Brian Tracy to deliver keynote address at National Agents Alliance Key To Tomorrow Leadership Conference

Burlington, NC (PRWEB) June 04, 2012

Brian Tracy, national bestselling author, speaker and trainer, will deliver the keynote address at NAAs Key To Tomorrow Leadership Conference July 14 in Raleigh, N.C., National Agents Alliance President and CEO Andy Albright announced today.

Tracy, the author of 50-plus books, just released his latest effort Kiss That Frog, a book that was co-written with his daughter Christina Tracy Stein.

Tracys appearance also happens to coincide with the beginning of a celebration: the 10th anniversary of National Agents Alliance.

Ive been a big fan of Brian Tracys for many years, Albright said. Ive read his books, listened to a number of his audios and Ive had the pleasure of seeing him speak in person over the years. With us coming up on our tenth anniversary, we thought it would be fitting to find a big-name speaker to address our team. I cant think of a better person that fits that bill than Brian Tracy. We are very excited to have him coming to our conference.

In addition to Tracy, motivational speaker and war hero Clebe McClary and his wife, DeAnna will speak at the conference, along with The Goads and the top leaders of National Agents Alliance.

Tracy is the chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, a company specializing in the training and development of individuals and organizations. He has consulted more than 1,000 companies and has addressed more than 5 million people in more than 50 countries. In 2011, he spoke to more than 250,000 people.

Now, hes ready to speak to The Alliance.

I am very much looking forward to being a part of a great event focused on building corporate culture, growing people, and making a difference, Tracy said. This can be the turning or take-all point for each person. In Perform at Your Best, my 90-minute seminar, Ill give you some great ideas to be even more successful than you already are.

Tracy has studied, researched, written and spoken for 30 years in the fields of economics, history, business, philosophy and psychology. He has written and produced more than 300 audio and video learning programs, including the worldwide, best-selling Psychology of Achievement, which has been translated into more than 20 languages.

Prior to founding his company, BTI, Tracy was the Chief Operating Officer of a $ 265 million dollar development company. He has had successful careers in sales and marketing, investments, real estate development and syndication, importation, distribution and management consulting. He has conducted high-level consulting assignments with several billion-dollar-plus corporations in strategic planning and organizational development.

Tracy has traveled and worked in more than 80 countries on six continents, and speaks four languages. Brian is married and has four children and three grandchildren. He is active in community and national affairs, and is the president of three companies headquartered in Solana Beach, Calif.

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National Trust For Historic Preservation Names North Dakota’s Elkhorn Ranch One Of America’s Most Endangered Places

Washinton DC (PRWEB) June 07, 2012

This annual list spotlights important examples of the nations architectural, cultural and natural heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage. More than 230 sites have been on the list over its 25-year history, and in that time, only a handful of listed sites have been lost.

A proposed road and bridge near Elkhorn Ranch would visually disrupt the landscape as well as introduce industrial traffic, noise and dust, through the very place that inspired Roosevelts views on conservation, according to Stephanie Meeks, President of the National Trust. Additionally, a permit for a proposed private gravel mining operation directly across the Little Missouri River from the Elkhorn Ranch Site is nearing approval from the U.S. Forest Service.

Earlier this week, the Theodore Roosevelt Association (TRA) announced its support for a proposal to designate the area where Roosevelt ranched before he became president as a national monument. Tweed Roosevelt, great grandson of Theodore Roosevelt and President of the TRA, said today he welcomes the recognition by the National Trust and will work with the Trust staff to preserve the site.

North Dakota is lucky to have one of the most famous sites in the history of conservation, Theodore Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch, right in its beautiful Bad Lands, said Tweed Roosevelt. TR fought those who would ravage our natural resources for the benefit of the few. Now it is time to fight to save his ranch from the same type of selfish people today who would destroy it for their own personal gain.

Lowell Baier, former president of the Boone and Crockett Club, and a trustee of the Theodore Roosevelt Association, said: The Elkhorn Ranch is the very cradle of conservation in America, the sacred ground of the conservation movement, a geographic, tangible Arcadian icon of Americans cultural identity, symbolizing the conservation ethic unique to our Nation which Theodore Roosevelt conceived here in the 1880s. Hence it has also been referred to as the Walden Pond of the American West.

The Elkhorn Ranch, located along the Little Missouri River in the rugged North Dakota Badlands, inspired President Theodore Roosevelts deep appreciation for the American West and for conservation. Roosevelt first traveled to the Dakota Badlands in the 1880s to hunt buffalo and was so taken by the area that he invested in two ranches, making the Elkhorn Ranch his home. It was here that he first witnessed the rapid degradation of America’s wilderness and wildlife, and recognized the importance of conserving such national resources. The heart of the ranch is part of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

During his presidency, Roosevelt set aside over 230 million acres of public lands in the form of National Parks, National Monuments, National Wildlife Refuges and National Forests. Roosevelt said of Elkhorn, I never would have been President if it had not been for my experience in North Dakota.

“The Elkhorn Ranch is not only a picturesque historic site, but as a home to Theodore Roosevelt, a true cradle of conservation in the United States, said Trust President Meeks. “Building a road this close to the Elkhorn Ranch would permanently destroy the nationally significant historic place. Roosevelt had an enormous influence on Americas public lands system and promoted nationwide conservation of natural and cultural sites. His legacy should continue today through protection of this place.

Public comments on the proposed road and Little Missouri River crossing are being taken by the Federal Highway Administration until June 22. They can be submitted by mail to Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson, Jennifer Turnbow, Project Manager, 128 Soo Line Dr., Bismarck, ND 58501 or by email to jennifer(dot)turnbow(at)kljeng(dot)com. Public comments on the proposed gravel mining operation are being taken by the U.S. Forest Service until June 11. A copy of the environmental assessment on the gravel operation, and the opportunity to comment, can be found at

Members of the public are invited to learn more about what they can do to support these 11 historic places and hundreds of other endangered sites at

Tweed Roosevelt, for interview purposes, can be reached at 617-523-8737

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National Geographic Channel Headquarters Unveils New Living Green Wall Lobby

Washington, DC (PRWEB) November 22, 2012

GSky Plant Systems, Inc., a leading provider of vertical green walls partnered with a team of young designers from Emerson\White Design to complete the installation of the first double sided, 180-degree curve, freestanding Versa Wall at the National Geographic Channels headquarters in Washington, DC.

National Geographic is one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational institutions in the world, and strives to be an international leader of global conservation and environmental sustainability. To reflect this green dedication, Emerson\White designers Kelly Emerson and Stephen White were inspired to design a lobby area that employed eco-friendly systems including flooring, lighting, and materials. The green wall serves as the focal point of the space and is a bold, environmentally conscious statement and testament to the National Geographic Channels core values.

The President of National Geographic Channel at the time approached the creative team with the goal of executing design elements that incorporated the ideals of the organization, while creating a healthy work environment for employees. National Geographic is not simply interested in educating the public about the natural environment and progression of technology, but also in the preservation of the worlds resources. GSky’s green wall system is forward thinking, self-sustaining, and brings living plant life into a space; it unites all of National Geographics ideals as a company in a single feature. The intent of the Versa Wall is to aesthetically convey these ideals as living art, embracing everything nature has to offer and meshing perfectly with the surrounding sustainable and recycled materials.

At Emerson\White, we knew we wanted a major focal point for the lobby – a central design element that made both a “WOW!” impact upon initial interaction with the lobby, as well as an organic sculptural element that provided color, texture, and visual interest to allow exploration and sensorial discovery of space. Stephen White, Designer, Emerson\White Design.

The entrance has become a pivotal point where everyone is gathered to celebrate various events. The architecture of the lobby creates a nice flow that welcomes people into the building, while establishing a branded separate society that people will immediately recognize.

The green wall is not only a conversational piece, but a focal point for our gatherings and celebrations within the channel. Many of the natural attributes of this lobby such as wood, stone, and the green wall, tie back to mother earth and are a reflection of National Geographics core values. Since the introduction of the green wall, employees have taken interest in the plants as they observe their life cycles. Carla Daeninckx, Design Director Marketing & Creative, National Geographic Channels.

Versa Wall has a recirculating irrigation system that is 100% water efficient and self-contained making the system suitable for any interior wall without the worry of spillage. It is naturally beautiful, eco-friendly, customizable, durable and economical offering flexible installation options and a variety of plant selections.

For photos of this Versa Wall installation, please visit

About GSky Plant Systems, Inc:

Founded in 2004, GSky Plant Systems, Inc. remains a leading provider of vertical green walls in North America. The business was founded based on the explosive growth of green technology, including green wall and roof systems in Asia. GSky currently offers three green wall systems, the Pro Wall, Versa Wall and the Basic Wall. Each system is unique in terms of design flexibility, installation location versatility, plant selection variety, desired size, cost, coverage time-line, and system components. GSky also offers a suite of services including maintenance, remote monitoring, and consulting as full-service contracts or

HNTB Architecture Names New National, Kansas City Office Leaders

Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) August 29, 2012

Two long-time members of the HNTB Architecture staff have been named to key leadership positions within the business unit of HNTB Corporation. Bane Gaiser, AIA, LEED, AP, has been named president of HNTB Architecture, and Christopher Migneron, AIA, has been named HNTB Architectures Kansas City office leader.

Gaiser oversees the commitment of firm resources for architecture projects in the federal, civic, aviation, transportation, convention center, sports, education and program management markets. His expertise includes the development and execution of strategies for design-build, design-bid-build, construction manager at risk, and program management projects.

He has more than 20 years of architecture experience, with more than a dozen of them at HNTB, and he holds a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Kansas and Master of Science in advanced architectural design from Columbia University.

Chris Migneron, AIA, is HNTB Architectures Kansas City office leader, responsible for the offices overall design, business and management results. He has more than 14 years of architectural experience encompassing various delivery methods, including design-build. His expertise includes federal, sports, commercial and residential projects. Prior to his role as office leader, Migneron served as HNTB assistant project director on the new National Security Center Campus in Kansas City, Mo. HNTB serves on the CenterPoint Zimmer design and construction team for the campus, which will include nearly 1.5 million square feet of manufacturing spaces, laboratories, office space and warehouses, and is designed to be LEED

National Fish Habitat Partnership Releases Updated Action Plan to Conserve America’s Aquatic Resources

Washington, DC (PRWEB) August 29, 2012

The National Fish Habitat Board today released the second edition of the National Fish Habitat Action Plan (Action Plan), setting forth a mission-critical approach to conserving the nations aquatic resources for the future. The original National Fish Habitat Action Plan, created in 2006, carried a great vision forward to protect, restore and enhance aquatic habitats through partnerships. While the original Plan met its objectives set forth in 2010, the mission and goals of the plan remain the same and are the foundation of the second edition of the Plan for 2012 and beyond.

The second edition of the National Fish Habitat Action Plan is built on the foundation of advancing the conservation practices of the individual National Fish Habitat Partnerships, the working units of the National Fish Habitat Partnership. The five new objectives in the Plan include:

Achieve measurable habitat conservation results through strategic actions of Fish Habitat Partnerships that improve ecological condition, restore natural processes, or prevent the decline of intact and healthy systems leading to better fish habitat conditions and increased fishing opportunities.

Establish a consensus set of national conservation strategies as a framework to guide future actions and investment by the Fish Habitat Partnerships by 2013.

Broaden the community of support for fish habitat conservation by increasing fishing opportunities, fostering the participation of local communities especially young people in conservation activities, and raising public awareness of the role healthy fish habitats play in the quality of life and economic well-being of local communities.

Fill gaps in the National Fish Habitat Assessment and its associated database to empower strategic conservation action supported by broadly available scientific information, and integrate socio-economic data in the analysis to improve peoples lives in a manner consistent with fish habitat conservation goals.

Communicate the conservation outcomes produced collectively by Fish Habitat Partnerships as well as new opportunities and voluntary approaches for conserving fish habitat to the public and conservation partners.

The second edition of the Action Plan details how the new objectives will be implemented. The Plan also highlights conservation Partnership in Action stories from Fish Habitat Partnerships to provide insight into their work on the ground. Other sections explain the functions of the National Fish Habitat Board and Partnerships and the critical role of science and data and effective communications to guide activities. Interesting facts and figures related to the National Fish Habitat Partnership, recreational and commercial fishing fill out the rest of the Plan.

The revised Action Plan is built on the success and experiences of our Partners, said Kelly Hepler, Chairman of the National Fish Habitat Board and Assistant Commissioner, Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Creating and maintaining these Partnerships is the foundation of the Action Plan and will be the primary focus as we address conservation needs for our nations waterways now and into the future.

The National Fish Habitat Board, Fish Habitat Partnerships, federal and state natural resource agencies, conservation organizations and the National Fish Habitat Partner Coalition participated in the selection process of the revised Plan objectives. The release of the revised Action Plan coincides with the launch of the updated National Fish Habitat Partnership website at

To view and download a PDF of the revised Action Plan, visit

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About the National Fish Habitat Partnership

The National Fish Habitat Partnership ( works to conserve fish habitat nationwideleveraging federal, state and private funding sources to achieve the greatest impact on fish populations through priority conservation projects. The national partnership implements the National Fish Habitat Action Plan and supports 18 regional grassroots partner organizations.

Linda Thomas-Mobley of NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) Awarded Top Honors as National Leader in Construction Management Education

San Diego, Calif. (PRWEB) May 22, 2012

In recognition of her leadership in promoting quality construction management education, NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD) Construction Management program Chair Linda Thomas-Mobley has been named the winner of the 2012 Carol A. Kueker Construction Education Visionary Award by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Education Foundation. In evaluating Thomas-Mobleys achievements, the award committee noted her role in leading the creation of NSADs fully online Master of Construction Management program.

The award committee was deeply impressed by the dedication of Linda Thomas-Mobley to the field of construction management and related fields through both her professional background and education initiatives, said Robin Fulton Meyer, NAWIC Education Foundation president-elect 20112012. Her tireless efforts to raise awareness of the construction management profession include the development of an online program through NSAD that increases access to quality education and advancement in the construction management field.

At NSAD, Thomas-Mobley is credited with updating and adapting the schools Bachelor of Science in Construction Management program to meet the industrys future needs and with leading the effort to create the Master of Construction Management online program. The online program, which can be completed in one year, is taught by construction management experts and uses integrated media in a convenient online format for working professionals and/or students worldwide. Students work in virtual project teams and the program emphasizes knowledge in new standards for building and construction materials, worker safety, energy efficiency, environmental protection and risk mitigation.

The Carol A. Kueker Construction Education Visionary Award recognizes a U.S. educator or advocate who has a passion for and dedication to construction education. NAWIC is dedicated to advancing women in construction, while the affiliated NAWIC Education Foundation focuses on promoting construction education.

This is the latest honor received by Thomas-Mobley, who also was named the 2012 Executive of the Year by the NAWIC San Diego Chapter for her involvement in the construction industry as well as her leadership skills and commitment to creating a quality construction management program at NSAD. Prior to joining NSAD in 2010, Thomas-Mobley was a faculty member at the Georgia Institute of Technology for 13 years, serving the last three years as associate chair of a building construction program. Her previous work experience includes serving as a construction manager for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, a senior attorney in corporate and real estate law and a lieutenant in the United States Navy Civil Engineer Corps. She holds a Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a concentration in Building Construction, a J.D. from the University of Miami and an M.S. and B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida.

About NewSchool of Architecture and Design

NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NSAD), founded in 1980, is located in San Diego, California. NSAD is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). ACICS is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. NSADs Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Architecture and Executive Master of Architecture programs are accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). NSAD also offers a pre-professional Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, a Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Arts, a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, a Master of Landscape Architecture, a Master of Construction Management and a Master of Science in Architecture. NSAD was ranked among the top 10 undergraduate architecture schools in the western United States, according to the DesignIntelligence report Americas Best Architecture & Design Schools 2012. For more information, visit

aecKnowledge Announces Knowledge Partnership with the National Organization of Minority Architects

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) July 20, 2012

aecKnowledge, a leading provider of advanced online continuing education (CE) for architects, engineers and construction professionals, announces a new knowledge partnership with The National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). The partnership was formed based on a shared mission to promote professional development and excellence.

We are very excited about this partnership and about sharing aecKnowledges content with our members, stated Kathy Dixon, 1st Vice President, NOMA. By joining forces we are not only able to strengthen our organization, but also enrich the knowledge of our members and elevate the profession.

Our partnership with NOMA is another step in furthering our mission to transform how members of the AEC community collaborate with and learn from one another, stated Michael Strogoff, FAIA, President, aecKnowledge. We look forward to a vibrant partnership that includes highlighting NOMAs thought leaders and adding new perspectives to our Editorial Board.

aecKnowledge continuing education courses are approved for continuing education units by AIA/CES and/or GBCI. The courses are also accepted by many states to fulfill mandatory CE requirements for ongoing licensure. Additional materials, including free course previews, written transcripts, course descriptions, learning objectives and presenter biographies are also available.

About aecKnowledge

aecKnowledge, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an established web-based, peer-reviewed knowledge sharing platform for the AEC industries. aecKnowledge enables members of the architecture, engineering, construction and land use planning industries to share unbiased knowledge and to leverage their collective intellectual capital. With a mission to transform how design and construction professionals throughout the AEC industries collaborate with and learn from each other, aecKnowledge targets the more than 6 million professionals and tradespeople across the fragmented AEC industry, and provides a venue for allied professionals and knowledge providers to strengthen their presence among a large and engaged audience. Visit for more information.

About NOMA

The National Organization of Minority Architects was founded in 1971 as a means to foster communications among minority architects and to fight discriminatory practices. Its mission is to champion diversity within the design professions by promoting the excellence, community engagement, and professional development of its members. NOMA and its professional and student chapters have been instrumental in supporting minority architects, interns, and underrepresented communities for the past forty years. To learn more, visit

AEC Science & Technology Announces the National Specifiers Conference: The Essential Event for Construction Specification Professionals

Centerville, MA (PRWEB) August 22, 2012

Spec writers live between the push and pull of contractors, owners, design requirements and deadlines. Their offices, once libraries of mountains of catalogues from which they source product to marry design and materials into perfect unions, are now embracing the myriad digital resources, the ever changing code requirements and latest materials databases says Conference Director George Borkovich. They are on a constant hunt for new trends, greener and sustainable products and new technologies to help them more efficiently do their jobs. The National Specifiers Conference addresses these unique challenges and delivers real-world educational solutions.

The National Specifiers Conference provides opportunities to discuss the impact specification changes, to talk with industry experts about future trends, to participate in group sessions on specifications production and so much more including the following:

Viking River Cruises Launch National TV Campaign through The DRTV Centre

London (PRWEB UK) 9 August 2012

The DRTV Centre’s new TV commercials for Viking highlight a number of European destinations including Amsterdam, Cologne, Vienna and Budapest. An attractive feature of Viking River Cruises is that in most destinations the cruise vessel docks in the heart of each city, so passengers simply step ashore to see all the local sights.

A much praised feature is the food on board and theres complimentary wine with lunch and dinner. Guests often comment too about how friendly Viking Cruises are, with many making lifelong friends with their fellow travellers.

The new TV campaign features a special August offer of savings up to

National Treatment Network Taps Growing Addiction Treatment Market

Franklin, TN (PRWEB) August 08, 2012

National Treatment Network (NTN) is helping educate drug and alcohol addiction sufferers on the benefits of using their private health insurance PPO plans to receive up to $ 30,000 or more in substance abuse benefits. The Greater Nashville-based healthcare direct marketing agency is garnering international attention and generating substantial business growth by serving this market segment.

NTN is spiking business by aggressively and strategically placing national television and radio advertising including spots running on many popular syndicated radio programs. The company is connecting substance abuse sufferers with addiction treatment centers and helps patients with private health insurance PPO policies learn about their eligible substance abuse treatment coverage for medical detox services and residential (inpatient) rehab programs.

NTN assists its customers by helping them verify their insurance coverage amounts (up to $ 30,000 or more) for substance abuse treatment services and prepares those eligible for immediate admittance to addiction treatment centers offering customized programs for both men and women.

As a result, more and more consumers are using their private health insurance PPO plans to receive substance abuse treatment at little or no out-of-pocket expense by utilizing NTN and their network of facilities throughout the U.S. and beyond. Many drug and alcohol treatment facilities bill private insurance companies directly and assist the patient throughout the process saving them time and money.

Consumers that have substance abuse riders in their health insurance plans (with carriers such as Aetna, Cigna, Humana, United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield and other premium health insurance providers) have more choices in terms of drug and alcohol treatment center locations, treatment types and amenities. Families are now realizing that they can receive treatment for any family member seeking recovery through their private PPO health insurance plan.

According to Anita Burns, Managing Partner of Medicquire (MDQ) who owns National Treatment Network, NTN is now in the final stages of releasing several national TV ads via large networks and agency relationships. It has been a natural evolution for us since we have mastered in-house internet and mobile advertising and are now moving this core competency into multi-programming TV and radio marketing.

MDQ markets under company brand names, service marks and diverse media channels combining diverse experiences, skill sets, backgrounds and perspectives to create a high end, expert team competency base. MDQ is quickly building a reputation as the go-to-firm for integrated, performance-based direct medical marketing solutions. MDQs mission is to be the leading global player in the direct to consumer medical marketing space.