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    PODCAST: Erik Ayers Discusses Pivotal Plays

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    The foundation of the Pivotal Plays campaign is all about showcasing the often-unsung heroes who have performed amazing things that may have been overlooked.
    Much like athletes whose actions are vitally important to the outcome of a game – though aren’t getting the recognition they deserve -- Pivotal Plays are all about finding stories of achievement, progress and the things that define our every day.
    Whether it is something that occurs in the community, on the playing field in sports, in business or in government, the Pivotal Plays program is about giving credit where credit is due. We want to recognize the individuals, groups, teams and organizations that perform those achievements and bring them to light.
    Erik Ayers, Co-Founder of the Pivotal Plays Campaign, discusses why uncovering and recognizing these Pivotal Plays is paramount to the campaign itself.

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    Sandy Spring Named Ehtical Company

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    In the business world, we are continually confronted with stories about unethical practices that are harmful to the community.  Whether it is an insider trading story, or a news piece about poor conditions for workers, many companies often cut corners to enhance profitability and lose sight of their ethical and moral compasses.
    Fortunately, Forbes Magazine is creating the standard for shining a light on companies that are doing right by their employees and communities.
    Using data from GMI Ratings, Forbes came up with a list of the 100 most “transparent and trustworthy” companies by examining more than 8,000 companies traded on U.S. exchanges.
    For the second year in a row, Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. – the largest publicly traded banking company headquartered and operating in Maryland – was named to this year’s list – which is clearly a Pivotal Play.

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    PODCAST: Don King, Walker & Dunlop

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    Earlier this year, Walker & Dunlop, one of the leading commercial real estate finance companies in the United States, announced that its volume of over $4 billion in multifamily loan originations for Fannie Mae in 2012 made it the top DUS lender in the country.
    Each year, Fannie Mae publishes the list of lenders that produced the highest volume through the DUS platform.  Walker & Dunlop has been a DUS lender since the program's inception in 1988 and has moved from being the #10 producer in 2007 to the #1 producer in 2012.
    Jumping from the #10 slot to the #1 slot is a major ‘Pivotal Play.’
    Today, we are speaking with Don King, Executive Vice President & Chief Production Officer, at Walker & Dunlop.

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    PODCAST: Rosetta Lai, Executive Director, AALEAD

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    Asian American LEAD is a very unique organization whose mission is to promote the well being of Asian American youth through education, leadership, and community building.  Its highly-dedicated staff and Board deliver specialized after-school programs, one-on-one mentoring, academic support services, and life-skill development for students.
    In addition, MorganFranklin is involved with the special organization with one of its directors, Amee Kishore Shah serving on the AALEAD Board of Directors.
    Today, we have the pleasure of speaking with one true pivotal player, Rosetta Lai, the organization’s Executive Director

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    PODCAST: NFTE Winner and Bob Morgan

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    On January 31st, five DC area  local teen entrepreneurs competed for top honors and seed capital at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Greater Washington Region’s Winter Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge.  These high school students presented their business plans before a panel of judges comprised of some of the region’s most influential leaders. 
    Today, we are fortunate enough to be spending some time with one student who clearly pulled off a “pivotal play” by winning this competition.  This student is Jordon Brooks from Croom Vocational HS, who is with us today along with Erin Cribbs, the Principals Designee Business Education Department Chair at Croom High School.  And finally, we have Bob Morgan co-founder and CEO of MorganFranklin Corporation who also played a major role in this competition.

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    PODCAST: NFTE Dare to Dream Teachers

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    In early May, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) hosted its 15th annual Dare to Dream Gala, which helps raise funds to provide entrepreneurship education to over 900 youth from low-income communities in the metropolitan Washington, DC area and train high school teachers to deliver our specially tailored, practical business curriculum to students in their schools.
    In addition, NFTE hands out a number of awards at the gala to outstanding student entrepreneurs.  Today, we are fortunate enough to spend time with two teachers whose student walked away with awards.
    We have Stephanie Harmony who is a marketing teacher at Annadale High School – whose student was a second place winner – and Erin Cribbs, the Business Education Department Chair at Croom Vocational HS.  Erin had students who first and third-place awards.

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    PODCAST: Grant Paulsen, Redskins Beat Reporter for 106.7

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    As the Pivotal Plays blog focuses on showcasing winning results in business, government and sports, it was a natural progression for us to enhance the sports content on the blog.  And, what better way to improve our game than by bringing on Grant Paulsen as a contributing sports writer for the Pivotal Plays Blog.
    Grant is the Redskins beat reporter for 106.7 The Fan. He provided the play-by-play during the Ripken Baseball World Series in 2005 and was a reporter for ABC Sports’ coverage of the 2004 and 2003 Emmy-nominated Little League World Series and its Emmy-nominated Super Bowl XXXVII pre-game, half-time, and post-game show.

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    PODCAST: C4ISR Journal Editor Ben Iannotta

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    C4ISR Journal is a monthly publication covering emerging issues and trends in global military transformation and network centric warfare technologies, products and services for leaders government, defense, and industry.   The magazine is truly an influencing vehicle for companies selling technologies and services to the Department of Defense.
    C4ISR Journal’s editorial staff are also known for being ‘pivotal players’ in the sector because of their expertise, knowledge and insights into the defense arena – especially during a time of potential budget cuts.
    Today, we have the pleasure of speaking with Mr. Ben Iannotta, editor of C4ISR Journal, who shares his insights into the future of ISR and much more.

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    PODCAST: Volunteers of America Chesapeake

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    Volunteers of America Chesapeake, a nonprofit that provides support services to the elderly and to people who are homeless, mentally ill or recovering from addiction, among other needs, was named a CIO 100 winner in 2011 for implementing a cloud computing solution for its 600 employee, 26-program organization.
    VOA was one of the few nonprofits to embrace cloud computing for back-office processes.  As such, its cloud efforts resulted in an expected savings of $30,000 to $50,000 per month.
    For any organization, this type of costs saving clearly a “pivotal play.”  Today we are speaking with Shyam Desigan, CIO & CFO of VOA, about this pivotal play.