Robert Ivy’s Achievement of a Lifetime

The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL), on June second, awarded the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award to Robert Ivy. The Institute grants this award to Mississippi affiliated artist and art patrons who are still alive and whose body of work is extraordinary. Former recipients include the late artist Walter Anderson, writer Eudora Wetly, writer Shelby Foote, singer Leontyne Price and actor Morgan Freeman. Still, Robert Ivy stands out among all prior recipients: he is the first and only architect to receive this honor. Read more about Robert Ivy at Wikipedia.

But he is more that an architect. He is an FAIA, an author, an editor, an executive vice president and CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). His work at AIA expanded his influence to a global level. Its membership count is at the highest it has ever been in its 160-year history. Some of Ivy’s earlier accomplishments include a designation of the title of Master Architect from the Alpha Rho Chi architecture fraternity and a Dean’s Medal in 2017 from the University of Arkansas fay Jones School of Architecture.

The president of the MIAL, Nancy LaForge, stated that no one else from the state of Mississippi made architecture as accessible to the public as Robert Ivy. She believes Ivy’s deserves this award for his work as an author, writer, and commentator on architecture around the world. And his peers seem to agree with this sentiment. Ivy’s college and the president of AIA, Carl Elefante, FAIA, said that Robert Ivy is a deserving ambassador for their profession due to his work as an editor, author, and practicing architect. Elefante sees this award as the crowning achievement of Ivy’s career and as a crowning personal achievement as a Mississippi native. Elefante added, “On behalf of the AIA, I am truly delighted to congratulate him on this unique honor.”

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More Than Construction: Aloha Restoration

Whether you suffer from mold, water or fire damage, Aloha Construction is the company you need to get in contact with to get back on track. They also offer affordable remodeling options to upgrade your home from concept to completion in a blink of an eye.

 

Who Is Aloha Construction?

Launched in March of 2008, Aloha Construction quickly became a company known for great products and services. With president Dave Farbaky at the helm, guiding the company on the right path, they have garnered an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Their services include:

*Kitchen Remodeling

*Bathroom Renovations

*Vinyl-siding

*Roofing

*Etc…

 

Pride In Their Craft

They are located in Lake County Illinois and proudly serve the surrounding area. They pride themselves on doing a great job. Unlike competitors, they will never leave you unsatisfied. Maybe this is why they currently possess a grade of 4.9 with the BBB. They even offer a free property inspection at no cost to you. Feel free to contact them with any questions you have and they’ll be more than happy to answer them.

 

Award Winning Aloha Construction

Last year they were given the Torch Award for ethics by the BBB. This award is given to business entities that display exemplary ethics in their field.

 

The Philanthropy of Aloha Construction

They proudly give back to their community. They’ve recently donated a brand new truck to the American Red Cross. They know how much the American Red Cross does within the community in times of crisis. From fires, floods and other disasters they are on the front line. Helping the displaced victims with food, clothing, shelter, disaster kits and more. Last year they aiding almost 8,000 people from Chicago in one way or another.

 

Aloha Construction is helping to rebuild the community from the inside out. They know that when we work together we can accomplish anything.

 

 

Class Dojo Is Empowering Students And Parents To Communicate More

Class Dojo has created an effective way to help students stay engaged in their schoolwork and have fun at the same time. Parents seem to enjoy Class Dojo just as much as the children do since it allows them to stay informed on how they are doing. On top of this, Teachers and parents can directly communicate with each other through Class Dojo’s app, which can be done at any time of the day. No more busy schedules or errands getting in the way of parents staying involved with their child’s schooling.

Over the years, Class Dojo has continued to grow and expand on their platform. More than two-thirds of all schools in the United States have incorporated Class Dojo to some degree in the curriculum for elementary students. Students are even able to enjoy Class Dojo’s unique features, such as a unique avatar and storyboard to follow for their classroom. Through Class Dojo’s various features, students are able to share things with each other as well as the teacher, posting videos, notes, pictures, and more to the app’s main classroom board.

Students all over the world are able to experience the benefits of using Class Dojo as well, with more schools and countries adopting the learning platform every year. During some special occasions, students have been able to video chat with each other from different classrooms from around the world, letting them see the differences between their schooling and cultures.

More than anything, Class Dojo is trying to build the communication that students have with their parents and teachers to provide a better learning environment over the course of their elementary education. Children are much better at retaining school information and will perform better when they feel confident in themselves and actually want to participate. A friendly environment that is supportive along with the support of parents instead of their absences is proven to help students tremendously over the course of their education.

Find out more about ClassDojo: http://www.businessinsider.com/ed-tech-startup-classdojo-is-going-viral-2016-7

Dr. Eric Forsthoefel and the Crisis in America’s Hospitals

THE CRISIS IN AMERICA’S EMERGENCY ROOMS

The impetus behind the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed in 2010 was to ensure that all Americans had access to quality health insurance, which would, in turn, encourage people to stop using hospital emergency rooms for their non-urgent care needs. Unfortunately, many people are still turning to emergency rooms in lieu of been seen by a primary care provider. So did the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act fail? Well, according to Dr. Eric Forsthoefel it has. If you’re not familiar with Dr. Forsthoefel, he is an emergency room physician at Tallahassee Memorial Bixler Trauma & Emergency Center. According to patch.com, an independent U.S. local news and information platform, Dr. Forsthoefel has personally witnessed countless non-urgent cases being treated at that particular emergency room.

WHO IS DR. ERIC FORSTHOEFEL?

Before we delve any further into this crisis that has befallen many US hospitals, let’s take a moment to examine Dr. Forsthoefel’s background and why his opinion on this matter carries so much weight. Dr. Eric Forsthoefel is a University of Louisville School of Medicine alumnus who earned his M.D. in 2009, before starting his residency at LSU Health Sciences Center in the same year. In 2012, he joined the Tallahassee Memorial Bixler Trauma & Emergency Center, serving as one of the hospital’s most talented emergency physicians. Needless to say, Dr. Forsthoefel has been an emergency room physician long enough to have formed an opinion worth hearing.

WHEN THE COST OF HEALTH INSURANCE IS TOO HIGH

When asked about why he believes more people are treating emergency rooms like a primary care office, Dr. Forsthoefel stated that because so many people lack access to a primary care provider, and needed medications, they often resort to going to emergency rooms when certain health conditions arise. Dr. Forsthoefel further goes on to say that regardless of what drives a patient to visit these facilities, hospitals are still obligated to treat their patients. In fact, providing top-tier care is paramount at Tallahassee Memorial Bixler Trauma & Emergency Center.

Dr. Forsthoefel also details the protocol in place for when patients visit their emergency center; he states that regardless of the nature of the visit, true emergency or non-urgent, each patient will be treated by the hospital’s support staff, nurses, and physicians.

The doctor freely admits, however, that non-urgent visits do place a great deal of strain on hospital resources, which, in turn, creates challenges for the hospital as a whole. Needless to say, one would have a hard time arguing against such assertions; unlike other countries, the cost of good health insurance is not within the grasp of what most Americans can afford. Therefore, more people find it easier to see a doctor when they feel ill as opposed to seeing a doctor for preventative maintenance.

EMERGENCY ROOM STATISTICS

To give this article greater context, let’s take a look at some statistical data. Since the 1990s, the trend of non-urgent visits to emergency rooms has been on the rise, and it shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, a recent study published in 2014 by the American Journal of Managed Care lends credence to what many have referred to as a crisis in hospitals all over America. The study showed that non-urgent care visits account for 37% of all emergency room traffic.

https://www.sharecare.com/doctor/dr-eric-m-forsthoefel

Stream Energy Uses Stream Cares to Up Its Charity Contributions

Hope Supply Company and Stream Energy just collaborated on a successful community event for homeless children in Dallas, Texas. The event was called Splash for Hope, and through Stream Energy’s generosity the cost of entry and meal service for over 1000 kids were covered. The event is the latest effort in Stream Energy’s four year partnership with Hope Supply to help homeless children in Texas. Stream is a huge advocate for the fight against homelessness, and their charitable efforts in that regard have helped countless families.

Stream Energy is a direct-energy seller that offer alternative gas and energy services to seven states in the U.S. Founded in 2005 the company has grown into a major business, branching out into other venues like mobile service and home security. Stream is also a facilitator of corporate philanthropy. Charity is a part of Stream’s business model, something that every executive and contractor takes part in, and something that even has a life of its own.

Stream Cares is an organization existing within Steam Energy to handle its philanthropic pursuits. The organization handles the allocation of funds to charitable organizations and works to build the relationships Stream has with charities like Hope Supply Company, Red Cross, and Habitat for Humanity. In addition to its philanthropy the direct-energy seller also supports its community. It offered major aid for both Hurricane Harvey and the tornados that ripped through Dallas neighborhoods.

Stream does not just finance charity it also takes part in it. Stream’s associates and executives volunteer for events, provide outreach to the community, and provide hands-on assistance to the community. They have handled transportation to events, financed food, clothing, and paid for entrances fees. Stream also gives back to Dallas itself, working to increase the quality of life for its home city. Stream believes that any type of success that is enjoyed is worth sharing, and it will never stop sharing its success with those responsible for it.

https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/organization/stream-energy

Adam Milstein Talks the Jewish Diaspora

Managing Partner of Hager Pacific Properties, Adam Milstein, relocated to the United States in 1981 and had previously served in the Israel Defense Forces during the Yom Kippur War. Since receiving his MBA from the University of Southern California, Mr. Milstein has become a leader in the real estate community, as well as a dedicated philanthropist. Today, Adam Milstein is a board member with a number of reputable institutions, including Israel on Campus Coalition, Hasbara Fellowships, and the Israeli-American Council, for which he is also the co-founder and chair.

Although Adam Milstein originally came to the United States in order to attend the University of Southern California, upon graduating, he quickly realized that his skill set was grossly undervalued in the employment world, and was moved to become a real estate broker. This would eventually lead to Milstein’s role at Hager Pacific Properties. In order to remain productive, as well as to bring his ideas to life, Adam Milstein creates a highly structured environment, while also seeing his visualizations through until the end. Throughout this process, he cites his professional failures, as teachable moments, which have led to an increased level of patience.

In his philanthropic efforts, Adam Milstein continues to actively fight antisemitism around the world and has recently been publicly adversarial toward to The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Campaign, which he believes is a direct threat to the State of Israel. In continuing to work in close proximity with the Jewish youth of Israel, Adam Milstein stated that he believes the future of the Jewish Community is among them, as evidenced by their increased involvement with current affairs. With the Diaspora continuing to grow, Mr. Milstein believes that the next step is to provide them with platforms for which to spread their knowledge, as well as resources for continued sustainability.

 

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Robert Ivy Is The First Architect Winner Of Noel Polk Award

Robert Ivy is well-known in the world of architecture today for the various awards he has won over the years. Today, he is also the CEO at the American Institute of Architects. Just this year, Robert was the winner of the Noel Polk Lifetime Award given out by MIAL. This award is only given to Mississippi natives that have made strong contributions to the field of performance and art. To date, this is perhaps Roberts most prestigious award. See Related Articles at architecturalrecord.com

Not only is this award very limited, but it is one of a kind for Robert Ivy, given that he is the only architect that has ever won the award. Due to Roberts hard work and creativity to create quality architecture, he has been given a special place in the community through the award. There are very few people who have won the award from MIAL, some award winners include Walter Anderson and Morgan Freemon.

Carl Elefante, the president of the American Insitute of Architects has credited Robert Ivy with being a worthy ambassador to the field with his experience in architecture. His experience in other subjects, including editing and writing, has shown Robert’s dedication to his field and his ability to make even greater contributions threw new methods.

Robert was appointed as the American Insitute of Architects CEO back in 2011 for his various accomplishments and awards. Over the years he has helped build the organizations name and increase its awareness around the entire world. Robert’s leadership has been a direct cause for the company’s biggest membership base in its entire history, which spans more than 160 years.

Robert Ivy has written a number of articles over the years covering his thoughts on architecture and his very own designs. This has enabled many other aspiring architects to find their way into the industry and make their own contributions to the field with new perspectives. For several years, Robert worked as an editor-in-chief while he practiced his architecture.

Learn more: https://archinect.com/news/article/150059501/robert-ivy-to-receive-lifetime-achievement-award

 

Dr. Mark Mckenna: a Brief History

Dr. Mark Mckenna is a medical investor, former real estate investor and doctor. His current investment project is OVME, an online app for ordering Botox injections to your door. By using home delivery OVME hopes to streamline the doctor and patients time by avoiding needles appointments for both.

Not always a medical investor, Dr. Mark Mckenna began his investing portfolio with real estate while still in medical school. He attended Tulane University and while there learned that some of his ideas on how the medical profession worked were wrong. It was going to be a lot harder for him to find work than he thought, and the pay was much less than he believed.

So Dr. Mark Mckenna began working extra hours as a check-up doctor for inmates at the local prison. Taking his pay from this, he began building his real estate portfolio. After graduating from Tulane with his medical degree, Dr. Mark Mckenna went to work at the practice owned by his father, also a doctor. But his experiences in real estate had been challenging and rewarding and Mckenna wanted to go into real estate full time. He quit his fathers practice and did so, becoming successful with a portfolio value of over $5 million.

But even in real estate there can be unpredictable things, such as the 2005 landfall of Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans, where Dr. Mckenna had his properties, was devastated. Mckenna’s portfolio was devastated as well, but rather than try and start over somewhere else he stayed in NOLA and helped rebuild by repairing damaged properties and re-selling them.

He was doing well with this venture when he noticed a trend that made him want out of real estate: He saw far too many questionable loans being approved that he knew would fail. Seeing the huge housing market collapse coming, he divested from real estate and entered medical investing.

Before OVME he invested in ShapeMed, a clinic he helped turn into a network and then sold to Life Time Fitness, Inc. for a nice profit. This helped his get the capital to invest in OVME.

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The Great Work of Jeremy Goldstein at the Fountain House Organization

It’s not long before high profile dignitaries meet in a top-shelf dinner that has been organized by Jeremy Goldstein together with Omar Khan and Jim Finkel. This dinner is aimed at consolidating funds that will aid in the noble activities of Fountain House, of recovering the valuable individuals who have the mental illness. Fountain House has been quite focal in the reclamation of this group of individuals, who for a very long time have been ignored and looked down upon by the mentally healthy people. For the same reason, the people recovering from the condition have perceived themselves as inferior, which has greatly contributed to lowering their self-esteem and hence their productivity.

 

Due to this vice, Fountain house decided to come to the aid of the people with mental illness and restore their dignity which they have been denied for long. They have been treated with contempt and placed in a much-disrespected place in the community. What people forget is that the individuals with this condition are equally human beings and have feelings like any other healthy individuals. In fact, the only difference that distinguishes themselves from the mentally healthy individuals is that they probably require more attention than the normal people.

 

The unfair treatment subjected to the individuals living with mental illness has in a great way proved to be so detrimental and destructive to the parties affected. Some of the difficulties that they face is coping with other members of the community in the education facilities. Due to the lack of sufficient attention and care that they deserve, the individuals end up dropping out of schools before they accomplish the desired levels of education. The other challenge involves their relationships with the other members of the society. This happens because people who don’t suffer from their condition of mental illness never give them the right understanding that they deserve. This makes it hard to interact and consequently impacting their relationships. No one in the society wants to be associated with a mentally ill person.

 

The formation of Fountain House and the incorporation of Jeremy Goldstein into the firm’s Board of Directors has been huge save for the affected group living with mental illness. However, other than being a member of the Fountain House’s Board of Directors, Jeremy Goldstein has other commitments in his professional career. He has been practicing law for more than two decades where he has assisted numerous top-notch corporate leaders to solve issues relating to corporate governance and compensation.

 

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Sahm Adrangi: A Lifelong Dedication to Ad Fraud-free Short Selling

For portfolio managers, learning new ways of overcoming challenges such as unreasonable risks and navigating market complexities can be the difference between increasing return on investment and watching your investment go down the drain. Therefore, conferences organized and headlined by successful entrepreneurs and financial experts always come in handy. This is because they offer a unique opportunity not only to network but also to learn of new tricks to avoid pitfalls that are inherent in the financial markets and investment industry. One such conference was organized on May 3, 2018, at the New York Athletic Club. Organized by Kase Learning founded by successful investor Whitney Tilson, the conference focused on short selling and was headlined by some of the leading financial minds in the industry including Kerrisdale Capital’s founder and chief investment officer, Sahm Adrangi.

After Mr. Tilson’s opening address, Sahm Adrangi delivered the first keynote speech of the morning session to the full-day conference attendees. He focused on ad fraud in short selling. The focus of his quality speech was particularly dear to Sahm Adrangi; an investment banker well-known for his detailed researches and exposes on short selling ad frauds committed by Chinese companies. While addressing the sizeable crowd gathered at the iconic club, Adrangi used his experience and knowledge to enlighten the attendees on how ad fraud affects the market. He also noted that the key to avoiding falling victim fraudulent shorting ads is to carry out due diligence before making an investment decision.

According to Sahm Adrangi, investors and portfolio managers can detect ad frauds by monitoring the trends of a company’s stocks. This is because they usually come before a company’s stock value declines. It is by watching such trends in the company’s shares that Adrangi successful built Kerrisdale Capital into an investment empire with assets valued at $150 million up from $1 million when it was founded. Other keynote speakers at the well-timed event included Greenlight Capital founder David Einhorn, Glaucus Research Group’s Soren Aandahl and Project M Group’s Enrique Abeyta Ubillos among others. The single-day event covered numerous topics around short selling as an investment avenue.

https://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=252047507&privcapId=109092301&previousCapId=109092301&previousTitle=Kerrisdale%20Capital%20Management%20LLC