Marcus Hiles Assesses the Most Current Architectural Design Trends

September 15, 2016

For the last three decades, property developer has been building attractive and affordable communities across Texas. His success can be attributed to a unique vision of luxury living that has driven his projects—but also by staying well informed of design trends and knowing the most sought-after styles that people demand. Sweeping changes have affected what is expected of room partitions, exteriors and even the possible functions of homes themselves: groundbreaking architectural advances have led to net-zero energy buildings that strike a balance between their total energy consumption with the amount of renewable energy they create, while passive and active houses offer two energy conservation processes for virtually eliminating all heating and cooling bills. Beyond this exciting progress in construction methods, fundamental transformations are bringing more convenience, space and light into today’s spaces and reshaping the way we live. Flexibility has become an...

TradeLink™ Intelligently Identifies Vehicle Trades For Dealers

September 19, 2016

is offering a program called TradeLink™ that gives it dealer members intelligent book for book trade recommendations. Unlocking additional upstream inventory before it goes to auction and provides customized recommendations based on thousands of vehicle data points in each dealers market. The program, which uses a proprietary algorithm matching engine to weigh more than 1200 retail data points, delivers optimized, real ­time trade recommendations on retail ready vehicles based on vehicle status and market demand. The program is constantly running inside the DealersLink platform streaming a constant list of possible trade matches. TradeLink is supported by the DealersLink trading desk team which provides on demand assistance with vehicle transactions. More than 4,000 dealer members currently have TradeLink running in their accounts. Mike Goicoechea CEO of DealersLink said, “We pioneered the first dealer direct platform in 2005. Now we...

Woodbury University Partnership with Sober College Expands to Serve Greater San Diego

September 15, 2016

, with campuses in Burbank and San Diego, today announced it is expanding its unique academic partnership with , a Woodland Hills-based inpatient addiction treatment center. Beginning in mid-November, Woodbury will offer transferable, college-level educational courses and credit to San Diego-area clients undergoing addiction treatment at a new Sober College outpatient center in La Jolla. The Sober College/Woodbury University partnership – the only one of its kind in the U.S. to fully integrate rehabilitation and academics – offers young adults in recovery the opportunity to complete up to five three-unit, college-level courses along with their treatment and recovery program. Students who complete all 15 units earn a Certificate of General Studies and are guaranteed admission to Woodbury for further studies. Or, they may transfer credits to another college of their choice. Around a dozen or so students have taken advantage of the guaranteed admission program. “Woodbury...

Piedmont Healthcare Expands Use of VIZZIA Technologies Process Improvement Solutions

September 15, 2016

Piedmont Healthcare is expanding and standardizing its deployment of Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) technologies to drive process improvement. With longtime partner, VIZZIA Technologies, Piedmont will continue improving its distribution and management of moveable medical equipment, as well as its environmental monitoring practices, by standardizing on the VIZZIA solutions platform at all of its facilities. One of Georgia’s largest healthcare systems, Piedmont has been using VIZZIA solutions successfully at its flagship hospital – Piedmont Atlanta - for many years. This latest expansion has already begun, with deployments to Piedmont Henry Hospital in Stockbridge, Piedmont Fayette Hospital in Fayetteville, and Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper. The program will continue expanding to Piedmont Newnan Hospital later this year, Piedmont Newton Hospital in Covington next year and other Piedmont hospitals as the organization continues to grow. In addition...

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Mark Cuban Collaborates on Kickstarter Business Book for Kids

September 15, 2016


Alexander, Miller & Associates will not be affected by new CFPB regulations

September 16, 2016

Recently the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has recommended new regulation proposals. If approved, the changes would limit how collectors can contact individuals, enact rules to protect individuals fictitious debts, and lastly Increase compliance costs. CFPB proposed these new regulations with the idea that it will give more protection for small businesses and individuals. Many other debt collection agencies view these newly proposed regulations as a hinderance to the way they currently pursue and collect debts from individuals. The precedent has been set for these proposed changes by an earlier recommendation from the CFPB in where they recommended changes to payday lending. Many in the debt collection business have raised concerns about how this will restrict their current business operations and moreover feel these new regulations will cause them to go out of business. This is not a concern for because we specialize in large balance commercial collections...


September 15, 2016

Neches Engineers is pleased to announce that Joshua Reeves has joined the firm as Business Manager.  Josh will assist with implementing Neches’s strategic plan, working with clients across southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana to implement, procure and execute solutions for their structural and civil engineering needs. As an engineer with more than 15 years of engineering expertise, Josh has extensive experience with industrial projects.  He has a substantial background in successfully delivering high-quality, high-value services to industry, commercial and governmental entities. Throughout his roles, he has served as a highly successful leader within the industry in strategic plan development, project delivery, and client services implementation. “Josh’s experience fits into the core ideas of Neches Engineers. Offering creative, sound and practical designs and implementations,” said John Shackelford, PE of Neches Engineers....

Building Materials Executive Recruiter James Aiken Shares Secrets of Retaining Top-Performing Millennials.

September 15, 2016

Common "Solutions" To Retaining Millennials: - Increase compensation - Give them newer tech (cell, laptop, etc..) - Let them work remotely - Tuition reimbursement & training opportunities - Increase company social events  - Avoid requiring overtime There's a lot of different options on how to address chronic millennial turnover in a certain position. I've come to realize that all of the above solutions are actually just added bonuses - you shouldn't focus on implementing one of these as a solution until making some other changes first. Often times turnover isn't an operations problem, it's a recruiting problem. The way you lower your turnover is first understanding WHO you are recruiting. It's crazy, some managers will complain that they can't retain someone in a certain position past a year but they never ask the candidate/employee...

Atlanta Breast Reconstruction Surgeon to Run New York City Marathon in support of Atlanta’s Pink Agenda & To Provide a FabUWish for a Local Woman Battling Breast Cancer

September 20, 2016

Dr. Asaf Yalif, M.D., F.A.C.S, a local, triple board-certified plastic, reconstructive and hand surgeon, has qualified, and will run in the New York City Marathon on November 6th in support of Atlanta’s chapter of The Pink Agenda to provide a Fab-U-Wish for a woman battling breast cancer.  The Pink Agenda is a not-for-profit organization committed to raising money for breast cancer research and care, as well as awareness of the disease among Atlanta’s young professionals.  Dr. Yalif, a long-time runner, who grew up in New Jersey, attended Rutgers University, and completed his internship and residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, founded Atlanta’s Y Plastic Surgery in 2010.  His sub-specialty in breast surgery (augmentation, reduction, revision and reconstruction after cancer surgery) provides him the privilege of being a part of his patients’ journeys to attain or restore a healthy self-image.  Dr. Yalif sees breast...

The Greenwich Stars Light Up the Winter Basketball World

September 15, 2016

The National Basketball Champion Greenwich Stars are back to defend their crown. The Greenwich Stars will have Winter Travel Team Basketball Tryouts on September 20, 21 and 22 for boys and girls in grades 2-8. 9th graders who are 14 years of age are also eligible to play. Tryouts are held at Carmel Academy in Greenwich, CT and the tryout schedule is available at: Winter travel teams play from November - March. There will be 2-3 teams per grade. Players are welcome from all town.  The Greenwich Stars (Greenwich, CT) are the most respected youth basketball organization in the New York and Connecticut area. The Greenwich Stars are National Champions, winning the Zero Gravity National Championship in Boston. The Greenwich Stars also won four Winter league basketball titles last season. “The growth of the Greenwich Stars has been phenomenal. We began with 9 players five years ago and in 2016, over 1550 boys and girls from...

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