AIA Gets a New Chief Executive Officer

     The American Institute of Architects recently through its board of directors announced the appointment of Mr. Robert Ivy as the new CEO. The announcement comes at a time when the institution is seeking to transform its operations across the country.

The American Institute of Architects was founded back in 1857 and has its headquarters in Washington DC. The premier institution offers government advocacy, education, public outreach and community development to support the architecture profession as well as promote its public image. The organization works hand in hand with other players in design and construction to help coordinate building around the country. AIA has a membership of over 90,000 architects who are all licensed to carry out architectural work.

Robert Ivy was born in Columbus, Mississippi. He went to Sewanee University where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in English and later proceeded to Tulane University for his Master’s degree in Architecture. Ivy before his appointment as the new CEO was serving as the Editorial Director for McGraw-Hill construction. As a professional Architect, has been known for advocating various social, political and economic issues of the society related to the building industry. He will take up his new position as from February 1, 2011.

The appointment of Robert Ivy has been welcomed by many architects and stakeholders who view him as the face of transformation. “ I believe Robert Ivy will bring about the kind of change AIA needs, we have been looking for someone who can blend architecture and other disciplines to give the institution a universal appearance,” said Clark Manus, AIA 2011 President. Mr. Ivy has also been a member of AIA board of directors since the 1990’s

“We welcome the decision by the American Institute of Architects to appoint Ivy as the new Chief Executive Officer, he takes up the new position at a time when we need change in terms of how the institution operates and I believe he is the right person for the job” commented George H. Miller, former AIA president. He added that there was a need to transform the institution regarding policy and operations.

American Institute of Architects has over 200 employees and 300 chapters spread across the country. Robert Ivy will be responsible for coordinating the activities of the Institution both at Washington and at the local levels. With a total annual budget of $56 million, the new CEO will have to ensure that most of the activities run smoothly.

Ivy has also been on the forefront in championing change within the institution. He argues that there is a need for architects to diversify into other sectors for the purpose of expanding their professional capability. Considering his new appointment, most people believe he will implement what he has been advocating for.

Talkspace Making Therapy Available to All People

Mental illness is something that most people do not want to talk about. There is a stigma associated with mental health in the society that prevents many people from seeking help. People feel ashamed and embarrassed to talk to therapists. It is the reason why Talkspace offers a private way to give support to those that are as effective as real therapy. There are many benefits to online therapy by Talkspace.

Talkspace is easily accessible by people with physical disabilities as they cannot travel to the therapists when they need help. People can talk to the therapists at any time of the day meaning that do not have to skip work. Most of the traditional therapy sessions last for one hour, but online therapy through Talkspace can be arranged for as much and for as little time that one needs. There is no restriction on the time that one can seek therapy for. Talkspace can also be used by teenagers who are yet to receive their driving license. They do not have to wait for their parents to drive them to their therapy sessions. People in abusive relationships can also get therapy without letting their partners know about it.

Today, the millennial generation has become quite busy and there hundreds of things that affect them. Today, even the politics play an essential role in the mental health of the people. According to the Talkspace founders Oren and Roni Frank, more people are seeking therapy because they are suffering from anxiety seeing the political environment in the country. In fact, there has been more number of people applying for an account with Talkspace after Donald Trump was elected as the President. It has been estimated that the number of people seeking online therapy will grow by 100 percent in the coming years.

How David McDonald Of OSI Group Supports His Alma Mater

David McDonald was born on a farm in Iowa. After having been raised on this farm he attended Iowa State University. He graduated in 1987 with an undergraduate degree in animal science. One of his big college achievements was earning the Wallace E. Barron Outstanding Senior Award. Once he graduated he moved to the Chicago, Illinois, area and began his professional career at OSI Group LLC. Over the years he has steadily been promoted into positions of higher authority at this company. For a number of years now he has been its chief operating officer and president, second only to Sheldon Lavin who is the chief executive officer and owner.

Over the years David McDonald has helped out his college alma mater in a variety of ways. He is an active participant in their Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative. One of the examples of his participation is when he arranged it so that a group of Iowa State students was able to tour one of OSI Group’s food processing plants in China. One of the students was so inspired by this visit that they got a job at OSI Group.

David McDonald has also financially supported fraternity at this university, Alpha Gamma Rho. He has given generously to a scholarship fund for members of this fraternity and also done fundraising campaigns over the years. He was also instrumental in getting this fraternity’s Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center built.

OSI Group is a global food manufacturer. They supply the food used at a number of fast food restaurants such as McDonald’s Burger King, Starbucks, and KFC among others. David McDonald says that at OSI Group they have the efficiencies of a global supply chain while they also operate locally by having management teams around the world. These management teams know their market best since they’re close to it so they are able to autonomously apply what they know such as local food trends and tastes.

Food safety and environmental responsibility are two areas that David McDonald continuously works on. He says that there is nothing more important to the leadership and employees of OSI Group than to provide food that is high quality and wholesome. They also take great care to limit their business operations negative impacts on the environment. This environmental stewardship has won them many awards over the years, such as in 2016 when the wone the Globe of Honour Award in the UK.

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Investing Your Money with AvaTrade, A Review

AvaTrade has been a trusted Forex and CFD broker for over a decade, serving investors all over the world. They offer Forex, CFD, Cryptocurrency CFD and CFD options trading on easy to use PC and App platforms. They currently have over 200K customer base and their monthly trade volume surpasses $60 billion. They offer a 24-hour support desk in multiple languages and offer educational tutorials and access to insider opinions.


The AvaTrade platform is built with all levels of investors in mind. For the novice investor, it acts as a crash course, with guidance in the Forex markets. These are very large and complicated worldwide markets that can be hard for beginners to get a handle on before all of the money in their trading account is gone. A paid subscription will inform novice investors of mistakes they may be making and help them to correct it before large losses are incurred.


AvaTrader review is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland and the Spanish CNMV. The fact that they are regulated in Ireland, rather than Cyprus, like so many other European Forex brokers gives them a higher level of investor confidence. Their profit structure is embedded in the spread charged to the investor for entering or exiting a trade. There is no flat fee for each trade. Often times for highly traded or liquid instruments, the bid-ask spread will be lower than less popular instruments as their base for taking the other side of the trade is greater. If you are the type of person to use limit orders over market orders, you will more or less not be paying any fees. This type of structure is especially great for people that like to trade stock and future CFDs, since many brokers charge large commissions on both sides of a trade to get in and out, here, with a limit order, you will essentially pay none. Another benefit to trading CFDs is they are priced differently than the underlying, in that you can have access to more shares with less money.

The Oxford Club’s 2018 advice to retirement investing

The Oxford Club is a global private network for investors and entrepreneurs. This club offers outstanding investments for their members that regularly outperform the stock market with bonds, precious and base metals, mutual funds, crpytocurrencies, exchange traded funds, stocks, options, real estate, and commodities. For decades they have helped people invest in a world where a lot of markets are over saturated. Oxford club fins the world’s best investments that have the least amount of risk and the biggest gains. Their mission is to help grow and protect their wealth. The exclusive club strategies that are comprehensive and sound principles. They have a few tips of how to save for retirement in the coming year.


It is important to diversify when it comes to your investments. They say not to put all your eggs in your basket by investing in equities, one type of stock, etc. It is also important to make sure these investments are high profitability and low risk to make sure you end up becoming wealthy in the end. The next tip is to know when to let go or hang on. That means selling and buying stocks when it is appropriate. Don’t marry yourself to one stock or investment because it may not be a good one. Investing any type of stock or such is important to know how much to invest in these stocks. The last piece of advice is to cut down those pesky costs that can really get you in the end. They can really cut into your retirement funds. This includes tax collectors and fund managers that can end up costing you a pretty penny.


Baltimore, Maryland is the headquarters for the independent financial newsletter The Oxford Club. It was Co-founded in 1989 by William Bonner. Funny thing it was originally called the Passport Club. The idea came from wanting to create a private “financial club.” This group of professional investors would connect and find the world’s best investments that would come from people, not what the news and media recommends.


The Oxford Club has over 157,000 members all over the world in 130 countries. The monthly newsletter gives subscribers a variety of information including stock and trading recommendations, investment research services, and so much more. They offer members global opportunities with that beat the market in gains by spades.

How Jed McCaleb Is Bringing Cryptocurrency To The Masses

The world of cryptocurrency is a murky environment where there are not many names and faces who stand behind their creation. There is one person, however, who has been a shining light in the emerging world of virtual currency. That person, Jed McCaleb, is helping to demystify the world of cryptocurrency for everyone.

Mr. McCaleb’s career did not begin with cryptocurrency but with a file sharing project known as eDonkey. Afterward, Mr. McCaleb help found the first Bitcoin exchange, Mt. Gox. That was over six years ago. Since there, Jed McCaleb has been busy shaping the world of cryptocurrency. First with the creation of Ripple and then with his co-creation of the popular Stellar. Now, Jed McCaleb has launched to help bring financial literally to the world through open-source software.

As Stellar has been helping to bring everyone around the world closer to a seamless virtual currency experience, Jed McCaleb saw an opportunity to start a related non-profit to ensure that no one, on the planet, is left behind in the cryptocurrency revolution. With that in mind, has become a passion project for the crypto pioneer.

To know Jed McCaleb is to know how he came about for the idea of Stellar in the first place. The crypto expert was already well versed with Bitcoin when he saw an opportunity to push the idea further. That’s where Stellar came into play. Stellar helps connect financial institutions through an open source network. The result is a project that brings more organization and efficiency to the crypto world.

In a recent interview, Mr. McCaleb pointed out that over 2.5 billion people on the planet do not have access to banking services. The team behind Stellar, as well as, is working hard to ensure that these unbanked individuals will be able to send and receive money without having to deal with traditional and sometimes predatory financial services.

As the future rolls on, Jed McCaleb will be working to democratize cryptocurrency for people around the world. From crypto projects like Stellar to non-profit organizations like, Mr. McCaleb is changing the world of money for the better.

Why Joel Friant Came Up With The Original Habanero Shaker

Habaneros are a member of the Capsicum family which includes chili peppers like bell peppers and jalapenos. It is a native of South and Central America as well as the Caribbean Islands. It’s the hottest chili pepper that is commercially grown and is loved not just because of the heat but also because they have a really great flavor to them.

Joel Friant is a small businessman who owned a Thai restaurant back in the 1990s. During this time he was trying to find a commercially available habanero product that would be a great match for the food he was serving but he couldn’t find anything that could live up to what he wanted. He decided to create his own so he traveled around the nations where habaneros originated so that he could find the best ones in the world.

His travels led to the birth of the Habanero Shaker. He started using it in is restaurant and people were bowled over by the heat and flavor. He made the decision to also launch it in a few big grocery stores in his area where it was met with success as well. Unfortunately for the lovers of this product, he had to take a break from selling it a number of years later because some other businesses he owned needed his all of his attention.

Around 2012 he decided it was time to revisit his habanero product. He built an international supply chain of farms that grew and sun-dried habanero peppers which were then ground down to the correct size and shipped to him. He wanted to reach the biggest audience for his product he could so he took several courses covering subjects such as internet marketing techniques and eCommerce.

Today, the Original Habanero Shaker is now available online in a 1.5-ounce canister. He says they have a shelf-life of years without losing any of the flavor or spiciness. He estimates that each canister will last the average household anywhere from two to six years. The best part is that the ingredient list is only habanero pepper flakes and that’s it.

Siteline Cabinetry provides the best cabinets

Many people perceive the kitchen to be the center of a home. It is the place where many families converge as they catch up while waiting for food to get ready. It is no wonder that many families create memories in the kitchen. For this reason, it is essential for the kitchen to show a touch of a person’s taste and personality. The kitchen cabinets ought to be fitted according to an individual’s taste. Siteline Cabinetry has a history of creating beautiful cabinets at affordable prices. The company can develop cabinets in modern techniques and add a touch of tradition. The ability to give the cabinets a bit of the two worlds puts it ahead of its competitors. Siteline Cabinetry creates every cabinet according to the specifications of the clients and according to their budget.

Siteline Cabinetry does not restrict its services to the kitchen alone. People who need cabinets for their mudrooms, bathrooms, offices or even laundry rooms are well catered for. Siteline Cabinetry ensures that it makes unique cabinets that fit the personality and demand of the clients. With the knowledge that storage space is essential, Siteline Cabinetry ensures that it fit the kitchen with the latest accessories. It, for instance, considers the storage for pans, cell phones, and utensils. Every idea that a client may conceive can be brought to reality by the team at Siteline Cabinetry. When shopping with Siteline Cabinetry, there are a variety of cabinets that one can look out for.

The shaker style cabinets have been in existence for many years, but Siteline Cabinetry can create them considering the improved technology. While renovating kitchens, it is characteristic of many individuals to add a new color or texture. Siteline Cabinetry creates personalized cabinets that are beyond the imagination of many. Customers can also find the clean line designs which can last long. The grey, white and neutral colored cabinets are also an option. You can never go wrong with these cabinets as they usually match with any colored accessories in the kitchen. Horizontal cabinets are fast gaining popularity because they create a broader storage space.

Why Luiz Carlos Trabuco Developed A Home Improvement Loan

As the real estate market continues to increase in value in Brazil, there are many people who are interested in improving the value of their home. A home is usually the largest and most important asset that many people own. With loans that offer minimal interest, now is a great time to purchase a home.

Instead of buying a new home, there are many people who want to improve their current home. There are few banks in Brazil that offer home improvement loans. Home improvement is a relatively new trend in Brazil. For many years, the average person did not have the additional income to invest in their current home. This is a great sign that the economy is improving rapidly.

Luiz Carlos Trabuco was the CEO of Bradesco for several years. He started a home improvement lending program for people who needed to invest in their home. This program has been a massive success for Bradesco.


Qualifying for a typical mortgage takes a long time. Banks want to reduce the overall risk of default on loans. In the last housing crash, many banks went of business due to bad business loans.

A home improvement loan is generally much less difficult to qualify for than a typical mortgage. An appraisal is necessary for the bank to get the total value of the home. The bank will then check how much the owner has left on the mortgage. The difference between the value of the home and remaining mortgage is the home equity. The bank will usually offer a loan based on the home equity available to the owner.

There are some leaders in the banking industry who feel like this is a risky loan product. Some people will inevitably borrow too much money to upgrade their home. However, Luiz Carlos Trabuco as the new chairman always believed that people were smart enough to make their own financial decisions in this area.

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Interest Rates

Interest rates are lower than they have been in many years. As a result, now is a great time to borrow money in order to invest in the future. There are numerous loan products offered at Bradesco with low rates of interest according to

Some banking experts believe that interest rates are going to increase in the future. If interest rates increase, fewer people will be willing to borrow money to invest in their homes. In addition, the housing market may not increase in value as quickly.

Business Loans

Another growing area for Bradesco is business lending. As the economy improves, more people are willing to borrow money in order to start a company. A business loan is not easy to qualify for. Bradesco offers numerous different business loans for customers to consider. There are many people who have had success in business after utilizing the capital that Bradesco was willing to lend.


In the coming years, the leaders of Bradesco want to continue developing loan products for customers to utilize. Luiz Carlos Trabuco was always great at deciding which loan products to develop. He decided to leave the company in order to pursue other things in his life.

Luiz Carlos Trabuco surprised many people when he decided to leave. The leaders of Bradesco are now trying to fill his position. The interview process for a CEO position is lengthy. However, many people expect that the position will be filled in the next few months.

Luiz Carlos Trabuco started as clerk in the Bradesco Bank. He graduated from the University of Sao Paulo’s Faculty of Philosophy, Science, and Letters with a bachelor’s degree. He later studied for a Master of Science Degree at the same university. He holds different managerial positions in the Bradesco organization, like marketing director and Vice President.


Sheldon Lavin Is The CEO Of OSI Group Who Is Making The World A Brighter Place

Sheldon Lavin is the CEO and Chairman of the OSI Group, and he has been with the company for decades, through thick and thin. It was during 1970 that he helped the company, which was originally named Otto & Sons after its founder Otto Kolschowsky, to get the financing it needed. Through Lavin’s keen vision and leadership skills, the company outgrew its domestic roots as a food processing company and quickly became a global leader in the food industry. Today, OSI Group has over 60 locations in 60 separate countries all over the world.

In February 2016, Sheldon Lavin was given a Global Visionary Award from India’s Vision World Academy, which is an award that honors visionaries who have worked hard to turn their ideas into realities. Lavin was specifically honored for creating jobs for people all over the globe, and he has earned the award after all of his hard work with OSI Group. Under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin, OSI has won many different awards related to sustainability and the environment, as well, and he hopes that after his work is done, the next generation of leadership in company will continue to make OSI a leader in these areas.

Today, OSI Group, under Sheldon Lavin’s watch, is over 20,000 employees strong, and while the company is known for offering some of the best food options in the world, that is not all it is known for. One of the greatest things about OSI, is its corporate culture and the way that it treats its employees. A lot of this stems back to Sheldon Lavin who strongly believes that the employees of any company should be treated like family. It is this exact belief that has many people wanting to work for OSI, and Lavin welcomes them with open arms. On top of treating their employees like family, OSI Group, continues to treat the members of its employees families like family, as well. This is something extra special that Lavin is proud to be a part of.

Sheldon Lavin doesn’t stop his giving and generosity when he leaves work; instead, he continues it on a daily basis in his regular life. Part of his work to make the world a better place has to do with his donating Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Inner City Foundation of Chicago, Jewish United Fund, the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago, and the United Negro College Fund.

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