International handbook launch “Constitution-making and Reform” by Jeffrey Holmes, New York event photographer.

Interpeace “Constitution-Making and Reform” handbook launch coverage by Jeffrey Holmes, New York Event Photographer

Interpeace launched the handbook: ‘Constitution-making and reform: Options for the Process’ a comprehensive resource for national constitution-makers and their advisers in September, 2011. Interpeace engaged the services of New York event photographer, Jeffrey Holmes, to document the event and capture compelling images to showcase this premier event.Over 150 new constitutions have been created since 1975, and as many as 20 national constitutions are reformed or adopted each year. Recent months and the ‘Arab Spring’ have proven that this development continues. Constitutional reforms have been, or are, on the agenda in Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Nepal, Southern Sudan, Zimbabwe and now Libya. Read more: The first of its kind – a constitution-making handbook for peace

Interpeace launches the handbook: 'Constitution-making and reform: Options for the Process' a comprehensive resource for national constitution-makers and their advisors. Scott M. Weber, Director-General of Interpeace. The book release took place at the United Nations on September 9, 2011 in New York. The event was photographed for Interpeace by Jeffrey Holmes, event photographer New York. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

Scott M. Weber, Director-General of Interpeace(L) and H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss, President of the UN General Assembly (JeffreyHolmes.com)

A modern constitution needs to be legitimate in the eyes of the people, but achieving this is a challenge. Often national and international constitution-makers feel out in the cold as there has been no comprehensive resource on the options for constitution-making and reform. The design, implementation and management of these processes, in an inclusive way, create the foundations for lasting peace. The stakes are high. If the process goes wrong the seeds of future conflict and violence will be sown. Interpeace, an international peacebuilding organization, is now filling this critical gap.  Download the complete handbook.

Mr. Graeme Simpson, Interpeace Director of Policy and Learning and Director of Interpeace USA  Interpeace launches the handbook: 'Constitution-making and reform: Options for the Process' a comprehensive resource for national constitution-makers and their advisors. The book release took place at the United Nations on September 9, 2011 in New York. The event was photographed for Interpeace by Jeffrey Holmes, event photographer New York. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

Mr. Graeme Simpson, Interpeace Director of Policy and Learning and Director of Interpeace USA.

Jeffrey Holmes photographed the launch held at the United Nations (UN) in New York, H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss, President of the UN General Assembly provided the opening remarks. His Royal Highness Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan, Permanent Representative of Jordan to the UN and Chair of the Peace building Commission Country Configuration for Liberia, moderated a panel discussion. He was joined by Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Director of the Center for International Conflict Resolution, SIPA, and former Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations; Nicholas Haysom, Director of Political Affairs, Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General; Jamal Benomar, UN Special Adviser and Envoy for Yemen and former Director of the UN Rule of Law Unit; and Michele Brandt, co-author of ‘Constitution-making and Reform: Options for the Process’.

Four respected experts from the constitution-making domain, Michele Brandt, Director of Interpeace’s ‘Constitution-making for Peace’ initiative, Jill Cottrell, Yash Ghai, and Anthony Regan, united to create this ‘how to guide’ for constitution-makers around the world.

The handbook provides practical guidance on how to design transparent, nationally led and owned processes that are also participatory and inclusive.

“With the complexity of a constitution-making process come difficult choices. The handbook lays out the potential dilemmas and implications that practitioners on the ground may face,” explains Graeme Simpson, Director of Interpeace USA, Policy and Learning.

Simpson confirms how Interpeace has approached this initiative: “Much of the knowledge contained in the handbook simply did not

Interpeace launches the handbook: 'Constitution-making and reform: Options for the Process' a comprehensive resource for national constitution-makers and their advisors. His Royal Highness Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan, Permanent Representative of Jordan to the United Nations and Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission Country Configuration for Liberia. The book release took place at the United Nations on September 9, 2011 in New York. The event was photographed for Interpeace by Jeffrey Holmes, event photographer New York. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

His Royal Highness Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan, Permanent Representative of Jordan to the United Nations and Chair of the Peace building Commission Country Configuration for Liberia. (JeffreyHolmes.com)

exist in publications.Experiences needed to be harnessed. We involved over 120 practitioners and experts with invaluable first hand field experience. We have captured what they have learnt. We’ve not focused on just one area but have taken a global view. Experience from over 100 countries fed into the process and of course there is the expertise of the four authors. This handbook has content for everyone.”

Interpeace launches the handbook: 'Constitution-making and Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Director of the Center for International Conflict Resolution, SIPA, and former Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations. The book release took place at the United Nations on September 9, 2011 in New York. The event was photographed for Interpeace by Jeffrey Holmes, event photographer New York. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

Mr. Jean-Marie Guéhenno on panel at Interpeace launch of the handbook: ‘Constitution-making.

“Members of constituent assemblies or constitutional commissions, government officials, politicians, civil society, activists, donors, foreign advisors, policy analysts, academics, and international aid actors can all benefit. It captures the knowledge and weighs up the options so they can make up their own minds on what will work best for their society,” highlights Scott M. Weber, Director-General of Interpeace. Lakhdar Brahimi, who provided the foreword for the handbook, highlights: “I wish ‘Constitution-making and reform: options for the process’ had been available to the international community when I was the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Afghanistan. This book asks the right questions.”

Interpeace has been enabling societies to build lasting peace since 1994.

Interpeace is an independent, international peace building organization and strategic partner of the United Nations.It were created by the United Nations in 1994. We became an independent organization in 2000 while maintaining a unique partnership with the UN. As a result, we operate either as an independent NGO or as a UN initiative.

H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss, President of the UN General Assembly. Interpeace launches the handbook: 'Constitution-making and reform: Options for the Process' a comprehensive resource for national constitution-makers and their advisors. The book release took place at the United Nations on September 9, 2011 in New York. The event was photographed for Interpeace by Jeffrey Holmes, event photographer New York. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss, President of the UN General Assembly.(JeffreyHolmes.com)

Interpeace is headquartered in Geneva (Switzerland) and has offices in Brussels (Belgium), Guatemala City (Guatemala), Nairobi (Kenya) and New York (USA).

The organization is governed by a Governing Council made up of prominent individuals from the government, international and business sectors. The Governing Council is chaired by the former President of Ghana, John A. Kufuor and includes seats for the personal representative for the UN Secretary-General and the Host Government, Switzerland.

Through the Advisory Council we bring together governments, multilateral and UN agencies, and experts to analyze the latest in peace building trends. The Secretariat is led by Scott Weber, Director-General and a dedicated staff from around the world.

Interpeace launches the handbook: 'Constitution-making and reform: Options for the Process' a comprehensive resource for national constitution-makers and their advisors. Michele Brandt, co-author. The book release took place at the United Nations on September 9, 2011 in New York. The event was photographed for Interpeace by Jeffrey Holmes, event photographer New York. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

Michele Brandt, co-author of ‘Constitution-making and reform: Options for the Process.(JeffreyHolmes.com)

The three main bodies of Interpeace, the Governing Council, Advisory Council and the Secretariat, provide the necessary support to over 300 peace builders in the field. Consisting exclusively of people from the societies in which we are active, our local teams lead the programmes on the ground.

Interpeace’s Work

Their approach contributes to building lasting peace through inclusive and nationally-led processes of change. The added value is the tested approach in strengthening capacities within societies to manage conflict without resorting to violence or coercion. Peace building must be led and owned from within a society so they work exclusively with national teams in countries across Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe and the Middle East.

In 2010, Interpeace was supporting initiatives in 16 countries and territories, four of which are implemented through our United Nations arm, the Joint Programme Unit for United Nations/Interpeace. They support initiatives in: Burundi, Cyprus, Central America regional program on youth, Guinea-Bissau, Israel, Liberia, Palestine, Rwanda, Somali Region, Timor-Leste.

A thematic program covering Constitution Making for Peace, a handbook on options for making and reforming constitutions. They combine local peace building knowledge with the latest in international thinking to assist the international community, including the United Nations, to play a more effective role in supporting peace building efforts around the world.

Interpeace Finances and Support

They are a non-profit organization. Peace building work is funded by generous voluntary contributions from governments, multilateral organizations, foundations and private individuals. 16 donor governments and multilateral organizations work through the Donor Committee.

2010 expenditures of US $ 23 million reflects the growing demand for our support and expertise from governments, civil society, donor countries, UN agencies and other international organizations.2010 financial reports were, for the second year, in accordance with the highest financial reporting standard – IFRS. In 2010 they also received ZEWO certification from the Swiss charity evaluator. This demonstrates the Interpeace focus.

Economic Impact of Gay Marriage as photographed by New York event photographer Jeffrey Holmes.

The Economics of Gay Marriage panel discussion presented by Manhattan Chamber of Commerce held at MetLife Conference Center in New York. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)
Christine Quinn, NYC Council Speaker and first openly gay NYC Council member, addresses The Economics of Gay Marriage Program. A panel discussion presented by Manhattan Chamber of Commerce held at MetLife Conference Center in New York.

The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce presented a panel discussion that focused on the role of the business community in pressuring the legislature to approve same-sex marriage.The event was held at the new Met Life Conference Center at 6th Avenue and 42nd Street. The event was photographed by event photographer new york, Jeffrey Holmes Photography for the MCC.  The business community has a stake in this issue because of employee benefits, payroll taxes, talent retention and money will be made when tens of thousands of couples marry here in New York City rather than traveling to other states.

“Economic Impact of Gay Marriage” took place on Monday, March 14, 2011 and was organized by the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, hosted by MetLife and sponsored by Bloomingdale’s, Gay City News, Microsoft and the Riverside Church.T

People have figured out that when permitted to marry, the gay community will be more likely to hire a realtor, purchase a home, buy insurance, travel on a honeymoon and use the services of a caterer, wedding planner, florist, and all of the other services engaged by traditional couples getting married.

The Ecomomics of Gay Marriage panel discussion presented by Manhattan Chamber of Commerce held at MetLife Conference Center in New York. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

MetLife Conference Center in New York where the Economic Impact of Gay Marriange Program was held and photographed by Jeffrey Holmes, new york event photographer.

Panel members included Jeremiah Frei-Pearson, Straight Allies Coordinator, Marriage Equality New York; George Carrancho, National Sales & Marketing Manager for LGBT Community, American Airlines; M. V. Lee Badgett, Research Director, Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law & Public Policy at UCLA School of Law; Rachel B. Tiven, Executive Director, Immigration Equality; Paul Schindler (Moderator), Editor-in-Chief, Gay City News; Tracy Teofilo, President, Prestigious & Elegant Events, Inc; and, Jeffrey Hollander, JD, Assistant Vice President Advanced Markets Group, MetLife.

MetLife Conference Center in New York. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)
MetLife Conference Center in New York where the Economic Impact of Gay Marriange Program was held and photographed by Jeffrey Holmes, new york event photographer.

Photographer Note on the venue: MetLife Conference Center is a great venue for medium size conferences. The lighting is ideal. The room features a large projection screen. While a the screen could have been positioned lower on the back wall, it d

oes provide for great viewing. The stage is lighted with with floods high above in the ceiling (perhaps a bit too much of an angle as to provide an uncomplimentary image) fill flash is a must. The venue provides a wonderful view of Bryant Park. Catering of the events is available.

London Fischer selects Corporate Photographer New York, Jeffrey Holmes, for their group photograph.

London Fischer Law Firm

A group portrait of the London Fischer Law Firm by Jeffrey Holmes, Portrait photographer New York.

 

London Fischer Law firm selects Jeffrey Holmes, New York Portrait Photographer for Leading Attorneys Portrait.

The London Fischer Law Firm, located in New York’s Financial District, called upon New York corporate photographer, Jeffrey Holmes to create a new firm group portrait. The portrait is to be used for a magazine article about outstanding lawyers in the U.S. The best location was the courtyard in front of the building.

I used a single Quantum T5d flash head powered by a Quantum Turbo 2×2 battery. I do love these strobes for location shoots. After a couple of Photoshop head swaps, the firm approved the image and it was on to publication.

London Fischer LLP is an international leader in the concentrated disciplines of insurance and related litigation. Clients include  many of the world’s largest corporations and most prestigious insurance groups. Over the years, the Firm has been involved in the most significant litigation affecting the insurance industry and those other specialized industries in which we concentrate.

They have a national practice includes insurance coverage, and specialized litigation pertinent to all areas of primary and excess insurance and reinsurance. Practice groups specialize in litigation affecting the following industries and disciplines: Construction and Real Estate; Directors and Officers Liability; Employment Practices Liability; Marine Cargo and Hull Interests; Mold, Toxic Tort and Environmental Liabilities; Municipal Liability; Product Liability; Professional Liability; Property Losses; Subrogation; Transportation Liabilities

London Fischer maintains a National Trial and Appellate Practice. They are geographically positioned to handle matters throughout the United States. Offices in New York City, Irvine, California and New Jersey.

Institutional Investor 9th Annual Hedge Fund Awards by Event Photographer New York Jeffrey Holmes

Institutional Investor's 9th Annual Hedge Fund Industry Awards Dinner held at Cipriani Wall Street. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

Institutional Investor's 9th Annual Hedge Fund Industry Awards Dinner held at Cipriani Wall Street. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

Institutional Investor magazine’s 9th Annual Hedge Fund Industry Awards, recognizes the hedge funds, funds of hedge funds and industry associated investment consultants, endowments, and foundations. They are presented these awards for their innovation, achievements and contributions to the Hedge Fund industry in the past year of 2010.

The event was photographed for Institutional Investor by Jeffrey Holmes, a premier event photographer New York. Institutional Investor has relied upon Mr. Holmes photography services for the past 6 years. “He captures the story of the event. Jeffrey always works the branding of the sponsors into images. We get the shots we need for press and PR as well as promotional materials for next years event. That is why we have use Jeffrey Holmes Photography for all of our awards dinners.”

Award nominees were honored and winners were announced and awarded at a dinner and awards ceremony at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. The event emcee was David Faber, CNBC

Institutional Investor's 9th Annual Hedge Fund Industry Awards Dinner held at Cipriani Wall Street. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

Institutional Investor's 9th Annual Hedge Fund Industry Awards Dinner held at Cipriani Wall Street. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

Anchor and Reporter (and Institutional Investor alumni). An Emmy, Peabody, Dupont, Loeb award winner and New York Times bestselling author, David Faber is host of CNBC’s “The Strategy Session” (M-F, 12PM ET). Faber is also an anchor and co-producer of CNBC’s acclaimed original documentaries and long-form programming as well as a contributor to CNBC’s Squawk on the Street.

Bruce Kovner, Founder and Chairman, Caxton Associates was bestowed the Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

Jeffrey Scott, Chief Investment Officer, Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. was the Outstanding Contribution Award Recipient:

 

Here are Hedge Fund Management Award Categories & Nominees

  • Institutional Hedge Fund Firm of the Year
  • Appaloosa Management -WINNER, BlackRock, Bridgewater Associates , CQS , Paulson & Co.
  • Emerging Hedge Fund Firm of the Year
  • Hutchin Hill Capital -WINNER, Astenbeck Capital Management, Grant Capital Partners, Senrigan Capital Group, Stelliam Investment Management
  • Credit-Focused Hedge Fund Firm of the Year
  • Fortress Investment Group -WINNER, Appaloosa Management, Centerbridge Partners,
  • Marathon Asset Management, VR Capital Group
  • Equity-Focused Hedge Fund Firm of the Year
  • Glenview Capital Management -WINNER, NorthStar Capital Funds, Omega Advisors, SAC Capital Advisors, Visium Asset Management
  • Event-Driven Hedge Fund Firm of the Year
  • Third Point -WINNER, Paulson & Co., Perry Capital, Pershing Square Capital, Management, ValueAct Capital
  • Macro-Focused Hedge Fund Firm of the Year
  • Bridgewater Associates -WINNER, AQR Capital Management, BlueCrest Capital, Management, BlueGold Capital Management, BTG Pactual
  • Multistrategy Hedge Fund Firm of the Year
  • Millennium Management -WINNER, Carlson Capital, Hudson Bay Capital Management, Och-Ziff Capital Management Group, Whitebox Advisors
  • Relative Value Hedge Fund Firm of the Year
  • Capula Investment Management -WINNER, BlueMountain Capital Management, Lazard Asset Management, Saba Capital Management, Structured Portfolio Management
  • Large Fund of Hedge Funds Firm of the Year
  • Prisma Capital Partners -WINNER, Blackstone Group, J.P. Morgan Alternative Asset Management, Edmond de Rothschild Holding SA, SkyBridge Capital
  • Small Fund of Hedge Funds Firm of the Year
  • PineBridge Investments -WINNER, Dorchester Capital Advisors, Magnitude Capital, Signet Group, Van Biema Value Partners
  • Hedge Fund Seeder Firm of the Year
  • Blackstone Group -WINNER, FRM Capital Advisors, PioneerPath Capital, Protégé Partners, Tiger Management Corp.
  • Large Corporate Plan of the Year
  • Boeing Co. -WINNER, AT&T Investment Management Corp., General Motors Asset Management Corp., Lockheed Martin Investment Management Co.
  • Small Corporate Plan of the Year
  • International Paper Co. -WINNER, Alcoa, Cargill, Royal Bank of Canada
  • Large Endowment or Foundation of the Year
  • University of Texas Investment Management Co. -WINNER, DUMAC, KAUST Investment Management Co., Ohio State University
  • Small Endowment or Foundation of the Year
  • Cook Children’s Health Care System -WINNER, Museum of Modern Art, New York University School of Law, Vassar College
  • Large Public Plan of the Year
  • Teacher Retirement System of Texas -WINNER, California Public Employees’ Retirement System, Public School and Education Employee Retirement Systems of Missouri, Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement System
  • Small Public Plan of the Year
  • San Diego County Employees Retirement Association -WINNER, Public Safety Personnel Retirement System of the State of Arizona, Missouri Department of Transportation and Highway Patrol Employees’ Retirement System, San Bernardino County Employees’ Retirement Association
  • Family Office of the Year
  • Mount Vernon Investments -WINNER, Cooper Family Office, Fuqua Capital Corp., Willett Advisors
  • Hedge Fund Consultant of the Year
  • James Mnookin, Cambridge Associates -WINNER, Stephen Nesbitt, Cliffwater, John Shearman, Albourne America, James Vos, Aksia

Steelcase 360 Discussion: Preparing tomorrow’s leaders for the fast paced interconnected business world.

 Steelcase 360 Degree Discussion: Educating the Creative Leaders of Tomorrow. This virtual 360 Discussion photographed by Jeffrey Holmes, Event photographer New York.

How does education prepare tomorrow’s leaders for this fast paced interconnected business world?

Roger Martin, Daniel Pink and Jim Keane discussed how education prepares tomorrow’s leaders for this fast paced interconnected business world in a Live Steelcase 360 Discussion: Educating the Creative Leaders of Tomorrow. The New York location of the event was photographed by corporate photographer Jeffrey Holmes.

Coming out of the recent recession, problems are more complex, markets are more volatile and change is more rapid. Education must keep pace. So how can educators prepare students to lead in today’s interconnected world? Steelcase brought together three of the most influential thinkers on management and education to discuss this topic in its live, virtual panel discussion: Educating the Creative Leaders of Tomorrow.

Steelcase 360 Degree Discussion Educating the Creative Leaders of Tomorrow photographed by Jeffrey Holmes, New York corporate photographer.

Reena Jaana and Jim Keane during the Steelcase 360 Degree Discussion of Educating the Creative Leaders of Tomorrow.

 

Moderated by Reena Jana, an innovation expert and journalist, the Steelcase 360 Discussion explored how education can be redefined to better prepare tomorrow’s creative leaders. Moreover, the panel sought to identify the critical skills needed to achieve success as a business leader and how education will need to adapt. Joining the discussion were Roger Martin, Dean of the Rotman School of Management; Daniel Pink, bestselling author on the changing world of work and Jim Keane, President of Steelcase.

“Given the recent recession, the rapid pace of change, and the complexity of an interconnected world, the skills that today’s students need to lead are far different from what we are used to,” said Keane. “Educators must keep pace with these global business changes to prepare students.”

While Jana joined Keane in the Steelcase showroom in New York City to host the panel, Martin and Pink participated via high-definition videoconferencing from Toronto and Washington D.C., respectively, using Steelcase’s mediascape with HD videoconferencing technology.  With mediascape with HD Videoconferencing, panelists can view each other, present and share content seamlessly during the discussion.

 

 

About the Panelists

 

Roger Martin is dean of University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, as well as a professor of strategic management as well as the author of The Design of Business. A Canadian from Wallenstein, Ontario, Roger was formerly a director of Monitor Company, a global strategy consulting firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Daniel H. Pink is the author of four provocative books about the changing world of work — including the New York Times bestsellers, A Whole New Mind and Drive. His articles on business and technology appear in many publications, including the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company and Wired, where he is a contributing editor.

 

Jim Keane, Steelcase President photographed by Jeffrey Holmes, Corporate Photographer New York.

Jim Keane, President of Steelcase, during a Steelcase 360 Degree Discussion: Educating the Creative Leaders of Tomorrow.

Jim Keane is president of the Steelcase brand of Steelcase Inc. Named to this role in October 2006, Jim oversees the sales, marketing and product development activities of the Steelcase, Turnstone, PolyVision and Details brands.

 

 

 

Reena Jana, former Innovation Department Editor for BusinessWeek photographed by Jeffrey Holmes, New York Corporate photographer.

Reena Jana, former Innovation Department Editor for BusinessWeek moderates Steelcase 360 Degree Discussion on Educating the Creative Leaders of Tomorrow.

 

Reena Jana is the former Innovation Department editor for BusinessWeek. Currently, Reena is a freelance writer for national publications (including the New York Times, Harvard Business Review and Wired) specializing in the intersection of emerging technologies and culture.

Steelcase  helps create great experiences wherever work happens. Ther brands offer a comprehensive portfolio of workplace furnishings, products and services, inspired by nearly 100 years of insight gained serving the world’s leading organizations. Steelcase is globally accessible through a network of channels, including over 650 dealers. They design for social, economic, and environmental sustainability. Steelcase is a global, publicly traded company leading our industry with fiscal 2010 revenue of approximately $2.3 billion.

Chris Dixon and George Duverger of HUNCH.com corporate portrait for LaPresse

Chis Dixon, co-founder and Georges Duverger, designer/developer, at Hunch offices in New York. Hunch helps web users make and discover great recommendations that are customized to their tastes. The company's mission is to build a 'taste graph' connecting every person on the web with their affinity for every entity (camera, car, book, anything!) on the web. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

The assignment from LaPresse, a french newspaper and web organization in Montreal, requested a corporate portrait in an environmental style for a feature article on the New York web development scene. The assignment was to photograph Chris Dixon and George Duverger of Hunch in their New York office. Upon arrival, I was first taken with the music playing throughout the space. For a moment I thought I had misplaced my Ipod because what I heard was classic rock. This was a bit out of place for a band of 20 and 30 something web techs! Chris remarked something to the effect of, “It all comes around sooner or later.”

I scouted the location for the best setups and then went to work assembling my lighting. Grids and Grid boxes are my favorite lighting modifier. As I toured their offices, the Hunch logo on the wall and the work area of the programmers struck my interest as the best setups.

Georges Duverger, designer/developer and Chis Dixon, co-founder of Hunch at theri offices in New York. Hunch helps web users  make and discover great recommendations that are customized to their tastes. The company's mission is to build a 'taste graph' connecting every person on the web with their affinity for every entity (camera, car, book, anything!) on the web. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

Georges Duverger, designer/developer and Chis Dixon, co-founder of Hunch at theri offices in New York. Hunch helps web users make and discover great recommendations that are customized to their tastes.

Here is the final image selected for publication. Click on it and you can see the best of the entire portrait assignment from this corporate photographer in New York.

Translated and adapted from an article in LaPresse, Montreal, Canada.

Frenchman, Georges Duverger worked for a few years in Montreal then felt the call to find a new horizon. He contemplated Silicon Valley, Toronto… He finally decided finally upon New York, which accomodated with the beginning of the year. He now works for the Hunch.com web site.

It was a good web developer environment. It had access to an Internet site that helped it to be integrated into the technological scene of the city. Adoptahacker.com (literally: “adopt a pirate”) was created for people who come to work in the metropolis. “Impassioned members of the community open their house with the talented technophiles” which come “to taste” the technological scene of New York. Georges Duverger found a place there, where to live at the time of its first days in the city, then a friend to make known to him the various events intended for the community techno. It also unearthed a joint tenant there. “I like much of the city, says as he sat at the bar of the Ace Hotel. A place which gathers all that New York counts of technological workers. Culturally, I feel more close to New York than California.”

One can say that while settling in New York, he gained the first prize. He works today with a “band of engineers of MIT” sheparded by Chris Dixon, a contractor and well-known investor in his field. “The team around Hunch is extraordinary,” he says. I learn more quickly than I would learn in Montreal. For the first time of my life, I have an owner who is able to push to the maximum.” It’s owner, Chris Dixon, which he praises of young the 26 year old developer. He recruited as if he were still in Montreal.

He is an excellent programmer who has a good sense of the design. It is rare to have both”, he says. He admits that he pains more and more to find developers of talent in New York. “We all are in competition for the best.” He is not the only one to complain about the shortage of manpower. Brooke Moreland, who launched her site, Fashism, two years ago has the same sentiment.

Small Business Summit brings technology solutions to business by event photographer New York Jeffrey Holmes Photography

Christopher McCann, President of 1-800-Flowers, explains how a single flower shop in Manhattan became the world's largest florist with revenues expected to exceed $1 billion. Small Business Summit 2011 at Digital Sandbox in New York. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

Christopher McCann, President of 1-800-Flowers, explains how a single flower shop in Manhattan became the world

The Sixth Annual Small Business Summit, sponsored by Dell Computers, was a special environment where small business owners meet their peers and learn from vendors offering cutting edge technology for small business. Attendees learned, shared and connected with both old and new relationships. This year featured Chris McCann, President of 1-800-Flowers and Jim Fowler, CEO/CoFounder of Jigsaw, plus panels of experts, interactive sessions and networking with exhibitors. Sponsors gave away some fabulous prizes. The event was was organized by Smallbiztechnology.com and Prime Strategies and held at Digital Sandbox in New York. The event photographer for the 5th year was Jeffrey Holmes Photography, a respected business event photographer New York producing great event photography.

 

The  Small Business Summit also presented the 2011 Small Business Strategy Award and Hot Tech Demo winners on at Digital Sandbox in New York City. Winner the 2011 Small Business Strategy Award, ath Power Consulting, a leading financial services market research and strategy firm. Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care and Great Bear Auto and Body Shop were named as runner up winners for this award. Twisplays, a technology firm that allows you to conveniently display whatever Twitter streams you desire from a larger LED screen, has been named the winner of the 2011 Hot Tech Demo. “This award recognizes and honors businesses that have developed and executed a strategy producing significant growth in profits or market share over the past few years,” says Marian Banker, MBA, Co‐Producer of the Small Business Summit and President of Prime Strategies. “ath Power Consulting is an excellent example of success using the strategy of finding and leveraging their opportunity in a market downturn” adds Marian Banker. “We feel honored to be presented with the 2011 Small Business Strategy Award,” said Frank Aloi, President and CEO of ath Power Consulting. “As the downturn in consumer sentiment continued in financial services, we knew that analyzing and improving the customer experience would ‐ or certainly should ‐ be a top strategic priority in the U.S. banking industry. Our goal was to prove how ath Power could help financial institutions rebuild sustainable profitability, trust in the market and return to high performance by using our solutions. We achieved that goal by implementing a solid business strategy, ultimately leading us to increased customer retention and profits. ath Power is proud to be recognized for our achievement.”

Ken Weyel of Microsoft Advertising presents his insight into web marketing at the Small Business Summit 2011 at Digital Sandbox in New York. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

Ken Weyel of Microsoft Advertising presents his insight into web marketing at the Small Business Summit 2011 at Digital Sandbox in New York.

“I am so pleased again this year that the ‘Hot Tech’ demo segment has received such a great response,” says Ramon Ray, Co‐Producer of the Summit, Editor & Technology Evangelist of Smallbiztechnology.com. “Small businesses want to see how technology can transform within their business and budget and Twisplays is a perfect example of this. Providing any business the ability to extend their brand and messaging by leveraging their existing Twitter stream is a perfect example of how to expand to a larger audience without breaking the bank”, adds Ray. “We are excited to be named the 2011 Hot Tec Demo Winner, says Joshua Persky, CEO of Twisplays. Our goal is to help businesses promote their brand and increase sales by leveraging existing social media marketing programs, in this case with Twitter.” During the Summit, each of the winners will showcase and tell how their products help a growing business and why it’s important. To learn more about the Summit or these business owners, visit smallbiztechsummit.com

Ramon Ray moderates a panel including Matthew Weiss, Traffic Ticket Lawyer, Andy Steuer of Deluxe and Ken Weyel, Microsoft Advertising. They shared their views on how to achieve outstanding.growth using online marketing techniques.Small Business Summit 2011 at Digital Sandbox in New York. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

Ramon Ray moderate a panel including Matthew Weiss, Traffic Ticket Lawyer, Andy Steuer of Deluxe and Ken Weyel, Microsoft Advertising. They shared their views on how to achieve outstanding.growth using online marketing techniques.Small Business Summit 2011 at Digital Sandbox in New York.

Event Photographer Comment: Digital Sandbox is a great venue for technology events. WiFi is available for attendees. From a photographer’s perspective, the lighting is substandard. The room used for the exhibition hall is dark with the spot lighting, exposed ceiling with vents and conduit painted black. This is not a great environment for bounce flash lighting. I make it work by shooting manual strobe and over powering the ambient light. Exposure and color correction is adjusted in post production of RAW files. The rooms where presentations and programs are generally held have white ceilings with fluorescent lighting and make photographing the speakers easier. However in the end, program producers should consider adding supplemental lighting to the stage area.

“America’s Got Talent” Top Ten finalists receive Courage award from Boomer Esiason Foundation

Jeffrey Holmes, Event photographer New York. (Jeffrey Holmes)
Ali and Christina Christensen, Top Ten Finalists on “America’s Got Talent” perform at BEF’s Booming Celebration. Photo by event photographer New York Jeffrey Holmes

Michael Brennan Courage Award
Ali and Christina Christensen
, Top Ten Finalists on “America’s Got Talent.

This award was established in 2000 to hour the memory of BEF’s friend and colleague Michael Brennan. It is awarded to outstanding individuals living with cystic fibrosis.

Singing Sisters put Cystic Fibrosis in the National Spotlight. Ali and Christina Christensen thrilled the cystic fibrosis community in 2010 when they made it into the Top 10 on the popular “America’s Got Talent” television show. The singing sisters, who both have cystic fibrosis, charmed the show’s celebrity judge panel and won over a national audience. Alexa (“Ali”), 21, and Christina, 14, were presented with the 2011 Michael Brennan Courage Award during the Boomer Esiason Foundation’s Annual Awards Gala 2011. This award is given annually to outstanding individuals living with CF.

Jeffrey Holmes Photography, New York event photographer, covered the event for the Boomer Esiason Foundation this year as well as the past years. His event photography is published in the Boomer Esiason Foundation’s printed and web marketing and public relations program throughout the year.

Alexa and Christina Christensen are sisters from Idaho Fall, who since childhood have astonished audiences with their singing and songwriting talents. Even bigger that their voices are their spirit. The two siblings were diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when they were very young. Initially performing as soloists. The girls joined together in 2011 to sing Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb” as a special tribute at their older sister’s funeral. Each have their unique strengths. Ali is a vocalist of many talents including yodeling. Tiny Christina’s giant voice left the crowd amazed.

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Ali Christensen, Top Ten Finalists on “America's Got Talent" performs with sister at benefit for the fight against cystic fibrosis. Photos by event photographer New York Jeffrey Holmes

Christina and Ali’s dream is inspiring people who face challenges or have lost hope. Their message is that while everyone has to navigate personal trials, each is a gift where there is joy to be experienced and dreams to be realized.

The photography portfolio of Jeffrey Holmes, a corporate portrait and event photographer is experienced in corporate portrait photography and portrait corporate head shots. Jeffrey Holmes is an accomplished artist among corporate portrait photographers and is a noted photographer in New York. He has been the official photographer for the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce since 2002. Jeffrey Holmes Photography is known to his clients as their New York event photographer, the choice for photographer for events, always a professional photographer, and event photography New York. Professional photographer for creative corporate portrait photography and respected among portrait photographers. New York event photographer is the photographer for events and event photography New York. Great images and superb customer service.

Ralph Stayer of Johnsonville Sausage receives Boomer Esiason Foundation MVP Award

Most Valuable Player
Ralph Stayer
, Chairman and CEO, Johnsonville Sausage

Event photo by Jeffrey Holmes, event photographer New York

Ralph Stayer, Johnsonville Sausage receives MVP award from Gunnar Esiason (l) and Boomer Esiason (r). Photo by Jeffrey Holmes, Event photographer New York.

The MVP Award was established in 1994 to recognize outstanding individual contributions to the Boomer Esiason Foundation fight against Cystic Fibrosis. The award is a bronze statue of Boomer and Gunnar created by well know sports sculptor, Marc Mellon.

Ralph C. Stayer is the Owner and has been the Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Johnsonville Sausage since 1968. He has led the company to the largest selling sausage brand in North America.

New York event photographer, Jeffrey Holmes Photography captured the event for BEF. Jeffrey has photographed this grand event for the past five years.

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Ralph Stayer, Johnsonville Sausage accepting MVP award from Boomer Esiason Foundation. Photo by event photographer Jeffrey Holmes.

Mr. Stayer joined the meat and sausage business in 1965 and immediately began building the wholesale operation. It was spun off in 1968 as a separate company. His involvement in the business has resulted in many accomplishments including leading Johnsonville into a national brand. The brand is nationally renowned for its business operation method that blends teamwork and individual accountability, thus developing exceptional talent at all levels.

Mr. Stayer served as Chief Executive Officer of the Year by Tom Peters in 1988 and was runner up in the Ernst & Young national Master Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000. Mr. Stayer Founded Leadership Dynamics, a consulting firm. In 1990, Mr. Stayer established the Leadership Dynamics consulting firm, which specializes in coaching leaders of large organizations on strategy and execution through people. Mr. Stayer has been Independent Director of Brunswick Corp. since 2002. He serves as Director at Johnsonville Sausage LLC. Mr. Stayer is the National Trustee of Boys and Girls Clubs in the Midwest region. In addition, he is the chairman of the Marian College Board of Trustees and a Board member of PAVE, an organization dedicated to improving education for urban students in Milwaukee. In 1990, Mr. Stayer wrote How I Learned to Let My Workers Lead that was published in the Harvard Business Review – one of their top 100 most reprinted articles – and in 1993 co-authored the business bestseller Flight of the Buffalo, published by Warner Books. Mr. Stayer graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BA degree, majoring in finance.

The photography portfolio of Jeffrey Holmes, a corporate portrait and event photographer is experienced in corporate portrait photography and portrait corporate head shots. Jeffrey Holmes is an accomplished artist among corporate portrait photographers and is a noted photographer in New York. He has been the official photographer for the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce since 2002. Jeffrey Holmes Photography is known to his clients as their New York event photographer, the choice for photographer for events, always a professional photographer, and event photography New York.

Professional photographer for creative corporate portrait photography and respected among portrait photographers. New York event photographer is the photographer for events and event photography New York. Great images and superb customer service.

Academy Award Nominated Ana Joanes, Producer-Director of FRESH, at Green Film Festival in New York.

Green Film Festival Ana Joanes, Producer/Director of FRESH photographed by Jeffrey Holmes, Event photographer New York

Green Film Festival Ana Joanes, Producer/Director of FRESH photographed by Jeffrey Holmes, Event photographer New York

The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Green Business Committee Retail and Hospitality sub-committee is presented the first ever MCC Green Film Festival. Segments of four films were shown. The films focused on green and sustainability issues in the food and restaurant industry, organic farming, urban farming, composting, and water and energy issues relating to agriculture. The films were Fresh, Food Inc, Flow and Gasland. Gasland was nominated for an 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary. A panel discussion and then a networking cocktail party catered by GustOrganics.The event was photographed by Jeffrey Holmes Photography, event photographer New York.

Program speakers included Nancy Ploeger, President, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Robert J. Koenig, Associate Dean: School of Managements Student Advancement Programs, NYIT; David R. Pospisil, CEM, Manager, Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency Programs, Con Edison Company of New York; Keynote by David Bragdon, Director of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, NYC.

The panel discussion was moderated by Marcel Van Ooyen, Executive Director of GrowNYC. Panel members included Ron Bergamini, CEO, The Action Environmental Group; Alberto Gonzalez, Founder and CEO, GustOrganics, Ana Joanes, Producer/Director of FRESH; Alan Someck, Project Director – Green Hospitality Initiative of New York State Restaurant Association Education Foundation.The  event was sponsored by Green Hospitality Initiative (Sponsored by the New York State Restaurant Association  Educational Foundation.)