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Encore Acts of Successful CEO’s: Greg Brady of One Network

Shifts in Leadership Focus to Power the Next Leg of Growth

Chief Executive Officers are a special breed of business professionals who have made it to the top of their game. Whether they started the company, inherited the role, or worked hard from the ground floor. Within this special membership of business professionals, its own hierarchy system exists. Collectively, CEOs will tell you it’s a high-stakes endeavor with growth, people, and profit as the top challenges they face. The average CEO tenure is approximately ten years, with some serving longer, especially if they founded the company.

Recently, there have been significant changes in the C-suite in some of America’s most highly visible companies. While some, like Ford CEO Jim Hackett, who became caught in the wrath of the 2020 economic story, others made moves to power their organization’s next step harmoniously and with the support of their Boards and peers. Most do not disappear into the black hole of retirement. Instead, many successful CEOs contribute back somehow to their former company or our nation’s economy and social well-being.

Interestingly, more than a quarter of past Fortune 500 CEOs become active in private equity. Some choose to serve on public boards or go on to teach at some of the nation’s most well-respected universities. Others are called upon to lead the front lines to power the next sales and customer implementation level, like generals in battle leading the front-line charge. A few notable CEOs have stepped away from the C-Suite but continued to serve the company in other capacities at the height of their success.

Larry Ellison, Oracle
American business magnate and investor, Larry Ellison, co-founded Oracle and spent 37 years as CEO. In 2014, upon stepping down, he took on the role as executive chairman and Chief Technology Officer. This shift away from the helm allowed Ellison to focus on one of the more important aspects of Oracle, which has traditionally been technology. As a technical and business genius, Ellison can focus on leading Oracle to continue adapting to the most advanced technology available.

Steve Jobs, Apple
Enigmatic tech innovator, Steve Jobs, served as CEO of Apple from 1997 to 2011. Though battling illness that would eventually take his life, Jobs remained connected to the creative and technological aspects of Apple products along with major strategic decisions. Jobs was instrumental in post-leadership product launches including the iPad, iCloud, and Siri.

Robert Iger, Walt Disney Company
In early 2020, Robert (Bob) Iger made news when he stepped down as the CEO of the Walt Disney Company.  Iger will continue to serve as the company’s executive chairman and direct Disney’s creative content and endeavors.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon
In 1994, Jeff Bezos founded Amazon, which has turned into a $1.6 Trillion global mega-retailer. Bezos recently stepped down as CEO but will continue to serve as the executive chairman of the Amazon board while staying engaged in important Amazon projects.

Kendra Scott, Kendra Scott Jewelry 
In early 2021, Kendra Scott announced she would be stepping down as CEO of her namesake jewelry business that she founded nearly twenty years ago. She continues to hold a majority stake in the brand with a net worth of $510 million. Scott will remain involved with her brand, focusing on design, the customer journey experience, and a portfolio of philanthropic endeavors. 

Reshma Saujani, Girls Who Code
Reshma claims to be a big believer that leaders should not stay in organizations indefinitely for the sake of continuous innovation. Effective in April 2021, the Girls Who Code founder and CEO stepped down from the C-Suite to become Chairman of the Board.

Greg Brady, One Network
The recent member into this rarified club includes Greg Brady, who founded One Network Enterprises. He launched the company in 2002 after leading i2 Technologies to high growth and market leadership during a seven-year tenure, both as CEO and head of worldwide operations. Mr. Brady, called ‘the smartest guy in supply chain,’ was one of the first to understand the limitations of traditional enterprise-centric software applications. Brady orchestrated the world’s first real-time demand-driven multi-enterprise platform in the cloud. This enterprise platform effectively managed end-to-end supply chain processes and powered hundreds of millions of dollars in enterprise savings. His leadership and bottom-line results have led One Network to be one of the most respected organizations in the world.

After significant success as founder and CEO of One Network, Mr. Brady moves to the front lines to drive more substantial revenue implementation growth of the company he built. As the company’s visionary, Mr. Brady’s active role in sales and strategic customer implementations will focus on growing significant margin growth and realize the promise of true digitization of the entire supply chain and unlock for major brands an enormity of financial savings growth, and margin opportunity. 

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Welcome to 2021: Here’s Why It’s Time To Upgrade Your Face Mask

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise and new face mask regulations have been implemented by the Biden administration, it is more important than ever to rethink the type of face mask you are wearing.

Masks have become a necessity in our day-to-day life, and having the right one makes all the difference. If you’re looking for an upgrade, look no further than Boomer Silver-Infused Reusable Face Covers. These masks and gaiters come in a variety of sizes and colors, providing top of the line protection for their users regardless of preference. Finding the right facemask can be difficult, but the team at Boomer Naturals created the perfect mask to address all your concerns.  

Breathability

When buying a face mask, most people place breathability at the top of their list as a must have in a facemask. Whether you are participating in physically demanding activities or just doing day to day errands, it’s important to be able to do so without having your breathing restricted. With three silver-infused layers, Boomer Face Covers offers upgraded protection and are the most comfortable, breathable face covers available.

Comfort

Having a face mask that fits properly and allows the user to carry on with everyday functions is a major factor to consider when looking for the right mask. Masks with fixed ear loops can often times be too tight or too loose for different head shapes leading to discomfort. Boomer face covers eliminate this concern with adjustable ear loops that can be set to the users liking. In addition to this, the masks also come in six different sizes for adults and children to pick from allowing for a perfect fit. For those who wear glasses, fogging can become an issue for day-to-day activities. Boomer face covers provides an inner nose piece to help prevent glasses from fogging and disrupting visibility.

Style

Like it or not, face masks don’t appear to be going away any time soon, and have become big fashion trend. For those fashion-conscious readers out there, Boomer face covers come in several colors and patterns allowing users to mix and match with their favorite outfits.

While we all miss seeing each other’s bright and lovely faces, it’s important to wear a mask to protect ourselves and the ones we love. Until the day we can let our smiles loose once again, Boomer Silver-Infused Reusable Face Covers provide the best face mask to address a variety of needs for all users. 

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The Science Behind Brain Injury Prevention for Football Players – from Helmet Tech to Impact Mitigation Padding

For many years football has been the lifeblood and heartbeat of American culture, often seen as a microcosm of the American dream through its cultivating underdog stories, the resilience shown in overcoming adversities, and its textbook illustration of what can be accomplished when working together towards a common goal. For the very few players who are able to fully realize their dream of playing at the highest level, it’s a feeling unlike any other. However, like most great things in life, they often come at a price.

As sports science has evolved, it’s become evident that these great feats of human ability likely come at the expense of a player’s health. Among other complications, athletes run the risk of dealing with devastating injuries and long-term brain damage as a result of their playing career. While our understanding of these long-term effects is still in its infancy, the football world is leaning on advanced helmet technology and science to mitigate the damage of repeated impacts to the brain. With that in mind, here is a glimpse at the true severity of this problem and how a top impact mitigation company is tackling this issue with state-of-the-art solutions. 

The Problem

The most severe effect of repeated head trauma comes in the form of a degenerative brain disease known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or better known as “CTE”. People suffering from CTE can experience a number of symptoms including dementia, mood changes, heightened aggression and depression. In a recent Boston University Study conducted in 2017 it was reported that CTE was found in 99 percent of the 111 former NFL players studied. To further illustrate the destructive nature of this disease, in May of 2012, Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau took his own life, just two years after retiring from the game of football. As later reported by ESPN, it was discovered that Seau suffered from a severe case of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, which ultimately lead to him taking his own life. The crippling reality of this disease remains; a stronger preventative measure must be reached.

Promising Solutions

Today, top scientists are still grappling with trying to fully understand the nuances of this disease. Because of its perplexity, more attention is being directed towards ways to prevent or limit head trauma in football through helmet technology.

Companies like SKYDEX – a global leader in advanced impact mitigation and cushioning solutions – which has a unique polyurethane technology that is engineered to be seamlessly integrated into existing sports protection products. The company’s engineers welcome the challenge of creating a safer tomorrow by deploying their industry leading solutions in football helmets to help combat brain injuries and limit the damage caused by repeated head trauma. SKYDEX proprietary geometries absorb greater force over repeated impact than foam-based impact absorbers like closed-cell foam or high-density EVA. Lightweight yet highly-durable, SKYDEX technology surpasses traditional alternatives and adapts to a host of protective needs. SKYDEX President and CEO, Alvaro Vaselli, highlights the versatile nature of the company’s solutions.

“Our unique technologies have been protecting troops in the battlefield for over a decade. From armored vehicles to bomb suits, helmets and body protection, we are proud to have made a difference in hundreds of thousands of people’s lives,” said Vaselli.

Additionally, performance apparel and equipment brands, like Sleefs, have designed football helmet visors which are intended to enhance the protection offered to its wearer. This protective headgear can mitigate the likelihood of head injuries from an impact to the head by removing glares and protecting individuals’ eyes from ultraviolet light damage and other small particles such as dust. Visors can be attached or detached, making it easy for athletes to protect themselves.

Where We Go from Here

Vaselli believes the application of his team’s technologies are fit to handle any impact mitigation challenge including those associated with the link between football and brain injuries.

“We are now advancing and customizing these technologies to offer protection, comfort and increased performance to athletes in many different sports including football, baseball, basketball, track and field and others. Enabling athletes to perform at their best while being safe is at the forefront of our team’s objectives. We are driven by a single purpose: protecting people and things that matter,” said Vaselli.

While football players will be the biggest beneficiaries of this technology, the versatility of SKYDEX solutions enable a world of possibility, a promising sign for the football community and the future of impact mitigation. Like most great challenges, top industry experts like Vaselli are hopeful that their solutions will provide a safer game for football players and athletes of all levels moving forward.

Although sports injuries are complex and there is no overnight fix to eliminating the risks, advancements from companies are promising and make athletes feel confident to perform. We can expect to see additional strides towards limiting the effects of repeated head trauma among football players in the coming years.

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It’s Drowsy Driving Prevention Week: These Car Accessories Are Designed to Help

With holiday road trips on the horizon, daylight savings and more people than ever losing sleep from all the anxieties 2020 has presented, it’s more important than ever to raise awareness about the deadly implications of drowsy driving and work toward solutions to help.

Fortunately, there’s new tech on the market designed specifically to help mitigate drowsy driving and protect both drivers and others on the road.

One of Car and Driver’s newest products, the Copilot, does exactly that – acts as a copilot to help keep drivers alert and aware. Copilot is a device that plugs into your vehicle and monitors a driver’s eyelids and pupils to alert them when they are closing their eyes or distracted from the road, without creating further distractions like some devices.

During Drowsy Driving Prevention Week (observed between Nov.1 through Nov. 8) the usually $180 priced item will be on sale for $99 – a steal to save a loved one’s (or your own) life.

Additionally, Car and Driver is offering 25% off all of its other products at BestBuy next week to help drivers upgrade their vehicle as we all spend more time on road trips without having to buy a completely new one.

Here are some other great deals from Car and Driver to keep your eye on and consider this week:

Nanobit (usually $22.99) – the world’s smallest12V car charger; designed to sit flush with car’s control panel

FM Transmitter/12V charger (usually $29.99) – acts asyour Bluetooth capabilities if you have an older car – meaning you can play music and make calls through your phone.

Wireless Charging Mound (usually $54.99) – fits comfortably in many places on you dashboard – with no wires

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The Science Behind Brain Injury Prevention for Football Players – from Helmet Tech to Impact Mitigation Padding

For many years football has been the lifeblood and heartbeat of American culture, often seen as a microcosm of the American dream through its cultivating underdog stories, the resilience shown in overcoming adversities, and its textbook illustration of what can be accomplished when working together towards a common goal. For the very few players who are able to fully realize their dream of playing at the highest level, it’s a feeling unlike any other. However, like most great things in life, they often come at a price.

As sports science has evolved, it’s become evident that these great feats of human ability likely come at the expense of a player’s health. Among other complications, athletes run the risk of dealing with devastating injuries and long-term brain damage as a result of their playing career. While our understanding of these long-term effects is still in its infancy, the football world is leaning on advanced helmet technology and science to mitigate the damage of repeated impacts to the brain. With that in mind, here is a glimpse at the true severity of this problem and how a top impact mitigation company is tackling this issue with state-of-the-art solutions. 

The Problem

The most severe effect of repeated head trauma comes in the form of a degenerative brain disease known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or better known as “CTE”. People suffering from CTE can experience a number of symptoms including dementia, mood changes, heightened aggression and depression. In a recent Boston University Study conducted in 2017 it was reported that CTE was found in 99 percent of the 111 former NFL players studied. To further illustrate the destructive nature of this disease, in May of 2012, Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau took his own life, just two years after retiring from the game of football. As later reported by ESPN, it was discovered that Seau suffered from a severe case of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, which ultimately lead to him taking his own life. The crippling reality of this disease remains; a stronger preventative measure must be reached.

Promising Solutions

Today, top scientists are still grappling with trying to fully understand the nuances of this disease. Because of its perplexity, more attention is being directed towards ways to prevent or limit head trauma in football through helmet technology.

Companies like SKYDEX – a global leader in advanced impact mitigation and cushioning solutions – which has a unique polyurethane technology that is engineered to be seamlessly integrated into existing sports protection products. The company’s engineers welcome the challenge of creating a safer tomorrow by deploying their industry leading solutions in football helmets to help combat brain injuries and limit the damage caused by repeated head trauma. SKYDEX proprietary geometries absorb greater force over repeated impact than foam-based impact absorbers like closed-cell foam or high-density EVA. Lightweight yet highly-durable, SKYDEX technology surpasses traditional alternatives and adapts to a host of protective needs. SKYDEX President and CEO, Alvaro Vaselli, highlights the versatile nature of the company’s solutions.

“Our unique technologies have been protecting troops in the battlefield for over a decade. From armored vehicles to bomb suits, helmets and body protection, we are proud to have made a difference in hundreds of thousands of people’s lives,” said Vaselli.

Additionally, performance apparel and equipment brands, like Sleefs, have designed football helmet visors which are intended to enhance the protection offered to its wearer. This protective headgear can mitigate the likelihood of head injuries from an impact to the head by removing glares and protecting individuals’ eyes from ultraviolet light damage and other small particles such as dust. Visors can be attached or detached, making it easy for athletes to protect themselves.

Where We Go from Here

Vaselli believes the application of his team’s technologies are fit to handle any impact mitigation challenge including those associated with the link between football and brain injuries.

“We are now advancing and customizing these technologies to offer protection, comfort and increased performance to athletes in many different sports including football, baseball, basketball, track and field and others. Enabling athletes to perform at their best while being safe is at the forefront of our team’s objectives. We are driven by a single purpose: protecting people and things that matter,” said Vaselli.

While football players will be the biggest beneficiaries of this technology, the versatility of SKYDEX solutions enable a world of possibility, a promising sign for the football community and the future of impact mitigation. Like most great challenges, top industry experts like Vaselli are hopeful that their solutions will provide a safer game for football players and athletes of all levels moving forward.

Although sports injuries are complex and there is no overnight fix to eliminating the risks, advancements from companies are promising and make athletes feel confident to perform. We can expect to see additional strides towards limiting the effects of repeated head trauma among football players in the coming years.

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Asurion Home+ Launches Same-Day Cracked Screen Tablet Repairs Just in Time for the Holidays

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Did you know that over half of Americans experience tech frustrations at least five times a day? With many of us still working from home and our reliance on technology higher than ever, coupled with the strong possibility of a virtual Thanksgiving or Christmas this year, it’s more important than ever to have a plan should something go wrong – including the dreaded cracked tablet screen.

Luckily, global technology protection and support provider Asurion announces today the first tech protection product to commit to same-day cracked tablet screen repairs nationwide.

“As home tech usage has increased, device damage has also risen,” said Mike Dolezal, Asurion Vice President of Home Technology Innovation. “Our ability to provide same-day cracked screen tablet repairs is a huge step forward in our commitment to helping our customers get back up and running quickly with their tech.”

Asurion Home+, which combines tech protection coverage for all your personal home tech along with fast, flexible support for those devices in the method of your choice, is now officially offering same-day cracked screen repairs nationwide.

Here’s How it Works:

Asurion Home+ members can enjoy same-day cracked screen repairs when they drop off their tablet at any of Asurion’s network for more than 550 uBreakiFix store locations before 2 p.m. local time. It’s that simple!

“Gone are the days when protection plan customers have to wait multiple days or weeks to receive their repaired device,” Dolezal continued. “Now they can get their tablet screen repaired within twenty-four hours and have hundreds of uBreakiFix repair locations around the nation to choose from.”

When the tech that matters most stops working, Asurion Home+ repairs, replaces and provides support for all the tech you own now and in the future – including TVs and laptops, tablets, smart watches, gaming systems, smart home assistants and more – regardless of the brand, where or when you purchased it. Asurion Home+ services include fast and easy repairs; U.S.-based 24/7 Expert tech help via online, chat or phone; and friendly in-person help at any of the nearly more than 550 uBreakiFix by Asurion stores nationwide.

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NFL cancels Pro Bowl for first time since 1949

The NFL has canceled the Pro Bowl as it focuses on completing its full regular season and postseason amid the coronavirus pandemic, the league announced Wednesday.

Las Vegas, which had been scheduled to host the game, will instead host the Pro Bowl after the 2021 season.

This will be the first time since the 1949 season that the NFL hasn’t held some form of a postseason all-star game.

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Regardless, the NFL confirmed it will still name Pro Bowl teams at the end of this season in the usual format, through votes by fans, players and coaches. Fan voting begins Nov. 17.

Selected players will participate in what the league called “a variety of engaging activities to replace the Pro Bowl game this season.” Those activities will be held virtually.

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