January 18, 2021

Seventh Generation makes a clean “sweep” of Earth Day

first_imgSeventh Generation,Seventh Generation isn’t commemorating Earth Day this year. Instead, the country’s leading non-toxic household and personal care products company is honoring the planet and its many gifts with something better: an entire month of savings and celebrations. Capping this “Earth Month” extravaganza will be a brand new sweepstakes that will see one lucky person win a spectacular green home makeover and enough cleaning supplies to help their whole community get a safe and healthy jump on spring cleaning.The Seventh Generation Green Your Town Sweepstakes literally has something for everyone in town. Not only will the Grand Prize winner receive a $10,000 Green Home Makeover, they’ll also win 1,000 Healthy Home Starter Kits valued at $55 each for their hometown. Here’s a chance to transform your home into the greenest one on the block and then pay it forward to your neighbors to help paint your whole town “green.”In addition to the Green Your Town Sweepstakes, the company is also offering a wealth of special couponsto help consumers save money as they save the world around them. To find out more about the Seventh Generation’s Earth Month celebrations and coupons and to enter the Green Your Town Sweepstakes, visit http://www.seventhgeneration.com/EarthDay(link is external).About Seventh GenerationSeventh Generation is committed to being the most trusted brand of household and personal-care products for your living home. Our products are healthy solutions for the air, surfaces, fabrics, pets and people within your home — and for the community and environment outside of it. Seventh Generation also offers baby products that are safe for your children and the planet. The company derives its name from the Great Law of the Iroquois Confederacy that states, “In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.” Every time you use a Seventh Generation product you are making a difference by saving natural resources, reducing pollution, and making the world a better place for this and the next seven generations.Source: Brandi Thomas, Seventh Generationlast_img read more

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AG-elect makes appointments

first_img AG-elect makes appointments January 1, 2003 Regular News AG-elect makes appointmentscenter_img Attorney General-elect Charlie Crist recently announced the first appointments to the team that will manage the operations of the Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Legal Affairs.In addition to the appointment of new managers, some current staff members were re-appointed.“I am excited by the quality of individuals who are willing to serve the public,” Crist said. “We are assembling an experienced, diverse team of talented leaders who aggressively will represent the interests of our clients — the people of Florida.”The appointments include: • George S. LeMieux, deputy attorney general and chief of staff. • Melinda M. Miguel, inspector general. • Allison K. Bethel, re-appointed director of civil rights. • JoAnn Carrin, director of communications. • Patricia R. Gleason re-appointed general counsel specializing in Florida’s Government-in-the-Sunshine Law. • Jerry L. McDaniel, responsible for areas including administrative services and information systems. • Kent J. Perez, re-appointed chief cabinet aide. • Betsy Seidel, senior executive assistant to the AG. • Robert J. Sparks, director of External Affairs. • Carolyn Snurkowski, re-appointed director of Criminal Appeals and Capital Collateral.last_img read more

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How a loan officer can increase engagement with empathy

first_img 40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Alison Barksdale Alison Barksdale is the Assistant Vice-President of Marketing for CU Members Mortgage and has worked in the field of marketing since 2000. Her various positions within the field of marketing … Web: www.cumembers.com Details Imagine you are driving down the highway and see a major accident.  Sirens are going off as the police, ambulance, and firefighters arrive to assist in the catastrophe.  The horrific incident takes up several lanes across the highway and your car inches by the scene down the one open lane. You slow even more as you see the crunched vehicles that look like they are made of paper.  You keep watching as you want to see if everyone is okay, but are frustrated as your view is blocked by a fire truck.  You can’t see anyone.  You keep looking.  You keep driving. Suddenly you are too far to see the accident.  A few car links past the scene and you’ve cranked up the radio and continue on your commute.  That’s it.  Never a second thought. This isn’t to start a debate about if you should stop and help or not.  It is however a call to ask yourself, how much empathy you apply to your everyday member and your everyday loan file.  When a member tells you they’ve had a rough experience with their previous lender, how do you respond? When a member explains they are scared or nervous, do you listen? Do you empathize with their situation?When a member buys a home, they are providing all of their financial information. Every last detail of their financial failures and successes.  Every deep dark financial secret in the closet.  As a loan officer, you see it all.  And, you have the opportunity to drive right pass their fears and concerns or you can comfort them and show them you understand and care about their well-being.  A recent Gallup poll states that only 22% of mortgage buyers are fully engaged with their lender.  That leaves a lot of consumers out there very uncommitted to their lender.  An engaged member during the home loan process, is emotionally and psychologically attached to the lender they do business with and become loyal, vocal brand ambassadors and give the lender more of their time and business according to Gallup.If loan officers can find ways to empathize with their members, they will build trust and grow engagement.  Growing engagement is good for the loan officer and for the credit union’s long term business growth.  How do loan officers empathize with members?Empathy is simply put as understanding the feelings of another individual.  It may not be stopping the car for every stalled car, but it does mean stopping the conversation and expressing how you understand what the member is sharing with you.  Here are some tips to help you as a loan officer engage with empathy.Validate the member’s experience or feelings.If your member is sharing with you a personal experience or detail of their lives, ask questions and listen.  The member needs to believe they are the only person that matters at that very moment.  Ask them how it made them feel.  Ask them about the details.  Give them the validation they need to feel you care about them.  Educate them Financial matters are a very personal action for most people.  Buying a home heightens the emotion because every decision made either gets them one step closer to their dream in the home or farther from it.  However, an educated member can apply logic to the scenario and suddenly a hyper emotional situation can become a logical transaction with a schedule of steps. For example, explaining to them that taking out new credit causes adjustment to their credit score and could possibly cause them to delay or even cancel the loan it gives the member the opportunity to control that end result.  Education helps the member control the situation and make decisions that will get them closer to their dream.  Teach them and they will appreciate you and your brand.Communicate Finding the best communication with each member shows you care about meeting their needs.  Find out how they want to be communicated with and when, and follow through. It shows you care about what their preferences are and are listening to even the littlest of details. It also increases their satisfaction on the entire process by making it easy to talk with you.Empathy is key to encouraging a positive loan experience for your members and ensuring a high level of satisfaction.  It shows members they are more than a file to you and that you are looking out for their best interest.  last_img read more

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Ferguson claims victory in home finale

first_img Hernandez chipped an early effort against the bar that had been supplied by Robin van Persie but it was the Mexican who drove home his 17th goal of the season to put the hosts ahead after Ashley Williams had made a hash of trying to clear Van Persie’s free-kick. It was all slightly unfortunate for Swansea, the obligatory guests at a party no-one wanted to speak to them at, other than to lambast them if they threatened to get in the way. And that was exactly what they did five minutes into the second half, when United found themselves under pressure, failed to clear a corner and allowed Nathan Dyer to drill over a low cross from the right. It hardly needed saying Michu would be the danger-man in such situations as he slottted home. Pablo Hernandez brought an excellent save out of David de Gea, Wayne Routledge almost got the better of Ferdinand to force his way through and Dyer was a menace to United’s defence. They held firm though, and Anderson almost put the hosts back in front when he drilled a low shot wide 20 minutes from time. The Brazilian had replaced Paul Scholes not long before, quite possibly marking the end of the 38-year-old’s entire career. In truth, it was not one of Scholes’ most effective displays, although there were a few sublime passes and a typically thunderous first-half challenge on Routledge. But the standing ovation he received was for a career that will see him rightly go down as the finest player of his generation. In his final team selection at the ground where he has presided over an incredible 405 Premier League fixtures, Ferguson did not change the habit of a lifetime and opt for the easy route. Wayne Rooney was dropped but his replacement Javier Hernandez put the hosts ahead. Michu turned home his 21st goal of an incredible debut campaign just after the break to equalise but Ferdinand’s late strike allowed Ferguson to leave Old Trafford in the most appropriate manner possible. Rio Ferdinand crashed home the winning goal three minutes from time to ensure Sir Alex Ferguson left Old Trafford a winner as Manchester United beat Swansea 2-1 before being presented with the Premier League trophy.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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