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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 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. NORTH CANTON, OH — ASC Industries has hired Alfred Cardoza as its new West coast national accounts manager. In this new role, Cardoza will be responsible for growing sales and managing account activity West of the Rocky Mountains. ASC recently expanded its distributor network in the West. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement According to Jeff Sandt, ASC’s vice president of sales and marketing, the company has restructured its sales territories as a result of ongoing growth and an increased need to deliver sales support in various territories. “Alfred’s fifteen years of experience will allow ASC to penetrate this market and deliver the high level of customer satisfaction our customers have come to appreciate,” said Sandt. Prior to joining ASC, Cardoza worked for a front wheel drive manufacturer as the director of marketing and sales. _______________________________________ 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. 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.
RACINE, WI — Modine announced that its CIO Carlton “Butch” Harper, Jr., has been named one of Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders. The list honors individuals who have had a positive impact on their organizations through technology. They are men and women who manage internal IT organizations, mentor and motivate with interesting challenges and positive work environments, envision innovative solutions to business challenges and effectively manage and execute IT strategies. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement“I am honored to be named to the Premier 100 list,” said Harper, who’s been at Modine for nine years, with global responsibility for Modine’s information technology and services in 18 countries in North America, Europe, South America and Asia,” said Harper. “Information technology has truly become a strategic enabler for business success and differentiation in today’s global, highly-competitive marketplace. The IT executive enjoys the position as the leader and chief strategist for his/her team to ensure that IT provides what the business needs to be successful. This success is highly dependent on a true partnership with the business executives to ensure critical alignment. It was a pleasure to be involved with Computerworld’s assessment process and to now be involved with such a diverse mix of IT executives across a broad spectrum of industries, all of whom are focused in their own way on this same objective.” Before Modine, Harper worked at Tenneco for almost 14 years, where he held a variety of positions within two different divisions, Newport News Shipbuilding and Tenneco Automotive. This followed eight years that Harper worked as a U.S. Naval Officer (Supply Corps), where his responsibilities included various management and technical assignments within a variety of disciplines — information technology, marketing, finance and materials management. Harper’s educational achievements include earning a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana Tech University in 1975 and a master’s degree in systems management from the University of Southern California in 1981. Advertisement_______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.
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. 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 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. 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. CHANTILLY, Va. – Joe Kripli was installed as the secretary of the Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA) during the International BIG R Show, held Nov. 1 in Las Vegas.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Kripli has 30 years of experience in remanufacturing, and is currently the CEO of the Remaco Group as well as co-owner of MD Rebuilt Parts Detzen GmbH. Highlights from his career include formerly serving as president of Flight Systems Electronics Group, advance planning manager at TRW Automotive and North American Remanufacturing manager at LucasVarity. In addition to these achievements, he was one of the co-authors of Fernand Weiland’s book “Remanufacturing of Mechatronics & Electronics” and he wrote the SAE paper 2008-21-0029 titled “Remanufacturing: The Sustainable Service Solution for Past Model Automotive Electronics Support.” Kripli will become chairman of APRA in 2014.,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
A bear takes a stroll through a wooded neighborhood this evening on North Mesa. Photo by Linda Hull
Thank you,Liz Rutherford osf As a member of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious I recently attended the annual assembly. 663 members in attendance sent a letter to President Trump beseeching him to end all divisive rhetoric. The letter states in part, “We implore you to never use language that disrespects, dehumanizes, or demonizes others. We expect our president, and all who serve this nation as leaders, to be always mindful of the common good and the dignity of each and every person. You hold a position that has the potential to inspire the best of every one of us and we ask you to use this unique status to bring about healing and never seek to create division.” Read the full text here. [ https://lcwr.org/media/news/more-660-lcwr-members-call-president-trump-stop-all-divisive-and-polarizing-rhetoric ]
DNCU Sponsors 4th Annual ‘LEGO® Competition’ March 14-15 at the Santa Fe Convention Center. Courtesy/DNCUDNCU News:SANTA FE — Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative, is proud to once again be the title sponsor for the LEGO® Competition at the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association Home Show, taking place March 14-15 at the Santa Fe Convention Center.This is the fourth year DNCU has sponsored the widely popular contest. Santa Fe Homeshow guests are welcome to enjoy the competition. DNCU’s Baxter the Bear will be on-site to add some excitement for the kids.Visit SFAHBA.com for the competition sign up link. Registration is on a first come first serve basis.The competition is divided into two age categories (5-8 and 9-12) and will run on both days of the Santa Fe Home Show (15 participants each session for a total of 120 competitors). Every session will have a 1st place, 2nd place and 3rd place winner. Prizes will vary from LEGO® sets to Santa Fe Children’s Museum passes—and every participating child will receive a Meow Wolf pass.“Our LEGO competition has always held a very special place in the hearts of DNCU staff,” DNCU CEO/President Chuck Valenti said. “Our mission of Improving Lives comes to life for these two days when we get to witness the smiles, laughter, and excitement of our community as kids get creative and build with their imagination.”About Del Norte Credit UnionChartered in 1954, Del Norte Credit Union is a not-for-profit credit union based in New Mexico with a mission of Improving Lives. DNCU offers a wide variety of products and services designed to make members achieve financial success. Today DNCU serves more than 52,000 members throughout New Mexico and the United States.
U.S. Sen. Martin HeinrichU.S. SENATE News:WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), the first AmeriCorps alum to serve in the Senate, announced new legislation to expand national service programs as the country works to respond and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.The Pandemic Response and Opportunity Through National Service Act would fund 750,000 national service positions over a three-year response and recovery period, in part to meet the projected need for as many as 300,000 public health workers. Under the bill, the number of AmeriCorps and national service positions could expand from 75,000 to 150,000 the first year and double to 300,000 in years two and three. The bill also would expand partnerships between AmeriCorps and federal health agencies and increase the AmeriCorps living allowance to ensure all Americans can step up to serve regardless of their financial circumstances. The bill utilizes existing funding and administration infrastructure available at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). This will help expedite the allocation of funds and put people to work quickly. Sen. Heinrich is actively working to include this bill in the next COVID-19 relief package set to be considered by the Senate.“Americans have proven ourselves in previous times of adversity through national service. In response to the Great Depression, New Deal programs—like the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Public Works Administration—put Americans to work building forward-looking projects and infrastructure that laid the foundation for long-term economic prosperity in the decades since,” Heinrich said. “As an AmeriCorps alum, I know first-hand that there is no venture more rewarding than working to improve the lives of those around us. We need to empower a new generation to step up and serve during this national crisis.”The Pandemic Response and Opportunity Through National Service Act is the first of three proposals under development by a working group of Senate Democrats who in addition to Sen. Heinrich include U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). The lawmakers aim to address the urgent need to expand the public health and response workforce during and in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Additional proposals to expand public health agencies’ workforces and the clinical health care workforce will follow.The Pandemic Response and Opportunity Through National Service Act is supported by a number of national service organizations, including Voices for National Service, America’s Service Commissions, The Corps Network, and the Catholic Volunteer Network.“National service has been an essential source of people power and ingenuity for our country at moments of great need – and AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members are once again stepping forward to serve where they are needed most during this pandemic,” said AnnMaura Connolly, president of Voices for National Service. “AmeriCorps members are integral to the COVID-19 response, serving at drive-thru testing sites, providing child care for health care workers, helping deliver food to our most vulnerable, supporting students struggling with distance learning and more. As we face the triple threat of a health, economic, and educational crisis, we should expand AmeriCorps so that every American is asked and given the opportunity serve to help our communities respond and recover. Our country needs their service now, perhaps more than ever. Voices for National Service is grateful to Senator Coons and his colleagues for their bold vision for expanding AmeriCorps as a transformational force for our country at this critical time.”“America’s Service Commissions applauds Senators Duckworth, Coons, Reed, Heinrich, Markey, Van Hollen, Klobuchar, Blumenthal, and Durbin for their leadership in recognizing service as a strategic solution to addressing the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. Expanding AmeriCorps and the Volunteer Generation Fund is critical to engaging millions of Americans who want to serve their country in response to the pandemic while providing necessary funding to a hard-hit nonprofit and public sector,” said Kaira Esgate, CEO of America’s Service Commissions (ASC). “ASC and its network of the governor-led 52 state service commissions provide an essential infrastructure to the national service delivery system and have already swiftly responded to COVID-19 by deploying volunteers and AmeriCorps members from food banks to call centers. We stand ready to expand national service resources and engage the next generation of servant leaders to respond to our country’s rising needs due to COVID-19.”“During the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt said that no country can afford the waste of human resources. During this current crisis, a bold investment in national service would mobilize and unite the American people to confront a myriad of needs, ranging from food pantry operations to contact tracing,” said Mary Ellen Sprenkel, president and CEO of The Corps Network. “We extend our appreciation to Sen. Coons, Sen. Heinrich and other leaders in Congress for championing the critical role AmeriCorps and Senior Corps can play in helping our country through these unprecedented times.”Specifically, the Pandemic Response and Opportunity Through National Service Act would:Fund 750,000 national service positions over a three-year response and recovery period, in part to meet the projected need for as many as 300,000 public health workers. Create a partnership between AmeriCorps and CDC inspired by FEMA Corps to provide for additional response surge capacity that could be deployed to specific areas as needed. Provide flexibilities for programs quickly to grow and respond to dynamic local recovery needs. Prioritize funding for activities directly related to our response and recovery, such as: public health services, emergency logistics, workforce and reemployment services, education support (including for adult learners), and services that combat nutrition insecurity. Ensure that individuals’ financial resources do not limit participation by increasing the AmeriCorps living allowance to 175 percent of the federal poverty line and tying the value of the Segal Education Award to the cost of two years of public university tuition, harmonizing the treatment of both with other programs by making them nontaxable. Fund new online tools for Senior Corps to safely move to a teleservice model. Extend priority enrollment to Peace Corps, U.S. Fulbright, and AmeriCorps participants whose service or grants was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and encourage participation by members of low-income and minority communities, those who have had contact with the juvenile justice system, and those of diverse abilities. Invite participation by a diverse range of Americans by launching an awareness and outreach campaign on response service opportunities and supporting the Volunteer Generation Fund.For a one-pager on the bill, click here.
A black bear on the Santa Fe National Forest. Courtesy/U.S. Fish and Wildlife SFNF News:SANTA FE — A bear encounter on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) last Friday went terribly wrong, leaving a Los Alamos woman in the hospital with a collapsed lung, several broken bones and multiple bites.Although relatively rare, close encounters between humans and large predators like bears and mountain lions can occur on the SFNF, especially when drought conditions bring wild animals to lower elevations. You can minimize the possibility of a confrontation by following some basic guidelines. Keep your distance, and don’t give the animal a reason or an opportunity to attack.SFNF forest biologist Daryl Ratajczak, who has studied large predators for years, says that if you encounter a bear or cougar at close range, “it is NOT a one-size-fits-all response. Your reaction should always be based on the behavior of the animal.” If the animal is reacting in a defensive manner, the most common situation, they are upset at your presence. “More than likely you entered their personal space, they have offspring around, there is a fresh food source nearby, or your dog is intimidating to them,” Ratajczak said. “They just want you to go away.”Bears may become very blustery and vocal, huffing or popping their jaws, and may even do a bluff charge. A cougar hisses or snarls to let you know it is upset by your presence. “Do not run, do not turn, simply talk quietly in a calm voice and slowly back out of their space.” Most of the time, that successfully ends the encounter for both parties.If, however, the animal is acting in an offensive manner, it usually means they are in predator mode in search of food. “If they see you as prey, they will become silent and sneaky, keeping their head down low and their eyes on you.” This behavior warrants a completely different response.“You must show the bear or cougar that you are the dominant animal. Stand your ground and talk or yell in a loud, firm voice – no high-pitched screams,” Ratajczak said. Grab sticks, rocks or bear spray and be prepared to use it. Do not turn or take your eyes off the animal threatening you. A hard stare will often slow or stop its approach.“It’s your time to put on a show and let them know who is in charge. In most situations, once the animal recognizes you mean business, it will back down. In the worst-case scenario, be prepared to aggressively defend yourself,” Ratajczak said.See the Forest Service Be Bear Aware webpage for more information on hiking and camping in bear country. For additional information on managing a wildlife encounter, see the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish brochure on living with large predators. It’s also worth a minute of your time to watch the National Park Service video on how to use bear spray effectively.
COVID-19 in the city of Santa Fe. The bars display the total number of diagnoses by segments of the city. The corresponding zip code is indicated, too. Source: New Mexico Department of Health. Created by Eli Ben-Naim