John Abry earns EcoBroker designation

first_imgFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDate: 09.05.08Contact: John AbryREMAX North ProfessionalsPhone: 802.861.3278Fax: 866.241.9564john@802agent.com(link sends e-mail)www.802agent.com(link is external)LOCAL REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFIED TO ADDRESS AND ENCOURAGE THE BENEFITS OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND GREEN FEATURES IN HOMESColchester, VT — 09.05.08 John Abry, of REMAX North Professionals in Colchester has earned the EcoBroker Certified® designation, having successfully completed a unique and informative training program on the energy and environmental issues that affect real estate transactions. John joins the movement of professionals pushing the real estate market toward energy-efficient, sustainable, and healthier design/features in homes and buildings. The performance home movement is getting a boost thanks to this type of high quality real estate professional earning the EcoBroker designation. EcoBrokers®, like John, throughout the country are forging this market and creating competitive advantages for their customers. With national surveys indicating that 80% of consumers consider themselves green-minded, real estate professionals with the EcoBroker designation are in a better position to serve the real estate consumer. Im always looking for the best ways to offer my clients the best value. My EcoBroker training helps me ensure customer satisfaction, my number one priority, John explains. From windows to moisture control to energy savings, I now have more resources at my disposal to help my buyers and sellers make better real estate decisions. The EcoBroker designation doesnt make me an energy and environmental expert, but it allows me to better understand the issues and to convey this understanding to my buyers and sellers.EcoBroker Internationals education and designation program is designed exclusively for real estate professionals who care about the environment and want to help their clients benefit from the energy-efficiency, green, and healthier features of homes and buildings. EcoBroker provides a complete curriculum of energy and environmental training to licensed real estate agents. Real estate professionals must complete the extensive EcoBroker curriculum and training and fulfill additional program requirements to become Certified EcoBrokers®. John is an example of the quality real estate professional the EcoBroker designation continues to attract, explains EcoBroker Internationals CEO, Dr. John Beldock. These real estate professionals are not only distinguishing themselves in a competitive market place, but they are really giving back to the community in very constructive and meaningful ways. Chittenden County needs more contributors like John. The planet and our grandchildren need them too, Dr. Beldock said.From his Colchester office, John explains, With EcoBrokerÒ training, I have broadened the range of real estate opportunities I offer my clients. Whether the transaction involves environmental assessment and mitigation (mold, radon, etc.) or the opportunity to reduce utility bills, Im in a position to help. The real estate industry is changing, and to best serve my clients I need to understand the newest designs, technologies, and environmental issues. My EcoBroker designation helps me stay ahead of the game.John earned his EcoBroker Certified® designation in August, has been a real estate broker for over 5 years and lives in Colchester with his wife & son.For additional information please contact: John Abry REMAX North ProfessionalsPhone: 802.861.3278Email: john@802agent.com(link sends e-mail)www.802RealEstate.com(link is external)EcoBroker International provides a unique energy and environmental curriculum to licensed real estate professionals, leading to the EcoBroker Designation. EcoBrokers mission is to broaden and improve the base of training and continuing education for real estate professionals and in doing so, encourage improvements to the quality of buildings, while reducing their impact on natural resources and the environment. EcoBroker is a BuildingÒ America and Built GreenÒ Colorado Education Partner; the most successful green-building program in the United States. EcoBroker provides state-approved continuing education courses to licensed real estate professionals in states throughout the U.S. EcoBroker can be reached by phone at 1-800-706-4321, online at www.ecobroker.com(link is external), and by email at customerservice@ecobroker.com(link sends e-mail).# # #last_img read more

Q&A on the emergence and importance of the API

first_imgCO-OP recently sat down with Amanda Smith, CO-OP’s Manager of Emerging Products, to discuss the evolution and impact of Application Programming Interfaces (API) in the mobile banking landscape.Other industries are already realizing the benefits of expanding customer value through seamless integration. For example, Uber has an API that allows you to arrange for a ride by pressing a button within the Open Table app. And Walgreen’s has enlisted the help of an API from the fitness company Qardio to build loyalty by rewarding customers to track their health metrics.Now it’s time for credit unions to seize the opportunity to capitalize on the ease and convenience APIs offer. The following interview provides an overview of APIs and how CO-OP is developing solutions to suit a variety of needs.Q: How have mobile trends evolved over the past two to three years?A: The first place I go is to mobile banking. It was largely a transactional platform. I see that evolving and becoming a holistic engagement platform. Expanding to more product features and wallet programs. Omni-channel is cliché, but it’s meaningful. If you think about the last 15 years, online banking was the way credit unions interacted. Now they have to take that experience and cross multiple platforms and all digital channels. That will require a lot of integration and more engagement. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

It’s Clements v Gaunt in English amateur final

first_img His opponent, Jack Gaunt (Drayton Park) has fulfilled his first ambition with today’s semi-final win. He lost on the 18th in last year’s semi, to eventual champion Dan Brown, and this time he was determined to go one better.  He was three up after five holes and, for the most part, the score stayed that way until the 15th, which Poppleton (Wath) won with an eagle three. His lead was reduced to one hole on the long 17th where they both found heather off the tee. Clements eventually holed from 12ft for his par but Poppleton, from half the distance, slotted in a winning birdie putt.  Clements (Braintree) added: “It was a strange time of the match, but then we had the break for thunder and lightning and that let the dust settle.”  On the par three 18th, it was advantage Clements when Poppleton went through the green, into the rough, and chipped back a good 40ft past the pin. But the Yorkshireman rolled the putt straight in for his par. Clements, pictured left, held his nerve and two-putted for the half and his place in the final.  “This is one better than last year and I’m excited about tomorrow,” he said. “Todd and I played together in the stroke play and I’m expecting a good game.”  Click here for full scores But by then Sloman had found his stride and with a great birdie two on the 10th he reduced the deficit to one hole and, after another birdie on 14, the match was all square.  Todd Clements of Essex and Jack Gaunt of Staffordshire will meet in tomorrow’s final of the English amateur championship after winning hard-fought matches at The Berkshire.  They both won their semi-finals by one hole after an afternoon which included great golf, a weather delay of over an hour for lightning and a rules issue. “I’m over the moon,” said Clements, who paid tribute to his coach Zane Scotland for improving all aspects of his game. “This will be one of the best experiences of my life so far and I’m going to enjoy the moment.”  Images copyright Leaderboard Photography 5 Aug 2017 It’s Clements v Gaunt in English amateur final “It’ll never happen again,” he said afterwards, but was characteristically upbeat and paid fulsome tribute to Clements’ golf: “He was fabulous, he beat me. I asked him some questions over the last couple of holes and he answered them.”  He played Somerset’s Tom Sloman (Taunton & Pickeridge), took the lead with a first hole birdie, was two up at the turn and looking comfortable.  The referee had to be called on the second hole when Clements’ opponent, Nick Poppleton of Yorkshire, realised he had a non-conforming club in his bag. He’d added it at lunchtime, planning a practice session, and forgotten to remove it – and the error cost him a two-hole deduction, going from one up to one down.  Gaunt came straight back with a winning birdie on the 15th and he also captured the 16th with a par after Sloman’s ball hit a sprinkler head and went long. But Gaunt’s lead was cut to one hole after he found the heather twice on the 17th and he had to par the 18th to secure the win.  “Last year taught me a lot about keeping your head and not getting too bogged down thinking about past shots, but to try and stay in the moment,” said Gaunt, pictured top. Tags: English Amateur Championshiplast_img read more

Westport Winery Co-Owner Kim Roberts Releases Second Novel

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery’s co-owner, Kim Roberts, is releasing her second novel on Saturday, December 7. Roberts will be signing Poi Son: An Aloha Jones Mystery from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the winery.In Poi Son, Lahaina harbormaster Aloha Jones, has taken a second job as a marine patrol officer. On a break to purchase lunch, hers having been pilfered by her fur sidekick, Wharf, Aloha generates a racial profiling investigation based on their actions. To avoid the conflict and to sort out the reality of having a reunion with her ex-husband Snake, she responds to her sister Sarang’s request for help in saving the family cabin near Hana from a wildfire.Since good deeds rarely go unpunished, Aloha finds herself returning to the community and circumstance that caused her to leave the island and join the Coast Guard after college. After she gets to Hana she is further embroiled in that historic conflict as her least favorite person, Mallory Deems, drowns behind the dam and Aloha is recruited to retrieve her body. Mallory’s husband, and Aloha’s former fiancé Nate Deems, is just one of the reasons Aloha is loath to reintroduce herself to her awkward past.Once on scene, Aloha discovers that Sarang, a retired Marine, is suffering from PTSD and treating herself with medical marijuana. Aloha’s concern for the situation is further complicated by a series of local characters who pull her in different directions as she learns that Mallory’s death is not a dive accident, but murder.Kim Roberts has written for The Daily Planet, Western-Farmer Stockman, Ocean Observer, Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living, Discover Diving, Log Home Living, RV Life, American Fitness and the Leavenworth Echo where she won the Washington State Newspaper Publishers Association Best General Column award. Roberts and her husband Blain formerly owned Lahaina Divers on Maui. Together they founded Westport Winery on the Washington coast where they live within their Vineyards By-the-Sea.Poi Son is available at Westport Winery and on their website.  Also available on Amazon.   The e-book is also available for Kindle readers via Amazon. Westport Winery’s wine club members receive a 10% discount when purchasing either Poi Son or Luna Sea at the winery.last_img read more