Tag: Life

My Thoughts on Becoming the new President of Business and Economics Alumni at CCNY

As I mentioned in a previous post, on July 1, 2017 I will begin my term as President of Business and Economics Alumni at CCNY (BEAS).

First it is an honor that the School of Social Sciences, the Alumni Association, and my fellow members of the Board of Directors all agree and find me fit to serve in this role.  This is a position that I have always held in a high regard and I will do my absolute maximum to live up to the title.

I have been in leadership roles since I was 18, I am now 35, I have less hair on my head and a bit of what remains has even turned a shade of gray.  I know I have the necessary experience to lead a board of highly accomplished men and women.  Members of this board are both older and younger than I am.  Some members of this board have more experience than I do in many areas.  I will be looking to those members to help guide me.  To those members where I have a bit more age and experience, I will always do the maximum to be there to assist and guide you.  I anticipate having a great time in learning about everyone in a greater level of detail than I have had in the past.

I’m taking over a board in transition.  I will have a new 2nd Vice President, 3rd Vice President, and Secretary.  I am replacing a President that has served for 7 years, and has at the same time achieved a long list of accomplishments in her own career.  As this is a unique opportunity to add members to the board, I will be adding 6 new members that have varied experience in architecture, business, economics, education, and history.  I am glad that I have had the opportunity to add recent graduates too.  The recent graduates come from the new undergraduate Economics Business and Finance Society that I have had the pleasure of working hard to put together over the semesters of FA 16 and SP 17.

To the departing members of the board, I thank you for your service.  Without your contributions, I wouldn’t be in this position.

To the members of the board that are staying on, I may have only been added to the board in the Fall of 2015 but my dedication to the university and to develop an undergrad – alumni community is why I want this position.  Things will be different coming from a previous presidency spanning 7 years; I ask that you please put faith in my leadership and management abilities and give me a chance to show you all what I can do.

To the new members of the board, I have known most of you going back to 2010 and 2011.  I’ve been a student with you, been your friend, and worked with you, we’ve built trust in each other.  I know I can count on you to be your best.

To the 2017 graduates joining the board, you’ve earned my trust over the academic year; get ready for the ride.

Lets all work together to raise BEAS up higher than it has ever been.  I know we can do it.

–END

 

As always, thank you for reading, and comment if you see fit.

 

Advertisements

It Was an Honor to be on Stage for the CCNY Colin Powell School Commencement

One week ago today, on 6/1/17, I was given the honor of being on stage looking out onto a field of mostly young CCNY graduates.  


For most it was their first degree, for some their second or third but what united them was their sense of school community and spirit.  I tell people in business that I am always bluntly honest.  Speaking bluntly and honestly, I would put being up on that stage with the same kind of honor I felt when becoming President of Business and Economics Alumni for CCNY and my own commencement day.

I had the pleasure of speaking to many students, alumni, and faculty that day.  One thing that was clear was everyone shared the same sense of community and I think that, along with great faculty is what sets the Colin Powell School at CCNY apart from other departments.  The highlight of the day was being on the same stage as General Colin Powell himself.  Had someone told me 10 years ago that I would be in that position, I am certain I would have told them they were crazy.  To shake hands with General Powell afterward was a moment I surely will never forget.

I wish all of these students luck in their career endeavors; I encourage them to be bold, fair, to see both sides of an issue, and lastly to be unafraid to speak openly and honestly about their opinions on all matters.  I hope that some of those students get the chance to be on stage sitting right next to me in the future.

As always thanks for reading and comment if you see fit.

When Someone, Even The Government Or a Scientist Says They Know Something, Be Skeptical.

Every ‘study’ regardless of who funds it, is done to prove a point.  Most will disregard certain data sets, or begin their analysis at a different point in time to leave out certain data or events.  On climate change, real data exists for 40-45 years, which is barely significant.  Regardless of the subject matter, research previous studies of similar topics, you will never know what people ‘knew’ in years past.
Just remember that in 1970, scientists knew…
That population would outstrip the food supply in 5 years and that 200 million people per year would die of starvation resulting in mass extinction by 1980
That by 1995 75% of all living species would be extinct
That by 1980, all urban dwellers would have to wear gas masks to protect against environmental air pollution and that by 1985 only half of the suns penetrating rays would get into the atmosphere
By 1989 4 billion people would die in the ‘great die off’
All of these claims made by scientists in the 1970’s seem laughable today, keep this in mind when listening to anyone make predictions made by using data that is either insignificant, or barely significant.  My position on climate change has always been that there is not enough statistically significant data to make high impact long-term decisions.  5 years ago, climate change proponents said that there would be more extreme weather events; while the ‘study’ below says the opposite.  Let’s wait, be patient, and acquire more data.

My Take On The Same Sex Marriage Decision

An older article wrote years ago that I published here since I believe the concept is still relevant.
The SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage has finally come and thankfully so.  I am glad to see people of the LGBT able to marry, and I am happy to see them receive the same marriage and tax protections as heterosexual people.  I think that this unifies Americans and moves the country forward.
My personal opinion is that the government should have no role in marriage whatsoever.  I disagree with the government forcing citizens to purchase a marriage license.  It should be none of the government’s business.  A simplified flat tax system with 0 loopholes and deductions would see the elimination of tax breaks for married individuals.  At the state level it is more complex, which is why I feel SCOTUS simply legalized it for all.  I wonder if they thought of ruling in favor of states’ rights but mandating that states not allowing same-sex marriage honor and afford the same marriage protections to those people who moved into their state after being married in a state where same sex marriage was legal.
As a libertarian I think this is a win for individual liberty and for freedom of choice.  To those that are religious and conservative, I would say that I too believe in free will, and I am glad that people in the USA now how the ability to exercise that and marry a person that makes them happy, regardless of their gender.  I hope the best for same-sex couples that are soon to be married and as a heterosexual I hope to be married myself some day, and to share in their joy.  Lastly on this Love Wins hash tag; love didn’t win; freedom and individual liberty won.  I’m quite certain those who are now soon to be married loved each other beforehand.