IRSAC Update from NCCPAP

Neil H. Fishman, NCCPAP’s Executive Vice President, recently participated in the public meeting of the IRS Advisory Council (IRSAC) for 2017. This also happens to be Neil’s final year of his 3-year term on the Council. NCCPAP would like to update you regarding the five issues that have been the focus of the subgroup, called Small Business/Self-Employed and Wage & Investment, where Neil has participated.

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Horst Warns Owners to Beware of Change Orders

Horst Construction considers it their job—and responsibility—to educate and inform the buyer. The way they do this is by asking questions that help to clarify the grey areas of a specification document or offer alternatives, when their experience dictates a better approach.

All qualified bidders want to win your job—it’s how they go about that process that is cause for alert. Many contractors shy away from asking questions because, many times, it adds scope and increased cost, which may become a disadvantage competitively. Asking questions may also reveal imperfect work or impractical design elements in the architect’s drawings, making the contractor look like the bad guy.

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Horst Wraps Up Busy Month of October

The leaves have changed, the weather is finally cooling off, and Horst Construction has had a busy month this October, celebrating fall, exceptional clients, and exciting opportunities. The Horst team celebrated Manufacturing Day with students from Pequea Valley Intermediate School, competed in the ABC Keystone Chili Cook-off, and attended the Cocalico High School career fair. They also participated in a philanthropy event and won an award at the Excellence in Construction Awards ceremony.

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PMI Educational Foundation Kerzner Award Winner to Present at IPM Day 2017

International Institute for Learning, Inc. (IIL) is pleased to include Michael O’Connor, PhD in its lineup of presenters at this year’s IPM Day online conference on November 2, 2017. With over 27 years of experience in the medical device industry, Dr. O’Connor is being recognized as the winner of the PMI Educational Foundation Kerzner Award for Excellence in Project Management. As the Director, Strategy and Project Management for Medtronic, he works with senior management to manage, guide, and provide oversight on high value programs.

Dr. O’Connor will be presenting, Enhancing Project Management Rigor for Innovation, advocating that organizations enhance their Project and Portfolio Management frameworks to improve innovation output—ultimately producing devices, therapies and services that better serve patients around the world.

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MSAs: The Ultimate Way that Horst Quickly Meets Customer Needs in An Emergency

Imagine that you’re the manager of a convenience store and you get a call in the middle of the night to inform you that a car just drove right through your front entrance. Now that you’ve been jolted from your sleep, it’s time to get someone to repair the damage, order a custom fitted door, and help get your store operating normally ASAP. Wouldn’t it be great if you could count on one company to do all of your major repairs and facility updates—without having to go through the bid process or time-consuming negotiations? That one company is Horst Construction and an MSA is the way to get it done.

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Mark Parzygnat, Program Director, IBM Blockchain Explains the Popular New Platform

There’s been a lot of press about Blockchain technology in recent months. Simply stated, Blockchain enables and manages transactions and data sharing—bringing an unprecedented level of security, transparency, and efficiency never before possible. Given how fundamental ‘transactions’ are to how we function in society, this evolutional technology will have a transformative effect, not just on business, but also on how we live.

With over 20 years of experience in the technology field, Mark Parzygnat, Program Director, IBM Blockchain, and Presenter at IPM Day 2017 shares his enthusiasm, “Blockchain is the most exciting technology to come along in my entire career. For the past three years, I’ve devoted my efforts to championing IBM’s internal use and application development efforts, as well as promoting Blockchain to the world through academia, industry conferences, and the Linux Foundation.”

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Clarizen, Inc. of San Mateo, CA, Becomes Platinum Sponsor of IPM Day 2017

New York, NY – (October 12, 2017)— International Institute for Learning, Inc. (IIL) is pleased to announce Clarizen, Inc. as a Platinum Sponsor of its upcoming 14th annual IPM Day Online Conference taking place on Thursday, November 2, 2017. This year’s conference features 26 presenters, including six keynote speakers. The conference is expected to attract 50,000 attendees from over 100 countries.

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IIL Senior Executive Director, Dr. Harold Kerzner, Explains the History and Predicts the Future of Project Management

Historically, Project Management was an activity that supported engineering related projects in aerospace, defense, and heavy construction. Naturally, most project manager practitioners had advanced degrees in a technical discipline. What has happened is that the role of the PM has changed. Today, Project Management is used to manage the business—think of your entire business as a project. In fact, everything you do can be characterized as a project; therefore, as a PM today you are not only making project based decisions, but also business decisions, whereas in the past, business decisions went to senior management.

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DME’s 3rd Annual Facility Focus Surveys Are Now Available

Now is the Time to be Heard—
with DME’s 3rd Annual Facility Focus Surveys!

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Results to be Shared at INTERPHEX 2018

As part of the INTERPHEX Technical Education Program, DME is inviting engineers, manufacturers, and other life sciences professionals, to express their views on the latest trends and technologies affecting the biopharmaceutical industry. The survey results and analysis will be presented during the DME’s Facility Focus presentations at INTERPHEX 2018.

Enjoy a seasonal latte on us. Please complete one or both five-minute surveys and DME will send you a $5 Starbucks Gift Card. A DME white paper of the survey findings will be distributed electronically to you after the show.

DME Facility Focus encompasses feedback and analysis regarding the latest industry trends and technologies affecting manufacturing facilities in the life sciences sector. Based on survey data derived from polling a range of professionals, DME will provide analysis and insight into the future of cGMP facilities, as well as practical guidance on how new technologies can transform current manufacturing operations.Interphex 2018, Interphex logo

IIL to Feature Maxine Hill at IPM Day 2017: Listen to Your Mentor

Like many highly successful individuals, Maxine Hill, Vice President at WSP USA, was initially inspired by her boss and mentor at the beginning of her career, when she was a Civil Engineer at a small Construction Company in the UK. Early on, her boss shared what he believed to be the most important aspects of his job. Not schedules, budgets, or work, but rather the job of motivating individuals, no matter how busy he was or how bad of a day he had. He strongly felt that if your people were happy and motivated, your projects would go well.

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