Richard Felker – Engineering ManagerRick has over 25 years of product, process and quality management experience. He has 20 years of experience running Engineering / Quality departments for both large and mid-size OEMs, such as Ney Dental International, Midcom, Martin Engineering, Actaris US Gas, Inc.He also has 10 years of Quality systems management experience guiding firms through the implementation of ISO 9001, Lean and/or Six Sigma certified systems while significantly improving the operational efficiency of manufacturing and service providers. He holds a BS in Manufacturing Technology from Indiana State University and multiple certificates in TQM/Lean Manufacturing from both California State and the University of California.Frank Dorr – Inside Sales ManagerFrank came to VEMAS in 2004. He brings 22+ years of Electronics Design/Manufacturing/Test experience with a specific focus related to Quality Product Test activities and the development of custom test equipment to support this endevor. Frank came to VEMAS from Goodrich Corp(18 yrs), Vergennes, VT and LTX Corp(6 yrs), Westwood, MA. Frank has served VEMAS in various capacities as Engineering Manager, Manufacturing Manager and now brings his technical background to the to Sales and Customer Support arena. He holds a BSEE from Northeastern University.
For many credit unions, a long-tenured board is a normal course of business. In fact, many credit unions have had a director or several in place for 20 or more years. While the long-standing tenure of these volunteers is certainly valuable from experience and historical perspectives, it can sometimes hinder a credit union’s ability to grow, innovate, evolve with the times and genuinely grow or pivot strategically. Additionally, CU boards that find themselves facing wholesale director turnover in a given year or two will likely not find that situation ideal, either.In the credit union movement, one in four directors self-report that their boards are “less than effective” at having the right mix of skills/experience to accomplish their governance responsibilities. If that’s what is self-reported, could the actual situation be even more problematic?A healthy amount of board rejuvenation is important – but not too much and not too fast. What are the most effective tactics for accomplishing this pace? Here are five steps we recommend for building your board:Institute term limits. Though long disliked in the credit union movement, more and more credit unions are successfully instituting term limits for board members. The key to using term limits effectively is to implement them with a phased-in approach so you don’t “term out” all your board’s talent (and history) in one or two years. You might consider a three-year term with an option for a three-term renewal or perhaps a two-year term with the same renewal option. Such a term (with the renewal option) still retains a great deal of historical continuity. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump’s policies are proof he’s a racistIn Gerard Havasy’s Aug. 16 letter (“Not everyone who disagrees is a racist”), he asked, “Do you really think the president is a racist with mixed family members from other cultures?” Sadly, the answer is yes. And yes, a married man who loves his wife can be a sexist. Racism is not an either-or proposition. As historian and race scholar Ibram Kendi reminds us. “Racist ideas are ideas. Anyone can produce them or consume them. Anyone can believe both racist ideas and anti-racist ideas, that certain things are wrong with Black people and other things are equal.” In American history, racist ideas have been used to uphold racially discriminatory policies. And those policies have been, and are being, pursued not from ignorance or hate, not because someone or some group hates black or brown people, but because the policies serve someone’s self-interest — plantation owners seeking higher profits, preachers, scholars and journalists seeking to advance their careers or cultures and politicians seeking to gain and keep office and power. In a cynical pursuit of his self-interest, for public office and power, Donald Trump has offered racially discriminatory policies and traded in old racist ideas, some newly dressed. I say with no hesitation that our president’s rhetoric and policies are deeply, offensively and dangerously racist. Yes, he is a racist.Thomas ComparinSchenectadyHope Arctic Refuge can be protectedThe Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a unique and special place, home to the greatest variety of plants and animals in the entire circumpolar north.Right now, however, it’s under threat from destructive oil exploration and drilling. Across the flyways, millions of migratory birds from all 50 states nest in the coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge. Our own communities are interconnected with the refuge, as birds like the tundra swan, black poll warbler, tree sparrow, semipalmated sandpiper and peregrine falcon spend part of the year in our home state and other parts of the year in the refuge.I’m deeply grateful that U.S. Reps. Paul Tonko, Anthony Brindisi, Max Rose and Nydia Velazquez recently supported restoring protections to the refuge from oil exploration and drilling. I’m hopeful that Congress will continue to act to protect this essential landscape for the wildlife that depends on it.Erin McGrathTroyFree TV stations should be easy to getI would like to let my opinion be known concerning the so-called free channels in support of Robert Dufek’s Aug. 17 letter (“Where are the free television channels?”).Cable TV is one of my biggest pet peeves. It irritates me to have to pay to enjoy watching television.You should not have to rescan in order to receive local stations or have to purchase a special antenna. Please someone, rectify this situation.Valerie SantoSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes
Cesc Fabregas names Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard as the best opposition player he’s ever faced Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 8 Jul 2020 1:44 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Advertisement Fabregas battled against Gerrard on multiple occasions (Picture: Getty Images)However, in terms of the best player he has ever played alongside, that accolade can only belong to his former Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi.‘It is obviously Lionel Messi,’ Fabregas added. ‘I played with him since I was 13. Definitely his talent is incomparable to anything I have seen in my life.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘Apart from the talent, for me he is such a competitor. I could not compare him to anyone. For me he is the best ever.‘He always wants to win. Even now in training if he loses a game of five versus five he will hate it.’MORE: Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino are ‘not helping’ Liverpool, claims Ian WrightMORE: Cesc Fabregas picks Jose Mourinho over Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola as the manager he had the ‘best connection’ withFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Fabregas is still plying his trade in Ligue 1 for AS Monaco (Picture: Getty Images)Cesc Fabregas has named Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard as the best opponent he has ever gone up against.The Spaniard has enjoyed a distinguished career, including successful spells at Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea and now AS Monaco in Ligue 1.Over his prime years in the Premier League and La Liga, Fabregas went to battle with iconic midfielders such as Paul Scholes, Frank Lampard, Xabi Alonso and Luka Modric, as well of plenty of elite forwards.However, Gerrard is the one opposition player that sticks out most in Fabregas’ mind as the most challenging to deal with.ADVERTISEMENT‘If I have to say one – and I really enjoyed playing against – I would say Steven Gerrard,’ Fabregas told the BBC’s Match of the Day: Top 10 podcast.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He was physically the most difficult opponent to handle.‘He was the box-to-box player, he could be on his right or left, shooting from the outside of his boot. He was a machine.’ Advertisement Comment