The industrial manufacturing sector has always been coined the “backbone” of the United States and the world. Whether it is supplying the population with goods, building integral pieces for lifesaving medical equipment, or providing lasting careers to millions of individuals, manufacturing is omnipresent in many ways. But recently, there seems to be more disruptions and uncertainties surrounding the manufacturing sector, all stemming from various sources. Companies in manufacturing are scrambling to find a solution to these disruptions and, more often than not, are floating around in neutral.
Regardless of the specific disruption interfering with each and every manufacturing company, there is largely one major arrow pointing directly at a Hard Trend future certainty that is not going away: the concept of next-generation manufacturing. This terminology may have older generations thinking of it as a “millennial or Gen Z takeover”; however, a shift in the age of the workforce in manufacturing…
Posted On Wednesday, 06 April 2022 00:00 Written by
We are all aware that a person’s credit score impacts their ability to obtain a mortgage; it dictates the cost of that loan if they qualify. However, very few people focus on all the factors involved in a credit score. Further, while many people think that they are “good” if their score is over 620; most people are unaware that according to Experian®, the average credit score in the United States as of 2/22/2022 was a record high of 714! Why is this important? Because anything below 714 is BELOW AVERAGE! So, if you put it into perspective, that client with that 620 score, is 93 points BELOW AVERAGE!  The reason this is important is that the borrower’s credit score impacts not only the interest rate on the loan, but it also can impact: Loan program LTV Ability and cost of PMI Ability and cost of homeowner’s insurance   The…
Posted On Tuesday, 05 April 2022 00:00 Written by
The Masters Tournament is coming up next week, played where it only can be played at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, from April 7 through Sunday, April 10. This golf tournament announced by the voice of CBS Sports, Jim Nantz, is as he says, “unlike any other.” From personal experience I can truly say it is, indeed, unlike any other, and beyond. I have had the privilege of playing courses worldwide, and, without demeaning other wonderful golf courses — Augusta National is truly unlike any other. There are dozens of wonderful stories that come out of  Augusta. Here’s one that I like: “Are you crying? Are you crying? There’s no crying in baseball” shouts Manager Jimmy Dugan (played by Tom Hanks in the movie “A League of Their Own”) to player Evelyn Gardner’s (played by Bitty Schram) outpouring. But there can be crying in sports as evidenced by Bubba Watson’s outpouring when…
Posted On Tuesday, 05 April 2022 00:00 Written by
A fourth-generation Dallasite with more than 20 years of experience in the residential real estate industry, Betsy Cameron offers proven leadership skills and industry expertise as the Vice President of Business Initiatives for the Ebby Halliday Companies. In addition, Betsy is the Sales Leader of Ebby’s iconic Little White House Office and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Lakewood Office. As the Vice President of Business Initiatives, Betsy works alongside the executive team to offer strategic vision to drive the company’s profitability and produce high-quality offerings and services to its sales associates and consumers. Betsy is passionate about the real estate business and the professional relationships that she is privileged to enjoy as she serves our valued clients and agents. As a licensed real estate agent, Betsy became a trusted advisor for clients and is, by her own admission, “over the top” on details. This precision has served her well in both…
Posted On Friday, 01 April 2022 00:00 Written by
We are coming up on the month of April and Tax Day, perhaps the most heart palpitating, stress inducing, cry-yourself-to-sleep time of the year. No matter how bad things may look for you this year we can always bask in the joy of the misery of celebrity.
Take for instance Steve Harvey, with his latest tax woes, wherein he recently proclaimed he had to pay $650,000 per month in taxes for 7 years just to catch back up!  If that doesn’t make you feel grateful to pay your comparatively little tax bill for the year, I don’t know what will…I mean, until you actually have to write the check, of course. The Promise of Steve Harvey to make things right has just come to light in articles worldwide, as he is literally the busiest man in showbiz….and now we know why: TAXES! Steve Harvey is one of the greatest entertainers…
Posted On Wednesday, 30 March 2022 00:00 Written by
Whether it is thanks to the coronavirus pandemic or accelerated exponential change that has been taking place for decades prior, digital disruptions are not slowing down anytime soon. And while the wave of change is bringing new opportunities all the time, it is bound to create discomfort for those who believe they are immune to change.
I coin this mentality the “wait-and-see mindset”: when a business or organization decides to wait out a massive digital disruption that is either heading its way or is already shaking up the products or services it offers. Realistically, we all wait and see in some ways — it is certainly easier to let someone take the leap and, theoretically, get banged up on the way down, showing you what not to do. However, seldom does that turn out the way a business leader, entrepreneur, or employee was hoping, largely because that same leap will…
Posted On Tuesday, 29 March 2022 00:00 Written by
So much information about how bad the market is or how interest rates are going higher and that is going to kill the market. Well, those are EXCUSES made by the many who refuse to do what is needed to WIN! And believe me, people out there are WINNING every single day! Higher home prices are not stopping buyers from buying. Higher interest rates are not stopping people from buying. Inventory, or the supposed lack of inventory, is not stopping people from buying houses. Those that are winning are working, while those that aren’t are whining! You can make excuses, but they won’t help you win. We have talked to this point over and over, and yet it seems some have missed it. You must find what is winning in your market and share the strategy so they can win, and YOU can win! Every day there is incredible opportunity…
Posted On Monday, 28 March 2022 00:00 Written by
“Protecting the integrity of the game” has been one of the stalwarts of the National Football League. I’m sure it is the same in every pro sport as well as college and scholastic games. Every fan wants to see an honest game. Even games in your living room need to be played with integrity. If the opponent is cheating, it makes it not a game but an unfair contest. During my 31 years as a referee in the NFL, I was overly cautious to avoid conversations with strangers who wanted to ask me about a certain player or a player injury in order for them to have an advantage if they were betting on games. The officials on the NFL field today need to be just as cautious. I am proud to say that in my 62-year association (I started in 1960) with the NFL, there has never — I…
Posted On Friday, 25 March 2022 00:00 Written by
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