JCR Capital Rebrands as Walker & Dunlop Investment Partners

BETHESDA, Md., Sept. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Walker & Dunlop, Inc. announced today that two years after acquiring alternative investment manager JCR Capital Investment Corporation, the firm is rebranding as Walker & Dunlop Investment Partners, Inc. (WDIP). Sam Isaacson, who previously served as Managing Director leading the firm’s investment teams, has been promoted to President and will lead WDIP’s daily operations.

Jay Rollins, Co-Founder of JCR and former Managing Partner and President, has been named Chairman of the Board of WDIP. He and Co-Founder, Maren Steinberg, will continue to serve on WDIP’s Board of Directors, participate on all fund investment committees, provide strategic guidance to the organization, and manage the existing JCR-branded funds, including JCR Funds III, IV, and V. 

“Walker & Dunlop acquired JCR Capital with the goal of expanding the products and services we provide to our clients, and to build an $8-10

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Nonprofit professional Osvaldo Sotelo running for City Council to uplift, empower community | Santa Maria City Council

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of profiles on the candidates running for 1st and 2nd District seats on the Santa Maria City Council in the Nov. 3 election. 

In the first year where northwest Santa Maria will have its own representative, 28-year-old nonprofit professional Osvaldo Sotelo is ready to make the voice of his community heard in his campaign for Santa Maria’s 1st District seat.

Sotelo was the first of four candidates to launch his campaign back in January

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UBS is first to make sustainable investments the preferred path for clients of its $2.6 trillion wealth management business

UBS Group, which manages $2.6 trillion in assets for some of the world’s wealthiest people, will now advise private clients to opt for sustainable investments over more traditional options when appropriate, the first major financial institution to do so.

a clock on the side of a building: UBS clients currently have nearly $500 billion invested in its “core” sustainable assets, such as green bonds and low-carbon index funds.

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UBS clients currently have nearly $500 billion invested in its “core” sustainable assets, such as green bonds and low-carbon index funds.

While traditional investments will remain most suitable in some circumstances, UBS (UBS)  believes a 100% sustainable portfolio can deliver similar or potentially higher returns compared to traditional investment portfolios and offer strong diversification for clients investing globally, the company said Thursday. Year to date, major sustainable indices have performed better than traditional equivalents, in some cases because of falling oil prices (CL00)  as the global economy softens under the impact of COVID-19.


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In fact, the timing of the UBS announcement is linked to wider adoption

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Bank Merger Activity Picks Up After Spring Lull But Uncertainties Pose Risks


  • During the summer of 2019, about 25 to 30 bank mergers were announced each month
  • The largest recent bank merger  was announced in early July when Bridge Bancorp agreed to merge with Dime Community Bancshares
  • Bank mergers had practically disappeared during April and May

After a pandemic-related freezeout, merger activity among U.S. banks has seen an uptick. S&P Global Market Intelligence reported August witnessed nine merger agreement announcements among banks, a jump from the six reported in each of June and July.

In contrast, during the summer of 2019, about 25 to 30 bank mergers were announced each month. Moreover, most of these recent deals involved relatively small banks, or banks snapping up local competitors. Most of the tie-ups had been discussed prior to the emergence of COVID-19.

The largest bank deal announced in August – Enterprise Financial Services’ (EFSC) pact to acquire Seacoast Commerce Banc Holding –

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Bridge the Gulf Between Supply Chain Planning and Finance | 2020-09-11

The majority of manufacturing companies manage planning through two separate teams. Finance assembles budgets and capital requirements. The operations team balances supply and demand and calculates future capacity and supply needs. In volatile times the operations team mitigates emerging risks or capitalizes on unanticipated opportunities. Through such periods the financial and operations plans often diverge, sometimes dramatically. 

But serving two disparate plans is like driving your car with two GPS navigation devices giving you verbal directions to two different destinations in two foreign languages.

Supply chain management is under increasing pressure to align with companies’ strategic plans. Finance is traditionally responsible for corporate strategy alignment. For Supply Chain to better support corporate strategy it must first align itself with Finance – specifically financial planning. Supply chain planning can no longer function independently. In these challenging times and forever going forward, supply chain planning is about identifying and activating the most

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Looking For A New Job? Here Are 10 Places You Might Have Overlooked.

The labor forecasts are dismal, predicting steep increases in additional layoffs with hiring being relatively stagnant. These statistics are enough to depress any job seeker.

However, if you’ve been applying online and hearing crickets, you’re not alone. An online job search may feel productive, but it’s actually one of the most competitive and least successful ways to search for new employment. Afterall, since more than 70% of the available openings are in the hidden market (aka, not advertised in public), applying online means you’re competing with 100% of job seekers for 30% of the available roles. The odds are already against you.

So, the trick to finding new employment in a tough job market is to do the opposite of what everyone else is doing and search for work in places the majority are not also looking.

Here are some places where job seekers have

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Citi Retail Services and Wayfair Announce New Strategic Partnership With Launch of Private Label and Co-Brand Credit Cards

Multi-year agreement provides customers with seamless financing options

Citi Retail Services and Wayfair, one of the world’s largest online destinations for the home, today announced a long-term partnership to provide a new private label Wayfair Credit Card and co-brand Wayfair Mastercard with compelling rewards and benefits for Wayfair customers.

This new partnership with Citi Retail Services – one of North America’s largest and most experienced retail credit solution providers – will be focused on delivering a seamless digital loyalty and financing experience to Wayfair customers in the U.S.

Starting today, the Wayfair Credit Card and Wayfair Mastercard will offer 5% back in rewards or financing up to 60 months on eligible Wayfair purchases. In addition, Wayfair Mastercard cardmembers will earn:

  • 3% back in rewards at qualifying grocery stores
  • 2% back in rewards for qualifying online purchases
  • 1% back in rewards on all other qualifying purchases

The cards have no annual

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Ben Affleck’s Movie ‘Hypnotic’ Embroiled In Legal Battle Over Insurance Amid COVID-19 Pandemic


  • Ben Affleck’s “Hypnotic” movie is suing its insurance provider for allegedly declining to extend their policy
  • The studio said it “would not be able to proceed with the production” if they do not have insurance
  • Hoosegow Productions Inc.’s insurance under Chubb National Insurance is set to expire on Oct. 28, 2020

Ben Affleck is set to star in the sci-fi thriller “Hypnotic,” but the production is at the center of a COVID-19 insurance lawsuit after its insurance provider allegedly declined to extend its policy due to the pandemic.

Hoosegow Productions Inc., the studio producing Affleck’s film, is suing Chubb National Insurance for breach of contract and fraud, according to the documents filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Thursday obtained by Los Angeles Times. The production filed the lawsuit after the insurance company allegedly refused to extend its policy.

Affleck was set to start filming in

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QTS Wins Frost & Sullivan Global Visionary Innovation Leadership Award

Recognition based on extensive analysis of the data center infrastructure and operations industry

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Sept. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), a leading provider of hybrid colocation and mega-scale data center solutions, today announced that Frost & Sullivan has named QTS as the recipient of its annual Global Visionary Innovation Leadership Award. 

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The annual award, considered to be Frost & Sullivan’s most prestigious, is based on extensive and ongoing analysis of the global data center infrastructure and operations industry. Gautham Gnanajothi, Frost & Sullivan’s Global Research Director and Head of Best Practices, Industrial Division nominated QTS following his attendance at QTS’ Industry Analyst Day held earlier this year at the Company’s Ashburn mega data center.

Following a five-month independent vetting process that started with 34 companies, QTS was chosen as the winner of the global award. The award report (accessed

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Recycling tips for your business

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Recycling tips for your business

We’ve got some great recycling tips for your business. Whether you’re in the process of moving office or working from home, these tips are sure to help…

To the modern human, recycling may seem like a fairly new concept with the environmental movement introducing the concept in the 1970s. Recycling has, in fact, been around for thousands of years, with many practising some form of recycling at some stage or another.

Keep a waste inventory

Start by keeping an inventory of the type of materials that your business throws away. As stated by the Environmental Protection Agency, 75% of waste that is thrown away may be recyclable. Keeping a waste inventory will allow you to make calculated decisions in what goes into the recycle bin and what gets thrown away. This will help to

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