The Pipeline to Presidency: Words From Bill Mason

first_imgBill Mason worked as a mechanic and rigger at a Phoenix-area boat shop through high school and while attending Mesa and Maricopa community colleges, where he completed an AA degree in refrigeration and air conditioning. Afterwards, he worked for a small sheet metal shop for a year. In 1978, he was hired by IMCOR, then known as Karber Air Conditioning. He worked as a mechanic and delivery/yard guy for a short period and entered into a four-year apprentice program. During this time, he drove a service truck and performed everything from air-conditioning service calls to sheet metal work, piping, welding, shop sheet metal fabrication, start-up and warranty work. As time went on, he became the piping superintendent with three employees to manage. When the division grew to more than 140 pipe fitters and plumbers in the late 1980’s, Mason took on a management role for multi-million dollar projects. He was then promoted to vice president of facilities services and for approximately eight years was involved directly with customers on multiple project types. Mason was named president of IMCOR in 2003, with 25 years of experience.How long have you worked at IMCOR? What IS your proudest achievement since joining IMCOR?Thirty-six years. I am proud of several achievements, such as managing the first high-rise building (Phoenix City Hall building) for IMCOR as the project manager and in general working my way up from a service technician to the president.How did the company navigate the recent recession?IMCOR broadened its customer base by increasing its service group, adding plumbing-specific service, opening a manufacturing group, and IMCOR actually had some construction projects that were perhaps better than expected duringthe downturn.What is one of the most memorable IMCOR projects for you?The Phoenix Convention Center, phases 1 and 2, that we completed with Hunt-Russell-Alvarado, a tri-venture, was a very large project stretching over five years (2004 to 2009) that required the installation of several hundred feet of 36-inch condenser water piping that was suspended approximately 100 feet above the floor that connected the Northwind (now NRG ) cooling towers to the Northwind ice storage plant located below 3rd Street adjacent to the convention center’s lower level.IMCOR is celebrating its 40th anniversary. How has the company evolved in the last decade?Over the last 10 years, IMCOR has grown to nearly a complete city block, increased its BIM department to eight stations, added a computerized automated pipe cutting machine, several automated welding positioners, a 50-feet-by-120-feet metal manufacturing building with a three-ton and six-ton overhead fully mobile cranes, a coil feeder system for the sheet metal plasma cutting table, and has become a high purity piping contractor. IMCOR has also updated its project management and accounting computer programs.What’s in store For IMCOR in the near future?Looking forward, IMCOR is faced with the same tough competition as others and plans to maintain a tight overhead and continue to think outside the box to remain competitive in a tough marketplace.last_img read more

Looming deadlines, much unfinished business await Congress

first_img Published: November 25, 2017 11:09 AM EST SHARE Author: AP Looming deadlines, much unfinished business await Congress center_img WASHINGTON (AP) The crush of unfinished business facing lawmakers when they return to the Capitol would be daunting even if Washington were functioning at peak efficiency.It’s an agenda whose core items – tax cuts, a potential government shutdown, lots of leftover spending bills – could unravel just as easily as advance amid factionalism, gamesmanship, and a toxic political environment.There’s only a four-week window until a Christmas deadline, barely enough time for complicated negotiations even if December stays on the rails. And that’s hardly a sure bet in President Donald Trump’s capital.Trump and congressional leaders plan a meeting Tuesday to discuss how to sidestep a shutdown and work though the legislative to-do list.For the optimistic, it’s plain that Democrats and Republicans have reasons to cooperate, particularly on spending increases for the Pentagon and domestic agencies whose budgets otherwise would be frozen. An additional round of hurricane aid should be bipartisan, and efforts to reauthorize a popular health care program for children seem to be on track.Republicans are advancing their cherished tax cut measure under special rules that mean Senate Democrats cannot use delaying tactics. The measure passed the House just before the Thanksgiving break and moves to the Senate floor this coming week.After the Senate GOP’s failure on health care this summer, the majority party is under enormous pressure to produce a victory on taxes. Still, GOP deficit hawks such as Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and Jeff Flake of Arizona remain uneasy about the overhaul.While Democrats largely sidelined on taxes, they hold leverage over a mix of budget-related issues.MORE: Congressional leaders call for sexual harassment trainingFirst, there’s the need to avert a government shutdown after a temporary spending bill expires on Dec. 8. The most likely scenario, congressional aides say, is for an additional extension until Christmas. On a parallel track are talks to raise spending limits that are keeping agency budgets essentially frozen unless those caps are raised. If that happens, then negotiations could begin in earnest on a massive catchall spending measure in hopes of having it signed into law by year’s end.Taxes have gotten all the attention so far, but the showdown over a potential shutdown right before Christmas could soon take center stage. Democrats are counting on GOP fears of a holiday season closure to ensure Republican concessions during December talks.Both sides would have to make concessions that may upset partisans in either party. Just as House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., fears a revolt on the right, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California risks an uprising on her left. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., round out the quartet of top negotiators.“Everybody’s got complicated politics. The chance of short-term failure is pretty high – short-term failure being a shutdown,” said Steve Elmendorf, a Democratic lobbyist. “But the four of them, assuming they don’t want to shut the government down for a long time, are going to have to come to an accommodation.”MORE: Congress to consider air-traffic control privatization billTalks on the spending caps are stuck, however, aides say. A GOP offer to lift the Pentagon budget by more than $54 billion next year and nondefense limits by $37 billion was rejected by Democrats demanding balance between the two sides of the ledger.Long-delayed battles over immigration and Trump’s promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border are huge obstacles. Many Democrats whose votes are needed on the spending bills insist they won’t vote for any legislation that includes the wall. Trump remains dead set on his $1.6 billion request for a down payment on the project.Those same Democrats also insist that Congress must act by year’s end to protect immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children and whose protected status is set to lapse next year. Trump backs the idea despite issuing an executive order reversing the Obama administration protections, starting next spring. Conservatives oppose drawing in the immigration issue to legislation to keep the government running.Hurricane relief is adding one more wrinkle.Congress has approved more than $50 billion in aid in response to a series of devastating hurricanes. The most recent request by the White House is the largest yet at $44 billion, but it’s not nearly enough to satisfy the powerful Texas delegation, which is pressing behind the scenes for more.“Completely inadequate,” said Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas. “We must do far more to rebuild, repair and allow Texans to return to normal as quickly as possible.”Trump is a huge wild card. He warmed to the idea of cutting deals with Democrats after a September pact with Schumer and Pelosi to lift the government’s debt ceiling. He promised the Democratic leaders that he would sign legislation to give the young immigrants legal status – provided border security is addressed as well.But Trump has not really engaged on the year-end agenda and his impulsiveness could be a liability. He almost disowned an omnibus spending bill in May after media accounts portrayed the measure as a win for Democrats. Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know.last_img read more

DSC Science Fair winners awarded

first_imgHead of the Science Department, Karlene Richards presenting an award to one of the category winnersThe Dominica State College (DSC) has awarded students of the Science Department whose research outshined others in its inaugural Science Fair.The DSC held its first ever Science Week during the week of 13 -18 April; one of the highlights being a Science Fair on Thursday 16 April.On Friday 17 April, the school held a prize giving ceremony to award the winning research in five categories.“You the students, displayed research in the form of posters, experiments, devices built and models and various projects and you all surpassed our expectations,” lecturer at the DSC, Nicole Laville said at the prize giving ceremony.“It was very hard to pick winners although the judges gave you a lot of points and they were quite impressed by your displays, but one group emerged winner from each category and we will honor them,” Mrs Laville added.The winners and prize categories are as follows;1st year Biology – Kaele Benjamin, award sponsored by the Ross University School of Medicine1st year Chemistry – Nikacey Jno. Finn, Tyler Jones and Baines Winston, award sponsored by Dr Anne Marie Jno.Rose-Brown and the Ross University School of Medicine2nd year Chemistry – Gordon Royer, Liana Laudat, Peaches Green, Krysha Brumant, award sponsored by the Ross University School of Medicine1st year Physics – Tojya Vital, Kaele Benjamin, Jabari Benjamin, Dianna Daniel, award sponsored by Dominica Association of Prefessional Engineers2nd year Physics – Najéé Williams, Patrick Rolle and Dominic Green, award sponsored by the Geothermal Project Development Unit.Biochemistry – Decima Charles, Gina Fontaine, Marie-Clairette Royer and Krystalyne Edwards, award sponsored by Jolly’s Pharmacy.In addition to the prizes sponsored by the business firms, all the students were awarded a plaques compliments of The Sign Man.Meanwhile, head of the Science Department Karlene Richards, dubbed the week’s activities as “a huge success”.“We can say thank God, not just thank God that it is coming to an end, but thank God that it was such a huge success,” Mrs Richards said.“Without even the completion of our survey…and our postmortem, from all our feedback, it has been an overwhelming success and we thank the students and the lecturers and the sponsors who have made this possible,” Mrs Richards continued. – / 20 Share 281 Views   one comment Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img EducationLocalNewsTertiary DSC Science Fair winners awarded by: Dominica Vibes News – April 20, 2015 Share Tweetlast_img read more

Brendan Rodgers warns under-fire Liverpool star he must give MORE – LISTEN

first_imgBrendan Rodgers has warned under-fire Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge he must give more to the team if he wants to become a regular part of Jurgen Klopp’s first-choice XI.Sturridge made a blistering start to his Reds career under former manager Rodgers after arriving from Chelsea in 2013, but he has struggled with fitness and form in recent years.The 27-year-old’s role at the club has steadily reduced since Klopp’s appointment, and he has made only five Premier League starts – scoring just two goals – this season.  And, having been accused of lacking the effort and drive to fight his way back into contention, Rodgers says Sturridge needs to prove he offers something other than pure goalscoring ability.Rodgers, who admitted he often found it difficult to accommodate Sturridge in his Liverpool line-up, told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Daniel will always get goals, he is that quality, but it’s about trying to fit it into the way your team works.“That wasn’t easy to do when I was at Liverpool. We always had to find a way to fit him in the team.“Sometimes he was out wide with Luis Suarez central and other games he was central and Luis was wide. There was always a conundrum there because you want to be aggressive and press the game and there are certain areas of the pitch where you always have to look – if Daniel is in the team – where you can and can’t press.“There is no doubting his goalscoring ability but a number nine in the modern game now has to give more than that.“I brought him into the club because I wanted to build a team that was fast, dynamic, unpredictable, had power and pace and Daniel gave us all of that. He joined us in the January and for the next 18 months he was incredible.“He has the talent to be one of the best players and strikers in the world, but the best players in the world are available. You look at Suarez, Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo – they play games.“They are churning out 50, 60 games a season, plus international games, so you have to be available. If he is available and he is fighting and pressing and running, everything else comes natural to him.”last_img read more