Hawaiian Airlines announces CEO retirementHawaiian Airlines announces CEO retirementHawaiian Airlines today announced the planned retirement of Mark Dunkerley, president and chief executive officer, and the selection of Peter Ingram, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, to replace Dunkerley, effective March 1, 2018.Dunkerley’s departure will end 15 years of leadership during which the company executed a remarkable turnaround to become one of the world’s most successful airlines. During Dunkerley’s tenure, Hawaiian Airlines successfully embarked on a bold Asia-Pacific growth strategy, adding service to Tokyo, Osaka and Sapporo, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; and Beijing, China as well as new routes to Auckland, New Zealand; Sydney and Brisbane, Australia; and New York City.Since December 2002 Hawaiian has doubled the number of passengers flown annually, to 11 million. Over the same period the company’s gross revenues have increased four-fold, to $2.64 billion and its employee count has doubled, to 6,600. Its share price has risen from a 52-week low of 29 cents in 2003 to a high of $60.90 over the last 52-week period.“This has been a heart-wrenching decision,” said Dunkerley, who joined Hawaiian in December 2002. “I am so proud to be associated with this company and our employees. Hawaiian Airlines is truly in a class of its own, distinguished by all the employees I am honored to call my colleagues. At the same time, I am excited by the new opportunities ahead of me and I am confident that Peter Ingram and the team will lead the company to further success.”Chairman of the Board Lawrence Hershfield thanked Dunkerley for turning Hawaiian from a struggling local carrier to a global industry leader and also for ensuring a smooth leadership transition. “Mark’s abilities as an airline chief executive are evident in the phenomenal growth and success of Hawaiian Airlines over the course of his leadership,” said Hershfield. “It is also a measure of his commitment to Hawaiian that in extending his tenure for 14 months he gave the Board time to consider options for his prospective replacement.”Continued Hershfield: “Peter Ingram has been an important part of Hawaiian Airlines’ growth and success for the past 12 years, and we are confident in his deep knowledge of the airline, the industry and the community.”Ingram joined Hawaiian as chief financial officer in December 2005, six months after its emergence from Chapter 11 Reorganization. In 2011, Ingram became chief commercial officer, overseeing marketing and sales, revenue management and network planning, loyalty programs and cargo during a period of rapid revenue growth for Hawaiian.“I am humbled by the Board’s confidence in me and excited by the opportunity to lead an incredible team as Hawaiian’s CEO,” said Ingram. “Mark has been an inspirational leader for our company and mentor to me and many others and I will be proud to continue pursuing the strategy for growth and success that we have been following for the last several years.”Source = Hawaiian Airlines
PATA Gold Awards 2018 open for submissionsPATA Gold Awards 2018 open for submissionsTourism industry organisations and individuals making outstanding contributions towards the successful promotion of the travel industry throughout the Asia Pacific region are encouraged to submit entries to the 2018 Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Awards. The deadline for submissions is May 11, 2018. The Awards presentation will take place during PATA Travel Mart 2018 on September 14 at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre (MIEC) in Langkawi, Malaysia.Sponsored by the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) for the 23rd consecutive year, the PATA Gold Awards sets industry standards for excellence and innovation.This year’s awards will also include two new categories: Community Based Tourism (CBT) and Women Empowerment Initiative (WEI).Submissions for Community Based Tourism will be accepted for both CBT supporter or CBT initiative and judging will be based on the benefit of the initiative, impact on local community, awareness of the programme and effectiveness of the programme.The award for Women Empowerment Initiative will be presented to travel and tourism-related organisations or destinations that embrace initiatives that forge positive visibility in women. These include, but are not limited to, initiatives that demonstrate and promote equal opportunities for women; encourage women in leadership or women-led tourism projects; raise awareness about gender parity and contribute to advancing women; celebrate women’s diversity and social, political and economic achievements; provide educational activities for women to better improve their opportunities for working within the tourism industry; establish tourism as a tool for the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment, and facilitate their access to jobs and/or create possibilities for career enhancement in tourism.Ms Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director of MGTO, said, “For over two decades, the PATA Gold Awards have devoted efforts to gather and highlight the successful achievements of tourism stakeholders across Asia-Pacific, giving a valuable contribution to promote responsible and sustainable tourism in our region. MGTO is honoured to help facilitate this far-reaching initiative, especially as Macao has just been designated a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy. I encourage organisations and individuals to come forward and share your talent and best experiences, so that together we may continue to build a better future for our tourism industry.”PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy said, “We are sincerely grateful to MGTO for sponsoring the PATA Gold Awards in 2018 and for their continued commitment to a responsible and sustainable tourism industry. The PATA Grand and Gold Awards provides us with the perfect opportunity to recognise and reward the very best the Asia Pacific travel industry has to offer. The winners of these awards set industry standards for excellence and innovation and serve as examples for others to follow. I encourage all organisations that demonstrate excellence in conception, creativity and fulfillment to submit their applications today.”Winner privileges:Gain a major boost to the organisation’s marketing and public relations profileAttract valuable media coverage in various PATA communications channels including the weekly PATA Voice e-newsletter, press releases and social media channelsEntitled to leverage the prestigious PATA Gold Awards Winner logo on collateral materialsHighlights of the winning entries on display at the PATA Travel Mart for delegates to enjoyFeatured in the winners’ showcase booklet and PATA Gold Awards videoJudged by an international panel of experts, the Gold Awards recognise exceptional achievement in seven broad categories with 30 Gold Awards and four Grand Awards on offer:Marketing Campaign (eight Gold Awards and one Grand Award)Environment (three Gold Awards and one Grand Award)Corporate Social Responsibility (one Gold Award)Heritage & Culture (three Gold Awards and one Grand Award)Education & Training (one Gold Award and one Grand Award)Marketing Media (ten Gold Awards)Travel Journalism (four Gold Awards)PATA Gold Awards details, brochure, and information about past winners are all available at www.PATA.org/goldawards.View video from the PATA Grand and Gold Awards 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013, and pictures from 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013Source = Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)
Source = Galle Face Hotel Legendary Galle Face Hotel launches Galle Face ExpeditionsLegendary Galle Face Hotel launches Galle Face ExpeditionsThe legendary Galle Face Hotel, which opened in 1864 and is the oldest hotel east of Suez, has launched Galle Face Expeditions, a series of insightful journeys to Sri Lanka’s cultural and adventure travel hot spots, offering the cream of a country voted 2019’s No. 1 Travel Destination in the World by travel bible and tastemakers Lonely Planet.The Galle Face Expeditions are a chance for the most discerning travellers to broaden their horizons, savour adventure, encounter art and culture in the most exotic and fascinating destinations without sacrificing luxury or comfort.The Galle Face Hotel, an establishment steeped in tradition and legend, whose portals echo with the whispers of the luminaries who have sojourned there down through the years, is delighted to revive this refined mode of travel with a seamless safari into adventure, fine dining, culture, wildlife, history and romance. Experience the unique grandeur of the Galle Face Hotel, then embark on an expedition to destinations including Sigiriya, Polonarruwa and Ella, as well as must-see historic bastions of eccentric colonial charm like the Queen’s Hotel Kandy.Legendary Galle Face Hotel launches Galle Face ExpeditionsTHE GRANDEST OF DAMESNaturally, the Galle Face Expedition begins in pampered luxury at the legendary Galle Face Hotel, sprawled magisterially beside the Galle Face Green in Colombo, lulled by the murmer of the surf and cooled by the eternal sea breezes.This is a hotel that oozes history from every pore, where every nook and cranny has a story, and timeless traditions and characters abound. Experience the charms of a hotel where Arthur C. Clarke wrote his final odyssey, 3001, where guests have included the likes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Noel Coward and Mark Twain, from a cavalcade of royalty to heads of state, from Che Guevara to Richard Nixon, Vivian Leigh to Roger Moore, and from the cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin to Sri Lanka’s own Stephen Hawking, the mathematician, astronomer and astrobiologist Chandra Wickramasinghe, whose theories have influenced the latest thinking on the origins of life and whose work is soon to be honoured with his own library at the hotel.Laze beside Sri Lanka’s largest salt-water pool, indulge in a spot of croquet on the lawn, salute sunset with a Pimm’s Cup as bagpipers accompany the daily lowering of the flag at the famous chequerboard, loiter in the Long Room, or simply gaze at the Indian Ocean from your balcony and let your mind roam, for this is the abode of the dreamers, the explorers, the visionaries and the eccentrics.ROCK STARS AND PACHYDERMSThe first stamp in your leather-bound Galle Face Expeditions passport will be Sigiriya, where you can ascend the famous rock where a king once surveyed his domain from his carved palace and baths. Make the vertiginous climb and wander the sunken pools and ruins, affording breathtaking views of the surrounding plains and mountains.After a sumptuous lunch at EKHO Sigiriya, prepare to get up close and oh-so-personal with Minneriya’s elephants in the grassland of the enchanting Angammedilla National Park. Hold your breath and wonder as these majestic beasts pass close enough to touch. But don’t forget to record the moment, with some of the best wildlife photography opportunities you are ever likely to encounter.Legendary Galle Face Hotel launches Galle Face ExpeditionsLURE OF THE LAKETonight’s accommodation is the exquisite EKHO Lake House Polonnaruwa, which once hosted Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. Rise before dawn for a birdwatching adventure that will leave you spellbound. Then repair for a leisurely breakfast on the lake and a day at your leisure, exploring the ruins of Polonnaruwa, a bicycle picnic along the causeway, or simply lolling with a cocktail in the lakeside infinity pool.I WANT KANDYKandy is a magical city in the mountains, home of the famous annual Esala Perahera, where hundreds of caparisoned and fairylit elephants parade through the city every night for over a week in honour of the ancient relic of the Buddha’s tooth. Your bed for the evening will be at the excellently-appointed Suisse Hotel, but not before you have experienced the eccentric charms of a colonial diamond-in-the-rough that is the Queen’s Hotel Kandy for High Tea in the Mountbatten Lounge Bar.THE INEFFABLE LIGHTNESS OF ELLANext, your Expedition ascends through the verdant corduroy hills of tea country, to a functioning factory at Nuwara Eliya, some 2,000 metres above sea level, then on to today’s final destination: the utterly delightful EKHO Ella.This stunning hideaway is all about the location, overlooking a truly mesmerising vista between two majestic mountains. A bespoke breakfast in stunned silence greets one of the world’s great sunrises as the mist parts, gentle rays anoint the steep slopes in gold and choirs of angels sing.Hike to Little Adam’s Peak, explore a Spice Garden and stroll through a sunlit glade to the majestic Demodara Nine Arch Bridge. The rooms are charming, inspired by the nearby Ella train station and the romance of rail travel. But really, all you will want to do is laze on the terrace and drink in the changing moods and hues of this view of views.Upon return to the Galle Face Hotel, conclude your Expedition with a private chef dinner in 1864 restaurant and some time to unwind and soak up the hotel’s incomparable charm.“There couldn’t be a more fitting hotel or country in which to revive the romance, adventure and glamour of travel than the Galle Face Hotel and Sri Lanka,” said Robert Hauck, General Manager and Area Vice President of the Galle Face Hotel. “It’s the perfect time to introduce Galle Face Expeditions, which extends the unique hospitality and vision of one of the world’s great hotels to some stunning gems in Sri Lanka’s historic cities and cultural hotspots.”“This is an island that has long been a haven the for explorers, the dreamers and the visionaries, many of whom stayed in this very hotel. We are delighted to be bringing back this golden era of travel and adventure, not least when as Destination of the Year, Sri Lanka is finally stepping into the spotlight it deserves as one of the world’s must-experience places.”
The Government of India, under the ambitious project crafted by Ministry of Tourism, is developing Tribal Tourism Circuit in order to expand the infrastructure in the country in a planned and prioritised manner, keeping in view high tourists value and tourists experience, competitiveness, sustainability and promoting employment.Tribal Circuit is one of the fifteen thematic circuits identified for development. The three states identified are Nagaland, Chhattisgarh and Telangana who will be undertaking the development of four sets of destinations under the tribal circuit.In Nagaland, the tribal circuit destinations identified for the development project include the Pehen-Kohima-Wokha circuit and the Mokokchung-Tuensang-Mon circuit. The cost involved in the development of these two circuits are INR 97.36 crore and INR 99.67 crore respectively.Jashpur-Kunkuri-Mainpat-Ambikapur-Maheshpur-Ratanpur-Kurdar-SarodadadarGangrel-Kondagaon-Nathyanawagaon-Jagdalpur- Chitrakoot-Tirthgarh are the tribal circuit identified in Chattisgarh.In Telangana, the Integrated Development of Tribal Circuit includes Mulugu-Laknavaram-Medavaram-Tadvai- Damaravi- Mallur-Bogatha Waterfalls.
IATO to hold its biennial elections on April 28A meeting was called on March 26 2018, at the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) office for scrutinising the withdrawal of nominations for the forthcoming IATO Elections to be held on April 28, 2018. Pronab Sarkar (Swagatam Tours) was elected as the President of the IATO un-opposed, second time consecutively. The other unopposed candidates include Vice President – Rajiv Mehra (Uday Tours and Travel), Honorary Treasurer – Ravi Gosain (Erco Travels) and Honorary Joint Secretary – Rajnish Kaistha (Paradise Holidays India).Akshay Kumar will be the Returning Officer for the upcoming IATO Elections 2018. After rejections and withdrawals, the final list of candidates who will contest on April 28 includes – EM Najeeb (Airtravel Enterprises India) and Rajeev Kohli (Creative Travel) for the position of Senior Vice President. For the post of Honorary Secretary, Amaresh Tiwari (A.T. Seasons and Vacations Travel) will be contesting against Rajesh Mudgill (Planet India Travels).For the five posts in the Executive Committee (Active), names comprise Deepak Bhatnagar (Aamantaran Travel Company); Mahender Singh (K.K. Holidays N Vacations); Manoj Kumar Matta (Oriental Vacations and Journeys); P.S. Duggal (Minar Travels India); Raj Bajaj (Adventure World India); Sandeep Madhavan (Pettitts India Tours); Sanjeev Joshi (Tourism India Management Enterprises); Sunil Mishra (Cosmos Travels and Tours); Tony Marwah (Indian Travel Promotion Company) and Viney Tyagi (Uni Crystal Holidays).Alongside, Ashok Dhoot (Harsh Travels); Harish K. Lawania (Lawania Adventures); N.S. Rathor (Pooja Travels); P. Vijayasarathi (Benchmark Hotels); Sunil Gupta (Travel Bureau) and Zia Siddiqui (Alliance Hotels and Resorts) will contest for the three Allied posts in the Executive Committee of IATO.
Cocoon Maldives, the 5-star resort in the island nation of Maldives blends Italian design with the Maldives’ natural beauty, all set against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean. Embarking with the enthralling concept of ﬁtness tours, FitZup in association with Cocoon Maldives had organised an expedition to the unrivalled luxury, Maldives first design hotel with well-renowned TV celebrities and ﬁtness enthusiasts Kishwer Merchant, Abigail Pande, Sreejita De and Pryanca Talukdar along with pro-athlete Sahil Rasheed. The visit to Cocoon Maldives spread over five days where the ideology was to change the perception of ﬁtness enthusiasts about the term ‘Cheat Meal’. The expedition started every day with rigorous morning workout sessions, followed by some leisurely activities to explore the nearby Lhaviyani Atoll, unwind and relax. The Lhaviyani Atoll is a great place to enjoy scuba diving, with over 50 dive sites, including famous local shipwrecks, remarkable aquatic life including bluestripe snappers, hawksbill turtles, butterfly fish, moray eel, scorpion fish, White-tip reef sharks, some mantas, brightly coloured triggerfish. Each day of the expedition would include various marine activities such as sunset fishing, kayaking or surfboarding, snorkelling, scuba diving and jet ski adventures to nearby sandbanks and coral reefs. The resort offers guests both privacy and a place to socialise, in the island’s clubs, restaurants and bars. The resort features three restaurants and two bars offering a variety of cuisines from around the world and romantic dining experiences. Cocoon Maldives also boasts a Cultural Kids Club’, tailor-made guest excursions and entertainment, and a spa. The Cube Spa at Cocoon Maldives, rejuvenated the celebrities’ at the end of a long day, with a variety of relaxing treatments performed by qualified masseuse from Bali. Alessandro Azzola, Managing Director, Cocoon Maldives commented, “This is an incredible opportunity to be part of, a project with an impact to promote health and wellness tourism with some of India’s fabulous TV stars at Cocoon Maldives. We have created a resort that is unique and new in many ways, which I am very happy and proud of. When it comes to guests, our concept is ‘home hospitality’. Our staﬀ are extremely guest-oriented. They know and understand the requirements and wishes of our guests, so we are able to cater to them faultlessly. It is not the buildings, rooms or furniture that makes a hotel. What makes a hotel is the smile of the staﬀ, and how well they treat their guests. And I am most proud of my team here. It is not I who run this resort, but the very capable team of Cocoon Maldives.”
Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) held a press conference at St. Regis Mumbai on February 11, inviting Bollywood star Dia Mirza to share her recent experience of visiting Japan. Aimed at improving friendly ties between India and Japan, the press conference began with a keynote address by Kenichi Takano, Executive Director, JNTO India. Speaking at the event, Takano commented, “I hope many of the Indian tourists will visit Japan after watching our special TV programme.”Takano’s address was followed by Ryoji Noda, Consul-General of Japan in Mumbai gracing the podium. The Consul-General stated, “The recent visit to Japan by Dia Mirza, one of the most popular and famous actresses’ in Bollywood surely has a very explosive impact to promote people to people exchange, cultural interactions and also tourism ties between Japan and India.”Dia Mirza, Producer, Born Free Entertainment and UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador shared a heartfelt account of her experiences in Japan, noting, “Japan is tranquil, magical, adventurous and oh so beautiful! The people, the place and the food make it the perfect destination for a vacation. A country that helps you make everlasting memories and a culture that nourishes your soul.”She also showcased a short film on her travels in Japan, exploring everything from the nation’s natural beauty to its rich culture and history. Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hokkaido were some of the places on her itinerary.The press conference was sponsored by All Nippon Airways India and attended by Yasuo Taki, Country Manager, ANA India along with Kenichi Takano and Ryoji Noda. A photo opportunity with Dia Mirza, Kenichi Takano and Ryoji Noda concluded the evening.
After a contentious suit, “”Wells Fargo””:https://www.wellsfargo.com/ agreed to settle with a group of pension funds and investors over allegations the mortgage giant dropped the ball on the risks involved with mortgage-backed securities, which plaintiffs called subpar and poorly written.[IMAGE]””Wells Fargo””:https://www.wellsfargo.com/ settled in a California federal court on Wednesday, ending a nearly two-year exchange between several pension funds and the bank. The funds included those in Alameda County, Detroit, Guam, and New Orleans, among others.[COLUMN_BREAK]””The proposed settlement agreement is a negotiated resolution as to all named defendants and is intended to avoid the distraction and expense of litigation,”” Ancel Martinez, a spokesperson for “”Wells Fargo””:https://www.wellsfargo.com/, said in a telephone interview, according to “”_Bloomberg News_””:http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-07-07/wells-fargo-to-pay-125-million-to-settle-mortgage-backed-securities-case.html?cmpid=yhoo.In their complaint, the plaintiffs alleged that “”Wells Fargo””:https://www.wellsfargo.com/ sold a set of 28 mortgage-backed securities in 2005 and 2006, misstating and neglecting important details related to the quality of the mortgages. “”Wells Fargo””:https://www.wellsfargo.com/ denied the allegations.The troubled mortgage giant must still settle other lawsuits regarding mortgage-backed securities. Plaintiffs in the suits include investors from “”Charles Schwab Corp.””:https://www.schwab.com/public/schwab/home/welcomep.html, several Federal Home Loan Banks, and others, all of which want billions of dollars in settlements, according to “”Dow Jones Newswire””:http://www.nasdaq.com/aspx/stock-market-news-story.aspx?storyid=201107081006dowjonesdjonline000356&title=update-wells-fargo-settles-mortgage-backed-security-suit-for-125-million.Courts still need to sign off on the settlements, with a final ruling required sometime in the fall. The suit follows a “”Bank of America Corp.””:https://www.bankofamerica.com/ agreement to settle $8.5 billion in investor claims over bond sales guaranteed by home loans packaged by Countrywide Financial Corp., according to “”_Bloomberg News_””:http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-07-07/wells-fargo-to-pay-125-million-to-settle-mortgage-backed-securities-case.html?cmpid=yhoo. Agents & Brokers Bank of America Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Wells Fargo 2011-07-08 Ryan Schuette Share Wells Fargo Owes $125M in Mortgage Suit in Origination, Servicing July 8, 2011 448 Views
Group: Don’t Expect Housing Recovery Until 2014 in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share Agents & Brokers Capital Economics Fannie Mae First-Time Homebuyers Fixed-Rate Mortgage Freddie Mac Home Prices Home Sales Housing Affordability Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Processing Service Providers 2011-10-04 Ryan Schuette October 4, 2011 443 Views As Fed officials hinted at more stimulus measures for the ailing economy, research consultancy “”Capital Economics””:http://www.capitaleconomics.com/ released a note signaling that more trouble ahead for the housing sector could delay a recovery until 2014.[IMAGE]Writing for the consultancy, senior U.S. economist “”Paul Dales””:http://www.capitaleconomics.com/staff/global-economics/paul-dales.html painted a grim portrait of the housing economy, explaining that less confidence among consumers and tight lending standards contribute to the view that “”structural constraints will prevent a decent housing recovery until 2014.””Among other factors pushing back on a market rebound, Dales wrote, more Americans want to buy a home while few actually make the leap today.He cited a late September “”Trulia””:http://www.trulia.com/ survey that found some 70 percent of Americans agreeing that homeownership remains a central tenet of the American Dream, a plunge downward from 77 percent last year.””That’s the equivalent of nearly 8 million households deciding that owning a home is not as appealing as it once was,”” Dales wrote. [COLUMN_BREAK]He said the same figures showed that a “”third of renters who eventually want to buy were being prevented from doing so by problems qualifying for a mortgage and another third were being blocked because of a poor credit history.””Commenting on the survey results, “”Jed Kolko””:http://www.truliablog.com/2011/09/20/trulia-chief-economist-jed-kolko/, chief economist with Trulia, said in a “”statement””:http://info.trulia.com/index.php?s=43&item=131 that “”today’s aspiring homeowners face many financial obstacles,”” including higher down payment requirements and more intense mortgage qualifications. “”These obstacles keep some would-be homeowners from taking advantage of low mortgage rates; on the other hand, they prevent some people from buying homes they can’t really afford,”” he added.Dales went on to write that high credit scores, reportedly hitting 700 for conventional loans, according to data from “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/index.html and “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/, mean that some 12 percent more households across the country no longer qualify for mortgages at current rates.He said that the tighter lending standards has “”essentially locked out over [13 million] households from the mortgage market,”” adding that recently lowered conforming loan limits “”won’t be a disaster”” but “”certainly won’t help.””Concluded Dales: “”The upshot is that even if the US [sic] economy were to strengthen suddenly, a long-lasting decline in the willingness of Americans to buy a home and a permanent deterioration in their ability to qualify for a mortgage will prevent a significant strengthening in housing demand.””According to its Web site, Capital Economics is a macroeconomic research consultancy with more than 1,200 subscribers from institutions across the world.
Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-07-30 Carrie Bay Former President Bill Clinton will make a stop at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina, on his way to the “”Five Star Conference and Expo””:http://www.fivestarconference.com in Dallas, Texas, in early September. [IMAGE]Media outlets across the country were abuzz Monday with news that Clinton is slated to officially nominate President Barack Obama as the Democratic party’s presidential candidate at the convention on Wednesday, September 5, just two days before his scheduled keynote address at the Five Star Conference. Clinton’s itinerary took a turn when President Obama personally reached out and asked him to deliver the ceremonial nominating address at the DNC. Clinton accepted the invitation “”enthusiastically,”” according to the _Associated Press_.After making a case for President Obama’s second term and rallying the support of his party members, Clinton will move from the national political stage to the main stage of mortgage default servicing at the industry’s largest event of the year. [COLUMN_BREAK]The former president is scheduled to close out the 2012 Five Star Conference with a keynote address to thousands of industry professionals from all facets of default servicing, including asset managers, mortgage servicers, lenders and investors, creditors’ attorneys, title agents, field service providers, listing agents and brokers, and industry service providers. Clinton isn’t the only face from the White House making an appearance at the Five Star Conference. Former President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush are giving the opening keynote address on September 5. Left-wing political commentator James Carville, who served as lead strategist for Clinton’s presidential campaign, and his wife Mary Matalin, a right-wing political consultant, will provide introductory remarks prior to the Bushes’ joint conversation. With election day nearing, the participation of two former presidents ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô representing 16 years in the White House ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô at the default servicing industry’s defining event illustrates just how important the housing industry is to the nation and to its overall health and prosperity, and that’s a sentiment that translates across party lines.Those attending the Five Star Conference will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ask a U.S. president a question, with recognition given to those whose questions are incorporated into the keynote Q&A sessions. “”The Five Star Conference””:http://www.fivestarconference.com takes place from September 5-7 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. _Editor’s Note: The Five Star Conference is organized by the Five Star Institute, the parent company of_ MReport _magazine and theMReport.com._ Clinton to Address DNC Before Five Star in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Share July 30, 2012 433 Views
in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Mortgage Rates Continue to Tick Down Adjustable-Rate Mortgages Bankrate Fixed-Rate Mortgages Freddie Mac Mortgage Rates 2015-02-05 Tory Barringer Share Mortgage rates resumed their downward course in the latest weekly readings, experiencing drag from cooler economic indicators in the United States and continued troubles abroad.The average interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) slipped 7 basis points in the last week, settling at 3.59 percent (0.7 point) for the week ending February 5, Freddie Mac reported Thursday.A year ago, the 30-year FRM was 4.32 percent and falling.The 15-year FRM this week averaged 2.92 percent (0.6 point), falling from 2.98 percent a week ago.”Mortgage rates fell this week following the release of weaker than expected pending home sales, which fell 3.7 percent in December,” said Len Kiefer, deputy chief economist for Freddie Mac.Kiefer also pointed to last week’s report on gross domestic product, which showed the economy expanding at a much milder rate in Q4 2014 than the quarter prior—2.6 percent compared to 5.0 percent.Adjustable rates moved in separate directions. According to Freddie, the five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.82 percent (0.4 point) this week, down from 2.86 percent, while the one-year ARM averaged 2.39 percent (0.4 point), up from 2.38 percent.Results were similar in Bankrate.com’s weekly survey, which recorded the 30-year fixed average at 3.80 percent (unchanged week-to-week) and the 15-year fixed average at 3.12 percent (down slightly).”Although the U.S. economy is improving, not much has changed on the global stage, with continued weakness and slower growth in both developed and emerging markets worldwide,” Bankrate said in an analysis. “This has helped sustain a high level of demand for the safety of U.S. Treasury securities, keeping both bond yields and mortgage rates low.” February 5, 2015 495 Views
June 17, 2015 663 Views A proposal to delay the effective date of the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule was announced on Wednesday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The proposal is requesting that the TRID rule be postponed until October 1, 2015 due to an administrative error. The TRID rule was originally set to go into effect on August 1, 2015.“We made this decision to correct an administrative error that we just discovered in meeting the requirements under federal law, which would have delayed the effective date of the rule by two weeks,” said Richard Cordray, CFPB director. “We further believe that the additional time included in the proposed effective date would better accommodate the interests of the many consumers and providers whose families will be busy with the transition to the new school year at that time.”This announcement comes just two weeks after the CFPB announced that a grace period will be in effect for those servicers attempting to comply in good faith with the TRID requirements that are now proposed to go into effect October 1. This grace period was announced as an attempt to ease some of the many concerns regarding TRID by saying it would take into account a company’s good faith effort to comply with the rule after it goes into effect.Both mortgage industry stakeholders (servicers in particular) and lawmakers have been asking the CFPB to delay the implementation of TRID for many months. In a letter to CFPB Director Richard Cordray dated May 20, a bipartisan coalition in Congress asked for a grace period, expressing concerns that “this complicated and extensive rule is likely to cause challenges during implementation” that could “negatively impact consumers.”The National Association of Mortgage Brokers (NAMB) and other housing associations requested in a letter last week that the CFPB implement a hold-harmless period on TRID enforcement.Upon today’s announcement of a proposal to delay TRID, John Councilman, president of NAMB, expressed his support. “This delay in the implementation of the TILA/REPSA is the equivalent of dodging a bullet as far as consumers are concerned,” said Councilman.U.S. Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Missouri), Chairman of the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee, said that while the extension will be helpful, it is still not enough.“This afternoon, Director Cordray called to inform me that the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule effective date has been pushed to October 1, 2015,” Luetkemeyer said. “This extension comes as a result of an administrative error on the part of the CFPB. The extension will undoubtedly be helpful for consumers and businesses as it allows more time for enhanced collaboration and proper implementation by the CFPB; however, today’s announcement falls short of instituting the formal hold harmless period sought by nearly 300 Members of the House and Senators. The need for this extension is a reminder to all of us that we are human beings and mistakes are made, and I appreciate Director Cordray’s actions to remedy the situation. It is my sincere hope that CFPB is as understanding of any errors made at the closing table in the months following final TRID implementation.”CFPB Director Cordray also mentioned that the public will be given an opportunity to comment on this new proposal to postpone TRID regulation and a final decision will be made shortly after.Click here to read CFPB Director Richard Cordray’s official statement. Share CFPB Postpones TRID Effective Date to October 1 Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Good Faith Compliance TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure 2015-06-17 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News
What do Affluent Millennial Homebuyers Want? February 5, 2018 721 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Gen X Home Homebuyers Luxry homes Millennials real estate square feet Urban 2018-02-05 Radhika Ojha Share The world of wealth is getting younger, as majority of the buyers seeking million dollar-plus home are on an average 37 years old, married, and have young families, according to a report titled Rise of the New Aristocracy, published by Luxury Portfolio International, a part of a global network of independent luxury brokerages.According to the report, the majority of the buyers looking at luxury housing are 25-49 years old and have inherited or plan to inherit significant wealth. Though this age-group includes both, millennials and gen-Xers, it is interesting to note the increased growth of this market at the younger end of the range. So what does this growing population of luxury homebuyers look for in a home? According to the report, they plan to spend at least a million dollars in the next one to three years on buying a home and are looking to reside in an urban area with around 54 percent of the buyers saying they would opt to stay in the city. The report said that around 53 percent of these younger buyers were looking for something over 7,500 square feet. However, it noted that a large percentage of buyers, around 23 percent, were looking at 20,000 square feet or more and many were looking for four or more bedrooms and three or more bathrooms.In terms of design sensibilities, these buyers were evenly matched with 28 percent looking for Victorian building styles, 27 percent looking at modern designs, and 24 percent looking at Lofts. When it came to essential features, restaurants and dining options close to home ranked highest on their list of must-haves followed by outdoor spaces for patios and terraces, multiple view surveillance cameras, monitored security systems, and commercial grade kitchen appliances.On the other end of the spectrum were luxury buyers in the age-group of 50 years and above who planned to spend at least $1 million on real estate in the next one to three years preferred looking for homes in the suburbs, with 60 percent of buyers in this age-group wanting to move away from the city. Around 38 percent of these buyers were looking at homes that were less than 5,000 square feet.
Breeders are torn. On the one hand, most want their growers to succeed and recognize that allowing too much production or production in competitive regions is problematic. Yet, most make their money by allowing additional plantings.It is more than the volume of planting that is at stake; it is the very role of proprietary genetics and branding that is under discussion. A producer in a country with a license for a desirable variety and the right to use a brand name may learn that a nearby country, with identical or overlapping seasons, is getting into grapes. This producer is not worried though. He has the desired variety and brand.What this shipper wants is to use the variety and the brand as a kind of moat protecting his market share. He wants to be able to say to a retailer who is threatening to move to the new producing area, ”Well, you can buy grapes there, but you can’t buy the variety and brand that your customers love because they do not have a license.”The breeder, though, is very likely to think that its variety has an X% market share and it wants to maintain that market share. So, if a new producing area is being planted, the breeder will want to plant there too.Retailers have a similar issue. They not only want to carry tasty produce, but they also want to carry items that will give the retailer an advantage in attracting and retaining customers over other retailers. In the past, this has typically taken the form of short-term exclusives when a variety is just coming into mass production or a geographic exclusive or class of trade exclusive.But, perhaps, retailers might want to own desirable varieties and use them to anchor private label programs. Indeed, Costco, with chicken, and Walmart, with beef, have recently decided to experiment with setting up their own supply chains. Is it so crazy to think that produce could follow this model in the future?These are just a few of the issues confronting the modern table grape industry. There are other issues, of course, such as bringing robots into harvesting and packing, and there are many trade issues too. My family used to export quite a few grapes to the UK from California. Now Mexico and Egypt have replaced California in the early season in the UK. Peru has replaced California in the late season market. Peru has duty-free status and California pays significant duties. An issue with Brexit: during the EU season, the duty is 17%, so if the UK is out of the EU, what will happen? Will the UK continue to treat Spain and Italy more favorably than California? Why would they do that?In North America, Sun World recently announced that it was broadening its roster of licensed importers and, in fact, it was doing so at the request of its southern hemisphere licensees. So, now, Camposol Fresh U.S.A., Inc., The Oppenheimer Group, Dayka & Hackett LLC, Divine Flavor International LLC, Dole Fresh Fruit Co., Fresh Flavor International, Inc.; North American Produce Buyers Limited CCPC, Summit Produce, Inc., Vanguard Direct LLC, and, William H. Kopke Jr., Inc./Southern Fruit Import Co. are all licensed to import and market the Sun World varieties such as AUTUMNCRISP, MIDNIGHT BEAUTY and SCARLOTTA SEEDLESS.It is not surprising that producers would like more choice. After all, these producers already have importers they work with; they have varieties from several sources and would like to work with one importer. Plus, some of these importers have loyal customers difficult to access if you don’t work with them.Choice is considered a good thing. But there is a question to be answered here: Will having multiple importers raise or lower prices? We don’t know the answer to that. Perhaps having a roster of powerful importers can push through volume and that will lead to higher prices. Some would argue, though, that having multiple importers means they will undercut each other to get the business and that having just one importer would maximize pricing.One of the “Big Four” breeders recently sent a notice to its licensees explaining that, although in the past it was “very flexible and accommodating” when it came to the use of trademarks and the interpretation of quality standards. But now, the breeder is going to “provide more guidance and structure.” How, exactly, will this be carried out?If product is sub-standard, no breeder wants it under its branding. So the breeder may recommend it be sold as a generic seedless grape. But some varieties have distinctive taste profiles, and consumers will object if they buy some generic black grape and find out it is licorice-flavored.The issues are many, and the stress is palpable. When we launched PRODUCE BUSINESS magazine back in 1985, we committed to an identity — that our role would be to “Initiate Industry Improvement.” To help the industry wrestle with issues such as these, we are launching a new event, the Global Grape Summit and co-locating it with The London Produce Show and Conference. The idea, as with our Global Cherry Summit, is to gather the best and the brightest thought- and practice-leaders of the global grape trade to share information, ideas and build a brighter future for the industry.It is our great pleasure to unveil the agenda for the first annual Global Grape Summit.It is an assemblage of speakers never seen before, and the attendees are thought- and practice-leaders from across the global grape community.In attendance — and contributing a crystal ball to the event — will be four major grape breeders: Sun World Innovations, SNFL Group, IFG and ARRA Varieties. Each breeder will bring cutting-edge knowledge of what the future holds for grapes.Attendees are coming from all corners of the globe to learn, reinforce old relationships and establish new ones. All will participate in defining the future of the global grape industry. If you participate in this industry on the buy, sell or supply chain side of things, you will want to be in the room where it happens. Plus, after the Global Grape Summit, the delegates will be #CelebratingFresh along with the entire industry during the Opening Reception for The London Produce Show and Conference.This will surely be a fantastic marketing event, which includes displays from more than 25 grape marketers from around the world.So come to London, join the Global Grape Summit and The London Produce Show and Conference for a one-two punch that will transform your business and set you up, personally, for greater success.Here are the websites:Global Grape SummitThe London Produce Show and ConferenceYou can register on either website or right here.If you have any questions or need any help don’t hesitate to email us here.Come to London, Come be a part of building the industry of tomorrow. Come be in the room where it happens. London gears up for Global Grape Summit tomorrow … Global Grape Summit wrap-up part two: Consumer res … Peruvian table grape industry growth to be analyze … From the pages of Jim Prevor’s Perishable PunditThe success of the produce industry — whether judged in financial terms, or the ability to increase consumption, or the sustaining of the agricultural economy with the environmental and social benefits that flow from all this — hinges on individual crops being successful.This is especially true of the largest and most important crops, such as table grapes, which are always a Top Five fruit in terms of sales to consumers and a crop experiencing an explosion of innovation — both in varieties and business models.Yet, as is always the case, the same innovation that offers hope and optimism for the future of the category threatens the established order of things and thus the supremacy of established interests.We wrote recently about the decision of Sun World International to divest its growing operation and refocus on its Sun World Innovations unit — a sure sign that at least one savvy player sees the value-add in the industry as coming from genetics, licensing, branding, etc.Now, long term, of course, it is unlikely that this business can succeed if the growing community does not prosper. In the same article, we pointed out some deep concerns of the California grape growing community:1) California’s minimum wage law raising the cost of production.2) Worldwide over-production of grapes.3) Mexico on the front end and Peru on the back end, eliminating the once profitable shoulder seasons.4) Many new varieties not delivering on a promise of better taste, but still costing in royalties and licensing fees.5) Consolidation on the buying end of the business, allowing for great pricing pressure to be put on producers.6) Spain and other producers competing for Asian business that once was exclusively a market for California grapes.Of course, many of these concerns are global. In Spain, they worry about Morocco; in Chile they worry about massive plantings in Peru, etc., etc.Clearly the advent of proprietary genetics has been a game-changer. Indeed, when one looks closely at regions or countries that have bad seasons, you often see a bifurcation in the market — that those with superior varieties did much better with direct retail sales, while older non-proprietary varieties struggled to find a place in the market, sometimes winding up being cuffed to terminal markets with concomitant pricing pressure.Yet the role that proprietary varieties will play is still uncertain. Phil Macy, Category Buyer for Grapes and Stone Fruit at Sam’s Club, has positioned himself as an advocate for the new varieties. Pat Burlinguette, Fresh Foods Buyer at Costco Wholesale Canada, has been slower to the party. Not so many years ago, speaking on grape varieties, she explained, “If I could get a good Thompson Seedless and Crimson 52 weeks a year…that’s all I would need.”Today, Pat and much of the industry have come to embrace many new varieties.It is, however, hard to know the actual importance of varieties in this decision-making process.There is a kind of selection bias leading to new varieties. After all, the newer plantings and better growers are both heavier to newer varieties. If buyers aren’t ‘variety-specific’, they will tend to get product from older vineyards and the varieties that are out of favor. It happens when you get a buyer who ‘will take anything’. Then shippers have a tendency to push the limit, fool themselves that ‘this is what the customer wants’ and kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.So, some shipper winds up slamming too many vintage reds down some buyer’s throat, and the buyers start to change their way of thinking.So today, many buyers have their lists of preferred varieties — not all new — a list of varieties they will take if they have to do so from companies that have the varieties these buyers really want, and varieties — old and new — that these buyers do not want at all.In this continuum of acceptance — required, preferred, indifferent, discouraged, prohibited — many buyers are evolving into identifying an acceptable group of varieties, among which they are indifferent — price, quality, service, loyalty become the factors. They are also evolving into identifying a prohibited group of varieties.This is all very problematic for the grape industry. In theory, proprietary varieties could be the answer to change the power structure between consolidating retailers and, in this case, grape growers.If everyone has a Thompson seedless, buyers can play one vendor off another and drive the price down. If the buyers must have a particular variety and that variety has been restricted, the grower has much more power.Occasionally a really unique variety comes up and, indeed, retailers complain about the producers and marketers in control of such varieties, demanding potentially illegal tying arrangements in which the power of the seller is so great he can demand that the buyer purchase other products in order to secure the desired product.Mostly though, the grape industry has not been successful at getting the consumer loyalty that would compel retail loyalty. This is not to say that many retailers don’t have strong preferences. They may do their own taste tests or just prefer to work with certain producers. The licensing model that is prevalent in the grape industry has led to massive and global investment in new varieties. But it is weaker on the branding side than, say, the Driscoll’s model on berries — so retailers tell us they feel compelled to stock Driscoll’s — but are much more flexible on grapes. May 30 , 2019 You might also be interested in ‘What does it take to win with new grape varieties …
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Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires I’ll be back better than ever. To the cardinal fans & Dockett fans I love you all. I’ll make sure I never forget y’all on this journey! #90— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) August 19, 2014 Thank you all for your support & get well wishes. I really do appreciate it. This will be a tough road to recovery but I been through worst.— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) August 19, 2014 – / 21 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett suffered a devastating injury at practice on Monday. The 10-year Cardinal had to be carted off the field and it was later confirmed he had tore his ACL and would need season-ending surgery. It will be impossible to measure how much of a loss Dockett — one of the leaders and most out-spoken Cardinals — will be. Dockett took to Twitter late Monday to express his thanks for the early support he has received and to let his team know he’ll be there for them the best he can. And to my teammates & coaches y’all know ill be there with y’all through the up and downs. Loyalty trust & respect. Love y’all! #weallwegot— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) August 19, 2014 Comments Share
Top Stories “I mean all week, I done told y’all what’s up. And for some reason y’all continue to come back and do the same thing,” Lynch said. “I don’t know what story y’all trying to get out of me. I don’t know what image y’all trying to portray of me, but it don’t matter what y’all think, what y’all say about me because when I go home at night, the same people that I look in the face — my family, that I love — that’s all that really matters to me.“So y’all could go and make up whatever you want to make up because I don’t say enough for y’all to go and put anything out on me. I’ll come to y’all event. Y’all shove cameras and microphones down my throat. But y’all mad at me. And if y’all ain’t mad at me, then what y’all here for?”In addition to his aversion to answering questions, Lynch has also been fined by the league for grabbing his crotch after scoring touchdowns against the Arizona Cardinals in the regular season and the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game.Many of his contemporaries, and others around the league, seem to put Lynch’s behavior in the “that’s just Marshawn being Marshawn” category. Cardinals linebacker Larry Foote isn’t one of them.During a radio interview on “The Cook and Poni Show” on The Fan 93.7 FM in Pittsburgh, Foote offered a salient criticism of Lynch’s tactics and went as far to say that he’s sending the wrong message to the youngsters in his foundation in Oakland.“You hear in the media, he always mentions his foundation and what he likes to do for the city of Oakland,” Foote said. “I’m from the same type of urban environment that he’s from and the biggest message that he’s giving these kids, he might not want to admit it, is the hell with authority. ‘I don’t care, fine me, I’m gonna grab my crotch, I’m gonna do it my way.’ In the real world, it doesn’t work that way. It just doesn’t. How can you keep a job. I mean, you got these inner city kids, they don’t listen to teachers, they don’t listen to police officers, principals and these guys can’t even keep a job because they say ‘F’ authority.”Kudos to Foote for saying what so many others haven’t. Here’s the entire clip from The Fan 93.7 in Pittsburgh. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Like them or not, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch’s dealings with the media — especially during the days leading up to Super Bowl XLIX — are memorable.“I’m just here so I won’t get fined,” Lynch offered during his five-minute Media Day session last Tuesday.Wednesday, the response morphed into, “you know why I’m here.”On Thursday, the words changed, but the defiance didn’t. Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact An open letter from Carson Palmer.Carson calls it a career » https://t.co/3tkaqIqQaD#CheersToCarson pic.twitter.com/9m8Qs5yWpQ— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) January 2, 2018The announcement comes a day after head coach Bruce Arians announced his on Monday.Like Arians, Palmer is calling it a career after five years with the Cardinals. Top Stories Palmer was acquired from the Oakland Raiders on April 2, 2013, for a 2013 sixth-round pick and a conditional pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.In his first season, Palmer led the Cardinals to a 10-6 record. His 4,274 yards passing that season made him the first player in NFL history to throw for at least 4,000 yards for three different teams.The 2014 season would be the first haunted by injuries. Two days after he received a three-year $50 million extension, he re-tore his ACL against the St. Louis Rams and would miss the rest of the season. Even without Palmer, the Cardinals would reach the playoffs with a record of 11-5, falling to the Carolina Panthers in the Wild Card round.Palmer would have the best season of his career in 2015. His 4,671 yards and 35 touchdowns were a franchise record. He went 13-3 as a starter, making his third Pro Bowl.For his success, he received one vote for the NFL’s MVP award, with one other vote going to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and the other 48 going to the award winner, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.He helped lead the Cardinals to a 26-20 overtime win over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional Round, him and Arians’ lone playoff win in the Valley. In that game, Palmer went 25-of-41 for 349 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. His 75-yard pass to Larry Fitzgerald opened overtime and a five-yard touchdown pass to Fitzgerald two plays later won the game. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer announced his retirement Tuesday.The Cardinals tweeted out an open letter from Palmer. Palmer’s 2016 saw him regress down to 4,233 yards with 26 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. The team went 7-8-1.This season, Palmer played in seven games, throwing for 1,978 yards, nine touchdowns and seven interceptions. He sat out the rest of the season after breaking his arm against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 7.The 38-year-old threw for more than 46,000 yards and 294 touchdowns in his 15-year career.Some of his many Cardinals records include the most seasons with 4,000 or more passing yards (three) and most games with 400 or more passing yards (three).Palmer signed a one-year extension in 2016 that would have had him play through the 2018 season.Cardinals quarterbacks Drew Stanton, Blaine Gabbert and Matt Barkley are not all under contract for next season. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) leaves the field injured during the first half of an NFL football game against Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Stadium in London, Sunday Oct. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) 78 Comments Share
Raih mentioned that the Cardinals were in a meeting earlier this week with the offensive staff discussion routes that running back David Johnson might run.Added Sexton of Johnson’s expected role in the passing game: “That’s going to be something that Coach Kingsbury is going to decide. I’m going to coach him whatever way he’s going to be coach. I’m just here to do that.” But what will this look like in football terms?“It’s primarily going to be Kliff’s offense that he’s going to run, all the terminology, all the concepts,” said passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Clements, who spent 2006-16 with the Packers, working with Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers.“It’s just a different approach how you get to (those concepts), the different things you might do in the run game to combine the run and the pass game. Just the style of play.”Clements said his role alongside Kingsbury will parallel that of his role with McCarthy, who spent a good deal of time in the quarterbacks room in his first few years with the Packers.Like Clements, running backs coach James Sexton joined the staff unfamiliar with Kingsbury. After his contract did not renew with the Pittsburgh Steelers after 2018, Sexton liked the head coach’s demeanor while getting to know him.The overarching theme from Wednesday, when the Cardinals introduced their offensive assistants to reporters: if the most-criticized head-coaching hire of this offseason fails in Arizona, it’s not because of crazy football ideas or a lack of readiness to take on the job. Unannounced, Raih showed up before 5 a.m. at the Texas Tech football facility in Lubbock, Texas, dressed in a suit and red tie. A security guard let him inside, out of the cold.He beat the early-rising Kingsbury, and when the coach arrived, they talked. The head coach offered him a position and a desk in a “closet” next to Kingsbury’s office.“He hired me that day for some, like, position that was — I don’t know what it was,” Raih said. “I ran the walk-on program and assisted with the quarterbacks. You know, because he was the head coach, the coordinator and the quarterback coach.”One year of recruiting future Heisman winner Baker Mayfield as a walk-on and working under Kingsbury landed Raih a job under Mike McCarthy with the Packers. And in Green Bay over the last five years, he rose from coaching administrator to wide receivers coach.Raih doesn’t have a social relationship with Kingsbury, he said — just because it’s who both of them are, always talking football and only football. That, and not the sunglasses-wearing cool dude portrayed by detractors, is Kingsbury in a nutshell.It’s why Raih vouches for his boss and believes this can work. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 9 Comments Share The Arizona Cardinals new head coach Kliff Kingsbury addresses the media, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in Tempe, Ariz. The Arizona Cardinals introduced Kliff Kingsbury as their new coach a day after hiring the former Texas Tech coach in a bid to revitalize the worst offense in the NFL. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. — Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s naysayers believe he’s not ready for the NFL. Critics use buzzwords, charging that his offense’s exotic philosophies won’t work. Cockamanie scheme doesn’t beat talent, for sure.Arizona’s offensive assistants can agree with that.So how can a staff built mostly from day-long, get-to-know-you sessions succeed? First, it’s about Kingsbury relaying terminology and philosophy to his coaches, something the staff is currently in the process of doing. Can it work?Perception has certainly hurt Kingsbury’s reputation when talk show hosts scream about his credentials to star on The Bachelor over his credentials as a coach. But Cardinals wide receivers coach David Raih, who has a previous relationship with Kingsbury, sees Kingsbury as a son of a military man and a high school football coach.Related LinksESPN’s Bowen explains how Air Raid offense translates to CardinalsKeim: ‘A number of players’ on film worthy of Cardinals’ top pickArizona Sports NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Who’s next for the Cards at No. 1?Kingsbury empowering Cardinals ‘defensive head coach’ JosephCardinals’ Kingsbury downplays Kyler Murray draft talk: ‘Josh is our guy’“He puts on sunglasses and apparently everyone thinks he’s, what’s that guy’s name? Yeah, Ryan Gosling,” said Raih, referencing the actor. “The truth is … I mean, this guy’s focused and disciplined. Honestly, I’ve said before, he’s the most intense person I’ve ever been around, the most disciplined person I’ve ever been around.”Raih’s get-to-know-you session with Kingsbury in 2013 explains the first-year Cardinals head coach well.So did another one as Kingsbury led him through a day-long interview for the Arizona job just last month.Back to that first one: Raih, who played quarterback at Iowa, had only held graduate assistant titles at Iowa and UCLA when he, without a job, took the advice of long-time college coach Rick Neuheisel and fellow quarterback Brooks Bollinger, the latter of whom played with Kingsbury on the New York Jets in 2005. “The best thing he does is football. And football is football, and the thing about football, it’s about the discipline and the training,” Raih said. “There’s elements of his offense … there’s concepts that are already being run.“Point is, it’s going to be fine.”EXTRA POINTS— Clements watched Josh Rosen’s entire collection of game film during his rookie year and aside from believing in his arm talent said he was surprised about Rosen’s mobility.“We always used to say they’re going to be seven to 10 times a game where the quarterback is going to have to move around. It’s probably more than that now,” Clements said. “Those are things he did better than I expected. When he had a clean pocket, when he had time to throw, looked to me like there wasn’t a throw he couldn’t make.”— Kingsbury’s use of the running and passing game in concert with one another is likely where his offense differs from others in the NFL and other Air Raid schemes, as Clements said. ESPN’s Matt Bowen broke down film of those variations and philosophies earlier this offseason.
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The first round of the NFL Draft is in the books.But like Thursday, the Arizona Cardinals hold the first pick in the upcoming second round, picking 33rd.Although the team won’t have the chance to draft Arizona State wide receiver N’Keal Harry, 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro has three names to keep an eye on as the start of the second round approaches.One name on the list, however, has some similar connections to Harry in the desert. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo A.J. BROWN, Ole Miss WRThere’s no doubt the Cardinals could use another wideout on the team.One name that stands out is Ole Miss wide receiver A.J. Brown.Spending three seasons with Ole Miss (34 games), Brown caught 189 receptions for 2,984 yards and 19 touchdowns.As a junior last season, Brown showcased what he can bring to a team.Landing at No. 7 in NCAA for wide receivers, Brown reeled in 85 balls for 1,320 yards and six scores.Arizona Cardinals2019 Draft BoardRoundPick #PlayerPos.11Kyler MurrayQB21Byron MurphyCB230Andy IsabellaWR31Zach AllenDE41Hakeem ButlerWR51Deionte ThompsonS61KeeSean JohnsonWR66Lamont GaillardC734*Joshua MilesT735*Michael DogbeDE740*Caleb WilsonTE* = Compensatory Selection© STATS – 2019 BYRON MURPHY, Washington DBThe first name on the list may be a familiar one to those in the Valley.Not only did Byron Murphy spend his high school days at Saguaro High School, the defensive back went on to the play in the Pac-12 as a member of the Washington Huskies.In two seasons (20 games) with the Huskies, Murphy compiled 50 tackles, 7.0 of which were for loss, six interceptions, returning one for a score, and 20 knocked down passes. He also recorded a sack and two forced fumbles.For his efforts last season as a redshirt sophomore, Murphy was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team and was named the Pac-12 Championship MVP.Murphy’s ball skills are highlighted by ESPN.Murphy has the balance, recognition skills and athletic ability to develop above-average cover skills. He’s a ball hawk who reads the quarterback, he isn’t afraid to come off his assignment to play the ball, and he might have the best ball skills of any defensive back in the country. He’s a physical player who flashes the ability to lower the boom on the ball carrier.In the NFL Combine, the DB ran a 4.55 40-yard dash time, had 14 reps on the bench press and had a 36.5-inch vertical and 120.0-inch broad jump. – / 52 Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) CODY FORD, Oklahoma OTRelated LinksHistory helped Cardinals GM Keim fall in love with Kyler MurrayCardinals’ Kingsbury: Kyler Murray is rarely-seen dynamic, unique talentFormer ASU WR N’Keal Harry picked by Patriots in 1st round of NFL DraftCardinals GM Keim to Kyler Murray: ‘We need you to ignite this offense’Cardinals QB Kyler Murray: ‘My only future is in football right now’After nabbing Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick, the Cardinals could be adding a familiar face to the fray in offensive tackle Cody Ford.The junior tackle heads to the next level after being named as a first-team All-Big 12 selection for the Sooners. As a team, Oklahoma was recognized as having the best offensive line in college football, winning the Joe Moore Award.Ford, who made the switch from left guard to right tackle with Murray under center last season, could bring some versatility to a Cardinals offensive line that struggled with injury last season. As a team, Arizona finished dead last in Pro Football Focus’ team pass-blocking grade last year.“He’s fantastic in pass [protection], but what this guy can do in the run game is just amazing, the kind of movement he can get from the tackle position is really rare,” Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley told Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station on Friday. “One of the big keys to our success has been able to throw the ball with Kyler and Baker [Mayfield] the last years, but we’ve been so good running the football.“Kliff [Kingsbury’s] going to want to do that as well and I think Cody would be a great match, and obviously would get a chance to pair him up with Kyler and that’s two pretty good building blocks for your future offense there if you’re a Cardinals fan.” 12 Comments Share