LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement NORTHVILLE, MI — James Stegemiller, vice president of Hayes Lemmerz International and president of the company’s North American Wheel Group, has announced he will retire effective Nov. 1. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Edward Kopkowski will assume responsibility for the North American Wheel Group and continue in his role as president of Hayes Lemmerz’ Commercial Highway and Aftermarket Group and Operational Excellence. Kopkowski joined Hayes Lemmerz in 2002 as vice president of operational excellence. Prior to Hayes Lemmerz, Kopkowski served as founder and president of Kopko Associates, Ltd., a consulting firm. Previous to that, Kopkowski was vice president of modular products and operating excellence at Pilkington PLC (formerly Libbey-Owens-Ford) in Toledo, Ohio. Additionally, he was plant manager at Bosch Braking Systems machining and assembly plant in Ashland, Ohio. Before that, Kopkowski served in a variety of management roles in operations and engineering, at AlliedSignal Braking Systems and, earlier in his career, Bendix Automotive Brake Systems, in both South Bend, Indiana and St. Joseph, Mich. For more information about Hayes Lemmerz, go to: www.hayes-lemmerz.com. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.
DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. CHARLOTTE, NC — SPX Chairman Charles Johnson II, has informed the company that he intends to adopt a plan in accordance with Rule 10b5-1 of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, in anticipation of his impending retirement from the company. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Johnson expects to retire from the SPX Board of Directors in February 2007 and anticipates using the plan to systematically reduce his ownership in contemplation of his retirement. The broker administering the plan would undertake to sell 70,000 shares of company stock and to exercise stock options to purchase 1,844 shares of company stock and sell the underlying shares, in each case at market prices in a systematic manner. The plan would be in place for approximately one year unless terminated earlier under certain circumstances and sales under the plan would commence no earlier than July 12. The plan would comply with the company’s insider trading policy and stock ownership guidelines. For more information about SPX Corp., visit: www.spx.com. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement
By DAVID JOLLYGeneral Manager Metzger’s Hardware I am writing to express my strong support for adoption of the proposed County Ordinance 695, and the effort to bring an 86-room hotel and conference center to the 20 th Street extension. I realize that this one project won’t solve all the issues we have been working on over the past several years. If one good has come from the discussions of the past couple of weeks, it is that we should continue to work on solutions to those issues as well. MainStreet continues to look for solutions to the availability and affordability of downtown retail space, and during my tenure as chair of the LACDC, we made the availability of all types of housing a top priority. Through the efforts of many, those efforts have begun to pay off, with – finally – a number of projects under way and still more under discussion with the goal of providing more and varied housing options to serve the needs of all parts of our community. There is much work to be done, but that shouldn’t preclude work on projects such as this one. The only possibly viable alternative I have seen presented for the conference center, expanding the meeting space at the golf course clubhouse, would seemingly come at a fairly close cost to the land exchange on 20th Street, except in hard cash. And, I’m afraid such a proposal would bring the same arguments concerning, in that case the County spending between $1 and 2 million dollars on a facility run by one operator. While it is an existing county facility, it would also leave the county ultimately responsible for the additional OM costs of expanding a county building. Having been involved in discussions about expanding Atomic City Transit service from the White Rock Visitor Center to downtown Los Alamos during the weekends, I believe that the suggestion that there would be an easy transportation solution to bring conference goers from the gold course facility to downtown would ultimately prove unfeasible as well. Even if that could be worked out, it would not substitute for having the center literally across Trinity Drive from Ashley Pond. For these reasons, I was very excited to hear that we had finally landed a concrete proposal. More so on hearing that we were able to entice the hotel operator to include a conference center in their plans, and that these plans were located downtown where we can benefit not only from providing visitors a place to stay, but in close proximity to our downtown shops and restaurants. As I have said before, my biggest incentive for promoting tourism as an economic development component in Los Alamos is to increase the number of patrons for our local business operators. The synergy from locating a project like this one in the downtown area will be a driver for more retail and food options in the area, which will benefit all of us. I understand that a good bit of the controversy over this proposed development is the County’s proposed LEDA contribution of the six lots on 20 th Street, appraised at approximately $1.8 million. On its face, this could appear to be a giveaway to the developer. It should not, however. The developer came to the County willing to purchase the land required for their hotel project. It was our request that they include a conference center component that we have identified as a priority. In fact, since the $1.8 million value of the vacant land is the approximate price that the county had estimated a similarly sized conference center would cost to build and outfit, under this proposal, the County (and its taxpaying citizens) come out ahead. The hotel operator has agreed to operate the center, saving the County an estimated $200,000 annually in O&M expenses. This proposal should be seen as a win for everyone involved. This is exactly what our economic development team has been doing, in spite of many frustrations along the way. On organizing the Tourism Implementation Task Force, we identified early on that in fact many of the Tourism Strategic Plan action items will not be practical to implement until such time as we have accommodations to house visitors. No single project will serve all of our needs. We should see all of these as pieces of a puzzle and considering that there are also many aspects that are out of our control, we must work on the ones we can affect. The reason we have strategic planning is so that we can identify projects such as this that have been identified as important, and when we have the opportunity, pursue them! Again, both a hotel and conference center have been identified as strategic goals in our economic development efforts. The ability to include this conference center and its operations in the hotel project with the exchange of 2.5 acres of vacant land for a nine million-dollar private investment in a much- needed facility is a win for Los Alamos residents and businesses as well. I strongly encourage the Council to approve Ordinance 695 and direct staff to continue to follow proper due diligence during the planning phase of this development. Thank you for your consideration. Both the hotel and the conference center have been long identified priorities, dating at least to the time I arrived and became involved in economic development issues 10 years ago. The Tourism Strategic Plan from February 27, 2018 is typical. Under the Top Ten Priority Action Items Requiring Staff Time, #5 is: “Aggressively continue to explore hotel development incentive options, identify desirable locations for future development (particularly full-service hotel), prepare hotel investor/developer pitch package, create targeted list, and meet with potential developers/operators.”
A trio of ducks get their steps in this morning in front of the YMCA on 15th Street. Photo by Christopher Fresquez Photo by Christopher Fresquez
RCLC News:SANTA FE – The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) issued the following response today to the Department of Energy Inspector General report:The RCLC is pleased to see the Department of Energy Inspector General report issued and is working with the Department of Energy to provide them with the information they need to complete this process.The RCLC looks forward to continuing to represent our local communities to the Washington leadership who control the lab.There are benefits and challenges to hosting a DOE facility. Because the lab is part of our community, it is vital that our local leaders are a part of the conversation.For too long our communities have been impacted by decisions from the federal and the state governments with no participation at the local level. We need a voice. We need a seat at the table. The RCLC is our voice.As reflected in the DOE Inspector General report, the RCLC is the only organization in northern New Mexico that speaks for cleanup and improving the lab’s economic impact on our communities. Our membership consists of democratically elected officials whose residents depend on the success of the national laboratory. As such, we are pleased that this process is wrapping up and look forward to reenergizing that voice for our local communities.Read Contents of Report Here.
By ALLEN MCQUISTONThe Jemez AgencyIt’s my experience that one of the most frequently asked questions policyholders have after being involved in an automobile accident is this one: “Does my insurance policy cover the cost for me to obtain a rental car while my car is being repaired in the shop?”If you find yourself in a situation where you are asking this question, keep in mind that the answer will vary based on the coverage available to you on your personal auto policy, as well as the requirements of the rental car company you’ve selected. Here are three tips to help you understand the rental car insurance process after a covered auto claim.Rental car coverage, also known as Transportation Expense coverage, is not always automatically provided in a personal automobile policy. Most insurance companies offer this coverage as an option, meaning it must be purchased by the policyholder in order for coverage to apply. Be sure to know your coverage limits before signing any paperwork for a rental as limits for this type of coverage can often be low and consumers might find themselves paying a portion of the rental expense out-of-pocket.Collision Damage Waiver forms. Most rental car companies require you have full coverage (liability, comprehensive, and collision) when you rent a vehicle from their company. If you do not have full coverage on your personal auto policy for at least one vehicle, you will likely need to purchase the rental company’s coverage, which is called Collision DamageWaiver coverage. Who pays for your rental car if you are not-at-fault in the accident? You have the choice to determine who pays for the damages to your car, as well as the cost to get you into a rental car while your car is being repaired. There are pros and cons in deciding who pays for the rental:If you decide to let your own insurance company pay for your damages, there is minimal delay in getting your repairs started and you into a rental car, assuming you have this coverage. However, you will have to pay your deductible up front. Next your carrier will subrogate the incurred costs, including your deductible; subrogation means they have the right to recover the amount of the claim, including your deductible, from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. They may get all or some of the claim recovered. Depending on the percent of the claim they recover, will determine how much of your deductible you get back.If you decide to go through the insurance of the at-fault driver, then you will not have to pay for your deductible. However, you run the risk of delaying not only the repairs to your vehicle but also your ability to quickly get into a rental car. The reason? Insurance companies will only pay for damages or a rental car if they find their policyholder is at-fault for the accident. Unfortunately, determining fault does not always happen quickly, and this can cause delays.Your choice may depend on a number of questions such as: Is your current vehicle drivable? Do you have another car in the household that you can drive? Is a rental necessary to continue your daily life uninterrupted? Should you ever need to file an auto claim, I hope my tips above have helped you understand the rental process. Be sure to talk to your insurance professional about what type of coverage you currently have on your personal auto policy and if you need to purchase additional coverage to prevent any out-of-pocket expenses for a rental in the event of an accident.
The Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the Grand Re-Opening of LA Tan & More with a ribbon cutting from 4–7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, with the actual ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. LA Tan & More is located at 975 Central Avenue. Ribbon cuttings are a benefit of being a Los Alamos Chamber Member. For more information about Chamber membership, please visit losalamoschamber.com or call Ryn Herrmann at (505).661.4807. The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is a program of Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation, a private, not-for-profit economic and community development organization serving the Los Alamos area since 1983. LACDC serves as the umbrella organization for the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, Los Alamos MainStreet, Discover Los Alamos, Los Alamos Small Business Center, projectY cowork Los Alamos and the Los Alamos Research Park. CHAMBER News: Come relax and rejuvenate with LA Tan & More as they celebrate their grand re-opening. See the newly remodeled facility and new services. Sample the soaps, scrubs and lotions developed in-house. Refreshments will be served and there will be door prizes.
The annual Children’s Christmas Bazaar is Saturday, Dec. 7 at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. Courtesy/TOTHTOTH News:Donations are needed for the annual Children’s Christmas Bazaar, Saturday, Dec. 7 at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church on Trinity Drive.The success of this event relies on donations of new, like new and gently used items from members of the community. Suggested donations include stuffed animals (any size), action figures, toys, baby toys, jewelry, unopened soap and bubble bath, unopened puzzles, coffee cups, teacups, knick-knacks, ornaments and Christmas decorations, gloves, scarves, mittens, hats, kitchen items and figurines. Especially needed are gifts for men – neckties, gloves, wallets, handkerchiefs, gadgets, key chains, etc. Drop off donations as soon as possible but no later than Nov. 25 at TOTH, 3900 Trinity Dr., upper parking lot entrance. A donation box is next to the office door.The Children’s Christmas Bazaar is a fun family event where children in kindergarten through sixth grade may shop for gifts for family and friends without their parents. Gifts are wrapped free of charge while parents relax and enjoy coffee while their children shop.All proceeds from this event go to charity.
On the job in Los Alamos are Lacey Duffy, left, and Michelle Gomez assisting a customer Thursday at Speedway #9130 at 3701 Arkansas Ave. The station is open 5 a.m to 11 p.m. daily. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com
By ANDY ANDREWSLos Alamos World Futures InstitutePrivacy, what is it? The word quickly becomes complicated in its meaning depending on how it is used.In examining the word, I find the bubble model is useful in building a mental model. Imagine the world is a really big bubble filled with smaller bubbles, each of which may be filled with yet smaller bubbles until you reach the smallest bubble, the human being.Inside the world bubble and all the smaller bubbles is a fluid called information. It is extremely complicated because a single human bubble may join lots of larger bubbles and larger bubbles may join or align with other bubbles, sharing some of the fluid. And various bubbles may have improper tendencies toward other bubbles.If you search for “privacy definition” on Google you find it to be “the state of being free from public attention” or “the state or condition of being observed or disturbed by other people.”If you have to go to the bathroom, you want privacy. As individual bubbles we want our private parts hidden from observation, usually. Obviously there are exceptions and under certain circumstance we have rules and laws governing exposure. As people bubbles, we understand this. It is part of our upbringing and culture.If you go to the Cambridge English Dictionary, privacy is “the state of being alone, or the right to keep one’s personal matters and relationships secret or known only to a small group of people.”To the individual bubble this might be about what you like and dislike since if someone you like knows a not so nice aspect about you, he or she may reject you. So our private parts are not just physical, but also include information in our brains and our operational programming.If you go to Miriam Webster you find a list of synonyms that include “aloneness, insulation, isolation, secludedness, seclusion, segregation, separateness, sequestration, solitariness, solitude.”If you look at the definitions, it is clear that the focus is on the individual.But if you look at the second definition in Miriam Webster you find a single work: SECRECY.The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is about unauthorized search and seizure and “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects.”This is privacy. You cannot invade a person bubble, the individual or his or her stuff, simply looking for something. But what is that stuff and what is that something? Is it physical or is it informational? And when is it you think that something is private, but the universe of bubbles has ruled it is not private?According to Wikipedia, individual privacy is a concept of western culture, and the United Kingdom and the United States in particular. But is it about physical or informational privacy?We build houses or live in apartments or other structures and they all have doors. In our “homes” we can install cameras to see who is approaching our “private” space. If we own a retail business, we can install cameras to view what customers are doing. We do it for theft protection. But can we install cameras in the dressing or restrooms? What privacy is the individual allowed?On television today, crime shows often depict law enforcement scanning video footage (ok, it is really digital recordings) of a crime scene to identify the bad guy or gather an image of a license plate or some other clue.As we watch, we accept the procedure as good because it deals with emphasizing goodness and stopping badness.We do not mind being watched when we are in public because by entering public we are willing to give up our privacy, some of it anyway. After all, the people monitoring the video cameras do not know who we are.When you go to the store and buy something, do you pay with cash, check, or credit/debit card? If you use other than cash, the store is collecting information about you. Let us say it is just your name, but the video cameras also have your image. Now they know that J.J. Schmedlap bought an XYZ at 0001 hours on March 32nd, 2117. Is that important even though it is an invasion of your privacy? Obviously you want an XYZ and by making the purchase you are agreeing that information about you does not have to be private. You only want a green apple for a snack.The store is gathering information about its customers, including you. It can track your purchases and identify your likes and dislikes. It can then suggest or market other products to you slanted by what it knows about you. Possibly it can infer where you live and it knows who you are. Most of us will take the attitude of “who cares” and move on. But in this innocent process we are giving up information – personal information. And we trust the recipient to keep it private because it is between them and us.Til next time….Los Alamos World Futures Institute website is LAWorldFutures.org. Feedback, volunteers and donations (501.c.3) are welcome. Email [email protected] or [email protected] Previously published columns can be found at www.ladailypost.com or www.laworldfutures.org.