AUDIO – CARICOM @ SIDS2014 – Dr. Douglas Slater Speaks

first_imgShare this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Oct 16, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 Re-elected WICB President to meet Grenada PMA meeting with Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell on cricket governance is among the first items of business for re-elected President of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Mr. Dave Cameron. Jamaican Cameron defeated challenger, former Test cricketer Barbadian Joel Garner by 8 votes to 4 in elections during…March 9, 2015In “Audio”Heads put spotlight on tackling scourge of NCDsThe Region’s on-going challenges with Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) came before the Thirty-Eighth CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting in Grenada on Thursday. This year is the tenth anniversary of the 2007 signing of the Port-of-Spain Declaration through which CARICOM Heads committed to tackling the scourge of NCDs. As a signal of the…July 6, 2017In “Grenada”#islands2014 – VIDEO – CARICOM @ SIDS2014 – Dr. Douglas Slater – Assistant Secretary General, Human and Social Development.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FOnz9gAUfUSeptember 2, 2014In “Event”Share this on WhatsApp CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… Oct 16, 2020 Oct 15, 2020 CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak You may be interested in… Barbados releases new COVID-19 Travel Protocols last_img read more

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CARIFESTA XII promises to be an unforgettable event – 12 days to go

first_img Getting ready for CARIFESTA Mar 20, 2017 Haiti making preparations for CARIFESTA XIIHaiti is currently making preparations to greet and host several thousands of people from the Region and other countries who are expected to converge there for CARIFESTA XII. The festival of arts and culture runs from August 21 to 30 and will feature events across the country. CARIFESTA, which is the largest…May 25, 2015In “Antigua & Barbuda”CARIFESTA XII Launch: a taste of vibrant, exciting event in AugustCARIFESTA XII in Haiti next month promises to be a vibrant and exciting event if the regional launch is anything to go by! Hundreds of Haitians and CARICOM delegates converged on the Ibo Lele Hotel for the regional launch of the regional mega-event on Tuesday evening. CARIFESTA will be held…July 8, 2015In “Anguilla”CARIFESTA XII Host Country Agreement Signed with HaitiWith the signing of the CARIFESTA XII Host Country Agreement between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Haiti on Thursday 25 September 2014 in the city of New York and about eleven months to go, the host country, Member States, Associate Members and the CARICOM Secretariat as key stakeholders in this regional…September 30, 2014In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Aug 17, 2017 Flashback to CARIFESTA XII – Haiti, 2015 You may be interested in… Jul 11, 2017center_img Barbados building CARIFESTA legacy Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CARICOM congratulates Haiti Dec 31, 2015 CARIFESTA XII will be held in Haiti from 21-30 August, 2015. Artistic Consultant, L’Antoinette Stines invites all to what she is confident will be an “unforgettable event”.last_img read more

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Green Climate Fund affirms its partnership with CDB

first_img CDB to Lend US$70M to The Bahamas and Saint Lucia,… You may be interested in… Oct 2, 2020 Share this on WhatsApp CDB, IDB Group to Boost Cooperation, Improve Lives of… Find Way for Private Sector to Assume Role as Jobs Generator… “CDB views the signing of this Accreditation Master Agreement as an important milestone in our relationship with GCF. This Agreement will catalyse our efforts to mobilise much-needed funding to build climate resilience in the Bank’s Borrowing Member Countries. We are looking forward to a productive partnership with GCF, having taken this very important step towards implementing innovative climate solutions in our region,” said Monica La Bennett, Vice-President (Operations), CDB. AMAs are the central instrument in the relationship between GCF and an Accredited Entity. They set out the basic terms and conditions as to how the Accredited Entity and GCF can work together for the use of GCF resources. The agreement is a prerequisite for all GCF Accredited Entities to implement GCF-approved projects. Accredited Entities are key to GCF’s climate finance work as they bring forward funding proposals to the Fund and then oversee, supervise, manage and monitor these proposals when approved. The Caribbean is one of the key priority regions for GCF due to its exposure to climate impacts and its needs of climate finance. To this date, GCF Board has approved a number of climate adaptation projects in Barbados, Grenada, Dominica and other Caribbean countries. During the second Structured Dialogue with the Caribbean in Grenada, senior policymakers and other stakeholders, including representatives from CDB, have been discussing the ways to improve regional cooperation on climate finance issues, to boost their engagement with GCF and to explore new investment opportunities. ### Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… center_img Aug 26, 2020 (Caribbean Development Bank Press Release) – The Green Climate Fund and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) on Friday signed a legal agreement to open doors for more climate finance projects in the Caribbean Region. The signing of the Accreditation Master Agreement (AMA) took place on the margins of the Green Climate Fund’s Caribbean Structured Dialogue meeting in Grenada, and which brought together regional stakeholders to plan climate action across the Caribbean Region. Javier Manzanares, GCF Executive Director a.i., welcomed the agreement and stressed its importance for increasing financial flows to climate projects in the region: “The Caribbean is particularly vulnerable to climate change devastating impacts and significant investments are needed in the region’s infrastructure to strengthen its resilience. The Caribbean Development Bank has a long and successful track record and I’m convinced that our partnership is a huge step towards unlocking new climate finance potential in the region. GCF is looking forward to new climate projects by CDB and to working together to accelerate climate action in the Caribbean”. Jul 14, 2020 UK provides further support to CDB Special Development Fund… Sep 29, 2020last_img read more

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Regional seamstresses under heavy threat from online shopping

first_imgCaribbean Fashion Designers meet with Italian Fashion Industry Experts at CARIFESTA XIII in BarbadosFashion designers participating in the Fashion component at the recently held CARIFESTA XIII in Barbados had an opportunity to meet with Italian fashion industry experts and benefit from fashion workshops, fashion shows and business meetings. The event, which took place in the CARIFESTA XIII Buyers Shopping Mall at the Lloyd…August 31, 2017In “Barbados”CARICOM urged to ‘take a big view of agriculture’By Kenton X. Chance GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, Oct. 27, 2016 — Stakeholders in the regional agricultural sector have been urged to take “a big view of agriculture” as Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nations continue to highlight the importance of food production to its economic and social development. The call on…October 27, 2016In “General”Vincentian designer Kimya Glasgow launches first signature fragrance in Caribbean(OECS-Chamber of Commerce of Martinique Joint Media Release)  — Designer Kimya Glasgow successfully launched her signature fragrance last month in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with the support of the INTERREG Trade Enhancement for the Eastern Caribbean (TEECA) project, which is coordinated by the Chamber of Commerce of Martinique (CCI…March 19, 2020In “Business”Share this on WhatsApp CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Related Posts Oct 16, 2020 CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… Oct 16, 2020center_img Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Oct 16, 2020 According to the Business 2 Customer or B2C report e-commerce volume in the Caribbean for 2005 – 2011, the annual, overall e-commerce sales in the Caribbean in 2011 amounted to US$2.75B, up from US$1.9B in 2010. Those figures are estimated to be higher eight years on. The owner of the De Kloze Line and De Zip Code said it is extremely difficult for designers and seamstresses to compete. “Customers don’t want to adequately compensate us for our workmanship, even though they are fully aware that raw materials are mostly sourced from outside and that costs are incurred when trying to satisfy our customers,” she said. Barton-Volney, who received the best seamstress award from the Business 2 Customernoted, “It is the only industry that you cannot leave home without yet still there is no respect for garment producers in the Caribbean.” Read more at: Searchlight Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… (Searchlight) A preference for online shopping is threatening to make the Caribbean seamstress extinct. That concern from Saint Lucia’s 2018 Seamstress of the Year, Lisa Barton–Volney. Speaking ahead of Bridal Couture, the Caribbean Expo of fashion designers which took place on Saturday, January 26 in Barbados, Volney said regional shoppers are opting for clothing which is cheaper both in quality and cost. Ms. Lisa Barton Volneylast_img read more

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CARICOM’s Economic Independence: Role of Foreign Trade

first_img Sep 16, 2020 Trade-in-Services and Technology: More missed opportunities… Oct 14, 2020 You may be interested in… Foreign Policy in CARICOM: pursuing national development benefitsBy Elizabeth Morgan The recent visit of US Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, put the spotlight on US/CARICOM relations and CARICOM countries’ continuing foreign policy dilemma of balancing their relationship with global and regional powers to gain national development benefits and influence amid hegemonic competition. Before WW II, the colonial…January 29, 2020In “CARICOM”Relations within the Western Hemisphere: an uneasy allianceBy Elizabeth Morgan I have written about CARICOM’s trading relations with the countries in the Western Hemisphere (USA, Canada and Latin America), the region’s natural trading partners. Recent reports in the international and local media about the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) have led…October 1, 2020In “Indepth”UN Summit on Small Island Developing States (SIDS)By Elizabeth Morgan “SIDS are a special case for sustainable development. They require concerted long-term attention and investment of the entire international community.” UN SG The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) ended its week of summits at the start of its 74th Session with one dedicated to the specific sustainable…October 4, 2019In “Jamaica”Share this on WhatsApp By Elizabeth Morgan August is a significant month in Caribbean liberation history. The Anglo-Caribbean countries commemorated Emancipation Day, marking the official end of slavery. Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago celebrate 57 years of Independence on August 6 and 31 respectively. The Rt. Hon. Norman Manley expressed the view that his generation brought political independence and it was the task of future generations to deliver economic independence, termed “economic liberation” by some in Africa. For small developing economies, economic independence, realistically, may not be easy to achieve as past experience with nationalization taught. The Jamaican Government is now encouraging public involvement through investment in key assets. In 57 years, what the region is really still pursuing is “economic empowerment” – raising standards of living through sustainable economic growth and development and building economic resilience. Relations within the Western Hemisphere: an uneasy alliance center_img Trade in Services – For CARICOM, Tourism dominates It is said repeatedly that as small economies, foreign trade, is critical to achieving sustained economic growth and development. Over the years, foreign trade, export and import of goods and services, has contributed up to 100% and more of the gross domestic product (GDP) in Caribbean countries, and their openness put them at risk to global policy changes. A review of the region’s history, shows that there was robust growth and wealth accumulation for those in power from about 1625-1800 when a secure market, export of sugar and other agricultural products, and slave labour were dominant in the economies. Until there was increasing competition from larger cane sugar producers in the hemisphere and subsidized beet sugar in Europe, the Caribbean was a major producer and exporter. The first industrial revolution (1760-1830) contributed to the end of the slave trade and emancipation. With trade policy changes in Britain after 1845, the Caribbean’s position in trade declined heralding 100 years of economic depression, workers unrest and the move towards self-government and independence. It also led to economic diversification with the trade in bananas, growth of tourism, exploring other markets, and the reverse movement of labour as Caribbean people sought work in other countries and territories. In the mid-20th Century, foreign investment, production and export of oil, bauxite/alumina, manufacturing, and strengthened preferential market access saw a return to vigorous growth. Tourism became a mainstay in island economies. Since the 1970s, the vicissitudes of trade, imports and exports, with other contributing factors, have determined the countries’ fluctuating economic fortunes.  Nevertheless, Caribbean small states, except Haiti, are classified by the World Bank as middle income countries. It is clear from regional history, that a small country can be a leading world producer of products such as, sugar, bananas, bauxite/alumina, limes, but with competition, changing demand, innovation, and diseconomies of scale, that position is easily eroded. In addition, natural disasters stymie real growth. This is where building economic resilience becomes important. In its 2019 forecast for the region, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) sees improvement, but generally believes long-term growth is impeded by continuing structural problems. The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) forecast continuing sluggish growth citing poor export performance among other challenges. The countries need to focus on increasing economic growth and job creation by improving production, productivity, competitiveness, exports, and investment flows. The region is also in a fourth industrial revolution where e-commerce and digitization are the future and the future of work is automation. It is also grappling with the economic impact of climate change and the potential of green and blue economies. In the quest for economic empowerment, the concern is whether CARICOM is preparing for future trade, noting that the CSME remains unimplemented; lack of a CARICOM trade strategy and agenda; and limited private sector engagement. With all that is now happening in global trade, CARICOM, as a region of trade dependent, vulnerable, middle income countries, cannot be disengaged and out of touch. Submitted by Elizabeth Morgan, Specialist in International Trade Policy and International Politics Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 7, 2020 Oct 1, 2020 What has been CARICOM’s Foreign Trade Strategy and Agenda? last_img read more

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Management Changes Coming in Goodyear Retail Operations

first_imgLSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  From Staff & Wire Reports AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementAKRON, OHIO — E.A. “Chip” Sterosky, general manager of countrywide retail, has announced his retirement from the retail operations division of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Sterosky started with Goodyear as a store manager in 1976 and has held various zone and regional positions since then. As a result of Sterosky’s retirement, management of the 624 Goodyear Auto Service Centers will be divided between Dave Cranston, general manager east, and Gary Sass, general manager west. Both will report to Mike Blackburn, general manager of retail operations. The position of manager of retail sales promotions, vacated by Sass, will also report to Blackburn. Goodyear’s retail operations division includes 763 company-owned tire stores, 139 of which are operated under the Just Tires retail format, according to Goodyear. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. last_img read more

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OPW Fueling Containment Systems Names Greg Kennedy Director of Operations

first_imgDeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement SMITHFIELD, N.C. – OPW Fueling Containment Systems, a division of OPW Fueling Components, has named Greg Kennedy as director of operations. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement OPW Fueling Containment Systems, located in Smithfield, N.C., designs and manufactures secondarily contained fuel delivery systems. Recently, OPW Fueling Containment Systems announced the launch of the industry’s first totally integrated “Plug and Play” Underground Fueling System known as “The Loop System,” which provides new solutions that offer a higher level of environmental protection and a lower cost of fuel delivery system ownership. Kennedy has held various positions within OPW Fueling Components in Cincinnati over the past nine years, including business unit manager and manufacturing supervisor. A graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a bachelor of science technology degree, Kennedy has also earned the distinction of a Six Sigma Quality Greenbelt and has completed the requirements to become a Lean Trainer. Kennedy will report directly to OPW Fueling Containment Systems President, Mike McCann.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. last_img read more

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OBITUARY: Arkansas Association Head, Bulldog Drummond, Dies

first_imgLong-time state association executive director and retired Bridgestone Americas sales executive Nelson Drummond passed away July 6. He was 69. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The gregarious and gracious Drummond, known as Bulldog to friends and associates alike, had been executive director of the Arkansas Independent Tire Dealers Association, a post he held since late 1996. Drummond retired from Bridgestone in 1995 after a 34-year career with the tiremaker, where he served as manager of dealer sales in the northeast. He is survived by his wife, Marguerite; sons Dan and Eric; daughter Michelle Mayo; and five grandchildren, Services were held July 12 in Horseshoe Bend, Ark. (Courtesy of Tire Review/Akron),Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

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OBITUARY: Former NACAT Executive Manager Al Goodyear Passes

first_imgLEESBURG, Va. – The North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) is saddened to report that former Executive Manager Al Goodyear, (Alfred W. Goodyear III) passed away July 23 in San Diego, due to complications following a hip fracture. He was 83 years old. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Born in Birmingham, Ala., he graduated from the Georgia Military Academy and then enrolled at Penn State University, where he graduated in 1949 with a B.A. degree in liberal arts. Al served in the U.S. Army and fought in Korea, where he was awarded the Purple Heart as a sergeant in the Third Division Reconnaissance Company (1951-1952). He began his publishing career as a field representative for Prentice-Hall, and later served as president of Goodyear Publishing Co. (a subsidiary of Prentice-Hall). After the Goodyear firm was sold, Al served as vice president of Sage Publications, vice president of education for Mitchell International and associate publisher for Bristlecome Books. Al served as NACAT Executive Manager from 1992 to 2005 and was awarded the NACAT MVP award in 2003. An avid tennis player and golfer throughout most of his life, Al also became an active musician after retirement, playing, managing and singing in musical groups that included the Stardust Harmonaires, Big John’s Big Sound, and the Bernardo Heights Quartet. He played clarinet as well as alto and tenor saxophone. He is survived by his wife, Ann, son Scott; daughters, Sandra Falato and Donna Pekar; and five grandchildren. “Lynda and I were very saddened to hear of Al Goodyear’s passing,” said NACAT Executive Manager Dan Perrin. “I was serving on the NACAT Board when we hired Al and he was by far the superior candidate. He was exactly what we needed; someone who was a competent, no-nonsense, manager who knew his job and was not timid about telling you if you did not do yours. Al was able to increase membership from the 500 range to over 800 in a short period of time. From there, he was instrumental in several initiatives that brought recognition to NACAT and resources for the members. He served us well for 13 years and now I am using the things I learned from him to continue his work at NACAT. His service to NACAT will continue to support us even though he is no longer with us.” Advertisement You can read a more detailed remembrance of Al Goodyear written by his good friend Jack Erjavec at www.algoodyear.nacat.org.last_img read more

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