LOCAL INDUSTRY for Sunday – October 23, 2005

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. Members of Foreigner, the 1970s arena band, reportedly played a private show at a top-notch hotel Wednesday night. Fortunately, most of us were not forced to hear “Hot Blooded,” “Feels Like the First Time,” and Karl Rove and Tom Delay’s favorite, “Dirty White Boy.”

. Local charity directors confirmed they’ve had only one person interested in helping the earthquake victims of Pakistan. And he was homeless, according to Alfred Darling, executive director of the local chapter of the American Red Cross. Keep in mind that 79,000 people have reportedly died, or about 19,000 more than the entire population of Kaua’i. Some 500,000 more are in profound need of help, and 3.3 million are homeless. It kind of puts high gas and home prices in perspective, doesn’t it?

. What is it about asking for county expense accounts that makes people pretend they didn’t hear you? When the county’s “A Team” (excluding Mr. T) went to San Francisco for their bond-rating show, they were not alone. Reportedly, there were several individuals on hand to lend support. Among them were former rock star Gary “U.S.” Bonds, Giant’s slugger Barry Bonds, and Kaua’i’s own Janice Bond. James Bond was on assignment looking for county executive-session minutes in Monte Carlo. No word if the Bondses have turned in their expense reports yet.

Cruise ships calling on Nawiliwili

. Tomorrow, Monday, Oct. 24, the Pride of Aloha, 850 feet long, calls on Nawiliwili Harbor, arriving at 7 a.m. and departing Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. This Wednesday, Oct. 26, the Statendam, 720 feet long, arrives at 7 a.m., and departs the same day at 5 p.m. This Thursday, Oct. 27, the Pride of America, 965 feet long, arrives at 8 a.m., and leaves Friday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, Infinity, 963 feet long, arrives at 7 a.m., and leaves the same day at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, the Island Princess, 965 feet long, arrives at 8 a.m., and leaves the same day at 6 p.m.

Wilcox puts focus on Central Services

Sylvia Gibboney has been directing the Central Services and Processing Department at Wilcox Memorial Hospital for the past 15 years, and recently she invited employees to see what she and CSPD staff members do behind the security doors on the second floor of the makai wing of the hospital, according to hospital Marketing Director Lani Yukimura.

What was originally built for surgery in 1938 has been renovated over the years to house the Central Services and Processing Department. With a staff of five supply clerks and a student intern, Gibboney directs the operations of the unit to assure that patient-care supplies are decontaminated, prepared, assembled, sterilized and distributed properly. In addition, her department maintains and distributes the supply of IV solutions for the hospital and Kauai Medical Clinic.

During the recent celebration of International Central Services and Processing Week, “I wanted our employees here at Wilcox Health (Wilcox Memorial Hospital and Kauai Medical Clinic) to learn about the functions of this department,” Gibboney said. “This was an opportunity to show off our area, explain the many processes, and answer questions.

“Because we work in a secure area, other employees do not get to see all that we do during the day, and this was a wonderful way to get to know some of the employees better,” Gibboney added. The Central Services and Process Department staff members gave employees tours of the department, and offered refreshments and prizes for correct quiz answers about CSPD’s functions, Gibboney concluded.

Winters win national recognition

. Eileen M. Winters and Dale S. Winters, owners and operators of Winters Realty in Kapa’a, have been awarded the Accredited Buyer Representation (ABR) designation by leaders with the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council, Inc. (REBAC), of the National Association of Realtors.

“Today’s real-estate brokers and agents want to provide a full menu of services for their clients, whether they are buyers or sellers,” explained Terrence M. McDermott, president and chief executive officer of REBAC. “The ABR designation, the benchmark of excellence in real-estate buyer representation, demonstrates to clients that the agent has taken steps to continue their education in the field of buyer representation, and has the proven experience and training to deliver ethical and professional service to real estate buyers,” McDermott added.

Eileen M. Winters and Dale S. Winters join other real-estate professionals in North America who have earned the ABR designation. All are required to successfully complete a comprehensive course in buyer representation and an elective course focusing on a buyer-representation specialty, both in addition to submitting documentation verifying professional experience.

REBAC was founded in 1988, and is currently the world’s largest association of real-estate professionals focusing specifically on representing the real-estate buyer.

Continued education and designations of specialties are an important measurement of professionalism and dedication, and a key component of the mission of Winters Realty, according to Eileen M. Winters and Dale S. Winters. In addition to the ABR designations, both are licensed real-estate brokers. They both hold the GRI (Graduate Real Estate Institute) designation. Eileen M. Winters also holds the CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) designation. The Winters may be reached at Winters Realty, 822-3470, or toll-free 1-800-572-8156, by e-mail at WintersRealty@verizon.net.

Two Hawai’ians launch Smart Destinations

. Leaders at Smart Destinations Inc., a provider of technology-based, destination-travel solutions, announced the addition of two Hawai’i natives to lead the company’s new Honolulu office. Kathy Stafford has been named destination manager, and Kathyrnn Raymond is joining the company as operations manager. The two travel-industry veterans will direct Smart Destinations’ Hawaiian expansion, including development of the company’s Go Hawaii Card attractions pass smart-card, which will be available Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Nattrass to speak at Hyatt

. Dr. Brian Nattrass, author of “Dancing With The Tiger” and a consultant to Starbucks and other corporate entities, will be speaking at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa this Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 5 p.m. There is no charge for the event. Please RSVP to Jami Carter at jami@poipubeach.org or 742-7444 no later than tomorrow, Monday, Oct. 24.

Guerilla marketing seminar set

. Kaua’i Chamber of Commerce leaders present a seminar, “Guerilla Marketing in 30 Days,” presented by author and marketing coach Al Lautenslager. Distilled from the best-selling, marketing-book series in history (with more than 14 million copies sold worldwide in 39 languages), the event will be held this Thursday, Oct. 27, from 8 a.m. till 10:30 a.m. at the Radisson Kauai Beach Resort Ginger Room.

Through “Guerrilla Marketing In 30 Days,” Lautenslager encourages busy business professionals and chief executive officers to hurdle the excuses of time, money, or motivation, and take dynamic strides toward new-client acquisition and increased sales by following a 30-day marketing blueprint, he said.

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