April 30, 2006 News and Notes News and Notes Alan M. Weisberg of Christopher & Weisberg has been appointed to the executive committee of the Florida Council of the American Electronics Association. Joseph L. Stone, of counsel at Seyfarth Shaw, received the inaugural Fellows Award of the National Conference of Bar Presidents. John Kozyak of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton in Miami has been named a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Kozyak practices commercial litigation matters at his bankruptcy firm. Brian Abramson of Lott & Friedland earned the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Florida International University College of Law. Nicole Valdivieso of Lott and Friedland has been elected secretary of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Florida. Maxine M. Long, a partner at Shutts & Bowen, was elected president of the Murray Dranoff Foundation’s board. Fred Karlinsky, a shareholder with Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky & Abate in Ft. Lauderdale, moderated a panel discussion in London on “The Impact of the 2005 Hurricanes in the United States and the Future for the Insurance and Reinsurance Industry.” Raymond T. “Tom” Elligett, Jr., of Schropp, Buell & Elligett in Tampa spoke on business income and extra expense insurance coverage at the Metropolitan Bar Caucus Disaster Preparedness Program at the ABA 2006 midyear meeting in Chicago. Christy L. Hertz, a partner with Merlin & Hertz in Coral Gables, instructed at the Parenting Coordination 11th Judicial Circuit Training Course seminar. Kimberly A. Cook of Abadin Jaramillo Cook & Heffernan in Miami has become a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Bruce A. Blitman of Ft. Lauderdale was approved as a mediator for the Grievance Mediation and Fee Arbitration Program. Dale S. Appell of Tampa was admitted to the U.S. Middle District of Florida. Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff, Sen. Nan Rich and Sen. Walter “Skip” Campbell were honored by Florida’s Children First for their ongoing support of children’s issues. Amy E. Furness a shareholder at Carlton Fields’ Miami office and Kelly Cruz-Brown a shareholder at Carlton Fields’ Tallahassee office both helped to host a reception for the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Scott M. Solkoff of Boynton Beach was named a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Alan Rosenthal, a partner at Adorno & Yoss, was appointed chair of the Pinecrest Charter Review Commission. Kathryn Angell Carr, a shareholder at Abel Band’s Sarasota office, has been elected to the board of directors of the Argus Foundation. Carlton Fields held a reception in honor of the Florida Justice Institute and its Volunteer Lawyers Project for the Southern District of Florida, an organization devoted to pro bono work. Loring N. Spolter of Ft. Lauderdale presented a seminar on “No and Low Cost Marketing Strategies for Solo Practitioners and Small Law Firms” for the Broward County Bar Association. James K. Rubin of North Miami Beach was a speaker at a seminar titled “Firearm Laws in Florida,” hosted by Lorman Education Services. Mayda Prego of Hughes, Hubbard & Reed in Miami was chosen to participate in the National Hispanic Leadership Institute’s Executive Leadership Program. Geralyn M. Passaro of Stephens, Lynn, Klein, et. al. in Ft. Lauderdale presented “Claims Against Real Estate Brokers” to the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Board of Realtors. Melanie Emmons Damian and Peter F. Valori of Miami were elected to the board of directors of Educate Tomorrow, a nonprofit that seeks to provide mentors to at-risk youth. Diana Santa Maria of Ft. Lauderdale presented “Trial Presentation of Past and Future Medical Expenses” at the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Annual Workhorse Seminar in Orlando. Mark S. Bentley of GrayRobinson’s Tampa office presented “Challenges to Rezoning, Variance, and Development Denials — What Works and How to Avoid Lengthy, Costly Disappointments” at the international seminar, “Regulatory Takings, Facing the Challenges and Knowing the Remedies.” Brian H. Bieber, a partner at Hirschhorn, Bieber in Miami, has been appointed to the executive committee of the Florida Council of the American Electronics Association. John W. Dill presented “Jury Selection in the Medical Malpractice Case” at a seminar sponsored by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers in Orlando. Samuel Bearman of Pensacola spoke to the Southern Trial Lawyers Association on how to handle insurance claims related to hurricane damage. Maria Korvick was honored with the Mario P. Goderich “Paver” Award by the Cuban American Bar Association. The award is intended to honor a member of the legal community who demonstrates leadership, commitment, ethics, and integrity. Christopher T. Vernon of Treiser, Collins & Vernon in Naples spoke at the Cayman Islands Society of Financial Analysts. He discussed trends in investment litigation. Nancy E. Stroud of Lewis, Stroud & Deutsch is a co-author of a recently published LexisNexis treatise “Planning and Control of Land Development Cases and Materials.” Stroud’s focus was on the zoning process and on regulation of religious uses. Ronald A. Christaldi of de la Parte & Gilbert in Tampa has been appointed to the advisory board of Creative Tampa Bay, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to synergizing the community’s assets to cultivate an environment that encourages creativity. William F. “Bill” Hamilton of Holland & Knight’s Tampa office presented “Practical Pointers for Practitioners: Counseling Clients While Proving Your Case” at the third National In-House Counsel Conference on Defending and Managing Complex Litigation. Arthur Garcia, Jr., of North Miami Beach was a guest speaker on “Ethical Issues in Client Representaton” at the How to Run a More Efficient Legal Practice Seminar. John Pankauski of West Palm Beach spoke on attorney ethics at a Palm Beach County Bar Association luncheon. The topic was “Ethics—Serving and Avoiding Service.” Andrew P. Rock of Kingsford & Rock in Maitland presented a workshop titled “Appraisal Provisions in Property Policies” at the PLRB/LIRB 2006 Claims Conference in Nashville. Marie Lefere of Holland & Knight’s Ft. Lauderdale office was the recipient of its Tillie Kidd Fowler Leadership Award, which honors an individual who demonstrates high standards and commitment to excellence. Alan Rosenthal of Adorno & Yoss in Miami has been appointed chair of the Pinecrest Charter Review Commission. He will lead the review of the village’s charter every six years. John Tucker of Tucker & Ludin in Clearwater was recognized by the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and BNA Books as a contributing author of Employee Benefits Law, second edition. Liz Consuegra of Berger Singerman’s Miami office has been appointed to the board of directors for the Guardianship Program of Dade County. The program was established to provide guardianship services when no guardian is available. Barbara Ehrich Locke, of Holland & Knight’s Miami office has been named to a Bar grievance committee that investigates and prosecutes complaints filed against attorneys in Florida. She will serve a three-year term. Kenneth J. McKenna of Dellecker, Wilson, King, McKenna & Ruffier in Orlando was elected to the board of directors of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida, Inc. Stephen Edward Silkowski of Jacksonville spoke at the Lorman Education Services seminar on “Children’s Records Law” in Florida on records creation and the public’s right to access their contents. William R. Lane, Jr., has been named a fellow by the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel at the association’s annual meeting. Christopher Hopkins and Allison Miller-Bernstein chaired the seminar “Florida Arbitration Cases” at the West Palm Beach Convention Center. Peter Antonacci of GrayRobinson in Tallahassee has been appointed to the Second Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission by Gov. Jeb Bush. Jack R. Reiter of Adorno & Yoss’ Miami office addressed the Miami Beach Bar Association on “Preserving Errors on Appeal.” Frank W. Leonhardt of GrayRobinson in Orlando received the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America. Bernard Siegel of Wellington was featured as a speaker on the topic of stem cells and public policy at the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools in Washington D.C. Mac Richard McCoy of Carlton Fields in Tampa was elected to serve as one of the three co-chairs for the 2007 Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts. Dellecker, Wilson, King, Mckenna & Ruffier has signed on as the presenting sponsor for the annual Hearts of Gold event to benefit the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. David R. Punzak of Carlton Fields in St. Petersburg received the 2006 ABA National Public Service Award. Akerman Senterfitt’s Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Group is assisting clients with their preparations for this year’s hurricane season. Addressing a wide range of issues that arise prior to, during, and after a hurricane, construction and project development clients are receiving guidelines drafted by the group. Keith E. Rounsaville of Akerman Senterfitt’s Orlando office wrote “Disclosure of Exculpatory Evidence” in the ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Criminal Antitrust Lititgation handbook. Marcia S. Cohen of St. Petersburg gave a presentation on the U.S. Equal Pay Act at a breakfast roundtable sponsored by the French-American Foundation in Paris. Stacie L. Carpenter McElroy of Dean Mead’s Ft. Lauderdale office was elected president of the Treasure Coast Association of Women Lawyers. Michael Colodny of Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky & Abate organized a seminar titled “Ethical and Effective Advocacy in 2006,” which was highlighted by Florida Sentate President Tom Lee. Jonathan B. Trohn of GrayRobinson in Lakeland was named a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Leslie J. Lott of Lott & Friedland in Coral Gables authored a chapter titled “Special Remedies for Counterfeit” in “Trademark Infringement Remedies” published by the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law. Dennis J. Wall of Orlando wrote a hurricane insurance coverage article that was published by the Orange County Bar Association’s journal, The Briefs. April 30, 2006 News & Notes
Credit unions have a unique position when it comes to social media. Unlike banks, which are opened to everyone, credit unions have a specific customer base. Members have to be affiliated with certain groups, such as an employer, community, or school. With the smaller, more targeted pool of members and potential members, social media can be viewed as a natural extension of strategic community engagement. The challenge is getting buy-in from credit union decision makers, as well as tracking ROI of social media participation. However, the tide seems to be turning, as research from CUNA Mutual shows that 60 percent of credit unions have been using social media for about 2 years.In terms of goals, brand awareness and customer sentiment are the primary focus of social media for credit unions (35%). Interestingly, many credit unions are viewing their ROI from social media, not in terms of revenue, but engagement. So when asked if they are reaching their goals, 75% responded positively. Measuring engagement is a good start, but as strategies mature, credit unions will also find opportunities to grow and track social media use to product sales. Navy Federal Credit Union (NFCU) provides a good example of how credit unions can win both brand awareness and ROI using social media.Navy Federal Credit Union – A Case StudyIn January 2012, NFCU increased their Facebook likes from 22,000 to a staggering 770,000 one year later. Their average daily reach increased from 4,692 to 896,782. These results were so phenomenal, Facebook used them for a case study. But first, a bit of background on NFCU. They are the largest credit union in the world, with $50 billion in assets, and 4 million members of the US Department of Defense military and civilian personnel and their families. Their goal when they began using Facebook was to increase brand awareness and membership. continue reading » 35SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Hilary Knight and the Badgers had a sloppy series against Minnesota State, but still swept the two games and gained four points in the WCHA standings.[/media-credit]For the Wisconsin women’s hockey team, it’s already time for a new broom as the Badgers, once again, disposed of another WCHA foe in sweeping fashion.This weekend’s victim, the Minnesota State Mavericks, came to the Kohl Center sporting a below .500 record (2-3-1, 1-3-0 WCHA).The Mavericks were not supposed to give Wisconsin much trouble, but they hung tough for much of the series.On Saturday the Badgers eventually topped Minnesota State 6-1 on the shoulders of two goals by junior Hilary Knight and sophomore Brianna Decker, but before the third period began the game was still very much in question.In the first period the Badgers struck first as Hilary Knight was the beneficiary of her teammates’ hard work.“The line ahead of me made an amazing pressure play and just forced the girl to cough the puck right up the middle. I was just in the right place at the right time,” Knight said.Though before the period ended Minnesota’s sophomore center Lauren Smith struck back with a tally of her own, beating Wisconsin goaltender Becca Ruegsegger.The Badgers dominated the second period as they outshot the Mavericks 16-7. If not for some great play by the Minnesota State’s goaltender the game may have been out of reach early.“I thought in the second period we created a lot of good opportunities. We had some real quality grade A chances, and their goaltender was making saves, very good saves,” head coach Mark Johnson said.Though, Minnesota State’s net minder freshman Danielle Butters, couldn’t stop the Wisconsin attack for long.The Badgers exploded for four goals in the third period highlighted by two power play goals within the very first few minutes.Decker believes that the difference was not just about the puck finally finding the back of the net.“I think that we totally possessed the puck a lot more and took care of it, especially in our [defensive] zone. We didn’t spend too much time in our [defensive] zone, also” Decker said.A 6-1 final in game two of the series must have felt comfortable for the Badgers, considering the tight game they played with the Mavericks the day before.On Friday, the Badgers held on to a one-goal lead to edge Minnesota State 3-2 in front of a large crowd on Kids Day at the Kohl Center.Early it appeared the Badgers might run away and hide from the Mavericks but they were never able to land that knock-out punch.“When you give up a goal in the first shift there, it seemed that we didn’t react to it very well and then it becomes a hockey game. You get into special teams both ways, you don’t get into a lot of flow,” Johnson said.Part of the scoring issue for the Badgers was the 1-2-2 forecheck Minnesota State employed. They clogged up their own zone, making it hard for the Badgers to find any clear shots to the net.But for Johnson, one aspect of the game stood out to him as the most salient of problems.“The big thing is you have got to continue to compete and you have got to try to play for 60 minutes. Tonight we didn’t do a good job of playing for 60 minutes,” Johnson said.Wisconsin took control of the game early, pounding 23 shots on net in the first period compared to three from Minnesota State.Junior center Brooke Ammerman was the first to strike.“Hilary moved it down over to Decker and down to [Meghan] Duggan and then right across. Then that girl bit towards Duggan and then it was just an easy tap in,” Ammerman said.Later in the period Brooke assisted her sister, freshman Brittany Ammerman, on a goal of her own giving the Badgers an early 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.But a game that appeared to be heading towards a blow out, quickly turned into a nail-biter.“They play a very disciplined game and they’re on you a lot, so it’s just a lot of passing and going hard to the net,” Brooke Ammerman said.That disciplined game brought the Mavericks within one goal of the Badgers on two separate occasions as they scored their first goals early in the second and third periods.However, even after pulling their goaltender late in the third, the Mavericks were never able to score the equalizer.Johnson takes many positives out of the game, even though he felt the team could have played much better.“We won the game and that’s obviously the most important thing. That’s the way were playing it. If you have adversity, if you make mistakes and you learn from them then those things that you went through are good because you became better by going through them. It’s not always going to be pretty, you’re not always going to play your best hockey, but the goal is to try and be consistent,” Johnson said.