Purple Hatter’s Ball Unveils Thursday Pre-Party, Lineup Additions, And Polish Ambassador Action Day

first_imgThe ninth annual Purple Hatter’s Ball is going down at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park over June 17-19 weekend, with headlining acts from livetronica favorites Papadosio, cutting edge live electronic brotherly duo The Floozies, energetic musician and activist The Polish Ambassador, Jerry Garcia Band founding member and longtime collaborator Melvin Seals and JGB, New Orleans prog-funk five-piece Earphunk, the conscious world-reggae sounds of DubConscious, progressive jam band The Mantras, the one-and-only sacred steel master Roosevelt Collier, rising stars The Hip Abduction, and many more. Today, Purple Hatter’s Ball comes together with a bucket of exciting news just days before the Early-Bird Ticket prices go up on Saturday, May 21st. The festival has been upgraded with the exciting plans for a first-ever Action Day with activist The Polish Ambassador, a Thursday Pre-Party, and the line-ups for the Silent Disco and the Beach Stage.Fitting to the spirit of giving, The Polish Ambassador launched a platform to gather musicians and fans to instigate community action called actiondays.us. He’ll be hosting a meeting at the intersection of music and activism on the banks of the Suwanee River, welcoming all festival attendees to come together early on Thursday, June 16 to unite in action. The experience is sure to build important skills, strengthen relationships, and provide tangible regenerative projects that will make Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park better for all participants to come. You can sign up right now HERE. The projects go as follows:Project 1: Restore and prepare garden areas to plant a Food Forest that will nourish the land and people for generations to come.Project 2: Build multi-purpose Waste Management Stations that reduce the amount of waste, energy, and resources consumed by inefficient disposal practices.Project 3: Learn about Soil Testing (what is in the dirt, and is it good for you?), Mycoremediation (mushrooms that clean it up!), Permaculture (how plants, animals, and people interact together) and more.As important as these food forests, waste management stations, and soil testing are, Purple Hatter’s Ball is happy to extend free camping and admission for anyone who participates in the Action Day to the Thursday Night Pre-Party, which will feature Sunsquabi, Savi Fernandez Birthday Band, Space Kadet, and Gypsy Elise. Tickets currently on sale to the public here.In addition to these newly announced Thursday Pre-Party artists, they’ve also unveiled the line-up for the Beach Stage, which is located along the wild black-water Suwannee River, and perfect for dancing away on hot summer days, and the late night Silent Disco, which will keep the party going until the wee hours of the morning. Featured artists include Vlad the Inhaler, Sir Charles, Elliot Mess, Combustible, and many others. Check out the full lineup card below:Purple Hatter’s Ball also features live art, yoga, and workshops. It’s the perfect environment to experience the beautiful Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park festival grounds, famous for hosting Wanee, Suwannee Hulaween, AURA, and more, during a laid-back and intimate event. Festivalgoers are encouraged to take advantage of the park’s endless activities such as swimming, canoeing, kayaking, biking, and disc golf.Purple Hatter’s Ball benefits The Rachel Morningstar Foundation in honor of longtime SOSMP friend and music festival lover Rachel Morningstar Hoffman. You can learn more about the horrific story of her loss here. Rachel’s story has been featured on 60 Minutes, Dateline, and 20/20.Early-Bird Tickets are currently on sale through the festival’s website, but increase in price on Saturday, May 21. There are also Morningstar Miracle VIP Packages that include VIP area access, dinner (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), an official poster, and t-shirt. For a limited time, the park is also offering a very special deal – a cabin for 4 and a golf cart for $575. There is no better way to experience Spirit of the Suwannee in style!last_img read more

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Credit union business development on steroids

first_imgSo, you want to do business-to-business selling. So, you have a limited budget. So, you are expected to positively differentiate your institution when you are going up against large banks with large ad budgets and years of experience in delivering services to the small business community. So the competition has large departments supporting the sales efforts, while it seems like it is just you out there on your own. So, you are frustrated and wondering how you can ever achieve the goals you feel are arbitrary and unrealistic that saddle you now. Does any of this ring true?If it does, you are not alone. While misery does, in fact, enjoy company, knowing that is not going to help you achieve your goals. What will help you to surpass those goals and enhance your reputation in the community, while having fun in the process, is to make yourself and your credit union a small business hub. Doing so takes commitment, perseverance, patience, and a lot of footwork. If you are dedicated to becoming successful and to helping people, you will find that no better opportunity can be found than to find that you have succeeded in becoming the person and institution that small business people think of first when they require virtually any kind of assistance or advice. If this appeals to you, please, read on.I was involved in the opening of a new branch for a bank in Virginia several years ago. We received virtually no support from the corporate office and faced a difficult task in the form of a set of goals that were far higher than we had anticipated they would be. Additionally, the competition was well entrenched in the area while our branch was the first for the company to be opened in the county. In fact, the nearest of our branches were 20 miles to the north and 20 miles to the south. We had to come up with some new ideas or we would likely fail in the face of two credit unions and twelve bank branches within less than a half of a mile of our location.My first idea was to become the coffee guy. I went from door to door at local stores and businesses twice a week in the morning carrying coffee thermoses with me. “Coffee anyone?” I would call out as I entered each store or office. I would introduce myself and hand out business cards and brochures. I tried this for several months. Unfortunately, it yielded very limited results. But, it gave me the idea that changed everything. It is that idea I gladly share with those of you with the drive to dominate the small business market in your own service area.I created a business council with the name of the bank in the title. Membership was by invitation only. The only business that could not have more than one member company or organization was, not surprisingly, banking. The council would become a powerful force in the community. We met each week at a local restaurant. Ordering was done and paid for by each individual. There were no dues or fees. We networked before and after the breakfast meetings. A member or a guest made a presentation or we heard from local government or a local charity at each meeting. Members were encouraged to buy from one another and to make references to one another. I was the emcee at every meeting. I made the phone calls to remind people of meetings and sent out the email notices. We had insurance agents, car dealerships, travel agents, swimming pool supply companies, real estate agencies, hotels, restaurants, major retail chains, and so many more.We began slowly. I visited dozens of businesses and had nine commit to the first meeting. Only three actually showed up for that first meeting. I was angry! I had worked so hard and had such high aspirations. But, I remembered that perseverance is essential for success and decided to keep on trying. The next week I worked harder and made more follow up phone calls. Nine people showed this time. We were on our way. Our holiday season get together that first year had over one hundred people in attendance! We had pulled pork donated, salads donated from a different source, the main meeting room of a local motel donated, drinks donated, gifts for door prizes also donated. Weekly meetings grew to a regular room full of between thirty and forty people and a total membership of well over one hundred.An amazing thing occurred. I did not need to ask for business. As we grew and did more things at our meetings, people began asking me about everything from checking accounts to new home mortgages. By the end of our first year with the council our branch had catapulted to number three in the entire 260 plus branch organization. The members of the council and their families and employees accounted for a great percentage of our growth in mutual fund sales, business and personal checking accounts, home equity lending, and car loans.Our group raised money and food for local charities. We developed friendships that have withstood the test of time. Our business relationships have continued. Our bank became the financial institution of choice in the local business community. The local Chamber of Commerce began to see us as a threat and solicited our participation as a group in some events so as not to have to compete with us in our part of the county.Many credit union people belong to and participate in business networking activities. I did, and do encourage such participation. But, participation and leading are two very different things. Leaders gain far more respect when those they are leading believe that the leader is doing the right things for the right reasons. We would, I believe, have failed if we were unable to make people believe we were sponsoring and leading this group for reasons beyond growing our business. There were spin-offs from our group and each of them eventually failed for precisely that reason! 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brad Roteman Brad Roteman has served HSFCU since February 2005. He is a former district sales manager with Bankers Systems, Inc., now Walters Klewer Financial Services. Brad has won numerous awards for … Web: www.hsfcu1.org Detailslast_img read more

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GAM forecasts CHF925m loss after rocky 2018

first_imgListed Swiss asset manager GAM expected to post a loss of CHF925m (€822m) for 2018 and proposed to cancel its dividend for this year, it said in an update yesterday.It also revealed that assets under management had fallen by CHF7bn in October and November, taking them to CHF146.1bn as at 30 November.This was mainly driven by net outflows of CHF4.2bn from its investment management division.The group has had a tough time this year, following the decision to halt dealing in its unconstrained and absolute return bond funds after a surge in redemption requests in the wake of the suspension of a senior fund manager in late July. In its statement yesterday GAM said it was expecting an underlying profit of around CHF125m for 2018, compared with CHF172.5m in 2017.It also expected next year’s financial results to be materially lower than those for 2018, because of “significantly lower levels” of assets under management and the phasing in of a cost reduction programme.As part of a group-wide restructuring programme to “enhance efficiency, support profitability and simplify the organisation”, the group expected to cut fixed personnel and general expenses by at least CHF40m by the end of 2019.A one-off charge of around CHF30m for 2018 was likely, the group said, in relation to the implementation of the restructuring programme and “professional costs” in connection with the absolute return and unconstrained fixed income strategy.Lead manager Tim Haywood was suspended on 31 July after an internal investigation identified problems with his risk management and record keeping. Dealing in the unconstrained and absolute return bond funds was subsequently halted after a large number of investors attempted to pull out of the strategies.GAM did not discover any “material client detriment” during its investigation, but nonetheless was forced to begin winding up funds in August.GAM aimed to complete the liquidation process for its absolute return bond funds in the first quarter of next year, subject to market conditions. As at 12 December, between 89% and 92% of Luxembourg and Irish-domiciled absolute return bond funds, and 66% to 72% of the assets in the Cayman and Australian feeder funds, had been returned to clients.Group CEO Alexander Friedman stepped down last month, with replacing him in the interim while a permanent new CEO was sought.last_img read more

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