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


Nationwide: Patricia Brown

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Storms rage past the Butterflies

first_imgRugby League BY SIMON KESLEP Paladin Kone Storms came out strong over Butterflies with an 18-10 win in Port Moresby rugby league A grade match at the Oil Search National Football Stadium oval two on Sunday. A man of the match performance by Storms centre Terry Philip including a reshuffle in their team line-up ensured a much improved performance both in defence and attack. Jamie Mavoko was shifted from the halves to fullback leaving Joshua Thomas and Mathias Kom to take charge of directing play. Both sides were level on 4-4 points apiece at half time and looked promising to end the game on a high note. Storms unconverted try came about at the backend of a backline second man play which saw Mavoko too quick with his speed to slice through and score (15th minute) at Butterflies far right edge. Butterflies regrouped after a restart after the try ensured they keep Storms away from bypassing the halfway mark. Poor ball security by Storms paved way for Butterflies five-eight Shaun Patrick to take the lead in attack out from the scrum before setting up Philip Gene to score. Patrick failed to add the extras and left the scores even again. The second stage did not go down well for Butterflies as they were again kept busy in defensive sets by the barging Storms forward pack led by Alu Kono, Sailas Timothy, Mark Maminti and lock Jack Ben with assistance from hooker Ezekiel Rero including skipper Nelis Tamae and the backs. Their (Storms) bench utilities also added spark to assist coming off from the bench. Butterflies strong efforts came from lock forward Joas Toringi, Akim Vaso, Philip Gene, skipper Simon Dawa, Junior Wari at fullback, halves combination of Patrick and Billy Johnson including hooker Nelson Sai. However, Storms held on to score three tries to Terry Philip, Jack Ben and Nelis Tamae with Mavoko adding the extras. Butterflies only converted try of the second half was scored by fullback Wari to finish off the game on an eight points difference. Other A grade match results, Tarangau defeated Souths 10-6, Royals edge reigning champions Magani 16-10, Hawks escaped with a two-point win over Hohola Flies 10-8, Brothers punished Richard Wagambie’s Paga Panthers 18-2 and Defence defeated West 8-6.last_img read more


| MS. Dhoni pulls out gloves; Destroyed

first_imgRanchi: MS is out of the role of football goalkeeper. Long-haired Dhoni turns to cricket Dhoni, who played football at the Jawahar Vidyamandir School in Ranchi, changed his ‘head’ through the Commando Cricket Club.Vinu Mankad was selected in the 1997-98 season for the Under-16 Championship, based on his performance in the Commando Bill. He made his Ranji Trophy debut for Bihar in the 1999-2000 season.During the period 2001-2003, TTE was used in the South Eastern Railway. As. Dhoni, who joined the Indian A team, has done well against Zimbabwe and Kenya. In the Indian team led by Sourav Ganguly within a year.With the passing of Nayan Mongia, India were on the lookout for a great wicket-keeper-batsman. Vijay Yadav, M.Sc. Dhoni’s arrival comes at a time when Prasad, Sameer Dige, Deepas Gupta, Dinesh Karthik, Parthiv Patel, Ajay Ratra and many others have joined the team. Chittagong made their ODI debut on 23 December 2004 against Bangladesh.Dhoni, who came in at number seven, was run out on the first ball. 12, 7, 3 in the next three innings. The performance behind the wicket is also not optimistic. The image of another wayfarer changed on April 5, 2005 during the ODI against Pakistan in Visakhapatnam. In the fifth ODI of his career, Dhoni scored 148 off 123 balls. Dhoni’s maiden ODI century is the highest score by an Indian wicketkeeper. The Twenty20 World Cup, when the senior players left after the defeat in the ODI World Cup. Unexpectedly, Dhoni sought the captaincy. History after all. The World Cup final between India and Pakistan was written in golden letters.Pakistan needed 13 runs in the last over to win their first Twenty20 World Cup. While there are a lot of experienced players, Dhoni, who gave the ball to medium pacer Joginder Sharma, has become the epitome of arrogance. India clinched the title with Joginder Misbah-ul-Haq on the verge of defeat.Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna won the country’s highest sporting honor in 2007-08, the Padma Shri in 2009 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2018. He won the ICC Player of the Year award in 2008 and 2009.An indelible sixerApril 2, 2011 is an unforgettable day for Indian cricket. The day India and Dhoni grew up. Dhoni wins India’s ODI World Cup for the second time with a six in the final against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. India’s 28-year wait is over. Sachin Tendulkar’s dream of a World Cup in his career came true that day. On June 23, 2013, Dhoni took India back to the top of the world. Dhoni defeats hosts England in the Champions Trophy final in Birmingham. Dhoni’s unexpected bowling changes were effective in a match that was reduced to 20 overs each due to rain. Less than a year ago, Dhoni suffered his first setback. When India reached the final of the Twenty20 World Cup for the second time, the title went to Sri Lanka. The writers say that this is the beginning of Dhoni’s ups and downs. In the ensuing ODI World Cup, India returned empty-handed. India returns after losing in the semi-final against Australia. Though Dhoni struggled with a half-century, India did not recover. In January 2017, Virat Kohli became the captain of the Indian team, succeeding Dhoni. With Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan resting for the group stage match against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup, Dhoni has been named captain once again.Run out againWith three wickets in hand, they needed 31 off 12 balls to win the 2019 World Cup semi-final against New Zealand. In the 4-9 over, Dhoni was run out in the third ball of Luke Ferguson’s over. Dhoni had given India hope of reaching the final by crossing the boundary with the first ball of the over.DhoniTest: 90Run: 4876Average: 38.09Century: 6Half century: 33Catch: 256Stumping: 256ODI: 350Run: 10773Average: 50.57Century: 10Half century: 73Catch: 321Stumbling: 123Twenty20: 98Run: 1617Average: 37.60Century: 0Half century: 2Catch: 57Stumbling: 34last_img read more


Candidate hopes to serve in Iraq

first_imgMONTEBELLO – What does a City Council candidate do after he lost an election and is waiting for his next chance to run? If he’s Montebello resident Johnny Verdugo, he volunteers for a tour of duty in Iraq. As the longshot in the Nov. 8 election, Verdugo surprised everyone by earning 10 percent of the vote, beating out three of the more heavily favored contestants. Now Verdugo is trying to land a job as an investigator with the U.S. Army as close to the front lines as he can get, he said. His explanation for wanting to place himself in such danger is an intense drive to “serve his country and community.” “I’ve got to do something while I wait for the elections,” Verdugo said. “But I only want to go \ if I can work in intelligence behind enemy lines. I want to have the same risk as everyone else does, but I want it to mean something to me.” At 37, Verdugo is not exactly a typical recruit. Sporting a sleek black Mercedes convertible, flashy suits and an expansive tattoo across his abdomen, Verdugo has worked as a California state peace officer since he was 21. He also owns a security company called Executive Private Security International, as well as various rental properties. Verdugo’s youth growing up in East Los Angeles would have suggested a different future had it not been for several key mentors and what he says is an innate sense of destiny. “I always knew I’d be that guy who came from nowhere to succeed,” Verdugo said. “But I failed a lot. My success is attributed to the numerous failures I’ve had.” Raised by his grandmother and mother after his parents divorced, Verdugo lived in a small roach-infested apartment with no central heating or air conditioning, he said. His mother worked cleaning houses and selling items at swap meets. By the age of 12, Verdugo inevitably began hanging around with gang members, although he is still hesitant to identify them as such. “Let’s just say I participated at a young age in rites of passage that entailed three other individuals fighting me at the same time – aka, `jumping me in,”‘ Verdugo said. But he said he was never around when the “bad stuff happened.” “Obviously I was in the middle of it, it was all around me,” Verdugo said. “But I was on the periphery. I’d see something coming down and I’d make myself scarce,” he said. After moving to Montebello, Verdugo flunked 10th grade at Montebello High School. He graduated at 18 after transferring to Vail High School, a continuation school. Soon after, he was taking computer classes at East Los Angeles College. Verdugo often speaks with childlike awe about finding himself as a candidate for political office. “Who would have thought a guy like me would be here, a city council candidate?” Sgt. 1st Class Steffen Maron, Verdugo’s recruiter at the Army Recruiting Office in Whittier, said officials at first were not sure what to make of Verdugo when he showed up to volunteer. They soon learned he was serious, however. “He wants to get involved in what’s going on in Iraq and Afghanistan … not for a political move. He’s a very down-to-earth guy,” Maron said. He said there presently are no jobs in the Army of the type Verdugo is seeking. But a spot could open up. Verdugo was 33 when both his parents and his grandmother died within 30 days of each other. His father had been ill, but his mother died of a heart attack, he said. “Before \ died, we talked,” he said. “She told me, `Run for office, Johnny.’ I said, `No, I’m not perfect.’ She said, `Who do you think you are? Great people were persecuted who did good. You can’t be exempt from pain and suffering.’ She wanted me to help people and make a difference in their lives. “I still haven’t put a gravestone on her grave yet because I’ll do it when I’m elected. `From your son, an elected official,’ it will say.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Harry Potter film no.6 claims Thanksgiving 2008

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! While no director has been set and casting has not been confirmed, Warner Bros. Pictures has staked a claim on Nov. 21, 2008, for a Thanksgiving release of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” the sixth installment of the lucrative franchise. Paramount Pictures also has just planted a flag in November 2008, declaring Nov. 7 for DreamWorks Animation’s “Madagascar” sequel. Ben Stiller,Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett-Smith and David Schwimmer are set to reprise their roles as the main characters of the animated franchise. DWA is a fan of early November release dates, with its upcoming animated release “Flushed Away” scheduled to bow Nov. 3, while “Bee Movie” is set for Nov. 2, 2007. Warners also announced films for holiday weekends next year. The Burbank-based studio has set the Mandy Moore romantic comedy “License to Wed” on the July 4 holiday weekend in an early counterprogramming move against the Paramount/DreamWorks production “The Transformers,” from director Michael Bay. Warners also has declared Nov. 21, 2007, for the Will Smith sci-fi starrer “I Am Legend.” The November “Prince” date will mark a return to the Thanksgiving period for the franchise after the fifth installment, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” bows in July. Of the four “Potter” films to date, only the third installment, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” has been released during the summer.last_img read more