Collaborative workshop in Rye
Ivy Eisenberg, a leading innovation consultant and founder of the White Plains-based Our IdeaWorks, LLC, will host “Connect 2 Innovate 2 Grow,” an innovation workshop for business or organization leaders at Serendipity Labs, Inc., in Rye on Thursday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eisenberg, an accomplished innovation process expert, market research consultant and speaker, will provide tools and hands-on activities that will help businesses grow and increase productivity, all presented in a clear, concise and fun way.
“In this hands-on workshop, you will learn about the latest strategies and techniques to tap into your customers, industry experts, businesses or inventors worldwide to help achieve your company vision,” Eisenberg said. “Innovation is the process of translating an idea or invention into a good or service that creates value.”
Eisenberg founded Our IdeaWorks in 2013 as a way to help enterprises, entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes by providing innovation management consulting, hands-on workshops and qualitative market research. “It’s all about creating value,” she reiterated.
Eisenberg has worked with Eric von Hippel of MIT on his groundbreaking “Lead User Research” model, the forerunner of worldwide phenomenon of user-developed products and services. She has worked with companies in healthcare, financial services, consumer goods, manufacturing and telecommunications, and new technology, infusing everything she does with passion, humor and warmth.
In 2013, Eisenberg founded the Connecticut Open Innovation Workshop, COIN, together with the Stamford Innovation Center, a consortium that brings together local enterprises to discover best practices for working with startups and other outside entities. She will be speaking at the 2015 Front End of Innovation USA Conference, and she is one of their most popular bloggers on the topics of Innovation, Design Thinking and Lean Customer Research.
In Eisenberg’s own words, “Nothing stays still. If you’re not moving forward, you’re falling behind. I want to shake things up and teach companies how to move forward to innovate and grow.”
For more information on “Connect 2 Innovate 2 Grow,” please visit connect2innovate2grow.eventbrite.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Prices start at $199 per person.
Houlihan Lawrence acquires
Shore and Country Properties
Houlihan Lawrence, the leading real estate firm serving New York City’s northern suburbs, announced today that it has acquired Shore and Country Properties, a residential brokerage in Greenwich, Conn. Shore and Country’s 20 agents brokered about $165 million in home sales in 2014. The Shore and Country office in Riverside, Conn., will become Houlihan Lawrence’s second office in Greenwich.
The Shore and Country acquisition comes on the heels of the recent announcement that the former Kelly Associates offices in Darien and Rowayton, Conn., have joined the Houlihan Lawrence network. In less than 18 months since first entering Connecticut, Houlihan Lawrence has opened four Fairfield County offices and established itself as a force in southern Connecticut.
In 2014, the Houlihan Lawrence Greenwich office surpassed $500 million in sales and was ranked the No. 2 office in Greenwich. The company expects to exceed $1 billion in Connecticut home sales in 2015, just its second full year of operating in the state.
“As we continue our growth in the Connecticut market, we are proud to welcome the team from Shore and Country Properties into our expanding family,” Stephen Meyers, president and CEO of Houlihan Lawrence, said. “In addition to combining two cultures that share a commitment to outstanding client service, we have now gained a physical presence on the eastern side of town. The addition of the Riverside office will allow Houlihan Lawrence to strengthen our roots in the community, allowing us to better assist our clients with a new level of expertise.”
Shore and Country Properties focuses on the entire Greenwich community with an emphasis on the Riverside, Old Greenwich and Cos Cob, Conn., markets. The firm has been recognized for selling listings quicker and at a higher list price to sales price per agent than any other Greenwich firm.
Houlihan Lawrence ranks among the top 20 of all brokerages nationally in sales volume and is the long-standing leader in the markets it serves. The company sells about one-third of all homes in New York City’s northern suburbs, more than double the sales of its closest competitor in the region.
Built upon 125 years of family tradition, Houlihan Lawrence, the leading brokerage in New York City’s northern suburbs, is committed to exceeding expectations in every aspect of the real estate process. The firm today serves more than 90 communities with 30 offices and more than 1,200 agents, leveraging global partners on six continents and in 56 countries. The company ranks among the top 20 of all brokerages nationally and achieved a total sales volume of $5.3 billion in 2014. For more information, visit houlihanlawrence.com.
Empire City Casino honored
Empire City Casino has been awarded four distinctions from “Casino Player Magazine,” America’s premier gaming lifestyle magazine based in Las Vegas, Nev., in its “Best of Dining and Nightlife” Awards in the March 2015 edition.
Nonno’s Trattoria, Empire City’s “must-stop” for Italian cuisine, was the big winner, taking home two separate honors. The restaurant was awarded “Best Italian,” thanks to the culinary work of Executive Chef Gaurav Navin, who is also the executive chef of Empire Terrace
Nonno’s was also selected for the “Best Happy Hour” category.
Dan Rooney’s Sports Pub took home the “Best Place for Cocktails” award. The $50 million expansion that added Dan Rooney’s to Empire City in 2013, has step-back-in time ambiance and atmosphere.
Patrons can watch sporting events from the 40 HDTVs offered, a plethora of seating
options, as well as a varied menu.
Empire Terrace Restaurant was selected for the “Best View” award, thanks to the great view overlooking historic Yonkers Raceway and its century-old half-mile harness oval.
Empire City Casino, one of the largest entertainment and gaming destinations in the northeast, features 5,300 of the hottest slots, electronic craps, roulette, baccarat and sic bo, year-round harness racing and international simulcasting, as well as live entertainment and comedy.
A plethora of dining options will satisfy even the most discerning.
Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway is located at 810 Yonkers Ave., in Yonkers, N.Y. The casino is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 a.m. For more information, call 968-4200.
White Plains Hospital recognized
as a ‘fit-friendly worksite’
White Plains Hospital has been recognized as a platinum level fit-friendly worksite by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat healthier and move more. Platinum is the highest level of fit-friendly recognition from the American Heart Association.
“The fit-friendly worksites program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping worksites make their employees’ health and well-being a priority,” according to Jennifer Gelick, regional director of Westchester and Putnam counties for the American Heart Association. “White Plains Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to and investment in its employee’s health in several impressive ways.”
American employers are losing an estimated $225.8 billion a year because of healthcare expenses and health-related losses in productivity and those numbers are rising. Many American adults spend most of their waking hours at sedentary jobs. Their lack of regular physical activity raises their risk for a host of medical problems, such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. Employers face $12.7 billion in annual medical expenses due to obesity alone. The American Heart Association is working to change corporate cultures by motivating employees to start walking, which has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity.
“Physical activity and employee wellness are important priorities at White Plains Hospital. We are honored and excited to be recognized once again by the American Heart Association as a platinum level fit-friendly worksite,” said Frank J. LoCastro, wellness program coordinator at White Plains Hospital.
To receive recognition, platinum level employers must offer employees physical activity options in the workplace, increase healthy eating options, promote a wellness culture, implement at least nine criteria outlined by the American Heart Association in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture and demonstrate measurable outcomes related to workplace wellness.
White Plains Hospital offers employees on-site exercise classes such as yoga and walking groups, discounts on gym memberships, a weekly wellness newsletter, stress reduction seminars, Weight Watchers at work, a smoking cessation program and other programs to promote a healthy lifestyle. An example was the successful “Walking Wednesdays” program the hospital implemented this summer that brought out dozens of employees each week for half hour brisk walks around the campus and surrounding community.
For more information about the fit-friendly worksites program and how it’s helping to improve the health of Americans by focusing on the workplace, call 694-6464 or visit heart.org/worksitewellness.
A member of the Montefiore Health System, White Plains Hospital is a 292-bed not-for-profit healthcare organization with the primary mission of providing exceptional acute and preventive medical care to all people who live in, work in or visit Westchester County and its surrounding areas. Centers of excellence include the Dickstein Cancer Treatment Center, The William and Sylvia Silberstein Neonatal and Maternity Center and The Ruth and Jerome A. Siegel Stroke Center. The Hospital’s Flanzer Emergency Department is the busiest in Westchester County, seeing more than 55,000 visits a year.
White Plains Hospital is the only community hospital in Westchester County to perform lifesaving emergency and elective angioplasty in its Joan and Alan Herfort, M.D. Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory.
The hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and earned its recognition as a Top Performer for Key Quality Measures® in 2013. The hospital is also an 11-time winner of the Consumer Choice Award, an honor given to the nation’s top hospitals by the National Research Corporation and received Magnet® designation in 2012 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
In 2014, White Plains Hospital received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades, given to only 5 percent of hospitals nationwide. For additional information, visit wphospital.org.
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