Tony and Grammy winner Dee Dee Bridgewater will take center stage as legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday in the new off-Broadway mounting of Lady Day, a bio play with music written and directed by Stephen Stahl. The show, which began performances on September 19 at the Little Shubert Theatre, opens officially on October 3. View Comments Featuring a score built from Holiday’s catalogue of hits, Lady Day tells the inspiring story of Holiday’s final comeback performance as it brings the essence and spirit of the late singer-songwriter to the stage. Joining Bridgewater are David Ayers and Rafael Poueriet, as well as a quartet of veteran musicians including bassist Jim Cammack, sax player Ken Hitchcock, drummer Jerome Jennings and pianist Bill Jolly. Lady Day features 25 Holiday standards, including “Good Morning Heartache,” “Don’t Explain,” “A Foggy Day (In London Town),” “Strange Fruit,” “My Man,” “God Bless the Child,” “Mean to Me” and “Them There Eyes.” The show has been produced at the Theatre de Boulogne-Billancourt and the Theatre du Gymnase Marie Bell in Paris, as well as the Donmar Warehouse and the Piccadilly Theatre in London, where Bridgewater earned an Olivier nomination for Best Actress.
The commercial real estate brokerage of Sperry Van Ness, LLC has announced that Janielle Penner has joined the brokerage as a Junior Advisor. She will be working closely with industry leader and National Council Chair of Multi-tenant Retail, Shari A. Tucker-Gasser, specializing in retail property acquisitions and disposition, as well as the leasing of multi-tenant retail properties throughout the Phoenix metro market.Prior to joining Sperry Van Ness, Penner has represented US investors in land development projects in San Miguel de Allende, one of Mexico’s brightest, world-class destinations. Her professional experience also includes over 12 years in Los Angeles, California working with Frank Gehry Partners, the GRAMMY Foundation and Media Arts Lab for Apple. Her role at these firms as project coordinator allowed her to learn about doing business among some of the best in their respective fields of architecture, non-profit and advertising.Penner was raised in central Phoenix, part of a real estate family. She is an alumna of both Xavier College Prep and Arizona State University, where she earned her B.S. Finance: International Business. She has a deep connection to the state of Arizona and sees an exciting future for the continued growth of Phoenix.
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BOLT ON TECHNOLOGY is pleased to announce that its operations manager, Ken Gilliam, was selected by SmartCEO to receive the 2017 Executive Management Award. The Executive Management Awards (EMA) program recognizes the leadership and accomplishments of Philadelphia’s management all-stars.Gilliam recently celebrated his five-year anniversary with BOLT ON TECHNOLOGY. “Ken’s been a member of the BOLT ON team since the early days when our office space was only 80 square feet and located in the back of a local repair shop,” said BOLT ON TECHNOLOGY Founder and CEO Mike Risich. “Now, we are situated comfortably in 18,000 square feet and continuously growing. Ken’s been an instrumental part of this growth and our innovation over the past five years, and we are so happy to celebrate this honor with him.”“Behind every great CEO is a team of smart, driven executives dedicated to ensuring a company’s growth and success. This year’s EMA winners are perfect examples of all-star executives. Not only do they inspire their own teams to achieve greater heights, they also believe deeply in their companies’ missions, are consummate community stewards, and are dedicated to excellence, always,” said Jaime Nespor-Zawmon, president of SmartCEO. “We’re honored to share their stories and celebrate their great accomplishments.”AdvertisementThe Executive Management Awards program recognizes the leadership and accomplishments of Philadelphia’s management all-stars — the CFOs, CIOs/CTOs, COOs and other C-suite executives leading the region’s top companies. Winners are recognized for their creative management vision, leadership philosophy, innovative strategy and undeniable work ethic. The 2017 EMA winners’ companies collectively generate more than $3.5 billion in annual revenue. This year’s winners will be recognized in SmartCEO magazine and were celebrated at an awards ceremony on March 8 at the Ballroom at the Ben. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement
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The company’s turnover of approximately EUR137 million (USD180.3 million) exceeded the figure budgeted for 2010 and is a EUR27 million (USD35.5 million) ahead of the figure for 2009. The performance encourages Balnak to keep targets at high levels for 2011 – which also happens to be its 25th anniversary.Since 1986 Balnak has been providing diverse logistics services including international land, sea, air and rail transportation, warehouse operations with or without customs services, customs clearance, value added packaging services, national transportation and distribution services.In accordance with its expansion plans, Balnak opened its first overseas office in Tripoli, Libya in 2010. Through this office Balnak is providing transportation, port, customs and site delivery services to businesses working in Libya. The company has opened another office in Erbil which represents an important step in developing its position in Iraq.Aiming for a fleet that is more environmentally sensitive, Balnak has exchanged 20 of the existing vehicles in its fleet for, vehicles with EURO 5 engines. Another 40 vehicles were also added to its already extensive fleet.
The 75-ton (68-tonne) capacity crane has a main boom length of 141 ft (43 m), with a 58 ft (17.7 m) long swing away jib.The units were added as part of Imperial Crane’s fleet upgrade programme. The company said it will be unveiling additional equipment in the weeks to come, including new Grove and Liebherr cranes.imperialcrane.comwww.tadano.com
City firms would not be interested in having a third party manage client accounts, their representative body has said.The City of London Law Society this week said it has no objection to the use of third-party accounts as an alternative, but that its members are ‘firmly in favour’ of the status quo.The Solicitors Regulation Authority is consulting on whether to allow law firms to use a separate entity to manage client funds.In its response, the CLLS said using an alternative was unlikely to lower costs, and it warned that any rule change should not act as a precursor to restrictions on the use of client accounts.The response stressed that the current system already offers flexibility to choose a bank or building society and the best interest rates available.‘The accounts that can be used as client accounts are strictly defined and are held in secure institutions,’ said the CLLS.‘Clients are familiar with these institutions and understand that their funds are held securely.’The response noted that whatever the sum that is held, the same processes apply to the transfer of funds.The CLLS also called for a wider consultation before any changes to accounts rules and for safeguards to be drawn up to protect monies that are held with a third party.The SRA has stressed it is only exploring third-party alternatives as an extra option for solicitors and has no intention of removing client accounts.In its consultation paper, the regulator said the misuse of client money was a ‘consistent risk’ to consumers and that third-party managed accounts could provide a safe and low-cost alternative.The Law Society has stated it is willing to listen to proposals that reduce the burden on solicitors, but that the SRA suggestions would not necessarily reduce costs or increase consumer protection.
Medics writing whiplash reports have been warned that failure to upload them to the online portal in good time could result in enforcement action.The MedCo company wrote to medical reporting organisations this week saying the uploading of reports was being ’monitored’ and will form part of this year’s audit.The same message was given to direct medical experts, who are reminded they have a maximum period of six months from the date of selection by the instructing party.Potential action could include removal from the scheme, which accredits experts and randomly allocates them to diagnose whiplash claims submitted by lawyers.The scheme is set to become more important if the government goes ahead with plans to ban insurance companies from making offers to settle before claimants have had medical checks.MedCo made a similar warning to users of the scheme last year about regularly uploading medical case data, but this week’s communication suggests that message is still not getting through.The quality of medico-legal reports was questioned this week by James Dalton, head of general insurance at the Association of British Insurers.Speaking at an evidence session of the justice committee of the House of Commons, Dalton said insurers are minded to make pre-med settlement offers because ‘we do not have any faith in the medico-legal reporting system’.He noted that trust has improved since the establishment of MedCo, but said the sector was still largely unregulated.‘Until recently, there were unregulated medical reporting organisations, which are an industry in and of themselves, producing medical reports in support of whiplash claims,’ said Dalton.‘MedCo is specifically designed to try to put in place better disciplines on both the doctors who write medical reports, so that there is an accreditation framework underpinning them, and the companies they work for. To be perfectly frank, that is not a regulatory framework.’