February 27

Meet the Women of the Dell EMC Partner Program: Heather Wilcox

first_imgThis post is part of our Meet the Women of the Dell EMC Partner Program series, which provides insight into what drives the inspiring women of the Dell EMC channel. Missed the first posts? Get to know Joyce Mullen (President, Global Channel, OEM & IoT, Dell EMC), Cheryl Cook (Senior Vice President of Global Channel Marketing, Dell EMC), Julie Christiansen (Vice President, Global Channel Marketing, Dell EMC), Sheri Hedlund (Vice President, US Channel Sales, Dell EMC), Kim Lasseter (Senior Director, Global Partner Marketing Enablement & Tools, Dell EMC) and Diane Brode (Director, Global Partner Marketing, Dell EMC) now.Meet Heather Wilcox – CSG Channel Field Marketing Director                           What is your current role/area of responsibility, and how long have you worked with the channel partner community?I have more than 20 years of channel experience; and in my current role, I reside on the Client Solutions Channel Field Marketing team supporting Dell EMC’s channel organization. I assist in developing marketing programs to drive accelerated client solutions growth through the partner community. My top priorities include ensuring programs are competitive, defining an enhanced GTM strategy for customer acquisition/expansion and focus on premium product growth like rugged and workstations. I am also responsible for helping grow and develop Dell EMC’s Mid-Market partners.What are your goals for your company’s channel business over the next year?With Dell EMC’s recent investments and program enhancements, our goal is to ensure that programs for Dell EMC partners remain innovative, competitive and easily executable, while adhering to our core program tenants: Simple, Predictable, & Profitable. This year, Dell/EMC’s Client Solution’s objectives are to grow premium products where partners make the most profit, remain #1 in Precision workstations, Displays and Wyse Cloud Client Computing solutions, continue to grow our SMB customer base, and win acquisition business. Dell EMC also wants to work with partners to ensure they’re attaching Dell/EMC’s services and our best in class security solutions in addition to our top-notch ecosystem of peripherals. Cross selling is an important driver in partner profitability.Outside of your family, please name a woman you admire and why?Eleanor Roosevelt who wrote my favorite saying: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” In addition to her most infamous role as the first lady, Eleanor was an avid women’s rights advocate, fought for human rights during her time working with the United Nations, worked for the Red Cross during the war and wrote a daily news column. Those are only a few of her many accomplishments, truly a hero on all fronts.What advice would you give to other women in the industry? Or men?Be true to yourself and do what is right for your company. Have a mentor and be a mentor – always make time for both. Never stop learning and demonstrate leadership no matter what position you hold.Please share some words to live by that have helped you throughout your career.The secret to wanting it all is knowing that you already have it. Don’t add up all the mistakes but do remember the lessons from each. Always go the extra mile when no one is expecting you to, that’s when it counts the most. What comes around, goes around-be kind, even on your worse days.What do you do for fun outside of Dell EMC? I have two children with full schedules and watching them learn and grow in their sports and extracurricular activities brings me the most joy outside of making positive contributions to Dell EMC’s client channel business.Family fun in Nantucket!last_img read more

December 16

Let’s Be Smart About Where Long Island Places Multifamily Housing

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Millennials. The Brain Drain. Jobs. What do these terms all have in common?Apparently, the connection is multifamily housing. According to proponents, multifamily housing will allow Long Island to retain its millennials, who are reportedly fleeing in droves, aka the Brain Drain, and developing mixed-use multifamily housing will generate jobs.Is this type of development the solution to our region’s economic malaise? Yes, and no—depending on where they crop up.The theory is that multifamily housing, placed within a “walkable” distance from the Long Isand Rail Road station, is the best way to reinvigorate Long Island’s burned-out villages and downtown areas. Transit-oriented development (or TOD for short) is rooted in a relatively new kind of urbanism that calls for “Smart Growth” to cure the ills of suburban sprawl. Much of our clogged traffic, high property taxes and lack of job opportunities stems from the fact that we all live in our own separate piece of paradise. Increasing Long Island’s population density, the measure of people per square mile, will cure the suburban sickness that ails us.For far too long, Long Islander builders have focused on supplying single family homes, but the tide has turned. Suddenly, it seems that both stakeholders and developers are united in saying that Long Island needs more apartments, in other words multifamily housing. So, like any responsive capitalistic endeavor, that’s what developers have started to build. Certainly, compared to our neighbors, Long Island has the lowest supply of apartments in the metropolitan area outside of New York City.According to U.S. census data, 21 percent of Long Island’s households live in rentals, compared with 33 percent in western Connecticut, 34 percent in the Hudson Valley, and 37 percent in northern New Jersey.Various stakeholder groups like the Suburban Millennial Institute, which recently held a conference at Hofstra University dedicated to the creation of jobs on the Island for this younger generation; Destination Long Island, a nonprofit organization that pushes for “triple-bottom-line economic development”; and other advocates have embraced this statistical shortfall, regularly pushing for the creation of more apartments Island-wide. As Suburban Millennial Institute’s founder, Jeffrey Guillot, put it, “I’m happy to join the chorus of stakeholders who call for transit-oriented development as a method by which we can make the region more attractive.”One has to walk around the Village of Patchogue to experience the turnaround the area has seen in the last decade, when half the store fronts were empty and the place had the feel of a ghost town, especially at night. The sound of power tools echo off of the store fronts as development after development crops up, while every weekend sees packed restaurants and people walking down Main Street or taking in a show at the theatre.The Village has been hailed as an example of what unfettered local development can bring to an area, with groups like Vision Long Island consistently  heaping praise on the municipality’s willingness to break ground on new complexes. While other municipal areas on Long Island seem to shun growth, the Village of Patchogue has embraced it under Mayor Paul Pontieri.Mayor Pontieri has found much success with this approach, but there are downsides to such rapid growth. He’s had to deal with complaints from long-time residents that he’s turning Patchogue into “another Queens!” Other villagers beef that there’s no place to park. Anecdotally, current vacancy rates of the new developments may not be meeting expectations, but a spokesperson for one of the major developers, Tritec Real Estate, says the opposite is true, at least at New Village at Patchogue, a $100 million project at the corner of North Ocean Avenue and Main Street, which offers 291 apartments ranging from $1,400 for a studio up to $2,900 for a three-bedroom unit.While some would argue that it’s better to deal with the after-effects of growth as opposed to having none in the first place, a balance still has to be achieved.Patchogue’s turnaround is worth further analysis, but over-enthusiasm about replicating the village’s model elsewhere on Long Island needs to be toned down. Simply put, not every community is Patchogue, so throwing high density at, say, downtown Rocky Point isn’t exactly sound planning.TOD is ideal for burned-out villages, but oftentimes municipalities look to emulate Patchogue’s model disregarding whether the area’s infrastructure  can actually handle it, or even if the demand is there.  It would be great to build a shiny new apartment complex near the LIRR’s Yaphank station, but exactly how many people are going to take the train to work that far east of Manhattan? Even in the Village of Patchogue, if TOD was so successful, why is parking still a problem? Isn’t the point of transit-oriented growth to reduce automobile traffic and increase LIRR ridership?As cited previously, Suffolk County found that around 8 percent of residents in these projects use the train when they live near it, so how do these developments nurture job creation, create affordable units and plug the ever-serious brain drain? Developers will say that they care about the region’s apartment stock, but let’s not forget that single family homes drove developer profits for decades. In some areas, they still do. When land became scarce and permits were suddenly harder to acquire, the development community shifted their focus to multifamily housing and other high-density endeavors, not out of the kindness of their hearts, but out of economic necessity.  Developers will supply whatever gets approved and sold, and since open space is a rare commodity on Long Island these days, the climate has since shifted to these new TOD projects.One could bet that if single family homes were easier to build, they would be built, and if they were cheaper, a millennial would prefer homeownership to an apartment near a train station.As for the regional comparisons, Long Island does need more apartments, but they must go in the appropriate areas. Currently, municipalities are building at higher densities, but aren’t preserving equal amounts of open space elsewhere. Like with Islip’s Heartland, municipal officials argue for walkable downtowns, but are still creating new developments instead of putting their focus on existing downtown areas, and other municipalities are trying to create supposedly “walkable downtowns” out of nowhere. Look at AVR’s The Meadows in Yaphank in the Town of Brookhaven, or WinCoram Commons in Coram. Instead of simply building single-family units, we now have much denser developments cropping up—in unprecedented rates. According to U.S. Census Data, in 1989 Long Island had 52,402 units of multifamily housing. In 2014, that amount grew to 83,986 units. In Suffolk County, the number of multifamily units changed by a whopping 60 percent. Anybody saying that Long Island isn’t building enough apartments just needs to look at the data to see that it is, in fact, being built at a rapid pace.The key to Long Island’s future may not be just multifamily. Yes, the developments are needed, but it is one piece of a much larger, complex and nuanced puzzle. Long Island’s policymakers need to stop throwing developmental density at the problem and focus on jobs. In fact, the Suburban Millennial Institute was on to something by having their event highlight job creation efforts tailored to the next generation of Long Islanders. If the group can focus solely on economic growth, and detach from the developer rhetoric of plugging the Brain Drain and building Smart Growth, the region would be much better off.Like everything else, growth on Long Island is about finding the right balance. Now, the dialogue is too focused on throwing high density housing at the problem, without addressing the next generation’s lack of economic opportunity, or that many residents quite simply don’t want to see more apartments in their backyard. We need to start embracing and maximizing the assets of suburbia, instead of trying to fundamentally change it.last_img read more

August 14

Impact Bank donates new scoreboard for Hibbs-Hooten Field

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — When baseball arrives at Hibbs-Hooten Field in Wellington, spring has arrived. And this year it comes with a new scoreboard at the historic park.The field dates back to the 1920s when it was originally constructed as a wooden stadium, then updated as a concrete structure 40 years later. Centrally located in Wellington, the historical ball diamond remains a key part of the community’s activities and culture. So when baseball returns to Hibbs-Hooten each year, it’s time for a little spring upkeep and maintenance.“In Conjunction with improvements provided by The City of Wellington, it was time for a new scoreboard, and we seized the opportunity to step up to the plate.” “Says Alan Campbell, Executive Vice President of Impact Bank in Wellington.When it’s baseball season, all eyes are on the game.“Hibbs-Hooten field is a unique asset to Wellington,” Campbell said. “At Impact Bank, we’re here to support our community values which mean investing in things we all share — even a scoreboard.”According to Campbell, donating a new scoreboard for Hibbs-Hooten Field is one of many ways Impact Bank positively affects Wellington. “Our name says it all. We’re here to make a difference in this community and the surrounding area. It’s important we stay involved with this town, and that means investing in projects that strengthen the quality of life.” While Impact Bank donated the scoreboard, Campbell says putting a winning score up in lights for the home team is up to the players on the field. “But, we look forward to seeing everyone at the games, supporting our youth, families and community.”Impact Bank is the largest locally owned community bank in Sumner County, with locations in Wellington and Caldwell and providing a full array of financial services.New scoreboard at Sellers Park. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down DustinB · 384 weeks ago Will they cover part of it when the Heat play? Or just leave it as is? Report Reply 0 replies · active 384 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

August 13

Cold weather could settle in for a while

first_imgAMES — While parts of Iowa had record high temperatures in the mid-80s earlier this week, a cold front has cut those highs in half and forecasters say the chilly, unseasonable weather may be sticking around.Meteorologist Dennis Todey, director of the U.S.D.A.’s Midwest Climate Hub, based in Ames, says there’s no warm-up in sight. “The main part of this goes into next week where we have sub-freezing temperatures possible into next week,” Todey says. “The downside of this, unfortunately, is that this pattern could stay with us for another couple weeks.”Todey says there is the potential for some freeze damage and — much like a year ago — a slowing of spring planting for Iowa farmers. “We could still have some repeated cold shots that plants then could be far enough along but if we get freezing temperatures we have an issue,” Todey says, “and if that cold does stay with us, and not give us too much of a warm-up over the next couple weeks, we again will have that same problem with soils not warming up quickly enough and not drying out enough that we can start getting field work done.”Todey says it doesn’t look like much precipitation is coming with the cold, which will benefit some farmers in the short-term. “The advantage for row crop people is, you can still do a lot of prep work,” Todey says. “If you can get into the field, you can start getting ready. You just don’t want to be putting out anything except for maybe some small grains would probably be okay to get started on.”Todey says long-range trends show both temperatures and precipitation staying below-normal for the next month or so.last_img read more