On Monday, April 23, 2012 FOX announced that Emmy® Award-nominated Ryan Seacrest will continue as host of AMERICAN IDOL, broadcast television’s No. 1 show. Seacrest has served as host of AMERICAN IDOL since its debut on June 11, 2002. Over the past decade, he has guided the IDOL contestants and judges through each season’s incredible journey, from the first tickets to Hollywood to every star-studded finale. Seacrest has introduced every guest performer, played referee with the judges and was the first to announce and congratulate each of the winners.
“For the last 11 seasons, I’ve had the privilege to be a part of one of television’s most iconic shows. It’s been a wild ride, and I’m excited for my journey with AMERICAN IDOL to continue,” Seacrest said. “The legions of fans, amazingly talented contestants, judges, and producers, along with the hard working IDOL crew, impress me every time we go on air and make hosting the show a dream job. I especially appreciate the support and confidence of Peter Rice, Mike Darnell and the entire FOX team – as well as the support of everyone at FremantleMedia North America – and I look forward to continuing our partnership.”
“Ryan is one of a kind,” added Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “His ability to engage the viewers, keep the contestants at ease during intense moments and adapt to any situation, especially during the live shows, solidifies him as the absolute best in the business. He is an integral part of why AMERICAN IDOL is a true phenomenon, and we can’t imagine doing this show without him.”
“I am thrilled that Ryan will continue to be the face of AMERICAN IDOL. He runs the show with such expertise, warmth and charm that he makes one of the hardest jobs in television look easy,” noted Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America. “He is one of the best in the business and we are lucky to have him.”
“Ryan has been with AMERICAN IDOL from the very first day. I can’t imagine the show without him,” stated creator and executive producer Simon Fuller. “He is the consummate host and an exemplary professional. Having Ryan continue to be a part of the AMERICAN IDOL family is great news for everyone.”
AMERICAN IDOL is produced by 19 Entertainment, a division of CKX, Inc. and FremantleMedia North America, Inc. The series is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, CEO, XIX Entertainment, and executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.; Ken Warwick, Executive Producer, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.; and Nigel Lythgoe, CEO, Nigel Lythgoe Productions.
About Ryan Seacrest:
With his thriving broadcasting career and multiple ventures, Ryan Seacrest is at the forefront of the media and entertainment industry. While hosting and producing multiple television and radio programs, building his Ryan Seacrest Productions banner (RSP) into a leading entertainment production company, and managing a myriad of media investments and brand ventures, Seacrest is redefining what it means to be a successful Hollywood entrepreneur.
Seacrest holds preeminent positions in broadcast television, nationally syndicated radio, local radio and cable as both a producer and on-air host. He is celebrated internationally as host of the top-rated primetime talent showcase AMERICAN IDOL, and hosts and produces “E! News” and its red carpet awards show coverage. He also serves as an executive producer and co-host of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.” He has been nominated for an Emmy Award in the “Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program” category for his work on AMERICAN IDOL, and has also hosted the live network broadcast of the Emmy Awards show. On radio, Seacrest is host of “On Air with Ryan Seacrest,” his market-topping No. 1 nationally syndicated Los Angeles morning drive-time radio show for Clear Channel’s 102.7 KIIS-FM, as well as a nationally-syndicated Top 40 radio show.
In 2006, Seacrest launched Ryan Seacrest Productions (RSP), which has since become a television production powerhouse. RSP produces the hit series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” one of cable’s highest-rated shows, and the spin-offs “Khloe and Lamar,” “Kourtney and Kim Take New York” and “Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami.” RSP also produced the Emmy Award-winning reality series “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.” RSP recently produced two new reality series: “Melissa and Tye” and “Shahs of Sunset.” In January 2012, Clear Channel acquired a minority stake in RSP.
In early 2012, Seacrest entered into a joint venture through a holding company, Ryan Seacrest Media, along with HDNet, AEG, and Creative Artists Agency (CAA) to rebrand HDNet/HDNet Canada and launch AXS TV (pronounced: access). AXS TV will debut this summer, providing viewers with exclusive behind-the-scenes access to live concerts and music festivals, red carpet premieres, award shows, parties, pop culture events, and in-depth interviews with the people and artists who make live entertainment so uniquely fascinating.
Seacrest also has extensive deals with brand heavyweights Proctor & Gamble, Coca-Cola and Microsoft, and recently announced a strategic marketing and technology alliance with Eventful, Inc.
Seacrest, along with his family, is also committed to the Ryan Seacrest Foundation (RSF), a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for seriously ill and injured children through unique programs that utilize multimedia and interactive platforms. RSF is building broadcast media centers within hospitals for children to explore the creative realms of radio, television and new media. RSF has launched two centers: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Originally from Atlanta, GA, Seacrest’s professional career in broadcasting began at the age of 16 when he applied for an internship at one of Atlanta’s top radio stations, WSTR-STAR 94. While working at STAR 94 he finished high school and went on to attend the University of Georgia where he majored in journalism. Seacrest currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.
Source: FOX Broadcasting
Photo credit to: Warwick Saint/ FOX
LADWP to Hold Community Meetings to Discuss Proposed 2-Year Power & Water Rate Changes on April 25-May 10th
Legal Mandates and Aging Infrastructure
Driving Need for Rate Increases;
Seven Regional Meetings Slated April 25-May 10
On Thursday, April 19, 2012 The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will hold a series of community meetings throughout the city beginning April 25 to educate and inform customers regarding proposed power and water rate changes needed over the next two years.
The proposed changes are necessary to meet a series of regulatory mandates that affect much of LADWP’s existing energy and water supplies, and to invest in replacing aging infrastructure to maintain reliability for LADWP’s 1.4 million electric customers and 657,000 water customers.
General Manager Ronald O. Nichols and LADWP Senior Managers will present the proposed power and water rate changes during the upcoming meetings, answer questions and take comments. “We began a conversation last summer regarding the fundamental reasons why LADWP needs to increase water and power rates,” Nichols said. “A lot has happened in the past year; legal mandates that were unclear have come into focus. Aging equipment has gotten older and deferred costs are mounting. A ratepayer advocate has been appointed and is at work reviewing these proposals.”
The proposed rate change is most critical for power. Legal mandates are driving the need to rebuild or replace over 70 percent of LADWP’s existing energy resources and generation. In the next 10 to 15 years, LADWP will need to expand renewable energy to 33 percent of the power provided to customers; transition out of coal generation and replace it with a mix of renewable energy, natural gas and expanded energy efficiency measures; and rebuild aging generating units at three coastal natural gas power plants.
The power rate proposal requests a 4.6% increase beginning July 1, 2012 and 5.9% effective July 1, 2013 for a total of 10.5% over 2 years, an increase to the current average rate of 1.4 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh). For the typical residential customer, using 500 kWh, this would add $3.35 per month to their current $65.79 monthly bill.
The proposed power rates will also fund new investments in energy efficiency programs, as a way to mitigate the potential bill impacts. Energy efficiency is also a cost-effective way to meet environmental mandates and improve reliability.
On the water side, the Water Quality Factor adjustment approved earlier this year–$0.35 per billing unit (748 gallons) for mandated drinking water quality improvements–enables LADWP to defer consideration of an additional water rate action until later this year.
In fiscal year 2012/13, customers will see an automatic adjustment for purchased water when the price is adjusted in late Spring. An additional increase of about ½ percent is planned, as part of rate adjustments that require Board of Water and Power Commissioners action only, to support continued development of local water supply programs. These include water conservation, recycled water, stormwater capture, and groundwater cleanup—all of which reduce reliance on imported and purchased water.
For fiscal year 2013/14, LADWP is proposing a 4.6% water rate increase effective July 1, 2013, excluding the cost of purchased water, to invest further in pipeline and related infrastructure replacement, local water supply programs and additional water quality investments that are part of $1.1 billion required for water quality compliance. Nichols stressed that while action on the request was not needed immediately, the increase needs approval this year to allow time to approve the necessary construction and related water quality improvement contracts and hire and train pipeline replacement crew members.
Following are the dates and locations for the regional meetings. In addition, LADWP is planning to hold additional online webinars and meetings that will be announced in the near future.
RSVP’s for the community meeting are encouraged, but not required. To RSVP, please click on the link below each meeting, or call 213-367-1361.
Wednesday, April 25, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Salon A
601 S. Palos Verdes St.
San Pedro 90731
Thursday, April 26, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
22617 Ventura Blvd.
Woodland Hills 91367
Saturday, April 28, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
LADWP John Ferraro Building Headquarters
111 N. Hope St., A Level
Los Angeles 90012
Monday, April 30, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
LADWP Crenshaw Service Center
4030 Crenshaw Blvd.
Los Angeles 90008
Wednesday, May 2, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Recreation and Parks Ramona Hall
4580 N. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles 90065
Thursday, May 3, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
LADWP Van Nuys Service Center
14401 Saticoy St.
Van Nuys 91405
Thursday, May 10, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Stephen S. Wise Temple, South Taub Annex
15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive
Los Angeles 90077
Congressman Sherman Announces How Los Angeles Residents Can Find Out If They Have Unclaimed Tax Refunds
CBS Los Angeles and CBS 2 News Los Angeles reported on Saturday, April 14, 2012 that Congressman Brad Sherman (D – Sherman Oaks) has uncovered more than 4,000 taxpayers in LA County who are owed checks from the IRS.
The government says they have been unable to find the 4,176 people in Los Angeles County are owed about $6,722,735 in tax refunds, but at a press conference Saturday, Sherman said he was able to track down some of the recipients. Combined, the LA County residents are owed $6.7 million.
On his website http://bradsherman.house.gov/index.shtml states that Sherman, who is a CPA and tax law specialist, will also volunteer his services to help senior citizens and other local residents at a free tax clinic at Pierce College.
To help assist taxpayers collect their refund, Congressman Sherman has posted a list of all Los Angeles County residents who are owed a refund for their 2010 taxes on his web page.
See if the IRS Owes YOU Money!
For All Residents in Los Angeles County: CA LA County Undeliverable Refunds
If you see your name, call the IRS at (800) 829-1040 and ask forForm 3911 to claim your refund. If you live outside the Los Angeles County Area (or if you did live outside the LA County area when a refund may have been sent to you), call the IRS at that same main number, (800) 829-1040, and an IRS service representative will help you.
More Helpful Refund Information:
Taxpayers should also check with the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) for unclaimed refunds. There are some 52,000 old refunds in California from previous years remaining at the FTB which are cumulatively worth $17 million. The largest outstanding individual refund is worth over $39,000.
To claim a missing refund from the FTB, you must call them at (800) 338-0505 for assistance. Through this telephone number, the FTB can initiate an investigation into a missing refund and, if applicable, issue a new refund check.
Reminder to Taxpayers:
If you need extra time paying your taxes during these hard economic times, you have the option of filing an IRS Form 9465 to request a monthly installment plan (or apply online at http://www.irs.gov). You can also file a California FTB Form 3561 to request an installment plan for your state taxes.
Photo credit to: http://bradsherman.house.gov
On Saturday, April 14, 2012 The National Board of Directors of GLAAD, the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, announced that have elected the organization’s new president Herndon Graddick, following a nationwide search.
Sheri Fults, National Co-Chair of the Board of Directors, said in a statement: “Herndon Graddick is already a well-respected leader within the LGBT movement, and we believe will be a visionary and strategic leader for GLAAD’s culture-changing work.”
Search Committee Co-Chair, David Hedley, commented, on behalf of GLAAD’s National Board of Directors: “We want to first thank the volunteer Search Committee for their selfless service, and all the prospective presidential candidates for their interest and the investment each made in considering being of service to GLAAD.” Executive Search Recruiter Scott Miller volunteered his firm’s services pro bono to GLAAD to facilitate the search process.
Herndon Graddick is the current Vice President of Programs and Communications at GLAAD, a position he assumed in 2010. In his role, Graddick has lead GLAAD’s media initiatives and oversees the organization’s National & Local News; Entertainment; People of Color; Religion, Faith & Values; Advertising; and Spanish-Language Media programs. Under his leadership, GLAAD has engaged in numerous highly visible and impactful campaigns including ‘Stand Up For Ellen,’ which prompted the group One Million Moms a project of the American Family Association to end their call for J.C. Penney to fire Ellen DeGeneres as its new spokesperson because she is gay. Graddick also oversaw GLAAD’s work on the Commentator Accountability Project an initiative launched in March to highlight the extreme rhetoric of anti-LGBT activists who currently appear in national news outlets. He is leading efforts with the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) on the “I AM: Trans People Speak” video series as well as with film director Brett Ratner to develop a series of videos with GLAAD featuring high-profile celebrities and public figures speaking out for LGBT equality. Graddick has also put resources behind GLAAD’s work to share stories of LGBT people of color and allies with African American media, sports media, and Spanish-language news outlets, among others.
Prior to his work at GLAAD, Graddick served as the Executive Producer of the Global Observatory, a media and communications effort which aimed to bring public awareness to the climate change crisis. He also served as Supervising Producer at E! Networks and the day-of-air news division director at CURRENT TV, the youth-oriented news and entertainment network created by former Vice President Al Gore. As a producer at CNN, Graddick also contributed to the creation of daily primetime programming such as “Paula Zahn Now,” “Anderson Cooper 360,” and “Live from the Headlines.”
“Right now GLAAD and our partners in the LGBT movement are making a significant difference at a time when a difference needs to be made,” said Herndon Graddick. “I look forward to working with our dedicated staff to create a culture where there is a welcoming and respected space for LGBT Americans. GLAAD’s work with the media to inspire Americans to speak out against anti-LGBT actions and support equality is needed today more than ever.”
The new president of GLAAD will be formally introduced at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on April 21, 2012.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality. For more information, please visit http://glaad.org or connect with GLAAD at http://glaad.org/connect.
Editor’s Note: Congratulations to Mr. Graddick and GLAAD organization. Also Diversity News Magazine & Diversity News TV representatives Daniela Hubbard, Rodrigo Vaz and Esteban Escobar aka Steven Escobar have been approved by GLAAD & BWR Public Relations and they will be covering the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on April 21, 2012.
On Thursday, April 12, 2012 The Rezidor Hotel Group announced that one of their hotels Radisson Blu Hotel, Malmo has won the Malmo City Entrepreneurial Prize for Diversity, awarded at the Malmo Business Gala and presented in front of 1500 important guests at Malmo Opera.
The Malmo Business Gala is an annual event that features an awards ceremony for seven different business catagories. The 2012 event was held in front of sold-out crowd. This is the second consecutive year that the Radisson Blu hotel in Malmo [http://www.radissonblu.com/hotel-malmo/location ] was nominated, but the first time that it took the prize.
Malmo is a very international city, with people from 164 different nations working and living there. Every fourth resident of Malmo was born outside Sweden’s borders. With this award, the City of Malmo recognises and rewards companies that take advantage of the opportunities offered to Malmo’s ethnic diversity.
Radisson Blu’s Managing Director, John F. Monhardt, was proud, but very humble when he accepted the award. He said:
“Actually I have not done anything particularly spectacular. For me it is obvious that there are many different ways to work with diversity”
The jury disussed their motivation, saying: “When you have a product that sells almost anywhere in the world, there are many different perspectives to look at. Not least because when you start up an organisation in Malmo, nations from all over the world are represented here. For this year’s winner, there is room for diversity!”
Other finalists in the category were IKEA and Orestads bevakning.
In December 2011, the CEO of Radisson Blu Hotels won another award for its work for diversity in Malmo. John F. Monthardt has been praised for initiatiing a collaboration between the hotel industry and the city of Malmo employment service ‘Sweden for Immigrants’ and ‘The Hotel & Restaurant school’ by starting up the project ‘Talent Hunt’. The project gives newcomers the opportunity to gain Swedish work experience whilst trying to gain employment in the Malmo accommodation [http://www.radissonblu.com/hotel-malmo/rooms ] industry. The Radisson Blu Hotel Malmo [http://www.radissonblu.com/hotel-malmo ] participated in the project which lead to eight of the nineteen participants securing employment after six months.
The prize money will be used to purchase ten laptops to be donated to Rosengard School, a school where most of the students come from abroad.
About Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group:
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, established in early 2012, is one of the largest and most dynamic hotel groups. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Groups portfolio includes more than 1300 hotels. The group has a global presense in 80 counties and a strong set of global brands (Radisson Blu, Radisson, Country Inns & Suites by CarlsonSM, Park Inn by Radisson, Hotel Missoni and the Park Plaza). Returning guests can use the loyalty programme, Club Carlson, one of the most rewarding loyalty programmes, in most of the groups hotels. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and the groups brands have more than 80 000 employees. The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s headquarters are in Minneapolis, USA, and Brussels, Belgium.
About Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts:
Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts (formerly Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts), part of the Rezidor Hotel Group, offers its guests firstclass service and a modern and exclusive htoel experience. Radisson Blu has recieved numerous awards such for best hotel chain and is noted for its sprit of service “Yes I Can” and “100% Guest Satisfaction Guarentee”. In September, 2005, Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts were the first international hotel chain to offer free wireless Internet access in all of its hotels. Today, Radisson Blu has over 260 hotels in operation or under construction in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Its portfolio includes: hotels in Malmo [http://www.radissonblu.com/hotels/sweden/malmo ], which offer Malmo conference [http://www.radissonblu.com/hotel-malmo/meetings ] rooms among othe services. For more information visit http://www.radissonblu.com/
Conference will offer career advancement training, networking opportunities and a forum to discuss real life challenges faced by women professionals.
As part of its continuing effort to promote professional development and career advancement among women, MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) on Monday, April 9, 2012 announced it will host the 2012 Women’s Leadership Conference on Aug. 14 – 15, 2012 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The conference will feature diverse and nationally recognized speakers, accomplished women role models and career coaches, as well as provide a forum for small-group dialogue and individual networking among highly motivated conference attendees.
The Women’s Leadership Conference is open to women of all ethnicities, professions and social backgrounds, locally and nationally, and men who support women. The non-profit MGM Resorts Foundation is the conference’s presenting sponsor. Proceeds of the conference after costs will be donated to one or more local nonprofit agencies devoted to the welfare and development of women and girls.
“As more and more women ascend to leadership roles nationally and globally, in business, in elected office, in our communities and in all phases of our lives, empowerment of women is a surging phenomenon, now and into our future,” said Phyllis A. James, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of MGM Resorts International. “Helping to prepare women to better meet the challenges of such roles is an important dimension of our commitment to diversity. We present this conference, a successor to the former Women of Color Conference, as a way to stimulate dialogue and forge effective strategies for the success of women – for the benefit of us all.”
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, women are estimated to account for 51.2 percent of the increase in total labor force growth between 2008 and 2018. In 2010, women comprised 46.8 percent of the total U.S. labor force.
The early registration fee for conference participants is $415. Registration includes the full conference and all workshops and lectures, a networking reception, one-on-one career coaching sessions as available, and continental breakfasts and lunches catered by MGM Grand. Time is also allotted for attendees to build key professional relationships with other women attending while enjoying the hospitality and entertainment of MGM Grand or the other resorts of MGM Resorts International.
Participating sponsorships are available to organizations or companies who share the vision and goals of this conference.
For more information about the Women’s Leadership Conference, please visit www.mgmresorts.com/womensleadershipconference.
About MGM Resorts International:
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world’s leading global hospitality companies, operating a peerless portfolio of destination resort brands, including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. In addition to its 51% interest in MGM China Holdings Limited, which owns the MGM Macau resort and casino, the Company has significant holdings in gaming, hospitality and entertainment, owns and operates 15 properties located in Nevada, Mississippi and Michigan, and has 50% investments in three other properties in Nevada and Illinois. One of those investments is CityCenter, an unprecedented urban resort destination on the Las Vegas Strip featuring its centerpiece ARIA Resort & Casino. Leveraging MGM Resorts’ unmatched amenities, the M life rewards program delivers exclusive access, one-of-a-kind experiences, insider privileges, personalized rewards and partnership offers for both gaming and non-gaming members at the Company’s renowned resorts nationwide. Through its hospitality management subsidiary, the Company holds a growing number of development and management agreements for casino and non-casino resort projects around the world. MGM Resorts International supports responsible gaming and has implemented the American Gaming Association’s Code of Conduct for Responsible Gaming at its gaming properties. The Company has been honored with numerous awards and recognitions for its industry-leading Diversity Initiative, its community philanthropy programs and the Company’s commitment to sustainable development and operations. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company’s website at www.mgmresorts.com.
Source: MGM Resorts International via prnewswire.com
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Philippine LA Deputy Consul General Honorable Daniel Espiritu Attends FilAm Chamber of LA 2012 Officers Installation
On Friday, March 30, 2012 The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce LA Officers and Board of Directors held their Induction Ceremony 2012 Officers Installation and new members recognition at Mayflower Seafood Restaurant inside the Banquet Room located at 679 N. Spring Street in Los Angeles, CA. 90012 from 7:00 pm to 1:00 am.
The Event was hosted by Lydia V. Solis and Mr. Joe Arciaga. Philippine LA Deputy Consul General Honorable Daniel Espiritu make a speech and did the installation ceremony of the 2012 Board of Directors and Officers.
The event featured live performances by Singer Vangie Crowther who song the USA and The Philippines National Anthem. Then Bob and Vangie Crowther sung a duet. Also The Classy Harmony sung at the event. During the event 2011 FilAm Chamber LA president Rodel Lumanog and 2012 FilAm Chamber LA President Vic Mercado spoke at the event and Noel S. V. Omega presented the FACC-LA History and Accomplishments and Promo of 2013 Federation of Philippine Chamber of Commerce Bi-National Convention and Expo.
FilAm Chamber LA present a check of $500 to ABS-CBN Foundation. The event concluded with Raffle, Dance and some new member were hand out certificates of recognition.
The 2012 Filipino American Chamber of Commerce LA Officers and Board of Directors are: Vic Mercado (President), Lydia Soriano (President Elect/ 1st Vice), Mary Ann Omega (2nd Vice President), Shirley Lumanog (Corresponding Secretary), Vangie Tabberrah (Recording Secretary) and Roy Tabberrah (Treasurer). The Chamber 2012 Board of Directors are: Bob Crowther, Paul Kao, Susan Maranan, Lulu Mercado, Gladys Balallo, Gemma Bergstrom, Nick Delicana, and Mary Trinidad.
In an email dated March 31, 2012 Mary Ann R. Omega, Vice President of The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce Los Angeles wrote:
“We appreciate your time, effort, and presence in the FACC-LA’s Induction Ceremony at the MayFlower Seafood Restaurant.
We are commited to strive to the fullest to make our events and functions better for you – to network, promote products, and services that evolves around our community and business industry.
It is our goal to build a long term relationship with you and your suggestions or recommendations on how we can improve will be taken seriously into consideration. Let us know how we can serve you from here on.
On behalf of the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of L.A., thank you for your active participation and your support. You may give us a call for any questions you may have.
Giving you our best,
Mary Ann R. Omega
Filipino American Chamber of Commerce Los Angeles”
Some of the guests the attended the event was former LA Builders Lion Club President John Antoun and member Manny Zaragoza. General tickets were $25 which included (includes 8 courses of dinner, dance and entertainment).
Event sponsors include Mayflower Restaurant (Host), World Wide Vital Marketing & Public Relations (Marketing and Public Relations), Diversity News Printing Services (Graphic Design), Diversity News Magazine (Media) and many more.
About The Consulate General of the Philippines in Los Angeles:
The Consulate General of the Philippines in Los Angeles was established in 1947. For a brief history of the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles, please click HERE.It serves the consular needs of the largest Filipino community outside the Philippines numbering more than one (1) million. Generally, by law, regulation and treaty, the Consulate serves as an adjunct of the Philippine Government in the overall task of promoting and protecting the national interests of the Philippines and its citizens in the areas/localities under the Consulate’s jurisdiction. In short, it implements Philippine foreign policy within its jurisdiction.
About The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce LA: The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles (FACC -LA), est. 2001 is a 501c(6) nonprofit organization (Tax I.D.#54-2171511). The FACC-LA was founded in 2001 and continues to promote and further the interests of the Los Angeles business community. As part of the ongoing effort to grow the business community, FACC-LA thrives and ensures maximum return of business owner’s investment of time, energy and dollars. We further develop ways and means to advance the interests of businesses. We provide resources in the growth of existing local businesses and industries as well as providing assistance to new business owners and individuals offering services that will benefit and enhance the quality of life in our society. The chamber also supports and encourages local cultural and civic activities to improve and/ or expand the quality of life in the community. For more information visit http://www.facc-sfv.org
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Actress Betty White to be Inducted into National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame April 14-19 in Las Vegas
On March 16, 2012, The National Association of Broadcasters announced that film and television star Betty White will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame during a special breakfast at the 2012 NAB Show in Las Vegas Convention Center located at 3150 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109, on Tuesday, April 17 in Las Vegas.
With a career that has spanned more than 60 years, the seven-time Emmy Award winner has created unforgettable roles in television and film, authored seven books and won numerous awards.
“Betty White is admired by generations of audiences,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. “She has remarkable energy and an incredible ability to connect with viewers. Betty’s contributions to television and entertainment as a whole are extraordinary. Our Hall of Fame would be incomplete without her.”
White’s first comedy series, “Life with Elizabeth,” brought her first Emmy Award in 1952, followed by a daily NBC talk/variety show called “The Betty White Show.” She was a recurring regular with over 70 appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jack Paar,” and appeared on “The Merv Griffin Show” and “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.” She also subbed as host on all three talk shows. White was a regular with Vicki Lawrence on “Mama’s Family,” as sister Ellen, a role she created with the rest of the company on “The Carol Burnett Show.”
Her recurring role as “Happy Homemaker” Sue Ann Nivens in the classic series “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” brought two Emmys for Best Supporting Actress in 1974-75 and 1975-76. She received her fourth Emmy for Best Daytime Game Show Host for “Just Men.” Nominated seven times for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Rose Nylund in “The Golden Girls,” White won the Emmy the first season in 1985, and later appeared in the spin-off “The Golden Palace” for one season. She earned her next Emmy Award as Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series on “The John Larroquette Show.”
White was nominated for an Emmy in 2011 for her portrayal of “Elka,” the snarky but lovable caretaker on the TV Land series “Hot in Cleveland,” in which she stars alongside Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick. White also won back-to-back Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Female in a Comedy Series in 2011 and 2012.
When she hosted NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” in 2010, it was one of the highest-rated episodes in the show’s history, and earned her an Emmy Award for Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, bringing White’s Emmy total to seven awards. White is also Executive Producer and Host of the NBC series Off Their Rockers, which is set to air April 4th.
In addition to charming sports fans with her role in the popular Snickers commercial shown during the 2010 Super Bowl, White has guest-starred on “Ally McBeal,” “That ’70s Show,” “Boston Legal,” and received Emmy nominations for guesting on both NBC’s “Community” and “The Middle.” She was also nominated for an Emmy as a guest actress on “Suddenly Susan.”
Her numerous television movies include “Chance of a Lifetime,” “Stealing Christmas,” “Annie’s Point” and “The Lost Valentine,” for which she received yet another Emmy nomination. White also hosted the New Year’s Day Tournament of Roses Parade for 20 years, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for 10 years. Her big-screen credits include the Warner Brothers hit “The Proposal,” with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, as well as “You Again,” “Bringing Down the House,” “The Story of Us,” “Lake Placid” and “Hard Rain.”
As previously announced, Garry Marshall, legendary Hollywood actor, director, writer and producer, will also be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame during the NAB Show Television Luncheon, sponsored by WideOrbit, on Monday, April 16. This is the first time two individuals have been inducted for television into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
Previous NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame television inductees include Bob Newhart, Bob Barker, NBC’s” Meet the Press,” Regis Philbin, “The Tonight Show,” “Saturday Night Live,” Ted Koppel, “M*A*S*H,” “60 Minutes,” “The Today Show” and “Star Trek,” among others.
About NAB Show:
NAB Show, held April 14-19 in Las Vegas, is the world’s largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. With more than 90,000 attendees from 151 countries and 1,500+ exhibitors, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for digital media and entertainment. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, the NAB Show is home to the solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways. Complete details are available at www.nabshow.com.
The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America’s broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at www.nab.org.
On Wednesday, March 7, 2012 The Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA) announced that Univision’s Emmy® award-winning journalist, María Elena Salinas, co-anchor of the national evening newscast “Noticiero Univision” and newsmagazine “Aqui y Ahora” (Here and Now) has been named the third recipient of the Hispanicize 2012 Latinovator Award. Hispanicize 2012 (http://www.HispanicizeEvent.com), the annual Latino trends event, will take place in Miami, April 10-13.
“As one of the most recognizable and respected journalists in the U.S., María Elena Salinas connects millions of Hispanics to stories that both educate and inform their lives,” said Manny Ruiz, organizer and creative director of Hispanicize 2012. “It is a thrill for us to host Ms. Salinas at this year’s conference and to highlight both her professional achievements and community efforts.”
The Latinovator Awards recognize Latino celebrities, business professionals and other achievers who have become crossover successes or whose stories of achievement are remarkable or inspirational.
In addition to Ms. Salinas, Hispanicize 2012 previously announced multi GRAMMY-winner Emilio Estefan and pet industry entrepreneur Cesar Millan as award recipients. Each innovator will be presented with their awards individually at Hispanicize 2012 as part of a special general session where they will talk about their obstacles and road to success. Ms. Salinas is slated to speak on April 11.
Now in its third year, Hispanicize 2012 (#HISPZ12) is the annual event focused on Latino trends and trendsetters in social media, entertainment, marketing and media. The event is a partnership of the Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA), Hispanicize and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).
About Maria Elenas Salinas:
María Elena Salinas (born August 1954) is the co-anchor of Noticiero Univision with Jorge Ramos, the most watched newscast by American Hispanics. She is considered one of the most recognized and influential female Hispanic journalists in the United States.
About the Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA):
HPRA was founded in 1984 as a nonprofit organization to create a network of Hispanics who work in public relations. HPRA has over 250 members representing public relations professionals, marketing and advertising agencies, government and nonprofit, and business. HPRA is dedicated to the advancement of Hispanic professionals and provides educational seminars and workshops throughout the year. The organization awarded over the past 25 years more than $ 220,000 in scholarships to Latino students pursuing careers in communications. One of the objectives of HPRA is to be a resource for communications professionals and to seek to better understand the Hispanic market. For more information, visit http://www.hpra-usa.org.
About Hispanicize 2012:
Hispanicize 2012 brings brands, media, marketers, celebrities, filmmakers, innovators and bloggers together in a unique creative environment focused on ideas and best practices. The conference is a launch pad for creative endeavors, new products, technologies, marketing campaigns, films, books and more targeting Latinos.
Hispanicize 2012, a partnership of the Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA), Hispanicize and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), will be held at the gorgeous JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Miami, April 11-13, 2012.
Sources: Wikipedia, hispanicizeevent.com, prnewswire.com
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On Friday, March 2, 2012 DistributorCentral LLC, the company behind the eCommerce platforms of many of the promotional products industry’s leading distributors and suppliers, announced key executive appointments that centralize and strengthen its management team as the company continues to experience aggressive growth. Jason Nokes has been named President and Chief Operating Officer, David Shultz has been named Vice-President of Operations, and Tiffany Tarr has been named Vice-President of Sales. These appointments solidify DistributorCentral’s executive team and expand the company’s ability to serve key clients and continue its growth within the industry.
“As DistributorCentral’s growth as the leading eCommerce solution in our industry continues to accelerate it is critical that we have the right combination of technology, marketing, sales, and management expertise on our executive team,” said Tom Mertz, DistributorCentral’s CEO and chief visionary. “DistributorCentral has the most creative and technology-driven staff in the industry and Jason, David, and Tiffany bring to our executive team the proven leadership, vision, and ability to form true partnerships with our customers that will enable us to further help them to reduce their operational and technology costs and streamline their business processes.”
As President and COO, Jason Nokes will oversee the day-to-day operations of DistributorCentral and lead its development efforts. Mr. Nokes brings nearly 20 years of experience within the industry and was one of the original member’s of DistributorCentral’s development team. He was the chief architect of the industry’s first eCommerce-enabled, and award-winning, website for leading industry supplier, TradeNet Publishing, and continues to lead the development of DistributorCentral’s suite of eCommerce tools. Mr. Nokes will oversee all facets of DistributorCentral’s development, marketing, and sales efforts.
As Vice-President of Operations, David Shultz will oversee the operations of the technology and development team and assist with the company’s strategic planning, sales and marketing efforts. Mr. Shultz came to DistributorCentral from a global engineering and professional services firm and has spent past 12 years with DistributorCentral as an application developer, business analyst, and project manager. Mr. Shultz works with DistributorCentral’s key enterprise-level customers to develop technology strategies designed to reduce operational costs and streamline their technology initiatives.
As Vice-President of Sales, Tiffany Tarr is responsible for DistributorCentral’s overall sales and marketing initiatives. A seasoned sales executive with a proven track-record and a key member of DistributorCentral’s executive team, Ms. Tarr will focus on corporate marketing, branding, and sales, as well as oversee the team that provides support to key DistributorCentral customers and helps them migrate their operations onto the DistributorCentral platform. Ms. Tarr is actively involved in the industry and currently serves as the Vice-President of the Promotional Products Association Midwest (PPAM).
About DistributorCentral, LLC:
DistributorCentral is an industry-leading eCommerce provider in the promotional products industry. The company’s technology offerings include web-based product search tools, eCommerce-enabled web hosting services, customer management, quoting, order management, invoice and payment receipt, and reporting tools for suppliers and distributors. One of the original technology companies in the industry, DistributorCentral continues to be among the most widely used eCommerce solution in the industry and works closely with leading industry distributors and suppliers to develop an evolving set of eCommerce tools designed to help companies streamline their operations.
DistributorCentral is headquartered in Gardner, KS. For more information please visit distributorcentral.com
Source: DistributorCentral, LLC
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