Alan C. Reid


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Senior Information Systems Analyst
A2Z, Inc., Logistics Services
Industry: Technology
Field: Information Technology Management

A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Alan C. Reid relies upon the field training he gained in the military in his position as senior information systems analyst for A2Z, Inc., Logistics Services. The information systems logistics and support company’s motto is, “The only things that count are those ships and the people who man them.” Providing information systems services and support for government contracts, logistics, management and consulting, the company has stood behind this philosophy for more than a decade.

Mr. Reid’s 30 years in the military prepared him well for his present career. In 2002, for example, he was charged with the planning, coordination, and successful deployment of 3rd Marine Air Wing information systems and support to Iraq in execution of the global war on terrorism. In the scope of three months, he set up three disparate locations to support 27 aviation units and two support ships comprising 216 aircraft and more than 5,000 personnel working with local computer systems and satellite communications. For his dedication to serving his country, Mr. Reid was given several awards, including the Meritorious Service Award, two National Defense Service Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He was also commended with no fewer than seven Sea Service Deployment Ribbons and 10 Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals.

Upon his recent retirement from the U.S. Marine Corps as an E-9 master gunnery sergeant, Mr. Reid joined A2Z.  In his current capacity, he handles training, backup services, troubleshooting and long-distance support, offers naval logistics information systems support for all vessels, and restores databases. Additionally, he teaches system administration classes to sailors. To enhance the knowledge he gained in the military, Mr. Reid earned a bachelor’s degree in information technology management in 2004 from National University, followed three years later with an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Most recently he earned certification from CompTIA, Inc., and certification in security leadership and global information assurance.

Mr. Reid volunteers for local blood drives and supports the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association, and Habitat for Humanity International. When he finds a moment to himself, he enjoys photography, traveling, and physical fitness. Continue reading

Dale West


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True Essence Aura & Chakra Photography, LLC
Green Bay, WI, USA
Industry: Holistic Health Care
Field: Aura and Chakra Interpretation

There are several chakra spots in the body, but as the owner of True Essence Aura & Chakra Photography, LLC, Dale West focuses on the main seven that run from the head to the hip. Opening its doors in 2004, this therapy center provides several forms of alternative medicine, including preprogrammed sessions to balance the body, mind and spirit, such as dry thermal heat, vibratory and oxygenation massage, and aroma, sound and LED light therapy. Those interested in balancing the body, mind and spirit are very much intrigued by what the chakras of the body are doing. “We are able to show them their full body aura, interpret the colors of their aura and determine whether or not the chakras are balanced and in harmony with each other,” says Mr. West.

Mr. West and his wife, Margaret, have been believers in chakra interpretation for quite some time, and are frequent customers of “aura photography.” They have had their photos taken at fairs and other venues, and realized that the description of the colors in their auras was amazingly accurate. After a friend showed them a brochure introducing a new way of doing aura and chakra photography, they decided to venture out on their own, forming True Essence Aura & Chakra Photography. For the past eight years, Mr. and Mrs. West have been assisting clients improve their lives and states of mind by reading auras and providing healing through chakra spots on the body. They constantly attend wellness seminars and participate in shows to keep their own minds fresh.

Over the years, Mr. West has certainly discovered those who do not believe that this type of alternative medicine works or who even acknowledge its existence. However, his main piece of advice is to not shoot it down. “Being open and listening are the ways to find out about yourself,” he explains. As the years progress, he plans to expand his business. Continue reading

Jean R. Musselman


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Tax Preparer, Senior Tax Advisor Level V
H&R Block
Industry: Finance
Field: State and Business Tax Preparation

Jean R. Musselman has been doing her own taxes since she graduated college, so becoming a full-time tax preparer fit perfectly as her career choice. Although she earned a bachelor’s degree in botany and a master’s degree in plant pathology from Utah State University, after years as a stay-at-home mom, she was in need of a job and went through a 13-week training program with H&R Block. She has served as a tax preparer for the past 28 years, and as a senior tax advisor level V for H&R Block for the past 10 years.

Over the years, Ms. Musselman has become proficient in state and business tax preparation, and Canadian taxes. In her current role, she assists new and prospective clients, and teaches advanced programs in business schedules, farm schedules, schedules C’s, and international schedules at the company. She herself attends annual CBT computer classes, as well as advanced instructor training courses. She enjoys the variety in her job as there is always something new or different. “You never get the same return twice in a row,” she says. Named the Most Valuable Professional by H&R Block, she credits her successful career to her ability to listen and work well with her clients.

Ms. Musselman originally planned to pursue a career in botany, and in 1961, she discovered a new species called the penstemon flowersii. Looking ahead, she hopes continue in the same profession and become more involved with the Utah Plant Society. Continue reading

Vin DeFina


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Senior Vice President, Counsel, Head of Energy
Chicago Title Insurance Company
New York City, NY, USA
Industry: Law
Field: Title Insurance

While attending Brooklyn Law School, and later while attending NYU School of Law, Vin DeFina maintained an interest in the field of real estate, and now, with nearly 30 years of experience, he serves as a senior vice president, counsel and Head of Energy in the New York City office of the Chicago Title Insurance Company. He has expertise in title insurance underwriting, claims and sales on all commercial asset types of property, including and specializing in energy assets such as wind farms, solar farms, hydro, fossil fuel plants, and geothermal energy. Utilizing his skills, Mr. DeFina oversees transactions from beginning to end to make sure title closes timely and smoothly. He also provides marketing for the business. Serving as the chief energy officer in the New York City National Office, he also takes many trips nationally to meet with clients and attend conferences.

Mr. DeFina earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Queens College of the City University of New York, a JD from Brooklyn Law School in 1973 and a Master of Laws from The New York University School of Law in 1980. He passed the bar exam in three different states: New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. In addition to his role with Chicago Title Insurance Company, Mr. DeFina has been heavily involved in contributing time to his community in Greenwich Connecticut such as in the drafting of the Greenwich Emergency Medical Service contract between the Town of Greenwich and the GEMS Ambulance Service. He has also been a member of the Greenwich Board of Health for 16 years, serving as chairman for two years, and served on the advisory board of St. Catherine’s of Sienna Parish as president.

Mr. DeFina attributes his successful career to hard work, perseverance, his ability to get along with people and family support. He oftentimes serves as a guest lecturer for the NYU Real Estate Institute, Pace Law School, and the University of Connecticut MBA Program. Continue reading

Allard van Riel, Ph.D.


Vice Dean, Director
Institute for Management Research
Radboud University Nijmegen
Nijmegen, Netherlands
Industry: Education
Field: Research Innovation

Following his adage, “Creating knowledge for society,” Allard van Riel pursued a career in academia, becoming the vice dean and director of the Institute for Management Research of the Radboud University Nijmegen, situated in the oldest city in the Netherlands. With an interest in improving and developing new services, Dr. van Riel obtained a chair position with the university and established a department based on such services. He progressed into the vice dean position and has been developing it for the past three years.

Dr. van Riel possesses expertise in a variety of subjects, including research innovation and teaching, and in his current position, he organizes and writes policies for the organization of human resources, teaches marketing and solicits for external funding. He also oversees 140 researchers. Dr. van Riel’s main goal is to bring together experts from different disciplines to address issues of high societal relevance. He is currently gathering doctors and individuals from different public administrations to devise new business models together that are much more efficient and effective. “I am trying to make steps forward in this area,” he says.

Dr. van Riel first earned a master’s degree in philosophy knowledge theory at the University of Amsterdam, and then in 2003, he graduated from Maastricht University with a Ph.D. in Service Innovation. The author of 25 publications, he maintains affiliation with the Academy of Management, a professional organization dedicated to the advancement of management and administration. He also sponsors small entrepreneurs in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, located in West Africa. Dr. van Riel attributes his success to his hard work and watching for opportunities. As the years progress, he intends to assist in the future development of the Institute for Management Research. He also aspires to become well-known for his focus on social management studies and social innovation services. Continue reading

Louis E. Baxter Sr., MD, FASAM


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President, Chief Executive Officer, Executive Medical Director
Professional Assistance Program of New Jersey
Princeton, NJ, USA
Industry: Business Services
Field: Health Care Professional Assistance

According to the National Institute of Mental Health’s Epidemiologic Catchment Area Survey of 1991, health care professional impairment is a serious issue that affects 10-15 percent of the population. As the president, chief executive officer and executive medical director of the Professional Assistance Program of New Jersey, Dr. Louis E. Baxter Sr. has dedicated his life to assisting and improving conditions for afflicted health care professionals in the state of New Jersey. He does so by diagnosing individuals with impairing conditions and establishing treatment plans for them.

The PAPNJ provides several crucial services to help improve the situation for health care professionals. From education and identification, to evaluation, treatment and monitoring, the organization truly impacts the bottom line for a healthy hospital setting. “Health care professionals have issues involved with themselves getting diseases, diagnosing themselves and — certainly — with [prescribing] ongoing treatment,” Dr. Baxter Sr. explains. “There are a lot of factors including licensing boards, malpractice insurance issues and hospital privileges that have to be identified and addressed.” To further their positive impact, the PAPNJ also provides assistance to hospitals to help them maintain their JCAHO certification. Each hospital is required to have a committee dedicated to identifying impairment. The PAPNJ provides those services through a contract as a “hospital authorized party.”

Substance addiction is a serious issue that affects the brain and behavior, negatively affecting millions of Americans in their daily lives. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, alcohol, nicotine and addictive substances “cost Americans upwards of half a trillion dollars per year,” factoring in the medical, criminal, economic and social consequences. Dr. Baxter Sr. has demonstrated an extraordinary degree of care and concern for those health care professionals (and the general public) who are beset with some kind of addiction. He considers these people to be impaired by a medical disease, much like any other, and considers them a high priority for the PAPNJ.

Dr. Baxter Sr. completed a fellowship in addiction medicine at Portsmouth Hospital, and a residency and internship in internal medicine in 1981 at Cooper University Hospital. He received an MD in 1978 from the Temple University School of Medicine. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in American Civilization and a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1973 from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Baxter Sr. holds board certification from the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He is a certified medical review officer by the Medical Review Officer Certification Council and a certification candidate of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Continue reading

Sir Christopher S. Lange, S.B., D.Phil.


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Professor, Associate Chair of Radiation Oncology
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Industry: Education
Field: Biophysical and Biological Research

As a professor and associate chair of radiation oncology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Christopher Lange prides himself on his ability to find new ways to approach problems and discover innovative solutions. At the start of his career, Dr. Lange was interested in the application of the physical ways of thinking and approaches to biological problems. Since many of these problems had to do with growth and genetics, with cancer being the quintessential example of abnormal growth, this heavily influenced his movement into oncology.

Prior to taking up his post with SUNY Downstate, Dr. Lange received extensive training from some of the most prestigious schools in the world, including Stuyvesant High School in New York, MIT and Oxford University. From there, he completed his doctoral studies under Laszlo Lajtha, who was his professor at Oxford. Dr. Lajtha would later became the founding director of the Patterson Laboratories in The Christie Hospital and the Holt Radium Institute in Manchester, where the Medical Research Council gave him the omission and the funding to make the institution the premier cancer research facility in all of Europe. To this day, Dr. Lange feels that having worked with Dr. Lajtha was a huge advantage that continues to set him apart from his peers.

Dr. Lange is motivated by studying problems in-depth, essentially pulling something apart and putting it back together again so that he can understand how it works. He considers the moment of insight, when the solution to the problem is revealed at last, to be the most fulfilling element of his career. Dr. Lange considers his most prominent challenge to be the acquisition of funding for research. While SUNY Downstate employs approximately 30 student volunteers to perform clinical tests and laboratory work, automation is still required to process the statistical data from these tests in order to discern meaningful results. This automation would increase Dr. Lange’s output by at least tenfold, if not by significantly more. Continue reading

Craig R. Sanford, DDS


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Craig R. Sanford, D.D.S.
Nantucket, MA, USA
Industry: Health Care
Field: General and Laser Dentistry

Craig R. Sanford graduated from Norwich University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Soon after, he entered the military with the desire to become a physician or dentist. The dental profession aligned more with his interests, and he earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery from Georgetown University in 1976, and then completed a general practice residency at the Irwin Army Community Hospital in Fort Riley, Kan. He worked as a captain in the United States Army Dental Corps before starting a private practice in Connecticut in1982. Moving up to Nantucket, Mass., in 2005, he started Craig R. Sanford, D.D.S.

The first and only dentist in the family, Dr. Sanford is dedicated to creating and preserving beautiful smiles, and fostering wonderful dental experiences. Averaging one new patient a day, his private practice offers several general and laser dentistry services. Dr. Sanford practices total general dentistry, including endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, restorative dental treatments, crown and bridge placements, implant restoration and denture fabrication. He also treats gum and teeth problems with dental lasers, utilizes nitrous oxide analgesia, and offers Invisalign treatment. To keep himself up-to-date on new and improved dental services, he maintains memberships with the Massachusetts Dental Society, Academy of Laser Dentistry, American Dental Association, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

A distinguished military graduate of Norwich University, Dr. Sanford received the American Academy of Oral Pathology Award from Georgetown University, and an Army Commendation Medal and Medical Detachment from the Dental Service Unit. He attributes his success to his hard work, innate skill, honesty and willingness to continue learning. Looking ahead, he intends to continue practicing dentistry and further his education. Continue reading

Debra Stellar


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Director of Sales and Marketing
Starlite Sign, LP
Denton, TX, USA
Industry: Manufacturing
Field: Marketing and Sales Management

After realizing that working as a receptionist would not suffice to raise her five children, Debra Stellar set a goal to become involved in sales by the time she turned 30. Beating her own deadline, she was selling lumber by the age of 28, a position she held for 10 years. She later moved to Texas and began working in the sign industry, which led her to the position of director of sales and marketing for Starlite Sign, LP, a sign manufacturing company that provides the design and installation of interior and exterior electrical signs.

Holding 25 years of experience in sales management, Ms. Stellar spends her time carrying out many tasks, including working with high-profile companies, looking for new business prospects, coordinating with municipalities, negotiating, managing projects, and writing proposals. She is also charged with overseeing sales and partakes in obtaining large signage for the best price and value available. She takes time to develop and maintain client relationships, which ultimately results in returning customers. “I have good rapport [with my clients] and [strong] customer service skills,” she says. Her main motivation stems from seeing a customer satisfied.

Ms. Stellar has completed college coursework in business, accounting and psychology. In recognition of her exceptional skills in sales, she was named Vendor Sales Representative of the Year by Hastings Entertainment in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008. She also supports Susan G. Komen for the Cure. When she is able to find a moment away from work, she enjoys watching football and basketball, and spending time with her seven grandchildren. Though she intends to retire at the age of 70, Ms. Stellar plans to continue working as a consultant. She also plans to write a book, something she has always wanted to do. Continue reading

Carolyn Owen Purvis


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Sole Proprietor
CP Quality Consulting
Paris, TN, USA
Industry: Business Services
Field: Quality Management Systems

With 10 years of experience as the sole proprietor of CP Quality Consulting, Carolyn Purvis prides herself on providing top-quality consulting services to her clients. On a daily basis, she works hands-on with each client in order to share the benefits of her years of experience. Of course, in the consulting field, the learning process works both ways, as Ms. Purvis is obligated to learn the inner workings of each client’s business before improvements can be made.

Ms. Purvis is up-to-date on several series of standards, including ISO 14000, TS 16949 and ISO 9001, which makes her well-equipped to offer effective consulting services to companies in a wide variety of industries. “A system is typically documented, implemented and registered in a span of six to eight months,” says Ms. Purvis. “Each client requires different products and different management systems based on where a business is located. This aspect of our business is what keeps us on our toes. We provide all the information that is necessary to implement a Quality Management System to help a business become more profitable.”

Looking back, Ms. Purvis attributes her success to her ability to create order from chaos. She became involved in her profession because of her prior experiences working for a manufacturing plant; all of the plants had to be registered by a certain date, and she was tasked with coordinating the process. She found that she enjoyed her task, and eventually became the director of the quality system in that plant. From there, she progressed into starting her own business.

She explained, “My business began after I resigned my position as the quality director for a printing plant that was based in middle Tennessee. My husband wanted to move back to Paris, Tennessee, to be closer to our granddaughter and my elderly mother. We made the move, and about a month later a previous boss called and asked if I would like to do some audits with him. We would both be getting credit for audits completed, so we would be certified as ISO 9001 auditors. This was the first step for our business.”

From these beginnings, CP Quality Consulting was born, and it has thrived ever since. Looking ahead, Ms. Purvis hopes to increase her client base and bring her services to a wider group of satisfied customers. Continue reading