American Institute of Architects: The Pioneer Organization in Architect Licensing

     The American Institute of Architects promoted Robert Ivy (AIA) as the Vice President and CEO in 2011. The Institute was established in 1857 and is considered the top organization of its kind. Robert is highly respected in the industry and has received numerous awards including the Crane Award. He has held the position of Editor in Chief of Architectural Record for nearly 22 years. In his new role, Robert Ivy will work from the headquarters in Washington, D.C. where he will manage over 200 employees with a $56 million yearly budget. Mr. Ivy has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of the South and a Masters’s in Architecture from Tulane University. He has been a Fellow at AIA college since 1993.

The AIA was founded by 13 architects who wanted to establish respect and professionalism to the industry. Prior to AIA, anyone could pose as an architect because there were no schools, regulation or licensing of the profession in the United States. The AIA was originally called the New York Society of Architects. By the 1880’s, AIA chapters had spread to major cities such as Chicago, St. Louis, San Francisco, Boston and Baltimore. By 2008, there were over 300 chapters and over 90,000 members. All of the top professionals in the field are members of the organization.

Robert Ivy strives to improve the company through public outreach, education and advocacy. He frequently speaks to audiences about the importance of architecture in our lives. He explains that things that we may take for granted such as our homes, place of work and stores would not exist without architecture. He has written numerous publications and biographies to include Fay Jones: Architect. He is responsible for streamlining the organization and shifting to a digital first technology infrastructure. Robert is also focused on preparing a new generation of architects to address major issues such as climate change and the impact of architecture on public health. He aims to make AIA more influential, proactive and responsive to the ever changing environment. Robert feels the organization has tremendous growth potential and he is proud that he has been able to add to its legacy.

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Mitt Romney’s Post-Cancer Prognosis

As the major political players shuffle around in the wake of the current chaos in the Trump administration, we’re seeing many members of congress deciding to retire and move on with other things, rather than face the upcoming mid-term elections. Orrin Hatch, who has served for many years as the Republican Senator in Utah, is now leaving office, and this move has motivated former presidential candidate Mitt Romney to run for the open seat. All of this has put extra emphasis on the state of Romney’s health, as the former governor recently underwent prostate surgery.

An Expert in Prostate Surgery

In a recent article in The Huffington Post, Dr. David Samadi, who is the acting Chair of Urology and Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, spoke about the prognosis for Romney after his recent treatment. Romney had surgery for a tumor on his prostate gland, and the cancer appears to have been localized in the area of the gland. This made Romney a good candidate for surgery, and by all accounts the procedure went well. It’s Dr. Samadi’s opinion that in a situation like Romney’s, surgery is definitely the best option, rather than radiation. He notes that for many patients, if radiation is used as the first course of treatment, the odds for long-term survival lessen if the cancer later spreads to other areas in the body. A successful surgery can bring the chances of the cancer spreading down significantly, which will greatly improve the patient’s future prognosis.

In Samadi’s view, Mitt Romney has a very good chance for a full recovery after his treatment, and his chances of successfully serving in the senate, should he win the race, also look good. Samadi also notes that Colin Powell and John Kerry both underwent successful surgical treatment for prostate cancer, and then went on to continue their political careers.

It is Dr. Samadi’s view that any patient who is dealing with this type of cancer should work closely with an experienced urologist in order to obtain the best result after treatment.

The Constitutional Law Expert: Sujit Choudhry

Who is Sujit Choudhry?

Sujit Choudhry is the renowned I. Michael Heyman Professor majoring in law. He was the School of Law Dean at the University of California in Berkeley. Besides, he was also Cecelia Goetz, the Law Professor at the New York University. At the University of Toronto, Sujit Choudhry professionally headed Scholl (

Nevertheless, Sujit is an internationally recognized public figure. He is an excellent expert on the comparative constitutional law as well as politics. Moreover, his voice has been at the top of many research agendas and constitutional advisories in various countries all around the globe.

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Sujit Choudhry has a strong experience base in the following areas; Facilitation of public dialogue sessions among civil society groups and many other stakeholders. Leading various stakeholders consultations. He offers training to civil servants and Bureaucrats.  Closely engaging the members of parliament and various party leaders.  Providing detailed and expert advisory services.  He is also involved in designing technical reports and memorandum in the law field.

Addressing Constitutional Challenges:

Besides being the Director of the center for democratic transitions, Sujit Choudhry teamed up with other exceptional constitutional experts at Kiev on 10th July. The group discussed issues on the semi-presidential nature of the Ukrainian government. Besides, they also tabled the challenges facing the constitution of this particular system of governance. According to Choudhry, it was exceptional to have an opportunity to discuss executive powers as well as the instability of the Ukraine democracy. He argues that the volatility is as a result of the concentrated power of the presidency, legislator system of elections and weak political parties among many others. With the help of his fellow experts in law, Choudhry aimed at making this workshop fruitful.

Among the issues, Sujit Choudhry raised was the recent participation by transitional democracies on the matters concerning making constitutional decisions. He advised that it was crucial for the current legal leaders to push for constitutional reforms for a better system of government. Moreover, the relevance of the Center of Constitutional Transitions is essential in providing the required knowledge for the constitutional building. With the many ideas and expertise from the team from over 25 countries, the constitutional challenges were successfully analyzed thus making the workshop a success.

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There Are Several Gift Ideas You Should Consider According To Chris Burch

Chris Burch is a businessman who loves working with people whose ideas could become real business disrupters. The kind of businesses Burch has bought shares in at his company, Burch Creative Capital range from wireless power charging technology such as that of Powermat, office space planning and furniture sales in Poppin, and other household and fashion brands. Burch also has bought gifts from some of these companies either for himself or for family and friends, and he decided to share them with others in a company blog post. Burch recommends buying things like a Trademark Cooper Cage Tote if your loved one likes quality handbags, a U.S. Jaclean Zero-Gravity Massage Chair if they’re an elderly person who needs a chair to relax in, a Barbour Gisburne jacket or maybe just small sweets from Fatty Sundays or Pretzables.  Check

It’s quite remarkable to know how Chris Burch came from rural New York and the campus of Ithaca College to become a billionaire in 2012. He began his first business at that college by selling sweaters that he would buy from a nearby factory and make a little extra money delivering them to customers. This small business soon had enough demand that Burch decided to finance the opening of a factory and department stores for his new Eagle Eye Apparel company, and sales began to soar in the millions. He and his brother owned the company for over 20 years until they sold it off. By then Burch had started taking up other investments as a partner of the Internet Capital Group and a key investor in Guggenheim Partners. Burch also was a joint owner in Tory Burch, a fashion group named for his wife at the time, and after selling his stake in that company he started Burch Creative Capital (

Some of Chris Burch’s biggest acquisitions have been residential and commercial real estate including partial ownership of Faena Hotel + Universe and majority stakes in Nihiwatu Resort, the recently named world’s best vacation destination (   Outside of business Burch is involved with charity as a former board member of the Rothman Institute Orthopedic Foundation and the Tilton School. He also produced a New York Times reviewed movie known as “Watch It.”

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Making Things Happen with Todd Lubar

Todd Lubar finished Speech Communications at Syracuse University. He primarily got employed with Crestar Mortgage Corporation in 1995 and left the company in 1999. The next job he found was with the Legacy Financial Group. He was an essential part in the expansion and growth of the Legacy branch office in Maryland, which gained the capability to have a loan volume of more than a couple of hundred million yearly.

After he left Legacy Corporation in 2005, Charter Funding – a sector of Magnus Financial Corporation hired him as the company’s Senior Vice President.

After being employed with various companies, Todd Lubar engaged himself in business, although he did not concentrate on mortgage banking alone since he involved himself in a wide array of businesses such as the nightclub industry, the demolition industry, the recycling business, and the real estate developing business.

However, at present he is engrossed in his role as the President of his own company, TDL Ventures. Lubar explained in his interview that he started his business with the main objective of helping people have their loans approved. He would like to help by removing the obstacle that prevents loan applications from being approved and released.

He also clarified that in order to make money in his business he goes after what he sees as the projects that would give him profit. His experience in finance and mortgage assisted him in making any kind of venture profitable. He also explained that his businesses did not earn profit immediately – it took him a couple of years in business to gain financial freedom. Check out

The success he is currently amassing he says is largely due to the fact that he knows what is going on at every level of his business. This provides him an idea on how to make appropriate decisions based on the information he is able to gather. For more details visit Inspirery.

The most difficult decision Todd always makes is when he has to decide on whether to go on a business trip or to spend quality time with his family. He rationalizes that even if people are busy with their professional lives they must find a way to have time for other things which are equally essential. Check out their website

Sujit Proudhry Speaks at a Presidential Roundtable in Ukraine

On July 19, 2017, Sujit Choudhry definitely exhibited his leadership powers as he spoke at a presidentialist forum in Kiev, Ukraine regarding the current constitutional changes that were occurring in that country. The Center For Policy and Reform is a major think tank in Ukraine and they hosted the workshop.

There is no question that Sujit Choudhry felt it was a major privilege to be invited to this forum. Choudhry also believes participation in the forum provides an excellent opportunity to discuss some of the instabilities of Ukraine’s current system (  Choudhry feels that this democracy has been unstable because of a number of reasons, including the fact there is too much power concentration in the Ukrainian presidency, weak political parties, a weak electoral system, and an improper concentration of powers between the president and the prime minister.

Choudhry was joined by many other well-respected members of the international community, including Sumit Bisarya of International DEA, Thomas Sidelious of Dalarna University, and a number of other noted Ukrainian cabinet officials and advisors to Ukraine heads of state.

To his credit, Choudhry has lectured in dozens of countries. He has been looked on by a number of emerging democracies as an expert in the nature of reform. For a country in transition such as Ukraine, there is truly no better expert to look to than Choudhry, who has dedicated his life’s work and mission to fostering growth in new democracies.  Additional article on

For Choudhry, the main issue of importance is to ensure that all democracies adhere to a strong and power central constitutional document (  Choudhry believes that emerging democracies must ensure that all decision are based on the constitution, otherwise they will fall into dishonor and disfavor (  We all can be extremely thankful that individuals such as Sujit Choudhry are “keeping these new democracies honest” so to speak.

Jeremy Goldstein’s answer to the EPS dilema

Two things serve as an indication that a company is profitable; the incentives it can afford to give its employees and the dividend it gives per share, otherwise known as EPS. However, this does not guarantee that a company is stable. What guarantees a company’s stability is its long term goals; like its investments. A company that has good long term goals will still be able to make money whether it is doing well in the market or not. Since the bottom line of a company is to make profit, many companies list EPS as part of their payment structure. This helps them attract investors.

What makes investors either buy or sell a company’s stock is the amount of profit per share he or she will get from it. Therefore, if the EPS of a company is attractive, more investors will buy. As a result, some companies may be tempted to skew information given to the public to lead the buyers to think that the profits they stand to gain from the company is substantial. This is not just misleading, it is criminal.

Opponents of EPS also sight that a company that emphasises on EPS gives too much power to the executives. Considering the fact that it is the CEO only who can say whether the company is making profit or not, there is a possibility that the CEO might present false info to attract investors. Since EPS is dependent of the buying activity of investors, it is not stable. The company is only profitable as long as its EPS attracts buyers in the stock market.

Jeremy Goldstein the founding partner of Jeremy L. Goldstein & Associates, LLC, understands the dilemma companies face in choosing strategies suitable for the company; should they emphasise on long term goals or short term? He has dealt with numerous law suits to know where corporate problems begin and the best way to go to achieve a profitable solution. Concerning the dilemma of choosing between incentive based strategies and long term strategy, he recommends a compromise between the two.

Jeremy Goldstein says that if companies come up with a way of holding executives accountable for their decisions, half the problem will be solved. The other half will be taken care of when companies ensure that their incentive based strategies measure up to long term goals. Learn more:

Jeremy Goldstein has worked for several companies during his law career. His excellent performance in the cases he has handled has seen hi be mentioned among the top 500 in the legal 500 and America’s leading lawyers in business by Chambers USA Guide. He has also published several journals giving public opinion on legal matters.

Chris Burch Is All About Service To Others

For successful entrepreneur Chris Burch, gift giving is one way he gives back to those who mean the most to him. He enjoys giving gifts that he knows his loved ones wouldn’t buy for themselves. He recently wrote a list of products that he has purchased as gifts that include a Copper Cage Tote, a Snow Home Candle Set, and a Barbour Gisburne Jacket. These gifts and other reflect Chris’ own style and from companies that he invests in. Some of his favorite gifts to give come from some of his extensive travels during business trips. Perhaps his favorite gift to give is a monetary donation to a charity in the name of the person he is giving to.

Chris Burch has almost 40 years of experience in entrepreneurship which started when he an his brother Bob launched a sweater company in college. While attending Ithaca College, Chris and Bob created a clothing line called Eagle’s Eye Apparel, that specialized in sweaters, check By the time the brothers sold the company it was worth nearly $165 million. After the sale, Chris invested in the Initial Public Offering (IPO) of the Internet Capital Group, an investment that made him quite a healthy sum of money. Additional article on

Chris then turned his investment eye toward a multitude of sectors including real estate. he has made significant investments in luxury vacation homes and resort properties. In 2012, Chris bought Nihi Sumba Island and financed the build of one of the top resort hotels in the world, Faena Hotel & Universe. He has launched a number of business ventures including C. Wonder, the apparel brand that he later sold to Xcel Brands. Other startups Chris has been involved in include Powermat, Next Jump, Voss Water, Nihiwatu, ED by Ellen DeGeneres, and Cocoon9.

Chris Burch is a firm believer of serving others and has served on the board of the Rothman Institute Orthopedic Foundation. He has served on the board and is the former president of The Pierre Hotel Co-op. He has worked to help fund research for a number of New York-based non-profits to include the Mt. Sinai Hospital.

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Dr. Mark Holterman Proves That Volunteering Is The Most Valuable Commodity

The International Pediatrics Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam, more commonly known as IPSAC-VN, is a health organization that offers medical services provided by world wide volunteers to children in Vietnam. Their goal is to provide medical aid along with training exchanges and educational support to help modernize the health of future generations in Vietnam. Though the money that is donated to this organization helps the ongoing efforts through supplies and health costs, IPSAC-VN is most supported by the medical volunteers that give their time and knowledge to help. One of the organizations greatest volunteers and contributors is Dr. Mark Holterman. More detailed info here.

Dr. Holterman feels that his greatest commodity is his knowledge and time, both of which he provides everywhere he can. He has been a professor since 2011 at the University of Illinois College of Medicine while serving as the attending pediatric surgeon at two medical facilities, Advocate Christ Children’s Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center.  Check this.  Dr. Holterman serves as the CEO of Mariam Global Health where he uses his college major in biology to do research on ground breaking technologies such as stem cell regeneration, cancer treatments, and immunosuppression treatments that have successfully been used to treat life changing illnesses such as diabetes and thyroiditis, see

With such a full schedule it would be much easier for Dr. Holterman to simply donate monetary funds to IPSAC-VN to further their humanitarian efforts, but the time he donates gives a much greater value to the organization. Dr. Holterman uses his vast knowledge to train other volunteer surgeons on the advanced medical procedures that need to be provided to the children of Vietnam. Read this.  Learning on sight from an expert in the field creates more high quality surgeons to continue the work that is being done. Dr. Holterman also stands as a symbol of the power that volunteering can give to the world. IPSAC-VN knows the value that medically educated volunteers provides and Dr. Mark Holterman helps to show all the good work that can be accomplished through the donation of time.

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Dr. David Samadi Take on Prostate Cancer

News from Mitt Romney, the former Republican presidential nominee, indicates that he had successfully undertaken a prostate surgery. The operation was conducted to address a slow-growing tumor diagnosed earlier in the year. The news comes to affirm his probability of running for the U.S Senate seat in Utah. The operation was conducted at UC Irvine Hospital in California by Dr. Thomas Ahlering. Sources have it that the former presidential nominee prognosis is good. Romney joins a group of 161,360 men diagnosed in 2017. Prostate cancer is prominent in the elderly. Statistics show that 60 percent of diagnosis are on men aged above 65 years. It’s rare to fall ill at the age of below 40 years. Romney turned 70 in March last year.

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a condition that occurs in men usually over 50 years old and is characterized by an enlarged prostate. As men age, it is natural for the prostate to become enlarge. BPH is a noncancerous growth of the cells within the prostate gland. By age 60, more than half of men have BPH. By age 85, about 90 percent of men have BPH, but only about 30 percent will have symptoms. The signs and symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia are related to urination because the enlarging of the prostate puts pressure on the urethra which decreases the flow of urine. Signs and symptoms include a weak or slow urinary stream, incomplete emptying of the bladder, frequent urination, urinary urgency, a urinary stream that starts and stops, waking up often at night to urinate, straining to urinate, dripping and leaking after urination. #health #healthtips #bph #enlargeprostate #drdavidsamadi #menshealth

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Romney joins a group of U.S politicians treated for the disease. Early 2013, Colin Powel, a former Secretary of State underwent an operation to remove the prostate gland. In 2002, while running for president as a Democratic candidate, John Kelly was treated for prostate cancer. The disease has had no recurrence. If a diagnosis gets made, a patient has two options. He may choose to perform surgery or opt for radiation. As a urologist/oncologist, Dr. David Samadi says it’s important to discuss the pros and cons with the patient. He recommends performing surgery if it hasn’t spread and is localized. Studies have shown that surgery yields better results than radiation.

On the other hand, radiation lead to the growth or development of secondary cancers that are associated with the side effects of radiation. It’s also difficult to operate after a radiation session. Chances of beating cancer reduce to 30 percent if radiation doesn’t work and the disease continues to thrive. According to Dr. David Samadi, it’s crucial for men awaiting surgery to seek information regarding the Doctor’s experience.

Dr. David Samadi is best known for his work in urology. On the other hand, his role at Lenox Hill Hospital sets him apart in the group of Urologists. There, he is the chief of robotic surgery, a new technological advancement that has led to high rates of successful operations. Dr. David Samadi has been on the frontline in the development of innovative surgical methods. Throughout his career, Samadi has developed a specialty and gained experience in treating prostate, kidney, and bladder cancer. During his career, he developed a treatment that involved minimal invasions and consequently, leading to reduced recovery time for the patients.

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