DONNA FARRUGIA JOINS NELSON FAMILY OF COMPANIES AS CEO
Farrugia was most recently the executive leader of The Creative Group, a major division of Robert Half International, Inc. The Creative Group experienced significant revenue and operating income growth during her four-year stint with the division. Prior to that, she had been the RHI field executive managing the Southern California and Arizona areas of all professional staffing divisions.
Donna will replace Craig Nelson as CEO. She will start officially on 9/9/13 working out of the Sonoma corporate headquarters of NFC. Craig will serve as a Nelson Family of Companies Director. He will consult for the company for a six to twelve month transition period.
I HAVE BEEN AWOL…Blogging again
Very busy — professionally and personally. The NFC Directors and the shareholders asked me to step back in as Chairman while we conducted the search for Craig’s replacement. I completed that task and will resign from the BOD on 9/9/13. I am thrilled with our selection of Donna as CEO. She will continue to grow the company organically and also add new vertical staffing offerings.
LEARNING ABOUT STARTUP INVESTMENTS… the hard way!
Also working with two startups…
37 degree filters, a game changing development for oil filters.
Charisela, another game changing developer of medical reagents aimed at the
diabetes and cancer markets.
Started as ‘Angel’ investments, these entities soon required more of my time and more of my money…sound familiar for startups? Ha! Both companies appear to be making good solid progress and that makes this Nelson family member happy!
NEW GRANDFATHER OF A 9 POUND 4 OUNCE BOY NAMED LANDON JUSTIN NELSON. VISITS TO LONDON AND FLORENCE!
Traveled to London to be with my son, Justin, and his wife, Maria, this past week. Great of them to time the delivery of their BIG baby boy while we were in the UK. Took in the Bolshoi Ballet and six other theater offerings… two dramas and four musicals in the West End. Had a great lunch meeting while in Britain with our London-based iWorkGlobal manager, Paul Lloyd, and his lovely wife.
Also visited Florence for a few days to attend a christening and to soak up the culture and fun that Italy provides… a glass of wine or two, too!
NFC CONTINUES TO GROW AND PROSPER IN JULY !
Staffing Revenue up 42% over last year same month.
Q2 resulted in a 13% increase in contract/temp revenue and a 37% increase in permanent placement compared to the prior year.
Nelson Compliance continues to trend positively with a 25% increase in billable hours in July over the prior month!
iWorkGlobal, our international risk mitigation and compliance EOR offering, increased Q2 revenue by 100% over the same quarter last year and was 15% ahead of Q1 2013. Since its inception, iWorkGlobal has provided service to 31 foreign countries. A great success story!
NELSON EVENTS CALENDAR:
Contact Courtney Dickson for time and location details (email@example.com)
September 19: Nelson is hosting the Sacramento Business Seminar
September 26: Nelson Compliance is co-hosting a briefing with Nixon Peabody in Palo Alto
October 15: Nelson Compliance is co-hosting a briefing with Nixon Peabody in Los Angeles
October 17: Nelson is hosting a South Bay Business Seminar in Milpitas
NFC BOARD CHANGES: Upon my resignation from the NFC BOD on 9/9/13, Ian Sullivan will replace me as Nelson Board Chairman and Jack Unroe has been selected to serve as Vice Chairman. Both will be working closely with Donna Farrugia, our new CEO, on the updated strategic plan.
SF NINERS and SONOMA VALLEY HOSPITAL UPDATES:
Nelson continues to act as the preferred staffing partner for the 49ers…three years running! We have acquired a 20-person suite in the new Levi Stadium beginning in 2014 for use by our Nelson family staff, valued customers and several non-profits we support!
Our Sonoma Valley Hospital capital campaign, for a new up-to-date Emergency services facility, has successfully reached the $9M level and is on the way to its $11M goal! Marcia and I are so proud of our community’s commitment to quality Emergency Room healthcare, and of everyone who has so generously contributed to this cause!
UPDATE: Chase Nelson challenges the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)!
This 2663 mile trek from Mexico to Canada is a challenge for anyone. Chase left Workforce Logic in 2012 and embarked on the PCT April 20, 2013. He will finish this “through” hike next week at Manning Park in British Columbia, Canada. Check his blog at chasenelson.com for an entertaining read!!
Must Read: The Lion’s Game by Nelson DeMille is a pre-9/11 novel that is a frightening foretelling of that event. New book by DeMille is The Panther. It is also a page turner if you like terrorist/CIA plots.
IWORKGLOBAL.com WINS BIG CONTRACT
iWorkGlobal recently acquired a major new customer, adding approximately 50 new workers in several international locations. The prospects for business with this new client in 2013 are significant and will elevate this Nelson division into positive territory! Well done and kudos to Jeff Phelps and his team!
THE NELSON BUSINESS UNITS ARE FINISHING STRONG
Our Sacramento business is flourishing and our Accounting and Finance Group in the East Bay set a production record for gross profit in November.
Our Direct Hire business continues to perform well. Teri Barnett in Pleasant Hill had a personal production record in November!
NINERS CLOBBER THE BEARS!
Top notch play by the defense, and the leadership of Kaepernick at quarterback, led the way to the overwhelming defeat of Chicago 32-7. YES…my prediction they will win the NFC West and head into the NFL playoffs looks very solid!
Alden Smith is a killer pass rusher…and will continue to harass other teams for years to come. He is learning from the best…Justin Smith, his defensive line partner in wreaking havoc on the opposition!
NELSON FAMILY RETREAT SUCCESSES
The First Annual Nelson Family Retreat was a great success. I spent quality time with my two littlest grand kids…Jack, almost 3 years old, and Allie, almost 2! As I was on camera for over an hour taping the Nelson story, they were both jumping on my lap and giggling! Awesome time! Aidan, the eldest grandson and a junior in high school, is a super young man and that bodes well for all of us Nelsons! Had a wonderful dinner Saturday night with the entire clan and a very productive shareholder meeting on Sunday morning! Marcia did an amazing job planning this event. We will do it again!
NELSON STAFF CONTRIBUTES TO SANDY/RED CROSS AND THE COMPANY MATCHES
The wonderful Nelson staff contributed several thousands of dollars to the Red Cross in support of those suffering from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy! Craig Nelson, our CEO, agreed to match those dollars with an equal amount by the company! Well done!
POSEY WINS NATIONAL LEAGUE MVP…NO SURPRISE!
Buster was a runaway winner of the MVP award this year and in my mind there was no question! He was hands down the best in the league! Coming back from an injury and catching all those games and hitting over .330 for the year! His leadership and humility are so appreciated and Posey will be a key for the Giants in years to come! VERY WELL DESERVED!
NELSONS WELCOME SEBASTIANIS
Don & Sons (Sebastiani) was welcomed at a small wine and cheese event at Nelson’s corporate offices. The Sebastianis are one of the most prominent wine families in Northern California and recent tenants/occupants of the building formerly housing WorkforceLogic in Sonoma.
New Movie “Lincoln”, with Daniel Day-Lewis, is a must see!
Sunday football when the SF Niners meet the Saints in this high-profile match up!
NELSON INVESTS IN SONOMA MEDIA
Joins Weill, Schultz, Jasper and Vadasz as major investors.
Sonoma Media Investments, LLC completed its purchase of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Petaluma Argus Courier and the North Bay Business Journal, combining it with the Sonoma Index Tribune. Darius Anderson, is one of the lead investors. He named the other high profile figures in Sonoma County business and philanthropy.
Gary Nelson, founder and retired chairman of the Nelson Family of Companies. He recently sold WorkforceLogic, the major technology human capital company, to Snow Phipps, a New York based private equity firm.
“Sandy” Weill of Sonoma, former Citigroup CEO, who donated $12 million toward the Donald and Maureen Green Music Center at Sonoma State University.
Jean Schultz of Santa Rosa, chairwoman of Charles M Schultz Creative Associates, which manages licensing related to her late husband’s “Peanuts” comic strip.
Bill Jasper of Sonoma, was chief executive officer and president of Dolby Sound from 1983 to 2009.
Les Vadasz was a founder and board member of Intel Corp.
The purchase includes the publications, their digital media products and services, the Rohnert Park printing plant and 7.5 acres of land behind the plant. Financial terms were not disclosed.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING ONE AND ALL!
SAN FRANCISCO TAKES THE WORLD BY STORM
Giants WIN the World Series in 4 straight!
Scutaro was the MVP “in my book” and well deserved! The Panda Sandoval started off the series with a 3 homer bang! Pablo was MVP in the minds of all others!
What great pitching the entire series. Zito, Vogelsong, Cain, Bumgarner, Lincecum, Affeldt and Romo…all had starring roles!
On the heels of the 2010 World Series…this was such a high…as we did not expect this heading into the NL playoffs. Granted…I did predict we would win the NL West…but I was totally thrilled and surprised with this 4 game sweep of the Detroit Tigers!
49ers WIN BIG and on the way to NFC playoffs
San Francisco 49ers beat the Arizona Cardinals 24-3 on Monday night capping a 6 win, 2 loss first half season! Can you believe…Moss caught a 45 yard TD, Alex Smith broke the NFL record with 18 completions in 19 total pass attempts! Crabtree with two great TD catches! Crab is coming into his own as an elite receiver! It was great defense as the Niners allowed only 8 yards rushing for the entire game. Was that a record?
Prediction: Niners in the NFC Playoffs and then on to the Super Bowl in New Orleans. Season ending record will be 12 wins and 4 losses as we head into the championship season!
ROMNEY-OBAMA IN A RACE TO THE FINISH LINE
Mitt has tremendous momentum and is on the verge of taking the lead in the swing states! This will be a nail biter….
Obama fights the Bengazi (Ambassador killing) rumors and tries to overcome his first debate fiasco!
Prediction: Romney wins BIGGER than we think possible; US Senate ends up even; and the Republicans hold the majority in the House of Representatives!
ADP COUNT SLASHES JOB CREATION IN MONTH
According to CNBC.com
Revisions to the way that ADP counts the private sector job creation have resulted in a sharp drop in the September employment count. ADP’s new calculations put the monthly job creation at just 88,200, down from the 162,000 originally reported. Economists expect this Friday’s report to show 125,000 new jobs.
The soft ADP count could add credence to those who believe the pace of job creation is slower than the government’s numbers indicate.
NELSON TO HELP THOSE IN THE WAKE OF THE SANDY STORM
Hurricane Sandy is expected to affect as many as 60 million people in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Almost 100 Red Cross emergency vehicles are distributing meals and relief supplies and the Red Cross can really use our help. Nelson is committed to donating up to $10K in matching funds, matching dollar for dollar every contribution made by our employees. To make a donation, SEND/give your check to Anna Nogueiro, made out to: the American Red Cross, or visit www.redcross.org, (they’ll email a receipt that you can forward to Anna), call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. If you have already donated directly, send Anna a receipt of your donation and the match will be made. Every little bit helps. Let’s do our part!
No matter your preferred candidate…VOTE! The issues and Propositions in California are very important to us all! There is one proposition calling for Sub S companies, like Nelson, to pay a 13.5% State income tax; a significant increase over current taxes! This in addition to the new Federal taxes/costs facing the company with ObamaCare this coming 2013 year and into the future years!
The need for tax reform at the State and Federal levels must be addressed or we can end up like Greece, Italy and Europe at large…as we will all end up with unfunded benefits and huge government debts!
SACRAMENTO NELSON STAFFING HEADS TO THE TOP!
Both the Finance/Accounting and Commercial staffing divisions EXCEL!
Our Sacramento NS and NA branches have had tremendous growth over the past months. NS Sacramento is neck and neck with Santa Rosa, our largest revenue generator and most successful branch annually. NA Pleasant Hill, one of our finest Finance and Accounting branches, achieved record hours last week!!!
Two films worth your time…SMASHED and The Perks of Being a WallFlower!
“Smashed” follows the lives of a married couple…both hard core drinkers! She joins AA and follows the 12-step program and he is of absolutely no help! Stay to see the ending!
Weren’t we all wallflowers in our high school days? The second flick is a fun and emotion-filled ride during the life of a high school freshman! Please see this one!
NELSON FAMILY HOSTS GERSHWIN PERFORMANCE TO BENEFIT HANNA BOYS CENTER
Gary and Marcia Nelson underwrote the Richard Glazier performance last week at the new Hanna event center. Glazier provided marvelous piano renditions of Gershwin and also film clips of the movies that made many of the songs so famous! Over 300 Sonoma county folks attended and went away singing the praises of Glazier’s wonderful musicianship! He is a magical story teller as well!
SEBASTIANI WELCOMED TO THE House of NELSON
Don (Sebastiani) and Sons are now the proud occupants of Building #3 at the Nelson business campus in Sonoma. Taking the entire space formerly occupied by WorkforceLogic, the Sebastianis remodeled the interior in high quality fashion. A special afternoon event is scheduled for Thursday, November 15th, to make sure the iconic Sonoma wine family is properly welcomed! All NFC staff and friends are invited to the 4:00pm hosted get together!
PHELPS SPEAKS AT GLOBAL LITTLER CONFERENCE
Jeff Phelps, COO of iWorkglobal.com, is a featured participant at the 2012 Littler Global Employer Institute later this month in Washington DC. Jeff will be joined at the conference by Paul Lloyd from our London iWorkglobal Office and Kay Ring, our Director of Business Development. Phelps will be featured on a panel at the Global Employer Institute with Littler Mendelson and Kliemt & Vollstadt. The topic will be “New developments in the field of contingent workers and independent contractors.” The conference takes place November 7-9 at The Fairmont Hotel in Washington, DC. For more information, see http://www.globalemployer.com
The percentage of each past President’s cabinet who had worked in the private sector:
(bold = Democratic Presidents)
F. Roosevelt 50%
G.H. Bush 51%
G.W. Bush 55%
Obama 08% Food for serious thought!
NELSON IN 2013 BUDGET/PLANNING SESSIONS
The management of the Nelson Family of Companies is focused on planning and budgeting for the next year! With the end of 2012 upon us and the holidays just ahead, the teams are busy carefully mapping the New Year. Mike Bowcut, CFO, and his finance team are managing the process along with Tony Bartenetti, EVP of Staffing and Craig Nelson, CEO of the company.
PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE COULD TURN THIS ELECTION AROUND
(for undecided voters only)
Mitt Romney was Presidential last night and, according to the “undecided” focus groups at both CNN and Fox, was the superior candidate. Surprisingly, the CNN polling had Romney winning 50%+ over Obama at 40+ in all major categories…including a better ability to handle and address the US debt, the economy and healthcare!
Romney’s composure, subject matter expertise and his compelling delivery convincingly portrayed a superior leader of all the people. He demonstrated that he would reach across the aisle and embrace the views of the Democrats, Republicans and independents.
I encourage all of you to watch the next three debates before making your final decision.
In my mind, this is a toss-up race…. The time is right for Romney to lead by example and take charge of the debates and the election! This was not a night where President Obama burnished his image in most minds…it was a night when Mitt Romney demonstrated why he has succeeded at everything he has done. It also provided many with confidence that we could elect a leader who could really address and solve our issues…both domestically and internationally.
A GREAT NIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY…MORE TO COME!
The election of our next US President presents us with a classic hiring decision where past performance is, in fact, a predictor of future results.
Having worked in the human capital and recruiting business for 40 + years, I know that a track record of success trumps talk! In this election, it is essential that we have a President who can visualize and articulate practical solutions, identify a diverse team to do the work and then collaborate effectively to get the job done.
This Presidential election is not about media-created issues…. We do not care about birth certificates, or about tax returns, or about who built it, or about 1%, 47% or 99%, or about who pays for birth control pills, or about taxing some of you more and others less, or about attempts to divide our people by ethnicity or religion or income!
This election is about addressing our country’s major strategic problems. This election is about the critical need for proven leadership!
This is about electing the right person and about solving our debt crisis, demanding our Federal government adopt some financial discipline, protecting our healthcare, social security and safety net for the young and old over the long haul, restoring our competitiveness by rationalizing the tax code; solving our education problems by supporting more charter schools and encouraging school choice, reducing big business’ and labor union’s power and control over our legislatures, and by solving our immigration issue fairly, judiciously and in a timely fashion!
We demand leadership from our next President. We must require a track record of successful leadership! We want leadership that will consider and include the ideas and encourage the support of liberals, Democrats, conservatives, Republicans and Independents. We must insist on collaboration and inclusion with all parties.
What criteria do you use to select and elect a president? The same criteria you use when determining who to hire as an employee. You identify the one best candidate with a proven record of execution…not the charismatic communicator!
Who has the track record and pattern of success? Only one candidate has a track record of working in an organization with business sector issues and solving them: Romney at Bain Capital. Only one has worked with a non-profit organization where there were issues of corruption and disorganization and solved them: Romney at the US Winter Olympics. Only one has worked in government where he, through collaboration with a democratic legislature, solved significant public sector issues: Romney while serving as Massachusetts Governor. Only one has balanced state-wide fiscal issues and private sector unemployment and offered relief: Romney while serving as Massachusetts Governor.
Governor Romney has a proven track record of identifying a problem, determining an effective solution and coalescing a talented management team to execute successfully…in every instance!
The challenges our president faces in the next term are complex and serious! We have a mess both inside the US and a mess globally! We need a problem-solver, not a motivational speaker!
Here are two examples of what we can learn from a person’s patterns and track record…
The San Francisco 49ers hired a coach two years ago who had been successful turning bad situations into great ones. Jim Harbaugh turned the San Diego State and Stanford college football programs into winners quickly. He did that again with the 49ers last year and they appear to be on the way to the playoffs again in 2012! Past performance is a predictor of future results!
Elizabeth Taylor, the actress, married 8 times. When at the altar, she vowed to be faithful and committed…“until death do us part.” Each of her many husbands wanted to believe her, did believe her, and took her at her word. But it is never what a person says…it is always what the person does that is the predictor of future events. As voters, can we afford to be disappointed again?
Harbaugh has fulfilled expectations because he had a track record of success. Ms. Taylor did not live up to her words although she surely believed them every single time she was saying them! Her husbands were disappointed in each instance.
This November, we are faced with a classic hiring decision…. Do not base your vote and your presidential decision on what a candidate says they will do. Do not base your decision on what the ads say or the media says. Look at the track records of both candidates…have they been successful or not? Have they kept their promises and commitments or not?
If you examine each candidate, you will see a clear and major difference between them. One person who has not made any significant progress solving our problems nor collaborating with the Congress and our elected representatives to help solve our domestic and international problems in four years. One candidate who has a proven and consistent track record of success in the private sector and governmental affairs. This man deserves our vote and the chance to reassert our world-leadership role! That man is Mitt Romney.
NELSON FAMILY OF COMPANIES BUSINESS HAPPENINGS!
Nelson Interactive, a division of Nelson Family of Companies, will be represented at the Game Developers Conference in Austin, Texas next week (October 9-11). Tony Bartenetti and Chris Chrisley, along with Holly Bravenec and Kendal Johnson, will attend the conference as prospects, clients and candidates will connect with Nelson Interactive staff.
The grand opening of the new Santa Rosa office, located on Cleveland Avenue, will be held on Wednesday, October 17th, from 4:30-6:30 pm. It’s open to the public and we hope you’ll take this opportunity to join us! The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce will conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony to help kick off the event.
Tony Bartenetti has been promoted to Executive Vice President. During his tenure since 1998, he’s been recognized with the Gary D. Nelson Leadership Award twice for his outstanding leadership. I want to add my congratulations today to Tony. Thank you for your years of dedicated service to Nelson Family of Companies.
We have a great new staff in our Hollister branch. Christine Cornejo and Camelia Surber, who combined have over 20 years of experience in the staffing industry, have assumed the reins. We are excited about the growth in this central California market!
Nelson & Associates has established a Connecticut office, serving companies like Pepsi-co and The Siegfried Group.
It’s no secret that I’m a sports fan! Nelson was a major sponsor of the A’s Breast Cancer Awareness Day on September 2nd at Oakland Coliseum. I’m proud that our company continues to give back to the community in so many ways!
Nelson Technology has had some tremendous success lately. Oracle, Abbott Labs, LOYAL3, Academy of Art University, StreamSend, TriNet, and RS Investments are all new customers with significant staffing needs that Nelson is addressing. Nelson Technology attended DreamForce 2012, the second largest tech conference in the world and hosted a Tech Talk in the DevZone with our new client, LOYAL3. Under Melanie Quandt’s leadership, the team created and launched a “Force Practice” to capitalize on the SAAS/Cloud emerging technologies! Demand for staff increased with 69% YOY growth year to date.
SMASHING SUCCESS ALL AROUND!
San Francisco Forty Niners are home for the next 3 games after a smashing win in New York last Sunday. The offensive line and defensive line were the stars! As they say…it all starts and ends on the front line! Manningham continues to shine! What happened to our field goal kicker Akers? Missing two kicks to the right? Am I a nit-picker!
HERE WE GO AGAIN!!!!
“SF Giants head into the playoffs after leaving the national West in the dust…winning the division by 8 games! Scutaro has made a BIG difference. Posey is the League MVP in my opinion. Here is the question…. Will our pitching staff…both starters and relief, make our day? I am convinced we have enough batting and offense to make a good run at the 2012 World Series…it is about our pitching and defense this year.” Did I really say that?
REMEMBER MY PREDICTIONS??
SF Giants in the National League playoffs without Melky
SF 49ers win the NFC West with Harbaugh and Smith
Republicans win a majority in the US Senate come November
Republicans retain a majority in the US House of Representatives
More later, good friends…. Please feel free to comment or disagree!!
NELSON FINISHES FIRST HALF WITH REVENUE UP 7.2% OVER 2011
Nelson total revenues were $69M for the first six months of 2012. This is 7.2% more than the $64M in the first six months last year. Nelson Technology led the way with a 53% increase in revenue over 2011. Nelson Associates was up 6.3% for the first half. Nelson Staffing was up 1.4% compared to the same period of the prior year.
Congratulations to VP Melanie Quandt and her team at Nelson Technology for the awesome start to the year!
CALIFORNIA’S BOOM MASKS STATE’S UNEVEN RECOVERY
“California added jobs faster than the rest of the nation over the past year,” according to the 8/15/12 edition of the Wall Street Journal. “Tech firms are showering riches on Silicon Valley and home prices are soaring in places like Palo Alto. The Golden State is rebounding, but for a broad swath of residents, it is a lot less golden and likely to stay that way.” “The uneven recovery reflects divisions across California. Areas with high-tech clusters, such as Orange County, are adding jobs at a healthy pace. But much of California, including Los Angeles County, lags behind. The state’s 10.7% unemployment rate is higher than all but two other states. Unemployment tops 10% in 39 of the state’s 58 counties.”
According to Sung Won Sohn, an economics professor at California State University, Channel Islands, “California is an economy of haves and have nots.”
Still, some employers say they can’t find qualified workers. “We could grow so much more if we could just find the right people,” says David Goodreau, sales manager for Superior Thread Rolling Co., an Arleta, California, maker of parts for the aviation and aerospace industries. He says machinists are in particularly short supply, but says local schools have cut vocational and technical training.
EMERGING ONE WORLD ECONOMY IS KILLING AMERICAN WORKERS
Summary from Michael Snyder of Economic Collapse
Trading with other countries is not bad as long as the level of trade is fairly equal. Since 1975, the United States has bought $8 trillion dollars more stuff from the rest of the world than they have bought from us. This one world economy is absolutely killing American workers and jobs. It lumps American workers into the global labor pool with workers in other countries where it is legal to pay slave wages. If you are a major US corporation, you can make your product in the US or you can set up shop on the other side of the world where you can pay $1 dollar per hour, provide no benefits and work around much less regulation, aka: red tape. Which would you choose?
The following statistics are compelling:
When NAFTA was passed in 1993, the US had a trade surplus with Mexico of $1.6 billion dollars.
In 2010, we had a trade deficit with Mexico of $61.6 billion dollars.
In 2001, American consumers spent $102 billion dollars on Chinese products. In 2011, American consumers spent $399 billion dollars on products made in China.
The US trade deficit with China during 2011 was $295.4 billion dollars… the largest trade deficit that one nation has had with another nation in the history of the world.
According to the Economic Policy Institute, America is losing about half a million jobs to China every single year.
Instead of increasing jobs in our economy, the trade deficit has resulted in the worst stretch of job creation in US modern history. We consume more wealth than we produce, but we are able to keep the party going because we are riding the biggest debt spiral the world has ever seen.
At some point the debt spiral is going to end and the crash is going to come.
Something has gone very wrong with this country.
MEET THE CANDIDATES
Who is President Barack Obama
His track record and credentials are well known. He was elected in 2008 and has been in office since 2009. He has passed Obamacare, the primary accomplishment of his administration.
Who is Vice President Joe Biden
Elected Vice President in 2008, he has served as Obama’s partner since 2009, and is his running mate in the upcoming 2012 election. He has served in the US Congress for many years!
Who is Mitt Romney?
He is 65 years old and married to Anne for 43 years. They have five sons. He graduated from BYU and earned a law degree and MBA from Harvard. The family are members of the Mormon church. In 1984, he co-founded Bain Capital, a very successful private equity firm that invested in firms like Burger King, Domino’s Pizza, Dunkin Donuts, Staples, Toys-R-Us and many others. In 1999, Romney took over the financially troubled 2002 Winter Olympics and turned it into the success it became. In 2002, he was elected Governor of Massachusetts where he eliminated a $1.5 Billion deficit.
He gave his entire inheritance from his father to charity.
He refused the salary for serving as President of the Salt Lake Olympic committee.
He refused to take a salary for his 4 years as Governor of Massachusetts.
In my view, Mr. Romney is a talented and generous, super achiever!
Who is Paul Ryan?
Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his Vice Presidential candidate presents a compelling slate! Mr. Ryan is a bright, articulate rising star who has learned the ins and outs of our federal government at an early age. He was first elected to Congress in 1999 and currently serves as Chairman of the House Budget Committee. Ryan is also a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Given the deep financial trouble our country is in, Ryan could be particularly helpful in turning our financial crises around.
SF Giants in the National League playoffs without Melky
SF 49ers win the NFC West with Harbaugh and Smith
Republicans win a majority in the US Senate come November
Republicans retain a majority in the US House of Representatives
More later good friends… Please feel free to comment or disagree!