Paul E. Fortin

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fortinm-paul-1777196Title: Manufacturer, Entrepreneur

Company: CUIR À FER INC.

Location: Quebec, Canada

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Dan Fraser

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Title: Director of Operations

Company: Nordia Inc.

Location: Moncton, NB, Canada

Dan Fraser parlays 30 years of experience to his latest position as the director of operations of Nordia Inc. In this role, Mr. Fraser is dedicated to overseeing the financial performance of the site and the overall operations of his team. He identifies issues and roadblocks, while conducting quarterly sit evaluations, presenting to the executive board and working with the recruiting team to ensure the recruiting funnel works efficiently. For two years, Mr. Fraser has been an integral figure at the customer service-based telecommunications company.

Mr. Fraser first studied architecture at Centennial College, and eventually made the decision to switch his career over to the telecommunications industry. He received a certified adult educator through Bell Canada. Prior to joining Nordia Inc., Mr. Fraser served as the director of global accounts at Sykes Enterprises. At this company, he was charged with handling 1,500 agents globally. He was the main point of contact for clients and was also responsible for the finances of the Costa Rican, Manila and Canadian sectors. Read the rest of this entry »

Stelian-Doru Ticsa

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Title: President

Company: TIMMES, Inc.

Location: St. Petersburg, FL, United States

Drawing on more than 25 years of experience, Stelian-Doru Ticsa dedicates his proficiency in the medical profession to TIMMES, Inc. TIMMES, Inc. is a health care company that specializes in teleradiology services, which began to solve the inefficiencies and time-lag in the transmission of data-intensive medical images by U.S. military personnel. Dr. Ticsa joined the company nearly two decades ago and in his role enhances the successful performance and growth. In addition, he oversees the application of the software. Read the rest of this entry »

Nancy P. Cotton

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Title: Property Manager

Company: Region of Peel

Location: Branton, ON, Canada

Possessing more than 35 years of service to the Region of Peel in Canada, Nancy Cotton has become a staple figure in public service as a property manager. Responsible for handling properties pertaining to water, wastewater, waste management facilities and communication towers, Ms. Cotton’s abilities make a difference for the area. In addition, she maintains the upkeep of real estate properties, such as vacancies and easements. The Peel Region represents multiple municipalities, including cities and towns. Her work aids in the management of said region, the development of innovative programs and responding to the needs of the people residing in the area. Read the rest of this entry »

Frederic Cote

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cote-frederic-2092920Title: Chief Executive Officer

Company: Cote-Jean and Associates

Location: Magog, QC, Canada

Recognized for his excellence in civil engineering, Frederic Cote was recently named a VIP Member of Worldwide Branding. As the Chief Executive Officer of Cote-Jean and Associates, his primary function is to oversee the operations of the structural and civil engineering services. These operations include strategic planning and developing new business. Mr. Cote lends his expertise to analyzing the finances, managing projects and ensuring compliance. Additionally, he plans, develops and implementing strategies for the firm. Furthermore, he directs the marketing for the firm and the work processes.

Mr. Cote has actively contributed to the field for 16 years. He attended Sherbrooke University and earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Afterwards, he obtained a master’s degree in structural engineering from Laval University in 2002. He maintains membership with the New Entrepreneurs Foundation, and the Chamber de Commerce de Sherbrooke as governor. Read the rest of this entry »

Jorge Chamine

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Chamine, Jorge 1634357Title: Baritone

Company: Music for Peace

Location: Paris, France

A virtuoso since birth, Jorge Chamine’s veins are filled with blood that runs thick with music. With one his latest endeavors being the Music for Peace organization, Mr. Chamine is internationally-known, having performed at with symphonies and operas at Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony, London Symphony, Czech Philharmonic among other of the world’s grandest stages. In his current role, he continues to sing and teach music while working as a music ambassador in such places like the Middle East. In addition, he is the president and artistic director of the CIMA Festival in Tuscany, Italy, and pedagogical director of Ateliers “Sons Croises” in Paris, France. Mr. Chamine is the artistic director of the Bougival Festival in France as well.

Mr. Chamine began singing at the age of four and playing piano by five. At 12 years old, he seized a lead soprano role for a Portuguese opera. Several years later at 15, Mr. Chamine won the Prix National de la Jeunesse. His career has also been politically motivated, and since the age of 14, he has made decisions to fight for liberty. While he may have a law degree from the University of Coimbra, he finds his voice is his liberator for justice. He has studied with prominent musicians such as Lola Rodríguez de Aragon, Hans Hotter, Daniel Ferro and Teresa Berganza. In his more than three decades in the spotlight, he has refined his skills in opera, operetta, zarzuela, oratorio, new music and art-song repertory. Read the rest of this entry »

Father Samuel Santiago

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Title: Priest

Company: Santa Maria Reina Parish

Location: Ponce, Puerto Rico

Samuel Santiago has dedicated more than 41 years of service to the Catholic Church, with 37 of those years as the priest of Santa Maria Reina parish in Puerto Rico. Providing religious and ministry services, as well as directing operations at the adjoining school, Father Santiago is looked to by many people for spiritual counseling and direction. In 2015, he was recognized as a VIP Member for his skill and leadership. His faith has been his calling and in his position, he has been able to share his passion and guidance. Read the rest of this entry »

John Milligan

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Milligan, John 1961631Title: Vice President of Research and Development

Company: Twincraft Skincare

Location: Middlebury, VT, United States

John Milligan is noted for his longevity in the cosmetics industry. Combining a background in chemistry with entrepreneurial skills, he is responsible for overseeing all formulation of products, packaging development, regulatory services and operations. Mr. Milligan is also responsible for traveling to introduce the company’s new product lines, which includes specialty soaps and skin care products. He has lead the strategic diversification of the business from a bar soap manufacturer to a custom liquid and bar soap strategic partner to select brands. Read the rest of this entry »

Raymond E. Irwin

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Irwin, Raymond 1574211Title: Geologic Consultant

Company: Nevada Silver, Inc.

Location: Albuquerque, NM, United States

Distinguished for more than four decades in the exploration and mining services industry, Raymond Irwin has traveled all over the world and has been involved in four major mine discoveries. Proficient in investigating and surveying land for mineral deposits, his responsibilities as a geologic consultant for Nevada Silver, Inc. involve reviewing property submittals, evaluating potential advanced stage gold, silver and base metals. In addition, he directs projects and crews, maintains budgets, and plans and supervises exploration programs. His work has taken him all over the world, including, Brazil, Bolivia, Ghana, Canada and Mexico. His exploration specialties and mineralization expertise are in tertiary-Jurassic sandstone-hosted uranium, porphyry and supergene copper, pyrometasoatic Cu and Au, epithermal and mesothermal structurally controlled (vein) Cu, Au and Ag, “Burgin mine type” complex structurally controlled mesothermal Pb, Zn, Ag and Au, “Carlin type” sediment hosted Au and Ag, Archean and Proterozoic greenstone belt hosted gold and mafic intrusive hosted Cu-Ni-Co-PGE. Read the rest of this entry »

Stephen T. Greer

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Greer, Stephen 1903563Title: Owner, Attorney

Company: Attorneys Greer, Swafford and Adams

Location: Dunlap, TN, United States

A law professional with more than four decades of experience, Stephen Greer practices in the areas of personal injury, auto accidents, nursing home negligence, criminal defense, family law, wrongful death and general litigation. In his capacity, Mr. Greer provides clients with legal services, consultations and representation in trials. His interest in law was imparted from his father, who became an attorney after serving in World War II. Mr. Greer was inspired by his father and decided to pursue a career in the legal field. For more than 30 years, he has owned and collaborated with other attorneys at his firm, Attorneys Greer, Swafford and Adams. Read the rest of this entry »

Gilberto Rodrigues

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Rodrigues, Gilberto 1648889

Title: Former Chief Executive Officer

Company: Mota-Engil Africa

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

Gilberto Rodrigues has more than 23 years of experience in civil engineering. During this career, he has grown the business on the continent of Africa for Mota-Engil from $300 million to $1.5 billion Euros. As the former CEO of Mota-Engil, Mr. Rodrigues was responsible for being in charge of the African market. In this position, he paid close attention to how markets performed and on how to handle the commercial side of the business. He has overseen finances and top operations while setting policies. At the present, Mr. Rodrigues is pursuing entrepreneurial endeavors in Africa.

Mr. Rodrigues attributes his success to his hard work and natural ability. He is a firm believer in setting goals and relying on his team for support. To prepare for a career in his line of work, he earned a master’s degree in civil engineering at the Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto in Portugal. This degree has served him well and has helped him serve his various roles within the industry, including all of his positions with Mota-Engil. Mr. Rodrigues started out as an onsite engineer after graduating and worked up to site manager and project manager. In 2001, he was to Africa, where he became a country manager, then a regional director and finally the CEO of the continent. Read the rest of this entry »

Paul Gallagher

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Gallagher, Paul 1734038Title: Barrister and Solicitor, Notary Public, Mediator, Business Consultant

Company: Paul Gallagher Legal

Location: North Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand

Drawing on nearly 40 years of experience in legal services, Paul Gallagher has aided clients concerning matters in mediation and alternative dispute resolution, property and commercial law, family trusts and estate planning, family law, relationship property and parenting disputes. For 26 of these years, Mr. Gallagher has overseen the day-to-day operations, marketing, and legal service at his own firm. His clients can expect Mr. Gallagher to be very approachable, and as someone with a strong communication ability. Read the rest of this entry »

Richard W. Jenkins

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Jenkins, Richard 853238Title: Sergeant First Class E-7, 25Z Visual Information Chief (Retired)

Company: U.S. Army

Location: Tonawanda, NY, United States

Richard Jenkins is a third generation U.S. Army serviceman, with a legacy dating back to the American Civil War and the Battle of Mobile Bay. In his own military career, he served in Vietnam between 1967 and 1968, and in Korea in 1980 and 1982. Additionally, he is a Cold War veteran, and has carried out his service in Germany, Korea and Panama. Prior to retiring, he reached the position of sergeant first class E-7 in the United States Army. As an expert in computers, he attained the role of visual information chief, where he was responsible for maintaining and operating the military television and radio for Armed Forces Radio and overseeing satellite communications.

With a career in the defense services dedicated to the protection of the United States for many years, Mr. Jenkins has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades. These prestigious honors range from the Meritorious Service Medal, to the Commendation Medal and to the Achievement Medal. He has also received the Vietnam Service Medal with Three Stars, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with 1970 Device, the Meritorious Unit Citation, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation and the Korean Defense Service Medal. In addition, he has earned the Cold War Certificate, the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross with Silver Device, the New York State Conspicuous Service Star with Silver Device, the German Army Bronze and Silver Shooting Awards and the German Army Reserve Silver Honor Pin. Read the rest of this entry »

Trevor Campbell

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Campbell, Trevor 1687283Title: Property and Land Manager

Company: Origin Energy

Location: Roma, QLD, Australia

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Ameer Ispahani

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Ameer Ispahani 1956547Title: President

Company: Aerial Tech Plus Inc.

Location: Ontario, Canada

Ameer A. Ispahani is the president of Aerial Tech Plus Inc., a company that offers services for hydraulic equipment, particularly for the construction rental industry. Fueled by passion, Mr. Ispahani has dedicated 33 years of service to the industry. He first gained an interest in the field when he worked as a mechanic. He decided to go to school for hydraulics because he knew this was the industry in which he wanted to build his career. He received a diploma in electromagnetics from Dawson College in 1978.  Read the rest of this entry »

John A. Girardi

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Girardi, John 1978402Title: Partner

Company: Girardi | Keese

Location: Los Angeles, CA, United States

With more than 40 years of practiced expertise in law, Mr. Girardi has achieved professional success through cases pertaining to civil trials, professional negligence, government entity negligence, products liability and employment, and cases involving toxic tort and pharmaceutical litigation. Mr. Girardi’s hard work and willingness to put in long hours has resulted in benefiting hundreds of people and their families. He was able to procure a settlement for 177 people who had been affected by a pharmaceutical company as well as more than 100 homeowners who lost their homes in a forest fire due to the negligence of a public utility. The outcome of these kinds of cases help Mr. Girardi continue what he does and make a difference in people’s lives. Read the rest of this entry »

Paul Gauci

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Gauci, Paul 2064915Title: Managing Director

Company: Globalnet Systems Ltd

Location: Westerham, United Kingdom

Specialized in network design and information technology and services, Paul Gauci has honed his skills with a career spanning more than 20 years. Opening the doors to his company Globalnet Systems Ltd in 2007, Mr. Gauci fulfills the promises made for clients with network infrastructure design services concerning fiber and copper installation. As the managing director, Mr. Gauci organizes his personnel and develops clientele and business. He employs a team of highly qualified network cable, AV and electrical installers. As a luminary in the engineering field, Mr. Gauci has created a top-notch work environment with a variety of products and services. Read the rest of this entry »

Mark Towson, M.Sc., FCIPD

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Towson, Mark 1625558Title: Group Human Resources Director

Company: Mark Towson Consulting

Location: Cobham, Surrey, United Kingdom

Mark Towson parlays nearly four decades of experience to his current role as a group human resources director with his own consulting firm. As a seasoned professional having worked in Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States, Mr. Towson delivers on building organizational capability and executing complex cross-border change management. With his guidance, executive teams improve business performance along the lines of his strategy. Designing corporate strategies is a specialty of Mr. Towson’s, and grants him affiliation with the Society of Human Resource Management and the Association of Top Professionals. In addition, he is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in the United Kingdom. Read the rest of this entry »

Brian Smyth

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Title: Senior Vice President

Company: Bruce Power

Location: Port Elgin, Ontario, Canada

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Bill Sheppard

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Bill Sheppard 1650341Title: Managing Director

Company:  World Travellers

Location: Hastings, New Zealand

William “Bill” Sheppard began his illustrious career working for Singapore Airlines in the ticket office as a reservations supervisor. He worked in that position for nearly four years before transitioning to a different aspect of the travel industry. He joined Best Travel Limited in 1986 an eventually purchased the business from its founder in 2001. Read the rest of this entry »