Gateway Mortgage Group Appoints CFO Gateway Mortgage Group, a full-service mortgage company licensed in 40 states and the District of Columbia, announced Christopher Treece as CFO Treece will oversee all aspects of the company’s finance and accounting functions including financial reporting, accounting operations, funding, deposit operations, and asset liability management. In 2018, Gateway funded more than 29,000 units for a total of $6.1 billion in mortgage loans, up 10 percent from 2017. While many of the nations were announcing layoffs in 2018, Gateway opened a total of 40 new branches in 22 states and added over 341 team members. Established in 2000 and headquartered in Jenks, Oklahoma, the company employs more than 1,100 team members in over 160 offices nationwide and currently services $18 billion in residential mortgages. Christopher Treece Gateway Mortgage Group Guaranty Bancorp HOUSING Independent Bank Group loan mortgage Mortgage Origination Stephen Curry 2019-03-01 Rachel Williams Treece joins Gateway having worked in both public accounting and for bank holding companies. Previously, he was the CFO for Guaranty Bancorp in Denver, which was sold to Independent Bank Group in 2018. As a member of a small management team, Treece helped double the size of the bank while improving the operating metrics to be among the top quartile within the bank’s peer group. His career started as a public accountant where he spent 13 years serving financial institutions of all kinds. Treece graduated from Truman State University with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. in Headlines, News, Origination “Gateway is an amazing company, and I’m thrilled to join a powerhouse executive team,” said Treece. “The ongoing success of the company provides a ton of momentum and the path for opportunity is significant. Gateway is full of driven professionals who live out the company’s core values, and I am eager to help the company reach more customers with modern financial solutions.” “Christopher brings a wealth of proven experience and expertise in the financial services industry to Gateway, making him a great asset to our team,” said Stephen Curry, CEO of Gateway. “As our company begins to evolve into a full-service bank, Christopher brings critical insights which will enhance strategies, improve execution and drive efficiencies. This is good for our investors, customers, team members, and all other stakeholders.” March 1, 2019 756 Views Share
“After all the glamour and kitsch of arguably the world’s greatest singing competition, today we say congratulations to a very special group of 21 travel agents who, together, have taken home a share of 150,000 Rewards by Viking points,” said Erin Kramer, trade marketing manager at Viking.15 people correctly guessed the Netherlands as the winner of the song contest, while eight correctly guessed the UK would come in last.Two people – Roland Kautzky from Travel Associates Toorak (VIC), and Carissa Johnson at Spencer Travel Southside (NSW) – picked both the first and last place winners and earned themselves extra points.While no one guessed the trifecta of first, second and third place in the correct order, two people received honourable mentions for guessing the correct countries: Shelley Jacquemin from Travel Associates Toorak (VIC) and Kieran Van Bunnik from Cruise Express Balmain (NSW).The 21 winners will see the bonus points appear in their Rewards by Viking account by the end of the week.“I’m pleased so many agents had faith in Australia to come first, however sadly no one correctly guessed our Kate would come in ninth,” said Erin.“And our mother country, Norway, made the leaderboard, with a song about the Northern Lights placing sixth.” Agents can earn Rewards by Viking by registering for an account online, and quoting their member number when they book with the Viking reservations team.Points can be redeemed in the online store for a range of brand-name items, from electronics and sporting goods to beauty products and gift vouchers. agentscruiseDare to DreamEurovisionincentivesViking
Go back to the enewsletterThe Squire’s Landing has officially arrived at Circular Quay’s Overseas Passenger Terminal (OPT) with panoramic views of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.Housing a two-storey restaurant, The Squire’s Landing features a freestanding fully glazed microbrewery, architecturally designed amid money-can’t-buy-views of Sydney’s most famous landmarks.As Australia’s newest James Squire flagship, The Squire’s Landing is a partnership between Mantle Group Hospitality and Lion, and tells the legendary tale of James Squire, a convict on the First Fleet and Australia’s first brewer.Lion’s Head of Craft Gordon Treanor said it was exciting to see this state-of-the-art venue come to life, which promises to be a mecca for craft beer fans from around the world.“We are enormously proud to be launching the flagship James Squire microbrewery in Sydney which is also the home of the James Squire brand. It’s only fitting that The Squire’s Landing is located in such an iconic location so close to where James Squire first landed in Australia on the first fleet,” said Gordon.The venue’s Head Brewer, Peter Merrington, will be permanently based on site crafting exclusive small-batch brews, and delivering James Squire Limited Releases and its nine core-range beers and ciders.“We’ll have some of the freshest beer being served in Sydney and a range exclusive to The Squire’s Landing. We’ll also be able to honour the legend that is James Squire, at the same location where he first set foot on Australian soil almost 230 years ago,” said Merrington.On the menu is one of the only locations in Australia that serves the world’s oldest surviving beer made new, The Wreck.The venue offers multiple external decks and terraces offer an open-air dining experience and the ultimate spot to host any function.The Squire’s Landing menu is set to tantalise tastebuds with its collection of uniquely modern Australian flavours, designed by Head Chef, Angus Harrison, in collaboration with Mantle Group Hospitality’s Executive Chef, Deniz Coskun.“Hearty pub classics including burgers and steaks make up the Brewhouse menu while intricate dishes using seasonal produce form the upstairs restaurant offering. Both menus have been carefully crafted, just like the beer, and each dish pairs perfectly with the James Squire core range,” said Angus.The Squire’s Landing will be the seventh James Squire Brewhouse in Australia, complementing existing Brewhouses in Brisbane, Newcastle, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. It is open for lunch and dinner daily and will soon offer breakfast options.Go back to the enewsletter
Categories: News State Rep. Paul Muxlow of Brown City will hold office hours on Monday, March 30 in Port Huron.Local residents can meet Rep. Muxlow at the Blue Water Area Chamber of Commerce at 512 McMorran Blvd. from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.Monthly office hours provide opportunities for residents of Sanilac County, Burtchville Township, Fort Gratiot Township and the city of Port Huron to meet with Rep. Muxlow in order to share ideas, concerns and issues regarding Michigan’s state agencies or legislation.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Muxlow at 517-373-0835 or via email at PaulMuxlow@house.mi.gov.### 16Mar Meet Rep. Muxlow this March Tags: #SB
Categories: Allor News State Rep. Sue Allor, of Wolverine, today called for prompt action from the federal government following this week’s release of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study detailing options for preventing Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes.The long-awaited report assesses the viability of establishing various control mechanisms at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Ill., to prevent the upstream transfer of aquatic nuisance species such as Asian carp from the Mississippi River Basin into the Great Lakes Basin.“A silver carp recently caught just 9 miles from Lake Michigan emphasizes the urgency of the situation. The spread of this highly invasive species into the Great Lakes could have a devastating effect on Michigan’s economy,” Allor said. “I hope the release of this study will get the ball rolling and allow a plan to be implemented sooner rather than later, because time is of the essence if we’re going to protect the Great Lakes.”The study, which presents a variety of options that will stop invasive species at the Brandon Road Locks and Dam while also minimizing impacts to existing waterway uses and users, is available at glmris.anl.gov/brandon-rd.### 11Aug Rep. Allor: Swift action needed to stop spread of Asian carp
Categories: LaFave News,News 07Sep Rep. LaFave reads name of fallen airman during Sept. 11 ceremony State Rep. Beau LaFave today read the name of fallen U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brandon M. Bosley during the House of Representatives’ Sept. 11 Memorial Service.LaFave, of Iron Mountain, said Bosley, also of Iron Mountain, died April 21 in Florida.“Staff Sgt. Bosley served his nation honorably, and I am humbled to memorialize him during our ceremony,” LaFave said. “We are recognizing him on the anniversary of a day in 2001 that saw many heroic and courageous first responders help others at the World Trade Center and Pentagon after the heinous acts of terrorism.”Bosley was deployed twice to the United Arab Emirates and was stationed in Japan and South Korea during his military career.LaFave was joined for the ceremony by Menominee County Sheriff Kenny Marks.“It is important that we remind ourselves of the sacrifices those in the military and our first responders make on a daily basis,” LaFave said. “It was an honor to recognize our local heroes for the work they do.”The House has conducted its annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service since 2011, the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, today invited Menominee County Sheriff Kenny Marks as his guest at the Michigan House of Representatives’ annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year.
State Rep. Jeff Noble today voted to accelerate sales tax relief for Michigan families buying motor vehicles by overriding a gubernatorial veto with his House colleagues.The House vote means additional tax relief for people buying cars, trucks and SUVs with a trade-in. Current law calls for phasing in planned sales and use tax deductions on purchases including a trade-in through 2039. With today’s vote, the reductions will be fully implemented a decade earlier.“The 2039 date just was not practical for Michigan families and the budgets they live with each day. The time was now to start putting more dollars into the pocket of residents,” said Noble, of Plymouth, after the House joined the Senate in overriding the veto. The Senate bills overwhelmingly approved by the Legislature were vetoed by the governor in July.The new law speeds reforms approved in 2013, allowing buyers to subtract the value of their trade-ins from the purchase price of a vehicle for sales tax purposes. The accelerated sales tax relief also will apply to boats and recreational vehicles bought with a trade-in. 17Jan Rep. Noble votes to provide tax relief to residents through vehicle sales Categories: News,Noble News
Ending deposit would boost community recycling programsState Rep. Joe Bellino has introduced legislation as part of a new plan to provide a much-needed boost to community recycling programs by ending Michigan’s 40-year-old bottle deposit law.Bellino, of Monroe, said although the “bottle bill” helped reduce litter in the 1980s and 90s, it’s now hurting recycling. At just 15 percent, Michigan’s residential recycling rate is one of the lowest in the nation.“The bottle bill pulls the two most valuable materials – aluminum and PET plastic – away from community-based recycling systems,” Bellino said. “Rerouting these materials into local recycling programs would provide the boost recyclers need to sustain their programs and expand access to even more communities.”Under the plan, the state’s bottle deposit law would end on Dec. 31, 2022. People who purchase a product with a deposit before that date would have three years to return the container for a refund through the old bottle return system.Prior to the repeal, additional money from unclaimed deposits would be directed into local recycling programs, including support for recycling carts, education and material sorting facilities.“The bottle deposit system ultimately captures just 2 percent of our waste, but it costs more and generates less revenue than traditional recycling programs,” Bellino said. “It’s time to do away with this outdated program and focus on comprehensive community recycling programs that are better for Michigan families, businesses and our environment.”The legislation, House Bills 6532-36, has been referred to the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee for consideration.### 28Nov Bellino: New plan would repeal Michigan’s bottle deposit law Categories: Bellino News
Belgian cable operator Telenet has secured the rights to show all football matches from the country’s Jupiler League from next season, according to various Belgian press reports.Telenet, which had earlier secured non-exclusive rights to a limited number of games, will pay a reported additional €4.8 million a year on top of the €60 million it has already committed to secure rights to show the remaining games.Rival telecom operator Belgacom will continue to broadcast Saturday matches until 2014 under its current contract.
Pilat Media has launched its flagship Integrated Broadcast Management System (IBMS) product as a cloud-based option.The IBMS, Pilat’s end-to-end broadcast management system, can now also be deployed in a cloud infrastructure. IBMS is designed to handle content management, scheduling, airtime sales, media trafficking and other functions in an integrated GUI environment.“In today’s competitive broadcast landscape and challenging economic environment, media enterprises are looking for solutions that enable them to react quickly to change while minimising their capital investment,” said Ron Bar-Lev, executive vice-president, product strategy, Pilat Media. “Combining the power of IBMS with the efficiencies of cloud computing creates a quick-to-deploy infrastructure option that optimises the time and resources required to scale the operation. Deployment and ongoing operation can be further refined by Pilat Media’s service organisation.”Pilat Media will be exhibiting at IBC on Stand 2.B30
Discovery Communications and France’s TF1 Group have entered exclusive negotiations to create a strategic alliance whereby Discovery would make investments in TF1’s businesses.The pair are focusing on Eurosport, cooperation in pay TV offerings in France and developing a content production partnership. The Wall St Journal has reported that Discovery could invest several hundred million dollars in a minority stake in Eurosport.TF1’s chief financial officer, Philippe Denery, was reported by French financial daily Les Echos as saying that TF1 didn’t yet know if Discovery’s investments would involve the creation of new channels. He said that the two groups could look to realise synergies.The pair’s announcement, without revealing further details, came as TF1 revealed new plans to cut costs by a further €85 million between now and 2014, on top of the €155 million in savings realised over the last four years.The move to make further cost savings followed a poor third quarter for the commercial broadcaster. Third quarter revenues stood at €551.7 million, down 1.7%, with advertising sales for the main TF1 channel down 10.2% to €266.3 million. Non-traditional revenues were up 7.9% for the quarter to €285.4 million, however.TF1 turned in a net loss of €5.9 million compared with a profit of €6.6 million for the same period last year.Eurosport turned in a strong performance over the first nine months of the year, with revenue growth of 14.9% to €309.8 million on the back of its Olympic Games coverage.
Belgian cable operator Telenet has signed up over half a million mobile phone customers. The company said it had almost doubled its mobile base in the last six months thanks to the launch of its King and Kong tariff plans, launched in July.Telenet had 275,000 mobile at the end of June, having launched mobile services in 2006. The operator said that 49% of its mobile customers were actively using mobile internet services, with mobile internet use per customer increasing by an average of 15% since the launch of the King and Kong offers.Patrick Vincent, chief commercial officer, Telenet, said: “We are pleased that King and Kong firmly positioned Telenet in the mobile segment. The great success of the new tariff plans is proof that the mobile market has been rejuvenated. Customers no longer associate Telenet only with television, fixed telephony and internet but now also with mobile. Customers opt for the King and Kong tariff plans because of their transparency, competitiveness and simplicity and include a large amount of mobile internet, voice minutes and SMS.”
Sky Deutschland has secured first-broadcast pay-TV and SVoD rights to a clutch of Oscar-nominated independent films, including American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave and Philomena.The rights come through deals with independent film distributors Tobis, Prokino and SquareOne Entertainment. These cover linear distribution through Sky’s film channels as well as SvoD rights for broadcast over the Sky Go and Sky Anytime services.“Tobis, SquareOne and Prokino are among the most important independent film distributors in Germany, and with this film deals we’ve secured first-broadcast rights to several of the year’s most celebrated films. Only Sky presents such a wide range of award-winning films, once again showing that we are the home for all film fans, with a real commitment to quality,” said Gary Davey, Sky Deutschland’s executive vice-president, programming.
Global set-top box sales fell by 2% last year to 275 million units, highlighting minimal growth or cutbacks in emerging markets including Brazil, Russia, India and China, and will continue to fall gradually, highlighting the need for consolidation moves such as Technicolor’s recent deal with Cisco, according to Futuresource Consulting.The company predicts that shipments will remain in excess of 250 million units for each year until 2019, when the market will be worth about US$17 billion (€15 billion), down from the current US$20 billion.Futuresource said that the smaller modem and gateway business would remain promising, thanks to growing dependence of consumers on broadband, home networking and managed services.According to Futuresource, Technicolor’s acquisition of the Cisco set-top business will leave Technicolor accounting for about 13% of the global set-top market, with a combined share of about 30% of the key North American market.Cisco’s total connected device sales are expected to total US$1.6 billion in 2015, which will double Technicolor’s connected home business in a full year. Technicolor is expected to ship over 60 million devices worth about US$3.3 billion this year.“At US$600 million, Technicolor seems to be getting a good deal – an incremental $1.2 billion in STB sales and access to key North American cable and IPTV accounts, bringing its worldwide share up to 13% (15% of Pay-TV),” commented Jack Wetherill, Senior Market Analyst, Home Electronics, Futuresource Consulting.“It also gets Cisco’s Cable Modem business to complement its own Broadband CPE unit, lifting its worldwide share up to about 15%.”
Children’s app Nickelodeon Play is now available in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to customers of pay TV service OSN.OSN subscribers will be able to access full episodes of Nickelodeon shows via the mobile service, with content available in both English and Arabic.The operator said that more than 1,000 pieces of Nickelodeon-themed content will be on offer, alongside exclusive content for OSN subscribers, original sketches, behind-the-scenes Nickelodeon clips and new games.Nickelodeon claims its Play app has amassed more than 17 million downloads since launching in the US in 2013 and is now available across the UK, Latin America and as of last week Australia.In the MENA region Nickelodeon Play it is available exclusively via OSN.
A leading media analyst has said that eastern Europe has ‘woken up’ to OTT and revenues from such services will rocket.Digital TV Research forecasts OTT revenues will rise from the US$454 million recorded last year to almost US$2 billion by 2021.It says there will be 19.7 millionSVOD subscribers by 2021, up from 3.4 million at end-2015.Russia currently accounts for half of the eastern Europe OTT revenue and subs total and will continue to take that share as the sector grows, the new research says. Poland is another regional OTT leaders.Simon Murray, principal analyst at Digital TV Research, said: “The Eastern European OTT TV and video sector is more immature than most of the rest of the world. Although this is changing with several platform launches, the region will still have lots of room for growth after 2021.”The growth is being driven by Netflix, which launched in the region as part of its global rollout. The prospects for the US service are however being talked down in the region. Executives here in Budapest for NATPE this week are largely dismissive of the impact it will have, adding to earlier similar sentiment from regional media chiefs.“Netflix launched across the region in January 2016,” Murray said. “However, it has been criticised for being too expensive [€8-12/month], lacking local content – or even being too English-language, and is yet to announce any local distribution partnerships.“Perhaps Netflix has plans to rectify this, but it better move quickly before local players (especially in Russia and Poland) gain too great a foothold.”
Modern Times Group (MTG)’s Viasat is to provide coverage of the Olympic Games in virtual reality and Ultra HD.The Swedish broadcaster said that it would be the fist Nordic region broadcaster to make live sports available in the 360° virtual reality format, as well as the first broadcaster in Europe to make coverage of the games available in Ultra HD.MTG is launching a dedicated UHD channel in Sweden – Viasat Ultra HD – to carry its coverage. The channel will be launched in time for the opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro on August 5.For the virtual reality app, Viasat Sport 360, MTG has teamed up with consumer electronics giant Samsung to make the content available on Samsung Gear VR headsets.The app will be free to download on Gear VR-compatible smartphones from August 2 and on the App Store and Google Play from August 23. MTG said it would make highlights of the games available after the event is over.MTG has also teamed up with Samsung and satellite operator SES for the Ultra HD service, which will include over 120 hours of Olympics coverage in the format.The Ultra HD broadcasts will be available to Swedish Viasat satellite customers with a sports subscription and Ultra HD set-top or CAM with a one-hour delay during the Games.“Ultra HD, VR and 360° video are revolutionising the way we watch and enjoy TV. These exciting technologies enable products that bring viewers closer to the action than ever before, and it does not get any bigger than the Olympics. We love to embrace new ideas that can shape the future of entertainment, and look forward to delivering an even better Olympic experience for Swedish sports fans,” said Bartek Gudowski, CTO at MTG Broadcasting.“The sport experience is enhanced the closer you get to the athletes. With innovations like our smartphones, coupled with our Gear VR accessory device, that enable users to experience VR content, we help to break down the barrier of distance between the audience and the Olympians in a whole new way, making you feel the joy and excitement as if you had the best seats at the Games in Rio,”said Adam Fors, Nordic marketing manager at Samsung.
Lifestyle and dance music service Clubbing TV has struck a raft of new distribution deal with European platform operators.The service has struck deals with Polish mobile platform Play, Dutch mobile operator T-Mobile/Knippr. Luxembourg’s Post Telecom and Serbian operator Telekom Srbija.The latest deals mean that Clubbing TV is now available in 35 countries with a reach of around 90 million homes.The agreements follow a period of expansion for the channel that has seen it strike deals with OTT platform BitTorresnt and extend a carriage agreement with Orange in France.“From Europe & USA to Asia and now throughout the whole world with BitTorent, our distribution continues to grow at an amazing pace with even more announcements to come,” said chairman and CEO Stéphane Schweitzer.
ShareTweet “I’m a big fan of Sustrans so I’m delighted to be working with them on this project. As a dad of two young kids I wanted to create an art and sound installation for children which, going by the reception in other places, I’m sure it will be enjoyed immensely.”The artist got the idea for Lullaby from an early childhood memory when, each Christmas his local bus company would decorate a double decker bus with lights then drive around villages at night, playing distorted carol music through tannoy speakers. Lullaby has taken place to date in Bristol, Holland and Portland in the UK.Sustrans is planning to have the first two rides in Derry through local neighbourhoods: one in the Creggan on the Cityside and one in Strathfoyle on the Waterside.The third ride on March 27 will be the most spectacular and will begin at Ebrington Square before traveling through the city centre via the Peace Bridge, Guildhall Square and the riverside paths. CYCLING and walking charity Sustrans is bringing Luke Jerram, the artist responsible for the exhilarating “Shipquay Slide” and the magical “Sky Orchestra” in Derry TO the city for a series of three “Lullaby” rides on March 25, 26 and 27.The Lullaby is an entourage of bikes decorated with LED lighting and kitted out with audio equipment, playing gentle lullaby music as they ride through residential streets at dusk as children are going to bed.Luke Jerram, a renowned artist based in Bristol said: “I’m really looking forward to presenting Lullaby in Derry. It will be great to come back to the city. We are looking for cyclists across the city and beyond to get involved and sign up as ride leaders, marshals or simply to take part. Each ride can involve up to 80 cyclists and all abilities are welcome.You can borrow a bike or bring your own and there are specially adapted “velo-bikes” to suit wheelchair users or people with disabilities. Sustrans will provide the lighting and audio equipment.The charity is also offering free cycle training and ride leader training for the communities taking part as well as free bike checks.Ross McGill, event organiser from Sustrans said: “Lullaby is open to anyone who can ride a bike and if you don’t have one we will provide one for you during the event. It promises to be a really enchanting evening combining music, art and the joy of cycling.”The event has been funded by the Arts Council NI and Derry City Council as part of the City of Culture Legacy Fund, the Department for Regional Development’s sustainable transport initiative Travelwise NI and the Public Health Agency.Register today at www.sustrans.org.uk/lullaby or contact Ross firstname.lastname@example.org or (028) 71 365151For a sneak peek of what to expect go to Luke’s website: http://lukejerram.com/projects/lullabyCALLING ALL CYCLISTS FOR ‘LULLABY’ RIDES IN DERRY was last modified: March 9th, 2015 by John2John2 Tags: CALLING ALL CYCLISTS FOR ‘LULLABY’ RIDES IN DERRYguildhall squarepeace bridgestrathfoyleWaterside
ShareTweet TEENAGER DUE IN COURT TODAY OVER DRINK DRIVE CRASH ON CLOONEY ROAD was last modified: December 22nd, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: As is normal procedure all charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.The charges are in connection with a serious road traffic collision on the Clooney Road on Wednesday night.A female, aged in her 20s and who was a passenger in the car, remains in Altnagelvin hospital receiving treatment.The road remained closed overnight on Wednesday until Thursday afternoon when it was reopened after the PSNI’s Collision Investigation Unit carried out a detailed forensic examination of the scene. Teenage male to face Derry Magistrates Court this morning charged with crash on Clooney Road on Wednesday nightA TEENAGE male is due in court this morning charged with a number of motoring offences following a crash in Derry last night which left a female in hospital.The 18-year-old has been charged with causing grievous bodily injury by driving carelessly when unfit, causing grievous bodily injury by driving carelessly with excess alcohol and driving when unfit through drink or drug.He will faced Derry Magistrates’ Court this morning for a first remand hearing.. ALTNAGELVING HOSPITALCLOONEY CARRIAGEWAYCLOONEY ROADDERRY MAGISTRATES’ COURTPSNITEENAGER DUE IN COURT TODAY OVER DRINK DRIVE CRASH ON CLOONEY ROAD