-based staky plans Briggs said his father schooled him well in finer and produces electronic coordinate files that can points of “drafting, printing, and I even worked be easily loaded into the data collectors, for the with a survey crew,” he added. Briggs noted that total station units and FPS receivers, for our field BEI Inc. included preliminary investigations, crews,” he said. 36 • THE SUIT • GREEN ISSUE
  • 32. Just Bucket Excavating, Inc. -- Eric Daniels For more than twenty -years, Willie Davis Jr., has tions.” As a business professional, he manages literally worked in the trenches, hauling waste by business negotiations, handles contracts and req- the ton, earning a decent buck. As President of uisitions, and organizes marketing and strategic Just Bucket Excavating, Inc. said his company planning initiatives. Davis said he’s dedicated uses state-of-the-art equipment. “Just Buck- to the growth and development of the company. et Excavating, Inc. is involved in many aspects of excavating construction, including but not limited to, earth moving, culvert replacement, Davis is hopeful that President Barack Obama’s ecosystem restoration, and paving,” He said. health plan will change the way small busi- ness owners look at health benefits for em- ployees. “As an African American contractor Davis said he “retains overall responsibility for there is serious debate on the insurance and all facets of the company’s administrative func- health care system in this nation,” Davis said. GREEN ISSUE • THE SUIT • 37
  • 33. CUSTOM BROKERS - FREIGHT FORWARDERS -- Eric Daniels Lall and Company Ltd. has established a dynamic and diverse team of thirty-five (35) members of staff, inclusive of two (2) Customs Brokers and one (1) Grade III Customs Clerk, who are highly trained professionals committed to delivering efficient and quality service. Percy Lall, Owner and President however we are stilling man- of Freight Forwarding Brokers aging to run the business with are no stranger to international a positive future on growth.” services, operating his business Freight Forwarding Brokers has with family. Based out of Trini- not made any major changes dad & Tobago, the company since the downturn and still offers a full range of services. maintains a full staff, unlike other companies who have had Grossing an estimated annual major layoffs and cut-backs over net income of 1.8 million dollars the last year. Lall says, “We are annually, Lall says, “Business has doing well enough to weather dropped a little due to this eco- the storm,” sitting at the helm. nomic down turn; but as a cus- He states, “Keeping clients sat- tom brokerage service we depend isfied is hard work, but my fam- upon the importers and export- ily has assisted in the day to day ers in the industry to stay in busi- operations to make things easier ness.” He comments, “This means on me.” Lall has one son and All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. over the next couple of months two daughters who are currently our income depends largely employed by the company, “we on the amount of work we do.” are a big family.” he chuckles. The company depends on the “We are stilling managing to work of other companies both keep aboard despite of the up’s private and individual on the im- and down’s in this volatile econ- porting and exporting of goods omy.” The Freight forwarding and services. He claims, that the Service Company will continue countries values have fallen sub- to do well and are keeping up stantially with clients importing with the demands in the market. and exporting less then what Lall expresses with confidence, they are accustom to do over “the business is moving forward, the years. Lall states, “income we are still managing to keep has fallen and continues to fall, alive in this economic fallout.” “Quality service never goes out of style!”
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  • 35. Colin M. Cameron Attorney at Law, ESQ PA All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. A True Gator -- J. Michael Gordon Colin Cameron is a practicing general lawyer debate about the insurance and health care cri- in the greater area of Okeechobee, Florida. He sis, although I’m, optimistic like the rest of us,” said, “My grandfather was a judge and my father he chuckles, “My clients are struggling to pay me was a lawyer, so I followed in their footsteps.” even though they are on a payment plan with me.” Cameron has been in the business for thirty years Cameron specializes particularly in property, now. This upside-down economy is creating entre- probate and divorce law. Since 1979 he has been preneurial opportunities, so long as you can deal a member of the Masons and Old Fellows Asso- with a situation about as stable as the stock market. ciation as well as member of the 5th and 11th cir- Even in finance, confidence and risk tolerance cuit court of appeals. Cameron achieved his Jurist are on the rise. Cameron said, “There is serious Doctorate from the University of Florida in 1978. 40 • THE SUIT • GREEN ISSUE
  • 36. Kaleh Mana enterprises Dr. Ahmad Entrepreneurs tend to spot opportunity where others see Tabassi dead ends. One such person is Mohammed Dantata Ndus. Upon completing his studies (he holds a post-graduate Seasoned degree in Financial Management from the University of Petroleum Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and an M.B.A. from the Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria), Mohammed found Executive opportunity in the area of government policy, developing experience in that field over the course of thirteen years. Dr. Ahmad Tabassi, Chief Executive Of- ficer and Chairman of Persia Petroleum In March 2006, he established Kaleh Mana Enterpris- Services, has cornered the international es in 2006, and has been serving as Director ever since. market, particularly, in the oil and gas Today, the company is a specialized consultan- industries. Persia Petroleum Services cy firm for governmental policies and programs provides a range of “upstream services with an estimated $10 billion in annual revenues. to international oil and gas companies”, Located in Gomba Nigeria, the firm also offers local Tabassi said. The company’s primary and national government ministries financial manage- goal has been to invest and support “Ira- ment advice in such areas as communications, agricul- nian companies which provide equipment ture, banking and finance, as well as expertise in gov- and services to the Petroleum industry in ernment relations, policy, opinion research, strategic Iran”, he said recently from his office in corporate communications, organizational development Australia. and procurement to Nigeria with international clients. PPS has five subsidiaries in Iran. The com- pany focuses on seismic acquisition, drill- ing, geological and geophysical project management, procurement and supplies. Tabassi provides strategic leadership and guidance while at the same time, setting the tone on the day-to-day operations of We offer total project management and develop- the business. PPS works closely with the ment that will see you through the entire planning, National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC). design and construction phases. This will preserve Tabassi has been in the oil industry for the integrity of your needs throughout the process. over twenty years. He was the co-founder of RBT Petroleum Associates in 1995, a Your project will come in at the right price, be- project management company, which he cause of our strong networks and strategic allianc- later sold to a United Kingdom firm. es allow us to put the right people on your project. We'll evaluate lean construction and design management In 1976, Tabassi left Iran before the 1979 techniques to better address your needs without over revolution, after graduating from Isfahan building, over budgeting or over extending your team. University, and later moved to Austra- lia in 1981. In 1996, he returned to Iran. Implement sustainable concepts to facili- Tabassi has a Ph.D in Exploration Geology tate both initial and long-term savings for you from Leeds University. He’s also a former while fostering a cleaner – greener tomorrow. Federal President of the Petroleum Explo- ration Society of Australia. “I am an en- 1615 West Shore Drive trepreneurial geologist”, he said. “I travel Delafield, WI 53018 to many countries; it is demanding work Phone: 262.244.7272 – but very rewarding”. GREEN ISSUE • THE SUIT • 41
  • 37. Veteran Shooter and Professional Photographer -- J. Michael Gordon Bill Barley carries a Nikon around his neck as a The history of Photojournalism is very interesting. professional photographer. He’s taken over 5,000 According to the Rochester institute of Technol- rolls of film as a veteran shooter, capturing gritty ogy, “Photojournalism is the visual reporting of images for Life Magazine, and countless others, news for publication in newspapers and maga- during the 1960s, when New York had more news- zines,” they served as the eyes and ears, as true papers than candy stores. “That’s when the news- eyewitness and observer of history. In the old paper industry was booming and I made more days, “most photojournalists were not college- money than ever before,” he said. “I miss those educated. They became photojournalists by work- days.” ing an apprenticeship system. First, they worked The veteran shooter said he’s walked the streets as lab technicians in a newspaper’s darkroom and of New York as photojournalist. He worked with then being promoted to shooter.” All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. several news outfits in his time, including the New “That was the general rule,” Barley said, “photo- York Times, several tabloids, and a small stint journalists back in those days were not college ed- with UPI. “It was John Dusniak, the Photo Editor, ucated.” For years, many photojournalists worked who virtually extended my freelance contract for in an apprentice system. They labored long hours more than a year. That’s was a nice run,” Barley in the smelly dark rooms of newspapers across the said with a chuckle. Today, as chief photographer country, before being promoted to “shooter.” of Bill Barley & Associates, a company he founded in 1966, he specializes in commercial and industri- al photography. He provides “full-service cinema- They later earned the nickname “writers with the tography,” including advisements, lighting, and light,” because many of their photographs report- state-of-the-art camera equipment. Barley han- ed the news visually. As it turns out, photojour- dles corporate accounts, including special catalogs nalists were the great adventurers and interpret- for small and mid-size companies. Barley is even ers of history. That’s why Barley is honored to be proficient with a computer and handles graphic called a veteran shooter of his era. “I captured a lot design assignments. “I’ve been doing graphic de- of photos in my time,” he said with slight guffaw. sign for a long time now,” he said. “I did a lot of good photography.” 42 • THE SUIT • GREEN ISSUE
  • 38. Jimmie R. Phillips President/Owner Washington Acoustics -- Gary Stevens Right out of high school Jimmie Phillips operated Phillips offers acoustic ceiling installation and in- a forklift. Thanks to his family, they cut their teeth terior finishes inhibiting surface growth of mold in the construction business. Washington Acous- and mildew. tics is a 3rd generation construction business These materials used in wall and ceiling in- which specializes particularly in home & business sulation provide excellent sound absorption. services. He said, “The economy can be challenging,” As a general contractor Phillips handles acousti- he adds, “people are not spending money.” cal services, ceilings, drywall as well as home re- modeling and businesses interior improvements. The struggle continues…… GREEN ISSUE • THE SUIT • 43
  • 39. -- J. Michael Gordon A Golden Opportunity in The Sign business Alan A. Bartizal, a second-generation entre- preneur, who’s cut his teeth, watching his fa- ther runs the business, he said. He said he ad- mires his fathers’ business acumen. “It’s my dad’s work ethic that has carried me through the rough times as a business owner,” Bartizal said. Bartizal has worked hard since 1969, virtually build- ing a strong reputation as “The premier manufactur- er of electrical signs in the San Francisco Bay area.” He believes his success has been based on “Family- bred ethics, fair dealings and technical know-how.” The Oakland based company has grown and All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. evolved into what has become the Golden Gate Sign Company. As a family business, Barizal said, “We understand the consumers and utilize our many years of knowledge and experiences to pro- vide high quality products and affordable pricing.” For more then 40 years, Barizal said, “we have been providing outstanding services as we contin- ue to build our reputation and are looking toward the future as an integral part of the Sign industry.” Bartizal said, “He’s learned a valuable les- son in business: To respect three elders, who came before you. “My father taught me every- thing I know today. That stays with you for life.” Golden Gate Sign Company, Inc. 1455 Third Street San Francisco, CA 94107 www.goldengatesign.com 510.336.3838
  • 40. Paul Dwyer Owner Dwyer Milk Transport Thanks Obama, For High Fuel Costs in Milk Transport -- Erwin Kantor CEO Paul Dwyer and his Partner as acting sion standards.” Over the last year there Board Member and Secretary of treasure have been high demands for new diesel have owned Dwyer Milk Transport, since engines. The prices of diesel engines have the 1990’s. Located in Tomah, Wisconsin gone up from roughly $17,000 to $40,000 the company operates three 5,800-gallon US dollars in the course of a year and the milk trucks, servicing over 40 different Dwyer Milk Transport Company lost 60% farms across Wisconsin. “We’re experi- of its business in less than two years. Truck- encing high fuel costs and the price of new ing companies are now restricted to three equipment has gone up, affecting our oper- manufactures that produce diesel engines, ating cost, impacting our bottom line,” Dw- such as Detroit/Mercedes, Volvo, and Co- yer said. mon’s. “These companies are all in cahoots Due to the economic down turn the lo- together.” He said. cal government imposed new user fees on The government has been placing new reg- trucking, transporting and truck drivers ulations on the transport industry, by in- individually. The economy has a got good creasing costs and adding new user fees, grip on Dwyer Milk Transport, “We lost a which has directly affected out of pocket big account, along with three milk trucks.” expense for small businesses. “The for- Dwyer said. “Surely the economy will re- eign companies own the markets and their bound like in a year and a half,” he adds. crushing American businesses,” Dwyer He feels that president Barack Obama has said. spent way too much time on the health care“We opened our doors in 1990 and this bill and bank-bail-outs. “We are still stand- year marks our 21st year in business.” He ing around wondering what happened with said, “Me and my wife started the business our hands in our pockets.” He said, “Obamatogether.” The Dwyer family originally gave out tons of money to big banks and in- owned a dairy farm in 1986, and bought surance companies instead of helping us, the milk transport company in the spring the people” of 1990, after selling their farm. He said the “We are for the new green movement and company plans to expand into areas such its environmental importance,” he adds, as construction and excavation. “We are adapting to the new laws on emis-
  • 41. Marketing comes first…Sales comes second. David Saxby Business Innovation Professional Founder Spark Communications Inc. David Saxby, President of Spark Communi- He shows them how to find creative solutions, and cations Inc. is an international speaker and to identify new sources of business through utiliz- trainer and a sales and marketing consul- ing innovative marketing and sales approaches. tant with over 30 years experience. David’s He has worked with a wide range of industries first company grew from one man to a full ser- including: beverage and liquor, communica- vice advertising agency in less than two years. tions, land development, real estate and construc- He followed that success with a tion, media and marketing, company he nurtured through a education, professional major recession and grew into services (legal, medical, one of Western Canada’s lead- financial) as well as the ing marketing communication small business sectors. firms. David delivers thought- provoking and inspiring pre- sentations that provide insight David is the co-author into how individuals, teams and of two books: organizations can ignite inno- 1. Customer Service vation and achieve unparalleled Goldmine All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. success in their marketplace. 2. Sales Gurus Speak He combines hard-learned les- Out sons from his experiences in the marketing and advertising world with his deep knowledge-base as a visionary business leader. David knows how to con- nect with audiences. He in- spires, motivates and chal- lenges people to look beyond the status quo and to seek answers outside their comfort zones. As a consultant David facilitates the inno- vation process by helping clients discov- er their unique talents and business value. E-mail: dsaxby@sparkcommunications.com 46 • THE SUIT • GREEN ISSUE
  • 42. Barbara Williams No Obstacle Too Great to Overcome --By Gary Stevens With her heart seeking a connection to others, ting. And it was here that Williams realized, as she with her mind searching for a better way to ac- put it, that “I was born to teach.” As a result of the complish whatever task is put before her, Barbara success of that program, which reliably increased Williams has displayed an attitude towards life the productivity and accuracy of its pupils, she was that most of us can only hope to embody. In 2007 then given the task of supervising the entire mid- Williams had her left leg amputated below the Atlantic region for ARA Services. Stretching from knee. Despite a multitude of possible scapegoats, Virginia to New Jersey, that region encompassed she chose not to look for someone to blame, in- many hospitals and hundreds of employees, with stead opting to go on with her life in the only way the task of managing and administering all of the she knew how, with positivity, perseverance and employees involved. perpetual activity. That perspective has enabled In 1985 Williams career took another turn when Williams to make innovative and lasting contribu- she returned to the clinical arena. She was given tions throughout her life. the responsibilities of executive dietician for the Initially, Williams professional career was fash- north-Atlantic region, spanning Maine to New ioned by the degree she earned at Wayne State Jersey. Her duties involved the supervision of University in 1968. Majoring in dietetics, she was clinical dieticians in all of the major hospitals. soon working as a dietician intern at Metropolitan She soon realized that there were no standards Hospital, the first unionized hospital in the United governing the evaluation of clinical dieticians’ ac- States. After a short stint at Metropolitan, she, al- tivities from hospital to hospital. As a result, hos- ways looking to be at the center of activity, gravi- pitals were not living up to the standards set by tated to what she calls the “medical Mecca of the both the states involved, and the JCAHO, the Joint world”, Philadelphia, landing a post at the pres- Commission on Hospital Accreditation. Williams tigious University of Pennsylvania Hospital, in said, “I developed a peer review program wherein the Presbyterian Division. There, she honed her dieticians between different hospitals were able to skills, taking on the responsibilities of a clinical di- monitor one another.” Her system introduced a etician. However, it was in a future position where structure and objectivity into the process of eval- Williams first displayed the combination of talents uating clinical dieticians through standardized that make her so unique. forms and procedures. All of the hospitals which After working as an assistant food service director have put her system into practice have since been for a short time Williams was promoted to district able to meet the standards set by their state and by supervising dietician at ARA Services. During that the JCAHO. The peer review program Williams time she realized that the food service technicians developed in 1985 has been so successful that it is under her direction lacked the proper training to still in use today. carry out their duties as effectively as she thought Empathy, reliability, communication and innova- possible. It was here that she put both her com- tion has hallmarked Williams professional career. munications skills and her analytic skills to work, Unfortunately, she has not been treated with the by developing a training program for food service same level of professionalism by the medical per- technicians that replicated a formal classroom set- sonnel who have handled her own care. GREEN ISSUE • THE SUIT • 47
  • 43. A NEW METHODS ods as the tests change from year to year. She is A NEW WAYS TO LEARN committed to providing her clients with effective test training skills at an affordable cost. ETM increases test scores, study and study skills. The program helps students to familiarize both content and formats of the SAT and ACT exams. The program is designed to give them 27 hours of classroom instruction and practice tests with exercises to do both in class and at home. ETM also provides students with test-taking strategies and guessing techniques. This confidence gives them a competitive edge for college admissions and increases their chances for an academic scholarship. Budinger said, “These practices help to relieve test anxiety.” Barbara Budinger is President of Educational Testing Methods, Inc., a test preparation pro- The testing methods used have exceptionally gram geared towards thousands of students high passing records for qualifying athletes across the country. ETM has been a leader in nationally for the N.C.A.A. requirements. Test test preparation, always the first to have cur- scores have gone up by 20 to 30 points on aver- rent materials and information. Established in age on the SAT and a 3 to 5 point average on the Springfield, Illinois in 1979 and started nation- ACT exams. ally marketing their program in 1983. ETM formats are perfectly suited for classrooms, Budinger said, “We had to cut down our fees’ to teachers, tutoring businesses and private ses- make it more affordable for my clients.” She has sions as well. extensive experience in education, high school We recognize the fact that many of the same counseling, and career development counseling. concepts are being tested. ETM addresses the As and author and teacher, she knows what it’s uniqueness of each test. This dual approach is like to take exams under pressure. She gradu- extremely important because colleges today will ated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. accept either test. degree in education and earned her Master’s of All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. • ETM has a Flexible Format: Classes can be Education degree at the Boston College where fo- taken once a week for three hours, or 1 1/2 hours cusing in counseling psychology. She has exten- twice a week in a span of 9 weeks. It can be in- sive experience in education, high school coun- seling, and career development counseling. Barbara has designed a training program that ca- ters to both the SAT and ACT formats. It involves an extensive work book with program materials that prepare the student for all aspects of the testing process. She has personally visited stu- dents and their families in all parts of the coun- try, from California to Florida. She has developed a unique program which can maximize a stu- dent’s score for both the AST and act continually updating her work book, and her training meth- 48 • THE SUIT • GREEN ISSUE
  • 44. corporated into the curriculum as a 6 or a 9 week 1. Make an investment: After making your initial daily course, one period a day. ETM can fit into investment to purchase the ETM program for your particular design and needs. your area, you'll soon be making an investment • ETM Teachers are Imparting the Same Informa- into the lives of your students. The cost of the tion: ETM's manual for the teacher is written in a program includes a detailed, step-by step educa- tor's Manuel complete with "script" and over- "Do - Say" format much like a script. The teach- heads, plus a supply of student workbooks for er's preparation time is kept to a minimum. your first class. • ETM helps meet NCAA Requirements:The Fed- 2. Make a difference: The ETM program has a eral Trade Commission of Boston says coaching successful track record nationally. Eighty per- courses are only effective and make a significant cent of ETM students raise their test scores by difference if they are 20 or more hours in dura- an average of 120-150 points on the SAT and 3-5 tion. points on the ACT. The Federal Trade Commis- • ETM is a Totally Comprehensive Program: sion of Boston has said coaching courses are only Each session contains 1 1/2 hours of verbal review effective if they are 20 or more hours of duration. and 1 1/2 hours of math review. Interspersed in With the ETM course, students receive nearly 60 the program are many test-taking techniques and hours of preparation. exercises to help the students to become "test- 3. Make a living: By purchasing the ETM program wise." It is an academic approach to testing as for your area, you become an independent busi- well as skillful training in "techniques." ness owner. You'll determine your own hours and • ETM's Program is Implemented by a Teacher fees, even your marketing and advertising strate- in a Classroom: Students need direction and gies. Many ETM business owners only work at the respond most favorably to a teacher-related, business part-time, yet earn full-time income. structured course. ETM recognizes computer pro- grams only as good supplemental material. • ETM is Exclusive: The student workbooks are www.educationaltestingmethods.com only available through ETM and cannot be pur- chased in bookstores. Owning your own busi- ness - and succeeding at it - has never been quite this simple. Educational Testing Methods, Inc. of Springfield, Illinois -- the creator of the most comprehensive review course for college entrance exams --now offers the course as a business op- portunity for individuals just like you. By offering the course to students in your community, you'll be providing a valuable service while making sub- stantial income. It really is as easy as 1-2-3 GREEN ISSUE • THE SUIT • 49
  • 45. Terry Dowel CEO Natures Organics Pty, Ltd. -- J. Michael Gordon Terry Dowel grew up on a rural dairy farm in Victo- ria -- the second largest state in Australia. He later moved to New South Wales to a sheep farm across the border. During his high school years, Dowel All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. and his brother Colin trained 6-10 miles every week for the regional inter school sports Championship Organic, Pty, Ltd. Dowel admits that his finals. Dowel won the 100 yard and 220 yard sprints “natural foods and holistic remedies,” have as well as the high jump. They were chosen to com- turned a profit while also serving as principal pete in the NSW Junior Athletics State Champion- products of the “Green Revolution.” ships in Sydney in 1957. He worked in Melbourne as a chemist’s as- sistant with a cosmetic company. He took a liking for machinery quickly and was pro- The way Dowel entered the corporate world – at moted to Production Manager. When the first – seemed tragic. It was in the late 1950s, and company was closed and sold to the Drug Dowel was involved in a motorcycle accident, suffer- Houses of Australia, Dowel was retained as ing severe head injuries. Dowel overcame his tragic a consultant. In 1965 Dowel formed his own fall from his bike, and healed himself holistically, direct marketing company Cyntila Cosmet- and eventually formed his own company – Nature’s ics. Cyntila sold everything from lipsticks, 50 • THE SUIT • GREEN ISSUE
  • 46. makeup, perfumes and many other products. cattle and sheep stock marking spray, bale mark, In 1969 DHA offered to sell the business to Chlorogen foot rot spray, “Rippa Strippa” the first Dowel. This would come with the Australian Australian aerosol paint stripper and many others rights for The Nestle Le Mur New York prod- such as fly sprays, repellents, hair sprays, antiper- uct range. The main activity of the business spirants, shaving foams, fragrances etc. His boom- by this time was predominantly manufac- ing business took off. turing fragrant bath cubes. At its peak four million cubes were produced annually for Dowel built two aerosol filling machines during Yardley, Cyclax, Bronley, Coty etc as well as this period as well as a further two machines de- signed and built for a wholesaler friend selling into male hairdressing salons. This assistance enabled that company to expand into the aerosol contract filling business. Today Aaron Laboratories P/L is a key supplier of aerosols to the major supermarkets and other retail chains. Today Natures Organics was then and is now Aus- tralia’s only genuine pioneer developing “close to nature” and environmentally responsible formula- tions. Dowel believes it is not enough to just re- place harmful chemicals with organic alternatives. It has become more and more important to move products away from suspect packaging and into more acceptable and more readily recyclable ma- terials. The early installation of Natures Organics PET bottle moulding plant in 1991 produced the first dedicated PET shampoo bottle in the South- ern Hemisphere. WWW.NATURESORGANICS.COM.AU retail stores Coles and Woolworths. In the late 60’s bath cube sales began to decline becoming less fashionable and were finally discontinued in the mid 70’s. After purchasing the assets he set about de- signing and building the first Australian built twin head rotary aerosol filling machine in his garage at home. The machine was com- missioned inside three months and immedi- ately used to produce Nestle Streaks ‘N’ Tips colored hair spray which had been previ- ously contract filled. Other advanced aero- sols that Terry formulated and filled were
  • 47. at the University Of Chicago Pritzker School Of Medicine where he worked as a medical student in laboratories. Dr. Devoe said, “You don’t get into medical school ….without the hard work, but I kept that in front of me until I got into my medi- cal studies.” He went on to complete an ob-gyn residency and maternal-fetal medicine fellowship at the University of Chicago’s Lying-In Hospitals and Clinics. After graduating as a medical doctor over 40 years ago he has advanced in the Department of obstetrics. He said his grandfather and Dr. Fred- rick Zuspan were his life time mentors, “I couldn’t have done it without them,” he said. He has authored over 200 scientific articles, ab- stracts and book chapters on a wide range of top- ics in maternal-fetal medicine. He is editor in chief of the Journal of Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Devoe also served on the editorial boards of Journal of Maternal-Fetal Investigation and Journal of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He is also an ad hoc reviewer for most of the major journals in obstetrics and gynecology, including Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Journal of Ob- stetrics and Gynecology. His research interests include computer applications in fetal monitor- ing, intrapartum and antepartum fetal assess- All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. --Michael Gordon ment and labor induction. He personally advises several medical students each year, telling them Dr. Lawrence D. Devoe has finally passed the their choice of specialty is akin to choosing a mar- torch, after retiring on June 30th as Brooks Pro- riage partner. fessor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics “These economic challenges I have seen them and Gynecology. Dr. Devoe practices Maternal come and go, its cyclical, it happened in the 70’s and Fetal Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynecol- and 80’s and it’s the same phenomena.” Dr. ogy in Augusta, Georgia. “Basically, when I was 5 Devoe said he’s also a member of the NIH Spe- years old I had a good role model, my grandfather cial Study Group on Fetal Behavior and the NIH that was during the horse and buggy 20th centu- Study Section for SBIR and Technology Transfer. ry era.” Devoe said, “I would go to the hospitals He is a reviewer for the FDA orphan drug section. and watch my grandfather operate with his white He served as senior examiner for the American coat.” Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Devoe Inspired by the medical industry, Dr. Devoe’s was acknowledged in Best Doctors in America, original dream was to be a surgeon just like his Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Ameri- grandfather, but faith took him in a new direction ca’s Teachers, and Medicine. 52 • THE SUIT • GREEN ISSUE
  • 48. www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca E-mail: info@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca The National Research Council (NRC) is the Government of Canada's premier organi- zation for research and development. We How green is your building? have been active since 1916. In this section, you will find more informa- tion about how NRC is organized, where we are located across Canada, our mandate, recent success stories and links to corpo- Drive the Hydrogen Highway rate publications. We have also compiled a number of lesser- known facts about our organization, in- cluding a list of other organizations that have grown out of NRC over the years. We A Day in the Life of an NRC trust that you will find these facts informa- Scientist tive and impressive. GREEN ISSUE • THE SUIT • 53
  • 49. The Progress of Cancer Treatments By Robert B. Wickman, DO For the past 50 or so years, orthodox treatment has more or less stayed the same with a very poor cure rate. Why? They only have Chemo- therapy, Radiation, or Surgery and maybe a com- bination of the three to work with. By now you would think that cutting out a cancer tumor for a cure would be known as impossible since the tumor is just the symptom and not the cause. It is very important to get at the cause and most institutions are happy with removing the symp- tom and somehow weave into the mix the chemo or radiation to round out the treatment plan. With this routine there is less than a 2% "cure" -- J. Michael Gordon rate. If they can slow the progress down for 5 years, it is considered a cure. Really, how could Stamwick was founded in 1996 which serves has a it be a cure if only the symptom is removed and medical practice using alternative treatments. He the body is poisoned or radiated after the surgery? specializes in diseases such as diabetes and mul- tiple scleroses. Dr. Wickman has patients visiting Sure, there are different techniques in the surgi- him from all over the world, such as France, Unit- cal suits being tried each day. After a work-up be- ed States, Canada and even Australia. “I use In- fore surgery, it is determined how much of one's sulin Potentiating therapy and oxidative medicine body should be removed never or almost never using the ozone, as well as chelation therapy and taking into consideration how he will live with various frequency generators,” Wickman said. what remains behind. To this, another attack will take place with a poison (chemotherapy) being in- He treats cancer degenerate diseases without the fused which is another obstacle for the patient to clinical drugs, and has an 80% success rate. Be- overcome or maybe a series of powerful radiation cause of his research Dr. Wickman has found out treatments will be considered. A relatively strong that all diseases have a frequency and he has been patient is soon turned into a weak wimp too sick able to zero in and get rid of the disease. “I consult to get out of his own way. Is this the way a person and treat patients with various illnesses and dis- should go on living? Is this progress? All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. eases, which I provide them the alternative medi- Let me digress a bit. We now have the technol- cal care they deserve,” he said. ogy to make automobiles that don't use gasoline. Either they are electric or they burn an alternate “I track the problem and not the symptoms,” he type fuel or even water. Why is the gasoline engine adds, “In order to determine what and where the still around? Could it be for the commercial ben- cause of the diseases is, I always do a blood smear efit to the oil companies? What would this world and then a DNA testing,” Dr. Wickman said. The be with no more gasoline produced? DNA will show everything that needs to be known Have you seen a Polio, Small pox, or Tuberculosis about these diseases. “I analyze the Electromag- patient lately? Why not? Maybe it is because those netic frequency from the blood smear to heal my particular diseases have been cured or drastically patients, he said. Dr. Wickman has been practic- controlled to not appear in society or on the ho- ing holistic healing and medicine for 40 years, rizon as they once did. TB Sanatoriums, founda- twenty years in the United States, and twenty tions, or any other medical connections to these years in Quito, Ecuador. He said, “I wouldn’t have diseases have been eliminated due to lack of use. been able to do it with the support and medical This is the good news! Today more and more can- guidance from my mentor Dr. Robert Ripley.” cer centers are built and being built to take care 54 • THE SUIT • GREEN ISSUE
  • 50. of the patients who have cancer. We have the tech- nology related to the elimination of this disease so why is cancer still with us? Is it too difficult to put the patient's health first instead of cashing in on his disease? What is more important, the recovery of the patient or the wealth made by the "health" insti- tutions including the pharmaceutical companies? What type of barbaric people are we that money comes before health? I know the technology exists to cure cancer because I use it everyday and see the results of patients returning to health. Families are kept together, the work place prospers as no losses do we put up with this? We are all entitled to the occur from a death or disability of the worker with good life as long as the Good Lord gives us life to cancer, and friends continue seeing each other in- live including the air to breathe. No one can be stead or remembering each other. immortal in this world, but we sure could enjoy Due to our soil depletions of vital minerals, our im- a better quality of life that is not provided for us. mune systems are compromised and do not func- All tumors are not malignant. Some are benign but tion as they once did to protect us. Our defenses are still ooze the life out of us through pain, quality of down. Cancer is on the increase world wide. Why? life, and inconvenience. Dr. Simoncini in Rome, A few minerals are put back into the land occasion- Italy has found a fungus association with cancer. ally. Isn't that enough? In fact, he calls fungi and cancer one in the same. How can we, as intelligent, thinking, and a produc- Here in America we treat them separately and end ing population put up with this picture? Something up losing the battle for life. His treatment using Bi- is very wrong! America is the number one country carbonate of Soda is probably too inexpensive for in the world for everything except health care where us. We go for the expensive treatments and the in- we rank number 56. How can 55 other countries be surance companies pick up the tab except for those ahead of us offering better care for their people? Do without insurance and they go without the possi- they care about their people more than we do our bility of having a quality life to look forward to. own and do they provide better standards of living for their people? It is preposterous that we actually Go to Dr. Simoncini's Treatment with Sodium have a cure and it works, but is hidden from the Bicarbonate and read for yourself. See the before public for financial reasons in many aspects. Why and after slide show presented there. This is excit- ing! An oncologist has broken the cancer sound barrier. He has put the "cure" into treating cancer. I have followed his findings and believe me, they work and patients get well. If a physician looks at an x-ray film containing cancer cells and fungi cells, he can't tell the difference and more than likely calls them both cancers. He tells the patient, "Your tumors are growing." He does not take the time to differentiate or even consider there might be a difference between cancer and fungi. What if they were the same thing? Let's face it; a massive FDA cover-up is in prog- ress. Specimens from cancer patients in a hospi- tal treating traditionally were confiscated and de- stroyed if the patient did not recover. They were called hazardous waste! These specimens were quarantined until destroyed. As a result this or- GREEN ISSUE • THE SUIT • 55
  • 51. ganic material could not be examined to determine ceutical companies, drug stores, hospitals and what effect the chemo or radiation had nor could other treatment centers, and workers who depend it be subjected to further testing using alternative on a livelihood in these areas. The losers are the treatments to find out if other methods were more people that can't take advantage of the alternative effective. Bicarbonate of soda helps to cure cancer cures and go on believing the lies told them. We cells by destroying them in a very short time. The must get out of our boxes and look around. tumors decrease in size and a better quality of life is put back into the patient. Putting bicarbonate of soda into an injection form all of a sudden makes it a drug by FDA definition. Still, it would be far cheaper than any chemo drugs on the market to- day. Besides, it would be a cure rather than a palli- ative treatment because the cancer cells are dead. Tumors in areas with less circulation can be at- tacked with frequencies as each type of tumor has its own frequency. Through a combination of so- dium bicarbonate and electromagnetic waves the tumors can be dealt with and eliminated. Low lev- el laser with specific frequencies helps eliminate the pain and inflammation caused by the growing tumor. Actually, traditional therapy should be called al- ternative therapy as it came along after the origi- nal "alternative therapy" was the standard of the day. Medicine or procedures that can't be guarded by a patent are not profitable. These non-invasive therapies are available if you know where to look for them. The important thing to remember is that all living cells have their own frequency and when a positive challenge is en- countered it should be taken care of before more serious problems develop. Invest your money into alternative therapies instead of giving to large in- All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. stitutions or drug companies if you desire good health in the future. All drug companies have stock holders and these people want to make a profit on their investments, naturally. But it will come at the expense of health because no giant companies are out there producing alternative, natural procedures using supplements because a patent cannot be obtained. All their research would be available for everyone to use. We could have a very healthy America if we were willing to stand for our rites. This would move us toward number one in the world instead of where we are www.doctor-cancer.org now. The bottom line is that cancer is a financially lu- crative disease. It benefits stockholders, pharma- 56 • THE SUIT • GREEN ISSUE
  • 52. NATURALLY ONLINE -- Chizzy Igbokwe & --Erwin Kantor Dr. Pamela Gumbs, known affectionately among her pa- tients as “Dr. Pam,” earned a Doctorate in Pharmacy and a second degree in Geriat- rics from the University of California in San Francisco. Dr.Gumbs is a consultation specialist, advising patients about natural and traditional approaches to asthma, aller- gies, and other respiratory conditions. Her distinct role has served as an inspiration for The Wellness Store - an on- Allergy Consultation Special- line natural pharmacy. ist. Dr. Pam also spends much During her time at the Univer- of her time out in the com- sity of California, Dr. Gumbs munity, serving as a Pharma- took a few classes in Asthma cist Representative for the and Respiratory Health, and Alameda Alliance for Health discovered that specializing in and working with homeless Respiratory Health would give shelters to increase awareness her career a more focused di- about the proper use for dia- rection. betic needles. In her words, “Stick with one In addition to her community thing, and you’ll have a lot involvement and consulting more fun.” The online plat- services, she works as a staff form allows a greater patient pharmacist for Berkeley Unit- reach throughout the United ed Pharmacy. States. As a specialist Dr. Gumbs is living proof, “if you For any patients that would learn one thing about one part like to arrange a consult with of you, now you have learned Dr. Pam, visit www.Con- one thing about every part of sultwithDrPam.com to find you,” she said. Since then she out how to set up an appoint- has become an Asthma and ment. GREEN ISSUE • THE SUIT • 57
  • 53. Professor James J. Bason: The Science of Surveys in Academia -- J. Michael Gordon Dr. James J. Bason, Associate Research Scientist cally, it was when he was studying for his mas- at the University of Georgia and Director of the ter degree at Appalachian State University that Survey Research Center, anxiously hunches down he discovered his penchant for mathematics and at his large table with tall stacks of statistical re- statistical formulae. Soon after that, he got the ports as he crunches numbers, and studies large bug to become a research scientist. He said he chunks of data collected over time as he prepares has capitalized “20-years of total involvement for another Georgia Poll. The survey is conducted and extensive practical experience in research.” at “least once a year by the Survey Research Cen- In fact, he’s responsible for managing the day- ter,” he admits in a scholarly voice. “From a very to-day operations and oversees the contracted early age, I always enjoyed working with num- projects. Bason said he’s in charge of writing all bers.” funding proposals. In addition, he directs social His bookish ways have earned him the right to sit scientists, researchers and individuals to count- in the helm of academia, inputting intricate formu- less study management projects at the univer- las, concocting statistical calculations, and spin- sity. He said the Georgia institution will continue ning out algebraic equations like a wizard investi- to be a beacon of light in education. He said his gator. Bason is in charge of the Georgia Poll, which unwavering commitment to research science will is a statewide survey of 500 Georgia residents con- change the way society looks analyzes statistics. “The items submitted by the contributors to the All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. ducted by the Survey Research Center. He said “It is a service offered by the center to clients whose Georgia Poll are incorporated into a large inter- need for data do not justify the cost of conducting view which is then administered to a representa- an entire study,” Bason explained while working tive sample 500 Georgians. The resulting data be- out the details of his next project. “The poll gives come the property of the client,” he said. policy-makers, researchers, managers, and other Founded in 1982, Bason said the University of interested individuals and organizations an op- Georgia Survey Research Center is a “full-service portunity to gather high quality data in a timely research and development facility. The organiza- and relatively inexpensive manner.” tion continues provide services for universities, Looking back during academic years, Bason found faculty, students, and administration. They also his passion for data collecting intriguing. Ironi- conduct surveys on a local and national level. 58 • THE SUIT • GREEN ISSUE
  • 54. HElpINg THOSE ‘SqUEEzEd OUT’ -- Eric Daniels Theodore Reese started Corporate Benefit Consul- tants, Inc. in 1996, based out of “The Windy City” of Illinois. In January of 2009 Barrack Obama was inaugurated as the first African American to be- come President of the United States. Rees said, “There was much over reaction to the Obama, thing,” He adds, “After the presidential election, we experienced double digit inflation and 40% layoffs across the board.” The expansion of CMC came to a Halt Two hundred clients pan- icked, feeling the economic tsunami and Arizona had to wait. Rees specializes in employee benefits, 1.Tax Credits for Low-Wage Workers in plans such as medical, dental and life. The com- Small Firms pany has developed personalized plans designed to fit and deliver cost saving methods. 2.Tax Credits for Individuals Struggling with Health Costs He said, “We have roughly 25 employees who are all over taxed.” He adds, “The top 6 managing pro- 3.Tax Credits for Those between Jobs ducers for Blue Cross Blue Shield are helping to explain the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Recon- 4.New Tax Deduction for Those Without ciliation Act (COBRA) payments to people.” Cobra Access to Employer Coverage is a system that helps employees continue their health care coverage after being terminated. For this reason, Corporate Benefit Consultants, Cobra is a program built to help people who are Inc. has developed a new solution, serving as an currently experiencing difficulty affording health extension of the Human Resources Department. care coverage. BCBSA recommends the govern- Rees said, “We provide a personalized service.” He ment take the following actions: Expand the Gov- adds, “We cover the gamut of industries in mul- ernment Safety Net, Provide Three Types of Tar- tiple areas.” geted Grants of States, and Provide Four New Types of Tax Assistance: THE HEALTH CARE CRISES CONTINUES…….. GREEN ISSUE • THE SUIT • 59
  • 55. TERI GILLIAM SENIOR CITIZEN CARE SERVICES BATTLING THE FRONTLINES OF SENIOR CITIZEN CARE Teri Gillian is leading the change in the “gray panthers” providing quality health care services. The CEO of Senior Citizens Services, “we are a very caring service for seniors,” Gillian said, “I always been work- ing from the ground up in nursing, that’s where I received my training.” With over twenty years of experience, Gillian launched her company “With a passion that I have always had for helping seniors. They are precious and deserve the best care we can provide. We are here to help any way we can in this huge confusing world,” she said. All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. Stay in the comfort of your own home and not have a care in the world. • Full service, one-stop shopping for seniors. • Senior Citizens Services is here to make seniors and their families lives easier. We take the headache out of daily living activities. • Senior Citizens Services works closely with family members to insure quality of care and to meet all their needs. • Senior Citizens Services is a state licensed, insured and bonded personal support service agency. • We provide service to upper East TN and southwest VA. • We have over 45 years Experience in senior care giving in homes, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and hospitals. • All Senior Citizens Services employees are trained and go through an extensive Background check including criminal, sexual, abuse and more. You can always be assured you or your family members are in safe hands. 60 • THE SUIT • GREEN ISSUE
  • 56. Dr. Christine Faulk-Miles Senior Pastor Shabach Christian Centre The heart of an angel Dr. Christine Faulk-Miles, a senior pas- tor for the Shabach Christian Center has a heart of an angel. For the last twenty years she has provided extensive programs for the community, which includes counseling and educational outreach programs. These pro- grams help prepare children and families to live a happy and healthy Christian life. Miles is someone to watch, a well respected author, teacher, pastor and counselor. The Shabach Christian Centre is located in Norwalk; Connecticut serving the greater area if Fairfield. Miles has dedicated her life to helping others. “I felt I could make a difference in people lives,” she adds, “It was during these tough times when communities learned to stick together,” Miles from her of- fice. She had mentioned during the phone interview, “My parents and siblings were instrumental in my life, allowing me to be who I am to- day.” 37 Center Ave. Norwalk, CT 06851 Contact: 203-846-2048 GREEN ISSUE • THE SUIT • 61
  • 57. Q&A: Peter Joehnk CEO Interior Design recession we were able to keep all our staff and focus everyone’s energies on entering design com- petitions and acquiring new projects. It was an expensive exercise, but we are happy to still have our complete team and that we could honour our efforts to keep everybody on board. 2. What drew Peter Joehnk to this particu- lar industry? After my studies I was, in principle, open to work- ing on any kind of project. But since my first job was at a practice that had recently started to de- sign hotels, I ended up becoming a “specialist”… 1. How has the downturn of the economy af- and then just stayed in the hospitality industry! fected business, and what have been some of the challenges over the last 18 months? At JOI-Design, we strongly believe that design should reflect the brand of the hotel. It should be relevant to the location, authentic and inspire the The last 18 months have been a bit of a roller- guests. Hotel design is really a tool for creating an coaster. Business was great in 2008, but while we atmosphere which suits the overall project param- All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. finished several hotel projects in 2009 there was a eters. Clearly it is not a piece of art which only ex- significant lack of new projects coming on board. presses the thoughts and feelings of an artist – the Since the end of last year though, we have once design must be used and accepted by the people again been receiving inquiries, sending out fee for whom it was created!!! proposals, and now the first projects are starting up. 3. Germany is in the forefront of the green movement, is the U.K. following Germa- The challenge is always for a company to be flex- ny's lead? ible in downturns as well as in upturns. This is especially true in the design industry, since when business is booming we cannot simply speed up Germany is a leader within the green movement production equipment - people are not machines – but at the moment “going green” isn’t a real- so there is a limit to what we can do. To plan ho- ity, worldwide, especially in the building indus- tels we need highly qualified and experienced de- try. The most international certification system signers, so it was fortunate that during the 2009 now is “LEED”, which is much more relevant 62 • THE SUIT • GREEN ISSUE
  • 58. than the “DGNB-Zertifikat” - especially as only to electromagnetic smog and chemistry. Of course Germans can spell it! Hotels constructed in the this is very much a generalization but I cannot UK are increasingly following “BREEAM” guide- imagine that artificial surroundings are healthy lines for lessening their impact upon the envi- for people. If it is at all possible, we should avoid ronment. But indeed there is substantial interest being poisoned by our own inventions. For me it in sustainability within Northern Europe that is is not only a question of saving energy and being greater, I believe, than in the rest of the world. sustainable, but also a matter of creating “healthy” spaces through interior design. 4. What are the some of the new innova- tions in green architecture and will nickel 6. Any major goals or projects for 2010- be widely used in the future architecture? 2011? My personal goal is to have more time to spend Although many technical innovations have been with family and friends – and for our business, we invented to save energy or heat and cool a house with heat exchanging devices, I think a more important ob- servation about our indus- try is the growing request to emotionally create a “green” connection. To do this, JOI- Design tends to use natural, locally-sourced materials, sometimes in an “archaic” manner. We mix rough-hewn textures, native timbers, and stones from regional moun- tains or seashores with warm wools, soft cottons, and rich leathers crafted in neighbor- hood mills and tanneries – but then of course add in the “modern” contrast of smooth, shiny, hi-tech sur- would like to have more luxury and “green” hotel faces. projects. As I mentioned earlier, the year has start- Although nickel is a beautiful substitute for chrome ed very well and we have been awarded a “design or stainless steel and has a much warmer appear- hotel” in Kaiserslautern, a new Hilton property in ance. The principle it is a good idea to sometimes Split, a Doubletree project in Oradea and a Star- substitute nickel for “poisonous” chrome but, it wood Luxury Collection hotel in Cologne – plus should not be used in large quantities. since there are some other interesting projects in the pipeline, let’s hope the new “upturn” will hold on for a while! 5. What is Peter's vision on the new green age? Our address: JOI-Design GmbH Innenarchitekten I strongly believe that although the “survival of the Medienpark [k]ampnagel fittest” concept in human evolution explains how Barmbeker Str. 6a, 22303 Hamburg, Germany we (our bodies) have perfectly adapted to nature, Tel.: +49 40 68942110 our species has not yet had enough time to adapt info@JOI-Design.com GREEN ISSUE • THE SUIT • 63
  • 59. JOI-Design Wins 2010 ADEX Platinum and Gold Awards (London – 8 April 2010) JOI-Design, a leading Euro- for delineation. The strong modern forms of the lob- pean hotel interior architecture practice, has won both by’s décor are expressly drawn from the radiuses and Platinum and Gold awards for Interior Design in the angles of the structural envelope. The curves found in Awards for Design Excellence (ADEX) competition, the lobby’s lounge chairs, wall covering pattern and in- sponsored by Design Journal magazine. “The ADEX terior columns mirror the rounded edges of the exte- Award has recognized many outstanding designs over rior windows, while the vertical mullions are reflected the years, and JOI-Design Interior Architects’ Park in the pendant lights hung above the stairwell. The Inn Krakow and Restaurant VLET in Hamburg have building’s strong horizontal and angular lines are in- earned their place in that elite group.” said John Plat- terpreted through the inlaid pattern of the floor tiles, ter, executive director for ADEX. The Park Inn Krakow the racetrack inset of the stairwell enclosure, and most has been honoured with a Platinum ADEX award for evidently, in the black lacquered reception desk that its design which balanced the need for brand recogni- doubles as a monolithic sculpture. The front desk pro- tion of one of Poland’s first Park Inn hotels with the vided an ideal opportunity to integrate Park Inn’s icon- Park Inn Krakow Lobby All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. trendsetting vibe favoured by its younger market seg- ic red, blue, yellow and green stripe into the lobby de- ment. JOI-Design, in partnership with Krakow-based sign without necessitating that the other public areas’ Ovotz Design Lab, was charged with conceiving an in- colour palette adopt these hues. The chain’s vibrant teriors style that seamlessly intertwines with the bold emblem is interpreted as a column of backlit colored shapes of the new-build structure developed by J. glass which, when placed behind the desk’s inky ebony, Mayer H. Architecture. This was masterfully achieved becomes a singular focal “punch” against the neutral through the concept “Inside Out”, or creating a design background. This visually exciting contrast creates a that transports the powerful visual language of the youthful, energetic atmosphere that contributes to, architecture to the hotel’s public areas. As the lobby but does not dominate, the complementary colors in has very few interior walls, the varying functions of the adjacent lounge. Restaurant A Gold ADEX award its spaces rely upon the furniture and flooring shapes has been given to JOI-Design’s scheme for Restaurant 64 • THE SUIT • GREEN ISSUE
  • 60. For Hotel and Restaurant Designs VLET, located in the old “Speicherstadt” of Hamburg - intensity of lime green back-lit glass behind the bar the “Warehouse District” that is home to the city’s his- and on its counter surface. The emotional response toric port. The neighborhood’s brick construction, steel of the guests to these “opposing” styles is one of ex- pedestrian bridges and prolific canals have an industrial citement that creates a buzz in the restaurant’s atmo- charm that is being rediscovered as the area regains sphere. In Old High German the word “Vlet” meant popularity. JOI-Design understood the need to celebrate a fleet, or a channel in coastal cities. The context of this personality when designing the restaurant. Its solu- the restaurant’s name was introduced into the interior tion was to translate these architectural influences into a design through the gigantic golden fish sculpture that chic, Hanseatic urban space that feels like settling into a greets guests at the entry. The space plan also capital- friend’s comfortable downtown loft. Located in a build- izes on the “stream-like” ripples created by the curves ing nearly a century old, JOI-Design saw the beauty in in the barrel-vaulted ceiling to create a directional the original construction techniques and chose to expose flow though the dining area. Reminiscent of the rich- these components rather than hide them. The graceful ness of the traders’ treasures of coffee, carpets, spices Restaurant VLET Hamburg arches of the barrel-vaulted ceiling, steel beam supports and silks stored in these former warehouses, JOI-De- and textured brick and plaster walls are enhanced by sign has created a canvas that allows the vibrant cu- newer design elements such as the rustic timber plank linary creations to be the true artistic masterpieces. floors, rich leather chairs and driftwood “sculptures” lit from below to define their shadows against the irregular wall surface. The heavy, rough-hewn natural finishes of Our address: these structural design features are offset by the smooth, JOI-Design GmbH Innenarchitekten shiny modern materials of the stainless steel dining ta- Medienpark [k]ampnagel ble bases and barstool frames, clear crystal wine glasses Barmbeker Str. 6a, 22303 Hamburg, Germany and sparkling translucent pendant lights. These visually Tel.: +49 40 68942110 exciting contrasts are further emphasised by the bold info@JOI-Design.com GREEN ISSUE • THE SUIT • 65
  • 61. London’s Newest Destination Hotel Opens Designed by RDD THE ARCH LONDON (London – 16 December 2009) – The Arch Lon- This is a lounge very much for “coming home to”, don has opened its doors to immediate acclaim as comfortable and relaxed. Just a few feet away, the one of the capital’s most delightful and individual reception area creates a change in tempo with a luxury hotels. With interiors conceived by award- desk in Nero Portoro marble and a deep-buttoned winning hotel designers, RDD plc, the hotel com- upholstered leather front. bines contemporary London design influences Behind the desk a real time projected artscape with the architectural heritage of the Georgian offers a constantly changing collection of video Grade ll listed townhouses in which it is accom- art according to the time of day and, facing this, All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. modated, to create a unique hotel and a glamorous an electric blue wall sculpture and vivid crimson new destination in the city’s West End. leather bench provide a counterpoint to the hyp- Entering via an elegant Portland stone portico, notic quality of the video images. The study is dif- guests are immediately offered intriguing glimps- ferent again with sumptuous black and silver hand es, through dark stained timber and glass screens, printed wall covering, bespoke red lacquered writ- of the reception, lounge and study. The confident ing desk and a deep red and black sofa accented mix of bold original artwork, sumptuous finishes with black and cream geometric cushions. Here, and elegant, modern and classical furniture be- as throughout the hotel, the designers have fully gins. Ahead, at the end of the entrance lobby is a utilized every square millimeter of space, gently striking “signature” collage, “New Shoes”, a two teasing it into areas with a specific function delin- metre high Technicolor homage to the hotel’s eated by charming details, lighting and furniture Marylebone location. pieces. In the small lounge, a working stone surround The cocktail bar, Le Salon du Champagne, Kitchen fireplace strikes an immediate note of welcome, restaurant and Martini Library form a family of the artwork is humorous and the sofas and chairs inspired spaces for eating, drinking, meeting and designed to sink into after a busy day in London. relaxing, named HUNter 486 after the Maryle- 66 • THE SUIT • GREEN ISSUE
  • 62. bone direct dialling code of the 1950s. RDD col- ray of light over the bronze and mirror detailing of laborated with bar and restaurant branding spe- the bar, and, towards the kitchen, industrial-style cialists, Gorgeous Group, to create and design pendants define a more down-to-earth, inclusive this remarkable collection of areas that revolves tone. around classic glamour and the timeless values of The open Kitchen is part of the dining experience warm hospitality. and the flame from its Stone Hearth’ oven can be Le Salon, Bar and Kitchen restaurant areas are glimpsed invitingly from the farthest corner of the carefully blended together, each with their own room. With a dark gloss brick façade to the oven environment and each needing to play a different and charcoal riven tiling to the other walls, the role through day and evening. As a result, there is open servery provides a dramatic backdrop to the meticulous attention to detail . Yet, the space flows theatre of cooking. The servery itself is finished harmoniously with areas carefully delineated by a in a bright polished stainless steel; this, together rich array of devices, from voluptuous semi-cir- with a playful collection of hanging pots and pans cular floor to ceiling banquettes with shimmering creates an intriguing array of reflections. Among sheer curtain surrounds to a dark gloss brick wine the many other delightful design features there dispense for wine tasting and a pewter fronted are: brushed silver bar stools by Philippe Starck, cocktail bar specially designed to provide unhin- jewel colored Tom Dixon armchairs and a special- dered views of the cocktail-making drama. ly designed glass over bar that is layered and lit to A procession of joyfully contrasting light fittings create a misty display and give a seductive glow to leads the eye through the story of the room. In the space. Le Salon, cascading columns of lit glass rods illu- The Martini Library is set apart from the other minate each dining table; in the central Bar area HUNter 486 areas, along an elegant corridor where , three large clusters of brosilicate lamps are sus- the heritage backdrop incorporates contemporary pended from a pressed tin ceiling casting an ar- highlights and forms a transitional zone between GREEN ISSUE • THE SUIT • 67
  • 63. the buzz of the bar and the tranquillity of the Li- Again, artwork plays a key role with original works brary. Of all the public spaces, it is the Library that by several young artists. These include a charming is most reminiscent of a private townhouse draw- series of images depicting love letters that trace ing room with its charming “collectibles” – coffee the lives of a couple separated by World War II. table books jostling for space with small paintings The Arch London has nine suites, each one unique. propped on bookcase shelves, clusters of vases The ABBey 222 and SULlivan 785 have small sunk- and other ornaments, a delicate glass teapot dis- en courtyards leading off the Guest Bedrooms. play and a series of pencil-going-for-a-walk line Each courtyard has timber decking and wall heat- drawings of urban streets. ers to ensure these areas can be enjoyed even on Here, too, working fireplaces, with period stone the chilliest of starlit nights. Black and white wall surrounds, generate a relaxed, clubby feel. Tradi- mounted canvas artwork depicts forest scenes, tionally inspired leather wing chairs are joined by which can also be glimpsed through the window a mix of contemporary furniture, including a large from the comfort of the luxurious contemporary circular table with hand crafted silver powder four-poster bed. The WHItehall 944 meeting coated base and dark stained timber top, and by a room includes a state-of-the-art media wall and a blend of modern and traditional light fittings. The fully programmable colour changing lighting sys- centerpiece is the beautifully crafted martini cabi- tem to suit all occasions and events. However, lo- net. Using a discretely located call button guests cated in between the two suites, it is also designed are invited to “Press to Refresh” and a waiter ap- to convert easily into a large sitting room with ac- pears to serve a martini or afternoon tea. cess from one or both of the suites. When used as a There are 82 guest rooms over six floors and 10 lounge, the media wall’s double 52” plasma screen different design schemes. However, the reality of installation offers a host of additional entertain- planning bedrooms in a series of old townhouses ment facilities including Playstation 3, Nintendo meant that RDD had to individually design each WII and full Sky HD. room to incorporate modern technology without Situated nearby is the fitness gym, which of- impacting the natural charm of the carefully re- fers the Guest a carefully chosen and well-bal- stored architectural detail. The ground and first anced selection of the latest fitness equipment, floor guestrooms retain the traditional high ceil- including the fully featured Kinesis vision, ings and elegant original casement windows. Bold which provides a unique workout that restores wall coverings and luxurious fabrics combine to the right balance between mind and body. create rooms with individual flair and character. The fitness gym cleverly makes use of the exist- Bathrooms are well appointed with large Volga ing basement vaults to create a functional but also Blue granite vanity units, bevelled glass mir- intimate fitness experience and incorporates rich All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. rors and flat screen TVs recessed above the bath. macassar ebony timber panelling and deep black 68 • THE SUIT • GREEN ISSUE
  • 64. back-coated glass panels, which softly reflect the RDD Plc was founded in London in 1985 since when it has dramatic interiors. For RDD, one of the delights of become one of the industry’s leading international hotel and leisure design practices. Recently RDD won the European the project was in being able to develop and create Hotel Design Award for Best Bar 2009 for Tom‟s Bar at The the complete guest experience. . “We have aimed to Augustine, Prague. make a story out of every nook and cranny at The A progressive and efficient organisation, RDD has been in- Arch London,” says Jeremy Scarlett, the RDD di- strumental in the successful completion of a large number of rector leading the design team. “But it is not over- projects both in the UK and overseas, ranging in size from whelming because there are many areas and spaces £100k to £12 million. Recently completed projects include: within spaces where guests can withdraw and be The Augustine, Prague; Browns Hotel Mayfair, Guoman Tow- er Hotel and InterContinental London Park Lane Urban Spa private. I hope the overall experience seamlessly – all in London; Hotel Amigo, Brussels; Dart Marina, Dart- blends excellent service and attention to detail with mouth; and Burhill Golf Club in Surrey. For more information comfortable and stimulating interiors. The experi- about the company, visit www.rddplc.co.uk ence should not be unlike being in the home of a For more information about this release and high resolution good friend who is both generous and has innate images, please contact: Su Pecha/Gillian Cake at ESP Busi- sense of style. This person understands the value of ness Development a good kitchen; he or she also knows how to throw a +44 (0)208 374 6320/4479 good party and then, for the end of the evening, has gcake@espbusinessdevelopment.com made sure that the guests enjoy a very comfortable night’s sleep.” GREEN ISSUE • THE SUIT • 69
  • 65. The kitchen remodel of a 1945 house utilized some easy, inexpensive ways to be sustainable. Lin Lee, ASID, embraced the Green Movement take-away was to look at every decision in the from its inception. She has watched as the move- building process as a choice for sustainability. ment took hold of America and has been on the Lin Lee & Associates is a recognized leader in in- cutting edge of educating herself and her clients novative interior design in the Rocky Mountain about those products that are sustainable. There Region. “We are committed to exceeding our cli- All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. are always choices to be made and Lin wants her ent’s expectations,” she said. clients to make informed choices. “We need to think about the social responsibility and the eco- The firm’s business is devoted to residential inte- nomic reality. Green Design is holistic. It is the new rior design and sees a clear future in renovation in standard for designing the built environment,” the residential area. She always shares those sus- Lin said from her studio in Castle Rock, Colorado. tainable options with her clients. The question al- “We are now looking at how the product goes from ways is, will this decision be worth the investment. raw material to installation. For instance, in the After the fiscal crisis many home owners have photo, the cabinets were locally made, eliminat- tightened their belts. “We see a growing business ing the transportation cost to the environment.” in remodel and renovation. People are holding on to their houses in this market and want to make Two years ago Lin attended the introduction their house the home that they will enjoy in the of REGREEN Residential Remodeling Guide- changing world,” Lin explained. “They want to up- lines at the ASID National Conference. It is the date and live in the 21st Century. We are there to ongoing work of the ASID Foundation and The realize those dreams and see where the sustainable Green Building Council. The most important options are.” Another aspect that is burgeoning 70 • THE SUIT • GREEN ISSUE
  • 66. Low Voltage lighting, with Color corrected LED under cabinet lighting is a smart update. Painting with low or no VOC paint is also a sustainable option. in her industry is “phase renovation.” Lee noted mental Design. She also holds a B.S. Degree from that many of her clients are not doing whole house the University of Wisconsin, Madison in Second- renovations; rather they are updating area-by-ar- ary Education. She has won numerous Interior ea. This allows the family to remain in the house, Design Awards regionally and nationally. make decisions in phases and keeps the stress level lower. In fact, Lin encourages this approach. “People tend to be overwhelmed by the decisions,” she continues, “This approach allows my clients to see the results with each phase and are excited to move on to the next phase.”Lin believes that the Green movement will enhance her interior design business. “With the Green Design Movement, we need to rethink everything,” Lee said. “But cer- tainly the positive benefits should always outweigh the additional up-front costs. There is tremendous potential for significantly lower operating costs on systems throughout the home and office. Another aspect is improving human health and well-being. Using Energy Appliances. The benefits in using paints with low/no VOC’s alone is a big first step in sustainability.” Lin Lee, ASID, is a graduate of UCLA Interior and Environ- WWW.LINLEEASID.COM GREEN ISSUE • THE SUIT • 71
  • 67. Hipps & Company, Inc. 6858 NW 20th Ave. Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309 Main Office: 954-977-6850 See what you want... www.hippsandcompany.com Bob Hipps: A leader in the Shady Motorization Industry -- J. Michael Gordon Bob Hipps, President, of Hipps & Company, vide experts in motorizing shady solutions and is a third-generation business owner, pro- in motorization integration programming for vides state-of-art technology in interior and homes, offices and yachts. Hipps said the com- high-end window fashions. “It’s in the blood” pany is recognized and internationally known Hipp said, referring to his grandfather busi- as the “Leader in the Shady motorization indus- ness which was later passed down to him. “It try.” His staff includes two staff design consul- started out as a venetian blinds company. The tants; four Hunter Douglas Professional install- father took it over and expanded the business.” ers and a work room manager.” Hipp’s expertise Moreover, the Hipp Company serves the great- has made one of the top leaders in the business. er Florida area, as well as the Bahamas and “You can count on our relentless attention to the Caribbean Islands. Hipp said the business details, our passion, creativity, and our impec- based out of South Florida. They train and pro- cable manufacturing standard,” Hipps said. GREEN ISSUE • THE SUIT • 7337 GREEN ISSUE • •THE SUIT • • 67 GREEN ISSUE THE SUIT
  • 68. Award Winning Hairstylist Veronica Forbes: ☆ ★ All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. Earns Pay Day in “Good-Hair” Movie -- J. Michael Gordon Hair has been an important commodity for Veronica Forbes. Earning her credibility in the hair business, Forbes was suddenly thrust into the limelight, when Chris Rock gave her a key role as a true-to-life hairdresser in the film “Good Hair.” She knocked it out of the park. But Forbes said, “the movie explores the re- lationship young African-American girls have with their hair.” She claims “it’s no secret that many African-American women struggle to tame their tresses.” The newfound actress gets pleasure from all media attention she has re- ceived over the movie. Certainly, business has picked up at Veronica’s Beautyrama, a salon based in Harlem, New York City. She takes a philosophical position about her work. “The reason we have put so much time and love into our hair is because our hair tex- Pu ture is different. It’s all about texture,” she com- ments reflecting on the high celebrity wave she experienced over the last eight months. “I love to do acting. I love to do hair,” she said, her voice dipping slightly. “I’ve enjoyed the ride. I have over thirty-years of experience.” School has always been important to her. Forbes has earned her sheep skin and graduated from 74 • THE SUIT • GREEN ISSUE
  • 69. a prominent (name) beauty school in New York where she currently manages one of the most lucrative, and yet, award-winning hair design businesses in the country. She has business savvy and a solid reputation. That’s how she launched Beautyrama more than three decades ago. “I could have done without Lillian Forbes,” she said. “She gave me the seed money to start this business.” Forbes has gained the respect of her peers as a strong business woman in the commu- nity. She said she has competed in several shows, such as the Bronner Brothers World Fantasy Competition in 1993 and 1997. She later won the International Beauty Show as the first African-American to win the 1st place and 2nd place in a hair fantasy com- petition in London, England in 2001. Forbes admits that business is thriving during a difficult economic crunch, but remains humble and yet ambitious. “I’ve done television interviews and have been photographed for many newspapers and magazines,” Forbes said with the honest of a real ham. “And that’s including Life Magazine.” She was also featured in the stunning book: “Queens: Portraits of Black Women and Their Fabulous Hair,” by Mi- chael Cunningham. Some things change, but for Veronica Forbes' “Beautyrama” will remain in the Harlem. “I love it here,” she said before urple Diva hanging up the phone after a lengthy inter- view with the Suit Magazine. “New York is home.”
  • 70. Methods Clothing is an art driven street wear company based in Brooklyn. It’s 100% independently owned, striving to bring you the most original designs at the highest quality. Its arsenal of artists spans the globe and they work with many well-known names,as well as up-and-coming trailblazers. e brand opened their Flagship store in Greenpoint, Brooklyn in June of 2008. All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. Steele of Smif N Wessun, Jahdan, Louie Skaggs, and Methods Crew 76 • THE SUIT • GREEN ISSUE
  • 71. w CONTINUED ON PAGE 80........ Borgore @ Bass Massacre NYC GREEN ISSUE • THE SUIT • 77
  • 72. Q&A WITH THE SUIT HOW DID IT START? Over the years, business partners have changed and the art that we push has evolved. I current- It all started back in 2004; a friend and I were ly work with my partner Serge aka Vandal who graduating college in VA and had no idea what is the creative director for the brand. He went we wanted to do. All we knew is that we wanted to school for Media and is an extremely creative to live in New York. He had a T-shirt press in human. He has had is hands in anything you’ve VA and was doing a lot of freelance work. I seen us release in the last couple years. We’ve was graduating with a Business Administration both been doing well for over a decade and have degree and had a background as a party pro- extensive backgrounds in Hip Hop and Bass moter and record shop owner. I talked him into culture. The brand has been even more music moving to NYC with me. The plan was to do oriented since we teamed up almost 3 years ago. freelance work here until we had enough money to start our own line. Methods is not just a clothing line, but a move- I quickly realized that there were too many ment. In the same way that we support visual established printers in NYC for us to compete artists, we are also deep rooted in the music with. So, we sold the equipment (which we world and support recording artists in numer- still were paying off) and started Methods with ous genres. In the past several years, we have that money. The first year we were in Times worked with major Hip Hop artists Jeru the Square every night selling our shirts. We would Damaja, Smif N Wessun, C Rayz Walz, Jahdan, talk to promoters at hip hop shows and raves LIFE LONG, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Body Count, that would let us set up vending tables in their Heltah Skeltah, The Beatnuts, Adam Deitch events. After the first year, after we paid off our of Break Science, and Afrika Bambaataa just debts from the printing equipment, we started to name a few. In the past year we’ve been doing trade shows and acquiring retail accounts working with world renowned DJ’s: Rusko, around the US. 6 BLOCC, 12th Planet, N-TYPE, Stenchman, Noah D, DZ, Borgore, Reid Speed, JS-1, Evil All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. DEE and DJ Hype. WHATS THE IDEA BEHIND. ARTISTS NAMES YOU WORK WITH! All Partners and employees at Methods are DJ’s WHAT MEANS METHODS FOR YOU! and/or producers. We also throw numerous WHATS THE IDEA BEHIND. events each year in NYC and have been respon- sible for some of the most memorable authentic The main goal of the company was to showcase Hip Hop shows in the city over the last 5 years. original artwork from young artists all over the Methods has also become one of the primary globe and push their works to the masses. Over Dubstep promotion companies in New York the last 5 years, Methods has featured artists City. Don’t try to pigeon hole us though! You from Germany, France, Portugal, Brazil, Spain, will also catch Hard-Core Bands, Reggae Art- the UK, Puerto Rico, and all over the US. Some ists, Athletes, and Movie Stars rocking the gear. artists that we’ve worked with include Super- We are one of the few brands that can make blast, Cycle, Dizmology, Toofly, Bodie Chewn- that crossover into different subcultures and we ing, Bishop, KOA, Dekore, Amier Inkz, and are very proud of that. many others. 78 • THE SUIT • GREEN ISSUE
  • 73. SHOP CONCEPT? WHY THIS NEIGH- types of events at the shop. We also sell concert BOOR HOOD? WHY SHOP? WHEN DID and party tickets out of the shop and have guest dj’s playing here on the regular. Great art and THE SHOP OPEN? EVENTS AND EX- sounds are you what you can expect to find when HIBITONS? HOW BIG IS THE SHOP IN you visit Methods. We also have shop exclusives SQUARE FEED? that we only sell here. We were running the company out of our houses and storage facilities for the first couple years. WHAT BRINGS THE FUTURE? In 2008, we out-grew that and needed a real office. We all live in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and We are very focused on expanding our product love our neighborhood. So, we decided to look range at the moment. For Summer 2010, we’re for a place around here. It just made sense to offering a couple different plaid button-ups, dj/ open up a shop with an office in the back so laptop bags, a few fitted hats, and full tee line. we could sell our gear at retail prices and host For Fall 2010, we’ll have Jackets, Flannels, crew- events. We didn’t want to have to travel to necks, hats, and tees. We’ve been happy brand- Manhattan everyday, so we found a place in ing ourselves with tee’s for the last few years and Brooklyn around where we all live. We found a now its time to expand the line and take it to the 400 square foot run-down shop and spent about next level. 6 weeks with about 20 of our friends fixing the place up. We gutted the whole place and rebuilt it from the ground up. We are located at 162 Huron St. in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Make sure you check us out when you’re in Brooklyn. If you can’t make it to the The shop has become a cultural hub over the shop, check us out at www.methodsnyc.com Our last 2 years. We host art shows, record release blog is updated daily with sales, dj mixes, party parties, radio shows, video shoots and other info, and more. GREEN ISSUE • THE SUIT • 79
  • 74. Super Dubstep Producer DZ Mindeli xer Methods has also become one of the primary Dubstep / DnB promotional forces in New York City, but dont try to pigeon hole them ! Hard-Core Bands, Reggae Artists, Athletes, and Movie Stars rocking the gear. Methods is one of the few brands that can make that crossover into different subcultures (very rare in today’s street-wear market). All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. Jeru the Damaja @ Methods Photo Shoot 80 • THE SUIT • GREEN ISSUE
  • 75. Cappadonna of Wu-Tang @ Methods Store Keith Murray (Def Squad) @ Methods Store ell Ortiz e Kn ew ) & Jo dW ssun Worl NWe The (Smif Tek
  • 76. Brandon London of the NY Giants thods r Me Wa lz fo y z C Ra Skam2? All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. All the partners and many of the employees at Methods are DJ’s and/or producers. ey throw numerous events every year in NYC and have been responsible for some of the most memorable shows in the city over the last 5 years. 82 • THE SUIT • GREEN ISSUE
  • 77. Mr.Metalheadz himself, Goldie in gold Methods logo tee. Wiz Khalifa performing in Methods Total Eclipse of e X-ECUTIONERS You can check out our events, new products, and projects on our blog at: CHECK OUT METHODS AT: www.methodsnyc.com www.facebook.com/methodsclothing www.facebook.com/methodsnyc www.myspace.com/methodsnewyork www.twitter.com/methodsnyc www.youtube.com/methodsnyc GREEN ISSUE • THE SUIT • 83
  • 78. All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. Methods is not just a clothing line, but also a movement. In the same way that they support visual artists, they are also deep rooted in the music world and support recording artists in numerous genres. In the past several years, they have worked with major Hip Hop artists Jeru the Damaja, Smif N Wessun, C Rayz Walz, Jahdan, LIFE LONG, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Body Count, Heltah Ske ltah, The Beatnuts, Adam Deitch of Break Science, and Afrika Bambaataa just to name a few. In the past year they’v e been working with world renowned DJ’ s: Rusko, 6 BLOCC, 12th Planet, N-TYPE, Stenchman, Noah D, DZ, Borgore, Reid Speed, JS -1, Evil DEE and DJ Hype.
  • 79. All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. EVERYTHING NEVER IMAGINED William Rivera, President and CEO, of E.N.I. Ur- past 15 years in the fashion and arts industry, Ri- ban Wear has cut his teeth in the fashion busi- vera rubs shoulders with the best in the business. ness. From his home in NY Rivera said, “As a He said, “There was never a dull moment in child I could remember riding the NYC trains my life,” he adds, “I have always done graf- and experiencing graffiti for the very first time.” fiti work and professional murals.” His graffiti He added, “I fell in love.” Since then Rivera has work has been recognized by the Phun factory been involved in various projects and art events in NY, which is now formally known as 5Pointz. in the New York Tri-State area. Struggling for the GREEN ISSUE • THETHE SUIT • 37 GREEN ISSUE • SUIT • 85
  • 80. 5Pointz Aerosol Art Center, Inc. is an outdoor His work is known and viewed as an up-in-com- art exhibit space in Long Island City, New York, ing new trend. With a twist of faith Rivera has considered to be the world’s premiere “graf- found a viable niche in the fashion industry and fiti Mecca,” where aerosol artists from around has put his paints to work. His new urban line the globe paint colorful pieces on the walls of a E.N.I. (Everything Never Imagined) brand will 200,000-square-foot factory building. This is take him to the top of the fashion chain. where Rivera learned the tricks of his trade. THE FRESH STOCK COLLECTION All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. Contact Will Rivera for further information regarding ENI Wear @ Myspace.com/ENI3000 Facebook fan page ENI, Inc. 347-692-9856 86 • THE SUIT • GREEN ISSUE
  • 81. Q&A WITH BRYANT DAVIS BRYANT DAVIS, WHEN DID YOU GET THE FIRST SPARK OF INSPIRATION FOR MUSIC? When I was about 4 my Dad and Mom were invited to a party where Sammy Davis Jr, was doing a benefit in Harvey IL at the liquor store, not too far off from the high school Robert Frost, as an awareness and kick off for the new store. I remember walking in and there he was, there were a lot of folks around him. I was about 4 feet tall to the best of my recollection. I had been walking for about 2 years. My mom and Dad in- troduced me to him. He bent down and picked me up over his head and said something like little Da- mind always looking to seize opportunity with a vis and a few other things I can hardly remember. sense of preparedness coupled with one’s own But I remember he made me feel like I could do ability to be successful in the unknown. So like anything. I think this was the first big spark. last night I went to a mixer, I got a chance to talk YOU PLAYED WITH PRETTY BIG HEAV- with Sheila E, as it had been years since I spoke IES IN THE MUSIC SCENE, HOW CHAL- with her in Prince’s Studio (Paisley Park) – got to LENGING WAS THAT EXPERIENCE? One meet her father, too. We had the Jazz in common, of the more challenging roles was when I was plus my daughter plays the drums, too. understudy for Morris Day in a play called ‘Lawd I also posed for a publicity photo with Jodie Wat- Ha Mercey’. I worked and worked on my lines I ley. I will probably follow up with her to see about had them down, but Morris never got sick. It was a collaboration. There were several others over a requirement to be correct with my ego as there the years that I have either worked with like Stan- were some really great singers, like David Whit- ley Jordan, Baby Face, Jamie Foxx, Ben Verene, field and many others. This experience gave me Herbie Hancock, Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, some theatrical background and gave me a chance Tatyana Ali, Dave Koz, David Sanborn, Al Jar- to really sing out loud based on natural acoustics reau, and Prince, Morris Day & Jerome, Kenny not quite like in the studio. McCloud (Bones Thugs & Harmony), Aaron Ball- WHAT YOU LEARNED, WHAT ADVICE esteros – 7-time Grammy nominated, Amochip – CAN YOU PASS DOWN TO A YOUNGER Grammy nominated. Most recently I reached out MUSICIAN? I would say to younger musicians for management and Al Gomes reached back. The that it is a business just like any other profession- deal is going to be finalized today and I am look- al position. I would caution them to beware of the ing forward to working with him as he has helped image conflicts, like the rock start party image many artists like Christina Aguilera, Katharine with what in my opinion it really takes. A clear McPhee and Chicago. The big secret is that in or- GREEN ISSUE • THE SUIT • 87
  • 82. der to really be successful, you cannot party all the time, because that time could be spent develop- ing new talents from the ones you already have. The slope of the music industry is changing right into the cell phone at the current moment along with several other software related models in my opinion. The biggest constant right now is change. I do believe that the cell phone model will position the entertainment industry to rebound and soar to new heights. TELL ME ABOUT YOUR EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND? My undergraduate degree was from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, where I studied Electrical and Computer Engineering. I have also completed post baccalaureate stud- ies from Illinois Institute of Technology, Berklee College of Music, and now I am completing my Masters of Entertainment Business from Full Sail University. There are people in the business that do not need a degree to understand their money, but I humbly admit that I needed the education. I will finish up later this year. I do this to assure my investors’ money is safe. So many decisions come at me about how funds should be allocated, etc, that it was a no brainer for me that school would help, as to date, I have been my own biggest inves- tor. The good news is: that is all about to change as I have finished up my business plan and it is ready. In a nutshell, this business will create jobs for people who want to work in the entertainment industry. The sky is the limit. I would give you the web url right now but there is still some coding on the backend that needs to be completed, so in the All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. meantime updates can be found at www.dbreeon. com on the publishing tab (future feature). WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR MUSICAL MENTORS? My mother was a concert pianist. Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker and Duke Ellington definitely influenced me. Also, most re- cently Dave Koz. HOW DID THEY INFLUENCE YOU, AND DID IT TAKE YOU ON A DIFFERENT PATH IN MUSIC? Yes, Dave Koz really encouraged me to be more myself as this is where it is at. You can hear it in the new CD I will be releasing “The Art of Pleasure”. It was a positive thing. WWW.DBEEON.COM The Feel Of You By D'Breeon Now available! 88 • THE SUIT • GREEN ISSUE
  • 83. Robert Mwamba, The Next George Benson but try as I might, I couldn't escape the music. I was miserable without it. As one great and very wise jazz pianist told me "You don't choose the music - the music chooses you!" Did your upbringing in Ghana influence the way you view and play music today? Not really, I wasn't playing music back there. The one thing I must say though is that I come from a large family - there were 8 of us, and everyone had dif- ferent musical tastes! And my father had a great record collection - so I was exposed early on to Jazz, Country, Pop, Classical, Reggae Latin, Funk, R&B...... etc - which might account for my musical openness & versatility. Jazz guitarist Robert Mwamba performed You played with pretty big heavies in the before President Barack Obama and P. music scene, how challenging was that ex- Diddy's "All White Party" Mwamba is now perience? What you learned, what advice playing at the Sugar Bar in New York. can you pass down to a younger musician? It is both very challenging & liberating at the same time. I've been very privileged to have performed Robert Mwamba was born in Zambia, Africa and at events for diverse people like The past 2 Sec- started his career as a guitarist. While attending retary Generals of the UN - Ban Ki Moon & Kofi Baruch College in New York, Mwamba's musical Annan, The British Billionaire and founder of The career started heating up. He came under the tu- Virgin Group - Sir Richard Branson, the Oscar telage of legendary bassist Milt "The Judge" Hin- Winning Actress - Mira Sorvino, Hip Hop Mogul ton and the bassist widely regarded as the most - Sean "Diddy" combs "All White Party" to name a recorded musician in history took him under his few. When you are playing with the heavyweights, wings. After graduating from Baruch College with they set such a high level in their playing, that a double major in Finance and Economics, he when you follow them, you can't afford to come joined Bank of America working in Management up with some weak or lame stuff. The challenge is and Investments. Mwamba also spent time study- to maintain that level. If you don’t, they get bored ing first at the American Institute of Guitar in and won't want to work with you. Conversely, if New York City with principal jazz instructor Peter you do, they’ll constantly want to work with and Mazza, and then with the legendary guitarist Rod- support you and that’s a great feeling. My advice to ney Jones. He performed at events for the past 2 younger musicians is to be always ready. Practice, Secretary-Generals of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon and Kofi Annan as well as British Billionaire founder of the Virgin Group - Sir Richard Branson and President Barack Obama. Robert Mwamba, when did you get the first spark of inspiration, your musical muse, if you will? Like just about everybody, I've always loved music since my childhood. In my case though, there really wasn't a "Eu- reka" moment if you will - it was a gradual evo- lution where the music slowly drew me in. I had so many other safer or more secure options and even people in my own family would ask why I wasting my time in such an insecure line of work, GREEN ISSUE • THE SUIT • 89
  • 84. listen - another wise musician told me- “God gave then the legendary Organist Seleno Clarke was you one mouth & two ears - so you should always dropping me home and on the ride home - he kept listen twice as much as you talk! “ , be focused, and urging me to play music fulltime and this really don’t stop growing. floored me as Seleno is a master musician who not You come from a business background. only is very close friends with the master guitarist How difficult was it to move from struc- George Benson, but has played with many of my tured setting to a more unstructured envi- musical heroes. He told me not to waste a talent ronment, such as music? I must say there was God had given me - coming from him, that was re- some degree of difficulty. I spent years in Manage- ally deep for me and really got me thinking about ment & Investments in Corporate America Where diving into this deep pool and making things hap- everything is pretty much regimented and cut & pen musically. dried - you got goals to meet, everything is pretty Who are some of your musical mentors? much spelled out in black & white terms, you toe How did they influence you, and did it take the party line, orders are barked and everybody you on different path in music? The legend- falls in line. Whereas in music, particularly jazz, ary guitarist Rodney Jones and bassist Lonnie its the total opposite, where traits like spontaneity, Plaxico are my musical mentors. They are no finer originality, individuality, uniqueness are highly musicians on their instruments than these two. valued. In the beginning it was a shock to me as They are true masters of their craft and art. They I would have some grand plans and would com- epitomize the highest standards of professional- municate them to other people expecting immedi- ism, groove, swing, musicianship, intelligence - I ate feedback, but then they respond in their own could go on & on. Plus they’re both hilarious & sweet time or on their schedule, but I remember spiritual too. something the late great Isaac Hayes told me say- ing “ In life you got to be flexible - if you look at a stiff branch on a tree - if a strong wind blows, it I also would like to add - even though he’s not with us any more - my first musical mentor - the will break right away, but if its loose, it will go with the flow of the wind” That’s life for you everythinglate great bassist - Milt “The Judge” Hinton who changes - nothing stays the same - I believe the embodied all those qualities. These three gentle- more receptive you are to change, the better yours men have had a profound influence on me not odds are to be successful in your endeavors only musically, but also personally. If I may add, please don’t forget to support my upcoming de- Tell me about educational background. Was but CD “Coastin’” which features both my musical there a life-changing moment that opened mentors Rodney & Lonnie coming out early 2010. a door to a different vision? I have a degree in Thanks. All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. Economics from Bernard Baruch College, CUNY. I also studied at the American Institute of Guitar with the Principal Jazz Instructor - Peter Mazza and privately with the legendary guitarist - Rod- ney Jones. Like I mentioned my evolution to be- come a musician was very gradual. To be honest it really wasn’t a goal of mine - but l happened to be one of the early victims of the economic reces- sion when they Started downsizing Investment Bankers in 2005 and within 2 weeks of this the Grammy Award Winning Trumpet Player - Wal- lace Roney asked me to travel with him to Europe as his Tour Manager. I spent a year travelling all over the USA & Europe with Wallace. At the same time I kept getting offers to do my own music. I remember doing a gig in Brooklyn one night and 90 • THE SUIT • GREEN ISSUE
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  • 87. Karen M. Chastain-Haughey The Art of The Spiritual Heart -- J. Michael Gordon Earlier in her life, Louise Hay touched her with a the spiritual path of life.” Haughey has acquired spiritual path. Karen Chastain-Haughey put her a unique talent of being able to see a person’s an- brush to water colors, and painted artwork “guard- gel, bringing this vision out through paint on can- ian Angels,” which turned out to be a spiritual vas. She has a clinical background. She’s a careful book dubbed, “Guardians of the light,” by Louise counselor, “trained to open client’s minds, “in fact, Hay. She says she’s been an artist her entire life. hosts a weekly television show for holistic practi- Her work has been featured in prestigious art gal- tioners. She travels extensively, visiting different leries and shows worldwide. holistic healing centers’ in the San Francisco area, In 1989, the artistic entrepreneur founded “Karen as well as throughout the United States. “My coun- M. Chastain-Haughey.” She works in a variety of seling background has taken me all over the coun- mediums; including water color, pastels and col- try,” she said. lage. “She (Louise Hay) was my mentor, “Chas- Ordained minister, and certified Louise Hay moti- tian-Haughey said, “she taught me a lot about vational teacher, as well as Author and Artist. GREEN ISSUE • THE SUIT • 93
  • 88. JENNIFER MYERS KIRTON ART GALLERY AS AN ARTIST I CONSIDER IT A JOY TO CARRY ON THE TRADITION OF ART. MEN- TORED BY MANY FELLOW ARTISTS INCLUDING CHARLES TURZAK AND JOY POS- TLE I HAVE BEEN GIVEN A RARE GIFT. IT IS MY PRIVILEGE AND DUTY TO SHARE THIS All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. 94 • THE SUIT • GREEN ISSUE
  • 89. Burning Desire for the Quaker Movement: Harold Confer---A Trail Blazer in his Denomination -- J. Michael Gordon Few events in recent memory have ignited the spiritual healing. He’s a spiritual missionary. Back African-American community’s imagination like in the 1960’s, Confer served Tanzania for the AFSC the recent rash of church burnings throughout from 1963-65. Eight years later he served from the Southeast, explains Harold Confer. He said 1973-76, as Human rights legislative Secretary for the burnings fueled fear and anger by many in the the Friends Committee on National Legislation. African-American community. He said now there Confer received the USA racial justice and domest- is renewal of respect for human dignity that began tic tranquility partner in achievement award. He’s with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. a peaceful brother. The award was given by the Confer said he remembers when there were more National Council of Churches of Christ. than “126 arsons of African-American churches in In 1996, Confer was given another prestigious the south between 1995 through 1996. The fires award – the Southern Christian leadership Con- raised national concern for many reasons. He said, ference’s Kelly Miller Smith Interfaith Award. He’s “Southern rural Black churches were the rallying been serving as a volunteer and leader of work- points for many galvanizing demonstrations that camps for more than half-a century, an amazing ushered in modern Civil Rights Movement.” feat for such a spiritual warrior, using his Chris- That’s why Harold Confer has been dubbed: “a tian faith as a “shield.” He’s changing hearts and living Angel,” a good Sheppard for having led the minds one workcamp at a time, using interfaith charge of a non-profit organization, called “Wash- and international volunteers in recovery and re- ington Quaker Workcamps.” He formed a coalition building after disaster. of Unitarians, Presbyterians, Quakers and Menno- Confer said the “AFSC also responds to the needs nites into a “ministry to burned churches.” Confer and concerns of African-Americans and other peo- noted that “he raised money to pay the coalition ples of color both here in the United States and staff. That’s about $7,000 a year.” As a leader in abroad. He’s a worker in “Disaster Recovery.” In disaster recovery, Confer said, “We rebuild or- fact, he keeps this quote close to his heart. “Jesus phanages, homes and churches.” He has authored came to teach us to hear more honestly and re- a book called, “Finding and creating saints.” (Find spond more intelligently and deeply the voice of it on Amazon.com) God within ourselves.” He touts it as his spiritual book, a manifesto, for www.quakerinfo.com GREEN ISSUE • THE SUIT • 95
  • 90. WORK AS IN WORKCAMPING Building is the quintessential act of civilization --Tracey Kidder Most of my volunteers are most proud of what they have built with their own hands and energy. To be able to see with your own eyes a concrete manifestation of your hope for a better world is a blessing and often a transforming experience. A home for a family struggling to escape poverty. A clinic for people seriously ill or wounded. A school in which knowledge is passed. A house of worship burned by arson. The real leaders are those who put us in touch with building at its dream stage People like Bob Scholz, and John Frisk, who sent me to others like Judy Wyant and Dana Jones. People who see needs and can organize resources to meet those needs. My job is simple. I recruit and bring those will learn by doing, those willing to serve others using their own hands and sweat, building a structure. Bringing hope to those All other logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners. hoping beyond hope they can recover from their tragedy by building. 96 • THE SUIT • GREEN ISSUE
  • 91. Mrs. Maria Daniel, MLIS Media Specialist Sts. Peter and Paul School Librarian/Chief Information Officer Marie Daniel is the Chief Information Officer and Li- brarian in of the oldest church in St. Thomas. The in- stitution was founded in 1924 and has been providing education in the areas of religion, academics and dis- cipline, grades pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. But, still the church has managed to with stand hurricanes and other treacherous island weather conditions. Daniel owes her gratitude to her fam- ily who were the role models one can look for. She said, “A good education is essential to a productive life.” The church empowers the students to be creative, productive, respon- sible and well diversified human beings. GREEN ISSUE • THE SUIT • 97
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