Month: July 2016

Trailing Ken Goodgame’s Rise to the Top of the Corporate World

Ken Goodgame has undoubtedly made a name for himself within corporate circles judging from his hugely successful career. His influence in the field of operations management is unsurmountable. He has helped in the creation of billion-dollar operations management excellence through a combination of creative marketing and merchandising strategies. This has helped numerous firms to streamline their business strategies. Mr. Goodgame’s longevity in the area of marketing has made him a veteran personality. He uses this experience to pinpoint any market shifts.

Ken’s attention to detail has helped him avoid costly mistakes, which have stalled the operations of many firms. His main focus has been the delivery of employee engagement, corporate alignment, quality assurance and key performance indicators systems. All these are crucial in the attainment of corporate success. Kenneth Goodgame capitalizes on his ability to enhance corporate growth through preemptive leadership, cost-benefit analysis, quality improvements, productivity enhancements and composed negotiations.

Mr. Goodgame’s Résumé

The University of Tennessee alumnus begun his marketing career 22 years ago at The Home Depot, Atlanta. Here, he started as the Hardlines Product Merchant, a position that put him in charge of the indoor garden division for the Southern Region. He laid down innovative strategies, which saw the firm posting record profits. Goodgame is also credited with helping the firm open more than 220 stores in different locations. He similarly facilitated training for local store managers. Five years after his appointment, he was put on charge of the Proprietary Brands division before being made Senior Global Product Merchant in 2001.

Mr. Goodgame has also held executive positions at Newell Rubbermaid. He started at Rubbermaid Cleaning where he was the General Manager. He helped transform the firm by securing a critical yearly contract with retail giant Wal-Mart within 4 months of his appointment. He similarly played a crucial role in the expansion of the firm’s product catalog. Between 2004 and 2006, Goodgame was Bernzomatic’s General Manager and President. In less than two years of his appointment, the firm had achieved 94% growth. He was subsequently appointed Senior Vice President in charge of sales and marketing at Irwin PTA & Shur Line, a subsidiary of Newell Rubbermaid.

Goodgame has also worked at Techtronic Industries North America, Ace Hardware Corporation, and at the moment, True Value Hardware Corporation. At Techtronic, he was President at one of the firm’s subsidiaries, Baja Motorsports. He transformed an annual loss of 2.5 million dollars into a 5 million-dollar profit through corporate restructuring. At Ace Hardware Corporation, he was the General Merchandising Manager. He was appointed True Value Hardware Corporation’s Senior Vice President in 2013. He oversees the firm’s business portfolio, which is valued at more than 2.2 billion dollars. He has similarly been pivotal in the formation of strategic partnerships with other major players in the industry.

Clay Siegall: Creator of ADC’s

Clay Siegall, received his Ph.D. in Genetics. Dr. Siegall, is the co-founder of Seattle Genetics formed in 1998. Dr. Siegall created a facility for patients, where they felt like they were getting the best care that was needed. He built Seattle Genetics due to his scientific background and research on drug development. Due to his efforts, the company is now involved in developing antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) for the treatment of cancer.

As the world of health, drugs, and medicine continue to grow, so does the research at Seattle Genetics. This growth is seen within the ADC development, which includes an internalizing antibody. According to Dr. Siegall and his team, a potent synthetic drug and a stable linker can be used, enabling intra-tumoral release of the drug.

Dr. Siegall has many accomplishments involving his research. Prior to his world of Seattle Genetics, he worked for Bristol-Myers. Dr. Siegall, the prestige doctor, now secures more than $675 million through public and private financing. He also enjoys writing about his research and discoveries in the world of medicines and ADC’s, which has lead him to become an author of more than 70 publications and 15 patents.

Dr. Siegall, a graduate from George Washington University, has conducted a facility full of compassion for all of his patients. His research through Seattle Genetics, along with all of his accomplishments, has lead him to help many patients who are suffering with cancer. His studies, will continue to shape the world of medicine and health for the future.

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Chris Archer Leads Rays Pitching Woes:

On a sub-.500 team last year, Chris Archer stood out for Tampa Bay. Despite a 12-13 record, he fanned 252 batters while walking 66, had a 3.23 ERA, and earned his first All-Star selection. All indications were that Archer had everything needed to become the Rays staff ace.

Instead, Archer goes into the 2016 All-Star break leading the American League in losses with 11, and only four notches in the win column. His last victory came back on June 6th against the woeful Arizona Diamondbacks. Even with a team high 127 strikeouts, Archer has been struggling in many of his starts with location. Your text to link… Hitters are taking advantage of this, as Archer has an ERA of 4.50, with opposing hitters batting a collective .253.

But Archer is not the only Tampa Bay hurler struggling on the mound. Of the seven pitchers who have started for the Rays this year, only two have ERAs under 4.00, Matt Andriese (2.89 in eight starts) and Blake Snell (3.69 in six starts). Jake Odorizzi is 3-4 with a 4.33 ERA. Matt Moore is the only regular starter at .500. He’s 5-5 with an ERA of 4.54. Then there’s Drew Smyly, whose poor season might make him envy Archer. He is 2-10 with a 5.47 ERA.

If there is one bright spot among Rays pitchers, it’s Alex Colome. He has 19 saves and a 1.71 ERA, and is the team’s lone All-Star representative.

Local Athlete Trayvon Bromell Wins Coveted Spot on U.S. Olympic Team

A graduate of Gibbs High in St. Petersburg recently won a coveted spot on this year’s Olympic sprinting team. On July 3, 2016 during a competition in Eugene, Oregon, 20-year old Trayvon Bromell qualified to join the U.S. team when he came in second during a 100-meter sprint at the U. S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. He completed the course in just 9.84 seconds.

The 5’9″ runner weighs 156 pounds. He overcame a series of sports injuries to win the prestigious honor. During junior high and high school in Florida, he seriously injured both knees in separate accidents. He also in the past sustained a cracked him during a 100-meter sprint. Most recently, he suffered an injured his Achilles Tendon. Despite these injuries, he has emerged as one of the leading sprinters in the nation today.

Trayvon Bromell described the goal of participating in the Olympics as his “biggest dream”. He earned the chance to compete in Rio next month, where he will join former Gold Medal winner Justin Gatlin in representing the United States.

At an international sprinting competition in Beijing recently, Trayvon Bromell tied for a Bronze Medal in the 100-meter race. His score of 9.84 seconds in Oregon occurred while he still suffered from a sore Achilles Tendon. He has ranked on lists of new U.S. Olympic athletes considered to have the best chance to win medals in Rio.

Tampa Bay Sports Roundup

Bucs Receiver Murphy Finds Himself Locked Up

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wide Receiver Louis Murphy is in the headlines. The former Florida Gator and St. Petersburg native was a groomsman in a wedding this past weekend in Palm Beach, FL.

At some point during the reception, Murphy blacked out. When he woke, the Bucs wideout found himself locked inside a building, though he did not know where.

With his cell phone dead, Murphy managed to break a window and access a phone to call 911.

The police eventually arrived and let Murphy out. He promised to pay for any damages and was not charged with any crime. The incident did produce a hilarious 911 call, which is now plastered across the internet.

South Florida Bulls Expected to Compete for Conference Championship

With college football season right around the corner, South Florida Bulls fans have reason to be excited. Entering his fourth season with the program, head coach Willie Taggart believes that his time finally has the quality and depth to compete for the American Conference title.

Coach Taggart will be looking to build on a very strong 2015-16 season that saw the Bulls play in a bowl game for the first time since 2010. The college football world believes that the squad will meet its lofty expectations, with many picking the Bulls to win the American Conference’s East Division.

The team will lean heavily on junior quarterback Quinton Flowers. The Miami native is considered one of the top duel-threat QB’s in the country and has shown himself more than capable of putting the team on his back.

South Florida season kicks off in Raymond James Stadium on September 10th, when the Bulls host Northern Illinois.

Ex-Islander Halmo Joins Lightning Organization:

The Tampa Bay Lightning may have added depth to its future corps of forward with the signing Mike Halmo. The 25-year-old from Kitchener, Ontario spent last season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League, where he garnered 22 goals and 19 assists for 41 points. He also collected 117 penalty minutes. Upon his signing, Halmo tweeted, “Excited to be joining the @TBLightning organization. Letssss goooooooooo.”

Halmo spent four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League, a major junior league in Canada, playing for the Owen Sound Attack. During that time, he recorded 76 goals and 89 assists. His best season came in 2011-2012 when he had 40 goals and 45 assists for 85 points. Despite those numbers, Halmo was not drafted.

His hard work paid off in 2012 when he was signed by the New York Islanders as a free agent. After putting up 18 goals and 20 assists for Bridgeport in 2013-2014, he was called up to the Islanders for the remainder of their season. Halmo’s offense did not carrying over to the NHL as he had just one goal in 20 games. Your text to link…

Though not the biggest guy on the ice at 5’11, 195 pounds, the scouting report by The Hockey News calls Halmo a “feisty competitor” and a rugged, energetic winger. He could help bolster the Lightning’s fourth line in the near future.

Rays Lose as Archer Strikes out 10

There is no question that the 2016 season has been a huge struggle for Chris Archer. The right-hander of the Tampa Bay Rays was an All-Star and finished fifth in the voting for the Cy Young Award last year. However, 2016 has been a different story. Archer has struggled to find the consistency that has made him one of the best pitchers during the past three seasons. Archer currently leads the American League in losses with 11. His 4.50 ERA is more than one run higher than it was last year. This has caused many people in the Rays front office to wonder what is wrong with their 27-year-old star pitcher. Injuries have not been an issue for Archer during 2016. In fact, Archer leads the league with 18 starts. Therefore, the problem must be something else.

The 2016 season as a whole has been a disappointment for Archer. However, he has shown some flashes of brilliance that remind fans of the pitcher that he has been in the past. An example of the talent that Archer possesses was his 10-strikeout performance against the Tigers. Archer was in complete control as he did not allow any runs during his 5 2/3 innings of work. Unfortunately, he wound up getting a no-decision for his efforts. This is something that has happened far too often during Archer’s career with the Rays. These brilliant starts have been few and far between for Archer in 2016. It remains to be seen if he will get back to where he once was.

Louis Murphy Escapes Night at Museum

In a story that you couldn’t make up if you tried, Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Louis Murphy was in the news this week after breaking a glass pane at the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Fla.

But police, the museum, and Murphy all agreed he didn’t have much choice after finding himself locked in the museum. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Murphy was in Palm Beach to celebrate a friend’s wedding.

The reception at the Flagler Museum ran into the evening. Murphy, who acknowledged he had been drinking, went to the courtyard of the museum and fell asleep. Other revelers must not have missed him too much, because Murphy was still asleep in the courtyard when the party ended and museum officials closed down the facility for the night.

According to his statements and the police reports, Murphy panicked when he woke up. In order to access a phone to call police, Murphy was forced to break the glass to access a phone.

Once he found a phone, Murphy called police. They responded alongside a museum official who was able to unlock the building and free Murphy. On the scene, police and museum staff agreed with Murphy that he had no choice but to break the glass to call for help.

The cost of the damage was estimated at $1,000, and Murphy and the Flagler Museum are reportedly working out who will pay for it.

Rays Enter All-Star Break on a Losing Note

A terrible first half to the 2016 season finally came to a merciful end on Sunday as the Tampa Bay Rays were shut out 4-0 by the Boston Red Sox. It has been a first half to forget for the Rays. They have struggled to score runs from the very beginning of the season. They have hit more home runs than expected. However, far too many of those blasts were solo shots. Most of the team has underachieved with the exceptions of veteran third baseman Evan Longoria and closer Alex Colome. A place on the American League All-Star team was given to Colome for his efforts in the first half. Unfortunately, bright spots such as this have been very hard to find for the Rays and their fans.

The Rays were completely shut down by David Price of the Red Sox in the final game before the All-Star break. It was a stellar start for Price in what has been a very inconsistent first three months for him in a Red Sox uniform. In fact, this was the first game this season where Price has held the opposition scoreless. The Rays are now 34-54. They find themselves 17 1/2 games behind the Baltimore Orioles. They are also 7 games behind the New York Yankees. This is significant because the Yankees are in 4th place. The Rays will soon get a chance to make up ground on the team in first place. They will start a series with the Orioles after the break.

Alex Colome of the Rays Makes the All-Star Team

Not many things have gone right in 2016 for the Tampa Bay Rays. They are in last place in the American League East. They are currently in the midst of one of their worst stretches since back in the days when the team was known as the Devil Rays. However, there have been a few bright spots this year. Alex Colome has performed exceptionally well. The first half of the season that Colome turned in has earned him a trip to the All-Star game. It will be the first time that the closer for the Rays has received this honor. He has gone out of his way to express his gratitude about being chosen to be a part of the American League squad.

Colome has finally matured into one of the most dominant and dependable closers in all of baseball. His ERA is well under two. He also had a stretch of 19 games in a row where he did not allow any runs to score. The 27-year-old found out about his All-Star selection in a funny way. Rays manager Kevin Cash asked Colome to come to his office for a meeting between just the two of them. Colome was very nervous because one-on-one meetings with the manager are usually not good things. It is at these types of meetings that players are told they are being sent down or released. However, Colome’s nervousness soon disappeared when Cash gave him the good news. The Rays recorded the entire meeting and posted it on their website.