After more than four decades of service to the NASCAR industry, including the last 27 years at Atlanta Motor Speedway, facility President Ed Clark will retire following the 2020 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, Speedway Motorsports officials announced Monday.Clark joined Speedway Motorsports in 1981 as a member of the public relations department at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He was quickly promoted to Director of Public Relations, and in 1987 was named the Vice President of Events at America’s Home for Racing. In 1992, Speedway Motorsports Executive Chairman Bruton Smith tapped Clark to be the General Manager of Atlanta Motor Speedway. He added the title of AMS President in 1995. Clark, 64, is the second-longest tenured employee at Speedway Motorsports, trailing only Smith, the company founder.RELATED: 2020 NASCAR schedule“Ed has been a pillar in the motorsports industry for more than 40 years, and the full effect of his work at Atlanta Motor Speedway is impossible to measure,” said Marcus Smith, president and CEO of Speedway Motorsports. “His tireless leadership and focus on creating unmatched fan experiences at each of his events sets him apart from his peers and has a direct impact on the success of Atlanta Motor Speedway and Speedway Motorsports.”During his early career at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Clark was a member of the leadership team that created the first NASCAR All-Star Race and NASCAR Media Tour. At Atlanta Motor Speedway, Clark supervised the expansive growth and modernization of the facility with the addition of luxury suites, condominiums and Club One hospitality, as well as a rebuild of the complex after much of it was destroyed by a tornado in 2005.Most recently, Clark has spearheaded efforts to add more major events like the Imagine Music Festival, Georgia State Fair and U.S. Legend Car racing to the speedway’s annual calendar, increasing Atlanta Motor Speedway’s track rental business, brand awareness and regional economic impact.“Growing up on a tobacco farm in Virginia, I never dreamed as a boy that I’d have the opportunity to work in this sport for 44 seasons,” said Clark. “I have been privileged to work with and for many amazing people and I will be forever grateful for how they allowed me to follow and live my dream. It’s been a true blessing and a wonderful journey.”“We are beyond grateful for Ed’s service to our company and to the entire NASCAR community,” added Marcus Smith. “We’re also blessed that Ed will continue to lead Atlanta Motor Speedway through the March 15 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, so that the fans, drivers and sponsors can join us to say ‘thank you’ to a man whose countless contributions and dedication to our sport will be remembered for years to come.”In addition to his work at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Clark serves on the board of directors of Speedway Children’s Charities and the Flint River Scout Council.Outside of racing, Clark’s interests include fishing and horticulture. He and his wife, Teresa, reside in Peachtree City, Georgia.
The beginning of the final stage got off to an eventful start in Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.Shortly following the restart on Lap 218 of 334, race leader Ryan Blaney got loose racing through Turn 4, causing the field behind him to stack up. As drivers shuffled for position three-wide through the tri-oval, Aric Almirola clipped Kyle Busch, causing Busch to slide into the rear of Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr.RELATED: Unofficial race results | Austin Dillon steals win at TexasTruex’s No. 19 Toyota slammed into the outside wall on the frontstretch while Busch flew threw the infield grass to save the No. 18 Toyota.“KFB,” Busch said after the race, candidly acknowledging his talents when asked how was able to drive through the grass without significant damage during the incident. That caused an accordion effect further in the field as drivers tried to avoid the incident. The crash collected 12 cars in total, including Kevin Harvick, Chris Buescher, William Byron, Kurt Busch, Cole Custer, Matt Kenseth, Ryan Preece, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Bubba Wallace.Truex was able to continue in the race following repairs, limping his car to a 32nd-place finish. Busch, the defending champion who has yet to score a victory or playoff points with eight races remaining in the regular season, rebounded to finish fourth.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreOne of the smallest tornado relief charities in middle Tennessee has been met with such enthusiasm and genoristy that girls throughout a destroyed high school will be choosing new prom dresses to wear this spring. “Many families have suffered devastating losses. As they try to rebuild their lives, many of the luxuries they once had are now put on hold. Many of these victims were in the process of planning their weddings, picking prom attire, or attending other social events.” Disaster Divas to the rescue.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
At approximately 11 a.m. Thursday, South Dining Hall was evacuated after smoke in the basement triggered smoke alarms throughout the building, South Dining Hall general manager Marc Poklinkowski said.University spokesman Dennis Brown said a small outdoor fire at McKenna Hall caused smoke to spread through the underground tunnel system and set off the dining hall’s alarms.“There was no fire in the South Dining Hall,” Brown said. “Some leaves caught on fire in an outdoor ventilation space near McKenna Hall at 10:11 a.m.“It was extinguished quickly and there were no injuries or damage. However, it caused some smoke, which made its way through our underground tunnels to the South Dining Hall, which then caused the alarms to go off.”Poklinkowski said the smoke set off several alarms in the basement of the dining hall and caused the evacuation, which lasted about 20 minutes.“There was a decent amount of smoke, so it set off a number of our alarms,” he said. “We were probably outside for about 20 or 25 minutes.”Poklinkowski said between 100 and 150 students were in the dining rooms at the time the alarms sounded, so it took less than five minutes to evacuate. He said dining hall management was aware of why the smoke was coming up through the basement but didn’t take any risks in evacuating the building.“We saw the smoke coming in and we knew why the fire alarm was going off, but you never take a risk with an alarm going off,” he said. “We were on the phone with the fire department to make sure we knew what was going on.”The dining hall reopened for lunch following the evacuation, but Poklinkowski said that the basement, including the Grab and Go line, remained closed to students for an additional hour while the fire department made sure it was safe.“[The fire department] kept the basement closed a little bit longer, because that’s where the problem was,” he said.The basement reopened at approximately 12:15 p.m. and the dining hall returned to full operations.Tags: evacuation, fire, fire alarm, McKenna Hall, South Dining Hall
Grease: Rydell High poster (Provided by HBO) Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in “Grease” (Photo: Paramount Pictures) Grease: Rydell High, a TV series spinoff based on the John Travolta and Olivia Newton John 1978 movie musical, has received a straight-to-series order by HBO’s streaming service, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This announcement comes six months after it was reported that Paramount Pictures was developing a Grease prequel called Summer Loving.The new series reimagines the original movie and will feature well-known characters. It is set in the 1950s and will feature big musical numbers from the era combined with original songs. Grease: Rydell High will explore the peer pressures of high school, the horrors of puberty and life in middle America with a modern sensibility.Grease: Rydell High will be produced by Paramount Television, the same studio that brought us Grease: Live with current Moulin Rouge! star Aaron Tveit as Danny Zuko. Additional details, including a premiere date will be announced at a later date. View Comments
District 1 Commissioner Becky Fast.For the past several years, the Shawnee Mission Post has given each member of the area’s delegation to the statehouse the chance to share updates with our readers about what they’re working on in the Topeka through our Capitol Update columns. In recent months, we’ve heard from a number of readers who said they’d like to get similar updates from members of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners as well. So today we launch our County Update series. Each week, you’ll hear from a member of the Board of County Commissioners about what issues they’re paying attention to and the thinking behind some of their positions. (We extended the invitation to each member of the board. District 5 Commissioner Michael Ashcraft informed us he would not be participating).We start today with an update from District 1 Commissioner Becky Fast.Johnson County’s mental health system has struggled in recent years after a decade of state and federal funding cuts. State funding for community mental health centers is currently at the 2008 level. The consequences are dire for youth and adults living with mental health conditions, resulting in skyrocketing suicide rates, increased incarceration, homelessness, and unnecessary hospitalizations.There is now a suicide every four days in Johnson County. Johnson County Mental Health Department is only able to meet 50% of the identified need. Recent county jail admission screenings report that 40% of the individuals entering have an assessed mental health condition. Housing an inmate costs the county about $150 a day. Investing in prevention and treatment is less costly and greatly improves the lives of our citizens.The state’s funding cuts have occurred as demand for public mental health services have increased. Police officers from the 11 cities within County Commission District 1 all report spending more and more of their time addressing mental health needs of their residents. Due to the state funding gaps, Johnson County Mental Health has implemented a co-responder program through the county. These city-funded partnerships provide a mental health professional to accompany police officers on calls that involving potential mental health situation.In addition, Kansas’ failure to take advantage of federal funds for Medicaid expansion is resulting in local taxpayers paying for additional services. Johnson County provides over $7 million in charitable care for mental health and public health services and over $2.2 million in uncompensated care for emergency medical care through its ambulance services. This works out to approximately 1 mill in property taxes that could be significantly reduced by expanding Medicaid.Johnson County school superintendents united last session to ask the Kansas Legislature for more funding for community mental health centers. They recognized that schools can’t do it themselves and they need resources to get students help, before they end up in situations requiring hospitalization. Johnson County has initiated a pilot co-responder program with the Gardner-Edgerton School District to begin to address this need.As your County Commissioner, I serve as the Board Liaison to the Johnson County Mental Health Department. I have been a vocal advocate and leader on the Commission to fund additional positions for early detection and crisis intervention services. I have advocated for seamless integration between our County Mental Health Department and the mental health services provided in our county jails. Currently, mental health treatment provided in the county jail is privatized.The proposed 2020 budget includes additional funding for a mobile response and after-hours clinician which I advocated for during my campaign and since taking office. I have also asked for further consideration by the Commission to fund additional case managers to provide mental health screenings and crisis stabilization during brief jail admissions.Taxpayers have the right to expect that resources spent on mental health services are spent wisely. Public dollars should be spent on services that work in preventing or alleviating mental health crises and in fostering recovery and independence.Johnson County pays a high price for Kansas not participating in Medicaid expansion and for the state’s cuts to mental health. Rather than saving Kansans money, these cuts to services simply shift financial responsibility to emergency rooms, community hospitals, law enforcement agencies, correctional facilities, and then ultimately added to your local property tax mill levy. With adequate funding levels from the federal, state, and local government then youth and adults living with serious mental illness can and do achieve recovery and independence in their lives.
When we talk about integration in financial services, we mean things like having consistent data and interfaces across channels, or systems that work together and not in parallel or at cross-purposes. We say that integration should be seamless.But what if we think about integration as a function of speed?The fact is, many of the functions we hope to “integrate” actually integrate now, after a fashion. A member who deposits a check at a branch will see that deposit reflected on mobile banking – just maybe not right away. A suspicious charge on a member’s card account will trigger an alert, but the member might not be able to take action on it until they can check their account online – or call in to confirm the problem. The issue is resolved eventually, though not in a way that seems easy or efficient.That perception is everything. Your members don’t want integration because they have opinions about the inner workings of your organization. They want integration because they expect everything to work fast. They want to deposit a check using their phone, see the deposit instantly on mobile banking, and know immediately when it’s safe to begin spending.When these kinds of instantaneous connections aren’t made, it’s easy for your systems to appear broken. The payment I made to my card account isn’t showing up yet. The transfer I did on online banking doesn’t appear on mobile banking. These systems may integrate over time, but in the meantime members are frustrated. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Bar’s Paul Hill calls it a career Longtime general counsel slides into retirement Senior Editor After four decades working at The Florida Bar, Paul Hill, longtime general counsel and head of governmental relations, retired in January. “The true fulfillment was in working with so many talented and unselfish people — as volunteers and professionals — in organized Bar work,” said 70-year-old Hill. With a law degree with honors and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Florida State University, Hill came in the door at the Bar as CLE publications editor. He was quickly snatched up in 1976 by Linda Yates, editor of the Journal & News, where he did everything from selling ads to hitting the road as a reporter that coincided with the Constitution Revision Commission cranking up in 1977. “My first impression of Paul as a good person to employ certainly came to fruition during his 40 years of service to The Florida Bar,” said Yates, now retired. “He was eager to learn all aspects of the legal profession in the beginning and took on new challenges that assisted and encouraged Florida lawyers to reach their highest potential for themselves and for their clients. I admire the dedication and loyalty he demonstrated while working with several generations of Bar leaders.” After five years as an associate editor at Journal & News, Hill served as the Bar’s communications director from 1981 to 1994, during which time he also began his role as general counsel in 1987. Among Hill’s most unforgettable experiences at the Bar was helping sell the new concept of Interest on Trust Accounts, across Florida and the nation, to skeptical bar associations, as well as helping launch its implementation at The Florida Bar Foundation. Another moment he will never forget was sitting at the counsel’s table during oral argument at the United States Supreme Court, with Barry Richard, the Bar’s outside counsel, in the case of Gibson v. The Florida Bar that challenged the Bar’s procedures for handling objections to the Bar’s use of compulsory Bar fees to fund its political lobbying. A fixture at the Legislature during the session, Hill’s first work at the Capitol came in high school, when he worked as a “flunky at the Xerox machine.” “The Legislature was always raging upstairs, and I was handling their work product, if you will,” said Hill. Hill clerked for First District Court of Appeal Judge Donald K. Carroll for a year in 1971-72, worked as a bill drafter with the Florida Legislative Service Bureau in 1971, and was a student law clerk to Dean Emeritus Mason Ladd, at the FSU College of Law in 1971. From 1972-75, Hill was an active duty U.S. Army JAG captain, where he edited The Army Lawyer and helped write the Bicentennial History of the United States Army JAG Corps. He retired from the reserves in 1997 as a lieutenant colonel, and was stationed primarily at the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Virginia. He tried private practice for a year at Watkins, Hill & Marts, from 1975-76, but drifted toward a career at the Bar. “My father was a late-blooming lawyer in his 40s, and I grew up revering the products and services of the Bar,” Hill said. “It was an attractive place for me to run to, and it kept impressing me.” Hill said he learned all about the Bar just by working in his various roles, and gives a special nod to the Bar’s Executive Director Jack Harkness. “Jack was remarkably gracious in everything he let me do. We grew up together in Bar work, in a way, and we had a remarkable relationship,” Hill said. Hill, known for his wry wit and sense of humor, said one performance evaluation he received from Harkness simply said: “The last Boy Scout.” “That was my evaluation!” Hill said with a laugh. “I enjoyed his open door and became the other half of his brain. Otherwise, I would thoroughly enjoy my invisibility, working on strategies for others to carry out. And I don’t think I ever got sued.” “Paul will be missed by all who knew him: staff, Bar presidents, Board of Governors members, legislators, and the many attorneys who had contact with him,” Harkness said. “He will be known for his ‘answers’ — never a ‘yes’ or a ‘no.’ He was my ‘go-to person’ for a variety of tasks. You can fill a position, but he can never be replaced. I will keep his cell phone number handy!” Noting that Hill would help proofread not only the Bar News but the entire Board of Governors minutes, Senior Editor Gary Blankenship said, “Everything ran better when Paul was involved. He did all the little things that nobody notices without fanfare.” Hill chaired two sections of the National Association of Bar Executives (1988-89; 2005-06), and he served as president of the State of Florida General Counsel’s Association in 2001-02. Now, Hill plans to build a house in the quaint fishing village of Apalachicola, and kayak and canoe with his wife, Mollie, whom he met at the Bar and married in 1980. Mollie Hill also recently retired from FSU’s College of Medicine, where the Hills underwrite a law-medical student writing competition that bears their names, on topics involving medical-legal interprofessional collaboration. “Retirement? I just hope to master it,” Paul Hill said. “And maybe spend as much time on the water as possible. Travel to see our kids in Japan and Colorado and grandkids in Japan also seems imminent. And we’ll see if the Hills can really make it to Apalachicola in their afterlife!” Bar’s Paul Hill calls it a career February 1, 2017 Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Regular News
Zetta Mason (21:28.6), Paige Peschel (21:35.8), and Ally Smith (21:47.3) rounded out the top 10 for the team with sixth, ninth, and 10th place performances. The Gophers will head to Bloomington, Indiana for the 2017 Big Ten Championship on Sunday, where the team hopes to carry that focus over to the course. “I feel really confident with our group,” Hopkins said. “And then for regionals and nationals we just have to keep building and keep growing. Gophers look to finalize Big Ten Championship roster after 10th annual Jack’s Twilight RunSophomore Elyse Prescott led the Gophers with a second-place finish. Anthony BryantOctober 23, 2017Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintRunners at the 10th annual Jack’s Twilight Run on Friday evening had extra incentive to leave an impression, as the Gopher women’s cross country team used the results to finalize their roster in anticipation of the Big Ten Championship kick-off on Sunday.Sophomore Elyse Prescott (20:56.7) led the No. 19 Gophers with a second-place finish. Julia Webb from the Bowerman Track Club finished first overall with a time of 20:47.1 in the six-kilometer race at Les Bolstad Golf Course in St. Paul, Minnesota.“Now it’s just about staying in the zone and not being distracted by outside factors,” said head coach Sarah Hopkins. “If we just focus on what matters and keep focus on the process, the outcome will take care of itself.”In total, 22 Gopher runners participated, with 19 of them posting personal bests. Other notable performances were Jaycie Thomsen (unattached) (21:13.2) and Molly Eastman (21:20.2), who came in fourth and fifth place.
DLR Group CEO Griff Davenport, AIA, announced Tuesday that Westlake Reed Leskosky (WRL) is joining DLR Group.Together, DLR Group and WRL create a global design firm providing integrated architecture, engineering, interiors, planning, building optimization and specialty consulting services. The strategic aim is to deliver a wide range of building type expertise to a diverse group of public and private sector clients throughout the world.“WRL has been seeking to join a firm of like beliefs and values to increase the distribution of our design expertise,” said WRL Managing Principal Paul Westlake, FAIA. “DLR Group is the ideal partner, an integrated design firm committed to design excellence and environmental stewardship. This also ensures the design legacy of WRL and provides our staff with ownership opportunity through DLR Group’s ESOP structure.”“It’s a case of right creative partner, right place, and right time,” said Davenport. “This increases the geographic reach of both firms and creates a design firm with demonstrated market-leading practices in the space of Cultural and Performing Arts, Energy Services, Healthcare, Hospitality, Justice, K-12 Education, Preservation, Retail and Mixed-Use, Sports, and Workplace.”Together, the two firms feature a roster of signature clients and projects including Boeing, Cleveland Clinic, General Services Administration, Google, Hyatt, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Mall of America, Pro Football Hall of Fame, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Smithsonian Institution, University of Southern California, U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Federal Reserve.Both DLR Group and WRL are perennial members of the ARCHITECT Magazine Top 50, each having been ranked as the No. 1 design firm in the United States by the official publication of the American Institute of Architects. WRL ranks No. 2 and DLR Group No. 23 on the 2016 ARCHITECT Top 50. “The term ‘peer firm’ tends to be tossed around loosely,” said Davenport. “As we went through this process it became readily apparent that within our firms is a clear cultural alignment. The common foundations are a commitment to the benefits of an integrated design process, supported by a dedication to design excellence and the sustainability goals of Architecture 2030.”WRL offices in Cleveland, Charlotte, and New York will operate as DLR Group|Westlake Reed Leskosky. In Phoenix, where both firms have a strong brand presence within differing client types, it also will operate as DLR Group|Westlake Reed Leskosky. In Washington DC, the existing DLR Group|Sorg office will join with WRL’s existing staff to operate as DLR Group|Sorg|Westlake Reed Leskosky. In China, WRL’s Shanghai office will merge into DLR Group’s Shanghai office and the combined firm will serve clients throughout Asia.In Cleveland, Westlake will lead the transition to DLR Group|Westlake Reed Leskosky and be appointed to the DLR Group board of directors. He will be a Senior Principal and lead the combined firm’s Culture and Performing Arts Studio. Phil LiBassi, FAIA, FACHA, will assume the role of Global Healthcare Leader and direct the Healthcare practice of the combined firm. Matt Janiak, AIA, will be Northeast Region Leader for the firm, leading operations for the Cleveland and New York offices. Paul Siemborski, AIA, will lead business development and marketing for the Northeast Region.WRL’s Tom Gallagher, AIA, will continue to direct the DLR Group|Westlake ReedLeskosky New York office and lead a studio specializing in lighting and museum design. Gallagher also will continue to lead projects in Asia in collaboration with DLR Group design professionals in Shanghai. Glenn Johnson will continue to direct the DLR Group|Westlake Reed Leskosky office in Charlotte.In Phoenix the two firms will join operations in DLR Group’s existing office at 6225 N. 24th St. WRL’s Peter Rutti, AIA, will be the new Southwest Regional Leader for the firm, overseeing operations for offices in Denver, Colorado Springs, and Tucson in addition to the 100-person Phoenix office.In Washington DC, the two firms will unite to operate as DLR Group|Sorg|Westlake Reed Leskosky. In July 2015, DLR Group purchased SORG Architects, founded in 1986 by Suman Sorg, FAIA. WRL has operated in the District since 2004. The vision is for the firms to combine operations in a new location before the end of the year. DLR Group’s Nikki Sorg will lead operations in the role of Atlantic Coast Region Leader. Roger Chang, PE, will join DLR Group’s National Engineering Team and collaborate with DLR Group Global Engineering Leader Dan Munn to extend DLR Group’s Energy+ Engineering Studio to the East Coast.“This is a unique opportunity to better serve the needs of both DLR Group and WRL clients in the Federal market as well as our private and public sector clients throughout the region,” said Davenport. “Nikki Sorg, Suman Sorg, and Rachel Chung from DLR Group will collaborate with WRL’s Jason Adolff and Roger Chang to create what I believe will be the leading integrated design firm in Washington DC.”Together, DLR Group and WRL will serve clients from 26 locations: Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Denver, Des Moines, Dubai, Honolulu, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Lincoln (Neb.), Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Nairobi, New York, Omaha, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland (Ore.), Riverside (Calif.), Sacramento, Seattle, Shanghai, Tucson, and Washington DC. The combined firm will be staffed by more than 1,000 design professionals.“DLR Group’s brand promise is to elevate the human experience through design,” said Westlake. “The essence of that idea is certainly at the central core of our design teams. This is a great day for all WRL employees as it provides ownership opportunity for every employee as part of DLR Group and ensures and leverages the design legacy of WRL.”