Investment Chiefs Leave Kentucky Retirement Systems for Consulting Firm

The CIO and deputy CIO of the Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS) will leave the struggling $18.7 billion pension fund this month to go into consulting. 

The pension fund is launching a search to replace Rich Robben, executive director of its office of investments, and Deputy Executive Director Andy Kiehl. Their last day at KRS is Sept. 30. They start at Florida-based investment consulting firm AndCo Consulting on Oct. 5.

“Rich and Andy are strong additions to our team of professionals and believe in our customized client solution service approach,” read an AndCo statement.

“Adding  two  practitioners  who have managed and allocated assets from a client’s perspective in the large public plan space will bring a wealth of practical experience and further enhance our ability to add tangible value for our clients,” it continued.  

Rich Robben (top) and Andy Kiehl, CIO and deputy CIO of the Kentucky Retirement Systems

Robben has

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J.S. Held acquires Canadian consulting firm

Jericho-based J.S. Held, a global, multi-disciplinary consulting firm, ahas acquired Examine Construction Consultants Inc. (Examine), a construction consulting firm operating from offices in Montréal and Toronto, Canada.

Examine has extensive experience providing support on construction-related matters in both English and French throughout North America and France.

The transaction expands J.S. Held’s global Construction Advisory Practice, supporting clients throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East. 


“We have worked with the Examinteam on previous projects, and their expertise and professionalism align with our high standards of quality and service,” said Sean Donohue, Senior Executive Vice President and Global Leader of J.S. Held’s Advisory Services Division.

Mark Cohen, Senior Managing Director and J.S. Held’s Construction Advisory Services Global Practice Leader said, “This acquisition allows us to offer additional, local support to our Canadian clients and strengthens our ability to address large, complex projects around

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Consulting firm moves to Synergy cloud for greater transparency and efficiency

Contour Consulting Engineers, a 15-year-old consulting practice, follows a well-established tradition of service-oriented client focus with an impressive amount of professional energy invested in their customers’ projects.

When Crystal Cook joined Contour in 2018, she found that the firm’s dedication to their clients and the quality of engineering left them with very little time to devote to business management, resulting in project financial management taking a backseat to service delivery. 

“There was an area of the finance side of things missing, and I guess the majority of our people lacked the understanding of the importance of that within the business — particularly our staff,” recalls Crystal.

Though Contour had been utilising Synergy’s original desktop software for about 15 years, Crystal found it was only used for time-sheeting and invoicing. 

Crystal Cook was brought into the business to create change within the business’s finance and project coordination/ management processes for projects; 

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Spoken Word Artist Partnering With Leading Investment Firm Sweet Capital


Starting a business is one of the toughest endeavors one can take on, it can be a lonely journey that involves many setbacks. However, entrepreneurs are often painted by the media as infallible superheroes with the few outsized, seemingly overnight successes getting all of the attention. COVID-19 and the ensuing economic issues have meant that many entrepreneurs are more vulnerable today and need authentic stories told by people they trust along with support to ensure they stay resilient. Sweet Capital, a fund that focuses on early-stage investments in consumer technology companies with positive impact has partnered with George The Poet, a Peabody Award-winning London-born spoken word performer of Ugandan heritage to launch a video and podcast series highlighting honest, authentic stories about entrepreneurship.

Early Beginnings 

George grew up in London and started rapping at the age of 15 whilst in school.

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Massachusetts law firm sued by Attorney General Healey over alleged illegal kickback scheme

Attorney General Maura Healey is suing a Massachusetts law firm over an alleged illegal kickback scheme, her office has announced.

The law firm, Keches Law Group, P.C., has allegedly accepted more than $90,000 in illegal kickbacks from a pharmacy in exchange for referring at least 800 personal injury clients to the pharmacy, according to the suit filed in Suffolk Superior Court.

Healey alleges that the law firm “engaged in unfair and deceptive acts” under the state’s consumer protection law.

Keches Law Group accepted more than $90,000 in kickbacks from Injured Workers Pharmacy in exchange for referring the clients without disclosing its financial interest in the referrals or obtaining their clients’ informed consent, according to the suit.

“Lawyers in Massachusetts are expected to follow the law,” Healey said in a statement. “Clients should feel confident that they are getting unbiased advice from their lawyers, not being steered towards providers that are

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SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Pomerantz Law Firm Reminds Shareholders with Losses on their Investment in Nano-X Imaging Ltd. of Class

SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Pomerantz Law Firm Reminds Shareholders with Losses on
their Investment in Nano-X Imaging Ltd. of Class Action Lawsuit and Upcoming
Deadline – NNOX

NEW YORK, Sept. 26,  2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --  Pomerantz LLP announces that  a
class action lawsuit has been filed against Nano-X Imaging Ltd.  (“Nano-X”  or
the “Company”) (NASDAQ: NNOX) and certain of its officers.   The class action,
filed in United States  District Court for the  Eastern District of New  York,
and docketed under  20-cv-04528, is  on behalf of  a class  consisting of  all
persons other  than Defendants  who purchased  or otherwise,  acquired  Nano-X
securities between  August  21,  2020  and  September  15,  2020,  both  dates
inclusive (the “Class Period”). Plaintiff seeks to recover compensable damages
caused by  Defendants’ violations  of the  federal securities  laws under  the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”).

If you are  a shareholder  who purchased  Nano-X securities  during the  class
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Firm Capital Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust

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Firm Capital Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust Announces Closing of Previously Announced 50% Interest in a 235 Unit, Multi-Family Residential Building for $37.5 Million in the Washington D.C. Metro Area

All amounts are in US Dollars unless otherwise stated.

TORONTO, Sept. 22, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Firm Capital Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust (the “Trust“), (TSXV: FCA.U), (TSXV: FCA) is pleased to announce it has closed the previously announced joint venture with an unrelated third party to acquire a $37.5 million multi-family residential property located in the Washington D.C. Metro Area.

The Trust has closed the North Pointe Apartments (“North Pointe” or the “Property“), a 235-unit, multi-family residential property located in Hyattsville, Maryland. The joint venture purchased the property for $37.5 million

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British government announces new job support program but warns not every firm can be saved

  • The Job Support Scheme will directly top up the wages of employees working fewer hours due to suppressed business demand, enabling workers to keep their jobs on shorter hours rather than being made redundant.
  • It will run for six months from November.
  • The government also announced an extension of the 5% VAT rate (a value-added sales tax) until March 31, 2021,

a man wearing a suit and tie: Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak leaves 10 Downing Street after attending a Cabinet meeting on 14 February, 2020.

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Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak leaves 10 Downing Street after attending a Cabinet meeting on 14 February, 2020.

LONDON — U.K. Finance Minister Rishi Sunak has announced a new emergency package of measures to contain unemployment, replacing the country’s furlough scheme which is due to expire next month.


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The Job Support Scheme will directly top up the wages of employees working fewer hours due to suppressed business demand, enabling workers to keep their jobs on shorter hours rather than being made redundant.

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Irish digital firm confirms 100 new jobs as it reaps the benefits of remote working

AN IRISH digital firm confirmed 100 new jobs as it reaped the benefits of the boom in remote working because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Taoiseach Michael Martin announced the jobs as he toured the Workvivo facility in Douglas, Cork.

The high end jobs come after a dramatic increase in user numbers for the digital platform firm.

Workvivo has experienced 200pc growth in user numbers with their customers now spanning 47 countries.

Some 40pc of its customer base has joined the platform since March.

Workvivo currently employs 35 staff but predicts its workforce will grow to 135 within the next three years as businesses adapt to a new future of communication and engagement with their employees.

The firm’s platform helps businesses to connect with staff across multiple sites and enables those businesses to engage these employees.

Workvivo’s customers in Ireland include Woodies, Trigon Hotels, Bus Éireann, Irish Rail and UCC.


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Are You Caught Up? eCommerce Executive Search Firm Highlights 2020 Marketing Trends

As we head into the holiday season, there are new eCommerce marketing trends top companies must focus on to stay competitive. According to Forbes, “U.S. e-commerce sales will hit a projected $709.78 billion in 2020, or about 14.5% of total U.S. retail sales, up from $601.65 billion, or about 11% of total retail sales, since 2019.” As a result, in the wake of the pandemic, MarketPro, the leading eCommerce executive search firm has seen companies scramble to either stay ahead of their competition or to catch up.

This growth is great news for companies who have already jumped on the trend years ago. They now have the foundation and resources to grow. However, if your company has not implemented these changes it could result in your customers looking for alternative solutions online.

Therefore, with many consumers transitioning to online purchasing, each interaction counts. You must be able to communicate your

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