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.
Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Saturday that all Florida K-12 students will continue their education via distance learning through the end of this school year.The governor called it an easy decision, since the likelihood of reopening for only a few weeks in May would have offered little academic benefit.“There were some differing opinions,” DeSantis said during a news conference in Tallahassee. He added there was “pretty good momentum for distance learning” amid the coronavirus pandemic.DeSantis explained that he understands the social impacts of children not being able to see their friends. He plans to ease some restrictions in the next phase so that “kids will have a little bit more to be able to do,” but he did not provide specifics.“You had kind of a division among folks whether this was a good idea or not,” he said. “And I think the last thing you want to do is, like, force everyone in school and have half the kids not show up because their parents didn’t want — their teachers didn’t want — to do it.”Meanwhile, the Florida Department of Health released a list of all nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the state that have had at least one person test positive for COVID-19.In Palm Beach County, 36 facilities have at least one case.The Department of Health says there are 25,492 total cases of COVID-19 in Florida as of Saturday evening.At least 748 Florida residents have died from COVID-19.Current Positive Cases in FloridaPalm Beach County: 2,138 cases-114 deaths-Men: 1,027, Women: 1,045-357 hospitalizationsBroward County: 3,838 cases-115 deaths-Men: 1,931, Women: 1,776-674 hospitalizationsMiami-Dade County: 9,045 cases-195 deaths-Men: 4,607, Women: 4,288-866 hospitalizationsTesting in Florida:-Total Tests: 253,183-Positive: 25,492-Negative: 225,862
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Barely a minute into the WCHA Final Five quarterfinal, junior winger Tyler Barnes stole the puck from the red line, carried it to the net and shot it past freshman goaltender – and all-conference netminder – Stephon Williams.At the 1:03 mark, Wisconsin possessed a 1-0 lead. Over the course of the remaining 59 minutes No. 14 Wisconsin (20-12-7) extended that lead to a 7-2 win over No. 8 Minnesota State (24-13-3).“The game was an interesting one,” head coach Mike Eaves said. “I don’t think that one would have suspected the amount of goals that we scored, but the puck went in net for us tonight … we actually thought we could have been better in some areas.”While the Badgers eventually tallied seven goals, they jumped out to a 4-0 lead on the heels of a three-goal first period – marking their second consecutive game with a three-goal first frame.After Barnes initially put Wisconsin on the board, junior centerman Jefferson Dahl netted a short-handed goal on a breakaway at the 6:11 mark. Taking the shot from practically the goal line, Dahl capitalized on what little space he had to net the goal, giving UW a 2-0 lead at the time.“I knew I had a step on the guy and I just wanted to throw it on net and see what would happen,” Dahl said. “Fortunately it went in and didn’t miss the net.”Just two minutes later, freshman winger Nic Kerdiles netted a soft goal on a pass from junior center Mark Zengerle in the slot. Williams got a piece of the puck on the shot, slowing it down, but he couldn’t cover it up before it trickled across the line, making it 3-0.Kerdiles’ goal would eventually go in the books as the game winner, but Wisconsin more than iced the game with four more goals – starting with yet another short-handed goal from Dahl at the 8:50 mark of the second period.Dahl had a hat trick for all of a minute before the third goal was waved off after Dahl was called for standing in the crease. The Eau Claire native also rang another short-handed attempt off the crossbar. After his effort, Dahl was awarded the one-star and player of the game honors.“I can’t really put my finger on it,” Dahl said of his recent goal-scoring success against MSU. “The puck seems to go in when I play these guys. I just try to work hard and throw pucks at the net.”While Dahl stood out offensively – particularly with two short-handed goals – Barnes led the offense, netting two goals and notching an assist on the afternoon. On his second goal, the Eagan, Minn., native was crashing to the net and falling as he sent the puck past Williams at the 12:24 mark of the second period.Williams sustained an undisclosed injury on the play and was taken to the locker room. Senior Phil Cook took over between the pipes and despite facing only eight shots on goal, both junior defenseman Frankie Simonelli and sophomore winger Joseph LaBate were able to join in on the scoring action.“One thing we’re really doing is we’re sticking to the hard work,” Barnes said. “We’ve had chances all year. Every line is getting chances in the game and now they’re starting to go in, which is a little reward for the hard work.”“It’s a flow and ebb type of thing,” Eaves said. “We’re in a flow right now. We’re riding a wave. Earlier in the year we had very little at times. We’ve got the flow going right now and what we need to do is to try to extend that as long as we can.”Before the contest was officially over, Minnesota State was able to tally a pair of its own special teams goals. After UW senior John Ramage took a five-minute major for charging, MSU sophomore defenseman Zach Palmquist netted the Mavericks’ first goal of the day at the 10:53 mark of the second frame – just under a minute and half into the power play.Minnesota State’s senior forward Eriah Hayes scored his squad’s second goal just two minutes later – still working on the five-minute major power play – cutting UW’s lead to 5-2 at the time.“I thought our power play was clicking there,” Hayes said. “They had two minutes or so left on the kill on Ramage’s five-minute penalty. I thought the boys were kind of starting to believe there … at no point did the guys on the bench quit. We talked in the locker room about believing we could do it and I thought we did all night.”Despite only scoring two goals to UW’s seven on the afternoon, that’s not to say MSU didn’t produce any chances. The Mavericks outshot the Badgers 40-27 and had nine power play opportunities, producing 10 shots on man-advantage.“We had a lot of chances there and I thought (Joel) Rumpel was pretty good,” Hayes said. “We had some good, quality chances right down in front.”While the Badgers will revel in the win, it will only do so for a limited amount of time. With the win, Wisconsin advances to the WCHA semifinals, facing off with St. Cloud State – who it faced two weeks ago at the Coliseum, splitting the series – at 2 p.m. with a trip to the championship game on the line, and its season – yet again.“It was a successful night for us tonight,” Barnes said. “We’re going to go back and watch the film, we’re going to learn from it and we’re just going to put it in the back of our minds. We have to have a short memory whether it’s good things or bad. You’ve got to prepare for the next game because it doesn’t carry over.”
Picking a business model suitable for a startup is a lot more difficult than it sounds, especially in the Internet Age. Unless you’re willing to revamp your strategy repeatedly and play with different company-building economic models, startups tend to stick with their first choice.This is good—and bad.To pick the right model right away, Michael Rappa has a list of the Top 9 Most Common Business Models and a breakdown of each. They are:BrokerageAdvertisingInfomediaryMerchantManufacturer (Direct)AffiliateCommunitySubscriptionUtility“Some models are quite simple,” Michael writes. “Other models can be more intricately woven.” He uses broadcasting as an example:“Radio and later television programming has been broadcasted over the airwaves free to anyone with a receiver for much of the past century. The broadcaster is part of a complex network of distributors, content creators, advertisers (and their agencies), and listeners or viewers. Who makes money and how much is not always clear at the outset. The bottom line depends on many competing factors.”The full story at Digital Enterprise is a must-read for businesses trying to find the perfect fit. Read on!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis