David E. Graziani Recognized as a Professional of the Year for 2021 by Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide

 David E. Graziani of Houston, Texas has been recognized as a Professional of the Year for 2021 by Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide Edition for his outstanding achievements and contributions in the field of publishing. These important individuals exemplify tenacity. They realize that in order to reach their goals, they must never give up and continue to strive to become influential in their profession.

About David E. Graziani

David Graziani is an author, having written for the past six years. He wrote an inspirational self-help guide called “The Tool Box,” ISBN: 978-19772-2720-1, which is a potpourri of phrases, sayings, and one-liners, along with spiritual wisdom collected from the bible and several other religions. The Tool Box is designed to share the teachings of mindfulness and provides enlightening words to aid in the healing of afflictions like depression and heartbreak, as well as identifying toxic relationships and exploring emotions, morals, and values within our modern behavior system. It provides coping “tools” put together to aid as a guide through life. “The Tool Box” is available on Amazon.com.

Mr. Graziani’s book, “The Tool Box” explains that tools come in many forms and context. When applied in a healing manner, words can open doors to the soul. “The Tool Box” is designed to supply people with fragments of literature and wisdom in hopes of planting a seed that will blossom a new “Tool Box” of your own. It includes the words of Buddha, “The sterling qualities distinguishing the man of virtue are generosity, truthfulness, patience, and compassion. By developing and mastering these qualities within himself, a man lives in harmony with his own conscience and a peace within his fellow beings.” In addition it highlights the teachings of Paramahanasa Yogananda: “Never do anything that taints your mind. Wrong actions cause negative or evil mental vibrations that respect in your whole appearance and personality. Engage in those actions that nurture the good qualities you want to have.” The “Tool Box” also encourages following the “Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom” by Don Miguel Ruiz: 1. Be impeccable with your word, 2. Don’t take anything personally, 3. Don’t make assumptions, and 4. Always do your best.

Previously, Mr. Graziani served as an aviation hydraulics mechanic with the U.S. Navy for 9 years. He was a thermal engineer for 17 years, serving as a heat and frost asbestos worker,(lagger/ insulator). He proudly contributed in the commercial, industrial, residential, and marine Insulation trade. He also served as a rural mail carrier for 4 years.

Born March 12, 1970 in Seattle, Washington, David obtained an A.A. from Renton Community College in 2001. He received Medals and Letters of Achievement from the U.S. Navy. David Graziani has been affiliated with the International Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers since 1998. In his spare time, he enjoys writing, travel, and community outreach projects.

David E. Graziani states, “The Tool Box” contains many bits of wisdom and phrases of encouragement with a touch of enlightening soul food to freshen up your day. I know you will enjoy it.”

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David Sidoo Donates to The Grade School Breakfast Foundation

One of the most satisfying things for any successful person in life is to give back in some way to an essential part of their past. Canadian businessman David Sidoo, the husband of Manjy, the father of Dylan and Jordan, gets that opportunity to do precisely that, helping support the Breakfast Club at his old high school in the Vancouver area, New Westminster Secondary.

Breakfast clubs are becoming more and more prevalent in schools worldwide, so many students go off for the day without anything in their stomachs. It’s estimated that one out of every four students across Canada doesn’t have a healthy breakfast to start the day at home. Breakfast clubs offer solutions available to all and strive to remain fully funded to ease any financial burden.

David and his family, Manjy, Dylan, and Jordan, have had involvement in other schools with breakfast clubs, but working with New Westminster Secondary school is a little more special. This school is where David Sidoo excelled in the classroom and on the field as a football player. In many ways, this is where his business journey started, crafting who he is today.

Along with being a successful Indo-Canadian businessman inspiring others from different backgrounds to find their footing in Canada, he’s still thought of highly in the sports world as well. He was the first Indo-Canadian to play in the Canadian Football League, spending five seasons in Canada’s top football league. Now retired from football David Sidoo hopes the breakfast club impacts future leaders in the classroom and sports.

The breakfast club is also important to the David Sidoo sons, Dylan and Jordan. Since becoming adults, they’ve played a much more active role in helping out with breakfast clubs in Canada. They’ve made donations to other schools as well as New Westminster Secondary, crafting their legacy along the way.

Each breakfast varies slightly, but they usually consist of healthy staples to provide nutrients that will last all day long for students. Along with food, the donation money provides all tools necessary to speed up the preparation process. Volunteers like David, Manjy, Dylan, and Jordan handle most food preparation, making the program free for all students. Children aren’t required to be part of the breakfast club, but it’s available for anyone wishing to take part.

The breakfast club at New Westminster Secondary is part of the larger Breakfast Club of Canada. It’s estimated that roughly 2,000,000 Canadians go to school every day on an empty stomach. Working directly with schools across the country, those in charge look for new contributors to help in some capacity all the time. Whether it’s making donations or volunteering time, the Breakfast Club of Canada has a goal that every student receives a proper meal to start the school day.


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David Pacifici of Berkley Construction Professional to Discuss Progressive Design-Build – the Solution for Unbalanced Risk Transfer? at IRMI Construction Risk Conference

 David Pacifici, a senior vice president at Berkley Construction Professional, a Berkley Company, will answer the question, is “Progressive Design-Build–the Solution to Unbalanced Risk Transfer?” at the IRMI Construction Risk Conference to be held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in California. Scheduled for Tuesday, November 9th at 8:30 a.m. PST, the SNAP Talk session will highlight the benefits of using the Progressive Design-Build method to reduce the uncertainty and financial losses contractors commonly face.

“The use of fast-track scheduling combined with a fixed price on many public infrastructure projects utilizing the Design-Build project delivery method has led to an increase in large losses, creating an unsustainable long-term situation for contractors,” says Pacifici. “Using the Progressive Design-Build method may help to resolve these challenges by applying a guaranteed maximum price to the project only after the design has been confirmed during the preconstruction phase.”

According to Pacifici, the owner’s participation is key to the entire model. After clarifying the scope and priorities during the project’s initial phase, the owner and contractor will then be able to reach an agreement that’s meant to decrease the design risks to a manageable level before the construction stage begins. As a result, the reduction of these uncertainties may not only lower the costs for both the design-builder and owner, but also enhance the project’s transparency with an open-book approach.

Pacifici has more than 30 years of experience as an underwriter and licensed broker specializing in Construction and Design Professional Liability Insurance. For the past 20 plus years, his focus has been on providing professional liability insurance to real estate developers, construction contractors and design professionals. He specializes in insurance solutions for large infrastructure and vertical projects.

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David Bowie Estate & Warner Music Announce Landmark, Career-Spanning Partnership

Warner Music Group (WMG) and the estate of David Bowie have signed a global, career-spanning partnership for Bowie’s timeless recorded music catalog. With this landmark new deal, Warner Music will now have worldwide rights to five decades of Bowie’s transcendent, culture-shifting work. Expanding on Warner Music’s current agreement with the estate, which encompasses Bowie material from 1968 to 1999, the new licensing agreement will include the entirety of Bowie’s 2000-2016 creative outpouring. Heathen, Reality, The Next Day, and the worldwide No.1 album ★ (pronounced Blackstar) are among the acclaimed works that will come into the Warner Music fold in 2023.

Much of Bowie’s catalog became part of the Warner Music family in 2013, when WMG acquired the historic London-based Parlophone Label Group. Since then, Warner Music and the Bowie estate have jointly embarked on an extensive, award-winning program of releases highlighting the astonishing, game-changing evolution of his career. This includes Five Years, which won the NME Award for Best Reissue in 2016; Conversation Piece, which earned the 2021 Making Vinyl Packaging Award for Best Book + Media Package; and the lauded Glastonbury 2000 live audio & video set (2018).

Prominent among the flow of recent Bowie releases has been the acclaimed Era series of box sets, each one covering a key period in Bowie’s career. Launched in 2015, there have been four Era sets released to date. The fifth Era box, Brilliant Adventure (1992 – 2001), is slated for release this fall, with details to come. Guided by Bowie’s vision for his catalog, Nigel Reeve – Warner Music’s SVP, Content Development & Marketing, Global Catalog, has worked in close partnership with the Bowie estate to curate and present a landmark release campaign celebrating Bowie’s unparalleled legacy, with many more exciting releases on tap.

Max Lousada, CEO, Recorded Music, Warner Music Group said: “It’s an incredible honor to have been chosen as the stewards of one of the most important and dynamic bodies of creative work in modern culture. The impact of Bowie’s repeated reinvention and endless experimentation continues to resonate around the world – through the genres he transformed, the timeless songs and sounds he invented, and the immeasurable influence he’s had on music, art, and fashion. We’re excited that our expanded partnership with the Bowie estate will help us deliver innovative, career-spanning projects and attract new generations to his extraordinary musical universe.”

Kevin Gore, President, Global Catalog, Warner Recorded Music added: “To be entrusted with this phenomenal body of work is truly gratifying. For the past eight years, we’ve enjoyed a wonderful relationship with the Bowie estate, collaborating on a fantastic series of releases. Nigel and our entire catalog team have taken great care to be thoughtful and steadfast in our promise to stay true to his artistic vision, while revealing previously unheard music and framing his genius in fresh contexts. With the addition of his immensely powerful later work to the Warner Music portfolio, we’re looking forward to bringing Bowie’s music to fans across the globe for many years to come.”

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David Bowie was born in 1947. Between the late-’60s and the mid-‘70s, he experimented with multi-media, recording the albums The Man Who Sold The World, Space Oddity, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Diamond Dogs, Station to Station, and Young Americans. The track “Fame,” taken from the latter album, was his first U.S. No 1.

In 1976, he relocated to Berlin, recording Low and Heroes with Eno and Tony Visconti. In 1980, he made his Broadway debut in The Elephant Man and released the Visconti co-production, Scary Monsters and Super Creeps, followed in 1983 by the Nile Rodgers-produced Let’s Dance. Between the mid-‘80s and early ‘90s, he worked with his band Tin Machine, collaborated with the dance company La La La Human Steps, and wrote music for Hanif Kureishi’s Buddha Of Suburbia

1992 brought one of rock’s first CD-ROMs, Bowie’s Jump. In 1994, reunited once again with Eno, he produced the experimental Outside album, followed by Earthling in 1997 and hours… in 1999, the year he became a Commandeur dans L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. 

Bowie’s next project was a further recorded collaboration with Tony Visconti, 2002’s Heathen. The accompanying live dates in Europe and America saw full performances of both Heathen and 1977’s classic Low.  A year later, the Reality album was launched with the world’s largest interactive “live by satellite” event, followed by the rapturously received and critically acclaimed “A Reality Tour” of the world.

2006 saw Bowie return to acting, with the Chris Nolan-directed The Prestige (#1 at the box office) adding to such cinematic highlights as Nic Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth, Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ, Tony Scott’s The Hunger, and Nagisa Oshima’s Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence. In May 2007, Bowie was the inaugural curator of the highly successful 10-day “High Line” arts and music festival in New York. That June, he was honored at the 11th Annual Webby Awards (known as the “Oscars of the Internet”) with the Webby Lifetime Achievement Award for pushing the boundaries between art and technology. 

Later in 2007, Bowie starred as himself in an acclaimed episode of Extras, Ricky Gervais’ series on HBO. 2012 saw the erection of a plaque in Heddon Street, London (the scene of the Ziggy Stardust cover shoot) to commemorate the extraordinary influence of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars and, of course, David himself.

Further excitement accompanied the 2012 announcement that the David Bowie Archive had given unprecedented access to the prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum for an exhibition to be curated solely by the V&A in London. It was the first time a museum had been given access to the David Bowie Archive. The exhibition went on to break records in the U.S., Berlin, and France.

On January 8, 2013, quite without fanfare and out of the blue, David Bowie released a new single entitled “Where Are We Now?” and announced the release of a new album. The Next Day was Bowie’s first new studio album in 10 years. Critically lauded across the world, it features songs that are now widely seen as amongst his best.

In 2014, to celebrate his 50th year in music, the compilation Nothing Has Changed was released, and yet again Bowie surprised everyone by releasing the seven-minute jazz murder ballad “Sue (or In a Season of Crime),” a collaboration with the Maria Schneider Orchestra. Bowie ended 2014 by revealing “Tis A Pity She Was a Whore,” an uncompromising piece that pointed to a possible future of even further experimentation.

Spring 2015 brought the announcement of the off-Broadway theatre production, Lazarus, a collaboration between Bowie and renowned playwright Enda Walsh. Directed by Ivo Van Hove, Lazarus also played in London at the King’s Cross Theatre to rave reviews.

★ (pronounced Blackstar) was Bowie’s 28th studio album, released on his 69th birthday, January 8, 2016. Co-produced by Bowie and Visconti, and featuring backing from local NYC jazz saxophonist Donny McCaslin and his quartet, ★ was released to overwhelming acclaim, garnering many of the best critical notices of Bowie’s entire career. ★ was the first David Bowie album to hit No. 1 in the U.S., topped the charts in more than 20 countries, and won five Grammy Awards.

On January 10, 2016, David Bowie died peacefully surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer. His body of work, multi-generational influence, and legacy of fearless innovation and endless reinvention will live on forever.

David DeWitt Joins Splunk as Technical Fellow

Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK), provider of the Data-to-Everything Platform, announced David DeWitt, a pioneering database computer scientist, has joined the organization. Known for his groundbreaking work in parallel database systems, DeWitt will serve as Vice President and Technical Fellow and will support Splunk’s leading-edge innovation across its core data technologies to help organizations accelerate successfully in the cloud.

“David is one of the most renowned database thinkers in modern computing and we are thrilled to welcome him as we continue to turn data into doing across a wide spectrum of critical use cases,” said Shawn Bice, President of Products and Technology for Splunk. “He will join as a Technical Fellow and work alongside our distinguished engineers, which includes individuals with an unparalleled depth of knowledge, and are also some of the most curious and creative thinkers around.”

With more than 45 years of experience innovating high-performance data systems, DeWitt is noted for his extraordinary contributions to parallel database systems advancement and his foundational work on SQL Server while at Microsoft. Throughout his career he has emerged from retirement to help Microsoft and Facebook tackle some of the most technically difficult data challenges in the technology industry. As a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor, DeWitt continues to develop database management systems and explore novel database systems technologies. He was also part of the faculty at the University of Wisconsin from 1976 to 2008 and served five years as chair of the Computer Sciences Department. DeWitt holds a B.A. degree from Colgate University and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

“Splunk is known for redefining the boundaries of technology innovation and I’m pleased to join the team to help uncover innovative ways we can solve today’s toughest data challenges in the cloud,” said DeWitt. “Organizations need a streamlined way to analyze and act on their data across multiple sources and cloud environments. Serving as a Splunk technical fellow is a wonderful opportunity to advance data analysis and query strategies as data volumes exponentially increase worldwide.”

For more information on Splunk’s approach to operating and innovating faster in the cloud, please visit https://www.splunk.com/en_us/cloud-transformation.html.

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