Industry Veteran Brad Blackwell Announces Retirement

first_img Share Save May 14, 2018 3,042 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Industry Veteran Brad Blackwell Announces Retirement The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Mortgage Relief for Those Impacted by Hawaiian Volcano Next: Banking Committee Considers Fed Nominees Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Brad Blackwell Wells Fargo After 17 years at Wells Fargo, Brad Blackwell, EVP, Housing Policy and Homeownership Growth Strategies at Wells Fargo Home Lending, has announced that he will retire, effective September 1, 2018.Blackwell leads the development and advocacy for housing policy and the development of strategies to increase homeownership in the U.S. at Wells Fargo. “My passion is helping minority and LMI families to become homeowners. In my remaining time at Wells, I will be working hard to increase our capability to serve these consumers,” Blackwell said in a social media post while announcing his retirement. “After that, I will be spending time with my two new grandchildren, traveling with the love of my life, and enjoying family and friends.”A veteran of the financial services industry, Blackwell was EVP, Portfolio Business Manager at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage until 2016, where he was responsible for building stronger capabilities to generate home equity and non-conforming mortgage loans for the bank.Blackwell’s passion for homeownership development in the country has resulted in Wells Fargo introducing new programs that promote diversity and inclusion not only within the bank but also towards its vendors and suppliers.Speaking to MReport for its June issue on Diversity, on the subject of Wells Fargo’s plans on supplier diversity, Blackwell said, “Wells Fargo is taking a leadership position within the banking industry by placing diverse supplier growth within its strategic business agenda. We establish aggressive spending goals with diverse suppliers, and each one of the CEO’s direct reports is accountable for delivering on the supplier diversity goals.” Over the past three years, Wells Fargo has added $300 million incremental diverse supplier spend and is investing over $1 million annually in programs designed to help a diverse business grow and scale.Though he’ll be retiring in September, Blackwell hinted at planning to continue his work to promote homeownership. “I’ll be back in the not-too-distant future to pursue my passions in some form or another,” he said in his post. About Author: Radhika Ojha Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img Brad Blackwell Wells Fargo 2018-05-14 Radhika Ojha in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribe Home / Daily Dose / Industry Veteran Brad Blackwell Announces Retirement Sign up for DS News Daily Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Postlast_img read more

Woodhead Bakery in double acquisition deal

first_imgWoodhead Bakery workers were celebrating after nearly all the troubled business’ shops and factory were saved by two separate deals.Coopland & Sons (Scarborough) bought 18 of the shops, while Bakery Products Ltd, part of supermarket business Haldane Retail Group, snapped up the Scarborough bakery and 11 shops. Woodhead went into administration at the end of March, after being hit by inflation and rising wheat prices; only the Redcar store was closed, with the loss of 30 jobs.Midlands-based Bakery Products was set up specifically to manage the new business, appointing Woodhead’s long-standing MD Phil Davis as managing director of the new company. He will take full responsibility for management of the bakery, while Colin Woodhead, although now retired, will work as a consultant.Haldane Retail Group owns supermarkets trading under three fascias – Haldanes Stores, Haldanes Express and UGO. The bakery will supply all 20 of the new UGO stores, which are scheduled to open over the next six weeks, and will eventually supply all 44 stores in the portfolio.For the full story see the next issue of British Baker, out 22 April.>>Woodhead Bakery hit by rising wheat priceslast_img read more

Hall Presidents Council encourages collaboration between dorms, hall improvement

first_imgAs Hall Presidents Council (HPC) co-chairs this year, seniors Joe Trzaska and Brendan Watts said they have focused on making HPC a collaborative environment for hall presidents and vice presidents.“At HPC, our goal is to disseminate information, to encourage collaboration between the halls and we run the Hall of the Year competition, so it’s like a competitive, collaborative spirit hybrid that exists in HPC where each dorm is trying is maximize its potential but all the dorms are working toward the same goal,” Trzaska said.To help with this goal, HPC hosts weekly meetings that feature hall announcements, other announcements and recurring features such as StaNDout and HPChat.With StaNDout, Trzaska said the presidents and vice presidents from two dorms each week share about life in their hall. While this segment has existed in the past, Trzaska said this year he and Watts have shifted its focus to a more day-to-day look.“Everyone knows about [the] Keenan Revue and Cav used to be a men’s dorm,” he said. “That’s interesting, but it’s not really relevant to how you can build your community today. We’ve tried to shift the focus of the StaNDout segment to a contemporary look at goings-on in the hall and things that make you proud of living there.”With the second feature, HPChat, Trzaska and Watts said they have tried to bring in outside speakers to help guide discussions. Past speakers have included Karen Kennedy, director of student centers, activities and events, and Mia James, assistant director for educational initiatives at the Gender Relations Center. Trzaska and Watts also plan to host vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding, they said.Watts said the goal of bringing in the speakers is to make HPC engaging for hall presidents, to let them take valuable information back to their hall and to enable them to host better events. For instance, Watts said one HPChat focused on improving multicultural events in dorms.“We’ve had some really cool guests who have been able to get the presidents’ minds on different issues they might not have been focused on,” Trzaska said.To help encourage a more collaborative spirit between halls, Trzaska said he and Watts have tried to change the way dorms talk about their events during HPC.“Sometimes in the past there was really a spirit of competition, sometimes at the expense of other dorms in HPC,” Trzaska said. “If dorms had a really cool event — a recurring event, say — they would keep their cards close to their chest so that no one else could use it and get Hall of the Year points, too. To combat that, we tried to reframe the way dorms think about those events by doing cool event highlights each month.”Trzaska said he and Watts look at the Rocknes, forms dorms submit at the end of each month, and if they see a good event in the form, they will ask the president and vice president of the dorm to talk about it during HPC.As another way to help hall presidents and vice presidents, Watts said he and Trzaska have continued to host one-on-one meetings with the presidents and vice presidents at the start of the year but have also added in a mid-year meeting.At the beginning of the semester, Trzaska and Watts had the dorm presidents and vice presidents outline their goals for the year.“Each hall is trying to accomplish different things, trying to change different things,” he said. “ … We’re going to check in mid-year and see how they’re working on that rather than waiting until the end-of-the-year presentation and seeing if they accomplish [their goals]. By meeting with them mid-year, if they’re not on progress to meet those goals, we can hopefully help facilitate that.”Trzaska and Watts have also made a change to this year’s Hall of the Year competition, reallocating 5 percent of the score to GreeNDot participation.“If a hall reaches 15 percent participation in GreeNDot bystander training — they have 15 percent of the dorm bystanders trained — they automatically receive that 5 percent of the Hall of the Year score,” Watts said.Watts said there are also several incentives, such as cash prizes and water filtration systems, to help encourage dorms to go beyond the 15 percent. The change, Watts said, should help promote a safer campus environment as well as help give halls opportunities beyond the final presentation to earn Hall of the Year points. This year’s HPC co-chairs have made concrete steps to focus on specific changes in accordance with the goals for the year. They have an organized approach to creating change and have made actual changes in addition to thinking through future changes they want to make. Grade: ATags: 2018 Student Government Insider, Hall of the year, hall president’s council, HPClast_img read more

Child safety

first_imgBy Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaA network news show reported a Web site last week with more than 600 photos of children who were separated from their parents by Hurricane Katrina. Some are too young to know even their own name. Others don’t know the names of relatives who may be able to help them.Workers from the Center for Missing and Exploited Children are working alongside law enforcement officers to piece together information to help find family members to rescue these children.It made me wonder: How much help would my own children be in that situation? What kind of information should I make sure my 3-year-old could give authorities?Don Bower, a University of Georgia child development expert, offers these recommendations:Be prepared. If possible, havevital information — names, addresses, medical information — written down and safely attached to children, especially preschoolers, who may not communicate well with strangers.”In this situation,” said Bower, a Cooperative Extension specialist with the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences, “that wasn’t always practical unless you could put it in a waterproof enclosure.” Put the sealed information in a child’s pocket, pin it to their clothes or put it on a bracelet or necklace. Don’t have that information in public view.Educate your child. By age 5,most children should be able to recite their name, address and phone number. That will help them work with rescue workers to contact family members. Because children younger than 5 may only know their caregivers or grandparents by nicknames like Grandma and Grandpa, it’s essential to have the information in written form.Teach children, too, to approach people in uniforms — police, firefighters, military or EMS workers — to ask for help in an emergency.Schools can be critical. Ifchildren can identify the school they attend, that can be critical information to identify them. School officials would have information to help contact family members.Have an identification kit.Parents should have a kit that includes their children’s recent photos, physical descriptions (including easily identifiable marks like scars or birthmarks) and any medical conditions children may have or medications they may need.”During the missing-and-murdered-children era in Atlanta, it became very popular to have your child fingerprinted,” Bower said, referring to a period in the late 1970s and early ’80s when 22 children disappeared in metro Atlanta. Many were later found murdered. “While there’s nothing wrong with having a child’s fingerprints on file, it shouldn’t give parents a false sense of security.”Connecting a child to a set of fingerprints and then back to a caregiver can be a long, time-consuming process. “It shouldn’t be parents’ only means of identifying their child,” Bower said. “You need a more complete system.”We should all know our medical status, no matter what age.”As we saw in the case of this hurricane disaster, there were lots of people, not just children, who showed up at medical facilities and knew they took regular medication, but had no idea what the medication was or what condition they had that required it,” Bower said.”If you show up without medical history or medications, it’s hard for medical personnel to help you,” he said. “It’s especially important to have this written down for kids.”My parents once got a Christmas card mailed simply to Artis and Neta, Madison, Ga. No zip code, no street address, no last name. My oldest child now knows the names and phone numbers of most of our relatives. But “Artis and Neta, Madison, Ga.,” could be my 3-year-old’s ticket to safety.If you have family or friends in the hard-hit area, visit to see if you recognize any of these children. The authorities and the children need your help. You can also contact the Katrina Missing Persons Hotline (1-888-544-5475).(Faith Peppers is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

‘National Night Out’ planned in Franklin County

first_imgFranklin County, In. — Stayin’ Alive, local fire departments and police welcome the public to a “National Night Out” Tuesday, August 7 at 6 p.m. at the Mt. Carmel Elementary School.The crime prevention and community outreach event will feature a cookout and family activities. There is more information online here.last_img

Leising commits to work ILEARN impact to schools in 2020

first_imgOldenburg, IN—State Senator Jean Leising gathered with fellow legislators at the Statehouse for Organization Day – the ceremonial start of the Indiana General Assembly.Organization Day marks the annual first roll call of all state lawmakers. This day also provides each Senate and House of Representatives caucus with the opportunity to gather before session officially reconvenes in January. By state law, the 2020 session will conclude on or before March 14.“I am eager to begin working with fellow lawmakers in the 2020 legislative session to address key issues that are impacting our communities,” Leising said. “Specifically, I am looking forward to addressing ILEARN and school accountability. As a member of the Senate Committee on Education and Career Development, I intend to work to keep this year’s ILEARN scores from having a negative impact on schools, educators and students.”As the 2020 session gets underway, Leising encourages residents of Senate District 42 to contact her with any questions or comments they may have. Leising can be reached via email at [email protected] or by phone at 800-382-9467.last_img read more

Farmer fined €2,500 for filling jeep with green diesel

first_imgCOURTS: A farmer who had illegal oil detected in his engine has been hit with a fine of €2,500. Matthew Gamble, of 19 Meadowhill, Raphoe appeared at Letterkenny District Court.Custom officials were carrying out detections on September 11th, 2015 at Carrickwest, Laghey – when they found illegal oil in the defendants Land Rover jeep. When quizzed by officials, Mr Gamble said, “A fella from Northern Ireland got a lend off it, and he must have filled her with green.“I didn’t know he did that, I would never have filled her with green, as it’s too big a chance to take driving about the road.”Solicitor for the defendant Patsy Gallagher said, “My client is a small farmer, and genuinely wasn’t aware that his friend had filled his jeep with illegal fuel.“However, he accepts full responsibility that the offence lies with him.” Judge Paul Kelly fined Mr Gamble €2,500 and gave him six months to pay.Farmer fined €2,500 for filling jeep with green diesel was last modified: October 6th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Beef crisis agreement reached as dispute talks end

first_imgAn agreement to the end beef crisis has been reached after marathon talks over the weekend, the agriculture minister has confirmed.The deal includes an immediate increase in prices for farmers and reform of the Irish beef sector.The agreement withdraws all legal proceedings against farm organisations and individual farmers. Dozens of farmers in Carrigans joined the nationwide protest last month outside the Foyle Meats factory.All parties to the agreement agreed to work to end blockades and protests at meat factories.Cattle slaughtering at blockaded plants has been halted during the talks process.Some retailers have experienced beef supply issues and several large processors are struggling to meet export contracts, as a result of the protest. The deal will see the current bonus for 30-month cattle increase from 12 to 20 cent per kilo.A new bonus for steers and heifers aged 30-36 months, of eight cent a kilo, is to be introduced.And a new bonus is also to be introduced for some O grade cattle, the 12 cent a kilo bonus will benefit dairy farmers in particular.A new Beef Taskforce is to be established. It will examine the beef industry and will be independently chaired.An independent review of price composition in the supply chain is also to be commissioned. In a statement, the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed said: “I wish to thank all participants in this process for their contribution towards agreeing a way forward for the Irish beef sector.“I hope that this agreement will prove to be a first step in fostering stronger partnerships in this critical sector for the Irish economy and for rural Ireland.”Meat Industry Ireland welcomed the agreement this afternoon.In a statement released this afternoon, MII said: “We recognise the challenges all involved in our industry face. The agreed package contains significant positive financial initiatives by MII members, in areas of specifications, bonuses and supply chain transparency. “The agreement requires that all protests and illegal blockades cease immediately so that normal processing can recommence, employees can return to work, farmers can sell their animals, and efforts can be made to rebuild customer confidence.“This has been an extremely damaging episode for all stakeholders in the beef and sheep sectors. It has occurred at a time of significant and continuing challenges in the EU beef market.“It is of particular concern given the closeness of Brexit and the major implications that a no-deal outcome presents for our sector,” said the statement.Beef crisis agreement reached as dispute talks end was last modified: September 15th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Triumphant Return of Activity Management

first_imgOutcomes are better than activity. If you can only measure one, make it outcomes. A lot of activity produces nothing in the way of results. But look for activity management to make a comeback, and know that the people who need to have their activity measured and managed are partly to blame, but not solely to blame.Technology has changed how we work, and it has changed where we work. There are now more people than ever working from home. But while they may be at home, and they may be being paid, they aren’t necessarily working. They aren’t producing the results that they need to produce. This is a problem of epidemic proportions.Many lack the discipline to work from home. To work from home takes discipline. It takes discipline to go from your warm, comfortable bed to your office and begin to grind out the most important outcomes of the day. It takes discipline to do the work that needs to be done when you have the freedom to do things that feel like work but produce no real outcomes.Most are too easily distracted. Your children are distractions. Your spouse is a distraction. Even your pets are a distraction when you work from home (My UPS delivery person rings my doorbell everytime he leaves a package, reminding my dogs of their duty to alarm me if someone comes to the door. That’s ten minutes of barking). The Internet is the mother of all distractions. When you go to an office you avoid almost all of these distractions. The interruptions at the office have a reasonable shot of actually being work-related.The work that Covery called Quadrant II work, the non-urgent but critically important work is what suffers. When you work from home it’s easy to be reactive. You take your calls, but you don’t make your calls. You join meetings but you don’t book the meetings that you need to book. You might be “doing stuff” but it isn’t the right stuff.Working from home is for hustlers. It’s for people who have the will–and the desire–to do the work that needs to be done wherever they are. But let’s make sure that employees with poor work habits don’t shoulder all of the blame.The company that allows people to work from home must be prepared to lead the workforce that doesn’t come into an office. Activity isn’t the right answer for all productivity problems, but it is the absolute right prescription when low activity is to blame for poor results.Sales organizations that are serious about producing results are going to have to require more reporting of activity and outcomes if they want their results to improve. The sales manager, a leadership role, is going to have to demand more, and inspect the activity as well as the outcomes if they want to really help the work-from-home sales force that they lead. Otherwise, the company and the manager who allows low activity and poor outcomes is complicit in the work-from-home salesperson’s failure.last_img read more