3 Subscribe for original insights, commentary and analysis of the issues facing the financial advice community, from the InvestmentNews team. House committee poised to advance SECURE 2.0 retirement savings bill 2 Despite the record-level pace of acquisitions, MacAlpine said he doesn’t have a specific target for the number of deals he plans to make this year. And he said the size of his recent deals doesn’t mean CI is only looking to buy multi-billion-dollar RIAs.“You could be big or small, because we would absolutely buy a well-run small firm,” he said.CI has built a model that is designed for expansion into the U.S. market, including listing on the New York Stock Exchange in November and issuing debt to U.S. bondholder in December.One of the upsides of doing 16 deals in just over a year is that CI is no longer viewed as a foreign concept to the U.S. RIA market, MacAlpine said.“We had a great year last year, and the next 16 deals will be easier than the first 16 deals because we’re selling a concept now,” he said. “This year people are doing due diligence on what CI Financial is.” For reprint and licensing requests for this article, click here,MOST READ 4 5 The Brightworth deal is unique in that it involved buying a firm that was minority-owned by private equity firm Emigrant Partners.Part of MacAlpine’s pitch to potential RIA sellers is that being part of CI means not having to worry about new owners every few years, which is the typical private equity investor model.Daniel Seivert, CEO of Echelon Partners, described the deal as good for both Brightworth and Emigrant.“It allows both firms to achieve a liquidity event for their work together and at the same time gain a new partner for their next leg of growth,” he said. “For CI, the transaction continues their streak of one deal a month for the past 15 months and makes a statement given the transaction size, as CI has made a number of $1 billion-plus transactions and this is yet another one.” 1 The country’s most aggressive acquirer of U.S. registered investment advisers is Canadian and has no intention of slowing its acquisition pace. Newsletters Less than a week after notching its 15th deal in as many months, Toronto-based CI Financial announced Monday the acquisition of Brightworth LLC, an Atlanta-based RIA with $4.7 billion in client assets.Brightworth provides comprehensive investment advisory and financial planning services to high-net-worth individuals, families, business owners, trusts, estates, charitable organizations, pensions, and profit-sharing plans from offices in Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina.The firm also has a niche focus on dental industry professionals.The deal puts CI’s U.S. assets under management at $55 billion, $30 billion of which has been added this year.CI chief executive officer Kurt MacAlpine admits to leading an enterprise that is unapologetically invading the U.S. RIA market, but said the strategy is more deliberate than it might appear to casual observers. House panel unanimously passes SECURE 2.0 The Gates divorce: Lessons for financial advisers InvestCloud to acquire Advicent and NaviPlan planning software “We’re buying, growing and integrating, and we have a very different vision for the wealth management industry,” he said, adding that in addition to all the acquisitions, CI experienced 9% organic growth last year.“We’re trying to build the leading integrated wealth platform in the United States, period,” he added. “We’re buying great firms and empowering the leaders to continue to grow those firms. Unlike an aggregator model, where people convert to the model of the acquirer, we’re empowering people.”While CI is part of a $215 billion financial services conglomerate in Canada, it’s move into the U.S. market in January 2020 has been setting the pace for merger and acquisition activity in an already white-hot market. Why Tony Robbins, tax shelters and financial advisers don’t mix
Intevac receives multi-system order for implant systems used for c-Si cell manufacturingThe California-based equipment supplier received an order for two of its ENERGi implant systems for advanced solar cell manufacturing, from an unnamed solar cell manufacturer in China. May 26, 2016 Sam Pothecary Installations Markets Markets & Policy Technology Technology and R&D Share Intevacs solar cell manufacturing equipment continues to generate industry interest, as it receives a significant order for two of its ENERGi ion implant systems. The technology is some of the less used in the manufacturing of PV cells, but the news of an order from a China-based cell producer could be a sign that more manufacturers are going to give it a go.Previous to this order, Intevac had only received two orders for its ion implant systems, now these two additional ENERGi systems are due to be shipped in the second half of 2016. 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Police: 45-year-old man arrested for attempting to have sex with 15-year-old girl in Secaucus Ex-North Bergen DPW supervisor loses appeal to overturn corruption conviction TAGSbayonne medical centercarepoint healthhealth professionals & allied employeesjean pierce SHARE Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter By John Heinis – June 29, 2015 6:48 pm 0 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleLETTER: Alzheimer’s disease is a huge struggle for our seniors, Assemblyman saysNext articleJury finds North Bergen DPW supervisors guilty on all charges John Heinis Union workers picket outside CarePoint Health in midst of contract negotiations Health Professionals and Allied Employees (HPAE) Local 5185, the union for the CarePoint Health Bayonne Medical Center workers, picketed outside the hospital on Monday in hopes of brokering a new deal before their current contract expires in less than two days.Â “No contract? No peace!,” a few dozen employees chanted while protesting on the sidewalk in front of the Bayonne Medical Center this afternoon.Jean Pierce, the HPAE public policy coordinator, told Hudson County View that Local 5185 includes all of the employees from CarePoint Health – “from the nurses down to housekeeping” – at least “a couple hundred” workers.Pierce explained that the union negotiated a one-year contract with CarePoint last year, which expires in about 30 hours, adding that the biggest sticking point is over safe staffing.Safe staffing is a term used to define that an appropriate number of staff – with a suitable mix of skill levels – is available at all times to satisfy patient care needs while maintaining hazard-free working conditions.According to Pierce, negotiations have been underway since April 22 and she remains “hopeful” a new contract can be hammered out before the current one expires Tuesday at midnight.“We’ve been asking a lot of our community members and elected officials to contact CarePoint and push them to end this, settle this contract quickly: we don’t want to do anything that will interrupt continuity of care for the patients,” she added.Pamela O’Donnell, a Bayonne resident who beat a rare form of cancer – nasopharyngeal carcinoma – thanks to the treatment of CarePoint employees, joined the picket to support the employees efforts.“Without this staff I would not be here. I’m recovering fromÂ nasopharyngeal carcinoma and if it wasn’t for the third floor staff, I would not be here: I’d be dead.”Hudson County View could not get in touch with a management representative from CarePoint Health after making calls to their corporate number on Monday afternoon. BayonneNews Bayonne News Crime Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say
Job SummaryThe Lecturer position in Counselor Education is a full-time,non-tenure-track position and is responsible for teachinggraduate-level courses in the professional field of Clinical MentalHealth and Rehabilitation Counseling; supervising students inpracticum and internship; academic advisement to program students;availability to students during set weekly office hours on campus;continued professional development; ongoing scholarship andresearch; developing and maintaining community relations; attendingrequired faculty meetings; and other duties as determined by thedepartment, college and university. Teaching responsibilities mayinclude multiple sites with evening and weekend formats. Lecturer of CounselorEducationDepartment ofCRIT:Panama City, FL Troy University is currently accepting applications for thefollowing positions: Minimum QualificationsEarned doctorate degree in Counselor Education from a CACREPprogramValid state license as a professional counselor TROY UNIVERSITY is a comprehensive publicinstitution serving more than 20,000 students worldwide at fourcampuses in Alabama, multiple sites throughout the United States,multiple international locations, and through an extensive onlinelearning program. Please visit our website at www.troyuniversityjobs.comfor further details and information on how to apply. TroyUniversity is an EEO/AA employer.
Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez and Mayor Bill de Blasio (Credit: Getty Images)UPDATED, Dec. 19, 2019, 7:24 p.m.: The Inwood rezoning has just been annulled with the stroke of a pen.In a New York Supreme Court decision issued today, Justice Verna Saunders granted a petition to nullify the rezoning. Such a reversal is highly unusual.The neighborhood’s rezoning faced fierce opposition, and last December, Inwood Legal Action filed a petition alleging that the review process was incomplete and did not examine potential socioeconomic impacts. The review process was challenged under Article 78, which allows for challenges to government actions.“The decision from the judge completely annuls the rezoning and remands it back to the Economic Development Corporation and the deputy mayor,” a New York State Senate source said. “There were eight counts in the petition and they were all upheld.”Reached by phone, EDC declined to comment on the annulment.A spokesperson for the city’s law department confirmed that the city would appeal the decision.“We strongly disagree with this ruling which we believe is legally incorrect and contrary to well-established precedent,” the representative said in a statement. “We stand by the city’s thorough environmental review and will challenge this decision so important projects, including the building of 1,600 new affordable homes in this community, can proceed.”In her decision, Justice Saunders said the review process failed to take a hard look at the socioeconomic consequences of the rezoning, particularly the concerns raised by Unified Inwood, a member of the coalition Northern Manhattan is Not for Sale. The group had said the review process neglected to consider the rezoning’s impact on preferential rents, displacement, the impact on minority and women-owned businesses and speculative purchases of real estate in Inwood ahead of and after the rezoning, among other concerns.Real estate investors purchased $610 million worth of properties in the neighborhood since plans to rezone were announced in 2013, according to the New York Times.In a statement, state Sen. Robert Jackson said, “Today is a day of hope for the Inwood community and for all working-class communities of color across New York City who are under threat of predatory rezonings… We expect the city will appeal, so we anticipate that our work is not done.”Ava Farkas, the executive director of the Metropolitan Council on Housing, called the decision a “unique and significant victory.”“We were not expecting for this to happen,” said Farkas. “It’s really hard to stop and reverse rezoning and major policy like this and real estate decisions the city makes.”Update: This story has been updated to include additional commentary from the city, and state Sen. Robert Jackson. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now
Central Bedfordshire Council held a ceremony in April for the delivery of 15 new minibuses by Treka Bus; the manufacturer has given ‘as much support as we needed’ during the purchasing processHandover ceremony took place at CBC’s Shefford head office in AprilFollowing its announcement of a three-year vehicle supply framework agreement with Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC), Brighouse-based Treka Bus delivered the first 15 of the local authority’s new accessible minibuses.A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at CBC’s head office in Shefford on 6 April to unveil the first of the new minibuses.The 10 Treka 16 coachbuilt minibuses have 16 removable seats with three-point, all-age belts, or they can hold up to 16 wheelchair users.The minibuses also benefit from an Eberspächer dual heating system, and wipe-clean GRP interiorsA PLS Access II passenger lift is fitted to each minibus with the longest and widest platform available. Its safe working limit is 400kg and it has a plug-in remote control as standard. Both the coachbuilt and converted minibuses have fully flat floors.Driver Sharon Prickett was on hand to cut the red ribbon as staff from CBC, local councillors, and senior management from Treka – including Chairman Mark Clissett, Sales Director Helen Day and Production Director Morgan Clissett – looked on.‘Excellent experience’The day was a real celebration for CBC as it has waited a long time for authorisation to replace its ageing fleet of accessible minibuses, which are used for community work, mainly for passengers with special educational needs.Arthi Appathurai, CBC Fleet Service Managers, says: “Treka has assisted us throughout the buying process from start to finish, and it gave us as much support as we needed along the way.“We have had an excellent experience working with Treka, and it is a relationship that we hope will continue in the years to come.” CBC has 65 vehicles in its fleet, and the new minibuses have replaced much older examples.Based in West Yorkshire, Treka is the largest independent manufacturer of coachbuilt wheelchair-accessible passenger carrying vehicles in the UK.www.trekabus.com
US-based Emerson Electric Co. notified the Commission on 14 February of plans to buy Sweden’s Ericsson Energy Systems. (OJ C46/26, 19 February)Novartis/AstraZenecaNovartis AG notified the Commission on 18 February of plans to merge its crop protection and seeds businesses with AstraZeneca Plc’s own crop protection business. (OJ C53/14, 25 February) Asahi Glass Co./Mitsubishi Corp./F2 ChemicalsAsashi Glass Co. Ltd. and Mitsubishi Corp. notified the Commission on 21 February of plans to buy joint control of F2 Chemicals Ltd. (OJ C56/06, 29 February)
The long shifts are to cover for the lack of full-time paramedics. ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – If someone needs help ambulance crews are there 24/7. But now they need help, and because of it some responders are working 72-hour shifts. Read the rest of the story here.
Nick Adams View Comments The Skivvies are spreading some serious holiday cheer around New York City—they’re even making house calls! Nearly nude pals Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley, and drummer Shannon Ford stopped by their good friend, Broadway vet Nick Adams’ apartment for some traditional underwear caroling. Directed by Mitchell Jarvis, this silly “Christmas with the Skivvies” music video features classic holiday tunes including “The Little Drummer Boy” and uh, “We’ve Got the Beat” by the Go-Go’s. How does Adams respond to his scantily-clad houseguests? Click below to find out! Star Files
View Comments The Broadway League has announced the lineup of shows set to perform at this year’s Stars in the Alley event. Stars in the Alley is a free outdoor concert with live music that celebrates the end of the 2017-2018 Broadway season and adds to the festivities leading up to the 2018 Tony Awards. The event will consist of performances from this season as well as numbers from current long-running shows. The annual performance will take place in Shubert Alley, west of Seventh Avenue between 44th and 45th Streets, on June 1 at 1:00pm.“Celebrating the end of the season with Stars in the Alley is always one of the highlights of the year,” said Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League. “This free concert has something for everyone covering all genres and offering new music, old favorites with a lot more to discover! Stars in the Alley is an opportunity to sample the very best of live theatrical entertainment featuring the most talented performers in the city and celebrate the wonderful productions that are now on Broadway.”Musicals set to participate include Aladdin, Anastasia, The Band’s Visit, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Chicago, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Escape to Margaritaville, Frozen, Kinky Boots, Mean Girls, My Fair Lady, Once On This Island, The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock, SpongeBob SquarePants, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Waitress and Wicked.Additionally, the 2018 Stars in the Alley concert will feature appearances from the plays Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Children of a Lesser God, The Play That Goes Wrong and Saint Joan. More details about Stars in the Alley will be announced soon.
Vermont Business Magazine iCement Plant Solar, a 500 kilowatt group net metered solar array, completed its first two months of commercial operations this month, delivering over 65,000 kilowatt hours to the Green Mountain Power electric grid.The array is located on the former site of the William E. Dailey Inc. ready-mix concrete facility in Jamaica. Previously, the site had been used for batch mixing jobs, many of which were associated with the construction of buildings at Stratton Mountain and the surrounding area. In recent years, however, the site had become inactive, and the company had been exploring several possible uses when the idea for a net metered solar array was introduced.iCement Plant Solar array in Jamaica, Vermont“We thought that a solar array was an excellent use for the site. As a company we are excited to support development of local sources of energy” said Matt Lazzari, Land Manager for Peckham Industries, parent company of William E Dailey Inc. “Working with Essex Capital Partners has allowed us to accomplish this while transforming a dormant industrial site into a solar array. The fact that we will continue to benefit from this net metering arrangement for years to come really made it work for us”Under the terms of a group net metering agreement, production from the array in Jamaica will offset power consumption at Dailey Concrete’s main plant in Shaftsbury, Vermont, a major local employer. Under Vermont’s current net metering program, customer meters located on the same utility grid can be part of a single net metering group, regardless of where they are physically located. “Remote net metering allowed us to do this with a site in Jamaica and have it benefit our main plant operations in Shaftsbury. That was especially critical” said Lazzari.Siting was also a major consideration for the project developer, Essex Capital Partners, an experienced developer of renewable energy projects in the State of Vermont. Charlie Grant, Project Manager for Essex, said that the company arrived at the property after conducting a state-wide search for suitable candidates. The company weighed visibility to the public, avoiding sensitive environmental resources, and proximity to electrical infrastructure when deciding to move forward with the site.Up front diligence paid off as the project received several positive reviews from Town and State officials. The project received its Certificate of Public Good from the Public Service Board after gaining positive feedback from the Town of Jamaica’s Planning Commission and Selectboard, as well as the Regional Commission. “We are always looking for ways to promote economic development in the Town of Jamaica”, said David Mink, Chair of the Jamaica Planning Commission. “We were pleased with both the early notice and consultation we received from ECP about the Project, as well as the finished product”.The Agency of Natural Resources also visited the site prior to development. In an email communication summarizing her review, a wetlands scientist for ANR called the project location a good site for solar, and in particular noted the project’s avoidance of sensitive wetland and wildlife habitat resources.The project was financed in part with a Commercial Energy Loan from the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA). The project employed several local contractors, including CDP Electric, of Rutland, VT and Hunter Excavating of Londonderry, VT.About Essex Capital PartnersEssex Capital Partners (ECP) was founded in 1995, and since its inception, has owned, developed and operated a portfolio of commercial properties in the greater New England region. ECP handles all facets of solar development including site selection, design, permitting, construction management, equipment procurement, environmental monitoring, financing, and property management. ECP manages a comprehensive team of related professionals in legal, engineering, construction, environmental, and capital markets as required for each transaction, from inception through project completion.
Stephen Hulston has joined NOVO Development of Scottsdale and will oversee the company’s cost estimating, pre-construction and development activities.Hulston brings almost three decades of construction experience to NOVO having most recently served as vice president/business unit leader for Balfour Beatty Construction.He managed Arizona operations for the construction company, including all financial, design, construction and human resources functions.Hulston was an executive with Howard S. Wright Construction, which was acquired by Balfour Beatty in 2011. During his tenure, Hulston has overseen more than $1 billion in construction projects in Arizona.“The addition of Stephen provides an unbelievable opportunity for NOVO to advance our goals in the development arena,” said Kurt Rosene, founder of NOVO. “Stephen’s tremendous knowledge base and experience in the construction industry, as well as his impressive relationships in the field, will help us realize the company’s development plans. We are fortunate to have attracted someone of his caliber.”
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On May 7, Christopher Hughes joined Reyco Granning as the new vice president of finance. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement“Christopher’s extensive experience in process generation and best practices that improve profitability and cost control is an asset to Reyco Granning. We will rely heavily on him as we continue to strengthen our organization as a customized suspension system solution provider for the industry,” said President John Stuart. Hughes has 24 years of experience in manufacturing, having begun his career in 1994 at Armstrong/Triangle Pacific Corp as an audit supervisor and rose to the position of group controller. Prior to joining Reyco Granning, Hughes has served as the chief financial officer at Builders Firstsource, as well as Reliant Worldwide Plastics. In addition, he was the vice president of operations for Smith System Manufacturing Co.He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Missouri Southern and his CPA from the State of Missouri.Hughes replaces Tracy Carll in this role as Carll was promoted to her new position as vice president of supply chain and IT. “Tracy has demonstrated cross-functional leadership and is particularly adept in contract negotiations and cost reduction efforts. She was the ideal candidate to lead our supply chain and IT groups,” said Stuart. “We are fortunate to have Christopher and Tracy in these roles as we continuously improve our organization work daily to fulfill our mission to be a trusted, indispensable partner for suspension solutions.”
Only days after Bonnie Grice — longtime host of “The Eclectic Cafe” on 88.3 WPPB FM, Southampton’s National Public Radio station — announced her departure, a new morning host has been hired.Gianna Volpe, a freelance photojournalist who also hosts a popular local podcast and radio show, The Gianna Volpe Report on WRIV in Riverhead, will be starting this week.It was a shock to many who have followed Grice for the past two decades when the morning radio personality, who also hosted “Media Mavens” and “The Song is You” announced on March 12 that she was moving onward. Grice has been producing and acting in plays through her Boots on the Ground theater company — “The Miracle Worker” and “The Red Badge of Courage” — along with a Victorian Christmas caroling venture, and says more 19th-Century based productions are in the works.“I’m looking forward to many more adventures,” Grice told the Independent. “My life is up in the air and not on the air, for now. As Ma says in ‘Red Badge,’ ‘You’ve got to move forward Henry. Move forward.’”Volpe, who was hired on Saturday, March 16, was excited by the news and the new prospect. “It could not have happened at a more perfect time,” said the North Fork resident. “It’s kind of a dream come true for me. I’m particularly excited about starting a few interview series and continuing the ‘Media Mavens,’” she said.Volpe will be bringing her vinyl collection to the studio and looks forward to “the beginning of an exciting era I can only hope will make Bonnie Grice proud.” She offered her thanks to Dr. Wally Smith for the opportunity, “as I am unbelievably grateful for a chance to make excellent radio.” Share
Share The Town of East Hampton is suing the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation over a permit the agency issued in March that allows the operators of a sand mine to excavate into and far below ground water levels.If the owner is allowed to mine sand and gravel, as has been laid out in the DEC permit, a 110-foot deep, sharply sloped artificial lake covering more than six acres of ground would eventually be created. It is located east of Middle Highway, a little over 300 yards north of Oakview Highway, in East Hampton.The permit was issued despite the fact that the mine is in an area zoned residential, and “is in a designated Special Groundwater Protection Area and Critical Environmental Area,” a press release from the town states.The mine, owned by a limited liability corporation named Sand Highway, which is run by Patrick Bistrian Jr.Town officials are questioning the timing of the issuance of the permit, coming as it did smack in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, following over a year of review and the town’s objections. “The dramatic expansion of the mine is particularly troublesome given its proximity to Suffolk County’s sole-source aquifer, the community’s critical drinking water supply. It is also upgradient of well fields for two public water supply wells for the Suffolk County Water Authority.”According to the town, the expansion of the mine “would not only be an environmental cataclysmic intrusion into the water table that serves as a sole source aquifer for the entire South Fork, but it is patently prohibited by the zoning code of the Town of East Hampton.” The mine, located in the middle of a residential neighborhood, is a pre-existing, non-conforming site. Any expansion of such a site without approval from the town violates the its zoning laws.“We are disappointed that the New York DEC would allow the expansion of this mine in a residential zone and we need to act in order to protect the community’s drinking water supply,” East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc said.East Hampton has retained Daniel Ruzow of the law firm Whiteman Osterman & Hanna. The town board allocated $40,000 for the court action back in April, though that amount can be revisited, if need be.The suit, which was to be filed at the New York State Civil Supreme Court in Riverhead June 25, charges that the DEC did not follow its own guidelines when it issued the permit. The town is seeking an injunction to prevent any expansion of the mine until the legal issues can be squared [email protected]