Standard Motor Products Announces New President

first_imgNEW YORK – Standard Motor Products’ board of directors has appointed Eric Sills as president of the company. Sills, 46, is currently vice president global operations. Sills will now join the office of the chief executive, where he will serve together with Lawrence Sills, chairman and CEO; John Gethin, COO; and James Burke, vice president finance and CFO.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementWilliam Turner, Standard Motor Products’ presiding independent director, said, “We are very pleased to announce this appointment. Eric joined the company in 1991, and has taken on leadership roles of increasing responsibility. He is currently responsible for all manufacturing, distribution, engineering and supply chain management both in the U.S. and worldwide. Under Eric’s leadership, the company has increased manufacturing capacity, expanded production in low-cost areas, enhanced its global supply chain and successfully integrated eight acquisitions in the past three years. All these have played a major role in increasing the company’s profitability. In addition, during his 24 years with the company, Eric has acquired extensive knowledge of the customers and the industry.“In his new position, he will continue to be responsible for his current activities while becoming increasingly involved in sales, marketing and finance. Our board believes that Eric’s experience, expertise and proven leadership will make him an ideal candidate to help lead the company into the future.”Sills earned an MBA from Columbia University and a BA from Bowdoin College. He is the son of Lawrence Sills, Standard’s chairman and CEO.,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. 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 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

Meeting on Dredged Material Beneficial Use Set for Tomorrow

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, and Plaquemines Parish Government are hosting a ceremony on Wednesday, August 6, to recognize the signing of a partnership agreement for initiation of Louisiana Coastal Area Beneficial Use of Dredged Material projects.These projects aim to increase the use of material dredged from the Mississippi River to restore and create important coastal landscape features in Plaquemines Parish. The ceremony will be held on Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District’s District Assembly Room A, 7400 Leake Ave, New Orleans, LA.New Orleans District Commander, Col. Richard Hansen, and Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser will be on hand to sign the LCA BUDMAT Design Agreement and provide statements on the importance of this partnership. The signing of the LCA BUDMAT Design Agreement initiates the design of the first beneficial use projects and positions the program for construction in 2015, dependent on funding from Congress.The first Plaquemines Parish LCA BUDMAT project will use material dredged from Southwest Pass to restore and create approximately 300 to 600 acres of marsh habitat. This effort will provide valuable habitat for wildlife and fisheries, reduce the loss of important coastal landscapes in Plaquemines Parish, and help sustain the ecosystems of coastal Louisiana.Overall, the LCA BUDMAT program was authorized in WRDA 2007 and aims to use material dredged from federally-maintained waterways throughout the New Orleans District beneficially to create and restore coastal landscape features, such as marshes, ridges and islands. The program can execute beneficial use projects over a ten year period for a total cost of $100 million.[mappress]Press Release, August 5, 2014last_img read more

Peer-to-peer pioneer

first_imgEight law firms have borrowed over £500,000 through commercial peer-to-peer lending, an innovative form of financing which some experts predict could one day replace banks. Lender Funding Circle says it has lent a total of £500,000 to eight legal practices: three from the north-west, one from the north-east and the rest from the south-east. Two more peer-to-peer lenders are planning to enter the legal market. See featurelast_img

3rd annual Pilot Programme for Climate Resistance Validation Consultation convened

first_img 178 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share DVRP Project Coordinator Collin GuisteThe third annual Pilot Programme for Climate Resistance (PPCR) Validation Consultation began today, Monday May 29 2017 at the Fort Young Hotel. The Pilot Programme for Climate Resistance is administered by the Climate Investment Fund (CIF) and is implemented by the Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP), it is responsible for coordinating the process of reporting on our country’s progress in building resilience. DVRP Project Coordinator Collin Guiste said the progress made during January to December 2016 will be discussed during the consultation. “[We will] discuss the progress made during the period of January to December 2016 calendar year…As in the past the focus of this morning’s exercise will be on knowledge sharing, lessons learnt and key challenges face and the sound recommendations for going forward,” he said. Guiste continued, “This we hope will help us establish the baselines, determine benchmarks and set realistic targets aimed at setting policy directives in the first instance and identify priority intervention to mitigate climate change based on data collected.”He told the participants that their presence confirms their commitment to championing resilience building efforts in Dominica while their partnerships in implementing projects under the DVRP must be commended. “I look forward to your active participation in today’s consultation, as we work together to address issues of climate change and climate resilience and achieve sustained economic growth and improvement of life to all citizens.”Meanwhile Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Environment Davis Letang said the consultation marks an important milestone in assessing the country’s implementation of the low carbon climate resilience development strategy which was adopted in 2012.The PPCR he said is one of the investments by Dominica to achieve the objectives set out in the low carbon climate resilience development strategy. “The low carbon climate resilience strategy articulates a strategic vision to support the country’s transformation to a low carbon climate resilience development path within the government’s National Development Planning process,” he explained. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Environment Davis LetangThe goal of the PPCR therefore is to help countries transform to a climate resilience development path that is consistent with National Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development Goals. ““In the case of Dominica, this has taken effect through the establishment of the Project Coordination Unit, the Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP), charged with the responsibility to perform annual monitoring, evaluating and reporting on the country’s progress and integrating climate resilience strategies in keeping with the strategic program for climate change resilience,” he said. Letang added that at this critical juncture in Dominica and Dominicans’ development as a country and a people, it is necessary to transform climate resilience from planning into a call to action. “For the past few years, every citizen at home or abroad can attest to the damages and loss caused by climate change impacts whether as a farmer, a business professional, an engineer or a proprietor. If at all we were still doubtful, I think Tropical Storm Erika brought it home very vividly.”Climate change he said has been described as the greatest development challenge in the twenty-first century, thereby compelling the international community to imbed resilience from a development perspective as opposed to just an environmental concern.“In so doing, world leaders and planners now consider sustainability across economic, social and environmental spheres by weighing the impact one decision has on the other in contrast to the business as usual approach that was being employed previously,” he added. Letang urged participants to actively participate in the consultation process since there are benefits which can be derived from the provision of relevant data and transformation in the context of climate resilience. “This consultation today, provides a platform to share knowledge and experiences as well as present you with the opportunity to adopt a suitable monitoring model for use in your own areas of work. In addition you will be provided with relevant data in terms of your advances in integrating climate resilience within sectors and will outline a way forward or Dominica,” he said. The permanent secretary added that the country’s progress over the last three years has been promising but there is still much room for improvement and still much more work to be done. “This validation consultation therefore provides you participants with the opportunity to critically analyze the initial scores assigned, set benchmarks and develop a realistic plan of action for facilitating success in reporting at the country level. I urge you therefore, to take this opportunity as the first step in integrating climate resilience strategies within your respective sector and work space and even in your own personal day to day dealings,” he said. The Ministry of Health and Environment through the DVRP, has presented and managed the monitoring platform for the integration of climate resilience into development planning however he said “the sustainability of the process rests within the private and the public sectors, it rests within each and every single individual in Dominica to utilize the best practice for integrating what we hear into what we continue to do as persons concerned with our development”.“So I therefore encourage you to participate fully in today’s exercise and hopefully that whatever comes out of this exercise will help us to be more resilient to the effects of climate change to our lovely Dominica,” he said. Sharecenter_img Share Tweet LocalNews 3rd annual Pilot Programme for Climate Resistance Validation Consultation convened by: – May 29, 2017last_img read more

Orioles recall McFarland; Jones sits again on Wednesday

first_imgThe Orioles tinkered with their bullpen yet again prior to Wednesday’s game in Boston by recalling left-handed pitcher T.J. McFarland and optioning right-hander Oliver Drake to Triple-A Norfolk.After spending the required 10 days with the Tides upon being sent down on June 14, McFarland brings more length to a bullpen that’s worked hard in recent weeks. Drake was recalled from Norfolk on Sunday but did not appear in a game in his latest stint with the Orioles.McFarland sports a 1.93 ERA in 9 1/3 innings for the Orioles this season, but that mark is deceiving as the 26-year-old southpaw has allowed 12 hits and issued eight walks, numbers that have earned him a 4.71 Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) mark. The former Rule 5 pick settled into a long relief role last season while posting a 2.76 ERA in 58 2/3 innings of work, but his control issues have been problematic in 2015.The Orioles will need to make another roster move on Thursday with starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez scheduled to return from the disabled list to start against the Red Sox. Right-handed pitcher Mychal Givens is expected to be sent back to the minors to make room, returning Baltimore to its normal seven-man bullpen.As anticipated, center fielder Adam Jones was out of the lineup for the sixth time in eight games on Wednesday with David Lough once again replacing him in center field.last_img read more