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Corporate Executives Facing Increased Job Pressures
A survey released November, 2005, by Robert Half
Management Resources showed that company leaders say they face
greater job demands than five years ago. An overwhelming majority
(89%) of the senior executives polled said they believe it�s more
challenging to be a company leader in today�s business environment
than five years ago.
Companies today must deal with levels of government,
shareholder, and public scrutiny that didn�t exist a few years ago.
And senior management is held more directly accountable for ensuring
the integrity and financial stability of the company, and for
spearheading growth in a competitive global market.
successful executives develop and implement long-term strategies for their
organizations, manage business risk to enhance performance, and motivate
employees to achieve their best.
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Annual Holiday Trade Show Staged By The Barter Company
CEO Ric Zampatti of The Barter Company (TBC) in
Kennesaw, announced their 9th Annual Holiday Trade Show will be held
November 19 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Marietta (GA), from 12
p.m to 5 p.m.
Exhibitors will primarily be clients of TBC who are
based in Metro Atlanta and the Southeast. TBC will mark its 10th
anniversary in March of 2006. For further information call (770)
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Gift-Card Trend Flying High As Airlines Jump Into Market
Many airlines offer gift certificates, but American
Airlines and Southwest Airlines are the first carriers to jump into
the popular gift-card market.
Consumers like giving gift cards. Deloitte & Touche�s
annual survey of 17,440 consumers confirms that gift cards of all
sorts will be shoppers� top purchases this year. Some 67% of
consumers surveyed are planning to buy an average of 4.9 cards.
That�s up from 64% who planned to purchase 4.7 cards last year.
Whereas most gift certificates expire within a year,
the airline gift cards will never expire. They are also
transferable, but non-refundable. Up to four gift cards can be used
toward one Southwest trip; American Airlines will allow up to eight
cards for one trip. Cards come in denominations from $10 to $1,000,
depending on the airline.
Healthful To Be Grateful All Year, Not Just On Thanksgiving
Focus On The Good And You�ll Get
More Of It!
JoAnna Brandi, author of the book 54 Ways to Stay
Positive in a Changing, Challenging and Sometimes Negative World,
says you can create positive changes in your life by developing an
attitude of gratitude and happiness year �round. Brandi asserts one
way to develop and expand your awareness on the subject is to create
a Gratitude Journal...and then write in it nightly.
She also suggests keeping a �departmental� journal in
an easily accessible spot at work, and encourage everyone on your
team to write at least one line daily about something for which
they�re grateful. It�s a simple exercise which will help people
focus on something that makes them happy and appreciative.
It also gets your team on the lookout for more of the
same. And being focused on what�s positive, contends Brandi, will
have a powerful impact on the way co-workers interact as well as how
they treat customers.
Feeling grateful and
happy can reduce stress, boost your immune system, open your mind to
new possibilities, and make it easier to be kind and creative.
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Active International Expands Real Estate Division
Active International, the world's largest corporate
trading firm, has announced two important changes to its real estate
division. Mark Ordover has been named senior vice president,
director of worldwide real estate and Josh Siegel has joined the
group as acquisitions associate.
Ordover has been with Active for twelve years and
previously was senior vice president of sales. His achievements
include executing the largest corporate trade in history. Prior to
joining the firm in 1992, Ordover was in the Investment Banking
Division of Bankers Trust. He received his MBA from Columbia
In this new role, he is responsible for all real
estate strategy, acquisition, sales, property management, training
and broker-relationship management, including international real
Joshua Siegel joins Active's real estate division
with more than seven years experience in analyzing, financing and
negotiating highly-structured real estate transactions for public
and private real estate companies throughout the United States,
Europe and Australia.
Before joining Active, he was a vice president in
Citigroup's Real Estate Investment Banking division, where he
completed transactions involving a variety of asset classes totaling
over $4.3 billion, including a $1 billion reorganization of a
manufactured housing company and sale-leasebacks for two
international retailers totaling $216 million.
Siegel received an MBA from the Harvard University
Graduate School of Business Administration and a B.A. in history
from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Ordover and Siegel join an established team that has
successfully identified new commercial real estate acquisition
opportunities and helped clients recover full value on undervalued
or unwanted real estate assets.
The senior vice president of real estate, Andreas
Kissal, joined Active in 1993 and is responsible for creating a
global infrastructure to value, complete due diligence, acquire, and
sell or lease commercial real estate. Kissal's previous experience
includes senior level positions with top tier financial services
firms inclusive of Citibank and CS First Boston.
Last year Jonathan Sorkenn joined Active as vice
president and director of real estate, to spearhead Active's real
estate acquisition efforts. Prior to joining Active, Sorkenn worked
at PricewaterhouseCoopers Securites and Landauer Associates, and has
since helped Fortune 500 companies recover full original value on
their surplus real estate.
�The expansion of Active's real estate division
underscores our commitment to this category,� said Fredrick Fuest,
chief operating officer of Active International. �The combined
corporate trade and real estate experience in this department will
help us grow our real estate business and provide exceptional
benefits to our clients who are looking for solutions for their
financially impaired real estate assets.�
As a principal, Active's Real Estate Group acquires
financially impaired fee and leasehold properties from corporate
owners and lessees in exchange for cash or trade credits at up to
full value, regardless of market conditions.
Active has acquired
commercial properties encompassing retail, office, manufacturing,
and industrial space in countries around the world and has strategic
partnerships with the industry's leading commercial real estate
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Postcards To New Residents
Available nationwide...Impact USA�s New Movers
Program. Impact will print full color jumbo postcards with your
company�s message, offer and logo�s, and then solo mail them to all
residents in the zip codes you choose. The solo monthly mailing
program includes printing, design, target list preparation, postage,
and delivery to the post office. Call Lisa Hoffman (847) 588-1818
ext. 152, or e-mail
information on placing your company�s classified ad in the
Report, see Classified Advertising.
U.S. ITEX brokers Michael Muzzin and Leon Garrett recently
completed an inspiring $128,000 cross border transaction
involving a furniture company for Feed The Children, a
non-profit ITEX member, to help in the Hurricane Katrina relief
effort. The Canadian manufacturer provided residential and
kitchen furniture for the victims of Katrina. Barb Ryan-Galpin,
Marketing Manager for ITEX Corporate, reported that the Feed The
Children organization has received donations in excess of
$250,000 trade dollars from the ITEX members� community.
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The integration of China, India and the former
Soviet bloc, into the world trading system is helping to hold
down inflation but at some point that effect will fade,
according to comments made by Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan in his
remarks to the Joint Economic Committee of Congress on November
Greenspan explained that the addition of more than 100 million
educated workers from former Soviet countries, large segments of
China�s 750-million strong work force, and workers from India
�would approximately double the overall supply of labor once all
these workers become fully engaged in competitive world
markets,� a development that will continue to restrain the rise
of unit labor costs in much of the world and help to contain