Archive for month: September, 2019

Spotlight: Stephen Bradley

Categories: Team Member Spotlight

Family – married? Children? Pets? Married w/three children – all under the age of 3. They certainly keep us busy.

Where did you grow up? Interests as a child? What did you want to be “when you grew up”? Peachtree Corners, which makes me a true Atlanta native. We regularly traveled for sporting events so I still enjoy a good tailgate today. Was never attracted to any industry – just enjoy meeting and learning from new people daily.

What college did you attend? What did you study? Best memories of those years? UGA. Undergrad was Political Science. I later went on to earn an MBA as well from UGA. Undoubtedly, my best memories are the times spent with friends, both in class and around campus. Especially game days.

Where in Atlanta do you live? What brought you here? Dunwoody. I’ve always lived in Atlanta. My wife and I previously lived in Brookhaven but recently moved to Dunwoody after having children.

Hobbies? Any charity or philanthropy? Traveling and golf. Sporting events. Most charitable time spent supporting our church and its outreach programs.

If money were no issue, what would you do with your time? Focus more time to hobbies!

Favorite food? Worst food? Fried chicken. Nothing in particular but no sweet tooth here.

Cook or clean dishes? Cook.

Favorite sports team(s)? Favorite book? Favorite movie? UGA Dawgs. I enjoy reading about current

events over novels. Tombstone is my favorite movie.

Furthest you’ve ever traveled? Best trip of life? Furthest – China. Best – traveling/hiking in Alberta.

Speak any other languages? Nope.

Mountains, beach, or staycation? Mountains.

Role model in your life? My parents.

What is one tidbit of information about you we wouldn’t expect? I can spin a basketball on my finger for a long time.

A US airport is the latest place to ban plastic water bottles

Categories: Articles

It’s just the beginning of fixing the airline waste problem.

By Terry Nguyenterry.nguyen@voxmedia.com  Aug 21, 2019, 4:40pm EDT

Since the advent of air travel, airlines and airports have provided passengers plastic-wrapped items to be used once and tossed away. Rather than make the switch to sustainable goods and packaging, which tend to be heavier than plastic, the aviation industry has kept at this — and annually generates millions of tons of plastic waste.

In recent years, however, sustainability has grown into a larger talking (and selling) point for customers, who care about green travel options. On August 20, 2019, the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) started banning plastic water bottles smaller than one liter from being sold at concession stands, lounges, restaurants, or vending machines. It’s the first major airport in the US to issue such a policy, a step toward its goal to be a zero-waste hub by 2021.

Each guest that comes through the airport produces roughly half a pound of trash, an airport spokesperson told CBS News, and around 10,000 bottles of water used to be sold daily. San Francisco International already requires vendors to provide certified compostable utensils, food service accessories, and reusable cups.

As progressive as that sounds, there is a caveat: The plastic bottle policy only applies to water (not other beverages like seltzers, juices, or sodas), and doesn’t affect how airlines independently serve passengers. Airport vendors will still be able to sell water in presumably single-use aluminum and glass containers, which are arguably not much better for the environment.

Plastic water bottles have a notorious reputation in our waste-obsessed world: They’re flimsy, disposable, and most likely won’t be recycled, since research shows that only 9 percent of plastic waste ever generated are reused. They’re also manufactured from petroleum, which is extracted by oil drilling.

While glass and aluminum certainly seem more sustainable (both can be recycled again and again), manufacturing cans and bottles out of these materials, not to mention shipping them, requires lots of fuel, according to Grist’s Umbra Fisk. Completely banning single-use disposables — or even all plastic bottles, in this instance — would be a radical step for the airport, but could lead to a number of problems. It could cause confusion for passengers not aware of the policies, and according to SFO’s spokesperson, there are not enough non-plastic alternatives for teas, juices, or sodas.

In comparison, San Francisco International’s push to completely ban plastic water bottles seems positioned to actually reduce waste. (Now if only it could do the same for plastic Coca-Cola bottles or aluminum La Croix cans!) But conscious change, especially in a space thousands of transient people pass through daily, happens slowly.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) started banning plastic water bottles smaller than one liter from being sold at concession stands, lounges, restaurants, or vending machines. It’s the first major airport in the US to issue such a policy, a step toward its goal to be a zero-waste hub by 2021.


Added by article submitter:

First it was plastic straws, now its plastic water bottles. It might be time to start thinking how we can all do our part. There are tons of options when it comes to re-usable tumblers, simple plastic ones and stainless versions with vacuum sealed interiors to keep liquids either hot or cold. All can be imprinted with a company logo. Now that we know for sure passengers will be carrying something other than plastic bottles through the airports, it might as well be some sort of device with YOUR logo on it.

Sheila Fox-Lovell

Shandy Creative Solutions

Shandycreative.com

sheila@shandycreative.com

Is Your Company at Risk for Occupational Fraud?

Categories: Articles

As a business owner or Managing Partner with a large corporation, you want to trust your employees, and this includes upper management, as well. You interviewed, tested, and helped train the best candidate available who eventually became a part of your business. After roughly 16 months, you find yourself looking at a case of Occupational Fraud. How did this happen? Oversight. Weak internal security accounts for almost half of the fraud instances.

According to the “Report to The Nations: 2018 Global Study on Occupational Fraud and Abuse,” publication, 2,690 real cases of occupational fraud were reported from 125 countries in 23 industry categories with $7 billion total losses. Small businesses generally suffer the brunt of monetary losses in  an approximate period of 16 months per case. Employers need internal controls and a trained resource for prevention. An internal audit is generally a good place to start and this can be done by an independent third-party source such as Stellaris Group Human Resources in Roswell, Georgia, by a CPA firm, or by management.

It’s difficult to know where to even begin to start when it comes to preventing occupational fraud in the workplace, but with a few steps you can ensure your company can be safe:

  • Have a system in place where employees can anonymously report or tip you off that someone in the company may be stealing from you in one form or another. Internal tips are the number one method of detecting occupational fraud over other methods and accounts for approximately 40% of the cases reported.
  • An Internal Audit is another way to detect someone who may be cooking the books or outright stealing from you. Some signs might include an employee showing up at work all of a sudden with an expensive new car or wearing designer clothes that you are certain are outside of their salary range.  Or maybe they are having financial problems such as too much debt or a gambling problem. The reasons are endless.
  • Conduct a Management Review and delegate. Preventing one person from managing all of the accounting responsibilities such payroll, accounts payable, receivables, bank reconciliations, financial statements, etc. These responsibilities should be shared among several employees in order to prevent the temptation of occupational fraud.

Overall, implement a Hot Line for employees, vendors, and competitors to tip you off if they suspect fraud. Have a good anti-fraud plan in place. Small businesses suffer greater losses because they sometimes lack the resources larger corporations have in place. If you do not have a Human Resources department, hire one to independently review your current anti-fraud plan for recommendations or guidance.

Dawn Stastny, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is the Managing Partner and Founder of Stellaris Group, LLC. To learn more about Human Resources Outsourcing and Consulting, connect with her at 678-935-6001 or by email at Dawn.Stastny@Stellaris.Co

References:

https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/acfepublic/2018-report-to-the-nations.pdf

 

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