From Staff & Wire Reports AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementAKRON, OHIO — Stephen Myers, CEO of Myers Industries Inc. for the last 21 years, yesterday announced that he would resign and retire from that position effective immediately. Myers will continue as chairman of the board. John Orr, currently company president and COO, was named to replace Myers as CEO effective May 1. “After discussions with our board of directors, we decided that it was appropriate to transition CEO responsibilities to John Orr,” Myers said. “I have had the privilege of working closely with John over the past several years and believe that his role in helping to spearhead efforts to strengthen connections with our customers, advance new products and improve our cost structure demonstrates that he is well suited to direct the company’s continuing efforts to maintain and enhance leadership positions in each of our key product areas.” Orr, who joined Myers in 2001 after a 28-year career with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. where he had been vice president of manufacturing for its North American Tire group, has served as Myers president and COO since 2003. Myers joined the Myers Industries in 1967, and was named CEO in 1984. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement
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UK: Infrastructure manager Network Rail formally announced plans to form ‘alliances’ between its operational regions and franchised passenger train operating companies on January 23, saying this would streamline decision-making and deliver ‘a more passenger-focused operation at lower cost’.Framework agreements have been reached with Abellio Greater Anglia, which takes over the Greater Anglia franchise on February 5, and incumbent operators c2c, ScotRail, Northern and Southeastern, while ‘discussions continue with all other operators’. There will be separate agreements with each train operator, but all will include working together to plan infrastructure maintenance work and develop projects which improve efficiency or train punctuality. Network Rail and the TOCs will remain ultimately accountable for their own areas of responsibility, and staff will remain with their current employer under existing terms and conditions. ‘Working more closely with the train operators, with decision-making devolved to the front line and better-aligned incentives, will, I believe, bring substantial benefits’, said Network Rail Chief Executive David Higgins. ‘The alliances will deliver a better service for passengers and freight users and at lower overall cost to the taxpayer.’ Key principles for the alliances have been agreed, but discussions are continuing and final government and regulatory approval will be needed; Network Rail said the interests of other operators would be protected. A different model of ‘deep alliance’ is being developed between Network Rail’s Wessex Route and South West Trains. This could see the formation of a single joint management team covering what SWT Managing Director Tim Shoveller says is ‘one of the busiest commuter networks in Europe’. For in-depth analysis of the privatised UK rail industry, subscribe to Rail Business Intelligence.
For more information about the Aurora Fox’s upcoming season, call 303-739-1970 or log on to aurorafox.org AURORA | The Aurora Fox is drilling down to the most important element of drama for its 2014-15 season.According to Aurora Fox Executive Producer Charles Packard, the theater’s 30th season is all about the power of the storyteller. All of the four main productions in the lineup have a focus on narrative. From a musical that takes place on a Caribbean island to a Christmas tale centered on an island in the Pacific northwest, each of these shows get back to the roots of the dramatic craft.“All of these shows are dedicated more to storytellers than to Broadway,” said Packard, who’s long referred to season selection as a kind of balancing act. “I feel like we’re building a trust with our audience that I certainly don’t want to ruin. I feel I really need to find things for a smart audience that demands a high level of professionalism. I want to make sure that it’s not the same old stuff they’ve seen before.”That mission is clear in the season formally titled “The Storytellers,” a lineup that includes two regional premieres. The schedule is set to kick off with the musical “Once On This Island” from Sept. 12 to Oct. 5. The children’s comedy “Red Ranger Came Calling” will run from Nov. 28 to Dec. 21. The regional premiere of the musical “Big Fish,” which Packard has called the centerpiece of the season, will run from Feb. 27, 2015, to March 22, 2015, and the regional premiere of the drama “She Kills Monsters” will wrap up the season from April 24, 2015, to May 16, 2015.Those flagship productions will come along with two add-on shows, productions that are not part of the regular season package. The comedy “Fully Committed” will run in the Fox studio theater from Nov. 21 to Dec. 28 and the regional premiere of the drama “Beets” by local playwright Rick Padden is scheduled from Jan. 16, 2015, to Feb. 8, 2015. Those will come along with new productions throughout the season by resident company Ignite Theatre.Packard and the rest of the Fox crew announced the new season during an annual event held at the theater on East Colfax last week. As executive producer, Packard has always cited season selection as one of the most difficult parts of the job. There’s no surefire formula for a successful season, and finding the perfect match of shows for the Fox’s unique subscriber base is always part guesswork.Even so, Packard sees promise in this lineup, and it’s a positive feeling he’s partly built from firsthand experience. For example, the Fox crew mounted a production of the musical “Once On This Island” by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty during their outdoor summer series at the Stapleton Town Center a few years ago. The show, based loosely on fairy tales and rooted in the history of Haiti, resonated with audiences in part because of the big importance it placed on storytelling.“We did it outside, on the grass, for 700 or 800 people. I swore to myself then, ‘We have got to do this inside at the Fox, fully teched someday soon,’” Packard said. “It worked out that we could add a musical to the season and still be able to afford it, basically because we already know how to do the show.”The Fox crew has also already enjoyed a successful run of “Red Ranger Came Calling,” a Christmas tale based on a children’s book byBerkely Breathed. Prepared as a theater production by the Seattle company BookIt, the story of a young boy’s struggle to believe in Santa Claus made for an ideal fit for the theater. What’s more, it breaks the monotony of standard Christmas fare like “A Christmas Carol” and “A Christmas Story.”Other titles in the new season were a bit more tricky to find. The musical “Big Fish,” for example, posed plenty of creative risks for the Fox. The show, based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the 2003 film, recently closed on Broadway to lackluster reviews. Packard, who saw the New York production, saw promise in the production’s mix of storytelling and pure heart.“I did see it in New York, and even though it was a mess to some extent, it was still deeply moving to me and to the audience. I’ve never seen such an emotional audience at a Broadway show,” Packard said, adding that the Broadway production didn’t do proper justice to the narrative structure of the show. Not surprisingly, that structure has a lot to do with the art of storytelling. “It wasn’t written for Broadway; it was written for us,” Packard insisted.Just as “Big Fish” offers Fox audiences a different narrative and creative direction, “She Kills Dragons” is a big leap from the standard fare of regional theaters. This drama by Qui Nguyen kicks off with tragedy. The protagonist loses her family in a car accident. In looking to connect with her family after the tragedy, she finds an unlikely tool: a Dungeons and Dragons module carefully prepared by her late sister.“By playing the game, the woman learns about her sister,” Packard said. “It’s wonderful and touching and fantastic and super violent and all of the things that Dungeons and Dragons is, too.”That story is far from “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Our Town” and other “safe” stock. But Packard, who speaks about standing in the back row and watching the audience react to every show, is confident in the Aurora crowds’ propensity to take risk. As long as the storytelling is sound, he’s sure they’ll sign on for the ride.“Our shows better take them into some area of plot and conflict where they didn’t know where they were going,” Packard said. “That makes it a little bit easier, that I know that the audience is on our side when they arrive at the theater.”