The Charm of Carrara Marble

July 03, 2014


By Gian Luca Fiori

Used since Ancient times by the Romans, Carrara Marble was first quarried by the Cybo and Malaspina families, who ruled over Massa and Carrara, the northernmost tip of modern-day Tuscany. They were the first to regulate the marble mining industry by creating the Office of Marble in 1564. The rich history of this magnificent stone helps make it one of today’s most popular choices when it comes to marble.

Bianco Carrara Marble

Bianco Carrara Marble kitchen by Migonis Home; photo by Tess Fine via Houzz

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On June 30, two Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) divisions issued guidance to investment advisors and institutional investors on their proxy voting responsibilities and use of proxy advisors. The bulletin also addresses proxy advisors’ conflict-of-interest disclosure obligations and may disappoint companies concerned about proxy advisor influence on executive compensation that had hoped the SEC would take stronger action.

Jim Kroll and Brian Myers

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The sales commission survey says!

July 02, 2014


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That headline gives me a flashback to my childhood watching Richard Dawson host The Family Feud. And while our sales commission survey doesn’t receive such hilarious answers to questions such as “what month of pregnancy a woman begins to look pregnant” to which the contestant replied “September.”  (click here for a great laugh) It does however shed a great deal of light on what people are doing with their incentive plans and areas where improvement can be made.



By Patty Manko

Service and supportsThe Difference between Service and Support 

Today, advocates and professionals often use the word “support” to include anything that someone may need to live in his or her community. Often in human or disability services, an individual has to accept a change in location or compromise in the type of supports needed. 

The two examples below describe the differences between support and service.

Case 1 - After transitioning from Early Intervention into their city’s school system, a family was looking forward to having...


Throughout this spring, shareholders generally expressed their pleasure with 2013’s bull market by heartily endorsing the compensation of most companies’ top executives in 2014 say-on-pay votes. But, 2014 got off to a tenuous start, which could complicate the pay-for-performance picture if things don’t turn around in the remaining months of 2014. 

Steve Kline, Chris Kozlowski and Ryan Lucki

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Tips for Creating a Content Calendar

July 01, 2014


By Donna Vieira

Fresh, well-written, and relevant content is an integral part of the successful marketing plan of any modern business. Effectively managing content is also essential, however. Content management strategies include releasing the right content at the right time, using content designed to speak to a specific audience, and making certain that […]

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By  April Lane

If you ever needed ammo in the war to get your spouse helping out more around the house, share this new study published in Psychological Science, “The Second Shift Reflected in the Second Generation: Do Parents’ Gender Roles at Home Predict Children’s Aspirations?”



Compassion Fatigue

July 01, 2014


Source:  Families of Loved Ones, Patricia Smith

July 2014 Triple C


Within the past ten years, the secrets to recognizing and managing Compassion Fatigue trickled down from academia to those of us in the caregiving professions.  Thanks to the work of leading traumatologists and psychologists, we now share a comprehensive knowledge of the secondary traumatic stress that plagues caregivers worldwide. As more information becomes available, we better understand what is necessary to alleviate the s

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By Gian Luca Fiori

Q: ColorQuartz is made in China. Given the questionable track record of some manufacturing practices there, why would I want to choose ColorQuartz?

A: True, ColorQuartz is made in China, and this is a very valid question. We’re happy to help shed some light on the company’s pollution control practices as well as other details about how ColorQuartz strives to reduce the product’s carbon footprint.

Mossy Gold ColorQuartz

ColorQuartz in Paloma White; photo via ColorQuartz

First off, ColorQuartz is headquartered in the...



A mid-year look at the market

June 30, 2014


By Patty Manko

describe the imageHere is a summary of the market update released today from the research department of our broker/dealer, LPL Financial.

As we expected, markets in 2014 have been less influenced by politics and policymakers than in 2013 and more dependent upon growth. Growth is an essential characteristic of all living things, and in 2014, growth is vital to our outlook for the economy and markets. Our notes from the field contain these key observations and reaffirm our forecasts:

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