Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Tennis Legend Martina Navratilova Will Keynote Living at Your Peak, Vail’s Interactive Health Event

Navratilova joins distinguished panel of health, fitness and longevity experts at exclusive event specifically designed to help people learn how to live longer and better

Vail, CO, May 09, 2012 - Tennis legend Martina Navratilova will share her unparalleled health and fitness expertise as the keynote speaker at Living at Your Peak (, the Rocky Mountain region’s premier interactive wellness experience, the Vail Symposium announced today. The inaugural event, to be held September 13-15, 2012, in Vail, Colo., is the nation’s only gathering designed to help health-conscious individuals and influencers discover how to live longer, better and impact the wellbeing of their world.

“You don’t need to be an elite athlete to be dedicated to wellness; anyone – at any age – can make a commitment to be fit and healthy,” said Navratilova. “As AARP’s Health and Fitness Ambassador, I have dedicated my time to helping those of us who are 50+ learn to lead healthy, active lives, and I am thrilled to be part of an event that is focused on teaching everyone health, fitness and longevity – from elite athletes to weekend warriors to individuals just beginning their journey to wellness.”

Navratilova is widely considered to be the greatest women's tennis player in the history of the sport. Over the course of a career that spanned an amazing four decades, she amassed an unmatched number of professional records. She won 59 grand slam titles, including a record nine Wimbledon singles championships. Still in phenomenal shape on the verge of 50, she became the oldest player to ever win a grand slam title before retiring in 2006.

In addition to her work on the tennis court, Navratilova is a compelling advocate for active living and aggressive goal setting. Her book, Shape Your Self, is a guide to personal fitness and healthy living. She has motivated thousands to live healthier lifestyles by taking simple steps to a better life. She also serves as the health and fitness ambassador for AARP, in an alliance created to help AARP's millions of members lead active, healthy lives.

“Martina Navratilova is not only a legend in the tennis world, she is also an inspiration to anyone with a commitment to lifelong wellness,” said Jamie Stone, Living at Your Peak event champion and a board member of the Vail Symposium. “Her presence at Living at Your Peak elevates this event to the next level, enabling our guests to have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with a world-class health and fitness expert.”

Living at Your Peak is an interactive health, fitness and longevity experience offering unparalleled access to accomplished world champions; internationally recognized trainers, coaches, researchers and doctors; top chefs, nutritionists and world-class restaurants; and peer networking opportunities. Living at Your Peak sessions will offer interactive components to engage guests beyond a traditional presentation environment. Jenna Wolfe, co-anchor of NBC News’ Sunday TODAY show, will emcee the event.

Registration is $1,000 until June 30 and $1,200 beginning July 1, and includes priority access to event sessions, event coordination with a personal concierge, exclusive access to VIP events and gourmet meals prepared by Vail’s internationally renowned chefs. Spouse passes are $300 and individual session fees start at $50 per session.

The event is organized by the Vail Symposium, a grassroots, non-profit organization providing thought-provoking, diverse and affordable educational programs to the Vail Valley community. Event sponsors include Vail Valley Medical Center, HealthONE, the Town of Vail, The Steadman Clinic, Vail Summit Orthopedics, Triumph Development, the Vail Daily, Antlers at Vail, Vitality Center, Udi’s, The Biegler Foundation, Colorado Access and Wendy and Paul Raether.

For more information about Living at Your Peak or to register, please visit

About Living at Your Peak
Living at Your Peak is a two-and-a-half day summit designed to help individuals learn how to live longer, better and influence positive change in the wellbeing of the world around them. The event is designed to promote lifelong health and fitness through customized experiences in an intimate setting. Program presenters are proven experts and peak performers in the fields of fitness, nutrition, cognitive and emotional wellbeing, preventive medicine and cutting-edge research. Living at Your Peak is organized by the Vail Symposium. For more information, please visit, like us on Facebook at, follow us on twitter at @LivingaturPeak or follow us on LinkedIn at

About the Vail Symposium
The Vail Symposium is a grassroots, non-profit organization that has been part of the life and history of Vail since 1971. Its mission is to provide educational programs for the Vail Valley community that are thought-provoking, diverse and affordable. A (501)(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Symposium is almost entirely donor-funded. For more information, please visit

Shannon Fern
Communications Strategy Group
3225 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206

FRA highlights Forestry's ROI and Sustainability Credentials

FRA has highlighted a piece by Doug Jones of Remsoft in the, which talks about achieving both sustainability and return on investment through investing in forestry.

Bainbridge Island, WA, May 09, 2012 - Forestry Research Associates (FRA) has highlighted a piece by Doug Jones of Remsoft in the, which talks about achieving both sustainability and return on investment through investing in forestry.

Remsoft’s Vice President of Forestry explains that finding an investment that is ethical and offers potentially strong returns is a difficult ask these days. With such major demands on commodities, energy and food, sustainability is increasingly important issue for investors to consider, claims FRA. Mr Jones offers an example of an asset class that fits the bill: timber.

There is an ever-increasing demand for timber, according to Jones’ article, which cites figures published by the Oregon Resources Institute. These figures show that US citizens now consume 3.5 times more timber than they did back in 1970. With emerging markets like china, India and Brazil all desperately improving their infrastructure and building housing in urban regions, the demand for timber from these countries is also increasing.

The secret to sustainability, claims Jones, is developing a model by which timber can be grown and harvested, while forests are always growing. A rotation method can be used to achieve this – generating timber for sale, but also ensuring that standing forests are planted and maintained, which helps provide carbon dioxide absorption and habitats for animals.

As well as its sustainability credentials, forestry investment can also offer some serious ROI potential, according to FRA’s analysis partner Peter Collins. He said, “timber has consistently outperformed equities over the long-term and can offer an investment solution that has a low level of correlation with major economic trends – providing opportunities for investors to diversify their investment portfolios against risk.”

FRA supports the work of Greenwood Management, which operates plantation projects in Brazil, growing sustainable, fast growing breeds including teak and eucalyptus.

Peter Collins
Forestry Research Associates
620 Vineyard Lane
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 316 8394

AAA claims Alternative investment will be boosted by Euro elections

The latest news that election results in France and Greece reflected strong anti-austerity sentiment could lead the way for even more interest in alternative asset classes, claims AAA.

Boston, MA, May 09, 2012 - The latest news that election results in France and Greece reflected strong anti-austerity sentiment could lead the way for even more interest in alternative asset classes, claims Alternative Asset Analysis (AAA).

The weekend’s elections in France and Greece reflect the fact that the French are unhappy about the bail-outs delivered to Greece and other struggling EU nations. Meanwhile, the Greek election results showed that the Greek are equally unhappy about the austerity measures brought in by the outgoing leaders in exchange for the bailout cash.

AAA, an alternative investment advocacy group, explains that this ongoing uncertainty about what will happen next in the Eurozone, could lead to even greater demand for alternative investments.

AAA’s analysis partner, Anthony Johnson, said, “following a short period of relative calm in the Eurozone, these elections really couldn’t have come at a worse time.

“For those looking to invest, the anti-austerity sentiment will bring with it more concern about the volatility of the stock exchanges. This, in turn, will lead many to look to less traditional asset classes such as real estate, precious metals and timber.”

AAA claims that there is little doubt that the election results will cause increasing concern about the Eurozone debt crisis. This could lead to millions being wiped from equity markets overnight and open-minded investors will be sure to look elsewhere for long-term risk-averse investment strategies.

AAA supports a large range of alternative investments, but is keen to promote ethical options, such as impact investing and investing in sustainable forestry projects. “We believe that investing in forestry can have far-reaching benefits, such as helping to safeguard the future of the industry in developing countries for generations to come,” explained Mr Johnson.

The organization claims that projects run by firms like Greenwood Management in Brazil offer great investment opportunities as they are not closely correlated with equities and offer good long-term return on investment.

Anthony Johnson
Alternative Asset Analysis
71 Commercial St
Boston, MA 02109-1320

Free Community Technology Forum Focused on How to Develop an Enterprise Portfolio Project Management Office

The event is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., May 17th at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.

Harrisburg, PA, May 08, 2012 - The public is invited to the Government Technology Institute's May 2012 Community Technology Forum: “Developing an Enterprise Portfolio Project Management Office with Clarity Technology” featuring Ron Huston President of ClearPoint and Sponsored by CA Technologies. The event is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., May 17th at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.

Recognized by Computer World Inc. in 2009 as one of the top Information Technology leaders in the world, Mr. Huston brings over 35 years of experience in managing complex diverse organizations, requiring an entrepreneurial spirit, change agent, team builder, facilitator, strategist, and communicator in the private and public sectors.

This event is ideal for CIOs, consultants, developers, managers, analysts, enterprise architects and information technology professionals, educators, faculty, staff and students in project management, and computer or information sciences.

There is no charge for the event but seating is limited. RSVP at

Mr. Huston recently retired from the State of Colorado where he was appointed by Governor Ritter in 2007 as the State of Colorado’s Chief Enterprise Architect. As the Enterprise Architect Ron published the Colorado Consolidation Plan, which was the cornerstone to enact legislation creating the Governor’s Office of Information Technology. Today he is president of ClearPoint where he provides executive support for a variety of organizations.

In the past six months Mr. Huston has:

* Initiated planning of the modernization of the Wyoming Health Insurance Eligibility and Enrollment System Master Plan.

* Provided mentoring/training to C-level executives at State, Federal agencies and corporate entities.

* Conducted an examination of the Information Technology organization for the Regional Transportation District in Denver. This work effort resulted in a new organizational alignment of RTD IT implementing new roles for service delivery. These new roles are dramatically changing the culture as a new service delivery model is implemented for supporting the business/divisions.

* Initiated the creation of a Portfolio Project Management Office for RTD. An analysis was completed of how work requests are derived and managed in the RTD IT division. Ron is currently heading a team that is creating work processes, implementing a comprehensive management tool and working with RTD executive leadership to change RTD’s culture for IT services.

CA Technologies is an IT management solutions and software company and a founding member of the GTI, which officially launched in October 2011. The GTI provides education and training for government IT employees through courses, seminars and certification programs, such as the Certified Government Chief Information Officer Program. The University relies on partnerships with companies, such as CA Technologies, to develop content for hands-on workshops and courses which focus on innovations, trends, industry best practices and emerging technologies that can aid in developing future service offerings to meet growing citizen demands.

You can literally take planes, trains and automobiles to the event. The University’s location at 326 Market Street in downtown Harrisburg is near Interstates 83 and 81 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, making it an easy drive to the University from any of Pennsylvania’s major cities. And it’s only a two-hour drive from the University to Baltimore, Washington, DC or Philadelphia. The Amtrak Passenger Train Station and Greyhound Bus Station are one block from our location. And the Harrisburg International Airport is only nine miles from the University.

Harrisburg University is located at 326 Market Street in Harrisburg. Free parking is available on the street. Additional parking is available in the Harrisburg Parking Authority operated garage accessible via Fourth Street. Cost for parking in the garage is $5.00 for 0-2 hours. Kiosk for parking accepts cash only. More information on parking rates and directions to the University are found online at

About Harrisburg University
Founded in 2001 to address Central Pennsylvania's need for increased opportunities leading to careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, Harrisburg University offers 24 undergraduate and 35 graduate programs. The University is an innovative and ambitious private institution that produces graduates who provide increased competence and capacity in science and technology disciplines to Pennsylvania and the nation. Harrisburg University ensures institutional access for underrepresented students and links learning and research to practical outcomes. As a private University serving the public good, Harrisburg University remains the only STEM-focused comprehensive university located between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

For more information on the University's demand-driven undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs in applied science and technology fields, call 717.901.5146 or email,

Steven Infanti
Harrisburg University
326 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101