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Meet The Team: John Ford

John Ford

Who doesn’t love carbs? John Ford, National Due Diligence Manager in our Houston office says he loves carbs despite what his trainer tells him. Read about the custom product he asked Starbucks for, his secret talent, and what he does before he leaves the office daily:

Name: John Russell Ford
Title/Position: National Due Diligence Manager
Office Name/Location: Houston, TX

Fantasy career: Private Pilot

Favorite ethnic cuisine: Sushi

Most exotic travel experience: Arenal, Costa Rica — I quickly found out my “Texas Spanish” abilities did not translate so well in Costa Rica …..

Starbucks (or other coffee shop) order: Grande Drip with cream. I’ve asked for it in an I.V. bag although the Barrista didn’t see the humor.

Most played song on iPod: I stream from my phone more than have individual songs. NPR, NYC/Chicago Fusion, WCPE Classical, KPLU Jazz24

A perfect day in would be: A beach, silence, and a cool drink preferably with my phone submerged in it.

Best advice you ever received: “Shut up and listen. The most successful guy in the room is generally not the loudest.” My Dad.

Your secret talent: I’m a classically trained pianist.

What you like most about your work: Two points: Every day is a different challenge – there is no true “in box/out box” and Autonomy to do your job, do it well, and be proud of what we accomplish.

Favorite weekend activity: Cycling

Your first job: Clerk at a convenience store….. I can still smell that awful deep fryer – yuck.

Worst subject in high school: Geometry

Most productive time of day: 6 – 8 am and pm when I can map out my day / wrap up my day without the phone/email driving me nuts.
Reality show you’re embarrassed to admit you watch: Any of the Real Housewives … those ladies are insane!

Person you’d like to have dinner with: Hillary Clinton

A business tool you can’t live without: iPhone
Next travel destination: Breckenridge next month if there is any snow left.

What’s next for you: Probably another conference call — let me check my calendar.

A bad habit: My trainer says carbs. I say listening to him.

What book is on your nightstand now? Probably dust …. Um, a half empty bottle of water, “Life Without Lawyers, the death of common sense,” and an alarm clock that hasn’t been used in probably 10 years (see above … iPhone)

Words you live by: “When you know better, you do better.” ~Maya Angelou

First thing you do when you get to the office: Again See Starbucks Above ….. more coffee from the kitchen.

Last thing you do before you leave your office: Mutter that I really should water the plant on my desk, say I’ll do it tomorrow, and then don’t…

Your favorite guilty pleasure: Travel. More than huge homes and fast cars, I’d rather go and experience things.


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Green Living Tip: Plastic bag fees encourage BYOB

Plastic bag fees and bans encourage shoppers to BYOB

2013-06-17 Plastic Grocery Bags

A growing number of communities want shoppers to BYOB — Bring your own bags. And they’re imposing fees or even bans on plastic bags (and in some places paper bags) to encourage use of reusable cloth bags to carry home purchases from grocery and retail stores.

Environmentalists and other proponents of bag fees or bans say one-time use disposable bags are a major source of pollution, while manufacturers counter that such regulations limit choice and burden lower-income consumers.

As of early March, no state has enacted a statewide ban, fee or tax, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. However, it reports, Arkansas, California, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington “are considering banning single-use plastic bags, with California’s proposed ban including paper and other single-use bags as well.” And according to the NCSL, eight states—Florida, Hawaii, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington—have proposed a “fee or tax on the distribution of bags which a shopper will have to pay, either directly or indirectly.”

There is even a push to go national on bag fees. The Trash Reduction Act of 2013 was introduced in the U.S. House on Earth Day April 22 by Virginia Congressman Jim Moran, a Democrat. The measure would place a five-cent fee on all single-use bags, plastic or paper, at grocery and retail stores. A similar measure introduced by Moran in 2009 failed to make it out of committee, according the website, Plastic Bag Ban Report.

Cities have also joined the movement.  In 2012, Los Angeles became the largest city in the country to ban plastic bags.  A Denver City Council member is considering a bill that would impose a 5-cent fee on plastic or paper bags at checkout, The Denver Post reports. Nearby Boulder is poised to impose a 10-cent fee on both paper and plastic bags on July 1, though there are some exclusions.

Proponents say plastic bags are threat to the environment and wildlife. “From huge floating garbage patches in the ocean, to dead birds found filled with trash that was mistaken for food, using plastic in our daily lives has undeniable consequences,” says the website Earthshare.

The plastics industry is fighting back.

Mark Daniels is chairman of the American Progressive Bag Alliance, part of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. of Washington. In a commentary published in February by Plastics News, he writes, “the case against our industry is often made by environmentalists who either have a poor understanding of the science or are just ignoring the facts.”

Consumers who object to disposable bags must keep one thing in mind: Remember to bring reusable bags into the store when you shop.  Otherwise you may have to answer this question:

Do you want paper or plastic?




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Meet The Team: David Jaudes

David JaudesIf David Jaudes wasn’t Development Associate for Wood Partners in Denver, CO, he would likely be a famous Blues Guitarist. Learn his secret talent, his worst subject in school, what he’s most proud of and much more:

Name: David Jaudes
Title/Position: Development Associate
Office Name/Location: Denver, CO

Fantasy career: Blues Guitarist

Favorite ethnic cuisine: Any and all Indian food

Most exotic travel experience: Bora Bora

Starbucks order: Iced Coffee

Most played song on iPod: Naïve Melody

A perfect day in would be: spent on the couch watching Football

Best advice you ever received: focus on what you have, not what you want.

Your secret talent: can make awesome mac and cheese

What you like most about your work: something different everyday

Favorite weekend activity: heading to the mountains with friends

Worst subject in high school: Latin

What inspires you? family

Most productive time of day: mid-morning

Reality show you’re embarrassed to admit you watch: I watch Gold Rush religiously but not embarrassed

Person you’d like to have dinner with: Stevie Ray Vaughn

Your first job: worked for GVA in NYC for 2 years

What you’re most proud of: family

A business tool you can’t live without: iphone, never leave home without it

Next travel destination: Bahama’s

What’s next for you: living each day as it comes

A bad habit: won’t get rid of any t-shirt…ever.

Favorite possession: fender strat guitar

What book is on your nightstand now? Thomas Jefferson biography

A job you’d want if you weren’t doing this job: working for a small boutique record label

Words you live by: carpe diem?

First thing you do when you get to the office: pour a big cup of coffee

Last thing you do before you leave your office: pour a big cup of coffee

Your favorite guilty pleasure: old scotch