Stowe Area Association presented the Stowe Business Person of the Year award at their Annual Membership Dinner, which was hosted on June 19th by Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa. The Annual Stowe Business Person of the Year 2012 honor was awarded to Michael Diender, owner of the Sun & Ski Inn and Suites. Diender started his career in the hospitality industry 36 years ago when he attended the hotel management school in Maastricht, Netherlands. From there, Michael moved to the United States for an internship, and it was in Florida that he met his wife Debi and decided to stay. He subsequently managed several hotels in the Disney World area. In 1985 the Dienders vacationed in Stowe where they fell in love with the community. For years Michael wanted a business of his own and they decided to purchase the Grey Fox Inn. Between 1986 and 2001, they transformed the Grey Fox Inn from a 19 room renovated farm house inn, into a AAA 3-star mini-resort. Michaelâ s pride and joy was creating the Dutch Pancake CafÃ©, a tribute to his Dutch heritage, which became a favorite among tourists and local residents. In 1998, Michael and Debi purchased the Sun & Ski Inn and a few years later created another Stowe first, the Stowe Golf Park. Looking to slow down a little they sold the Grey Fox in 2004. In 2011, to their great surprise their daughter Rachel and son-in-law Mark asked to enter the family business. Rachel & Mark have been operating the Sun & Ski Inn since January. Over the years Michael has also focused his energies on improving Stowe as a tourist destination. He has been a long time member of the Stowe Area Association and served as its President from 2000 to 2006. Heâ s been an active member of Rotary and currently serves as its President, a member of the Stowe Vibrancy Committee, and currently serves on the Design Review Board. He was also a notable leader in Stoweâ s effort to create a local options tax for the benefit of the community and visitors. In his presentation speech at the dinner, Chuck Barawâ President of the SAA board of trusteesâ said, â Michael can be truly characterized as being polymathic.’He explained, â he is an individual with many interests and with a depth of knowledge in a wide variety of subjects.â As Michael transitions into retirement, he will remain an active advisor for the Sun & Ski Inn, and will remain on the Board of the Stowe Area Association. Both Michael & Debi are looking forward to enjoying time in their home, traveling and spending time with their daughters Donna and Rachel and 4 grandchildren, and welcoming a fifth in January 2013. Stowe Area Association, located in the resort community of Stowe, Vermont, is a tourism marketing organization as well as being the Chamber of Commerce. Stowe, VT (June 25, 2012) Stowe Area Association
ClearOne has added new features to COLLABORATE Space, the company’s cloud collaboration platform. The new features include classroom functionality, multiple screen support and more.The new classroom functionality now found within COLLABORATE Space provides Q&A participation, giving each user electronic “hand raise” capability. There’s also new moderator control over audio and video for all participants, which can number up to 100. If needed, additional participants can be added to any classroom in increments of 100. The moderator also has the ability to transfer the “presenter” role to any participant during the session. Additionally, COLLABORATE Space now includes multi-display support for the moderator host of any conference. Up to 3 displays can be used – one for local participants, one for remote participants, and one for content sharing.Other features in the new version of COLLABORATE Space include everything for online meetings, including scheduling, messaging, integrated file sharing, whiteboarding, annotation, meeting minutes and more. It unifies multiple users, via audio and video, with the ability to make calls to landlines and mobile phones.COLLABORATE Space is an exceptional collaboration platform because users can create searchable, persistent private and public channels, organized by topic, which can include agendas, notes, messages, documents, whiteboards, audio and video recordings and more.You can learn more here.
Notice: Legislative Action August 1, 2009 Regular News Legislative Action Under Rule 2-9.3 (b) – (e), Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, active members of the Bar may file a specific objection to any legislative position adopted by the Board of Governors.Objections properly filed within 45 days of this News issue will be considered for a refund of that portion of mandatory membership fees applicable to the contested legislative position, within an additional 45 days. The Bar’s governing board has the option to grant the appropriate refund to an objector or to refer the matter to arbitration.The arbitration process will determine solely whether the legislative position is within those acceptable activities for which compulsory membership fees may be used under applicable constitutional law. The objecting member’s fees allocable to the contested legislative position will be escrowed promptly upon receipt of the objection, and any refund will bear legal interest.Any active member may provide written notice to the executive director of The Florida Bar, setting forth an objection to a particular legislative position. Failure to object within 45 days of this News issue will constitute a waiver of any right to object to a particular legislative position within this notice.The policy requires the Bar to notice such legislative positions in the next available News issue following their adoption.Pursuant to Standing Board Policy 9.20, on July 17, 2009 the Board of Governors approved the following positions of The Florida Bar:18. Supports the American Bar Association’s efforts to exempt lawyers and law firms from the Federal Trade Commission’s “Red Flags Rule” under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) of 2003 (72 FR 63771) that requires certain creditors to develop and implement written programs to identify, detect, and respond to the warning signs of identity theft – because lawyers are not engaged in the type of commercial activity that Congress was trying to regulate under FACTA and thus should not be considered “creditors” under that act.