Robert Ivy is the executive vice president and CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), a professional association. There are many perks to joining a professional association and there are over 92,000 trade and professional associations throughout the United States. The difference between a trade and professional association is that a trade association represents entire companies and groups while a professional association represents individuals. Robert Ivy agrees with many of the advantages that comes with joining a professional association. He says that although there aren’t many architects, they have still been able to affect tax legislation through their organization’s dedication and commitment.
Professional associations can also be used as a sort of accreditation; before joining, it must be verified that you have a certain degree, license or other certification. It can also show current and future employers that you have leadership skills and accountability. It also means that you have taken the extra effort to stay up-to-date on innovations and other developments in your field. Robert Ivy and the AIA follow a certain code of conduct and expect their members to do the same. Members are held accountable for all their actions and future employers can see that you have a strong sense of commitment to your field.
Besides being an advocate for architects, Robert Ivy has recently been awarded with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL). This award is given to a Mississippi-connected individual who have, throughout their lifetime, been able to either support art, create art, or perform in exceptionally wonderful ways. Being a native of Mississippi, this is received as one of his greatest achievements, especially because an architect has never been given the reward.
Robert Ivy has been the CEO if AIA since 2011 and since then, he has been able to increase their membership to the highest it has ever been. He is also an author, a practicing architect, and editor.
Deirdre Baggot is a Denver, Colorado based Healthcare Business Strategist and Payment Innovation Expert who designed and implemented the bundled payments service as a way to help companies in the medical industry reduce costs and improve quality while providing a better experience for patients. She is a trusted advisor who has previously worked as a Staff Nurse, Manager and Resource Coordinator at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she began her career in healthcare in 1997, and an Administrative Manager and Business Analyst at the University of Michigan Health System. Follow Deirdre Baggot on Instagram
After attending the University of Colorado to study Philosophy and earn a PhD, and the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University in Chicago, where she earned an MBA degree, Deirdre Baggot went on to receive a degree in Nursing from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She spent 6 years at Northwestern Memorial Hospital before moving on to become the Senior Vice President at GE Healthcare Partners, which is a business she helped reach $6.6 million in revenue in 2015 by launching her bundled payments consulting practice.
Other positions the payment consultant has held include Senior Administrator of the Cardiac and Vascular Institute, a division of SCL, and Partner at ECG Management Consultants. She received her other medical certifications at the Wharton School in Healthcare Executive Leadership, and at the University of Michigan in Lean Healthcare. In her successful career as a Healthcare Business Strategist and Payment Innovation Specialist, she has worked with over 200 hospitals, advising executives on how to increase the quality of their system while lowering operation costs and improving patient relations through the use of new payment solutions. Because of her experience as a financial analyst and innovator, she has been featured as a guest on such NPR shows as All Things Considered, Planet Money and Morning Edition.
Becoming an entrepreneur is not a very hard task. What is challenging is being in a position to maintain a business. All that one needs to become an entrepreneur is spot an opportunity that exists in the market, and come up with a plan to fulfill the need. All that one needs is to utilize the gap in the market in such a way that it will open doors for better opportunities. One successful businesses person seems to understand this very well. He is known as Guilherme Paulus All he does is to look for opportunities in the market and then come up with innovative solutions to address the issues. People want solutions. As long as you can deliver solutions, you will have a successful business. He combines his passion as an entrepreneur with the need to build something that is economically viable. The success he has achieved so far has been a result of hard work and commitment to serving Brazilians with top services.
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Guilherme Paulus had opportunities to interact with the people in the tour industry. His interactions with these people would lead him on a different path. He changed from the technology industry to the tourism industry, a decision he can never regret. Today, Guilherme Paulus has created the biggest tour company in Latin America known as CVC. He started this company at the age of 24 years. He partnered with a friend to create it. Ever since establishing the firm. He has strived to make it one of the best in the world. He is now worth over one billion dollars from his association with CVC. He has also founded the GJP Hotels and Resorts.