Liquid Computing’s Brian Hurley Wins Next-Generation Executive Award

Liquid Computing’s Brian Hurley Wins Next-Generation Executive Award











Los Altos, CA & Ottawa, Canada (PRWEB) April 5, 2007

Liquid Computing Inc., a developer of a new class of scalable computing system, congratulates its CEO and founder Brian Hurley for his recognition as OCRI’s Next-Generation Executive. The Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (ORCRI) award, presented last night, distinguishes Hurley as an individual who has guided Liquid Computing to success in less than five years.

“The Ottawa technology community is proud of Brian Hurley and his commitment to excellence,” said Jeffery Dale, President and CEO, OCRI. “Brian is a great example of the leadership and innovation that is found here in Ottawa. He plays an active role locally and is a strong ambassador for our city to the rest of the world.”

Winning Next-Generation Executive validates Hurley’s original vision for the company to bring disruptive change to the computing market and to create an innovative work environment. Since 2003, under Hurley’s direction, the Liquid Computing team has developed an entirely new class of server architecture to solve the performance issues associated with traditional architectures.

“Liquid Computing has marked significant milestones in its first four years,” said Brian Hurley. “We have done this by focusing on three goals – having the best team, delivering the best product, and doing the best we can for our customers. I thank our team for providing me with the means to be recognized by OCRI this year.”

For more information about the OCRI Awards please visit http://www.ocri.ca.

About Liquid Computing

Liquid Computing Inc. is first to deliver a new class of computer system called LiquidIQ™ to meet the needs of scalable computing users within Enterprise High Performance Computing and Software as a Service markets. LiquidIQ™ is an Interconnect Driven Server that delivers a set of managed computing and communications resources. It can be configured with software commands into one or several cluster configurations, shared memory or cache coherent server regions at best lifecycle economics and uncompromising performance, scalability and availability. For more information, visit http://www.liquidcomputing.com.

For more information:

Corporate

Andy Church

Liquid Computing

613-592-2666 ext 212

Media

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High Road Communications

613-236-0909 ext 184

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Manuel Pietra Nominated for Next Generation Executive Award

Manuel Pietra Nominated for Next Generation Executive Award












Ottawa, Canada (Vocus/PRWEB) April 07, 2011

FreeBalance, a For Profit Social Enterprise (FOPSE) software company that helps governments around the world to leverage robust Government Resource Planning (GRP) technology to accelerate country growth, today announced that FreeBalance President & CEO, Manuel Pietra, has been nominated for the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI) Next Generation Executive Award. This “award recognizes an individual who has had a significant impact on the success and/or transformation of their organization as a direct result of their leadership.”

Winners will be announced at the OCRI Awards Gala on Thursday April 7, 2011 at the Hilton Lac-Leamy. The OCRI Awards Gala is the premier awards event for the region’s business, research and academic community. The annual event recognizes the achievements of successful entrepreneurs and in National Capital region.

“This award validates the positive changes that people at FreeBalance are helping make around the world,” said Manuel Pietra, President & CEO of FreeBalance. “Global citizenship commits FreeBalance to international country development, active participation in the global community, and corporate social responsibility.”

In mid-2006 following his appointment as FreeBalance President & CEO, Mr. Pietra initiated a new business strategy. This new business plan better addressed the global government market. Strategic goals were changed. The company re-organized. The new FreeBalance business model and planning process was based on the premise of “customers for life” The company added new customers in Canada, Pakistan, Panama, Palestine, Uganda, Kyrgyzstan, Namibia, and Liberia. FreeBalance is committed to supporting children’s programs in the developing world. FreeBalance has established partnerships with organizations such as SOS Children’s Villages to directly impact the lives of thousands of children.

Mr. Pietra spearheaded a transition to a FOPSE software company where Corporate Social Responsibility is core to decision-making. FreeBalance solutions for Public Financial Management (PFM) help developing nation government improve governance and improve development outcomes.

Refining processes to be more customer-centric has resulted in improvements in FreeBalance sales execution and operational efficiency. The company is growing at a rate of 18-20% per year thanks to operationalizing and adapting the strategy originally developed in 2006. FreeBalance customers span the globe and the user community includes public financial management professionals in 19 countries, including Liberia, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Southern Sudan. FreeBalance operates in 15 customer time zones. FreeBalance has more than 70,000 users around the world. FreeBalance software manages a global civil service workforce of 1,500,000, and also manages a quarter trillion ($ US) annual budgets worldwide.

About FreeBalance

FreeBalance helps governments around the world leverage robust Government Resource Planning (GRP) technology to accelerate country growth. FreeBalance software solutions for public financial and human resource management support reform and modernization to improve governance, transparency and accountability. Good governance is required to improve development results. For more information, visit http://www.freebalance.com.

About Manuel Pietra, FreeBalance President and CEO

Manuel Pietra is a global executive with more than 20 years of successful management experience from companies in the United States, Canada, Europe, South Africa, and Latin America. As President and CEO of FreeBalance, Mr. Pietra leads global growth strategies, organizational restructuring and customer engagement. Manuel Pietra has held executive positions on the boards of several international companies and actively participated in the venture capital arena. He holds a degree in Business Management from the South African Institute of Management and is a board member for the International Consortium on Government Financial Management (ICGFM). Mr. Pietra is multilingual and often speaks at high profile investment seminars and technology conferences across the world in English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French.

About Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI)

Leading the way for Ottawa, OCRI is the city’s economic development agency. OCRI is the rallying point to bring business, education, research and talent together to create the winning economic conditions that allow Ottawa’s knowledge-based companies to thrive locally and compete globally. At OCRI we promote sustainable economic development to maintain our high quality of life. For more information on OCRI visit our website at http://www.ocri.ca and for more information on the Ottawa Region please visit http://www.ottawaregion.com. In 2010, Ottawa was named one of the world’s top seven intelligent communities by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF).

FreeBalance Media Contact:

James Elrick

Email: jelrick(at)freebalance(dot)com

Ph: +1 613 218 4938

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FreeBalance President & CEO Manuel Pietra Wins OCRI Next Generation Executive Award

FreeBalance President & CEO Manuel Pietra Wins OCRI Next Generation Executive Award












Ottawa, Canada (Vocus/PRWEB) April 08, 2011

FreeBalance, a For Profit Social Enterprise (FOPSE) software company that helps governments around the world to leverage robust Government Resource Planning (GRP) technology to accelerate country growth, is pleased to announce that FreeBalance President & CEO, Manuel Pietra, won the Next Generation Executive Award at the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI) Awards Gala last night.

OCRI explains that the Next Generation Executive Award was given to Pietra in recognition of the dynamic change he has led at FreeBalance. This change has resulted in a new corporate culture that includes Corporate Social Responsibility as the core to company mission. FreeBalance financial results continue to improve thanks to a growing international client roster.

“This honour is very much a recognition of the positive change that people at FreeBalance are helping make around the world,” said Manuel Pietra, President & CEO at FreeBalance. “Corporate social responsibility is core to decision-making at FreeBalance. As a for profit social enterprise, our mission is to help governments leverage our government resource planning technology to improve development outcomes for country growth.”

In mid-2006 following his appointment as FreeBalance President & CEO, Mr. Pietra initiated a new business strategy. This new business plan better addressed the global government market. Strategic goals were changed. The company re-organized. The new FreeBalance business model and planning process was based on the premise of earning “customers for life”.

Social responsibility at FreeBalance extends beyond providing tools for country growth and government transparency. FreeBalance is committed to supporting children’s programs in the developing world. FreeBalance has established partnerships with organizations such as SOS Children’s Villages to directly impact the lives of thousands of children.

Refining processes to be more customer-centric has resulted in improvements in FreeBalance sales execution and operational efficiency. The company is growing at a rate of 18-20% per year thanks to operationalizing and adapting the strategy originally developed in 2006. FreeBalance is active in 19 countries, including Antigua & Barbuda, Panama, Canada, Iraq, Kosovo, Liberia, Mongolia, Namibia, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Southern Sudan, Timor-Leste, and Uganda among others.

FreeBalance software manages more than a quarter trillion ($ US) annual budgets worldwide. More than 70,000 users around the world use FreeBalance software to manage a global civil service workforce of 1,500,000.

About FreeBalance

FreeBalance helps governments around the world leverage robust Government Resource Planning (GRP) technology to accelerate country growth. FreeBalance software solutions for public financial and human resource management support reform and modernization to improve governance, transparency and accountability. Good governance is required to improve development results. For more information, visit http://www.freebalance.com.

About Manuel Pietra, FreeBalance President and CEO

Manuel Pietra is a global executive with more than 20 years of successful management experience from companies in the United States, Canada, Europe, South Africa, and Latin America. As President and CEO of FreeBalance, Mr. Pietra leads global growth strategies, organizational restructuring and customer engagement. Manuel Pietra has held executive positions on the boards of several international companies and actively participated in the venture capital arena. He holds a degree in Business Management from the South African Institute of Management and is a board member for the International Consortium on Government Financial Management (ICGFM). Mr. Pietra is multilingual and often speaks at high profile investment seminars and technology conferences across the world in English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French.

About Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI)

Leading the way for Ottawa, OCRI is the city’s economic development agency. OCRI is the rallying point to bring business, education, research and talent together to create the winning economic conditions that allow Ottawa’s knowledge-based companies to thrive locally and compete globally. At OCRI we promote sustainable economic development to maintain our high quality of life. For more information on OCRI visit our website at http://www.ocri.ca and for more information on the Ottawa Region please visit http://www.ottawaregion.com. In 2010, Ottawa was named one of the world’s top seven intelligent communities by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF).

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NIU Executive Club Increases Annual Scholarship Award By 50%

NIU Executive Club Increases Annual Scholarship Award By 50%










Dekalb, IL (PRWEB) March 23, 2011

Since establishing the scholarship in 1999, the NIU Executive Club has awarded nearly $ 100,000 in scholarship dollars to 17 exceptional NIU students. These significant scholarship awards have had a direct impact on the lives of the award recipients, who invariably go on to successful careers after graduating from NIU.

Monica Wallace, an attorney in the Health Law Department at Chicago-based McDermott, Will & Emery LLP in Chicago, was the first recipient of the NIU Executive Club scholarship in 1999. Today, she serves on the Executive Club’s Board of Directors, and mentors current Executive Club scholars.

“The level of support I received from the NIU Executive Club during my academic career was truly exceptional, and was instrumental to the success I have enjoyed in my career” Wallace said. “I gained opportunities for summer internships, participated in the club’s business and social activities, and met numerous accomplished alumni, many of whom I consider close friends today,” she added.

Michael Nicolas, President of the NIU Executive Club, said that the increase in the Executive Club Scholarship is a testament to the Club’s continued commitment to the academic success of NIU’s best and brightest students. “Since its inception, the Executive Club Scholarship has been our way of giving back to NIU by providing financial assistance to exceptional students. This significant increase in the Executive Club Scholarship is further proof of the Club’s commitment to our scholars, and to the University as a whole. We hope that our efforts serve as a shining example that Huskie pride is a lifelong commitment, which starts on campus and continues long after graduation.”

Funding for the Executive Club Scholarship is provided by the Club’s many activities, including its annual Scholarship Gala held in November. The Executive Club endowment is the second largest scholarship fund at NIU, and currently exceeds $ 582,000.

About the NIU Executive Club

Established in 1996, the NIU Executive Club is an organization dedicated to fostering professional and personal relationships among highly successful NIU graduates, and giving back to the NIU community. The Executive Club awards annual scholarships to exceptional students, connects students with mentors and internship opportunities, and sponsors a variety of educational forums and networking activities. In 2006, the Executive Club formed a partnership with the NIU Young Professionals Network to advance the career development of graduates with less than 10 years of experience. (http://www.niuexecutiveclub.com)

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Solace Systems Appoints Former General Electric Executive as CFO

Solace Systems Appoints Former General Electric Executive as CFO











Ottawa, Canada (PRWEB) May 27, 2008

Solace Systems, the leading supplier of high-speed, low-latency content networking systems, today announced the appointment of Wojo Zielonka as chief financial officer. Mr. Zielonka will be responsible for steering Solace’s financial and operational planning as the company grows.

Mr. Zielonka joins Solace most recently from the Hydro Ottawa Group of Companies where he managed day-to-day operations as both CFO and CIO. Prior to that, he held several senior-level business development, finance and operations positions over a 10-year period with General Electric’s global operations in the United States, Mexico, Ireland, England and Poland.    

“Having someone with Wojo’s breadth of expertise as we move forward will be crucial to our organization,” said Craig Betts, Solace’s CEO. “His understanding of the operational best practices of major global corporations will benefit Solace as we move through the various phases of our corporate growth cycle.”

Mr. Zielonka is a Chartered Accountant and CPA (Illinois) and holds a BA from Carleton University.

About Solace Systems

Founded in 2001, Solace Systems (http://www.solacesystems.com) has become a leading provider of content networking solutions for enterprises, information providers and service providers globally. With Solace hardware, distributed applications share high-throughput, low-latency content distribution in an easy to manage, lower cost of ownership form factor.

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