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first_img Previous Article Next Article Organisations need to be much more systematic in the way they capture staffknowledge. This is the message from a CIPD report Managing Knowledge Workers: the HRDimension, which shows employers need to work harder at encouraging theiremployees to share knowledge and ensure essential know-how isn’t lost whenworkers leave. The report advises on managing knowledge workers, highlighting theimportance of autonomy, challenging work and sharing in the creation oforganisational values. It also looks at how firms have taken a more inclusive approach to knowledgeworkers. Diane Sinclair, CIPD adviser on employee relations, said the creation andsharing of knowledge is a major source of competitive advantage.”Companies can inadvertently encourage employees to keep knowledge tothemselves, but this knowledge is increasingly where critical values lie,”she said. Comments are closed. Share knowledge to move forwardOn 5 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

first_imgWe hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE last night members of the Evansville City Council took up ordinance F-2019-24 amended?  …in order to balance this year’s budget members of Evansville City Council voted to transfer many hundred of thousands of dollars from one city account to another? …City Council took the money from the Local Option Tax fund account?…after all that the City of  Evansville is still is forced to carry a $2.6 million employee hospitalization deficit into 2020?  …can you believe that some of our elected officials think that this is balancing the city budget?IS IT TRUE the good news for the Evansville taxpayers is that the State Board Of Accounts (SBOA) has passed a new State Law that gives Governmental entities six (6) months to find a remedy to correct the problems of overdrawn city accounts? IS IT TRUE we are told that the practice of not posting unrecorded accounts payable in a timely manner will come to an end starting January 1, 2020?  …starting in 2020 Finra and the SEC will require cities with populations greater than 100k to submit the year-end financial report to the State Board of Accounts by using the accrual method of accounting?IS IT TRUE that six out of 10 TSA members signed up to speak at the most recent EVCS School  Board meeting?  …according to an article in a national publication that only one person was allowed to speak during the last EVSC School Board meeting and it was alleged that the others five (5) individuals were denied the right to speak by EVSC President Karen Ragland?  …later on, the other five were allowed to speak after a protest was launched by the TSA?IS IT TRUE that EVSC School Board members continue to stifle the of “Freedom Of Speech”, disallows “Public Access To Public Records” and possible violations of the “Executive Sessions” (closed-door meetings)?  …these are the reasons why that many people are hoping that local attorney Charles Berger will force the officials at EVSC to create an atmosphere of open communication with the citizens they serve?IS IT TRUE last week it was announced that Evansville has been awarded the 71st National Square Dance Convention, to take place June 22–25, 2022?  …this event is estimated to attract around 3,000 to 4,000 people to our area? …we wonder why anyone would announce an event scheduled two (2) years from now?IS IT TRUE several years ago Steve Hammer was defeated in an extremely competitive Republican primary race for County Commissioner but he still remains involved in our community? … that Steve Hammer continues to be active in Vanderburgh County CASA, “A Hundred Men Who Cook”, “A Hundred Guys Who Cares”, YWCA Of Evansville, Ziemer Society Of St. Vincent, helping with the “Mickey’s Kingdom” playground project at Sunset Park?  …we would also thank him for hiring long-term unemployed veterans to work at the Roca Bar-North and helping to feed the less fortunate citizens of our community?IS IT TRUE the saga continues concerning individuals competing for the Evansville City Council attorney position starting in 2020?…all three candidates continue to lobby all nine city council members but it looks like the trend is going towards current City Attorney Josh Claybourn ways?Today’s non-scientific but trendy “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that its time to make a decision concerning the Vanderburgh County jail?If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected] comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_img97, died on July 7, 2017 at the Portage County Health Care Center in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. She was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1919 and then moved to Jersey City, where she attended Sacred Heart Grammar School, Snyder High School and Spencer Business School. In January 1956, she married Patrick Hefferan, an Irishman from Kiltimagh, County Mayo, the birthplace of her parents, Thomas Higgins and Catherine Mullaney. Catherine and Patrick raised four children in Bayonne. She was a longtime parishioner of St. Vincent de Paul RC Church. After Patrick died in 1971, she continued to support her family for several years working at Curcio’s Beauty Supply. Later she was employed as a secretary at NJ City University. Upon retirement, Catherine eventually settled in Wisconsin. She was predeceased by her brothers Thomas Higgins, Jr., Joseph Higgins, and James Higgins. She is survived by her four children and their spouses: Dr. James and Debra Hefferan, Ellen and Larry D’Andrea, Dr. Kevin and Sherri Hefferan, Brian and Norrie Hefferan. She was also blessed with 18 grandchildren and many family members. Funeral arrangements by G. KEENEN O’BRIEN Funeral Home, 984 Avenue C.last_img read more

first_imgBy LESLEY GRAHAMThe Ocean City High School girls soccer team has had a stellar season thus far. But that’s not surprising to head coach Kelly Halliday.Halliday, who has been a part of Ocean City girls soccer for the past seven seasons, is proud of what the players have accomplished this season but has her sights set on more.“This is a special group of young ladies. Their passion and determination to compete every day at practice has directly led to their success on the field,” Halliday said in an interview.The Red Raiders are 16-1 on the season, including a perfect 12-0 record in conference play. Led by a talented group of seniors, the Red Raiders captured the 2019 Cape-Atlantic League title this past week with a victory over previously undefeated Millville.“We have great leadership, in addition to great soccer players,” Halliday said. “That combination has allowed us to elevate our level of play as well as continue the rich tradition that is Ocean City girls soccer.”The Red Raiders previously won the CAL title in 2016 and 2017.Halliday credits the team-first mentality that her group of “fab five seniors” has brought to the table.“I have never had a group so bought-in before. It really positively affects the team dynamic,” she said.The Red Raiders are 16-1 on the season, including a perfect 12-0 record in conference play.In addition, Ocean City has a strong leadership contingent with four uniquely qualified captains. Three seniors and one junior comprise the leadership of the Red Raiders.Senior goalie Abbey Fenton sets the tone for the squad, pushing her teammates every day to be better, according to Halliday.Delaney Lappin, a senior bound for Drexel University next season to continue her soccer career, is the utility player for her team.“She will do anything from any position, whatever her team needs from her,” Halliday said.Carly Reighard, the final senior captain who will continue her career at Jefferson University next year, is the heart and soul of the team.“She is a difference maker out there on the field,” Halliday said.Faith Slimmer, the lone junior captain, is a force to be reckoned with on the pitch. Slimmer, who has verbally committed to Rutgers University, leads the team with 26 goals and 17 assists on the season so far.“She elevates the play of those around her,” Halliday said.The Red Raiders are participating in the South Jersey Coaches Association Tournament, receiving the No. 3 seed. The tournament invites the top 16 teams in South Jersey, regardless of group size, as a tune-up for the state playoffs.Ocean City will host conference foe and the 14th seeded Egg Harbor Township Eagles 10 a.m. Saturday at Carey Stadium. From left, seniors Carly Reighard, Delaney Lappin, Abbey Fenton, Hannah Keane and Katie Mazzitelli provide experience and talent.last_img read more

first_imgYour Excellency President Nicos Anastasiades, House President Syllouris, Excellencies, Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.Σας καλωσορίζω θερμά σε αυτή τη δεξίωση.Iyi akşamlar, hoş geldiniz.And to all our Muslim guests here tonight: Eid Mubarak, Iyi Bayramlar.It’s a great pleasure for me and my wife Denise to welcome you to this party to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 93rd birthday. It’s also an opportunity to celebrate the birth of The Queen’s great grandson Archie, son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.Tonight’s reception has some distinctively British touches. The Guard of Honour provided by UN peacekeepers from the 4th Regiment the Royal Artillery. The Lincolnshire Poacher, mascot of the 2nd Battalion the Royal Anglian regiment, stationed at Dekelia. And one of the very few sheep to serve in the British Army, Private Derbydos of the 2nd Battalion the Mercian Regiment, from Episkopi. I hope you also enjoy the tastes of the four home nations of the United Kingdom on tonight’s menu. Before you do that, I would like to conclude with some words of thanks to our musicians tonight: the Band of the Army Air Corp from Colchester; the Corps of Drums 2nd Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment; to our other military participants; to my own team at the High Commission for all their great work in organising tonight’s reception.And a very special thank-you to all our sponsors of tonight’s event – British businesses, Cypriot distributors of British products, and British universities, whose details are displayed at the reception and on the programme notes – for contributing to its success.Above all, allow me to thank all of you, Mr President, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, for joining us here at the QBP and for your strong support for UK-Cyprus friendship and cooperation.Σας ευχαριστώ θερμά.Çok teşekkür ederim.Thank you very much. One year ago at the previous QBP, I said that in less than ten months’ time the United Kingdom would have left the European Union. This was not quite correct.However, I also assured you that as we prepared to leave the EU, Britain was committed to an even closer and stronger relationship with Cyprus, built on shared values and shared interests. This remains very much the case, and the central mission of the British High Commission.In the past year we have worked to expand our relations in a wide variety of areas.Reflecting our shared common law heritage we have reinforced contacts between the legal and judicial sectors. We have brought UK universities here in support of Cyprus’s efforts to become an international higher education hub. We have worked closely with the Cyprus-UK Business Association and other partners to share knowledge and expertise between the two business communities, and to champion innovation. We signed a new defence cooperation agreement during Defence Minister Angellides’ visit to the UK in April. Just last week HMS Duncan, one of the Royal Navy’s most advanced warships, participated in Exercise Argonaut.However the most telling indication of our commitment to the relationship was your visit, Mr President, to London in March, as a guest of the British Government. The high point for me was the reception hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the outstanding contribution of our 300,000 strong British Cypriot community, both Greek and Turkish Cypriot.As a committed friend and partner of the Cypriot people, and as a guarantor power, Britain has continued to support a just, democratic and lasting solution to the Cyprus problem, so that Cyprus can achieve her full potential as a regional hub of peace, stability and prosperity in the Eastern Mediterranean.center_img That is why we have followed recent developments in the Mediterranean with concern. We believe it is critical for stability in the region and for the integrity of the Rules-Based International System that disputes are resolved, not through force, militarisation or coercion, but through dialogue and in accordance with international law. We have called on Turkey not to drill in this area.As a High Commission we also champion the rights of Britons in Cyprus. We have worked tirelessly to ensure that the best arrangements are in place to safeguard their rights after the UK’s exit from the European Union, and I thank the government of Cyprus for its support, and I pay tribute to the volunteers and representatives of the British community around the island.For the thousands of Cypriots preparing to study in the UK, I am pleased to reconfirm that Cypriot students starting UK university courses both this year and next year will have guaranteed home fee status and financial support for the duration of their studies.As for the tens of thousands of Cypriots who have already completed their studies, we are working hard to reconnect with you. We have supported efforts by a number of UK universities to hold alumni events, and created a UK Alumni group on Facebook. If you studied at a UK university, please do visit our alumni corner here this evening to say hello and to share your alumni stories via our social media.last_img read more

first_imgLast semester, while sitting at her dining-room table, Hannah Poole helped young girls in southern Sudan to go to school.In that northeast African region, early marriage, coupled with fears of sexual harassment and gender-based violence, mean a high dropout rate for girls. But Poole wants to change that. Based on studies in the area indicating that female teachers have a positive impact on girls’ school attendance and achievement, she helped to craft high-level education policies through her virtual internship.Her classroom discussions — which involved policy frameworks, gender education issues, and cultural norms that prevent young girls from attending school — contributed to her virtual internship, said Poole, who did extensive reading on the importance of female teachers to girls’ education.Using data compiled from Sudan’s census, along with education statistics, she was able to chart the parts of the country with the fewest female teachers. She also completed case studies of successful education programs in other countries, such as India and Afghanistan, and used her findings to craft recommendations for southern Sudan’s education officials.“I really get to be part of shaping the country’s future,” said Poole, who is part of UNICEF’s education initiative. The Canadian hopes that her work, conducted out of her Cambridge apartment, will convince education ministers to increase educational opportunities for girls.Using the Web, Poole and a group of her master’s degree classmates at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) are gaining a kind of field experience without leaving home. They are part of an ongoing virtual internship pilot program offered through the school’s Career Services Office and its Field Experience Program (FEP) in collaboration with its International Education Policy (IEP) master’s program.The virtual internships represent a trend in an increasingly connected world, with communications technologies such as e-mail and video conferencing making it easier for those eager to explore career opportunities in distant locations to work remotely.“With the Internet, we realized there was a limitless opportunity for students to work beyond the local area,” said FEP specialist Sarah Deighton. “In terms of their future careers, we wanted to help them build connections and networks not only in this country but around the globe.”Fernando Reimers, director of the IEP, developed partnerships with international institutions that agreed to work closely with the students during the semester.“International development institutions, ministries of education, and education policy think tanks abroad all offered their support to this programmatic innovation at HGSE,” said Reimers, who is also Ford Foundation Professor of International Education. “The result has been a very rich experience for our students who are engaged in a variety of exciting programs.”Last semester 11 students worked on various international initiatives.In the fall, master’s student Simon Thacker and his classmate Jessica Malkin helped children in Jamaica to have more fun. Working with the Jamaican Ministry of Education, the pair developed policy around a child’s right to play.“The perception in Jamaica is that play is a waste of time, so don’t let kids play,” Thacker said, despite evidence that play is essential to a child’s cognitive, linguistic, and social development. “This policy is to ensure that the children of Jamaica do get what they need.”Using Elluminate, an online platform with a phone and instant-message function as well as a public whiteboard that participants can use to mull over ideas in cyberspace, Thacker and Malkin connected with their contact, a senior adviser to the country’s Minister of Education, to review their work.In addition to affording him high-level policy experience and helping him to put his quantitative skills to use, Thacker said the program was a great way to network and search for employment.There are some drawbacks. Students admit they miss the face-to-face interaction available in a traditional office setting. The flexible nature of the internships — students are required to devote at least eight hours a week to their projects — involves a greater degree of discipline. Getting in touch with contacts can sometimes be a challenge, and stopping an officemate or co-worker in the hall for the answer to a quick question is impossible. Still, they agree, the tradeoffs are worth it.“This program shows you that the work that you do has real-life consequences,” said Poole, “and that gives you a really good perspective on what you learn and its implications.”last_img read more

first_imgIndia’s ambassador to the United States discussed developments in the Middle East last Thursday, saying that the region’s peoples should determine how they’re governed, that Israel should have secure borders, and that Iranian oil will continue to flow into India despite international sanctions over Iran’s nuclear program.The ambassador, Nirupama Rao, said India supports Iran’s right to develop peaceful nuclear power but opposes any clandestine move to develop nuclear weapons. Though India shares international concern about a possible weapons program, she suggested that India cannot simply disengage economically from Iran. That’s because India gets about 10 percent of its oil from that country. Though the percentage has been falling in recent years, it would be impossible to halt imports immediately.“Continued oil imports from Iran, albeit at reduced levels, are … tied to sustenance and survival of millions of our people,” Rao said.Rao spoke amid rising international tensions concerning Iran’s nuclear program. Earlier this month, the United States tightened its existing sanctions, freezing U.S. assets of the Iranian government, the Central Bank of Iran, and other Iranian financial institutions. Even as the United States and other nations have imposed sanctions, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad this week showed off new nuclear technology and announced that his nation would begin producing yellowcake uranium, from which enriched uranium is made.Rao’s comments came during a session of the Middle East Seminar, sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Lenore Martin, a research associate at both centers, introduced the ambassador during the event in Harvard’s Knafel Building.Ties between Iran and India date far into the past, long before the discovery of oil and development of the modern energy economy, Rao said. She labeled as false reports that India is paying Iran in gold for its oil and that India is amidst a major re-engagement with Iran.Beyond India’s own oil needs, Rao said, there are practical reasons for India to remain engaged with Iran. With Pakistan barring Indian transit to Afghanistan, Iran is the only land route through which Indian aid — which totals $2 billion — can reach war-torn country.Rao said any military conflict involving Iran would be disastrous for the region. She also addressed the ongoing turmoil from the Arab Spring popular democratic uprisings. She said India believes that the region’s peoples have the right to determine how they’re governed and that change should not be imposed militarily from outside.She said it is unclear how recent developments will change the region, and the path toward a new normal may be a long one. It is critical, she said, that extremists not hijack popular movements and step into the vacuum left by fallen regimes.India also has strong ties to Israel, she said, with the two nations recently marking 20 years of diplomatic relations. A comprehensive settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian question is essential to the region’s future, she said.Rao said that India has significant interests in the Middle East that are likely to grow. India’s bilateral trade with nations in the region totals $130 billion. India gets 70 percent of its energy from Middle Eastern nations. India’s response to developments there are influenced by the well-being of its own people, including some six million Indians who work in the region and send $20 billion home to their families each year.“India has a deep and abiding interest in this region,” Rao said.last_img read more

first_imgThe New York Pops orchestra will welcome a host of Broadway stars—including two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster, four-time Tony nominee and The Bridges of Madison County’s Kelli O’Hara, Tony nominee Matthew Morrison and Ryan Silverman—into the 32nd season of the company’s Carnegie Hall series, led by music director Steven Reineke. The Pops orchestra season will feature five concerts in total, kicking off on October 24. Ryan Silverman View Comments Audra McDonald Kelli O’Hara Sutton Fostercenter_img Matthew Morrison Star Files Among the seasonal features are All You Need is Love: The Music of The Beatles, a celebration of the iconic band featuring Finnish a cappella ensemble Rajaton; Kelli and Matthew: Home for the Holidays, a festive holiday concert featuring South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza co-stars Kelli O’Hara and Matthew Morrison; a solo evening with Violet star Sutton Foster; and Let’s Be Frank, a tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes featuring Chicago vet Ryan Silverman, Tony DeSare, Storm Large and Frankie Moreno. Other season highlights will include a Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage concert by five-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald. The December 12 performance will feature classic songs from musical theater and film, along with pieces written for her by leading songwriters. Last year’s New York Pops season included performances from Broadway veterans Montego Glover, Ashley Brown, Bullets Over Broadway’s Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley. View All (5)last_img read more

first_imgAs part of its continuing network investment to support growing demand for advanced mobile devices and applications, AT&T today announced the activation of a new mobile broadband cell site in Cabot that will enhance coverage for area residents and businesses. With mobile broadband speeds, AT&T customers can surf the Web, download files faster, and enjoy the very latest interactive mobile applications.The new cell site is one part of AT&T’s ongoing efforts to drive investment and innovation to deliver the nation’s best, most advanced mobile broadband experience for customers. With the nation’s fastestmobile broadband network, AT&T provides accelerated mobile data speeds and simultaneous voice and data capabilities.”We want you to have an extraordinary experience when you make a call, check e-mail or surf the Internet on your device,” said Steve Krom, vice president and general manager, AT&T in New England. “Investing in the local wireless network is just one way to accomplish this. In addition, our recently announced agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA will strengthen and expand our network in Vermont. If approved, this deal means that we’ll be able to expand the next generation of mobile broadband ‘ 4G LTE ‘ from our current plan of 80 percent of the U.S. population to 95 percent.”AT&T’s mobile broadband network is based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) family of technologies that includes GSM and UMTS, the most widely used wireless network platforms in the world. AT&T has the broadest international coverage of any U.S. wireless provider, providing access to voice service in more than 220 countries and data service in more than 200 countries. AT&T also offers voice and data roaming coverage on more than 135 major cruise ships, as well as mobile broadband services in more than 130 countries.AT&T also operates the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network with more than 24,000 hotspots in the U.S. and provides access to more than 125,000 hotspots globally through roaming agreements. Most AT&T smartphone customers get access to our entire national Wi-Fi network at no additional cost, and Wi-Fi usage doesn’t count against customers’ monthly data plans.For more information about AT&T’s coverage in Vermont or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. Using the online tool, AT&T customers can measure coverage quality of coverage from a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark.About AT&TAT&T Inc. is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates ‘ AT&T operating companies ‘ are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T |DIRECTV brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.Source: AT&T Inc., April 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/last_img read more

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Kjoller Jeff has extensive experience in branding, art direction and graphic design, having served employers and clients in a creative capacity for more than twenty-five years. After graduating from the University … Web: www.loudthought.biz Details Names mean things. Words mean things. And in a world where the only sure thing seems like constant change, sometimes the names of corporate entities have to change to keep up with the times. Famous examples of this include Nissan (called Datsun in the United States until the early 1980s), Xerox (known as The Haloid Company) and IBM (previously known as the hilariously-lengthy Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company).In each of these examples, to some degree, the original name of the company simply got in the way of success. Therefore, a change had to be made. The same concept applies with credit union names. In order for a credit union name to work, to click, to resonate in the minds and hearts of consumers, it must have three things — meaning, purpose and longevity. Without any of those three legs, the new name of any financial institution is likely to fall flat on its face.What are some reasons why your credit union might want to look at changing its name? Consider the following scenarios.Loss of a single-sponsor membership pool. This often happens when a credit union that has served a single sponsor employer (such as a large local plant or other manufacturing facility) suddenly finds itself without said sponsor. It could be that the sponsor was bought-out, changed management or simply went out of business. Regardless, the credit union now finds itself in the lurch and has an albatross around his neck in the form of a dead-weight name. A profound example of this is Enron Credit Union, which survived that entire messy Enron debacle in part with the name change (to StarTrust FCU) that was as much necessary as it was practical.Lack of uniqueness or clarity in a crowded market. Every marketplace is now crowded with financial service providers. It’s just a fact of life in this day and age. The struggle here becomes when a credit union sports a name that simply doesn’t stand out. Sometimes it is geographically linked (such as lots of businesses using the word “Northeast” in their names simply because the market is in the northeast part of the state). Or it could be that your credit union simply has a blah and boring name (really, who would remember something as unremarkable as the fictitious “Central Credit Union” if fifty other businesses in that area have the word “central” in them?).Charter change. Here’s an example of the change coming from within. If your credit union is changing its charter from federal to state or from single-sponsored to community, you’ll probably want to consider a name change. In this case, the scope of the membership you are now trying to attract is so dramatically different, a new name may serve you better in your quest for new members. And if it’s a change from federal to stay charter, you’re going to have to change and drop the word “federal” from your name as it is. This could be a prime opportunity for you to look at an entirely new identity for your new charter.Merger or acquisition. This one is somewhat of a “gimme.” If your credit union acquires another or is acquired by another you are simply no longer the same animal. A great deal of thought must go into which of the two is larger (both in terms of membership and total assets) and in which direction the least amount of political fallout lies. There are times when the larger of the two in an acquisition situation simply retains its original name (or some slightly modified version of it). While the set of variables at play here is large, the thought process remains the same — a name change may be in the best interest of your credit union after a merger or acquisition.Legal challenge. This probably happens the least often, and comes in the form of the dreaded “cease and desist” letter in the mail. An example of this is Erie General Electric FCU which changed its name to Widget Financial after receiving letters from GE corporate attorneys demanding that they stop using the GE name and associated markings.Any way you slice it, the name change process is an enormously lengthy, detailed and labor-intensive process for any credit union. Factors in the name change process include the name development, trademarks (and a host of other super-fun legal stuff), logo development and brand application. It is also critical that your entire staff buy-in to the new name and promote the revised brand enthusiastically to members, potential members and the community at large. Most credit unions opt to seek the services of an experienced and qualified partner to assist them in the name change process.Jeff Kjoller has extensive experience in branding, art direction and graphic design, having served employers and clients in a creative capacity for more than twenty-five years. After graduating from the University of North Texas with a BFA in Communication Design, Jeff began his career at Nortel Networks where he managed the design and production of marketing materials used by the wireless division’s sales and training team. After 10 years with Nortel Networks, Jeff joined Beckett Publications as Creative Director in 1999 and was responsible for the design and production of six monthly magazines. His staff of over twenty employees designed and produced all of the collectible magazines to support the various collectible fields. In 2004, Jeff became Creative Director at Texans Credit Union, the third largest credit union in Texas with assets exceeding $1.7 billion. He served in this role for more than eight years, overseeing all marketing materials and corporate communications. He became a Principal at Loudthought in 2010.last_img read more