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BETHESDA, Md. – Lee Kadrich, AAP, vice president, government affairs and trade for the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA), has retired after 29 years. Kadrich served as staff liaison to the AAIA Government Affairs Committee and as executive director of two AAIA membership segments: the Auto International Association (AIA) and the Heavy Duty Distribution Association (HDDA). Prior to joining AAIA, Kadrich served as vice president of government affairs and trade for the Automotive Parts & Accessories Association (APAA), which he joined in 1981. He also served as legislative assistant for Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) Kadrich is the former chairman of the U.S. Auto Parts Advisory Committee (APAC), where he worked on U.S.-Asian auto parts trade issues. He also served for many years on the industry trade advisory committee (ITAC 2) for automotive equipment and capital goods that advises the Commerce Department and the United States Trade Representative (USTR) on all trade policy matters affecting the industry. Kadrich received the Auto International Association (AIA) Person of the Year Award in 2006. He also was the recipient of the 2006 Northwood University Automotive Aftermarket Management Education Award. Kadrich earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin. He completed the University of the Aftermarket Executive Development Program in April 1999. In November 1999, he earned his Automotive Aftermarket Professional (AAP) designation from the University of the Aftermarket. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement
With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. — Randall Swedlove has been appointed to the California/Nevada/Arizona Automotive Wholesalers Association’s (CAWA) Board of Directors, representing Morris Automotive Supply in Fontana, Calif.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement He was appointed by Board Chair Mary Davis of NGK Spark Plugs in Sacramento, Calif. “Mr. Swedlove is a long-time CAWA member and represents a segment of our membership that has historically supported the association throughout the three states we represent,” said Davis. “Mr. Swedlove’s participation will be critical to the association’s future goals, and we’ll welcome his contributions to the automotive aftermarket industry and its trade association.” Swedlove is the third-generation owner of Morris Automotive Supply.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.
NMDOH News:The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) recently announced details of proposed rule changes for its Medical Cannabis Program (MCP) that, if adopted, will implement several important policy changes, including a new maximum limit of 1,750 plants for licensed non-profit producers (LNPPs) of medical cannabis.The new plant limit replaces NMAC Rule Change – 2019 – MCP – Emergency Amendment enacted in March that adopted an emergency plant count rule of 2,500 plants for LNPPs while the NMDOH worked to obtain data for a permanent rule. The proposed provisions would strengthen oversight of licensed cannabis operators and their inventory, as well as assure proper disposal of product where necessary. A formal hearing will be at 9 a.m. July 12. in the auditorium of the Harold Runnels Building, located at 1190 St. Francis Drive in Santa Fe.The Department of Health carefully developed the new plant limit to balance concerns about available medical cannabis supply while limiting the risk of the over-production that has disrupted regulated systems in other states. NMDOH commissioned surveys and used data from cannabis producers and national industry averages were also analyzed to determine an appropriate plant limit.The proposed rule change also allows plant limits to grow with the size of the market through a provision beginning in June of 2021. It will allow licensed producers to request an increase of up to 500 permitted plants if they are nearing their capacity to supply their patients’ demand.LNPPs will be able exclude cannabis seedlings from their plant limit. This change in policy will allow licensed producers to experiment with cultivating a wider variety of plant strains and is designed to increase the available supply of plants high in alternative cannabinoids like CBD, which is used for serious conditions like epilepsy.In addition, the MCP is preparing for another round of rulemaking to comply with statutory mandates enacted by the Legislature earlier this year in Senate Bill 406.
Courtesy/NMCAJNMCAJ News:ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Commission on Access to Justice has a message to the public: the lack of legal representation is causing serious injustice and suffering in civil cases.All defendants in criminal cases are guaranteed a lawyer no matter what, but a lawyer is not guaranteed in civil cases and many people suffer serious consequences.“People who can’t afford a lawyer in civil legal cases, or who can’t access legal resources, are losing their homes, losing their children, suffering from lack of benefits, suffering financial hardship because of large medical bills, even becoming homeless – due to a lack of legal representation in civil cases,” said New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Shannon Bacon, who has been a member of the Commission for eight years and presided over thousands of civil cases before being appointed to the New Mexico Supreme Court. “We are here to alert the public to these injustices.”The need is great. The Commission on Access to Justice estimates that only 20 percent of the civil legal cases receive legal representation. Last year, more than 16,000 cases received some form of civil legal assistance, but that means 64,000 cases are not receiving the civil legal assistance needed to ensure justice occurs.The Commission on Access to Justice is working to increase legal resources for essential civil needs such as family law, housing issues, and consumer debt. The Commission has taken several steps to create more civil legal resources for those in need including access to plain-language online forms, self-help centers, legal advice and pro-bono attorneys.“There’s a great injustice going on in our society,” said Liz McGrath, co-chair of the Commission on Access to Justice. “These cases are heartbreaking. Again and again people with serious needs are turned away or don’t even know there’s help.”The New Mexico Supreme Court founded the New Mexico Commission on Access to Justice in 2004 as an independent, statewide body dedicated to expanding and improving civil legal assistance in the state. Judges, attorneys, and legal service providers comprise the 18-member Commission. The commission’s goal is to increase access to justice for those with civil legal needs.The Commission is working to address the barriers that make it difficult to access justice without legal resources.The Commission’s intent for the campaign launched, “THINK ABOUT THIS,” is to alert the public that the problem exists. The campaign asks people to “think about” the serious consequences of the lack of legal representation or resources.“You can’t solve the problem unless people care,” Justice Bacon said.The campaign will include a small amount of TV ads, radio ads and newspaper ads. The campaign will start within the next week.“We’re here today because we want to educate the public that these injustices exist and ask the public to get involved in this critical civil right for all New Mexicans,” McGrath said.
Student loan debt is a major hurdle for beginning farmers and this legislation will serve as an incentive for farmers to enter—and stay—in the agricultural industry, and strengthen opportunities for farmers to grow successful businesses. “With the average age of farmers now nearing 60 years, and farmers over 65 outnumbering those under 35 by six-to-one, the next generation of farmers need Congress’s support to succeed,” said Martín Lemos, Interim Executive Director of Young Farmers. “Allowing student loan forgiveness for farmers and ranchers will remove a major hurdle our nation’s young farmers face. Student loan debt creates barriers to accessing loans for land, equipment, or start-up costs, all necessary for a thriving agricultural business. We are grateful for this bill’s champions, Senators Chris Murphy and Tom Udall. With the support of Congress, we will encourage those who wish to pursue a career in farming to serve their country by building a brighter future for U.S. agriculture.” Udall has fought for his entire career to direct important NRCS funds to beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. With 1 in 4 producers in New Mexico considered beginning farmers, Udall’s legislation is an important step to not just entice but retain the next generation of farmers. U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News: “New Mexico’s farmers and ranchers are the lifeblood of our rural communities, and it’s vital that we make smart investments to ensure our agricultural sector remains strong and vibrant in the future. But the crushing burden of student loan debt is dragging down too many beginning farmers, and holding back young college graduates from coming home to start their own farms and ranches,” Udall said. “Our bill creates a student loan forgiveness program for beginning farmers and ranchers, making it easier for young people who are interested in farming to focus on pursuing their dreams instead of paying down a mountain of debt. I’ll keep fighting for resources to strengthen New Mexico agriculture and open doors for the next generation of farmers and ranchers to create good jobs, feed our nation, and grow our economy.” “Farmers are critical to Connecticut’s economy, and we should be doing everything possible to make it easier for anyone to enter the field. As I travel across Connecticut, I consistently hear young people tell me that they want to stay in farming, but thousands of dollars in student loan debt holds them back. This bill will incentivize Connecticut’s new farmers to plant crops, buy equipment, and grow their businesses. Farming is a public service and we should help those who want to help their communities,” Murphy said. WASHINGTON, D.C. ― As the U.S. Congress begins debate on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) reintroduced the Student Loan Forgiveness for Farmers and Ranchers Act, to create a loan forgiveness program for beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as other groups such as women, veterans, and minority farmers. “This is important policy legislation to encourage our next generation of food and agriculture producers to enter into production agriculture,” said Jeff Witte, New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture. “Our nation’s food security will rely on this new generation to feed our communities and provide the basis for strong rural communities.”
Concept map for the world record pumpkin carving event. #1300pumpkinparty. Courtesy/LAAC LAAC News:There are just 26 days left until a world event occurs in Los Alamos.Los Alamos Arts Council invites people from all over New Mexico to participate in its attempt to capture the Guinness World Record for “Most People Carving Pumpkins Simultaneously”.The event begins at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 and the goal is to have 1,300 pumpkins carved simultaneously along Central Avenue.It is strongly recommended that participants be at least 10 years old.Tickets are available for purchase at CB FOX, 1735 Central Ave. for $5 (cash or check). Tickets also may be purchased online for $7 on the Arts Council’s website: https://losalamosartscouncil.org/The ticket cost includes a 24-pound pumpkin to take home after the Pumpkin Glow, a wristband and a complimentary Pumpkin Masters Carving Kit. Online ticket sales will close Friday, Oct. 18 to ensure ticket arrival before the event.In addition to the world record attempt, the carved pumpkins will be displayed until 9 p.m. and the Pumpkin Glow will be held 6-9 p.m. Oct. 26. People may take their carved pumpkins home at 9 p.m., if they wish.The Arts Council is recruiting volunteers for these events. To help, email [email protected] by Oct. 6.
Rebecca L. Avitia From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced this morning that Rebecca L. Avitia will serve as his chief of staff in Washington, D.C.Avitia is a native New Mexican and will be one of three Latino chiefs of staff serving in the Senate. She is transitioning next week from her role as Heinrich’s state director.Before joining Heinrich’s state leadership team, Avitia served as the executive director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.“Throughout her career, Rebecca has been a strong advocate and leader committed to improving the lives of those in her community. I’m proud to have her transition to our team in D.C. and am confident she will be a great asset to the work we do every day to create opportunity across New Mexico,” Heinrich said. “I want to thank my outgoing Chief of Staff Joe Britton for his service and wish him the best of luck. I know that he will continue to make a difference in the lives of everyone he meets.”Avitia said, “I am extraordinarily excited for the work ahead and to continue onward with this incredible team. I look forward to serving Senator Heinrich and the people of New Mexico in my new role as we continue to do good for our state, our democracy, and our planet.”Avitia grew up in Albuquerque’s North Valley. She is a graduate of Eldorado High School, Trinity University and Columbia University School of Law. She was a practicing attorney in both New York and New Mexico and served as an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law. Avitia also served on the Albuquerque Development Commission, Presbyterian Healthcare Services Central New Mexico Community Board of Trustees and on the board of WESST, a statewide small business incubator.
UbiQD’s quantum dot-enabled retrofit greenhouse film, UbiGro™, deployed above a row of tomatoes in a commercial greenhouse in New Mexico. Courtesy/UbiQD, Inc.UbiQD News:The company completed several successful commercial plant trials with its UbiGro™ greenhouse film, highlighted in a new white paper and recognized by Frost & Sullivan as a first-of-its-kind productUbiQD, Inc., a Los Alamos-based advanced materials company, announced today it has been awarded the Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award 2019 for its UbiGro™ luminescent greenhouse film, cited by the market research firm as the first product of its kind.Additionally, UbiQD has now publicly released completed commercial plant trial data in a new white paper demonstrating how the UbiGro™ film offers a payback time of less than a year for tomatoes and cannabis.Installed above plants in a greenhouse, the luminescent UbiGro™ films absorb underutilized portions of sunlight—mainly ultraviolet (UV), blue, and green light—and convert the energy into orange and red light. In one plant trial, the UbiGro™ films boosted tomato yields in a commercial hydroponic greenhouse by 21% (by weight). At cannabis farms in California and Oregon, the films boosted production by 5% to 8% (weight) in studies involving more than 450 plants.“We partnered with expert growers in their respective markets to validate the benefit of the UbiGro product, and these first studies illustrate their success,” said UbiQD Chief Product Officer Dr. Matt Bergren. “The pilots highlighted in the white paper also demonstrate the impact this product can have on the profitability for greenhouse farmers over the product’s four-year lifespan. New pricing of $3 per square foot delivers on our commitment to a payback time of less than one grow season.”The full text of the white paper can be downloaded at UbiGro.com.According to the recent report by Frost & Sullivan, “quantum dots are ideal candidates for optimizing the light spectrum for plant growth systems because they can be easily tuned to any color by absorbing the energy and re-emitting the light in a different color, depending on the size of the particle. This advancement represents a huge disruption to traditional grow lighting solutions, such as LED fixtures.”Read the full text of the award at UbiQD.com.“We are very pleased to be recognized by the top-tier market research firm Frost & Sullivan for our product innovation,” said UbiQD Founder and CEO Hunter McDaniel. “We love seeing the potential to have a huge impact on controlled environment agriculture, it’s an exciting new market for quantum dots.”Earlier this year the company announced a novel fiber-based version of UbiGro™, which can allow for improved light distribution in a thick canopy or vertical farm. UbiQD is leading the passive lighting revolution in controlled environment agriculture by enabling sustainability with advanced materials.About UbiQD, Inc.UbiQD is a nanotechnology company based in Los Alamos, New Mexico that manufactures safe, high-performance, quantum dots and greenhouse materials. Licensing technology developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Washington, and Western Washington University, UbiQD envisions a future where quantum dots are ubiquitous in a wide spectrum of applications. For more information please visit UbiQD.com and UbiGro.com.About Frost & SullivanFor over five decades, Frost & Sullivan has become world-renowned for its role in helping investors, corporate leaders and governments navigate economic changes and identify disruptive technologies, Mega Trends, new business models and companies to action, resulting in a continuous flow of growth opportunities to drive future success. Contact Frost & Sullivan.