NASCAR announces IMSA changes in marketing department

first_imgWATCH: Kahne collected in restart WATCH: Victory Lane: Kyle Busch Hart, a seasoned motorsports communications professional, will lead all communications efforts for IMSA following the conclusion of this year’s GRAND-AM Road Racing season, as he completes his current responsibilities with GRAND-AM team 8Star Motorsports. He will begin his new role with NASCAR and IMSA on Sept. 30, and join the IMSA Communications team for the final two 2013 American Le Mans Series Presented by Tequila Patron events. Hart’s focus will then shift to planning around the inaugural United SportsCar Racing season set to launch in 2014. He will be based out of IMSA’s Daytona Beach, Fla., headquarters. “David’s deep roots in motorsports and particular passion for sports car racing provide us with a leader to usher in an exciting new era for the sport,” said Brett Jewkes, NASCAR vice president and chief communications officer. “He’s a team player who earned his stripes in the motorsports garages and extended his impact into marketing and corporate communications. “Additionally, Nate joined our team in January and has proven himself to be invaluable in our efforts to enhance our efforts in sports car communications. Having new leadership in place before the 2013 sports car season concludes gives us sufficient time to ramp up our communications activities months before the inaugural United SportsCar Racing season.” WATCH: Final Laps: AdvoCare 500 READ: Bowyer’s trouble at Atlantacenter_img Prior to serving this season as director of marketing and communications for 8Star Motorsports, Hart spent 15 years at Richard Childress Racing (RCR). From 1999-2009, he led competition communications for the team before taking the role of director, corporate communications, overseeing strategic communications for all of Richard Childress’ business ventures, including RCR and Childress Vineyards. Hart held that position from 2009 through April of 2013. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced Wednesday the hiring of David Hart as its Director, International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) Communications and the promotion of Nate Siebens to Senior Manager, IMSA Communications. Hart previously held positions with Sonoma Raceway, the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and the Cotter Group, managing communications for sponsors involved in both NASCAR and NHRA. Hart named director, IMSA Communications; Siebens promoted to senior manager “The opportunity to contribute to IMSA and the United SportsCar Racing in its inaugural season and beyond is the culmination of my 25 years in motorsports communications,” Hart said. “I’ve been a sports car racing fan since I stood on the driver’s seat and held onto the steering wheel of the Bugeye Sprite my dad and uncles raced in California in the mid-1960s. I look forward to working with the media, teams, manufacturers, marketing partners and everyone at IMSA to build a strong foundation for the future of sports car racing in North America.”Siebens joined the NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications team fulltime in January of 2013, continuing a communications career in motorsports with roots in NASCAR, the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), GRAND-AM, IndyCar, CART/Champ Car and motorcycle racing. Prior to rejoining NASCAR in a new role this year, Siebens had been operating his own motorsports PR company since 2007.READ MORE:last_img read more

Georgia Organics Conference

first_imgWith demand rising for organic produce and the industry growing to meet the need, the Georgia Organics Conference is a pivotal event for educating organic growers in Georgia and throughout the South.Organic agriculture has increased in the U.S. by about 10 percent per year over the last 15 years, according to Juan Carlos Diaz-Perez, a University of Georgia scientist in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. It is likely that the increase in consumer demand for certified-organic produce has led some of Georgia’s larger growers to dedicate part of their land to growing certified-organic crops, said Julia Gaskin, UGA sustainable agriculture coordinator.The Georgia Organics Conference, set for Feb. 8-9, 2019 at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, is an important event for farmers and others interested in organic agriculture, according to Diaz-Perez.“It has a regional impact beyond the Georgia borders,” he said.Along with UGA research entomologist Jason Schmidt, Diaz-Perez, who specializes in vegetables and plasticulture, will present at the conference and share some of his research from the two certified-organic acres on the UGA Tifton campus.“I will be showing my organic research plot at the (UGA-Tifton) Hort Hill farm. I’ll also talk about research on high-tunnel production for vegetables like tomato, lettuce and spinach, as well as organic fertilization and utilization of cover crops,” he said.Event sessions, workshops and field trips to farms in south Georgia will be offered for conference attendees during the two-day event. Gaskin, along with UGA postdoctoral research associate Kate Cassity-Duffey and organic farmer Daniel Parson, will discuss nitrogen fertility management in organic production systems.“Nitrogen is the nutrient needed most by crops and it can be complicated to provide enough for good yields without overapplication, which can cause environmental problems and crops to be more susceptible to pest attacks,” Gaskin said. “We will also talk about how to integrate organic fertilizers, cover crops and other soil-building techniques into your nitrogen management plan.”Vanessa Shonkwiler, a public service assistant in UGA’s Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, will share marketing tips on how farmers can expand their brands and stories.For a full list of speakers or to register for the Georgia Organics Conference, visit scholarships are available for Georgia Organics members. To become a member, see, and to apply for a scholarship, see interested in volunteering for one day at the conference can receive a free pass to the conference for the second day. Those interested can email [email protected] for more information. Class credits may also be available.last_img read more

PensionsEurope calls for further delay to data reporting requirements

first_imgEurope’s top pensions lobby group has called for a 12-month delay to the implementation of EU-wide reporting requirements for pension funds.PensionsEurope also warned that data reporting rules proposed by the European Central Bank (ECB) and the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) placed a “big financial burden” on some pension funds.Many of its members would not be ready to comply by December 2019 when the requirements are due to come into force, PensionsEurope said in response to a consultation on the proposals.“In many countries pension funds would need more time to adapt their reporting systems to the new requirements in order that their implementation costs will not become enormously high, and therefore we propose to postpone the first reporting at least by one year,” the group stated. A delay was particularly important given EIOPA’s decision to require reporting using the “extensible business reporting language” (XBRL) online framework. Although it is in use for Solvency II reporting for insurance companies, PensionsEurope said pension schemes would require “not only new software solutions, but a completely different know-how [for] employees”.“Reporting for EIOPA and ECB is an additional cost factor to the detriment of beneficiaries and sponsoring companies”The group acknowledged several concessions made by the central bank and EIOPA, including estimating quarterly liability calculations themselves and collecting information from national regulators. However, PensionsEurope also reiterated its primary concerns that the reporting requirements would place a major financial burden on pension funds, and urged the ECB and EIOPA to gather as much data as possible from national regulators instead of directly from schemes.It has repeatedly warned EIOPA and the ECB of the cost and administrative burdens data reporting could pose to pension schemes.Some pension funds do not have access to “granular” information on their investments from their asset managers, PensionsEurope added, and should not be forced to pay for “expensive licenses” to access such data.“We would like to stress that statistical reporting and collecting information always contain costs for pension funds, so it should be very carefully considered which information is relevant and needed, and how often they should be reported,” the lobby group stated.“Any extra costs will be [ultimately] paid by the sponsor and/or members and beneficiaries… Increasing regulation and other requirements make occupational pensions more expensive, making it less likely that pension schemes are being set up and contributions paid.”It added that the new requirements would be “additional reports without any chance of simplification or elimination for reporting requirements that already must be fulfilled nationally”.“The reporting for EIOPA and ECB is therefore an additional cost factor, in the low-interest [rate] environment, to the detriment of the beneficiaries and sponsoring companies,” PensionsEurope concluded.PensionsEurope’s full response can be found here.last_img read more