Jan Blittersdorf Named CEO of NRGHinesburg, VT–Jan Blittersdorf, former vice president and chief financialofficer for NRG Systems, has been named president and chief executiveofficer of the Hinesburg company. As president/CEO, Jan concentrates onoverall company management and strategy development, helping to determineNRG’s role in the global wind energy industry. Jan replaces DavidBlittersdorf, founder and former president of NRG Systems, as CEO. Davidwill concentrate on product engineering and design as director ofengineering.Jan officially joined NRG Systems in 1987, focusing on the operational andfinancial side of the business. As the company grew, Jan took over thehuman resources function of NRG. She developed a hiring process thatmatches prospective employees with NRG’s corporate culture. She alsodesigned an employee benefits program and incentive program that includesa monthly cash profit sharing plan, paid sabbatical and other perks. Heremphasis on financial integrity and workplace quality has been rewarded bya loyal, highly motivated 43-person team, which is expected to more thandouble in five years.NRG’s recently completed manufacturing facility and office building, amodel in sustainable design and energy efficiency, will accommodate thecompany’s expected growth and provide employees a healthier workenvironment. Jan’s success in fostering company growth and managing NRG’sfinancial prosperity was instrumental in its selection as a Deane C. DavisVermont Business of the Year and as the Small Business Administration’sNew England 2003 Exporter of the Year.Jan is on the board of directors for the Vermont Businesses for SocialResponsibility (VBSR), is a board member of the Child Care Fund of Vermontand is on the Board of Advisors for the School of Business at theUniversity of Vermont. She received bachelor’s degrees in humandevelopment and professional nursing from the University of Vermont. JanBlittersdorf resides in Charlotte with husband, David, and their twochildren, Alyssa and Evan.NRG Systems, founded in 1982 by David Blittersdorf, manufactures windenergy measurement systems for the global wind industry. Its product lineincludes complete wind assessment systems, towers, instruments, sensorsand accessories. NRG products can be found on every continent in more than100 countries, serving electric utilities, wind farm developers, researchinstitutes, government agencies, universities and homeowners. For moreinformation, visit www.nrgsystems.com(link is external).
14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John San Filippo John San Filippo is the founder and president of OmniChannel Communications Inc. He has nearly 40 years of experience in financial services and technology. He’s written for every major … Web: www.financialfeed.com Details Your sweetie only deserves the very best. So this Valentine’s you decided to invest in jewelry for your significant other.There’s just one problem. When you arrive at the jewelry store (or Amazon, as the case may be), you discover that the price of gold jewelry is based largely on the grade of the gold. And they all look the same, in pictures and in person.What now?Gold grades are measured in karats, with 24 karat gold being 100 (or actually 99.99) percent pure gold. You can calculate the purity of other grades of gold with some simple math. For example, 18 is 75 percent of 24, so 18 karat gold is 75 percent pure.Your first instinct might be to splurge and buy a 24 karat gold ring. Well, you’re not going to find a 24 karat gold ring and even if you could, you wouldn’t want it. Gold is a very soft metal and thus, a 24 karat gold ring would be highly prone to bends and nicks. For this reason, 24 karat gold is seldom used to make jewelry.If other grades of gold aren’t pure gold, what else is in there? They’re actually a mixture of gold and other alloys. Silver, palladium, platinum and nickel are all common gold additives. Mixing in these other alloys has two effects.First, the alloys make the gold harder, i.e., less prone to bends and nicks. That bodes well for the life of the jewelry and for the loved one you’re giving it to.Second, and perhaps more important, adding more alloy lowers the cost of the gold. That’s why 10 karat gold is cheaper than 14 karat gold, which is cheaper than 18 karat gold. Keep in mind that although it may cost less, cheaper gold jewelry is actually more durable.Which gold should you buy? We’re not quite ready to answer that. That’s because you also need to think about other shades of gold besides yellow gold. There’s rose gold, which is gold that’s cut mostly with copper, and white gold that’s cut with mostly nickel or palladium.Let’s assume, however, that you decide on yellow gold. What should you buy?Jewelry snobs thumb their noses at 10 karat gold. In fact, the more elite jewelers don’t even carry 10 karat gold. However, if you’re on a budget, it’s highly unlikely that your honey will demand to know what grade of gold you bought, nor will he or she be likely to tell the difference. Don’t feel bad about buying 10 karat gold.If the thought of being a cheapskate will haunt you through eternity, but you still can’t afford to go crazy, take a look at 14 karat gold. If you really squint, you might be able to see that it’s a wee bit golder than 10 karat gold.Finally, if your luvver-buvver really likes shiny, expensive things, spring for the 18 karat gold. While it may cost more and be less durable, 18 karat gold can be considered an investment piece.
The Nigerian Jay Jay Okocha is arguably one of the most talented African footballers of all time. Blessed with sublime footwork and a mesmerising dribble, he was one of the golden generation of Nigeria players and a pillar of the Eagles side that won gold at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and graced three successive FIFA World Cups between 1994 and 2002.Eminently qualified to assess the best players in the modern game, Okocha chatted to FIFA.com about this yearâ€™s The Best Awards, what it takes to reach that level and his favourites to win the menâ€™s award on October 23 in London.You were one of those players who managed to dazzle on the pitch while always seeming to enjoy yourself. Are those qualities sufficient to be crowned The Best? Anyone aspiring to be the best, or one of the best, needs more than that. You also need to be able to focus, work hard, and be consistent, as natural talent alone is not enough to elevate you to that level. If you understand that, and you have the raw talent, then you can compete at that level.Is there anyone today who resembles you as a player?Iâ€™d say the player whose style most resembles mine would be Neymar. Thatâ€™s because I played with a sense of joy and you can see that he feels the same and really enjoys his own play. He doesnâ€™t play for himself or just to entertain the fans â€“ he plays for his team. He uses his quality and skill for the good of the team.Do you see him as a future successor to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi?Yes, I think he will be the one to do it. Messi and Ronaldo have dominated world football for a decade and, given the nature of football, at a certain point the baton will have to pass to someone else. I think Neymar has a great chance of filling that role.Ronaldo and Messi have the shared the glory over the last decade, but do you favour one over the other?I have to be diplomatic here, especially as Iâ€™ve a lot of Portuguese friends, but I tend to lean towards Messi. Heâ€™s a more natural talent. Ronaldo is a fantastic player, one of the best Iâ€™ve ever seen, but heâ€™s been a bit unfortunate to be of the same generation as Messi. Consequently, they have to share the limelight.Can you think of an African player with a chance of being among the final three for The Best FIFA Menâ€™s Player Award?Itâ€™s hard to name one at present. If youâ€™re talking about the top tier of players internationally, we donâ€™t consider ourselves good enough to compete at that level. We have to change that attitude, and then weâ€™ll be able to produce a player of the stature of the other top guys.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram