VSA Also Wins Silver Honors in Company of the Year
Haddonfield, NJ – Valerie Schlitt, CEO of VSA Prospecting, has been named winner of the Gold Stevie® Award in the Female Entrepreneur of the Year – Business Services – 11 to 2,500 Employees category in the 18th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.
The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, employees, and the companies they run– worldwide. The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards. Winners will be celebrated during a virtual awards ceremony on Thursday, January 13, 2022.
“For more than 10 years, I have witnessed firsthand how Valerie’s entrepreneurial spirit, exceptional vision, and continued striving for excellence have helped our clients expand their businesses as our company and people grew,” said Michele Plunkett, VSA, Inc. Chief Operating Officer. “This has proven even more critical in the past 18 months as we forged stronger collaborative relationships with our peers to share best practices and learn how we all can not only survive but thrive.”
VSA, Inc. also won a Silver Stevie in the Company of the Year category for Business Services with more than 10 employees.
More than 1,500 entries were submitted this year for consideration in more than 100 categories, including Executive of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Company of the Year, Startup of the Year, Women Helping Women, and Women Run Workplace of the Year. Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 160 business professionals around the world, working on eight juries. https://stevieawards.com/.
Maggie Gallagher Miller, president of the Stevie Awards, said, “We thought the remarkable stories of achievement we saw in last year’s awards couldn’t be topped, but we were wrong. Women-owned and -run organizations have contributed significantly to the increase in innovation and entrepreneurial activity we’ve seen globally since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The nominations submitted to the 18th Stevie Awards for Women in Business that attest to this are inspiring, humbling, and motivating.”
About VSA, Inc.
VSA is a premier telesales and customer service firm founded in 2001 that supports companies with outsourced B2B lead generation and inbound customer service programs. Becoming an extension of its clients’ sales, marketing, and customer service teams, VSA helps achieve sales growth targets and service goals with high-end, complex products and services and multi-step prospecting approaches, regardless of the industry. The company has more than 100 employees in offices in New Jersey and Philadelphia, counts several Fortune 500 firms as clients, and partners with some of the country’s leading B2B marketing agencies.
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An American Airlines passenger opened a plane’s emergency door just after landing at Miami International Airport.
” During Miami’s deplaning, an American Airlines customer on flight 920 had to exit the aircraft via an emergency exit.
Miami Dade police stated that the passenger, who was not identified, was taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection following the Wednesday incident.
The passenger was taken into custody but needed medical attention at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. He was then transferred to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he remained Thursday morning, Detective Argemis Collome informed NBC News. His name has not been released.
” We thank our team members, law enforcement for their professionalism, and prompt action,” American stated in the statement.
The Federal Aviation Administrationhas reported “a disturbing increase” in unruly behavior on planes. Since the start of the year, there have been almost 4 ,500 reports about unruly passengers. The transportation agency typically sees 100 to 150 cases of unruly passengers in a typical year.
Elisha Fieldstadt is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.
WASHINGTON – After the brutal August of President Biden, we warned you September could be even worse. Unless he and Democrats pull out a rabbit from their hats ahead of today’s House vote on the infrastructure bill (which may or not happen), it seems like September was a bad month for Biden.
This has been Biden’s September: About 2,000 Covid deaths a day. Declining polls . Hearings in Congress on Afghanistan withdrawal (and not Jan. 6). There was a pitched battle between moderates, progressives, and the agenda of Biden.
And this has been just the last 24 hours: Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., released a statement casting doubt that he could support the budget reconciliation package (at least anytime soon); progressives said they’re laying the groundwork to mount a primary challenge against Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz. (in a state where Republicans and independents still outnumber registered Democrats); and it’s likely that today’s House vote on infrastructure is headed for defeat — or a postponement. This is happening one month before Virginia’s election for the governorship. Dems have already raised alarm.
“Democrats have got to quit talking, and they’ve got to get something done,” Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe told the Washington Post. “You were elected to do things. We have the House, Senate and White House.”
Here’s the political reality staring Democrats like McAuliffe in the face: They can’t afford for next month, October, to be as bad or worse for Biden than August and September were.
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Government shutdown averted but debt default still looms
Outside of the moderate-vs.-progressive standoff on Biden’s agenda, there was some good news on Capitol Hill yesterday. The government won’t shut down.
“Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Wednesday that senators have reached a deal on a stopgap government funding measure to prevent a shutdown,” per NBC News.
“‘We’re ready to move on,’ Schumer (D-N.Y.) stated on the Senate floor. ‘We have an agreement on … the continuing resolution to prevent a government shutdown, and we should be voting on that tomorrow morning.'”
The bad news, however, is that the deal to keep the government open doesn’t include any resolution about raising the debt limit.
And by the way, given the moderate-vs.-progressive fight and the uncertainty about the debt limit, the timing of last night’s congressional baseball couldn’t have been worse. There are serious problems right away… and Congress was playing baseball.
Data Download: The numbers you need to know today
20: The number of hospitals that had full ICUs for at least a full year since the pandemic began.
11: The number of additional subpoenas sent by the Jan. 6 committee to organizers of the “Stop the Steal” rally the preceded the attack on the Capitol.
18: The number of named storms that hit the continental United States over the last two hurricane seasons, a record.
43,399,221: The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States, per the most recent data from NBC News and health officials. (That’s 122,025 more since yesterday morning. )
699,485: The number of deaths in the United States from the virus so far, per the most recent data from NBC News. (That’s 2,286 more since yesterday morning. )
55.5 percent: The share of all Americans who are fully vaccinated, per the CDC.
66.8 percent: The share of all U.S. adults at least 18 years of age who are fully vaccinated, per CDC
ICYMI: What else is happening in the world
Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski will no longer helm the Trump aligned super PAC after he was accused of sexual harassment. Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi takes over leading Make America Great Again Action.
U.S. officials are concerned that lifting a key Covid restriction on the border could lead to a massive increase in migrants.
The Associated Press reports on the tightrope Virginia Republican Glenn Youngkin is walking on former President Donald Trump.
Politico takes a look at what soft Biden disapprovers are thinking ahead of the midterms.
Remember the Schoolhouse Rock “I’m Just a Bill?” Politico has a new version for the 2021 infrastructure/reconciliation debate.
Chuck Todd is moderator of “Meet The Press” and NBC News’ political director.
— Around three-fourths of Venezuelans now live in extreme poverty as the once-prosperous OPEC nation’s hyperinflationary economic collapse continued for a seventh straight year, according to a study published on Wednesday.
The 2020-2021 National Survey of Living Conditions (ENCOVI), conducted by researchers at Andres Bello Catholic University (UCAB), found that of the country’s 28 million residents, 76.6% live in extreme poverty, up from 67.7% last year.
The report attributed the rise to both the COVID-19 pandemic and chronic fuel shortages, which at least 20% of respondents said meant they could not put gasoline in their cars, a major obstacle to employment.
The ENCOVI study was created in 2014 to make up for the absence of official data, according to Pedro Luis Espana, a UCAB sociologist who contributed to the study.
Espana said that beyond the loss of purchasing power, the lack of employment has led to boredom, adding that Venezuela’s public sector pays poorly, as the country’s minimum wage hovers around $3 a month, and the country’s private sector is small.
“It is the absence of opportunities,” Espana said. “It is sitting in front of the door of the house, doing nothing, not because you do not want to do anything, but because there is nowhere to do it.”
Venezuela’s information ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the findings. President Nicolás Maduro’s government frequently blames U.S. sanctions for the country’s woes, but critics attribute the country’s crisis to his government’s economic mismanagement.
When measured solely by income levels, 94.5% of the population lives in poverty, a figure unmatched elsewhere in the region, the ENCOVI survey found.
The survey was conducted through questionnaires distributed to 14,000 households in 21 of the 23 states of the country between February and April.
PARIS — French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy, who was convicted Thursday and sentenced to a year of house arrest for illegal campaign financing of his unsuccessful 2012 re-election bid, will appeal the ruling, his lawyer said.
The court said Sarkozy would be allowed to serve the one-year sentence at home by wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet.
Sarkozy’s lawyer, Thierry Herzog, noted that the sentence corresponds to the maximum his client faced. He said he had spoken with Sarkozy, who had asked him to appeal.
“The verdict won’t be enforceable” pending appeal, he added.
Sarkozy, France’s president from 2007 to 2012, had vigorously denied wrongdoing during the trial in May and June.
Sarkozy wasn’t present at the Paris court for the ruling. He is accused of having spent almost twice the maximum legal amount of 22.5 million euros ($27.5 million) on the re-election bid that he lost to Socialist Francois Hollande.
The court stated that Sarkozy “knew” the legal limit was at stake and “voluntarily” failed to supervise additional expenses.
Thursday’s verdict comes after Sarkozy, 66, was found guilty on March 1 of corruption and influence peddling in another case. He was given a year in prison, and two years suspended, in that case but is free pending appeal.
It is the first time in France’s modern history that a former president has been convicted and sentenced to a prison term for actions during his term. Sarkozy’s predecessor, Jacques Chirac, was found guilty in 2011 of misuse of public money during his time as Paris mayor and was given a two-year suspended prison sentence.
In the campaign financing case, prosecutors concluded that Sarkozy knew weeks before the 2012 election that his expenses — which are strictly limited under French law — were getting close to the legal maximum. They accused him of having ignored two notes from his accountants warning about the money issue.
The court on Thursday said despite being aware of the risk of exceeding the limit, he chose to organize many rallies, including giant ones. “These rallies have been approved by Nicolas Sarkozy and he took advantage of them,” the court said.
During the trial, Sarkozy told the court the extra money didn’t go into his campaign, but instead helped make other people richer. He denied any “fraudulent intent.” He also insisted he didn’t handle the day-to-day organization because he had a team to do that and therefore couldn’t be blamed for the amount of spending.
In addition to the former president, 13 other people went on trial, including members of his conservative Republicans party, accountants and heads of the communication group in charge of organizing the rallies, Bygmalion.
They have all been found guilty, with sentences going from a suspended prison sentence to two years of house arrest with an electronic bracelet. Various charges include forgery, fraud and complicity in illegal campaign financing.
Some have acknowledged wrongdoing and detailed the system of false invoices that aimed to cover up the overspending.
Sarkozy retired from active politics in 2017, but is still playing a role behind the scenes. French media have reported that he is involved in the process of choosing a conservative candidate ahead of France’s presidential election next year.
Sen. John Kennedy, Louisiana Republican, had a cost-saving suggestion Wednesday for Vice President Kamala D. Harris: Instead of hiring a crisis communications manager, “stop saying stupid stuff.”
Ms. Harris has reportedly hired veteran public-relations hands Lorraine Voles, a crisis communications expert, and Adam Frankel, a former Obama speechwriter, as the Biden administration lurches from one predicament to another on the foreign and domestic policy fronts.
The hires are reportedly temporary, but “I don’t think the vice president needs a crisis communications manager, and I don’t think the taxpayers should have to pay for one,” Mr. Kennedy said on “Fox News Primetime.”
“I think it’s obvious what she needs, with respect: She needs to stop saying stupid stuff that she can’t defend,” he said. “And she and the president need to stop breaking plates.”
He said that “in the history of ever, I’ve not seen a presidential administration break more plates in the first nine months than this one. I mean, think about it: Afghanistan, inflation, defund the police, critical race theory, the border, gas prices, massive debt.”
The White House is currently embroiled in a Democrat-on-Democrat congressional battle over the $3.5 trillion partisan reconciliation-spending package and $1.1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill.
Mr. Kennedy referred to the former as the “Turn America into Cuba” bill.
“I’m not saying Republicans are perfect, but these people are crazy,” he said. “If they would stop acting crazy, they wouldn’t have a crisis, and then they wouldn’t need crisis managers.”
Ms. Harris has struggled with hot-button issues under her purview, including the root causes of illegal immigration and voting rights, but the latest polls show her favorability rating rebounding from her August low, which saw her dip to 35% in the USA/Suffolk poll.
— Brian Kilmeade (@kilmeade) September 29, 2021
Corey Lewandowski was reportedly dismissed as the head of Trump’s former super PAC following sexual harassment claims.
Make America Great Again Action dismissed Mr. Lewandowski Wednesday, after a Trump donor claimed that Lewandowski made inappropriate sexual advances at the dinner in Las Vegas and touched his breasts.
“Pam Bondi… has our full faith and confidence in takingover MAGA Action. Corey Lewandowski is moving on to new endeavors, and we are grateful for his services. He will not be associated with Trump World,” a Trump spokesperson told New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman.
Trashelle Odom was the first to report Wednesday that Mr. Lewandowski touched her legs, buttocks and “stalked” her at dinner.
” He repeatedly touched me in inappropriate ways, said vile, disgusting, and stalked, making me feel violated, afraidful,” Mrs. Odom (wife of John Odom, a construction executive from Idaho) said in a statement.
“He needs to be held responsible,” she stated.
Politico reported four people at the event who confirmed Mrs. Odom’s claims. According to Politico, three of the four claimed Mr. Lewandowski looked drunk.
Mrs. Odom stated that Mr. Lewandowski had “bragged multiplely about his power” and claimed he controlled the former president .”
David Chesnoff dismissed the claims as not worthy of response.
“Accusations are changing by the minute, and we won’t dignify them further with a response,” he stated.