Ibex Outdoor Clothing, innovators of year-round merino wool apparel and accessories for men and women, today announced that it opened its first brick and mortar store in the Back Bay area of Boston. The new 1,000 square foot store, which opened on historical Newbury Street, gives Bostonians and visitors the opportunity to fully experience the unique, fun-loving culture of the leading wool apparel brand designed to meet the needs of the everyday adventurer.‘Opening our first retail store and allowing customers to touch and feel our products while engaging with our people is a milestone for Ibex. We aim to educate people that wool is the very best textile for those who live an active lifestyle, due to its superior natural performance properties to regulate body temperature and resist odor,’ said John Fernsell, founder and CEO of Ibex Outdoor Clothing. ‘Introducing a store in Boston was a natural evolution for Ibex as we continue to expand our presence. Its proximity to our headquarters in Vermont provides the ideal back drop for a flagship store.’Additionally, Ibex has hired retail operations leader, Vinita Goswami, formally of lululemon athletica USA, to serve as General Manager of Retail Store Operations. Goswami, who opened the first mall-based lululemon in New York and the first city-central lululemon in Boston, brings with her a deep understanding of the active apparel retail space and will oversee virtually all operations from human resources to customer relations, visual merchandising, sales and the deployment and execution of programs designed to connect Ibex with the local Boston community.‘As an athlete and wool enthusiast, I’m excited to join a company that shares my passion for what I truly believe is the best textile for leading an active lifestyle,’ said Goswami. ‘After spending years as a yoga instructor, I understand the value of the versatile performance properties of merino wool active wear, and am excited for the opportunity to further inspire individuals to explore wool as an alternative to synthetic fabrics.’The Newbury Street store opening and hiring of Goswami is part of a larger strategic business plan intended to support corporate growth and expansion of Ibex in 2010 and beyond. These initiatives, combined with the creation of nine new positions (a 35 percent increase in staff) this year alone, will help fuel future brick and mortar store openings.Source: White River Junction, Vt. (September 20, 2010) ‘ Ibex Outdoor ClothingIbex Outdoor Clothing is a designer of year-round merino wool outdoor clothing and cycling apparel, founded in the belief of the superior natural performance properties of wool. Ibex couples the natural renewable resource with technical innovation and inspired design to create apparel for the ‘everyday adventurer’ who appreciates and enjoys being active outdoors. Men’s and Women’s items are divided into Ride, Base, Zing, Peak and Live categories, and are made from the best merino wool fabrics sustainably sourced from New Zealand. All Ibex clothing and accessories are available for purchase online, in catalog and through outdoor specialty stores. www.ibex.com(link is external)
The Tax Section’s Nominating Committee has nominated Edward E. Sawyer of Miami to serve as the section’s 2006-2007 chair-elect. Sawyer has been an active member of the Tax Section since 1983 and has held several leadership positions during that time. He is currently the director of the section’s Finance Committee and co-director of the Long Range Planning Committee. The section bylaws provide that petitions setting forth the name of other nominees for the office of chair-elect may be made by any 10 members of the section. Such petitions must be filed with Guy E. Whitesman, Tax Section secretary, no later than October 15, to allow inclusion on a written ballot in accordance with Article III, Section 2, (a) and (b) of the bylaws. If there is only one nomination for the office of chair-elect, that nominee will become chair-elect. The term of the chair-elect runs concurrently with that of the chair and begins on July 1 after the section’s annual meeting at which the chair-elect is elected, and ends on the succeeding June 30, when the chair-elect automatically assumes the office of chair. The Tax Section’s 28th Annual Meeting will be held April 21-22, 2006, at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club in St. Petersburg.AAML honors Judge Rothschild Melinda Gamot of West Palm Beach has been elected president of the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers at the organization’s 27th Annual Institute in Tampa in May. Other officers for 2005-2006 include Jesse J. Bennett, Jr., from Winter Haven, president-elect, and Gordon C. Brydger of Ft. Lauderdale along with Stann Givens of Tampa who were both elected vice presidents. Roberta G. Stanley of Ft. Lauderdale will serve as secretary/treasurer.Coker to lead Supreme Court Historical Society briefs The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Florida Chapter, has named Judge Ronald Rothschild as “Jurist of the Year” at its 27th Annual Institute held in Tampa. Judge Rothschild is active with the Broward County Bar Association, has sat on The Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee, was past president of the Stephen R. Booher American Inns of Court, currently sits on the Broward County Professional Committee, and also sits on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Florida Supreme Court. As part of the nomination process, chapter members who have appeared before the judge were asked for comments and “quickly it was evident of the deep respect for this jurist,” according to the academy. Statements such as “his courtesy and professionalism is of the highest caliber,” “he delivers his decisions with legal, sound reasoning and prevailing decisional law,” “even when he rules against you, it is done with grace and diplomacy,” were among just a few of the consistent comments received by the committee. THE MARTIN COUNTY BAR’S YOUNG LAWYERS DIVISION recently participated in the Martin County Red Cross Youth Leadership Program’s annual leadership training camp held at the Gold Coast Christian Camp in Lake Worth. The leadership training camp is a four-day, three-night retreat where the youth leaders work on developing their leadership skills. The YLD members volunteered to chaperone this year’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” themed party. THE FLORIDA CHAPTERS OF THE AMERICAN BOARD OF TRIAL ADVOCATES recently selected Circuit Judge George W. Greer and U.S. Middle District Judge James D. Whittemore as its Jurists of the Year. Charles H. Baumberger of Miami was selected as its Trial Lawyer of the Year. The three were honored July 15 during FLABOTA’s annual awards banquet in Coral Gables. “Judge Greer, Judge Whittemore, and Chuck Baumberger each have made significant contributions to the betterment of Florida’s trial system, not just this year, but throughout their careers,” said Herman Russomanno, president of FLABOTA. Brad Powers, president of the Tampa Bay Chapter of ABOTA, which unanimously nominated the judges as co-Jurists of the Year, said: “Both Judge Greer and Judge Whittemore, through their efforts in dealing with the Schiavo case, have distinguished themselves as jurists willing to follow the rule of law in the face of unprecedented pressure from sections of the public, the executive, and legislative branches.” Baumberger “was recognized for his superb reputation of high ethics and fair play.” Pictured from the left are Judge Whittemore, Bill Hahn, FLABOTA president-elect, Baumberger, Judge Greer, and Russomanno. TALLAHASSEE WOMEN LAWYERS celebrated its 25th Anniversary recently with a gala dinner banquet. Fifth District Court of Appeal Judge Winifred Sharp, a former FAWL president, gave the keynote address. The 25th Anniversary Award was presented to outgoing Florida Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson, a former TWL president. Pictured from the left are Judge Sharp, TWL outgoing President Beth Demme, Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince, TWL Past President Nina Ashenafi, and Johnson. Members of the Okeechobee County Bar recently met for a tour of the new Okeechobee County Courthouse, which was officially dedicated July 20. Attorneys and judges present included, front row from the left, Jennifer Williamson, Joy Whitney, Judge Shirley Brennan, Okeechobee Bar Association President Elizabeth Maxwell, Magistrate Deborah Hooker, Tamara Starks, and Rebecca Hamilton. Row two, from the left: Robert Huebner, Laura McCall, Devin Maxwell, Carlos Wells, Mary Celidonia, Ed Curren, and Andrew Bowers. Third Row: William Selmi, Judge Sherwood “Chip” Bauer, Jr., John Cassels, Ron Smith, Colin Cameron, Don Richardson, Anthony Young, Jerald Bryant, and Chief Judge William L. Roby. The dedication of the new courthouse was a historic event; the last courthouse to open in Okeechobee was in 1927. The new building contains 80,000 square feet and was completed at a cost of $13.5 million. The crowd that gathered for the dedication heard remarks about the history of the county and its judicial system from retired Judge William Hendry, who grew up steps from the courthouse and whose grandfather was the contractor for the original courthouse built. THE MINORITY CORPORATE COUNSEL ASSOCIATION, an organization that focuses on diversifying the nation’s law firms and corporate law departments, has been awarded the first-ever Freedom to Compete Award issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC presented the award to MCCA recently at a formal ceremony in Washington, D.C., for the organization’s “KAN-Do!” practice — an initiative established by MCCA to encourage advancement of minorities in the workplace. The KAN-Do! practice is a methodology employed by MCCA to offer knowledge, access and networks in order to address barriers to opportunity in recruitment/hiring, retention, and promotion/career advancement. Pictured from the left are Veta Richardson, executive director, Minority Corporate Counsel Association, and Cari M. Dominguez of the EEOC. ALL 29 SHAREHOLDERS OF DEAN MEAD have become Fellows of The Florida Bar Foundation’s Endowment Trust. “Florida has been good to us,” said Darryl Bloodworth, president of the Orlando-based firm and a former president of the Foundation, as he reflected on his firm’s history. Bloodworth personally recruited 21 of the shareholders; the other eight had already been Fellows. “We were looking for a way to celebrate 25 years,” Bloodworth said. “We wanted to give something back.” The trust was established in 1991 after declining interest rates significantly decreased the amount of legal aid grants. Pictured, from the left, are Greg Lawrence, Lee Chotas, Charlie Egerton, Matt Ahearn, Jane Callahan, and Bloodworth. VOLUNTARY BAR LEADERS from across the state recently gathered in Naples for the 2005 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference that focuses on leadership, fundraising, association management, member benefits, and media relations. The annual conference is coordinated by The Florida Bar Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee, Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents, and Florida Council of Bar Executives and gives voluntary bar officers and staff an opportunity to network and discuss problems faced by the attorneys who volunteer as members of the association on a local level. Pictured from the left are Lee County Bar officers Marcy L. Shaw, Paul E. Liles, J. Tom Smoot III, and its executive director Dinah Leach. The Lee County Bar co-hosted the event this year with the Collier County Bar. D. Culver “Skip” Smith , left, recently received the Florida Council of Bar Presidents’ Annual Outstanding Past Voluntary Bar President Award from Vene Hamilton, vice president of the Florida Council of Bar Presidents. Smith, a former member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors and past chair of The Florida Bar’s Professional Ethics Committee, was president of the Palm Beach County Bar in 1982. PUT SOMETHING BACK Pro Bono Project staff members, from the left, Eileen Coto, Maria Dopico, Karen Ladis, and Irma Llamosa present a check that represents the free civil legal assistance provided the citizens of Miami-Dade County in the amount of more than $4.1 million, calculated at 23,459 hours of donated pro bono services to the poor at $175 per hour. Jacksonville’s Howard Coker was recently elected president of the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society, succeeding John DeVault in the post. The Florida Supreme Court Historical Society’s primary function is to collect and preserve materials relevant to the Florida Supreme Court’s lengthy history. “I think Florida’s Supreme Court has a vital place in history that should be preserved for future generations,” Coker said. “I am honored and delighted to take the post of president of this organization and look forward to continuing this mission and the fine programs the society has established. I also want to support current efforts to continually find ways to increase public access to our Supreme Court.”Sawyer nominated for Tax Section chair-elect August 15, 2005 Regular News BriefsGamot to lead matrimonial lawyers
Windies almost bottom of Test table DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC): Lowly ranked West Indies have experienced an 11-point slide and are in danger of replacing Bangladesh at the bottom of the table in the ICC Test team rankings. Bangladesh are breathing down the necks of the West Indies Test side, trailing them by just eight points, according to the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings, which included the annual update, released yesterday. West Indies have retained eighth position, but have dropped from 79 points to 65. The gap between the Caribbean side and ninth-ranked Bangladesh has been slashed from 29 points to just eight points. The ICC says with the annual update the results from 2012-13 are no longer included in the calculations and outcomes from the 2014-15 series are weighted at 50 per cent. Meanwhile, Australia have opened up a six-point gap over India at the top of the rankings, while India now lead third-placed Pakistan by just one point. Wade ‘honoured’ to be Prince’s favourite player MIAMI (AP): Dwyane Wade says he’s feeling “all kinds of emotions” after hearing that he was Prince’s favourite basketball player. The Miami Heat star took to Twitter after hearing Prince’s comments in a 2012 Australian radio interview the late pop icon conducted with model Damaris Lewis. Wade tweeted that he knows he has fans and supporters around the world, but “hearing Prince say those words was an ultimate compliment”. Prince died last month at his Minnesota home at the age of 57. Bahamas FA backs Haven against FIFA ban NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC): The Bahamas Football Association (BFA) has thrown its support behind Lionel Haven, a former executive member of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), who has been slapped with a five-year ban by FIFA, football’s governing body. “Lionel has worked with the BFA for a number of years,” Sealey said. “He was a dedicated and committed general secretary, who helped us achieve much of what we are being credited for today.” Haven, also a former Bahamas Football Association’s (BFA) secretary general who has denied any wrong doing, was slapped with a fine of US$3000 in addition to the five-year ban. FIFA’s ethics committee says Haven has failed to disclose information on cash payments at a CFU event in 2011. “We are confident and satisfied that his involvement in this, is as he stated,” said Sealey. “I spoke to him immediately after having reported it and I’m satisfied that he had no involvement in this and we stand behind him.” The ban stems from the so-called cash for votes controversy, in which Caribbean football executives were handed US$40,000 stuffed in envelopes at an upscale hotel in Trinidad ahead of the 2011 FIFA presidential election.