Gianni Kovacevic kicks off The Realistic Environmentalist North American Tour & pre-order campaign for new book.

My Electrician Drives a Porsche? Investing in the Rise of the New Spending Class pre-order campaign begins today.


NEW YORK, NY – September 30, 2015 – Gianni Kovacevic has enlightened audiences around the world with his unique insights into wide ranging topics such as modern energy, the rise of the new spending class and how the environment and investment often go hand-in-hand. In his new book Kovacevic inspires readers on how to become hyperaware participants in the unstoppable trends of changing demographics, technology, and in-turn, the importance of being realistic environmentalists.

To celebrate the release of My Electrician Drives a PorscheGianni Kovacevic is kicking off a 32 city North American tour titled, “The Realistic Environmentalist Tour.”  Gianni will drive a Tesla Model S from Toronto, Canada, to the Tesla Headquarters in Palo Alto, California – intersecting more than 100 destinations and 32 official tour locations. By engaging his fellow citizens with all forms of media in each city, the objective of the tour is to illustrate what makes green energy and human progress factually possible while debunking common myths from electric cars to the future of energy. His newly published book, fortified by these numerous public appearances, will enlighten investors and environmentally conscious people alike with memorable stories and bonafide facts to better understanding ethical development practices and tips for responsible wealth creation. Information on the tour can be found at or at @realisticenviro. 

My Electrician Drives a Porsche? Investing in the Rise of the New Spending Class is published by Greenleaf Book Group LLC in the United States, Granville Island Publishing in Canada, and Finanzbuch Verlag in Germany (in German). The book will be available in Barnes & Noble, on Amazon & other online retailers, and in airport bookstores nationwide in February 2016.

About Gianni Kovacevic

Gianni Kovacevic fascinates audiences with his artful storytelling and picturesque analysis that makes complicated theories interesting and far more understandable.

An avid proponent of realistic environmentalism, he is frequently interviewed by the media with his unique way of applying the algebra way of thinking to solving global problems. Fluent in English, German, Italian and Croatian, Kovacevic makes his home in Vancouver, Canada.

For speaking engagements, he is represented by Executive Speakers Bureau in the USA and Keynote Speakers Canada. Connect with Kovacevic on TwitterFacebookYouTube & at

About The Book

A weekend service call changes the life of Doc Anderson forever.

Johnny, the surprisingly wealthy energy whiz-kid, introduces Doc to a compelling new investment theme – following the rise of a new spending class. As they set course on a fact-filled adventure, Doc’s eyes are opened to the impact that billions of new consumers will have on our environment and how their entrance to our fast-changing world will figure into the economy of the future. Through this journey, he too becomes a hyper-aware participant in the boundless opportunities for responsible wealth creation with his new-found knowledge base in what makes realistic environmentalism possible.

Order the book now to take advantage of pre-launch offers including exclusive content, travel opportunities, sporting events – and to join The Realistic Environmentalist Tesla Tour!


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The Property Shop Australia Celebrates 1st Birthday

Shortlisted Candidates for Great Deposit Giveaway Competition

GYMPIE, Queensland: The Property Shop Australia celebrates a successful first year as Gympie’s Premier House and land Package Specialists on October 1 2015. It is on this special occasion that they have decided to announce the shortlisted candidates for the Great Deposit Giveaway Competition held in July this year.

Business highlights:

Completed over 100 New contracts

Created over $30 million worth of New business to the local economy

Provided property Strategies to thousands of home buyers, investors and retirees

Supported hundreds of local trades jobs

Encouraging investment into the Gympie region

We’ve been able to fill a hole that was desperately needed in the local community for quite some time. There has been increasing demand for property education and this has really been the foundation and corner stone of our success. We’ve been able to empower and equip first home buyers and investors with the tools and strategies to live the life they really want” said John David, founder and CEO of The Property Shop Australia. 

Each team member at The Property Shop of Australia is a keen investor, holding substantial portfolios themselves. It is this passion for educating their clients with the tips and tricks of investing that has also added to their success. “We have an open culture and love to educate and empower our clients on property investment. It’s not just about selling or creating a home, it’s about helping our clients to get the information needed to be able to live a better lifestyle now and through retirement out of property, instead of just being another number that retires to go broke.’

Competition announcement:

The Property Shop Australia launched the highly successful Great Deposit Giveaway in July 2015 that received well over a thousand entries. After shortlisting the entrants down to 36 they have now selected 12 finalists – 6 investors and 6 first home buyers – one from each category will win a $17,500 home deposit and be in the running to win a house and land package valued at $350,000. The Property Shop Australia plans to announce the competition winner on February 13th 2016 marking it with an all day celebration in the park with details to be provided closer to the date. 

“This competition has really shown us as a company, that there are so many people out there, just simply struggling along on the rental dread mill, and a lot of people out there that would love to own their own property, saying to us we have not been able to get the right support and help to guide us to ownership of our own home,” said John David.

Future focus

The Property Shop Australia will continue to change the face of the town by proactively providing a place for people to come for free information and support and continue to work with home buyers and investors; advocate for increased infrastructure and government spending and promote investment in the Gympie region. Apart from the recent website makeover, advertising campaigns and running Gympie’s most popular giveaway to date, The Property Shop Australia is focusing on making greater use of emerging technology to further empower home buyers and investors as well as connect with clients.

“The Property Shop Australia has had a fantastic first year helping, supporting and empowering individuals, couples and families to own their own homes and build investment portfolios. There is a strong push for property education and knowledge and we’re proud to be the business in town that delivers this unique property service,” said John David.

About The Property Shop Australia

The Property Shop Australia is Gympie’s most trusted house and land specialists, providing unique property services that ensures home buyers and investors are given a seamless service from initial contact through to construction, including sourcing of financing and finding tenants for investors. The Property Shop Australia’s founder and CEO John David has a proven track record in delivering home buyer and investor value with over 20 years in the industry before deciding to launch this business. From the outset he established The Property Shop Australia with the sole mission of empowering individuals to financial freedom through property investment.

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Melinda Clift

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P: 07 5482 8770


420 College attorney, William McPike’s home gets raided by Sheriff’s department.

MADERA CA- RAID ON ATTORNEY – Friday morning at 9 AM, September 18th, 2015, prominent medical marijuana defense attorney, William McPike, opened the door of his residence to find a dozen uniformed Madera Deputy sheriffs with Sgt Larry Rich brandishing a search warrant -who had just gotten out of a white unmarked vehicle-and demanding access to McPike’s home/office. McPike does not own the propery, but was still singled out. McPike refused any compliance check.

Rich, with no warrant, unchained the gate earlier in the week and drove his in unmarked car onto the property to conduct what he described as a compliance check on the private collective garden. McPike provided his state ID card and corresponding paperwork acknowledging his status and the other collective members as medical marijuana patients and membership in a private collective. The main member is an amputee and a Director of a Veteran’s non-profit charity involving service dogs. She has a Dr. Courtney recommendation for 500 plants.

On Friday’s raid, a criminal warrant signed by Judge Jim Oakley, who in private practice, offered McPike use of his office.  Once becoming a Judge, Oakley presided over Celli v  Robinson.  McPike’s representation for Mr. Celli was for the return of 19 ounces of medical cannabis. Judge Oakley failed to recuse himself even though his secretary had helped McPike make up the order for return of the cannabis. Oakley did disclose that he presided over the marriage of the Assistent District Attorney opposing the return. A 3 day trial ended with Judge Oakley finding that due to a conflict with state law and federal law Chief of Police Robinson did not violate the return order.  This was back in 2003 or 2004, beforE people vs Kha decision of 2007. 
The warrant alleged that McPike was participating in felonious activities on the property and was intending to commit a more felonious offenses. Ironically this warrant was not offered to Judge Oakley by Sgt Rich but it was offered by MADNET Team Sgt Bradlee Dorr, who never came for any compliance check. The warrant said to break into any safes, take computers, High Times magazines, etc. This is not what one does to an attorney, who has confidential client records.

McPike said, “I was told first that I was violating a zoning ordinance and then told I was violating an electrical code ordinance, I asked for more information and was given no further explanation.”

According to McPike authorities then went out to the garden where they seized approximately 30 plants. McPike stated that an officer gave him a receipt for 99 seized plants. When the officer was questioned about the inflated plant count, he stated that they found three root balls intertwined in each cut plant which meant that each single plant was to be counted as three separate plants.

McPike adds, “The officers never tested any of the plants to determine whether they were hemp or cannabis. Sergeant Rich did however, make a point to have deputies put six dried plants in the trunk of his unmarked police vehicle.”

McPike states, “I plan to fight all of this; I’m well within my legal right to grow plans as I’m part of a collective. The Madera County zoning ordinance states it is lawful to have plants in a 120 square foot space on private property. One member of my collective is an amputee who has to soak in a hemp bath to stave off infection; her doctor determined that she’s entitled to growing up to 500 plants annually in order to meet her treatment needs. The other paperwork provides each patient with 90 plants, that alone accounts for the mere 30 plants on my property. They brought a criminal warrant to search my residence but when questioned on specifics only said that I was in violation of county ordinances.”

McPike currently practices law (for 35 years) and consults for 420 College, an educational institution that instructs cannabis business owners on the ways in which to legally operate collectives and cooperatives. In June 2010 he was featured on the cover of the National Law Journal alongside Supreme Court nominee Elana Kagan.

McPike believes the intent here was to make county ordinance issues appear like criminal matters to the Judge. McPike says, “The whole thing is rather suspicious and I intend to get to the bottom of it.” No arrests were made, no citations given, and no fines assessed.

When asked about next step McPike said, ” I’m going to get a copy of the affidavit to determine whether I’ll file a damage claim, (the amputee is filing) I’m also going to get my plants inspected to test the validity of the ‘plant balls’ claim, this is far from over.”

420 College will be hosting a seminar on marijuana business in Pasadena on October 17 & 18 and Sacramento Occtober 24 & 25, and San Diego on November 7 * 8, of 2015.

Prime Minister Modi, break silence on NRI’s held in Iraq by ISIS, in San Francisco. USA.


New York. Ajay Sharma. Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, since June 2014, has assured the Families of NRI’S from Punjab, including Food Processing Cabinet Minister. Har Simrat Badal, all 39 NRI’s held hostages in Mosul controlled ISIS, city are safe and “Alive”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has chaired a high level meeting , including Minister of Home Affairs, External Affairs and Security Council, to take stock on their “whereabouts”, in Iraq. Prime Minister Modi, is scheduled to speak in the United Nations, on his annual Address and demand India’s role in the Security Council and cooperation in Terrorism.

NRI’s in USA, including NRI’s of Gujarat, especially belonging to “Patel Community”, have prepare a charter of demands, which includes, his knowledge and verification on the 39 Punjabi NRI’s in Iraq, including the “Jats”, of Punjab and “Patels”, of Gujarat in OBC. Investigations on Corruption and functioning of the Consulates in USA and Canada, including formulating a policy to allow “E-Voting”, from Consulates and Embassies, for India’s State and National Elections. The meeting was held by “NRI’s for India”, at the World Affairs , in U.C.Berkeley, presided by Romesh Bhandari and Vikram Jit Bajwa.

Both agreed to grant a warm Welcome to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to New York and San Francisco, but our NRI, issues have been pending too long”to sleep over them”, Modi is a man of word and action, we want him to honor his word given to protect NRI, issues, properties, life, in 2014, said Bajwa.

” We’re not asking any investigation for Lalit Modi and Sushma Swaraj, his cricket, but we want assurance from our Prime Minister to protect our lands and property in Punjab, exclaimed Gur Rattan Singh, from San Jose. ” Prime Minister should break his silence, on the issue of being alive or dead, 39 Punjab NRI’s, either before he departs New Delhi for New York or when he addresses the NRI’s in San Jose Convention Center”, said Stephen Wren, ex- US Serviceman, who has done extensive studies on ISIS and their captors, who have killed 4 Americans, in the last one year.

Ontario Solar Provider flips the switch on Diamond Head solar project

Left Picture (From left to right): Lou Rinaldi (MPP), Gil Brocanier (Mayor of Cobourg), Alex Fuentes (VP Business Development OSP), Jim Cada (Director of Operations Mississaugi First Nation) and Paul Macklin (Partner at Diamond Head Industrial Mall) flip the switch to connect the 600 kW system to the grid. Right picture (left to right): Paul Macklin, Gil Brocanier and Alex Fuentes stand on the rooftop of Diamond Head Mall to showcase the 600 kW system.

Cobourg, September 18, 2015 – Ontario Solar Provider, one of Ontario’s leading, fully integrated solar PV companies, together with Diamond Head Industrial Mall Inc., are celebrating the opening ceremony of a 600 kW solar project in Cobourg, Ontario.

The solar project, located on the rooftop of Diamond Head Industrial Mall at 210 Willmott Street in Cobourg, is a shining example of how property owners are working together with Ontario Solar Provider to take advantage of Ontario’s Feed-In Tariff program. Through its rooftop lease model, Ontario Solar Provider builds, owns and operates the solar system on the client’s rooftop at no capital cost to the property owner. The property owner benefits from having solar onsite and monetizing what is otherwise unused roof space.

 “By choosing to partner with Ontario Solar Provider for solar on its facility, Diamond Head is supporting the development of renewable energy and a cleaner Ontario electricity grid, while earning additional revenue and spurring the local economy” said Christian Wentzel, Chairman, Ontario Solar Provider.

“We are very proud of the solar project at our facility,” said Gord Atkinson, Partner and Property Manager at Diamond Head Mall. “Not only are we enhancing sustainability, partnering with Ontario Solar Provider enabled us to tap into a steady stream of income through their rooftop lease.”

The project was developed, engineered and installed by Ontario Solar Provider, which manages every aspect of solar seamlessly, from start to finish. KB Racking, Ontario Solar Provider’s affiliate, supplied their EkonoRack 2.0 mounting solution – a lightweight, durable system designed for rapid installation. The KB Racking team designed the system layout to ensure as much energy as possible could be generated from the rooftop, while adhering to local codes and standards. The solar installation is also fitted with a Schneider 500 kW central inverter and high efficiency Trina solar panels provided by Silfab Solar Inc., all locally sourced from Ontario.

The 600 kW system will generate an estimated 690,000 kWh of clean electricity annually, mitigating the effects of 55 tonnes of carbon dioxide from Ontario’s electricity system – equivalent to powering 70 homes per year. Apart from its environmental benefits, the project has generated a number of construction, engineering and project management jobs, boosting local economic growth. In addition, the Mississaugi First Nation has partnered with Ontario Solar Provider for a minor equity interest in the solar installation.

About Ontario Solar Provider                                                                                                                                                      

Ontario Solar Provider specializes in the development, financing, engineering and construction of large-scale rooftop solar installations and portfolios under Ontario’s Feed-in-Tariff program. Having completed more than 100 commercial-scale solar projects in Ontario representing in excess of 50 MW of installed capacity, Ontario Solar Provider is one of the leading fully integrated solar PV companies in Ontario. OSP offers turnkey solar rooftop solutions that enable commercial and industrial property owners to support the development of renewable energy, earn additional revenue, and help create cleaner, healthier and more prosperous communities. Property owners can learn more and request a preliminary solar assessment at     

About Diamond Head Industrial Mall Inc.                                                                                                                                                                   

Located at 210 Willmott Street in Cobourg, Ontario. This property houses tenants like Sleep Country Canada, Sun Life Financial, Northumberland County Moving Company, Automated Products and Supplies, Dr. Maria Marszal family physician, Primerica, Broken Arrow Services, Prince Edward Regiment, Dr. Katherine Wood Chiropractor, Cobourg Safety, Protoplast Inc., OT Group, Paul Davison-Cobourg Spine and Sports Injury Clinic, Activation Products (Can) Inc., Fastenal Canada, and M.J. Express.



Ontario Solar Provider

Blaire Stewart

Associate, Business Development



Diamond Head Industrial Mall Inc.

Gord Atkinson

Partner and Property Manager



September 16, 2015 – //New York, N.Y.//
(press release: Business Watchdog)

          ITEX Corporation, an international merchandise broker, is not doing well. Its annual sales plummeted from $250 million to $140 million and the value of its shares have dropped 33.70% (Yahoo Finance 3/14/14 to 9/4/15).

          Eighteen persons reported wrongdoing by ITEX. As a result, Business Watchdog, a nonprofit organization, alleges under the leadership of CEO Steven White that ITEX has become a criminal enterprise. Documents obtained by Business Watchdog reveal that ITEX is doing business in 46 states without: authorization, notification of its presence, and paying the applicable taxes (excluding CA, NV, OR, and WA).

          Business Watchdog alleges that ITEX unlawfully evaded and laundered taxes due to the 46 states on an estimated $2.3 billion of its sales from 2002 to the present, conducted an interstate gambling and debt collection syndicate, rigged shareholder elections, embezzled funds from its customers, and defrauded persons who purchased brokerships, licenses, and memberships by concealing that it cannot lawfully do business in 46 states. Steven White has not disputed these allegations.

          Subsequent to reporting ITEX’s alleged crimes, John Bal, Director of Business Watchdog, was threatened with harm. Bal was confronted near his home by an unknown male who stated if the allegations are not withdrawn “you will be harmed.” The threat was reported (NYPD Verification of Crime No. 3873).

          ITEX has a history of committing frauds. The Securities and Exchange Commission prosecuted ITEX and its executives on multiple fraud charges. The charges resulted in settlements. In other prosecutions, former ITEX CEOs Collins Christensen and Terry Neal (and Neal’s attorney) were arrested and criminally prosecuted. Christensen was convicted and Neal pleaded guilty to fraud and received a 19-month prison sentence. Prior to prosecution, Christensen, without authorization, transferred 250,000 shares of ITEX to Steven White. Upon discovery of the unauthorized transfer of shares, ITEX’s Board of Directors terminated Christensen. Subsequently, Steven White launched a successful hostile takeover of ITEX, ousted its entire Board of Directors, hand-picked his long-term associates John Wade and Eric Best to replace the Board, and appointed himself CEO, CFO, and Chairman of the Board of Directors.

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Renters’ Nation: The Dark Side of Dodd-Frank and Its Impact on Affordable Housing

New federal regulations, enacted in the wake of the subprime mortgage crisis, are playing a key role in establishing a class of lifetime renters — all in the name of consumer protection.

Washington, D.C. — A farmer. A nurse. A truck driver. A daycare worker. These are among the hundreds — if not thousands — of everyday people who have tried, in recent months, to make the transition from renting to home ownership — and failed. 

Some could have qualified for financing on the nation’s most affordable housing, if they knew where to find a lender that makes loans on a manufactured home (MH). Others discovered the largest MH lenders left are unable to make loans for less than $20,000, due to compliance costs and regulatory risks.

There are sellers of homes valued under 20k forced to sell for cash at deeply reduced prices, because even owner financing is restricted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) implementation of Dodd-Frank regulations.

All are victims of federal regulations meant to protect their interests.  MH retailers who in the past could guide consumers looking for financing are now muzzled and unable to perform the most fundamental function offered by Realtors ® — providing suggestions on possible lending sources. Add to that, rules that have driven MH lenders out of the most affordable housing market of all, and home ownership for many has become an elusive dream.

“All we want is a level playing field with the site-built real estate brokers and home builders who still have the ability to help their buyer find the best financing option for their situation,” says Don Glisson, CEO of Triad Financial Services, a leading MH lender.

In Renters’ Nation, award-winning consumer reporter Jan Hollingsworth tells the story of how CFPB rules are working against buyers, sellers, and the MH Industry — the most important source of federally supervised quality, affordable housing in the nation.

Enacted in the wake of the subprime mortgage crisis, the sweeping 2,000-page Dodd-Frank regulations were never meant to apply to these factory-built homes. Yet MH financing has been so impacted, it is hurting the people who can least afford it — low- to moderate-income consumers, now stuck as renters.


At a time when consumer interest in MH from all sectors — young, old, rich, poor — is trending upward, buyers and sellers find themselves with limited access to financing. Many have given up — ill-equipped to find needles in the Dodd-Frank haystack, which muzzles the free speech of MH sales professionals who could guide them to suitable manufactured home lenders.

“Realtors refer customers every day to lenders, but CFPB says they’re exempt, because they’re not being compensated. But our people aren’t either,” says MH finance consultant Dick Ernst, president of Financial Marketing Associates, Inc.

The pleas of industry leaders for regulatory relief have fallen on deaf ears at the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB), the federal agency empowered to make or break the Dodd-Frank rules without Congressional oversight. But Congress has begun to listen to the real-world consequences of good intentions gone awry and the billions of dollars in lending that vanished from the MH market.

The House of Representatives passed H.R. 650 in April, the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, despite staunch opposition from a consumer group with alleged ties to the CFPB. Its companion in the Senate (S 682) is expected to come to the floor as part of another bill to be voted on in the coming months.

The measure is supported by the MH industry, the National Association of Realtors, the Mortgage Bankers Association and others who view access to financing affordable housing as the motor that drives an important economic engine.

U.S. Senator Bob Corker, in last month’s Senate Banking Committee hearing, expressed his concern about the impact of Dodd-Frank on his low- to middle-income constituents in Tennessee, who have found their path to affordable home ownership blocked.

Rental housing opportunities in the rural communities are limited, he said, and rental fees everywhere cost more — sometimes significantly more — than the monthly payments on a manufactured home that could someday be their own.

Read the complete story of Renters’ Nation, linked below.  


Image Caption – 

U.S. Capitol dome under construction, credit WikiCommons, left. A new 3 bedroom, two bath manufactured home, like the photo at the right (courtesy of Sunshine Homes, Red Bay, AL) with 1165 square feet sells for some $49,700, which a 2014 GAO report indicates would have a significantly lower payment than renting a similar size apartment.  Such homes built in the 1970s or 1980s may sell for less than $20,000 today, and are the most impacted by CFPB regulations.  

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ONUG Launches Meetup Program to Ensure Continued Open Networking Dialogue Year Round – Partners with Work-Bench for Inaugural Event October 1 in NYC

September 11, 2015 – Boston – The Open Networking User Group (ONUG) today announced the launch of the new ONUG Meetup program. In addition to its semi-annual conferences, throughout the year ONUG will conduct smaller user-centered meetings across the country focused on driving open software defined cloud infrastructure. The informal meetups will provide year round opportunities for the existing ONUG Community to engage with new IT leaders and continue the discussion on topics introduced at the semi-annual conferences.

The first meetup will be hosted in partnership with Work-Bench, a leading NYC-based enterprise venture capital fund, at their Union Square office. The discussion will center on linking networking infrastructure into cloud orchestration tools.

“Our community has requested more insights and information on the evolving state of networking,” said Nick Lippis, Chairman and Co-Founder of ONUG. “By conducting more frequent, local discussions, we can work more closely with our rapidly expanding community to further influence the pace and deployment of open software defined infrastructure solutions.”

Jonathan Lehr, Managing Director of Work-Bench, added that “partnering with ONUG on this Meetup program aligns with our mission to be the home for enterprise tech in New York and at the forefront of conversations related to the changing IT environments at large corporations.”

ONUG Meetups will be organized by members of the user community and attended by members of the ONUG Board. As the meetups progress, they will begin to integrate the ONUG Working Groups to facilitate even higher levels of engagement on the use cases of most importance to the ONUG IT Community. Ultimately, the goal of the new ONUG Meetup program is to help connect end users transitioning to open cloud infrastructure and to amplify the voice of the collective IT community to ensure the needs of the user are being met.

ONUG Meetups are free to attend and participants will have the opportunity to take part in discussions on major themes and issues in open networking. For more information on upcoming meetups schedule, join our ONUG Meetup group, and RSVP to attend the October 1st ONUG Meetup.

ONUG also hosts two major conferences per year where use cases are defined and members vote to establish a prioritized list of early adopter, open networking projects that communicate propensity to buy and budget development. The next conference will take place at New York University in New York City, November 3-5, 2015. Registration for ONUG Fall 2015 is now open.

About ONUG

ONUG is the leading user-driven community of IT executives focused on leveraging the power of their engineering and procurement to influence the pace and deployment of open networking solutions. The ONUG Board is composed of IT leaders from Bank of America, BNY Mellon, Cigna, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, FedEx, Fidelity Investments, Gap, Inc., Intuit, JPMorgan Chase, the Lippis Report, Morgan Stanley, Pfizer, UBS, and Yahoo. For more on ONUG, go to or follow us on Twitter @ONUG_


ONUG Media Contact: 

Jennifer Costello





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Rylands Associates’ personalised team has accrued more than 60 years of knowledge and experience in the residential property sector.

Their ever-growing portfolio consists of managing an assortment of buildings, ranging from smaller individual units to larger, well-populated blocks. Regardless of the size of your property, Rylands Associates’ core ethos is to deliver a personal but professional approach, irrespective of size. At Rylands Associates they treat each property individually as a bespoke project, or business, and consider the requirements of that business to ensure they meet the expectations of their clients and customers.

Rylands currently partner with a number of regional and national house builders and understand the importance of maintaining strong relationships. They strongly believe that managing the developments in a proactive manner reflects well on their partners, this reduces unnecessary administration both before and after handover.

They manage a large number of new developments, from small housing developments to large complex developments containing several hundred units with different types of tenure including mixed use including: private flats and houses, flats and houses owned by Housing Association and Health Authorities, sheltered accommodation and commercial units.

By involving them from the start of your building project, Rylands Associates Property Management provides you with a complete service such as:

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  • Annual service charge estimating.
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Their Block Management team is headed up by Russell O’Connor MIRPM Assoc RICS, who brings an array of expertise and industry know-how, gained from working in the sector for over 15 years. Russell has also gained invaluable experience in management and lettings at an international level, including the management of 65,000 units around the globe.

Within their offices, Rylands always ensure the highest standard of customer service and quality assurance can be provided. Technology has allowed them to remain ahead of the competition in terms of efficiency, collaboration and effectiveness by providing iPads to staff for total mobility when away from their desks. Equipping their employees with iPads has allowed them to have total visibility of emails, documents, and any account or property information 24/7, from any location.

The decision to adopt iPads with a Dropbox cloud based solution has augmented Rylands as an innovative adoptee of new technologies within the sector, which focuses on the constant improvement of their customer experience through innovative solutions.

Rylands Associates always strive to ensure all residents and clientele are satisfied with their service offering, which is why they always focus on the little details that matter. Personalised service is a culture at Rylands Associates. They want their residents to always feel comfortable addressing any issues at any time, as they say; home is where the heart is…

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Texas Executive Women Announces 2015 Women on the Move Award Winners

HOUSTON (Sept. 3, 2015) — Today, Texas Executive Women (TEW) announced the Women on the Move® Class of 2015. The Women on the Move Award recognizes the business and civic achievements of ten top female leaders, while the Rising Star award spotlights one young professional woman up-and-comer. The Houston area winners will be honored during TEW’s 30th Annual Women on the Move Awards Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, at the Hilton Americas-Houston, 1600 Lamar Street, Houston, TX 77010. 

“The selection process was especially challenging this year because we received a record number of applications and the candidate pool was exceptional,” said Shira Yoshor, 2015 Women on the Move luncheon co-chair. 

Cisselon Nichols Hurd, 2015 Women on the Move luncheon co-chair added, “Houston has a wealth of professional women making significant contributions, both professionally and in the community. The level of female leadership and diversity in our city was well reflected in the outstanding applicant pool and our 2015 WOM Class.”

“We invite everyone to celebrate the phenomenal achievements of the honorees, who embody the spirit of the Women on the Move Award. Indeed, each of this year’s talented honorees emanates qualities such as tenacity, courage, selflessness and humility,” said prior Women on the Move Award recipient Debra Ibarra Mayfield, 2015 Women on the Move luncheon co-chair.

Comprising the 2015 Class of Women on the Move are:

TEW understands the value of supporting women along their professional journeys and grooming the next generation of female leaders to help shape the global success of Houston. Partnering with TEW to accomplish its mission through sponsorship of the 2015 Women on the Move Awards Luncheon are the following sponsors to date: Platinum Sponsor H-E-B; Gold Sponsor Sofia Adrogue/Gary Reed & McGraw, PC/Kelli Cohen Fein/Caroline Baker Hurley/S. Shawn Stephens and Y. Ping Sun; and Silver Sponsors Debra Ibarra Mayfield, Nancy Hall, KPRC-TV, Melanie Gray/Winston & Strawn LLP, and Susan Soussan/Elizabeth Ray/Katie Kennedy. In-kind sponsors to date include: Barfield Photography and Lisa Malosky Productions, and media partner Houston Women’s Magazine.

For additional information regarding Texas Executive Women, Women on the Move, sponsorship or individual ticket purchase, please visit the TEW website. Sponsor confirmations are due by Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, for inclusion in the printed collateral.

About Texas Executive Women

Founded in 1979, Texas Executive Women (TEW) is a 501(c)(3) membership-based, nonprofit organization with a mission to support programs that recognize, develop and fund the advancement of women and teenage girls in Greater Houston. The TEW brand includes Women on the Move (WOM), which recognizes ten exceptional women each year and one Rising Star. WOM was started by two powerful Texas families – the Sakowitzes and Hobbys. Proceeds from the Women on the Move celebration fund college scholarships, field trips and individualized mentoring of the teenage girls in the program. For additional details, visit:


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