Career Opportunity: Director of Strategic Partnerships and Nationwide Services

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentThe Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is seeking a director of strategic partnerships who has a proven track record in creating and managing key relationships that will increase the visibility and brand of the organization. The candidate will strategize, develop and lead efforts in creating partnership activities for the organization. A bachelor’s degree in business, agriculture, agriculture business, communications, agricultural communications, marketing or related field is desired. Must have excellent networking skills, strong project management abilities, outstanding communication skills both verbal and written and solid sales and financial management skills. Experience in a membership association and nonprofit environment and a passion for agriculture are preferred. Competitive salary and benefits package offered.Please respond with a cover letter and resumé by email to [email protected].Deadline to apply: Sept. 20, 2019Primary Duties:1. Implement new and grow existing partnerships.2. Strategize, develop and direct effective partnership activities for the organization.3. Lead efforts, designated by the VP of Strategic Partnerships, related to growing the OFBF and Nationwide relationship including:Working with the senior consultant, business development for Nationwide Sponsor Relations; business development field director for OFBF; organization directors; Nationwide agents and more to develop mutually beneficial business opportunities.Strengthen relationships between Nationwide agents and associates and Farm Bureau programs that enhance sales.Develop membership and Nationwide sales opportunities.Assist in Land as Your Legacy programming.Develop strategies to expand Nationwide’s financial and commercial product and service portfolio within Farm Bureau membership base.Work with organization directors and county leadership to promote Nationwide partnership, products and services.4. Lead efforts, designated by the VP Strategic Partnerships, to grow additional existing partnerships and develop new partnership opportunities, including assisting in the identification of potential partnerships, benefit needs of relevant stakeholders and new market opportunities.5. Champion and manage new projects to create stronger partnerships.6. Manage the relationship, as directed by VP Strategic Partnerships, with members and vendors to build the brand and business.7. Collaborate within and outside the organization as needed to devise strategies and tactics for developing and growing partnerships. Liaise with partners to solve issues and communicate needs.8. Contribute to Ohio Farm Bureau media efforts as needed.9. Manage internal workflow, track revenue and expenses, track project performance, meet budgetary objectives and report to management and as directed.10. Build and maintain key contacts across the food, agriculture, business, education, political landscapes and more.11. Daily monitoring of actions of key partners and sharing content with key staff and leaders.12. Identify and prepare coworkers and members for specific events/activities.13. Plan/carryout special events.14. Collaborate with counterparts in other ag groups, state Farm Bureaus and American Farm Bureau.15. Prepare materials, communications, reports and more related to growing and maintaining strategic partnerships.Additional Duties: •    Other assignments as assigned by the Vice President of Strategic PartnershipsMINIMUM EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE QUALIFICATIONS –    Bachelor’s degree in business, agriculture, agriculture business, communications, agricultural communication, marketing or related fieldMINIMUM SKILL QUALIFICATIONS –    Strong networking skills –    Strong ability to communicate and develop professional relationships with a wide variety of current and potential organizational partners and members –    Excellent client-facing and internal communication skills including verbal and written, attention to detail and multitasking skills –    Strong ability to communicate on agricultural topics including (but not limited to) agricultural business, agricultural production, policy, economics, food issues, science, social issues, environmental issues –    Strong sales, project management, business, budgeting and financial management skills with a track record of successPREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS –    Minimum of five (5) years experience in a related position –    Ability to manage budgets –    Goal orientedAbout Ohio Farm BureauMission – Working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities.The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is a grassroots membership organization that supports programs that ensure the growth of Ohio food and farms, such as advocating for good government policy, developing opportunities for young farmers, providing student scholarships and grants, supporting Ohio food efforts, creating food literacy programs for kids, hosting community building events and funding efforts to protect the environment, water quality, farmland preservation and more.  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

How To Drop Your Data Plan And Keep Using Your Smartphone

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts tim mccormick Tags:#Carriers The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Guest author Tim McCormick is a product developer & writer in Palo Alto, CA interested in publishing, learning technology, and urban innovation.Over the last six months, I’ve made an experiment of giving up my $90/month cellular + data plan, and exploring alternative ways to use my smartphone (iPhone) costing as little as $5/mo. The key point is that you don’t need a contract or a subscription to use a smartphone, contrary to just about everything you ever hear.I’ve come to think that it is not only often possible to largely cut out phone costs via these methods, but they actually provide a helpful path to other goals such as better prioritizing your time and attention, lowering stress and disruption, improving online reading patterns, and making you more connected to place and local community.RFR IPhone Next, concept by Fabio Merzari / RFR DesignersThis isn’t about dropping smartphones or nostalgically longing for a pre-cellphone era or an uncontaminated, unplugged, “In Real Life.” It’s about using smartphones in smarter ways, exploring their amazing potential while limiting their cost, intrusiveness, addictiveness, and other problems. It’s about making our tools serve our goals, rather than accepting, as Marshall McLuhan said, that “First we build the tools, then they build us.”I admit there is some hacking and rough spots in this, as I am piecing together various tools and workarounds. Also, it is more useful to those not locked in to a phone contract, and it’s oriented to the U.S. environment, which has some particular issues such as unusually high costs, pervasive carrier-locked phones and contracts, whereas the service landscape is different in other places. However, I believe much of this applies broadly, the potential benefits are powerful, and this is really a proof-of-concept: in future providers will put these pieces together into seamless, user-friendly, marketable services.So here are the steps. Actually, almost all can be done independently and each has its own benefits, but done together they can add up to nearly cost-free smartphone service:1) Set up or find wi-fi (wireless internet) networksat home, work, or any place you spend time. Suffice it to say that if you have Internet at home, or go to libraries, Starbucks, McDonalds, Whole Foods, most coffeeshops, etc., then you can get wi-fi access fairly easily for free.2) Turn off your phone’s data service.(On an iPhone, go to Settings > General > Network > Cellular Data -> off). Now, instead of using your cellphone’s data plan, your phone will start using free wi-fi (when available) to browse the Web, check email, etc. Check how and where it works.3) Set up VOIP calling software on your phonesuch as Skype or Talkatone or Google Chat. These are free apps that let you make and receive phone calls via an Internet connection such as the wi-fi you’re now using.  Typically you can call free to other users of the program anywhere, or call to any number for a relatively low fee.  For example, I use Skype and pay $2.99/mo for unlimited calling to any # in U.S./Canada, with cheap rates to call other countries.(c) 2011 Sigfrid Lundberg, CC-BY-SA-2.04) Set up a virtual number, and voicemail transcription, e.g. with Google Voice.Various services, including the free Google Voice, let you set up a number that can redirect to whatever other phone or phones you want. This is helpful for various reasons, such as letting you switch easily between phones and locations without having to update the people who might call you. For present purposes, it can help you transition from your current cellphone plan to a plan-free, low-cost alternative.First, sign up for Google Voice and pick a number. Then set it to redirect to your current number, and test it. Then, set it to handle voice mail for that number, and you have an extremely useful new feature that will store any voicemails in your Gmail, transcribe them, and email + text you the transcript. Admittedly, the transcription is often quite faulty, but I find that 90% of the time it is sufficient to get the gist of the message e.g. tell you whether you need to call back, pick up milk on the way home, or sometimes actually listen to the message to get the details right. If you use Google Voice for texting, you also get all texts sent/received nicely archived in your Gmail, and you can text from a Web browser, a very convenient alternative to your phone if you happen to be sitting at a computer.5) Unlock your phone, and switch out the SIM card for a pre-pay card“Unlocking” means changing settings on a phone so it is not limited to working on a specific carrier’s network, and can for example be used while traveling abroad. Some carriers now offer phones unlocked by default, or will let and help you unlock them if they are off-contract. You can also buy phones that are unlocked and no-contract (usually at a higher price than the subsidized, with-contract price). I expect that unlocked, inexpensive, Android-based smartphones will become increasingly pervasive here before long, though, as they already are outside the U.S.Once your phone is unlocked, you can replace the “SIM card,” a small plastic chip stored in a retractable tray or under the phone battery. Putting in a different SIM card will associate the phone with a different number and (possibly) carrier.Find out what prepaid SIM cards are available for your phone (note, it may depends on which carrier you got the phone through), and order a card with, say, $25 credit to test it out. Pop out the old SIM card, put in the new one, and add the new card’s phone number to your Google Voice setup so that GV will send texts to it and (optionally) route calls to it.If this all works to your satisfaction, you are now ready to completely bypass your old cellphone carrier. You can now cancel your mobile subscription (typically for a fee, if you are still within contract, of course).(c) 2011 Sigfrid Lundberg, CC-BY-SA-2.07) Consider getting a mobile hotspot, especially via Clearwire or Freedompop.Mobile hotspots are small devices that pick up cellular networks (3G and/or 4G) and use them to create portable wi-fi networks. Clearwire, an upstart telecom infrastructure provider, offers 4G hotspots for $35 or $50/mo that have bandwidth caps but (unlike incumbent carriers plans) neither data limits nor contracts.Clearwire also provides much of the infrastructure for hotspots offered by other companies such as Sprint and Freedompop. Freedompop is an intriguing new entrant, a LA-based startup backed by Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstom that offers mobile hotspots for no monthly fee at low data volumes (up to 500MB/month), $49 for a USB stick hotspot, $89 for MiFi-style multi-device hotpot, $10 for 1GB, and other options up to $60 for 10GB/mo.Particularly with an unlimited-data hotspot such as Clearwire’s, a great option is to use the hotspot for all of your Internet access, at home and away from home. This might help you fully cable-cut, i.e. entirely get rid of your cable/DSL provider such as Comcast, Time Warner, or AT&T. Also, incumbent telcos’ home internet service is frequently suspected of deliberately degrading 3rd-party, VOIP phone services; in my tests, I’ve often had difficulty with VOIP on incumbents’ lines, and hardly any problems with Clearwire or commercial wi-fi such as at Starbucks.Commentators typically say that the Achilles Heel to mobile hotspots is requiring users to carry another device with them, to get phone access on the go. I actually have found this to be a very minor issue — I just habitually put the hotpot + charger in my bag when I go out, because I use it for phone, laptop, and tablet (Nexus 7), and I almost always have my bag with me when out. The hotspot is only the size of a matchbox, so if I want to put it in my pocket, it’s quite easy.So that’s how you set this up. Overall it’s a bit “under the hood,” probably more than a typical phone user would want to try currently, but it points out future possibilities.Lead image: (c) 2009 Vox Efx, “Me and Me – Day 89″, CC-BY-2.0 What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

Eric Kelly vows he’s a changed man after bad habits slowed down MMA career

first_imgFil-Australian diver excited to come home for PH debut of Red Bull Cliff Diving series “I lost focus and I got into vices. That’s when I started fighting without training. I really lost focus on my career,” Kelly said.READ: Eric Kelly falls to Brazilian foe in ONE Manila undercardWhat changed for Kelly was the change of scenery when he moved to Dubai and leave his troubled past behind in the Philippines.“I trained in Dubai. I fixed myself. I lost focus here in the Philippines that’s why I lost five straight times. At least now I’m in a different environment and I’m focused on my training.”ADVERTISEMENT Kelly hopes to finally put an end to his miseries against Korea’s Kwon Won Il as he aims to show a new and improved version of himself in ONE: Roots of Honor Friday night at Mall of Asia Arena.READ: Tired of losing, Eric Kelly determined to stop 5-fight skid FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I really trained hard for this fight. A new Eric Kelly will show up this coming Friday,” he said in Filipino during the Roots of Honor press conference Tuesday at City of Dreams.Eric Kelly thankful for the opportunity to fight again in Manila despite losing his previous five fights.— MG (@MarkGiongcoINQ) April 9, 2019Feeling reinvigorated, the 36-year-old Kelly bared he got into trouble and into bad habits and vices that diminished his once-promising MMA career.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES After the Typhoon Part 2 PLAY LIST 05:18After the Typhoon Part 200:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MANILA, Philippines—Eric Kelly has been on a seemingly interminable downward spiral since 2016 as he took one stoppage loss after another.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Now Tight Security For Baseballs

first_imgNEW YORK — Even before Tom Brady was penalized, Major League Baseball boosted its prevent defense.As part of a new security plan this season to further safeguard game balls, an MLB representative now watches them get carried by a clubhouse assistant from the umpires’ room to the field.And if the supply of eight dozen or so runs low during a game, an MLB security person is sent to retrieve more.In the past, a ball boy or ball girl did those jobs alone. “We can’t deflate ’em,” Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia said. “It’s precautionary, I guess.”MLB said many changes in the pumped-up policy for ball security and storage were discussed by equipment managers last December at the winter meetings.That was more than a month before Brady and the New England Patriots were accused of deflating footballs in the AFC championship game.MLB said it was aware of the Patriots’ situation as it put the procedures into effect on opening day at every stadium.Brady was suspended for four games by the NFL on May 11 for his role in the scandal. The Patriots were fined $1 million and also lost two future draft picks.As for any copycat in the majors, Boston Red Sox Manager John Farrell joked that it was unlikely. “Baseballs are solid,” he said.There have been plenty of pitchers who have tried to doctor balls, with mixed results.Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry made a living of throwing greased-up balls that could do tricks. Yankees righty Michael Pineda was suspended last year for using pine tar to get a better grip, Joe Niekro was penalized nearly three decades ago for carrying an emery board to scuff the ball.Nothing like taking the air out of them, though.Former English Premier League and World Cup referee Howard Webb, now the technical director of the body that oversees match officials in English soccer, said he made a point of checking the ball before it got used.“I knew if I didn’t and a player complained about the pressure of the ball, I wouldn’t be able to say with certainty that the ball was fine,” Webb said. “So I would always check it and make sure it was in that range that I knew players would accept.”The balls that Rawlings supplies to major league clubs are fairly standard.“Obviously, there’s not as much that you can do to baseballs,” Los Angeles Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson said. “I mean, you can’t change the density of the baseball at any point — unless you dunk them in water. Then they’re going to be 9 ounces, and everyone’s going to blow their arms out.”Game balls weigh between 5 ounces and 5 1/4.“If you’re playing on turf and a guy hits a screaming one-hopper to the shortstop, it’s going to have a huge scuff on it. Certain pitchers can create an advantage with that, so that’s why they throw those baseballs out,” Wilson said.Hoping to avoid a seamy situation, MLB sent a memo to all 30 teams before opening day with a nine-step procedure on ball handling. Along with the policy on storage — around 70 degrees, about 50 percent humidity — there were guidelines on chain of command.More than a decade ago, the Colorado Rockies put a humidor at Coors Field to preserve the balls, trying to counter the effects of the mile-high atmosphere.Across the majors, home teams store the new balls during the season, and the umpires’ clubhouse attendants usually rub up nearly 100 for each game.When they’re taken to the field, an MLB authenticator follows them. That person is a current or former member of law enforcement hired by an outside company to document balls and other game-used items, often to be sold or given to charities.If the ball supply is running out, a Resident Security Agent gets more. The RSAs also have police backgrounds and are hired by MLB.The plate umpire keeps several new balls in a pouch. When he needs more, he signals to the ball boys and ball girls. The ump puts each one in play, occasionally tossing out a ball before it ever gets into the game.“I’d say a ball averages only two pitches, and not too many things can happen when you foul a pitch into the stands,” Wilson said.___By Ben Walker, AP Baseball Writer. AP Baseball Writers Howie Rumberg and Janie McCauley and AP Sports Writer Rob Harris contributed TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more